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Mar 24, 2014 — News Article

Women honoured for their contributions to film by Tara Bradbury

Local film industry luminaries Barbara Doran and FRIENDS Steering Committee Chair Noreen Golfman have been recognized for their work.

Dec 26, 2013 — Blog Post

What a year!

Video looking back at a remarkable 2013 - the movement that we are building together has never been stronger and more needed. 

Jul 4, 2013 — News Article

Bell Media adds Astral execs to leadership team by Danielle Ng See Quan

Announced by Bell Media president Kevin Crull, Jacques Parisien will become president, national specialty and pay TV, radio and out-of-home; Charles Benoît is named president, television and radio, Quebec; and Luc Quétel is appointed president, Astral Out-of-Home.

Feb 7, 2013 — News Article

NFB names Ravida Din as English program director general by Kelly Anderson

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has appointed Ravida Din, who has been an executive producer and producer at the organization since 2007, as the director general of its English program.

Jul 5, 2012 — News Article

A Journey to Media Literacy

Short video produced by the European Association for Viewers Interest- an adventure that will transform Jack and make him media-wise!

May 31, 2012 — News Article

“Filter Bubbles”: Public discourse in an age of citizen journalism by Regan Burles

Winner of the 2012 Dalton Camp Award discusses Kai Nagata and the link between media and democracy.

Apr 30, 2012 — News Release

Michaëlle Jean is the People’s Pick for CBC Chair

FRIENDS says the CBC belongs to all Canadians and its leadership positions should be open to the best and brightest citizens, not just those on the government’s patronage pay-off list

Apr 30, 2012 — Blog Post

People’s Pick for CBC Chair

Letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper with the results of the People's Pick for CBC Chair, an online vote sponsored by FRIENDS to underscore the need to end the practice of appointing CBC’s leadership through political patronage.

Apr 26, 2012 — News Release

FRIENDS launch People’s Pick for CBC Chair

FRIENDS says the antiquated practice of political patronage for appointing the CBC Board and President is in need of reform.

Oct 28, 2011 — Blog Post

FRIENDS at the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics

FRIENDS tells a Parliamentary committee looking into CBC's access to information policies that the root cause of the public broadcaster's disclosure avoidance is patronage appointments of its Board and President.

Oct 27, 2011 — News Release

PM’s appointees responsible for CBC’s disclosure woes

FRIENDS says the current debate about the CBC's access to information practices lays bare a broader accountability issue.

Oct 27, 2011 — Policy Brief

Presentation to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics House of Commons

FRIENDS tells a Parliamentary committee looking into CBC's access to information policies that the root cause of the public broadcaster's disclosure avoidance is patronage appointments of its Board and President. 

Oct 26, 2011 — News Article

Tory government's handpicked CBC board oversees access-to-info file by Jennifer Ditchburn

FRIENDS calls for an arm's-length process for CBC board appointments and wants CBC president to be hired by and answerable to the board.

May 31, 2011 — News Release

Dalton Camp Award returns home

Nine years after its creation, the Dalton Camp Award returns to Fredericton this week with the presentation of the 2011 DCA Award at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

May 30, 2011 — Blog Post

The Conservatives' Hidden Agenda For Public Broadcasting And Cultural Sovereignty

A briefing note to FRIENDS supporters outlines the huge and troubling gap between Stephen Harper's words and deeds regarding the CBC and Canada's cultural sovereignty

Mar 5, 2011 — News Article

ICANN vs. the World by Jerry Brito

Internet freedom advocates have vowed to fight to preserve the Internet's independent, non-governmental governance structure.

Oct 8, 2010 — News Article

Naturally, it's more sinister than that by Michael Tomasky

Columnist asks what political candidates are doing working for a Fox News and wonders if these candidates can be trusted to tell the truth about themselves, their supporters, and their opponents.

Aug 21, 2010 — News Article

How to fix the CBC by Ian Morrison

In an op-ed, FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison says the departure of the executive responsible for CBC's English language operations presents an opportunity for all of CBC’s 34 million shareholders to reflect on what kind of national public broadcaster Canada needs.

Aug 21, 2010 — Blog Post

How to fix the CBC

The departure of the executive responsible for CBC's English language operations presents an opportunity for all of CBC’s 34 million shareholders to reflect on what kind of national public broadcaster Canada needs.

Jul 13, 2010 — Policy Brief

Digital Economy Consultation

FRIENDS recommends that the Canadian Media Fund, and other federally-sponsored funds, be augmented by tapping into the huge profits of the four big cable monopolies, whose profit before interest and taxes in 2009 exceeded 25%.