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Apr 25, 2016 — News Article

Former CRTC head praises Ottawa for rethinking CanCon

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.

Apr 25, 2016 — News Article

Is it possible that Cancon will end at last?

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.

Apr 23, 2016 — News Article

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly urges change at CBC, CRTC to boost Canadian content in digital age

Heritage Minister says Canada's cultural and creative industries are important drivers of innovation and a vibrant part of the Canadian economy.

Apr 23, 2016 — News Article

Consultations on Canadian Content in a Digital World

Canadian Heritage seeks input on how to strengthen the creation, discovery and export of Canadian content in a digital world.

Apr 19, 2016 — News Article

Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly To Give Opening Keynote

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.

Apr 12, 2016 — Policy Brief

The Media and Local Communities

FRIENDS presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage on the future of local TV in Canada.

Mar 10, 2016 — News Article

TV industry frets over threat from skinny basic and pick-and-pay by Laura McNaughton

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.

Mar 5, 2016 — News Article

EDITORIAL: Not much pick, lots of pay

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.

Mar 4, 2016 — News Article

EDITORIAL: Cable providers risk alienating their own customers

The big cable providers managed to fall short of even the dramatically lowered expectations of TV viewers with their new ‘skinny basic’ services.

Mar 4, 2016 — News Article

Forcing pick-and-pay TV was a bad move by the CRTC by Kate Taylor

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.

Mar 1, 2016 — News Article

CRTC Denies Cottage Life Application to Reduce CanCon

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.

Feb 17, 2016 — News Article

Unifor lauds much-needed local news review

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.

Feb 12, 2016 — News Article

Podcasts a bright note in broadcast by Larry Cornies

A report prepared by Nordicity for FRIENDS says 50 per cent of Canada’s small and medium market stations could close by 2020.

Feb 12, 2016 — News Article

Heritage minister Mélanie Joly under pressure to protect Quebec television by Daniel LeBlanc

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.

Feb 9, 2016 — News Article

Bloomberg brings its worldwide resources to Canadian TV by Peter Kenter

Bloomberg CEO says that the guiding principle governing Bloomberg TV Canada will be relevance to Canadian viewers at every level of business engagement.

Feb 9, 2016 — News Article

Revolutionary cure needed to restore health of ailing CBC by Kirk LaPointe

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.

Feb 5, 2016 — News Article

Telefilm Canada holds Annual Public Assembly in Ottawa under theme Talent without Borders

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.

Feb 5, 2016 — News Article

Next Year's Super Bowl Could Look Very Different in the Great White North by Mathew Ingram

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.

Feb 1, 2016 — News Article

Editorial: Don't forget community TV

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.

Jan 26, 2016 — Policy Brief

FRIENDS presentation to the CRTC on Local Television (BN CRTC 2015-421)

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.