Veteran comic actor Dave Foley toplines CTV's newest homegrown comedy.
Multi-lingual channel, Omni, is asking the CRTC to loosen requirements mandating it show 100% ethnic programming during prime-time.
Feb 25, 2014 — News Article: Here’s what Jim Flaherty should do with those billions from the spectrum auction by Kate Taylor
Columnist suggests money from the recent wireless spectrum auction should be set aside to help Canada’s creative community produce more content for those public airwaves.
Feb 22, 2014 — News Article: Federal MPs to study challenges faced by music industry in a post-CD world by Jennifer Ditchburn
Figures from the Library of Parliament suggest that the market value of Canadian music sales decreased by 20 per cent between 2008 and 2012.
Feb 21, 2014 — News Article: Viewpoint: CRTC has to face up to the changing face of broadcasting by Kierra Jones
Columnist says removing or reducing obligations towards Canadian content would force Canadian shows to be viable both in the finance and ratings departments.
Feb 19, 2014 — News Article: Thomson says acting in Canada a bumpy ride
R. H. Thompson says "...it's a perpetual uphill climb to keep Canadian stories on the shelf, so to speak. We're not saying people have to watch them; we're saying if someone wants to watch a story about what's in Saskatchewan or downtown Toronto or St. John's, they should have the opportunity."
Feb 18, 2014 — News Article: CRTC head wants Canadian TV producers to take more risks as ‘edgy’ shows draw eyeballs by Christine Dobby
Columnist says Jean-Pierre Blais is trying to find that just-right balance between letting market forces rule and stepping in to protect elements of the broadcast system most Canadians would agree are a public good.
Feb 13, 2014 — News Article: Canadian content rules continue to outlive their usefulness by Jess Chapman
Columnist says CanCon regulations do have a role to play in creating a national cultural identity - if we want that cultural identity to amount to a deep-seated inferiority complex.
The Canadian Media Production Association says video streaming services like Netflix should be required to contribute money to Canadian content producers, and Canadians should be blocked from using services that allow them to view content from the U.S.
Feb 10, 2014 — News Article: Fair treatment for American TV stations good for Canada by Francis Schiller
Columnist says that as the CRTC completes the ongoing review of the Canadian TV system and prepares its report back to the government on pick-and-pay channel options for consumers, now is the time to provide fair treatment and due process for American TV stations in Canada’s retransmission processes.
Jan 24, 2014 — News Article: ‘Mystical’ businessman Geoff Stirling saw future in TV by Joan Sullivan
Tribute says Geoff Stirling revolutionized radio and television broadcasting in Newfoundland and Labrador, unifying the province as never before.
Dec 26, 2013 — Blog Post: What a year!
Video looking back at a remarkable 2013 - the movement that we are building together has never been stronger and more needed.
Nov 29, 2013 — News Article: 'CanCon' In The Netflix Age: Just Don't Mention It's Canadian by Sunny Freeman
Columnist says Canadian content rules have been in place for TV broadcasters since the 1960s, born out of the belief that Canadians needed to see their culture reflected back to them when they turned on their TV.
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.