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CanWest reporter firing raises questions about the growing power of corporate advertisers and the state of Canadian journalism.
Columnist says Mavor Moore's life was dedicated to creating and strengthening Canadian cultural institutions.
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.
The outgoing commissioner of the National Film Board of Canada thinks the federal government is close to choosing his successor.
Article describes how, one year after arrival of satellite radio, few listeners have deserted 'terrestrial' stations.
Barring an eleventh-hour breakthrough, Canadian actors will be in a legal position to strike in much of the country Jan. 1, 2007.
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.
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.
Columnist says that cancellations, conniptions and controversy overshadowed what was otherwise a good year on TV.
A pioneer of Canadian cultural nationalism, Mavor Moore, passed away this week.
FRIENDS says that Bev Oda has done little of significance since becoming Heritage Minister because the Prime Minister's Office is calling the shots.
British government license fee settlement far lower than called for by the BBC.
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.
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.
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.
Proposed British "public service publisher" will generate online content to rival such outlets as MySpace and Google Video.
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.
Research shows that almost three out of four U.K. homes have at least one digital television set.
While two years ago there were no American-made dramas in primetime on Germany's top national networks, there are now more than 20.
Independent Canadian television producers worry the number of opportunities to showcase their work will shrink with continuing media industry concentration.
CBC is shut out of a new rights agreement that will make TSN the exclusive carrier of Canadian Football League content.
CanWest Global, Astral Media and Corus Entertainment touted as potential buyers of Alliance Atlantis.
Jim Shaw, Jr.'s letter to the Canadian Television Fund announcing the withdrawal of Shaw Communications' financial contribution.
Box office data released by Telefilm Canada shows that 2006 was a disappointing year for Canadian film.
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.
The Toronto-based entertainment firm has recently sought expressions of interest from selected potential buyers.
The outgoing chairman of Australia's public broadcaster backs the political appointment system that gave him his job.
Cartt.ca interview in which MP Charlie Angus talks about the Heritage Committee, the CBC mandate review, carriage fees and copyright legislation.
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.
One family's experience relying solely on legally available Internet content to satisfy their video entertainment needs.
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.
A listing of highs and lows at Canada's public broadcaster.
Editorial says the CRTC has acted appropriately by declining to regulate the Internet.
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.
An in-depth look at the proposed merger of CHUM and Bell Globemedia.
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%.
The European Union Competition Commissioner has forced the German authorities to end illegal government aid to public broadcasters.
FRIENDS says the CRTC must ensure a proposed high definition television network will follow Canadian content rules.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CRTC report concludes digital video and audio content available online is having little impact on the Canadian broadcasting system thus far.
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.
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.
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.
Columnist says that the CFL is close to reaching a TV deal with Bell Globemedia.
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.
Article says wireless Internet radio has the potential to disrupt both the satellite and terrestrial radio industries.
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.
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.
Considering changes in the telecommunications industry and recent government decisions, columnist concludes the CRTC is in its last days.
CanWest Global Communications' $3-million corporate gift will enable the University of Winnipeg to establish the CanWest Centre for Theatre & Film.
Lobby group envisions Kamloops as a pilot city for the delivery of digital/high-definition TV.
Report explores how pervasive media multitasking is among young people, potential cognitive and social development implications, and which teens are most likely to multitask.
Media companies are hiring new executives to help deliver content and engage audiences over the Internet, while still making a profit.
The Netherlands has ended transmission of "free to air" analog television, becoming the first nation to switch completely to digital signals.
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.
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.
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.
Network finds young male demographic increasingly identifies with morally flawed characters.
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.
The BBC has announced it is putting its flagship investigative current affairs show "Panorama" back in a primetime slot.
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.
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.
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.
Advertisers tell the CRTC that relaxing limits on the amount of advertising during television shows would be detrimental to advertisers and viewers.
Analysis shows there are many small communities with relatively high reliance on over-the-air television.
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.
Article describes a new movement in journalism where ordinary people submit articles and tell editors what to publish.
Astral Media's president and CEO recommends a cautious approach to liberalizing foreign ownership rules for broadcasters.
Columnist says CBC management is losing credibility because of flip-flops such as the decision to reinstate hour-long local newscasts.
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.
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.
Alliance Atlantis Communications is testing a user-generated video website it hopes could be a YouTube for Canadian audiences.
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.
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.
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.
Article says the drive to prevent programs from being illegally copied is crucial in a digital age.
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.
Gemini Award winner says that by loosening the definition of priority programming in 1999, the CRTC ended the glory days of quality Canadian TV.
The Canadian Media Guild wants the CRTC to impose new fees on cable and satellite customers to help finance new domestic programming.
Heritage Minister Bev Oda downplays recommendations in a Senate committee's report on media concentration.
Canadian Media Research Inc. comments filed with the CRTC regarding the CBC's proposal to close down its over the air television transmitters.
CBC senior managers have announced a return to local and regional news in the coming months, with Vancouver as the test city.
Columnist says rumours of CBC TV anchor/senior executive relationship have trumped buzz around new news plan.
Ted Rogers, chief executive of Rogers Communications, tells the CRTC it is not its job to boost the profit margins of private-sector broadcasters.
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.
CRTC's vice-chair expressed displeasure with Shaw Communications over ad campaign urging public comment on carriage fees.
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.
CBC TV plans to return to one-hour regional newscasts and establish "civic journalism," where citizens can upload video or images of news events.
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.
The Canadian Media Guild is citing Kamloops as CBC's test case for possible withdrawal from rural over-the-air service across the country.
Article provides a guide to perceptions and realities in the Canadian television industry.
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.
CTV and Quebecor want the limit of 12 commercial minutes per hour lifted, while Corus and the CBC oppose the idea.
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.
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.
John Cassaday, CEO of Corus Entertainment tells the CRTC that fees for television networks would likely anger audiences.
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.
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.
CTV has announced that Corner Gas has secured a distribution deal for syndication in the United States and internationally.
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.
Harry Halliwell, an advocate for domestic ownership of Canadian broadcasters, has passed away at the age of 86.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Article previews upcoming battles for National Hockey League and Canadian Football League television deals.
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.
CBC's executive vice-president of English TV talks about budget shortfalls, locking out workers, 'The One', staff defections and more.
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.
Columnist says that the Aspers could prosper most by letting outsiders run CanWest Global Communications.
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.
Paul Ski, former executive vice-president of radio for CHUM, has been appointed to the new position of president.
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.
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.
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.
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.
David, Leonard and Gail Asper have filed documents with U.S. securities regulators saying that they may wish to take CanWest Global private.
Television broadcasters are expected to ask for carriage fees for their TV channels from cable and satellite operators at the upcoming CRTC hearings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Leonard Asper talks about the over-the-air TV review and the future of his company.
Royal Bank of Canada has announced it will purchase a merger-and-acquisition adviser to the cable, telecom and broadcast industries.
Following Google's lead, Yahoo! has announced plans to share advertising with 176 daily U.S. newspapers.
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.
Transcript of the Heritage Committee motion by NDP MP Charlie Angus to undertake a CBC mandate review.
CBC television executives say that it will take time to turn around the public broadcaster, and they're staying the course.
Bev Oda speaks publicly about media convergence, the digital age, Canadian content, the future role of the CRTC and the fate of the CBC.
In a move to amalgamate its news service CanWest has told Winnipeg employees they will have to move to Ottawa or lose their jobs.
Brian Mulroney, John Turner, Kim Campbell and Joe Clark have agreed to appear as judges on a new CBC "factual entertainment" program.
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.
Columnist says that selling public airwaves currently used for over-the-air television could cut cellphone costs and drive the wireless economy.
In another change in CBC Television's senior management, the regional director for CBC-TV in British Columbia, Rae Hull, is leaving.
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.
Some of the largest U.S. broadcasters, including Clear Channel Communications, are being purchased by private equity firms, raising new regulatory concerns.
Ottawa firm to focus on Internet protocol television, or IPTV, to be distributed among users via peer-to-peer networking.
In the first full-year of satellite radio service in Canada, the industry has experienced deep startup losses.
The Conservative cabinet has partially overturned a CRTC decision on voice over Internet protocol regulation.
Arabic TV broadcaster's new network is launched, but won't be on Canadian cable.
Article suggests that developing miniseries or the BBC model of limited-run series can be a way to attract viewership to Canadian productions.
The Harper government plans to take the highly unusual move to rewrite the CRTC's key ruling on Internet-based telephone services.
Sirius Satellite Radio Canada plans to offer real-time video data, like stock market quotes, subscribers can view in their cars.
CBC-TV series 'Dragons' Den' has seen a ratings increase of 250% since the show premiered in October.
Cultural journalist, policy analyst and editor, Patricia Aufderheide speaks on themes related to public broadcasting within the academic community.
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.
U.S. simulcasts allow CTV to easily retain its number one ranking for viewership.
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.
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.
Book selected for Canada's biggest literary award will be made into a TV series for The Movie Network.
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.
The CSI television franchise contributed heavily to a 45% year-over-year profit increase for Alliance Atlantis Communications in the summer quarter.
'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.
TSN's additional digital channel will assist TSN and CTV, both owned by Bell Globemedia, in their expected bid for National Hockey League rights.
Columnist explores the impact Daryl Duke, past member of FRIENDS' Steering Committee, had on Vancouver's and Canada's cultural history.
Google is hiring scores of radio sales people and is spending heavily to launch its Google Audio Ads program on U.S. radio.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Torontonian Vincent Lam, in his debut work, beat out four other finalists for Canada's richest literary prize.
Columnist says that the dismissive attitude shown by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters toward investment in Canadian content exhibits smugness and greed.
The Movie Distribution Income Fund is joining Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. in putting their Motion Picture Distribution Limited Partnership up for sale.
Telefilm Canada will spend $2-million to support the creation of Canadian video games.
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.
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.
Media executives say broadcasters must be nimble in reacting to new technologies such as broadband Internet, podcasting and video on mobile telephones.
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."
A fundraiser for the Heritage Minister organized by Charlotte Bell, the regulatory affairs vice-president and a registered lobbyist for CanWest, has been cancelled.
The Executive Vice-President, CBC Television says the broadcaster's central challenge is to make more Canadian programming that more Canadians want to watch.
Bloc Quebecois MPs booed Don Cherry loudly in the House of Commons because of a perceived bias the hockey analyst has against French Canadians.
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.
A former public-affairs officer for the Canadian consulate in New York is the new publisher of the current-affairs magazine.
Microsoft has teamed with Hollywood studios to sell TV shows and rent movies through an online video-game service.
A digital marketing executive warned that advertisers will use the Internet to communicate with consumers if traditional broadcasters don't adapt.
Veteran actors Donnelly Rhodes and Jackson Davies say there is a need to support home-grown talent and telling our own stories.
Columnist suggests that in an increasingly consolidated media market, Alliance Atlantis is the next takeover target, with CanWest Global as the likely buyer.
Gemini Awards show criticized as being "a celebration of the U.S. and our copycat programs."
Advertisers want the radio industry to contribute as much as $8.5-million to introduce digital audience tracking.
Google is going to start selling advertisements that will appear in the print editions of 50 major newspapers.
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.
Op-ed suggests there are indications that the Harper government is preparing to act on media policy.
The CRTC has ruled that satellite television providers won't be able to carry satellite radio without applying for changes to their licences.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Canadian Association of Broadcasters wants the government to rewrite its rulebook and give regulated broadcasters a chance to compete with unregulated digital media.
Alliance Atlantis Communications will relaunch its Life Network as "Slice" - targeting a younger, female audience looking for escapism and pure entertainment.
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.
The cable television industry in Canada reached a significant milestone in 2005 when it hooked up its three millionth customer.
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.
Telefilm Canada loses its director of English operations.
New schedules for the 2006 broadcast season (29 October 2005 to 25 March 2007) have been posted on the Radio Canada International website.
The Conservative government surprised Telus and BCE by announcing plans to tax income trusts like corporations starting next year.
Rogers has posted a 47-per-cent jump in wireless operating profit in its third quarter.
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.
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.
New project launched to help bring movies and miniseries based on prestigious novels by famous Canadian authors to the small screen.
Negotiations on a new Independent Production Agreement between ACTRA, which represents 21,000 domestic performers, and Canadian and U.S. producers have broken off.
CRTC chairman Charles Dalfen's reign was marked largely by the challenge of trying to maintain national borders in the Internet era.
One focus of the new money will be to support activities that increase public access to the arts, including touring, circulation and festivals.
Article suggests Canadians are not finding relevance in CBC's new fall shows.
The Canadian Television Fund uses broadcaster envelopes - dollars reserved for each broadcaster - to bring predictability to the funding system.
CTV the first to offer a U.S. Network drama to Canadians on-line, on-demand.
Q&A with Canadian Television Fund president Valerie Creighton.
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.
The Canadian Television Fund looks back on ten years of financing television production in Canada.
RIENDS says political insiders give media companies an edge when dealing with the government on broadcast licences and laws affecting the industry.
Wages for lifestyle programs, reality-TV shows, and new-media productions stall negotiations between the Canadian film producers' association and the actors' union.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Federal MP's have voted to rescind the Harper government's cuts to the Museums Assistance Program.
Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership candidates pledge to boost support for cultural groups, performers, artists and the film and television industry.
CH, the first private television station in British Columbia, celebrates 50 years of broadcasting.
Gesca and Torstar have bought Bell Globemedia's 40 per cent stake in the Workopolis job-search partnership for $115-million.
ThinkFilm acquisition by a U.S. conglomerate leaves Canadian films in doubt with no Telefilm Canada funding.
Broadcaster says it wants to make a major media acquisition before it considers converting to an income trust.
Mehta, Amarshi call for diversity 'The right story at the right time'
The new television channel will broadcast roughly 30% user-generated content.
The Communications Workers of America are encouraging the U.S. federal regulator to retain diversity in local TV, radio and newspaper ownership.
Conference explores diversity in the media and the need for more women and visible minorities in the telling of Canada's story.
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.
Analysts are predicting that CanWest Global will purchase Alliance Atlantis and further consolidate the Canadian media sector.
The funding changes aim to put more Canadian films, including documentaries, on the country's screens and increase audiences for them.
Emmy Award-winning director of The Thorn Birds, who helped found Citytv and served on FRIENDS' Steering Committee, passes on.
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.
Lloyd Robertson marks 30 years as the CTV national news anchor.
Telefilm Canada says box office achievements for Canadian films are driven largely by the success of Quebec's francophone sector.
CanWest has hired investment bankers to help choose a course for its Australian and New Zealand operations following an overhaul of foreign ownership rules.
Daryl Duke, an Emmy Award winning film director, served on Friends' Steering Committee from 1994 to 2005.
Columnist says few positions in Canadian sports TV face more scrutiny than the executive director of CBC Sports.
Study says relaxing rules on cross-media mergers would increase media concentration in excess of Federal Trade Commission guidelines.
In 2005, Canadian films surpassed Telefilm Canada's 5% target of the domestic box office.
Alliance Atlantis plans to sell its stake in Motion Picture Distribution LP.
Telcos and cablecos pressure the federal government, and by extension, the CRTC for a telecommunication regulation revolution.
NBC Universal to overhaul its news operations to exploit new forms of electronic distribution.
Telus boss says strict regulatory rules discourage innovation and that Canada's copyright, broadcasting and telecommunications laws should reflect the Internet age.
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.
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.
Networks believe on-line viewing will help television viewing in the long run; the downloads are not available outside of the United States.
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.
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.
Torstar Corp. shake-up has seen slashed costs and the replacement of two top executives.
The International Olympic Committee has hired a U.S. broadcaster for the job of director of production for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
The resignation of CBC's head of Sports immediately raised questions about the future of NHL hockey at the network.
New media legislation in Australia, a modest ratings revival and the push to win carriage fees are sited as reasons to buy CanWest stock.
Radio actor, playwright, mathematician, birder, musicologist, producer and program host Lister Sinclair passed away yesterday in a Toronto hospital at the age of 85.
Government declines to challenge CRTC decision allowing telcos to use over-billings to expand high-speed Internet services in rural and remote communities.
Former CHUM executive appointed to senior post with Bell Globemedia.
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.
CBS's local television stations will begin providing local news clips to Yahoo in return for revenue splitting from Internet ads.
With the increasing appeal of online video, Google acquisition of YouTube is expected to impact every element of the television industry.
Corner Gas, the Aspers and CBC's troubles mark the past 20 years in film and television in Canada.
CanWest Global Communications, CHUM, CTV and CBC want to charge cable companies a fee for carrying their signals.
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.
Industry Minister Maxime Bernier is seeking provincial support for his open market view of how Internet-based phone services should be regulated.
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.
Legislation passed by Congress means that by 2009 all U.S. over-the-air TV stations must switch from analog to digital transmission.
NowPublic.com allows citizens to post breaking news or a story underplayed in the traditional media.
Australian TV network controlled by CanWest has acquired advertising rights at 150 shopping malls in the United States.
While observers don't believe government intervention is a risk, BCE investors have concerns over a possible political backlash to restructure plans.
Australian Senate clears the way for an expected flurry of media company mergers and takeovers.
Additional money will allow for the production of up to six new films in the province.
FTX West, a new four-day film and television industry trade show and conference launches in Vancouver.
Telefilm Canada is seeing results from its controversial Canada Feature Film Fund aimed at increasing the box office share of Canadian movies.
With the purchase of YouTube, Google gets millions of page views that it can use for its core business - Google AdSense and AdWords programs.
TV is morphing into an interactive, niche-driven and customer-controlled environment that is allowing advertisers to concentrate on targeting a desired audience.
For an industry believed to be in decline thanks to the Internet, iPods and satellite radio, broadcast radio advertising sales have never been stronger.
Canada's music publishers are disappointed about the postponement of a Canadian Heritage funding program that promised to pump $1-million into the sector.
Reversing a decision made earlier this year, BCE plans to follow Telus's lead and restructure into the country's biggest income trust.
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.
The Banff World Television Festival says more than $720-million in deals were inked at this year's event.
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.
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.
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.
Shaw announces the appointment of media executive Carl Vogel to the Board of Directors of the Corporation.
House of Commons standing committee on Canadian heritage has asked the federal government to reconsider its proposed cuts to the Museum Assistance Program.
TSN pulled in 1.334 million viewers for its National Hockey League opener compared with 1.229 million viewers for CBC.
Blog posting says Wall Street is undermining democracy by demanding higher profits from local television stations resulting in more Americans getting less news.
Fox News Channel experiences growing pains that will challenge it in its second decade.
CHUM's MuchMusic has announced it is pushing further into the Internet with a new music-downloading site.
XM Satellite Radio claims more than 285,000 new subscribers during the third quarter; competitor Sirius Satellite Radio added more than 441,000.
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.
Columnist says that CBC's needs to keep NHL hockey and better promote its other Canadian programming or else viewership will continue to diminish.
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.
CanWest Global ordered to pay $862,624 in GST on a $12.8-million settlement it made to Conrad Black's former holding company.
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 %).
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.
The Federal Communications Commission begins deliberations into loosening ownership restrictions on the broadcast industry.
Corus Entertainment purchases CanWest radio stations in Winnipeg and Kitchener for $15-million.
Britain's BBC wants 100 million American viewers for its television programming.
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.
Annual international TV market creates an environment where TV shows can be sold to multiple buyers in multiple counties simultaneously.
"Commercial free" public television is placing Disney and Google ads on its Web pages.
Only one Canadian-made show in the top 30 most-watched in Canada for the week Sept 18-24.
FRIENDS comments on the tenure of former CBC Board Chair, Guy Fournier.
In-depth article profiles the rising clout of Canada's religious right.
Standard Broadcasting Corp. evaluating restructuring the company as an income trust.
Possible glitches with Microsoft compression technology delays Bell Canada's launch of Internet protocol TV.
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.
Traditional media companies are following their younger audiences on-line with an expansion into interactive Internet games.
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.
CBC/Radio-Canada proposes that the CRTC establish conventional broadcaster eligibility for cable and satellite subscription revenues.
The House of Commons committee on Canadian Heritage questioned senior CBC managers about programming decisions and rumours the network could lose hockey.
Comment piece says that the CRTC should act on the government's instructions or else legislators should "seize the agenda" from the regulator.
Rogers wants restrictions that allow a maximum of 12-min of advertising per hour of television programming relaxed.
Fees from cable, satellite and telecom companies are needed for conventional TV to thrive, says CHUM's chief executive.
Appearing before the House of Commons heritage committee, CBC president and acting chairman Robert Rabinovitch was grilled over a series of summer controversies.
TV broadcasters want to charge cable companies for carrying their signals while cable supplier Rogers plan to fight the proposal.
Thailand's military coup has resulted in the forced shut-down of community radio stations for "security reasons."
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.
Columnist says that low ratings are causing fear and consternation to stalk CBC's corridors of power these days.
Internet Protocol Television has the potential to drastically reduce the cost of delivering specialized video programming.
Conservative government cuts $4.6-million from Canadian Heritage.
Ontario's public broadcaster's new strategic agenda aims to make citizens better informed and will make use of new technologies.
New technology is changing the way people are viewing their favorite television shows.
Technology produces an exact "live performance" replica of Glenn Gould's 1955 recording of the Goldberg Variations.
Professor says the takeover of CHUM could have been worse - a company that pushes a political ideology, such as CanWest, could have bought it.
FRIENDS says the CBC is reaching a tipping point; present circumstances could result in public investment to reduce its dependance on ad revenues.
Traditional media companies are slow to recognize that entities such as YouTube, MySpace and others have created entirely new markets for their content.
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.
Industry Minister Maxime Bernier plans to unveil a major, market-oriented reform of Canada's $33-billion telecommunications sector this fall.
MTV is rumoured to be sizing up a potential $1 billion takeover of internet upstart, You Tube.
Former CBC chair tells Heritage Minister that he resigned because he had lost the confidence of Canada's new government.
Editorial says that the CBC is a bureaucratic mess and questions whether taxpayers are getting value for money.
Former CBC president says the current turmoil at CBC represents an opportunity to return the broadcaster to its place as a national treasure.
Columnist says that the CBC corporate culture has cultivated a consistency of opinions and a uniformity of views.
Toronto city council considers naming a street after innovative TV broadcaster Moses Znaimer.
Columnist says the McGuinty government should provide funding so Ontario filmmakers are on equal footing with those in Quebec.
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.
Columnist says the CBC should stop focusing for ratings and instead produce diverse shows that appeal to many different demographics.
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.
The Conservatives can now replace Guy Fournier with a CBC Board Chair more in-line with the government's priorities.
FRIENDS says the resignation of the chairman of the CBC board of directors could shift too much power to president, Robert Rabinovitch.
A Toronto lawyer, a former CBC president, a CRTC vice-chairman and two consultants rumored to chair the CRTC.
FRIENDS says that a Conservative government running low in the polls would not want to weaken the CBC with board chair appointment.
FRIENDS says it is a dangerous situation to have the lame-duck CBC president, Robert Rabinovitch, fill the board position he answers to.
CBC Chair's comments another embarrassment for Canada's public broadcaster.
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.
Current TV is going into partnership with Yahoo! Inc. to create four new broadband channels focusing on disseminating video created by young viewers.
Michael Sabia calls on the CRTC "to get the message" the federal Conservative government is sending on telecom regulation.
Guy Fournier, chairman of the board of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp, faces criticism after comments in a supermarket gossip magazine.
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.
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.
Producer of the cancelled Da Vinci's City Hall back on CBC with a new series; says Canadians want an alternative to American TV.
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.
Deal marks another significant step in the entertainment industry's migration to the Internet.
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.
FRIENDS comments that viewers and broadcasters will continue to embrace digital TV channels.
CanWest chief executive Leonard Asper said the company will apply for more U.K. radio licences in the future.
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.
A study that suggested greater concentration of media ownership would hurt local TV news coverage was destroyed by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.
CanWest problems fuel speculation that CEO Leonard Asper may want to take the company private.
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.
Corus's Movie Central operations in Edmonton will be integrated into Toronto facilities.
Losses caused by the Toronto Blue Jays regarded as "sustainable" in view of the team's benefits to the company as a whole.
Both companies rule out conversion one day after Telus says it plans to switch to income trust structure.
Apple, AOL, Amazon.com sell Hollywood blockbusters online.
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.
Editorial says the CRTC should let the laissez-faire rules that have made cellphone plans affordable should prevail in VoIP.
Almost 300 million households in China are set to gain access to cable-quality television services.
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.
Telus unveils a plan to create the country's largest income trust - the new structure will provide a shelter from corporate income taxes.
Speculation that a private equity group could take Telus private increases after the telecom turns to income trust structure.
Canadian delegation has remained silent during deliberations on a wide-sweeping international broadcast treaty that will have significant consequences for Canadians.
Poll shows that 68 per cent of Ontario voters favour letting TVOntario sell advertising to help it pay for programming.
Columnist says there isn't a thing that's "public" about Canada's public broadcaster except that we all pay for it.
Telus plans a $600-million upgrade of its broadband network to expand its television service and keep pace with rivals' Internet speeds.
'Shortbus' the sexually explicit movie starring actress, musician and CBC broadcaster Sook-Yin Lee opens in Toronto.
Joan Donaldson, the first head of CBC Newsworld, died Thursday night in Victoria, B.C. at the age of 60.
BCE has reduced its stake in Bell Globemedia to 15% from 20% with Ontario Teachers Pension Plan picking up the equity.
Canada's telecom regulator says its 25% deregulation benchmark for the local telephone market turns out to be too high.
CBC President reports to staff on early September Board of Directors meeting.
CBC chases the youth market; CTV has no new Canadian shows but 10 TV movies; Global continues with a mostly American lineup.
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.
Former president and CEO of Sirius Satellite Radio and YTV Canada has been appointed as the new chair of OMDC effective immediately.
A Chinese director has been banned from making movies in China for five years after screening a film at Cannes without government approval.
Tom Freston has resigned as Viacom's president and chief executive and named industry veteran Philippe P. Dauman to replace him.
CBC TV bio-pic avoids over-simplification and shows René Lévesque in all his contradictions.
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.
Columnist says YouTube, a video sharing website, will provide strong competition to mainstream media for eyeballs and advertising dollars.
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.
CanWest Global Communications Corp. has completed the sale of its interest the TV3 television network in Ireland.
CFTPA recommends a more equitable production financing model that provides for adequate financing of Canadian programming.
Rogers filed comments with the CRTC recommending consumer choice, investment in new technologies and the ability to compete on a fair and flexible basis.
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.
Q & A with FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, on the CBC and the Conservative government's plans for public broadcasting
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.
Investors have agreed to tender more than 93% of the CHUM's non-voting shares and more than 99% of voting shares.
The CRTC will continue to regulate the prices large phone companies can charge for Internet-based calls.
Bell Globemedia names former CBC anchor Pamela Wallin and former BMO Nesbitt Burns deputy chairman Gordon Lackenbauer to its board of directors.
European film promoter urges Quebecois filmmakers to secure more broadcast financing to overcome a shortfall in government subsidies.
CanWest Global announces the appointment of Derek H. Burney of Ottawa to the position of Chairman of the Board.
This is Wonderland earns 12 nominations for the 21st Annual Gemini Awards.
The cable subsidiary of Quebecor Inc., is seeking permission from the CRTC to carry XM and Sirius satellite radio services to digital TV viewers.
The CRTC says the bill of rights will make it clearer to consumers what their rights are when it comes to phone service.
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.
CBC officials say a full-scale renovation will result in an integration of studios and resources, but will not produce staff reductions.
A Federal Communications Commission decision has cleared XM Satellite Radio to resume production of devices that did not meet broadcast emission standards.
The Recording Industry Association of America has filed suit against XM Satellite Radio to halt "wholesale infringement" of copyrighted sound recordings.
Canada's telecommunications regulator has rejected a bid by an Ottawa lawyer to block access to two U.S.-based hate websites.
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.
Federal officials have told Industry Minister Maxime Bernier that Ottawa should encourage more foreign takeovers and other investment from abroad.
The CRTC has been asked to take the unprecedented step of blocking access to U.S.-based hate websites from Canada.
At 84 years old, Sumner Redstone is still involved in every major decision at Viacom Inc. and CBS Corp.
CBC's executive director, English Communications, CBC/Radio-Canada says that TV ratings are an important part of the CBC mandate.
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.
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.
Viacom and CBS Corp. chairman Sumner Redstone suggests entertainment companies develop digital rights management system that accommodates tiered pricing.
Fox Television's new radio campaign uses two-second spots, the shortest-length ever, to promote three of its network shows.
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.
Clear Channel will air two-second ads to promote the season premieres of Fox television shows.
CRTC allows CanCon to drop from 65% to 35% on Alliance Atlantis's Discovery Health channel.
In Mumbai, police raids on cable TV operators block movies deemed inappropriate for children.
The proposed takeover of CHUM Ltd. by Bell Globemedia has overshadowed the fact that CHUM has cut 281 jobs and hours of local programming.
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.
CBC-TV's latest ratings hope is a new business related reality show from Japan - Dragon's Den.
Columnist says that the loss of NHL Hockey on CBC-TV could mean the beginning of the end for Canada's public broadcaster.
If proposed bank mergers were considered serious enough to warrant hearings before a parliamentary committee, the same must apply major media takeovers.
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.
Local filmmakers say a shortfall in key government subsidies for indigenous movie scripts is threatening to stall a robust Quebec film industry.
Proceeds of parking-lot sale to fund a new Vancouver Production Centre for CBC's 550 employees.
Eight companies have filed applications with the CRTC for new broadcast licences in Saskatoon.
Broadcasting veteran and former TVOntario executive producer Doug Grant has been named director of current affairs and weekly programs for CBC-TV and Newsworld.
Andrew Coyne, National Affairs Columnist with The National Post, to speak in Fraser Institute series on the future of the CRTC.
The proposed policy directive from the Conservative government ignores the Telecom Policy Review Panel's recommendations for "significant market power" in the telecommunications industry.
Mobile TV services must advance considerably before TV on the move will appeal widely to cellular users.
Sinking stock prices have some Satellite Radio investors calling for a quick fix — namely, the merger of XM and Sirius.
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.
Shaw Communications, Canada's second-biggest cable TV operator, has struck a deal to acquire Whistler Cable Television.
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.
Statistics Canada survey says two-thirds of adult Canadians surfed the Internet in 2005.
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.
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.
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.
Airtime sales by private radio broadcasters jumped by 8.7% in 2005, to $1.3 billion, the largest annual increase since 1988.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission wants XM Satellite Radio to detail how and why its products strayed from FCC rules.
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.
Bell Globemedia, which owns CTV and TSN, may bid $1.4-billion for 10 years of Hockey Night in Canada.
After received 10 applications for FM radio stations in Quebec City, The CRTC has turned down all but one.
Alliance Atlantis Communication's second quarter profits has more than doubled on the strength of strong sales of its pivotal CSI crime show franchise.
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.
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.
Cable operator Shaw Communications Inc. has announced an agreement to buy Norcom Telecommunications Ltd. of Northwestern Ontario.
A decision to award Allarco Entertainment a broadcasting licence to operate a new national English-language general-interest pay-television service has been upheld.
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.
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.
A stock price rally caused by takeover speculation was short-lived and the shares of Sirius and XM have fallen steadily since.
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.
Columnist says that the people to blame for 'The One' failure are CBC-TV executive vice-president Richard Stursberg and CBC president Robert Rabinovitch.
Canadian television personality and journalist Pamela Wallin to be Bell Globemedia board director.
Olympic champion snowboarder Ross Rebagliati is suing CTV, saying a character in its TV series Whistler has tarnished his reputation.
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.
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.
Editorial agrees with FRIENDS position that the CBC has a mission that involves explaining Canada to Canadians, and not importing American commercial programming.
Columnist refutes claims that ratings for 'The One' were 'actually half decent' in a blog posting.
Newcap Inc. has received approval from the CRTC to operate a new FM radio licence in Calgary.
Partnership Will Connect XM Satellite Radio's Audience to Google's Expansive Network of Advertisers.
Despite huge losses, Sirius added more than 600,400 network subscribers during the second quarter while competitor XM reported adding 400,000 subscribers.
Toronto lawyer to watch over CHUM's roster of radio and TV operations, ensuring they are preserved until the Bell Globemedia deal is complete.
XM and Sirius lose $231.7 million and $237.8 million respectively in the second quarter of 2006.
The under-26 crowd browses the Internet for 12.2 hours each week, compared with the 10.6 hours they devote to watching television.
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.
Without the correct set-top box, expensive TVs won't get high-def signal.
CHUM and MobiTV have announced the addition of four new music and entertainment channels for cellular, WiFi and broadband enabled devices.
Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. has reported a loss of $237.8-million (U.S.) for its second quarter of 2006.
CBC to fill the hole left in their TV schedule by a cancelled 'The One' with more foreign programming.
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.
Information on the new Danish Radio and Television Board, the Media Secretariat and the Press Council.
Online discussion with Globe and Mail columnist on the recent decisions and future directions of Canada's public broadcaster.
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.
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.
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.
The American reality series garnered the smallest audience ever for a premiere among the original three U.S. networks.
The steady decline in newspaper readership over the past decade has levelled off because of slowing growth in on-line news readership.
The cancellation of 'The One' may be evidence that viewers have reached the saturation point for reality talent shows.
The idea: George Stroumboulopoulos and 'The One' was supposed to give CBC's national news a ratings boost.
Tapping into the vibrant Quebec entertainment industry, TV producer Moses Znaimer is taking French-Canadian material and bringing it to English-Canadian audiences.
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.
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.
FRIENDS calls CBC's experiment to simulcast an American TV show and bump The National from its regular time slot a fiasco.
Canada's specialty television channels will go under the microscope of the CRTC in 2007 after a major review of conventional TV concludes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FRIENDS says that senior CBC leadership has egg on its face after making the indefensible decision to broadcast The One.
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.
XM Satellite reports a wider quarterly loss after product rollback because of FCC concerns that XM radios interfere with signals of other radios.
PBS member station issued large indecency fine after single viewer complaint.
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.
FRIENDS says a precedent set with Canwest Global points to a CRTC approval of the Bell Globemedia acquisition of CHUM.
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.
Bell Globemedia's increased buying power and bigwig attitude alter the dynamic of Canada's TV launch season.
XM Satellite Radio has reported a wider loss for its second quarter and again lowered its estimates for full-year subscriber counts.
Bell Globemedia upped bid by $127-million to secure CHUM deal.
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.
Standard Broadcasting has emerged as one of the most sought-after takeover prospects in the Canadian media industry.
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.
CBC staffer calls the police to demand that those goldarned CTV whippersnappers across the street keep that dangblasted noise down.
The entertainment industry wants to avoid more crackdowns by teaching parents how to block racy TV shows.
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.
CBC Toronto staffer calls in noise complaint for Canadian Idol festivities across the street from the public broadcaster's headquarters.
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.
A Calgary company is offering Canadian television content specifically tailored for viewing on a 2 1/2-inch screen.
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.
Study: Newspapers can attract and keep young readers if they focus on the needs of teenagers.
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.
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.
With control shifting from the media to the audience, the BBC wants to turn its audiences into participants.
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.
Columnist says that it is unlikely that CBC executives will own up to the decision to run The One: Making a Music Star.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lacklustre ratings for the debut of the American reality show that bumped The National are not impressive.
Report states that the lockout ordered by CBC management last August cost Canada's public broadcaster a large share of its listening audience.
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.
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.
Editorial calls the ratings for CBC's The One - barely more than half the audience of the delayed The National - a catastrophic result.
CRTC approves application by Bell Globemedia to change its effective control, concludes that new obligations under Benefits Policy will not be triggered.
Implications of the Bell Globemedia-CHUM cash deal go far beyond any regulatory hurdles and divestiture of competing assets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Columnist asks why the public should be subsidizing CBC Radio when it often amounts to social activist radio?
Ratings low for first CBC simulcast of American reality television show.
Columnist compiles the spin from CTV, Global and CBC on the dismal debut ratings of The One: Making a Music Star.
Kamloops CBC viewer sees the decision to cease television transmission as a precedent the CBC will follow to save money in other smaller markets.
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.
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.
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.
The financial picture for the nation's 688 film, video and audio-visual producers improved in 2004 despite a substantial decline in production revenues.
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.
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.
The announcement of Bell GlobeMedia's takeover of CHUM needed to be delayed due to the parties inexperience with press releases in French.
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.
Despite criticism, CBC commences simulcast of U.S. reality television show, displacing The National on Tuesday nights east of Manitoba.
XM Canada has been launched as an Internet radio service.
Pricewater-housecooper says that the growth of Satellite TV in Canada has flattened out.
The $1.7-billion offer by Bell Globemedia to acquire CHUM Ltd. contains a number of unusual elements involving the acquisition of shares.
CTV-TSN-Rogers consortium that stole the 2010 and 2012 Olympics from CBC may also be able to get NHL Hockey.
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.
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.
Possible strike action at the BBC has been postponed for a week after a meeting led to new concessions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Columnist says that mergers and acquisitions always result in job cuts; and in the media industry, less news is not good news.
Astral Media has confirms it was among the suitors for CHUM Ltd. and is open to consider merging with Corus Entertainment Inc.
Shares of media stocks have taken a big leap on speculation that there will be more mergers to come in the industry.
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.
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.
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. expands into television syndication by buying Debmar-Mercury LLC, which owns the rights to South Park.
The operating revenues of the television broadcasting sector totaled $5.6 billion in 2005, up 2.8% from 2004 - the smallest increase since 1997.
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.
CHUM to lay off 281 employees - critics want the proposed takeover stopped in the public interest.
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.
Rogers Sportsnet has applied to the CRTC for permission to fill up to 6 hours if its broadcast week with Homegrown movies and dramas.
Blockbuster deal will see one of Canada's iconic private broadcasters merged into the BCE-owned media conglomerate.
Industry Canada issues new licensees so satellite operators can deliver new services such as high-definition television.
A timeline of important events for the Canadian media company.
$325,000 indecency fines has sent radio and television stations and media giants scurrying to protect themselves from a potentially major business expense.
CBC Television Chief of staff responds to letter by a resident regarding the inability to receive CBC Television programming over antennae in Kamloops.
BBC staff set to vote on strike action after revelations that senior managers have been given large pay rises.
Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda has declined to give the Quebec film industry $20-million to solve "production crisis".
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.
Neither side welcomes a new disclaimer on the Prairie Giant miniseries; for some, the issue is becoming a debate over the CBC's independence.
FRIENDS calls the ideas in a Senate committee report freeing the CBC from the ratings race "radical and impressive".
An investor service has put CanWest credit rating under review for a possible downgrade following weaker-than-expected third-quarter results.
Media executive says that in order to compete with online streaming radio, satellite and iPods, radio stations have to reinvent themselves.
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.
Editorial suggests that excellence at the CBC, while currently seeming unachievable, is what should be strived for.
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.
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.
Slowing advertising sales kept revenue at CanWest MediaWorks Income Fund flat during the third quarter of 2006.
XM Satellite radio plans to offer 20 of its 100 channels to Telus mobile customers.
CBC's Executive Director, Network Programming says CBC is the only network to which people can turn for Canadian history programming.
XM Satellite radio attributes slower growth in new subscribers to problems with product availability and softness in retail sales.
Latest CRTC report shows Canadians are tuning in to satellite television in greater numbers at the expense of cable TV.
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.
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.
According to a survey of sonprofit and soluntary srganizations, Canada has 13,700 arts and culture organizations employing pproximately 73,000 people.
A CRTC-wide re-organization has been undertaken to respond to shifting communications and media industries and technologies.
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.
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.
Study concludes the Internet has taken some the time Canadians used to spend watching TV or listening to the radio.
CRTC reports that viewership of foreign programming jumped by almost 80 per cent on CBC-TV - FRIENDS says this underlines a deeper problem.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation shelves an unauthorised biography of the country's most influential radio broadcaster after threat of litigation.
The national public broadcaster is airing approximately four times more foreign programming than in 2004 during prime time, according to FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting.
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.
The Ontario government is modernizing and revamping TVOntario, but the spectre of advertising now looms over the province's public broadcaster.
CRTC report updates performance indicators for the Canadian broadcast industry including data on new technologies such as high definition and iPods.
Ontario's public broadcaster undergoes sweeping overhaul fuelled by $25-million injection.
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.
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.
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.
The writer of the Tommy Douglas TV movie is defending his script against criticism that led the CBC to pull the miniseries from rebroadcast.
Media analyst says satellite radio will not evolve beyond a niche market.
An effort by Internet users to prohibit telephone and cable companies from creating a two-tiered internet failed to get through a Senate committee.
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.
Opposition suggests the Liberals wanted TVOntario's flagship news show, Studio 2, cancelled because it was often critical of the government.
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.
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.
Committee's long-awaited report shrugs at CanWest Global's media concentration, targets CBC instead.
Heritage Minister express skepticism about the CBC trying to follow the lead of profit-seeking networks.
Canadian households spent $3.2 billion in 2003 attending movies, performing arts, and spectator sports events and visiting heritage institutions, up 41% from 1998.
Editorial says that the CBC should experiment with TV programming in attempt to draw new audiences to the network.
Columnist discusses Senate Committee report's conclusions on media concentration in Canada and the CBC.
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.
CRTC chairman states Canadian television stations may be forced to produce more Canadian comedies and dramas by 2008.
Sirius Satellite Radio chief executive would consider purchasing its larger rival if price and regulatory concerns weren't obstacles.
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.
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.
The Writers Guild of Canada asks CBC to issue apology after the miniseries circulation and DVD sales were halted.
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.
Editorial says the CBC should become commercial-free, but its public funding should remain static.
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.
Editorial says CBC must be distinctive, focused on Canadian stories, drama, humour, current events but it cannot be all things to all people.
CEO of the Royal Ontario Museum says that given declining operating resources, the CBC should change its mandate to meet its top priorities.
Senate report helps the public understand the news media better and media people better understand themselves.
Columnist says CBC television should be limited to news programming.
Columnist says that CBC's best hope of survival might lie turning the network into a pay channel, like HBO or Bravo.
Canada's ethnic media now comprises more than 120 radio and television shows, 536 publications, and more than 100 languages.
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.
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.
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.
Executive vice-president of CBC English television comments on decision to pre-empt The National newscast with American reality television show.
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"
Editorial says giving elected politicians the power to make decisions on media mergers would undermine public confidence in MPs and news gatherers.
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?
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.
Editorial says government and CRTC intervention in media mergers could lead to decision makers using their new power for selfish purposes.
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.
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.
FRIENDS notes that CBC President Robert Rabinovitch told the Commons Heritage Committee just nine months ago that CBC doesn't do reality programming.
The Senate's standing committee on transport and communications suggests setting media market share threshold at 35%.
Editorial says executives at the CBC should be ashamed of themselves for bumping their main newscast for a tarted-up American singing contest.
NDP Heritage Critic Charlie Angus says CBC television appears to be a rudderless ship without a sense of its important mandate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Editorial states that recent CBC Television programming decisions are alienating those who support its existence as a publicly funded broadcaster.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FRIENDS and Peter Mansbridge comment on 'The National' on being bumped by a U.S. reality show.
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.
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.
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.
A Senate report on the state of Canada's media will recommend that CBC-TV become a truly public, commercial-free broadcaster.
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.
FRIENDS says CBC has a mission that involves explaining Canada to Canadians, not importing American commercial programming.
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.
Conservative insider Elizabeth Roscoe may lose her position with the Canadian Association of Broadcasters due to lobbying rules under the Federal Accountability Act.
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.
Telefilm Canada has turned down several French-language Quebec projects due to a shortage of funding.
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.
The executive vice-president, CBC English Television cites the eroding funding environment as reason for focus on new reality based programming.
Deal with Ontario Teachers Pension Plan could value world's fifth-largest commercial satellite operator at $3-billion.
Editorial comments on CBC using public funds to create reality-programming based on a U.S. show.
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.
CBC's fall schedule is padded with reality shows, longer-running dramas and documentary series.
The CRTC is studying recommendations made by a federal review panel that examined the telecom industry - some proposed changes are already being made.
Darren Entwistle lobbies that a new regulatory framework is warranted because of the increasingly blurred line between the telecom and broadcasting industries.
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.
Industry Minister Maxime Bernier tells the CRTC to rely on market forces in the telecommunications industry to the "maximum extent feasible."
For the first time since the adoption of the Telecommunications Act, the government has issued a policy direction to the CRTC.
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.
CBC management is delaying layoffs to in-house production staff at CBC Toronto until May 31, 2007.
On June 12, 2006 the CRTC issued two calls for public comment on broadcasting issues.
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.
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.
CBC/Radio-Canada's licence renewal delayed after Federal Heritage Minister Bev Oda's announcement of a six-month review of new television technologies.
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.
ACTRA welcomes the CRTC review of television policy and calls for a guarantee that Canadian programming has a place on the public airwaves.
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.
Media magnate, art collector and Canada's wealthiest man, Kenneth Thomson, passed away this morning at age 82.
Statistics Canada says proportionately fewer people are employed in the culture sector in rural Canada compared to the nation as a whole.
Canada's trade deficit in culture goods rose from $1.5 billion to nearly $1.7 billion in 2005, the largest deficit since 1999.
CRTC study to help the government set its broadcasting policy for the 21st century.
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.
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.
BBC director-general Mark Thompson insists that the Internet can turn the public broadcaster into a truly global media brand.
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.
The Federal government and the CRTC are expected to release details of a policy review that could reshape television rules.
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.
Report says that cost and technical limitations make the Internet a smaller threat to Canadian television broadcasters than some believe.
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.
Reform of the CBC likely to be the Conservative government's first step in a more sweeping overhaul of the broadcasting industry.
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.
U.S. House of Representatives votes to cut $115 million in federal support from public broadcasters; may spark grass-roots campaign to restore funds.
Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. will spend $260 million to add an additional satellite to its existing fleet.
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.
Canada's largest privately held broadcaster is delaying plans to go public - claiming adverse market conditions.
CRTC review of TV sector may see broadcasters invest more in Canadian programming in return for flexibility on rules.
Rogers Cable to deliver taped video versions of Howard Stern's daily radio show for $16.95 a month.
TiVo set to deliver Web programming to subscribers' TVs - line between broadband video and conventional TV disappearing.
U.S. Congress to vote on legislation that would fine broadcasters up to $325,000 for airing indecent speech.
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.
Digital video recorders and commercial avoidance influence negotiation between television networks and advertisers over TV commercial prices.
President and CEO of VisionTV states that the CBC needs to claw back staff costs and reduce bureaucracy.
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.
CTV unveils their fall schedule, including 11 home-grown series in primetime.
According to a study published by the Public Policy Forum, CBC Television should run more news, arts and culture, less sports and fewer commercials.
CTV to make Canadian TV shows such as Corner Gas, Degrassi The Next Generation and Canadian Idol available online.
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.
A discussion paper on the future of public broadcasting in Canada by a former member of the CBC board of directors.
CBC executive says the broadcaster will put more emphasis on high-profile television series rather than specials and mini-series.
Following a survey of more than 5,000 audience members, CBC.ca gets a major re-design.
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.
The CRTC has cleared the way for cable companies to advertise services on Canadian broadcasts of U.S. specialty channels.
Columnist argues that the new "perky" attitude at CBC Radio is eroding its ability to deliver serious journalism.
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.
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.
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.
With the Edmonton Oilers in the Stanley Cup final the CBC is expecting a ratings windfall.
While the Canadian Association of Broadcasters wants CanCon requirements lowered, CBC Radio 3 finds success playing emerging Canadian artists almost exclusively.
Citizens in Kamloops BC lobby the CBC President and the CRTC for access to CBC television over public airwaves.
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.
Groups call for stricter regulation of product placement and looser rules for online services at a hearing on European Union broadcast policy reform.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mauril Bélanger, Liberal critic for Canadian Heritage, condemns the government's opposition of a motion to protect and promote Canadian cultural identity.
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.
CRTC approves first new radio station in PEI in more than twenty years.
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.
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.
CTV is pitching Corner Gas to U.S. networks hoping to land a syndication deal for the top-ranked Canadian comedy.
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.
The CRTC is handing large phone companies more than $620 million to bring broadband access to rural markets already served by smaller competitors.
Columnist describes how recent controversial decisions, the inability to uphold its own rules and the current political environment make the CRTC's existence precarious.
Global, CTV and CHUM return from the Los Angeles screenings with U.S. programs to slot into their fall schedules.
Podcasting 101 - how to get started with one of the newest trends in media and broadcasting.
Industry Canada documents suggest intention to deregulate Canada's telecommunications industry and relax rules governing foreign ownership.
The British government is looking to re-negotiate existing movie co-production agreements with Canada and other countries.
ACTRA lashes out at private broadcasters for buying new U.S. series and turning their backs on homegrown production.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Telephone companies have been slow to roll out television services, which may see cable operators pick up some of their traditional telephone business.
Editorial comments on challenges facing CRTC in setting regulatory policy for private radio.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FRIENDS welcomes decision to break up pay television duopoly and licence new pay television provider.
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.
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.
Note to CBC Staff announcing the new Creative Head of Television Drama - a former Executive in Charge of Production for Drama at CBC Television.
Turnover in CBC senior management continues with the resignation of the creative head of television drama.
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”.
French-language radio stations argue for cut in Cancon quotas to compete with English broadcasters in bilingual markets.
Listen to radio interviews from CBC's The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti.
Newly-appointed CBC programming executives are conducting a 10-city tour in search of proposals from independent producers for "hit" television series.
Columnist examines complex world of English Canadian film financing.
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.
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.
Telefilm Canada's recently-appointed executive for English-language features announces he will be unable to accept the position.
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.
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.
Private radio broadcasters seek changes geared toward "slow de-regulation" of their industry.
Internet law professor says CRTC commercial radio proceeding is focusing on the wrong issues.
FRIENDS opposes plan by private broadcasters to reduce the overall quantity of Canadian content on radio.
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.
The first quarter of 2006 saw stronger than expected results for U.S. cable operators and weaker growth for U.S. satellite TV providers.
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.
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.
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.
The Quebec bureau of cinema and television, officially created in 2005, has appointed senior officials drawn from Telefilm Canada and the Canadian Television Fund.
Marketing experts analyze the marketing and advertising strategies of XM and SIRIUS satellite radio.
Reports show that CTV News is watched by four times more Maritimers than CBC's newscast.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sirius Canada claims it has 100,000 satellite radio paying subscribers, twice the number reported by rival XM Canada.
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.
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.
XM and Sirius contemplate selling programming to cable and wireless carriers to address competition from music downloads and portable music players.
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.
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.
Editorial says that communications sector foreign ownership limits should fall only after the sector has been deregulated.
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.
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.
Rogers Communications files CRTC application to change its cable licences to permit it to broadcast satellite radio services.
Columnist describes some of the ways the Internet is changing TV distribution, content, economics and viewing habits.
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.
National Post editorial advocates reduced role for CRTC, argues that federal broadcasting regulations should be loosened quickly, including those restricting foreign ownership.
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.
Review of book that profiles how large U.S. conventional networks have responded to technological changes and shifts in audience.
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.
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.
CTV, CBC, Global plan to make programming available for download on the Internet in 2006.
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.
CBC union disappointed in decision by CBC to cancel the award-winning, innovative late-night program ZeD TV.
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.
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.
Federal budget provides some arts funding, but amount not commensurate with what arts organizations say they need.
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.
U.S. satellite radio broadcaster 40% owned by CBC suffers estimated US$22-million loss in the first quarter of 2006.
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.
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.
Toronto's Corus Entertainment believed to be first Canadian broadcaster to sell full television shows through Internet download.
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.
Canadian Music Creators Coalition speaks out against major record label position urging U.S.-style copyright laws in Canada to halt music piracy.
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.
Arts and culture receive total of seven lines in 302-page budget document; Canadian cultural organizations have mixed reactions.
Al Jazeera sister channel Al Jazeera International to provide English-language programming, challenging Western media in international news field.
Canadian artists oppose proposed music piracy laws.
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.
New digital technology allows documentary filmmakers to reduce time lags separating theatrical, DVD and TV broadcast releases of their work.
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.
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.
Columnist evaluates Telefilm, notes that appointment of new head 17 months ago has not eased fundamental challenges.
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.
CBC President and CEO talks about changes in the broadcasting industry, the state of Canadian drama and CBC funding.
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.
FRIENDS says lifting broadcasting foreign ownership restrictions does not have public support, doubts legislative amendments would be passed in a minority government situation.
FM radio listeners find National Public Radio, Christian station programming interrupted by satellite radio broadcasts of Howard Stern.
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.
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.
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.
Columnist says Canadian television is often characterized by overacting and unrealistic situations, which mar good writing.
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.
Andre Arthur, former radio shock jock turned independent MP, has been named to the House of Commons standing committee that oversees the CRTC.
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.
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.
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%.
BBC director general Mark Thompson outlines vision to transform TV and radio services and introduce new range of broadband, mobile and interactive content.
Article reports that CBC Television has approached the National Hockey League about extending its lucrative and long-standing contract past the current 2008 expiration.
Economic think-tank executive questions relevance of the CRTC.
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.
Global study ranks Canada the third most-desirable country to visit, but says its score on cultural heritage is "scandalously bad".
CBC considers plan to turn symbolic Radio-Canada tower in Montreal into condominiums.
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.
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.
Columnist discusses Conservative government's forthcoming mandate review of the CBC.
Columnist calls Internet television a "dumping ground for failed shows and repeats"; comments on CBC decision to eliminate design staff.
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.
Columnist notes that although technology seems likely to revolutionize the Canadian broadcasting system, there has been little public debate about its future.
Observers say CRTC decision not to regulate television over cellphones opens door to unregulated subscription radio services with no Canadian content obligations.
CBC management says layoffs driven by the need for cost efficiencies; Media Guild says layoffs mean CBC is abandoning television production.
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.
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.
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.
Mauril Bélanger, Liberal critic for Canadian Heritage, urges the Harper government to proceed cautiously with any review of the broadcasting industry.
CBC shuts down Toronto design operations, plans to contract out set design, set decoration, carpentry, paint shop, special effects, hair, costumes and props functions.
79 employees in Design, Studio & Remote Production, Post-Production, and Network Presentation given notice of redundancy at the CBC's Toronto Production Centre.
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.
Days before the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs unsold advertising spots raise concerns of a CBC revenue shortfall.
CRTC abandons 30-year-old requirement for cable companies to carry commercial radio stations to make space for more digital and high-definition channels.
Veteran CBC producer Mark Starowicz has been appointed executive director of documentary programming for CBC Television, a new senior management position.
Industry observers say Michael Jenkinson has his work cut out making English-Canadian films accessible to audiences and increasing Telefilm Canada's accountability.
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.
CBC announces promotion of "Canada: A People's History" producer Mark Starowicz to senior management.
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.
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.
US Networks take the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to court to fight enforcement action and fines over indecent programming.
Australian Public Broadcaster struggles with governance issue as Australian federal government seeks to eliminate a staff-elected position on the Board of Directors.
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.
Editorial says the CRTC made the correct decision by exempting television delivered over the Internet from Canadian content regulations.
SOCAN royalties for Canadian recording artists are increasing, but are not enough to allow musicians to earn a living through royalties alone.
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".
In lead-up to television policy review, CHUM argues technology, competition eroding conventional television audiences, creating financial challenges.
CBC management note to staff confirms CBC licence renewal hearing has been deferred.
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.
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.
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.
Columnist praises CRTC decision on television delivered over mobile phones.
Telcos praise CRTC decision not to regulate television over mobile phones; ACTRA raises concerns about lack of requirements for Canadian content, production funding.
Radio conglomerate stocks jump despite new competition from technology such as iPods and satellite radio.
CRTC sites unknown future impact on broadcasters as reason for exempting services delivered over the Internet from regulation - including Canadian content requirements.
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.
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.
Six Canadian independent record labels leave CRIA following difference of opinion over CRIA submission to CRTC on Canadian content rules for commercial radio.
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.
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.
Dave Forget, Telefilm Canada's new director of the television business unit, pledges to streamline the application and funding process.
CBC claims radio audiences have returned to prior year levels according to BBM data.
U.S. television networks increasingly selling programming online to provide a legal alternative to file-sharing services.
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.
Columnist calls for CRTC reform after broadcast license issued in Toronto without general call for applications.
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.
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.
Struggling CanWest Global hopes for lighter television regulations, sees reason for optimism in recent CRTC decisions to create a more "market-driven" telecommunications industry.
Canadian Conference of the Arts assesses recommendations in Telecommunications Policy Review Panel report and their impact on Canadian cultural sovereignty.
Despite losses, observers say CanWest starting to reclaim ground lost to CTV.
Péladeau faces challenge in transforming Quebecor media to respond to changes in broadcasting and newspaper industries.
U.S. cable industry sees threats and opportunities.
CanWest posts loss, blames poor television ad sales and rising Canadian dollar.
Quebecor calls for adoption of more U.S.-style regulations where broadcasting conglomerates can more easily obtain rights to air content over multiple platforms.
Quebec Film and Television Production Association opposes Bell Globemedia arguments that public benefits should not apply to its proposed ownership reorganization.
Quebecor chief executive Pierre Karl Péladeau hopes fast-tracked CRTC review of Canadian television sector will establish new system of payments to broadcasters.
Creative unions oppose Bell Globemedia's claims to CRTC that the Commission's Benefits Policy does not apply to the proposed application.
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.
Report details market share of cable, telephone, VoIP, satellite companies in Canada.
CRTC report states private television stations increased revenues and profits over 2001-2005 period.
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.
Columnist laments that Canadian broadcasters no longer broadcast Canadian drama series long enough for them to build a loyal audience.
CBC plan to rent out larger portion of Toronto broadcasting centre rejected by municipal committee.
Editorial board member of Canwest-owned paper recommends dismantling of CRTC.
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.
Statistics Canada says Canadian television viewers spent less time watching both sports programs and programs with Canadian content in the fall of 2004.
Pressured by private broadcasters, CRTC to accelerate schedule for conducting television policy review.
Public interest groups, including FRIENDS, identify alternative priority areas and policy direction for Stephen Harper's government.
Ex-Hollywood producer and new executive director of arts and entertainment programming at CBC faces high expectations.
CBC hires American film producer as head of arts and entertainment programming.
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.
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.
Journalists' union questions accountability of new Conservative government as Prime Minister Harper continues to deny media access to Cabinet ministers.
FRIENDS, ACTRA discouraged by CRTC data on private broadcaster investment in Canadian drama; say CRTC must strengthen requirements.
Two largest unions of Canadian journalists decry "undemocratic" limits on their access to federal Conservative cabinet ministers.
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.
Move by CBC to lease its downtown Toronto broadcast centre to pay for programming faces opposition.
CRTC publishes 2005 figures on Canadian television revenues and expenditures.
ACTRA condemns increase in Canadian private broadcasters' spending on U.S. programming.
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.
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.
For the first time in 21 years, the Gemini Awards national broadcast gala will be held outside Toronto.
NDP warns easing foreign ownership restrictions on telephone companies would lead to job losses, higher phone bills, less Canadian content.
XM satellite radio launching six regional news and talk channels aimed at covering all parts of the United States.
Labour disruption narrowly avoided as CBC, union representing CBC employees in Quebec and Moncton reach tentative deal on collective agreement.
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.
Editorial questions the long-term role of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.
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.
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.
Columnist predicts Telecom Policy Review Panel report will trigger restructuring of communications companies to separate telecom from broadcast and media assets.
Editorial says Telecom Policy Review Panel report is ill-timed, since telecom policy not on near-term agenda of new Conservative government.
Delivery of TV shows online raises questions about the survival of Canadian content.
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.
Columnist decries cost cutting in the delivery of news for the sake of short-term profit.
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.
According to the Telecommunications Policy Review Panel, Ottawa should implement a "phased liberalization" of foreign ownership rules for telecom companies that are not broadcasters.
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.
Telecom Policy Review Panel recommends fundamental changes in regulation in telecom sector; opens door to similar review of broadcasting sector.
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.
New Conservative Industry Minister says he would consider ending foreign ownership restrictions in the telecommunications sector.
Competition Bureau tells CRTC not to regulate new forms of broadcasting and to deregulate old ones.
CTV to sidestep programming restrictions under MTV Canada broadcasting licence by launching Web streaming and mobile "mobisodes" on cellphones.
Columnist suggests that MTV's entry into Canada would have been novel 25 years ago, but isn't now.
CBS experiment with free online television broadcasts seen as sign of the future.
Columnist dissects private radio lobby's arguments for greater regulatory flexibility, contends private radio is the architect of its own decline.
Observers see room in Canadian market for both MuchMusic and CTV-controlled MTV Canada brands.
Corporate donations credited with saving U.S public radio, allowing it to expand services, leading to significant increase in audience.
Alliance Atlantis specialty channel seeks reduction in Cancon requirements to address financial problems.
Columnist proposes strategies to invigorate CBC radio and television for core audiences.
RCI posts schedules for March-October 2006 broadcast season.
Private broadcasters seek to limit further radio licences to reduce competition.
Telecommunications Policy Review Panel expected to call for more market-oriented approach to regulation in report to be released this week.
FRIENDS says conventional radio is a healthy industry capable of making substantial contributions to broadcasting policy goals.
CBC President reports to staff on aspects of management presentation to Board of Directors.
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.
U.S. broadcasters are beginning to introduce brand placement/integration advertising in local news programming.
Private radio broadcasters paint doomsday scenario, appeal to CRTC for more lenient regulation.
Despite change in leadership, U.S. communications regulator proceeds to issue millions of dollars in fines against broadcasters for indecency complaints; broadcasters plan appeals.
Radio broadcasters use low Canadian content requirements approved for U.S. satellite radio services to justify demands for lower Cancon on conventional stations.
Digitally inserted product placement ads or "virtual ads" are a small but growing portion of ad revenue for CanWest's Global TV network
VisionTV group of channels adopts new corporate identity.
UK government's plan for the BBC puts the creation of original entertainment content at the heart of its mission for the next decade.
CBC's recent cancellation of three critically-acclaimed Canadian dramas called the beginning of the end for Canadian drama on English-language television.
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.
Commercial radio broadcasters seek less regulation from CRTC.
Interview with the former Rogers executive that has been overseeing the restructuring and re-organization of the administrative functions of the CRTC.
Public broadcaster BBC told to focus on entertainment programming, but not chase ratings or copy successful programs from other broadcasters.
Columnist argues Canadian media surprisingly uncritical in coverage of new Conservative government.
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.
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.
The U.S. satellite radio services XM and Sirius have made significant expenditures on programming content.
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.
Radio Canada is closing in on TVA's audience market share.
Study finds news becoming more repetitive and superficial despite overall increase in quantity.
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.
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.
Overview of February 17, 2006 presentation by CBC Executive Vice-President of English Television, Richard Stursberg, to the Canadian Film and Television Producers Association.
CBC President/CEO Robert Rabinovitch confirms he will not seek reappointment when term expires at end of 2007.
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.
CBC President admits CBC needs more drama shows, after cancelling three series; praises CBC mandate review mulled by new Heritage Minister prior to election.
Union representing Radio-Canada employees in Quebec and Moncton concludes conciliator not making a difference in negotiations with management, refuses to continue conciliation process.
Labour negotiations involving employees of Radio-Canada French-language services in Quebec and New Brunswick appear headed for impasse.
CBC President praises idea of CBC mandate review; says CBC drama should be risk-taking, innovative.
Text of speech by CBC President and Chief Executive Officer, Robert Rabinovitch, on the future of CBC.
Columnist criticizes request for survey participation, says representative of over-reliance by CBC management on bureaucratic studies and research.
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.
NDP Heritage Critic calls for stable funding, end to patronage appointments at CBC.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Numerous challenges face the new president of the U.S. Public Broadcasting Service, Paula Kerger.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alliance Atlantis reports profits at its digital specialty channels for the first time since their introduction almost five years ago.
Columnist points out logical fallacy in CBC management plan to improve ratings by airing programming that viewers want to watch.
Government incentives credited with restoring appeal of Canada to U.S. film producers.
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.
Campus and community radio sector considers 30 percent female musical content standard modelled on Canadian content requirements.
CTV says MTV Canada will focus on lifestyle and talk programming, rather than music and videos, and will not compete with CHUM's MuchMusic.
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.
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.
CRTC seeks public comment on plan by BCE to sell majority ownership stake in the company that owns CTV and The Globe and Mail.
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.
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.
CRTC policy to allow cable unbundling no later than 2013 expected to result in higher, not lower bills for consumers.
Union representing Quebec, Moncton Radio Canada employees may seek strike mandate after members reject latest management offer in contract renewal negotiations.
CBC heading towards sixth labour conflict in as many years as communications sector union representing French-language employees rejects latest contract offer.
Columnist admits being misled by numbers released by CBC in response to ACTRA/FRIENDS press release on CBC's drama performance.
Columnist criticizes computer-generated model viewer, "Alice", used by CBC management to determine whether to air programming or not.
Columnist says in an age of media convergence, the CRTC should implement policies that fund creators regardless of distribution platform.
Disaffiliation of CBC affiliate in Kamloops, British Columbia to result in denial of CBC television to viewers without access to cable or satellite service.
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.
Former CBC president articulates why governance reform matters and is critical to the future of the CBC.
BBC announces significant boost in annual investment in the production and acquisition of domestic British movies.
Satellite radio providers are developing video broadcasting technology they expect will account for a significant portion of future revenues.
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.
U.S. satellite radio providers reveal vast amounts of money being spent to attract subscribers.
In wake of data showing CTV has more Canadian drama programming in prime time than CBC, observers criticize CBC as too focused on ratings.
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.
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.
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.
Former Alliance-Atlantis executive responsible for lifestyle programming becomes new head of network programming at CBC, denies that focus will be exclusively on ratings.
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.
New statistics show film and television production increased 8% in Quebec in 2004-05, while it declined in the rest of Canada.
XM Satellite Radio reports larger-than-expected quarterly loss resulting from high marketing and programming expenses; director quits over fear of financial crisis.
FRIENDS says data on CBC drama performance during prime time threaten its reputation as the leader in representing Canadian content.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In early days of Olympics coverage, CBC's audience predictions fell short of expectations.
Television columnist calls sacrifice of top Canadian dramas on the altar of ratings a "tactical error".
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.
Report says CBC expected to announce cancellation of two of its most critically acclaimed TV dramas ever.
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.
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.
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.
Ontario is extending a tax credit for foreign film productions in an effort to increase non-Canadian production activity in the province.
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.
In an application filed in the Ontario Superior Court, CanWest Global says laws governing drug advertisements should be overturned on constitutional grounds.
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.
Despite initial success in gaining market share, satellite television operators now face numerous strategic disadvantages compared to their cable counterparts.
CBC is reportedly negotiating with Google and Apple to allow downloads of its Canadian programming.
CanWest Global seeks to rebuild lagging television operations, but is devoting nearly all its spare cash to paying down debt.
Francophone management at CBC/Radio-Canada not concerned over fate of CBC following election of new Conservative government.
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.
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.
CanWest tells investment conference it hopes Conservative government will lighten regulatory burden on private broadcasters.
FRIENDS comments on appointment of new Heritage Minister, Conservative government policy toward CBC.
Beverley Oda, a former private broadcaster and CRTC Commissioner, has been named the new Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women.
Sirius begins broadcasting Howard Stern in Canada, but avoids high-profile marketing campaign.
Howard Stern comments on satellite radio launch in Canada.
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.
Summary of top political contributions to federal political parties in the fourth quarter of 2005.
New York Times profiles independent MP who believes CRTC should be eliminated.
Global national news not trying to be the "CEO or the MP's favourite newscast".
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.
CBC leaves popular radio shows without hosts following departures; faces salary challenge from private sector.
U.S. satellite radio stock prices decline in January despite debut of Howard Stern, other potential catalysts.
Profile of battle among CBC, private broadcasters for top local news program ratings in Toronto.
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.
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.
Article says investors seem pleased with the BCE management's new business plan but consumers can expect that prices for some services will increase.
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.
Sirius Canada to proceed with Howard Stern, believes access and control levels will address content concerns; anti-violence group advocates quick response by CRTC.
CBC notes that Sirius Canada, in which it holds a 40% stake, is a "separate company" entitled to make decisions based on market demands.
Satellite radio provider argues subscribers' ability to block Howard Stern should be sufficient to allay any CRTC, Canadian Broadcast Standards Council concerns.
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.
CBC rationalizes decision by Sirius Canada, 40% owned by CBC, to carry Howard Stern.
Commentators tell conference that the cable industry will have to seize the opportunities presented to it by emerging technologies if it is to survive.
Sirius announces it will broadcast the controversial Howard Stern show in Canada.
FRIENDS blames patronage appointments for CBC lockout, says appointments process as a whole must change.
European Commission publishes white paper on communication policy, focusing partly on media and new technologies; calls communication "first and foremost a matter of democracy."
ACTRA criticizes failure of CRTC to impose positive obligations on private broadcasters to increase production and exhibition of Canadian drama.
CRTC sets targets for viewing and expenditure components of its drama incentive program.
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.
Bond rating service anticipates declining subscriber growth for satellite television.
Health Council of Canada report concludes Canada should strengthen restrictions on advertising of pharmaceuticals; pharmaceutical industry denies direct-to-consumer advertising is a priority.
Maritimes director for CBC TV worries that Conservative government has not made its intentions for CBC clear.
Quebec MP said to want to shut down the CRTC.
Article speculates on potential appointees to Heritage portfolio.
CBC claims Turin Olympics most successful ever for advertising revenues.
IBM predicts end of conventional television, obsolescence of CRTC Canadian content regulation; significant changes to television landscape expected by 2012.
FRIENDS comments on apparent Conservative election strategy concerning the CBC.
John Doyle presents satirical programming shift to follow the election of a Conservative government.
Former Minister of Canadian Heritage, Liza Frulla, defeated; Conservative Bev Oda tipped to replace her.
CBC, Bell Canada partner to deliver 2006 Olympic coverage to cellular phones.
Culture minister speaks out against European Union internet regulation plan, stops short of warning Ofcom against allowing product placement in television programs.
Opinion editorial says that minority governments best represent the interests of Canadians, no telling what a Harper government would cut from the budget.
Article discusses Australian experience in electing a conservative government, resulting erosion of institutions of public culture.
Conservative advisor counsels breaking up CBC, structuring CBC radio on U.S. "fundraising drive" model.
Article speculates that the CBC President's days will be numbered under a Conservative government.
Discussion of what a Conservative government may mean for the CBC.
Columnist notes contrast between Bloc and Conservatives in emphasis on cultural policy.
Private broadcasters donate to, fete Conservative candidate likely to become next Minister of Canadian Heritage.
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.
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."
Article says that endorsement of Conservatives by National Post chairman and CanWest Global executive David Asper went too far.
A Conservative government would preserve the "role" of national cultural institutions, but unclear whether it would maintain their funding.
Changes in technology may force the CRTC to undertake a television policy review sooner then intended.
Article says Conservative leader is a pragmatist who has changed his image, not necessarily his ideology.
Outgoing PBS head says the U.S. public broadcaster desperately needs more funding.
Columnist says Stephen Harper's cancellation of his appearance on CBC's The National gives away the party's stance on public broadcasting.
Cultural issues receiving even shorter shrift than in the 2004 election; neither Liberals nor Conservatives respond to ACTRA questions concerning policy stance on culture.
Thirty three national organizations call on federal government to uphold and promote the goals of the Telecommunications Act.
CanWest Global executive and National Post chairman David Asper declares support for Toronto Conservative candidate and former Global Television anchor Peter Kent.
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada calls on Canwest Global to observe its local programming responsibilities in Atlantic Canada.
Canadian actors call on federal parties to declare their stance on Canadian content, foreign ownership, production and public broadcasting funding.
Canadian actors complain that on the eve of an election, Canadians know very little about the parties' stand on cultural issues.
Canadian broadcasters to release first-quarter fiscal results for 2006.
John Doyle comments on "makeover" of CBC news, descent of fifth estate newsmagazine into a speculative docudrama.
The Charlottetown, P.E.I. city council wishes to see the hour-long CBC local news at six format restored.
Arts community appalled by the absence of discussion on arts and culture during leaders' debate, low profile of culture issues overall.
Article states that Radio-Canada's dismissal of longstanding radio personality François Parenteau was an act of censorship that went virtually unnoticed.
Editor in Chief of CBC News announces rebranding of CBC news as a "single, integrated multimedia news and current affairs service".
Radio and television interviewer Ken Rockburn discusses election coverage, offers pointed criticism of CBC radio.
CBC revamps news on TV and radio networks, CBC Newsworld and Web site in attempt to increase brand recognition.
Columnist says that despite the CBC's past achievements, the time has come to leave broadcasting to the private sector.
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".
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.
Statistics Canada report finds that although young adults vote less, they are more likely to become politically involved.
Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings unveils subscriber projections for 2006 and 2010.
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.
Sirius Canada says it does not as of yet plan to broadcast the Howard Stern show in Canada.
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.
Recent media ownership changes foreshadow media concentration becoming a hot button issue again in 2006.
Article sees CHUM's Citytv competing with main networks in acquisition of U.S. drama programming.
Polling firm calls the protection of Canadian culture and copyright law a "vote getting" issue.
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.
The fixed 2009 deadline for digital television conversion in the U.S. poses some serious problems for Canadian culture funding and regulation.