Media Monitor — 2018

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Mar 14, 2018 — National Observer

Mélanie Joly puts internet giants on notice

Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly is warning American internet giants to brace for new legislation that will crack down on threats to Canadian culture.

Mar 13, 2018 — Hollywood Reporter

China to Abolish SAPPRFT, Bring Media Under Closer Government Control by Patrick Brzeski

The proposed changes were unveiled in a new set of documents presented to China's National People’s Congress for deliberation later this week.

Mar 12, 2018 — Hamilton Spectator

We ignore the decline of serious print journalism at our peril by Robin V. Spears

Columnist questions why Canadian politicians are unwilling to support newspapers when they already support broadcast media and magazines.

Mar 12, 2018 — CBC News

Competition Bureau searches Postmedia and Torstar offices in probe of newspaper deal by Pete Evans

Search warrants are tied to deal between publishers to swap more than 40 papers then close them.

Mar 11, 2018 — Toronto Star

Serious journalism is vital to healthy democracy and requires support by Robin V. Sears

Columnist says hypocritical politicians can’t defend mocking “failed business models” while propping up broadcasters, magazines and megawealthy digital monopolies.

Mar 8, 2018 — The B.C. Catholic

Skinny TV holding on after two years by Peter Vogel

Two years ago Canadians gained access to so-called skinny TV packages after the CRTC, Canada’s broadcast regulator, mandated that the cable TV companies make available a barebones $25 a month TV package to their customers.

Mar 6, 2018 — Winnipeg Free Press

'Mistake' leads to Canadian Forces ad on far-right website by Dylan Robertson

The Canadian Forces have been running a recruitment ad on the American website Breitbart — a digital force in far-right politics that’s among U.S. President Donald Trump’s staunchest allies and one of Canada’s biggest critics.

Mar 3, 2018 — CBC News

Pirates are selling cheap, live TV and some Canadians are signing up by Sophia Harris

A recent study suggests that 6.5 per cent of North American households have accessed a pirated live TV subscription.

Mar 1, 2018 — Globe & Mail

Budget media provisions disappointing, industry says by Susan Krashinsky Robertson

The funds, which will be handed out by one or more independent, non-governmental organizations, are far less than some had proposed. 

Feb 25, 2018 — Globe & Mail

Broadcast group lobbies provinces to join fight for aid package to media by Daniel Leblanc

FRIENDS wrote individual letters to the country's premiers, stating that provinces would receive more than $500-million in new revenue if proposed changes were made to what they see as a flaw in the Income Tax Act.

Feb 17, 2018 — Radio-Canada

Jagmeet Singh jouera la carte Netflix à la prochaine élection

Jagmeet Siingh promises that if he is elected, he will force Netflix to pay taxes and that he will fight for tax fairness and stop the unfair advantage granted to internet giants. 

Feb 16, 2018 — Business News Network

AT&T looking at Trump influence on Time-Warner merger decision; seeks antitrust chief as witness by Gaspard Sebag & David McLaughlin

The head of the Justice Department’s antitrust division, who is suing to block AT&T Inc.’s proposed takeover of Time Warner Inc., said he didn’t discuss the proposed merger with President Donald Trump, whose criticism of the entertainment company’s CNN has sparked speculation that he influenced the decision to seek to block the deal.

Feb 16, 2018 — Toronto Star

It’s time to level the digital playing field by Toby Sanger

Columnist says foreign investors, such as digital giants Facebook, Amazon and Netflix, are being promoted in Canada at the expense of existing Canadian businesses and workers.

Feb 16, 2018 — CISION

CRTC decision on TVA Sports - Quebecor seeks leave to appeal to Federal Court of Appeal

Quebecor is seeks a review of the decision issued by the CRTC on January 17, 2017 with respect to the rate paid by Bell TV for distribution of TVA Sports.


Feb 16, 2018 — Canadaland

Confessions Of A Former Toronto Star Intern by Jen Gerson

Columnist fears that the famed intern program ruined as many potential talents as it helped create.

Feb 16, 2018 — Ryerson Journalism

Innovative ideas to solve media challenges discussed at launch of Digital News Innovation Challenge by Amanda Pope

A website to help children understand the news, a mobile platform that provides newsrooms with better access to eyewitness videos, and an online platform for distributing newscasts on voice-activated devices were among the ideas-in-progress at the recent launch of the Digital News Innovation Challenge.

Feb 4, 2018 — News Article

Netflix acquires French-Canadian film Les Affamés as part of $500 million investment by Dean Daley

Les Affamés tells the story of a small remote village in Quebec, where the bodies of locals have started to turn against their loved ones.

Feb 2, 2018 — The Province

B.C. now Canada's leading province for film and TV production: report by Harrison Mooney

B.C.’s film and television production industry exploded with growth of 40 per cent last fiscal year over the year before thanks largely to binge-watchers on internet streaming services.

Feb 2, 2018 — The Province

Netflix, taxes and non-existent loopholes. What a story. by Vito Pilieci

The funding for Canadian Content from Netflix came on the heels of a summer price hike that saw customers pay between $1 and $2 more for their subscriptions, but Netflix says the price hike and the investment in Canadian content are not related.


Feb 1, 2018 — The Tyee

Ottawa’s ‘Studied Indifference’ to Canadian Newspapers Is Undermining Journalism by John Honderich

Columnist says the federal government is ignoring practical solutions that would help struggling newspapers at little cost to the public purse.

Feb 1, 2018 — Screen Daily

Canada’s heritage minister moves to allay fears over Netflix Canada deal by Jeremy Kay

Canadian heritage minister MélanieJoly has moves to allay fears over the recently announced Netflix Canada deal and in particular its impact on French-Canadian culture.

Feb 1, 2018 —

Broadcaster Jesse Wente appointed first director of Canada's new Indigenous Screen Office by Craig Takeuchi

On January 31, Toronto-based broadcaster and cultural-industry leader Jesse Wente was announced as the first director of Canada's Indigenous Screen Office.

Feb 1, 2018 — Ottawa Citizen

Heritage ministry to review Canada’s Broadcasting Act by Vito Pilieci

The Canadian heritage minister said the federal government is still considering how to best deal with international streaming services, like Netflix, as part of a broader overhaul of Canada’s Broadcasting Act.

Jan 30, 2018 — Media Action Plan

Movie-theft is not a victimless crime by Howard Law

The Fairplay Coalition, including the media unions Unifor, ACTRA, IATSE, and the Director’s Guild, says they want a stop to the job-killing drain of $500 million annually from the Canadian movie and TV industry.

Jan 30, 2018 — CFXM-FM

Patrimoine Canada cache 90 pour cent des échanges de courriel avec Netflix

Reporter relates what Jean-Hugues Roy, a UQÀM (Université du Québec à Montréal) journalism professor, said after he made a freedom of information request with Canadian Heritage regarding the Netflix deal. He was refused a copy of the deal and was sent a copy of the email exchanges between Heritage and Netflix in which 90% of the content was blacked out.

Jan 29, 2018 — iPolitics

Lobby wrap: Media union expands team lobbying for federal help for print media by Beatrice Britneff

The 44 new registrations posted to the federal lobby registry last week show the Fédération nationale des communications is beefing up its team of consultants who are pushing for government support for Canada’s ailing print media outlets.

Jan 29, 2018 — Huffington Post Canada

CBC, Big Telecom Join Forces To Push For Website Blocking In Piracy Fight by Daniel Tencer

Canada's media industry is lining up behind an effort to institute mandatory blocking of websites accused of piracy.

Jan 28, 2018 — Globe & Mail

Most Canadians support government funding for local media, poll finds by Daniel LeBlanc

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly says the Liberal government is preparing an aid package for print media in coming weeks, with an emphasis on local news and innovative technologies.

Jan 23, 2018 — Recode

Here’s who owns everything in Big Media today by Rani Molla and Peter Kafka

Recode presents a diagram that organizes distributors, content companies and internet video companies by market cap and their main lines of business.

Jan 22, 2018 — Ottawa Citizen

Rogers Media cuts ties with VICE Canada — to pull TV channel off the air

Viceland is slated to cease broadcasting as of March 31, as Rogers Media Inc. and Vice Canada end their three-year-old, $100-million partnership.

Jan 22, 2018 — CBC News

Social media good for democracy? Facebook admits it can't make that guarantee

In new blog post, Facebook once again addresses concerns its platform has been used to meddle in elections.

Jan 14, 2018 — Government of Canada

Appointment Opportunity: President, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

The Government of Canada is currently seeking applications from diverse and talented Canadians from across the country who are interested in applying for the position of President of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Jan 11, 2018 — Alternet

How Public Radio Became the Voice of the Patriarchy by Rebecca McInroy

Columnist says it's time we demand more diversity from one of our oldest, most storied institutions.

Jan 11, 2018 — New York Times

Facebook Overhauls News Feed to Focus on What Friends and Family Share by Mike Isaac

Facebook has introduced sweeping changes to the kinds of posts, videos and photos that its more than two billion members will see most often, saying that it would prioritize what their friends and family share and comment on while de-emphasizing content from publishers and brands.

Jan 10, 2018 — National Post

Corus CEO says Q1 results fell short of expectations due to weak TV advertising by David Paddon

Corus Entertainment Inc. says its first-quarter results fell short of expectations as some of its television advertisers adjusted their spending priorities during the final months of 2017.

Jan 10, 2018 — Canadian Lawyer Magazine

Net neutrality changes in U.S. could change Canadian law in future by Alexia Kapalos

In Canada, where there are net neutrality laws in place, the American dismantling of net neutrality potentially means Canadians will feel some of the changes, even with these laws in existence here.

Jan 10, 2018 — Globe & Mail

As Corus’s ad revenue slips, questions arise over future of TV by Susan Krashinsky Robertson

Corus expects that advertising will rebound slightly – although competition from the upcoming winter Olympics on CBC will not help matters in the short term – and that subscription revenue will stay flat for the year.

Jan 7, 2018 — Knight Foundation

Public Broadcasting: Its Past and Its Future

Columnist sayspublic broadcasters are creaky vessels, battered by decades of cutbacks and challenges, but they’re still one of our best tools for protecting democracy and building healthy societies.

Jan 6, 2018 — CTV News

Giant map of Canada aims to hook students on democracy

In a bid to get students devoted to democracy, Canadian Geographic and CPAC have teamed up to create a giant floor map of Canada that shows every federal riding in the country.

Jan 4, 2018 — Star Phoenix

Former Shaw Communications CEO Jim Shaw dead at 60 after brief illness by Meghan Potkins

Shaw’s 12 years as CEO coincided with a period of significant growth for the company, with revenues rising from $646 million in 1998 to $3.7 billion by 2010 — fuelled in part by deals including an asset swap with Rogers to acquire territory in Vancouver and B.C.’s lower mainland.

Jan 3, 2018 — Toronto Star

Year of reckoning looms for Canada’s newspapers by Marc Edge

Professor of media and communications at University Canada West says it is clear that Canada’s news media are in danger of lurching into the abyss unless Ottawa takes action soon.

Jan 2, 2018 — Huffington Post Canada

The CBC Must Go Completely Ad-Free by Wade Rowland

Columnist says public broadcasters exist to provide a space for information and entertainment that's free of influence from vested interests.