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Dec 31, 2008 — Variety

Reevaluating media regulations by Brian Lowry

Columnist likens the troubles facing U.S. broadcasters to the plight of the Big Three automakers.

Dec 29, 2008 — Canadian Press

CBC invites Canadians to choose definitive Canuck song for Obama

CBC Radio 2 is inviting Canadians to select songs that best define Canada for the incoming U.S. president.

Dec 28, 2008 — Toronto Star

Radio 2 needs time to catch on by Greg Quill

Columnist says thousands of previously unheard Canadian artists have already benefited from national exposure on CBC Radio 2.

Dec 27, 2008 — Toronto Star

Head and shoulders above the rest by Richard Ouzounian

Article profiles Denise Donlon, the head of CBC Radio.

Dec 26, 2008 — New York Times

Satellite Radio Still Reaches for the Payday by Tim Arango

Columnist says that five months after regulators approved a merger of Sirius and XM, the company faces an uncertain future.

Dec 26, 2008 — New York Times

Put Culture in the Cabinet by William F. Ferris

The former chairman of the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities says President Obama should add a secretary of culture position to his cabinet.

Dec 23, 2008 — National Post

Postings raise ethics questions by Lee Greenberg

Ethics experts say the appointment of broadcaster Mike Duffy to the Senate raises questions about his professional neutrality as a journalist.

Dec 22, 2008 — National Post

Harper appointments confirm Senate role as payola heaven by Don Martin

Columnist says that whether real or imaginary, journalist appointments by government are viewed as the reward for obedient conduct

Dec 22, 2008 — eMedia World

Minister Moore Announces New Appointment to CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors

The Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages has announced the appointment of Peter Dominic Charbonneau as a member of the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada.

Dec 20, 2008 — Globe & Mail

His future is wireless by Bertrand Marotte

Quebecor CEO Pierre Karl Péladeau says his strategy is to cut back on print operations and invest in mobile phone technology.

Dec 19, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Call this a tale of two networks by Andrew Willis

Article profiles different decisions made by CanWest and CTVglobemedia in the face of increasing debt and an economic downturn.

Dec 19, 2008 — National Post

Sheridan Scott exits as Competition Bureau head by Paul Vieira

Sheridan Scott, the head of the Competition Bureau who ran into trouble with the Conservative government this year, is leaving her post.

Dec 19, 2008 — Georgia Straight

Heritage minister: Arts will be part of economic stimulus package by Jessica Werb

Heritage Minister James Moore denies Conservative plans to cut $200 million from the CBC's parliamentary grant and says funding for arts and culture will be part of an economic stimulus package.

Dec 19, 2008 — Sydney Morning Herald

CanWest vows to hold on to Ten stake by Miriam Steffens

Leonard Asper, dismissed speculation that CanWest may revisit plans to sell Network Ten after the Australian broadcaster slashed its dividend and shelved a share buyback.

Dec 19, 2008 — Globe & Mail

TV workers feel pinch of Idol cancellation by Dixon

CTV's cancellation of Canadian Idol this season will result in a loss of almost 650 TV production jobs across Canada.

Dec 18, 2008 — Montreal Gazette

Broadcasters can appeal CRTC fee: SCOC by Janice Tibbetts

Canada's private broadcasters have the right to appear at the Supreme Court of Canada to argue they are being charged what they feel to be an illegal tax.

Dec 18, 2008 — Vancouver Province

ShopLocal deal gives Canwest exclusive rights

Canwest Global has announced it has formed a partnership with a U.S. provider of digital advertising solutions.

Dec 18, 2008 — Canadian Press

Canwest reports drop in operating earnings at Australian operations

Canwest Global says its Australian operations saw a drop in operating profits in its first quarter.

Dec 18, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Pop made your numbers go down by Russell Smith

Columnist says the new Radio Two is not attracting the "younger audience" CBC executives had hoped for.

Dec 17, 2008 — Canadian Press

Quebecor World says Pierre Karl Peladeau, three others have quit board

Board resignations come as former parent Quebecor Inc., headed by Pierre Karl Peladeau, sues Quebecor World, which is restructuring under bankruptcy protection.

Dec 17, 2008 — Globe & Mail

600 jobs cut at Sun Media by Grant Robertson

Columnist says a 10 per cent work force reduction for Sun Media may precede a broader shift to drive content online and save newsprint costs.

Dec 16, 2008 — Canadian Press

Sun papers publisher to cut 10 per cent of staff, 600 jobs across Canada

Canada's biggest newspaper publisher, Sun Media, is cutting 600 jobs in Western Canada, Ontario and Quebec as it restructures in the face of harsh economic conditions.

Dec 16, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CTV puts Canadian Idol on hold by Josh Wingrove

Despite being a ratings winner, CTV has announced it will not produce Canadian Idol in 2009 in a move to preserve cash.

Dec 15, 2008 — Toronto Star

CRTC Internet regulation proposals take shape by Michael Geist

Columnist says that Internet regulation, an ISP tax and net neutrality are likely to be the battleground issues at the CRTC new media hearings in February, 2009.

Dec 15, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Shaw moves OUTtv down the dial by Gayle MacDonald

Shaw Communications has responded to a CRTC ruling that found it discriminates against the gay and lesbian channel OUTtv by agreeing to market it as equitably as it does all other channels.

Dec 15, 2008 — CBC/Radio-Canada and the Canadian Media Guild

Joint Communique as promised

The Canadian Media Guild and CBC/Radio-Canada have signed a tentative five year collective agreement.

Dec 15, 2008 — Canadian Association of Broadcasters

Communiqué - CAB President and CEO Announces Departure

Canadian Association of Broadcasters President and CEO Glenn O'Farrell has announced he will step down early in 2009.

Dec 15, 2008 — Playback

Q&A: Michel Arpin reflects on critical year and road ahead by Patricia Bailey

When asked about his favorite television programs, the CRTC vice-chairman in charge of broadcasting said "I'm not that interested in televised fiction or even feature films".

Dec 13, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Television's new frontier by Vito Pilieci

Columnist says the move to put TV online is sparking big questions about how the change could affect Canadian broadcasting.

Dec 13, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Bear becoming new-year Virgin by Tony Lofaro

An Ottawa radio station is becoming one of three Canadian stations moving under the Virgin Radio brand.

Dec 12, 2008 — CBC News

Surviving the switch to digital television by Michael Patrick Brady

The U.S. is about to move to digital TV broadcasts, paving the way for a similar move in Canada.

Dec 12, 2008 — CBC News

Small ISPs to offer same internet speeds as Bell, Telus by Peter Nowak

The CRTC has issued a decision ordering Canada's big phone companies to offer the same internet speeds to smaller wholesale customers as they themselves sell on a retail basis.

Dec 12, 2008 — Playback

TSN2 okay with CRTC by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC have given its blessing to The Sports Network for turning its alternate feed into TSN2, a permanent, 24-hour digital channel.

Dec 12, 2008 — Le Devoir

Entre l'emballement et l'indignation, Jeanne Corriveau

Columnist describes a controversial real estate project by the Société Radio-Canada (CBC) in its Montreal headquarters building, la Maison de Radio-Canada, and the surrounding land it owns.

Dec 11, 2008 — Canadian Press

Reality show about heroic runner Terry Fox in the works at CBC

Columnist says that reality TV is alive and well in Canada.

Dec 11, 2008 — Calgary Herald

CBC and jihad by Tarek Fatah

Author says the CBC's Little Mosque on the Prairie is using comedy to lull Canadians into believing all-is-well in Canada's Muslim communities - despite evidence of a rise in extremism among Muslim youth.

Dec 11, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Rogers gains licence for all-news channel by Gayle MacDonald

The CRTC has approved a Rogers Communications bid for a Toronto-focused specialty channel with local news, traffic, weather, business, sports and entertainment information.

Dec 10, 2008 — National Post

A victory for honest reporting by Jonathan Kay

A television news channel run by Radio-Canada, the French arm of CBC, has been accused of airing a documentary with anti-Israeli bias.

Dec 10, 2008 — Canadian Press

Borders came down for Canadian TV in 2008 and execs expect trend to continue

Canadian TV executives expect that homegrown TV programs will continue to make substantial inroads in the United States and abroad next year.

Dec 10, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Re-inventing the TV business

Canadian entrepreneurs are demonstrating that despite massive industry consolidation, a small, independent TV channel can still find an audience.

Dec 10, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Toward a Next Generation Canada? by Andrea Wood

Analyst says that with the Obama administration set to "reshape" the U.S. economy "to compete in the digital age," now is the time for Canada to do the same.

Dec 9, 2008 — Canadian Press

Astral Media CEO says company isn't contemplating job cuts

CEO says Canada's largest radio and pay-TV operator is doing whatever it can to keep workers on payroll.

Dec 8, 2008 — Saskatoon StarPhoenix

NBC restructures TV divisions in bid to beat slump

NBC, currently in last place among major U.S. television networks, is merging two divisions responsible for making TV shows in a bid to cut costs.

Dec 8, 2008 — CBC News

Keep internet broadcasting unregulated, Google tells CRTC

The internet search giant and owner of video-sharing site YouTube says exempting new media from regulation will keep the Internet 'awesome'.

Dec 8, 2008 — eMediaWorld

Quebecor Media Sees No Justification for Regulating the Internet

Telecommunications company sees no justification for Cancon regulation of the Internet or to impose taxes to finance Canadian content production.

Dec 6, 2008 — Globe & Mail

The antennas will rise again by John Barber

Columnist says free, over-the-air, high-definition TV signals will doom the current cable monopoly in Canada.

Dec 6, 2008 — Canadian Press

Reporter accused of feeding questions to MP acted from inexperience: CBC ombudsman

CBC ombudsman Vince Carlin says a TV reporter who was accused of feeding questions to a Liberal MP during the Mulroney-Scheiber hearings in the fall of 2007 acted out of inexperience, not bias.

Dec 6, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Have unapologetic Cancon, will travel by Kate Taylor

Columnist says there are signs the one-hour TV drama may be poised for a comeback, thanks in part to co-productions with American networks showing a willingness to air programs not set in the United States.

Dec 5, 2008 — Georgia Straight

Media watchdog: Conservatives hope to cut CBC funding by $200 million by Jessica Werb

FRIENDS says a confidential source had alerted the organization of Conservative plans to slash $200 million from the CBC's parliamentary grant.

Dec 5, 2008 — Variety

Canadian network shifts 'reality' by Brendan Kelly

Columnist says the CBC is finding ratings success with "factual entertainment" programs such as 'Dragon's Den,' and 'Canada's Next Great Prime Minister.'

Dec 5, 2008 — Winnipeg Sun

Family falls off 'Rich 100' list

The owners of Canwest Global Communications are no longer among Canada's 100 wealthiest people, as reported by Canadian Business magazine.

Dec 5, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CBC to retune its TV news division by Grant Robertson

CBC is planning to overhaul its television news divisions, moving The National to seven days a week and revamping CBC Newsworld.

Dec 4, 2008 — News Renewal's blog

CBC News renewal presentation

Transcript of CBC executives making the case for a revamped news strategy.

Dec 4, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Viewership increases sharply at CBC, TSN, RDS by William Houston

Two months into the NHL season, national audiences for hockey telecasts in Canada have shown big increases.

Dec 3, 2008 — Playback

News overhaul at CBC by Etan Vlessing

CBC has rolled out plans for a multi-platform, 24/7 news assignment and delivery strategy that senior executives insist is more suited to how Canadians consume digital content.

Dec 3, 2008 — Playback

Industry remembers Rogers by Etan Vlessing

Ted Rogers leaves behind a Canadian media empire with annual revenue of $11 billion and employing 29,000 Canadians.

Dec 2, 2008 — Canadian Press

Rogers Communications will be a more conservative company without Ted Rogers: analysts

Analyst says Rogers shareholders will want the status quo maintained as the company moves ahead without its founder and CEO.

Dec 2, 2008 — Playback

Layoffs follow Rogers' death by Etan Vlessing

Rogers Communications has announced a round of job cuts following news of the death of founder and controlling shareholder Ted Rogers.

Dec 2, 2008 — Toronto Star

Rogers announces layoffs in media division by Kristine Owram

Rogers Communications has announced it will lay off an unspecified number of employees in its media division as it copes with a decline in advertising revenue.

Dec 2, 2008 — New York Times

2 Canadian Phone Giants in Different Struggles by Ian Austen

Columnist says Rogers and Bell are grappling with tough decisions about their futures as one firm deals with a founder's death while the other faces a possible collapse of a buyout deal.

Dec 2, 2008 — New York Times

A Premier With a Hand in TV News Sues His Journalist Critics by Rachel Donadio

Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is suing another journalist for defamation.

Dec 2, 2008 — Calgary Herald

Godfrey named National Post chief executive by Grant Surridge

New president and chief executive of the National Post says his main task will be to put the newspaper on the road to making money.

Dec 2, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Ted Rogers, 75 by Gordon Pitts

Columnist looks at the life Canadian media pioneer, Ted Rogers.

Dec 1, 2008 — Cartt.ca

BBM S4: Radio One "breaks records"

Data show that in fall 2008 CBC Radio One earned an all-time record share of 11.1, up from 9.9 a year ago, and a record audience of just under 3.5 million.

Dec 1, 2008 — National Post

New Canwest Web sites debut today

Canwest has launched redesigned Web sites for its major city daily newspapers intended to provide in-depth, live local news and information.

Dec 1, 2008 — CBC News

Could consumers own their internet connections? by Peter Nowak

New reports suggests that the best way to ensure Internet "net neutrality" would be to allow home owners to purchase high-speed connections rather than rent them from service providers.

Dec 1, 2008 — CBC News

Lament for The NewMusic

CTVglobemedia's recently announced cuts included the demise of The NewMusic, a show credited for launching new Canadian bands and the careers of TV hosts and presenters.

Nov 30, 2008 — New York Times

World Falls for American Media, Even as It Sours on America by Tim Arango

Columnist says that after the terrorist attacks on 9/11, high-level media executives met with White House officials to discuss ways that the entertainment industry could play a part in improving the image of the United States overseas.

Nov 30, 2008 — Toronto Star

Tories blink first in showdown by Tom Hanson

Senior Conservative says Stephen Harper has shot himself in the foot for ideological reasons — much as he did when he announced $45 million in arts funding cuts last summer.

Nov 29, 2008 — Toronto Star

Canwest Media downgraded

Firm lowers Canwest Media's credit rating to 'highly speculative' as the company struggles with heavy debt and a weak ad market.

Nov 28, 2008 — Toronto Star

Radio One, Toronto's No. 1 by Greg Quill

Audience survey data show that for the first time, CBC Radio One ranks as the top station in the Toronto radio market.

Nov 28, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CTV cuts 105 positions by Richard Blackwell

CTV, in an effort to trim costs because of financial pressures, has eliminated 105 jobs at its broadcast operations.

Nov 28, 2008 — Chatham Daily News

Another hog at our trough

Editorial says the federal government should reign in "lavish spending" of bureaucrats such as CBC's Richard Stursberg, who, over a two-year span, claimed more than $85,000 in expenses for hospitality, travel and benefits.

Nov 27, 2008 — Playback

CTV lays off 105 by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says the job cuts will be deepest at media properties recently purchased from CHUM.

Nov 27, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

CBC Radio listening reaches an all-time high

BBM data show that less people are tuning in to CBC Radio Two and more people are listening to Radio One.

Nov 27, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Cruickshank leaves CBC News to be publisher of Toronto Star by Michael Posner and Guy Dixon

After little more than a year on the job, John Cruickshank, publisher of CBC News, is leaving the public broadcaster to become publisher of the Toronto Star.

Nov 27, 2008 — Calgary Herald

Canadian television worth celebrating--really by Alex Strachan

Columnist says that the current quality of Canadian TV has rarely been better and should be celebrated.

Nov 27, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Canwest orders up fifth pilot by Kate Taylor

Canwest is set to announce that it is commissioning a pilot for a Canadian drama set in a used-car dealership.

Nov 25, 2008 — New York Times

Radio's Revenue Falls Even as Audience Grows by Stephanie Clifford

Data show that despite growing audiences radio advertising has been down 18 consecutive months.

Nov 24, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Squeezed broadcasters to seek breaks from CRTC by Grant Robertson

Industry sources say Canada's national television networks will ask federal regulators for leniency on their local programming requirements as a way to cut costs.

Nov 24, 2008 — 24 heures

Le ministre semonce Radio-Canada

Heritage Minister asks CBC managers to reduce their expenses.

Nov 23, 2008 — Canadian Press

Critics fears economic crisis gives Harper excuse to slash government

The former chief of staff to Prime Minister Harper says a five-per-cent cut to the CBC budget might be called for.

Nov 23, 2008 — Canoe.ca

Rappel à l'ordre, Mathieu Bélanger

The Canadian Taxpayers federation asks CBC/SRC to stop wasting taxpayers' money on senior executive training at Harvard University.

Nov 22, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

Cost-cutting hits CTV, Globe and Mail by Grant Surridge

Columnist says big spending at Canada's media companies has come to an end.

Nov 21, 2008 — CBC News

CBC defends itself against report on expenses

The chairman of CBC's board of directors says the CBC has taken several steps this year to strengthen transparency and the approval process for expenses incurred by staff and executives.

Nov 21, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Asper: Dispelling the misconceptions by Grant Surridge

Canwest answers questions about his company's stock price, debt levels and corporate strategy.

Nov 21, 2008 — Playback

Belts tightening at CBC by Etan Vlessing

Fending off a $45-million budget shortfall and the impending global recession, CBC is putting a freeze on discretionary spending.

Nov 20, 2008 — Toronto Star

CBC cuts loom, opposition says Bruce Cheadle

Opposition parties say the Conservative government is softening up the public for looming cuts to one of its favourite ideological targets, the CBC.

Nov 20, 2008 — Playback

Lacroix defends spending at CBC by Etan Vlessing

CBC President says executive expense reports surfaced in the press as part of a persistent campaign by the Sun newspapers to use freedom of information requests to draw out information that will vilify the pubcaster.

Nov 20, 2008 — Edmonton Sun

CBC exec racks up big tab by Peter Zimonjic

Documents obtained under Access to Information reveal that the executive vice-president for French services at CBC is claiming almost $80,000 a year in expenses for theatre tickets, meals and travel.

Nov 20, 2008 — Parliament of Canada

On The Record

Culture exchange during the November 20th House of Commons Question Period.

Nov 20, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

Heritage minister warns CBC about excessive spending by David Akin

Heritage Minister James Moore has warned CBC executives that excessive spending "does not sit well" with Canadians, and has asked the Crown corporation's board of directors to rein in the spending.

Nov 20, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Corus battens down the hatches by Grant Robertson

Corus Entertainment has joined the growing list of broadcasters that are slashing costs amid a slowdown in advertising spending.

Nov 20, 2008 — Canadian Press

Bell wins 'throttling' case, but Internet traffic issue to be reviewed: CRTC

The CRTC says the regulator will hold public hearings on the issue of Internet traffic shaping next summer.

Nov 20, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CRTC denies Internet 'traffic shaping' complaint by Matt Hartley and Simon Avery

Canada's telecom regulator has denied a complaint brought forth by a consortium of independent Internet service companies over how Bell Canada manages Web traffic.

Nov 19, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CBC helps to recast defunct orchestra by Robert Everett-Green

CBC executives say the public broadcaster is willing to help the National Broadcast Orchestra with broadcasts, commissions and rehearsal space.

Nov 19, 2008 — Halifax Chronicle Herald

Union demands CRTC step in to prevent layoffs at CTV

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union says recently announced layoffs should prompt the CRTC to reconsider the terms of license for CTV.

Nov 19, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CTV plans layoffs, cuts as it braces for slump by Grant Robertson

CTV is preparing to cut costs by chopping discretionary expenses, imposing a hiring freeze and eliminating jobs.

Nov 19, 2008 — Toronto Star

CTV jobs on the line by Brett Popplewell

Citing a drop in advertising revenue and the financial woes of some of its biggest customers, Canada's largest television network, CTV, says it plans to shed jobs as part of a broader cost-cutting initiative.

Nov 18, 2008 — Canadian Press

Charest hopes to avoid Harper minority fate with cultural tax breaks

Quebec Premier Jean Charest has promised to abolish the provincial sales tax of 7.5 per cent on culture-related products.

Nov 18, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

Canwest names interim broadcast chief

Peter Viner has been announced as the interim president of Canwest Global Communications' broadcasting division.

Nov 18, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

Ad sales down for TV sports by Anthony Crupi

Once thought to be the sole recession-proof property on television, ad sales for sports are down as much as 15%, according to industry players.

Nov 17, 2008 — Toronto Star

Murdoch upbeat about the future of newspapers by Rohan Sullivan

Media magnate Rupert Murdoch says doomsayers who are predicting the Internet will kill off newspapers are "misguided cynics" who fail to grasp that the online world is potentially a huge new market of information-hungry consumers.

Nov 15, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Izzy'd be devastated, 'but most of it is his fault' by Gayle MacDonald

Peter C. Newman's biography of Izzy Asper comes out just as Canwest faces the implications of some of the late media mogul's decisions.

Nov 14, 2008 — Playback

Canwest down $1 billion by Etan Vlessing

Canwest CEO Leonard Asper says regulatory relief and cost-cutting are keys to reviving his company's conventional TV business.

Nov 14, 2008 — Cartt.ca

Angry Asper warns of further CRTC battles: Wants local obligations cut; fee-for-carriage re-visited by Greg O’Brien

Canwest CEO says that changes in the media world and the slumping economy means that his company has only just begun the fight for regulatory changes.

Nov 14, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Canwest's Debt ($3,715,057,000) Challenge by Grant Robertson

Columnist says with slumping ad revenue and a swooning share price, there are questions about how Canwest's debt will be repaid.

Nov 14, 2008 — National Post

Canwest books $1B charge, but operating profit up 13% by Grant Surridge

Canwest Global has opted to book a non-cash writedown of $1-billion related to the value of its television operations.

Nov 13, 2008 — Playback

Canwest cuts come into focus by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says there will be Canwest staff cuts to dramatic television, but regional news-gathering divisions will sent the brunt of the layoffs.

Nov 13, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

CanWest a victim of its own greed

CanWest should divest itself of some of its media holdings rather than its employees, says Canada's largest media union.

Nov 13, 2008 — CBC News

Federal government considering sale of Crown assets: Flaherty

Finance minister Jim Flaherty says the CBC is not on a list of Crown assets that could be sold as a way of balancing the government's budget.

Nov 13, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

Arthur Kent sues CanWest for libel by Etan Vlessing

Journalist and newly elected MP, Arthur Kent, has filed a lawsuit against Canwest over a profile of him in the Calgary Herald and the National Post.

Nov 13, 2008 — Cartt.ca

Canwest Cuts: "No clear path to profitability" for local news: 210 let go, Global Ontario cancelled by Greg O'Brien

In an internal memo, Canwest Broadcasting president Kathy Dore says "The current regulatory environment makes it very difficult for us to be successful."

Nov 13, 2008 — Toronto Star

CanWest cuts 560 jobs

Media union criticizes Canwest's "binge of acquisitions" for the company's financial troubles.

Nov 12, 2008 — Bloomberg

Astral, Canadian Radio Stations Win Royalty Ruling by Joe Schneider

Columnist says a court ruling may allow the owners of Canadian radio stations to reduce royalty payments to composers and musicians.

Nov 12, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

Canwest to cut 5% of its work force by Etan Vlessing

Canwest Global, Canada's largest media company, has announced plans to cut 560 jobs, or 5% of its work force, as it cuts operating costs amid a deteriorating advertising market.

Nov 12, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CanWest axes 560 jobs by Grant Robertson

Burdened by debt, CanWest Global is cutting 560 jobs from its operations, hoping to buy itself breathing room to withstand an economic downturn.

Nov 12, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Internet makes it a whole new game by William Houston

A panel of sports executives says the Internet is transforming sports broadcasting to such a degree that cable and satellite companies could become redundant and even go out of business.

Nov 11, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

Canwest Global to donate $700,000 to women's program

Canwest has announced it would contribute $700,000 to a mentorship program that matches high-potential women with senior members of the communication industry.

Nov 11, 2008 — Phoenix Strategic Perspectives

CBC Radio-Canada 2008 Opinion Leader Survey

Survey says the large majority of opinion leaders have positive overall impressions of CBC/Radio-Canada.

Nov 10, 2008 — Med

Current Canada Brings Al Gore, CBC Together

Richard Stursberg, executive vice-president of CBC English Services says Current Canada will have the potential to dramatically alter the way Canadians interact with both television and online programming.

Nov 10, 2008 — Playback

Current TV comes north with CBC by Etan Vlessing

CBC is planning on bringing former U.S. vice-president Al Gore's interactive Current TV channel to Canada with one-third of the content generated by tech-savvy Canadians.

Nov 10, 2008 — National Post

If you thought pop up ads were annoying... by Grant Surridge

In an attempt to monetize online video, a new technology is being marketed that searches for spots within videos to insert advertising messages.

Nov 10, 2008 — CBC News

CBC partners with Gore to bring Current TV to Canada

CBC has made an application to the CRTC to create a website and digital specialty channel based on Al Gore's Current TV.

Nov 10, 2008 — Canadian Association of Community TV Users and Stations

Support Campbell River Community TV

Request for public intervention in a CRTC hearing on the sale of Campbell River Community Television to Shaw Cablesystems.

Nov 10, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

Montreal company helps media navigate the Web by Peter Hadekel

CEO of Montreal based StreamTheWorld says there has been "explosive" demand from media companies for its audio and video web-streaming services.

Nov 10, 2008 — Toronto Star

Can culture policy apply to new media?

Columnist says that instead of implementing CanCon standards for the Internet, the CRTC should provide Canadian new media creators equal access to online audiences by mandating network neutrality.

Nov 9, 2008 — Globe & Mail

The arts minister of the iPod generation by Steven Chase

Canada's new Heritage Minister defends cutting arts programs and says he wants to move beyond recent conflicts with the cultural community.

Nov 8, 2008 — Winnipeg Sun

CBC brass split $1M pot by Peter Zimonjic

Documents obtained through Access to Information reveal that up to 12 members of the CBC's senior executive team split almost $1 million in bonuses this year.

Nov 8, 2008 — Toronto Star

A love story: The press and Obama by Rosie DiManno

Columnist says it is dishonest to pretend there is no bias or political agenda on the part of some news organizations.

Nov 7, 2008 — The Teamakers

Letter from the CBC President concerning the retirement of Patrick Brown and Don Murray

Blog post contains a letter from Hubert Lacroix saying the contracts of CBC correspondents Patrick Brown and Don Murray have "simply come to an end."

Nov 7, 2008 — Canadian Press

Canada's new heritage minister not about to reverse arts cuts

Heritage Minister James Moore says he has no plans to cancel the $45 million in cutbacks announced before the start of the federal election campaign.

Nov 7, 2008 — CBC News

CBC-TV's Henry Champ bids an emotional goodbye

Veteran CBC correspondent Henry Champ is retiring after more than four decades in journalism.

Nov 7, 2008 — National Post

Ottawa scraps portrait gallery plans by Tim Shufelt

Heritage Minister James Moore cites economic instability and unsuitable bids as reasons to abandon plans for the Portrait Gallery of Canada.

Nov 6, 2008 — Winnipeg Sun

Sick days cost CBC $15M by Peter Zimonjic

Documents obtained through Access to Information reveal that in 2006-07 the CBC lost $15.3 million as a result of 68,000 sick days taken by staff.

Nov 6, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Fairfax boosts stake in CanWest

Fairfax, a financial services holding company, has purchased another 2.9 million subordinate voting shares in CanWest for an undisclosed amount.

Nov 6, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CRTC raps Shaw over gay channel

The CRTC has ruled that Shaw Cable has not been marketing its gay-and-lesbian TV service nearly as well as do other cable systems.

Nov 5, 2008 — Playback

New Fox channel coming to Canada?

Rogers is asking the CRTC for approval to carry Fox Business News.

Nov 5, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

Canwest inks deal to stream Fox shows by Etan Vlessing

Canwest has acquired the streaming rights to "Prison Break," "Bones," "Family Guy" and "24," plus mobisodes and webisodes, for its Canadian network Web sites.

Nov 5, 2008 — National Post

Torstar downgraded to underperform by Zena Olijnyk

The parent company of the Toronto Star, has been the subject of two analyst downgrades in the past week because of its exposure to what many see as a prolonged slowdown in advertising spending.

Nov 5, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

New season, old woe for Canadian TV networks by Etan Vlessing

TV viewership in English-speaking Canada, where U.S. series dominate schedules, is down year-over-year by about 6%, according to CTV and Canwest Broadcasting.

Nov 5, 2008 — Globe & Mail

COC's bid for amateur sports channel gets a boost by William Houston

Columnist says new federal broadcasting regulations should help the Canadian Olympic Committee in its bid to launch an amateur sports channel.

Nov 4, 2008 — New York Times

F.C.C. Nods to New Use of Airwaves by Matt Richtel

Over the objections of television broadcasters and other groups, U.S. federal regulators have set aside a slice of radio spectrum for public use hoping it would lead to low-cost, high-speed Internet access and new wireless devices.

Nov 4, 2008 — Globe & Mail

U.S. approves use of unused airwaves for broadband

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has voted to open up unused, unlicensed portions of the television airwaves known as "white spaces" to deliver wireless broadband service.

Nov 4, 2008 — National Post

Questions remain for local TV fund by Grant Surridge

Industry participants question how much of an impact the Local Improvement Fund will have, given there are over 70 television stations expected to draw from it.

Nov 4, 2008 — Globe & Mail

National Post cuts back Western presence

The National Post is suspending home delivery in Manitoba - CanWest's home market - and will only provide Saturday newspapers for retail purchase in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Nov 4, 2008 — Sydney Morning Herald

CanWest debt a cloud over Ten by Miriam Steffens

Australian media analysts say a heavy debt load may force Canwest to sell its broadcast holdings in that country.

Nov 4, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CTV expands police-drama pilot into 11-part series by Michael Posner

CTV has announced a pilot TV show based on the work of former Toronto police-union head Craig Bromell is to become an 11-part series.

Nov 3, 2008 — Playback

Grumbling execs greet CRTC boss by Etan Vlessing

The chair of the CRTC says that broadcasters did not adequately explain how the fee-for-carriage revenues they sought would help further the aims of the federal Broadcasting Act.

Nov 3, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Cable eyes more of ad pie by Grant Robertson

Cable and satellite companies are on the verge of being given the right to sell TV commercials on certain channels and services – a move that puts them in direct competition with broadcasters for advertising dollars.

Nov 3, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

CRTC seeks speedier digital transition by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC has urged the federal government to speed up the country's transition to digital TV, which already lags behind the U.S. switchover in 2009.

Nov 3, 2008 — National Post

CRTC will have to revisit financial model for Canadian broadcasters by Zena Olijnyk

Financial analyst says the CRTC will need to revisit the current financial model for conventional television broadcasters in Canada, given the magnitude of the pressures they are facing.

Nov 3, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Rogers at a turning point by Simon Avery

Columnist says that without transparency in advance of his departure, Ted Rogers is leaving a large vacuum in his empire that becomes increasingly harder to fill.

Nov 3, 2008 — Globe & Mail

New front in battle between networks, cable by Grant Robertson

Phil Lind, vice-chairman of Rogers Communications, says that since Canada's conventional broadcasters can't charge cable companies for their television signal they will "stick it to us somehow."

Nov 3, 2008 — Calgary Herald

Customers can buy a la carte TV by Paul Vieira

CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein answers questions about the broadcast regulator's new set of rules for the television industry.

Nov 2, 2008 — Variety

Fox v. FCC heads to Supreme Court by William Triplett

A decision in Fox v. FCC could sharply cut back - maybe even eliminate - the U.S. broadcast regulator's authority to police the airwaves for indecent content, experts say.

Nov 1, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Poor health forces Rogers CEO to step aside by Gordon Pitts

Ted Rogers has been admitted to hospital, forcing him to relinquish his duties as CEO of Rogers Communications.

Nov 1, 2008 — Toronto Star

The shrinking TV dollar

Editorial says the poor financial health of CTV and Canwest will likely mean less Canadian programming and more recycled American shows on our television screens.

Nov 1, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Credit crisis hammering debt-laden Canwest by Chris Sorensen

Analysts say Canwest may have to consider selling assets into an unfavourable market.

Oct 31, 2008 — Canadian Press

CRTC tweaks TV system, helps consumers as regulator rejects extra charges

FRIENDS says the CRTC has balanced the competing interests of the broadcasting industry.

Oct 31, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Harper's improved cabinet: something old, something new ... by Jeffrey Simpson

Columnist says that James Moore, the new Minister of Canadian Heritage, doesn't carry the chip on his shoulder about artists that he asserts that some Conservatives do.

Oct 31, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CRTC unshackles TSN, Sportsnet by William Houston

Under new rules TSN will be able to air as much regional content as it wishes and Sportsnet can carry an unlimited amount of national programming.

Oct 31, 2008 — Globe & Mail

TV networks dealt blow by CRTC by Grant Robertson

Columnist says Canada's television networks will be forced to take a hard look at their business models after the CRTC blocked a proposal to collect millions in new fees.

Oct 31, 2008 — Toronto Star

CRTC rejects plea for extra fees by Nick Kyonka and Dana Flavelle

The CRTC says there is 'No economic rationale' for allowing broadcasters to charge cable, satellite companies for signal use.

Oct 30, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

CRTC shoots down time-shifting proposal by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC will allow conventional broadcasters to negotiate payments for the retransmission of their signals to other provinces, also known as time-shifting.

Oct 30, 2008 — BNN

FRIENDS on BNN's SqueezePlay

Video of FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, saying that Canadian citizens, as "shareholders" of the broadcasting system, were well served by a CRTC decision on the cable industry.

Oct 30, 2008 — CBC Radio One

CRTC set to unveil new regulations in the television industry

In a radio report, FRIENDS says that the global financial crisis has shown that appropriate regulation can play an important role in Canada's economy.

Oct 30, 2008 — CBC News

CRTC to deliver review of TV industry

FRIENDS says if the CRTC bows to cable industry deregulation it may mean more American stations and less funding of Canadian-made television.

Oct 30, 2008 — Globe & Mail

PM showcases experience, fresh faces by Brian Laghi, Steven Chase, Jane Taber and Daniel LeBlanc

Vancouver MP James Moore is expected to become the Minister of Heritage in Stephen Harper's new cabinet.

Oct 30, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CBC Radio Orchestra to live on with new name and mandate by Robert Everett-Green

The CBC Radio Orchestra will be re-branded the National Broadcast Orchestra and will expand beyond conventional broadcasting into webcasting and other types of Internet distribution.

Oct 30, 2008 — Toronto Star

Astral Media's profit rises again

Astral Media, Canada's largest radio and pay TV operator, reports its fourth-quarter net profit rose slightly to just under $40 million from $38.1 million last year.

Oct 30, 2008 — Petition

Save The 'Montreal' Gazette Newspaper

Montreal Gazette employees are protesting Canwest's decision to move more editorial and customer-service operations out of Quebec.

Oct 30, 2008 — Playback

B.C.'s Moore gets Heritage post by Patricia Bailey

Industry observers say the appointment of media savvy and bilingual James Moore as the minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages may signal the Conservatives are ready to take culture seriously.

Oct 30, 2008 — CTV

Video: Decisions made by the CRTC by Graham Richardson

FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison says cable companies such as Shaw Communications may not be happy with having to put more money into local television programming.

Oct 30, 2008 — CBC News

Changes will increase choice for Canadian TV viewers: CRTC

FRIENDS says the CRTC has listened to advice that the cable monopolies and satellite companies are too powerful to be allowed even more discretion to control what's on TV.

Oct 30, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

CRTC ignores calls for shared television subscription revenues

CBC/Radio-Canada says the CRTC's decision not to grant broadcasters access to subscription revenues will result in the continued erosion of quality original Canadian television programming.

Oct 30, 2008 — Canadian Press

CRTC review could expand Canadians' TV viewing choices and costs by Julian Beltrame

FRIENDS says the CRTC has started to realize how the lack of money in the over-the-air television system has the potential for a broadcast equivalent of a market disaster.

Oct 29, 2008 — Globe & Mail

iPhone sales usher in new era for Rogers by Simon Avery

Ted Rogers says soaring third-quarter results show his company is 'extremely well financed to weather a storm.'

Oct 29, 2008 — Globe & Mail

MLSE negotiating to acquire GolTV by William Houston

Sources say the company that owns the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors is considering the purchase of a soccer TV channel and a general-interest sports service.

Oct 28, 2008 — Playback

NFB gets closer with NHK by Marc Glassman

The National Film Board and Japanese pubcaster NHK have signed an agreement that will see them work more closely on coproductions.

Oct 28, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

Media and politics gossip magazine Frank to go belly up by Adam McDowell

The 19-year-old media and politics gossip magazine Frank is ceasing operations due to lack of profitability.

Oct 28, 2008 — Ambrosia's Tafel

Media literacy through producing content in communities and a multimedial platform on the web

Belgian organization launches program to stimulate youth multimedia literacy and foster cooperation between formal education, informal education and cultural organizations and the media.

Oct 28, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Canadian podcasting royalty down, but not out by Michael Geist

The Copyright Board of Canada has issued a decision that addressed the prospect of establishing a royalty on hundreds of thousands of websites.

Oct 28, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Global TV paid $5,000 to charity for McMynn interview by Robert Matas

Media ethics professor says a financial relationship between a news organization and those who are interviewed could affect public perception of the media's independence and objectivity.

Oct 28, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Rogers profit rises 84% to $495-million

Canada's largest cable-TV and mobile-phone operator says its July-September operating profit was up 10 per cent to $1.09-billion.

Oct 28, 2008 — Winnipeg Sun

CBC gives it to taxpayers in hi-def by Peter Zimonjic

Documents obtained under Access to Information show the CBC has spent almost $24 million on two trucks so it can broadcast hockey games and cultural events in high definition.

Oct 28, 2008 — Variety

CBC heats up winter schedule by Brendan Kelly

CBC is set to launch two Canadian-made TV series in January - the dramady "Being Erica" and Calgary-set drama "Wild Roses."

Oct 28, 2008 — Victoria Times Colonist

Suspicious fire destroys transmission tower near Cumberland by Lori Jenks

RCMP call a fire that burned down a transmission tower on Vancouver Island "suspicious".

Oct 27, 2008 — Playback

Digital Media: New media producers decry funding cuts by Etan Vlessing

Digital media producers are bracing for the potential elimination of Telefilm Canada's Canada New Media Fund.

Oct 27, 2008 — Playback

Digital Media: CRTC readies for new media rethink by Mark Hand

FRIENDS says the motivation behind a CRTC review of new media is to ensure that the audiovisual Internet - the equivalent of radio and television online - has some shelf space for Canadian content.

Oct 27, 2008 — Toronto Star

Economic rip tide bears down on arts by Martin Knelman

Columnist says the current economic crisis could be hard on arts organizations.

Oct 26, 2008 — New York Times

Even if Royalties for Web Radio Fall, Revenue Remains Elusive by Claire Cain Miller

Industry analyst says most Internet radio operators don't have enough audience to generate the revenues needed to cover expenses.

Oct 25, 2008 — Toronto Star

Advice to publishers: Go private by Kelly Toughill

A Wall Street media-stock analyst says struggling newspaper companies should go private and get off the stock exchange.

Oct 24, 2008 — Globe & Mail

How does CanWest weather the credit storm? by Andrew Willis

Columnist says the main problems facing CanWest are a $3.7-billion deb and advertising-driven holdings that are expected to earn less if a recession hits.

Oct 24, 2008 — The Tyee

Why Did I Buy CanWest Stock? by Marc Edge

FRIENDS says that with a slumping stock price and financing deal with Goldman Sachs, it is possible that the Asper family could lose control of CanWest.

Oct 24, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Corus braces itself for 'a tough year' in broadcasting by Grant Robertson

Corus entertainment's CEO says with the economy heading downward, the year ahead will be a turbulent one for broadcasters.

Oct 23, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

Latest research confirms CBC News tradition of fair, credible election coverage

CBC News is making available research saying that its coverage of the recent federal election was "fair, balanced and credible".

Oct 23, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

CTV, Bell extend pact for mobile content by Etan Vlessing

CTV has extended a supply agreement with Bell Canada to include made-for-mobile content such as MTV's "The Hills" and "Andy Milonakis."

Oct 23, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Shaw sits out cell race by Simon Avery

Shaw Communications, citing uncertain economic conditions, said it will not build a wireless phone business, even after spending nearly $190-million to acquire spectrum licences this summer.

Oct 23, 2008 — Montreal Gazette

CTV station putting focus on local news by Bill Brownstein

New CTV-Montreal news director is expanding the station's 6 p.m. news package on weekends from 30 to 60 minutes.

Oct 23, 2008 — Reuters

Canwest stock below C$1 as ad outlook darkens by Wojtek Dabrowski

Market analyst says that with the global economic downturn, many companies are expected to scale back spending on TV and newspaper ads, which doesn't bode well for firms like Canwest.

Oct 22, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC stars protest as 'icons' lose jobs by Chris Cobb

26 national and international CBC correspondents have jointly written to network president Hubert Lacroix asking him to overrule senior news managers and reinstate "icons" Patrick Brown and Don Murray.

Oct 21, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

CRTC clears journalists for censor board by Etan Vlessing

A CRTC decision will allow journalists to join the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, an industry body that referees public complaints about radio and TV shows aired by private broadcasters.

Oct 21, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

Canadian Television Fund Annual Report Highlights Funding Successes

The CTF has released a report highlighting success stories and detailed analyses of funding results.

Oct 21, 2008 — Calgary Herald

Tory candidate files suit over newspaper column

Journalist Arthur Kent has filed a lawsuit against Canwest and writer Don Martin for a column he says was an act of "political vandalism."

Oct 21, 2008 — Calgary Herald

CanWest's woes 'very challenging for the foreseeable future' by Steve Ladurantaye

With advertising down at its newspapers and contributions from its Australian television holdings fading, market analyst says CanWest shares aren't worth the risk.

Oct 21, 2008 — Le Devoir

Radio-Canada lance un nouveau portail pour la musique d'ici by Paul Cauchon

Radio-Canada launches a new trans-platform music strategy.

Oct 21, 2008 — Tony Burman

Termination of CBC correspondents

Comment by former CBC Chief Journalist on the termination of CBC correspondents Patrick Brown and Don Murray.

Oct 20, 2008 — Halifax Chronicle Herald

CRTC hearings: Should the Internet be regulated?

Editorial says the CRTC should not regulate Canadian content requirements for the Internet.

Oct 20, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

The lame and the lovable by Alex Strachan

BBM Canada/Nielsen data show the U.S. game show Jeopardy! is one of CBC-TV's most-watched programs.

Oct 18, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Mainstream TV finds new home online by Grant Surridge

Columnist says Tina Fey's parody of Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live could be a defining moment for an industry trying to make money from content on the Internet.

Oct 18, 2008 — Calgary Herald

Meddling in the minutiae cost Harper his majority by Licia Corbella

Columnist says Stephen Harper should stick to governing the country and leave bureaucrats to "sweat the small stuff" - like culture cuts.

Oct 18, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Time to say goodbye to the CRTC era by David Warren

Columnist calls for the end of Canada's broadcast regulator and its powers transferred to "the secretarial pool in some corner of the Department of Canadian Heritage".

Oct 17, 2008 — Playback

Sinking loonie raises hopes by Denis Seguin

Columnist says a lower Canadian dollar may bring a boost to domestic film production.

Oct 17, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

$500,000 boost for women in film, TV

Canwest is contributing $500,000 to support training programs for women in film, TV and digital media.

Oct 16, 2008 — Playback

Canwest goes drama shopping by Etan Vlessing

Canwest looks to bolster its homegrown drama slate for its networks with orders for four one-hour pilots, with a fifth pilot to follow within weeks.

Oct 16, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

CRTC seeks public input on broadcasting services in French and English language minority communities

The CRTC will hold a public hearing on broadcasting services offered to French and English language communities in a minority situation.

Oct 16, 2008 — Winnipeg Free Press

Canwest reports drop in earnings

Canwest has reported a 10 per cent drop in operating earnings at its Australian operations.

Oct 16, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

Canwest OKs quartet of pilots by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says Canadian networks are commissioning homegrown TV pilots to find prime time success.

Oct 16, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Two CBC veteran correspondents' contracts not renewed by Guy Dixon

CBC management has confirmed that it is not renewing the contracts of veteran foreign correspondents Don Murray in London and Patrick Brown in Beijing.

Oct 15, 2008 — Globe & Mail

New regulations could bring radical changes by William Houston

The CRTC is expected to revise the rules pertaining to mandatory carriage, genre protection and restrictions on the entry of foreign channels later this month.

Oct 15, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

CRTC to examine broadcasting in the new media environment

The CRTC has launched a proceeding to examine the role of broadcasting in the current new media environment, and what role this environment can be expected to play in the Canadian broadcasting system in the future.

Oct 15, 2008 — CBC News

Cultural groups want arts to remain in spotlight after election

After seeing arts funding jostle for the spotlight during the election campaign, the arts community says it will continue to monitor cultural decisions from Prime Minister Stephen Harper's strengthened minority government.

Oct 14, 2008 — BBC

Simpson 'expects sack from BBC'

BBC world affairs editor John Simpson has said that he expects to be fired for controversial comments.

Oct 14, 2008 — Playback

Pro-arts votes add up against Tories by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says artist protests over $45 million in arts funding cuts during the national election campaign helped deny Stephen Harper a majority government.

Oct 14, 2008 — Montreal Gazette

Arts cuts, inaction on economy crisis derailed Tory majority hopes by David Akin

Columnist says that Stephen Harper lost his chance at a majority government on Aug. 8 2008, when it was first reported the Conservatives were about to cut funding to arts and culture.

Oct 11, 2008 — Toronto Star

How 'ordinary working people' are central to our art by Noah Richler

Columnist says Stephen Harper was wrong to suggest that artistic creations and working life are two divergent realms.

Oct 10, 2008 — CNBC

Jack Layton asked to address CRTC scandal: PM Stephen Harper nicknamed 'subPrime Minister' for his failure to stop corporate welfare scam

An Australian public interest advocate has requested NDP Leader Jack Layton address allegations of illegal activities involving the Canada's federal broadcast regulator and media companies.

Oct 10, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

Opinion: Playing culture as an election wedge issue is backfiring on the Tories by Mark Leiren-Young

Columnist says that Conservative arts policies aren't financial, they're ideological.

Oct 10, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

Conservatives refuse answers on media, communications policy

The Conservative Party did not reply to questions about key policy issues related to media and communications in this election campaign.

Oct 10, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Ontario politicians press for cable TV coverage of legislature by Jessica McDiarmid

A private member's motion calling on Ontario to ask Ottawa to force TV companies to carry provincial and territorial legislative proceedings has received unanimous support from Ontario's legislature.

Oct 10, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Exports of Canadian culture continue to fall, StatsCan reports

Statistics Canada data show that the amount of Canadian culture exported to other countries has declined for the fourth straight year as the demand for foreign goods in Canada continues to remain high.

Oct 9, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

Rogers offering U.S. series on-demand by Etan Vlessing

Rogers Communications says it has acquired a slew of U.S. network series from domestic rights-holder Canwest Broadcasting for free on-demand viewing by its digital cable subscribers.

Oct 9, 2008 — Rabble.ca

Labour and social movements have made a difference by Fred Wilson

FRIENDS campaign mentioned in article about how social movements have impacted the federal election.

Oct 9, 2008 — Canadian Press

Artists happy with Tory decision to reverse plans to scrap film and TV tax credits

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper's promise to reverse plans to scrap tax credits for productions deemed offensive to Canadian viewers came as a pleasant surprise to those in the film and television business and a major blow to the religious right.

Oct 9, 2008 — Variety

BBC Worldwide fights expansion critics by Steve Clarke

An alliance of rival media companies, U.K. producers and politicians say the BBC's commercial wing has become too predatory.

Oct 9, 2008 — Toronto Star

2008 Election - Arts platforms of major political parities

Article analyzes the arts and culture platforms of the NDP, Liberal Party, Conservatives, Green Party and Bloc Québécois.

Oct 8, 2008 — Playback

Writers, actors rally for culture by Marise Strauss

Media union tells arts supporters "If we lose control of our media, we lose control of the messaging of our national identity and democratic debate."

Oct 8, 2008 — CBC News

'Vote culture, eh?' artists urge

Canadian actors, writers and other artists rallied in Toronto to send the message voters should consider culture when they go to the polls.

Oct 7, 2008 — Playback

Tories remain mute on CTF by Patricia Bailey

Although the three main opposition parties say they would renew the Canadian Television Fund, the Conservative Party has remained mute on the issue, contributing to worries about the future of Canadian TV.

Oct 7, 2008 — CBC News

Conservatives pledge to reintroduce copyright reform by Peter Nowak

The Conservatives are promising to reintroduce controversial copyright-reform legislation if they are re-elected.

Oct 7, 2008 — CBC News

Traffic shaping could shape online entertainment habits by Grant Buckler

Industry watcher says the CRTC should establish clear rules for how Internet Service Providers manage network traffic.

Oct 7, 2008 — Variety

Carter takes charge of U.K. broadcasting by Steve Clarke

Columnist says the U.K.'s new broadcasting minister is expected to take a more commercial attitude to the role.

Oct 6, 2008 — Toronto Star

Is an Internet tax coming? by Michael Geist

Columnist says a proposed ISP levy to support Canadian content on the web will force regulators to show whether they believe that new Internet regulation is needed.

Oct 6, 2008 — National Post

What counts as 'culture'?

Editorial questions the figures used to describe the "economic footprint" of the Canadian arts and culture sector.

Oct 6, 2008 — National Post

Real artists don't need grants by D'arcy Jenish

Author says artists with real talent will find their own audiences and don't need government assistance.

Oct 5, 2008 — New York Times

Cable Operator Sends Viewers to Web by Brian Stelter

In the midst of a contract dispute with a local broadcaster, Time Warner Cable tells its customers to watch their favorite shows using the Internet.

Oct 5, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

NAC Gala raises $835,000 for youth by Tim Shufelt, and Joanne Laucius

Columnist says the Tories kept a low profile at the National Arts Centre's annual fundraising gala that was politicized this year by the prime minister's recent criticisms of the arts community.

Oct 5, 2008 — Vancouver Province

Telus says money better spent on Internet services by Wendy Mclellan

According to Telus, hundreds of millions in excess money collected on home phone bills would be better spent connecting rural communities to Internet services than refunding small amounts to individual customers.

Oct 4, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Atwood rallies anti-Tory votes by backing Bloc by Joe Friesen, Omar el Akkad and Bill Curry

Author Margaret Atwood says she would - if she lived in Quebec - vote for the separatist Bloc Québécois to stop Stephen Harper from forming a government.

Oct 4, 2008 — Calgary Herald

Who's censoring whom? by Licia Corbella

Filmmaker who's work sheds a positive light on Canada's military mission in Afghanistan says he is being censored by the arts community.

Oct 4, 2008 — Globe & Mail

The coming of the digital revolution by Kate Taylor

Industry analyst says much work needs to be done to prepare Canadians for the digital TV conversion in 2011.

Oct 3, 2008 — Playback

Debate pulls nearly three million by Marise Strauss

According to figures released by CTV, the English-language election debate grabbed nearly three million viewers.

Oct 3, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Radio 2's new weekday lineup needs rethinking by Robert Everett-Green

Columnist offers praise and criticism to CBC Radio Two's new programming.

Oct 3, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

Opinion: The bottom line on arts funding by Mark Leiren-Young

Author and filmmaker says ordinary working people should be outraged by how little the Canadian government supports arts and culture.

Oct 3, 2008 — Globe & Mail

A Harper majority would tread lightly by Steven Chase

Senior Conservative official says selling off the CBC "would ensure that a future Conservative government majority would be a one-term majority and that's not what [Mr. Harper's] about".

Oct 2, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

CBC to look into anti-Harper clip made by reporter

Radio-Canada executives say they will investigate a reporter who took part in a web campaign launched by Quebec artists to protest Conservative cuts in culture subsidies and prevent the party's re-election.

Oct 2, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Media experts agree CBC needs a variety of opinions by Guy Dixon

Academics and observers of the news media say CBC.ca, and specifically its opinion page, need to include a greater variety of viewpoints.

Oct 2, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Bowing to the majority? (The potential Tory one, that is) by Russell Smith

Columnist wonders if recent decisions by CBC management are a result of the public broadcaster trying to make itself more palatable to a possible majority Conservative government.

Oct 2, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Most voters support public funding for CBC, poll finds by Chris Cobb

New poll released by FRIENDS says almost two-thirds of Canadian voters consider the $1.1 billion the federal government spends on the CBC to be a good use of taxpayers' money.

Oct 1, 2008 — Maclean's

This isn't a culture war, it's a good old class war by Andrew Coyne

Columnist says Stephen Harper's Conservatives have used arts and culture to drive a wedge between "classes" of Canadians.

Sep 30, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

Digital Media Pilot Program Streams from the Canadian Television Fund

The Canadian Television Fund has announced the launch of a $2 million Digital Media Pilot Program, aimed at generating a stronger Canadian presence in new media.

Sep 30, 2008 — Globe & Mail

What's wrong with bashing Sarah Palin? by Margaret Wente

Columnist says that a perception of left-wing bias at the CBC could be harmful if a Conservative government controls the funding purse strings.

Sep 30, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Congress poised to pass Internet radio legislation by Joelle Tessler

The U.S. Congress is close to passing legislation that would buy extra time to finalize an agreement intended to save the emerging Internet radio market from a hike in copyright royalty rates.

Sep 30, 2008 — National Post

The CBC does the right thing

Editorial says Canadians who disagree with the world-view of CBC editors and reporters should not be forced to subsidize "unremitting attacks on conservative ideas they hold dear".

Sep 29, 2008 — Playback

CRTC must rein in cablers, says APTN boss

APTN CEO says the recent CRTC decision to penalize Shaw Cablesystems with a two-year licence renewal will do little to solve his channel's long-running issues with the cableco.

Sep 29, 2008 — CBC News

We erred in our judgment by John Cruickshank

Pressure from individuals and other media outlets causes the CBC to apologize for a blog post criticizing Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Sep 29, 2008 — CBC News

Harper pledges tax credit for children's art activities

Stephen Harper has pledged a re-elected Conservative government would create a tax credit for children's artistic activities.

Sep 29, 2008 — Toronto Star

Let's hope arts bashing just a pose by Martin Knelman

Columnist says Stephen Harper could be the first politician to show contempt for culture during a campaign, then reverse himself in office by showering money on the arts.

Sep 28, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

There's money in that entertainment industry by Randall Denley

Columnist says Stephen Harper's comments about culture being a "niche concern" shows the narrowness of the Conservative vision for Canada.

Sep 27, 2008 — Montreal Gazette

Who gets to decide what's art and what's not?

Editorial says it is time to reevaluate how arts grants and subsidies are apportioned.

Sep 27, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

Conductor still fights to save CBC orchestra by Lloyd Dykk

The conductor of the CBC Radio Orchestra is looking at options to give the musical institution new life.

Sep 26, 2008 — National Post

Provinces slam Harper arts cuts by Marianne White

Provincial and territorial culture ministers slam the Conservative government's $45-million cutbacks to arts programs and call for a special meeting with the federal government after the election.

Sep 26, 2008 — Globe & Mail

NBC says local TV profoundly affected by downturn

NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker says the U.S. economic downturn has had a severe effect on broadcaster NBC's local television stations.

Sep 26, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

Co-productions can be risky business for filmmakers, industry experts warn by Marke Andrews

Canadian film producers are warned to do their homework before striking deals with foreign partners.

Sep 25, 2008 — Globe & Mail

What do 'ordinary working people' want on TV? Let me tell you by John Doyle

Columnist says Stephen Harper's comments on the arts show he is out of touch with what Canadians want from their country.

Sep 25, 2008 — CBC News

The non-debate over your wireless bills by Peter Nowak

Columnist says consumers have never been angrier with their telecommunications service providers, but ever-increasing phone, internet and television bills have not yet become election issues.

Sep 25, 2008 — Playback

Actors blast Harper by Marise Strauss

Outraged film and television actors defended their industry while taking shots at Prime Minister Stephen Harper for suggesting that ordinary Canucks don't care about arts funding.

Sep 25, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

Ofcom: Prices may go up for TV viewers by Mimi Turner

Britain's broadcast regulator says TV viewers may have to pay more to main the quality of the BBC.

Sep 24, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Artists 'should be landlords, not tenants' by Tenille Bonoguore and Murray Campbell

Canadian actors and artists say the arts is a resource that comes from the minds of Canadians and delivers fantastic returns in the form of quality of life, education and national identity.

Sep 24, 2008 — Globe & Mail

How will voters respond to Harper's battle with the arts community?

Political analysts says the arts may play a role in this election because it is throwing the Conservative's Quebec strategy off target.

Sep 24, 2008 — Globe & Mail

To be creative is, in fact, Canadian by Margaret Atwood

World renowned author says Stephen Harper has demonstrated that he has no knowledge of, or respect for, the capacities and interests of "ordinary people."

Sep 24, 2008 — Playback

UDA leader looks beyond Quebec by Patricia Bailey

The head of Quebec's largest actors' union has made a rare appeal -- he's calling for the need to protect pan-Canadian culture.

Sep 24, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Arts cuts 'niche issue': Harper by Andrew Mayeda and David Akin

Stephen Harper takes a swipe at members of the arts community in Quebec who have opposed his party's funding cuts.

Sep 24, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

Dion blasts Harper's arts censorship by Doug Ward

Liberal leader Stephane Dion attacks Conservative leader Stephen Harper for censoring Canada's artists and underfunding cultural industries.

Sep 23, 2008 — Maclean's

Lost in translation by Kady O'Malley

Blog post contains the text of Stephen Harper's controversial comments on arts funding during a campaign stop in Saskatoon, SK.

Sep 23, 2008 — Toronto Star

Layton vows to restore arts funding by Robert Benzie

NDP Leader Jack Layton warns that a Conservative majority government would slash or privatize the CBC.

Sep 23, 2008 — CTV

Video: Stephen Harper calls the arts a "niche" issue

Video of Prime Minister Harper at a press conference in Saskatoon, SK responding to criticism of cuts to arts and culture funding.

Sep 23, 2008 — CTV

Flap over arts cuts is a 'niche' issue: Harper

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper has dismissed mounting criticism of arts cuts by calling culture a "niche" issue that doesn't resonate with "ordinary" Canadians.

Sep 23, 2008 — Rabble.ca

On The Record, On Media by Steve Anderson

The National Coordinator of the Campaign For Democratic Media says with online media taking an increasingly important role, we are on the brink of a major restructuring of our media and communications system.

Sep 23, 2008 — Globe & Mail

HBO Canada coming, but with a catch by Grant Robertson

Through an agreement with Corus Entertainment and Astral Media, Canadian subscribers to Movie Central or The Movie Network will get access to HBO Canada.

Sep 23, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

Wanted: 'Smart' Canadian TV series for U.S. networks by Marke Andrews

U.S. television executive has interest in Canadian series that stray from the mainstream and appeal to his cable network's viewers.

Sep 22, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Tory arts cuts not playing well to Quebec crowd by Konrad Yakabuski

Columnist says that in Quebec, the Conservatives' recent $45-million cuts to the arts have morphed into an issue of cultural survival.

Sep 22, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Tories lose candidate after blog postings revealed by Steven Chase

Former Conservative candidate recommended closing down the CBC.

Sep 22, 2008 — National Post

Why public funding of arts matters to all of us by Jian Ghomeshi

The host of Q on CBC Radio One says we should stop pretending that culture is outside of the interests of Canadians.

Sep 22, 2008 — Canadian Press

HBO Canada to begin broadcasting with comedies, live events Oct. 30

Beginning Oct. 30, HBO Canada will offer a full slate of HBO series, films, comedies and live events.

Sep 22, 2008 — CBC News

Telus backtracks, says small ISPs should also pay for throttling probe by Peter Nowak

Telus has reversed course in demanding that Bell Canada pay all the costs of the CRTC's investigation into that company's internet throttling practice.

Sep 21, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

Dion comes out swinging for the arts by Norma Greenaway

In an announcement about arts funding, Stéphane Dion says "I challenge Stephen Harper to be honest with Canadians and admit he dreams of shutting down the CBC".

Sep 21, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Liberals pledge to reverse Tory culture cuts by Sarah Boesveld

The federal Liberals have pledged to reverse millions in Tory cuts and also boost arts and culture spending by $530 million over the next four years.

Sep 20, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Tomorrow's CBC by Glen McGregor

Columnist says that when asked if the CBC is a good use of taxpayers' money, Prime Minister Harper responded with telling brevity: "All I can say is I support government budgets."

Sep 20, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Dion makes $530-million in promises for arts, culture by Andy Blatchford

Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion says the Conservatives are polling people about whether they feel the $1.1-billion budgeted for the CBC is money well-spent.

Sep 20, 2008 — CBC News

Dion promises more support for arts

Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion questions a Conservative party fundraising letter (released by FRIENDS) in which supporters are asked if the CBC is a good or bad use of taxpayers' dollars.

Sep 20, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Cuts to arts funding could kill film school Tony Lofaro

The executive director of the Canadian Screen Training Centre says the school may have to close if Conservative cuts to arts spending are implemented.

Sep 19, 2008 — Toronto Star

PM stands ground on cuts to culture by Tonda MacCharles

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has lashed out at criticism of federal cuts to arts programs and lectured the Quebec government to get its priorities straight.

Sep 18, 2008 — Statistics Canada: The Daily

Radio listening

StatsCan data show in 2007, Canadians tuned in to their radios for 18.3 hours a week on average, compared with 18.6 hours in the previous year and 20.5 hours in 1999.

Sep 18, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

Corus gets OK for new kids network by Etan Vlessing

THE CRTC has given the go-ahead for Corus Entertainment to launch YTV OneWorld, a digital channel that offers international kids and family programming.

Sep 18, 2008 — CBC News

Tories promise $25M for French-language TV funding

Stephen Harper's Conservatives have promised $25 million for French-language television programming if re-elected.

Sep 18, 2008 — Canadian Media Guild

The federal election: voting for our work

Election briefing note to Canadian Media Guild members on matters such as the CBC, foreign ownership and local news requirements.

Sep 17, 2008 — Montreal Gazette

CRTC chairmanship to switch between French, English: Harper by David Akin

Prime Minister Harper tells supporters the head of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission will alternate between French-Canadians and English-Canadians.

Sep 17, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

TV network rebrands and alters programming by Marke Andrews

BC's public television network has changed its name, logo and status in a bid to cash in on its strengths and attract more viewers.

Sep 17, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Denise Donlon to run CBC Radio by Michael Posner

The CBC is expected to announce that Denise Donlon, former president of Sony Music Canada, will become executive director of CBC Radio.

Sep 16, 2008 — Montreal Gazette

Arts funding to come through, Charest predicts by Kevin Dougherty

Quebec Premier Jean Charest is convinced the federal government will give in and restore $45 million in grants for artists and cultural enterprises.

Sep 15, 2008 — Toronto Star

Make arts funding an election issue

Editorial says that if Stephen Harper believes he can bring greater efficiency to federal funding of the arts, he should do so openly – not by stealth cuts or smear campaigns.

Sep 15, 2008 — The Coast

And the correct answer is... by Stephen Kimber

Blog post says a Conservative Party fundraising letter gives an "unappetizing" hint of what could be in store for the CBC if Stephen Harper and his Tories win a majority in the upcoming election.

Sep 15, 2008 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Welcome back, changes to SET by Hubert T. Lacroix

A message to CBC employees from President Hubert Lacroix

Sep 15, 2008 — National Post

No 'free pass' for online comments by Joseph Brean

A Canadian Human Rights Commission ruling states that a website operator can be charged under federal human rights law if visitors to their site post hateful comments.

Sep 13, 2008 — Montreal Gazette

Culture cuts go deeper in Quebec by Brendan Kelly

Columnist says Quebec's artists are in a full-blown rage over what they perceive as the Tory government's contempt for the artistic community in this country.

Sep 13, 2008 — Calgary Herald

Maple movies by Stephen Hunt

Filmmaker says English-Canadian film is in a constant state of crisis and that Telefilm should not put such a focus on commercial viability.

Sep 12, 2008 — Cartt.ca

More foreign investment coming, but not to telecom

Prime Minister Harper says he is not prepared to proceed with recommendations to allow more foreign investment in Canadian telecommunications companies because "we don't believe the market is ready for them at this time."

Sep 12, 2008 — Canada.com

Charest challenges Harper to keep funding for Quebec artists by Kevin Dougherty

Quebec Premier Jean Charest calls on the Harper government to roll back cuts of about $45 million in funding for Quebec artists.

Sep 12, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

Harper criticized over stance on funding by Etan Vlessing

Canadian unions and guilds criticize Prime Minister Harper for saying public subsidies should not go to cultural products that fail to connect with audiences.

Sep 12, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

Media union calls for clarity in Harper's foreign investment plan

Canadian Media Guild says Canadians should know whether a Harper government would allow foreign investors to own media companies in this country or not.

Sep 12, 2008 — Toronto Star

TVO head under fire for content cutbacks by Kerry Gillespie

Critics say TVOntario, Ontario's educational broadcaster, has failed citizens by drastically cutting back its coverage of provincial politics.

Sep 12, 2008 — CBC News

Christian radio ready to sign on

The CRTC has approved an application for P.E.I.'s first Christian radio station.

Sep 11, 2008 — CBC News

Fix CBC transmission issues before next power outage: Nain leader

The leader of a community in northern Labrador that lost much of its power recently is unhappy that CBC was unable to continue broadcasting during the outage.

Sep 11, 2008 — Halifax Chronicle Herald

Arts funding hiked 8% by Peter MacKay

The Minister of National Defence says the Conservative Government has increased funding for the arts since coming to office by almost eight per cent.

Sep 10, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Study suggests ISPs support Canadian web-TV content by Grant Surridge

A CRTC study calls for a hands-off approach to regulating television on the web, but for companies that provide Internet access to fund the creation of online Canadian television content.

Sep 10, 2008 — Globe & Mail

The election debate process is a sham by Tony Burman

Former CBC News chief says it is time for the CRTC to give the control of federal election debates to an independent, non-partisan 'commission' similar to that used in the U.S.

Sep 10, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Asper says TV networks need more digital rights by Grant Robertson

CanWest's CEO says Canada's television networks need to cut rising programming costs and push for more digital rights when they negotiate for prime-time shows with U.S. studios.

Sep 9, 2008 — CBC News

Harmonize rules for internet, TV, CRTC told

A background report commissioned by the federal broadcast regulator concludes that new media broadcasting should have the same regulatory treatment as television broadcasting.

Sep 9, 2008 — National Post

Stop using my money to fund hate on the CBC by Barbara Kay

Columnist says CBC reporter's coverage of the U.S. Republican vice-presidential candidate comes close to "hate speech".

Sep 9, 2008 — Kamloops Daily News

Kamloops could be leader in digital TV by David Charbonneau

The Canadian Media Guild has drawn up a plan that would see six free, HD TV channels broadcast over-the-air in Kamloops, B.C.

Sep 8, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Some media balk over state-of-the-art Tory broadcast studio by Glen McGregor

CBC says it will not take a TV signal directly from a new Conservative party broadcast studio.

Sep 8, 2008 — CBC News

Competition the name of the game by Peter Nowak

The industry minister says the Conservatives are considering removing foreign ownership restrictions in the telecommunications industry.

Sep 8, 2008 — Toronto Star

Digital issues deserve spot in election campaign by Michael Geist

Columnist says that digital issues that resonate with younger Canadians could help swing the balance of power in many ridings in the upcoming election.

Sep 6, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada, UK to collaborate on TV scripts by Etan Vlessing

International broadcasters CanWest and the BBC have unveiled plans for an incubator that will see Canadian and British scriptwriters collaborate on potential TV co-productions.

Sep 6, 2008 — National Post

CBC responds by Jeff Keay

CBC executive takes issue with campaign to protest changes to Radio Two programming.

Sep 6, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Nesrallah helms watered-down Tempo by Richard Todd

Columnist says CBC executives - in search for some some imaginary "demographic" - have dumped most of the classical music on Radio Two and watered down what's left.

Sep 6, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Bucking the classical tradition by Chris Cobb

The DJ formerly known as Buck 65 hopes CBC Radio Two's loyal listeners will shift from Beethoven to Kathleen Edwards.

Sep 6, 2008 — Halifax Chronicle Herald

How far would an unfettered Harper go? by Ralph Surette

Columnist asks whether getting rid of the CBC could the crowning piece of Stephen Harper's cuts to the arts in Canada.

Sep 5, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

The New CBC Radio 2: Listeners rebel, broadcaster hangs tough by Nicholas Read

A CBC spokesman has admitted that the broadcaster has received "thousands" of complaints about its decision to change Radio Two from a mainly classical music format to one emphasizing pop, jazz and blues.

Sep 5, 2008 — Canadian Press

Ottawa accepts CRTC's approval of TQS licence renewal despite news cut

The federal government has accepted the CRTC's decision to permit the TQS television network in Quebec to replace traditional newscasts with current-events programming.

Sep 5, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CanWest teeters on edge of index by David Parkinson

Columnist says CanWest stock could be deleted from Canada's benchmark stock index.

Sep 5, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Globalive's big dreams move closer to reality by Simon Avery

Telecom startup Globalive says it will target wireless consumers who do not want to lock themselves into multiyear contracts.

Sep 5, 2008 — Globe & Mail

The arts funding cloud by Rick Salutin

Columnist speculates Prime Minister Harper is calling an election now because of the controversy caused by arts funding cuts and charges about film censorship.

Sep 5, 2008 — Toronto Star

Readers oppose CBC and arts cuts

Series of Letters to the Editor on arts funding cuts and programming changes to CBC Radio Two.

Sep 4, 2008 — Cartt.ca

PVRs not yet impacting Canadian TV habits, says TVB

Personal video recorders are not yet affecting how most Canadians watch television, says the Television Bureau of Canada.

Sep 4, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Comcast appeals FCC ruling, triggering battle over web traffic by John Dunbar

Comcast is appealing a ruling by the U.S. broadcast regulator that says the company is improperly blocking customers' web traffic, triggering a legal battle that could determine the extent of the government's authority to regulate the Internet.

Sep 4, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Christian radio loses out in Ottawa by Jennifer Green

The CRTC has rejected two applications for Christian radio stations in the Ottawa area.

Sep 4, 2008 — Broadcaster Magazine

CRTC Calls For Comments On Amendments to "A Policy Framework for Canadian Television"

Canada's broadcast regulator is seeking feedback on a proposal to amend the benefits policy so that a percentage of future television benefits would be directed to the Canadian Television Fund.

Sep 4, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Extra! Extra! The arts don't matter! by Russell Smith

Columnist is skeptical Canadian culture will be an issue in the presumed fall federal election.

Sep 3, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

The new CBC Radio 2: Dumbed down or daring? by Nicholas Read

Vancouver Sun readers say changes to CBC Radio Two will have a deleterious effect on how much classical music is produced in this country, on the level of exposure young children will now have to classical music, and on the very cultural life of Canada.

Sep 3, 2008 — Montreal Gazette

Greens 'will not hesitate' to use courts to get into leaders' debate by Jordana Huber

The Green Party says that if a consortium of broadcasters does not allow Elizabeth May into the leaders debates it will take its concerns to the CRTC and, if necessary, the courts.

Sep 3, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC blocking emails from angry listeners, watchdog says by Chris Cobb

FRIENDS says emails to CBC representatives from citizens protesting changes to CBC Radio Two started bouncing after a national ad campaign was launched.

Sep 3, 2008 — Halifax Chronicle Herald

Premier 'pressures' Harper on arts funding by Elissa Barnard

Nova Scotia Premier Rodney MacDonald slammed the federal government for planned funding cuts totalling $45 million that he says will damage the province's cultural industry.

Sep 3, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada's 'Flashpoint' crosses the pond by Etan Vlessing

Britain's ITV3 has picked up Canadian cop series "Flashpoint" for its fall schedule.

Sep 3, 2008 — Montreal Gazette

Jury's out on 'new' Radio 2 by Arthur Kaptainis

Columnist says new CBC Radio 2 mid-day classical programming is "firmly grounded in the Three Bs: bland, bland and bland."

Sep 2, 2008 — Calgary Herald

Cable shows where the risks take place by Alex Strachan

Data show advertising dollars spent on cable networks was up 10% this year over last year.

Sep 1, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Hockey Night theme power play: CBC contest closes with thousands of submissions by Kevin Prokosh

CBC has received over 9,000 submissions for the Hockey Night in Canada Anthem Challenge.

Sep 1, 2008 — National Post

Classical music to get close trim Tuesday on CBC Radio 2 by Nicholas Read

Observers say CBC Radio Two could end up jettisoning older listeners still reliant on radio for music for harder-to-grab younger ones for whom music radio is increasingly irrelevant.

Sep 1, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

CBC takes programming risk by Nicholas Read

Columnist says that by limiting classical music on Radio 2, CBC could alienate a vital group of listeners.

Sep 1, 2008 — Globe & Mail

The Score: From upstart to contender by Grant Robertson

The Score has undergone a $15-million makeover designed to bolster the cable sports channel against bigger rivals TSN, Rogers Sportsnet and an expanding CBC.

Aug 31, 2008 — Toronto Star

Thanks and good-bye to classic radio by Miriam Mittermaier

Op-ed cites new CBC management with little connection to the classical world and a dismissal of an "older" audience as reasons for Radio Two programming changes.

Aug 31, 2008 — Calgary Herald

CBC changes are out of tune by Richard Wagamese

Columnist says the CBC has a responsibility to maintain the cultural linchpins that define us as Canadians.

Aug 30, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa slashes grants for new media by James Bradshaw

The Conservative government is axing a $14.5 million program — administered by Telefilm — which fosters the creation of internet content and its distribution.

Aug 29, 2008 — Inside the CBC

The new CBC Radio 2 schedule

The official CBC blog posts the new schedule for CBC Radio 2.

Aug 29, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Cable regulator shortens the leash on Shaw by Grant Robertson

The CRTC has placed Canada's second-largest cable company on probation for flouting federal rules.

Aug 28, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

Rogers Media Television Expands to Include OLN

Rogers Media has announced its takeover of the specialty channel OLN.

Aug 28, 2008 — National Post

Attacks show election campaign already underway by David Akin and Andrew Mayeda

Liberal leader Stéphane Dion says his party's election platform will champion arts and culture funding.

Aug 28, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Buck 65 and change by Guy Dixon

Article profiles CBC Radio 2's new host Rich Terfry (a.k.a. musician Buck 65), who is replacing Jurgen Gothe and DiscDrive.

Aug 28, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

B.C. reporters part of Global expansion by Marke Andrews

At a time when many news agencies are closing foreign offices, Global National News is set to open four new bureaus in London, Beijing, New Delhi and Jerusalem.

Aug 27, 2008 — CBC News

Artists, actors say Tory arts cuts equal censorship

Artists, singers, actors, writers and politicians speak out at a Montreal rally against $48.5 million in funding cuts announced by the Conservative government.

Aug 27, 2008 — Winnipeg Free Press

Karen Kain appeals to Harper over cuts to arts funding

Karen Kain, artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada, has written to Prime Minister Stephen Harper with a plea not to stop showcasing Canadian artists abroad.

Aug 27, 2008 — Canadian Press

Internet and mobile phones used to watch Olympics didn't hurt TV viewing

CBC executive says the Olympics showed that viewers want to access content where and when they want and that the Internet won't hurt television ratings.

Aug 27, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

PM defends Tory track record on arts by David Akin and Juliet O'Neill

A Conservative talking-points memo states one arts program was axed because its grant recipients included "a general radical," "a left-wing and anti-globalization think-tank" and a rock band that uses an expletive as part of its name.

Aug 27, 2008 — Montreal Gazette

Arts programs feel pain of federal cuts by Elizabeth Thompson

The executive director of the Quebec Drama Federation says the majority of groups affected by funding cuts to culture are in Quebec.

Aug 27, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Harper defends cuts to federal arts programs by James Bradshaw

Prime Minister Harper says federal investment in culture for the 2007-08 fiscal year was $3.4-billion, up from $3.2-billion in 2006-07.

Aug 27, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Gemini awards take dramatic turn by Etan Vlessing

Nominations for Canada's TV awards put the spotlight on homegrown drama programs.

Aug 27, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

Canwest Announces Breakthrough Online Programming Line-Up

Canwest has announced it will provide online access to over 50 TV programs including U.S. shows such as Heroes, House and The Office.

Aug 26, 2008 — Canadian Press

Canadian Heritage provides list of $40 million in arts funding cuts

The list provided by Canadian Heritage does not include a separate Foreign Affairs program to assist the travels of artists abroad.

Aug 26, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

Culture cuts leave Canada behind the pack in the race to store more information online by Michael Geist

Columnist says arts program cuts will leave Canadians without online access to their cultural and historical heritage and will do little to promote Canadian content to the rest of the world.

Aug 26, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Astral tests Virgin branding by Grant Robertson

Virgin Radio is entering the North American radio market through a deal with Astral Media that will see the Canadian company's top-40 station in Toronto fly the Virgin name.

Aug 26, 2008 — CBC News

Protesters shut down Thai broadcaster, more than 50 arrested

Anti-government protesters armed with knives and guns stormed a state-owned television station in Thailand and briefly forced it off the air.

Aug 26, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Mired in mediocrity – and (apparently) loving it by John Doyle

Columnist says the Conservative government cuts to culture stems from media coverage of Bill C-10, which sought to deny funding to TV productions and movies it considered distasteful or offensive.

Aug 26, 2008 — Toronto Star

Conservatives are big fans of culture, arts by Jim Flaherty

Canada's Minister of Finance says the government cancelled arts programs that had either reached their objectives, had high administration costs, had poor performance, or did not give satisfactory results.

Aug 26, 2008 — Toronto Star

Olympics turn ratings to pure gold for CBC by Chris Zelkovich

CBC's TV viewership for the Beijing Olympics was 15 per cent higher than the 2004 Athens games but 3 per cent lower than the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Aug 26, 2008 — National Post

Arts adds over $84-billion to economy: study by David Akin

A Conference Board of Canada report says the cultural sector employs more than a million Canadians and accounts for 7.4% of the country's gross domestic product.

Aug 25, 2008 — Canadian Library Association

Fair and Balanced Copyright for Canadians

The voice of Canadian library users and professionals has issued a Grassroots Advocacy Kit to mobilize supporters on concerns about proposed copyright legislation.

Aug 25, 2008 — Montreal Gazette

Why are the Tories going out of their way to annoy voters? by l. Ian Macdonald

Columnist says Conservative government cuts to culture could be a tactic to shore up their right-wing base going into a fall election.

Aug 25, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Arts cuts confront PM's wife in Cow Head by James Bradshaw and Oliver Moore

An encounter with Laureen Harper gave a small Newfoundland & Labrador based theatre company the chance to lobby against Ottawa's recent cuts to arts funding.

Aug 25, 2008 — Globe & Mail

And the gold goes to... the Canadian broadcaster by Kate Taylor

Columnist says CBC provided better Olympic coverage than its U.S. counterpart, NBC, and has set the bar high for Canada's new Olympic broadcaster, CTV.

Aug 24, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CBC bows out with gold-medal broadcasts by William Houston

Columnist calls CBC's coverage of the past seven Olympics "exceptional".

Aug 23, 2008 — The Independent

ITV boss condemns 'traffic wardens' who regulate television by Ian Burrell

The head of ITV television has accused the U.K. broadcast regulator of demanding programmes that are only of interest to "niche, marginal and worthy" audiences.

Aug 23, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC racks up $1.3M tab at training institute by Glen McGregor

Access to Information documents show CBC spent $1.3 million sending employees on management training courses to Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., over a three-year period.

Aug 23, 2008 — Globe & Mail

A False Choice

Editorial says adequate government financial support for both the arts and sports should be non-negotiable, and setting up a false choice between the two makes little sense.

Aug 23, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Websites attract Olympic junkies in record numbers by William Houston

Columnist says the lasting story of the Beijing Olympics is the technological advances made in media coverage and the enthusiasm with which the consumer has embraced that coverage.

Aug 22, 2008 — Variety

Dramas pump up cable's stable by John Dempsey

Nielsen ratings show that for the week ending August 3rd, eight cable TV shows finished in the top 11 most-watched programs.

Aug 22, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

Olympic piracy predictions wrong

With free Olympics video in abundance on the Internet, viewers have had little incentive to seek out grainy pirated images.

Aug 22, 2008 — Literary Review of Canada

Fatal Attraction by Wade Rowland

An essay by a former CBC and CTV producer/executive about CBC's Richard Stursberg and his "romance with ratings."

Aug 22, 2008 — Statistics Canada: The Daily

Parent and child reports of children's activity

Report links childhood obesity with sedentary activities like watching television.

Aug 22, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Cable stocks worth a second look by David Berman

Market analyst says cable companies are winning the subscriber battle against telecom companies, making their stock compelling buys.

Aug 22, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa to shift arts funds to Olympic programs by James Bradshaw

Columnist says that $40-million in cuts to cultural programs will be redirected to athletics and a bilingualism plan.

Aug 22, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Radio 2 changes are for the better by Chris Boyce

The Toronto Program Director for CBC Radio says new Radio 2 programming will better fulfil CBC's mandate of representing the musical diversity of Canada.

Aug 22, 2008 — Calgary Herald

Group asks feds to block porn channel by Glen McGregor

A faith-based conservative family group wants the Harper government to intervene to block a broadcasting licence issued to a new Canadian porn channel.

Aug 22, 2008 — Globe & Mail

The Little Giant of Radio by Grant Robertson

Columnist says Nova Scotia based Newcap Radio is proving there is profit in owning small-market radio stations.

Aug 21, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Canadian channel Lonestar rides in new direction

CanWest is set to rebrand its cable channel Lonestar, which centers on Westerns, as MovieTime, a digital offering of popular Hollywood movies.

Aug 21, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

Global cooling has media firms wary by Georg Szalai

Columnist says the global economic decline could be bad news for Hollywood and media conglomerates.

Aug 21, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Intel, Yahoo work to build 'TV Widgets' by Eric Auchard

Yahoo says it is working with Intel to create web computer channels that will run alongside TV shows.

Aug 20, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

Cosmo TV in league with Rogers by Etan Vlessing

The Canadian digital cable channel Cosmopolitan TV has secured a space on Rogers Cable, the country's largest cable operator.

Aug 20, 2008 — Canadian Press

Regulator approves new CBC sports channel, sets strict content rules

The CRTC has approved a new CBC sports specialty channel, but set strict content rules that will limit its ability to carry popular sports such as professional hockey, basketball and football.

Aug 20, 2008 — Torontoist

The All-New CBC Radio 2 Is For You

FRIENDS says CBC Radio 2 moving away from something only the public broadcaster can do towards programming many private broadcasters already do.

Aug 20, 2008 — Saskatoon StarPhoenix

TV newscasts need to wise up by Bronwyn Eyre

Columnist says television newscasts that focus on "news-light" in an effort to be positive and accessible loses sight of their presumptive mandate.

Aug 20, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Tories slashing $44.8-million in arts spending by James Bradshaw

The Conservatives say they are committed to cutting $44.8-million in spending on arts and culture by April of 2010; call the PromArt program "a boondoggle."

Aug 20, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CBC Radio 2 unveils hip new image by Guy Dixon

CBC executives address fears of a dumbed-down Radio 2 by saying the same producers involved in the old Radio 2, along with new talent, are part of the revamp.

Aug 19, 2008 — Calgary Sun

Taboo costs for CBC by Peter Zimonjic

Documents obtained through Access to Information show that five CBC managers spent $9,559.17 at a luxury golf spa in 2005 while CBC employees were locked out of their jobs.

Aug 19, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

Canwest Broadcasting appoints Kenton Boston as Vice President of Global National News

Canwest has announced the appointments of Kenton Boston to the position of Vice-President of Global National News and Neill Fitzpatrick as Global National's Executive Producer.

Aug 19, 2008 — Canadian Press

CBC Radio Two scales down classical music as part of fall relaunch

FRIENDS research indicates that what CBC Radio Two's average 1.1 million listeners per week like best about the station is classical music.

Aug 19, 2008 — Toronto Star

Your PVR might make you an outlaw Michael Geist

Columnist says that proposed copyright legislation would forbid Canadians from recording television programs for archival purposes.

Aug 19, 2008 — Variety

Brits give thumbs down to BBC fee by Steve Clarke

New poll says almost half of Britons do not think the BBC license fee offers "good value for money."

Aug 19, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

Getting an Olympic fix is as close as your cellphone by Derrick Penner

Olympic partners CBC and Bell say the wireless distribution of television content holds a lot of promise.

Aug 19, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC to announce Radio 2 remake in pursuit of younger audience by Chris Cobb

FRIENDS says CBC is substantially moving away from its responsibility to transmit world classical culture to new generations of Canadians.

Aug 19, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Phelps, rowers enhance CBC's audiences by William Houston

CBC executives say the network is averaging 1.290 million viewers in prime time for its Olympics coverage, up 14 per cent from what was promised advertisers and 15 per cent ahead of the Athens games in 2004.

Aug 18, 2008 — Cartt.ca

U.S. DTV converter box coupon program "on track"

According to the U.S. government, nearly 6.4 million "over-the-air" TV households in that country have requested about 12 million coupons from the TV converter box coupon program.

Aug 18, 2008 — Mediacaster

More Specialty Channels Get CRTC OK

The CRTC approves Baseball TV, the Rural Channel, eScapes and Northern Peaks - described as a Canadian adult programming.

Aug 18, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Culture hung out to dry

Editorial says Canada's filmmakers, musicians, writers and visual artists have ample reason to be worried about their future.

Aug 18, 2008 — Globe & Mail

TV still trumps online as top source of news by Jeremy Herron

A new U.S. survey says fewer people are reading newspapers and are instead getting their news online, but television remains the leading source of news.

Aug 17, 2008 — Washington Post

A Wider Spectrum Of Free Television by Becky Krystal

Digital technology is allowing broadcasters to divide their signals into multiple feeds and offer several channels where there had only been one.

Aug 17, 2008 — Calgary Herald

Alberta arts, culture funding safe: Blackett by Michelle Butterfield

Alberta's minister of culture and community spirit says funding cuts could be a black mark on the federal government's reputation with the arts community in the province.

Aug 16, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

Conservatives spend more than Liberals did on cultural programs by David Akin and Juliet O'Neill

The Conservatives say spending on cultural programs - including the CBC - is up 19.7 per cent from when the Liberals were in power.

Aug 16, 2008 — Toronto Star

Tories cut five more arts programs by Richard Brennan

Cultural organizations say funding cancellations will have 'devastating effect' on Canadian musicians, composers, artists and filmmakers.

Aug 16, 2008 — Toronto Star

CanWest to pull out of Cinevillage studio by Tony Wong

Blaming a slowdown in the use of studio production facilities, CanWest MediaWorks is exiting one of their main television and film sites in Toronto.

Aug 15, 2008 — CBC News

When art gets up a Tory snoot By Heather Mallick

Columnist says the "pettiness" of the Conservative government in cutting off money for artists is shameful.

Aug 15, 2008 — Sherbrooke Record

Radio. What purpose do broadcasting organizations in Canada truly have? by David Teasdale

Article examines the roles of organizations associated with broadcasting in Canada and Quebec such as the CRTC, Industry Canada and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters.

Aug 15, 2008 — National Post

New iPhone streaming application a boon for Sirius XM:CitiGroup by Grant Surridge

Market analyst says new technology that allows the streaming of satellite radio to iPhones will help Sirius by eliminating the cost of buying a radio.

Aug 15, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Canadians heavily use wireless at competitive prices by David Farnes

The acting president and CEO of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association seeks to address perceptions that Canadians are disadvantaged in the quality and quantity of wireless services.

Aug 15, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Heritage delegation's Beijing trip expected to cost $324,000 by Daniel LeBlanc

The Department of Heritage is expecting to spend $324,000 for the Canadian delegation attending the Beijing Olympics.

Aug 15, 2008 — Globe & Mail

50% domestic porn by Grant Robertson

A new Canadian pay-television pornography channel — to be called Northern Peaks — had been approved by federal broadcast regulators.

Aug 14, 2008 — National Post

Tories may slash $50 million in arts funding by Adam McDowell

Conservatives stay silent as details about large cuts to cultural funding emerge.

Aug 14, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Tories to axe five more arts and culture programs by James Bradshaw

Eschewing formal announcements, the Conservative government have posted funding cancellation notices on the web pages of cultural programs.

Aug 14, 2008 — Writers' Union of Canada

Prom-Art Progrsm Cancelled

Action alert asking Canada's writers to contact their MP and express concern with the government's cancellation of the Prom-Art program.

Aug 14, 2008 — Toronto Star

The politics of culture

Editorial says that by cutting off funding to artists and cultural institutions, the Conservatives are only showcasing their own philistinism.

Aug 14, 2008 — Globe & Mail

TSN announces new channel by William Houston

TSN has announced a new digital sports channel with programming featuring the NHL, NBA, CFL, NCAA, curling, auto racing and martial arts.

Aug 13, 2008 — Cartt.ca

Feds slash $18 million in cultural funding - CTF at risk

The federal government has not yet indicated whether it will continue to contribute to the Canadian Television Fund and the Canada New Media Fund which technically wind-down at the end of March 2009.

Aug 13, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Business faces challenges under copyright legislation by Sarah Schmidt

Bell is promoting a new product for archiving recorded television shows that will become illegal if the government's proposed copyright legislation becomes law.

Aug 13, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Why Telus is keeping its TV plans under wrap by Simon Avery

Columnist says television is a critical ingredient for phone companies to offset declines in their land-line business from cable and VOIP competition.

Aug 13, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Click. The future has arrived by William Houston

CBC officials say CBCSports.ca is averaging two million page views a day so far during the Olympics.

Aug 13, 2008 — Toronto Star

Tory party frowned on plan to attend hearing, MPs told by Richard Brennan

Canadian Heritage Minister Josée Verner was among several Conservative party officials that refused to appear before the House of Commons ethics committee.

Aug 12, 2008 — Canadian Press

'Wheel of Fortune' to embrace jump to CBC with Canuck-themed week by Cassandra Szklarski

"Wheel of Fortune" is set to mark its launch on CBC by adding some Canadian "fun facts" to the American game show.

Aug 12, 2008 — CBC/Radio-Canada

The New CBC Radio 2 Unveiled - August 19 at noon

CBC announces media event on August 19 to reveal programming changes to Radio 2.

Aug 12, 2008 — Globe & Mail

'Left-wing' writer denies applying for travel grant by James Bradshaw and Campbell Clark

Author and journalist Gwynne Dyer, who became an example of wasteful federal spending when the Tories axed a program to send arts and culture abroad, says he traveled at the government's request and never applied for the grant he got.

Aug 12, 2008 — National Post

Canwest Sells Three U.K. Radio Stations by Grant Surridge

Canwest Global has confirmed the sale of an "orphaned asset" that will add about $7-million annually to the company's operating profit.

Aug 11, 2008 — Liberal Party of Canada

Conservatives make more ideological cuts to culture funding

Opposition Heritage Critic says the Conservative government's cuts to cultural programs hurts both the arts community and Canada's identity overseas.

Aug 11, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

Georgia switches off Russian TV by Vladimir Kozlov

Georgian government officials say the broadcast of all Russian TV channels in its territory was stopped as a response to an "information war" waged against their country.

Aug 11, 2008 — National Post

Chopping culture grants penalizes recipients for faults of the program by Duncan McKie

The President and CEO of the Canadian Independent Record Production Association says the cuts to two programs that support cultural exports could not come at a worse time.

Aug 11, 2008 — Windsor Star

Kids urged to 'get out' by Misty Harris

'Hinterland Who's Who' is set to call attention to the critical need for Canadian young people to get off the couch, off-line and outdoors.

Aug 11, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Without the arts, our image grows dim abroad by Simon Houpt

Columnist says that if Canada want's to have influence in the rest of the world, sending artists and writers abroad is an integral and cost-effective part of marketing 'Brand Canada'.

Aug 11, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Grant cancellation wrong and dishonest by Peter Hum

Columnist says artists such as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Cirque Eloize and authors David Adams Richards and Susan Swan have been "injured and insulted" by the federal government's decision to cancel a grant program.

Aug 9, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Why the show may, in fact, go on by Robert Everett-Green

Article profiles a Montreal venture capitalist determined to save the CBC Radio Orchestra.

Aug 9, 2008 — Ottawa Sun

Getting rid of CBC a no-brainer by Gerry Nicholls

Columnist asks why the government is in the business of producing "lame dramas, inane comedies and terrible reality shows".

Aug 9, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Tap runs dry for another arts program by Amy Husser

The Department of Canadian Heritage has announced it will no longer provide financing to Trade Routes -- a program that helps organizations in the arts and cultural sector prepare to export and sell their goods and services in international markets.

Aug 8, 2008 — National Post

The nose knows bottom feeders by Kevin Baker

Columnist uses an example in which CBC Edmonton held a contest asking listeners to rewrite the words to an Ian Tyson song in the manner of "Weird Al" Yankovic as evidence to the dumbing down of the public broadcaster.

Aug 8, 2008 — National Post

Tories kill arts grants for foreign travel by David Akin

The federal government is set to cancel a program that sent artists abroad to promote Canadian culture because money "went to groups that would raise the eyebrows of any typical Canadian".

Aug 7, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

Independent Producers and Networks Reach Impasse in Terms of Trade Talks

Negotiations between the Canadian Film and Television Production Association and the major Canadian broadcast groups have reached an impasse before even formally getting underway.

Aug 7, 2008 — Variety

Canwest's Dore open to new gig by Jennie Punter

Kathy Dore is set to step down as president of Canwest Broadcasting after a four year tenure.

Aug 7, 2008 — Winnipeg Free Press

Canadian TV cool? What gives? by Nicholas Hirst

Columnist says it is unlikely that recent success of Canadian shows in the U.S. will change Canadians' perception about Canadian shows on Canadian TV.

Aug 7, 2008 — Broadcasting & Cable

RLTV Poll: Many Seniors Unaware of DTV Transition by John Eggerton

A new poll says almost one in four U.S. seniors is not aware of the digital-TV transition in February 2009.

Aug 7, 2008 — Globe & Mail

The sale of the National Post would reverberate in political circles by Lawrence Martin

Columnist says The National Post appears to be up for sale and a contender for the national paper is a group headed by Liberal Senator Jerry Grafstein.

Aug 7, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Farewell Sympatico and ExpressVu brands, as Bell adopts new campaign by Simon Avery

Canada's largest phone company hopes to reposition itself against formidable competitors in the wireless, TV, Internet and land-line communications market.

Aug 6, 2008 — The Guardian

ITV boss appeals for greater freedom from regulation in tough times by Mark Sweney

The executive chairman of Britain's ITV says the broadcaster's programming budget could be reduced unless regulatory burdens including its public service commitments are removed.

Aug 5, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

Canadian Heritage: Appointment to Telefilm Canada

The Minister of Canadian Heritage has appointed communications professional Marlie Oden as a member of the board of Telefilm Canada.

Aug 4, 2008 — Benton Foundation

Saving Red Lion by Charles Benton

Columnist says U.S. television networks are challenging a 1969 court decision that strikes the correct balance of rights between broadcasters and citizens.

Aug 4, 2008 — Playback

Op-Ed Online broadcasting: time to tame the Wild West by Bill Roberts

The president and CEO of VisionTV says with more Canadians watching TV programming on their PCs and mobile phones, it's fair to ask whether the CRTC needs to set some policy guidelines.

Aug 4, 2008 — Playback

The Establishing Shot: Producers, casters ready to talk terms by Mark Dillon

Columnist says Canada's TV producers and the private broadcasters are gearing up for terms-of-trade negotiations this fall.

Aug 2, 2008 — National Post

Klein, CBC make odd bedfellows by Don Martin

Columnist says that despite spending three decades demonizing the public broadcaster as a hostile, left-leaning, fat-cat operation, Former Alberta premier Ralph Klein has taken a temporary staff position with the CBC.

Aug 2, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CanWest has lost market's faith, but not Watsa's by Derek DeCloet

An investor says CanWest's stock is currently at "a you're-going-broke kind of price".

Aug 1, 2008 — Calgary Herald

Canwest offers TV internship to aboriginals by Geoffrey Scotton

Canwest Media has announced it has launched a $210,000 aboriginal internship program at its major Alberta television stations.

Aug 1, 2008 — Sun Media

CBC workers abused, threatened by Peter Zimonjic

A 2005 "wellness" survey says almost half of CBC's 10,000 employees suffer from "high levels" of psychological distress related to their working conditions.

Aug 1, 2008 — Canadian Press

CBC's Olympic broadcast aiming for technological heights and heartstrings by Stephanie Levitz

CBC executive says the public broadcaster intends to set the bar extraordinarily high for the next official Olympic broadcaster - CTV.

Aug 1, 2008 — Playback

Revenues up, Cancon spending down, says CRTC by Terry Poulton

CRTC report says private conventional broadcasters spent $616 million on Canadian programming in 2007, down from $623.7 million in 2006.

Aug 1, 2008 — Calgary Herald

Canadian boob tube addiction rising: report by Shannon Proudfoot

Reports says on average Canadian adults watch more than four hours of TV a day while youth watch about 2.5 hours per day.

Aug 1, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Cable making headway in TV and phone sectors by Grant Robertson and Simon Avery

CRTC data show TV revenue for cable companies is growing twice as fast than that of broadcasters.

Jul 31, 2008 — CRTC

CRTC issues first annual report on the communications industry

The CRTC releases the first comprehensive look at the state of the overall communications industry in Canada.

Jul 31, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CRTC pushes for power to levy fines by Grant Robertson

Canada's telecom regulator has acknowledged it is virtually powerless to deal with companies it believes are not following the rules – and will now push Ottawa for the power to fine them.

Jul 31, 2008 — Playback

The Small Screen: Rogers looks to forge new identity for CityTV by Tamsen Tillson

FRIENDS says the organization is watching the Rogers takeover of CityTV closely to ensure commitments of the sale are honoured.

Jul 31, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

60% think of quitting CRTC in 5 years by Don Butler

Nearly six in 10 employees of the CRTC say they're thinking of quitting their jobs within five years - one in seven say discrimination has adversely affected their career.

Jul 30, 2008 — Playback

Viewers swapping remotes for mice by Jonathan Paul

A new report says 20% of Americans are watching episodes of their favorite primetime shows online.

Jul 30, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Berlusconi's Mediaset suing YouTube over copyright

The media empire founded by Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi says it is seeking at least €500 million euros in damages against Google's YouTube for the posting of copyrighted content.

Jul 30, 2008 — New York Times

OPEC 2.0 by Tim Wu

Columbia Law School professor says the information age is fueled by bandwidth and governments must be careful not to repeat the history of the oil industry by creating a 'bandwidth cartel'.

Jul 30, 2008 — The Telegraph

BBC fined £400,000 by Ofcom for deceiving viewers and listeners by Nicole Martin

The BBC has been fined £400,000 by Britain's broadcasting regulator for faking competition winners and deceiving viewers on radio and television programmes.

Jul 30, 2008 — Globe & Mail

ABC looks north for new comedic talent by Michael Posner

ABC executive says that with rising production costs, U.S. TV networks are eager to find "new ways of doing business", including purchasing content from Canada.

Jul 30, 2008 — Calgary Herald

Canadians can relax over digital TV switch by Nick Lewis

Article addresses the confusion over the conversion from analog television signals to digital starting in February 2009.

Jul 29, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

XM-Sirius merger not replicated in Canada by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says since XM Canada and Sirius Canada feature content mostly from their U.S. partners, merger talks are seen as virtually inevitable.

Jul 29, 2008 — PC Magazine

Pandora Argues That Web Royalties Will Kill It by Chloe Albanesius

Web broadcaster and SoundExchange, the organization that represents music copyright owners, clash over the industry's royalty rates.

Jul 29, 2008 — Globe & Mail

U.S. network backs CBC comedy pilot

ABC has acquired the U.S. rights to a new CBC TV series about a young couple who marry at 18 years of age.

Jul 29, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Rogers gets wireless boost by Simon Avery

Rogers says the company's wireless business helped propel revenue up 11 per cent to $301-million in its second quarter.

Jul 29, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Canadian regulator questions satellite radio merger plans by Vito Pilieci

The CRTC wants XM Canada and Sirius Canada to immediately explain any merger plans and how those plans will affect their broadcasts.

Jul 29, 2008 — Globe & Mail

XM Canada set to go it alone, CEO says by Grant Robertson

XM Canada chief executive officer says the company is prepared to go it alone if it can't agree on the terms of a merger with Sirius Canada.

Jul 28, 2008 — MediaPost

Print Newspaper Readership Yielding to Internet Publishing by Jack Loechner

Study says newspaper readership among 18-24-year-olds is in slow decline, but readership is fairly stable for the 45-plus demographic.

Jul 28, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

Newcap signs agreement to acquire 12 radio licences in Ontario

Newfoundland Capital Corporation has agreed to acquire 12 FM radio broadcasting licences in Ontario from Haliburton Broadcasting Group for $18.95 million, subject to CRTC approval.

Jul 27, 2008 — Sunday Herald

The iPlayer is a runaway success.. but could it backfire on the BBC?

Article says that the success of BBC's television on-demand service is driving the need to re-think how TV licence fees are paid.

Jul 27, 2008 — Toronto Star

Sharing the wealth with new media by Rita Trichur

Independent producers and Canada's major television networks are set to negotiate new program-rights agreements that will tackle new-media rights for the first time.

Jul 26, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Canon Fire by Robert Everett-Green

Columnist examines CBC's changes to Radio 2 and the politics behind the battle over what constitutes culture.

Jul 26, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian scribes, producers extend deal by Etan Vlessing

Canadian screenwriters and independent producers have extended their collective agreement through the end of 2009.

Jul 26, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Radio operators destined to merge: Analysts by Matt Hartley

Analysts say that XM Canada and Sirius Canada will be forced to merge now that the consolidation of their U.S. affiliates has been approved.

Jul 26, 2008 — Washington Post

Satellite Radio Merger Approved by Kim Hart

The U.S. broadcast regulator has approved the merger of the nation's only satellite radio companies, combining Sirius and XM into a single entity with 18 million subscribers.

Jul 26, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

Olympics beamed to a TV or BlackBerry near you by Don McGowan

Broadcasters hope new media technology will lead to lucrative new forms of revenue and a wider/younger market for their content.

Jul 25, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CHUM building purchased by developer by James Rusk

Iconic Toronto building has been purchased by a condo developer for $21-million.

Jul 24, 2008 — Canadian Press

'Intelligence' being shopped to U.S. cable networks after Fox turns it down

Executive producer says U.S. cable networks are hungry for original adult dramas.

Jul 24, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

CRTC revokes licence of dormant Winnipeg radio station

The broadcast regulator has revoked the licence of campus instructional station CJWV-FM Winnipeg for failure to comply with a number of mandatory orders.

Jul 24, 2008 — Toronto Star

Radio still Tuned in to big profits Rita Trichur

CRTC reports show that commercial private radio stations recorded solid revenue growth in 2007 but that revenues for over-the-air television stations declined for the first time in a decade last year.

Jul 24, 2008 — Los Angeles Times

Sirius-XM merger likely to be OKd by Jim Puzzanghera

The FCC reportedly is ready to approve the deal if the satellite radio operators agree to new conditions.

Jul 23, 2008 — Canadian Press

Newcap and Rogers Broadcasting to swap radio stations in Nova Scotia and Ontario

Newfoundland Capital Corp. is trading a radio station in Halifax to Rogers Broadcasting in exchange for a station in Sudbury, Ont., and $5 million.

Jul 23, 2008 — Cartt.ca

FCC nears deal on XM-Sirius merger

Sources say a tentative deal has been struck by a majority of commissioners at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to approve the merger of Sirius and XM Satellite Radio.

Jul 23, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

Commercial Private Radio Revenues on the Rise

CRTC data show total revenues for Canada's AM and FM radio stations increased by 6.2% going from $1.4 billion in 2006 to $1.5 billion in 2007.

Jul 23, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

Creative Community Backs Independent Producers in Talks with Television Networks

The unions and guilds that represent Canada's professional performers, directors and screenwriters say they support the independent producers' position that equitable terms of trade agreements are needed to secure fairer deals for program rights.

Jul 23, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Flashpoint a success, moves to new night by Gayle MacDonald

Networks CBS and CTV have moved the new Canadian-made drama Flashpoint from Friday nights to Thursdays, the most-watched night of the week.

Jul 22, 2008 — Statistics Canada: The Daily

Film and video distribution, 2006

Canada's film and video distributors reported total operating revenues of $1.7 billion in 2006, down marginally from 2005.

Jul 22, 2008 — MediaPost

Digital Media On The Rise Globally

A new study shows that Interactive media's share of worldwide advertising expenditures is expected to hit 15 percent in 2009.

Jul 22, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

Adbusters Media Foundation: Why Is the CBC Censoring Citizen-Produced Ads?

Adbusters says a refusal by Global TV and CBC to sell airtime to citizens and NGOs violates the right to freedom of expression under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Jul 22, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Wireless licence sale helps give consumers a new edge by Simon Avery

Columnist says Canadians can expect to see lower prices and more services for their cellphones beginning next year.

Jul 22, 2008 — Globe & Mail

After Nipplegate defeat, FCC crusade in tatters by Sinclair Stewart

A U.S. court has ruled the government cannot fine CBS $550,000 for airing a Super Bowl halftime show in 2004 in which Janet Jackson briefly bared her right breast.

Jul 22, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Consumers win in $4.25B wireless auction: Prentice by David George-Cosh

The wireless spectrum auction that was mandated to lower cellphone prices and increase competition has raised more than $4.25 billion in revenue.

Jul 21, 2008 — Playback

Canwest looks to develop showrunners by Etan Vlessing

Canwest says the goal of a new training program is to help Canadian TV executives pick potential homegrown primetime hits.

Jul 21, 2008 — Playback

B.C. studios busy, others quiet across country by Cheryl Binning

Canadian movie producer says Vancouver has an advantage over Toronto and Montreal for U.S. film shoots because of its proximity to L.A. and a larger number of purpose-built studios.

Jul 21, 2008 — Globe & Mail

NPR tries something new and goes back to tried-and-true by Simon Houpt

Columnist says that NPR's strategy to attract a younger audience failed because the public broadcaster didn't have the "intestinal fortitude" to see it through.

Jul 19, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC Radio audience down, ratings show by Tony Lofaro

Data show CBC Radio 1 has lost its grip on the No. 1 spot in the Ottawa radio market, losing almost 60 per cent of its audience since last autumn.

Jul 19, 2008 — Montreal Gazette

Everything you need to know for a dinner-party conversation about ... Flashpoint by Steve Faguy

Columnist profiles Flashpoint, the Canadian produced police drama that has been picked up by U.S. network CBS.

Jul 18, 2008 — Le Devoir

Europe - L'Union autorise les aides publiques à France Télévisions

EU approves French government plan to invest E150 million in France Télévisions during transition to advertising-free model.

Jul 18, 2008 — KBS

KBS Board of Governors names new Chairman

The new Chairman of Korea's public broadcaster says he will work to make KBS the most trusted and loved media organization in the country.

Jul 18, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Conditions won't kill radio deal, says analyst by Deborah Yao

A FCC commissioner says that he would vote in favour of the Sirius/XM satellite radio merger if the companies agree to his tougher requirements.

Jul 17, 2008 — BBC

Public service media in the digital age

Speech by Sir Michael Lyons, Chairman of the BBC Trust, to EU conference in Strasbourg.

Jul 17, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC chairman: License fee good for economy by Sam Andrews

The BBC chairman defends the role of the public broadcaster in the U.K. creative economy, arguing that the local industry would be $10 billion worse off if the broadcaster did not exist.

Jul 17, 2008 — Cartt.ca

CRTC wants to add new media, CTF, to benefits policy

CRTC is looking to alter its benefits policy for ownership transactions so that a percentage is directed to the Canadian Television Fund – and that the buyer could request the money be used on new media.

Jul 17, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

CBC hopes rookie pilots ignite by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says CBC is looking to build on recent ratings success and has ordered more TV pilots from independent producers.

Jul 17, 2008 — Globe & Mail

As networks sink ever lower, cable keeps rising above by John Doyle

Columnist says there is optimism in the TV industry over a number of excellent dramas being made by cable channels.

Jul 16, 2008 — Canadian Press

MTV2 to launch in Canada on Aug. 1 with new original music video show

CTVglobemedia is launching a digital specialty TV channel that will have music videos for up to 10 percent of its programming.

Jul 15, 2008 — Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Re: Proposed Levy on Revenues of Internet Service Providers

Law firm opinion to Rogers Communications concludes Internet Service Providers do not engage in broadcasting and therefore may not be regulated by the CRTC under the Broadcasting Act.

Jul 15, 2008 — Cartt.ca

CRTC structure realigned

The CRTC has realigned its organizational structure so that activities that are common to both broadcasting and telecommunications will be grouped in the Policy Development and Research sector.

Jul 15, 2008 — Playback

TVO launches video player

TVOntario is rolling out a new online video player, first on tvokids.com, with an eye to turning out a grown-up version for tvo.org.

Jul 15, 2008 — Toronto Star

All TV hurts child's play, study says by Andrea Gordon

A new study finds having the TV on while kids are around hinders their ability to focus.

Jul 15, 2008 — CBC News

YouTube to keep user details away from Viacom

Viacom has backed off its demands to gain access to the viewing habits and personal data of YouTube users.

Jul 15, 2008 — Montreal Gazette

iPhone is ringing in huge sales

Apple says it has sold one million iPhones in Canada on the first weekend of sales.

Jul 14, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Canadian Flashpoint No. 1 in U.S.; producer 'shocked' by Gayle MacDonald

More than eight million Americans tuned in for the season premiere of the Canadian-made police drama Flashpoint on CBS.

Jul 14, 2008 — Calgary Herald

Back to the arts for PBS by Alex Strachan

PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger has announced a major initiative to boost the U.S. public broadcaster's emphasis on the performing arts.

Jul 14, 2008 — Toronto Star

Business takes sides in net neutrality debate by Michael Geist

Columnist says the issue of net neutrality has been elevated in the public policy debate by Bell Canada's traffic throttling practices.

Jul 14, 2008 — Broadcasting & Cable

Canadian Invasion by Paige Albiniak

Columnist says Hollywood producers are looking to Canada for fresh programming they can acquire economically and then sell at reasonable prices.

Jul 14, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

CBC Radio increases its support for Canadian composers

CBC Radio announces a $50,000 increase in its commissions budget for original works from Canadian musicians and orchestras.

Jul 12, 2008 — Globe & Mail

The wireless fight begins by Simon Avery

Columnist says the struggle to divvy the spoils of Canada's wireless riches has begun; pitting an increasingly savvy and demanding customer against finely tuned telecom incumbents.

Jul 12, 2008 — Globe & Mail

As CanWest falls, Asper buys by Grant Robertson

CanWest rules on stock ownership for senior managers require that the chief executive officer hold at least twice the value of his annual salary in CanWest shares on the open market.

Jul 12, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

U.S. regulator's criticism of throttling an important precedent, Net experts say by Vito Pilieci

Columnist says a decision by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission could ensure the Internet remains open to all and that companies such as Bell Canada have no right to restrict the flow of traffic on their networks.

Jul 11, 2008 — truthout

Is the Fourth Estate a Fifth Column? by Bill Moyers

The president of the Schumann Center for Media and Democracy says media institutions are not currently providing the information needed to make democracy work.

Jul 11, 2008 — Playback

CBC to CRTC: rethink new media by Terry Poulton

CBC encourages the broadcast regulator to recognize the importance of traditional media as the source of professional broadcast content for all new platforms.

Jul 11, 2008 — Variety

Entertainment One makes power play by Brendan Kelly

FRIENDS says Entertainment One is bringing together former players from Alliance Communications in a "critical mass of talent and capacity."

Jul 11, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Astral plans TV revamp by Grant Robertson

Astral Media executives say the company is planning to revamp its pay television services early next year to "reinvigorate" the business.

Jul 11, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

CBC received 448 info requests from one person by David Akin

Columnist says the requests from one Canadian has forced the CBC to more than double the number of employees in its access-to-information department

Jul 11, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

CBC/Radio-Canada to CRTC: Reject old assumptions about New Media

CBC/Radio-Canada tells the CRTC new media is neither displacing traditional media, nor will it solve the financial difficulties facing conventional broadcasters.

Jul 10, 2008 — International Institute of Communications

Explaining Europe's new telecom agenda by Xavier Merlin

Audio recording of Xavier Merlin from the French Department of enterprise and industry speaking about the incoming French Presidency of the EU and their prospective plans and priorities regarding the communications sector in Europe.

Jul 10, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Internet oversight by Bill Roberts

The president and CEO of VisionTV says there should be Internet oversight urging Canadian content on the Web.

Jul 10, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Ripped from the headlines by Gayle MacDonald

On the set of the most expensive television series ever produced in Canada - CTV's new cop drama Flashpoint.

Jul 10, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Rogers blinks on iPhone pricing by Matt Hartley

Columnist says public pressure caused Rogers to slash its mobile data fees in advance of the release of Apple's iPhone.

Jul 9, 2008 — Playback

Quebec groups slam Industry Canada report by Patricia Bailey

Some of the biggest players in the Quebec film and TV industry want the federal government to ignore a report that recommends reviewing Canadian cultural policies and opening up the broadcasting industry to foreign investment.

Jul 9, 2008 — Montreal Gazette

Google wrings Bell for throttling Internet by Barbara Shecter

Internet heavyweight Google has waded into a fight with Bell Canada, saying the company should be "prohibited" from the practice of curtailing peer-to-peer Internet use to manage capacity on its network.

Jul 9, 2008 — Globe & Mail

TV networks losing ground to rival services by Grant Robertson

Columnist says big TV networks in Canada are losing their financial dominance amid the rapid growth of specialty channels and pay-television services.

Jul 8, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Uncertainty aplenty as Web, media leaders meet by Jeremy Herron

Columnist says that a meeting of media and online leaders will focus on the Internet's increasing fragmentation.

Jul 7, 2008 — Playback

Entertainment One looks to be new Alliance Atlantis by Etan Vlessing

Entertainment One looks to acquire Blueprint Entertainment, Barna-Alper Productions, Oasis International and Maximum Films.

Jul 7, 2008 — Playback

CBC faces unique challenges with Beijing Games coverage by Cheryl Binning

CBC's Olympic coverage will have to deal with the technical challenges of broadcasting in HD, a 12 hour time difference and concerns that the Chinese government may block open media coverage.

Jul 7, 2008 — Playback

Safe is the buzzword for nets this fall by Marise Strauss

Article breaks down what CTVglobemedia, CanWest, CBC and Rogers have planned for their fall TV lineups.

Jul 7, 2008 — Parliament of Canada

Government response to the sixth report of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

The government has responded to the Heritage Committee's study of CBC's mandate, rejecting the recommendation for a multi-year contract with Canadians.

Jul 7, 2008 — Associated Press

NBC to use Olympics to see how people use media by David Bauder

NBC executive says the broadcaster will use the Olympics as a "billion-dollar research lab" to get a sense of how people are using different media platforms to experience the Beijing Games.

Jul 7, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Analysts keen on Cogeco Cable by Steve Ladurantaye

Analysts say Cogeco Cable's stock is likely to head back toward its former highs, now that the company's acquisition streak is apparently at an end.

Jul 7, 2008 — CBC News

Bell's internet throttling illegal, Google says

Google says Bell is breaking Canadian telecommunications law by slowing certain internet traffic, and is urging the CRTC to take action against the company.

Jul 6, 2008 — CBC News

Canadian director fundraises by selling frames of future film

A Toronto filmmaker is selling each frame of his future film to potential investors through an internet site.

Jul 4, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

Minister slams Russian TV standards by Vladimir Kozlov

Russia's new culture minister says the country's TV channels "are not in line with the state's cultural policy" and that "television is littered with material of poor quality and morals, which only does harm and no good."

Jul 2, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada's broadcasters challenging fees by Etan Vlessing

Canadian broadcasters say they will ask the Supreme Court of Canada to decide whether $100 million in annual license fees paid to the federal government represent a legitimate administration fee or an illegal tax.

Jul 2, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Digital access a priority for NFB

Despite budget and staff cuts, the National Film Board of Canada chairman says the organization trying to build for the digital future.

Jul 2, 2008 — Globe & Mail

A critical step forward by Paul Crampton

Op-ed links the loosening of foreign ownership restrictions on telecom companies to improved OECD "standard of living" rankings.

Jul 2, 2008 — Montreal Gazette

Internet traffic jam angers Bell critics by Roberto Rocha

Bell critics say the company is throttling Internet traffic so that it can give priority to its own paid online content.

Jul 1, 2008 — Strategy Magazine

Winning them back by Mary Dickie

Columnist says that despite challenges caused by the Hollywood writers strike, Canada's major networks are optimistic about the launch of the fall TV season.

Jul 1, 2008 — Strategy Magazine

Cross-country checkup by Etan Vlessing

A snapshot look at the media industry in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary.

Jul 1, 2008 — CBC News

Peter Mansbridge appointed to the Order of Canada

The chief correspondent of CBC News and anchor of The National is to become an officer of the Order of Canada.

Jun 30, 2008 — CBC News

Rogers draws fire for iPhone rates by Peter Nowak

More than 18,000 people have signed an online petition asking for lower rates from Rogers on Apple's iPhone.

Jun 28, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Meet Mother Corp.'s daddy dearest by Jennifer Wells

Columnist says Richard Stursberg, vice-president of CBC English-language services, is determined to radically change Canada's public broadcaster.

Jun 28, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Canada is not for sale by David Coles

The President of Canada's largest media union says the public interest would not be served if the government accepted a competition panel recommendation to allow foreign control of Canadian telecom and broadcast companies.

Jun 28, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Shaw in 'competitive mode' as profit soars by Lauren Krugel

Industry Canada says Shaw Communications has spent $212.2-million for licenses in a wireless spectrum auction.

Jun 27, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

Film and TV production lagging in Canada by Etan Vlessing

Canadian film studio operators say Screen Actors Guild talks in the U.S. have put a damper on production in this country.

Jun 27, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

Appointment to the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada

The Minister of Canadian Heritage has announced financial accountant Patricia McIver to the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada.

Jun 27, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

Appointments to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

The Minister of Canadian Heritage has announced Suzanne Lamarre, Steve Simpson and Louise Poirier as full-time members of the CRTC.

Jun 27, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Romanian legislators call for happy news on TV

Romania's Senate has ordered TV and radio stations to air more "happy" news, arguing that too much gloom is making people ill.

Jun 27, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CBC's all-sports channel bid comes under fire by William Houston

CBC's bid to launch an all-sports television channel is under attack from media companies that assert the application is misleading and contradicts guidelines established by the CRTC.

Jun 27, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Rival offer creates fight for JumpTV by Grant Robertson

The founder of MySpace has made public a competing offer for Toronto-based, Internet broadcaster JumpTV.

Jun 27, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Shaw rings up more profit by Virginia Galt

Shaw Communications reports a third-quarter profit of $128.1-million.

Jun 26, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada eyes road to looser ownership regs by Etan Vlessing

A federal government advisory report recommends that Canada gradually overhaul its foreign ownership rules for homegrown broadcasters and phone companies.

Jun 26, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

TQS off news hook for now by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC has ruled that the new owners of the struggling Quebec broadcaster can drastically reduce news coverage for three years until they return to financial health.

Jun 26, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

TQS ruling proves CRTC eroding its mandate

Canada's largest media union says the CRTC's decision to allow TQS to slash local news demonstrates that the CRTC is eroding its mandate to serve the public interest.

Jun 26, 2008 — Globe & Mail

'Diversity' is behind Radio 2 changes? What a bunch of twaddle by Russell Smith

Columnist is critical of recent House of Commons hearings on proposed changes to CBC Radio Two.

Jun 26, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Panel urges overhaul of foreign ownership, competition rules by Heather Scoffield

An advisory report recommends the government "liberalize" foreign ownership restrictions on the telecommunications industry.

Jun 26, 2008 — Broadband TV News

Sarkozy outlines public broadcasting plans

French president Nicolas Sarkozy has laid out plans that will see advertising banned from France's public broadcasters by December, 2011.

Jun 26, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CBC Radio widens its net by Guy Dixon

CBC executives have unveiled a new fall schedule for CBC Radio One with programming to appeal to 35 to 49 year olds.

Jun 26, 2008 — CBC News

CRTC gives nod to Remstar takeover of TQS

The CRTC has approved Remstar Diffusion's acquisition of Quebec's TQS Network, allowing the network to temporarily cut back on local programming and news.

Jun 26, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian politicians OK'd for radio gigs by Etan Vlessing

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has ruled that radio hosts elected to political office can use the airwaves to promote their own political agendas.

Jun 26, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

Metro Vancouver's FM radio market gets three new competitors by Malcolm Parry

The CRTC has approved three new FM broadcasters to compete in Metro Vancouver's $131-million-per-year advertising market.

Jun 25, 2008 — The Guardian

BBC iPlayer: new-look 'radio and TV' service to launch by Mark Sweney

Britain's public broadcaster launches a new version of its online content software with both TV and radio programming.

Jun 24, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Networks unprepared for digital TV shift: CRTC by Grant Robertson

The chairman of the CRTC accuses Canada's biggest television networks of dragging their feet on millions of dollars of investment needed by 2011 to broadcast in high definition.

Jun 23, 2008 — FreePress Action Fund

Stop the Bush Cuts to Public Broadcasting

Email action alert calls on U.S. citizens to sign a petition opposing the Bush administration's proposed 56 percent funding cut to public broadcasting.

Jun 23, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Bidding in wireless auction pushing $4-billion

Rogers, Telus and Bell lead the way in bidding for the wireless spectrum auction that's aimed at bringing more competition to the cellphone market.

Jun 20, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CBC unveils plans for Hockey Night theme contest by William Houston

CBC executives say the winning composer will receive $100,000 and 50 per cent of royalty fees, with the other half going to minor hockey.

Jun 20, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

The time is right for a Memorandum of Understanding

CBC says the Government's decision not to endorse the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage's report on CBC/Radio-Canada is a missed opportunity to enhance the accountability and transparency of Canada's national public broadcaster.

Jun 19, 2008 — CRTC

Notes for an address to the 2008 Broadcasting Invitational Summit by Konrad von Finckenstein

Speech by the chairman of the CRTC focuses on the transition to digital TV, over-the-air transmission, media convergence and accessibility to content for people with disabilities.

Jun 19, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Watchdog says Net regulation must be addressed by Simon Avery

The head of Canada's Competition Bureau says that as converging communications change consumer expectations and behaviour, policy makers will need to address the question of regulating the Internet.

Jun 19, 2008 — Parliament of Canada

Submitted Petitions to the House of Commons

Excerpts from House of Commons transcripts on Arts and Culture and the CBC Radio Orchestra.

Jun 19, 2008 — MediaPost

Parents, Not Peers, Lead Young People to Newspapers

A study on the media habits of young people found that television continues to be the most important source of news and information for people between 15 and 29 years old.

Jun 19, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Search Engine finds the end by Jack Kapica

Search Engine, the CBC Radio 2 show about technology and digital culture, has been cancelled.

Jun 19, 2008 — Toronto Star

CRTC report finds `strong growth' at cable firms by Rita Trichur

FRIENDS says record profits for Canada's cable and satellite companies demonstrate the existing TV distribution system works well.

Jun 18, 2008 — Playback

Liberals propose amendments to Bill C-10 by Etan Vlessing

Liberal senators have unveiled amendments to the controversial tax bill that could allow Bill C-10 to be sent back to the House of Commons for reconsideration.

Jun 18, 2008 — Globe & Mail

A good day, eh? by Andrew Ryan

Fox signs a production deal with Global to produce the pilot for The Animated Adventures of Bob and Doug McKenzie.

Jun 18, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Senate to send film tax bill back to House

Liberal senators say they will amend the controversial film-financing sections of the government's omnibus tax bill, despite the fact that the House of Commons passed the legislation as a confidence measure.

Jun 18, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CRTC mulls rules for managing Internet traffic by Grant Robertson and Matt Hartley

CRTC head says that the fight between Bell and independent Web service providers over how traffic is allowed to flow over the Internet is "only the tip of the iceberg," for an industry that could find itself in more disputes.

Jun 18, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Need for speed by Julie Fortier

Columnist says that while Internet service providers in other countries are upgrading infrastructure, Canadian companies are throttling traffic.

Jun 18, 2008 — CRTC

CRTC report shows strong growth in the Canadian broadcasting distribution industry

CRTC says Canadian Cable companies' total revenues exceeded $7 billion for the first time ever in 2007.

Jun 17, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Female anchors face off on Quebec networks by Ingrid Peritz

Radio-Canada and Quebec broadcaster TVA will soon both have women anchors for their flagship nightly news programs.

Jun 17, 2008 — Playback

TSN set to air entire CFL package by Marija Djukic and Jesse Kohl

A new five-year deal with the Canadian Football League gives CTVglobemedia's TSN rights to broadcast every game on multiple platforms for the next five years.

Jun 17, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Fur still flying over CBC's loss of hockey song by William Houston

CTV executive says the CBC would have had money to pay for the "hockey song" if it hadn't spent on two U.S. acquisitions, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune.

Jun 17, 2008 — Globe & Mail

AP to meet with blogging group by Seth Sutel

The Associated Press plans to meet with a bloggers' group to help form guidelines under which AP news stories can be quoted online.

Jun 16, 2008 — New York Times

Purchase of Theme Song, a Staple of Canadian Culture, Upsets Hockey Fans by Ian Austen

Battle over the "hockey song" profiled in the New York Times.

Jun 14, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Hockey Rights in Canada by John Allemang

Poem about CBC losing the rights to the "hockey song".

Jun 13, 2008 — CBC News

Montreal news radio station bids farewell

The Canadian Media Guild has renewed a call to the CRTC to protect local newsrooms in the wake of layoffs at a Montreal radio station.

Jun 13, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CRTC should approve COC and CBC applications for new sports channels by William Houston

Columnist says the sport channel bids from the Canadian Olympic Committee and the CBC are significantly different and should both be approved by the CRTC.

Jun 13, 2008 — Globe & Mail

A high-minded Othello from an increasingly populist CBC by Kate Taylor

Columnist says the CBC needs to offer arts programming on television that argues powerfully for the art itself.

Jun 13, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Fine print makes for disturbing reading; Copyright bill by Michael Geist

Columnist says the government has cast aside the concerns of business, education, and consumer groups by introducing a copyright bill that seeks to dramatically tilt Canadian law toward greater enforcement and restrictions on the use of digital content.

Jun 12, 2008 — CBC News

Broadcasting veteran named chair of CTF

Paul Gratton, the former vice president of specialty channels for CHUM, has been elected as the chair of the Canadian Television Fund.

Jun 12, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Radio One's Talking Books to fall silent by the fall by Guy Dixon

CBC's Radio One literary show, Talking Books, has been cancelled.

Jun 12, 2008 — Toronto Star

Canadian films will live on by Hon Josee Verner

Minister of Canadian Heritage defends controversial tax bill.

Jun 12, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Government to unveil copyright bill by David George-Cosh

New bill said to include contentious provisions including making it illegal to copy music from protected CDs to iPods.

Jun 11, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

Funding boost sought as Banff wraps by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says the Banff World Television Festival concluded with a chorus calling for aid for Canada's indigenous producers in the battle against Hollywood.

Jun 11, 2008 — Maclean's

Dumb-da-dumb- da-dumb! by Charlie Gillis

Columnist says that after years of trading on the cultural significance of hockey broadcasts, it is puzzling why CBC executives would let the iconic "hockey song" slip away.

Jun 11, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

CBC sensible not to spend millions on hockey song

Editorial says the CBC would have had a hard time justifying spending millions of taxpayers' dollars on the Hockey Night in Canada theme song.

Jun 11, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Allen stays, new hosts to join Radio 2 by Guy Dixon

CBC Radio 2 is keeping Tom Allen as its morning host, but will be bringing aboard a number of musicians to host its new programs starting this fall.

Jun 11, 2008 — Globe & Mail

UK likely to reject TV product placement by Kate Holton

The UK government has indicated it will reject proposals from the European Union that would allow broadcasters to raise money from product placements in television.

Jun 10, 2008 — Montreal Gazette

Too many English stations? by Don MacPherson

Columnist says there is growing support among political parties in Quebec for provincial control over the licensing of broadcasters.

Jun 10, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Fox takes Little Mosque by Andrew Ryan

The producers of Little Mosque on the Prairie have signed a deal with Fox Television for an American version of the series.

Jun 9, 2008 — Toronto Star

A lesson for today's politician: Get yourself on YouTube by Fraser MacLean

Dalton Camp Award winner says YouTube is bound to play a key role in the next federal election.

Jun 9, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Homegrown drama, courtesy of the CRTC

Columnist says newcomer to Canada might not be able to tell the difference between the private broadcasters and CBC by looking at the TV schedules.

Jun 9, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

CTV Saves 'The Hockey Theme'

CTV has acquired the exclusive tights to 'Canada's Second National Anthem'.

Jun 8, 2008 — New York Times

No Debate: It's Great TV by Alessandra Stanley

Columnist says the U.S. primary elections should get an Emmy award for great television.

Jun 6, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CBC fumbles negotiations on Hockey Night theme by Brodie Fenlon

Article says a lowball offer by the CBC to buy the Hockey Night in Canada theme song from its composer prompted the collapse of year-long negotiations.

Jun 6, 2008 — Toronto Star

Film bill a job-killer, mayors say by Joanna Smith

The mayors of the biggest cities in Canada tell a Senate committee that removing the certainty of tax credits for the film and television industry would devastate a vital part of their economies.

Jun 6, 2008 — Toronto Star

Media groups slam CRTC proposal by Rita Trichur

A CRTC proposal would split the Canadian Television Fund into separate commercial and cultural streams.

Jun 6, 2008 — National Post

Fund shows with mass appeal: CRTC by Grant Surridge

The CRTC recommends that the fund created to subsidize the production of Canadian television should support more shows based on popularity alone.

Jun 5, 2008 — CBC News

Consumer groups voice concern over potential digital copyright bill

A coalition of consumer groups has waded into the copyright reform debate, calling on the federal government to avoid introducing legislation that will limit consumer rights.

Jun 5, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

The CRTC's Report on the CTF - A $150 M Hit to Public Sector Programming

CBC says changes to the Canadian Television Fund would result in a $150M decline in funding to Canadian public sector television programming over the next 5 years.

Jun 5, 2008 — Canadian Press

CRTC says private broadcasters, CBC should have separate financing for TV shows by Julian Beltrame

FRIENDS agrees with CRTC recommendation to keep the status quo on Canadian content rules for the CTF.

Jun 5, 2008 — Globe & Mail

U.S. programs dominate Global's menu by Lee-Anne Goodman

Columnist says Global Television's fall schedule is chock full of American shows.

Jun 5, 2008 — Globe & Mail

New battleground in TV wars by Grant Robertson

Columnist says CTV's A-channel and Global's E! are being stocked with proven hits and new shows bought from Hollywood.

Jun 5, 2008 — Toronto Star

CanCon takes back seat for fall by Rob Salem

Columnist says the only new Canadian programming on Global-TV's fall schedule is a 15-episode season of a new Bob & Doug McKenzie cartoon.

Jun 5, 2008 — National Post

Satellite company breached rules: CBC by Barbara Shecter

CBC says Satellite TV distributor Star Choice has breached broadcast rules with a "cavalier attitude" and should be reined in by the CRTC.

Jun 4, 2008 — Globe & Mail

TSN scores with more Maple Leafs games by William Houston

A new six-year agreement will significantly increase Canadian NHL content on the sports cable network TSN.

Jun 4, 2008 — Montreal Gazette

CRTC troubled by TQS plan by Kevin Dougherty

The head of the CRTC says he is concerned about a Remstar Broadcasting proposal to drastically curtail the news coverage at Quebec private television network TQS.

Jun 4, 2008 — CBC News

Government buffing Prentice's Wikipedia entry

University of Ottawa internet law professor says the government has been editing Minister of Industry Jim Prentice's Wikipedia entry, removing mentions of the recent copyright-reform controversy.

Jun 3, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Remstar pitches CRTC on revival plan for TQS

The prospective new owners of TQS say they only want to revive the network's TV operation, not the news service.

Jun 3, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CTV avoids TV writers' strike damage Gayle MacDonald

CTV executives say the network was relatively unscathed by the Hollywood writers strike because of a strategy to acquire cable programs and invest in original programming.

Jun 2, 2008 — Cartt.ca

Fee-for-carriage: Rogers is desperate, says CTV

CTVglobemedia executive says a recent attack on the fee-for-carriage issue by Rogers Communications shows carriers are desperate and have resorted to fear-mongering.

Jun 2, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Newspaper readership on the rise

Report says circulation of paid newspapers rose 2.6 per cent worldwide in 2007, with the biggest jump in India and China.

Jun 2, 2008 — CBC News

CTV announces 2 Canadian-shot dramas for fall

CTV has announced a fall lineup that includes two new Canadian-shot dramas and a Canadian-made reality TV show.

Jun 2, 2008 — Nanaimo Daily News

Commission won't let Gabriola broadcast CBC radio by Darrell Bellaart

The CRTC has denied an application by the CBC to re-transmit its AM radio signal directly to Nanaimo from Gabriola Island.

Jun 1, 2008 — Canadian Press

Mass audience or culture? Changes in fund will impact shows on Canadian TV by Julian Beltrame

FRIENDS says recommendations on the reform of the Canadian Television Fund will reveal whether the CRTC has the courage to stand up to the cable companies.

May 31, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

Arguments made in Net 'throttling' clash by David George-Cosh

In a submission to the CRTC, the Canadian Association of Internet Providers has outlined how Bell Canada's Internet throttling has slowed down usage of voice-over-Internet-protocol calls, encrypted traffic, peer-to-peer file sharing and virtual-private networks.

May 31, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Censorship debate boosts film's profile by Jay Stone

Event organizers say no Conservative MPs attended the screening of a controversial Canadian film.

May 30, 2008 — The Public Record

The Decline of Journalism by Thomas D. Williams

Columnist suggests that the theory of the inevitable demise of the news business is being promoted by corporate executives at large newspaper chains who want to maximize profits by focusing on advertising at the expense of local, national and international news.

May 30, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Canada: Media giants boost literacy

Canwest Global and CTVglobemedia have announced they will contribute $1.5 million to Media Awareness Network, a not-for-profit media literacy organization.

May 30, 2008 — National Post

CRTC hit by new challenge; Rogers Critique by Barbara Shecter

Phil Lind, vice-chairman of Rogers Communications Inc., says there are "disturbing signals emanating from Ottawa that the regulators are toying with the idea of taking a far more hands-on approach to local news programming."

May 30, 2008 — Toronto Sun

'Foolish CBC decisions for $100 please, Alex' by Connie Woodcock

Columnist says the reason CBC is including Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! in its fall lineup is that the U.S. game-shows are proven to make money.

May 30, 2008 — Radio World International

CBC Puts Radio, TV, Web Management Under One Roof by James Careless

FRIENDS says Richard Stursberg, CBC's head of English services, does not have the skills and background necessary to successfully integrate the public broadcaster's English radio, TV and Web services into a single entity.

May 29, 2008 — National Post

Star Choice resists return of Toronto station by Barbara Shecter

Shaw-owned Star Choice tells the CRTC that the company shouldn't be forced to return a local Toronto TV station to the airwaves just because "a few people complained".

May 29, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Wrong turn at the CBC by Paul Moore

A former senior producer with CBC-TV's Marketplace likens the show being dropped for Jeopardy! to The National being bumped for the U.S. reality series The One in 2006.

May 29, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Telecom profit growth seen stalling by Catherine McLean

The Conference Board of Canada says profit growth in Canada's telecommunications industry will stall in coming years as competition holds prices in check.

May 29, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Denying tax credits for films could kill industry, Gross says by Gloria Galloway

Actor Paul Gross tells the Senate banking committee that Bill C-10, which proposes to deny tax credits to productions deemed "contrary to public policy," could spell the end of his industry.

May 29, 2008 — Cartt.ca

Fee-for-local news is "government interference on a grand scale," says Lind by Greg O'Brien

Rogers Communications vice-chairman says the CRTC has recently demonstrated an appetite for micro-management that may have implications for how television news stories are chosen and focused.

May 28, 2008 — National Post

Net neutrality bill hits House of Commons

The NDP has introduced legislation to the House of Commons that seeks to keep the internet democratic, open and free from control by service providers.

May 28, 2008 — Globe & Mail

A 'cultural institution'? Yeah, and so is my local doughnut joint by John Doyle

Columnist says Tim Hortons and Canadian Tire have as much right to the label of "cultural institution" as the CBC.

May 27, 2008 — Mediacaster

Net Neutrality: Consumer Groups Call for Action

A coalition of consumer organizations is urging all four federal political parties in Canada's parliament to take a position in favour of net neutrality.

May 27, 2008 — Playback

Upfront show must go on, say nets by Marise Strauss

Canada's private networks plan on unveiling their fall schedules at an industry event in early June.

May 27, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CBC target of surging information complaints: report

Canada's Information Commissioner says his office received 536 complaints about the public broadcaster in 2007-2008, more than any other department or agency of government.

May 27, 2008 — CBC News

President says CBC 'could have done better' with songwriters gala

Article says CBC president Hubert Lacroix was grilled by federal MPs over cutting Quebec singer Claude Dubois's performance at the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame broadcast.

May 27, 2008 — Toronto Sun

CBC back in a big way by Bill Harris

CBC executives say more Canadians are watching more Canadian programming.

May 27, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Auction winners could give leg up to new carriers by Catherine McLean

Ottawa is set to auction wireless airwaves in an attempt to bolster competition in a market where prices are higher than in other countries.

May 27, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Game shows to fund CBC programming by Gayle MacDonald

CBC has unveiled a fall schedule that network executives described as being "uniquely Canadian", despite the nightly additions of the U.S. syndicated game shows Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.

May 27, 2008 — Toronto Star

CBC Television is playing it safe by Raju Mudhar

Columnist says CBC is banking on a slate of returning sitcoms, dramas, talk shows and satires that have already proved their appeal to viewers.

May 26, 2008 — Playback

Trina McQueen: TV titan's career marked by firsts by Tamsen Tillson

Article profiles TV executive Trina McQueen.

May 26, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

Local officials, celebrities join rally against CBC cuts by Lloyd Dykk

Columnist says 300 people showed up at the Vancouver Art Gallery to protest CBC management's decision to cut the CBC Radio Orchestra.

May 26, 2008 — Canadian Press

CBC fall schedule heralds arrival of two big American game shows by Lee-Anne Goodman

Columnist says CBC's fall schedule lacks much new Canadian-made programming.

May 26, 2008 — National Post

The CBC keeps plodding along by Lorne Gunter

Columnist says the Harper government should ignore calls for increased investment and instead "wrap up" Canada's public broadcaster.

May 24, 2008 — Ottawa Sun

CBC cash grab by Marie-France-Lou Lemay

The CBC President and CEO has asked the federal government to give the public broadcaster a $215-million boost and commit to a seven-year funding plan.

May 24, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Jeopardy! to bump Marketplace from its slot by Marsha Lederman

FRIENDS says CBC should be running Canadian programming, not U.S. syndicated shows like Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.

May 24, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CBC delighted with Stanley Cup 'dream series' by William Houston

In the absence of a Canadian team in the Stanley Cup finals, CBC says the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Detroit Red Wings is an appealing alternative.

May 24, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Edward steps out of the Rogers shadow by Catherine McLean and Grant Robertson

Ted Rogers says he doesn't want Rogers Communications sold when he steps down as President and Chief Executive Officer.

May 23, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Time Warner, NBC tie-up is up to 'the Jeffs' by Richard Siklos

Columnist says that Time Warner may be looking to NBC as a new broadcast partner.

May 22, 2008 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Speaking notes for Mr. Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO, CBC/Radio-Canada, at the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television

In his first public speech since being appointed CBC president, Hubert Lacroix says the public broadcaster is reliant on advertising revenue and therefor must pay attention to ratings when making programming decisions.

May 22, 2008 — MediaPost

Online Video Viewing Surges

Data show U.S. Internet users viewed 11.5 billion online videos during March, 2008, representing a 64-percent gain over the previous year.

May 22, 2008 — MediaPost

ABC Blesses Blogs, Endorses Embedding by Wendy Davis

In an effort to distribute programs across the Web, the U.S. network ABC will start letting Web users embed clips of its TV shows on blogs and other online sites.

May 22, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Time Warner to split off cable TV division

Time Warner has announced it will formally split off its cable TV business.

May 21, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Rogers closes the book on its Fine Print program

Fine Print, the Toronto-based books program, has been cancelled by its host broadcaster, Rogers TV.

May 21, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Bell opens a large can of worms by Jack Kapica

Columnist says Bell may have legal and public relations issues if Internet traffic shaping is used to make it harder to buy movies from sources other than Bell's new online video store.

May 21, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Ehnes sounds off by Colin Eatock

Grammy-winning violinist calls CBC's cuts to classical music "misguided and shortsighted."

May 20, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Talking Management - Mansbridge on the leaders at the CBC

The chief correspondent for CBC News tells McGill's Karl Moore what qualities are needed to lead Canada's public broadcaster in a video interview.

May 20, 2008 — Montreal Gazette

Verner invokes obscure parliamentary privilege by Elizabeth Thompson

Heritage Minister Josée Verner is invoking an 18th-century British parliamentary privilege in a bid to avoid testifying in a lawsuit involving her husband.

May 20, 2008 — TED

Why we know less than ever about the world by Alisa Miller

Video of the head of Public Radio International talking about why the US media is showing less international news.

May 19, 2008 — New York Times

Democracy and the Web

Editorial says the U.S. Congress should pass so-called "net neutrality" legislation.

May 18, 2008 — Edmonton Journal

CRTC scrambles to get a grip on new media by Todd Babiak

Columnist says the CRTC has launched a wide-ranging review of Internet broadcasting because conventional media companies, advertisers, talent and audiences are fast making the web a main-stream distribution method.

May 17, 2008 — National Post

Can I get a service with that fee? by Kevin Baker

Columnist says recent price hikes for Shaw cable TV service have come with no explanation and no improvement in service.

May 17, 2008 — National Post

Shaw claims CBC 'misleading' public by Barbara Shecter

Shaw calls CBC's demand to reinstate its Regina feed "completely unrealistic and a total waste of scarce satellite capacity."

May 16, 2008 — AlterNet

Obama Stands Up to Bush, the FCC, and Big Media by Matt Stoller

Senator Barack Obama is urging the U.S. Congress to pass a resolution invalidating a decision to allow TV stations, radio stations and newspapers to be co-owned in the top 20 markets.

May 16, 2008 — Globe & Mail

TSN, RDS profits continue to soar by William Houston

The CTV-owned sports channels TSN and French language counterpart, RDS, posted profits of $58.82-million and $22.76-million, respectively, in the 2007 fiscal year.

May 16, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CRTC orders Bell to prove Net 'shaping' needed by Matt Hartley

Federal broadcast regulators have ordered Bell Canada to provide tangible evidence that its broadband networks are congested to justify the company's Internet "traffic-shaping" policies.

May 16, 2008 — National Post

CBC Takes On Star Choice Over RDI Channel by Barbara Shecter

The CBC has stepped up its fight with Star Choice, this time accusing the Shaw-owned satellite TV distributor of failing to include RDI, the French version of Newsworld, in its basic English digital package as required by regulations.

May 16, 2008 — Toronto Star

Losing ads to Net worries TV, radio by Rita Trichur

A CRTC report says conventional broadcasters are increasingly worried about the growing share of advertising revenue that is migrating to the Internet.

May 16, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

Appointments to the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada

George Cooper, a law firm senior partner, and the Honourable Joseph Handley, the retired Premier of the Northwest Territories, have been appointed to the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada.

May 16, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

Canadian Heritage: Appointment to Board of Telefilm Canada

The Minister of Canadian Heritage has appointed G. Grant Machum, a Halifax lawyer, to the Board of Telefilm Canada.

May 16, 2008 — National Post

CRTC public hearings to probe digital media by Grant Surridge

CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein, says "Our intention is not to regulate new media, but rather to gain a better understanding of this environment".

May 16, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

Appointment to Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

The Minister of Canadian Heritage has appointed Timothy Denton, a specialist in legal and policy issues related to the Internet and communications, as a full-time member of the CRTC.

May 15, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

Eager Canadians will bid early, often by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says Canadian broadcasters are expected to be big buyers of foreign programming at international TV event.

May 15, 2008 — CBC News

CRTC opens net neutrality debate to public

The CRTC has released a letter addressed to Bell Canada and the Canadian Association of Internet Providers requesting comments on a dispute over traffic shaping between the two parties.

May 15, 2008 — CRTC

CRTC launches consultation on broadcasting in new media for future hearing

The CRTC has launched a consultation on broadcasting in the new media environment for a public hearing to be held in early 2009.

May 14, 2008 — Canadian Press

Former CBC news executive Tony Burman lands at Al Jazeera

Tony Burman, the former editor-in-chief of CBC news, has been appointed managing director of Al Jazeera's English operations.

May 14, 2008 — National Post

Force Shaw to restore channels: CBC by Barbara Shecter

The CBC has filed an official complaint with the CRTC, demanding that Shaw's satellite TV distributor immediately reinstate the public broadcaster's Saskatchewan channel.

May 13, 2008 — Canadian Press

CBC files complaint to CRTC over Star Choice pulling Saskatchewan TV station by Lauren Krugel

CBC says Shaw is breaking a CRTC rule that requires satellite companies to carry just as many CBC-owned stations as those run by other broadcasters.

May 12, 2008 — Playback

The Small Screen: Searching for The Son of Corner Gas by Tamson Tillson

Broadcasters say they have new series in production that will hopefully fill the gap left when successful Canadian shows such as Corner Gas, Air Farce and Trailer Park Boys call it quits.

May 12, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

Italian state b'caster RAI goes on defensive by Eric J. Lyman

The Italian state broadcaster says that it should be left alone even though the new incoming federal government has the right to change its leadership.

May 12, 2008 — Maclean's

Welcome to our regularly scheduled whining by Andrew Coyne

Columnist says that while both the broadcasters and cable companies cite the need to support Canadian TV programming, what they are invariably after is the profits from foreign content.

May 11, 2008 — Calgary Herald

Dangerous censorship hidden in act by Tommy Banks

Alberta Senator says amendments in Bill C-10 that allow the Heritage Minister to deny TV and film tax credits will harm Canada's cultural industries.

May 9, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC apologizes for 'failure in behavior' by Mimi Turner

Columnist says the BBC was forced to apologize for keeping 106,000 pounds from premium-rate phone calls that should have been donated to charity.

May 9, 2008 — CBC News

Heritage committee to hold hearings into CBC Radio 2 changes

The House of Commons standing committee on Canadian heritage will be holding hearings on proposed changes to CBC Radio 2.

May 9, 2008 — Peterborough Examiner

CRTC OKs new FM station by Fiona Isaacson

Peterborough, Ontario is getting a new Corus Entertainment-owned FM radio station.

May 9, 2008 — Playback

Network bosses look at future of news by Jesse Kohl

Network executives say the changing consumption of news will be difficult for both media companies and advertisers who are trying to connect with audiences that no longer aggregate in the ways they used to.

May 9, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Pinsent, Vogels tapped for CBC Radio summer shows by James Bradshaw

CBC Radio One has unveiled 13 new programs for its summer lineup.

May 9, 2008 — National Post

Heritage Canada to pay for satellite dishes in 92 aboriginal communities by Barbara Shecter

The Department of Canadian Heritage says it will pay for Bell ExpressVu service for residents of as many as 92 native communities so they can receive the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.

May 9, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Media firms reject federal rules by Grant Robertson

Cable and satellite companies say the CRTC has no place telling them which TV channels to carry, even after Shaw sparked an industry-wide dispute by dropping a number of local stations from its satellite service.

May 9, 2008 — National Post

TV 'free-for-all' not goal, says Rogers; CRTC Hearings by Barbara Shecter

Canada's biggest cable firm tells the CRTC the company is not out to dismantle the television broadcasting system in favour of a "free-for-all driven purely by market forces".

May 8, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

Rogers urges CRTC not to tax consumers with fee-for-carriage

Rogers reiterates its opposition to fee-for-carriage for over the air broadcasters in final comments to the CRTC.

May 8, 2008 — Reuters

Ofcom fines ITV record amount for phone-in scams by Michael Holden

The UK media watchdog has fined Britain's biggest commercial broadcaster 5.68 million pounds for cheating viewers over phone-in competitions.

May 8, 2008 — National Post

Shaw Strips TV Stations by Barbara Shecter

Shaw-controlled Star Choice is yanking CBC in Regina, CTV in Calgary, Global in the Maritimes, CityTV in Winnipeg and SunTV in Toronto from its satellite TV service.

May 7, 2008 — National Post

Canwest jumps at Universal TV shows by Barbara Shecter

Canwest has purchased a slate of NBC Universal shows in advance of the official screening party in Los Angeles that has traditionally led to expensive bidding wars between Canadian broadcasters.

May 6, 2008 — Cartt.ca

Commission warns Shaw on license renewals by Greg O'Brien

The CRTC has told Shaw Communications it may require the company to file monthly reports to prove its community channels are not violating advertising rules.

May 6, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Rogers Broadcasting Limited

Paul Ski, the former President of CHUM Radio, has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer - Radio for Rogers Broadcasting.

May 6, 2008 — National Post

Broadcasters to take fee fight to top court; 'Illegal Tax' by Barbara Shecter

Canadian broadcasters say licence fees of more than $100-million a year "are over and above payments made to the CRTC to defray the cost of the regulation and supervision of the industry".

May 6, 2008 — Ottawa Sun

CBC brass living grand by Peter Zimonjic

Article says documents obtained through the Access to Information Act show Robert Rabinovitch, former CBC president and CEO, stayed in some of the best hotels in the world during foreign business travels.

May 5, 2008 — Mediacaster

Canadians Forced to Buy U.S. Programming: CBC Calls for Action on Broadcasting

Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada, reiterates the call for a seven-year Memorandum of Understanding with Canadians that would define CBC/Radio-Canada's role in the evolving media landscape.

May 5, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Court deals broadcasters costly ruling by Grant Robertson

A federal court has ruled that Ottawa has the right to charge television and radio broadcasters, along with cable and satellite distributors, fees for their licences that exceed the basic cost of regulating the industry.

May 5, 2008 — Windsor Star

CBC ship sinking, but will the band play on? by Lloyd Brown-John

University of Windsor professor emeritus asks if CBC Radio 2 forgets its core audience why should that audience continue to support it?

May 4, 2008 — Canadian Fair Media Coalition Facebook Page

Filmmaker's Statement on Bill C-10 by Carl Laudan

Canadian Filmmaker warns of a possible funding crisis for domestic film production if controversial tax-credit legislation passes.

May 3, 2008 — Community Radio Fund of Canada

Community Radio Fund of Canada launched to support local grassroots media

Seeded by a commitment of $1.4 million over seven years from Astral Media, the Community Radio Fund of Canada has a mandate to support the development of not-for-profit, local radio.

May 3, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Peter Mansbridge marks 20 years as CBC-TV anchor

Gemini Awards winner Peter Mansbridge celebrates 20 years as anchor of CBC's flagship nightly news program.

May 3, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Why Tories are blowing off the G-G's arts party by Jane Taber

Article says Conservatives used a litany of excuses not to attend the Governor-General's Performing Arts Awards Gala.

May 2, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Conservatives, NDP outpacing Dion Liberals in fundraising by Jane Taber

A Conservative party official says a fundraising campaign in which the CBC was criticized drove a significant number of donations into party coffers.

May 2, 2008 — Montreal Gazette

Bloc wants Quebec CRTC by Elizabeth Thompson

A Bloc private member's bill says foreign television stations should be permitted on Quebec airwaves to the extent they don't jeopardize the predominance of Quebec culture and the French language.

May 1, 2008 — Cartt.ca

Inside the RCI press conference by Greg O'Brien

Ted Rogers, chairman of Rogers Communications says the recent CRTC hearings may have gone smoother for his company if he had not attended.

May 1, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

CBC/Radio-Canada calls for action on blueprint for public broadcasting

Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada says the government should implement the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage's report on the future of the public broadcaster.

May 1, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Torstar takes a beating on all fronts by Grant Robertson

Blaming an economic slowdown, Torstar Corp has reported significant drops in profit and revenue.

May 1, 2008 — Globe & Mail

In the spirit of May Day, get ready to hurl by John Doyle

Columnist says Chris Haddock, creator of Da Vinci's Inquest and Intelligence is looking for an executive level job with CBC.

May 1, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Are U.S. networks messing with our shows? by Gayle MacDonald

Producers of two new Canadian drama series say that having relationships with both U.S. and domestic license holders is complex but productive.

May 1, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Tories threaten to force election on C-10 by Bill Curry

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has declared film tax-credit legislation a matter of confidence in the Conservative government.

May 1, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Meet the heavy lifters of Quebec's airwaves

Columnist says that if the CRTC allows the struggling Quebec TV network TQS to collect carriage fees in exchange for maintaining

Apr 30, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

Popular fare's not enough to help CTV by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says the recent writers strike has taken a bite out of the latest earnings statement from Canadian ratings leader CTV.

Apr 30, 2008 — Voice of America

New Report Finds Global Media Freedom Down in 2007 by Kent Klein

An annual study of reporters' freedom says 42 percent of the world's people live in countries without basic freedom of the media.

Apr 30, 2008 — Chicago Tribune

Satellite-radio firms Sirius, XM delay annual meetings April 30, 2008

Sirius and XM Satellite Radio have delayed annual shareholder meetings scheduled for May as they await a regulatory review of their combination.

Apr 30, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Rogers Communications Inc.

Rogers Communications has announced the election of Isabelle Marcoux of Montreal to its Board of Directors.

Apr 30, 2008 — Globe & Mail

David Asper aims to follow in his father's footsteps by Grant Robertson

According to documents filed with CRTC, David Asper is looking to launch a new radio station that would be independent of his family's newspaper and broadcasting empire, Canwest Global.

Apr 30, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Hollywood Rookie by Grant Robertson

Columnist says Rogers Communications intends to be a player this year in bidding for new U.S. TV series.

Apr 30, 2008 — National Post

CRTC 'better way' to get change: Rogers by David George-Cosh And Barbara Shecter

Ted Rogers says there is a "better way" to get relaxed rules for cable companies than cable baron Jim Shaw's approach of writing a letter to the Prime Minister denouncing the CRTC.

Apr 29, 2008 — Minister of Canadian Heritage

Letter from Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, to Jim Shaw, CEO of Shaw Communications

The text of a letter sent to Shaw Communications in response to an earlier Jim Shaw letter concerning the CRTC broadcast distribution hearings and the Canadian Television Fund.

Apr 29, 2008 — Winnipeg Free Press

Broadening the broadcast by Morley Walker

Article profiles the newly appointed director of programming for CBC English radio.

Apr 29, 2008 — Playback

The next step in audience measurement by Rob Young

Industry executive says a commitment to Portable People Meter technology is an important step in the evolution of audience measurement in Canada.

Apr 29, 2008 — Montreal Gazette

Townshippers fight to retain access to VPR by Bernard Perusse

Residents of Quebec's Eastern Townships have filed a compliant with the CRTC over a Corus Entertainment proposal that could block the signal for Vermont Public Radio.

Apr 29, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Rogers bringing iPhone to Canada

Rogers Communications says that it has reached an agreement to bring Apple's iPhone to Canada.

Apr 28, 2008 — Playback

Executives for Canwest and CTVglobemedia make a joint presentation to the CRTC asking for a fee-for-carriage of their television signals.

Apr 28, 2008 — Halifax Chronicle Herald

Why you should care about the fate of Canadian TV by Dan Leger

Columnist says that if new TV regulations make conventional broadcasters weaker they will probably be forced to cut Canadian services, especially expensive local news.

Apr 28, 2008 — CNN

Time Warner's Warner Bros. Plans Web Sites For TV Content

Warner Brothers television studio has announced plans for a group of Web sites that will air its shows, including those from the now-defunct WB television network.

Apr 28, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

There are many solitudes in the ethnic media, intended or not by Catherine Murray

Simon Fraser University professor says the CRTC's policy on ethnic broadcasting has inadvertently introduced classes of services where some thrive an others struggle.

Apr 28, 2008 — CBC News

Liberals called on to support net neutrality

The National Union of Public and General Employees is urging the Liberals to support its call for laws that will keep the internet free from interference by service providers.

Apr 28, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Canadian TV: If it ain't broke ... by Glenn O'Farrell

The president and CEO of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters says Canada has the best broadcasting system in the world and shifting to a model of unchecked market forces could put it at risk.

Apr 27, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Specialty, pay TV maintain strong growth by Grant Robertson

Columnist says Canada's specialty television and pay-TV broadcasters are seeing steady increases in revenue at a time when growth at the country's biggest commercial television networks is stagnating.

Apr 27, 2008 — Calgary Sun

What viewers really want by Bill Harris

Editorial says Canadian want their TV channel lineups to stay the same, as much choice as possible and "good" Canadian programming.

Apr 27, 2008 — Toronto Star

'It'd be nice to work where I live' by Bruce DeMara

FRIENDS mentioned in an article about the reasons why Toronto actors, such as RH Thomson, have challenges finding work in their home community.

Apr 26, 2008 — Globe & Mail

There's good news and bad as the CRTC hearings wrap up by Kate Taylor

Columnist says that CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein seems less interested in loosening restrictions than some might expect from a Tory appointee.

Apr 26, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CTV, ABC strike online drama deal by Grant Robertson

CTV says episodes of Lost, Desperate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy will be available online for 28 days after their original broadcast for the remainder of the season.

Apr 25, 2008 — CBC News

Bell's internet traffic shaping 'defies all logic,' ISPs say

The Canadian Association of Internet Providers says Bell Canada has failed to prove its Internet network is congested and therefore in need of speed throttling.

Apr 25, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

CRTC releases financial results for Canadian specialty, pay, pay-per-view television and video-on-demand services

CRTC data show that industry revenues climbed to $2.7 billion in 2007, an increase of 9.1% over the previous year.

Apr 25, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Changing channels by Grant Robertson

Columnist examines the ways network TV and cable industries could be reshaped following recent regulatory hearings.

Apr 25, 2008 — Montreal Gazette

Airwaves must remain a federal concern

Editorial says Quebec politicians should not peruse proposals to gain more control or a veto over telecommunications policy decisions.

Apr 25, 2008 — News Article

Fee-for-carriage debate heats up; 'Free ride must end,' broadcaster tells Ottawa by Grant Surridge

Executives from Shaw Communications argue that broadcasters should not be able to charge for their signals.

Apr 24, 2008 — Playback

TQS news cuts set stage for fight in Ottawa by Patricia Bailey

FRIENDS says plans to shut down TQS news outlets across Quebec likely won't happen because it goes against CRTC rules and could hamper Prime Minister Stephen Harper's chances of winning seats in Quebec.

Apr 24, 2008 — Canadian Press

Fiery hearings on Canadian TV's future end by Julian Beltrame

FRIENDS says the Canadian broadcasting system is an ecosystem where each of the components is inextricably linked so that a change in one will affect the others.

Apr 24, 2008 — TV Newsday

Senate Panel Rejects FCC Ownership Rule by John Dunbar

A U.S. Senate committee has voted to nullify recently approved legislation that allows media companies to own a newspaper and a television station in the same market.

Apr 24, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Networks, cable giants take fee feud to the top by Grant Robertson

Columnist says a fight between Canada's cable industry and two national television networks is now being waged in the Prime Minister's office.

Apr 23, 2008 — Canadian Press

Jim Shaw a no-show at CRTC by Julian Beltrame

Shaw asks the CRTC to tear down regulations, allow more U.S. programs, and give distributors the power to pull the plug on unpopular Canadian stations.

Apr 23, 2008 — CBC News

Jim Shaw no-show for CRTC TV hearing

An anticipated showdown between CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein and cable mogul Jim Shaw didn't materialize because the Shaw Communications CEO didn't turn up for his company's appearance before the broadcast regulator.

Apr 23, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Foreign investment rules send 'conflicting signals' by Janey McFarland

A Conference Board of Canada report recommends that Canada should open up protected industries to more foreign investment.

Apr 23, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Writers' strike and The Border give CBC a leg up over Global by Gayle MacDonald

For the first time in 13 years, CBC Television says it has bumped Global TV to third place in ratings for the winter/spring season.

Apr 23, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Specialty station survival examined by Grant Robertson

The CRTC has acknowledged that overhauling the rules protecting specialty channels from competition in Canada could lead to several of them being forced out of business.

Apr 22, 2008 — CTVglobemedia

Letter from Paul Sparkes, Executive Vice President of CTVglobemedia, to Stephen Harper, Prime Minister

The text of a CTVglobemedia letter sent to Stephen Harper in response to an earlier Jim Shaw letter concerning the CRTC broadcast distribution hearings.

Apr 22, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

Broadcast rules should ensure that independent channels have a voice, S-VOX tells CRTC

S-VOX President and CEO Bill Roberts warns against allowing the pursuit of mass-market success to destroy the spirit of Canada's Broadcasting Act.

Apr 22, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

Ottawa takes exception to director's attack on Bill C-10 by Yvonne Zacharias

Josée Verner, federal Minister of Canadian Heritage, calls comments made by Brokeback Mountain director "completely erroneous".

Apr 22, 2008 — Toronto Star

Culture boss to make Canadian case by Rita Trichur

Ontario's minister of culture says entertainment and cultural industries will suffer if the federal broadcast regulator relaxes the rules requiring pay and specialty television services to fund Canadian content.

Apr 21, 2008 — Globe & Mail

These are a few of my least favourite things by John Doyle

In response to Jim Shaw writing to the Prime Minister to complain about the CRTC, columnist writes his own letter poking fun at programming on Shaw's video-on-demand service.

Apr 21, 2008 — Calgary Herald

An art censored? We think not

Editorial says it's not censorship when a politician looks at what somebody is doing on a government grant and asks, "Why is the taxpayer paying for this dreck?"

Apr 21, 2008 — Toronto Star

CBC writes sad coda for orchestra by James Rolfe

The president of the Canadian League of Composers says the CBC Radio Orchestra belongs to all Canadians, and should be reinstated immediately.

Apr 21, 2008 — Calgary Herald

Northern lights out by Maria Kubacki

Industry watcher says licensing agreements between U.S. broadcasters and their Canadian partners are to blame for restricting Canadians' access to American TV shows online.

Apr 19, 2008 — National Post

Carriage fees not a problem: Astral chief by Grant Surridge

Specialty/pay television broadcaster Astral says it does not object to fee-for-carriage for conventional broadcast signals.

Apr 19, 2008 — National Post

French network, lack of Canadian teams hurt CBC by Allison Hanes

Article says Montreal Canadiens fans are turning to French-language private broadcaster RDS for game coverage.

Apr 19, 2008 — Montreal Gazette

Canadiens fans get butt-ended by CBC by Pat Hickey

Montreal Canadiens fans upset by level of coverage from CBC television.

Apr 19, 2008 — Save the CBC Orchestra Committee

Save The CBC Orchestra RALLY Sunday, April 20, 2 pm, Chan Centre at UBC, Vancouver

Weekend rally planned in Vancouver to protest CBC Radio Orchestra dissolution and Radio 2 programming changes.

Apr 18, 2008 — Cartt.ca

Astral takes another whack at distributors at CRTC hearings by Glenn Wanamaker

Astral wants the CRTC to consider a new model that would ensure that any new specialty TV service, which had already won CRTC license approval, would have guaranteed access to a distributor's lineup of channels.

Apr 18, 2008 — Cartt.ca

Actors bring drama to CRTC hearings by Glenn Wanamaker

Canadian actors make a passionate plea to CRTC commissioners to maintain protective regulations while urging them to go further in providing incentives for more Canadian dramatic production.

Apr 18, 2008 — New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal

CTV, Global join forces to denounce cable-satellite firms

CTVglobemedia, CanWest join forces to oppose cable/satellite deregulation proposals, argue for retention of simultaneous substitution, but suggest additional spending on local programming should not be a condition of adopting fee-for-carriage.

Apr 18, 2008 — Toronto Star

'Ricky' prefers his content all-Canadian by Rita Trichur

Star of Trailer Park Boys condemns dearth of Canadian drama on television, traces to level of regulatory obligations placed on industry.

Apr 18, 2008 — National Post

Push for carriage fees by Barbara Shecter

Two largest conventional broadcasters make joint presentation to CRTC, say fee-for-carriage would right historic wrong, ensure continued spending on local programming.

Apr 18, 2008 — Moncton Times & Transcript

Unbundling TV is the way to go

Editorial backs cable/satellite industry call for deregulation of broadcast distribution.

Apr 18, 2008 — CBC News

Give us more Canuck TV, Trailer Park Boy tells CRTC

Star of hit Canadian television production Trailer Park Boys joins panel at CRTC hearings warning against cable/satellite deregulation, calling for more Canadian content on TV.

Apr 18, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Networks scale back fee proposal by Grant Robertson

Conventional broadcasters discuss reduced per-subscriber amount in fee-for-carriage proposal.

Apr 18, 2008 — Playback

Put new money into drama, say unions by Marise Strauss

Media unions call on the CRTC for more support and an increase in spending on homegrown programming.

Apr 18, 2008 — Toronto Star

Rival broadcasters united for fight by Rita Trichur

Broadcasters argue for fee-for-carriage, but resist suggestions that funds be tied to more Canadian programs and local news.

Apr 17, 2008 — Canadian Press

Shaw Cable attacks CRTC, ask PM to reign in broadcasting regulator

Shaw asks Conservative government to intervene in CRTC broadcast distribution hearings.

Apr 17, 2008 — National Post

Shaw complains to Harper about CRTC in a 5-page letter by Barbara Shecter

Shaw Communications CEO calls on Stephen Harper to "refocus" the CRTC, saying current review of satellite and broadcast regulations is undermining the Conservative government's policy objectives.

Apr 17, 2008 — National Post

Telus opposes new fees for broadcasters by Barbara Shecter

Telus says broadcasters' ownership of specialty channels should foreclose their right to fee-for-carriage for conventional channels.

Apr 17, 2008 — National Post

Elite never sounded so sweet by Robert Cushman

Article says artistic complexity of classical music justifies its having greatest presence on public radio, CBC needs to re-embrace being "elite".

Apr 17, 2008 — Globe & Mail

TV firms attack cable vision by Grant Robertson

CTV and Global deliver joint presentation to CRTC advocating fee-for-carriage, citing cable and satellite companies as too-powerful gatekeepers of programming available to Canadians.

Apr 17, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CBC names interim chief of English Radio by Guy Dixon

Regional director for Maritimes to serve as interim national executive director for CBC English Radio.

Apr 17, 2008 — Mediacaster

Canadian Television in Jeopardy

Interview series on ichannel's @iSSUE, one episode of which features FRIENDS' Ian Morrison, addresses issues arising from CRTC broadcast distribution hearings.

Apr 17, 2008 — Toronto Star

Canadians should see U.S. ads, CRTC told by Rita Trichur

FRIENDS says cable desire to change simultaneous substitution rules would significantly impact Canadian broadcasters' revenues.

Apr 17, 2008 — Cartt.ca

Cugini's renewal came with some backroom drama by Greg O'Brien

Columnist says that Rita Cugini's original three-year term as a CRTC commissioner was renewed by the Conservative government only hours before it was set to expire.

Apr 17, 2008 — Regina Leader-Post

Canada lags behind in entertainment access by Maria Kubacki

Article says Canada is well behind the US in making television shows legally available online.

Apr 17, 2008 — CBC News

Bell rejects call to curb traffic shaping by Peter Nowak

Bell says its traffic shaping initiatives do not result in undue preference, since it applies the same controls to its own customers as those of Internet service providers that resell its service.

Apr 17, 2008 — Montreal Gazette

Bloc prepares bill allowing Quebec to sidestep CRTC by Elizabeth Thompson

Bloc proposal for Quebec-specific communications regulator that would sidestep CRTC said to develop out of 2006 Conservative government motion to recognize the Québécois as a nation.

Apr 17, 2008 — Commentary

Does Bell Really Have a P2P Bandwidth Problem? by Michael Geist

Internet scholar analyzes Bell response to Internet service provider complaint filed with CRTC concerning traffic shaping practices.

Apr 17, 2008 — CBC News

CTV, Canwest team up to blast TV distributors at broadcast hearings

Rival private broadcasters combine efforts to oppose regulatory changes proposed by cable and satellite distributors.

Apr 17, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

Forced to target 'bandwidth hogs,' Bell tells the CRTC by Sarah Schmidt

Bell Canada defends shaping of Internet traffic on its network as being in the public interest.

Apr 17, 2008 — Canadian Press

CTV, Global denounce cable-satellite vision by Julian Beltrame

Conventional broadcasters criticize cable and satellite providers for advocating deregulation while profiting from protection from foreign competition.

Apr 17, 2008 — New York Times

Comcast's Concession to Net Neutrality by Saul Hansell

U.S. cable company says it is slowing down its clients' Internet connections if individual usage is outside the company's "network management goal".

Apr 17, 2008 — Montreal Gazette

Bloc prepares bill allowing Quebec to sidestep CRTC by Elizabeth Thompson

The Bloc Québécois is poised to table potentially controversial legislation, giving Quebec the power to opt out of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and set up its own telecommunications regulator.

Apr 17, 2008 — Playback

Asper, Fecan tag-team CRTC by Patricia Bailey

The CEOs of Canwest and CTVglobemedia warn the CRTC that cable and satellite companies will destroy the country's broadcasting system if the federal regulator fails to step in.

Apr 17, 2008 — Playback

Broadcasters and BDUs battle in TV Wars by Etan Vlessing

Stornoway Productions president Paul Kemp wants other Canadian broadcasters to air a documentary that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the battle between BDUs and broadcasters currently playing out at the CRTC hearings.

Apr 17, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Film tax credit proposal falls short, evangelist says by Gloria Galloway

Canada Family Action Coalition says proposal to withhold tax credits from film and television productions deemed "contrary to public policy" may not go far enough.

Apr 17, 2008 — Commentary

SCCH Report Recommendations Being Ignored by Stephanie Wood

Author comments on CBC cancellation of drama series jPod, noting that it both ignores the "tech savvy" television viewing generation and is at odds with unanimous recommendations of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.

Apr 17, 2008 — Moncton Times & Transcript

Major TV changes looming? by Eric Lewis

Rogers argues deregulation of broadcast distribution is not about eliminating Canadian content.

Apr 16, 2008 — Cobourg Daily Star

Internet providers want CRTC to settle traffic dispute by Valerie MacDonald

Canadian Association of Internet Providers files CRTC complaint against Bell Canada's Internet traffic shaping practices.

Apr 16, 2008 — Sault Star

Freedom of speech isn't always easy

Editorial says Bill C-10 at odds with principle of arts being at arm's length from political interests.

Apr 16, 2008 — Moncton Times & Transcript

No censorship at play by feds by Charles W. Moore

Author describes Sarah Polley as "lefty activist", argues Bill C-10 will not result in censorship of film and television production.

Apr 16, 2008 — Montreal Gazette

Bloc seeks separation from broadcast regulator by Elizabeth Thompson

Bloc Quebecois readies legislative proposals to set up Quebec provincial communications regulator, opt out of national regulation by the CRTC.

Apr 16, 2008 — Shaw Communications

Letter from Jim Shaw, CEO and Vice Chairman, to Stephen Harper, Prime Minister

Text of letter from Shaw Communications CEO to the Prime Minister concerning CRTC broadcast distribution hearings.

Apr 16, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

TV rules out of touch by Lia Levesque

Quebecor calls for relaxation of distribution rules, contends they were designed for a world that no longer exists.

Apr 16, 2008 — Globe & Mail

TV rules 'outdated,' Quebecor says by Catherine McLean

Quebecor says CRTC rules constrain industry's ability to offer better products such as video-on-demand.

Apr 16, 2008 — Toronto Star

Small TV channels seek cable policing by Rita Trichur

Small independent broadcasters call on CRTC to enforce rules, resolve imbalance of bargaining power with cable and satellite providers.

Apr 16, 2008 — Montreal Gazette

Bell insists throttling Internet services necessary by Sarah Schmidt

The Canadian Association of Internet Providers has asked the CRTC to issue an immediate cease and desist order to stop Bell Canada from "throttling" the web traffic on its networks.

Apr 16, 2008 — National Post

Quebecor Wants To Put TV Customer First by Barbara Shecter

Quebecor tells CRTC to loosen regulation of broadcast distributors, says it would not pass on fee-for-carriage charges to cable subscribers.

Apr 15, 2008 — Canadian Press

Outdated TV rules need change, Quebecor says

Quebecor head says broadcast distribution rules apply to a world that no longer exists, must be relaxed.

Apr 15, 2008 — Canadian Press

Protect children's television, advocacy groups to tell CRTC by Lee-Anne Goodman

Shaw-supported production fund calls on CRTC to protect Canadian children's programming, but says not at odds with Shaw demands that CRTC open up the market to large American channels.

Apr 15, 2008 — CBC News

Deregulation would save Canadian TV industry: Quebecor

Quebecor joins chorus of cable/satellite industry players in calling for industry deregulation, says it would support conventional broadcaster fee-for-carriage, just not for CBC.

Apr 15, 2008 — Waterloo Region Record

A classic protest, but is CBC listening? by Martin DeGroot

Executive Director of Waterloo Regional Arts Council worried about the state of Canadian classical music following changes announced to CBC Radio Two.

Apr 15, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Don't keep us in suspense by Wendy Crewson

Canadian actor argues proposed tax credit bill will place chill on creative community.

Apr 15, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Gaffe offers a way out

Chair of Senate committee studying controversial amendment to tax credit rules for film and television productions reveals Heritage Minister does not support the legislation.

Apr 15, 2008 — Port Hope Evening Guide

Bill will limit creative freedom

Editorial says no government can be trusted with administering a proposed "contrary to public policy" test for film and television production tax credit eligibility.

Apr 14, 2008 — Playback

APTN bows HD channel by Terry Poulton

APTN has launched a new high-definition channel, APTNHD, which will carry 16.5 hours per week of distinctive HD programming.

Apr 14, 2008 — Globe & Mail

The real reason why Corner Gas is ending by John Doyle

Columnist attributes end of hit Canadian production Corner Gas partly to threat of censorship implied by Bill C-10.

Apr 14, 2008 — National Post

Smothered With Money by Marni Soupcoff

Columnist contends public funding of the arts in Canada should be eliminated.

Apr 14, 2008 — CTVglobemedia

Canada's Top Local Anchors Gather in the Nation's Capital for CTV's Celebration of Local News, April 15

CTV to brings its news anchors from across Canada together in Ottawa for a celebration of local news.

Apr 14, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

Give us back our CBC Radio Orchestra by Janet Danielson

Author deconstructs CBC rationale for eliminating Radio Orchestra.

Apr 14, 2008 — Globe & Mail

What's a fan to do when a favourite gets axed? by Kate Taylor

CBC management comments on rationale for rapid drama cancellations and reaction to letters from fans.

Apr 13, 2008 — Playback

Shaw attacks broadcaster protections by Norma Reveler

Shaw calls for reduced CRTC regulation of broadcast distribution on the same day the Canadian Association of Broadcasters credits regulatory intervention with creating the best broadcasting system in the world.

Apr 13, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Note to classical music fans: Get over yourselves by John Doyle

Columnist says Conservative government's plan to restrict tax-credit funding for "unacceptable" film and television content far more troubling than reduction in classical music on CBC Radio 2.

Apr 12, 2008 — Saskatoon Star Phoenix

CBC Radio 2 listeners rally to fight changes by Joanne Paulson

Protests of changes to classical music on CBC Radio cross demographic lines.

Apr 12, 2008 — Victoria Times Colonist

Classical fans protest CBC Radio cuts by Sarah Petrescu

Turnout for Victoria protests against CBC Radio cuts among the largest in the country.

Apr 12, 2008 — Guelph Mercury

CBC changes not music to everyone's ears by Declan Kelly

Reduction in classical music on CBC Radio 2 seen as part of broader and more troubling shift away from "live" and "local" programming on radio.

Apr 12, 2008 — Windsor Star

CBC classical music cuts assailed by Ted Shaw

CBC Radio Two listeners in Windsor lament reduction in classical music.

Apr 12, 2008 — National Post

MTS asks CRTC to drop 'must carry' rules by Barbara Shecter

New TV distribution player calls on CRTC to eliminate requirement to carry "basic" channels.

Apr 12, 2008 — Windsor Star

Old TVs face analogue obsolescence by Ted Shaw

US switch to digital will affect communities like Windsor that receive US-origin programming signals over-the-air.

Apr 12, 2008 — Regina Leader-Post

A symphony of protests

Organizers of cross-Canada protests say changes to classical music on CBC Radio 2 will have far-reaching implications.

Apr 12, 2008 — Edmonton Journal

Local fans join chorus against makeover at CBC Radio by Elizabeth Withey

Attendees at protest in Edmonton criticize programming changes at CBC Radio 2 as a "move to mediocrity".

Apr 12, 2008 — Canadian Press

Internal study shows big corporations scoop up most of federal film credit by Dean Beeby

FRIENDS says government report shows tax credits are essential to Canadian production, calls public investment in the arts one of the cheapest and best investments Canada can make.

Apr 12, 2008 — Toronto Star

CBC Radio's classic mistake by Brent Ledger

Columnist calls transformation of CBC Radio 2 to "another easy listening station" a huge mistake.

Apr 12, 2008 — Calgary Herald

Classical music lovers protest outside CBC

CBC says it would have been more concerned if no one had attended cross-Canada protests of changes to classical music on Radio 2.

Apr 12, 2008 — Toronto Star

Don't pass the Bach, fans say by John Terauds

Facebook, Canadian Broadcasting Centre both serve as venues of protest against changes to CBC Radio 2.

Apr 11, 2008 — Eyeweekly.com

CBC Radio 2 rabble by Marc Weisblott

Article comments on management decisions to revamp Radio Two programming and eliminate CBC Radio Orchestra, and public opposition to the changes.

Apr 11, 2008 — CBC News

Cross-Canada protests decry CBC Radio changes, orchestra's end

Demonstrations held across Canada to protest CBC's decision to shut down Radio Orchestra, implement programming changes on Radio 2.

Apr 11, 2008 — ACTRA

Statement regarding MP Attack on Sarah Polley

ACTRA responds to Conservative MP's negative characterization of actor/filmmaker Sarah Polley following her presentation before Senate Banking Committee concerning Bill C-10.

Apr 11, 2008 — Edmonton Journal

Shaw losing patience with CRTC hearings agenda by Barbara Shecter

CEO of Shaw Communications says distributors need less regulation to keep viewers from migrating to the Internet or illegal satellite services.

Apr 11, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Classical music buffs to protest CBC Radio cuts

Protests planned in Ottawa against changes to CBC Radio 2.

Apr 11, 2008 — Alberni Valley Times

CBC bows to the altar of commercialism by Barry Miller

Columnist says CBC pursuit of "broader commercial appeal" on Radio 2 not consistent with its responsibilities as a public broadcaster.

Apr 11, 2008 — Toronto Star

A back-door entry for U.S. TV programs? by Rita Trichur

Canadian Association of Broadcasters tells CRTC that subscription video-on-demand could allow cable distributors to subvert rules preventing direct broadcasts by US networks in Canada.

Apr 11, 2008 — Montreal Gazette

Satellite, cable firms should have to pay by Peter Hadekel

Satellite distributor defends free access to over-the-air signals for distribution, calls fee-for-carriage proposals "looking for a handout".

Apr 11, 2008 — Victoria News

CBC Orchestra supporters voice opposition to cut by Don Descoteau

Victoria residents spearhead national day of protest against CBC classical music changes.

Apr 11, 2008 — National Post

CRTC 'doesn't get it,' Shaw says by Barbara Schecter

Shaw Communications CEO says cable and satellite distribution rules should be less restrictive, complains that CRTC hearings focused on "old rules and taxes".

Apr 10, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Classical is better than pop - and we know it by Russell Smith

Columnist challenges CBC management talking points rationalizing decision to reduce classical music on Radio 2.

Apr 10, 2008 — Edmonton Journal

"Raise a Ruckus for Radio Two" national day of action organized in more than a dozen Canadian cities to oppose plans to reduce classical music, eliminate CBC Radio Orchestra.

Apr 10, 2008 — Windsor Star

Classical music fan to protest CBC plan by Ted Shaw

Windsor residents join cross-Canada protest against changes to CBC Radio 2.

Apr 10, 2008 — National Post

Bell ExpressVu offers free service, but with a catch by Barbara Shecter

Bell ExpressVu promises free basic services after analogue to digital changeover, if CRTC rejects fee-for-carriage.

Apr 10, 2008 — Playback

Corner Gas looks to shut down by Marise Strauss

Sixth season hit of Canadian comedy Corner Gas to be its last.

Apr 10, 2008 — Playback

Producers call for changes to C-10 by Norma Reveler

Creative community calls for restrictive definition of proposed "contrary to public policy" criterion that would be used to determine eligibility for film and television production tax credits.

Apr 10, 2008 — Hamilton Spectator

'Hands off our cable cash' by Lia Levesque

Distributors tell CRTC that broadcasters should find additional revenues elsewhere than through fee-for-carriage.

Apr 10, 2008 — Canadian Press

Shaw says CRTC must deny new fees for TV networks

Shaw Communications begins campaign against fee-for-carriage proposals weeks prior to formal appearance before CRTC.

Apr 10, 2008 — Straight.com

National protests today against CBC classical-music cuts by Jessica Werb

"Raise a Ruckus for Radio Two" national day of action reflects surge in public opposition to announced changes to CBC Radio Two, dismantling of CBC Radio Orchestra.

Apr 10, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Super Channel voices displeasure by Grant Robertson

Despite having been granted national "must-carry" status by the CRTC, six-month-old Canadian pay television service Super Channel says it has struggled to receive carriage from cable and satellite distributors.

Apr 10, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Is community TV facing its Waterloo? by Marsha Lederman

Future of local grassroots community television hangs in balance at CRTC broadcast distribution hearings.

Apr 10, 2008 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Upcoming changes to Radio 2

CBC Audience Relations response to letter from listener protesting programming changes at CBC Radio 2.

Apr 9, 2008 — Montreal Gazette

Too little, too late for Toronto Broadcasting Corp. by Bill Brownstein

Columnist says CBC Television proposal to provide English-language coverage of Montreal Canadiens games during playoffs contrasts with complete lack of such coverage at other times.

Apr 9, 2008 — Chatham This Week

Radio not as diverse as Canada by Peter Epp

Editorial criticizes decision to reformulate CBC Radio 2 to easy listening, relegate classical music to off-hours.

Apr 9, 2008 — National Post

Rogers disagrees with his own executives at CRTC hearing by Barbara Shecter

Rogers CEO disagrees with own executives in presentations before CRTC hearings on broadcast distribution regulation.

Apr 9, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Cable watchers likely to take a walk rather than pay for carriage by Mark Anderson

Columnist claims cable and satellite subscribers will cancel or downgrade their subscriptions and pursue Internet and illegal grey market broadcasting services if fee-for-carriage proposal is adopted.

Apr 9, 2008 — Canadian Press

XM Canada says subscribers are up, losses are down

In spite of growth in subscriber base and revenue, satellite radio provider XM Canada continues to operate at a loss.

Apr 9, 2008 — Globe & Mail

BCE tangled up in TV fee fight by Grant Robertson

Bell Canada takes negative view of fee-for-carriage despite its ownership stake in CTV.

Apr 9, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Rogers vows to collect if cable fees a go by Grant Robertson

Despite opposition to fee-for-carriage as a cable distributor, Rogers says its own broadcasting operations will not opt out if fee-for-carriage is adopted by the CRTC.

Apr 8, 2008 — Moncton Times & Transcript

TV networks crying poor, all the way to the CRTC by Phil Lind

Op-ed by Rogers vice-chairman outlines arguments against fee-for-carriage proposal.

Apr 8, 2008 — Windsor Star

CRTC trusted, poll finds by Alex Strachan

Poll co-sponsored by FRIENDS finds two-thirds of Canadians trust the CRTC and expect the federal government to preserve Canadian identity and culture on television.

Apr 8, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Rogers calls for restructuring of television by Grant Robertson

CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein questions Rogers assertion that fee-for-carriage would cause a consumer revolt, noting that annual fee increases have not decreased subscribers.

Apr 8, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Lantos gets the cold shoulder by Grant Robertson

Goldman Sachs, new co-owner of Alliance Atlantis, sells international rights to some of Canada's best-known films and television shows to US distributor, despite bids by Canadians.

Apr 8, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Canadian dailies faring well by Grant Robertson

Canadian daily newspapers avoid steep revenue decline experienced in the US.

Apr 8, 2008 — CTV Television

Cable War by Lloyd Robertson and Graham Richardson

CTV television news quotes spokespersons from Rogers, CTV and FRIENDS on CRTC broadcast distribution hearings.

Apr 8, 2008 — Mediacaster

TV Viewers Don't Trust De-regulated Distribution: Survey

FRIENDS co-sponsored survey finds Canadians place a public trust on the federal government and its agencies to ensure Canadian identity and values are reflected on television.

Apr 8, 2008 — Toronto Star

Companies argue about what you want on TV by Rita Trichur

FRIENDS releases joint poll showing Canadian subscribers believe reduction in regulatory "burden" sought by cable industry is likely to reduce choice in Canadian programs available on TV.

Apr 8, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Television hearings lead to odd corporate liaisons by Deirdre McMurdy

CRTC broadcast distribution hearings are exposing divisions within integrated companies and unusual corporate alliances.

Apr 8, 2008 — Calgary Herald

CBC Radio One rules ratings by Heath McCoy

CBC Radio One ranked top radio station in Calgary by BBM.

Apr 8, 2008 — National Day of Action

Nationwide Rally for CBC Orchestra and Radio2 Friday April 11

Details of cross-Canada rallies taking place Friday, April 11 to protest changes to CBC Radio Orchestra and CBC Radio2.

Apr 7, 2008 — Globe & Mail

TV cable fees pit Rogers against networks by Grant Robertson

Rogers says it stands ready to challenge the decision if CRTC agrees to grant fee-for-carriage for conventional broadcasters.

Apr 7, 2008 — CBC News

CRTC has deregulation agenda in hearings on cable, satellite

More than half of Canadians believe Canada's TV production industry would not survive if cable and satellite industry were deregulated, says FRIENDS co-sponsored poll.

Apr 7, 2008 — St. Catharines Standard

Much at stake at CRTC hearings by Julian Beltrame

FRIENDS says CRTC television distribution rules give Canadians among the greatest choice of television programming in the world.

Apr 7, 2008 — Cartt.ca

Deregulated TV distributors aren't trusted to promote and deliver Cancon: poll

Pollara survey co-sponsored by FRIENDS shows three-quarters of Canadians believe less cable and satellite regulation would reduce Canadian program choice on TV.

Apr 7, 2008 — National Post

Hot-Button Issues by Barbara Shecter

FRIENDS is sceptical of big cable's prediction that fee-for-carriage would result in a loss of subscribers any more than the fee increases cable companies routinely levy.

Apr 7, 2008 — Business News Network

FRIENDS on BNN's SqueezePlay

Video of FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, talking about upcoming CRTC hearings on possible rule changes for cable monopolies.

Apr 6, 2008 — Toronto Star

CBC Radio 2 devotees face classic conundrum by John Terauds

Referring to changes to Radio 2, columnists notes that CBC's mandate includes respecting the cultural diversity of Canada.

Apr 5, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Broadcasters keep careful watch on the NHL standings by William Houston

Columnist says that for CBC executives a NHL playoff schedule that involves Canadian teams playing on Saturday nights will have a potentially huge impact on playoff programming, audiences and advertising.

Apr 5, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Bell faces backlash from smaller ISPs by Matt Hartley

The Canadian Association of Internet Providers is alleging that Bell Canada's plans to throttle Web traffic on its networks is part of a larger plan to implement a tiered Internet pricing program.

Apr 5, 2008 — Cape Breton Post

CRTC to hold key hearings on broadcast industry as industry debates new landscape by Julian Beltrame

FRIENDS says that if the upcoming hearings on cable deregulation go in the industry's favour Canadians could find that they have "less a Canadian broadcast system, and more an American system".

Apr 5, 2008 — Toronto Star

Tuned in or tuned out? by Rita Trichur

FRIENDS says Rogers, Shaw, Cogeco and Videotron operate as "territorial monopolies," making their push for more deregulation troubling.

Apr 4, 2008 — Campaign for Democratic Media

CDM Disappointed in CRTC Rejection of Community Television Proposal

Media reform network is disappointed in the CRTC's recent decision to deny an application for the creation of a community television channel to serve fourteen communities in British Columbia and Alberta.

Apr 4, 2008 — Canadian Press

CBC protests to Chinese envoy over Beijing's blocking of its websites

CBC president Hubert Lacroix has formally complained to Chinese officials about the continued blocking of CBC websites in China.

Apr 4, 2008 — Toronto Sun

Chinese politics an Olympic concern for CBC by Bill Harris

CBC executive vice-president of English services Richard Stursberg promises the public broadcaster will maintain its journalistic standards while covering the Olympic Games in Beijing.

Apr 4, 2008 — National Post

Bitove's TV network licence bid denied by Barbara Shecter

In rejecting HDTV Networks' bid to launch a new television network, the CRTC said that the promised two hours of local programming would not be in keeping with policies on network television.

Apr 3, 2008 — Canadian Press

CBC to close Calgary unit of Newsworld, but will add local news jobs

FRIENDS says CBC management is centralizing too much editorial decision-making in Toronto.

Apr 3, 2008 — CBC News

CBC to cut Calgary Newsworld unit, hire more Alberta reporters

FRIENDS says CBC should reduce the bureaucratic over-burden of senior management levels at the broadcast centre in Toronto, and deploy more resources to on-the-round news-gathering.

Apr 3, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

CBC News increases resources devoted to Alberta coverage

CBC says it is moving the Calgary production of CBC Newsworld to Toronto and adding new journalists based in Calgary and Edmonton.

Apr 3, 2008 — Straight.com

Axing of CBC orchestra ignites protest by Jessica Werb

Columnist says a national uproar has ensued from the news that the Vancouver-based CBC Radio Orchestra is to be dismantled.

Apr 3, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Producers to help draft guidelines, minister says by Gloria Galloway

The Canadian Heritage Minister says she would allow members of the entertainment industry to draft guidelines to establish what would not qualify for film and television tax credits.

Apr 3, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Cue the violins by Ken Rockburn

A former CBC radio and TV host says giving new programming exposure on Radio 2 is a step in the right direction.

Apr 3, 2008 — CBC News

CRTC turns down plan for nationwide HDTV network

The CRTC has turned down John Bitove's application to start a high-definition television network because it would provide little regional programming.

Apr 2, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

CTVglobemedia Names Chris Gordon President, CHUM Radio

CTVglobemedia has announced that Chris Gordon has been appointed President of the Company's Radio Division.

Apr 2, 2008 — Cartt.ca

Is fee-for-carriage a new tax or an overdue necessity? by Greg O'Brien

Article outlines the arguments on both sides of the fee-for-carriage debate that will soon be before CRTC commissioners.

Apr 2, 2008 — S-VOX

CRTC approves S-VOX purchase of stations in Vancouver, Winnipeg

S-VOX has been cleared to purchase CHNU-TV in Vancouver and CIIT-TV in Winnipeg from Rogers Media.

Apr 2, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Networks see little profit in online broadcasting by Catherine McLean & Grant Robertson

A new report indicates online broadcasting, despite its growing popularity, does not make nearly as much money as traditional TV.

Apr 2, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Classical fans riled at CBC by Marsha Lederman

Supporters of classical music gathered outside the CBC's Vancouver offices to protest the decision to disband the CBC Radio Orchestra.

Apr 2, 2008 — Globe & Mail

MVP picked up in U.S. after CBC put series on ice by Gayle MacDonald

Three weeks after CBC Television pulled the plug on MVP: The Secret Lives of Hockey Wives, an American cable network, SOAPnet, has signed a deal to purchase the first season of the show.

Apr 2, 2008 — Saskatoon StarPhoenix

CBC's classical cuts go from bad to worse by Joanne Paulson

FRIENDS referenced in an article following the CBC's changing relationship with classical music.

Apr 2, 2008 — National Post

Bill to reduce TV violence missing its target by John Ivison

Columnist says a private members' bill that seeks to reduce the amount of violence shown on television before 9 p.m. is not likely to pass.

Apr 2, 2008 — Toronto Star

Smaller players have a role by Bill Roberts

The President and CEO of S-VOX says Canada's broadcasting industry needs effective and efficient regulation to ensure that a diversity of Canadian broadcasters, both large and small, enjoy access to distribution.

Apr 2, 2008 — CBC News

Hands off our network, Bell tells CRTC by Peter Nowak

Columnist says Bell Canada's application to the courts to scrap mandated access by competitors to its network could jeopardize some smaller companies that sell phone and internet services.

Apr 2, 2008 — Toronto Star

Two views of the cable TV debate

Executives for Rogers and CTVglobemedia offer competing opinions on the debate over "fee-for-carriage" of local TV stations.

Apr 1, 2008 — standonguardforcbcradio

Stand on Guard for CBC Radio and the CBC Radio Orchestra by Sandra Bruneau

Blog posting on the recent demonstration at the CBC Vancouver building protesting the decision to disband the CBC radio orchestra.

Apr 1, 2008 — Bell

HBO and Bell deliver premium TV programming to mobile phones

Bell Mobility has announced a deal with the U.S. network HBO to deliver full episodes of HBO series on-demand to mobile phones.

Apr 1, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CBC-TV to drop Royal Canadian Air Farce by Lee-Anne Goodman

CBC-TV's long-running comedy show, The Royal Canadian Air Farce, is ending its 15-year run, reportedly

Apr 1, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

Union appeals CRTC ruling to Federal Court of Appeal

Canada's largest media union is seeking a public hearing into Canwest Media's restructuring plans that will move control and production of local newscasts and lay off two hundred people.

Apr 1, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Now it's my turn to ask Richard Stursberg a few things by John Doyle

Columnist says news and current affairs at CBC-TV is the benchmark by which the public broadcaster is measured and the marker of value to its core audience.

Apr 1, 2008 — Toronto Star

Bell throttles its Internet competitors by Michael Geist

Columnist says the viability of an important piece of the Canadian Internet connectivity puzzle has been put at risk due to Bell's plans to "throttle" its wholesale Internet services.

Apr 1, 2008 — National Post

Closure of CBC orchestra hits sour notes by Matthew Coutts

Article discusses a grassroots letter writing campaign that has started to protest the disbanding of the CBC Radio Orchestra.

Apr 1, 2008 — Calgary Herald

Liberals shuffle roles of critics

Outspoken Montreal MP Denis Coderre has been shifted to the role of Liberal Party critic for Canadian Heritage.

Mar 31, 2008 — Playback

Bill C-327: another form of censorship by Ronald Cohen

The national chair of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council says a Bloc Québécois private member's bill is "dangerous on a censorship basis".

Mar 31, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian union decries ISP bandwidth issues by Etan Vlessing

The National Union of Public and General Employees is asking the CRTC to investigate online "traffic shaping" by Internet service providers after an attempt by the CBC to offer programming via BitTorrent was hampered.

Mar 31, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Dust-up at the CBC: Culture, 1 by John Doyle

Columnist describes an interesting encounter between Canadian actor RH Thomson and CBC's Executive vice-president of CBC English Services over the role of Canada's public broadcaster.

Mar 31, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa looks at putting HBO, ESPN on cable by Grant Robertson

Columnist says a controversial plan that would let top-rated U.S. cable networks such as HBO, ESPN and Nickelodeon into the Canadian market will be considered by broadcast regulators.

Mar 31, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Executive scoffs at prospect of ESPN in Canada by William Houston

A Rogers Communications executive says the company conditionally favours the CRTC allowing more foreign television into Canada, but that ESPN coming to Canada is unlikely.

Mar 31, 2008 — National Post

Sirius-XM Merger Could Ding CanCon by Vito Pilieci

FRIENDS says if the proposed merger of Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio in the United States goes ahead we will see the Canadian tail getting wagged by the American dog.

Mar 29, 2008 — Globe & Mail

There's more to intelligent radio than classical music by Richard Stursberg

CBC's executive vice-president of CBC English Services says classical music will still have a home on a revamped Radio 2.

Mar 29, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Mr. President, will you fight for a CBC of intelligence? by Jeffrey Simpson

Columnist tells the President of the CBC that the public broadcaster's mandate is to treat its audience intelligently.

Mar 29, 2008 — Toronto Star

A CBC without an orchestra can be sound step for Radio 2 by John Terauds

Columnist says that CBC is a portal of Canadian culture to the world and that recent changes to Radio 2 may result in a truer reflection of the country.

Mar 29, 2008 — Edmonton Journal

CBC strikes sour note

Editorial says CBC will upset its loyal, loud, influential classical music listeners at its own peril.

Mar 29, 2008 — National Post

Did The CBC Get Spooked? by Kevin Baker

Columnist says there is a theory that CBC Television cancelled the drama 'Intelligence' in fear of upsetting the Conservative government.

Mar 29, 2008 — National Post

CRTC mulls CanCon rules for TV imports by Barbara Shecter

Columnist says the CRTC is considering whether U.S. networks that broadcast in Canada should have to pay for the creation of Canadian programs.

Mar 28, 2008 — Straight.com

A battle to save the CBC Radio Orchestra by Jessica Werb

String of decisions by CBC management significantly diminish the public broadcaster's role in classical music.

Mar 28, 2008 — The Collaborative Piano Blog

Did the Hockey Strike Kill the CBC Orchestra? by Laurie Townsend

The Concerts and Communications Manager of the UBC School of Music theorizes that the loss of revenue caused by the NHL hockey strike in 2004-2005 has resulted in cuts at the CBC.

Mar 28, 2008 — Media Post

The Troubled News Media

A report on the state of the news media says news is shifting from being a product - newspaper, Web site or newscast - to becoming a service.

Mar 28, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

CBC Radio Orchestra axed by Lloyd Dykk

The dismantling of the CBC Radio Orchestra is being called "a tragic event, both culturally and economically, for the musical life of the region and of the nation."

Mar 28, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CBC to dismantle radio orchestra by Marsha Lederman

FRIENDS says more cuts are likely ahead at the CBC, especially if the Stephen Harper Conservatives win a majority in the next election.

Mar 28, 2008 — National Post

CRTC approves $52-billion takeover of BCE, with conditions

The CRTC is charged with ensuring the control of Bell's broadcast assets, including satellite TV operator ExpressVu and media firm CTVglobemedia remains in Canadian hands.

Mar 27, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Heavy web downloaders face broadband fees by Matt Hartley

Rogers plans to introduce tiered Internet service that will not only charge users for a designated connection speed, but also cap how much bandwidth they can use in a month.

Mar 27, 2008 — Campaign for Democratic Media

Canada must adopt legislation to stop Bell Canada from shortchanging the public, says coalition

A coalition of civil society organizations, academics and grassroots media activists, is calling for the federal government to adopt enforceable net neutrality legislation.

Mar 27, 2008 — CBC News

CBC launches bold and documentary digital channels

CBC strikes foreign programming deals and offers two new digital channels.

Mar 26, 2008 — Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Radio 2 listeners lose in CBC revamp by Joanne Paulson

Columnist says the CBC won't draw in more listeners to Radio 2 if it alienates its traditional audience.

Mar 26, 2008 — CBC News

ISPs limit access to CBC download, users say

Viewers say their access to a CBC program delivered with BitTorrent was restricted by their internet service providers.

Mar 25, 2008 — Toronto Sun

Keeping the Ontario in TVO by Lisa de Wilde

The Chief Executive Officer of TVO says that despite closing down its legislative building office, the public broadcaster will still provide in-depth analysis and debate of Ontario political issues.

Mar 25, 2008 — Globe & Mail

U.S. ruling sets clock ticking on radio deal by Grant Robertson

Columnist says that if approved by the FCC a $9-billion satellite radio merger-to-monopoly in the U.S. would likely force Canada's XM and Sirius into a merger.

Mar 25, 2008 — National Post

Local Broadcasters Deserve A Fair Share by Charlotte Bell

The senior vice-president of Canwest Media says her company provides a valuable community service and has to meet "costly Canadian programming obligations", therefore deserves fee-for-carriage of local TV signals.

Mar 25, 2008 — National Post

The Case Against Fee-For-Carriage by Phil Lind

The vice chairman of Rogers Communications says fee-for-carriage of local TV signals would force Canadians to feed exaggerated investor expectations, underwrite the cost of media acquisitions and reward inadequate business planning.

Mar 24, 2008 — CBC News

Google wants to turn unused TV airwaves into wireless internet

The internet search giant is pressing the U.S. government to open up airwave 'white space' for unlicensed use in hopes of enabling more widespread, affordable internet access.

Mar 24, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Giants prep for ad war by Anick Jesdanun

Ad executive says if newspapers, magazines and broadcasters cannot expand online ad inventory, they are "under threat of becoming less and less relevant to the advertiser."

Mar 24, 2008 — Toronto Star

CBC steps boldly into BitTorrent's Brave New World by Michael Geist

Columnist says CBC's willingness to experiment with alternative forms of distribution is part of its mandate to make programming "available throughout Canada by the most appropriate and efficient means."

Mar 24, 2008 — Globe & Mail

China shuts down 25 websites by Min Lee

The Chinese broadcast regulator says it will shut down or punish dozens of video-sharing Web sites for carrying content deemed pornographic, violent or a threat to national security.

Mar 22, 2008 — National Post

Making The Most Of A Merger by Adam McDowell

Article examines the complex relationship between Toronto's twin news organizations CityNews and CP24 after they were purchased by Rogers and CTV, respectively.

Mar 22, 2008 — Toronto Star

Can we police Canadian content on the Internet? by Chris Sorensen and Rita Trichur

The CRTC is calling for further "discussion and validation" on regulating Canadian content on the Internet.

Mar 21, 2008 — Kamloops Daily News

Hanging on a digital wave by Mike Youds

Kamloops activist says the switch to digital TV broadcasting will erode access to local programming and will force low income earners to spend on cable packages or a converter.

Mar 20, 2008 — Playback

Global renews three series by Sean Davidson

Global TV has ordered second seasons of Canadian series The Guard, The Best Years and 'da Kink in My Hair.

Mar 20, 2008 — The Canadian Journalism Project

Criticize CanWest, get sued by Deborah Jones

The target of a CanWest libel suit says the action can be inferred to be "fear of competing perspectives invariably communicated outside of the control of their editorial boardroom."

Mar 20, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

The Government of Canada Supports Community Radio Stations

The Heritage Minister announces $539,471 to establish and manage community radio stations.

Mar 20, 2008 — Media Post

Younger Online News Consumers Are Not Newspaper Readers by Jack Loechner

Study shows younger people are more likely to get their news online rather than from

Mar 20, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CanWest's latest battle: a 'fake newspaper' by Patricia Best

CanWest has launched a lawsuit against the publishers of a four-page parody of the Vancouver Sun newspaper.

Mar 20, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Sounds like Canada is furious at CBC Radio by Russell Smith

Columnist details actions people can take if they wish to comment on programming changes to CBC Radio 2.

Mar 20, 2008 — National Post

CBC experiments with Bit Torrent downloads; 'Progressive Approach' by David George-Cosh

Analyst warns that CBC's experiment with Bit Torrent downloads may be hurt by "traffic shaping" policies by internet service providers such as Rogers and Bell.

Mar 19, 2008 — Gulf Islands Driftwood

Riches of music out the door with gutting of CBC FM

Op-ed writer fears changes to CBC Radio 2 will make the public broadcaster less relevant and Canada's cultural landscape much poorer.

Mar 19, 2008 — Playback

Watchdog applauds disclosure of CBC expenses by Patricia Bailey

FRIENDS says CBC executives should publish their expenses online on a quarterly basis.

Mar 19, 2008 — Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Canwest programs give boost to writers

Article says the Canwest Emerging Writers Program and the Canwest Showrunner Training Program will nurture emerging writers in order to encourage the growth of the television series business in Canada.

Mar 18, 2008 — Playback

Broadcasters split $275M from CTF by Marise Strauss

Television broadcasters and producers will have about $275 million in Canadian Television Fund money at their disposal for 2008/09.

Mar 18, 2008 — Michael Geist

CBC To Release Program DRM-Free Via BitTorrent by Michael Geist

Columnist says that the CBC is set to become the first major North American broadcaster to freely release one of its programs without Digital Rights Management using BitTorrent.

Mar 18, 2008 — Sault Ste. Marie Star

If CBC didn't hitch its wagon to one star, program quality might rise by Tom Mills

Columnist says the CBC shouldn't be reliant on the success of the Toronto Maple Leafs for ad revenue to fund other programming.

Mar 17, 2008 — Playback

Artistic expression versus the Christian right by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says that The Tories would rather that homegrown films no longer challenged, transgressed or helped define Canadian society, but were instead popular and pointless.

Mar 17, 2008 — Playback

National funding sources in Canada

Digest of national funding and investment sources available for Canadian independent film and television program development, production and/or distribution.

Mar 17, 2008 — Playback

Tories' true colors emerging Mark Dillon

Columnist says that a perceived hidden agenda against culture could hurt the Conservative party in the next federal election.

Mar 17, 2008 — Toronto Sun

What's up at TVOntario? by Christine Blizzard

Columnist says that instead of tinkering with sponsorship programs, it might be time for TVOntario to move away from public funding and start accepting advertising.

Mar 17, 2008 — Ottawa Sun

Public picks up fat cat tab by Peter Zimonjic

CBC forced to defend expenses of top executives obtained though Access to Information requests.

Mar 17, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CBS gets into the widget business

Television stations owned by CBS are launching an online advertising initiative using online modules which can be easily added to Web sites and updated throughout the day.

Mar 15, 2008 — Globe & Mail

TVO leaves the legislature by Murray Campbell

Ontario's public broadcaster has closed its office at the provincial legislature.

Mar 15, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Don't believe everything they say on TV by Derek DeCloet

Columnist says that conventional TV broadcasters face the same challenges as music companies, newspapers and magazine publishers and do not need a bailout from consumers.

Mar 15, 2008 — National Post

Inside the mind of the CBC by Theo Caldwell

The president of Caldwell Asset Management says the CBC should air public hearings and service announcements instead of drama programming.

Mar 15, 2008 — Maclean's

Man the barricades! Film tax credits are taking fire! by Andrew Coyne

Columnist says the government has every right to decide how public money is spent on film and TV.

Mar 14, 2008 — Playback

CTV adds radio simulcast to Junos by Jesse Kohl

CTV says it will simulcast the 2008 Juno Awards across conventional TV, specialty TV, the Internet and radio.

Mar 14, 2008 — Playback

Hidden perks in Bill C-10 by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says controversial Bill C-10 contains elements that film and TV executives have urged Ottawa to enact such as greater transparency and first-time assistance for script development.

Mar 14, 2008 — Toronto Star

Feds' take mainstream definition to extreme by Peter Howell

Columnist says Canadian Heritage Minister Josee Verner hasn't sufficiently explained why the federal government needs to be involved in approving films for funding.

Mar 14, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Dialling out, and in: CBC Radio 2 by Gerald B. Sperling

Letter to the editor says the CBC should be an alternative to private broadcasting, not a mirror image.

Mar 13, 2008 — Playback

CBC expands Heartland by Marise Strauss

The producer of CBC's 'Heartland' says he is happy with the level of promotion for the family drama - CBC executive says there will be less promotion for its second season.

Mar 13, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

Historic broadcasts come to life on CBC Digital Archives Website - cbc.ca/archives

CBC online archive boasts a collection of 12,000 historic radio and television clips.

Mar 13, 2008 — Globe & Mail

A third of teens spend 40 hours a week watching TV and surfing the Net by Tralee Pearce

New research shows Canadian teenagers are spending an average of 30 hours a week in front of the television and computer screen - double the amount recommended by health officials.

Mar 13, 2008 — Globe & Mail

After the strike, it's all changed by Grant Robertson

Networks in Canada and the United States are preparing for a smaller number of new series to be completed for the coming fall season.

Mar 13, 2008 — Globe & Mail

No classical? Then kill Radio 2 and get it over with by Russell Smith

Commenting on CBC Radio 2 programming changes, columnist says that a radio station that is indistinguishable from commercial stations has no reason to receive government support.

Mar 13, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Tune in to popular and smart by Richard Stursberg

The executive vice-president, CBC English Services says Intelligence, MVP and jPod were unable to attract an audience sufficient to sustain them.

Mar 12, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian radio wants top 40 rule relaxed by Etan Vlessing

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters, which represents major private radio stations, is urging the CRTC to ease regulation limiting FM radio stations use of top 40 hits.

Mar 12, 2008 — Halifax Chronicle Herald

Patrone got CRTC call from top MacKay aide by Stephen Maher

Columnist says it is likely Defense Minister Peter MacKay was responsible for choosing a former Conservative party candidate as a CRTC commissioner.

Mar 12, 2008 — Playback

Canwest just wants 'to get to work' by Tamsen Tillson

Article looks at challenges and opportunities for independent producers working with a now merged CanWest/Alliance Atlantis.

Mar 12, 2008 — CBC News

Tories' Baird, CBC's Layfield make list of top young global leaders

CBC Television's programming director has been named as a young global leader by the World Economic Forum.

Mar 12, 2008 — Globe & Mail

A better lot for women, the arts by Josée Verner

Minister for Canadian Heritage takes exception to an article that implies a lack of engagement with the arts.

Mar 12, 2008 — Barrie Examiner

CBC excuse a lame one

Editorial says CBC executives blaming another mediocre Toronto Maple Leafs season for the axing of new CBC shows is nothing but lame.

Mar 11, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Cash-strapped TQS finds buyer in Remstar by Grant Robertson

Remstar Corp., a film production and distribution company, is the winning bidder for TQS, the cash-strapped French-language network owned by Cogeco and CTVglobemedia.

Mar 11, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

Everyone is jumping on the cultural, creator levy bandwagon by Michael Geist

Some cultural and creator groups are advocating for the CRTC to establish a mandatory ISP contribution of 2.5 per cent of broadband revenue to help fund Canadian new media content creation.

Mar 11, 2008 — National Post

Censoring Canada's filmmakers by stealth by Arnie Gelbart

CEO and executive producer of Gala-film says Bill C-10 puts at risk a $5-billion-a-year cultural industry that employs 127,000 Canadians.

Mar 11, 2008 — Toronto Star

Leafs blamed for CBC cancellations by Rob Salem

After being asked to slash costs or be cut to make up for ad revenue shortfall, MVP producer says "I'm never going to another frickin' Leafs game ever again."

Mar 11, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Dismal Leafs partly to blame for MVP axing

MVP producer was warned by CBC's programming director that if the Leafs failed to make the Stanley Cup playoffs, the public broadcaster would take a $10-million hit that would put some of the network's drama programs at risk.

Mar 11, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Disney eyes $1-billion in Internet revenue by Ryan Nakashima

The Walt Disney Co. expects to collect $1-billion (U.S.) in revenue from online content this fiscal year.

Mar 10, 2008 — Globe & Mail

You've got to question CBC's intelligence by John Doyle

Columnist says CBC's strategy to become popular and younger has not only failed, it has alienated its loyal supporter base.

Mar 8, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Award-winning radio dramatist wrote more than 1,200 plays and screenplays by Sandra Martin

Columnist says writer Len Peterson became increasingly distressed by management policies at the CBC.

Mar 8, 2008 — CBC News

CBC VP apologizes to francophone artists for edited broadcast

CBC executive vice-president Richard Stursberg has sent a formal apology to Quebec artists whose performances were not included in a TV broadcast of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame gala.

Mar 8, 2008 — CBC News

Shelagh Rogers leaving Sounds Like Canada

CBC Radio's Shelagh Rogers, host of Radio One's Sounds Like Canada, will be leaving the show at the end of May.

Mar 8, 2008 — Globe & Mail

A Heritage minister on the hot seat by Jane Taber

She snubbed the Genies, her party stands accused of promoting censorship, but Josée Verner insists she is a friend of the arts.

Mar 8, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

Here we go again: art, politics and censorship by Peter McKnight

Columnist says throughout history, governments, especially those of a totalitarian mindset, have shut down art they didn't like.

Mar 8, 2008 — National Post

Uproar over 'contrary to public policy' by Joseph Brean

Columnist notes that the Liberals moved to strip tax credits from film and video productions deemed "contrary to public policy" in 2003 with little fanfare.

Mar 8, 2008 — National Post

Corus to buy CLT channel for $73-million by Barbara Shecter

Analysts calls Canadian Learning Television "beach-front property" on the analogue TV dial.

Mar 8, 2008 — Edmonton Journal

Corus buys city-based specialty channel Bill Maher

FRIENDS says the buyout of Edmonton-based Canadian Learning Television by Corus might mean a consolidation of some services in Toronto.

Mar 7, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian TV in border skirmish by Etan Vlessing

FRIENDS says the Canadian broadcasting industry is addicted to simulcasting Hollywood programming.

Mar 7, 2008 — CBC News

CBC renews The Border, cuts JPod, MVP

CBC announces that a number of reality series have been renewed, but the dramas, MVP, jPod and Intelligence have not.

Mar 7, 2008 — CBC News

CRTC chief calls for power to issue fines for broadcast offenses

Konrad von Finckenstein has called for increased enforcement powers for the CRTC that would allow it to fine broadcasters who break content rules.

Mar 7, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

Just cancelled: CBC's jPod by Marke Andrews

Producer of the Vancouver shot TV series says the CBC did not adequately promote the show.

Mar 7, 2008 — Toronto Star

Mayor miller speaks out

Toronto city council has joined the Toronto Film Board to oppose the federal government bill that could deny tax credits to TV and movie productions deemed to have "offensive content."

Mar 7, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

Indecency fines on CRTC agenda by Etan Vlessing

In the latest sign of a government crackdown on excessive sex and violence in domestic films and TV shows, the CRTC has called for the first-ever fines for broadcast indecency.

Mar 7, 2008 — Toronto Star

TV stations say rules on violence not needed by Rita Trichur

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council says a bill that would require the CRTC to craft and enforce rules on television violence is unnecessary because private broadcasters are already tackling the issue through self-regulation.

Mar 7, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Peach Arch cancels bid for ContentFilms by Grand Robertson and Gayle MacDonald

Canadian film company Peace Arch Entertainment has scrapped plans to buy UK-based ContentFilms, a company at the centre of a debate over the purchase of several hundred hours of CBC programs.

Mar 7, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Corus buys Canadian Learning Television

Subject to CRTC approval, Corus Entertainment plans to buy the Canadian Learning Television specialty channel from CTVglobemedia for $73-million.

Mar 6, 2008 — The Canadian Journalism Foundation

Michael Geist describes 'The New Normal' during talk on E-publishing and the Law by by Roger Cullman

An expert on law and the internet discusses issues such as copyright, net neutrality, cultural funding, and the definition of a journalist.

Mar 6, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Digital copyright rules still in limbo by Guy Dixon

Columnist says the Conservatives, who were on the brink of introducing new copyright legislation in December, now might not do so in their minority government.

Mar 6, 2008 — Vancouver Province

Filmmakers yell 'Cut!' at Tory plan by John Bermingham

B.C.'s TV and movie makers say a proposed tax law allowing Ottawa to claw back tax credits from offensive productions could have a devastating impact on the province's $1.2-billion industry.

Mar 5, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Self-censorship, the great Canadian weakness by John Doyle

Columnist sees parallels between Jim Shaw's attack on the CTV and the Conservative bit to rescinded tax credits for TV and film productions deemed "offensive."

Mar 5, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Hollywood productions can dodge proposed tax rule by Gayle MacDonald

Under the proposed changes to federal tax legislation, Canadian films that receive public funding may be scrutinized by the government for their moral suitability, yet Hollywood films shot in Canada that have applied for tax credits will get a free pass.

Mar 5, 2008 — Toronto Star

No tax guidelines, no worries, right? by Martin Knelman

Jim Abbott, parliamentary secretary to Heritage Minister Josee Verner, told Heritage Committee members guidelines for awarding tax credits for film and TV shows judged contrary to public policy don't exist yet, claiming they won't be drawn up until the legislation is passed.

Mar 5, 2008 — Canadian Press

Senate Liberals vow to protect film industry from government bill by Joan Bryden

Senate Liberals are vowing to ensure that a controversial Conservative government bill doesn't wind up becoming a tool to censor Canadian films and television programs.

Mar 5, 2008 — Toronto Sun

Tories' income tax bill is offensive by Kerry Thompson

Filmmaker David Cronenberg says tax credit changes "is akin to a Communist Chinese panel of unknown people, who, behind closed doors, will make a second ruling after bodies like Telefilm Canada have already invested."

Mar 5, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Domestic TV orbits planet Hollywood by Grant Robertson

Columnist says Canada's commercial TV networks spent $107-million more on foreign programming than on Canadian programming last year, the widest gap between Hollywood productions and locally made content the industry has ever seen.

Mar 5, 2008 — Toronto Star

Content debate hits new flashpoint by Rita Trichur

The Writers Guild of Canada says broadcasters outside of Quebec spent 12.6 times more on foreign drama than they spent on similar Canadian productions.

Mar 5, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Radio 2 plans less weekday classical music by Guy Dixon

CBC plans to play less classical music weekday mornings and late afternoons and more pop - aiming to appeal to a broader audience.

Mar 5, 2008 — National Post

Private TV profit rises amid concerns by Barbara Shecter

Rogers say profit improvements in 2007 are "powerful evidence" that conventional broadcasters such as CTV, Global and the CBC don't need new fees from television distribution companies.

Mar 5, 2008 — CRTC

CRTC reveals financial results for conventional television in Canada

CRTC says Canadian private broadcasters spent $721.9 million on foreign programming in 2007; an increase of 4.9% over the $688.3 million spent in 2006.

Mar 4, 2008 — CBC News

Private broadcasters decreased Canadian program spending

CRTC data show Canada's private broadcasters increased their spending on foreign TV shows in 2007 and reduced spending on Canadian programming.

Mar 4, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Tyee hooked in court spat with CanWest by Patricia Best

An online news outlet and CanWest are locked in a legal dispute over a column criticizing the departure of two cartoonists who worked for The Province.

Mar 4, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Profits of private conventional TV stations on rise

CRTC data show profits at Canada's private conventional television stations improved to $112.9 -million in 2007 from $90.9-million a year earlier.

Mar 4, 2008 — National Post

Decency Rule Would Imperil Film And TV Funding, Say Producers by Martha Worboy

The Canadian Film and Television Production Association says an amendment to a federal tax credit program may devastate Canadian film and television production.

Mar 4, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CRTC eases up on regulation of wholesale services by Catherine McLean

The CRTC will stop regulating rates that telephone giants charge smaller players to use phone and data networks.

Mar 3, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Heritage Teased by Siri Agrell

Richard Stursberg, CBC executive vice-president of English services, pokes fun at a government proposal to deny tax credits to productions containing offensive content.

Mar 3, 2008 — Globe & Mail

The Hipsters are having fun? Time to amend legislation by John Doyle

Columnist suggests that a Conservative bid to amend tax legislation for Canadian TV and movies demonstrates a lack of tolerance.

Mar 3, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Bringing good taste to a cinema near you by Rick Mercer

Humorist defends a proposed tax credit change for Canadian movies as Prime Minister Harper.

Mar 3, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Tory tax manoeuvre may be scripting fatal uncertainty into Canadian cinema by Paul McEwan

A Canadian cinema professor says Telefilm Canada already makes assessments about what to support with tax-dollar grants, so a Conservative government proposal would add another bureaucratic layer of censorship.

Mar 3, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

Adbusters Demands Canwest, the CBC and the CRTC Stop Blocking Citizen-Produced Advertising

Adbusters wants Canwest and CBC to allow citizens to buy advertising airtime under the same rules and conditions that corporations do.

Mar 2, 2008 — Toronto Star

The new censorship

Editorial calls the broadening of the Conservative government's power to deny tax credits to films and TV shows it deems offensive "troubling".

Mar 2, 2008 — Canadian Press

Film industry groups want Ottawa to explain potential tax credit restrictions

Groups representing Canada's film and television producers say the government needs to explain the motivation behind a plan to deny tax credits to productions deemed to have offensive content.

Mar 1, 2008 — Globe & Mail

A blinkered Tory values inspection

Editorial says a new film tax-credit law may appeal to core Conservative voters, but it will alienate potential voters who don't want the country led by "social dinosaurs".

Mar 1, 2008 — National Post

CRTC pushed for new CanCon rules by Sean Silcoff

Columnist argues market forces should dictate how much Canadian music and how many emerging artists are heard on domestic radio stations.

Feb 29, 2008 — Calgary Herald

Juno not Canadian enough for Genie by Nick Lewis

Columnist looks at why, despite having a largely Canadian crew, a Canadian director, Canadian stars and being shot in Vancouver, Juno isn't up for any Genie Awards.

Feb 29, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Evangelist takes credit for film crackdown by Bill Curry and Gayle MacDonald

The president of the Canada Family Action Coalition is claiming credit for the federal government's move to deny tax credits to TV and film productions that contain "offensive" content.

Feb 29, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Future of CBC splits committee along party lines by Chris Cobb

FRIENDS says Conservative party recommendations would be extremely damaging to the CBC, especially its English television network.

Feb 29, 2008 — Canadian Press

CBC should receive stable, indexed funding for at least seven years: report by Sue Bailey

FRIENDS says Conservative members of the House of Commons heritage committee were probably ordered by the PMO to toe the party line of no new funds for the CBC.

Feb 29, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

New financing for CBC sought by Etan Vlessing

FRIENDS says a Conservative report calls for the CBC to do more but denies the public broadcaster the required resources.

Feb 28, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Torstar revenue feels chill by Grant Robertson

Columnist says media executives are concerned how an economic slowdown will affect advertising revenue.

Feb 28, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Is that song a hit? Ask the CRTC

A CRTC report alleges radio stations have been padding their profits for years by milking tried-and-true hits and doing whatever they can to avoid taking chances on up-and-coming Canadian artists.

Feb 28, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Tories plan to withhold funding for 'offensive' productions by Gayle MacDonald

Critics say new rules that would allow the Conservative government to pull financial aid for any film or TV show that it deems offensive could potentially violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Feb 28, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Tory appointments hit monthly all-time high by Glen McGregor

Columnist says thee Harper cabinet handed out more appointments to federal jobs over the last 30 days than in any other month since the Conservatives formed the government.

Feb 28, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

Guild urges government to give CBC recommendations a green light

The Canadian Media Guild urges the government to move quickly to implement the heritage committee's recommendations, particularly those that call for enhanced funding.

Feb 28, 2008 — CBC News

Heritage report urges stable funding, long-term 'contract' for CBC

Conservatives reject a Heritage Committee proposal that CBC should broadcast only Canadian TV programming in primetime during the week.

Feb 28, 2008 — Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

CBC/Radio-Canada: Defining Distinctiveness In The Changing Media Landscape

The federal Heritage Committee is recommending that the CBC's funding be increased from $33 per person each year to $40 and that CBC-TV be less dependent on advertising revenues.

Feb 28, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Commons committee divided on key CBC issues by Chris Cobb

FRIENDS says that the Conservatives' refusal to support funding for heritage committee recommendations is setting the CBC up to fail.

Feb 27, 2008 — Statistics Canada The Daily

Film, television and video post-production

A StatsCan report says the profit position for Canada's film, television and video post-production industry improved slightly in 2006.

Feb 27, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Writers ratify deal with Hollywood studios

Hollywood writers have officially ratified a three-year contract that gives them a bigger share of revenue generated by use of their work on the Internet.

Feb 27, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

CRTC and Statistics Canada partner to streamline data collection from the telecommunications industry

CRTC says a collaboration with StatsCan will reduce the regulatory burden on the telecommunications industry.

Feb 27, 2008 — Globe & Mail

U.S. names CTV journalist 'enemy combatant' by Alisa Tang

An Afghan journalist working for CTV in Afghanistan has been designated an unlawful enemy combatant by the U.S. military.

Feb 27, 2008 — New York Times

Loss Narrows at Sirius Satellite Radio

Sirius Satellite Radio reports that it lost $166.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2007.

Feb 26, 2008 — Office of the Honourable Mauril Bélanger

This Government's incompetence has let down any hope of good faith for Official Languages and Heritage

The Opposition Critic for Canadian Heritage calls the lack attention to culture in the federal budget "a joke".

Feb 26, 2008 — CBC News

Budget a missed opportunity, arts groups say

ACTRA says the federal budget was a missed opportunity to increase funding to the Canadian Television Fund and Telefilm.

Feb 26, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Culture: A meagre offering James Adams

Columnist says that the 2008-2009 federal budget will be a disappointment to Canada's artists, cultural organizations and art lovers.

Feb 26, 2008 — Globe & Mail

ABC to release hit shows on-demand with ads by Ryan Kakashima

ABC says it will release ad-supported hit TV shows for free over video-on-demand cable services.

Feb 26, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Quebecor eyes national wireless phone service

Quebecor CEO says his company is contemplating breaking out of Quebec and providing cellphone service nationally.

Feb 26, 2008 — National Post

Pattison Loses Bid For B.C. Fm Stations by Nathan VanderKlippe

CRTC upholds media concentration rules and turns down billionaire Jimmy Pattison's bid for FM radio stations in Vernon and Penticton.

Feb 25, 2008 — New York Times

U.S. FCC says will act on Net neutrality

The head of the U.S. broadcast regulator says he is prepared to stop broadband providers that unreasonably interfere with subscribers' access to Internet content.

Feb 25, 2008 — Thomson Financial News

Virgin Media to appeal UK Competition Commission ruling on BSkyB's stake in ITV

Virgin Media says it will appeal to the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal that rival British Sky Broadcasting should have to sell more stake in ITV PLC.

Feb 25, 2008 — Canadian Press

CRTC raises concerns about Canadian control in BCE takeover by Ross Marowits

The proposed $52-billion takeover of BCE has come under scrutiny from the CRTC which has raised concerns that the deal may not meet Canadian ownership and control rules.

Feb 25, 2008 — The Australian

Digital TV gets a bad reception by Amy Schatz

U.S. broadcast regulators are backing away from a plan that would have required TV stations to air as many as a dozen public service ads per day about the nation's transition to digital television.

Feb 23, 2008 — Wollwich Observer

Wellesley backs call for local CBC radio station by Marc Miquel Helsen

Plans to bring a CBC radio station to the Waterloo Region has won the support of the town council for Wellesley, Ontario.

Feb 23, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Welcome to T.O.LLYWOOD by Jason McBride

Toronto's $700-million 'one-stop-shopping movie factory' is set to be operational next month.

Feb 23, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Ratings success of Mayerthorpe a good sign by Tony Lofaro

CTV executive claims the consolidation of media companies means broadcasters have to be leaner and more efficient in their operations and provide programming that appeals to the viewing public.

Feb 23, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

Vancouver executive named to CBC board

Mary McNeil, the current the president and chief executive officer of the BC Cancer Foundation, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada.

Feb 23, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Appointments could signal impending election Gloria Galloway

Columnist says that a number of government appointments, including positions with the CBC and the CRTC, could mean the Conservatives are expecting an election call.

Feb 22, 2008 — McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Reinventing the Cultural Tool Kit: Canadian Content on New Media by Peter S. Grant

A presentation to a Canadian film, TV and new media producers conference offering recommendations on how the CRTC can ensure Canadian presence in new media broadcasting.

Feb 22, 2008 — Media Post

10 Billion Video Views Online in December by Jack Loechner

Internet video report shows the Hollywood writers' strike may have resulted in more people going online for fresh content.

Feb 22, 2008 — Halifax Chronicle Herald

Grits want Patrone probe by Stephen Maher

FRIENDS says the qualifications of a former Conservative party candidate are "more modest" than normal for the job of CRTC commissioner.

Feb 22, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Rogers profit soars 44% by Catherine McLean

Rogers says its fourth-quarter profit rose 44 per cent, fuelled in part by increased use of ring tones and other data services on cellphones.

Feb 22, 2008 — National Post

CRTC To Step In Over Web Dispute by Barbara Shecter

The CRTC chair says the broadcast regulator wants to "help smooth the way toward agreement" between broadcasters and producers over agreements and compensation for programs broadcast over the Internet.

Feb 22, 2008 — Toronto Star

CRTC ponders 'fee-for-carriage' by Rita Trichur

Some media players say they expect the CRTC will endorse a proposal to require cable and satellite companies to pay subscriber fees to carry conventional television stations.

Feb 21, 2008 — Playback

Feds to decide future of CTF

The federal heritage minister has announced the government has exercised its authority under the Broadcasting Act to take responsibility for deciding the future of the CTF away from the CRTC.

Feb 21, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Like the Weather Network, but funnier by Grant Robertson

The CRTC has granted the owner of the Weather Network a licence to operate the Environment Network, which will focus on science and weather-related issues.

Feb 21, 2008 — Calgary Sun

Adbusters loses battle on TV spoof ads

Adbusters has lost a court battle against networks that refused to air its TV commercials spoofing multinational corporations and the media.

Feb 21, 2008 — Globe & Mail

New duties for CBC-TV and Radio bosses by Guy Dixon

The CBC has announced a managerial realignment involving several upper-management jobs, a merger of its radio and television production operations and further integration of its various news operations.

Feb 21, 2008 — National Post

Shakeup at CBC Aims to integrate TV, web & radio by Barbara Shecter

CBC radio personality Michael Enright says he is "seized with the feeling that TV is strip-mining radio of its senior management."

Feb 21, 2008 — Halifax Chronicle Herald

Patrone's main requisite is his Tory ties, critics say by Stephen Maher

FRIENDS says the appointment of a former Conservative candidate as a CRTC commissioner "doesn't pass the smell test".

Feb 20, 2008 — Canadian Press

Government tells CRTC it will decide all policy matters in television fund dispute

FRIENDS says that it is unlikely the Conservative government would cut off the CBC in any decisions made regarding the Canadian Television Fund.

Feb 20, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CBC Radio's DiscDrive reaches end of the road by Marsha Lederman

CBC Radio Two's popular afternoon music show, DiscDrive, is going off the air in September.

Feb 20, 2008 — Globe & Mail

U.S. switch to digital TV could surprise some local viewers by Steve Mertl

Canadians living near the border who get their television signals over the air from nearby American stations will lose service when the U.S. moves to digital transmission.

Feb 20, 2008 — Financial Times

BBC viewers switching to watch online by Andrew Edgecliiffe-Johnson

BBC executives say 500,000 programmes are being viewed on the public broadcasters online video site each day.

Feb 19, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Family-run Aurora says yes to Rogers by Richard Blackwell

Toronto-based Aurora Cable is being purchased by Rogers Communications.

Feb 19, 2008 — Globe & Mail

If ears are burning, it's a good sign by John Doyle

Columnist says new distribution platforms such as DVD and online should change CBC's perspective on what is considered a 'hit' TV show.

Feb 19, 2008 — Globe & Mail

BBC to sell shows through iTunes UK

British viewers will soon be able to download a selection of BBC programmes from Apple's digital store iTunes.

Feb 19, 2008 — Globe & Mail

More exposure for Little Mosque

CBC's Little Mosque on the Prairie will begin airing in the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland later this year.

Feb 19, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Corporate giants form alliance for copyright compromise by Michael Geist

Columnist says a who's who of the telecom, Internet, retail, and broadcast communities have come together to call for fair and balanced copyright reform.

Feb 19, 2008 — Edmonton Journal

CBC television review may lead to showdown by Chris Cobb

FRIENDS says a Conservative minority report on the Heritage committee review of the CBC would substantiate concerns that the government has a hidden agenda for public broadcasting.

Feb 19, 2008 — Canadian Press

Tories appoint former candidate to CRTC

The Conservative government has appointed a former party candidate to the CRTC, raising cries of patronage and hypocrisy.

Feb 18, 2008 — Playback

Two streams for CTF? We've been down this road before by Mark Dillon

Columnist says a two tiered CTF funding system has already been tried and caused confusion and frustration for everyone involved.

Feb 17, 2008 — Toronto Star

Get ready to say goodbye to rabbit ears by Murray Whyte

One year from today, over-the-air analogue broadcasts will cease to be in the United States as the nation switches to digital.

Feb 17, 2008 — Canadian Press

Canadians taking notice of CBC shows like "JPod," "Sophie" and "The Border" by Lee-Anne Goodman

A new poll says that as of Jan. 28th, one in three people had heard about four new CBC shows: "The Border," "JPod," "Sophie" and "MVP."

Feb 17, 2008 — Toronto Star

Shaw keeps Can-con fight in focus by Rita Trichur

Shaw Communications says it will cut subscription rates for its customers if the CRTC ends mandatory contributions from cable and satellite companies to the CTF.

Feb 17, 2008 — New York Times

Is PBS Still Necessary? by Charles McGrath

Columnist suggests lower rating and less relevant programming make it more difficult for U.S. public broadcasting supporters to fend off proposed budget cuts to PBS.

Feb 15, 2008 — Globe & Mail

JumpTV cutting costs, turns to sports, Latinos by Grant Robertson

Toronto-based JumpTV Inc., which streams television channels from around the world over the Internet, is considering selling part of its business and cutting costs.

Feb 15, 2008 — CBC News

Robert Rabinovitch to head 2008 Prix Italia

Former CBC president Robert Rabinovitch has been named as president of the Prix Italia, the international awards for radio, television and web excellence.

Feb 15, 2008 — Montreal Gazette

Anti-American TV is a myth by Stephen J. Farnsworth

A study by McGill University professors concludes that between January 2004 and December 2006, CBC and CTV news reports were less negative towards the U.S. government and the Bush administration than reports on NBC.

Feb 14, 2008 — Globe & Mail

As the media tilt rightward, so will the country by Lawrence Martin

Columnist says that led by the Asper family, the character of Canadian media is becoming more conservative.

Feb 14, 2008 — Cartt.ca

COMMENTARY: Is conventional TV becoming a loss-leader? by Greg O'Brien

Columnist says broadcasters may need to accept slimming margins for conventional TV as the new norm and focus on other platforms such as specialty networks, digital, video on demand and wireless for profit generation.

Feb 13, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Cable giants pass new milestones in battle for home phone by Richard Blackwell

Rogers Communications has passed the million-subscriber mark for its home phone service, marking the fastest-growing new product in the company's history.

Feb 13, 2008 — CBC News

Business coalition opposes harsh copyright reform

A group that includes Google, Yahoo, Rogers, Telus, the Canadian Alliance of Broadcasters and the Retail Council of Canada have banded together to push for less restrictive copyright reform.

Feb 13, 2008 — National Post

CRTC hears proposal for national HDTV network by Barbara Shecter

HDTV Networks is proposing to launch conventional television stations in Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver, but faces opposition from broadcasters who argue there is no room for an additional player in the conventional TV industry.

Feb 12, 2008 — Canadian Press

Bitove says new HDTV network would counter industry consolidation by Julian Beltrame

A Toronto businessman wants to launch Canada's first TV network that broadcasts over the air exclusively in high definition free of charge to viewers.

Feb 11, 2008 — New York Times

Many Obstacles to Digital TV Reception, Study Says by Roy Furchgott

A new study says nearly six million Americans with digital receivers may lose TV signals when digital-only broadcasts begin in the U.S. next February.

Feb 11, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Hand it to those writers: They gave as good as they got by John Doyle

Columnist says Canadian writers made a passionate plea for the Canadian Television Fund at the CRTC hearings.

Feb 11, 2008 — Globe & Mail

As the writers strike ends, the accounting begins by Grant Robertson

Columnist says TV networks, production studios and advertisers will need to sort through the financial aftermath of the Hollywood writers’ strike to determine its cost to the industry.

Feb 11, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Mommy, can I change the rules? by John Doyle

Columnist says representatives of Shaw Communications, Quebecor and CanWest are acting childish at the CTF hearings.

Feb 9, 2008 — New York Times

We Interrupt This Broadcast by Jerrold Nadler

A congressman says the FCC should proceed with caution when considering to approved wireless electronic devices that may disrupt new digital TV signals.

Feb 9, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CTV defends television fund by Grant Robertson

CTVglobemedia calls a plan that would see Quebecor pull out of the Canadian Television Fund and set up its own program a "dangerous idea".

Feb 8, 2008 — Playback

VisionTV, CBC push for multicultural audiences by Jesse Kohl

VisionTV has introduced weekly Bollywood feature films and CBC is broadcasting hockey online in Mandarin, Hindi and Cantonese.

Feb 8, 2008 — Playback

Survey gives top marks to TSN, Discovery by Jesse Kohl

A Canadian Media Research study tests consumer awareness and satisfaction with cable, DTH and over-the-air TV channels.

Feb 8, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Fairfax boosts stake in CanWest by Grant Robertson

Insurance company Fairfax Financial Holdings has increased its stake in CanWest as it continues to invest in slumping media stocks.

Feb 8, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

Prime Minister Stephen Harper fails to take action on CRTC cable scandal

CRTC hearings on the Canadian Television Fund hear that Canadian consumers may be owed more than 1.2 billion dollars.

Feb 8, 2008 — Toronto Star

Shaw, Quebecor target TV fund by Steve Rennie

Shaw Communications and Quebecor tell the CRTC that $288 million Canadian Television Fund is fundamentally flawed.

Feb 8, 2008 — Canadian Press

Shaw attacked on all sides during final day of CRTC hearings by Steve Rennie

CTVglobemedia told a three-member CRTC panel that Shaw, western Canada's biggest cable company, is misrepresenting the benefits it has reaped from the fund.

Feb 7, 2008 — Playback

Shaw reps argue for dismantling CTF by Norma Reveler

Shaw Communications wants to give the money distributors pay into the Canadian Television Fund back to TV subscribers because the "subsidy" model has failed to create a viable homegrown production industry.

Feb 7, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Just say no to two-tiered TV by Peter Raymond

The executive producer of the CBC drama series 'The Border' says the problem with splitting the Canadian Television Fund into two tiers is that it runs counter to the fundamental spirit of what it is to be Canadian.

Feb 6, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Why AM Stations are Disappearing by Grant Robertson

Columnist says that AM radio broadcasters are tired of stagnant revenue and tiny profits and are jumping to FM every chance they get.

Feb 6, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Time Warner to split AOL businesses by Seth Sutel

Time Warner Inc.'s new CEO says he wants to divide AOL's online access and advertising businesses and possibly spin off the rest of the company's cable division.

Feb 5, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian film, TV production reach new high by Etan Vlessing

The Canadian Film and Television Production Association says domestic production rose 3% to just under $5 billion from March 2006 to April 2007.

Feb 5, 2008 — M2 Wireless News

NAB: Fast-Track Adoption of Mobile DTV Standard Could Generate $2B in New Broadcast TV Revenue

A National Association of Broadcaster study says broadcast television could earn an additional $2 billion in annual revenue if a mobile content standard is adopted and technology is deployed quickly.

Feb 5, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Welcome to where culture comes to die by John Doyle

Columnist reports on the atmosphere surrounding the first day of the Canadian Television Fund hearings.

Feb 5, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CTF rejects cash-for-ratings idea

The Canadian Television Fund warns against any move by the CRTC that would link production dollars to viewer numbers.

Feb 5, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Broadcasters shouldn't fund policy-driven programs: Rogers

The vice-chairman of Rogers Communications says it makes no sense to force private-sector broadcasters to pay for programs designed to further social-policy or government objectives.

Feb 5, 2008 — Cartt.ca

CTF isn't broken, supporters tell CRTC by Laurel Hyatt

It ain't broke, so don't fix it, supporters of the Canadian Television Fund told CRTC commissioners at a hearing into the fund's revenue model and governance.

Feb 4, 2008 — Globe & Mail

For now, it's the best of times for made-in-Canada shows by John Doyle

Columnist says that Canadians are watching more – and discussing more – Canadian-made television.

Feb 4, 2008 — Canadian Press

Broadcasters, cable operators blasted for bottom-line approach to content by Julian Beltrame

Actors, directors, writers and producers described Canadian private broadcasters as greedy capitalists who care little about Canadian programming at Canadian Television Fund hearings.

Feb 4, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

CTF is the best vehicle to promote Canadian programming, says CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada executives say that CBC's 37 per cent CTF envelope should be retained.

Feb 4, 2008 — Mediacaster

CTF to Open, Close CTC Hearings

Article says cast members from Trailer Park Boys, Little Mosque on the Prairie, ReGenesis and other hit TV shows are expected appear on Parliament Hill in support of the Canadian Television Fund.

Feb 4, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

Poll shows a strong majority of Canadians support made-in-Canada television

A new poll shows that 71% of Canadians believe it is important to have access to Canadian television programming distinct from American programs.

Feb 4, 2008 — Playback

Creatives defend CTF, attack Shaw by Norma Reveler

Canadian actors, writers and directors attacked Shaw Communications CEO at the CTF hearings for spreading what they say are myths about the Canadian Television Fund and for not showing up to defend his comments before the CRTC.

Feb 4, 2008 — Directors Guild of Canada

Directors Guild of Canada champions preservation of the Canadian Television Fund

The Directors Guild of Canada has asked the CRTC to support the Canadian Television Fund and not to adopt the recommendations of the CTF Task Force Report.

Feb 4, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Shaw to boycott CTF hearings

Jim Shaw is refusing to attend the Canadian Television Fund hearings, accusing the CRTC of not taking the matter seriously.

Feb 4, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

How Shaw's attack helped TV fund by Deirdre McMurdy

Columnist says that Jim Shaw's aggressive position towards the Canadian Television Fund has forced the agency into a rigorous self-examination that may ultimately enhance its relevance.

Feb 3, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Global National - from Ottawa by Chris Cobb

New technology will allow Kevin Newman to anchor Global National from Ottawa while the production is controlled and co-ordinated from Vancouver.

Feb 2, 2008 — National Post

CanadianTV shows 'next big thing' in U.S. by Nellie Andreeva and Etan Vlessing

ACTRA says that the Hollywood writers' strike is providing Canadian producers, writers, directors and creators the opportunity to have their work exported to the U.S.

Feb 1, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

Former ambassador slams CBC content by Etan Vlessing

A former architect of Canadian TV policy says the CBC has been "dumbed down" by relying too heavily on Hollywood movies.

Feb 1, 2008 — Playback

CBC shuffles MVP, jPod by Marise Strauss

CBC is swapping the time slots for MVP and jPod as both programs struggle to maintain audiences in the key 25-54 demographic.

Jan 31, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

CBC 'dumbed down,' broadcast act architect says by Marke Andrews

One of the architects of the federal Broadcasting Act says the legislation has been a success except for one glaring failure: the English-language television side of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Jan 31, 2008 — Globe & Mail

TV channels vie for coveted CRTC designation by Grant Robertson

Several cable channels are seeking mandatory designation from the CRTC in a bid for guaranteed revenue through monthly cable/satellite fees that TV viewers can't opt out of.

Jan 30, 2008 — Globe & Mail

U.K. government takes aim at Murdoch's media grasp by Jane Wardell

The British government is ordering pay-TV operator British Sky Broadcasting PLC to cut its stake in independent broadcaster ITV PLC.

Jan 30, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CBS scoops up drama from CTV by Gayle MacDonald and Simon Houpt

U.S. network CBS - beset by the writers' strike and falling television ratings - is buying the U.S. rights to a Canadian-made police drama, Flashpoint.

Jan 30, 2008 — Globe & Mail

U.S. No. 1 in communications study by Peter Svensson

International study says American consumers, business and government make the best use of domestic telecommunications systems.

Jan 30, 2008 — CBC News

COC unveils plans for TV channels

The Canadian Olympic Committee has unveiled plans for English and French-language digital TV channels focusing solely on broadcasting amateur sports.

Jan 29, 2008 — CBC News

BBC strategies focus on online content, adviser tells Heritage committee

BBC's chief public policy adviser talked up the importance for digital technology at a Heritage Committee session exploring the role of a public broadcaster.

Jan 29, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Asper bangs drum for Aussie TV Grant Robertson

Leonard Asper says Canwest investors aren't giving the company's Australian television operations enough credit.

Jan 29, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

Record number of journalists killed in '07 by Leo Cendrowicz

In 2007 a record 171 journalists and other news professionals died in the line of duty according a study from the International News Safety Institute.

Jan 29, 2008 — Cartt.ca

Fee for carriage: 50-cents per signal, per month, at least by Greg O'Brien

Columnist says hundreds of millions of new dollars could pour into the Canadian television system under a new fee-for-carriage plan proposed by CTVglobemedia and Canwest.

Jan 29, 2008 — Media Post

Global Search - The New Frontier by Ellen Siminoff

Study estimates that in 2007, online advertising will account for 8% of all advertising spending in the U.S., and search advertising will account for 43% of online ad spending.

Jan 28, 2008 — Canadian Association of Broadcasters

CAB Special Update

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters say reduced resources have necessitated a re-organization to focus on advocacy relating to broadcasting sector policies and copyright matters.

Jan 28, 2008 — Media Post

Three Fourths of Consumers Channel Surf or Chat During TV Commercials by Jack Loechner

Media survey says TV's influence on consumers to purchase products has declined, where new media options such as web radio, satellite radio, instant messaging and blogging have all increased.

Jan 28, 2008 — Broadcaster Magazine

CBC-TV Signs Deal with BBC

CBC TV has announced that the BBC has optioned the format of 'Canada's Next Great Prime Minister' to be called The Next Great Leader in Britain.

Jan 28, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Arm's-length regulators: Fine, but how long is an arm? by Preston Manning

Former leader of the Reform Party says a clarification of the rules governing relations between federal politicians and quasi-judicial regulators - like the CRTC - is needed.

Jan 28, 2008 — The Guardian

Could the BBC compete with itself? by Steve Hewlett

BBC chairman Sir Michael Lyons has suggested that one way of maintaining purity in public broadcasting might be for the BBC to look at how it could compete with itself.

Jan 28, 2008 — National Post

U.S. TV eyes Canadian shows by Barbara Shecter

Canadian television producers say there is interest from U.S. networks in offering Canadian series south of the border.

Jan 27, 2008 — Toronto Star

...and CBC archives, too... and CBC archives, too

Editorial agrees with FRIENDS position that CBC management has not displayed prudence with the stewardship of public funds in its deal to quietly sell off international television distribution rights.

Jan 26, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa plans overhaul of periodical subsidies by James Adams

The department of Canadian Heritage has announced it plans to "redesign" the Publications Assistance Program and the Canada Magazine Fund that currently provide more than $76-million annually to an estimated 1,200 newspapers and magazines.

Jan 26, 2008 — National Post

TV giants team up on 'fees for carriage'; Industry In 'Crisis' by Barbara Shecter

CTVglobemedia and Canwest Global say the Canadian TV industry is in "crisis" and they must be paid for the channels that are delivered to customers by cable and satellite companies.

Jan 26, 2008 — Halifax Daily News

Cable, satellite providers should pay for TV signals, CRTC told

CTVglobemedia and CanWest Global tell the CRTC that cable and satellite providers should have to pay local TV broadcasters for distribution of over-the-air signals in Canada.

Jan 25, 2008 — Playback

Networks try again with fee-for-carriage by Norma Reveler

Canwest and CTVglobemedia say then need fee-for-carriage for their over-the-air local TV signals because of "Audience fragmentation, the rise of new media platforms, new commercial-skipping technologies, and ongoing illegal downloading of content."

Jan 25, 2008 — Toronto Star

CBC board okays broadcast rights sale by Martin Knelman

FRIENDS calls CBC's sell-off of international broadcast rights a betrayal of public trust.

Jan 25, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Networks to pitch CRTC on charging for signals by Grant Robertson

Columnist says CTV and Global are expected to join forces in a bid to convince the CRTC to let them charge cable and satellite carriers for their signals.

Jan 25, 2008 — Globe & Mail

30 seconds worth $110,000 for CTV by William Houston

Advertisers say CTV is charging $110,000 for a 30 second spot during the Super Bowl, up from Global Television's $100,000 last year.

Jan 25, 2008 — Globe & Mail

NFB names new head of English programs

Cindy Witten, former vice-president of content at History Television, has been hired as the National Film Board of Canada's director-general for English programs.

Jan 24, 2008 — Playback

CBC deal a gift from taxpayers, says Emerson by Etan Vlessing

A Canadian television distributor says the decision by the CBC's board of directors to endorse selling international programming rights is a giant gift from Canadian taxpayers to a foreign company.

Jan 24, 2008 — Nanos Research

Local News Drives TV Value

A study commissioned by CTVglobemedia and CanWest shows that while a large majority of cable/satellite TV subscribers value local news programs more than any other Canadian programming, few know that none of the proceeds of the monthly cable/satellite TV bill directly supports local TV stations.

Jan 24, 2008 — CBC News

CBC covets all-sports TV channel

CBC has received the approval of its board of directors

Jan 24, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Interactive TV-watching has advertisers sitting up by Scott Valentine

Research shows 70 per cent of people under the age of 34 surf the Internet while watching TV.

Jan 24, 2008 — Hamilton Spectator

Is Canadian culture different from U.S.? by Tahir Aslam Gora

Columnist takes issue with FRIENDS' mandate to preserve a Canadian identity on television and radio and says there is nothing wrong with Canada and the U.S. sharing major cultural commonalities.

Jan 23, 2008 — Playback

Fulford out of Showcase by Norma Reveler

A key figure behind the Showcase series' Trailer Park Boys, Paradise Falls, Kenny vs. Spenny and Rent-A-Goalie has been laid off by new owners at Canwest.

Jan 23, 2008 — Conservative Party of Canada

CBC Admits Inappropriate Practices

The Conservative Party of Canada again focuses critically on the CBC in a fundraising letter.

Jan 23, 2008 — CBC News

Introducing the new CBC.ca Member Centre

Upcoming features of CBC's online member centre will allow comments and rating of any cbc.ca story.

Jan 23, 2008 — Waterloo City Council

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Local Radio Station – Proposal Resolution

A Waterloo City Council motion in support of a Waterloo Region CBC radio station which recognizes the Region's unique cultural, economic and educational identity.

Jan 23, 2008 — Waterloo Chronicle

Council supports call for CBC coverage in Waterloo by Greg MacDonald

Waterloo city council has passed a motion in support of a CBC radio station for the community plus 13 other areas across Canada.

Jan 23, 2008 — CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC Receives Board Approval For International Sales Deal

New CBC president says selling international rights to CBC's program catalogue to a foreign buyer was the best solution based on "current market circumstances."

Jan 23, 2008 — Embassy

So That's What You Get These Days for Just Asking by Sean Durkan

Columnist says the current Conservative government is so secretive and anti-media that the tactics used by a CBC reporter at the Mulroney-Schreiber Affair could be justified.

Jan 23, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CBC ponders its own amateur sport channel by William Houston

The head of CBC Sports says Canada's public broadcaster is considering the launch of a new television channel dedicated to amateur and high-performance sport.

Jan 23, 2008 — Toronto Star

CBC asset sale sparks fury

Editorial raises fundamental questions about CBC management decision to sell off international rights to Canadian programs to a foreign buyer without an open bidding process.

Jan 22, 2008 — Playback

Canwest shuffles AA executives with its own by Norma Reveler

Canwest Broadcasting has announced a new nine-member executive management team that will report to president Kathy Dore.

Jan 22, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Canadian distributor steps up attack on CBC by Grant Robertson

Sources claim the CBC board is likely to approve the sale of the broadcaster's TV catalogue to a foreign buyer rather than provoke a battle with new CBC president Hubert Lacroix.

Jan 22, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

CanWest Broadcasting Announces New Executive Leadership Team

CanWest restructures senior management following CRTC approval of the company's acquisition of Alliance Atlantis.

Jan 22, 2008 — Toronto Star

Sparks fly over CBC Fireworks deal by Martin Knelman

Columnist says that a CBC management decision to sell international distribution rights to a British firm will top the agenda at the CBC board of directors meeting.

Jan 22, 2008 — National Post

CBC does right

Editorial says the CBC made the right move in reassigning a reporter for preparing questions for a Liberal MP during a House of Commons ethics committee hearing.

Jan 21, 2008 — Playback

Bravo to Playback! by Bill Roberts

The president of VisionTV and S-VOX says ideas about how to re-regulate and restructure the Canadian broadcasting system deserve consideration.

Jan 21, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

CBC releases response to Conservative Party of Canada complaint

CBC letter to the Conservative Party of Canada says their journalist used inappropriate tactics during the Mulroney/Schreiber hearings.

Jan 21, 2008 — Canadian Press

CBC transfers reporter it says fed questions to Liberal MP at Mulroney hearing

Krista Erickson, an Ottawa-based CBC-TV reporter who CBC said fed questions to a Liberal MP during the Mulroney-Schreiber hearings in December, has been transferred to Toronto after the broadcaster found her actions "inappropriate."

Jan 21, 2008 — National Post

CRTC is moving in the right direction by Bill Roberts

The president and CEO of S-VOX says the CRTC has taken a step in the right direction by defining limits on cross-media ownership that will prevent any single company from exercising monopolistic power.

Jan 21, 2008 — Hamilton Spectator

The British are coming by Brent Lawson

Columnist says that with Hollywood deep in the writers' strike and reruns, U.K. programs are providing U.S. and Canadian networks fresh content.

Jan 21, 2008 — Toronto Star

Copyright reform a potential threat to privacy

In a public letter to Industry Minister Jim Prentice and Canadian Heritage Minister Josee Verner, Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart cautions against using forthcoming copyright legislation reforms to undermine privacy.

Jan 21, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

China Central Television 5 will be centerpiece of Olympics by Jonathan Landreth

Article deals with the cultural and practical challenges facing the international media in preparation for the Beijing Olympics.

Jan 19, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

Frith exiting Canada distrib group by Etan Vlessing

The president of the Canadian Motion Picture Distributors says he is stepping down and starting a consultancy to manage government relations for Hollywood studios in Canada.

Jan 19, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Media, government: The dance never ends by David Parkinson

Columnist looks at the constantly evolving relationship between Canada's broadcast media and the federal government.

Jan 19, 2008 — Singapore Straits Times

End of state-funded broadcasting?

The European Union's competition agency is investigating whether the public subsidies European governments give their state broadcasters distort free markets.

Jan 19, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

Portrait plan a national 'embarrassment' by Jake Rupert

The former director of the National Gallery of Canada says the private sector is no place for a 'public cultural asset' like the Portrait Gallery.

Jan 18, 2008 — Canadian Press

CRTC gives CanWest Global final approval to acquire Alliance Atlantis

CanWest says that all the conditions of the CRTC's conditional approval for the acquisition of Alliance Atlantis by it and Goldman Sachs have been met.

Jan 18, 2008 — CBC News

CRTC orders rural broadband expansion, phone rebates

The CRTC has ordered Canada's telephone companies to spend more than $300 million to provide broadband access to rural communities, and refund urban customers about the same amount.

Jan 18, 2008 — Broadcaster Magazine

CRTC Finds No 'Abusive Comments' in CBC's Little Mosque on the Prairie

A CRTC decision finds no evidence of abusive comments in a Little Mosque on the Prairie episode.

Jan 18, 2008 — National Post

Cross-ownership rules will hurt media stocks, analysts say by Barbara Shecter

Analysts say mid-sized media companies and those hoping to sell shares to the public are likely to take the hardest hits from new regulations that limit media consolidation and cross-ownership of TV, radio and newspapers.

Jan 18, 2008 — National Post

The CRTC's four-decade time warp by Lorne Gunter

Columnist says that private media owners are better capable of preserving "diversity" than the CRTC.

Jan 18, 2008 — National Post

Hail King Canutestein! by Peter Foster

Columnist says that if there is a dearth of competition and innovation in Canadian broadcasting, it has been largely promoted by the CRTC.

Jan 17, 2008 — Playback

Interest, but no offers for TQS by Patricia Bailey

Columnist says that if no purchase offer is made by Feb 29, it is possible that TQS's owners, Cogeco (60%) and CTVglobemedia (40%), might get fed up and "pull the plug" on the network.

Jan 17, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Still no offers on table for TQS by Grant Robertson

French-language television network TQS, which is under court protection from its creditors, has not yet received a bid from a potential buyer.

Jan 17, 2008 — Globe & Mail

New rules mean the end of the megamerger by Grant Robertson

Columnist says large broadcasters looking to swallow a major rival will likely have to break it up in order to meet CRTC regulations.

Jan 16, 2008 — The Tyee

CRTC Ruling No Threat to Big Media by Marc Edge

Columnist says that a recent CRTC decision merely cements the status quo in media cross-ownership.

Jan 16, 2008 — Toronto Star

Media ownership in Canada by Astrid Lange

Article highlights who owns what in the Canadian media landscape.

Jan 16, 2008 — National Post

Future media ownership rules laid out by Barbara Shecter

Analyst says new CRTC media concentration rules mean "Rogers can't buy Canwest; Canwest can't buy Corus."

Jan 16, 2008 — Media @ McGill

"Protecting" the Diversity of Voices: The CRTC announces its policy by Geneviève A. Bonin

Columnist says that neither national newspapers nor free daily newspapers were factored into the CRTC's Diversity of Voices analysis.

Jan 16, 2008 — Globe & Mail

New rules to crimp broadcast mergers by Grant Robertson

New CRTC guidelines say that if a company's TV assets attract more than 45 per cent of viewing hours across the country it will be blocked from buying more channels.

Jan 16, 2008 — Toronto Star

Critics slam CRTC cross-media ownership policy by Rita Trichur

Some critics say that the CRTC's new cross-media ownership policy will have no impact on Canada's highly concentrated media industry.

Jan 15, 2008 — Montreal Gazette

Clashes likely to redefine Canadian identity by Roberto Rocha

Columnist says forthcoming government decisions on copyright reform and the regulation of online content may redefine Canadian identity.

Jan 15, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

CRTC preserves media concentration in Canada

The Canadian Media Guild says the CRTC is preserving the current unacceptable levels of media concentration and is not adopting meaningful measures to stop it from getting worse.

Jan 15, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

Media ownership policy lets big players get bigger

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union says the CRTC decision on media ownership will do very little to limit media concentration in Canada.

Jan 15, 2008 — Columbia Daily Tribune

Coupon program to ease digital TV transition by Jordan Raubolt

In the U.S. each household can apply for up to two coupons worth $40 each to help defray the cost of switching from analog to digital television broadcasting.

Jan 15, 2008 — Straight Goods

Keep media Canadian: poll

A public opinion poll commissioned by ACTRA, CEP and FRIENDS says two-thirds of Canadian voters oppose allowing foreign control of Canadian media companies.

Jan 15, 2008 — CBC News

CRTC imposes cross-media ownership restrictions

FRIENDS says the CRTC is recognizing that as a result of media concentration, there are levels of concentration that could well pose a threat to diversity and, therefore, democracy.

Jan 15, 2008 — Canadian Press

CRTC says companies can only own two types of media in same market

FRIENDS welcomes the CRTC's decision to restrict a person or company to ownership of two different types of outlets in a single market.

Jan 14, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Alliance Films gets new Canadian partner by Grant Robertson and Gayle MacDonald

The investment arm of the Quebec government is expected to join Goldman Sachs with 49-per-cent stake in Canada's largest film distributor.

Jan 14, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Astral Media profit rises after Standard deal

Montreal based Astral Media reported a 15 per cent jump in profit for its latest quarter as the broadcaster benefited from its recent acquisition of Standard radio stations across Canada.

Jan 14, 2008 — Ottawa Citizen

New CBC shows are something to write home about by Jason Chow

Columnist says the CBC still has a far road to travel on its way back to national relevance, but the network's new slate of TV shows is a step in the right direction.

Jan 12, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

Italian broadcaster RAI moving on reforms by Eric J. Lyman

Italian state broadcaster RAI has agreed to terms for a switchover to digital broadcasting on the island of Sardinia, making it the first part of Italy to abandon traditional analog television signals.

Jan 12, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Canadian distributors take aim at CBC by Gayle MacDonald

Columnist says Canadian distributors were furious to hear Richard Stursberg, executive vice-president of CBC's English services, declare that no local players were fiscally strong and competitive enough to sell his network's shows internationally.

Jan 12, 2008 — Winnipeg Free Press

End to U.S. writers' strike in Winnipeg's best interest by Morley Walker

Columnist says the success of Winnipeg based CanWest is in the city's best interest because it is unlikely a Toronto-centred media company would invest in local ballparks, a football stadium or a museum.

Jan 11, 2008 — Office of the Honourable Mauril Bélanger

Cultural Policies in support of Canadian Cultural content by the Honourable Mauril Bélanger

An Open Letter from Hon. Mauril Bélanger, Official Opposition Critic for Canadian Heritage, Francophonie and Official Languages, to the Competition Policy Review Panel.

Jan 11, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Score says potential buyers missed out by Grant Robertson

Score Media's chief executive officer says the next time he opens the door to selling his controlling stake in Canada's third-largest cable sports channel, the price will be higher.

Jan 11, 2008 — Toronto Star

CanWest to tap TV stockpile by David Paddon and David Friend

Leonard Asper says programs acquired in the Alliance Atlantis purchase will act as a stopgap for Global TV if the Hollywood writers strike continues.

Jan 11, 2008 — Calgary Herald

Taxpayers deserve better from their national network by Susan Martinuk

Columnist says the issue of the CBC reporter dictating questions for a Liberal MP fuels the public's distrust of politics and the media.

Jan 10, 2008 — Canadian Press

Shaw looking forward to CRTC's hearing on Canadian Television Fund next month by Lauren Krugel

The president of Shaw Communications says he'll be giving the federal broadcast regulator an earful next month when it holds hearings into the future of the Canadian Television Fund.

Jan 10, 2008 — Globe & Mail

ThinkFilm close to deal to sell Canadian assets by Grant Robertson and Gayle MacDonald

Toronto based Entertainment One is in talks to acquire the domestic assets of ThinkFilm, which has been offside of federal ownership regulations since it was bought by a U.S. business last year.

Jan 10, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CanWest profit dips on higher revenue

CanWest Global blames foreign currency swap losses, restructuring expenses and higher interest costs for lower first-quarter profit.

Jan 10, 2008 — Vancouver Province

CBC sale of TV rights sets off a series of alarm bells

Editorial asks why the CBC sold 700 hours of taxpayer-funded TV without a full and open bidding process.

Jan 10, 2008 — National Post

We want a name

Editorial calls on the CBC to name the reporter that allegedly provided questions to a Liberal MP on the House of Commons ethics committee during its hearings on the Mulroney-Schreiber affair.

Jan 9, 2008 — Media @ McGill

Christmas gifts for private media north and south of the border by Gregory Taylor

Columnist draws parallels between the recently approved CanWest purchase of Alliance Atlantis in Canada and a FCC measure that clears the way for increased media consolidation in the U.S.

Jan 9, 2008 — Cartt.ca

New technology will eliminate need for cable boxes by John Bugailiskis

The American cable company Comcast unveiled new technology that will open up formerly closed, proprietary cable systems and allow interoperability with consumer devices.

Jan 9, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Corus Entertainment hikes dividend as profit rises

Corus is hiking its annual dividend 20 per cent after first-quarter profit rose 7 per cent to $39.4-million, led by revenue growth from its broadcasting businesses.

Jan 9, 2008 — Globe & Mail

CBC quietly sells off catalogue of programs to British company by Gayle MacDonald

Columnist says CBC's low-profile sale of its taxpayer-funded international sales catalogue to a foreign buyer is drawing the ire of some Canadian television companies who weren't invited to bid.

Jan 9, 2008 — Associated Press

Glitch Could Leave Some TV Blank in 2009 by John Dunbar

Owners of small U.S. television stations that reach rural populations or specialize in community affairs and minority programming worry the digital transition is going to leave their audiences watching a blank screen.

Jan 9, 2008 — National Post

Web Can Bypass Traditional TV by David George-Cosh

Columnist says easily available web software that circumvents "geoblocking" practices could scuttle the business model Canadian broadcasters use when negotiating with U.S. television producers for digital, or online, rights.

Jan 8, 2008 — Broadcasting & Cable

House Launches FCC Investigation; Warns Against Destroying Documents by John Eggerton

A U.S. congressional committee has launched an investigation of the federal broadcast regulator over information that was leaking to lobbyists on modifying the ban on newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership.

Jan 8, 2008 — Reuters Canada

CBC crime drama enjoys impressive debut by Etan Vlessing

CBC-TV's "The Border" drew 710,000 viewers for its debut.

Jan 8, 2008 — National Post

France goes where Canada fears to tread by Barbara Shecter

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is proposing to ban advertising on public television, and tax private TV operators and Internet access to finance ad-free state television.

Jan 8, 2008 — Angry in the Great White North

Tories to CBC: Discipline meted out to reporter for colluding with Liberal Party must be public by Steve Janke

A blog about news and politics posts correspondence between Doug Finley, the National Campaign Director for the Conservative Party of Canada, and CBC's Ombudsman.

Jan 8, 2008 — Globe & Mail

Taylor says she won't run for mayor of Vancouver by Justine Hunter

Former CBC board chair and current B.C. Finance Minister takes 'a walk in the snow' and decides the timing isn't right to go after the top job at Vancouver city hall.

Jan 7, 2008 — Playback

Charge premium prices for U.S. networks by Barry Kiefl

The president of Canadian Media Research says if Canadian cable and satellite companies charged premium prices for access to U.S. network stations it could fix majors problems with the domestic broadcasting system.

Jan 7, 2008 — Playback

Santa came early for CanWest by Mark Dillon

Columnist says that the timing of the CRTC approval of the Alliance Atlantis transaction was curious given the announcement was made one day before the broadcast regulator's operation budget was increased by $4.5 million.

Jan 7, 2008 — Playback

A closer look at King Richard by Tamsen Tillson

Columnist says that with the CBC president and board chair being new to their positions, and having little broadcasting experience, Richard Stursberg the executive vice-president of English services is, for the time being, the de facto head of Canada's public broadcaster.

Jan 7, 2008 — Toronto Star

Tech law issues to watch in 2008 by Michael Geist

Columnist cites CRTC intervention into new media and copyright reform as technology law issues to watch in 2008.

Jan 7, 2008 — Toronto Star

MVP promo too racy for CRTC by Martin Knelman

Provocative ads for the CBC prime-time soap opera 'MVP' have led to a reprimand from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

Jan 7, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

Copyright quagmire by Ron Wilson

An executive with Best Buy Canada says that if the government makes the wrong choices in copyright law reforms the result will be higher prices, more litigation and less useful content and technology.

Jan 7, 2008 — Moncton Times and Transcript

Government is wrong-headed on copyright by Charles W. Moore

Writer says the Canadian Copyright Board is wrong in approving a new "levy" on the sale of iPods and other digital music players because they can be used to copy movies and music.

Jan 7, 2008 — The Teamakers

myCBC: The Shock Doctrine at the Public Broadcaster

Blog post describes how new local CBC newscasts may soon be focusing on image over substance and content.

Jan 6, 2008 — Toronto Star

Culture vs. profit in the digital age by Rita Trichur

The Canadian Television Fund is preparing for CRTC hearings that will once again prompt public scrutiny of its raison d'être in an era of digital media.

Jan 5, 2008 — Hollywood Reporter

Shows crossing border on Bell ExpressVu by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC has eased the access of U.S. border stations to the Canadian TV ad market by exempting domestic satellite TV operator Bell ExpressVu from a requirement to delete select American shows.

Jan 5, 2008 — Globe & Mail

U.S. strike may deliver Canadian TV homeruns by Andrew Ryan

Canadian TV networks are set to roll out new shows as the Hollywood writers' strike has halted production on many primetime hits.

Jan 5, 2008 — Globe & Mail

This is not your mother's CBC by Gayle MacDonald

Canada's public broadcaster is set to launch a number of new TV show including two dramas, one sitcom and a prime-time soap opera.

Jan 5, 2008 — Vancouver Sun

CBC is hip to jPod's e-prospects by Marke Andrews

Columnist says CBC is relying on the Internet to attract a new, 'hip' audience for its TV series jPod.

Jan 5, 2008 — National Post

CRTC may overhaul rule for FM 'hits' quota by Barbara Shecter

Canada's broadcast regulator is considering overhauling a 30-year-old rule that prohibits FM radio stations from playing top-40 songs more than half the time.

Jan 4, 2008 — Playback

CBC swamped by paperwork by Sean Davidson

Columnist says that the CBC is receiving so many requests under the Access to Information Act that the broadcaster is "beefing up" its office in Ottawa in order to keep up with the demand.

Jan 4, 2008 — Playback

Hockey, aliens cash in at Telefilm by Patricia Bailey

Recently financed films by Telefilm Canada include two that deal with hockey and three about the appearance of alien visitors on Earth.

Jan 3, 2008 — Canada NewsWire

Adbusters Media Foundation: The Right to Communicate

Adbusters has launched a lawsuit against Global Television, the CBC, and the CRTC over not airing the media foundations public-service TV spots.

Jan 3, 2008 — Canadian Press

CBC's eagerly anticipated 'The Border' premieres as U.S. shows in reruns by Lee-Anne Goodman

Columnist says there are rumours that the CBC has committed more money to the new drama 'The Border' than any other TV show.

Jan 3, 2008 — Edmonton Journal

Election fever infects the arts by Todd Babiak

Columnist says that arts and culture may be election issues when Albertans go to the polls later this year.

Jan 2, 2008 — CBC News

Golden Globes want side deal with WGA

The sponsor of the Golden Globe Awards says it is in talks with the striking Hollywood writers union in an attempt to allow a full production of the annual awards show.

Jan 2, 2008 — Globe & Mail

How cranky Letterman won the union's heart by John Doyle

The entertainment company owned by David Letterman has struck a side deal with the Writers Guild of America that will see staff writers return to work on the 'Late Show'.