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Aug 7, 2014 — News Article

CRTC Ruling Upholds Rogers’ Responsibilities to Multilingual Programming

The CRTC rules that Rogers Broadcasting Limited’s request for sweeping regulatory relief for its OMNI ethnic television chain in spite of recent financial losses at those five stations.

Aug 1, 2014 — News Article

CRTC Revokes, Renews Rogers OMNI License in Group Based Decision

Columnist says a CRTC ruling has both revoked and renewed the broadcasting licences for the multi-ethnic and multilingual conventional OMNI television station.

Aug 1, 2014 — News Article

CRTC Ruling Upholds Rogers' Responsibilities to Multilingual Programming Says Union

A CRTC ruling rebuffed Rogers Broadcasting Limited's request for sweeping regulatory relief for its OMNI ethnic television chain in spite of recent financial losses at those five stations.

Jul 28, 2014 — News Article

Canadian Actors, Advertisers Reach Tentative Deal by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says the new three-year agreement comes as Hollywood North aims at labor peace to keep U.S. producers from crossing the border for cost savings.

Jul 21, 2014 — News Article

CBC argues for 'Netflix tax'

The CBC is pushing for online service Netflix and others to help fund Canadian content.

Jul 19, 2014 — News Article

Canuck shows get dismal ratings in U.S. by Tony Wong

Columnist says Canadian Comedy exports Seed and Backpackers didn’t make a splash on The CW with dismal ratings for their respective premiers.

Jul 16, 2014 — News Article

New Canadian Work Permit Rules Threaten Hollywood Shoots by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says recent changes to Canada's Temporary Foreign Workers Program threaten to leave Hollywood actors, directors and other key crew hired to work here stranded at the border.

Jul 14, 2014 — News Article

Why Now Is the CRTC's Make or Break Moment by Michael Geist

When Canada's broadcast regulator embarked on the third and final phase of its consultations on the future of television regulation earlier this year, it left little doubt that a total overhaul was on the table.

Jul 11, 2014 — News Article

YouTube Effect Costs Jobs at Canada's MuchMusic Channel by Etan Vlessing

MuchMusic must air music videos on 50 percent of its schedule and limit the number of scripted and reality shows, even as users increasingly get their music video fixes online.

Jul 11, 2014 — News Article

Even the content creators are stealing content by Simon Houpt

Columnist discusses those who make their living from the content-creation economy and yet think it’s fine to steal content that somebody else created.

Jul 10, 2014 — News Article

Canadian producers renew call for Netflix Canada tax by Etan Vlessing

Canadian indie producers have used media regulator the CRTC’s current Let’s Talk TV consultation to renew their call for Netflix Canada to subsidize local Canadian content production.

Jul 10, 2014 — News Article

Prof saw film as a form of resistance by George Pevere

Columnist says Peter Harcourt challenged students' preconceptions about movies made in Canada while pioneering cinema studies.

Jul 8, 2014 — News Article

CBC wants 'Netflix tax'

In a submission to the CRTC, CBC argues any "over-thetop" streaming service, such as U.S.-based Netflix, that earns more than $25 million a year in Canada, should be required to pay into the Canadian Media Fund.

Jul 7, 2014 — News Article

CBC: Netflix Should Pay Tax To Subsidize CanCon by Daniel Tencer

In a submission to a CRTC review of Canadian TV regulations, the public broadcaster argues that any “over-the-top” streaming service, such as Netflix, that earns more than $25 million a year in Canada should be required to pay into the Canadian Media Fund.

Jul 7, 2014 — News Article

Canadian producers renew call for Netflix Canada tax by Etan Vlessing

Canadian indie producers have used media regulator the CRTC’s current Let’s Talk TV consultation to renew their call for Netflix Canada to subsidize local Canadian content production.

Jun 28, 2014 — News Article

Pick-and-Pay cable would mean changes to local TV funding, say Bell, Rogers

In its submissions to the CRTC, Bell said it believes changes should be made by the regulator to allow local TV stations to be reclassified as "local specialty services."

Jun 27, 2014 — Policy Brief

PN CRTC 2014 – 190: Phase 3 – Let’s Talk TV

FRIENDS makes several recommendations to the CRTC as part of the Commission's examination of the Canadian broadcasting system.

Jun 27, 2014 — News Article

Bell supports pick-and-pay, calls for changes to local TV business model

The CRTC is wrapping up a formal interventions process, part of its public consultations where it has collected comments from Canadians and the industry on the evolution of the broadcasting system, including the proposed pick-and-pay model.

Jun 23, 2014 — News Article

Amid internal protest, CBC weighs docs unit closure by Adam Benzine

On-air presenters David Suzuki, Peter Mansbridge and Wendy Mesley are among a host of CBC staff who have signed a letter protesting proposals to shutter the Canadian public broadcaster’s in-house documentary production unit.

Jun 20, 2014 — News Article

New Survey Stirs Old Debate on Cable, Satellite Pricing

A majority of respondents to a poll conducted by Forum Research also said the CRTC should be a stronger regulator of cable and satellite fees, and that it should collect data on competitive cable and satellite fees to ensure they are affordable.