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Jul 7, 2015 — Hollywood Reporter

German TV, Print Giants in Talks About $16 Billion Merger by Georg Szalai

Discussions of a merger come a decade after a previous deal failed amid regulatory opposition. 

Jul 7, 2015 — Broadcast Dialogue

Canadian broadcasters spent $138.7 million in television public benefits in the 2013-2014 broadcast year, according to new research

Spending on so-called tangible public benefits related to the acquisition of regulated Canadian broadcast television assets increased by 27% or $29.9 million to $138.7 million in the 2013-2014 broadcast year, according to new research from Ottawa-based research and consulting firm Boon Dog Professional Services Inc.

Jul 7, 2015 — Comox Valley Record

Federal parties converge to man We Vote CBC booth Saturday

On Saturday, July 11, Friends of Canadian Broadcasting (Comox Valley contingent) are bringing three federal parties together to work in a spirit of co-operation, manning our "We Vote CBC" booth.

Jul 7, 2015 — The Guardian

BBC considering move to make news channel online only by Tara Conlan

Columnist says the BBC is understood to be looking into future of £66.2m TV channel and how live news is covered, with final decision yet to be made.

Jul 6, 2015 — RapidTVNEws

BBC faces 18% funding cut in Tory budget by Rebecca Hawkes

The BBC could be forced to meet the cost of free television licences for those over age 75 as part of £12 billion in welfare cuts to be announced in the UK Government's budget on Wednesday.

Jul 6, 2015 — Globe & Mail

CBC’s Still Standing gets laughs in small-town Canada by John Doyle

Columnist says Still Standing is a retro-CBC premise and on paper it reeks of CBC dutifully fulfilling its public broadcast mandate and showing Canada to Canadians, but there is a delightful quality to Harris’s genuine curiosity about the people in obscure places.

Jul 6, 2015 — BBC.com

BBC to fund over-75s' TV licences by Nick Higham by Nick Higham

Funding free licence fees for over-75s cost the government £608m in 2013-14 - about a fifth of the BBC's budget.

Jul 5, 2015 — Toronto Star

Growing number of Canadians are cutting traditional TV services, says CBC report by Aly Thomson

Light viewers are now realizing most of their content needs can be met by the Internet, leading 16 per cent of Canadians to not pay for traditional TV.

Jul 2, 2015 — The Guardian

BBC to cut more than 1,000 jobs in cost-savings push by Jane Martinson

Managers and back office functions to be cut to make up for a funding shortfall of £150m largely due to the faster-than-expected switch to online viewing.

Jul 2, 2015 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC to Cut More Than 1,000 Jobs, Become "Simpler, Leaner" by Georg Szalai

The U.K. public broadcaster remains under pressure to reduce its costs amid funding shortfalls.

Jul 1, 2015 — Globe & Mail

Everyone’s a critic, but Canadians have so much to celebrate by Jeffrey Simpson

Columnist suggests the CBC is starved for money compared with other countries’ public broadcasters.

Jun 30, 2015 — The Guardian

The BBC is under threat because its success challenges market ideology by Polly Toynbee

Columnist says many of the newer Bristish Tory MPs detest the very existence of the BBC because its phenomenal success an affront to market ideology.

 

Jun 29, 2015 — Strategy

The fight for specialty channel survival by Jonathan Paul

Columnist says when the specialty TV status quo changes in March 2016 there will be casualties, it’s just a question of how many.

Jun 28, 2015 — Toronto Star

Fixed-date election comes back to bite Stephen Harper by Chantal Hébert

Columnist says no prime minister in his right mind would opt to campaign for a fourth mandate in the circumstances currently faced by Stephen Harper.

Jun 26, 2015 — The Province

Rogers, Shaw look to protect their turf with Shomi streaming service to rival Netflix by John Greenwood

Rogers Communications Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. are teaming up to launch a video streaming service to compete with so-called over-the-top players such as Netflix, which have been grabbing market share from conventional players over the last several years.

Jun 25, 2015 — Digital Radio FM Europe

Final Stop For DAB Radio in Sweden

The Swedish government has announced it will not go ahead with plans to replace FM radio with digital DAB+ broadcasting.

Jun 25, 2015 — Edmonton Journal

CRTC revokes licences of aboriginal radio stations in Edmonton, four other cities

In a decision “to help improve radio service for urban aboriginal listeners,” the CRTC says it is revoking the licences of AVR stations in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa effective July 25.

Jun 24, 2015 — Calgary is Awesome

CKUA to Open Calgary Studio, Tripling Local Content by Sarah Pynoo

Calgarians will soon be able to tune into more local music programming, thanks to a partnership between CKUA, the NMC, and the Calgary Foundation.

Jun 22, 2015 — BayToday.ca

CBC misjudged demand for radio ad sales on music stations, analyst says by Peter Henderson

Columnist says CBC/Radio-Canada's poor numbers from its experiment with paid commercials on Radio 2 and Espace Musique show that the public broadcaster misjudged the market for national advertising on its music-focused radio channels.

Jun 21, 2015 — Globe & Mail

Canadian TV, as we know it, is dead by John Doyle

Columnist says there is change symbolized in CBC actually firing a well-connected person of privileged background on a heap-of-cash issue.

Jun 18, 2015 — iPolitics

Ugly spat over cost of business travel within top ranks of CRTC by Jennifer Ditchburn

An ugly internal spat over business trips is escalating at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, with one senior government appointee threatening to get the Prime Minister’s Office’s involved.

Jun 18, 2015 — Globe & Mail

BCE bolsters editorial code after meddling affair by James Bradshaw

BCE Inc. has introduced a new journalistic independence policy to strengthen autonomy at its flagship news broadcaster after the company’s head of media was dismissed in April over his attempts to intervene in coverage.

Jun 18, 2015 — Stream Daily

YouTube Newswire creates a one-stop shop for eyewitness videos by Todd Longwell

Social media news agency Storyful has partnered with Google News Lab to launch YouTube Newswire, featuring global and regional feeds that highlight the most relevant videos from different parts of the world, covering news, politics and weather.

Jun 17, 2015 — Hollywood Reporter

European Channels Dumping American Series for Homegrown Fare by Scott Roxborough

“Five years ago, American series dominated primetime across Europe ... now its local stuff,” says FremantleMedia International CEO Jens Richter in his Monte Carlo TV festival keynote.

Jun 17, 2015 — AM770

Numbers tell the story by Dave Rowe

Numbers suggest playoff ratings were down 20 percent despite heavy Canadian content in the early rounds.

Jun 17, 2015 — Marketing Magazine

Newspapers Canada Releases 2014 Circulation Report by Chris Powell

Canada’s 91 paid and 13 free distribution dailies had a combined weekday print and digital circulation of 5.3 million, and weekly circulation of 31.8 million in 2014, according to the latest circulation report from Newspapers Canada.

Jun 17, 2015 — Marketing Magazine

Private Radio Sees First Revenue Decline Since 2009: Statscan by Chris Powell

Operating revenues for Canada’s private radio stations were “relatively stable” in 2014, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada, with a slight 0.5% decline to $1.6 billion.

Jun 15, 2015 — The Hill Times

CBC Ottawa bureau reeling after loss of Solomon in ‘brutal year’ by Simon Doyle

The bureau is now headed toward a fall election while “missing one of our biggest players,” one CBC employee said.

Jun 15, 2015 — Hollywood Reporter

Global Online TV, Video Revenue Forecast to Hit $51.1B by 2020 by George Szalai

Worldwide over-the-top TV and video revenue will reach $51.1 billion in 2020, nearly doubling the $26.0 billion expected in 2015, according to a new forecast.

Jun 15, 2015 — NationTalk

Telefilm Canada announces 15 Micro-Budget Production Program finalists for 2015-2016

The Talent Fund helps the film industry diversify its funding sources and promote its successes.