Columnist says the CRTC's 'TalkTV' public consultation offers few appealing choices for consumers.
Multi-lingual channel, Omni, is asking the CRTC to loosen requirements mandating it show 100% ethnic programming during prime-time.
Feb 28, 2014 — News Article: Do we still need the CRTC?
Columnist asks whether given that the CRTC often attracts the ire of Canadians, their current survey avoids the biggest question of all — does Canada still need the CRTC?
Feb 25, 2014 — News Article: Here’s what Jim Flaherty should do with those billions from the spectrum auction by Kate Taylor
Columnist suggests money from the recent wireless spectrum auction should be set aside to help Canada’s creative community produce more content for those public airwaves.
Feb 25, 2014 — News Article: OPINION: As TV changes dramatically, the CRTC invites Canadians’ input by Jean-Pierre Blais
CRTC Chairman invites Canadians to take part in Phase II of its programme Let's Talk TV.
Feb 21, 2014 — News Article: Viewpoint: CRTC has to face up to the changing face of broadcasting by Kierra Jones
Columnist says removing or reducing obligations towards Canadian content would force Canadian shows to be viable both in the finance and ratings departments.
Feb 21, 2014 — News Article: The CRTC looks like old-school Vikings in a New World by Brian Lee Crowley
Columnist says the CRTC is an important part of the explanation of the failure of Canadians to produce edgy popular programming.
Feb 19, 2014 — News Article: US judge gives broadcasters injunction against Aereo online TV13 hours ago by Thomson Reuters by Dan Levine
A federal judge in Utah on Wednesday barrs online television service provider Aereo from retransmitting programs, ahead of a closely watched Supreme Court hearing this year between the company and major broadcasters.
Feb 19, 2014 — News Article: Five things we learn about the Astral/BCE deal from the CRTC by Etan Vlessing
The CRTC has released a follow-up to the Astral-BCE transaction, which includes key revisions to commitments promised by the phone giant as part of a benefits package associated with a revised bid by the Bell Media parent to acquire Astral Media for $3.4 billion.
Feb 19, 2014 — News Article: The CRTC Launches Let’s Talk TV: Choicebook
The CRTC invites Canadians to provide their input on the difficult choices to be made regarding their television system by filling out the Let’s Talk TV: Choicebook.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is inviting Canadians to provide their input on the difficult choices to be made regarding their television system by filling out the Let’s Talk TV: Choicebook.
Feb 18, 2014 — News Article: Regulating internet content by Mark Goldberg
Columnist says some of the questions in the CRTC's new questionaire for Canadians appear to indicate the broadcast regulator is testing whether Canadians might accept taxing internet access, certifying online services or other forms of regulation of the internet.
Feb 18, 2014 — News Article: CRTC seeks further public comment on broadcast rules with online survey by Eric Atkins
The broadcast regulator wants Canadians to spare about 30 minutes of their time to fill out an online questionnaire on seven broad topics related to television programming and reulations, including local news, sports and pick-and-pay options.
Feb 18, 2014 — News Article: CRTC head wants Canadian TV producers to take more risks as ‘edgy’ shows draw eyeballs by Christine Dobby
Columnist says Jean-Pierre Blais is trying to find that just-right balance between letting market forces rule and stepping in to protect elements of the broadcast system most Canadians would agree are a public good.
Feb 13, 2014 — News Article: Canadian content rules continue to outlive their usefulness by Jess Chapman
Columnist says CanCon regulations do have a role to play in creating a national cultural identity - if we want that cultural identity to amount to a deep-seated inferiority complex.
The Canadian Media Production Association says video streaming services like Netflix should be required to contribute money to Canadian content producers, and Canadians should be blocked from using services that allow them to view content from the U.S.
Feb 11, 2014 — News Article: Canadian Netflix About to Get Pricier? by Michael Geist
Desperate to compete, CanCon producers demand new regulation of Internet giants.
Feb 10, 2014 — News Article: Fair treatment for American TV stations good for Canada by Francis Schiller
Columnist says that as the CRTC completes the ongoing review of the Canadian TV system and prepares its report back to the government on pick-and-pay channel options for consumers, now is the time to provide fair treatment and due process for American TV stations in Canada’s retransmission processes.
Feb 2, 2014 — News Article: Ditch the CRTC? Let’s think again by Kate Taylor
Columnist says broadcast regulations are a web of interlocking protections and requirements and that Canadians should discuss which elements they wish to preserve.
The CRTC is calling for comments on a request to delete the conditions of distribution of the non-Canadian programming service Al Jazeera Arabic.