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Media Monitor — 2001

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Dec 13, 2001 — The Sault Star

CBC TV could 'regain presence' in Northeastern Ontario by Phil Novak

CBC may share resources with CTV station to return service to North Bay

Dec 8, 2001 — Globe & Mail

TV data are right by Ian Morrison (Letter to the Editor)

Follow the Money data come directly from CRTC financial summaries and show private broadcasters welcome federal subsidies but haven’t increased Canadian content

Dec 6, 2001 — Globe & Mail

Broadcasters face end to U.S. gravy train by Eric Reguly

Technology may soon make US networks stop licencing programs for export to Canada, forcing broadcasters to rely on Canadian content

Nov 29, 2001 — Toronto Star

New CRTC head determined to raise profile by Antonia Zerbisias

Friends welcomes appointment of Charles Dalfen as new CRTC head

Nov 29, 2001 — The Sault Star

Speaking of MCTV by Steven Gallagher

MCTV does Sault Ste. Marie viewers a disservice by not acknowledging final local telecast

Nov 28, 2001 — Canadian Press

Toronto telecommunications lawyer appointed new chairman of CRTC

Friends welcomes appointment of Charles Dalfen as new CRTC head

Nov 23, 2001 — Globe & Mail

CRTC seen granting CTV more flexibility by Heather Scoffield and Keith Damsell

CRTC makes concessions to CTV in Newsnet licensing decision

Nov 10, 2001 — The Sault Star

Sault MPP continues the fight to save local news by Elaine Della-Mattia

Sault Ste. Marie residents lobby to keep local CTV news station

Nov 8, 2001 — The Sault Star

Watchdog says CRTC letter holds a warning to MCTV by Brian Kelly

Friends says CRTC letter will push CTV to uphold its commitments to local programming

Nov 6, 2001 — The Sault Star

CTV might be hiding behind loophole, media lobby says by Brian Kelly

CTV may be exploiting licensing loophole allowing it to substitute regional programming for local television

Oct 29, 2001 — Globe & Mail

There is nothing wrong with your TV set ... by Hugh Winsor

Private broadcasters seek subsidies to produce profitable Canadian television without regulation

Oct 28, 2001 — Toronto Star

Geminis are lost in America by Antonia Zerbisias

Private broadcasters seek subsidies to produce profitable Canadian television without regulation

Oct 27, 2001 — National Post

Public friend, private foe

Friends’ criticism of private broadcasters’ commitment to Canadian programming is unjustified

Oct 25, 2001 — CBC Radio The Arts Report

Group says more Canadian dollars going to U.S. programs

Broadcasters’ spending on US programs has increased and on Canadian programs has decreased, even as federal government provides them with subsidies for Canadian content

Oct 25, 2001 — Toronto Star

Can-con vital in digital world: CAB by Graham Fraser

Technology may soon make US networks stop licencing programs for export to Canada, forcing broadcasters to rely on Canadian content

Oct 25, 2001 — Globe & Mail

Broadcasters seek programming money by Heather Scoffield

Private broadcasters seek subsidies to produce profitable Canadian television without regulation

Oct 24, 2001 — Globe & Mail

Canadian subsidies fund Hollywood spending: study

Broadcasters’ spending on US programs has increased and on Canadian programs has decreased, even as federal government provides them with subsidies for Canadian content

Oct 24, 2001 — Toronto Star

Can-con continues decline by Graham Fraser

Broadcasters’ spending on US programs has increased and on Canadian programs has decreased, even as federal government provides them with subsidies for Canadian content

Oct 23, 2001 — Canadian Press

Our tax dollars going to Hollywood: Lobby group

Broadcasters’ spending on US programs has increased and on Canadian programs has decreased, even as federal government provides them with subsidies for Canadian content

Oct 23, 2001 — Presse Canadienne

Les chaînes télévisées privées subventionneraient l’industrie hollywoodienne (Link to English version inside)

Broadcasters’ spending on US programs has increased and on Canadian programs has decreased, even as federal government provides them with subsidies for Canadian content

Oct 10, 2001 — Moncton Times & Transcript

For MPs, there's no life like it

Redesigned CBC supper-hour news appears very Toronto-centric

Sep 28, 2001 — Canadian Press

Hollywood North expected to survive terror by John McKay

Canada’s film and TV industry will not suffer economic fallout from 9/11 because it is viewed as a safe place for US films to shoot

Sep 27, 2001 — Globe & Mail

Out with the old? Not quite by Gayle MacDonald

CBC updates its image while retaining classic logo

Aug 7, 2001 — Le Soleil

Retrouvailles by Didier Fessou (French)

CRTC decision allows a degree of convergence between television, print newsrooms

Aug 6, 2001 — Globe & Mail

Rebel TV station to take on CRTC by Keith Damsell

Star Ray TV broadcasts Toronto community programming without a licence

Aug 3, 2001 — Toronto Star

CRTC okays merged newsrooms by Susan Pigg

CRTC decision allows a degree of convergence between television, print newsrooms

Aug 3, 2001 — Globe & Mail

CRTC okays newsroom convergence by Heather Scoffield

CRTC decision allows a degree of convergence between television, print newsrooms

Aug 3, 2001 — Winnipeg Free Press

CRTC lets newsrooms merge by Martin Cash

CRTC decision allows a degree of convergence between television, print newsrooms

Aug 3, 2001 — Calgary Herald

CRTC stresses quality journalism by Chris Cobb

CRTC decision allows a degree of convergence between television, print newsrooms

Aug 3, 2001 — Saskatoon Star Phoenix

Regulator OKs media convergence by Chris Cobb

CRTC decision allows a degree of convergence between television, print newsrooms

Aug 2, 2001 — Toronto Star

CRTC to offer view on media concentration by Jennifer Ditchburn

CRTC decision allows a degree of convergence between television, print newsrooms

Aug 2, 2001 — CTV News

CRTC renews network licences with conditions by Roger Smith

CRTC decision allows a degree of convergence between television, print newsrooms

Jul 18, 2001 — Vancouver Sun

A new spark for the CBC by Daryl Duke

Carole Taylor must ensure the CBC reflects Canada’s diversity of languages, cultures and communities

Jul 17, 2001 — Canadian Press

Chrétien confirms Taylor is new chairwoman of CBC by John McKay

Carole Taylor must ensure the CBC reflects Canada’s diversity of languages, cultures and communities

Jul 7, 2001 — Toronto Star

Rogers agrees to purchase Sportsnet by Chris Zelkovich

Approval should not be difficult for Rogers’ proposed purchase of CTV’s share of Sportsnet

Jul 6, 2001 — News Article

CRTC sets limits on Quebecor deal by Chris Cobb

CRTC imposes news-gathering conditions on converging media giants

Jul 6, 2001 — Globe & Mail

CRTC demands newsrooms be separate by Keith Damsell

CRTC imposes news-gathering conditions on converging media giants

Jul 6, 2001 — Montreal Gazette

Convergence plans at stake by Andy Riga

CRTC imposes news-gathering conditions on converging media giants

Jul 3, 2001 — Canadian Press

CRTC ruling to set path of convergence by Paula Arab

CRTC conditions on Québecor merger will set framework for other convergence deals

Jul 2, 2001 — Ottawa Citizen

PM leaving cultural agencies adrift: critics by Chris Cobb

Liberals’ delay in appointing executives to CBC, CRTC and Telefilm shows their disregard for culture

Jun 21, 2001 — Eye

Big cable gets bigger by Paul Weinberg

Friends worries allowing cable companies to own specialty channels will give them too much control over content

Jun 20, 2001 — Canadian Press

CBC to spend new federal money on programming, announces more layoffs

50 more CBC jobs will be cut as $60 million in additional funding is directed toward programming

Jun 8, 2001 — Toronto Star

Cable companies get their wish by Antonia Zerbisias

CRTC awards cable companies the right to own specialty channels, opening way for further media concentration

Jun 7, 2001 — Canadian Press

CRTC allows cable company purchases by David Paddon

CRTC awards cable companies the right to own specialty channels, opening way for further media concentration

Jun 2, 2001 — Globe & Mail

Weekend Diary by Michael Posner

Ian Morrison is trying to fend off a suspected investigation by CanWest Global

May 30, 2001 — National Post

CJF washes hands of donation by Murray Whyte

Canadian Journalism Foundation reviews policies after alleged conflict of interest involving political donations to Canadian Media Research Consortium

May 29, 2001 — Globe & Mail

Lobbyist resigns from journalism body by Michael Posner

Following allegations her many professional associations placed her in a conflict of interest, vice-chairwoman of the Canadian Journalism Foundation voluntarily resigned.

May 29, 2001 — National Post

Consultant confirms departure from CJF by Murray Whyte

Following suggestions her many professional associations placed her in a conflict of interest, Pauline Couture has resigned from the Canadian Journalism Foundation

May 28, 2001 — National Post

Executive to quit journalism group amid conflict allegations by Richard Foot

Following suggestions her many professional associations placed her in a conflict of interest, Pauline Couture has resigned from the Canadian Journalism Foundation

May 23, 2001 — Ottawa Citizen

For the Record by Michael McCabe (Letter to the Editor)

Michael McCabe’s comments regarding CRTC conflict of interest were his own views, and were not intended to speak for the CAB

May 17, 2001 — Globe & Mail

The lobbyists are everywhere – and they're multiplying by Eric Reguly

Lobbyists and PR staff have too much control over Canadian affairs

May 16, 2001 — Ottawa Citizen

CRTC accused of hiring conflict by Randy Boswell and Tim Naumetz

CAB president claims CRTC’s hiring of Friends’ Steering Committee member as speechwriter was conflict of interest

May 15, 2001 — National Post

Beyond name-calling by Matthew Fraser

Friends and CJF need to clean up allegations of conflict of interest to restore their credibility

May 14, 2001 — Globe & Mail

What's a little enmity among Friends? by Hugh Winsor

Rivalry between CanWest and Friends seems to have more to do with perceived conflicts of interest than with Friends’ actual work

May 12, 2001 — Ottawa Citizen

'Friends' ignores facts on Global by Gerry Noble, President and CEO, Global Television Network

Friends makes unbalanced attacks on CanWest Global while ignoring positive developments in Canadian broadcasting system

May 11, 2001 — National Post

Foundation apologizes to writer by Murray Whyte

CJF apologizes to Matthew Fraser after incident involving CanWest, Friends

May 11, 2001 — Canadian Press

Time to vent broadcasting views by Bruce Cheadle

Commons heritage committee will launch review of Broadcasting Act, CRTC, invites broadcasters and public to share their views

May 11, 2001 — Montreal Gazette

MPs to probe media cross-ownership by Chris Cobb

Commons heritage committee will launch review of Broadcasting Act, CRTC, invites broadcasters and public to share their views

May 10, 2001 — Ottawa Citizen

Article on 'Friends' needed more research by Bill Wilton (Letter to the Editor)

CJF refutes Matthew Fraser’s allegations of conflict of interest

May 8, 2001 — Ottawa Citizen

'Friends' of public scrutiny by Matthew Fraser (pdf 84KB)

Ian Morrison should render Friends as financially accountable as the broadcasters he targets

May 5, 2001 — National Post

A world of Friends by Matthew Fraser

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting does not uphold the transparency and accountability standards it demands of broadcasters, columnist says.

May 5, 2001 — National Post

A world of Friends by Matthew Fraser

Ian Morrison should render Friends as financially accountable as the broadcasters he targets

May 4, 2001 — Calgary Herald

Broadcasting watchdog group an absurd circus by Matthew Fraser (pdf 63KB)

Friends lacks substance, legitimacy along with CRTC

May 3, 2001 — National Post

Friends

Friends has become diverted from its original purpose and been associated with conflicts of interest

May 3, 2001 — Victoria Times Colonist

Media regulator is in trouble by Matthew Fraser (pdf 59KB)

Friends lacks substance, legitimacy along with CRTC

May 3, 2001 — Niagara Falls Review

Departure spells trouble for group by Matthew Fraser (pdf 65KB)

Friends lacks substance, legitimacy along with CRTC

May 3, 2001 — Windsor Star

CRTC struggling along by Matthew Fraser (pdf 54KB)

Friends lacks substance, legitimacy along with CRTC

May 2, 2001 — Globe & Mail

When friends fall out by Gayle MacDonald

Peter C. Newman believes Friends has overextended its mandate, while remaining members of Steering Committee defend the organization

May 2, 2001 — Toronto Star

Vital Friends under attack by media giants by Antonia Zerbisias

Although not perfect, Friends is a vital grassroots public interest group

May 2, 2001 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC's old 'friend' has fewer friends of his own by Matthew Fraser (pdf 55KB)

Friends lacks substance, legitimacy along with CRTC

May 2, 2001 — Vancouver Province

Friends of Public Broadcasting head more a friend of CRTC by Matthew Fraser (pdf 50KB)

Friends lacks substance, legitimacy along with CRTC

May 2, 2001 — Vancouver Sun

Putting the boots to Canada's feeble media regulators by Matthew Fraser (pdf 55KB)

Friends lacks substance, legitimacy along with CRTC

May 1, 2001 — National Post

Broadcast watchdog has only one trick by Matthew Fraser

Friends lacks substance, legitimacy along with CRTC

Apr 26, 2001 — National Post

Newman quits broadcasting lobby by Murray Whyte

Peter C. Newman resigns from Friends, saying organization has been diverted from its original purpose

Apr 26, 2001 — National Post

CTV, Global await CRTC rules on newsrooms by Barbara Shecter

Broadcasters hope upcoming CRTC ruling does not regulate conduct in their newsrooms

Apr 25, 2001 — Toronto Star

How about meaningful TV? by Antonia Zerbisias

Cultural lobby groups claim 7 years is too long for CTV, Global licence renewals

Apr 20, 2001 — National Post

State has no place in the newsroom by Matthew Fraser

CRTC’s potential ruling on newspapers may indeed be unconstitutional

Apr 19, 2001 — Globe & Mail

CBC hires U.S. ad firm for makeover of English-language television by Bertrand Marotte

New York’s Razorfish Inc. has been hired to head CBC rebranding

Apr 18, 2001 — Globe & Mail

CTV is asked to explain why bigger is better by Heather Scoffield

CTV believes cross-ownership will enrich Canadian broadcasting, but can’t say how

Apr 18, 2001 — Toronto Star

Desperately defending media convergence by Antonia Zerbisias

CTV believes cross-ownership will enrich Canadian broadcasting, but can’t say how

Apr 18, 2001 — Canadian Press

CTV execs won't predict future, can't tell CRTC how cross-ownership will work by Leanne Yohemas-Hayes

CTV believes cross-ownership will enrich Canadian broadcasting, but can’t say how

Apr 18, 2001 — Brandon Sun

Craig empire in transition by Rod Nickel

Craig Broadcast Systems could be bought out by CHUM, continuing trend toward consolidation in Canadian media

Apr 17, 2001 — Winnipeg Free Press

Stakes high for private TV networks by Martin Cash

Upcoming CRTC licence renewal hearings for CTV, Global will address cross-ownership

Apr 17, 2001 — Canadian Press

Stakes high as broadcast regulator examines record of private TV networks by Dennis Bueckert

Upcoming CRTC licence renewal hearings for CTV, Global will address cross-ownership

Apr 16, 2001 — National Post

Cross-ownership song and dance by Matthew Fraser

Editorial diversity and Canadian content issues arising from convergence should not be subject to over-zealous regulation by CRTC

Apr 16, 2001 — Globe & Mail

CRTC hearing to set tone for TV's future by Heather Scoffield

Upcoming CRTC licence renewal hearings for CTV, Global will address cross-ownership

Apr 15, 2001 — Toronto Star

Private TV takes static for Canadian content drop by Antonia Zerbisias

Critics say private networks are not investing enough in Canadian content

Apr 14, 2001 — Ottawa Citizen

Global, CTV face licence renewals

Upcoming CRTC licence renewal hearings for CTV, Global will address cross-ownership

Apr 14, 2001 — Toronto Star

Ready or not, CRTC takes on media convergence by Antonia Zerbisias

Upcoming CRTC licence renewal hearings for CTV, Global will address cross-ownership

Apr 14, 2001 — Ottawa Citizen

All-party panel to investigate TV industry by Chris Cobb

Commons heritage committee will launch review of Broadcasting Act, CRTC, invites broadcasters and public to share their views

Mar 30, 2001 — News Article

The CRTC's indecent exposure by Matthew Fraser

Pay-per-view porn controversy exposes CRTC’s regulatory failings

Mar 29, 2001 — News Article

E-mail from Matthew Fraser

Fraser denies he wrote a Frank Magazine article on Friends.

Mar 26, 2001 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa and the Goliaths by Heather Scoffield

Policymakers and existing institutions are ill-equipped to deal with increasing media convergence

Mar 22, 2001 — Globe & Mail

Close encounters of a media kind by Michael Posner

Friends questions appropriateness of CBC partnerships with Toronto Star

Mar 14, 2001 — Toronto Star

McDonough slams broadcasting review by Graham Fraser

Liberal government’s involvement with broadcasting insiders casts doubt on their ability to run objective studies of the industry

Mar 12, 2001 — Canadian Press

Watchdog: Rogers' letter a 'threat' by Lisa Schmidt

Friends believes Rogers’ letter to film and television producers is a threat to force them to intervene at CRTC hearings

Mar 9, 2001 — Toronto Star

Corus pays $205 million in bidding war for WTN by Susan Pigg

Corus may have trouble purchasing WTN due to CRTC’s traditional opposition to cable companies owning specialty channels

Mar 5, 2001 — National Post

Crusade to purify private TV is a waste of money by Matthew Fraser

Government should deregulate private TV and focus subsidies on niche areas where Canadian programming is superior

Mar 3, 2001 — Ottawa Citizen

CRTC at centre of Liberal turf war by Chris Cobb

Competition between Heritage Minister Sheila Copps and Industry Minister Brian Tobin prompts review of CRTC’s role

Mar 2, 2001 — New Brunswick Telegraph Journal

Audience share for CBC's supper news tumbles by 45% by Alan White

Following cuts to local news programs, CBC’s audience share for supper-hour news has dropped

Feb 22, 2001 — Globe & Mail

CRTC to probe Canadian content by Michael Posner

CRTC releases CTV, Global financial statements pending licence renewal hearings

Feb 22, 2001 — Toronto Star

CanCon spending squabble by Antonia Zerbisias

Global claims CTV’s specialty channels make it easier for the network to spend money on Canadian programming

Feb 21, 2001 — Canadian Press

CRTC exposes CTV and Global spending numbers

CRTC releases CTV, Global financial statements pending licence renewal hearings

Feb 20, 2001 — National Post

Global argues Canadian TV numbers confidential by Antonia Zerbisias

Global may oppose releasing financial data because of potential criticism for its low spending on Canadian programming

Feb 18, 2001 — Toronto Star

Cable wants bigger slice of TV pie by Greg Quill

Critics worry allowing cable companies to own specialty channels will reduce diversity of voices in the broadcasting system

Feb 15, 2001 — Globe & Mail

TV's Mr. Education by Sandra Martin

Former TVO executive David Moffat Walker, a champion of educational television, has died.

Feb 3, 2001 — Ottawa Citizen

Senators, BCE not a good fit by Chris Cobb

Despite the potential of sports-media mergers’ success, BCE will likely not profit from small-market Senators

Jan 30, 2001 — Ottawa Citizen

Newman 'jazzed' about Global gig by Chris Nuttal-Smith

Kevin Newman will anchor Global’s new network newscast

Jan 27, 2001 — Ottawa Citizen

Award-winning filmmaker appointed to CBC board by Chris Cobb

Chrétien appoints acclaimed filmmaker and known Liberal supporter to CBC board of directors

Jan 18, 2001 — Montreal Gazette

Time to invest in CBC by Lawrence Martin

Liberal government should take policy initiative by putting $500 million back into CBC

Jan 15, 2001 — CBC Arts Report

CRTC wants private spending to be made public info

CRTC aims to include private networks’ financial data in public files for licence renewals

Jan 12, 2001 — Canadian Press

CRTC considers releasing TV broadcasters' spending on Canadian content by Lisa Schmidt

CRTC aims to include private networks’ financial data in public files for licence renewals

Jan 5, 2001 — Ottawa Citizen

The CBC's noble goals

Robert Rabinovitch hints that CBC may broadcast fewer NHL playoff games to make space for other programming within its public mandate