FRIENDS in the News — 2009

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.

Nov 23, 2009 — Canadian Journalism Foundation

"Confronting Mcluhan: Why Form Matters Less than Content" by Hugh D. Segal

Canadian senator, political strategist, author, and commentator makes a speech about democracy and journalism.

Nov 16, 2009 — Canadian Press

TV tax war now in CRTC's lap

FRIENDS says facts are in short supply in the ad war over Local TV.

Nov 13, 2009 — TVO The Agenda

Video: A Pox on Both Their Houses: Cable and TV

Roundtable discussion on the issue of fee-for-carriage, featuring broadcast industry observers including FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison.

Oct 26, 2009 — Toronto Sun

American consultants helped in CBC makeover by Althia Raj

FRIENDS says focus on style over substance moves CBC News in the direction of the private sector.

Oct 21, 2009 — Canadian Press

Move over CNN, BNN; CBC Newsworld rebrands all-news channel as CBC NN by Cassandra Szklarski

FRIENDS says senior CBC management is slavishly copying private sector behaviour in news rebranding.

Oct 16, 2009 — Canada Newswire

TV Alliance demands fair treatment for consumers

The TV Alliance calls for a level playing field for meaningful consumer participation in the upcoming public hearing on billing practices for TV services in Canada.

Oct 8, 2009 — Georgia Straight

Professor says Canwest Global's assets will be sold by Carlito Pablo

FRIENDS says the Canwest restructuring will be better for the viewers, because anytime a company is better managed, its products tend to be better as well.

Oct 7, 2009 — Canadian Press

Canwest assures viewers, TV partners of regularly scheduled programming by Cassandra Szklarski

FRIENDS says financial weakness has caused Canwest to cut corners and that the restructuring can only improve the company's TV programming.

Oct 7, 2009 — CIUT Take 5

The debate over 'fee-for-carriage' heats up

In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses the need for "fee-for-carriage" to preserve local television and the misinformation being presented by Canada's cable monopolies.

Sep 23, 2009 — Mediacaster

Facing Online Petition, CBC Denies The National is Moving

More than 5,600 people have signed a petition calling for the CBC to retain the one-hour format of The National, and keep the flagship news program in its current 10 p.m. time slot.

Sep 18, 2009 — Canada Newswire

New TV Alliance Promotes Viewers' Interests in Canadian TV Debate, a new grassroots initiative to promote a better and more transparent TV broadcasting and distribution system for Canadians has launched.

Sep 9, 2009 — Toronto Sun

Cable firms 'not telling truth' about fund by Brett Clarkson

FRIENDS says cable and satellite TV providers are misleading their subscribers by slapping a 1.5% fee on monthly bills and then trying to shift blame to the CRTC for the price hike.

Sep 4, 2009 — Toronto Star

TD banking on CBC by Rita Trichur

In response to reports of "product integration" into CBC TV shows, FRIENDS says taxpayers expect public broadcasting services to be distinct from the private sector.

Sep 2, 2009 — Briarpatch Magazine

Corporate crisis, community opportunity: Rebuilding local media for the 21st century by Jacqueline Cusack McDonald and Steve Anderson

Article authors say the current media system in Canada does not adequately address the social, ecological and economic challenges facing communities across the country.

Sep 2, 2009 — CKRM 620 AM Regina

Canada's TV industry

In a radio interview with host Roger Currie, FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses recent changes in Canada's TV industry.

Aug 5, 2009 — Toronto Star

CBC denies The National is moving by Greg Quill

FRIENDS says CBC's senior programming brass has a plan to move the public broadcaster's flagship nightly news program The National from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. to make room for prime-time entertainment programming.

Jul 2, 2009 — The Tyee

Cancon falls to 20-year low on CBC prime time By Garret Zehr

Foreign programming now makes up 25 per cent of prime-time viewing hours on CBC English TV, according to new research by Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Jun 30, 2009 — Channel Canada

CBC Cancon light

Canadian content during prime time on CBC English TV has reached a 20-year low, according to new research about what's on TV released this morning by the watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Jun 30, 2009 — Broadcaster

CBC Canadian Content 'Light'

Canadian content during prime time on CBC English TV has reached a 20-year low, according to new research about what's on TV released this morning by the watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Jun 15, 2009 — National Post

CBC turns its eye to the 24-hour news clock by Kathryn Blaze Carlson

FRIENDS says that if CBC Newsworld shifts focus from current affairs programming to news programming, it may run into issues over its mandate under the Canadian Radio-Telecommunications Commission.

Jun 1, 2009 —

Commentary: Are CBC's Friends seeing (Liberal) red? by Lesley Hunter

According to a poll commissioned by broadcast industry watchdog Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, most Canadians believe that the CBC is "being starved of funds by a government with a vendetta against it".

Jun 1, 2009 — Media in Canada

Poll on Harper's "hidden agenda" by Amy Haggar

The majority of Canadians say the Conservative government is "hostile to the CBC and would like to diminish public broadcasting in Canada," according to a new poll from the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

May 30, 2009 — CBC Radio - The House

The debate over 'fee-for-carriage' in the Canadian broadcasting industry

In a radio interview with host Kathleen Petty, FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison, discusses the challenges facing Canadian TV broadcasters and the debate over 'fee-for-carriage'.

May 29, 2009 — Toronto Star

Learning from media mistakes in Arar case by Mariam Sheibani

2009 Dalton Camp Award winner says "a journalist's foremost obligation is to tell the truth and to provide a check on government power, not to protect state officials".

May 29, 2009 — Toronto Star

Citizens gain a voice with interactive media by Heather Stilwell

2009 Dalton Camp Award winner says the Internet can enable a future where we no longer remain passive recipients of news and culture, but where we are inspired to contribute to the discussion.

May 27, 2009 — Golden Lake Institute/

CBC cuts tied to Conservative ideology - poll by Ish Theilheimer

A new Pollara study commissioned by FRIENDS shows nearly two thirds of respondents believe that Stephen Harper and his government are hostile to the CBC, and that half of them feel he "has a hidden agenda that favours private corporate broadcasters."

May 27, 2009 — CIUT Take 5

Public Support for the CBC

In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses a major new Pollara study of Canadians' attitudes about and expectations for the CBC.

May 15, 2009 — Source: The Waterloo Record

CRTC drops controversial condition on TV licence renewals by Julian Beltrame

FRIENDS says the CRTC has come up with a "good, sensible decision" in not imposing the requirement on broadcasters who face considerable financial headwinds already.

May 11, 2009 — Globe & Mail

No free pass for CBC on cost-cutting exercise by Jennifer Ditchburn

FRIENDS asks whether Minister Moore knew that a funding review was in the works when he gave his guarantee to parliamentarians that the CBC's budget would not be cut.

May 11, 2009 — Canadian Press

CBC to face government cost-cutting exercise: Lacroix

CBC president tells employees that the public broadcaster must find $50 million in its budget that could potentially be cut or redirected.

May 11, 2009 — Toronto Star

MPs miss chance to embrace YouTube generation by Michael Geist

Article profiles the friction between FRIENDS and the House of Commons over the posting of committee proceedings that eventually lead to a liberalization of the rules.

Apr 29, 2009 — Mediacaster

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting Release Survey on CBC

A new Pollara survey finds that a majority of Canadians support increased funding for the CBC.

Apr 22, 2009 — 620 CKRM, Regina

Audio: The Canadian Broadcasting Industry

In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison discusses, local programming, "fee-for-carriage", the plight of CanWest.

Apr 18, 2009 — Streetcred

The state of the Canadian broadcasting industry by Adam Bemma

Freelance Journalist interviews FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison on the recent CBC cuts and how the recession is affecting Canada's broadcasting industry.

Apr 9, 2009 — Magazines Canada

Magazines Canada starts "email army" to mobilize industry supporters by Jon Kennedy

Magazines Canada uses FRIENDS as a model to build a network of citizens to advocate on behalf of the Canadian magazine industry.

Apr 3, 2009 — Brantford Expositor

What price the CBC? by David Dean

Editorial cites as a place to connect with other supporters of public broadcasting.

Mar 27, 2009 — Toronto Star

CBC cutbacks swing a wide axe by Greg Quill and Raju Mudhar

FRIENDS says cuts at the CBC will result in the regions becoming  hinterland, receiving programming from a centralized operation, rather than places where their own stories can be told.

Mar 25, 2009 — National Post

'Painful decisions' ahead as CBC steels to slash 800 jobs by Chris Cobb

FRIENDS says regional and local CBC programming will be hit hard by budget cuts.

Mar 25, 2009 — CBC News

CBC to cut up to 800 jobs, sell assets

FRIENDS says Canadians will be upset when they see cuts to CBC's local and regional programming implemented.

Mar 24, 2009 — Toronto Star

Up to 600 jobs on block as CBC faces shortfall by Bruce Campion-Smith

FRIENDS says that facing an estimated $65 - $100 million shortfall, it's almost certain that CBC local programming nationwide will take a hit.

Mar 23, 2009 — National Post

Saving local TV and the CBC by Ian Morrison, Peter Murdoch And Steve Waddell

Op-ed says CBC should reduce ads on TV in exchange for stable, long-term funding; but, this is not a new idea...

Mar 18, 2009 — Canadian Press

CBC not considering ads on the radio, spokesman insists

CBC spokesman says the that details of a newly approved budget will be revealed by month's end.

Mar 17, 2009 — Sun Media

600-1,200 CBC job cuts expected by Althia Raj

FRIENDS applauds the Heritage Minster's comments that the CBC needs to "stop chasing revenues and eyeballs," but says it is unlikely the Minister is controlling the purse-strings on this file.

Mar 16, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

CBC criticized for amount of American TV by Etan Vlessing

FRIENDS says the CBC's revenue shortfall springs equally from the recession and the public broadcaster having overpaid for American game shows that did not meet "rosy" sales projections.

Mar 16, 2009 — The Georgia Straight

Stephen Harper's hidden agenda for the CBC by Ian Morrison

FRIENDS tracks Stephen Harper's comments on public broadcasting and cultural sovereignty over the years.

Mar 16, 2009 — Talk 1410AM Vancouver

Ads on CBC Radio?

In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses the implications of placing ads on CBC Radio.

Mar 16, 2009 — The Tyee

Commercials back on CBC Radio? by Crawford Kilian

Article references FRIENDS' campaign to keep ads off CBC Radio.

Mar 15, 2009 — Ottawa Citizen

Is there a fix for 'broken' TV? by Vito Pilieci

FRIENDS says if TV networks don't provide high-profile promotion and reserve online space for Canadian shows and news broadcasts, Canada's broadcasting industry will suffer.

Mar 15, 2009 — Toronto Star

Pay TV: Funding the CBC by Sarah Barmak

FRIENDS says that if public investment replaced ad revenue on CBC television, it would help private sector television operators who are in financial difficulty.

Mar 14, 2009 — Toronto Star

TV land trouble by Rita Trichur

FRIENDS says that local programming on over-the-air television doesn't shouldn't be allowed to wither away and die forever because of a temporary economic down cycle.

Mar 13, 2009 — National Post

CBC tunes in to new reality by Craig Offman

FRIENDS says the CBC should follow the BBC model in which the board of directors, composed of TV veterans, nominates the president, who reports back to the board.

Mar 12, 2009 — CIUT Take 5

The Canada Media Fund

In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses the implications of amalgamating the Canadian Television Fund, the Canada New Media Fund and Aboriginal Television fund.

Mar 10, 2009 — Barrie Examiner

Local TV's future fuzzy by Raymond Bowe

FRIENDS says losing a local TV station would be devastating to a community because of the effect on the economy and decrease in local information.

Feb 27, 2009 — CTV

Broadcasters struggling with reduced revenues

FRIENDS says that it is time for the CRTC to grant over-the-air broadcasters fee-for-carriage revenues.

Feb 27, 2009 — Toronto Star

Looming cuts would shake CBC to its core by Greg Quill

FRIENDS says it is doubtful whether Canadian taxpayers would be willing to pay for a public broadcaster that carries American TV shows and commercialized radio.

Feb 26, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

Tories tune out CBC bailout by Mia Rabson

FRIENDS says possible cuts to CBC programs and less regional content would result in more of a Toronto broadcasting corporation than a Canadian broadcasting corporation.

Feb 26, 2009 — Calgary Sun

No more money for CBC, say Feds

FRIENDS say the gamble by CBC executives to purchase expensive U.S. TV shows hasn't paid off.

Feb 26, 2009 — Toronto Star

Strategy to buy U.S. TV programs works, CBC says by Greg Quill

FRIENDS says a CBC revenue shortfall is as high as $125 million, and that watertight, multi-year acquisition of American shows have contributed to the corporation's woes.

Feb 25, 2009 — Canadian Press

Financially hit CBC wants help from Ottawa to stave off possible cuts

CBC spokesman Jeff Keay says the public broadcaster wants Ottawa to provide immediate relief for a budgetary shortfall expected in 2009-2010 but he dismissed suggestions that bridge financing would amount to a handout.

Feb 25, 2009 — Toronto Star

Stumbling CBC seeks federal help by Greg Quill

FRIENDS says a CBC revenue shortfall is likely caused by the decision to purchase several expensive U.S. TV properties, including Jeopardy, Wheel Of Fortune and The Martha Stewart Show.

Feb 24, 2009 —

New Media Hearings: Target commercial web sites for regulation, CRTC told by Norma Reveler

FRIENDS says it is reasonable to extend the same public policy and Broadcasting Act support for Canadian content in all media, including new media.

Feb 15, 2009 — CTV

CRTC mulls hands-off approach to Internet, cellphones

FRIENDS says the prime responsibility of the CRTC is to ensure that a certain amount of Canadian content in the audio-visual system - including the Internet - is available to Canadians.

Feb 14, 2009 — Hamilton Spectator

Cash trumps content: CRTC reviews TV licences by Rob Faulkner

FRIENDS says a CRTC plan to issue one-year licences and review local programming rules will be good for TV companies but bad for viewers.

Feb 13, 2009 — CHML AM 900 Hamilton

The future of Canwest's Hamilton TV station

FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison discusses options for CHCH  TV Hamilton and the importance of local news in a radio interview with host Bill Kelly.

Feb 13, 2009 — The Hamilton Spectator

Picture looks fuzzy for CHCH by Mark McNeil

FRIENDS says it is likely that CHCH television will continue to operate in Hamilton, but the sagging financial fortunes of parent company Canwest may mean less local programming.

Feb 12, 2009 — The Tyee

Conservatives "open" to idea of CBC Radio ads by Crawford Kilian

FRIENDS says Heritage Minister James Moore may have blurted out more than he intended when saying he would consider putting ads on CBC Radio.

Feb 12, 2009 — CIUT Take 5

Ads on CBC Radio

In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses the possible implications of placing ads on CBC Radio.

Feb 11, 2009 — CBC News

Call in program on possible ads on CBC Radio

FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, takes part in a call-in radio show on the Conservative government's openness to allow the commercialization of CBC Radio.

Feb 11, 2009 — Toronto Star

Broadcasters renew calls for carriage fee by Kristine Owram

FRIENDS says a mandate to ensure shelf space for Canadian programming puts pressure on the CRTC to reconsider fee-for-carriage.

Feb 10, 2009 — Toronto Star

Minister suggests Ottawa open to CBC radio ads by Greg Quill

FRIENDS says that if the government and CBC executives are considering putting ads on CBC Radio they can expect a firestorm of protest.

Feb 10, 2009 — Ottawa Citizen

Heritage minister defends Tory cuts to arts funding by Juliet O'Neill and Chris Cobb

Heritage Minister James Moore says that commercial advertising on CBC Radio should be be considered if the public broadcaster needs extra cash to to dig itself out of a financial hole.

Feb 7, 2009 — Hamilton Spectator

CHCH likely to survive: analyst by Lisa Grace Marr

FRIENDS says the Canwest TV station in Hamilton is in a strong position to carry on under new ownership.

Feb 5, 2009 — AM1150 Kelowna

Canucks without cable, satellite need to be ready for U.S. move to digital TV by Luann Lasalle

FRIENDS says about two million Canadians who use rabbit ears or rooftop antennas to watch American television will be affected when U.S. broadcasters switch to digital TV signals in June.

Feb 4, 2009 — CBC News

Changes to upcoming TV licence renewals worry arts group

FRIENDS says the CRTC should not be making seven-year decisions about broadcasting entities in a recession, where one of the major players might be failing.

Jan 30, 2009 — Toronto Star

CRTC to review licence renewal hearings for TV stations by David Paddon

FRIENDS says broadcasters may ask for relief on what they must spend on local programming or Canadian drama at CRTC licence renewal hearings set for this spring.

Jan 22, 2009 — Georgia Straight

Canada is unprepared for switch to digital TV by Doug Sarti

FRIENDS says the lack of a clearly defined transition plan from analogue to digital TV broadcasts will cause trouble for over-the-air viewers.

Jan 21, 2009 — CBC News

Heritage minister promises no cuts to culture funding

In response to public pressure, including from FRIENDS, Heritage Minister James Moore has promised not to cut the CBC's parliamentary grant by $200 million in the upcoming budget. �