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Jun 28, 2017 — News Article

Why do local independent news sites die? by Ashley McBride

Columnist says when there are more locally-owned and independent news organizations, there is a wider range of story coverage, a wider range of voices and opinions being heard.

Jun 17, 2017 — News Article

Something To Ponder -- Helping 'pillar of our democracy' remain standing worthy investment by Bob Cox

Columnist says there is less and less information about the things that matter most to the lives of people in communities across Canada — coverage of what local governments are doing, what crimes have occurred in our midst or what subjects are being taught in our schools.

Jun 16, 2017 — News Article

Newspapers in Peril?…Canadians Unworried by Bruce Anderson & David Coletto

In a recent study by Abacus Data, uust under half (44%) live in a community served by a single daily. 32% don’t have a daily, and 24% have more than one to choose from.

Jun 15, 2017 — News Article

Indigenous radio station hitting Vancouver airwaves next summer by Michelle Ghoussoub

An Indigenous radio station is set to hit Vancouver's airwaves next summer, one of five launching across Canada after receiving approval from the CRTC.

Jun 15, 2017 — News Article

Report details recommendations for sustainable funding of Canadian media by Susan Krashinsky Robertson

Columnist says that for years, there has been a digital disconnect between the organizations that invest heavily in creating content – including journalism – and tech giants, such as Google Inc. and Facebook Inc., that are paid handsomely for distributing it.

Jun 15, 2017 — News Article

CBC/Radio-Canada commends Committee for efforts to tackle the challenges facing Canadians in local news

CBC/Radio-Canada commends the Members of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage for their efforts to tackle the challenges facing news in local communities.

Jun 14, 2017 — News Article

CRTC grants five new radio licences to better serve Indigenous people in urban areas

The CRTC grants licences for the operation of five radio stations that will serve the Indigenous communities of Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa and Toronto.

Jun 12, 2017 — Opinion Poll

Nanos Research: Trust in news sources and opinions on the CBC

Public opinion research shows that the majority of Canadians care or somewhat care about the decline in the ranks of journalists in Canada, and want the government to take action on the issue.

Jun 12, 2017 — News Release

Nanos Poll: Feds should protect local news and CBC’s independence

A new Nanos poll reveals Canadians place high value on local news, are concerned about the decline of journalism in Canada and want the federal government to actively support local news.

Jun 7, 2017 — News Article

Our Opinion: Intimidation won’t silence local media

Editorial says a group of disgruntled city councillors in Brampton seem to be confusing freedom of the press with freedom from the press

Jun 7, 2017 — News Article

CTV Announces Major Expansion of Local News with All-New Weekday Newscasts at 5 p.m., Debuting Across Canada this Fall

CTV announces a major expansion of its local programming, delivering CTV NEWS broadcasts at 5 p.m. on all local CTV stations across Canada.

May 30, 2017 — News Article

Canadian Government Invests $3 Million to Launch Two Creative Hubs by Knowlton Thomas

The investment will support construction, infrastructure upgrades and facility expansion activities for the BC Artscape Society and the Vancity Community Foundation.

May 29, 2017 — Blog Post

Seminar: The Rise of Interactive Media

On May 29, 2017, FRIENDS hosted a seminar on the challenges and opportunities of the rise of interactive media.  Presenters included: Robert McChesney from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Manfred Kops from Universität Köln, Gregory Taylor from the University of Calgary and Zoë Druick from Simon Fraser University.

May 19, 2017 — News Article

CRTC leaves Canadian television to fend for itself in Netflix age by Kate Taylor

Columnist says the Heritage Minister needs to offer clearer solutions in her forthcoming cultural-policy review – and appoint a new CRTC chair who will help carry them out.

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.

Mar 17, 2017 — News Article

New CBC London station to produce Afternoon Drive

The production of Afternoon Drive is moving from Windsor to London in conjunction with the spring launch of the new CBC London station.

Mar 16, 2017 — News Article

Can community TV be brought back from the brink? by David Gray-Donald

Columnist says two-thirds of Canada's community television stations have been closed down since 1997, when regulatory changes gutted their funding.

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