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Nov 23, 2015 — News Article

Audio: Ian Morrison on The Todd Veinotte Show

The Spokesperson for the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting talks about the new Liberal government and its promise to reinstate funding to the CBC.

© The Todd Veinotte Show

Nov 19, 2015 — News Article

‘Pick-and-pay’ TV a popular idea, but many unaware it’s coming: report by James Bradshaw

Columnist says the new freedom promised by Canada’s broadcast regulator will be attractive to some, and it could even convince some of those who had abandoned cable or satellite TV – or never had it in the first place – to join the slowly dwindling ranks of traditional TV viewers.

Nov 18, 2015 — News Article

Vidéotron pays a hefty price for overcharging by Paul Delean

Superior Court Judge Carole Hallée gave cause to a class-action suit filed on behalf of Vidéotron’s 1.5 million customers, saying the company misled consumers and deliberately overcharged, violating provincial consumer-protection laws.

Nov 12, 2015 — News Article

A Disappointing Decision for Francophones across Canada

Despite the CRTC’s denial to make its channel available across all French-language minority communities, Groupe Média TFO renews its commitment to share and expand the reach of its educational content.

Nov 11, 2015 — News Article


The Prime Minster explains his expectations in this mandate letter to new Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly.

Nov 5, 2015 — Policy Brief

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015-421 - Review of Local and Community TV 

FRIENDS says that the CRTC and the new government should collaborate to create a policy environment that recognizes the needs and vital importance of local TV.

Nov 2, 2015 — News Article

Message to CRTC staff from Tom Pentefountas announcing his resignation.

The Vice-Chairman, Broadcasting of Canada's broadcasting regulator is stepping down from his role with the CRTC.

Oct 26, 2015 — News Article

Privacy, telecom competition among Trudeau’s tech policy priorities by Michael Geist

Columnist says digital policies may not have played a significant role in the just-concluded national election, but the arrival of a majority Liberal government will leave many expecting “real change” on the digital front in the years ahead.

Oct 23, 2015 — News Article

Head of CRTC accused of ‘unilaterally’ naming panels, breaking commission’s bylaws by Christina Pellegrini

Columnist says court documents show an outspoken regional commissioner at Canada’s telecom watchdog is alleging that Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais has violated some of the bylaws that govern the commission.

Oct 23, 2015 — News Article

CRTC commissioner files second court case against regulator by Christine Dobby

Columnist says a rift at Canada’s broadcast and telecom regulator has again spilled over into the legal system, raising questions about how efficiently and fairly the commission can make public policy decisions.

Oct 22, 2015 — News Article

Communications Monitoring Report 2015: Canada's Communications System: An Overview for Citizens, Consumers, and Creators

Report states wireless-only households are most prominent among the two lowest income quintiles, suggesting that the rise of mobile-only households does not solely reflect changing preferences but may also be driven by affordability.

Oct 22, 2015 — News Article

National News: Canadians are adopting mobile services as their main source of telecommunication

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today released information from the 2015 Communications Monitoring Report on the state of Canada’s communications system. 

Oct 12, 2015 — News Article

Peterborough-Kawartha looking to move on from Del Mastro drama by Rachel Aiello

All three main party candidates have a fair showing of election signs throughout the riding, as well as the “We Vote CBC” campaign by the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Sep 29, 2015 — Opinion Poll

What Canadians Think About Local Broadcasting, the CBC and the Federal Election

Nanos Research poll shows that Canadians value local news, feel it’s important to have a strong CBC, and think Netflix should contribute to Canadian content.

Sep 29, 2015 — News Article

Radio-Canada a la cote, au-delà des allégeances by Stéphane Baillargeon

According to a Nanos poll sponsored by FRIENDS, even Conservative supporters are against cuts to the public broadcaster.

Sep 28, 2015 — News Article

Prime Minister criticized in report for failing to address alleged CRTC corruption

Prime Minister Stpehen Harper has been criticized in a report released today for his alleged failure to address allegations of long-term systemic corruption at the CRTC resulting in private corporations being subsidized by millions of Canadians, without their knowledge.

Sep 14, 2015 — News Article

A review of the policy framework for local and community television programming

The CRTC launches a review of the policy framework for local and community television programming.

Aug 17, 2015 — News Article

Let’s Talk TV: Why musicians and music video makers may be the first unintended consequences by Linda Stuart

Bell Media submitted Part 1 applications to the CRTC, requesting that its Much and M3 specialty channels be converted from Category A to Category B services, which have reduced requirements for the amount of airtime devoted to Canadian programming.

Aug 10, 2015 — News Article

How Netflix subscribers may be unwitting tax evaders by Joel Eastwood

According to Finance Canada, Canadian Netflix subscribers are technically required to voluntarily hand over the sales tax even if they don't see it on their statements.

Jul 31, 2015 — News Article

Election could shine spotlight on digital issues by Michael Geist

Columnist says that with an election campaign set to run until mid-October, there may finally be a chance at a meaningful discussion about Canada’s digital future.