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Jul 14, 2016 — News Release

Eddy Cue on Apple's TV Plans and Why Netflix Isn't a Competitor by Natalie Jarvey

Eddy Cue has, in the past two years, spearheaded Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, overseen the launch of Apple Music, orchestrated a redesign of the Apple TV and sparked speculation that Apple someday will buy a studio or launch a streaming TV business.

Jun 21, 2016 — News Release

Reform CBC’s Board

As the CBC’s Board of Directors meets in Ottawa today, Friends of Canadian Broadcasting is launching a new Reform the Board social media campaign calling for the CBC’s existing Board to be replaced. 

Jun 15, 2016 — News Release

CRTC shell game leaves local TV on the brink

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting expressed disappointment with the new policy for local TV released today by the CRTC.

Jun 15, 2016 — News Release

ADVISORY - FRIENDS to comment on CRTC Local TV decision

FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting spokesperson Ian Morrison will be available to comment following release of the CRTC decision concerning local television at 2:00 pm EDT today.

May 6, 2016 — News Release

Rethinking the rules around what counts as Canadian culture by Kate Taylor

Columnist says that for the first time in more than a decade, the public is being encouraged to consider issues of Canadian content as the federal government launches a review of cultural policy, hoping to update regulations to fit digital realities.

Apr 12, 2016 — News Release

FRIENDS proposes four point plan for local TV

FRIENDS proposes a four-point plan to revitalize local television news in Canada during an appearance before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage which is studying the issue.

Apr 1, 2016 — News Release

Liberals say they’ll crack down on third-party spending in federal elections by Joan Bryden

Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef is vowing to reduce the impact of money on federal politics amid new evidence that advocacy groups are becoming much more active in trying to influence the outcome of elections.

Mar 24, 2016 — News Release

FP/wire say Rogers partner Vice enjoys YouTube eyeballs

The Financial Post reports that in the weeks since the Viceland channel premiered on cable and satellite TV systems, most viewers have actually been watching its programming on-line.

Mar 22, 2016 — News Release

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting to comment on federal budget

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting spokesperson Ian Morrison will be available this afternoon in room 253-D Centre Block on Parliament Hill to comment on the federal budget following its tabling in the House of Commons.

Mar 22, 2016 — News Release

New investment in CBC a welcome first step that makes a non-partisan Board essential

FRIENDS says that the federal government’s new investment in the CBC announced in today’s budget is most welcome, but that the current CBC Board should not be left to its own devices to make decisions about how to use this investment.

Feb 26, 2016 — News Release

Donald Trump vows to rewrite libel laws to make suing media easier

Trump told the press that if he becomes president, he would rewrite US libel laws so that people can "sue you like you'd never get sued before."

Jan 25, 2016 — News Release

Local TV Stations will fail without CRTC action

Local TV stations in Canada will fail without an injection of new money to support their operation, according to FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting.

Jan 5, 2016 — News Release

Harper legacy spells trouble for Canadian TV

A first-of-its-kind independent economic forecast shows regulatory changes espoused by the Harper government and adopted in last year’s CRTC Let’s Talk TV announcements will likely lead to the loss of more than 15,000 Canadian jobs and take $1.4 billion from the Canadian economy annually by 2020.

Sep 29, 2015 — News Release

Nanos finds trust in CRTC to protect local TV

With a public hearing now scheduled concerning the future of local TV in Canada, a new Nanos survey has found a wide majority of Canadians (76 per cent) trust the CRTC will “make decisions that will ensure my local TV station is not forced to close.”

Sep 29, 2015 — News Release

NDP currently most trusted to protect the CBC: Nanos

A new Nanos survey on broadcasting issues has found the NDP currently in front at 31 per cent on the question of which party is most trusted by voters to protect the CBC, with the Liberals most trusted by 27 per cent, the Conservatives by 13 per cent and the Green Party by 3 per cent.

Sep 29, 2015 — News Release

Support for public broadcasting not shared in Ottawa or CBC’s Boardroom

CBC supporters in Winnipeg are gathering this morning for a demonstration of support for the national public broadcaster and to express concern about the federal government’s agenda to sell off the CBC piece by piece.

Sep 23, 2015 — News Release

CBC real estate boss details sell off plans as broadcaster grapples with cuts

Marc Lapierre insists there is no formal plan to sell all of the CBC's buildings, as suggested by the Canadian Media Guild.

Sep 8, 2015 — News Release

Liberals currently have advantage in Peterborough–Kawartha; local voters strongly support CBC and local news: Nanos survey

A new Nanos survey has found that the federal riding of Peterborough–Kawartha has turned from a Conservative fortress to a battleground riding where support for the CBC and local news is strong among local voters.  

Aug 11, 2015 — News Release

CBC refuses ads private networks accept

The CBC is refusing to air TV ads intended to hold the Harper government accountable for the damage it has done to the national public broadcaster.

Jul 31, 2015 — News Release

Hands across the country for the CBC

The We Vote CBC! campaign in Victoria will mark the placing of the 800th lawn sign in the city with a special event.  

Jul 31, 2015 — News Release

Hands across the country for the CBC – PHOTO OP

Saint John's Mayor Dennis O’Keefe will join hands with Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps in support of the CBC on the occasion of the placing of the 800thWe Vote CBC! campaign lawn sign in Victoria. 

Jul 20, 2015 — News Release

Harper blueprint embedded in Senate CBC report

The Senate Transport and Communication Committee’s report on the challenges facing the CBC would fundamentally change the national public broadcaster for the worse, according to the watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Jun 16, 2015 — News Release

Saskatoon celebrates CBC at cultural event

We Vote CBC! in Saskatoon will host a cultural celebration in support of our national public broadcaster.   This will be an evening of entertainment with a purpose for CBC supporters provided by a lineup of well-known Saskatoon musicians, writers and performers.

Jun 10, 2015 — News Release

Court case over harassment probe details deep rift between CRTC chairman, commissioner by Christine Dobby

Columnist says new details have emerged in a legal action over a workplace harassment investigation at Canada’s broadcast and telecom regulator, revealing claims that a commissioner created a “toxic work environment” as he repeatedly questioned the chairman’s control over the organization.

Jun 3, 2015 — News Release

We Vote CBC! lawn sign campaign to be launched

Supporters of the CBC/SRC in Winnipeg South, Winnipeg South Centre and Saint Boniface-Saint Vital will officially launch the We Vote CBC! lawn sign campaign at a photo opportunity later this week.  

Apr 15, 2015 — News Release

Justin Trudeau talks CBC during Friends’ Leaders Series

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting’s Leaders Series about the CBC concludes this evening with the webcast of interviews with Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Apr 7, 2015 — News Release

2015 Dalton Camp Award winner says Canadian law should have a sense of humour

University of British Columbia law student Spencer Keys has won the 2015 Dalton Camp Award, an essay contest on the link between the media and democracy sponsored by Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Mar 19, 2015 — News Release

CRTC rolls the dice on the future of Canadian broadcasting and jobs

FRIENDS says The CRTC is rolling the dice on the future of an industry that is crucial to Canada’s cultural sovereignty and generates more than $15 billion in revenue and 66,000 jobs.

Feb 27, 2015 — News Release

Elizabeth May talks CBC during Friends’ Leaders Series

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting’ Leaders Series about the CBC continues with the webcast of interviews with Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada.

Feb 25, 2015 — News Release

Forbidden Ad: Networks reject Friends’ TV spots

All the major Canadian TV network and station owners: Bell, Corus, Québécor, Rogers and Shaw have refused to air Friends of Canadian Broadcasting TV ads that satirize Stephen Harper for his hostile agenda towards the CBC.