All CRTC / Regulation Articles

Apr 23, 2016 — News Article

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly urges change at CBC, CRTC to boost Canadian content in digital age

Heritage Minister says Canada's cultural and creative industries are important drivers of innovation and a vibrant part of the Canadian economy.

Apr 21, 2016 — Policy Brief

Letter to the Minister of Canadian Heritage regarding the CRTC

FRIENDS asks Minister Joly to rescind the ‘mandate’ letter written to the Chair of the CRTC by James Moore on June 18, 2012.

Apr 15, 2016 — News Article

CRTC reports 66,000 Canadians have new $25 basic TV, but complaints persist by Sophia Harris

If all the 66,000 basic package subscribers were already TV customers, that would mean 0.57 per cent have embraced the new deal.

Apr 12, 2016 — Policy Brief

The Media and Local Communities

FRIENDS presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage on the future of local TV in Canada.

Apr 12, 2016 — News Release

FRIENDS proposes four point plan for local TV

FRIENDS proposes a four-point plan to revitalize local television news in Canada during an appearance before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage which is studying the issue.

Apr 8, 2016 — News Article

Is high-speed Internet a basic right? CRTC to weigh in

The CRTC will be examining Should high-speed Internet access be considered a "basic telecom service"? If it is, how should we define broadband speeds and service? And finally, how do we pay for it?

Apr 5, 2016 — News Article

CRTC Announces Three-Year Plan to Improve Canadian Telecommunication Services by István Fekete

Between 2016 and 2019 the CRTC plans to hold a public hearing on basic telecommunications services, followed by the implementation of the new policy; hold an international event, the Discoverability Summit, with the aim of exploring solutions to improve the discoverability of audiovisual content; and hold a public consultation to review the Wireless Code’s effectiveness.

Apr 4, 2016 — News Article

The ugly side of skinny cable: Why the CRTC got this file wrong again by Kevin Libin

Columnist says that in a province where less than 1% of the province speaks French on a regular basis, seven of the 16 channels offered by SaskTel Telecommunications Holding Corp. are French.

Mar 24, 2016 — News Article

CRTC signs partnership agreement with U.S. Federal Trade Commission to fight unlawful spam and unsolicited telecommunications

The agreement between the two Commissions relates to unsolicited telecommunications, unsolicited commercial electronic messages (spam) and other unlawful electronic threats.

Mar 23, 2016 — News Article

CRTC wields TV licence renewals as enforcement tool

 The head of Canada’s broadcaster regulator says it’s too soon to tell if Canadian TV service providers are respecting the spirit of the CRTC’s new basic cable regulation.

Mar 15, 2016 — News Article

CHCH bankruptcy: Channel Zero and its web of companies trigger federal investigation by Natalie Paddon & Steve Buist

The restructuring of CHCH-TV's news operations in December has shed light on a complicated web of companies that has drawn the ire of Canada's broadcasting regulator and led to a federal labour department investigation.

Mar 15, 2016 — News Article

Five things you need to know to save journalism by Madelaine Drohan

Columnist says any solution to current media woes has to take into account the changes wrought by information technology on journalists and their intended audience.

Mar 10, 2016 — News Article

TV industry frets over threat from skinny basic and pick-and-pay by Laura McNaughton

According to the CRTC, about $4.1 billion is spent on Canadian programming every year. Some comes from various government programs, but the bulk, $2.8 billion, comes from the broadcasting system itself.

Mar 7, 2016 — News Article

Bell’s ‘skinny’ cable package a slap in the CRTC’s face by Mark Bulgutch

Former Senior Executive Producer of CBC News says Bell's so-called Starter 'skinny' cable package appears to have been designed to slight the CRTC, not benefit viewers.

Mar 5, 2016 — News Article

EDITORIAL: Not much pick, lots of pay

Editorial says the extent that companies leave ordinary viewers feeling let down once again, the cable providers are only helping to dig their own graves.

Mar 5, 2016 — News Article

Why consumers find it's hard to get skinny by Barrie McKenna

Columnist says that when you do the math, most people are better off with what they have - packages that viewers have complained to the CRTC are too big and expensive.

Mar 4, 2016 — News Article

$25 Basic cable was an adorable CRTC-conceived daydream by Robyn Urback

Columnist says the basic packages aren’t all that "skinny" when you add the cost of all the additional fees.

Mar 4, 2016 — News Article

EDITORIAL: Cable providers risk alienating their own customers

The big cable providers managed to fall short of even the dramatically lowered expectations of TV viewers with their new ‘skinny basic’ services.

Mar 4, 2016 — News Article

Forcing pick-and-pay TV was a bad move by the CRTC by Kate Taylor

Columnist says a  Pick-and_Pay is a piece of ill-conceived populism that did not, in the end, make any difference to the election prospects of the departing Tories and won’t actually save consumers much money – but still has the potential to do damage to the Canadian television industry.

Mar 4, 2016 — News Article

Doigt d’honneur au CRTC by Danny Joncas

Pick and pay television allows cable providers to push their own products by charging extra to consumers for channels that belong to competition.