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Aug 13, 2017 — New York Times

The Messy, Confusing Future of TV? It’s Here by Kevin Roose

Columnist says an enterprising entrepreneur might someday be tempted to package new streaming services and sell them for a single price, essentially remaking the old cable bundle for the internet, but industry experts say that such cooperation between the industry’s giants is unlikely, given the enormous sums at stake.

Aug 11, 2017 — SOCAN

SOCAN welcomes the undertaking of consultations on the reform of the Copyright Board of Canada

SOCAN welcomes the announcement by the Government of Canada concerning the undertaking of consultations on the reform of the Copyright Board of Canada made by Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, whose goal is to provide the organization with the means to improve its decision-making process.

Aug 11, 2017 — Our Windsor

Why you’ll end up paying for TV’s fight against Netflix by Michael Lewis

Columnist says the bump in the price of Netflix in Canada and CBS's announcement that it would launch its All Access streaming services here next year suggests that consumers might end up shelling out more for online content even as the lineup of digital viewing choices expands.

Aug 11, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Canada's homegrown TV content needs to come home by Barry Avrich

Columnist says the Heritage Minister needs to find a way to a provide a new source of massive funding to producers for Canadian-produced programming that delivers more than one Canadian show in prime time or we will cease to be relevant and the private networks will face extinction.

Aug 9, 2017 — Montreal Gazette

End of an era for Laurie Brown and CBC Radio 2's The Signal by T’Cha Dunlevy

As host of CBC Radio 2’s dreamy late-night music show The Signal, Laurie Brown has been telling stories and playing songs that drift through the Canadian ether from 10 to midnight, six nights a week.

Aug 7, 2017 — Edmonton Sun

How technology is changing the world of media by Marty Forbes

Columnist says the internet is where the gold is and we simply need to start focussing on the exposure benefiting our performers all around the globe.

Aug 1, 2017 — CBC News

The National names 4 new hosts following retirement of Peter Mansbridge


The new hosts are senior correspondent Adrienne Arsenault, current Power & Politics host Rosemary Barton, CBC Vancouver anchor Andrew Chang and longtime CBC News Network host Ian Hanomansing. 

Aug 1, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Bell presses CRTC to overturn ad policy ahead of next Super Bowl by Christine Dobby

In the run-up to the NFL season, Bell Media has launched yet another attempt to spike a regulatory ruling that blocked the company from substituting its own television feed – including Canadian ads – over the U.S. broadcast of the Super Bowl.

Aug 1, 2017 — CBC News

Culture groups share concerns with Quebec envoy ahead of NAFTA talks

Groups representing Quebec's cultural industries have told the province's top negotiator in talks to make changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement that Canada needs to maintain its power over cultural policies.

Jul 31, 2017 — Darcan

As Canadian Stations Expand Local News, Experts Wonder How Successful It Will Be

Bell Media recently announced it's adding 5 p.m. newscasts to all its local CTV stations, and Rogers is expanding its local newscast format "CityNews" to Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Montreal.

Jul 22, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Gender pay gap strikes again. This time at the BBC by Elizabeth Renzetti

Columnist says that when the BBC was forced to unveil salaries for its on-air talent, it was infuriating, though not surprising, to see that the top seven earners were men, and that men made up two-thirds of the 96 names on the list. 

Jul 19, 2017 — Press Progress

Conservative MP films bizarre CNN-inspired newscast denouncing Canadian journalists as 'fake news'

Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant says the "elite-stream media" is broadcasting "fake news" on behalf of the Trudeau government, all in an effort to secure "hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies" for Canadian media companies.

Jul 19, 2017 — Media Shift

How Labor Unions and a Former Alderman Plan to Transform the Chicago Sun-Times by Ann Meyer

Columnist says the $1 acquisition price reflects the will of a small group of passionate news hounds who weren’t about to let the rival win without a fight.

Jul 19, 2017 — TV, eh?

MINISTER JOLY ANNOUNCES NEW LEADERSHIP AT THE CANADIAN RADIO-TELEVISION AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION by Greg David

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage announces the appointments of Ian Scott as Chairperson and Caroline J. Simard as Vice-Chairperson (Broadcasting) of the CRTC. 

Jul 19, 2017 — National Post

‘Great guy, works hard, very sane’: Incoming CRTC chief lauded despite concerns from consumer groups

Industry watchers say it’s telling that Ottawa chose a telecommunications insider to lead the tribunal that oversees Canada’s $65.7-billion communications industry.

Jul 18, 2017 — National Post

Government to name industry veteran Ian Scott as new head of the CRTC

The government will name Ian Scott as chairman and Caroline Simard as vice-chair of broadcasting

Jul 17, 2017 — Washington Post

What happens to local news when there is no local media to cover it? by Paul Farhi

Columnist says towns like East Palo Alto are news “deserts,” communities overlooked, if not entirely ignored, by the media.

Jul 17, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa to name industry veteran Ian Scott CRTC chairman by Christine Dobby

After filling the role on an interim basis in June, the federal Department of Heritage has found its permanent candidate and will appoint Ian Scott chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

Jul 16, 2017 — The Conversation

Why licensing journalists won’t end the scourge of ‘fake news’ by Christopher Waddell

Columnist says what’s new is not “fake news,” but the ability to distribute it quickly, easily and widely online through social media.

Jul 13, 2017 — Hollywood Reporter

CBS News, BBC Strike Content Sharing Partnership by Georg Szalai

The partners, who have so far worked with Sky and ABC, respectively, say the editorial and news gathering deal will "significantly enhance" their global reporting capabilities.

Jul 13, 2017 — J-Source

The Nova Scotia government is ordering an Industrial Inquiry Commission in the Chronicle Herald labour dispute by H.G. Watson

On July 13, the Nova Scotia government announced it is calling an Industrial Inquiry Commission to investigate the differences between both parties for the purpose of resolving the dispute. 

Jul 13, 2017 — J-Source

News health bolstered by local collaborations, expert’s work shows by Allison Ridgway

Collaborations between newsrooms and community members could be key to saving local news, says an expert in journalism and community engagement.

Jul 11, 2017 — J-Source

When rural newspapers fall prey to predatory ownership, local content goes fast by Gregory Furgala

Small market newspapers are being stripped of local content by “predatory” chain ownership groups, a new study suggests.

Jul 10, 2017 — J-Source

Not fake news by Yasmin Jiwani

 Focusing on cases of sexual assault reported to but dismissed by the police, the Globe and Mail's series Unfounded showcases the power of the press to effect social change.

Jul 9, 2017 — Huffington Post

Leaderless CRTC Is Adrift And Without A Mission by Michel Morin

Michel Morin, a former national commissioner of the CRTC, says Canada's broadcasting commission needs a new chair with passion and conviction, capable of imagination and with a single objective: to reinforce Canadian content in our broadcasting system.

Jul 8, 2017 — Cartt.ca

COMMENTARY: The CRTC is adrift by Michel Morin

Columnist says that after Konrad von Finckenstein and Jean-Pierre Blais, both federal civil servants who did not particularly distinguish themselves by their understanding of the broadcasting industry, the CRTC does not need yet another Ottawa bureaucrat.

Jul 8, 2017 — Strategy Online

What’s next in TV’s digital revolution by Chris Powell

Columnist says consumer adoption of network TV alternatives like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, coupled with the content available on YouTube and quasi-legal sources like Periscope and torrents, is requiring broadcast groups to straddle the line between traditional TV and digital.

Jul 7, 2017 — Mitchell Advocate

It’s time to save news as you – and we – know it by Bob Cox

Columnist says there is less and less information about the things that matter most to the lives of people in communities across Canada – coverage of what local governments are doing, what crimes have occurred in our midst, or what subjects are being taught in our schools.

Jul 5, 2017 — Policy Options

Copyright and innovation by Matthew Marinett

Columnist says if Canada is to become an major centre of high-tech business and AI development, it must remove the copyright-related impediments to innovation.

Jul 5, 2017 — Winnipeg Free Press

Heritage Minister to unveil Canadian media strategy in September by Ryan Thorpe

News Media Canada called on Joly and the federal government last month to increase funding to the Canadian Periodical Fund from $75 million to $350 million annually.

Jul 4, 2017 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Set to Fight Netflix With More Money for Kids TV by Alex Ritman

The broadcaster will pledge an extra $44 million toward children's content to counter the growing influence of online offerings.

Jul 4, 2017 — Globe & Mail

The video revolution helped fuel the rise of Trump by Howard Green

Columnist says the video revolution preceding the digital and social-media revolutions and is one of the Trump era’s deepest roots - enabling the spread of faux-reality, creating an arena where a con artist could flourish.

Jul 4, 2017 — Globe & Mail

PBO costing of election platforms a boost for democracy by Kevin Page and Sahir Khan

Columnist says we are all better off if political parties openly debate the policy benefits of new initiatives during an election campaign, and this is further enhanced if the treasury impact of those initiatives – for current and future taxpayers – has been examined by an independent PBO.

Jul 4, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Trump’s war on the media is a strategic blunder by Lawrence Martin

Columnist says Donald Trump has a lot of weapons in his arsenal, but journalists have the better ones.

Jul 3, 2017 — National Observer

News observers hope for change and more context at 'The National' post-Mansbridge

FRIENDS spokesperson says the status quo isn't working and so shaking things up and trying another approach is something that all viewers should welcome.

Jul 3, 2017 — Halifax Examiner

Is it always a bad idea to get government involved in journalism? by Stephen Kimber

Columnist says there is a difference between what News Media Canada is proposing and providing public support for actual journalism.

Jul 3, 2017 — Halifax Examiner

Is it always a bad idea to get government involved in journalism? by Stephen Kimber

Columnist says there is a difference between what News Media Canada is proposing and providing public support for actual journalism.

Jun 30, 2017 — The Guardian

Do not adjust your set: 50 years of colour TV – from tennis and ties to petals and plumage by Mark Lawson

Half a century after the green grass and lemon squash of Wimbledon marked the dawn of colour TV in Britain, Mark Lawson reveals how it revolutionised everything from Cézanne to snooker.

Jun 30, 2017 — Stockwatch

Globe says Corus, Bell appeal CRTC's Cancon funding cut

A coalition of creative groups is pleading with the federal government to intervene in a ruling by the CRTC that they say will cut funding for Canadian-made television programming.

Jun 30, 2017 — The Guardian

Germany approves plans to fine social media firms up to €50m

Measure requires social media platforms to remove obviously illegal hate speech and other postings within 24 hours of receiving a notification.

Jun 30, 2017 — Toronto Star

Canadians are funny that way — at least that’s the by Donovan Vincent

Glen Foster, a stand-up comedian known as “That Canadian Guy,’’ argues that Canadians are funny and our humour is more substantive than the U.S. brand because Canadian audiences expect comedians to say something meaningful.

 

Jun 29, 2017 — Hamilton Spectator

News observers hope for change and more context at The National post-Mansbridge by Victoria Ahearn

With Peter Mansbridge set to sign off as CBC News chief correspondent and anchor of "The National," speculation abounds as to what will happen with the public broadcaster's flagship program.

Jun 29, 2017 — CFJC Today

No internet tax for Canadian media by David Charbonneau

Columnist says the best way to support Canadian media is to ensure that Canadians have an affordable, high speed internet where innovators can create content.

Jun 28, 2017 — TV, eh?

WGC Asks Government to Reject CRTC Decisions

“We appeal to Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly to reject these deeply flawed and harmful decisions which deal a massive blow to Canadian culture by drastically cutting Canadian-created production,” says WGC President Jill Golick.

Jun 28, 2017 — Policy Options

Rethinking copyright for Indigenous creative works by Chidi Oguamanam

Columnist says for most Indigenous peoples in Canada the Copyright Act remains a highly problematic option for strengthening or protecting creative works.

Jun 28, 2017 — News Article

Very Dangerous Times: The Media Is Under Attack by an Authoritarian White House by Adele M. Stan

A well-informed citizenry is necessary for democracy to function correctly, but Adele M. Stan warns Donald Trump doesn't want America's citizens well informed.

Jun 28, 2017 — J-Source

Traditional media still most trusted by Colette Brin and Sébastien Charlton

In Canada, as in other countries among the 36 surveyed for the 2017 Reuters Institute Digital News Report, it appears that most people still consider traditional media or their brands the most trustworthy sources.

Jun 27, 2017 — iPolitics

Star Touch proved it: A media bailout is a terrible idea by Andrew Potter

The Toronto Star announced this week that it was shuttering its flagship Star Touch tablet app, laying off 30 employees and eating something north of $20 million in investment costs.

Jun 22, 2017 — iPolitics

Where is the next generation of Indigenous journalists coming from? by Paul Adams

Columnist says there’s no doubt that the current interest and concern about Indigenous people among the wider public — their history, their culture, their art, and the social and economic challenges they face — has been fuelled in part by the emergence of a generation of Indigenous journalists.

Jun 22, 2017 — National Observer

Trudeau Liberals complete step one of many required for CBC reconstruction by Nick Fillmore

Columnist says the federal government has taken the first step on a long road toward what hopefully will be the restoration of the CBC as Canada’s most important public interest and cultural institution.

Jun 21, 2017 — Government of Canada

Current Opportunity: Chairperson, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation,

The Government of Canada is currently seeking a Chairperson for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Jun 21, 2017 — Government of Canada

Current Opportunity: Directors, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

The Government of Canada is currently seeking applications from diverse and talented Canadians from across the country who are interested in these positions.

Jun 21, 2017 — News Article

Critic's Notebook: Apple and All of Its Money Just Got Real About the TV Business by Tim Goodman

Columnist says any pretense that Apple is not diving into the television content business just vanished in a very big way.

Jun 20, 2017 — Government of Canada

The Minister of Canadian Heritage Announces the Creation of an Independent Committee to Recommend Qualified Candidates for the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage has announced the creation of an advisory committee for appointments to the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors.

Jun 20, 2017 — Huffpost Québec

Les Canadiens ont droit à un nouveau président du CRTC by Michel Morin

In this open letter, former CRTC commissioner Michel Morin stresses the emergency of appointing a new CRTC President with no further delay to defend Canadian content from our broadcasting system.

Jun 20, 2017 — The Guardian

Fox’s £11.7bn bid for Sky ‘should be referred to competition authorities’ by Mark Sweney

Labour’s deputy leader urges culture secretary to act after Ofcom delivers report on Rupert Murdoch’s proposed takeover.

Jun 20, 2017 — National Observer

Actor Colm Feore and newsman Tom Clark on panel choosing new CBC board members by Terry Pedwell

Long−time television news broadcaster Tom Clark will head the advisory committee that’s designed to fulfil a Liberal campaign promise to overhaul the process for appointing board members at CBC/Radio−Canada.

Jun 20, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Trudeau government to revise CBC’s board selection process by Simon Houpt

Columnist says the Liberal government is overhauling the process by which members of the board of directors of CBC/Radio-Canada are selected, in hopes of ending decades of allegations of political interference in the public broadcaster’s operations.

 

Jun 19, 2017 — Reuters Canada

Canada names Judith LaRocque as interim chair of media regulator by Bhanu Pratap

LaRocque will replace Jean-Pierre Blais, whose five-year term ended on Saturday, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly's office said in a statement.

Jun 15, 2017 — National Post

If the CRTC wants to keep pace with ‘profound change,’ it needs to learn to stay out of the way by Marni Soupcoff

Outgoing CRTC chair says we have to think beyond our borders and realize that this is a time of profound change, and being nostalgic isn’t the way forward.

Jun 15, 2017 — Huffington Post Canada

Peter Mansbridge To Be Replaced By 3 Anchors At New 'The National' by Althia Raj

Three anchors will replace Peter Mansbridge at the new version of CBC's flagship national news program, "The National."

Jun 14, 2017 — Poynter

What’s behind the recent media bloodbath? The dominance of Google and Facebook by Daniel Funke

Columnist says the continued financial success of Silicon Valley titans Google and Facebook, whose dominance of the advertising sector has left publishers fighting over scraps, has lead to stories of doom and gloom within the media.

Jun 12, 2017 — National Observer

Poll shows majority of Canadians disagree with Scheer on CBC by Elizabeth McSheffrey

Canada's Conservatives face an uphill battle in the 2019 federal election if their newly-minted leader, AndrewScheer, uploads his recentanti-CBCrhetoric into his party platform, new research has revealed.

Jun 8, 2017 — iPhone in Canada

Cord Cutters Growing in Canada, Thanks to Alternative Video Services: Report

According to the J.D. Power 2017 Canadian Television/Internet Provider Customer Satisfaction Study released today, more than 1 in 4 subscribers in Canada are considering cutting their TV cords as alternative video services continue to grow, with Netflix being the most popular platform.

Jun 8, 2017 — Straight.com

Here's My Canada: Make a short video about the country and enter to win up to $10,000

To mark the country's sesquicentennial, Historica Canada has launched the Here's My Canada contest, inviting Canadians of all ages to submit 30-second videos sharing what the country means to them.

Jun 7, 2017 — News Article

Singular sensation by Johanna Schneller

As the clone-happy series Orphan Black wraps, Johanna Schneller reports on how its success blew open the doors for well-written, genre-mashing Canadian co-productions – the dawn of a ‘Maple Golden Age’

Jun 5, 2017 — Policy Options

We need to address the growing divide between Canadians who live in urban areas and in rural areas, or risk the political disconnect facing the United States.

Columnist says the growing urban/rural divide in Canada could lead to similar, equally divisive realignments in our politics, too and the oversized cultural and media influence of our major cities undoubtedly exacerbates this possibility.

Jun 2, 2017 — Globe & Mail

For CBC fans, TV history is just out of reach by Kate Taylor

La famille Plouffe, Canada’s first téléroman, is one of the early documents in the history of Quebec’s distinctive popular culture.

Jun 1, 2017 — iPolitics

Dispatches from the sewer: Bayne opens up about the media and Mike Duffy by Michael Harris

The lawyer who bested the combined might of the Ontario AG’s office and the RCMP in the criminal trial of Senator Mike Duffy says he was shocked by the uniformed media “maelstrom” that formed against his client — a bias which he says continues to this day.

May 30, 2017 — Techvibes

Canadian Government Invests $3 Million to Launch Two Creative Hubs by Knowlton Thomas

The investment will support construction, infrastructure upgrades and facility expansion activities for the BC Artscape Society and the Vancity Community Foundation.

May 26, 2017 — Globe & Mail

What happens when we starve our artists by Kate Taylor

Columnist says the digital distribution of music is not fairly compensating the people who create it, and continual touring cannot make up the difference.

May 26, 2017 — J-Source

CBC News’ Jennifer McGuire tells us what to expect on the new The National by H.G. Watson

J-Source speaks with Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor-in-chief of CBC News, about what The National will look like when it reboots this fall, what will happen with Ladurantaye and how CBC is trying to become a more equitable workplace.

May 24, 2017 — Le Devoir

CBC/Radio-Canada: les conservateurs en rupture avec la population canadienne - Philippe Papineau

Reporter sheds light on the results of two surveys ordered by FRIENDS that reveal a great gap between the views on public broadcasting held by actual members of the Conservative Party and those of the rest of the Canadian population. 

May 20, 2017 — StarPhoenix

Appalling ignorance on display in appropriation debate by Doug Cuthand

Writer says this episode with the media was just one more example of the complete ignorance to Indigeneous culture and attitude of white privilege that permeates the Canadian media.

May 20, 2017 — Global News

What you need to know about the cultural appropriation debate by Andrew Russel

A heated debate over cultural appropriation and free speech boils over in Canadian media after a controversial opinion piece was published last week that that encouraged white writers to explore “the lives of people who aren’t like you.”

May 20, 2017 — New York Times

‘The Internet Is Broken’: @ev Is Trying to Salvage It by David Streitfeld

The Twitter co-founder, Evan Williams, reflects on what the social media service has wrought on society and how he is trying to change things with Medium, the publishing site.

May 19, 2017 — Calgary Herald

Why Letterkenny is a gift to Canadian TV by Kevin Tierney

Letterkenny, CraveTV’s first original series, has been the breakout hit of Canadian television.

May 19, 2017 — Globe & Mail

CRTC leaves Canadian television to fend for itself in Netflix age by Kate Taylor

Columnist says  Jean-Pierre Blais piecemeal approach offers no consistent strategy to address the challenges facing Canadian television production in the Netflix age.

May 18, 2017 — iPolitics

Hot takes, cold sweats and 'cultural appropriation' by Paul Adams

Columnist says the fallout from a heated debate about race and art can be a learning moment for the media.

May 17, 2017 — News Article

Cultural appropriation suppresses minority voices: Opinion by Navneet Alang

Columnist says in Canada, a white mainstream not only takes precedence, but too often actively dismisses the concerns of racial minorities and First Nations peoples.

May 17, 2017 — Toronto Star

Steve Ladurantaye, editor of CBC’s ‘The National,’ reassigned after cultural appropriation flap by Ben Rayner

The managing editor of CBC’s The National has become the third professional casualty amidst lingering fallout from a series of controversial remarks last week about cultural appropriation.

May 16, 2017 — News Article

Writers Guild of Canada: CRTC Decision Spells Potential Disaster by Greg David

In its decision on licence renewals for Bell, Corus, and Rogers, the Commission rolled back the broadcasters’ minimum financial contributions to Canadian drama and other programing.

May 4, 2017 — Huffington Post Canada

Brad Trost's Bill To Privatize CBC Fails Spectacularly By Vote Of 260-6 by Ryan Maloney

A Conservative leadership candidate’s longshot private member’s bill to privatize the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has been overwhelmingly rejected by the House of Commons, including members of his own caucus.

May 3, 2017 — Toronto Star

New Torstar CEO sets out four 'anchors' supporting transformation

Company says it expects digital operations to generate stable revenue in 2017.

May 3, 2017 — National Post

Torstar Corp reports $24.4 million loss on declining newspaper and digital revenues by Sean Craig

Torstar Corp. lost $24.4 million, or 30 cents per share, and cut 110 jobs in the first quarter of 2017, as the company’s core traditional revenue streams continued to plummet in line with broad media industry trends.

May 1, 2017 — Independent

Democrats save arts funding for NPR and PBS from Donald Trump by Mythili Sampathkumar

Both houses of congress are expected to vote on the spending bill to keep the government funded for the current fiscal year this week before it goes to Mr Trump for his signature.

May 1, 2017 — The Register

Net neutrality blowback: Cities say no. Court says whoa. Trumpster blames Canada for not going slow by Kieren McCarthy

Columnist says blowback from the decision to reopen net neutrality rules in America is continuing, with cities, the Washington courts and presidential advisors all piling in.

May 1, 2017 — News Article

Why Canada’s Net neutrality stance places consumers in control by Michael Geist

Columnist says Canada has emerged as a world leader in supporting Net neutrality, the principle that all content and applications should be treated equally and that choices made by Internet users should be free from ISP or telecom interference. 

May 1, 2017 — National Post

Fired CRTC commissioner Raj Shoan back at work after court ruling by Emily Jackson

Shoan was back at the office Monday – even though the federal government is in the midst of an extended hiring process to replace him – after the court  ruled that he was potentially denied procedural fairness when the Governor in Council fired him last June over allegations of workplace harassment and other actions “fundamentally incompatible” with the role.

May 1, 2017 — Huffington Post Canada

What Canadians Should Know About The CRTC's Internet Decision by Roslyn Layton

Author says  restricting the ability to differentiate prices can limit internet adoption, especially among the poor and elderly. 

Apr 25, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Net neutrality isn’t a substitute for a cultural policy by Shane Dingman

Columnist says Joly seems aware of the contradiction of mandating Canadian content rules for domestic services but praising the exploitation of a free and open Canadian Internet for foreign cultural products.

Apr 25, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Why the fuss about funding We Are Canada? It’s just tedious TV by John Doyle

Columnist says the CBC's We Are Canada is bafflingly bad television.

Apr 25, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Why the Telefilm debate is a red herring by Kate Taylor

As Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly prepares the culture file for its digital future, some observers wonder if a splashy new Crown corporation will be her legacy.

Apr 25, 2017 — Huffington Post

CBC Bet $80 Million On The Olympics And Lost

The President of Canadian Media Research Inc. says that he government could replace the CRTC's role and the CBC board of directors with a Public Broadcasting Commission.

Apr 18, 2017 — The Todd Veinotte Show

The Todd Veinotte Show

In an interview with host Todd Veinotte, FRIENDS’ spokesperson Ian Morrison discusses CBC funding, governance and programming decisions.

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Apr 13, 2017 — Huffington Post Canada

Quality Journalism Means Putting Feet On The Ground by Jerry Dias

Columnist says that to help ensure our incredible media outlets can survive through this time of upheaval as the ad-driven model for funding quality journalism falls apart, there needs to be some form of government support to assist those who need it.

Apr 12, 2017 — The Verge

Netflix will invest billions to shoot its original content in California by Andrew Liptak

In 2015, the streaming giant has announced that it would be doubling its output of original content, and it is aiming to have original productions make up half of its of its streaming catalog in the coming years.

Apr 10, 2017 — Tech Crunch

Netflix reaches 75% of US streaming service viewers, but YouTube is catching up by Sarah Perez

According to new data from comScore, more than half (53 percent) of Wi-Fi households in the U.S. are now using at least one over-the-top streaming service, with Netflix being the primary choice.

Apr 9, 2017 — CBC News

Jesse Wente, David W. Binet among Canada Council for the Arts appointments

Two prominent voices in the Toronto media landscape — Indigenous critic and CBC Radio columnist Jesse Wente and Thomson Reuters deputy chairman David W. Binet — are among eight new appointments to the Canada Council for the Arts.

Apr 7, 2017 — Canadaland

The Cushy Connections Between The Walrus And The Liberal Party Of Canada by Graeme Gordon

Columnist says a series of connections between the Liberal Party of Canada and the Walrus Foundation over the past two years may be affecting the standards and thrust of the journalism at the charity’s titular magazine.

Apr 7, 2017 — J-Source

Police force’s demand for Toronto Star video interview flies under radar by H.G. Watson

Columnist says that unlike their colleagues at Vice, the Toronto Star has decided it will not continue fighting a recent production order in court, underlining how Canadian law fails to protect journalists and their sources.

Apr 7, 2017 — Toronto Star

Canadians unhappy after Netflix retouches ‘Anne’ poster for American audience by Emma Macintosh

Appearance of freckly, carrot-topped, beloved heroine of the series, Anne Shirley, appears to have been digitally altered in Netflix posters for the U.S.

Apr 5, 2017 — Globe & Mail

When the CBC broadcasts history, politics is sure to follow by Konrad Yakabuski

Since the 2015 disbanding of the CBC’s in-house documentary unit, headed by the visionary Mark Starowicz, the public broadcaster has farmed out such programming to independent production companies. 

Apr 5, 2017 — Ottawa Community News

Canadian music needs ongoing support by Charles Gordon

Columnist says government funding of the arts, while it is improving, is nowhere near where it should be. 

Apr 5, 2017 — New York Times

Save PBS. It Makes Us Safer. by Stanley McChrystal

Columnist says having thoughtful television, games and other media that is not commercially driven is essential to good parenting.

Apr 3, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Updating Cancon rules for Internet age comes with political baggage by Kate Taylor

Columnist asks whether there’s any reason Ottawa could not request or require that Netflix include Canadian suggestions for Canadian subscribers – in the same way that Ottawa requires traditional broadcasters to devote a certain part of the programming day to Canadian shows.

Apr 1, 2017 — Globe & Mail

When local news outlets shutter due to cuts, we all lose by Elizabeth Renzetti

Columnist says local journalism, whether it’s at a city paper or a weekly, a radio or TV station, keeps its community entertained and informed.

Apr 1, 2017 — The Tyee

Inside the Ugly Unravelling at the Vancouver Sun and Province by David Beers

Columnist says fear, grief and turmoil rock newsroom after latest surprising and deep round of cuts.

Mar 30, 2017 — J-Source

Local sports coverage gets the axe at several CTV stations by H.G. Watson

Howard Law, media industry director for Unifor, the union representing CTV workers across the country, confirms that cuts have been made at CTV stations in Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Windsor, Calgary and Edmonton.

Mar 27, 2017 — J-Source

Peter Mansbridge: Debating his legacy by Charmaine Millaire

Columnist examines what exactly Peter Mansbridge’s legacy is and how he will be regarded after his departure from The National.

Mar 23, 2017 — Globe & Mail

The soul of Trump’s America is visible in the CBS schedule by John Doyle

Columnist says CBS shows exist in an America-first world in which military might is essential and right and the border is constantly under threat.

Mar 23, 2017 — IT World Canada

Budget 2017 – The ‘Innovation’ budget fails the test of innovative leadership by Jim Love

In its analysis of the 2017 budget, FRIENDS says it’s two minutes to midnight for Canadian media, particularly in small and medium markets where a majority of Canadians live.

Mar 23, 2017 — News Article

What’s missing in Canadian journalism? by H.G. Watson

The survey asks respondents to rank what they feel is missing in Canadian journalism right now and the most highly ranked response was money, followed by diversity, innovation and guts.

Mar 21, 2017 — New York Times

Google Tries to Stop Ads From Appearing Next to Hate Speech by Mark Scott

Google moves to protect its lucrative advertising business by giving marketers greater control over where their ads appear online, after major clients withdrew spots that were shown next to hate speech and other offensive material.

Mar 19, 2017 — News Article

'Free TV' Android box dealers in court Monday to fight injunction blocking sales

Defendants say there's no way to prove they're causing customers to cut their cable.

Mar 19, 2017 — Tech Crunch

Fake times by Jordan Crook

Columnist says Facebook continues to be under fire for peddling fake news, but the platform will never take real responsibility.

Mar 16, 2017 — Canadian Art

How Will the Canada Council’s New $88.5 Million Digital Fund Be Spent? by Leah Sandals

Columnist says three broad components of the fund have been articulated on paper—digital literacy and intelligence; citizen access to the arts and cultural engagement; and transformation of organizations.

Mar 15, 2017 — New York Times

Trump Proposes Eliminating the Arts and Humanities Endowments by Sopan Deb

President Trump also proposes scrapping the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a key revenue source for PBS and National Public Radio stations, as well as the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Mar 12, 2017 — The Guardian

I invented the web. Here are three things we need to change to save it by Tim Berners-Lee

Internet founder says it has taken all of us to build the web we have, and now it is up to all of us to build the web we want – for everyone.

Mar 11, 2017 — The Daily Beast

Trump and the Philistines Have Sacked Washington by Clive Irving

Columnist says Washington D.C. was once the shining beacon of American culture, with the federal government financing the arts, but now the world watches in horror as the White House and Congress take charge.

Mar 11, 2017 — Salon.com

Trump has given the mainstream news a gift — and they’re blowing it by Sophia A. McClennen

Columnist says Trump is offering the press a chance to step up and be the Cronkite to his Nixon and so far, it's dropping the ball.

Mar 7, 2017 — iPolitics

CBC News announces new organizational structure by Beatrice Britneff

The news division of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is revamping its organizational structure, according to a memo sent to staff by CBC News’s general manager and editor-in-chief Jennifer McGuire.

Mar 6, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Canada is now home to some of the toughest anti-piracy rules in the world by Michael Geist

Columnist says change in Canadian law is best exemplified by a ruling from the Federal Court of Canada involving the sale and distribution of “modchips,” which can be used to circumvent digital controls on video-game consoles.

Mar 6, 2017 — Editor & Publisher

The Canadian Newspaper Industry is Getting a New Jolt of Life by H.G. Watson

A recently released report on news and democracy in Canada, Shattered Mirror, found that Canadians do understand the linkages between democracy and journalism—but they still aren’t interested in paying for news.

Mar 6, 2017 — ACTRA

ACTRA NAMES TINA KEEPER 2017 ‘WOMAN OF THE YEAR’

In advance of International Women’s Day, Canada’s largest performer’s union is shining the spotlight on Canadian actor, humanitarian and activist Tina Keeper by naming her the 2017 ACTRA National Woman of the Year

Mar 5, 2017 — The Argus

Journalism, Objectivity, And The Transition To Online Platforms by Greg McRath-Goudie

Columnist says as we are living through a time where 18-34 year olds are significantly more likely to access the news from a mobile device, there is decreasing incentive for people to purchase and read newspapers.

Feb 28, 2017 — Press Progress

Kevin O'Leary's little secret: I never wear pants on TV because the CBC is 'run by women'

Press Progress says that according to a 2011 video filmed in front of O'Leary's bathroom mirror, the current front runner in the race to replace Stephen Harper as Conservative leader expresses his frustration about working at a job where "the whole place is run by women" – the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Feb 25, 2017 — Maclean's

Manning Manifests: CBC a prime target as conference winds down by Kady O'Malley

Columnist says the annual Manning Conference wraps up with a lively discussion on whether to sell the CBC outright, or just scale back its journalistic operations. 

Feb 24, 2017 — Daily Kos

Bannon makes stunning threat to media: We're going to make it worse for you every day by Leslie Saltillo

Columnist says White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon admitted Donald Trump’s goal  in appointing new precarious cabinet members to head protective government agencies like the EPA  is to dismantle and “deconstruct” those organizations altogether. 

Feb 23, 2017 — FYI Music News

Preliminary Report On Culture Stops Short Of Policy Fixes by David Farrell Thu

A glimpse of what Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly and her Liberal colleagues have planned to promote Canada’s cultural industries in the next several years is included in a recently released 52-page Ipsos research document.

Feb 23, 2017 — MobileSyrup

Everything you need to know about the ‘Netflix Tax’ by Jessica Vomiero

MobileSyrup reaches out to several experts to clarify the different debates around the phrase “Netflix Tax,” and the precedent that these discussions may set for digital legislation in the future.

Feb 22, 2017 — Calgary Herald

Government must help Canadians thrive in digital universe, report suggests

A report commissioned by the Heritage Department suggests the federal government find new ways to boost Canadian content in a digital world, opening the door to potential new taxes or levies to help struggling producers.

Feb 22, 2017 — CBC News

Canada's government shouldn't be in the business of policing 'fake news' by Graeme Gordon

When asked what role can the government should play to support credible sources and counter the fake news phenomenon, columnist says the correct answer should be: none.

Feb 21, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Extraordinary doc on Bobby Sands justifies public broadcasting by John Doyle

One of the bedrock reasons why public broadcasters need to exist is to provide an alternative to mainstream commercial entertainment. (Let’s leave CBC TV out of this right now.

Feb 17, 2017 — Ottawa Sun

The people (and donors) have spoken: TVO will continue free over-the-air broadcasting by Joanne Laucious

In a statement, the public broadcaster announces that it will continue to transmit free signals across transmitters in Ottawa, Belleville, Thunder Bay, Chatham, Cloyne, Kitchener, London, and Windsor.

Feb 17, 2017 — Ottawa Sun

The people (and donors) have spoken: TVO will continue free over-the-air broadcasting by Joanne Laucious

In a statement, the public broadcaster announces that it will continue to transmit free signals across transmitters in Ottawa, Belleville, Thunder Bay, Chatham, Cloyne, Kitchener, London, and Windsor.

Feb 16, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Pierre Karl Péladeau returning as Quebecor’s CEO by Christine Dobby

Péladeau's return to the company four years after leaving as chief executive officer follows a bruising period in his political and personal life – he stepped down as leader of the Parti Québécois in mid-2016 after separating from his wife, TV producer Julie Snyder.

Feb 13, 2017 — Toronto Star

All the world's a stage for Canada's culture, says Joly by Michael Lewis

After decades of public policy nurturing, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly says Canada’s cultural sector is mature and ready to take off on the world stage.

Feb 10, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Fuss over American Super Bowl ads ignores reality of Internet TV by Kate Taylor

Columnist says the CRTC’s 2015 exemption to this one aspect of “sim-sub” clearly isn’t fair to CTV, while the goal – to offer Canadian consumers the ability to see American ads during the game – is so minor and so irrelevant to the regulator’s mandate to nurture Canadian broadcasting, it’s almost laughable

Feb 3, 2017 — OpenDemocracy

The BBC and the financial crisis: interview with Dr Mike Berry by Mike Berry and Ian Sinclair

What can we learn from how the BBC's coverage of the 2008 financial crisis and the long recession that followed?

Feb 3, 2017 — Ottawa Citizen

TVO to end over-the-air broadcast signals for every Ontario city — except Toronto by Vito Pilieci

The broadcaster, which annually receives $30 million from the province, says the move was aimed at saving around $1 million, which can be used to bolster investments into other initiatives, including its catalogue of content available for streaming online.

 

Feb 2, 2017 — MichaelGeist.com

The Shattered Mirror, Part Two: The Underwhelming Recommendation for Open Licensing at the CBC by Michael Geist

Writer says shifting to non-commercial distribution and use of CBC content is needed.

Feb 2, 2017 — Times Colonist

Treat media providers equally, but don't pass on costs, Canadians tell Joly by Terry Pedwell

While she vows there will be "no Netflix tax," the Heritage Minister is looking to other countries — particularly around Europe — in trying to determine how to ensure digital streaming and so-called "over-the-top" services contribute to Canada's cultural industries.

Jan 30, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Lack of TV news coverage of Quebec City shooting a huge broadcast failure by John Doyle

Columnist says English-language Canadian TV was missing in action for hours after the Quebec shooting and that online reporting simply isn’t enough. 

Jan 29, 2017 — Android Headlines

Google Starts YouTube Channel Dedicated To Canadian Film by Dominik Bosnjak

The launch of the channel marks the beginning of a new collaboration between Google Canada and the Canada Media Fund (CMF), the two organizations announced on Thursday

Jan 27, 2017 — CKNW

Radio Interview: Local Media in Canada

FRIENDS' Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses the future of local media in Canada on News Talk 980 in Vancouver BC.

Jan 27, 2017 — Ottawa Citizen

Ottawa urged to use tax code to favour Canadian publishers, and create fund to preserve journalism by Sean Craig

A new report commissioned by the federal government is urging Ottawa to consider changing tax laws to favour Canadian news publishers in the digital advertising market and use the new revenue stream to establish an independent, publicly-subsidized journalism fund.

Jan 26, 2017 — Toronto Star

Politicians guiding journalism? No, thanks by Paul Wells

Columnist says the collapse of advertising and the ability to search for things quickly has contributed to the demise of newspapers.

Jan 26, 2017 — Cape Breton Post

Local news service, tax changes urged to help restore Canada's media

A major new report is calling for drastic changes to help shore up Canada's news industry as it faces a massive decline in revenues and a growing "fake news" problem.

Jan 26, 2017 — MSN.com

CRTC's Super Bowl ad ruling on Trump's radar, says NFL

The National Football League says the Donald Trump administration is now aware of its dispute with Canada's broadcast regulator surrounding the ban on the substitution of Canadian ads over American ones during the upcoming Super Bowl.

Jan 26, 2017 — Toronto Star

Media cuts are a threat to Canadian democracy, new report warns by Bruce Campion-Smith & Alex Ballingall

Canada’s news industry is on the precipice, battered by a digital revolution and plummeting ad sales, warns a new report that urges taxes for websites such as Facebook and Google, reforms to the CBC’s mandate and a new fund backed by taxpayer dollars as remedies to ease the crisis in journalism.

Jan 26, 2017 — The Chronicle Herald

$400m fund, tax changes, local news service urged to help restore Canada’s media

The 100-page Public Policy Forum report calls for a sales tax on foreign companies selling digital subscriptions in Canada and a “Future of Journalism and Democracy” fund to help finance reliable news and information, with $100 million in federal seed money.

Jan 26, 2017 — Money News

Public Policy Forum report a welcome contribution to discussions on the future of Canadian culture

CBC/Radio-Canada welcomes the Public Policy Forum’s contribution to the government’s public consultation on strengthening Canadian content in a digital world.

Jan 25, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Google fights proposed tax change to Canadian online advertising by Daniel LeBlanc

Google Canada is vigorously opposing a proposed tax change that would make it cheaper for Canadian companies to advertise on domestic websites at the expense of foreign platforms.

Jan 24, 2017 — Business Vancouver

Caution needed when levelling TV’s commercial playing field by Kirk LaPointe

Columnist says Canadian television has had to invest a reasonable percentage into Canadian programming and that many successes owe their financial footing to simsub.

Jan 23, 2017 — Poynter

Trump versus the press: Canadian deja-vu by Jennifer Ditchburn

Columnist says an effective long-term strategy in media is to keep the quality of the journalism strong, with the public interest the driving force behind the work.

Jan 23, 2017 — Policy Options

Canada’s local news “poverty” by April Lindgren, Jon Corbett & Jaigris Hodson

Newsrooms outside the big cities are closing, and with them goes the critical information citizens require for everyday life.

Jan 23, 2017 — CTV News

CBC has sold its Montreal headquarters

The CBC is selling Maison Radio-Canada at the corner of René Levesque and Papineau.

Jan 23, 2017 — Le Devoir

Colmater une brèche fiscale pour aider les médias by Philippe Papineau

A new study commissioned by FRIENDS says a modern interpretation of the law would give $450 million back to the Canadian media.

Jan 23, 2017 — Toronto Star

Tax law tweak could bring millions to Canadian media, study finds by Alex Ballingall

A new paper commissioned by FRIENDS argues a reinterpretation of Canadian tax law could bring up to $1 billion into public coffers every year.

Jan 23, 2017 — Ricochet

It’s time to drain the swamp at CBC News by Andrew Mitrovica

Columnist says it’s time to remind CBC News to make room for millions of Canadians who believe that the way to confront the prevailing crescendo of racism, bigotry, misogyny and authoritarianism is not to treat it with deference and respect, but to speak out against it in blunt and uncompromising ways.

Jan 23, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Help wanted: Ottawa posts top CRTC job by Christine Dobby

Columnist says the job of chairperson of the CRTC is a high-profile and often thankless role that requires close attention to both consumer interests and the financial health of the communications industry.

Jan 20, 2017 — Independent

Donald Trump set to ‘eliminate arts funding programs’, cutting off NPR and PBS by Christopher Hooton

President Donald Trump is believed to be planning on shutting down arts and heritage programs as part of a raft of budget-tightening measures.

Jan 20, 2017 — CBC Sports

CBC/Radio-Canada premier media partner of 2017 North American Indigenous Games

8-day multi-sport and cultural event to be held July 16-23 in Toronto.

Jan 17, 2017 — Yahoo! News

Internal document raises possibility of taxing Netflix and other digital services

The Liberal government is reviewing whether to enforce a so-called Netflix tax on the digital services Canadians buy from foreign-based firms over the internet.

Jan 17, 2017 — Huffington Post Canada

Canada Moves Closer To Taxing Netflix And Other Streaming Services by Daniel Tencer

Columnist says the federal government is inching towards taxing Netflix and other streaming services, a move likely to be supported by Canada's media creators.

Jan 16, 2017 — The Tyee

A Nine-Step Plan to Fix the Vancouver Sun and Province by Darren Atwater

Columnist urges makes suggestions for the Vancouver Sun and Province, including focusing on local news.

Jan 16, 2017 — Toronto Star

Canada Mosaic puts Canadian music on the map by William Littler

The cross-country celebration led by the Toronto Symphony
Orchestra aims to give Canadian music the overdue respect it deserves.

Jan 15, 2017 — The 180 with Jim Brown

Newspapers are doomed because people don't want news, they want community

Recent documents obtained by CBC News suggest that media leaders in this country — worried about the effect of Facebook and Google — want federal policies that would extract money from digital carriers who produce little original Canadian content.

Jan 14, 2017 — iPolitics

Russian state-owned media slams Chrystia Freeland by Amanda Connolly

The Russian state-owned Sputnik News has come out with a piece blasting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s new foreign affairs minister, Chrystia Freeland, and framing her appointment as a “catastrophe for Canadian-Russian relations.”

Jan 13, 2017 — Bill Moyers & Co.

10 Investigative Reporting Outlets to Follow

Site gives a list highlighting some of their picks for the best, in-depth investigative journalism that is uncovering real news, revealing wrongdoing and fomenting change.

Jan 13, 2017 — CBC News

Canada needs more simulcast moments showcasing our performing artists by Stephen Hunt

Columnist says the time has come to create some more special broadcasts in line with the final Tragically Hip concert, especially as we celebrate the country's 150th birthday.

Jan 12, 2017 — CityNews Toronto

Postmedia CEO ‘encouraged’ by feds’ plan to help media, but confirms layoffs

The chief executive officer of Postmedia is “encouraged” that the federal government will intervene and help Canada’s financially floundering media industry, but confirmed his company would proceed with layoffs.

Jan 12, 2017 — Edmonton Sun

Postmedia posts first-quarter profit, boosted by debt restructuring deal by Sean Craig

Postmedia Network Canada Corp., reports a profit of $17.1 million in the first quarter of its 2017 fiscal year, but says it will keep cutting costs as steep declines in its print revenue continue and growth in digital revenue remains lukewarm.

Jan 12, 2017 — National Post

Canada’s broadcasters pay tax to support our industry. Netflix and other U.S. content firms should, too by Richard Stursberg

Writer says the existing government-support measures for Canadian content were all created before the digital revolution and that Telefilm Canada, the Canadian Media Fund (CMF) and the tax-credit system are focused on the cultural preoccupations of 20 years ago.

Jan 11, 2017 — Toronto Star

TVO gets $2 million donation for journalism by Tony Wong

TVO says it has received one of the largest donations for journalism in Canadian history.

Jan 11, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Liberals test Netflix tax, airport privatization and 'moonshots' ahead of budget by Bill Curry

Columnist says the federal government has tested the public’s appetite for a Netflix tax, a new smartphone app for streaming Canadian content and spending on “moonshot” projects like placing a network of balloons on the edge of space to boost Internet access.

Jan 11, 2017 — Digital Journal

BlueSky TV is the Best Thing to Happen to Your TV Since Colour, and It's Available from Shaw Today

Shaw Communications Inc. launches Shaw BlueSky TV, a new premium television product for Canadians available only from Shaw.

Jan 11, 2017 — CBC News

Squeeze cash from Facebook, Google, say Canadian news media leaders by Dean Beeby

Copyright safeguards, tax credits among suggestions to bail out Canadian news business.

Jan 10, 2017 — Toronto Star

Advocates ask Ottawa to 'kill the Internet tax' as Liberals ponder new fees by Michael Lewis

The issue has been in renewed focus recently, as Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly launched a public consultation last April.

Jan 10, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Why a media coalition is decrying a CRTC ruling on Super Bowl feeds by Michael Geist

Columnist says if the government is serious about bringing broadcast into the digital world, it may be time to cancel simultaneous substitution altogether.

Jan 10, 2017 — Investopedia

Report: Trump Wants Review of Time Warner Deal by Donna Fuscaldo

AT&T Inc.’s (T) proposed deal to buy Time Warner Inc. (TWX) appears to be in more peril after Fox Business Network reported President-elect Donald Trump has ordered his transition team to make the case as to why the deal should be blocked.

Jan 10, 2017 — Yahoo! News

Bell urging Trudeau to use executive power in Super Bowl ad dispute by Nick Ashbourne

A court battle is underway spearheaded by Bell, the NFL and a number of allies including Canadian actors and politicians as well as former Republican Party presidential nominee Marco Rubio.

Jan 10, 2017 — Toronto Star

Advocates ask Ottawa to 'kill the Internet tax' as Liberals ponder new fees by Michael Lewis

The issue has been in renewed focus recently, as Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly launched a public consultation last April.

Jan 9, 2017 — Globe & Mail

The success of Schitt’s Creek marks a turning point for the CBC by David Berry

Columnist says Schitt's Creeks serves as a flag marking a new approach for CBC’s English television division.

Jan 6, 2017 — National Post

CRTC commissioner departs, leaving another top spot vacant at regulator by Emily Jackson

Commissioner Candice Molnar’s departure comes as the Department of Canadian Heritage, which administers the CRTC, is having trouble filling the top spots at the regulator, which has a packed agenda.

Jan 6, 2017 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Leading change and serving the public interest

CBC President and CEO says the facts are that Canadians still watch about 27 hours of live television each week and really enjoy the public broadcaster's traditional radio services.

Jan 5, 2017 — iPolitics

Leitch needs to kick Kouvalis to the curb by Michael Harris

Columnist says Leitch’s silence suggests that she is as comfortable with a self-admitted liar running her campaign as she has been with subjecting all prospective immigrants to face-to- face screening for Canadian values.

Jan 5, 2017 — Huffington Post Canada

This Is The Year That Fake News Becomes Old News by Jon Packer

Columnist says news media has always had to balance political influence, editorial bias, audience interests, and the motivations of its owners.

Jan 2, 2017 — National Post

The CRTC needs to stop playing this game and let networks decide what ads run during the Super Bowl by Terence Corcoran

Assorted Canadian creative and advertising, groups if the courts can’t act fast enough, then the Trudeau cabinet should intervene directly and quash the CRTC’s Super Bowl decision.