Media Monitor — 2017
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The streaming services has pledged $500 million for Canadian content, but Quebec’s finance minister is urging Ottawa to join the province in taxing foreign online businesses.
Creative groups want to get rid of different treatment for online content.
The Federal Communications Commission will vote on a draft set of proposals called the Restoring Internet Freedom Order, created by Donald Trump-appointed chairman Ajit Pai.
More than a hundred personalities and members of the cultural, trade union and business communities have joined their voices in support of the following declaration.
The public broadcaster has launched an over-the-top video service, allowing Canadians to live-stream 'Schitt's Creek' and other original series on digital devices.
At a recent Parliamentary hearing, Rob Malcolmson, a senior executive at Bell Canada Enterprises Inc., suggested Canada should use its ongoing NAFTA renegotiation talks to push for the criminalization of copyright infringement and the formation of a website blocking system aimed at the most egregious online pirates.
Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and the Canadian Association of Journalists are pleased to announce a new award to recognize exemplary journalism that educates and informs Canadians about Indigenous experiences.
Columnist says that far from trusting Facebook, Canadians should be increasingly wary of the extent to which the platform has paralyzed Canada’s ability to protect its own democratic institutions.
FRIENDS spokesperson says that as alarm bells ring across the country about the troubled state of Canadian media and local news, policy-makers have overlooked a surprisingly obvious and accessible fix.
The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and the Quebecor Fund today announce a new pilot partnership to promote the export of Canadian content.
Columnist says as local media evolve new survival strategies in the face of disappearing resources, The Sprawl—a nimble micro-journalism operation that materializes when needed and disappears afterward—represents one novel variation.
Digital strategist says rights holders need to look beyond big streaming players Netflix and Amazon to maximise returns from the burgeoning digital market.
Postmedia executive chairman Paul Godfrey says the spark for the latest wave of newspaper closures was Ottawa's rejection of a bailout for the industry.
U.K. public broadcaster BBC says it will merge BBC Studios and BBC Worldwide to form a single commercial operation that will be called BBC Studios.
Columnist says that the Aid to Publishers program mostly supports magazines, an industry that for the most part does not have a viable business model without public subsidies.
Heritage minister accused of doing ‘nothing’ for newspapers after Torstar-Postmedia deal by Alex Ballingall
Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly came under fire Tuesday when opposition MPs accused her of failing to protect Canada’s struggling print news industry, one day after a deal between two media companies involving 41 newspapers resulted in the closure of almost three dozen publications.
Postmedia and Torstar have swapped more than 40 local community newspapers with each other, and most are destined to be shut down.
Canada’s two largest print and digital media firms announced they have signed a deal to buy and sell 41 newspapers, mainly in Ontario.
'The alarm bells should go off:' Postmedia, Torstar deal will see 36 community papers closed by Emily Jackson
Both companies say they remain committed to local news and are only closing papers in regions served by multiple publications.
On each Sunday during the football season, CBS and Fox broadcast several football games simultaneously, but send only one to viewers' homes. The process by which the networks decide which game one will see is called regionalization.
A recent Pew Research Center survey noted that more than 70 percent of Americans were worried about automation’s impact on jobs, while just 21 percent of respondents to a Quartz survey said they trust Facebook with their personal information.
Columnist says that with the 2017-18 NHL hockey season up and running for about a month now, it’s time to reflect on how —and how many— Canadian viewers are tuning in.
Columnist says none of the on-air talent's strength is being used in the new version of CBC's The National.
After years of development, the Canada Media Fund and Google Canada have teamed to launch encore+, a new YouTube channel giving viewers here and around the world access to decades of Canadian film and TV gold.
Canadian government departments have quietly blocked nearly 22,000 Facebook and Twitter users, with Global Affairs Canada accounting for nearly 20,000 of the blocked accounts, CBC News has learned.
In a letter sent to federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Quebec's Finance Minister signalled his intention to go where Ottawa won’t and apply the Quebec sales tax to services provided by Netflix and other firms doing business in Quebec without actually having retail outlets here.
Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao is proposing a co-ordinated effort with Ottawa to tax online businesses that don't have a significant presence in Quebec.
Columnist says creating a cast of anchors at CBC exponentially expands the possibilities of its news media brand.
"Their investment decisions are likely to focus increasingly on a narrow range of very expensive, very high-end content," Tony Hall says about streaming giants and warns of a $660 million spending hole.
The Competition Bureau requires that at least 98 per cent of a good’s total direct costs of production or manufacturing are incurred in Canada before that good can be legally advertised as a “Product of Canada.”
Columnist says the inability to tell what’s advertising and what isn’t is a problem for democracy. But it’s one that media companies are loath to tackle.
Cavazzi, born in St. Vital, Man., headlined the wholesome CBC musical variety program “The Juliette Show” for 10 years beginning in 1956, where she was introduced at the top of each episode as “your pet, Juliette.”
The president of Canadian Media Research says that if a “Netflix tax” is off the table, then Canada needs a Mélanie Joly tax, equivalent to a TV/internet licence fee, with the revenue used to fund a commercial-free CBC, private TV production and other media.
Columnist says the federal government’s stubbornness not to make Canadians pay the GST on their Netflix subscription is hindering any progress on the much greater problem of GST collection by foreign digital service companies.
Shadow culture secretary says revelations about Fox News presenter make Murdoch-owned 21st Century Fox an unsuitable owner for Sky.
Columnist says the Liberals politely rejected nearly everything the Heritage committee recommended.
Canada's Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages is opening an investigation into the $500-million deal between the Canadian government and Netflix.
Two weeks ago, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly unveiled her vision for cultural policy in the internet age.
Columnist says Netflix should be taxed, not only because similar Canadian services are taxed but because revenue collected would pay for Canadian content.
Columnist says the federal government missed an opportunity with its new cultural policy framework to support ethnic media and greater diversity in other newsrooms.
Over the past year, 34 students at four Canadian journalism schools — Concordia, Ryerson, Regina and the University of British Columbia — joined together with senior journalists at three national news organizations — the Toronto Star, Global News and the National Observer — in an unprecedented reporting collaboration.
Netflix is sinking deeper into debt in its relentless pursuit of more viewers, leaving the company little margin for error as it tries to build the world's biggest video subscription service.
Netflix in campaign to ‘set record straight’ on $500-million pledge for Canadian productions by Daniel Leblanc
The streaming service and the federal government have faced a series of attacks over the fact the company does not pay sales taxes in Canada and refuses to submit to any quotas on its television productions in the country.
Columnist says the federal government’s new framework for cultural policy offers virtually no new support to Canadian news production, one of the most important and most threatened foundations of Canadian democracy.
Columnist says Heritage Minister Melanie Joly was right to reject a bailout for legacy news media in Canada, but she was wrong about them being unviable.
A spokesperson for the Prime Minister says Britain is looking at the role of Google and Facebook in the provision of news and what their wider responsibilities and legal status should be.
The Canadian government has come to an agreement with streaming giant Netflix, Inc. to invest $500 million to produce original Canadian content.
Columnist says it’s time to let the advertising model die, and start imagining and rebuilding a news industry that is audience-driven.
The Canadian province is questioning Netflix's avoiding a federal sales tax by agreeing to invest $400 million in local series like 'Alias Grace.'
Columnist says Netflix will be spending as much money on Canadian content per year as Bell Media and Corus Entertainment - broadcasters who have benefited from corporate protections and who have received subsidies.
Columnist says we’re living in a world where the CRTC is the regulatory equivalent of the Maginot Line: Digital content providers can just fly right over it.
Mélanie Joly’s Netflix deal fails to address the real issues for Canadian content creators by Kate Taylor
The details of the Netflix deal with Investment Canada are suspiciously sparse, but they seem to include a definition of Canadian programming so vague that U.S. shows shot in Canada would qualify.
Columnist says investing $100-million a year to help out the production of TV and movies in Canada is the kind of figure Netflix shrugs off as the cost of doing business.
Questions remain about how Canadian producers will be able to access funding to create programming.
In April, Google announced an initiative called Project Owl to provide “algorithmic updates to surface more authoritative content” and stamp out fake news stories from its search results.
Foreign affairs minister will host U.S. and Mexican counterparts at National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
The show will return to CBC on Tuesday night for its final season. Mercer, who turns 48 next month, says the timing for right to retire the show.
The government of France is extending a video tax, previously reserved for French pay-per-view video sites, to all French and foreign digital video platforms, whether paying or free.
Columnist says that after years of largely avoiding regulation, businesses like Facebook, Google and Amazon are a focus of lawmakers, some of whom are criticizing the expanding power of big tech companies and their role in the 2016 election.
Sources suggest funding for Minister Joly’s new ideas or pet projects will have to claim cash from other areas already allocated through the Department of Heritage, something that won’t be easy.
CBC's Daniel Bouchard and Wendy Mesley will co-emcee CBC/Radio-Canada's Annual Public Meeting on September 26 from 1-2:00 p.m. PT.
Columnist says looking for reflections of the American consciousness and mood is a fool's errand this year – most of the content can be considered an evasion of the disruptions and divisiveness of the Trump era.
CBC/Radio-Canada Annual Public Meeting 2017 - No Filters. A Conversation about Credibility, Media and the Future of Public Broadcasting
Featuring a panel of journalists, the public broadcaster says the event is an opportunity to have a meaningful conversation on the importance of public broadcasting in today's environment.
A large group of cultural organizations for formed a coalition to urge the government to take swift action to solidify the foundation of our cultural and media ecosystem.
Journalism matters more than ever. We need help to save it by Bob Cox, Jerry Dias and Edward Greenspon
On Sept. 1, an agency of the Canadian government directed nearly $100-million to support local television news.
Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada says there are few things more important to the public broadcaster than its funding and its independence.
CBC TO ELIMINATE PROFIT PARTICIPATION AND RETRANSMISSION ROYALTIES FROM ITS DEALS WITH CANADIAN INDEPENDENT PRODUCERS
CBC will end the collection of both profit participation and retransmission royalties on all projects pre-licensed by CBC from Canadian independent producers, regardless of CBC's level of investment.
Statement by Ian Scott, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
New Chairperson says the ongoing challenge for the CRTC is to identify and implement the regulatory rules and policies that will provide Canadians with the technology, content and services they need and protect them against unwanted communications.
An academic fired after criticising Google shows how Silicon Valley shapes our reality.
A judge says that mistakes will be made in the exercise of press freedoms, but lawsuits from public figures must be limited.
CBS is the biggest creditor of Australia's third most popular free-to-air commercial TV network that went into voluntary administration in June.
Columnist says the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has actually reduced the minimum amount some broadcast groups will be required to spend on PNI, which include Canadian-made dramas, documentaries, comedies and awards shows.
Columnist says Alberta's new United Conservative Party says it doesn't have any ties to Rebel Media, despite a report about a 2016 fundraising pitch that promoted one of the new party's leadership contenders and was distributed via the far-right website's mailing list.
Federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for culture and heritage meet in Orford, Quebec, to discuss the development of culture and heritage, as well as their priorities and best practices.
Columnist says not everything outside current affairs is frivolous or misguided - stories bring us together, too.
The station was set to go off the air Aug. 31, but the date has been extended to Sept. 26
Columnist says daily papers are failing because millions of dollars of advertising they used to have has either moved to the internet or has just disappeared.
Globe and Mail publisher and CEO Phillip Crawley confirmed on Aug. 21 that all print distribution to Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick will end on Nov. 30.
The Canada Media Fund (CMF) announces a total contribution of $8.9M to 17 convergent projects that applied for production funding through its Aboriginal Program.
Columnist says the Heritage Minister has now reset the clock on a major decision for Liberal appointee Ian Scott, who starts as CRTC Chairman in September.
Columnist says there is genuine danger now in the showdown underway in the Gulf, and Qatar’s groundbreaking Al Jazeera news network is emerging as the real target.
CBC releases it's Fall 2017 broadcasting lineup.
Columnist says Bell Media is still hoping to hold out against the Canadian television regulator’s decision to ban the simultaneous substitution of high-profile U.S.
The Government of Canada Wants to Ensure the Right Balance of Investment in Content and in the Ability to Compete by Greg David
The Minister of Canadian Heritage says they are asking the CRTC to reconsider previous decisions in order to ensure the balancing of investment in content and in the ability to compete.
At the culmination of the Chronicle Herald strike, columnist says there are no winners after 26 journalists are laid off.
CBC has sold at least nine of its former buildings in cities including Halifax and Windsor, shedding about 400,000 square feet, or 10 per cent, of the corporation’s overall space. Those facilities were moved to smaller leased spaces.
This action requires the CRTC to re-evaluate its decisions, which would decrease the amount that Bell Media, Rogers Media and Corus Entertainment are required to spend on Canadian Programs of National Interest (PNI).
Cabinet orders CRTC to review decision to decrease spending on Canadian TV programs by Emily Jackson
The order comes after an outcry from creative groups – actors, directors and writers claimed the new rules would slash production budgets.
Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has asked Canada's broadcast regulator to review its decision earlier this year allowing some Canadian broadcasters to cut spending on the creation of Canadian content.
In rare move, Ottawa asks CRTC to reconsider rulings on investment in Canadian content by Susan Krashinsky Robertson
In a rare move, Ottawa has referred a number of TV licence renewals back to the federal broadcast regulator, asking it to reconsider how the licences affect investments in Canadian TV production.
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.
Columnisy says that while most of Canada’s conventional media have endured shrinking audiences and revenues in recent years, segments of the ethnic media have seen significant growth thanks to a constant influx of immigrants from all over the world.
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.
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.
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.
Columnist says CBC Comedy’s social media accounts are embarrassingly devoid of attention.
Netflix’s standard plan will now cost a dollar more – or $10.99 a month – to watch content on two screens at a time.
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.
Columnist says the Copyright Board should aim to boost jobs and business opportunities by making Board decision making more timely and transparent.
Music Canada Applauds the Federal Government for Initiating Consultations on Copyright Board of Canada reform
Music Canada applauds the announcement by The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, in conjunction with The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, that the government has launched a consultation process to reform the Copyright Board of Canada
Indie Pool is proposing an alternative structure to CanCon requirements, suggesting a credit system where songs by established artists count for less toward CanCon percentages and lesser known artists count more.
Columnist says the era of Canadian networks running U.S. shows may be coming to an end.
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.
The show, which is being rehearsed in Newfoundland and will open Sept. 3 in Goose Bay, Labrador, will tell the story of Canada as it is now and how it will be in the future through comedic sketches and musical satire.
Columnist says the only thing that can fix the public broadcaster at this stage is a lot of “For Sale” signs, massive creativity and engagement from independent producers, and emptying CBC Headquarters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The commission says with the term of current CBC president and CEO Hubert Lacroix set to end in December, and a number of positions on the CBC board of directors vacant, the decision will allow the new president and board to have a material impact on the CBC’s licence renewal plans.
YouTube has taken notice of the popularity of their Canadian stars worldwide and has now brought them all together in one location on a channel called “Spotlight Canada”.
CBC/Radio-Canada has signed agreements to sell its existing building and the western portion of its lot to real estate developer Groupe Mach for $42 million.
NPR’s editorial director and senior vice president for news, Michael Oreskes, outlined a plan at the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) to “roll out a regional hub system” that would help connect stations with each other, make it easier for them to share their expertise with each other, “wipe out the lines between NPR and the member stations” — and get more local stories aired nationally.
About 300,000 more Canadians subscribed to IPTV services last year compared to 2015.
Columnist says that although fake news hardly a new phenomenon, the global nature of the web-based information environment allows purveyors of all sorts of falsehoods and misinformation to make an international impact.
Controversial CRTC decision raises questions about space on airwaves for Indigenous broadcasters by K.D. Sawatzky
Newly granted licenses were previously held by Toronto-based Aboriginal Voices Radio, whose network dissolved after CRTC revoked its licenses in 2015 due to non-compliance with regulations.
Columnist says newsrooms are shrinking as advertising dollars fade, but it’s important to consider the heroic work being done in small newsrooms – work that might not be known if those papers don’t survive.
A prominent digital rights group is sounding the alarm after reports that a controversial developer of government-grade spy software may be up for sale.
Columnist says the key question surrounding the federal government’s choice of telecom veteran Ian Scott for the post of CRTC chairman isn’t whether he’ll end up favouring industry, but whether his appointment will make much of a difference one way or the other for consumers.
Guelph’s post-Mercury blues: How an Ontario city is coping without its local newspaper by Simon Houpt
A year and a half after its daily paper stopped printing, columnist says that Guelph has become a living laboratory for the loss of traditional local media – a rising risk in communities across Canada.
Creative groups pressure Ottawa to overturn CRTC decision that would cost industry $900m in funding by Emily Jackson
Nineteen groups hope Ottawa will overturn a CRTC decision to lower the amount some broadcasters must spend on dramas, comedies, award shows, children’s programs and documentaries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
The government will name Ian Scott as chairman and Caroline Simard as vice-chair of broadcasting
Columnist says towns like East Palo Alto are news “deserts,” communities overlooked, if not entirely ignored, by the media.
Unifor says a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement must include protection of cultural industries such as TV, film and journalism
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.
Columnist says what’s new is not “fake news,” but the ability to distribute it quickly, easily and widely online through social media.
A research report prepared for the CRTC notes there’s still a lack of television programming representing people with disabilities and the Indigenous population in particular.
American columnist says Canada’s approach to the new communications marketplace teaches the United States to steer clear of bright-line rules and regulatory relics.
Columnist says that before Canada dives into its mandated review of the Copyright Act, it would be helpful to refresh our understanding of some key terms essential to understanding copyright.
Diversity on TV improving but Indigenous people still 'virtually invisible,' study says by Brian Platt and Stuart Thomson
Columnist says Canadian television has been getting better at representing the country’s cultural diversity, according to a government-commissioned study — except when it comes to Indigenous people, who remain “virtually invisible on Canadian networks.”
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.
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.
Collaborations between newsrooms and community members could be key to saving local news, says an expert in journalism and community engagement.
In its 2017 trends report, the Canada Media Fund investigates the opportunities that lie ahead to create value in the wake of the restructuring of the global audiovisual industry.
Small market newspapers are being stripped of local content by “predatory” chain ownership groups, a new study suggests.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The broadcaster will pledge an extra $44 million toward children's content to counter the growing influence of online offerings.
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.
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.
Columnist says Donald Trump has a lot of weapons in his arsenal, but journalists have the better ones.
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.
Columnist says there is a difference between what News Media Canada is proposing and providing public support for actual journalism.
Columnist says there is a difference between what News Media Canada is proposing and providing public support for actual journalism.
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.
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.
Measure requires social media platforms to remove obviously illegal hate speech and other postings within 24 hours of receiving a notification.
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.
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.
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.
A lobby group representing the interests of over-the-air radio and television broadcasters in the United States wants Canadian tax laws on the deductibility of advertising changed as part of NAFTA negotiations.
Columnist says when there are more locally-owned and independent news organizations, there is a wider range of story coverage, a wider range of voices and opinions being heard.
To showcase the influence and impact of Canadian brands in honour of Canada150, Interbrand Canada has released “The Interbrand 150: Iconic Canadian Brands Report: Our Time to Grow.”
Mansbridge, who is stepping down after nearly 30 years as anchor of The National and almost 50 years as a CBC journalist, was honoured by family, friends and co-workers at the public broadcaster's Toronto headquarters.
Nearly a year after telling viewers he planned to retire from the public broadcaster’s flagship program, the 68−year−old newsman who defined an era at CBC News plans to sign−off for the final time with little fanfare.
“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.
Columnist says for most Indigenous peoples in Canada the Copyright Act remains a highly problematic option for strengthening or protecting creative works.
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.
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.
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.
Columnist says disinterested reporting is overrated.
The most popular news channel in the Arab world sits uneasily at the center of the Qatar crisis.
While the "internet tax" recently proposed by the Commons heritage committee was criticized for piling more fees onto consumers, columnist says many in the media industry feel it had the right intention, even if its proposed execution was flawed.
CBC hired external investigator to probe nepotism complaints after executives' spouses awarded contracts by Sean Craig
Although the investigator found no breaches of the public broadcaster’s conflict of interest policy, the legal counsel for one anonymous complainant said the findings are “inconsistent with the facts” and the contracts present the appearance of conflict of interest.
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.
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.
Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly announces the government is introducing a new system, ending the long-time practice of appointing friends of the government to the CBC board of directors.
The Quebecor Fund Board of Directors is announes the names of the Canadian production companies that will receive funding in the 34th-round of the Main Television Production Assistance Program.
The Government of Canada is currently seeking a Chairperson for the 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.
Columnist says any pretense that Apple is not diving into the television content business just vanished in a very big way.
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.
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.
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.
The Canadian Media Guild commends Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government for following through on an election commitment that will move the Crown corporation towards merit-based and independent appointments to its Board.
Ex-journalist Tom Clark, actor Colm Feore among CBC board advisory team unvelied by Joly by Simon Houpt
Former journalist Tom Clark will chair a new committee recommending candidates to be appointed to the board of directors of CBC/Radio-Canada, as the Liberal government tries to confront accusations of partisan bias in the oversight of the public broadcaster.
Labour’s deputy leader urges culture secretary to act after Ofcom delivers report on Rupert Murdoch’s proposed takeover.
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.
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.
Publication has ceased Monday editions over past eight summers, but won't resume when summer ends.
LaRocque will replace Jean-Pierre Blais, whose five-year term ended on Saturday, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly's office said in a statement.
Something To Ponder -- Helping 'pillar of our democracy' remain standing worthy investment 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.
Time, Inc. announces it will be laying off or buying out 300 people as part of a plan to re-engineer its cost structure and become more efficient, according to a memo sent to employees by CEO Rich Battista
Hulu's Craig Erwich, NBC's Jennifer Salke, HBO's Casey Bloys, FX's Nick Grad and Showtime's Gary Levine appear together at the sixth annual ATX Television Festival.
This summer's most maddening pests are on the climate-crusading, Trump-hating, culture-censoring left by Conrad Black
Writer says that instead of being reviled as a menace to the planet, Donald Trump should be praised for sparing the world a needless economic calamity.
A speech by Jean-Pierre Blais at the Banff World Media Festival, June 13, 2017.
Columnist says that in the case of cultural industries, the ostensible reason is that Canadian ownership nurtures Canadian culture, but the evidence is mixed.
With the sale of the Times Colonist building to Merchant House Capital recently, dozens of workers are waiting to hear if they will have jobs in the coming months.
Acorn Canada, a charity that works for low- and moderate-income Canadians, is lobbying for relief on high Internet bills.
In a recent study by Abacus Data, uust under half (44%) live in a community served by a single daily. 32% don’t have a daily, and 24% have more than one to choose from.
Columnist says the promised digital “golden age” saw the gutting of Canada’s cultural industries; comprehensive reforms to the Copyright Act are needed to save them.
How Will Canada Save Its Media? Not a Netflix Tax, but Maybe One of 19 Other Ways by Jeremy J. Nutgall
Foreign news aggregators could end up being subject to Canadian taxes and the CBC may be told it can’t have digital advertising if the recommendations made in a committee report to Parliament on how to save Canadian media are acted on.
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.
A Commons committee has set out a series of constructive measures that Ottawa could take to ensure the public interest is not swept aside by the upheaval shaking the news media.
The Columbia Journalism Review says that the failure of Postmedia would be the equivalent of the top three U.S. newspaper chains going down at once.
An Indigenous radio station is set to hit Vancouver's airwaves next summer, one of five launching across Canada after receiving approval from the CRTC.
Report details recommendations for sustainable funding of Canadian media by Susan Krashinsky Robertson
Columnist says that for years, there has been a digital disconnect between the organizations that invest heavily in creating content – including journalism – and tech giants, such as Google Inc. and Facebook Inc., that are paid handsomely for distributing it.
Unifor says the Committee's recommendations, if adopted, will help to replace the loss of Canadian advertising dollars currently leaving the country.
CBC/Radio-Canada commends Committee for efforts to tackle the challenges facing Canadians in local news
CBC/Radio-Canada commends the Members of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage for their efforts to tackle the challenges facing news in local communities.
The Trudeau government has quickly shot down a proposed tax on Internet providers that would provide new funding for Canadian culture, while promising to study other options to help the struggling media industry.
Other recommendations include requiring the publicly funded CBC to eliminate advertising on its digital platforms; letting media companies deduct taxes on digital advertising on Canadian-owned platforms; and a tax credit for print outlets for a portion of their digital investments.
Columnist says Canada’s broadband future, the wireless policy battle, net neutrality and other issues ultimately do not and should not rest with the CRTC or its next chair.
Columnist says every prime minister in recent decades has promised to run a more transparent, more collegial government, and all end up moving in the other direction, with Justin Trudeau being no exception.
Three anchors will replace Peter Mansbridge at the new version of CBC's flagship national news program, "The National."
The CRTC grants licences for the operation of five radio stations that will serve the Indigenous communities of Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa and Toronto.
The move would add hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues to the Canadian Media Fund, which already receives a levy on cable bills to finance the production of Canadian content.
Columnist says as chair of Canada's telecom watchdog, Jean-Pierre Blais has been a champion of the little guy, issuing rulings that often favoured consumers over businesses and media creators.
Opposition concerned Heritage Minister’s chief of staff lobbied 6 times in 2017 by former employer Google by Sean Craig
Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly’s chief of staff has been lobbied by her former employer Google six times in 2017, which the Conservatives and NDP tell Global News raises concerns as her department plans to overhaul the laws which regulate the media industry in which the U.S.-based tech giant has emerged as one of the world’s most powerful companies.
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.
Responding to reports that Jean-Pierre Blais has not applied to renew his term as chairman of the Commission, ACTRA national executive director Stephen Waddell said in a statement that “We wish Mr. Blais well in his future endeavors and agree it is time for a change and a new direction at the CRTC.”
CRTC Chairman Blais says more direct intervention may be needed in Canada’s wireless industry by Rose Behar & Sameer Chhabra
At the Banff World Media Festival, CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais speaks on Canada’s wireless and broadcast industry, his legacy, and the importance of his organization.
Hotel residents in Saudi Arabia can no longer watch Al Jazeera channels, after the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage warned against airing Al Jazeera inside any hotel or tourist establishment.
According to the Nielsen Comparable Metrics Report, Q4, 2016, also summarized by Jon Lafayette for B&C, despite the growing number of ways people can watch video content, 92% of all viewing by U.S. adults is done on a TV screen.
Publisher Peter Stockland offers a compelling defence of how faith is inextricably tied to his identity and vocation as a journalist, thereby illuminating the public sphere and his place in it.
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.
Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly joined HuffPost Canada editors Ryan Maloney and Amanda De Souza to answer Facebook Live questions on Netflix, Canada 150 and Canadian content this past Friday.
The media giant has 45 specialty channels and 39 radio stations.
According to the J.D. Power 2017 Canadian Television/Internet Provider Customer Satisfaction Study , 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.
Writer-director Kevan Funk says. Like any national cinema outside of Hollywood, "you’re stuck in a small world,” and that opportunities to elevate films are what’s important.
Banff World Media Festival: Canadian producers say CRTC decision threatens homegrown programs by Eric Volmers
Just as the top movers and shakers in the TV industry arrive at the Banff World Media Festival, independent Canadian producers are sounding the alarm about CRTC regulation changes they say will have a devastating effect on both the quantity and quality of Canadian TV shows.
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.
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.
Editorial says a group of disgruntled city councillors in Brampton seem to be confusing freedom of the press with freedom from the press
CTV Announces Major Expansion of Local News with All-New Weekday Newscasts at 5 p.m., Debuting Across Canada this Fall
CTV announces a major expansion of its local programming, delivering CTV NEWS broadcasts at 5 p.m. on all local CTV stations across Canada.
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’
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.
La famille Plouffe, Canada’s first téléroman, is one of the early documents in the history of Quebec’s distinctive popular culture.
Columnist says that in its quest to find relevance, CBC should proceed with caution as its previous attempts at appealing to a younger demographic have arguably done more to alienate audiences than to engage them.
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.
Columnist says a multi-platform broadcaster dedicated to local tastes and concerns and giving voices to local producers and artists is what's needed in Nova Scotia.
In June 2016, there was a 2.9% decline in overall median cable network subscribers -- which follows a 3% drop in May and a 2.8% pullback in April, according to Pivotal Research Group's analysis from Nielsen's cable network universe estimates.
The investment will support construction, infrastructure upgrades and facility expansion activities for the BC Artscape Society and the Vancity Community Foundation.
Columnist says the digital distribution of music is not fairly compensating the people who create it, and continual touring cannot make up the difference.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Columnist says the Heritage Minister needs to offer clearer solutions in her forthcoming cultural-policy review – and appoint a new CRTC chair who will help carry them out.
Letterkenny, CraveTV’s first original series, has been the breakout hit of Canadian television.
Columnist says Jean-Pierre Blais piecemeal approach offers no consistent strategy to address the challenges facing Canadian television production in the Netflix age.
Columnist says the fallout from a heated debate about race and art can be a learning moment for the media.
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.
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.
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.
John Boynton does like the engagement that Star Touch has been able to garner with those who do read it, and he’s interested in diving into how that could play out across more platforms at the company.
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.
Company says it expects digital operations to generate stable revenue in 2017.
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.
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.
Columnist says Donald Trump will likely still propose deep cuts or elimination of federal arts funding but they are safe for this financial year.
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.
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.
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.
Author says restricting the ability to differentiate prices can limit internet adoption, especially among the poor and elderly.
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.
Columnist says the CBC's We Are Canada is bafflingly bad television.
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.
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.
In an interview with host Todd Veinotte, FRIENDS’ spokesperson Ian Morrison discusses CBC funding, governance and programming decisions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Columnist says government funding of the arts, while it is improving, is nowhere near where it should be.
Columnist says having thoughtful television, games and other media that is not commercially driven is essential to good parenting.
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.
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.
Columnist says fear, grief and turmoil rock newsroom after latest surprising and deep round of cuts.
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.
Columnist questions whether the prime minister should be involved with the Story of Us airing on CBC.
Columnist examines what exactly Peter Mansbridge’s legacy is and how he will be regarded after his departure from The National.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Defendants say there's no way to prove they're causing customers to cut their cable.
Columnist says Facebook continues to be under fire for peddling fake news, but the platform will never take real responsibility.
The production of Afternoon Drive is moving from Windsor to London in conjunction with the spring launch of the new CBC London station.
Columnist says two-thirds of Canada's community television stations have been closed down since 1997, when regulatory changes gutted their funding.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Director Kyrre Lien meets a group of strongly opinionated individuals all across the world, who spend their time debating online on the subjects they care most strongly about.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Editorial says The Star requires that its journalists take all steps necessary to get "the other side" in a story — including going to people’s homes, telephoning them and sending emails outlining the specific allegations to which they are seeking response.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stuart McLean, CBC Radio host and award-winning humorist, dead at 68 by Deana Sumanac-Johnson & Jessica Wong
McLean's trademark blend of storytelling — part nostalgia, part pithy observations about everyday life — and folksy, familiar delivery made him a hit with audiences for more than 20 years.
Mr. Péladeau will face decisions on some key issues, including the sale of wireless spectrum outside Quebec and the company’s repurchase of the remaining interest in Quebecor Media held by the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, which helped fund the $5.5-billion acquisition of Videotron in 2000.
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.
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
Columnist says that after decades of Rush Limbaugh, Fox News and Breitbart, conservatives can no longer tell fact from fiction.
Columninst says becoming news literate in the internet age requires defining what "news" really is and determining reliability.
Bigger than fake news: Trump’s rise was fueled by a deeper narrative of fake history by Paul Rosenberg
Columnist sasys that while Trump lied in many different ways about many different things throughout his campaign, fake history provided the surrounding mythological framework that made his other lies work.
Trump’s lies are not the problem. It’s the millions who swallow them who really matter by Nick Cohen
Columnist says every one of the many financial and political scandals Trump will surely generate will emerge in the media, so Trump must brand every media organization as lying and fake before they publish.
What can we learn from how the BBC's coverage of the 2008 financial crisis and the long recession that followed?
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.
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.
Columnist says marrying ethnic and mainstream news media would help the industry reflect what Canada really looks like.
Columnist says it should be the responsibility of schools to make children aware of our information environments, which in many instances have become our entertainment environments, but there is little evidence that schools are equipped or care to do this.
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.
Columnist says English-language Canadian TV was missing in action for hours after the Quebec shooting and that online reporting simply isn’t enough.
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
FRIENDS' Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses the future of local media in Canada on News Talk 980 in Vancouver BC.
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.
Columnist says the collapse of advertising and the ability to search for things quickly has contributed to the demise of newspapers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CBC/Radio-Canada welcomes the Public Policy Forum’s contribution to the government’s public consultation on strengthening Canadian content in a digital world.
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.
Columnist says Canadian television has had to invest a reasonable percentage into Canadian programming and that many successes owe their financial footing to simsub.
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.
Newsrooms outside the big cities are closing, and with them goes the critical information citizens require for everyday life.
The CBC is selling Maison Radio-Canada at the corner of René Levesque and Papineau.
A new study commissioned by FRIENDS says a modern interpretation of the law would give $450 million back to the Canadian media.
A new paper commissioned by FRIENDS argues a reinterpretation of Canadian tax law could bring up to $1 billion into public coffers every year.
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.
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.
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.
8-day multi-sport and cultural event to be held July 16-23 in Toronto.
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.
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.
Columnist urges makes suggestions for the Vancouver Sun and Province, including focusing on local news.
The cross-country celebration led by the Toronto Symphony
Orchestra aims to give Canadian music the overdue respect it deserves.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TVO says it has received one of the largest donations for journalism in Canadian history.
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.
Shaw Communications Inc. launches Shaw BlueSky TV, a new premium television product for Canadians available only from Shaw.
Copyright safeguards, tax credits among suggestions to bail out Canadian news business.
The issue has been in renewed focus recently, as Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly launched a public consultation last April.
Columnist says if the government is serious about bringing broadcast into the digital world, it may be time to cancel simultaneous substitution altogether.
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.
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.
The issue has been in renewed focus recently, as Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly launched a public consultation last April.
Columnist says Schitt's Creeks serves as a flag marking a new approach for CBC’s English television division.
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.
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.
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.
Columnist says news media has always had to balance political influence, editorial bias, audience interests, and the motivations of its owners.
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.