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Nov 24, 2016 — Policy Options

Viewing the CBC as a public good by Brooks DeCillia & Patrick McCurdy

Columnists say the neoliberal view of the CBC as a commodity in the market, as opposed to a public good outside it, must be challenged.

Nov 23, 2016 — National Post

I will stop the CBC competing with private media, and the CBC will be better for it by Maxime Bernier

Federal Conservative leadership candidate says they believe there is still a role in the media landscape for a public radio and television network, but that it has to be something other than what the private sector already offers.

Nov 22, 2016 — iPolitics

CBC takes aim at critics in open letter by Beatrice Britneff

Public broadcaster president Hubert Lacroix reveals CBC’s digital ad revenue for first time.

Nov 22, 2016 — Carleton Newsroom

Carleton Professor Directs a New Study on Trends in Media Concentration Across Canada

A new study on telecommunications, Internet and media concentration across Canada reveals a mixed picture: high media concentration in many core areas of the Internet, and declining but still high levels of concentration in mobile wireless services.

Nov 22, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

Make The Music Industry Fair Again For Canada's Creators by Graha Henderson

CEO of Music Canada says artists -- the people who build our nation's cultural foundation and much of the intellectual property we export -- now struggle more than ever to earn a living.

Nov 22, 2016 — The New Yorker

Donald Trump Personally Blasts the Press by David Redneck

After recent meeting with the media, participants walked away saying that Trump did not seem entirely rational about his criticism of the media, nor did he appear any more informed about policy than he had been during the campaign

Nov 20, 2016 — Toronto Star

The news that is not fit to print by Penny Collenette

Columnist says freedom of press is constitutionally protected in Canada but our freedoms, and that of our press, can be fragile.

Nov 19, 2016 —

Amazon vs. Donald Trump? Jeff Bezos may soon face his biggest challenge yet by Graham Ruddick

Donald Trump takes issue with Amazon founder Jeff Besos' ownership of The Washington Post.

Nov 18, 2016 — The Signal

Exploring the military-journalist relationship by Leah Woolley

Columnist describes the Canadian Military Journalism Course (CMJC) offered by Calgary's Mount Royal University.

Nov 17, 2016 — News Article

CRTC Chief's Speech Frames His Legacy

Text of a speech delivered by CRTC Chair Jean-Pierre Blais to the Canadian Chapter of the International Institute of Communications in Ottawa.

Nov 15, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

Conservative Leadership Candidate Cheered For Dismissing Climate Change by Althia Raj

Conservative Leadership Candidate, Brad Trost says that the biggest subsidy that needs to go is the $1.2-billion allowance to the CBC. 

Nov 15, 2016 — iPolitics

Stop 'handing out money' to CBC: media outlets by Beatrice Britneff

Representatives of Canadian media outlets urged members of Parliament Tuesday to pursue de-regulation in the news industry and “level the playing field” between the CBC and Canada’s struggling legacy media companies and new digital outlets.

Nov 14, 2016 — Western Star

New head of Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television on her vision and rebranding

The new head of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television says branding stuff as Canadian content should be secondary to helping excellent content in whatever form stand out.


Nov 14, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa names public servant as temporary CRTC vice-chair by Christine Dobby

The federal government has tapped long-time public servant Judith LaRocque for a temporary stint in a vice-chair role at the CRTC.

Nov 11, 2016 — The Atlantic

The U.S. Media Is Completely Unprepared to Cover a Trump Presidency by Adam Serwer

Columnist says the total Republican control of government means that Democrats will struggle to get their objections to carry much weight, much as they did prior to the Iraq War.

Nov 9, 2016 — CBC News

'Making a meaningful difference': CBC launches new film fund for diverse filmmakers

CBC to invest at least $7.5 million dollars into the fund over the next three years.

Nov 8, 2016 — National Post

CBC threatens podcast app developer for using publicly available content, suggests ‘license fee model’ by Sean Craig

In a move that could impact your morning commute, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. has sent a legal threat to the developers of a podcast app, claiming that accessing the public broadcaster’s publicly available RSS feed without paying a licensing fee constitutes “commercial use” and is a violation of its copyright.

Nov 8, 2016 — Ad News

CRTC releases new broadcast industry statistics

According to a new report, broadcasting revenues in Canada last year decreased by 1.6% to $17.9 billion.

Nov 4, 2016 — Toronto Star

Lack of racial diversity in media is a form of oppression by Shree Paradkar

Columnist says The major newsrooms in this country — the Toronto Star included — are unnaturally white, leading to tone-deaf, biased coverage of news.

Nov 3, 2016 — CBC News

Telefilm Canada study finds Canadians want more entertainment on more platforms

TV still medium of choice for majority of respondents, but tablets, phones increasingly used.

Oct 27, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

Internet Usage In Canada Soared 40 Per Cent In A Year. Here's Why. by Daniel Tender

The CRTC’s Communications Monitoring Report for 2016 found broadband Internet usage jumped 40 per cent from 2014 to 2015, while mobile data usage saw an even larger 44-per-cent spike.

Oct 26, 2016 — National Post

Former director of HR sues CBC, alleging senior management conspired to fire her by Joseph Brean & Sean Craig

A former human resources executive for the CBC has filed a wrongful dismissal suit against the broadcaster, alleging that senior HR staff conspired to fire her while she was on medical leave and that CEO Hubert Lacroix breached his duties in refusing to review the matter

Oct 26, 2016 — Vancouver Sun

Canadians spend more on Internet access than TV subscriptions for first time: CRTC by Emily Jackson

The CRTC says Canadians spent more money on Internet access than television subscriptions for the first time last year as the demand for data exploded and the desire for traditional TV packages waned.

Oct 26, 2016 — Money News

Downloaded data skyrockets in 2015

The CRTC says Canadians are downloading more data than ever as a result of the growing use of broadband technologies over mobile devices and within the home.

Oct 25, 2016 — Aljazeera

Canada's Willy Wonka by Andrew Mitrovica

Columnist says Justin Trudeau's sweet, youthful, Willy Wonka façade is slipping to reveal that he's just an old boy wedded to the old way of doing things at home and abroad.

Oct 25, 2016 — National Post

Broadcasting revenues dip as Canadians move online for radio and television: CRTC by Emily Jackson

CRTC says cord cutting took a bigger bite out of Canada’s broadcast industry last year as younger audiences increasingly listened to music and watched television over the Internet.

Oct 25, 2016 — News Article

Canadians between 12 and 24 years old listen to half the amount of traditional radio than others

CRTC Chairman says a new report clearly shows that viewing and listening habits are continuing to shift. 

Oct 25, 2016 — National Post

Still stuck in the Sixties with the CRTC by Len Katz & Sean Speer

Columnist says now is the time for a new digital policy for the digital age.

Oct 25, 2016 — Newswire

Canadians continue to shift towards digital platforms

A new report released by the CRTC shows how the viewing and listening habits of Canadians are transforming the broadcasting industry.