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Alberta MP Brent Rathgeber has resigned from the Conservative caucus over what he calls the government’s ‘‘lack of commitment to transparency.”
MP Brent Rathgeber has resigned from the Conservative caucus because of “the government’s lack of commitment to transparency.”
Columnist says the CRTC's new code of conduct for wireless carriers will usher in several consumer-friendly rights, such as caps on roaming and data charges, as well as an effective ban on three-year contracts.
The federal government won't allow Mobilicity to transfer its wireless spectrum to larger rival Telus, Industry Minister Christian Paradis says, killing the companies' $380-million takeover deal.
Jun 4, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter: Study: Global Media Industry Poised to Top $2 Trillion in 2016 by Paul Bond
PricewaterhouseCoopers says services like Netflix and Hulu will help keep the U.S. as the biggest entertainment market in the world for the foreseeable future.
Jun 4, 2013 — Globe & Mail: Ottawa holds line on competition as it kills wireless deal by Rita Trichur and Sean Silcoff
Columnists says the federal government isn’t giving up on its efforts to see a fourth wireless carrier in every regional market, rejecting Telus Corp.’s controversial bid to buy struggling upstart Mobilicity, but leaving the door wide open to industry consolidation down the road.
Jun 4, 2013 — Canadian Journalists for Free Expression: CJFE Calls for Withdrawal or Defeat of Bill C-461
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) says that Bill C-461 is so ill-conceived and potentially damaging to the journalistic integrity of the CBC that it cannot be saved through amendments, but rather the Bill should be withdrawn or defeated.
Jun 4, 2013 — Bloomberg: Canada Conservatives Knock Phone Companies in Fundraising by Theophilos Argitis and Andrew Mayeda
Columnists say Canada’s governing Conservative Party is using this week’s policy decisions about the wireless telephone industry to appeal to supporters for money.
Jun 3, 2013 — Playback: Jean-Pierre Blais articulates the CRTC’s “global” vision by Danielle Ng See Quan
In his speech to delegates at the Association des producteurs de films et de television du Quebec (APFTQ) conference, CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais addressed the regulator’s decision to renew the CBC’s licences to 2018, and challenges that both the Quebec industry and the regulator are facing looking to the future of the expanding digital marketplace.
Columnist says the CRTC has cleared the way for CBC to transform itself over its next five-year licence term, in a ruling that allows for changes across much of the broadcaster’s operations.
Jun 3, 2013 — The Hill Times: Feds’ budget bill expected to move third reading this week, but opposition parties say report stage out of order
Opposition MPs say the House Finance Committee has overstepped its authority in considering amendments to the budget bill.
Columnist says that after months of stalled negotiations over its planned Internet radio service, Apple is pushing to complete licensing deals with music companies so it can reveal the service as early as next week, according to people briefed on the talks.
May 31, 2013 — Globe & Mail: A new and unseemly arrogance at CBC by Simon Houpt
Columnist says that shortly before the CRTC released its decision allowing advertising on Radio 2, a $15,000 campaign advertising the paywall of Postmedia had been pulled from CBC TV stations in Regina, Windsor, and Edmonton.
Canadian actor Eric Peterson was in Parliament expecting to be honoured for receiving the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement but instead walked out, offended by Heritage Minister James Moore's comments.
May 31, 2013 — Huffington Post Canada: James Moore's Attack On NDP Leaves Artists Feeling 'Insulted' by Joan Bryden
Columnist says that Heritage Minister James Moore deflected questions from the Senate expenses scandal by raising instances of alleged ethical lapses by various NDP and Liberal parliamentarians.
May 30, 2013 — Toronto Sun: The Force’s dark side: CBC is becoming a major media machine and its next target is your local newspaper by Brian Lilley
Columnist says consumers may like getting their news for free, but if things don’t change, CBC will be the only game in town after they shut down local newspapers.
May 29, 2013 — Toronto Sun: CRTC gives mandatory carriage to CBC by Brian Lilley
Kory Teneycke, vice-president of Sun News, says the CRTC granting mandatory carriage status to CBC News Network and RDI is consistent with their own application for mandatory carriage.
Columnist says it is a myth perpetuated by Sun News, and now spoken by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, that CBC is an out-of-control spending machine.
Critics charge that the controversial decision to allow the commercialization of Radio 2 and Espace Musique has created a “slippery slope” that will change the face of the public broadcaster forever.
May 29, 2013 — Winnipeg Free Press: CBC gets limited radio ad approval by Julian Beltrame
The CBC has been given permission by the federal broadcast regulator to introduce advertising on some of its radio networks, breaking a four-decade tradition of commercial-free service.