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Jun 28, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Canadian experts unite for cultural policy advisory group by James Bradshaw & Daniel LeBlanc

The federal government is appointing a dozen outside experts as a “sounding board” to help steer a sweeping review of Canada’s cultural policies that is aimed at redrawing a system of support some federal officials feel is broken.

Jun 28, 2016 — J-Source

Memo: BuzzFeed outlines changes to BuzzFeed Canada and Ottawa bureau

With the 2015 Canadian federal election over, Buzzfeed is wrapping up their Canadian political coverage.

Jun 28, 2016 — Huffington Post

Brad Trost, Anti-Abortion Social Conservative, Mulls Tory Leadership Bid by Althia Raj

Potential Conservative Party leadership candidate has maintained a "Privatize the CBC" petition on his website.

Jun 28, 2016 — National Post

BuzzFeed Canada to close Ottawa bureau, editorial to report to U.S. by Sean Craig

Canadian visitors to BuzzFeed’s website, which make up around 12 million of its purported 200 million monthly unique visitors, have been directed to a tailored homepage that mixes domestic and international content since BuzzFeed Canada launched last year.

Jun 26, 2016 — Edmonton Sun

Digital evolution by Marty Forbes

Heritage Minister Melanie Joly announces that a series of public consultations will take place over the next several months to examine the government’s role in supporting Canadian content creation — in all media — radio, television with a focus on digital evolution.

Jun 24, 2016 — Globe & Mail

CRTC commissioner terminated with cause by Christina Pellegrini

According to an electronic copy of an order-in-council, federal cabinet has revoked the appointment of Raj Shoan, the commissioner for Ontario at the CRTC, a decision made based on the recommendation of Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly.

Jun 24, 2016 — National Post

Does Canadian cinema accurately reflect our culture, or has it been soaking in maple syrup for far too long? by Calum Marsh

Film director Evan Rissi says eight out of 10 people he asked couldn’t even name a Canadian film. 

Jun 24, 2016 — CBC News

Kids' CBC bidding farewell to longtime host Patty Sullivan

Sullivan, who has appeared on Kids' CBC since 2003, is an award-winning broadcaster who celebrated 20 years as a kids TV entertainer in 2014.

Jun 23, 2016 — Digital Journal

Legislation Will Improve Access to Copyrighted Materials for Visually Impaired and Print-Disabled Canadians

The amendments to the Copyright Act enable Canada to be among the first countries in the world to accede to the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled.

Jun 22, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Culture of disrespect: What’s the minister’s remedy? by Lawrence Martin

Columnist says the Heritage Minister has announced a big plan to enhance Canadian content and bring our cultural properties into the digital age, but wonders about the maladies of the digital age.

Jun 21, 2016 — MediaPost

More Young People Get News From Social Than TV by Erik Sass

Among American adults ages 18-24 polled by Reuters, 28% said they get most of their news from social media -- ahead of TV, cited by 24% of the same age group.

Jun 21, 2016 — News Article

La fin du démantèlement de Radio-Canada?

In this open letter, Alain Saulnier deplores the fact that the actual president of Radio-Canada CBC will be appointing the new vice-president of French services. He is asking the government to intervene and change the appointment process for chairmanship of Radio-Canada and CBC.

Jun 21, 2016 — La Presse

Un conflit entre deux hauts dirigeants du CRTC devant les tribunaux de Louis-Samuel Perron

On Tuesday in Toronto, a conflict between two Canadian Radio-television ant Telecommunications Commission top executives was presented to a judge for the first time. Ontarian commissionner Raj Shoan has pursued three legal actions in the past year to oppose decisions by CRTC president Jean-Pierre Blais.

Jun 20, 2016 — Toronto Star

Set-top box crackdown will chill Canada's tech innovation by Michael Geist

Columnist says a recent federal court ruling targets a disruptive technology that everyone agrees has both legitimate and infringing uses.

Jun 17, 2016 — Le Devoir

Louis Lalande annonce sa retraite by Manon Dumais

Louis Lalande, vice-president of Radio-Canada French services announced he is retiring. His imminent departure puts the spotlight on the question of leadership appointments Radio-Canada/CBC.

Jun 16, 2016 — CBC News

Tragically Hip's final concert to be broadcast live on CBC by Jessica Wong and Haydn Watters

August concert in Kingston, Ont., will be live on CBC-TV, Radio One, Radio 2, and YouTube.

Jun 16, 2016 — Le Devoir

Le CRTC imposera des seuils de nouvelles locales aux télédiffuseurs by Pierre Saint-Arnaud

Reporter says that, after years of cuts and reduced airtime, regulatory authorities grant la little oxygen to local news and programming.

Jun 16, 2016 — La Presse

Jusqu'à 90 millions de plus pour les nouvelles des télés privées by Vincent Brousseau-Pouliot

Private general interest televisions such as TVA and V could access up to 90 million dollars a year to fund their local news. The CRTC grants large conglomerates such as Québecor and Rogers the option to fund  local news on their general interest channels rather than to their community televisions. 

Jun 15, 2016 — News Article

CHCH-TV gets helping hand with CRTC’s local news fund by Steve Buist

CRTC announces the creation of an Independent Local News Fund worth approximately $20 million per year to help stations in 18 communities across the country produce news.

Jun 15, 2016 — Chronicle Herald

CRTC announces new fund, minimum programming hours for local TV news by Terry Pedwell

Canada's broadcast regulator is forcing English-language TV stations to air at least seven hours a week of local news, and creating a new fund to help the smaller ones pay for it as part of a "rebalancing" of the country's television landscape.

Jun 15, 2016 — Unifor

Unifor Supports CRTC Commitment To Local Television News

Union says strong and independent local news is intrinsic to our democracy and that it is the duty of large broadcasters to deliver it.

Jun 15, 2016 — CTV News

CRTC orders TV stations to air at least 7 hours a week of local news

FRIENDS says the CRTC's new policy shows the broadcast regulator hasn't been listening to small stations that came begging for help.

Jun 14, 2016 — TD Waterhouse

Library and Archives Canada Announces $1.5 Million in Funding to Help Local Communities Preserve Canada's Documentary Heritage

The Library and Archives Canada program will provide $1.5 million in funding to 40 projects led by archives, libraries and heritage institutions across Canada.

Jun 14, 2016 — OMNI Television

Multicultural TV for All Canadians

OMNI Television proposes new national channel, return of ethnic newscasts and more Canadian content.

Jun 14, 2016 — TMC News

CRTC recognized for efforts to modernize the Canadian television system

Launched in October 2013, Let's Talk TV: A Conversation with Canadians was one of the CRTC's most comprehensive and complex public consultations and broadcasting policy reviews to date.

Jun 14, 2016 — National Post

Netflix lands over a million new Canadian subscribers in less than one year: report by Emily Jackson

More than five million Canadians subscribed to Netflix as of this spring, with more than a million signing up in the last year alone, according to new estimates that suggest the video streaming service’s popularity continues to explode among viewers north of the border.

Jun 14, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

Why Eastern Europe Will Resist Netflix by Scott Roxborough

The head of Eastern Europe's largest broadcast group kicks off the NEM 2016 conference with a defiant call to arms: 'linear TV is stronger than ever!'

Jun 14, 2016 — News Article

Netflix lands over a million new Canadian subscribers in less than one year: report by Emily Jackson

More than five million Canadians subscribed to Netflix as of this spring, with more than a million signing up in the last year alone, according to new estimates that suggest the video streaming service’s popularity continues to explode among viewers north of the border.

Jun 14, 2016 — OMNI Television

De la télévision multiculturelle pour tous les Canadiens

OMNI Television announced  they are filing a application with the CRTC to operate  a new multilingual and multicultural channel called OMNI Regional, the first of its kind in the country. 

Jun 14, 2016 — NiemanLab

Video news isn’t growing as fast as you’d think, and other surprising findings from a new global survey by Laura Hazard Owen

Report suggests consumption of online news video is still a minority behavior around the world.