News Releases

If you would like to automatically receive FRIENDS' news releases, sign up here and we'll deliver them right to your inbox.

Nov 21, 2018 — News Release

Journalism Measures Miss the Mark

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.

Oct 18, 2018 — News Release

Canadian docs in demand, but accessibility still an issue: Report

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.

Oct 5, 2018 — News Release

MPs grill lobbyist about how YouTube pays artists by Charlie Pinkerton

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.

Sep 18, 2018 — News Release

AT&T Preps To Take On Netflix, Facebook And Google by Wayne Friedman

With Time Warner firmly ensconced in AT&T, all eyes turn to the big competition squarely in front of Netflix.

Jul 18, 2018 — News Release

FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting statement on the Cabinet shuffle

“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.

May 31, 2018 — News Release

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.  

May 17, 2018 — News Release

Don’t mess with TVOntario

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).

May 8, 2018 — News Release

La Presse throws in the towel

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.

Feb 27, 2018 — News Release

Missed opportunity threatens democratic debate

Canadian media and journalism are fighting for their lives and the federal government missed an opportunity to address this crisis in today’s budget.

Feb 26, 2018 — News Release

FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting available to comment on the 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.

Feb 8, 2018 — News Release

FRIENDS announces transition to a new Executive Director and Spokesperson


Daniel Bernhard has been appointed to the position of Executive Director and Spokesperson of the watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Sep 28, 2017 — News Release

Media Advisory

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. 

Sep 28, 2017 — News Release

Joly tinkers

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.

Jun 15, 2017 — News Release

FRIENDS supports Heritage Committee’s local media prescription

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.

Jun 12, 2017 — News Release

Nanos Poll: Feds should protect local news and CBC’s independence

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.

May 24, 2017 — News Release

Bashing the CBC no recipe for Tory growth

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. 

Feb 1, 2017 — News Release

IpoliticsLIVE Event - Bleeding Red Ink: The Future of Canadian Media

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. 

Jan 23, 2017 — News Release

Simple move would support local media and raise government revenues

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.

Dec 6, 2016 — News Release

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.