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Apr 27, 2015 — New York Times

ESPN Sues Verizon Over New Cable Packages by John Koblin

ESPN files a lawsuit against Verizon in New York Supreme Court, asserting that the telecommunications company breached its contract with the network when it unveiled a new cable package last week.

Apr 27, 2015 — News Article

ESPN Sues Verizon For Letting Customers Reconfigure TV Packages by Wayne Friedman

ESPN has filed a lawsuit against Verizon for “breach of contract” and "unfairly depriving (ESPN) of the benefit of its bargain" and to assess damages of $500,000 or more.

Apr 26, 2015 — New York Times

Comcast-Time Warner Cable Deal’s Collapse Leaves Frustrated Customers Out in the Cold by Hilary Stout

Columnist says that in the vast realm of unhappy cable customers, Time Warner Cable subscribers stand out as an especially miserable bunch.

Apr 26, 2015 — Vancouver Sun

A tepid victory for TV viewers

Editorial says the CRTC's move to allow "pick and play" reflects a changing world in which consumers are demanding more choice and TV viewers have been taking advantage of alternative options, such as Netflix and Shomi.

Apr 20, 2015 — Gizmodo

Norway Will Be the First Country to Turn Off FM Radio in 2017 by Maddie Stone

Norway’s Minister of Culture announces that a national FM-radio switch off will commence in 2017, allowing the country to complete its transition over to digital radio. It’s the end of an era.

Apr 17, 2015 — Stright.com

CBC program Q aimed at U.S. youth while most Canadians given a back seat by Nick Fillmore

Columnist says Q producers are much more attuned to coming up with entertainment and youth-oriented program ideas rather than off the beat Canadian ones.

Apr 15, 2015 — Globe & Mail

Does a media elite exist in Canada or not? by John Doyle

Columnist says the matter of a “media elite” in Canada isn’t about politics or brazen partisanship, but about influence, connections, money and secrecy.

Apr 13, 2015 — Hamilton Spectator

CanCon is up Schitt’s Creek without a paddle by Kerrie-Ann Bernard

Columnist says the CBC hit is lauded as Canadian, yet there is little Canadianness about it.

Apr 13, 2015 — Hamilton Spectator

TV producers go to court over CRTC ruling

The Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) filed an application for leave to appeal a decision by the CRTC that the association warns will cost thousands of jobs.

Apr 13, 2015 — Globe & Mail

CBC ‘handcuffs’ itself with decision to air Rogers’ NHL playoff games by David Shoalts

Columnist says the impact of CBC’s decision to allow for-profit Rogers Communications to broadcast NHL games for free on the public network could hit CBC’s bottom line hard over the next two and a half months thanks to the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Apr 13, 2015 — ChexTV

Effort to make future of CBC an election item ramping up by Jeanne Pengelly

The local Peterborough chapter of Friends of Canadian Broadcasting is ramping up its efforts to put the future of the CBC onto the federal-election agenda.

Apr 11, 2015 — Victoria News

Trudeau discusses CBC's future

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting will host the public showing of Justin Trudeau’s webcast interview on the federal Liberal Party’s policies and vision for the CBC on April 15.

Apr 10, 2015 — Toronto Star

Why the bell finally tolled for Kevin Crull by David Olive

Columnist says the reason for Kevin Crull's dismissal from BCE may have dated back to a March 6 speech.

Apr 7, 2015 — CBC Radio: Maritime Noon

Is protecting Canadian Content still important to you?

FRIENDS' Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, is a guest on a CBC Radio call-in program discussing recent CRTC decisions on Canadian television regulations.

Apr 3, 2015 — IfPress

A surprising news controversy, dripping in irony by Michael Nolan

Columnist says recent news reports of a corporate owner meddling in a major Canadian television network have received only passing media comment and drawn curiously little public reaction.

Apr 3, 2015 — Alternet

More Americans Trust Fox News Than the Govt to Tell Them the Truth About Climate Change by Lindsay Abrams

Columnist says Americans are extremely confused about where reliable information on global warming comes from.

Apr 2, 2015 — Cartt.ca

Note from CBC CEO Hubert Lacroix: Update on the board, budget and the Way Forward

Memo sent by CBC CEO Hubert Lacroix bringing staff up to date on all the changes that are happening (including layoffs), singing the praises of the public broadcaster, and explaining the massive challenges that remain.

Apr 2, 2015 — CBC News

Nenshi urges CBC to reconsider Calgary's cuts

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi says cuts are a breach of CBC’s mandate.

Apr 1, 2015 — Marketing Magazine

Google Preferred Launches in Canada by Jeff Fraser

As in the U.S. and the U.K., Canada’s version of Google Preferred will sell the top 5% of YouTube directly to select agency partners.

Apr 1, 2015 — Ottawa Star

Emergency alerts now available for most Canadians; some broadcasters not ready

The CRTC says five companies, Bell, Bell Aliant, MTS, Shaw and Soetel notified them that they would not be ready for the March 31 implementation date and says customers can switch providers without having to give a 30-day notice if they want to ensure they receive emergency alerts.