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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.

Jun 13, 2014 — News Article

MuchMusic an unwitting victim of its own success by Simon Houpt

Columnist says that while the magnitude of MuchMusic’s problems are unusual, its struggles reflect some of the hurdles the domestic TV industry faces in adapting to a wave of foreign competition.

Jun 4, 2014 — News Article

Global: no Cancon this fall, ‘Big Brother Canada’ moves by Amber Dowling

Columnist says Global TV's fall schedule contains no scripted Canadian series and plenty of U.S. acquisition programming.

Jun 4, 2014 — News Article

Sports Rights: New NHL contract sets stage for wholesale sports channel fees to soar again by Greg O'Brien

Columnist says that given the money Rogers Communications paid for the rights to the National Hockey League games for the next 12 years, Canadians should watch for the wholesale fees paid for sports by BDUs – and their customers – to shoot up.

Apr 25, 2014 — News Article

Could a late-night talk show boost CBC? by Bill Brioux

Columnist says without a talk show, there’s no platform on which to build a Canadian star system.

Apr 18, 2014 — News Article

How Temple Street is changing the face of Canadian television by Simon Houpt

Temple Street founders say they can never forget that they hold onto the rights of their shows because of a subsidy system that has been created over time to Canadian production companies.

Apr 2, 2014 — News Article

U.S. Calls Out Canadian Data Protection as a Trade Barrier Wednesday by Michael Geist

The U.S. Trade Representative says the strong growth of cross-border data flows resulting from widespread adoption of broadband-based services in Canada and the United States has refocused attention on the restrictive effects of privacy rules in two Canadian provinces.

Mar 28, 2014 — News Release

2014 Dalton Camp Award winners announced

Randy Morse of Kaslo, British Columbia has won the $10,000 first prize in this year’s Dalton Camp Award for his essay on the dearth of news media in small town Canada and what can be done about it.

Mar 24, 2014 — News Article

Women honoured for their contributions to film by Tara Bradbury

Local film industry luminaries Barbara Doran and FRIENDS Steering Committee Chair Noreen Golfman have been recognized for their work.