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May 1, 2017 — Independent

Democrats save arts funding for NPR and PBS from Donald Trump by Mythili Sampathkumar

Both houses of congress are expected to vote on the spending bill to keep the government funded for the current fiscal year this week before it goes to Mr Trump for his signature.

May 1, 2017 — The Register

Net neutrality blowback: Cities say no. Court says whoa. Trumpster blames Canada for not going slow by Kieren McCarthy

Columnist says blowback from the decision to reopen net neutrality rules in America is continuing, with cities, the Washington courts and presidential advisors all piling in.

May 1, 2017 — News Article

Why Canada’s Net neutrality stance places consumers in control by Michael Geist

Columnist says Canada has emerged as a world leader in supporting Net neutrality, the principle that all content and applications should be treated equally and that choices made by Internet users should be free from ISP or telecom interference. 

May 1, 2017 — National Post

Fired CRTC commissioner Raj Shoan back at work after court ruling by Emily Jackson

Shoan was back at the office Monday – even though the federal government is in the midst of an extended hiring process to replace him – after the court  ruled that he was potentially denied procedural fairness when the Governor in Council fired him last June over allegations of workplace harassment and other actions “fundamentally incompatible” with the role.

May 1, 2017 — Huffington Post Canada

What Canadians Should Know About The CRTC's Internet Decision by Roslyn Layton

Author says  restricting the ability to differentiate prices can limit internet adoption, especially among the poor and elderly. 

Apr 25, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Net neutrality isn’t a substitute for a cultural policy by Shane Dingman

Columnist says Joly seems aware of the contradiction of mandating Canadian content rules for domestic services but praising the exploitation of a free and open Canadian Internet for foreign cultural products.

Apr 25, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Why the fuss about funding We Are Canada? It’s just tedious TV by John Doyle

Columnist says the CBC's We Are Canada is bafflingly bad television.

Apr 25, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Why the Telefilm debate is a red herring by Kate Taylor

As Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly prepares the culture file for its digital future, some observers wonder if a splashy new Crown corporation will be her legacy.

Apr 25, 2017 — Huffington Post

CBC Bet $80 Million On The Olympics And Lost

The President of Canadian Media Research Inc. says that he government could replace the CRTC's role and the CBC board of directors with a Public Broadcasting Commission.

Apr 18, 2017 — The Todd Veinotte Show

The Todd Veinotte Show

In an interview with host Todd Veinotte, FRIENDS’ spokesperson Ian Morrison discusses CBC funding, governance and programming decisions.

© The Todd Veinotte Show

Apr 13, 2017 — Huffington Post Canada

Quality Journalism Means Putting Feet On The Ground by Jerry Dias

Columnist says that to help ensure our incredible media outlets can survive through this time of upheaval as the ad-driven model for funding quality journalism falls apart, there needs to be some form of government support to assist those who need it.

Apr 12, 2017 — The Verge

Netflix will invest billions to shoot its original content in California by Andrew Liptak

In 2015, the streaming giant has announced that it would be doubling its output of original content, and it is aiming to have original productions make up half of its of its streaming catalog in the coming years.

Apr 10, 2017 — Tech Crunch

Netflix reaches 75% of US streaming service viewers, but YouTube is catching up by Sarah Perez

According to new data from comScore, more than half (53 percent) of Wi-Fi households in the U.S. are now using at least one over-the-top streaming service, with Netflix being the primary choice.

Apr 9, 2017 — CBC News

Jesse Wente, David W. Binet among Canada Council for the Arts appointments

Two prominent voices in the Toronto media landscape — Indigenous critic and CBC Radio columnist Jesse Wente and Thomson Reuters deputy chairman David W. Binet — are among eight new appointments to the Canada Council for the Arts.

Apr 7, 2017 — Canadaland

The Cushy Connections Between The Walrus And The Liberal Party Of Canada by Graeme Gordon

Columnist says a series of connections between the Liberal Party of Canada and the Walrus Foundation over the past two years may be affecting the standards and thrust of the journalism at the charity’s titular magazine.

Apr 7, 2017 — J-Source

Police force’s demand for Toronto Star video interview flies under radar by H.G. Watson

Columnist says that unlike their colleagues at Vice, the Toronto Star has decided it will not continue fighting a recent production order in court, underlining how Canadian law fails to protect journalists and their sources.

Apr 7, 2017 — Toronto Star

Canadians unhappy after Netflix retouches ‘Anne’ poster for American audience by Emma Macintosh

Appearance of freckly, carrot-topped, beloved heroine of the series, Anne Shirley, appears to have been digitally altered in Netflix posters for the U.S.

Apr 5, 2017 — Globe & Mail

When the CBC broadcasts history, politics is sure to follow by Konrad Yakabuski

Since the 2015 disbanding of the CBC’s in-house documentary unit, headed by the visionary Mark Starowicz, the public broadcaster has farmed out such programming to independent production companies. 

Apr 5, 2017 — Ottawa Community News

Canadian music needs ongoing support by Charles Gordon

Columnist says government funding of the arts, while it is improving, is nowhere near where it should be. 

Apr 5, 2017 — New York Times

Save PBS. It Makes Us Safer. by Stanley McChrystal

Columnist says having thoughtful television, games and other media that is not commercially driven is essential to good parenting.

Apr 3, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Updating Cancon rules for Internet age comes with political baggage by Kate Taylor

Columnist asks whether there’s any reason Ottawa could not request or require that Netflix include Canadian suggestions for Canadian subscribers – in the same way that Ottawa requires traditional broadcasters to devote a certain part of the programming day to Canadian shows.

Apr 1, 2017 — Globe & Mail

When local news outlets shutter due to cuts, we all lose by Elizabeth Renzetti

Columnist says local journalism, whether it’s at a city paper or a weekly, a radio or TV station, keeps its community entertained and informed.

Apr 1, 2017 — The Tyee

Inside the Ugly Unravelling at the Vancouver Sun and Province by David Beers

Columnist says fear, grief and turmoil rock newsroom after latest surprising and deep round of cuts.

Mar 30, 2017 — J-Source

Local sports coverage gets the axe at several CTV stations by H.G. Watson

Howard Law, media industry director for Unifor, the union representing CTV workers across the country, confirms that cuts have been made at CTV stations in Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Windsor, Calgary and Edmonton.

Mar 27, 2017 — J-Source

Peter Mansbridge: Debating his legacy by Charmaine Millaire

Columnist examines what exactly Peter Mansbridge’s legacy is and how he will be regarded after his departure from The National.

Mar 23, 2017 — Globe & Mail

The soul of Trump’s America is visible in the CBS schedule by John Doyle

Columnist says CBS shows exist in an America-first world in which military might is essential and right and the border is constantly under threat.

Mar 23, 2017 — IT World Canada

Budget 2017 – The ‘Innovation’ budget fails the test of innovative leadership by Jim Love

In its analysis of the 2017 budget, FRIENDS says it’s two minutes to midnight for Canadian media, particularly in small and medium markets where a majority of Canadians live.

Mar 23, 2017 — News Article

What’s missing in Canadian journalism? by H.G. Watson

The survey asks respondents to rank what they feel is missing in Canadian journalism right now and the most highly ranked response was money, followed by diversity, innovation and guts.

Mar 21, 2017 — New York Times

Google Tries to Stop Ads From Appearing Next to Hate Speech by Mark Scott

Google moves to protect its lucrative advertising business by giving marketers greater control over where their ads appear online, after major clients withdrew spots that were shown next to hate speech and other offensive material.