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May 23, 2015 — News Article

Election debates must be "equitable," but anyone can host them, says CRTC

The CRTC says it's not going to stand in the way of changes to the way federal election debates are conducted, so long as all the major parties get equitable news coverage.

May 15, 2015 — News Article

CRTC Says Federal Election Debates Must Be 'Equitable'

The country's broadcast regulator says it's not going to stand in the way of changes to the way federal election debates are conducted, so long as all the major parties get equitable news coverage.

May 14, 2015 — News Article

Broadcasters fight back against federal leaders’ debate changes by Steven Chase

A consortium of major broadcasters that has traditionally run federal party leader’s debates is fighting back in the wake of Stephen Harper’s decision to skip its upcoming events.

May 9, 2015 — News Article

Le moment de changer est arrivé, dit le président du CRTC

Jean-Pierre Blais, Chair of the CRTC, tells Quebec producers they can no longer count on “measures of the past— such as quotas and genre protection” nor on historical levels of public support for the sector. He exhorts them to coproduce content that will sell internationally

May 5, 2015 — News Article

New rules could impact wireless roaming rates

Budget measures adopted by the Harper government last year set a cap on wholesale roaming costs.

Apr 26, 2015 — News Article

A tepid victory for TV viewers

Editorial says the CRTC's move to allow "pick and play" reflects a changing world in which consumers are demanding more choice and TV viewers have been taking advantage of alternative options, such as Netflix and Shomi.

Apr 20, 2015 — News Article

Norway Will Be the First Country to Turn Off FM Radio in 2017 by Maddie Stone

Norway’s Minister of Culture announces that a national FM-radio switch off will commence in 2017, allowing the country to complete its transition over to digital radio. It’s the end of an era.

Apr 13, 2015 — News Article

CanCon is up Schitt’s Creek without a paddle by Kerrie-Ann Bernard

Columnist says the CBC hit is lauded as Canadian, yet there is little Canadianness about it.

Apr 13, 2015 — News Article

TV producers go to court over CRTC ruling

The Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) filed an application for leave to appeal a decision by the CRTC that the association warns will cost thousands of jobs.

Apr 10, 2015 — News Article

Why the bell finally tolled for Kevin Crull by David Olive

Columnist says the reason for Kevin Crull's dismissal from BCE may have dated back to a March 6 speech.

Apr 7, 2015 — News Article

Is protecting Canadian Content still important to you?

FRIENDS' Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, is a guest on a CBC Radio call-in program discussing recent CRTC decisions on Canadian television regulations.

Apr 1, 2015 — News Article

Channel survivor: What will the dial look like in a pick-and-pay world? by James Bradshaw

Columnist says in a pick-and-pay world, TV channels will have to fight to attract viewers’ attention and some won’t make it and will be kicked off the dial.

Mar 30, 2015 — Blog Post

CRTC rulings roll the dice on the future of Canadian broadcasting

In a briefing note to supporters, FRIENDS says a major outcome of the CRTC's decisions on Canadian content and unbundling will be less of Canada on Canadian television.

Mar 27, 2015 — News Article

Where’s the money in CRTC’s TV decisions? by Kate Taylor

Columnist says without regulation, there would not be any Canadian TV.

Mar 26, 2015 — News Article

Consumers are focus of TV rules by Michael Lewis

Columnist says proposed CRTC code of conduct targets cable and satellite providers.

Mar 22, 2015 — News Article

Toronto Star's View: Two cheers for ‘pick and pay’ on cable TV

Editorial says the “pick and pay” model for cable the CRTC unveiled amounts to giving viewers what they’ve been demanding for years.

Mar 21, 2015 — News Article

Sask. providers react to CRTC by D.C. Fraser

Access, which serves over 200 communities across Saskatchewan, was hoping it wouldn't have to contribute to a fund used to support television production.

Mar 21, 2015 — News Article

Editorial: CRTC regulating a revolution on the airwaves

Editorial says the guiding principle for the CRTC must be to ensure Canadians have maximum choice in what they want to watch and where that programming comes from.

Mar 21, 2015 — News Article

TV producers fear a la carte channel selection threatens jobs, kids' content by Cassandra Szklarski

An a la carte system gives TV fans more choice but they'll ultimately have fewer channels to choose from, say some Canadian producers who predict job losses and less programming for kids.

Mar 20, 2015 — News Article

Cable firms told to offer basic TV for $25 a month or less by Terry Powell

Cable and satellite service providers will soon have to offer consumers an “entry-level” television service, at a cost of no more than $25 a month, a decision that the country’s broadcast regulator acknowledges will cost some people their jobs.