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Oct 12, 2016 — Marketing Magazine

CBC Has Got the Goods on New Brand Partners by Chris Powell

CBC has announces its first brand partners for daytime talk show The Goods, with Butterball and Sunwing signing on as full-season sponsors and and the genealogy company signing integration deals.

Oct 12, 2016 — Toronto Star

Liberals host Toronto consultation over CanCon by Alicja Siekierska

Canada’s heritage minister Mélanie Joly urges participants at a consultation session in  Toronto to “be bold” as the country grapples with ensuring Canadian content thrives in the digital world.

Oct 11, 2016 — National Post

Kim’s Convenience, and the method behind the seeming madness of CBC’s programming by David Berry

Columnist says CBC's new programming lineup seems to be the direct result of the public broadcaster trying to make everything appealing to everyone, with little of it gaining any traction.

Oct 11, 2016 — iPolitics

CBC and the clickbait wars by Stephen Maher

Columnist explores whether public money is squeezing out independent journalism.

Oct 11, 2016 — Alternet

Trump Campaign Exposes Crisis Facing American Journalism by Jim Sleeper

Columnist says media critics should stop letting their colleagues off the hook in explaining what's happening to us.

Oct 10, 2016 — Winnipeg Free Press

Spreading the message by Brad Oswald

Columnist says CBC's new drama mixes crime, politics and media culture.

Oct 9, 2016 — Globe & Mail

New funding rules for Canadian television draw ire by Ian Bailey

If new funding rules for the production of Canadian television were in place years ago, Simon Barry fears he wouldn’t have kept his job as executive producer on his made-in-Vancouver TV series Continuum.

Oct 8, 2016 — CBC News

Trudeau government OK's tax credit for TV talk shows by Elizabeth Thompson

Heritage Minister says opening tax credits to the talk show genre will stimulate job creation in the sector.

Oct 7, 2016 — North Shore News

Ottawa gets message that local news matters by Peter Kvarnstrom

Columnist says local journalism speaks directly to readers about their community and their neighbourhood. 

Oct 6, 2016 — The Canadian Press

Everyone can be duped by fake news, experts say as satire sites multiply by Paola Loriggio

Some have suggest the prevalence of potentially believable spoofs could undermine political discourse or faith in the media, though in most cases the confusion is temporary and leads only to short-lived embarrassment.

Oct 5, 2016 — Maclean's

Maclean’s embraces the digital future

Beginning in January 2017, Maclean's weekly issue will move to a digital-only format available via tablet, phone or Texture subscription.

Oct 5, 2016 — Concordia

How the performing arts can set the stage for more developed brain pathways by Cléa Desjardins

Concordia research shows the positive, but different, cognitive effects of dance and music training.

Oct 4, 2016 — TV Junkies

CRTC Survey: Canadian TV Showrunners & Writers on New Cancon Requirements by Bridget Liszewski

Creative speak about the impact of the CRTC loosening the points system for gaining access to production funding.

Oct 3, 2016 — Globe & Mail

VMedia, Bell to face off in court over live TV streaming service by James Bradshaw

An upstart television provider’s attempt to break some live TV channels away from the cable box and into the world of online streaming is going to court as Bell Media protests the new service’s legality.

Oct 3, 2016 — J-Source

Owning up to mistakes is a way to build trust with readers by Kirk LaPointe

Columnist says if journalists were more candid with their audience about their challenges in gathering and providing information, they wouldn’t lose trust but restore it.

Oct 3, 2016 — PressGazette

Helen Boaden speaks up for 'slow news' as she steps down after 34 years at the BBC by Freddy Mayhew

Outgoing BBC director of radio Helen Boaden has said she values “slow news” and questioned whether the media does enough to “explain and explore” in today’s fast-paced environment.

Oct 3, 2016 — PressGazette

Political memoirs reveal Downing Street bids to control the BBC under David Cameron by Dominic Ponsford

Former cabinet minister Ken Clarke has claimed that the Downing Street press office falsely told the BBC he was ill to try to stop him appearing on Question Time.

Oct 1, 2016 — Toronto Star

When Jian Ghomeshi gave the CBC a shock by Kevin Donovan

In this excerpt from Secret Life: The Jian Ghomeshi Investigation, Kevin Donovan describes the Q host’s last show and the explosive meeting between his lawyer and CBC amid rumours of a big story breaking.

Sep 30, 2016 — Montreal Gazette

How the CRTC is like House of Cards by Kevin Tierney

Columnist says that at its noblest, the CRTC has acted on behalf of Canadian citizens on all kinds of deregulations, most recently “unbundling” the cable TV packages that had us paying a lot of dough for access to networks we did not want to see.

Sep 30, 2016 — Montreal Gazette

How the CRTC is like House of Cards by Kevin Tierney

Columnist says that at its noblest, the CRTC has acted on behalf of Canadian citizens on all kinds of deregulations, most recently “unbundling” the cable TV packages that had us paying a lot of dough for access to networks we did not want to see.

Sep 29, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

HBO to Shut Down Dutch Channels by Scott Roxborough & Georg Szalai

The Time Warner unit will shutter its three linear channels, as well as HBO Go in the Netherlands, but 'Game of Thrones' will still be available to Dutch fans.

Sep 29, 2016 — Toronto Star

Canadian media ‘crisis’ puts democracy at risk, says Torstar chair John Honderich by Bruce Campion-Smith

Torstar chair tells MPs that Canadian media are facing a “crisis” as market forces shrink newsrooms, leaving fewer journalists to report the news vital to a vibrant democracy.

Sep 28, 2016 — J-Source

Why BBC decided to set up shop in Canada by H.G. Watson

On September 22, 2016, BBC officially opened its new Canadian edition of their website.

Sep 27, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

Netflix's Ted Sarandos Responds to Claims of Curtailed Creative Freedom by Georg Szalai

Netflix is on track to double its original programming output as it has done in recent years and is adding new genres, especially unscripted programming, such as competition shows.

Sep 27, 2016 — News Article

Shomi Shutting Down After It Just Couldn't Compete With Netflix by Jesse Ferreras

Rogers and Shaw announced on Monday that they will shut down all Shomi operations on November 30.

Sep 26, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Heritage Minister says she will not reverse Cancon rules for TV industry by Ian Bailey

Federal Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly says Canada’s TV production sector, alarmed at new CRTC regulations that reduce the need to hire Canadians to obtain funding, should not count on her for any immediate help to reverse the situation.

Sep 26, 2016 — CBC News

Web streaming service Shomi to shut down as of Nov. 30

Rogers and Shaw launched Shomi on Nov. 4, 2014, in the hopes of capitalizing on the rising number of so-called cord-cutters who were ditching traditional TV services in favour of video-on-demand.

Sep 23, 2016 — Regina Leader-Post

Trost's views a pathetic embarrassment by Murray Mandryk

Columnist says that Brad Trost’s Conservative leadership bid is quickly becoming an embarrassment to his federal party.

Sep 22, 2016 — J-Source

Looking beyond philanthrojournalism by Patricia W. Elliott

Columnist says Ottawa shouldn’t be let off the hook of a historically-mandated commitment to ensure Canadians enjoy equitable cross-country access to media that reflects our lives.