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September 27, 2006 - Submission to the CRTC regarding the regulatory framework for over-the-air television
Friends makes recommendations on advertising regulations, subscriber fees, public broadcasting funding, out-of-market tuning, time shifting, Canadian programming, local programming, the benefits policy and HD issues.

September 22, 2006 - Podcast: FRIENDS presentation to the Standing Committee on Finance
This edition features a video presentation FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, made to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance.

News stories for Nov 3 - 14:

November 14, 2006 - The Spry Memorial Lecture 2006: Announcement for 2006 Spry Memorial Lecture
Cultural journalist, policy analyst and editor, Patricia Aufderheide speaks on themes related to public broadcasting within the academic community.

November 9, 2006 - Toronto Star: Google attempts to conquer U.S. radio by Sue Zeidler
Google is hiring scores of radio sales people and is spending heavily to launch its Google Audio Ads program on U.S. radio.

November 9, 2006 - Charlottetown Guardian: Federal government starving CBC of funds, top executive warns by Ron Ryder
Mark Starowicz, executive producer of CBC's documentary production unit tells a P.E.I. crowd that funding cuts at CBC are leaving Canada in danger of raising a generation ignorant of its own culture and heritage.

November 9, 2006 - Globe & Mail: Canadian Film Centre unveils new face by Gayle MacDonald
The Canadian Film Centre's new strategic plan calls for multiplatform content, international co-production, an enhanced feature film program, and expanded training in interactive cinema.

November 9, 2006 - Globe & Mail: After media deals and trust shakeup, what's next for CanWest? by Grant Robertson
Columnist says rumors are spreading in the broadcast industry that CanWest will make a major move such as buying Alliance Atlantis, merging with Rogers Communications or possibly going private.

November 8, 2006 - Globe & Mail: The Canadian TV quote of the year by John Doyle
Columnist says that the dismissive attitude shown by the the Canadian Association of Broadcasters toward investment in Canadian content exhibits smugness and greed.

November 8, 2006 - Globe & Mail: MD's debut work wins Giller Prize by James Adams
Torontonian Vincent Lam, in his debut work, beat out four other finalists for Canada's richest literary prize.

November 8, 2006 - Globe & Mail: Movie Distribution considers cashing out of distribution partnership
The Movie Distribution Income Fund is joining Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. in putting their Motion Picture Distribution Limited Partnership up for sale.

November 8, 2006 - Globe & Mail: Pattison eyes CHUM TV assets by Grant Robertson
The Jim Pattison Group, Canada's third-largest private company, is rumoured to be a potential buyer of several television stations being sold off in the takeover of CHUM Ltd.

November 8, 2006 - Globe & Mail: Telefilm plugs in to video game funding by Simon Avery
Telefilm Canada will spend $2-million to support the creation of Canadian video games.

November 8, 2006 - Vancouver Sun: Broadcasters facing unregulated competition by Peter Wilson
In North America there are now more than 700 digital out-of-home networks - all of them unregulated - feeding flat screen TV's in the local Royal Bank or Wal-Mart with advertisers messages.

November 8, 2006 - Vancouver Province: Dealing with 'digital tsunami' by Jim Jamieson
Media executives say broadcasters must be nimble in reacting to new technologies such as broadband Internet, podcasting and video on mobile telephones.

November 8, 2006 - Kitchener-Waterloo Record: CBC exec frustrated Canadians prefer U.S. TV over their own
Richard Stursberg, executive vice-president of CBC English television says American shows on CTV and Global have "nothing to do with our Canadian life, values, mores and culture."

November 8, 2006 - Globe & Mail: Minister cancels bash over lobbyist's role by Bill Curry
A fundraiser for the Heritage Minister organized by Charlotte Bell, the regulatory affairs lobbyist for CanWest, has been cancelled amid opposition claims that the Conservatives were not acting ethically.

November 7, 2006 - CBC/Radio-Canada: Speech by Richard Stursberg at the Economic Club of Toronto
The Executive Vice-President, CBC Television says the broadcaster's central challenge is to make more Canadian programming that more Canadians want to watch.

November 7, 2006 - Maclean's: Heritage Minister cancels fundraiser co-organized by media exec by Jennifer Ditchburn
Heritage Minister Bev Oda cancelled a $250-per-ticket re-election fundraiser organized by a broadcasting executive, citing concerns that the event would be negatively perceived.

November 7, 2006 - CTV: Bloc MPs boo Don Cherry in House of Commons
Bloc Quebecois MPs booed Don Cherry loudly in the House of Commons because of a perceived bias the hockey analyst has against French Canadians.

November 7, 2006 - Globe & Mail: Shelley Ambrose new Walrus publisher by James Adams
A former public-affairs officer for the Canadian consulate in New York is the new publisher of the current-affairs magazine.

November 7, 2006 - Associated Press: Microsoft to offer TV shows, movies through Xbox Live by Elizabeth M. Gillespie
Microsoft has teamed with Hollywood studios to sell TV shows and rent movies through an online video-game service.

November 7, 2006 - Vancouver Province: New media making advertisers grumpy by Jim Jamieson
A digital marketing executive warned that advertisers will use the Internet to communicate with consumers if traditional broadcasters don't adapt.

November 7, 2006 - Vancouver Sun: Actors speak out for more Canadian content by Kevin Griffin
Veteran actors Donnelly Rhodes and Jackson Davies say there is a need to support home-grown talent and telling our own stories.

November 6, 2006 - Variety: Alliance Atlantis hangs for-sale sign by Tamsen Tillson
Columnist suggests that in an increasingly consolidated media market, Alliance Atlantis is the next takeover target, with CanWest Global as the likely buyer.

November 6, 2006 - Globe & Mail: Lilly silliness rules at Geminis by Alexandra Gill
Slings & Arrows the big winner at a Gemini Awards show criticized as being "a celebration of the U.S. and our copycat programs."

November 6, 2006 - Globe & Mail: Radio urged to adopt digital ratings system by Grant Robertson
Advertisers want the Radio industry to contribute as much as $8.5-million to introduce digital audience tracking.

November 6, 2006 - New York Times: Newspapers To Test Plan To Sell Ads On Google by Saul Hansell
Google is going to start selling advertisements that will appear in the print editions of 50 major newspapers.

November 4, 2006 - Toronto Star: A danger in leaving it to the market by Gerald Caplan and Florian Sauvageau
Authors of the 1986 Report of the Task Force on Broadcasting Policy say that a significant role for the state is needed to ensure Canada's media system serves the common good and democracy.

November 4, 2006 - Toronto Star: Government still has a role to play
Op-ed suggests there are indications that the Harper government is preparing to act on media policy.

November 4, 2006 - Globe & Mail: Satellite TV providers must apply to carry radio by Grand Robertson
The CRTC has ruled that satellite television providers won't be able to carry satellite radio without applying for changes to their licences.

November 4, 2006 - Globe & Mail: Stursberg says CBC ratings not 'disastrous' by Guy Dixon
CBC's head of English-language television says the broadcaster is in a transition period, with a new, heavier reliance on regular series and reality TV.

November 3, 2006 - Conference of the European Broadcasting Union/MTV: Authorisation Without Oversight, remarks by Vincent Porter
The Chair of the European Alliance of Listeners' and Viewers' Associations observes that Europeans seek more than just editorial freedom but also a regulatory framework which is designed to ensure responsible citizen-oriented editorial policies.