FRIENDS in the News — 2010

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 20, 2010 —

I Love CBC petition aims to save the CBC by Michelle de Silva

FRIENDS has launched a petition to re-affirm the importance of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Dec 20, 2010 — CHEX TV

Del Mastro Talks CBC by Pamela VanMeer

Reporter says Peterborough M.P. Dean Del Mastro is firing back at FRIENDS, saying his comments were taken out of context.

Dec 6, 2010 — The Hill Times

CBC uses taxpayers' dollars to fight court cases to prevent us from learning how it is spending some of our tax dollars by W.T. Stanbury

Regarding complaints against the CBC under the Access to Information Act, FRIENDS says there should be the same kind of transparency that exists as for a department within the Canadian Government.

Nov 1, 2010 — The Walrus

The cultural desirability of Canadian broadcasting by John Macfarlane

Editor states that twenty-five years after the founding of the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting the CBC is still beleaguered, and its survival is still in doubt.

Nov 1, 2010 — The Walrus

Dragon Done by Trevor Cole

Columnist says if ever an organization needed someone to blame, it was the CBC and Richard Stursberg, former vice-president of English Services, was made for that job.

Oct 22, 2010 — Metro News

CRTC OKs sale of Canwest TV assets to Shaw by Luann Lasalle

FRIENDS says the CRTC approving the sale of Canwest's TV assests to Shaw further concentrates media in Canada and that "The concentration in the hands of just a few people ... is a matter of concern."

Oct 16, 2010 — Windsor Star

Bring new station into Canada by Madeline Ritchie

Letter to the Editor takes issue with FRIENDS' recent campaign regarding Sun News TV.

Oct 13, 2010 —

Broadcast lobby group rakes in millions, discloses little by Brian Lilley

Sun Media reporter looks at FRIENDS fundraising and grassroots mobilization activities.

Oct 12, 2010 — Mediacaster

CBC News Balance Study 'Not Balanced' Watchdog Says

Columnist says while offering up kudos to Canada's public broadcaster for launching its own investigation of its news practices, FRIENDS says "shame on CBC" for "making extravagant claims about their current efforts".

Oct 10, 2010 — Toronto Sun

CBC won't release director's expenses by Althia Raj

FRIENDS is waiting on the information commissioner to confirm whether CBC was right to deny a request on how much the public broadcaster spent hiring a U.S. firm to revamp The National, CBC News Network and local newscasts.

Sep 30, 2010 — Broadcaster Magazine

Reject Sun TV Application Says Friends

In FRIENDS' brief to the Commission, spokesperson Ian Morrison writes: "FRIENDS recommends that the request for the initial three-years' mandatory access be rejected by the Commission."

Sep 3, 2010 — National Post

The Blind Protester by Chris Selley

Columnist says rumours of Stephen Harper attempting to oust Konrad von Finckenstein as chairman of the CRTC and trying to push "American style hate media" on Canadians is purely conjecture.

Aug 24, 2010 — Toronto Star

McQuaig: Harper’s Foxy luncheon by Linda McQuaig

FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, says based on the information he has, Stephen Harper has taken a person interest in creating a right-wing, Fox-style TV station in Canada.

Aug 21, 2010 — Ottawa Citizen

How to fix the CBC by Ian Morrison

In an op-ed, FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison says the departure of the executive responsible for CBC's English language operations presents an opportunity for all of CBC’s 34 million shareholders to reflect on what kind of national public broadcaster Canada needs.

Aug 19, 2010 — Globe & Mail

Is Stephen Harper set to move against the CRTC? by Lawrence Martin

FRIENDS says the integrity of the CRTC has to be defended.

Aug 8, 2010 — Toronto Star

CBC to stay the course of departed boss by Ashante Infantry

FRIENDS says the CBC should have separate executives in charge of TV and Radio.

Aug 7, 2010 — The Fredericton Daily Gleaner

Controversial CBC boss leaves network by Cassandra Szklarski

FRIENDS says under Stursberg's leadership, CBC's audience share in television has dwindled.

Aug 5, 2010 — Stratford Beacon Herald

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting spokesman slams CBC leadership by Donal O'Connor

FRIENDS blames the erosion of quality broadcasting by the CBC on "inexperienced management" and says having people in charge who lack appropriate experience would be unthinkable in private sector broadcasting.

Jun 26, 2010 — Variety

Quebecor to add right wing news net by Brendan Kelly

FRIENDS says a point-of-view news network doesn't fit in with CRTC policy, which requires a balance in news reporting.

Jun 24, 2010 — Wire Report

Distributors disappointed with CTV's 'Save Local TV' CBSC win by Stefan Dubowski

FRIENDS supports the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council's finding that CTVglobemedia Inc. didn’t break the rules during its “Save Local TV” campaign, but says broadcasters and distributors were both “stretching the truth” during the fee-for-carriage air war.

Jun 22, 2010 — Nanaimo Daily News

CBC looks to U.S. programming for ad revenue

FRIENDS says the Canadian content void is being filled by private broadcasters like Canwest Global Communication's Global TV and CTV Inc. with Canadian-made, prime-time content increasing by 17 per cent this year.

Jun 21, 2010 — National Post

CBC runs fewer Canadian shows in prime time by Jamie Sturgeon

FRIENDS says the amount of domestic-made content aired by CBC between 6-11 p.m. stands at a 30-year low, with a full quarter of weekly programming dedicated to U.S. shows.

Jun 8, 2010 — Radio World

Canadian Lobby No More by James Careless

Columnist says private broadcaster's no longer have a common front for responding to various CRTC policy initiatives, "many of which promote Canadian cultural goals at the broadcasters’ expense."

Jun 4, 2010 — CIUT Take 5

The Dalton Camp Award

In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison and 2010 Dalton Camp Award winner Ethan Rabidoux discuss the award and the man who inspired it.

Jun 3, 2010 — Toronto Star

The power of political cartoons by Ethan Georges Rabidoux

In his Dalton Camp Award winning essay, Rabidoux explores the role of political cartoons in giving a outlet to the "working folk" to strike back at the elite.

Jun 2, 2010 — Canada Newswire

Media Advisory - Federal court hearing on Globalive foreign ownership

Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP), Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) and Friends of Canadian Broadcasting argue before the Federal Court for intervener status in a case that claims the federal government ignored the Canadian ownership requirements of the Telecommunications Act.

May 23, 2010 — The View from Seven

The CBC as a “cultural conduit connecting our coasts”? That’s so 1986! by Kevin McDougald

Blogger says FRIENDS should be more concerned about internet based television, rather than the Conservative government's agenda for the CBC.

May 7, 2010 —

Canadian Satellite Radio: Finally

FRIENDS says upholding the CRTC's decision to issue two new satellite radio licences signals a "black day" for Canadian media.

Apr 19, 2010 — Yahoo!News

Foreign media control opposed by most: poll

In a recent poll, per cent of responders agreed that Canadian broadcasting and communication companies are too important for cultural and national security reasons to be sold into foreign control.

Apr 8, 2010 — Epoch Times

Coalition Seeks to Overturn Decision to License Globalive by Andrea Hayley

FRIENDS says "the government has done something it doesn't have the right to do" regarding a ruling that allows Globalive a wireless license in Canada.

Apr 1, 2010 — Canada Newswire

Harper failed to consider Canadian culture in Globalive decision

FRIENDS says several generations of hard work to maintain our cultural sovereignty will go down the drain if foreign ownership rules are gutted.

Apr 1, 2010 — News Article

Unions side with telcos against Globalive by Suzan Ayscough

FRIENDS, ACTRA and CEP are backing Public Mobile in its bid to challenge the federal government's approval of Globalive and its mobile brand Wind.

Apr 1, 2010 —

Unions seek to back review of Globalive licence

ACTRA and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union join FRIENDS in backing a review of Globalive's wireless license.

Mar 30, 2010 — Straight Goods

Static on the CBC by Ish Theilheimer

FRIENDS says the CRTC decision on fee-for-carriage entrenches the power and wealth of the cable companies.

Mar 30, 2010 — The Hill Times

Opening foreign ownership for integrated telecom sector will impact broadcasting, Morrison tells committee by Jonathan Migneault

FRIENDS says opening up foreign ownership regulation in one sector can be expected to impact others.

Mar 23, 2010 — Canada AM

Video: The CRTC decision on fee-for-carriage

The spokesperson for Friends of Canadian Broadcasting explains how the CRTC ruling about a negotiated settlement will impact TV viewers.

Mar 23, 2010 — Canadian Press

TV networks win latest battle with cable companies, but war ahead by Jennifer Ditchburn

FRIENDS says the CRTC made a business-as-usual decision on fee-for-carriage, punting the opinion to the Federal Court of Appeal, which is months if not years away.

Mar 22, 2010 — Toronto Star

CRTC to rule on 'TV tax' dispute by LuAnn LaSalle

FRIENDS expects the CRTC to mandate compensation for local television signals and have both sides sit down to work out the value.

Mar 22, 2010 — CBC News

CRTC approves talks on TV signal fees

FRIENDS says the CRTC's deaccession on fee-for-carriage is not in the interest of Canadian viewers.

Mar 19, 2010 — National Post

CRTC to rule next week in battle over television carriage fees by Jamie Sturgeon

FRIENDS says the cable companies are in a financial position where they should pay for the over-the-air signals they pull in.

Mar 18, 2010 — Globe & Mail

TV-cable spat set to resume by Jennifer Ditchburn

The CRTC is soon expected to hand down major decision  in the fee-for-carriage fight between broadcasters and cable companies.

Mar 16, 2010 —

The fight is on for Canadian communications and culture by Fred Wilson

Media union executive says the fate of Canada's broadcasting industry is linked to the decisions being made in telecom and book-selling by the Conservative government.

Mar 4, 2010 — CIUT Take 5

Changes to Canada's foreign ownership rules

In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses how changes to foreign investment rules could impact Canadian broadcasters and the country's cultural sovereignty. 

Mar 3, 2010 —

Throne speech signals telecom floodgates to open

FRIENDS says that if foreign owners control telecoms and satellite companies, then cable monopolies will demand equal treatment - broadcasters will follow suit and Canadian content could suffer.

Mar 3, 2010 — Canadian Press

Ottawa to open cell phone market to foreign entrants: throne speech by Julian Beltrame

FRIENDS warns changes to the telecommunications industry could be the first step in exposing the country's broadcasters to foreign ownership.

Mar 3, 2010 — Playback

Ottawa to "open doors" on foreign ownership by Etan Vlessing

FRIENDS says changing Canada's foreign ownership rules threatens Canadian culture and could tilt the playing field against domestic broadcasters.

Feb 13, 2010 — Toronto Star

Future uncertain for CanWest's newspaper chain

FRIENDS says Shaw's decision to keep Corus at arm's length from its Canwest acquisitions might be a strategy to keep the CRTC from intervening.

Feb 1, 2010 — Xinhua General News Service

Canadian media woes as major company un-dergoes failed media convergence experiment by Mark Bourrie

FRIENDS says the end of Canwest dominance in the newspaper industry is a good thing for Canada.

Feb 1, 2010 — iStockAnalyst

Canadian media woes as major company undergoes failed media convergence experiment by Mark Bourrie

FRIENDS says it is unlikely that anyone will be able to re-establish the Canwest newspaper and TV chain and restore it to the market dominance it held a decade ago.