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Jul 8, 2017 — News Article

What’s next in TV’s digital revolution by Chris Powell

Columnist says consumer adoption of network TV alternatives like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, coupled with the content available on YouTube and quasi-legal sources like Periscope and torrents, is requiring broadcast groups to straddle the line between traditional TV and digital.

Jul 7, 2017 — News Article

It’s time to save news as you – and we – know it 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.

Jul 5, 2017 — News Article

Heritage Minister to unveil Canadian media strategy in September by Ryan Thorpe

News Media Canada called on Joly and the federal government last month to increase funding to the Canadian Periodical Fund from $75 million to $350 million annually.

Jul 4, 2017 — News Article

BBC Set to Fight Netflix With More Money for Kids TV by Alex Ritman

The broadcaster will pledge an extra $44 million toward children's content to counter the growing influence of online offerings.

Jul 4, 2017 — News Article

The video revolution helped fuel the rise of Trump by Howard Green

Columnist says the video revolution preceding the digital and social-media revolutions and is one of the Trump era’s deepest roots - enabling the spread of faux-reality, creating an arena where a con artist could flourish.

Jul 4, 2017 — News Article

Trump’s war on the media is a strategic blunder by Lawrence Martin

Columnist says Donald Trump has a lot of weapons in his arsenal, but journalists have the better ones.

Jul 3, 2017 — News Article

Is it always a bad idea to get government involved in journalism? by Stephen Kimber

Columnist says there is a difference between what News Media Canada is proposing and providing public support for actual journalism.

Jul 3, 2017 — News Article

Is it always a bad idea to get government involved in journalism? by Stephen Kimber

Columnist says there is a difference between what News Media Canada is proposing and providing public support for actual journalism.

Jun 29, 2017 — News Article

No internet tax for Canadian media by David Charbonneau

Columnist says the best way to support Canadian media is to ensure that Canadians have an affordable, high speed internet where innovators can create content.

Jun 28, 2017 — News Article

Very Dangerous Times: The Media Is Under Attack by an Authoritarian White House by Adele M. Stan

A well-informed citizenry is necessary for democracy to function correctly, but Adele M. Stan warns Donald Trump doesn't want America's citizens well informed.

Jun 27, 2017 — News Article

Star Touch proved it: A media bailout is a terrible idea by Andrew Potter

The Toronto Star announced this week that it was shuttering its flagship Star Touch tablet app, laying off 30 employees and eating something north of $20 million in investment costs.

Jun 22, 2017 — News Article

Where is the next generation of Indigenous journalists coming from? by Paul Adams

Columnist says there’s no doubt that the current interest and concern about Indigenous people among the wider public — their history, their culture, their art, and the social and economic challenges they face — has been fuelled in part by the emergence of a generation of Indigenous journalists.

Jun 21, 2017 — News Article

Critic's Notebook: Apple and All of Its Money Just Got Real About the TV Business by Tim Goodman

Columnist says any pretense that Apple is not diving into the television content business just vanished in a very big way.

Jun 15, 2017 — News Release

FRIENDS supports Heritage Committee’s local media prescription

The 20 recommendations proposed by the House of Commons Heritage Committee to rescue struggling Canadian news are a recipe for success according to FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting.

Jun 14, 2017 — News Article

What’s behind the recent media bloodbath? The dominance of Google and Facebook by Daniel Funke

Columnist says the continued financial success of Silicon Valley titans Google and Facebook, whose dominance of the advertising sector has left publishers fighting over scraps, has lead to stories of doom and gloom within the media.

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 8, 2017 — News Article

Cord Cutters Growing in Canada, Thanks to Alternative Video Services: Report

According to the J.D. Power 2017 Canadian Television/Internet Provider Customer Satisfaction Study released today, more than 1 in 4 subscribers in Canada are considering cutting their TV cords as alternative video services continue to grow, with Netflix being the most popular platform.

Jun 1, 2017 — News Article

Dispatches from the sewer: Bayne opens up about the media and Mike Duffy by Michael Harris

The lawyer who bested the combined might of the Ontario AG’s office and the RCMP in the criminal trial of Senator Mike Duffy says he was shocked by the uniformed media “maelstrom” that formed against his client — a bias which he says continues to this day.

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.