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Mar 13, 2015 — News Article

The CRTC, a body no one understands, regulating TV no one watches by Kelly McParland

Columnist says the CRTC has concluded that, since Canadians are increasingly spending their time on services like Netflix, which has no Canadian Content requirements, it no longer makes sense to force it on television programmers.

Mar 13, 2015 — News Article

CRTC gets it: Time to make ‘hits’ not ‘shows’ by Irene Berkowitz

Columnist says the announcement that the CRTC is relaxing the rules on Canadian content is a clear sign the Canadian television system needs a reboot, from its 20th-century purpose to ‘correct and protect’ our domestic market, to a 21st-century freedom to ‘send and receive’ seven billion potential viewers.

Mar 13, 2015 — News Article

Talking about CanCon on the Bill Kelly Show

In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison, discusses the implications of a CRTC decision to relax Canadian Content requirements on television.  

Mar 12, 2015 — News Article

CRTC’s new plans: Quality over quantity? Good luck with that by John Doyle

Columnist says the challenge presented by CRTC Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais is to be better, not entitled.

Mar 12, 2015 — News Article

CRTC to lower quotas on Canadian content on TV

The country's broadcast regulator is planning to significantly ease rules governing Canadian content on TV -- in hope of boosting the quality of local programming.

Mar 9, 2015 — News Article

Ad dollars, intercepted – and the Super Bowl

Editorial says that the CRTC should rethink its extremely targeted decision about one annual American program and one Canadian broadcaster.

Mar 6, 2015 — News Article

Behind the scenes of Ontario’s campaign for a Netflix tax by Michael Geist

Columnist says the CRTC is likely to effectively reject what had been an expensive Ontario government campaign to convince the regulator to establish a Netflix tax.

Mar 2, 2015 — News Article

Bell Goes to Court to Fight CTRC Decision on U.S. Super Bowl Ads

Media company says banning simsub could cause "real harm" to Canada's broadcasting sector.

Feb 26, 2015 — News Article

FCC Commissioners call on chairman to release 332-page Internet regulation plan by Ajit Pai and Mike O'Rielly

FCC Commissioners request that FCC leadership immediately release the 332-page Internet regulation plan publicly and allow the American people a period of not less than 30 days to study it.

Feb 24, 2015 — News Article

Sun News Burned by Changing Broadcasting Climate by Michael Geist

Columnist says Sun News' demise signals the beginning of a new era in Canadian broadcasting in which services are allowed to fail rather than being propped up through regulatory or government support.

Feb 24, 2015 — News Article

Bell Canada Seeks Reversal Of CRTC's Net Neutrality Ruling In Federal Court by Daniel Tencer

Bell Canada has gone to court to overturn a ruling from Canada’s telecom watchdog that requires the media giant to price competing streaming services at the same rates as its own.

Feb 23, 2015 — News Article

Sun TV’s demise lamented by pro-Israel groups by Paul Lungen

Spokespeople for several Jewish groups lament the loss of Sun TV, both for the coverage it gave to issues they found important, and because it signals yet another diminishing of the news media landscape.

Feb 23, 2015 — News Article

Bell Mobility Inc asks courts to overturn CRTC decision over ‘unlawful’ mobile TV pricing by Terry Pedwell

One of the country’s biggest mobile companies is hoping the courts will overturn a decision by the telecom regulator that was aimed at creating greater price fairness for mobile TV services.

Feb 4, 2015 — News Article

Vidéotron gets CRTC nod to create English community TV channel by Steve Faguy

The CRTC rules that Vidéotron has failed in its mandate to provide proper community access television, but it will be allowed to create an English version of its community channel MAtv in Montreal.

Feb 3, 2015 — News Article

Globe says BCE not happy with CRTC's decision on simsub

The Globe and Mail reports that Bell Media is sparring with the CRTC over a decision to ban a long-standing practice of substituting Canadian commercials for flashier American ads during the Super Bowl. 

Feb 2, 2015 — News Article

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission steps up for consumers by Ricky Leong

Canadian broadcasters say simsubbing is an integral part of their business model, allowing them to pay for Canadian programming of all description.

Feb 2, 2015 — News Article

Bell clashes with CRTC over future Super Bowl commercials by James Bradshaw

Bell Media is sparring with the federal broadcast regulator over a decision to ban a long-standing practice of substituting Canadian commercials for flashier American ads during the Super Bowl.

Feb 2, 2015 — News Article

Canadian carriers cry foul on CRTC plan by Fred Rinne

The CRTC is contemplating a ban on Canadian network carriers from blocking American commercials on Canadian TV.

Feb 2, 2015 — News Article

Rencontre avec le Comité sénatorial permanent des langues officielles - Le Québec et l'Ontario poursuivent leurs actions pour le maintien des services en français à Radio-Canada

As part of an ongoing process to protect francophone services at Radio-Canada, Quebec and Ontario ministers Jean-Marc Fournier and Madeleine Meilleur met with the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages.

Feb 2, 2015 — News Article

Publicités du Super Bowl : lorsque Bell tente de séduire le CRTC par courriel by Daniel Thibeault

Bell Media tries to intervene directly with CRTC Commissioners to reverse the decision to allow Canadians to watch American commercials during the Super Bowl, starting in 2017.