FRIENDS in the News — 2006

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 23, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Searching for Bev Oda by Lawrence Martin

FRIENDS says that Bev Oda has done little of significance since becoming Heritage Minister because the Prime Minister's Office is calling the shots.

Dec 16, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen

Raptor's ex-owner proposes HDTV network by Vito Pilieci

FRIENDS says the CRTC must ensure a proposed high definition television network will follow Canadian content rules.

Dec 15, 2006 — CRTC

CRTC announces results of its commercial radio policy review: Increases funding for Canadian content development

The CRTC says it will establish a new approach to Canadian content development financed by the contributions of broadcasters, but will not increase Canadian content requirements.

Dec 15, 2006 — CRTC

CRTC releases report on the future environment facing the Canadian broadcasting system

CRTC report finds that any negative impact on the broadcasting system from shifting media consumption patterns has been minimal to date, but the regulator will continue to monitor developments to inform public policy decisions.

Dec 6, 2006 — Media at McGill

CRTC Hearings Wrap Up in Ottawa by Greg Taylor

A recount and commentary on the final day of the CRTC public hearings on over-the-air television policy, including the presentation made by FRIENDS.

Dec 2, 2006 — Brantford Expositor

Union urges CRTC to use fees for new TV programming by John Ward

The Canadian Media Guild wants the CRTC to impose new fees on cable and satellite customers to help finance new domestic programming.

Dec 1, 2006 — Toronto Star

Romance tops CBC axing by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist says rumours of CBC TV anchor/senior executive relationship have trumped buzz around new news plan.

Nov 30, 2006 — Toronto Star

CBC-TV kills Canada Now

FRIENDS questions that a plan to return to hour-long local newscasts will be implemented given the term of the current CBC president expires in a matter of months.

Nov 29, 2006 — Kamloops Daily News

Kamloops a test case for CBC, union argues by Mike Youds

The Canadian Media Guild is citing Kamloops as CBC's test case for possible withdrawal from rural over-the-air service across the country.

Nov 23, 2006 — National Post

Networks' fee demand gets airtime by Barbara Shecter

Television broadcasters are expected to ask for carriage fees for their TV channels from cable and satellite operators at the upcoming CRTC hearings.

Nov 22, 2006 — CBC News

Heritage committee launches review of CBC

FRIENDS says Stephen Harper's agenda for CBC remains hidden and welcomes the House of Commons heritage committee decision to review the broadcaster's mandate.

Nov 22, 2006 — Globe & Mail

House committee moves to launch review of CBC by Guy Dixon

The House of Commons heritage committee has passed a motion to begin a review of the CBC - FRIENDS says Prime Minister Stephen Harper should be the first to testify.

Nov 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.

Oct 30, 2006 — Maclean's

All in the Family by Colin Campbell

RIENDS says political insiders give media companies an edge when dealing with the government on broadcast licences and laws affecting the industry.

Oct 2, 2006 — Maclean's

Fournier Fouls Out by Shanda Deziel

FRIENDS comments on the tenure of former CBC Board Chair, Guy Fournier.

Sep 26, 2006 — This Magazine

Canadian Broadcasting Corpse? by Vanessa Milne

FRIENDS says the CBC is reaching a tipping point; present circumstances could result in public investment to reduce its dependance on ad revenues.

Sep 21, 2006 — Eye Weekly

Your Tube: With a new season on the horizon, can the CBC stop dithering and make good TV? by Joshua Ostroff

Columnist says the CBC should stop focusing for ratings and instead produce diverse shows that appeal to many different demographics.

Sep 21, 2006 — CARTT

CBC chair speculation begins as Fournier "flushed himself" by Glenn Wanamaker

FRIENDS says a number of current CBC Board members have more TV, production, and scheduling experience than current management has and the next CBC Chair should not be a political appointee.

Sep 21, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen

Fournier's exit gives Rabinovitch too much power at CBC: watchdog by Mike De Souza

FRIENDS says the resignation of the chairman of the CBC board of directors could shift too much power to president, Robert Rabinovitch.

Sep 20, 2006 — Regina Leader-Post

CBC chairman calls it quits by Elizabeth Thompson

FRIENDS says that a Conservative government running low in the polls would not want to weaken the CBC with board chair appointment.

Sep 20, 2006 — Toronto Star

CBC chair quits over furor by Murray Whyte

FRIENDS says it is a dangerous situation to have the lame-duck CBC president, Robert Rabinovitch, fill the board position he answers to.

Sep 20, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Gore's Current TV inks deal with Yahoo! by David Bauder

Current TV is going into partnership with Yahoo! Inc. to create four new broadband channels focusing on disseminating video created by young viewers.

Sep 15, 2006 — Toronto Star

Game on as digital channels hook 'attractive' fans by Chris Zelkovich

FRIENDS comments that viewers and broadcasters will continue to embrace digital TV channels.

Sep 1, 2006 — Western Standard

Ian Morrison Interview by Cyril Doll

Q & A with FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, on the CBC and the Conservative government's plans for public broadcasting

Aug 16, 2006 — Canadian Press

CBC puts off "The One"

CBC says a Canadian version of televised singing contest, The One, will not air any time soon - critics say the cancellation is proof of poor decision-making at the broadcaster.

Aug 2, 2006 — Stratford Beacon Herald

The One Not the One

Editorial agrees with FRIENDS position that the CBC has a mission that involves explaining Canada to Canadians, and not importing American commercial programming.

Jul 31, 2006 — The Celebrity Cafe

"The One" is big zero in two countries by Vanessa Yara

FRIENDS says that pre-empting the national news for a failed American reality show means that there's something rotten in the leadership of the CBC.

Jul 29, 2006 — Toronto Star

Reality TV 'fiasco' befalls CBC by Bruce DeMara

FRIENDS says poor decisions such as pre-empting the national news for a failed American reality show and locking out employees for seven weeks last summer show that there's something rotten in the leadership of the CBC.

Jul 29, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen

A short, not-so-sweet run for CBC and The One by Tony Lofaro

FRIENDS calls CBC's experiment to simulcast an American TV show and bump The National from its regular time slot a fiasco.

Jul 29, 2006 — Globe & Mail

The One is off the air Gayle MacDonald and Alexandra Shimo

FRIENDS says that the obvious mistake to broadcast The One raises questions about the television-production experience of CBC senior management and demonstrates the need for reform of the leadership selection process.

Jul 29, 2006 — Globe & Mail

And now, no word from our sponsors by Kate Taylor

With The One sunk, its budget shrinking, Tories in power, and fierce competition, a chorus of critics is calling on CBC-TV to go ad-free.

Jul 28, 2006 — CBC News

Canadian version of The One still possible: CBC executive

FRIENDS says that CBC senior management made an indefensible decision to air 'The One', the U.S. reality TV program that has since been cancelled by ABC.

Jul 28, 2006 — Toronto Star

CBC's Strombo no longer The One

FRIENDS says that senior CBC leadership has egg on its face after making the indefensible decision to broadcast The One.

Jul 28, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CRTC readies review for BGM-CHUM fallout by Grant Robertson

The CRTC plans to open the public review of the CHUM transaction to a broader debate on federal policies on media ownership - FRIENDS says media consolidation must be addressed.

Jul 28, 2006 — Canadian Communications Reports

CHUM-CTV merger will impact TV policy review

FRIENDS says a precedent set with Canwest Global points to a CRTC approval of the Bell Globemedia acquisition of CHUM.

Jul 22, 2006 — Prince Edward Island Guardian

Maybe The One isn't the one

Lacklustre ratings for the debut of the American reality show that bumped The National are not impressive.

Jul 21, 2006 — CRTC

Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2006-309

CRTC approves application by Bell Globemedia to change its effective control, concludes that new obligations under Benefits Policy will not be triggered.

Jul 19, 2006 — Toronto Star

CBC clicks online by Tara Perkins

A profile of the development of CBC's online presence; FRIENDS notes that has become a dominant and credible brand on the Internet.

Jul 18, 2006 — CBC News

CBC set for new reality TV debut with The One

Despite criticism, CBC commences simulcast of U.S. reality television show, displacing The National on Tuesday nights east of Manitoba.

Jul 12, 2006 — Globe & Mail

National Arts Centre appoints new chairperson

Toronto arts maven Julia Foster has been named chairwoman of the board of trustees of the National Arts Centre by Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda.

Jul 10, 2006 — Playback Magazine

Should CBC drop ads and sports? by Matthew Hays

FRIENDS calls the ideas in a Senate committee report freeing the CBC from the ratings race "radical and impressive".

Jul 6, 2006 — Business Edge

Northern boomtowns catch FM radio fever by Laura Severs

Nineteen applicants are applying for new FM licences in the booming communities of Fort McMurray and Grande Prairie Alberta - FRIENDS says the CRTC could take six months before announcing decisions.

Jul 6, 2006 — National Post

Heritage Minister cancels review of CBC mandate on PM's order by Mike De Souza

FRIENDS says that the expected CBC mandate review that would have fuelled interest in public broadcasting was blocked on instructions from Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office.

Jul 1, 2006 — Globe & Mail

More watching foreign shows on CBC by Simon Tuck

CRTC reports that viewership of foreign programming jumped by almost 80 per cent on CBC-TV - FRIENDS says this underlines a deeper problem.

Jun 30, 2006 — Le Journal de Montréal

De plus en plus de contenu étranger, Brigitte Mccann

The national public broadcaster is airing approximately four times more foreign programming than in 2004 during prime time, according to FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting.

Jun 30, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

CBC 'committed' to Canadian shows by Etan Vlessing

FRIENDS says CBC-TV's success at shedding foreign programs from its primetime schedule through the 1990s has been almost completely undone by senior management at CBC.

Jun 26, 2006 — La Presse Canadienne

Ottawa abandonne son projet d'ordonner un examen du mandat de Radio-Canada, Sylvain Larocque

FRIENDS believes Heritage Minister Bev Oda discreetly abandoned a plan to order a mandate review of the CBC under pressure from other members of the federal Cabinet.

Jun 23, 2006 — Toronto Star

Power play over CBC's hockey rights

Private broadcasters applaud a Senate committee proposing that the CBC get out of the sports broadcasting business - FRIENDS says the discussion will be moot if CTV outbids CBC for NHL hockey.

Jun 22, 2006 — Winnipeg Free Press

CBC can't tell the difference between reality and fiction by George Stephenson

FRIENDS notes that CBC President Robert Rabinovitch told the Commons Heritage Committee just nine months ago that CBC doesn't do reality programming.

Jun 22, 2006 — National Post

The National bumped by American reality show by Katie Rook

FRIENDS contrasts statements made by CBC president Robert Rabinovich saying that the broadcaster is not interested in reality television with recent CBC Television programming decisions.

Jun 22, 2006 — CBC News

CBC-TV should stop showing pro sports, Senate report says

The CBC needs a full re-examination of itself to get back to its core mandate of public broadcaster, says the head of the Senate committee on transport and communications.

Jun 21, 2006 — Toronto Star

CBC's 'The National' bumped by reality by Vinay Menon

FRIENDS and Peter Mansbridge comment on 'The National' on being bumped by a U.S. reality show.

Jun 20, 2006 — Vancouver Sun

U.S. reality show will bump The National on Tuesdays in Ontario, Quebec by Anne-Marie Tobin

FRIENDS says CBC has a mission that involves explaining Canada to Canadians, not importing American commercial programming.

Jun 19, 2006 — Toronto Star

CBC clicks online by Tara Perkins

FRIENDS comments that has become a dominant and credible brand on the Internet and CBC is the most trusted source of news and information in the country.

May 19, 2006 — Edmonton Journal

Allarco gets OK for new service: Canadian content vow key to approval by Ron Chalmers

FRIENDS welcomes decision to break up pay television duopoly and licence new pay television provider.

May 17, 2006 — CBC News

Radio interviews with FRIENDS and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters on the review of commercial radio policy

Listen to radio interviews from CBC's The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti.

May 16, 2006 — Halifax Daily News

CRTC radio showdown looms

The commercial radio lobby that seeks more flexibility from the CRTC faces opposition from groups - including FRIENDS - calling for stricter Canadian content rules on conventional radio stations.

May 15, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Less dinosaur rock, more new music on the radio? by Grant Robertson

FRIENDS opposes plan by private broadcasters to reduce the overall quantity of Canadian content on radio.

May 12, 2006 — Canadian Press

Both sides in Cancon debate to make their case at CRTC radio policy hearings

FRIENDS opposes industry arguments for lower Canadian content requirements at CRTC hearings on commercial radio policy; seeks increase in Cancon to 40%, with at least one quarter reserved for emerging genres and artists.

Apr 30, 2006 —

The Whig Standardized by Matthieu Aikins

The winner of the 2008 Dalton Camp Award describes how media concentration changed the Kingston Whig-Standard from one the top independent newspapers in Canada to just another link in a chain.

Apr 28, 2006 — National Post

Tories open to foreign airwaves by Mike De Souza

FRIENDS says lifting broadcasting foreign ownership restrictions does not have public support, doubts legislative amendments would be passed in a minority government situation.

Apr 24, 2006 — Le Devoir

Le mandat de Radio-Canada: c'est reparti! par Paul Cauchon

Columnist discusses Conservative government's forthcoming mandate review of the CBC.

Apr 21, 2006 — Le Devoir

Radio-Canada est dans la mire des conservateurs par Paul Cauchon et Alec Castonguay

FRIENDS says news that Conservative government will review mandate of CBC not a surprise, questions whether intention is to give political direction to the CRTC.

Apr 20, 2006 — Toronto Star

Quick action sought on CBC review by Graham Fraser

Article says Conservative mandate review of the CBC will not be conducted by a parliamentary committee involving former Alliance culture critic Jim Abbott; FRIENDS notes that Conservative policy on public broadcasting has changed significantly since 2004 election.

Mar 30, 2006 — Canadian Press

Social activists put pressure on Tories by John Ward

Public interest groups, including FRIENDS, identify alternative priority areas and policy direction for Stephen Harper's government.

Mar 29, 2006 — CBC News

Private broadcasters spend much more on foreign drama: CRTC

FRIENDS, ACTRA discouraged by CRTC data on private broadcaster investment in Canadian drama; say CRTC must strengthen requirements.

Mar 17, 2006 — Canadian Press

Review commercial policy, radio stations ask CRTC

FRIENDS says conventional radio is a healthy industry capable of making substantial contributions to broadcasting policy goals.

Mar 16, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Radio feels heat from iPod generation by Simon Tuck and Grant Robertson

Private radio broadcasters paint doomsday scenario, appeal to CRTC for more lenient regulation.

Mar 1, 2006 — Canadian Press

CRTC invites public comment on proposed Bell Globemedia ownership change by David Paddon

CRTC seeks public comment on plan by BCE to sell majority ownership stake in the company that owns CTV and The Globe and Mail.

Feb 28, 2006 — Toronto Star

Spin class by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist admits being misled by numbers released by CBC in response to ACTRA/FRIENDS press release on CBC's drama performance.

Feb 25, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Drama queen no more by Gayle MacDonald

Stursberg announces “audience-first” programming strategy at CBC, where new Canadian drama programs must attract a minimum of 1 million viewers; FRIENDS critical of fact that both private networks are within “Cancon-catching distance” of the federally-funded public broadcaster.

Feb 22, 2006 — Toronto Star

Size matters by Antonia Zerbisias

Text of Toronto Star columnist's blog discussing the accuracy of data on the number of hours of prime time drama aired by CBC in comparison to CTV, updated to show that figures provided by CBC to counter data released by FRIENDS/ACTRA were misleading and do not allow an "apples to apples" comparison.

Feb 21, 2006 — Canadian Press

CTV, CBC in fight for national title by John McKay

In wake of data showing CTV has more Canadian drama programming in prime time than CBC, observers criticize CBC as too focused on ratings.

Feb 21, 2006 — Toronto Star

Good TV not a numbers game by Antonia Zerbisias

FRIENDS, ACTRA argue CBC management drops ball on drama after data show CTV presented more prime time drama hours than CBC between 2003 and 2005.

Feb 20, 2006 — Globe & Mail

It's easy to bash CBC, but not always fair by John Doyle

Columnist criticizes critics of CBC management, takes issue with statistics released by FRIENDS, ACTRA showing CTV presented more prime time drama than CBC between 2003 and 2005.

Feb 17, 2006 — Broadcaster Magazine

'CBC Drops the Drama Ball' Says Friends of Canadian Broadcasting & ACTRA

FRIENDS says data on CBC drama performance during prime time threaten its reputation as the leader in representing Canadian content.

Feb 17, 2006 —

ACTRA Reveals TV Drama Study By Roger Armbrust

Data showing CTV aired more Canadian drama in prime time than CBC between 2003 and 2005 prompt FRIENDS to reiterate call for reform of the patronage system used to appoint the CBC president.

Feb 13, 2006 — ACTRA

CBC brass strikes another blow to drama

ACTRA says cancelled CBC drama programs This is Wonderland, Da Vinci's City Hall and The Tournament are the victims of the 2005 CBC lockout.

Feb 9, 2006 — Ottawa Sun

CBC Radio 'offensive and flippant' by Denis Armstrong

Expenditures on CBC Radio New Orleans benefit concert criticized; NDP Member of Parliament warns that CBC budget a focus of "budget trimmers" in the Conservative government.

Feb 7, 2006 — Canadian Press

Heritage minister's industry experience an asset, say producers

FRIENDS comments on appointment of new Heritage Minister, Conservative government policy toward CBC.

Feb 3, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen

Days are numbered for set-top rabbit ears by Vito Pilieci

FRIENDS says Canada will not be far behind when the U.S. ends over-the-air analogue broadcasting, currently scheduled for February 2009; as many as one in six Canadians still rely on over-the-air signals.

Feb 2, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CBC names new chief of programming by Gayle Macdonald

After five-month search, CBC recruits executive formerly in charge of lifestyle programming at Alliance-Atlantis to replace Slawko Klymkiw as executive director of English-language programming; FRIENDS says position is critical given senior management's lack of programming and scheduling experience and was left vacant too long.

Feb 1, 2006 — This Magazine

Free to Be, CBC by Suzanne Alyssa Andrew

FRIENDS blames patronage appointments for CBC lockout, says appointments process as a whole must change.

Jan 25, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian biz relieved after vote by Etan Vlessing

FRIENDS comments on apparent Conservative election strategy concerning the CBC.

Jan 23, 2006 — Le Devoir

La télé publique dans l'oeil du cyclone par Paul Cauchon

Article speculates that the CBC President's days will be numbered under a Conservative government.

Jan 22, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen

Harper, the CBC and the $1 billion question by Chris Cobb

Discussion of what a Conservative government may mean for the CBC.

Jan 20, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Should Asper have joined Harper on stage? by Christopher Dornan

Article says that endorsement of Conservatives by National Post chairman and CanWest Global executive David Asper went too far.

Jan 8, 2006 — The Ottawa Sun

Say good night, mother by Pat MacAdam

Columnist says that despite the CBC's past achievements, the time has come to leave broadcasting to the private sector.