Blog Posts — 2009

Dec 2, 2009 — Blog Post

Tracking Canadian Content

Tracking Canadian content on prime-time television schedules is an important process which allows FRIENDS to highlight changes and identify patterns on Canadian broadcasters’ schedules over many years in cities across Canada.

Nov 18, 2009 — Blog Post

What Do We Want? More Canadian TV!

The Writers Guild of Canada says Canadians are losing out in the fight between cable and broadcasters.

Nov 12, 2009 — Blog Post

CBC’s sudden $171 million short-fall. How come?

FRIENDS says decisions by the management of CBC’s English Television network contributed heavily to a budget short-fall and the need to lay off 800 staff.

Nov 9, 2009 — Blog Post

"It should be a criminal offence not to use the talent we have in this country"

Canadian actors get all fired-up over TV drama.

Nov 6, 2009 — Blog Post


In the eighth month of its fiscal year, the Harper government has replaced $60 million of the $63 million that it cut from CBC's appropriation.

Aug 13, 2009 — Blog Post

Re: Changes to CBC's The National

Form letter response from the CBC President's Chief of Staff to a number of FRIENDS' supporters denying that CBC has plans to move The National to 11 pm.

Aug 4, 2009 — Blog Post

Request for retraction - CBC's secret plan to move The National

Letter from CBC Media Relations requesting a retraction of FRIENDS statement that there are plans to move The National from 10 pm to 11 pm weeknights.

Aug 4, 2009 — Blog Post

Re: The National

Response from Kirstine Layfield, CBC's General Manager TV, regarding FRIENDS statement that there are plans to move The National from 10 pm to 11 pm weeknights.

May 29, 2009 — Blog Post

Re: The CBC

The Honourable Marlene Jennings M.P. responds to a constituent's concerns about an anticipated $171 million revenue shortfall at the CBC for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

May 18, 2009 — Blog Post

POLLARA public opinion survey on Canadians' views on the CBC: KEY FINDINGS

Data from a new POLLARA study show the vast majority of Canadian voters hold the CBC in high regard and believe the public broadcaster is underfunded.

Apr 29, 2009 — Blog Post

Briefing Note: Voters and the CBC

FRIENDS briefs members of the House of Commons Heritage Committee on a new survey which finds strong support for the CBC and widespread belief that the Conservative government is hostile to the public broadcaster.

Apr 14, 2009 — Blog Post

Parliamentary Appropriation to the CBC

Data show that claims by the government that the CBC is receiving record levels of public financing and that the Harper government has increased CBC funding every year since coming into office are false.

Apr 14, 2009 — Blog Post

Re: Cuts to the CBC by Mike Bradley

Letter from the Mayor of Sarnia, Ontario urging the Prime Minister to provide bridge financing and increase the parliamentary allocation to Canada's public broadcaster.

Mar 20, 2009 — Blog Post

Advertising on CBC Radio

CBC form letter in response to a message protesting the possible inclusion of commercials on CBC Radio.

Mar 18, 2009 — Blog Post

Ads on CBC Radio - Who do you believe?

CBC's management and the Conservative government have demonstrated a pattern of contradicting themselves on the fundamental issue of placing ads on CBC Radio.

Mar 9, 2009 — Blog Post

RE: I oppose commercials on CBC Radio

Email from Anita Neville, MP to a Winnipeg South Centre constituent saying the Liberal Party will "do its part to ensure that advertising is not aired on public radio".

Jan 27, 2009 — Blog Post

RE: Ad-free? Only in France

Letter to the Editor, Globe and Mail - FRIENDS says that despite claims that there is little appetite to increase resources to the CBC, a majority report of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage recommends that Parliament "increase the appropriations it gives the public broadcaster, from $33 per capita to $40 per capita a year over the next seven years".

Jan 21, 2009 — Blog Post

CBC Television service in the Comox Valley

Email from John Duncan, MP to a Vancouver Island North constituent regarding the availability of "over-air" access to CBC television in the Comox Valley since the transmission tower was destroyed.

Jan 8, 2009 — Blog Post

CBC Radio 2 letter

Correspondence between Chief of Staff to CBC President and a Friends' supporter regarding Radio 2 and Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Jan 5, 2009 — Blog Post

Impact of a $200 Million Cut on CBC's Services

A memo to the FRIENDS Steering Committee describes scenarios by which CBC management could cut services if a Conservative Party plan to slash the public broadcaster's Parliamentary allocation by $200 million were to be implemented.