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Nov 26, 2015 — Globe & Mail

CBC has proved it can withstand the axe by Konrad Yakabuski

Columnist says if giving the public broadcaster an extra $150-million merely allows it to go back to what it was doing before the Tories came to town, she will only be postponing its demise.

Nov 24, 2015 — Stream Daily

Netflix popularity reaches new heights by Darah Hansen

More than half of Americans rely on Netflix to watch movies and TV series, a figure that marks a record high among users the SVOD service and pushes it ahead of top competitors YouTube, Amazon and Hulu, according to a new survey by RBC Capital Markets.

Nov 23, 2015 — News Article

Twitter’s Kirstine Stewart — a character with no limits by Jim Coyle

From her unglamorous early gigs to key management roles at CBC and now Twitter, Kirstine Stewart’s drive and trend-spotting talents have made her a media success story.

Nov 23, 2015 — The Todd Veinotte Show

Audio: Ian Morrison on The Todd Veinotte Show

The Spokesperson for the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting talks about the new Liberal government and its promise to reinstate funding to the CBC.

© The Todd Veinotte Show

Nov 22, 2015 — Local News Project

New research project examines local news poverty

The impact of newsroom cutbacks, consolidations and closures will be the focus of a new study examining local news poverty in communities outside of Canada’s major media centres.

Nov 22, 2015 — Washington Post

NPR is graying, and public radio is worried about it by Paul Farhi

Many of the listeners who grew up with NPR are now reaching retirement age, leaving NPR with a challenge: How can it attract younger and middle-aged audiences — whose numbers are shrinking — to replace them?

Nov 20, 2015 — The Empire Club

Heather Conway, Executive VP, English Services, CBC & Greg O’Brien, Editor and Publisher, Cartt.ca

Heather Conway, executive vice-president of CBC, responsible for English Services, discusses the role of the national public broadcaster in the 1000-channel universe.

Nov 19, 2015 — Toronto Star

The CBC is dying. Here’s how to save it by Richard Stursberg

Former CBC head of English Services says the government needs to begin to move now to ensure that we do not lose the CBC, and with it an important part of ourselves.

Nov 19, 2015 — Globe & Mail

‘Pick-and-pay’ TV a popular idea, but many unaware it’s coming: report by James Bradshaw

Columnist says the new freedom promised by Canada’s broadcast regulator will be attractive to some, and it could even convince some of those who had abandoned cable or satellite TV – or never had it in the first place – to join the slowly dwindling ranks of traditional TV viewers.

Nov 19, 2015 — Toronto Star

CBC exec: I never made harassment complaint to Hubert Lacroix by Kevin Donovan

A top CBC executive has confirmed to colleagues that public broadcaster vice-president Heather Conway apologized to him but says he “never made a harassment complaint” to CBC president Hubert Lacroix.

Nov 19, 2015 — Cartt.ca

TV still tops with millennials around the world

Television Bureau of Canada says despite the popularity and hype around video services such as YouTube and Netflix, television remains the dominant form of video in millennials media lives.

Nov 18, 2015 — Montreal Gazette

Vidéotron pays a hefty price for overcharging by Paul Delean

Superior Court Judge Carole Hallée gave cause to a class-action suit filed on behalf of Vidéotron’s 1.5 million customers, saying the company misled consumers and deliberately overcharged, violating provincial consumer-protection laws.

Nov 18, 2015 — Toronto Star

Top CBC executive Neil McEneaney resigns by Kevin Donovan

Sources say Heather Conway, executive vice-president of English Services for the public broadcaster, was recently accused of harassing Neil McEneaney, CBC’s chief business officer, English Services.

Nov 13, 2015 — Ottawa Citizen

NCC missing from heritage minister's list of priorities by Don Butler

Columnist says Mélanie Joly may be the minister responsible for the National Capital Commission, but her mandate letter, released Friday by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, makes no mention of the Crown corporation.

Nov 12, 2015 — Fort Erie Times

Public servants should keep politics private by Mark Sutcliffe

Columnist says Hubert Lacroix, president of the CBC, stepped over the line when he lamented the Harper years and welcomed the new government.

Nov 12, 2015 — Groupe Média TFO

A Disappointing Decision for Francophones across Canada

Despite the CRTC’s denial to make its channel available across all French-language minority communities, Groupe Média TFO renews its commitment to share and expand the reach of its educational content.

Nov 11, 2015 — CBC News

'Explosion' of aboriginal art coming, says Canada Council president

Mélanie Joly says she will deliver on a campaign promise to double annual funding to the country's arts funding agency, the Canada Council for the Arts, to the tune of $360 million.


Nov 11, 2015 — Globe & Mail

CBC needs funding but money doesn’t buy smarts or class by John Doyle

Columnist says the CBC needs a dose of common sense and a reminder that, while it’s a special service, it cannot be remote from the principle that it is indeed a service. 

Nov 11, 2015 — ComMedia Converge

Community Media Convergence Ramps Up to Welcome Visitors to Ottawa by Cathy Edwards

A release from ComMedia Converge says the first ever gathering of community media practitioners from all sectors (community TV, community radio, community online media such as The Media Co-op and gamers) will meet at Carleton University Nov. 22-24th.

Nov 11, 2015 — Canadaland

Peter Mansbridge Officiated the Wedding of Justin Trudeau's Director of Communications by Jesse Brown

Columnist wonders if Peter Mansbridge was able to secure "unprecedented" access to Justin Trudeau because of a close connection to his Director of Communications.

Nov 11, 2015 — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau


The Prime Minster explains his expectations in this mandate letter to new Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly.

Nov 10, 2015 — WebMemo.com

Canada s Newspapers Were In The Tank For Harper, Media Analysis Finds

The Canadian Media Concentration Research Project says Canadian newspapers overwhelmingly supported Stephen Harper’s Conservatives in the past two elections, much more so than they would have if they had reflected public opinion.

Nov 10, 2015 — iPolitics

Radio-Canada’s Catherine Cano to head up CPAC by Kyle Duggan

Catherine Cano, who has been serving as executive director of news programming at Radio-Canada, will start as CPAC’s President and General Manager starting January 11.

Nov 10, 2015 — National Newswatch

“Thanks Peter, Chantal, Andrew and viewers” by Bruce Anderson

Bruce Anderson steps down from the At Issue Panel on CBC’s The National after his daughter accepts a position as the Director of Communications to Prime Minister Trudeau.

Nov 7, 2015 — Globe & Mail

Mélanie Joly to reset ‘symbols of progressiveness’ as heritage minister by Robert Everett-Green

Minister of Canadian Heritage says "The reinvestment in CBC and Radio-Canada is very important, but it’s also important to create a public broadcaster for this digital era."

Nov 7, 2015 — The Guardian

Ultra, cheesy access by CBC to Prime Minister Trudeau by Alan Holan

Columnist says CBC looked like a "third-world state broadcaster promoting its government" during its coverage of Justin Trudeau's first day in office.

Nov 5, 2015 — CBC News

New heritage minister Mélanie Joly says money coming to the arts, CBC

Just hours after being sworn in, Canada's new Heritage Minister outlined priorities that include increasing the budgets of the Canada Council for the Arts and the CBC.

Nov 4, 2015 — News Article

Independent Producers Welcome New Minister of Canadian Heritage

The Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) congratulates the Honourable Mélanie Joly on her appointment today as Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Nov 4, 2015 — iPolitics

Groups already lobbying new heritage minister to change broadcast policy, fund CBC by Kyle Duggan

FRIENDS says they’ll be looking to the government to reinvigorate the CBC, but that the next step is finding out when and how will they do it.

Nov 4, 2015 — Money News

We can restore CBC/Radio-Canada : Letter to the Honorable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, from the Canadian Media Guild and le Syndicat des communications de Radio-Canada

The Canadian Media Guild and Syndicat des communications de Radio-Canada urge the new Minister of Canadian Heritage to act immediately to stop the ongoing dismantling of CBC/Radio-Canada.