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Aug 1, 2014 — ShawConnect

CRTC ruling upholds Rogers' responsibilities to multilingual programming

A CRTC ruling rebuffed Rogers Broadcasting Limited's request for sweeping regulatory relief for its OMNI ethnic television chain in spite of recent financial losses at those five stations.

Jul 26, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

The CRTC Is Starting to Listen to Canadians by David Christopher

Columnist says over the last year, Canadians have seen the CRTC publish customer-friendly new rules for wireless, set up a special task force to investigate extortionate roaming fees, and start a conversation with Canadians about the Future of Television.

Jul 25, 2014 — LeDevoir

Des journalistes de la télévision passent à la trappe

Radio-Canada is losing its best and brightest young journalistic talent as the bumping process triggered by deep Harper government-imposed budget cuts begins to kick in.

Jul 25, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Does Heather Conway have what it takes to save the CBC? by Simon Houpt

Heather Conway acknowledges she doesn’t know exactly what the result of staff cuts will look like or whether viewers will want the content the new CBC offers.

Jul 24, 2014 — Broadcaster Magazine

CBC Launches Digital Comedy Accelerator 'CBC ComedyCoup'

CBC, CineCoup Media and Just For Laughs Television are joining forces to deliver an opportunity to Canadian content creators with the launch of CBC ComedyCoup, a digital comedy accelerator.

Jul 22, 2014 — Winnipeg Free Press

Glover staffers remove ugly details from Wikipedia Elections Canada dispute cut from site by Oliver Sachgau

Columnist says staff of Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover anonymously edited her Wikipedia page to remove controversial details about her run-ins with Elections Canada.

Jul 21, 2014 — Calgary Herald

CBC argues for 'Netflix tax'

The CBC is pushing for online service Netflix and others to help fund Canadian content.

Jul 21, 2014 — Toronto Star

Hubert Lacroix must fight for CBC — or resign by Barry Kiefl

Columnist says there's some good in the CBC's five-year plan, but also a lot of bad, including the defeatism that has marked network president Hubert Lacroix's tenure.

Jul 19, 2014 — Toronto Star

Canuck shows get dismal ratings in U.S. by Tony Wong

Columnist says Canadian Comedy exports Seed and Backpackers didn’t make a splash on The CW with dismal ratings for their respective premiers.

Jul 18, 2014 — LeDevoir

Graham Fraser n’écarte aucune option by Philippe Orfali

Official Languages Commissioner Graham Fraser fears that recent CBC cuts will harm official language minority groups, and is considering a judicial intervention.

Jul 17, 2014 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Op-Ed from Bill Chambers, in response to Konrad Yakabuski's article by Bill Chambers

Bill Chambers says public broadcasters take on the roles required by the specific media needs of the societies they serve. 

Jul 16, 2014 — Hollywood Reporter

New Canadian Work Permit Rules Threaten Hollywood Shoots by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says recent changes to Canada's Temporary Foreign Workers Program threaten to leave Hollywood actors, directors and other key crew hired to work here stranded at the border.

Jul 16, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

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

The country’s second-largest telecom by revenue released its first-ever transparency report last month, which showed Rogers got nearly 175,000 requests for information from the government in 2013, or about 480 requests per day.

Jul 16, 2014 — CTV News

Twitter account highlights history of Ottawa staffers making Wiki edits

Columnist says a new automated Twitter account is shedding light on government staffers' apparent use of Wikipedia, revealing that users on the federal network have seemingly edited Wikipedia articles to remove scandalous information and update MPs' individual pages, among other things.

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.