All CRTC / Regulation Articles

Sep 22, 2016 — News Article

Looking beyond philanthrojournalism by Patricia W. Elliott

Columnist says Ottawa shouldn’t be let off the hook of a historically-mandated commitment to ensure Canadians enjoy equitable cross-country access to media that reflects our lives.

Sep 22, 2016 — News Article

Does loosening Cancon rules hobble Canadian TV creators? by Jessica Wong

Creators blast CRTC ruling's suggestion that Canadians need foreign help to make TV hits.

Sep 21, 2016 — News Article

New Brunswick filmmakers take scrappy, innovative approach to cable changes by Julia Wright

Columnist says Pick-and-pay, basic cable packages may be great for cable subscribers, who get to choose which channels they pay for, but they are also changing the game for smaller, independent media production companies.

Sep 9, 2016 — News Article

CBC Radio One expanding to FM service in St. John's

Following a recent decision by the CRTC, CBC Radio One has been approved to expand its programming to the FM dial in the St. John's area.

Sep 9, 2016 — News Article

‘This was going to be the Blais show’ by James Bradshaw

COlumnist says that from his public clashes with top executives to key rulings on wireless, cable and the Internet, Jean-Pierre Blais has set out to smash the perceived coziness between the CRTC and telecommunications industry.

Sep 8, 2016 — News Article

Advocacy group ‘threatened’ for posting TV price comparisons, CRTC told by Terry Pedwell

Consumer groups say the CRTC should ban TV providers from removing bundling discounts from customers who opt for basic TV service.

Sep 6, 2016 — News Article

Keeping Canadian TV Canadian by Tony Wong

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has decided it will now take just six points out of 10, instead of eight, for a production to qualify as Canadian.

Sep 2, 2016 — News Article

Official judgement in the case between ex-CRTC commissioner, Balraj Shoan, and the Attorney General of Canada

In a decision critical of both the investigator and the chair of the CRTC, Judge Russel Zinn set aside the harassment findings against Raj Shoan.

Aug 31, 2016 — News Article

Vingt jeunes cinéastes en colère de Odile Tremblay

The twenty student cinematographers invited by the Montreal World Film Festival have shared their anger and frustration towards the festival’s lack of hospitality and organisation in an open letter to Serge Losique, to whom they demand an official apology, Denis Coderre, Luc Fortin and Mélanie Joly. 

Aug 30, 2016 — News Article

CRTC’s Canadian content changes are terrible, but no one cares by John Doyle

Columnist says the CRTC decision to alter the criteria for Canadian production funding comes, suspiciously, without the usual public and industry debate and looks like a major favour being done for outlets who want to dodge responsibility.

Aug 29, 2016 — News Article

Loosening Talent Rules Would Be A Move Backwards For Canadian TV Industry

Columnist says the CRTC wants to turn back the clock to the days when Canadian TV was often comprised of franchise series based on American properties starring imported actors. 

Aug 26, 2016 — News Article

CRTC overhauls indie production fund framework by Katie Bailey

Projects now open to qualify for CIPF funding will now only have to generate six points out of 10, down from the previous eight

Aug 25, 2016 — News Article

Ethics commissioner says Liberal MP's CRTC letter was improper

The federal ethics commissioner says it was improper for Liberal MP Kate Young, as a parliamentary secretary, to support a television station’s licence renewal application.

Aug 15, 2016 — Policy Brief

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2016-225

FRIENDS comments on the renewal of television licences held by large English- and French-language ownership groups.

Aug 5, 2016 — Policy Brief

Pre-Budget Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

FRIENDS offers recommendations to the government on its tax and CRTC policies, including requiring Netflix and other foreign OTT services to collect sales taxes, as their Canadian competitors must do.

Jul 13, 2016 — News Article

TV subscribers dwindling, but prices rise, CRTC data shows

The CRTC says about 160,000 Canadians cancelled their TV subscription last year, but the industry managed to offset that loss by charging the remaining customers more.


Jul 12, 2016 — News Article

How technology disrupted the truth by Katharine Viner

Columnist says social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts.

Jul 12, 2016 — News Article

Time to tax and regulate Netflix and YouTube by John Anderson

Columnist says it would be more egalitarian and beneficial to Canadian culture to hold foreign-owned services to the same rules as other major Canadian media companies.

Jul 10, 2016 — News Article

La ministre Joly réitère sa confiance dans le CRTC

Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly, deems it is important to remain cautious when it comes to racism allegations against one of the CRTC's commissioners. 

Jul 9, 2016 — News Article

CRTC faces allegations of racism by Emily Jackson

Court documents filed by Raj Shoan, fired last month as Ontario commissioner of the CRTC, allege that Linda Vennard, commissioner for Alberta and the Northwest Territories, made racist comments and harassed her assistant.