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Senator Michael Fortier, Minister responsible for Montreal in the Harper Cabinet, expresses optimism for culture and Montreal after overcoming tumultuous relations with Quebec under former Heritage Minister Bev Oda a year ago.
CBC/Radio-Canada has announced that it is beefing up its Access to Information Office to respond to a greater-than-anticipated volume of requests.
FRIENDS says if things don't go well with the CanWest takeover of Alliance Atlantis, the Aspers could lose control of the company.
Article says Josée Verner makes a favourable impression at Canadian Heritage but the real test is yet to come.
Columnist looks back on Canadian tech law in 2007.
A FCC Commissioner says that the relaxation of U.S. cross-media ownership rules will result in newsroom layoffs and less coverage of local issues.
Conservative party official Doug Finley has sent Conservative supporters a letter in which he lambastes the CBC and asks people for money to help fight an election.
Media consultants say that the wireless spectrum auction and the privatization of Bell Canada will be the big Canadian telecommunications stories of 2008.
The Canadian Library Association is urging Ottawa to ensure its copyright legislation reform does not attack Canadians who copy music and videos for their own use.
A specialist in media transactions says the Alliance Atlantis deal is unlikely to result in a flood of major investments by global media companies such as Disney and Time-Warner.
The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union of Canada says the CRTC's decision on CanWest's acquisition of Alliance Atlantis Communications skirts foreign ownership restrictions since a U.S. investment bank is putting up most of the money.
The Council of Canadians says the approved takeover of Alliance Atlantis could pave the way for more foreign ownership of Canadian media.
Year end fundraising letter from Doug Finley, Campaign Director, Conservative Party of Canada, and close adviser to Prime Minister Harper, alleges Liberal bias on the part of CBC.
Columnist says the CanWest/Goldman Sachs purchase of Alliance Atlantis provides a new blueprint for allowing foreign investors into the Canadian broadcasting sector.
Columnist says Canada's media regulator has handed out an almost no-strings-attached approval to Goldman Sachs/CanWest's purchase of Alliance Atlantis.
FRIENDS says pressure on CanWest to cut costs may give it an excuse to squeeze Canadian programming.
FRIENDS says the CRTC has allowed foreign ownership of a Canadian media company through the back door.
Former CHUM radio executive Paul Ski has been recruited by Rogers to run its network of 51 AM and FM radio stations across the country.
FRIENDS says the CRTC should have shown more backbone in its decision approving the takeover of Alliance Atlantis.
Rogers has agreed to transfer complete ownership of the Toronto television news channel CP24 to CTVglobemedia.
Viacom has selected Microsoft as its Internet advertising partner in a five-year agreement valued at an estimated $500-million.
Columnist says falling audiences and rising production costs drove French-language television network TQS to seek protection from creditors.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has approved rules that will set new parameters for the size and scope of the largest news and cable companies.
Columnist calls the financial problems of the Cogeco owned TQS TV network a "black mark" on the strategy of convergence that many communications companies have pursued.
Columnist says the growth of social media, led by Facebook, has taken the world by storm.
The U.S. broadcast regulator has voted to allow broadcasters in the nation's 20 largest media markets to also own a newspaper.
Large radio providers such as Corus Entertainment and Rogers Communications are expecting a boost in advertising if the U.S. Hollywood writers strike persists.
Columnist takes the side of Chris Haddock, creator of 'Intelligence', in his spat with the CBC over the lack of promotion for the TV drama.
The Harper government has given CRTC commissioners a 7% pay raise.
XM Satellite Radio says it has settled a patent infringement lawsuit filed by Universal Music Group over a device that can store and record music from satellite radio.
The Ontario government has announced a plan to hike tax credits for foreign and local producers shooting in the province over the next three years.
In the U.K., an opposition party proposal would make the licence fee for public service broadcasting available to any broadcaster that proposes to make programmes deemed to be in the public interest, not just the BBC.
U.S. Senators Barack Obama and John Kerry are threatening to block funding for the Federal Communications Commission if the regulatory agency goes ahead with a planned vote to relax the newspaper-broadcaster cross-ownership ban.
Columnist says the strike by Hollywood writers is prompting American TV networks to come up with more non-scripted programming to fill up their schedules.
A Canadian Television Fund document outlines successes of funded television programs such as Little Mosque on the Prairie, Trailer Park Boys and Rick Mercer Report.
Columnist says that issue of copyright reform has shown that the social networking website Facebook can be an effective and efficient tool to educate and galvanize grassroots advocacy.
In early 2008, the Federal Court of Appeal will be asked if a Copyright Board of Canada decision to impose a $75 surcharge on personal entertainment devices, such as iPods, is legal.
Article says the Bush administration has been lobbying to pass legislation protecting telecom companies from lawsuits for aiding the National Security Agency's warrantless eavesdropping program.
After facing a slew of opposition, CanWest Global must now wait until early 2008 to find out if its
With issues such as a public hearings on the Canadian Television Fund, the takeover bid of Alliance Atlantis and new legislation on the horizon, columnist says 2008 promises to be even more eventful than 2007.
Outgoing CBC president answers questions about cutting regional newscasts, putting more American TV shows in prime-time and losing the rights to the Olympics.
Outgoing CBC president Robert Rabinovitch says he helped stabilize Canada's public broadcaster and put it in a position to grow in the future.
A year in review of the top headlines for the Canadian broadcasting industry in 2007.
A recent CRTC decision to review HDTV Networks' application for a national over-the-air HD licence in Canada means that existing high definition content provider, High Fidelity HDTV, may soon have competition.
Article says that Canadian television and movie productions companies that are reliant on U.S. business may have to modify their business plans or lay off staff in 2008.
The CBC has begun an internal investigation and possible disciplinary action after one of its parliamentary reporters allegedly
Cogeco CEO Louis Audet says he would prefer to expand his company's radio station holdings rather than sell them.
Canadian-made films, TV shows, actors and filmmakers have garnered a number of Golden Globe nominations.
If HDTV Networks receives CRTC approval it would become Canada's third-largest commercial TV network after CTV and Global.
A subsidiary of the company that controls XM Satellite Radio wants to launch a free, over-the-air high-definition television network based in Vancouver.
The CEO of Original Pictures Inc. says Jim Shaw's assertion that the Canadian Television Fund is delivering meagre results to Canadians is just plain wrong.
Poll commissioned by FRIENDS, ACTRA and CEP says 62% of Canadians are more likely to vote for a candidate who opposes more foreign ownership of Canadian broadcasting companies.
Columnist says the complexity of international content licensing and digital rights management are key reasons Canadians are able to purchase TV shows through Apple's iTunes store two years after a similar service was launched in the U.S.
Apple has announced that its iTunes Canada store will carry episodes from a handful of TV series seen on MTV, CTV, CBC and the Comedy Network, along with a small number of NHL games.
Broadcasters and newspaper publishers aren't content with a plan by the U.S. broadcast regulator to remove the existing media cross-ownership ban.
Columnist says that the perception the Conservative government is succumbing to pressure from the U.S. entertainment lobby in shaping Canadian copyright policy is a key reason the new legislation has been put off.
European Parliament Directive on television broadcasting in Member States.
Jeff Keay, CBC's head of media relations says that, despite assertions from producer Chris Haddock, there are 'no conspiracies' to scuttle the CBC drama 'Intelligence.'
Columnist says that growing opposition may delay much-awaited amendments to the Canadian Copyright Act.
The CRTC has approved the application by Montreal-based Sex-Shop Television to operate a digital French-language channel devoted to "the themes (of) sex appeal, sensuality, eroticism and sexuality".
Statistics Canada report says large cable operators have more than quadrupled their client base since 2005.
Q & A with Ian Greenberg, Astral Media's CEO.
The National Cable & Telecommunications Association President says the U.S. broadcast regulator has an agenda to hurt the nation's biggest cable operators.
Industry Minister Jim Prentice is set to table long-awaited legislation to reform Canada's Copyright Act.
CanWest Global has launched a law suit against a Vancouver publishing firm and long-time activist and radio host, Mordecai Briemberg.
Columnist says that new foreign takeover rules are motivated by the increasing economic clout of China.
New foreign investment guidelines will scrutinize the acquirors' corporate governance, transparency and commerciality via the Investment Canada Act.
Industry Minister Jim Prentice has released new guidelines that say state-owned enterprises, like other foreign companies investing in Canada, will be judged on whether proposed acquisitions are of net benefit to Canada.
Columnist says that majority of recent government appointments have gone to people with Tory links.
Industry data show that by August 2006, cable operators had attracted almost 1 million clients to their phone service and 4 million to high-speed Internet.
Arts and business leaders say southwestern Ontario should get its own CBC Radio One station.
Columnist says there is very little local television programming on Ottawa CBC, CTV and A-Channel stations.
A local Prince George, BC television station has applied to disaffiliate from CBC - the station will purchase content from CanWest instead.
Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, has announced the appointment of Mary-Lynn Charlton to the National Film Board of Canada.
Columnist says CTVglobemedia picked up a licence to operate a subscription radio service with the acquisition of CHUM, but tight regulatory timelines may kill the project.
Rupert Murdoch's son James is set to head News Corp's Asian and European operations in a move that appears to make him heir to the global media empire.
Transcript of the appearance of incoming CBC president Hubert T. Lacroix in front of the House of Commons Heritage Committee.
Columnist says Carole Taylor, British Columbia's current Minister of Finance, is a shoo-in as Vancouver's next mayor.
Authorities say the the approval Al Jazeera followed careful screening for any indication that the channel might disrupt Singapore's racial harmony policies.
FRIENDS urges the Conservative government to resist overtures from cable company lobbyists to relax or scrap foreign ownership rules.
A corporate communications specialist says the CanWest/Goldman Sachs takeover bid of Alliance Atlantis demonstrates that putting the proper spin on a merger or acquisition is almost as important as the arrangement itself.
Columnist says that a lack of revenue opportunities in Video-on-demand is making Canadian networks reluctant to air shows.
Astral Media, which recently bought Standard Broadcasting, tells investors that the company wants to claim a bigger piece of the ratings pie in cities where it has recently acquired stations.
Quebecor Media is attempting to purchase its publicly traded Internet division.
FRIENDS, ACTRA, the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada have released poll results saying that Canadians believe cultural sovereignty ought to trump foreign ownership of domestic media.
FRIENDS, ACTRA an CEP conducted a public meeting in Calgary to warn the PM that voters who lean towards the Conservatives do not want Americans purchasing on Canadian media assets.
Journalist Caroline Van Hasselt has written a biography of Canadian media giant, Ted Rogers.
A new poll says eighty-two per cent of Canadians feel the government should make serious efforts to sustain a Canadian culture that's separate from the U.S.
A new poll says the majority of Canadians oppose foreign ownership of the media, telephone and cable firms, and believe the government should play a role in preserving Canada's cultural identity.
DHX Media, a Halifax-based TV and film producer, has acquired Vancouver children's-show maker Studio B Productions in a deal worth as much as $20-million.
Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage has announced the appointment of Barbara Burley and Jean Saucier as members of the Canada Council for the Arts.
Radio ratings report shows CBC has 15 morning shows ranked in the top three in their time slots.
Writer/producer Chris Haddock says he believes the CBC is trying to "bury" his program, despite its popularity in markets around the world.
The British public broadcaster has announced the appointment of Jay Hunt as controller of BBC One - the most-watched television channel in the U.K.
The guest list for a party honouring CBC's incoming president included Environment Minister John Baird, Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, U.S. Ambassador David Wilkins and CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein, among others.
Editorial says the U.S. federal broadcast regulator should require a la carte pricing as a condition for approving the XM/Sirius merger.
Editorial says consumer demand, regulation, lawsuits and technological advancements are driving American cellular service providers in new directions.
Columnist says that a federal government decision to subsidize a new national competitor in wireless communications is not likely to affect cellphone bills for consumers.
The Internet giant will bid in a U.S. wireless spectrum auction, raising possibility it wants to become service provider.
The CRTC says cable companies and television networks will be given the opportunity to debate "time shifting" - where viewers can watch TV from outside their time zone - at hearings set for April.
Fears of a content drought in the wake of the U.S. writers' strike result in a reprieve for new programs with shaky ratings.
Goldman Sachs says a U.S. economic recession could hurt media and entertainment companies that rely heavily on advertising.
The President and CEO of VisionTV says the CRTC should engage in a public and open re-think of Internet regulation.
The Conservative government is defending a decision to open up the wireless industry amid reports that Brian Mulroney lobbied the former industry minister on behalf of Quebecor.
Former chair of CBC/Radio-Canada and current British Columbia Finance Minister says she will not seek re-election in 2009.
Columnist says the ratings for Hockey Night in Canada featuring the Toronto Maple Leafs are down 11 per cent this season.
A Vancouver based movie producer says Canada's film industry is too reliant on government funding.
New Internet entertainment sites are attempting to attract striking Hollywood writers to work for them.
Corner Gas star and long time supporter of Canadian programming and performer rights has been awarded ACTRA Toronto's Award of Excellence.
Columnist says that a prolonged U.S. writers strike could force Canadian broadcasters into compensating advertisers for lower ratings.
In an interview former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich says our desire for low prices trumps our opposition to corporate practices that make low prices possible.
Quebecor has launched Canoe.TV - a web broadcaster that will commission unique Canadian content.
CBC officials have apologized to the family of the creator of 'The Friendly Giant' after puppets were used without permission during the Gemini Awards.
Transcript of the appearance of outgoing CBC president Robert Rabinovitch in front of the House of Commons Heritage Committee.
The executive director of the Waterloo Regional Arts Council asks citizens inform their MPs that a CBC Radio One station in Kitchener-Waterloo should be a priority.
Outgoing CBC president Robert Rabinovitch tells a parliamentary heritage committee that Canada's public broadcaster needs a firm funding commitment to give Canadians the improvements they want, including HD TV and more regional radio.
Columnist says that the CBC mould for what it means to be Canadian doesn't reflect the views and values of many Canadians.
Columnist says the proposed Alliance Atlantis takeover by CanWest/Goldman Sachs is more than a business news story; it has political and cultural implications.
Columnist says the U.S. writers' strike is highlighting an already-growing demand for Canadian shows around the globe.
CBC Television unveiled its winter schedule with 12 new shows, many with the aim of attracting a younger, more female audience.
Columnist says advertisers are preparing to seek compensation for lower ratings if Canadian and U.S. TV networks are forced into reruns by the Hollywood writers' strike.
FRIENDS says CBC radio is "a national treasure" and its programming should not be taken down to the lowest common denominator.
The Canadian Council of Christians and Jews have honoured the Asper family for their contributions to "the fabric of Canadian culture and society."
CBC management denies new structure for English language services will lead to job cuts.
FRIENDS says CBC management changes threaten to "downgrade the independence" of CBC Radio.
CBC's new Executive Vice-President CBC English Services and Executive Director CBC Radio tell staff the integration of English language services does not signal a change in direction for CBC Radio, Television or new media.
Robert Rabinovitch, CBC's outgoing President and CEO, informs staff of the integration of English language CBC Radio and Television led by Richard Stursberg, Executive Vice-President, English Services.
Submission to the CRTC by Keith Mahar recommends a judicial review of the activities of Canada's broadcast regulator in establishing what became the Canadian Television Fund; restructuring the Canadian Television Fund; changes in subsidies to production companies; and the creation of a Citizen Utility Board to better protect public interests.
Investigation reveals emails sent to Federal Communications Commission opposing the XM/Sirius merger - instigated by the National Association of Broadcasters - may not have come from real people.
Article profiles Canadian media giant Moses Znaimer.
CBC TV winter season to include a look into what hockey players get up to after the final buzzer, a drama about border security and the return of Alan Thicke as a TV dad.
Canadian producers say that despite the U.S. writers’ strike there is no indication that U.S. programmers are looking to Canada as a source of new television programming.
Kirstine Layfield, the CBC's executive director of network programming says the strike by the Writers Guild of America will give the public broadcaster a chance to win over new Canadian viewers.
CanWest's CEO tells the CRTC that after being turned down by Canadian investors, his company had no where else to turn but Wall Street to finance its takeover bid of Alliance Atlantis.
Columnist says CRTC commissioners should be skeptical of claims that U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs will have little influence in its partnership with CanWest.
CanWest has offered to make a number of changes to its financing arrangement with Goldman Sachs to ensure the U.S. investment bank has "no veto" over day-to-day decisions.
CanWest president and CEO Leonard Asper sees lowers ratings and further budget cuts if the CRTC halts the proposed purchase of Alliance Atlantis.
Blog post discusses FRIENDS concerns over Prime Minster Harper's appointment of the new CBC president.
Unions representing media workers affected by the sale of Alliance Atlantis want the benefits package bumped to $142.2 million from $136.9 million.
Columnist says the CBC is making changes to the controversial Falun Gong documentary included adding "dramatization" to footage provided by the spiritual movement.
The U.S. game shows Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune will air on Canada's public broadcaster starting in the fall of 2008.
Op-Ed supports a CBC plan to establish a new Radio One station in the Kitchener-Waterloo region.
CanWest is increasing its presence in the southern Ontario newspaper market by acquiring three publication groups.
Canada's broadcast regulator tells proposed buyers of Alliance Atlantis it sees problems with the power-sharing arrangement designed to skirt caps on foreign ownership.
Despite the size and complexity of the transaction in front of it, a streamlined panel of just four CRTC commissioners is presiding over the proposed takeover of Alliance Atlantis.
The managing director of Goldman Sachs claims his company respects the law governing foreign ownership of domestic broadcasters, adding its role is merely one of "financial backer."
Leonard Asper, chief executive of CanWest told the CRTC he would work "in a significant way" to address concerns about the influence U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs could have in the proposed acquisition of Alliance Atlantis.
Vancouver Sun is no longer a newspaper; it's a news room, according to Vancouver Sun editor Patricia Graham.
The CRTC kicked off hearings into the proposed takeover of Alliance Atlantis by expressing concerns about the role to be played by New York-based investment firm Goldman Sachs.
Media unions say the proposed takeover of Alliance Atlantis is an attempt to introduce foreign ownership of Canadian media interests by a back door.
Editorial says CBC must be given adequate resources to tell Canadian stories through drama, humour, news and current events.
Columnist says Hubert Lacroix was first approached to head up CBC in 2004 at the end of Robert Rabinovitch's first mandate.
Officials from CanWest and Goldman Sachs will attempt to convince the CRTC that the purchase of Alliance Atlantis is good for the Canadian television sector and abides by Canada's foreign ownership rules.
Columnist says as broadband service becomes more available at home, video programming on the Internet is catching the attention of consumers, marketers and media companies.
Article profiles Israel Harold "Izzy" Asper in his rise as a Canadian media mogul.
Richard Stursberg, the executive vice-president of CBC Television, says concerns about a film's editorial quality - not pressure from the Chinese government - prompted a delay of the air date.
The operator of XM Canada has announced the appointment of Michael Moskowitz as the company's new Chief Executive Officer and President.
The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada has organized a demonstration to protest the CanWest/Goldman Sachs purchase of Alliance Atlantis.
Article says a controversial documentary will be broadcast on CBC after it was pulled earlier this month following a complaint from the Chinese embassy.
Dr. Lynda Haverstock, former Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan and leader of the Liberal Party of Saskatchewan, has joined the board of Shaw Communications.
Columnist says growing tension over emerging technologies has caused the Canadian Film and Television Production Association to walk away from a new-media alliance.
Columnist takes exception to recent comments by CBC's head of English TV saying Canada's public broadcaster should be like an American-owned donut shop.
Study says Americans who visit social networking websites are significantly more likely to download TV programs, burn/copy a movie or TV show, and download a feature length film.
Columnist uncovers strong ties between CanWest executives and the current Conservative government.
The shareholders of Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio have voted by an overwhelming margin to approve the merging of the two companies.
Study show Europeans turn to public broadcasters’ websites to find independent information that voices pluralism and respects cultural diversity.
Creative unions say media companies are cutting local news and programming to offset the costs of consolidation.
Industry stakeholders comment on what Hubert Lacroix's first job as CBC president should be.
The Writers Guild of Canada says if the CRTC does nothing to support the creation of Canadian content soon the homegrown film and TV industry will continue its decline.
Columnist looks at the centralization of some of CanWest's newspaper operations in Hamilton.
Columnist learns about concerns with Prime Minister Harper's CBC president appointment from FRIENDS e-network.
The official CBC blog asks outgoing CBC Radio vice-president Jane Chalmers about her reasons for stepping down and the challenges facing her successor.
Columnist says British Columbia studio and production equipment suppliers are considering accepting the American dollar at par with the surging loonie.
The U.S. broadcast regulator is preparing new regulations to open the cable television market to independent programmers and rival video services after determining that cable companies have become too dominant in the industry.
Columnist says CBC's decision to air Little Mosque on the Prairie in Quebec is timely as the province is in the midst of a debate about the integration of religious minorities and immigrants.
CEP says CanWest will be in breach of its broadcast licences if it moves ahead with plans to centralize its Global television operations without CRTC approval.
The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada files a letter of complaint with the CRTC saying CanWest MediaWorks is violating its broadcast licence obligations under the Broadcasting Act.
Official appointment notice for the new president of the CBC.
Quebecor says it lost $35.2 million in its third quarter because of its commercial printing unit.
A new worldwide study by IBM says that time spent with the personal computer is exceeding the number of hours devoted to TV, particularly among younger viewers.
CanWest is cutting newsroom staff at The Vancouver Sun and The Province transfers in a companywide bid to reduce costs.
Columnist says that licensing agreements between domestic and U.S. entertainment companies have resulted in Canadians being blocked from a number of popular websites.
Recently released documents show that in the 1940s and 1950s the RCMP spied on CBC/Radio Canada employees and was convinced that communists had infiltrated the CBC in Montreal.
The president and CEO of VisionTV says that if the CRTC accedes to cable industry wishes, much of the programming diversity currently available to Canadians will disappear.
The U.S. government is looking at new rules that would allow media companies to get even bigger.
Columnist offers some suggestions to the new CBC boss.
The world's most popular video-sharing website has launched a new Canadian version designed to promote Canadian-generated content.
Richard Stursberg, vice-president of CBC-TV, hopes the new CBC president shares his vision that CBC Television needs to be more like Tim Hortons and less like Starbucks.
FRIENDS quoted in an editorial saying the CBC president should be chosen by its board of directors.
Editorial says there is little in Hubert Lacroix's CV to suggest he brings skills or experience of specific relevance to his new job as president and CEO of the CBC.
Heritage Minister Josée Verner says the interests of consumers are the most important factor in the debate over whether Canada's largest television networks should be allowed to charge for their signals.
Columnist says Heritage Minister Josée Verner spoke frankly about the CRTC, Canadian Television Fund and proposed copyright legislation in a speech to the Canadian Association of Broadcasters.
CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein outlines three key priorities for Canada's broadcast regulator.
Columnist says Internet service providers, and cultural groups are moving toward the delivery of content online that bears a striking resemblance to the conventional cable model.
Columnist says cable companies and conventional broadcasters are headed for another battle over carriage fees.
The CRTC chair says Canada's broadcast regulator is willing to revisit the "fee-for-carriage" issue.
Elections Canada records indicate the new CBC president donated $1,000 to Daniel Fournier, the 2006 Conservative candidate in the Montreal riding of Outremont.
A Montreal corporate lawyer specializing in mergers and acquisitions has been named the new president and chief executive of the CBC.
FRIENDS says Prime Minister Stephen Harper has ignored a House of Commons Heritage committee directive that said the CBC president should be hired and fired by the CBC board of directors.
FRIENDS expresses concern over the process by which the new CBC president and CEO was hand-picked by Prime Minster Stephen Harper.
FRIENDS says choices made by the CBC's English-language television network are among the most serious problems facing Hubert Lacroix.
Study shows the U.S. is lagging behind its European and Asian rivals when it comes to broadband Internet, coming in 14th place in terms of speed and 21st in price.
The Honourable Josée Verner talks about the government's policy priorities at a broadcast industry conference.
A deal for S-VOX to purchase two multi-faith television stations owned by Rogers Broadcasting will require approval from the CRTC.
In addition to the CBC, YouTube.ca will feature content from partners including Sony BMG Canada and the Canadian Football League.
ACTRA members called for more Canada on Canadian television in demonstrations outside the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' convention.
Columnist says Rogers will likely have to revise its wireless pricing plans if it aims to bring Apple's iPhone to Canada.
Google has unveiled an open-source software project designed to make the Internet run better on cellular phones.
Columnist says the writers' strike in the U.S. could provide a boost for alternative forms of entertainment and accelerate the move by younger viewers away from broadcasting.
Rogers has announced it will sell two multi-faith stations, commonly known as OMNI 10 and 11 to S-VOX, the owner of multi-faith and multicultural broadcaster VisionTV.
Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, responds to controversy surrounding a marketing agency owned by her husband.
ACTRA and Writers Guild of Canada members are being told not to work for U.S. productions coming to Canada to get around the work stoppage south of the border.
The Official Opposition Critic for Canadian Heritage wants the next CBC President and CEO to present his vision for the public broadcaster in front a parliamentary committee.
A new study says that about one-third of adult Canadians accessed government information and services online in 2005.
Email to Conservative party insiders contains official talking points for the appointment of Hubert Lacroix as President of the CBC.
FRIENDS says the CEO of Canada's public broadcaster should report to the CBC board, not Prime Minister Harper.
The CRTC announces that hearings for possible introduction of a subscriber fee for the carriage of local conventional television stations will begin April 7, 2008.
CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein says some Canadian Association of Broadcasting members wrote their Members of Parliament opposing any new funding for the CRTC.
FRIENDS says it is against the national interest for the senior leader of Canada's public broadcaster to be an appointment by a politician.
Canadian Heritage Minister Josée Verner has appointed a Montreal lawyer whose résumé includes work as a Radio-Canada sports commentator as the new head of the CBC.
Columnist says last-gasp attempts to avoid a Hollywood writers strike have failed.
The Caribbean and African Radio Network has accused the CBC of being unfair to black community in a dispute over radio frequencies.
Columnist examines five things about the life of media mogul Ted Rogers.
The head of CBC English radio, who championed the public broadcaster's re-emphasis on regional and local news, announced she is retiring after five years.
Columnist says controversial ads that criticize Quebec City's 400th anniversary celebrations were prepared by a company in which Heritage Minister Josée Verner and her husband have a financial interest.
Editorial says the CRTC made the right decision in 1999 not to regulate the Internet.
Canadian premium pay TV channels the Movie Network and Movie Central have raised their order for Canadian drama "The Weight" from eight to 16 episodes.
CanWest executives claim their network has caught up with CTV in the TV ratings chase, and has even pulled ahead in the Vancouver TV market.
CanWest credits the sale of its New Zealand and Canadian radio properties, cost cutting and increasing television ratings increases for higher fourth quarter profits.
Article says Jane Chalmers is stepping down as head of CBC Radio at the end of the year.
A coalition of arts groups says the Internet should be subject to the same rules as TV and radio - that is, it should have more Canadian-made content.
The CanWest owned Montreal Gazette newspaper says planned newsroom staff cuts are being driven by declining market, circulation and readership.
Rogers Communications says its third-quarter profit gained 75 per cent amid strong demand for its cellphone services.
CRTC's VP of broadcasting says the broadcast regulator is studying the issue of Internet regulation and plans to hold public hearings at the end of 2008.
The president and chief executive of VisionTV says cable companies calling for more competition and less protection is meant for others - not for them.
Rogers has announced that the transaction to purchase the five Citytv conventional television stations from CTVglobemedia has closed.
A group of film, TV and music organizations is calling on the Minster of Canadian Heritage to put pressure on the CRTC to enforce its cultural and social policies - and the requirements of the Broadcasting Act - more rigorously.
A federal panel set up to review Canada's competition policy promises to examine the issue of foreign ownership limits on banks, broadcasters and transportation companies.
Columnist says Canadian networks will need to decide how to fill gaps in their schedules left by American TV series if Hollywood writers go on strike.
A federal panel reviewing Canada's competition policy and foreign takeovers is seeking public input after releasing its consultation paper.
Columnist says the threat of a Hollywood writers strike has domestic film and TV companies expressing fears over cross-border fallout.
An American scholar and media activist says journalism is facing a crisis around the world and unless it's fixed, society is in 'big trouble'.
This year's Canadian Association of Broadcasters convention will debate the effect of new technologies and platforms, new business models and partnerships, and new regulatory policies on Canadian broadcasters.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission, hoping to reduce the rising costs of cable TV, plans to revoke thousands of contracts that gave cable companies exclusive rights to provide service to apartment buildings.
Jim Shaw predicts prices for communications services are headed up despite the battle between phone and cable companies for customers.
A retired professor of English has noted that CBC newscasters are pronouncing words such as "electoral" and "municipal" in the American style of speech.
Columnist says The Geminis are all about celebrating what's really good on Canadian TV.
Columnist examines new trends in TV viewing such as DVR adoption, online video and media multitasking.
Telecommunications companies are blasting the CRTC for proposing to allow representatives of competing companies to view confidential information during regulatory reviews.
Media Democracy Day aims to draw attention to the current state of Canadian media and to alternatives to mainstream media.
A push by Rogers to insert advertising into its video-on-demand service has been put on hold by the CRTC until the potential impact can be examined.
Columnist says he would welcome a new CBC Radio One station in Hamilton.
Figures from 2006 show a drop in a share of the box office for Canadian film, especially for French-language films, yet federal funding for film remains frozen.
Columnist predicts outrage in early 2009 when millions of Americans realize that they will have to upgrade their televisions and pay higher cable bills.
CTV tells federal regulators that broadcasters need the right to withdraw their most popular specialty channels if they feel their other properties are being treated unfairly by cable and satellite carriers.
Rogers says it will move Citytv Toronto into a new complex in the city's Yonge-Dundas Square, where it will share space with OMNI Television.
Columnist says that if Hollywood screenwriters go on strike the supply of American movies and TV scripts headed to Canada for shooting in the coming months could be reduced sharply.
Columnists examine whether embattled BBC director general, Mark Thompson, will be able to see though his six-year plan for Britain's public broadcaster.
Independent television broadcasters tell the CRTC continued diversity of the Canadian television system depends on preserving a place for small, independent specialty services.
S-VOX Trust tells the CRTC domestic television needs a mandatory "basic" package consisting predominantly of Canadian channels.
Rogers Communications says the CRTC should stop protecting Canadian channels from direct competition and make it easier to bring in foreign channels.
Columnist outlines options for consumers on February 17, 2009, when the U.S. will end analog television transmission.
Data show the recent speech from the throne attracted 860,000 viewers on CTV Newsnet, CBC and CBC Newsworld.
Columnist says that an almost complete turnover of CRTC commissioners will have a significant bearing on federal broadcasting and telecommunications policy at a critical time.
The new chair of Telefilm Canada says he wants to help the agency adapt to the digital age and to boost funding for Canadian, and particularly Quebecois, feature films.
A columnist reporting from the Cannes television conference says the disappearance of Alliance Atlantis is a step back for Canada in the international marketplace.
A group of major media and Internet companies have announced a set of guidelines to block copyrighted videos from ending up on high-traffic websites such as MySpace.
The FCC has told the U.S. government that the best way to ensure a successful transition to digital TV is to require cable operators to carry all the channels a broadcaster offers after analog transmission ceases in 2009.
Amidst growing popularity of U.S. television shows, several German politicians are calling for a quota for homemade series in primetime.
The BBC has confirmed a cost-cutting strategy that will result in 2,500 job cuts, the creation of fewer original programs and the integration of its TV, radio and online newsrooms.
ACTRA says continued government inaction threatens Canada's film and television industry
Columnist says the CBC has yet to pull Canadians away from popular U.S. shows in large numbers.
Nielson Media research says conventional television viewing is not declining.
Article provides an update on the proposed tariff to cover music use on the Internet.
Columnist says that media organizations are increasingly using 'headhunters' to find candidates for key management positions.
Columnist says a number of new CBC shows are drawing solid ratings.
A newspaper report says Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been working on a secret project to build a $2-million government-controlled media centre.
Britain has begun the first phase of its switch-off of analogue television broadcasting.
Columnist says that as Canada's digital music market continues to grow it needs innovation rather than new intellectual property regulation.
Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, has appointed Rémi Racine of Montréal as a member of the Board of Directors of the CBC.
The union for CanWest Global TV in Quebec has complained to the CRTC that the station is not respecting its legal commitments to produce 18 hours of regional, original programming per week.
Columnist says that 22 employees of Star Daily, a celebrity entertainment show, are the first victims of the CTV takeover of the CHUM specialty channels.
The CRTC has proposed new rules that would allow the commission to bar the public and competing companies from hearings when confidential corporate information is discussed.
Article examines the growing trend of Canadian broadcasters producing domestic versions of foreign TV shows.
The CRTC has called for comments on a proposed direction on the provision of access to confidential information.
The CRTC says it has no plans to provide converter boxes in the border areas to help Canadian viewers of U.S. over-the-air TV programming keep getting signals when the U.S. goes digital in February 2009.
CTV has launched the CTV Creative Agency to handle design for in-house productions, including on-air promos, advertising design, street-level marketing and media buys.
Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, has appointed Leonard M. Katz as vice-chair (Telecommunications) and Peter Menzies as a part-time member to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.
Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, has appointed Michel Roy as chair of the board of directors of Telefilm Canada.
Sirius and XM Satellite Radio say that there will be over one million subscribers for their services in Canada by the end of 2007.
Mauril Bélanger, the new Official Opposition critic for Canadian Heritage, cites the mandate of the public broadcaster and the future of Canada's cultural industries as issues of great importance.
CBC Maritimes is launching a new program using a mix of originally produced and locally acquired content to be shown online, on DVD and broadcast on CBC-TV.
CBC's 'Little Mosque on the Prairie' is the recipient of a humanitarian award that aims to recognize individuals and organizations that find common ground between those in conflict.
Canadian viewers will soon be able to view episodes of U.S. TV series Pushing Daisies, Gossip Girl or Big Shots on Rogers video-on-demand service.
Columnist says a new TV rating system will be based on the number of people viewing commercials, not programs.
CTV is set to produce a Canadian version of the U.S. reality TV series 'So You Think You Can Dance'.
There is speculation that the U.K. public broadcaster plans to shed 12% of its staff due to anticipated budget cuts.
A panel devoted to television of the future says broadcasters mush embrace emerging new-media platforms.
BitTorrent, the file-sharing service of choice for music and movie pirates, plans to help media companies stream their videos over the internet.
Local officials in Quebec say Global Television pulling the plug in the region is bad news for the English community, which will see itself reflected less often in the media.
Columnist says that a string of high-profile controversies may cost BBC director general Mark Thompson his job.
Cuts to the news operations of television networks in the past year have the Canadian Media Guild calling on the CRTC to regulate at least 30 minutes of local news each weeknight.
Columnist says the CRTC should mandate Canadian content requirements on the country's movie screens.
A CRTC decision means Internet companies such as Rogers and Bell Canada no longer have to wait 90 days to contact customers that have switched to competitors.
A BBC executive has stepped down after misleading information about Queen Elizabeth was shown to journalists and international media buyers.
Article examines global trends in television programming.
Television executives say that Canadians tend to favour established hit shows over new programs.
Columnist says talks between Canada and China for a TV series co-production treaty have broken off because of Prime Minister Harper's recent comments criticizing China's human rights record.
A pre-conference for the annual meeting of the International Communication Association addresses divides between research and advocacy in the field of communications.
Plans to break up Europe's telecom and cable monopolies have been backed by the European Regulators Group as a way to boost competition in the industry.
Article says Hollywood studios are attempting to combat piracy and attract younger audiences by focusing on Video on Demand services.
FRIENDS says CanWest's decision to cut 200 jobs comes at a time when the company should be producing more quality Canadian programming, not less.
FRIENDS says the CanWest job cuts demonstrate that debtholders are pressuring the company, which is in the midst of trying to buy Alliance Atlantis for $2.3-billion with U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs.
Shareholders of XM and Sirius are scheduled to vote Nov. 13 on the proposed merger of the two companies
The Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma will hold its inaugural conference at the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario, on February 9 & 10, 2008.
CEP says Global television has abandoned its employees and audiences in cities across the country.
Columnist notes that of the 26 member senior management team of CTVglobemedia, only three are from the newly acquired CHUM.
Microsoft is now providing high-quality TV broadcasts over the Internet straight into a person's Xbox 360.
Telus is returning a total of $2.7 million to land-line phone customers, the result of failing to meet a number of federally mandated quality of service indicators in 2002-03.
Columnist says CBC's Royal Canadian Air Farce is injecting adrenaline into its upcoming 15th season by going to live broadcasts.
CTVglobemedia CEO says an executive shuffle was prompted in part by the recent takeover of CHUM, but also by encroaching competition from U.S. media giants in a multi-platform digital world.
CRTC commissioned "Osborne report" says incumbent phone companies should not have to open up their network to other would-be competitors.
Columnist says Rogers Communications and Corus Entertainment are believed to be preparing to move quickly on bids if CanWest's deal to buy Alliance falls through.
The CRTC has made public an independent report prepared by Michael Osborne on its policies for wholesale telecommunications services.
Following its takeover of CHUM, CTVglobemedia has announced a corporate restructuring.
Columnist says there are a number of potential hit Canadian television series currently in production.
CanWest's chief executive says the company's partnership with Goldman Sachs to purchase Alliance Atlantis 'meets the letter and spirit of the law.'
Columnist says digital media has been hit by considerable upheaval as networks take a closer look at the returns from their Internet operations.
The radio industry is overhauling the way it counts listeners by using high-tech devices called Portable People Meters.
The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union says the CRTC is abdicating its responsibility to the Canadian public by not forcing Rogers to reinstate local news programming in its City TV stations.
As a result of its approved purchase of Standard Radio, Astral Media will become Canada's largest radio broadcaster operating 83 stations in eight provinces.
A CRTC ruling says Rogers gets to keep the five CityTV stations but must sell CHNU-TV Fraser Valley and CIIT-TV Winnipeg.
A report says the CRTC should be monitoring online content, as well as television and radio content, to ensure the objectives of the Broadcasting Act are upheld.
YouTube executive says the video-sharing website is eager to establish a greater foothold in Canada through partnerships with Canadian media companies.
Columnist says the Canadian comedy series 'Corner Gas' has received favorable reviews from U.S. critics and the first two episodes had 357,000 and 290,000 viewers on Superstation WGN.
Article says CBC's Little Mosque on the Prairie has been picked up by broadcasters in Israel, Turkey and Finland.
Rogers has applied for CRTC approval to extend its cable network into several fast-growing Toronto suburbs now served by Cogeco Cable.
Article says television show soundtracks important vehicle for promoting new music.
CBC says current plan to enhance Kelowna Radio One station will improve service to Kamloops, nonetheless recognizes future need for "a distinct service for Kamloops".
A market research firm projects that within the next five years, Americans will spend more than a third of their daily TV-viewing time watching on-demand programs.
Shaw condemns CRTC decision to exclude the top basic cable programming service in the US from the lists of non-Canadian services it is allowed to carry.
Columnist says Canadian broadcasters must shift from reliance on protective regulations and US content, to an unregulated environment in which they compete by delivering original Canadian content to an international audience.
Columnist comments on appeal of hit Canadian show Corner Gas in the U.S.
Article says mobile television suffering from low popularity in Europe.
French-speaking countries express concern with rumoured French government proposals to streamline funding of international cable channel TV5 Monde.
Columnist lists truisms about new television season, argues program quality better than it has ever been.
Shaw Communications has placed large ads in local newspapers urging readers to write to the CRTC and the Heritage Minister to complain about programming funded by the Canadian Television Fund.
Comments on the final day of the CRTC diversity hearings, including presentation by FRIENDS.
New CBC news publisher envisions primarily strategic role in helping CBC deliver news on different platforms and in new ways, but still expects to be involved in day-to-day news editing.
Rogers endorses Bell proposal for guidelines instead of firm rules for ensuring Canadian content and programming diversity in future media consolidation.
Digital conversion poses challenge for US public television stations with significant Canadian audiences.
Quebecor says new wireless technology being held back by "oligopoly" of incumbent wireless operators Rogers, Telus and Bell.
Letter to the editor says Toronto CBC Radio One tagline makes clear it is not intended to serve Hamilton.
CBC splits top news position into journalistic, operational roles.
Rogers angrily dismisses rumours it may have plans to acquire Shaw.
CRTC expresses reservations over suggestion it should ensure separation between newsrooms when companies own multiple media outlets.
Rogers opposes proposal to limit portion of wireless spectrum auction to smaller competitors at a discount.
Rogers opposes subsidizing wireless spectrum for new entrants, says doing so would finance spectrum "flips" if foreign ownership restrictions lifted.
Rogers critical of discounts for new wireless market entrants in planned spectrum action.
Article says newly-created CBC publisher position designed to allow editor-in-chief role formerly held by Tony Burman to focus on daily news coverage rather than operational management of news division.
MP for Hamilton Centre joins chorus of support for new CBC radio station in Hamilton.
E-mail exchange between Torstar CEO and editor of The Tyee concerning story on media concentration.
CRTC schedules hearings to assess proposed takeover of BCE.
Columnist perplexed by Shaw CEO's criticism of successful Canadian television series Trailer Park Boys.
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union tells CRTC that broadcasters should be required to compete for licences when they come up for renewal.
FRIENDS calls CBC publisher hire an inspired choice for a challenging position.
Overview of presentations by media unions and arts organizations to CRTC diversity hearings, and further observations on nature of media coverage.
FRIENDS notes new head of CBC news will be at the "front line" between the news and political appointees in CBC management.
Chicago Sun-Times publisher and former Globe & Mail and Vancouver Sun editor appointed 'publisher' of CBC news.
Private broadcasters argue programming diversity strengthened by industry consolidation.
Rogers says in the right circumstances, it would consider acquiring Shaw Communications, the second-largest cable company in Canada.
Letter to the editor by McMaster University president says university supports dedicated CBC radio station in Hamilton.
Shaw rearranges Calgary channel lineup for third time in nine months.
Distributors counter arguments by broadcasters that they constitute a threat to diversity in the broadcasting system.
Report suggests disproportionate media attention paid to presentations by large players at CRTC diversity hearings.
Writer discusses impact of not having a local CBC radio station in Kamloops.
Chair reveals plan for CRTC hearings on select matters related to the future of the Canadian Television Fund.
Private broadcasters vocal in opposition to market concentration rules.
Astral Media tells CRTC diversity hearing that gatekeeper role of cable companies and other broadcast distributors constitutes greatest threat to media diversity in Canada.
CRTC chair dismisses Shaw argument that future media mergers should be governed on a "case by case" basis rather than through a set of clear rules.
Report contrasts CBC, private broadcasters' presentations to CRTC diversity hearings.
Hour-long homegrown dramas are conspicuously absent on Canadian television.
Article complains CBC is too Toronto-centric.
Letter to the editor says Hamilton should have its own CBC Radio presence, unreasonable for Toronto CBC station to serve Hamilton just because its signal reaches the city.
Unions discuss submissions to CRTC diversity hearings.
Article questions need for CRTC diversity hearings, notes investment analysts are concerned that hearings will affect capital markets.
CBC tells CRTC diversity hearings that CBC can serve as a partial counterbalance to private sector consolidation.
CRTC seeks broadcaster comments on scenarios for potential media concentration limits.
CRTC to postpone decision on future of Canadian Television Fund until December.
Private broadcasters, distributors, arts groups expected to face off at CRTC diversity hearings.
Opinion piece argues the CRTC should recognize the limitations on its authority imposed by new technology.
Letter to the editor from Hamilton city councillor says newspaper opposition to local CBC radio station in Hamilton at odds with community's interests.
Columnist praises CRTC-commissioned report on reforms to Canadian broadcasting regulations.
Interview with XM executives awaiting clearance on merger with Sirius.
Shaw website encouraging customers to write to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and the CRTC opposing the Canadian Television Fund.
FRIENDS says changes to simultaneous substitution and genre protection rules could have major impact on Canadian sports specialty channels and Canadian content in sports programming.
Letter to the editor says CBC Radio One should serve Hamilton and the entire Golden Horseshoe region.
Television industry reportedly "livid" about CRTC-commissioned report on potential changes to Canadian broadcasting regulation.
Columnist complains broadcasting industry displays counterintuitive reaction to suggestions CRTC may loosen regulation.
Article says Conservative government is facing pressure to toughen copyright laws, even though such laws represent a form market intervention the government might otherwise oppose.
ACTRA says it welcomes a CRTC-commissioner report on regulatory reforms.
Authors of 300-page report on broadcasting regulation commissioned by CRTC particularly critical of simultaneous substitution and its impact on the quantity of foreign programming in prime time.
Canadian Association of Broadcasters claims CRTC-commissioned report on changes to broadcasting regulation lacks context and analysis, calls certain recommendations an "assault".
Columnist predicts CanWest could become even more highly leveraged if it is required to buy out a portion of Goldman Sachs' interest during a recession.
CRTC releases commissioned report on changes to broadcasting regulation, indicates recommendations will be considered in its forthcoming review of policies on specialty/pay services and broadcasting distribution, and may cause it to revisit aspects of its recently reviewed radio and over-the-air television policies.
CanWest is confident that it will not be required to increase its financial contribution to address foreign ownership concerns in its acquisition of Alliance Atlantis with Goldman Sachs as majority partner.
TVA has scheduled its two top-rated shows opposite CBC's top rated show on Sunday night.
Executives predict a long hiatus before further media sector takeovers occur in Canada.
CRTC releases commissioned report recommending it consider changes to central features of current television regulations, including simulcasting, Canadian content in prime time, genre protections for cable networks, and CRTC enforcement powers.
CRTC set to release report it commissioned on ways to maximize the reliance of the broadcasting sector on market forces.
Article says CanWest management not phased by tough reputation of CRTC chair, contends precedent for allowing approval of majority foreign ownership of a Canadian broadcaster.
CanWest CEO confident that CRTC will approve Goldman Sachs acquisition of Alliance Atlantis on the basis of shareholders' agreement granting programming control to CanWest.
Editorial criticizes CBC decision to pursue funding for new radio station in Hamilton, rather than refocusing staff and programming from Toronto.
Article says public radio stations are closest to reaching an agreement with music industry over royalties for Internet broadcasts.
Caribbean and African Radio Network and CBC in ongoing dispute over access to FM radio frequency in Toronto.
CBC English Radio head says Hamilton would be first new station if federal government grants one-time funding for proposed expansion of local radio service.
Caribbean and African Radio Network (CARN) claims CBC has not produced technical evidence for its claim that CARN's proposed frequency would interfere with CBC Radio One.
Article says Shaw has ignored 2002 CRTC decision to restore requirements for volunteer-produced local programming on community cable channels.
Letter to the editor says Hamilton market is underserved in terms of local television stations, and will be even more so following CanWest's rebranding of its Hamilton CHCH station as the Toronto-targeted E!.
CTV agrees to keep news truck suspended from side of former CHUM-City building it recently acquired, but vehicle will be rebranded.
Issues of timing, quality, access likely to plague conversion from analog to digital broadcasting system.
Applicant for Caribbean-African radio station in Toronto complains CBC opposition to its proposed frequency has grounded the initiative.
Column says CBC Radio One station in Kelowna inadequate to serve Kamloops.
Global restores original call sign of its CH Victoria station.
Recent examples of extra fees for sports programming seen as tip of the iceberg in decline of content included as part of basic cable.
BBC criticized for decision to drop plans for television special on global warming.
ACTRA condemns US organization's NAFTA challenge of financial incentives used to attract foreign film and television production to Canada.
"The Martha Stewart Show" will air in syndication on Canada's public broadcaster starting in September.
One of the biggest media companies in Turkey is up for sale and CanWest Global rumored to be a potential buyer.
The chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment says the forces of globalization are encouraging the proliferation of cultural diversity.
Columnist says that if the CRTC went ahead with scheduled public hearings into CanWest's $2.3-billion buyout of Alliance Atlantis, opponents would have had legal grounds to overturn the eventual ruling.
Apple has escalated a dispute with NBC over the pricing of television shows by announcing it would not sell any of NBC's programs for this fall season on iTunes.
A Canadian military official has conceded that the Forces are catering to journalists from Radio-Canada, CBC's French-language TV network, to try and improve perceptions of the Afghanistan mission in Quebec.
ACTRA is calling on the CRTC to force broadcasters that acquire rivals to spend more on homegrown dramas and less on U.S. shows.
Columnist says the Canadian Olympic Committee is looking into the feasibility of launching a TV channel dedicated to amateur sport.
Federal broadcast regulators say Rogers is on the hook for $20-million that CHUM was to have contributed toward various initiatives as a result of its 2004 takeover of Craig Media Inc.
Several government departments, including Canadian Heritage, are being told to reallocate the least useful 5 per cent of their expenditures to more important things.
Rogers tells the CRTC they will return the CityTV stations to profitability by airing more first-run U.S. network series in primetime.
Industry representatives are calling for more funding of Canadian drama, a renewed commitment to domestic feature films and more local programming as part of Rogers' proposed purchase of the CityTV stations.
According to disclosure documents, XM Satellite Radio spent $580,000 and Sirius Satellite Radio spent $230,000 lobbying the U.S. government on their proposed merger.
Video-sharing website YouTube and the British society that collects royalties for composers, songwriters and publishers have reached a deal to compensate artists whose music is used in video clips.
Although the sale of Alliance Atlantis still requires regulatory approval, several on the company's top executives have been let go.
The CRTC says a 10-week delay in the hearing to examine the CanWest/Goldman Sachs acquisition of Alliance Atlantis was caused by the late filing of documents by CanWest.
Rogers executives tell the CRTC their plans to revive CityTV include rebuilding the network's prime-time schedule and searching out a high-profile downtown Toronto headquarters.
The head of broadcasting at Rogers Communications says the CityTV stations are unlikely to turn a profit until the third year of the cable firm's ownership.
Columnist says it remains to be seen whether new Heritage Minister Josee Verner has any more clout with the PMO that her predecessor.
The CRTC has told CanWest CEO Leonard Asper that he only has himself to blame for the delay in hearing his company's bid to gain control over Alliance Atlantis' specialty channels.
FRIENDS says that by delaying its hearing on the CanWest/Goldman Sachs takeover of Alliance Atlantis, the CRTC is demonstrating it won't simply rubber stamp the deal.
Rogers has added $2 million to its benefits package and agreed to fund priority Canadian programming during CRTC hearings on its $375 million purchase of five CityTV stations.
The CRTC has announced a delay of two months of its review of CanWest Global's $2.3-billion bid to acquire Alliance Atlantis.
CRTC officials say they believe the Astral Media takeover of Standard Broadcasting is worth more $1.08-billion, and that certain items have been left out of the purchase price to reduce regulatory payments.
Columnist says the auction of advanced wireless spectrum - a process that stands to generate hundreds of millions of dollars for federal government coffers - appears to have hit bureaucratic and political snags.
The CRTC has ruled that cable TV must have channel for the visually impaired.
Columnist says Heritage Minister Josee Verner should focus on new priorities such as support for new media, the Net neutrality issue and implementing a national digitization strategy.
CBC says it would like to establish a Radio One station in Red Deer within the next couple of years, if Ottawa approves funding.
The vice-president of Montreal's film festival has invited Prime Minister Harper to "kick the ass" of the head of Telefilm Canada as a way of getting more money out of the Crown corporation.
Columnist discusses record profits, consolidation and the Canadian Television Fund with Jim Shaw, CEO of Shaw Communications.
A Vancouver-based company has received funding from Telefilm Canada to launch a new user generated content website.
A U.S. study says content has replaced communication as users primary web use.
Untv.ca, an online-only television station based in Halifax, offers content ranging from news and entertainment programming to several dramatic series.
CBC executives say they have a proposal before the Standing Committee of Canadian Heritage to establish 15 local stations across the country not currently served by CBC Radio.
Google CEO says his company will likely move ahead with plans to bid for wireless spectrum freed up once U.S. broadcast television networks switch to digital from analog in 2009.
Michael Geist says that reforms focusing on digital issues could represent both good policy and smart politics for Jim Prentice, Canada's new industry minister.
FRIENDS says about three million Canadians still rely on rabbit ears or other antenna for their TV signals.
FRIENDS welcomes Josée Verner's appointment as Heritage minister and says her predecessor was too closely associated with the broadcasting and cable industries.
Article suggests Josée Verner's appointment as Heritage Minister may have more to do with the government's desire to boost its presence in Quebec than with plans to shake up the broadcasting sector.
Report says that at the end of 2006, 33% of Canadian homes could accept high definition TV signals.
The lobby group Save Our CBC Kamloops hopes new Heritage Minister Josée Verner will be an ally in attempts to have CBC broadcast service restored in the region.
Columnist says citizens are being shut out of the debate on new broadcast regulation in India.
FRIENDS joins others in welcoming appointment of Josée Verner as Minister of Canadian Heritage.
Pending CRTC approval, CanWest will merge its Global TV network with Alliance Atlantis's 13 specialty channels; Goldman Sachs will take a 50% stake in the CSI TV crime series franchise and Motion Picture Distribution.
Nanaimo city council members have decided to send letters of support to MPs and the Minister of Heritage for a plan to bring a new CBC Radio One station to their city.
Columnist says Jim Prentice, who inherits the telecommunications deregulation process from Maxime Bernier, will likely be quickly consumed by competing broadcasting interests.
Columnist notes that voters in Quebec - where the new Minister of Canadian Heritage is from - and urban Canada want federal support for the CBC, museums, ballet tours and galleries.
The NDP's Olivia Chow says Bev Oda lost her post as Heritage Minister because of high-profile mistakes such as a 2006 political fundraiser organized by broadcasters.
Columnist says Josée Verner - a Quebec City MP and new Heritage Minister - is considered progressive and more likely to be embraced by the arts community.
ACTRA says that if decisions about Canada's broadcasting system are made in boardrooms in New York and Los Angeles, Canadians will lose their cultural sovereignty and national identity.
Alliance Atlantis reported a 65 per cent increase in quarterly profit, one day before its takeover by CanWest/Goldman Sachs was set to close.
The Writers Guild of Canada says that if the CRTC approves the Alliance Atlantis takeover, an American corporation will have a powerful voice in what Canadians can watch on television.
Microsoft hopes to convince U.S. broadcast regulators that it can connect consumers to high-speed Internet over unused television airwaves without interfering with existing broadcasts.
Article says that the decision of choosing a "right-wing" strategist to recruit two top managers for CBC could signal the Harper government's desire to politicize the public broadcaster.
The Directors Guild of Canada says it is opposed to the Alliance Atlantis takeover by CanWest/Goldman Sachs as it will result in a non-Canadian entity obtaining control of an important Canadian media company, contrary to established foreign ownership rules.
The Coalition of Canadian Audio-Visual Unions says the takeover bid by CanWest Global and Goldman Sachs of Alliance Atlantis is "bad news" for Canada.
Article says the CBC is looking for two people replace Tony Burman - an executive director and an executive editor.
Veteran broadcast journalist Michel Morin has been appointed as a commissioner of the CRTC.
Columnist says Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda, who is under fire for campaign financing irregularities, is expected to lose her job in a cabinet shuffle.
Satellite TV giants DirecTV Group and EchoStar Communications have reported diverging second-quarter financial results.
NDP MP Charlie Angus has asked the CBC Board Chair to keep Tom Long, a "Conservative insider", out of hiring process for a new CEO and executive director of news for Canada's public broadcaster.
A new study by Statistics Canada reveals that iPods and satellite radio haven't killed traditional radio.
Public broadcasters and a cable TV trade group have announced a deal that will allow eight million subscribers to receive PBS' digital programming for the next decade.
The CRTC has approved a broadcasting licence for specialty television channel with programming for people with vision loss.
Columnist says that with Leonard Asper moving the heart of CanWest's business to Toronto and the Craig family selling the A-channel network, the potential of Winnipeg becoming a national media powerhouse has evaporated.
The co-ordinator of Canadians for Democratic Media says with major mergers threatening to make the Canadian media industry even more concentrated, the CRTC should regulate media companies in the public interest.
Columnist notes that Bev Oda has managed to quietly deliver more in real dollars to the Canada Council for the Arts than the Liberals.
Michel Morin, a journalist, economic news editor, and chief editor of television news for both Radio-Canada and RDI has been appointment as a commissioner of the CRTC.
Some in the arts community are saying that the low-key announcement of a $30-million infusion into the arts council budget shows the government was hoping not to draw attention to the decision.
Stats-Can report says that private radio's advertising revenue increased 5.3% to $1.4 billion in 2006.
A new report says Canada's private radio industry profits were "substantial" in 2006, but revenues varied based on broadcast language and market size.
A study finds that U.S. consumers are shifting their attention away from traditional, advertising-supported media in favour of paid entertainment such as video games, the Internet and cable TV.
A report forecasts media spending in the U.S. by consumers, advertisers, marketing services and institutions will rise an average of 6.7% a year to $1.2 trillion in 2011
Columnist says Bev Oda has been an enigmatic and lacklustre head of culture as heritage minister.
The CRTC has denied an application by Shaw Cable to offer video-on-demand programming containing commercial messages sourced from American broadcasters.
Columnist says a recent Copyright Board decision that re-opens the door to placing a levy of up to $75 on iPods could move an overhaul of the Canadian copyright collective system onto the political agenda.
Columnist says federal broadcast regulators appear poised to consider revamping the rules on media consolidation, using a system pioneered by the Australian government.
Proposed New York City rules would require permits for anyone filming on city property with more than two people for more than 30 minutes.
Report authors say that the Internet presents newspapers with an opportunity to make up for lost circulation and readership.
Columnist explains that TV signal providers have little control over the complex factors that determine the volume levels for television shows and commercials.
Article says Heritage Minister Bev Oda, "who is judged by the PMO to be a weak minister", could be replaced by James Moore or Jason Kenney in an expected cabinet shuffle.
A poll states that 59 percent of British respondents said their trust in the BBC had fallen in light of recent scandals and gaffes.
The CRTC has rejected Alliance Atlantis' argument that "CSI: NY" offered History Television viewers "a critically acclaimed look at forensic policing in post-9/11 New York City."
The CRTC has approved applications from major phone companies to deregulate the $10-billion local phone market in Canada's largest cities.
CanWest to air a Canadian version of Fox's "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?".
The Conservative government is facing charges of political meddling in the selection process for a new president and chief of news operations at the CBC.
Canada's public broadcaster has finalized a three-year deal to carry Toronto Raptors basketball games.
Warren Kinsella suggests that the popularity of the Internet is surging because conventional media companies are moving their content online.
CRTC rules that the crime-drama CSI has nothing to do with the mandate of the History Channel and has ordered its removal.
The BBC says the perceived lack of international news on U.S. mainstream broadcasters will be used to create a bigger market for its global TV news service.
Kristine Layfield, CBC executive director of network programming, dismisses criticism that Canada's public broadcaster is chasing ratings with copycat shows likely to show up on private television networks.
According to the Newspaper Association of America, more than 59 million Americans visited newspaper Web sites during the second quarter of 2007, a 7.7 percent increase over 2006.
FRIENDS says the hiring of headhunting firm Egon Zehnder International to look for a new president and CEO of CBC is a step in the right direction.
Ted Rogers dispels a rumor that his company is seeking to merge with Shaw Communications.
The U.S. broadcast regulator has ruled that consumers will be able to use any cellphone and software they want on a network built on airwaves to be auctioned early next year.
Telus has stopped selling Amp'd Mobile Canada products after U.S. parent company of the wireless service filled for bankruptcy.
A broadcasting industry report says advertisers have almost doubled their spending on online marketing to $1 billion in 2006 from $562 million in 2005.
Columnist expects the deal between CanWest and Goldman Sachs to break up Alliance Atlantis to be scrutinized by the CRTC.
CanWest says it will use bridge financing instead of a high-yield debt offering to fund its takeover bid of Alliance Atlantis.
CRTC report says the cable and satellite industry posted revenues of $7.7 billion in 2006, up 25 per cent from $6.1 billion in 2005.
CanWest and U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs release their plan to split-up Alliance Atlantis.
CanWest Global says it is increasing its equity investment in the takeover of Alliance Atlantis to $262-million, up from the previously announced $200-million.
Quebecor Media says it is "disappointed" the CRTC rejected its proposal to opt out of the Canadian Television Fund and produce its own programs.
The Canadian Television Fund says it has no power to implement any of the reforms recommended by a CRTC task force unless a number of federal departments give approval.
The CRTC's annual report on the state of the broadcast industry shows that Canadians have more choices in both television and radio media than ever before, but are watching and listening less.
A broadcast industry report says Canadians watched 27.6 hours of TV per week in 2006, down from 28.1 in 2005.
Stephen Waddell, executive director of ACTRA, says proposals to relax Canadian content requirements for the Canadian Television Fund will force domestic actors, writers and directors to make way for Americans.
CBC/Radio-Canada submission to the CRTC says the public broadcaster strongly opposes the proposal to split the Canadian Television Fund into two separate funding streams.
CRTC report says the Canadian broadcasting industry is continuing to expand and that new media are becoming an increasingly important part of Canadians' lives.
CBC Sports has signed a four-year multimedia rights deal with Skate Canada.
A new national pay TV service to use the "Superchannel" brand.
Industry and cable providers criticize proposed CRTC reforms for the Canadian Television Fund.
A beta version of BBC's iPlayer - the public broadcaster's on-line download service - has been launched.
Editorial says the new telecom complaints commission is a positive step for consumers.
Jim Shaw Jr. claims the proposed revamping of the Canadian Television Fund doesn't go far enough.
Ottawa's CHRI Christian radio station rails against the CRTC's "balance" policy that requires airing views of other faiths.
A new Internet video website plans to service a growing demand for high-definition-like video.
A CBC action-drama that was shelved in the wake of the Sept 11, 2001 terrorist attacks has gone into production.
Article says that this year, for the first time ever, Canadians are not involved in the television production of Canada's national golf championship.
Some U.S. lawmakers say too little is being done to prepare Americans for the switch to digital television signals in February 2009.
The CRTC is calling for input on a proposed new broadcasting industry code intended to ensure equality in the portrayal of people with disabilities, visible minorities and aboriginal peoples in the media.
Study says Americans viewed more than 8.3 billion video streams online in May, 2007.
Heritage Minister Bev Oda has announced that Canada's National Ballet School will receive $800,000 in additional funding.
A new study reports almost 50 cents of every dollar flowing into the Canadian telecom sector now comes from cellular or Internet service.
John Doyle says the differences between Canadians and Americans can be seen in the television made in the two countries.
CTVglobemedia has announced that Richard Gray, Station Manager for A-Channel Vancouver Island, will become the head of news for A-Channel stations nationwide.
CBC reality TV show aims to discover the country's best Internet-based filmmakers.
FRIENDS says the next CBC President should have a wide knowledge of the country and have a strong background in production, scheduling and marketing.
The Harper government launches a search for a new CBC President.
Robert Rabinovitch, CBC's President and CEO, informs staff that the Government is initiating a formal recruitment process to name his successor.
Columnist says that possible labor strife in the U.S. is causing TV and movie studios to increase production in Canada.
Research shows 19% of Americans now watch Web video in a typical day, while 57% have viewed online video at least once.
Michael Geist says Canada is falling behind on mobile Internet as a consequence of overpriced mobile data services in an uncompetitive market.
Sirius and XM Satellite Radio say they would offer two "à la carte" pricing plans if they are allowed to merge.
Advertisers look to Asia for lessons on how to reach younger audiences as they drift away from traditional mass media such as paid-for newspapers and mainstream television networks.
Columnist says lack of action by governments in allocating broadcast spectrum has lead to inefficiencies, lack of competition and stunted economic growth.
In a move toward self-regulation, Telecom competitors have joined forces to file a proposal for the creation of an independent agency to handle consumer complaints.
Article notes that most citizen-submitted questions in the CNN/YouTube U.S. presidential debate reflected a cynicism toward government.
The CRTC is set to start the process of deregulating home phone rates.
Columnist says the CRTC's recommendation that the Canadian Television Fund lower its Cancon requirement for primetime projects won't result in a dramatic spike in audiences for Canadian shows.
Industry stakeholder comment on proposed rule changes for the Canadian Television Fund.
VisionTV has banned a controversial Islamic preacher who reportedly called on viewers to wage jihad, and is promising a full review of its standards and practices.
The CRTC is calling for comments on the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council's proposed Journalistic Independence Code.
The U.S. broadcast rights to Canadian sitcom 'Corner Gas' have been bought by Chicago-based superstation WGN, which is available in over 70 million U.S. homes.
XM and Sirius Satellite Radio executives have announced pricing plans that they said would let customers choose which channels they want to receive if the two firms are combined.
A market-research firm forecasts that 24 million Americans will be watching video on their mobile phones by 2010, up from seven million today.
Columnist says the U.S. has lost its Internet lead because lawmakers have forgotten that sometimes you can't have effective market competition without effective regulation.
CanWest has confirmed that it is holding talks regarding a Canadian version of Fox's "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?"
The Liberals and NDP say $30 million in funding for Canada's arts council is more a political ploy than a genuine commitment to the arts community.
The Canadian Association of Broadcasters says traditional media companies should be allowed to merge to compete with unregulated content providers.
Columnist says CanWest will be a likely suitor for Canada's smallest specialty sports channel if the purchase of Alliance Atlantis is approved.
VisionTV, a multi-faith channel, says it will monitor one of its shows more closely after it broadcast a lecture by an Islamic preacher who said scripture requires Muslims to either fight jihad or finance it.
Heritage Minister Bev Oda has promised more money for Canada's arts council, bringing the agency's total funding to $180 million each year.
Google says it will bid $4.6 billion for a wireless spectrum - but only if the FCC adopts new standards for a wireless broadband alternative to existing phone and cable Internet connections.
Article says that corporate and political leaders in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico are secretly perusing deeper economic, political, social, and security integration.
Peter Viner, a longstanding CanWest senior executive has announced his retirement.
Britain's telecom regulator says the £100 million phone-in vote and quiz industry had created a culture of greed within television broadcasters.
Canadian media companies want mergers judged on a case-by-case basis.
Op-ed writer says CBC has a responsibility to highlight human rights issues as part of its 2008 Olympic Games coverage in Beijing.
The Alliance of Francophone Producers has expressed concern to the CRTC that the proposed changes to the financing policies of the Canadian Television Fund run contrary to Canadian broadcasting policy.
A U.S. press watchdog says 13 members of the Russian news media have been killed in the past decade.
Google and Sling Media executives say the Internet will give new life to the television industry.
Shares in the operator of XM Canada are sitting at roughly a third of its initial public offering price.
Columnist says Internet radio broadcasters and the music industry are closer to resolving a dispute over higher royalty fees for streaming music online.
Organization says more than 1,000 Canadians have written the CRTC asking for policies to limit concentration and cross-ownership in the media.
The co-ordinator of Canadians for Democratic Media encourages citizens to speak out on media concentration.
A Canadian movie has been beating U.S. summer blockbusters in Quebec, but some critics worry that commercial appeal comes at a high cultural cost.
Michael Geist says the CRTC should consider the issue of Internet network neutrality as part of its diversity of voices hearings, so that large media companies are not able to prioritize their own content over diverse, third-party offerings.
Columnist says CBC must concentrate on its core competencies - earnest programming for people who find information entertaining - to make itself relevant to Canadians again.
Shaw Communications is increasing shareholder dividends by $43-million to $285-million in its third quarter.
Columnist says the challenge for Internet start-up, Joost, is to balance content provider's copyright and licensing concerns with the features and functionality expected by online video audiences.
Conrad Black, the former Canadian media baron, has been convicted of obstruction of justice and fraud.
Article says the next few months will see the CRTC tackle big issues such as foreign ownership, media concentration and Canadian content.
CanWest says its revenues increased seven per cent to $738 million in the third quarter, largely on the strength of its Canadian publishing and Australian TV operations.
Outgoing head of CBC news comments on journalistic standards in the search for new audiences, funding for the public broadcaster and his pride in CBC Newsworld.
CanWest shares have fallen 10 per cent since announcing the decision not to sell its Australian TV network.
Astral's chief executive officer says his company is open to more media acquisitions after spending more than $1-billion to buy Standard Broadcasting.
The U.S. Copyright Royalty Board has decided to almost triple royalty rates imposed on Internet radio providers by 2010 and charge an annual $500 fee per station or channel.
Article says a new government-created panel will review Canada's competition and foreign investment policies to ensure that they are encouraging foreign investment.
A new CBC contest will see digital filmmakers compete for a development deal worth up to $25,000 to create a new online entertainment series.
CBC's Little Mosque on the Prairie has won the best television series and best writing prizes at an international television festival in Rome.
Stéphane Dion says a Liberal government would reverse the Conservative government's $11.8-million cut to cultural diplomacy, and add another $11-million to promote and tour Canadian artists abroad.
A CRTC report shows strong revenue gains for Canada's cable and satellite companies in 2006.
Ian Morrison echoes Knowlton Nash, former anchor of CBC's The National, on the challenges confronting the CBC.
The BBC's director general has promised to "revolutionise" Britain's public broadcaster, making it less arrogant, more open and more efficient in an effort to maintain its relevance in a world of Facebook and YouTube.
The Canadian Association of Broadcasters calls on the government to address the problems surrounding "an increasingly complex and fragmented copyright regime".
Corus chief executive officer John Cassaday plans to argue against lifting restrictions on U.S. cable channels when CRTC hearings are held on rules governing specialty channels in January.
The chief executive of Corus Entertainment has hinted that the company is looking for an alliance with a major Canadian broadcaster to boost profits for its television stations.
An industry expert says high data rates charged by Rogers Communications - caused by a lack of competition in Canada's wireless industry - is the main reason why Canadians don't yet have the Apple iPhone.
In attempt to kick-start the mobile television industry, the European Commission is mandating common broadcasting standards.
The CRTC says it will review rules for cable and satellite broadcasters including genre exclusivity, non-Canadian satellite services and ad time limits on specialty, pay and VOD outlets.
Rogers Media is optimistic that its plans to buy a multicultural channel in Vancouver will be approved by the CRTC, despite its pending purchase of CityTV Vancouver.
David Onley, a long-time reporter, anchor and host of CITY-TV in Toronto, will be the next lieutenant-governor of Ontario.
The World Sikh Organization has launched a lawsuit alleging a CBC documentary examining the issue of Sikh extremism has damaged the community's reputation.
Corus says its third-quarter profit increased to $29.6-million from $23.2-million a year-earlier, led by growth from its broadcasting businesses.
Britain's media regulator has fined the BBC £50,000 for faking the results of a phone-in competition on children's television program.
Columnist says advertisers have been reluctant to place ads online because they are more comfortable with traditional and predictable mediums such as television.
Article says that proposed rule changes for the Canadian Television Fund would permit funded productions to be made without a Canadian in the key roles of a director, writer, or lead performer.
Columnist says that in an attempt to stay neutral, BBC executives ordered on-air talent to remind viewers of the Live Earth concert that climate change may not be caused by human activity.
NDP heritage critic Charlie Angus is urging citizens to register their concerns over the concentration of the Canadian media industry.
Rogers bid to purchase a multicultural television station in Vancouver must be approved by the CRTC.
CRTC says hearings on CanWest's proposed acquisition of Alliance Atlantis will focus on how the merger would impact the broadcasting landscape and whether assets will remain under Canadian control.
Editorial says the CRTC notice announcing a policy review for Cable and Satellite TV providers hints at a preference for deregulation.
Canadian Documentary producers are concerned of the creative and financial implications of CBC's takeover of the Documentary Channel.
Columnist says the CRTC may allow cable subscribers to pick and choose whatever channels they want for their TV-viewing package.
Canada's federal communications regulator will study the rules governing cable and satellite companies and the specialty and pay-TV industry.
Damiano Pietropaolo, former head of arts and entertainment at CBC Radio, has retired.
FRIENDS says the biggest issue with the proposed CanWest bid for Alliance Atlantis is CanWest's claim that it is keeping effective ownership and control in Canadian hands when 85 percent of the equity is coming from a New York merchant bank.
Case study describes how changing media consumption habits relate to Canada's broadcast regulatory system.
Columnist says that with the computer replacing the television for a growing number of people, advertisers are replacing the 30-second TV spot with online quizzes and games.
A new CRTC study will examine the impacts that the unregulated aspects of the new media/multiplatform universe will have on Canadian media.
France's Legion of Honour, the highest of that country's national orders, is being conferred on Radio-Canada's executive vice-president Sylvain Lafrance.
Investors have voted to approve CanWest Global's privatization of its newspaper income trust.
Politically influenced media coverage is making some U.S. lawmakers talk about reviving the 'Fairness Doctrine' - a set of rules designed to ensure broadcast outlets provide balanced reporting.
Britain's broadcast regulator says it may allow commercial broadcasters to produce politically slanted news programmes.
The Writers Guild of Canada says the CRTC's recommendations for the Canadian Television Fund sell out Canadian talent to "placate Shaw and Videotron."
Report says revenues for the Canadian television broadcasting industry reached slightly more than $6 billion in 2006.
StatsCan data show profits before interest and taxes for private conventional television fell 62.5% from $242.7 million in 2005 to $90.9 million in 2006.
Blog post comments on the inner workings of the CBC, including staff concerns over access to information requests.
Actors' union warns that the proposed changes to the Canadian Television Fund could lead to fewer key jobs for Canadians.
Statistics Canada says pay-per-view television, video-on-demand, specialty channels, and a return of NHL hockey contributed to an 8.2 per cent increase in revenue for Canadian television broadcasters in 2006.
Conrad Black's fraud trial in Chicago has provided a glimpse into his back room dealings with CanWest's Izzy Asper.
Columnist says emerging high-definition radio technology is becoming a competitor to satellite radio.
Article says The Carlyle Group is in discussions with Virgin Media over a potential takeover bid worth approximately $20 billion.
The U.S. Congress has refused to intervene in a dispute between Internet radio broadcasters and the music industry over royalty fees.
Michael Geist says the emergence of new media is rendering many Canadian content regulations irrelevant.
Columnist says the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board is on the verge of winning a contentious auction for BCE Inc.
A CRTC task force has recommended an increase in the minimum fee that broadcasters pay to producers of any programming supported by the Canadian Television Fund.
A campaign called Canadians for Democratic Media has launched to highlight media consolidation issues in Canada and generate support for public and grassroots media.
Rogers has told the CRTC that it will sell OMNI stations in Vancouver and Winnipeg in an effort to clear the way for its $375-million purchase of the CITY-TV network.
Lloyd Robertson reflects on 30 years as the anchor of CTV's National News.
A CRTC task force recommends that the CTF be separated into two streams – one supported by Ottawa that would go into "culturally significant" programming, and one supported by the cable and satellite companies that would produce more commercial fare.
Jim Shaw Jr. is again threatening to pull his company's support of the $265-million Canadian Television Fund.
The CRTC has made recommendations to improve funding of Canadian programs, increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the CTF, and enhance the participation of funders such as cable companies.
FRIENDS reveals that on CBC TV from June 18 to 24, 9.5 out of 28 hours in prime-time were taken up by foreign shows.
FRIENDS research shows the highest level of foreign programming ever for CBC English television.
New deal allows CTV to distribute content from Viacom-owned, Comedy Central across platforms such as TV, broadband, video-on-demand and mobile.
CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein says Ottawa needs to ensure Canadian content is widely available amid the growing popularity of new media platforms that are exempt from government regulation.
A new study suggests that unionized journalists in Canada believe that their bosses put profits before good journalism.
Columnist says that CanWest wants to tap into Canada's thriving ethnic media readership, but new automated 'instant translation' of newspapers yields instant frustration.
Federal Heritage Minister Bev Oda promises to ensure American owners of Motion Picture Distribution and ThinkFilm abide by foreign-policy rules.
U.S. Senator plans to introduce new legislation regulating "indecent, violent and profane content" on broadcast, cable and satellite TV.
Telus decides not to bid for BCE leaving offers from three private-equity groups.
Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda has signed an agreement with the Canadian Museums Association for a $5-million program to help small museums hire summer interns.
A survey of Canadians' radio listening habits reveals that young people are increasingly opting for music downloads and the Internet, and that radio audiences are down in all regions of Canada except the Maritimes.
Investment analyst sites lack of certainty with respect to its Goldman Sachs deal and poor performance of its television assets as reasons to stay away from CanWest stock.
Poll reveals that nearly half of Canadians don't believe Ottawa should approve a merger between BCE and Telus.
Critics say U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs is set to reap the benefits of a content library in which Canadians have invested $2.5-billion.
Former Heritage Minister speculates Tony Burman was pushed out of the top job at CBC news, and that the continuing quest for audience will dominate CBC programming choices.
CTVglobemedia reveals that the CRTC told the company it would be in for a lengthy battle if the forced sale of CityTV was challenged.
The CRTC has approved a change of ownership at The Canadian Documentary Channel, passing control to CBC.
After 24 years with the broadcaster, Jay Switzer will step down as president and CEO of CHUM once new owners, CTVglobemedia, take over in July.
The CRTC hearing for Astral Media's proposed takeover of Standard Broadcasting will take place at the same time as the hearing for CanWest Global and U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs' bid for Alliance Atlantis.
Columnist says a flurry of recent broadcast deals has convinced the owner of Canada's third largest sports network to put The Score up for sale.
Article says the Harper government has signaled it will leave ultimate approval of a possible Telus takeover of BCE to the Competition Bureau and the CRTC.
Peter Liba, Manitoba's former lieutenant-governor and a founding member of CanWest Global Communications, has passed away.
A report forecasts a consistent 5.6% annual growth rate between now and 2011 for the Canadian entertainment and media market.
Columnist says that while the CBC might be on the forefront of creating interactive content in hopes of attracting new listeners and viewers, they've yet to work out all the kinks.
CBC TV's executive vice-president of English television claims the presence of news on the public broadcaster has actually grown.
Columnist says Tony Burman's departure as the head of CBC news comes at a time when senior management is intensely interested in better viewing numbers and lighter fare in both prime-time programming and news coverage.
After canceling a scheduled rebroadcast and suspending DVD sales, CBC has now sold the rights to Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story.
Columnist says killing a Telus/BCE merger might win the Conservatives votes, but would leave Mr. Harper open to criticism over his heavy-handed intrusion into markets.
Article says a merger between Telus and BCE would create a company worth more than $50-billion that would dominate the land-line telephone and cellphone markets across most of the country.
Columnist questions whether Tony Burman's departure from the top journalism job at CBC signals a change in how the public broadcaster covers news.
Columnist says CBC Television has been pouring increasing resources into "infotainment" programming at the perceived expense of news and current affairs portfolios.
An industry analyst suggests CanWest might need to boost its stake in Alliance Atlantis to 56% from 29% to allay foreign ownership concerns.
FRIENDS says CBC's top news editor had to cope with poor decisions from top management such as chopping regional newscasts in half in 2000.
FRIENDS says Tony Burman was the most senior protector of the independence of the radio and television news service from political interference from the senior management at CBC.
Blog post questions whether CanWest Global's decision not to sell its Australian television network will give the company sufficient resources to participate in a bid for BCE.
CBC's partnership with blog search giant Technorati follows a CBC.ca redesign and the launch of several new features at CBCNews.ca
Tony Burman's resignation as editor in chief of CBC News, Current Affairs and Newsworld is the latest departure from the CBC executive suite.
Goldman Sachs has offered to buy out other parties in Alliance Atlantis' movie distribution arm, but investors say they are being lowballed.
CanWest Global says it plans to take control of its Australian subsidiary after reports that a six-month auction failed to find a buyer at an acceptable price.
Festival organizers say they are suffering because the government hasn't outlined rules to apply for new funding announced in the last budget.
Columnist outlines Rogers Communications' plan to become a major player in Canadian television.
A report on U.S. broadcast television ownership has found that women own 5% of the 1,400 commercial broadcast television stations in America, and people of color own just 3.6%.
Quebec Culture and Communications Minister Christine St-Pierre is contesting her firing from Radio-Canada after she was elected as a Liberal member of the National Assembly.
Columnist says Industry Canada has increased competition for Telesat Canada by issuing more than half of 12 new licences for satellite airwave spectrum to new market entrants.
Editorial says Barrie should welcome CBC Radio's interest in establishing a new station in the community.
Victor Rabinovitch, president of the Canadian Museum of Civilization and brother of the head of the CBC, says politicians should not tell cultural institutions how to conduct their business.
The head of CRTC says Ottawa should consider merging the laws that govern broadcasting and telecommunications because technology is rapidly bringing the two sectors together.
A coalition of U.S. recording artists, music companies and recording industry groups are attempting to persuade Congress to grant performers compensation when their music is broadcast by radio stations.
Columnist says New Media has dominated the conversation at this year's Banff World Television Festival.
Article profiles a number of deals involving Canadian television shows being made at the Banff World Television Festival.
Article provides highlights of the Canadian Television Fund Stakeholders Report 2007.
The Canadian Television Fund releases a report stating that in 2006/07 revenues totaled $273.5 million and 509 projects received funding.
The A-Channel network, a collection of seven small television stations, is expected to be given a makeover as its new owner, CTVglobemedia, looks to revitalize the struggling broadcaster.
FRIENDS says Ottawa's A-Channel may be sold to Rogers in the next few months.
Prime Minister Tony Blair has attacked Britain's print and broadcast journalism for lack of balance, sensationalism and search for "venal" sins in public life.
Article says there is growing disappointment and frustration among Conservatives with the Harper government putting a decision on the future of the CBC on hold.
FRIENDS says the company may eventually want to add the "Rogers" brand to the CityTV stations.
CEP says Canada's big media corporations are now in the position of choosing their competitors behind closed doors.
Rogers agrees to buy the five Citytv television stations CTVglobemedia was ordered to sell in a deal valued at approximately $375 million.
Article says $375 million deal will increase Rogers' TV presence in Canada's largest markets.
Columnist says the CTVglobemedia/CHUM decision shows that CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein will not bend the rules on media concentration.
TV website Joost seeks to land legitimate content deals with major networks to move Web TV into the mainstream.
A Barrie, Ontario city councillor is concerned a new CBC radio station could cut into the audience of privately owned/operated stations currently servicing the city.
Article says CBC Television will contribute $600,000 over three years to the Canadian Film Centre's training program for emerging TV talent.
Columnist says that despite CBC cancelling Country Canada and On The Road Again Canadians still care about rural matters.
CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein tells delegates at the Banff International Television Festival that the broadcast regulator needs more resources.
The CBC has applied to the CRTC for a license to extend its radio coverage across the eastern tip of P.E.I.
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says Ottawa must be wary of corporate takeovers by foreign companies beholden to another government's agenda.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is seeking comment on the proposed merger of licensees Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio.
Editorial claims that the old CRTC rules have been bypassed by the modern reality of the Canadian media business.
Columnist says that with expensive new formats, Internet viewing and fragmented audiences, television comedy has undergone a nearly complete transformation in the past few years.
Michael Geist says draft legislation written by the Canadian Motion Pictures Distributors Association likely served as the basis for what is now the government's proposed movie piracy bill.
Article says that after a week of nationwide mass protests and criticism from the international community, President Musharraf of Pakistan has withdrawn proposed curbs on media coverage of opposition protests.
Columnist says Canada's media industry is entering into a period of business intrigue, speculation and gossip.
Columnist says History TV, Canada's history-oriented cable channel, is violating its programming mission by airing CSI: NY.
The federal government has announced it will spend $29-million over the next two years to renew a program aimed at helping the development of Canadian new media products.
The CRTC has upheld rules that say two minutes for every hour of television programming must be used to promote Canadian cable programming.
Article details how under executive programming director Kristine Layfield, CBC TV is increasingly leaning on outside media consultants to polish its news programs and nurture new personalities.
Columnist says Barrie, Ontario is one of 15 communities across Canada that could get its own CBC Radio station.
Columnist says future media merger decisions should be postponed until CRTC hearings on media consolidation and diversity, set for September, provide a framework.
Columnist notes the CRTC took the direction recommended by FRIENDS in their CTVglobemedia/CHUM decision.
FRIENDS applauds the CRTC decision requiring CTVglobemedia to sell CHUM's CityTV stations but allowing them to keep its A-Channel stations.
FRIENDS comments on potential buyers for CHUM's CityTV stations in a CBC Radio One interview.
Columnist says Quebecor and Rogers could find themselves in a bidding war for CHUM's CityTV stations.
FRIENDS says the CRTC "did its job" by making the approval of the CTVglobemedia/CHUM deal conditional on the sale of the Citytv stations.
FRIENDS says the CRTC's CTVglobemedia/CHUM decision ensures that three private-sector national television networks, rather than two, will operate in English-speaking Canada.
CRTC chair says the broadcast regulator's CTVglobemedia/CHUM decision was based on the policy of "maintaining diversity of voices within the Canadian broadcasting system."
FRIENDS says CRTC decision is good for viewers, advertisers and competition and diversity in the Canadian broadcasting system.
Columnist says the CRTC decision will lead to the collapse of a deal CTV struck to sell A-Channel stations to Rogers Communications.
Article says CBC's coverage of the Stanley Cup final averaged 2.502 million viewers, an 18-per-cent dip from last year.
Canadian Satellite Radio, which operates XM Canada, says president and chief operating officer Stephen Tapp will be stepping down.
Barenaked Ladies' Steven Page, Brian Goldman and Ian Hanomansing have new shows as part of CBC Radio One's summer lineup.
The CRTC has not approved the transfer of five CityTV stations in Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver to CTVglobemedia.
Audience measurement firm says it will begin tracking media consumption over mobile phones under a new service called Nielsen Wireless.
Columnist says CanWest MediaWorks has chosen to schedule much of its required Canadian programming midseason to fill in slots left vacant by canceled U.S. series.
Columnist says that eyes are on FP Newspapers Income Fund as the next potential takeover target in the Canadian newspaper sector.
Columnist says that without the purchase of a digital-ready television or a signal converter, nearly 20 million homes in the U.S. will lose over-the-air television transmission on Feb. 17, 2009.
Canadian actors advocate for more Canadian programming at CanWest MediaWorks' fall TV preview event.
CanWest MediaWorks has presented a fall TV line-up for Global Television and the newly rebranded E! network loaded with U.S. programming.
Video of Canadian actors Gordon Pinsent, Colin Mochrie, Wendy Crewson among those marching at Global's fall television lineup announcement.
Global National, Canada's most-watched national newscast, to be broadcast from new, high-tech digs near Parliament Hill.
Norman Jewison and Moses Znaimer are among those inducted into the first annual Canadian Film and Television Hall of Fame.
Actors says domestic broadcasters spent 20% more on U.S. shows in 2006, and $12 million less on Canadian shows.
Report says the rise of online TV, new distribution technologies and changing revenue streams "are threatening an imminent collapse" of the broadcast system in Canada.
Columnist says little has changed in the fall lineup for CityTV and A-Channel because a proposed takeover bid from CTVglobemedia requires CRTC approval.
A new report on the Canadian TV sector suggests the Internet and network television can coexist but traditional broadcasters will need to adapt their programming.
A media policy group's study finds a lack of diversity in the ownership of radio station licenses in the U.S.
CTV to air Live Earth: The Concerts for a Climate in Crisis.
ACTRTA members protest CTV and Global events promoting new American television programs.
CTV's fall 2007 television schedule to include seven new American shows.
Debra Alves has been appointed the Managing Director/CEO of the CBC Pension Fund.
Actors and representatives of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists are planning a rally outside the CanWest Global presentation of its fall television lineup.
The chairman of the Canadian Television Fund suggests Jim Shaw Jr. is misinformed in his harsh criticism of the operation, which provides money to make domestic TV shows.
Columnist describes how the CRTC is becoming the target of a new media democracy movement.
President Musharraf has amended Pakistani regulations governing the electronic media, including private television channels that the general has accused of anti-government bias.
A U.S. appeals court has tossed out an indecency ruling against Fox television and questioned whether the Federal Communications Commission has the right to police the airwaves for offensive language.
Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show tells CTV "You've done a great job there, airing all those American shows and taking credit for them."
Larche Communications and Rogers are set to swap ownership of KICX 106 in Kitchener-Waterloo for CICX-FM in Orillia, Ontario.
Jim Shaw says the Canadian Television Fund board is seeking to consolidate power and shut out cable and satellite carriers.
The NDP's Peggy Nash is calling on Ottawa to change its tax laws for cultural professionals.
Proposed bill would make it a crime to camcord movies in theaters and send movie pirates to prison for up to five years.
Editorial says individual television viewers, not government regulations, should decide how much advertising is acceptable.
Columnist says little has been done to advance negotiations between Canadian and U.S. broadcasters for the digital rights to many American television shows.
Shaw Communications alleges Canadian Television Fund executives are pursuing "an aggressive and purposeful agenda" to tighten their grip on money used to fund domestic TV shows.
Thousands of Venezuelans have protested a decision by President Hugo Chavez to pull the plug on an opposition-aligned TV station.
Barry Kiefl, president of Canadian Media Research Inc., says in terms of overall audience, the 2006-2007 TV season was the worst in the public broadcaster's 55-year history.
Osprey Media Income Fund has been sold to Quebecor in a $517-million deal.
CanWest Global is selling off its stake in one of the country's biggest free newspapers in Vancouver and Ottawa.
CBC using the social networking website Facebook to compile a list of Canadians' fondest wishes to be featured on a Canada Day broadcast.
CBC executives claim that in 2006 CBC TV enjoyed its best prime-time season in five years with several shows pulling in one million weekly viewers.
Venture, Country Canada, Jozi H, Rumours, 72 Hours, Hatching Matching Dispatching and the arts showcase Opening Night have all been cancelled.
CBC's new board chair says the public broadcaster needs stable long-term funding to operate effectively and that CBC TV shouldn't be totally free of advertising.
Network executives say CBC had its best primetime performance in five years this past season.
CBC unveils its fall TV lineup including nine new homegrown series.
New CBC chair Timothy Casgrain says the consolidation of major private sector broadcasters in Canada puts CBC up against three very powerful competitors for television viewers.
Canadian broadcasters are set to battle for domestic advertising dollars at competing 'upfront' events.
Pierre DesRoches, former executive director of Telefilm Canada, has passed away.
Focus group report for Industry Canada discloses resistance to Conservative government enthusiasm for relaxing telecom ownership restrictions.
Nielsen ratings show that prime-time television viewing dropped significantly this year compared with last season.
Article says Venezuelan troops have seized an anti-government television channel's broadcast equipment as part of a President Hugo Chavez plan to take the broadcaster off the air.
Article says Canadian television network executives are banking on U.S. hit programs to fuel media takeover bids.
The public broadcast regulator has allowed Alliance Atlantis to split and form a separate, numbered company to hold properties – primarily its cable channels – whose sale are subject to CRTC regulation.
An overhaul of European broadcasting law has been confirmed, paving the way for looser rules on advertising breaks, product placement and cross-border broadcasts.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been accused of wielding political power over the media after his former deputy campaign director was given a senior management post at a broadcast powerhouse.
A stock rating agency has placed CanWest MediaWorks Income Fund under review following an announcement by the Fund’s parent that it intends to take the Fund, which owns many of Canada’s daily newspapers, private.
Study shows that among adults in the U.S. that actively stream and download video content, 11% of the video content they consume is viewed on a PC, while 75% is consumed on a television set.
FRIENDS says Canadian private broadcasters enjoy a substantial amount of public funding every year that is intended to encourage more Canadian content.
Trustee appointment for CanWest/Goldman Sachs takeover bid of Alliance Atlantis receives CRTC approval.
Columnist predicts consumers will make buyshifting – buying TV shows on-demand and á la carte from digital resellers – a vital component of TV watching in the future.
CanWest proposes to buy back the income trust that owns 10 daily newspapers including the Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Citizen and The Gazette of Montreal.
U.S. Spanish language TV channel to air a drama series with no commercials, just brand integration.
Analyst says CanWest Global's involvement in a bid for telecom giant BCE may be a ruse to peer into the books of one of its main media rivals.
Hundreds of summer festivals say they are being shut out of a new $30-million federal sponsorship program that was suspended by Heritage Minister Bev Oda following accusations that it was a slush fund for Conservative MPs.
Sirius Satellite Radio chief executive Mel Karmazin says the XM/Sirius merger faces an uphill battle because of strong opposition from the National Association of Broadcasters.
Canadian broadcasters capped off their Los Angeles Screenings by pulling out their wallets in a bid for potential 2007-08 primetime hits.
FRIENDS says the CBC's plan to expand its supper hour news programs from 30 to 60 minutes without increasing local news budgets is a bad idea.
Article says CanWest Global has signed up as a partner on a bid for BCE led by U.S. private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management.
Columnist says the media is using the words "culture" and "art" to represent what was once referred to as "popular culture" and "entertainment".
CanWest Global has purchased thirteen U.S. dramas and one U.S. comedy for its new fall television lineup.
CBC executive admits that the network's focus on the Maple Leafs might not have helped Ottawa appeal to a national audience.
Britain's competition watchdog will carry out an inquiry into British Sky Broadcasting's controversial purchase of a significant stake in ITV.
FRIENDS' steering committee chair says the Canadian Heritage Committee should make it clear to CBC that regional programming is a priority and ensure that the public broadcaster is funded accordingly.
Sources say CTV and Rogers will pay between $10-million and $15-million per season for the rights to broadcast National Football League games.
FRIENDS is encouraged by new legislation before the B.C. government to support the province's public television broadcaster.
FRIENDS says Canadian private broadcasters spent $479 million on foreign dramas in 2006, while only spending $70.9 million on domestic dramas.
FRIENDS says CBC Television should invest more money in regional programming if it wants to stop the slide in its audience share, especially for supper-hour news shows.
Columnist says the globalization of U.S. television is more evident at this year's Los Angeles Screenings than ever before.
Paul Cauchon reports that the CRTC's recent decision to stop regulating the quantity of advertising on TV poses a dilemma for Canada's broadcasters.
Saskatchewan's public telecom enables streaming radio service to cellphones.
BBC reports that it achieved a record combined audience of 233 million for its radio, television and Internet services this year.
XM says a software glitch disrupted service to many of the company's 8 million subscribers for about a day.
Columnist says media activists should organize grassroots campaigns against the CRTC to combat the power of Canada's large media conglomerates.
FRIENDS says Canadian TV broadcasters, which receive more than $200-million in public assistance, are buying more U.S. programming than ever before.
Article profiles the public spat between CBC's Rick Mercer and FRIENDS' steering committee chair, Noreen Golfman.
Data show that CBC's 24 hour audience share was 5.3% in the October 2006 to March 2007 period – the lowest ratings in the history of Canada's public broadcaster.
Richard Stursberg, executive vice-president of CBC Television, predicts increased commercial minutes on Canadian TV will drain funds from the public broadcaster as advertisers spend more money on CTV and Global.
The executive vice-president of CBC Television says a controversial TV pilot was aired because of Canadian Television Fund regulations.
Editorial says the CRTC made the right decision to deregulate TV advertising so market forces can dictate the ad-content mix.
The CBC and the Directors Guild of Canada say the CRTC is encouraging a freefall of spending on Canadian drama because it didn't firm up support for Canadian content in its new television policy.
Columnist says Canadian broadcasters looking to buy foreign shows will find U.S. networks are moving away from serialized dramas and toward series with self-contained episodes.
Canadian media guilds express disappointment that CRTC television policy changes did not include re-imposing expenditure requirements for domestic programming.
The CBC has announced plans to further revamp Radio Two programming this fall by canceling Symphony Hall and On Stage and adding a flagship classical-music show.
A New York-based private equity company has approached Shaw Communications and CanWest Global to join a possible buying group for BCE.
Article says the return of the Toronto Blue Jays to the CBC signals a change in thinking about sports at the public broadcaster that could result in a TV deal for the Toronto Raptors.
In September 2007, broadcasters will be allowed 14 minutes of ads per hour of prime-time, up from the current 12 - by 2009, there will be no limits.
Columnist says the CBC should be dedicating resources to promoting Canadian artists instead of the Seven Wonders of Canada contest.
Reality shows, comedy and specials will factor heavily in CTV's summer schedule.
The CRTC reports that revenues for private radio hit $1.4 billion in 2006, up 5.7 per cent from 2005.
The CRTC has denied a bid by Canada's conventional television networks to charge fees to cable and satellite companies, but will remove restrictions on advertising time limits.
The CRTC to loosen some regulations on conventional television broadcasters and deny subscriber fees to local TV stations on cable and satellite.
Canada Council for the Arts is soliciting feedback from everyone interested in the arts as part of a strategic planning process.
CBC-TV's summer schedule will contain more BBC shows and new reality programming.
Industry analysts say the deal could face regulatory hurdles.
Catholic Civil Rights League calls portrayals of altar boys and religious rituals in a CBC TV pilot 'blasphemy'.
FRIENDS says the CRTC followed its procedures when it refused to consider CTVglobemedia's offer to sell up to three CityTV stations to push through its takeover of CHUM.
Merger between Thomson Corp. and Reuters Group would form the world's largest financial information company.
Corus Entertainment and Cogeco are creating a new company that will combine the two media companies' national radio sales teams.
The co-president of Goldman Sachs, the U.S. company financing CanWest's takeover bid of Alliance Atlantis, encourages Canadian CEOs to jump on the international deal-making bandwagon.
Growth in broadcast advertising and worldwide sales of the CSI television series has pushed Alliance Atlantis first-quarter profit to $41.2-million.
In preparation for possible labour unrest this fall, Hollywood executives have been pushing up shooting schedules, ordering more reality TV programs and renegotiating with writers to turn in their film scripts earlier than usual.
Article describes competing interests in Canada's broadcast industry that will be affected by the soon-to-be released CRTC review of domestic television policy.
The federal broadcast regulator says CTVglobemedia did not follow proper process when it offered to sell up to three Citytv television stations in an attempt to push through its $1.7-billion purchase of CHUM.
Columnist says Canadian television needs more regulation, not less, to clean up "polluted" airwaves.
BBM Nielsen data show that the ratings for the 2006-2007 television season were the poorest in CBC history.
Michael Geist says Canada should follow the U.S. lead by removing the requirement to obtain permission to use video and audio of public discussion of elected officials.
The Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications says the CRTC should regulate monthly contributions to the Canadian Television Fund and establish a dispute resolution mechanism to deal with stakeholder concerns.
In a speech to the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters, CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein outlined the Commission's goals, which reflect the "market forces" approach of the current federal government.
Activist group has a vision of "integrated media, two countries, and one audience."
Joost, an Internet-based TV service, says it has raised $45-million (U.S.) from five investors including CBS and Viacom.
The chairman of the CRTC says Canada's broadcast regulator will entertain "a lighter approach to regulation" as long as support for Canadian programming is upheld.
CanWest CEO says valuable local content gives newspapers the edge against new online competitors.
CTVglobemedia has offered to sell a Citytv station in Winnipeg and possibly two others in Calgary and Edmonton to push through its $1.7-billion purchase of CHUM Ltd.
Robert Rabinovitch, CBC's President and CEO, tells staff that television ratings for the 2006-2007 season were the highest in the last six years.
A report on the Canadian television industry shows production and development spending rose 21% in 2006 to $1.52 billion, the first significant increase since 2000.
Columnist says CBC hopes to start a radio station serving Kitchener and London, Ontario as part of its plan to increase its service in fast-growing communities across Canada.
Kevin Shea - who most recently helped Sirius satellite radio land a federal broadcast licence - has returned to work at a Liberal ad agency.
CanWest Global Communications has entered a lockup agreement to sell CanWest MediaWorks (NZ) Ltd. to an Australian private equity firm for an expected $314M.
FRIENDS questions the appointment process of senior management for Canada's public broadcaster.
Auditor general Sheila Fraser says CBC had 6,000 hours of unused and improperly managed programming at its French and English TV networks in 2005.
Columnist says CBC's 'The Seven Wonders of Canada' competition is "an insult and its existence stands as an indictment of CBC's current mania for brainless, smiley-face content".
Editorial criticizes CBC programming decisions attempting to attract a younger audience.
Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda insists that all cheques from members of the broadcast industry were returned after a controversial political fundraiser was cancelled last fall.
Columnist says the now cancelled Gill Deacon Show could have been smarter, edgier, riskier, more befitting of a public broadcaster.
Records show Heritage Minister Bev Oda's riding association cashed donations from senior members of broadcasting industry even after a political fundraiser was cancelled.
Data shows that in Canada over the past few years, subscriptions to satellite TV have grown substantially while cable TV rates have declined.
CTVglobemedia upped the value of its benefits package and pledged more local programming in Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg, as part if the company's proposed takeover bid of CHUM.
A CRTC report shows Canadian specialty, pay, pay-per-view television and video-on-demand enjoyed a 12.4% increase in revenues in 2006.
Article says TVOntario's recently appointed board members have strong financial and corporate strategy backgrounds and show the new direction Ontario's educational public broadcaster is headed.
CTVglobemedia tells the CRTC there will be no overlap of programming between its over-the-air CTV stations and the CityTV outlets it wants to purchase from CHUM.
Columnist says Booker Prize-winning author Yann Martel has started a guerrilla campaign to affirm the importance of the arts and literature in the national discourse.
A supportive quote from Peter Herrndorf, a current member of CBC's board of directors, has been included in CTVglobemedia's application to acquire CHUM - a deal the CBC opposes.
Sirius Satellite Radio lost $144.7-million (U.S.) or 10 cents per share in its first quarter of 2007.
A CRTC ruling allowing major phone companies to charge different customers different rates will come into effect on June 1.
The new CBC Board chair says he wants to help the CBC thrive in the changing landscape of media and information, and ensure its appeal crosses generational and cultural boundaries.
Article says that if the CRTC approves the CTVglobemedia $1.4-billion takeover of CHUM, the deal will require an unprecedented bending of federal rules.
CRTC commissioner calls CTVglobemedia's request to own two major TV stations in five Canadian cities a monumental exemption from longstanding CRTC broadcasting policy.
The CRTC forces CTV executives to provide assurances a merged CTVglobemedia/CHUM would not simply milk profits and stifle attempts at creative TV programming.
Columnist says CBC's fall television lineup continues to stir up a nation that has a decided love/hate relationship with its public broadcaster.
CTVglobemedia wants the CRTC to make an exception and allow the company to own two TV stations in a market because CHUM's CityTV stations need CTV's injection of cash to stay afloat.
Columnist calls the move by CanWest to turn over programming for its CH stations to an American company devoted to reporting on U.S. showbiz a "theft of our airwaves".
Columnist observes that CRTC precedent may force CTVglobemedia to divest television channels in certain markets to lessen ownership concentration.
Columnist says that with other media mergers waiting for approval, all eyes will be on CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein to observe the tone, pacing and precedent he sets during the CTVglobemedia/CHUM review.
FRIENDS questions how the unprecedented clout of a merged CTVglobemedia-CHUM will affect competition in Canada's television industry.
Columnist says Heritage Minister Bev Oda has favoured accounting and corporate-board experience over a background in media or the arts with the appointment of the new chairman of the CBC.
Critics question the new CBC Board chair's lack of experience in broadcasting.
Columnist says that Stephen Harper's centralized decision-making style means that when the Prime Minister likes a cultural project, such as the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, funds become available.
Rogers' CEO was the cable company's highest paid executive in 2006 with a compensation package worth $16.37-million.
Industry analysts say CTVglobemedia and Quebecor may look at initial public offerings to capitalize on a renewed interest in media stocks.
Heritage Minister Bev Oda has appointed Timothy W. Casgrain as Chairperson of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
The CRTC chair says the government wants to move quickly toward less regulation, but if the telecommunications industry does not demonstrate is it capable of policing its own behavior, it will face consequences.
Editorial says that the Heritage Minister's poor handling of a proposed $30-million plan to sponsor arts and culture festivals now gives a potentially worthy program the perception of a patronage 'slush fund'.
Editorial says Heritage Minister Bev Oda should release details of a new cultural sponsorship program to all interested groups, not just MPs.
The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada says neither the CRTC nor Canadians have been told what CTV plans to do with 65 radio and television stations it proposes to buy from CHUM.
U.S. federal broadcast regulators tell Congress they need the same powers to protect children from violent content as they have for indecent content.
Columnist says Rosie O'Donnell's departure from 'The View' is newsworthy and emblematic of present U.S. culture because right-wing media figures have silenced a left-leaning woman.
The CRTC is reviewing an application by Rogers Communications to start a pay audio service which could be used to stream music to cellphones and Internet receivers in cars.
Three separate reports from industry analysts say it is unlikely the proposed merger of XM and Sirius will be approved.
Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda scrambled to defuse reports of a "backdoor process" to funnel $30 million into arts and culture festivals in ridings held by Conservative MPs.
Columnist says podcasting is proving a powerful and accessible medium for mainstream broadcasters such as the CBC.
Article profiles the battle for Quebec's radio listeners between Astral and Corus.
Canadian documentary filmmaker Allan King to be celebrated at New York's Museum of Modern Art.
Columnist says that the proposed CanWest/Goldman Sachs takeover of Alliance Atlantis may embolden other U.S. private equity firms to test Canada's foreign ownership laws and go after BCE.
A CanWest partnership is set to launch two new community newspapers in the Ottawa area.
Famed mentalist the Amazing Kreskin predicts a homegrown reality show will influence programming south of the border.
Francophone leaders from northern Ontario tell parliamentarians that 20 per cent of French language television programming should be dedicated to Francophone communities outside of Quebec.
Global Television has announced that its sister network, CH, will be adopting the branding and programming of the U.S.-based E! Entertainment Television Network.
Claudette Paquin has been named the head of TFO following the French-language education channel's split from TVOntario.
Canadian author Margaret Atwood is deeply critical of the Harper government's arts policies.
Columnist says a forthcoming U.S. report on worldwide intellectual property protection is expected to claim that Canada is rapidly emerging as a piracy haven, but that the reality is that Canada's record meets international standards.
A regulatory filing shows Sirius Satellite Radio paid its CEO Mel Karmazin $4.3 million in 2006.
Industry Canada's assistant deputy minister says the CRTC should set a deadline for Canadian television broadcasters to switch from analog to digital signals.
FRIENDS says if the CRTC allows CTVglobemedia to retain CHUM's CityTV stations it would violate the regulator's own policy against common ownership of two stations serving identical markets.
Columnist says the CBC's decision not to air the Virginia Tech shooter footage was made to gain support from Canadians who might be suspicious of the CBC.
Article notes that instead of pressuring the Afghanistan government into upholding the freedom of the media, Prime Minister Harper makes jokes about the CBC.
CanWest Global and U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs have received Competition Bureau approval of their proposed takeover of Alliance Atlantis Communications.
Columnist says lobbying efforts are heating up over an emerging international treaty on broadcasting rights, pitting major broadcasters against communications giants.
At a Clear Channel radio station in Texas, advertisers will sponsor an hour of programming, during which a D.J. will promote its product conversationally in what the company calls 'integration'.
FRIENDS says recent CBC radio changes show the public broadcaster is making a determined effort to reach a younger audience, but there could be political implications from alienating key decision makers in older demographics.
Journalists employed by the Russian News Service say they were told by new managers - who are allies of the Kremlin - that at least 50 percent of the reports about Russia must be "positive."
Columnist says Leonard and Izzy Asper's rush for media convergence led to Hollinger getting the better end of the deal for its Canadian newspapers in 2000.
Tony Burman, editor-in-chief of CBC News, defends his decision not to show the Virginia Tech shooter footage, saying the public broadcaster distinguished itself from its ratings-hungry private competitors.
BBC new media director says Britain's public broadcaster is delivering content in a "hybrid environment," combining digital television, radio, and the Internet to offer interactive services for audiences.
Rudy Buttignol, an independent producer, director, writer writer and former creative head of network programming at TVOntario is taking over as the interim head of BC's public broadcaster.
Former anchor of CBC's The National says Canada's public broadcaster is under-funded and over-mandated and is now confronting the biggest crisis it has ever faced.
The Television Bureau of Canada, the agency that screens ads for private broadcasters, is at the centre of controversy over efforts to protect the public from advertising deemed inappropriate for TV.
The federal heritage minister says the government is willing to give CBC long-term funding, but first wants to ensure the national broadcaster is in tune with Canadians.
Media companies such as Bell Canada, CBC/Radio-Canada, Rogers Communications and Apple Canada are lining up to oppose a new proposed tariff on musical works delivered via the Internet.
Heritage Minister Bev Oda says the government will implement most of the recommendations in a Senate report on news media, but that CBC must introduce programming that is relevant to Canadians before funding levels are determined.
News organizations such as The New York Times and The Washington Post have purchased Internet keyword advertising promoting their coverage of the recent shooting at Virginia Tech.
CRTC Chairman Konrad von Finckenstein said he has made internal and external communication a priority with recent staff appointments.
The co-founder of the company that produced Michael Moore's 'Bowling for Columbine' and 'This Hour has 22 Minutes' is starting a new film and television production company focused on family and children's entertainment.
JR Shaw, founder and executive chairman of Shaw Communications, says his companies will not be sold, at least while he is around.
Canada's biggest telecommunications company has confirmed it is in talks with Canadian pension funds to take BCE private.
A panel of copyright judges have thrown out requests from a group of public and private broadcasters to reconsider a ruling that increases the royalties paid to record companies and artists.
The president of XM Canada's parent company Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings says he is disappointed by sales of satellite radio subscriptions.
Article details how Webcasters, public radio and terrestrial radio broadcasters are affected by a new U.S. music royalty structure.
A former Canadian justice minister has claimed that CBC staff, including news anchor Peter Mansbridge and reporter Sasa Petricic, ruined his reputation in a broadcast that explored Internet gambling.
Columnist hears from CBC Radio Two listeners frustrated with recent evening programming changes.
Canadian networks are attempting to gain additional advertising revenue and combat the spread of digital piracy by offering TV shows over the web.
Activists are urging the U.S. federal broadcast regulator to fine radio stations over "shock-jock" Don Imus' racially offensive remarks.
Improved Canadian television operations helped CanWest Global turn a $7 million profit in its second quarter.
Hearings will examine policies governing ownership concentration for both conventional broadcasters and the specialty-channel sector.
Canada's broadcast regulator has launched a public proceeding to review issues relating to common ownership of Canadian broadcasting companies.
Astral Media's chief executive officer says satellite radio is not likely to have a significant impact on the traditional radio business.
BBM Canada radio ratings show CBC Radio One is attracting its highest share of listeners since spring, 1991.
Article says CBC.ca is streaming pre and post-game NHL playoff coverage in an attempt to keep up with new trends in sports coverage.
Columnist says the Astral Media acquisition of Standard Radio will see one company dominate Canada's radio airwaves.
An aboriginal broadcaster tells the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage the CBC should better address the needs of Canada's aboriginal community.
The Toronto Writers' Centre reports that CBC.ca is looking for casual writers and editors.
Ontario Superior Court has set May 18 for a fairness hearing to consider a bid by the Movie Distribution Income Fund to halt the CanWest/Goldman Sachs proposed takeover of Alliance Atlantis.
Astral Media has announced a $1.08 billion agreement to purchase the assets of Standard Radio.
CBC's Hockey Night in Canada nabbed 2.8 million viewers on April 7th, its highest ever for a regular-season game.
CBC will air a new animated series that will encourage physical activity among its preschool-aged audience.
Stakeholders are ramping up efforts to influence the U.S. Federal Communications Commission hearing on the proposed XM/Sirius merger.
Industry analyst says Rogers' proposed purchase of CHUM assets may create more competition for U.S. programming and drive up costs for CTV and CanWest.
FRIENDS says the Rogers deal to purchase A-Channel stations could fall through if the CRTC does not approve CTVglobemedia's acquisition of CHUM.
FRIENDS expresses concern over local news in Barrie in the wake of the proposed A-Channel sale to Rogers.
FRIENDS says despite the proposed deal with Rogers, it is likely the CRTC will tell CTVglobemedia to keep the A-Channels and sell CHUM's five major TV stations in Winnipeg, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.
FRIENDS says Canadians would be better served if Rogers owned CHUM's Citytv stations, rather than A-Channel stations, resulting in three private-sector national TV networks.
Rogers would become the fifth owner of A-Channel Ottawa, also known as CHRO TV, since it began in 1961.
Rogers' $137.5-million deal with CTVglobemedia to buy 10 stations would make the company Canada's third-largest private-sector English-language TV owner.
Columnist says that despite Canada's public broadcaster paying $65 million per year to the NHL for broadcast rights, the league is caving to the wishes of the American network, NBC.
FRIENDS says the sale of A-Channel stations could hurt local news coverage because new ownership may wish to cut costs.
Op-ed criticizes CBC's coverage of the war in Afghanistan saying the public broadcaster has been building up the image of the military and downplaying any negative aspects of the war.
Columnist says the CBC should stand apart from private broadcasters as a home for challenging, "weird" and provocative shows.
The director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery says Canada's arts and cultural institutions are already heavily dependent on private sector support, and the government should provide matching programs to galleries and museums.
Article states that new royalty structures in the U.S. may see some Web radio operations set up in Canada.
CBC to close smoking room at its Toronto headquarters in September.
Agreement would see Rogers purchase CHUM assets - six A-Channel stations, ACCESS Alberta, CLT and SexTV - from CTVglobemedia.
Device allows you to watch your home TV from any computer connected to the Internet.
FRIENDS steering committee member honours the memory of Canadians that fought and died at Vimy Ridge in WWI.
Columnist argues that the CBC's new television line-up is less about Canadian culture than it is about a fixation on ratings.
41 CBC employees in human resources, communications, sales and marketing and the production of canceled TV shows have been laid off.
British opposition parties are calling the appointment of the new BBC chairman 'cronyism' - Michael Lyons is a key supporter of 'Prime Minister-in-waiting,' Gordon Brown.
The British government has chosen Michael Lyons as the new BBC chairman.
A Chinese diplomat's wife says she has proof that top Chinese officials tried to thwart a TV network from being broadcast in Canada.
FRIENDS says the CRTC might order CTVglobemedia to sell Citytv stations and retain ownership of A-Channels in smaller markets as part of the takeover of CHUM.
Cartt.ca reports on the details of the recent government decision to speed up deregulation of the local telephone market.
Quebecor CEO says his company may join the media consolidation fray if conditions become favourable after the CRTC considers new rules for takeovers in the broadcast sector.
The Movie Distribution Income Fund is going to court to seek a veto over the proposed $2.3-billion takeover of Alliance Atlantis by CanWest/Goldman Sachs.
Shareholders of Alliance Atlantis have voted more than 99 per cent to accept a $2.3-billion takeover offer from CanWest and New York investment bank Goldman Sachs.
A StatsCan trade survey shows import and export levels for cultural services such as published works, film and video, broadcasting and sound recording from 1994 to 2004.
Article says Industry Minister Maxime Bernier has pushed ahead with policy that sidesteps parliamentary process and the CRTC, and benefits the largest telephone companies.
CBC's fall season will see more reality programming and sitcoms, but Opening Night, Venture, Country Canada, 72 Hours, Moving On and Jozi-H have been canceled.
Britain's communications regulator says Channel 4 could go bankrupt after 2012 if it does not receive financial help.
The European Commission has approved an Arabic-language version of pan-European news channel EuroNews in a bid to boost ties with the Arab and Muslim world.
Konrad von Finckenstein responds to the Conservative government changing a CRTC decision concerning the deregulation of local phone services.
Google has reached a deal to auction ads on 125 television channels on behalf of U.S. satellite provider EchoStar Communications.
NBC Universal plans to launch 20 TV channels across Europe, Asia and Latin America in a drive to more than double broadcasting revenue outside the United States.
Columnist says a 2-billion pound funding shortfall for the BBC should result in cutting television programming that is indistinguishable from its commercial rivals.
The CRTC has denied a Videotron bid to broadcast an adult content station from France, saying the station may be too racy for Canadian standards.
The CBC has served a one-man B.C.-based website with a cease and desist order, calling on www.hockeyfightincanada.com to stop using a takeoff of the Hockey Night In Canada logo.
Columnist says CanWest may not get the target $1.5-billion to $1.8-billion sale price for its Australian television network.
XM Canada and Rogers have announced an agreement to provide XM Canada content on Rogers Wireless, Cable and Internet platforms.
Corus Entertainment has announced a joint venture to start a children's channel that will broadcast in Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific.
Heritage Minister Bev Oda defends her performance during the CTF crisis, and talks of changes needed at the CBC and CRTC in a one-on-one interview.
The 2007 JUNO Awards on CTV reached 3.7 million Canadians who tuned in at some point in the broadcast.
EMI has announced a deal that will allow Apple to sell the record company's songs online without copy protection software.
A new report argues Web television will find it difficult to challenge the economics of mass broadcasting.
Article suggests mergers do not always deliver on their promises.
Michael Geist observes some traditional broadcasters and copyright holders are increasingly wary of unregulated new media services such as Internet streaming and podcasting and may be gearing up for a fresh look at Internet regulation.
Correspondent says changing technology is making the CRTC less relevant.
Study reports TV viewing among adults 18-24 - including college students - is increasing.
Columnist says the recent announcement from the News Corporation and NBC Universal of a new online video venture shows a big change in how traditional media companies approach new media.
Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda reiterates her government's position that cultural institutions must increasingly turn to the private sector for operating support.
Article says even the market-oriented, Conservative Industry Minister appears unprepared for the prospect of a U.S.-led takeover of Canada's largest phone company.
Sirius Satellite Radio will offer an in-vehicle TV network in 2008 models of DaimlerChrysler cars and trucks.
Article says BCE is considering seeking a merger with rival Telus in an attempt to fend off a takeover bid from a U.S. private equity firm.
Columnist says Canadian film makers and distributors should fill the demand for digital content with Canadian productions while domestic viewers are being geo-blocked by Hollywood.
Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy says CTV's decision to bump the Junos for 'The Amazing Race' left an indelible impression that Canadian culture took a back seat to commercial interests.
CBC has shut down its in-house design team, laying off 64 employees.
Officials with the Canadian Museums Association attempted to present Heritage Minister Bev Oda with a boomerang to represent that her election promises for more funding have come back to haunt her.
The French-language twin of TVOntario, TFO, will be spun off as an independent organization.
The Directors Guild of Canada and ACTRA are calling for enforced, higher spending on domestic drama.
A former CBC President and CEO and a former Board member of the CBC provide recommendations to parliamentarians on the role of Canada's public broadcaster in the 21st Century.
Columnist explores options and trends in Internet radio.
CTV has yielded to pressure from artists, record labels and managers and will not bump the Junos for an American reality series - last minute change will result in a 4-hour tape delay in host Saskatchewan.
Article says a financial audit will delay the closing of the proposed takeover of Alliance Atlantic by CanWest Global/Goldman Sachs until July or August.
A CRTC report shows Canadian private broadcasters spent $688-million on foreign television programming in 2006, an increase of more than 12 per cent from the previous year.
FRIENDS questions the stewardship of the CRTC for allowing Canadian broadcasters to spend more on foreign television programming than on Canadian.
CanWest Global/Goldman Sachs and Alliance Atlantis now expect to complete the $2.3 billion proposed purchase in July or August, rather than in May.
Report of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage on the funding crisis of the Canadian Television Fund.
Rather than compete with the U.S. reality TV show 'The Amazing Race', CTV has moved The Juno Award broadcast to a later time slot in most Canadian markets.
Columnist comments that the CRTC and regulation is necessary given the rapid rate of change in the communications industry.
Scott Moore, the head of CBC Sports, defends a new deal for NHL broadcast rights and dismisses the suggestion that the public broadcaster will lose money on the reportedly $100-million/year contract.
David W. Kerr and David A. Leslie have been appointed to the board of directors for Canwest Global.
Columnist says that a bid by a cable channel featuring Canada's multicultural reality to become part of 'basic cable' may be stymied by opposition from Cogeco, Shaw and Rogers.
Observers warn that online video piracy in Canada may increase because of 'geo-blocking' - blocking content based on ip address - if Canadian and American broadcasters aren't able to settle licensing issues.
Columnist says the new deal with the NHL will see the public broadcaster pay more money for less prime programming, such as Maple Leafs games and playoffs involving Canadian teams.
CBC has negotiated a deal with the NHL worth an estimated $100-million per season for hockey broadcast rights - including new digital platforms such as cellphones, video-on-demand and streaming over the Internet.
Canadian Media Guild video takes an inside look at the closure of the CBC design department at the Toronto Broadcast Centre.
An application for a new TV channel catering to the visually impaired is being opposed by Canwest Global, Rogers and Shaw because of a content deal signed with CTV.
Columnist notes that CBC is airing an afternoon lifestyle show called 'Living Calgary' in Edmonton.
Survey commissioned by Rogers Communications shows subscriber opposition to mandatory inclusion of new channels in their digital basic cable service and preference for pick-and-pay options.
CAB's contribution to the Heritage Committee's investigation of the role of the public broadcaster in the 21st century.
CBC president and CEO Robert Rabinovitch tells parliamentarians there is a widening gap between the public broadcaster's budget and what it is expected to deliver.
Columnist speculates recent stock deals may mean CanWest Global is attempting to take control of Score Media - the owner of the sports TV channel 'The Score'.
The CRTC is set to shuffle the list of channels available to cable and satellite subscribers who buy the minimum packages offered.
The B.C. Film Commission says the British Columbia film and TV industry earned more than $1.2 billion last year.
Article states News Corp. and NBC Universal are building an online video service designed to break the dominance of Google Inc.'s YouTube.
CBC has announced it will get an extra $60 million in funding from the federal government in each of the next two years to support local programming.
CBC president and CEO Robert Rabinovitch wants the federal government to sign a contract that spells out exactly what Ottawa expects of the public broadcaster and how it will be funded.
CBC press release calls for a new contract with Canadians based on five core principles.
Text of a presentation by CBC's President and CEO to the House of Commons Heritage Committee on the review of the public broadcaster's mandate in the 21st century.
Tacky programs and a focus on scandals make a founder of Britain's Channel 4 say the broadcaster has lost its soul.
CBC president Robert Rabinovitch asks the parliamentary heritage committee for a 10-year mandate - FRIENDS recommends CBC focus on Canadian programming for television and radio.
XM Canada tells subscribers that following a merger of Sirius and XM in the U.S., they expect that existing hardware will be able to receive programming from both services.
New deal will allow Canadian advertisers to geo-target online advertising to reach Canadian visitors on NYTimes.com
Broadcasters and advertisers say time shifting - the ability to watch network feeds from other time zones - is playing havoc with commercials and ratings.
Article comments that Canadian satellite radio subscribers are caught in the middle of the proposed U.S. satellite radio merger, and may see their service and monthly fees change.
British Columbia Film has unveiled two screenwriting awards named for the late Daryl Duke, a director, broadcaster and former member of FRIENDS advisory council, to "celebrate and encourage excellence in screenwriting" in Canada.
CBC President reports to staff on the content of a recent Board of Directors meeting held in Toronto.
The federal Conservative government says a new panel on competition policy will have a broad mandate and could trigger changes in areas such as foreign ownership regulations.
Article notes the Conservative government's budget contained little for Canada's cultural infrastructure.
Toronto Mayor David Miller has sent a letter to the CBC's board of directors arguing against the broadcaster's decision to shut its in-house design department.
A former U.S. Justice Department official told a Senate subcommittee that the proposed Sirius/XM merger would harm consumers and violate antitrust laws.
The U.S. Library of Congress Copyright Royalty Board has agreed to reconsider a decision to increase royalties for music played on the Internet.
FRIENDS referenced in article about a presentation made by Save Our CBC Kamloops to the House committee reviewing CBC's mandate.
U.S. Broadcasters and online companies are challenging a copyright ruling that they say could cripple the emerging business of offering music broadcasts over the Internet.
Rebranding itself as "Canada's National Music Network", CBC's Radio 2 website details new programs and offers time shifted live streams.
Media insiders say a concerted effort on the part of Canada's TV industry, government, and the CRTC is needed to accelerate the take-up of high definition television.
CBC Radio 2 programming changes are aimed at attracting younger listeners but one critic says the demise of shows such as Brave New Waves and Radio 3 may turn away the demographic they are seeking.
Paul Cauchon reports that the Commons Heritage Committee is about to embark on a full study of the CBC throughout Canada.
Columnist says Prime Minister Harper will attempt to attract a broad swath of middle-class voters who are motivated by tangible benefits over ideology.
New 'media consumption data collection devices' detect signals sent by both television and radio broadcasters and provide precise information on what people are listening to or watching.
Article says that despite creating very little content, Google has rewritten the rules for content delivery and has become the most valuable media company in the world.
Domestic content creators want the Canadian Television Fun to allow them to retain copyright of their intellectual property, including the right to exploit digital and on-line areas.
Columnist says that if the U.S. broadcast regulator approves the Sirius/XM merger, it will open the door for more consolidation among major media companies.
François Desjardins reports that the president of Astral's radio division has acknowledged that economic factors can work against diversity and competition in media concentration.
Paul Cauchon reports from the CRTC hearing on obligatory carriage in a digital environment.
New music service offers both personalized track choice and portability.
The president of Astral Media Radio, who is in negotiations to buy Standard Radio, says media consolidation is financially advantageous but care must be taken not to lose diversity of voices and regional content.
Submission on behalf of the Fraser Educational Foundation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.
Shaw asks customers a series of loaded questions about the CRTC, Canadian content and viewing preferences.
Cartt.ca reports CBC Radio 2 will soon unveil a new evening schedule which will feature a broader range of music with jazz, live performance and contemporary music delivered seven days a week.
FRIENDS presents research that shows three million Canadians do not subscribe to cable or satellite and receive their TV signal over the air.
XM Canada makes up 90,000 customers by counting satellite radios installed in new cars as they roll off the production line as subscribers.
Columnist says the CRTC either caved to public pressure or saw reason - or both - and decided to postpone its hearings on media concentration until next fall.
FRIENDS says the announced CRTC review of media concentration in Canada is a good sign and shows the broadcast regulator is concerned about the question of Canadian voices.
Canada's largest union of media workers says the CRTC process to review proposed media mergers is deliberately misguided to favour media corporate bottom lines over the public interest.
FRIENDS says plans by CBC to rely more heavily on cable and satellite transmission will disenfranchise Canadians who receive TV over-the-air.
FRIENDS warns the Commons heritage committee that the CBC may try to "unplug" hundreds of thousands of over-the-air television viewers in small cities and rural areas across the country.
Article notes CBC's Little Mosque on the Prairie and CTV's Corner Gas both attracted over a million viewers every week this past season.
Viacom, the owner of MTV, VH1, Comedy Central and other cable networks has filed a $1-billion (U.S.) copyright lawsuit against the video-sharing site and corporate owner Google.
The president of the National Association of Broadcasters tells the U.S. broadcast regulator to oppose the proposed merger of the nation's two satellite radio companies because Sirius/XM cannot be trusted with monopoly power.
FRIENDS notes that under new chairman, Konrad von Finckenstein, the CRTC might tighten its policies on media takeovers.
In the wake of two major amalgamations of Canadian media companies in the past year, the federal broadcasting regulator plans to look at ways to preserve a "diversity of voices" in the broadcasting system.
CRTC news release says that in light of the current wave of media consolidation the regulator will examine how to ensure the broadcasting system provides Canadians with a diversity of voices.
Study shows that the pace of change in the media industry has accelerated in the past year.
A dramatization depicting how decisions are made in the corridors of power.
Web radio companies such as Pandora and Last.fm see themselves as radio brands of the future.
Heritage Committee will tackle the CBC's role in new media as part of its review of the broadcaster's mandate.
A letter attacking the credibility of the CBC, written by a confidante of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is raising eyebrows on the eve of public consultations to review the broadcasting corporation's mandate.
New schedules for March 11 to March 24, 2007 have been posted on the Radio Canada International website.
The proposed CanWest/Goldman Sachs takeover of Alliance Atlantis would see the Alliance CEO keep "all trophies, prizes and awards."
A long-time associate of Prime Minister Harper writes a letter to a conservative blogger about perceived bias at the CBC.
Tom Flanagan, University of Calgary Political Science Professor and long-time close associate of Prime Minister Harper's alleges that CBC News has displayed a double standard in coverage of judicial appointments by Liberal and Conservative governments.
NDP Heritage Critic Charlie Angus has called for new CRTC hearings into media concentration arising from the CTV/CHUM purchase.
TV executives say legitimate video download websites are allowing audiences to consume content in the way they want, while still respecting the broadcaster's business models and the creator's copyright.
CBC's senior vice-president of human resources says the public broadcaster has over 2,300 fewer employees now than it did in 2005.
The U.S. government has adopted a big increase in the royalties that Web radio companies must pay record companies and artists.
CHUM Ltd. has signed a deal with upstart web-television player Joost to supply TV shows to the new Internet service.
Article says Canada's Conservative government has failed to work out a final agreement on a new copyright act.
U.S. television signals are mandated by Congress to be entirely digital by Feb. 17, 2009 - leaving as many as 66% of American TV sets obsolete.
Osprey Media, one of the oldest names in Canadian publishing, may be selling the family business.
Alliance Atlantis, which hopes to be acquired by CanWest Global and U.S. based Goldman Sachs, posted a fourth quarter loss of $16.6 million.
Alain Pineau, CCA's National Director, calls on the Heritage Minister to prolong the hearings on the proposed CTVglobemedia takeover of CHUM to ensure an honest, transparent and responsible public discussion.
Canada's largest media union calls on the CRTC to hold an open, transparent and accountable review of the CBC mandate.
Alliance Atlantis is rebranding its Life Network specialty channel as Slice, which will offer edgier programming aimed at a younger female audience.
FRIENDS says the CRTC is following due process, so far, with its upcoming hearings into CTVglobemedia's purchase of CHUM.
The chief executive of Sirius Satellite Radio attempts to sell U.S. federal regulators on the idea that satellite radio is competing with all forms of audio entertainment and therefore a merged Sirius/XM would not be a monopoly.
Columnist notes that viewers, unions, artists' groups and other non-industry parties have only 24 working days to submit their interventions to the CRTC on the proposed CTVglobemedia takeover of CHUM.
CBC-TV's new sitcom, Little Mosque on the Prairie, has lured two top writers from its comedic rival, CTV's Corner Gas.
The federal Competition Board has cleared CTVglobemedia's $1.7-billion proposed takeover of CHUM - the CRTC must still approve the deal.
Fred Mattocks, Executive Director of CBC TV Regional Programming responds to concerns form a grassroots citizens group regarding the lack of access to CBC TV over-the-air in Kamloops.
FRIENDS says the federal Competition Bureau didn't consider important matters such as diversity of voices in local broadcasting when it analyzed the proposed CTVglobemedia takeover of CHUM.
The Conservative chair of the House of Commons heritage committee says the Canadian Television Fund needs to change, and is defending the withdrawal of payments by Shaw Communications and Videotron.
Scott Moore, the former vice-president of production for Rogers Sportsnet, has been hired as the new head of CBC Sports.
Hearings into the proposed purchase of CHUM by CTVglobemedia are scheduled to begin April 30 and will be chaired by the newly appointed CRTC Chair Konrad von Finckenstein.
The British Broadcasting Corp. has signed a deal with Google Inc.'s YouTube that will allow the Web site to show excerpts of the broadcaster's news and entertainment programs.
The CRTC has announced it is prepared to revamp its policy of limiting broadcasters to ownership of only one station in a single market.
Jean-Pierre Blais - the Canadian Heritage deputy minister of cultural affairs - tells the Parliamentary committee reviewing CBC's mandate that the public broadcaster has pushed the private networks to be better and vice versa.
CBC Legal VP Pierre Nollet has sent a memorandum to CBC's employees concerning the impact of changes in the Federal Accountability Act.
Sirius and XM Satellite Radio tell the U.S. Congress they would agree to government-imposed price controls and other measures to gain regulatory approval for their proposed merger.
XM Canada has struck a deal with Air Canada for exclusive programming of in-flight music channels.
The House of Commons Standing Committee on Heritage votes to keep the existing structure of the Canadian Television Fund, with all funds going to independent producers and 37% destined for the CBC/SRC.
Blog posting states the porn industry is planning to use the HD-DVD high definition DVD format rather than Sony's Blu-ray.
Global News reports that despite Ontario's strict prohibition on smoking in the workplace, employees at the CBC's downtown Toronto headquarters are legally lighting up inside two smoking lounges.
Op-Ed says the U.S. government should enact policies requiring broadcast radio stations to air original programming on digital stations, and allowing satellite companies to run local news, talk and music.
Senior executives with CHUM say that the company plans to continue pursuing acquisitions of its own as it awaits a federal decision on its takeover bid by CTVglobemedia.
CBC plans to air Canada's only 2007 Oscar winner, The Danish Poet, in a time slot that almost guarantees very few Canadians will see it.
Some analysts and investors are worried that the current frenzied media concentration atmosphere will result in Astral Media overpaying for Standard Broadcasting.
Sirius Satellite Radio, the broadcaster that is trying to buy rival XM Satellite Radio, posted a fourth-quarter loss of $245.6 million (USD).
NDP Heritage Critic Charlie Angus says his recommendations to the House of Commons Heritage Committee will lead to greater stability for the Canadian Television Fund.
Columnist raises concerns about the lack of transparency for the newly established CRTC task force set up to study the Canadian Television Fund.
Timmins James Bay MP says proposed new recommendations to the Heritage Committee's draft report on the Canadian Television Fund will lead to greater stability for the fund.
Columnist says the Toronto Maple Leafs have emerged as a key bargaining chip in negotiations for a new National Hockey League television contract between CBC and CTV/TSN.
Shares of Astral Media fell the most in two years after analysts speculated the Montreal firm might pay up to $1.2 billion for Standard Radio.
XM Satellite Radio, the broadcaster that is being acquired by its rival Sirius Satellite Radio, posted a fourth-quarter loss of $256.7 million (USD).
The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, the only national aboriginal network in the world, seeks to be recognized as Canada's fourth national broadcaster.
Canadian film, TV and new media producers focused on improving industry performance at their annual Prime Time conference in Ottawa.
CRTC vice-chair, Richard French, says he will be resigning his position before the Federal Accountability Act disallows companies he owns from receiving government contracts.
Canadian filmmaker Torill Kove won the Best Animated Short Academy Award for the National Film Board-produced 'The Danish Poet'.
Following a six-week labour dispute, industry experts say that Canadian film and television now faces a long, hard, uphill climb toward recovery.
A proposed $1.2-billion media merger would see Astral Media swallow Standard Broadcasting to become Canada's largest network of commercial radio stations.
Columnist accuses the CBC and actor Mary Walsh of bias over comments aired on the East Coast Music Awards.
The CCA submission to the House of Commons Heritage Committee on the Role of the CBC as a Public Broadcaster in the 21st Century.
CRTC chair, Konrad von Finckenstein spoke of the uneasy relationship between new media and the Broadcasting Act at a Canadian film, TV and new media producers conference.
The President and Chief Operating Officer of XM Canada claims there will be no change in the service it delivers to Canadian Subscribers.
The National Film Board of Canada has received 69 Academy Award nominations over the last 79 years.
New CRTC Chair Konrad von Finckenstein says he plans to resolve the crisis with Canadian Television Fund through co-operation, not confrontation.
Antitrust experts are saying Sirius and XM Satellite Radio will have trouble persuading the U.S. Justice Department to approve their merger because it will create a monopoly.
Article claims Astral Media is in talks to buy radio powerhouse Standard Broadcasting.
FRIENDS notes that public opinion polls have shown that privatizing Ontario's public broadcaster would be unpopular.
The federal government has tabled its Main Estimates in the House of Commons - including budgets for CBC.
The Chair of the Canadian Television Fund says the agency will only make changes that it believes make sense.
Le Devoir reports that Francine Allaire, formerly educational director of l'Institut national de l'image et du son has been appointed director of drama and long form documentaries at SRC Télévision
Article says over the past six years, the wildly popular Apple iPod has eaten into the potential market for satellite radio.
Ontario's Education Minister says his government has no interest in selling off TVOntario, even though the number of memberships has fallen off sharply in recent months.
Save Our CBC Kamloops is encouraging citizens to participate in the CBC mandate review process.
Radio-Canada has hired veteran film producer Francine Allaire as its new head of dramatic programming.
The Canadian Film and Television Production Association, The Association des producteurs de films et de télévision du Québec and ACTRA have reached a new three year Independent Production Agreement.
Some media watchers are saying that the CRTC is conducting a review of the Canadian Television Fund because the Harper government is trying to distance itself from a controversial subject.
The marriage of XM and Sirius is being touted as a merger of equals in the U.S., but in Canada, Sirius - which is privately owned by the CBC, Standard Broadcasting and its U.S. parent - sees itself as the most valuable piece of the puzzle.
Quebecor Media took a $170-million hit in 2006, mainly for a hefty refinancing of debt and erosion of the value of television assets.
Columnist says that an investment in Quebec's arts community would pay big dividends in jobs and taxes.
Jim Shaw Jr. - en route to his home in Palm Desert - was unrepentant about his actions toward the Canadian Television Fund while appearing before a parliamentary committee.
Le Devoir report suggests that the crisis in the funding of the Canadian Television fund is not over.
An investment analyst predicts more mergers and acquisitions in Canada's media industry in 2007.
The CRTC has announced that a task force will review how the $250-million Canadian Television Fund operates.
Columnist says that a merger of Sirius Canada and XM Canada would face intense regulatory scrutiny.
Investors and analysts are worried that U.S. antitrust regulators will block the proposed merger between Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio.
Unedited Hansard transcript of the hearings of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage with testimony from Shaw Communications, Vidéotron and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters regarding the Canadian Television Fund.
FRIENDS says that, from dumbed-down news reporting to Hollywood imports to decimated local programming, CBC senior management is not delivering what Canadians need.
Columnist says the merger of XM and Sirius in the U.S. would leave little option but consolidation for XM Canada and Sirius Canada.
Jim Shaw Jr. says his concerns about the Canadian Television Fund have now received enough attention and his company will resume making monthly payments.
Conservative Industry Minister Maxime Bernier says he plans to raise with his cabinet colleagues the subject of easing foreign ownership restrictions on telecommunications companies.
Columnist notes that Canadian television contributes billions of dollars to the domestic economy.
XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio are planning a $13-billion (U.S.) merger that would create an industry monopoly if it clears U.S. antitrust laws.
Columnist says CBC president and CEO Robert Rabinovitch and CBC-TV executive vice-president Richard Stursberg, have been 'stung' by FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting.
Stéphane Baillargeon reports that if the Quebec Liberals retain power, Cultural Heritage minister Line Beauchamp promises to make permanent a legal framework for funding cultural heritage.
FRIENDS defends evaluating the performance of senior CBC executives.
Shaw Communications says it is now willing to work with Ottawa to change the way the Canadian Television Fund operates.
Jim Shaw Jr., CEO of Shaw Communications, responds to statement by Beverley Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage.
A sweeping accord for the economic and security integration of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico has unleashed a firestorm of debate south of the border.
E-newsletter posting says XM Satellite Radio Canada has no plans to offer CBC Radio 1, Radio 2 or Radio 3 to its subscribers.
CanWest has announced it will hire more than 25 news journalists and open new bureaus in Quebec City, Halifax, France and China.
Le Devoir reports that Québecor is having difficulty persuading the Quebec public of its point of view on financing television production.
The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has scolded Global Television for two broadcasts that it says breached the CAB Code of Violence and Ethics.
Ratings show CTV had the five top-rated shows for the week ending Feb. 11, though hockey viewership was up on CBC.
Hollywood studios have balked at the tentative agreement between Canadian actors and producers, leaving both sides to find a face-saving formula on new media compensation.
Article says that CanWest's track record in Australia demonstrates the company is willing to flaunt national broadcast policies and keep its intentions hidden.
Under the tentative agreement, Canadian actors will receive a 10% increase in pay over three years and a new compensation model for new media performances.
Columnist says that everyone must obey the rules and pay their taxes - including protected monopolies like Shaw Communications.
A television industry observer calculates that cable companies have made hundreds of millions of dollars in extra revenue since the CRTC allowed them to increase their fees and pay a percentage into the Canadian Television Fund.
Columnist argues that an out-of-date attitude and poor programming decisions are to blame for the CBC's rating woes in recent years.
Pediatricians warn parents not to allow the television to become an electronic nanny.
Text of presentation by the President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada to the House of Commons Heritage Committee on the relationship between the CBC and the Canadian Television Fund.
A television producer calls the Canadian Television Fund the lifeblood of the domestic TV industry.
Columnist asks who is ready, willing and able to articulate why this country needs Canadian-made television?
Officials with Shaw Communications are not commenting as to whether they will follow Quebecor’s lead and resume making monthly payments to the Canadian Television Fund.
Only Imagine Inc.'s application to the CRTC to sell Canadian ads on cable feeds of popular U.S. channels such as CNN, A&E and TBS has run into opposition from the cable industry.
An editorial by Jean-Robert Sansfaçon calls on Pierre-Karl Péladeau, CEO of Québecor to understand the purpose and value of the Canadian Television Fund.
550 Nova Scotian members of ACTRA Maritimes have joined in strike action with their colleagues from Ontario, Saskatchewan, Quebec and Manitoba.
Article says Konrad von Finckenstein has stamped his personality on the CRTC with a warning to cable companies that the regulator would rewrite the rules to ensure payments to the Canadian Television Fund resume.
Vidéotron Ltée owner Quebecor Media says it is prepared to resume payments to the Canadian Television Fund after the CRTC's new chief threatened to rewrite the licences of the country's cable companies.
Ethnic Internet TV broadcaster JumpTV says it will raise $117.4-million in a share offering and is looking at acquisitions to expand its reach.
Quebecor's TVA Group saw fourth-quarter losses hit $13 million as operating expenses in the television group mounted and advertising revenues slipped.
Heritage Minister Bev Oda says she sent has letters to Shaw Communications and Quebecor's Vidéotron Ltée urging them to resume payments to the Canadian Television Fund.
Heritage Minister Bev Oda says she will write to Shaw Communications and Vidéotron and ask them to resume their payments to the Canadian Television Fund.
The head of the CRTC says the broadcast regulator will play a role in finding a resolution to the dispute between Shaw/Vidéotron and the Canadian Television Fund.
Richard Stursberg, CBC's executive vice-president of English Television tells CBC employees he will encourage the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage to defend the role of the Canadian Television Fund.
Columnist speculates that Jim Shaw Jr.'s pullout from the Canadian Television Fund may mean the company is losing interest in Canadian TV and will look to sell its interest in Corus Entertainment.
An economic think-tank report claims Canada should allow more foreign ownership in the telecommunications industry to boost the country's short-term productivity and economic growth.
The CRTC has clarified its position on TV broadcasting to mobile devices, formally exempting most mobile TV services from licensing requirements.
CBC TV is giving the timeslot formerly occupied by the home-grown drama "Intelligence" to the U.S. cable program "Hustle".
Quebecor's chief executive Pierre Karl Peladeau is calling on Ottawa to end mandatory payments to the Canadian Television Fund for private-sector broadcasting firms.
Columnist says that restrictions on foreign ownership of Canadian media companies mean that Goldman Sachs will need to sell off the Alliance Atlantis motion picture distribution arm.
Quebecor wants to move away from the Canadian Television Fund and pump more than $35 million per year into a new private fund to finance its own television programming.
A grassroots petition has started in response to budgetary cuts to a fund that supports the creation, dissemination and promotion of Canadian arts, Canadian cultural initiatives, and business opportunities for Canadian artists internationally.
Columnist says the Conservative government can't seem to figure out what it wants to do with the CBC.
Former Heritage Minister says it was a mistake by the Conservatives not to allow the Canadian Television Fund board to handle the dispute between the Fund and the cable companies.
"Jozi-H" producer believes CBC TV executives did too little to promote the series and wanted the medical drama to die on the table.
Morning broadcast shows, once a staple for women, are seeing audiences shrink as options for news from sources such as the Internet increase.
The Parti Québecois releases an election platform containing expansive cultural plans.
Two of Canada's cable giants flatly rejected an olive branch offered by the Canadian Television Fund in a House of Commons Heritage Committee meeting.
Dozens of advertisers and broadcasters have been ordered to produce data on how television commercials are bought and sold, suggesting the federal Competition Bureau is studying the impact the proposed takeover of CHUM will have on Canadian advertising markets.
Industry observers say the controversy with the Canadian Television Fund has come to a head because technological change has made the media industry far more competitive than ever before.
Jim Shaw Jr. rejects the suggestion that withholding payments to the Canadian Television Fund will unravel the Canadian broadcasting system.
The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada tells the new CRTC Chair to hold public hearings concerning concentration of ownership in Canada's broadcast media.
The CBC has confirmed it will lay off 64 employees and close its in-house design department on May 31.
Columnist says the Canadian Television Fund plans to ask the CRTC to play a stronger role in urging Shaw and Vidéotron to honour their commitments to Canadian programming.
Heritage Minister Beverley Oda passes the buck to the CRTC on Big Cable's withdrawal from the Canadian Television Fund
CanWest Global has confirmed it is considering a buyback of the income fund that owns newspapers such as The Vancouver Sun, Edmonton Journal and Montreal Gazette.
Columnist sites FRIENDS research stating that between September 2003 and February 2006, foreign programs shown on CBC-TV increased by almost 50 per cent.
Heritage Minister Bev Oda calls on the CRTC to deal with Shaw and Vidéotron's withdrawal from funding of the Canadian Television Fund.
Actors and television producers in Quebec call on Ottawa to loan money to the Canadian Television Fund to replace money being withheld by Vidéotron and Shaw Communications.
Internal government documents suggest that Conservative Industry Minister Maxime Bernier will side with large telecommunications companies in the Net neutrality debate.
The president of the Quebec film and TV producers association says Videotron and Shaw's decision to withdraw their financial support from the Canadian Television Fund could have a disastrous impact on Canada's TV production industry.
Canadian broadcaster High Fidelity HDTV has secured regulatory approval for seven homegrown high-definition channels.
Media activist says Canadian cable subscribers may have been overcharged for over a decade.
Wal-Mart has launched an online movie download store with digital versions of 3,000 films and television shows.
Survey states that 60% of viewers that could recall the Conservatives' Super Bowl ad attacking Stéphane Dion had an unfavourable response.
Columnist says that without the Canadian Television Fund, Canadian TV will appear to be supported only by public funds and regulation, and, therefore subject to the political whims of governments.
Richard French, the CRTC's vice-chairman of telecommunications, told a parliamentary committee that Industry Minister Maxime Bernier's direct involvement in the telecommunications sector is without precedent in the past few decades.
CBC executive vice-president for English TV Richard Stursberg says the actions of Shaw Communications and Vidéotron Ltée could unravel the Canadian broadcasting system.
Article reports that the CRTC previously approved a small Newfoundland cable firm's privatization with a U.S. backer, suggesting a potential precedent for CanWest’s bid for Alliance.
Article highlights a CRTC regulation that states cable companies must provide a community channel that encourages access, training and meaningful volunteer opportunities, and that up to 50% of airtime must be made available for independently produced community programs.
Shaw Communications has applied to the CRTC for permission to make USA Network available to Canadian subscribers.
Heritage Minister Bev Oda racked up $5,500 in limo bills as she travelled around Halifax last spring for the Juno Awards - eventually paying back nearly half out of her own pocket.
Canadian Television Fund guideline changes - which arrive just weeks after Shaw Communications and Vidéotron pulled their support - are described as mostly cosmetic.
Tina Keeper, the Liberal Party's Heritage critic, says a thriving homegrown TV industry should be a major priority.
Columnist suggests the CRTC announced that Rogers Cable could market nine Chinese state TV channels in Canada on the last working day before Christmas to avoid scrutiny and criticism.
Prolific Canadian author says the creative community may need to engage in some rabble-rousing to counter the Stephen Harper government's lack of support for the arts.
Poll claims the profile of voters likely to support Stephen Harper's Conservatives are predominantly male, prefer a Tim Hortons double-double over a Starbucks latte and are less likely to watch CBC than other Canadians.
Talking about the Canadian Television Fund, Shaw Communications executive vice-president Ken Stein told Cartt.ca: "It's dead. Done. Gone."
The House of Commons Heritage Committee plans to make recommendations to Parliament about how Ottawa can help bolster Canada's television production industry.
Senate Democrats are pressuring FCC commissioners to set programming requirements for television broadcasters as part of the industry's mandate to operate in the public interest.
A CRTC loophole is allowing Videotron and Star Choice high-definition subscribers to see U.S. TV spots while watching the Super Bowl.
Columnist suggests Heritage Minister Bev Oda is poised to make fundamental changes to the Canadian Television Fund that may include a reduction in the CBC's portion of the $250 million annual budget.
Columnist offers a satirical response to assertion of Richard Stursberg, vice-president of CBC English TV, that certain media companies have a secret agenda when it comes to CBC.
The union representing Canadian artists and performers plans to appeal an Ontario court's decision to bring in an arbitrator to end a three-week-old strike.
The NDP has passed a motion in the Heritage Committee to investigate how the possible elimination of the Canadian Television Fund would affect Canada's domestic television production industry.
Radio-Canada Vice President Sylvain Lafrance criticizes Quebecor’s decision to withdraw its support for the Canadian Television Fund.
ACTRA, the union representing Canadian performers, is honouring veteran actress Wendy Crewson, naming her the recipient of its 2007 Award of Excellence.
Article details the strategy and motivation behind the proposed sale of CHUM to Bell Globemedia.
Columnist says that cable companies in Canada are so unpopular that the Conservatives would be hurt politically if they were seen to be siding with them in the Canadian Television Fund funding debate.
The NDP has released a report co-authored by the Conservative government’s Heritage Minister Bev Oda in 1993 where she opposed the creation of the Canadian Television Fund.
CARTT says that telecom insiders are speculating that the new CRTC chairman is coming in with a mandate of change.
Richard Stursberg, executive vice-president of CBC English TV delivers his annual "state-of-the-union" memo to CBC employees.
FRIENDS says the track record of Richard Stursberg, executive vice-president of CBC English-TV over the past two years has been very disappointing.
Senior military and government officials from Canada, the United States and Mexico meet secretly in Banff to discuss further integration of the three countries.
Heritage Minister Bev Oda has announced she will meet with Shaw Communications, Videotron and other stakeholders to address the current fracas at the Canadian Television Fund.
Article says that despite technological advancements the best way to transmit information in the case of an emergency is the radio - but only if local stations have staff in the studio to report the news.
Consumer-advocacy groups in the Netherlands, Germany, France and the Nordic countries are pressuring Apple to change restrictions that tie songs bought on iTunes to the company's market-leading iPod players.
Columnist says industry executives are expecting Konrad von Finckenstein will bring a tough, hands-on administrative style to his new role as head of Canada's broadcast and telecom regulator.
Columnist says that Konrad von Finckenstein, the new CRTC chairman, has strong relationships with people at the highest levels of Stephen Harper's government.
A Vancouver producer says the current crisis with the Canadian Television Fund could have grave repercussions for the fragile industry in B.C.
The appointment of Konrad von Finckenstein as chairman of the CRTC has drawn praise from industry insiders that consider him a logical choice by the federal government.
Article suggests a new NHL rights deal would see CBC retain Hockey Night in Canada and the Stanley Cup final but would give TSN more games involving Canadian teams and at least one round of the playoffs.
Heritage Minister Bev Oda has announced the federal government will contribute $200-million over two years to the Canadian Television Fund.
The federal government has summoned two cable television companies to Parliament Hill because of their decision to stop payments required for Canadian programming.
Columnist notes that new CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein's track record as the head of Canada's Competition Bureau may not bode well for the takeover of CHUM by CTVglobemedia, and the deal between Canwest/Goldman Sachs and Alliance Atlantis.
Heritage Minister Bev Oda has named Federal Court Judge Konrad von Finckenstein, former commissioner of the Competition Bureau, as the new chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.
The Canadian Television Fund says that Shaw Communications and Quebecor's obligation to support Canadian television production is not discretionary and the fund has the fiduciary responsibility to act.
CBC President reports to staff on the content of a recent Board of Directors meeting held in Montreal.
NDP Heritage Critic Charlie Angus calls on Heritage Minister Bev Oda to explain what steps will be taken to enforce the obligations of Videotron and Shaw to pay into the Canadian Television Fund.
Canadian Television Fund chairman Douglas Barrett says the Canadian television production industry will become "chaotic" as the fund struggles with an impending $63-million budget shortfall.
Columnist says that with CBC's move to attract younger viewers, a long-running show featuring average Canadians was not seen as attractive to fragmented TV audiences.
The Canadian Television Fund has retained legal counsel and is concerned several projects could be shelved if the CRTC doesn't step in to enforce the payments from Shaw Communications and Vidéotron Ltée.
Canada's performers union has called on North American producers to resolve the actors strike by moving the issue of compensation for new-media use into separate talks.
The performers' union tells the Canadian Film and Television Production Association that, instead of fighting each other in court, they should be working together on issues such as media concentration and Shaw Communications' pullout from the Canadian Television Fund.
Vidéotron Ltée has pulled its support of the Canadian Television Fund, demanding a federal review into how contributions are being spent by the production community.
The CBC is touting its new website as the country's first online, on demand, video magazine for youth.
Challenging issues are looming that need to be addressed by Canada’s broadcast and telecom regulator.
The U.K. media regulator has broadly approved plans for the BBC to launch its broadband on-demand platform, the BBC iPlayer.
Officials with the Prime Minister's Office have lodged a complaint with the CBC ombudsman over a Radio-Canada report about a meeting between U.S. and Canadian officials in Texas.
Tina Keeper, former star of the CBC series North of 60, says Heritage Minister Beverley Oda is doing a poor job and the Conservatives underestimate the importance of Canadian heritage.
The Television Bureau of Canada is being accused of censorship by an advocacy group after a commercial aimed at Prime Minister Stephen Harper was refused approval.
Article says Rogers Communications is now the largest communications service provider in Canada by market value and may be interested in acquiring its cable counterpart in Western Canada, Shaw Communications.
Ottawa-Gatineau and Waterloo, Ontario make a list of communities showing leadership areas such as broadband communications, knowledge workforce, innovation, digital democracy and global marketing.
Columnist says if Shaw Communications pulls its contributions from the Canadian Television Fund, Canadian productions such as Degrassi: The Next Generation, Trailer Park Boys, Little Mosque on the Prairie and most documentaries won't have the financing they need.
The Ontario Superior Court is expected to decide whether the ACTRA walkout - in which there are no pickets and no one is off the job - is legal.
FRIENDS expects the ownership structure in the CanWest/Alliance Atlantis deal to be challenged by the CRTC under Canadian regulations limiting foreign ownership of media companies to 47%.
Columnist suggests the ACTRA strike has cast doubt on hopes of a revival in the Toronto film production industry - which has been in steep decline in recent years.
CRTC taxation on regulated television assets could bump the Alliance Atlantis purchase price by $125 million to $150 million.
Former British secretary of state for culture says the BBC is Britain's most important cultural organization and deserves more public support than is being given by the current government.
BBC director general Mark Thomson says the public broadcaster faces a £2 billion funding gap over the next six years under a new licence fee settlement with the British government.
Lower than expected licence fees will likely lead to several thousand job cuts at Britain's public broadcaster.
Stock prices of Sirius and XM Satellite Radio took a blow after the U.S. regulator indicated that a merger between the two companies would likely be blocked.
CARTT says deregulation of the local phone market in major urban centres makes sense, but special consideration should be given to rural markets served by small operators.
The breakup plan for the Italian state broadcaster RAI could help new niche broadcasters by allowing them access to RAI infrastructure.
FRIENDS says the CBC Radio plan to reach a younger demographic is responsible management, as long they are sensitive to their existing audience.
Message to staff from the Executive Director of Programming for CBC Radio announcing changes to Radio One and Radio Two.
The sale of ThinkFilm to American interests has put the funding of roughly 50 Canadian movies in jeopardy.
Article says that CanWest, with the support of Goldman Sachs, plans to use its take-over of Alliance Atlantis as a springboard for other Canadian and foreign media acquisitions.
A CBC study states that the potential for network program distribution over the Internet is just beginning to be tapped.
Study on propaganda in the media finds the CNN theme music for post-9/11 coverage had a revenge tone while CBC Newsworld's music had a gentler sound.
The Quebec based TV network has asked the video-sharing site to take down clips of its shows.
The founders of the Skype internet telephony service are launching what they call the "world's first broadcast quality, piracy-proof internet TV service."
Upcoming changes will seek to create more distinction between the two CBC networks, with Radio Two as the home for music programs and Radio One as the place for news and talk.
Somalia's transitional government has shut down four broadcasters and ordered executives to appear before the national security agency.
Columnist says cable companies will need to adjust to a changing environment where TV shows and movies can be downloaded, stored and played on TV screens without needing a cable subscription.
The Italian government has unveiled a plan to restructure the state broadcaster to make it virtually free of political influence and less involved with commercial concerns.
The vice-president of communications for CBC/Radio-Canada responds to Jim Shaw's rationale for pulling his company's contributions from the Canadian Television Fund.
FRIENDS says there is good chance the CRTC will not allow the Alliance Atlantis sale to CanWest and an American investment bank because of Canada's foreign ownership rules.
Columnist says the Harper government will attempt to fill as many as seven seats on the thirteen-member Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to reshape the regulator to take a more market-oriented view.
The CRTC has not imposed the same content restrictions on Al-Arabiya as it did on al-Jazeera, clearing the way for the Dubai-based satellite TV channel to be licensed for carriage in Canada.
Merger activity has increased stock market interest in Canadian media companies.
The BBC may sell off its London television centre because the public broadcaster is expecting a lower grant than it sought from Tony Blair's government.
New York investment bank Goldman Sachs plans to invite some of Canada's biggest pension funds into the Alliance Atlantis purchase in an attempt to "Canadianize the deal".
A business analyst has warned the company that operates XM satellite radio in Canada may run out of cash before it turns a profit, and may be forced to suspend royalty payments to its U.S. partner.
The head of Japan's national broadcaster is questioning a government plan that would reduce the annual television licence fee by 20%.
Released documents reveal how former BBC director general Greg Dyke was forced to resign in 2004 following criticism of the broadcaster's journalistic integrity in its reporting of the run-up to the Iraq war.
The Communications, Energy & Paperworkers Union of Canada will urge the CRTC to deny approval of the Alliance Atlantis purchase on grounds that it is largely financed by a foreign company.
Goldman Sachs's options for cashing out on its investment in Alliance Atlantis include a multibillion-dollar offering of TV assets in 2010.
The company that brought XM satellite radio to Canada had a net loss of $23.9 million during the three-month period ending Nov. 30, 2006.
CanWest CEO says his company will control the content programming and will control the voting shares in the joint venture with U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs.
Media unions say the purchase of Alliance Atlantis will have consequences for Canadian audiences, content creators, advertisers and media employees.
Without high TV profits, CanWest could risk holding less than half of the company in 2011 when CanWest and Goldman Sachs divide the shares of the recently formed joint-venture.
A new book by Jeffrey Chester documents the mainstream media's behind-the-scenes efforts to transform the online media system into a powerful marketing machine.
Article suggests new digital copyright laws could turn consumers into criminals unless the Conservative government steps in with expanded "fair use" or "fair dealing" protections.
More than two million Canadians tuned in to CBC's debut of Little Mosque on the Prairie.
The CRTC will need to uncover who has control in the CanWest/Goldman Sachs joint venture to determine whether the Alliance Atlantis purchase meets foreign ownership rules.
The CEO of Shaw Communications says he's prepared to breach CRTC regulations and stop contributing five per cent of his company's revenues to the Canadian Television Fund.
$2.3 billion dollar deal will, if finalized, give CanWest access to 13 specialty channels including Showcase and Food Network Canada.
CARTT says the competitive imbalance caused by the CTVglobemedia/CHUM merger may make it unlikely that the CRTC will stop the CanWest/Goldman Sachs purchase of Alliance Atlantis.
The BBC has been ordered to publish internal documents revealing why a former director was fired in 2004 after its Iraq war coverage was criticized.
Article says lower license fees from the government will increase the British public broadcaster's reliance on commercial revenues.
A bond rating service has changed their ranking of CanWest until there is clarity regarding the structure and terms of the proposed acquisition of Alliance Atlantis.
FRIENDS says that possible CRTC intervention into the CanWest/Goldman Sachs purchase of Alliance Atlantis may cause concern for investors.
CanWest Global confirms that it, along with U.S. based Goldman Sachs, have entered into exclusive discussions regarding the purchase of Alliance Atlantis.
Columnist comments on public reaction to the ACTRA strike.
A majority stake for U.S. based Goldman Sachs in the takeover of Alliance Atlantis would test federal regulations on foreign ownership of Canadian media.
Sirius Satellite Radio has given radio shock jock Howard Stern a stock-based bonus of nearly US$83-million.
The Canadian Film and Television Production Association has asked Ontario Superior Court to stop producers from making individual deals with the performers' union.
A new device that streams digital entertainment from computers to televisions will make Apple a new competitor to cable and satellite TV operators.
Individual pacts between producers and actors result in little production disruption.
Canadian actors have begun a complicated strike action with no pickets and no work disruptions on film and television production sets.
Columnist says the new CBC comedy is a demonstration of the difference in attitudes and national character between Canada and the United States.
Michel Arpin, CRTC's vice-chairman of broadcasting, has been chosen to serve as interim chairman of the federal broadcast and telecom industry regulator.
The senior executive that had been steering NBC's new broadband initiatives will now spearhead the search engine's effort to "monetize" Google Video and YouTube.
Article says a CanWest acquisition of Alliance Atlantis may pressure Astral and Corus into a merger, further concentrating the Canadian media industry.
Columnist says CanWest's pursuit of Alliance Atlantis began in August 2006, when the company teamed up with a New York investment bank to make a pre-emptive strike on the specialty TV broadcaster.
XM Satellite Radio says it ended 2006 with 7.63 million U.S. subscribers, well short of its 9 million subscriber target.
The British Broadcasting Corporation is set to get another ten years of public money, but changing technology and a possible change in government make the public broadcaster's future uncertain.
Research shows that over the past three years Canadian programs have attracted roughly one third of the English language TV viewing audience and approximately two-thirds of the French language TV viewing audience.
Article says Goldman Sachs has teamed up with CanWest Global Communications to make a $2.1-billion offer for Alliance Atlantis Communications.
Canada's largest media union is calling for stiff government reaction to media ownership concentration that endangers the country's cultural and information environment.
A merger of Sirius and XM in the U.S. would create a messy situation for Canadian satellite radio companies that are reliant on foreign programming.
Negotiations hinge on compensation for performances delivered by Internet broadcast.
Canadian media companies scramble to forge a business model for video-on-demand that will resonate with digital TV viewers.
Rogers Communications to market "Chinese Great Wall" TV package in Canada.
2006 was a comeback year at the box-office with 19 films topping the $100 million benchmark.
The union representing 21,000 Canadian professional media performers has set a strike deadline of 12:01 a.m. Monday, January 8, 2007.
Columnist comments recent changes to the Canadian Wheat Board may be the template for a soon-to-be-launched "destruction of the CBC" by the Conservative government.
Columnist says CBC TV will have less arts programming in 2007 because of a senior management focus on ratings.
Wage increases and the use of performances on the Internet are sticking points in negotiations between 21,000 domestic performers and Canadian and U.S. producers.
In 2007, traditional media companies are predicted to invest heavily in the online medium.
Critics say that nine new Chinese-language television stations in Canada will be propaganda tools for the Chinese government.
Columnist predicts that media concentration, sports broadcasting rights and CRTC reform will be among the major issues in the media industry for 2007.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's decision not to renew the broadcast license of a television station often critical of his government has fueled debate over whether he is stifling dissent.
With satellite radio sinking deeper into the public consciousness, Sirius and XM may be looking to merge in an attempt to curb losses and appease investors.
Advertising pundits are predicting that streaming, Canadian online video will be the hot ad placement opportunity for 2007.