Media Monitor — 2012
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Columnist says Canada’s maturing wireless market is prompting some carriers to modernize their pay-as-you-go services, as younger customers increasingly fuel subscriber growth.
Enforcement mechanisms for mobile wireless service contracts are among issues to be sorted out in a process that first needs to determine what the code will contain, whether it should apply to all existing contracts, and how its effectiveness should be assessed.
Britain's public spending watchdog will look at rising payouts for top executives after politicians criticized the $725,000 severance for short-lived BBC boss George Entwistle.
The CRTC is expected to hand the CBC its licence renewal this spring, and it must decide whether to permit the broadcaster, after 38 years of commercial-free radio programming, to place ads on its music networks.
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp said the publishing arm it plans to spin off from its entertainment assets would have lost $2.08 billion (U.S.) in the last fiscal year if it were a standalone company.
Report absolves BBC executives of trying to bury sex-abuse scandal, blames chaos, not coverup by Raphael Satter
An internal review says institutional chaos and confusion — but not a coverup — were to blame for the BBC's disastrous handling of pedophilia allegations involving one of its best-known children's television personalities.
The CRTC has approved two related applications that will see the Citytv network officially come to Montreal, and the launch of a new television station, ICI, that will offer local ethnic programming.
Columnist says Rogers Media Inc. is planting a flag in Montreal with a new CITY-TV station for the English-language market as the battle for Quebec viewers is heats up.
Television ads being run by startup carrier Mobilicity will continue to air this holiday season touting the company’s “unlimited” plans while taking shots at similar claims made by larger rivals like Telus Corp.
The CRTC is seeking ideas from Canadians regarding new 911 technologies and may consider texts and tweets.
Canada's telecom regulator is asking for the public’s input on how to improve the 911 emergency service in light of changing technology.
Columnist says the CRTC is aiming to close potentially dangerous technological gaps in Canada’s 911 services.
A new report says the BBC should be bolder and more creative with its depiction of lesbian, gay and bisexual people.
The question of who controls the internet is at the center of debates at the World Conference on International Telecommunications.
Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act has gone into effect forcing broadcasters to limit the volume of commercials to no louder than the show they accompany.
IAB Canada presents findings of its latest Canadian Media Usage Trends Study, making it clear that the internet shows no signs of slowing its growth in both overall reach and time spent.
Bell Media's Kevin Crull talks about broadcast challenges, the company’s upcoming Cancon productions and its “TV everywhere” strategy.
A backgrounder explaining the fee for carriage issue in light of the Supreme Court overturning lower-court decision that let the CRTC rule.
Canada's highest court has struck down a fee for carriage system that could have seen cable companies required to pay TV stations for their signals, a cost that could have been passed on to consumers.
The Supreme Court of Canada says the CRTC does not have the authority to impose a value-for-signal plan under which television broadcasters would charge cable and satellite firms for their programming.
Private television broadcasters are warning that local stations can’t continue to exist on advertising revenues alone, after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled the stations shouldn’t be paid for their signals when they are rebroadcast by cable and satellite companies.
The CRTC does not have power to make cable providers pay broadcasters for carrying their TV signals, states a decision handed down by the Supreme Court of Canada.
Columnist says in a system without real competition in which consumers have few choices, the CRTC has limited options.
Telus Corp. is taking legal action against television ads aired by smaller wireless competitor Mobilicity, filing suit in a British Columbia court seeking an injunction.
Beth Hoppe, who joined the public broadcaster last year from Discovery Studios, has been promoted to chief programming executive.
The CRTC is threatening to pull Oprah Winfrey Network Canada off the air unless owner Corus Entertainment Inc. proves it has taken steps to meet the educational mandate of the network’s original licence.
Draft legislation will see TV show producers able to access tax credits from April 1, 2013.
Telus will ask the British Columbia Supreme Court to stop smaller wireless competitor Mobilicity from using ads that it considers misleading.
Telus accuses Mobilicity of spreading misinformation about 'no-contract' deals.
Columnist says hundreds of people submitted their opinions to the CRTC about a proposed code of conduct for the country's wireless industry.
Columnist says The CBC is considering creating a customer "loyalty" program as it bleeds revenues from the NHL lockout and struggles with deep federal budget cuts.
The CBC is considering creating a customer "loyalty" program as it bleeds revenues from the NHL lockout and struggles with deep federal budget cuts.
CBC Television calls for proposals to develop an audience loyalty program in response to the NHL lockout and government cutbacks.
Columnist says there will likely not be a 2012-13 hockey season but that things aren’t necessarily as dire as they seem.
The CRTC is launching a landmark consultation that promises to transform communications services in the Far North.
The CRTC announces it is starting a public consultation on Northwestel's pricing, services and its plan to modernize.
Columnist says permitting commercials on CBC Radio will almost certainly distort the ad market, depressing ad rates and squeezing profit margins.
Information Commissioner applauds CBC President Hubert Lacroix for showing leadership by making compliance with the Access to Information Act a priority.
Columnist says the CRTC is taking on Oprah Winfrey with a hearing into whether her Canadian network's programming fits the channel's educational mandate.
The CBC got an A for its processing of requests in 2011-12, up from an F for its performance two years ago.
The CBC has moved from an F or failing grade to an A, according to Suzanne Legault, the information commissioner and watchdog for the federal government's access to information laws.
The CRTC has decided not to review the level of foreign ownership in Vancouver telecom company Telus Corp., saying Telus is following the compliance rules.
Dan Hind and Anthony Barnett present their arguments for establishing a new method of accountability in the BBC that is fit for the digital age.
A discussion between David Elstein and Lis Howell on how to fund public service broadcasting.
Telus Corp. is bulking up its investment in Quebec in conjunction with the opening of a new data centre.
Tony Ageh, Kamila Shamsie and Bill Thompson outline their perspectives on the current and future position of the BBC in the UK’s artistic ecosystem.
Iain Overton, Tom Mills, Natalie Fenton and Claire Bolderson challenge the BBC’s claims to impartiality while suggesting ways of redefining journalistic ‘truth’.
Columnist says Cineplex Inc. will not be a buyer of any Astral Media Inc. or BCE Inc. assets, regardless of what the companies put on the block to appease the regulators overseeing their $3-billion deal.
Mike Darcy takes over from Tom Mockridge, who became CEO of News International in July 2011 amid the phone hacking scandal.
Representatives of more than 190 governments begin a profoundly important 12-day closed-door meeting in Dubai on Monday to hammer out how the Internet should be run and who should pay for its operation.
Competitors call on CRTC to block CBC bid to run ads on Radio Two and Espace Musique.
Esther Enkin, currently Executive Editor of CBC News, has been appointed as the Corporation’s new Ombudsman for English services, effective January 1, 2013.
The executive editor of CBC News, Esther Enkin, has been appointed as the corporation’s new ombudsman for English services.
Canada’s broadcast regulator is asking Rogers Communications to explain why it keeps blasting high-volume commercials on its stations despite new rules that insist levels remain consistent throughout a broadcast.
Federal regulators have ordered Northwestel to publish a new fair rate schedule for what it charges competing internet service providers for bandwidth before the new year.
Columnist says that unlike news service material, which usually is labeled as such, TV stations typically run affiliate material without identifying its source.
Columnist says Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax are booming as TV production centres again, after a decade-long slump due to everything from a higher Canadian dollar to aggressive U.S. state tax incentives to SARS.
Columnist says sixty-nine per cent of employees are self-identified as having aboriginal ancestry such as First Nations, Metis, and Inuit.
The former MP says that despite making "awful mistakes," the broadcaster can recapture the public's trust.
BBC Trustee Anthony Fry tells a parliamentary committee he was irritated by the large sum of money paid to George Entwistle who resigned after just 54 days in office.
Tony Hall's record of innovation includes overseeing the launch of the BBC website, the broadcaster’s 24-hour news channel, and Radio 5 Live, a widely popular, news-and-sport radio channel.
Karen Wirsig, staff representative with the Canadian Media Guild, says putting ads on CBC Radio is not good policy from a long term perspective.
Rob LaBelle, executive producer of the upcoming CTV show Motive, says the success of Flashpoint helped reignite Canada as a base of production for North American dramas.
FRIENDS calls on the CRTC to deny CBC a new stream of advertising revenue and ensure the corporation has a contingency plan in place for the loss of a lucrative contract with the NHL.
FRIENDS says that despite promises from Prime Minister Stephen Harper, there is a 37 per cent gap between the increases in overall government spending and the CBC's decreasing portion of funding during the years 2006 to 2015.
FRIENDS says the move towards more commercialization will turn CBC into a private broadcaster which loses $1 billion a year rather than the public broadcaster that Canadians rely upon for credible news and Canadian entertainment.
Observers say a big chunk of Astral Media Inc.’s English-language TV portfolio would need to be sold for suitor BCE Inc.’s once rejected takeover proposal to pass regulatory muster.
The strict regulatory shackles of the past don't work in today's fast-moving environment, CBC president Hubert Lacroix told a CRTC.
Bell Canada Enterprises has repackaged its $3.38 billion takeover of indie broadcaster Astral Media.
Playwright and actor Michael Healey says a public broadcaster’s mission is the acquisition and maintenance of nationhood.
Conservative candiadate Joan Crockatt saya she would like to see cuts to the public broadcaster, claiming the French language channel broadcasts pornography.
Editor says commentators are calling on the BBC to adopt a similar management framework that is already in place at CBC News.
Astral Media Inc. is reworking a friendly takeover by telecom giant Bell that's expected to see the Montreal company sell off some broadcast assets to win regulatory approval.
Astral and BCE deal rekindled from the ashes of anger by Jacquie McNish, Simon Houpt and Rita Trichur
Columnist says even if BCE manages to quell the CRTC’s concerns about its post-acquisition television audience share, its revised application would also have to satisfy more subjective criteria to cinch approval.
Columnist gives his take on CBC 2013 winter season launch.
Industry insiders say the program, at the center of the debate about the U.K. broadcaster's editorial standards, has seen its budget cut in half in recent years.
Columnist says the preponderance of sports programming for ratings and advertising revenue, especially the 60-year run of HNIC, has made CBC English television resemble a subsidized private broadcaster.
The CBC says it will use repeats to fill the Hockey Night in Canada void caused by the protracted NHL labour dispute.
CBC exec Kirstine Stewart says the absence of Hockey Night in Canada isn't dragging down the broadcaster.
The flagship news show at the heart of the controversy surrounding the U.K. public broadcaster reports on its own troubles.
Three of the best-known shows on Ontario's public television network have been cancelled as TVO moves to cut $2 million from its budget.
Fran Unsworth, the newly appointed head of BBC News, had sent an email urging staff to pull together and refrain from discussing its bungled reporting of a child sex-abuse scandal online.
North America's largest educational public broadcaster is looking to reduce its reliance on government coin and increase digital revenue.
Executive vice-president of English services says CBC is already re-running TV programs because of federal cutbacks earlier this year and the NHL lockout threatens to create a bigger hole in the public broadcaster's winter season.
Ontario's publicly funded broadcaster is cutting up to 40 positions and cancelling "Saturday Night at the Movies" after a nearly four decade run as part of an effort to save $2 million.
Columnist says Quebecor Inc. is cutting about 500 jobs at its Sun Media newspaper division in a move that includes closing two production facilities in Ontario as it copes with lower advertising revenue.
Columnist says Canada’s largest newspaper chain is slashing 500 jobs, shutting down two printing presses, and erecting more paywalls as it tries to cut costs by more than $45-million to deal with declining advertising revenue for its printed papers.
Columnist says the BBC is battling mounting criticism and outright ridicule as it scrambles to contain its worst crisis in years.
2 Executives Step Aside at the BBC as Turmoil Over Reporting Deepens by Alan Cowell and John F. Burns
Columnist says the BBC is struggling to contain a spreading crisis over its reporting of a decades-old sexual abuse scandal as two senior executives temporarily withdraw from their jobs in the wake of the resignation of the corporation’s director general.
The BBC says a pedophilia scandal was the primary cause of an ugly episode that forced its director-general George Entwistle from office and has thrown top management into open conflict with the corporation.
Columnist says the news industry in Britain is at rock-bottom in public esteem, and could face increased restrictions from the government.
News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch arguea that Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron should reform the BBC and its organization.
Columnist says Canada’s big three wireless carriers are fighting a heated battle for multiple-device users this holiday season.
By using the internet, watching video and sending emails, Telus' smartphone customers drove up wireless data revenue by 23 per cent in its third quarter.
New talk radio station says its committed to filling 100 per cent of its schedule with local programming.
BBC suspends investigations at top news program after airing discredited child abuse report by Cassandra Vinograd and David Stringer
The BBC apologizes for airing a report featuring accusations from a child abuse victim which the victim later retracted.
Columnist says Telus Corp. is increasing its quarterly dividend following a surge in third-quarter earnings, which were helped by sharp growth in revenue from smartphone data services at its wireless division.
Coalition calls for equitable and nondiscriminatory consent and remuneration rights for American over-the-air TV channels imported and retransmitted in markets across Canada.
Columnist says the by-election in Calgary-Centre is in full-swing with accusations and high-profile visits becoming a distinguishing characteristic of the campaign in advance of the November 26 vote.
Former BBC director general Mark Thompson says that during his tenure he was not aware of any wrongdoing by former Top of the Pops host Jimmy Savile.
UK minister says the BBC could face a public inquiry over Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal by David Stringer
Culture Secretary Maria Miller says that a formal investigation into the BBC could be launched, if its own internal inquiries don't establish how Jimmy Savile's behaviour was allowed to go unchecked for decades.
The British broadcaster is pulling the plug on an entertainment and a kids network, citing “challenging” economics for channel operators in India.
Columnist says the head of the telecom sector's biggest player is awaiting word from the federal cabinet as to whether the government will force broadcast regulators to re-evaluate a $3.38-bil-lion bid for Astral Media Inc., which was rejected two weeks earlier.
Columnist says the CBC can only be fixed if it's closed down and started again.
Columnist says Jean-Pierre Blais is on a mission shake up the CRTC by sharpening its focus on consumers and the people who make Canadian content.
Columnist says despite airing the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Canadian phone giant's radio, TV and digital media division felt the impact of a soft ad market.
BCE Inc. says its strategy to keep growing its shareholder dividend is on track and doesn't depend on the acquisition of Astral Media.
BCE Inc. says it’s on track to meet the 2012 financial guidance it issued in August before the company’s attempted purchase of Astral Media ran into a regulatory roadblock.
BCE Inc. vows to protect its dividend strategy and consider other takeovers if last-ditch efforts to rescue a $3-billion bid for Astral Media fail.
In releasing quarterly financial results on Wednesday, Astral head Ian Greenberg said he wouldn’t comment directly on the failed bid to buy his company by BCE Inc.
Ian Greensburg says both companies are determined to work every possible angle to save their merger deal after it was rejected by Canada’s broadcast regulator.
CRTC chairman says Canada’s broadcast regulator is prepared to re-evaluate BCE Inc.’s proposed takeover of Astral Media Inc.
The new head of the CRTC says he reads Globe and Mail comments to find out what Canadians think about the CRTC.
Columnist says the NHL lockout is good news for domestic cable channels enjoying a surge of male viewers as the CBC's "Hockey Night in Canada" goes to re-runs on Saturday nights.
The high-power shortwave transmitters used to broadcast CBC's international radio service to the world will be permanently shut down.
To help consumers avoid surprises on their cell phone bill, the CRTC is looking to develop a national and mandatory code for providers to follow.
CCA came to the conclusion to shut down operations immediately due to lack of funding.
The head of the CRTC says he wants to put consumers at the centre of the decisions that his regulatory organization makes.
Canada’s broadcast regulator is prepared to re-evaluate BCE Inc.’s proposed takeover of Astral Media Inc., says chairman Jean-Pierre Blais.
The CRTC says large telephone and cable companies will have to make more information public on the rates they charge smaller competitors for space on their networks.
More Canadian newspapers are stepping behind a paywall as the Toronto Star announces that it will ask users to start paying for online content next year.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says large telephone and cable companies will have to make more information public on the rates they charge smaller competitors for space on their networks.
Microsoft is rumored to be interested in the leading subscription-based provider of DVDs and streaming media.
The new CRTC Chairman says he is on a mission to “rebuild” the trust of Canadians by renewing its focus on consumers, creators and citizens
Columnist says that in a bizarre twist of history, Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper is dismantling institutions, such as the CBC, initiated some 80 years ago by another Conservative prime minister, Richard Bedford Bennett.
Columnist says opportunities and funding are currently much more available to male filmmakers.
Bell is extending the deadline for its takeover offer for Astral Media Inc. to Dec. 16 in hopes the deal can still win regulatory approval.
Columnist says the funding records of Telefilm Canada, which provided financial assistance for 130 feature films released in 2010-2011, show a five-to-one ratio of male to female directors, with women writers doing only slightly better, at 23 per cent of the total.
Lord Patten in a round of TV interviews says new BBC boss George Entwistle has been hit with a "tsunami of filth" and has questions to answer.
The CRTC says if telecom companies want to offer wholesale services to third-party competitors, they must disclose what those services cost them.
Despite the CRTC rejecting BCE's $3.38 billion takeover of Astral Media on competition grounds, Shaw Communications insists vertical integration is still on the cards north of the border.
Columnist says that building an open and inclusive digital commons is the best, and perhaps the only, hope the public has of sustaining a public culture that can underwrite and reinvigorate citizenship in increasingly fractured times.
CBC/Radio-Canada is cutting its budget by a further $28.4 million next year, in fiscal 2013-2014.
The Calgary-based company says non-operating items, including business acquisitions, integration and restructuring expenses, affected net income.
Shaw Communications Inc. says its net income from continuing operations fell 20 per cent to $133 million in the fourth quarter of the cable and media company's financial year.
Columnist says the loss of the Local Programming Improvement Fund, a key industry subsidy pool, means small market stations will limit growth plans and original programming.
CBC says it will cut $28.4-million from its spending plans by 2014 due to the national broadcast regulator’s decision to cut a programming fund that was created during the recession to help pay for local programming.
Columnist says When Jean-Pierre Blais, the CRTC’s new chair, scolded Bell last week for failing to present a vision for how it would use the Astral radio assets, it seemed he and Mr. Crull were in different universes.
Shaw Communications Inc. and affiliated media company Corus Entertainment Inc. downplay speculation that the two firms will seek to merge.
CBC explains to its employees how it will deal with the loss of the Local Programming Improvement Fund.
Editorial states that the CRTC rejection of the aquisition of Astral Media by BCE Inc. was about the inverse correlation between concentration of ownership and plurality and shouldn't dressed up in politically correct jargon.
Rogers Communications Inc. says it would consider acquiring parts of Astral Media Inc., the target of a $3 billion bid from BCE Inc. that was rejected by the CRTC.
Rogers is attempting to complete a $167-million purchase of Score Media Inc.’s television assets and minority stake in the firm’s new digital media company.
Consumers buying smartphones helped boost Rogers Communications' revenue and adjusted profit in the third quarter, a trend that has been driving growth for the telecom company.
Columnist says telecom company Rogers Communications Inc. could take a look at "selective" assets of Astral Media if the specialty and radio company puts up a "For Sale" again after its sale to BCE was rejected.
The Roma Community Centre in Toronto wants police to investigate comments made by Ezra Levant in a recent broadcast on Sun News Network as a hate crime.
Netflix adds fewer streaming customers than investors had hoped for and lowers end-of-year guidance.
Columnist says Canada’s Netflix revolution seems to have plateaued, as television viewers hang on to their existing cable and satellite packages rather than cut their cords and rely exclusively on online programming.
CBC Toronto is expanding its late night TV newscast to offer more breaking news, live reports, weather and exclusive stories.
BCE submits its request that the federal Cabinet issue a policy direction, under Section 7 of the Broadcasting Act, that directs the CRTC to follow its existing policies when reviewing change of control transactions in broadcasting.
BCE says the CRTC ignored its own rules, and created “new criteria and metrics” outside of existing policies to justify denying the $3.38 billion Astral Media takeover deal.
Chairman says BCE demonstrated clearly that the proposed transaction was good for BCE, but that the CRTC was not persuaded that it was in the best interest of Canadians
In December of 2011, Nordicity completed an assignment for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and Radio-Canada that sought to assess the impact on the CBC/Radio-Canada and on the wider Canadian broadcasting system if the CBC/Radio-Canada were to remove advertising from its television offerings.
Columnist says the most important aspect of the rejection of the Bell-Astral merger is that it show's the CRTC will put the public and the public interest at the heart of the review process.
BCE announces the phone giant will seek approval for its Astral Media takeover by going over the heads of the CRTC with an appeal to the federal cabinet.
Bell says it is appalled that the CRTC would come to a decision that so negatively impacts Canadian consumers and the national broadcast industry, contravenes its own policy and is tainted by behind-the-scenes lobbying by Bell's cable rivals.
Move over Twitter: poll finds Canadians still watching, reading and listening to 'old media' by Belinda Alzner
Acording to a new Ipsos Reid poll, Canadians continue to most frequently turn to traditional platforms for their daily news despite the emergence of new online methods of consuming news.
Columnist says the French language services of CBC behave as a Quebec broadcaster.
FRIENDS says losing the "Hockey Night in Canada" TV rights in 2014 could eliminate a third of its TV audience and half of its English TV ad revenue.
Columnist gives "some unasked-for advice" on the occasion of Hubert Lacroix's reappointment as CBC's president.
A long-standing complaint concerning Quebec navel-gazing by the CBC's French-language news service has been revived as the national broadcast regulator considers Radio-Canada's licence renewal.
Columnist says a long-standing complaint concerning Quebec navel-gazing by the CBC’s French-language news service has been revived as the national broadcast regulator considers Radio-Canada’s licence renewal.
Radio-Canada is too Quebec-centric, according to study.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announces further support in the amount of approximately $6.3 million for 2013, for TV5MONDE, the world's leading francophone television network.
FRIENDS says "The CBC is hooked on hockey and the lockout could be just a bitter foretaste of the future for the CBC".
Columnist says the CRTC appears to be a newly emboldened commission that is tired of caving to pressure from the industry.
As the hockey season is scaled back, sponsors are scrambling to shift marketing dollars and maintain brand presence.
Ex-ITV chief Stuart Prebble is tasked with overseeing an independent review into whether or not the U.K. broadcaster is balanced in its coverage of such hot topics.
FRIENDS estimates that hockey earns a $15 million profit for the CBC, and the loss of HNIC would cost the pubcaster 400 hours of programming and $200 million.
FRIENDS says it will be demanding answers about HNIC’s future on November 19 when the CRTC begins its review of the CBC's broadcast licenses.
FRIENDS warns that the possible loss of NHL games in 2014, when the contract between the league and the national pubcaster comes up for renewal, would be a “devastating financial loss” for CBC.
Columnist says the CBC has a novel idea that takes into account that this is the first NHL lockout in the social media age and using that too its advantage, with its Hockey Night in Canada: Your Pick plan.
FRIENDS calculates that the CBC will suffer a devastating financial loss of as much as $200 million annually if it loses the rights to Hockey Night in Canada in 2014 when its agreement with the NHL expires.
Columnist asks if it might be time to end government appointments and have BBC elections.
The CBC has opened its first radio station in 14 years — in Kamloops, B.C.
Columnist asks whether Justin Trudeau will pledge to reverse cuts to the CBC, the environment department and public science.
Reader says that there was a time when it felt like the voices, culture and opinions of Saskatchewan were a part of CBC's core programming, but not anymore.
The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage & Official Languages announced that Hubert T. Lacroix has been confirmed for a second five-year term as President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada.
The CEO of PBS fires back at Mitt Romney, saying that it was "stunning" that the Republican candidate had singled her network out in the presidential debate.
The 2012-13 NHL season may be on hiatus, but Hockey Night In Canada won’t be – thanks to some help from its fans.
CRTC Chairman sets out his views on the future and mandate of the CRTC.
Opening statements from the latest Great Canadian Debate on the CBC by Andrew Coyne & Mark Starowicz
The opening statements of Andrew Coyne and Mark Starowicz in their debate regarding the necessity of the CBC.
The past, present, and future of the CBC is up for intellectual grabs in the first of The Great Canadian Debates being hosted by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute at the Canadian War Museum.
News Corp. share prices have climbed by 53 per cent in the past year to nearly $25, a peak not reached since 2007, before the financial crisis.
Al-Jazeera English journalists protest after being ordered to re-edit UN report to focus on Qatar emir's comments on Syria.
FRIENDS says if the CBC adopts the PBS model of funding, it will be doomed to become a narrow elite service, rather than a mainstream player that is integral to Canadian democracy and generates almost 40 per cent of the audience for Canadian shows.
OpenFile, a Canadian news website that features stories based on suggestions from its readers, is suspending publication for a few weeks as it explores a new business opportunity.
Columnist says the Federal Communications Commission unanimously approved a sweeping proposal to reclaim public airwaves now used for broadcast television and auction them off for use in wireless broadband networks, with a portion of the proceeds paid to the broadcasters.
Sun Media is restructuring as it names former CTV and Canadian Press exec Eric Morrison as vice-president of editorial.
Columnist says what the CBC needs now more than ever is imaginative leadership that will give it the most bang for its bucks.
Columnist says Peterborough MP Dean Del Mastro has largely slipped out of public view in Ottawa as Elections Canada investigates allegations that he broke campaign finance rules in the 2008 election and tried to cover up the violations.
FRIENDS points out that in contrast with public broadcasters in other Western democracies, the CBC president and board are essentially appointed at the behest of the prime minister.
Columnist says Canadian television networks stand to lose broadcasts that attract millions of viewers and generate millions of dollars in advertising revenue if the NHL lockout extends into the regular season.
Columnist says Zeebox, a British maker of TV companion apps, has struck its first U.S. deals with Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal, HBO and its Cinemax service, which will see the firm's apps used across more than 30 networks.
Columnist says Canadian television networks stand to lose broadcasts that attract millions of viewers and generate millions of dollars in advertising revenue if the NHL lockout extends into the regular season.
Columnist says networks stand to lose broadcasts that attract millions of viewers and generate millions of dollars in advertising revenue.
Columnist says new BBC Director-General George Entwistle's first speech echoes one of the missions set out for him on ourBeeb earlier this summer: to "create genuinely digital content for the first time"
Columnists say people in the investment community are turning on Kevin O'Leary over the performance and management style of his funds.
FRIENDS says the CBC is Canadians' public space in the media, a space that is vital for the health of our democracy, and that is worth protecting for future generations.
The conglomerate says it is "pleased" with the BSkyB decision, but disagrees "with certain of the report’s statements about James Murdoch’s prior actions as an executive and director."
BCE Inc. chief executive George Cope says Canadian media companies need heft to compete with U.S. giants Netflix Inc., Apple Inc. and Amazon.com Inc.
FRIENDS says CBC Radio offers a much-needed “public space” in Canada’s audio-visual system.
The CBC has stepped into the debate over BCE Inc.’s $3.4-billion acquisition of Astral Media at the last minute, insisting it be allowed to voice its objection to the company’s plan to launch a French news network as part of the deal.
Columnist asks whether the digital revolution has irreparably broken the relationship between young people and the BBC.
Columnist believes the arts community should be leaders in critical thought and speech when the government commits absurdities and that the CBC should be at the forefront.
Rogers Media executives present their case against the proposed Bell Astral takeover deal before the CRTC.
Quebecor CEO says a BCE takeover of Astral will ‘kill’ the broadcasting business.
CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais puts the onus on Bell Media-parent BCE to explain why its $3.3 billion takeover of Astral Media is good for Canadians.
Karl Peladeau says if Bell succeeds in its $3.4-billion takeover of Astral Media it will mark a "point of no return" for Canada.
CRTC considers BCE's application to acquire Astral.
NHL Lockout 2012: Cancellation Of Season Would Shave $1.8 Billion Off GDP, Economist Says by Daniel Tencer
BMO economist says the performing arts, heritage and sports sector of Canada’s economy saw a decline of roughly 0.1 per cent of GDP during the 2004-05 lockout, which resulted in the cancellation of the entire hockey season.
Columnist says CBC’s acquisition of the TV rights to the Pan Am Games is a natural fit for the current mandate of placating its government critics first and then trying to make the numbers work.
Colunist says that despite the opinion of Richard Stursburg, one won’t find anyone who ever actually said the CBC ought to produce for the elites.
The CRTC is inviting Canadians to participate in the consultation for the renewal of CBC/Radio-Canada’s radio and television licences.
Editor asks whether Britains should be so obsessed with cost in public service broadcasting.
Columnists say Canada needs a new innovative economic “road map,” firmly linking dynamic creative and cultural sectors with open and welcoming business and technology sectors.
Columnist says that as companies race to bring innovations to market, technology often moves faster than wireless carriers can keep pace, challenging Canada’s long-standing commitment to consumer privacy
Columnist says chopping into already meagre arts funding has been a Republican priority for a few years now.
Description of how the CRTC will enforce the broadcasting industry’s compliance with the regulatory requirements regarding the loudness of television commercial messages.
Columnist says the BBC is happy to present classical music as light-weight reality TV - it's vital that the unique mission and role of Radio 3 shouldn't slip down the same route.
Columnist says the CRTC will probably pressure Bell to make some adjustments to its deal with Astral Media, but squashing it altogether is unlikely given the many prior approvals of media mergers.
Rogers Communications has struck an agreement to buy sports broadcaster Score Media Inc. in a transaction valued at $167 million.
Regenerating Britain's local media: can public service broadcasting come to the rescue? by Justin Schlosberg
Columnist says unchecked media concentration over several decades has allowed some groups to accumulate vast amounts of revenue and influence, with disastrous consequences for ethical journalism and democracy.
The spring 2012 wave of Ipsos Reid’s Mobil-ology, a study of the mobile market in Canada, shows that the frequency at which Canadians are using their Smartphones, Tablets and eReaders remains stable, however, the average duration of time they report using them has declined.
In an upcoming Fortune interview, Mitt Romney says he will cut funding for the arts and eliminate the PBS subsidy if elected.
Members of the public have an opportunity to share their views on the future of the CBC at a panel discussion hosted by FRIENDS.
Groups such as ACTRA, the Writers Guild, the CMPA and Directors Guild, while not ultimately opposing the merger of Bell and Astral Media outright, want to see major changes to the terms of the benefits package and even see new regulations applied to Bell Media.
CBC, the sole winner of the broadcast rights for the 2014 and 2016 Olympics, reveals that it intends to strike deals with a long list of private partners to deliver those Games on cable, broadcast, online and mobile channels.
FRIENDS says that as Canada’s national public broadcaster, it’s CBC’s job to present radio and television programs that meet the needs of citizens, rather than delivering audience eyes and ears to advertisers.
Columnist says more consumer and industry organizations have joined the growing chorus of voices opposing the proposed acquisition of Astral Media Inc. by Bell Canada.
FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, speaks on the Bill Good Show about the future of public broadcasting and The CBC We Want town hall meetings.
The Competition Bureau alleges that Rogers failed to conduct “adequate and proper testing” before making the promotional claim that their network “had fewer dropped calls than new wireless carriers” and thus discredited its competitors.
According to TDG’s research, the number of “highly satisfied” Netflix streaming customers has dipped from 68 percent to 48 percent.
While some American television viewers are grumbling about the retro feel to NBC’s London Olympics coverage, with tape-delayed broadcasts of the opening ceremony and other events, audiences in Britain are getting a more contemporary — even futuristic — TV Games.
Columnist says the London Games are a battleground between the traditional forces of broadcasting and the social-media insurgents who represent the future of information technology.
Columnist says the digital age has given brand journalism a new urgency and it’s becoming a force that could shape the way all of us receive our information.
An Elections Canada investigator is contacting contributors to Dean Del Mastro's 2008 election campaign to ask about alleged reimbursements paid by a company owned by the Conservative MP's cousin.
The satellite TV giant lost 52,000 U.S. video customers in the second quarter, but hit an all-time user growth record in Latin America.
VP of English Services says the CBC is inherently different than a group of private corporations, namely in their profit motive and dhe is not expecting the CBC to make money off the Olympics, but she’s confident they will break even.
CBC & TVO End Analogue Broadcasting Today, Advocate Group Seeks Community Access to Transmission Towers
CBC claims that the shut down of its 623 analogue transmitters will save $10 million annually without reducing its amount of local programming.
As one of the country’s largest cable networks, Rogers is responsible for delivering specialty channels into the homes of its subscribers, with OMNI's mandate being to provide content in 15 languages for 60 per cent of the day.
Press release says CBC and Radio-Canada will shut down 623 analog transmitters on July 31, ending free access to the CBC and Radio-Canada over the air in hundreds of small cities, towns and rural areas.
FRIENDS says the LPIF was flawed, but the CRTC should have rewritten the rules to truly help independents such as CHCH.
Bell Media's recent $3-billion takeover Astral Media has put it over the cap of two FM and two AM stations in any language in a market.
Columnist says some might suggest that CBC Radio having commercials might prevent it from airing certain documentary programming in order to appease advertisers.
Columnist says a Conservative MP who serves as parliamentary secretary to the Canadian Heritage Minister raised thousands of dollars in political contributions from people involved in a high-stakes campaign to win a new Toronto radio licence.
Columnist says the courts and the CRTC have sent a clear signal that broadcasters should focus on marketplace success, not manipulating the regulatory system.
Quebecor Media Inc. has won a court battle against rival Bell TV over 10-year-old allegations that the latter failed to protect its satellite television signal against piracy in Quebec.
Columnist says the CRTC is doing away with a controversial fee charged by many cable and satellite companies to help improve local TV programming - and forcing them to stop passing the cost on to their customers.
News release says the CBC president's recent declaration that "Canadian content and culture would be the single 'biggest failed promise' of a purely free market broadcast model" represents a point of view that should guide the revision of the crown corporation's mandate.
Columnist says reaction from the broadcasting industry to the CRTC’s plan to depose of the Local Programming Improvement Fund was swift and virtually unanimous.
Columnist says a decision to scrap a fund that helps pay for local television programming will save cable and satellite TV subscribers about the cost of a coffee a month, but threatens to put struggling local stations out of business.
Columnist says Cogeco Cable’s largely rural footprint has traditionally shielded it from cutthroat competition, but the growing popularity of advanced TV services from its phone company rivals is starting to pose a threat.
CEO Paul Godfrey says that Postmedia won’t likely be saved by rising revenue, but by changes that would see the company make a profit on a much smaller revenue base.
Columnist says Bell’s unprecedented proposal regarding "tangible benefits" is the first real test as to whether new CRTC chairman, Jean-Pierre Blais, will stand with the industry or with Canadian consumers.
A man who started at the BBC as a journalism trainee has been appointed to the British broadcaster’s top job.
In December 2011, national and international media leaders, scholars, practitioners and stakeholders met to address the challenges and opportunities facing visible minority screen media producers in the Canadian media industry.
Jian Ghomeshi, talks about the loss of CBC programme "Dispatches" and the impact of budget cuts to public broadcasting.
Telefilm says domestic and international sales of their projects doubled in the 2011 calendar year compared to 2010, while domestic box office receipts increased 11.6 per cent to $27.5 million.
The House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology discussed the future of online video and whether the Communications Act, which regulates cable, satellite and broadcast companies, should be changed or expanded.
Short video produced by the European Association for Viewers Interest- an adventure that will transform Jack and make him media-wise!
Columnist says for the CBC, the Calgary Stampede represents a delicate melding of its constituent cultures.
Columnist says CBC President Hubert Lacroix seems to believe that the best defence is a good offence and is in the midst of transforming the CBC into a nimble model for the digital age.
Longtime Conservative party strategist Marni Larkin is the newest member of the CBC board of directors.
CBC/Radio-Canada is decommissioning its over-the-air analogue television transmission network on July 31, 2012.
Three ethnic radio stations are asking the federal government to overturn a decision by the CRTC that saw them passed over for a broadcast licence in favour of an out-of-province broadcaster and an English-language commercial station.
Columnist says that the City of Ottawa has issued a ‘request for proposals’ for a multimedia studio just as film and television production in the city seems to have stalled.
Columnist says that according to a recent study, Canada's political and TV reporters do a poor job of telling the public what's actually going on in the political world.
Study contrasts the coverage of two major political stories from fall 2011: the federal government’s legislative agenda and the Occupy movement.
A Conservative is appointed Chair of CBC's board of Directors.
Charity and Prosperity: A Response to the Current Critique on Philanthropy in Canada by Ross McMillan
Speech by Tides Canada President about recent public policy issues regarding advocacy by charities and role of non-Canadian funds in the work of Canadian charities.
Study shows that North America generates just over half the world’s pay TV revenue, which hit $176 billion in 2011 with pay TV penetration around the world now at 52 percent.
RCI host Marc Montgomery says, that while the internet can be and is regularly blocked by authoritarian regimes, shortwave broadcasts almost always get through to people hungry for information.
CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson says the public broadcaster could pursue a bid to broadcast the 2014 Olympic Games on its own.
Citytv operator Rogers Media has received approval from the CRTC for its acquisition of SCN from Bluepoint Investment Inc.
Columnist says some fear that as customers become more aware of how much broadband they’re using they’ll start to use less of it, and in that way, protect traditional forms of entertainment distribution and discourage new Internet services.
Saskatchewan artists speak out about the CBC's decision to eliminate all live recordings of musicians on the Prairies and Newfoundland, and about the dwindling presence of regional artists in general on CBC's national airwaves.
E3: Will the old TV guard be able to stand up to the likes of Microsoft, Apple, and Google? by Peter Nowak
Columnist says that the big three of American technology all clearly have their eyes on the television market and with TVs getting increasingly advanced and internet-connected, they’re becoming more reliant on the software these tech giants specialize in as well.
“I very much doubt that any of the interveners actually think that they can stop the (MLSE) transaction; what I think they are hoping to do is to cause the CRTC to attach conditions that would, in their view, level the playing field,” says Ian Morrison, spokesperson for FRIENDS.
The Supreme Court has declined to address whether the government still has the authority to regulate indecency on broadcast television, but it ruled in favor of two broadcasters who had faced potential fines for programs featuring cursing and nudity.
Sun News Network's vulgar response reveals CBSC as toothless, demonstrates need for meaningful regulation by David J. Climenhaga
Columnist says that the point of organizations like the CBSC is to shield their members from the threat of meaningful enforcement of even minimum standards.
The NDP won't say whether it will back a Liberal MP's motion to have the House ethics committee study Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro's 2008 election spending.
Columnist says new shows developed for NPR face a big hurdle: limited open time slots and a risk-averse public-radio culture, where time-tested audience and money generators make it challenging for new shows to thrive.
CBC corporate services says because of recent budget cuts, the public broadcaster cannot justify spending $10 million on the maintenance and repair of 620 aging transmitters.
Columnist says AT&T and others have “taken position” ahead of key changes to foreign-ownership restrictions in the telecom sector being made through the omnibus Bill C-38.
Ratings for the L.A. Kings' victory over the New Jersey Devils came in shy of ABC and Fox's rising reality offerings among American audiences.
An investigation has concluded that CBC/Radio-Canada had failed to fulfil its obligations under Part VII of the Official Languages Act by not consulting the Francophone community in southwestern Ontario or considering the repercussions that the radio station's closure would have on the community.
Former executive vice-president of CBC English services says that if the corporation is to survive recent cuts, it will need to make several tough choices, including between serving the public at large or serving elites.
The longtime civil servant replaces Leonard Katz, who was appointed acting chairman in January after Konrad von Finckenstein ended a five-year term as head of the broadcast regulator.
Hubert Lacroix, president and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada, says the broadcaster hopes to generate $50 million through various measures that include putting ads on Radio 2 and leasing more than 74,000 square metres of real estate by 2017.
Local recording artists and other members of the arts community attended events in Regina and Saskatoon to voice their concerns about recent cuts to CBC.
Several thousand online and hundreds in person took part in the launch of “CBC We Want,” a virtual town hall and panel discussion about the future of the institution.
Winner of the 2012 Dalton Camp Award discusses Kai Nagata and the link between media and democracy.
FRIENDS steering committee member R.H. Thompson receives the Order of Canada.
Press release says CACTUS risks confusing communities about the critical distinction between towers and transmitters, and of the different circumstances facing CBC/Radio-Canada and TVO.
Columnist says that the end of print operations at XPress is the latest in a series of ominous signs that point to an erosion of the alternative press and local arts coverage in Ottawa.
Former CBC vice president for English Services says it's going to be very difficult to compete against the all-sports cable networks when it comes time for the public broadcaster to negotiate the next NHL rights purchase.
Columnist says the upcoming regulatory hearing follows Canada's public broadcaster slashing jobs and programming to absorb government cuts.
Letter to CBC President Hubert Lacroix regarding applications by the public broadcaster to amend the licences of Radio 2, Espace musique, and their affiliated stations to permit national advertising
The CBC's former head of research says that outmoded management systems are crippling our most important cultural institution.
Columnist says the new CBC music service, which streams songs online, is a boon for Canadian musicians and music lovers and is not, as some claim, an infringement on the rights of private companies.
Columnist says the muted celebration and budgetary retrenchment surrounding the 80th anniversary of public broadcasting in Canada on May 26 are no reasons for Canadians to fret about the state of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Columnist says that when Connect clears the airwaves on June 22nd, it will be a blow to both its loyal viewers and innovative journalism.
FRIENDS was able to garner enough post-budget financial support from Canadians to twice run a full-page ad in the Globe and Mail which revealed that the CBC is "being singled out for disproportionate, draconian damage."
James Maunder, a spokesman for Heritage Minister James Moore says the government will appoint a new CRTC chair in a number of weeks.
Columnist says maintaining good relations with Heritage Minister James Moore and his staff will be a key requirement for heads of the boards of Canada’s cultural institutions.
Late night talk show host George Stroumboulopoulos, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and CBC dragon Kevin O’Leary were called upon to drum up support from advertisers for the public broadcaster’s leaner programming lineup next fall.
CBC president's response to requests made by unions representing CBC employees.
CBC's new digital Hamilton service, which provides local news, weather, traffic and information about things to do around the Ontario city, has been launched.
Cartt.ca editor says The Tower of Babble: Sins Secrets and Successes Inside the CBC is an easy, entertaining read bound to inform, anger, confuse and confirm a lot about what people in the industry have thought about both Richard Stursberg and the CBC.
Columnist says Canadian investors are running low on television broadcasting stocks to tune into.
According to speakers at Radio And Internet Newsletter's RAIN Summit West 2012, Internet radio and digital audio advertising is on track for a strong ad year in 2012 with solid CPMs and a growing local revenue base.
Columnist says Postmedia Network Inc. will shutter its breaking-news wire service and sign back up with The Canadian Press in a bid to save money and shift the news organization’s focus toward opinion writing and local news.
Columnist says that despite the appearance of business as usual, executives have been busy slashing CBC spending since the March federal budget, which decreed major cuts to the broadcaster set to reach 10 per cent, about $115 million, within three years.
Columnist says with so much at stake, it is worth asking whether the current approach to generating new capital for the creation of Canadian programming optimizes what has emerged as one of the largest sources of media funding in Canada.
Columnist says traditional news organizations, for all their shortcomings, see it as their mission to provide the information needed to form intelligent opinions, aiming to challenge lazy assumptions while Fox panders to them.
Vancouver's Reimagine CBC Celebration takes a creative approach to helping the public broadcaster by Craig Takeuchi
Lead Now will be organizing small meetups across country to engage citizens in casual conversations and discussions about the CBC.
Columnist says Rogers is attempting to scale its City-TV network up to rival larger broadcasters CTV and Global.
Columnist says the funding crisis facing CBC should be seen, not as a calamity, but an opportunity for CBC television to become what it has never been - a true public broadcaster.
Richard Stursberg, former head of CBC's English language services, believes the culture at Canada’s public broadcaster has become less poisonous since his departure, but that it still faces a huge technological battle against better-funded rivals.
Columnist says British Prime Minister David Cameron’s party has positioned itself as the last defender of a collapsing empire.
In addition to $2.7-million in spending cuts announced last month, Telefilm plans to slash nearly $8-million in funding and administrative costs over the next two years, including money for the production and distribution of dramas.
CBC’s director of content planning said the series were part of an old strategy to draw attention to homegrown shows and they have served their purpose.
Sportsnet continues its roll on the soccer pitch, with word it has secured the Canadian multimedia rights to more than 250 soccer matches, including qualifiers and friendlies, leading up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
Former Governor General of Canada Michaëlle Jean has won the ‘people’s pick’ for the next chair of the CBC, according to an online poll sponsored by Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.
According to published studies by Dr. Tina McCorkindale, an assistant professor at Appalachian State University’s Department of Communication, “18- to 29-year-olds are the Facebook generation,” and it’s not the Millennial “likes” that assures ad success, but perks.
Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, two popular U.S. game shows, will not be returning to the CBC prime-time or prime time lineup in the fall of 2012.
Keen to control the media and how it portrays his government, FRIENDS says Prime Minister Harper should not be allowed choose the leaders of our public broadcaster.
FRIENDS says adding advertising on CBC Radio 2 threatens its “distinctiveness”, especially niche programming that private broadcasters are unlikely to step in to replace.
National Post Letters Editor Paul Russell asked readers: “Does Canada still need the CBC?” - 0ver 60 readers responded, with a clear majority saying “Yes.”
The CBC has passed on Entertainment One pilot Wish List from local screenwriter Sean Reycraft as it deals with a $21.2 million hit to its programming budget following recent government cuts.
Columnist says that across the television landscape viewing for all sorts of prime-time programming is down this spring — chiefly among the most important audience for the business, younger adults.
Columnist says the CBC is so professional that the Harper government is counting on that professionalism to prevent the CBC from saying publicly that the current federal government is deliberately singling out the CBC for heavier budgetary punishment because the it doesn't like the coverage it gets.
Ivan Fecan, former President and CEO of CTV, Toronto says CTV/TSN never bid on the Hockey Night in Canada rights.
Recent cuts to the National Film Board will mean the elimination of three or four significant films per year, or the elimination of one major project per year – like last year’s acclaimed 3-D dance film Ora.
Coalition Culture – the federal cuts: where is the culture money going?
Public Safety Canada warns that Canada’s plan to allow foreign companies such as VimpelCom Ltd. (VIP) to increase their stakes in the country’s telecommunications providers poses a “considerable risk” to national security.
Columnist says when inflation, other increases and severance and forced-retirement costs are added, the CBC's real loss to its budget doubles from 10 per cent to 20 per cent and $200 million over the next three years.
In his new memoir, Richard Stursberg recalls endless negotiations with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.
FRIENDS fears that the cuts to CBC will lead to the network buying more American programming.
The plan was originally to shut down analogue television in the Columbia Valley by 2013, but budget cuts have pushed it ahead to this year.
CBC boss Hubert Lacroix warns the 10 per cent cut will mean "a very different public broadcaster," with less original programming, more reruns and the introduction of commercials on radio.
Columnist says a number of Canadian media companies have joined forces to try to shut down a free music website recently launched by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., claiming it threatens to ruin the music business for all of them.
The CBC has announced the proposed new station which was to open in the Kitchener area this fall will be delayed by “a few months.”
Hollowing-out of Radio Canada International saddens, angers supporters by Catherine Solyom, Postmedia News
Radio Canada International, which is administered by the CBC, has been told that more than 80 per cent of its budget will be slashed, or $10 million of $12.3 million.
Stephen Harper and James Moore hold the murder weapon in the killing of CBC Dispatches by Charlie Smith
Blogger says the Harper government prefers Canadians to be ignorant, and cutting CBC's funding is evidence of this.
Former Prime Minister Joe Clark says there has been a hostility towards some Canadian institutions, such as the CBC, by the current government.
Columnist says the approximately $200 million in cuts Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is making to the CBC over the next three years is an ideologically driven decision that will do more to hurt the country than help.
Columnist says the CBC News department is to take a $10 million hit to its annual operating budget, leading to the loss of 88 jobs.
Three CBC Saskatchewan employees will lose their jobs as a result of federal government cuts to the organization.
Columnist describes the demise of BSkyB and the resulting downfall of James Murdoch.
Tony Manera, CBC's President in 1993 and 1994, says that at a time when we should be strengthening the CBC, the relentless chipping away of its financial resources further weakens the bonds that, however imperfectly, tie this vast country together.
Columnist says that CBC's new online music service and the fact that it broadcasts in Mandarin and Arabic, are indications that the public broadcaster still receives too much money.
Columnist says putting ads on Radio One would take CBC down the road of becoming the only nation in the OECD without a substantial public broadcaster.
CBC executive VP in charge of English services, Kirstine Stewart claims that Don Cherry is not part of the cuts announced this week.
The producer of This Hour Has 22 Minutes is speaking out about the cuts to CBC and says he's hoping the corporation reconsiders its decision to close its production studio in Halifax.
Columnist says CBC brass has made a point of saying Hamilton’s new digital project has been spared from recent budget cuts.
Columnist says Canadians are beginning to feel the effects of the austerity measures laid out in the federal budget last week, with Department of National Defence and CBC employees among the first to report job cuts.
CBC/Radio-Canada has applied to the CRTC to add advertising and sponsorships to its two national music radio networks.
CBC President says the reduction of $115 million to its appropriation, combined with the unavoidable costs required to continue transforming the CBC into a modern public broadcaster, means the public broadcaster is actually facing financial pressures amounting to $200 million over the next three years.
Former head of Al Jazeera English and CBC News says that as the world becomes smaller and more complex, the amount of airtime on the CBC devoted to international issues is shrinking.
Canadians need to have a “great debate” about the future of the CBC, including options like going commercial-free and using licence fees like those in the U.K. and Germany to fund it, a forum has been told.
Columnist says CTV appears to be considering disciplinary action for one of its high-profile Parliament Hill television hosts in the wake of an incident at a post-budget party attended by top government and opposition politicians.
FRIENDS expects the 10 percent cut to CBC's budget to have an impact on Victoria, which has CBC Radio 1 and Radio 2 outlets.
Funding to the CBC will be trimmed by $27.8 million next year, $41.8 million in 2013-14 and by $45.4 million in 2014-15.
FRIENDS says the Harper government has singled out the CBC for punitive cuts and has broken its election pledge to maintain or increase CBC funding in the process.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's annual funding from the federal government will be cut by $115 million over the next three years, a blow that could lead to job losses or programming cuts at Canada's public broadcaster.
CBC/Radio-Canada Hubert Lacroix says that while a 10-per-cent cut may amount to a little more than $100-million, the figure will swell with severance pay and other costs of cutbacks.
Former CBC j0urnalist writes an open letter to the CBC president and CEO after the government budget announced a 10% cut to CBC funding.
Columnist says an NHL season dogged by controversy at Hockey Night in Canada is ending with a search for a new executive producer for the program.
Columnist says cuts to CBC, Telefilm Canada and the National Film Board of Canada could lead to a significant reduction in Canadian film and TV production, and will almost certainly lead to layoffs at the CBC.
CBC Cuts: Budget 2012 Outlines Cuts To Federal Spending For Canada's National Broadcaster by Rachel Mendleson
FRIENDS says the implications of a $115 million cut in funding will lead to the death of CBC Radio 2, make CBC Radio less relevant to Canadians, and reduce the depth, quality, diversity and distinctiveness of CBC News.
FRIENDS says the recent federal budget revealing $115 million in cuts to the CBC marks a dark day for public broadcasting in Canada.
Columnist says the CBC has failed to transcend mediocrity and forcefully explain what it does and how it fulfills its mandate.
CBC/Radio-Canada has learned that its annual parliamentary appropriation will be reduced by $115 million over three years as part of the Deficit Reduction Action Plan (DRAP), as set out in Federal Budget
A Nanos poll conducted on behalf of Friends of Canadian Broadcasting shows that over 80% of Canadians are satisfied of programming available on radio, on TV and on the website of the CBC.
Michael Prupas, CEO of Muse Entertainment says the growth of Bell enables Canada to produce more series with worldwide potential.
Broadcast regulators held expedited hearings to resolve a spat between BCE Inc. and a group of television providers, including Telus Corp., regarding new agreements on the distribution of Bell Media's 29 specialty channels.
Columnist says local players show signs of panic after Saskatchewan says it will no longer accept applications for a refundable 45% film tax credit, based on labor costs, from April 1, including from Hollywood producers.
Columnist says local producers, sounding the alarm over the provincial government cut to its film tax credit, predict the local production sector will be hollowed out as they go elsewhere to shoot projects.
Executive Director of Leadnow says the ever-intensifying government assault on the CBC is a threat to Canada's economy, culture and democracy.
A recent Nanos opinion survey suggests that most Canadians are satisfied with the CBC and opposed to massive government cuts.
A recent Nanos opinion survey suggests that most Canadians are satisfied with the CBC and opposed to massive government cuts.
FRIENDS says that if CBC has to make hard choices, it should move to be distinctive from what the private sector is already offering.
Nearly a dozen people rallied in front of MP Dean Del Mastro's office before marching in with a petition full of names of people supporting the CBC.
Former CBC/Radio-Canada exec Michael McEwen has been appointed as director general for the North American Broadcasters Association.
The proposed owner of Saskatchewan's independent broadcaster SCN is looking for permission to spend less on locally made programs, something the provincial NDP isn't happy about.
Blogger says that if the CRTC approves Bell's acquisition of Astral, Canada will have lost yet another independent and our position as having one of the most concentrated set of TMI industries amongst the developed capitalist economies will be yet further cemented.
FRIENDS says said the proposed deal between Bell and Astral raises very serious concerns about market dominance in Canada.
Columnist says that phone giant BCE has agreed to pay $3.38 billion for Astral Media to strengthen the telecom group’s content presence in Quebec against rival Quebecor Media.
Bell Canada has agreed to buy Montreal-based Astral Media for $3.38 billion, adding a number of cable and specialty TV channels and nearly 100 radio stations to its media empire.
Columnist says Wind Mobile will likely boycott an upcoming auction of wireless spectrum because the rules do not give smaller players enough bandwidth to build the most advanced network.
CBC's popular new music-streaming website is stirring debate over what royalties artists should receive, as SOCAN reviews just how much the national broadcaster should be paying.
Record store The Inner Sleeve has announced that it has purchsed CBC's massive local collection of vinyl and compact discs, which the broadcaster had announced earlier in the year it was going to eliminate across the country after digitizing the music in all of the regional collections.
Foreign ownership restrictions lifted for small players in wireless auction Provided by The by Steve Rennie
The Conservative government has placed limits on the coming wireless spectrum auction and has lifted foreign-investment limits on small telecom firms.
Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, announced that The Telecommunications Act will be amended to lift foreign investment restrictions for telecom companies that hold less than a 10-percent share of the total Canadian telecommunications market.
Columnist says that just as the Copyright Act is being revised by Parliament, providers of all kinds of communication devices and services - Internet services, smartphones, iPods and the like - are relying on highly conservative legal interpretations and strong lobbying to avoid liability for their part in the dissemination of works to the public.
Columnist says that the governments lack of intention to reform crown corporations, such as the CBC, begs the question "Where has conservatism gone?".
Spokesperson says the thoughtful engagement in the early days of the "Reimagine CBC" campaign is a powerful rebuttal against those who would claim that the CBC is no longer relevant; that there is no place for public media in the age of narrowcasting.
Sources say CBC's vice-president of English services, Kirstine Stewart, and Jeffrey Orridge, executive director of sports properties, were blindsided by the vitriol they encountered after making a pitch to keep the public broadcaster as the NHL's partner in Canada.
Radio-Canada has pulled the web-TV series, Hard, from its Tou.tv website.
Columnist says the paradox of the CBC is that it must broadly appeal to all Canadians but it also must reflect smaller groups, be they regional, linguistic or otherwise grouped, back to themselves – and at the same time.
Columnist says that while on balance the CBC has done an admirable job reflecting Canada and Canadians back to ourselves, it is the advent of multiplatform media that will help the public broadcaster fulfill its mandate.
A cable deal for Netflix would increase its competition with HBO, but one analyst says it could be a sign of weakening subscriber trends.
Columnist says CBC and Quebecor appear to have reached a truce in their long-running public battle, with the public broadcaster buying advertising in return for more cable TV access.
Economists say government spending needs to be prioritized so that important areas are spared deep cuts while lower priority areas carry a greater burden of the spending reductions.
If successful, Yahoo could possibly broadcast the Games online, partner with a streaming video service such as Netflix, or license TV stations to broadcast the Games.
With political pundits predicting some austerity measures in the March 29 federal budget, the proposal to enlarge the current 57,000-square-foot building to about 90,000 square feet and consolidate about 170 staff in one central location has been suspended.
The country's independent ISPs are planning to ask federal regulators to strike down a ruling that, if fully implemented, will see costly tariffs imposed by big network owners such as BCE Inc.
Under a new agreement, the CBC will purchase print and digital ads in Quebecor properties while Quebecor renewed an agreement so various CBC channels can be carried across its Videotron subsidiary.
Columnist says as more screens surround our lives and technology serves up more entertainment options than ever before, Canadians continue to cling to the security of the television set and the schedule it provides.
Columnist says that across the TV news reports there is a failure to acknowledge that people are genuinely, profoundly disturbed by even the suggestion that an election was subverted.
Columnist says that James Murdoch was probably pushed to resign the executive chairmanship of News International and that it's possible he may soon lose the chairmanship of BSkyB as well.
Columnist asks whether the CBC really believes that intelligent material can be sold to listeners only if it's wrapped in ridiculous packaging?
Ottawa blogger Alice Funke fears too much of this democratic form of journalism is risky pointing to problems such as oversimplification which she believes can impede charges of election fraud.
The unresolved clash between the top-rated Bell and independent carriers is now the subject of mediation by the CRTC.
Elections Canada taps CRTC for help with deluge of robo-call complaints by Steven Chase and Daniel Leblanc
Deluged with a staggering volume of grievances about fraudulent calls in the last election, Elections Canada is referring some complainants to another federal regulator – the CRTC – that also has a responsibility to police the country’s phone lines.
Telefilm is introducing a pilot program that would give emerging filmmakers as much as $120,000 to make so-called "micro-budget" movies.
The CRTC has said it has confirmed with the NFL that under its contract terms Bell has no right to sub-license to a third-party mobile service provider, media reports say.
French language campaign encouraging the government to maintain or increase funding to the CBC.
A longtime friend of Pierre Trudeau who had the Juno Awards named after him after a career spent championing Canadian performers as head of the CRTC and CBC has died.
A long-time friend of Pierre Trudeau who went on to become an early champion of Canadian content as head of the CRTC and CBC has died.
Pierre Juneau, who championed Canadian content on radio and TV as the first chair of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, has died.
The need for revenue to partly cover the extension of the payroll tax cut and long-term unemployment benefits has pushed Congress to embrace a generational shift in the country’s media landscape: the auction of public airwaves now used for television broadcasts to create more wireless Internet systems.
The Harper government is defending the CBC in the public broadcaster's nasty spat with Quebecor over advertising dollars, an internal memo shows.
New research shows that some 4 in 5 Conservative supporters think CBC TV is important to Canadian culture and about 2 in 3 support CBC radio.
Columnist says that if the CBC is severely cut, it will lead ordinary Canadians to become what the Prime Minister calls "radicals" in protest.
CHCH has launched a public campaign to urge the federal broadcast regulator to preserve a fund that shores up small and medium TV markets, including Hamilton.
The CRTC has released new numbers for the Local Programming Improvement Fund which indicate Shaw Communications paid the most into the fund, followed by Bell Canada and Rogers Cable.
Leveraging a recent music licensing deal with Audio-Video Licensing Agency, the CBC has launched a new, free, digital music service.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has issued a statement congratulating the Canadian recipients of the 54th Annual Grammy Awards.
Columnist says the CBC should ditch both TV and radio, and the technologies of those media.
FRIENDS says that expected funding cuts in the upcoming federal budget would have devastating consequences for listeners and viewers and could scuttle new services the CBC has promised to Hamiltonians and residents of several other communities.
Columnist says nobody should be surprised that the CBSC failed to find fault in Krista Erickson’s approach to a recent interview with Canadian dancer Margie Gillis as there is no regulatory mechanism for the censure of obnoxious behaviour on TV.
CBC has found a home for its new local digital service in Hamilton, which is scheduled to start this Spring.
James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, takes exception to a story on CBC Radio about a play that has the artistic community buzzing about a political chill.
New survey shows that three-quarters of Kamloopsians are in favour of the proposed new CBC radio station in Kamloops.
Cartt.ca IN-DEPTH: Blue Ant's Michael MacMillan says original content will lead ambitious plans by by Greg O’Brien
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The CRTC has agreed to postpone Canadian Broadcasting Corp.'s licence renewal application until after a federal budget that is expected to reduce its funding.
Columnist says that while talent is an undeniable part of the success of Quebec made films, nurturing has a lot to do with the result and is due in no small part to Radio-Canada’s role as an incubator.
Columnist says the themes for the CRTC have remained the same: how to effectively regulate amidst technological change and ensure that Canadian content remains vibrant in a tidal wave of foreign content.
Columnist says Sun TV's parent company sells a lot of porn, the CBC does not sell porn, but that somehow Sun TV is managing to get politicians to condemn CBC for selling porn.
FRIENDS Steering Committee Member, Stephen Kimber, responds to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation's claim that he is "on the CBC payroll".
The CRTC has received a letter from the CBC asking for hearings regarding their license renewal to be postponed, in large part due to the fact that the Corporation's operating budget is open for discussion.
Columnist calls for Stephen Harper to remove Heritage Minister James Moore from his portfolio over comments related to the appropriateness of the CBC's French affiliate showing foreign pornography on its website.
FRIENDS disputes The Canadian Taxpayers Federation's claims that steering committee members are on the CBC's payroll.
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The CTF has filed an Access to Information request with the CBC asking if members of the FRIENDS Steering Committee are on the public broadcaster's payroll.
Study shows that a substantial majority — 73 per cent — of Kamloops area residents surveyed would like CBC to establish a local radio station to cover community affairs.
Letter from the CBC to the CRTC asking that the public broadcaster's licence renewal process be postponed until after its budget is announced by the Harper government.
Columnist says Conservative MPs who were never happy with stimulus spending are pushing hard for deep spending cuts in areas like the CBC.
Columnist says the NDP is calling on Treasury Board president Tony Clement to bring the same sunlight to salaries in the Prime Minister's Office as the government shone on the highly paid staff at the CBC.
The CBC has more than 700 staff on the payroll making $100,000 annually, the public broadcaster revealed to a Conservative MP who had asked for salary details of top CBC executives and on-air staff.
Columnist says if Conservatives cut CBC funding, Canadian identity will suffer.
Columnist says four Conservative MPs have presented petitions in the House of Commons calling for the CBC to be defunded or sold to private industry.
LeadNow has launched a campaign to Re-Imagine the CBC.
Columnist questions whether it is possible for the Conservative government to make cuts without first demonizing the target of them.
Columnist says the crisis of capitalism marks the triumph of consumers and investors over workers and citizens and the increasing efficiency by which all of us as consumers can get great deals with our declining capacity as citizens.
Columnist says the CBC is a failure at what it does now, and should not be taking on Apple with a new online music store.
The CBC says it plans to open a radio station in Waterloo Region this fall but columnist Luisa D'Amato questions whether it will happen.
CBC president Hubert Lacroix says he doesn’t believe there’s a conspiracy between Sun Media and Conservatives in Ottawa.
Peter Miller comments on the nature of the job for the CRTC Chairman, and perhaps most importantly, the challenges a new chair will face over the next five years.
Outgoing CRTC Chairman says the Internet and wireless technology has disarmed federal regulators of their weapons to protect cultural identity.
Columnist says taxpayers will continue to pay for the CBC, not just because they have no choice, but because they still care and hope that it will get better.
The NDP says the federal government should not liberalize Canada’s foreign investment rules for the telecommunications sector, not even for smaller companies, because there is little proof that doing so would benefit consumers.
FRIENDS has released a public opinion poll suggesting 68 per cent of Waterloo Region residents support CBC establishing a local radio station.
The head of Wind Mobile says Canada should clarify its ownership rules for the wireless industry to attract more foreign investment, not discourage it, because the outside capital has brought consumers more competition and lower prices.
A mere month after announcing a deal to supply programming to Regina-based TV broadcaster SCN, Rogers Communications has unveiled a deal to buy the station for an undisclosed amount.
The takeover deal comes a month after the national broadcaster unveiled an earlier, now-abandoned affiliate agreement with the provincial educational broadcaster.
Columnist says the CBC is quietly dismantling its archives of LPs and CDs across Canada – a cultural treasure trove built over decades – even as it prepares to launch a major new music service online.
The International Olympic Committee has rejected a joint offer from Bell and CBC to televise the next Winter Games and the 2016 Summer Games, setting up a high-stakes showdown over how those Olympics will be broadcast in Canada.
Despite not being held to the same Cancon carriage rules as traditional broadcasters, YouTube reports that Canadian videos are being sought-out and viewed at a rate roughly on par with those originating in the U.S.
The CRTC says complaints against Internet providers deliberately slowing down online traffic are way up in Canada.
Columnist says The Shaw Media division, which airs popular series like "Glee," "NCIS" and "House," saw sales revenue fall year-on-year as Canadian advertisers pull back in uncertain times.
Film-makers, actors and critics argue British Prime Minister David Cameron's call for film funding to focus on "commercially successful" pictures would "dilute the quality of the product and mean we don't move forward culturally".
The process to find the new chairperson of the CRTC is officially underway, less than two weeks before outgoing chair Konrad von Finckenstein’s term expires on January 24.
Despite the dispute between Time Warner and the MSG Network regarding the broadcast of Buffalo Sabres games, FRIENDS says it's not in the interest of MLSE to withold signals from other broadcasters and ever if it were, it would run afoul of CRTC regulations.
The newly formed Online Party of Canada is calling on Canadians to take political action via the Internet by commenting, voting and sharing the many telecomm-related issues on their website.
Nielson reports people still spend far more hours watching traditional television signals than they do streamed web video.
CBC’s ombudsman has suggested the police chief’s statements about Rob Ford’s 911 call last fall may lack credibility because Bill Blair is “not a disinterested party” and his budget depends on negotiations with the Mayor.
CBC says a new morning show will replace the Morning Edition, which is currently heard throughout the province.
The country's independent Internet providers are challenging a CRTC ruling that allows large network operators like BCE Inc. to raise rates on smaller providers and their customers.
Columnist says a cache of reports has surfaced saying Apple is getting into the TV manufacturing business this year and may introduce an Apple TV set by mid-2012.
TekSavvy Solutions Inc. has become the first independent Internet service provider to raise consumer prices following the CRTC’s recent compromise decision on usage-based billing.
Columnist says that technology is an enabler of rights, but is not a right itself.
Columnist says the BBC accounts for much of Britain's success in the creative industries, a prime example of national investment yielding rich returns.