All Private Broadcasters Articles

Mar 23, 2017 — News Article

The soul of Trump’s America is visible in the CBS schedule by John Doyle

Columnist says CBS shows exist in an America-first world in which military might is essential and right and the border is constantly under threat.

Mar 23, 2017 — News Article

Budget 2017 – The ‘Innovation’ budget fails the test of innovative leadership by Jim Love

In its analysis of the 2017 budget, FRIENDS says it’s two minutes to midnight for Canadian media, particularly in small and medium markets where a majority of Canadians live.

Mar 21, 2017 — News Article

Google Tries to Stop Ads From Appearing Next to Hate Speech by Mark Scott

Google moves to protect its lucrative advertising business by giving marketers greater control over where their ads appear online, after major clients withdrew spots that were shown next to hate speech and other offensive material.

Mar 19, 2017 — News Article

'Free TV' Android box dealers in court Monday to fight injunction blocking sales

Defendants say there's no way to prove they're causing customers to cut their cable.

Mar 19, 2017 — News Article

Fake times by Jordan Crook

Columnist says Facebook continues to be under fire for peddling fake news, but the platform will never take real responsibility.

Mar 12, 2017 — News Article

I invented the web. Here are three things we need to change to save it by Tim Berners-Lee

Internet founder says it has taken all of us to build the web we have, and now it is up to all of us to build the web we want – for everyone.

Mar 11, 2017 — News Article

Trump has given the mainstream news a gift — and they’re blowing it by Sophia A. McClennen

Columnist says Trump is offering the press a chance to step up and be the Cronkite to his Nixon and so far, it's dropping the ball.

Mar 6, 2017 — News Article

The Canadian Newspaper Industry is Getting a New Jolt of Life by H.G. Watson

A recently released report on news and democracy in Canada, Shattered Mirror, found that Canadians do understand the linkages between democracy and journalism—but they still aren’t interested in paying for news.

Mar 5, 2017 — News Article

Journalism, Objectivity, And The Transition To Online Platforms by Greg McRath-Goudie

Columnist says as we are living through a time where 18-34 year olds are significantly more likely to access the news from a mobile device, there is decreasing incentive for people to purchase and read newspapers.

Feb 24, 2017 — News Article

Bannon makes stunning threat to media: We're going to make it worse for you every day by Leslie Saltillo

Columnist says White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon admitted Donald Trump’s goal  in appointing new precarious cabinet members to head protective government agencies like the EPA  is to dismantle and “deconstruct” those organizations altogether. 

Feb 23, 2017 — News Article

Preliminary Report On Culture Stops Short Of Policy Fixes by David Farrell Thu

A glimpse of what Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly and her Liberal colleagues have planned to promote Canada’s cultural industries in the next several years is included in a recently released 52-page Ipsos research document.

Feb 23, 2017 — News Article

Everything you need to know about the ‘Netflix Tax’ by Jessica Vomiero

MobileSyrup reaches out to several experts to clarify the different debates around the phrase “Netflix Tax,” and the precedent that these discussions may set for digital legislation in the future.

Feb 16, 2017 — News Article

Pierre Karl Péladeau returning as Quebecor’s CEO by Christine Dobby

Péladeau's return to the company four years after leaving as chief executive officer follows a bruising period in his political and personal life – he stepped down as leader of the Parti Québécois in mid-2016 after separating from his wife, TV producer Julie Snyder.

Feb 10, 2017 — News Article

Fuss over American Super Bowl ads ignores reality of Internet TV by Kate Taylor

Columnist says the CRTC’s 2015 exemption to this one aspect of “sim-sub” clearly isn’t fair to CTV, while the goal – to offer Canadian consumers the ability to see American ads during the game – is so minor and so irrelevant to the regulator’s mandate to nurture Canadian broadcasting, it’s almost laughable

Feb 2, 2017 — News Article

Treat media providers equally, but don't pass on costs, Canadians tell Joly by Terry Pedwell

While she vows there will be "no Netflix tax," the Heritage Minister is looking to other countries — particularly around Europe — in trying to determine how to ensure digital streaming and so-called "over-the-top" services contribute to Canada's cultural industries.

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 29, 2017 — News Article

Google Starts YouTube Channel Dedicated To Canadian Film by Dominik Bosnjak

The launch of the channel marks the beginning of a new collaboration between Google Canada and the Canada Media Fund (CMF), the two organizations announced on Thursday

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.