Media Monitor — 2017

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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 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 — 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.