31 October 2013

TSN dumps FRIENDS' ad

The FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting, staunch defenders of the CBC, have been running a campaign against the federal government's Bill C-60. The Bill gives the government control over the wages and working conditions of all CBC employees, including those who produce news and current affairs programs.

The campaign included FRIEND'S' quite funny and timely Man Behind the Desk video ads. TSN, Canada's leading English language sports TV channel, has however turned out to be a party pooper. It ran the ads for two days, then pulled the plug. The ad did not run as scheduled on either the Leafs/Flames or the Canucks /Red Wings games Wednesday night.

FRIENDS has not been made aware of the reason but is speculating that either Bell, TSN's parent, decided not to curry disfavour with the Prime Minister or was pressured by the Prime Minister's Office.

If you would like to check out the offending ad for yourself, you can do so here. And if you would like to sample more of the ads and join the FRIENDS' campaign by signing their petition, you can do so here.

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