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Jun 28, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Canadian experts unite for cultural policy advisory group by James Bradshaw & Daniel LeBlanc

The federal government is appointing a dozen outside experts as a “sounding board” to help steer a sweeping review of Canada’s cultural policies that is aimed at redrawing a system of support some federal officials feel is broken.

Jun 28, 2016 — J-Source

Memo: BuzzFeed outlines changes to BuzzFeed Canada and Ottawa bureau

With the 2015 Canadian federal election over, Buzzfeed is wrapping up their Canadian political coverage.

Jun 28, 2016 — Huffington Post

Brad Trost, Anti-Abortion Social Conservative, Mulls Tory Leadership Bid by Althia Raj

Potential Conservative Party leadership candidate has maintained a "Privatize the CBC" petition on his website.

Jun 28, 2016 — National Post

BuzzFeed Canada to close Ottawa bureau, editorial to report to U.S. by Sean Craig

Canadian visitors to BuzzFeed’s website, which make up around 12 million of its purported 200 million monthly unique visitors, have been directed to a tailored homepage that mixes domestic and international content since BuzzFeed Canada launched last year.

Jun 26, 2016 — Edmonton Sun

Digital evolution by Marty Forbes

Heritage Minister Melanie Joly announces that a series of public consultations will take place over the next several months to examine the government’s role in supporting Canadian content creation — in all media — radio, television with a focus on digital evolution.

Jun 24, 2016 — Globe & Mail

CRTC commissioner terminated with cause by Christina Pellegrini

According to an electronic copy of an order-in-council, federal cabinet has revoked the appointment of Raj Shoan, the commissioner for Ontario at the CRTC, a decision made based on the recommendation of Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly.

Jun 24, 2016 — National Post

Does Canadian cinema accurately reflect our culture, or has it been soaking in maple syrup for far too long? by Calum Marsh

Film director Evan Rissi says eight out of 10 people he asked couldn’t even name a Canadian film. 

Jun 24, 2016 — CBC News

Kids' CBC bidding farewell to longtime host Patty Sullivan

Sullivan, who has appeared on Kids' CBC since 2003, is an award-winning broadcaster who celebrated 20 years as a kids TV entertainer in 2014.

Jun 23, 2016 — Digital Journal

Legislation Will Improve Access to Copyrighted Materials for Visually Impaired and Print-Disabled Canadians

The amendments to the Copyright Act enable Canada to be among the first countries in the world to accede to the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled.

Jun 22, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Culture of disrespect: What’s the minister’s remedy? by Lawrence Martin

Columnist says the Heritage Minister has announced a big plan to enhance Canadian content and bring our cultural properties into the digital age, but wonders about the maladies of the digital age.

Jun 21, 2016 — MediaPost

More Young People Get News From Social Than TV by Erik Sass

Among American adults ages 18-24 polled by Reuters, 28% said they get most of their news from social media -- ahead of TV, cited by 24% of the same age group.

Jun 20, 2016 — Toronto Star

Set-top box crackdown will chill Canada's tech innovation by Michael Geist

Columnist says a recent federal court ruling targets a disruptive technology that everyone agrees has both legitimate and infringing uses.

Jun 16, 2016 — Le Devoir

Le CRTC imposera des seuils de nouvelles locales aux télédiffuseurs by Pierre Saint-Arnaud

Reporter says that, after years of cuts and reduced airtime, regulatory authorities grant la little oxygen to local news and programming.

Jun 16, 2016 — La Presse

Jusqu'à 90 millions de plus pour les nouvelles des télés privées by Vincent Brousseau-Pouliot

Private general interest televisions such as TVA and V could access up to 90 million dollars a year to fund their local news. The CRTC grants large conglomerates such as Québecor and Rogers the option to fund  local news on their general interest channels rather than to their community televisions. 

Jun 15, 2016 — News Article

CHCH-TV gets helping hand with CRTC’s local news fund by Steve Buist

CRTC announces the creation of an Independent Local News Fund worth approximately $20 million per year to help stations in 18 communities across the country produce news.

Jun 15, 2016 — News Article

CRTC announces new fund, minimum programming hours for local TV news by Terry Pedwell

Canada's broadcast regulator is forcing English-language TV stations to air at least seven hours a week of local news, and creating a new fund to help the smaller ones pay for it as part of a "rebalancing" of the country's television landscape.

Jun 15, 2016 — Unifor

Unifor Supports CRTC Commitment To Local Television News

Union says strong and independent local news is intrinsic to our democracy and that it is the duty of large broadcasters to deliver it.

Jun 15, 2016 — CTV News

CRTC orders TV stations to air at least 7 hours a week of local news

FRIENDS says the CRTC's new policy shows the broadcast regulator hasn't been listening to small stations that came begging for help.

Jun 14, 2016 — News Article

Netflix lands over a million new Canadian subscribers in less than one year: report by Emily Jackson

More than five million Canadians subscribed to Netflix as of this spring, with more than a million signing up in the last year alone, according to new estimates that suggest the video streaming service’s popularity continues to explode among viewers north of the border.

Jun 14, 2016 — OMNI Television

De la télévision multiculturelle pour tous les Canadiens

OMNI Television announced  they are filing a application with the CRTC to operate  a new multilingual and multicultural channel called OMNI Regional, the first of its kind in the country. 

Jun 12, 2016 — News Article

Canadian TV is not dead, it boasts about being alive by John Doyle

Columnist says Canadian networks spend a lot of time trying to convince people they are "number 1".

Jun 10, 2016 — Maclean's

The sunniest Liberal, Mélanie Joly by Martin Patriquin

Columnist says Mélanie Joly has become the optimistic, smiling face of Trudeau-era Ottawa.

Jun 7, 2016 — CBC News

Maxime Bernier urges phase out of CRTC as telecom regulator

Conservative leadership candidate Maxime Bernier says the CRTC has discouraged competition in the telecommunications sector and should have a far diminished authority over the industry.

Jun 3, 2016 — iPolitics

Canadians support regulation, but not online by Richard Raycraft

Angus Reid poll shows 56 per cent of Canadians are against the internet being subject to the same CRTC regulations as traditional media, while 44 per cent would like to see all media under the same regulations.

Jun 2, 2016 — Calgary Herald

Majority of Canadians want the CRTC to stay away from imposing content regulations on Netflix by Sean Craig

According to a new poll released by the Angus Reid Institute, 56 per cent think online media should be free from the hand of the CRTC, which imposes Canadian content and ownership regulations on traditional media.

Jun 2, 2016 — Toronto Star

CTV cancels Canada AM by Robin Levinson King

CTV says it is cancelling Canada AM, one of the longest running morning television shows in Canada’s history.

May 31, 2016 — News Article

First Recipients Of CRTC Prize For Academic Research To Be Honoured

The award was launched in June 2015 to encourage a new generation of researchers to contribute to Canada's public policy development relating to information and communication.

May 30, 2016 — CBC News

CRTC reviewing controversial 'zero-rating' in internet plans by Laura Wright

Net neutrality advocates say the inquiry has major implications for internet service.

May 29, 2016 — News Article

Now on CBC: ‘a gay native feminist comic raised by bikers’ by Donovan Vincent

Candy Palmate, who arrived on CBC’s radar in the aftermath of the Jian Ghomeshi scandal, is hosting a new weekday show from 1-3 p.m. on Radio One that she promises will be a  “sugar rush.”

May 27, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Think tanks at odds on the Canadian TV content conundrum by Kate Taylor

Both the Fraser Institute and the C.D. Howe Institute released reports recommending that Canada dispense with Canadian-content rules.