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Aug 13, 2017 — New York Times

The Messy, Confusing Future of TV? It’s Here by Kevin Roose

Columnist says an enterprising entrepreneur might someday be tempted to package new streaming services and sell them for a single price, essentially remaking the old cable bundle for the internet, but industry experts say that such cooperation between the industry’s giants is unlikely, given the enormous sums at stake.

Aug 11, 2017 — SOCAN

SOCAN welcomes the undertaking of consultations on the reform of the Copyright Board of Canada

SOCAN welcomes the announcement by the Government of Canada concerning the undertaking of consultations on the reform of the Copyright Board of Canada made by Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, whose goal is to provide the organization with the means to improve its decision-making process.

Aug 11, 2017 — Our Windsor

Why you’ll end up paying for TV’s fight against Netflix by Michael Lewis

Columnist says the bump in the price of Netflix in Canada and CBS's announcement that it would launch its All Access streaming services here next year suggests that consumers might end up shelling out more for online content even as the lineup of digital viewing choices expands.

Aug 11, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Canada's homegrown TV content needs to come home by Barry Avrich

Columnist says the Heritage Minister needs to find a way to a provide a new source of massive funding to producers for Canadian-produced programming that delivers more than one Canadian show in prime time or we will cease to be relevant and the private networks will face extinction.

Aug 9, 2017 — Montreal Gazette

End of an era for Laurie Brown and CBC Radio 2's The Signal by T’Cha Dunlevy

As host of CBC Radio 2’s dreamy late-night music show The Signal, Laurie Brown has been telling stories and playing songs that drift through the Canadian ether from 10 to midnight, six nights a week.

Aug 7, 2017 — Edmonton Sun

How technology is changing the world of media by Marty Forbes

Columnist says the internet is where the gold is and we simply need to start focussing on the exposure benefiting our performers all around the globe.

Aug 1, 2017 — CBC News

The National names 4 new hosts following retirement of Peter Mansbridge


The new hosts are senior correspondent Adrienne Arsenault, current Power & Politics host Rosemary Barton, CBC Vancouver anchor Andrew Chang and longtime CBC News Network host Ian Hanomansing. 

Aug 1, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Bell presses CRTC to overturn ad policy ahead of next Super Bowl by Christine Dobby

In the run-up to the NFL season, Bell Media has launched yet another attempt to spike a regulatory ruling that blocked the company from substituting its own television feed – including Canadian ads – over the U.S. broadcast of the Super Bowl.

Aug 1, 2017 — CBC News

Culture groups share concerns with Quebec envoy ahead of NAFTA talks

Groups representing Quebec's cultural industries have told the province's top negotiator in talks to make changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement that Canada needs to maintain its power over cultural policies.

Jul 31, 2017 — Darcan

As Canadian Stations Expand Local News, Experts Wonder How Successful It Will Be

Bell Media recently announced it's adding 5 p.m. newscasts to all its local CTV stations, and Rogers is expanding its local newscast format "CityNews" to Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Montreal.

Jul 22, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Gender pay gap strikes again. This time at the BBC by Elizabeth Renzetti

Columnist says that when the BBC was forced to unveil salaries for its on-air talent, it was infuriating, though not surprising, to see that the top seven earners were men, and that men made up two-thirds of the 96 names on the list. 

Jul 19, 2017 — Press Progress

Conservative MP films bizarre CNN-inspired newscast denouncing Canadian journalists as 'fake news'

Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant says the "elite-stream media" is broadcasting "fake news" on behalf of the Trudeau government, all in an effort to secure "hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies" for Canadian media companies.

Jul 19, 2017 — Media Shift

How Labor Unions and a Former Alderman Plan to Transform the Chicago Sun-Times by Ann Meyer

Columnist says the $1 acquisition price reflects the will of a small group of passionate news hounds who weren’t about to let the rival win without a fight.

Jul 19, 2017 — TV, eh?

MINISTER JOLY ANNOUNCES NEW LEADERSHIP AT THE CANADIAN RADIO-TELEVISION AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION by Greg David

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage announces the appointments of Ian Scott as Chairperson and Caroline J. Simard as Vice-Chairperson (Broadcasting) of the CRTC. 

Jul 19, 2017 — National Post

‘Great guy, works hard, very sane’: Incoming CRTC chief lauded despite concerns from consumer groups

Industry watchers say it’s telling that Ottawa chose a telecommunications insider to lead the tribunal that oversees Canada’s $65.7-billion communications industry.

Jul 18, 2017 — National Post

Government to name industry veteran Ian Scott as new head of the CRTC

The government will name Ian Scott as chairman and Caroline Simard as vice-chair of broadcasting

Jul 17, 2017 — Washington Post

What happens to local news when there is no local media to cover it? by Paul Farhi

Columnist says towns like East Palo Alto are news “deserts,” communities overlooked, if not entirely ignored, by the media.

Jul 17, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa to name industry veteran Ian Scott CRTC chairman by Christine Dobby

After filling the role on an interim basis in June, the federal Department of Heritage has found its permanent candidate and will appoint Ian Scott chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

Jul 16, 2017 — The Conversation

Why licensing journalists won’t end the scourge of ‘fake news’ by Christopher Waddell

Columnist says what’s new is not “fake news,” but the ability to distribute it quickly, easily and widely online through social media.

Jul 13, 2017 — Hollywood Reporter

CBS News, BBC Strike Content Sharing Partnership by Georg Szalai

The partners, who have so far worked with Sky and ABC, respectively, say the editorial and news gathering deal will "significantly enhance" their global reporting capabilities.

Jul 13, 2017 — J-Source

The Nova Scotia government is ordering an Industrial Inquiry Commission in the Chronicle Herald labour dispute by H.G. Watson

On July 13, the Nova Scotia government announced it is calling an Industrial Inquiry Commission to investigate the differences between both parties for the purpose of resolving the dispute. 

Jul 13, 2017 — J-Source

News health bolstered by local collaborations, expert’s work shows by Allison Ridgway

Collaborations between newsrooms and community members could be key to saving local news, says an expert in journalism and community engagement.

Jul 11, 2017 — J-Source

When rural newspapers fall prey to predatory ownership, local content goes fast by Gregory Furgala

Small market newspapers are being stripped of local content by “predatory” chain ownership groups, a new study suggests.

Jul 10, 2017 — J-Source

Not fake news by Yasmin Jiwani

 Focusing on cases of sexual assault reported to but dismissed by the police, the Globe and Mail's series Unfounded showcases the power of the press to effect social change.

Jul 9, 2017 — Huffington Post

Leaderless CRTC Is Adrift And Without A Mission by Michel Morin

Michel Morin, a former national commissioner of the CRTC, says Canada's broadcasting commission needs a new chair with passion and conviction, capable of imagination and with a single objective: to reinforce Canadian content in our broadcasting system.

Jul 8, 2017 — Cartt.ca

COMMENTARY: The CRTC is adrift by Michel Morin

Columnist says that after Konrad von Finckenstein and Jean-Pierre Blais, both federal civil servants who did not particularly distinguish themselves by their understanding of the broadcasting industry, the CRTC does not need yet another Ottawa bureaucrat.

Jul 8, 2017 — Strategy Online

What’s next in TV’s digital revolution by Chris Powell

Columnist says consumer adoption of network TV alternatives like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, coupled with the content available on YouTube and quasi-legal sources like Periscope and torrents, is requiring broadcast groups to straddle the line between traditional TV and digital.

Jul 7, 2017 — Mitchell Advocate

It’s time to save news as you – and we – know it by Bob Cox

Columnist says there is less and less information about the things that matter most to the lives of people in communities across Canada – coverage of what local governments are doing, what crimes have occurred in our midst, or what subjects are being taught in our schools.

Jul 5, 2017 — Policy Options

Copyright and innovation by Matthew Marinett

Columnist says if Canada is to become an major centre of high-tech business and AI development, it must remove the copyright-related impediments to innovation.

Jul 5, 2017 — Winnipeg Free Press

Heritage Minister to unveil Canadian media strategy in September by Ryan Thorpe

News Media Canada called on Joly and the federal government last month to increase funding to the Canadian Periodical Fund from $75 million to $350 million annually.