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Dec 31, 2003 — National Post

CBC defends Mansbridge, says no bias in reporting: Internal study by Tim Naumetz

CBC argues that its study actually found that the majority of Canadians believe CBC News is unbiased.

Dec 31, 2003 — Globe & Mail

CBC change urged by Guy Dixon

CBC reacts to media coverage of internal study that recommends image changes for CBC News.

Dec 30, 2003 — Hollywood Reporter

Craig moving to boost its market share by Norma Reveler

Craig and CHUM are embracing expansion plans, but await a CRTC decision that will determine whether Canada can support two more national private television networks.

Dec 30, 2003 — National Post

New media deserves better funding deal by Mark Evans

Underfunding threatens Canada's new media industry.

Dec 30, 2003 — National Post

In-house study calls CBC 'stuffy, uptight' by Tim Naumetz

The National Post reports that an internal CBC study has found that viewers see CBC as politically biased and its flagship TV newscast as "stuffy and condescending."

Dec 29, 2003 — Canadian Press

Global brings in new executive producer to boost flagging Mike Bullard Show

Global Television has hired a veteran producer to improve ratings for The Mike Bullard Show.

Dec 28, 2003 — Toronto Star

Some reporters acted bravely by Antonia Zerbisias

Some journalists demonstrated bravery, others cowardice in their coverage of the war in Iraq.

Dec 28, 2003 — Toronto Star

Martin's strategy looking `presidential' by Graham Fraser

Paul Martin appears to be embracing the paradox which holds that greater economic integration with the United States will lead to greater Canadian cultural distinctiveness.

Dec 27, 2003 — Globe & Mail

War, money dominate the picture by John Doyle

John Doyle notes that the number of reports on the state of Canadian television in 2003 exceeded the number of significant new Canadian productions.

Dec 24, 2003 — National Post

CRTC to look at satellite radio feed by Barbara Shecter

Commercial radio operators fear the CRTC may licence subscription-based, advertising-free satellite radio with low Canadian content requirements to avoid losing Canadian listeners to black market services.

Dec 24, 2003 — Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Media-political complex resurfaces by Paul Krugman

The scandal involving Conrad Black shows a connection between media, politics and personal gain that will likely continue to grow.

Dec 23, 2003 — National Post

24-hr. TV showdown by Favio Varlese

Writer argues Italian-Canadians have the right to receive Italian state broadcaster NAI in Canada.

Dec 23, 2003 — Financial Times

Television by Tim Gardem

New Zealand is a revealing example of the impact on diversity in the broadcasting system when public service television is replaced by a market-driven funding model.

Dec 23, 2003 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

2003 was a difficult year for the newspaper baron by Michael Higgins

A commentary on several 2003 developments relating to Canadian media.

Dec 23, 2003 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada producers feel profit pinch by Etan Vlessing

Statistics Canada's annual survey of the domestic film and video business found Canadian production had a profit margin of 1.2% in 2001, down from 3.2% in 2000 and 4.7% in 1999.

Dec 23, 2003 — Cablecaster

Italian channel battles for carriage

Italian government broadcaster RAI International has asked to be added to the eligible satellite services list for digital only distribution in Canada; competitor Telelatino strongly objects.

Dec 22, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Putting the sports fan in the director's chair by William Houston

Hockey Night in Canada's interactive television is interesting, but not for everyone.

Dec 21, 2003 — Toronto Star

Too many cooks, too little drama by Antonia Zerbisias

Canadians should be outraged that despite years of subsidies and regulatory protection, the means of producing Canadian television drama have all but collapsed.

Dec 20, 2003 — Winnipeg Free Press

TV drama once again in peril by Nicholas Hirst

Winnipeg Free Press Editor argues regulatory problems are at the root of Canada's drama production woes, and suggests the federal government should encourage the private sector to invest through additional tax relief.

Dec 20, 2003 — National Post

Illegal dish? Watch your back by Barbara Shecter

Cable companies are planning a snitch line that will reward people for reporting dealers, and even neighbours, suspected of pirating U.S. satellite television services.

Dec 19, 2003 — National Post

Deregulation fails to halt cable price hikes by Barbara Shecter

Cable rates have increased 5.5% since the late 1990s despite deregulation, according to CRTC report.

Dec 19, 2003 — BBC

Canada: Broadcasting commission issues annual report

Summary of the CRTC's annual report that highlights the status of television, radio, and broadcasting distribution in Canada.

Dec 19, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Hockey viewers have opportunity to sit in the director's chair by William Houston

New interactive television application will allow many subscribers to choose which pictures and video feeds to watch during CBC's Hockey Night in Canada.

Dec 19, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Alliance action sparks union outcry by Guy Dixon

Writers Guild says the closing of Salter Street Films is another example of the need for federal regulators to protect Canadian television drama,

Dec 19, 2003 — C21Media

Actors join row over Canadian drama by Jenn Kuzmyk

Canadian actors express concern with findings in new CRTC report that nearly 90% of Canada's TV viewing consists of foreign programming, mainly from the U.S.

Dec 19, 2003 — Hollywood Reporter

Local viewing up in Canada; U.S. fare tops by Etan Vlessing

CRTC report shows that Canadians are tuning in to Canadian more often than U.S. channels, but watching more U.S. than Canadian programming.

Dec 19, 2003 — CBC News

Francophones support homegrown programming

The CRTC's latest report shows viewing of French-language Canadian programming increased in 2002, while viewing of English-language programs continued to be low.

Dec 18, 2003 — National Post

Saddam and the CBC

National Post alleges "left-wing values" and "anti-American bias" in CBC's news coverage of Saddam Hussein's capture.

Dec 18, 2003 — CRTC Press Release

The CRTC releases annual broadcasting report

CRTC releases its fourth annual Broadcasting Policy Monitoring Report, which provides information on the status of television, radio, and broadcasting distribution in Canada.

Dec 18, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Move over Canadian Idol by Alexandra Gill

CBC reportedly has 15 new reality television program ideas in development.

Dec 17, 2003 — Canadian Press

CanWest nominates two new directors, including Tor Blue Jays CEO Paul Godfrey

CanWest nominates two new directors to its board: former Sun Media CEO Paul Godfrey, and University of Toronto law school dean Ron Daniels.

Dec 17, 2003 — National Post

CRTC extends digital licences by Barbara Shecter

Digital channels that were pre-approved in November 2000 but remain uncarried by Canadian cable or satellite companies have had their licence authorizations extended until November 24, 2004.

Dec 17, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Alliance move harsh reality show by Richard Blackwell

Despite making high quality film and television, Salter Street failed to generate sufficient profit to satisfy Alliance investors.

Dec 17, 2003 — Globe & Mail

What does it really take to run a culture ministry? by Kate Taylor

Questions surround Hélène Scherrer, a Paul Martin loyalist with little profile in the cultural community, who was recently appointed Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Dec 16, 2003 — Cablecaster

Honour system between cable and specialties is broken says CAB

Canadian specialty services are not convinced that cable companies carrying their signals are properly counting their customers - and want the CRTC to come up with new audit and dispute resolution procedures.

Dec 16, 2003 — CBC News

Alliance Atlantis Shuts Down Salter Street Films

Alliance Atlantis is closing its Salter Street Films division, known for producing CBC's This Hour Has 22 Minutes.

Dec 16, 2003 — Globe & Mail

CBC workers vote to join media guild

CBC workers have voted to consolidate representation in the Canadian Media Guild, but by a narrower margin than the Guild had expected.

Dec 15, 2003 — Playback

Industry, public answer federal call by Sean Davidson

The CRTC received a strong response from industry and the public to its call for comments on how to fix English-Canadian television drama.

Dec 15, 2003 — Canadian Media Guild Press Release

One Union at CBC: Guild wins vote

CBC employees across the country (with the exception of the province of Quebec and the city of Moncton, NB) have chosen the Canadian Media Guild as their sole bargaining agent.

Dec 15, 2003 — Hollywood Reporter

Martin takes oath of office for Canada by Etan Vlessing

Stephen Waddell, executive director of ACTRA, says federal support for domestic film and TV production must be reformed to prevent the funding system from collapse.

Dec 15, 2003 — Statistics Canada: The Daily

Film, video and audio-visual distribution

Revenues hit a record high for Canadian film distributors and video wholesalers in fiscal 2001/02, but sales of Canadian films and videos abroad fell for the first time in a decade.

Dec 15, 2003 — CBC News

Foreign productions dominate Canadian film, video industry: StatsCan

American and other foreign films dominated Canadian TV and theatres, capturing 91 per cent of domestic sales in 2001-2002, while the number of homegrown film and video exports to foreign countries fell, the first decline since 1991.

Dec 15, 2003 — Canada NewsWire

CEP extends merger offer to CBC workers

The Communications, Energy & Paperworkers of Canada notes that under the Canadian Media Guild, CBC workers will be isolated in an American union that has little connection to the rest of Canadian broadcasting.

Dec 13, 2003 — The Guardian

Will the BBC go the way of BR? by Will Hutton

Public broadcasting ties to the great Western tradition which asserts that the public domain is an essential component of our civilization.

Dec 13, 2003 — The Guardian

Blackstone backs independent BBC by Frank Kane

Former UK Labour Arts Minister says independence has to be at the centre of public service broadcasting.

Dec 13, 2003 — National Post

Waters' absence fuels CHUM sale talk by Barbara Shecter

The absence of founder and controlling shareholder Allan Waters from CHUM's annual meeting is fueling speculation the company may be sold.

Dec 13, 2003 — St. Catherines Standard

Martin's Cabinet

A list of who's in and who's out of the Liberal Cabinet.

Dec 13, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Quebec MP new Heritage minister by James Adams

Quebec MP, Helene Scherrer, has been appointed Minister of Canadian Heritage.  The Canadian Museums Association calls the appointment "pretty good".

Dec 13, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Appointment with fate by Jeffrey Simpson

If the Liberals win the upcoming election, it is likely that there will be even more changes to the Liberal cabinet.

Dec 12, 2003 — Canadian Press

CHUM feeling the competition from new Toronto television stations, CEO says by Nancy Carr

CHUM responds to increased competition from new Toronto-area stations Toronto 1, CTS and Omni 2.

Dec 12, 2003 — Montreal Gazette

Allophones feeling the heat in crackdown on U.S. dishes by Michael Citrome

Ethnic Canadians buy illegal US satellite dishes since it is often the only way to get television from "home."

Dec 12, 2003 — Cablecaster

Quebec MPs take over key communications cabinet posts

First-time cabinet minister and new Minister of Canadian Heritage Hélène Scherrer non-committal on allowing more foreign investment in Canadian broadcasting.

Dec 12, 2003 — CBC News

Copps looks forward to being a backbench MP

Sheila Copps advises her successor as Minister of Canadian Heritage to monitor the concentration of media ownership.

Dec 11, 2003 — National Post

CBC bid for satellite radio targets Bitove by Mark Evans

Sirius Satellite Radio, a New York based company which offers commercial-free and premium stations via satellite, said it plans to move into Canada through a joint venture with CBC.

Dec 11, 2003 — National Post

Alliance slashes TV, movie production by Jason Chow

Alliance Atlantis blames "permanent downturn" in global demand for downsizing of its Canadian film and television business.

Dec 11, 2003 — Hollywood Reporter

Alliance eyes cuts within film, TV biz by Etan Vlessing

Alliance Atlantis plans to downsize its film and TV production business.

Dec 11, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Alliance Atlantis chops itself in half by Mathew Ingram

Alliance Atlantis is further downsizing the television and film production side of the company.

Dec 11, 2003 — Toronto Star

Copps delivers swan song by Les Whittington and Graham Fraser

Sheila Copps turns down patronage appointment, and says despite not remaining in cabinet she looks forward to supporting the new prime minister as an MP.

Dec 10, 2003 — National Post

Astral in hunt for more media buys by Wojtek Dabrowski

Astral Media hints that it is interested in purchasing CHUM.

Dec 10, 2003 — Toronto Star

Astral Media in a buying mood by Craig Wong

Astral Media foresees a consolidation of the Canadian radio and television industry within the next 18 to 24 months, and plans on being an active player.

Dec 9, 2003 — Ottawa Citizen

Tough journalist transformed CBC

Denis Harvey, a CBC executive who pushed for high levels of Canadian content and Canadian drama on the public broadcaster, passed away at 74.

Dec 9, 2003 — Hollywood Reporter

Martin seen as champion by Etan Vlessing

Due to his actions while Finance Minister, the domestic film and television industry believes Paul Martin can reverse the damage caused by the previous government's withdrawal of support and the rising Canadian dollar.

Dec 9, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Buyer gives new life to Pride Vision TV station by Richard Blackwell

New owner says the problems with Pride Vision are "not a lack of audience, not a lack of programming, not a lack of interest, it's distribution."

Dec 9, 2003 — National Post

Headline Media sells PrideVision for $2.6M by Craig Wong

Former owner of Internet broadcaster ICraveTV acquires money-losing digital specialty channel PrideVision.

Dec 9, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Witness postponed until 2004 by Guy Dixon

Many programming decisions remain unsettled as CBC rethinks its documentary programming in light of competition from specialty channels.

Dec 9, 2003 — Cablecaster

Ban foreign cross-ownership

Astral Media chairman André Bureau has recommended the adoption of media cross-ownership restrictions to prevent non-Canadians who acquire control of a broadcasting distributor in Canada from retaining or acquiring any interest in a Canadian programming service.

Dec 8, 2003 — National Post

A revolutionary force in journalism by John O'Sullivan

Conrad Black receives praise for creating journalistic competition and letting editors "get on with their job".

Dec 8, 2003 — The Hill Times

CBC facing its worst funding crisis: Rabinovitch by Paco Francoli

CBC president Robert Rabinovitch says Canada's public broadcaster is in worse financial shape now than during the Liberal funding cuts of the 1990s.

Dec 7, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Canadian filmmakers to join Bollywood in joint productions

India and Canada have signed a letter of intent to create a co-production arrangement for film and television.

Dec 6, 2003 — Vancouver Sun

Products win roles onscreen by Meg James

Nielsen Media Research has begun tracking product placements during prime-time shows on the major broadcast networks.

Dec 4, 2003 — The Australian

Leonard affirms Izzy's channel of communications at Ten in global strategy by Jane Schulze

Leonard Asper says it is "inevitable" Australia's media sector cross-ownership and foreign investment restrictions will be removed.

Dec 4, 2003 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian composers seek Internet royalties by Etan Vlessing

SOCAN has asked the Supreme Court of Canada to require Internet service providers to collect royalty payments for music downloads.

Dec 3, 2003 — Globe & Mail

What a tale their songs could tell by Guy Dixon

The inaugural concert and induction ceremony for the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame is a tribute to the songs themselves, the songwriters as artists and the impact they have had on Canadian and international audiences.

Dec 2, 2003 — New York Times

Canada's View on Social Issues Is Opening Rifts With the U.S. by Clifford Krauss

New York Times reports that Canadian identity is becoming more distinctive and is generating new frictions with the United States.

Dec 2, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Martin urged to revamp telecom policies by Dave Ebner

BCE's Sabia calls for comprehensive review of Canadian telecommunications regulation; the chair of the CRTC says he wants to avoid regulatory lag.

Dec 2, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Will Al-Jazeera win its war? by James Adams

Protests from bodies such as the Canadian Jewish Congress are unlikely to stop the CRTC from licensing the Arab station Al-Jazeera.

Dec 1, 2003 — The Hill Times

Council for the Arts: celebrating successes and facing the future by John Hobday

Director of the Canada Council for the Arts reflects on its past successes and changes that still need to be made.

Dec 1, 2003 — The Hill Times

Copps uninterested in any patronage post by Kate Malloy

Transcript of an interview conducted by The Hill Times with former Minister of Canadian Heritage Sheila Copps.

Dec 1, 2003 — The Hill Times

Real ‘democratic deficit’ in Canada’s broadcasting industry by Wendy Lill

Member of Parliament Wendy Lill says the government's response to the Heritage Committee's report on the Canadian broadcasting system, Our Cultural Sovereignty, has been "underwhelming" and "patronizing" to Committee members and Canadians.

Dec 1, 2003 — The Hill Times

‘New government’ must develop a well-defined policy on mergers and acquisitions in broadcasting, says Lincoln by Clifford Lincoln

Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage summarizes key positions underlying the Committee's 2003 report on the Canadian broadcasting system, Our Cultural Sovereignty.

Dec 1, 2003 — The Hill Times

Culture: it’s the human necessity, says Gov. Gen. Clarkson by Adrienne Clarkson

Governor General Adrienne Clarkson comments on the importance of the arts to Canadian life.

Dec 1, 2003 — Guelph Mercury

Some Martin cabinet ministers will be rentals by Geoffrey Stevens

Columnist says the cabinet Paul Martin assembles this week and next will be an interim cabinet, designed to get the Liberals through an election.

Dec 1, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Reporters: Prick up your ears by William Thorsell

Thorsell suggests the longevity of CBC Radio's As It Happens is due to its understanding that good journalism requires listening, focusing on positive news stories in addition to negative ones, and covering matters of public interest as well as matters that interest the public.

Nov 30, 2003 — Utne Magazine

A Groundswell of Support for Reforming the Media by Paul Schmelzer

The FCC's June 2 vote to relax U.S. rules governing how many media outlets a company can own has been met with strong opposition despite a virtual blackout on the issue by US networks.

Nov 29, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Copps, Rock on Martin's hit list by Drew Fagan

Paul Martin has informed several current cabinet ministers - likely including Heritage Minister Sheila Copps - that they should prepare to move on.

Nov 28, 2003 — Victoria Times Colonist

Bullard show slow off the mark

David Asper says programming such as the Mike Bullard Show, which is facing lower than expected ratings in Canada, should be exportable to other markets.

Nov 26, 2003 — National Post

Martin likely to dismantle HRDC by Robert Fife

The National Post speculates that Paul Martin may eliminate the Heritage Department and give responsibility for communications issues to the Industry Ministry and for cultural issues to another department or even an agency.

Nov 25, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Sharpen up your complaint skills, people by John Doyle

John Doyle says that compared to Americans, Canadians are poor at voicing their dissatisfaction with broadcasters.

Nov 25, 2003 — Globe & Mail

After the steaks and the SUVs, where would Albertans be without the gift of the arts? by Roy MacGregor

Fil Fraser worries that Canada is becoming more like the United States, where corporations rather than government support the arts.

Nov 24, 2003 — Playback

CRTC scuttles CAB confab focus by Sean Davidson

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters annual conference was a hotbed for discussions pertaining to many issues now facing Canadian media.

Nov 24, 2003 — Playback

Fate of Lincoln report falls to Martin by Laura Bracken

The government's lukewarm official response to the Lincoln report has left many in the industry fearful the two-year, 872-page study will end up a victim of bad political timing.

Nov 24, 2003 — TelevisionWeek

Getting Real About the DVR Threat by Diane Mermigas

Digital video recorder technology could result in lower revenues for broadcasters, and consequently, less money to invest in Canadian programming.

Nov 23, 2003 — Toronto Star

Courting the West by Graham Fraser

Paul Martin may find it difficult to balance both Western Canada's and Quebec's interests.

Nov 23, 2003 — Toronto Star

No joke, Bullard blasts CTV by Vinay Menon

David Asper says Global's hiring of Mike Bullard is an attempt to develop and build stars and content as opposed to "renting" it.

Nov 22, 2003 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada shows see gains on pay TV outlets by Etan Vlessing

Statscan reports that Canadian content on pay and specialty channels has increased in all genres except Canadian music and dance.

Nov 21, 2003 — C21Media

US warms to fresh partnerships by Jenn Kuzmyk

Canadian producers find US broadcasters are warming to US programming produced in Canada.

Nov 21, 2003 — Statistics Canada The Daily

Television viewing

Between 1998 and 2002, the proportion of Canadian content on pay and specialty channels grew, while the proportion on conventional television declined.

Nov 19, 2003 — Toronto Star

A frosty season for many Liberals by Chantal Hébert

No more than a third of Canada's federal cabinet ministers are expected to be reappointed after Jean Chrétien's retirement.

Nov 18, 2003 — Toronto Star

Major changes to TV fund by John McKay

Changes to CTF are something FRIENDS has been recommending for years.

Nov 18, 2003 — Victoria Times Columnist

Audience at heart of TV fund changes by John McKay

FRIENDS applauds the creation of incentives for broadcasters to build audience as a condition of continued CTF funding.

Nov 18, 2003 — St. Thomas Times-Journal

Television Fund Being Overhauled

FRIENDS praises CTF changes that focus on the ultimate ratings success of funded productions.

Nov 18, 2003 — Edmonton Journal

Revamped TV fund encourages networks to build an audience by John McKay

CTF overhaul will begin in the 2004-2005 fiscal year and focus on drama programming.

Nov 18, 2003 — National Post

Federal TV agency to focus on popularity: Canadian Television Fund by Aaron Wherry

The Canadian Television Fund has decided to make popularity its priority in funding decisions, forcing broadcasters to focus on audience-building.

Nov 18, 2003 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada overhauls TV fund rules by Etan Vlessing

Canadian independent producers say they welcome the changes to Canadian Television Fund guidelines as a tonic for the TV production sector.

Nov 18, 2003 — Globe & Mail

TV fund reorganizes financing programs by James Adams

An administrative overhaul of the Canadian Television Fund should make it easier for independent producers to access funds, but the larger issue of the need for increased funding remains.

Nov 18, 2003 — Globe & Mail

The smart and dumb decisions of TV execs by John Doyle

Globe columnist says commercial Canadian television lacks creativity and is merely a delivery system, purchasing American shows and delivering them to local viewers.

Nov 17, 2003 — CTF Press Release

Canadian Television Fund Overhauled

The CTF has been re-oriented to simplify its administrative processes and to make audience success a determining factor in its funding decisions.

Nov 17, 2003 — CTF

New direction for Canadian Television Fund

Technical document outlining the Canadian Television Fund's goal to improve the efficiency of Canada’s primary television funding mechanism.

Nov 17, 2003 — Toronto Star

Canadian Television Fund to focus more on viewership

FRIENDS says Canadian Television Fund changes provide an incentive for broadcasters to build audiences.

Nov 17, 2003 — Globe & Mail

HDTV finally ready for prime time by Randy Ray

Broadcasting insiders say HDTV is set to take off as HDTV TV sets drop in price and Canadian broadcasters expand their range of HDTV programming.

Nov 16, 2003 — Ottawa Citizen

McWorld culture: It could be worse, says a new book on the role of pop culture in global diplomacy by Chris Cobb

The thesis of Matthew Fraser's new book, Weapons of Mass Distraction, is that if we're going to be culturally dominated, it's better the devil we know.

Nov 15, 2003 — Vancouver Sun

Canadian film-makers get tax break on domestic work by Michael McCullough

Proposed tax breaks and tax credits for domestic producers are expected to help offset the $25 million cut to the Canadian Television Fund in the last federal budget.

Nov 14, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Asper wants Martin to back foreign control by Richard Blackwell

CanWest CEO hopes a new government under the leadership of Paul Martin will open up Canada's broadcast sector to foreign ownership.

Nov 14, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Hinting at policy compiled by Gloria Galloway

Paul Martin says the Canadian government has a role to play in the content of media and ensuring that Canadian stories are told by Canadian voices.

Nov 12, 2003 — Common Dreams

Keynote Address to the National Conference on Media Reform by Bill Moyers

The Founding Director of Public Affairs Television and current President of The Schumann Center for Media and Democracy discusses the state of the media in the United States.

Nov 12, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Split-run TV ads could boost Canadian industry by Kate Taylor

Columnist believes plan to replace the U.S. ads with Canadian ads on direct-feed U.S. cable channels deserves another hearing at the CRTC.

Nov 12, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Split-run TV ads could boost Canadian industry by Kate Taylor

Columnist argues that if giving U.S. cable companies access to Canadian advertising can be used to fund Canadian programming, it is worth another look by the CRTC.

Nov 12, 2003 — Reporters Without Borders

Second World Press Freedom Ranking

Canada ranks 10th in a World Press Freedom ranking of 166 countries, coming in behind Finland, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Trinidad and Tobago, Belgium, Germany and Sweden, but ahead of the UK (27th) and the USA (31st).

Nov 11, 2003 — Calgary Herald

Humiliated Sheila Copps going out with a whimper by Don Martin

Canwest columnist says Sheila Copps is the author of her own political demise.

Nov 11, 2003 — CRTC Speech

New Technologies: Opportunities and Challenges

Nov 11, 2003 — Decima Research

Attitudes Towards Canadian Media

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters and the Canadian Newspaper Association have jointly released a Decima poll on Canadians' attitudes towards their communications media, showing that Canadians believe that government has a role to play in preserving Canadian content in the media.

Nov 11, 2003 — Canadian Association of Broadcasters Press Release

Poll shows Canadians rely on their media in times of democratic deficit

Poll on Canadian media indicates that a significant majority of Canadians say maintaining a strong domestic media industry is an important agenda item for the new federal government.

Nov 11, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Broadcasters blame Rock for lack of anti-piracy law by Richard Blackwell

Broadcasters deride Allan Rock for failing to ensure that new satellite signal theft legislation was passed before the end of the last session of Parliament.

Nov 10, 2003 — Toronto Star

Cable firms to try again for HBO, ESPN

Broadcasters assert that cable industry plans to allow HBO, ESPN and other banned American channels into Canada could seriously damage their Canadian counterparts, such as TSN and The Movie Network.

Nov 10, 2003 — Canadian Association of Broadcasters

CAB and CNA announce results from National Poll

Results of poll commissioned by Canadian Association of Broadcasters and Canadian Newspaper Association on Canadian views towards the media.

Nov 10, 2003 — Vancouver Sun

Heritage audit shows sloppy work

An audit of contracting practices in the Department of Canadian Heritage has reportedly uncovered sloppy paperwork, poor monitoring and other irregularities.

Nov 10, 2003 — Hollywood Reporter

CRTC nixes swap for Canadian ads by Etan Vlessing

CRTC rejects application to replace U.S. commercials with Canadian ones on five U.S. specialty channels carried by Canadian cable distributors.

Nov 9, 2003 — Canadian Press

Copps defiant in face of impending rout by Bruce Cheadle

FRIENDS observes that Sheila Copps' eight years as Heritage Minister have been disappointing for Canada's cultural industries, in part because she lacked support in the federal Cabinet.

Nov 8, 2003 — Globe & Mail

CBC hires PR giant that excels at disasters by Chris Wattie

FRIENDS observes that firm hired to improve CBC's public image appears to be doing its job.

Nov 7, 2003 — L’Acadie Nouvelle

Ottawa fait fi des recommendations d’un comité sur le financement de la SRC

FRIENDS says the fate of the Heritage Committee's recommendations on Canadian broadcasting lies not with the current Minister, but with her successor.

Nov 7, 2003 — Globe & Mail

CRTC rejects request to allow import of more U.S. TV

CRTC denies the cable industry's request to air direct feeds of U.S. channels such as HBO and ESPN.

Nov 7, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Copps calls for review into media ownership by Simon Tuck

FRIENDS expects that Sheila Copps' response to the House of Commons Heritage Committee report will have limited impact given the pending change of government.

Nov 6, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Bell Canada's Scott tapped to head Competition Bureau by Simon Tuck

The former chief regulatory officer of Canada's largest telephone company has been selected to head the Canadian Competition Bureau.

Nov 6, 2003 — CBC Press Release

CBC/Radio-Canada to move forward with a new contract with Canadians

CBC says government response to Heritage Committee report reaffirms CBC's place in the Canadian broadcasting and cultural landscape.

Nov 6, 2003 — Department of Canadian Heritage

Government of Canada Remains Committed to a Strong Canadian Broadcasting System

Response of the Government of Canada to the report of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, "Our Cultural Sovereignty".

Nov 3, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Two unions vie for 8,000 CBC workers by James Adams

Unionized workers at CBC outside Quebec and Moncton are preparing to choose between a Canadian and a U.S.-based union.

Nov 2, 2003 — Book Review Desk

The Media Thing by Rob Walker

Review of book that claims the media business is collapsing, and "the larger and higher-profile the company, the bigger the nutcase who runs it."

Nov 2, 2003 — Toronto Star

Ad switcheroo a brilliant plan by Antonia Zerbisias

Zerbisias praises plan that would replace U.S. commercials with Canadian ads on top American specialty channels.

Nov 1, 2003 — Ottawa Citizen

Right of way: How Fox News beat CNN at its own game by James Gordon

The CCTA is lobbying the CRTC to allow cable companies to import Fox News' signal from the U.S.

Oct 31, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Underdog or enemy? by Eric Reguly

Eric Reguly says broadcaster opposition means the odds are against 49th Media's plan to substitute American ads with Canadian ads on five U.S. specialty channels.

Oct 31, 2003 — Toronto Sun

Oh, Carole! The CBC chair doth protest too much by Peter Worthington

Columnist says the CBC would get more sympathy and support if its words matched its deeds.

Oct 30, 2003 — Toronto Star

Boring and stable is good for BCE by Tyler Hamilton

Bell Globemedia revenues increase, bolstered by popular programming and "healthy" advertising.

Oct 30, 2003 — Toronto Star

CanWest to begin selling online content to readers

CanWest plans to sell subscriptions to its online content to "stop the cannibalization" by non-subscribers.

Oct 30, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Beating the bushes for Olympic television money by William Houston

CBC appears to be the only network keen on bidding for the 2010 Olympic Games.

Oct 30, 2003 — Ottawa Citizen

CRTC rule limits MTV2's competition against MuchMusic by Barbara Shecter

Craig Media wins regulatory battle against CHUM for more programming flexibility on MTV2, but CRTC decision still imposes restrictions.

Oct 30, 2003 — Cyberpresse

Radio-Canada s'en prend à Starchoice et Bell ExpressVu par Stéphanie Bérubé

Starchoice and ExpressVu limit access to local CBC programming in French.

Oct 30, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Beating the bushes for Olympic television money by William Houston

The CBC, Canada's current Olympic network, appears to be the only network keen on bidding for the 2010 Games.

Oct 30, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Craig Media gets more flexibility in choice of pop videos by Richard Blackwell

Craig Media wins regulatory battle against CHUM for more programming flexibility on MTV2, but CRTC decision still imposes restrictions.

Oct 30, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Lo and behold, 'Kisser' Crewson saves the day by John Doyle

John Doyle finds that a Canadian star links industry discussions, questions in Parliament about state of Canadian drama.

Oct 29, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Too much TV impairs reading, study suggests by Gloria Galloway

New U.S. study suggests that excessive media exposure could impair children's reading skills.

Oct 29, 2003 — Globe & Mail

DVRs seen imperilling TV advertising by Richard Blackwell

Bell Globemedia executive says programmable video-recording devices less of a threat to TV advertising than first predicted.

Oct 29, 2003 — Financial Post

Broadcasters overcharged $82M a year by Ian Jack

A parliamentary committee has concluded that broadcasters are overcharged on licence fees, and says that the practice may be illegal.

Oct 29, 2003 — Globe & Mail

CBC faces more cuts after pension shortfall catches up by Simon Tuck

The CBC must cut programming and other costs by a further $43-million next year to meet employee pension plan payment obligations.

Oct 29, 2003 — Globe & Mail

New TVs must be digital by 2007

A US court has upheld an FCC decision requiring TVs in the US to be capable of receiving digital TV signals by July 2007.

Oct 29, 2003 — Financial Post

New technology called threat to TV ad rates by Barbara Shecter

Personal video recorders are expected to fuel a showdown between advertisers and broadcasters over increasing ad rates for shrinking audiences.

Oct 29, 2003 — National Post

CBC seeks partnership with broadcasters in France by Joe Paraskevas

Rabinovitch says CBC will consider expanding its international services and partnering with public broadcasters in other countries.

Oct 27, 2003 — Playback Magazine

CBC braces for one-union vote by Mark Dillon

Employees at the CBC are preparing to vote on whether to be represented by an American union.

Oct 27, 2003 — Playback Magazine

One-union vote at CBC by Mark Dillon

A winner-take-all showdown is looming at the CBC between the two unions that currently represent most of its employees.

Oct 25, 2003 — Ottawa Citizen

A Newsworld of their own by Chris Cobb

Al Gore and his partners plan to buy Newsworld International and create an all-news network for Americans under 25.

Oct 25, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Are the U.S. airwaves about to lean to the left? by Simon Houpt

Al Gore is reported to be exploring the purchase of Newsworld International to create a new US media venture.

Oct 24, 2003 — Ottawa Citizen

'Death by a thousand cuts' can't continue: CBC boss by Norma Greenaway

CBC representatives tell Senate committee that ratings cannot be the only measure of a public broadcaster expected to offer distinctive programming.

Oct 24, 2003 — National Post

'The pews are empty,' CBC told by Norma Greenaway

Senators tell CBC Chair Carole Taylor that Canadians think CBC is biased and not relevant to their lives.

Oct 23, 2003 — CRTC

CRTC drama submission timeline extended

The CRTC has granted a request by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters to extend the deadline for submitting comments in its proceeding on Canadian drama until November 28.

Oct 23, 2003 — La Presse

Fini l'information-spectacle à la SRC par Stéphanie Bérubé et Hugo Dumas

CBC President admits that changes to its French-language TV news service were a mistake.

Oct 23, 2003 — Toronto Star

`A blatant swindle' by David Orchard

David Orchard condemns unite-the-right merger, which will wipe out the political party that created the CBC.

Oct 23, 2003 — La Presse

La dictature des cotes d'écoute par Robert Rabinovitch

French version of text by CBC President circulated at Senate committee hearings on media concentration.

Oct 23, 2003 — Toronto Star

Board chair to meet senators by Graham Fraser

CBC chair Carole Taylor says funding cuts cannot continue if CBC is to be effective as Canada's public broadcaster.

Oct 23, 2003 — Telefilm

Telefilm Annual Report (2002-2003)

2002-2003 Annual Report for Telefilm Canada.

Oct 23, 2003 — CBC/Radio Canada

CBC Annual Report (2002-2003)

2002-2003 Annual Report for CBC and Radio Canada.

Oct 22, 2003 — CBC/Radio Canada

Public Broadcasting: Why Bother?

Talking points by CBC Chair Carole Taylor to the Canadian Club, Ottawa.

Oct 22, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Quebecor head blasts BCE by Richard Blackwell

Quebecor accuses BCE of pumping money into Bell ExpressVu with intention of financially damaging cable rivals so they cannot compete in local telephone market.

Oct 22, 2003 — Globe & Mail

The CBC is worth fighting for by Carole Taylor

CBC Chair Carole Taylor says adequate, stable funding is necessary for CBC to fulfill its mandate.

Oct 22, 2003 — Financial Post

TV dishes may be seized at U.S. border by Ian Jack

Government introduces bill containing tough new measures to stem satellite signal piracy in Canada.

Oct 21, 2003 — Toronto Star

Gemini news awards a hit by Antonia Zerbisias

Zerbisias notes a sharp decline in the quantity and quality of local television news outside the largest Canadian cities.

Oct 21, 2003 — Toronto Star

Gemini Award winners at last night's broadcast gala:

List of winners from yesterday's Gemini Awards.

Oct 21, 2003 — Financial Post

TV satellite pirates will face harsher penalties by Ian Jack

Tough new measures proposed to combat satellite TV piracy.

Oct 21, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Star Choice blasted at CRTC hearing by Richard Blackwell

Canadian Association of Broadcasters accuses Shaw Cable-owned satellite provider Star Choice of trying to delay its obligations to carry more local television stations.

Oct 20, 2003 — Marketing Magazine

Izzy Asper's legacy by Stan Sutter

Izzy Asper was wrong about the CBC, and should have had to give more support to Canadian content in exchange for the right to use public airwaves.

Oct 20, 2003 — National Post

What this country needs ... by Scott Feschuk

Feschuk gives CTV and Global "Best American Network in Canada" award.

Oct 20, 2003 — Edmonton Journal

Geminis are tonight -- not that you care by Alex Strachan

CanWest columnist says Gemini Awards are out of touch with Canadian audiences.

Oct 20, 2003 — Globe & Mail

A blowout party, just what the doctor ordered by John Doyle

The 2003 Gemini Awards faced stiff competition from US programming for viewers in its timeslot.

Oct 19, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Martin plans to be fiscal miser by Robert Russo

Paul Martin plans to cut funding from almost every federal government department as a means of distinguishing his government from Prime Minister Chrétien's.

Oct 18, 2003 — CanWest News Service

Gemini gala is prime-time tedium by Alex Strachan

The tedium of the Gemini Awards turns off viewers, hindering the opportunity to draw viewers' attention to promising Canadian programs.

Oct 18, 2003 — Toronto Star

McKenna named interim chairman of CanWest

Asper says McKenna "completely familiar with the company" and "a key participant" in company decisions made since 1999.

Oct 17, 2003 — Canada NewsWire

CanWest Appoints Frank McKenna Interim Chairman of the Board

CanWest board member and former New Brunswick Premier Frank McKenna appointed to succeed Izzy Asper as interim chairman.

Oct 16, 2003 — National Post

What to do with Copps?

Minister of Heritage Sheila Copps seems likely to lose her Cabinet position when Paul Martin becomes Prime Minister.

Oct 15, 2003 — VisionTV

VisionTV supports “Tell Canadian Stories” campaign

VisionTV and its sister station One: the Body, Mind & Spirit channel are lending their support to the “Tell Canadian Stories” campaign launched in September by Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Oct 15, 2003 — Ottawa Citizen

Senate demands equal TV time by Jack Aubry

Canada's Senate seeks to improve its time slots on CPAC to be on par with the House of Commons.

Oct 15, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Our tax laws limit the marketplace of ideas by Hugh Segal

The Tax Act's arcane definition of 'charity' limits advocacy and freedom of expression for many non-profit organizations.

Oct 15, 2003 — Toronto Star

Copps wins cultural victory by Graham Fraser

Minister of Heritage celebrates US withdrawal of objections to UNESCO convention designd to avert international disputes over issues involving cultural protection.

Oct 14, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Advertisers heartened by Toronto 1 ratings by Guy Dixon

Critics are turned off by Toronto 1's heavy reliance on U.S. programming; advertisers are encouraged by ratings numbers.

Oct 13, 2003 — Playback

Heritage holds CTF roundtable by Sean Davidson

The Department of Canadian Heritage held a meeting with stakeholders from the television industry to discuss the future of the Canadian Television Fund and English-language drama.

Oct 11, 2003 — Globe & Mail

We'll miss Izzy Asper's charm, honesty and opinions by Edward Greenspon

Globe & Mail editor recalls Asper's wit, litigiousness.

Oct 11, 2003 — Globe & Mail

A big bet on Hollywood North by Gayle MacDonald

Group of Canadian actors forms co-op in hopes of addressing problems with funding of Canadian film production.

Oct 9, 2003 — Globe & Mail

The net effect has been a surprising success among viewers by William Houston

Despite doubts during its launch, CTV's Sportsnet has enjoyed more growth in the past five years than any other specialty channel.

Oct 9, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Izzy saw himself as the underdog by Margaret Wente

Despite being one of Canada's most successful and honoured men, Izzy Asper never got rid of the chip on his shoulder.

Oct 9, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Fierce and focused: What will his legacy be? by John Doyle

Izzy Asper would have resisted requirements that private broadcasters produce and air more Canadian drama.

Oct 9, 2003 — Toronto Star

Terminator no fan of `runaways' by Murray Whyte

Canadian film production industry fears new California governor will be a formidable opponent of runaway film production in Canada.

Oct 9, 2003 — Vancouver Sun

Schwarzenegger backers come out swinging at B.C. film industry by Craig McInnes

Industry watchers say that Schwarzenegger has too many troubles at home to be much of a threat to B.C.'s film industry.

Oct 9, 2003 — Financial Post

Arnold alarms Hollywood North: High dollar adds woes by John Greenwood and Wojtek Dabrowski

Schwarzenegger's election and Canada's rising dollar are causes of concern for the Canadian film industry.

Oct 9, 2003 — Financial Post

Succession planning an issue for Rogers: 'Realize your mortality' by Barbara Shecter

Ted Rogers' succession planning is several years behind Izzy Asper's.

Oct 9, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Canadian film industry worried by Richard Blackwell

Canadian film industry concerned that Schwarzenegger's election may result in more production staying in the US.

Oct 8, 2003 — CanWest News Service

Jazz-loving deal-maker praised as 'regular guy' by Randy Boswell

Global's success with US programming often caused Asper to clash with Canadian nationalists and broadcasting regulators.

Oct 8, 2003 — Regina Leader-Post

Visionary often a term used for Asper by Will Chabun

Asper claimed CBC was an unfair competitor.

Oct 8, 2003 — New York Times

Israel H. Asper, Creator of Media Giant in Canada, Dies at 71 by Bernard Simon

New York Times notes Global's success depended partly on attracting Canadian advertisers to popular American shows such as The Love Boat, Dynasty and Hill Street Blues.

Oct 8, 2003 — Vancouver Sun

Flamboyant, blunt -- and committed by Daphne Bramham

Izzy Asper's purchase of Southam newspapers reopened the debate over media concentration in Canada.

Oct 8, 2003 — Ottawa Citizen

Israel Asper: A 'great Canadian' who never forgot where he came from

Critics who accused CanWest of relying too heavily on U.S. programs missed the "larger picture".

Oct 8, 2003 — Financial Post

The deal-maker who built an empire by Barbara Shecter

Conrad Black describes differences between Izzy Asper and his sons.

Oct 8, 2003 — Vancouver Sun

Death of a 'Canadian titan' by Barbara Shecter

Watchers expect smooth transition following death of Izzy Asper.

Oct 8, 2003 — Ottawa Citizen

Satire survival: This Hour Has 22 Minutes and Air Farce start new seasons this week by Tony Atherton

CBC remains committed to This Hour Has 22 Minutes and Air Farce despite declining ratings.

Oct 8, 2003 — Canadian Press

Actors look to Martin to boost TV fund

Actors eye Paul Martin government as they return to Parliament Hill to lobby for more financial and regulatory support for Canadian television.

Oct 8, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Duking it out in Canadian drama by Gayle MacDonald

Daryl Duke received a lifetime achievement award last weekend from the Directors Guild of Canada.  He is a longstanding member of the Steering Committee of Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Oct 8, 2003 — Globe & Mail

CanWest head's death sends media giant into uncertainty by Keith Damsell

CanWest likely to undergo changes following founder's death.

Oct 8, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Shock, sadness over Asper by Richard Blackwell

Canada's business, media and political elite remember Izzy Asper.

Oct 8, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Without Izzy, there won't be the sizzle by Eric Reguly

Eric Reguly ponders CanWest's economic viability now that Izzy Asper has passed away.

Oct 8, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Observers hail Asper contribution by Richard Bloom and Paul Waldie

Izzy Asper will be remembered for achievements, controversy.

Oct 8, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Izzy Asper, 1932-2003 by Gordon Pitts

Izzy Asper could be "abrasive [and] litigious but also brilliant and charming".

Oct 6, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Television network in turmoil by Konrad Yakabuski

Industry observers expect Radio-Canada to abandon unpopular changes to television news in Quebec.

Oct 6, 2003 — Globe & Mail

At last, the right heads roll by Lysiane Gagnon

CBC has dismissed the news director responsible for unpopular changes to its French-language television news programming.

Oct 6, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Lights are on at Toronto 1, but nobody's home by John Doyle

John Doyle comments on the lack of substantive content about Toronto on the recently launched Toronto 1 channel.

Oct 5, 2003 — Toronto Star

CBC man wants Asper apology by Antonia Zerbisias

CBC reporter unlikely to receive apology from CanWest head.

Oct 4, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Ideology and idiocy by Christopher Dornan

Journalism professor, Christopher Dornan, says CanWest CEO Leonard Asper takes a complicated matter that merits serious attention and reduces it to baiting and name-calling.

Oct 4, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Actors to ask Ottawa for more TV-drama funding

ACTRA members will return to Parliament Hill October 7 to appeal for more federal money for Canadian TV drama.

Oct 3, 2003 — Canadian Press

Asper accuses media of anti-Israel reporting

CanWest CEO says errors in quoting CBC reporter don't undermine his overall message criticizing Canadian media coverage of the Middle East.

Oct 3, 2003 — CanWest News Service

CBC fails to get point, Asper says

Leonard Asper admits to misquoting Neil Macdonald, but claims mistake does not detract from main point regarding anti-Semitism in the media.

Oct 3, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Mr. Asper, you owe me an apology by Neil Macdonald

Neil Macdonald responds to comments made by Leonard Asper that link reporting from the Middle East to "anti-semitism in the Canadian media."

Oct 2, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Russell Smith by Russell Smith

Russell Smith says Toronto 1 is a typical example of a media product that claims to be local despite the fact its programming is predominantly American.

Oct 1, 2003 — National Post

Media bias and the Middle East

Text of CanWest CEO Leonard Asper speech to Gray Academy of Jewish Education, Winnipeg, September 29.

Oct 1, 2003 — Ottawa Citizen

Media biased against Israel when reporting on the Mideast, Asper says

CanWest CEO Leonard Asper outlines 'personal' views on media bias in Middle East reporting, including that journalists often hold left-leaning views and are often socialists.

Sep 30, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Come on, people. Ottawa wants to hear from you by John Doyle

CRTC hearings a timely occasion for Canadians to voice their concerns about crisis state of Canadian drama.

Sep 29, 2003 — CPAC

CPAC Talk Politics with Ken Rockburn: Interview with Ian Morrison (QuickTime 64 MB)

CPAC's Ken Rockburn interviews Ian Morrison on the origins and objectives of the Tell Canadian Stories campaign.

Sep 29, 2003 — Canadian Press

CRTC seeks comments on Canadian content issue

CRTC calls for comments on ways to improve quantity of Canadian TV drama on Canadian television.

Sep 29, 2003 — The Hill Times

Copps is Doing Prime Minister Chrétien a Favour by Sticking Around, You Know by Sean Durkan

Sheila Copps' refusal to drop out of the Liberal leadership race is giving Prime Minister Chrétien a reason to stay in office.

Sep 29, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Shaw is learning to share the sandbox with Telus by Deborah Yedlin

Shaw complaints to CRTC could be diversionary tactic while Shaw prepares to launch telephone service.

Sep 28, 2003 — Toronto Star

Broken bargains in public service a pity by Graham Fraser

Unwritten deal between officials and politicians has become blurred and frayed.

Sep 27, 2003 — Canadian Press

CRTC wants ideas

FRIENDS cites 1999 CRTC television policy decision as key reason for decline in Canadian drama.

Sep 27, 2003 — Financial Post

Like a licence to print money by Barbara Shecter

Regulatory changes that lifted restrictions on owning multiple stations in a single market have been lucrative for private radio broadcasters.

Sep 27, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Rethinking CBC Radio: a naked medium by Michael Posner

CBC Radio's new vice-president to respect CBC radio's existing audience while not abandoning efforts to capture new listeners.

Sep 27, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Waiting out the Chrétien regime by James Adams

Fact that CBC kept mum on $10m funding cut suggests management is focused on the bigger picture of how the public broadcaster will be treated under a Paul Martin government.

Sep 26, 2003 — Canadian Policy Research

Citizens' Dialogue on Canada's Future: A 21st Century Social Contract by Mary Pat MacKinnon

Discussion points on the importance of citizen engagement in public policy. Mary Pat MacKinnon is a member of the Steering Committee of the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting

Sep 26, 2003 — Financial Post

Media ownership diverse, despite mergers, CRTC says by Ian Jack

CRTC chair tells Senate committee media ownership more diverse now than 10 years ago.

Sep 26, 2003 — Financial Post

Cabinet for dropping telco rules by Ian Jack and Mark Evans

Federal government believes dropping foreign ownership restrictions on telecommunications companies would benefit the industry.

Sep 26, 2003 — Financial Post

Telco's foreign ownership cap is melting: Cabinet says it should go by Ian Jack and Mark Evans

Government believes dropping foreign ownership restrictions on telecommunications companies would benefit the industry.

Sep 26, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa endorses recipe for telecom overhaul by Simon Tuck

Minister of Industry endorses recommendations for elimination of foreign ownership restrictions in telecommunications sector, but delays decision until after federal election.

Sep 26, 2003 — CRTC News Release

CRTC seeks comments from the public on how to support Canadian television drama

CRTC calls for comments on ways to improve quantity of Canadian TV drama on Canadian television. FRIENDS plans to make submissions.

Sep 25, 2003 — Transcript of CRTC Chair Charles Dalfen

Transcript of CRTC Chair Charles Dalfen's remarks before the Senate Committee on Media Concentration

CRTC Chair discusses media ownership, CRTC jurisdiction and other matters. Presentation followed by Q&A session.

Sep 25, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Alliance Atlantis eyes more CSI by Richard Blackwell

Despite CSI's success, Alliance Atlantis is actually shrinking its television and film production business.

Sep 25, 2003 — New York Times

The BBC Loses a Bit of Its Luster by Sarah Lyall

New York Times says the BBC has lost some of its luster, through editorial blunders, an inability to negotiate the changing broadcast landscape, and an aggressively adversarial approach to news.

Sep 25, 2003 — Industry Canada

Government Responds to Industry Committee's Recommendations on Foreign Investment Restrictions in Telecommunications

Federal government responds to Industry Committee recommendations on foreign ownership by saying it will study the issue further.

Sep 25, 2003 — Financial Post

Cable TV head leaps to Telus as firm enters field: No 'hard feelings' by Barbara Shecter and Mark Evans

Janet Yale leaves Canada's cable-television association and joins Telus Corp., while Shaw files a complaint with the CRTC charging that Telus is selling high-speed Internet service below cost to drive competitors out of business.

Sep 24, 2003 — Montreal Gazette

PM's largesse leaves CBC out in cold: Will get $10 million less than expected by Bill Curry

Federal government announces $5.5 billion in new spending on Chrétien legacy issues, while CBC receives $10 million less than promised.

Sep 24, 2003 — La Presse

L'information de Radio-Canada est malade, mais moins que sa programmation générale par Louise Cousineau

While news is coming under criticism, Radio-Canada's other programming is the real probloem.

Sep 24, 2003 — Financial Post

Shaw accuses Telus of 'predatory' tactics: Internet price war by Barbara Shecter and Mark Evans

Shaw Communications Inc. accuses telecom rival Telus Corp. of anti-competitive pricing tactics.

Sep 24, 2003 — National Post and CanWest News Service

Ottawa gives CANDU extra $46-million: 'Nuclear renaissance' by Andrew McIntosh and Bill Curry

Chair of Commons Canadian Heritage Committee "surprised, even astounded" by CBC funding cut.

Sep 24, 2003 — Globe & Mail

CRTC move threatens new media by Kevin Marron

CRTC decision to cut funding for new media producers likely to result in a number of producers disappearing in the next six to twelve months.    

Sep 24, 2003 — Toronto Star

Union wary of CBC's $10M shortfall

Canadian Media Guild doubts CBC can absorb $10 million cut to operating budget revealed in government estimates.

Sep 24, 2003 — Globe & Mail

CBC to face $10-million shortfall by James Adams

Estimates show Ottawa will cut $10 million in funding promised to CBC in last federal budget.

Sep 24, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa $1-billion over budget, estimates show by Heather Scoffield

Estimates show Ottawa will cut $10 million in funding promised to CBC in last federal budget.

Sep 24, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Canada's odd fascination with expenses by Jeffrey Simpson

Canada's media, including CBC, lack a substantial international presence.

Sep 23, 2003 — Hollywood Reporter

Study: PVRs threatening TV ad base by Jesse Hiestand

Personal video recorders, which allow viewers to skip commercials, could result in higher subscriber fees to offset the diminishing impact of advertising.

Sep 23, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Don't bet on looser telecom rules by Eric Reguly

Globe & Mail columnist doubts Liberals will actually implement relaxed foreign ownership restrictions for cable and telephone companies.

Sep 23, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Linda Groen named head of CBC Radio current affairs

Linda Groen, former executive producer of The Sunday Edition, has been named the new head of current affairs for CBC Radio.

Sep 23, 2003 — Opinion

Re-Inventing Canadian TV by Wendell Wilks

TV Niagara CEO Wendell Wilks proposes a merger of Canadian broadcasting organziations into a single entity charged with producing and broadcasting compelling, watchable and successful Canadian drama.

Sep 23, 2003 — Statistics Canada

Broadband: High-speed access to the Internet

According to StatsCan, Canadians are global leaders in the adoption of broadband internet technologies.

Sep 22, 2003 — The Hill Times

CBC to be housed in one Giant on-camera newsroom by Molly Amoli K. Shinhat

Consolidation of CBC and TV radio employers in Ottawa into a new broadcast centre leaves journalists concerned that their coverage and diversity will diminish.

Sep 22, 2003 — La Presse

Le nouveau Téléjournal critiqué par le public par Nathaëlle Morissette

Radio-Canada viewers have mixed reactions to new television news host.

Sep 22, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Martin coronation assured by Campbell Clark and Jane Taber

November leadership convention becomes formality as Paul Martin garners over 90 per cent of vote among Liberal Party delegates.

Sep 21, 2003 — Canadian Press

TV ads poke fun at Hollywood's knowledge of Canada

FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting's television campaign urges more Canadian drama on prime-time TV.

Sep 20, 2003 — Saskatoon Star Phoenix

Union vows to fight foreign ownership

CEP vows to stop federal government from opening telephone and cable industries to foreign ownership.

Sep 20, 2003 — Financial Post

Think twice before letting U.S. buy our telecom firmsby Mark Evans

Potential negatives of lowering foreign ownership restrictions are "frightening".

Sep 19, 2003 — Financial Post

Ottawa set to revisit ownership limits: Cable, telecommunications by Ian Jack

Federal government is preparing to drop foreign ownership restrictions for cable and satellite TV companies but will study issue more.

Sep 19, 2003 — Financial Post

CanWest to charge for online links to papers by Barbara Shecter

In November, CanWest Global Communications Corp. will begin charging for online access to the Ottawa Citizen.  The rest of the chain is expected to follow by next year.

Sep 19, 2003 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada homegrown pitch spoofs U.S. film shoots by Etan Vlessing

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting begins national television campaign urging more Canadian drama on prime-time TV.

Sep 18, 2003 — Toronto Star

Star's Toronto 1 alliance raises suspicions by Antonia Zerbisias

Alliances between broadcasters and traditional media make cross-promotion inevitable.

Sep 17, 2003 — Financial Post

Loosening of telco ownership rules predicted by Mark Evans

Former AT&T Canada predicts removal of foreign ownership restrictions on telecommunication carriers by next year.

Sep 17, 2003 — Toronto Star

Scary ads call for TV support by Martin Knelman

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting begins national television campaign urging more Canadian drama on prime-time TV.

Sep 17, 2003 — Canadian Press

TV lobby unveils ad campaign urging more Canadian content

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting begins national television campaign urging more Canadian drama on prime-time TV.

Sep 17, 2003 — Toronto Star

CanWest plugs ads for final episode of Friends by Rick Westhead

CanWest puts a record $190,000 price tag on 30-second spots for (US sitcom) Friends' finale.

Sep 17, 2003 — Ottawa Citizen

But will CTV make any money? By Tony Atherton

With 2.7 million viewers, Canadian Idol becomes biggest homegrown TV hit in more than 30 years, but it may not make money for CTV.

Sep 17, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Campaign pitches homegrown TV

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting begins national television campaign urging more Canadian drama on prime-time TV.

Sep 16, 2003 — Hollywood Reporter

Dyke: Gov't planned 'attack' on BBC by Sam Andrews

The inquiry into the death of government weapons scientist David Kelly is allowing pre-existing tensions between the government and the BBC to surface.

Sep 16, 2003 — National Post

This is not Conrad Black's last stand by David Asper

David Asper defends Conrad Black.

Sep 16, 2003 — The Montreal Gazette

Cable industry wants more U.S. channels by Bruce Johnstone

The Canadian Cable Television Association is asking the federal regulator to allow its 90-member companies to offer 17 new U.S. channels through their digital cable service

Sep 15, 2003 — Hill Times

Boudria says it’s PM’s prerogative to adjourn early by Paco Francoli

Prorogation of Parliament in November would put many federal initiatives in limbo, including Heritage Committee’s landmark report on Canadian broadcasting.

Sep 15, 2003 — Playback

Campaign aims to spur public on drama crisis by Peter Vamos

Friends television campaign intends to raise the public's "share of mind" on the issue of Canadian programming on television.

Sep 15, 2003 — Le Devoir

Révision de la radiodiffusion canadienne par Clifford Lincoln

Near unanimous recommendations of a two-year, all-party review of Canada's broadcasting system should not be ignored.

Sep 15, 2003 — Globe & Mail

The Broadcast Act needs teeth by Clifford Lincoln

Near unanimous recommendations of a two-year, all-party review of Canada's broadcasting system should not be ignored.

Sep 13, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Two-headed government: a Canadian first by Jeffrey Simpson

Paul Martin's imminent appointment as Liberal Leader will result in a Prime Minister who is not a party leader, and a party leader who is not Prime Minister.

Sep 13, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Martin rakes in $9-million by Campbell Clark

Paul Martin has reportedly tallied more than $9-million in Liberal leadership campaign contributions, more than twice the party's spending limit.

Sep 13, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Pay-per-view televising of NHL games a winner for fans, clubs by William Houston

More National Hockey League games will be available on Canadian Television this season, but free viewing will be limited to one national outlet -- CBC's Hockey Night in Canada.

Sep 12, 2003 — Toronto Star

Convergence gets personal at Quebecor by David Olive

David Olive discusses the “convergence” of CEO Pierre Karl Peladeau and his live-in companion, Julie Snyder, a veteran TV producer and Quebec talk TV star.

Sep 12, 2003 — Ottawa Citizen

Videotron loses final appeal over ExpressVu wiring access by Sylvain Larocque

Videotron has lost its final appeal in a dispute over the use of its cables by satellite rival Bell ExpressVu.

Sep 11, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Networks fret over future of sports TV by James Christie

A multitude of channels, rising costs and fading interest are threatening future of Canada's sports broadcasters.

Sep 11, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Gemini Awards are so bad they're almost good by John Doyle

John Doyle finds amusement in the disorganized nature of the Gemini Awards.

Sep 10, 2003 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

Blurring entertainment and news is so irritating by Michael Higgins

"Celebritization” and hype over the film festivals has resulted in a blurring of entertainment and news.

Sep 10, 2003 — Hollywood Reporter

Happy 'Hour' for Gemini noms Almost-canceled Canadian series leads with 14 by Etan Vlessing

A nearly cancelled Canadian drama series, "The Eleventh Hour" has received 14 nominations for the 18th annual Gemini Awards.

Sep 10, 2003 — Globe & Mail

11th Hour leads Gemini pack by John McKay

A nearly cancelled Canadian drama series, "The Eleventh Hour" has received 14 nominations for the 18th annual Gemini Awards.

Sep 10, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Craig counts down to Toronto TV launch by Richard Blackwell

Craig launches ’s newest television station, Toronto One, on September 19.

Sep 9, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Shaw picks up cable TV systems in southern B.C. and Alberta by Richard Blackwell

Shaw Communications Inc. has signed a deal to buy cable systems serving 35,000 subscribers in Alberta and British Columbia for $90-million.

Sep 9, 2003 — National Post

Shaw buys Monarch's operations in Alberta, B.C.

Shaw Communications Inc. has signed a deal to buy cable systems serving 35,000 subscribers in Alberta and British Columbia for $90-million.

Sep 8, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Staking claims on the TV dial by Michael Posner

Rogers moves CTV NewsNet to channel 62 to make room for US channel bumped by new Toronto station.

Sep 8, 2003 — National Post

CBC watching -- from a different angle

The National Post criticizes the CBC's intentions to broadcast non-Canadian "blockbuster" movies in prime time to attract commercial revenues.

Sep 8, 2003 — Toronto Star

A fresh vision for Toronto TV by Ashante Infantry

Craig Broadcasting plans “new vision” of for local television viewers.

Sep 6, 2003 — National Post

Ottawa takes aim at TV piracy: Tougher penalties by Barbara Shecter

The federal government plans to introduce legislation toughening penalties and increasing border controls to combat piracy of satellite television signals.

Sep 6, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa to tackle satellite piracy by Richard Blackwell

The federal government plans to introduce legislation toughening penalties and increasing border controls to combat piracy of satellite television signals.

Sep 5, 2003 — Hollywood Reporter

FCC rules dealt setback Panel alters spending bill; would nullify 45% cap by Brooks Boliek

A Senate committee has tacked language onto a $37 billion spending bill that would roll back a regulation allowing media companies to buy more TV stations.

Sep 5, 2003 — Hollywood Reporter

CBC executes reorganization of top executives by Etan Vlessing

The CBC has shuffled its top arts and entertainment programming executives in and effort to consolidate the public broadcaster's radio, TV and Web site operations.

Sep 5, 2003 — Associated Press

Critics Expand Attacks on New Media Rules by David Ho

Opponents of eased media ownership rules are expanding their attacks on new regulations they say will stifle diversity and local viewpoints in news and entertainment.

Sep 5, 2003 — Toronto Star

Star set to collaborate with Craig's Toronto 1 by Chris Sorensen

The Toronto Star newspaper and Toronto's newest television station, Toronto 1 have founded a strategic alliance on advertising, marketing and promotional campaigns.

Sep 5, 2003 — Toronto Star

WTSN should serve as a warning by Chris Zelkovich

The demise of WTSN due to high production costs and a lack of a definable audience should serve as a warning to other digital sports channels.

Sep 4, 2003 — Washington Post

Court Blocks Media Rule by Frank Ahrens

An appeals court has blocked a change in federal rules that would have loosened restrictions on media consolidation.

Sep 4, 2003 — Toronto Star

Election ads invade prime time by Antonia Zerbisias

The CRTC is relaxing its advertising time limits for political campaigns during the Ontario elections.

Sep 3, 2003 — Montreal Gazette

Revitalizing AM radio by Mary Lamey

Astral Media has sold the Quebec radio stations the Competition Bureau ordered it to divest.

Sep 3, 2003 — Globe & Mail

CTV's women's sports network was doomed from beginning by William Houston

William Houston argues that CTV's women's sports network had too many strikes against it to succeed.

Sep 2, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Journal argues against allowing drug ads by André Picard

The Canadian Medical Association Journal is opposed to Health Canada allowing prescription drug makers to advertise, including on television.

Sep 2, 2003 — Business Week

Stop the FCC's Covert Operation by Thane Peterson

The Federal Communications Commission is keeping its plans to vote on new rules governing media ownership a secret and ignoring public opposition to the proposal on media consolidation.

Sep 2, 2003 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian programming rebounds by Etan Vlessing

Stable funding and improved relations with the federal government has resulted in improved audience ratings for the CBC.

Sep 2, 2003 — Toronto Star

Drug makers shouldn't advertise, journal says by Elaine Carey

The Canadian Medical Association Journal is opposed to Health Canada allowing prescription drug makers to advertise.

Sep 1, 2003 — Toronto Star

Product placement is on the fast track by Murray Whyte

New Global television series, Train 48, will carry an array of embedded product placements.

Sep 1, 2003 — Vancouver Sun

Digital TV still on the outside, looking in by Alex Strachan and John McKay

Digital TV channels are still less popular than older analogue specialty channels.

Sep 1, 2003 — National Review

The Boobs of the Beeb: A media monopoly that only gets worse by Theodore Dalrymple

National Review claims BBC losing reputation as a trustworthy broadcasting organization.

Aug 30, 2003 — Edmonton Journal

The water's not fine by Alan Kellogg

Alan Kellogg states that the CBC's attempts at borrowing concepts from American reality TV has been less than impressive.

Aug 29, 2003 — Halifax Daily News

The drama dilemma by John McKay

Drama is expected to have an increased presence on US TV, however it will be another year before there are any new Canadian dramatic series.

Aug 29, 2003 — Canada Newswire

CTV Specialty to Close WTSN on September 30, 2003

CTV Specialty Television Inc. has announced it will close WTSN.

Aug 28, 2003 — Toronto Star

Let Al-Jazeera broadcast here by Antonia Zerbisias

Arabic news network Al-Jazeera should be permitted to broadcast in Canada.

Aug 28, 2003 — Edmonton Journal

Signs of a dramatic decline on TV by John McKay

Drama is expected to have an increased presence on US TV, however it will be another year before there are any new Canadian dramatic series on the screen.

Aug 28, 2003 — Canadian Press

CRTC ruling paves way for Bell ExpressVu to expand pay-per-view services by Richard Blackwell

A decision from the CRTC will clear the way for Bell ExpressVu LP to expand its pay-per-view programming beyond its satellite service.

Aug 27, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Twenty-two short blurbs about TV tonight by Andrew Ryan

Columnist finds quantity, not quality on evening television.

Aug 27, 2003 — National Post

CHUM takes aim at British market: Wants to export Citytv model by Barbara Shecter

CHUM Ltd. is negotiating a deal that would allow it to launch three television channels in major urban centres in Britain by the end of next year.

Aug 27, 2003 — Vancouver Sun

Ian Hanomansing, Kevin Newman among Gemini Awards nominees by Alex Strachan

CBC-TV received numerous nominations in the news and information categories for 18th annual Gemini Awards.

Aug 27, 2003 — Regina Leader-Post

CBC leads with nods for news, sports

CBC-TV received numerous nominations in the news and information categories for 18th annual Gemini Awards.

Aug 27, 2003 — National Post

CBC leads networks in news nominations: Gemini Awards by John McKay

CBC-TV received numerous nominations in the news and information categories for 18th annual Gemini Awards.

Aug 27, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Major networks dominate Geminis by Michael Posner

CBC-TV received numerous nominations in the news and information categories for 18th annual Gemini Awards.

Aug 27, 2003 — National Post

Keeping an eye on al-Jazeera

If the CRTC permits Videotron to distribute al-Jazeera, it should require that Videotron be held responsible for any hateful al-Jazeera programming that is broadcast into Canadian homes.

Aug 26, 2003 — National Post

CRTC wants new players in telephony by Barbara Shecter

The CRTC wants more competition in the local telephone business, but new companies would still face huge risks.

Aug 26, 2003 — National Post

Telcos look to enlist use of high-speed networks by Mark Evans

Telephone companies intend to provide television programming through the use of high-speed networks created for internet access.

Aug 26, 2003 — National Post

Telcos' big push into Canada's living rooms by Mark Evans

Telephone companies are poised to enter into the Canadian television market.

Aug 26, 2003 — CBC News

CBC leads Gemini news nominations by Dan Brown

CBC-TV received numerous nominations in the news and information categories for 18th annual Gemini Awards.

Aug 25, 2003 — National Post

Rival sectors stalking lucrative 'triple-play' by Barbara Shecter and Mark Evans

Canada's cable companies are poised to enter the local telephone business, and intend to offer a "triple play" of communications services, including TV, phone and Internet.

Aug 24, 2003 — Toronto Star

A pre-emptive elegy for AM radio

Although AM radio may be ailing it is still useful and should not be allowed to die.

Aug 23, 2003 — Hamilton Spectator

Cable companies want even TV field by Mark McNeil

Cable companies say they need to be allowed to sell popular American pay TV channels in order to combat satellite signal piracy.

Aug 23, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Thomson spat highlights TV tensions by Gayle MacDonald

Increasing competition among Toronto's networks has resulted in the exchange of several high-profile TV personalities.

Aug 22, 2003 — Canadian Press

Battle over TV news anchor Thomson settled out of court; starts CTV in Nov. by Marelene Habib

The battle over Ontario TV news anchor Beverly Thomson between CanWest and CTV has been settled out of court.

Aug 22, 2003 — National Post

CRTC raps Shaw in movie row by Barbara Shecter

Shaw Communications Inc. has been censured by the CRTC for giving preference to its own cable service over telephone companies trying to compete in Shaw's TV distribution business.

Aug 22, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Here's what HDTV means to the viewers by William Houston

Since high-definition television requires considerable bandwidth, early entry of US HDTV could mean future space problems for Canadian services.

Aug 21, 2003 — National Post

CBC shutting down its arts web site by J. Kelly Nestruck

The CBC is closing its ArtsCanada Web site and laying off staff.

Aug 21, 2003 — Toronto Star

The grid ate my homework by Antonia Zerbisias

Antonia Zerbisias cites our appetite for media as one of the biggest drains on energy.

Aug 21, 2003 — Edmonton Journal

Global off to court after CTV hires anchor Thomson

CanWest going to court after one of its star anchors was hired away by CTV is a sign that competition is getting hotter in the country's television industry.

Aug 21, 2003 — National Post

Satellite pirates may abandon broadcast fight: Consitutional challenge by Barbara Shecter

Black market satellite TV equipment vendors may be dropping a tenuous constitutional argument to have satellite television piracy declared legal.

Aug 21, 2003 — Victoria Times Colonist

CRTC nod for Telus TV by Paul Marck

The CRTC has granted TELUS a licence to carry TV signals across telephone lines in 16 Alberta and BC communities.

Aug 21, 2003 — Globe & Mail

FCC plans to bolster local media by David Ho

FCC Chairman Michael Powell plans measures to ensure television stations serve local viewers.

Aug 21, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Fund aims to match talent with opportunity by Gayle MacDonald

Craig station Toronto One unveils two production funds totaling almost $15 million.

Aug 21, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Telus licensed to sell television service by Dave Ebner

TELUS Corp. had been licensed to provide television over its telephone lines in British Columbia and Alberta.

Aug 20, 2003 — Victoria Times Colonist

Journalism shaped by real life by Gillian Shaw

The realities of becoming and working as a journalist.

Aug 20, 2003 — Washington Post

FCC Chief To Prod TV Stations on Localism by Frank Ahrens

FCC Chairman Michael Powell plans measures to ensure television stations serve local viewers.

Aug 20, 2003 — Associated Press

Viacom president defends broadcaster dedication to localism by David Ho

Viacom president says broadcasters do a good job of reflecting local viewpoints, lawmakers misguided for fighting FCC decision to ease media ownership restrictions.

Aug 20, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Rogers considers shrinking football screen to add information by William Houston

Rogers to consider adopting pay-per-view technology used by the National Football League in the US.

Aug 20, 2003 — Toronto Star

Global TV challenges Thomson's CTV return by Jim Bawden

CanWest has filed a court injunction against CTV for hiring one of its star anchors.

Aug 20, 2003 — Canadian Press

CTV's hiring of Global TV anchor Thomson sparks CanWest court action

CanWest has filed a court injunction against CTV for hiring one of its star anchors.

Aug 20, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Major changes expected in cable, telecom by Dave Ebner

Telecom and cable ownership limits will be lifted eventually, but probably not quickly.

Aug 20, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Media cross-ownership should be stopped, Kent to tell probe by Steven Chase

Former Royal Commission Chairman Tom Kent will tell a Senate committee that Ottawa should refuse to renew or issue licences to broadcasters that own newspapers.

Aug 20, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Forget the Post; CanWest's real problem is debt by Douglas Goold

Whether the National Post will survive is trivial. The real question is whether CanWest can eliminate the debt taken on to acquire it.

Aug 20, 2003 — Associated Press

FCC releases final versions of media ownership rules by David Ho

The Federal Communications Commission's release of the final version of its media ownership rules is expected to trigger a response from Congressional lawmakers who are fighting the measures.

Aug 20, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Open to foreign owners

Removing outdated foreign ownership limits on telcos is not a threat to economic security or independence, and may yield some positive benefits. The parliamentary committee's recommendations should be implemented immediately.

Aug 20, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Telecom rules won't change soon by Michael den Tandt

Liberal leadership politics may stall the lifting of telecom and cable foreign ownership limits.

Aug 20, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Major telecom, broadcast review urged by Simon Tuck

After removing telecom and cable ownership limits, the government should turn its attention to broadcasting, the House of Commons Industry Committee says.

Aug 19, 2003 — Le Devoir

Plusieurs animateurs changent d'émission - La radio de la SRC veut consolider sa position par Paul Cauchon

French CBC Radio, unlike its television counterpart, is increasing both the total number of listeners and its overall market share.

Aug 18, 2003 — Associated Press

FCC chairman says agency will look again at media ownership by David Ho

FCC Chairman Michael Powell says agency will examine the effects of media concentration this fall.

Aug 18, 2003 — Playback

Broadcasting and world trade: an update by Bill Roberts

Bill Roberts reports on the impact of international trade negotiations on Canada's TV industry.

Aug 18, 2003 — National Post

Canada needs more stories, not networks by Wendell Wilks

Canada's cable companies need more high quality Canadian programming, not more networks.

Aug 18, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Blair, the BBC and the devil's dilemma by Mark Starowicz

CBC producer Mark Starowicz states that like the BBC, he too would have aired a report that there was significant dissent in the British intelligence and defence community about Iraq's ability to launch a biological attack.

Aug 16, 2003 — Toronto Star

We do have a choice about closer links to U.S. by David Crane

David Crane writes that Canadians still have a choice regarding Canada's economic and security integration with the United States.

Aug 15, 2003 — National Post

CTV to roll out 2 HDTV channels on ExpressVu: Discovery, TSN

TSN and Discovery Channel Canada to begin simulcasting in high definition on the Bell ExpressVu satellite service format.

Aug 14, 2003 — Regina Leader-Post

Rouleau gets a facelift for transition to Dog River

The town of Rouleau, Saskatchewan has been transformed into the setting for a new CTV series.

Aug 14, 2003 — Globe & Mail

CBC allowed more blockbusters in prime time by Richard Blackwell

The CRTC has granted CBC Television the right to continue to show non-Canadian blockbuster movies in prime time. The Canadian Association of Broadcasters predicts CBC may become "a U.S. superstation".

Aug 14, 2003 — Hollywood Reporter

CBC gets OK to air H'wood fare by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC has granted CBC Television the right to continue to show non-Canadian blockbuster movies in prime time. The Canadian Association of Broadcasters predicts CBC may become "a U.S. superstation".

Aug 14, 2003 — LA Times

Don't Use Those Words: Fox News Owns Them by Jack M. Balkin

Fox News sues comedian and writer, claiming trademark to the expression "fair and balanced".

Aug 14, 2003 — National Post

CBC can air hit movies, CRTC says by Barbara Shecter

The CRTC has granted CBC Television the right to continue to show non-Canadian blockbuster movies in prime time. The Canadian Association of Broadcasters predicts CBC may become "a U.S. superstation".

Aug 13, 2003 — Toronto Star

Keeping Canada sovereign by Mel Hurtig

An edited excerpt of author Mel Hurtig's speech at the 72nd annual Couchiching Conference discussing Canadian sovereignty.

Aug 12, 2003 — National Post

ExpressVu to zap satellite thieves by Barbara Shecter

Bell Canada's ExpressVu satellite division has announced new technology to remotely deactivate illegal program decoders.

Aug 12, 2003 — National Post

CRTC raps Shaw over commercials by Barbara Shecter

The CRTC has ordered Shaw Cable to stop promoting its high-speed Internet service in ad space reserved for Canadian program promotion and public service announcements.

Aug 11, 2003 — National Review

Scandalous by David Frum

David Frum describes Britain's BBC as "like CBS, CNN, NPR, Comedy Central, Time magazine, and every local market's top news station all rolled into one gigantic bureaucracy, paid for out of taxes and tilting to the far left."

Aug 11, 2003 — Toronto Star

Bitove Jr. bids to ride a new wave in radio by M. Corey Goldman

CRTC may need to develop Canadian content guidelines for radio broadcast via satellite to address new application.

Aug 11, 2003 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

You're fools if you lose Canadian identity, Asner tells conference

US actor Ed Asner concerned for Canada's national identity in panel discussion on culture.

Aug 11, 2003 — Toronto Star

Protect Canadian identity, Asner says

US actor Ed Asner concerned for Canada's national identity in panel discussion on culture.

Aug 9, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Staking claims on the TV dial by Michael Posner

Beginning on September 9, new broadcaster Toronto 1 will take the place of NBC on Toronto Channel 15.

Aug 9, 2003 — Globe & Mail

CBC AS HOME OF THE BLOCKBUSTER? by James Adams

CRTC decision expected shortly on whether CBC can show blockbuster non-Canadian movies during prime-time.

Aug 8, 2003 — Ottawa Citizen

Foreign markets key to Bullard deal by Tony Atherton

Tony Atherton worries that if Global TV syndicates The Mike Bullard Show to the U.S., Britain and Australia, it may lose sight of its original purpose to spotlight and nurture Canadian stars.

Aug 8, 2003 — Toronto Star

In a world of visual stimulation, listening culture is drowned out by Mary Carole McCauley

Movie theatres, television, satellite dishes and computers have created a culture overwhelmingly reliant on visual stimuli, causing a shift in how we experience reality.

Aug 8, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Dull day brightens as Bullard goes Global by John Doyle

John Doyle says Mike Bullard's announcement that he is moving to move to Global "is really about battling execs who get their kicks from feuds [rather than] putting great shows on the air."

Aug 7, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Vive la différence! by Konrad Yakabuski

Quebec films are beating out Hollywood blockbusters at the province's box office.

Aug 7, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Buying into franchise TV by Hal Niedzviecki

Canadian producers are following the worldwide trend of copying the formats of popular foreign shows.

Aug 6, 2003 — Globe & Mail

New TV channel will air in fall by Jeff Gray

New TV channel, Toronto 1, announces it is ready to compete with CITY-TV for Toronto viewers this fall.

Aug 5, 2003 — National Post

Cable strategy by Glenn O'Farrell

Response by the head of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters to an op-ed by the Canadian Cable Television Association.

Aug 5, 2003 — Cablecaster Magazine

Toronto 1 finalizes basic carriage, names anchors

Toronto 1 will occupy a channel on the basic cable dial in Toronto, and announced it has hired veteran CBC news anchor Ben Chin.

Aug 3, 2003 — Calgary Herald

Canadians tuning out the CBC by Mark Milke

The Calgary Herald claims CBC viewership has declined due not only to increasing competition, but also the perception of bias.

Aug 2, 2003 — Ottawa Citizen

Transparent, but contentious by Maria Cook

The CBC's new, centralized Ottawa headquarters are drawing mixed reviews.

Aug 1, 2003 — Vancouver Province

Concert TV coverage trashed by John McKay

Public voices disappointment with CBC and MuchMusic broadcasts of the Rolling Stones concert at Downsview Park.

Aug 1, 2003 — Calgalry Herald

Restored TV funding revives Canadian series

The Canadian Television Fund announced more programs have been saved by a funding advance made in the wake of the government's earlier significant cuts.

Aug 1, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Taxpayer funding of culture up again by Oliver Moore

According to Statistics Canada, Canadian government spending on all forms of culture has continued to rise this year.

Aug 1, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Public radio sees boost in listeners by Allison Dunfield

Public radio rose to third place among listeners by the fall of 2002 from sixth place five years earlier, Statistics Canada says.

Aug 1, 2003 — Victoria Times Colonist

CBC English, French jump to third place in radio rankings

Public radio rose to third place among listeners by the fall of 2002 from sixth place five years earlier, Statistics Canada says.

Aug 1, 2003 — Vancouver Province

CBC radio gaining listeners

Public radio rose to third place among listeners by the fall of 2002 from sixth place five years earlier, Statistics Canada says.

Aug 1, 2003 — The Guardian

Island radio listeners bucking trend: study

Public radio rose to third place among listeners by the fall of 2002 from sixth place five years earlier, Statistics Canada says.

Aug 1, 2003 — Edmonton Journal

More public input sought for Canuck TV

FRIENDS urges Heritage Minister Sheila Copps to make sure a consultation process on the Canadian Television Fund open to the public, not just industry players.

Jul 31, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Bell Globemedia sales, profit exceed forecasts by Dave Ebner

Bell Globemedia's sales and operating profits have exceeded analysts' expectations due to strong results from CTV television and cost cutting.

Jul 30, 2003 — National Post

Bell raps Rogers business methods by Kevin Restivo, with files from Mark Evans

Bell Expressvu has filed a complaint with the CRTC accusing Rogers of sabotage and anti-competitive behaviour in the fight for television subscribers.

Jul 30, 2003 — Toronto Star

Bell accuses Rogers of stifling competition by Rachel Ross

Bell Expressvu has filed a complaint with the CRTC accusing Rogers of sabotage and anti-competitive behaviour in the fight for television subscribers.

Jul 30, 2003 — Ottawa Citizen

Bell's battle gets ugly in Toronto by Andy Riga

Bell Expressvu has filed a complaint with the CRTC accusing Rogers of sabotage and anti-competitive behaviour in the fight for television subscribers.

Jul 30, 2003 — Montreal Gazette

Rogers cuts our wires, Bell says by Andy Riga

Bell Expressvu has filed a complaint with the CRTC accusing Rogers of sabotage and anti-competitive behaviour in the fight for television subscribers.

Jul 30, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Buffalo PBS station suffers trial by dial by Christopher Guly

Rogers Cable decision to move PBS from channel 18 to 61 on the cable dial has resulted in a loss of 26% of the channel's Canadian viewership.

Jul 28, 2003 — Maclean's

Paul Gross: 'I was absolutely alarmed'

Canadian actor Paul Gross says urgent steps are needed to promote Canadian drama.

Jul 28, 2003 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC fires salvo against calls for external oversight by Mimi Turner

The BBC has criticized the UK government after suggestions the BBC could lose editorial control of its own output.

Jul 28, 2003 — New York Times

New Rules, Old Rhetoric by Michael K. Powell

FCC Chair Michael Powell writes that there is a lack of consensus over what problem the US Congress is trying to solve by opposing the new FCC rules on media ownership.

Jul 28, 2003 — National Post

It's dangerous to deny TV viewers choice by Janet Yale

The head of the Canadian Cable Television Association says Canadians will bypass cable altogether if the CRTC does not permit carriers to offer more US channels.

Jul 26, 2003 — Globe & Mail

The little network that could, and did by Graeme Smith

The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network has come into its own, boosting its ratings and its reputation.

Jul 26, 2003 — Globe & Mail

CRTC to rule on music videos by Richard Blackwell

Craig Broadcasting has asked the CRTC to adopt a loose interpretation of what constitutes a pop music video in its conditions of licence for MTV2. CHUM, which owns MuchMusic, has asked for a narrow interpretation.

Jul 26, 2003 — Hollywood Reporter

Tessa Jowell warns of BBC concerns by Mimi Turner

UK Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell has said the BBC may face consequences for controversial news reports relating to the Iraq war.

Jul 24, 2003 — New York Times

Bush's Four Horsemen by William Safire

The US House of Representatives vote mirrored the growth in popular opposition to increased media concentration.

Jul 24, 2003 — New York Times

F.C.C. Media Rule Blocked in House in a 400-to-21 Vote by Stephen Labaton

The US House of Representatives, by a 400-to-21 margin, passed legislation to block a new FCC rule that would have permitted the largest television networks to own more stations.

Jul 24, 2003 — Hollywood Reporter

House thumbs its nose at FCC's media cap by Brooks Boliek

Despite a veto threat from the US president, the House of Representatives approved legislation that overrules an FCC decision that would have allowed greater media concentration in the US.

Jul 23, 2003 — New York Times

Republicans Are Adding Weight to Reversal of F.C.C. Media Rule by Stephen Labaton

The US House of Representatives is poised to block FCC rules relaxing media ownership.

Jul 23, 2003 — National Post

Sports channels anxious for fee hikes by Barbara Schecter

The Score and Sportsnet may have to wait until next year to find out if they can implement proposed rate hikes expected to be passed on to cable subscribers.

Jul 23, 2003 — Globe & Mail

A Canadian way for Al-Jazeera by Norman Spector

Norman Spector says the cable company that carries Al-Jazeera in Canada should be legally liable for its content.

Jul 21, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Scientist's death widens rift between Blair, the BBC by Hamida Ghafour

Globe article describes Britain's BBC as "state-funded".

Jul 21, 2003 — Playback

Research memo to Mr. Manley: why Canada needs Canadian-made TV by Barry Kiefl

Research analyst Barry Kiefl argues that Canada will lag behind other nations if it fails to nurture and develop a strong domestic TV industry.

Jul 21, 2003 — Playback

Acting in the name of culture by Peter Vamos

ACTRA's 'campaign for Canadian programming' signalled a move beyond the organization's historical role as bargaining agent for performers' rights.

Jul 20, 2003 — Time Magazine

The FCC Under Fire by Viveca Novak

Opposition to the FCC's loosening of media ownership rules in the US is steadily rising.

Jul 19, 2003 — Ottawa Sun

What's with the Revolving Door at CBC? by Denis Armstrong

Denis Armstrong reports on the exodus of talent from the CBC in Ottawa.

Jul 18, 2003 — Ottawa Citizen

Rogers profit jumps to $54.1M

Despite experiencing a profit jump in the second quarter, Rogers Communications' earnings still came in below analysts' forecasts.

Jul 18, 2003 — Ottawa Citizen

Cost of job cuts forces CanWest profits down

CanWest Global's fiscal third-quarter profit fell more than 50 per cent due to the cost of job cuts.

Jul 18, 2003 — Cablecaster

2003 Cable Summit cancelled

The CCTA Cable Summit, which was rescheduled for September 2003 in Toronto, has been cancelled.

Jul 18, 2003 — Montreal Gazette

Vidéotron seeks CRTC exemption

Vidéotron is seeking an exemption that would allow it to bypass CRTC approval when implementing rate increases in Montreal.

Jul 18, 2003 — Winnipeg Free Press

Moving to a pure jazz format may be risky business for Cool FM by Bartley Kives

CanWest's Cool FM 99.1 makes format change likely to lower popularity.

Jul 17, 2003 — The Age

CanWest May Use Ten Stake In Asian Push by Wendy Frew

CanWest intends to keep a majority stake in its Australian network and may expand into Asia.

Jul 17, 2003 — National Post

Cabinet backs contested radio station licence by Stewart Bell

The federal Cabinet upheld a CRTC decision to issue a broadcasting licence to a multicultural radio station in Toronto, despite allegations the station is tied to a terrorist group.

Jul 17, 2003 — Ottawa Citizen

How to have better TV by Tony Atherton

Despite more channels, quality original television is becoming harder for viewers to find.

Jul 17, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Digital TV gets satisfied customers by Richard Blackwell

Digital TV subscribers pay marginally more than traditional analog cable subscribers, but get far more channels.

Jul 17, 2003 — National Post

CRTC delays hearings on Al-Jazeera channel by Barbara Shecter

The CRTC has postponed considering a proposal to bring the Arabic-language news channel Al-Jazeera to Canada until after Sept. 11.

Jul 17, 2003 — National Post

Satellites must aid small stations by Ian Jack

The CRTC has ruled that satellite distributors will be permitted to carry feeds from up to 20 small market television outlets, but must invest a portion of their revenues in a new production fund for small-market local TV.

Jul 17, 2003 — Journal de Montreal

Journal de Montreal: Blockbusters à la société d'État (FRENCH)

TVA and TQS oppose CBC/Radio-Canada's application to broadcast foreign films during prime time.

Jul 16, 2003 — Globe & Mail

CPAC tunes into the TV mainstream by Christopher Guly

CPAC is looking less like a community-TV channel and more like a commercial TV network.

Jul 16, 2003 — Hollywood Reporter

Hill forms united front against new FCC rules by Brooks Boliek

Increasing US congressional action taken against FCC decision to loosen regulations on media mergers.

Jul 15, 2003 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

The media have done too much 'dumbing-down'by Michael Higgins

Michael Higgins queries whether the media's 'dumbing down' is irreversible.

Jul 14, 2003 — Toronto Star

CBS says it loud and proud by Chris Zelkovich

Despite owning the Canadian broadcast rights, CanWest Global carried a US broadcast of the Molson Indy in Toronto instead of producing its own.

Jul 14, 2003 — Associated Press

Poll suggests public uneasy with new rules allowing more concentrated media ownership by Will Lester

A new US poll finds the public worried about changes in media ownership rules that will allow more concentration.

Jul 12, 2003 — Hollywood Reporter

Telefilm Can. reinstating ani fest funds by Norma Reveler

Following pressure from large US animation studios, Telefilm Canada has reversed its decision not to fund the 2004 Ottawa International Animation Festival.

Jul 12, 2003 — Canoe

Paul Martin has 170 unpaid experts by Alexander Panetta

Paul Martin's leadership team is fashioning the next Liberal election platform with an unprecedented number of policy advisers.

Jul 11, 2003 — National Post

Women's sports channel woes by Barbara Shecter

WTSN, Bell Globemedia's women's sports digital television channel, is in unknown financial trouble.

Jul 11, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Tanenbaum's television interests create perception of conflict by William Houston

Owner of major-league sports clubs has broadcasting interests that give the impression of a conflict of interest.

Jul 10, 2003 — Ottawa Citizen

CanWest sells stake in SBS Broadcasting by Barbara Shecter

CanWest Global sold its stake in European broadcaster to pay down corporate debt.

Jul 10, 2003 — Vancouver Sun

U.S. in control of market in cultural goods

Statistics Canada confirms Canadian cultural imports far exceed exports.

Jul 10, 2003 — National Post

This news anchor's timing is awful by Robert Fulford

Robert Fulford criticizes timing of Peter Jennings U.S. citizenship.

Jul 10, 2003 — Toronto Star

Is sports cartel coming? by Dave Perkins

US model of convergence between sports teams and specialty channels being considered in Canada.

Jul 10, 2003 — Toronto Star

Is sports cartel coming? by Chris Zelkovich

US model of convergence between sports teams and specialty channels being considered in Canada.

Jul 10, 2003 — Toronto Star

Heritage report buried by Antonia Zerbisias

Coverage of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage's recommendations on Canadian broadcasting has been sparse.

Jul 9, 2003 — National Post

Manley gets $700,000 more in donations by Anne Dawson

Federally regulated industries contribute to Liberal leadership bids.

Jul 9, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Copps cuts magazine dollars by Sandra Martin

Heritage Minister Sheila Copps intends to fund more Canadian periodicals with less money.

Jul 9, 2003 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

Cable company sells U.S. operation by Michael Higgins

Shaw Cable sold its U.S. cable operations to pay down corporate debt.

Jul 9, 2003 — National Post

Ottawa cuts magazines' subsidies: Focus shifts smaller by Sean Silcoff

The federal government is cutting millions in subsidies paid to large magazine publishers.

Jul 8, 2003 — Globe & Mail

A new era of cheapness that's sure to Alienate by John Doyle

Low production values of new Canadian shows likely to turn away viewers.

Jul 8, 2003 — Ottawa Citizen

Why Peter Jennings chose to become an American by Randy Boswell

Expatriate Canadian journalist and anchor Peter Jennings has become an American citizen.

Jul 8, 2003 — Toronto Star

Toronto 1 poaches staff from the CBC by Antonia Zerbisias

Craig Broadcasting's new Toronto TV station, Toronto 1, recruits news anchors from CBC, but relies heavily on American programming in its program line-up.

Jul 8, 2003 — Globe & Mail

2010 Winter Olympics by William Houston

Televising 2010 and 2012 Olympics expected to cost CBC $100 million or more.

Jul 7, 2003 — The Guardian

Here's an opportunity for Sheila Copps to assert her leadership prowess

Sheila Copps can show moral leadership by advising her executive assistant not to take position at Canadian Association of Broadcasters.

Jul 7, 2003 — Vancouver Sun

No industry without Cancon by Joe Leary

Canadian musician, Randy Bachman, says there would be no Canadian music industry if not for Canadian content laws.

Jul 7, 2003 — New York Times

More Viewer Options To Interact With TV by Eric A. Taub

Interactive television is taking root as the popularity of digital television systems grows.

Jul 7, 2003 — The Deal

FCC media rules' unexpected boon by Ron Orol

The Federal Communications Commission has unveiled several previously unannounced measures hidden in its new rules that could permit additional television station consolidation.

Jul 7, 2003 — Financial Times

Brussels probe puts Hollywood in spotlight by Daniel Dombey and Francesco Guerrera and Tim Burt

Hollywood's leading studios may have to revise deals with European pay television companies to address concerns film prices are being kept artificially high.

Jul 6, 2003 — Winnipeg Free Press

Does Canadian TV have a future? by David Taras

David Taras explains that the future of Canadian television may depend on whether the federal government decides to implement the Heritage Committee's recommendations for a major overhaul of the system.

Jul 6, 2003 — Winnipeg Free Press

Why Canuck TV sucks - and Quebec shows thrive by Patricia Bailey

The Quebec television is industry booming while English Canada's is wilting because English productions have to compete with American ones with their higher budgets and bigger stars.

Jul 6, 2003 — Toronto Star

Toronto TV production is fading to black by Debra Felstead

SARS and funding cuts have helped lead to a significant decline in television production in Toronto.

Jul 5, 2003 — Globe & Mail

20 WAYS THE RISING LOONIE IS CHANGING CANADA'S LANDSCAPE

The rising dollar is making Canada less attractive for American runaway film production.

Jul 5, 2003 — Vancouver Sun

Global B.C. continues to lead local TV newscasts all day by Alex Strachan

Global B.C. continues to lead local news ratings by a wide margin, despite increased competition and new stations in the market.

Jul 4, 2003 — Vancouver Sun

Copps' assistant registers Liberals' latest ethical lapse

Heritage Minister Sheila Copps' executive assistant leaving his post to become Canadian Association of Broadcasters' vice-president for external and government relations is the Liberals' latest ethical mistake.

Jul 4, 2003 — Victoria-Times Colonist

CBC lineup favours Canadian kids by Anne-Marie Tobin

CBC reaffirms its commitment to Canadian-made children's television.

Jul 4, 2003 — National Post

Regulators' turf war shakes sector by Barbara Shecter

The rejection of Quebecor's bid to acquire radio stations from Astral is the latest round in a jurisdictional fight between the CRTC and the Competition Bureau.

Jul 4, 2003 — Vancouver Sun

Video hasn't killed the FM radio cash cow

Statistics Canada survey of the radio business reports private FM radio broadcasters are outperforming private conventional television broadcasters.

Jul 4, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Private radio broadcasters score big hit by John Partridge

Statistics Canada survey of the radio business reports private FM radio broadcasters are outperforming private conventional television broadcasters.

Jul 3, 2003 — National Post

Network TEN profit soars 24% on ad growth: 'Outstanding' result by Barbara Shecter

Increased advertising revenues have boosted CanWest's profits in Australia.

Jul 3, 2003 — St. Catherines Standard

TV -- a visual library of disinformation by Dan Smith

High school essay contest winner Dan Smith laments that Canadians have come to trust television more than print as a source of information.

Jul 3, 2003 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

An old media order passes and the future is worrisome by Michael Higgins

Michael Higgins writes that the passing of many of Canada's old media guard leaves him worried about the future of Canadian broadcasting.

Jul 3, 2003 — Vancouver Sun

Corporate donors' last call by Anne Dawson and Bill Curry

Corporations in regulated industries donated large amounts of money to the Liberal party last year.

Jul 3, 2003 — National Post

Ottawa could permit prescription drug ads: 'High time we look at this' by Ian Jack

The federal government is considering allowing pharmaceutical companies to advertise prescription drugs, including on radio and television.

Jul 3, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Canadian TV rights now up for bids by Guy Dixon

Vancouver's successful bid for the 2010 Winter Games has sparked a bidding race for the rights to televise the Games in Canada.

Jul 3, 2003 — Toronto Star

Post wants to rework deals with some news agencies

The National Post wants to renegotiate its commercial contracts with several news agencies in order to reduce its spending.

Jul 3, 2003 — Montreal Gazette

CRTC nixes Astral sale of stations by Paul Delean

The CRTC has rejected a bid by Astral Media to sell radio stations to Quebecor, citing concerns about concentration of media ownership and media cross-ownership in Quebec.

Jul 3, 2003 — Toronto Star

Regulator rejects radio station sale

The CRTC has rejected a bid by Astral Media to sell radio stations to Quebecor, citing concerns about concentration of media ownership and media cross-ownership in Quebec.

Jul 3, 2003 — National Post

Quebecor's TVA loses bid for radio licences by Barbara Shecter

The CRTC has rejected a bid by Astral Media to sell radio stations to Quebecor, citing concerns about concentration of media ownership and media cross-ownership in Quebec.

Jul 3, 2003 — Edmonton Journal

Copps' aide job offer questioned by MP

Opposition MPs are calling for Heritage Minister Sheila Copps's senior aide to decline a job offer from the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, which directly lobbies the Heritage department.

Jul 3, 2003 — National Post

Critics call for Copps aide to pass on job offer by Bill Curry

Opposition MPs are calling for Heritage Minister Sheila Copps's senior aide to decline a job offer from the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, which directly lobbies the Heritage department.

Jul 3, 2003 — Hollywood Reporter

Olympic win for Vancouver, NBC City to host 2010 Games; net can go live in primetime by Andrew Grossman and Etan Vlessing

CTV and Global have in the past contended CBC's access to public money gives it an unfair advantage in bidding for Olympic broadcasting rights. CBC says the Olympics are a net money-earner.

Jul 3, 2003 — Toronto Star

CBC gets break in Olympics budget: No competition by Chris Zelkovich

News that CTV and Global are unlikely to bid for broadcasting rights to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics may lower the cost to CBC.

Jul 3, 2003 — Cablecaster Magazine

Wrong last name, says former Rogers exec Krstajic

A Rogers executive is leaving for Bell Canada, alleging that only members of the Rogers family are appointed to top positions.

Jul 2, 2003 — Saskatoon Star Pheonix

Anchor away: Journalist Keith Morrison has found success south of the border by Ned Powers

Expatriate journalist Keith Morrison says CBC "sets the standard in news coverage and no one else in North America can match them".

Jul 2, 2003 — Ottawa Citizen

Big Brother's wasteful adventure by Neil Seeman

The idea that media concentration leads to lesser-quality news is founded on a very little research. There is no reason to think increased media regulation translates to better news.

Jul 2, 2003 — National Post

Copps aide taking post with lobbyist by Bill Curry

Sheila Copps' executive assistant is joining one of the primary lobbyists of her department, the Canadian Association of Broadcasters.

Jul 2, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Global doc a misfire in tin-pot 'media war' by John Doyle

The National Post's 'CBC Watch', a forum for complaints about the public broadcaster, would be more at home on "the lunatic fringe of the Internet" than "a daily newspaper owned by a broadcaster who competes with the CBC for viewers".

Jul 2, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Listen up, Canada by Matthew Mendelsohn

Government cultural policy is oblivious to young Canadians.

Jul 2, 2003 — Associated Press

FCC releases final versions of media ownership rules by David Ho

The Federal Communications Commission's release of the final version of its media ownership rules is expected to trigger a response from Congressional lawmakers who are fighting the measures.

Jul 2, 2003 — Ottawa Citizen

Policy-makers, please do adjust your TV by Bill Roberts

Bill Roberts writes that Canada needs a clearer vision for its broadcast industry if programming content is to improve.

Jul 2, 2003 — Ottawa Citizen

National Post looks to reopen news agency deals

The National Post wants to renegotiate its commercial contracts with several news agencies in order to reduce its spending.

Jul 2, 2003 — Globe & Mail

CRTC rejects Astral bid to sell Quebec radio stations

The CRTC has rejected a bid by Astral Media to sell radio stations to Quebecor, citing concerns about concentration of media ownership and media cross-ownership in Quebec.

Jul 2, 2003 — Ottawa Citizen

Opposition MPs take aim at job offer to Copps aide by Bill Curry

Opposition MPs are calling for Heritage Minister Sheila Copps's senior aide to decline a job offer from the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, which directly lobbies the Heritage department.

Jul 1, 2003 — Business Edge

TV rivals stake out turf in CRTC duel by Laura Severs

CHUM and Global compete to expand their Alberta presence.

Jul 1, 2003 — Toronto Star

Each day, more of home to miss by Luke Eric Peterson

Living in the U.S. provides a new perspective on the uniqueness of Canada.

Jul 1, 2003 — The Hill Times

Senate's doing one of the most ambitious media studies in history by Molly Amoli K. Shinhat

The Senate Transport and Communications Committee's study of Canadian media is one of the most ambitious of its kind. FRIENDS sees a "potential virtuous link" between the Senate study and the Heritage Committee's recent report on the Canadian broadcasting system.

Jul 1, 2003 — Globe & Mail

History's strange brew by Mark Starowicz

Documentary producer Mark Starowicz writes that Canadians will never stop redefining their country.

Jun 30, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Is this the saviour of Canadian TV? by John Doyle

John Doyle reports on Clifford Lincoln's commitment to the ideal of a Canadian broadcasting system and his ideas for reforming it.

Jun 30, 2003 — vancouver Sun

Begging the question by Alex Strachan

The annual Canadian Viewer Aptitude Test (VAT) on Canadian broadcasting trivia.

Jun 29, 2003 — Toronto Star

Global documentary seems unfair by Antonia Zerbisias

Antonia Zerbisias analyzes a new CanWest Global documentary about last September's student demonstration against a speech by former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Jun 28, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Shaw to slash jobs, costs after mixed third quarter by Keith Damsell

Shaw says subscriber growth is down and it will need to cut jobs and other costs.

Jun 28, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Vidéotron taps former Heinz executive for cable division by Bertrand Marotte

Quebecor appoints former ketchup executive as the new president and CEO of its cable division.

Jun 28, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Low points in Cancon by R. M. Vaughan

A survey of mediocrity in Canadian content.

Jun 28, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Vancouver win will mean increased TV fees by William Houston

William Houston speculates that if Vancouver-Whistler is awarded the 2010 Winter Olympics, the cost of Canadian television rights will skyrocket. CBC will bear this cost, as CTV and Global have stated their networks will likely not bid.

Jun 28, 2003 — Globe & Mail

How Shelagh got her groove back by Sarah Hampson

An interview with Shelagh Rogers discussing the transformation of CBC Radio.

Jun 28, 2003 — New York Times

Out of control by Bill Clinton

Former American President Bill Clinton writes that the FCC move to loosen regulations on media mergers in the US will result in less diversity and independence in the broadcast media.

Jun 27, 2003 — Victoria Times Colonist

Report author says Ottawa should act on cultural plan

Clifford Lincoln, chair of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, says the plethora of studies released this year on the state of Canadian broadcasting demand the government's attention.

Jun 27, 2003 — National Post

PM appoints 2 partisans to the Senate: 'Year-long orgy' expected by Tim Naumetz

Jean Chrétien is expected to make many more patronage appointments before leaving office.

Jun 26, 2003 — Toronto Star

Talent bleeds from Post by Antonia Zerbisias

The ongoing loss of good journalists and an ill-conceived bulletin board on journalistic bias at the CBC are not harbingers of a strong future for the National Post.

Jun 26, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Black concerned by Post defections by Richard Blackwell

Former owner of the National Post, Conrad Black, says he is concerned about the departure of high-profile staff from the paper.

Jun 26, 2003 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

Black would love to buy Globe -- if it was for sale

Newspaper magnate Conrad Black says he would buy the Globe and Mail if it were for sale.

Jun 26, 2003 — Canadian Press

TV report author confident government will listen to funding recommendations by John McKay

Clifford Lincoln, author of the 872-page committee report entitled Our Cultural Sovereignty, is confident his report will stand the test of time and hopes it serves as an incentive for the government to act.

Jun 25, 2003 — Calgary Herald

Restored TV funding revives Canadian series

Finance Minister John Manley has promised to restore half of the $25 million cut from the Canadian Television Fund in the February 2003 federal budget.

Jun 25, 2003 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

Newsroom retains its edge 7 years after debut on CBC by Joel Rubinoff

Ken Finkleman's show the Newsroom is still as vital as when it began.

Jun 25, 2003 — Montreal Gazette

Why hire a star when you can manufacture one? by David Carr

Entertainment producers are relying more on concepts, less on costly stars, to sell entertainment.

Jun 25, 2003 — National Post

The CBC responds to CBC Watch by Tony Burman

CBC responds to recent National Post accusations of bias in journalism.

Jun 24, 2003 — Cablecaster Magazine

ANALYSIS: A Canadian upfront of $2.9 billion and other stories in this look into Canadian TV advertising CCTA by Susan Tolusso

A report on rising advertising rates in Canadian television.

Jun 24, 2003 — Edmonton Journal

CRTC grills hopeful local FM applicants by Sandra Sperounes

CRTC Commissioners asked hard questions of applicants wishing to start Edmonton's first urban music station.

Jun 24, 2003 — Toronto Star

How the TV wars affect viewers by Antonia Zerbisias

Canadian broadcasters are bickering over the Canadian Cable Television Association's CRTC application to add new U.S. channels to the digital dial.

Jun 24, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Who's taken whom? by Michael Posner

Michael Posner asks why the CBC is spending money on U.S.-made series.

Jun 24, 2003 — National Post

Alliance Atlantis profit nearly triples by Barbara Shecter

Alliance Atlantis Communications laid out two year growth projections that impressed analysts, but did not detail how much is attributable to an accounting change.

Jun 24, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Alliance Atlantis is cooking up an opaque soup by Fabrice Taylor

Alliance Atlantis has revised its financial statements twice in the last two years.

Jun 24, 2003 — National Post

Power to slow regulatory flood

The Senate has passed Bill C-205, a bill that establishes a joint Commons-Senate committee with the power to review and even revoke regulations and rulings issued by government agencies, including the CRTC.

Jun 24, 2003 — Edmonton Journal

We're short on sizzle, not steak by Liane Faulder

The problem with Canadian drama isn't quality but the lack of U.S.-style hype to build an audience for it.

Jun 24, 2003 — National Post

No new money for CBC, would-be PM Copps says by Barbara Shecter

Heritage Minister Sheila Copps states that she would not increase base funding to the CBC if elected Prime Minister.

Jun 24, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Television programs saved by funding flip-flop by Allison Dunfield

Twenty-six Canadian television shows and movies have been saved due to a partial restoration of funding cut from the Canadian Television Fund.

Jun 23, 2003 — Globe & Mail

A case of the pot calling the kettle black by John Doyle

Canadian broadcasters are hypocritical to criticize a plan by the cable industry to increase profits by directly importing U.S. specialty channels.

Jun 23, 2003 — Montreal Gazette

Filmmakers upset at Quebec funding cuts by Brendan Kelly

Quebec cinema is booming, yet the provincial government is cutting funding for film and TV production.

Jun 23, 2003 — Playback

Heritage report: major fix needed by Leo Rice-Barker

A report on the Heritage Committee's 872-page study of the Canadian broadcasting system, including reactions from broadcasters and from Trina McQueen, author of a recent study on Canadian drama.

Jun 23, 2003 — Pub Zone

Canadian Firm Wants to Replace Advertising on U.S.-based Special Channels with Canadian Ads by Gail Chiasson

Company run by former president of Global television has applied to CRTC to substitute U.S. with Canadian ads on five U.S. specialty channels seen in Canada.

Jun 23, 2003 — Canadian Press

Cable's big cash grab?

Canadian cable companies apply to import top U.S. channels to boost digital revenues and combat satellite TV piracy. FRIENDS notes access to U.S. channels is already strong, but does not oppose the application.

Jun 23, 2003 — Canadian Press

Canadian content this! by Bruce Cheadle

A report commissioned by the Heritage Department that proposes even tighter rules for TV and film production in Canada. FRIENDS praises the principles underlying the report.

Jun 22, 2003 — New York Times

The way we live now by Walter Kirn

Walter Kirn laments the growing homogenization of radio, where the music and the announcers all sound alike.

Jun 22, 2003 — Winnipeg Sun

U.S. shows like crack for Canadian TV junkies by Ben Mulroney

Canadians should have access to American stations in order to fight the illegal satellite dish industry.

Jun 22, 2003 — Washington Times

The ULLICO scandal

An insider-dealing scandal has engulfed many of organized labor's most powerful bosses, including president of Communications Workers of America.

Jun 21, 2003 — National Post

Alliance cashes in by Gillian Cosgrove

David Asper hosts CanWest table at Canadian Alliance fundraiser.

Jun 21, 2003 — Toronto Star

Make this media study worthwhile by James Travers

The federal government should consider the impact of media mergers on the diversity of available voices, not only on commercial competition.

Jun 20, 2003 — Ottawa Citizen

Southam family attacks policies of CanWest by Joe Paraskevas

Parliamentary committee told many of Canada's major daily newspapers lack sufficient editorial independence, an appropriate commitment to foreign affairs reporting and a devotion to the improvement of their staff.

Jun 20, 2003 — Ottawa Citizen

Cable firms want to carry U.S. channels by Tony Atherton

Proposal by the country's largest cable companies to open the door to 17 high-profile U.S. channels is opposed by Canadian broadcasters, who call it a "cynical cash grab".

Jun 20, 2003 — National Post

Battle brews over access to U.S. cable channels by Mark Evans

The Cable Television Association has filed an application to bring popular U.S. cable channels into the Canada, causing conflict between Canadian broadcasters and cable companies.

Jun 20, 2003 — Variety

B'casters fight cablers' bid for U.S. digital nets by Brendan Kelly

The Canadian broadcast industry is in an uproar as the Cable Television Association asks the CRTC to allow 17 U.S. services into the country.

Jun 20, 2003 — National Post

Cultural community needs tough love by Fazil Mihlar

Fazil Mihlar argues that rather than supporting Canadian media with taxpayers' money, the federal government should force the country's media to become more responsive to the needs of their customers.

Jun 20, 2003 — National Post

New media ownership rules under fire in U.S. by Peter Morton

A U.S. Senate committee wants Congress to overturn key parts of a controversial decision by the Federal Communications Commission to relax media ownership rules.

Jun 20, 2003 — The Guardian

Comment & Analysis by John Willis

Media consolidation is a careless risk. America provides an example of the effect it will have on British television.

Jun 20, 2003 — Calgary Herald

Canadian companies want to carry U.S. channels by John McKay

Canada's major cable companies are applying for direct access to import and carry 17 U.S. channels. FRIENDS says access to U.S. TV is already strong.

Jun 20, 2003 — Globe & Mail

FCC Ruling Rejected by Panel by Sean Marciniak And Yochi J. Dreazen

A U.S. Senate panel has voted to reverse a recent Federal Communications Commission decision that relaxed long-standing media-ownership rules. Whether the decision will have any effect remains to be seen.

Jun 20, 2003 — Montreal Gazette

Cable wants hot channels by John McKay

Canada's major cable companies are applying for direct access to import and carry 17 U.S. channels. FRIENDS says access to U.S. TV is already strong.

Jun 19, 2003 — Victoria Times Colonist

Overhaul of Canadian content rules urged by Bruce Cheadle

In a report commissioned by the heritage department, François Macerola says Canadian-content rules in film and television need a dramatic overhaul and should be centralized under one federal organization. FRIENDS notes Canadian content is a complex subject that defies simple solutions.

Jun 19, 2003 — Variety

Brits brace media ownership by Reuters

The Department of Culture prepares to accept a compromise that will force large media conglomerates to take a public interest test to acquire television broadcaster Channel Five, and making other potential takeovers more difficult.

Jun 19, 2003 — The Guardian

Labour to back down on media bill by Patrick Wintour and Matt Wells

The UK Department of Culture may accept a compromise that would force corporations to submit to a public interest test before completing media takeovers, a significant concession in planned relaxations of cross-media ownership rules.

Jun 19, 2003 — La Press

Pétition des écrivains contre Radio-Canada par Rollande Parent

Quebec writers assail CBC Radio for a lack of attention to literature in its programming.

Jun 19, 2003 — La Presse

Un universitaire appelle l'État à l'aide par Rollande Parent

Bad management decisions at BCE have cost consumers.

Jun 18, 2003 — Hamilton Spectator

Drug advertising shift urged by Sandra Cordon

Newspaper lobby group wants government to lift its ban on direct advertising by drug companies to consumers.

Jun 18, 2003 — Ottawa Citizen

Broadcasters grilled by CRTC over proposed Alberta expansions by Liane Faulder

Private broadcasters CHUM and CanWest Global came under close scrutiny at hearings into proposals to increase their coverage areas.

Jun 18, 2003 — Ottawa Citizen

Media mergers 'help newspapers' by Joe Paraskevas

The Canadian Newspaper Association says media cross-ownership could provide a means of survival for newspapers hit by declining readership.

Jun 18, 2003 — National Post

CBC must drop the propaganda by Jonathan Kay

Jonathan Kay argues that the CBC is using taxpayers' money to subsidize anti-U.S., anti-Israeli propaganda.

Jun 18, 2003 — Montreal Gazette

Go Canadian or go elsewhere for money by Bruce Cheadle

Report commissioned by the Heritage Department states that Canadian content rules in film and TV need a dramatic overhaul and should be centralized under one federal organization.

Jun 18, 2003 — National Post

Loosen ownership rules, committee told by Joe Paraskevas

The Canadian Newspaper Association says media cross-ownership could provide a means of survival for newspapers hit by declining readership.

Jun 18, 2003 — National Post

Canadian Content Commission urged by Ian Jack

Report commissioned by the Department of Canadian Heritage recommends that the federal government create a Canadian Content Commission to rule on whether TV and film projects qualify for funding.

Jun 18, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Publishers call for drug ads, end to GST by Graham Fraser

The Canadian Newspaper Association told a Senate committee studying the state of the Canadian news media to exempt reading material from GST and loosen restrictions on pharmaceutical advertising.

Jun 18, 2003 — Toronto Star

Sports a TV dinosaur by Chris Zelkovich

The CBC aside, Canada's television networks aren't interested in broadcasting sports during prime time.

Jun 18, 2003 — La Presse

Soyez canadien! par Stéphanie Bérubé

François Macerola recommends the Government offer financial incentives for productions that employ Canadians.

Jun 18, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Canadian content overhaul urged by Simon Tuck

The Macerola report recommends that the federal government's formula for defining Canadian content in film and television be overhauled. FRIENDS applauds the report's principles and tone.

Jun 18, 2003 — National Post

Media changes shouldn't scare U.S. Republicans by Paul Kedrosky

Paul Kedrosky writes that Republicans should not be opposed to the FCC loosening the rules on media ownership, citing studies that show that despite deregulation in some media markets, the number of owners has increased.

Jun 18, 2003 — Vancouver Sun

Cancon rules need overhaul by Bruce Cheadle

Jun 18, 2003 — The Saskatoon Star Phoenix

Report recommends overhaul of Canadian content rules CCTA

Jun 18, 2003 — Calgary Herald

Report pushes CanCon overhaul

Jun 18, 2003 — Calgary Herald

Report suggests 'Cancon' overhaul by Bruce Cheadle

Jun 18, 2003 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

Canadian content rules need overhaul: report

In a report commissioned by the heritage department, François Macerola says Canadian-content rules in film and television need a dramatic overhaul and should be centralized under one federal organization. FRIENDS notes Canadian content is a complex subject that defies simple solutions.

Jun 17, 2003 — Ottawa Citizen

A progress report on efforts to save Canada's news media by Charles Gordon

Charles Gordon chronicles recent setbacks in Canada's news media.

Jun 17, 2003 — Vancouver Sun

Pay TV the industry's golden goose

Statistics Canada reports that Pay TV was the most profitable segment of the television industry in 2002, while conventional private broadcasters were hardest hit by a sluggish market.

Jun 17, 2003 — Globe & Mail

A timely example of why we must have the CBC by John Doyle

CBC's involvement in What the World Thinks of America is a reminder of its essential role as a pubic broadcaster.

Jun 17, 2003 — Edmonton Journal

CRTC grills CHUM, Global over proposed broadcast expansion by Liane Faulder

CHUM and CanWest Global came under tough questioning from the CRTC as they sought approval to increase their share of the broadcasting landscape.

Jun 17, 2003 — Canoe

Report: Overhaul CanCon rules

Maçerola report states that Canadian content rules in film and television need a dramatic overhaul and should be centralized under one federal organization.

Jun 16, 2003 — Edmonton Journal

Battle lines already drawn for CRTC hearings here by Liane Faulder

Canadian broadcasters fight CHUM's application to enter the Alberta television market.

Jun 16, 2003 — Cablecaster Magazine

Foreign ownership issue "misunderstood" by Heritage, says disappointed CCTA

The cable industry lobby takes issue with the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage's recommendation on foreign ownership.

Jun 15, 2003 — Toronto Star

Survivor guilt sets in as journalists jettisoned by Graham Fraser

Media moguls are disappointed with heritage committee's recommendations for Canadian broadcasting.

Jun 15, 2003 — Toronto Star

Big Media get their comeuppance by Antonia Zerbisias

Media moguls are disappointed with Heritage Committee's recommendations for Canadian Broadcasting

Jun 14, 2003 — Winnipeg Free Press

Adjust the TV system but let's keep it simple by Morley Walker

Morley Walker writes that the Canadian broadcasting industry needs more money to produce Canadian drama, more subsidies for the CBC, and more regulation to discourage media convergence.

Jun 13, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Analysts doubt need to relax media ownership rules by Simon Tuck

Equity analysts say Canadian media companies don't need relaxed foreign ownership restrictions to be successful.

Jun 12, 2003 — Variety

Canuck report urges radical b'cast revamp by Tamsen Tillson

Canada is mulling a radical revamp of broadcasting that will protect its culture and keep out foreign owners.

Jun 12, 2003 — Globe & Mail

FCC ruling will erase Canada's on-line edge by Jack Kapica

The primary purpose of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission easing media regulation is to bolster (U.S.) technologies such as broadband. Canada should pay close attention.

Jun 12, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Who needs cultural armour? by Peter Desbarats

Peter Desbarats writes that Canada's current broadcasting policies not only reflect an outdated philosophy of cultural protection, they symbolize its failure.

Jun 12, 2003 — Canoe

Keep lid on foreign ownership, put hold on media convergence: report by Bruce Cheadle

A study by the House of Commons heritage committee has made significant recommendations on foreign ownership limits, media convergence, CBC accountability, and funding for CBC, the Canadian Television Fund, and local and regional programming. The government says it's in no hurry to respond.

Jun 12, 2003 — Toronto Star

Cross-ownership under attack by Graham Fraser

The House of Commons heritage committee says a moratorium is needed on broadcast licences for media companies seeking to own both television networks and newspapers.

Jun 12, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Vast overhaul of broadcast industry needed: study by Simon Tuck

The House of Commons heritage committee has come to very different conclusions than the industry committee did a few weeks ago. FRIENDS calls the heritage committee's report "groundbreaking".

Jun 11, 2003 — Report by the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

Our Cultural Sovereignty - The Second Century of Canadian Broadcasting

House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage tables the Lincoln Report on the Canadian broadcasting system - proposes viable and creative solutions and provides a road map for the future.

Jun 11, 2003 — Hollywood Reporter

Banff TV panel eyes Canadian drama by Norma Reveler

Trina McQueen defended her position that broadcasters need incentives, rather than regulatory quotas, to get more Canadian drama to be produced and watched.

Jun 11, 2003 — Edmonton Journal

The drama over drama continues by Liane Faulder

Panel discussion at the Banff Television Festival provides little consensus about what must be done to save the future of Canadian drama.

Jun 11, 2003 — National Post

Craig turns to nightly movies to lure viewers by Barbara Shecter

New Toronto broadcaster, Toronto/One, owned by Craig Broadcast Systems Inc., will be airing nightly movies rather than conventional television programs.

Jun 11, 2003 — National Post

Media buyers face record price run-up by Barbara Shecter

Canada's major television networks are increasing the fees they charge advertisers to place spots on their prime shows.

Jun 11, 2003 — National Post

Bell ExpressVu aims to sell pay-per-view: Competition for Corus by Mark Evans

Bell ExpressVu Inc. wants its conditions of licence relaxed so it can sell pay-per-view services to telephone companies entering the television distribution business.

Jun 11, 2003 — National Post

Give Canadian TV more cash, MPs say by Ian Jack

The House of Commons heritage committee has recommended that the federal government provide major new funding for Canadian television and take a clear position on whether it supports cross-media ownership.

Jun 11, 2003 — CBC News

Transcript of news conference by Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage announcing report on state of Canadian broadcasting

Transcript of the news conference by the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage announcing its report on the state of Canadian broadcasting.

Jun 10, 2003 — National Post

CHUM demands tax breaks for ads on Canadian TV shows by Barbara Shecter

The president of CHUM Ltd. has called for tax breaks for advertisers to encourage them to spend their ad dollars on Canadian programs.

Jun 10, 2003 — Edmonton Journal

Media watcher wary of convergence plans by Liane Faulder

Keynote speaker at the opening of the Banff Television Festival tells an audience of TV producers, programmers and Canadian broadcasters that media moguls in the U.S. and Canada have much in common.

Jun 10, 2003 — Ottawa Citizen

Canadian content rules get backing of committee report by Kate Jaimet

House of Commons Heritage committee report recommends that Canadian content and Canadian ownership be preserved in radio and television broadcasting.

Jun 10, 2003 — Toronto Star

Networks wooing ad dollars by Rick Westhead

Sales officials with CTV, the CBC and other Canadian television networks will spend June and early July courting advertisers to sell between two-thirds and three-quarters of their prime-time ads.

Jun 10, 2003 — Globe & Mail

'Engaging' viewers is key by Gayle MacDonald

New president of CHUM Ltd. tells crowd at the Banff Television Festival that it's time to stop complaining about the state of Canadian-made drama, and start making changes to fix it.

Jun 10, 2003 — National Post

CHUM demands tax breaks for ads on Canadian TV shows by Barbara Shecter

The president of CHUM Ltd. has called for tax breaks for advertisers to encourage them to spend their ad dollars on Canadian programs.

Jun 10, 2003 — National Post

TV protectionists score win at Commons heritage committee by Kate Jaimet

House of Commons Heritage committee report to recommend that Canadian content and Canadian ownership be preserved in radio and television broadcasting.

Jun 9, 2003 — Globe & Mail

An open letter from worried journalists by Wilson Southam

Wilson Southam writes that the independence and quality of our media are becoming more important to Canadians.

Jun 9, 2003 — Globe & Mail

On your mark, TV ad buyers by Gayle MacDonald

The country's TV ad and media buyers hedge bets and gamble on what shows might be hits.

Jun 9, 2003 — Vancouver Sun

U.S. theme fails to lure big networks to Banff by Liane Faulder

The Banff Television Festival is hosting a tribute to American television this week, yet not one of the big four American networks will be in attendance.

Jun 9, 2003 — Montreal Gazette

Satire gives Mercer far more than 22 minutes of fame by Judy Monchuk

The convergence of decision makers at Banff Television Festival can't help but give focus to the critical situation of Canadian television.

Jun 8, 2003 — Toronto Star

500 channels and nothing new by Antonia Zerbisias

Antonia Zerbisias writes that based on promotional material, there's nothing groundbreaking, nothing risky and nothing new scheduled for the 2003-2004 television season.

Jun 7, 2003 — Globe & Mail

TV fund reallocation yet to be decided by James Adams

Who gets what from the $12.5-million that Finance Minister John Manley agreed to "restore" to the Canadian Television Fund has yet to be decided.

Jun 6, 2003 — National Post

Tremonti's latest

National Post condemns Anna Maria Tremonti.

Jun 6, 2003 — Toronto Star

Sports channels want you to cover their losses by Chris Zelkovich

Rogers Sportsnet and The Score are receiving a cool reception to their request for rate increases. FRIENDS is among those opposed to the increases.

Jun 6, 2003 — National Post

TV funding made simple by Scott Feschuk

Scott Feschuk argues that the federal government should give the Canadian television industry enough money to function respectably or decline to give it any money at all.

Jun 6, 2003 — Toronto Star

The danger of mourning strangers by Leslie Vryenhoek

Leslie Vryenhoek's essay is one of three winning entries in the 2003 Dalton Camp Award announced today by Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Jun 5, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa raises its TV ante Canadian Press

The federal government announced it is boosting its contribution to the Canadian Television Fund by $12.5-million this year.

Jun 5, 2003 — New York Times

Cozy With the F.C.C. by Bob Herbert

Bob Herbert writes that the Federal Communications Commission's easing of media ownership restrictions will result in further consolidation of news and entertainment outlets under the control of a handful of giant corporations.

Jun 4, 2003 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

CTV touts Canadiana in fall movies by John McKay

Three new Canadian series and four U.S. imports will be added to the fall prime-time lineup of CTV which boasts that 2003-2004 will be its "most ambitious homegrown bundle ever."

Jun 4, 2003 — Globe & Mail

CanWest centralizes news business

CanWest Global Communications took another step toward integrating its print operations by rationalizing its domestic and foreign news bureaus.

Jun 4, 2003 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada's Craig slots U.S. fare by Etan Vlessing

Canadian broadcaster Craig Media has announced a 2003-04 TV schedule dominated by U.S. celebrity talk shows by day and homegrown fare and Hollywood movies in primetime.

Jun 4, 2003 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian skeds mirroring U.S. nets by Etan Vlessing

Canadian private broadcasters are unveiling 2003-04 primetime schedules that closely resemble U.S. network schedules.

Jun 4, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Elbowing aside Brian's legacy by Lawrence Martin

American values have a significant lobby in Canada.

Jun 4, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Plenty of Idol worshipping in CTV fall preview by John Doyle

John Doyle says the Canadianness of CTV's fall schedule was "off-kilter, kind of sideways and a matter of piggybacking on the glamorous American stuff."

Jun 3, 2003 — New York Times

Creative Voices Say Television Will Suffer in New Climate by Bill Carter and Jim Rutenberg

Hollywood writers and producers say decision by the Federal Communications Commission to relax media ownership rules will damage the quality and creativity of network television by concentrating program development into fewer hands.

Jun 3, 2003 — New York Times

New Rules Give Big Media Chance to Get Even Bigger by David D. Kirkpatrick

Changes to media ownership rules that loosen restrictions on the ownership of local television stations will allow media giants strengthen their positions while increasing the odds against newcomers and smaller companies.

Jun 3, 2003 — National Post

F.C.C. Votes to Relax Rules Limiting Media Ownership by Stephen Labaton

The Federal Communications Commission today narrowly approved the most important changes to U.S. media ownership rules in a generation.

Jun 3, 2003 — National Post

CTV struts its stuff for 2003-04: Network announces three new Canadian, five new U.S. shows by J. Kelly Nestruck

CTV announced its new television season, introducing three new Canadian series and five new American shows for 2003-04.

Jun 3, 2003 — Toronto Star

Toronto's new TV station thinking big by Murray Whyte

Craig Broadcasting's new Toronto television station, Toronto One, is the first new local over-the-air channel since Citytv. Craig intends to "steal a little bit [of audience] from everybody".

Jun 3, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Ratings tumble could set a record by William Houston

The Stanley Cup final is experiencing the lowest audiences in history for a final on the CBC.

Jun 3, 2003 — Variety

U.K. House divided by Debra Johnson

UK culture secretary vows to fight those in the House of Lords, the government's upper chamber, who oppose laws to open up media ownership.

Jun 3, 2003 — Globe & Mail

FCC relaxes U.S. media ownership by Keith Damsell

FRIENDS says the relaxation of rules governing ownership of U.S. broadcasters and newspapers simply makes the U.S. market more like Canada.

Jun 2, 2003 — Vancouver Sun

Canadian television? That's CBC's line by Alex Strachan

Despite boasting "Canadian Television" as it's slogan, CTV's schedule still contains a large number of American programs.

Jun 2, 2003 — Globe & Mail

The jewel in its crown: CBC beat foes at coronation by Luma Muhtadie

Fifty years ago, the CBC beat American Networks in a race to be the first to broadcast footage of the Queen's coronation.

May 31, 2003 — Globe & Mail

In case the Stones don't roll in... by James Adams

Private broadcasters' claims of flat revenues and declining profits rings false. According to data released by FRIENDS, private networks are increasing their purchases of foreign at the expense of Canadian programming.

May 30, 2003 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC's fall shows remain in limbo by Tony Atherton

CBC's fall schedule is ambitious, but uncertain funding could still mean cutbacks and cancellations.

May 30, 2003 — Canadian Press

Cash-strapped CBC launches 'guerrilla' TV by John McKay

Despite cuts to production funding, CBC plans a strong line-up of all-Canadian programming this year and says the worry is next year.

May 30, 2003 — Hollywood Reporter

CBC sticks to Canadian content by Etan Vlessing

The CBC has unveiled a fall 2003-04 TV season that relies mostly on returning Canadian series and is virtually devoid of American programming.

May 30, 2003 — Monreal Gazette

Canadians buy fewer reality shows on U.S. spree by Brendan Kelly

Private broadcasters like CanWest and CHUM returned from Los Angeles with large quantities of U.S. programming, primarily sitcoms.

May 30, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Television's cultural colony by Jeffery Simpson

Canadians have been conditioned to prefer U.S. drama and no longer seem interested in their own programming.

May 29, 2003 — Vancouver Sun

Canadians want more American shows by Michael McCullough

English drama in Canada is in decline. The Canadian appetite for American shows has reached an all-time high.

May 28, 2003 — New York Times

Ideologically Broad Coalition Assails F.C.C. Media Plan by Stephen Labaton

A coalition of both conservative and liberal organizations condemn a plan by the Federal Communications Commission to relax the rules that have restricted the nation's largest media conglomerates from growing bigger.

May 27, 2003 — Hollywood Reporter

Better reception likely for U.S. TV fare overseas by Steve Brennan

Walt Disney Television International president believes the market for American programming in foreign territories will rebound.

May 27, 2003 — Hollywood Reporter

Report: Fund Canadian drama, revamp 'hideous' CTF system by Norma Reveler

McQueen report recommends a new $30 million public fund for the production of English-language Canadian drama.

May 27, 2003 — Hollywood Reporter

Auditor to open BBC books by Mimi Turner

The National Audit Office will gain access to the BBC's books for the first time, signaling government support for the view that its annual licence fee income is not open to sufficient scrutiny.

May 27, 2003 — Canadian Press

TV Fund money shortfall reflected in approved documentary applications

The Canadian Television Fund announced it will fund only 57 per cent of the 209 eligible applications for homegrown documentaries this spring.

May 27, 2003 — Hollywood Reporter

No script, no sale at Screenings by Etan Vlessing

CanWest was the largest foreign buyer of U.S. network programming at this year's Los Angeles Screenings.

May 26, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Why so timid on TV drama? by John Doyle

John Doyle surveys the flaws in Trina McQueen's report on English-language Canadian drama.

May 26, 2003 — New York Times

Easier Rules May Not Mean More Newspaper-TV Deals by Jacques Steinberg and Andrew Ross Sorkin

The pros and cons of the Federal Communications Commission loosening its restrictions on media consolidation.

May 26, 2003 — Globe & Mail

CanWest TV workers push for one union by Keith Damsell

A push to create one big union for CanWest Global Communications Corp.'s TV operations could mean increased costs.

May 26, 2003 — Calgary Herald

Hockey the glue that binds a nation by Joe Paraskevas

Survey says hockey remains one of Canada's most powerful symbols – almost tied with CBC.

May 26, 2003 — Canadian Press

Report on francophone TV calls Canadian Television Fund 'genuine calamity'

A report on the state of francophone TV in Canada finds that the Canadian Television Fund is vital for the preservation of French language drama production.

May 25, 2003 — Toronto Star

Our actors are reduced to pitchmen by Antonia Zerbisias

News programming gives us facts, but drama conveys experience.

May 24, 2003 — Globe & Mail

TV drama sector needs state cash, report says by Simon Tuck

A report by former CBC and CTV executive Trina McQueen recommends the federal government spend $30 million a year for five years to build audiences for Canadian drama.

May 24, 2003 — Montreal Gazette

Invest more in TV drama, feds urged

Incentives recommended by a new report on Canadian drama would reward the efforts of writers and writer-producers to build audiences for their programs.

May 23, 2003 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

Homegrown TV needs investment of millions, Ottawa advised

Despite a new report recommending the investment of millions in Canadian Drama, Finance Minister John Manley is holding firm on the decision to cut $25 million from the Canadian Television Fund.

May 23, 2003 — Edmonton Journal

Ottawa needs to invest more in homegrown drama

A new report calls on the prime minister and the Minister of Canadian Heritage to publicly endorse the importance of Canadian drama.

May 23, 2003 — Canadian Press

More investment in homegrown TV drama good for culture and jobs: report

Trina McQueen's report calls for more investment in Canadian drama, but critics note it doesn't call for new demands on broadcasters.

May 23, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Debate over Canadian TV fund heats up by Jonathan Fowlie

A much-anticipated report says the federal government should significantly increase its investment in Canadian drama.

May 22, 2003 — Salon

The big blackout by Eric Boehlert

TV networks that stand to benefit from new FCC rules on media ownership have coincidentally not reported on the debate surrounding media consolidation.

Apr 29, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Phone companies cheer report by Dave Ebner

While telcos welcome the removal of foreign ownership restrictions, uncertainty surrounds when the change will occur and what impact it will have.

Apr 29, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Why the Senate is taking on the Canadian media by Joan Fraser

The Senate committee on transport and communications will study how media concentration affects the "quality, diversity and usefulness of information, analysis and opinion" available to Canadians.

Apr 29, 2003 — National Post

Lift ban on foreign owners in broadcasting, Liberal says by Ian Jack

CanWest Global believes the House of Commons Industry Committee's recommendation to remove ownership limits on telcos could "open the door the the kind of things we were asking for".

Apr 29, 2003 — Toronto Star

Telecom plan called futile by Rajiv Sekhri

The recommendation to eliminate telco and cable foreign investment limits is too little, too late.

Apr 28, 2003 — National Post

War over culture still rages by Matthew Fraser

It's one thing for a parliamentary committee to recommend changes in ownership rules and another for "government" to implement them. Recommendations from the Canadian Heritage Committee on broadcasting and from the Senate on media concentration could get in the way.

Apr 27, 2003 — Toronto Star

Life after Moses by Murray Whyte

One rumour surrounding Moses Znaimer's departure from CHUM is that the company is being primed for sale.

Apr 26, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Cutting and reallocating in the dark by Jeffrey Simpson

Despite relatively good economic times, Ottawa is negotiating a further $1-billion cut to federal spending.

Apr 26, 2003 — National Post

Let foreigners own telcos, cables: Commons report by Ian Jack

The Industry, Science & Technology Committee is dismissing concerns that its recommendation to eliminate cable and telco foreign ownership restrictions will create pressure to remove similar limits on broadcasters.

Apr 26, 2003 — Toronto Star

Telecom, cable ownership rules to face overhaul by Steve Erwin and Gillian Livingston

The Industry, Science & Technology Committee cites convergence as the reason for including cable companies in its recommendation to remove Canadian ownership requirements on telephone companies.

Apr 26, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Lift telco, cable limits, MPs say by Dave Ebner and Keith Damsell

A leaked press release confirms the Industry, Science & Technology Committee

Apr 25, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Why ever did Manley cut the Canadian TV Fund? by Jeffrey Simpson

The federal government's decision to cut $25-million from the Canadian Television Fund was deliberate but its rationale remains a mystery.

Apr 25, 2003 — Globe & Mail

The suspense is killing us by Tamsen Tillson

Vertically-integrated Alliance Atlantis is progressively winding down Canadian production business it has received substantial public funds to build.

Apr 24, 2003 — National Post

Sheila Copps's budget priorities: pay down debt, spend more on sports by Paul Wells

An edited interview with Heritage Minister and Liberal leadership candidate Sheila Copps about federal budget priorities. No mention is made of CBC.

Apr 19, 2003 — Globe & Mail

See no evil, no more by Patricia Pearson

A former National Post columnist describes a culture of bias and intolerance at the newspaper that led her to resign.

Apr 18, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Who you gonna call about the cash and the crawl? by John Doyle

Those upset with cuts to Canadian shows like This Hour Has 22 Minutes should complain to the Minister of Finance, John Manley, not to Heritage Minister Sheila Copps.

Apr 18, 2003 — Toronto Star

Sportsnet and Score seeking big hikes in cable firm fees by Chris Zelkovich

Sports channels Sportsnet and the Score want CRTC to approve monthly cable fee increases borne by subscribers.  Friends opposes the increases.

Apr 17, 2003 — CBC News

Manley to blame for cuts to TV funding: Copps

Heritage Minister Sheila Copps says she didn't cut $25 million from the Canadian Television Fund, Finance Minister John Manley did. It's not quite what she said in February.

Apr 16, 2003 — Globe & Mail

CHUM looks like a lock in Alberta by Keith Damsell

The CRTC will likely rubber stamp CHUM's application for television licences in Alberta.

Apr 16, 2003 — Toronto Star

Actors, producers stage protest by Jim Bawden

550 fewer hours of Canadian programming will be produced if the cuts to the Canadian Television Fund and the resulting funding decisions are allowed to stand.

Apr 16, 2003 — Canadian Press

More doomsday rhetoric over funding cuts by John McKay

The Canadian Television Fund decisions will have massive repercussions on the quantity and quality of Canadian programming produced and exhibited.

Apr 16, 2003 — Globe & Mail

The TV tribe doth protest too little by John Doyle

The producers/actors' press conference opposing the cuts to the Canadian Television Fund lacked "passion, rage and raw feeling" – just like Canadian television.

Apr 16, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Actors, writers fight back by James Adams

Some believe the government was unaware of the consequences of cutting $25 million in Canadian production funding from the Canadian Television Fund.

Apr 16, 2003 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadians seek funding return by Etan Vlessing

The production of distinctly Canadian programming may collapse if funding cut from the Canadian Television Funding is not restored, say Canadian producers, broadcasters and actors.

Apr 16, 2003 — The Guardian

Hollinger telegraphs distress as its paper is downgraded to junk status by John Cassy and Dan Milmo

Conrad Black's Hollinger Inc., former owner of the National Post, may have to divest additional newspapers in Canada to meet mounting financial pressures.

Apr 15, 2003 — CBC News

Merger of U.S. actors unions will thwart filming in Canada: guild

The two largest actors unions in the US plan plan to redouble their opposition to the filming of US productions in Canada.

Apr 15, 2003 — CBC News

Copps playing 'bad politics': Lord

Heritage Minister Sheila Copps accused New Brunswick Premier Bernard Lord of stealing credit for federal cultural spending in his province.

Apr 15, 2003 — CBC News

Government must restore funds to save Canadian TV: panel

An industry panel has demanded the federal government reverse its $25 million cut to the Canadian Television Fund.

Apr 15, 2003 — Toronto Star

Popular shows rejected by television fund by Jim Bawden

Executives from CBC, CTV and Global have decried the funding shortfall at the Canadian Television Fund.

Apr 15, 2003 — CBC News

Funding cuts may kill many Canadian TV projects

The Canadian Television Fund granted 25 percent of CBC's funding applications in 2003, down from 91 percent a year ago.

Apr 15, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Funding move threatens Red Green, 22 Minutes by James Adams and Gayle MacDonald

Numerous hallmark Canadian television shows have been denied production funding from the Canadian Television Fund due to cuts announced in February's federal budget.

Apr 14, 2003 — National Post

One out of two not bad for CRTC's Dalfen by Matthew Fraser

The CRTC chair, Charles Dalfen, will have more success encouraging telecom competition than increasing Canadian drama on television.

Apr 12, 2003 — National Post

Broadcasters in Alberta market battle by Liane Faulder

CanWest applies for what amounts to its third Alberta television licence – ending its affiliate arrangement with CBC – as CHUM applies for its first two.

Apr 12, 2003 — Toronto Star

Drastic funding cutbacks expected to Canadian TV by Jim Bawden

The Canadian Television Fund has chosen a day the House of Commons isn't sitting to announce the impact of $25 million in cuts on Canadian television production funding. CBC will be hit particularly badly.

Apr 12, 2003 — Financial Times

Media owners get ready to strike out baseball franchises by Christopher Grimes

Cable and satellite networks no longer consider it essential to own sports teams they broadcast.

Apr 11, 2003 — National Post

Committee will call for review of CRTC by Ian Jack

The parliamentary committee reviewing telecom foreign ownership will also recommend a review of the jurisdiction, role and mandate of the CRTC.

Apr 11, 2003 — Globe & Mail

TV battle heats up in Alberta between CHUM, CanWest by Keith Damsell

The CRTC may decide the Alberta market can support both licence applicants or neither.

Apr 11, 2003 — National Post

CHUM promises Canadian drama for TV licences by Barbara Shecter

CHUM will increase evening Cancon in Vancouver and Toronto if the CRTC grants it licences in Alberta.

Apr 10, 2003 — National Post

Media giants have mixed views on convergence by Barbara Shecter

Convergence has turned out differently in Quebec than elsewhere.

Apr 9, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Cuts loom for TV shows by James Adams and Gayle MacDonald

The Canadian Television Fund is expected to reject a majority of applicants for Canadian production funding this year.

Apr 8, 2003 — Hollywood Reporter

Diller warns broadcasters about perils of deregulation by Brooks Boliek

A former US television broadcasting and film executive, Barry Diller, says deregulation decreases competition, and with it the creativity necessary for great television.

Apr 7, 2003 — National Post

Canadian pop music doesn't need CRTC by Matthew Fraser

Canadian content quotas are no longer needed on Canadian radio.

Apr 5, 2003 — Toronto Star

What's in a name? CanWest can say by Jennifer Wells

CanWest plans programming with 'embedded product placements' – advertising – in the storyline.

Apr 5, 2003 — National Post

Cable foreign limits should stay, says Copps by Ian Jack

Heritage Minister Sheila Copps reiterates opposition to lower foreign investment restrictions for cable companies.

Apr 4, 2003 — National Post

Telco insiders want fast action on ownership by Mark Evans

With a Parliamentary committee expected to recommend eliminating foreign investment restrictions, the telecom sector has turned its attention to speeding up implementation.

Apr 4, 2003 — National Post

Radio fears Canadian content boost by Barbara Shecter

Radio broadcasters are likely to argue for lower foreign investment restrictions if Canadian content quotas are increased.

Apr 4, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Ads' placement in CanWest papers raises ire by Keith Damsell

CanWest newspapers run allergy drug ads adjacent to related news stories.

Apr 3, 2003 — National Post

Ottawa out of step with convergence by Mark Evans

Extending telecom foreign investment rules to cable companies and broadcasters is based on a principle the industry itself has been rejecting.

Apr 3, 2003 — National Post

Telco foreign holding cap should go by Ian Jack

A Parliamentary committee will recommend the government eliminate foreign investment restrictions for telephone companies and consider doing the same for cable companies and broadcasters.

Apr 3, 2003 — The Economist

The one where Pooh goes to Sweden

Fears of US cultural imperialism in Europe may be exaggerated, since the number of hours of American programming is declining and US broadcasters are adjusting to local tastes by 'de-Americanizing' content. But there are limits.

Apr 2, 2003 — La Presse

La télévision québécoise en crise par Stéphanie Bérubé

Changes to Quebec provincial tax credits mean some of the most popular television series won't be funded.

Apr 1, 2003 — Toronto Star

Longer war assaults Canadian TV news budgets by Mary Gordon

Tony Burman, editor-in-chief of news and current affairs at CBC, denies reports the Iraq war is putting a strain on CBC budgets.

Apr 1, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Capital and culture

Foreign investment and the protection of Canadian content aren't either-or.

Mar 31, 2003 — National Post

Toronto One plans fall launch in King Street East district by Matthew Fraser

Craig Broadcasting has secured a $100-million investment from a US investor to launch its new local Toronto station.

Mar 31, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Why Canada needs more foreign investment by John Ibbitson

Canadian media companies suffer from foreign investment restrictions that limit their access to investment capital. See FRIENDS' response.

Mar 31, 2003 — The Hill Times

Why anti-Americanism is as Canadian as maple syrup by W.T. Stanbury

The popularity of US cultural exports contributes to Canadian insecurity, a root cause of anti-Americanism.

Mar 30, 2003 — Baltimore Sun

War coverage could alter U.S. media policy by Andrew Ratner

US news coverage of the Iraq war could could influence the FCC's upcoming review of media concentration.

Mar 17, 2003 — Toronto Star

Camp's insight is needed now by Carol Goar

Dalton Camp’s insight and principles will be missed in Canadian journalism.  In his memory, Friends has launched $5000 prize for essay on link between journalism and healthy democracy.

Mar 16, 2003 — Toronto Star

More layoffs feared at CBC

Friends fears uncertain federal budget will force $30 million in budget cuts at CBC, leading to layoffs and a decrease in regional programming.

Mar 14, 2003 — Canadian Press

Lobby group fears more CBC cuts

Friends worries federal budget uncertainty will force cost-cutting at CBC.  CBC claims extra federal funding has been confirmed.

Mar 8, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Lantos, Asper turn up heat in courtroom libel battle by Paul Waldie

Media moguls Robert Lantos and Izzy Asper trade allegations of lying, fraud and disloyalty to Canada in lawsuit stemming from Lantos’ allegedly libelous 1998 speech.

Mar 7, 2003 — Canadian Press

Copps confirms CBC funding

CBC will get an extra $60 million again for the 2003-2004 year, in addition to the nearly $1 billion announced for its operating budget, Heritage Minister Sheila Copps confirmed Friday

Feb 28, 2003 — Canadian Communication Reports

Letter to the Editor by Norma Reveler

Norma Reveler responds to The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) fears that Our Public Airwaves is a pawn in an ongoing battle with another union representing a different segment of CBC employess. 

Feb 27, 2003 — Calgary Herald

Cable firms seek equal treatment in foreign investment arena by James Baxter

Cable companies asked Commons industry committee to give them same foreign ownership restrictions as telecommunications companies to increase innovation, growth, fair competition.  Friends opposes the request.

Feb 26, 2003 — Canadian Press

Cable TV industry asks MPs to eliminate foreign investment rules by John Ward

Cable companies asked Commons industry committee to give them same foreign ownership restrictions as telecommunications companies to increase innovation, growth, fair competition.  Friends opposes the request.

Feb 25, 2003 — Canadian Press

Funds dicey, but CBC has big plans by John McKay

Despite uncertainty over federal budget, CBC plans several major productions, while Canadian TV, film producers lament CTF funding cuts.  Friends urges CBC to reinvest in regional programming.

Feb 21, 2003 — Edmonton Sun

Ottawa's funding stance taxing

Friends speculates leadership politics are involved in 25% cut to the CTF that worries Canadian actors and producers.

Feb 20, 2003 — Canadian Press

Canadian TV-film industry puzzled by good and bad news in federal budget by John McKay

Friends speculates leadership politics are involved in 25% cut to the CTF that worries Canadian actors and producers.

Feb 18, 2003 — Globe & Mail

CBC advocate seen as suspect by James Adams

The creation of Our Public Airwaves reflects increasing tension between CBC’s two largest English-language unions

Feb 16, 2003 — Toronto Star

CBC boss blasts private networks by Graham Fraser

At McGill Institute for the Study of Canada conference, CBC president Robert Rabinovitch criticized private broadcasters for dumping American shows onto Canadian stations

Jan 30, 2003 — Canadian Communications Reports

CEP union questions motives of new pro-public broadcasting organization by Norma Reveler

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) worries that Our Public Airwaves, a new pro-public broadcasting advocacy organization,is a pawn in an ongoing battle with another union representing a different segment of Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC) employees.