News Releases — 2018

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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.