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Sep 6, 2016 — Globe & Mail

It’s about time: We’ve put up with Mansbridge and his pompous ilk for too long by John Doyle

Columnist says the traditional anchor position is outdated and, essentially, redundant.

Sep 6, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Mansbridge’s exit from CBC’s The National leaves door open for change by James Bradshaw

Columnist says it remains an open question whether the CBC needs a lead anchor who fits the current mould at all.

Sep 2, 2016 — Federal Court

Official judgement in the case between ex-CRTC commissioner, Balraj Shoan, and the Attorney General of Canada

In a decision critical of both the investigator and the chair of the CRTC, Judge Russel Zinn set aside the harassment findings against Raj Shoan.

Aug 30, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

EU Orders Apple to Pay $14.5 Billion in Back Taxes by Scott Roxborough & Georg Szalai

The European commission hands Apple a record fine for violating European law in its tax dealings with Ireland.

Aug 30, 2016 — Globe & Mail

CRTC’s Canadian content changes are terrible, but no one cares by John Doyle

Columnist says the CRTC decision to alter the criteria for Canadian production funding comes, suspiciously, without the usual public and industry debate and looks like a major favour being done for outlets who want to dodge responsibility.

Aug 29, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Farewell Stephen Harper, master of attack ads by John Doyle

Columnist reflects on Stephen Harper’s media legacy.

Aug 29, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

Loosening Talent Rules Would Be A Move Backwards For Canadian TV Industry

Columnist says the CRTC wants to turn back the clock to the days when Canadian TV was often comprised of franchise series based on American properties starring imported actors. 

Aug 27, 2016 — St. Albert Gazette

An affectionate view of the Tragically Hip by Brent Rathgeber

Former Conservative MP, Brent Rathgeber says Canadian taxpayers got their money's worth when the public broadcaster aired the final Tragically Hip concert in its entirety and comerical free on August 20th.

Aug 27, 2016 — St. Albert Gazette

An affectionate view of the Tragically Hip by Brent Rathgeber

Former Conservative MP, Brent Rathgeber says Canadian taxpayers got their money's worth when the public broadcaster aired the final Tragically Hip concert in its entirety and comerical free on August 20th.

Aug 27, 2016 — CBC News

Tony Clement takes aim at bridge tolls, CBC in bid to become leader by Terrence McEachern

Conservative Leadership Candidate says he wants "to liberate the taxpayers from the yearly [$1.1-billion] contribution to the coffers of the CBC."

Aug 27, 2016 — Le Devoir

Cinéastes en plein désarroi au FFM by Odile Tremblay

Reporters explain how the troubles of the World Film Festival have serious repercussions. As the Montreal film festival has plunged in chaos, some foreign cinematographers travel find out upon arrival their films won’t be projected, artists are unable to discuss with the public and the media because they don’t have access to conference rooms, and the public won’t have access to many of the movies screened for critics.

Aug 26, 2016 — real screen

CRTC overhauls indie production fund framework by Katie Bailey

Projects now open to qualify for CIPF funding will now only have to generate six points out of 10, down from the previous eight

Aug 26, 2016 — Globe & Mail

CTV’s Your Morning is an exercise in harebrained inanity by John Doyle

Columnist says CTV's new morning show is, so far, neither national nor local, nor is it a morning-news program or a lifestyle program.

Aug 25, 2016 — J-Source

Exposing newsroom culture at the Toronto Star by H.G. Watson

J-Source speaks with Sean Craig about his Toronto Star investigation, and about why taking a look at newsroom culture is a matter of public interest.

Aug 25, 2016 — iPolitics

Ethics commissioner says Liberal MP's CRTC letter was improper

The federal ethics commissioner says it was improper for Liberal MP Kate Young, as a parliamentary secretary, to support a television station’s licence renewal application.

Aug 23, 2016 — CBC News

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly urges change at CBC, CRTC to boost Canadian content in digital age

Heritage Minister says Canada's cultural and creative industries are important drivers of innovation and a vibrant part of the Canadian economy.

Aug 23, 2016 — L’express

Netflix ferme son bureau en France

After settling in France for only two years, Netflix - the video on demand giant - has chosen to move its headquarters to the Netherlands - a country with low taxation. The french Netflix entity has paid a total of 600 000 euros is taxes in France.

Aug 23, 2016 — Challenges

Netflix ferme ses bureaux en France

Netflix is closing its France offices. The video on demand giant is transferring its premises to the Netherlands where the taxation is less binding. 

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.