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CRTC to allow English Canadian broadcasters to air more ads if they broadcast more Canadian drama, boost audiences and increase investment in drama production.
Ontario Culture Minister Madeleine Meilleur refuses to guarantee that projected cuts to TVO and TFO funding will not impact their programming.
Some remain skeptical that the CRTC's new incentive based scheme will result in significant increases in Canadian drama.
NHL lockout pushes ratings down at Rogers Sportnet, The Score, TSN and the CBC.
Article says that the cultural sector should not have to rally the troops, demonstrate its importance and show undying gratitude just to maintain its funding.
The Canadian film industry may be withering away for lack of funding, but the talent needed to revive it is ever present.
Editorial says that regulation is no longer viable in the age of the digital multi-channel universe.
CBC advertising revenues have plummeted to 1998 levels, while those of private broadcasters have increased.
The Senate Transport and Communications Committee will release a report on how legislation could improve the quality of Canadian media and help to counter the worrysome trend towards media concentration.
Voice of the Listener & Viewer annouces that it will hold a February Conference regarding public service broadcasting in Europe and in the Commonwealth.
Article speaks of Pauline Couture's recently published book "Ice".
U.S. broadcast journalist Bill Moyers explains the purpose of public broadcasting in interview on National Public Radio interview show, Fresh Air with Terry Fross.
CRTC replaces market access restrictions for foreign third-langage services with "safeguards"; CCTA sees decision as "important first step" for further relaxation of rules governing Canadian market.
Article says most stakeholders applaud CRTC decision to relax policy on approving new foreign third-language services that compete with Canadian services; but some Canadian services expect to lose viewers.
CRTC announces it will allow general interest foreign third-language digital satellite services provided their distribution is linked to the Canadian services they compete with.
CRTC Broadcasting Policy Monitoring Report shows that revenues for pay-per-view and specialty services increased by 10% in 2003.
CRTC releases its fifth annual Broadcasting Policy Monitoring Report, which provides information on the status of television, radio, and broadcasting distribution in Canada.
Columnist questions new Gemini Awards format, explains to private broadcasters how they will benefit from CRTC advertising incentives.
Article compares regulatory promises, performance of CTV Newsnet and talktv.
Industry Canada officials expected to advise Industry Minister early in 2005 on whether to make major changes to the Telecommunications Act.
Culture section of the pre-budget report of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, in which the Standing Committee recommended that the federal government increase funding for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Radio-Canada.
Columnist gives advance input to Senate Committee hearings on the Canadian news media.
Article says Gemini Awards too focused on Toronto productions, do not help to advance Canadian star system.
The future looks bleak for the Canadian film and television industry, although innovative programming gives reason for hope.
Article says that the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is hurting Canadian programming by restricting press coverage of two thirds of The Gemini Awards ceremony.
The BBC intends to launch the Creative Archive Project which would give British Internet users free access to the corporation's catalogue records for non-commercial use.
As the BBC comes under increasing pressure with respect to its licence fee, the broadcaster has announced some of the deepest cuts in its history.
BBC proceeds with plan to cut 10% of work force, mainly in non-programming areas.
Pierre Berton's Canadian stories attracted an audience both at home and abroad.
Private broadcasters ponder the end of conventional television.
Audience fragmentation, Internet contribute to declining ratings for evening newscasts and their anchors.
Article says it remains to be seen whether newest BBC director-general can actually implement the changes that will follow from his review of the organization.
Article says that a guaranteed licence fee and lengthened charter are needed to save the BBC.
The UK broadcasting regulator has advocated £300m be invested to create a Public Service Publisher.
Article says that changes in the media/broadcasting market structure caused by new digital technologies will make the licence fee UK residents pay for the BBC more relevant then ever.
Article on private broadcasters' Canadian programming promises during Board of Broadcaster Governors licence hearings in 1960.
Broadcasters face chicken-and-egg dilemma with high-definition television programming.
Teenagers are reportedly rejecting traditional radio in favour of new media.
BBC director-general's plan for overhaul that could cost 6,000 jobs fails to receive approval from BBC Chairman.
BBC chairman Micheal Grade proposes that the corporation hold a "virtual annual general meeting" so as to be more accountable to licence fee payers.
Media buyers are reportedly worried that the CRTC's new incentive based plan that would trade advertising minutes for Canadian drama will clutter the airwaves and reduce the effectiveness of advertising.
Incoming Telefilm CEO Wayne Clarkson believes that the Canadian film industry has the potential to triumph.
Minister says that sale of the public broadcaster TVOntario to a private broadcaster remains an option, but not one the government will consider in the near future.
The British Government wants impartiality and accuracy standards for broadcast journalism written into the BBC's Charter.
CRTC Chair concerned with dearth of high-definition television programming available from Canadian broadcasters.
Incoming Telefilm CEO Wayne Clarkson expected to take a more Canadian approach to strengthening Canada's film industry then that practiced by his predecessor, Richard Stursberg.
ACTRA calls on CRTC to impose spending and content requirements, not merely incentives, for private broadcasters to increase Canadian drama programming in prime time.
CRTC Chair discusses CRTC's new plan to offer incremental advertising minutes in exchange for increased Canadian drama.
Progressive Conservative leader John Tory and NDP culture critic Rosario Marchese call upon Dalton McGuinty's Liberals to raise the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit.
Industry experts say digital technology will challenge traditional broadcasters, may result in the "marginalization" of the CRTC.
Ontario's film community lobbies for tax breaks on foreign productions; says industry is ailing and no infrastructure can be built when there is no revenue.
Throughout The Greatest Canadian, the CBC managed to secure ratings that were consistently between 500,000 and 1.1 million.
Columnist objects to CRTC's new advertising minutes for Canadian drama incentive scheme on the basis that it ignores the interests of viewers.
Editorial praises TVO, says slashing $3-million from its budget can only harm its quality.
Canwest Global CEO says conventional broadcasters should be entitled to receive a carriage fee from broadcasting distributors, calls for an end to advertising limits and to the ban on advertising of prescription pharmaceuticals.
Pierre Berton made a profound contribution to Canadian culture, including broadcasting.
The CRTC unveils its new scheme for an incentive based system that would allow broadcasters more advertising minutes in exchange for airing more Canadian drama.
Projected TVO budget cuts feared as precursor to TVO privatization.
Minister of Canadian Heritage addresses convention of Canadian private broadcasters, states that government will "highlight its priorities and its immediate actions concerning broadcasting" by the end of April 2005.
Article says that the greatest challenge Canada will face in the coming decades is avoiding assimilation by the U.S.
ACTRA calls for regulation to require Canada's private broadcasters to invest in Canadian drama.
Conservative leader addresses convention of Canadian private broadcasters, states that the Conservative Party would "seek to reduce CBC's dependence on advertising revenue and its competition with the private sector for these valuable dollars".
Provincial opposition members and film workers say the Ontario Liberals should increase tax credit incentives to attract more film production to the province.
Dalfen tells private broadcasters he expects future CRTC decisions will be controversial, that 'putting Canada first' requires tradeoffs among broadcasting policy objectives.
Minister of Canadian Heritage hints that the federal government's upcoming financial review may reallocate funds from other sectors to television and film.
Minister of Canadian Heritage says CBC must reconnect with the regions.
Wayne Clarkson officially appointed Executive Director of Telefilm Canada.
The federal government will appeal Quebec court's finding that Radiocommunications Act provisions restricting access to foreign satellite signals are unconstitutional.
Rumoured appointment of Wayne Clarkson as CEO of Telefilm Canada praised by industry.
Executive director of CBC network programming responds to National Post columnist, says CBC's responsibilities extend beyond ratings.
Sources say executive director of the Canadian Film Centre, Wayne Clarkson, will be nominated to the post of CEO at Telefilm Canada; article claims Heritage Committee review process "widely regarded as a matter of optics and formalities".
Transcript of presentations to Finance Committee pre-budget consultations by FRIENDS and others.
Global's executive shuffle has everyone wondering what kind of programming they will resort to in order to boost ratings.
Liza Frulla confirms Telefilm, the CBC and the NFB were asked to assess the feasibility of a 5% cut to their budgets.
Three year reappointment of Robert Rabinovitch as CBC President receives Heritage Committee approval.
Chris Haddock, creator of acclaimed series Da Vinci's Inquest, calls public broadcasting "the most valuable thing we can continue to defend".
CRTC decision to allow Bell to enter the cable television market could coincide with another wave of industry consolidation.
The broadcast of Fox News in Canada will be beneficial to Canadians because it will expose them to the station's ridicule, columnist says.
CRTC approves Craig takeover by CHUM and Toronto 1 transfer to Quebecor, but notes that Quebecor will have to fulfill the local-programming conditions that accompany Toronto 1.
Canada must bolster its sovereignty, says Ignatieff, and do so in a manner consistent with role of U.S. as both its greatest friend and the greatest threat to its independence.
CRTC approval of Craig Media breakup officially dismantles one media dynasty, expands the power of two others.
Funding cuts have forced CBC to become dependent on sports programming in order to meet statutory obligations.
Rogers encouraged by CRTC approval of Bell's entry into cable distribution market, hopes for same treatment of Rogers initiatives in local telephony.
Fox News will help Canadians understand how disinformation is propagated in the United-States, columnist says.
The CRTC has granted Bell Canada broadcasting licenses to deliver television over telephone lines in eleven urban centres in Canada.
CRTC rules Fox News may be carried in Canada, rationalizes that Fox format sufficiently different from CBC Newsworld and CTV Newsnet that it does not violate restrictions against foreign services which compete with Canadian ones.
Fox News allowed into Canada restriction free; CCTA president Michael Hennessey predicts easy negotiations ahead.
The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada says it would like to see the federal government state its explicit intent to maintain current foreign ownership restrictions.
CTV Newsnet reacts to CRTC decision on Fox News by reiterating its demands for relaxed conditions of licence.
Columnist argues Canada's cultural sovereignty is not under threat.
The Canadian Cable Telecommunications Association approves of the CRTC decision to bring Fox News into Canada.
The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union expresses concern that the CRTC approval of Fox News may open the door to foreign ownership of broadcasting in Canada, asks Prime Minister Martin to clarify his government's position.
Canadian Association of Broadcasters questions choice rationale underlying cable industry argument for permitting greater carriage of foreign programming.
Lower ratings at the CBC are a sign of stale programming, article claims.
CBC President Robert Rabinovitch seeks permanent funding to restore CBC local and regional programming capacity on English television.
Columnist argues technology has created an unprecedented opportunity to revitalize Canadian cultural policy.
Members of the House of Commons Heritage Committee question CBC President Robert Rabinovitch pursuant to an order-in-council proposing his reappointment for three years.
BBC is reportedly headed for serious cutbacks in anticipation of value for money report.
FRIENDS criticizes Robert Rabinovitch for failing to protect regional programming in a mock report card grading his performance.
FRIENDS gives Robert Rabinovitch a C minus for his performance as CBC president.
Minister of Heritage Liza Frulla says Canada needs more public television, will push to restore CBC news services in the regions.
Liza Frulla annouces that the arts industry will have to suffer five percent cuts accross the board; CBC will incur a $46-million cut.
Movie Night in Canada unlikely to generate same advertising revenue as Hockey Night in Canada despite similar ratings.
According to a national survey about Canadian attitudes towards the media, Canadians are much less cynical about our news channels then Americans.
Government supplementary estimates point to a permanent 10 million dollar budget cut for the CBC.
With Rabinovitch's generally solid record, his term is likely to be extended, groups say.
Article questions whether Canadian cultural, broadcast, and telecommunications policies can survive in the age of the Internet.
Head of cable industry lobby opposes "open skies", but says CRTC should significantly relax regulations governing genre exclusivity, carriage of third-language services, and competition among news services, and increase penalties for satellite signal theft.
Government says reappointment of CBC President ultimately a decision for cabinet, but views of Heritage Committee, to which the proposal has been referred, will be taken into account.
Executive Director of CBC English TV network programming, Slawko Klymkiw, discusses CBC programming strategy.
CRTC lectures satellite pay radio applicants on the low levels of Canadian content in their proposals.
FRIENDS report card on CBC President gives him a barely passing grade; Liberal minority on House of Commons Heritage Committee should mean review of reappointment proposal will not be a "rubber stamp".
Sources say the initial offer made to Robert Rabinovitch was for a two-year term, rather then the three he accepted.
CHUM and Astral promise to reach 75 per cent of Canada's radio listeners if granted the only satellite pay radio licence, but declined to specify targets for providing new Canadian artists with access to the airwaves.
PMO proposal to reappoint current CBC president Robert Rabinovitch viewed as safe choice.
Prime Minister's Office proposes the extension of Robert Rabinovitch's term; he is scheduled to appear before the Canadian heritage committee in the next few weeks.
Author discusses the debate over the mandate, financing, governance and programming focus of the BBC.
Prime Minister Martin proposes to reappoint Robert Rabinovitch CBC president, if a parliamentary committee approves.
Groups say decision to refer CBC presidency proposal to parliamentary committee is a step in the right direction but that ultimately, the board should make the appointment.
Columnist criticizes CHUM satellite radio bid, saying all that is missing is channels dedicated "to the sound of loons and maple syrup".
CHUM Ltd. says its satellite radio proposal demonstrates that a "truly Canadian" pay radio service is both "realistic and achievable".
MP reintroduces Lincoln Committee report "Our Cultural Sovereignty" in House of Commons, putting the Committee's landmark recommendations back on the public agenda.
Prime Minister's Office departs from political patronage, proposes Robert Rabinovitch's reappointment as CBC President but refers recommendation to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage for review.
Prime Minister Martin hands off Rabinovitch reappointment to the Commons heritage committee and the cabinet; groups say this is an improvement but maintain that decision should ultimately be made by the board of directors.
Canwest Global's international television interests fared better than Canadian operations last year.
Bell CEO Micheal Sabia disagrees with Verizon president, says copper remains a viable transmission technology for a wide variety of communications.
CBC foray into reality television controversial, and a ratings challenge.
The Canadian music industry asks the CRTC to insure that if satellite radio is to come into Canada, proper technology is integrated so as to prevent piracy.
Sirius Canada states that the Canadian arm would have complete control over content; CHUM says only its proposal meets current Canadian content regulations.
With companies such as Verizon communications bringing optical fibre directly to the home, copper may no longer be a competitive and viable transmission technology.
Columnist praises CBC English-language drama Da Vinci's Inquest.
Headhunting firm has produced a three-person candidate list for the top job at Telefilm.
Editorial criticizes Paul Martin Liberals for failing to end patronage in appointments to Crown corporations, advocates that Crown boards should make the selections.
Columnist Eric Reguly analyses the "real" reasons behind the CBC decision to partner with Sirius to bring satellite radio to Canada.
CRTC must weigh the potential risk of grey market activity if U.S. satellite radio services are not licensed against a significant threat to Canadian content.
The Coalition Against Satellite Signal Theft says that Quebec court ruling on satellite signals threatens the Canadian broadcasting system.
Quebec court ruling on satellite television and satellite pay radio applications raise fundamental questions about Canadian broadcasting regulation.
The hockey lockout continues to make the CBC and sports networks suffer.
John Bitove Jr. is championing satellite radio in Canada; if his hundred million dollar investment is approved by the CRTC, he may become the next major media player in Canada.
FRIENDS criticizes low quantity of Canadian programming in two of the three proposed satellite pay radio applications currently before the CRTC.
The appointment of CBC's president should be a decision by its board of directors, not a personal political decision by the Prime Minister, columnist says.
Minister of Canadian Heritage says Quebec court ruling that restrictions on viewer access to foreign satellite signals are unconstitutional is a concern for Canada's cultural industry.
Satellite radio will be the next big thing in Canada - the question is whether the CRTC wants to "get in front of the wave or get knocked over by it", says columnist.
Windsor Star editorial board uses CBC involvement in a satellite radio application to argue the public broadcaster should not exist at all.
Prime Minister Paul Martin's leadership to date mirrors that of other interim leaders, columnist says.
Coalition Against Satellite Signal Theft recommends appeal of Quebec decision, notes that satellite signal theft remains illegal, and that U.S. satellite providers lack programming rights to sell to Canadians in any case.
Quebec Court decision finds grey market satellite restrictions contravene freedom of expression, but extends one year grace period before ruling will take effect.
Editorial says Quebec court decision appearing to legalize grey market satellite services will likely be challenged and legislated around, and for good reason.
Expert panel appointed by Heritage Minister Liza Frulla says that a levy should be imposed on foreign third-language broadcasters to accumulate a production fund for Canadian third language programming.
Satellite radio predicted to rival programming variety now available on television.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development urged Canada to drop its restrictions on foreign ownership, including in broadcasting - a suggestion rejected by Industry Minister David Emerson.
The Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development says that Canada should drop foreign ownership restrictions in numerous sectors, including communications, to foster competition.
This Hour has Seven Days' Patrick Watson says that his only regret is to have accepted the top job at the CBC because he should have known the bureaucratic structure which controlled the board of political appointees left no room for change.
UK politician says BBC board of governors comprised of amateurs with no experience of broadcasting.
CBC leads in number of nominations in this year's Gemini Awards.
Conservative party leader Stephen Harper criticized for suggestion that federal powers be devolved to linguistic groups, CRTC and CBC be split into separate anglophone and francophone institutions.
The debate surrounding satellite radio in Canada will come to a head when the CRTC rules on how 'Canadianized' the various bids are.
Transcript of question from MP Maka Kotto to Minister of Canadian Heritage regarding procedure for appointment of CBC president.
The National Post's editorial board accuses the CBC of taking sides in the U.S. election.
CCTA proposal to insert Canadian ads on U.S. specialty channels seen in Canada would undermine Canadian content rules, says CAB.
Article says satellite radio is the future, notes it is already available in Canada on the Internet.
Columnist says next Telefilm CEO should be a Toronto culture insider.
Conditions placed on CRTC approval of Al-Jazeera will result in Canada joining the ranks of Syria and Saudi Arabia, where the channel is not shown.
The appointment of the current CBC president, Robert Rabinovitch, will reportedly be extended.
Quebec court ruling to allow Canadians access to grey market satellite systems could have significant repercussions for Canadian broadcasting system.
Half the workers in Canada's cultural industries are concentrated in three metropolitan centres, but smaller centres remain proportionally significant.
Report presented to Swedish Ministry of Culture analyzes the future of non-commercial local radio and television broadcasting in Sweden.
FRIENDS says the CBC should replace Hockey Night in Canada with Canadian junior league hockey instead of Hollywood films.
CBC contends that "Movie Night in Canada" is a necessary evil.
Report says Francis Fox turned down the CBC presidency.
There is speculation that two former Martin ministers who met with the CRTC chair prior to the June 2004 federal election were trying to influence the CRTC.
Rules for interaction between government ministers and quasi-judicial bodies such as the CRTC are clear; current Minister of Canadian Heritage denies that she or any of her predecessors violated them.
Sheila Copps' new tell-all book accuses Prime Minister Martin of suggesting that the CBC be privatized.
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting says CBC should be replacing Saturday night hockey with junior hockey rather than American blockbusters.
Francis Fox reportedly refuses top job at CBC amid rumours that Robert Rabinovitch's term may be extended.
CBC defends decision to air foreign film programming instead of Canadian hockey on Hockey Night in Canada despite effect of tripling foreign content during prime time.
Reuters reports that the Australian government plans to change its "controversial" media ownership rules to allow for foreign ownership.
French CBC accused of reneging on cultural mandate to improve ratings.
FRIENDS says CBC decision to air foreign movies during the NHL lockout regrettable, will reduce Canadian content to 1980s levels.
New York Times reports on impact of losses in advertising revenue due to hockey lockout.
Italian minister to lobby Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister on behalf of Italian broadcaster RAI International, despite the fact the power to decide on the issue lies with the CRTC.
A talk given by former BBC Director General Greg Dyke in Seoul, Korea sparked a wave of criticism targeted at the state-run Korean broadcaster, decrying its closeness to the current government.
A new report states that estimated American losses due to runaway film and television productions were grossly inflated.
Minister of Canadian Heritage responds to question regarding parliamentary review of government appointments process, promises "transparent process" and "best people" will be used to fill forthcoming vacancies on CRTC.
Canadian show Degrassi: The Next Generation is a hit in the United States, tackles subjects U.S. teen series do not.
UK newspaper reports on CBC's efforts to ensure programming reflects Canada's multicultural fabric.
The shortage of high quality English language Canadian drama is a critical issue which needs to be addressed by placing the blame where it belongs: not only on the private broadcasters but also on the CRTC and its 1999 Television Policy.
Canwest Global replaces three of its top executives with Americans in recent overhaul.
Telefilm has recently come under criticism because of new funding policies promoting commercial success.
ACTRA criticizes reality television, predicts its eventual demise.
Conservatives argue former Minister of Heritage Helene Scherrer used ministerial funds to promote Liberal Party at Banff Television Festival while Liberals maintain she was acting in her role as Minister.
Former BBC director-general Greg Dyke calls for the abolition of the board of governors.
Howard Stern may find his way into Canada through a partnership between CBC and U.S. satellite broadcaster Sirius Radio.
CBC's Opening Night and The Newsroom as well as CTV's Corner Gas are nominated for International Emmy Awards.
CBC claims proposed satellite radio service could choose to exclude Howard Stern from signals imported into Canada; critics fear it will be unable to resist demand.
Canadian Association of Broadcasters says a Canadian Cable Telecommunications Association proposal to sell Canadian commercials on U.S. services carried in Canada would violate CRTC policy and endanger Canadian content.
UK communications regulator Ofcom pushes for a second and smaller version of the BBC designed to maintain the quality of public braodcasting by competing with the BBC.
Canwest says it plans to move from an 80-20 mix of advertising to a 50-50 mix in four years.
CanWest-owned newspaper reports on company's "bold move" to unveil new brand and appoint series of American executives.
Rumours that Paul Martin's former principal secretary is being considered for appointment to the presidency of the CBC make it unclear the Prime Minister is committed to reforming the process of patronage political appointments.
Famed 1960s CBC public affairs program was highly popular and distinctively Canadian, but ultimately cancelled because of its politically controversial style.
Arguments for and against allowing Fox News to broadcast in Canada.
The growth of specialty channels is right on track, industry experts say.
The expert panel appointed by Liza Frulla to report on third-language broadcasting in Canada proposes a levy on the revenues of foreign programming imported into Canada to create a fund for Canadian programming.
CanWest Global CEO Leonard Asper discusses plans for international expansion.
Article says that contrary to expectations, 2004 has been mostly devoid of media takeovers.
Article says Fox News should be granted a licence to broadcast in Canada, and predicts that it will.
RDI head Martin Cloutier tenders his resignation and Paul Martin "tests out" the approval rating of Francis Fox as would-be CBC president.
National Post journalist criticizes CBC for drawing attention to paper's decision to change original wording of a Reuters story.
CRTC to consider whether or not to let in American satellite radio providers; pose real threat to conventional commercial radio.
CBC decision to air debate between owners and players shows how much more popular hockey and NHL are in Canada, and how important televised hockey is to the CBC's bottom line.
Groups say it is time that top positions at the CBC were filled transparently and at arm's length from government.
FRIENDS cites report showing appointments to CBC Board and presidency have often been made based on political affiliation rather than merit, calls for reform of appointments process.
FRIENDS calls for change in the way the government selects the CBC president and Board of Directors.
Article says a new Friends of Canadian Broadcasting report has provided evidence of patronage in CBC board appointments, but this is just one of many problems with the federal government's appointments process.
NHL lockout sees CBC replacing season games with Hollywood blockbuster films.
Reality programs have had little success claiming intellectual property protection against copycat programs.
Paul Martin's former principal secretary tops the list of candidates for the CBC presidency.
Article says Francis Fox is at the top of the list of candidates for the CBC presidency.
Reuters says CanWest newspapers altered words and terms related to Iraq war stories; Head of the Council on American-Islamic Relations calls for Ontario Press Council to look into the matter.
Despite industry forecasts, specialty television has not taken a proportionally significant portion of advertising revenue away from conventional television.
Canadian networks are lobbying the government to relax advertising rules to allow them to tap into the profitable prescription drug ad market.
Minister of Heritage Liza Frulla announces the appointment of Karen Kain as Chair of the Canada Council for the Arts.
CanWest CEO and other broadcast executives call for changes that would allow broadcasters to air prescription drug ads and provide more advertising minutes per hour.
Director Ivan Reitman says that Canadian filmmakers would be more successful if they stopped looking for government handouts and started to produce films that would appeal to "the true arbiter of taste, the general public".
If no agreement to resolve the NHL lockout is reached before January, networks like the CBC will lose a significant source of revenue and may be forced to cancel other programming.
In 2003, cable operators saw an improvement in their customer base.
The Canadian Television Fund announces its new board of directors.
FRIENDS says CTV taking advantage of CRTC, seeking end run around licence in order to compete directly with CBC Newsworld.
Liza Frulla says she is committed to promoting culture in Canada's largest city but says that to produce results all three levels of government and the private sector must cooperate.
CHUM executives tell CRTC the purchase of Craig Media will create a large alternative network and that will benefit Canadians.
Statscan study of trade in television programs shows Canada imports more than it exports from the U.S., but that the opposite is true for other trade partners such as the European Union; the U.S. has become "Canada's dominant supplier of culture services."
Direct TV invests over 1 billion dollars in the construction of four satellites intended to provide Americans with a plethora of high-definition TV channels. Senior analyst says the most threatened by this move will be "the tier-two cable operators that are surviving on their local presence".
ACTRA disappointed that CBC, Global and CTV plan Canadian mini-series, films of the week and reality shows this fall, but are not investing in continuing Canadian drama series.
Telelatino president sends letter to editor to correct "misleading factual errors" in an editorial titled "Overhaul the CRTC".
Article says that if Industry Minister David Emerson is to protect Canadian interests, he should think twice before following the U.S. lead in adopting the broadcast flag.
CRTC receives both fervently supportive and hotly disapproving letters from Canadians and Americans alike in regards to Fox News Channel application.
Industry Minister says he does not disagree with Heritage Minister that foreign ownership limits are important to the protection of Canada's cultural industries.
Minister of Industry David Emerson says he is not convinced current restrictions on foreign ownership of telecommunications and cable companies hurt the industry.
Opinion editorial says that recent CRTC decisions prove that the regulator is only hindering the development of the Canadian broadcasting system.
Spokesperson for Liza Frulla affirms that the Minister was only referring to the size and potential of American culture when she warned Americans not to "smother" Canadian culture.
Article refers to the extension of CRTC vice-chairperson Andrée Wylie's term as a patronage appointment.
L'Actualité contacts broadcast regulators from Portugal, England, Australia, France, the United-States, New-Zealand and Austria to find out what they would have done in the case of CHOI FM.
Editorial says that in shutting down CHOI-FM, the CRTC was effectively protecting freedom of speech by preserving human dignity.
Canada is one of the many countries negotiating a UNESCO treaty that would protect the right to subsidize the cultural sector despite free trade agreements. Liza Frulla emphasizes that in Canada, culture is strongly subsidized and a great economic force.
The CRTC should press for an improved benefits package that could include investing in research on media accessibility, if it is to approve the sale of Craig Media Inc. to CHUM Ltd.
Minister of Heritage spokesperson says vice-chairperson of CRTC's contract was renewed for only a year because the government wishes to "have more flexibility to renew its personnel".
Greg Dyke memoir argues the government perceived the BBC as a political enemy, and treated it accordingly, because of the public broadcaster's Iraq war coverage.
Editorial says CHOI-FM tape-delay creates sends a message of CRTC censorship to other broadcasters.
Columnist notes irony in Canwest Global call for CRTC protection for its Men TV channel because in other instances it has argued for more foreign investment and less CRTC regulation.
Broadcasting predicted to be "sleeper issue" of minority Parliament.
Official statement by Minister of Canadian Heritage regarding CHOI-FM request to appeal CRTC decision.
With a by-election in the riding of Vanier and the need to bring Quebec voters, including CHOI-FM listeners, onside, nobody is complaining about a deal to keep CHOI-FM on the air during its appeal of the CRTC's licence renewal decision.
The failure of Toronto 1 may have been attributable to its lack of originality.
TSN and MuchMusic are examples of successful channels that have retained a distinctively Canadian flavour.
Columnist argues that the recent CRTC ruling on CHOI-FM is just one more example of 'journalism by judges', a process that allows the federal government to whittle down journalistic freedom and independence in Quebec.
Editorial says the CRTC decision to allow CHOI-FM to remain on-air until the Federal Court of Appeal has ruled on the station's court motion is "a step in the right direction".
Columnist casts doubt on whether or not CHOI-FM offended 'Canadian values'.
Article says CBC journalists have an argument for exemption from Access to Information Act, but CBC as a corporation does not.
CTV Newsnet asks CRTC for licence amendments to remove restrictions that would allow it to compete more directly with CBC Newsworld.
Growth in HDTV technology is mirrored by demand for made-in-Canada HDTV programming.
The CRTC has agreed to postpone the shutdown of CHOI-FM pending an appeal of the CRTC decision filed by CHOI's parent company.
The CBC says its journalistic integrity would be compromised should it be included under the Access to Information Act.
The CRTC declines to block CHOI-FM injunction, allowing it to remain on-air, in order to accelerate resolution of CRTC decision appeal.
Toronto International Film Festival promises many North American and global premieres.
CTV Newsnet seeks an amendment to its licence that would allow it to compete more directly with other English-language news services such as CBC Newsworld.
CHOI-FM prepares for appeal hearing at Federal Court of Appeal.
The first written response FRIENDS has seen to any of hundreds of persons who have shared their letters to Stephen Harper with us since April 2004, including our own letters of May 19, June 11 and June 14.
The CBC Olympic coverage has benefited from the public broadcaster’s decision to cast athletes as commentators.
The CBC argues that being included in the access-to-information law would compromise its ability to report the news because it would, amongst other things, threaten the sources of investigative journalists.
CBC commended for coverage of Olympic events on an action-packed day and its decision to postpone commercials.
Editorial says an increasing number of American viewers are turning to "grey market" satellite to watch superior Olympics coverage on CBC.
Quebecor says it is determined to make Toronto 1 profitable if the CRTC approves the sale of the television station.
U.S.-based columnist says foreigners like CBC coverage of the Olympic games because Canada's relatively modest performance allows it to provide more universal coverage.
Canada remains a key filming destination for U.S. film and television producers.
Unhappy viewers say that CHUM's new "mainstream" programming isn't part of the New VI bid they supported.
Writer suggests whoever takes over Toronto 1 may choose to make it profitable by converting it into a U.S. reruns channel.
The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network has benefited the Canadian television industry and grown successfully since it was launched five years ago.
Defeated former Heritage Minister Hélène Scherrer appointed to the post of Principal Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office.
Columnist says the Liberals have given little thought to a legislative agenda, but need legislation to occupy parliamentarians and deflect attention from other issues.
CBC says Olympic viewership numbers match projections.
The mandate of the three-person panel appointed by the Minister of Heritage to study the issue of third language broadcasting in Canada will be limited to policy recommendations and not include changes to the Broadcasting Act.
The Minister of Canadian Heritage annouces the appointment of a three person expert panel on third-language public broadcasting.
Former Lincoln Committee chair appointed to panel studying broadcasting content in languages other than English or French in the Canadian broadcasting system.
Prime Minister has been slow to fill the large number of pending government appointments.
The Canadian Association of Broadcasters says granting Fox News a broadcast licence would set the dangerous precedent of allowing foreign broadcasters to forgo partnerships with Canadian broadcasters.
Canadians want to see programming that caters to a set of distinctively Canadian values, article says.
Editorial calls for amendment of Broadcasting Act to allow wider scope for government to intervene in CRTC decisions.
Broadcasting space is no longer a scarce resource, and the CRTC is therefore obsolete, columnist says.
As recent events generate controversy over the role of the CRTC, some argue that this outburst of public debate only proves the necessity of the regulator's existence.
Former Minister of Canadian Heritage, Sheila Copps, says those who would have the government reverse recent CRTC decisions should remember that without the CRTC, broadcast licences would be subject to "political flavours of the month".
CBC is the standard-bearer for Olympic coverage, overshadows U.S. networks.
The CRTC is a threat to freedom of expression and a relic of the past and should be abolished, columnist says.
CRTC ruling on CHOI-FM raises a host of tricky questions.
Parliament is ducking out of a debate over CRTC's powers, article says; CRTC's powers should be scaled back.
Whatever one may think of the CRTC decision on CHOI-FM, it is reassuring that the federal government has declined to intervene.
Columnist says parliament should resort to measures such as rewriting the Broadcasting Act or using the "notwithstanding" clause to overturn CRTC decisions.
Columnist says there are no identifiable "Canadian values" and that we should do away with the CRTC in order to move towards a market based system of airwave distribution.
CRTC rulings, CBC display "left wing biases", opinion editorial says.
American columnist says Canadians generally know more about the United States and the rest of the world than many Americans, since they are more likely to see and pay attention to world news.
5,000 CHOI-FM supporters protest CRTC decision on Parliament Hill.
The National Post urges its readers to join protesters on Parliament Hill and demand that CHOI-FM ruling be overturned by the federal government.
Debate over recent CRTC ruling on CHOI-FM draws protesters from Quebec city to Parliament Hill.
In the interests of quality, democracy, diversity, localism and competition, the US government and the FCC must change broadcasting regulations to encourage independent media, Turner writes.
Recent protests of CRTC ruling not to renew CHOI-FM's licence has many wondering if a review of broadcast regulations is in order.
FRIENDS and others outline the qualities required of the next head of Telefilm Canada.
Many protesters are expected to arrive from Quebec City on station-subsidized transport in order to put pressure on federal government to overturn CRTC ruling on CHOI-FM.
Premier Jean Charest says Quebec will seek an administrative agreement allowing a Quebec delegation to "review" broadcast licence decisions affecting the province.
Hamilton city councillor bemoans lack of diversity resulting from only one commercial television station in the market, notes similarly sized urban areas have four times the number of stations.
Small producters say the production of Canadian entertainment, especially children's shows, comedy and documentaries, can be lucrative, but state no sustainable business model exists for Canadian drama.
Columnist speculates on appointment of next Global Television president, fate of vice-chair of CRTC.
Columnist says the Broadcasting Act should be amended to avoid "arbitrary" CRTC rulings such as those made on CHOI-FM, Al-Jazeera and RAI International.
As Richard Stursberg leaves Telefilm Canada before the expiration of his mandate, many wonder about the decisions and challenges the organization now faces.
Columnist suggests that CBC's executive director of network programming, Slawko Klymkiw, replace Richard Stursberg at Telefilm Canada.
The Canadian broadcast industry appears thrilled by the appointement of Liza Frulla as Minister of Canadian Heritage.
CHOI owner Patrice Demers is upset that Heritage Minister Liza Frulla has refused to overturn the CRTC's decision to suspend its licence.
Minister of Canadian Heritage tells CHOI-FM that Broadcasting Act prevents appealing CRTC decision to government.
Columnist argues that the Broadcasting Act and CRTC are out of date and should be scrapped.
B.C. Premier confirms province is still considering "new delivery models" for the province's public educational broadcaster, Knowledge Network; a March 2004 FRIENDS poll showed 69% of British Columbians oppose its privatization.
Charest thinks CRTC should have resorted to a temporary suspension of CHOI's licence and hopes for federal intervention in the matter.
Comment says that free market demand should determine who gets broadcast licences.
CBC explains position on participating in Amber Alert program.
The Canadian television industry would benefit from a more vigorous regulator; Canadians should stand behind the CRTC.
Poll of business leaders shows respondents are split on the CRTC's recent decision to shut down CHOI-FM but believe that Fox News should be allowed to broadcast in Canada.
National Post editorial argues against CBC policy on Alberta's Amber Alert program.
A critical look at the CRTC's decision to allow Al-Jazeera to be broadcast in Canada upon condition that distributors be responsible for content regulation.
An arm's length CRTC may be preferable to politicans making licensing decisions directly, but policy of choosing what Canadians watch and keeping out U.S. programming is wrong-headed, columnist says.
Columnist argues that if CHOI-FM was breaching hate laws, the case should not have been handled by the CRTC but rather dealt with through existing federal legislation.
New Vice-President of CBC English Television, Richard Stursberg, denies he personally penned a report suggesting that the CBC be made into three specialty channels, among other proposals.
CRTC must rule on whether or not American television channel Spike TV is in direct competition with Canadian channel Men TV.
Quebec licensing decision the CRTC's "Ceausescu moment," according to National Post columnist.
Pressure mounts in Ottawa following CRTC ruling against RAI International, as Liberals are reminded of their election promise to bring the channel to the air.
Demonstrators oppose CRTC ruling not to renew CHOI-FM's broadcasting licence.
By revoking CHOI-FM's licence and allowing the distribution of a censored Al-Jazeera, the CRTC made the best choices it could considering the confines of the Broadcasting Act.
Columnist criticizes CRTC's decision to allow Al-Jazeera into Canada if censored and calls for full disclosure.
Editorial says the new Canadian Heritage Minister should not interfere with the CRTC ruling not to renew CHOI FM's licence.
The appointment of Richard Stursberg to CBC's top job is receiving mixed reviews.
Richard Stursberg is appointed Vice-President of English Television at CBC/Radio-Canada.
Richard Stursberg is appointed Executive Vice President in charge of English Television at CBC/Radio Canada despite having once suggested that the English TV network be eliminated.
Many are puzzled by the CBC's deal with the Canadian Curling Association; meanwhile, both maintain that everyone will benefit from the deal.
Richard Stursberg has been named executive vice-president of English language television for CBC/Radio-Canada.
The appointment of Liza Frulla as Minister of Canadian Heritage delights art and culture groups.
Many shocked and some dismayed as Robert Rabinovitch names Richard Stursberg executive vice-president of English television for CBC/Radio-Canada.
The Canadian Curling Association believes it can reach more households with the CBC then any other network, but deal draws criticism from some quarters.
New Heritage Minister Liza Frulla says she stands firmly against relaxing foreign ownership limits.
Liza Frulla's appointment as Canadian Minister of Heritage is well received by ACTRA, CRIA and Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.
ACTRA sees appointment of Liza Frulla Minister of Canadian Heritage as a sign the government will take cultural issues seriously.
Letter to the editor of the National Post from national executive director of the Directors Guild of Canada says CRTC plays a vital role in Canada, content regulation is at the heart of nation building.
CHOI moves to fight CRTC decision by appealing to new Heritage Minister, Federal Court.
Italian-Canadians rally to Parliament Hill to protest CRTC ruling against RAI International.
CBC announces appointment of Richard Stursberg to the top job at CBC English Television.
CRTC decision to cancel CHOI FM licence a case of the cure being worse than the disease.
The concept of "free speech" protects both offensive and inoffensive speech, columnist writes.
Former CRTC Commissioner says controversial Quebec licensing decision is an answer to those who thought regulator's past efforts to deal with regulatory infractions were soft and ineffectual.
CRTC was founded to distribute a resource--public airwaves--that is no longer scarce, and should be dismantled, columnist writes.
A biography of Liza Frulla, the new Minister of Canadian Heritage.
New Canadian Heritage Minister Liza Frulla praised as star Cabinet appointment; numerous commentators note her cultural and media credentials.
CRTC chair hints controversy over CHOI FM could have been avoided if CRTC had power to fine broadcasters that defy CRTC orders.
Brand study reports that CBC brand draws polarized reactions.
Media fragmentation has reduced the amount of advertising targetted to the wrong audience.
Columnist calls for the abolition of the CRTC following its decision on CHOI FM, Fox News, Al-Jazeera and CNN.
Through their TV ad placement, Bush and Kerry reveal the groups of voters they're courting.
CRTC decisions on Quebec radio station, Al-Jazeera are those it was required to make under the Broadcasting Act.
CBC Radio One's Metro Morning the highest rated morning show in Toronto.
Ruling to pull CHOI's licence gives vulgar radio hosts more fame than they deserve, editorial says.
Neither killing CHOI nor placing conditions on Al Jazeera is justified, editorial says.
In an era of digital radio and satellite TV, CRTC's mandate to distribute scarce broadcasting resources is outdated, columnist says.
RAI is examining legal recourse following CRTC rejection of its application for carriage in Canada.
Broadcasters have refused to denounce the CRTC's ousting of CHOI because the regulator helps protect their markets, columnist says.
Criticism of RAI, Al-Jazeera rulings is often exaggerated rhetoric, and both stations, as well as Fox News, should be allowed in Canada, editorial says.
CHOI is not more offensive than Al-Jazeera and should not have had its licence revoked, columnist says.
CRTC's decision to police offensive content from within Canada while allowing potentially offensive content from abroad is contradictory, columnist says.
Censorship of content that is merely offensive, not hateful, is an unnecessary exercise of government power, editorial says.
CHOI owner Patrice Demers' appeal of ruling will put CRTC itself on trial, editorial says.
CRTC not hurting free speech with CHOI decision, but inviting better use of public airwaves, columnist says.
Cable companies say the requirement that they monitor Al-Jazeera for hateful content is "too onerous."
Operations in Australia and New Zealand help CanWest profits rise.
Worldwide gains increase, but Canadian broadcasting arm weighs down overall performance.
Parliament votes out four-member RAI board of governors, but the vote may not effectively reduce Italian Prime Minister's control over the broadcaster.
The CRTC rules that a potentially censored Al-Jazeera may enter Canada but RAI International and TVE may not.
Upholding free speech gives audiences their right to choose what they listen to, editorial says.
Al-Jazeera application was motivated in large part by the growth of "grey-market technologies", not primarily by goals of programming access and diversity.
Observers can't agree on whether CRTC Quebec radio licence ruling violates right to free speech.
CRTC regulation is more about politics than quality broadcasting and should be overhauled, columnist says.
Station's owner, Genex, says it will challenge CRTC ruling in court.
CHUM involvement in the proposed deal's fine print may raise flags at the CRTC.
Shutting down CHOI FM sets a dangerous precedent for free speech, editorial says.
Politicians have mixed reactions to CRTC's precedent-setting refusal to renew CHOI's broadcast licence.
Joint Canada-U.S. digital radio proposals currently before the CRTC are much stronger than the Canadian-only one, but all three should be approved so that the market can decide, columnist says.
Minister of Canadian Heritage Liza Frulla comments on CHOI FM decision as an opportunity to discuss the limits of freedom of expression in the context of broadcasting.
Conservative party restates its position on CRTC reforms, "moving the body away from its more traditional involvement in broadcast regulation".
Ontario premier says TVO will not be sold "in order to pay for the ongoing operation of the government," but does not dismiss the possibility of changes "to make sure we're truly focused on the priorities of Ontarians."
Liza Frulla and Sarmite Bulte both have strong credentials for the cabinet post; decision could be politically charged.
Cable carriers seek approval for proposal to run either paid ads or ads promoting their own services in time usually reserved for promoting domestic shows.
Columnist speculates on possible choices for the position of CBC executive vice-president and head of English-language television.
A proposal currently before the CRTC may allow cable companies to sell ads during time in American shows' commercial breaks that is normally reserved for public service announcements and promoting upcoming programs.
Cable and broadcasting associations disagree on the proposed risks and benefits of a proposal to sell ads during time now set aside for program promotion and public service announcements.
The New VI's new owner, CHUM, may not provide the local programming for which the station's licence was originally granted, columnist says.
Columnist speculates CBC President will not be reappointed.
The CRTC will rule on three services; one has only Canadian content and is available only in major urban centres, while the other two have less Canadian content and are available across the country.
CHUM says New VI job cuts result from station performing below expectations.
CHUM has promised a $20 million benefit package to Canadian television, mostly directed at western Canadian producers, if the CRTC approves its takeover of Craig Media.
Sources suggest Quebecor, Torstar, Moses Znaimer may bid on Toronto 1 when CRTC hearings dealing with potential licence trafficking begin in September.
An inevitable loss of subscribers to satellite providers has given cable the ability to raise rates without CRTC approval.
TVO should be cut off from tax support and turned into a not-for-profit entity like America's PBS, editorial says.
BBC aims to reduce overheads as it prepares to seek renewal of its royal charter.
Clearer rules and the capacity for station self-regulation in Canada mean radio content is rarely as controversial as it is south of the border.
A recount has confirmed Quebec Liberal and Heritage Minister candidate Liza Frulla's victory over Thierry St-Cyr in the riding of Jeanne-Le-Ber.
Radio ratings have been so strong that many advertisers are switching from TV and print.
Bloc and NDP power in Liberal minority government means culture-oriented industry groups have an unprecedented chance to gain support and resources, columnist says.
CCTA's "Remember Convergence?" paper says Canada's media policies are outdated, calls for change.
Canada's TV broadcast industry posted record high revenues in 2003, StatsCan says.
City-by-city look at Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton TV markets.
StatsCan report shows private radio broadcasters' airtime sales, profits and employee numbers increased last year.
Official Languages Commissioner's examination of the CBC is an assault on the broadcaster's journalistic independence, editorial says.
The new federal minority government may provide a welcoming space for culture groups to articulate their concerns.
Despite the prevalence of Internet radio and downloadable music, conventional radio broadcasters are still profitable.
Martin should look at Canada's previous minority governments for guidance in managing his own, columnist says.
Alliance Atlantis has abandoned the film production business and is poised to focus on broadcasting and distribution amid financial writedowns and the resentment of other production companies.
Democratic congressman Dan Glickman will take over in September as the head of the Motion Picture Association of America.
Over 100 independent online TV stations are turning viewers' attention to the Internet.
Millions of Canadians tuned in to CTV, CBC and Global's marathon election-night coverage. The largest number watched CBC.
Speculation is rampant about who will be in Paul Martin's cabinet.
Overhauls to the CRTC's foreign ownership and communications policies may fall by the wayside under a Liberal minority.
Directors Guild opposes Corus Entertainment application for approval to distribute pay TV channel MovieMax! on a discretionary analog tier; among other factors, Corus makes no commitment to increase Canadian programming exhibition and expenditure if a change in status were awarded.
Video games and the Internet will play a major role in a rebounding global media industry, a new PricewaterhouseCoopers report says.
Despite what may be an increasingly savvy electorate, the arts and culture were not emphasized during this year's federal election campaign.
Conventional TV networks and advertisers will adapt to changing technology, viewing habits.
U.S. federal appeals court strikes down new FCC rules that would have allowed for greater media concentration in American markets.
Federal appeals court decision will affect media companies' plans for expansion, but will not force them to sell assets right away.
Proponents of decision to lift media cross-ownership restrictions say the Internet means increased concentration won't hurt competition; U.S. federal appeals court rules otherwise.
Two FRIENDS public service announcements were shortlisted at international advertising festival.
U.S. court ruling says the FCC failed to show rule changes permitting greater media concentration were in the public interest.
Radio Noon's Ingrid Fraser interviews 2004 Dalton Camp Award Winner Danielle Devereaux.
Star Choice has moved Sportsnet, TSN, and Raptors NBA TV out of their Sports Pack without notice or proper marketing, channel executives claim.
The Liberal Party, the NDP, the Green Party and the Bloc Québécois replied to cultural coalition letter regarding their arts and culture policies.
US federal appeals court overturns FCC rule changes that would have allowed companies to own more radio and TV stations in the same market; but upholds FCC decision allowing them to own both a newspaper and a TV station in the same market.
Conservative cultural and tax policies could seriously harm PEI's economy, letter-writer says.
Unscripted shows are cheaper to produce and draw the audience of young, affluent consumers that advertisers want, CanWest Global study says.
FCC issues discussion paper on television distribution competition in theUnited States.
Conservative candidate promises to fight for CBC; other parties' candidates say he will have a hard time doing so in Ottawa.
CRTC framework should be preserved; it can be used to regulate availability of offensive or dangerous Internet material, former Commissioner says.
An all-candidates meeting in a Guelph shows CBC an important election issue for seniors.
For the first time, CTV has bested Global for the top spot in the Nielsen Media Research and BBM ratings.
Policy proposal to scrap the CRTC would give government direct control over broadcast licensing, would remove protections that have allowed Canadian entertainment events like the MuchMusic Video Awards to take form.
TV Festival is marred by technical difficulties, but delegates still create a positive atmosphere.
Twenty Canadian media unions and associations have formed The Canadian Film & Television Industry Council to address cultural issues.
The Liberal response to cultural groups' concerns hasn't been sufficient, columnist says.
Leaked policy revealing the Conservatives' plan to restructure the CRTC and relax foreign ownership restrictions has pushed Canadian culture onto the election agenda.
Election has failed to treat culture is an issue of national importance, editorial says.
Conservative party spokesperson says government should give CRTC's regulatory role to public servants in the Department of Canadian Heritage.
Ignorance of cultural issues in election campaigns reinforces actors' concerns about the future of Canadian programming.
Government-funded art doesn't break even because it's a lecture instead of entertainment, columnist says.
The CBC is a vital expression of Canadian nationhood, letter-writer says.
The tax cuts proposed in the Conservative platform total $37 billion, which will come from cuts to programs like the CBC, columnist says.
Industry representatives, NDP candidate Ian Waddell say Conservative plan to eliminate corporate grants and subsidies reflects misunderstanding, would destroy B.C. film industry.
A women's committee in Radio-Canada's union seeks to close salary gaps between men and women at the broadcaster.
Actors' gathering at CBC headquarters urges public to ask why cultural issues are being ignored in the election campaign.
In the face of challenges to the CRTC by the Conservative Party and some telecom companies, the Commission's chair says fundamental changes to the CRTC's role and structure are not required.
Dalfen says the CRTC's mandate is to balance the needs of consumers, established carriers and new competitors.
Speakers at ACTRA-organized gathering at CBC broadcast headquarters criticize party leaders for making no mention of cultural policy issues during televised leaders' debate.
Canadian people, not just television and film industry spokespeople, should be concerned about Conservative cultural and broadcasting policies.
Text of Hélène Chalifour Scherrer's speech at the Banff Television Festival.
Speakers at the Banff Television Festival call for political parties to disclose their cultural platforms.
Official Liberal Party position on culture and broadcasting.
Arts groups and Liberals criticize Tory arts policies; Conservatives and some commentators say there's nothing to worry about.
At Banff Television Festival, Minister of Canadian Heritage denounces Conservative cultural policies, while Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union asks the Liberals to come clean about their own.
Scherrer denounces Conservative cultural policies in her speech at the Banff Television Festival.
With the federal election just two weeks away, political concerns overshadow traditional workshop topics at Banff Television Festival.
Author suggests the media are failing to contribute to an informed citizenry during elections.
CanWest Global founder awarded posthumous lifetime achievement award by Radio-Television News Directors Association.
Liberal Heritage Minister to criticize Conservative cultural policies in speech at Banff Television Festival; dismissed by Conservatives as fear-mongering.
Minister of Canadian Heritage discusses Liberal Party position on culture and broadcasting.
One of three winning essays in the FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting 2004 Dalton Camp Award.
Canwest Global's David Asper condemns new limits on corporate donations to political parties.
Global programming vice-president Global sees reality television as a "new genre of programming" that is "delivering week in and week out audience numbers and, frankly, opportunities for our clients. It can't be questioned."
The end of federal subsidies would not destroy the Canadian cultural industry, columnist says.
Daryl Duke, who will be awarded the John Drainie Award at the 2004 Banff Television Festival, says Canadian broadcasting and Canadian identity are under threat. Duke is a member of the Steering Committee of FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting.
The Bloc Quebecois platform is opposed to foreign ownership of broadcasting, cable and telecommunications companies, would reinforce the power of the CRTC and ensure stable long-term funding for SRC/CBC and the Canadian Television Fund to better defend Quebec and Canadian culture.
Conservatives should consider the unintended consequences before gutting the CRTC.
Liberals make election promise to legislate around controversy over foreign language television channels, say a Liberal government would ensure Italian channel RAI International is available in Canada.
CPAC's unique and detailed election coverage is a valuable alternative to other networks', columnist says.
A Conservative government would relax Canadian content requirements and foreign ownership restrictions in the broadcasting sector.
VoicePrint fundraiser to be held in Calgary this week.
Liberals, CFTPA say removing foreign content restrictions would ruin Canadian TV industry; cable executives say Canadians already use technology to bypass restrictions.
Global's fall lineup has turned into a year-round cycle of show premieres.
Columnist theorizes that the Conservative party will be unable to make radical changes to the Canadian broadcasting system, and that Canadians will be "worse off" has a result.
PBS president Pat Mitchell is seeking a niche for the American public broadcaster amid political pressure, funding shortages and commercial competition.
Unveiling of fall schedules reveals different personalities of Canada's television networks.
CTV and Global have both scheduled their strongest U.S. shows on Thursdays, the most important weeknight for broadcasters and advertisers.
Referring to Green Party exclusion from televised national debates, columnist says TV network executives should not control which parties have access to the democratic process.
Conservative party document reveals it would significantly alter CRTC, no longer make it responsible for regulating content.
BCE considers long-term growth prospects and CRTC rulings as it considers selling Bell Globemedia; Rogers responds to Bell cable TV proposal.
StatsCan figures show that Canadian TV broadcasters' revenue growth was at a 15-year high in 2003.
A new Conservative policy handbook outlines the party's intent to loosen Canadian content reguations in the broadcasting sector.
HDTV is a hard sell not because consumers don't know about it, but because they just don't want it, columnist says.
Cable and telecom companies are each trying to move into the other's domain, and their competition would ultimately benefit consumers, columnist says.
CRTC may decide granting BCE a cable licence will give Bell an unfair competitive advantage.
CBC's broadcast of Stanley Cup final round draws record numbers of viewers.
Bell cites increasing competition from cable operators for decision to seek licence to deliver television services over telephone lines.
Faced with a shrinking market for residential phone service, Bell has applied for a cable television distribution licence in some of eastern Canada's largest markets.
Conservative leader's statements continue to suggest the Conservatives would eliminate subsidies for the CBC where it competes with private broadcasters.
Report on election race in Winnipeg's Charleswood-St. James riding; high profile Liberal candidate makes the race one to watch.
CTV says 52-week programming initiative will mean fewer repeats and a record number of US series.
Stanley Cup final broadcasts drew record-high ratings for CBC in Canada and record-low ratings in the States.
All television revenues grew in 2003, with private and specialty channels outpacing public and non-commercial broadcasting. Digital channels are also enjoying some success.
Conservative candidate calls for funding halt to "Communist Broadcasting Corporation", says national public broadcaster is a mouthpiece for the federal Liberal party and drives audiences away from private broadcasters.
New study shows Canadian broadcasters pay the lowest licence fees, have the lowest per capita ad revenue and spend the most money on foreign programming of any English-speaking country surveyed.
Unreleased report on the state of film and television production in Ontario shows infrastructure is crumbling and production jobs are being exported to provinces with higher tax credit rates.
Editorial says media conglomerates' stake in the outcome of the federal election makes them reluctant to cover media and cultural policy issues, with the result that these issues are largely being ignored.
Stable, multi-year funding for the CBC, as recommended by the all-party report of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, has not been guaranteed in the platforms of either the Conservatives or the Liberals.
A study released by the Centre for Community Study presents a strong case for increased diversity and competition in the local television market.
French-language Habs games will no longer be available on network television now that La Soirée du hockey has been pulled from Radio-Canada.
Bell is using VDSL technology to gain access to the digital television market in Toronto.
Asper takes shots at free news websites at Canadian newspaper conference.
CanWest Global CEO tells newspaper conference that the media industry is doing well, but must embrace change by charging for online content and having editorial teams work more closely with marketing, advertising and circulation personnel.
With its production business virtually eliminated, Alliance Atlantis is focusing on its "core business" of broadcasting.
Repository for Canadian broadcasting memorabilia and history could open as early as 2006.
Competitors claim allowing Fox Sports World Canada to broaden programming beyond scope of original licence will result in too many general content sports channels.
Green Party challenges networks, CRTC to be included in televised leaders' debates.
Global adds 23 American shows to fall lineup to replace long-running shows "Friends," "Frasier" and "The Practice."
CHUM expected to play larger role in funding and airing Canadian drama on English-language television as other broadcasters retrench.
Paul Gross tells ACTRA conference the CRTC must do more to ensure Canadian private broadcasters fund domestic programming.
Actor Paul Gross praises CRTC decision to provide incentives for broadcasting Canadian drama, but says broadcasters need a stick, not just a carrot.
Former Minister of Canadian Heritage, Sheila Copps, pursues post-political career as political analyst.
Management says Radio-Canada will not cover the federal election in the event of a strike by its employees.
Canadian broadcasters, fresh from buying U.S. shows in Los Angeles, rush to finalize schedules and prepare sales pitches to advertisers.
The regulatory protectionism demanded by Ted Rogers on the eve of CRTC hearings will hurt Canada's telecom industry, columnist says.
Global, CTV and CHUM shell out for American programming at Los Angeles Screenings.
CBC's chief programmer says attracting audiences to Canadian programming is difficult but is the CBC's job.
CBC programming president Klymkiw says fall lineup is aimed at cutting through clutter of viewing choices and presenting programs that will be talked about.
CBC says by not airing simulcast American shows in prime time it must be smarter in its programming in order to attract audiences.
CBC faces the challenge of luring viewers away from popular and expensive American shows on other Canadian networks, without the benefit of including such shows in its schedule.
Although they expected to purchase mainly reality TV, Canadian broadcast buyers at the Los Angeles Screenings also came away with medical and crime dramas.
Prime Minister Paul Martin confirms the federal government is reviewing foreign ownership rules, but says the impact on Canadian culture is being taken into account.
FRIENDS, Heritage Canada Foundation aim to keep cultural issues part of pre-election debate.
Federal leaders are using patriotism as a campaign tactic, and Stephen Harper, to some, comes up short.
FRIENDS releases two new polls on state of public broadcasting, informs Senate committee and Dalton McGuinty of the results.
Campaign performance rather than polls are likely to decide the outcome of the 2004 federal election.
Major Canadian broadcasters' request that Spike TV be delisted are hypocritical, columnist says.
Canada's national TV networks unveil a lineup of reality shows; supporters say it will satisfy Canadians' tastes, while critics say it will hurt Canadian drama.
Canadian TV buyers in Los Angeles this week expected to focus on reality shows.
CBC's early history shows that many of the reasons for the public broadcaster's creation still exist today.
The Ontario Securities Commission has temporarily suspended trading by directors, officers and insiders of Alliance Atlantis Communications.
On the eve of a federal election, a major union is calling on Canada's political parties to come clean with their policies on foreign ownership, media concentration, and the CBC.
CBC Newsworld interviews Leonard and David Asper, giving them a platform they would be unlikely to give their detractors.
Conservative party leader echoes Asper family call for commercialization of parts of CBC that "compete" with private broadcasters.
FRIENDS surprised and concerned after Conservative party leader muses that CBC English TV and CBC Radio Two be commercialized.
CPAC's Ken Rockburn interviews Ian Morrison on the results of FRIENDS' pre-election polling on the CBC, foreign ownership of communications, and media concentration.
FRIENDS survey reveals voter attitudes to Canadian culture on the eve of a federal election.
Finance Minister Greg Sorbara says Liberals won't sell assets such as TVO to pay for government spending.
Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper suggests his party may revisit government funding of CBC English television and Radio Two.
Nine out of 10 respondents to FRIENDS survey agreed that strengthening Canadian culture and identity is important as Canada-U.S. economic ties increase.
Radio-Canada and union face pressure to avoid strike/lockout during federal election.
Radio-Canada union seeks strike vote to address, among other issues, parity in job security with CBC workers in English Canada.
Declassified documents reveal the federal government has been considering steps to prevent terrorist groups from gaining access to broadcasting licences if foreign ownership limits are lifted.
CanWest Global is among many bidders for the money-losing but influential Jerusalem Post.
CBC demonstrates anti-Israel and anti-US biases that are a disservice to taxpayers, editorial says.
Fears of privatization at TVOntario are resulting in programming paranoia, and a narrow interpretation of broadcaster's educational mandate.
Friends poll shows Canadians want a stronger CBC, less media concentration and a Canadian-owned broadcasting system.
FRIENDS tells Senate committee that CBC still has widespread support.
Richard Stursberg's apparent efforts to promote more commercially-oriented Canadian movies and recruit Canadian actors living in Hollywood have drawn criticism from the domestic film industry.
CTF will help finance This Hour has 22 Minutes and The Eleventh Hour for 2004-05.
FRIENDS presents results of pre-election media issues poll to Senate Committee.
Al Gore may be able to make Newsworld International successful by emphasizing its differences from conventional American TV.
Canadian broadcasters unveil an unprecedented amount of reality shows for next season.
Liberals appear poised to remove foreign ownership restrictions for telephone and cable companies, will be pressured to do the same for broadcasters.
RCMP requests that Friends pull TV spot featuring Mountie uniform.
Friends withdraws public service ad depicting actor in Mountie uniform.
Although Disney's refusal to distribute "Fahrenheit 911" will not harm Michael Moore's financial prospects, it will harm free expression in the U.S.
RCMP complains about use of background image of Mountie in one of FRIENDS' Tell Canadian Stories public service announcements.
FRIENDS withdraws one of four Tell Canadian Stories public service announcements at request of RCMP.
RCMP objects to use of Mountie image in FRIENDS public service announcement, despite having licensed intellectual property to Disney in the 1990s.
There are many reasons why the CBC is having trouble finding a new head of English TV.
CRTC announces new ad-time incentives for Canadian programming; Global reveals a reality-heavy season lineup.
CBC Radio 3 focuses on non-traditional CBC audience.
FRIENDS calls CRTC drama incentive, which would grant broadcasters additional advertising minutes for airing Canadian drama, a creative proposal.
Global says it is responding to viewer demand by airing reality shows rather than original Canadian drama in prime time.
As Michael Moore seeks another distributor for his documentary "Fahrenheit 911," Disney says it never agreed to have Miramax distribute the film.
CRTC issues public notice and call for comments on proposed package of incentives to encourage Canadian broadcasters to air more Canadian English-language drama and increase audiences and expenditures to Canadian drama programming.
CRTC proposes advertising minutes incentive for broadcasters to air Canadian drama in prime time, calls on government for long-term solution to drama funding problems.
The federal Competition Bureau responds to a complaint that the Rogers/Newcap Sales Management Agreement may constitute a criminal conspiracy under Canadian competition laws.
CBC will continue to program Newsworld International following its acquisition by former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore and his business partners.
Former U.S. vice-president Al Gore has acquired Newsworld International for an undisclosed sum.
Disney's refusal to release Michael Moore film undermines free speech, shows downside of media concentration.
The chairwoman of the Italian public broadcaster Rai has resigned to protest what she sees as political control by prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.
Al Gore is among the new owners of the oft-traded CBC Newsworld International.
Support for firing Don Cherry reflects views of Canadian media establishment, not what many Canadians actually think, Globe columnist writes.
Quebec filmmakers' domination of Genie Awards reflects a banner box-office year.
Paul Martin can only alleviate Canadians' insecurities about close US ties by devoting counterbalancing resources to Canadian culture.
A more commercially-minded production process and improved capital support could do wonders for Canadian film; Telefilm mulling options.
CBC probably won’t be airing HDTV sports until next year.
CHUM puts its own spin on attracting TV audiences to annual Genie Awards for Canadian film.
BCE CEO increases pressure on the federal government to update telecommunications laws, including foreign ownership restrictions.
2004 Genie Awards host Scott Thompson hopes to take advantage of internationally-acclaimed Canadian movies to draw attention to Canada’s film industry.
National Post columnist says whistleblower legislation controversy shows that CBC cannot be both journalistically independent from and financially dependent on government.
CBC staff must be exempt from whistleblower legislation to preserve their journalistic independence.
Columnist argues CBC's treatment of Don Cherry makes it a "left-leaning laughingstock", should forego public subsidy if it fires the controversial sportscaster.
Don Cherry may leave the CBC and Coach’s Corner due to conflict with station officials and concerns about political correctness.
Survey shows a growing number of Canadians prefer specialty channels to conventional TV, reflecting a trend towards individualized media consumption.
A new survey shows Canadians increasingly prefer programming on specialty channels to that of conventional broadcasters.
Former Canadian Alliance strategist says CRTC’s refusal to allow Fox News to broadcast in Canada undermines Canadian media diversity and cultural development
CBC believes whistleblower legislation will undermine integrity of its journalists; critics say broadcaster is trying to avoid accountability measures.
Canadian arts personalities’ 1956 suggestions for improving the CBC bear striking similarity to today’s recommendations.
Networks that rely on lowest common denominator programming find it is not always the most popular.
Restoration of CTF funding does not let private broadcasters off the hook for investing in Canadian production.
Americans divided on response to Globe & Mail columnist's criticism of Fox News.
Canadian lawyer/author Peter Grant says the market-based world economy has widened the distribution of cultural products, but decreased their variety.
John Doyle responds to Fox News commentator.
Significant CanWest second quarter losses mostly the result of one-time Fireworks Entertainment writedown, less a reflection of overall performance.
Report by British communications regulator says BBC should stick to "core" public service broadcasting function.
Quebecor employees cautious after TVA humourist replaced following owner Pierre-Karl Peladeau's reaction to an unflattering sketch.
Column on Fox News elicits flood of responses.
In the wake of second quarter losses, CanWest says it will spend more on programming to revive ratings and increase advertising revenues.
Switzer says CHUM will focus on local programming, not compete with Global and CTV for most popular U.S. programming.
John Doyle says primary benefit to Canadians in granting cable industry request to distribute Fox News in Canada would be humour, notes Fox News slogan "Fair and Balanced" is an inside joke.
CHUM long rumoured to be averse to selling, but could be tempted do so at the right price.
National aspirations a significant change in strategic focus for CHUM.
Culture of CHUM has changed following the departure of Moses Znaimer.
E-commerce is growing, but still accounts for tiny proportion of revenues of private businesses.
Astral shareholders may see a financial windfall if the company is unable to acquire CHUM or make another significant acquisition in the broadcasting market.
Cable industry asks CRTC a second time for the right to distribute U.S. Fox News as a direct feed to digital cable and satellite customers.
Fox news application driven by satellite signal piracy, need for cable industry to generate interest in digital television; may succeed on second try.
The sale of Toronto 1 is thinly disguised licence trafficking; the CRTC should require the licence to be returned.
Lack of interest by broadcasting industry in buying Craig's Toronto 1 reflects that it was licensed for the wrong reasons.
The field of potential buyers of Toronto 1 from CHUM narrows.
CHUM acquisition will create pressure to increase advertising space on television and to eliminate the current restriction of 12 minutes per hour.
Craig's investment in Toronto 1 turned out to be a case of betting the ranch.
CHUM acquisition of Craig is expected to trigger other media consolidation.
CRTC decision to award Toronto licence to regional player backfires.
Craig deal will bring CHUM closer to national network status.
Sale of Craig rumoured to be a necessity after significant losses by its Toronto 1 station.
Audience for aboriginal programming almost doubles between 1999 and 2003.
Craig Media finds buyer, Toronto 1 to be sold less than two years after receiving CRTC licence, and after less than a year on air.
Pending CRTC approval, CHUM plans to buy Craig Media, but sell Craig's Toronto 1 station.
Focus on instant ratings in the U.S. is resulting in cancellations of good series and damping innovation.
Columnist says Liberal commitment to reduce democratic deficit not on display in parliamentary committee reviewing federal advertising scandal.
Culture is inextricably linked to national identity and must be preserved in trade negotiations.
Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Transport and Communications responds to Canwest News Service coverage of Committee's Interim Report on media concentration.
CRTC report tracks performance of cable, DTH and MDS distributors and their contributions to the creation and production of Canadian programming.
Cable industry profits have increased 15.8% since 2002, 4.3% since 2000.
Telefilm head defends confidential arrangement with U.S. talent agency.
ACTRA insulted by secret deal between Telefilm Canada and a Hollywood talent agency.
Budget reductions to Quebec educational broadcaster Télé-Québec critized by government opposition.
Vice president communications for CBC/Radio-Canada responds to Canwest News Service coverage of Senate Standing Committee Interim Report on media concentration.
Funding cuts to Télé-Québec almost as harmful as privatisation.
Industry, Heritage ministries reportedly considering model that would require divestiture of telecom and cable carriers' broadcasting assets as trade-off for increased foreign ownership limits.
Telefilm signs Hollywood talent agency to "find story material" for Canadian films.
Internal policy document leaked to media shows Conservative Party would relax or remove communications sector foreign ownership restrictions (p. 11), downsize and limit the role of the CRTC (p. 13) and remove protection for Canadian programming in the satellite distribution market (p. 14).
Senate report reveals news accounts for 54 per cent of expenditures on Canadian programming by conventional broadcasters.
National Post covers Senate interim report on media concentration by focusing on low CBC audience share.
Senate report shows CBC market share has declined since 1997.
Former National Post reporter alleges reaction to lewd behaviour by David Asper led to her termination.
Juno Awards run opposite "brilliant" CBC drama.
Senate inquiry into media concentration produces interim report intended to "inform Canadians" but drawing no conclusions and making no recommendations.
CRTC renews DTH satellite provider licences for 7 years, rejects requests from numerous intervenors for new licence conditions and shorter licence periods.
Rogers benefits at both ends of accounting treatment of Blue Jays.
Rogers cited as offering consumers greater flexibility and choice than its U.S. counterparts.
FRIENDS poll shows majority of British Columbians support maintaining public ownership of Knowledge Network.
Problems with Canadian production funding helped but not solved by restoration of funding to Canadian Television Fund.
In a survey, 69 percent of B.C. residents opposed selling the educational broadcaster Knowledge Network to a private company.
B.C. plan to seek private sector "operating partner" for public educational television network opposed by majority of British Columbians.
Antonia Zerbisias discusses the erosion of diversity in Canadian news coverage.
CBC microphones captured behind-the-scenes developments at Liberal nomination meeting in Hamilton.
CHUM joins Canadian Satellite Radio and an alliance of CBC and Standard Radio in contest for first Canadian subscription-based satellite radio licence.
CCTA concerned over CAB suggestion of levy for foreign specialty television services.
CBC unlikely to receive the attention it needs from a weakened Liberal government.
Canadian Association of Broadcasters calls for end to "free ride" for foreign specialty television services carried in Canada, refers to copyright tariff paid by private radio broadcasters "somewhat of a ham-fisted attempt at cultural subsidy."
A U.S. investor group is reported to have agreed to buy the CBC specialty channel Newsworld International.
Federal budget restores CTF funding, increases grant to CBC.
Production industry praises restoration of CTF budget, two year funding guarantee.
Liberal budget criticized for paying down debt at the expense of rebuilding Canada.
Internal BBC disciplinary inquiry prompted by Hutton report described as "kangaroo court" and "enormously frightening".
Commentary on continuing impact of CBC Radio's late night show, Brave New Waves.
Proposed new foreign channels such as Al-Jazeera, Fox News would foster diversity on Canadian television dial.
Doyle offers commentary on nature of Canadian television industry, CBC radio.
Actors' union applauds federal government for restoring funding cut from Canadian Television Fund, calls on private broadcasters to reinvest profits in production of Canadian television drama.
Article on FRIENDS speech to Canadian University Press conference links foreign ownership and media concentration, broadcasting and print journalism.
Paul Martin's pre-election to-do list has become so long it raises doubts he can accomplish it before a fall election, much less a spring election.
U.S. network commissions pilot based on CBC Radio show.
CRTC Commissioners will no longer attend private dinners funded by the broadcasting and telecommunications companies they regulate.
Anchor says Craig Media's Toronto station doing better than reported.
Increase in private radio profits is credited to industry consolidation and new niches for AM radio.
Paul Martin likely cannot postpone a spring election without looking like he fears an electoral loss.
FRIENDS public meeting in Regina told foreign ownership of Canadian media would move decision-making on Canadian programs south.
National Post contributors argue CBC should be cut off entirely from public financial support.
FRIENDS public meeting in Edmonton reiterates call to maintain existing foreign ownership restrictions on Canadian media and communications.
FRIENDS notes that despite reforms, the president of CBC will still be appointed by the Prime Minister rather than the CBC Board.
A poll of Ontarians shows most do not support plans to privatize TVOntario.
American programming is outperforming local Australian shows so decisively that at least one locally produced drama is already off the air.
New guidelines require Crown corporation appointments to be based on merit rather than patronage, but appointments will still be made by the Prime Minister.
Competition Commissioner critized for advocating removal of telecom foreign ownership limits.
Winnipeg public meeting urges federal government to "do nothing" on foreign ownership.
Speakers at well-attended public meeting in Winnipeg support leaving communications sector foreign ownership restrictions as they are.
Alternative federal budget discusses importance of public investment in CBC, Canadian broadcasting and Canadian culture (see pp. 33-34).
Growth of analog specialty channel revenues continues.
Cancellation of Mike Bullard Show eliminates the only Canadian talk show from Canadian television.
Communications professors who advised House of Commons Heritage Committee on Our Canadian Sovereignty report say there is no going back if foreign ownership limits are removed.
New Commissioner of Competition says telco foreign ownership restrictions should be lifted, but gradually.
FRIENDS recalls Sheila Copps'
FRIENDS public meetings on foreign ownership move to Winnipeg.
Insiders say Mike Bullard shocked and saddened by cancellation of show.
Radio Canada cancels morning show on its Toronto FM signal, la chaîne culturelle.
Alliance Atlantis, which received millions of dollars in film and television production subsidies from the Canadian government, dismisses suggestions it plans to sell the company, hints that it may be in the mood to buy.
Low ratings cited as reason for Mike Bullard Show's cancellation.
CanWest would consider buying not only Bell Globemedia's specialty TV channels, but also the Globe and Mail.
Asper says CanWest looking for more revenue streams from same content.
National Post columnist argues the CBC's refusal to air the Conservative leadership debate shows it is being mismanaged.
New U.S. legislation increasing fines against broadcasters for broadcasting "indecent" programming could have a chilling or freezing effect on freedom of speech.
Despite early cancellation of Mike Bullard Show, Global says it is committed to producing original Canadian programming.
Major programming overhaul forecast at CBC once executive vice-president of English television Harold Redekopp retires.
Heritage Minister Hélène Scherrer remains weak on opposition to foreign ownership in broadcasting and telecommunications sectors.
Executive vice president of CBC-TV stepping down from what is arguably the most powerful position in Canadian television.
John Doyle comments on television repeats, originality and reality programming.
A group of organizations brought a lawsuit against the U.S. FCC to block proposed regulation of next-generation televisions and related devices.
Astral Media president argues why Canadian media companies should remain Canadian.
Foreign location film production in Canada is slowing due to increased competition from other countries and Canada's rising dollar.
Canadian TV drama will get a lift by having the stories of internationally renowned Canadian authors adapted for TV.
High quality educational television available to Ontarians has everything to do with public funding of TVO.
Public meetings show cabinet ministers' constituents care about maintaining Canadian control of media and communications.
FRIENDS meeting channels public concern over plans to open Canadian media and communications sectors to foreign ownership.
Author describes the coming of local television to southwestern British Columbia.
Antiquated rabbit-ear antennas can still be used to access CBC, CTV, Global and many local channels - free of charge.
Columnist says in an era of choice, taxpayers should be given the choice not to fund CBC.
The FCC is preparing to fine several U.S. radio stations for indecency.
The Montreal Italian community is frustrated with the CRTC's delay in determining whether RAI International, the 24-hour state-sponsored public television channel from Italy, can be broadcast in Canada.
Rogers chief says new CRTC funding rules unfairly penalize Canadian specialty pay-TV channels that turn a profit,
Astral continues to have difficulty selling stations it has been ordered to divest as a condition of the federal Competition Bureau's approval of its $225-million purchase of 19 Telemedia radio stations in Eastern Canada.
Astral says a single major deal among Canada's media companies will create a "domino effect" of transactions.
Columnist says CBC failed to act early and decisively to censure Cherry.
Zerbisias says the CRTC, not a private purchaser, should decide the fate of Craig Media's Toronto1.
Both CBC and CTV this week unveiled ambitious plans, pending funding from the Canadian Television Fund, for a variety of new Canadian prime time drama series, sitcoms and movies of the week for the 2004-2005 season.
Letter to the Editor expresses shock at comments by Liberal MP Stan Keyes, says CBC and public broadcasting are vital.
CTV says it plans to air six original Canadian series in 2004-05 - provided there is adequate government funding.
Torstar may take a majority ownership stake in 49th Media, which plans to replace American ads with Canadian ones on five U.S. specialty channels distributed by Canadian cable networks.
TSN continues to rank as the top money-maker among television specialty channels in Canada.
CRTC report shows specialty and pay television services are increasing their share of advertising dollars at the expense of traditional broadcasters.
Operating profit for digital and specialty pay channels increased by 36% last year.
NDP argues private broadcasters cannot replace CBC.
Canadian specialty, pay and pay-per-view television services continue to enjoy strong growth, according to annual statistical and financial summaries.
Paul Martin makes first public statement about CBC in response to remark by federal minister Stan Keyes that the public broadcaster is a "monster" and implying it should be sold.
National Revenue Minister and Liberal MP Stan Keyes proposes sale of CBC; Rabinovitch tenure as CBC president may not be renewed.
FRIENDS believes TVO would pose certain regulatory and financial problems for a private operator, notes that privatization has been proposed before.
CRTC hearings will consider several applications for new radio stations in the Halifax market, which has not had a new station licensed since 1990.
Regional perspectives are being lost because of the reduction in the number of Canadian critics working at daily newspapers.
Profile of Canadian film and television production company Lions Gate Entertainment.
Columnist criticizes taxpayer funding of CBC when provinces lack resources for health care.
The chair of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment says it has not talked with Bell Globemedia about merging the two companies' sports media properties.
There is strong interest in acquiring Toronto 1, not due to its programming, but because of its CRTC licence.
FRIENDS: CRTC denial of CHUM's Alberta licence applications likely ensures stronger demand for Craig Media.
CBC's choice not to run the first of two debates among the leadership candidates for the Conservative party is said to depict that the "state broadcaster" [sic] has become disconnected from the concerns of average Canadians.
The federal broadcast regulator said it was "concerned by the potential negative impact" of the new stations on Calgary and Edmonton's markets.
Pitts says CHUM's loss of Alberta licence bid will only intensify its interest in acquiring Craig Media.
The CRTC denied CHUM's applications for Alberta television licenses, citing concerns over the potential impact on the television markets in Calgary and Alberta. It also denied Global's applications for retransmitters in those markets on the basis of ownership concentration and cross-media ownership concerns.
While indigenous Canadian drama usually does not sell well abroad, performing-arts productions typically impress international audiences.
National Post contributor draws analogy between CBC funding and federal sponsorship scandal, suggests both have "defrauded the Canadian people".
The CRTC ruling on CHUM's application for Alberta television licenses will ultimately raise or lower the selling price of Western broadcaster Craig Media.
Writer says the longer-term interests of British public life require an independent BBC even if it causes difficulty and offence to the UK government now.
The Liberal government is being criticized over a memo apparently giving Toronto Liberal MPs special input into the selection of lawyers that will advise the government on the impact of lifting foreign ownership requirements for cable companies.
FRIENDS opposes the lifting of foreign ownership restrictions.
The National Film Board is said to be enjoying success by following its original mandate of making important social issue documentaries.
Proposed reality TV series centred on religious group could represent a new level of insensitivity that brings reality TV to a halt.
Bell is appealing for less CRTC regulation on many fronts.
New shows suggest Canadian drama is thriving; in reality, cuts to government funding of film and television production have created a deepening crisis.
Report by opposition party in the UK recommends breakup of BBC and severe cuts to public funding of all but BBC radio, certain public service programming and the channel which carries Parliamentary proceedings.
Opponents of the Comcast-Disney deal argue that the combination would enable media companies in the U.S. to raise rates on cable and satellite subscriptions while diminishing the diversity of their programming.
National Post editorial argues the CBC should be scaled down, receive only modest public funding and not air sports, sitcoms or mainstream dramas, so government can focus resources on "real priorities".
Tony Clement says federal spending should be slashed by billions of dollars, suggests looking at funding of CBC.
Despite two new Canadian productions taking Cold Squad's place, American series filmed in B.C. still outnumber Canadian.
Columnist speculates that lacklustre sweeps period is unlikely to entice many viewers.
Writer believes the CBC is biased, deserves scrutiny similar to that given the BBC by the Hutton report.
Report on ratings for The National in Afghanistan.
Columnist praises CBC for investing in "sophisticated", "humorous", "biting" shows like The Newsroom.
Columnist notes irony that CBC flagship news program airs from Afghanistan in the same week as the Liberal sponsorship scandal breaks.
CFTPA head says cancellation of two long-standing English-language Canadian drama series by CTV and Global confirms Canadian drama is in the process of becoming extinct.
ABS-CBN, the largest broadcaster in the Philippines, says it plans to launch a 24-hour Filipino television channel with a Canadian partner in the next year.
The provincial Liberals have launched a public relations strategy directing civil servants to float trial balloons of proposed policy changes, such as the sale of TVOntario, to reporters.
Canadians tolerate nudity and language on television to an extent Americans do not, but draw the line at political incorrectness.
Viewers' apparent aversion to The Newsroom star is creating rating and scheduling problems for the CBC.
Victoria's CBC radio station will expand its programming in September to include a live afternoon show.
Paul Martin should take a lesson from the decisive and expeditious Hutton Inquiry if he wants to restore faith in the Canadian political system.
Ontario Liberals' Budget Town Hall document floats sale of publicly-funded TVOntario: "Currently, the government pays $54 million a year to operate TVOntario...Is this the best way to spend money to achieve results in education?"
Two more hour-long English-Canadian drama series cancelled.
Scherrer admits there is presently no Plan B to assist the production sector if money cut from the Canadian Television Fund is not restored.
CAB argues that CRTC's "Part Two License Fees" represent an unlawful and unconstitutional tax on private broadcasters.
The growing proportion of film and television funding provided by private funds emphasizes the need for renewed public support of Canadian production.
A coalition including the CBC, ACTRA, the CFTPA and the CAB is asking Finance Minister Ralph Goodale to restore Ottawa's support of the Canadian Television Fund.
CBC Newsworld will change its fall prime-time current affairs lineup; a similar review is reportedly underway at CBC.
Writer argues that Hutton report exposed the BBC's fatal flaws, confirmed that the BBC has "lost its way".
Cable sports channels and private broadcasters benefit from government protection as surely as CBC does.
Astral Media's second attempt to sell Quebec radio stations has failed.
There is speculation that the CRTC's delay in resolving RAI and Al-Jazeera applications results from Liberal pressure not to upset voter groups prior to re-election campaign.
Financial Post Editor says Canadian broadcasting regulation stifles provocative debate on television.
Leonard Asper discusses potential CanWest bid for Hollinger assets.
CanWest's Asper considers buying UK newspaper The Telegraph from Conrad Black.
Differences between Rogers' strategy and U.S. cable company Comcast's has much to do with different regulatory and business environments.
Columnist argues the CBC's reaction to Don Cherry episode illustrates a lack of understanding of popular culture.
Former Canadian Heritage Minister Sheila Copps may yet jump from the Liberals to the NDP.
Astral Media withdraws application to transfer ownership of eight Quebec radio stations.
Telefilm criticized for taking money from successful Quebec producers and giving it to English Canadian ones.
Media access groups argue that new FCC broadcasting ownership rules may lead to a few large companies owning most of the major sources of news gathering and reporting in some markets.
BCE says it is too early to tell whether Comcast would sell ESPN's 32% stake in TSN if its bid for Disney is successful.
Transcript of question from MP Wendy Lill to Minister of Canadian Heritage regarding communications sector foreign ownership.
Rogers Communications to compete in residential telephone market by 2005, strengthening its claim for regulatory treatment equivalent to telecom companies.
Quebec Sports Minister Jean-Marc Fournier says CBC and Don Cherry are promoting both racist messages and the wrong values about sports.
Auditor General Sheila Fraser says the Canadian government is neglecting historic sites, buildings and documents.
CBC ready to censor Cherry if necessary by prematurely ending his segment.
CBC's reaction to Don Cherry is said to be questionable, considering his job is to start arguments.
Commentators say seven-second delay on Cherry may be unworkable and hurt quality of Hockey Night in Canada.
Taping Conan O'Brien Show in Toronto unlikely to change its audience's perceptions of Canada.
Documentary producer provides tongue-in-cheek commentary on Don Cherry controversy.
CEO Leonard Asper pitches CanWest as a diversified international media enterprise, not "just a TV company", to U.S. investors.
Critics call CBC decision to broadcast The National from Kabul, Afghanistan a ratings stunt.
CanWest plans to seek relief from various "egregious" government regulations, such as CRTC policy limiting Canadian broadcasters to 12 minutes of commercials per hour.
Acquiring Craig Media would bring CHUM closer to becoming Canada's third national network.
Craig Media did a bare minimum to meet promises to CRTC for Toronto licence before cashing out.
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty says government may consider selling off TVOntario.
Don Cherry predicted to survive content scrutiny.
CBC should choose between firing Don Cherry and giving him free reign.
Critics are calling the CBC's implementation of a seven second tape-delay on Don Cherry's hockey commentary an attack on freedom of expression.
Quebecor can only expand if it builds on the convergence model it has implemented in Quebec; there would be no such logic to a union between Quebecor and Craig.
CBC responds to objectionable Don Cherry comments by committing to broadcast future editions of Coach's Corner on a seven-second tape delay.
Canadian Association of Broadcasters opposes cable's efforts to bring more U.S. specialty channels to Canada as direct feeds, argues competitive with existing Canadian services.
Changes in technology motivate CanWest to charge fees for online content and consider acquiring other media companies.
Overall revenues at BCE Inc., the ultimate owner of CTV, continue to be depressed.
Bell Globemedia, recently rumoured to be interested in selling CTV, has returned to profit as a result of the network's higher TV ratings and airtime sales from U.S. programming.
Shifting of television schedules and time slots has become commonplace.
Paul Martin's democratic reform package includes the implementation of more free votes and a tougher, more consultative path for bills before Parliament makes them law.
It is difficult to sympathize with broadcasters who are suing the CRTC over licence fees, considering the benefits and protection that come with their broadcasting licence.
CanWest plans to launch a multimedia digital newspaper it calls a "power-point on steroids".
High-speed broadband has been deployed in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario using power lines.
Columnist believes it is no longer sufficient for the CBC to say that it disagrees with Cherry's opinions: Cherry's contract should be terminated.
Even at a half million dollars in fees per game, the television rights for the Toronto Maple Leafs will likely lose money for the network that buys them.
CRTC report finds that factors including the economy, advertising revenues and reality programming helped double profits for private broadcasters in 2003.
Officials from Industry Canada and Heritage Canada are meeting to "resolve differences" over foreign ownership restrictions on telecommunications companies.
Quebec film producers are unhappy with an announced reduction in Telefilm funding for French-language productions, which apparently punishes them for their success.
Former CRTC commissioner credits Toronto film producer with putting the visibility of disabled persons on Canadian television back on the policy agenda.
The CRTC's statistical and financial data report on the Canadian television industry shows that net profits posted by private television stations doubled in 2003.
BBC scandal could undo the legacy of leadership until recently celebrated as a role model for private-sector media moguls.
Some say the sale of Craig Media is long overdue, and was simply delayed by winning the Toronto TV licence.
An Alternative Federal Budget report by the CCPA predicts a budget surplus of $8.3 billion for 2003/04, more than triple the forecast by the federal government.
CRTC blocks application for Mandarin language digital channel, responds to opposition from existing broadcaster.
Circumstances leading to the sale of Craig Media partly the result of the inexperience and overexuberance of a family-owned company.
Media freedoms, already set back by the Iraq war, will be further constrained in the wake of the Hutton Report on the BBC.
Many Americans are not aware of the array of foreign news stories, commentary and perspectives on U.S. foreign policy available online.
The Ontario government denies reports that it has plans to eliminate an important tax credit that supports domestic film and television production.
Hélène Scherrer says she wants to restore the $25-million cut to the Canadian Television Fund, but has failed thus far to make an outright commitment.
Michael Donovan, co-founder of Salter Street Films, reflects on Alliance Atlantis Communications' announcement of its plans to close Salter Street Films
The BBC is right to be worried that the government may slash its budget and place it under private-sector regulation when its charter is up for renewal in 2006.
Private broadcasters are suing the CRTC for hundreds of millions of dollars, arguing that a licence fee they've been paying amounts to an unconstitutional tax.
CRTC approves transitional digital television licenses for CBC and several private broadcasters.
Domestic TV producers are suffering from falling government subsidies, a collapsing international market, and less U.S. production due to the rise in the Canadian dollar.
Filmmaker Robert Lantos blames the state of Canadian film production on the government funding system and a lack of cultural financiers.
The BBC must re-establish its reputation by reasserting itself as an independent and authoritative source of news.
The BBC can once again be a model for journalism, but it must return to the gold standard of telling the whole truth.
CanWest identifies a share of cable subscription fees, and relief from requirements to provide local programming, as desirable regulatory changes that would help it to reduce debt and fund acquisitions.
Heritage Minister says she is committed to helping the Canadian production industry, but cannot make funding decisions on her own.
CanWest says it is keen to be a buyer in the anticipated flurry of media deals in Canada and claims it could spend up to $1-billion.
Canadian films are bumped off Canadian cinema screens because of deals the country's theatre chains make with U.S. movie distributors.
The CBC won 11 awards at an international broadcast media competition.
CAB filed a statement of claim with the Federal Court of Canada demanding a refund of CRTC licence fees.
Commercials run during the U.S. Super Bowl cost twich as much as those run during the Canadian Stanley Cup or Grey Cup.
The UK government and the Hutton report have dealt a blow to both journalistic integrity and the BBC brand.
To achieve the democratic reform he promises, Paul Martin will need to forgo some of his own powers as Prime Minister.
Columnist believes that Ontario Liberal premier Dalton McGuinty's proposal to consult voters to find ways to deal with the budget deficit is a promotional sham.
Well-known journalists have an obligation to act professionally when there's a camera on.
Journalism advocates were dismayed by Lord Hutton's report on the BBC, which they fear will have a chilling effect on the entire UK news media's ability to question the government.
The auctioning off of Craig Media, which received a sought after broadcasting licence less than two years ago, illustrates how CRTC's licensing procedure is open to abuse.
The sale of Craig Media is expected to trigger other media sector consolidation in the coming year.
When prime time television does focus on Canada, says John Doyle, much of it is devoted to reflecting our relationship with the United States.
CHUM may purchase Craig Media's A-Channel as a means of entering the Alberta market.
If Quebecor purchases Craig Media, it will primarily be for its Toronto 1 station licence.
BBC chair resigns after report of British House of Commons inquiry into death of scientist David Kelly exonerates government, criticizes BBC.
Daryl Duke, producer, director and member of FRIENDS' steering committee, comments on the lowering of standards in North American television and the importance of local programming.
Craig family may be seeking more money for Craig Media Inc. than the company is worth.
The sudden "resignation" of longstanding Toronto Star publisher John Honderich follows resistance to plans for significant cost-cutting.
CHUM says its flat profits are due to increased programming costs and taxes.
Columnist praises CBC for airing film classics no private broadcaster would have run.
CTV to air documentary on the transformation of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) by renowned Toronto-born architect Frank Gehry.
The CRTC rejects large cable rate increases sought by sports specialty services Rogers Sportsnet and The Score.
Astral Media says it is may acquire additional properties within its core business that have the right culture and fit.
Astral Media's first-quarter profit rose more than 25 percent.
New Heritage Minister, Hélène Chalifour Scherrer, believes mandate is to establish a vision for guarding the Canadian identity, not necessarily "know what books were published last week".
CRTC increases spending requirements for Canadian programming on most profitable specialty channels.
Columnist discusses how so many important issues and events are ignored while others are over-covered.
Toronto expected to star as itself, boost tourism during Conan O'Brien Show's relocation to Toronto in February.
CanWest reported a decline in revenues from Canadian television between September and November 2003.
CRTC renews the licenses of 22 domestic specialty channels, but in some cases denies requested rate increases.
Clifford Lincoln was chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, which published the landmark study of the Canadian broadcasting system, Our Cultural Sovereignty, in June 2003.
Nobody can explain the paradox that while U.S. television revenues increase, viewership is declining.
British Columbia's public service educational broadcaster, Knowledge Network TV, could soon be running commercials if a private broadcasting "partner" is appointed to help manage the channel.
CRTC grants 40 percent increase to The Score's wholesale cable subscription rate.
Enthusiasts assert the CRTC is dragging its feet on a licence for an urban music station in Edmonton.
Conrad Black and David Radler will not stand for re-election as directors at CanWest's annual meeting in Montreal on January 29.
Text of newly-published ethics guide for public radio journalism.
National Public Radio ombudsman discusses the need for an ethics guide in public radio journalism.
Zerbisias says allowing Ontario Liberal Premier to sell off TVOntario to grapple with the provincial deficit would be a serious blow to public broadcasting.
Despite rumours to the contrary, foreign buyers such as the UK, France and Canada are still eager to buy U.S. programming.
Sheila Gervais, on leave from job as head of government relations at CBC, is seeking the Liberal nomination in the Ottawa South constituency.
New statistical analyses are needed to allow broadcasters and producers to understand what will attract audiences to Canadian drama.
An interview with Canadian Television Fund president Sandra Macdonald.
The Canadian film and television community is looking for signs of a long-term commitment from government to encourage Canadian production.
Canadian Association of Broadcasters head says the Canadian government needs an action plan for drawing audiences to 'market sustainable' Canadian programs.
New CEO of the Canadian Film and Television Production Association says cooperation and restored government funding needed to make the Canadian production industry viable.
Coalition for Communication and Cultural Sovereignty, comprising unions, artists, producers and cultural organizations, announces it has joined forces to combat the threat of communications sector foreign ownership.
CBC backs innovative radio program by novelist André Alexis.
By neglecting the Liberal party's left-leaning supporters, Paul Martin may be helping the NDP.
A strengthened NDP will present challenges to the incumbent Liberal party in a federal election.
A group known as Remembering Rwanda, which has lined up memorial events around the world, laments the lack of international media attention paid to the anniversary of the Rwanda genocide.
VisionTV CEO argues CBC should share the public service broadcasting space with other public broadcasters.
CBC Radio 3 is challenging popular perceptions of the public broadcaster.
Columnist says the new Heritage Minister's absence from the Canadian Forum on Cultural Enterprise in Paris is symptomatic of the Martin government's approach to cultural issues.
Television's ageism is shortsighted; the over-50 demographic is becoming increasingly influential.
New Minister of Canadian Heritage indicates that she supports maintaining Canadian ownership of the communications sector.
Poll shows Canadians would oppose a federal government decision to reduce foreign investment limits in telecommunications and take a dim view of corporate media ownership.
A group of unions, actors and Canadian cultural nationalists pledged to fight any increase in foreign ownership of Canadian media and telecom companies.
Canada's new Minister of Canadian Heritage says she will do things differently; her first challenge will be dealing with media foreign ownership.
Most Canadians support the maintenance of controls on the foreign ownership of our media and telecommunications companies, a national opinion poll shows.
Former Liberal Minister of Canadian Heritage may join NDP.
Columnist says conflict between Sook-Yin Lee and the CBC is a classic example of the CBC wanting to appeal to a younger audience, but unwilling to alienate its aging core audience.
New Canadian Heritage Minister Helene Scherrer says she understands the importance of stable funding for arts organizations, but is committed to freezing current budgets.
Nielsen ratings for CBC Television's Monday night line-up of new shows exceeded expectations.
CBC says freedom of expression not the reason for reluctance to approve radio host's leave to star in controversial film.
Senior vice-president of investments at the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board says Conrad Black has no place on CanWest's board.
Helene Scherrer's early meeting with five Ontario arts organizations gives hope she will address the problems facing the arts community.
National Post contributor calls for privatized CBC after comic embarrasses Conservative Party leadership candidate Stephen Harper.
Moses Znaimer may succeed Isabel Bassett as CEO of TVOntario.
Censorship is wrong, but Aspers' suggestion of a Senate inquiry on the matter is inconsistent with their view that the government keep out of the media business.
CBC Vice-President of French radio reflects on the essential cultural contribution of public radio.
The French CBC, which defines itself as the cultural channel, is once again analyzing its role in the broadcasting system.
CanWest is leading an industry-wide push to convert free online newspaper content into revenue streams.
CBC unveiled three new Canadian shows in one night: Rick Mercer's Monday Report, The Newsroom and This is Wonderland.
Star of new CBC series This is Wonderland is the kind of talent that justifies a Canadian star system.
Technological advantages aside, FRIENDS says high definition television is primarily a vehicle for delivering higher income viewers to advertisers.
Obstacles to communications sector foreign ownership are fading with Paul Martin as Prime Minister, which could quickly lead to U.S. conglomerates buying up our television networks and cable companies.
BCE is reportedly preparing to spin off control of its BellGlobemedia television and newspaper company this year, which includes assets such as The Globe and Mail and CTV.
CanWest complains of media censorship, demands Senate inquiry after organizers refuse National Post access to Conan O'Brien during his visit to Toronto.
American actors say Canada need not worry about California Governor's plans to keep movie production work in the U.S., noting that Canada has "too many advantages" to be ignored.
In an attempt to boost ratings, the restyled Mike Bullard Show on Global will look "lighter", follow a less stringent format, and focus more on guests.
Provincial Liberal government will reportedly replace Isabel Bassett as CEO of TVOntario, though she would continue to serve as part-time chair.
Ontario Premier calls the cost of bringing the Conan O'Brien show to Toronto a "great investment".
Summary of expenditures that resulted in 10-year high in culture spending by government in fiscal 2001-2002.
Canadian Taxpayers' Federation criticizes the use of public money to bring the host of U.S. talk show 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien' to Toronto.
StatsCan reports that government spending for the arts and culture has risen, with federal government expenditures reaching $3-billion for the first time during the fiscal year 2001 to 2002.
Private broadcasters and Alliance Atlantis point to U.S. competition and advantage to explain the lack of Canadian stories on domestic television screens.
Government spending on culture increased at its fastest rate in a decade in 2001/02, as the federal government pumped a record amount into cultural activities. Combined, all three levels of government spent a total of $6.8 billion on everything from libraries to the performing arts.
The head of the BBC fears a report on its war coverage and the death of British Scientist David Kelly will be used as an assault on its funding mechanism, self-regulation and corporate governance.
CBC-TV apologizes after over-airing a series of in-house promos for upcoming CBC shows.
Ten-year-old TVO current affairs program Studio 2 has survived despite initial antipathy from private broadcasters and government ministers.
Head of Canadian Media Guild, affiliated with the Communications Workers of America, downplays the affiliation and says Guild membership will be "very good" for CBC.
The fate of Canada's film and television sector is in the hands of three new federal cabinet ministers, including one political unknown.
CRTC says spending on Canadian news and information programming increased 36% between 1998 and 2002, while the figure for drama and comedy programming was only 11%.
National Post advertises new magazine, the Western Standard, as an "antidote" to "mushy, left-wing, politically correct media" such as the CBC.
Lukewarm coverage of Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage report, Our Cultural Sovereignty, is argued to reflect the censorship by omission that can result from media concentration.
Alliance Atlantis is being criticized for withdrawing from film and television production after having acquired, with public subsidies, some of the country's most successful independent production companies.
If Canadian director Denys Arcand's The Barbarian Invasions is nominated for an Academy Award, it will be a test for how Paul Martin and his Heritage Minister plan to approach cultural issues.
A private firm is helping to accelerate the development of narrated, 'described video' versions of television programs for the benefit of visually impaired audiences.
Columnist argues that Canadians are in some ways more faithful to American ideals than Americans are.
Profile of Canadian television producer John Brunton credits risk-taking for the success of his productions.
CBC's internal study overwhelmingly endorsed CBC news and The National.
Policy changes and a business cycle upswing are expected to spur consolidation in the Canadian media sector in 2004.
Possible increases in media cross-ownership and loosened foreign ownership limits would dramatically change the Canadian television industry.