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Mar 7, 2017 — iPolitics

CBC News announces new organizational structure by Beatrice Britneff

The news division of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is revamping its organizational structure, according to a memo sent to staff by CBC News’s general manager and editor-in-chief Jennifer McGuire.

Mar 6, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Canada is now home to some of the toughest anti-piracy rules in the world by Michael Geist

Columnist says change in Canadian law is best exemplified by a ruling from the Federal Court of Canada involving the sale and distribution of “modchips,” which can be used to circumvent digital controls on video-game consoles.

Mar 6, 2017 — Editor & Publisher

The Canadian Newspaper Industry is Getting a New Jolt of Life by H.G. Watson

A recently released report on news and democracy in Canada, Shattered Mirror, found that Canadians do understand the linkages between democracy and journalism—but they still aren’t interested in paying for news.

Mar 6, 2017 — ACTRA

ACTRA NAMES TINA KEEPER 2017 ‘WOMAN OF THE YEAR’

In advance of International Women’s Day, Canada’s largest performer’s union is shining the spotlight on Canadian actor, humanitarian and activist Tina Keeper by naming her the 2017 ACTRA National Woman of the Year

Mar 5, 2017 — The Argus

Journalism, Objectivity, And The Transition To Online Platforms by Greg McRath-Goudie

Columnist says as we are living through a time where 18-34 year olds are significantly more likely to access the news from a mobile device, there is decreasing incentive for people to purchase and read newspapers.

Feb 28, 2017 — Press Progress

Kevin O'Leary's little secret: I never wear pants on TV because the CBC is 'run by women'

Press Progress says that according to a 2011 video filmed in front of O'Leary's bathroom mirror, the current front runner in the race to replace Stephen Harper as Conservative leader expresses his frustration about working at a job where "the whole place is run by women" – the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Feb 25, 2017 — Maclean's

Manning Manifests: CBC a prime target as conference winds down by Kady O'Malley

Columnist says the annual Manning Conference wraps up with a lively discussion on whether to sell the CBC outright, or just scale back its journalistic operations. 

Feb 24, 2017 — Daily Kos

Bannon makes stunning threat to media: We're going to make it worse for you every day by Leslie Saltillo

Columnist says White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon admitted Donald Trump’s goal  in appointing new precarious cabinet members to head protective government agencies like the EPA  is to dismantle and “deconstruct” those organizations altogether. 

Feb 23, 2017 — FYI Music News

Preliminary Report On Culture Stops Short Of Policy Fixes by David Farrell Thu

A glimpse of what Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly and her Liberal colleagues have planned to promote Canada’s cultural industries in the next several years is included in a recently released 52-page Ipsos research document.

Feb 23, 2017 — MobileSyrup

Everything you need to know about the ‘Netflix Tax’ by Jessica Vomiero

MobileSyrup reaches out to several experts to clarify the different debates around the phrase “Netflix Tax,” and the precedent that these discussions may set for digital legislation in the future.

Feb 22, 2017 — Calgary Herald

Government must help Canadians thrive in digital universe, report suggests

A report commissioned by the Heritage Department suggests the federal government find new ways to boost Canadian content in a digital world, opening the door to potential new taxes or levies to help struggling producers.

Feb 22, 2017 — CBC News

Canada's government shouldn't be in the business of policing 'fake news' by Graeme Gordon

When asked what role can the government should play to support credible sources and counter the fake news phenomenon, columnist says the correct answer should be: none.

Feb 21, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Extraordinary doc on Bobby Sands justifies public broadcasting by John Doyle

One of the bedrock reasons why public broadcasters need to exist is to provide an alternative to mainstream commercial entertainment. (Let’s leave CBC TV out of this right now.

Feb 17, 2017 — Ottawa Sun

The people (and donors) have spoken: TVO will continue free over-the-air broadcasting by Joanne Laucious

In a statement, the public broadcaster announces that it will continue to transmit free signals across transmitters in Ottawa, Belleville, Thunder Bay, Chatham, Cloyne, Kitchener, London, and Windsor.

Feb 17, 2017 — Ottawa Sun

The people (and donors) have spoken: TVO will continue free over-the-air broadcasting by Joanne Laucious

In a statement, the public broadcaster announces that it will continue to transmit free signals across transmitters in Ottawa, Belleville, Thunder Bay, Chatham, Cloyne, Kitchener, London, and Windsor.

Feb 16, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Pierre Karl Péladeau returning as Quebecor’s CEO by Christine Dobby

Péladeau's return to the company four years after leaving as chief executive officer follows a bruising period in his political and personal life – he stepped down as leader of the Parti Québécois in mid-2016 after separating from his wife, TV producer Julie Snyder.

Feb 13, 2017 — Toronto Star

All the world's a stage for Canada's culture, says Joly by Michael Lewis

After decades of public policy nurturing, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly says Canada’s cultural sector is mature and ready to take off on the world stage.

Feb 10, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Fuss over American Super Bowl ads ignores reality of Internet TV by Kate Taylor

Columnist says the CRTC’s 2015 exemption to this one aspect of “sim-sub” clearly isn’t fair to CTV, while the goal – to offer Canadian consumers the ability to see American ads during the game – is so minor and so irrelevant to the regulator’s mandate to nurture Canadian broadcasting, it’s almost laughable

Feb 3, 2017 — OpenDemocracy

The BBC and the financial crisis: interview with Dr Mike Berry by Mike Berry and Ian Sinclair

What can we learn from how the BBC's coverage of the 2008 financial crisis and the long recession that followed?

Feb 3, 2017 — Ottawa Citizen

TVO to end over-the-air broadcast signals for every Ontario city — except Toronto by Vito Pilieci

The broadcaster, which annually receives $30 million from the province, says the move was aimed at saving around $1 million, which can be used to bolster investments into other initiatives, including its catalogue of content available for streaming online.

 

Feb 2, 2017 — MichaelGeist.com

The Shattered Mirror, Part Two: The Underwhelming Recommendation for Open Licensing at the CBC by Michael Geist

Writer says shifting to non-commercial distribution and use of CBC content is needed.

Feb 2, 2017 — Times Colonist

Treat media providers equally, but don't pass on costs, Canadians tell Joly by Terry Pedwell

While she vows there will be "no Netflix tax," the Heritage Minister is looking to other countries — particularly around Europe — in trying to determine how to ensure digital streaming and so-called "over-the-top" services contribute to Canada's cultural industries.

Jan 30, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Lack of TV news coverage of Quebec City shooting a huge broadcast failure by John Doyle

Columnist says English-language Canadian TV was missing in action for hours after the Quebec shooting and that online reporting simply isn’t enough. 

Jan 29, 2017 — Android Headlines

Google Starts YouTube Channel Dedicated To Canadian Film by Dominik Bosnjak

The launch of the channel marks the beginning of a new collaboration between Google Canada and the Canada Media Fund (CMF), the two organizations announced on Thursday

Jan 27, 2017 — CKNW

Radio Interview: Local Media in Canada

FRIENDS' Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses the future of local media in Canada on News Talk 980 in Vancouver BC.

Jan 27, 2017 — Ottawa Citizen

Ottawa urged to use tax code to favour Canadian publishers, and create fund to preserve journalism by Sean Craig

A new report commissioned by the federal government is urging Ottawa to consider changing tax laws to favour Canadian news publishers in the digital advertising market and use the new revenue stream to establish an independent, publicly-subsidized journalism fund.

Jan 26, 2017 — Toronto Star

Politicians guiding journalism? No, thanks by Paul Wells

Columnist says the collapse of advertising and the ability to search for things quickly has contributed to the demise of newspapers.

Jan 26, 2017 — Cape Breton Post

Local news service, tax changes urged to help restore Canada's media

A major new report is calling for drastic changes to help shore up Canada's news industry as it faces a massive decline in revenues and a growing "fake news" problem.

Jan 26, 2017 — MSN.com

CRTC's Super Bowl ad ruling on Trump's radar, says NFL

The National Football League says the Donald Trump administration is now aware of its dispute with Canada's broadcast regulator surrounding the ban on the substitution of Canadian ads over American ones during the upcoming Super Bowl.

Jan 26, 2017 — Toronto Star

Media cuts are a threat to Canadian democracy, new report warns by Bruce Campion-Smith & Alex Ballingall

Canada’s news industry is on the precipice, battered by a digital revolution and plummeting ad sales, warns a new report that urges taxes for websites such as Facebook and Google, reforms to the CBC’s mandate and a new fund backed by taxpayer dollars as remedies to ease the crisis in journalism.