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Dec 4, 2017 — News Article

New journalism award responds to TRC call to action

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and the Canadian Association of Journalists are pleased to announce a new award to recognize exemplary journalism that educates and informs Canadians about Indigenous experiences.

Dec 4, 2017 — News Article

Closing tax loophole needed to save local media by Ian Morrison

FRIENDS spokesperson says that as alarm bells ring across the country about the troubled state of Canadian media and local news, policy-makers have overlooked a surprisingly obvious and accessible fix.

Dec 1, 2017 — News Article

CMF and Quebecor Fund join forces as part of a program to boost exports

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and the Quebecor Fund today announce a new pilot partnership to promote the export of Canadian content.

Dec 1, 2017 — News Article

Look beyond Amazon, Netflix, says digital rights guru by Melanie Goodfellow

Digital strategist says rights holders need to look beyond big streaming players Netflix and Amazon to maximise returns from the burgeoning digital market.

Dec 1, 2017 — News Article

CBC’s digital shift is helping to kill local news outlets by Barrie McKenna

Postmedia executive chairman Paul Godfrey says the spark for the latest wave of newspaper closures was Ottawa's rejection of a bailout for the industry.

Dec 1, 2017 — Policy Brief

CRTC call for comments on the Governor in Council’s request for a report on future programming distribution models

In a submission to the CRTC, FRIENDS says that it is only fair that foreign internet media contribute to Canadian content.  

Nov 29, 2017 — News Article

Is celebrity gossip your ‘local news’? Ottawa seems to think so by Bob Cox

Columnist says that the Aid to Publishers program mostly supports magazines, an industry that for the most part does not have a viable business model without public subsidies.

Oct 23, 2017 — News Article

Canada needs to follow Quebec lead on taxing Netflix by Rosalie Wyonch

Columnist says the federal government’s stubbornness not to make Canadians pay the GST on their Netflix subscription is hindering any progress on the much greater problem of GST collection by foreign digital service companies.

Oct 9, 2017 — News Article

Will the Netflix, Inc. Deal Sink Canadian Media Stocks? by Ambrose O’Callaghan

The Canadian government has come to an agreement with streaming giant Netflix, Inc. to invest $500 million to produce original Canadian content.

Sep 28, 2017 — News Release

Joly tinkers

After two years of study and consultation, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has come up with only a few modest steps to boost Canadian content, according to FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting.

Sep 28, 2017 — Blog Post

DigiCanCon Report Card

FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting has given Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly’s long-awaited Creative Canada Policy Framework an overall barely passing grade of C-.  The core challenge the policy failed to address is the crisis facing local media in Canada as a result of the exponential growth of internet advertising – which is siphoning revenue from Canadian media to foreign internet giants. 

Sep 18, 2017 — News Article

ANALYSIS: Minister Joly’s new strategies may have no teeth (money) by Greg O’Brien

Sources suggest funding for Minister Joly’s new ideas or pet projects will have to claim cash from other areas already allocated through the Department of Heritage, something that won’t be easy.

Sep 14, 2017 — News Article

Press Release: “CONTINUITY – FAIRNESS – SUPPORT”

A large group of cultural organizations for formed a coalition to urge the government to take swift action to solidify the foundation of our cultural and media ecosystem. 

Sep 12, 2017 — Blog Post

NDP leadership candidate Guy Caron briefed on FRIENDS priorities

FRIENDS Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, recent met NDP leadership candidate and MP Guy Caron to discuss solutions to the crisis faced by Canadian media outlets and journalism.

FRIENDS has asked all four of the NDP leadership candidates for a chance to brief them about the significant consequences of the failing Canadian media sector for damage to our democracy.

Aug 24, 2017 — News Article

Baloney Meter: Big TV groups say regs won't mean cuts to CanCon spending

Columnist says the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has actually reduced the minimum amount some broadcast groups will be required to spend on PNI, which include Canadian-made dramas, documentaries, comedies and awards shows.

Aug 18, 2017 — News Article

17 projects receive funding through the CMF’s Aboriginal Program

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) announces a total contribution of $8.9M to 17 convergent projects that applied for production funding through its Aboriginal Program.

Jul 17, 2017 — News Article

Unifor calls for overhaul of NAFTA

Unifor says a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement must include protection of cultural industries such as TV, film and journalism

Jul 11, 2017 — News Article

Trends Report: 2017 Mid-Year Update

In its 2017 trends report, the Canada Media Fund investigates the opportunities that lie ahead to create value in the wake of the restructuring of the global audiovisual industry.

Jun 21, 2017 — News Article

Quebecor Fund announces list of funded production companies and programs

The Quebecor Fund Board of Directors is announes the names of the Canadian production companies that will receive funding in the 34th-round of the Main Television Production Assistance Program.

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.