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May 27, 2013 — The New Yorker: A Word from Our Sponsor by Jane Mayer
Columnist examines how journalist independence is impacted when networks need to please their sponsors.
May 20, 2013 — Ottawa Citizen: Netflix is not the enemy by Michael Geist
Columnist says targeting the Internet video service is just part of a strategy to push for regulation.
May 19, 2013 — Yahoo!News: Conservative MP James Moore says he’s not making a play for PM’s job by Andy Radia
Conservative MP James Moore says that he isn't launching a campaign for the Conservative Party leadership.
May 18, 2013 — Globe & Mail: How Ottawa's plan to foster wireless competition sank by Rita Trichur, Sean Silcoff and Boyd Erman
Columnists say that the Telus-Mobilicity takeover announcement is a powerful signal that the current government’s wireless strategy is on life support.
May 17, 2013 — National Post: ‘Radioactive’ Mike Duffy has nothing to do with CRTC bid, Sun News exec says by Jordan Press
Sun News Network says Duffy plays no role whatsoever in its ongoing efforts to become a mandatory part of Canadian cable packages.
May 17, 2013 — Chronicle Herald: Controversy dogs former CTV reporter’s career moves by Paul McLeod
Columnist says that as Sun News is asking the CRTC to grant it “must carry” status, former CTV reporter Marc Patrone has moved to the network, shortly after finishing a five-year stint as a CRTC commissioner.
May 17, 2013 — Toronto Star: Sports media: TSN vs. Sportsnet: Who’s winning the battle? by Raju Mudhar
Columnist says the two channels have gone on shopping sprees and carved up the sports landscape, but the battle is still going on.
Senator Mike Duffy is alleged to have asked a Conservative insider to urge the CRTC to grant Sun TV News mandatory carriage.
May 15, 2013 — Canadian Media Research: CBC’s Audience Crisis: CBC TV Audience is Down 40%, Lowest in History by Barry Kiefl
Researcher says the CBC’s latest report confirms that many programs on the main TV service, despite efforts to be more “popular,” have fallen to audience levels not much greater than many specialty channels.
May 15, 2013 — Waterloo Record: CBC keeps Kitchener radio costs secret by Jeff Outhit
Columnist says the taxpayer-funded CBC is keeping secret the cost of its new local radio station, while it spars with private stations that are upset to be competing with the public purse.
May 14, 2013 — Cartt.ca: 9(1)(h) COMMENTARY: Maybe the CRTC should impose a penetration rate based card on the whole industry by Greg O'Brien
Writer says big BDUs often treat independent broadcasters like unworthy annoyances, and not the partners they are.
Former Conservative MP Peter Penashue blames CBC News reports on his spending for having defined him very negatively.
May 13, 2013 — Poynter: New research finds 92 percent of time spent on news consumption is still on legacy platforms by Rick Edmonds
Columnist says when you measure news consumption in the U.S. by time spent, rather than raw audience numbers, digital platforms are getting only 8 percent of the action.
May 13, 2013 — National Post: BCE says it will walk away from Astral deal if forced to sell more assets by Christine Dobby
BCE Inc. chief executive George Cope says that the sale of further French television services or the pay service The Movie Network would defeat the two strategic rationales his company has for buying Astral.
May 10, 2013 — Huffington Post Canada: CBC: The Conservative Broadcast Corporation by Jamie Biggar, Ian Morrison and Angus Wong
FRIENDS, Leadnow and SumOfUs say that no public broadcaster anywhere in the free world faces the degree of political interference as that proposed for the CBC in Bill C-60.
Q host Jian Ghomeshi says the CBC is not in crisis and that CBC holds the largest audience share in the country.
May 8, 2013 — Ottawa Citizen: Bell must sell Astral's pay TV, Rogers says by LuAnn LaSalle
Rogers says Bell should be forced to sell Astral's Movie Network pay TV service if the CRTC is going to allow the $3.4-billion revised merger of the two companies to go ahead.
May 8, 2013 — Montreal Gazette: CRTC hearings: Telecom firm Eastlink denounces Bell-Astral deal
Telecom company Eastlink remains opposed to Bell’s bid to buy specialty TV and radio company Astral Media despite changes to the deal and is asking the CRTC to turn the merger down for a second time.
May 8, 2013 — Lobby Monitor: Advocacy group, unions protest proposed labour requirements for crown corporations
FRIENDS delivers a petition on the Parliament Hill signed by more than 100,000 Canadians.
May 8, 2013 — Toronto Star: Critics fear Tories’ changes to collective bargaining at Crown corporations will threaten CBC independence by Joanna Smith
Columnist says groups, such as FRIENDS, who are worried that government involvement in labour negotiations at Crown corporations will threaten the independence of the CBC are stepping up efforts to persuade the Conservatives to reconsider.