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Dec 19, 2016 — National Post

CRTC’s ‘cornerstone’ ruling on basic telecom service expected to have repercussions for telcos by Emily Jackson

The CRTC is poised to release its ruling on what constitutes basic telecom service, a “cornerstone” decision that chairman Jean-Pierre Blais said could have repercussions for the next decade.

Dec 19, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

Michael Wolff on How Media Wars Will Replace the Culture Wars in Trump Era by Michael Wolff

Columnist says the neww administration's strategy is to bait the press by reveling in and courting its outrage and attention as the news moguls gamely play along.

Dec 18, 2016 — MobileSyrup

Behind the scenes of Shomi’s shutdown: Is this the next stage of Hollywood North? by Jessica Vomiero

Columnist says that in many ways, Canada is still coming of age in the digital video streaming era.

Dec 16, 2016 — Article Magazine

The distraction machine by Andrew McDougall

Columnist says a new temptation is taking root in the scramble for revenue within newsrooms: chasing and writing easily understood outrage, rather than deeper reporting on public policy. 

Dec 16, 2016 — News Article

Melanie Joly’s fight for Canadian culture is neither easy nor popular by Kate Taylor

Columnist says it would be impossible to extend the Canadian-content quotas that have governed television and radio since the 1970s to YouTube, Netflix or music-streaming services and that the solution lies in making lots of great Canadian content and, equally important, marketing it in ways that Canadians can easily find it.

Dec 15, 2016 — Times Colonist

Let’s question government-subsidized culture by Aaron Wudrick

Columnist argues having official government criteria for defining Canadian content is in many ways a misguided endeavour.

Dec 15, 2016 — Toronto Star

Canadian MPs say CRTC made a bad call on Super Bowl ads by Alexander Panetta

Two Liberal MPs are asking the CRTC to reverse its new policy that forces the NFL to run an unfiltered broadcast of its championship game so Canadians can see the big-budget ads.

Dec 14, 2016 — Toronto Star

Amazon launches Prime Video in Canada by Raju Mudhar

The streaming service, which carries original shows like “The Grand Tour” and older movies and TV shows, is part of the $79/year Amazon Prime membership.

Dec 12, 2016 — News Article

CBC’s ad-free proposal shakes up heritage discussion by Simon Houpt and Susan Krashinsky Robertson

The public broadcaster argues going ad-free will allow it to take bold creative risks akin to its well funded U.K. counterpart, the British Broadcasting Corporation, and create high-quality flagship TV programs for Canadians that can be exported to the rest of the world. 

Dec 11, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Canada leads charge to force Internet giants to support more localized content by Daniel LeBlanc

Ottawa wants to create an international coalition that will give governments new powers to force Internet and multimedia giants to fund and showcase the creation of domestic content on their digital platforms.

Dec 10, 2016 — Heartland

America’s Indefensible Media Concentration Double Standard by Scott Cleland

Columnist says seldom can one find a starker commercial example of unequal legal, law enforcement, and regulatory treatment of very similar commercial activities than that between old media and Internet/new media companies concerning media concentration and antitrust enforcement. 

Dec 10, 2016 — The Telegram

Going ad-free could be good for CBC by Bob Wakeham

A fallout discussion that emerged in recent weeks after the CBC floated the idea of a commercial-free television lineup centred around the question of whether the corporation is actually fulfilling its mandate to supply alternative programming to Canadians.

Dec 9, 2016 — UNESCO

Diversity of cultural expressions facing the digital challenge

Over the last fifteen years, the digital environment has profoundly transformed the world’s cultural scene, overturned traditional regulatory mechanisms and affected the status of cultural goods and services in international trade negotiations. 

Dec 9, 2016 — iPolitics

Scheer says he would axe CBC news division by Janice Dickson

Conservative leadership candidate says government has ‘glaring’ conflict in operating CBC.

Dec 9, 2016 — Regina Leader-Post

Why Canadian movies pretend to be American by Kevin Tierney

Columnist asks, if we are going to invest in developing movies, making them, distributing them and marketing them, isn’t it time to invest in getting them seen? 

Dec 8, 2016 — J-Source

Why Canadian journalists have to care about online security by H.G. Watson

Many journalists already take steps to protect themselves using encryption and apps that promise privacy. But that might not be enough.

Dec 7, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

Netflix Acquires 20 Chinese-Language TV Shows From Singapore's Mediacorp by Patrick Brzeski

The deal brings local classics like 'The Golden Path' to Netflix subscribers around the world.

Dec 7, 2016 — Calgary Herald

CRTC to cut back staff, services at regional offices in ‘digital first’ shift by Emily Jackson

Canada’s telecommunications regulator is eliminating roles at its seven regional offices and consolidating some services at its National Capital Region headquarters in a push towards “digital first.”

Dec 6, 2016 — Peterborough Examiner

Three employees affected by CJBN-TV station closure, two accept positions at Shaw TV by Lloyd Mack

Shaw Communications, which purchased the station along with Norcom Telecommunications in August 2006, filed with the CRTC advising the commission it is not seeking to renew the broadcast licence of CJBN-TV Kenora

Dec 6, 2016 — Globe & Mail

NFL asks broadcast regulator to keep Canadian ads by Chris Hannay

NFL Canada’s managing director is making the case for keeping Canadian commercials during next year’s Super Bowl broadcast on February 5.

Dec 6, 2016 — Policy Options

Local media and the democracy deficit by Ian Morrison

FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison says the time has come for the CRA to update its interpretation of what broadcasting means and end the tax deductibility of ads placed on foreign-controlled digital platforms.

Dec 5, 2016 — The Tyee

Big Idea for Canadian Media: Provide Incentives for Local Ownership by Marc Edge

Writer explores the takeovers and mergers behind the razed newsrooms and serially slimming papers, and reflects on the federal government’s current efforts to study the issue and determine what actions it may take to support the industry going forward.

Dec 5, 2016 — The Tyee

Big Idea for Canadian Media: Provide Incentives for Local Ownership by Marc Edge

Writer explores the takeovers and mergers behind the razed newsrooms and serially slimming papers, and reflects on the federal government’s current efforts to study the issue and determine what actions it may take to support the industry going forward.

Dec 5, 2016 — CBC News

Ad-free CBC would be 'completely different,' says president

The president of CBC/Radio Canada said a proposal to increase government funding to the public broadcaster and do away with ads would transform the organization, especially its television programming.

Dec 4, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Two theories about Trump's winning media strategy by John Doyle

Columnist says Donald Trump was a crucible for the disgruntlement, no matter how the message was distributed.

Dec 4, 2016 — iPolitics

No free press, no freedom by Michael Harris

Columnist says journalists aren’t perfect, but they’re our first line of defence against tyrants of all stripes.

Dec 3, 2016 — J-Source

Furor over CBC’s opinion section is a tempest in an inkpot by Romayne Smith Fullerton

Columnist says that in order for Canadians to know each other, and understand the thoughts, attitudes, and values of others across our vast country, we need to expose ourselves to a range of interpretations and opinions.

Dec 3, 2016 — Toronto Star

Broadcasters eye CRTC Netflix exemptions, push for parity by Michael Lewis

Competing with services that don't have to fund original Canadian programming, companies call for regulation ‘flexibility.’

Dec 2, 2016 — News Article

The Conservatives have slaughtered sacred cows before. If they target CBC, they can do it again by Chris Selley

While Conservative leadership candidate proposes to reform the CBC as an ad-free broadcaster focused on “what only it can do” in a modern media market, others in the party have assailed him for not calling to dismantle Mother Corp. outright.

Dec 2, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Ad-free CBC could serve as a rallying point for Canadian creativity by Kate Taylor

Columnist says that if the Liberals decide CBC can drop the ads, they need to make sure the public broadcaster gets the money it needs to fulfill their mandate.