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Feb 25, 2015 — News Release

Forbidden Ad: Networks reject Friends’ TV spots

All the major Canadian TV network and station owners: Bell, Corus, Québécor, Rogers and Shaw have refused to air Friends of Canadian Broadcasting TV ads that satirize Stephen Harper for his hostile agenda towards the CBC.

Feb 25, 2015 — News Article

Television Networks Reject Friends' TV Spots

FRIENDS says the ads the networks do not want Canadians to see are meant to hold the Harper government to account for the damage it has done to public broadcasting in Canada.

Feb 24, 2015 — News Article

Sun News Burned by Changing Broadcasting Climate by Michael Geist

Columnist says Sun News' demise signals the beginning of a new era in Canadian broadcasting in which services are allowed to fail rather than being propped up through regulatory or government support.

Feb 24, 2015 — News Article

Bell Canada Seeks Reversal Of CRTC's Net Neutrality Ruling In Federal Court by Daniel Tencer

Bell Canada has gone to court to overturn a ruling from Canada’s telecom watchdog that requires the media giant to price competing streaming services at the same rates as its own.

Feb 23, 2015 — News Article

Sun TV’s demise lamented by pro-Israel groups by Paul Lungen

Spokespeople for several Jewish groups lament the loss of Sun TV, both for the coverage it gave to issues they found important, and because it signals yet another diminishing of the news media landscape.

Feb 23, 2015 — News Article

Bell Mobility Inc asks courts to overturn CRTC decision over ‘unlawful’ mobile TV pricing by Terry Pedwell

One of the country’s biggest mobile companies is hoping the courts will overturn a decision by the telecom regulator that was aimed at creating greater price fairness for mobile TV services.

Feb 16, 2015 — News Article

Sun News Death a Victory for Intellect by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist says Sun News' jabbing at the CBC,  calling it "the state broadcaster", was ironic given the network's unequivocal support of the Harper government and its steady fill-ups at the Economic Action Plan advertising tank.

Feb 15, 2015 — News Article

The Todd Veinotte Show - Episode 11

FRIENDS' spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses the end of Sun News Network on the Todd Veinotte Show

Feb 9, 2015 — News Article

Netflix says ‘hola’ to Cuba by Todd Longwell

Cuba is the latest Latin American country to join the Netflix family, following Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica and Panama.

Feb 8, 2015 — News Article

VPNs Dissolve National Boundaries Online, for Work and Movie-Watching

Co-founder and director of PureVPN says 20 million consumers use VPNs and similar services to reach more than 300 channels that are geographically blocked in some way.

Feb 6, 2015 — News Article

Numeris is calling, but Canadians need more information about TV ratings by Kate Taylor

Columnist says ratings show the CBC is actually not doing so badly: Murdoch Mysteries, The Book of Negroes, Schitt’s Creek and The Mercer Report all made it to the top 30 during the week of Jan. 25.

Feb 3, 2015 — News Article

Globe says BCE not happy with CRTC's decision on simsub

The Globe and Mail reports that Bell Media is sparring with the CRTC over a decision to ban a long-standing practice of substituting Canadian commercials for flashier American ads during the Super Bowl. 

Feb 2, 2015 — News Article

Bell clashes with CRTC over future Super Bowl commercials by James Bradshaw

Bell Media is sparring with the federal broadcast regulator over a decision to ban a long-standing practice of substituting Canadian commercials for flashier American ads during the Super Bowl.

Feb 2, 2015 — News Article

Canadian carriers cry foul on CRTC plan by Fred Rinne

The CRTC is contemplating a ban on Canadian network carriers from blocking American commercials on Canadian TV.

Jan 30, 2015 — News Article

CRTC report: Nine things to know about impending changes to your TV, online or off by Ashley Csanady

CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais promises a regulator that protects consumers both online and off and wants to ensure a future for Canadian television content in the 21st century, regardless of how it’s watched.

Jan 30, 2015 — News Article

CRTC misses the local TV mark, and then some by Carmi Levy

Columnist says that by striking down carriers’ attempts to implement a preferential payment system, the CRTC has made it clear it has no intention of allowing anything less than equitable access to all Internet resources.

Jan 29, 2015 — News Article

‘Pandering to public': CRTC makes way for U.S. Super Bowl ads on Canadian TV, starting in 2017 by Christina Pellegrini

FRIENDS says CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais is displaying a lack of leadership by pandering to public opinion and the sentiments of the Harper government while avoiding some very serious problems. 

Jan 29, 2015 — News Article

Finally, Canadians may get to see U.S. ads with the Super Bowl

In a speech to a London, Ont., business gathering the CRTC chairman announces that broadcasters will lose the ability to switch ads, along with mandatory carriage privileges on cable and satellite services, if they shut down transmitters that allow Canadians access to free, over-the-air TV signals.

Jan 25, 2015 — News Article

Are the NHL, Rogers and, most importantly, fans benefitting from new TV deal? by Amber Dowling

Columnist says when the CBC lost NHL broadcast rights last year, reports surfaced that it could see an annual advertising revenue loss of $225 million – a staggering number that is still less than Rogers’ annual payments.