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Jul 16, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

Rogers: Warrant Needed From Now On For Subscriber Data by Daniel Tencer

In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that police need a warrant to get even basic subscriber information from telecoms.

Jul 15, 2014 — Globe & Mail

CBC ‘in peril’ if funding cuts not reversed, former board members say by Simon Houpt

Nine former members of CBC/Radio-Canada’s board of directors have sent an urgent letter to the current board, saying the public broadcaster’s mandate is “in peril” if recent federal funding cuts are not reversed.

Jul 14, 2014 — The Guardian

What will the BBC TV production shake-up mean for the industry? by John Plunkett & Maggie Brown

Industry experts examine the impact of scrapping quotas and the spin-off of TV production.

Jul 14, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Don’t make Radio-Canada subsidize the CBC by Konrad Yakabuski

Columnist says that as the cuts keep coming, fans of Radio-Canada, one of the most watched public broadcasters anywhere, are starting to resent paying the price for the CBC’s failure to connect with Canadians.

Jul 11, 2014 — Hollywood Reporter

YouTube Effect Costs Jobs at Canada's MuchMusic Channel by Etan Vlessing

MuchMusic must air music videos on 50 percent of its schedule and limit the number of scripted and reality shows, even as users increasingly get their music video fixes online.

Jul 11, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Even the content creators are stealing content by Simon Houpt

Columnist discusses those who make their living from the content-creation economy and yet think it’s fine to steal content that somebody else created.

Jul 11, 2014 — Toronto Star

The CRTC’s make-or-break moment by Michael Geist

Columnist says that when the CRTC  embarked on the third and final phase of its consultations on the future of television regulation earlier this year, it left little doubt that a total overhaul was on the table. 

Jul 10, 2014 — Kidscreen

Canadian producers renew call for Netflix Canada tax by Etan Vlessing

Canadian indie producers have used media regulator the CRTC’s current Let’s Talk TV consultation to renew their call for Netflix Canada to subsidize local Canadian content production.

Jul 10, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Prof saw film as a form of resistance by George Pevere

Columnist says Peter Harcourt challenged students' preconceptions about movies made in Canada while pioneering cinema studies.

Jul 10, 2014 — Toronto Life

Everyone hates the CBC’s new strategic plan by Steve Kupferman

Columnist says the future had never looked bleaker for the CBC than it did last month, after CEO Hubert Lacroix announced that he would be cutting as many 1,500 jobs over the next six years as part of a strategic effort to absorb the broadcaster’s many budget cuts.

Jul 8, 2014 — Canadaland

LEAKED: CBC's Digital Strategy and Employee Q&A by Jesse Brown

Canadaland has obtained internal CBC documents illustrating how the organization is dealing with employee tension, rage and confusion.

Jul 8, 2014 — StarPhoenix

CBC wants 'Netflix tax'

In a submission to the CRTC, CBC argues any "over-thetop" streaming service, such as U.S.-based Netflix, that earns more than $25 million a year in Canada, should be required to pay into the Canadian Media Fund.

Jul 7, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

CBC: Netflix Should Pay Tax To Subsidize CanCon by Daniel Tencer

In a submission to a CRTC review of Canadian TV regulations, the public broadcaster argues that any “over-the-top” streaming service, such as Netflix, that earns more than $25 million a year in Canada should be required to pay into the Canadian Media Fund.

Jul 7, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Unforced error: Where are the female athletes on TV? by Elizabeth Benzetti

A 2010 study by American academics showed that while women made up 40 per cent of participants in sport, they received just 4 per cent of media coverage. 

Jul 7, 2014 — Playback

Canadian producers renew call for Netflix Canada tax by Etan Vlessing

Canadian indie producers have used media regulator the CRTC’s current Let’s Talk TV consultation to renew their call for Netflix Canada to subsidize local Canadian content production.

Jul 7, 2014 — Hollywood Reporter

New Shaw Media Channel to Crowd Canadian All-News TV Space by Etan Vlessing

The broadcast giant plans to launch a national news channel, Global News 1, after former NBC News anchor Dawna Friesen became the face of its flagship Global National newscast.

Jul 4, 2014 — Ottawa Business Journal

Shaw Media tells CRTC it plans to apply for a national all news channel

In filings to the CRTC, the media division of Shaw Communications, which operates Global Television, says it wants to launch a "hybrid local/national" English-language news channel.

Jul 4, 2014 — Toronto Star

CBC is foolish to separate news from culture by Rick Salutin

Columnist says the CBC is planning to reduce production in areas like music and drama in order to preserve the news, its core mandate, but that everyone knows news is entertainment, too, and Peter Mansbridge is a cultural artifact.

Jul 3, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

CBC President Hubert Lacroix Should Face the Music by Wade Rowland

Columnist says the real "shareholders" of the CBC or any other public broadcaster are the people of the nation it serves, not the government of the day.

Jul 3, 2014 — Hollywood Reporter

Netflix Warns Regulator Not to Tax Canadian Streaming Service by Etan Vlessing

The "Orange Is the New Black" streamer told the CRTC that Canadian content is already doing well online, making new regulatory obligations unnecessary.