Article discusses business prospects of U.S. satellite radio services in Canada; FRIENDS continues to see CRTC approval of satellite radio with low Canadian content requirements as slippery slope for regulatory regime that enabled the success of the Canadian music industry.
Availability of Howard Stern on U.S. but not "Canadian" satellite radio could drive grey market.
CTV and CBC tied in audience for election coverage, says online poll conducted by Decima Research and the Carleton University School of Journalism and Communication; CTV and CBC news heads respond.
CRTC reorganization motivated by technological change and "new realities" for industry.
CRTC announces structural reorganization, will merge broadcasting and telecommunications policy, operations and leadership; states that reorganization will respond to CRTC "clients" looking for greater speed and responsiveness and "a lesser regulatory burden".
CHUM seeks foreign radio channels, plans to revive subscription radio service to compete with U.S. satellite services approved with low Canadian content requirements.
Satellite radio has yet to turn a profit in the U.S.
CRTC made satellite radio licensing process easy for Canadian representatives of U.S. satellite radio companies, who stand to reap large financial rewards despite minimal requirements to invest in Canadian content.
Format changes by Winnipeg radio station originally licensed for "nostalgia radio" suggests way of future for Canadian radio in face of challenge from U.S. satellite radio services.
Canadian representative of U.S. satellite radio provider puts shares on the market to finance infrastructure.
Shaw follows Videotron in terminating membership in cable industry association.
Woodbridge sells its majority stake in BellGlobemedia to Torstar and Ontario Teachers Association Plan; CRTC to review request.
U.S. satellite radio services launch in Canada.
CRTC approves six additional foreign third-language programming services, plus Gambling TV.
Auditor General criticizes oversight, controls, objectives of over $800-million in federal culture spending.
Canadian actors visit Parliament Hill, call for increased funding for CBC, CRTC to do its job to preserve Canadian airwaves for Canadian programming.
CRTC is "keeping an eye" on the use of product placement advertising in television programming.
Proposed legislation would give CRTC direct powers to impose administrative fines on companies and individuals.
U.S. President nominates Republication, renominates Democrat to positions on the Federal Communications Commission.
Holder of CRTC licence for satellite radio service authorized to air predominantly U.S. content plans $50-million IPO.
U.S. satellite radio licensee to launch IPO to fund rollout of Canadian service, which will feature minimal Canadian content.
Broadcast ratings agency BBM plans to use pager-like devices to track Canadians' listening and viewing habits.
Noted expert in audience research methodologies corrects misunderstandings about the ratings performance of CBC, outlines prescription for organizational and programming changes at the national public broadcaster.
Producers blame 1999 CRTC television policy for lack of Canadian drama in prime time, say part of the solution is to restore expenditure requirements for conventional broadcasters' investment in drama production.
Joint press release by ACTRA and FRIENDS reaffirms criticism of CRTC decision to license U.S. satellite radio services with low Canadian content requirements, welcomes CRTC decision to proceed with radio policy review, calls on CRTC to reject demands for reductions in Cancon by conventional radio broadcasters.
The CBC retools Radio 3 for delivery over satellite radio.
Astral Media agrees to supply programming to U.S. satellite broadcasting licensee Sirius, seals fate of collaborate venture with CHUM for CRTC-approved terrestrial digital radio service.
Cable lobbyist calls for simultaneous reform of telecommunications and broadcasting regulation and a reassessment of Canadian content regulations in light of broadband technology.
Comments by President and CEO of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters on the impact of new technologies on broadcasting policy.
Canadian Film and Television Production Association releases study showing that changes to film and television financing framework benefit broadcasters, hurt producers; broadcasters spending much more on foreign programming, especially drama, than on Canadian.
Allarco Entertainment and Spotlight Television, having applied to the CRTC for pay television licenses, are now asking the regulator to prevent incumbent pay television providers from making exclusive film deals with Hollywood studios.
CRTC hearings to decide whether to open Canadian pay television market to new entrants.
Liberal lobbyists were reportedly paid lucrative success fees to save U.S. satellite radio providers' CRTC licences in face of Cabinet appeal.
Conservative MP responds to letter from FRIENDS supporter regarding CRTC decisions on satellite radio.
Report alleges U.S. satellite radio firms retained several well-connected Liberals to lobby on their behalf to oppose cabinet appeal of CRTC subscription radio decisions.
CEO of Rogers Communications discusses failed bid for Videotron in Quebec, rivalry with Bell, and abiding by industry regulations.
Statistics Canada reports that the Canadian cable industry saw beginning of end to erosion of its traditional customer base in 2004.
CHUM asks for changes to subscription radio licence to allow commercials, more channels, more foreign content, and more programming already broadcast on conventional radio; seeks level playing field with U.S. satellite radio services recently licensed with low Canadian content requirements.
CHUM questions whether CTV talk television channel can be transformed into an MTV brand and still comply with licence requirements.
CTV to relaunch TalkTV channel under MTV brand as part of far-reaching licensing arrangement; observers sceptical that service will remain a "talk" channel.
Conventional radio broadcasters hint they will seek lower Canadian content requirements following recent CRTC decisions, upheld by Cabinet, to approve low requirements for U.S. satellite radio services.
Canadians break law to receive satellite radio signals.
CHUM expects it will not launch its proposed Canadian subscription radio service after CRTC licences awarded to U.S. satellite radio services with low Canadian content requirements were upheld by cabinet.
Article argues Cancon regime only benefits musicians with mass appeal, low requirements for satellite radio are "a foot in the door" for other artists.
FRIENDS opposes application by mobile telephone broadcasting services for exemption from Canadian content requirements and other broadcasting regulation.
Quebec cultural organizations lament that CRTC satellite radio decisions and federal cabinet decision to uphold them blatantly contradict the founding principles of the Broadcasting Act, set a precedent that could lead to complete marginalization of Canada within its own radio broadcasting industry.
FRIENDS appeal of CRTC satellite radio decisions based in part on the risk that conventional broadcasters would demand reductions in Canadian content obligations to compete with licensed U.S. services.
SOCAN says proposed mobile broadcasting services must be licensed and regulated like other broadcasters.
Cabinet decision on satellite radio appeal characterized by heavy last-minute lobbying by U.S. satellite radio providers.
Last minute offer of slight increase in Canadian content, lobbyist efforts cited in cabinet decision to uphold CRTC ruling on satellite radio.
FRIENDS expects conventional radio broadcasters will eventually ask Ottawa to reduce their Canadian content obligations in wake of cabinet decision to uphold CRTC decisions on satellite radio.
The CCTA files application with CRTC to have nine Chinese third-language foreign channels approved for distribution in Canada.
Text of press release stating that the federal cabinet has upheld CRTC decisions licensing two U.S. satellite radio providers with low Canadian content requirements.
Cabinet upholds CRTC decisions to issue satellite radio licences with unprecedented low Canadian content obligations; Canadian content policy dealt blow; FRIENDS calls decision a black day for Canada.
Artists' groups oppose ghettoization of Canadian content on U.S. satellite radio services, urge cabinet to send licensing decisions back to CRTC.
ACTRA, AFM, CCMIA, CIRPA, CRIA, SOCAN, SAC urge federal government to send satellite radio decisions back to CRTC.
The federal cabinet has reportedly delegated satellite radio appeal decision to its operations committee.
U.S. satellite radio services make last-minute conditional offers for slight increases in Canadian content in effort to sway federal cabinet decision.
Federal cabinet has reportedly yet to decide whether to overturn CRTC satellite radio decisions or return them to the CRTC for reconsideration.
The fact that cabinet is reviewing the CRTC satellite radio decisions reduces the independence of the CRTC.
Company serving independent musicians argues the alternative to approving U.S. satellite radio services is "lawlessness" on Canadian airwaves.
CRTC spokesperson maintains CRTC chair's former directorship, stock options in CD Radio (later Sirius) not a conflict of interest.
Editorial says satellite radio licences have raised fundamental broadcasting policy issues, and Parliament, not the CRTC, is the appropriate forum to debate them.
Canadian Heritage minister discusses CBC lockout, cabinet deliberations on satellite radio.
Editorial contends that technology makes broadcasting regulation, Canadian content obsolete.
A committee of the federal cabinet reportedly failed to reach a consensus on whether CRTC satellite radio decisions should be overturned.
Conflict of interest alleged after documents surface which show CRTC chair Charles Dalfen once served on board of directors of predecessor of U.S. satellite radio provider Sirius, whose Canadian representative was recently awarded a broadcasting licence in Canada.
Quebec union files CRTC complaint against CanWest Global for moving certain functions to Toronto, allegedly violating conditions of its broadcasting licence.
Committee of senior federal cabinet ministers to discuss CRTC satellite radio decision in conference call; results to be presented to full cabinet on Thursday.
FRIENDS disagrees that technology renders Canadian content regulations obsolete, notes that satellite radio market will remain small for some time to come.
Advertisement sponsored by ACTRA, FRIENDS, CIRPA, SOCAN in Ottawa's Hill Times concerning results of opinion poll showing 64% of Canadians want the Government of Canada to intervene in CRTC satellite radio decisions because the proposed services offer too little Canadian content.
Ipsos Reid/Friends of Canadian Broadcasting poll concerning CRTC decisions approving two U.S. satellite radio services in Canada.
Appeal of CHOI-FM licensing decision should go to the Supreme Court, if only to reinforce that the station was not a victim of overzealous CRTC regulation.
Criticism of CRTC decision to shut down Quebec radio station for offensive content, and of Court of Appeal for upholding it.
FRIENDS releases public opinion survey showing two out of three Canadians want the Government of Canada to overturn CRTC decisions to license two American satellite radio companies.
U.S. satellite radio services stage media forum in Toronto, arrange for artists to voice objection to the appeals of CRTC licensing decisions.
CHUM vice-president corrects facts in Globe & Mail editorial supporting CRTC satellite radio decisions.
CRIA and CIRPA spokespersons lament lack of policy hearing on cultural policy implications of subscription radio.
U.S. satellite radio licensees announce they will now offer four of their eight Canadian channels in French.
Survey says only 10 percent of Canadians interested in subscribing to satellite radio; expert finds flaws in Sirius polling methodology saying otherwise.
Editorial says government should not interfere in CRTC decisions: satellite radio is the way of the future.
SOCAN CEO says U.S. satellite radio services should not be allowed to undermine Canadian content regime for sake of a few hundred thousand potential subscribers to an "interim" technology.
Organizations representing Canadian recording industry urge reconsideration of CRTC satellite radio decisions, release poll showing strong public support for Canadian content regulations.
Controversial Quebec radio station appeals to Supreme Court to challenge CRTC decision, recently upheld by the Federal Court of Appeal, to withdraw its broadcasting licence.
Sirius Canada plans to announce more French language programming to address concerns over CRTC licensing decisions.
U.S. satellite radio licensees face opposition not just from CHUM/Astral, but also from a wide range of other sources.
Editorial calls for end to "heavy-handed" regulation keeping U.S. satellite radio out of Canada.
U.S. satellite radio providers condemn politicization of CRTC licensing decision; critics say a mistake for CRTC not to have held a policy hearing first.
Editorial says CRTC decisions on satellite radio should stand.
Columnist says government should let satellite radio decision stand, find new ways to protect and nurture Canadian culture.
U.S. satellite radio rallies car manufacturers, electronics retailers, musicians, celebrities to speak in favour of CRTC licensing decisions.
Columnist announces cabinet decision to ask CRTC to reconsider satellite radio rulings as fait accompli.
Quebecor to consolidate Toronto 1 television channel (renamed SUN-TV) with existing newspaper and web businesses.
Editorial concludes federal cabinet should not second-guess CRTC on satellite radio decisions.
FRIENDS expects federal cabinet will give CRTC guidelines if it decides to send satellite radio decisions back for review.
U.S. satellite radio services warn that overturning CRTC licensing decisions will boost grey market.
U.S. satellite radio provider releases survey showing widespread support for Canadian satellite radio services.
U.S. satellite radio licensees, car manufacturers claim losses, growth of grey market if CRTC decisions are overturned or sent back for reconsideration.
Indie Pool 'disappointed' that groups will likely appeal CRTC satellite radio decision.
U.S. satellite radio licensee announces plans to increase French-language offering to four channels from three in effort to address concerns behind calls for reversal of CRTC licensing decisions.
U.S. satellite radio licensees believe insufficient French-language content the only issue behind calls to overturn CRTC licensing decisions.
Liberal MPs from Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes have all reportedly urged federal cabinet to overturn CRTC satellite radio decisions.
Government sources suggest Cabinet will ask CRTC to rescind satellite radio decisions.
U.S. satellite radio services lobbying intensively for CRTC licensing decisions to stand.
U.S. satellite radio licensee concludes agreement to distribute service packages through Canadian electronics retailers.
Telesat Canada "thrilled" to be working on launch of U.S. satellite radio services in Canada.
Pay television applicants will have to prove to the CRTC there is market demand for the channels they want to offer.
Canadian Satellite Radio says it has pre-signed three thousand Canadian customers in anticipation of launching its satellite radio service.
A coalition of information technology companies has called for significant changes to the Telecommunications Act to better meet the stated objectives of competition, investment and commercialization.
Astral and Corus defend their duopoly in Canada's pay television market, say competition would split available movie content; applicants contend there is room in the market for more than just blockbuster new releases.
The federal government's telecommunications policy review panel is of interest and relevance to broadcasters.
Astral Media responds to new licence applications, defends concentrated pay television market.
Summary of Bell Canada, TELUS and the CCTA submissions to the federal government panel appointed to review telecommunications policy.
CCTA makes recommendations to federal telecommunications policy review panel, advocates development of new communications policy to address convergence.
CRTC to consider whether television carried on wireless devices such as mobile phones should fall under 1999 New Media Exemption Order.
TVOntario has asked the CRTC to lower its Cancon requirements from 65% to 60%.
FRIENDS and fourteen other organizations ask Cabinet to overturn CRTC decisions granting applications by Canadian Satellite Radio and Sirius Canada for broadcasting licences to carry on satellite radio undertakings in Canada.
CAB comments on "potential impacts and potential unintended consequences for the Canadian broadcasting system that may be fostered by the policy rationale" used by the CRTC to approve two U.S.-based satellite radio services with low Canadian content requirements.
Ten French-language organizations ask Cabinet to set aside CRTC satellite radio decisions and order CRTC to hold a public hearing on a subscription radio policy.
CRTC report says Canadians are watching less television overall, but more Canadian television.
Summary of findings from the CRTC's sixth annual Broadcasting Policy Monitoring Report.
Reports reveal that Germany's largest broadcaster and its leading television production company have been inserting illegal product placements and other hidden advertising into their programs.
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting and eight other organizations will mount offensive against CRTC's satellite radio decision.
As Internet radio gains credibility as a medium, advertising dollars and alternative funding sources are expected to follow.
CRTC to consider whether to allow new competitors into the pay television market.
FRIENDS comments on new pay TV licence applications.
Pay TV application put forward by Channel Zero features 100% Canadian content; proposed funding model is to collect contribution from other pay TV licensees.
Wireless carriers argue the delivery of television to cellular phones should be exempt from regulation under the CRTC's 1999 new media exemption order.
CRTC expected to make a decision on four new pay tv applicants in late winter or early spring.
Four new applications may upset two-decade old Corus/Astral pay television duopoly.
Groups oppose CRTC ruling on Satellite radio; say that XM and Sirius will provide minimal Canadian content.
Rogers and Corus say they will not launch a regulatory attack on the CRTC pay radio ruling because they believe terrestrial radio can compete against US satellite radio services.
FCC commissioners, evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, fail to agree on questions to be asked in review of U.S. media ownership rules.
CHUM, Astral joined by other broadcasters in appeal against CRTC subscription radio ruling.
CHUM says it would be better for Canadians to let the grey market for American satellite radio thrive than to lower the bar for Canadian content by allowing U.S. satellite radio licensees to launch.
Arts and labour groups ask government to pull the plug on U.S. subscription radio licensees; conventional radio stations unsure whether satellite radio will harm their business.
CHUM and Astral will appeal the CRTC's subscription radio ruling.
CHUM and Astral, together with other broadcasters, say they will appeal CRTC pay radio ruling.
CHUM and Astral have announced that they will appeal the CRTC's subscription radio decision.
CHUM and Astral join a large number of arts groups in appealing the CRTC’s pay radio decision.
CHUM and Astral appeal CRTC pay radio ruling, oppose licensing of competitors with lower requirements for Canadian content.
CHUM and Astral announce appeal of CRTC decision on subscription radio services saying it will negatively affect Canadian content requirements across the broadcasting sector.
Broadcasters join cultural coalitions in launching appeal against CRTC subscription radio decision.
Three coalitions appeal the CRTC's licensing of U.S. satellite radio services CSR and Sirius Canada.
Broadcasters led by Astral and CHUM join two cultural coalitions in appealing the CRTC's pay radio ruling.
Quebec's minister of culture is shocked by CRTC decision on satellite radio, feels ruling poses a significant threat to Quebecois culture.
U.S. analysts predict there is a 50-50 chance that Sirius and XM will not decide to enter the Canadian market.
CCTA president Michael Hennessy presents cable industry view on federal telecommunications policy review, says review should interest consumers since it will determine what content they access and how.
Canadian truckers and farmers in rural regions have resorted to fabricated American addresses to obtain grey market satellite radio services.
FRIENDS opposes double standard for Canadian content created by CRTC pay radio decision.
Company that serves independent artists says it disagrees with arts group coalition appeal of the CRTC pay radio decision.
Friends and other members of cultural coalition say CRTC satellite radio ruling could lead to decreased Canadian content across the broadcasting system.
Canadians less interested in television but more interested in local networks, CRTC report reveals.
CRTC Report finds Canadians are watching less television overall, but more Canadian television when they are tuning in.
CRTC monitoring report says Canadians watched 20 minutes less television per week in 2004 than in 2003.
CRTC report reveals that specialty, pay and pay-per-view revenues now equal those of English-language private conventional stations.
Columnist analyzes CRTC Broadcasting Policy Monitoring Report.
CRTC report says revenue growth at Canadian satellite TV and wireless cable distributors outpaced that for conventional cable, and that only conventional cable operators recorded profits last year.
Sixth annual CRTC statistical report analyzes radio, television, broadcast distribution and Internet indicators with a view to measuring the impact of CRTC regulations, policies and decisions on the Canadian broadcasting industry.
Cultural groups ask federal Cabinet to overturn CRTC pay radio ruling.
ACTRA comments on cultural coalition appeal of CRTC pay radio decision.
CRTC data show cable industry profits before interest and taxes rose 44.9% between 2003 and 2004.
Following CRTC ruling on pay radio, XM says it is considering whether or not to enter the Canadian market at all, while Sirius says it remains committed to doing so.
Cultural groups oppose satellite radio decision on the basis it will erode Canadian content structure that has taken Canada decades to build.
Cultural coalition tells Cabinet pay radio decision runs counter to Canadian broadcasting policy.
Coalition of media, labour and arts groups appeals satellite radio ruling.
Coalition of media, labour and arts groups says Cabinet must overturn CRTC pay radio ruling in order to preserve Canadian content.
CRTC report says that conventional cable distributors' subscribers, revenues and profits have all increased since 2000.
Cultural coalition believes pay radio ruling breaches Canada's Broadcasting Act.
Cultural coalition opposes CRTC approval of U.S. satellite radio services.
Arts coalition says CRTC ruling on pay radio sets a dangerous precedent and is asking federal Cabinet to overturn it.
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting and other coalition members ask Cabinet to review CRTC ruling on satellite radio, consider the decision to be a threat to Canadian content.
FRIENDS op-ed explains rationale for arts coalition appeal of CRTC decision on pay radio.
FRIENDS joins with eight other organizations to appeal CRTC decisions on subscription radio.
Arts and labour groups say pay radio decision runs counter to policy objectives behind Canada's Broadcasting Act.
Friends and other arts and labour groups ask Cabinet to review the CRTC's decision on pay radio.
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting and fellow arts and labour groups are challenging the CRTC's pay radio ruling because of its projected degenerative effect on Canadian content throughout the broadcasting system.
Article says that CRTC ruling on pay radio services is "heavy handed" due to attached Canadian content obligations.
Coalition members ask Cabinet to review CRTC subscription radio decision, which they say will erode Canadian content in Canada's audio-visual system.
A coalition of arts groups including Friends of Canadian Broadcasting is contesting CRTC ruling on subscription based radio services.
Coalition including Friends of Canadian Broadcasting will ask federal Cabinet to review CRTC ruling on subscription radio services.
NDP caucus calls on Liberal government to overturn CRTC decision on satellite radio.
CRTC pay radio decision would undo years of efforts to promote and protect Canadian programming, say arts groups.
FRIENDS joins coalition of arts, labour and other groups in asking federal cabinet to overturn CRTC pay radio decision.
Columnist describes Canadian content regulation on radio is "unenforceable, indefinable, unnecessary and ineffective".
Head of cable industry association defends CRTC ruling on VoIP against telco efforts to appeal the decision.
Quebec artists say they will have to be convinced that the CRTC ruling on subscription radio will benefit them, or they will appeal.
Article says that truck drivers who have been subscribing to grey market satellite radio will be happy that the CRTC has approved it in Canada but unhappy about the Canadian content requirements the regulator has attached to the technology.
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, along with several other arts groups, says it will appeal CRTC ruling on subscription radio.
CSR eager to move ahead with launch of satellite radio after CRTC ruling; CHUM registers disappointment and doubts its chances of competing against U.S. satellite radio licensees.
Article says the CRTC was right to impose only modest Cancon requirements on satellite radio licensees.
Article says that satellite radio will help Canadian musical talent flourish.
Columnist suggests that given the value of broadcasting licences to their holders, the CRTC could have attached much stricter Cancon requirements to the satellite radio licensees.
Article says that the CRTC is obsolete, that Canadians should simply let American satellite radio broadcasters distribute in Canada.
Columnist says that CRTC does Canadians a disservice by obliging satellite radio providers to supply Canadian content, since what consumers want is popular American content.
Arts groups say they will appeal CRTC ruling on satellite radio over lax Canadian content regulation.
Editorial says that consumers, not the CRTC, should determine Canadian content on satellite radio.
CRTC acknowledges CHUM/Astral's pay radio proposal unlikely to proceed in the face of competition from two U.S. satellite services, but licensed all three subscription radio applicants regardless.
CHUM and Astral will consult with stakeholders over the next few weeks to determine how they will respond to the CRTC's decision on pay radio.
GM Canada welcomes CRTC decision on pay radio, says it hopes to have satellite radio equipped cars on the market as soon as possible.
The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada enumerates complaints with CRTC pay radio decision, considers appeal.
The Canadian Recording Industry Association deplores CRTC ruling on pay radio for failing to address piracy concerns or ensure adequate Canadian content.
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting to be joined by other arts groups in appealing CRTC ruling on subscription radio.
CRTC gives green light to all three satellite radio applicants.
Editorial says that the CRTC and the notion of Canadian content are of no use in today's multi-channel universe.
Car manufacturers pleased with CRTC decision licensing two U.S. satellite radio services in Canada.
CRTC ruling allowing two U.S. satellite pay radio applicants into the Canadian market is a setback for all Canadian CHUM/Astral bid.
Rogers SportsNet, The Sports Network and RDS have filed a petition asking the CRTC to relax their Canadian content obligations in consideration of the revenue loss they suffered due to the NHL lockout.
Columnist complains that CBC radio services no longer air serious classical music.
CRTC authorizes all three applicants for digital pay radio.
If the CRTC is in fact "redundant", the responsibility lies with Parliament to update the Broadcasting Act.
CRTC pay radio decision is fundamentally about the integrity of Canadian content requirements.
FRIENDS believes watered down Canadian content requirements, sought by two of the three applicants for pay radio licences, would have spillover effects for conventional radio.
The CRTC will shortly decide on three applications for pay radio licences; Friends of Canadian Broadcasting supports the CHUM/Astral application because it is the only one that complies with Broadcasting Act Canadian content requirements.
Minister of Canadian Heritage Liza Frulla announces $100 million in new money for the Canadian Television Fund; advises public and private broadcasters alike to accelerate conversion to HDTV.
Observers expect the CRTC may approve all three pay radio licence applicants, but with restrictions that could generate appeals to courts or to the federal cabinet.
By licensing all three pay radio applications, CRTC may have shut CHUM out of the game; broadcaster may appeal the decision.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has accelerated manufacturing deadlines for digital television sets by four months.
CRTC to rule on pay radio this week; FRIENDS says only one of the three applicants would meet Broadcasting Act requirements.
Opponents of application for new Niagara TV station tell CRTC commissioners the station will fail because of insufficient advertising dollars in the market.
The Telecommunications Policy Review Panel issues consultation document, invites input from interested stakeholders.
Satellite radio's fundamental difference is that it isn't local.
CRTC hearings concerning an application for a new Niagara-area station have begun; CTV, Global and CHUM have all filed interventions stating that there are not enough advertising dollars in the market to support a newcomer.
Opinion letter calls the CRTC a "Liberal scam" that stifles competition and funds "government-friendly" broadcasters.
Rogers' recent purchase of Call-Net is expected to give the company the scale necessary to compete with dominant phone carriers Bell Canada and TELUS.
Editorial calls CRTC a "relic" out of touch with the 21st century.
Corus Entertainment replaces newsroom staff at newly acquired Montreal radio station.
Denis Carmel, the CRTC's Director General of Communications, responds to pay radio editorial.
Federal Court of Appeal hears matter of the non-renewal of CHOI-FM’s license.
Commentary says the CRTC and communications regulation in general are antiquated concepts and that the free market will best protect consumers.
Genex Communications, owner of CHOI FM, appeals CRTC ruling not to renew the station's broadcasting license.
Article says that entertainment magazine programs, encouraged by the CRTC's 1999 television policy, focus on foreign programming and have hampered English Canada's efforts to develop a local star system.
All major Canadian broadcasters save the CBC sign up for CRTC incentive that allows them additional advertising minutes if they air more Canadian drama in prime time.
The Federal Court of Appeal will review the CRTC's decision not to renew CHOI-FM’s licence due to repeated violations of the Broadcasting Act.
CHOI-FM argues that CRTC violated freedom of speech in failing to renew its broadcasting licence.
The CRTC has approved a $13-million takeover of Trinity Television by Rogers.
CRTC ruling on VoIP places restrictions on big telcos, but fails to protect small operators against the large cable companies.
Michel Arpin, formerly Senior Regulatory and Governmental Affairs Advisor for Astral Broadcasting Group, has been appointed Vice-Chair of Broadcasting at the CRTC.
Columnist disagrees with proposal that the Canadian content points system be reformed to give Canadian indie music talent more airplay.
The CRTC has decided to allow RAI International to be distributed in Canada provided it is bundled with a subscription to competing Canadian service Telelatino.
Article says that the CRTC’s decision to regulate the price of VoIP services provided by incumbent telcos will keep prices unnecessarily high.
Heritage Minister Liza Frulla says she is "extremely happy" with CRTC ruling allowing RAI International into Canada.
RAI decision sets precedent for other third-language services to enter Canadian market if they are tied to carriage of home-grown counterpart.
CRTC orders Shaw's Star Choice to stop using "omnibus" high definition TV channels.
Head of Canadian cable industry association discusses HDTV, VOIP, local/regional programming, and other communications policy issues and how they are being handled in the current political climate.
CRTC opts to regulate the price of VoIP local telephone services when provided by large incumbent telcos, but not when provided by large cable companies.
Telecom and cable lobbyists seek different outcomes from CRTC deliberations over voice over Internet protocol regulation.
Michel Arpin appointed vice-chair of broadcasting at the CRTC to replace Andree Wylie.
U.S. appeals court overturns controversial new FCC rules for "broadcast flag" anti-piracy technology that would have limited how consumers record and watch television programs.
Article speculates that Micheal Arpin, a Quebec broadcasting executive, will be appointed to the position of vice-chair of broadcasting at the CRTC.
Group representing independent musicians tells the CRTC it should alter the Cancon credit system for radio to favour the exposure of lesser-known artists.
Car makers urge the CRTC to come up with a ruling on satellite radio in order to decide whether or not to install hardware in their 2006 models.
Media consultant study concludes that media concentration has not led to less choice, largely because the prevalence of Internet-based and other digital media renders ownership/content less relevant.
Shaw Communications executives predict a more relaxed regulatory environment for the cable industry in the future.
FRIENDS opposes CanWest Global's application to amend the licence of its Montreal ethnic broadcasting undertaking, CJNT, to reduce its ethnic broadcasting obligations.
Global Television has received CRTC approval to carry digital signals for three of its stations.
Sirius Canada has sent cease and desist letters in an attempt to curb grey market sales to Canadians.
The chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee proposes using criminal justice system, rather than merely FCC regulation, to address indecency on television.
CRTC warns Canadian broadcasters over slow adoption of HDTV, which lags that of their U.S. counterparts and Canadian consumers' own purchases of HDTV-capable television sets.
CRTC financial summaries show that radio profits increased slightly last year; AM stations almost broke even after years of losses.
Canadian Association of Broadcasters head denies that CRTC 1999 drama policy has had a negative effect on Canadian drama programming.
Government officially announces appointments to panel reviewing Canadian telecom policy and outlines terms of reference and "areas of interest" for the review.
Government appoints Atlantic and Pacific regional CRTC commissioners.
Observers say the federal government has adopted a more activist approach towards the CRTC.
Satellite radio stakeholders and the Fraser Institute charge that the CRTC is holding back the industry, should not be involved in regulating satellite services.
The CRTC removes the 15-minute news wheel constraints previously attached to CTV Newsnet's broadcasting licence.
New FCC chair provides few specific insights into his plans for regulating the U.S. communications sector.
Federal response to the Lincoln Report addresses access to local and regional programming, and empowering the CRTC to fine broadcasters.
Government confirms members of telecom review panel; broadband Internet access for remote communities expected to be a major focus.
The federal government's appointees to the telecom policy review panel announced in the federal budget represent Internet, wireless and traditional telecommunications perspectives.
FRIENDS recommends leaner CRTC focused on quality of appointees rather then quantity.
Sandra Abma reports that in the hearing process the traveling Senate Committee is unearthing how media concentration hurts local programming and in the process, prevents pertinent information from getting through to voters. Canadians are demanding regulatory protection to ensure quality of news and local programming from dominant media providers.
FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting has given Heritage Minister Liza Frulla a suggested Memorandum to Cabinet designed to implement in public policy the principal recommendations of the Lincoln Report (Our Cultural Sovereignty).
The CRTC has ruled that large telcos must refund millions of dollars to consumers for having failed to meet service standards.
It remains to been seen whether Kevin Martin, the newly appointed FCC chairman, will take the same position on communications deregulation as his predecessor, Michael Powell.
Commentator advocates increased governmental oversight of Internet service providers' carrier function, suggests approach to Internet governance should be re-evaluated in government's planned review of Telecommunications Act.
George Bush's appointment of Kevin Martin to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's top job is seen as a victory for broadcasting decency advocates and those who stand to benefit from deregulation.
CCAU says the federal government must address the crisis in Canadian drama in its upcoming parliamentary response to the Report of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.
Article on backer of one of the three satellite radio services with applications before the CRTC.
Groups anxious that the recent federal budget made no mention of film tax credits or of extended funding to the Canadian Television Fund, fear that Telecommunications Act review may lead to changes in foreign ownership restrictions.
US Chamber of Commerce head says Canada should take the upcoming federal review of telecom policy as an opportunity to do away with foreign ownership regulations.
US Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue tells cabinet ministers and senior bureaucrats that it is critical to review telecom regulation because the sector is a major driving force behind labour productivity.
Telecommunication companies are pleased by the review of telecommunication policy and industry regulation announced in the federal budget.
Observers expect CRTC to approve Rogers application for RAI International, now that third language programming policy requires competing Canadian services to be bundled with and have access to foreign services' programming.
Contrary to historical practice, CRTC releases statistical and financial summaries for pay and specialty television services in aggregate only.
Further consolidation is expected in Canadian telecommunications market.
Columnist says that the panel appointed to review telecommunications policy should recommend dismantling the CRTC.
Former Quebec Minister of Communications Richard French is appointed vice-chairman of the CRTC's telecom branch.
Federal government appoints new CRTC vice-chair, telecommunications.
Editorial says that the CRTC should allow satellite radio to be freely broadcast in Canada.
New Decima Research poll says that Canadian viewers are subscribing to HDTV faster then those in the U.S.
Industry groups the Coalition for Competitive Telecommunications and the Canadian Cable Telecommunications Association applaud news of a review of the 1993 Telecommunications Act.
The CKAC Radio journalists' union will be asking for a review of the CRTC decision allowing the station to be sold to Corus.
The Industry Minister will reportedly appoint a panel to advise on reform of Canadian telecommunications regulations, eventually including a review of foreign ownership restrictions.
BCE has yet to take decisive action on BellGlobemedia after declaring it a non-core business two years ago.
Conservative groups in the United States are joining forces to push for more restrictive, values-oriented legislation on the content of television programming.
Richard Stursberg says CRTC plan to reinvigorate Canadian drama will only render U.S. programs more attractive to private broadcasters, has his own plan to double Canadian drama during prime time at the CBC.
A new contender might unsettle the monopoly that Astral Media and Corus Entertainment have over the pay-tv market since a mystery applicant has applied to the CRTC for a licence.
The president of General Motors of Canada has intervened in satellite radio hearings to say the CRTC should approve all three proposals, to avoid putting consumers at a disadvantage.
The CCTA has asked the CRTC to add three new foreign channels to the lists of eligible satellite services.
Delays in federal appointments to CRTC management vacancies may inhibit the regulator's ability to function.
Sudbury business writer applauds the CRTC for recognizing the unhealthy impact the agreements between Rogers and Newcap have had on local radio in Sudbury.
CRTC Chairman Charles Dalfen says the CRTC is working to produce rulings more expediently but that industry is also to blame for procedural delays.
CRTC report finds that private stations' earnings declined by 23% last year despite spending on reality television and foreign programming.
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission report shows that broadcast earnings are down.
CRTC releases private broadcasters' 2004 financial summaries.
Rogers has re-applied for a licence to carry RAI International following the CRTC's adoption of a new third-language broadcasting policy in December.
Rogers has filed an application to add RAI International to the list of authorized foreign digital satellite services.
Text of CRTC Chair Charles Dalfen's speech before the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, addressing the CRTC's mandate, linguistic duality, diversity, third-language programming and equal rights.
Observers criticize use of patronage appointments to fill CRTC vacancies.
As piracy software becomes increasingly sophisticated, networks find they will have to make content more accessible to viewers in order to survive.
Columnist disagrees with CRTC decisions on RAI International and Al-Jazeera and predicts that he will also disagree with upcoming decisions on VoIP and satellite radio.
Former CRTC chair Pierre Juneau pays homage to late CBC broadcasting executive and CRTC chair Harry J. Boyle.
CRTC makes exception to allow Spike TV, rules against objection by Canadian Association of Broadcasters and Canwest Global that the rebranded channel originally approved as the Nashville Network unfairly competes with Canadian services.
CRTC aims to "neutralize the downward trend" of original French-language Canadian drama programming in the private sector.
TVA expected to expand further into English Canada provided it can make Toronto 1 a success.
At CRTC, Boyle worked to safeguard domestic ownership of Canada's broadcasting industry and establish Canadian content quotas for television.
CRTC approves sale of Astral Media's Quebec radio stations to Corus Entertainment.
FCC enforcement against programming content shows the growing influence of conservative voters.
Article suggests the political climate in Ottawa is such that there are good chances some of the Lincoln Report recommendations will finally be implemented.
Satellite radio is appealing, but poses a considerable threat to Canadian content.