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Arrival of Howard Stern accelerates satellite radio subscriptions in U.S.
Columnist comments on CBC lockout, controversy over changes to CBC Radio One, arrival of satellite radio; concludes that independent artists "ingenuous" to expect vigorous support of U.S. satellite radio applications would result in greater airplay.
Article discusses business prospects of U.S. satellite radio services in Canada; FRIENDS continues to see CRTC approval of satellite radio with low Canadian content requirements as slippery slope for regulatory regime that enabled the success of the Canadian music industry.
CTV and Global fight for Canadian ratings supremacy depends on U.S. programming; CHUM adopts interactive strategy.
U.S. Senate approves deadline for U.S. broadcasters to turn off analog television signals, complete move to digital broadcasting.
Traditional radio industry argues satellite radio will take many years to catch up to the reach of terrestrial radio.
Despite government subsidy, cost to U.S. consumers to upgrade to digital technology by 2009 deadline expected to top US$3.5 billion.
Availability of Howard Stern on U.S. but not "Canadian" satellite radio could drive grey market.
CBC publishes 2004-2005 annual report focused on the theme "What is a Public Space?"
CTV and CBC tied in audience for election coverage, says online poll conducted by Decima Research and the Carleton University School of Journalism and Communication; CTV and CBC news heads respond.
Corus CEO calls for looser foreign ownership rules, says foreign takeovers and partnerships essential to survival of broadcasting sector.
CRTC reorganization motivated by technological change and "new realities" for industry.
Report concludes ousted Corporation for Public Broadcasting Chairman repeatedly violated U.S. Broadcasting Act provisions designed to protect public radio and television from political interference.
Incoming president of French television and radio re-arranges programming at Radio-Canada.
Radio-Canada, Télé-Québec labour unions launch coalition to support French-language public broadcasting.
CRTC announces structural reorganization, will merge broadcasting and telecommunications policy, operations and leadership; states that reorganization will respond to CRTC "clients" looking for greater speed and responsiveness and "a lesser regulatory burden".
CHUM seeks foreign radio channels, plans to revive subscription radio service to compete with U.S. satellite services approved with low Canadian content requirements.
Despite the profit-friendly environment for private broadcasters here, analyst predicts a lack of local content investment will see satellite radio services attracting fewer subscribers in Canada then in the U.S.
Richard Stursberg, executive director of CBC English television, proclaims network "fully recovered" from NHL and CBC lockouts; FRIENDS disagrees, calls CBC lockout "a calamitous mistake".
CBC Acting Executive Director of Network Programming responds to complaint from FRIENDS supporter regarding decision to postpone documentary on Tommy Douglas.
Networks plan more control in televised election debates, aim to tone down anarchy, shouting, force substantive debate.
CBC viewers outraged with management decision to run documentary criticizing medicare system while postponing documentary about medicare founder Tommy Douglas, the latter officially to avoid appearance of partisanship.
Satellite radio has yet to turn a profit in the U.S.
In antithesis to 'convergence', the Internet is accelerating the unbundling of media such as television channels, songs, and books with consequences for cultural products historically subsidized by more commercial media.
Article says that Telefilm should be reformed so as to facilitate accountability and that it should prioritize quality over quantity.
Survey shows public affairs channel CPAC is widely believed to be a federally-owned "state broadcaster", when in fact it is privately owned by the cable industry.
CRTC made satellite radio licensing process easy for Canadian representatives of U.S. satellite radio companies, who stand to reap large financial rewards despite minimal requirements to invest in Canadian content.
Criticism of CBC decision not to air a documentary on Tommy Douglas, but proceeding to air a documentary "celebrating" private health care.
Grey Cup coverage earns the CBC a spot in the ratings top ten.
Article argues that the mostly music format will disappear from free conventional radio market, advent of satellite radio signals an increasing willingness to pay for music.
Format changes by Winnipeg radio station originally licensed for "nostalgia radio" suggests way of future for Canadian radio in face of challenge from U.S. satellite radio services.
Sirius Canada said to hold advantage after a marketing campaign considered more successful and visible then XM Canada's.
Shaw Communications resigns from Canadian Cable Telecommunications Association, citing divergence of interests.
CBC Radio fall ratings decline 25% from previous year.
Investors respond to satellite radio IPO, value one of two Canadian licensees of U.S. satellite radio services at $800-million.
Canadian representative of U.S. satellite radio provider puts shares on the market to finance infrastructure.
Industry representatives say Canadian production funding system is in need of overhaul.
Industry sources say national public broadcaster requires sustained funding commitment.
Shaw follows Videotron in terminating membership in cable industry association.
NDP accountability plan would make government appointments based on merit, not on patronage political connections.
Article says that arts and culture supporters must come up with viable election strategies in order to achieve their goals.
Owners of Globe & Mail and Toronto Star newspapers promise journalistic independence, even as Torstar assumes 20% interest in Bell Globemedia.
FRIENDS says next federal government will be forced to address the scarcity of funding for production of Canadian television programs; notes current funding model effectively helps to subsidize the cost of acquiring U.S. shows.
CBC struggles with worker morale, viewer loyalty post-lockout; FRIENDS says many Canadians were justifiably upset with loss of a service they were paying for.
BCE deal with Torstar shuts out CanWest Global, which had hoped for an alliance with the owner of Canada's largest daily newspaper.
Media mogul Allan Waters passes away; son says business will remain in the family.
Columnist says CBC Radio must change to win new audiences, avoid "fossilized" view of what constitutes appropriate programming.
Woodbridge sells its majority stake in BellGlobemedia to Torstar and Ontario Teachers Association Plan; CRTC to review request.
Bloc Quebecois focuses attention on unseating Liberal cabinet ministers, including Minister of Canadian Heritage.
Letter to the editor disputes claim that satellite radio is "CD quality"; cites live concerts aired by CBC Radio Two as high quality sound actually superior in quality to a CD and available to any broadcaster that wants it.
Six of the ten Canadian Sirius satellite radio channels will be produced by the CBC.
Author says that it is odd to postpone the Tommy Douglas story because of the election campaign while airing a documentary criticizing the state of Medicare.
Columnist says some U.S. satellite radio channels sound parochial or foreign to Canadian ears, may drive interest in Canadian content; conventional radio stations will have to adapt content to appeal more to local audiences; CBC Radio One may outlive CBC Radio Two, which will face strong competition from satellite radio channels.
BCE sells large part of stockholdings to Woodbridge Corp., Ontario Teachers Pension Plan and Torstar.
Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and Torstar Corporation will join Woodbridge Corporation as shareholders of Bell Globemedia.
CBC delays broadcast of political documentaries due to election, fear of "perception of partisanship".
BCE sells significant stake in Globe & Mail and CTV to the owner of the Toronto Star and to the Ontario Teacher's Pension Plan.
CRTC-licensed U.S. satellite radio services make little room for Canadian content.
U.S. satellite radio services launch in Canada.
Response to latest changes at CBC Radio One suggests programmers out of touch with what listeners expect from CBC radio.
CRTC approves six additional foreign third-language programming services, plus Gambling TV.
Columnist takes issue with Auditor General's report, says cultural spending must be justified in cultural, not just arithmetical terms.
Columnist argues private broadcasters are fulfilling their Canadian content requirements using U.S.-style talk-entertainment programs that are actually detrimental to the Canadian star system.
Liberal government allocates new money to Canada Council for the Arts, effectively doubling its budget over three years.
CBC to contract out advertising for CBC.ca to AOL Canada, rumoured to be in discussions to outsource rich historical program archives, cultural assets paid for by Canadian taxpayers, to the BBC.
CBC outsources advertising sales for its website to subsidiary of America Online.
Columnist criticizes Gemini Awards for being "crass and tedious", failing to promote Canadian television.
Auditor General criticizes oversight, controls, objectives of over $800-million in federal culture spending.
Canadian actors visit Parliament Hill, call for increased funding for CBC, CRTC to do its job to preserve Canadian airwaves for Canadian programming.
CBC president breaks programming promise, cancels plans to produce three new local supper hour news programs in Edmonton, Montreal and St. John's; faces confidence vote before House of Commons Heritage Committee.
Three Canadian productions, two from CBC, win International Emmy Awards.
A week before the Grey Cup, CBC had not sold all its commercial time, even at last year's rates; observers blame lockout.
Heritage Committee adopts motion calling on the federal government to tighten broadcasting policies so that Canada retains control over radio and television broadcasting in Canadian territory, as recommended in the Lincoln Report.
Auditor General finds weaknesses in Department of Canadian Heritage strategic management of cultural funding, as well as governance and control of organizations through which funding is administered.
CBC management is reportedly negotiating to outsource management and sales of CBC archives, currently performed by employees in Toronto, to a business unit of the BBC.
U.S. broadcaster XM Satellite Radio has begun operating in Canada.
Parliamentary Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage expected to show disapproval of CBC president Robert Rabinovitch through a non-confidence motion, but patronage appointments system makes it unlikely he will be removed.
20th Annual Gemini Awards air on Global on a Saturday night, competing with Hockey Night in Canada; columnist says event smacks of insider affair, with major stars absent.
CBC union writes to Commons Heritage Committee to correct points made by CBC president Robert Rabinovitch and other CBC senior managers when they appeared before the Committee on October 27.
CRTC is "keeping an eye" on the use of product placement advertising in television programming.
CTV takes most Gemini awards for news.
Global Television hosts Gemini Awards for first time; CBC and CTV dominate winnings; one repeatedly nominated show already cancelled; Canadian star of a U.S. movie of the week shot in Canada and aired by Global receives nomination.
One of two Republicans on Federal Communications Commission steps down.
Speech by CBC President on impact of technology on public broadcasters and programming.
Internal investigation reveals Republican former head of the U.S. Corporation for Public Broadcasting interfered with PBS programming decisions.
Columnist says use of distinguished actors and reporters in unchallenging "host" roles on CBC programs insults viewers' intelligence.
Proposed legislation would give CRTC direct powers to impose administrative fines on companies and individuals.
Editorial decries pursuit of increased ratings through mediocre programming on CBC Radio.
Canadian Media Guild president comments on CBC lockout.
Text of the Spry Memorial Lecture 2005.
Editorial criticizes lower level of federal government culture spending in Western Canada.
Announcement for 2005 Spry Memorial Lecture in Vancouver, including link to summary and text of current and past lectures.
Most private broadcasters in France fail to cover civil unrest in Paris outside of the evening news.
U.S. President nominates Republication, renominates Democrat to positions on the Federal Communications Commission.
Holder of CRTC licence for satellite radio service authorized to air predominantly U.S. content plans $50-million IPO.
U.S. satellite radio licensee to launch IPO to fund rollout of Canadian service, which will feature minimal Canadian content.
Columnist discusses FRIENDS petition calling for increased funding for CBC.
Lobby group with connections to the Canadian Media Guild and U.S.-based Communications Workers of America calls for resignation of CBC president.
Broadcast ratings agency BBM plans to use pager-like devices to track Canadians' listening and viewing habits.
Despite impact of CBC lockout on promotion and scheduling of Trudeau prequel, CBC Television executive vice president Richard Stursberg concludes that low ratings mean viewers are simply not interested in docudramas.
RCI publishes its shortwave and satellite channel schedules for 2005/2006 broadcast season.
Noted expert in audience research methodologies corrects misunderstandings about the ratings performance of CBC, outlines prescription for organizational and programming changes at the national public broadcaster.
Producers blame 1999 CRTC television policy for lack of Canadian drama in prime time, say part of the solution is to restore expenditure requirements for conventional broadcasters' investment in drama production.
Editorial chides CBC president for refusing to take responsibility, admit mistakes.
House of Commons committee bewildered by CBC president's statement that he had not yet approached the federal government about CBC's 2006 funding.
Advertisers pleased with consistent, stable programming on conventional television during fall season.
National Campus and Community Radio Association and two Quebec-based community radio organizations make joint submission to CRTC outlining, among other things, common difficulties in dealing with the two recently licensed U.S. satellite radio services.
Media reporter writes that if Parliamentarians care about the future of CBC, they must properly fund it.
The CBC retools Radio 3 for delivery over satellite radio.
Astral Media agrees to supply programming to U.S. satellite broadcasting licensee Sirius, seals fate of collaborate venture with CHUM for CRTC-approved terrestrial digital radio service.
Public Interest Advocacy Centre issues declaration criticizing the federal government's telecommunications policy review and recommending changes; FRIENDS has endorsed the declaration.
Cable lobbyist calls for simultaneous reform of telecommunications and broadcasting regulation and a reassessment of Canadian content regulations in light of broadband technology.
Comments by President and CEO of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters on the impact of new technologies on broadcasting policy.
Former Republican National Committee co-chair and newly inaugurated Corporation for Public Broadcasting president Patricia de Stacy Harrison staffs her new agency with former underlings.
Canadian Film and Television Production Association releases study showing that changes to film and television financing framework benefit broadcasters, hurt producers; broadcasters spending much more on foreign programming, especially drama, than on Canadian.
CFTPA releases study, calls for new policy framework, including programming expenditure requirements for conventional broadcasters, improved tax credits, and a redesigned Canadian Television Fund.
All three levels of government spent more on culture in 2003/04 than in the previous year; federal spending fell for the film and video industry, book publishing and the performing arts.
A new report concludes that foreign ownership of the Canadian telecommunications industry will jeopardize Canadian culture.
Columnist says technology and the Internet are CBC's best hope for relevance as a public broadcaster.
Lockout, delays responsible for low audience to critically-acclaimed CBC miniseries.
U.S. satellite radio provider and U.S. partner of XM Canada (formerly Canadian Satellite Radio) has nearly doubled its subscribers in the last year.
Data show that increased expenditures at CBC over the five-year period 2000-2005 have significantly exceeded growth in revenues.
Rabinovitch denies lockout a disaster; blames lack of federal funding; editorial says Heritage Committee wasted opportunity to extract critical information from CBC management.
MPs chide Rabinovitch for lockout; executive vice-president of CBC English TV Richard Stursberg claims lockout saved no money.
Allarco Entertainment and Spotlight Television, having applied to the CRTC for pay television licenses, are now asking the regulator to prevent incumbent pay television providers from making exclusive film deals with Hollywood studios.
FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison comments following appearance of CBC president and other executives before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.
CBC President Robert Rabinovitch, English Television Vice President Richard Stursberg and other CBC executives respond to extensive questioning by MPs at post-CBC lockout meeting of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.
Lockout can be explained in part by a cult of management at odds with CBC's public broadcasting mission; author notes management has never faced consequences of its bad decisions, including other lockouts, reductions in local programming.
CBC president Rabinovitch maintains lockout was necessary, says he does not regret it.
CMG reports on House of Commons Heritage Committee meeting with CBC president and senior management.
CBC president Rabinovitch tells Heritage Committee lockout "worth it" despite harm to market share and employee relations.
Canadian Unity Council survey finds 60 percent of Canadians believe CBC is an essential part of Canada, and that its disappearance would fundamentally alter the country's nature.
Columnist says CBC radio should serve as a model for CBC television; discusses history and current role of CBC vice-president of English television.
CBC faces challenge to restore audience lost during lockout, especially for comedies, dramas and miniseries.
CRTC hearings to decide whether to open Canadian pay television market to new entrants.
Once ratified, UNESCO convention on cultural diversity will give moral albeit not legal justification for government support and protection of domestic film, music, television and radio.
Liberal lobbyists were reportedly paid lucrative success fees to save U.S. satellite radio providers' CRTC licences in face of Cabinet appeal.
Column criticizes current CBC management for lack of vision, Parliament for lack of funding to support a truly relevant national broadcaster.
Conservative MP responds to letter from FRIENDS supporter regarding CRTC decisions on satellite radio.
Report alleges U.S. satellite radio firms retained several well-connected Liberals to lobby on their behalf to oppose cabinet appeal of CRTC subscription radio decisions.
CEO of Rogers Communications discusses failed bid for Videotron in Quebec, rivalry with Bell, and abiding by industry regulations.
Despite U.S. opposition, nations overwhelmingly vote to adopt UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.
Editorial argues CBC must follow BBC's lead and articulate a clearer vision for public broadcasting.
UNESCO convention on cultural diversity adopted; only the United States and Israel vote against adoption.
Former chair of CBC Board of Directors makes case for rebuilding CBC on a foundation of local/regional programming.
Analysis by Mel Hurtig of Industry Canada figures on foreign investment shows 96.8% of all foreign investment between 1985 and 2000 was for takeovers of Canadian companies by non-resident-controlled corporations.
Details of secret arrangement between Alberta Conservative government and Enron, the matter being pursued by popular Alberta radio host Don Hill at the time of his sudden dismissal from the CBC.
CBC Radio interview with CBC President Robert Rabinovitch about the lockout and the future of the national public broadcaster.
CBC French-language television has dumbed-down to improve ratings.
CBC president says he acknowledges criticism arising from handling of lockout but has no intention to resign.
Apple launches commercial-free, pay-per-episode television downloads.
Discussion of U.S. opposition to UNESCO convention on cultural diversity, belief that nations should be able to protect their culture only if does not involve protection from cultural imports.
CBC turns down Gemini Awards role due to conflict with Hockey Night in Canada.
Both Ottawa and Quebec helped define and seek the adoption of the international convention on cultural diversity recently approved by UNESCO.
BBC director general announces need for additional 5.5 billion pounds for programming and technological improvements over seven years, to be met in part by a 40 percent increase in BBC licence fees paid by households owning television sets.
Statistics Canada reports that the Canadian cable industry saw beginning of end to erosion of its traditional customer base in 2004.
Text of e-mail message from CBC president responding to citizen inquiries regarding CBC lockout.
CBC employees return to work; FRIENDS calls for changes to patronage system used to appoint CBC president.
Bertrand Hall condemns CBC lockout decision, says CBC permanence, excellence and relevance should be affirmed.
Canadian Association of Broadcasters seeks postponement of CRTC radio policy review; move suggests satellite radio will eventually justify reduction or removal of Canadian content requirements for conventional radio broadcasters; some broadcasters say they will continue to air Canadian programming to respond to demand.
CBC employees accept new collective agreement, officially ending lockout; but programming may take days or weeks to return to normal.
CBC television producer discusses CBC underfunding and management's focus on audience share, ratings and "high impact" drama.
NDP Heritage Critic says seven-week lockout at CBC the direct result of the patronage system used to appoint the CBC president.
CBC to phase in the return of normal programming.
Message to CBC employees from Canadian Media Guild National President.
CBC memo to staff regarding appointment of new chair of CBC Board of Directors.
Heritage Minister defends CBC board appointees in face of patronage criticism; notes that reappointment of CBC president was approved by House of Commons Heritage Committee.
New CBC collective agreement, described as victory by union, results in lower pay for some employees.
Columnist welcomes end to CBC lockout, notes that current management has locked out employees on nearly every available occasion over the last five years.
FRIENDS advisory council member recommends public consultations on future of CBC, calls for government to implement recommendations contained in 2003 Lincoln Report.
Former CBC president comments on the future of CBC post-lockout.
CTV takes over broadcasting rights to The Giller Prize from CBC, signs three-year deal.
A sampling of editorial opinion about the CBC's future in the wake of its seven-week lockout.
Editorial says Canada's public broadcaster should only fill the gaps private broadcasters do not.
Criticism of lockout by newly appointed CBC board chair suggests larger governance problem at public broadcaster.
Public broadcasting is important in Newfoundland and Labrador, and in local communities across Canada.
CBC expects lengthy delays in returning to regular programming, including local radio programming in some cities.
Media mergers and acquisitions have become less significant then in past years.
Former U.S. vice-presidential candidate Al Gore addresses the decline of the media, public discourse, the threat to American democracy, and the continued role, despite the growth of the Internet, of conventional television delivered over cable and satellite as the dominant medium of political communication.
New chair of CBC Board of Directors, Guy Fournier, says Board should have been given more information about the lockout.
CBC Board of Directors should have been given more information and allowed to examine all options prior to management's unilateral lockout decision, says new chair.
Article estimates cost savings resulting from seven-week CBC lockout.
Newly appointed chair of CBC Board of Directors says CBC lockout could have been avoided.
Real talent, value of CBC are provided by its employees; CBC management should be terminated; CBC board should be replaced with public applicants having knowledge of the importance of the national broadcaster to Canadian communities.
Industry Minister foresees relaxation in telecommunications foreign ownership limits; views cultural programming, Americanization of popular culture as reasons to scrutinize foreign applications carefully.
CBC employees to return to work Tuesday, October 11.
Editorial says attention should be focused on fate of CBC, not that of its current president; CBC described as "official state broadcaster"; prime ministerial patronage system criticized.
Conservative leader criticized for failing to discern that CBC employees were locked out, not on strike.
Fraser Institute says those who support CBC are "mostly central Canadian nationalists, mostly socialist nationalists".
Columnist suggests contract worker issue not as significant as union, management made it out to be; pales alongside much larger problems at the CBC.
Columnist says CBC lockout would not have happened if the public broadcaster had sufficient federal funding.
Newly-confirmed CBC chair Guy Fournier says CBC president should not have made lockout decision unilaterally.
FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison to speak at forum on public broadcasting and citizenship.
New CBC chair Guy Fournier says board of directors should have had input into lockout decision, comments on vision for the future of the CBC.
FRIENDS says CBC president must answer for the extraordinary number of lockouts at the public broadcaster since 1999.
Editorial says CBC management lacks both an explanation for the lockout and a plan for CBC's future.
CBC lockout strategy a "disastrous miscalculation" by management.
National Post editorial says following lockout, role of CBC must be reassessed, CBC television should adopt pledge-based funding model.
Editorial claims CBC has become irrelevant to many Canadians, points to need for clear vision and direction from CBC management.
FRIENDS says CBC president must answer for high frequency of lockouts during his tenure.
CBC union claims victory in lockout; observers call lockout a "lose-lose" proposition for both sides.
Long lockout fails to deter large advertisers who say they will return to CBC.
CBC union claims employees are "vindictive" and "not really in a co-operative mood to get back to work"; management says CBC will struggle to regain lost ratings.
CBC Radio began alienating its audience prior to the lockout.
CBC labour agreement unlikely to be fully ratified before NHL season opener.
Sides must still develop timetable for CBC employees to return to work.
Post-lockout, CBC faces the difficult task of rebuilding itself into a national institution that all Canadians value.
MPs to ask hard questions of CBC management following lockout.
House of Commons Heritage Committee to seek answers from CBC president Robert Rabinovitch over lockout; NDP MP calls for management terminations, sceptical of CBC English Television executive vice-president's commitment to local/regional programming.
CBC management announces tentative agreement with CBC union on terms of new collective agreement.
Conservative Party candidate and former Global Television News anchor comments on need for a new, less costly mandate for CBC.
CBC union announces agreement in principle with management on terms of new collective agreement.
CBC management and union reach tentative settlement, but unclear when employees will return to work.
CBC management, union sign memorandum of agreement to end lockout, actual language not finalized.
FRIENDS spokesperson writes that based on poll results, Canadians consistently trust CBC more than other broadcasters, and want it funded properly.
Not increasing CBC's funding will be politically expedient so long as there are polls to suggest vocal CBC supporters are in the minority.
Toronto-based writer says CBC not an essential service, would rather spend $29 elsewhere.
Liberal Senator addresses Tory Senator's hopes that the lockout will last until the next election, notes that if the Tories had the support of the 37% of Canadians who reported they were inconvenienced by the lockout, they would win the election.
CHUM asks for changes to subscription radio licence to allow commercials, more channels, more foreign content, and more programming already broadcast on conventional radio; seeks level playing field with U.S. satellite radio services recently licensed with low Canadian content requirements.
Article concludes that Canadian content policies and the CRTC are nearing the end of their shelf life.
Leading English composer says Canada's national public broadcaster is second only to the BBC, notes that CBC management's lockout decision is reminiscent of the "techniques of vicious 19th-century industrial barons".
MPs hear from constituents, increase pressure on government to bring end to CBC lockout.
Columnist criticizes prime minister for allowing "Canada-hating bean-counters" to keep CBC off the air for seven weeks and counting.
CBC part of Canada's "culture of dependence".
CFL may move Grey Cup broadcast to another network if CBC lockout continues.
CBC president given rough ride by MPs, ministers, CBC board of directors over lockout; FRIENDS says president is wearing the lockout decision personally, expects he will have less freedom over remainder of his two-year term.
CHUM questions whether CTV talk television channel can be transformed into an MTV brand and still comply with licence requirements.
Knowlton Nash fears aftermath of CBC lockout will be to polarize an internal war between management and creative personnel and an external war between supporters and detractors of public broadcasting.
CBC labour negotiations placed under news blackout; House of Commons Heritage Committee to summon CBC president Robert Rabinovitch to meeting following end of lockout.
Canadian Media Guild interprets Labour Minister's statements regarding long-term, permanent employment for all Canadians as supportive of its negotiating position.
Minister of Labour criticizes CBC management, union for focusing on public relations rather than reaching an agreement and ending the lockout.
Ontario government replaces Isabel Bassett as chair of TVOntario; oversight responsibility moves to education ministry.
Student newspaper editorial defends importance of CBC.
CTV to relaunch TalkTV channel under MTV brand as part of far-reaching licensing arrangement; observers sceptical that service will remain a "talk" channel.
CBC union calls latest CBC contract offer worse than the offer rejected prior to the lockout, criticizes use of public funds to run "misleading" newspaper ads.
Ontario government announces changes to management, government oversight of provincial public broadcaster.
The post-lockout future of Canada's public-service broadcaster is uncertain.
Canadian Media Guild says CBC management's "compromise offer" not a compromise on key issues.
Canadian Media Guild issues bulletin on progress of negotiations two days after intervention by federal Minister of Labour.
Details of latest CBC offer to Canadian Media Guild.
MPs criticize CBC management for locking Canadians out of CBC.
CBC management, union continue to work with federal mediators; federal NDP leader spars with Labour Minister over government's response to lockout.
Republican party fundraisers appointed to head U.S. public broadcasting body, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Public forum on CBC lockout with John Doyle (Globe & Mail), Sadia Zaman (VisionTV), Suanne Kelman (Ryerson School of Journalism), Wednesday, September 28, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Toronto.
Federal NDP leader outlines NDP position on CBC lockout and Parliamentary initiatives to end it.
Post-lockout, CBC's critical role in Canadian culture needs to be clarified or redefined, says Liberal MP.
Minister of Labour calls on CBC management, union to resolve outstanding issues and end lockout.
Return of Parliament focuses attention of MPs, ministers on CBC lockout.
Despite Labour Minister intervention to end CBC lockout, core management-union dispute reportedly remains.
Federal Labour Minister calls lockout "unacceptable", instructs management and union to resolve dispute.
Former CBC board chair clarifies position, responds to criticisms of op-ed calling for CBC to be dismantled and let out to tender.
Global declares "commitment to strong Canadian programming", replaces CBC as host network for Gemini Awards for first time in 18 years.
CBC union lockout bulletin reports on union/management meeting with federal labour minister.
Bloc Quebecois MPs challenge Minister of Labour on federal response to CBC lockout.
Minister of Labour says CBC management, union doing "a major disservice" to themselves and to all Canadians by prolonging lockout at CBC; provides mediator to assist parties to resolve differences.
Rural and remote communities suffer without CBC; employees to demonstrate on Parliament Hill as union and management meet with federal Minister of Labour.
Columnist condemns lockout as "poor stewardship" by CBC management, urges CBC listeners to telephone concerns to Prime Minister Paul Martin.
CBC lockout shows national public broadcaster needs change of leadership.
Inuit leader says lockout has been devastating, CBC should be deemed an essential service in Canada's far north.
Anonymous CBC manager runs blog critical of other management.
The federal government's feature film policy, introduced in 2000, is failing; only 1.6 per cent of English language box office films were Canadian in 2004.
Ottawa resident laments loss of CBC radio.
Royal Canadian Air Farce producer responds to Patrick Watson op-ed.
MPs returning to Parliament may push for back-to-work legislation, probe into CBC use of public money during lockout; former Ontario Conservative premier Bill Davis comments on lockout.
A copy of the letter sent by federal labour minister Joe Fontana to CBC management and the CMG.
Former Ontario premier Bill Davis speaks with CBCunplugged.com about the CBC, its past, and its future.
Locked-out CBC host comments on contract work issue, CBC management, effects of lockout on staff morale.
CBC management, union to attend meeting with federal Minister of Labour to discuss lockout; FRIENDS views meeting as positive development that will focus more public attention on CBC president.
Federal Labour Minister Joe Fontana calls meeting with CBC President Robert Rabinovitch and Canadian Media Guild CBC Branch President in Ottawa for Monday, September 26.
Liberal MPs express frustration with management handling of CBC lockout.
Conventional radio broadcasters hint they will seek lower Canadian content requirements following recent CRTC decisions, upheld by Cabinet, to approve low requirements for U.S. satellite radio services.
FRIENDS comments on op-ed by former CBC chair Patrick Watson.
Private broadcasters benefit from CBC lockout, reflected in minimal news coverage of lockout on private networks; FRIENDS understands that savings from CBC lockout may be sufficient to offset revenues lost during NHL lockout.
CBC management rejects latest union offer; plans counteroffer.
CBC union tables offer of settlement, states belief that it forms the basis for an agreement with CBC management.
Industry Minister reveals open to relaxing foreign ownership in the telecommunications sector, if it would help Canada's competitive position.
Columnist points to numerous cultural victims of CBC lockout.
CBC implicated in cultural race to the bottom.
Former CBC chair blames lockout on "management ineptitude"; advocates shutting down the CBC, replacing it with a new public broadcaster.
Text of remarks by former prime minister Joe Clark at evening in support of public broadcasting, Massey Hall, Toronto.
Republicans in U.S. House of Representatives to finance Hurricane Katrina rebuilding and rescue efforts in part through ending support for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Majority of Atlantic caucus signs letter to CBC management stating concerns about how lockout is affecting their region.
FRIENDS calls theory that savings from CBC lockout are being used to offset losses resulting from NHL lockout "plausible".
Industry Minister says he is open to relaxing foreign ownership rules in the telecommunications sector.
Famous Canadians deliver single message at Massey Hall event in support of public broadcasting: "Bring back the CBC".
CBC Board of Directors announces support for management decision to lock out workers; FRIENDS says next step is for Parliament to become involved.
CBC Board of Directors issues statement on CBC lockout.
FRIENDS co-sponsors evening in support of public broadcasting, Wednesday, September 21, 8 p.m., at Massey Hall in Toronto.
Study commissioned by federal Department of Canadian Heritage from Nordicity Group concludes that federal film subsidy policies are not bearing fruit in English Canada.
Sirius shares fall on news that company expects fewer subscribers, revenues than analysts forecast.
NDP Heritage Critic, MPs say CBC President/CEO Robert Rabinovitch should be replaced.
CBC lockout galvanizes workers, focuses public attention on management.
Columnist says CBC lockout makes both sides look bad.
Editorial says CBC senior management owes Canadian public an explanation, should agree to request to appear before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.
FRIENDS advisory council member calls on CBC board to reverse management decision to lock out employees.
Corporate fixer, scholar comment on CBC lockout, leadership (or lack thereof) in Canadian broadcasting.
CBC union contends management is not seeking a quick end to the lockout, blames time required for CBC bargaining committee to consult senior management on union proposals.
Canadians break law to receive satellite radio signals.
Quebec CBC replaces evening news with talk show, sees ratings spike; Florian Sauvageau calls changes a "caricature" of public television at odds with CBC's public broadcasting mandate.
Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage asks CBC president to appear before the Committee, report on the CBC lockout.
Well known Canadians refuse to give interviews to CBC managers during lockout.
Don Cherry says he would not cross picket line, despite being upset with union.
Sunday afternoon, September 25th, at George Weston Recital Hall in Toronto.
BBC to meet cost of upgrading television sets and aerials required to switch elderly and disabled viewers from analog to digital television.
FRIENDS co-sponsors event to support public broadcasting, September 21, 8 p.m. at Massey Hall in Toronto.
Canadian Media Guild plans to picket if CBC attempts to broadcast installation of new governor general; prime minister, governor general, others say they will not cross a picket line.
CBC will reportedly not cover the governor general's installation to avoid confrontation with Canadian Media Guild., which has said it will picket the event if CBC covers it.
CHUM expects it will not launch its proposed Canadian subscription radio service after CRTC licences awarded to U.S. satellite radio services with low Canadian content requirements were upheld by cabinet.
Prime Minister would delay opening of Parliament, installation of new Governor General rather than cross CBC picket lines.
FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison and Conservative Party heritage critic Bev Oda discuss the role and future of the national public broadcaster.
US media ownership chart detailing what the six large media conglomerates owned as of 2001.
Terry Fox Foundation upset that 25th anniversary run a flashpoint for CBC lockout, says Foundation does not want to take sides.
Executive Vice-president of CanWest Global Communications and National Post Chairman David Asper resigns from Blue Bombers board after confrontation with players, coach.
CBC labour negotiations reportedly entering critical phase; famous Canadians to perform at free concert in Toronto September 21 to encourage support for public broadcasting, end to CBC lockout.
CBC programming during lockout does not fulfil the public broadcaster's mandate and fuels arguments it should be shut down.
Article says CBC employees have too much control of the corporation, managers need to win back control; CBC management should be replaced.
Letter to the editor takes issue with Conservative Senator's statement on the CBC.
Challenged on lockout, CBC President Robert Rabinovitch points to insufficient government funding.
Union update on status of negotiations with CBC management.
Conservative Senator's comments reflect pattern of prime ministerial mistrust of the CBC; Liberal cuts have given CBC journalists no reason to treat that party more favourably in news coverage; polls show CBC support cuts across party lines.
Columnist takes issue with Conservative Senator's comments on CBC, notes that naysayers underestimate the importance of Canada's public broadcaster and the appeal it has to many Canadians.
Contract worker says that CBC union position on contract workers hampers creativity and competition, and that CBC should shed "ludicrously overpadded" management and devote savings to making programs.
Conservative MP responds to letter from FRIENDS supporter regarding CBC lockout.
Members of the Bush administration blame slow response to Hurricane Katrina on alleged media stories claiming that New Orleans had "dodged a bullet"; Wall Street Journal reports no such story was found.
Canadian Satellite Radio outmaneuvers Sirius Canada, reaches 10-year broadcast rights deal with the NHL.
American Federation of Labour expresses solidarity with Canadian Media Guild, an affiliated union of Communications Workers of America, over CBC lockout.
Article argues Cancon regime only benefits musicians with mass appeal, low requirements for satellite radio are "a foot in the door" for other artists.
CBC's weaknesses do not overshadow its importance and value as the only broadcaster with a national mandate.
Quebec cultural organizations lament that CRTC satellite radio decisions and federal cabinet decision to uphold them blatantly contradict the founding principles of the Broadcasting Act, set a precedent that could lead to complete marginalization of Canada within its own radio broadcasting industry.
FRIENDS appeal of CRTC satellite radio decisions based in part on the risk that conventional broadcasters would demand reductions in Canadian content obligations to compete with licensed U.S. services.
SOCAN says proposed mobile broadcasting services must be licensed and regulated like other broadcasters.
Cabinet decision on satellite radio appeal characterized by heavy last-minute lobbying by U.S. satellite radio providers.
Liberal politics cited as one reason the Aspers may not be in a hurry to sell the National Post.
Conservative Senator says she hopes CBC lockout continues, looks forward to a federal election without coverage by the CBC.
Major hurdles reportedly remain in CBC lockout; management pushes back fall launch.
Editorial says CBC is an important voice that Canadians cannot afford to lose.
Tory senator Marjory LeBreton says she hopes continued lockout will prevent CBC coverage of next federal election.
Last minute offer of slight increase in Canadian content, lobbyist efforts cited in cabinet decision to uphold CRTC ruling on satellite radio.
FRIENDS expects conventional radio broadcasters will eventually ask Ottawa to reduce their Canadian content obligations in wake of cabinet decision to uphold CRTC decisions on satellite radio.
CBC lockout means fewer sharp journalists are watching the government and questioning PR spin, especially in smaller markets like Saskatchewan.
The CCTA files application with CRTC to have nine Chinese third-language foreign channels approved for distribution in Canada.
FRIENDS, others disappointed by cabinet decision on satellite radio; small number of Canadian channels on U.S. services approved by CRTC will undermine Canadian content.
Text of press release stating that the federal cabinet has upheld CRTC decisions licensing two U.S. satellite radio providers with low Canadian content requirements.
Cabinet upholds CRTC decisions to issue satellite radio licences with unprecedented low Canadian content obligations; Canadian content policy dealt blow; FRIENDS calls decision a black day for Canada.
Artists' groups oppose ghettoization of Canadian content on U.S. satellite radio services, urge cabinet to send licensing decisions back to CRTC.
ACTRA, AFM, CCMIA, CIRPA, CRIA, SOCAN, SAC urge federal government to send satellite radio decisions back to CRTC.
New CBC chair wants to see CBC and Radio-Canada work more closely together, do more to foster national unity.
The federal cabinet has reportedly delegated satellite radio appeal decision to its operations committee.
FRIENDS says the fact CBC's president is not accountable to its board means the appointment of a new chairperson is unlikely to bring an end to the current labour dispute.
Canadian Heritage Minister proposes Quebec writer as chair of the CBC board of directors; the proposed appointment will be referred to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage for review.
Conservative Heritage critic calls for parliamentary debate on future of CBC, hints that continued public funding, particularly of CBC English language television, may no longer be justified.
U.S. satellite radio services make last-minute conditional offers for slight increases in Canadian content in effort to sway federal cabinet decision.
Federal cabinet has reportedly yet to decide whether to overturn CRTC satellite radio decisions or return them to the CRTC for reconsideration.
Quebec author, scriptwriter and producer Guy Fournier has been appointed chair of the CBC board of directors.
The fact that cabinet is reviewing the CRTC satellite radio decisions reduces the independence of the CRTC.
Company serving independent musicians argues the alternative to approving U.S. satellite radio services is "lawlessness" on Canadian airwaves.
Article says taxpayers deserve refund for lockout at CBC.
CRTC spokesperson maintains CRTC chair's former directorship, stock options in CD Radio (later Sirius) not a conflict of interest.
Editorial says satellite radio licences have raised fundamental broadcasting policy issues, and Parliament, not the CRTC, is the appropriate forum to debate them.
Media research expert calls columnist's dismissal of CBC-TV on the basis of audience share "facile and irrelevant".
CanWest Global becomes first foreign company to be awarded radio licence in UK.
CanWest Global receives licence for conventional FM radio station in UK.
Columnist calls CBC programming during lockout a disgrace, exposes poor quality of promotional materials produced by PR firm recently contracted to replace CBC in-house publicity department.
Columnist speculates turning point in CBC lockout may not come until the start of the NHL season in October.
Canadian Heritage minister discusses CBC lockout, cabinet deliberations on satellite radio.
Editorial contends that technology makes broadcasting regulation, Canadian content obsolete.
A committee of the federal cabinet reportedly failed to reach a consensus on whether CRTC satellite radio decisions should be overturned.
Conflict of interest alleged after documents surface which show CRTC chair Charles Dalfen once served on board of directors of predecessor of U.S. satellite radio provider Sirius, whose Canadian representative was recently awarded a broadcasting licence in Canada.
Quebec union files CRTC complaint against CanWest Global for moving certain functions to Toronto, allegedly violating conditions of its broadcasting licence.
Committee of senior federal cabinet ministers to discuss CRTC satellite radio decision in conference call; results to be presented to full cabinet on Thursday.
FRIENDS disagrees that technology renders Canadian content regulations obsolete, notes that satellite radio market will remain small for some time to come.
Two-part audio documentary offer indepth account of the current CBC labour crisis, as told through the many voices of workers on the picket line in Toronto.
CBC continues to collect subscription fees from its specialty service, Newsworld, despite lack of original programming and other departures from its licence conditions.
Columnist echoes view of U.S. satellite radio providers, complains that CRTC licensing process has been politicized and that cabinet review runs contrary to prior statements by Heritage Minister upholding CRTC independence.
Ottawa-area Liberal MP calls on CBC management to resume normal service first, then negotiate a settlement.
Appeal of CHOI-FM licensing decision should go to the Supreme Court, if only to reinforce that the station was not a victim of overzealous CRTC regulation.
Criticism of CRTC decision to shut down Quebec radio station for offensive content, and of Court of Appeal for upholding it.
National Film Board has banner year, but says additional long-term funding will be required to repeat the success.
U.S. satellite radio services stage media forum in Toronto, arrange for artists to voice objection to the appeals of CRTC licensing decisions.
Columnist notes CBC management cannot explain benefits to viewers or to Canadian broadcasting from greater flexibility to contract out, argues management lacks vision for CBC's future.
CBC lockout described as "intemperate and chilling", and likely to damage the national public broadcaster out of proportion to the labour issues that gave rise to it.
Columnist says CBC management priorities reflect the antiquated neo-conservative financial policies of the 1980s and 1990s.
CHUM vice-president corrects facts in Globe & Mail editorial supporting CRTC satellite radio decisions.
CRIA and CIRPA spokespersons lament lack of policy hearing on cultural policy implications of subscription radio.
Academics discredit CBC management plans for labour "flexibility".
U.S. satellite radio licensees announce they will now offer four of their eight Canadian channels in French.
Survey says only 10 percent of Canadians interested in subscribing to satellite radio; expert finds flaws in Sirius polling methodology saying otherwise.
Editorial says government should not interfere in CRTC decisions: satellite radio is the way of the future.
SOCAN CEO says U.S. satellite radio services should not be allowed to undermine Canadian content regime for sake of a few hundred thousand potential subscribers to an "interim" technology.
E-mail form letter response from CBC President Robert Rabinovitch to CBC viewers/listeners concerned about the ongoing lockout.
CBC is especially missed in rural and remote areas such as Nunavut, where it is the only broadcaster.
Organizations representing Canadian recording industry urge reconsideration of CRTC satellite radio decisions, release poll showing strong public support for Canadian content regulations.
Controversial Quebec radio station appeals to Supreme Court to challenge CRTC decision, recently upheld by the Federal Court of Appeal, to withdraw its broadcasting licence.
Sirius Canada plans to announce more French language programming to address concerns over CRTC licensing decisions.
Despite poor funding, invisible management, and other shortcomings, CBC is unique in its role and can't be replaced.
Columnist comments on behaviour of both sides in CBC lockout, CanWest Global programming, inadequacy of U.S. news coverage of aftermath of hurricane Katrina.
U.S. satellite radio licensees face opposition not just from CHUM/Astral, but also from a wide range of other sources.
Editorial calls for end to "heavy-handed" regulation keeping U.S. satellite radio out of Canada.
U.S. satellite radio providers condemn politicization of CRTC licensing decision; critics say a mistake for CRTC not to have held a policy hearing first.
Australian government proposes loosening cross-media and foreign ownership restrictions.
CBC lockout reveals management and government ambivalence toward the national public broadcaster.
Editorial says CRTC decisions on satellite radio should stand.
Editorial speculates that private broadcasters could never lock out their employees and hope to survive.
CBC management and union to hold "preliminary talks".
CanWest converts newspapers to income trust under pressure to reduce debt.
Columnist says government should let satellite radio decision stand, find new ways to protect and nurture Canadian culture.
U.S. satellite radio rallies car manufacturers, electronics retailers, musicians, celebrities to speak in favour of CRTC licensing decisions.
Canadian Media Guild responds to article by CBC President Robert Rabinovitch.
CBC management and union to discuss resuming formal negotiations.
Executive vice president of CBC Television responds to questions regarding CBC lockout.
Article says CBC television needs to follow CBC radio's lead, decide whether it is a public service or a competitive media outlet.
Columnist announces cabinet decision to ask CRTC to reconsider satellite radio rulings as fait accompli.
CBC president presents management's position in CBC lockout.
Quebecor to consolidate Toronto 1 television channel (renamed SUN-TV) with existing newspaper and web businesses.
Editorial concludes federal cabinet should not second-guess CRTC on satellite radio decisions.
FRIENDS expects federal cabinet will give CRTC guidelines if it decides to send satellite radio decisions back for review.
U.S. satellite radio services warn that overturning CRTC licensing decisions will boost grey market.
Former CBC board chair Carole Taylor says CBC lockout will hurt public broadcasting.
U.S. satellite radio provider releases survey showing widespread support for Canadian satellite radio services.
CEP says that treating a major cultural institution such as CBC like a hockey league is "preposterous" and that the government should take steps to end the lockout.
Former member of CBC Board of Directors says current management is destroying the CBC and must be replaced.
CEP calls for end to lockout, notes that private broadcasters have fewer contract workers, fewer labour disputes.
Op-ed argues for end of CBC, contends that CBC programming and personalities would find their way onto private broadcasters.
CBC radio needs to return to the top of its game to justify its public subsidy, compete with private sector and new broadcasting technologies.
Columnist says Canada better off without the CBC.
CBC producer Mark Starowicz comments on CBC lockout.
U.S. satellite radio licensees, car manufacturers claim losses, growth of grey market if CRTC decisions are overturned or sent back for reconsideration.
CBC is still a necessary national institution.
Private broadcasters rumoured to be conducting "talent raid" on locked-out CBC reporters.
CBC lockout is having collateral damage on writers, publishers, advertisers and others who rely on a fully operational CBC.
FRIENDS believes CBC management chose late summer lockout date to ensure the least public reaction.
Decima Research poll concludes CBC lockout having "limited impact on Canadian consumers" after its initial week.
37 percent of Canadians in a national poll including non-CBC listeners/viewers say CBC lockout has been a minor or major inconvenience.
FRIENDS notes that CBC television viewers typically switch to other channels when CBC goes off the air, and are slow to return.
Former executive vice president of CBC English Television laments that in contrast to Britain, there is only "modest" support for public broadcasting in Canada.
CBC management says 40 outstanding issues stand between lockout and a new collective agreement.
Lockout makes it unclear whether major documentary, three years in the making, concerning the 1995 Quebec referendum will air at the same time on CBC as on Radio-Canada.
CBC lockout does not change the fact that for most viewers, the only essential question is: what to watch?
Indie Pool 'disappointed' that groups will likely appeal CRTC satellite radio decision.
Columnist says CBC might have been needed at one time, but is no longer.
Editorial says Ottawa must decide if having a national public broadcaster is important, and if so, provide sufficient funding.
U.S. satellite radio licensee announces plans to increase French-language offering to four channels from three in effort to address concerns behind calls for reversal of CRTC licensing decisions.
U.S. satellite radio licensees believe insufficient French-language content the only issue behind calls to overturn CRTC licensing decisions.
Liberal MPs from Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes have all reportedly urged federal cabinet to overturn CRTC satellite radio decisions.
Government sources suggest Cabinet will ask CRTC to rescind satellite radio decisions.
CBC loses listeners and viewers, competitors gain due to lockout.
Alberta CBC journalist says CBC must devote more resources to the regions.
U.S. satellite radio services lobbying intensively for CRTC licensing decisions to stand.
Columnist criticizes CBC president for being "invisible" during lockout, not involving employees in finding solutions to CBC's problems.
Heritage Minister empathizes with locked out CBC workers, but says government will not intervene to force a settlement.
Ottawa officially looking to replace CBC President Robert Rabinovitch as acting chair of CBC.
Canadian Media Guild lockout update says the union will not return to the table unless there is some chance of success at reaching a deal on a new collective agreement
The federal government is reportedly moving to appoint a new chair of the CBC Board of Directors; CBC President is currently interim chair.
Locked out CBC workers confront CBC executive vice-president of television, Richard Stursberg.
U.S. satellite radio licensee concludes agreement to distribute service packages through Canadian electronics retailers.
Britain funds its national public broadcaster four times as well, per capita, as Canada does the CBC.
FRIENDS says allowing satellite radio decisions to stand would create a slippery slope for Canadian content throughout the broadcasting system.
U.S. satellite radio provider plans new channel lineup, including two channels devoted to Howard Stern, as well as family and religious offerings.
Federal Heritage, Labour ministers encourage CBC management, union to resume negotiations.
Telesat Canada "thrilled" to be working on launch of U.S. satellite radio services in Canada.
The lockout is responsible for a significant loss of audience on CBC, ratings gains for competitors.
Locked out CBC staff strategize on Internet-based newscasts in effort to create an alternative CBC.
CMG says the CBC is saving approximately $11 million a week thanks to the lockout; some wonder if this financial incentive will see management trying to prolong the current situation.
Pay television applicants will have to prove to the CRTC there is market demand for the channels they want to offer.
Australian Film Commission's annual drama production survey evidences steady decline in both quantity and investment in Australian television drama; downward trend expected to continue.
CBC union says management has asked for huge concessions just to return to the table, let alone to come to an agreement.
President of Quebec Union des artistes comments on CBC/Radio-Canada lockout.
Quebec Liberal caucus calls on federal cabinet to reverse CRTC satellite radio decisions.
A special mediator has been appointed to help restart negotiations to end CBC lockout.
Quebec MPs complain about repeated CBC lockouts over the last five years.
Quebec Liberal MPs have reportedly endorsed a recommendation that Cabinet overturn CRTC satellite radio decision.
Commissioner of Competition Sheridan Scott says that Canada should relax foreign ownership rules on telecommunication companies.
Canadian Satellite Radio says it has pre-signed three thousand Canadian customers in anticipation of launching its satellite radio service.
Independent music producers say the CBC lockout is leaving their artists struggling for exposure, and audiences hungry for music that is rarely available from other media outlets.
Richard Stursberg receives cold reception at support rally for locked out CBC workers.
Knowlton Nash notes both management and unions to blame for CBC lockout, but real cause is political leaders who lack a deep commitment to public broadcasting.
Federal Labour Minister urges both sides in CBC lockout to resume bargaining.
A coalition of information technology companies has called for significant changes to the Telecommunications Act to better meet the stated objectives of competition, investment and commercialization.
Industry Minister David Emerson says that information and communications technologies are a major driver of competitiveness and that the telecom policy review is a "critical priority".
The CBC lockout has emboldened commercial broadcasters, who have increased advertising aimed at growing their audience share.
Article claims that quality of CBC Sports, once extolled as a broadcasting standard, has gone downhill.
Columnist provides updates on various issues relating to CBC lockout.
Federal government declines to intervene in CBC lockout.
Nielsen Media Research audience data show increase in viewership at VisionTV.
NDP Heritage critic calls on Heritage Minister Liza Frulla to urge CBC board to end lockout.
Former CBC anchor Knowlton Nash, former Heritage Committee Chair and Our Cultural Sovereignty author Clifford Lincoln lament impact of lockout on CBC's future.
Lockout shows CBC management willing to overlook the "public" part of the broadcaster's mandate.
Quick resolution not expected in CBC lockout since neither management nor the union appear willing to compromise their positions.
Notice of vacancy for chair of CBC Board of Directors.
Ex-CBC head of English television programming Slawko Klymkiw says he remains a fan of the institution and that the lockout had nothing to do with the timing of his departure.
Columnist condemns mangled English and management-speak in newspaper ad written by CBC Television executive vice-president Richard Stursberg and CBC Radio vice-president Jane Chalmers.
British broadcasting unions unite with locked out CBC workers, protest CBC management's use of BBC World content.
Both CBC management and union recognize that the lockout will negatively affect the CBC's franchise.
Columnist says ex-CBC English television programming executive Slawko Klymkiw faced impossible job.
CBC lockout is raising fundamental issues about the future of the Canadian public broadcaster.
Lockout has forced CBC out of the running as the official broadcaster of the Rogers Cup women's tennis games.
Article says concerns with CRTC satellite radio decisions will be writ large when services begin carrying more than audio.
Online marketing company that caters to independent artists calls for reconsideration of CRTC pay radio decision.
FRIENDS says CBC management decision to deliver CBC newscasts to Air Canada, but rebroadcast BBC news on air, shows where priorities lie.
Astral and Corus defend their duopoly in Canada's pay television market, say competition would split available movie content; applicants contend there is room in the market for more than just blockbuster new releases.
The federal government's telecommunications policy review panel is of interest and relevance to broadcasters.
Slawko Klymkiw is leaving the CBC to become executive director of the Canadian Film Centre.
Editorial says that the CBC has a loyal audience it must be careful not to alienate.
VP of the National Citizens Coalition says CBC lockout proves Canada doesn't need an “all-socialist” public broadcaster anymore.
Letter to the Editor argues that CBC lockout is the result of insufficient federal funding.
Astral Media responds to new licence applications, defends concentrated pay television market.
Blog by University of Ottawa professor explores issue of connections between government and the national public broadcaster.
Summary of Bell Canada, TELUS and the CCTA submissions to the federal government panel appointed to review telecommunications policy.
Editorial says CBC should privatize television stations, concentrate on radio.
By reducing commitments to employees and seeking to eliminate jobs, CBC management is showing short-term corporate thinking that is inconsistent with its mandate; CBC leadership should be replaced.
Indie Pool claims online survey shows 90% of independent Canadian artists support licensing U.S. satellite radio in Canada.
Slawko Klymkiw leaves the CBC after nine years; says move has nothing to do with current lockout.
Statement by Richard Stursberg, Executive Vice-President, CBC English Television, announcing resignation of longtime CBC staffer and Executive Director of Network Programming, Slawko Klymkiw.
FRIENDS calls CBC lockout programming crude and unimaginative; viewers and listeners in remote areas say they feel cut off from the rest of the country.
CCTA makes recommendations to federal telecommunications policy review panel, advocates development of new communications policy to address convergence.
FRIENDS blames both management and union for CBC lockout, notes negative consequences of successful Canadian Media Guild efforts in 2004 to amalgamate both technicians and journalists into the same bargaining unit.
NDP leader, heritage critic criticize Liberal government for creating funding crisis leading to CBC lockout.
Columnist predicts CBC will lose some listeners and viewers forever if a major news event unfolds during the lockout.
Columnist says CBC lockout risks alienating its audience and supporters, fuelling criticisms of detractors.
Columnist questions whether CBC will recover from lockout.
National Citizens Coalition press release says the CBC should be privatized since in the 'five hundred channel universe' it has become "just another network".
FRIENDS says the people of Canada, CBC's shareholders, will unfairly suffer from CBC lockout.
Canadian Media Guild Employees preparing for lockout as CBC management issues 72-hour lockout notice.
CBC compensating for staff shortage resulting from lockout with documentaries, British world news and reruns.
CBC management explains position on lockout.
CBC union urges board of directors to intervene to end lockout.
FRIENDS expects the quality of CBC news and other programming to deteriorate badly in the event of a lockout; lost viewers and listeners may be hard to win back.
Editorial notes that CBC management's focus on ratings has more in common with commercial networks than the national public broadcaster.
CBC management issues 72-hour warning of a possible lockout.
Globe & Mail editor credits unique style of late U.S. network anchor Peter Jennings to his Canadian roots.
CRTC to consider whether television carried on wireless devices such as mobile phones should fall under 1999 New Media Exemption Order.
Ipsos-Reid survey shows Canadians have increased their Internet usage, are watching less television and listening to less radio.
CBC appoints academic and journalist Vince Carlin to the position of ombudsman of English Radio.
Threat of strike at CBC continues as talks stall.
Article questions what will happen to high cost programming, such as drama, when advertisers are no longer investing in the network television medium.
CRTC calls for comments on changes to Canadian drama incentives.
ACTRA says it will support the Canadian Media Guild in a strike or lockout at CBC.
U.S. satellite radio broadcaster Sirius is considering re-broadcasting Howard Stern shows on the Internet.
CBC has given former Ryerson University School of Journalism chair Vince Carlin the position of ombudsman.
Canadian content regulations cited as a contributing factor in the lack of bribes offered for radio airplay in Canada.
TVOntario has asked the CRTC to lower its Cancon requirements from 65% to 60%.
Appointee receives Italian state broadcaster RAI general director nomination from all five fellow centre-right Forza Italiana board members.
The Canadian Media Guild says the CBC is not making a fair proposal and that the corporation is in violation of the Labour Code for unwillingness to bargain.
Article notes that Canadian Satellite Radio is doing much more public relations work than Sirius Canada in the face of appeals of CRTC decisions granting satellite pay radio licences.
Canadian Satellite Radio releases survey results that show a slight majority of Quebec respondents do not believe that satellite radio will have a negative impact on culture.
Sirius CEO says earnings and subscriber base are rapidly increasing and the company looks forward to entering the Canadian market when the regulatory appeal is over.
The Anholt-GMI Nation Brands Index places Canada in second place as one of the world's most well perceived countries in terms of brand value despite ranking it 18th in the culture and heritage section.
CAB comments on "potential impacts and potential unintended consequences for the Canadian broadcasting system that may be fostered by the policy rationale" used by the CRTC to approve two U.S.-based satellite radio services with low Canadian content requirements.
Ten French-language organizations ask Cabinet to set aside CRTC satellite radio decisions and order CRTC to hold a public hearing on a subscription radio policy.
Statistics Canada says radio advertising grew at a slower pace than the overall advertising market in 2004 for the first time since 1999-2000, but the radio sector continues to enjoy healthy profits overall.
BBC denies report that its plan to increase the amount of programming commissioned from the independent production sector will erode its in-house production base.
CRTC report says Canadians are watching less television overall, but more Canadian television.
Summary of findings from the CRTC's sixth annual Broadcasting Policy Monitoring Report.
Hockey Night in Canada is expected to resume in October and improve advertising revenues at CBC.
Reports reveal that Germany's largest broadcaster and its leading television production company have been inserting illegal product placements and other hidden advertising into their programs.
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting and eight other organizations will mount offensive against CRTC's satellite radio decision.
As Internet radio gains credibility as a medium, advertising dollars and alternative funding sources are expected to follow.
After years of increases, Canadian pay TV and conventional television networks spent less on airing domestic and foreign films combined in 2003-04; however, the share of spending on Canadian films increased.
U.S. satellite radio services move to add local features to compete with terrestrial radio broadcasters.
Columnist pays tribute to the CBC's David Halton on the occasion of his retirement.
CRTC to consider whether to allow new competitors into the pay television market.
FRIENDS comments on new pay TV licence applications.
Pay TV application put forward by Channel Zero features 100% Canadian content; proposed funding model is to collect contribution from other pay TV licensees.
Wireless carriers argue the delivery of television to cellular phones should be exempt from regulation under the CRTC's 1999 new media exemption order.
CRTC expected to make a decision on four new pay tv applicants in late winter or early spring.
CBC has achieved cost savings through real estate consolidation and downsizing.
Los Angeles film economy once again affected by runaway production.
Interview with Gregg Terrence, president of a company serving independent artists, who advocates reforming the Cancon credit system to give unsigned artists a better chance of getting radio play.
Four new applications may upset two-decade old Corus/Astral pay television duopoly.
Groups oppose CRTC ruling on Satellite radio; say that XM and Sirius will provide minimal Canadian content.
Rogers and Corus say they will not launch a regulatory attack on the CRTC pay radio ruling because they believe terrestrial radio can compete against US satellite radio services.
CHUM’s third quarter results show 2005 was good for both profit and audience growth.
Commercial broadcasters and 24-hour news cycles favour news quantity, put pressure on quality, accuracy and impartiality.
FCC commissioners, evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, fail to agree on questions to be asked in review of U.S. media ownership rules.
A major donor to the Republican party is reportedly the top candidate for chair of the board of the U.S. Corporation for Public Broadcasting; follows recent appointment of a former co-chair of the Republican National Committee as CPB president.
Satellite radio company XM acquires WCS Wireless; meanwhile, there is speculation as to whether Sirius, its competitor, may purchase Walt Disney’s ABC Radio.
Article says the CBC should do more to promote Canadian amateur sports.
CanWest CEO says CanWest's Canadian broadcast operations, including the Global television network, are "not performing satisfactorily".
CHUM, Astral joined by other broadcasters in appeal against CRTC subscription radio ruling.
Canwest Global’s third quarter is marked by overall profits, but losses in the television sector.
CHUM says it would be better for Canadians to let the grey market for American satellite radio thrive than to lower the bar for Canadian content by allowing U.S. satellite radio licensees to launch.
Arts and labour groups ask government to pull the plug on U.S. subscription radio licensees; conventional radio stations unsure whether satellite radio will harm their business.
CHUM and Astral will appeal the CRTC's subscription radio ruling.
CHUM and Astral, together with other broadcasters, say they will appeal CRTC pay radio ruling.
CHUM and Astral have announced that they will appeal the CRTC's subscription radio decision.
CHUM and Astral join a large number of arts groups in appealing the CRTC’s pay radio decision.
BBC director general Mark Thompson has renounced his bonus for this year; in light of staff cuts, unions are urging other board members to do the same.
CHUM and Astral appeal CRTC pay radio ruling, oppose licensing of competitors with lower requirements for Canadian content.
CHUM and Astral announce appeal of CRTC decision on subscription radio services saying it will negatively affect Canadian content requirements across the broadcasting sector.
Broadcasters join cultural coalitions in launching appeal against CRTC subscription radio decision.
Three coalitions appeal the CRTC's licensing of U.S. satellite radio services CSR and Sirius Canada.
Broadcasters led by Astral and CHUM join two cultural coalitions in appealing the CRTC's pay radio ruling.
U.S. Senate hearings on funding for public broadcasting sidetracked by political controversies.
U.S. Corporation for Public Broadcasting chairman questioned by Senate committee; Senators indicate they are inclined to restore funding cut by the House of Representatives.
Coalition of broadcasters including CHUM, Astral Media, CHIN, Fairchild Radio, Aboriginal Voices Radio, Radio-Nord and others announce appeal of CRTC subscription radio decision.
Head of U.S. Corporation for Public Broadcasting admits hiring consultants with Republican ties to determine whether PBS programming is politically biased.
U.S. Senate committee to decide whether to restore funding for public broadcasting cut by the House of Representatives.
Joint CRTC, Heritage Canada and Statscan report finds Canadians are listening to less radio, but commercial radio says it will survive because of its local content and the fact it is free of charge.
The value of the traditional 30-second television ad spot is declining.
US satellite radio providers say their real competition is terrestrial radio.
Conventional radio broadcasters say they are not fearful of satellite radio, will focus on local content.
Columnist laments that federal funding of arts and culture has withered at the same time as their economic importance has grown.
Despite decline in Canadians' overall listening, conventional radio broadcasters say they continue to do well.
Editorial says technology eliminates the need for CRTC regulation.
A joint CRTC, Statscan and Heritage Canada Study shows changes in Canadian radio listening patterns.
CCA Study shows that between 1991-93 and 2002-03 government expenditures on the arts decreased, while the economic importance of the cultural sector grew.
CBC Sports contacts the Canadian Football League, Tennis Canada and the Canada Games to warn partners of a potential strike by CBC employees.
U.S. broadcasters are purchasing more Canadian programming; however, most buyers are specialty channels desperate for content as opposed to major networks airing Canadian shows during prime time.
CBC Sports has contacted three of its partners to warn them a staff strike may be imminent.
After being assieged by complaints, the Canadian Curling Association has dropped its exclusive partnership with the CBC; a lawsuit may follow.
U.S. satellite pay radio service licensed by CRTC announces financial support for Quebec artist.
Article says that Télé-Québec president's position should be legally protected from political whims.
Columnist says Fox News Network succeeds due to its "common sense approach".
Quebec's minister of culture is shocked by CRTC decision on satellite radio, feels ruling poses a significant threat to Quebecois culture.
U.S. satellite radio provider will need to make a large investment in order to be able to serve Canadians in urban centres.
Documentary producer seeks funds to build Independent World TV, a non-corporate news network.
U.S. analysts predict there is a 50-50 chance that Sirius and XM will not decide to enter the Canadian market.
CCTA president Michael Hennessy presents cable industry view on federal telecommunications policy review, says review should interest consumers since it will determine what content they access and how.
After five years, CBC says it will restore one-hour suppetime news broadcasts in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Canadian truckers and farmers in rural regions have resorted to fabricated American addresses to obtain grey market satellite radio services.
FRIENDS opposes double standard for Canadian content created by CRTC pay radio decision.
U.S. satellite radio services complain Canadian content requirements will mean carrying fewer American channels; satellite radio ruling ghettoizes Canadian content, says CIRPA.
Article says we criticize the CBC for the same reasons we criticize family members - because they are important to us and we want them to be as best as they can be.
Company that serves independent artists says it disagrees with arts group coalition appeal of the CRTC pay radio decision.
Friends and other members of cultural coalition say CRTC satellite radio ruling could lead to decreased Canadian content across the broadcasting system.
U.S. satellite radio licensee proceeding with plans to install terrestrial repeater network in large Canadian cities.
Canadians less interested in television but more interested in local networks, CRTC report reveals.
CRTC Report finds Canadians are watching less television overall, but more Canadian television when they are tuning in.
In anticipation of the Vancouver Olympics, CBC has asked architectural firm to spruce up its Vancouver headquarters.
CRTC monitoring report says Canadians watched 20 minutes less television per week in 2004 than in 2003.
CRTC report reveals that specialty, pay and pay-per-view revenues now equal those of English-language private conventional stations.
Columnist analyzes CRTC Broadcasting Policy Monitoring Report.
CRTC report says revenue growth at Canadian satellite TV and wireless cable distributors outpaced that for conventional cable, and that only conventional cable operators recorded profits last year.
Sixth annual CRTC statistical report analyzes radio, television, broadcast distribution and Internet indicators with a view to measuring the impact of CRTC regulations, policies and decisions on the Canadian broadcasting industry.
CRTC Broadcasting Policy Monitoring Report suggests the number of Canadians watching American or foreign television stations "has gone down substantially".
CIRPA says Indie Pool owner speaks for himself and his business interests, not Canadian independent artists.
Cultural groups ask federal Cabinet to overturn CRTC pay radio ruling.
ACTRA comments on cultural coalition appeal of CRTC pay radio decision.
CRTC data show cable industry profits before interest and taxes rose 44.9% between 2003 and 2004.
Following CRTC ruling on pay radio, XM says it is considering whether or not to enter the Canadian market at all, while Sirius says it remains committed to doing so.
Cultural groups oppose satellite radio decision on the basis it will erode Canadian content structure that has taken Canada decades to build.
Cultural coalition tells Cabinet pay radio decision runs counter to Canadian broadcasting policy.
Coalition of media, labour and arts groups appeals satellite radio ruling.
Coalition of media, labour and arts groups says Cabinet must overturn CRTC pay radio ruling in order to preserve Canadian content.
CRTC report says that conventional cable distributors' subscribers, revenues and profits have all increased since 2000.
Cultural coalition believes pay radio ruling breaches Canada's Broadcasting Act.
Cultural coalition opposes CRTC approval of U.S. satellite radio services.
Arts coalition says CRTC ruling on pay radio sets a dangerous precedent and is asking federal Cabinet to overturn it.
Coalition of arts groups asks Cabinet to overturn satellite radio decision.
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting and other coalition members ask Cabinet to review CRTC ruling on satellite radio, consider the decision to be a threat to Canadian content.
FRIENDS and other arts groups say CRTC satellite radio decision will undo decades of achievement resulting from Canadian content rules; FRIENDS criticizes CBC management for involvement in one of two U.S. services licensed.
Company says 20,000 independent Canadian artists support CRTC satellite radio decision.
FRIENDS op-ed explains rationale for arts coalition appeal of CRTC decision on pay radio.
Arts and labour groups say pay radio decision runs counter to policy objectives behind Canada's Broadcasting Act.
Friends and other arts and labour groups ask Cabinet to review the CRTC's decision on pay radio.
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting and fellow arts and labour groups are challenging the CRTC's pay radio ruling because of its projected degenerative effect on Canadian content throughout the broadcasting system.
Article says that CRTC ruling on pay radio services is "heavy handed" due to attached Canadian content obligations.
Coalition members ask Cabinet to review CRTC subscription radio decision, which they say will erode Canadian content in Canada's audio-visual system.
U.S. satellite radio providers consider whether to enter Canadian market, want to ensure Canadian rules do not "diminish the American listening experience".
Groups say pay radio decision creates slippery slope toward reduction or elimination of Canadian content requirements.
Two coalitions of arts, recording industry and media groups - one English and one French - are demanding the CRTC's subscription radio decision be overturned.
A coalition of arts groups including Friends of Canadian Broadcasting is contesting CRTC ruling on subscription based radio services.
Coalition including Friends of Canadian Broadcasting will ask federal Cabinet to review CRTC ruling on subscription radio services.
Google launches video search engine.
NDP caucus calls on Liberal government to overturn CRTC decision on satellite radio.
CRTC pay radio decision would undo years of efforts to promote and protect Canadian programming, say arts groups.
FRIENDS joins coalition of arts, labour and other groups in asking federal cabinet to overturn CRTC pay radio decision.
FRIENDS notes that the broadcasting licenses issued to U.S. satellite broadcasters require them to meet much lower Canadian content requirements than conventional radio broadcasters.
CBC proceeds with outsourcing of publicity/promotions functions.
Article says CBC was wise to team up with U.S. satellite radio provider Sirius, since the venture extends CBC's Canadian reach without new capital investment and in time will produce significant revenues.
Article predicts that in the long run, online content will spell the demise of the print newspaper medium.
The U.S. House of Representatives votes in favour of reduced funding cuts for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Bill proposing 46% funding cuts to the U.S. Corporation for Public Broadcasting has been scaled back to 25%.
Columnist describes Canadian content regulation on radio is "unenforceable, indefinable, unnecessary and ineffective".
Floods of support for U.S. public broadcasting have succeeded in scaling back severe funding cuts, but there remains suspicion of a conservative takeover of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
The BBC will alter its editorial policy guidelines in order to promote accuracy and ethics over the need to release breaking news stories.
Head of cable industry association defends CRTC ruling on VoIP against telco efforts to appeal the decision.
Car manufacturers suggest relatively few fall models will offer satellite radio technology from the factory due to the short time window available to install it.
BCE chairman says the deal breaker in the negotiations to sell the telco's stake in Bell Globemedia to Woodbridge is not price but continued access to content.
As criticism of the board's chairman increases, the U.S. Corporation for Public Broadcasting is stalling on naming a new president.
Ontario Press Council dismisses CanWest complaint against The Globe & Mail concerning gossip column comment regarding a former CanWest executive.
Conventional radio broadcasters expected to seek "less onerous" Canadian content requirements following satellite radio decision.
Quebec artists say they will have to be convinced that the CRTC ruling on subscription radio will benefit them, or they will appeal.
Saint Johner is one of two Maritimers who have won the 2005 Dalton Camp Award.
CBC shifts emphasis to ratings, "high impact" dramas.
Heritage Minister Liza Frulla announces the new roles of the various organs of the Canadian production funding structure at Banff in hopes of achieving increased accountability and transparency.
Article says that truck drivers who have been subscribing to grey market satellite radio will be happy that the CRTC has approved it in Canada but unhappy about the Canadian content requirements the regulator has attached to the technology.
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, along with several other arts groups, says it will appeal CRTC ruling on subscription radio.
CSR eager to move ahead with launch of satellite radio after CRTC ruling; CHUM registers disappointment and doubts its chances of competing against U.S. satellite radio licensees.
Advertisters reflect on impact of CRTC subscription radio decision on conventional radio advertising model.
Article says the CRTC was right to impose only modest Cancon requirements on satellite radio licensees.
Article says that satellite radio will help Canadian musical talent flourish.
Dalton Camp Award winner discusses the challenge of speaking out against a large economic interest in one's home province.
Columnist suggests that given the value of broadcasting licences to their holders, the CRTC could have attached much stricter Cancon requirements to the satellite radio licensees.
Recent takeover of Famous Players by Cineplex Galaxy will only be a "cultural coup" if it uses even a fraction of its share of the domestic box office to promote and feature Canadian films.
Article critizes Cancon requirements the CRTC attached to satellite radio broadcast licences, notes shortage of Canadian films on cinema screens.
Article says that the CRTC is obsolete, that Canadians should simply let American satellite radio broadcasters distribute in Canada.
Columnist says that CRTC does Canadians a disservice by obliging satellite radio providers to supply Canadian content, since what consumers want is popular American content.
Arts groups say they will appeal CRTC ruling on satellite radio over lax Canadian content regulation.
Editorial says that consumers, not the CRTC, should determine Canadian content on satellite radio.
FRIENDS says at least one appeal from cultural groups is likely following CRTC pay radio decision.
Quebec government fears pay radio ruling a threat to Quebec culture; satellite operators dismiss news of appeals.
A half-dozen arts organizations agreed in a conference call Friday to appeal the CRTC pay radio decision to the federal Cabinet or the courts.
In wake of CRTC pay radio decision, conventional radio broadcasters to lobby for relaxed Canadian content rules across the board.
Canadian partner in U.S. satellite radio licensee plans IPO; FRIENDS and other groups plan appeal of CRTC licensing decision.
CRTC acknowledges CHUM/Astral's pay radio proposal unlikely to proceed in the face of competition from two U.S. satellite services, but licensed all three subscription radio applicants regardless.
CHUM and Astral will consult with stakeholders over the next few weeks to determine how they will respond to the CRTC's decision on pay radio.
GM Canada welcomes CRTC decision on pay radio, says it hopes to have satellite radio equipped cars on the market as soon as possible.
The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada enumerates complaints with CRTC pay radio decision, considers appeal.
The Canadian Recording Industry Association deplores CRTC ruling on pay radio for failing to address piracy concerns or ensure adequate Canadian content.
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting to be joined by other arts groups in appealing CRTC ruling on subscription radio.
CRTC gives green light to all three satellite radio applicants.
Editorial says that the CRTC and the notion of Canadian content are of no use in today's multi-channel universe.
Car manufacturers pleased with CRTC decision licensing two U.S. satellite radio services in Canada.
Satellite radio the latest in a series of threats to conventional commercial radio.
CRTC ruling allowing two U.S. satellite pay radio applicants into the Canadian market is a setback for all Canadian CHUM/Astral bid.
Article says that satellite radio is not yet worth its significant subscription fees since most of its channels are broadly focused and there is insufficient choice in niche programming.
CBC English News editor-in-chief Tony Burman says the Fraser Institute's recent study on anti-Americanism at the CBC uses an inadequate approach to study the subject and fabricates a case.
FRIENDS says there will be one or more appeals of CRTC pay radio ruling.
Campaign to restore "fairness" and "balance" at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has now led to a Republican bill severely slashing the Corporation's funding.
Rogers SportsNet, The Sports Network and RDS have filed a petition asking the CRTC to relax their Canadian content obligations in consideration of the revenue loss they suffered due to the NHL lockout.
ACTRA says CRTC decision will allow Canadian digital radio, like English-language private television, to be dominated by U.S. programming.
Cancon obligations imposed on U.S. satellite radio services called "onerous", proof of irrelevance of Canadian broadcast regulator.
CRTC pay radio decision described as "catastrophic" for French-language artists in Quebec.
Canadian Association of Broadcasters complains that CRTC pay radio decision creates an uneven playing field for conventional radio broadcasters in terms of Canadian content requirements.
FRIENDS says CRTC decision to approve two U.S. satellite pay radio services is likely to scuttle the Canadian alternative proposed by CHUM and Astral.
FRIENDS says the Canadian content requirements contained in the CRTC's pay radio decision are inconsistent with the Broadcasting Act.
Arts organizations, including FRIENDS, to consider potential appeal of CRTC pay radio decision.
Licensing of two U.S. pay radio services with low Canadian content requirements means CHUM/Astral pay radio service may not launch; conventional broadcasters suggest they will seek lower Cancon requirements; FRIENDS says CRTC (and CBC, a minority partner in one of the U.S. services) have opened the floodgates to American radio programming.
Columnist complains that CBC radio services no longer air serious classical music.
New Brunswick newspaper celebrates Dalton Camp Award winners.
FRIENDS says CRTC pay radio decision creates pipeline for U.S. radio programs into Canada, but offers little in return.
Michael MacMillan, executive chairman of Alliance Atlantis Communications denies rumours that his company would acquire CTV if it were up for sale.
CRTC authorizes all three applicants for digital pay radio.
If the CRTC is in fact "redundant", the responsibility lies with Parliament to update the Broadcasting Act.
CRTC to decide today whether to licence U.S. satellite radio services in Canada, and what Canadian content requirements to impose.
CRTC pay radio decision is fundamentally about the integrity of Canadian content requirements.
FRIENDS believes watered down Canadian content requirements, sought by two of the three applicants for pay radio licences, would have spillover effects for conventional radio.
Article notes that Gerry Schwartz's consolidated cinema empire will at least face competition from outside Canada; his wife's book and publishing empire will not.
The CBC and Telefilm announce $2-million documentary co-venture called the Theatrical Feature-Length Documentary Program.
Editorial speaks out against U.S. Republican vote to cut funding to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Producers praise decision for Telefilm to take over the administration of the Canadian Television Fund.
Maple Leafs player questions why the NHL has endured a lockout for the benefit of small U.S. teams when it did not do so for major Canadian teams.
Text of speech by CBC President Robert Rabinovitch to NABA conference about audience fragmentation, new technologies and the role of the CBC.
Satellite radio will have a profound impact on the future of broadcasting in Canada.
Article notes impact of U.S. scheduling decisions on schedules adopted by private Canadian broadcasters, and that while many shows are hyped, only a few ultimately prove successful with viewers.
Broadcasters look for new ways to sustain fading ad revenues; programs will have to be marketable on multiple levels in order to pay their way.
Federal government promises one stop shopping, less bureaucracy in single production funding agency.
Media Matters for America is a non-profit web-based research and information centre whose purpose is to monitor misinformation in the media and defend public broadcasting in the U.S.
Winners of the 2005 Dalton Camp Award have been announced.
One of two winning essays of the 2005 Dalton Camp Award.
The CRTC will shortly decide on three applications for pay radio licences; Friends of Canadian Broadcasting supports the CHUM/Astral application because it is the only one that complies with Broadcasting Act Canadian content requirements.
The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected major broadcasters' bid to relax limits on consolidation of media ownership.
Authors of recent Fraser Institute study about anti-Americanism at the CBC present their case.
Minister of Canadian Heritage Liza Frulla announces $100 million in new money for the Canadian Television Fund; advises public and private broadcasters alike to accelerate conversion to HDTV.
CCAU recommends significant regulatory changes to improve the level of drama on English Canadian television and increase investment by private conventional broadcasters.
Federal government recommends that control of the Canadian Television Fund be transferred to Telefilm Canada.
Article explains the strength and weaknesses of the UN's International Convention on Cultural Diversity.
Observers expect the CRTC may approve all three pay radio licence applicants, but with restrictions that could generate appeals to courts or to the federal cabinet.
CBC archives tapped to provide visual record of Canadian life.
Creative industries help to answer the question of what it means to be Canadian.
Article notes that private broadcasters' Canadian content rarely competes head-to-head with American hits.
By licensing all three pay radio applications, CRTC may have shut CHUM out of the game; broadcaster may appeal the decision.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has accelerated manufacturing deadlines for digital television sets by four months.
Article says Fraser Institute allegations of anti-American bias at the CBC are groundless.
CRTC to rule on pay radio this week; FRIENDS says only one of the three applicants would meet Broadcasting Act requirements.
The Banff World Television Festival is reborn from near-bankruptcy, pursues role as matchmaker for producers, broadcasters.
Donald Trump speaks at press conference unveiling Global's upcoming fall lineup; network hopes to overcome poor ratings in upcoming year.
Author questions merit of public subsidy for what CBC Radio Two's musical programming has become.
Global announces it will ease away from reality programming and will air more dramas and sitcoms this fall.
The former CBC affiliate station in Red Deer, RDTV, will become the region's latest Canwest Global affiliate.
Article says CTV and Global fall television schedules highlight different philosophies towards audiences and advertisers employed by the two networks.
Article criticizes The Fraser Institute's "study" of anti-American bias on CBC.
CHUM to relaunch former Craig Broadcasting channels MTV and MTV2 as Razer and PunchMuch.
The former managing producer of MSNBC.com has been named editorial director for CBC.ca.
CBC hires former MSNBC producer as editorial director for its website, says it will increase the portion of the site devoted to advertising from 15% to 80% in an effort to increase revenues.
The CBC says it will use its extensive archives to create new fact-meets-fiction programming that is inexpensive to produce yet historically compelling.
John Doyle's take on Global and CTV's fall programming schedule announcements.
CBC calls Fraser Institute study on CBC's anti-American bias "patently false".
The CBC's fall schedule is a lineup of all-Canadian, reality television free shows.
CTV's new fall season follows a year in which its ratings soared.
CBC executive director of network programming, Slawko Klymkiw, says the public broadcaster's new programming strategy is to boost ratings to create bigger budgets for Canadian drama.
Article speculates that if BCE sells Bell Globemedia, it will begin another era of media conglomeration.
Unions temporarily rule out 48 hour strike by BBC workers, but unrest remains as joint statement says they will not recommend members accept the BBC management's 11th hour proposals.
Article says viewers can expect to see mostly the same programming as last year from CTV this fall.
Fraser Institute study of programming on "The National" from 2002 concludes that the CBC has an anti-American bias.
Opponents of application for new Niagara TV station tell CRTC commissioners the station will fail because of insufficient advertising dollars in the market.
The Telecommunications Policy Review Panel issues consultation document, invites input from interested stakeholders.
Satellite radio's fundamental difference is that it isn't local.
Advertisers are increasingly resorting to non-standard length commercials to get their advertisements noticed by consumers.
Minister of Canadian Heritage Liza Frulla says that the United Nations Preliminary Draft of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions is a success for Canada, even though the U.S. did not sign.
CRTC hearings concerning an application for a new Niagara-area station have begun; CTV, Global and CHUM have all filed interventions stating that there are not enough advertising dollars in the market to support a newcomer.
FRIENDS speculates the CRTC will find it difficult to please all stakeholders in its forthcoming digital pay radio decision.
According to notes from a conversation with CIBC analyst Dvai Ghose, BCE's CEO is said to favour an approach that would see BCE divest its interests in BGM sooner rather then later.
Columnist says the proposed UN convention on cultural diversity, while supported by the vast majority of nations involved in negotiating it, is largely symbolic given that the United States has refused to ratify it.
CBC reveals plans for fall programming, promising more Canadian drama and improved local news in three markets.
Preview of CBC fall programming schedule.
CBC fall primetime schedule almost entirely comprised of Canadian programming.
Canwest shares fall after speculation that management change might delay a decision to spin off Canadian media assets into an income trust.
Opinion letter calls the CRTC a "Liberal scam" that stifles competition and funds "government-friendly" broadcasters.
Conventional television revenues experienced slower growth than specialty or pay tv, but still increased 4.1 percent in 2004.
Revenue growth for Canadian broadcasters slowed in 2004 compared to 2003; the slowdown was felt most by conventional television broadcasters.
Global has cancelled production of the weeknight reality drama "Train 48".
Director of Canadian media operations leaves post after seven months.
Canwest Global names new head of Canadian broadcasting, newspaper and Internet operations.
CanWest announces new U.S. series in 2005-2006 fall lineup.
Rogers' recent purchase of Call-Net is expected to give the company the scale necessary to compete with dominant phone carriers Bell Canada and TELUS.
Editorial calls CRTC a "relic" out of touch with the 21st century.
Corus Entertainment replaces newsroom staff at newly acquired Montreal radio station.
Denis Carmel, the CRTC's Director General of Communications, responds to pay radio editorial.
Federal Court of Appeal hears matter of the non-renewal of CHOI-FM’s license.
Commentary says the CRTC and communications regulation in general are antiquated concepts and that the free market will best protect consumers.
The High Tech DTV Coalition, comprised of major electronics manufacturers, tells U.S. Congress to go ahead and set a firm deadline date for the conversion from analogue to digital television signals.
Newspaper publishers increased their profits in 2003 as compared to 2001, mostly due to increases in advertising revenues and decreases in newsprint prices.
Article questions Torstar's "mysterious expanding links" to CanWest Global Communications, says a merger would be disastrous for both sides.
Quebecor axes news programming, announces revamp to Toronto 1 less than two years after its launch.
With the recent loss of the broadcast rights to the 2010 and 2012 games, amateur sports organizations wonder if the CBC will renew its commitment to Canadian amateur sports.
Genex Communications, owner of CHOI FM, appeals CRTC ruling not to renew the station's broadcasting license.
Article criticizes the Canadian Television Fund for funding generic industrial programs rather than those that speak to the Canadian experience.
Article says that entertainment magazine programs, encouraged by the CRTC's 1999 television policy, focus on foreign programming and have hampered English Canada's efforts to develop a local star system.
All major Canadian broadcasters save the CBC sign up for CRTC incentive that allows them additional advertising minutes if they air more Canadian drama in prime time.
The Federal Court of Appeal will review the CRTC's decision not to renew CHOI-FM’s licence due to repeated violations of the Broadcasting Act.
The CCA speaks positively of its four-year deal with the CBC, noting that overall viewership is up from past years.
CHOI-FM argues that CRTC violated freedom of speech in failing to renew its broadcasting licence.
The CRTC has approved a $13-million takeover of Trinity Television by Rogers.
Article details how and why the major television networks chose to put Prime Minister Martin's national address on the air.
Canada's trade deficit in cultural goods increased for the fourth year in a row in 2004, the worst showing since 1997.
Canada's trade deficit in cultural goods continued to grow in 2004, particularly with the United States.
The Canadian Television Fund announced $99.2 million in production funding for Canadian television, but shows that lost out take issue with the points system used to award funds.
Corporation for Public Broadcasting chair Kenneth Tomlinson plans to monitor U.S. public radio's Middle East coverage for "liberal bias", despite extensive polling to show that most Americans do not believe NPR's coverage exhibits a bias.
Article says that French program head of the National Film Board has imposed a plan that will stifle expression and virtually abolish the French program.
Links to UNESCO initiatives to promote citizens' media.
Article says that the two new PBS ombudsmen were strategically selected so as to produce more right wing programming.
Republicans vote to drastically reduce funding for public broadcasting in the U.S.
Sheila Copps criticizes CBC for investing too much in information and too little in production in a speech given at the Institute for Television Leadership.
Article says that if the NHL dispute is not settled by mid-June, advertisers will invest elsewhere.
CRTC ruling on VoIP places restrictions on big telcos, but fails to protect small operators against the large cable companies.
Michel Arpin, formerly Senior Regulatory and Governmental Affairs Advisor for Astral Broadcasting Group, has been appointed Vice-Chair of Broadcasting at the CRTC.
Columnist disagrees with proposal that the Canadian content points system be reformed to give Canadian indie music talent more airplay.
The CRTC has decided to allow RAI International to be distributed in Canada provided it is bundled with a subscription to competing Canadian service Telelatino.
Private broadcasters and cable monopolists raise funds for Conservative broadcasting critic at May 24 reception to be hosted by Presidents of Corus Entertainment and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters and Vice-President of Rogers Communications.
Article says that the CRTC’s decision to regulate the price of VoIP services provided by incumbent telcos will keep prices unnecessarily high.
Heritage Minister Liza Frulla says she is "extremely happy" with CRTC ruling allowing RAI International into Canada.
RAI decision sets precedent for other third-language services to enter Canadian market if they are tied to carriage of home-grown counterpart.
CRTC orders Shaw's Star Choice to stop using "omnibus" high definition TV channels.
Representatives of The Globe and Mail appear before travelling Senate Committee studying the state of Canadian media.
The Republican-friendly board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which oversees 300 PBS affiliates throughout the U.S., is waging war on a supposed "liberal bias" that surveys of Americans suggest does not exist.
Head of Canadian cable industry association discusses HDTV, VOIP, local/regional programming, and other communications policy issues and how they are being handled in the current political climate.
CRTC opts to regulate the price of VoIP local telephone services when provided by large incumbent telcos, but not when provided by large cable companies.
Telecom and cable lobbyists seek different outcomes from CRTC deliberations over voice over Internet protocol regulation.
Michel Arpin appointed vice-chair of broadcasting at the CRTC to replace Andree Wylie.
Critics accuse Prime Minister Martin of cronyism after he appoints friend and landlord of CBC's Ottawa head office to the CBC board of directors.
New Conservative party candidate and ex-CanWest Global anchor Peter Kent shares former employer's views towards the CBC.
U.S. appeals court overturns controversial new FCC rules for "broadcast flag" anti-piracy technology that would have limited how consumers record and watch television programs.
A Monday to Friday video weblog may prove to be a revolutionary form of news media.
Owners of Shaw Cable increase stake in broadcasting licensee Corus Entertainment.
The major networks are making recommendations on the federal leadership debates even before an election has been called.
Article speculates that Micheal Arpin, a Quebec broadcasting executive, will be appointed to the position of vice-chair of broadcasting at the CRTC.
Group representing independent musicians tells the CRTC it should alter the Cancon credit system for radio to favour the exposure of lesser-known artists.
Car makers urge the CRTC to come up with a ruling on satellite radio in order to decide whether or not to install hardware in their 2006 models.
Ratings show Prime Minister Martin's television address drew roughly as many viewers as U.S. programs Desperate Housewives and Survivor.
Author comments on the absence of public outcry when CBC cut local services in Edmonton in 1992.
Media consultant study concludes that media concentration has not led to less choice, largely because the prevalence of Internet-based and other digital media renders ownership/content less relevant.
Al Gore launches a station targeted at a youth demographic whose aim is to "democratize the media".
Article suggests a pattern of Republication influence is emerging in programming on viewer-supported PBS in the U.S.
Former Canwest Global anchor Peter Kent announces his intention to run for the Conservatives in the Toronto riding of St. Paul.
Sarah Polley speaks out about the Canadian film industry and makes a plea for a return to higher-grade films.
Survey shows that Canadians are adopting HDTV at a slow pace.
An Ipsos-Reid survey commissioned by Astral Media's The Movie Network finds that only 6% of Canadians are actually viewing HDTV.
Shaw Communications executives predict a more relaxed regulatory environment for the cable industry in the future.
The reasons behind the abrupt termination of CBC Alberta radio host Don Hill remain unclear.
Opinion letter says the Edmonton community should be concerned with the reduction in local CBC arts coverage.
Snowball incident new evidence of Conservative leader Stephen Harper's attitude toward CBC.
Stursberg outlines plan for CBC English television.
Rogers cancels planned free preview of pornographic programming.
Article says the CBC's dismissal of Chris Cuthbert will cost the public broadcaster revenue down the road.
Chris Cuthbert signs a lucrative five-year deal with TSN weeks after surprise termination by CBC.
FRIENDS says Rogers' free preview of pornographic programming is consistent with its values.
Columnist calls CBC management decision to make its publicity and promotions staff redundant, and outsource their jobs to freelance publicists, "bizarre" and a mistake.
The Venezuelan government has partially backed Telesur, a Latin American network that says it aims to provide an alternative to CNN in the region.
Edmonton Friends of the North Environmental Society demand a full and honest explanation for Don Hill's sudden termination as host of CBC Alberta's Wild Rose Forum.
B.C. Liberal Party election platform jettisons plan to privatize Knowledge Network.
Newsworld recruits former MuchMusic personality to target a younger age demographic.
Television networks concerned about American simulcasts, balanced coverage in push to change the time proposed for the Prime Minister's televised speech.
Global Television has received CRTC approval to carry digital signals for three of its stations.
Speaking at a Canadian Conference of the Arts panel discussion, MPs representing the four largest political parties agreed on the importance of establishing a federal cultural policy.
Viewer affinity study shows specialty networks top the list of Canadian broadcast channels for audience attention, network loyalty and receptivity to advertising.
Since a plethora of new applicants are appearing before the CRTC with requests for Pay-TV licenses, The Movie Network may soon face competition.
While praised for increasing viewership, article says Radio-Canada's news division has had to justify some of its program changes.
Columnist says that if the government is to have a meaningful cultural policy, it will have to show leadership on the issues at stake.
Open letter to CBC President Robert Rabinovitch protesting remarks about Pierre Péladeau on the SRC show Tout le Monde en Parle.
Shaw and Bell ExpressVu alleged to give unfair treatment to gay lifestyle channel.
Four applicants have submitted pay-TV licence proposals before the CRTC in the hopes of accessing the lucrative regional pay-TV monopolies currently controlled by Astral Media and Corus Entertainment.
CBC releases largest-ever study of CBC's place in Canadian arts and culture arena.
Despite his politics, popular CBC radio host Don Hill attracted a wide audience.
Trends in new media are more sympathetic towards conservative ideas and in many cases, they have rendered liberal social values "uncool".
Article says that Hamilton should be the first city the CBC expands to since it is the largest underserved market in Canada.
University of Alberta alumni magazine profiles late Lieutenant Governor and former FRIENDS Steering Committee member, Lois Hole.
Sirius Canada has sent cease and desist letters in an attempt to curb grey market sales to Canadians.
The chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee proposes using criminal justice system, rather than merely FCC regulation, to address indecency on television.
Columnist says Telefilm efforts to create a new film festival in Montreal are a disaster.
CRTC warns Canadian broadcasters over slow adoption of HDTV, which lags that of their U.S. counterparts and Canadian consumers' own purchases of HDTV-capable television sets.
Canwest Global tells Senate Committee that media fragmentation, as opposed to media concentration, is what is really threatening Canadian Journalism.
CanWest Global executives appear before travelling Senate Committee studying the state of Canadian media.
CRTC financial summaries show that radio profits increased slightly last year; AM stations almost broke even after years of losses.
Article says it is only fair, considering the extend of the slander, that former CHOI-FM radio host Jean-Francois Fillion and the station's owners Genex Communications should pay defamed Quebec weather anchor Sophie Chiasson larger than conventional damages.
Owners and former host of Quebec radio station CHOI-FM have been ordered to pay $340,000 in damages for having defamed a Quebec weather anchor.
Federal industry minister says he does not advocate lifting telecom sector foreign ownership restrictions, but that the issue should be revisited if there are "compelling reasons" to do so.
Drama strategy cited as impetus for CBC outsourcing of publicity/promotions jobs.
Friends of Don Hill host an evening with the former host of CBC Radio's Wild Rose Forum on Thursday, April 14.
Columnist says government response to Lincoln Report effectively sweeps important reforms under the rug.
Canadian Association of Broadcasters head denies that CRTC 1999 drama policy has had a negative effect on Canadian drama programming.
Letter to Editor of Edmonton Journal says redundancy of CBC Edmonton's music producer brings end to classical music broadcasts from Edmonton, part of broader decline in Edmonton local programming on CBC.
Government officially announces appointments to panel reviewing Canadian telecom policy and outlines terms of reference and "areas of interest" for the review.
Government appoints Atlantic and Pacific regional CRTC commissioners.
Observers say the federal government has adopted a more activist approach towards the CRTC.
CBC communications defends statement that Don Hill left the corporation to pursue other opportunities, re-states difficult nature of business decision to declare him redundant.
Editorial says the government’s second response to the Lincoln report isn’t bad, considering all of the parties it has to appease.
FRIENDS says strength of government's second response to Lincoln Report is that it is a policy overview and has put a number of important processes in place.
Friends of Don Hill organize rally to protest the termination of popular CBC Alberta radio host Don Hill at 12 noon, Tuesday, April 12, at CBC studios, 10061 - 102 Avenue, Edmonton.
Satellite radio stakeholders and the Fraser Institute charge that the CRTC is holding back the industry, should not be involved in regulating satellite services.
The CRTC removes the 15-minute news wheel constraints previously attached to CTV Newsnet's broadcasting licence.
Canadian actors/directors Sarah Polley and Don McKellar use TV schedule charts to show standing committee on Canadian Heritage the dearth of Canadian programming on television in prime time.
Department of Canadian Heritage chief of staff takes leave amid allegations of involvement in federal sponsorship scandal.
CRTC relaxes conditions of licence for CTV Newsnet, will compete directly with CBC Newsworld.
CBC to discontinue supplying programming to US-owned Newsworld International following change in programming focus.
Radio Canada programming director Mario Clément signals that his sector will be subjected to a six million dollar budget cut whereas information will only be cut by four million.
New FCC chair provides few specific insights into his plans for regulating the U.S. communications sector.
Columnist criticizes lack of specifics in government response to Lincoln Report.
MP and Official Opposition Heritage Critic Bev Oda criticizes government response to all-party Lincoln Report as all talk, no action.
Canadian actors tell government committee to create shelf space for Canadian films - more room on theatre screens and more airtime on television for Canadian films.
Advertising executive predicts decline in importance of television advertising.
Canadian Heritage Minister Liza Frulla announces that her government is not prepared to alter foreign ownership limits in the broadcasting sector.
Federal response to the Lincoln Report addresses access to local and regional programming, and empowering the CRTC to fine broadcasters.
The Quebec Superior Court has reversed a lower court ruling that appeared to allow Canadians to receive American satellite television signals.
Government response to Lincoln Report affirms support for Broadcasting Act objectives, finds no need for major overhaul of federal cultural institutions.
Industry representatives say government response to Lincoln Report fails to reverse 1999 CRTC drama policy or take other action to redefine Canadian content.
Canwest Global prepares to release its second quarter results; investors wonder if it will spin off its newspaper assets into an income trust.
Government confirms members of telecom review panel; broadband Internet access for remote communities expected to be a major focus.
U.S. cable industry seen likely to undergo consolidation.
New CRTC telecom vice chair says Canadian communications sector should be governed by a single set of laws.
Canadian cable companies are poised to beat their telecom competitors in the rush to offer combined television and telephone services.
FRIENDS says government response to the Lincoln Report is the most substantive attention paid to broadcasting policy since Mulroney era.
Many observers critical of government response to Lincoln report on Canadian broadcasting.
FRIENDS gives qualified praise to government's second response to the Lincoln Report on Canadian broadcasting.
Federal government tables second response to June 2003 Lincoln Report on the Canadian broadcasting system.
The federal government's appointees to the telecom policy review panel announced in the federal budget represent Internet, wireless and traditional telecommunications perspectives.
CBC executive states that popular Alberta radio host Don Hill left to pursue "other opportunities".
The Canadian Media Guild has filed a grievance against CBC Sports on behalf of sports announcer Chris Cuthbert, who they argue was dismissed without a severance package despite having worked at the network for over twenty years.
A CBC listener writes that Don Hill's style, not his politics, are what drew him to the program.
Popular Alberta radio host explains circumstances of his departure from CBC.
StatsCan reports that based on fall 2003 data, Canadians are increasingly choosing homegrown news and public affairs shows over other programming on Canadian television.
CBC listeners call on CBC President to reinstate popular Alberta radio host Don Hill.
With seven weeks to go before election day, British Columbia New Democratic Party calls on Liberal Premier to disclose plans to privatize public entities.
Article says new and emerging forms of radio diffusion technologies do not have to mean the end of conventional radio, if properly used they can form the basis for the evolution of radio as we know it.
The BBC's Royal Charter may have been renewed, but the broadcaster is about to face one of the toughest times in its history.
Article says that if the Canadian Curling Association keeps ignorning viewer complaints regarding its recent deal with the CBC, curling fans may tune out entirely.
Editorial says CBC is no longer essential in a 500-channel universe.
Abundance of new series planned for 2005/06 season may not be a long-term solution to the drama crisis on English language television.
FRIENDS recommends leaner CRTC focused on quality of appointees rather then quantity.
Sandra Abma reports that in the hearing process the traveling Senate Committee is unearthing how media concentration hurts local programming and in the process, prevents pertinent information from getting through to voters. Canadians are demanding regulatory protection to ensure quality of news and local programming from dominant media providers.
CBC arrangement with the Canadian Curling Association has been a disaster for both parties involved and it remains to be seen whether the CBC and the CCA will look to break their deal.
The CRTC has ruled that large telcos must refund millions of dollars to consumers for having failed to meet service standards.
Friends of Don Hill organize rally to protest the termination of popular CBC Alberta radio host Wednesday, March 30, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., at CBC Calgary, 1724 Westmount Blvd. NW.
Copy of CBC management plan for Canadian drama on English language television.
FRIENDS Advisory Council member remembers Bill Cameron.
It remains to been seen whether Kevin Martin, the newly appointed FCC chairman, will take the same position on communications deregulation as his predecessor, Michael Powell.
Chair/CEO of TVOntario says recent programming cuts not the result of pressure from the provincial government.
French films and filmmakers took away almost every major prize this year at the 25th annual Genie Awards.
The BBC will be slashing over 2,000 jobs, many from regional news operations.
Summary of arts and culture vision statement by MP and Official Opposition Heritage Critic Bev Oda to delegates at the Conservative Party of Canada’s National Policy Convention.
Termination of CBC Alberta radio host Don Hill rumoured to be due to political rather than financial reasons.
Commentator advocates increased governmental oversight of Internet service providers' carrier function, suggests approach to Internet governance should be re-evaluated in government's planned review of Telecommunications Act.
Despite daring, unconventional approach to teen issues, Canadian series “Degrassi” enjoys a large cult following in the United States.
Details of events for upcoming tribute to Farley Mowat in Port Hope.
Advertising for Microsoft's MSN.ca found on CBC's otherwise ad-free website.
Article say the Canadian Stage is too isolationist and that it should open its doors to American plays.
The Quebec film industry is doing something right that goes beyond the natural protection offered by the language barrier.
Film review says we have the CBC to thank for national cinema generally having "an irritating self-aware quality".
Friends of Don Hill say popular CBC Alberta radio host was fired because he questioned the Alberta Premier on electricity deregulation.
George Bush's appointment of Kevin Martin to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's top job is seen as a victory for broadcasting decency advocates and those who stand to benefit from deregulation.
CCAU says the federal government must address the crisis in Canadian drama in its upcoming parliamentary response to the Report of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.
Article on backer of one of the three satellite radio services with applications before the CRTC.
CBC union states that abrupt and unexplained termination of popular Alberta radio host may create chill throughout CBC.
Rejecting an opinion from the Government Accountability Office, the Bush Administration has authorized U.S. government agencies to release pre-packaged news stories to the media without disclosing that they are government authored.
CFTPA opposes CRTC decision to release pay and specialty television financials in aggregate only, contrary to historical practice.
Groups anxious that the recent federal budget made no mention of film tax credits or of extended funding to the Canadian Television Fund, fear that Telecommunications Act review may lead to changes in foreign ownership restrictions.
CBC executive vice-president of English television, Richard Stursberg, writes that in the 500-channel universe, the CBC is more relevant than ever and must be the cornerstone of a solution to the crisis in television drama.
The working group on Télé-Québec has emphasized the need for increased regional programming, but does not provide for it through a budget increase.
Project for Excellence in Journalism concludes that Fox News content is unbalanced 73% of the time.
Academic studies indicate the "democratic deficit" is real.
Telefilm head Wayne Clarkson tells Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage that Canadian production funding should increase and that the new aim should be for Canadian films to occupy 10% market share.
CBC is compensating for the hockey lockout by broadcasting other sports.
Survey by the Project for Excellence in Journalism, affiliated with Columbia University, says that journalism is increasingly focused on pre-packaging and presenting information rather then gathering it.
Former CBC Chair declines to give reasons for resignation, but notes that the public broadcaster needs improved and stable funding to fulfil its mandate.
Carole Taylor resigns as CBC Chair.
Recent events, including the NHL lockout and the loss of the 2010 and 2012 Olympics, mean the CBC needs to rethink its future in sports broadcasting.
TVOntario has cancelled two shows and will reportedly cut forty jobs in the next year.
TVOntario will cancel two programs; union predicts additional staff cuts in the near future.
Curling fans petition to bring curling back to TSN after being disappointed with the CBC's coverage of curling events.
Article says that the CBC's new show, The Hour, is a poor attempt to reach out to and educate younger viewers.
Firing of popular CBC Alberta radio host prompts listener protests and grassroots campaign to have him reinstated.
While TVOntario has not made an official statement about impending job losses, it appears to have begun the process by cutting two programs.
US Chamber of Commerce head says Canada should take the upcoming federal review of telecom policy as an opportunity to do away with foreign ownership regulations.
US Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue tells cabinet ministers and senior bureaucrats that it is critical to review telecom regulation because the sector is a major driving force behind labour productivity.
As TVOntario cancels two of its programs, there remains speculation the Ontario government may attempt to privatize the public broadcaster in order to balance its budget.
Critics of the Bédard report on Télé-Québec say that abandoning programming production would effectively privatize the public broadcaster.
Consultancy firm report predicts the death of the traditional broadcast television network model.
Working group on the future of Télé-Québec says that the public broadcaster should be true to its mandate and focus on programming.
The centralization of decision making power with the Prime Minister and Clerk of the Privy Council causes delays and explains why many Crown corporation and other government vacancies are yet to be filled.
Italian government prepares for partial privatization of state broadcaster RAI.
Late broadcast journalist Bill Cameron parted ways with CBC management over funding cuts in 1999.
Telecommunication companies are pleased by the review of telecommunication policy and industry regulation announced in the federal budget.
Viewers stage protest over sudden firing of popular CBC Edmonton radio host.
Observers expect CRTC to approve Rogers application for RAI International, now that third language programming policy requires competing Canadian services to be bundled with and have access to foreign services' programming.
CBC shuts down online magazine despite its success and the steady growth of innovative new media.
Broadcasters release programming schedules and ideas for the upcoming year.
Specialty television is expected to overtake conventional television in both viewership and revenues.
Contrary to historical practice, CRTC releases statistical and financial summaries for pay and specialty television services in aggregate only.
Satirical column suggests that the CBC may be going crazy with Brier coverage to cover up incidents such as the firing of announcer Chris Cuthbert.
Commentary attacks the foundations for public service broadcasting in the US and calls for an end to PBS's government financing.
CBC agrees to shift three curling games from Country Canada digital network to the main channel.
Columnist argues that Canadian media lean to the right of the people.
Green Paper on the review of BBC's Charter renewal outlines a plan to replace the BBC Board of Governors with an "accountable and transparent" trust.
Columnist questions CBC's official rationale for termination of popular CBC Alberta radio host Don Hill.
CCA and CBC reps met to discuss how less fragmented and higher quality coverage can be achieved after the Scott Tournament of Hearts coverage incited thousands of complaints and negative press.
The Canadian Curling Association and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation met to discuss ways to improve curling coverage after fans complained of coverage of the Canadian women's curling championship.
BBC Board of Governors to be replaced by separate oversight and executive bodies.
Further consolidation is expected in Canadian telecommunications market.
Instructions to CBC staff from CBC Media Relations Head, Ruth Ellen Soles.
Columnist says that the panel appointed to review telecommunications policy should recommend dismantling the CRTC.
The CBC's coverage of the Scott final was top-notch, though the coverage that preceded the final was inadequate.
The Scott final draws a larger audience then last year despite widespread viewer dissatisfaction with the CBC's curling coverage.
Former Quebec Minister of Communications Richard French is appointed vice-chairman of the CRTC's telecom branch.
Federal government appoints new CRTC vice-chair, telecommunications.
Article says that the CBC must return to its original mandate, which recognizes the importance of broadcasting rooted in Canada's regions.
Michael Sabia says that BCE has no immediate plans to change ownership of BellGlobemedia.
Editorial says that the CRTC should allow satellite radio to be freely broadcast in Canada.
CBC commentator Chris Cuthbert was officially laid off as a result of the NHL lockout, but was told he will not be reinstated once hockey resumes.
New Decima Research poll says that Canadian viewers are subscribing to HDTV faster then those in the U.S.
Canwest Global shows interest in TSN and The Discovery Channel, while the company prepares to launch its new daily tabloid Dose.
Funding for CBC regional programming, missing from the federal budget, may be contained in Heritage Department's response to Lincoln Committee report, scheduled for April.
Media reports on Woodbridge's $1.5-billion offer for Bell Globemedia were not the breaking news they were made out to be.
Australian newspaper profiles CanWest Global CEO Leonard Asper.
CBC's termination of sportscaster Chris Cuthbert sparks outrage from sports insiders and fans alike.
Industry groups the Coalition for Competitive Telecommunications and the Canadian Cable Telecommunications Association applaud news of a review of the 1993 Telecommunications Act.
FRIENDS believes CBC local/regional funding announcement may be yet to come.
Broadcasters estimate financial loss resulting from cancellation of the NHL hockey season.
The working group on Télé-Québec has submitted its report to Culture Minister Line Beauchamp.
Curling fans are unhappy with curling coverage now that the Canadian Curling Association has struck an exclusive deal with the CBC.
The CKAC Radio journalists' union will be asking for a review of the CRTC decision allowing the station to be sold to Corus.
Federal budget fails to boost funding for CBC local/regional programming.
Cablecos keenly interested in telecom foreign ownership review.
The Industry Minister will reportedly appoint a panel to advise on reform of Canadian telecommunications regulations, eventually including a review of foreign ownership restrictions.
Minister of Canadian Heritage Liza Frulla appoints Quebec author and columnist Guy Fournier to the CBC's board.
75% of Canadians support CBC, suggests Globe & Mail online poll.
BCE has yet to take decisive action on BellGlobemedia after declaring it a non-core business two years ago.
CBC rumoured to be in line for a funding increase to revive local programming.
Sources expect the federal budget to fulfil the CBC's request for a budget increase, but Heritage Minister Liza Frulla has not confirmed the rumour.
The federal budget to be tabled Wednesday is expected to meet the CBC's demand for extra funding to revive regional programming; but government must take measures to ensure that the money is used for that purpose.
Government sources say Wednesday's federal budget will grant the CBC extra funding to revitalize regional programming.
BCE is reportedly contemplating an offer to buy BellGlobemedia, which includes CTV.
Federal budget expected to contain a funding increase for CBC; FRIENDS says important to ensure new funds are earmarked for local/regional programming.
Federal budget expected to contain a funding increase for CBC; FRIENDS says important to ensure new funds are earmarked for local/regional programming.
The federal budget will demonstrate how successful Heritage Minister Liza Frulla's lobbying efforts on behalf of the cultural industry have been.
Conservative groups in the United States are joining forces to push for more restrictive, values-oriented legislation on the content of television programming.
Editorial says there is no need for publicly funded CBC Television in Canada because "the market" can be relied on to produce quality television.
The broadcaster- and government-supported AV Preservation Trust, whose mandate is to archive and preserve Canada's cultural audio-visual history, has unveiled the materials it will archive in 2005.
The CBC plans to double Canadian drama in prime time by 2008 - provided it does not suffer any incremental funding cuts.
Republicans reportedly fear political consequences if they leave the millions of television viewers who have not switched to digital without a signal on the analog switch off date.
Richard Stursberg says CRTC plan to reinvigorate Canadian drama will only render U.S. programs more attractive to private broadcasters, has his own plan to double Canadian drama during prime time at the CBC.
U.S. may need to subsidize transition to digital television.
A new contender might unsettle the monopoly that Astral Media and Corus Entertainment have over the pay-tv market since a mystery applicant has applied to the CRTC for a licence.
The president of General Motors of Canada has intervened in satellite radio hearings to say the CRTC should approve all three proposals, to avoid putting consumers at a disadvantage.
The CBC and TSN are looking at very different ways to tackle the large programming gap caused by the cancellation of the NHL hockey season.
Appointment of two experienced programmers and former CBC vice-presidents expected to bring new perspective to CBC Board.
Networks are doing their best to cushion the blow of lost revenues resulting from the cancellation of the NHL hockey season.
The loss of the Stanley Cup playoffs has networks scrambling for programming and revenue.
CCPA 2005 alternative federal budget recommends CBC funding be increased by $250 million over four years, conditional in part upon greatly increased regional production.
The CCTA has asked the CRTC to add three new foreign channels to the lists of eligible satellite services.
Article says federal production funding agencies have gone too far in their attempts to define Canadian content.
Delays in federal appointments to CRTC management vacancies may inhibit the regulator's ability to function.
The CBC asks for budget increase, promises that funds will be used to revitalize regional programming.
Television producers and broadcasters criticize Canadian Television Fund's strict interpretation of Canadian content rules.
The number of television viewers who opt to receive over-the-air signals rather than subscribe to cable or satellite services remains significant.
Government appoints four new directors to CBC Board, including a former chair of TVOntario and a former president of CTV.
Sudbury business writer applauds the CRTC for recognizing the unhealthy impact the agreements between Rogers and Newcap have had on local radio in Sudbury.
Sources say the draft green paper that will determine the BBC's fate states that the licence fee is secure for another 10 years.
Heritage Minister Liza Frulla hints that Toronto can be optimistic about assistance for the cultural sector in the upcoming federal budget.
Canadian content regulation credited for the development of a rich pool of internationally recognized Canadian musical talent.
Article discusses state of Public Service Broadcasting in the UK.
CRTC Chairman Charles Dalfen says the CRTC is working to produce rulings more expediently but that industry is also to blame for procedural delays.
TVOntario says the dearth of quality children's educational programming available in the marketplace requires the station to create its own.
CRTC report finds that private stations' earnings declined by 23% last year despite spending on reality television and foreign programming.
Expectations for future earnings of satellite radio providers such as Sirius and XM may turn out to be overly optimistic.
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission report shows that broadcast earnings are down.
The crisis in the Canadian drama industry can be traced in part to low spending by private broadcasters.
FRIENDS steering committee chair describes what a strong grassroots CBC would look like: a balance between local and network programs.
CRTC releases private broadcasters' 2004 financial summaries.
The Bell Globemedia-Rogers consortium's Olympic strategy is to use several platforms to air a record-breaking number of television hours, a strategy designed to maximize profits.
The Bell Globemedia-Rogers Communications consortium outlines plan for Olympic coverage.
Article says that during the CBC pitch for rights to the Olympics, the CBC's partner, Canwest Global, was nowhere to be seen.
New research proves that educational programs targeted at children have the potential to greatly contribute to their development.
Canwest Global says it plans to increase broadcasting of drama, slightly; CBC management's free market explanation for loss of Olympics rings hollow when it has been bidding and winning rights for decades.
Despite excellence of past CBC Olympics coverage, the public broadcaster should move on to other priorities.
Ofcom proposals on public service broadcasting emphasize the obstacles posed by the digital switchover scheduled for 2012.
Columnist says the CBC should not revive regional television newscasts.
Recent J.P. Morgan survey shows that consumer interest in satellite radio has declined 8% since May.
CHUM acquires remaining 40% stake in Alberta's educational broadcaster, Learning and Skills Television, proposes to combine some operations with conventional television stations formerly owned by Craig Broadcasting.
The surprise teaming of two media giants proves to be a successful Olympic bid strategy.
Article discusses impact of Olympic rights loss on CBC and on coverage of other sports.
Lack of funds cited as CBC loses broadcasting rights to 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and 2012 Summer Games to Bell/Rogers consortium.
Editorial critiques the quality of Radio-Canada, says that it has declined over the years.
Losing Olympic broadcast rights will allow CBC to focus on other areas of its mandate.
If CBC loses the Olympics to CTV, it will not be the first time.
Article criticizes Radio-Canada for cutting funds to its high quality international news program.
Vancouver journalists denounce CanWest Global media monopoly before travelling Senate Committee.
The International Olympic Committee gives broadcast rights for the 2010 and 2012 Olympics to CBC’s rivals, the Bell Globemedia-Rogers consortium.
Radio-Canada is cutting the programs that best fulfill its legal mandate as a public broadcaster.
Radio-Canada faces budget cuts that are likely to take a particularly hard toll on the news sector.
CBC makes its case for a budget increase before the Commons Heritage Committee, promises increased regional programming and Canadian drama during prime-time hours in return.
Rogers has re-applied for a licence to carry RAI International following the CRTC's adoption of a new third-language broadcasting policy in December.
CBC English TV Vice-President Richard Stursberg requests half of Telefilm Canada's annual budget to revive dramatic programming on CBC.
CBC told the House of Commons Heritage Committee it needs an $80 million funding increase over three years to reinvent local/regional television and radio programming.
Rogers has filed an application to add RAI International to the list of authorized foreign digital satellite services.
Speaking points for speech by Minister of Canadian Heritage, Liza Frulla, to the Canadian Film and Television Production Association.
Article suggests minority Liberals are unlikely to face an election over the federal budget, set to be tabled February 23, 2005.
CBC maintains President was "misunderstood" when he told reporters in November that CBC would spend the majority of a $100 million funding increase on network rather than local and regional programming.
CBC issues long-awaited plan responding to House of Commons Heritage Commitee's June 2003 recommendation that the public broadcaster improve local/regional radio and television service to fulfil its responsibilities under the Broadcasting Act.
CBC local/regional plans to be unveiled at House of Commons Heritage Committee meeting.
Text of CRTC Chair Charles Dalfen's speech before the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, addressing the CRTC's mandate, linguistic duality, diversity, third-language programming and equal rights.
CBC's Fifth Estate broadcast on the state of the American political discourse drew predictable response from Fox News commentator.
CRTC has accepted FRIENDS' submission that the business link between NewCap and Rogers radio stations in Sudbury reduced the diversity of news in the Sudbury area and functioned as an unauthorized local management arrangement (LMA). The Commission has ordered that this link end and has extended NewCap's Sudbury licence for only three years.
Observers criticize use of patronage appointments to fill CRTC vacancies.
As piracy software becomes increasingly sophisticated, networks find they will have to make content more accessible to viewers in order to survive.
The United States has reportedly pressured its ally, Qatar, to sell the Al-Jazeera broadcast news service.
The UK Culture Secretary has recommended that BBC report to an outside panel that would have the ability to dole out revenues from the license fee to rival broadcasters.
CEO of CBC/Standard/Sirius joint venture challenges FRIENDS' assessment of Cancon commitments by satellite radio applicants, optimistic that all three applicants will be licensed.
Canwest Global CEO Leonard Asper says his current focus is branching into new businesses rather than making large acquisitions.
Columnist disagrees with CRTC decisions on RAI International and Al-Jazeera and predicts that he will also disagree with upcoming decisions on VoIP and satellite radio.
Former CRTC chair Pierre Juneau pays homage to late CBC broadcasting executive and CRTC chair Harry J. Boyle.
CRTC makes exception to allow Spike TV, rules against objection by Canadian Association of Broadcasters and Canwest Global that the rebranded channel originally approved as the Nashville Network unfairly competes with Canadian services.
CTV and Rogers will compete with CBC for the 2010 and 2012 Olympic broadcast rights; the highest bidder is expected to win.
CRTC aims to "neutralize the downward trend" of original French-language Canadian drama programming in the private sector.
Article says that the way to revitalize the Canadian film and television industry is to give grants to local producers and improve the distribution system instead of hiking tax credits.
In lead up to its charter renewal, BBC says it is disinclined to relinquish its commercial ambitions, denies it uses public funds to compete unfairly with commercial broadcasters.
Former head of CRTC credited with transforming CBC Radio to long-format analytical programming format it is known for today.
The BBC should be regulated by the UK communications regulatory authority, Ofcom, rather than its own board of governors.
Rather than posing a threat, advances in television technology create new opportunities for public broadcasters.
Article says BBC's fear of being perceived as biased makes it overly bland and cautious.
TVA expected to expand further into English Canada provided it can make Toronto 1 a success.
At CRTC, Boyle worked to safeguard domestic ownership of Canada's broadcasting industry and establish Canadian content quotas for television.
CRTC approves sale of Astral Media's Quebec radio stations to Corus Entertainment.
Audiences may have shrunk, but network television is a primary source of news for Canadians.
As the CBC drops this year’s Hockey Day in Canada, TSN resolves to produce a similar feature.
Article says that the CBC has been broadcasting poor, spun and sensationalistic programming.
FCC enforcement against programming content shows the growing influence of conservative voters.
CTV moves popular Canadian sitcom Corner Gas to accommodate simulcast of Fox’s American Idol.
With the NHL lockout still unresolved and the possibility of losing the Olympics to a rival bidder, fear of job losses flares at CBC.
CBC cancels Hockey Day in Canada, a "day of stories, interviews and grass roots hockey" hosted live from hockey communities across Canada.
Columnist speculates the CBC could lose its Olympics broadcaster title to Rogers.
CRTC Broadcasting Policy Monitoring Report shows that while revenues soared, private English broadcasters dedicated even fewer resources to Canadian drama.
Susanne Boyce credited with successful Canadian programming strategy at CTV.
Article suggests the political climate in Ottawa is such that there are good chances some of the Lincoln Report recommendations will finally be implemented.
The CBC program nerve: How Bad Do You Want It? has been awarded the Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Prize for best youth education program.
Rogers is reportedly joining BCE to develop a bid that will rival CBC's for broadcast rights to the 2010 and 2012 Olympics.
Satellite radio is appealing, but poses a considerable threat to Canadian content.
There is speculation that if the NHL hockey season is officially cancelled, CBC will lay off employees to compensate for revenue losses.