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Sep 12, 2014 — News Article

CHCH would be doomed under proposed broadcast plan: Watchdog by Steve Arnold

FRIENDS warns small stations — including CHCH — would be forced to close if the regulator ends the practice of substituting Canadian TV signals for those of American border stations when they're showing the same programs.

Sep 12, 2014 — News Article

CBC execs tell CRTC it can no longer afford to be free by James Bradshaw

Canada’s public broadcaster says it can no longer afford to offer its television programming for free over the air as its advertising revenue deteriorates, and it wants cable and satellite companies to start paying for its signals.

Sep 11, 2014 — News Article

Bell Canada wants viewers to pay for local newscasts

Bell says local TV stations can no longer survive on ad revenue alone and must be able to introduce subscription fees for programming such as regional newscasts that have been free for decades.

Sep 11, 2014 — News Article

Pick-and-pay cable may have a hefty price by John Law

Columnist says a dramatic overhaul in how stations are bundled will likely mean an equally dramatic increase in fees for consumers.

Sep 11, 2014 — News Article

Rogers says pick-and-pay hurts business by James Bradshaw

Rogers Communications Inc. says it fears new television proposals would send revenue plummeting and drive U.S. networks out of Canada.

Sep 11, 2014 — News Article

Netflix puts cable industry at risk, Quebecor warns CRTC by Claire Brownell

Quebecor warns that the Netflix Inc. video-streaming service will steamroll traditional cable providers unless they are soon freed from existing regulatory constraints.

Sep 11, 2014 — News Article

Watchdog says 'pick-and-pay' model would cause job losses by Terry Pedwell

FRIENDS says some local TV stations will be forced to close and more than 30,000 people could lose their jobs if Canada's broadcast regulator adopts changes it wants Canadians to consider.

Sep 10, 2014 — Policy Brief

Presentation to the CRTC - PN 2014-190 (Let’s Talk TV)

FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, makes a presentation to the CRTC on the commission's hearing about the future of television in Canada.

Sep 10, 2014 — Opinion Poll

Views on Local News in Five “At Risk” Markets

In order to understand the nuance of opinion related to TV broadcasting in Canada among communities which may be affected by changes in Canada’s broadcasting rules, Nanos conducted a special study of communities “at risk” of either scaled back local news or of their local TV station closing.

Sep 10, 2014 — News Release

Local broadcasting the focus of attention at CRTC TV hearing today

Concern about the future of local TV will be front and centre at the CRTC hearing on the future of TV with the release  of a Nanos opinion survey of residents in five swing ridings.  

Sep 8, 2014 — News Article

CBC sells longtime home on Riverside Drive

The CBC has sold its historic building on Riverside Drive, though the national broadcaster will continue to lease space from the new owner.

Sep 8, 2014 — News Article

Pick and Pay debate on CBC's Power and Politics with Evan Solomon

FRIENDS' Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses issues facing the CRTC at a hearing on the future of television in Canada.

Sep 8, 2014 — News Article

Pick and Pay debate on CBC's Power and Politics with Evan Solomon

FRIENDS' Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses issues facing the CRTC at a hearing on the future of television in Canada.

Sep 8, 2014 — News Release

Bad for consumers and citizens

FRIENDS says proposed changes to broadcasting regulations up for discussion starting this morning would not be good for Canadian broadcasting and they won't do consumers any favours either.

Sep 8, 2014 — Ad Campaign

Full page ad in The Hill Times

At the start of CRTC hearings that could radically transform the country’s television system, the views of Canadians are expressed in this full-page ad in The Hill Times.

Sep 6, 2014 — Ad Campaign

Full page ad in Le Devoir

In advance of CRTC hearings that could radically transform the country’s television system, the views of Canadians are expressed in this full-page, french language ad in Le Devoir.

Sep 5, 2014 — News Release

Nanos survey finds Canadians skeptical about CRTC TV proposals

On the eve of a CRTC hearing that could result in the gutting of Canada’s TV rules, a new Nanos survey finds the sweeping changes up for consideration are on shaky ground with Canadians.

Sep 5, 2014 — Opinion Poll

What Canadians Think About TV

A national random telephone survey conducted for the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting in collaboration with ACTRA and Unifor by Nanos Research on Canadians views about television.

Sep 5, 2014 — News Article

Majority of Conservative voters like the CBC: poll by Ashley Csanady

A new Nanos Research poll says a strong majority of Canadians trust the CBC and most want its funding increased or maintained.

Sep 5, 2014 — News Article

Canadians split on pick-and-pay cable: poll by Ashley Csanady

A new Nanos Research Poll says Canadians are split in their support of the sweeping changes to cable and television being considered by the CRTC.