What has FRIENDS accomplished?
Built an independent watchdog group supported by 364,000 Canadians to defend and enhance Canadian content on radio, television and online.
Deterred actions against public broadcasting on the part of Liberal and Conservative governments
Led the defence of local programming
Created dozens of television and social media video campaigns to mobilize public support
Defended provincial educational public broadcasters in several Canadian jurisdictions
Placed 25 ads in newspapers across the country
Commissioned 33 public opinion surveys on broadcasting and cultural sovereignty themes
Built ‘friends.ca’, Canada’s go to site for media issues including the unique Media Monitor database
Promoted the adoption of the 1991 Broadcasting Act and defended its values in subsequent years
Submitted 82 briefs to the CRTC on policy and licensing issues
Appeared regularly before House of Commons and Senate Committees on broadcasting issues
Mobilized public opinion in several federal elections and by-elections, including 24 swing ridings during the 2015 general election
Sponsored the Dalton Camp Award to encourage Canadians to think and write on the links between media and democracy
Collaborated with other groups on matters of common interest affecting broadcasting and communication