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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.

Mar 20, 2015 — News Article

It’s Friday–so kick back and watch the CRTC by Katherine Dunn

The CRTC unveils new restrictions on charges for bundled TV packages.

Mar 20, 2015 — News Article

Cheap politics, cheap TV: CRTC hands Tories a populist election platform by Simon Houpt

Columnist says the CRTC is supposed to operate on an arm’s-length basis, so it can develop policy that is free from politics, but that is not the reality.

Mar 20, 2015 — News Article

The pros and cons of CRTC's ‘pick and pay’ cable rules

Consumers who have long bemoaned bloated cable packages may well embrace the new model, but some have suggested that unbundling TV channels could ultimately hurt the industry, and the consumer.

Mar 20, 2015 — News Article

Pick-and-pay TV: Consumer choice, but at what cost?

Tech analyst says the CRTC's decision to allow "pick-and-pay" might be too little too late as the market continues its headlong rush towards purely online alternatives.

Mar 20, 2015 — News Article

You’ll get more options, but you might not pay less when it’s all said and done, chairman warns by Sadiya Ansari and Raju Mudhar

FRIENDS is concerned about the impact pick-and-pay will have on Canadian content.