All Local & Regional Programming Articles

Mar 1, 2018 — News Article

Budget media provisions disappointing, industry says by Susan Krashinsky Robertson

The funds, which will be handed out by one or more independent, non-governmental organizations, are far less than some had proposed. 

Feb 27, 2018 — News Release

Missed opportunity threatens democratic debate

Canadian media and journalism are fighting for their lives and the federal government missed an opportunity to address this crisis in today’s budget.

Feb 25, 2018 — News Article

Broadcast group lobbies provinces to join fight for aid package to media by Daniel Leblanc

FRIENDS wrote individual letters to the country's premiers, stating that provinces would receive more than $500-million in new revenue if proposed changes were made to what they see as a flaw in the Income Tax Act.

Feb 23, 2018 — Blog Post

FRIENDS urges Canada's Premiers to help "Close the Loophole"

FRIENDS has reached out to Canada's Premiers appealing for them to urge Ottawa to close the tax loophole that encourages Canadian advertisers to spend on foreign online platforms, 80% of which ($4.4 billion per year) travels down a tax-free express lane straight to Google and Facebook in the US.

Feb 13, 2018 — Policy Brief

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-359

FRIENDS' second phase intervention on the CRTC's call for comments on the Governor in Council’s request for a report on future programming distribution models.

Feb 8, 2018 — News Release

FRIENDS announces transition to a new Executive Director and Spokesperson


Daniel Bernhard has been appointed to the position of Executive Director and Spokesperson of the watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Jan 29, 2018 — Ad Campaign

Close the Loophole! ad in The Hill Times

This full-page ad, supported by hundreds of Canadians, was placed in "Canada's Politics and Government Newspaper".

RELATED: Jan 26, 2017 — Publication — The Deductibility of Foreign Internet Advertising
The thesis of this paper is that advertising purchased on foreign internet-delivered media that act as broadcast and newspaper services should not continue to be deemed a deductible expense under the Canadian Income TaxAct (ITA).

Jan 28, 2018 — Campaign

Let's close the tax loophole and save local media

Giant American companies such as Google, Facebook, YouTube and many others are sucking the lifeblood out of Canada’s media economy – threatening the very future of our local TV, newspapers and radio stations – even hurting the CBC. A loophole in Canada’s tax system is actually making this happen.

Please send a message to Prime Minister Trudeau asking for this loophole to be closed.

Jan 3, 2018 — News Article

Year of reckoning looms for Canada’s newspapers by Marc Edge

Professor of media and communications at University Canada West says it is clear that Canada’s news media are in danger of lurching into the abyss unless Ottawa takes action soon.

Dec 12, 2017 — News Article

Colmatez cette brèche, sauvez nos médias locaux by Ian Morrison

In this open letter, Ian Morrison explains how the government could save local media by demanding a new interpretation of Section 19 of the Income Tax Act so that its dispositions apply to web media in the same way they apply to traditional media.

Dec 1, 2017 — Policy Brief

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-359

In a submission to the CRTC, FRIENDS says that it is only fair that foreign internet media contribute to Canadian content.  

Sep 28, 2017 — News Release

Joly tinkers

After two years of study and consultation, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has come up with only a few modest steps to boost Canadian content, according to FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting.

Sep 28, 2017 — Blog Post

DigiCanCon Report Card

FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting has given Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly’s long-awaited Creative Canada Policy Framework an overall barely passing grade of C-.  The core challenge the policy failed to address is the crisis facing local media in Canada as a result of the exponential growth of internet advertising – which is siphoning revenue from Canadian media to foreign internet giants. 

Sep 14, 2017 — News Article


A large group of cultural organizations for formed a coalition to urge the government to take swift action to solidify the foundation of our cultural and media ecosystem. 

Sep 14, 2017 — News Article

Journalism matters more than ever. We need help to save it by Bob Cox, Jerry Dias and Edward Greenspon

On Sept. 1, an agency of the Canadian government directed nearly $100-million to support local television news. 

Sep 12, 2017 — Blog Post

NDP leadership candidate Guy Caron briefed on FRIENDS priorities

FRIENDS Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, recent met NDP leadership candidate and MP Guy Caron to discuss solutions to the crisis faced by Canadian media outlets and journalism.

FRIENDS has asked all four of the NDP leadership candidates for a chance to brief them about the significant consequences of the failing Canadian media sector for damage to our democracy.

Aug 22, 2017 — News Article

Rogers TV in Mississauga and Brampton going dark for good next month by Louie Rosella

The station was set to go off the air Aug. 31, but the date has been extended to Sept. 26

Aug 21, 2017 — News Article

Radical model could be key to creating new community newspapers across Canada by Nick Fillmore

Columnist says daily papers are failing because millions of dollars of advertising they used to have has either moved to the internet or has just disappeared.

Aug 14, 2017 — News Article

The Herald strike is over. Now the hard part begins by Stephen Kimber

At the culmination of the Chronicle Herald strike, columnist says there are no winners after 26 journalists are laid off.

Aug 3, 2017 — News Article

New comedy show will tell story of Canada as it is and as it might be by Sadie-Rae Werner

The show, which is being rehearsed in Newfoundland and will open Sept. 3 in Goose Bay, Labrador, will tell the story of Canada as it is now and how it will be in the future through comedic sketches and musical satire.