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All CRTC / Regulation Articles — 2003

Dec 30, 2003 — News Article

Craig moving to boost its market share by Norma Reveler

Craig and CHUM are embracing expansion plans, but await a CRTC decision that will determine whether Canada can support two more national private television networks.

Dec 30, 2003 — News Article

New media deserves better funding deal by Mark Evans

Underfunding threatens Canada's new media industry.

Dec 24, 2003 — News Article

CRTC to look at satellite radio feed by Barbara Shecter

Commercial radio operators fear the CRTC may licence subscription-based, advertising-free satellite radio with low Canadian content requirements to avoid losing Canadian listeners to black market services.

Dec 23, 2003 — News Article

24-hr. TV showdown by Favio Varlese

Writer argues Italian-Canadians have the right to receive Italian state broadcaster NAI in Canada.

Dec 23, 2003 — News Article

Italian channel battles for carriage

Italian government broadcaster RAI International has asked to be added to the eligible satellite services list for digital only distribution in Canada; competitor Telelatino strongly objects.

Dec 21, 2003 — News Article

Too many cooks, too little drama by Antonia Zerbisias

Canadians should be outraged that despite years of subsidies and regulatory protection, the means of producing Canadian television drama have all but collapsed.

Dec 19, 2003 — News Article

Deregulation fails to halt cable price hikes by Barbara Shecter

Cable rates have increased 5.5% since the late 1990s despite deregulation, according to CRTC report.

Dec 19, 2003 — News Article

Canada: Broadcasting commission issues annual report

Summary of the CRTC's annual report that highlights the status of television, radio, and broadcasting distribution in Canada.

Dec 19, 2003 — News Article

Alliance action sparks union outcry by Guy Dixon

Writers Guild says the closing of Salter Street Films is another example of the need for federal regulators to protect Canadian television drama,

Dec 19, 2003 — News Article

Actors join row over Canadian drama by Jenn Kuzmyk

Canadian actors express concern with findings in new CRTC report that nearly 90% of Canada's TV viewing consists of foreign programming, mainly from the U.S.

Dec 19, 2003 — News Article

Local viewing up in Canada; U.S. fare tops by Etan Vlessing

CRTC report shows that Canadians are tuning in to Canadian more often than U.S. channels, but watching more U.S. than Canadian programming.

Dec 19, 2003 — News Article

Francophones support homegrown programming

The CRTC's latest report shows viewing of French-language Canadian programming increased in 2002, while viewing of English-language programs continued to be low.

Dec 18, 2003 — News Article

The CRTC releases annual broadcasting report

CRTC releases its fourth annual Broadcasting Policy Monitoring Report, which provides information on the status of television, radio, and broadcasting distribution in Canada.

Dec 17, 2003 — News Article

CRTC extends digital licences by Barbara Shecter

Digital channels that were pre-approved in November 2000 but remain uncarried by Canadian cable or satellite companies have had their licence authorizations extended until November 24, 2004.

Dec 16, 2003 — News Article

Honour system between cable and specialties is broken says CAB

Canadian specialty services are not convinced that cable companies carrying their signals are properly counting their customers - and want the CRTC to come up with new audit and dispute resolution procedures.

Dec 15, 2003 — News Article

Industry, public answer federal call by Sean Davidson

The CRTC received a strong response from industry and the public to its call for comments on how to fix English-Canadian television drama.

Dec 12, 2003 — News Article

Allophones feeling the heat in crackdown on U.S. dishes by Michael Citrome

Ethnic Canadians buy illegal US satellite dishes since it is often the only way to get television from "home."

Dec 11, 2003 — News Article

CBC bid for satellite radio targets Bitove by Mark Evans

Sirius Satellite Radio, a New York based company which offers commercial-free and premium stations via satellite, said it plans to move into Canada through a joint venture with CBC.

Dec 10, 2003 — News Article

Astral in hunt for more media buys by Wojtek Dabrowski

Astral Media hints that it is interested in purchasing CHUM.

Dec 10, 2003 — News Article

Astral Media in a buying mood by Craig Wong

Astral Media foresees a consolidation of the Canadian radio and television industry within the next 18 to 24 months, and plans on being an active player.

Dec 9, 2003 — News Article

Buyer gives new life to Pride Vision TV station by Richard Blackwell

New owner says the problems with Pride Vision are "not a lack of audience, not a lack of programming, not a lack of interest, it's distribution."

Dec 9, 2003 — News Article

Ban foreign cross-ownership

Astral Media chairman André Bureau has recommended the adoption of media cross-ownership restrictions to prevent non-Canadians who acquire control of a broadcasting distributor in Canada from retaining or acquiring any interest in a Canadian programming service.

Dec 8, 2003 — News Article

CBC facing its worst funding crisis: Rabinovitch by Paco Francoli

CBC president Robert Rabinovitch says Canada's public broadcaster is in worse financial shape now than during the Liberal funding cuts of the 1990s.

Dec 2, 2003 — News Article

Martin urged to revamp telecom policies by Dave Ebner

BCE's Sabia calls for comprehensive review of Canadian telecommunications regulation; the chair of the CRTC says he wants to avoid regulatory lag.

Dec 2, 2003 — News Article

Will Al-Jazeera win its war? by James Adams

Protests from bodies such as the Canadian Jewish Congress are unlikely to stop the CRTC from licensing the Arab station Al-Jazeera.

Nov 28, 2003 — Policy Brief

Submission to CRTC re Support for Canadian Television Drama [PN CRTC 2003-54]

FRIENDS' response to CRTC call for comments calls for a review of the business model for Canadian drama, measures to address the comparative disadvantage of Canadian series in the marketplace, and a focus on quality.

Nov 24, 2003 — News Article

CRTC scuttles CAB confab focus by Sean Davidson

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters annual conference was a hotbed for discussions pertaining to many issues now facing Canadian media.

Nov 22, 2003 — News Article

Canada shows see gains on pay TV outlets by Etan Vlessing

Statscan reports that Canadian content on pay and specialty channels has increased in all genres except Canadian music and dance.

Nov 21, 2003 — News Article

Television viewing

Between 1998 and 2002, the proportion of Canadian content on pay and specialty channels grew, while the proportion on conventional television declined.

Nov 14, 2003 — News Article

Hinting at policy compiled by Gloria Galloway

Paul Martin says the Canadian government has a role to play in the content of media and ensuring that Canadian stories are told by Canadian voices.

Nov 12, 2003 — News Article

Split-run TV ads could boost Canadian industry by Kate Taylor

Columnist believes plan to replace the U.S. ads with Canadian ads on direct-feed U.S. cable channels deserves another hearing at the CRTC.

Nov 12, 2003 — News Article

Split-run TV ads could boost Canadian industry by Kate Taylor

Columnist argues that if giving U.S. cable companies access to Canadian advertising can be used to fund Canadian programming, it is worth another look by the CRTC.

Nov 11, 2003 — News Article

New Technologies: Opportunities and Challenges

Nov 11, 2003 — News Article

Broadcasters blame Rock for lack of anti-piracy law by Richard Blackwell

Broadcasters deride Allan Rock for failing to ensure that new satellite signal theft legislation was passed before the end of the last session of Parliament.

Nov 10, 2003 — News Article

Cable firms to try again for HBO, ESPN

Broadcasters assert that cable industry plans to allow HBO, ESPN and other banned American channels into Canada could seriously damage their Canadian counterparts, such as TSN and The Movie Network.

Nov 10, 2003 — News Article

CRTC nixes swap for Canadian ads by Etan Vlessing

CRTC rejects application to replace U.S. commercials with Canadian ones on five U.S. specialty channels carried by Canadian cable distributors.

Nov 7, 2003 — News Article

Ottawa fait fi des recommendations d’un comité sur le financement de la SRC

FRIENDS says the fate of the Heritage Committee's recommendations on Canadian broadcasting lies not with the current Minister, but with her successor.

Nov 7, 2003 — News Article

CRTC rejects request to allow import of more U.S. TV

CRTC denies the cable industry's request to air direct feeds of U.S. channels such as HBO and ESPN.

Nov 6, 2003 — News Article

Government of Canada Remains Committed to a Strong Canadian Broadcasting System

Response of the Government of Canada to the report of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, "Our Cultural Sovereignty".

Nov 2, 2003 — News Article

Ad switcheroo a brilliant plan by Antonia Zerbisias

Zerbisias praises plan that would replace U.S. commercials with Canadian ads on top American specialty channels.

Nov 1, 2003 — News Article

Right of way: How Fox News beat CNN at its own game by James Gordon

The CCTA is lobbying the CRTC to allow cable companies to import Fox News' signal from the U.S.

Oct 31, 2003 — News Article

Underdog or enemy? by Eric Reguly

Eric Reguly says broadcaster opposition means the odds are against 49th Media's plan to substitute American ads with Canadian ads on five U.S. specialty channels.

Oct 30, 2003 — News Article

CRTC rule limits MTV2's competition against MuchMusic by Barbara Shecter

Craig Media wins regulatory battle against CHUM for more programming flexibility on MTV2, but CRTC decision still imposes restrictions.

Oct 30, 2003 — News Article

Radio-Canada s'en prend à Starchoice et Bell ExpressVu par Stéphanie Bérubé

Starchoice and ExpressVu limit access to local CBC programming in French.

Oct 30, 2003 — News Article

Craig Media gets more flexibility in choice of pop videos by Richard Blackwell

Craig Media wins regulatory battle against CHUM for more programming flexibility on MTV2, but CRTC decision still imposes restrictions.

Oct 30, 2003 — News Article

Lo and behold, 'Kisser' Crewson saves the day by John Doyle

John Doyle finds that a Canadian star links industry discussions, questions in Parliament about state of Canadian drama.

Oct 29, 2003 — News Article

Too much TV impairs reading, study suggests by Gloria Galloway

New U.S. study suggests that excessive media exposure could impair children's reading skills.

Oct 29, 2003 — News Article

Broadcasters overcharged $82M a year by Ian Jack

A parliamentary committee has concluded that broadcasters are overcharged on licence fees, and says that the practice may be illegal.

Oct 29, 2003 — News Article

New technology called threat to TV ad rates by Barbara Shecter

Personal video recorders are expected to fuel a showdown between advertisers and broadcasters over increasing ad rates for shrinking audiences.

Oct 23, 2003 — News Article

CRTC drama submission timeline extended

The CRTC has granted a request by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters to extend the deadline for submitting comments in its proceeding on Canadian drama until November 28.

Oct 22, 2003 — News Article

Quebecor head blasts BCE by Richard Blackwell

Quebecor accuses BCE of pumping money into Bell ExpressVu with intention of financially damaging cable rivals so they cannot compete in local telephone market.

Oct 21, 2003 — News Article

TV satellite pirates will face harsher penalties by Ian Jack

Tough new measures proposed to combat satellite TV piracy.

Oct 21, 2003 — News Article

Star Choice blasted at CRTC hearing by Richard Blackwell

Canadian Association of Broadcasters accuses Shaw Cable-owned satellite provider Star Choice of trying to delay its obligations to carry more local television stations.

Oct 13, 2003 — News Article

Heritage holds CTF roundtable by Sean Davidson

The Department of Canadian Heritage held a meeting with stakeholders from the television industry to discuss the future of the Canadian Television Fund and English-language drama.

Oct 9, 2003 — News Article

The net effect has been a surprising success among viewers by William Houston

Despite doubts during its launch, CTV's Sportsnet has enjoyed more growth in the past five years than any other specialty channel.

Oct 9, 2003 — News Article

Fierce and focused: What will his legacy be? by John Doyle

Izzy Asper would have resisted requirements that private broadcasters produce and air more Canadian drama.

Oct 8, 2003 — News Article

Jazz-loving deal-maker praised as 'regular guy' by Randy Boswell

Global's success with US programming often caused Asper to clash with Canadian nationalists and broadcasting regulators.

Oct 8, 2003 — News Article

Actors look to Martin to boost TV fund

Actors eye Paul Martin government as they return to Parliament Hill to lobby for more financial and regulatory support for Canadian television.

Oct 8, 2003 — News Article

Duking it out in Canadian drama by Gayle MacDonald

Daryl Duke received a lifetime achievement award last weekend from the Directors Guild of Canada.  He is a longstanding member of the Steering Committee of Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Oct 4, 2003 — News Article

Actors to ask Ottawa for more TV-drama funding

ACTRA members will return to Parliament Hill October 7 to appeal for more federal money for Canadian TV drama.

Sep 30, 2003 — News Article

Come on, people. Ottawa wants to hear from you by John Doyle

CRTC hearings a timely occasion for Canadians to voice their concerns about crisis state of Canadian drama.

Sep 29, 2003 — News Article

CRTC seeks comments on Canadian content issue

CRTC calls for comments on ways to improve quantity of Canadian TV drama on Canadian television.

Sep 29, 2003 — News Article

Shaw is learning to share the sandbox with Telus by Deborah Yedlin

Shaw complaints to CRTC could be diversionary tactic while Shaw prepares to launch telephone service.

Sep 27, 2003 — News Article

CRTC wants ideas

FRIENDS cites 1999 CRTC television policy decision as key reason for decline in Canadian drama.

Sep 27, 2003 — News Article

Like a licence to print money by Barbara Shecter

Regulatory changes that lifted restrictions on owning multiple stations in a single market have been lucrative for private radio broadcasters.

Sep 26, 2003 — News Article

Media ownership diverse, despite mergers, CRTC says by Ian Jack

CRTC chair tells Senate committee media ownership more diverse now than 10 years ago.

Sep 26, 2003 — News Article

CRTC seeks comments from the public on how to support Canadian television drama

CRTC calls for comments on ways to improve quantity of Canadian TV drama on Canadian television. FRIENDS plans to make submissions.

Sep 24, 2003 — News Article

Shaw accuses Telus of 'predatory' tactics: Internet price war by Barbara Shecter and Mark Evans

Shaw Communications Inc. accuses telecom rival Telus Corp. of anti-competitive pricing tactics.

Sep 24, 2003 — News Article

CRTC move threatens new media by Kevin Marron

CRTC decision to cut funding for new media producers likely to result in a number of producers disappearing in the next six to twelve months.    

Sep 20, 2003 — News Article

Think twice before letting U.S. buy our telecom firmsby Mark Evans

Potential negatives of lowering foreign ownership restrictions are "frightening".

Sep 17, 2003 — News Release

Draft Speaking Notes - Launch of Let’s Tell Our Own Stories Campaign

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting launches "Let's Tell Our Own Stories" campaign.

Sep 17, 2003 — News Release

Let’s Tell Our Own Stories

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting launches advertising campaign to underscore the need to tell Canadian stories on television.

Sep 15, 2003 — News Article

Révision de la radiodiffusion canadienne par Clifford Lincoln

Near unanimous recommendations of a two-year, all-party review of Canada's broadcasting system should not be ignored.

Sep 15, 2003 — News Article

The Broadcast Act needs teeth by Clifford Lincoln

Near unanimous recommendations of a two-year, all-party review of Canada's broadcasting system should not be ignored.

Sep 4, 2003 — News Article

Election ads invade prime time by Antonia Zerbisias

The CRTC is relaxing its advertising time limits for political campaigns during the Ontario elections.

Aug 28, 2003 — News Article

CRTC ruling paves way for Bell ExpressVu to expand pay-per-view services by Richard Blackwell

A decision from the CRTC will clear the way for Bell ExpressVu LP to expand its pay-per-view programming beyond its satellite service.

Aug 27, 2003 — News Article

Keeping an eye on al-Jazeera

If the CRTC permits Videotron to distribute al-Jazeera, it should require that Videotron be held responsible for any hateful al-Jazeera programming that is broadcast into Canadian homes.

Aug 26, 2003 — News Article

CRTC wants new players in telephony by Barbara Shecter

The CRTC wants more competition in the local telephone business, but new companies would still face huge risks.

Aug 22, 2003 — News Article

CRTC raps Shaw in movie row by Barbara Shecter

Shaw Communications Inc. has been censured by the CRTC for giving preference to its own cable service over telephone companies trying to compete in Shaw's TV distribution business.

Aug 21, 2003 — News Article

CRTC nod for Telus TV by Paul Marck

The CRTC has granted TELUS a licence to carry TV signals across telephone lines in 16 Alberta and BC communities.

Aug 12, 2003 — News Article

CRTC raps Shaw over commercials by Barbara Shecter

The CRTC has ordered Shaw Cable to stop promoting its high-speed Internet service in ad space reserved for Canadian program promotion and public service announcements.

Aug 11, 2003 — News Article

Bitove Jr. bids to ride a new wave in radio by M. Corey Goldman

CRTC may need to develop Canadian content guidelines for radio broadcast via satellite to address new application.

Jul 30, 2003 — News Article

Bell raps Rogers business methods by Kevin Restivo, with files from Mark Evans

Bell Expressvu has filed a complaint with the CRTC accusing Rogers of sabotage and anti-competitive behaviour in the fight for television subscribers.

Jul 30, 2003 — News Article

Bell accuses Rogers of stifling competition by Rachel Ross

Bell Expressvu has filed a complaint with the CRTC accusing Rogers of sabotage and anti-competitive behaviour in the fight for television subscribers.

Jul 30, 2003 — News Article

Bell's battle gets ugly in Toronto by Andy Riga

Bell Expressvu has filed a complaint with the CRTC accusing Rogers of sabotage and anti-competitive behaviour in the fight for television subscribers.

Jul 30, 2003 — News Article

Rogers cuts our wires, Bell says by Andy Riga

Bell Expressvu has filed a complaint with the CRTC accusing Rogers of sabotage and anti-competitive behaviour in the fight for television subscribers.

Jul 28, 2003 — News Article

It's dangerous to deny TV viewers choice by Janet Yale

The head of the Canadian Cable Television Association says Canadians will bypass cable altogether if the CRTC does not permit carriers to offer more US channels.

Jul 26, 2003 — News Article

CRTC to rule on music videos by Richard Blackwell

Craig Broadcasting has asked the CRTC to adopt a loose interpretation of what constitutes a pop music video in its conditions of licence for MTV2. CHUM, which owns MuchMusic, has asked for a narrow interpretation.

Jul 23, 2003 — News Article

Sports channels anxious for fee hikes by Barbara Schecter

The Score and Sportsnet may have to wait until next year to find out if they can implement proposed rate hikes expected to be passed on to cable subscribers.

Jul 23, 2003 — News Article

A Canadian way for Al-Jazeera by Norman Spector

Norman Spector says the cable company that carries Al-Jazeera in Canada should be legally liable for its content.

Jul 21, 2003 — News Article

Acting in the name of culture by Peter Vamos

ACTRA's 'campaign for Canadian programming' signalled a move beyond the organization's historical role as bargaining agent for performers' rights.

Jul 18, 2003 — News Article

Vidéotron seeks CRTC exemption

Vidéotron is seeking an exemption that would allow it to bypass CRTC approval when implementing rate increases in Montreal.

Jul 17, 2003 — News Article

Cabinet backs contested radio station licence by Stewart Bell

The federal Cabinet upheld a CRTC decision to issue a broadcasting licence to a multicultural radio station in Toronto, despite allegations the station is tied to a terrorist group.

Jul 17, 2003 — News Article

CRTC delays hearings on Al-Jazeera channel by Barbara Shecter

The CRTC has postponed considering a proposal to bring the Arabic-language news channel Al-Jazeera to Canada until after Sept. 11.

Jul 17, 2003 — News Article

Satellites must aid small stations by Ian Jack

The CRTC has ruled that satellite distributors will be permitted to carry feeds from up to 20 small market television outlets, but must invest a portion of their revenues in a new production fund for small-market local TV.

Jul 16, 2003 — News Article

CPAC tunes into the TV mainstream by Christopher Guly

CPAC is looking less like a community-TV channel and more like a commercial TV network.

Jul 4, 2003 — News Article

Regulators' turf war shakes sector by Barbara Shecter

The rejection of Quebecor's bid to acquire radio stations from Astral is the latest round in a jurisdictional fight between the CRTC and the Competition Bureau.

Jul 3, 2003 — News Article

CRTC nixes Astral sale of stations by Paul Delean

The CRTC has rejected a bid by Astral Media to sell radio stations to Quebecor, citing concerns about concentration of media ownership and media cross-ownership in Quebec.

Jul 3, 2003 — News Article

Regulator rejects radio station sale

The CRTC has rejected a bid by Astral Media to sell radio stations to Quebecor, citing concerns about concentration of media ownership and media cross-ownership in Quebec.

Jul 3, 2003 — News Article

Quebecor's TVA loses bid for radio licences by Barbara Shecter

The CRTC has rejected a bid by Astral Media to sell radio stations to Quebecor, citing concerns about concentration of media ownership and media cross-ownership in Quebec.

Jul 2, 2003 — News Article

CRTC rejects Astral bid to sell Quebec radio stations

The CRTC has rejected a bid by Astral Media to sell radio stations to Quebecor, citing concerns about concentration of media ownership and media cross-ownership in Quebec.

Jul 1, 2003 — News Article

TV rivals stake out turf in CRTC duel by Laura Severs

CHUM and Global compete to expand their Alberta presence.

Jun 24, 2003 — News Article

CRTC grills hopeful local FM applicants by Sandra Sperounes

CRTC Commissioners asked hard questions of applicants wishing to start Edmonton's first urban music station.

Jun 24, 2003 — News Article

How the TV wars affect viewers by Antonia Zerbisias

Canadian broadcasters are bickering over the Canadian Cable Television Association's CRTC application to add new U.S. channels to the digital dial.

Jun 24, 2003 — News Article

Power to slow regulatory flood

The Senate has passed Bill C-205, a bill that establishes a joint Commons-Senate committee with the power to review and even revoke regulations and rulings issued by government agencies, including the CRTC.

Jun 23, 2003 — News Article

Canadian Firm Wants to Replace Advertising on U.S.-based Special Channels with Canadian Ads by Gail Chiasson

Company run by former president of Global television has applied to CRTC to substitute U.S. with Canadian ads on five U.S. specialty channels seen in Canada.

Jun 23, 2003 — News Article

Cable's big cash grab?

Canadian cable companies apply to import top U.S. channels to boost digital revenues and combat satellite TV piracy. FRIENDS notes access to U.S. channels is already strong, but does not oppose the application.

Jun 20, 2003 — News Article

B'casters fight cablers' bid for U.S. digital nets by Brendan Kelly

The Canadian broadcast industry is in an uproar as the Cable Television Association asks the CRTC to allow 17 U.S. services into the country.

Jun 20, 2003 — News Article

Canadian companies want to carry U.S. channels by John McKay

Canada's major cable companies are applying for direct access to import and carry 17 U.S. channels. FRIENDS says access to U.S. TV is already strong.

Jun 20, 2003 — News Article

Cable wants hot channels by John McKay

Canada's major cable companies are applying for direct access to import and carry 17 U.S. channels. FRIENDS says access to U.S. TV is already strong.

Jun 18, 2003 — News Article

Canadian content overhaul urged by Simon Tuck

The Macerola report recommends that the federal government's formula for defining Canadian content in film and television be overhauled. FRIENDS applauds the report's principles and tone.

Jun 17, 2003 — Blog Post

Letter to the Editor of the Georgia Straight

CanWest was required to make $500,000 donation to UBC as part of public benefits package arising from WIC takeover.

Jun 12, 2003 — News Article

Keep lid on foreign ownership, put hold on media convergence: report by Bruce Cheadle

A study by the House of Commons heritage committee has made significant recommendations on foreign ownership limits, media convergence, CBC accountability, and funding for CBC, the Canadian Television Fund, and local and regional programming. The government says it's in no hurry to respond.

Jun 12, 2003 — News Article

Cross-ownership under attack by Graham Fraser

The House of Commons heritage committee says a moratorium is needed on broadcast licences for media companies seeking to own both television networks and newspapers.

Jun 12, 2003 — News Article

Vast overhaul of broadcast industry needed: study by Simon Tuck

The House of Commons heritage committee has come to very different conclusions than the industry committee did a few weeks ago. FRIENDS calls the heritage committee's report "groundbreaking".

Jun 2, 2003 — Policy Brief

Friends opposes rate increases sought by Sportsnet, The Score, and supports rate increase sought by VoicePrint in CRTC licence renewal applications

Friends opposes rate increases sought by Sportsnet, The Score, and supports rate increase sought by VoicePrint in CRTC licence renewal applications

May 31, 2003 — News Article

In case the Stones don't roll in... by James Adams

Private broadcasters' claims of flat revenues and declining profits rings false. According to data released by FRIENDS, private networks are increasing their purchases of foreign at the expense of Canadian programming.

May 27, 2003 — News Article

TV Fund money shortfall reflected in approved documentary applications

The Canadian Television Fund announced it will fund only 57 per cent of the 209 eligible applications for homegrown documentaries this spring.

Apr 30, 2003 — Policy Brief

Submission to CRTC re SportsNet, The Score and VoicePrint Licence Renewal Applications [Applications 2002-0974-3, 2002-0891-9 & 2002-0702-8]

Friends opposes rate increases sought by Sportsnet, The Score, and supports rate increase sought by VoicePrint in CRTC licence renewal applications.

Apr 18, 2003 — News Article

Sportsnet and Score seeking big hikes in cable firm fees by Chris Zelkovich

Sports channels Sportsnet and the Score want CRTC to approve monthly cable fee increases borne by subscribers.  Friends opposes the increases.

Apr 16, 2003 — News Article

CHUM looks like a lock in Alberta by Keith Damsell

The CRTC will likely rubber stamp CHUM's application for television licences in Alberta.

Apr 14, 2003 — News Article

One out of two not bad for CRTC's Dalfen by Matthew Fraser

The CRTC chair, Charles Dalfen, will have more success encouraging telecom competition than increasing Canadian drama on television.

Apr 12, 2003 — News Article

Broadcasters in Alberta market battle by Liane Faulder

CanWest applies for what amounts to its third Alberta television licence – ending its affiliate arrangement with CBC – as CHUM applies for its first two.

Apr 11, 2003 — News Article

Committee will call for review of CRTC by Ian Jack

The parliamentary committee reviewing telecom foreign ownership will also recommend a review of the jurisdiction, role and mandate of the CRTC.

Apr 11, 2003 — News Article

TV battle heats up in Alberta between CHUM, CanWest by Keith Damsell

The CRTC may decide the Alberta market can support both licence applicants or neither.

Apr 11, 2003 — News Article

CHUM promises Canadian drama for TV licences by Barbara Shecter

CHUM will increase evening Cancon in Vancouver and Toronto if the CRTC grants it licences in Alberta.

Apr 7, 2003 — News Article

Canadian pop music doesn't need CRTC by Matthew Fraser

Canadian content quotas are no longer needed on Canadian radio.

Apr 5, 2003 — News Article

What's in a name? CanWest can say by Jennifer Wells

CanWest plans programming with 'embedded product placements' – advertising – in the storyline.

Feb 27, 2003 — News Article

Cable firms seek equal treatment in foreign investment arena by James Baxter

Cable companies asked Commons industry committee to give them same foreign ownership restrictions as telecommunications companies to increase innovation, growth, fair competition.  Friends opposes the request.

Feb 26, 2003 — News Release

Big Cable Says “Me Too”

Relaxing foreign investment rules for cable companies will push control of Canada’s broadcasters south of the border

Feb 26, 2003 — News Article

Cable TV industry asks MPs to eliminate foreign investment rules by John Ward

Cable companies asked Commons industry committee to give them same foreign ownership restrictions as telecommunications companies to increase innovation, growth, fair competition.  Friends opposes the request.

Feb 18, 2003 — Policy Brief

Submission to CRTC re Specialty Channels [PN CRTC 1996-3]

Friends’ recommendations regarding CRTC policy on specialty channels