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Sep 11, 2014 — News Article

Freedom for cable customers

Editorial says national broadcasters and local news programs are valuable public services that help create community cohesion and capture Canadian culture.

Sep 11, 2014 — News Article

Bell Canada wants viewers to pay for local newscasts

Bell says local TV stations can no longer survive on ad revenue alone and must be able to introduce subscription fees for programming such as regional newscasts that have been free for decades.

Sep 11, 2014 — News Article

Pick-and-pay cable may have a hefty price by John Law

Columnist says a dramatic overhaul in how stations are bundled will likely mean an equally dramatic increase in fees for consumers.

Sep 11, 2014 — News Article

Rogers says pick-and-pay hurts business by James Bradshaw

Rogers Communications Inc. says it fears new television proposals would send revenue plummeting and drive U.S. networks out of Canada.

Sep 11, 2014 — News Article

Netflix puts cable industry at risk, Quebecor warns CRTC by Claire Brownell

Quebecor warns that the Netflix Inc. video-streaming service will steamroll traditional cable providers unless they are soon freed from existing regulatory constraints.

Sep 11, 2014 — News Article

Watchdog says 'pick-and-pay' model would cause job losses by Terry Pedwell

FRIENDS says some local TV stations will be forced to close and more than 30,000 people could lose their jobs if Canada's broadcast regulator adopts changes it wants Canadians to consider.

Sep 11, 2014 — News Article

U.S. channels must be in any basic cable package, Rogers tells CRTC by Terry Pedwell

Columnist says Rogers' presentation to the CRTC highlights the growing divergence among cable and satellite TV service providers on how to reshape the television landscape.

Sep 10, 2014 — Policy Brief

Presentation to the CRTC - PN 2014-190 (Let’s Talk TV)

FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, makes a presentation to the CRTC on the commission's hearing about the future of television in Canada.

Sep 10, 2014 — Opinion Poll

Views on Local News in Five “At Risk” Markets

In order to understand the nuance of opinion related to TV broadcasting in Canada among communities which may be affected by changes in Canada’s broadcasting rules, Nanos conducted a special study of communities “at risk” of either scaled back local news or of their local TV station closing.

Sep 10, 2014 — News Release

Local broadcasting the focus of attention at CRTC TV hearing today

Concern about the future of local TV will be front and centre at the CRTC hearing on the future of TV with the release  of a Nanos opinion survey of residents in five swing ridings.  

Sep 9, 2014 — News Article

CRTC kicks off hearings on the future of Canadian television

CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais has indicated that certain rules currently protecting specific channels or broadcasters could be scrapped in favour of new regulations that would allow Canadians to get their TV programming how and when they want it.

Sep 9, 2014 — News Article

Netflix Inc puts Canada’s cable industry at risk, Quebecor warns CRTC by Claire Brownell

Quebecor, whose TVA Group is the largest French-language TV network in North America, told a CRTC hearing that it’s impossible to compete with online video providers like Netflix if they don’t have to operate under the same regulations.

Sep 8, 2014 — News Article

TV channel bundling is ‘price discrimination,’ Competition Bureau tells CRTC by Claire Bronwell

The Competition Beaureau says Canadians should be able to choose the channels they want to watch and shouldn’t have to pay for the ones they don’t.

Sep 8, 2014 — News Article

Google says regulations would stifle innovative digital services such as YouTube, Netflix by Terry Pedwell

Online delivery services such as Netflix and YouTube would be harmed if regulations for Canada's broadcast industry are extended to the digital world, says Google Canada.

Sep 8, 2014 — News Article

Pick and Pay debate on CBC's Power and Politics with Evan Solomon

FRIENDS' Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses issues facing the CRTC at a hearing on the future of television in Canada.

Sep 8, 2014 — News Article

Pick and Pay debate on CBC's Power and Politics with Evan Solomon

FRIENDS' Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses issues facing the CRTC at a hearing on the future of television in Canada.

Sep 8, 2014 — News Article

CRTC set to hold hearing into broad proposals for changing TV delivery system

Canada’s broadcast regulator is set to begin a two-week public hearing into sweeping proposals that could, if adopted, dramatically change how Canadians receive and pay for their television.

Sep 8, 2014 — News Article

CRTC's Jean-Pierre Blais On Netflix, Shomi And The Future Of TV by Althia Raj

An interview with the head of the CRTC, Jean-Pierre Blais, discussing the agency’s controversial proposals, regulating the Internet and why he’s concerned that technology is isolating Canadians rather than bringing them together.

Sep 8, 2014 — News Release

Bad for consumers and citizens

FRIENDS says proposed changes to broadcasting regulations up for discussion starting this morning would not be good for Canadian broadcasting and they won't do consumers any favours either.

Sep 8, 2014 — Ad Campaign

Full page ad in The Hill Times

At the start of CRTC hearings that could radically transform the country’s television system, the views of Canadians are expressed in this full-page ad in The Hill Times.