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Jun 29, 2015 — News Article

The fight for specialty channel survival by Jonathan Paul

Columnist says when the specialty TV status quo changes in March 2016 there will be casualties, it’s just a question of how many.

Jun 26, 2015 — News Article

Rogers, Shaw look to protect their turf with Shomi streaming service to rival Netflix by John Greenwood

Rogers Communications Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. are teaming up to launch a video streaming service to compete with so-called over-the-top players such as Netflix, which have been grabbing market share from conventional players over the last several years.

Jun 25, 2015 — News Article

CRTC revokes licences of aboriginal radio stations in Edmonton, four other cities

In a decision “to help improve radio service for urban aboriginal listeners,” the CRTC says it is revoking the licences of AVR stations in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa effective July 25.

Jun 18, 2015 — News Article

Ugly spat over cost of business travel within top ranks of CRTC by Jennifer Ditchburn

An ugly internal spat over business trips is escalating at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, with one senior government appointee threatening to get the Prime Minister’s Office’s involved.

Jun 10, 2015 — News Release

Court case over harassment probe details deep rift between CRTC chairman, commissioner by Christine Dobby

Columnist says new details have emerged in a legal action over a workplace harassment investigation at Canada’s broadcast and telecom regulator, revealing claims that a commissioner created a “toxic work environment” as he repeatedly questioned the chairman’s control over the organization.

Jun 4, 2015 — News Article

When Netflix just won’t do: Canadians hiked their spending on TV services last year, especially sports channels

Columnist says that for all the talk and fear about so-called cord cutters and competition from Netflix, the total sales generated by television services in Canada actually grew in 2014 compared to the previous year.

Jun 4, 2015 — News Article

Le CRTC tiendra une audience publique afin de revoir la structure et le mandat du Commissaire aux plaintes relatives aux services de télécommunications

The CRTC launched a public consultation to revise the mandate and structure of the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS) as well as the mandatory participation of telecommunications services suppliers.

Jun 3, 2015 — News Article

CRTC Encourages New Generation of Researchers to Contribute to Communications Policy

The CRTC together with the Canadian Communication Association has launched the CRTC Prize for Excellence in Policy Research at the CCA annual meeting in Ottawa.

May 25, 2015 — Blog Post

Video: Leaders Series about the CBC

Elizabeth May, Thomas Mulcair and Justin Trudeau have given clear public commitments for restored financial support, editorial independence and governance reform for the CBC.

You can view all of the Leaders Series videos in English and French here.

Stephen Harper and Bloc leader Mario Beaulieu did not respond to our invitation to outline their vision for CBC. 

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May 23, 2015 — News Article

Election debates must be "equitable," but anyone can host them, says CRTC

The CRTC says it's not going to stand in the way of changes to the way federal election debates are conducted, so long as all the major parties get equitable news coverage.

May 15, 2015 — News Article

CRTC Says Federal Election Debates Must Be 'Equitable'

The country's broadcast regulator says it's not going to stand in the way of changes to the way federal election debates are conducted, so long as all the major parties get equitable news coverage.

May 14, 2015 — News Article

Broadcasters fight back against federal leaders’ debate changes by Steven Chase

A consortium of major broadcasters that has traditionally run federal party leader’s debates is fighting back in the wake of Stephen Harper’s decision to skip its upcoming events.

May 9, 2015 — News Article

Le moment de changer est arrivé, dit le président du CRTC

Jean-Pierre Blais, Chair of the CRTC, tells Quebec producers they can no longer count on “measures of the past— such as quotas and genre protection” nor on historical levels of public support for the sector. He exhorts them to coproduce content that will sell internationally

May 5, 2015 — News Article

New rules could impact wireless roaming rates

Budget measures adopted by the Harper government last year set a cap on wholesale roaming costs.

Apr 26, 2015 — News Article

A tepid victory for TV viewers

Editorial says the CRTC's move to allow "pick and play" reflects a changing world in which consumers are demanding more choice and TV viewers have been taking advantage of alternative options, such as Netflix and Shomi.

Apr 20, 2015 — News Article

Norway Will Be the First Country to Turn Off FM Radio in 2017 by Maddie Stone

Norway’s Minister of Culture announces that a national FM-radio switch off will commence in 2017, allowing the country to complete its transition over to digital radio. It’s the end of an era.

Apr 13, 2015 — News Article

CanCon is up Schitt’s Creek without a paddle by Kerrie-Ann Bernard

Columnist says the CBC hit is lauded as Canadian, yet there is little Canadianness about it.

Apr 13, 2015 — News Article

TV producers go to court over CRTC ruling

The Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) filed an application for leave to appeal a decision by the CRTC that the association warns will cost thousands of jobs.

Apr 10, 2015 — News Article

Why the bell finally tolled for Kevin Crull by David Olive

Columnist says the reason for Kevin Crull's dismissal from BCE may have dated back to a March 6 speech.

Apr 7, 2015 — News Article

Is protecting Canadian Content still important to you?

FRIENDS' Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, is a guest on a CBC Radio call-in program discussing recent CRTC decisions on Canadian television regulations.