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Jul 26, 2014 — News Article

The CRTC Is Starting to Listen to Canadians by David Christopher

Columnist says over the last year, Canadians have seen the CRTC publish customer-friendly new rules for wireless, set up a special task force to investigate extortionate roaming fees, and start a conversation with Canadians about the Future of Television.

Jul 11, 2014 — News Article

The CRTC’s make-or-break moment by Michael Geist

Columnist says that when the CRTC  embarked on the third and final phase of its consultations on the future of television regulation earlier this year, it left little doubt that a total overhaul was on the table. 

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 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.

Jul 7, 2014 — News Article

New Shaw Media Channel to Crowd Canadian All-News TV Space by Etan Vlessing

The broadcast giant plans to launch a national news channel, Global News 1, after former NBC News anchor Dawna Friesen became the face of its flagship Global National newscast.

Jul 4, 2014 — News Article

Shaw Media tells CRTC it plans to apply for a national all news channel

In filings to the CRTC, the media division of Shaw Communications, which operates Global Television, says it wants to launch a "hybrid local/national" English-language news channel.

Jul 3, 2014 — News Article

Netflix Warns Regulator Not to Tax Canadian Streaming Service by Etan Vlessing

The "Orange Is the New Black" streamer told the CRTC that Canadian content is already doing well online, making new regulatory obligations unnecessary.

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 28, 2014 — News Article

Telecom giants say they have different views on who should pay for local TV by David Friend

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 27, 2014 — News Article

CRTC chair on future of TV in Canada

At a time when one-third of Canadians are watching TV online, Jean-Pierre Blais discusses the future of television and the perception that the CRTC is outdated.

Jun 25, 2014 — News Article

What will Aereo's TV watchers do now? by Doug Gross, CNN

Columnist says Aereo, the embattled startup that captured shows from the broadcast airwaves and let users stream them digitally to their computers, smartphones or tablets, is essentially dead after a Supreme Court ruling.

Jun 22, 2014 — News Article

CRTC driven by corporate agenda by John McMurtry

Writer says the CRTC could ensure a true public broadcasting system at the core not driven by mindless corporate ads and agenda — but its public mandate has been subjugated to regulatory capture by corporate lobbies and big money demands.

Jun 21, 2014 — News Article

The CRTC is abdicating its responsibilities by John McMurtry

Writer says the CRTC submits to one lobby demand after another for more total private corporate control of the public airwaves.

Jun 17, 2014 — News Article

Government of Canada Announces Appointment to CRTC

Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, announces the appointment of Yves Dupras as a full-time member of the CRTC, designated for the Quebec Region, for a term of five years, effective August 11, 2014.

May 30, 2014 — Blog Post

Conservative fundraising email targets the CBC

The Conservative Party of Canada accuses CBC of bias in an email fundraising campaign.

May 15, 2014 — News Article

CRTC releases 2013 financial results for Canadian cable and satellite companies

The CRTC releases statistical and financial information on Canadian broadcasting distribution companies for the broadcast year that ended August 31, 2013.