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Jun 27, 2017 — iPolitics

Star Touch proved it: A media bailout is a terrible idea by Andrew Potter

The Toronto Star announced this week that it was shuttering its flagship Star Touch tablet app, laying off 30 employees and eating something north of $20 million in investment costs.

Jun 21, 2017 — Government of Canada

Current Opportunity: Chairperson, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation,

The Government of Canada is currently seeking a Chairperson for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Jun 21, 2017 — Government of Canada

Current Opportunity: Directors, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

The Government of Canada is currently seeking applications from diverse and talented Canadians from across the country who are interested in these positions.

Jun 21, 2017 — News Article

Critic's Notebook: Apple and All of Its Money Just Got Real About the TV Business by Tim Goodman

Columnist says any pretense that Apple is not diving into the television content business just vanished in a very big way.

Jun 20, 2017 — Government of Canada

The Minister of Canadian Heritage Announces the Creation of an Independent Committee to Recommend Qualified Candidates for the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage has announced the creation of an advisory committee for appointments to the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors.

Jun 20, 2017 — Huffpost Québec

Les Canadiens ont droit à un nouveau président du CRTC by Michel Morin

In this open letter, former CRTC commissioner Michel Morin stresses the emergency of appointing a new CRTC President with no further delay to defend Canadian content from our broadcasting system.

Jun 20, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Trudeau government to revise CBC’s board selection process by Simon Houpt

Columnist says the Liberal government is overhauling the process by which members of the board of directors of CBC/Radio-Canada are selected, in hopes of ending decades of allegations of political interference in the public broadcaster’s operations.

 

Jun 19, 2017 — Reuters Canada

Canada names Judith LaRocque as interim chair of media regulator by Bhanu Pratap

LaRocque will replace Jean-Pierre Blais, whose five-year term ended on Saturday, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly's office said in a statement.

Jun 15, 2017 — National Post

If the CRTC wants to keep pace with ‘profound change,’ it needs to learn to stay out of the way by Marni Soupcoff

Outgoing CRTC chair says we have to think beyond our borders and realize that this is a time of profound change, and being nostalgic isn’t the way forward.

Jun 15, 2017 — Huffington Post Canada

Peter Mansbridge To Be Replaced By 3 Anchors At New 'The National' by Althia Raj

Three anchors will replace Peter Mansbridge at the new version of CBC's flagship national news program, "The National."

Jun 14, 2017 — Poynter

What’s behind the recent media bloodbath? The dominance of Google and Facebook by Daniel Funke

Columnist says the continued financial success of Silicon Valley titans Google and Facebook, whose dominance of the advertising sector has left publishers fighting over scraps, has lead to stories of doom and gloom within the media.

Jun 8, 2017 — iPhone in Canada

Cord Cutters Growing in Canada, Thanks to Alternative Video Services: Report

According to the J.D. Power 2017 Canadian Television/Internet Provider Customer Satisfaction Study released today, more than 1 in 4 subscribers in Canada are considering cutting their TV cords as alternative video services continue to grow, with Netflix being the most popular platform.

Jun 8, 2017 — Straight.com

Here's My Canada: Make a short video about the country and enter to win up to $10,000

To mark the country's sesquicentennial, Historica Canada has launched the Here's My Canada contest, inviting Canadians of all ages to submit 30-second videos sharing what the country means to them.

Jun 7, 2017 — News Article

Singular sensation by Johanna Schneller

As the clone-happy series Orphan Black wraps, Johanna Schneller reports on how its success blew open the doors for well-written, genre-mashing Canadian co-productions – the dawn of a ‘Maple Golden Age’

Jun 5, 2017 — Policy Options

We need to address the growing divide between Canadians who live in urban areas and in rural areas, or risk the political disconnect facing the United States.

Columnist says the growing urban/rural divide in Canada could lead to similar, equally divisive realignments in our politics, too and the oversized cultural and media influence of our major cities undoubtedly exacerbates this possibility.

Jun 2, 2017 — Globe & Mail

For CBC fans, TV history is just out of reach by Kate Taylor

La famille Plouffe, Canada’s first téléroman, is one of the early documents in the history of Quebec’s distinctive popular culture.

Jun 1, 2017 — iPolitics

Dispatches from the sewer: Bayne opens up about the media and Mike Duffy by Michael Harris

The lawyer who bested the combined might of the Ontario AG’s office and the RCMP in the criminal trial of Senator Mike Duffy says he was shocked by the uniformed media “maelstrom” that formed against his client — a bias which he says continues to this day.

May 26, 2017 — Globe & Mail

What happens when we starve our artists by Kate Taylor

Columnist says the digital distribution of music is not fairly compensating the people who create it, and continual touring cannot make up the difference.

May 26, 2017 — J-Source

CBC News’ Jennifer McGuire tells us what to expect on the new The National by H.G. Watson

J-Source speaks with Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor-in-chief of CBC News, about what The National will look like when it reboots this fall, what will happen with Ladurantaye and how CBC is trying to become a more equitable workplace.

May 24, 2017 — Le Devoir

CBC/Radio-Canada: les conservateurs en rupture avec la population canadienne - Philippe Papineau

Reporter sheds light on the results of two surveys ordered by FRIENDS that reveal a great gap between the views on public broadcasting held by actual members of the Conservative Party and those of the rest of the Canadian population. 

May 20, 2017 — StarPhoenix

Appalling ignorance on display in appropriation debate by Doug Cuthand

Writer says this episode with the media was just one more example of the complete ignorance to Indigeneous culture and attitude of white privilege that permeates the Canadian media.

May 20, 2017 — Global News

What you need to know about the cultural appropriation debate by Andrew Russel

A heated debate over cultural appropriation and free speech boils over in Canadian media after a controversial opinion piece was published last week that that encouraged white writers to explore “the lives of people who aren’t like you.”

May 20, 2017 — New York Times

‘The Internet Is Broken’: @ev Is Trying to Salvage It by David Streitfeld

The Twitter co-founder, Evan Williams, reflects on what the social media service has wrought on society and how he is trying to change things with Medium, the publishing site.

May 19, 2017 — Calgary Herald

Why Letterkenny is a gift to Canadian TV by Kevin Tierney

Letterkenny, CraveTV’s first original series, has been the breakout hit of Canadian television.

May 19, 2017 — Globe & Mail

CRTC leaves Canadian television to fend for itself in Netflix age by Kate Taylor

Columnist says  Jean-Pierre Blais piecemeal approach offers no consistent strategy to address the challenges facing Canadian television production in the Netflix age.

May 18, 2017 — iPolitics

Hot takes, cold sweats and 'cultural appropriation' by Paul Adams

Columnist says the fallout from a heated debate about race and art can be a learning moment for the media.

May 17, 2017 — News Article

Cultural appropriation suppresses minority voices: Opinion by Navneet Alang

Columnist says in Canada, a white mainstream not only takes precedence, but too often actively dismisses the concerns of racial minorities and First Nations peoples.

May 17, 2017 — Toronto Star

Steve Ladurantaye, editor of CBC’s ‘The National,’ reassigned after cultural appropriation flap by Ben Rayner

The managing editor of CBC’s The National has become the third professional casualty amidst lingering fallout from a series of controversial remarks last week about cultural appropriation.

May 16, 2017 — News Article

Writers Guild of Canada: CRTC Decision Spells Potential Disaster by Greg David

In its decision on licence renewals for Bell, Corus, and Rogers, the Commission rolled back the broadcasters’ minimum financial contributions to Canadian drama and other programing.

May 4, 2017 — Huffington Post Canada

Brad Trost's Bill To Privatize CBC Fails Spectacularly By Vote Of 260-6 by Ryan Maloney

A Conservative leadership candidate’s longshot private member’s bill to privatize the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has been overwhelmingly rejected by the House of Commons, including members of his own caucus.