Nov 1, 2013 — News Article: U.S. hedge fund buys 19% stake in Postmedia
A U.S. fund manager has acquired about 19 per cent of Postmedia Network Canada, owner of several major Canadian newspapers including the National Post.
Aug 8, 2013 — News Article: CRTC proposes a new approach to national news services
The CRTC has invited Canadians to participate in a review of its policy on the licensing of Canadian national news television services.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission approved a limited number of applications for mandatory distribution on cable and satellite companies’ digital basic television service.
Aug 7, 2013 — News Article: Global’s fall TV schedule includes no original Canadian programming by Daniel Bettridge
Columnist says until we’ve weaned ourselves off of their American counterparts, then Canadian networks will be unlikely to stump up the cash to produce quality original programming of our own.
Jul 30, 2013 — News Article: CTV and CTV Two to air record simulcast hours in fall 2013 by Etan Vlessing
As it unveils premiere dates for rookie and returning series, Bell Media says it will have 17.5 simulcast hours on CTV from September, and 13 simulcast hours on CTV Two.
Jul 19, 2013 — News Article: New Industry Minister steps into the ring as telcos gear up for a fight by John Stackhouse
Columnist says Telus CEO Darren Entwistle is poised for a fight, including possible legal action against the feds if they continue to show favour to foreign entrants by preventing the Big Three incumbents from having an equitable opportunity to purchase spectrum assets from small carriers once a federal ban on such deals expires in 2014.
Columnist says Canada's broadcast regulator has cleared the way for BCE Inc. to finally lay claim to Astral Media Inc.'s radio and television properties, but the approval comes with unprecedented conditions intended to keep the media behemoth from abusing its market power.
Jun 27, 2013 — News Article: CRTC Approves BCE's $3.4 Billion Takeover of Astral Media by Etan Vlessing
The regulator rejected an earlier bid for approval of the transaction, but agreed this time after the phone giant agreed to sell off assets and invest more money in Canadian content.
Columnist says that despite a slight drop last year in dollars spent on U.S. TV shows, Canadian private broadcasters are still feeding their addiction to popular American series at the expense of local dramas and sitcoms.
Apr 30, 2013 — News Article: The President of China, Obama and Harper Go To Heaven: Allan Gregg On The Rise of Dogma in Canada by Allan Gregg
Public opinion researcher Allan Gregg says Canada is experiencing an "assault on reason".
Apr 5, 2013 — News Article: Writer Kildare Dobbs, a sharp, satiric observer of human frailty by Sandra Martin
Columnist remembers writer and satirist Kildare Dobbs.
Mar 28, 2013 — News Article: Why it’s hard to persuade Canadians to watch themselves by Peter Howell
Columnist says nowhere is Canadians’ defeatist attitude more evident than in our collective approach to our country’s films.
Mar 28, 2013 — News Article: Musician pipes up about arts being ‘fluff’ subjects by Mary Ellen MacIntyre
Cape Breton musician speaks out about the dismissive attitude of school board officials towards performing arts, which he says puts millions into the Nova Scotia economy.
Mar 27, 2013 — News Article: Can TV change the world? Pivot, a new network aimed at millennials, hopes so by Frazier Moore
Little Mosque on the Prairie will be broadcast on the new US network aimed at 15-34 year old who "want to change the world."
Mar 27, 2013 — News Article: CBC's Cracked sold to U.S., France
White Pine Pictures has sold CBC police procedural Cracked to the U.S. and France, in one of several recent overseas deals that highlight the improved fortunes of Canadian television production.
Mar 26, 2013 — News Article: First Nations filmmakers use business skills, social media savvy to bring TV shows to niche markets by Jenny Lee
Columnist says it’s a tiny niche in an otherwise troubled industry, but B.C.-based aboriginal filmmakers are busy and working.
CTV says The Social will tackle pop culture and lifestyle topics on behalf of viewers invited to connect with the hosts live through email and text messages.
Mar 19, 2013 — News Article: Budget 2013: Millions axed last year, but deeper cuts likely on the way Thursday by Stephanie Levitz
Columnist says Statistics Canada used to survey how much the government spent on culture funding, but that study has been axed, one of almost three dozen reports either eliminated or pared back by the agency to save money.
Columnist says that even while television executives are stating Canadian content is competetive, behind the scenes, many are busy manoeuvring to reduce the Canadian-content obligations of their own TV channels.
Mar 13, 2013 — News Article: Drama, not music, on Bell Media TV spending program by Steve Ladurantaye
Bell Media wants to redirect millions of dollars in new program funding toward the creation of new dramas and comedies, citing a lack of interest and limited audiences for “high-end performing and visual arts programming.”