FRIENDS in the News — 2013
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.
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting's Ian Morrison recalls the fight against Bill C-60 to defend CBC by Charlie Smith
FRIENDS has promised to take on Stephen Harper next year "for the damage he has done to the CBC".
FRIENDS TV ad, "The Man Behind the Desk" is selected as one of the top political ads of 2013 by Yahoo! Canada.
The New Jersey-based Italian-American One Voice Coalition (IAOVC) is accusing FRIENDS of using ugly stereotypes in an ad depicting Stephen Harper as a Godfather figure who deploys Mafia thugs to silence journalists.
Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition calls on Friends of Canadian Broadcasting to halt TV commercial stereotyping Italian Americans
The Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition takes issue with The Man Behind the Desk, FRIENDS' satirical television ad.
According to a 2012 Friends of Canadian Broadcasting analysis, losing hockey will cost the CBC around $200 million a year.
FRIENDS says bundling has served Canadians well and gives value to subscribers.
The CBC says profit margins from airing NHL hockey had dwindled due to the cost of getting exclusive rights.
FRIENDS filed a petition with the Privy Council Office in July, asking the cabinet to order the commission to take another look at the ruling.
Columnist says he supports the concept of the CBC as a public institution to help Canadians get ahead and to support Canadian endeavours.
MP says Bill 60 ensures that Canada's democratically elected government of the day has the ability to exercise a negotiating mandate that is affordable to taxpayers and does not interfere with editorial independence of the CBC.
FRIENDS says the recent rejection of one of its ads by CBC/Radio-Canada is evidence the public broadcaster’s independence is being undermined by increased government control.
Columnist says that if the CBC were to become an advertising-free service, a more truly accountable public broadcaster would be the result.
Host says FRIENDS wants government influence out of the CBC except when it comes to giving them billions of taxpayers' dollars.
CBC and Radio-Canada won't air TV commercial criticizing federal influence on public broadcaster by Eric Mark Do
FRIENDS says the ad targets a new law which came out of Bill C-60, an omnibus budget bill, that "gives the government the right to be present at the bargaining table, giving it unprecedented involvement and control of crown corporations" including the CBC.
Former CBC President says its decision not to run ads critical of Bill C-60 is the only proper and correct action it could have taken.
Ads against the government refused by SRC.
FRIENDS says Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government is encroaching on the CBC’s independence and has produced an ad in which a journalist is seen questioning a prime minister who bears a resemblance to Mr. Harper.
FRIENDS spokesperson says “I’m a little surprised and disappointed that they wouldn’t take our money for the ads. It proves our point a little bit about the nature of the problem.”
FRIENDS says a new ad campaign to "Free the CBC" from political interference will not air on the public broadcaster's programs.
FRIENDS says it will try to place the ads on TV and has budgeted about $60,000 for the effort, which is higher than any previous TV campaign it has waged.
The CBC has refused to air television ads that challenge the Conservative government's takeover of the national public broadcaster.
FRIENDS says Stephen Harper will have more control over what's on the air when his government takes direct control of the wages and working conditions of all CBC staff as Bill C-60 becomes law.
FRIENDS says CBC’s refusal to run the ad is a strong indication to the degree which the CBC is under the influence of the government.
CBC has refused to air an advertisement created by FRIENDS that is critical of the Conservative government’s meddling in the public broadcaster’s affairs.
FRIENDS is lobbying against parts of the government's omnibus Bill C-60, passed in June, which give the Treasury Board a role in the CBC's contract negotiations.
The CBC has refused to air an advertisement produced by Friends of Canadian Broadcasting which challenges the government’s takeover of the national public broadcaster, saying it could imply endorsement of the group’s campaign.
FRIENDS is disappointed at CBC's rejection of the their new ad campaign, which is meant to highlight how the Conservative government is "gradually transforming the CBC from an independent public broadcaster into something that is approaching a state broadcaster."
The campaign takes aim at omnibus budget legislation Bill C-60, a section of which allows government to sit in on the collective bargaining negotiations of Crown corporations, including the CBC.
FRIENDS points out that Prime Minister Stephen Harper has appointed all the current members of CBC’s board of directors, including its president.
FRIENDS says the decision to place ads on CBC Radio has put the public corporation on the path to further commercialisation.
Columnist says if online petitioners and other organizations are really concerned about the future of the CBC, their time would be better spent developing more effective campaigns.
Kory Teneycke, vice-president of Sun News, says the CRTC granting mandatory carriage status to CBC News Network and RDI is consistent with their own application for mandatory carriage.
La Presse business writer Vincent Brousseau-Pouliot describes the CRTC decision to allow advertising on CBC's radio services, and reports reactions from CBC management and FRIENDS.
FRIENDS says if the Conservative government gets their way, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation will cease being a public broadcaster and become a state broadcaster.
Bill C-60 will make the government the “effective employer” of the CBC: media groups by Tamara Baluja
Several media organizations, including the Canadian Association of Journalists and the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression have launched an advertising campaign to protest Bill C-60.
FRIENDS says Bill C-60 provisions threaten the CBC's editorial independence.
Researcher says the CBC’s latest report confirms that many programs on the main TV service, despite efforts to be more “popular,” have fallen to audience levels not much greater than many specialty channels.
FRIENDS, Leadnow and SumOfUs say that no public broadcaster anywhere in the free world faces the degree of political interference as that proposed for the CBC in Bill C-60.
Moore denies threat to CBC independence as Mother Corp gets a little help from its Friends by Kelsey Johnson
The ‘FREE CBC from political interference’ petition calls for the network to remain independent from the government says FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison.
FRIENDS says no public broadcaster in any free and democratic country anywhere in the world faces political interference with its editorial independence as proposed for the CBC in Bill C-60.
Critics fear Tories’ changes to collective bargaining at Crown corporations will threaten CBC independence by Joanna Smith
Columnist says groups, such as FRIENDS, who are worried that government involvement in labour negotiations at Crown corporations will threaten the independence of the CBC are stepping up efforts to persuade the Conservatives to reconsider.
FRIENDS says the independence of CBC is under attack as the government proposes to bring union contracts of Crown corporations under Treasury Board control.
FRIENDS says that with ultimate control of the salaries and working conditions of all CBC employees in the hands of the government, as proposed in Bill C-60, the CBC would have to contend with the perception that its editorial decisions may be politically motivated.
Columnist says it seems that however much politicians might pay lip service to the idea of an independent CBC, once in power, very few like it.
FRIENDS believes that Bill C-60 takes direct aim at the independence of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Feds threatening journalist independence of CBC under new power over wages, benefits, collective bargaining, say critics by Tim Naumetz
FRIENDS says the government is threatening the journalistic independence of the CBC with legislation that will give Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Cabinet power over CBC collective bargaining with unions representing several thousand news and current affairs personnel.
FRIENDS says the heavy presence of Conservative Party donors on the CBC's Board of Directors “will further undermine the CBC’s independence from government."
FRIENDS says new proposed powers over CBC pay and the heavy presence of Conservative Party donors “will further undermine the CBC’s independence from government.”
FRIENDS says it's time the people of Labrador had an MP who will fight to ensure the stories and events of Labrador and its people are covered by the national public broadcaster for Labradorians and all Canadians.
FRIENDS says cuts to the CBC have reduced coverage of Labrador drastically and only a handful of CBC staffers are on the job to cover the enormous territory.
FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison says it would be “a real stretch” for the CRTC to order a private company to give up a particular frequency to another broadcaster.
FRIENDS says that BCE has a good chance of getting approval of its takeover of Astral Media because BCE has likely “cleaned up the garden and arranged more completely and fully to meet the tests the regulator has laid out.”
Coalition of families, artists, educators, and TVO/TFO employees come together to tell Ontario Government public educational broadcasting “still matters”
Concerned with declining government funding for the province's public educational broadcasters and the recent loss of made-in-Ontario programs on TVO, a coalition of families, educators, artists, and employees are coming together to seek a greater voice in shaping the future of TVO and TFO.
FRIENDS spokesperson says commercials would turn Radio Two into a commercial broadcaster chasing audiences, with programs being chosen to drive audience share rather than following the CBC mandate to be distinctive.
FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison says he believes that there is an ideological basis to CBC cuts and to proposals for commercial alternatives.