All CRTC / Regulation Articles — 2004

Dec 29, 2004 — News Article

The CRTC adopts incentives for English-language Canadian drama

CRTC to allow English Canadian broadcasters to air more ads if they broadcast more Canadian drama, boost audiences and increase investment in drama production.

Dec 29, 2004 — News Article

Broadcast regulator proposes TV drama incentives that would spike advertising by Terry Pedwell

Some remain skeptical that the CRTC's new incentive based scheme will result in significant increases in Canadian drama.

Dec 20, 2004 — News Article

CRTC decision helps black market

Editorial says that regulation is no longer viable in the age of the digital multi-channel universe.

Dec 20, 2004 — News Article

Sénateurs au travail by Paul Cauchon

The Senate Transport and Communications Committee will release a report on how legislation could improve the quality of Canadian media and help to counter the worrysome trend towards media concentration.

Dec 17, 2004 — News Article

CRTC relaxing rules blocking 'third-language' TV stations by Richard Blackwell

CRTC replaces market access restrictions for foreign third-langage services with "safeguards"; CCTA sees decision as "important first step" for further relaxation of rules governing Canadian market.

Dec 17, 2004 — News Article

Looser rules for foreign broadcasters by Paul Vieira

Article says most stakeholders applaud CRTC decision to relax policy on approving new foreign third-language services that compete with Canadian services; but some Canadian services expect to lose viewers.

Dec 16, 2004 — News Article

CRTC announces a new approach to foreign third-language television channels

CRTC announces it will allow general interest foreign third-language digital satellite services provided their distribution is linked to the Canadian services they compete with.

Dec 14, 2004 — News Article

Revenues up over 10% for specialty services - CRTC

CRTC Broadcasting Policy Monitoring Report shows that revenues for pay-per-view and specialty services increased by 10% in 2003.

Dec 14, 2004 — News Article

The CRTC releases annual broadcasting report

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

Dec 10, 2004 — News Article

Canadian TV conquers stigma, funding woes by John McKay

The future looks bleak for the Canadian film and television industry, although innovative programming gives reason for hope.

Dec 7, 2004 — News Article

Anchors, male or female, can't hold us by Antonia Zerbisias

Audience fragmentation, Internet contribute to declining ratings for evening newscasts and their anchors.

Dec 6, 2004 — News Article

With a TV licence at stake, you can't get too Canadian by Pierre Berton

Article on private broadcasters' Canadian programming promises during Board of Broadcaster Governors licence hearings in 1960.

Dec 3, 2004 — News Article

Media buyers snubbing plan to boost homemade TV drama by Keith McArthur

Media buyers are reportedly worried that the CRTC's new incentive based plan that would trade advertising minutes for Canadian drama will clutter the airwaves and reduce the effectiveness of advertising.

Dec 2, 2004 — News Article

HDTV lacks programs by Paul Brent

CRTC Chair concerned with dearth of high-definition television programming available from Canadian broadcasters.

Dec 1, 2004 — News Article

Canada actors delay rally, state case at CAB confab by Norma Reveler

ACTRA calls on CRTC to impose spending and content requirements, not merely incentives, for private broadcasters to increase Canadian drama programming in prime time.

Dec 1, 2004 — News Article

Broadcasters offered ads for home-spun drama by Gloria Galloway

CRTC Chair discusses CRTC's new plan to offer incremental advertising minutes in exchange for increased Canadian drama.

Dec 1, 2004 — News Article

Digital to challenge broadcasters

Industry experts say digital technology will challenge traditional broadcasters, may result in the "marginalization" of the CRTC.

Dec 1, 2004 — News Article

We the victims (er, viewers) wish to be considered by John Doyle

Columnist objects to CRTC's new advertising minutes for Canadian drama incentive scheme on the basis that it ignores the interests of viewers.

Dec 1, 2004 — News Article

CanWest seeks reform to cable fee 'imbalance' by Paul Vieira

Canwest Global CEO says conventional broadcasters should be entitled to receive a carriage fee from broadcasting distributors, calls for an end to advertising limits and to the ban on advertising of prescription pharmaceuticals.

Nov 29, 2004 — News Article

Canada is headed for a genuine cultural mess by Angelo Persichilli

Article says that the greatest challenge Canada will face in the coming decades is avoiding assimilation by the U.S.

Nov 29, 2004 — News Article

Notes for an address by the Hon. Stephen Harper to the Canadian Association of Broadcasters

Conservative leader addresses convention of Canadian private broadcasters, states that the Conservative Party would "seek to reduce CBC's dependence on advertising revenue and its competition with the private sector for these valuable dollars".

Nov 29, 2004 — News Article

Notes for an address by Charles Dalfen, CRTC Chair, to the CAB 2004 Convention "Putting Canada First"

Dalfen tells private broadcasters he expects future CRTC decisions will be controversial, that 'putting Canada first' requires tradeoffs among broadcasting policy objectives.

Nov 20, 2004 — News Article

Bring on the bias, bring on the bluster by John Doyle

The broadcast of Fox News in Canada will be beneficial to Canadians because it will expose them to the station's ridicule, columnist says.

Nov 20, 2004 — News Article

CHUM's takeover of Craig, gets CRTC approval

CRTC approves Craig takeover by CHUM and Toronto 1 transfer to Quebecor, but notes that Quebecor will have to fulfill the local-programming conditions that accompany Toronto 1.

Nov 20, 2004 — News Article

Media dynasties extend reach with CRTC ruling by Gary Norris

CRTC approval of Craig Media breakup officially dismantles one media dynasty, expands the power of two others.

Nov 20, 2004 — News Article

Is CBC addicted to sports? by Chris Zelkovich

Funding cuts have forced CBC to become dependent on sports programming in order to meet statutory obligations.

Nov 19, 2004 — News Article

Bell wins OK to offer TV services by Mark Evans

Rogers encouraged by CRTC approval of Bell's entry into cable distribution market, hopes for same treatment of Rogers initiatives in local telephony.

Nov 19, 2004 — News Article

Fox News finally free of regulatory snares by Antonia Zerbisias

Fox News will help Canadians understand how disinformation is propagated in the United-States, columnist says.

Nov 19, 2004 — News Article

Bell wins broadcast licence approval by Simon Avery

The CRTC has granted Bell Canada broadcasting licenses to deliver television over telephone lines in eleven urban centres in Canada.

Nov 19, 2004 — News Article

'Fair and balanced' Fox News coming to a channel near you by James Gordon

CRTC rules Fox News may be carried in Canada, rationalizes that Fox format sufficiently different from CBC Newsworld and CTV Newsnet that it does not violate restrictions against foreign services which compete with Canadian ones.

Nov 19, 2004 — News Article

Fox News likely to beam north by the new year by James Adams

Fox News allowed into Canada restriction free; CCTA president Michael Hennessey predicts easy negotiations ahead.

Nov 18, 2004 — News Article

CTV Newsnet Renews Call for Fair Competition in Wake of Fox News Approval

CTV Newsnet reacts to CRTC decision on Fox News by reiterating its demands for relaxed conditions of licence.

Nov 18, 2004 — News Article

Fox News: Cable Industry Pleased with CRTC Decision

The Canadian Cable Telecommunications Association approves of the CRTC decision to bring Fox News into Canada.

Nov 18, 2004 — News Article

A Fox in the Hen House?

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union expresses concern that the CRTC approval of Fox News may open the door to foreign ownership of broadcasting in Canada, asks Prime Minister Martin to clarify his government's position.

Nov 17, 2004 — Blog Post

Investment in Canadian and Foreign Programming (including Drama) by Private Conventional Broadcasters

FRIENDS research shows private broadcasters' spending on foreign programming has now exceeded spending on Canadian programming, in inflation-adjusted dollars; in drama programming, the gap between foreign and Canadian expenditures continues to widen.

Nov 15, 2004 — News Article

Internet-age aid for Canadian culture by Michael Geist

Columnist argues technology has created an unprecedented opportunity to revitalize Canadian cultural policy.

Nov 15, 2004 — News Article

Transcript of Parliamentary Committee Examination of CBC President

Members of the House of Commons Heritage Committee question CBC President Robert Rabinovitch pursuant to an order-in-council proposing his reappointment for three years.

Nov 8, 2004 — News Article

Advancing technology threatens cultural policy by Michael Geist

Article questions whether Canadian cultural, broadcast, and telecommunications policies can survive in the age of the Internet.

Nov 8, 2004 — News Article

The right way to open up the airwaves by Michael Hennessy

Head of cable industry lobby opposes "open skies", but says CRTC should significantly relax regulations governing genre exclusivity, carriage of third-language services, and competition among news services, and increase penalties for satellite signal theft.

Nov 6, 2004 — News Article

CRTC sings the CanCon song by Paul Vieira

CRTC lectures satellite pay radio applicants on the low levels of Canadian content in their proposals.

Nov 5, 2004 — News Article

Digital radio bid short on detail

CHUM and Astral promise to reach 75 per cent of Canada's radio listeners if granted the only satellite pay radio licence, but declined to specify targets for providing new Canadian artists with access to the airwaves.

Nov 4, 2004 — News Article

CHUM pushes its CanCon strategy by Paul Brent

Columnist criticizes CHUM satellite radio bid, saying all that is missing is channels dedicated "to the sound of loons and maple syrup".

Nov 4, 2004 — News Article

Canadian content crucial, CHUM tells CRTC by Simon Tuck

CHUM Ltd. says its satellite radio proposal demonstrates that a "truly Canadian" pay radio service is both "realistic and achievable".

Nov 4, 2004 — News Article

Our Cultural Sovereignty

MP reintroduces Lincoln Committee report "Our Cultural Sovereignty" in House of Commons, putting the Committee's landmark recommendations back on the public agenda.

Nov 3, 2004 — News Article

CRTC must consider musicians' rights in radio hearings

The Canadian music industry asks the CRTC to insure that if satellite radio is to come into Canada, proper technology is integrated so as to prevent piracy.

Nov 3, 2004 — News Article

Sirius CEO promises 'total control' over content for Canadian market by Simon Tuck

Sirius Canada states that the Canadian arm would have complete control over content; CHUM says only its proposal meets current Canadian content regulations.

Nov 3, 2004 — Policy Brief

Presentation to CRTC re Pay Radio [PN CRTC 2004–6]

FRIENDS says the CRTC should not licence two United States-based satellite radio service applicants, or if it does, should impose substantial conditions of licence to address the harm they will inflict on the Canadian market.

Nov 2, 2004 — News Article

Why CBC got into bed with Sirius by Eric Reguly

Columnist Eric Reguly analyses the "real" reasons behind the CBC decision to partner with Sirius to bring satellite radio to Canada.

Nov 1, 2004 — News Article

Radio hearings hinge on content by Richard Blackwell

CRTC must weigh the potential risk of grey market activity if U.S. satellite radio services are not licensed against a significant threat to Canadian content.

Nov 1, 2004 — News Article

Decision upsets broadcasters

The Coalition Against Satellite Signal Theft says that Quebec court ruling on satellite signals threatens the Canadian broadcasting system.

Nov 1, 2004 — News Article

Set the satellites free by Mathew Ingram

Quebec court ruling on satellite television and satellite pay radio applications raise fundamental questions about Canadian broadcasting regulation.

Nov 1, 2004 — News Article

Could this be Canada's next media mogul? by Eric Reguly

John Bitove Jr. is championing satellite radio in Canada; if his hundred million dollar investment is approved by the CRTC, he may become the next major media player in Canada.

Nov 1, 2004 — News Article

Pay-radio hopefuls face the CRTC

FRIENDS criticizes low quantity of Canadian programming in two of the three proposed satellite pay radio applications currently before the CRTC.

Oct 30, 2004 — News Article

Pay-as-you-go digital radio?: CRTC mulls issue by Mary Lamey

Satellite radio will be the next big thing in Canada - the question is whether the CRTC wants to "get in front of the wave or get knocked over by it", says columnist.

Oct 29, 2004 — News Article

Satellite radio: Howard Stern and the CBC

Windsor Star editorial board uses CBC involvement in a satellite radio application to argue the public broadcaster should not exist at all.

Oct 29, 2004 — News Article

Satellite decision kills freedom by Greg O'Brien

Editorial says Quebec court decision appearing to legalize grey market satellite services will likely be challenged and legislated around, and for good reason.

Oct 29, 2004 — News Article

Panel urges new broadcast funding by James Adams

Expert panel appointed by Heritage Minister Liza Frulla says that a levy should be imposed on foreign third-language broadcasters to accumulate a production fund for Canadian third language programming.

Oct 28, 2004 — News Article

Firms target '06 models for satellite radio by Alex Law

Satellite radio predicted to rival programming variety now available on television.

Oct 26, 2004 — News Article

Harper's pandering by Susan Riley

Conservative party leader Stephen Harper criticized for suggestion that federal powers be devolved to linguistic groups, CRTC and CBC be split into separate anglophone and francophone institutions.

Oct 26, 2004 — News Article

Can CRTC deal with satellite radio? by Eric Reguly

The debate surrounding satellite radio in Canada will come to a head when the CRTC rules on how 'Canadianized' the various bids are.

Oct 25, 2004 — News Article

CAB, CCTA battle over ads by Sean Davidson

CCTA proposal to insert Canadian ads on U.S. specialty channels seen in Canada would undermine Canadian content rules, says CAB.

Oct 25, 2004 — News Article

Log on to tomorrow's radio by M. Corey Goldman

Article says satellite radio is the future, notes it is already available in Canada on the Internet.

Oct 24, 2004 — News Article

Canada out of step on Al-Jazeera by Antonia Zerbisias

Conditions placed on CRTC approval of Al-Jazeera will result in Canada joining the ranks of Syria and Saudi Arabia, where the channel is not shown.

Oct 20, 2004 — News Article

Robillard et Scherrer ont-elles tenté d’influencer le CRTC? by Laurent Soumis

There is speculation that two former Martin ministers who met with the CRTC chair prior to the June 2004 federal election were trying to influence the CRTC.

Oct 20, 2004 — News Article

Les règles édictées par le premier ministre ont-elles été violées?

Rules for interaction between government ministers and quasi-judicial bodies such as the CRTC are clear; current Minister of Canadian Heritage denies that she or any of her predecessors violated them.

Oct 15, 2004 — News Article

Italy to lobby over TV channel by Mary Gordon

Italian minister to lobby Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister on behalf of Italian broadcaster RAI International, despite the fact the power to decide on the issue lies with the CRTC.

Oct 14, 2004 — News Article

Transcript of Debates

Minister of Canadian Heritage responds to question regarding parliamentary review of government appointments process, promises "transparent process" and "best people" will be used to fill forthcoming vacancies on CRTC.

Oct 13, 2004 — Policy Brief

Submission to CRTC re Non-Canadian third-language services [PN CRTC 2004-53]

FRIENDS recommends the CRTC uphold its policy of opposing the entry of foreign programming services likely to offer substantial competition to existing Canadian services.

Oct 11, 2004 — News Article

New regulation needed for all casters by Rebecca Schechter

The shortage of high quality English language Canadian drama is a critical issue which needs to be addressed by placing the blame where it belongs: not only on the private broadcasters but also on the CRTC and its 1999 Television Policy.

Oct 7, 2004 — News Article

CBC uncertain if Howard Stern part of plan to import Sirius satellite radio by John McKay

CBC claims proposed satellite radio service could choose to exclude Howard Stern from signals imported into Canada; critics fear it will be unable to resist demand.

Oct 7, 2004 — Policy Brief

Submission to CRTC re CCTA Proposals regarding use of local availabilities [PN CRTC 2004-47]

FRIENDS opposes CCTA proposal on the basis that it would reduce audience levels for Canadian programming, and supports the NBRS proposal that distributors be required to devote 75% of local availabilities to the promotion of mandated services and Canadian drama programs.

Oct 7, 2004 — Policy Brief

Submission to CRTC re Channel Placement [PN CRTC 2004-46]

FRIENDS urges the CRTC to amend the relevant distribution orders to require distributors to dedicate a minimum portion of local availabilities to the promotion of mandated services, and that this airtime be free of charge for not-for-profit mandated services such as VoicePrint.

Oct 6, 2004 — News Article

Broadcasters express opposition to idea of Canadian ads in U.S. cable signals

Canadian Association of Broadcasters says a Canadian Cable Telecommunications Association proposal to sell Canadian commercials on U.S. services carried in Canada would violate CRTC policy and endanger Canadian content.

Oct 4, 2004 — News Article

Pro and Con

Arguments for and against allowing Fox News to broadcast in Canada.

Oct 1, 2004 — News Article

Canada mulls foreign-lingo channels levy by Etan Vlessing

The expert panel appointed by Liza Frulla to report on third-language broadcasting in Canada proposes a levy on the revenues of foreign programming imported into Canada to create a fund for Canadian programming.

Sep 29, 2004 — News Article

Fox News too hot for CRTC -- so far by Don Martin

Article says Fox News should be granted a licence to broadcast in Canada, and predicts that it will.

Sep 25, 2004 — News Article

Brave new radio waves by Paul Brent

CRTC to consider whether or not to let in American satellite radio providers; pose real threat to conventional commercial radio.

Sep 15, 2004 — Policy Brief

Submission to CRTC re satellite-based radio service applications [PN CRTC 2004-6]

FRIENDS opposes two satellite-based radio applications which in our view pose a threat to the integrity of Canadian broadcasting policy by coming nowhere near established Canadian content exhibition requirements.

Sep 13, 2004 — News Article

Newsnet asks CRTC to review licence by Sean Davidson

FRIENDS says CTV taking advantage of CRTC, seeking end run around licence in order to compete directly with CBC Newsworld.

Sep 10, 2004 — News Article

Craig buy good for Canada, CHUM boss tells the CRTC by Simon Tuck

CHUM executives tell CRTC the purchase of Craig Media will create a large alternative network and that will benefit Canadians.

Sep 6, 2004 — News Article

RAI, TLN and the CRTC by Aldo Di Felice

Telelatino president sends letter to editor to correct "misleading factual errors" in an editorial titled "Overhaul the CRTC".

Sep 4, 2004 — News Article

Fox News application provokes rabid response by James Gordon

CRTC receives both fervently supportive and hotly disapproving letters from Canadians and Americans alike in regards to Fox News Channel application.

Sep 3, 2004 — News Article

Overhaul the CRTC

Opinion editorial says that recent CRTC decisions prove that the regulator is only hindering the development of the Canadian broadcasting system.

Sep 2, 2004 — News Article

Frank Dunn's dream home can be yours for the asking

Article refers to the extension of CRTC vice-chairperson Andrée Wylie's term as a patronage appointment.

Sep 1, 2004 — News Article


L'Actualité contacts broadcast regulators from Portugal, England, Australia, France, the United-States, New-Zealand and Austria to find out what they would have done in the case of CHOI FM.

Sep 1, 2004 — News Article

Editorial says that in shutting down CHOI-FM, the CRTC was effectively protecting freedom of speech by preserving human dignity.

Aug 31, 2004 — News Article

Fruits of the CHUM deal should land in public's lap by Antonia Zerbisias

The CRTC should press for an improved benefits package that could include investing in research on media accessibility, if it is to approve the sale of Craig Media Inc. to CHUM Ltd.

Aug 31, 2004 — News Article

Top CRTC official's contract renewed by Mike de Souza

Minister of Heritage spokesperson says vice-chairperson of CRTC's contract was renewed for only a year because the government wishes to "have more flexibility to renew its personnel".

Aug 30, 2004 — News Article

CHOI gets a reprieve

Editorial says CHOI-FM tape-delay creates sends a message of CRTC censorship to other broadcasters.

Aug 30, 2004 — News Article

Let the pesky Spike and ranting Fox run loose by John Doyle

Columnist notes irony in Canwest Global call for CRTC protection for its Men TV channel because in other instances it has argued for more foreign investment and less CRTC regulation.

Aug 30, 2004 — News Article

CRTC rules the airwaves, but fight is on by Hugh Winsor

Broadcasting predicted to be "sleeper issue" of minority Parliament.

Aug 30, 2004 — News Article

Statement by Liza Frulla, Minister of Canadian Heritage

Official statement by Minister of Canadian Heritage regarding CHOI-FM request to appeal CRTC decision.

Aug 28, 2004 — News Article

The people's CHOI becomes political force by Miro Cernetig

With a by-election in the riding of Vanier and the need to bring Quebec voters, including CHOI-FM listeners, onside, nobody is complaining about a deal to keep CHOI-FM on the air during its appeal of the CRTC's licence renewal decision.

Aug 27, 2004 — News Article

Affaire Néron, CHOI-FM, CKAC... by Pierre Dubuc

Columnist argues that the recent CRTC ruling on CHOI-FM is just one more example of 'journalism by judges', a process that allows the federal government to whittle down journalistic freedom and independence in Quebec.

Aug 27, 2004 — News Article

CRTC does the right thing

Editorial says the CRTC decision to allow CHOI-FM to remain on-air until the Federal Court of Appeal has ruled on the station's court motion is "a step in the right direction".

Aug 27, 2004 — News Article

The controversy over CHOI-FM by Henry Srebrnik

Columnist casts doubt on whether or not CHOI-FM offended 'Canadian values'.

Aug 26, 2004 — News Article

CTV seeks amendment to Newsnet licence by Richard Blackwell

CTV Newsnet asks CRTC for licence amendments to remove restrictions that would allow it to compete more directly with CBC Newsworld.

Aug 26, 2004 — News Article

CRTC postpones plan to shut down Quebec radio station by Rhéal Séguin

The CRTC has agreed to postpone the shutdown of CHOI-FM pending an appeal of the CRTC decision filed by CHOI's parent company.

Aug 25, 2004 — Policy Brief

Briefing on the RAI issue to Expert Panel on Third Language Public Television Services

FRIENDS' written comments regarding RAI provided to the expert panel appointed by The Minister of Canadian Heritage to study policies and access to third language public television services. The panel invited FRIENDS to an in-person meeting held August 26, 2004.

Aug 25, 2004 — News Article

Ottawa, CRTC clear way for delay in closure of Quebec radio station by Sylvain Larocque

The CRTC declines to block CHOI-FM injunction, allowing it to remain on-air, in order to accelerate resolution of CRTC decision appeal.

Aug 25, 2004 — News Article

CTV Newsnet: More News, More Canadian Perspective

CTV Newsnet seeks an amendment to its licence that would allow it to compete more directly with other English-language news services such as CBC Newsworld.

Aug 25, 2004 — News Article

CRTC calls it vulgarity, CHOI calls it 'Liberté' by Rhéal Séguin and Ingrid Peritz

CHOI-FM prepares for appeal hearing at Federal Court of Appeal.

Aug 19, 2004 — News Article

Promises, Promises by Andrew MacLeod

Unhappy viewers say that CHUM's new "mainstream" programming isn't part of the New VI bid they supported.

Aug 18, 2004 — News Article

Third-language television to be examined by panel by Joe Paraskevas

The mandate of the three-person panel appointed by the Minister of Heritage to study the issue of third language broadcasting in Canada will be limited to policy recommendations and not include changes to the Broadcasting Act.

Aug 17, 2004 — News Article

Expert Panel to Study Policies and Access to Third-Language Public Television Services

The Minister of Canadian Heritage annouces the appointment of a three person expert panel on third-language public broadcasting.

Aug 17, 2004 — News Article

Heritage minister appoints panel to study access to foreign TV signals

Former Lincoln Committee chair appointed to panel studying broadcasting content in languages other than English or French in the Canadian broadcasting system.

Aug 16, 2004 — News Article

CRTC should not reward Fox: CAB

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters says granting Fox News a broadcast licence would set the dangerous precedent of allowing foreign broadcasters to forgo partnerships with Canadian broadcasters.

Aug 16, 2004 — News Article

CHOI and the Broadcasting Act

Editorial calls for amendment of Broadcasting Act to allow wider scope for government to intervene in CRTC decisions.

Aug 14, 2004 — News Article

CRTC on threatened species list by Leslie Millin

Broadcasting space is no longer a scarce resource, and the CRTC is therefore obsolete, columnist says.

Aug 14, 2004 — News Article

Fight for the Airwaves by Liane Faulder

As recent events generate controversy over the role of the CRTC, some argue that this outburst of public debate only proves the necessity of the regulator's existence.

Aug 13, 2004 — News Article

The CRTC is right to silence CHOI by Sheila Copps

Former Minister of Canadian Heritage, Sheila Copps, says those who would have the government reverse recent CRTC decisions should remember that without the CRTC, broadcast licences would be subject to "political flavours of the month".

Aug 12, 2004 — News Article

Canada's culture commissars by Kenneth Green

The CRTC is a threat to freedom of expression and a relic of the past and should be abolished, columnist says.

Aug 12, 2004 — News Article

CRTC decision goes to the heart of freedom of speech by Peter Black

CRTC ruling on CHOI-FM raises a host of tricky questions.

Aug 12, 2004 — News Article

The silenced microphone

Parliament is ducking out of a debate over CRTC's powers, article says; CRTC's powers should be scaled back.

Aug 12, 2004 — News Article

Raised voices under the window by Charles Gordon

Whatever one may think of the CRTC decision on CHOI-FM, it is reassuring that the federal government has declined to intervene.

Aug 12, 2004 — News Article

The CRTC has gone too far by Claire Hoy

Columnist says parliament should resort to measures such as rewriting the Broadcasting Act or using the "notwithstanding" clause to overturn CRTC decisions.

Aug 11, 2004 — News Article

Wrong wavelength by Pierre Lemieux

Columnist says there are no identifiable "Canadian values" and that we should do away with the CRTC in order to move towards a market based system of airwave distribution.

Aug 11, 2004 — News Article

Canada, Al Jazeera, and Fox by Rondi Adamson

CRTC rulings, CBC display "left wing biases", opinion editorial says.

Aug 10, 2004 — News Article

Radio station shutdown protested by Terry Pedwell

5,000 CHOI-FM supporters protest CRTC decision on Parliament Hill.

Aug 10, 2004 — News Article

Stand with CHOI

The National Post urges its readers to join protesters on Parliament Hill and demand that CHOI-FM ruling be overturned by the federal government.

Aug 9, 2004 — News Article

CHOI-FM supporters to march on Ottawa by Ingrid Peritz

Debate over recent CRTC ruling on CHOI-FM draws protesters from Quebec city to Parliament Hill.

Aug 8, 2004 — News Article

My Beef With Big Media by Ted Turner

In the interests of quality, democracy, diversity, localism and competition, the US government and the FCC must change broadcasting regulations to encourage independent media, Turner writes.

Aug 7, 2004 — News Article

The purge of the shock jocks; free speech in Canada

Recent protests of CRTC ruling not to renew CHOI-FM's licence has many wondering if a review of broadcast regulations is in order.

Aug 6, 2004 — News Article

Fans snap up bus tickets to support CHOI by Mike De Souza

Many protesters are expected to arrive from Quebec City on station-subsidized transport in order to put pressure on federal government to overturn CRTC ruling on CHOI-FM.

Aug 6, 2004 — News Article

Quebec wants greater role in regulating its airwaves

Premier Jean Charest says Quebec will seek an administrative agreement allowing a Quebec delegation to "review" broadcast licence decisions affecting the province.

Aug 5, 2004 — News Article

City endures 'lack of television diversity' by Mark McNeil

Hamilton city councillor bemoans lack of diversity resulting from only one commercial television station in the market, notes similarly sized urban areas have four times the number of stations.

Aug 5, 2004 — News Article

Will rescuer for Global TV be a knight from the U.S.?

Columnist speculates on appointment of next Global Television president, fate of vice-chair of CRTC.

Aug 2, 2004 — News Article

Outraged by the CRTC? Change the law by Lysiane Gagnon

Columnist says the Broadcasting Act should be amended to avoid "arbitrary" CRTC rulings such as those made on CHOI-FM, Al-Jazeera and RAI International.

Jul 31, 2004 — News Article

Can't quash CRTC ruling, Frulla says by Kim Lunman

CHOI owner Patrice Demers is upset that Heritage Minister Liza Frulla has refused to overturn the CRTC's decision to suspend its licence.

Jul 31, 2004 — News Article

CHOI must take licence battle to court, Frulla tells station

Minister of Canadian Heritage tells CHOI-FM that Broadcasting Act prevents appealing CRTC decision to government.

Jul 31, 2004 — News Article

Tune in to today's needs by Dan Gardner

Columnist argues that the Broadcasting Act and CRTC are out of date and should be scrapped.

Jul 27, 2004 — News Article

CRTC wrong to force Quebec station off air, Charest says by Martin Ouellet

Charest thinks CRTC should have resorted to a temporary suspension of CHOI's licence and hopes for federal intervention in the matter.

Jul 27, 2004 — News Article

The overpowering CRTC

Comment says that free market demand should determine who gets broadcast licences.

Jul 26, 2004 — News Article

It's about time the CRTC got tough by Norman Spector

The Canadian television industry would benefit from a more vigorous regulator; Canadians should stand behind the CRTC.

Jul 26, 2004 — News Article

Tax cuts, debt Ottawa's priorities by Kevin Restivo

Poll of business leaders shows respondents are split on the CRTC's recent decision to shut down CHOI-FM but believe that Fox News should be allowed to broadcast in Canada.

Jul 26, 2004 — News Article

In Canada, Exceptions Are Rule for Al-Jazeera by DeNeen L. Brown

A critical look at the CRTC's decision to allow Al-Jazeera to be broadcast in Canada upon condition that distributors be responsible for content regulation.

Jul 24, 2004 — News Article

Why not just shut down the CRTC? Well ... by John Ibbitson

An arm's length CRTC may be preferable to politicans making licensing decisions directly, but policy of choosing what Canadians watch and keeping out U.S. programming is wrong-headed, columnist says.

Jul 24, 2004 — News Article

Political correctness and the CRTC by Rex Murphy

Columnist argues that if CHOI-FM was breaching hate laws, the case should not have been handled by the CRTC but rather dealt with through existing federal legislation.

Jul 24, 2004 — News Article

U.S. station is regulator's next challenge by Jane Taber

CRTC must rule on whether or not American television channel Spike TV is in direct competition with Canadian channel Men TV.

Jul 24, 2004 — News Article

A totalitarian mindset, made plain by Andrew Coyne

Quebec licensing decision the CRTC's "Ceausescu moment," according to National Post columnist.

Jul 23, 2004 — News Article

CRTC faces backlash in Ottawa by Jane Taber

Pressure mounts in Ottawa following CRTC ruling against RAI International, as Liberals are reminded of their election promise to bring the channel to the air.

Jul 23, 2004 — News Article

50,000 march in support of radio station by Kevin Dougherty

Demonstrators oppose CRTC ruling not to renew CHOI-FM's broadcasting licence.

Jul 23, 2004 — News Article

CRTC is right to link radio and TV licences to content by Norman Spector

By revoking CHOI-FM's licence and allowing the distribution of a censored Al-Jazeera, the CRTC made the best choices it could considering the confines of the Broadcasting Act.

Jul 23, 2004 — News Article

Airing hatred: CRTC blows it again by Brian Jones

Columnist criticizes CRTC's decision to allow Al-Jazeera into Canada if censored and calls for full disclosure.

Jul 22, 2004 — News Article

Frulla should avoid meddling

Editorial says the new Canadian Heritage Minister should not interfere with the CRTC ruling not to renew CHOI FM's licence.

Jul 21, 2004 — News Article

Foreign ownership limits will stay by Ian Jack

New Heritage Minister Liza Frulla says she stands firmly against relaxing foreign ownership limits.

Jul 21, 2004 — News Article

CRTC's role by Pamela Brand

Letter to the editor of the National Post from national executive director of the Directors Guild of Canada says CRTC plays a vital role in Canada, content regulation is at the heart of nation building.

Jul 21, 2004 — News Article

CHOI wastes no time appealing to new minister by Kevin Dougherty

CHOI moves to fight CRTC decision by appealing to new Heritage Minister, Federal Court.

Jul 21, 2004 — News Article

Angry RAI fans protest denial of broadcast licence by Tony Lofaro

Italian-Canadians rally to Parliament Hill to protest CRTC ruling against RAI International.

Jul 20, 2004 — News Article

CRTC picking apart Canada's social fabric by Lorne Gunter

CRTC decision to cancel CHOI FM licence a case of the cure being worse than the disease.

Jul 20, 2004 — News Article

What is offensive is CRTC's clumsy interference in the market by Dan Gardner

The concept of "free speech" protects both offensive and inoffensive speech, columnist writes.

Jul 20, 2004 — News Article

CRTC right to rein in offensive radio by Andrew Cardozo

Former CRTC Commissioner says controversial Quebec licensing decision is an answer to those who thought regulator's past efforts to deal with regulatory infractions were soft and ineffectual.

Jul 20, 2004 — News Article

Technology makes CRTC obsolete by Leslie Millin

CRTC was founded to distribute a resource--public airwaves--that is no longer scarce, and should be dismantled, columnist writes.

Jul 19, 2004 — News Article

No hearings in Al-Jazeera's winning bid By Simon Tuck and Richard Blackwell

CRTC chair hints controversy over CHOI FM could have been avoided if CRTC had power to fine broadcasters that defy CRTC orders.

Jul 19, 2004 — News Article

Bunch of boobs by Ezra Levant

Columnist calls for the abolition of the CRTC following its decision on CHOI FM, Fox News, Al-Jazeera and CNN.

Jul 18, 2004 — News Article

Vilified CRTC caught in the Act by Antonia Zerbisias

CRTC decisions on Quebec radio station, Al-Jazeera are those it was required to make under the Broadcasting Act.

Jul 17, 2004 — News Article

CRTC decision creates martyrs

Ruling to pull CHOI's licence gives vulgar radio hosts more fame than they deserve, editorial says.

Jul 17, 2004 — News Article

CRTC assumes a role too close to censorship

Neither killing CHOI nor placing conditions on Al Jazeera is justified, editorial says.

Jul 17, 2004 — News Article

CRTC shows little real purpose by Jay Bryan

In an era of digital radio and satellite TV, CRTC's mandate to distribute scarce broadcasting resources is outdated, columnist says.

Jul 17, 2004 — News Article

Broadcaster vows it won't give up fight to offer Italian TV by Tony Lofaro

RAI is examining legal recourse following CRTC rejection of its application for carriage in Canada.

Jul 17, 2004 — News Article

CHOI's lonely battle by Andrew Coyne

Broadcasters have refused to denounce the CRTC's ousting of CHOI because the regulator helps protect their markets, columnist says.

Jul 16, 2004 — News Article

CRTC decision spawns much criticism

Criticism of RAI, Al-Jazeera rulings is often exaggerated rhetoric, and both stations, as well as Fox News, should be allowed in Canada, editorial says.

Jul 16, 2004 — News Article

CRTC wires crossed by Mike Boone

CHOI is not more offensive than Al-Jazeera and should not have had its licence revoked, columnist says.

Jul 16, 2004 — News Article

Canada's cultural hypocrisy by Colby Cosh

CRTC's decision to police offensive content from within Canada while allowing potentially offensive content from abroad is contradictory, columnist says.

Jul 16, 2004 — News Article

The taste police

Censorship of content that is merely offensive, not hateful, is an unnecessary exercise of government power, editorial says.

Jul 16, 2004 — News Article

CRTC mandate needs rethinking

CHOI owner Patrice Demers' appeal of ruling will put CRTC itself on trial, editorial says.

Jul 16, 2004 — News Article

CRTC is doing its job: CHOI ruling by Marc Raboy

CRTC not hurting free speech with CHOI decision, but inviting better use of public airwaves, columnist says.

Jul 16, 2004 — News Article

Al-Jazeera conditions irk firms by Elizabeth Thompson

Cable companies say the requirement that they monitor Al-Jazeera for hateful content is "too onerous."

Jul 16, 2004 — News Article

Al-Jazeera net gets Canada OK by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC rules that a potentially censored Al-Jazeera may enter Canada but RAI International and TVE may not.

Jul 15, 2004 — News Article

The CRTC's guide to improper speech

Upholding free speech gives audiences their right to choose what they listen to, editorial says.

Jul 15, 2004 — News Article

Al-Jazeera favoured to win CRTC approval by James Adams

Al-Jazeera application was motivated in large part by the growth of "grey-market technologies", not primarily by goals of programming access and diversity.

Jul 15, 2004 — News Article

CRTC sparks debate by not renewing licence by Ross Marowits

Observers can't agree on whether CRTC Quebec radio licence ruling violates right to free speech.

Jul 15, 2004 — News Article

CRTC should not be censor by Jay Bryan

CRTC regulation is more about politics than quality broadcasting and should be overhauled, columnist says.

Jul 15, 2004 — News Article

CHOI airing its anger: Battling CRTC by Kevin Dougherty

Station's owner, Genex, says it will challenge CRTC ruling in court.

Jul 15, 2004 — News Article

Christian broadcaster Trinity mulls bid for Toronto 1: 'Challenging' market by Michelle DaCruz

CHUM involvement in the proposed deal's fine print may raise flags at the CRTC.

Jul 15, 2004 — News Article

Censorship and the CRTC

Shutting down CHOI FM sets a dangerous precedent for free speech, editorial says.

Jul 15, 2004 — News Article

Free speech: Can we talk? by Elizabeth Thompson

Politicians have mixed reactions to CRTC's precedent-setting refusal to renew CHOI's broadcast licence.

Jul 15, 2004 — News Article

CHUM bid on the wrong wavelength by Paul Brent

Joint Canada-U.S. digital radio proposals currently before the CRTC are much stronger than the Canadian-only one, but all three should be approved so that the market can decide, columnist says.

Jul 15, 2004 — News Article

Quebec's outlawed radio station fights back as free speech debate rages by Kevin Dougherty

Minister of Canadian Heritage Liza Frulla comments on CHOI FM decision as an opportunity to discuss the limits of freedom of expression in the context of broadcasting.

Jul 14, 2004 — News Article

Harper Concerned by CRTC decision regarding Quebec City radio station

Conservative party restates its position on CRTC reforms, "moving the body away from its more traditional involvement in broadcast regulation".

Jul 10, 2004 — News Article

CRTC seeking comment on industry ad proposal by Richard Blackwell

Cable carriers seek approval for proposal to run either paid ads or ads promoting their own services in time usually reserved for promoting domestic shows.

Jul 10, 2004 — News Article

Cable TV wants ads on U.S. shows by John Mckay

A proposal currently before the CRTC may allow cable companies to sell ads during time in American shows' commercial breaks that is normally reserved for public service announcements and promoting upcoming programs.

Jul 10, 2004 — News Article

CRTC studies plan to substitute more U.S. ad time

Cable and broadcasting associations disagree on the proposed risks and benefits of a proposal to sell ads during time now set aside for program promotion and public service announcements.

Jul 9, 2004 — News Article

TV station has taken a new direction by Norman Spector

The New VI's new owner, CHUM, may not provide the local programming for which the station's licence was originally granted, columnist says.

Jul 9, 2004 — News Article

U.S., Canadian firms seek digital radio OK by Paul Brent

The CRTC will rule on three services; one has only Canadian content and is available only in major urban centres, while the other two have less Canadian content and are available across the country.

Jul 8, 2004 — News Article

CHUM pledges cash for Prairie TV producers by Richard Blackwell

CHUM has promised a $20 million benefit package to Canadian television, mostly directed at western Canadian producers, if the CRTC approves its takeover of Craig Media.

Jul 8, 2004 — News Article

Znaimer in running for Toronto 1 channel by Michelle DaCruz

Sources suggest Quebecor, Torstar, Moses Znaimer may bid on Toronto 1 when CRTC hearings dealing with potential licence trafficking begin in September.

Jul 8, 2004 — News Article

Cable firms walk rate-rise fine line by Paul Brent

An inevitable loss of subscribers to satellite providers has given cable the ability to raise rates without CRTC approval.

Jul 6, 2004 — News Article

Cleaning up trash-talking radio: It's gentler in Canada by Richard Blackwell

Clearer rules and the capacity for station self-regulation in Canada mean radio content is rarely as controversial as it is south of the border.

Jul 5, 2004 — News Article

Culture ready for its close-up by Peter Vamos

Bloc and NDP power in Liberal minority government means culture-oriented industry groups have an unprecedented chance to gain support and resources, columnist says.

Jul 5, 2004 — News Article

CCTA report calls for loosening regs by Ian Edwards

CCTA's "Remember Convergence?" paper says Canada's media policies are outdated, calls for change.

Jul 5, 2004 — News Article

Regional casters jockey for position by Patti Summerfield

City-by-city look at Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton TV markets.

Jul 5, 2004 — News Article

The CBC gets new marching orders

Official Languages Commissioner's examination of the CBC is an assault on the broadcaster's journalistic independence, editorial says.

Jul 5, 2004 — News Article

Liberal minority could push culture agenda by Laura Bracken

The new federal minority government may provide a welcoming space for culture groups to articulate their concerns.

Jul 1, 2004 — Policy Brief

Submission to CRTC re Encore Avenue Ltd. [CRTC 2004-35 - Item 1]

FRIENDS supports Directors Guild in opposing Corus Entertainment application to distribute pay television channel unencrypted on discretionary analog tier.

Jun 30, 2004 — News Article

Big bank mergers may top list of casualties by Dave Ebner and Richard Blackwell

Overhauls to the CRTC's foreign ownership and communications policies may fall by the wayside under a Liberal minority.

Jun 30, 2004 — News Article

Submission to CRTC regarding Application by Encore Avenue Ltd. to amend the licence of the pay television service known as MovieMax!

Directors Guild opposes Corus Entertainment application for approval to distribute pay TV channel MovieMax! on a discretionary analog tier; among other factors, Corus makes no commitment to increase Canadian programming exhibition and expenditure if a change in status were awarded.

Jun 25, 2004 — News Article

Court bars media-ownership rules by Anne Marie Squeo

U.S. federal appeals court strikes down new FCC rules that would have allowed for greater media concentration in American markets.

Jun 25, 2004 — News Article

Media Ruling Merely Irritates Big Owners by Bill Carter

Federal appeals court decision will affect media companies' plans for expansion, but will not force them to sell assets right away.

Jun 24, 2004 — News Article

Star Choice changes rile sports channels by William Houston

Star Choice has moved Sportsnet, TSN, and Raptors NBA TV out of their Sports Pack without notice or proper marketing, channel executives claim.

Jun 24, 2004 — News Article

Politicians respond to ACTRA on arts issues

The Liberal Party, the NDP, the Green Party and the Bloc Québécois replied to cultural coalition letter regarding their arts and culture policies.

Jun 24, 2004 — News Article

Our industries could be devastated

Conservative cultural and tax policies could seriously harm PEI's economy, letter-writer says.

Jun 23, 2004 — News Article

We have a weapon against porn by Andrew Cardozo

CRTC framework should be preserved; it can be used to regulate availability of offensive or dangerous Internet material, former Commissioner says.

Jun 22, 2004 — News Article

A Harper win is party stopper by Antonia Zerbisias

Policy proposal to scrap the CRTC would give government direct control over broadcast licensing, would remove protections that have allowed Canadian entertainment events like the MuchMusic Video Awards to take form.

Jun 21, 2004 — News Article

Banff gets off to shaky start by Sean Davidson

TV Festival is marred by technical difficulties, but delegates still create a positive atmosphere.

Jun 21, 2004 — News Article

National lobby unveiled at Banff by Sean Davidson

Twenty Canadian media unions and associations have formed The Canadian Film & Television Industry Council to address cultural issues.

Jun 21, 2004 — News Article

Grit opportunity missed by Peter Vamos

The Liberal response to cultural groups' concerns hasn't been sufficient, columnist says.

Jun 21, 2004 — News Article

Tory policy points to media rules shakeup by Laura Bracken

Leaked policy revealing the Conservatives' plan to restructure the CRTC and relax foreign ownership restrictions has pushed Canadian culture onto the election agenda.

Jun 21, 2004 — News Article

Strong culture, strong Canada

Election has failed to treat culture is an issue of national importance, editorial says.

Jun 19, 2004 — News Article

Art to Ottawa, propaganda to me by Elizabeth Nickson

Government-funded art doesn't break even because it's a lecture instead of entertainment, columnist says.

Jun 17, 2004 — News Article

No need for sweeping CRTC reform: Dalfen by Mark Evans

In the face of challenges to the CRTC by the Conservative Party and some telecom companies, the Commission's chair says fundamental changes to the CRTC's role and structure are not required.

Jun 17, 2004 — News Article

CRTC chief calls for faster telecom deregulation by David Paddon

Dalfen says the CRTC's mandate is to balance the needs of consumers, established carriers and new competitors.

Jun 17, 2004 — News Article

Save Canadian culture, actors urge

Speakers at ACTRA-organized gathering at CBC broadcast headquarters criticize party leaders for making no mention of cultural policy issues during televised leaders' debate.

Jun 16, 2004 — News Article

Harper threatens Canadian media

Canadian people, not just television and film industry spokespeople, should be concerned about Conservative cultural and broadcasting policies.

Jun 16, 2004 — News Article

For Canadian culture, the end is at hand

Text of Hélène Chalifour Scherrer's speech at the Banff Television Festival.

Jun 15, 2004 — News Article

Heritage minister pans Tory cultural platform by Alexandra Burroughs

Scherrer denounces Conservative cultural policies in her speech at the Banff Television Festival.

Jun 14, 2004 — Blog Post

Letter to Conservative Leader re: Policy Briefing Note for Candidates

Well-known Canadians join FRIENDS in expressing concern over policies proposed in Conservative party briefing note to candidates.

Jun 14, 2004 — News Release

Harper Urged To Reconsider Broadcasting Policies

Well-known Canadians join FRIENDS in urging Conservative leader to reconsider broadcasting policies contained in briefing note to Conservative candidates.

Jun 14, 2004 — News Article

Canada's heritage is at risk, Liberals warn by Drew Fagan

Liberal Heritage Minister to criticize Conservative cultural policies in speech at Banff Television Festival; dismissed by Conservatives as fear-mongering.

Jun 14, 2004 — News Article

Speaking notes for The Honourable Hélène Chalifour Scherrer, P.C., M.P., Minister of Canadian Heritage

Minister of Canadian Heritage discusses Liberal Party position on culture and broadcasting.

Jun 12, 2004 — News Article

Canadian culture safe with Canadians by Terence Corcoran

The end of federal subsidies would not destroy the Canadian cultural industry, columnist says.

Jun 12, 2004 — News Article

Why is Harper bent on gutting the CRTC? by Eric Reguly

Conservatives should consider the unintended consequences before gutting the CRTC.

Jun 11, 2004 — News Release

Three Canadians Win Dalton Camp Awards

FRIENDS announces the three winners of the 2004 Dalton Camp Award. Formal presentation: Monday, June 14th at the Banff Television Festival.

Jun 11, 2004 — News Article

Liberals promise access to Italian TV: Would force CRTC change if necessary by Elizabeth Thompson

Liberals make election promise to legislate around controversy over foreign language television channels, say a Liberal government would ensure Italian channel RAI International is available in Canada.

Jun 11, 2004 — News Article

Conservative victory could mean broadcast overhaul by Simon Tuck and Richard Blackwell

A Conservative government would relax Canadian content requirements and foreign ownership restrictions in the broadcasting sector.

Jun 11, 2004 — News Article

Tory plans for CRTC spark storm by Ian Jack

Liberals, CFTPA say removing foreign content restrictions would ruin Canadian TV industry; cable executives say Canadians already use technology to bypass restrictions.

Jun 10, 2004 — News Article

Let the market rule the airwaves by Mathew Ingram

Columnist theorizes that the Conservative party will be unable to make radical changes to the Canadian broadcasting system, and that Canadians will be "worse off" has a result.

Jun 10, 2004 — News Article

Don't fence Greens out of the TV leaders' debate by Peter Desbarats

Referring to Green Party exclusion from televised national debates, columnist says TV network executives should not control which parties have access to the democratic process.

Jun 10, 2004 — News Article

Un gouvernement conservateur réduirait les pouvoirs du CRTC

Conservative party document reveals it would significantly alter CRTC, no longer make it responsible for regulating content.

Jun 10, 2004 — News Article

BCE rethinking rush to offload Bell Globemedia by Paul Brent and Barry Critchley

BCE considers long-term growth prospects and CRTC rulings as it considers selling Bell Globemedia; Rogers responds to Bell cable TV proposal.

Jun 10, 2004 — News Article

Tories would slash CRTC role by Ian Jack

A new Conservative policy handbook outlines the party's intent to loosen Canadian content reguations in the broadcasting sector.

Jun 9, 2004 — News Article

Cable, telco lines blur by Mathew Ingram

Cable and telecom companies are each trying to move into the other's domain, and their competition would ultimately benefit consumers, columnist says.

Jun 9, 2004 — News Article

Bell seeks to bring TV to homes by Simon Avery, Gordon Pitts, John Partridge

CRTC may decide granting BCE a cable licence will give Bell an unfair competitive advantage.

Jun 9, 2004 — News Article

Bell Canada asks CRTC for approval to deliver TV service over phone lines

Bell cites increasing competition from cable operators for decision to seek licence to deliver television services over telephone lines.

Jun 9, 2004 — News Article

Bell Canada files for cable licence by Ian Jack

Faced with a shrinking market for residential phone service, Bell has applied for a cable television distribution licence in some of eastern Canada's largest markets.

Jun 7, 2004 — News Article

Canadian licence fees don't stack up by Laura Bracken

New study shows Canadian broadcasters pay the lowest licence fees, have the lowest per capita ad revenue and spend the most money on foreign programming of any English-speaking country surveyed.

Jun 7, 2004 — News Article

OMDC shelves critical report by Peter Vamos

Unreleased report on the state of film and television production in Ontario shows infrastructure is crumbling and production jobs are being exported to provinces with higher tax credit rates.

Jun 6, 2004 — News Article

Campaign silent on media issues

Editorial says media conglomerates' stake in the outcome of the federal election makes them reluctant to cover media and cultural policy issues, with the result that these issues are largely being ignored.

Jun 4, 2004 — News Article

Underserved: Local Choice in Hamilton Television

A study released by the Centre for Community Study presents a strong case for increased diversity and competition in the local television market.

Jun 4, 2004 — News Article

Curtain falls on French-language hockey network broadcasts in Quebec

French-language Habs games will no longer be available on network television now that La Soirée du hockey has been pulled from Radio-Canada.

Jun 4, 2004 — News Article

Rivals want to run Fox to ground by William Houston

Competitors claim allowing Fox Sports World Canada to broaden programming beyond scope of original licence will result in too many general content sports channels.

Jun 3, 2004 — News Article

Greens fight for chance to debate by James Rusk

Green Party challenges networks, CRTC to be included in televised leaders' debates.

Jun 2, 2004 — News Article

Government must support TV drama, Gross demands

Paul Gross tells ACTRA conference the CRTC must do more to ensure Canadian private broadcasters fund domestic programming.

Jun 2, 2004 — News Article

Canadian TV an "unholy mess," Gross tells fellow actors

Actor Paul Gross praises CRTC decision to provide incentives for broadcasting Canadian drama, but says broadcasters need a stick, not just a carrot.

May 29, 2004 — News Article

Ted Rogers sings nostalgic tune by Terence Corcoran

The regulatory protectionism demanded by Ted Rogers on the eve of CRTC hearings will hurt Canada's telecom industry, columnist says.

May 22, 2004 — News Article

Like a nail to the head by Bill Brioux

Major Canadian broadcasters' request that Spike TV be delisted are hypocritical, columnist says.

May 19, 2004 — News Article

CPAC Talk Politics with Ken Rockburn: Interview with Ian Morrison

CPAC's Ken Rockburn interviews Ian Morrison on the results of FRIENDS' pre-election polling on the CBC, foreign ownership of communications, and media concentration.

May 11, 2004 — Policy Brief

Submission to CRTC re Sudbury LSA between Newcap Inc. and Rogers Broadcasting Ltd. [Applications 2003-1691-0, 2003-1061-5, 2003-1062-3 & 2003-1064-9]

FRIENDS invites CRTC to investigate a dramatic reduction in local news, and an advertising monopoly, resulting from the June 2001 implementation of a local sales agreement in the Sudbury market.

May 7, 2004 — News Article

Make a Canadian drama, get a reward by John McKay

CRTC announces new ad-time incentives for Canadian programming; Global reveals a reality-heavy season lineup.

May 6, 2004 — News Article

CRTC calls for comments on proposed incentives for English-language Canadian television drama

CRTC issues public notice and call for comments on proposed package of incentives to encourage Canadian broadcasters to air more Canadian English-language drama and increase audiences and expenditures to Canadian drama programming.

May 6, 2004 — News Article

Federal broadcast regulator dangles more ad time as Canadian drama incentive by John McKay

CRTC proposes advertising minutes incentive for broadcasters to air Canadian drama in prime time, calls on government for long-term solution to drama funding problems.

Apr 28, 2004 — News Article

Canadians shouldn't be denied Fox News by Rod Love

Former Canadian Alliance strategist says CRTC’s refusal to allow Fox News to broadcast in Canada undermines Canadian media diversity and cultural development

Apr 16, 2004 — News Article

TV group wants Fox in its stable by James Adams

Cable industry asks CRTC a second time for the right to distribute U.S. Fox News as a direct feed to digital cable and satellite customers.

Apr 15, 2004 — News Article

Fox News may hit Canadian airwaves by Ian Jack

Fox news application driven by satellite signal piracy, need for cable industry to generate interest in digital television; may succeed on second try.

Apr 15, 2004 — News Article

Downfall of Craig and Toronto 1 wasn't the CRTC's finest hour by Eric Reguly

The sale of Toronto 1 is thinly disguised licence trafficking; the CRTC should require the licence to be returned.

Apr 15, 2004 — News Article

Toronto 1 a CRTC charmer gone wrong by Antonia Zerbisias

Lack of interest by broadcasting industry in buying Craig's Toronto 1 reflects that it was licensed for the wrong reasons.

Apr 14, 2004 — News Article

Corus, Alliance bosses say they aren't interested in Toronto 1 by Richard Blackwell

The field of potential buyers of Toronto 1 from CHUM narrows.

Apr 14, 2004 — News Article

More broadcast consolidation seen by Paul Brent

CHUM acquisition will create pressure to increase advertising space on television and to eliminate the current restriction of 12 minutes per hour.

Apr 13, 2004 — News Article

Taste for Toronto 1 tidbit proved toxic to the Craig Media dynasty by Eric Reguly

Craig's investment in Toronto 1 turned out to be a case of betting the ranch.

Apr 13, 2004 — News Article

Acquiring Craig makes CHUM a buyer, but also a takeover target: media watchers by Nancy Carr

CHUM acquisition of Craig is expected to trigger other media consolidation.

Apr 13, 2004 — News Article

Big boys will now get their way by Paul Brent

CRTC decision to award Toronto licence to regional player backfires.

Apr 13, 2004 — News Article

Canada's Chum pushes west, lands Craig Media by Etan Vlessing

Craig deal will bring CHUM closer to national network status.

Apr 13, 2004 — News Article

A-Channel sold by Martin Cash

Sale of Craig rumoured to be a necessity after significant losses by its Toronto 1 station.

Apr 12, 2004 — News Article

CHUM buying Craig for $265 million, will spin-off Toronto 1

Craig Media finds buyer, Toronto 1 to be sold less than two years after receiving CRTC licence, and after less than a year on air.

Apr 12, 2004 — News Article

CHUM buying TV broadcaster Craig Media for $265M

Pending CRTC approval, CHUM plans to buy Craig Media, but sell Craig's Toronto 1 station.

Apr 8, 2004 — News Article

The CRTC releases its annual report on broadcast distribution undertakings

CRTC report tracks performance of cable, DTH and MDS distributors and their contributions to the creation and production of Canadian programming.

Apr 8, 2004 — News Article

BDU profit grows

Cable industry profits have increased 15.8% since 2002, 4.3% since 2000.

Apr 2, 2004 — News Article

Policy Briefing Note for Candidates

Internal policy document leaked to media shows Conservative Party would relax or remove communications sector foreign ownership restrictions (p. 11), downsize and limit the role of the CRTC (p. 13) and remove protection for Canadian programming in the satellite distribution market (p. 14).

Apr 1, 2004 — News Article

ExpressVu, Star Choice have licences renewed by Richard Blackwell

CRTC renews DTH satellite provider licences for 7 years, rejects requests from numerous intervenors for new licence conditions and shorter licence periods.

Mar 26, 2004 — News Article

Cable companies denounce suggestion for tax on imported TV signals

CCTA concerned over CAB suggestion of levy for foreign specialty television services.

Mar 25, 2004 — News Article

Spokesman for Canada's broadcasters questions methods to protect culture by John McKay

Canadian Association of Broadcasters calls for end to "free ride" for foreign specialty television services carried in Canada, refers to copyright tariff paid by private radio broadcasters "somewhat of a ham-fisted attempt at cultural subsidy."

Mar 24, 2004 — News Article

Canadian gov't restores key CTF funding by Etan Vlessing and Norma Reveler

Federal budget restores CTF funding, increases grant to CBC.

Mar 23, 2004 — News Article

Al-Jazeera deserves spot on our TV dial by Antonia Zerbisias

Proposed new foreign channels such as Al-Jazeera, Fox News would foster diversity on Canadian television dial.

Mar 20, 2004 — News Article

CRTC ends private dinners by Ian Jack

CRTC Commissioners will no longer attend private dinners funded by the broadcasting and telecommunications companies they regulate.

Mar 19, 2004 — News Article

Six months after TV launch, Toronto 1 defying critics and doomsayers by John McKay

Anchor says Craig Media's Toronto station doing better than reported.

Mar 18, 2004 — News Article

Private radio dials up a revenue revival by Paul Waldie

Increase in private radio profits is credited to industry consolidation and new niches for AM radio.

Mar 15, 2004 — News Article

Specs enjoy stellar growth by Ian Edwards

Growth of analog specialty channel revenues continues.

Mar 15, 2004 — News Article

The Politics of Neglect of Canadian Broadcasting Policy by Marc Raboy and David Taras

Communications professors who advised House of Commons Heritage Committee on Our Canadian Sovereignty report say there is no going back if foreign ownership limits are removed.

Mar 14, 2004 — Speech

Issues on the Canadian Media Landscape

Remarks by Ian Morrison, Spokesperson, Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, to the Prairie Region of the Canadian University Press, University Centre, University of Manitoba.

Mar 14, 2004 — News Article

Canadian cable TV in peril: lobbyists by Brad Oswald

FRIENDS public meetings on foreign ownership move to Winnipeg.

Mar 5, 2004 — News Article

FCC Planning Two Dozen Indecency Fines Against Radio by Neil Roland

The FCC is preparing to fine several U.S. radio stations for indecency.

Mar 5, 2004 — News Article

Pining for direct link to Italy-TV by Anne Sutherland

The Montreal Italian community is frustrated with the CRTC's delay in determining whether RAI International, the 24-hour state-sponsored public television channel from Italy, can be broadcast in Canada.

Mar 5, 2004 — News Article

CRTC funding rules unfair by Michelle DaCruz

Rogers chief says new CRTC funding rules unfairly penalize Canadian specialty pay-TV channels that turn a profit,

Mar 5, 2004 — News Article

Astral still seeks buyer for stations by Paul Brent

Astral continues to have difficulty selling stations it has been ordered to divest as a condition of the federal Competition Bureau's approval of its $225-million purchase of 19 Telemedia radio stations in Eastern Canada.

Mar 4, 2004 — News Article

Sale of Toronto1 bears close scrutiny by Antonia Zerbisias

Zerbisias says the CRTC, not a private purchaser, should decide the fate of Craig Media's Toronto1.

Mar 4, 2004 — News Article

Canadian networks unveil shopping lists for new shows seeking public funding by John McKay

Both CBC and CTV this week unveiled ambitious plans, pending funding from the Canadian Television Fund, for a variety of new Canadian prime time drama series, sitcoms and movies of the week for the 2004-2005 season.

Mar 3, 2004 — News Article

Torstar the new foe of broadcasters by Eric Reguly

Torstar may take a majority ownership stake in 49th Media, which plans to replace American ads with Canadian ones on five U.S. specialty channels distributed by Canadian cable networks.

Mar 3, 2004 — News Article

TSN tops Canada's specialty dial by William Houston

TSN continues to rank as the top money-maker among television specialty channels in Canada.

Mar 3, 2004 — News Article

With a growing pie, specialty, pay-TV enjoying a bigger slice by James Adams

CRTC report shows specialty and pay television services are increasing their share of advertising dollars at the expense of traditional broadcasters.

Mar 2, 2004 — News Article

Digital pay TV profits surge, CRTC says by Paul Brent

Operating profit for digital and specialty pay channels increased by 36% last year.

Mar 2, 2004 — News Article

The CRTC releases financial results for specialty, pay and pay-per-view television services

Canadian specialty, pay and pay-per-view television services continue to enjoy strong growth, according to annual statistical and financial summaries.

Mar 1, 2004 — News Article

Newcomers seek spots up and down the dial by Jerry West

CRTC hearings will consider several applications for new radio stations in the Halifax market, which has not had a new station licensed since 1990.

Feb 28, 2004 — News Article

Toronto1: Awfully attractive by Andrew Willis and Eric Reguly

There is strong interest in acquiring Toronto 1, not due to its programming, but because of its CRTC licence.

Feb 27, 2004 — News Article

CRTC nixes expansion bid by Canada b'caster Chum by Etan Vlessing

FRIENDS: CRTC denial of CHUM's Alberta licence applications likely ensures stronger demand for Craig Media.

Feb 27, 2004 — News Article

CRTC rejects CHUM TV plan for Alberta by Paul Brent

The federal broadcast regulator said it was "concerned by the potential negative impact" of the new stations on Calgary and Edmonton's markets.

Feb 27, 2004 — News Article

CHUM loses bid for Alta. beachhead by Gordon Pitts

Pitts says CHUM's loss of Alberta licence bid will only intensify its interest in acquiring Craig Media.

Feb 26, 2004 — News Article

The CRTC denies TV applications from CHUM and Global for Edmonton and Calgary

The CRTC denied CHUM's applications for Alberta television licenses, citing concerns over the potential impact on the television markets in Calgary and Alberta. It also denied Global's applications for retransmitters in those markets on the basis of ownership concentration and cross-media ownership concerns.

Feb 26, 2004 — News Article

CRTC to rule today on proposed CHUM TV stations: Edmonton and Calgary by Paul Brent

The CRTC ruling on CHUM's application for Alberta television licenses will ultimately raise or lower the selling price of Western broadcaster Craig Media.

Feb 26, 2004 — News Article

Liberal MPs get input on federal law contract by Ian Jack

The Liberal government is being criticized over a memo apparently giving Toronto Liberal MPs special input into the selection of lawyers that will advise the government on the impact of lifting foreign ownership requirements for cable companies.

Feb 26, 2004 — News Article

March ruling expected on foreign cable ownership by Ian Jack

FRIENDS opposes the lifting of foreign ownership restrictions.

Feb 24, 2004 — News Article

BCE wants CRTC to narrow its regulating role by Ian Jack

Bell is appealing for less CRTC regulation on many fronts.

Feb 19, 2004 — News Article

Filipino broadcaster plans to air in Canada by Andrew Willis

ABS-CBN, the largest broadcaster in the Philippines, says it plans to launch a 24-hour Filipino television channel with a Canadian partner in the next year.

Feb 18, 2004 — News Article

Why Janet's breast didn't bother us by Tony Atherton

Canadians tolerate nudity and language on television to an extent Americans do not, but draw the line at political incorrectness.

Feb 16, 2004 — News Article

CAB sues over 'illegal tax' by Sean Davidson

CAB argues that CRTC's "Part Two License Fees" represent an unlawful and unconstitutional tax on private broadcasters.

Feb 16, 2004 — News Article

Private funders surpass feds' CTF contribution by Mark Dillon

The growing proportion of film and television funding provided by private funds emphasizes the need for renewed public support of Canadian production.

Feb 15, 2004 — News Article

Everydays and everyways, I hate by Antonia Zerbisias

Cable sports channels and private broadcasters benefit from government protection as surely as CBC does.

Feb 14, 2004 — News Article


There is speculation that the CRTC's delay in resolving RAI and Al-Jazeera applications results from Liberal pressure not to upset voter groups prior to re-election campaign.

Feb 14, 2004 — News Article

Where's the debate on the scandal? by Terence Corcoran

Financial Post Editor says Canadian broadcasting regulation stifles provocative debate on television.

Feb 13, 2004 — News Article

Cable firms take different paths by Gordon Pitts

Differences between Rogers' strategy and U.S. cable company Comcast's has much to do with different regulatory and business environments.

Feb 13, 2004 — News Article

Astral's Quebec radio sale falls through

Astral Media withdraws application to transfer ownership of eight Quebec radio stations.

Feb 12, 2004 — News Article

Groups say FCC ownership rules would stifle public discourse

Media access groups argue that new FCC broadcasting ownership rules may lead to a few large companies owning most of the major sources of news gathering and reporting in some markets.

Feb 12, 2004 — News Article

Comcast could dissolve current TSN partnership by Rick Westhead

BCE says it is too early to tell whether Comcast would sell ESPN's 32% stake in TSN if its bid for Disney is successful.

Feb 12, 2004 — News Article

Rogers plans phone service on cable by 2005 by Terry Weber

Rogers Communications to compete in residential telephone market by 2005, strengthening its claim for regulatory treatment equivalent to telecom companies.

Feb 10, 2004 — News Article

How to deal with the delay by Gerry Flahive

Documentary producer provides tongue-in-cheek commentary on Don Cherry controversy.

Feb 9, 2004 — News Article

Asper vows fight against regulators by Chris Powell

CanWest plans to seek relief from various "egregious" government regulations, such as CRTC policy limiting Canadian broadcasters to 12 minutes of commercials per hour.

Feb 9, 2004 — News Article

CHUM seen pursuing Craig aggressively by Gordon Pitts

Acquiring Craig Media would bring CHUM closer to becoming Canada's third national network.

Feb 9, 2004 — News Article

Flipping the channel by Stan Sutter

Craig Media did a bare minimum to meet promises to CRTC for Toronto licence before cashing out.

Feb 5, 2004 — News Article

CAB opposes addition of MSNBC, Bloomberg

Canadian Association of Broadcasters opposes cable's efforts to bring more U.S. specialty channels to Canada as direct feeds, argues competitive with existing Canadian services.

Feb 5, 2004 — News Article

Hard to feel sorry for broadcasters by Antonia Zerbisias

It is difficult to sympathize with broadcasters who are suing the CRTC over licence fees, considering the benefits and protection that come with their broadcasting licence.

Feb 4, 2004 — News Article

Private broadcasters enjoy blockbuster year in '03 by Gayle MacDonald

CRTC report finds that factors including the economy, advertising revenues and reality programming helped double profits for private broadcasters in 2003.

Feb 3, 2004 — News Article

Disabled finally making inroads on television by Andrew Cardozo

Former CRTC commissioner credits Toronto film producer with putting the visibility of disabled persons on Canadian television back on the policy agenda.

Feb 3, 2004 — News Article

CRTC releases its annual report on conventional television

The CRTC's statistical and financial data report on the Canadian television industry shows that net profits posted by private television stations doubled in 2003.

Feb 2, 2004 — News Article

How the east was lost by Zena Olijnyk

Some say the sale of Craig Media is long overdue, and was simply delayed by winning the Toronto TV licence.

Feb 2, 2004 — News Article

CRTC turns down Mandarin TV bid by Andrew McIntosh

CRTC blocks application for Mandarin language digital channel, responds to opposition from existing broadcaster.

Jan 31, 2004 — News Article

Private broadcasters sue CRTC over millions in fees

Private broadcasters are suing the CRTC for hundreds of millions of dollars, arguing that a licence fee they've been paying amounts to an unconstitutional tax.

Jan 30, 2004 — News Article

HD licenses approved by Commission

CRTC approves transitional digital television licenses for CBC and several private broadcasters.

Jan 30, 2004 — News Article

CanWest remains on trail of acquisitions by Ross Marowits

CanWest identifies a share of cable subscription fees, and relief from requirements to provide local programming, as desirable regulatory changes that would help it to reduce debt and fund acquisitions.

Jan 30, 2004 — News Article

Private broadcasters sue CRTC

CAB filed a statement of claim with the Federal Court of Canada demanding a refund of CRTC licence fees.

Jan 29, 2004 — News Article

TV licensing system needs a repairman by Eric Reguly

The auctioning off of Craig Media, which received a sought after broadcasting licence less than two years ago, illustrates how CRTC's licensing procedure is open to abuse.

Jan 28, 2004 — News Article

A-Channel on the block by David Finlayson

CHUM may purchase Craig Media's A-Channel as a means of entering the Alberta market.

Jan 28, 2004 — News Article

Destiny calls again, but will Péladeau come running this time? by Andrew Willis

If Quebecor purchases Craig Media, it will primarily be for its Toronto 1 station licence.

Jan 27, 2004 — News Article

CHUM reports flat profit by Shirley Won

CHUM says its flat profits are due to increased programming costs and taxes.

Jan 23, 2004 — News Article

Rejection a good thing by Chris Zelkovich

The CRTC rejects large cable rate increases sought by sports specialty services Rogers Sportsnet and The Score.

Jan 22, 2004 — News Article

Teletoon told to spend more on Canadian content: CRTC decision by Ian Jack

CRTC increases spending requirements for Canadian programming on most profitable specialty channels.

Jan 22, 2004 — News Article

CRTC renews licenses for 22 channels by Norma Reveler

CRTC renews the licenses of 22 domestic specialty channels, but in some cases denies requested rate increases.

Jan 21, 2004 — News Article

Knowledge Network changes could include ads by Maurice Bridge

British Columbia's public service educational broadcaster, Knowledge Network TV, could soon be running commercials if a private broadcasting "partner" is appointed to help manage the channel.

Jan 21, 2004 — News Article

CRTC Renews The Score's Broadcasting Licence

CRTC grants 40 percent increase to The Score's wholesale cable subscription rate.

Jan 21, 2004 — News Article

Urban fans eager to steal back the air by Todd Babiak

Enthusiasts assert the CRTC is dragging its feet on a licence for an urban music station in Edmonton.

Jan 19, 2004 — News Article

Measuring TV audiences: how should it be done? by Barry Kiefl

New statistical analyses are needed to allow broadcasters and producers to understand what will attract audiences to Canadian drama.

Jan 19, 2004 — News Article

Putting audiences first by Glenn O'Farrell

Canadian Association of Broadcasters head says the Canadian government needs an action plan for drawing audiences to 'market sustainable' Canadian programs.

Jan 19, 2004 — News Article

Indie music and beyond by Alexandra Gill

CBC Radio 3 is challenging popular perceptions of the public broadcaster.

Jan 15, 2004 — Speech

Remarks by Ian Morrison at Parliament Hill Seminar on Foreign Ownership

If foreign ownership rules are relaxed, integrated foreign media companies will likely gain control of Canadian BDUs and have the ability to control and promote their own content.

Jan 7, 2004 — News Article

American TV Shows Grip Canadian Viewers by Mindelle Jacobs

Private broadcasters and Alliance Atlantis point to U.S. competition and advantage to explain the lack of Canadian stories on domestic television screens.

Jan 6, 2004 — News Article

No concessions as the BBC chairman stands firm by Tim Burt

The head of the BBC fears a report on its war coverage and the death of British Scientist David Kelly will be used as an assault on its funding mechanism, self-regulation and corporate governance.

Jan 5, 2004 — News Article

News wins, drama wanes in CRTC report by Ian Edwards

CRTC says spending on Canadian news and information programming increased 36% between 1998 and 2002, while the figure for drama and comedy programming was only 11%.

Jan 4, 2004 — News Article

TV for those who can't see by Michael Mccullough

A private firm is helping to accelerate the development of narrated, 'described video' versions of television programs for the benefit of visually impaired audiences.

Jan 2, 2004 — News Article

Media shakeup expected by Barbara Shecter

Policy changes and a business cycle upswing are expected to spur consolidation in the Canadian media sector in 2004.

Jan 2, 2004 — News Article

Canada TV might face big changes by Etan Vlessing

Possible increases in media cross-ownership and loosened foreign ownership limits would dramatically change the Canadian television industry.