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May 11, 2018 — News Article

Charity no way to save La Presse nor Canadian journalism by Alan Freeman

Columnist suggests La Presse drop its search for a "sugar daddy", radically slim down and fight for reader loyalty.

May 8, 2018 — News Release

La Presse throws in the towel

La Presse, one of the country's largest newspapers, has declared that its business model is no longer viable after 134 years of sustained operations.

May 3, 2018 — Blog Post

Green Party of Ontario position on TVO and TFO

In advance of the provincial election in Ontario, FRIENDS has asked the major parties for their official position on the province's educational public service broadcasters, TVO and TFO. This is the response from the Green Party of Ontario.

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Apr 24, 2018 — Blog Post

Parliamentarians discuss media crisis

Close the Loophole – The Deductibility of Foreign Internet Advertising was the topic of discussion by Parliamentarians at a special breakfast event on the Hill on April 24.

Senator Percy Mockler, Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, NDP Parliamentary Leader Guy Caron, and CPAC President Catherine Cano

Apr 20, 2018 — Blog Post

Ontario Liberal Party position on TVO and TFO

In advance of the provincial election in Ontario, FRIENDS has asked the major parties for their official position on the province's educational public service broadcasters, TVO and TFO. This is the response from the Ontario Liberal Party.

The Ontario Liberal Party remains firmly committed to supporting the valuable and unique contributions of TVO and Group Média TFO. Our government has consistently demonstrated this commitment and invested to enable TVO and TFO to continue to support lifelong learning through their dynamic educational on air programming. In recent years, our increased investments have enabled both agencies respond to the needs of Ontario's students both inside and outside the classroom through new innovative online platforms and applications like mPower, Homework Help, Boukili and Idéllo that help to bring technology into everyday learning at school and at home.

Our government has also continued to invest in the continued success of the creative industries by offering a comprehensive suite of tax credits, budgeting nearly $485M to invest in the sector through cultural media tax credits in 2017-18. We recognize the essential ways that TVO and TFO support our publicly funded education system and broader society, and we look forward to continuing to build on the strong foundation we have established with both public broadcasters. In contrast, on March 28, Conservative leader Doug Ford joked that he would reduce the CBC's public funding if he could, as per the Toronto Star's coverage on that day.

Apr 12, 2018 — News Article

Can the CBC become a local broadcaster again? Paul Adams

Columnist asks whether the CBC can transform itself so that more of the best and brightest at the corporation will think about making their whole careers in Edmonton or Halifax instead of migrating to Toronto?

Apr 6, 2018 — News Article

New CBC president Catherine Tait makes huge promise on local services by Karl Nerenberg

Catherine Tait, the newly named CBC president, will be the first person with a significant background in the media industry to hold the job since J. Alphonse Ouimet and Tony Manera.

Apr 3, 2018 — News Article

CMG welcomes new President of CBC/Radio-Canada, urges focus on investment in local news and programming

CMG is encouraged that the new President of CBC/Radio-Canada expressed support for key pillars of the national public broadcaster's services and function, including local news and programming, Canadian stories and content, digital services and Canadian talent.

Apr 2, 2018 — News Article

Read All About It! How Student Media Is Changing In The New Age Of Journalism by Bailey Moreton

According to Statistics Canada, the newspaper publishing industry as a whole reported an operating revenue of $3.2 billion in 2016, down nearly one fifth from 2014, which is a loss of more than $620 million in just two years.

Apr 2, 2018 — News Article

Bernhard: Canada must protect itself from big tech companies

FRIENDS' Executive Director says Google, Facebook and the other tech giants constitute the biggest threat to Canada’s independence and cultural sovereignty since Hollywood.

Apr 1, 2018 — News Article

Trudeau simply waving goodbye to Canada’s independent news media by Daniel Bernhard

FRIENDS' Executive Director says while rest of the world is pushing back against anti-competitive, tax-avoiding, democracy-flouting, privacy invading corporations such as Facebook, the Trudeau Liberals have yet to take any meaningful action. 

Mar 22, 2018 — News Article

Facebook’s threat to democracy is worse than Cambridge Analytica by Doug Saunders

In towns and smaller cities, newspapers and local TV stations are disappearing. Yet voters in those places have big, complicated questions about a fast-changing world – and the only answers available to many are coming from those posts and videos and anecdotal news clips sent to their inboxes and apps by friends and strangers or appearing when they enter hot-button search terms.

Mar 20, 2018 — News Article

When Towns Lose Their Newspapers, Disease Detectives Are Left Flying Blind by Helen Branswell

Epidemiologists rely on all kinds of data to detect the spread of disease, but local newspapers are critical to identifying outbreaks and forecasting their trajectories.

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).