FRIENDS in the News — 2008

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 19, 2008 — Georgia Straight

Heritage minister: Arts will be part of economic stimulus package by Jessica Werb

Heritage Minister James Moore denies Conservative plans to cut $200 million from the CBC's parliamentary grant and says funding for arts and culture will be part of an economic stimulus package.

Dec 5, 2008 — Georgia Straight

Media watchdog: Conservatives hope to cut CBC funding by $200 million by Jessica Werb

FRIENDS says a confidential source had alerted the organization of Conservative plans to slash $200 million from the CBC's parliamentary grant.

Nov 4, 2008 — Sydney Morning Herald

CanWest debt a cloud over Ten by Miriam Steffens

Australian media analysts say a heavy debt load may force Canwest to sell its broadcast holdings in that country.

Oct 31, 2008 — Canadian Press

CRTC tweaks TV system, helps consumers as regulator rejects extra charges

FRIENDS says the CRTC has balanced the competing interests of the broadcasting industry.

Oct 30, 2008 — BNN

FRIENDS on BNN's SqueezePlay

Video of FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, saying that Canadian citizens, as "shareholders" of the broadcasting system, were well served by a CRTC decision on the cable industry.

Oct 30, 2008 — CBC Radio One

CRTC set to unveil new regulations in the television industry

In a radio report, FRIENDS says that the global financial crisis has shown that appropriate regulation can play an important role in Canada's economy.

Oct 30, 2008 — CBC News

CRTC to deliver review of TV industry

FRIENDS says if the CRTC bows to cable industry deregulation it may mean more American stations and less funding of Canadian-made television.

Oct 30, 2008 — CTV

Video: Decisions made by the CRTC by Graham Richardson

FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison says cable companies such as Shaw Communications may not be happy with having to put more money into local television programming.

Oct 30, 2008 — CBC News

Changes will increase choice for Canadian TV viewers: CRTC

FRIENDS says the CRTC has listened to advice that the cable monopolies and satellite companies are too powerful to be allowed even more discretion to control what's on TV.

Oct 30, 2008 — Canadian Press

CRTC review could expand Canadians' TV viewing choices and costs by Julian Beltrame

FRIENDS says the CRTC has started to realize how the lack of money in the over-the-air television system has the potential for a broadcast equivalent of a market disaster.

Oct 27, 2008 — Playback

Digital Media: CRTC readies for new media rethink by Mark Hand

FRIENDS says the motivation behind a CRTC review of new media is to ensure that the audiovisual Internet - the equivalent of radio and television online - has some shelf space for Canadian content.

Oct 24, 2008 — The Tyee

Why Did I Buy CanWest Stock? by Marc Edge

FRIENDS says that with a slumping stock price and financing deal with Goldman Sachs, it is possible that the Asper family could lose control of CanWest.

Sep 20, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Dion makes $530-million in promises for arts, culture by Andy Blatchford

Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion says the Conservatives are polling people about whether they feel the $1.1-billion budgeted for the CBC is money well-spent.

Sep 20, 2008 — CBC News

Dion promises more support for arts

Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion questions a Conservative party fundraising letter (released by FRIENDS) in which supporters are asked if the CBC is a good or bad use of taxpayers' dollars.

Sep 5, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

The New CBC Radio 2: Listeners rebel, broadcaster hangs tough by Nicholas Read

A CBC spokesman has admitted that the broadcaster has received "thousands" of complaints about its decision to change Radio Two from a mainly classical music format to one emphasizing pop, jazz and blues.

Aug 22, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Radio 2 changes are for the better by Chris Boyce

The Toronto Program Director for CBC Radio says new Radio 2 programming will better fulfil CBC's mandate of representing the musical diversity of Canada.

Aug 20, 2008 — Torontoist

The All-New CBC Radio 2 Is For You

FRIENDS says CBC Radio 2 moving away from something only the public broadcaster can do towards programming many private broadcasters already do.

Aug 19, 2008 — Canadian Press

CBC Radio Two scales down classical music as part of fall relaunch

FRIENDS research indicates that what CBC Radio Two's average 1.1 million listeners per week like best about the station is classical music.

Aug 19, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC to announce Radio 2 remake in pursuit of younger audience by Chris Cobb

FRIENDS says CBC is substantially moving away from its responsibility to transmit world classical culture to new generations of Canadians.

Jul 31, 2008 — Playback

The Small Screen: Rogers looks to forge new identity for CityTV by Tamsen Tillson

FRIENDS says the organization is watching the Rogers takeover of CityTV closely to ensure commitments of the sale are honoured.

Jul 26, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

Olympics beamed to a TV or BlackBerry near you by Don McGowan

Broadcasters hope new media technology will lead to lucrative new forms of revenue and a wider/younger market for their content.

Jul 11, 2008 — Variety

Entertainment One makes power play by Brendan Kelly

FRIENDS says Entertainment One is bringing together former players from Alliance Communications in a "critical mass of talent and capacity."

Jun 19, 2008 — Toronto Star

CRTC report finds `strong growth' at cable firms by Rita Trichur

FRIENDS says record profits for Canada's cable and satellite companies demonstrate the existing TV distribution system works well.

Jun 9, 2008 — Toronto Star

A lesson for today's politician: Get yourself on YouTube by Fraser MacLean

Dalton Camp Award winner says YouTube is bound to play a key role in the next federal election.

Jun 5, 2008 — Canadian Press

CRTC says private broadcasters, CBC should have separate financing for TV shows by Julian Beltrame

FRIENDS agrees with CRTC recommendation to keep the status quo on Canadian content rules for the CTF.

Jun 1, 2008 — Canadian Press

Mass audience or culture? Changes in fund will impact shows on Canadian TV by Julian Beltrame

FRIENDS says recommendations on the reform of the Canadian Television Fund will reveal whether the CRTC has the courage to stand up to the cable companies.

May 29, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Denying tax credits for films could kill industry, Gross says by Gloria Galloway

Actor Paul Gross tells the Senate banking committee that Bill C-10, which proposes to deny tax credits to productions deemed "contrary to public policy," could spell the end of his industry.

May 24, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Jeopardy! to bump Marketplace from its slot by Marsha Lederman

FRIENDS says CBC should be running Canadian programming, not U.S. syndicated shows like Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.

Apr 27, 2008 — Toronto Star

'It'd be nice to work where I live' by Bruce DeMara

FRIENDS mentioned in an article about the reasons why Toronto actors, such as RH Thomson, have challenges finding work in their home community.

Apr 24, 2008 — Playback

TQS news cuts set stage for fight in Ottawa by Patricia Bailey

FRIENDS says plans to shut down TQS news outlets across Quebec likely won't happen because it goes against CRTC rules and could hamper Prime Minister Stephen Harper's chances of winning seats in Quebec.

Apr 24, 2008 — Canadian Press

Fiery hearings on Canadian TV's future end by Julian Beltrame

FRIENDS says the Canadian broadcasting system is an ecosystem where each of the components is inextricably linked so that a change in one will affect the others.

Apr 17, 2008 — Mediacaster

Canadian Television in Jeopardy

Interview series on ichannel's @iSSUE, one episode of which features FRIENDS' Ian Morrison, addresses issues arising from CRTC broadcast distribution hearings.

Apr 17, 2008 — Toronto Star

Canadians should see U.S. ads, CRTC told by Rita Trichur

FRIENDS says cable desire to change simultaneous substitution rules would significantly impact Canadian broadcasters' revenues.

Apr 17, 2008 — Moncton Times & Transcript

Major TV changes looming? by Eric Lewis

Rogers argues deregulation of broadcast distribution is not about eliminating Canadian content.

Apr 12, 2008 — Canadian Press

Internal study shows big corporations scoop up most of federal film credit by Dean Beeby

FRIENDS says government report shows tax credits are essential to Canadian production, calls public investment in the arts one of the cheapest and best investments Canada can make.

Apr 8, 2008 — Windsor Star

CRTC trusted, poll finds by Alex Strachan

Poll co-sponsored by FRIENDS finds two-thirds of Canadians trust the CRTC and expect the federal government to preserve Canadian identity and culture on television.

Apr 8, 2008 — CTV Television

Cable War by Lloyd Robertson and Graham Richardson

CTV television news quotes spokespersons from Rogers, CTV and FRIENDS on CRTC broadcast distribution hearings.

Apr 8, 2008 — Mediacaster

TV Viewers Don't Trust De-regulated Distribution: Survey

FRIENDS co-sponsored survey finds Canadians place a public trust on the federal government and its agencies to ensure Canadian identity and values are reflected on television.

Apr 8, 2008 — Toronto Star

Companies argue about what you want on TV by Rita Trichur

FRIENDS releases joint poll showing Canadian subscribers believe reduction in regulatory "burden" sought by cable industry is likely to reduce choice in Canadian programs available on TV.

Apr 7, 2008 — CBC News

CRTC has deregulation agenda in hearings on cable, satellite

More than half of Canadians believe Canada's TV production industry would not survive if cable and satellite industry were deregulated, says FRIENDS co-sponsored poll.

Apr 7, 2008 — St. Catharines Standard

Much at stake at CRTC hearings by Julian Beltrame

FRIENDS says CRTC television distribution rules give Canadians among the greatest choice of television programming in the world.

Apr 7, 2008 —

Deregulated TV distributors aren't trusted to promote and deliver Cancon: poll

Pollara survey co-sponsored by FRIENDS shows three-quarters of Canadians believe less cable and satellite regulation would reduce Canadian program choice on TV.

Apr 7, 2008 — National Post

Hot-Button Issues by Barbara Shecter

FRIENDS is sceptical of big cable's prediction that fee-for-carriage would result in a loss of subscribers any more than the fee increases cable companies routinely levy.

Apr 7, 2008 — Business News Network

FRIENDS on BNN's SqueezePlay

Video of FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, talking about upcoming CRTC hearings on possible rule changes for cable monopolies.

Apr 5, 2008 — Cape Breton Post

CRTC to hold key hearings on broadcast industry as industry debates new landscape by Julian Beltrame

FRIENDS says that if the upcoming hearings on cable deregulation go in the industry's favour Canadians could find that they have "less a Canadian broadcast system, and more an American system".

Apr 5, 2008 — Toronto Star

Tuned in or tuned out? by Rita Trichur

FRIENDS says Rogers, Shaw, Cogeco and Videotron operate as "territorial monopolies," making their push for more deregulation troubling.

Apr 3, 2008 — Canadian Press

CBC to close Calgary unit of Newsworld, but will add local news jobs

FRIENDS says CBC management is centralizing too much editorial decision-making in Toronto.

Apr 3, 2008 — CBC News

CBC to cut Calgary Newsworld unit, hire more Alberta reporters

FRIENDS says CBC should reduce the bureaucratic over-burden of senior management levels at the broadcast centre in Toronto, and deploy more resources to on-the-round news-gathering.

Apr 3, 2008 —

Axing of CBC orchestra ignites protest by Jessica Werb

Columnist says a national uproar has ensued from the news that the Vancouver-based CBC Radio Orchestra is to be dismantled.

Apr 2, 2008 — Saskatoon StarPhoenix

CBC's classical cuts go from bad to worse by Joanne Paulson

FRIENDS referenced in an article following the CBC's changing relationship with classical music.

Mar 31, 2008 — National Post

Sirius-XM Merger Could Ding CanCon by Vito Pilieci

FRIENDS says if the proposed merger of Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio in the United States goes ahead we will see the Canadian tail getting wagged by the American dog.

Mar 28, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CBC to dismantle radio orchestra by Marsha Lederman

FRIENDS says more cuts are likely ahead at the CBC, especially if the Stephen Harper Conservatives win a majority in the next election.

Mar 19, 2008 — Playback

Watchdog applauds disclosure of CBC expenses by Patricia Bailey

FRIENDS says CBC executives should publish their expenses online on a quarterly basis.

Mar 17, 2008 — Toronto Sun

What's up at TVOntario? by Christine Blizzard

Columnist says that instead of tinkering with sponsorship programs, it might be time for TVOntario to move away from public funding and start accepting advertising.

Mar 17, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CBS gets into the widget business

Television stations owned by CBS are launching an online advertising initiative using online modules which can be easily added to Web sites and updated throughout the day.

Mar 8, 2008 — Edmonton Journal

Corus buys city-based specialty channel Bill Maher

FRIENDS says the buyout of Edmonton-based Canadian Learning Television by Corus might mean a consolidation of some services in Toronto.

Mar 7, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian TV in border skirmish by Etan Vlessing

FRIENDS says the Canadian broadcasting industry is addicted to simulcasting Hollywood programming.

Feb 29, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Future of CBC splits committee along party lines by Chris Cobb

FRIENDS says Conservative party recommendations would be extremely damaging to the CBC, especially its English television network.

Feb 29, 2008 — Canadian Press

CBC should receive stable, indexed funding for at least seven years: report by Sue Bailey

FRIENDS says Conservative members of the House of Commons heritage committee were probably ordered by the PMO to toe the party line of no new funds for the CBC.

Feb 29, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

New financing for CBC sought by Etan Vlessing

FRIENDS says a Conservative report calls for the CBC to do more but denies the public broadcaster the required resources.

Feb 28, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Commons committee divided on key CBC issues by Chris Cobb

FRIENDS says that the Conservatives' refusal to support funding for heritage committee recommendations is setting the CBC up to fail.

Feb 26, 2008 — Globe & Mail

ABC to release hit shows on-demand with ads by Ryan Kakashima

ABC says it will release ad-supported hit TV shows for free over video-on-demand cable services.

Feb 22, 2008 — Halifax Chronicle Herald

Grits want Patrone probe by Stephen Maher

FRIENDS says the qualifications of a former Conservative party candidate are "more modest" than normal for the job of CRTC commissioner.

Feb 21, 2008 — Halifax Chronicle Herald

Patrone's main requisite is his Tory ties, critics say by Stephen Maher

FRIENDS says the appointment of a former Conservative candidate as a CRTC commissioner "doesn't pass the smell test".

Feb 20, 2008 — Canadian Press

Government tells CRTC it will decide all policy matters in television fund dispute

FRIENDS says that it is unlikely the Conservative government would cut off the CBC in any decisions made regarding the Canadian Television Fund.

Feb 19, 2008 — Edmonton Journal

CBC television review may lead to showdown by Chris Cobb

FRIENDS says a Conservative minority report on the Heritage committee review of the CBC would substantiate concerns that the government has a hidden agenda for public broadcasting.

Jan 27, 2008 — Toronto Star

...and CBC archives, too... and CBC archives, too

Editorial agrees with FRIENDS position that CBC management has not displayed prudence with the stewardship of public funds in its deal to quietly sell off international television distribution rights.

Jan 25, 2008 — Toronto Star

CBC board okays broadcast rights sale by Martin Knelman

FRIENDS calls CBC's sell-off of international broadcast rights a betrayal of public trust.

Jan 24, 2008 — Hamilton Spectator

Is Canadian culture different from U.S.? by Tahir Aslam Gora

Columnist takes issue with FRIENDS' mandate to preserve a Canadian identity on television and radio and says there is nothing wrong with Canada and the U.S. sharing major cultural commonalities.

Jan 23, 2008 — Waterloo City Council

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Local Radio Station – Proposal Resolution

A Waterloo City Council motion in support of a Waterloo Region CBC radio station which recognizes the Region's unique cultural, economic and educational identity.

Jan 15, 2008 — Straight Goods

Keep media Canadian: poll

A public opinion poll commissioned by ACTRA, CEP and FRIENDS says two-thirds of Canadian voters oppose allowing foreign control of Canadian media companies.

Jan 15, 2008 — CBC News

CRTC imposes cross-media ownership restrictions

FRIENDS says the CRTC is recognizing that as a result of media concentration, there are levels of concentration that could well pose a threat to diversity and, therefore, democracy.

Jan 15, 2008 — Canadian Press

CRTC says companies can only own two types of media in same market

FRIENDS welcomes the CRTC's decision to restrict a person or company to ownership of two different types of outlets in a single market.