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Jan 22, 2018 — CBC News

Social media good for democracy? Facebook admits it can't make that guarantee

In new blog post, Facebook once again addresses concerns its platform has been used to meddle in elections.

Jan 14, 2018 — Government of Canada

Appointment Opportunity: President, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

The Government of Canada is currently seeking applications from diverse and talented Canadians from across the country who are interested in applying for the position of President of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Jan 11, 2018 — Alternet

How Public Radio Became the Voice of the Patriarchy by Rebecca McInroy

Columnist says it's time we demand more diversity from one of our oldest, most storied institutions.

Jan 11, 2018 — New York Times

Facebook Overhauls News Feed to Focus on What Friends and Family Share by Mike Isaac

Facebook has introduced sweeping changes to the kinds of posts, videos and photos that its more than two billion members will see most often, saying that it would prioritize what their friends and family share and comment on while de-emphasizing content from publishers and brands.

Jan 10, 2018 — National Post

Corus CEO says Q1 results fell short of expectations due to weak TV advertising by David Paddon

Corus Entertainment Inc. says its first-quarter results fell short of expectations as some of its television advertisers adjusted their spending priorities during the final months of 2017.

Jan 10, 2018 — Canadian Lawyer Magazine

Net neutrality changes in U.S. could change Canadian law in future by Alexia Kapalos

In Canada, where there are net neutrality laws in place, the American dismantling of net neutrality potentially means Canadians will feel some of the changes, even with these laws in existence here.

Jan 10, 2018 — Globe & Mail

As Corus’s ad revenue slips, questions arise over future of TV by Susan Krashinsky Robertson

Corus expects that advertising will rebound slightly – although competition from the upcoming winter Olympics on CBC will not help matters in the short term – and that subscription revenue will stay flat for the year.

Jan 7, 2018 — Knight Foundation

Public Broadcasting: Its Past and Its Future

Columnist sayspublic broadcasters are creaky vessels, battered by decades of cutbacks and challenges, but they’re still one of our best tools for protecting democracy and building healthy societies.

Jan 6, 2018 — CTV News

Giant map of Canada aims to hook students on democracy

In a bid to get students devoted to democracy, Canadian Geographic and CPAC have teamed up to create a giant floor map of Canada that shows every federal riding in the country.

Jan 4, 2018 — Star Phoenix

Former Shaw Communications CEO Jim Shaw dead at 60 after brief illness by Meghan Potkins

Shaw’s 12 years as CEO coincided with a period of significant growth for the company, with revenues rising from $646 million in 1998 to $3.7 billion by 2010 — fuelled in part by deals including an asset swap with Rogers to acquire territory in Vancouver and B.C.’s lower mainland.

Jan 3, 2018 — Toronto Star

Year of reckoning looms for Canada’s newspapers by Marc Edge

Professor of media and communications at University Canada West says it is clear that Canada’s news media are in danger of lurching into the abyss unless Ottawa takes action soon.

Jan 2, 2018 — Huffington Post Canada

The CBC Must Go Completely Ad-Free by Wade Rowland

Columnist says public broadcasters exist to provide a space for information and entertainment that's free of influence from vested interests.

Dec 26, 2017 — Times Colonist

Blame Quebec when your Netflix bill goes up by Peter Menzies

Columnist says the preservation and protection of the French language and identity on this continent are so deeply ingrained in every francophone that nothing as petty as a technology revolution can deter its instincts.

Dec 25, 2017 — New York Times

Using Billions in Government Cash, Mexico Controls News Media by Azam Ahmed

Columnist says Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration has spent hundreds of millions of dollars a year in government money on advertising, creating what many Mexican media owners, executives and journalists call a presidential branding juggernaut capable of suppressing investigative articles, directing front pages and intimidating newsrooms that challenge it.

Dec 24, 2017 — The Todd Veinotte Show

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FRIENDS' Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses the recent “Hockey Night in Canada” deal between the CBC and Rogers

Dec 19, 2017 — National Post

CBC responds to access request for CBC Comedy numbers with 400 mostly blank pages by Vanessa Hrvatin

Lawyer seeking information regarding the number of visitors to CBC Comedy says knowing this information is something that should be open to public disclosure.

Dec 19, 2017 — Huffington Post

Why Are There So Few Canadian Hit TV Shows? by Barry Kiefl

The President of Canadian Media Research Inc. says the paucity of high-quality Canadian drama and entertainment is mostly a function money, as well as our risk-averse government funding system. 

Dec 19, 2017 — CBC News

Rogers, CBC ink deal to keep Hockey Night in Canada on CBC until 2026, streaming included

Deal gives CBC rights to digitally stream HNIC games on various apps and websites for length of contract.

Dec 19, 2017 —

Minister Joly announces new members of the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announces the appointment of five directors to the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors.

Dec 12, 2017 — Le Devoir

Colmatez cette brèche, sauvez nos médias locaux by Ian Morrison

In this open letter, Ian Morrison explains how the government could save local media by demanding a new interpretation of Section 19 of the Income Tax Act so that its dispositions apply to web media in the same way they apply to traditional media.

Dec 8, 2017 — Toronto Star

Netflix tax decision is up to Finance Minister Morneau, Heritage Minister Joly says

The streaming services has pledged $500 million for Canadian content, but Quebec’s finance minister is urging Ottawa to join the province in taxing foreign online businesses.

Dec 7, 2017 — Regina Leader-Post

CBC, media producers, actors call for internet and Netflix tax — again by Emily Jackson

Creative groups want to get rid of different treatment for online content.

Dec 7, 2017 — IT World Canada

Threat to net neutrality also threatens Canadian startups, says founder by Danny Bradbury

The Federal Communications Commission will vote on a draft set of proposals called the Restoring Internet Freedom Order, created by Donald Trump-appointed chairman Ajit Pai.

Dec 6, 2017 — Newswire

Favouritism Towards Foreign Web Giants Français

More than a hundred personalities and members of the cultural, trade union and business communities have joined their voices in support of the following declaration.

Dec 5, 2017 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada's CBC Launches Live TV Streaming Service to Rival Netflix by Etan Vlessing

The public broadcaster has launched an over-the-top video service, allowing Canadians to live-stream 'Schitt's Creek' and other original series on digital devices.

Dec 4, 2017 — Advocate Daily

Traditional broadcasters squeezed between online pirates, new media

At a recent Parliamentary hearing, Rob Malcolmson, a senior executive at Bell Canada Enterprises Inc., suggested Canada should use its ongoing NAFTA renegotiation talks to push for the criminalization of copyright infringement and the formation of a website blocking system aimed at the most egregious online pirates. 

Dec 4, 2017 — News Article

New journalism award responds to TRC call to action

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and the Canadian Association of Journalists are pleased to announce a new award to recognize exemplary journalism that educates and informs Canadians about Indigenous experiences.

Dec 4, 2017 — Maclean's

Why would we trust Facebook to safeguard our democracies? by Nick Zarzycki

Columnist says that far from trusting Facebook, Canadians should be increasingly wary of the extent to which the platform has paralyzed Canada’s ability to protect its own democratic institutions.

Dec 4, 2017 — Toronto Star

Closing tax loophole needed to save local media by Ian Morrison

FRIENDS spokesperson says that as alarm bells ring across the country about the troubled state of Canadian media and local news, policy-makers have overlooked a surprisingly obvious and accessible fix.

Dec 1, 2017 — Markets Insider

CMF and Quebecor Fund join forces as part of a program to boost exports

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and the Quebecor Fund today announce a new pilot partnership to promote the export of Canadian content.