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.

Dec 26, 2013 —

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".

Dec 15, 2013 — Yahoo! News Canada

Year in Review 2013: Top five Canadian political ads of 2013 by Andy Radia

FRIENDS TV ad, "The Man Behind the Desk" is selected as one of the top political ads of 2013 by Yahoo! Canada.

Dec 3, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Ad that depicts Harper as the Godfather enrages anti-defamation group by Simon Houpt

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.

Dec 2, 2013 — Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition

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.

Nov 28, 2013 — Toronto Sun

No bailout for CBC, Prime Minister's Office says by Daniel Proussalidis

According to a 2012 Friends of Canadian Broadcasting analysis, losing hockey will cost the CBC around $200 million a year.

Nov 26, 2013 — Vancouver Sun

Opinion: The high cost of unbundling TV channels by Ian Morrison

FRIENDS says bundling has served Canadians well and gives value to subscribers.

Oct 28, 2013 — National Post

CBC downplays loss of NHL broadcast revenues by Mike De Souza

The CBC says profit margins from airing NHL hockey had dwindled due to the cost of getting exclusive rights.

Sep 4, 2013 — Winnipeg Free Press

Federal cabinet declines to ask CRTC to re-think CBC radio ads ruling

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.

Aug 19, 2013 — The Tyee

We Need the CBC, but Be Real about Its Limits by Rafe Mair

Columnist says he supports the concept of the CBC as a public institution to help Canadians get ahead and to support Canadian endeavours.

Aug 14, 2013 — Capital News

Opinion: CBC not target of government interference by Dan Albas

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.

Jul 31, 2013 — The Independent

Media watchdog says CBC at risk of being turned into a ‘state broadcaster’ by Justin Brake

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.

Jul 26, 2013 — Toronto Star

Shelly Glover, the CBC and accountability by Wade Rowland

Columnist says that if the CBC were to become an advertising-free service, a more truly accountable public broadcaster would be the result.

Jul 24, 2013 — Sun News Network

Friends of Canadian Hypocrisy by Brian Lilley

Host says FRIENDS wants government influence out of the CBC except when it comes to giving them billions of taxpayers' dollars.

Jul 23, 2013 —

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.

Jul 23, 2013 — Ottawa Citizen

Letter to the Editor: CBC must be impartial by Tony Manera

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.

Jul 23, 2013 — La Presse

Des publicités contre le gouvernement refusées by Paul Gaboury

Ads against the government refused by SRC.

Jul 22, 2013 — Globe & Mail

CBC rejects ad critical of Harper government’s influence on CBC by Josh Wingrove

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.

Jul 22, 2013 — National Post

‘Free the CBC’ ads won’t air on public broadcaster by Andrea Hill

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.”

Jul 22, 2013 — Calgary Herald

'free the CBC' ads won't air on public broadcaster by Andrea Hill

FRIENDS says a new ad campaign to "Free the CBC" from political interference will not air on the public broadcaster's programs.

Jul 22, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Campaign calls on Ottawa to ‘free the CBC from political interference’ by Simon Houpt

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.

Jul 22, 2013 — Broadcaster Magazine

CBC Rejects Ads That Challenges Harper's Media Muzzling--Friends

The CBC has refused to air television ads that challenge the Conservative government's takeover of the national public broadcaster.

Jul 22, 2013 — Yahoo! News

Video mocks Stephen Harper over perceived ‘gambit’ to muzzle CBC by Matthew Coutts

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.

Jul 22, 2013 — iPolitics

CBC watchdog sees government’s influence in ad’s rejection by Olesia Plokhii

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.

Jul 22, 2013 — News Article

Watch the anti-Harper ad CBC refuses to air by Miranda Nelson

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.

Jul 22, 2013 — Huffington Post Canada

'Free The CBC' Ads Calling On Feds To Stop Political Interference Won't Air On CBC

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.

Jul 22, 2013 —

CBC rejects ads criticizing government's "interference" with the Corp

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.

Jul 22, 2013 — Sun News Network

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting take aim at CBC for rejecting anti-Tory by Jessica Murphy

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."

Jul 21, 2013 — Vancouver Sun

'Free the CBC' ads won't air on public broadcaster, French counterpart by Andrea Hill

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.

Jun 20, 2013 — Toronto Star

Letter to the Editor: Re: ‘Canada’ matters, Editorial June 7

FRIENDS points out that Prime Minister Stephen Harper has appointed all the current members of CBC’s board of directors, including its president.

Jun 8, 2013 — The Economist

Commercial break

FRIENDS says the decision to place ads on CBC Radio has put the public corporation on the path to further commercialisation.

May 30, 2013 — Huffington Post Canada

Internet Petitions for the CBC Bring False Hope by Nick Fillmore

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.

May 29, 2013 — Toronto Sun

CRTC gives mandatory carriage to CBC by Brian Lilley

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.

May 29, 2013 — La Presse

Radio-Canada: de la pub à la radio by Vincent Brousseau-Pouliot

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.

May 29, 2013 — National News Watch

CBC Faces Uncertain Future by Frances Russell

FRIENDS says if the Conservative government gets their way, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation will cease being a public broadcaster and become a state broadcaster.

May 28, 2013 —

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.  

May 23, 2013 — Sun News Network

Critics slam labour relations section in budget bill by Jessica Murphy

FRIENDS says Bill C-60 provisions threaten the CBC's editorial independence.

May 15, 2013 — Canadian Media Research

CBC’s Audience Crisis: CBC TV Audience is Down 40%, Lowest in History by Barry Kiefl

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. 

May 10, 2013 — Huffington Post Canada

CBC: The Conservative Broadcast Corporation by Jamie Biggar, Ian Morrison and Angus Wong

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.

May 8, 2013 — iPolitics

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.

May 8, 2013 — Broadcaster Magazine

Free CBC from Political Interference -- Friends

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.

May 8, 2013 — Toronto Star

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.

May 8, 2013 — Sun News Network

CBC supporters rally in Ottawa against government interference by Jessica Hume

FRIENDS says the independence of CBC is under attack as the government proposes to bring union contracts of Crown corporations under Treasury Board control.

May 8, 2013 — Huffington Post Canada

‘Free CBC' Petition Signed By 120,000 Against Tories' Bill C-60

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.

May 2, 2013 —

Read the Broadcasting Act! Explaining the CBC to Stephen Harper by Karl Nerenberg

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.

May 1, 2013 — Yahoo! News

Is the Harper government trying to control the CBC? by Andy Radia

FRIENDS believes that Bill C-60 takes direct aim at the independence of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

May 1, 2013 — The Hill Times

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.

May 1, 2013 — Huffington Post Canada

Bill C-60: Tories Quietly Taking Control Of CBC, Group Alleges

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."

Apr 30, 2013 — Huffington Post Canada

Bill C-60: Tories Quietly Taking Control Of CBC, Group Alleges

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.”

Apr 22, 2013 — Broadcaster Magazine

Friends Looking for a CBC Champion in Labrador

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.

Apr 22, 2013 —

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting is Looking for a CBC Champion in Labrador

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.

Apr 3, 2013 — Hamilton Spectator

Regulator won’t gift CBC radio to city: watchdog by Matthew Van Dongen

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.

Mar 13, 2013 — dealReporter

Astral/Bell seen facing easier CRTC review – analysis by Andrea Hayley

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.”

Mar 7, 2013 — Our TVO

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. 

Mar 2, 2013 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC Finances: Robbing radio to pay TV by Chris Cobb

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.

Jan 21, 2013 — Voices-Voix

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison says he believes that there is an ideological basis to CBC cuts and to proposals for commercial alternatives.