All CRTC / Regulation Articles

Dec 21, 2016 — News Article

Marco Rubio wants CRTC Super Bowl ad decision reversed by BJ Siekierski

Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson have written a letter to Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. David MacNaughton asking the Canadian government to reverse the CRTC’s 2015 decision to ban the simultaneous substitution of the 2017 Super Bowl broadcast.

Dec 20, 2016 — News Article

CRTC approves broadcast part of Bell-MTS deal, two approvals still needed to go ahead by Emily Jackson

The CRTC approves the transfer of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.’s broadcast licences to BCE Inc., the first of three approvals needed in Bell’s $3.9-billion bid to buy MTS.

Dec 19, 2016 — News Article

CRTC’s ‘cornerstone’ ruling on basic telecom service expected to have repercussions for telcos by Emily Jackson

The CRTC is poised to release its ruling on what constitutes basic telecom service, a “cornerstone” decision that chairman Jean-Pierre Blais said could have repercussions for the next decade.

Dec 15, 2016 — News Article

Let’s question government-subsidized culture by Aaron Wudrick

Columnist argues having official government criteria for defining Canadian content is in many ways a misguided endeavour.

Dec 15, 2016 — News Article

Canadian MPs say CRTC made a bad call on Super Bowl ads by Alexander Panetta

Two Liberal MPs are asking the CRTC to reverse its new policy that forces the NFL to run an unfiltered broadcast of its championship game so Canadians can see the big-budget ads.

Dec 11, 2016 — News Article

Canada leads charge to force Internet giants to support more localized content by Daniel LeBlanc

Ottawa wants to create an international coalition that will give governments new powers to force Internet and multimedia giants to fund and showcase the creation of domestic content on their digital platforms.

Dec 10, 2016 — News Article

Going ad-free could be good for CBC by Bob Wakeham

A fallout discussion that emerged in recent weeks after the CBC floated the idea of a commercial-free television lineup centred around the question of whether the corporation is actually fulfilling its mandate to supply alternative programming to Canadians.

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.