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Netflix in campaign to ‘set record straight’ on $500-million pledge for Canadian productions by Daniel Leblanc
The streaming service and the federal government have faced a series of attacks over the fact the company does not pay sales taxes in Canada and refuses to submit to any quotas on its television productions in the country.
Columnist says Heritage Minister Melanie Joly was right to reject a bailout for legacy news media in Canada, but she was wrong about them being unviable.
Columnist says we’re living in a world where the CRTC is the regulatory equivalent of the Maginot Line: Digital content providers can just fly right over it.
After two years of study and consultation, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has come up with only a few modest steps to boost Canadian content, according to FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting.
FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting has given Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly’s long-awaited Creative Canada Policy Framework an overall barely passing grade of C-. The core challenge the policy failed to address is the crisis facing local media in Canada as a result of the exponential growth of internet advertising – which is siphoning revenue from Canadian media to foreign internet giants.
Mélanie Joly’s Netflix deal fails to address the real issues for Canadian content creators by Kate Taylor
The details of the Netflix deal with Investment Canada are suspiciously sparse, but they seem to include a definition of Canadian programming so vague that U.S. shows shot in Canada would qualify.
Columnist says investing $100-million a year to help out the production of TV and movies in Canada is the kind of figure Netflix shrugs off as the cost of doing business.
NDP MP and leadership hopeful Charlie Angus took a briefing on FRIENDS’ priorities in Ottawa last week.
FRIENDS has a long and beneficial working relationship with Charlie, which started when he was appointed the NDP Heritage critic soon after he was first elected in 2004.
If he becomes leader, Charlie plans to do a fundamental review to re-focus the CBC on its public broadcasting mandate, especially how it serves local audiences.
FRIENDS has invited all of the candidates for the NDP leadership to receive a briefing about our priorities. To date, Charlie and Guy Caron have accepted.
Columnist says that after years of largely avoiding regulation, businesses like Facebook, Google and Amazon are a focus of lawmakers, some of whom are criticizing the expanding power of big tech companies and their role in the 2016 election.
Sources suggest funding for Minister Joly’s new ideas or pet projects will have to claim cash from other areas already allocated through the Department of Heritage, something that won’t be easy.
A large group of cultural organizations for formed a coalition to urge the government to take swift action to solidify the foundation of our cultural and media ecosystem.
Statement by Ian Scott, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
New Chairperson says the ongoing challenge for the CRTC is to identify and implement the regulatory rules and policies that will provide Canadians with the technology, content and services they need and protect them against unwanted communications.
Columnist says the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has actually reduced the minimum amount some broadcast groups will be required to spend on PNI, which include Canadian-made dramas, documentaries, comedies and awards shows.
Columnist says Bell Media is still hoping to hold out against the Canadian television regulator’s decision to ban the simultaneous substitution of high-profile U.S.
The Government of Canada Wants to Ensure the Right Balance of Investment in Content and in the Ability to Compete by Greg David
The Minister of Canadian Heritage says they are asking the CRTC to reconsider previous decisions in order to ensure the balancing of investment in content and in the ability to compete.
This action requires the CRTC to re-evaluate its decisions, which would decrease the amount that Bell Media, Rogers Media and Corus Entertainment are required to spend on Canadian Programs of National Interest (PNI).
Cabinet orders CRTC to review decision to decrease spending on Canadian TV programs by Emily Jackson
The order comes after an outcry from creative groups – actors, directors and writers claimed the new rules would slash production budgets.
Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has asked Canada's broadcast regulator to review its decision earlier this year allowing some Canadian broadcasters to cut spending on the creation of Canadian content.
In rare move, Ottawa asks CRTC to reconsider rulings on investment in Canadian content by Susan Krashinsky Robertson
In a rare move, Ottawa has referred a number of TV licence renewals back to the federal broadcast regulator, asking it to reconsider how the licences affect investments in Canadian TV production.
Columnisy says that while most of Canada’s conventional media have endured shrinking audiences and revenues in recent years, segments of the ethnic media have seen significant growth thanks to a constant influx of immigrants from all over the world.