All Production Funding Articles

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 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

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 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.

Jan 29, 2018 — Ad Campaign

Close the Loophole! ad in The Hill Times

This full-page ad, supported by hundreds of Canadians, was placed in "Canada's Politics and Government Newspaper".

RELATED: Jan 26, 2017 — Publication — The Deductibility of Foreign Internet Advertising
The thesis of this paper is that advertising purchased on foreign internet-delivered media that act as broadcast and newspaper services should not continue to be deemed a deductible expense under the Canadian Income TaxAct (ITA).

Dec 25, 2017 — News Article

Using Billions in Government Cash, Mexico Controls News Media by Azam Ahmed

Columnist says Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration has spent hundreds of millions of dollars a year in government money on advertising, creating what many Mexican media owners, executives and journalists call a presidential branding juggernaut capable of suppressing investigative articles, directing front pages and intimidating newsrooms that challenge it.

Dec 19, 2017 — News Article

Why Are There So Few Canadian Hit TV Shows? by Barry Kiefl

The President of Canadian Media Research Inc. says the paucity of high-quality Canadian drama and entertainment is mostly a function money, as well as our risk-averse government funding system. 

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

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-359

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.