All Governance Articles

Nov 14, 2016 — Policy Brief

Précis: Miller-Rogers Opinion on Options for a Merit-based CBC Board of Directors Appointment Process

This précis has been prepared for readers’ convenience by FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting, not by Peter Miller/Brian MacLoed Rogers. 

Aug 5, 2016 — Policy Brief

Pre-Budget Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

FRIENDS offers recommendations to the government on its tax and CRTC policies, including requiring Netflix and other foreign OTT services to collect sales taxes, as their Canadian competitors must do.

Jul 6, 2016 — Blog Post

Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau regarding merit­‐based and independent appointments to CBC's Board

FRIENDS has commissioned a legal opinion from two experts in broadcasting and media law, Peter H. Miller and Brian MacLeod Rogers on options for how the Liberal government's commitment might be achieved.

Jun 21, 2016 — Campaign

Reform the Board

For too long, friends and supporters of the government-in-power have been appointed to oversee and govern our CBC. Stephen Harper abused this power to an unprecedented extent. Today, 8 of 10 members of the CBC Board are or have been donors to the Conservative Party. Harper has ensured his hostile agenda will live on by appointing some Board members to serve until 2020, the year after the next election. 

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION TO HELP GET POLITICS OUT OF CBC GOVERNANCE.

Jun 21, 2016 — News Release

Reform CBC’s Board

As the CBC’s Board of Directors meets in Ottawa today, Friends of Canadian Broadcasting is launching a new Reform the Board social media campaign calling for the CBC’s existing Board to be replaced. 

May 28, 2016 — Ad Campaign

Prime Minister Trudeau on the CBC

Social media video urging Prime Minister Trudeau to keep his promise to ensure merit-based and independent appointments to CBC’s Board.

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May 16, 2016 — News Article

CBC's failure of governance hurts us all by Tony Manera

Former Senior Vice-President at CBC says that despite the partial restoration of its budget by the federal government, CBC governance needs a major overhaul. 

Nov 1, 2015 — News Article

Independent journalism and the future of the CBC

Al Jazeera's The Listening Post's Flo Phillips reports on the future of the CBC.

Oct 30, 2015 — News Article

Unions call on CBC president and board to step down

The two main unions representing CBC workers are demanding that president and CEO Hubert Lacroix and the board of directors step down for failing to defend public broadcasting.

Sep 22, 2015 — News Article

INVESTING IN CANADIAN CULTURE AND MIDDLE CLASS JOBS

The Liberal Party party promises it will reinvest in Canada's cultural and creative industries.

Sep 12, 2015 — News Article

Leaders’ Tour - September 22, 2015 – Justin Trudeau – Montreal

While campaigning in Montreal, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau outlines the Liberal's plan to reinvest in the cultural and creative industries. View the press conference.

Jul 20, 2015 — News Release

Harper blueprint embedded in Senate CBC report

The Senate Transport and Communication Committee’s report on the challenges facing the CBC would fundamentally change the national public broadcaster for the worse, according to the watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Apr 10, 2015 — News Article

Télé-Québec perd sa PDG by Michèle Fortin

Michèle Fortin will have to leave her job as CEO of Télé-Québec on July 3rd. She will be replaced by Denis Dubois.

Jul 28, 2014 — News Article

Canadian Actors, Advertisers Reach Tentative Deal by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says the new three-year agreement comes as Hollywood North aims at labor peace to keep U.S. producers from crossing the border for cost savings.

Jun 26, 2014 — News Article

Canadian Cable Giant Continues to Lose TV Customers by Etan Vlessing

Shaw Communications managed cable and satellite TV price increases during the latest quarter but still shed subscribers.

Apr 10, 2014 — News Article

Shaw Announces Second Quarter Financial and Operating Results

Net income of $222 million or $0.46 per share for the quarter ended February 28, 2014 compared to $182 million or $0.38 per share for the same period last year.

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.

Jan 23, 2014 — News Article

Rogers names Scott Moore as president of Sportsnet & NHL services

The appointment of Scott Moore comes after Toronto-based Rogers scores the Canadian broadcast and digital platform rights to National Hockey League games in a $5.2-billion, 12-year deal that begins with the 2014-15 season.

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.