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Jan 16, 2017 — Toronto Star

Canada Mosaic puts Canadian music on the map by William Littler

The cross-country celebration led by the Toronto Symphony
Orchestra aims to give Canadian music the overdue respect it deserves.

Jan 15, 2017 — The 180 with Jim Brown

Newspapers are doomed because people don't want news, they want community

Recent documents obtained by CBC News suggest that media leaders in this country — worried about the effect of Facebook and Google — want federal policies that would extract money from digital carriers who produce little original Canadian content.

Jan 14, 2017 — iPolitics

Russian state-owned media slams Chrystia Freeland by Amanda Connolly

The Russian state-owned Sputnik News has come out with a piece blasting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s new foreign affairs minister, Chrystia Freeland, and framing her appointment as a “catastrophe for Canadian-Russian relations.”

Jan 13, 2017 — Bill Moyers & Co.

10 Investigative Reporting Outlets to Follow

Site gives a list highlighting some of their picks for the best, in-depth investigative journalism that is uncovering real news, revealing wrongdoing and fomenting change.

Jan 13, 2017 — CBC News

Canada needs more simulcast moments showcasing our performing artists by Stephen Hunt

Columnist says the time has come to create some more special broadcasts in line with the final Tragically Hip concert, especially as we celebrate the country's 150th birthday.

Jan 12, 2017 — CityNews Toronto

Postmedia CEO ‘encouraged’ by feds’ plan to help media, but confirms layoffs

The chief executive officer of Postmedia is “encouraged” that the federal government will intervene and help Canada’s financially floundering media industry, but confirmed his company would proceed with layoffs.

Jan 12, 2017 — Edmonton Sun

Postmedia posts first-quarter profit, boosted by debt restructuring deal by Sean Craig

Postmedia Network Canada Corp., reports a profit of $17.1 million in the first quarter of its 2017 fiscal year, but says it will keep cutting costs as steep declines in its print revenue continue and growth in digital revenue remains lukewarm.

Jan 12, 2017 — National Post

Canada’s broadcasters pay tax to support our industry. Netflix and other U.S. content firms should, too by Richard Stursberg

Writer says the existing government-support measures for Canadian content were all created before the digital revolution and that Telefilm Canada, the Canadian Media Fund (CMF) and the tax-credit system are focused on the cultural preoccupations of 20 years ago.

Jan 11, 2017 — Toronto Star

TVO gets $2 million donation for journalism by Tony Wong

TVO says it has received one of the largest donations for journalism in Canadian history.

Jan 11, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Liberals test Netflix tax, airport privatization and 'moonshots' ahead of budget by Bill Curry

Columnist says the federal government has tested the public’s appetite for a Netflix tax, a new smartphone app for streaming Canadian content and spending on “moonshot” projects like placing a network of balloons on the edge of space to boost Internet access.

Jan 11, 2017 — Digital Journal

BlueSky TV is the Best Thing to Happen to Your TV Since Colour, and It's Available from Shaw Today

Shaw Communications Inc. launches Shaw BlueSky TV, a new premium television product for Canadians available only from Shaw.

Jan 11, 2017 — CBC News

Squeeze cash from Facebook, Google, say Canadian news media leaders by Dean Beeby

Copyright safeguards, tax credits among suggestions to bail out Canadian news business.

Jan 10, 2017 — Toronto Star

Advocates ask Ottawa to 'kill the Internet tax' as Liberals ponder new fees by Michael Lewis

The issue has been in renewed focus recently, as Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly launched a public consultation last April.

Jan 10, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Why a media coalition is decrying a CRTC ruling on Super Bowl feeds by Michael Geist

Columnist says if the government is serious about bringing broadcast into the digital world, it may be time to cancel simultaneous substitution altogether.

Jan 10, 2017 — Investopedia

Report: Trump Wants Review of Time Warner Deal by Donna Fuscaldo

AT&T Inc.’s (T) proposed deal to buy Time Warner Inc. (TWX) appears to be in more peril after Fox Business Network reported President-elect Donald Trump has ordered his transition team to make the case as to why the deal should be blocked.

Jan 10, 2017 — Yahoo! News

Bell urging Trudeau to use executive power in Super Bowl ad dispute by Nick Ashbourne

A court battle is underway spearheaded by Bell, the NFL and a number of allies including Canadian actors and politicians as well as former Republican Party presidential nominee Marco Rubio.

Jan 10, 2017 — Toronto Star

Advocates ask Ottawa to 'kill the Internet tax' as Liberals ponder new fees by Michael Lewis

The issue has been in renewed focus recently, as Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly launched a public consultation last April.

Jan 9, 2017 — Globe & Mail

The success of Schitt’s Creek marks a turning point for the CBC by David Berry

Columnist says Schitt's Creeks serves as a flag marking a new approach for CBC’s English television division.

Jan 6, 2017 — National Post

CRTC commissioner departs, leaving another top spot vacant at regulator by Emily Jackson

Commissioner Candice Molnar’s departure comes as the Department of Canadian Heritage, which administers the CRTC, is having trouble filling the top spots at the regulator, which has a packed agenda.

Jan 6, 2017 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Leading change and serving the public interest

CBC President and CEO says the facts are that Canadians still watch about 27 hours of live television each week and really enjoy the public broadcaster's traditional radio services.

Jan 5, 2017 — iPolitics

Leitch needs to kick Kouvalis to the curb by Michael Harris

Columnist says Leitch’s silence suggests that she is as comfortable with a self-admitted liar running her campaign as she has been with subjecting all prospective immigrants to face-to- face screening for Canadian values.

Jan 5, 2017 — Huffington Post Canada

This Is The Year That Fake News Becomes Old News by Jon Packer

Columnist says news media has always had to balance political influence, editorial bias, audience interests, and the motivations of its owners.

Jan 2, 2017 — National Post

The CRTC needs to stop playing this game and let networks decide what ads run during the Super Bowl by Terence Corcoran

Assorted Canadian creative and advertising, groups if the courts can’t act fast enough, then the Trudeau cabinet should intervene directly and quash the CRTC’s Super Bowl decision. 

Dec 30, 2016 — News Article

NBC station switch affects many TV subscribers in Eastern Canada by Steve Faguy

Canadian television viewers whose providers use Boston as their source for NBC have expressed worries the past few weeks at announcements the station is losing its affiliation with the network.

Dec 30, 2016 — News Article

Year-in-review: Little good news to be found in media world in 2016 by Beatrice Britneff

Representatives from The Globe & Mail and iPolitics — among others — have implored the government to stop “handing out money” to the CBC, “level the playing field” between the broadcaster and private outlets, and to consider prohibiting the broadcaster from running digital advertising — or advertising altogether.

Dec 29, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

Why 2017 Will Be Crunch Year for the Global Ambitions of Netflix and Amazon by Scott Roxborough & Georg Szalai

The streaming giants, which launched nearly everywhere this year, are facing off in a worldwide battle for subscribers and SVOD revenue.

Dec 29, 2016 — Alternet

Internet Archive Setting Up Shop in Canada to Avoid Facing Persecution from Trump by Amy Goodman

The archive is one of the world’s largest public digital libraries. Part of the site includes the Wayback Machine, which preserves old websites, allowing researchers to access pages deleted by politicians and others.

Dec 25, 2016 — Alternet

Robert Reich: Like a Tyrant, Trump Is Deploying 7 Techniques to Control the Media by Amy Goodman

University of California professor discusses the 7 techniques to control the media that Donald Trump already employs.

Dec 23, 2016 — News Article

CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais plays superhero – and villain by Kate Taylor

Columnist says the broadcasting proposition is a three-legged stool – industry, creator and consumer – and Blais has got to be able to work with the first two. 

Dec 22, 2016 — Toronto Star

Parliamentary coverage has been changed by the times by Chantal Hébert

Columnist says the dynamics of Parliament Hill are a must-watch for anyone who wants to understand how complex Canada is, and that is not easily done via a computer screen.