FRIENDS in the News — 2011

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, 2011 — iPolitics

CRTC to review local television support fund

FRIENDS says the local television support fund has been absolutely essential to the survival of local news in smaller Canadian cities.

Dec 17, 2011 — Variety

Hockey team sale changes game in Canada by Brendan Kelly

Columnist says Bell Canada and Rogers Communications' purchase of the Maple Leafs puts the future of hockey on CBC in doubt when its NHL contract ends following the 2013-2014 season.

Dec 15, 2011 — 24H

Opinion: CBC Friends mock Hulk Hogan by Kris Sims

Columnist claims FRIENDS, via their Stop the CBC Smackdown campaign, is mocking Hulk Hogan on Twitter.

Dec 9, 2011 — National Post

The CBC’s conundrum: Change isn’t easy, but the public broadcaster needs to try by Scott Stinson

FRIENDS says 80% of Canadians really like public broadcasting.

Dec 7, 2011 — Memorial University

Memorial honours exceptional faculty and staff at special ceremony

FRIENDS Steering Committee Chair, Dr. Noreen Golfman, receives honours from Memorial University for exceptional community service.

Dec 5, 2011 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian TV Watchdog Unveils ‘Stop the CBC Smackdown’ YouTube Videos by Etan Vlessing

FRIENDS has launched spoof commercials that portray an American TV wrestling promoter buying the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. and stuffing its newscasts with brawny wrestlers as anchors and ring girls as weather presenters.

Dec 1, 2011 — Marketing Magazine

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting goes to the mat for CBC in awareness campaign by Chris Powell

Peter Mansbridge has been replaced by a tattooed, eye-patch wearing grappler, while flamboyantly dressed Radio 2 personalities now settle on-air disagreements with their fists in a new vision of the CBC presented by FRIENDS.

Dec 1, 2011 — Globe & Mail

CBC actively preparing for budget cuts, says head of English Services by Marsha Lederman

Ottawa has made it known that cuts are coming in the next budget, and the CBC is preparing.

Dec 1, 2011 — Toronto Sun

Friends of CBC hire 'Ass Man' as actor by Kris Sims

Columnist says when selecting actors for their "Stop the CBC Smackdown" campaign, FRIENDS picked "Uncle D: The Canadian Ass Man."

Nov 30, 2011 — Brigitte Pellerin Online

Two minutes of politics, November 30 by Brigitte Pellerin

Sun News reporter says FRIENDS' "Stop the CBC Smackdown" campaign is remarkably uncouth and vulgar.

Nov 29, 2011 — Globe & Mail

Pro-CBC group goes to the mat against potential Tory cuts by Kim Mackrael

FRIENDS says that nobody can watch what’s going on on Parliament Hill without realizing there’s a threat to public broadcasting.

Nov 29, 2011 — Winnipeg Free Press

Release of CBC salary information Mansbridge's prerogative: Moore

Columnist says the Broadcasting Act makes clear that there is nothing to compel the CBC to publicize the salaries of its employees.

Nov 29, 2011 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa can’t compel CBC to disclose Mansbridge’s salary, minister says

James Moore says it’s up to CBC anchor Peter Mansbridge to tell Canadians his salary, but legislation prevents the government from doing so itself.

Nov 29, 2011 — Toronto Star

Heritage Minister talks CBC, Mansbridge salary by Susan Delacourt

James Moores says FRIENDS does a disservice to both the CBC and to everyday taxpayers with the way they approach the conversation of CBC funding.

Nov 29, 2011 — Sun News TV


FRIENDS speaks to Sun News about their new campaign 'Stop the CBC Smackdown'.‎

Nov 29, 2011 — Toronto Sun

CBC Smackdown angers former wrestler by Kris Sims

Bret "The Hitman" Hart says if someone like Vince McMahon were to take over the CBC, "it might be the answer to their prayers, they might start making some money."

Nov 29, 2011 — Huffington Post

CBC Funding: New Ad Campaign Imagines World With Broadcaster Owned By An American by Althia Raj

FRIENDS hopes its new ad campaign "Stop the CBC Smackdown" will remind Canadians of the value of having a strong public broadcaster and place pressure on the federal government to support the CBC.

Nov 29, 2011 —

Group launches ‘Stop the CBC Smackdown’ campaign

FRIENDS has launched a pair of satirical YouTube videos that depict life at the CBC under the new ownership of a garrulous former American wrestler who is more concerned with “action” than national content.

Nov 2, 2011 — CBC News

PrivilegeWatch: Ethics committee passes redacted version of the Del Mastro order to produce by Kady O'Malley

Columnist says Ethics Committe is no longer seeking the unredacted responses to Access to Information requests filed by FRIENDS.

Nov 2, 2011 — Globe & Mail

Opposition boycotts Commons probe of CBC

The NDP and the Liberals boycotted a Commons committee that has been scrutinizing the CBC's approach towards access to information, opposing a Conservative bid to have the public broadcaster turn over internal documents.

Oct 27, 2011 — Global News

Make CBC president more accountable, advocacy group tells committee

FRIENDS wants CBC's board to be appointed through a non-political process and then be responsible for hiring the president.

Oct 27, 2011 —

CBC pals gang up on state broadcaster by Mark Dunn

FRIENDS tells the House of Commons Ethics Committee that CBC President Hubert Lacroix is effectively accountable to no one.

Oct 26, 2011 — Winnipeg Free Press

Tory government's handpicked CBC board oversees access-to-info file by Jennifer Ditchburn

Columnist says if the Conservative government is rankled by the CBC's attitude towards access to information, it might have a bone to pick with the board of directors it chose.

Oct 10, 2011 — Winnipeg Free Press

CBC in the news

FRIENDS says although Heritage Minister James Moore has assured Canadians the CBC is safe, "There's more than one James Moore. He's a hydra-headed creature."

Sep 29, 2011 — Huffington Post

CBC Cuts: 10 Per Cent Budget Reduction Sought By Tories Under Heritage Minister James Moore by Althia Raj

FRIENDS says a 10% budget cut would be a devastating blow to the CBC, resulting in station closures affecting those living in rural areas.

Sep 23, 2011 — Globe & Mail

CBC funding under microscope in Conservative surveys by Bill Curry

Columnist says a string of Conservative surveys is putting CBC funding under the microscope as the Harper government debates how big a hit Canada’s public broadcaster will take as part of government-wide restraint plans.

Sep 8, 2011 — Toronto Sun

Time for the CBC to leave the nest by Ezra Levant

Columnist says a recent poll by Abacus Data Inc. says "the consensus groupthink in Canadian media - everyone agreeing how wonderful the CBC is - is not shared by grassroots Canadians."

Aug 25, 2011 — Calgary Herald

Thousands could be left in the dark when TV signals shift to digital by Eric Volmers

FRIENDS says the government should follow the lead of the U.S., which subsidized low-income viewers and even some television channels to set up new digital transmitters.

Jul 29, 2011 — Globe & Mail

Will Kirstine Stewart save the CBC? by Michael Posner

Columnist says FRIENDS has complained that the CBC's ratings gain has been built on the back of cheap, lowbrow American imports, such as Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy.

Jul 12, 2011 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Heritage Minister James Moore on Q

James Moore, the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, says FRIENDS has "lied to the public about what our government has done."

Jul 8, 2011 — iPolitics

CBC licence hearing delay fuels speculation about budget cuts by by Elizabeth Thompson

Speculation that the government is preparing to slash the CBC’s budget is on the rise after the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission announced it is postponing the CBC’s licence renewal hearing for almost a year.

Jun 23, 2011 — CRTC

CRTC response to FRIENDS' request by Robert Morin

The CRTC responds to FRIENDS' June 20th request to extend the July 18 deadline for comments from Canadians regarding the licence renewals of the CBC’s various services.

Jun 17, 2011 — Yahoo! News

Is the CBC’s funding in jeopardy under a Stephen Harper majority? by Andy Radia

A recent report, commissioned by the CBC and prepared by Deloitte & Touche, claims the public broadcaster contributed $3.7 billion in "gross value added" to the Canadian economy in 2010 based on expenses of $1.7 billion.

Jun 3, 2011 — Daily Gleaner

Grad student honoured with Camp award by Tara Chislett

Nancy Black's winning essay, "Dismantling the Scarecrow: An Exploration into Calgary's Cultural Coming of Age", explores the role of social, political and media institutions in defining culture in Calgary.

May 9, 2011 — Variety

Canada culture anxiety by Brendan Kelly

FRIENDS says there is a wariness in the film and television industry towards the new Conservative majority government.

Apr 29, 2011 — StarPhoenix

Think about your vote by Irene Hall

Columnist says FRIENDS warns how Stephen Harper is destroying the CBC by cutting funding and and by appointing people to control the CRTC who are in favour of his agenda.

Apr 26, 2011 —

Harper government, enemy of the arts? by Jamie Portman

FRIENDS says in key cultural areas, such as broadcasting, the government has shown "a slender attachment to the truth."

Apr 25, 2011 — Peterborough Examiner

Del Mastro called broadcasting advocacy group spokesman a fraud just prior to election call By Brendan Wedley

Columnist says Conservative incumbent Dean Del Mastro called FRIENDS spokesperson a fraud one week before the Tory government fell on a contempt of Parliament motion.

Mar 21, 2011 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Get The Facts

Letter to MP Dean Del Mastro clarifying that CBC/Radio-Canada has no relationship with FRIENDS.

Mar 10, 2011 — The Uniter

Is CBC in danger? by Chris Hunter

FRIENDS says because media perpetuates Canadian cultural sovereignty, deteriorating funding for the CBC would have a vast impact on Canadian identity.

Mar 9, 2011 —

Harper cuts CBC’s grant

Approximately 100,000 voters have signed the I Love CBC petition, which calls on the Prime Minister to increase CBC funding from the current level of $33 per Canadian per year to $40.

Mar 7, 2011 — The Townships Sun

Standing on Guard for the CBC by Brenda Hartwell

Columnist says a strong national broadcaster is absolutely essential to our country and our democracy.

Mar 7, 2011 — Investor Village

CRTC gives green light to BCE's $1.3-billion purchase of CTVglobemedia

FRIENDS praises the CRTC for extracting $245 million in tangible benefits, discarding BCE's original argument that since it paid $230 million the first time it bought CTV in 2000, it shouldn't be forced to contribute a second time.

Mar 2, 2011 —

Our culture is not a commodity and it shouldn't be treated as such by Jack MacAndrew

FRIENDS poll shows 88 per cent of respondents believe that as our economic ties with the USA get closer, it is becoming more important to strengthen Canadian culture and identity.

Feb 18, 2011 —

"The CBC lies all the time": Immigration Minister Jason Kenney by Dana Lacey

FRIENDS says recent comments made by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney betray a sinister and hostile view of Canadian public broadcasting.

Feb 4, 2011 — CEP, ACTRA, Friends of Canadian Broadcasting

ACTRA, CEP, Friends: Federal Court rules government unlawfully licensed Globalive

In their press release, CEP, ACTRA and FRIENDS say The Federal Court has effectively restored the foreign ownership restrictions of Canada’s Telecommunications Act by quashing the federal government’s decision to licence foreign-owned wireless telecom Globalive.

Jan 30, 2011 — Guelph Mercury

CBC champions set to present petition by Rob O’Flanagan

A local co-ordinator of I Love CBC petition says he doubts whether Canada would be intact if it were not for the unifying influence of the public broadcaster.

Jan 27, 2011 — Guelph Tribune

CBC petition at market

People shopping at the Guelph Farmers’ Market have a chance to sign a petition being circulated by local FRIENDS supporters who are alarmed at recent anti-CBC remarks by a federal government official.

Jan 27, 2011 —

CBC supporters rally at library by Joel Wiebe

In response to MP Dean Del Mastro's comment questioning if the government should stay in the broadcasting business, a crowd filled the square in front of the Peterborough Library to chant, sing, and wave signs in support of the CBC.

Jan 25, 2011 — The Link

Public Displays of Disaffection by Michael Bramadat-Willcock

A recent FRIENDS poll shows that the majority of respondents feel Stephen Harper's government has a hidden agenda that favours private corporate broadcasters.

Jan 25, 2011 —

Undivided attention by Jim Taylor

Columnist talks about positive experiences with callers from Friends of Canadian Broadcasting and the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Society, highlighting the importance of focusing on people, not simply tasks, problems or theories.

Jan 24, 2011 — Saint John Radio

CBC TV digital transition in New Brunswick

In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison discusses the impending shut down of over-the-air TV signals scheduled for Aug 31, 2011, and it's potential impact on New Brunswickers.

Jan 21, 2011 — News 91.9 Moncton

Over-the-air to digital TV transition in New Brunswick

In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison discusses the impending shut down of over-the-air TV signals scheduled for Aug 31, 2011, and it's potential impact on New Brunswickers.

Jan 20, 2011 — The Record

Don’t touch our CBC, local supporters say by Mathew McCarthy

CBC supporters are circulating FRIENDS' I Love CBC petition which they want to send to Ottawa in advance of the upcoming Parliamentary session, where the CBC’s budget will be on the agenda.

Jan 20, 2011 —

CBC to drop popular game shows by Brian Lilley

FRIENDS says the deal to carry Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy came with a price tag of $20 million per year.

Jan 20, 2011 — Saint John Telegraph Journal

TV rabbit ears set to go way of the dodo by Greg Weston

FRIENDS says about three million people, often elderly and low-income, still depend on over-the-air service.

Jan 19, 2011 — ACTRA, CEP & Friends of Canadian Broadcasting

PRESS RELEASE: Cultural Groups Urge Federal Court to Consider Canadian Culture in Globalive Case

A coalition of leading cultural organizations is asking the Federal Court to consider the impact on Canadian culture in its judicial review of the federal government's decision to licence foreign-owned wireless telecom Globalive.

Jan 19, 2011 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian Unions Urge Court to Block Feds on Foreign Ownership Decision by Etan Vlessing

FRIENDS says the government's decision concerning Globalive raises fundamental questions about the relationship between foreign ownership and Canadian cultural sovereignty.

Jan 18, 2011 — CJSW Calgary

Canadian Content Rules Come into Effect

In a radio interview for the program 'Today in Canadian History' FRIENDS spokesperson discusses the rationale and impact of Canadian content rules.

Jan 6, 2011 — Forget the Box

CBC on the Cutting Room Floor by Quiet Mike

Blogger urges readers to join with FRIENDS in supporting the CBC by signing their "I Love CBC" petition.