All CRTC / Regulation Articles

Dec 7, 2016 — News Article

CRTC to cut back staff, services at regional offices in ‘digital first’ shift by Emily Jackson

Canada’s telecommunications regulator is eliminating roles at its seven regional offices and consolidating some services at its National Capital Region headquarters in a push towards “digital first.”

Dec 6, 2016 — News Article

Three employees affected by CJBN-TV station closure, two accept positions at Shaw TV by Lloyd Mack

Shaw Communications, which purchased the station along with Norcom Telecommunications in August 2006, filed with the CRTC advising the commission it is not seeking to renew the broadcast licence of CJBN-TV Kenora

Dec 6, 2016 — News Article

Local media and the democracy deficit by Ian Morrison

FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison says the time has come for the CRA to update its interpretation of what broadcasting means and end the tax deductibility of ads placed on foreign-controlled digital platforms.

Dec 5, 2016 — News Article

Big Idea for Canadian Media: Provide Incentives for Local Ownership by Marc Edge

Writer explores the takeovers and mergers behind the razed newsrooms and serially slimming papers, and reflects on the federal government’s current efforts to study the issue and determine what actions it may take to support the industry going forward.

Dec 5, 2016 — News Article

Big Idea for Canadian Media: Provide Incentives for Local Ownership by Marc Edge

Writer explores the takeovers and mergers behind the razed newsrooms and serially slimming papers, and reflects on the federal government’s current efforts to study the issue and determine what actions it may take to support the industry going forward.

Dec 3, 2016 — News Article

Broadcasters eye CRTC Netflix exemptions, push for parity by Michael Lewis

Competing with services that don't have to fund original Canadian programming, companies call for regulation ‘flexibility.’

Dec 1, 2016 — News Article

Jean-Pierre Blais On The Implementation Of Pick-And-Pay

CRTC Chairman says the broadcast regulator will be closely monitoring how television service providers are implementing the new TV choices.

Nov 30, 2016 — News Article

Melanie Joly’s tough choice on Canadian content: New thinking or new taxes by Michael Geist

Columnist says groups such as ACTRA, the Writers Guild of Canada, the Canadian Media Producers Association and the Directors Guild of Canada argue that the government should require Netflix to contribute a percentage of its revenues toward the creation of Canadian content.

Nov 30, 2016 — News Article

Only watch HBO or Sportsnet? Canada’s TV providers must offer solo channels on Dec. 1 by Emily Jackson

TV service providers must offer channels à la carte and in packages of up to 10 channels to complement existing TV packages in order to comply with a policy issued in spring 2015 by the CRTC.

Nov 29, 2016 — News Article

Amazon Prime video streaming expected to launch in Canada Dec. 1: Bell Media exec by Emily Jackson

Bell Media President Mary Ann Turcke tells regulators at a broadcast licence renewal hearing that she expects her company’s video streaming service, CraveTV, will have to compete against Amazon Prime Video very soon.

Nov 29, 2016 — News Article

Rogers asks Ottawa to fold Canadian content funding into new agency, use tax credits instead of subsidies by Sean Craig

Rogers Communications Inc. is calling on the federal government to change the way Canadian cultural content is supported by providing almost all funding through tax credits, and by amalgamating TeleFilm and the Canadian Media Fund into a new agency.

Nov 29, 2016 — News Article

Canadian musicians, writers ask federal government to fix creativity business by Kate Taylor

A group of 1,000 Canadian artists will issue an open letter to Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly Tuesday asking Ottawa to remember creators as it revises its cultural policies.

 

Nov 29, 2016 — News Article

CBC president defends ad-free proposal, asks Ottawa for $400M to 'unshackle' broadcaster

CBC President Hubert Lacroix thinks the CBC's business model is broken and is asking the government for additional funding so that the public broadcaster can stop advertising across its platforms.

Nov 23, 2016 — Policy Brief

The future of Canadian content in a digital world

In a letter to Hon. Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, FRIENDS comments on critical issues affecting the future of Canadian content in a digital world.

Nov 22, 2016 — News Article

Make The Music Industry Fair Again For Canada's Creators by Graha Henderson

CEO of Music Canada says artists -- the people who build our nation's cultural foundation and much of the intellectual property we export -- now struggle more than ever to earn a living.

Nov 17, 2016 — News Article

CRTC Chief's Speech Frames His Legacy

Text of a speech delivered by CRTC Chair Jean-Pierre Blais to the Canadian Chapter of the International Institute of Communications in Ottawa.

Nov 14, 2016 — News Article

Ottawa names public servant as temporary CRTC vice-chair by Christine Dobby

The federal government has tapped long-time public servant Judith LaRocque for a temporary stint in a vice-chair role at the CRTC.

Nov 8, 2016 — News Article

CRTC releases new broadcast industry statistics

According to a new report, broadcasting revenues in Canada last year decreased by 1.6% to $17.9 billion.

Nov 3, 2016 — News Article

Telefilm Canada study finds Canadians want more entertainment on more platforms

TV still medium of choice for majority of respondents, but tablets, phones increasingly used.

Oct 26, 2016 — News Article

Canadians spend more on Internet access than TV subscriptions for first time: CRTC by Emily Jackson

The CRTC says Canadians spent more money on Internet access than television subscriptions for the first time last year as the demand for data exploded and the desire for traditional TV packages waned.