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Dec 30, 2006 — Rabble.ca

Advertisers make CanWest Global news go silent by Rob Wipond

CanWest reporter firing raises questions about the growing power of corporate advertisers and the state of Canadian journalism.

Dec 29, 2006 — Rabble.ca

Mavor's torch still burns by Rick Salutin

Columnist says Mavor Moore's life was dedicated to creating and strengthening Canadian cultural institutions.

Dec 28, 2006 — Indianapolis Star

What's good for Big Media is bad news for public by Kevin Howley

Editorial claims that in recent years the U.S. Federal Communication Commission has been working on behalf of media companies instead of citizens, leading to unprecedented concentration of media ownership.

Dec 28, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Why is the NFB such a tough sell? by Guy Dixon

The outgoing commissioner of the National Film Board of Canada thinks the federal government is close to choosing his successor.

Dec 28, 2006 — Edmonton Journal

Radio's space invasion not so out of this world by Shawn Ohler

Article describes how, one year after arrival of satellite radio, few listeners have deserted 'terrestrial' stations.

Dec 28, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Mum's the word on Canadian strike action by Etan Vlessing

Barring an eleventh-hour breakthrough, Canadian actors will be in a legal position to strike in much of the country Jan. 1, 2007.

Dec 27, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Putin endorses new kids' TV channel by Nick Holdsworth

Russia may be getting a new children's television channel after President Putin pledged to address growing concerns over a lack of targeted programming for younger viewers.

Dec 26, 2006 — Canadian Press

Arms-length telecom regulator in an arm-wrestle with Conservatives by Jennifer Ditchburn

Article says that unprecedented assertiveness shown by the Conservative government in pushing its vision for the telecom sector may make it difficult to fill the CRTC chair position.

Dec 26, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Year in Review by John Doyle

Columnist says that cancellations, conniptions and controversy overshadowed what was otherwise a good year on TV.

Dec 23, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Mavor, the man who knew too much by Liam Lacey

A pioneer of Canadian cultural nationalism, Mavor Moore, passed away this week.

Dec 23, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Searching for Bev Oda by Lawrence Martin

FRIENDS says that Bev Oda has done little of significance since becoming Heritage Minister because the Prime Minister's Office is calling the shots.

Dec 23, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC loses license fee battle by Mimi Turner

British government license fee settlement far lower than called for by the BBC.

Dec 22, 2006 — Canadian Television Fund

Response from Douglas Barrett, Chair of the Canadian Television Fund to Jim Shaw, CEO of Shaw Communications

Douglas Barrett says Shaw's decision to withhold contributions to the Canadian Television Fund will have an immediate and dramatic impact on the Fund's ability to carry on operations.

Dec 22, 2006 — Toronto Star

A long, busy life by Richard Ouzounian

Author, director, actor, producer, lyricist and composer Mavor Moore always believed a story told from a Canadian point of view automatically had something special going for it.

Dec 22, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Rivals line up for shot at Alliance by Andrew Willis and Eric Reguly

Article says that at least four rivals are expected to take a serious run for Alliance's specialty TV channels, but will face a struggle to determine the value of stake in the CSI franchise.

Dec 22, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Ofcom eyes broadband content channel by Mimi Turner

Proposed British "public service publisher" will generate online content to rival such outlets as MySpace and Google Video.

Dec 21, 2006 — Canadian Press

Success abroad, online viewing, CBC troubles dominated Canadian TV in '06 by Lee-Ann Goodman

Although only a handful of Canadian shows were routinely watched by large numbers of Canadian viewers, homegrown fare reached millions internationally through sales to foreign countries and lucrative syndication deals.

Dec 21, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Digital TV in 73% of U.K. homes by Mimi Turner

Research shows that almost three out of four U.K. homes have at least one digital television set.

Dec 21, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

U.S. shows dominating German TV by Scott Roxborough

While two years ago there were no American-made dramas in primetime on Germany's top national networks, there are now more than 20.

Dec 21, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Fears as Alliance on the block by Gayle MacDonald

Independent Canadian television producers worry the number of opportunities to showcase their work will shrink with continuing media industry concentration.

Dec 21, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Grey Cup moves to TSN in new deal by William Houston

CBC is shut out of a new rights agreement that will make TSN the exclusive carrier of Canadian Football League content.

Dec 21, 2006 — Toronto Star

Alliance Atlantis courts buyers, stock price soars Broadcasters already may be kicking tires by Rick Westhead

CanWest Global, Astral Media and Corus Entertainment touted as potential buyers of Alliance Atlantis.

Dec 20, 2006 — Shaw Communications

Withdrawal of financial support for Canadian Television Fund

Jim Shaw, Jr.'s letter to the Canadian Television Fund announcing the withdrawal of Shaw Communications' financial contribution.

Dec 20, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood films tops at Canada's box office by Etan Vlessing

Box office data released by Telefilm Canada shows that 2006 was a disappointing year for Canadian film.

Dec 20, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Torstar to cut 85 jobs by Roma Luciw

The newspaper and book publisher that owns The Toronto Star has announced it is cutting 85 jobs and taking an $11-million charge in a bid to cut costs.

Dec 20, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Alliance Atlantis signals it is for sale

The Toronto-based entertainment firm has recently sought expressions of interest from selected potential buyers.

Dec 20, 2006 — Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Outgoing ABC chairman backs political appointment system

The outgoing chairman of Australia's public broadcaster backs the political appointment system that gave him his job.

Dec 19, 2006 — CARTT

Interview with NDP Heritage Critic, MP Charlie Angus by Greg O'Brien

Cartt.ca interview in which MP Charlie Angus talks about the Heritage Committee, the CBC mandate review, carriage fees and copyright legislation.

Dec 19, 2006 — Victoria Times Colonist

CanCon finds followers in syndicated re-runs by Lee-Anne Goodman

In some U.S. markets, Canadian syndicated television shows such as Corner Gas and Da Vinci's Inquest are garnering larger audiences than popular American shows like CSI: Miami.

Dec 18, 2006 — Wired News

Goodbye TV, Hello Broadband by Robert Lemos

One family's experience relying solely on legally available Internet content to satisfy their video entertainment needs.

Dec 18, 2006 — New York Times

Old Model Versus a Speedster by Richard Siklos and Bill Carter

Article says NBC, News Corp, Viacom and other media companies are close to announcing a new Web site that will feature video content in a bid to rival YouTube.

Dec 18, 2006 — Playback Magazine

The year that was at CBC by Sean Davidson

A listing of highs and lows at Canada's public broadcaster.

Dec 18, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen

Freedom in the digital age

Editorial says the CRTC has acted appropriately by declining to regulate the Internet.

Dec 18, 2006 — Playback Magazine

Web not Cancon savior by Mark Dillon

Columnist says that, in the short term, the Internet is not going to change model of Canadian television networks making money off U.S. shows while putting a questionable commitment behind Canadian product.

Dec 18, 2006 — Playback Magazine

BGM and CHUM: The art of the deal by Marcus Robinson

An in-depth look at the proposed merger of CHUM and Bell Globemedia.

Dec 16, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian radio to air more homegrown music by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC has raised the minimum level for Canadian jazz and blues airplay from 10% to 25% of the broadcast week, while the quota for Canadian concert music will double from 10% to 20%.

Dec 16, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Germans bow to EU on pubcaster funding by Leo Cendrowicz

The European Union Competition Commissioner has forced the German authorities to end illegal government aid to public broadcasters.

Dec 16, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen

Raptor's ex-owner proposes HDTV network by Vito Pilieci

FRIENDS says the CRTC must ensure a proposed high definition television network will follow Canadian content rules.

Dec 16, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Vancouver filmmaker accuses Telefilm of bias by Alexandra Gill

Filmmaker says Telefilm Canada is biased against Western filmmakers after losing a share of a $3.5-million production fund because of missing a deadline.

Dec 16, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CRTC, radio find same wavelength by Grant Robertson

A CRTC decision on private radio states that CanCon quotas will stay the same for mainstream stations, but the industry must contribute more money to developing Canadian artists.

Dec 15, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Broadcasters score victory over Ottawa by Grant Robertson

A federal judge has ruled that Ottawa has been unlawfully taxing television and radio broadcasters, along with cable and satellite distributors, for the past eight years through fees charged for their licences.

Dec 15, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Radio industry will have to pay more to support domestic talent by Grant Robertson

CRTC report says private radio stations won't have to increase the level of Canadian content they play, but the amount of money the industry pays to support domestic artists will increase.

Dec 15, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen

Search for CRTC chairman stalled as deadline nears by Deirdre McMurdy

Article says the process to replace Charles Dalfen as chairman of the CRTC has stalled because Prime Minister Harper wants the final say on the choice.

Dec 15, 2006 — National Post

New name for Bell Globemedia: CTVglobemedia by Peter Nowak

The media company is distancing itself from its former controlling shareholder Bell Canada Enterprises, despite successfully arguing a few months ago there had been no ownership change of the company.

Dec 15, 2006 — Canada NewsWire

Canada's first free high definition (HD) national television network proposed

HDTV Networks has submitted an application to the CRTC for a national over-the-air broadcast licence to deliver programming dedicated to the high-definition format.

Dec 15, 2006 — National Post

CRTC tells Ottawa to rewrite rules by Paul Vieira

A report, commissioned by Heritage Minister Bev Oda, says the government should look at rewriting parts of the Broadcasting Act, preferably by the end of the decade.

Dec 15, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

CRTC: Broadcast still king in Canada by Etan Vlessing

CRTC report concludes digital video and audio content available online is having little impact on the Canadian broadcasting system thus far.

Dec 15, 2006 — CRTC

CRTC announces results of its commercial radio policy review: Increases funding for Canadian content development

The CRTC says it will establish a new approach to Canadian content development financed by the contributions of broadcasters, but will not increase Canadian content requirements.

Dec 15, 2006 — CRTC

CRTC releases report on the future environment facing the Canadian broadcasting system

CRTC report finds that any negative impact on the broadcasting system from shifting media consumption patterns has been minimal to date, but the regulator will continue to monitor developments to inform public policy decisions.

Dec 14, 2006 — National Post

Canada needs the CRTC by Peter Miller

Former broadcast executive says an expert administrative tribunal is the most effective and sensible means by which government policy objectives, such as cultural sovereignty, can be advanced.

Dec 14, 2006 — Globe & Mail

TSN, CTV may sack CBC on TV rights by William Houston

Columnist says that the CFL is close to reaching a TV deal with Bell Globemedia.

Dec 14, 2006 — Globe & Mail

How telecom reform topped Bernier's agenda by Simon Tuck

Government officials say Industry Minister Maxime Bernier's telecom agenda includes reforming the CRTC, playing a role in the selection of a new CRTC chair and possibly making changes to foreign ownership restrictions.

Dec 14, 2006 — Globe & Mail

WiFi radio stations to join battle for air supremacy by Mathew Ingran

Article says wireless Internet radio has the potential to disrupt both the satellite and terrestrial radio industries.

Dec 13, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Degrassi teen drama sold into U.S. syndication by Gayle MacDonald

CTV's teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation has been sold into syndication in the United States, including in five of the top media markets.

Dec 13, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Finance committee urges Tories on cultural funding Val Ross

The House of Commons standing committee on finance recommends the federal government increase funding to the Canada Council for the Arts to $300-million over two years.

Dec 13, 2006 — National Post

The CRTC at a crossroads by Andrew Coyne

Considering changes in the telecommunications industry and recent government decisions, columnist concludes the CRTC is in its last days.

Dec 13, 2006 — Vancouver Sun

CanWest gift to establish centre for theatre, film

CanWest Global Communications' $3-million corporate gift will enable the University of Winnipeg to establish the CanWest Centre for Theatre & Film.

Dec 13, 2006 — Kamloops Daily News

CBC lobby seizes on idea of 'pilot city' by Mike Youds

Lobby group envisions Kamloops as a pilot city for the delivery of digital/high-definition TV.

Dec 12, 2006 — Kaiser Family Foundation

Media Multitasking Among American Youth: Prevelence, Predictors and Pairings

Report explores how pervasive media multitasking is among young people, potential cognitive and social development implications, and which teens are most likely to multitask.

Dec 12, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Big Media taps new set of digital gurus by Seth Sutel

Media companies are hiring new executives to help deliver content and engage audiences over the Internet, while still making a profit.

Dec 12, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Netherlands first country to switch to fully digital TV

The Netherlands has ended transmission of "free to air" analog television, becoming the first nation to switch completely to digital signals.

Dec 12, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen

Tories flex some muscle with CRTC, score a win for telecoms, consumers by Deirdre McMurdy

Columnist says that federal Industry Minister Maxime Bernier has seized the local telephone file from the CRTC, unilaterally opening markets across Canada to unfettered competition.

Dec 12, 2006 — Kamloops Daily News

CBC dropped plan to enhance radio, lobbyist says

Lobbyist speculates that a CBC Radio plan to invest $20 million in 20 centres across the county was dropped when it received little support from the Conservative government.

Dec 12, 2006 — National Post

Counterpoint; CBC is more than a TV and radio broadcaster by Tony Burman

CBC News editor-in-chief says the public broadcaster is now thinking of itself as a content provider with the objective to provide news and information to Canadians via their network or platform of choice.

Dec 11, 2006 — New York Times

What Men Want: Neanderthal TV by Warren St. John

Network finds young male demographic increasingly identifies with morally flawed characters.

Dec 9, 2006 — Washington Post

Google Aims To Revitalize Advertising On Radio by Sara Kehaulani Goo

Google tests a radio ad program that bypasses the station's ad department and allows advertisers to use online services to create their own radio campaign.

Dec 8, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC juggling primetime sked

The BBC has announced it is putting its flagship investigative current affairs show "Panorama" back in a primetime slot.

Dec 8, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa wants penalties for telecom market abuse by Simon Tuck

Industry Minister Maxime Bernier has announced amendments to the Competition Act that would issue fines of up to $15-million against telecom companies if they abuse a position of market power.

Dec 8, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CBC takes early lead in battle for NHL TV rights by William Houston

Columnist says the CBC could hang onto the NHL rights by signing a short-term deal with the league, perhaps three or four years in length.

Dec 8, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CanWest puts asset into play by Grant Robertson

Article says CanWest Global Communications could sell its Australian television assets by August, giving the company $1.5-billion to spend on acquisitions in Canada.

Dec 8, 2006 — National Post

Advertisers argue against more 'clutter' by Barbara Shecter

Advertisers tell the CRTC that relaxing limits on the amount of advertising during television shows would be detrimental to advertisers and viewers.

Dec 7, 2006 — Canadian Media Research Inc.

Over-the-air television small vs large communities analysis

Analysis shows there are many small communities with relatively high reliance on over-the-air television.

Dec 7, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Who knew Question Period could be hot? by John Doyle

Columnist says that recent comments made by CRTC Commissioner Richard French, who could be the next chair of the regulator, suggests he is a skeptic of Canadian-content regulation.

Dec 7, 2006 — Globe & Mail

'Citizen journalists' tell news stories their way by Cassandra Szklarski

Article describes a new movement in journalism where ordinary people submit articles and tell editors what to publish.

Dec 7, 2006 — Toronto Star

Astral Media ups dividend 33%, plans to buy shares

Astral Media's president and CEO recommends a cautious approach to liberalizing foreign ownership rules for broadcasters.

Dec 7, 2006 — National Post

It flips. It flops. It's the CBC by Warren Kinsella

Columnist says CBC management is losing credibility because of flip-flops such as the decision to reinstate hour-long local newscasts.

Dec 7, 2006 — Toronto Star

Commercial-free tunes fuel a radio renaissance by Donna Jean MacKinnon

Article says that with 320,000 subscribers in just over a year of operation, Canada's two satellite radio networks seem to be hitting the right notes with music fans.

Dec 6, 2006 — Media at McGill

CRTC Hearings Wrap Up in Ottawa by Greg Taylor

A recount and commentary on the final day of the CRTC public hearings on over-the-air television policy, including the presentation made by FRIENDS.

Dec 6, 2006 — National Post

Alliance tests video web site by Barbara Shecter

Alliance Atlantis Communications is testing a user-generated video website it hopes could be a YouTube for Canadian audiences.

Dec 5, 2006 — National Post

Commercial radio shows strong growth by Barbara Shecter

Robust national radio revenue growth of 8.2% in the first quarter of fiscal 2007 contrasts with a cry to regulators earlier this year to ease rules if the industry is to survive and prosper.

Dec 5, 2006 — Broadcast Engineering

CBC chief proposes hybrid approach for Canadian HD transition

CBC president Robert Rabinovitch has suggested to the CRTC a hybrid approach to delivery of digital television that relies on a mix of terrestrial broadcast and satellite, cable and IPTV delivery.

Dec 5, 2006 — Toronto Star

The silent treatment

Article comments that there has been little news coverage from the CRTC over-the-air television hearings of opinions that differ from those of the large broadcasters.

Dec 4, 2006 — Broadcasting and Cable

Content Is King And So Is Ownership by Craig Kuhl

Article says the drive to prevent programs from being illegally copied is crucial in a digital age.

Dec 4, 2006 — Canada NewsWire

Cornerstone of broadcasting system gone missing

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union tells the CRTC that local programming - the "foundation" of the broadcasting system - has all but disappeared from the airwaves.

Dec 2, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen

How the CRTC killed Canadian drama by Sonja Smits

Gemini Award winner says that by loosening the definition of priority programming in 1999, the CRTC ended the glory days of quality Canadian TV.

Dec 2, 2006 — Brantford Expositor

Union urges CRTC to use fees for new TV programming by John Ward

The Canadian Media Guild wants the CRTC to impose new fees on cable and satellite customers to help finance new domestic programming.

Dec 2, 2006 — Toronto Star

Minister brushes off warnings on media by Antonia Zerbisias

Heritage Minister Bev Oda downplays recommendations in a Senate committee's report on media concentration.

Dec 1, 2006 — CMRI

Comments on CBC TV Proposal to Shut Down Off-Air Transmitters

Canadian Media Research Inc. comments filed with the CRTC regarding the CBC's proposal to close down its over the air television transmitters.

Dec 1, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CBC announces renewed focus on local TV news by Guy Dixon

CBC senior managers have announced a return to local and regional news in the coming months, with Vancouver as the test city.

Dec 1, 2006 — Toronto Star

Romance tops CBC axing by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist says rumours of CBC TV anchor/senior executive relationship have trumped buzz around new news plan.

Nov 30, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen

Slapping fee on conventional TV a 'trash idea,' Rogers tells CRTC by Paul Vieira

Ted Rogers, chief executive of Rogers Communications, tells the CRTC it is not its job to boost the profit margins of private-sector broadcasters.

Nov 30, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Shaw casts doubt on networks' poverty pleas by Grant Robertson

The chief executive officer of Shaw Communications says if some Canadian broadcasters can't make a profit under the current regulatory regime, he'd like to buy them so he can.

Nov 30, 2006 — CARTT

Arpin rips Shaw over ads by Greg O'Brien

CRTC's vice-chair expressed displeasure with Shaw Communications over ad campaign urging public comment on carriage fees.

Nov 30, 2006 — Toronto Star

CBC-TV kills Canada Now

FRIENDS questions that a plan to return to hour-long local newscasts will be implemented given the term of the current CBC president expires in a matter of months.

Nov 30, 2006 — CBC News

CBC to restore one-hour local news shows, cancel Canada Now

CBC TV plans to return to one-hour regional newscasts and establish "civic journalism," where citizens can upload video or images of news events.

Nov 29, 2006 — Edmonton Journal

Sirius and XM merger likely, analyst says by Don Jeffrey

Investment analyst says a merger between Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. is likely to occur within the next 18 months.

Nov 29, 2006 — Kamloops Daily News

Kamloops a test case for CBC, union argues by Mike Youds

The Canadian Media Guild is citing Kamloops as CBC's test case for possible withdrawal from rural over-the-air service across the country.

Nov 29, 2006 — Globe & Mail

TV ad revenue: Perception and reality by Keith McArthur

Article provides a guide to perceptions and realities in the Canadian television industry.

Nov 29, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Loosen the rules, Péladeau urges CRTC by Grant Robertson

Pierre Karl Péladeau, chief executive officer of Quebecor says the CRTC should deregulate key parts of the television business, lifting restrictions on everything from commercial time to how networks spend money.

Nov 29, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Networks split over best way to boost ads by Grant Robertson

CTV and Quebecor want the limit of 12 commercial minutes per hour lifted, while Corus and the CBC oppose the idea.

Nov 28, 2006 — Globe & Mail

The CRTC should just say no by Karen Wirsig

Op-ed makes the case that cultural needs of future generations won't be well served if the CRTC sides with television broadcasters who want fewer regulations.

Nov 28, 2006 — National Post

Status quo decried as threat to broadcasters by Paul Vieira

CanWest Global Communications tells the CRTC that private broadcasters should not be subject to new regulatory requirements - such as an increase to the amount of Canadian content aired in prime time.

Nov 28, 2006 — Globe & Mail

TV fees becoming hot topic by Grant Robertson

John Cassaday, CEO of Corus Entertainment tells the CRTC that fees for television networks would likely anger audiences.

Nov 28, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CanWest's quick fix for its TV bloopers by Eric Reguly

Columnist says Leonard Asper is looking for a quick fix to stock market troubles and dwindling TV profits by asking the CRTC for carriage fees.

Nov 28, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC's surprising 'mess': Grade quits, will head ITV by Mimi Turner

Article says Britain's ITV has hired BBC chairman Michael Grade as its executive chairman, a move that is causing turmoil at the public broadcaster.

Nov 27, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Will Iraqis find Corner Gas funny? by John Doyle

CTV has announced that Corner Gas has secured a distribution deal for syndication in the United States and internationally.

Nov 27, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Race to succeed CRTC boss has begun by Simon Tuck

Government and industry sources speculate that the race to succeed Charles Dalfen as the next CRTC chairman is a showdown between Fernand Bélisle, a former CRTC vice-chairman of broadcasting, and George Addy, a former Telus Corp. executive and head of the federal competition watchdog.

Nov 27, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen

'He was ahead of his time,' son says by Tom Spears

Harry Halliwell, an advocate for domestic ownership of Canadian broadcasters, has passed away at the age of 86.

Nov 27, 2006 — Toronto Star

Cable bills up, CanCon down? by Jim Bawden

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission hearings on over-the-air television will discuss several contentious issues such as carriage fees for conventional broadcasters and funding for Canadian drama.

Nov 27, 2006 — National Post

Broadcasters push CRTC for viewer fees by Barbara Shecter

Global, CTV, CHUM, and the CBC want subscription fees paid by cable and satellite TV distributors and flexibility to get around a 12-minute-per-hour cap on advertising.

Nov 25, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Hearings to explore Canadian programming regulations by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC is set to consider forcing domestic cable and satellite TV distributors to pay a first-time fee to conventional broadcasters for carrying their local channels.

Nov 25, 2006 — Kamloops This Week

Kamloops City Council want to Save our CBC

Kamloops City Council has unanimously agreed to send a letter to Bev Oda, the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, urging her to help restore public TV to the city.

Nov 25, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CBC joins push for carriage fee by Michael Posner

Richard Stursberg, executive vice-president of English television, says CBC's ability to maintain its cultural responsibilities is being compromised by declining revenue from advertising and government.

Nov 25, 2006 — Globe & Mail

TV battle may change sports picture by William Houston

Article previews upcoming battles for National Hockey League and Canadian Football League television deals.

Nov 25, 2006 — Toronto Star

Analysis: Why Stursberg's days at the CBC may be numbered by Murray Whyte

Columnist speculates that if Richard Stursberg can't deliver on the audience numbers he has been pursuing, his time as Executive Vice-President of CBC Television may soon be up.

Nov 24, 2006 — Toronto Star

Full interview with Richard Stursberg

CBC's executive vice-president of English TV talks about budget shortfalls, locking out workers, 'The One', staff defections and more.

Nov 24, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CRTC gives telcos leeway to raise prices by Simon Tuck

The federal telecom regulator will no longer require large telephone companies to seek its approval to change prices - provided those prices remain within approved ranges.

Nov 24, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Give it up, kids by Eric Reguly

Columnist says that the Aspers could prosper most by letting outsiders run CanWest Global Communications.

Nov 24, 2006 — CBC News

HDTV a threat to Canadian culture, critics warn

Two University of Calgary professors say the cost required to switch to HDTV will be too much for smaller Canadian broadcasters leaving, almost exclusively, American programming using the technology.

Nov 24, 2006 — Niagara Falls Review

Ski appointed president at CHUM

Paul Ski, former executive vice-president of radio for CHUM, has been appointed to the new position of president.

Nov 24, 2006 — Canada NewsWire

CTV's Corner Gas Secures U.S. Distribution Deal With Superstation WGN

Canadian hit Corner Gas to be broadcast to 70 million U.S. homes and in countries across 5 continents including Australia, Iraq, Finland and more.

Nov 24, 2006 — National Post

Broadcasting row heats up by Barbara Shecter

According a survey commissioned by telecommunication companies, 20% of cable and satellite subscribers would cancel their service if they had to pay more for the channels they already get.

Nov 24, 2006 — National Post

A CBC contract with Canadians by Robert Rabinovitch

CBC/Radio-Canada president and CEO calls a for formally instituted government-led mandate review every 10 years spelling out what Canadians should expect from the public broadcaster.

Nov 23, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Satellite firms battle for your ears by Grant Robertson

Sirius Canada says it has attracted 200,000 paying customers since it launched a year ago while rival XM Canada states it has 91,200 subscribers.

Nov 23, 2006 — Toronto Star

Aspers mull CanWest options in filing by Tara Perkins

David, Leonard and Gail Asper have filed documents with U.S. securities regulators saying that they may wish to take CanWest Global private.

Nov 23, 2006 — National Post

Networks' fee demand gets airtime by Barbara Shecter

Television broadcasters are expected to ask for carriage fees for their TV channels from cable and satellite operators at the upcoming CRTC hearings.

Nov 23, 2006 — Calgary Herald

Network uses web to get ratings: YouTube valuable tool for CBS by Vito Pilieci

CBS says that more than 29.2 million people have watched shows it has posted on Internet broadcaster YouTube -- and enough of them have gone on to watch regular programming to increase ratings by up to seven per cent.

Nov 22, 2006 — CTV

CTV Inks Landmark Digital Deal with Warner Bros. International Television, Delivering First Wave of U.S. Network Dramas to Canadians on Broadband

CTV has announced it has acquired the Canadian broadband rights for American TV programs Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, The O.C. and Smith.

Nov 22, 2006 — CBC News

Heritage committee launches review of CBC

FRIENDS says Stephen Harper's agenda for CBC remains hidden and welcomes the House of Commons heritage committee decision to review the broadcaster's mandate.

Nov 22, 2006 — Globe & Mail

House committee moves to launch review of CBC by Guy Dixon

The House of Commons heritage committee has passed a motion to begin a review of the CBC - FRIENDS says Prime Minister Stephen Harper should be the first to testify.

Nov 22, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Bell ExpressVu launches Web interactive TV by Grant Robertson

Bell ExpressVu LP has launched two interactive channels that let viewers call up on-screen stats, headlines and other features while watching news or sports.

Nov 21, 2006 — CARTT

Interview with CanWest Global CEO Leonard Asper

Leonard Asper talks about the over-the-air TV review and the future of his company.

Nov 21, 2006 — Globe & Mail

RBC buys American M&A adviser by Tavi Grant

Royal Bank of Canada has announced it will purchase a merger-and-acquisition adviser to the cable, telecom and broadcast industries.

Nov 21, 2006 — Victoria Times Colonist

Yahoo partners 176 U.S. newspapers

Following Google's lead, Yahoo! has announced plans to share advertising with 176 daily U.S. newspapers.

Nov 21, 2006 — CMRI

Canadian television drama audience share trends

CMRI reports that the percentage of total audience captured by Canadian drama series fell to 1.8% in March/May 2006, just half the level in March/May 2005. During March/May 2006, the audience for foreign drama series was 27.4% of total viewing.

Nov 20, 2006 — Parliament of Canada

Minutes of Proceedings from the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

Transcript of the Heritage Committee motion by NDP MP Charlie Angus to undertake a CBC mandate review.

Nov 20, 2006 — Variety

Falling auds a part of CBC original plan by Tamsen Tillson

CBC television executives say that it will take time to turn around the public broadcaster, and they're staying the course.

Nov 20, 2006 — CARTT

Heritage Minister talks with friends in Toronto by Avil Beckford

Bev Oda speaks publicly about media convergence, the digital age, Canadian content, the future role of the CRTC and the fate of the CBC.

Nov 20, 2006 — Sault Saint Marie Star

CanWest News Service goes to Ottawa

In a move to amalgamate its news service CanWest has told Winnipeg employees they will have to move to Ottawa or lose their jobs.

Nov 20, 2006 — New York Times

Ex-Canadian Prime Ministers Again Judging Reality TV Show, With a Bit Less Power by Ian Austen

Brian Mulroney, John Turner, Kim Campbell and Joe Clark have agreed to appear as judges on a new CBC "factual entertainment" program.

Nov 18, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada bill eyes TV violence by Etan Vlessing

U.S. dramas and films airing on Canadian television could be subject to new regulations after debates on a bill to curb kids TV violence.

Nov 17, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Put our TV bands to better use: Sell them by Neil Reynolds

Columnist says that selling public airwaves currently used for over-the-air television could cut cellphone costs and drive the wireless economy.

Nov 17, 2006 — Globe & Mail

B.C. regional director of CBC-TV exits by Guy Dixon

In another change in CBC Television's senior management, the regional director for CBC-TV in British Columbia, Rae Hull, is leaving.

Nov 17, 2006 — Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Future is digital, says ABC TV chief

The director of television for the Australian public broadcaster says that the volume and availability of Australian content is more important in the digital age than ever before.

Nov 17, 2006 — New York Times

For Wallflowers, a Time to Dance by Andrew Ross Sorkin and Peter Edmonston

Some of the largest U.S. broadcasters, including Clear Channel Communications, are being purchased by private equity firms, raising new regulatory concerns.

Nov 16, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Zim turns attention to Internet protocol television by Jack Kapica

Ottawa firm to focus on Internet protocol television, or IPTV, to be distributed among users via peer-to-peer networking.

Nov 16, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Satellite radio looks to long haul by Grant Robertson

In the first full-year of satellite radio service in Canada, the industry has experienced deep startup losses.

Nov 16, 2006 — National Post

Ottawa pulls plug on VoIP regulation: cheaper service likely by Peter Nowak

The Conservative cabinet has partially overturned a CRTC decision on voice over Internet protocol regulation.

Nov 15, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Al-Jazeera English hits the airwaves by Guy Dixon

Arabic TV broadcaster's new network is launched, but won't be on Canadian cable.

Nov 15, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Have producers found the formula? by Mark Medley

Article suggests that developing miniseries or the BBC model of limited-run series can be a way to attract viewership to Canadian productions.

Nov 15, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa to block CRTC on Internet phone regulation by Simon Tuck

The Harper government plans to take the highly unusual move to rewrite the CRTC's key ruling on Internet-based telephone services.

Nov 15, 2006 — National Post

Finally! Radio you can watch: Sirius offers video data by Nicolas Van Praet

Sirius Satellite Radio Canada plans to offer real-time video data, like stock market quotes, subscribers can view in their cars.

Nov 15, 2006 — Edmonton Journal

Dragon's Den a ratings winner for CBC

CBC-TV series 'Dragons' Den' has seen a ratings increase of 250% since the show premiered in October.

Nov 14, 2006 — The Spry Memorial Lecture 2006

Announcement for 2006 Spry Memorial Lecture

Cultural journalist, policy analyst and editor, Patricia Aufderheide speaks on themes related to public broadcasting within the academic community.

Nov 13, 2006 — Toronto Star

A cloud over broadcast policy by Michael Geist

Columnist says that Heritage Minister Bev Oda's past campaign support from broadcasters, cable companies, record companies and copyright lobby groups could raise questions about the fairness and impartiality of upcoming policy processes.

Nov 13, 2006 — Playback Magazine

CTV easily takes fall season by Marise Strauss

U.S. simulcasts allow CTV to easily retain its number one ranking for viewership.

Nov 13, 2006 — The Hill Times

Minister Oda accused of conflict over a 2005 fundraiser by Abbas Rana and Simon Doyle

A fundraiser organized by executives from Corus Entertainment, Rogers Communications and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters raised $15,000 for Bev Oda in May 2005.

Nov 13, 2006 — Playback Magazine

Producer, talent groups call for more primetime drama by Susan Tolusso

The Canadian Film & Television Production Association calls on the CRTC to reverse the trend towards foreign programming and to impose Cancon spending requirements for television broadcasters.

Nov 11, 2006 — Globe & Mail

MD's Giller-winning book to become TV series by James Adams

Book selected for Canada's biggest literary award will be made into a TV series for The Movie Network.

Nov 11, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Alliance to spend cash stockpile on share buybacks by Grant Robertson

Article says Alliance Atlantis is using profits from its CSI franchise to aggressively buy back shares - a sign the company has little interest in media acquisitions.

Nov 10, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CSI franchise lifts Alliance Atlantis profit

The CSI television franchise contributed heavily to a 45% year-over-year profit increase for Alliance Atlantis Communications in the summer quarter.

Nov 10, 2006 — St. John's Telegram

'Rick Mercer Report' performs ratings heroics for CBC-TV by Lee-Anne Goodman

'The Rick Mercer Report' and 'This Hour Has 22 Minutes' are receiving better ratings than the American TV shows they compete against on Tuesday nights.

Nov 10, 2006 — Canadian Press

TSN receives CRTC approval for a second channel on digital TV

TSN's additional digital channel will assist TSN and CTV, both owned by Bell Globemedia, in their expected bid for National Hockey League rights.

Nov 9, 2006 — The Tyee

Daryl Duke, Hero by Charles Campbell

Columnist explores the impact Daryl Duke, past member of FRIENDS' Steering Committee, had on Vancouver's and Canada's cultural history.

Nov 9, 2006 — Toronto Star

Google attempts to conquer U.S. radio by Sue Zeidler

Google is hiring scores of radio sales people and is spending heavily to launch its Google Audio Ads program on U.S. radio.

Nov 9, 2006 — Charlottetown Guardian

Federal government starving CBC of funds, top executive warns by Ron Ryder

Mark Starowicz, executive producer of CBC's documentary production, unit tells a P.E.I. crowd that funding cuts at CBC are leaving Canada in danger of raising a generation ignorant of its own culture and heritage.

Nov 9, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Canadian Film Centre unveils new face by Gayle MacDonald

The Canadian Film Centre's new strategic plan calls for multiplatform content, international co-production, an enhanced feature film program, and expanded training in interactive cinema.

Nov 9, 2006 — Globe & Mail

After media deals and trust shakeup, what's next for CanWest? by Grant Robertson

Columnist says rumors are spreading in the broadcast industry that CanWest will make a major move such as buying Alliance Atlantis, merging with Rogers Communications or possibly going private.

Nov 8, 2006 — Sirius Satellite Radio

Sirius Satellite Radio third quarter results

Sirius Satellite Radio has reported a loss of $4.4 million USD to date in 2006 for its 20% share in Sirius Canada - CBC and Standard Broadcasting each hold a 40% interest in Sirius Canada.

Nov 8, 2006 — Globe & Mail

MD's debut work wins Giller Prize by James Adams

Torontonian Vincent Lam, in his debut work, beat out four other finalists for Canada's richest literary prize.

Nov 8, 2006 — Globe & Mail

The Canadian TV quote of the year by John Doyle

Columnist says that the dismissive attitude shown by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters toward investment in Canadian content exhibits smugness and greed.

Nov 8, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Movie Distribution considers cashing out of distribution partnership

The Movie Distribution Income Fund is joining Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. in putting their Motion Picture Distribution Limited Partnership up for sale.

Nov 8, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Telefilm plugs in to video game funding by Simon Avery

Telefilm Canada will spend $2-million to support the creation of Canadian video games.

Nov 8, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Pattison eyes CHUM TV assets by Grant Robertson

The Jim Pattison Group, Canada's third-largest private company, is rumoured to be a potential buyer of several television stations being sold off in the takeover of CHUM Ltd.

Nov 8, 2006 — Vancouver Sun

Broadcasters facing unregulated competition by Peter Wilson

In North America there are now more than 700 digital out-of-home networks - all of them unregulated - feeding flat screen TV's in the local Royal Bank or Wal-Mart with advertisers' messages.

Nov 8, 2006 — Vancouver Province

Dealing with 'digital tsunami' by Jim Jamieson

Media executives say broadcasters must be nimble in reacting to new technologies such as broadband Internet, podcasting and video on mobile telephones.

Nov 8, 2006 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

CBC exec frustrated Canadians prefer U.S. TV over their own

Richard Stursberg, executive vice-president of CBC English television says American shows on CTV and Global have "nothing to do with our Canadian life, values, mores and culture."

Nov 8, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Minister cancels bash over lobbyist's role by Bill Curry

A fundraiser for the Heritage Minister organized by Charlotte Bell, the regulatory affairs vice-president and a registered lobbyist for CanWest, has been cancelled.

Nov 7, 2006 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Speech by Richard Stursberg at the Economic Club of Toronto

The Executive Vice-President, CBC Television says the broadcaster's central challenge is to make more Canadian programming that more Canadians want to watch.

Nov 7, 2006 — CTV

Bloc MPs boo Don Cherry in House of Commons

Bloc Quebecois MPs booed Don Cherry loudly in the House of Commons because of a perceived bias the hockey analyst has against French Canadians.

Nov 7, 2006 — Maclean's

Heritage Minister cancels fundraiser co-organized by media exec by Jennifer Ditchburn

Heritage Minister Bev Oda cancelled a $250-per-ticket re-election fundraiser organized by a broadcasting executive, citing concerns that the event would be negatively perceived.

Nov 7, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Shelley Ambrose new Walrus publisher by James Adams

A former public-affairs officer for the Canadian consulate in New York is the new publisher of the current-affairs magazine.

Nov 7, 2006 — Associated Press

Microsoft to offer TV shows, movies through Xbox Live by Elizabeth M. Gillespie

Microsoft has teamed with Hollywood studios to sell TV shows and rent movies through an online video-game service.

Nov 7, 2006 — Vancouver Province

New media making advertisers grumpy by Jim Jamieson

A digital marketing executive warned that advertisers will use the Internet to communicate with consumers if traditional broadcasters don't adapt.

Nov 7, 2006 — Vancouver Sun

Actors speak out for more Canadian content by Kevin Griffin

Veteran actors Donnelly Rhodes and Jackson Davies say there is a need to support home-grown talent and telling our own stories.

Nov 6, 2006 — Variety

Alliance Atlantis hangs for-sale sign by Tamsen Tillson

Columnist suggests that in an increasingly consolidated media market, Alliance Atlantis is the next takeover target, with CanWest Global as the likely buyer.

Nov 6, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Lilly silliness rules at Geminis by Alexandra Gill

Gemini Awards show criticized as being "a celebration of the U.S. and our copycat programs."

Nov 6, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Radio urged to adopt digital ratings system by Grant Robertson

Advertisers want the radio industry to contribute as much as $8.5-million to introduce digital audience tracking.

Nov 6, 2006 — New York Times

Newspapers To Test Plan To Sell Ads On Google by Saul Hansell

Google is going to start selling advertisements that will appear in the print editions of 50 major newspapers.

Nov 4, 2006 — Toronto Star

A danger in leaving it to the market by Gerald Caplan and Florian Sauvageau

Authors of the 1986 Report of the Task Force on Broadcasting Policy say that a significant role for the state is needed to ensure Canada's media system serves the common good and democracy.

Nov 4, 2006 — Toronto Star

Government still has a role to play

Op-ed suggests there are indications that the Harper government is preparing to act on media policy.

Nov 4, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Satellite TV providers must apply to carry radio by Grand Robertson

The CRTC has ruled that satellite television providers won't be able to carry satellite radio without applying for changes to their licences.

Nov 4, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Stursberg says CBC ratings not 'disastrous' by Guy Dixon

CBC's head of English-language television says the broadcaster is in a transition period, with a new, heavier reliance on regular series and reality TV.

Nov 3, 2006 — European Commission

The role of public service broadcasters in a vibrant and pluralist digital media landscape by Viviane Reding

Speech by Viviane Reding, Member of the European Commission responsible for Information Society and Media, on the need for public broadcasters to remain strong players in the digital media landscape.

Nov 3, 2006 — Conference of the European Broadcasting Union/MTV

Authorisation Without Oversight, remarks by Vincent Porter

The Chair of the European Alliance of Listeners' and Viewers' Associations observes that Europeans seek more than just editorial freedom but also a regulatory framework which is designed to ensure responsible citizen-oriented editorial policies.

Nov 3, 2006 — Windsor Star

Google night in Canada by Vito Pilieci

Full-length, regular-season National Hockey League games now are available for free viewing at Google's video website 48 hours after they air on television.

Nov 3, 2006 — Vancouver Sun

Regulated broadcasters say they can't compete with rule-free digital media by Marke Andrews

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters wants the government to rewrite its rulebook and give regulated broadcasters a chance to compete with unregulated digital media.

Nov 2, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Slice of Life: Alliance rebrands net by Etan Vlessing

Alliance Atlantis Communications will relaunch its Life Network as "Slice" - targeting a younger, female audience looking for escapism and pure entertainment.

Nov 2, 2006 — Parliament of Canada

CBC 70th anniversary: Statement in the House of Commons by Charlie Angus, MP Timmins-James Bay

Member of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage calls on the government to provide a clear mandate, stable funding and a new governance model for Canada's public broadcaster.

Nov 2, 2006 — Statistics Canada: The Daily

Cable and satellite television

The cable television industry in Canada reached a significant milestone in 2005 when it hooked up its three millionth customer.

Nov 2, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CanWest MediaWorks swings to Q4 profit

Canada's largest publisher of newspapers had a fourth-quarter profit of $46.5-million, up significantly from a year-earlier loss of $4.9-million.

Nov 2, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Senior Telefilm Canada executive leaving her post by Gayle MacDonald

Telefilm Canada loses its director of English operations.

Nov 1, 2006 — Radio Canada International

Radio Canada International Schedules and Frequencies

New schedules for the 2006 broadcast season (29 October 2005 to 25 March 2007) have been posted on the Radio Canada International website.

Nov 1, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Telus and BCE put trust plans on hold for now by Catherine McLean

The Conservative government surprised Telus and BCE by announcing plans to tax income trusts like corporations starting next year.

Nov 1, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Rogers profit surge powered by increasingly wireless world by Catherine McLean

Rogers has posted a 47-per-cent jump in wireless operating profit in its third quarter.

Nov 1, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Videotron lobbying for Internet 'transmission tariff' by Alexander Panetta

With video and music downloads using more bandwidth, one cable company is pushing for content providers like movie studios to share the cost of expanding networks.

Nov 1, 2006 — Washington Post

Satellite Radio Is Asked to Pay More by Chris Kirkham

A U.S. music industry group wants Satellite Radio companies to pay at least 10 percent of their revenues for the right to play music.

Nov 1, 2006 — Toronto Star

Can Lit comes to small screen by Martin Knelman

New project launched to help bring movies and miniseries based on prestigious novels by famous Canadian authors to the small screen.

Oct 31, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian actors threatening strike action by Etan Vlessing

Negotiations on a new Independent Production Agreement between ACTRA, which represents 21,000 domestic performers, and Canadian and U.S. producers have broken off.

Oct 31, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Dalfen to end reign as CRTC chairman at the end of 2006 by Simon Tuck

CRTC chairman Charles Dalfen's reign was marked largely by the challenge of trying to maintain national borders in the Internet era.

Oct 30, 2006 — CBC News

Canada Council releases rules for $50M in new funding

One focus of the new money will be to support activities that increase public access to the arts, including touring, circulation and festivals.

Oct 30, 2006 — Playback Magazine

CBC in ratings tailspin by Mark Dillon

Article suggests Canadians are not finding relevance in CBC's new fall shows.

Oct 30, 2006 — Playback Magazine

Navigating the broadcaster envelope system by Laura Bracken

The Canadian Television Fund uses broadcaster envelopes - dollars reserved for each broadcaster - to bring predictability to the funding system.

Oct 30, 2006 — Canada NewsWire

CTV's The O.C. Breaks Broadband Barrier

CTV the first to offer a U.S. Network drama to Canadians on-line, on-demand.

Oct 30, 2006 — Playback Magazine

Taking the helm in a time of change by Cheryl Binning

Q&A with Canadian Television Fund president Valerie Creighton.

Oct 30, 2006 — Playback Magazine

CAB readies for Vancouver meet by Ilona Beiks

CRTC chair Charles Dalfen, Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda and CanWest Global's head Leonard Asper all to appear at the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' convention.

Oct 30, 2006 — Playback Magazine

CTF: 10 years of giving voice to Canadian stories by Marcus Robinson

The Canadian Television Fund looks back on ten years of financing television production in Canada.

Oct 30, 2006 — Maclean's

All in the Family by Colin Campbell

RIENDS says political insiders give media companies an edge when dealing with the government on broadcast licences and laws affecting the industry.

Oct 28, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Talks stall between ACTRA, producers by Guy Dixon

Wages for lifestyle programs, reality-TV shows, and new-media productions stall negotiations between the Canadian film producers' association and the actors' union.

Oct 27, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian producers sound alarm by Etan Vlessing

The Canadian Film and Television Production Association want domestic broadcasters to increase license fees for commissioned Canadian TV series and to share rights for emerging digital content.

Oct 27, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Committee seeks to delay overhaul of telecom rules by Simon Tuck

A parliamentary committee wants the federal government to hold off on any overhaul of telecommunications governance until a report is completed in the spring of 2007.

Oct 27, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen

PMO's involvement complicates search for a new CRTC chairman by Deirdre McMurdy

Just when CRTC-watchers were expecting the announcement of Tory pedigree Fernand Belisle as the CRTC Chair, the Prime Minister's Office has extended the search for candidates.

Oct 26, 2006 — Baltimore Sun

Public radio seeks recall of FM devices used in cars by Frank D. Roylance

Frequency interference has prompted NPR to ask the U.S. communications regulator to recall millions of FM modulators that play satellite radios and iPods through car stereos.

Oct 26, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Commons votes to rescind museum cuts by Val Ross

Federal MP's have voted to rescind the Harper government's cuts to the Museums Assistance Program.

Oct 26, 2006 — Edmonton Journal

Dinning pledges to double gov't support for the arts by Jason Markusoff

Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership candidates pledge to boost support for cultural groups, performers, artists and the film and television industry.

Oct 26, 2006 — Victoria Times Colonist

Staff celebrate CH television's 50 years on the air by Jim Gibson

CH, the first private television station in British Columbia, celebrates 50 years of broadcasting.

Oct 26, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Bell Globemedia sells Workopolis stake

Gesca and Torstar have bought Bell Globemedia's 40 per cent stake in the Workopolis job-search partnership for $115-million.

Oct 25, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Hollywood's Bergstein buys Canada's ThinkFilm by Richard Blackwell and Gayle MacDonald

ThinkFilm acquisition by a U.S. conglomerate leaves Canadian films in doubt with no Telefilm Canada funding.

Oct 25, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Astral looks to buy, not convert by Grant Robertson

Broadcaster says it wants to make a major media acquisition before it considers converting to an income trust.

Oct 24, 2006 — Toronto Star

Films should reflect our Canada today by Susan Walker

Mehta, Amarshi call for diversity 'The right story at the right time'

Oct 24, 2006 — New York Sun

Al Gore's Army of Amateurs by Brendan Bernhard

The new television channel will broadcast roughly 30% user-generated content.

Oct 24, 2006 — PR Newswire

CWA Says FCC Rules Must Protect and Promote Media Diversity

The Communications Workers of America are encouraging the U.S. federal regulator to retain diversity in local TV, radio and newspaper ownership.

Oct 24, 2006 — Toronto Star

Slow work getting Canada's diverse face into media by Jim Coyle

Conference explores diversity in the media and the need for more women and visible minorities in the telling of Canada's story.

Oct 24, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Daryl Duke, Filmmaker and Broadcaster: 1929-2006 by Fiona Morrow

B.C. director and producer, and past member of FRIENDS' Steering Committee, who broke into film through poetry started his own TV station and set network records by making The Thorn Birds.

Oct 24, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CanWest could be the buyer if Alliance goes on the block by Grant Robertson and Andrew Willis

Analysts are predicting that CanWest Global will purchase Alliance Atlantis and further consolidate the Canadian media sector.

Oct 24, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Telefilm rejigs funding rules by James Adams

The funding changes aim to put more Canadian films, including documentaries, on the country's screens and increase audiences for them.

Oct 23, 2006 — Vancouver Sun

Daryl Duke, Vancouver's 'Mr. Television,' dies at 77 from pulmonary fibrosis by Chad Skelton

Emmy Award-winning director of The Thorn Birds, who helped found Citytv and served on FRIENDS' Steering Committee, passes on.

Oct 23, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa, CRTC help urged for phone, Internet users by Simon Tuck

An internal Industry Canada memo says the government and the CRTC aren't giving enough information to telephone and Internet users on how to protect and inform themselves.

Oct 23, 2006 — Maclean's

The Anchor That Time Forgot by Nicholas Kohler

Lloyd Robertson marks 30 years as the CTV national news anchor.

Oct 21, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Linguistic divide continues for domestic film: Telefilm by James Adams

Telefilm Canada says box office achievements for Canadian films are driven largely by the success of Quebec's francophone sector.

Oct 21, 2006 — National Post

CanWest explores options in Australia by Barbara Shecter

CanWest has hired investment bankers to help choose a course for its Australian and New Zealand operations following an overhaul of foreign ownership rules.

Oct 21, 2006 — Media Advisory

Daryl Duke: In Memoriam

Daryl Duke, an Emmy Award winning film director, served on Friends' Steering Committee from 1994 to 2005.

Oct 20, 2006 — Ottawa Sun

CBC job a perpetual hotseat by Rob Brodie

Columnist says few positions in Canadian sports TV face more scrutiny than the executive director of CBC Sports.

Oct 20, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Rival groups seek FCC vote on ownership by Brooks Boliek

Study says relaxing rules on cross-media mergers would increase media concentration in excess of Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

Oct 20, 2006 — Saskatoon Star Phoenix

Canadian movies hit Telefilm target by Marke Andrews

In 2005, Canadian films surpassed Telefilm Canada's 5% target of the domestic box office.

Oct 20, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Alliance looks to sell Motion Picture stake

Alliance Atlantis plans to sell its stake in Motion Picture Distribution LP.

Oct 19, 2006 — CARTT

Industry heads to Ottawa to lobby on telecom reform by Paul Park

Telcos and cablecos pressure the federal government, and by extension, the CRTC for a telecommunication regulation revolution.

Oct 19, 2006 — Associated Press

NBC cutting 700 jobs, will move MSNBC to New York

NBC Universal to overhaul its news operations to exploit new forms of electronic distribution.

Oct 19, 2006 — Orillia Packet & Times

'Regulatory revolution' needed, Telus CEO says

Telus boss says strict regulatory rules discourage innovation and that Canada's copyright, broadcasting and telecommunications laws should reflect the Internet age.

Oct 19, 2006 — Edmonton Journal

CBC takes another stab at reality TV by Andrea Baillie

On the heels of the public relations disaster 'The One', CBC announces a new reality TV show that reaches out to young people interested in stage, dance, singing.

Oct 19, 2006 — National Post

Australian proposal lifts CanWest shares by Barbara Shecter

CanWest's television holdings in Australia increase in value after Australian Parliament passed a law to abolish a 19-year-old ban on foreign and cross-media ownership.

Oct 19, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Millions of TV episodes are being streamed, networks say by David Bauder

Networks believe on-line viewing will help television viewing in the long run; the downloads are not available outside of the United States.

Oct 19, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Telus chief shoots down critics: 'We are not a typical trust' by Steven Chase and Simon Tuck

Telus Corp. chief executive officer says his company's planned conversion to a trust is not a tax dodge and won't handicap the ability to reinvest and grow.

Oct 18, 2006 — Red Deer Advocate

Canadians losing touch with culture, Tennant claims by Susan Zielinski

Former prima ballerina Veronica Tennant suggests the CBC is selling out to get more viewers at the expense of its mandate to reflect Canadian culture and nationhood.

Oct 18, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Cost-cutting Torstar tries to reassure shareholders by Grant Robertson

Torstar Corp. shake-up has seen slashed costs and the replacement of two top executives.

Oct 18, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Canadians feeling snubbed by TV decision by William Houston

The International Olympic Committee has hired a U.S. broadcaster for the job of director of production for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Oct 18, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Lee leaves CBC Sports for Olympic TV post by William Houston

The resignation of CBC's head of Sports immediately raised questions about the future of NHL hockey at the network.

Oct 18, 2006 — Globe & Mail

'Three potential catalysts' boost rating for CanWest by John Partridge

New media legislation in Australia, a modest ratings revival and the push to win carriage fees are sited as reasons to buy CanWest stock.

Oct 17, 2006 — National Post

Broadcaster's curiosity made him a CBC icon by Charles Enman, CanWest News Service

Radio actor, playwright, mathematician, birder, musicologist, producer and program host Lister Sinclair passed away yesterday in a Toronto hospital at the age of 85.

Oct 17, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Feds back down in fight over surplus millions by Simon Tuck

Government declines to challenge CRTC decision allowing telcos to use over-billings to expand high-speed Internet services in rural and remote communities.

Oct 17, 2006 — Canada NewsWire

Mary Powers Appointed Senior Vice President Corporate Communications Bell Globemedia

Former CHUM executive appointed to senior post with Bell Globemedia.

Oct 17, 2006 — The Australian

New ABC boss vows no more bias by Amanda Meade and Imre Salusinzky

The head of Australia's public broadcaster has admitted the need to respond to claims of political bias in its news, current affairs and other programming.

Oct 16, 2006 — Television Week

Yahoo, CBS Link Internet, Stations by Daisy Whitney

CBS's local television stations will begin providing local news clips to Yahoo in return for revenue splitting from Internet ads.

Oct 16, 2006 — Broadcasting and Cable

How Google-YouTube will shake up the TV industry by Anne Becker, Ben Grossman, John M. Higgins and Allison Romano

With the increasing appeal of online video, Google acquisition of YouTube is expected to impact every element of the television industry.

Oct 16, 2006 — Playback Magazine

20 people, events, trends and things that made a difference by Marcus Robinson, Mark Dillon & Etan Vlessing

Corner Gas, the Aspers and CBC's troubles mark the past 20 years in film and television in Canada.

Oct 16, 2006 — Playback Magazine

CRTC preps for TV review by Norma Reveler

CanWest Global Communications, CHUM, CTV and CBC want to charge cable companies a fee for carrying their signals.

Oct 16, 2006 — Globe & Mail

A $2-million comma? Au contraire, Rogers tells Aliant Grant Robertson

Rogers, which lost a debate this summer over the placement of a comma in a contract, is now turning to the French language to make its case.

Oct 16, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Bernier seeks provinces' view on VoIP rules by Simon Tuck

Industry Minister Maxime Bernier is seeking provincial support for his open market view of how Internet-based phone services should be regulated.

Oct 16, 2006 — Time

10 Questions for Rupert Murdoch by Richard Stengel

News Corp. chairman comments about bias in the news, the acquisition of Internet social networking website MySpace, and his most trusted sources of daily information.

Oct 13, 2006 — CNN

Switching signals: TV about to go digital by Manav Tanneeru

Legislation passed by Congress means that by 2009 all U.S. over-the-air TV stations must switch from analog to digital transmission.

Oct 13, 2006 — Vancouver Sun

Website's goal is to show all of us how to be journalists by Peter Wilson

NowPublic.com allows citizens to post breaking news or a story underplayed in the traditional media.

Oct 13, 2006 — National Post

CanWest unit buys advertising rights at U.S. shopping malls by Barbara Shecter

Australian TV network controlled by CanWest has acquired advertising rights at 150 shopping malls in the United States.

Oct 13, 2006 — Globe & Mail

BCE trust move spurs political fears by Catherine McLean

While observers don't believe government intervention is a risk, BCE investors have concerns over a possible political backlash to restructure plans.

Oct 12, 2006 — Australian Associated Press

Media laws pass major parliamentary hurdle by David Crawshaw and Nick Butterly

Australian Senate clears the way for an expected flurry of media company mergers and takeovers.

Oct 12, 2006 — CBC News

Quebec to pour $10M into filmmaking

Additional money will allow for the production of up to six new films in the province.

Oct 12, 2006 — Vancouver Sun

Locals slow to sign up for film-TV trade show by Marke Andrews

FTX West, a new four-day film and television industry trade show and conference launches in Vancouver.

Oct 12, 2006 — St. John's Telegram

Canadian film industry gets boost from 'Trailer Park Boys' by Lee-Anne Goodman

Telefilm Canada is seeing results from its controversial Canada Feature Film Fund aimed at increasing the box office share of Canadian movies.

Oct 12, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Google's YouTube deal mostly about packaging to advertisers

With the purchase of YouTube, Google gets millions of page views that it can use for its core business - Google AdSense and AdWords programs.

Oct 12, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Are you getting the message? by Tenille Bonoguore

TV is morphing into an interactive, niche-driven and customer-controlled environment that is allowing advertisers to concentrate on targeting a desired audience.

Oct 12, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Video killed the radio star? No way by Grant Robertson

For an industry believed to be in decline thanks to the Internet, iPods and satellite radio, broadcast radio advertising sales have never been stronger.

Oct 11, 2006 — SOCAN - Words & Music

Heritage program postponed by Christopher Taylor Jones

Canada's music publishers are disappointed about the postponement of a Canadian Heritage funding program that promised to pump $1-million into the sector.

Oct 11, 2006 — Globe & Mail

'End of an era' as Bell Canada becomes Canada's biggest income trust by Catherine McLean

Reversing a decision made earlier this year, BCE plans to follow Telus's lead and restructure into the country's biggest income trust.

Oct 11, 2006 — SOCAN - Words & Music

Canadian voices and technology by André LeBel

Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers says the Canadian broadcast industry needs a broader policy that covers technologies such as the Internet and mobile networks.

Oct 11, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Banff world TV fest books fivefold rise in deals

The Banff World Television Festival says more than $720-million in deals were inked at this year's event.

Oct 11, 2006 — Globe & Mail

At YouTube, a copyright conundrum continues by Barrie McKenna

Internet start-up sends a message to the courts and media industry that it's going legit with a series of distribution deals with broadcasters and movie makers.

Oct 10, 2006 — CARTT

Canadian TV market to keep growing; VOD to surpass PPV revenues by '09, says report

Pricewaterhouse Coopers annual Entertainment and Media report says Canada's television network market in will expand at 4.3% per year to $4.5 billion in 2010.

Oct 10, 2006 — National Post

Google bids for Net video site YouTube by Peter Morton

Google has made a US$1.65-billion offer for YouTube - a move to put the Web search engine at the forefront of the video online revolution.

Oct 10, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Shaw Communications Inc.

Shaw announces the appointment of media executive Carl Vogel to the Board of Directors of the Corporation.

Oct 7, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Commons committee wants museum cuts halted by Val Ross

House of Commons standing committee on Canadian heritage has asked the federal government to reconsider its proposed cuts to the Museum Assistance Program.

Oct 7, 2006 — Globe & Mail

TSN takes Round 1 in ratings war with Hockey Night in Canada by William Houston

TSN pulled in 1.334 million viewers for its National Hockey League opener compared with 1.229 million viewers for CBC.

Oct 6, 2006 — CBS News Public Eye

Wall Street's Squeeze Of Local TV News by Valerie Hyman

Blog posting says Wall Street is undermining democracy by demanding higher profits from local television stations resulting in more Americans getting less news.

Oct 6, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Challenges for Fox News as it turns 10 by Paul J. Gough

Fox News Channel experiences growing pains that will challenge it in its second decade.

Oct 5, 2006 — Globe & Mail

MuchMusic launches site for music downloads by Guy Dixon

CHUM's MuchMusic has announced it is pushing further into the Internet with a new music-downloading site.

Oct 5, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Sirius ahead of XM growth curve by Georg Szalai

XM Satellite Radio claims more than 285,000 new subscribers during the third quarter; competitor Sirius Satellite Radio added more than 441,000.

Oct 5, 2006 — Globe & Mail

For CanWest, legal woes grow on trees by Grant Robertson

A New Zealand judge has ruled that CanWest Global can no longer use the rights to 10 square kilometres of forest land as a tax writeoff against the profits at its radio and television stations.

Oct 5, 2006 — Globe & Mail

A CBC without hockey? Don't go there by John Doyle

Columnist says that CBC's needs to keep NHL hockey and better promote its other Canadian programming or else viewership will continue to diminish.

Oct 4, 2006 — Globe & Mail

New CBC hire points to boost in local TV news by Guy Dixon

Consultant hired to help the CBC formulate a local news plan - management wants to present proposals for local television news to the CBC board by November.

Oct 4, 2006 — Globe & Mail

A deal is a deal, right? Not so fast

CanWest Global ordered to pay $862,624 in GST on a $12.8-million settlement it made to Conrad Black's former holding company.

Oct 3, 2006 — Radio Television News Directors Foundation

The Future of News - A Study by The Radio Television News Directors Foundation

Study finds Americans get most of their news from local TV (65.5%) - more than double newspapers (28.4 %) and almost six times the figure for the Internet (11.2 %).

Oct 3, 2006 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Next steps for CBC News

Internal note to CBC staff says that a new hire will expand the public broadcaster's capacity to deliver local news that better connects with Canadians.

Oct 3, 2006 — Los Angeles Times

FCC Is Set to Revisit Rules on Ownership by Jim Puzzanghera and James S. Granelli

The Federal Communications Commission begins deliberations into loosening ownership restrictions on the broadcast industry.

Oct 3, 2006 — National Post

CanWest sells 2 radio stations

Corus Entertainment purchases CanWest radio stations in Winnipeg and Kitchener for $15-million.

Oct 2, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC sees double with U.S. assault by Steve Brennan

Britain's BBC wants 100 million American viewers for its television programming.

Oct 2, 2006 — Mediacaster Magazine

Proposed TV Policy Changes Bring "Drastic' Impact

Canadian independent broadcasters express concern about the introduction of subscription fees for the over-the-air broadcasters, warning any reduction in fees paid to them will have drastic implications.

Oct 2, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

MIPCOM 2006 by Steve Brennan and Mimi Turner

Annual international TV market creates an environment where TV shows can be sold to multiple buyers in multiple counties simultaneously.

Oct 2, 2006 — Boston Globe

Is PBC Selling Out Online? by Alex Beam

"Commercial free" public television is placing Disney and Google ads on its Web pages.

Oct 2, 2006 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

Oh say can't you see Canadian TV?

Only one Canadian-made show in the top 30 most-watched in Canada for the week Sept 18-24.

Oct 2, 2006 — Maclean's

Fournier Fouls Out by Shanda Deziel

FRIENDS comments on the tenure of former CBC Board Chair, Guy Fournier.

Oct 1, 2006 — The Walrus

Stephen Harper and the Theo-cons by Marci McDonald

In-depth article profiles the rising clout of Canada's religious right.

Sep 30, 2006 — National Post

Standard may revive mothballed IPO by Barbara Shecter and Boyd Erman

Standard Broadcasting Corp. evaluating restructuring the company as an income trust.

Sep 30, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Hold fast: Why he won't ring Bell on Net TV by Catherine McLean

Possible glitches with Microsoft compression technology delays Bell Canada's launch of Internet protocol TV.

Sep 30, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Guild wants CRTC to lean on private broadcasters by Gayle MacDonald

The Writers Guild of Canada wants CTV, Global and CHUM to increase the percentage of advertising revenues they spend on Canadian drama from 3.2 to 7 per cent.

Sep 29, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Corus targets youth market, clicks into on-line games by Grant Robertson

Traditional media companies are following their younger audiences on-line with an expansion into interactive Internet games.

Sep 29, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CBC wants mandate review every 10 years by Guy Dixon

CBC's president, chief executive officer and acting chair says the CBC needs a clearer sense of its mandate as technology and the media industry go through sweeping changes.

Sep 28, 2006 — Mediacaster Magazine

CBC and the Future of Television

CBC/Radio-Canada proposes that the CRTC establish conventional broadcaster eligibility for cable and satellite subscription revenues.

Sep 28, 2006 — CBC News

Heritage committee grills CBC bosses on reality TV, hockey

The House of Commons committee on Canadian Heritage questioned senior CBC managers about programming decisions and rumours the network could lose hockey.

Sep 28, 2006 — National Post

Ottawa must seize CRTC agenda by Nick Mulder

Comment piece says that the CRTC should act on the government's instructions or else legislators should "seize the agenda" from the regulator.

Sep 28, 2006 — St. John's Telegram

Rogers says restrictions on broadcast advertising should be loosened by David Paddon

Rogers wants restrictions that allow a maximum of 12-min of advertising per hour of television programming relaxed.

Sep 28, 2006 — National Post

Economics forced CHUM's hand: CEO by Barbara Shecter

Fees from cable, satellite and telecom companies are needed for conventional TV to thrive, says CHUM's chief executive.

Sep 28, 2006 — Montreal Gazette

No sex, bug-eating on CBC: Rabinovitch by Mike De Souza

Appearing before the House of Commons heritage committee, CBC president and acting chairman Robert Rabinovitch was grilled over a series of summer controversies.

Sep 28, 2006 — Globe & Mail

TV sector divided ahead of review by Grant Robertson

TV broadcasters want to charge cable companies for carrying their signals while cable supplier Rogers plan to fight the proposal.

Sep 28, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Thai junta pulls plug on grassroots radio by Geoffrey York

Thailand's military coup has resulted in the forced shut-down of community radio stations for "security reasons."

Sep 27, 2006 — Parliament of Canada

Transcript from the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

Senior CBC management answer questions from Parliamentarians on issues such as local newscasts, new technologies, the CBC mandate, controversial programming decisions, and public broadcasting's place in the world.

Sep 27, 2006 — Toronto Star

CBC ratings a black hole by Jim Bawden

Columnist says that low ratings are causing fear and consternation to stalk CBC's corridors of power these days.

Sep 27, 2006 — New York Times

IPT Huh? It's Programming for Particular Viewers Like You by Heather Clancy

Internet Protocol Television has the potential to drastically reduce the cost of delivering specialized video programming.

Sep 27, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Heritage cuts rock regional museums by Val Ross and James Adams

Conservative government cuts $4.6-million from Canadian Heritage.

Sep 27, 2006 — Globe & Mail

'We will take the time. We will go deep' by Michael Posner

Ontario's public broadcaster's new strategic agenda aims to make citizens better informed and will make use of new technologies.

Sep 27, 2006 — Globe & Mail

TV to go by Simona Rabinovitch

New technology is changing the way people are viewing their favorite television shows.

Sep 26, 2006 — Canadian Press

Glenn Gould 'brought back to life' at eerie piano performance by John Terauds

Technology produces an exact "live performance" replica of Glenn Gould's 1955 recording of the Goldberg Variations.

Sep 26, 2006 — This Magazine

And then there were two... CHUM takeover gets mixed reviews by Hannah Renglich

Professor says the takeover of CHUM could have been worse - a company that pushes a political ideology, such as CanWest, could have bought it.

Sep 26, 2006 — This Magazine

Canadian Broadcasting Corpse? by Vanessa Milne

FRIENDS says the CBC is reaching a tipping point; present circumstances could result in public investment to reduce its dependance on ad revenues.

Sep 26, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Entertainment media bite digital hand that could feed them by Barrie McKenna

Traditional media companies are slow to recognize that entities such as YouTube, MySpace and others have created entirely new markets for their content.

Sep 26, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Groups can appeal CRTC phone overpayment decision by Simon Tuck

Consumer groups to appeal decision that would allow Telco's to use $652.7-million in over-billings for specific projects, such as new high-speed Internet services in rural and remote communities.

Sep 26, 2006 — Globe & Mail

How far will this free marketeer go? by Konrad Yakabuski

Industry Minister Maxime Bernier plans to unveil a major, market-oriented reform of Canada's $33-billion telecommunications sector this fall.

Sep 25, 2006 — New Statesman

The battle for YouTube by Ben Dowell

MTV is rumoured to be sizing up a potential $1 billion takeover of internet upstart, You Tube.

Sep 25, 2006 — New York Times

Remarks Cost the Canadian Broadcast Chairman His Job by Ian Austen

Former CBC chair tells Heritage Minister that he resigned because he had lost the confidence of Canada's new government.

Sep 25, 2006 — Barrie Examiner

Is it worth the money?

Editorial says that the CBC is a bureaucratic mess and questions whether taxpayers are getting value for money.

Sep 25, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen

How to save CBC by Tony Manera

Former CBC president says the current turmoil at CBC represents an opportunity to return the broadcaster to its place as a national treasure.

Sep 23, 2006 — National Post

The lessons I learned at CBC by Robert Fulford

Columnist says that the CBC corporate culture has cultivated a consistency of opinions and a uniformity of views.

Sep 22, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Znaimer may get his own Way by Unnati Gandhi

Toronto city council considers naming a street after innovative TV broadcaster Moses Znaimer.

Sep 21, 2006 — Toronto Star

Our film funding too thin too long by Martin Knelman

Columnist says the McGuinty government should provide funding so Ontario filmmakers are on equal footing with those in Quebec.

Sep 21, 2006 — Le Journal de Montréal

Une des deux décisions difficiles à prendre à Ottawa, Brigitte McCann et Dany Bouchard

Article comments on the significance of the nomination of Guy Fournier's successor as chair of the board of the CBC to the future of the national public broadcaster.

Sep 21, 2006 — Eye Weekly

Your Tube: With a new season on the horizon, can the CBC stop dithering and make good TV? by Joshua Ostroff

Columnist says the CBC should stop focusing for ratings and instead produce diverse shows that appeal to many different demographics.

Sep 21, 2006 — CARTT

CBC chair speculation begins as Fournier "flushed himself" by Glenn Wanamaker

FRIENDS says a number of current CBC Board members have more TV, production, and scheduling experience than current management has and the next CBC Chair should not be a political appointee.

Sep 21, 2006 — National Post

CBC head's exit seen as gift for Conservatives: Fournier fallout by Julie Smyth

The Conservatives can now replace Guy Fournier with a CBC Board Chair more in-line with the government's priorities.

Sep 21, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen

Fournier's exit gives Rabinovitch too much power at CBC: watchdog by Mike De Souza

FRIENDS says the resignation of the chairman of the CBC board of directors could shift too much power to president, Robert Rabinovitch.

Sep 20, 2006 — Globe & Mail

McCarthys lawyer in running to chair CRTC

A Toronto lawyer, a former CBC president, a CRTC vice-chairman and two consultants rumored to chair the CRTC.

Sep 20, 2006 — Regina Leader-Post

CBC chairman calls it quits by Elizabeth Thompson

FRIENDS says that a Conservative government running low in the polls would not want to weaken the CBC with board chair appointment.

Sep 20, 2006 — Toronto Star

CBC chair quits over furor by Murray Whyte

FRIENDS says it is a dangerous situation to have the lame-duck CBC president, Robert Rabinovitch, fill the board position he answers to.

Sep 20, 2006 — Globe & Mail

One less embarrassment at Fort Dork - by John Doyle

CBC Chair's comments another embarrassment for Canada's public broadcaster.

Sep 20, 2006 — National Post

'Green space' on the airwaves by Bill Roberts

President and CEO of S-VOX says that the broadcasting system should provide Canadians reasonable access to programming that speaks to them as citizens, not just as consumers.

Sep 20, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Gore's Current TV inks deal with Yahoo! by David Bauder

Current TV is going into partnership with Yahoo! Inc. to create four new broadband channels focusing on disseminating video created by young viewers.

Sep 19, 2006 — Calgary Herald

BCE chief exec critical of CRTC

Michael Sabia calls on the CRTC "to get the message" the federal Conservative government is sending on telecom regulation.

Sep 19, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Controversial CBC chair in trouble over Lebanese comment by Rhéal Séguin

Guy Fournier, chairman of the board of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp, faces criticism after comments in a supermarket gossip magazine.

Sep 19, 2006 — Globe & Mail

BCE's revamp continues, files for Telesat IPO by Catherine McLean and Andrew Willis

BCE Inc. has filed to sell a stake worth as much as $400-million (U.S.) in its Telesat Canada satellite arm - the latest corporate revamp in the telecommunications sector.

Sep 18, 2006 — Broadcasting and Cable

American TV Rebounds Worldwide by John M. Higgins

Canadian, British, French and Italian networks have recovered their appetite for American programming and sharply increased the prices they're willing to pay for new, unproven shows.

Sep 18, 2006 — Playback Magazine

CBC bets on Haddock's Intelligence by Marise Strauss

Producer of the cancelled Da Vinci's City Hall back on CBC with a new series; says Canadians want an alternative to American TV.

Sep 18, 2006 — Playback Magazine

English Canada says 'Non' to Lévesque by Marise Strauss

CBC's fall season got off to a dismal start with only 158,000 viewers for the miniseries debut about the late Quebec separatist leader.

Sep 18, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Warner Music inks deal with YouTube by Michael Liedke

Deal marks another significant step in the entertainment industry's migration to the Internet.

Sep 16, 2006 — National Post

CBC responds by Jeff Keay

CBC representative says the public broadcaster is less a competitor to private networks than a distinct alternative to them - and they make no apologies for trying to attract more viewers.

Sep 15, 2006 — Toronto Star

Game on as digital channels hook 'attractive' fans by Chris Zelkovich

FRIENDS comments that viewers and broadcasters will continue to embrace digital TV channels.

Sep 15, 2006 — National Post

CanWest wins licence for second U.K. FM radio station by Peter Koven

CanWest chief executive Leonard Asper said the company will apply for more U.K. radio licences in the future.

Sep 15, 2006 — New York Times

Broadcast Radio Is Scrambling To Regain Its Groove by Richard Siklos

More than 9 out of 10 Americans still listen to traditional radio each week, but they are listening due to competition from streaming audio, podcasting, iPods and satellite radio.

Sep 14, 2006 — USA TODAY

FCC ordered media study destroyed, lawyer says

A study that suggested greater concentration of media ownership would hurt local TV news coverage was destroyed by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

Sep 14, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Is CanWest on the buyout menu? by Eric Reguly

CanWest problems fuel speculation that CEO Leonard Asper may want to take the company private.

Sep 13, 2006 — Montreal Gazette

Popularity of the Internet poses great challenge to traditional leaders by Roberto Rocha

Leonard Asper, CEO of CanWest Global Communications says traditional media will retain audiences lured by on-line, on-demand content only by trial and error.

Sep 13, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Corus cuts 83 jobs as part of restructuring

Corus's Movie Central operations in Edmonton will be integrated into Toronto facilities.

Sep 13, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Rogers expects to lose $25-million by Gary Norris

Losses caused by the Toronto Blue Jays regarded as "sustainable" in view of the team's benefits to the company as a whole.

Sep 13, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Rogers, BCE won't board income trust bandwagon by Catherine McLean

Both companies rule out conversion one day after Telus says it plans to switch to income trust structure.

Sep 13, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Apple raises curtain on movie service by Simon Avery

Apple, AOL, Amazon.com sell Hollywood blockbusters online.

Sep 13, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CanWest, Corus say more mergers inevitable by Grant Robertson

CanWest Global and Corus Entertainment are on the hunt for a major media deal in the wake of Bell Globemedia's purchase of CHUM Ltd.

Sep 12, 2006 — Saskatoon Star Phoenix

CRTC picking sides on VoIP

Editorial says the CRTC should let the laissez-faire rules that have made cellphone plans affordable should prevail in VoIP.

Sep 12, 2006 — South China Morning Post

Satellite TV soon to serve 300m homes by Frederick Yeung

Almost 300 million households in China are set to gain access to cable-quality television services.

Sep 12, 2006 — Globe & Mail

AT&T launches live broadband TV service by Bruce Meyerson

AT&T is launching an Internet TV service where subscribers can watch live cable channels on any computer with a broadband connection for a subscription fee.

Sep 12, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Telus extends its tax holiday with huge trust conversion by Catherine McLean

Telus unveils a plan to create the country's largest income trust - the new structure will provide a shelter from corporate income taxes.

Sep 12, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Telus trust could attract takeover wolves by Eric Reguly

Speculation that a private equity group could take Telus private increases after the telecom turns to income trust structure.

Sep 11, 2006 — Toronto Star

Leaders weirdly silent on sweeping broadcast treaty by Michael Geist

Canadian delegation has remained silent during deliberations on a wide-sweeping international broadcast treaty that will have significant consequences for Canadians.

Sep 11, 2006 — Kirkland Lake Northern News

Ads on TVO supported by James Wallace

Poll shows that 68 per cent of Ontario voters favour letting TVOntario sell advertising to help it pay for programming.

Sep 11, 2006 — Western Standard

The public enemy: The CBC doesn't serve Canadians. It hurts them by Kevin Libin

Columnist says there isn't a thing that's "public" about Canada's public broadcaster except that we all pay for it.

Sep 9, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Telus feels the need for speed Catherine McLean

Telus plans a $600-million upgrade of its broadband network to expand its television service and keep pace with rivals' Internet speeds.

Sep 9, 2006 — Toronto Sun

Long and Short of it: CBC Offers Lee Support by Bruce Kirkland

'Shortbus' the sexually explicit movie starring actress, musician and CBC broadcaster Sook-Yin Lee opens in Toronto.

Sep 9, 2006 — Montreal Gazette

First head of Newsworld: CBC's Joan Donaldson

Joan Donaldson, the first head of CBC Newsworld, died Thursday night in Victoria, B.C. at the age of 60.

Sep 8, 2006 — Globe & Mail

BCE cuts its BGM stake by Catherine McLean

BCE has reduced its stake in Bell Globemedia to 15% from 20% with Ontario Teachers Pension Plan picking up the equity.

Sep 7, 2006 — National Post

CRTC grapples with threshold by Mark Evans

Canada's telecom regulator says its 25% deregulation benchmark for the local telephone market turns out to be too high.

Sep 7, 2006 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Update to CBC Staff on the Board of Directors Meeting by Robert Rabinovitch, President and CEO

CBC President reports to staff on early September Board of Directors meeting.

Sep 6, 2006 — Hamilton Spectator

Networks unveil some Canadian fall TV fare

CBC chases the youth market; CTV has no new Canadian shows but 10 TV movies; Global continues with a mostly American lineup.

Sep 6, 2006 — Regina Leader-Post

CRTC line ringing busy

The decision by the CRTC to ignore the government's wishes on Internet phone service could lead to the Conservatives pulling the plug on many of the powers held by agency.

Sep 6, 2006 — Canada NewsWire

Kevin Shea Named Chair Of The Ontario Media Development Corporation

Former president and CEO of Sirius Satellite Radio and YTV Canada has been appointed as the new chair of OMDC effective immediately.

Sep 5, 2006 — Globe & Mail

China slaps director with 5-year filmmaking ban

A Chinese director has been banned from making movies in China for five years after screening a film at Cannes without government approval.

Sep 5, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Viacom CEO, president resigns

Tom Freston has resigned as Viacom's president and chief executive and named industry veteran Philippe P. Dauman to replace him.

Sep 4, 2006 — Toronto Star

CBC show gets Lévesque right by Graham Fraser

CBC TV bio-pic avoids over-simplification and shows René Lévesque in all his contradictions.

Sep 4, 2006 — Toronto Star

No longer in service

CRTC's statement of consumer rights for home phone service contains a major caveat: the rights don't apply to cell phones or service offered by a competitive provider.

Sep 4, 2006 — Globe & Mail

YouTube will spare neither politicians nor the media by Norman Spector

Columnist says YouTube, a video sharing website, will provide strong competition to mainstream media for eyeballs and advertising dollars.

Sep 1, 2006 — CRTC

A report to the CRTC on digital transition strategies in a number of different countries

Report, commissioned by the CRTC, to detail broadcast digital transition regulations, policies, and experiences in the United States, Mexico, Australia, United Kingdom, France, and Germany.

Sep 1, 2006 — National Post

CanWest winds up Granada sale by Barbara Shecter

CanWest Global Communications Corp. has completed the sale of its interest the TV3 television network in Ireland.

Sep 1, 2006 — Canada NewsWire

Independent producers call for a new policy and funding framework for Canadian television broadcasting

CFTPA recommends a more equitable production financing model that provides for adequate financing of Canadian programming.

Sep 1, 2006 — Canada NewsWire

Rogers Seeks a New Approach to the Regulation of Broadcasting

Rogers filed comments with the CRTC recommending consumer choice, investment in new technologies and the ability to compete on a fair and flexible basis.

Sep 1, 2006 — Saskatoon Star Phoenix

Aboriginal radio station proposed by Murray Lyons

Two Saskatoon radio companies have proposed a new station staffed entirely by aboriginal people to get around CRTC rules that allow a company to own three radio stations in the market.

Sep 1, 2006 — Western Standard

Ian Morrison Interview by Cyril Doll

Q & A with FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, on the CBC and the Conservative government's plans for public broadcasting

Sep 1, 2006 — Western Standard

Unplugged: The CBC 'won't look much like it does today' when this government's done with it by Cyril Doll

Columnist speculates that the Conservative government may want to move CBC toward an american style, viewer-supported public broadcasting or it may abandon over-the-air transmission.

Sep 1, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Majority of CHUM holders tender to BGM offer by Grant Robertson

Investors have agreed to tender more than 93% of the CHUM's non-voting shares and more than 99% of voting shares.

Sep 1, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CRTC sticks by decision on VoIP by Simon Avery

The CRTC will continue to regulate the prices large phone companies can charge for Internet-based calls.

Aug 31, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Bell Globemedia adds new board members by Grant Robertson

Bell Globemedia names former CBC anchor Pamela Wallin and former BMO Nesbitt Burns deputy chairman Gordon Lackenbauer to its board of directors.

Aug 30, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

B'cast financing key, Brucher tells Montreal panel by Michael Posner

European film promoter urges Quebecois filmmakers to secure more broadcast financing to overcome a shortfall in government subsidies.

Aug 30, 2006 — Yahoo Finance

CanWest Global Announces Derek Burney as Chairman of the Board

CanWest Global announces the appointment of Derek H. Burney of Ottawa to the position of Chairman of the Board.

Aug 30, 2006 — Victoria Times Colonist

Cancelled CBC series leads Gemini field by Alex Strachan

This is Wonderland earns 12 nominations for the 21st Annual Gemini Awards.

Aug 30, 2006 — National Post

Videotron bids to carry satellite radio on TV by Barbara Shecter

The cable subsidiary of Quebecor Inc., is seeking permission from the CRTC to carry XM and Sirius satellite radio services to digital TV viewers.

Aug 30, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CRTC issues bill of rights for telephone customers

The CRTC says the bill of rights will make it clearer to consumers what their rights are when it comes to phone service.

Aug 29, 2006 — Brantford Expositor

Educational future in view for TVOntario by James Wallace

SES Research-Osprey Media pool says Ontario's public broadcaster already has the right mix of education and entertainment or believe the TVOntario should offer more education and training programming.

Aug 29, 2006 — Vancouver Sun

CBC building to get plaza, community space by Brian Morton

CBC officials say a full-scale renovation will result in an integration of studios and resources, but will not produce staff reductions.

Aug 28, 2006 — Washington Post

Decision By FCC a Break for XM Radio by Kim Hart

A Federal Communications Commission decision has cleared XM Satellite Radio to resume production of devices that did not meet broadcast emission standards.

Aug 28, 2006 — The Computer & Internet Lawyer

Record Companies Sue XM Radio for Copyright Infringement

The Recording Industry Association of America has filed suit against XM Satellite Radio to halt "wholesale infringement" of copyrighted sound recordings.

Aug 26, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CRTC rejects request to block hate websites

Canada's telecommunications regulator has rejected a bid by an Ottawa lawyer to block access to two U.S.-based hate websites.

Aug 25, 2006 — Our Schools / Our Selves

How—and what—we value - Growing up with the CBC by Erika Shaker

Columnist says that CBC Radio's value can be shown in an educated populace aware if its surroundings and of the political decisions being made at all levels.

Aug 25, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa urged to push foreign takeovers by Simon Tuck

Federal officials have told Industry Minister Maxime Bernier that Ottawa should encourage more foreign takeovers and other investment from abroad.

Aug 24, 2006 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

CRTC may order U.S. sites blocked

The CRTC has been asked to take the unprecedented step of blocking access to U.S.-based hate websites from Canada.

Aug 24, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Redstone: Feisty and all business by Barrie McKenna

At 84 years old, Sumner Redstone is still involved in every major decision at Viacom Inc. and CBS Corp.

Aug 24, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Overheated prose by John Bozzo

CBC's executive director, English Communications, CBC/Radio-Canada says that TV ratings are an important part of the CBC mandate.

Aug 23, 2006 — Globe & Mail

BGM shuffle gets approval from regulator by Gordon Pitts

An ownership shuffle at Bell Globemedia, which would give Torstar Corp. a 20-per-cent stake, has received a green light from federal Competition Bureau.

Aug 23, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Bid for CanWest Global assets clears another hurdle

The sale of CanWest Global Communications Corp. television Ireland assets has cleared another hurdle in a transaction is expected to make the company $192.7 million.

Aug 23, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Redstone takes stand for copyrights by Georg Szalai

Viacom and CBS Corp. chairman Sumner Redstone suggests entertainment companies develop digital rights management system that accommodates tiered pricing.

Aug 22, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Fox 'blinks' with two-second radio spots by Katy Bachman

Fox Television's new radio campaign uses two-second spots, the shortest-length ever, to promote three of its network shows.

Aug 22, 2006 — National Post

OSC denies bid to block CHUM sale to Bell Globe by Boyd Erman

The Ontario Securities Commission will not stop the takeover of CHUM by Bell Globemedia after a large shareholder complained the deal was not in the public interest.

Aug 22, 2006 — Vancouver Sun

Clear to air 'blink' ads

Clear Channel will air two-second ads to promote the season premieres of Fox television shows.

Aug 22, 2006 — National Post

CRTC ruling 'opens door' to changes by Barbara Shecter

CRTC allows CanCon to drop from 65% to 35% on Alliance Atlantis's Discovery Health channel.

Aug 22, 2006 — Globe & Mail

India blocks movie channels from TVs

In Mumbai, police raids on cable TV operators block movies deemed inappropriate for children.

Aug 21, 2006 — Toronto Star

CHUM says bye to its obligations by Antonia Zerbisias

The proposed takeover of CHUM Ltd. by Bell Globemedia has overshadowed the fact that CHUM has cut 281 jobs and hours of local programming.

Aug 20, 2006 — New York Times

The YouTube Election by Ryan Lizza

Instant access to video may push candidates further into a scripted bubble or it may force authenticity, since candidates know their true personalities will come out anyway.

Aug 19, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Will dragons be the one for CBC? by Liam Lacey

CBC-TV's latest ratings hope is a new business related reality show from Japan - Dragon's Den.

Aug 19, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Slip-slidin' away by Andrew Ryan

Columnist says that the loss of NHL Hockey on CBC-TV could mean the beginning of the end for Canada's public broadcaster.

Aug 19, 2006 — Toronto Star

Media Concentration Requires Public Probing by David Crane

If proposed bank mergers were considered serious enough to warrant hearings before a parliamentary committee, the same must apply major media takeovers.

Aug 19, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Mobile phone TV transforming b'cast industry by Chris Marlowe

Report finds Television on mobile phones is on the verge of going mainstream; the industry is forecast to be worth nearly $27 billion by 2010.

Aug 18, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Quebecers enjoy boom, fear bust by Etan Vlessing

Local filmmakers say a shortfall in key government subsidies for indigenous movie scripts is threatening to stall a robust Quebec film industry.

Aug 18, 2006 — Vancouver Province

CBC realizes a real-estate reality by John Bermingham

Proceeds of parking-lot sale to fund a new Vancouver Production Centre for CBC's 550 employees.

Aug 18, 2006 — Saskatoon Star Phoenix

Radio tuning in to Saskatoon by Murray Lyons

Eight companies have filed applications with the CRTC for new broadcast licences in Saskatoon.

Aug 18, 2006 — Globe & Mail

TVOntario veteran Grant finds a new home at CBC by Guy Dixon

Broadcasting veteran and former TVOntario executive producer Doug Grant has been named director of current affairs and weekly programs for CBC-TV and Newsworld.

Aug 18, 2006 — Fraser Institute

Speaker Series: The End of the CRTC? Sept 12, 2006

Andrew Coyne, National Affairs Columnist with The National Post, to speak in Fraser Institute series on the future of the CRTC.

Aug 17, 2006 — CARTT

ANALYSIS: Policy mis-direction? by Greg O'Brien

The proposed policy directive from the Conservative government ignores the Telecom Policy Review Panel's recommendations for "significant market power" in the telecommunications industry.

Aug 17, 2006 — Calgary Herald

Quality issues plague mobile TVs by Danny Bradbury

Mobile TV services must advance considerably before TV on the move will appeal widely to cellular users.

Aug 16, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Satellite radio reeling by Paul Bond

Sinking stock prices have some Satellite Radio investors calling for a quick fix -- namely, the merger of XM and Sirius.

Aug 16, 2006 — Canadian Press

CBC puts off "The One"

CBC says a Canadian version of televised singing contest, The One, will not air any time soon - critics say the cancellation is proof of poor decision-making at the broadcaster.

Aug 16, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Shaw to acquire Whistler Cable Television

Shaw Communications, Canada's second-biggest cable TV operator, has struck a deal to acquire Whistler Cable Television.

Aug 16, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Union alleges CHUM broke rules by Grant Robertson

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada has filed a complaint with federal regulators saying CHUM's stations in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver have breached their licences by cutting back local programming.

Aug 15, 2006 — Statistics Canada: The Daily

Canadian Internet Use Survey

Statistics Canada survey says two-thirds of adult Canadians surfed the Internet in 2005.

Aug 15, 2006 — Kamloops Daily News

CBC executive rules out over-the-air broadcasts by Mike Youds

A senior CBC executive says the public broadcaster cannot justify the expense that would be required to deliver CBC-TV via analog in the Kamloops area.

Aug 15, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Radio enjoys flashback to 1980s profits by Grant Robertson

Sales of commercial airtime on private radio rose 8.7 per cent last year, giving the industry its biggest one-year jump in advertising dollars since 1988.

Aug 15, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Blogging in the belly of the beast Guy Dixon

As the CBC heads towards a license-renewal process blogs could gain importance as a conduit for the day-to-day debate on what the broadcaster is doing right or wrong.

Aug 14, 2006 — Statistics Canada: The Daily

Report: Private radio broadcasting

Airtime sales by private radio broadcasters jumped by 8.7% in 2005, to $1.3 billion, the largest annual increase since 1988.

Aug 14, 2006 — Toronto Star

XM hits hitch over FM

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission wants XM Satellite Radio to detail how and why its products strayed from FCC rules.

Aug 12, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Too early for decision on NHL rights by William Houston

Bell Globemedia is developing strategy to outbid CBC for National Hockey League television rights, but a top executive says a final decision on how to proceed has not been reached.

Aug 11, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CBC out in the cold? by William Houston

Bell Globemedia, which owns CTV and TSN, may bid $1.4-billion for 10 years of Hockey Night in Canada.

Aug 11, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CRTC allows just one new Quebec City station by Grant Robertson

After received 10 applications for FM radio stations in Quebec City, The CRTC has turned down all but one.

Aug 11, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Alliance Atlantis profit up

Alliance Atlantis Communication's second quarter profits has more than doubled on the strength of strong sales of its pivotal CSI crime show franchise.

Aug 10, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen

Oda has no plans to help broadcasters convert to HDTV by Mike De Souza

Despite warnings that Canadian broadcasters are falling behind their American counterparts in developing high-definition television, Heritage Minister Bev Oda wants to see more research before making a decision.

Aug 10, 2006 — Barrie Examiner

Good journalism must be focus of our broadcasters by Knowlton Nash

Former CBC anchor says the lust for audience and commercial appeal ominously blurs the distinctions between private and public broadcasting; meaning Canadians will get less probing journalism and current affairs coverage.

Aug 10, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Shaw acquires Ontario cable operator Norcom by Catherine McLean

Cable operator Shaw Communications Inc. has announced an agreement to buy Norcom Telecommunications Ltd. of Northwestern Ontario.

Aug 9, 2006 — Canadian Newswire

Government of Canada Supports CRTC Licensing Decision for Allarco Entertainment Inc.

A decision to award Allarco Entertainment a broadcasting licence to operate a new national English-language general-interest pay-television service has been upheld.

Aug 9, 2006 — Kamloops Daily News

CBC fans push case for CRTC review by Mike Youds

The CRTC decision to delay CBC/Radio Canada's licence renewal may aid a Kamloops citizens group in its struggle restore CBC-TV broadcast service to the region.

Aug 9, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Airwaves auction may bring in billions

U.S. Federal Communications Commission hopes to raise between $10-billion and $15-billion (U.S.) in the sale of portions of the radio spectrum — a publicly owned and extremely valuable vehicle to transmit data.

Aug 7, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Satellite radio stocks falling to earth by Grant Robertson

A stock price rally caused by takeover speculation was short-lived and the shares of Sirius and XM have fallen steadily since.

Aug 5, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Sirius, XM face 'leak' in satellite radio broadcasts

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission says that satellite radios don't comply with its power rules and signals sometimes overpower those of stations playing in nearby vehicles.

Aug 4, 2006 — Toronto Star

Blame for The One belongs to two on top by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist says that the people to blame for 'The One' failure are CBC-TV executive vice-president Richard Stursberg and CBC president Robert Rabinovitch.

Aug 3, 2006 — Globe & Mail

From the Big Apple to the big chair at BGM by Patricia Best

Canadian television personality and journalist Pamela Wallin to be Bell Globemedia board director.

Aug 3, 2006 — Toronto Star

Rebagliati files defamation suit against CTV by Jim Morris

Olympic champion snowboarder Ross Rebagliati is suing CTV, saying a character in its TV series Whistler has tarnished his reputation.

Aug 3, 2006 — Globe & Mail

BCE's strategic makeover cuts into profit by Catherine McLean

Canada's biggest phone company reported lower second-quarter profit, hurt by costs for strategic and operational initiatives, and the loss of local phone customers to cable operators.

Aug 3, 2006 — National Post

Alberta radio ready for boom, CRTC says: Five new stations by Barbara Shecter

The CRTC credits the region's economic boom for its decision to license a record number of stations; opponents say it is too many radio stations to throw into the market.

Aug 2, 2006 — Stratford Beacon Herald

The One Not the One

Editorial agrees with FRIENDS position that the CBC has a mission that involves explaining Canada to Canadians, and not importing American commercial programming.

Aug 2, 2006 — Toronto Star

One for the road by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist refutes claims that ratings for 'The One' were 'actually half decent' in a blog posting.

Aug 2, 2006 — Canada NewsWire

Newcap Inc. has received approval from the CRTC to operate a new FM radio licence in Calgary.

Aug 2, 2006 — Business Wire

XM Satellite Radio and Google Deliver Targeted Advertising to Satellite Radio Listeners

Partnership Will Connect XM Satellite Radio's Audience to Google's Expansive Network of Advertisers.

Aug 2, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Sirius revenue up, but Q2 down by Paul Bond

Despite huge losses, Sirius added more than 600,400 network subscribers during the second quarter while competitor XM reported adding 400,000 subscribers.

Aug 2, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CHUM trustee to take on starring role in takeover by Grant Robertson and Beppi Crosariol

Toronto lawyer to watch over CHUM's roster of radio and TV operations, ensuring they are preserved until the Bell Globemedia deal is complete.

Aug 1, 2006 — Advertising Age

XM and Sirius Satellite Radio Report Continuing Losses by Abbey Klaassen

XM and Sirius lose $231.7 million and $237.8 million respectively in the second quarter of 2006.

Aug 1, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Survey finds youth prefer Internet to TV by Catherine McLean

The under-26 crowd browses the Internet for 12.2 hours each week, compared with the 10.6 hours they devote to watching television.

Aug 1, 2006 — Canadian Media Research

CBC audience numbers

Research shows that 'The One' managed only 3.67% audience share and that the past month's ratings have been the poorest in CBC's history.

Aug 1, 2006 — Montreal Gazette

Consumers fuzzy on HDTV by Mike de Souza

Without the correct set-top box, expensive TVs won't get high-def signal.

Aug 1, 2006 — Globe & Mail

MobiTV, CHUM unveil new channels

CHUM and MobiTV have announced the addition of four new music and entertainment channels for cellular, WiFi and broadband enabled devices.

Aug 1, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Sirius losses widen

Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. has reported a loss of $237.8-million (U.S.) for its second quarter of 2006.

Aug 1, 2006 — Globe & Mail

If you blinked and missed The One, no loss by Andrew Ryan

CBC to fill the hole left in their TV schedule by a cancelled 'The One' with more foreign programming.

Aug 1, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Study: TV still tops for those seeking news by Paul J. Gough

A study of Americans' media consumption found that nearly half spend at least 30 minutes a day getting their news from TV; only 9% spent 30 minutes getting their news on the Web.

Jul 31, 2006 — European Alliance of Listeners' and Viewers' Associations

Background on the Danish media industry.

Information on the new Danish Radio and Television Board, the Media Secretariat and the Press Council.

Jul 31, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Kate Taylor on the future of the CBC

Online discussion with Globe and Mail columnist on the recent decisions and future directions of Canada's public broadcaster.

Jul 31, 2006 — The Celebrity Cafe

"The One" is big zero in two countries by Vanessa Yara

FRIENDS says that pre-empting the national news for a failed American reality show means that there's something rotten in the leadership of the CBC.

Jul 31, 2006 — The Hoot

Resurrecting the Media Council idea by Ammu Joseph

India media observer says that the most important pre-requisite of an effective media regulatory body is that it be taken seriously by the media industry.

Jul 31, 2006 — The Hindu

The broadcast bill and the public interest by Ammu Joseph

India media observer says the primary objective of media regulation in a democracy is to preserve and protect citizens' fundamental rights to information and freedom of expression.

Jul 31, 2006 — Regina Leader-Post

'The One' great humiliation by Jamie Portman

The American reality series garnered the smallest audience ever for a premiere among the original three U.S. networks.

Jul 31, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Growth in on-line news consumers slows: survey by Will Lester

The steady decline in newspaper readership over the past decade has levelled off because of slowing growth in on-line news readership.

Jul 31, 2006 — Globe & Mail

The reality: We're sick of talent searches by Andrew Ryan

The cancellation of 'The One' may be evidence that viewers have reached the saturation point for reality talent shows.

Jul 31, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Failed 'One' part of larger plan by Alexandra Gill

The idea: George Stroumboulopoulos and 'The One' was supposed to give CBC's national news a ratings boost.

Jul 31, 2006 — MacLean's

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em by Jaime J. Weinman

Tapping into the vibrant Quebec entertainment industry, TV producer Moses Znaimer is taking French-Canadian material and bringing it to English-Canadian audiences.

Jul 30, 2006 — Kamloops This Week

Want reality TV? Watch The National by Richard Rolke

Columnist says that Canadians should openly question decision by CBC management to bump The National at a time when there are so many critical issues facing the country and the planet.

Jul 29, 2006 — Toronto Star

Reality TV 'fiasco' befalls CBC by Bruce DeMara

FRIENDS says poor decisions such as pre-empting the national news for a failed American reality show and locking out employees for seven weeks last summer show that there's something rotten in the leadership of the CBC.

Jul 29, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen

A short, not-so-sweet run for CBC and The One by Tony Lofaro

FRIENDS calls CBC's experiment to simulcast an American TV show and bump The National from its regular time slot a fiasco.

Jul 29, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CRTC adds specialty TV to crowded review schedule by Grant Robertson

Canada's specialty television channels will go under the microscope of the CRTC in 2007 after a major review of conventional TV concludes.

Jul 29, 2006 — Globe & Mail

The One is off the air Gayle MacDonald and Alexandra Shimo

FRIENDS says that the obvious mistake to broadcast The One raises questions about the television-production experience of CBC senior management and demonstrates the need for reform of the leadership selection process.

Jul 29, 2006 — Globe & Mail

And now, no word from our sponsors by Kate Taylor

With The One sunk, its budget shrinking, Tories in power, and fierce competition, a chorus of critics is calling on CBC-TV to go ad-free.

Jul 28, 2006 — India Together

Sound and fury over the Broadcast Bill by Ammu Joseph

In India, journalists object to provisions of a proposed Broadcast Bill empowering the government to cripple media through pre-censorship; the media industry has been lobbying against the Bill's attempt to regulate ownership.

Jul 28, 2006 — CBC News

Canadian version of The One still possible: CBC executive

FRIENDS says that CBC senior management made an indefensible decision to air 'The One', the U.S. reality TV program that has since been cancelled by ABC.

Jul 28, 2006 — Toronto Star

CBC's Strombo no longer The One

FRIENDS says that senior CBC leadership has egg on its face after making the indefensible decision to broadcast The One.

Jul 28, 2006 — MacLean's

Why big is better in the world of media by Steve Maich

Columnist says media consolidation may be the only way to save an industry under siege and to preserve the journalistic values that so many hold so dear.

Jul 28, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Weak car sales slow XM in Q2 by Paul Bond

XM Satellite reports a wider quarterly loss after product rollback because of FCC concerns that XM radios interfere with signals of other radios.

Jul 28, 2006 — Saint Paul Pioneer Press

PBS president says new FCC tactics are obscene by David Kronke

PBS member station issued large indecency fine after single viewer complaint.

Jul 28, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CRTC readies review for BGM-CHUM fallout by Grant Robertson

The CRTC plans to open the public review of the CHUM transaction to a broader debate on federal policies on media ownership - FRIENDS says media consolidation must be addressed.

Jul 28, 2006 — Canadian Communications Reports

CHUM-CTV merger will impact TV policy review

FRIENDS says a precedent set with Canwest Global points to a CRTC approval of the Bell Globemedia acquisition of CHUM.

Jul 28, 2006 — Globe & Mail

The One no more by Terry Weber

The ABC reality show The One: Making a Music Star – which made headlines in Canada for bumping CBC's The National from its berth – has been dropped by the U.S. network after only two weeks.

Jul 27, 2006 — CARTT

Big Fish in BGM, CHUM boardrooms may swamp Global's Shark tale by Susan Tolusso

Bell Globemedia's increased buying power and bigwig attitude alter the dynamic of Canada's TV launch season.

Jul 27, 2006 — Associated Press

XM radio reports wider loss; further lowers full-year subscriber forecasts by Seth Sutel

XM Satellite Radio has reported a wider loss for its second quarter and again lowered its estimates for full-year subscriber counts.

Jul 27, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Bidding for CHUM won extra $127-million by Grant Robertson

Bell Globemedia upped bid by $127-million to secure CHUM deal.

Jul 27, 2006 — Calgary Herald

CBC sticks by The One despite dismal ratings

Despite only 150,000 Canadians tuning in to The One: Making a Music Star, CBC-TV still plans to continue broadcasting the US reality show.

Jul 27, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Rivals keen to snap up Standard by Grant Robertson and Sinclair Stewart

Standard Broadcasting has emerged as one of the most sought-after takeover prospects in the Canadian media industry.

Jul 27, 2006 — Globe & Mail

New tech helping telecom industry by Jack Kapica

CRTC reports states that new technologies influence the telecom industry by reducing costs and enabling the delivery of traditional services by non-traditional service providers.

Jul 27, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Those reality showoffs

CBC staffer calls the police to demand that those goldarned CTV whippersnappers across the street keep that dangblasted noise down.

Jul 26, 2006 — Los Angeles Times

A Campaign to Head Off New Decency Rules by Jim Puzzanghera

The entertainment industry wants to avoid more crackdowns by teaching parents how to block racy TV shows.

Jul 26, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Just crumbs left now CHUM off merger menu by Konrad Yakabuski

After being outbid for CHUM, media companies such as Astral Media, Quebecor and Cogeco consider buying the small-town CHUM stations BGM plans to sell - or coming up with a new strategy altogether.

Jul 26, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Too much noise, says CBC of Canadian Idol jollity by Gayle MacDonald

CBC Toronto staffer calls in noise complaint for Canadian Idol festivities across the street from the public broadcaster's headquarters.

Jul 25, 2006 — Globe & Mail

After CHUM deal, suitors court Standard by Grant Robertson and Sinclair Stewart

Suitors have begun approaching Standard Broadcasting Corp. Ltd. to gauge the company's interest in a possible deal, a sign the Canadian media industry could be poised for an accelerated round of consolidation.

Jul 25, 2006 — Edmonton Journal

Calgary start-up packaging programs for tiny TVs by Tamara Gignac

A Calgary company is offering Canadian television content specifically tailored for viewing on a 2 1/2-inch screen.

Jul 25, 2006 — Kamloops Daily News

For some, loss of CBC also means loss of unbiased news by David Charbonneau

Op-ed says that the CBC should restore transmitted television signals in Kamloops, not just because Canadians depend on an unbiased source of news, but because the CBC must live up to its public obligations.

Jul 25, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Newspapers told to reach out to young readers

Study: Newspapers can attract and keep young readers if they focus on the needs of teenagers.

Jul 24, 2006 — Playback Magazine

Commentary: CBC needs ad revenues by Richard Stursberg

CBC's executive VP in charge of English television says the pubcaster is facing financial pressures unprecedented in its history and that ad revenues are needed to create, produce and broadcast Canadian content.

Jul 24, 2006 — Associated Press

XM Satellite Radio, ASCAP enter contract

XM Satellite Radio signs a a five-year agreement with the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers that will see XM pay licensing fees for the public performance of copyrighted musical compositions.

Jul 24, 2006 — Business Week

BBC: Step Right into The Telly by Kerry Capell

With control shifting from the media to the audience, the BBC wants to turn its audiences into participants.

Jul 24, 2006 — The Hill Times

CRTC about to set a new course under the Harper government

This fall the Prime Minister will pick a replacement for the outgoing CRTC Chair - the choice will provide indication on future directions for Canadian broadcasting and telecommunications.

Jul 23, 2006 — Edmonton Journal

The One that wasn't for Mother Corp by Lorne Gunter

Columnist says that it is unlikely that CBC executives will own up to the decision to run The One: Making a Music Star.

Jul 22, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Things heading south in Hollywood North? by Suzanne Ma

The high loonie and competitive U.S. tax rates are sited as reasons for the small number of American producers choosing Toronto to shoot their films and TV series.

Jul 22, 2006 — National Post

Bell Globemedia transfer approved: Ruling not unanimous by Barbara Shecter

Bell Globemedia has cleared the first regulatory hurdle of its planned ownership restructuring which means that no transfer "tax" to benefit the Canadian TV industry is required.

Jul 22, 2006 — National Post

CBC Radio lost listeners as a result of last year's lockout, StatsCan survey suggests

A Statistics Canada report states that last year's lockout of CBC employees resulted in an audience decline from 11% to 8.8% for CBC Radio.

Jul 22, 2006 — National Post

CBC responds by Kirstine Layfield

The Executive director, Network Programming, CBC English Television responds to an editorial criticizing the US reality TV show that bumped The National from its time-slot.

Jul 22, 2006 — Prince Edward Island Guardian

Maybe The One isn't the one

Lacklustre ratings for the debut of the American reality show that bumped The National are not impressive.

Jul 21, 2006 — Statistics Canada: The Daily

Radio listening, fall 2005

Report states that the lockout ordered by CBC management last August cost Canada's public broadcaster a large share of its listening audience.

Jul 21, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Podcast warning: Radio beware by Paul Bond

About one in 20 Americans on the Internet consider themselves regular downloaders of podcasts, and time spent listening to them is cutting into their radio time.

Jul 21, 2006 — Canadian Press

CRTC OKs Bell Globemedia ownership restructuring: BCE cutting stake to 20%

Bell Globemedia ownership restructuring approved - one CRTC commissioner said the regulator should have added to the Canadian-content and other benefits that CTV is required to provide as a condition of its broadcast licences.

Jul 21, 2006 — National Post

The Turkey

Editorial calls the ratings for CBC's The One - barely more than half the audience of the delayed The National - a catastrophic result.

Jul 21, 2006 — CRTC

Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2006-309

CRTC approves application by Bell Globemedia to change its effective control, concludes that new obligations under Benefits Policy will not be triggered.

Jul 20, 2006 — CARTT

ANALYSIS: What else will BGM/CHUM spawn? Could "benefits" kick in? by Laurel Hyatt

Implications of the Bell Globemedia-CHUM cash deal go far beyond any regulatory hurdles and divestiture of competing assets.

Jul 20, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC plan stresses digital prod'n by Mimi Turner

BBC director general unveils a far-reaching reorganization intended to make the BBC a fully on-demand, multiplatform producer capable of carving out a leading role in the digital world.

Jul 20, 2006 — Canadian Press

The One makes dismal debut on CBC-TV

CBC's The One: Making a Music Star limped out of the starting gate garnering less than half the viewers of a bumped The National.

Jul 20, 2006 — Eye Weekly

The Emerging Media Monster

Columnist says that the mega-merger of Bell Globemedia and CHUMCity should worry Torontonians because of journalistic convergence, job layoffs in the city and loss of opportunity for independent producers.

Jul 20, 2006 — Colborne Chronicle

The CHUM takeover should come as no surprise by Alwyn Horscroft

Columnist says that the Bell-Globe Media take over of CHUM is not in the public's interest and the CRTC should oppose the deal while they still have the power to do so.

Jul 20, 2006 — National Post

Let social activists pay for the CBC by William Watson

Columnist asks why the public should be subsidizing CBC Radio when it often amounts to social activist radio?

Jul 20, 2006 — National Post

CBC sees 'potential' in The One's weak debut by J. Kelly Nestruck

Ratings low for first CBC simulcast of American reality television show.

Jul 19, 2006 — Toronto Star

One is the loneliest number

Columnist compiles the spin from CTV, Global and CBC on the dismal debut ratings of The One: Making a Music Star.

Jul 19, 2006 — Kamloops Daily News

CBC treating Kamloops like a backwater by Hugh Jordan

Kamloops CBC viewer sees the decision to cease television transmission as a precedent the CBC will follow to save money in other smaller markets.

Jul 19, 2006 — Toronto Star

CBC clicks online by Tara Perkins

A profile of the development of CBC's online presence; FRIENDS notes that CBC.ca has become a dominant and credible brand on the Internet.

Jul 19, 2006 — National Post

BCE to reduce stake in Bell Globemedia: Partners work to boost holdings, avoid 'benefits tax' by Barbara Shecter and Theresa Tedesco

Article notes CHUM takeover proposal may affect analysis of proposed Bell Globemedia restructuring and whether the restructuring will trigger a benefits payment under CRTC rules.

Jul 18, 2006 — Toronto Star

The One and only

Blog posting: CBC insider says CBC management has so much riding on the success of The One that it is sacrificing news programming time -- during this Middle East crisis -- for pushing an American reality show.

Jul 18, 2006 — Statistics Canada: The Daily

Film, video and audio-visual production, 2004

The financial picture for the nation's 688 film, video and audio-visual producers improved in 2004 despite a substantial decline in production revenues.

Jul 18, 2006 — Victoria Times Colonist

Tattooed CBC news host takes a run at reality TV by Alex Strachan

Columnist says CBC is lucky that U.S. network picked one of CBC's own staff to host American reality television show whose simulcast will cause The National to be bumped twice a week.

Jul 18, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CanWest's Australian TV asset could turn hot by Grant Robertson

A move by the Australian government to relax media ownership rules could see CanWest Global in the middle of a possible takeover binge in the country's radio, television and newspaper industries.

Jul 18, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CHUM's French dilemma by Patricia Best

The announcement of Bell GlobeMedia's takeover of CHUM needed to be delayed due to the parties inexperience with press releases in French.

Jul 18, 2006 — Globe & Mail

One more bump for The National by Guy Dixon

Last-minute changes to U.S. broadcaster's schedule mean CBC will now bump The National twice a week to air American reality television show The One.

Jul 18, 2006 — CBC News

CBC set for new reality TV debut with The One

Despite criticism, CBC commences simulcast of U.S. reality television show, displacing The National on Tuesday nights east of Manitoba.

Jul 17, 2006 — Cablecaster

Taking the Satellite Out of Satellite Radio

XM Canada has been launched as an Internet radio service.

Jul 17, 2006 — Satellite News

Analysts: Satellite TV May Be Reaching Peak In Canadian Market by James Careless

Pricewater-housecooper says that the growth of Satellite TV in Canada has flattened out.

Jul 17, 2006 — National Post

CHUM deal has unusual elements by Barry Critchley

The $1.7-billion offer by Bell Globemedia to acquire CHUM Ltd. contains a number of unusual elements involving the acquisition of shares.

Jul 16, 2006 — Toronto Star

If CTV wants hockey, they'll get it by Chris Zelkovich

CTV-TSN-Rogers consortium that stole the 2010 and 2012 Olympics from CBC may also be able to get NHL Hockey.

Jul 16, 2006 — Toronto Star

Death knell sounding for CBC Sports, or is it?

While some feel that pro sports on CBC is nearing its end, others say that the outlay for CHUM may mean Bell Globemedia will not be able to outbid the public broadcaster for NHL hockey.

Jul 15, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CHUM boss to stay on for transition by Grant Robertson

CHUM chief executive officer Jay Switzer intends to stick with the company at least until the radio and television broadcaster is acquired by Bell Globemedia.

Jul 15, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Meeting postpones possible BBC strike by Mimi Turner

Possible strike action at the BBC has been postponed for a week after a meeting led to new concessions.

Jul 14, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

CAJ urges Ottawa to defend diversity of voices in media

The Canadian Association of Journalists urges Heritage Minister Bev Oda and the CRTC to carefully scrutinize the proposed takeover of CHUM Ltd. by Bell Globemedia Inc., and ensure that Canada's media landscape doesn't suffer further erosion of diversity.

Jul 14, 2006 — Globe & Mail

A test for Tories' free-market mantra by Simon Tuck

Bell Globemedia's proposed acquisition of CHUM Ltd. raises fresh questions about the concentration of media ownership in Canada and challenges the ruling Conservatives' free-market principles.

Jul 14, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Court tosses out Sony BMG merger by Jeffrey Goldfarm and Sabina Zawadzki

A European court has upheld a challenge to the Sony BMG merger from independent record labels - a decision that could break-up the world's second-biggest music company.

Jul 14, 2006 — Globe & Mail

YouTube takes stage at media summit by Michael Liedtke

Start-ups YouTube and Slingbox are leading the way in online video and are attracting attention from large media players who want to stay relevant in a changing marketplace.

Jul 14, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Bell Globemedia's CHUM deal to spawn diverse TV network by Grant Robertson

Bell Globemedia/CHUM deal will see the creation of a major television network focused on drawing younger audiences, while several smaller radio assets could be sold.

Jul 13, 2006 — Toronto Star

New media marriage cause for alarm by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist says that mergers and acquisitions always result in job cuts; and in the media industry, less news is not good news.

Jul 13, 2006 — Canadian Press

Astral Media CEO contemplates Corus after outbid for CHUM by Nelson Wyatt

Astral Media has confirms it was among the suitors for CHUM Ltd. and is open to consider merging with Corus Entertainment Inc.

Jul 13, 2006 — Toronto Star

CHUM deal has market speculating on who's next by Tony Wong

Shares of media stocks have taken a big leap on speculation that there will be more mergers to come in the industry.

Jul 13, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Thomsons double their bet on 'old' media Derek DeCloet

The Thomson family, which will soon become Bell Globemedia's largest shareholder, has just made a huge statement about their belief in so-called old media by purchasing CHUM.

Jul 13, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Deal seen spurring a makeover of Canadian media landscape by Richard Blackwell

Industry players say that Bell Globemedia's acquisition of independent broadcaster CHUM Ltd. will likely set off a long-awaited spate of consolidation in the Canadian media business.

Jul 13, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Lions Gate goes into syndication by Shirley Won

Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. expands into television syndication by buying Debmar-Mercury LLC, which owns the rights to South Park.

Jul 13, 2006 — Statistics Canada: The Daily

Study: Television broadcasting 2005

The operating revenues of the television broadcasting sector totaled $5.6 billion in 2005, up 2.8% from 2004 - the smallest increase since 1997.

Jul 13, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Consolidation in Canada: Chum buyout? by Etan Vlessing

Sparking concern for a new round of media concentration in Canada, media giant Bell Globemedia unveils a a CAN$1.7 billion friendly takeover bid for rival Chum Ltd.

Jul 12, 2006 — Toronto Star

Bell Globemedia to buy CHUM

CHUM to lay off 281 employees - critics want the proposed takeover stopped in the public interest.

Jul 12, 2006 — Globe & Mail

National Arts Centre appoints new chairperson

Toronto arts maven Julia Foster has been named chairwoman of the board of trustees of the National Arts Centre by Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda.

Jul 12, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Sportsnet seeks go-ahead to air dramas by Grant Robertson

Rogers Sportsnet has applied to the CRTC for permission to fill up to 6 hours if its broadcast week with Homegrown movies and dramas.

Jul 12, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CHUM to be part of BGM: sources by Richard Blackwell

Blockbuster deal will see one of Canada's iconic private broadcasters merged into the BCE-owned media conglomerate.

Jul 12, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa to award 29 new satellite licences by Catherine McLean

Industry Canada issues new licensees so satellite operators can deliver new services such as high-definition television.

Jul 12, 2006 — Globe & Mail

The history of CHUM

A timeline of important events for the Canadian media company.

Jul 11, 2006 — Washington Post

Six-Figure Fines For Four-Letter Words Worry Broadcasters by Frank Ahrens

$325,000 indecency fines has sent radio and television stations and media giants scurrying to protect themselves from a potentially major business expense.

Jul 11, 2006 — Kamloops Daily News

CBC clears the air over missed signal by Francine Letourneau

CBC Television Chief of staff responds to letter by a resident regarding the inability to receive CBC Television programming over antennae in Kamloops.

Jul 11, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Four BBC unions warn of potential strike action

BBC staff set to vote on strike action after revelations that senior managers have been given large pay rises.

Jul 11, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Feds won't give Quebec filmmakers a cash boost by James Adams

Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda has declined to give the Quebec film industry $20-million to solve "production crisis".

Jul 11, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Stroumboulopoulos To Host ABC's The One by Guy Dixon

The host of CBC Newsworld's The Hour will host the American reality show this summer that is bumping The National from it's time-slot.

Jul 11, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CBC's latest move fails to quell Tommy storm by Val Ross

Neither side welcomes a new disclaimer on the Prairie Giant miniseries; for some, the issue is becoming a debate over the CBC's independence.

Jul 10, 2006 — Playback Magazine

Should CBC drop ads and sports? by Matthew Hays

FRIENDS calls the ideas in a Senate committee report freeing the CBC from the ratings race "radical and impressive".

Jul 10, 2006 — National Post

Moody's puts CanWest under review

An investor service has put CanWest credit rating under review for a possible downgrade following weaker-than-expected third-quarter results.

Jul 10, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Engage radio listeners with more than music by Keith McArthur

Media executive says that in order to compete with online streaming radio, satellite and iPods, radio stations have to reinvent themselves.

Jul 10, 2006 — Toronto Star

Time to rethink CBC as public broadcaster by Michael Geist

Columnist says the CBC can chart a new path in the internet era by collaborating with Canadians to bring their creativity to a wider broadcast audience.

Jul 7, 2006 — Vancouver Province

Making it good: An idea whose time has come

Editorial suggests that excellence at the CBC, while currently seeming unachievable, is what should be strived for.

Jul 7, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Not for prime time by Kirstine Layfield

CBC TV's executive director, network programming says a new six-part series, North/South, was not dumped in the daytime "dead zone", rather it was specifically produced for the time-slot.

Jul 6, 2006 — Business Edge

Northern boomtowns catch FM radio fever by Laura Severs

Nineteen applicants are applying for new FM licences in the booming communities of Fort McMurray and Grande Prairie Alberta - FRIENDS says the CRTC could take six months before announcing decisions.

Jul 6, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Ad slump puts lid on CanWest fund revenue by Grant Robertson

Slowing advertising sales kept revenue at CanWest MediaWorks Income Fund flat during the third quarter of 2006.

Jul 6, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Satellite radio goes mobile by Grant Robertson

XM Satellite radio plans to offer 20 of its 100 channels to Telus mobile customers.

Jul 6, 2006 — Toronto Star

CBC provides history programs by Kirstine Layfield

CBC's Executive Director, Network Programming says CBC is the only network to which people can turn for Canadian history programming.

Jul 6, 2006 — Associated Press

XM Posts Slower Subscriber Growth for 2Q by Seth Sutel

XM Satellite radio attributes slower growth in new subscribers to problems with product availability and softness in retail sales.

Jul 6, 2006 — Welland Tribune

Satellite TV growing in Canada, says CRTC

Latest CRTC report shows Canadians are tuning in to satellite television in greater numbers at the expense of cable TV.

Jul 6, 2006 — National Post

A modest proposal from a CBC host by Jesse Brown

CBC Radio's host of The Contrarians says that staff at the public broadcaster just as bored as other Canadians with the endless debate over CBC's future.

Jul 6, 2006 — National Post

Heritage Minister cancels review of CBC mandate on PM's order by Mike De Souza

FRIENDS says that the expected CBC mandate review that would have fuelled interest in public broadcasting was blocked on instructions from Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office.

Jul 5, 2006 — Imagine Canada

Imagine Canada Survey of Arts and Culture Organizations in Canada

According to a survey of sonprofit and soluntary srganizations, Canada has 13,700 arts and culture organizations employing pproximately 73,000 people.

Jul 4, 2006 — CARTT

Commission contacts updated

A CRTC-wide re-organization has been undertaken to respond to shifting communications and media industries and technologies.

Jul 4, 2006 — Globe & Mail

No end in sight for CBC's Tommy troubles by Val Ross

Industry groups, filmmakers, political families and the Saskatchewan Opposition have entered the debate on CBC's decision not to re-air the Tommy Douglas miniseries.

Jul 4, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CBC dumps Halifax drama in dead zone by Andrew Ryan

Columnist says North/South - the Canadian-made series set amid the Halifax construction industry - has potential, but nobody's going to watch it in the afternoon in the middle of summer.

Jul 1, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen

Canadians spending more time on Internet, CRTC report says by Carly Weeks

Study concludes the Internet has taken some the time Canadians used to spend watching TV or listening to the radio.

Jul 1, 2006 — Globe & Mail

More watching foreign shows on CBC by Simon Tuck

CRTC reports that viewership of foreign programming jumped by almost 80 per cent on CBC-TV - FRIENDS says this underlines a deeper problem.

Jun 30, 2006 — The Australian

ABC cans Alan Jones biography after threat to sue by Tracy Ong

Australian Broadcasting Corporation shelves an unauthorised biography of the country's most influential radio broadcaster after threat of litigation.

Jun 30, 2006 — Le Journal de Montréal

De plus en plus de contenu étranger, Brigitte Mccann

The national public broadcaster is airing approximately four times more foreign programming than in 2004 during prime time, according to FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting.

Jun 30, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

CBC 'committed' to Canadian shows by Etan Vlessing

FRIENDS says CBC-TV's success at shedding foreign programs from its primetime schedule through the 1990s has been almost completely undone by senior management at CBC.

Jun 30, 2006 — Toronto Star

Revamped TVO may have ads by Robert Benzie and Steve Rennie

The Ontario government is modernizing and revamping TVOntario, but the spectre of advertising now looms over the province's public broadcaster.

Jun 30, 2006 — CRTC News Release

The CRTC publishes its seventh Broadcasting Policy Monitoring Report

CRTC report updates performance indicators for the Canadian broadcast industry including data on new technologies such as high definition and iPods.

Jun 30, 2006 — Globe & Mail

TVOntario drops axe on Studio 2 by Karen Howlett

Ontario's public broadcaster undergoes sweeping overhaul fuelled by $25-million injection.

Jun 29, 2006 — MacLean's

Poll suggests Canadians watch CTV and CBC national news in equal numbers

A Decima poll says Canadians are equally divided in their preference for CTV or CBC national news but 57 per cent would be less likely to watch The National if it were bumped by an hour.

Jun 29, 2006 — Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications

Final Report on the Canadian News Media

Senate report recommends that CBC television should not provide services that inappropriately duplicate those of the private sector, such as the coverage of professional sports and the Olympics.

Jun 29, 2006 — Toronto Star

Liberals plan big overhaul of TVOntario by Robert Benzie and Rob Ferguson

Ontario's public television broadcaster will receive a temporary increase in its annual $45 million base operating grant from the province help implement a new agenda.

Jun 29, 2006 — Toronto Star

Writer defends yanked CBC film

The writer of the Tommy Douglas TV movie is defending his script against criticism that led the CBC to pull the miniseries from rebroadcast.

Jun 29, 2006 — National Post

The jury is out on satellite radio by Warren Kinsella

Media analyst says satellite radio will not evolve beyond a niche market.

Jun 29, 2006 — Globe & Mail

U.S. senate rejects regulation of Internet access by Jim Abrams

An effort by Internet users to prohibit telephone and cable companies from creating a two-tiered internet failed to get through a Senate committee.

Jun 29, 2006 — Globe & Mail

TVO to get $25-million makeover by Karen Howlett

TVOntario will receive $25-million in new government funding over two years as part of a plan to focus more closely on education and learning.

Jun 29, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Ontario Liberals deny role in cancelling TVO news show

Opposition suggests the Liberals wanted TVOntario's flagship news show, Studio 2, cancelled because it was often critical of the government.

Jun 29, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Canadian Press waits as CanWest mulls pullout by Grant Robertson

The Canadian Press, a co-operative run by several news organizations, could be dealt a significant blow if CanWest Global decides to pull its participation.

Jun 29, 2006 — TV Ontario Press Release

TVO and TFO Mobilize for Digital Future

TVOntario announces a new Strategic Agenda for Ontario's public broadcaster, including a transition to digital, a content strategy that responds government priorities and and new directions in revenue generation.

Jun 29, 2006 — The Tyee

Senators Let Big Media off Hook by Donald Gutstein

Committee's long-awaited report shrugs at CanWest Global's media concentration, targets CBC instead.

Jun 29, 2006 — MacLean's

Bev Oda: Will this woman save the CBC? by John Geddes

Heritage Minister express skepticism about the CBC trying to follow the lead of profit-seeking networks.

Jun 27, 2006 — Statistics Canada: The Daily

Study: Consumer demand for entertainment services outside the home, 1998 to 2003

Canadian households spent $3.2 billion in 2003 attending movies, performing arts, and spectator sports events and visiting heritage institutions, up 41% from 1998.

Jun 27, 2006 — CARTT

The CBC is trying to find its way - just like everyone else in this nutty business by Greg O'Brien

Editorial says that the CBC should experiment with TV programming in attempt to draw new audiences to the network.

Jun 27, 2006 — Le Devoir

Médias - Sénateurs studieux, Paul Cauchon

Columnist discusses Senate Committee report's conclusions on media concentration in Canada and the CBC.

Jun 27, 2006 — Australian Broadcasting Corporation

PM not concerned over media ownership changes

Australian Prime Minister John Howard supports proposed changes to the media industry that would relax foreign ownership rules and allow media companies to enter more than one sector.

Jun 27, 2006 — Calgary Herald

Canadian comedies a matter of pride: CRTC by Kate Jaimet

CRTC chairman states Canadian television stations may be forced to produce more Canadian comedies and dramas by 2008.

Jun 27, 2006 — National Post

Sirius would buy XM, CEO says

Sirius Satellite Radio chief executive would consider purchasing its larger rival if price and regulatory concerns weren't obstacles.

Jun 27, 2006 — Montreal Gazette

CBC needs to find its way

Editorial says the Senate report on the state of Canada's media industries should be viewed as a beginning to a much wider national discussion on the future of the CBC.

Jun 26, 2006 — La Presse Canadienne

Ottawa abandonne son projet d'ordonner un examen du mandat de Radio-Canada, Sylvain Larocque

FRIENDS believes Heritage Minister Bev Oda discreetly abandoned a plan to order a mandate review of the CBC under pressure from other members of the federal Cabinet.

Jun 26, 2006 — Writers Guild of Canada press release

Tommy Douglas miniseries pulled by CBC without consulting screenwriter

The Writers Guild of Canada asks CBC to issue apology after the miniseries circulation and DVD sales were halted.

Jun 26, 2006 — MacLean's

Banff to the future by Scott Feschuk

Tomorrow's TV advertising won't be just delivery of eyeballs, it'll be about content experiences in which products are seamlessly integrated into the plot and dialogue of a series.

Jun 26, 2006 — Edmonton Sun

CBC Should Cut Back and Refocus by Licia Corbella

Editorial says the CBC should become commercial-free, but its public funding should remain static.

Jun 26, 2006 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

CBC Television continues to be a national conundrum by Geoffrey Stevens

Op-Ed says that if CBC President Robert Rabinovitch is not going to fight for the CBC, he might as well quit and let the Conservatives have their way with the public broadcaster.

Jun 26, 2006 — Toronto Star

Time to review CBC's mandate

Editorial says CBC must be distinctive, focused on Canadian stories, drama, humour, current events but it cannot be all things to all people.

Jun 26, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Rank your priorities, CBC, and hold the centre by William Thorsell

CEO of the Royal Ontario Museum says that given declining operating resources, the CBC should change its mandate to meet its top priorities.

Jun 25, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen

Senate meddles with media, but someone's got to do it by Charles Gordon

Senate report helps the public understand the news media better and media people better understand themselves.

Jun 25, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen

The comedy never stops on CBC television by Randall Denley

Columnist says CBC television should be limited to news programming.

Jun 24, 2006 — National Post

Turn the CBC into a pay channel by Andrew Coyne

Columnist says that CBC's best hope of survival might lie turning the network into a pay channel, like HBO or Bravo.

Jun 24, 2006 — Toronto Star

Forgotten in media's culture gap by Murray Whyte

Canada's ethnic media now comprises more than 120 radio and television shows, 536 publications, and more than 100 languages.

Jun 24, 2006 — Calgary Herald

CBC's job is to show us ourselves by Bart Beaty and Rebecca Sullivan

Op-Ed says CBC should stop trying to duplicate programming on the private networks and concentrate on creating television that isn't afraid to reach out to marginalized or minority communities.

Jun 24, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Oda to talk funding with Quebec filmmakers by James Adams

Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda will talk with Quebec filmmakers to present "creative solutions" to an apparent funding crisis in the province's film industry.

Jun 24, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Simple solution: CBC must stop chasing ratings by Jeffrey Simpson

Columnist says that since the government won't increase CBC funding it's time to consider alternative revenues such as private broadcasters paying a public broadcasting tax.

Jun 23, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Eye on the future by Richard Stursberg

Executive vice-president of CBC English television comments on decision to pre-empt The National newscast with American reality television show.

Jun 23, 2006 — Toronto Star

Nash slams CBC for its decision on reality show by Phinjo Gombu

Knowlton Nash comments on recent CBC programming decisions: "If the CBC really wants reality TV, let people get the reality of what's happening in the world by turning on The National at 10 p.m. every night"

Jun 23, 2006 — Toronto Star

Ottawa must not control the press

Editorial says giving elected politicians the power to make decisions on media mergers would undermine public confidence in MPs and news gatherers.

Jun 23, 2006 — Montreal Gazette

National Idle by L. Ian MacDonald

Op-ed: how do we explain to foreign correspondents and production crews who are putting their lives on the line in places such as Afghanistan that they are pre-empted for an American talent show?

Jun 23, 2006 — Toronto Star

Power play over CBC's hockey rights

Private broadcasters applaud a Senate committee proposing that the CBC get out of the sports broadcasting business - FRIENDS says the discussion will be moot if CTV outbids CBC for NHL hockey.

Jun 23, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Hot about the media

Editorial says government and CRTC intervention in media mergers could lead to decision makers using their new power for selfish purposes.

Jun 23, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Growth in Internet ads outpaces all others

While still far behind television, newspaper, radio and magazine ad spending, a report states Internet advertising is forecast to grow by over 18% per year.

Jun 22, 2006 — Toronto Sun

About time, people! by Bill Brioux

Editorial applauds CBC use of american reality programming and says that the talk of CBC mandate and missions means nothing if no one is watching.

Jun 22, 2006 — Winnipeg Free Press

CBC can't tell the difference between reality and fiction by George Stephenson

FRIENDS notes that CBC President Robert Rabinovitch told the Commons Heritage Committee just nine months ago that CBC doesn't do reality programming.

Jun 22, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Review media mergers, Senate group urges Grant Robertson and Simon Tuck

The Senate's standing committee on transport and communications suggests setting media market share threshold at 35%.

Jun 22, 2006 — Toronto Star

Shame on the CBC

Editorial says executives at the CBC should be ashamed of themselves for bumping their main newscast for a tarted-up American singing contest.

Jun 22, 2006 — NDP News Release

NDP Says Reality TV Decision Reflects Deep Problems at CBC

NDP Heritage Critic Charlie Angus says CBC television appears to be a rudderless ship without a sense of its important mandate.

Jun 22, 2006 — Maisonneuve Magazine

Wither the CBC? by Joe Boughner

Senators Joan Fraser and Jim Munson point to the decision to bump The National for a U.S. reality program as an example of the dangers that CBC faces in pursuing a commercial mandate.

Jun 22, 2006 — Toronto Star

Kudos for Knowlton Nash by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist says that Knowlton Nash is the kind of journalist-manager who has forgotten more about CBC's workings than most of the current executives put together will probably ever learn.

Jun 22, 2006 — National Post

Canada's public broadcaster lost in the wilderness by Don Martin

Columnist says that the only faint silver lining around a dark CBC logo is the fact full privatization will have to wait for Stephen Harper to land a majority government.

Jun 22, 2006 — National Post

The National bumped by American reality show by Katie Rook

FRIENDS contrasts statements made by CBC president Robert Rabinovich saying that the broadcaster is not interested in reality television with recent CBC Television programming decisions.

Jun 22, 2006 — CBC News

CBC-TV should stop showing pro sports, Senate report says

The CBC needs a full re-examination of itself to get back to its core mandate of public broadcaster, says the head of the Senate committee on transport and communications.

Jun 22, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Knowlton Nash - Lifetime Achievement by James Adams

Canadian Journalism Foundation honours Knowlton Nash with its lifetime achievement award - he is 'apprehensive' about the CBC's decision to bump the newscast he famously served as anchor from 1978 through 1988.

Jun 22, 2006 — Globe & Mail

And now, not the news

Editorial states that recent CBC Television programming decisions are alienating those who support its existence as a publicly funded broadcaster.

Jun 22, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CBC execs try damage control Gayle MacDonald and Simon Tuck

As Senate considers broadcaster's long-term strategy, CBC executives have been forced into damage control in the wake of public reaction to The National being bumped for an American Idol knockoff reality show.

Jun 21, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Tighter media ownership rules urged by Grant Robertson and Simon Tuck

A sweeping Senate report on the Canadian media industry calls for tougher ownership restrictions, a new regulatory framework for acquisitions, and a new road map for the CBC.

Jun 21, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CBC should be ad free: report by Grant Robertson

A Senate report on the state of Canada's media industry has called on the federal government to increase funding for the CBC so that the public broadcaster can operate without commercials.

Jun 21, 2006 — ACTRA Press Release

CBC's Bumping Of The National 'Shocking Sell-Out': Performers

ACTRA says that CBC spending money on a U.S. talent show in search of ratings and revenue is a sell-out of its mandate as Canada's national public broadcaster.

Jun 21, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

PwC: Net to fuel industry by Georg Szalai

PricewaterhouseCoopers study states global the entertainment and media sector will expand into a $1.83 trillion industry by 2010, led by surging growth in the online sector.

Jun 21, 2006 — Toronto Star

CBC's 'The National' bumped by reality by Vinay Menon

FRIENDS and Peter Mansbridge comment on 'The National' on being bumped by a U.S. reality show.

Jun 21, 2006 — Toronto Star

TVO overhaul to be 'positive' minister says by Robert Benzie

A "strategic review" of Ontario's public broadcaster could be released today - Minister states that big changes, but not massive job cuts are included in the offering.

Jun 21, 2006 — CMRI

Canadian Content on CBC in Prime Time by quarter, 2004-2006

After a three month period from March to May 2005, when CBC's English Television network Canadian content levels fell below minimum legal requirements, CBC-TV's CanCon levels have risen to 82% in the three months from December 2005 to February 2006.

Jun 20, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Quebec box-office levy urged to support filmmakers by James Adams

The head of Quebec's association of filmmakers says Telefilm Canada should abandon its "commercial-bonus" system and Quebec's theatre owners should collect a portion of box office revenue for indigenous filmmakers.

Jun 20, 2006 — Canoe.ca

Ad-free CBC-TV proposed by Joan Bryden

A Senate report on the state of Canada's media will recommend that CBC-TV become a truly public, commercial-free broadcaster.

Jun 20, 2006 — CBC News

CityTV founder applies to buy classical radio station

Moses Znaimer has applied to the CRTC to buy Canada's only private English-language classical music radio station - plans to sell classical music to a young generation.

Jun 20, 2006 — Vancouver Sun

U.S. reality show will bump The National on Tuesdays in Ontario, Quebec by Anne-Marie Tobin

FRIENDS says CBC has a mission that involves explaining Canada to Canadians, not importing American commercial programming.

Jun 19, 2006 — The Hill Times

Amended Federal Accountability Act a blow to GR: lobbyists by Simon Doyle

Prime Minister Harper has introduced an amendment to the Federal Accountability Act to ban key members of his five-member transition team from lobbying the government.

Jun 19, 2006 — CARTT

New lobbying rules may hit CAB by Greg O'Brien

Conservative insider Elizabeth Roscoe may lose her position with the Canadian Association of Broadcasters due to lobbying rules under the Federal Accountability Act.

Jun 19, 2006 — Toronto Star

CBC clicks online by Tara Perkins

FRIENDS comments that CBC.ca has become a dominant and credible brand on the Internet and CBC is the most trusted source of news and information in the country.

Jun 17, 2006 — Montreal Gazette

Shortgae of Telefilm funding spells trouble for new projects by Brendan Kelly

Telefilm Canada has turned down several French-language Quebec projects due to a shortage of funding.

Jun 17, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Znaimer is spreading Rumours by Patricia Bailey

Moses Znaimer and Quebec producer Jocelyn Deschênes have brokered a deal with the CBC to make Rumours, an English version of the hit Québécois comedy Rumeurs.

Jun 17, 2006 — Globe & Mail

A disservice to CBC by Richard Stursberg

The executive vice-president, CBC English Television cites the eroding funding environment as reason for focus on new reality based programming.

Jun 16, 2006 — Globe & Mail

BCE in talks to sell Telesat outright by Andrew Willis, Jacquie McNish and Catherine McLean

Deal with Ontario Teachers Pension Plan could value world's fifth-largest commercial satellite operator at $3-billion.

Jun 16, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CBC's reality

Editorial comments on CBC using public funds to create reality-programming based on a U.S. show.

Jun 16, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Let media consolidate, Asper urges by Grant Robertson

The head of CanWest Global says that to compete with Web giants such as Google, Yahoo and MSN, Canadian media companies not only need to get bigger - they need Ottawa to let them consolidate.

Jun 15, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CBC aims to attract the young by Gayle MacDonald and Guy Dixon

CBC's fall schedule is padded with reality shows, longer-running dramas and documentary series.

Jun 14, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CRTC says it's already changing way it rules phone sector by Catherine McLean

The CRTC is studying recommendations made by a federal review panel that examined the telecom industry - some proposed changes are already being made.

Jun 14, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Telus CEO pushes hard for reform by Chanakya Sethi

Darren Entwistle lobbies that a new regulatory framework is warranted because of the increasingly blurred line between the telecom and broadcasting industries.

Jun 14, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Panel proposes cuts in PBS funding by Brooks Boliek

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee has voted to reduce funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting by 17.4% for 2007 and has refused advance-funding for 2009.

Jun 14, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Bernier trumpets new telecom approach by Catherine McLean and Simon Tuck

Industry Minister Maxime Bernier tells the CRTC to rely on market forces in the telecommunications industry to the "maximum extent feasible."

Jun 13, 2006 — Mediacaster Magazine

Government Gives Directions to CRTC

For the first time since the adoption of the Telecommunications Act, the government has issued a policy direction to the CRTC.

Jun 13, 2006 — Canadian Telecom Summit

Staying Ahead by Darren Entwistle, Telus President & CEO

Darren Entwistle, Telus CEO's speech to the Canadian Telecom Summit in Toronto remarks on the implementation of the Telecom Policy Review panel recommendations and developing a new regulatory framework given the challenges of a broadband IP world.

Jun 13, 2006 — NDP News Release

NDP Declares Victory in CBC Design Team Layoff Delay

CBC management is delaying layoffs to in-house production staff at CBC Toronto until May 31, 2007.

Jun 13, 2006 — CRTC

CRTC calls for public comment

On June 12, 2006 the CRTC issued two calls for public comment on broadcasting issues.

Jun 12, 2006 — Toronto Star

Ads renders 'public' broadcaster lifeless by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist states that while Canada needs a vibrant, public source of TV programming, the CBC has been so wounded by budget cuts, bad management and burgeoning competition that many Canadians see little worth saving anymore.

Jun 12, 2006 — CRTC

Speech to the 2006 Banff World Television Festival by Charles Dalfen

Chairman of the CRTC announces a review of the regulatory framework for over-the-air television in a speech to the 2006 Banff World Television Festival.

Jun 12, 2006 — CBC News

CBC License Renewal Delayed by Broadcast Review

CBC/Radio-Canada's licence renewal delayed after Federal Heritage Minister Bev Oda's announcement of a six-month review of new television technologies.

Jun 12, 2006 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Update from the Banff World Television Festival

Note to CBC staff from CBC President Robert Rabinovitch concerning a CRTC study ordered by the Minister of Canadian Heritage on the future environment the Canadian broadcasting system, a forthcoming CRTC review of over-the-air television, and the deferral by one year of the renewal of the CBC's broadcasting licence.

Jun 12, 2006 — ACTRA Press Release

Review Must Fix TV Policy

ACTRA welcomes the CRTC review of television policy and calls for a guarantee that Canadian programming has a place on the public airwaves.

Jun 12, 2006 — Primedia Insight

House passes Telecom Bill without "net neutrality"

Largely ratifying the policy agenda of the nation's largest telco companies, the U.S. House of Representatives last week passed the most comprehensive telecommunications legislation since 1996.

Jun 12, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Kenneth Thomson dead at 82

Media magnate, art collector and Canada's wealthiest man, Kenneth Thomson, passed away this morning at age 82.

Jun 12, 2006 — Statistics Canada: The Daily

Study: Culture sector employment in rural Canada 1996 to 2003

Statistics Canada says proportionately fewer people are employed in the culture sector in rural Canada compared to the nation as a whole.

Jun 12, 2006 — Statistics Canada: The Daily

International trade in culture goods 2005

Canada's trade deficit in culture goods rose from $1.5 billion to nearly $1.7 billion in 2005, the largest deficit since 1999.

Jun 12, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada set to shore up protection for b'casters by Etan Vlessing

CRTC study to help the government set its broadcasting policy for the 21st century.

Jun 12, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Government steps into debate about TV's future by Grant Robertson

The Conservative government is calling for an immediate study of the effects of changing technology on the radio and television industries - expected to take precedence over a review being planned by the CRTC.

Jun 11, 2006 — Canoe.ca

Feds ask CRTC to assess impact of changing technology on broadcasting by Judy Monchuk

Federal Heritage Minister Bev Oda has asked the CRTC to determine what impact rapidly changing technology will have on the broadcast industry's future - move expected to delay the CBC's renewal licence for a year.

Jun 11, 2006 — Agence France Presse

BBC's global future is on the Internet: corporation's chief

BBC director-general Mark Thompson insists that the Internet can turn the public broadcaster into a truly global media brand.

Jun 11, 2006 — New York Times

Coming Soon (Maybe): Even More TV Channels by Richard Siklos

A regulatory showdown is looming in the U.S. over multicasting - the technology that would allow transmission of several television channels in the bandwidth of an analog broadcast signal.

Jun 10, 2006 — National Post

TV networks hope review brings ad relief by Barbara Shecter

The Federal government and the CRTC are expected to release details of a policy review that could reshape television rules.

Jun 10, 2006 — Globe & Mail

TV networks can relax by James Adams

A discussion paper prepared for the Banff World Television Film Festival says that Canadian broadcasters need to integrate with the global media business to prosper in the new digital environment.

Jun 10, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Web not seen supplanting TV any time soon by Grant Robertson

Report says that cost and technical limitations make the Internet a smaller threat to Canadian television broadcasters than some believe.

Jun 9, 2006 — Banff World Television Festival

Green Paper Released On The Future Of Canadian Television

Executive Summary of a report that will facilitate a Town Hall discussion on the future of Canadian television and Canadian television programming at the Banff World Television Festival.

Jun 9, 2006 — National Post

Oda may save CBC from itself by John Ivison

Reform of the CBC likely to be the Conservative government's first step in a more sweeping overhaul of the broadcasting industry.

Jun 8, 2006 — Michael Geist's Blog

Oda and the Copyright Pledge

Blog reveals that in the final days of the last federal election campaign, Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda received significant contributions from many in the copyright lobby - groups that now seek support on key policy issues.

Jun 8, 2006 — Warren Communications News

Pubcasters Gird for Hill Fight as Appropriators Slash $115 Million by Dinesh Kumar

U.S. House of Representatives votes to cut $115 million in federal support from public broadcasters; may spark grass-roots campaign to restore funds.

Jun 8, 2006 — Associated Press

Sirius adds $260 million satellite to fleet

Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. will spend $260 million to add an additional satellite to its existing fleet.

Jun 8, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Actuarial defence by Johanne Charbonneau

The Vice-president and CFO of CBC/Radio-Canada submits information on number of CBC staff and cost of salaries in rebuttal to a letter by Bill Roberts.

Jun 8, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Standard delays plans to go public by Grant Robertson

Canada's largest privately held broadcaster is delaying plans to go public - claiming adverse market conditions.

Jun 8, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CRTC, TV industry set to face off over content by Grant Robertson

CRTC review of TV sector may see broadcasters invest more in Canadian programming in return for flexibility on rules.

Jun 7, 2006 — National Post

Stern doesn't have to mean just Bonnie in Canada by Barbara Shecter

Rogers Cable to deliver taped video versions of Howard Stern's daily radio show for $16.95 a month.

Jun 7, 2006 — USA TODAY

TiVo diversifies its lineup with Web video by David Lieberman

TiVo set to deliver Web programming to subscribers' TVs - line between broadband video and conventional TV disappearing.

Jun 7, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

House debating indecency bill by Brooks Boliek

U.S. Congress to vote on legislation that would fine broadcasters up to $325,000 for airing indecent speech.

Jun 7, 2006 — St. Catharines Standard

CBC TV doesn't need more taxpayer support

Editorial takes issue with a report calling for the CBC to put more focus on news, arts and culture and less emphasis on sports and commercials.

Jun 7, 2006 — Globe & Mail

When it comes to TV ad rates, the 'eyes' have it -- or do they? by Keith McArthur

Digital video recorders and commercial avoidance influence negotiation between television networks and advertisers over TV commercial prices.

Jun 7, 2006 — Globe & Mail

A nimble CBC by Bill Roberts

President and CEO of VisionTV states that the CBC needs to claw back staff costs and reduce bureaucracy.

Jun 6, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Hollywood should stick to high road in its war on piracy by Barrie McKenna

Columnist says that the war between the U.S. movie industry and the movie pirates is getting dirty, and it is becoming hard to tell the good guys from the bad.

Jun 6, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen

CTV fills up on Corner Gas and Degrassi by Alex Strachan

CTV unveils their fall schedule, including 11 home-grown series in primetime.

Jun 6, 2006 — Calgary Herald

CBC needs less hockey, more news, arts: report

According to a study published by the Public Policy Forum, CBC Television should run more news, arts and culture, less sports and fewer commercials.

Jun 6, 2006 — National Post

CTV adds Web broadcasts to boost lineup by Barbara Shecter

CTV to make Canadian TV shows such as Corner Gas, Degrassi The Next Generation and Canadian Idol available online.

Jun 6, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Williams departure leaves void at CBC by Allan Maki

Brian Williams, the face of the Olympics on CBC for 30 years, follows the games to rival CTV - move seen as another blow to sports programming on the public broadcaster.

Jun 5, 2006 — Public Policy Forum

Whither the CBC? by William Neville

A discussion paper on the future of public broadcasting in Canada by a former member of the CBC board of directors.

Jun 5, 2006 — Variety

Pubcaster pledges primetime makeover by Brendan Kelly

CBC executive says the broadcaster will put more emphasis on high-profile television series rather than specials and mini-series.

Jun 5, 2006 — CARTT

CBC.ca celebrates first decade with an overhaul

Following a survey of more than 5,000 audience members, CBC.ca gets a major re-design.

Jun 5, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CBC should be a real public broadcaster by William Neville

Former member of the CBC board of directors states that the federal government must better define the CBC's role and that there must be less emphasis on audience ratings and commercial revenues.

Jun 3, 2006 — National Post

CRTC permits Canadian cable ads on U.S. channels by Barbara Shecter

The CRTC has cleared the way for cable companies to advertise services on Canadian broadcasts of U.S. specialty channels.

Jun 3, 2006 — National Post

Send in the clowns by Robert Fulford

Columnist argues that the new "perky" attitude at CBC Radio is eroding its ability to deliver serious journalism.

Jun 3, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen

Making CanCon Cool by Sherry Noik-Bent

Canada's two satellite radio services are exposing Americans to Canadian music, but critics charge that dedicated Canadian music channels serve to ghettoize Canadian music and fail to protect Canadian musicians.

Jun 3, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CHUM banks on big-name prime time by Gayle MacDonald

CHUM purchases rights to 17 new dramatic, comedic, reality and sci-fi series and miniseries at L.A. Screenings - Canadian programs picked up under Cancon requirements.

Jun 2, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Pilots fly from L.A. in '06 season by Jesse Hiestand

Los Angeles' share of TV pilot season production fell 18% this year due to tax breaks and other incentives in Canada and other U.S. states.

Jun 2, 2006 — Toronto Star

NHL, NBC won't be sharing CBC's joy

With the Edmonton Oilers in the Stanley Cup final the CBC is expecting a ratings windfall.

Jun 2, 2006 — Edmonton Journal

New artists top the charts on CBC podcasts by Sandra Sperounes

While the Canadian Association of Broadcasters wants CanCon requirements lowered, CBC Radio 3 finds success playing emerging Canadian artists almost exclusively.

Jun 2, 2006 — Kamloops Daily News

CBC fans lobby for broadcast service by Mike Youds

Citizens in Kamloops BC lobby the CBC President and the CRTC for access to CBC television over public airwaves.

Jun 2, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CHUM TV goes shopping and gets 17 new shows by Gayle MacDonald

CHUM Television went on a shopping spree at this year's L.A. screenings, and returned with 17 new shows to add to its programming schedule.

Jun 2, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Lobbies array against revamp of broadcast rules by Leo Cendrowicz

Groups call for stricter regulation of product placement and looser rules for online services at a hearing on European Union broadcast policy reform.

Jun 1, 2006 — Vancouver Province

Radio host's program crosses every border: Grant Lawrence's CBC Radio 3 Podcast celebrates two million downloads by Lynn Mitges

The CBC Radio 3 Podcast, featuring up-and-coming Canadian bands, has been downloaded more than two million times in the past year - more than 50 per cent of listeners are from outside Canada.

Jun 1, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CBC chair sparks storm with use of the U word by Konrad Yakabuski

CBC/Radio-Canada board chairman Guy Fournier has sparked debate by suggesting Radio-Canada has become too Quebec-centric and should be doing more to promote national unity.

May 31, 2006 — Susan Crawford Blog

FAQ on Net Neutrality by Susan Crawford

Blogger publishes a summary of the Net Neutrality issue - cable and telephone companies want to charge providers such as Google and YouTube for the delivery of content.

May 31, 2006 — Le Devoir

Le Devoir La Chambre des communes s'inquiète de l'avenir de la culture - Paul Cauchon

Les conservateurs ont voté contre une motion d'appui aux politiques culturelles actuelles, y compris le soutien financier à la Société Radio-Canada; les partis d'opposition ont réussi à faire passer la motion mais s'inquiètent de l'attitude des conservateurs.

May 31, 2006 — Official Opposition News Release

Harper government votes against protection and promotion of Canadian cultural and artistic identity

Mauril Bélanger, Liberal critic for Canadian Heritage, condemns the government's opposition of a motion to protect and promote Canadian cultural identity.

May 31, 2006 — Saskatoon Star Phoenix

Sask. gov't fights CRTC decision

The Saskatchewan government is asking the federal cabinet to take action on a CRTC decision that restricts the public phone utility's ability to compete with new market entrants.

May 31, 2006 — Charlottetown Guardian

New radio station awaits home on dial by Wayne Thibodeau

CRTC approves first new radio station in PEI in more than twenty years.

May 31, 2006 — Halifax Daily News

CBC boss wants more homegrown shows by John McKay

CBC's executive director of English programming plans to increase Canadian prime-time programming to 175 hours in the 2006-2007 season and 250 hours by 2008.

May 30, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian nets gird for upfronts by Etan Vlessing

Having completed deals for about 40 new U.S. TV shows, Canadian networks finalize their schedules and prepare sales pitches to domestic advertisers and media buyers.

May 29, 2006 — Toronto Star

Network hopes America wants to get Gas

CTV is pitching Corner Gas to U.S. networks hoping to land a syndication deal for the top-ranked Canadian comedy.

May 29, 2006 — The Independent

American TV stations in 'fake news' inquiry by Andrew Buncombe

The Federal Communications Commission is investigating American television stations for broadcasting items produced by the Bush administration and major corporations, passing them off as news.

May 29, 2006 — Toronto Star

Telcos don't deserve your $620M by Tyler Hamilton

The CRTC is handing large phone companies more than $620 million to bring broadband access to rural markets already served by smaller competitors.

May 29, 2006 — Toronto Star

CRTC's unpopular job is to protect the public interest by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist describes how recent controversial decisions, the inability to uphold its own rules and the current political environment make the CRTC's existence precarious.

May 29, 2006 — Globe & Mail

In L.A., Canadian networks stock up on new shows by Gayle MacDonald

Global, CTV and CHUM return from the Los Angeles screenings with U.S. programs to slot into their fall schedules.

May 27, 2006 — Montreal Gazette

How to land a podcast by Marc Saltzman

Podcasting 101 - how to get started with one of the newest trends in media and broadcasting.

May 26, 2006 — National Post

Ottawa sows field for deregulation: Advice similar to panel's by Paul Vieira

Industry Canada documents suggest intention to deregulate Canada's telecommunications industry and relax rules governing foreign ownership.

May 25, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Britain enters treaty with South Africa by Stuart Kemp

The British government is looking to re-negotiate existing movie co-production agreements with Canada and other countries.

May 25, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian nets berated for U.S. TV buys by Etan Vlessing

ACTRA lashes out at private broadcasters for buying new U.S. series and turning their backs on homegrown production.

May 25, 2006 — CARTT

XM expects fewer '06 buyers

XM Satellite Radio expects to add 500,000 fewer subscribers in 2006 than originally anticipated - also cautioned that regulatory and legal challenges could affect future results.

May 25, 2006 — Maisonneuve Magazine

Asper's Dangerous Game by Philippe Gohier

Following a National Post article retraction, an online columnist points out that the Post has been criticized for allowing its strong ideological leanings to influence its news judgment.

May 25, 2006 — Montreal Gazette

Meetings with arts community productive, heritage minister says

After meeting with broadcasters and arts and cultural representatives, the Federal Heritage Minister says a process to look at broadcasting and new technology will soon be announced.

May 24, 2006 — National Post

CBC wins tiff with TSN over games: Only one at a time by Barbara Shecter

CRTC sides with CBC, decides TSN cannot broadcast more than one hockey game nationally at the same time; CBC had argued competition from TSN for advertising revenues would make it uneconomical for the public broadcaster to air sports on TV.

May 24, 2006 — ACTRA Press Release

Canadian Broadcasters on U.S. Program Spending Spree

Canadian performers' union condemns Canadian private broadcasters for spending on U.S. programs, including strategic purchases for programs they have no intention to air, at the expense of investment in Canadian programming.

May 23, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Stompin' Tom tells CBC to 'shove it'

Stompin' Tom Connors says he is outraged that CBC-TV is moving away from music and variety shows and is no longer interested in airing a concert production he taped last fall.

May 22, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadians ready to shop by Etan Vlessing

CTV is expected to purchase rights for new U.S. network series but not air them, solely to protect its schedule from competition by CanWest Global.

May 22, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Telcos slow to roll out TV services; phones may be at risk by Catherine McLean and Simon Avery

Telephone companies have been slow to roll out television services, which may see cable operators pick up some of their traditional telephone business.

May 22, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen

Enough, already, of the greatest hits by David Reevely

Editorial comments on challenges facing CRTC in setting regulatory policy for private radio.

May 21, 2006 — New York Times

For Tiny Screens, Some Big Dreams by Lorne Manly

Media companies are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to adapt television, movies, games and news and information to display on the tiny screens of mobile phones.

May 20, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Can Global get its groove back? by Gayle MacDonald

CanWest Global executives head to Los Angeles in an attempt to outbid CTV and other rivals for rights to the next breakout U.S. television hit.

May 19, 2006 — Variety

L.A. screenings: Canada, Competition between CanWest, CTV, Chum expected to raise prices by Brenda Kelly

Aggressive bidding is expected among CTV, CanWest Global and CHUM for rights to new U.S. television series at industry screenings event in Los Angeles.

May 19, 2006 — Toronto Star

Oda urged to halt CBC gradual wind-down

CBC's union, the Canadian Media Guild, is urging the Canadian Heritage Minister to intervene and avert what it sees as the gradual privatization of CBC-TV.

May 19, 2006 — House of Commons

Transcript of Exchange concerning terms of CBC Mandate Review

Transcript of question by Liberal opposition critic for Canadian Heritage and response by the Minister of Canadian Heritage concerning parliamentary disclosure and debate of the terms of the government’s rumoured mandate review of the CBC.

May 19, 2006 — Edmonton Journal

Allarco gets OK for new service: Canadian content vow key to approval by Ron Chalmers

FRIENDS welcomes decision to break up pay television duopoly and licence new pay television provider.

May 19, 2006 — National Post

Allarco gets pay-TV licence: Beats three competitors: Breaks up Corus, Astral hold on national airwaves by Barbara Shecter

The CRTC has awarded a new Canadian pay-TV service to Allarco Entertainment - breaking up a $375-million duopoly run by Corus Entertainment and Astral Media.

May 18, 2006 — Toronto Star

Filmmakers shrug off defection by Gayle MacDonald

Telefilm executive director Wayne Clarkson will attempt to revitalize English-language cinema personally after newly-appointed executive announced he will no longer accept the appointment.

May 18, 2006 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Sally Catto named creative head of drama for CBC Television by Fred Fuchs Executive Director CBC Television Arts & Entertainment

Note to CBC Staff announcing the new Creative Head of Television Drama - a former Executive in Charge of Production for Drama at CBC Television.

May 18, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CBC-TV's drama chief stepping down by Guy Dixon

Turnover in CBC senior management continues with the resignation of the creative head of television drama.

May 17, 2006 — The Senate of Canada

Statement concerning Visit of the Secretary General of La Francophonie

Senator comments on Conservative government’s insensitive treatment of visiting cultural dignitary, says ignorance of francophone culture reveals “staggering lack of understanding of the strategic role of culture in Canada”.

May 17, 2006 — CBC News

CRTC radio review hears opposing views on French-language requirements

French-language radio stations argue for cut in Cancon quotas to compete with English broadcasters in bilingual markets.

May 17, 2006 — CBC News

Radio interviews with FRIENDS and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters on the review of commercial radio policy

Listen to radio interviews from CBC's The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti.

May 17, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CBC-TV's new number chase by Alexandra Gill

Newly-appointed CBC programming executives are conducting a 10-city tour in search of proposals from independent producers for "hit" television series.

May 17, 2006 — Macleans

The Lost Picture Show by Brian D. Johnson

Columnist examines complex world of English Canadian film financing.

May 16, 2006 — National Post

Private sector faces 'storm,' owners warn by Paul Vieira

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters propose new rules for private radio that would allow stations to meet Cancon requirements without playing as many Canadian songs.

May 16, 2006 — Toronto Star

Private radio wants CanCon eased by Graham Fraser

Despite record profits, private radio broadcasters appeal to the CRTC to cut Canadian-content limits, predicting a future decline in listeners attributed to Ipods, podcasting, Internet streaming and satellite radio.

May 16, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Jenkinson bows out of Telefilm duties

Telefilm Canada's recently-appointed executive for English-language features announces he will be unable to accept the position.

May 16, 2006 — Halifax Daily News

CRTC radio showdown looms

The commercial radio lobby that seeks more flexibility from the CRTC faces opposition from groups - including FRIENDS - calling for stricter Canadian content rules on conventional radio stations.

May 16, 2006 — Halifax Daily News

CBC Television gets makeover by Heather Sawers

CBC's new executive director of programming is travelling across the country seeking pitches from independent producers, in particular program ideas that will attract bigger audiences.

May 15, 2006 — National Post

CRTC weighs radio's future by Barbara Shecter

Private radio broadcasters seek changes geared toward "slow de-regulation" of their industry.

May 15, 2006 — Toronto Star

Radio needs to listen to the music by Michael Geist

Internet law professor says CRTC commercial radio proceeding is focusing on the wrong issues.

May 15, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Less dinosaur rock, more new music on the radio? by Grant Robertson

FRIENDS opposes plan by private broadcasters to reduce the overall quantity of Canadian content on radio.

May 14, 2006 — New York Times

Can TV's and PC's Live Together Happily Ever After? by Richard Siklos

Despite excitement in mobile and online content, limitations in technology and lack of consumer readiness will see no short-term changes in the delivery of conventional TV.

May 13, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Cable taking control of Street by Lora Kolodny and Georg Szalai

The first quarter of 2006 saw stronger than expected results for U.S. cable operators and weaker growth for U.S. satellite TV providers.

May 13, 2006 — National Post

Regulator fading to black: Future of The CRTC by Paul Vieira

Columnist argues the CRTC's conflicting roles - to foster competition in the telecommunication industry while also ensuring Canadian artists and programming are allowed to flourish - demonstrate a need for reform.

May 12, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Developing Homegrown Movies by Etan Vlessing

Article says Canadian films are increasingly co-productions with foreign partners, featuring foreign actors in lead roles, and regarded as only nominally Canadian by cinemagoers.

May 12, 2006 — Le Devoir

Droits de diffusion cinématographique et télévisuelle par Paul Cauchon

Quebec film and television producers plan fall consultations on reallocation of revenues derived from distribution of film and television programming, in particular over new platforms; distributors said not to be contributing fair share of funds toward Canadian and Quebec production.

May 12, 2006 — Le Devoir

Le Bureau du cinéma et de la télévision embauche son personnel de direction

The Quebec bureau of cinema and television, officially created in 2005, has appointed senior officials drawn from Telefilm Canada and the Canadian Television Fund.

May 12, 2006 — National Post

Marketing wars

Marketing experts analyze the marketing and advertising strategies of XM and SIRIUS satellite radio.

May 12, 2006 — Charlottetown Guardian

Good results for CTV

Reports show that CTV News is watched by four times more Maritimers than CBC's newscast.

May 12, 2006 — Canadian Press

Both sides in Cancon debate to make their case at CRTC radio policy hearings

FRIENDS opposes industry arguments for lower Canadian content requirements at CRTC hearings on commercial radio policy; seeks increase in Cancon to 40%, with at least one quarter reserved for emerging genres and artists.

May 11, 2006 — House of Commons

Transcript of Exchange on Canada Council for the Arts and the CBC

Transcript of questions by Liberal opposition critic for Canadian Heritage and responses by the Minister of Canadian Heritage concerning funding of the Canada Council for the Arts and the commercialization of CBC television.

May 11, 2006 — CBC News

CBC buys Documentary Channel

CBC attempting to enhance its presence in documentary programming with the purchase of additional 53 percent stake in The Documentary Channel; CBC says financial arrangement, including how CBC will pay for the purchase, will not be released.

May 11, 2006 — Corus Entertainment News Release

Corus Entertainment divests its interest in The Documentary Channel

Corus Entertainment to sell its ownership share in the digital service The Documentary Channel to CBC/Radio-Canada, subject to the approval of the CRTC.

May 11, 2006 — National Post

Sirius leads XM 2-1 in subscriber wars: Howard stern a factor? by Barbara Shecter

Sirius Canada claims it has 100,000 satellite radio paying subscribers, twice the number reported by rival XM Canada.

May 11, 2006 — Montreal Gazette

CBC should be queried on NHL telecasts by Pat Hickey

Columnist argues that the expiration of the NHL's TV contract with CBC should be an opportunity for Canadian taxpayers to voice their concerns about the way the Toronto-focused CBC covers hockey and the shortage of regional games.

May 11, 2006 — Edmonton Journal

Reality TV on the CBC? by Bill Rankin

CBC creates new management position for "factual entertainment" programming, which will oversee the development, production, acquisition and adaptation of talk shows, game shows, lifestyle and reality programs.

May 11, 2006 — National Post

Satellite radio looks to cable by Barbara Shecter

XM and Sirius contemplate selling programming to cable and wireless carriers to address competition from music downloads and portable music players.

May 10, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

TiVo set to feed Web video to TV by Paul Bond

TiVo to announce it will allow users to download content created for the Internet to their digital video recorder hard drives for viewing on their television screens.

May 9, 2006 — National Post

Warner deal opens local station doors to Web sites by Barbara Shecter

Agreement by Warner Brothers to sell digital rights to local affiliate TV stations is expected to open the door for Canadian networks to sell advertising for U.S. shows on platforms beyond TV.

May 9, 2006 — National Post

Telecom reform needs a policy first by Terence Corcoran

Editorial says that communications sector foreign ownership limits should fall only after the sector has been deregulated.

May 9, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

24/7 vision: Thompson sells plan for new BBC by Mimi Turner

BBC director general's vision for public broadcaster foresees it transformed from a largely TV and radio-based service to an online, on-demand, new media entertainment resource.

May 9, 2006 — House of Commons

Transcript of Exchange on Arts and Culture

Transcript of comments by Liberal opposition critic for Canadian Heritage and responses by Conservative Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage concerning parliamentary grant to CBC and other aspects of Canadian cultural funding.

May 9, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Rogers eyes satellite radio market by Catherine McLean

Rogers Communications files CRTC application to change its cable licences to permit it to broadcast satellite radio services.

May 9, 2006 — Toronto Star

Gyrating wildly into the future by Vinay Menon

Columnist describes some of the ways the Internet is changing TV distribution, content, economics and viewing habits.

May 8, 2006 — Marketing

Great Reputations by Sarah Dobson

CBC ranks considerably ahead of CHUM, Rogers, CanWest Global and CTV in second annual corporate reputation survey conducted by Leger Marketing in collaboration with Marketing; almost three-quarters of Canadians have a "good opinion" of the brand.

May 8, 2006 — National Post

A smaller CRTC

National Post editorial advocates reduced role for CRTC, argues that federal broadcasting regulations should be loosened quickly, including those restricting foreign ownership.

May 7, 2006 — New York Times

Someone Has to Pay for TV. But Who? And How? by Randall Stross

New technical standard making it possible for broadcasters to immobilize remote control during commercials, preventing channel-surfing during commercials or fast-forwarding through ads in taped programs, raises questions of consumer rights and the future of television program production funding.

May 7, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen

Desperate Networks by Chris Cobb

Review of book that profiles how large U.S. conventional networks have responded to technological changes and shifts in audience.

May 6, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CBC to cut cutting-edge, late-night ZeD TV by Guy Dixon

CBC announced it has cancelled the ZeD TV television program - regarded as an innovative outlet for art-house filmmaking and new media - as of the end of the current season.

May 6, 2006 — Edmonton Journal

CTV outpaces rivals in supper-hour news by Liz Nicholls

CTV's supper-hour newscast is the No. 1 choice in the Edmonton market this spring, with a larger audience than all the other major newscasts put together.

May 6, 2006 — Windsor Star

Canadian networks hoping to plug in by Alex Strachan

CTV, CBC, Global plan to make programming available for download on the Internet in 2006.

May 6, 2006 — Montreal Gazette

Conservatives put CRTC on notice by Paul Vieira

The Conservative government has ordered the CRTC to review and reconsider its decision on Internet telephony, or VoIP; the intervention marks the first time since 1994 that the federal cabinet has demanded that the CRTC change a ruling.

May 5, 2006 — Canadian Media Guild News Release

In-house TV production suffers another blow at CBC

CBC union disappointed in decision by CBC to cancel the award-winning, innovative late-night program ZeD TV.

May 5, 2006 — National Post

Radio profits up 24%, CRTC says by Barbara Shecter

CRTC releases figures showing radio industry profits increased 24% last year, less than two weeks before commercial radio hearings at which the industry is expected to seek regulatory concessions.

May 4, 2006 — Washington Post

The Fox News Effect by Richard Morin

Study suggests that in the 2000 US Presidential election Fox News convinced 3 to 8 percent of its audience to shift voting behavior towards the Republican Party.

May 4, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Arts reaction to budget mixed by James Adams

Federal budget provides some arts funding, but amount not commensurate with what arts organizations say they need.

May 4, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Canadian Film Centre launches TV-pilot program by Gayle MacDonald

In an effort to bring new talent and ideas to Canadian series television, the Canadian Film Centre has launched a TV-pilot training program; some concepts may result in network series.

May 3, 2006 — CARTT

Sirius Canada appears to be near its competitor

U.S. satellite radio broadcaster 40% owned by CBC suffers estimated US$22-million loss in the first quarter of 2006.

May 3, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Stern costs add up to Sirius loss by Paul Bond

Sirius Satellite Radio reports a quarterly loss that more than doubled from a year ago, with the biggest expense being $225 million in stock equity the company granted to Howard Stern and his agent.

May 3, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CBC Radio One expands podcast offerings

CBC's The Current, Dispatches, Definitely Not the Opera, Ideas, Outfront As It Happens and some regional programming are all now available as downloadable podcasts on computers or portable music players.

May 3, 2006 — National Post

Corus jumps aboard downloads bandwagon by Barbara Shecter

Toronto's Corus Entertainment believed to be first Canadian broadcaster to sell full television shows through Internet download.

May 2, 2006 — CMRI

Canadian Content on CBC in Prime Time, 2003-2006

Table prepared by Canadian Media Research Inc. showing percentage of CBC airtime devoted to Canadian and foreign content by program type and by quarter in the 2003/04, 2004/05 and 2005/06 broadcast years.

May 2, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian artists protest labels' piracy plan by Etan Vlessing

Canadian Music Creators Coalition speaks out against major record label position urging U.S.-style copyright laws in Canada to halt music piracy.

May 2, 2006 — ACTRA Press Release

Different Cast, Same Script

Canadian performers' union expresses disappointment in Conservative budget's failure to address funding for the Canadian film and television industry, in particular the CBC, the Canadian Television Fund (CTF) and Telefilm.

May 2, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Tory budget has culture, but not much by John McKay

Arts and culture receive total of seven lines in 302-page budget document; Canadian cultural organizations have mixed reactions.

May 2, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Al Jazeera polishes its English by Mimi Turner

Al Jazeera sister channel Al Jazeera International to provide English-language programming, challenging Western media in international news field.

May 2, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian artists protest labels' piracy plan by Etan Vlessing

Canadian artists oppose proposed music piracy laws.

May 1, 2006 — Playback Magazine

Mobile TV avoids regulation by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC's hands-off policy on mobile television criticized as missed opportunity to adapt Canadian-content requirements to the new medium and encourage domestic talent.

May 1, 2006 — Playback Magazine

Digital advances alter distribution landscape by Etan Vlessing

New digital technology allows documentary filmmakers to reduce time lags separating theatrical, DVD and TV broadcast releases of their work.

May 1, 2006 — The Guardian

The culture of chaos by Brian McNair

British academic argues the shape of the 21st century will be determined not by the war on terror but by the unchecked digital revolution led by globalized media.

Apr 30, 2006 — maikins.com

The Whig Standardized by Matthieu Aikins

The winner of the 2008 Dalton Camp Award describes how media concentration changed the Kingston Whig-Standard from one the top independent newspapers in Canada to just another link in a chain.

Apr 29, 2006 — Globe & Mail

No end in sight to Telefilm's conundrum by Kate Taylor

Columnist evaluates Telefilm, notes that appointment of new head 17 months ago has not eased fundamental challenges.

Apr 28, 2006 — CRTC

CRTC 3-Year Workplan

The CRTC sets out priorities for 2006-2009, including moving towards telecommunications sector deregulation, reviewing regulatory policies to address technological and economic developments, and preparing for licence renewal hearings of the major over-the-air broadcasters.

Apr 28, 2006 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Notes for Remarks by Robert Rabinovitch at the National Symposium of the Law Society of Upper Canada

CBC President and CEO talks about changes in the broadcasting industry, the state of Canadian drama and CBC funding.

Apr 28, 2006 — Canadian Conference of the Arts Bulletin

The federal budget: where will arts and culture be?

CCA says main estimates make no mention about budget cuts for arts and culture, but also contain no indication the Conservative government intends to invest new money.

Apr 28, 2006 — National Post

Tories open to foreign airwaves by Mike De Souza

FRIENDS says lifting broadcasting foreign ownership restrictions does not have public support, doubts legislative amendments would be passed in a minority government situation.

Apr 28, 2006 — Baltimore Sun

Mixed signals: If you hear Howard Stern instead of NPR, bad satellite radio equipment is to blame by Frank D. Roylance

FM radio listeners find National Public Radio, Christian station programming interrupted by satellite radio broadcasts of Howard Stern.

Apr 27, 2006 — Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Alternative Federal Budget 2006: Moving Forward

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' 2006 Alternative Federal Budget recommends $178.4 million be allocated to implement proposed CBC local/regional strategy over three years.

Apr 27, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Study: BBC fee requests unreasonable by Mimi Turner

Report by UK culture department says BBC not doing enough to control internal costs and that commercial businesses intended to generate funds for program production are performing poorly.

Apr 27, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Canada's pay-TV duo enjoying record profit by Grant Robertson

Canada's two highly profitable pay-TV networks - Astral Media and Corus Entertainment - have been lobbying to retain a tightly regulated sector while the CRTC looks at allowing competitors into the market.

Apr 27, 2006 — Globe & Mail

The writing on TV is quite good, if they would just stop the ACTING by Russell Smith

Columnist says Canadian television is often characterized by overacting and unrealistic situations, which mar good writing.

Apr 27, 2006 — Montreal Gazette

Arts community has butterflies ahead of 'opening night' by Mike de Souza

Canadian artists and arts organizations await Conservative budget to see if a Liberal plan to invest $342 million in the arts over three years will be honoured.

Apr 27, 2006 — Montreal Gazette

Shock jock monitors CRTC: 'No axe to grind'. MP is appointed to House committee by Elizabeth Thompson

Andre Arthur, former radio shock jock turned independent MP, has been named to the House of Commons standing committee that oversees the CRTC.

Apr 27, 2006 — National Post

PM to extend lobbyist ban after advisor takes new job by Allan Woods

Conservative staffer accepts senior position with Canadian Association of Broadcasters; Prime Minister's Office says Accountability Act will be amended to block government changeover advisors from lobbying for five years.

Apr 26, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Hill aims bill at sat downloads by Brooks Boliek

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers has introduced legislation that would require satellite, cable and Internet broadcasters to pay fair market value for the performance of digital music and implement measures to prevent music theft.

Apr 26, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Martin: More work needed on indecency by Paul J. Gough

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin says broadcasting industry effort to achieve parental control of children's viewing will not satisfy the commission's standards on decency; claims 70% of U.S. television shows contain sexual content and that profanity has increased 95%.

Apr 26, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC chief unveils plan for pubcaster by Mimi Turner

BBC director general Mark Thompson outlines vision to transform TV and radio services and introduce new range of broadband, mobile and interactive content.

Apr 26, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CBC looking to lock up NHL contract extension by William Houston

Article reports that CBC Television has approached the National Hockey League about extending its lucrative and long-standing contract past the current 2008 expiration.

Apr 26, 2006 — Globe & Mail

The CRTC hampers competition and choice by Tasha Kheiriddin

Economic think-tank executive questions relevance of the CRTC.

Apr 26, 2006 — Roy LaBerge

I Remember Canada by Roy LaBerge

I Remember Canada is a script for a two-act musical revue by Roy LaBerge that presents highlights of Canadian history from 1920 to the year 2000 and portrays changing Canadian cultural values.

Apr 26, 2006 — National Post

Canada world's No. 3 tourism draw by Deborah Stokes

Global study ranks Canada the third most-desirable country to visit, but says its score on cultural heritage is "scandalously bad".

Apr 25, 2006 — Le Devoir

Des condos dans la tour de Radio-Canada? par Kathleen Lévesque

CBC considers plan to turn symbolic Radio-Canada tower in Montreal into condominiums.

Apr 25, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Mystery czar meets his clients by Gayle MacDonald

Newly appointed Telefilm manager responsible for approving and funding English-language features acknowledges that English-language Canadian cinema needs to carve out greater market share; actress Sarah Polley praises Telefilm head.

Apr 24, 2006 — Toronto Star

MPs may rue proposal to release the hounds by Chantal Hébert

Columnist argues the Conservative government's Accountability Act will foster a climate of suspicion within the federal bureaucracy, where cultural initiatives and other programs without immediate return will suffer.

Apr 24, 2006 — Le Devoir

Le mandat de Radio-Canada: c'est reparti! par Paul Cauchon

Columnist discusses Conservative government's forthcoming mandate review of the CBC.

Apr 24, 2006 — Globe & Mail

On-line exclusives and other bright ideas by John Doyle

Columnist calls Internet television a "dumping ground for failed shows and repeats"; comments on CBC decision to eliminate design staff.

Apr 23, 2006 — Toronto Star

Digital plays to the dollars by Raju Mudhar

Despite high broadband penetration in Canada, U.S. television networks and other content providers have yet to make video downloads available here; resistance traced to exclusive broadcasting rights held by Canadian networks.

Apr 22, 2006 — Globe & Mail

With TV hitting cellphones, can Cancon survive? by Kate Taylor

Columnist notes that although technology seems likely to revolutionize the Canadian broadcasting system, there has been little public debate about its future.

Apr 22, 2006 — National Post

Telecom satellite radio may face new rival by Barbara Shecter

Observers say CRTC decision not to regulate television over cellphones opens door to unregulated subscription radio services with no Canadian content obligations.

Apr 21, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Union reacts to 79 cuts at CBC by Etan Vlessing

CBC management says layoffs driven by the need for cost efficiencies; Media Guild says layoffs mean CBC is abandoning television production.

Apr 21, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen

Leaf-less playoffs hit Hockey Night by Chris Cobb

Article says decline in advertising resulting from of poor position of Toronto Maple Leafs in NHL playoffs could impact CBC revenues by as much as $30 million.

Apr 21, 2006 — Canadian Press

CBC-TV Toronto to lay off 79 by John McKay

Layoffs at CBC wipe out almost entire TV design department - programs such as the Royal Canadian Air Farce and The National no longer able to fully produce own shows.

Apr 21, 2006 — Le Devoir

Radio-Canada est dans la mire des conservateurs par Paul Cauchon et Alec Castonguay

FRIENDS says news that Conservative government will review mandate of CBC not a surprise, questions whether intention is to give political direction to the CRTC.

Apr 20, 2006 — Official Opposition News Release

Liberal Critic Demands Conservatives Treat CBC Fairly

Mauril Bélanger, Liberal critic for Canadian Heritage, urges the Harper government to proceed cautiously with any review of the broadcasting industry.

Apr 20, 2006 — CBC News

CBC lays off 79 workers in Toronto

CBC shuts down Toronto design operations, plans to contract out set design, set decoration, carpentry, paint shop, special effects, hair, costumes and props functions.

Apr 20, 2006 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Staff Reductions At Toronto Production Centre

79 employees in Design, Studio & Remote Production, Post-Production, and Network Presentation given notice of redundancy at the CBC's Toronto Production Centre.

Apr 20, 2006 — Associated Press

Report: FCC opens investigation into radio payola allegations

U.S. Federal Communications Commission investigates four of the U.S.'s largest radio corporations over accusations that radio programmers received gifts, cash and other items in exchange for playing songs for particular artists and labels, without disclosing the deals.

Apr 20, 2006 — Montreal Gazette

Without Leafs, CBC scrambling to sell advertising spots by Pat Hickey

Days before the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs unsold advertising spots raise concerns of a CBC revenue shortfall.

Apr 20, 2006 — National Post

CRTC quashes radio rules by Barbara Shecter

CRTC abandons 30-year-old requirement for cable companies to carry commercial radio stations to make space for more digital and high-definition channels.

Apr 20, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Starowicz to manage CBC documentaries by Guy Dixon

Veteran CBC producer Mark Starowicz has been appointed executive director of documentary programming for CBC Television, a new senior management position.

Apr 20, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Telefilm to appoint film czar by Gayle MacDonald

Industry observers say Michael Jenkinson has his work cut out making English-Canadian films accessible to audiences and increasing Telefilm Canada's accountability.

Apr 20, 2006 — Toronto Star

Quick action sought on CBC review by Graham Fraser

Article says Conservative mandate review of the CBC will not be conducted by a parliamentary committee involving former Alliance culture critic Jim Abbott; FRIENDS notes that Conservative policy on public broadcasting has changed significantly since 2004 election.

Apr 19, 2006 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Mark Starowicz appointed CBC Television's Executive Director, Documentary Programming

CBC announces promotion of "Canada: A People's History" producer Mark Starowicz to senior management.

Apr 19, 2006 — Edmonton Journal

CBC skeptic given role in review of broadcaster by Mike De Souza

Conservative MP Jim Abbott, who will reportedly assist Heritage Minister with review of CBC mandate, has been a harsh critic of the national public broadcaster in the past.

Apr 19, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen

Choose not to regulate by Perrin Beatty

Op-ed by former CBC president states government must reduce role of the CRTC and advance telecom reform before Canada falls behind in the telecom industry.

Apr 17, 2006 — New York Times

TV Networks, With Few Friends in Power, Sue to Challenge F.C.C.'s Indecency Penalties By Stephen Labaton

US Networks take the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to court to fight enforcement action and fines over indecent programming.

Apr 17, 2006 — The Australian

ABC's integrity a matter of balance by Ross Fitzgerald

Australian Public Broadcaster struggles with governance issue as Australian federal government seeks to eliminate a staff-elected position on the Board of Directors.

Apr 17, 2006 — Playback Magazine

Drama series most important TV category by Barry Kiefl

Media researcher argues that drama is the most important program category to audiences and that neither the CBC nor its private counterparts are investing enough in ongoing dramatic series.

Apr 17, 2006 — Globe & Mail

The CRTC gets it

Editorial says the CRTC made the correct decision by exempting television delivered over the Internet from Canadian content regulations.

Apr 16, 2006 — Montreal Gazette

We can all sing along, but SOCAN makes sure the piper gets paid by Kathryn Greenaway

SOCAN royalties for Canadian recording artists are increasing, but are not enough to allow musicians to earn a living through royalties alone.

Apr 16, 2006 — Ottawa Sun

Harper called a 'Bush Baby' by Bruce Kirkland

Conservative election victory lamented, blamed on Liberal voter apathy; Canada called an "alternate universe" to the U.S., "too civilized and precious to be messed up".

Apr 14, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Local TV stations feeling the crunch, CHUM CEO says by Grant Robertson

In lead-up to television policy review, CHUM argues technology, competition eroding conventional television audiences, creating financial challenges.

Apr 14, 2006 — Globe & Mail

TV industry review bumps CBC in CRTC queue by Guy Dixon

CBC management note to staff confirms CBC licence renewal hearing has been deferred.

Apr 13, 2006 — Canadian Press

CHUM sees flat results by Gary Norris

Despite 135% jump in second quarter profit, private broadcaster CHUM says it anticipates no better than flat results between now and the end of summer.

Apr 13, 2006 — Canadian Press

CHUM profit jumps 135%

Private broadcaster CHUM posted a 2005-06 profit of $5.9-million, more than doubling its net earnings of $2.5-million in the year-earlier period.

Apr 13, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Trust adds 3 governors by Ray Bennett

British culture minister names three members to the BBC Trust, the new body that will succeed the existing BBC board of governors in overseeing the public broadcaster's operations.

Apr 13, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CRTC gets it right by Mathew Ingram

Columnist praises CRTC decision on television delivered over mobile phones.

Apr 13, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Wireless TV services given free rein by CRTC by Catherine McLean

Telcos praise CRTC decision not to regulate television over mobile phones; ACTRA raises concerns about lack of requirements for Canadian content, production funding.

Apr 13, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Standard turns up volume on radio by Grant Robertson

Radio conglomerate stocks jump despite new competition from technology such as iPods and satellite radio.

Apr 13, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen

CRTC exempts mobile television from regulation: Experts say ruling could hasten changes in broadcasting by Mark Evans

CRTC sites unknown future impact on broadcasters as reason for exempting services delivered over the Internet from regulation - including Canadian content requirements.

Apr 13, 2006 — Canadian Press

CRTC rules that Internet-delivered mobile TV content exempt from regulation by John McKay

CRTC takes hands-off approach to the regulation of mobile TV services; ACTRA and other groups argue the lack of Canadian-content requirements puts Canada's cultural future at risk.

Apr 12, 2006 — CMRI

Audience Share of Canadian vs. Foreign Programming, 2003-2005

Charts prepared by Canadian Media Research Inc. showing audience share of Canadian vs. foreign drama series on English television from fall 2003 to fall 2005, and comparing audience for various types of Canadian vs. foreign programming on French and English television in the 2004/05 broadcast year.

Apr 12, 2006 — Canadian Press

Dispute prompts 6 indie labels to leave Canadian Recording Industry Association by Angela Pacienza

Six Canadian independent record labels leave CRIA following difference of opinion over CRIA submission to CRTC on Canadian content rules for commercial radio.

Apr 12, 2006 — National Post

Heritage to direct TV review by Barbara Schecter and Paul Vieira

Article says Conservative government will allow CRTC to conduct television industry review, but under federal Heritage Department direction; CBC licence renewal to be delayed until industry review complete.

Apr 12, 2006 — Toronto Star

Hang up by Antonia Zerbisias

Toronto Star columnist's blog quotes from CBC management message to staff confirming that the CRTC will defer the CBC's broadcast licence renewals; raises questions about CBC's future under a Conservative government.

Apr 12, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Telefilm appoints funding czar by Gayle MacDonald

Dave Forget, Telefilm Canada's new director of the television business unit, pledges to streamline the application and funding process.

Apr 10, 2006 — CBC/Radio-Canada

BBM Releases Survey Results - CBC Rebounds!

CBC claims radio audiences have returned to prior year levels according to BBM data.

Apr 10, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Networks rush to offer TV shows on-line by Gary Gentile

U.S. television networks increasingly selling programming online to provide a legal alternative to file-sharing services.

Apr 10, 2006 — Toronto Star

Time for TV to shape up, not cry blues by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist argues private TV networks should look for creative solutions to regulatory, competitive and technological challenges; predicts arguments private broadcasters will make before CRTC television policy review.

Apr 10, 2006 — National Post

Radio Free Canada by Lorne Gunter

Columnist calls for CRTC reform after broadcast license issued in Toronto without general call for applications.

Apr 10, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Accountability Act to include CBC

Conservative government Accountability Act will mean CBC is subject to access-to-information rules and investigations by the auditor-general, raising concerns about the confidentiality of journalistic sources.

Apr 10, 2006 — Le Devoir

N'en doutez plus, la télé est en crise par Paul Cauchon

Quebec film and television producers' association outraged by Quebecor owner's suggestion that broadcasters should be entitled, for in-house production of Canadian programming, to tax credits normally reserved for independent production.

Apr 7, 2006 — Vancouver Sun

Conventional TV should get boost from CRTC review by Barbara Shecter

Struggling CanWest Global hopes for lighter television regulations, sees reason for optimism in recent CRTC decisions to create a more "market-driven" telecommunications industry.

Apr 7, 2006 — Canadian Conference of the Arts

Telecommunications Policy Review Panel Final Report: Time for global thinking, not tinkering!

Canadian Conference of the Arts assesses recommendations in Telecommunications Policy Review Panel report and their impact on Canadian cultural sovereignty.

Apr 7, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Fewer ads, high costs put CanWest in red by Grant Robertson

Despite losses, observers say CanWest starting to reclaim ground lost to CTV.

Apr 7, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Péladeau steps in as sun sets on network TV by Konrad Yakabuski

Péladeau faces challenge in transforming Quebecor media to respond to changes in broadcasting and newspaper industries.

Apr 7, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Cable biz faces new hurdles in the future by Brooks Boliek

U.S. cable industry sees threats and opportunities.

Apr 7, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Weak TV ad sales slows CanWest by Etan Vlessing

CanWest posts loss, blames poor television ad sales and rising Canadian dollar.

Apr 6, 2006 — National Post

Another assault on TV status quo by Nicolas Van Praet

Quebecor calls for adoption of more U.S.-style regulations where broadcasting conglomerates can more easily obtain rights to air content over multiple platforms.

Apr 5, 2006 — APFTQ

Submission to CRTC re Bell Globemedia

Quebec Film and Television Production Association opposes Bell Globemedia arguments that public benefits should not apply to its proposed ownership reorganization.

Apr 5, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Quebecor chief hails TV review by Bertrand Marotte

Quebecor chief executive Pierre Karl Péladeau hopes fast-tracked CRTC review of Canadian television sector will establish new system of payments to broadcasters.

Apr 5, 2006 — ACTRA, the Writers Guild and the Directors Guild

Submission to CRTC by ACTRA, the Writers Guild of Canada and the Directors Guild of Canada re Bell GlobeMedia

Creative unions oppose Bell Globemedia's claims to CRTC that the Commission's Benefits Policy does not apply to the proposed application.

Apr 4, 2006 — ACTRA Press Release

Throne Speech Silent on Culture

Canadian performers ask the government for a commitment to maintain Canadian control over public airwaves and to preserve the ability for Canadians to see Canadian stories on those airwaves.

Apr 3, 2006 — CableCaster Magazine

Battle for the North American Couch Potato: Bundling, Internet, TV, Telephone Report

Report details market share of cable, telephone, VoIP, satellite companies in Canada.

Apr 3, 2006 — CableCaster Magazine

CRTC Releases Private TV Report

CRTC report states private television stations increased revenues and profits over 2001-2005 period.

Apr 3, 2006 — National Post

Business leaders want foreign investment in broadcast, telecom by Duncan Mavin

National Post-sponsored web poll of "business leaders" says foreign ownership limits "inadvertently" weaken Canada's identity and should be eliminated; also calls for reduced role for CRTC.

Apr 1, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Made in Canada by Andrew Ryan

Columnist laments that Canadian broadcasters no longer broadcast Canadian drama series long enough for them to build a loyal audience.

Apr 1, 2006 — Globe & Mail

City turns down CBC bid to seek more tenants by Jennifer Lewington

CBC plan to rent out larger portion of Toronto broadcasting centre rejected by municipal committee.

Apr 1, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen

Pink slips and running shoes for the CRTC by David Reevely

Editorial board member of Canwest-owned paper recommends dismantling of CRTC.

Mar 31, 2006 — Official Opposition News Release

Canadian Heritage: National Priorities

Liberal opposition critic comments on key culture and heritage issues, urges Conservative government to conduct broad-based consultations in planned review of the CBC's mandate.

Mar 31, 2006 — Statistics Canada: The Daily

Television viewing

Statistics Canada says Canadian television viewers spent less time watching both sports programs and programs with Canadian content in the fall of 2004.

Mar 31, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CRTC making television review a top priority by Simon Tuck and Grant Robertson

Pressured by private broadcasters, CRTC to accelerate schedule for conducting television policy review.

Mar 30, 2006 — Canadian Press

Social activists put pressure on Tories by John Ward

Public interest groups, including FRIENDS, identify alternative priority areas and policy direction for Stephen Harper's government.

Mar 30, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CBC-TV names new head of arts by Guy Dixon

Ex-Hollywood producer and new executive director of arts and entertainment programming at CBC faces high expectations.

Mar 30, 2006 — Toronto Star

CBC taps American to craft new shows by Murray Whyte

CBC hires American film producer as head of arts and entertainment programming.

Mar 29, 2006 — Washington Post

Internet Firms Want FCC to Enforce Net Neutrality by Arshad Mohammed

Internet giants Amazon.com, eBay, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo ask U.S. Congress to ensure companies that control the Internet do not block or slow particular Web services.

Mar 29, 2006 — New Matilda

What makes a public – not 'national commercial' – broadcaster by Emma Dawson

Columnist warns that recent moves by the Australian government to abolish staff-elected board member of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation will lead to increased government influence and a reduction in impartial and culturally relevant content and information.

Mar 29, 2006 — CEP Press Release

CEP calls for an end to gagging of news media by Stephen Harper

Journalists' union questions accountability of new Conservative government as Prime Minister Harper continues to deny media access to Cabinet ministers.

Mar 29, 2006 — CBC News

Private broadcasters spend much more on foreign drama: CRTC

FRIENDS, ACTRA discouraged by CRTC data on private broadcaster investment in Canadian drama; say CRTC must strengthen requirements.

Mar 29, 2006 — Canadian Press

Media unions condemn Tory limits

Two largest unions of Canadian journalists decry "undemocratic" limits on their access to federal Conservative cabinet ministers.

Mar 29, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Private TV industry's profit climbs 4 per cent by Simon Tuck

Canada's TV industry's collective revenue grew by about 4 per cent to $2.2-billion in 2005, of which just $587-million was spent to acquire Canadian programs.

Mar 29, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Cash-strapped CBC seeking more tenants by Jennifer Lewington

Move by CBC to lease its downtown Toronto broadcast centre to pay for programming faces opposition.

Mar 29, 2006 — National Post

TV faces challenges to reach youth: Profits up for 2005 by Barbara Shecter

CRTC publishes 2005 figures on Canadian television revenues and expenditures.

Mar 29, 2006 — Toronto Star

Focus on U.S. enrages ACTRA by Antonia Zerbisias

ACTRA condemns increase in Canadian private broadcasters' spending on U.S. programming.

Mar 28, 2006 — Statistics Canada: The Daily

International trade in culture services

Canada's exports in culture services fell for the first time in seven years in 2003, as foreign demand weakened for services in film and video, and advertising.

Mar 28, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Quebec TV: Un homme mort? By Konrad Yakabuski

Quebecor cancels popular domestic Quebec television series for failing to meet ratings targets, suggests historically secure business model for local television production in Quebec may be in danger.

Mar 28, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Into the west for Gemini Awards by Alexandra Gill

For the first time in 21 years, the Gemini Awards national broadcast gala will be held outside Toronto.

Mar 28, 2006 — Globe & Mail

NDP alarmed at talk of easing telecom cap by Bill Curry

NDP warns easing foreign ownership restrictions on telephone companies would lead to job losses, higher phone bills, less Canadian content.

Mar 28, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

XM covers nation with regional channels by Chuck Taylor

XM satellite radio launching six regional news and talk channels aimed at covering all parts of the United States.

Mar 28, 2006 — Canadian Press

CBC reaches agreement with unionized workers in Quebec, Moncton

Labour disruption narrowly avoided as CBC, union representing CBC employees in Quebec and Moncton reach tentative deal on collective agreement.

Mar 28, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Quebecor overhaul by Grant Robertson

Quebecor embarks on new convergence strategy, plans to link television, newspaper and Web operations more closely than any other company has in Canada so far.

Mar 27, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen

Pink slips and running shoes for the CRTC by David Reevely

Editorial questions the long-term role of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

Mar 27, 2006 — Toronto Star

Ottawa should read Telco report's finer print by Michael Geist

Columnist outlines consumer-focused proposals within telecommunications policy review report - including network neutrality, ubiquitous broadband access, privacy, spam, and consumer protection - that merit government intervention or support.

Mar 24, 2006 — National Post

CBS row could make waves north of border: Verizon content deal by Barbara Shecter

A deal involving CBS and Verizon Communications in the United States is expected to rekindle a fight in Canada over whether Canadian cable companies should pay domestic broadcasters whose signals they carry.

Mar 24, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Stage is set for spinoffs of broadcasting assets by Andrew Willis

Columnist predicts Telecom Policy Review Panel report will trigger restructuring of communications companies to separate telecom from broadcast and media assets.

Mar 24, 2006 — Globe & Mail

To fix telecom policy

Editorial says Telecom Policy Review Panel report is ill-timed, since telecom policy not on near-term agenda of new Conservative government.

Mar 23, 2006 — The Tyee

Downloading Prime-Time By Vicky Chan

Delivery of TV shows online raises questions about the survival of Canadian content.

Mar 23, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian panel urges end to foreign-ownership rules by Etan Vlessing

Telecom Policy Review Panel recommends end to foreign ownership rules in telecom sector, but says restrictions on licensed broadcasters should remain until sector-specific review can be conducted.

Mar 23, 2006 — AlterNet

The Slow Death of Newspapers by Molly Ivins

Columnist decries cost cutting in the delivery of news for the sake of short-term profit.

Mar 23, 2006 — Globe & Mail

It's time for a new game at the CRTC by Eric Reguly

Telecommunications Policy Review Panel calls for reliance on market forces and acceleration of deregulation in the telecom industry; columnist praises report as an end to the "gaming" of the CRTC by industry.

Mar 23, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Telecom plan would ease entry of big foreign players by Simon Tuck

According to the Telecommunications Policy Review Panel, Ottawa should implement a "phased liberalization" of foreign ownership rules for telecom companies that are not broadcasters.

Mar 23, 2006 — National Post

Report of the Telecommunications Policy Review Panel

Key recommendations of the report of the Telecommunications Policy Review Panel include liberalizing foreign ownership rules, scaling back the role of the CRTC, and conducting a similar policy review of the regulation of the broadcasting sector.

Mar 23, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Ease regulations, telecom panel says by Catherine McLean

Telecom Policy Review Panel recommends fundamental changes in regulation in telecom sector; opens door to similar review of broadcasting sector.

Mar 22, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Study: U.K. getting laughs, tears from o'seas by Stuart Kemp

Report exposes UK cultural trade deficit in comedy and drama programming as British broadcasters spent £273 million bringing foreign shows into the UK while struggling to sell homegrown comedy and drama to the rest of the world.

Mar 22, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Bernier open to telecom changes by Simon Tuck

New Conservative Industry Minister says he would consider ending foreign ownership restrictions in the telecommunications sector.

Mar 22, 2006 — National Post

Impose no new rules, CRTC urged by Paul Vieira

Competition Bureau tells CRTC not to regulate new forms of broadcasting and to deregulate old ones.

Mar 21, 2006 — National Post

CTV uses web, cellphones to bypass CRTC rules by Barbara Shecter

CTV to sidestep programming restrictions under MTV Canada broadcasting licence by launching Web streaming and mobile "mobisodes" on cellphones.

Mar 21, 2006 — Globe & Mail

I wanted my MTV -- 25 years ago Andrew Ryan

Columnist suggests that MTV's entry into Canada would have been novel 25 years ago, but isn't now.

Mar 20, 2006 — Globe & Mail

A new temptation for office workers: on-line TV by Grant Robertson

CBS experiment with free online television broadcasts seen as sign of the future.

Mar 20, 2006 — Toronto Star

Private radio sings the blues, seeks concessions by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist dissects private radio lobby's arguments for greater regulatory flexibility, contends private radio is the architect of its own decline.

Mar 19, 2006 — Canadian Press

Canada's MTV plans to be lyrical by John McKay

Observers see room in Canadian market for both MuchMusic and CTV-controlled MTV Canada brands.

Mar 19, 2006 — New York Times

Money Changes Everything by Jacques Steinberg

Corporate donations credited with saving U.S public radio, allowing it to expand services, leading to significant increase in audience.

Mar 18, 2006 — National Post

Health channel seeks to go Canadian-lite by Barbara Shecter

Alliance Atlantis specialty channel seeks reduction in Cancon requirements to address financial problems.

Mar 17, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC: out with the old... by Susan Riley

Columnist proposes strategies to invigorate CBC radio and television for core audiences.

Mar 17, 2006 — Radio Canada International

New RCI schedules

RCI posts schedules for March-October 2006 broadcast season.

Mar 17, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Cutback on radio station licences sought by Grant Robertson

Private broadcasters seek to limit further radio licences to reduce competition.

Mar 17, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Panel to call for reduced restraints on telecom sector by Simon Tuck

Telecommunications Policy Review Panel expected to call for more market-oriented approach to regulation in report to be released this week.

Mar 17, 2006 — Canadian Press

Review commercial policy, radio stations ask CRTC

FRIENDS says conventional radio is a healthy industry capable of making substantial contributions to broadcasting policy goals.

Mar 16, 2006 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Update to CBC Staff on the Board of Directors Meeting by Robert Rabinovitch, President and CEO

CBC President reports to staff on aspects of management presentation to Board of Directors.

Mar 16, 2006 — New York Times

New Mandate for the BBC: Put Entertainment First by Sarah Lyall

UK government white paper indicates BBC Board of Governors will be replaced by an executive board, and by the BBC Trust, which will represent viewers and to which the executive board will be accountable.

Mar 16, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Advertisers get piece of local news shows by Gail Schiller

U.S. broadcasters are beginning to introduce brand placement/integration advertising in local news programming.

Mar 16, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Radio feels heat from iPod generation by Simon Tuck and Grant Robertson

Private radio broadcasters paint doomsday scenario, appeal to CRTC for more lenient regulation.

Mar 16, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

FCC socks Eye with $3.6 mil fine by Brooks Boliek

Despite change in leadership, U.S. communications regulator proceeds to issue millions of dollars in fines against broadcasters for indecency complaints; broadcasters plan appeals.

Mar 16, 2006 — National Post

Ease content rules, CRTC told by Barbara Shecter

Radio broadcasters use low Canadian content requirements approved for U.S. satellite radio services to justify demands for lower Cancon on conventional stations.

Mar 15, 2006 — Globe & Mail

No, those Casino Rama ads aren't running in NYC by Keith McArthur

Digitally inserted product placement ads or "virtual ads" are a small but growing portion of ad revenue for CanWest's Global TV network

Mar 15, 2006 — Canada Newswire

VisionTV group rebrands as S-VOX

VisionTV group of channels adopts new corporate identity.

Mar 15, 2006 — BBC News

Jowell wants BBC to create, entertain more by Mimi Turner

UK government's plan for the BBC puts the creation of original entertainment content at the heart of its mission for the next decade.

Mar 15, 2006 — Globe & Mail

For Wonderland, logic goes down the rabbit-hole by Andrew Ryan

CBC's recent cancellation of three critically-acclaimed Canadian dramas called the beginning of the end for Canadian drama on English-language television.

Mar 15, 2006 — Montreal Gazette

What's in the water being drunk by CBC's brain trust? By Bill Brownstein

Column chronicles year of bad programming decisions at CBC, links recent cancellation of critically-acclaimed drama series with delays resulting from management decision to lock out employees in fall 2005.

Mar 15, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Radio industry urges CRTC not to hike Cancon by Simon Tuck

Commercial radio broadcasters seek less regulation from CRTC.

Mar 14, 2006 — CARTT

Onus falls on the applicant. Len Katz talks about the CRTC's restructuring

Interview with the former Rogers executive that has been overseeing the restructuring and re-organization of the administrative functions of the CRTC.

Mar 14, 2006 — BBC News

Entertainment 'key' to BBC future

Public broadcaster BBC told to focus on entertainment programming, but not chase ratings or copy successful programs from other broadcasters.

Mar 14, 2006 — Toronto Star

A White House visit by way of Kandahar by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist argues Canadian media surprisingly uncritical in coverage of new Conservative government.

Mar 14, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Out of tune by Guy Dixon

Commercial radio providers claim new technologies are a real threat to highly successful business model, argue local focus will not be enough to keep audiences.

Mar 13, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Old media makes itself new by Grant Robertson

No longer willing to compete against the Internet for viewers, media giants such as News Corp., Viacom Inc. and NBC Universal are aggressively acquiring the Internet companies that have been attracting their audiences.

Mar 13, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Sat radio rivals feeling contented by Paul Bond

The U.S. satellite radio services XM and Sirius have made significant expenditures on programming content.

Mar 13, 2006 — Toronto Star

Tune in to watch the war at 6 by Antonia Zerbisias

CBC television has failed to recapture its Toronto-market local news audience, lost following the year 2000 decision by senior management to cut local news across the country.

Mar 13, 2006 — Le Devoir

Parts de marché, TVA et la SRC se rapprochent

Radio Canada is closing in on TVA's audience market share.

Mar 12, 2006 — CBC News

More news but less depth in US media: study

Study finds news becoming more repetitive and superficial despite overall increase in quantity.

Mar 10, 2006 — CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC Television Programming Plans by Richard Stursberg

Richard Stursberg lays out a vision where CBC Television can become the most important and popular video platform for Canadian news, current affairs, and entertainment programming.

Mar 10, 2006 — Presse Canadienne

Blitz de négociations à Radio-Canada

CBC management and union representing Radio-Canada employees in Quebec and Moncton agree to bargaining marathon from March 13 to 26 in lead-up to March 28 contract renewal deadline.

Mar 10, 2006 — CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC Television Programming Plans

Overview of February 17, 2006 presentation by CBC Executive Vice-President of English Television, Richard Stursberg, to the Canadian Film and Television Producers Association.

Mar 10, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CBC's Rabinovitch to step down late next year by Guy Dixon

CBC President/CEO Robert Rabinovitch confirms he will not seek reappointment when term expires at end of 2007.

Mar 10, 2006 — Toronto Star

CBC boss worries about the future by Antonia Zerbisias

President says CBC is "only partly" a public broadcaster; columnist notes that review of CBC mandate proposed by Heritage Minister would hold up CRTC licence renewal process.

Mar 10, 2006 — Canadian Press

Rabinovitch says CBC needs to develop more dramatic shows

CBC President admits CBC needs more drama shows, after cancelling three series; praises CBC mandate review mulled by new Heritage Minister prior to election.

Mar 9, 2006 — La Presse

Le syndicat de Radio-Canada refuse de prolonger la conciliation par Émilie Côté

Union representing Radio-Canada employees in Quebec and Moncton concludes conciliator not making a difference in negotiations with management, refuses to continue conciliation process.

Mar 9, 2006 — Le Journal de Montreal

La tension monte à Radio-Canada par Dany Bouchard

Labour negotiations involving employees of Radio-Canada French-language services in Quebec and New Brunswick appear headed for impasse.

Mar 9, 2006 — Canadian Press

CBC needs 'critical mass' of drama, president says by Victoria Ahearn

CBC President praises idea of CBC mandate review; says CBC drama should be risk-taking, innovative.

Mar 9, 2006 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Notes for Remarks by Robert Rabinovitch at the Empire Club of Toronto

Text of speech by CBC President and Chief Executive Officer, Robert Rabinovitch, on the future of CBC.

Mar 9, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Your tax dollars at work: a CBC survey by John Doyle

Columnist criticizes request for survey participation, says representative of over-reliance by CBC management on bureaucratic studies and research.

Mar 9, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Payola probe expands with Entercom suit by Chris Morris

New York State Attorney General sues fifth-largest U.S. radio station chain for accepting "payola" payments in return for increasing certain artists' radio play.

Mar 8, 2006 — Canadian Press

CBC should get new mandate: NDP

NDP Heritage Critic calls for stable funding, end to patronage appointments at CBC.

Mar 8, 2006 — Globe & Mail

They want their MTV. . . by cellphone by Grant Robertson

MuchMusic owner CHUM says it will monitor whether MTV Canada operates within conditions of licence; real competition between MTV Canada and MuchMusic may occur over the Internet.

Mar 8, 2006 — NDP

The NDP’s Four Point Plan for Canadian Broadcast Sovereignty

Charlie Angus, NDP Heritage Critic, outlines NDP policy approach to relations with new Conservative government on CBC and Canadian broadcasting policy issues, including CBC governance, local/regional programming, foreign ownership limits, and English-Canadian drama.

Mar 7, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Who gets to pick? by Bill Roberts

The eventual consequence of a free market for television channels, in which distributors are no longer required to sell most channels as part of a bundle, could be less choice for consumers if distributors refuse to offer channels that fail to meet a minimum subscriber threshold.

Mar 6, 2006 — Canadian Press

Canadian Satellite Radio reports 44,000 subscribers

Canadian version of U.S. satellite radio service XM Radio has signed up 44,000 subscribers since November 2005 startup, expects one million by August 2010.

Mar 6, 2006 — Globe & Mail

A calm voice in the culture wars by Simon Houpt

Numerous challenges face the new president of the U.S. Public Broadcasting Service, Paula Kerger.

Mar 6, 2006 — Playback

Stursberg fires back at critics by Mark Dillon

CBC vice-president of English television, Richard Stursberg, defends CBC President's performance in face of criticism over cancellation of three drama series; announces ratings floor for new drama and documentary programs.

Mar 6, 2006 — Playback

CBC sets the bar too high by Mark Dillon

Producers confused by CBC presentation on drama expectations; columnist laments recent CBC drama cancellations, notes that Canadian shows on CTV have ratings advantage from adjacent U.S. programs that CBC does not have, rejects idea that CBC and private sector are competitors.

Mar 4, 2006 — Globe & Mail

TV regulator to axe those bundles of joy by Simon Beck

Columnist praises CRTC announcement that it will eventually permit cable distributors to sell programming services individually rather than as part of a bundle, but attacks niche programming services in the process.

Mar 4, 2006 — Kamloops Daily News

Let's produce CBC worth watching by Cam Fortems

Column says Kamloops was not being well served by CBC even before a private broadcaster's disaffiliation from the public broadcaster on February 27 made it no longer possible to access English television over the air.

Mar 4, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Digital TV turns profit at Alliance for the first time by Grant Robertson

Alliance Atlantis reports profits at its digital specialty channels for the first time since their introduction almost five years ago.

Mar 4, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CBC's plans beg the question by Kate Taylor

Columnist points out logical fallacy in CBC management plan to improve ratings by airing programming that viewers want to watch.

Mar 3, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Movie makers rolling back into Canada by Shirley Won

Government incentives credited with restoring appeal of Canada to U.S. film producers.

Mar 3, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Cable priorities by Bill Roberts

VisionTV President/CEO says columnist misses the point of CRTC cable unbundling policy by failing to recognize role of economics in channel placement and ultimately, availability to viewers.

Mar 3, 2006 — TheTyee.ca

Push to Get More Female Content on the Radio by Robert W. Willis

Campus and community radio sector considers 30 percent female musical content standard modelled on Canadian content requirements.

Mar 3, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CTV prepares to launch 'new' MTV Canada by Grant Robertson

CTV says MTV Canada will focus on lifestyle and talk programming, rather than music and videos, and will not compete with CHUM's MuchMusic.

Mar 2, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Bell Globemedia considers public offering by Catherine McLean and Grant Robertson

Bell Globemedia, which owns CTV and the Globe and Mail, contemplates initial public offering following move by BCE to sell a controlling share of the company.

Mar 2, 2006 — National Post

CHUM frowns on MTV launch on Canadian airwaves by Barbara Shecter

CHUM criticizes CTV move to launch MTV in Canada by rebranding a specialty channel known as talktv, whose licence did not contemplate MTV-style content.

Mar 1, 2006 — Canadian Press

CRTC invites public comment on proposed Bell Globemedia ownership change by David Paddon

CRTC seeks public comment on plan by BCE to sell majority ownership stake in the company that owns CTV and The Globe and Mail.

Mar 1, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CRTC finally does something for viewers by John Doyle

Columnist applauds CRTC for plan to bring eventual end to cable channel bundling; criticizes extent to which specialty channel W has strayed from its original licence conditions.

Mar 1, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Cable-TV fee fights looming by Grant Robertson and Catherine McLean

CRTC to require cable distributors to retain bundled programming tiers until 2013, but allow them to move to an "a la carte" system earlier if they transfer more than 85 percent of their subscribers to digital.

Mar 1, 2006 — National Post

Cable firms allowed to 'unbundle' by 2010 by Barbara Shecter

CRTC policy to allow cable unbundling no later than 2013 expected to result in higher, not lower bills for consumers.

Mar 1, 2006 — Canadian Press

Radio Canada union talks tough

Union representing Quebec, Moncton Radio Canada employees may seek strike mandate after members reject latest management offer in contract renewal negotiations.

Mar 1, 2006 — La Presse

Les négociations piétinent à Radio-Canada by Laura-Julie Perreault

CBC heading towards sixth labour conflict in as many years as communications sector union representing French-language employees rejects latest contract offer.

Feb 28, 2006 — Toronto Star

Spin class by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist admits being misled by numbers released by CBC in response to ACTRA/FRIENDS press release on CBC's drama performance.

Feb 27, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CBC puts Alice the computer in charge by John Doyle

Columnist criticizes computer-generated model viewer, "Alice", used by CBC management to determine whether to air programming or not.

Feb 26, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Online and off, Cancon needs cash – and fewer rules by Ivor Tossell

Columnist says in an age of media convergence, the CRTC should implement policies that fund creators regardless of distribution platform.

Feb 26, 2006 — Kamloops This Week

As of Monday, no cable means no CBC in Kamloops

Disaffiliation of CBC affiliate in Kamloops, British Columbia to result in denial of CBC television to viewers without access to cable or satellite service.

Feb 25, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Drama queen no more by Gayle MacDonald

Stursberg announces “audience-first” programming strategy at CBC, where new Canadian drama programs must attract a minimum of 1 million viewers; FRIENDS critical of fact that both private networks are within “Cancon-catching distance” of the federally-funded public broadcaster.

Feb 23, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC governance needs some fine-tuning by Tony Manera

Former CBC president articulates why governance reform matters and is critical to the future of the CBC.

Feb 23, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC to boost film budget 50% in '07 By Stuart Kemp

BBC announces significant boost in annual investment in the production and acquisition of domestic British movies.

Feb 23, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Satellite radio rivals look to add video to digital play lists by Grant Robertson

Satellite radio providers are developing video broadcasting technology they expect will account for a significant portion of future revenues.

Feb 22, 2006 — Toronto Star

Size matters by Antonia Zerbisias

Text of Toronto Star columnist's blog discussing the accuracy of data on the number of hours of prime time drama aired by CBC in comparison to CTV, updated to show that figures provided by CBC to counter data released by FRIENDS/ACTRA were misleading and do not allow an "apples to apples" comparison.

Feb 21, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Sirius, XM shares see two-day slide By Paul Bond

U.S. satellite radio providers reveal vast amounts of money being spent to attract subscribers.

Feb 21, 2006 — Canadian Press

CTV, CBC in fight for national title by John McKay

In wake of data showing CTV has more Canadian drama programming in prime time than CBC, observers criticize CBC as too focused on ratings.

Feb 21, 2006 — Toronto Star

Good TV not a numbers game by Antonia Zerbisias

FRIENDS, ACTRA argue CBC management drops ball on drama after data show CTV presented more prime time drama hours than CBC between 2003 and 2005.

Feb 20, 2006 — Cornwall Standard Freeholder

Why B-E-V spells out bad news for the C-B-C by Deirdre McMurdy

The new Conservative Heritage Minister has reportedly instructed staff to research the best way to approach a mandate review of the CBC; article speculates that mandate could be narrowed and funding cut.

Feb 20, 2006 — Globe & Mail

It's easy to bash CBC, but not always fair by John Doyle

Columnist criticizes critics of CBC management, takes issue with statistics released by FRIENDS, ACTRA showing CTV presented more prime time drama than CBC between 2003 and 2005.

Feb 19, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen

Running the shows: Kirstine Layfield is the new head of programming at CBC-TV, a tough job at the best of times by Chris Cobb

Former Alliance-Atlantis executive responsible for lifestyle programming becomes new head of network programming at CBC, denies that focus will be exclusively on ratings.

Feb 18, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Oda eyes CBC, Council funding by Val Ross

Heritage Minister's past calls for a full review of CBC's mandate raise concerns; Minister suggests government may look at CBC management appointments process.

Feb 17, 2006 — Le Devoir

Cinéma et télévision - Des chiffres révélateurs by Paul Cauchon

New statistics show film and television production increased 8% in Quebec in 2004-05, while it declined in the rest of Canada.

Feb 17, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

XM expenses cut deep into Q4 By Paul Bond

XM Satellite Radio reports larger-than-expected quarterly loss resulting from high marketing and programming expenses; director quits over fear of financial crisis.

Feb 17, 2006 — Broadcaster Magazine

'CBC Drops the Drama Ball' Says Friends of Canadian Broadcasting & ACTRA

FRIENDS says data on CBC drama performance during prime time threaten its reputation as the leader in representing Canadian content.

Feb 17, 2006 — CBC Press Release

CBC Television announces new program development and commissioning

CBC Television unveils new process for developing and commissioning Canadian programming, identifies goals to include faster turn-around times for new program pitches and an improved ratio of programs developed to programs produced.

Feb 17, 2006 — BackStage.com

ACTRA Reveals TV Drama Study By Roger Armbrust

Data showing CTV aired more Canadian drama in prime time than CBC between 2003 and 2005 prompt FRIENDS to reiterate call for reform of the patronage system used to appoint the CBC president.

Feb 16, 2006 — Le Devoir

Grand ménage à Télé-Québec by Paul Cauchon

The Quebec government says it plans to "modernize" the province's public broadcaster by cutting one third of its staff, outsourcing Montreal production to the private sector, and discontinuing various "secondary and peripheral" activities.

Feb 16, 2006 — CBC News

Quebec orders cuts at public broadcaster

The Quebec government has ordered Tele-Quebec to cut a third of its workforce and move all of its Montreal production to the private sector.

Feb 15, 2006 — Kamloops Daily News

CJFC-TV breaks ties with CBC Feb. 27 by Mike Youds

Viewers in Kamloops, British Columbia that do not subscribe to cable or satellite services will lose access to CBC programming when CFJC-TV, a private broadcaster, terminates its 49-year affiliation with the CBC on Feb. 27.

Feb 15, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CBC comes up short on audience predictions for advertisers

In early days of Olympics coverage, CBC's audience predictions fell short of expectations.

Feb 14, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Attention, Fort Dork: tactical error by John Doyle

Television columnist calls sacrifice of top Canadian dramas on the altar of ratings a "tactical error".

Feb 13, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Canadian TV? Watch U.S. cable by Simon Houpt

Former Alliance Atlantis executive now decides the Canadian and other international programs carried by the U.S. Sundance Channel, which broadcasts to more than 23 million U.S. homes.

Feb 13, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Two acclaimed CBC dramas to be cancelled by Val Ross

Report says CBC expected to announce cancellation of two of its most critically acclaimed TV dramas ever.

Feb 13, 2006 — Canadian Press

Three CBC dramas to be cancelled by John McKay

Da Vinci's City Hall, The Tournament and This Is Wonderland, three of CBC's critically acclaimed drama series, will not be renewed, CBC announced.

Feb 13, 2006 — ACTRA

CBC brass strikes another blow to drama

ACTRA says cancelled CBC drama programs This is Wonderland, Da Vinci's City Hall and The Tournament are the victims of the 2005 CBC lockout.

Feb 11, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Quebec broadcaster wants Tories to reverse CRTC decision by Rheal Seguin

CHOI-FM, the Quebec City radio station whose broadcasting licence was withdrawn by the CRTC, is urging the new Conservative government in Ottawa to reverse the CRTC's decision.

Feb 10, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Foreign films keep Ontario tax break a little longer

Ontario is extending a tax credit for foreign film productions in an effort to increase non-Canadian production activity in the province.

Feb 10, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Cable group switches off by Simon Tuck and Catherine McLean

Canadian Cable Telecommunications Association, which has represented Canada's cable television companies for the last half century, closes its doors following the withdrawal from membership of some of the industry's largest players.

Feb 10, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CanWest challenging restrictions on drug ads by Grant Robertson

In an application filed in the Ontario Superior Court, CanWest Global says laws governing drug advertisements should be overturned on constitutional grounds.

Feb 9, 2006 — Ottawa Sun

CBC Radio 'offensive and flippant' by Denis Armstrong

Expenditures on CBC Radio New Orleans benefit concert criticized; NDP Member of Parliament warns that CBC budget a focus of "budget trimmers" in the Conservative government.

Feb 9, 2006 — National Post

Satellites losing war with cable by Ellen Sheng

Despite initial success in gaining market share, satellite television operators now face numerous strategic disadvantages compared to their cable counterparts.

Feb 9, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CBC eyes partners for TV downloads by Grant Robertson

CBC is reportedly negotiating with Google and Apple to allow downloads of its Canadian programming.

Feb 8, 2006 — Globe & Mail

The biggest show on CanWest schedule: Debt reduction by Grant Robertson

CanWest Global seeks to rebuild lagging television operations, but is devoting nearly all its spare cash to paying down debt.

Feb 7, 2006 — CBC News

Radio-Canada n'est pas inquiet

Francophone management at CBC/Radio-Canada not concerned over fate of CBC following election of new Conservative government.

Feb 7, 2006 — Le Devoir

Qu'est-ce qui nous attend avec Oda? by Pierrette Lavoie-Ste-Marie

Op-ed raises question of Heritage Minister Beverly Oda's ability to understand and address French-Canadian cultural issues when she does not speak the language.

Feb 7, 2006 — Yahoo News

CanWest Global seeks buys, but not in US

Canwest Global CEO Leonard Asper reveals that his company is not looking to make further acquisitions in the U.S., but does not rule out the possibility of expanding U.S. business activities.

Feb 7, 2006 — Canadian Press

CanWest striving to restore Global TV's fortunes, hold down costs, pay debt by Gary Norris

CanWest tells investment conference it hopes Conservative government will lighten regulatory burden on private broadcasters.

Feb 7, 2006 — Canadian Press

Heritage minister's industry experience an asset, say producers

FRIENDS comments on appointment of new Heritage Minister, Conservative government policy toward CBC.

Feb 6, 2006 — CBC News

Ontario's Bev Oda named new heritage minister

Beverley Oda, a former private broadcaster and CRTC Commissioner, has been named the new Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women.

Feb 6, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Why you won't hear Sirius pumping Stern in Canada by Grant Robertson

Sirius begins broadcasting Howard Stern in Canada, but avoids high-profile marketing campaign.

Feb 6, 2006 — Canadian Press

Howard Stern hits Canadian satellite airwaves by John McKay

Howard Stern comments on satellite radio launch in Canada.

Feb 6, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Irish eyes won't be smiling over these gaffes by John Doyle

Columnist exposes gulf between Alliance Atlantis and CBC programming, offers advice to former Alliance Atlantis executive hired as director of CBC English-language television programming.

Feb 6, 2006 — The Hill Times

Conservatives raised $18-million in 2005, Libs $8.7-million by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Summary of top political contributions to federal political parties in the fourth quarter of 2005.

Feb 6, 2006 — New York Times

Canada's Parliament Gains Ex-Shock Jock With an Ax to Grind by Ian Austen

New York Times profiles independent MP who believes CRTC should be eliminated.

Feb 6, 2006 — Montreal Gazette

The Tim Hortons of news by J. Kelly Nestruck

Global national news not trying to be the "CEO or the MP's favourite newscast".

Feb 6, 2006 — Toronto Star

Squeeze, squeeze, squeeze again at CBC by Antonia Zerbisias

CBC staff face space constraints as management seeks to maximize use of real estate; Toronto Broadcasting Centre to be redesigned to allow portions to be leased to outside tenants.

Feb 5, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen

Help wanted at the CBC by Chris Cobb

CBC leaves popular radio shows without hosts following departures; faces salary challenge from private sector.

Feb 4, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Satellite radio spins January loss by Paul Bond

U.S. satellite radio stock prices decline in January despite debut of Howard Stern, other potential catalysts.

Feb 4, 2006 — National Post

The suppertime shift by Jason Chow

Profile of battle among CBC, private broadcasters for top local news program ratings in Toronto.

Feb 3, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Internet threatens Canadian broadcasters: report by Grant Robertson

Report says the growth of non-regulated sources of television such as the Internet threatenens the conventional television business model, may spell the death of local television.

Feb 3, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen

Days are numbered for set-top rabbit ears by Vito Pilieci

FRIENDS says Canada will not be far behind when the U.S. ends over-the-air analogue broadcasting, currently scheduled for February 2009; as many as one in six Canadians still rely on over-the-air signals.

Feb 2, 2006 — Toronto Star

BCE plans spinoffs, job cuts, price hikes by Tyler Hamilton

Article says investors seem pleased with the BCE management's new business plan but consumers can expect that prices for some services will increase.

Feb 2, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CBC names new chief of programming by Gayle Macdonald

After five-month search, CBC recruits executive formerly in charge of lifestyle programming at Alliance-Atlantis to replace Slawko Klymkiw as executive director of English-language programming; FRIENDS says position is critical given senior management's lack of programming and scheduling experience and was left vacant too long.

Feb 2, 2006 — Toronto Sun

Howard's Back! Sirius-ly by Jim Slotek

Sirius Canada to proceed with Howard Stern, believes access and control levels will address content concerns; anti-violence group advocates quick response by CRTC.

Feb 2, 2006 — Canadian Press

CBC admits to qualms about role in Howard Stern's return to Canada by John McKay

CBC notes that Sirius Canada, in which it holds a 40% stake, is a "separate company" entitled to make decisions based on market demands.

Feb 2, 2006 — Globe & Mail

A Stern return to Canada by Guy Dixon and Grant Robertson

Satellite radio provider argues subscribers' ability to block Howard Stern should be sufficient to allay any CRTC, Canadian Broadcast Standards Council concerns.

Feb 2, 2006 — National Post

Shock jock Stern back in Canada by Barbara Shecter

Sirius Canada adds Howard Stern to lineup to ensure its subscribers have the "best, most compelling radio"; CBC, which owns 40% of Sirius Canada, rumoured to have resisted decision.

Feb 2, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen

Stern -- uncut -- arrives in Canada by Chris Lackner

CBC rationalizes decision by Sirius Canada, 40% owned by CBC, to carry Howard Stern.

Feb 1, 2006 — Cable Digital News

Tech Experts Urge Cable to Embrace New Technologies by Alan Breznick

Commentators tell conference that the cable industry will have to seize the opportunities presented to it by emerging technologies if it is to survive.

Feb 1, 2006 — Canada Newswire

SIRIUS Canada Adds Howard Stern to Satellite Radio Line Up

Sirius announces it will broadcast the controversial Howard Stern show in Canada.

Feb 1, 2006 — This Magazine

Free to Be, CBC by Suzanne Alyssa Andrew

FRIENDS blames patronage appointments for CBC lockout, says appointments process as a whole must change.

Feb 1, 2006 — European Commission

Commission's White Paper on European Communication Policy. Debating Europe - involving citizens

European Commission publishes white paper on communication policy, focusing partly on media and new technologies; calls communication "first and foremost a matter of democracy."

Feb 1, 2006 — ACTRA

CRTC takes a step in the right direction, but still a long way to go

ACTRA criticizes failure of CRTC to impose positive obligations on private broadcasters to increase production and exhibition of Canadian drama.

Feb 1, 2006 — Globe & Mail

CRTC issues drama policy by James Adams

CRTC sets targets for viewing and expenditure components of its drama incentive program.

Feb 1, 2006 — Canadian Press

Shock jock Stern returns to Canadian airwaves by John McKay

Satellite radio provider Sirius Canada does about-face, decides to offer Howard Stern in Canada; competitor XM Canada doubts programming will have long term impact on ratings.

Jan 31, 2006 — Dominion Bond Rating Service

DBRS Comments on Satellite TV Industry - Low Hanging Fruit Has Been Picked

Bond rating service anticipates declining subscriber growth for satellite television.

Jan 30, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa should step up curbs on drug ads, report says by André Picard

Health Council of Canada report concludes Canada should strengthen restrictions on advertising of pharmaceuticals; pharmaceutical industry denies direct-to-consumer advertising is a priority.

Jan 28, 2006 — Halifax Chronicle Herald

CBC executive worries about Harper’s intentions by Anthony Cooper

Maritimes director for CBC TV worries that Conservative government has not made its intentions for CBC clear.

Jan 28, 2006 — Toronto Star

Parliament Hill gets its first shock jock by Nathalie Petrowski

Quebec MP said to want to shut down the CRTC.

Jan 28, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Who will helm Heritage? by Val Ross and James Adams

Article speculates on potential appointees to Heritage portfolio.

Jan 28, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Turin Olympic advertising, sponsors golden for CBC by William Houston

CBC claims Turin Olympics most successful ever for advertising revenues.

Jan 26, 2006 — Globe & Mail

TV production headed for shock by Jack Kapica

IBM predicts end of conventional television, obsolescence of CRTC Canadian content regulation; significant changes to television landscape expected by 2012.

Jan 25, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian biz relieved after vote by Etan Vlessing

FRIENDS comments on apparent Conservative election strategy concerning the CBC.

Jan 25, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Tory TV: Get ready for the nightmare by John Doyle

John Doyle presents satirical programming shift to follow the election of a Conservative government.

Jan 24, 2006 — CBC News

Heritage minister loses seat in political shift

Former Minister of Canadian Heritage, Liza Frulla, defeated; Conservative Bev Oda tipped to replace her.

Jan 23, 2006 — Canada Newswire

Bell Canada to Deliver Exclusive CBC/Radio-Canada Coverage of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games

CBC, Bell Canada partner to deliver 2006 Olympic coverage to cellular phones.

Jan 23, 2006 — The Times Online

Minister opposes EU plan to regulate internet by Dan Sabbagh

Culture minister speaks out against European Union internet regulation plan, stops short of warning Ofcom against allowing product placement in television programs.

Jan 23, 2006 — Toronto Star

Minorities serve us best

Opinion editorial says that minority governments best represent the interests of Canadians, no telling what a Harper government would cut from the budget.

Jan 23, 2006 — Toronto Star

Is Australia a model for Canada? by Anna Yeatman

Article discusses Australian experience in electing a conservative government, resulting erosion of institutions of public culture.

Jan 23, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Advice to a new prime minister by Norman Spector

Conservative advisor counsels breaking up CBC, structuring CBC radio on U.S. "fundraising drive" model.

Jan 23, 2006 — Le Devoir

La télé publique dans l'oeil du cyclone par Paul Cauchon

Article speculates that the CBC President's days will be numbered under a Conservative government.

Jan 22, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen

Harper, the CBC and the $1 billion question by Chris Cobb

Discussion of what a Conservative government may mean for the CBC.

Jan 21, 2006 — Globe & Mail

142 Tory words, but wait . . . a good idea by Kate Taylor

Columnist notes contrast between Bloc and Conservatives in emphasis on cultural policy.

Jan 21, 2006 — Le Devoir

Panique au culturel par Paul Cauchon

Private broadcasters donate to, fete Conservative candidate likely to become next Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Jan 20, 2006 — Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Why minority government is good for Canada by Bruce Campbell and Seth Klein

Authors wonder what will happen to the CBC under a Harper government; conclude that minority governments less likely to stray from core Canadian policy values.

Jan 20, 2006 — Dr. Paul D. Boin, University of Windsor

Press Release: Where The Political Parties Stand On Culture

Responses by federal political parties to questions on Canadian cultural and communications policy posed by assistant professor of Communication Studies at the University of Windsor; lack of media attention to issues such as CBC funding, foreign ownership limits, Canadian content regulations and support for the arts called a "cultural blackout of incredible democratic significance."

Jan 20, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Should Asper have joined Harper on stage? by Christopher Dornan

Article says that endorsement of Conservatives by National Post chairman and CanWest Global executive David Asper went too far.

Jan 19, 2006 — Le Devoir

Budgets aux arts: le PC ne se mouille pas par Stéphane Baillargeon

A Conservative government would preserve the "role" of national cultural institutions, but unclear whether it would maintain their funding.

Jan 17, 2006 — Globe & Mail

TV's penetration may force policy review by Catherine McLean

Changes in technology may force the CRTC to undertake a television policy review sooner then intended.

Jan 16, 2006 — The Tyee

Has Harper Really 'Evolved'? by Tom Barrett

Article says Conservative leader is a pragmatist who has changed his image, not necessarily his ideology.

Jan 16, 2006 — Globe & Mail

PBS programs at risk, CEO says by David Bauder

Outgoing PBS head says the U.S. public broadcaster desperately needs more funding.

Jan 14, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Harper's been mum on the CBC, but his no-show drops a loud hint by Christopher Dornan

Columnist says Stephen Harper's cancellation of his appearance on CBC's The National gives away the party's stance on public broadcasting.

Jan 14, 2006 — Globe & Mail

On the block? Culture's barely on the radar by Kate Taylor

Cultural issues receiving even shorter shrift than in the 2004 election; neither Liberals nor Conservatives respond to ACTRA questions concerning policy stance on culture.

Jan 12, 2006 — Canada Newswire

Telecommunications for the benefit of all: A Declaration

Thirty three national organizations call on federal government to uphold and promote the goals of the Telecommunications Act.

Jan 12, 2006 — Canada Newswire

Peter Kent, St. Paul's Conservative candidate, announces key supporters at Big Tent event

CanWest Global executive and National Post chairman David Asper declares support for Toronto Conservative candidate and former Global Television anchor Peter Kent.

Jan 12, 2006 — Canada Newswire

Invest in the Atlantic CEP tells Global TV

Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada calls on Canwest Global to observe its local programming responsibilities in Atlantic Canada.

Jan 12, 2006 — The Calgary Herald

Actors push culture as election issue by Angela Pacienza

Canadian actors call on federal parties to declare their stance on Canadian content, foreign ownership, production and public broadcasting funding.

Jan 12, 2006 — Toronto Star

Seeking culture amid politics by Martin Knelman

Canadian actors complain that on the eve of an election, Canadians know very little about the parties' stand on cultural issues.

Jan 11, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Spotlight to shine on communication, media firms by Allan Robinson

Canadian broadcasters to release first-quarter fiscal results for 2006.

Jan 11, 2006 — Globe & Mail

What's scarier, CBC makeover or bird flu? by John Doyle

John Doyle comments on "makeover" of CBC news, descent of fifth estate newsmagazine into a speculative docudrama.

Jan 11, 2006 — The Guardian

City calls for restoration of hour-long CBC news by Dave Stewart

The Charlottetown, P.E.I. city council wishes to see the hour-long CBC local news at six format restored.

Jan 11, 2006 — Toronto Star

Leaders' mime show on arts chills Kain

Arts community appalled by the absence of discussion on arts and culture during leaders' debate, low profile of culture issues overall.

Jan 10, 2006 — Le Devoir

Le congédiement de François Parenteau - L'hypocrisie de Radio-Canada by Jacques Keable

Article states that Radio-Canada's dismissal of longstanding radio personality François Parenteau was an act of censorship that went virtually unnoticed.

Jan 9, 2006 — CBC News

Changes and exchanges with Tony Burman

Editor in Chief of CBC News announces rebranding of CBC news as a "single, integrated multimedia news and current affairs service".

Jan 9, 2006 — The Hill Times

CPAC's Rockburn likes it some hot, hot, hot by F. Abbas Rana

Radio and television interviewer Ken Rockburn discusses election coverage, offers pointed criticism of CBC radio.

Jan 9, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

CBC shuffles news content, operations by Etan Vlessing

CBC revamps news on TV and radio networks, CBC Newsworld and Web site in attempt to increase brand recognition.

Jan 8, 2006 — The Ottawa Sun

Say good night, mother by Pat MacAdam

Columnist says that despite the CBC's past achievements, the time has come to leave broadcasting to the private sector.

Jan 7, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Nip, tuck and swirl at CBC News and Global by Guy Dixon

Article says that for the time being, programming changes at CBC and Global News seem to be mainly cosmetic; changes to CBC Newsworld described as "CNN-ish".

Jan 7, 2006 — The Record

CBC revamping newscasts to reflect wishes of viewers

Networks revise news formats; CBC bases changes on two year old survey which found that parts of CBC news operation did not appeal to young people.

Jan 6, 2006 — Statistics Canada: The Daily

Political activity among young adults

Statistics Canada report finds that although young adults vote less, they are more likely to become politically involved.

Jan 5, 2006 — Canada Newswire

Canadian Satellite Radio provides initial guidance on subscriber numbers

Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings unveils subscriber projections for 2006 and 2010.

Jan 4, 2006 — The Gazette

Canadians seek Stern on 'grey market' by Greg Quill

Large numbers of Canadian Howard Stern fans have reportedly subscribed to Sirius' American satellite radio service, since the Canadian service has declared it will not carry Stern's controversial programming.

Jan 4, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian Sirius won't offer Stern by Etan Vlessing

Sirius Canada says it does not as of yet plan to broadcast the Howard Stern show in Canada.

Jan 4, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter

Copps returns, Tate sworn in at FCC by Brooks Boliek

Recent appointments alter composition of U.S. Federal Communications Commission; two commissioners are required by law to be from a party other than the party that holds the presidency.

Jan 3, 2006 — Canadian Business

Media Concentration: Read All About It by Laura Bogomolny

Recent media ownership changes foreshadow media concentration becoming a hot button issue again in 2006.

Jan 2, 2006 — The Times Colonist

Citytv builds reputation with acclaimed drama by Eric Kohanik

Article sees CHUM's Citytv competing with main networks in acquisition of U.S. drama programming.

Jan 2, 2006 — Canadian Press

32% of Cdns want stronger copyright laws: poll

Polling firm calls the protection of Canadian culture and copyright law a "vote getting" issue.

Jan 1, 2006 — Television Niagara

Canada's Creative Class Big Losers in 2005 by Wendell Wilks

Opinion piece says that Canada's cultural subsidy and regulatory structure reflects the interests of the large commercial media conglomerates as opposed to those of Canada's creative class.

Jan 1, 2006 — Globe & Mail

Next year's big issue: Digital TV by Kate Taylor

The fixed 2009 deadline for digital television conversion in the U.S. poses some serious problems for Canadian culture funding and regulation.