All Private Broadcasters Articles

Mar 22, 2018 — News Article

As A Senator, Here's Why I Believe The Government Should Fund Journalism by Raymonde Saint-Germain

Most experts agreed that a medley of action is needed, both for funding the supply of, and improving the demand for, trusted news.

Mar 21, 2018 — News Article

Zuckerberg, Facing Facebook’s Worst Crisis Yet, Pledges Better Privacy by Sheera Frenkel and Kevin Roose

Facebook’s chief executive publicly addresses the misuse of data belonging to 50 million users of the social network and described the steps the company will take to safeguard the information of its more than two billion monthly users.

Mar 12, 2018 — News Article

Competition Bureau searches Postmedia and Torstar offices in probe of newspaper deal by Pete Evans

Search warrants are tied to deal between publishers to swap more than 40 papers then close them.

Mar 11, 2018 — News Article

Serious journalism is vital to healthy democracy and requires support by Robin V. Sears

Columnist says hypocritical politicians can’t defend mocking “failed business models” while propping up broadcasters, magazines and megawealthy digital monopolies.

Mar 8, 2018 — News Article

Skinny TV holding on after two years by Peter Vogel

Two years ago Canadians gained access to so-called skinny TV packages after the CRTC, Canada’s broadcast regulator, mandated that the cable TV companies make available a barebones $25 a month TV package to their customers.

Mar 6, 2018 — News Article

'Mistake' leads to Canadian Forces ad on far-right website by Dylan Robertson

The Canadian Forces have been running a recruitment ad on the American website Breitbart — a digital force in far-right politics that’s among U.S. President Donald Trump’s staunchest allies and one of Canada’s biggest critics.

Mar 3, 2018 — News Article

Pirates are selling cheap, live TV and some Canadians are signing up by Sophia Harris

A recent study suggests that 6.5 per cent of North American households have accessed a pirated live TV subscription.

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 16, 2018 — News Article

CRTC decision on TVA Sports - Quebecor seeks leave to appeal to Federal Court of Appeal

Quebecor is seeks a review of the decision issued by the CRTC on January 17, 2017 with respect to the rate paid by Bell TV for distribution of TVA Sports.


Feb 16, 2018 — News Article

Confessions Of A Former Toronto Star Intern by Jen Gerson

Columnist fears that the famed intern program ruined as many potential talents as it helped create.

Feb 16, 2018 — News Article

Innovative ideas to solve media challenges discussed at launch of Digital News Innovation Challenge by Amanda Pope

A website to help children understand the news, a mobile platform that provides newsrooms with better access to eyewitness videos, and an online platform for distributing newscasts on voice-activated devices were among the ideas-in-progress at the recent launch of the Digital News Innovation Challenge.

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.

Feb 4, 2018 — News Article

Netflix acquires French-Canadian film Les Affamés as part of $500 million investment by Dean Daley

Les Affamés tells the story of a small remote village in Quebec, where the bodies of locals have started to turn against their loved ones.

Feb 2, 2018 — News Article

Netflix, taxes and non-existent loopholes. What a story. by Vito Pilieci

The funding for Canadian Content from Netflix came on the heels of a summer price hike that saw customers pay between $1 and $2 more for their subscriptions, but Netflix says the price hike and the investment in Canadian content are not related.


Feb 1, 2018 — News Article

Ottawa’s ‘Studied Indifference’ to Canadian Newspapers Is Undermining Journalism by John Honderich

Columnist says the federal government is ignoring practical solutions that would help struggling newspapers at little cost to the public purse.

Feb 1, 2018 — News Article

Canada’s heritage minister moves to allay fears over Netflix Canada deal by Jeremy Kay

Canadian heritage minister MélanieJoly has moves to allay fears over the recently announced Netflix Canada deal and in particular its impact on French-Canadian culture.