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Jan 20, 2016 — News Article

Postmedia-Sun merger 'foolishly' accepted by Competition Bureau, prof says

Postmedia announcesthe Ottawa Citizen and Ottawa Sun newsrooms will merge. The newspaper chain also laid off 90 employees in several cities, including 12 Ottawa Sun employees. 


Jan 20, 2016 — Blog Post

Local TV in crisis: A Briefing Note

FRIENDS says that without action from Canada's broadcast regulator, the future of local TV looks bleak. 

Jan 19, 2016 — News Article

CRTC Turns Down Bell Application to Change License Terms for Specialty Services by Chris Powell

Bell had asked the federal regulator to convert the eight channels from Category A to Category B services, which would require them to broadcast only 35% Canadian content – down from the current 50% for Category A services – while also eliminating their “must-carry” status.

Jan 14, 2016 — News Article

Corus in ‘game-changing’ C$2.7bn Shaw deal by Jesse Whittock

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, as well as shareholders, need to give approval for a merger to go ahead.

Jan 14, 2016 — News Article

Regulator raises questions about future Internet services as 'dark cloud' looms

A survey that's part of the consultations also asks whose responsibility it should be to ensure a minimum standard of Internet service, particularly in rural and remote areas — market forces, government, the CRTC or a combination of the three.

Jan 13, 2016 — News Article

Many unanswered questions in CHCH aftermath

Columnist says the CRTC will be demanding detailed answers about Channel Zero’s long term business plan for CHCH.

Jan 7, 2016 — News Article

New CRTC rules could cost 7,000 jobs by 2020: Report

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, one of the commissioners of the study, emphasizes that these changes will negatively impact the ability of Canadian broadcasters and news providers, to create content.

Jan 6, 2016 — News Article

New CRTC rules could cost 7,000 jobs by 2020: Report

The 104-page report, Canadian Television 2020: Technological and Regulatory Impacts, was prepared by consulting firm Nordicity and communications lawyer Peter Miller for unions, including the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), the Canadian Media Guild (CMG) and Unifor.

Jan 6, 2016 — News Article

New TV regulations could cost 7,000 Canadian jobs, report warns by Michael Lewis

FRIENDS says the new Liberal government could ask the CRTC to review its rules and Ottawa could rescind changes if they run counter to the Broadcasting Act's requirement for a preponderance of Canadian channels.

Jan 6, 2016 — News Article

Canada TV changes risk C$1.4bn loss, 15,000 jobs by Stewart Clarke

An in-depth independent report on the changes sweeping the Canadian TV industry claims the new regulatory regime could result in 15,000 job losses and a C$1.4 billion (US$1 billion) reduction in the media sector’s contribution to the wider economy.

Jan 6, 2016 — News Article

'Pick and pay' could dramatically change Canadian TV industry

Peter Miller, Communications Lawyer and Consultant discusses the report that he co-authored with Nordicity, about the future of the Canadian television after the unbundling of television packages.

Jan 5, 2016 — News Article

New TV regulations could cost 7,000 Canadian jobs, report warns

Regulations allowing consumers to unbundle cable and satellite TV packages could damage the economy, the report says.

Jan 5, 2016 — News Article

Canada's New TV Rules Will Cost 15,000 Jobs, Erode Canadian Content, Study Argues by Daniel Tencer

New report says specialty channels are at risk of disappearing and Canadian content will suffer under new pick-and-pay rules.

Jan 5, 2016 — Blog Post

Précis: Canadian Television 2020: Technological and Regulatory Impacts

Summary of Canadian Television 2020: Technological and Regulatory Impacts by Nordicity and Peter H. Miller.

Jan 5, 2016 — News Release

Harper legacy spells trouble for Canadian TV

A first-of-its-kind independent economic forecast shows regulatory changes espoused by the Harper government and adopted in last year’s CRTC Let’s Talk TV announcements will likely lead to the loss of more than 15,000 Canadian jobs and take $1.4 billion from the Canadian economy annually by 2020.

Jan 5, 2016 — News Article

La télé canadienne craint de perdre 15 000 emplois by Stéphane Baillargeon

Changes to the way Canadians get their TV channels, including the limited unbundling of cable packages, will be financially devastating to the domestic programming industry and cost 15,000 jobs during the next five years.

Jan 5, 2016 — News Article

Cable unbundling will devastate Canadian TV production: report by Chris Cobb

FRIENDS says the “independent economic forecast” is an indictment of the policies in the CRTC’s Let’s Talk TV announcements and a direct result of pressure from the former Conservative government.

Jan 5, 2016 — News Article

New Study Shows Planned CRTC Changes will Cost 15,000 Canadian Jobs

FRIENDS says study offers an indictment of the CRTC’s current leadership, based on solid economic analysis.