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Mar 15, 2016 — Hamilton Spectator

CHCH bankruptcy: Channel Zero and its web of companies trigger federal investigation by Natalie Paddon & Steve Buist

The restructuring of CHCH-TV's news operations in December has shed light on a complicated web of companies that has drawn the ire of Canada's broadcasting regulator and led to a federal labour department investigation.

Mar 15, 2016 — Toronto Star

Five things you need to know to save journalism by Madelaine Drohan

Columnist says any solution to current media woes has to take into account the changes wrought by information technology on journalists and their intended audience.

Mar 13, 2016 — CBC News

Netflix crackdown on border hoppers could kill some unblocking companies, says expert by Sophia Harris

Columnist says some in the unblocking business are struggling, their customers constantly complaining they can no longer access Netflix.

Mar 11, 2016 — Globe & Mail

CHCH owner under labour code investigation following bankruptcy

The federal government’s labour standards division has launched an investigation into the bankruptcy that put about 170 employees at Hamilton-based CHCH-TV out of work last December, raising the possibility that company directors could be held liable for money owed to staff who were let go.

Mar 11, 2016 — CBC News

CBC responds to comments complaint by francophone group

CBC management doesn't plan to make any immediate or major changes to its online comments policy in the wake of a complaint by a group of prominent New Brunswick francophones over what they considered hateful attacks on the province's French-speaking community.

Mar 10, 2016 — CBC News

TV industry frets over threat from skinny basic and pick-and-pay by Laura McNaughton

According to the CRTC, about $4.1 billion is spent on Canadian programming every year. Some comes from various government programs, but the bulk, $2.8 billion, comes from the broadcasting system itself.

Mar 8, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada Bankrolling More Female Directors to Close Gender Gap by Etan Vlessing

The National Film Board of Canada, the country's public filmmaker, has promised half the movies it finances will be directed by women.

Mar 7, 2016 — Toronto Star

Bell’s ‘skinny’ cable package a slap in the CRTC’s face by Mark Bulgutch

Former Senior Executive Producer of CBC News says Bell's so-called Starter 'skinny' cable package appears to have been designed to slight the CRTC, not benefit viewers.

Mar 5, 2016 — Toronto Star

EDITORIAL: Not much pick, lots of pay

Editorial says the extent that companies leave ordinary viewers feeling let down once again, the cable providers are only helping to dig their own graves.

Mar 5, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Why consumers find it's hard to get skinny by Barrie McKenna

Columnist says that when you do the math, most people are better off with what they have - packages that viewers have complained to the CRTC are too big and expensive.

Mar 4, 2016 — National Post

$25 Basic cable was an adorable CRTC-conceived daydream by Robyn Urback

Columnist says the basic packages aren’t all that "skinny" when you add the cost of all the additional fees.

Mar 4, 2016 — Toronto Star

EDITORIAL: Cable providers risk alienating their own customers

The big cable providers managed to fall short of even the dramatically lowered expectations of TV viewers with their new ‘skinny basic’ services.

Mar 4, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Forcing pick-and-pay TV was a bad move by the CRTC by Kate Taylor

Columnist says a  Pick-and_Pay is a piece of ill-conceived populism that did not, in the end, make any difference to the election prospects of the departing Tories and won’t actually save consumers much money – but still has the potential to do damage to the Canadian television industry.

Mar 4, 2016 — Le Journal de Montréal

Doigt d’honneur au CRTC by Danny Joncas

Pick and pay television allows cable providers to push their own products by charging extra to consumers for channels that belong to competition.

Mar 3, 2016 — Huffignton Post Canada

Mélanie Joly Criticized For Saying She Prefers Radio-Canada To TVA

Commentators for TVA, which is owned by Quebecor, were quick to criticize her statement, saying she should remain neutral since she's responsible for the CRTC.

Mar 3, 2016 — CBC News

$25 'skinny' TV packages called a 'ripoff' as industry 'stares down' CRTC by Sophia Harris

Columnist says the new CRTC regulations appear to be rather toothless and definitely not the game-changing legislation TV customers were hoping for.

Mar 1, 2016 — Waterloo Record

The Record's view: A spotlight on struggling media

Editorial says In Canada, as in the U.S., the traditional media upon which generations relied for news and information are being hammered by a technological revolution that shows no sign of letting up.

Mar 1, 2016 — CBC News

How new 'skinny' cable offerings stack up against the antenna

With these so-called "skinny basic" packages offering little beyond what is federally mandated, CBC compared what consumers would get with the packages offered by the major cable providers and what is available for free over the air.

Mar 1, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

'Skinny Basic' TV Packages Now Available After CRTC Regulations Kick In

Ian Morrison with Friends of Canadian Broadcasting predicted that, as full "pick-and-pay" requirements take effect in December, consumers may have less programming to choose from as individual channels struggle to stay afloat.

Mar 1, 2016 — Global News

Breakfast Buzz: Will you change your cable package? by Carly Robinson

The move is mandated by the CRTC, Canada’s broadcasting regulator, who ruled last year cable and telecom companies have to offer customers a bare bones package for just $25 a month.

Mar 1, 2016 — CBC News

Read e-books? Watch Netflix? You're probably a tax cheat by Sean Davidson

Companies that operate outside Canada don't charge either tax on their products, and if those products happen to arrive via the internet, there's really no way for authorities to apply an equivalent fee at the border. 

Mar 1, 2016 — Waterloo Chronicle

The Record's view: A spotlight on struggling media

Editorial says that in Canada, as in the U.S., the traditional media upon which generations relied for news and information are being hammered by a technological revolution that shows no sign of letting up.

Mar 1, 2016 — Yahoo!News

Canadian TV providers accused of giving cheap bundles cold shoulder by Alastair Sharp

Consumer advocates accuse Canadian telecom and cable companies of failing to adequately promote the launch on Tuesday of cheaper basic packages of television channels under sweeping new rules imposed by the country's broadcast regulator.

Mar 1, 2016 — CBC News

'Skinny TV' switch means tax hike for most B.C. cable subscribers by Mike Laanela

Columnist says the new 'skinny TV' basic cable packages that were meant to save consumers cash could actually end up costing many B.C. households more when their next cable bill arrives.


Mar 1, 2016 — Broadcaster Magazine

CRTC Denies Cottage Life Application to Reduce CanCon

The CRTC has denied an application by 8946337 Canada Limited and Blue Ant Media Solutions Inc., partners in a general partnership carrying on business as Blue Ant Television General Partnership, to reduce the Canadian programming exhibition requirement for Cottage Life from 80% to 50% for the broadcast day.

Mar 1, 2016 — CRTC

CRTC welcomes new era of choice for TV viewers

As of March 1st, 2016, all licensed television service providers must offer a basic package costing no more than $25 per month.

Feb 29, 2016 — CBC News

CBC/Radio-Canada funding to increase in upcoming budget: heritage minister

Federal Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly said her government's March 22 budget will restore some funding to the CBC, but in its first year the Liberal Party will not fully undo cuts made by the Conservatives.

Feb 29, 2016 — Metro

Pick-and-pay TV model could mean less choice, not more, says advocate by Terry Pedwell

FRIENDS warns that consumers will ultimately see fewer channel choices as a result of the new pick-and-pay system.

Feb 27, 2016 — News Article

Manning Centre Conference 2016: These Federal Tories Are Testing The Waters For Leadership by Stephanie Levitz

Potential candidates for leadership of the federal Conservatives begin staking claims to policy positions ranging from a call for a referendum on pipelines to a rethink of subsidies to the CBC.

Feb 26, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

Basic Cable TV Is Something Bell Doesn't Want You To Tell You About: Report by Jesse Ferreras

A Bell training document obtained by CBC dissuades sales staff from pushing a new, $24.95 "Starter TV" basic cable package that would give subscribers access to approximately 20 Canadian channels as well as pick-and-pay options.