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Feb 26, 2015 — News Article

Watch the anti-Harper ad CBC refuses to air by Miranda Nelson

FRIENDS says all major Canadian TV networks and station owners—Bell, Corus, Québécor, Rogers, and Shaw—will not run Friends of Canadian Broadcasting TV ads that poked fun at Stephen Harper's "hostile agenda" for the CBC.

Feb 19, 2015 — News Article

Music Composers Play Major Role in Canada's TV Industry

Canadian music composers for screens, both big and small, generated approximately $100-million in domestic and international royalties for their music in TV and film in 2014 – about a third of all revenues that flow through SOCAN to the organization's nearly 125,000 songwriters, composers, music publishers and international partners.

Feb 8, 2015 — News Article

VPNs Dissolve National Boundaries Online, for Work and Movie-Watching

Co-founder and director of PureVPN says 20 million consumers use VPNs and similar services to reach more than 300 channels that are geographically blocked in some way.

Feb 6, 2015 — News Article

Numeris is calling, but Canadians need more information about TV ratings by Kate Taylor

Columnist says ratings show the CBC is actually not doing so badly: Murdoch Mysteries, The Book of Negroes, Schitt’s Creek and The Mercer Report all made it to the top 30 during the week of Jan. 25.

Feb 2, 2015 — News Article

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission steps up for consumers by Ricky Leong

Canadian broadcasters say simsubbing is an integral part of their business model, allowing them to pay for Canadian programming of all description.

Feb 2, 2015 — News Article

Bell clashes with CRTC over future Super Bowl commercials by James Bradshaw

Bell Media is sparring with the federal broadcast regulator over a decision to ban a long-standing practice of substituting Canadian commercials for flashier American ads during the Super Bowl.

Feb 2, 2015 — News Article

Why does the CRTC subsidize U.S. television? by William Watson

Columnist says the CRTC’s decision to stop “simultaneous substitution” of Super Bowl commercials starting in 2017 comes just as technology makes TV commercials irrelevant.

Feb 2, 2015 — News Article

From antennae to Android: Former CRTC chair says Canada's communications laws stuck in pre-digital era by David Kumagai

Konrad von Finckenstein says that unlike Australia and the United States, Canada has failed to articulate a coherent vision for regulating the not-so-new media environment.

Feb 1, 2015 — News Article

Those Go Daddy ads during the Super Bowl may come at a hidden cost by Michael Hennessy

Columnist says the point behind simultaneous substitution was to ensure respect for a monetization of the exclusive rights Canadian channels acquire and that make their businesses viable and meet regulatory obligations. 

Jan 30, 2015 — News Article

CRTC report: Nine things to know about impending changes to your TV, online or off by Ashley Csanady

CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais promises a regulator that protects consumers both online and off and wants to ensure a future for Canadian television content in the 21st century, regardless of how it’s watched.

Jan 29, 2015 — News Article

‘Pandering to public': CRTC makes way for U.S. Super Bowl ads on Canadian TV, starting in 2017 by Christina Pellegrini

FRIENDS says CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais is displaying a lack of leadership by pandering to public opinion and the sentiments of the Harper government while avoiding some very serious problems. 

Jan 29, 2015 — News Article

Finally, Canadians may get to see U.S. ads with the Super Bowl

In a speech to a London, Ont., business gathering the CRTC chairman announces that broadcasters will lose the ability to switch ads, along with mandatory carriage privileges on cable and satellite services, if they shut down transmitters that allow Canadians access to free, over-the-air TV signals.

Jan 29, 2015 — News Article

CRTC grants access to U.S. Super Bowl commercials, but silent on future of local TV

The so-called “simsub” rule is a key source of revenue for Canadian broadcasters and helps support the production of Canadian programs. 

Jan 26, 2015 — News Article

Odd thoughts: Canada sits low on list of lists by Bob Groeneveld

Columnist says for the most part, Canada’s national broadcasting company, the CBC, doesn’t figure prominently in any of the lists of top programming – except in the lists specifically dedicated to Canadian content.

Jan 18, 2015 — News Article

A contemporary argument for Canadian content by Kate Taylor

Columnist says cultural production can be time-consuming, expensive and result in many more misses than hits, but finding the mechanisms to nurture Canadian content seems a rather simple matter of self esteem.

Nov 29, 2014 — News Article

Exchange-Rate Issue Is Cold Cash to N.H.L. by Jeff Z. Klein

The decline in the value of the Canadian dollar against the United States dollar could have an impact on the size of an increase, if any, in the N.H.L.’s salary cap next season.

Oct 20, 2014 — News Article

Netflix Orders First Canadian Original Series (Exclusive) by Etan Vlessing

The homegrown drama will debut simultaneously on City, the Canadian TV network that developed the one-hour drama, and in all Netflix territories outside Canada.

Oct 3, 2014 — Policy Brief

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2014-190, CRTC Let’s Talk TV Proceeding - Final Submission

Final comments on the CRTC's Let’s Talk TV hearings on the future of television in Canada.

Sep 30, 2014 — Blog Post

Letter to the editor: Re” Thinking outside the idiot box” (September 27)

FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, responds to a Globe and Mail editorial claiming that the CRTC needs to start thinking outside the "idiot box" if it wants to play a meaningful role in Canadians’ lives.

Sep 27, 2014 — Ad Campaign

Globe and Mail ad announcing the 2015 Dalton Camp Award

The Dalton Camp Award will go to the winner or winners of an essay competition on the link between democracy and the media in Canada.