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Columnist likens the troubles facing U.S. broadcasters to the plight of the Big Three automakers.
CBC Radio 2 is inviting Canadians to select songs that best define Canada for the incoming U.S. president.
Columnist says thousands of previously unheard Canadian artists have already benefited from national exposure on CBC Radio 2.
Article profiles Denise Donlon, the head of CBC Radio.
Columnist says that five months after regulators approved a merger of Sirius and XM, the company faces an uncertain future.
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.
Ethics experts say the appointment of broadcaster Mike Duffy to the Senate raises questions about his professional neutrality as a journalist.
Columnist says that whether real or imaginary, journalist appointments by government are viewed as the reward for obedient conduct
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.
Quebecor CEO Pierre Karl Péladeau says his strategy is to cut back on print operations and invest in mobile phone technology.
Article profiles different decisions made by CanWest and CTVglobemedia in the face of increasing debt and an economic downturn.
Sheridan Scott, the head of the Competition Bureau who ran into trouble with the Conservative government this year, is leaving her post.
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.
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.
CTV's cancellation of Canadian Idol this season will result in a loss of almost 650 TV production jobs across Canada.
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.
Canwest Global has announced it has formed a partnership with a U.S. provider of digital advertising solutions.
Canwest Global says its Australian operations saw a drop in operating profits in its first quarter.
Columnist says the new Radio Two is not attracting the "younger audience" CBC executives had hoped for.
Board resignations come as former parent Quebecor Inc., headed by Pierre Karl Peladeau, sues Quebecor World, which is restructuring under bankruptcy protection.
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.
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.
Despite being a ratings winner, CTV has announced it will not produce Canadian Idol in 2009 in a move to preserve cash.
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.
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.
The Canadian Media Guild and CBC/Radio-Canada have signed a tentative five year collective agreement.
Canadian Association of Broadcasters President and CEO Glenn O'Farrell has announced he will step down early in 2009.
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".
Columnist says the move to put TV online is sparking big questions about how the change could affect Canadian broadcasting.
An Ottawa radio station is becoming one of three Canadian stations moving under the Virgin Radio brand.
The U.S. is about to move to digital TV broadcasts, paving the way for a similar move in Canada.
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.
The CRTC have given its blessing to The Sports Network for turning its alternate feed into TSN2, a permanent, 24-hour digital channel.
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.
Columnist says that reality TV is alive and well in Canada.
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.
The CRTC has approved a Rogers Communications bid for a Toronto-focused specialty channel with local news, traffic, weather, business, sports and entertainment information.
A television news channel run by Radio-Canada, the French arm of CBC, has been accused of airing a documentary with anti-Israeli bias.
Canadian TV executives expect that homegrown TV programs will continue to make substantial inroads in the United States and abroad next year.
Canadian entrepreneurs are demonstrating that despite massive industry consolidation, a small, independent TV channel can still find an audience.
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.
CEO says Canada's largest radio and pay-TV operator is doing whatever it can to keep workers on payroll.
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.
The internet search giant and owner of video-sharing site YouTube says exempting new media from regulation will keep the Internet 'awesome'.
Telecommunications company sees no justification for Cancon regulation of the Internet or to impose taxes to finance Canadian content production.
Columnist says free, over-the-air, high-definition TV signals will doom the current cable monopoly in Canada.
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.
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.
FRIENDS says a confidential source had alerted the organization of Conservative plans to slash $200 million from the CBC's parliamentary grant.
Columnist says the CBC is finding ratings success with "factual entertainment" programs such as 'Dragon's Den,' and 'Canada's Next Great Prime Minister.'
The owners of Canwest Global Communications are no longer among Canada's 100 wealthiest people, as reported by Canadian Business magazine.
CBC is planning to overhaul its television news divisions, moving The National to seven days a week and revamping CBC Newsworld.
Transcript of CBC executives making the case for a revamped news strategy.
Two months into the NHL season, national audiences for hockey telecasts in Canada have shown big increases.
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.
Ted Rogers leaves behind a Canadian media empire with annual revenue of $11 billion and employing 29,000 Canadians.
Analyst says Rogers shareholders will want the status quo maintained as the company moves ahead without its founder and CEO.
Rogers Communications has announced a round of job cuts following news of the death of founder and controlling shareholder Ted Rogers.
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.
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.
Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is suing another journalist for defamation.
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.
Columnist looks at the life Canadian media pioneer, Ted Rogers.
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.
Canwest has launched redesigned Web sites for its major city daily newspapers intended to provide in-depth, live local news and information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Firm lowers Canwest Media's credit rating to 'highly speculative' as the company struggles with heavy debt and a weak ad market.
Audience survey data show that for the first time, CBC Radio One ranks as the top station in the Toronto radio market.
CTV, in an effort to trim costs because of financial pressures, has eliminated 105 jobs at its broadcast operations.
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.
Columnist says the job cuts will be deepest at media properties recently purchased from CHUM.
BBM data show that less people are tuning in to CBC Radio Two and more people are listening to Radio One.
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.
Columnist says that the current quality of Canadian TV has rarely been better and should be celebrated.
Canwest is set to announce that it is commissioning a pilot for a Canadian drama set in a used-car dealership.
Data show that despite growing audiences radio advertising has been down 18 consecutive months.
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.
Heritage Minister asks CBC managers to reduce their expenses.
The former chief of staff to Prime Minister Harper says a five-per-cent cut to the CBC budget might be called for.
The Canadian Taxpayers federation asks CBC/SRC to stop wasting taxpayers' money on senior executive training at Harvard University.
Columnist says big spending at Canada's media companies has come to an end.
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.
Canwest answers questions about his company's stock price, debt levels and corporate strategy.
Fending off a $45-million budget shortfall and the impending global recession, CBC is putting a freeze on discretionary spending.
Opposition parties say the Conservative government is softening up the public for looming cuts to one of its favourite ideological targets, the CBC.
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.
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.
Culture exchange during the November 20th House of Commons Question Period.
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.
Corus Entertainment has joined the growing list of broadcasters that are slashing costs amid a slowdown in advertising spending.
The CRTC says the regulator will hold public hearings on the issue of Internet traffic shaping next summer.
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.
CBC executives say the public broadcaster is willing to help the National Broadcast Orchestra with broadcasts, commissions and rehearsal space.
The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union says recently announced layoffs should prompt the CRTC to reconsider the terms of license for CTV.
CTV is preparing to cut costs by chopping discretionary expenses, imposing a hiring freeze and eliminating jobs.
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.
Quebec Premier Jean Charest has promised to abolish the provincial sales tax of 7.5 per cent on culture-related products.
Peter Viner has been announced as the interim president of Canwest Global Communications' broadcasting division.
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.
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.
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.
Canwest CEO Leonard Asper says regulatory relief and cost-cutting are keys to reviving his company's conventional TV business.
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.
Columnist says with slumping ad revenue and a swooning share price, there are questions about how Canwest's debt will be repaid.
Canwest Global has opted to book a non-cash writedown of $1-billion related to the value of its television operations.
Columnist says there will be Canwest staff cuts to dramatic television, but regional news-gathering divisions will sent the brunt of the layoffs.
CanWest should divest itself of some of its media holdings rather than its employees, says Canada's largest media union.
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.
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.
In an internal memo, Canwest Broadcasting president Kathy Dore says "The current regulatory environment makes it very difficult for us to be successful."
Media union criticizes Canwest's "binge of acquisitions" for the company's financial troubles.
Columnist says a court ruling may allow the owners of Canadian radio stations to reduce royalty payments to composers and musicians.
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.
Burdened by debt, CanWest Global is cutting 560 jobs from its operations, hoping to buy itself breathing room to withstand an economic downturn.
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.
Canwest has announced it would contribute $700,000 to a mentorship program that matches high-potential women with senior members of the communication industry.
Survey says the large majority of opinion leaders have positive overall impressions of CBC/Radio-Canada.
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.
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.
In an attempt to monetize online video, a new technology is being marketed that searches for spots within videos to insert advertising messages.
CBC has made an application to the CRTC to create a website and digital specialty channel based on Al Gore's Current TV.
Request for public intervention in a CRTC hearing on the sale of Campbell River Community Television to Shaw Cablesystems.
CEO of Montreal based StreamTheWorld says there has been "explosive" demand from media companies for its audio and video web-streaming services.
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.
Canada's new Heritage Minister defends cutting arts programs and says he wants to move beyond recent conflicts with the cultural community.
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.
Columnist says it is dishonest to pretend there is no bias or political agenda on the part of some news organizations.
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."
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.
Veteran CBC correspondent Henry Champ is retiring after more than four decades in journalism.
Heritage Minister James Moore cites economic instability and unsuitable bids as reasons to abandon plans for the Portrait Gallery of Canada.
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.
Fairfax, a financial services holding company, has purchased another 2.9 million subordinate voting shares in CanWest for an undisclosed amount.
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.
Rogers is asking the CRTC for approval to carry Fox Business News.
Canwest has acquired the streaming rights to "Prison Break," "Bones," "Family Guy" and "24," plus mobisodes and webisodes, for its Canadian network Web sites.
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.
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.
Columnist says new federal broadcasting regulations should help the Canadian Olympic Committee in its bid to launch an amateur sports channel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Australian media analysts say a heavy debt load may force Canwest to sell its broadcast holdings in that country.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein answers questions about the broadcast regulator's new set of rules for the television industry.
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.
Ted Rogers has been admitted to hospital, forcing him to relinquish his duties as CEO of Rogers Communications.
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.
Analysts say Canwest may have to consider selling assets into an unfavourable market.
FRIENDS says the CRTC has balanced the competing interests of the broadcasting industry.
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.
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.
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.
The CRTC says there is 'No economic rationale' for allowing broadcasters to charge cable, satellite companies for signal use.
The CRTC will allow conventional broadcasters to negotiate payments for the retransmission of their signals to other provinces, also known as time-shifting.
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.
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.
FRIENDS says if the CRTC bows to cable industry deregulation it may mean more American stations and less funding of Canadian-made television.
Vancouver MP James Moore is expected to become the Minister of Heritage in Stephen Harper's new cabinet.
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.
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.
Montreal Gazette employees are protesting Canwest's decision to move more editorial and customer-service operations out of Quebec.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ted Rogers says soaring third-quarter results show his company is 'extremely well financed to weather a storm.'
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.
The National Film Board and Japanese pubcaster NHK have signed an agreement that will see them work more closely on coproductions.
The 19-year-old media and politics gossip magazine Frank is ceasing operations due to lack of profitability.
Belgian organization launches program to stimulate youth multimedia literacy and foster cooperation between formal education, informal education and cultural organizations and the media.
The Copyright Board of Canada has issued a decision that addressed the prospect of establishing a royalty on hundreds of thousands of websites.
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.
Canada's largest cable-TV and mobile-phone operator says its July-September operating profit was up 10 per cent to $1.09-billion.
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.
CBC is set to launch two Canadian-made TV series in January - the dramady "Being Erica" and Calgary-set drama "Wild Roses."
RCMP call a fire that burned down a transmission tower on Vancouver Island "suspicious".
Digital media producers are bracing for the potential elimination of Telefilm Canada's Canada New Media Fund.
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.
Columnist says the current economic crisis could be hard on arts organizations.
Industry analyst says most Internet radio operators don't have enough audience to generate the revenues needed to cover expenses.
A Wall Street media-stock analyst says struggling newspaper companies should go private and get off the stock exchange.
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.
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.
Corus entertainment's CEO says with the economy heading downward, the year ahead will be a turbulent one for broadcasters.
CBC News is making available research saying that its coverage of the recent federal election was "fair, balanced and credible".
CTV has extended a supply agreement with Bell Canada to include made-for-mobile content such as MTV's "The Hills" and "Andy Milonakis."
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.
New CTV-Montreal news director is expanding the station's 6 p.m. news package on weekends from 30 to 60 minutes.
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.
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.
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.
The CTF has released a report highlighting success stories and detailed analyses of funding results.
Journalist Arthur Kent has filed a lawsuit against Canwest and writer Don Martin for a column he says was an act of "political vandalism."
With advertising down at its newspapers and contributions from its Australian television holdings fading, market analyst says CanWest shares aren't worth the risk.
Radio-Canada launches a new trans-platform music strategy.
Comment by former CBC Chief Journalist on the termination of CBC correspondents Patrick Brown and Don Murray.
Editorial says the CRTC should not regulate Canadian content requirements for the Internet.
BBM Canada/Nielsen data show the U.S. game show Jeopardy! is one of CBC-TV's most-watched programs.
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.
Columnist says Stephen Harper should stick to governing the country and leave bureaucrats to "sweat the small stuff" - like culture cuts.
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".
Columnist says a lower Canadian dollar may bring a boost to domestic film production.
Canwest is contributing $500,000 to support training programs for women in film, TV and digital media.
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.
The CRTC will hold a public hearing on broadcasting services offered to French and English language communities in a minority situation.
Canwest has reported a 10 per cent drop in operating earnings at its Australian operations.
Columnist says Canadian networks are commissioning homegrown TV pilots to find prime time success.
CBC management has confirmed that it is not renewing the contracts of veteran foreign correspondents Don Murray in London and Patrick Brown in Beijing.
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.
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.
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.
BBC world affairs editor John Simpson has said that he expects to be fired for controversial comments.
Columnist says artist protests over $45 million in arts funding cuts during the national election campaign helped deny Stephen Harper a majority government.
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.
Columnist says Stephen Harper was wrong to suggest that artistic creations and working life are two divergent realms.
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.
Columnist says that Conservative arts policies aren't financial, they're ideological.
The Conservative Party did not reply to questions about key policy issues related to media and communications in this election campaign.
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.
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.
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.
FRIENDS campaign mentioned in article about how social movements have impacted the federal election.
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.
An alliance of rival media companies, U.K. producers and politicians say the BBC's commercial wing has become too predatory.
Article analyzes the arts and culture platforms of the NDP, Liberal Party, Conservatives, Green Party and Bloc Québécois.
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."
Canadian actors, writers and other artists rallied in Toronto to send the message voters should consider culture when they go to the polls.
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.
The Conservatives are promising to reintroduce controversial copyright-reform legislation if they are re-elected.
Industry watcher says the CRTC should establish clear rules for how Internet Service Providers manage network traffic.
Columnist says the U.K.'s new broadcasting minister is expected to take a more commercial attitude to the role.
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.
Editorial questions the figures used to describe the "economic footprint" of the Canadian arts and culture sector.
Author says artists with real talent will find their own audiences and don't need government assistance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Filmmaker who's work sheds a positive light on Canada's military mission in Afghanistan says he is being censored by the arts community.
Industry analyst says much work needs to be done to prepare Canadians for the digital TV conversion in 2011.
According to figures released by CTV, the English-language election debate grabbed nearly three million viewers.
Columnist offers praise and criticism to CBC Radio Two's new programming.
Author and filmmaker says ordinary working people should be outraged by how little the Canadian government supports arts and culture.
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".
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.
Academics and observers of the news media say CBC.ca, and specifically its opinion page, need to include a greater variety of viewpoints.
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.
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.
Columnist says Stephen Harper's Conservatives have used arts and culture to drive a wedge between "classes" of Canadians.
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.
Columnist says that a perception of left-wing bias at the CBC could be harmful if a Conservative government controls the funding purse strings.
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.
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".
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.
Pressure from individuals and other media outlets causes the CBC to apologize for a blog post criticizing Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Stephen Harper has pledged a re-elected Conservative government would create a tax credit for children's artistic activities.
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.
Columnist says Stephen Harper's comments about culture being a "niche concern" shows the narrowness of the Conservative vision for Canada.
Editorial says it is time to reevaluate how arts grants and subsidies are apportioned.
The conductor of the CBC Radio Orchestra is looking at options to give the musical institution new life.
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.
NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker says the U.S. economic downturn has had a severe effect on broadcaster NBC's local television stations.
Canadian film producers are warned to do their homework before striking deals with foreign partners.
Columnist says Stephen Harper's comments on the arts show he is out of touch with what Canadians want from their country.
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.
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.
Britain's broadcast regulator says TV viewers may have to pay more to main the quality of the BBC.
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.
Political analysts says the arts may play a role in this election because it is throwing the Conservative's Quebec strategy off target.
World renowned author says Stephen Harper has demonstrated that he has no knowledge of, or respect for, the capacities and interests of "ordinary people."
The head of Quebec's largest actors' union has made a rare appeal — he's calling for the need to protect pan-Canadian culture.
Stephen Harper takes a swipe at members of the arts community in Quebec who have opposed his party's funding cuts.
Liberal leader Stephane Dion attacks Conservative leader Stephen Harper for censoring Canada's artists and underfunding cultural industries.
Blog post contains the text of Stephen Harper's controversial comments on arts funding during a campaign stop in Saskatoon, SK.
NDP Leader Jack Layton warns that a Conservative majority government would slash or privatize the CBC.
Video of Prime Minister Harper at a press conference in Saskatoon, SK responding to criticism of cuts to arts and culture funding.
Conservative Leader Stephen Harper has dismissed mounting criticism of arts cuts by calling culture a "niche" issue that doesn't resonate with "ordinary" Canadians.
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.
Through an agreement with Corus Entertainment and Astral Media, Canadian subscribers to Movie Central or The Movie Network will get access to HBO Canada.
U.S. television executive has interest in Canadian series that stray from the mainstream and appeal to his cable network's viewers.
Columnist says that in Quebec, the Conservatives' recent $45-million cuts to the arts have morphed into an issue of cultural survival.
Former Conservative candidate recommended closing down the CBC.
The host of Q on CBC Radio One says we should stop pretending that culture is outside of the interests of Canadians.
Beginning Oct. 30, HBO Canada will offer a full slate of HBO series, films, comedies and live events.
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.
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".
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.
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."
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.
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.
The executive director of the Canadian Screen Training Centre says the school may have to close if Conservative cuts to arts spending are implemented.
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.
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.
THE CRTC has given the go-ahead for Corus Entertainment to launch YTV OneWorld, a digital channel that offers international kids and family programming.
Stephen Harper's Conservatives have promised $25 million for French-language television programming if re-elected.
Election briefing note to Canadian Media Guild members on matters such as the CBC, foreign ownership and local news requirements.
Prime Minister Harper tells supporters the head of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission will alternate between French-Canadians and English-Canadians.
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.
The CBC is expected to announce that Denise Donlon, former president of Sony Music Canada, will become executive director of CBC Radio.
Quebec Premier Jean Charest is convinced the federal government will give in and restore $45 million in grants for artists and cultural enterprises.
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.
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.
A message to CBC employees from President Hubert Lacroix
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.
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.
Filmmaker says English-Canadian film is in a constant state of crisis and that Telefilm should not put such a focus on commercial viability.
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."
Quebec Premier Jean Charest calls on the Harper government to roll back cuts of about $45 million in funding for Quebec artists.
Canadian unions and guilds criticize Prime Minister Harper for saying public subsidies should not go to cultural products that fail to connect with audiences.
Canadian Media Guild says Canadians should know whether a Harper government would allow foreign investors to own media companies in this country or not.
Critics say TVOntario, Ontario's educational broadcaster, has failed citizens by drastically cutting back its coverage of provincial politics.
The CRTC has approved an application for P.E.I.'s first Christian radio station.
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.
The Minister of National Defence says the Conservative Government has increased funding for the arts since coming to office by almost eight per cent.
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.
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.
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.
A background report commissioned by the federal broadcast regulator concludes that new media broadcasting should have the same regulatory treatment as television broadcasting.
Columnist says CBC reporter's coverage of the U.S. Republican vice-presidential candidate comes close to "hate speech".
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.
CBC says it will not take a TV signal directly from a new Conservative party broadcast studio.
The industry minister says the Conservatives are considering removing foreign ownership restrictions in the telecommunications industry.
Columnist says that digital issues that resonate with younger Canadians could help swing the balance of power in many ridings in the upcoming election.
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.
CBC executive takes issue with campaign to protest changes to Radio Two programming.
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.
The DJ formerly known as Buck 65 hopes CBC Radio Two's loyal listeners will shift from Beethoven to Kathleen Edwards.
Columnist asks whether getting rid of the CBC could the crowning piece of Stephen Harper's cuts to the arts in Canada.
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.
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.
Columnist says CanWest stock could be deleted from Canada's benchmark stock index.
Telecom startup Globalive says it will target wireless consumers who do not want to lock themselves into multiyear contracts.
Columnist speculates Prime Minister Harper is calling an election now because of the controversy caused by arts funding cuts and charges about film censorship.
Series of Letters to the Editor on arts funding cuts and programming changes to CBC Radio Two.
Personal video recorders are not yet affecting how most Canadians watch television, says the Television Bureau of Canada.
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.
The CRTC has rejected two applications for Christian radio stations in the Ottawa area.
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.
Columnist is skeptical Canadian culture will be an issue in the presumed fall federal election.
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.
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.
FRIENDS says emails to CBC representatives from citizens protesting changes to CBC Radio Two started bouncing after a national ad campaign was launched.
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.
Britain's ITV3 has picked up Canadian cop series "Flashpoint" for its fall schedule.
Columnist says new CBC Radio 2 mid-day classical programming is "firmly grounded in the Three Bs: bland, bland and bland."
Data show advertising dollars spent on cable networks was up 10% this year over last year.
CBC has received over 9,000 submissions for the Hockey Night in Canada Anthem Challenge.
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.
Columnist says that by limiting classical music on Radio 2, CBC could alienate a vital group of listeners.
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.
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.
Columnist says the CBC has a responsibility to maintain the cultural linchpins that define us as Canadians.
The Conservative government is axing a $14.5 million program — administered by Telefilm — which fosters the creation of internet content and its distribution.
The official CBC blog posts the new schedule for CBC Radio 2.
The CRTC has placed Canada's second-largest cable company on probation for flouting federal rules.
Rogers Media has announced its takeover of the specialty channel OLN.
Liberal leader Stéphane Dion says his party's election platform will champion arts and culture funding.
Article profiles CBC Radio 2's new host Rich Terfry (a.k.a. musician Buck 65), who is replacing Jurgen Gothe and DiscDrive.
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.
Artists, singers, actors, writers and politicians speak out at a Montreal rally against $48.5 million in funding cuts announced by the Conservative government.
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.
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.
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.
The executive director of the Quebec Drama Federation says the majority of groups affected by funding cuts to culture are in Quebec.
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.
Nominations for Canada's TV awards put the spotlight on homegrown drama programs.
Canwest has announced it will provide online access to over 50 TV programs including U.S. shows such as Heroes, House and The Office.
The list provided by Canadian Heritage does not include a separate Foreign Affairs program to assist the travels of artists abroad.
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.
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.
Anti-government protesters armed with knives and guns stormed a state-owned television station in Thailand and briefly forced it off the air.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The voice of Canadian library users and professionals has issued a Grassroots Advocacy Kit to mobilize supporters on concerns about proposed copyright legislation.
Columnist says Conservative government cuts to culture could be a tactic to shore up their right-wing base going into a fall election.
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.
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.
Columnist calls CBC's coverage of the past seven Olympics "exceptional".
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nielsen ratings show that for the week ending August 3rd, eight cable TV shows finished in the top 11 most-watched programs.
With free Olympics video in abundance on the Internet, viewers have had little incentive to seek out grainy pirated images.
An essay by a former CBC and CTV producer/executive about CBC's Richard Stursberg and his "romance with ratings."
Report links childhood obesity with sedentary activities like watching television.
Market analyst says cable companies are winning the subscriber battle against telecom companies, making their stock compelling buys.
Columnist says that $40-million in cuts to cultural programs will be redirected to athletics and a bilingualism plan.
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.
A faith-based conservative family group wants the Harper government to intervene to block a broadcasting licence issued to a new Canadian porn channel.
Columnist says Nova Scotia based Newcap Radio is proving there is profit in owning small-market radio stations.
CanWest is set to rebrand its cable channel Lonestar, which centers on Westerns, as MovieTime, a digital offering of popular Hollywood movies.
Columnist says the global economic decline could be bad news for Hollywood and media conglomerates.
Yahoo says it is working with Intel to create web computer channels that will run alongside TV shows.
The Canadian digital cable channel Cosmopolitan TV has secured a space on Rogers Cable, the country's largest cable operator.
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.
FRIENDS says CBC Radio 2 moving away from something only the public broadcaster can do towards programming many private broadcasters already do.
Columnist says television newscasts that focus on "news-light" in an effort to be positive and accessible loses sight of their presumptive mandate.
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."
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.
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.
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.
FRIENDS research indicates that what CBC Radio Two's average 1.1 million listeners per week like best about the station is classical music.
Columnist says that proposed copyright legislation would forbid Canadians from recording television programs for archival purposes.
New poll says almost half of Britons do not think the BBC license fee offers "good value for money."
Olympic partners CBC and Bell say the wireless distribution of television content holds a lot of promise.
FRIENDS says CBC is substantially moving away from its responsibility to transmit world classical culture to new generations of Canadians.
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.
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.
The CRTC approves Baseball TV, the Rural Channel, eScapes and Northern Peaks - described as a Canadian adult programming.
Editorial says Canada's filmmakers, musicians, writers and visual artists have ample reason to be worried about their future.
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.
Digital technology is allowing broadcasters to divide their signals into multiple feeds and offer several channels where there had only been one.
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.
The Conservatives say spending on cultural programs - including the CBC - is up 19.7 per cent from when the Liberals were in power.
Cultural organizations say funding cancellations will have 'devastating effect' on Canadian musicians, composers, artists and filmmakers.
Blaming a slowdown in the use of studio production facilities, CanWest MediaWorks is exiting one of their main television and film sites in Toronto.
Columnist says the "pettiness" of the Conservative government in cutting off money for artists is shameful.
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.
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.
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.
The Department of Heritage is expecting to spend $324,000 for the Canadian delegation attending the Beijing Olympics.
A new Canadian pay-television pornography channel — to be called Northern Peaks — had been approved by federal broadcast regulators.
Conservatives stay silent as details about large cuts to cultural funding emerge.
Eschewing formal announcements, the Conservative government have posted funding cancellation notices on the web pages of cultural programs.
Action alert asking Canada's writers to contact their MP and express concern with the government's cancellation of the Prom-Art program.
Editorial says that by cutting off funding to artists and cultural institutions, the Conservatives are only showcasing their own philistinism.
TSN has announced a new digital sports channel with programming featuring the NHL, NBA, CFL, NCAA, curling, auto racing and martial arts.
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.
Bell is promoting a new product for archiving recorded television shows that will become illegal if the government's proposed copyright legislation becomes law.
Columnist says television is a critical ingredient for phone companies to offset declines in their land-line business from cable and VOIP competition.
CBC officials say CBCSports.ca is averaging two million page views a day so far during the Olympics.
Canadian Heritage Minister Josée Verner was among several Conservative party officials that refused to appear before the House of Commons ethics committee.
"Wheel of Fortune" is set to mark its launch on CBC by adding some Canadian "fun facts" to the American game show.
CBC announces media event on August 19 to reveal programming changes to Radio 2.
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.
Canwest Global has confirmed the sale of an "orphaned asset" that will add about $7-million annually to the company's operating profit.
Opposition Heritage Critic says the Conservative government's cuts to cultural programs hurts both the arts community and Canada's identity overseas.
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.
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.
'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.
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'.
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.
Article profiles a Montreal venture capitalist determined to save the CBC Radio Orchestra.
Columnist asks why the government is in the business of producing "lame dramas, inane comedies and terrible reality shows".
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.
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.
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".
Negotiations between the Canadian Film and Television Production Association and the major Canadian broadcast groups have reached an impasse before even formally getting underway.
Kathy Dore is set to step down as president of Canwest Broadcasting after a four year tenure.
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.
A new poll says almost one in four U.S. seniors is not aware of the digital-TV transition in February 2009.
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.
Canada's largest phone company hopes to reposition itself against formidable competitors in the wireless, TV, Internet and land-line communications market.
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.
The Minister of Canadian Heritage has appointed communications professional Marlie Oden as a member of the board of Telefilm Canada.
Columnist says U.S. television networks are challenging a 1969 court decision that strikes the correct balance of rights between broadcasters and citizens.
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.
Columnist says Canada's TV producers and the private broadcasters are gearing up for terms-of-trade negotiations this fall.
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.
An investor says CanWest's stock is currently at "a you're-going-broke kind of price".
Canwest Media has announced it has launched a $210,000 aboriginal internship program at its major Alberta television stations.
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.
CBC executive says the public broadcaster intends to set the bar extraordinarily high for the next official Olympic broadcaster - CTV.
CRTC report says private conventional broadcasters spent $616 million on Canadian programming in 2007, down from $623.7 million in 2006.
Reports says on average Canadian adults watch more than four hours of TV a day while youth watch about 2.5 hours per day.
CRTC data show TV revenue for cable companies is growing twice as fast than that of broadcasters.
The CRTC releases the first comprehensive look at the state of the overall communications industry in Canada.
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.
FRIENDS says the organization is watching the Rogers takeover of CityTV closely to ensure commitments of the sale are honoured.
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.
A new report says 20% of Americans are watching episodes of their favorite primetime shows online.
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.
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'.
The BBC has been fined £400,000 by Britain's broadcasting regulator for faking competition winners and deceiving viewers on radio and television programmes.
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.
Article addresses the confusion over the conversion from analog television signals to digital starting in February 2009.
Columnist says since XM Canada and Sirius Canada feature content mostly from their U.S. partners, merger talks are seen as virtually inevitable.
Web broadcaster and SoundExchange, the organization that represents music copyright owners, clash over the industry's royalty rates.
ABC has acquired the U.S. rights to a new CBC TV series about a young couple who marry at 18 years of age.
Rogers says the company's wireless business helped propel revenue up 11 per cent to $301-million in its second quarter.
The CRTC wants XM Canada and Sirius Canada to immediately explain any merger plans and how those plans will affect their broadcasts.
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.
Study says newspaper readership among 18-24-year-olds is in slow decline, but readership is fairly stable for the 45-plus demographic.
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.
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.
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.
Columnist examines CBC's changes to Radio 2 and the politics behind the battle over what constitutes culture.
Canadian screenwriters and independent producers have extended their collective agreement through the end of 2009.
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.
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.
Broadcasters hope new media technology will lead to lucrative new forms of revenue and a wider/younger market for their content.
Iconic Toronto building has been purchased by a condo developer for $21-million.
Executive producer says U.S. cable networks are hungry for original adult dramas.
The broadcast regulator has revoked the licence of campus instructional station CJWV-FM Winnipeg for failure to comply with a number of mandatory orders.
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.
The FCC reportedly is ready to approve the deal if the satellite radio operators agree to new conditions.
Newfoundland Capital Corp. is trading a radio station in Halifax to Rogers Broadcasting in exchange for a station in Sudbury, Ont., and $5 million.
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.
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.
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.
Networks CBS and CTV have moved the new Canadian-made drama Flashpoint from Friday nights to Thursdays, the most-watched night of the week.
Canada's film and video distributors reported total operating revenues of $1.7 billion in 2006, down marginally from 2005.
A new study shows that Interactive media's share of worldwide advertising expenditures is expected to hit 15 percent in 2009.
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.
Columnist says Canadians can expect to see lower prices and more services for their cellphones beginning next year.
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.
The wireless spectrum auction that was mandated to lower cellphone prices and increase competition has raised more than $4.25 billion in revenue.
Canwest says the goal of a new training program is to help Canadian TV executives pick potential homegrown primetime hits.
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.
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.
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.
Columnist profiles Flashpoint, the Canadian produced police drama that has been picked up by U.S. network CBS.
EU approves French government plan to invest E150 million in France Télévisions during transition to advertising-free model.
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.
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.
Speech by Sir Michael Lyons, Chairman of the BBC Trust, to EU conference in Strasbourg.
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.
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.
Columnist says CBC is looking to build on recent ratings success and has ordered more TV pilots from independent producers.
Columnist says there is optimism in the TV industry over a number of excellent dramas being made by cable channels.
CTVglobemedia is launching a digital specialty TV channel that will have music videos for up to 10 percent of its programming.
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.
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.
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.
A new study finds having the TV on while kids are around hinders their ability to focus.
Viacom has backed off its demands to gain access to the viewing habits and personal data of YouTube users.
Apple says it has sold one million iPhones in Canada on the first weekend of sales.
More than eight million Americans tuned in for the season premiere of the Canadian-made police drama Flashpoint on CBS.
PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger has announced a major initiative to boost the U.S. public broadcaster's emphasis on the performing arts.
Columnist says the issue of net neutrality has been elevated in the public policy debate by Bell Canada's traffic throttling practices.
Columnist says Hollywood producers are looking to Canada for fresh programming they can acquire economically and then sell at reasonable prices.
CBC Radio announces a $50,000 increase in its commissions budget for original works from Canadian musicians and orchestras.
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.
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.
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.
The president of the Schumann Center for Media and Democracy says media institutions are not currently providing the information needed to make democracy work.
CBC encourages the broadcast regulator to recognize the importance of traditional media as the source of professional broadcast content for all new platforms.
FRIENDS says Entertainment One is bringing together former players from Alliance Communications in a "critical mass of talent and capacity."
Astral Media executives say the company is planning to revamp its pay television services early next year to "reinvigorate" the business.
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
CBC/Radio-Canada tells the CRTC new media is neither displacing traditional media, nor will it solve the financial difficulties facing conventional broadcasters.
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.
The president and CEO of VisionTV says there should be Internet oversight urging Canadian content on the Web.
On the set of the most expensive television series ever produced in Canada - CTV's new cop drama Flashpoint.
Columnist says public pressure caused Rogers to slash its mobile data fees in advance of the release of Apple's iPhone.
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.
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.
Columnist says big TV networks in Canada are losing their financial dominance amid the rapid growth of specialty channels and pay-television services.
Columnist says that a meeting of media and online leaders will focus on the Internet's increasing fragmentation.
Entertainment One looks to acquire Blueprint Entertainment, Barna-Alper Productions, Oasis International and Maximum Films.
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.
Article breaks down what CTVglobemedia, CanWest, CBC and Rogers have planned for their fall TV lineups.
The government has responded to the Heritage Committee's study of CBC's mandate, rejecting the recommendation for a multi-year contract with Canadians.
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.
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.
Google says Bell is breaking Canadian telecommunications law by slowing certain internet traffic, and is urging the CRTC to take action against the company.
A Toronto filmmaker is selling each frame of his future film to potential investors through an internet site.
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."
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.
Despite budget and staff cuts, the National Film Board of Canada chairman says the organization trying to build for the digital future.
Op-ed links the loosening of foreign ownership restrictions on telecom companies to improved OECD "standard of living" rankings.
Bell critics say the company is throttling Internet traffic so that it can give priority to its own paid online content.
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.
A snapshot look at the media industry in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary.
The chief correspondent of CBC News and anchor of The National is to become an officer of the Order of Canada.
More than 18,000 people have signed an online petition asking for lower rates from Rogers on Apple's iPhone.
Columnist says Richard Stursberg, vice-president of CBC English-language services, is determined to radically change Canada's public broadcaster.
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.
Industry Canada says Shaw Communications has spent $212.2-million for licenses in a wireless spectrum auction.
Canadian film studio operators say Screen Actors Guild talks in the U.S. have put a damper on production in this country.
The Minister of Canadian Heritage has announced financial accountant Patricia McIver to the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada.
The Minister of Canadian Heritage has announced Suzanne Lamarre, Steve Simpson and Louise Poirier as full-time members of the CRTC.
Romania's Senate has ordered TV and radio stations to air more "happy" news, arguing that too much gloom is making people ill.
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.
The founder of MySpace has made public a competing offer for Toronto-based, Internet broadcaster JumpTV.
Shaw Communications reports a third-quarter profit of $128.1-million.
A federal government advisory report recommends that Canada gradually overhaul its foreign ownership rules for homegrown broadcasters and phone companies.
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.
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.
Columnist is critical of recent House of Commons hearings on proposed changes to CBC Radio Two.
An advisory report recommends the government "liberalize" foreign ownership restrictions on the telecommunications industry.
French president Nicolas Sarkozy has laid out plans that will see advertising banned from France's public broadcasters by December, 2011.
CBC executives have unveiled a new fall schedule for CBC Radio One with programming to appeal to 35 to 49 year olds.
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.
The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has ruled that radio hosts elected to political office can use the airwaves to promote their own political agendas.
The CRTC has approved three new FM broadcasters to compete in Metro Vancouver's $131-million-per-year advertising market.
Britain's public broadcaster launches a new version of its online content software with both TV and radio programming.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Excerpts from House of Commons transcripts on Arts and Culture and the CBC Radio Orchestra.
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.
Search Engine, the CBC Radio 2 show about technology and digital culture, has been cancelled.
FRIENDS says record profits for Canada's cable and satellite companies demonstrate the existing TV distribution system works well.
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.
Fox signs a production deal with Global to produce the pilot for The Animated Adventures of Bob and Doug McKenzie.
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.
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.
Columnist says that while Internet service providers in other countries are upgrading infrastructure, Canadian companies are throttling traffic.
CRTC says Canadian Cable companies' total revenues exceeded $7 billion for the first time ever in 2007.
Radio-Canada and Quebec broadcaster TVA will soon both have women anchors for their flagship nightly news programs.
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.
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.
The Associated Press plans to meet with a bloggers' group to help form guidelines under which AP news stories can be quoted online.
Battle over the "hockey song" profiled in the New York Times.
Poem about CBC losing the rights to the "hockey song".
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.
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.
Columnist says the CBC needs to offer arts programming on television that argues powerfully for the art itself.
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.
Paul Gratton, the former vice president of specialty channels for CHUM, has been elected as the chair of the Canadian Television Fund.
CBC's Radio One literary show, Talking Books, has been cancelled.
Minister of Canadian Heritage defends controversial tax bill.
New bill said to include contentious provisions including making it illegal to copy music from protected CDs to iPods.
Columnist says the Banff World Television Festival concluded with a chorus calling for aid for Canada's indigenous producers in the battle against Hollywood.
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.
Editorial says the CBC would have had a hard time justifying spending millions of taxpayers' dollars on the Hockey Night in Canada theme song.
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.
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.
Columnist says there is growing support among political parties in Quebec for provincial control over the licensing of broadcasters.
The producers of Little Mosque on the Prairie have signed a deal with Fox Television for an American version of the series.
Dalton Camp Award winner says YouTube is bound to play a key role in the next federal election.
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.
CTV has acquired the exclusive tights to 'Canada's Second National Anthem'.
Columnist says the U.S. primary elections should get an Emmy award for great television.
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.
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.
A CRTC proposal would split the Canadian Television Fund into separate commercial and cultural streams.
The CRTC recommends that the fund created to subsidize the production of Canadian television should support more shows based on popularity alone.
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.
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.
FRIENDS agrees with CRTC recommendation to keep the status quo on Canadian content rules for the CTF.
Columnist says Global Television's fall schedule is chock full of American shows.
Columnist says CTV's A-channel and Global's E! are being stocked with proven hits and new shows bought from Hollywood.
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.
CBC says Satellite TV distributor Star Choice has breached broadcast rules with a "cavalier attitude" and should be reined in by the CRTC.
A new six-year agreement will significantly increase Canadian NHL content on the sports cable network TSN.
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.
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.
The prospective new owners of TQS say they only want to revive the network's TV operation, not the news service.
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.
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.
Report says circulation of paid newspapers rose 2.6 per cent worldwide in 2007, with the biggest jump in India and China.
CTV has announced a fall lineup that includes two new Canadian-shot dramas and a Canadian-made reality TV show.
The CRTC has denied an application by the CBC to re-transmit its AM radio signal directly to Nanaimo from Gabriola Island.
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.
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.
Event organizers say no Conservative MPs attended the screening of a controversial Canadian film.
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.
Canwest Global and CTVglobemedia have announced they will contribute $1.5 million to Media Awareness Network, a not-for-profit media literacy organization.
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."
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.
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.
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".
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.
The Conference Board of Canada says profit growth in Canada's telecommunications industry will stall in coming years as competition holds prices in check.
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.
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.
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.
Columnist says Tim Hortons and Canadian Tire have as much right to the label of "cultural institution" as the CBC.
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.
Canada's private networks plan on unveiling their fall schedules at an industry event in early June.
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.
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.
CBC executives say more Canadians are watching more Canadian programming.
Ottawa is set to auction wireless airwaves in an attempt to bolster competition in a market where prices are higher than in other countries.
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.
Columnist says CBC is banking on a slate of returning sitcoms, dramas, talk shows and satires that have already proved their appeal to viewers.
Article profiles TV executive Trina McQueen.
Columnist says 300 people showed up at the Vancouver Art Gallery to protest CBC management's decision to cut the CBC Radio Orchestra.
Columnist says CBC's fall schedule lacks much new Canadian-made programming.
Columnist says the Harper government should ignore calls for increased investment and instead "wrap up" Canada's public broadcaster.
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.
FRIENDS says CBC should be running Canadian programming, not U.S. syndicated shows like Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.
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.
Ted Rogers says he doesn't want Rogers Communications sold when he steps down as President and Chief Executive Officer.
Columnist says that Time Warner may be looking to NBC as a new broadcast partner.
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.
Data show U.S. Internet users viewed 11.5 billion online videos during March, 2008, representing a 64-percent gain over the previous year.
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.
Time Warner has announced it will formally split off its cable TV business.
Fine Print, the Toronto-based books program, has been cancelled by its host broadcaster, Rogers TV.
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.
Grammy-winning violinist calls CBC's cuts to classical music "misguided and shortsighted."
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.
Heritage Minister Josée Verner is invoking an 18th-century British parliamentary privilege in a bid to avoid testifying in a lawsuit involving her husband.
Video of the head of Public Radio International talking about why the US media is showing less international news.
Editorial says the U.S. Congress should pass so-called "net neutrality" legislation.
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.
Columnist says recent price hikes for Shaw cable TV service have come with no explanation and no improvement in service.
Shaw calls CBC's demand to reinstate its Regina feed "completely unrealistic and a total waste of scarce satellite capacity."
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.
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.
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.
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.
A CRTC report says conventional broadcasters are increasingly worried about the growing share of advertising revenue that is migrating to the Internet.
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.
The Minister of Canadian Heritage has appointed G. Grant Machum, a Halifax lawyer, to the Board of Telefilm Canada.
CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein, says "Our intention is not to regulate new media, but rather to gain a better understanding of this environment".
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.
Columnist says Canadian broadcasters are expected to be big buyers of foreign programming at international TV event.
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.
The CRTC has launched a consultation on broadcasting in the new media environment for a public hearing to be held in early 2009.
Tony Burman, the former editor-in-chief of CBC news, has been appointed managing director of Al Jazeera's English operations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The House of Commons standing committee on Canadian heritage will be holding hearings on proposed changes to CBC Radio 2.
Peterborough, Ontario is getting a new Corus Entertainment-owned FM radio station.
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.
CBC Radio One has unveiled 13 new programs for its summer lineup.
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.
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.
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".
Rogers reiterates its opposition to fee-for-carriage for over the air broadcasters in final comments to the CRTC.
The UK media watchdog has fined Britain's biggest commercial broadcaster 5.68 million pounds for cheating viewers over phone-in competitions.
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.
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.
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.
Paul Ski, the former President of CHUM Radio, has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer - Radio for Rogers Broadcasting.
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".
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.
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.
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.
University of Windsor professor emeritus asks if CBC Radio 2 forgets its core audience why should that audience continue to support it?
Canadian Filmmaker warns of a possible funding crisis for domestic film production if controversial tax-credit legislation passes.
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.
Gemini Awards winner Peter Mansbridge celebrates 20 years as anchor of CBC's flagship nightly news program.
Article says Conservatives used a litany of excuses not to attend the Governor-General's Performing Arts Awards Gala.
A Conservative party official says a fundraising campaign in which the CBC was criticized drove a significant number of donations into party coffers.
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.
Ted Rogers, chairman of Rogers Communications says the recent CRTC hearings may have gone smoother for his company if he had not attended.
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.
Blaming an economic slowdown, Torstar Corp has reported significant drops in profit and revenue.
Columnist says Chris Haddock, creator of Da Vinci's Inquest and Intelligence is looking for an executive level job with CBC.
Producers of two new Canadian drama series say that having relationships with both U.S. and domestic license holders is complex but productive.
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has declared film tax-credit legislation a matter of confidence in the Conservative government.
Columnist says that if the CRTC allows the struggling Quebec TV network TQS to collect carriage fees in exchange for maintaining
Columnist says the recent writers strike has taken a bite out of the latest earnings statement from Canadian ratings leader CTV.
An annual study of reporters' freedom says 42 percent of the world's people live in countries without basic freedom of the media.
Sirius and XM Satellite Radio have delayed annual shareholder meetings scheduled for May as they await a regulatory review of their combination.
Rogers Communications has announced the election of Isabelle Marcoux of Montreal to its Board of Directors.
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.
Columnist says Rogers Communications intends to be a player this year in bidding for new U.S. TV series.
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.
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.
Article profiles the newly appointed director of programming for CBC English radio.
Industry executive says a commitment to Portable People Meter technology is an important step in the evolution of audience measurement in Canada.
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.
Rogers Communications says that it has reached an agreement to bring Apple's iPhone to Canada.
Executives for Canwest and CTVglobemedia make a joint presentation to the CRTC asking for a fee-for-carriage of their television signals.
Columnist says that if new TV regulations make conventional broadcasters weaker they will probably be forced to cut Canadian services, especially expensive local news.
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.
Simon Fraser University professor says the CRTC's policy on ethnic broadcasting has inadvertently introduced classes of services where some thrive an others struggle.
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.
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.
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.
Editorial says Canadian want their TV channel lineups to stay the same, as much choice as possible and "good" Canadian programming.
FRIENDS mentioned in an article about the reasons why Toronto actors, such as RH Thomson, have challenges finding work in their home community.
Columnist says that CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein seems less interested in loosening restrictions than some might expect from a Tory appointee.
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.
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.
CRTC data show that industry revenues climbed to $2.7 billion in 2007, an increase of 9.1% over the previous year.
Columnist examines the ways network TV and cable industries could be reshaped following recent regulatory hearings.
Editorial says Quebec politicians should not peruse proposals to gain more control or a veto over telecommunications policy decisions.
Executives from Shaw Communications argue that broadcasters should not be able to charge for their signals.
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.
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.
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.
Columnist says a fight between Canada's cable industry and two national television networks is now being waged in the Prime Minister's office.
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.
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.
A Conference Board of Canada report recommends that Canada should open up protected industries to more foreign investment.
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.
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.
The text of a CTVglobemedia letter sent to Stephen Harper in response to an earlier Jim Shaw letter concerning the CRTC broadcast distribution hearings.
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.
Josée Verner, federal Minister of Canadian Heritage, calls comments made by Brokeback Mountain director "completely erroneous".
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.
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.
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?"
The president of the Canadian League of Composers says the CBC Radio Orchestra belongs to all Canadians, and should be reinstated immediately.
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.
Specialty/pay television broadcaster Astral says it does not object to fee-for-carriage for conventional broadcast signals.
Article says Montreal Canadiens fans are turning to French-language private broadcaster RDS for game coverage.
Montreal Canadiens fans upset by level of coverage from CBC television.
Weekend rally planned in Vancouver to protest CBC Radio Orchestra dissolution and Radio 2 programming changes.
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.
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.
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.
Star of Trailer Park Boys condemns dearth of Canadian drama on television, traces to level of regulatory obligations placed on industry.
Two largest conventional broadcasters make joint presentation to CRTC, say fee-for-carriage would right historic wrong, ensure continued spending on local programming.
Editorial backs cable/satellite industry call for deregulation of broadcast distribution.
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.
Conventional broadcasters discuss reduced per-subscriber amount in fee-for-carriage proposal.
Media unions call on the CRTC for more support and an increase in spending on homegrown programming.
Broadcasters argue for fee-for-carriage, but resist suggestions that funds be tied to more Canadian programs and local news.
Shaw asks Conservative government to intervene in CRTC broadcast distribution hearings.
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.
Telus says broadcasters' ownership of specialty channels should foreclose their right to fee-for-carriage for conventional channels.
Article says artistic complexity of classical music justifies its having greatest presence on public radio, CBC needs to re-embrace being "elite".
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.
Regional director for Maritimes to serve as interim national executive director for CBC English Radio.
Interview series on ichannel's @iSSUE, one episode of which features FRIENDS' Ian Morrison, addresses issues arising from CRTC broadcast distribution hearings.
FRIENDS says cable desire to change simultaneous substitution rules would significantly impact Canadian broadcasters' revenues.
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.
Article says Canada is well behind the US in making television shows legally available online.
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.
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.
Internet scholar analyzes Bell response to Internet service provider complaint filed with CRTC concerning traffic shaping practices.
Rival private broadcasters combine efforts to oppose regulatory changes proposed by cable and satellite distributors.
Bell Canada defends shaping of Internet traffic on its network as being in the public interest.
Conventional broadcasters criticize cable and satellite providers for advocating deregulation while profiting from protection from foreign competition.
U.S. cable company says it is slowing down its clients' Internet connections if individual usage is outside the company's "network management goal".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rogers argues deregulation of broadcast distribution is not about eliminating Canadian content.
Canadian Association of Internet Providers files CRTC complaint against Bell Canada's Internet traffic shaping practices.
Editorial says Bill C-10 at odds with principle of arts being at arm's length from political interests.
Author describes Sarah Polley as "lefty activist", argues Bill C-10 will not result in censorship of film and television production.
Bloc Quebecois readies legislative proposals to set up Quebec provincial communications regulator, opt out of national regulation by the CRTC.
Text of letter from Shaw Communications CEO to the Prime Minister concerning CRTC broadcast distribution hearings.
Quebecor calls for relaxation of distribution rules, contends they were designed for a world that no longer exists.
Quebecor says CRTC rules constrain industry's ability to offer better products such as video-on-demand.
Small independent broadcasters call on CRTC to enforce rules, resolve imbalance of bargaining power with cable and satellite providers.
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.
Quebecor tells CRTC to loosen regulation of broadcast distributors, says it would not pass on fee-for-carriage charges to cable subscribers.
Quebecor head says broadcast distribution rules apply to a world that no longer exists, must be relaxed.
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.
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.
Executive Director of Waterloo Regional Arts Council worried about the state of Canadian classical music following changes announced to CBC Radio Two.
Canadian actor argues proposed tax credit bill will place chill on creative community.
Chair of Senate committee studying controversial amendment to tax credit rules for film and television productions reveals Heritage Minister does not support the legislation.
Editorial says no government can be trusted with administering a proposed "contrary to public policy" test for film and television production tax credit eligibility.
APTN has launched a new high-definition channel, APTNHD, which will carry 16.5 hours per week of distinctive HD programming.
Columnist attributes end of hit Canadian production Corner Gas partly to threat of censorship implied by Bill C-10.
Columnist contends public funding of the arts in Canada should be eliminated.
CTV to brings its news anchors from across Canada together in Ottawa for a celebration of local news.
Author deconstructs CBC rationale for eliminating Radio Orchestra.
CBC management comments on rationale for rapid drama cancellations and reaction to letters from fans.
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.
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.
Protests of changes to classical music on CBC Radio cross demographic lines.
Turnout for Victoria protests against CBC Radio cuts among the largest in the country.
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.
CBC Radio Two listeners in Windsor lament reduction in classical music.
New TV distribution player calls on CRTC to eliminate requirement to carry "basic" channels.
US switch to digital will affect communities like Windsor that receive US-origin programming signals over-the-air.
Organizers of cross-Canada protests say changes to classical music on CBC Radio 2 will have far-reaching implications.
Attendees at protest in Edmonton criticize programming changes at CBC Radio 2 as a "move to mediocrity".
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.
Columnist calls transformation of CBC Radio 2 to "another easy listening station" a huge mistake.
CBC says it would have been more concerned if no one had attended cross-Canada protests of changes to classical music on Radio 2.
Facebook, Canadian Broadcasting Centre both serve as venues of protest against changes to CBC Radio 2.
Article comments on management decisions to revamp Radio Two programming and eliminate CBC Radio Orchestra, and public opposition to the changes.
Demonstrations held across Canada to protest CBC's decision to shut down Radio Orchestra, implement programming changes on Radio 2.
ACTRA responds to Conservative MP's negative characterization of actor/filmmaker Sarah Polley following her presentation before Senate Banking Committee concerning Bill C-10.
CEO of Shaw Communications says distributors need less regulation to keep viewers from migrating to the Internet or illegal satellite services.
Protests planned in Ottawa against changes to CBC Radio 2.
Columnist says CBC pursuit of "broader commercial appeal" on Radio 2 not consistent with its responsibilities as a public broadcaster.
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.
Satellite distributor defends free access to over-the-air signals for distribution, calls fee-for-carriage proposals "looking for a handout".
Victoria residents spearhead national day of protest against CBC classical music changes.
Shaw Communications CEO says cable and satellite distribution rules should be less restrictive, complains that CRTC hearings focused on "old rules and taxes".
Columnist challenges CBC management talking points rationalizing decision to reduce classical music on Radio 2.
"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.
Windsor residents join cross-Canada protest against changes to CBC Radio 2.
Bell ExpressVu promises free basic services after analogue to digital changeover, if CRTC rejects fee-for-carriage.
Sixth season hit of Canadian comedy Corner Gas to be its last.
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.
Distributors tell CRTC that broadcasters should find additional revenues elsewhere than through fee-for-carriage.
Shaw Communications begins campaign against fee-for-carriage proposals weeks prior to formal appearance before CRTC.
"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.
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.
Future of local grassroots community television hangs in balance at CRTC broadcast distribution hearings.
CBC Audience Relations response to letter from listener protesting programming changes at CBC Radio 2.
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.
Editorial criticizes decision to reformulate CBC Radio 2 to easy listening, relegate classical music to off-hours.
Rogers CEO disagrees with own executives in presentations before CRTC hearings on broadcast distribution regulation.
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.
In spite of growth in subscriber base and revenue, satellite radio provider XM Canada continues to operate at a loss.
Bell Canada takes negative view of fee-for-carriage despite its ownership stake in CTV.
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.
Op-ed by Rogers vice-chairman outlines arguments against fee-for-carriage proposal.
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.
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.
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.
Canadian daily newspapers avoid steep revenue decline experienced in the US.
CTV television news quotes spokespersons from Rogers, CTV and FRIENDS on CRTC broadcast distribution hearings.
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.
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.
CRTC broadcast distribution hearings are exposing divisions within integrated companies and unusual corporate alliances.
CBC Radio One ranked top radio station in Calgary by BBM.
Details of cross-Canada rallies taking place Friday, April 11 to protest changes to CBC Radio Orchestra and CBC Radio2.
Rogers says it stands ready to challenge the decision if CRTC agrees to grant fee-for-carriage for conventional broadcasters.
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.
FRIENDS says CRTC television distribution rules give Canadians among the greatest choice of television programming in the world.
Pollara survey co-sponsored by FRIENDS shows three-quarters of Canadians believe less cable and satellite regulation would reduce Canadian program choice on TV.
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.
Video of FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, talking about upcoming CRTC hearings on possible rule changes for cable monopolies.
Referring to changes to Radio 2, columnists notes that CBC's mandate includes respecting the cultural diversity of Canada.
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.
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.
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".
FRIENDS says Rogers, Shaw, Cogeco and Videotron operate as "territorial monopolies," making their push for more deregulation troubling.
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.
CBC president Hubert Lacroix has formally complained to Chinese officials about the continued blocking of CBC websites in China.
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.
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.
FRIENDS says CBC management is centralizing too much editorial decision-making in Toronto.
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.
CBC says it is moving the Calgary production of CBC Newsworld to Toronto and adding new journalists based in Calgary and Edmonton.
Columnist says a national uproar has ensued from the news that the Vancouver-based CBC Radio Orchestra is to be dismantled.
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.
A former CBC radio and TV host says giving new programming exposure on Radio 2 is a step in the right direction.
The CRTC has turned down John Bitove's application to start a high-definition television network because it would provide little regional programming.
CTVglobemedia has announced that Chris Gordon has been appointed President of the Company's Radio Division.
Article outlines the arguments on both sides of the fee-for-carriage debate that will soon be before CRTC commissioners.
S-VOX has been cleared to purchase CHNU-TV in Vancouver and CIIT-TV in Winnipeg from Rogers Media.
A new report indicates online broadcasting, despite its growing popularity, does not make nearly as much money as traditional TV.
Supporters of classical music gathered outside the CBC's Vancouver offices to protest the decision to disband the CBC Radio Orchestra.
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.
FRIENDS referenced in an article following the CBC's changing relationship with classical music.
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.
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.
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.
Executives for Rogers and CTVglobemedia offer competing opinions on the debate over "fee-for-carriage" of local TV stations.
Blog posting on the recent demonstration at the CBC Vancouver building protesting the decision to disband the CBC radio orchestra.
Bell Mobility has announced a deal with the U.S. network HBO to deliver full episodes of HBO series on-demand to mobile phones.
CBC-TV's long-running comedy show, The Royal Canadian Air Farce, is ending its 15-year run, reportedly
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.
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.
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.
Article discusses a grassroots letter writing campaign that has started to protest the disbanding of the CBC Radio Orchestra.
Outspoken Montreal MP Denis Coderre has been shifted to the role of Liberal Party critic for Canadian Heritage.
The national chair of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council says a Bloc Québécois private member's bill is "dangerous on a censorship basis".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CBC's executive vice-president of CBC English Services says classical music will still have a home on a revamped Radio 2.
Columnist tells the President of the CBC that the public broadcaster's mandate is to treat its audience intelligently.
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.
Editorial says CBC will upset its loyal, loud, influential classical music listeners at its own peril.
Columnist says there is a theory that CBC Television cancelled the drama 'Intelligence' in fear of upsetting the Conservative government.
Columnist says the CRTC is considering whether U.S. networks that broadcast in Canada should have to pay for the creation of Canadian programs.
String of decisions by CBC management significantly diminish the public broadcaster's role in classical music.
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.
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.
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."
FRIENDS says more cuts are likely ahead at the CBC, especially if the Stephen Harper Conservatives win a majority in the next election.
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.
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.
A coalition of civil society organizations, academics and grassroots media activists, is calling for the federal government to adopt enforceable net neutrality legislation.
CBC strikes foreign programming deals and offers two new digital channels.
Columnist says the CBC won't draw in more listeners to Radio 2 if it alienates its traditional audience.
Viewers say their access to a CBC program delivered with BitTorrent was restricted by their internet service providers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
Article examines the complex relationship between Toronto's twin news organizations CityNews and CP24 after they were purchased by Rogers and CTV, respectively.
The CRTC is calling for further "discussion and validation" on regulating Canadian content on the Internet.
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.
Global TV has ordered second seasons of Canadian series The Guard, The Best Years and 'da Kink in My Hair.
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."
The Heritage Minister announces $539,471 to establish and manage community radio stations.
Study shows younger people are more likely to get their news online rather than from
CanWest has launched a lawsuit against the publishers of a four-page parody of the Vancouver Sun newspaper.
Columnist details actions people can take if they wish to comment on programming changes to CBC Radio 2.
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.
Op-ed writer fears changes to CBC Radio 2 will make the public broadcaster less relevant and Canada's cultural landscape much poorer.
FRIENDS says CBC executives should publish their expenses online on a quarterly basis.
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.
Television broadcasters and producers will have about $275 million in Canadian Television Fund money at their disposal for 2008/09.
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.
Columnist says the CBC shouldn't be reliant on the success of the Toronto Maple Leafs for ad revenue to fund other programming.
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.
Digest of national funding and investment sources available for Canadian independent film and television program development, production and/or distribution.
Columnist says that a perceived hidden agenda against culture could hurt the Conservative party in the next federal election.
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.
CBC forced to defend expenses of top executives obtained though Access to Information requests.
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.
Ontario's public broadcaster has closed its office at the provincial legislature.
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.
The president of Caldwell Asset Management says the CBC should air public hearings and service announcements instead of drama programming.
Columnist says the government has every right to decide how public money is spent on film and TV.
CTV says it will simulcast the 2008 Juno Awards across conventional TV, specialty TV, the Internet and radio.
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.
Columnist says Canadian Heritage Minister Josee Verner hasn't sufficiently explained why the federal government needs to be involved in approving films for funding.
Letter to the editor says the CBC should be an alternative to private broadcasting, not a mirror image.
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.
CBC online archive boasts a collection of 12,000 historic radio and television clips.
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.
Networks in Canada and the United States are preparing for a smaller number of new series to be completed for the coming fall season.
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.
The executive vice-president, CBC English Services says Intelligence, MVP and jPod were unable to attract an audience sufficient to sustain them.
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.
Columnist says it is likely Defense Minister Peter MacKay was responsible for choosing a former Conservative party candidate as a CRTC commissioner.
Article looks at challenges and opportunities for independent producers working with a now merged CanWest/Alliance Atlantis.
CBC Television's programming director has been named as a young global leader by the World Economic Forum.
Minister for Canadian Heritage takes exception to an article that implies a lack of engagement with the arts.
Editorial says CBC executives blaming another mediocre Toronto Maple Leafs season for the axing of new CBC shows is nothing but lame.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
The Walt Disney Co. expects to collect $1-billion (U.S.) in revenue from online content this fiscal year.
Columnist says CBC's strategy to become popular and younger has not only failed, it has alienated its loyal supporter base.
Columnist says writer Len Peterson became increasingly distressed by management policies at the CBC.
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.
CBC Radio's Shelagh Rogers, host of Radio One's Sounds Like Canada, will be leaving the show at the end of May.
She snubbed the Genies, her party stands accused of promoting censorship, but Josée Verner insists she is a friend of the arts.
Columnist says throughout history, governments, especially those of a totalitarian mindset, have shut down art they didn't like.
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.
Analysts calls Canadian Learning Television "beach-front property" on the analogue TV dial.
FRIENDS says the buyout of Edmonton-based Canadian Learning Television by Corus might mean a consolidation of some services in Toronto.
FRIENDS says the Canadian broadcasting industry is addicted to simulcasting Hollywood programming.
CBC announces that a number of reality series have been renewed, but the dramas, MVP, jPod and Intelligence have not.
Konrad von Finckenstein has called for increased enforcement powers for the CRTC that would allow it to fine broadcasters who break content rules.
Producer of the Vancouver shot TV series says the CBC did not adequately promote the show.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Subject to CRTC approval, Corus Entertainment plans to buy the Canadian Learning Television specialty channel from CTVglobemedia for $73-million.
An expert on law and the internet discusses issues such as copyright, net neutrality, cultural funding, and the definition of a journalist.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
CBC plans to play less classical music weekday mornings and late afternoons and more pop - aiming to appeal to a broader audience.
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.
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.
CRTC data show Canada's private broadcasters increased their spending on foreign TV shows in 2007 and reduced spending on Canadian programming.
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.
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.
The Canadian Film and Television Production Association says an amendment to a federal tax credit program may devastate Canadian film and television production.
The CRTC will stop regulating rates that telephone giants charge smaller players to use phone and data networks.
Richard Stursberg, CBC executive vice-president of English services, pokes fun at a government proposal to deny tax credits to productions containing offensive content.
Columnist suggests that a Conservative bid to amend tax legislation for Canadian TV and movies demonstrates a lack of tolerance.
Humorist defends a proposed tax credit change for Canadian movies as Prime Minister Harper.
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.
Adbusters wants Canwest and CBC to allow citizens to buy advertising airtime under the same rules and conditions that corporations do.
Editorial calls the broadening of the Conservative government's power to deny tax credits to films and TV shows it deems offensive "troubling".
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.
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".
Columnist argues market forces should dictate how much Canadian music and how many emerging artists are heard on domestic radio stations.
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.
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.
FRIENDS says Conservative party recommendations would be extremely damaging to the CBC, especially its English television network.
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.
FRIENDS says a Conservative report calls for the CBC to do more but denies the public broadcaster the required resources.
Columnist says media executives are concerned how an economic slowdown will affect advertising revenue.
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.
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.
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.
The Canadian Media Guild urges the government to move quickly to implement the heritage committee's recommendations, particularly those that call for enhanced funding.
Conservatives reject a Heritage Committee proposal that CBC should broadcast only Canadian TV programming in primetime during the week.
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.
FRIENDS says that the Conservatives' refusal to support funding for heritage committee recommendations is setting the CBC up to fail.
A StatsCan report says the profit position for Canada's film, television and video post-production industry improved slightly in 2006.
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.
CRTC says a collaboration with StatsCan will reduce the regulatory burden on the telecommunications industry.
An Afghan journalist working for CTV in Afghanistan has been designated an unlawful enemy combatant by the U.S. military.
Sirius Satellite Radio reports that it lost $166.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2007.
The Opposition Critic for Canadian Heritage calls the lack attention to culture in the federal budget "a joke".
ACTRA says the federal budget was a missed opportunity to increase funding to the Canadian Television Fund and Telefilm.
Columnist says that the 2008-2009 federal budget will be a disappointment to Canada's artists, cultural organizations and art lovers.
ABC says it will release ad-supported hit TV shows for free over video-on-demand cable services.
Quebecor CEO says his company is contemplating breaking out of Quebec and providing cellphone service nationally.
CRTC upholds media concentration rules and turns down billionaire Jimmy Pattison's bid for FM radio stations in Vernon and Penticton.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Plans to bring a CBC radio station to the Waterloo Region has won the support of the town council for Wellesley, Ontario.
Toronto's $700-million 'one-stop-shopping movie factory' is set to be operational next month.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Internet video report shows the Hollywood writers' strike may have resulted in more people going online for fresh content.
FRIENDS says the qualifications of a former Conservative party candidate are "more modest" than normal for the job of CRTC commissioner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Adbusters has lost a court battle against networks that refused to air its TV commercials spoofing multinational corporations and the media.
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.
CBC radio personality Michael Enright says he is "seized with the feeling that TV is strip-mining radio of its senior management."
FRIENDS says the appointment of a former Conservative candidate as a CRTC commissioner "doesn't pass the smell test".
FRIENDS says that it is unlikely the Conservative government would cut off the CBC in any decisions made regarding the Canadian Television Fund.
CBC Radio Two's popular afternoon music show, DiscDrive, is going off the air in September.
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.
BBC executives say 500,000 programmes are being viewed on the public broadcasters online video site each day.
Toronto-based Aurora Cable is being purchased by Rogers Communications.
Columnist says new distribution platforms such as DVD and online should change CBC's perspective on what is considered a 'hit' TV show.
British viewers will soon be able to download a selection of BBC programmes from Apple's digital store iTunes.
CBC's Little Mosque on the Prairie will begin airing in the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland later this year.
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.
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.
The Conservative government has appointed a former party candidate to the CRTC, raising cries of patronage and hypocrisy.
Columnist says a two tiered CTF funding system has already been tried and caused confusion and frustration for everyone involved.
One year from today, over-the-air analogue broadcasts will cease to be in the United States as the nation switches to digital.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Former CBC president Robert Rabinovitch has been named as president of the Prix Italia, the international awards for radio, television and web excellence.
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.
Columnist says that led by the Asper family, the character of Canadian media is becoming more conservative.
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.
Rogers Communications has passed the million-subscriber mark for its home phone service, marking the fastest-growing new product in the company's history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Columnist says Canadian writers made a passionate plea for the Canadian Television Fund at the CRTC hearings.
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.
Columnist says representatives of Shaw Communications, Quebecor and CanWest are acting childish at the CTF hearings.
A congressman says the FCC should proceed with caution when considering to approved wireless electronic devices that may disrupt new digital TV signals.
CTVglobemedia calls a plan that would see Quebecor pull out of the Canadian Television Fund and set up its own program a "dangerous idea".
VisionTV has introduced weekly Bollywood feature films and CBC is broadcasting hockey online in Mandarin, Hindi and Cantonese.
A Canadian Media Research study tests consumer awareness and satisfaction with cable, DTH and over-the-air TV channels.
Insurance company Fairfax Financial Holdings has increased its stake in CanWest as it continues to invest in slumping media stocks.
CRTC hearings on the Canadian Television Fund hear that Canadian consumers may be owed more than 1.2 billion dollars.
Shaw Communications and Quebecor tell the CRTC that $288 million Canadian Television Fund is fundamentally flawed.
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.
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.
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.
Columnist says that AM radio broadcasters are tired of stagnant revenue and tiny profits and are jumping to FM every chance they get.
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.
The Canadian Film and Television Production Association says domestic production rose 3% to just under $5 billion from March 2006 to April 2007.
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.
Columnist reports on the atmosphere surrounding the first day of the Canadian Television Fund hearings.
The Canadian Television Fund warns against any move by the CRTC that would link production dollars to viewer numbers.
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.
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.
Columnist says that Canadians are watching more – and discussing more – Canadian-made television.
Actors, directors, writers and producers described Canadian private broadcasters as greedy capitalists who care little about Canadian programming at Canadian Television Fund hearings.
CBC/Radio-Canada executives say that CBC's 37 per cent CTF envelope should be retained.
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.
A new poll shows that 71% of Canadians believe it is important to have access to Canadian television programming distinct from American programs.
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.
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.
Jim Shaw is refusing to attend the Canadian Television Fund hearings, accusing the CRTC of not taking the matter seriously.
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.
New technology will allow Kevin Newman to anchor Global National from Ottawa while the production is controlled and co-ordinated from Vancouver.
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.
A former architect of Canadian TV policy says the CBC has been "dumbed down" by relying too heavily on Hollywood movies.
CBC is swapping the time slots for MVP and jPod as both programs struggle to maintain audiences in the key 25-54 demographic.
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.
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.
The British government is ordering pay-TV operator British Sky Broadcasting PLC to cut its stake in independent broadcaster ITV PLC.
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.
International study says American consumers, business and government make the best use of domestic telecommunications systems.
The Canadian Olympic Committee has unveiled plans for English and French-language digital TV channels focusing solely on broadcasting amateur sports.
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.
Leonard Asper says Canwest investors aren't giving the company's Australian television operations enough credit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Canadian television producers say there is interest from U.S. networks in offering Canadian series south of the border.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
FRIENDS calls CBC's sell-off of international broadcast rights a betrayal of public trust.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CBC has received the approval of its board of directors
Research shows 70 per cent of people under the age of 34 surf the Internet while watching TV.
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.
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.
The Conservative Party of Canada again focuses critically on the CBC in a fundraising letter.
Upcoming features of CBC's online member centre will allow comments and rating of any cbc.ca story.
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.
Waterloo city council has passed a motion in support of a CBC radio station for the community plus 13 other areas across Canada.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Canwest Broadcasting has announced a new nine-member executive management team that will report to president Kathy Dore.
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.
CanWest restructures senior management following CRTC approval of the company's acquisition of Alliance Atlantis.
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.
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.
The president of VisionTV and S-VOX says ideas about how to re-regulate and restructure the Canadian broadcasting system deserve consideration.
CBC letter to the Conservative Party of Canada says their journalist used inappropriate tactics during the Mulroney/Schreiber hearings.
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."
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.
Columnist says that with Hollywood deep in the writers' strike and reruns, U.K. programs are providing U.S. and Canadian networks fresh content.
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.
Article deals with the cultural and practical challenges facing the international media in preparation for the Beijing Olympics.
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.
Columnist looks at the constantly evolving relationship between Canada's broadcast media and the federal government.
The European Union's competition agency is investigating whether the public subsidies European governments give their state broadcasters distort free markets.
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.
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.
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.
A CRTC decision finds no evidence of abusive comments in a Little Mosque on the Prairie episode.
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.
Columnist says that private media owners are better capable of preserving "diversity" than the CRTC.
Columnist says that if there is a dearth of competition and innovation in Canadian broadcasting, it has been largely promoted by the CRTC.
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.
French-language television network TQS, which is under court protection from its creditors, has not yet received a bid from a potential buyer.
Columnist says large broadcasters looking to swallow a major rival will likely have to break it up in order to meet CRTC regulations.
Columnist says that a recent CRTC decision merely cements the status quo in media cross-ownership.
Article highlights who owns what in the Canadian media landscape.
Analyst says new CRTC media concentration rules mean "Rogers can't buy Canwest; Canwest can't buy Corus."
Columnist says that neither national newspapers nor free daily newspapers were factored into the CRTC's Diversity of Voices analysis.
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.
Some critics say that the CRTC's new cross-media ownership policy will have no impact on Canada's highly concentrated media industry.
Columnist says forthcoming government decisions on copyright reform and the regulation of online content may redefine Canadian identity.
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.
The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union says the CRTC decision on media ownership will do very little to limit media concentration in Canada.
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.
A public opinion poll commissioned by ACTRA, CEP and FRIENDS says two-thirds of Canadian voters oppose allowing foreign control of Canadian media companies.
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.
FRIENDS welcomes the CRTC's decision to restrict a person or company to ownership of two different types of outlets in a single market.
The investment arm of the Quebec government is expected to join Goldman Sachs with 49-per-cent stake in Canada's largest film distributor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An Open Letter from Hon. Mauril Bélanger, Official Opposition Critic for Canadian Heritage, Francophonie and Official Languages, to the Competition Policy Review Panel.
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.
Leonard Asper says programs acquired in the Alliance Atlantis purchase will act as a stopgap for Global TV if the Hollywood writers strike continues.
Columnist says the issue of the CBC reporter dictating questions for a Liberal MP fuels the public's distrust of politics and the media.
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.
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.
CanWest Global blames foreign currency swap losses, restructuring expenses and higher interest costs for lower first-quarter profit.
Editorial asks why the CBC sold 700 hours of taxpayer-funded TV without a full and open bidding process.
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.
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.
The American cable company Comcast unveiled new technology that will open up formerly closed, proprietary cable systems and allow interoperability with consumer devices.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CBC-TV's "The Border" drew 710,000 viewers for its debut.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Columnist cites CRTC intervention into new media and copyright reform as technology law issues to watch in 2008.
Provocative ads for the CBC prime-time soap opera 'MVP' have led to a reprimand from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.
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.
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.
Blog post describes how new local CBC newscasts may soon be focusing on image over substance and content.
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.
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.
Canadian TV networks are set to roll out new shows as the Hollywood writers' strike has halted production on many primetime hits.
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.
Columnist says CBC is relying on the Internet to attract a new, 'hip' audience for its TV series jPod.
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.
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.
Recently financed films by Telefilm Canada include two that deal with hockey and three about the appearance of alien visitors on Earth.
Adbusters has launched a lawsuit against Global Television, the CBC, and the CRTC over not airing the media foundations public-service TV spots.
Columnist says there are rumours that the CBC has committed more money to the new drama 'The Border' than any other TV show.
Columnist says that arts and culture may be election issues when Albertans go to the polls later this year.
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.
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'.