All CRTC / Regulation Articles

Mar 23, 2017 — News Article

Budget 2017 – The ‘Innovation’ budget fails the test of innovative leadership by Jim Love

In its analysis of the 2017 budget, FRIENDS says it’s two minutes to midnight for Canadian media, particularly in small and medium markets where a majority of Canadians live.

Feb 10, 2017 — News Article

Fuss over American Super Bowl ads ignores reality of Internet TV by Kate Taylor

Columnist says the CRTC’s 2015 exemption to this one aspect of “sim-sub” clearly isn’t fair to CTV, while the goal – to offer Canadian consumers the ability to see American ads during the game – is so minor and so irrelevant to the regulator’s mandate to nurture Canadian broadcasting, it’s almost laughable

Feb 2, 2017 — Blog Post

iPolitics LIVE Event - Bleeding Red Ink: The Future of Canadian Media

FRIENDS sponsored an iPoliticsLIVE event in Ottawa on Feb 2 to discuss ways to ensure the survival of Canadian media, high quality journalism and local reflection.

The full 56 min event can be viewed here

Jan 26, 2017 — News Article

CRTC's Super Bowl ad ruling on Trump's radar, says NFL

The National Football League says the Donald Trump administration is now aware of its dispute with Canada's broadcast regulator surrounding the ban on the substitution of Canadian ads over American ones during the upcoming Super Bowl.

Jan 26, 2017 — News Article

Media cuts are a threat to Canadian democracy, new report warns by Bruce Campion-Smith & Alex Ballingall

Canada’s news industry is on the precipice, battered by a digital revolution and plummeting ad sales, warns a new report that urges taxes for websites such as Facebook and Google, reforms to the CBC’s mandate and a new fund backed by taxpayer dollars as remedies to ease the crisis in journalism.

Jan 23, 2017 — News Article

Help wanted: Ottawa posts top CRTC job by Christine Dobby

Columnist says the job of chairperson of the CRTC is a high-profile and often thankless role that requires close attention to both consumer interests and the financial health of the communications industry.

Jan 17, 2017 — News Article

Canada Moves Closer To Taxing Netflix And Other Streaming Services by Daniel Tencer

Columnist says the federal government is inching towards taxing Netflix and other streaming services, a move likely to be supported by Canada's media creators.

Jan 12, 2017 — News Article

Canada’s broadcasters pay tax to support our industry. Netflix and other U.S. content firms should, too by Richard Stursberg

Writer says the existing government-support measures for Canadian content were all created before the digital revolution and that Telefilm Canada, the Canadian Media Fund (CMF) and the tax-credit system are focused on the cultural preoccupations of 20 years ago.

Jan 11, 2017 — News Article

Liberals test Netflix tax, airport privatization and 'moonshots' ahead of budget by Bill Curry

Columnist says the federal government has tested the public’s appetite for a Netflix tax, a new smartphone app for streaming Canadian content and spending on “moonshot” projects like placing a network of balloons on the edge of space to boost Internet access.

Jan 11, 2017 — News Article

Squeeze cash from Facebook, Google, say Canadian news media leaders by Dean Beeby

Copyright safeguards, tax credits among suggestions to bail out Canadian news business.

Jan 10, 2017 — News Article

Advocates ask Ottawa to 'kill the Internet tax' as Liberals ponder new fees by Michael Lewis

The issue has been in renewed focus recently, as Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly launched a public consultation last April.

Jan 10, 2017 — News Article

Why a media coalition is decrying a CRTC ruling on Super Bowl feeds by Michael Geist

Columnist says if the government is serious about bringing broadcast into the digital world, it may be time to cancel simultaneous substitution altogether.

Jan 10, 2017 — News Article

Advocates ask Ottawa to 'kill the Internet tax' as Liberals ponder new fees by Michael Lewis

The issue has been in renewed focus recently, as Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly launched a public consultation last April.

Jan 6, 2017 — News Article

CRTC commissioner departs, leaving another top spot vacant at regulator by Emily Jackson

Commissioner Candice Molnar’s departure comes as the Department of Canadian Heritage, which administers the CRTC, is having trouble filling the top spots at the regulator, which has a packed agenda.

Jan 2, 2017 — News Article

The CRTC needs to stop playing this game and let networks decide what ads run during the Super Bowl by Terence Corcoran

Assorted Canadian creative and advertising, groups if the courts can’t act fast enough, then the Trudeau cabinet should intervene directly and quash the CRTC’s Super Bowl decision. 

Dec 30, 2016 — News Article

Year-in-review: Little good news to be found in media world in 2016 by Beatrice Britneff

Representatives from The Globe & Mail and iPolitics — among others — have implored the government to stop “handing out money” to the CBC, “level the playing field” between the broadcaster and private outlets, and to consider prohibiting the broadcaster from running digital advertising — or advertising altogether.

Dec 23, 2016 — News Article

CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais plays superhero – and villain by Kate Taylor

Columnist says the broadcasting proposition is a three-legged stool – industry, creator and consumer – and Blais has got to be able to work with the first two. 

Dec 21, 2016 — News Article

CRTC declares broadband internet a basic service by Terry Pedwell

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says it can’t make full access to ultra-high speed services a reality on its own, and will require business and government help.

Dec 21, 2016 — News Article

Unlimited Internet Plans To Become Standard Under New CRTC Rules

Canada's telecommunications watchdog has ordered Internet service providers to offer an unlimited data plan for home Internet access, and to issue easy-to-understand bills.

Dec 21, 2016 — News Article

Marco Rubio asks CRTC to change Super Bowl ad policy by Terry Pedwell

Former Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio has added his voice to growing pressure on Canada’s broadcast regulator to reverse a decision banning the substitution of Canadian ads over big-budget American spots during the Super Bowl.