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Aug 22, 2016 — National Post

The improbable media journey of The Tragically Hip by Colby Cash

Columnist asks: would we have ever heard of The Tragically Hip if it had been up to the CBC in the first place?

Aug 22, 2016 —

It’s a Good CBC…If We Don’t Weaken by Denis McGrath

Columnist says that in a land with such variation in experience, geography and language, we have not outgrown our need for an instrument that can knit us together - and the CBC is that vehicle.

Aug 19, 2016 — OpenDemocracy

Lessons from Rio: how can the BBC compete with bigger sports broadcasters? by Hywel Roberts

As the Rio Olympics draws to a close, columnists take a look at the how the BBC can protect itself from losing out to broadcasters like Sky and BT Sport.

Aug 19, 2016 — Ottawa Citizen

When the sunny ways are so bright, journalists need shades by Andrew McDougall

Columnist says Trudeau's strong narrative of "sunny ways" lets him off the hook where others would be vilified by the media. 

Aug 19, 2016 — Toronto Star

Televised Tragically Hip concert could capture monster audience by David Friend

After tickets to the tour sold out within minutes, fans launched a campaign urging the CBC to carry the band’s Kingston show as a live TV event.

Aug 18, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Gold-medal-worthy ratings for CBC amid Rio Olympics by David Shoalts

Columnist says thanks to a strong push for medals by Canadian athletes over the first 10 days of the Rio Games, CBC is now in position to exceed the television ratings for the 2012 Olympics in London.

Aug 18, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Cultural communities at odds with administrators over heritage spaces by Robert Everett-Green

Columnist says the same municipal leaders who are saying no to Kabane77 are heavy promoters of one of the collective’s primary goals - protecting creative workshops and artists’ spaces.

Aug 16, 2016 — SportsPro Magazine

Rio 2016: CBC’s head of sports on taking the Olympics to Canada by Michael Long

The head of CBC Sports gives SportsPro an insight into the network’s approach to showing the Games and explains why the Olympics continue to captivate Canada, host of the winter edition six years ago.

Aug 15, 2016 — CBC News

CBC's q replacing Shad as host

CBC Radio's q is getting its third host in three years, with Shad being replaced by Tom Power​.

Aug 15, 2016 — Animation Magazine

CBC Kids Content Director Martin Markle Exits by Mercedes Milligan

Markle previously served as executive in charge of production for children and youth programming at CBC from 2003 to 2006, overseeing original CBC kids comedies from development through delivery. 

Aug 14, 2016 —

'Censorship has no place in a democracy' – Sanef

The South African National Editor’s Forum (Sanef) welcomes the ruling by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa), directing the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to withdraw its decision to ban visuals of violent protests.

Aug 11, 2016 — New York Times

Arianna Huffington Is Leaving Huffington Post by Sydney Ember

Columnist says the pioneering web publication, known for its aggressive use of aggregation and an unapologetically liberal worldview, has won a Pulitzer Prize and expanded globally during a challenging time for all media organizations.

Aug 11, 2016 — Money News

CMG is alarmed CBC/Radio-Canada is cutting service to minority Francophone communities

CMG, which represents Radio-Canada workers outside of Québec, has learned that the daily local 30-minute noon-hour news and public affairs show will no longer be produced and heard in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.

Aug 11, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

Exploring Canadian Identity In Canadian TV by D.K. Latte

Columnist says it can be problematic when people try to define Canadian culture and identity too much by themes, values or styles. 

Aug 9, 2016 — StreamDaily

Netflix suffers as viewers tune into Rio: study by Bree Rody-Mantha

A study by Procera Networks shows a 10% dip in total Netflix traffic for Aug. 6-7, the day of and immediately after the opening ceremony for the Rio event.

Aug 9, 2016 — StreamDaily

BitTorrent backs indie filmmakers through Discovery Fund by Bree Rody-Menthe

Director of creative initiatives Missy Laney says the struggle for creators to get noticed online is real, which is why marketing matters.

Aug 5, 2016 — Globe & Mail

No Canadians need apply: the worrying trend in arts hiring by Kate Taylor

Columnist says if Canadian curators cannot aspire to eventually manage the museums where they work, or Canadian stage directors need never consider running Canada’s festivals, they will not give their institutions the best of themselves.

Aug 4, 2016 — Hurtig Family

Mel Hurtig - 1932-2016

Statement from the family on the passing of bookseller, publisher, politician, and activist, Mel Hurtig.

Aug 3, 2016 — The Rebel

CBC Facebook page goes fully biased, says Donald Trump shouldn't have a Twitter account

Commentator says CBC Facebook fans are upset at the public broadcaster's apparent bias.

Aug 2, 2016 — OpenDemocracy

Public service austerity broadcasts by Mark Cullinane

Columnist says public service broadcasters in Britain and Ireland are implicated in legitimizing neoliberal policies in response to political and economic crisis. 

Jul 28, 2016 — The Canadian Press

Ontario's new culture strategy calls for more Canadian authors in schools by Keith Leslie

Ontario will incorporate the work of more Canadian authors into school curricula as part of a new provincial culture strategy unveiled Wednesday by Tourism and Culture Minister Eleanor McMahon.

Jul 27, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Reporter Tom Gould was a trailblazer of Canadian journalism by Fred Langan

Columnist says Tom Gould, who died of cancer last week at the age of 84, was one of Canada’s first generation of star television reporters and went on to become an influential broadcast executive, building CTV News into a top-rated operation.

Jul 24, 2016 — Times Colonist

CHEK brought local TV to Victoria by Diane Dakers

Columnist says Victoria’s CHEK-TV has long been a trailblazer in the television industry, setting records as the first independently owned TV station in B.C., the first station in Canada to introduce colour telecasting, and — as of 2009 — the first employee-owned TV station in North America. 

Jul 23, 2016 — Calgary Herald

Obituary: Journalist Tom Gould worked for The Sun, headed CTV News by Brian Morton

Prominent journalist Tom Gould, whose career spanned more than 50 years in the news industry including a stint as the Ottawa correspondent for The Vancouver Sun, has died at the age of 84.

Jul 14, 2016 — PressGazette

BBC boosted PR and marketing spend whilst cutting hundreds of millions from overall budget by Freddy Mayhew

Columnist says the BBC spent millions more on marketing and communications this year whilst cutting hundreds of millions from its overall budget.

Jul 13, 2016 — CBC News

TV subscribers dwindling, but prices rise, CRTC data shows

The CRTC says about 160,000 Canadians cancelled their TV subscription last year, but the industry managed to offset that loss by charging the remaining customers more.


Jul 12, 2016 — The Guardian

How technology disrupted the truth by Katharine Viner

Columnist says social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts.

Jul 12, 2016 — Yahoo! News

Group urges Liberals to keep promise to reform CBC board by Elianna Lev

FRIENDS says there is a problem with the appointment of board members made directly by the government as patronage appointments. 

Jul 12, 2016 — Radio Canada International

Activist wants CBC to stop covering Calgary Stampede by Lynn Desjardins

Animal rights activists have long complained about the big annual rodeo called the Calgary Stampede and one is calling on the public broadcaster CBC to stop showing it.

Jul 12, 2016 — Almaguin News

Time to tax and regulate Netflix and YouTube by John Anderson

Columnist says it would be more egalitarian and beneficial to Canadian culture to hold foreign-owned services to the same rules as other major Canadian media companies.