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Aug 24, 2017 — National Post

Baloney Meter: Big TV groups say regs won't mean cuts to CanCon spending

Columnist says the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has actually reduced the minimum amount some broadcast groups will be required to spend on PNI, which include Canadian-made dramas, documentaries, comedies and awards shows.

Aug 23, 2017 — National Observer

Alberta Tories try to distance themselves from Rebel Media by Trish Audette-Longo

Columnist says Alberta's new United Conservative Party says it doesn't have any ties to Rebel Media, despite a report about a 2016 fundraising pitch that promoted one of the new party's leadership contenders and was distributed via the far-right website's mailing list.

Aug 23, 2017 — Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat

News Release: A Successful Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Culture and Heritage

Federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for culture and heritage meet in Orford, Quebec, to discuss the development of culture and heritage, as well as their priorities and best practices.

Aug 23, 2017 — Canadaland

What CBC Radio Gets Right by Siobhan Özege

Columnist says not everything outside current affairs is frivolous or misguided - stories bring us together, too.

Aug 22, 2017 — Brampton Guardian

Rogers TV in Mississauga and Brampton going dark for good next month by Louie Rosella

The station was set to go off the air Aug. 31, but the date has been extended to Sept. 26

Aug 21, 2017 — J-Source

Radical model could be key to creating new community newspapers across Canada by Nick Fillmore

Columnist says daily papers are failing because millions of dollars of advertising they used to have has either moved to the internet or has just disappeared.

Aug 21, 2017 — J-Source

Print distribution of the Globe and Mail coming to an end in Atlantic provinces by H.G. Watson

Globe and Mail publisher and CEO Phillip Crawley confirmed on Aug. 21 that all print distribution to Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick will end on Nov. 30.

Aug 18, 2017 — Nation Talk

17 projects receive funding through the CMF’s Aboriginal Program

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) announces a total contribution of $8.9M to 17 convergent projects that applied for production funding through its Aboriginal Program.

Aug 18, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Cancon television regulations need updating in the age of streaming by Kate Taylor

Columnist says the Heritage Minister has now reset the clock on a major decision for Liberal appointee Ian Scott, who starts as CRTC Chairman in September.

Aug 16, 2017 — Toronto Star

Gulf blockade target isn't Qatar, it's Al Jazeera by Tony Burman

Columnist says there is genuine danger now in the showdown underway in the Gulf, and Qatar’s groundbreaking Al Jazeera news network is emerging as the real target.

Aug 16, 2017 — CBC/Radio-Canada


CBC releases it's Fall 2017 broadcasting lineup.

Aug 15, 2017 — Mobile Syrup

Bell’s Superbowl ad prices reflect company’s belief it will overturn CRTC decision by Rose Behar

Columnist says Bell Media is still hoping to hold out against the Canadian television regulator’s decision to ban the simultaneous substitution of high-profile U.S.

Aug 15, 2017 — TV, eh?

The Government of Canada Wants to Ensure the Right Balance of Investment in Content and in the Ability to Compete by Greg David

The Minister of Canadian Heritage says they are asking the CRTC to reconsider previous decisions in order to ensure the balancing of investment in content and in the ability to compete.

Aug 14, 2017 — Halifax Examiner

The Herald strike is over. Now the hard part begins by Stephen Kimber

At the culmination of the Chronicle Herald strike, columnist says there are no winners after 26 journalists are laid off.

Aug 14, 2017 — Globe & Mail

CBC’s downsizing sets stage for growing ad agency Bensimon Byrne by Wallace Immen

CBC has sold at least nine of its former buildings in cities including Halifax and Windsor, shedding about 400,000 square feet, or 10 per cent, of the corporation’s overall space. Those facilities were moved to smaller leased spaces.

Aug 14, 2017 — Canadian Media Producers Association

Canadian producers, actors and directors commend Minister Joly on rejection of CRTC decision

This action requires the CRTC to re-evaluate its decisions, which would decrease the amount that Bell Media, Rogers Media and Corus Entertainment are required to spend on Canadian Programs of National Interest (PNI).

Aug 14, 2017 — National Post

Cabinet orders CRTC to review decision to decrease spending on Canadian TV programs by Emily Jackson

The order comes after an outcry from creative groups – actors, directors and writers claimed the new rules would slash production budgets.

Aug 14, 2017 — CBC News

Heritage minister orders CRTC to review decision lowering Canadian content by Peter Zimonjic

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has asked Canada's broadcast regulator to review its decision earlier this year allowing some Canadian broadcasters to cut spending on the creation of Canadian content.

Aug 14, 2017 — Globe & Mail

In rare move, Ottawa asks CRTC to reconsider rulings on investment in Canadian content by Susan Krashinsky Robertson

In a rare move, Ottawa has referred a number of TV licence renewals back to the federal broadcast regulator, asking it to reconsider how the licences affect investments in Canadian TV production.

Aug 13, 2017 — New York Times

The Messy, Confusing Future of TV? It’s Here by Kevin Roose

Columnist says an enterprising entrepreneur might someday be tempted to package new streaming services and sell them for a single price, essentially remaking the old cable bundle for the internet, but industry experts say that such cooperation between the industry’s giants is unlikely, given the enormous sums at stake.

Aug 12, 2017 — Ottawa Citizen

Disproportionate funding goes to media outlet linked to Falun Gong by Stewart Kiff

Columnisy says that while most of Canada’s conventional media have endured shrinking audiences and revenues in recent years, segments of the ethnic media have seen significant growth thanks to a constant influx of immigrants from all over the world.

Aug 11, 2017 — SOCAN

SOCAN welcomes the undertaking of consultations on the reform of the Copyright Board of Canada

SOCAN welcomes the announcement by the Government of Canada concerning the undertaking of consultations on the reform of the Copyright Board of Canada made by Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, whose goal is to provide the organization with the means to improve its decision-making process.

Aug 11, 2017 — Our Windsor

Why you’ll end up paying for TV’s fight against Netflix by Michael Lewis

Columnist says the bump in the price of Netflix in Canada and CBS's announcement that it would launch its All Access streaming services here next year suggests that consumers might end up shelling out more for online content even as the lineup of digital viewing choices expands.

Aug 11, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Canada's homegrown TV content needs to come home by Barry Avrich

Columnist says the Heritage Minister needs to find a way to a provide a new source of massive funding to producers for Canadian-produced programming that delivers more than one Canadian show in prime time or we will cease to be relevant and the private networks will face extinction.

Aug 10, 2017 — Vancouver Sun

CBC Comedy is the worst crime against humour this country has ever committed by Tristin Hopper

Columnist says CBC Comedy’s social media accounts are embarrassingly devoid of attention.

Aug 10, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Netflix Canada hikes prices as streaming competition heats up by David Friend

Netflix’s standard plan will now cost a dollar more – or $10.99 a month – to watch content on two screens at a time.

Aug 9, 2017 — Montreal Gazette

End of an era for Laurie Brown and CBC Radio 2's The Signal by T’Cha Dunlevy

As host of CBC Radio 2’s dreamy late-night music show The Signal, Laurie Brown has been telling stories and playing songs that drift through the Canadian ether from 10 to midnight, six nights a week.

Aug 9, 2017 — Nation Talk

Consultations launched on reforming Copyright Board of Canada

Columnist says the Copyright Board should aim to boost jobs and business opportunities by making Board decision making more timely and transparent.

Aug 9, 2017 — Canadian Musician

Music Canada Applauds the Federal Government for Initiating Consultations on Copyright Board of Canada reform

Music Canada applauds the announcement by The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, in conjunction with The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, that the government has launched a consultation process to reform the Copyright Board of Canada

Aug 9, 2017 — FYI Music News

It Is Time To Rethink CanCon Regs On Radio by Steve Marlow

Indie Pool is proposing an alternative structure to CanCon requirements, suggesting a credit system where songs by established artists count for less toward CanCon percentages and lesser known artists count more.