All Local & Regional Programming Articles

Apr 13, 2017 — News Article

Quality Journalism Means Putting Feet On The Ground by Jerry Dias

Columnist says that to help ensure our incredible media outlets can survive through this time of upheaval as the ad-driven model for funding quality journalism falls apart, there needs to be some form of government support to assist those who need it.

Apr 1, 2017 — News Article

When local news outlets shutter due to cuts, we all lose by Elizabeth Renzetti

Columnist says local journalism, whether it’s at a city paper or a weekly, a radio or TV station, keeps its community entertained and informed.

Mar 30, 2017 — News Article

Local sports coverage gets the axe at several CTV stations by H.G. Watson

Howard Law, media industry director for Unifor, the union representing CTV workers across the country, confirms that cuts have been made at CTV stations in Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Windsor, Calgary and Edmonton.

Feb 2, 2017 — Blog Post

iPolitics LIVE Event - Bleeding Red Ink: The Future of Canadian Media

FRIENDS sponsored an iPoliticsLIVE event in Ottawa on Feb 2 to discuss ways to ensure the survival of Canadian media, high quality journalism and local reflection.

The full 56 min event can be viewed here

Feb 1, 2017 — News Release

IpoliticsLIVE Event - Bleeding Red Ink: The Future of Canadian Media

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting and J-Source are sponsoring an ipoliticsLIVE event to discuss ways to ensure the survival of Canadian media, high quality journalism and local reflection. 

Jan 30, 2017 — News Article

Lack of TV news coverage of Quebec City shooting a huge broadcast failure by John Doyle

Columnist says English-language Canadian TV was missing in action for hours after the Quebec shooting and that online reporting simply isn’t enough. 

Jan 27, 2017 — News Article

Radio Interview: Local Media in Canada

FRIENDS' Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses the future of local media in Canada on News Talk 980 in Vancouver BC.

Jan 27, 2017 — News Article

Ottawa urged to use tax code to favour Canadian publishers, and create fund to preserve journalism by Sean Craig

A new report commissioned by the federal government is urging Ottawa to consider changing tax laws to favour Canadian news publishers in the digital advertising market and use the new revenue stream to establish an independent, publicly-subsidized journalism fund.

Jan 27, 2017 — Ad Campaign

Yes, we CAN save local media!

FRIENDS is promoting a ‘big idea’ to support Canadian media and the journalists, creators and entertainers they employ – and deliver huge tax savings to Ottawa at the same time.  It’s all about closing a gaping tax loophole in order to give our advertisers an incentive to spend their money in Canada.

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Jan 26, 2017 — News Article

Politicians guiding journalism? No, thanks by Paul Wells

Columnist says the collapse of advertising and the ability to search for things quickly has contributed to the demise of newspapers.

Jan 26, 2017 — Policy Brief

The Deductibility of Foreign Internet Advertising

The thesis of this paper by Peter Miller and David Keeble 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 Tax Act (ITA).

Jan 23, 2017 — News Article

Canada’s local news “poverty” by April Lindgren, Jon Corbett & Jaigris Hodson

Newsrooms outside the big cities are closing, and with them goes the critical information citizens require for everyday life.

Jan 23, 2017 — News Article

CBC has sold its Montreal headquarters

The CBC is selling Maison Radio-Canada at the corner of René Levesque and Papineau.

Jan 23, 2017 — News Article

Colmater une brèche fiscale pour aider les médias by Philippe Papineau

A new study commissioned by FRIENDS says a modern interpretation of the law would give $450 million back to the Canadian media.

Jan 23, 2017 — News Release

Simple move would support local media and raise government revenues

A 20th-century CRA opinion is the only barrier to infusing hundreds of millions of advertising dollars into hard-pressed Canadian media outlets and generating up to $1B annually in new federal revenues at the same time, according to a report released today by the watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Jan 20, 2017 — News Article

CBC/Radio-Canada premier media partner of 2017 North American Indigenous Games

8-day multi-sport and cultural event to be held July 16-23 in Toronto.

Jan 16, 2017 — News Article

A Nine-Step Plan to Fix the Vancouver Sun and Province by Darren Atwater

Columnist urges makes suggestions for the Vancouver Sun and Province, including focusing on local news.

Jan 15, 2017 — News Article

Newspapers are doomed because people don't want news, they want community

Recent documents obtained by CBC News suggest that media leaders in this country — worried about the effect of Facebook and Google — want federal policies that would extract money from digital carriers who produce little original Canadian content.

Jan 12, 2017 — News Article

Canada’s broadcasters pay tax to support our industry. Netflix and other U.S. content firms should, too by Richard Stursberg

Writer says the existing government-support measures for Canadian content were all created before the digital revolution and that Telefilm Canada, the Canadian Media Fund (CMF) and the tax-credit system are focused on the cultural preoccupations of 20 years ago.

Jan 10, 2017 — News Article

Advocates ask Ottawa to 'kill the Internet tax' as Liberals ponder new fees by Michael Lewis

The issue has been in renewed focus recently, as Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly launched a public consultation last April.