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May 25, 2016 — Fraser Institute

Technological Change and Its Implications for Regulating Canada's Television Broadcasting Sector by Steven Globerman

Writer says that as the TV broadcasting sector becomes increasingly competitive, it seems appropriate for the CRTC to largely refrain from intervening into the price negotiation process, as well as into other elements of bargaining between participants in the sector.

May 25, 2016 — Canadian Musician

Does CanCon Still Make Sense? by Michael Raine

Columnist says that to the extent that Canada now regularly produces nationally and internationally successful artists who are signed to Canadian record labels, record in Canadian studios, and work with Canadian managers, agents, promotors, publicists, and others while selling out Canadian venues and festivals, there is common consensus that CanCon has succeeded well beyond most expectations.

May 24, 2016 — Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

CRTC continuing to monitor implementation of new basic television package and pick-and-pay by Jean-Pierre Blais

The CRTC calls television service providers to a public hearing in September 2016.

May 24, 2016 — Ottawa Citizen

In the CRTC's game of thrones, cable companies must lose by Madeline Ashby

Columnist says Game of Thrones is the show that will finally break Canadian media.

May 23, 2016 —

Hulu now worth $25 billion: analysts by Darah Hansen

A new financial report from Credit Suisse is taking a bullish view on Hulu’s future, boosting the streaming service’s valuation from $15 billion to $25 billion, and projecting company profits to hit $2.2 billion by 2020.

May 19, 2016 — Le Devoir

Radio-Canada restera dans l’Est by Stéphane Baillargeon

CBC/SRC has reached a decision: the current Montreal site, including the tower, will be sold and a new Maison Radio-Canada will be built on the corner of René-Levesque and Papineau.

May 18, 2016 — TVA Nouvelles

La Maison de Radio-Canada restera sur le boulevard René-Lévesque

The CBC board has selected two proposals for its new Montreal headquarters: the Broccolini and the Busac & Pomerleau proposals. The public broadcaster had confirmed it will occupy a space on the current site.

May 18, 2016 — The Suburban

Montreal's Brian Mitchell runs for Conservative Party Presidency by Beryl Waksman

Conservative Party Presidency candidate is a member of the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors.

May 18, 2016 — 24 Hours Toronto

What is the CBC Hiding? by Sean Craig

The CBC’s board of directors met Tuesday to discuss the sale of the broadcaster’s Montreal headquarters and are set to meet again today, but according to one MP the details around the property deal and the board’s activities of late have been kept “secret.”

May 18, 2016 — Manitoba Co-operator

CRTC chief deems Internet a necessity by Shannon VanRaes

In recent televised remarks, Jean-Pierre Blais said the necessity of broadband Internet access was a “self-evident truth,” shifting the focus of the current review of basic telecommunications services from proving the need for basic telecommunication, to examining how they can be delivered.

May 18, 2016 — Globe & Mail

MTS deal would set a harmful precedent for wireless competition by Dwayne Winseck & Ben Class

Columnist says if the merger goes through, the communication industry in Manitoba will be radically transformed, and there will be important implications for the rest of Canada as well.

May 18, 2016 — Radio-Canada

Radio-Canada érigera sa nouvelle « maison » sur son site actuel

The new Maison de Radio-Canada (CBC Headquarters in Montreal) will be developed on the corner of René-Levesque and Papineau, part of its current site.

May 17, 2016 — News Article

‘Secret’ CBC documents from board of directors meetings haven’t been made public since last August by Sean Craig

NDP Heritage critic Pierre Nantel says the CBC used to publish the minutes and documents from the board of directors meetings once a month but that not a single document has been made available since the Liberals came to power.


May 17, 2016 — The Tyee

Liberals Signal New Telecom Policy, Promote Open Access by Michael Geist

The CRTC decision means that companies such as Bell will be required to share their fibre networks with other carriers on a wholesale basis.

May 17, 2016 — Corus Entertainment

Six Corus Principles for Innovation and Success

Corus Entertainment presents a manifesto containing six principles for innovation and success.

May 17, 2016 — La Presse

Vente de la tour de la SRC: Joly déplore un document en anglais seulement by Vincent Brousseau-Pouliot

Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage deplores the fact that the CBC produced a letter on intent to potential buyers of the Maison Radio-Canada in Montreal in English only.

May 17, 2016 — La Presse

Maison de Radio-Canada: des conditions de vente rédigées en anglais by Vincent Brousseau-Pouliot, Philippe Teisceira-Lessard, Maxime Bergeron

In mid-April, CBC imposed new conditions on a dozen potential buyers of la Maison Radio-Canada buyers in a unilingual English letter of intent.

May 16, 2016 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC's failure of governance hurts us all by Tony Manera

Former Senior Vice-President at CBC says that despite the partial restoration of its budget by the federal government, CBC governance needs a major overhaul. 

May 16, 2016 — Public.

Jean Pierre Blais at the public hearing to review competitive radio applications in Vancouver

The CRTC begins considering applications to operate new ethnic commercial AM and FM radio stations in the Greater Vancouver market, including the City of Surrey.


May 16, 2016 — La Presse

Vente de la Maison Radio-Canada: le NPD dénonce un processus «secret» by Maxime Bergeron

The “secrecy" surrounding the the sale of the Maison de Radio-Canada in Montreal was discussed on Monday afternoon in the House of Commons as the board of the public broadcaster prepared for an important meeting to discuss the transaction.

May 13, 2016 — News Article

Canadians don’t want major changes to Cancon rules, poll finds by Daniel LeBlanc

According to a new Nanos/Globe and Mail poll, a majority of Canadians are opposed to a new tax on U.S.-based Internet services such as iTunes and Netflix, even as many struggling media and cultural groups argue they need additional sources of funding to survive in the digital era.

May 11, 2016 — Toronto Star

Much more change seen as needed at CBC in Jian Ghomeshi’s wake by Jacques Gallant

The public broadcaster says a culture shift about workplace harassment is underway, but outsiders are dubious.

May 11, 2016 — CBC News

Netflix border-hopping crackdown hurts VPN users seeking privacy, advocacy group says by Sophia Harris

Open Media says Netflix customers should be able to protect their privacy.

May 11, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

U.K. Government Unveils 11-Year Plan for "More Distinctive" BBC in "Major Overhaul" by Georg Szalai & Alex Ritman

A long-awaited "white paper" spells the end of the BBC Trust, but will continue the licence fee for now.

May 11, 2016 — Vice

How the CBC Let Us Down in the Wake of Jian Ghomeshi Scandal by Amil Niazi

Columnist says the CBC had a rare opportunity to reflect on its mistakes as a whole but chose instead to cauterize its parts, blaming a diseased limb even though much of the body was toxic.

May 10, 2016 — The Tyee

CanCon Makeover: Let's Get Creative by Michael Geist

Columnist says it falls to the government to reject the regulatory models of the past by embracing a future-focused strategy that emphasizes competition, consumer access, and the export and promotion of Canadian content for a global audience.

May 9, 2016 — News Article

New kid on the broadcasting block by John Morta

The community’s media landscape got a lot more interesting this spring with the flip of a switch on a transmitter that’s located on Toronto’s lakeshore, due south of East York.

May 6, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Foreign firms have unfair advantage over Cancon, committee hears by Daniel LeBlanc

Columnist says witnesses at parliamentary hearings on the future of local news are repeatedly casting U.S.-based Internet giants as villains in the Canadian media landscape, offering a hint of the battle to come later this year at a full-blown study on the future of Canada’s cultural industries.

May 6, 2016 — Toronto Star

CanCon and regulation: now more than ever by Rick Salutin

Columnist says that while Canadian content used to simply be the Canadian term for public support of culture, now that culture is a driver of the economy and a source of hope for young jobseekers, we need CanCon more than ever.

May 5, 2016 — News Article

Canada Could Combine All Pay TV Set-Top Box Data Into A Shared Audience Measurement System by John Moulding

The CRTC has demanded that the TV industry cooperate on a project to determine the viability of a comprehensive, multi-BDU STB audience measurement system.