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The former head of the CRTC is applauding Ottawa’s decision to review the rules governing cultural industries in the country, pointing out that imposing regulations on the broadcast industry is increasingly difficult and ineffective.
Editorial states says that a well-intentioned government comes along with proposals to drag our regulatory regime into modernity every few years - and opposition quietly mounts from long-entrenched and deep-pocketed interests.
Heritage Minister says Canada's cultural and creative industries are important drivers of innovation and a vibrant part of the Canadian economy.
Canadian Heritage seeks input on how to strengthen the creation, discovery and export of Canadian content in a digital world.
The Banff World Media Festival is the world's largest and most important gathering of entertainment industry and digital media executives dedicated to media content development, production, broadcast and distribution within TV and digital media.
FRIENDS presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage on the future of local TV in Canada.
According to the CRTC, about $4.1 billion is spent on Canadian programming every year. Some comes from various government programs, but the bulk, $2.8 billion, comes from the broadcasting system itself.
Editorial says the extent that companies leave ordinary viewers feeling let down once again, the cable providers are only helping to dig their own graves.
The big cable providers managed to fall short of even the dramatically lowered expectations of TV viewers with their new ‘skinny basic’ services.
Columnist says a Pick-and_Pay is a piece of ill-conceived populism that did not, in the end, make any difference to the election prospects of the departing Tories and won’t actually save consumers much money – but still has the potential to do damage to the Canadian television industry.
The CRTC has denied an application by 8946337 Canada Limited and Blue Ant Media Solutions Inc., partners in a general partnership carrying on business as Blue Ant Television General Partnership, to reduce the Canadian programming exhibition requirement for Cottage Life from 80% to 50% for the broadcast day.
Unifor National President says the ability of Canadian media to independently and thoroughly cover local, national and international news from a Canadian perspective is crucial to the well-being of our democracy.
A report prepared by Nordicity for FRIENDS says 50 per cent of Canada’s small and medium market stations could close by 2020.
Columnist says a battle is brewing between the Heritage Minister's bureaucrats – who are cutting back on eligibility for the Canadian Production Tax Credit that for years has helped underwrite Quebec talk shows – and Ms. Joly herself, who is under political pressure to intervene in favour of the television producers.
Bloomberg CEO says that the guiding principle governing Bloomberg TV Canada will be relevance to Canadian viewers at every level of business engagement.
Columnist suggests that in order to fund Canadian programming private networks should be let out of their requirements to broadcast Canadian content, but that they should still be held to their requirements to direct 30% of their revenue to finance English Canadian content production.
At its annual meeting, Telefilm announces a new ‘audience first’ campaign—developed in collaboration with Toronto ad agency The Hive—to drive awareness for Canada’s screen productions.
THe CRTC says that it is planning to stop Bell Canada—which owns the rights to the Super Bowl through its broadcast subsidiary CTV—from requiring that cable companies carrying the game substitute CTV’s commercials.
Editorial says the CRTC is looking at changing the way it doles out funding for local coverage, but giving the funds to big broadcasters not the answer.
FRIENDS tells Canada's broadcast regulator that without prompt action from the CRTC, many local TV stations, particularly in small and medium markets, will likely fail.