FRIENDS in the News — 2007

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 28, 2007 — Toronto Star

Merger madness signals upheaval

FRIENDS says if things don't go well with the CanWest takeover of Alliance Atlantis, the Aspers could lose control of the company.

Dec 26, 2007 — La Presse

Verner impressionne au Patrimoine, mais le vrai test reste à venir

Article says Josée Verner makes a favourable impression at Canadian Heritage but the real test is yet to come.

Dec 21, 2007 — Canadian Press

Some fear CanWest might cut Canadian programming after Alliance deal by Lee-Anne Goodman

FRIENDS says pressure on CanWest to cut costs may give it an excuse to squeeze Canadian programming.

Dec 21, 2007 — Canadian Press

CRTC approves CanWest takeover of Alliance Atlantis by Steve Rennie

FRIENDS says the CRTC has allowed foreign ownership of a Canadian media company through the back door.

Dec 20, 2007 — CBC News

CanWest Global cleared to buy Alliance Atlantis

FRIENDS says the CRTC should have shown more backbone in its decision approving the takeover of Alliance Atlantis.

Dec 13, 2007 —

COMMENTARY: Keep It Canadian by Ian Morrison

Poll commissioned by FRIENDS, ACTRA and CEP says 62% of Canadians are more likely to vote for a candidate who opposes more foreign ownership of Canadian broadcasting companies.

Dec 8, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Tory connections lead to top jobs by Campbell Clark

Columnist says that majority of recent government appointments have gone to people with Tory links.

Dec 6, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian unions warn on ownership by Etan Vlessing

FRIENDS urges the Conservative government to resist overtures from cable company lobbyists to relax or scrap foreign ownership rules.

Dec 6, 2007 — Toronto Star

Opponents of Alliance sale flag poll results by Rita Trichur

FRIENDS, ACTRA, the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada have released poll results saying that Canadians believe cultural sovereignty ought to trump foreign ownership of domestic media.

Dec 5, 2007 — Playback

Unions call on PM to keep TV Canadian by Etan Vlessing

FRIENDS, ACTRA an CEP conducted a public meeting in Calgary to warn the PM that voters who lean towards the Conservatives do not want Americans purchasing on Canadian media assets.

Dec 5, 2007 — Canadian Press

National identity distinct from the U.S. important to Canadians: Decima poll by Lee-Anne Goodman

A new poll says eighty-two per cent of Canadians feel the government should make serious efforts to sustain a Canadian culture that's separate from the U.S.

Dec 5, 2007 — CBC News

Canadians oppose foreign control of media: poll

A new poll says the majority of Canadians oppose foreign ownership of the media, telephone and cable firms, and believe the government should play a role in preserving Canada's cultural identity.

Nov 23, 2007 — CBC News

Broadcasting watchdog keeps ears perked for changes in CBC Radio

FRIENDS says CBC radio is "a national treasure" and its programming should not be taken down to the lowest common denominator.

Nov 22, 2007 — Playback

English services integrated at CBC by Sean Davidson

FRIENDS says CBC management changes threaten to "downgrade the independence" of CBC Radio.

Nov 21, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Not a friend of new CBC president by Patricia Best

Blog post discusses FRIENDS concerns over Prime Minster Harper's appointment of the new CBC president.

Nov 11, 2007 — Nova News Now

Big changes going on at CBC by Wendy Elliott

Columnist learns about concerns with Prime Minister Harper's CBC president appointment from FRIENDS e-network.

Nov 7, 2007 — Edmonton Journal

What does Lacroix portend for the CBC?

FRIENDS quoted in an editorial saying the CBC president should be chosen by its board of directors.

Nov 6, 2007 — Toronto Star

New CBC chief a 'team player' by Jim Bawden

Elections Canada records indicate the new CBC president donated $1,000 to Daniel Fournier, the 2006 Conservative candidate in the Montreal riding of Outremont.

Nov 6, 2007 — Canadian Press

Montreal lawyer, broadcaster Hubert Lacroix named president, CEO of CBC

FRIENDS says Prime Minister Stephen Harper has ignored a House of Commons Heritage committee directive that said the CBC president should be hired and fired by the CBC board of directors.

Nov 6, 2007 — Vancouver Province

CBC boss 'handpicked' by PM

FRIENDS expresses concern over the process by which the new CBC president and CEO was hand-picked by Prime Minster Stephen Harper.

Nov 6, 2007 — Montreal Gazette

Local lawyer gets CBC's top job by Bernard Perusse

FRIENDS says choices made by the CBC's English-language television network are among the most serious problems facing Hubert Lacroix.

Nov 5, 2007 — Conservative Party of Canada

Message from Jonathan Ingraham, Conservative Party of Canada to a Conservative e-list re "Appointment of CBC President"

Email to Conservative party insiders contains official talking points for the appointment of Hubert Lacroix as President of the CBC.

Nov 5, 2007 — Playback

Montreal lawyer crowned at CBC by Patricia Bailey

FRIENDS says the CEO of Canada's public broadcaster should report to the CBC board, not Prime Minister Harper.

Oct 13, 2007 — National Post

CRTC seeks enhanced powers; 'Quasi-Judicial'; To balance competing interests by Barbara Shecter, Financial Post

The CRTC has proposed new rules that would allow the commission to bar the public and competing companies from hearings when confidential corporate information is discussed.

Oct 13, 2007 — Montreal Gazette

Everything you need to know for a dinner-party conversation about... Canadian versions of U.S. television series by Steve Faguy

Article examines the growing trend of Canadian broadcasters producing domestic versions of foreign TV shows.

Oct 5, 2007 — Halifax Daily News

Local news likely to suffer from move to B.C.: experts by Rachel Mendleson

FRIENDS says CanWest's decision to cut 200 jobs comes at a time when the company should be producing more quality Canadian programming, not less.

Oct 5, 2007 — Canadian Press

CanWest to revamp Global and E TV stations, cutting 200 jobs

FRIENDS says the CanWest job cuts demonstrate that debtholders are pressuring the company, which is in the midst of trying to buy Alliance Atlantis for $2.3-billion with U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs.

Sep 26, 2007 — Kamloops Daily News

Kamloops remains on CBC radar, exec insists by Mike Youds

CBC says current plan to enhance Kelowna Radio One station will improve service to Kamloops, nonetheless recognizes future need for "a distinct service for Kamloops".

Sep 21, 2007 — Montreal Media Policy Group Blog

Le CRTC entend le secteur communautaire et associatif par Normand Landry

Comments on the final day of the CRTC diversity hearings, including presentation by FRIENDS.

Sep 20, 2007 — National Post

CBC English news appoints publisher by Craig Offman

FRIENDS calls CBC publisher hire an inspired choice for a challenging position.

Sep 19, 2007 — National Post

CBC hires Canadian newspaper vet Cruickshank as head of CBC News

FRIENDS notes new head of CBC news will be at the "front line" between the news and political appointees in CBC management.

Sep 14, 2007 — Toronto Star

Canadian TV could face American invasion by Chris Zelkovich

FRIENDS says changes to simultaneous substitution and genre protection rules could have major impact on Canadian sports specialty channels and Canadian content in sports programming.

Aug 29, 2007 — Canadian Press

CRTC delay in CanWest hearing could mean compromises to please regulators

FRIENDS says that by delaying its hearing on the CanWest/Goldman Sachs takeover of Alliance Atlantis, the CRTC is demonstrating it won't simply rubber stamp the deal.

Aug 18, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Rabbit ears on last legs in TV land by Vito Pilieci

FRIENDS says about three million Canadians still rely on rabbit ears or other antenna for their TV signals.

Aug 17, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Verner has her work cut out for her by Paul Gessell

FRIENDS welcomes Josée Verner's appointment as Heritage minister and says her predecessor was too closely associated with the broadcasting and cable industries.

Aug 15, 2007 —

Verner suscite de l'espoir dans le milieu culturel, Karine Fortin

FRIENDS joins others in welcoming appointment of Josée Verner as Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Aug 1, 2007 — Playback

Ottawa outsourcing search for new CBC boss by Norma Reveler

FRIENDS says the hiring of headhunting firm Egon Zehnder International to look for a new president and CEO of CBC is a step in the right direction.

Jul 26, 2007 — Toronto Star

Search on for new CBC president

FRIENDS says the next CBC President should have a wide knowledge of the country and have a strong background in production, scheduling and marketing.

Jul 24, 2007 — Financial Times

They've got the whole wide world in their laptops by Carlos Grande

Advertisers look to Asia for lessons on how to reach younger audiences as they drift away from traditional mass media such as paid-for newspapers and mainstream television networks.

Jul 11, 2007 — Vue Weekly

Putting the C Back in CBC by Ian Morrison

Ian Morrison echoes Knowlton Nash, former anchor of CBC's The National, on the challenges confronting the CBC.

Jul 5, 2007 — Georgia Straight

Gorilla media by Charlie Smith

FRIENDS says the biggest issue with the proposed CanWest bid for Alliance Atlantis is CanWest's claim that it is keeping effective ownership and control in Canadian hands when 85 percent of the equity is coming from a New York merchant bank.

Jun 29, 2007 — Toronto Star

Cable giants can't pull out of co-operative TV fund: Report by Julian Beltrame

A CRTC task force recommends that the CTF be separated into two streams – one supported by Ottawa that would go into "culturally significant" programming, and one supported by the cable and satellite companies that would produce more commercial fare.

Jun 29, 2007 — Montreal Gazette

CBC set foreign-content record in prime time: group by Mike de Souza

FRIENDS reveals that on CBC TV from June 18 to 24, 9.5 out of 28 hours in prime-time were taken up by foreign shows.

Jun 29, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Watchdog criticizes CBC over foreign programming by Tim Naumetz

FRIENDS research shows the highest level of foreign programming ever for CBC English television.

Jun 20, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Tony Burman resigns from top editor's job by Michael Posner

Columnist says CBC Television has been pouring increasing resources into "infotainment" programming at the perceived expense of news and current affairs portfolios.

Jun 20, 2007 — National Post

CBC news guru set to sign off by Allison Hanes

FRIENDS says CBC's top news editor had to cope with poor decisions from top management such as chopping regional newscasts in half in 2000.

Jun 20, 2007 — Toronto Star

Tony Burman to leave CBC news by Lee-Anne Goodman

FRIENDS says Tony Burman was the most senior protector of the independence of the radio and television news service from political interference from the senior management at CBC.

Jun 13, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Ottawa's A-Channel seen as next prize in TV war by Vito Pilieci

FRIENDS says Ottawa's A-Channel may be sold to Rogers in the next few months.

Jun 12, 2007 — PoliticsWatch

CBC not yet for sale under Harper Tories by Romeo St. Martin

Article says there is growing disappointment and frustration among Conservatives with the Harper government putting a decision on the future of the CBC on hold.

Jun 8, 2007 — Decima Reports

Friends' plea does not fall on deaf ears; CTV gets CHUM, not CityTV by Kurt Eby

Columnist notes the CRTC took the direction recommended by FRIENDS in their CTVglobemedia/CHUM decision.

Jun 8, 2007 — Playback

Drop Citytvs, keep A-Channels, says CRTC by Patricia Bailey

FRIENDS applauds the CRTC decision requiring CTVglobemedia to sell CHUM's CityTV stations but allowing them to keep its A-Channel stations.

Jun 8, 2007 — Canadian Press

CTV told to sell off five Citytv stations by Julian Beltrame

FRIENDS says the CRTC "did its job" by making the approval of the CTVglobemedia/CHUM deal conditional on the sale of the Citytv stations.

Jun 8, 2007 — Broadcaster

CRTC Got It Right - Friends of Canadian Broadcasting

FRIENDS says the CRTC's CTVglobemedia/CHUM decision ensures that three private-sector national television networks, rather than two, will operate in English-speaking Canada.

Jun 8, 2007 — Media in Canada

CRTC to CGM: yes and no by Terry Poulton

CRTC chair says the broadcast regulator's CTVglobemedia/CHUM decision was based on the policy of "maintaining diversity of voices within the Canadian broadcasting system."

Jun 8, 2007 — CBC News

CRTC tells CTVglobemedia to sell 5 Citytv stations

FRIENDS says CRTC decision is good for viewers, advertisers and competition and diversity in the Canadian broadcasting system.

May 25, 2007 — CBC News

Canadian TV artists lament big spending on U.S. programs

FRIENDS says Canadian private broadcasters enjoy a substantial amount of public funding every year that is intended to encourage more Canadian content.

May 24, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada on shopping spree for U.S. dramas by Etan Vlessing

Canadian broadcasters capped off their Los Angeles Screenings by pulling out their wallets in a bid for potential 2007-08 primetime hits.

May 24, 2007 —

A 60-minute show on a 30-minute budget is

FRIENDS says the CBC's plan to expand its supper hour news programs from 30 to 60 minutes without increasing local news budgets is a bad idea.

May 23, 2007 — St John's International Women's Film Festival

Briefing to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage by Noreen Golfman, Ph.D.

FRIENDS' steering committee chair says the Canadian Heritage Committee should make it clear to CBC that regional programming is a priority and ensure that the public broadcaster is funded accordingly.

May 23, 2007 — Victoria Times Colonist

Knowledge Network gets a new life by Les Leyne

FRIENDS is encouraged by new legislation before the B.C. government to support the province's public television broadcaster.

May 22, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada b'casters derided for buying U.S. shows by Etan Vlessing

FRIENDS says Canadian private broadcasters spent $479 million on foreign dramas in 2006, while only spending $70.9 million on domestic dramas.

May 22, 2007 — Canoe Network

Media watchdog calls for more investment in CBC-TV regional programming

FRIENDS says CBC Television should invest more money in regional programming if it wants to stop the slide in its audience share, especially for supper-hour news shows.

May 21, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Canadian stations increase U.S. shopping, group says by Guy Dixon

FRIENDS says Canadian TV broadcasters, which receive more than $200-million in public assistance, are buying more U.S. programming than ever before.

May 15, 2007 — Playback

Too late for more offers, says CRTC by Marise Strauss

FRIENDS says the CRTC followed its procedures when it refused to consider CTVglobemedia's offer to sell up to three CityTV stations to push through its takeover of CHUM.

May 8, 2007 — CBC News

CBC needs to set clear objectives: auditor general

FRIENDS questions the appointment process of senior management for Canada's public broadcaster.

Apr 30, 2007 — Toronto Star

CRTC looks at CTV play for CHUM by Antonia Zerbisias

FRIENDS questions how the unprecedented clout of a merged CTVglobemedia-CHUM will affect competition in Canada's television industry.

Apr 26, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Le petit gars in the drive-home radio slot? by Konrad Yakabuski

Article profiles the battle for Quebec's radio listeners between Astral and Corus.

Apr 23, 2007 — CBC News

CRTC gears up for reviews as CanWest buy of Alliance Atlantis gets competition nod by Laura Bobak

FRIENDS says if the CRTC allows CTVglobemedia to retain CHUM's CityTV stations it would violate the regulator's own policy against common ownership of two stations serving identical markets.

Apr 22, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC radio reconsiders its audience, reinvents itself and cues up 'Q'

FRIENDS says recent CBC radio changes show the public broadcaster is making a determined effort to reach a younger audience, but there could be political implications from alienating key decision makers in older demographics.

Apr 21, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Aspers outfoxed on sale of papers, jury told by Paul Waldie

Columnist says Leonard and Izzy Asper's rush for media convergence led to Hollinger getting the better end of the deal for its Canadian newspapers in 2000.

Apr 10, 2007 — London Free Press

Rogers to buy A-Channel: May benefit London TV station

FRIENDS says the Rogers deal to purchase A-Channel stations could fall through if the CRTC does not approve CTVglobemedia's acquisition of CHUM.

Apr 10, 2007 — Barrie Examiner

Rogers broadcasting swallows A-Channel by Bob Bruton

FRIENDS expresses concern over local news in Barrie in the wake of the proposed A-Channel sale to Rogers.

Apr 10, 2007 — New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal

Rogers snaps up CHUM TV assets by Laura Bobak

FRIENDS says Canadians would be better served if Rogers owned CHUM's Citytv stations, rather than A-Channel stations, resulting in three private-sector national TV networks.

Apr 9, 2007 — Playback

Rogers grabs several CHUM properties by Terry Poulton and Jesse Kohl

FRIENDS says the sale of A-Channel stations could hurt local news coverage because new ownership may wish to cut costs.

Apr 5, 2007 —

Gorilla media by Charlie Smith

FRIENDS says the CRTC might order CTVglobemedia to sell Citytv stations and retain ownership of A-Channels in smaller markets as part of the takeover of CHUM.

Apr 2, 2007 — Toronto Star

More Web regulation doesn't make any sense by Michael Geist

Michael Geist observes some traditional broadcasters and copyright holders are increasingly wary of unregulated new media services such as Internet streaming and podcasting and may be gearing up for a fresh look at Internet regulation.

Mar 29, 2007 — Toronto Star

Cost of U.S. TV shows hits profit by Julian Beltrame

FRIENDS questions the stewardship of the CRTC for allowing Canadian broadcasters to spend more on foreign television programming than on Canadian.

Mar 22, 2007 — CBC News

CBC president calls for long-term mandate

CBC president Robert Rabinovitch asks the parliamentary heritage committee for a 10-year mandate - FRIENDS recommends CBC focus on Canadian programming for television and radio.

Mar 21, 2007 — Kamloops Daily News

CBC lobby group hopes to be heard in Ottawa by Mike Youds

FRIENDS referenced in article about a presentation made by Save Our CBC Kamloops to the House committee reviewing CBC's mandate.

Mar 14, 2007 —

CBC's plans will disenfranchise Canadians, says FCB

FRIENDS presents research that shows three million Canadians do not subscribe to cable or satellite and receive their TV signal over the air.

Mar 14, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CRTC concerned about 'diversity of voices' by Simon Tuck

FRIENDS says the announced CRTC review of media concentration in Canada is a good sign and shows the broadcast regulator is concerned about the question of Canadian voices.

Mar 14, 2007 — Broadcaster

CBC Set to "Unplug a Million-Plus Canadians"

FRIENDS says plans by CBC to rely more heavily on cable and satellite transmission will disenfranchise Canadians who receive TV over-the-air.

Mar 13, 2007 — Playback

CRTC buyout review pushed to fall by Patricia Bailey

FRIENDS notes that under new chairman, Konrad von Finckenstein, the CRTC might tighten its policies on media takeovers.

Mar 10, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Harper confidante slams CBC by Mike De Souza

A letter attacking the credibility of the CBC, written by a confidante of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is raising eyebrows on the eve of public consultations to review the broadcasting corporation's mandate.

Mar 5, 2007 — Playback

CEP slams feds' handling of CHUM buy by Patricia Bailey

FRIENDS says the CRTC is following due process, so far, with its upcoming hearings into CTVglobemedia's purchase of CHUM.

Feb 27, 2007 — National Post

XM's Q4 loss shrinks to US$257M, sales up 45% by Don Jeffrey

XM Satellite Radio, the broadcaster that is being acquired by its rival Sirius Satellite Radio, posted a fourth-quarter loss of $256.7 million (USD).

Feb 22, 2007 — Broadcast News


FRIENDS notes that public opinion polls have shown that privatizing Ontario's public broadcaster would be unpopular.

Feb 20, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CBC, broadcast-advocacy group turn volume up on slanging match

FRIENDS says that, from dumbed-down news reporting to Hollywood imports to decimated local programming, CBC senior management is not delivering what Canadians need.

Feb 20, 2007 — Toronto Star

CBC brass gets attacked by Friends by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist says CBC president and CEO Robert Rabinovitch and CBC-TV executive vice-president Richard Stursberg, have been 'stung' by FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting.

Feb 19, 2007 — Canadian Press

CBC goes after lobby group by Jennifer Ditchburn

FRIENDS defends evaluating the performance of senior CBC executives.

Feb 8, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Tune in howling on the Hill for prime-time Canadian drama by Deirdre McMurdy

Columnist sites FRIENDS research stating that between September 2003 and February 2006, foreign programs shown on CBC-TV increased by almost 50 per cent.

Jan 30, 2007 — Canadian Press

CBC-TV head denies network is 'beleaguered,' but ad revenues to stay soft by Lee-Anne Goodman

FRIENDS says the track record of Richard Stursberg, executive vice-president of CBC English-TV over the past two years has been very disappointing.

Jan 21, 2007 — Variety

CanWest bets on AAC deal by Tamsen Tillson

FRIENDS expects the ownership structure in the CanWest/Alliance Atlantis deal to be challenged by the CRTC under Canadian regulations limiting foreign ownership of media companies to 47%.

Jan 17, 2007 — Canadian Press

CBC changes format of Radio Two in bid to draw younger listeners by Andrea Baillie

FRIENDS says the CBC Radio plan to reach a younger demographic is responsible management, as long they are sensitive to their existing audience.

Jan 10, 2007 — Canadian Press

CanWest, Goldman Sachs in exclusive talks to take over Alliance Atlantis by David Friend

FRIENDS says that possible CRTC intervention into the CanWest/Goldman Sachs purchase of Alliance Atlantis may cause concern for investors.