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While the Trudeau government’s words suggest they are serious about protecting Canadian journalism from imminent extinction, today’s fiscal update offers a pricey package of subsidies that will not address the root causes of this crisis.
While it’s now easier than ever to find documentary content, Canadian audiences still have a hard time sourcing local docs, according to Hot Docs’ latest study on Canadian documentary viewing habits.
The testimony of a lobbyist for YouTube was met with concern from MPs who wanted to know how the video service can better compensate the artists who use the site.
With Time Warner firmly ensconced in AT&T, all eyes turn to the big competition squarely in front of Netflix.
“FRIENDS is hopeful. Today’s appointment of Pablo Rodriguez as Minister of Canadian Heritage could signal that Ottawa is reconsidering its policy of giving preferential treatment to foreign internet giants like Facebook, Google and Netflix, who currently operate by their own rules,” said FRIENDS’ Executive Director and Spokesperson, Daniel Bernhard.
Statement from Friends of Canadian Broadcasting on today’s CRTC report on the future of programming in Canada
FRIENDS congratulates the CRTC for its report on the future of programming in Canada, released earlier today. It is a comprehensive take on the challenges facing Canadian media and how they could be addressed.
Three quarters of Ontarians support maintaining (53%) or increasing (20%) funding to TVOntario and its French-language counterpart TFOntario, according to a new Nanos survey, including 66% of Ontarians who would consider voting for Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives (52% support maintaining TVO funding, while 14% would increase it).
La Presse, one of the country's largest newspapers, has declared that its business model is no longer viable after 134 years of sustained operations.
Canadian media and journalism are fighting for their lives and the federal government missed an opportunity to address this crisis in today’s budget.
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting spokesperson, Ian Morrison will be available to comment on the budget after it is tabled tomorrow afternoon, specifically as it relates to the crisis facing local media and journalism.
Daniel Bernhard has been appointed to the position of Executive Director and Spokesperson of the watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting spokesperson Ian Morrison will be available to comment this afternoon following the release of Minister Joly’s report on Canadian content in the digital age.
After two years of study and consultation, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has come up with only a few modest steps to boost Canadian content, according to FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting.
The 20 recommendations proposed by the House of Commons Heritage Committee to rescue struggling Canadian news are a recipe for success according to FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting.
A new Nanos poll reveals Canadians place high value on local news, are concerned about the decline of journalism in Canada and want the federal government to actively support local news.
A new set of polls demonstrates that while CBC bashing may be good politics for those vying to lead the federal Conservative Party, this approach will be counter-productive if not dialed back once a new leader seeks support from the general public.
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting and J-Source are sponsoring an ipoliticsLIVE event to discuss ways to ensure the survival of Canadian media, high quality journalism and local reflection.
A 20th-century CRA opinion is the only barrier to infusing hundreds of millions of advertising dollars into hard-pressed Canadian media outlets and generating up to $1B annually in new federal revenues at the same time, according to a report released today by the watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.
Netflix Content Chief Ted Sarandos Takes Shot at Amazon Studios: They Aren't "Gaining Much Traction" by Natalie Jarvey
Netflix plans to release more than 1,000 hours of original programming in 2017.
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.
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting expressed disappointment with the new policy for local TV released today by the CRTC.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Local TV stations in Canada will fail without an injection of new money to support their operation, according to FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting.
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.
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.”
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.
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.