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Jul 12, 2016 — National Post

TV subscriptions fall in 2015 amid huge gains in streaming, but industry revenue stable: CRTC by Emily Jackson

Nearly 160,000 Canadians cut their television subscriptions last year, but more cash from each customer dulled the buzz kill for providers.

Jul 11, 2016 — Public Now

Brought To You By The Letter ‘Zed’: How Sesame Street Broadcasts Canadian Content

Prof. Matthew Hayday studies the development of Sesame Street Canada in the 1970s and how it was used to promote Canadian values.

Jul 10, 2016 —

La ministre Joly réitère sa confiance dans le CRTC

Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly, deems it is important to remain cautious when it comes to racism allegations against one of the CRTC's commissioners. 

Jul 9, 2016 — National Post

CRTC faces allegations of racism by Emily Jackson

Court documents filed by Raj Shoan, fired last month as Ontario commissioner of the CRTC, allege that Linda Vennard, commissioner for Alberta and the Northwest Territories, made racist comments and harassed her assistant. 

Jul 9, 2016 — Journal de Québec

Conflit et allégations de racisme au sein du CRTC

Allegations of racism are hanging over a CRTC commissioner, as reported by the Calgary Herald.

Jul 8, 2016 — News Article

Postmedia announces plan to reduce $648 million debt by H.G. Watson

On July 7, the media company released its 2016 third quarter results and details of a proposed recapitalization, which, according to a memo released to Postmedia staff, would reduce its debt to $341 million and cut cash interest costs by approximately $50 million.

Jul 8, 2016 — J-Source

Shrinking press galleries leave little time for journalists to dig deep by Anda Zeng

Columnist suggests the harshest symptom of ongoing scarcity at legislative press galleries is the demand placed on journalists to adapt into multi-platform, ever-filing, hybrids with little time to pursue deeper stories.

Jul 6, 2016 — TV Worth Watching

Not the 11 O’clock News: How the Late-Night Comedy Shows Are Deepening the Divide between Commentary and Traditional News by Alex Strachan

Columnist says that in the new information age, with its myriad choices, viewers — and by extension voters — are more inclined to turn to those news sources that validate their personal opinions.

Jul 6, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Fired CRTC commissioner looks to void governor-in-council order by Christina Pellegrini

Raj Shoan, a former commissioner at Canada’s broadcast and telecom regulator, has initiated another legal action against the federal government, this time challenging the order that terminated him from his post.

Jul 5, 2016 — National Observer

Privacy Commissioner slams Canadian Border Agency for 'Border Security' TV by Zool Suleman

In a report released three years after an initial complaint was lodged, federal Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien has found the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to be in breach of Canada’s Privacy Act.

Jul 5, 2016 — National Post

Fired CRTC commissioner asks court to overturn dismissal on allegations of workplace harassment by Emily Jackson

Raj Shoan, who was fired over allegations of workplace harassment and for taking actions that were “fundamentally incompatible” with his position, has filed an application asking the federal court to quash the order in council that terminated his role at the CRTC.

Jul 4, 2016 — Toronto Star

A lament for the bad old days of Canadian TV by Joel Rubinoff

Columnist says today’s dollars and cents climate could never support our hilariously awful shows.

Jul 3, 2016 — Yahoo! News

Cable companies take more Android box dealers to court to stamp out 'free TV'

With added special software, the boxes allow customers to stream a huge selection of pirated content, including live sports, on their TVs — for free.

Jul 2, 2016 — Le Devoir

Les réalisateurs de Radio-Canada au Québec et à Moncton craignent un lockout

The union representing Radio-Canada/CBC directors in Quebec and Moncton fears management will proceed to lockout as negotiations indicate there very little progress.

Jul 2, 2016 — Le Devoir

Les réalisateurs de Radio-Canada au Québec et à Moncton craignent un lockout

The union representing Radio-Canada/CBC directors in Quebec and Moncton fears management will proceed to lockout as negotiations indicate there very little progress.

Jul 1, 2016 — News Article

If dissensus is the new normal in Britain, we need a new media by Des Freedman

An inquiry into the future of public service broadcasting in Britain launched its report days after the Brexit vote andholds important clues to the current breakdown of consensus is dealt with.

Jun 30, 2016 — Journal de Montréal

Netflix finira-t-il par cracher son dû? by Guy Fournier

Columnist says it is unfair to tax internet content providers only if they are Canadian. He believes Netflix has an undue avantage on Canadian distributers who have to contribute financially to Canada’s growth by paying sums to create Canadian content, by charging sales taxes to their customers and by paying income tax.

Jun 29, 2016 — StreamDaily

Stream parent co Brunico Communications acquires Achilles Media by Barry Walsh

Brunico Communications, the business-to-business publishing and events company behind StreamDaily and sister brands Realscreen, Kidscreen and Playback, has acquired the assets of Toronto-based Achilles Media, including the operating rights to the Banff World Media Festival.

Jun 29, 2016 — InfoPresse

Philippe Lamarre et Monique Savoie conseillers au ministère du Patrimoine canadien

The government has set up a group of expert advisors who will support minister Mélanie Joly in a effort to reinforce and understand Canadian content in the digital age.

Jun 28, 2016 — CBC News

Calling all Canadians: stories about pioneers to new citizens will highlight CBC's Canada 150 programming

As Canada approaches its 150th birthday next year, CBC is calling on Canadians to share their stories as part of the celebration.

Jun 28, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Canadian experts unite for cultural policy advisory group by James Bradshaw & Daniel LeBlanc

The federal government is appointing a dozen outside experts as a “sounding board” to help steer a sweeping review of Canada’s cultural policies that is aimed at redrawing a system of support some federal officials feel is broken.

Jun 28, 2016 — J-Source

Memo: BuzzFeed outlines changes to BuzzFeed Canada and Ottawa bureau

With the 2015 Canadian federal election over, Buzzfeed is wrapping up their Canadian political coverage.

Jun 28, 2016 — Huffington Post

Brad Trost, Anti-Abortion Social Conservative, Mulls Tory Leadership Bid by Althia Raj

Potential Conservative Party leadership candidate has maintained a "Privatize the CBC" petition on his website.

Jun 28, 2016 — National Post

BuzzFeed Canada to close Ottawa bureau, editorial to report to U.S. by Sean Craig

Canadian visitors to BuzzFeed’s website, which make up around 12 million of its purported 200 million monthly unique visitors, have been directed to a tailored homepage that mixes domestic and international content since BuzzFeed Canada launched last year.

Jun 26, 2016 — Edmonton Sun

Digital evolution by Marty Forbes

Heritage Minister Melanie Joly announces that a series of public consultations will take place over the next several months to examine the government’s role in supporting Canadian content creation — in all media — radio, television with a focus on digital evolution.

Jun 24, 2016 — Globe & Mail

CRTC commissioner terminated with cause by Christina Pellegrini

According to an electronic copy of an order-in-council, federal cabinet has revoked the appointment of Raj Shoan, the commissioner for Ontario at the CRTC, a decision made based on the recommendation of Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly.

Jun 24, 2016 — National Post

Does Canadian cinema accurately reflect our culture, or has it been soaking in maple syrup for far too long? by Calum Marsh

Film director Evan Rissi says eight out of 10 people he asked couldn’t even name a Canadian film. 

Jun 24, 2016 — CBC News

Kids' CBC bidding farewell to longtime host Patty Sullivan

Sullivan, who has appeared on Kids' CBC since 2003, is an award-winning broadcaster who celebrated 20 years as a kids TV entertainer in 2014.

Jun 23, 2016 — Digital Journal

Legislation Will Improve Access to Copyrighted Materials for Visually Impaired and Print-Disabled Canadians

The amendments to the Copyright Act enable Canada to be among the first countries in the world to accede to the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled.

Jun 22, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Culture of disrespect: What’s the minister’s remedy? by Lawrence Martin

Columnist says the Heritage Minister has announced a big plan to enhance Canadian content and bring our cultural properties into the digital age, but wonders about the maladies of the digital age.