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Jul 4, 2017 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Set to Fight Netflix With More Money for Kids TV by Alex Ritman

The broadcaster will pledge an extra $44 million toward children's content to counter the growing influence of online offerings.

Jul 4, 2017 — Globe & Mail

The video revolution helped fuel the rise of Trump by Howard Green

Columnist says the video revolution preceding the digital and social-media revolutions and is one of the Trump era’s deepest roots - enabling the spread of faux-reality, creating an arena where a con artist could flourish.

Jul 4, 2017 — Globe & Mail

PBO costing of election platforms a boost for democracy by Kevin Page and Sahir Khan

Columnist says we are all better off if political parties openly debate the policy benefits of new initiatives during an election campaign, and this is further enhanced if the treasury impact of those initiatives – for current and future taxpayers – has been examined by an independent PBO.

Jul 4, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Trump’s war on the media is a strategic blunder by Lawrence Martin

Columnist says Donald Trump has a lot of weapons in his arsenal, but journalists have the better ones.

Jul 3, 2017 — National Observer

News observers hope for change and more context at 'The National' post-Mansbridge

FRIENDS spokesperson says the status quo isn't working and so shaking things up and trying another approach is something that all viewers should welcome.

Jul 3, 2017 — Halifax Examiner

Is it always a bad idea to get government involved in journalism? by Stephen Kimber

Columnist says there is a difference between what News Media Canada is proposing and providing public support for actual journalism.

Jul 3, 2017 — Halifax Examiner

Is it always a bad idea to get government involved in journalism? by Stephen Kimber

Columnist says there is a difference between what News Media Canada is proposing and providing public support for actual journalism.

Jun 30, 2017 — The Guardian

Do not adjust your set: 50 years of colour TV – from tennis and ties to petals and plumage by Mark Lawson

Half a century after the green grass and lemon squash of Wimbledon marked the dawn of colour TV in Britain, Mark Lawson reveals how it revolutionised everything from Cézanne to snooker.

Jun 30, 2017 — Stockwatch

Globe says Corus, Bell appeal CRTC's Cancon funding cut

A coalition of creative groups is pleading with the federal government to intervene in a ruling by the CRTC that they say will cut funding for Canadian-made television programming.

Jun 30, 2017 — The Guardian

Germany approves plans to fine social media firms up to €50m

Measure requires social media platforms to remove obviously illegal hate speech and other postings within 24 hours of receiving a notification.

Jun 30, 2017 — Toronto Star

Canadians are funny that way — at least that’s the by Donovan Vincent

Glen Foster, a stand-up comedian known as “That Canadian Guy,’’ argues that Canadians are funny and our humour is more substantive than the U.S. brand because Canadian audiences expect comedians to say something meaningful.


Jun 29, 2017 — Hamilton Spectator

News observers hope for change and more context at The National post-Mansbridge by Victoria Ahearn

With Peter Mansbridge set to sign off as CBC News chief correspondent and anchor of "The National," speculation abounds as to what will happen with the public broadcaster's flagship program.

Jun 29, 2017 — CFJC Today

No internet tax for Canadian media by David Charbonneau

Columnist says the best way to support Canadian media is to ensure that Canadians have an affordable, high speed internet where innovators can create content.

Jun 28, 2017 — TV, eh?

WGC Asks Government to Reject CRTC Decisions

“We appeal to Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly to reject these deeply flawed and harmful decisions which deal a massive blow to Canadian culture by drastically cutting Canadian-created production,” says WGC President Jill Golick.

Jun 28, 2017 — Policy Options

Rethinking copyright for Indigenous creative works by Chidi Oguamanam

Columnist says for most Indigenous peoples in Canada the Copyright Act remains a highly problematic option for strengthening or protecting creative works.

Jun 28, 2017 — News Article

Very Dangerous Times: The Media Is Under Attack by an Authoritarian White House by Adele M. Stan

A well-informed citizenry is necessary for democracy to function correctly, but Adele M. Stan warns Donald Trump doesn't want America's citizens well informed.

Jun 28, 2017 — J-Source

Traditional media still most trusted by Colette Brin and Sébastien Charlton

In Canada, as in other countries among the 36 surveyed for the 2017 Reuters Institute Digital News Report, it appears that most people still consider traditional media or their brands the most trustworthy sources.

Jun 27, 2017 — iPolitics

Star Touch proved it: A media bailout is a terrible idea by Andrew Potter

The Toronto Star announced this week that it was shuttering its flagship Star Touch tablet app, laying off 30 employees and eating something north of $20 million in investment costs.

Jun 22, 2017 — iPolitics

Where is the next generation of Indigenous journalists coming from? by Paul Adams

Columnist says there’s no doubt that the current interest and concern about Indigenous people among the wider public — their history, their culture, their art, and the social and economic challenges they face — has been fuelled in part by the emergence of a generation of Indigenous journalists.

Jun 22, 2017 — National Observer

Trudeau Liberals complete step one of many required for CBC reconstruction by Nick Fillmore

Columnist says the federal government has taken the first step on a long road toward what hopefully will be the restoration of the CBC as Canada’s most important public interest and cultural institution.

Jun 21, 2017 — Government of Canada

Current Opportunity: Chairperson, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation,

The Government of Canada is currently seeking a Chairperson for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Jun 21, 2017 — Government of Canada

Current Opportunity: Directors, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

The Government of Canada is currently seeking applications from diverse and talented Canadians from across the country who are interested in these positions.

Jun 21, 2017 — News Article

Critic's Notebook: Apple and All of Its Money Just Got Real About the TV Business by Tim Goodman

Columnist says any pretense that Apple is not diving into the television content business just vanished in a very big way.

Jun 20, 2017 — Government of Canada

The Minister of Canadian Heritage Announces the Creation of an Independent Committee to Recommend Qualified Candidates for the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage has announced the creation of an advisory committee for appointments to the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors.

Jun 20, 2017 — Huffpost Québec

Les Canadiens ont droit à un nouveau président du CRTC by Michel Morin

In this open letter, former CRTC commissioner Michel Morin stresses the emergency of appointing a new CRTC President with no further delay to defend Canadian content from our broadcasting system.

Jun 20, 2017 — The Guardian

Fox’s £11.7bn bid for Sky ‘should be referred to competition authorities’ by Mark Sweney

Labour’s deputy leader urges culture secretary to act after Ofcom delivers report on Rupert Murdoch’s proposed takeover.

Jun 20, 2017 — National Observer

Actor Colm Feore and newsman Tom Clark on panel choosing new CBC board members by Terry Pedwell

Long−time television news broadcaster Tom Clark will head the advisory committee that’s designed to fulfil a Liberal campaign promise to overhaul the process for appointing board members at CBC/Radio−Canada.

Jun 20, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Trudeau government to revise CBC’s board selection process by Simon Houpt

Columnist says the Liberal government is overhauling the process by which members of the board of directors of CBC/Radio-Canada are selected, in hopes of ending decades of allegations of political interference in the public broadcaster’s operations.


Jun 19, 2017 — Reuters Canada

Canada names Judith LaRocque as interim chair of media regulator by Bhanu Pratap

LaRocque will replace Jean-Pierre Blais, whose five-year term ended on Saturday, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly's office said in a statement.

Jun 15, 2017 — National Post

If the CRTC wants to keep pace with ‘profound change,’ it needs to learn to stay out of the way by Marni Soupcoff

Outgoing CRTC chair says we have to think beyond our borders and realize that this is a time of profound change, and being nostalgic isn’t the way forward.