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May 13, 2016 — News Article

Canadians don’t want major changes to Cancon rules, poll finds by Daniel LeBlanc

According to a new Nanos/Globe and Mail poll, a majority of Canadians are opposed to a new tax on U.S.-based Internet services such as iTunes and Netflix, even as many struggling media and cultural groups argue they need additional sources of funding to survive in the digital era.

May 11, 2016 — Toronto Star

Much more change seen as needed at CBC in Jian Ghomeshi’s wake by Jacques Gallant

The public broadcaster says a culture shift about workplace harassment is underway, but outsiders are dubious.

May 11, 2016 — CBC News

Netflix border-hopping crackdown hurts VPN users seeking privacy, advocacy group says by Sophia Harris

Open Media says Netflix customers should be able to protect their privacy.

May 11, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

U.K. Government Unveils 11-Year Plan for "More Distinctive" BBC in "Major Overhaul" by Georg Szalai & Alex Ritman

A long-awaited "white paper" spells the end of the BBC Trust, but will continue the licence fee for now.

May 11, 2016 — Vice

How the CBC Let Us Down in the Wake of Jian Ghomeshi Scandal by Amil Niazi

Columnist says the CBC had a rare opportunity to reflect on its mistakes as a whole but chose instead to cauterize its parts, blaming a diseased limb even though much of the body was toxic.

May 10, 2016 — The Tyee

CanCon Makeover: Let's Get Creative by Michael Geist

Columnist says it falls to the government to reject the regulatory models of the past by embracing a future-focused strategy that emphasizes competition, consumer access, and the export and promotion of Canadian content for a global audience.

May 9, 2016 — News Article

New kid on the broadcasting block by John Morta

The community’s media landscape got a lot more interesting this spring with the flip of a switch on a transmitter that’s located on Toronto’s lakeshore, due south of East York.

May 6, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Foreign firms have unfair advantage over Cancon, committee hears by Daniel LeBlanc

Columnist says witnesses at parliamentary hearings on the future of local news are repeatedly casting U.S.-based Internet giants as villains in the Canadian media landscape, offering a hint of the battle to come later this year at a full-blown study on the future of Canada’s cultural industries.

May 6, 2016 — Toronto Star

CanCon and regulation: now more than ever by Rick Salutin

Columnist says that while Canadian content used to simply be the Canadian term for public support of culture, now that culture is a driver of the economy and a source of hope for young jobseekers, we need CanCon more than ever.

May 5, 2016 — News Article

Canada Could Combine All Pay TV Set-Top Box Data Into A Shared Audience Measurement System by John Moulding

The CRTC has demanded that the TV industry cooperate on a project to determine the viability of a comprehensive, multi-BDU STB audience measurement system. 

May 4, 2016 — The Telegram

Consumers didn't benefit from creation of fourth wireless carrier, says study

Researchers at the Montreal Economic Institute say the country's telecom regulator can learn from failed policy by backing away from calls to interfere in the broadband Internet marketplace.

May 4, 2016 — National Post

Nearly every Canadian will soon have high-speed Internet, so why is the CRTC meddling? by Martin Masse & Paul Beaudry

Columnists say Canada’s broadband is healthy, characterized by competitive market players providing quality services at affordable prices.

May 4, 2016 — TMC News

CRTC releases 2015 financial results for Canadian conventional television stations

In 2015, there were 93 private conventional television stations in operation in Canada, which generated total revenues of $1.76 billion. These stations continued to operate in a challenging environment, with total revenues declining 2.6%, or $46.6 million, from 2014.

May 2, 2016 — Globe & Mail

The challenge of reshaping Canada’s cultural landscape by Daniel LeBlanc & James Bradshaw

FRIENDS says that jobs are not an end in and of themselves, but it is people who create programs.

May 2, 2016 — Toronto Star

Digital Cancon fight could end up as new whine in old bottles by Michael Geist

Columnist says the most common refrain from the Canadian cultural community is likely to be that the existing rules should be extended to the Internet, but they shouldn’t be.

Apr 29, 2016 — Angus Reid Institute

Decline of Newspapers: Age drives views on the impacts of shrinking newsrooms

New study says Canadians are divided – mostly along generational lines – over whether the news vacuum left by shrinking papers is a serious problem for Canada, or one that will be resolved as new, online media outlets pick up the slack.

Apr 27, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Welcome to a new nightmare in Cancon policy by John Doyle

Columnist says the Heritage Minister cannot legislate excellence into existence, but it can be encouraged.

Apr 27, 2016 — News Article

Overhaul of Canadian content regulations is long overdue

Editorial says the government needs to find a way to promote Canadians who are breaking barriers in art, who are daring to do something different from the usual, who can make a splash worldwide and make our country proud of our talent. 

Apr 27, 2016 — The Tyee

CBC Board Member Resigns to Seek Conservative Presidency by Jeremy J. Nuttall

Brian Mitchell, a Montreal lawyer, confirmed that he resigned Sunday after eight years on the government-funded broadcaster's board of directors and its pension board of trustees.

Apr 27, 2016 —

Free advice for Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly by Karl Nerenberg

Mélanie Joly, the Canadian Heritage Minister, is about to launch a national consultation with an ambitious goal: to rethink policies governing Canada's broadcasting, film and other cultural industries.

Apr 26, 2016 — The Tyee

Leadership Sorely Needed on Canada's Broadband Strategy by Michael Geist

Columnist says the press and public coverage of the telecommunications regulator's hearing focused on the state of internet access in Canada may have led to an unexpected abrupt shift in tone and policy. 

Apr 25, 2016 — News Article

CRTC releases 2015 financial results for Canadian radio stations

A total of 704 commercial radio stations offered a variety of programming to Canadians employing over 9,500 people (down 3.4% from 2014).

Apr 25, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Former CRTC head praises Ottawa for rethinking CanCon

The former head of the CRTC is applauding Ottawa’s decision to review the rules governing cultural industries in the country, pointing out that imposing regulations on the broadcast industry is increasingly difficult and ineffective.

Apr 25, 2016 — CBC News

CBC to launch new digital service in London, Ont.

Heather Conway, CBC's executive vice-president of English Services, says London was identified as an area for expansion as early as 2012, when funding cuts put expansion plans there and elsewhere on hold.


Apr 25, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Is it possible that Cancon will end at last?

Editorial states says that a well-intentioned government comes along with proposals to drag our regulatory regime into modernity every few years - and opposition quietly mounts from long-entrenched and deep-pocketed interests.

Apr 25, 2016 — Marketing Magazine

Canadian Radio Advertising Remains Stable: CRTC by Chris Powell

Advertising revenues for Canada’s commercial radio stations – as well as those operated by the CBC – have remained stable over the past five years, according to new data released by the CRTC.

Apr 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.

Apr 23, 2016 — IBTimes

Canada Wants To Overhaul Broadcasting Laws To Support Local Content

Columnist says Canada's Liberal government is prepared to overhaul the country's laws governing broadcasting, media and cultural industries to support local content, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly told the Globe and Mail in a report Saturday, announcing a new policy direction in what she called a broken system.

Apr 23, 2016 — Government of Canada

Consultations on Canadian Content in a Digital World

Canadian Heritage seeks input on how to strengthen the creation, discovery and export of Canadian content in a digital world.

Apr 19, 2016 — Stream Daily

Netflix grows global subscriptions, but shares take a tumble by Bree Rody-Mantha

Netflix rang in $1.8 billion in global revenue in Q1 2016 and added 6.74 million subscribers worldwide, bringing its total subscriber base to 81.5 million, slightly ahead of previously projected targets.