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Jul 4, 2014 — News Article

Shaw Media tells CRTC it plans to apply for a national all news channel

In filings to the CRTC, the media division of Shaw Communications, which operates Global Television, says it wants to launch a "hybrid local/national" English-language news channel.

Jul 3, 2014 — News Article

Netflix Warns Regulator Not to Tax Canadian Streaming Service by Etan Vlessing

The "Orange Is the New Black" streamer told the CRTC that Canadian content is already doing well online, making new regulatory obligations unnecessary.

Jun 28, 2014 — News Article

Pick-and-Pay cable would mean changes to local TV funding, say Bell, Rogers

In its submissions to the CRTC, Bell said it believes changes should be made by the regulator to allow local TV stations to be reclassified as "local specialty services."

Jun 28, 2014 — News Article

Telecom giants say they have different views on who should pay for local TV by David Friend

In its submissions to the CRTC, Bell said it believes changes should be made by the regulator to allow local TV stations to be reclassified as "local specialty services."

Jun 27, 2014 — Policy Brief

PN CRTC 2014 – 190: Phase 3 – Let’s Talk TV

FRIENDS makes several recommendations to the CRTC as part of the Commission's examination of the Canadian broadcasting system.

Jun 27, 2014 — News Article

Bell supports pick-and-pay, calls for changes to local TV business model

The CRTC is wrapping up a formal interventions process, part of its public consultations where it has collected comments from Canadians and the industry on the evolution of the broadcasting system, including the proposed pick-and-pay model.

Jun 27, 2014 — News Article

CRTC chair on future of TV in Canada

At a time when one-third of Canadians are watching TV online, Jean-Pierre Blais discusses the future of television and the perception that the CRTC is outdated.

Jun 26, 2014 — News Article

Canadian Phone Giant Bell Supports 'Pick and Pay' Cable Unbundling by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says Canada is moving to allow consumers to choose only channels they want, rather than see U.S. channels like CNN and AMC bundled on high-penetration tiers.

Jun 25, 2014 — News Article

What will Aereo's TV watchers do now? by Doug Gross, CNN

Columnist says Aereo, the embattled startup that captured shows from the broadcast airwaves and let users stream them digitally to their computers, smartphones or tablets, is essentially dead after a Supreme Court ruling.

Jun 22, 2014 — News Article

CRTC driven by corporate agenda by John McMurtry

Writer says the CRTC could ensure a true public broadcasting system at the core not driven by mindless corporate ads and agenda — but its public mandate has been subjugated to regulatory capture by corporate lobbies and big money demands.

Jun 21, 2014 — News Article

The CRTC is abdicating its responsibilities by John McMurtry

Writer says the CRTC submits to one lobby demand after another for more total private corporate control of the public airwaves.

Jun 17, 2014 — News Article

Government of Canada Announces Appointment to CRTC

Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, announces the appointment of Yves Dupras as a full-time member of the CRTC, designated for the Quebec Region, for a term of five years, effective August 11, 2014.

May 30, 2014 — Blog Post

Conservative fundraising email targets the CBC

The Conservative Party of Canada accuses CBC of bias in an email fundraising campaign.

May 15, 2014 — News Article

CRTC releases 2013 financial results for Canadian cable and satellite companies

The CRTC releases statistical and financial information on Canadian broadcasting distribution companies for the broadcast year that ended August 31, 2013.

May 15, 2014 — News Article

A fourth national wireless carrier could give the Canadian economy $1B boost annually, watchdog says by Christine Dobby

The Competition Bureau said that based on a report it commissioned, a new nation-wide competitor could increase the wireless penetration rate and lower incumbent prices, although it estimates the increased competition would lead to a decrease of just 2% in average retail prices.

May 2, 2014 — News Article

Court rules that CRTC must stay out of appeal against its new wireless code by Terry Pedwell

The Federal Court of Appeal ruled this week that the CRTC could not argue on its own behalf in an appeal by Canada's major service providers over the start date for the wireless code, which is set to kick in by June of next year.

May 2, 2014 — News Article

Court rules that CRTC must stay out of appeal against its new wireless code

The Federal Court of Appeal ruled this week that the country's telecom regulator could not argue on its own behalf in an appeal by Canada's major service providers over the start date for the wireless code, which is set to kick in by June of next year.

May 1, 2014 — News Article

CRTC Releases Results of the Let's Talk TV: Choicebook

The CRTC releases the results of the “Let's Talk TV” Choicebook.

Apr 29, 2014 — News Article

CRTC putting big TV changes on the table by Brad Oswald

In preparation for the third phase of its medium-redefining Let's Talk TV: A Conversation with Canadians initiative, the CRTC has issued a call for submissions that will help shape a public hearing on the future of this country's television system, which begins Sept. 8 in Ottawa.

Apr 29, 2014 — News Article

A Makeover for Canadian Broadcasting by Michael Geist

Columnist says that after decades of serving the interests of big broadcasters, Canada's television regulations may finally turn in favour of viewers at home.