News Releases — 2018
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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.