FRIENDS in the News — 2005

News Articles About FRIENDS

FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting has been supporting Canadian content and making news for many years now. An archive of articles about our organization can be found below.

Dec 26, 2005 — Canadian Business

Media: Radio Waves by Andy Holloway

Article discusses business prospects of U.S. satellite radio services in Canada; FRIENDS continues to see CRTC approval of satellite radio with low Canadian content requirements as slippery slope for regulatory regime that enabled the success of the Canadian music industry.

Dec 14, 2005 — Canadian Press

CBC-TV trying to put a bad year behind it, looking for optimistic turn in 2006 by John McKay

Richard Stursberg, executive director of CBC English television, proclaims network "fully recovered" from NHL and CBC lockouts; FRIENDS disagrees, calls CBC lockout "a calamitous mistake".

Dec 7, 2005 — Toronto Star

Canuck TV needs bucks

Industry sources say national public broadcaster requires sustained funding commitment.

Dec 6, 2005 — Canadian Press

Canada's TV industry looking to 2006 for relief from perennial funding crisis by John McKay

FRIENDS says next federal government will be forced to address the scarcity of funding for production of Canadian television programs; notes current funding model effectively helps to subsidize the cost of acquiring U.S. shows.

Dec 5, 2005 — Playback

Pubcaster deals with fallout from labor conflict by Etan Vlessing

CBC struggles with worker morale, viewer loyalty post-lockout; FRIENDS says many Canadians were justifiably upset with loss of a service they were paying for.

Nov 8, 2005 — Halifax Chronicle Herald

CBC friends’ voices unheard in Gomery din? by Basil Deakin

Columnist discusses FRIENDS petition calling for increased funding for CBC.

Nov 1, 2005 — Public Interest Advocacy Centre

Telecommunications for the benefit of all Canadians: A Declaration

Public Interest Advocacy Centre issues declaration criticizing the federal government's telecommunications policy review and recommending changes; FRIENDS has endorsed the declaration.

Oct 27, 2005 — CBC News

CBC News video by Eric Sorensen (Lockout 'last resort' to reach deal: CBC president)

FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison comments following appearance of CBC president and other executives before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.

Oct 12, 2005 — Canadian Press

CBC workers whistle back to work by John McKay

CBC employees return to work; FRIENDS calls for changes to patronage system used to appoint CBC president.

Oct 7, 2005 — NDP

Angus calls on Frulla to get serious about patronage problems at CBC

NDP Heritage Critic says seven-week lockout at CBC the direct result of the patronage system used to appoint the CBC president.

Oct 5, 2005 — Council of Canadians / Parkland Institute

Event: Public Broadcasting and Citizenship

FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison to speak at forum on public broadcasting and citizenship.

Oct 4, 2005 — Canadian Press

The Corp's in tough to win back viewers by Bruce Cheadle

FRIENDS says CBC president must answer for the extraordinary number of lockouts at the public broadcaster since 1999.

Oct 4, 2005 — Canadian Press

CBC faces tough job wooing back viewers

FRIENDS says CBC president must answer for high frequency of lockouts during his tenure.

Oct 4, 2005 — Montreal Gazette

Change looms at CBC

MPs to ask hard questions of CBC management following lockout.

Oct 2, 2005 — Toronto Star

Polls consistently report that Canadians trust CBC above other broadcasters, says Ian Morrison

FRIENDS spokesperson writes that based on poll results, Canadians consistently trust CBC more than other broadcasters, and want it funded properly.

Oct 2, 2005 — Toronto Star

The price of our ambivalence by Douglas Bell

Not increasing CBC's funding will be politically expedient so long as there are polls to suggest vocal CBC supporters are in the minority.

Oct 1, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

Rabinovitch feels the heat of CBC lockout by Chris Cobb

CBC president given rough ride by MPs, ministers, CBC board of directors over lockout; FRIENDS says president is wearing the lockout decision personally, expects he will have less freedom over remainder of his two-year term.

Sep 23, 2005 — Canadian Press

Minister to meet with both sides in CBC dispute

CBC management, union to attend meeting with federal Minister of Labour to discuss lockout; FRIENDS views meeting as positive development that will focus more public attention on CBC president.

Sep 22, 2005 — CBC On The Line

Watson's remarks without merit, says Ian Morrison

FRIENDS comments on op-ed by former CBC chair Patrick Watson.

Sep 22, 2005 —

CBC damage done by Andrew Cash

Private broadcasters benefit from CBC lockout, reflected in minimal news coverage of lockout on private networks; FRIENDS understands that savings from CBC lockout may be sufficient to offset revenues lost during NHL lockout.

Sep 21, 2005 —

Lockout economics: Is there a link between the CBC's labour dispute and the hockey season that wasn't? by CBCUnlocked

FRIENDS calls theory that savings from CBC lockout are being used to offset losses resulting from NHL lockout "plausible".

Sep 21, 2005 — Canadian Press

U.S. frontier saga replaces Trudeau miniseries by John McKay

Famous Canadians deliver single message at Massey Hall event in support of public broadcasting: "Bring back the CBC".

Sep 21, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CBC board backs management by Peter Rakobowchuk

CBC Board of Directors announces support for management decision to lock out workers; FRIENDS says next step is for Parliament to become involved.

Sep 21, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Free Toronto concert in support of CBC workers

FRIENDS co-sponsors evening in support of public broadcasting, Wednesday, September 21, 8 p.m., at Massey Hall in Toronto.

Sep 16, 2005 — Broadcaster Magazine

CBC Lockout in Second Month; Talks Continue, Support Concert Planned

FRIENDS co-sponsors event to support public broadcasting, September 21, 8 p.m. at Massey Hall in Toronto.

Sep 15, 2005 — ROB-TV

Debate about the role of the CBC

FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison and Conservative Party heritage critic Bev Oda discuss the role and future of the national public broadcaster.

Sep 12, 2005 — CBC News

Sirius says cabinet has OK'd bid to provide satellite radio

FRIENDS appeal of CRTC satellite radio decisions based in part on the risk that conventional broadcasters would demand reductions in Canadian content obligations to compete with licensed U.S. services.

Sep 10, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Satellite radio ruling upheld by Simon Tuck

FRIENDS expects conventional radio broadcasters will eventually ask Ottawa to reduce their Canadian content obligations in wake of cabinet decision to uphold CRTC decisions on satellite radio.

Sep 9, 2005 — Canadian Press

Cabinet backs broadcast regulator's licence approvals for satellite radio by Dennis Bueckert

Cabinet upholds CRTC decisions to issue satellite radio licences with unprecedented low Canadian content obligations; Canadian content policy dealt blow; FRIENDS calls decision a black day for Canada.

Sep 9, 2005 — Toronto Star

New CBC chairman lifts hopes in worker lock-out by Sean Gordon

FRIENDS says the fact CBC's president is not accountable to its board means the appointment of a new chairperson is unlikely to bring an end to the current labour dispute.

Sep 6, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Digital airwaves cloud Cancon's future by Brian Laghi

FRIENDS disagrees that technology renders Canadian content regulations obsolete, notes that satellite radio market will remain small for some time to come.

Sep 3, 2005 — Toronto Star

Debate over satellite radio still raging by Greg Quill

U.S. satellite radio services stage media forum in Toronto, arrange for artists to voice objection to the appeals of CRTC licensing decisions.

Aug 30, 2005 — Canadian Press

Sirius to add more French-language satellite radio service to appease cabinet by John Ward

FRIENDS expects federal cabinet will give CRTC guidelines if it decides to send satellite radio decisions back for review.

Aug 29, 2005 — Canadian Press

Canadians shrugging off CBC lockout: poll

FRIENDS believes CBC management chose late summer lockout date to ensure the least public reaction.

Aug 29, 2005 — Playback

Is CBC profiting from lockout? by Sean Davidson

FRIENDS notes that CBC television viewers typically switch to other channels when CBC goes off the air, and are slow to return.

Aug 26, 2005 — Vancouver Sun

Firms fear denial of radio licences by Marke Andrews

FRIENDS says allowing satellite radio decisions to stand would create a slippery slope for Canadian content throughout the broadcasting system.

Aug 22, 2005 — Montreal Gazette

What of the CBC? by Chris Cobb

Former CBC anchor Knowlton Nash, former Heritage Committee Chair and Our Cultural Sovereignty author Clifford Lincoln lament impact of lockout on CBC's future.

Aug 18, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Locked-out CBC throws bone to advertisers by Keith McArthur

FRIENDS says CBC management decision to deliver CBC newscasts to Air Canada, but rebroadcast BBC news on air, shows where priorities lie.

Aug 18, 2005 — The Vancouver Sun

Privatized CBC could make new Friends -- 'stockholders' by Gerry Nicholls

VP of the National Citizens Coalition says CBC lockout proves Canada doesn't need an “all-socialist” public broadcaster anymore.

Aug 17, 2005 — Globe & Mail

With lockout, depleted CBC struggling to stay timely by Gayle MacDonald and Guy Dixon

FRIENDS calls CBC lockout programming crude and unimaginative; viewers and listeners in remote areas say they feel cut off from the rest of the country.

Aug 16, 2005 — Canadian Press

No news is bad news for lockout CBC by John McKay

FRIENDS blames both management and union for CBC lockout, notes negative consequences of successful Canadian Media Guild efforts in 2004 to amalgamate both technicians and journalists into the same bargaining unit.

Aug 15, 2005 — CTV News

Scaled down service for CBC in wake of a strike by Scott Laurie

FRIENDS says the people of Canada, CBC's shareholders, will unfairly suffer from CBC lockout.

Aug 15, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Repeats galore and no Peter by Guy Dixon

FRIENDS expects the quality of CBC news and other programming to deteriorate badly in the event of a lockout; lost viewers and listeners may be hard to win back.

Aug 4, 2005 — CARTT

CSR survey refutes culture group claims

Article notes that Canadian Satellite Radio is doing much more public relations work than Sirius Canada in the face of appeals of CRTC decisions granting satellite pay radio licences.

Jul 27, 2005 — The Gazette

Arts group wants satellite radio ruling overturned

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting and eight other organizations will mount offensive against CRTC's satellite radio decision.

Jul 22, 2005 — Regina Leader-Post

CRTC looking at licensing new national pay TV

FRIENDS comments on new pay TV licence applications.

Jul 21, 2005 — CBC News

New channels circling Canada's pay TV universe

CRTC expected to make a decision on four new pay tv applicants in late winter or early spring.

Jul 19, 2005 — Canadian Press

CRTC mulling four broadcaster applications to compete in pay TV market

Four new applications may upset two-decade old Corus/Astral pay television duopoly.

Jul 17, 2005 — Webpronews

Canadian Group Opposes XM, Sirius Licensing by David Utter

Groups oppose CRTC ruling on Satellite radio; say that XM and Sirius will provide minimal Canadian content.

Jul 15, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

FCC pulls media ownership discussion from agenda by Brooks Boliek

FCC commissioners, evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, fail to agree on questions to be asked in review of U.S. media ownership rules.

Jul 13, 2005 — Edmonton Journal

Satellite radio's mixed signals by Sandra Sperounes

Arts and labour groups ask government to pull the plug on U.S. subscription radio licensees; conventional radio stations unsure whether satellite radio will harm their business.

Jul 13, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

Chum, Astral make case against U.S. sat radio entry by Etan Vlessing

CHUM and Astral join a large number of arts groups in appealing the CRTC’s pay radio decision.

Jul 13, 2005 — Toronto Star

CHUM, Astral will appeal satellite licences of rivals

CHUM and Astral announce appeal of CRTC decision on subscription radio services saying it will negatively affect Canadian content requirements across the broadcasting sector.

Jul 13, 2005 — Vancouver Province

Group appeals CRTC satellite radio decision

Broadcasters join cultural coalitions in launching appeal against CRTC subscription radio decision.

Jul 12, 2005 — CARTT

Mass appeal of sat rad ruling Greg O’Brien

Three coalitions appeal the CRTC's licensing of U.S. satellite radio services CSR and Sirius Canada.

Jul 12, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Third group appeals digital radio decision by Jack Kapica

Broadcasters led by Astral and CHUM join two cultural coalitions in appealing the CRTC's pay radio ruling.

Jul 11, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Is it the death of the 30-second spot? by Keith McArthur

The value of the traditional 30-second television ad spot is declining.

Jul 10, 2005 — Edmonton Journal

Satellite radio's mixed signals by Sandra Sperounes

Conventional radio broadcasters say they are not fearful of satellite radio, will focus on local content.

Jul 5, 2005 — Le Quotidien

Radio par satellite

Quebec's minister of culture is shocked by CRTC decision on satellite radio, feels ruling poses a significant threat to Quebecois culture.

Jul 2, 2005 — Globe & Mail

The static over satellite radio by Kate Taylor

FRIENDS opposes double standard for Canadian content created by CRTC pay radio decision.

Jul 1, 2005 — Satellite Week

Some Canadian Artists Appeal CRTC Satellite Radio Nod, Others Applaud

Company that serves independent artists says it disagrees with arts group coalition appeal of the CRTC pay radio decision.

Jul 1, 2005 — Portage Daily Graphic

Cdn. Arts Group Wants CRTC Ruling Overturned

Friends and other members of cultural coalition say CRTC satellite radio ruling could lead to decreased Canadian content across the broadcasting system.

Jun 28, 2005 — Ottawa Sun

Groups wants feds to zap radio ruling

Cultural groups ask federal Cabinet to overturn CRTC pay radio ruling.

Jun 28, 2005 — Toronto Star

Satellite radio decision could demolish Cancon industry, says coalition by Greg O'Brien

ACTRA comments on cultural coalition appeal of CRTC pay radio decision.

Jun 28, 2005 — The London Free Press

Satellite radio facing stiff opposition

Cultural groups oppose satellite radio decision on the basis it will erode Canadian content structure that has taken Canada decades to build.

Jun 28, 2005 — National Post

Push on to block U.S. satellite radio

Cultural coalition tells Cabinet pay radio decision runs counter to Canadian broadcasting policy.

Jun 28, 2005 — The Standard

Satellite radio ruling a threat to Canadian content: coalition

Coalition of media, labour and arts groups appeals satellite radio ruling.

Jun 28, 2005 — Star Phoenix

Quash satellite radio, say arts groups, unions

Coalition of media, labour and arts groups says Cabinet must overturn CRTC pay radio ruling in order to preserve Canadian content.

Jun 28, 2005 — Communications Daily


Cultural coalition believes pay radio ruling breaches Canada's Broadcasting Act.

Jun 28, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Satellite radio's foes put up their dukes by James Adams

Cultural coalition opposes CRTC approval of U.S. satellite radio services.

Jun 28, 2005 — Edmonton Journal

Overturn pay-radio ruling, groups demand

Arts coalition says CRTC ruling on pay radio sets a dangerous precedent and is asking federal Cabinet to overturn it.

Jun 28, 2005 — Canadian Press

Ottawa urged to quash CRTC pay-radio ruling by Maria Babbage

Coalition of arts groups asks Cabinet to overturn satellite radio decision.

Jun 28, 2005 — Halifax Daily News

Arts-labour coalition wants pay-radio ruling overturned

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting and other coalition members ask Cabinet to review CRTC ruling on satellite radio, consider the decision to be a threat to Canadian content.

Jun 28, 2005 — Edmonton Sun

Controversy over Canadian content by Mindelle Jacobs

FRIENDS and other arts groups say CRTC satellite radio decision will undo decades of achievement resulting from Canadian content rules; FRIENDS criticizes CBC management for involvement in one of two U.S. services licensed.

Jun 28, 2005 — Toronto Star

Pay radio ruling favours Americans by Ian Morrison

FRIENDS op-ed explains rationale for arts coalition appeal of CRTC decision on pay radio.

Jun 27, 2005 — CARTT

Satellite radio decision to be appealed

Arts and labour groups say pay radio decision runs counter to policy objectives behind Canada's Broadcasting Act.

Jun 27, 2005 — The Leader-Post

Arts coalition wants cabinet to overturn pay-radio decision

Friends and other arts and labour groups ask Cabinet to review the CRTC's decision on pay radio.

Jun 27, 2005 — Daily Herald Tribune

Canadian Content the Crux of Challenge to Pay-Radio Ruling

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting and fellow arts and labour groups are challenging the CRTC's pay radio ruling because of its projected degenerative effect on Canadian content throughout the broadcasting system.

Jun 27, 2005 — The Vancouver Province

Canadian listeners should stop having to play second fiddle

Article says that CRTC ruling on pay radio services is "heavy handed" due to attached Canadian content obligations.

Jun 27, 2005 — The Record

Group wants pay-radio decision overturned

Coalition members ask Cabinet to review CRTC subscription radio decision, which they say will erode Canadian content in Canada's audio-visual system.

Jun 27, 2005 — Automotive News

Canada's rules worry satellite radio companies by Greg Bowens

U.S. satellite radio providers consider whether to enter Canadian market, want to ensure Canadian rules do not "diminish the American listening experience".

Jun 27, 2005 — Canadian Press

Quash CRTC pay-radio ruling, unions and arts group urge federal cabinet by Maria Babbage

Groups say pay radio decision creates slippery slope toward reduction or elimination of Canadian content requirements.

Jun 27, 2005 — La Presse Canadienne

Radio par abonnement: deux coalitions en appellent des decisions du CRTC

Two coalitions of arts, recording industry and media groups - one English and one French - are demanding the CRTC's subscription radio decision be overturned.

Jun 27, 2005 — The Leader Post

Arts coalition wants cabinet to overturn pay-radio decision

A coalition of arts groups including Friends of Canadian Broadcasting is contesting CRTC ruling on subscription based radio services.

Jun 27, 2005 — Canadian Press

Arts coalition denounces pay-radio ruling

CRTC pay radio decision would undo years of efforts to promote and protect Canadian programming, say arts groups.

Jun 27, 2005 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

Group wants pay-radio decision overturned

FRIENDS joins coalition of arts, labour and other groups in asking federal cabinet to overturn CRTC pay radio decision.

Jun 27, 2005 — TelecomWeb

Analysts Expect Sirius, XM To Move Forward In Canada

FRIENDS notes that the broadcasting licenses issued to U.S. satellite broadcasters require them to meet much lower Canadian content requirements than conventional radio broadcasters.

Jun 21, 2005 — New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal

City man captures Camp Award

Saint Johner is one of two Maritimers who have won the 2005 Dalton Camp Award.

Jun 20, 2005 — Today's Trucking

CRTC opens door for U.S. satellite radio in Canada

Article says that truck drivers who have been subscribing to grey market satellite radio will be happy that the CRTC has approved it in Canada but unhappy about the Canadian content requirements the regulator has attached to the technology.

Jun 20, 2005 — Billboard Radio Magazine

Groups Oppose CRTC Sat Radio Ruling by Bram Teitelman

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, along with several other arts groups, says it will appeal CRTC ruling on subscription radio.

Jun 19, 2005 — Halifax Herald

This 'little guy' wins with her pen by Laura Graham

Dalton Camp Award winner discusses the challenge of speaking out against a large economic interest in one's home province.

Jun 18, 2005 — The Edmonton Journal

Plenty of static over CRTC licence ruling by Paul Brent

Arts groups say they will appeal CRTC ruling on satellite radio over lax Canadian content regulation.

Jun 18, 2005 — Windsor Star

CRTC ruling appealed

FRIENDS says at least one appeal from cultural groups is likely following CRTC pay radio decision.

Jun 18, 2005 — Montreal Gazette

Pay-radio appeals likely by John McKay, Gary Norris and Kevin Dougherty

Quebec government fears pay radio ruling a threat to Quebec culture; satellite operators dismiss news of appeals.

Jun 18, 2005 — St. Catharines Standard

Appeals coming to CRTC ruling on satellite radio by John McKay and Gary Norris

A half-dozen arts organizations agreed in a conference call Friday to appeal the CRTC pay radio decision to the federal Cabinet or the courts.

Jun 18, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CSR owner says IPO 'imminent' by Richard Bloom

Canadian partner in U.S. satellite radio licensee plans IPO; FRIENDS and other groups plan appeal of CRTC licensing decision.

Jun 17, 2005 — CBC News

Appeal planned against satellite radio decision

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting to be joined by other arts groups in appealing CRTC ruling on subscription radio.

Jun 17, 2005 — Canadian Press

CRTC pay radio ruling prompts appeal

FRIENDS says there will be one or more appeals of CRTC pay radio ruling.

Jun 17, 2005 — Toronto Star

CRTC likely to make its rules stick by Antonia Zerbisias

Canadian Association of Broadcasters complains that CRTC pay radio decision creates an uneven playing field for conventional radio broadcasters in terms of Canadian content requirements.

Jun 17, 2005 — Canadian Press

Pay radio licences approved by John Ward

FRIENDS says CRTC decision to approve two U.S. satellite pay radio services is likely to scuttle the Canadian alternative proposed by CHUM and Astral.

Jun 17, 2005 — Communications Daily

Regulators Give XM and Sirius Go-Ahead in Canada by Adrianne Kroepsch

FRIENDS says the Canadian content requirements contained in the CRTC's pay radio decision are inconsistent with the Broadcasting Act.

Jun 17, 2005 — Vancouver Sun

Stores eagerly anticipate satellite radio by Gillian Shaw

Arts organizations, including FRIENDS, to consider potential appeal of CRTC pay radio decision.

Jun 17, 2005 — Toronto Star

Radio ruling draws static from CHUM-Astral team by Graham Fraser

Licensing of two U.S. pay radio services with low Canadian content requirements means CHUM/Astral pay radio service may not launch; conventional broadcasters suggest they will seek lower Cancon requirements; FRIENDS says CRTC (and CBC, a minority partner in one of the U.S. services) have opened the floodgates to American radio programming.

Jun 16, 2005 — here

Worth writing home about by Miriam Christensen

New Brunswick newspaper celebrates Dalton Camp Award winners.

Jun 16, 2005 — CBC News

CRTC approves satellite radio

FRIENDS says CRTC pay radio decision creates pipeline for U.S. radio programs into Canada, but offers little in return.

Jun 16, 2005 — Communications Daily

CRTC Decision Due Thurs. on XM, Sirius in Canada by Adrianne Kroepsch

CRTC pay radio decision is fundamentally about the integrity of Canadian content requirements.

Jun 16, 2005 — Canadian Press

Pay-radio decision expected today

FRIENDS believes watered down Canadian content requirements, sought by two of the three applicants for pay radio licences, would have spillover effects for conventional radio.

Jun 14, 2005 — Toronto Star

Honouring Camp

Winners of the 2005 Dalton Camp Award have been announced.

Jun 14, 2005 — Toronto Star

When here became theirs by Megan Wennberg

One of two winning essays of the 2005 Dalton Camp Award.

Jun 13, 2005 — FMQB

Canada Deciding Satellite Radio Fate This Week

The CRTC will shortly decide on three applications for pay radio licences; Friends of Canadian Broadcasting supports the CHUM/Astral application because it is the only one that complies with Broadcasting Act Canadian content requirements.

Jun 10, 2005 — Canadian Press

Key CRTC ruling on subscription radio applications coming next Thursday

CRTC to rule on pay radio this week; FRIENDS says only one of the three applicants would meet Broadcasting Act requirements.

Jun 6, 2005 — Toronto Star

Pay-radio hungry for CRTC nod by M. Corey Goldman

FRIENDS speculates the CRTC will find it difficult to please all stakeholders in its forthcoming digital pay radio decision.

May 25, 2005 — Playback Magazine

Broadcasters opt in to CRTC ad plan by Matthew Hays

All major Canadian broadcasters save the CBC sign up for CRTC incentive that allows them additional advertising minutes if they air more Canadian drama in prime time.

May 17, 2005 — UNESCO

Initiatives to promote citizens' media

Links to UNESCO initiatives to promote citizens' media.

Apr 28, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Rogers Cable to offer free porn by Richard Bloom

FRIENDS says Rogers' free preview of pornographic programming is consistent with its values.

Apr 28, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Hockin to retire as IFIC president

Apr 28, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Why is CBC shooting the messengers? by John Doyle

Columnist calls CBC management decision to make its publicity and promotions staff redundant, and outsource their jobs to freelance publicists, "bizarre" and a mistake.

Apr 15, 2005 — University of Alberta

University mourns passing of "Alberta's Rose"

University of Alberta alumni magazine profiles late Lieutenant Governor and former FRIENDS Steering Committee member, Lois Hole.

Apr 12, 2005 — Toronto Star

Feds' media stance is good news for moguls by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist says government response to Lincoln Report effectively sweeps important reforms under the rug.

Apr 8, 2005 — Canadian Communications Reports

Familiar divide in reaction to government’s response to Lincoln broadcasting report

FRIENDS says strength of government's second response to Lincoln Report is that it is a policy overview and has put a number of important processes in place.

Apr 5, 2005 — Le Devoir

Liza Frulla réagit au rapport du Comité du patrimoine par Paul Cauchon

Government response to Lincoln Report affirms support for Broadcasting Act objectives, finds no need for major overhaul of federal cultural institutions.

Apr 5, 2005 — St. John's Telegram

Ottawa responds to calls for sovereignty initiatives by John McKay

Industry representatives say government response to Lincoln Report fails to reverse 1999 CRTC drama policy or take other action to redefine Canadian content.

Apr 4, 2005 — Welland Tribune

Plan calls for serving Canadians better

FRIENDS says government response to the Lincoln Report is the most substantive attention paid to broadcasting policy since Mulroney era.

Apr 4, 2005 — Canadian Press

Martin government responds to calls for broadcasting sovereignty initiatives by John McKay

FRIENDS gives qualified praise to government's second response to the Lincoln Report on Canadian broadcasting.

Mar 28, 2005 — Playback Magazine

CRTC short, and getting shorter by Sean Davidson

FRIENDS recommends leaner CRTC focused on quality of appointees rather then quantity.

Mar 25, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Bill Cameron by Frank Peers

FRIENDS Advisory Council member remembers Bill Cameron.

Feb 25, 2005 — CBC News

Frulla hails budget arts victory

Funding for CBC regional programming, missing from the federal budget, may be contained in Heritage Department's response to Lincoln Committee report, scheduled for April.

Feb 24, 2005 — Canadian Press

Federal budget offers some money for arts but little for domestic TV drama by John Mckay

FRIENDS believes CBC local/regional funding announcement may be yet to come.

Feb 23, 2005 — CBC News

Budget contains single major arts commitment

Federal budget fails to boost funding for CBC local/regional programming.

Feb 21, 2005 — St. John's Telegram

CBC to get cash boost by Sue Bailey

CBC rumoured to be in line for a funding increase to revive local programming.

Feb 21, 2005 — The Leader Post

Local newscasts may get boost

Sources expect the federal budget to fulfil the CBC's request for a budget increase, but Heritage Minister Liza Frulla has not confirmed the rumour.

Feb 21, 2005 — The Gazette

Federal budget to boost CBC by Sue Bailey

The federal budget to be tabled Wednesday is expected to meet the CBC's demand for extra funding to revive regional programming; but government must take measures to ensure that the money is used for that purpose.

Feb 21, 2005 — The Edmonton Journal

CBC to receive huge budget boost

Government sources say Wednesday's federal budget will grant the CBC extra funding to revitalize regional programming.

Feb 20, 2005 — Canadian Press

New cash for CBC in budget could help restore regional newscasts: source by Sue Bailey

Federal budget expected to contain a funding increase for CBC; FRIENDS says important to ensure new funds are earmarked for local/regional programming.

Feb 20, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Budget holds goodies for CBC by Sue Bailey

Federal budget expected to contain a funding increase for CBC; FRIENDS says important to ensure new funds are earmarked for local/regional programming.

Feb 14, 2005 — Playback Magazine

Stursberg wants $84M for CBC revamp by Ian Edwards

The CBC asks for budget increase, promises that funds will be used to revitalize regional programming.

Feb 13, 2005 — Northern Life

Radio triplets could do better job by Jim Thompson

Sudbury business writer applauds the CRTC for recognizing the unhealthy impact the agreements between Rogers and Newcap have had on local radio in Sudbury.

Feb 11, 2005 — Globe & Mail

It's not a Toronto Broadcasting Corporation by Noreen Golfman

FRIENDS steering committee chair describes what a strong grassroots CBC would look like: a balance between local and network programs.

Feb 9, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CBC: reattaching the limb after the stump has healed over? by Kate Taylor

Columnist says the CBC should not revive regional television newscasts.

Feb 8, 2005 — National Post

CBC outbid for 2010 Olympics by Jeremy Sandler

Lack of funds cited as CBC loses broadcasting rights to 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and 2012 Summer Games to Bell/Rogers consortium.

Feb 4, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC seeks $80M infusion for local TV news pilot project by Chris Cobb

CBC told the House of Commons Heritage Committee it needs an $80 million funding increase over three years to reinvent local/regional television and radio programming.

Feb 3, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC's Rabinovitch backs off request for $100M funding boost by Chris Cobb

CBC maintains President was "misunderstood" when he told reporters in November that CBC would spend the majority of a $100 million funding increase on network rather than local and regional programming.

Feb 2, 2005 — Canadian Press

CBC seeks another $75 million to reinstate regional programming

CBC local/regional plans to be unveiled at House of Commons Heritage Committee meeting.

Jan 31, 2005 — CRTC

Broadcasting decisions on the business link between NewCap and Rogers radio stations in Sudbury

CRTC has accepted FRIENDS' submission that the business link between NewCap and Rogers radio stations in Sudbury reduced the diversity of news in the Sudbury area and functioned as an unauthorized local management arrangement (LMA). The Commission has ordered that this link end and has extended NewCap's Sudbury licence for only three years.

Jan 28, 2005 — Canadian Communications Reports

Nothing unusual about Industry Canada notice on foreign satellites: Shea

CEO of CBC/Standard/Sirius joint venture challenges FRIENDS' assessment of Cancon commitments by satellite radio applicants, optimistic that all three applicants will be licensed.

Jan 3, 2005 — Playback Magazine

Remember the Lincoln Report? Well, it's back by Laura Bracken

Article suggests the political climate in Ottawa is such that there are good chances some of the Lincoln Report recommendations will finally be implemented.

Jan 1, 2005 — L'Actualite

La radio qui brouille les cartes by Martine Desjardins

Satellite radio is appealing, but poses a considerable threat to Canadian content.