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All CRTC / Regulation Articles — 2005

Dec 26, 2005 — News Article

Media: Radio Waves by Andy Holloway

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.

Dec 21, 2005 — News Article

Sirius challenge: Stern competition by Grant Robertson

Availability of Howard Stern on U.S. but not "Canadian" satellite radio could drive grey market.

Dec 17, 2005 — News Article

It's just news, not brainwashing by Christopher Dornan

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.

Dec 16, 2005 — News Article

CRTC restructuring targets changing times by Catherine McLean

CRTC reorganization motivated by technological change and "new realities" for industry.

Dec 15, 2005 — News Article

CRTC Reorganization

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".

Dec 15, 2005 — News Article

CHUM seeks to add foreign radio channels to service by Grant Robertson

CHUM seeks foreign radio channels, plans to revive subscription radio service to compete with U.S. satellite services approved with low Canadian content requirements.

Dec 11, 2005 — News Article

Satellite Radio: Out of the Car and Under Fire by Richard Siklos

Satellite radio has yet to turn a profit in the U.S.

Dec 10, 2005 — News Article

Satellite radio: Get rich and don't die tryin' by Eric Reguly

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.

Dec 8, 2005 — News Article

Tune in for nasty battle over Canada's airwaves by Morley Walker

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.

Dec 7, 2005 — News Article

Canadian Satellite Radio share offering draws $55M

Canadian representative of U.S. satellite radio provider puts shares on the market to finance infrastructure.

Dec 7, 2005 — News Article

Shaw ends membership in cable industry group by Catherine McLean

Shaw follows Videotron in terminating membership in cable industry association.

Dec 2, 2005 — News Article

Woodbridge and BCE Announce New Ownership Structure for Bell Globemedia

Woodbridge sells its majority stake in BellGlobemedia to Torstar and Ontario Teachers Association Plan; CRTC to review request.

Dec 1, 2005 — News Article

Satellite radio is finally here by Michael Bettencourt

U.S. satellite radio services launch in Canada.

Nov 26, 2005 — News Article

CRTC approves six new foreign-language channels

CRTC approves six additional foreign third-language programming services, plus Gambling TV.

Nov 23, 2005 — News Article

Ottawa film funding criticized by Michael den Tandt

Auditor General criticizes oversight, controls, objectives of over $800-million in federal culture spending.

Nov 23, 2005 — News Article

Actors gang up on Ottawa over CRTC, CBC

Canadian actors visit Parliament Hill, call for increased funding for CBC, CRTC to do its job to preserve Canadian airwaves for Canadian programming.

Nov 21, 2005 — News Article

CRTC ponders impact of product placement by Keith McArthur and Grant Robertson

CRTC is "keeping an eye" on the use of product placement advertising in television programming.

Nov 15, 2005 — News Article

Amendment would allow CRTC fines by Catherine McLean

Proposed legislation would give CRTC direct powers to impose administrative fines on companies and individuals.

Nov 9, 2005 — News Article

Bush Picks Tennessee Regulator For FCC by Brooks Boliek

U.S. President nominates Republication, renominates Democrat to positions on the Federal Communications Commission.

Nov 8, 2005 — News Article

Bitove expects to raise $50-million in CSR IPO by John Partridge

Holder of CRTC licence for satellite radio service authorized to air predominantly U.S. content plans $50-million IPO.

Nov 8, 2005 — News Article

IPO in works for XM's Canada licensee by Etan Vlessing

U.S. satellite radio licensee to launch IPO to fund rollout of Canadian service, which will feature minimal Canadian content.

Nov 7, 2005 — News Article

Pagers to survey radio listening habits by Grant Robertson

Broadcast ratings agency BBM plans to use pager-like devices to track Canadians' listening and viewing habits.

Nov 6, 2005 — News Article

Far from over by Barry Kiefl

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.

Nov 5, 2005 — News Article

The not-so-funny tussle over Canadian prime time by Kate Taylor

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.

Nov 4, 2005 — News Release

Satellite Radio Damages Canadian Musical Artists: CRTC must make a stand for Canada

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.

Nov 2, 2005 — News Article

CBC plans to beam up Radio 3 by Alexandra Gill

The CBC retools Radio 3 for delivery over satellite radio.

Nov 2, 2005 — News Article

C'est bon radio by Paul Brent

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.

Nov 1, 2005 — News Article

Economic and cultural convergence by Michael Hennessy

Cable lobbyist calls for simultaneous reform of telecommunications and broadcasting regulation and a reassessment of Canadian content regulations in light of broadband technology.

Nov 1, 2005 — News Article

New technologies require smart policy by Glenn O'Farrell

Comments by President and CEO of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters on the impact of new technologies on broadcasting policy.

Oct 31, 2005 — News Article

Independent producers struggle while broadcasters reap rewards

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.

Oct 27, 2005 — News Article

CRTC asked to say who shows Hollywood movies on TV by Simon Tuck

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.

Oct 24, 2005 — News Article

Pay-TV monopolies under fire at CRTC by Grant Robertson

CRTC hearings to decide whether to open Canadian pay television market to new entrants.

Oct 20, 2005 — News Article

Liberal lobbyists got satellite 'success fees' by Campbell Clark

Liberal lobbyists were reportedly paid lucrative success fees to save U.S. satellite radio providers' CRTC licences in face of Cabinet appeal.

Oct 19, 2005 — News Article

Letter to FRIENDS supporter from Werner Schmidt, MP, regarding satellite radio

Conservative MP responds to letter from FRIENDS supporter regarding CRTC decisions on satellite radio.

Oct 19, 2005 — News Article

Mahoney's mix-up by Glen McGregor

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.

Oct 18, 2005 — News Article

Ted Rogers, cinq ans plus tard par François Desjardins

CEO of Rogers Communications discusses failed bid for Videotron in Quebec, rivalry with Bell, and abiding by industry regulations.

Oct 12, 2005 — News Article

Cable and satellite television - 2004

Statistics Canada reports that the Canadian cable industry saw beginning of end to erosion of its traditional customer base in 2004.

Oct 1, 2005 — News Article

CHUM requests changes to new radio licence by Simon Tuck

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.

Sep 30, 2005 — News Article

CTV deal to bring back MTV irks rival by John McKay

CHUM questions whether CTV talk television channel can be transformed into an MTV brand and still comply with licence requirements.

Sep 29, 2005 — News Article

Canada gets its MTV again with CTV deal by Etan Vlessing

CTV to relaunch TalkTV channel under MTV brand as part of far-reaching licensing arrangement; observers sceptical that service will remain a "talk" channel.

Sep 23, 2005 — News Article

Eased satellite radio rules could 'shock' system by Grant Robertson and Richard Blackwell

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.

Sep 17, 2005 — News Article

Satellite radioheads going grey market by David Menzies

Canadians break law to receive satellite radio signals.

Sep 16, 2005 — News Article

CHUM may kill plan for subscription radio service by Simon Tuck

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.

Sep 13, 2005 — News Article

Satellite radio opens new doors

Article argues Cancon regime only benefits musicians with mass appeal, low requirements for satellite radio are "a foot in the door" for other artists.

Sep 12, 2005 — Policy Brief

Submission to CRTC re Regulatory Framework for Mobile Broadcasting Services [PN CRTC 2005-82]

FRIENDS opposes application by mobile telephone broadcasting services for exemption from Canadian content requirements and other broadcasting regulation.

Sep 12, 2005 — News Article

Satellite Subscription Radio Undertaking: Quebec’s cultural community dismayed by government decision

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.

Sep 12, 2005 — News Article

Sirius says cabinet has OK'd bid to provide satellite radio

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.

Sep 12, 2005 — News Article

Response To Call For Comments On A Regulatory Framework For Mobile Broadcasting Services

SOCAN says proposed mobile broadcasting services must be licensed and regulated like other broadcasters.

Sep 12, 2005 — News Article

Satellite radio campaign hinged on making political compromise by Simon Tuck

Cabinet decision on satellite radio appeal characterized by heavy last-minute lobbying by U.S. satellite radio providers.

Sep 10, 2005 — News Article

Satellite radio ruling upheld by Paul Vieira and Paul Brent

Last minute offer of slight increase in Canadian content, lobbyist efforts cited in cabinet decision to uphold CRTC ruling on satellite radio.

Sep 10, 2005 — News Article

Satellite radio ruling upheld by Simon Tuck

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.

Sep 9, 2005 — News Article

Cable Industry Supports Nine New Third-language Services

The CCTA files application with CRTC to have nine Chinese third-language foreign channels approved for distribution in Canada.

Sep 9, 2005 — News Article

The Government of Canada Upholds CRTC Decisions 2005-246, 2005-247, and 2005-248

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.

Sep 9, 2005 — News Article

Cabinet backs broadcast regulator's licence approvals for satellite radio by Dennis Bueckert

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.

Sep 9, 2005 — News Article

Satellite radio debate rages by Terry Weber

Artists' groups oppose ghettoization of Canadian content on U.S. satellite radio services, urge cabinet to send licensing decisions back to CRTC.

Sep 9, 2005 — News Article

Organizations Representing More than 130,000 Musicians, Singers, Songwriters, Actors, and Label Employees Stand up for Canadian Content

ACTRA, AFM, CCMIA, CIRPA, CRIA, SOCAN, SAC urge federal government to send satellite radio decisions back to CRTC.

Sep 9, 2005 — News Article

Cabinet tries again to break satellite-radio deadlock by Simon Tuck

The federal cabinet has reportedly delegated satellite radio appeal decision to its operations committee.

Sep 8, 2005 — News Article

Satellite radio firms offer more Cancon by Brian Laghi and Simon Tuck

U.S. satellite radio services make last-minute conditional offers for slight increases in Canadian content in effort to sway federal cabinet decision.

Sep 8, 2005 — News Article

Cabinet puts off satellite radio decision

Federal cabinet has reportedly yet to decide whether to overturn CRTC satellite radio decisions or return them to the CRTC for reconsideration.

Sep 8, 2005 — News Article

Radio Daze by Michael Geist

The fact that cabinet is reviewing the CRTC satellite radio decisions reduces the independence of the CRTC.

Sep 8, 2005 — News Article

Scrapping radio ruling a big risk by Gregg Terrence

Company serving independent musicians argues the alternative to approving U.S. satellite radio services is "lawlessness" on Canadian airwaves.

Sep 8, 2005 — News Article

CRTC denies chair has conflict in satellite radio licences

CRTC spokesperson maintains CRTC chair's former directorship, stock options in CD Radio (later Sirius) not a conflict of interest.

Sep 7, 2005 — News Article

Canadian-content rules under attack

Editorial says satellite radio licences have raised fundamental broadcasting policy issues, and Parliament, not the CRTC, is the appropriate forum to debate them.

Sep 7, 2005 — News Article

Frulla: Taking the heat and loving every minute by James Adams

Canadian Heritage minister discusses CBC lockout, cabinet deliberations on satellite radio.

Sep 7, 2005 — News Article

What public airwaves?

Editorial contends that technology makes broadcasting regulation, Canadian content obsolete.

Sep 7, 2005 — News Article

Satellite-radio issue stumps cabinet group by Simon Tuck

A committee of the federal cabinet reportedly failed to reach a consensus on whether CRTC satellite radio decisions should be overturned.

Sep 7, 2005 — News Article

CRTC: le patron accusé de conflit d'intérêts par Joël-Denis Bellavance

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.

Sep 6, 2005 — News Article

Une plainte est portée contre le réseau Global par Norman Delisle

Quebec union files CRTC complaint against CanWest Global for moving certain functions to Toronto, allegedly violating conditions of its broadcasting licence.

Sep 6, 2005 — News Article

Top cabinet ministers debate the fate of satellite radio by Jane Taber and Brian Langhi

Committee of senior federal cabinet ministers to discuss CRTC satellite radio decision in conference call; results to be presented to full cabinet on Thursday.

Sep 6, 2005 — News Article

Digital airwaves cloud Cancon's future by Brian Laghi

FRIENDS disagrees that technology renders Canadian content regulations obsolete, notes that satellite radio market will remain small for some time to come.

Sep 5, 2005 — Blog Post

Hill Times Advertisement: Stand with Canadians

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.

Sep 5, 2005 — Opinion Poll

Two in Three Canadians Want the Federal Government to Intervene in Recent CRTC Approval of Satellite Radio

Ipsos Reid/Friends of Canadian Broadcasting poll concerning CRTC decisions approving two U.S. satellite radio services in Canada.

Sep 5, 2005 — News Article

CHOI should go to Supreme Court

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.

Sep 5, 2005 — News Article

A shocking ruling on shock radio

Criticism of CRTC decision to shut down Quebec radio station for offensive content, and of Court of Appeal for upholding it.

Sep 5, 2005 — News Release

Ottawa expected to stand up for Canada on satellite radio

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.

Sep 3, 2005 — News Article

Debate over satellite radio still raging by Greg Quill

U.S. satellite radio services stage media forum in Toronto, arrange for artists to voice objection to the appeals of CRTC licensing decisions.

Sep 2, 2005 — News Article

Letter to the Editor: Subscription radio

CHUM vice-president corrects facts in Globe & Mail editorial supporting CRTC satellite radio decisions.

Sep 2, 2005 — News Article

Here's your art, what's your hurry? by Graham Henderson and Brian Chater

CRIA and CIRPA spokespersons lament lack of policy hearing on cultural policy implications of subscription radio.

Sep 2, 2005 — News Article

Extra French satellite channels pledged by Sean Silcoff

U.S. satellite radio licensees announce they will now offer four of their eight Canadian channels in French.

Sep 2, 2005 — News Article

Poll suggests Canadians lukewarm to satellite radio by Simon Doyle

Survey says only 10 percent of Canadians interested in subscribing to satellite radio; expert finds flaws in Sirius polling methodology saying otherwise.

Sep 2, 2005 — News Article

Give Canadians satellite radio option

Editorial says government should not interfere in CRTC decisions: satellite radio is the way of the future.

Sep 2, 2005 — News Article

CRTC is lost in space by Andre LeBel

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.

Sep 1, 2005 — News Article

Satellite Radio Decision by CRTC Threatens Canada's Vibrant Music Scene

Organizations representing Canadian recording industry urge reconsideration of CRTC satellite radio decisions, release poll showing strong public support for Canadian content regulations.

Sep 1, 2005 — News Article

Quebec radio station to appeal to the Supreme Court by Rheal Seguin

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.

Sep 1, 2005 — News Article

En bref: Davantage de français sur la radio satellite?

Sirius Canada plans to announce more French language programming to address concerns over CRTC licensing decisions.

Sep 1, 2005 — News Article

Satellite radio war of words heats up by Paul Brent

U.S. satellite radio licensees face opposition not just from CHUM/Astral, but also from a wide range of other sources.

Sep 1, 2005 — News Article

Satellite radio: The interference you hear

Editorial calls for end to "heavy-handed" regulation keeping U.S. satellite radio out of Canada.

Sep 1, 2005 — News Article

Satellite radio's supporters seek to fend off review by Charlene Close

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.

Aug 31, 2005 — News Article

Don't delay satellite radio

Editorial says CRTC decisions on satellite radio should stand.

Aug 31, 2005 — News Article

Cancon no cause to review satellite radio by Kate Taylor

Columnist says government should let satellite radio decision stand, find new ways to protect and nurture Canadian culture.

Aug 31, 2005 — News Article

Satellite radio firms rally support by Greg Quill

U.S. satellite radio rallies car manufacturers, electronics retailers, musicians, celebrities to speak in favour of CRTC licensing decisions.

Aug 30, 2005 — News Article

Not for the faint of heart by Jack Kapica

Columnist announces cabinet decision to ask CRTC to reconsider satellite radio rulings as fait accompli.

Aug 30, 2005 — News Article

Quebecor combining four Toronto media businesses by Richard Blackwell

Quebecor to consolidate Toronto 1 television channel (renamed SUN-TV) with existing newspaper and web businesses.

Aug 30, 2005 — News Article

Time to stop dithering: Approve satellite radio

Editorial concludes federal cabinet should not second-guess CRTC on satellite radio decisions.

Aug 30, 2005 — News Article

Sirius to add more French-language satellite radio service to appease cabinet by John Ward

FRIENDS expects federal cabinet will give CRTC guidelines if it decides to send satellite radio decisions back for review.

Aug 30, 2005 — News Article

Backtracking on satellite radio risky, observers warn by Paul Vieira and Paul Brent

U.S. satellite radio services warn that overturning CRTC licensing decisions will boost grey market.

Aug 29, 2005 — News Article

Seven Out of Ten Canadians Support CRTC in Granting Licenses to Canadian Satellite Radio Providers--Survey Says

U.S. satellite radio provider releases survey showing widespread support for Canadian satellite radio services.

Aug 29, 2005 — News Article

Industry blasts new review of digital radio by Simon Tuck

U.S. satellite radio licensees, car manufacturers claim losses, growth of grey market if CRTC decisions are overturned or sent back for reconsideration.

Aug 28, 2005 — News Article

Not all of the arts community will appeal pay radio decision

Indie Pool 'disappointed' that groups will likely appeal CRTC satellite radio decision.

Aug 27, 2005 — News Article

Pressure mounts to unplug CSR and Sirius by Paul Brent

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.

Aug 27, 2005 — News Article

Satellite radio ruling may be reversed

U.S. satellite radio licensees believe insufficient French-language content the only issue behind calls to overturn CRTC licensing decisions.

Aug 27, 2005 — News Article

Cabinet may ask CRTC to rescind satellite radio approval by Sylvain Larocque

Liberal MPs from Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes have all reportedly urged federal cabinet to overturn CRTC satellite radio decisions.

Aug 27, 2005 — News Article

Satellite radio may be off air

Government sources suggest Cabinet will ask CRTC to rescind satellite radio decisions.

Aug 27, 2005 — News Article

Ottawa to reconsider satellite-radio ruling by Richard Blackwell and Campbell Clark

U.S. satellite radio services lobbying intensively for CRTC licensing decisions to stand.

Aug 26, 2005 — News Article

CSR announces retail distribution agreement with Best Buy and Future Shop

U.S. satellite radio licensee concludes agreement to distribute service packages through Canadian electronics retailers.

Aug 25, 2005 — News Article

Telesat to install CSR's repeaters

Telesat Canada "thrilled" to be working on launch of U.S. satellite radio services in Canada.

Aug 25, 2005 — News Article

Corus, Astral gird for battle against new pay-TV channels by Karine Fortin

Pay television applicants will have to prove to the CRTC there is market demand for the channels they want to offer.

Aug 24, 2005 — News Article

CSR signs up thousands

Canadian Satellite Radio says it has pre-signed three thousand Canadian customers in anticipation of launching its satellite radio service.

Aug 23, 2005 — News Article

New Telecom Act required

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.

Aug 18, 2005 — News Article

Duopoly benefits viewers

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.

Aug 18, 2005 — News Article

Broadcasters rightly keeping their eye on telecom review by Greg O’Brien

The federal government's telecommunications policy review panel is of interest and relevance to broadcasters.

Aug 18, 2005 — News Article

Astral Media ready to defend pay-TV turf by Paul Brent

Astral Media responds to new licence applications, defends concentrated pay television market.

Aug 17, 2005 — News Article

Telcos, cable, call for massive policy change, and butt heads on how

Summary of Bell Canada, TELUS and the CCTA submissions to the federal government panel appointed to review telecommunications policy.

Aug 16, 2005 — News Article

Canada Needs an Integrated Communications Policy Framework says CCTA

CCTA makes recommendations to federal telecommunications policy review panel, advocates development of new communications policy to address convergence.

Aug 12, 2005 — News Article

Commission to look at mobile TV policy

CRTC to consider whether television carried on wireless devices such as mobile phones should fall under 1999 New Media Exemption Order.

Aug 8, 2005 — News Article

TVO wants to clip its Cancon

TVOntario has asked the CRTC to lower its Cancon requirements from 65% to 60%.

Aug 2, 2005 — Policy Brief

Petition to the Governor in Council to set aside Broadcasting Decisions CRTC 2005-246 and CRTC 20005-247

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.

Aug 2, 2005 — News Article

Submission to Privy Council on policy matters relating to the licensing of new satellite and terrestrial subscription radio undertakings

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.

Aug 2, 2005 — News Article

Request presented to the Governor in Council to set aside decisions 2005-246 and 2005-247

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.

Jul 29, 2005 — News Article

Canadians watching less television: CRTC

CRTC report says Canadians are watching less television overall, but more Canadian television.

Jul 29, 2005 — News Article

Earlier broadcast report logs Cancon viewing for the first time

Summary of findings from the CRTC's sixth annual Broadcasting Policy Monitoring Report.

Jul 27, 2005 — News Article

Scandal gives German TV pause by Scott Roxborough

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.

Jul 27, 2005 — News Article

Arts group wants satellite radio ruling overturned

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting and eight other organizations will mount offensive against CRTC's satellite radio decision.

Jul 26, 2005 — News Article

Casting the Net by Sue Zeidler

As Internet radio gains credibility as a medium, advertising dollars and alternative funding sources are expected to follow.

Jul 22, 2005 — News Article

Canada weighs expansion of premium pay channels by Etan Vlessing

CRTC to consider whether to allow new competitors into the pay television market.

Jul 22, 2005 — News Article

CRTC looking at licensing new national pay TV

FRIENDS comments on new pay TV licence applications.

Jul 21, 2005 — News Article

New pay-TV apps public today by Greg O'Brien

Pay TV application put forward by Channel Zero features 100% Canadian content; proposed funding model is to collect contribution from other pay TV licensees.

Jul 21, 2005 — News Article

Mobile TV is the next regulatory battlefront by Greg O’Brien

Wireless carriers argue the delivery of television to cellular phones should be exempt from regulation under the CRTC's 1999 new media exemption order.

Jul 21, 2005 — News Article

New channels circling Canada's pay TV universe

CRTC expected to make a decision on four new pay tv applicants in late winter or early spring.

Jul 19, 2005 — News Article

CRTC mulling four broadcaster applications to compete in pay TV market

Four new applications may upset two-decade old Corus/Astral pay television duopoly.

Jul 17, 2005 — News Article

Canadian Group Opposes XM, Sirius Licensing by David Utter

Groups oppose CRTC ruling on Satellite radio; say that XM and Sirius will provide minimal Canadian content.

Jul 15, 2005 — News Article

Satellite radio is just another competitor, say Corus and Rogers by Greg O’Brien

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.

Jul 15, 2005 — News Article

FCC pulls media ownership discussion from agenda by Brooks Boliek

FCC commissioners, evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, fail to agree on questions to be asked in review of U.S. media ownership rules.

Jul 13, 2005 — News Article

Broadcast groups join CHUM

CHUM, Astral joined by other broadcasters in appeal against CRTC subscription radio ruling.

Jul 13, 2005 — News Article

CHUM solution: Let grey market live

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.

Jul 13, 2005 — News Article

Satellite radio's mixed signals by Sandra Sperounes

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.

Jul 13, 2005 — News Article

CHUM-Astral consortium files appeal against CRTC satellite radio decision

CHUM and Astral will appeal the CRTC's subscription radio ruling.

Jul 13, 2005 — News Article

Appeal filed against CRTC ruling

CHUM and Astral, together with other broadcasters, say they will appeal CRTC pay radio ruling.

Jul 13, 2005 — News Article

Chum-Astral appeal satellite ruling

CHUM and Astral have announced that they will appeal the CRTC's subscription radio decision.

Jul 13, 2005 — News Article

Chum, Astral make case against U.S. sat radio entry by Etan Vlessing

CHUM and Astral join a large number of arts groups in appealing the CRTC’s pay radio decision.

Jul 13, 2005 — News Article

CHUM, Astral to appeal ruling on satellite radio by John McKay

CHUM and Astral appeal CRTC pay radio ruling, oppose licensing of competitors with lower requirements for Canadian content.

Jul 13, 2005 — News Article

CHUM, Astral will appeal satellite licences of rivals

CHUM and Astral announce appeal of CRTC decision on subscription radio services saying it will negatively affect Canadian content requirements across the broadcasting sector.

Jul 13, 2005 — News Article

Group appeals CRTC satellite radio decision

Broadcasters join cultural coalitions in launching appeal against CRTC subscription radio decision.

Jul 12, 2005 — News Article

Mass appeal of sat rad ruling Greg O’Brien

Three coalitions appeal the CRTC's licensing of U.S. satellite radio services CSR and Sirius Canada.

Jul 12, 2005 — News Article

Third group appeals digital radio decision by Jack Kapica

Broadcasters led by Astral and CHUM join two cultural coalitions in appealing the CRTC's pay radio ruling.

Jul 5, 2005 — News Article

Radio par satellite

Quebec's minister of culture is shocked by CRTC decision on satellite radio, feels ruling poses a significant threat to Quebecois culture.

Jul 4, 2005 — News Article

Onerous licence restrictions may keep legal satellite radio out of Canada

U.S. analysts predict there is a 50-50 chance that Sirius and XM will not decide to enter the Canadian market.

Jul 3, 2005 — News Article

TV or Not TV by Michael Hennessy

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.

Jul 2, 2005 — News Article

Satellite radio: Music to their ears by Andrew Matte

Canadian truckers and farmers in rural regions have resorted to fabricated American addresses to obtain grey market satellite radio services.

Jul 2, 2005 — News Article

The static over satellite radio by Kate Taylor

FRIENDS opposes double standard for Canadian content created by CRTC pay radio decision.

Jul 1, 2005 — News Article

Some Canadian Artists Appeal CRTC Satellite Radio Nod, Others Applaud

Company that serves independent artists says it disagrees with arts group coalition appeal of the CRTC pay radio decision.

Jul 1, 2005 — News Article

Cdn. Arts Group Wants CRTC Ruling Overturned

Friends and other members of cultural coalition say CRTC satellite radio ruling could lead to decreased Canadian content across the broadcasting system.

Jun 30, 2005 — News Article

Canadians like their TV local

Canadians less interested in television but more interested in local networks, CRTC report reveals.

Jun 30, 2005 — News Article

Canadians watch more homegrown shows

CRTC Report finds Canadians are watching less television overall, but more Canadian television when they are tuning in.

Jun 30, 2005 — News Article

Canadians turning off TV

CRTC monitoring report says Canadians watched 20 minutes less television per week in 2004 than in 2003.

Jun 30, 2005 — News Article

Canadians watching less TV, but more Cancon

CRTC report reveals that specialty, pay and pay-per-view revenues now equal those of English-language private conventional stations.

Jun 30, 2005 — News Article

TV gets 25.8 hours of our week by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist analyzes CRTC Broadcasting Policy Monitoring Report.

Jun 29, 2005 — News Article

Canada cablers profit from chasing sat TV by Norma Reveler and Etan Vlessing

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.

Jun 29, 2005 — News Article

The CRTC releases its annual Broadcasting Policy Monitoring Report

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.

Jun 28, 2005 — News Article

Groups wants feds to zap radio ruling

Cultural groups ask federal Cabinet to overturn CRTC pay radio ruling.

Jun 28, 2005 — News Article

Satellite radio decision could demolish Cancon industry, says coalition by Greg O'Brien

ACTRA comments on cultural coalition appeal of CRTC pay radio decision.

Jun 28, 2005 — News Article

BDU revenues grow

CRTC data show cable industry profits before interest and taxes rose 44.9% between 2003 and 2004.

Jun 28, 2005 — News Article

Satellite Radio Companies to Rethink Canadian Strategy by Cormac Doyle

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.

Jun 28, 2005 — News Article

Satellite radio facing stiff opposition

Cultural groups oppose satellite radio decision on the basis it will erode Canadian content structure that has taken Canada decades to build.

Jun 28, 2005 — News Article

Push on to block U.S. satellite radio

Cultural coalition tells Cabinet pay radio decision runs counter to Canadian broadcasting policy.

Jun 28, 2005 — News Article

Satellite radio ruling a threat to Canadian content: coalition

Coalition of media, labour and arts groups appeals satellite radio ruling.

Jun 28, 2005 — News Article

Quash satellite radio, say arts groups, unions

Coalition of media, labour and arts groups says Cabinet must overturn CRTC pay radio ruling in order to preserve Canadian content.

Jun 28, 2005 — News Article

Revenues grew for cable and satellite broadcast providers in 2000-2004: CRTC

CRTC report says that conventional cable distributors' subscribers, revenues and profits have all increased since 2000.

Jun 28, 2005 — News Article

Satellite

Cultural coalition believes pay radio ruling breaches Canada's Broadcasting Act.

Jun 28, 2005 — News Article

Satellite radio's foes put up their dukes by James Adams

Cultural coalition opposes CRTC approval of U.S. satellite radio services.

Jun 28, 2005 — News Article

Overturn pay-radio ruling, groups demand

Arts coalition says CRTC ruling on pay radio sets a dangerous precedent and is asking federal Cabinet to overturn it.

Jun 28, 2005 — News Article

Arts-labour coalition wants pay-radio ruling overturned

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.

Jun 28, 2005 — News Article

Pay radio ruling favours Americans by Ian Morrison

FRIENDS op-ed explains rationale for arts coalition appeal of CRTC decision on pay radio.

Jun 27, 2005 — Blog Post

Letter requesting that Governer in Council set aside or refer back CRTC decisions on subscription radio

FRIENDS joins with eight other organizations to appeal CRTC decisions on subscription radio.

Jun 27, 2005 — News Article

Satellite radio decision to be appealed

Arts and labour groups say pay radio decision runs counter to policy objectives behind Canada's Broadcasting Act.

Jun 27, 2005 — News Article

Arts coalition wants cabinet to overturn pay-radio decision

Friends and other arts and labour groups ask Cabinet to review the CRTC's decision on pay radio.

Jun 27, 2005 — News Article

Canadian Content the Crux of Challenge to Pay-Radio Ruling

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.

Jun 27, 2005 — News Article

Canadian listeners should stop having to play second fiddle

Article says that CRTC ruling on pay radio services is "heavy handed" due to attached Canadian content obligations.

Jun 27, 2005 — News Article

Group wants pay-radio decision overturned

Coalition members ask Cabinet to review CRTC subscription radio decision, which they say will erode Canadian content in Canada's audio-visual system.

Jun 27, 2005 — News Article

Arts coalition wants cabinet to overturn pay-radio decision

A coalition of arts groups including Friends of Canadian Broadcasting is contesting CRTC ruling on subscription based radio services.

Jun 27, 2005 — News Article

Radio satellite

Coalition including Friends of Canadian Broadcasting will ask federal Cabinet to review CRTC ruling on subscription radio services.

Jun 27, 2005 — News Article

Transcript of Question Period

NDP caucus calls on Liberal government to overturn CRTC decision on satellite radio.

Jun 27, 2005 — News Article

Arts coalition denounces pay-radio ruling

CRTC pay radio decision would undo years of efforts to promote and protect Canadian programming, say arts groups.

Jun 27, 2005 — News Article

Group wants pay-radio decision overturned

FRIENDS joins coalition of arts, labour and other groups in asking federal cabinet to overturn CRTC pay radio decision.

Jun 24, 2005 — News Article

The CanCon game by Andrew Coyne

Columnist describes Canadian content regulation on radio is "unenforceable, indefinable, unnecessary and ineffective".

Jun 23, 2005 — News Article

Contrived crisis no reason for VoIP appeal by Michael Hennessy

Head of cable industry association defends CRTC ruling on VoIP against telco efforts to appeal the decision.

Jun 22, 2005 — News Article

La radio satellite, une aubaine pour les créateurs, selon John Bitove by Paul Cauchon

Quebec artists say they will have to be convinced that the CRTC ruling on subscription radio will benefit them, or they will appeal.

Jun 20, 2005 — News Article

CRTC opens door for U.S. satellite radio in Canada

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.

Jun 20, 2005 — News Article

Groups Oppose CRTC Sat Radio Ruling by Bram Teitelman

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, along with several other arts groups, says it will appeal CRTC ruling on subscription radio.

Jun 20, 2005 — News Article

Sirius, XM Scrutinize CRTC Ruling by Adrianne Kroepsch

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.

Jun 20, 2005 — News Article

Satellite decision serves public, Canadian artists by Micheal Geist

Article says the CRTC was right to impose only modest Cancon requirements on satellite radio licensees.

Jun 20, 2005 — News Article

A new opportunity for Canadian talent

Article says that satellite radio will help Canadian musical talent flourish.

Jun 18, 2005 — News Article

Bitove given a golden goose from the CRTC by Eric Reguly

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.

Jun 18, 2005 — News Article

Irrelevant CRTC tithes satellite radio by Paul Kedrosky

Article says that the CRTC is obsolete, that Canadians should simply let American satellite radio broadcasters distribute in Canada.

Jun 18, 2005 — News Article

The con we call CanCon by Andrew Coyne

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.

Jun 18, 2005 — News Article

Plenty of static over CRTC licence ruling by Paul Brent

Arts groups say they will appeal CRTC ruling on satellite radio over lax Canadian content regulation.

Jun 18, 2005 — News Article

Satellite radio comes to Canada

Editorial says that consumers, not the CRTC, should determine Canadian content on satellite radio.

Jun 17, 2005 — News Article

CRTC approves satellite radio by Mark Bourrie

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.

Jun 17, 2005 — News Article

CHUM and Astral Respond to Decision on Subscription Radio

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.

Jun 17, 2005 — News Article

GM likes sat radio decision

GM Canada welcomes CRTC decision on pay radio, says it hopes to have satellite radio equipped cars on the market as soon as possible.

Jun 17, 2005 — News Article

SOCAN mad at sat rad

The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada enumerates complaints with CRTC pay radio decision, considers appeal.

Jun 17, 2005 — News Article

CRIA cries foul on pay radio

The Canadian Recording Industry Association deplores CRTC ruling on pay radio for failing to address piracy concerns or ensure adequate Canadian content.

Jun 17, 2005 — News Article

Appeal planned against satellite radio decision

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting to be joined by other arts groups in appealing CRTC ruling on subscription radio.

Jun 17, 2005 — News Article

Oui à la radio satellite by Paul Cauchon

CRTC gives green light to all three satellite radio applicants.

Jun 17, 2005 — News Article

Canada's outmoded broadcast regulator

Editorial says that the CRTC and the notion of Canadian content are of no use in today's multi-channel universe.

Jun 17, 2005 — News Article

Deadline tight for car makers' satellite radio by Richard Blackwell

Car manufacturers pleased with CRTC decision licensing two U.S. satellite radio services in Canada.

Jun 17, 2005 — News Article

CRTC OKs satellite radio, but lards on content rules by Paul Vieira

CRTC ruling allowing two U.S. satellite pay radio applicants into the Canadian market is a setback for all Canadian CHUM/Astral bid.

Jun 17, 2005 — News Article

Sports channels seek CRTC relief by Peter Evans

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.

Jun 16, 2005 — News Article

Enough kvetching about jazz. It's CBC I'm really mad at by Russell Smith

Columnist complains that CBC radio services no longer air serious classical music.

Jun 16, 2005 — News Article

The CRTC authorizes Canada's first three subscription radio services

CRTC authorizes all three applicants for digital pay radio.

Jun 16, 2005 — News Article

Blame the Act, not the regulator by Eric Reguly

If the CRTC is in fact "redundant", the responsibility lies with Parliament to update the Broadcasting Act.

Jun 16, 2005 — News Article

CRTC Decision Due Thurs. on XM, Sirius in Canada by Adrianne Kroepsch

CRTC pay radio decision is fundamentally about the integrity of Canadian content requirements.

Jun 16, 2005 — News Article

Pay-radio decision expected today

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.

Jun 13, 2005 — News Article

Canada Deciding Satellite Radio Fate This Week

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.

Jun 13, 2005 — News Article

Ottawa pledges $100 million for Canadian TV by Judy Monchuk

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.

Jun 12, 2005 — News Article

Broadcast ruling expected to create static by Richard Blackwell and Simon Tuck

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.

Jun 10, 2005 — News Article

CHUM decries CRTC satellite radio ruling by Richard Blackwell

By licensing all three pay radio applications, CRTC may have shut CHUM out of the game; broadcaster may appeal the decision.

Jun 10, 2005 — News Article

U.S. speeds up HDTV deadlines

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has accelerated manufacturing deadlines for digital television sets by four months.

Jun 10, 2005 — News Article

Key CRTC ruling on subscription radio applications coming next Thursday

CRTC to rule on pay radio this week; FRIENDS says only one of the three applicants would meet Broadcasting Act requirements.

Jun 7, 2005 — News Article

Opponents of TVN licence predict station's doom by Erik White

Opponents of application for new Niagara TV station tell CRTC commissioners the station will fail because of insufficient advertising dollars in the market.

Jun 6, 2005 — News Article

Telecommunications Policy Review Panel Begins Stakeholder Consultation Process

The Telecommunications Policy Review Panel issues consultation document, invites input from interested stakeholders.

Jun 6, 2005 — News Article

Don't push panic button for radio by Antonia Zerbisias

Satellite radio's fundamental difference is that it isn't local.

Jun 6, 2005 — News Article

Targeting potential new kid on the dial by Erik White

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.

Jun 3, 2005 — News Article

Canadians don't need CRTC by James Perry

Opinion letter calls the CRTC a "Liberal scam" that stifles competition and funds "government-friendly" broadcasters.

Jun 1, 2005 — News Article

Rogers touted as next force in phone market by Simon Avery

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.

Jun 1, 2005 — News Article

VoIP blunder

Editorial calls CRTC a "relic" out of touch with the 21st century.

May 31, 2005 — News Article

CKAC newsroom fades to silence by Monique Beaudin

Corus Entertainment replaces newsroom staff at newly acquired Montreal radio station.

May 29, 2005 — News Article

Ban on unauthorized foreign signals protects jobs by Denis Carmel

Denis Carmel, the CRTC's Director General of Communications, responds to pay radio editorial.

May 28, 2005 — News Article

Bertrand in final plea for CHOI's survival by Kevin Dougherty

Federal Court of Appeal hears matter of the non-renewal of CHOI-FM’s license.

May 28, 2005 — News Article

CRTC sows perfect deregulatory storm by Terence Corcoran

Commentary says the CRTC and communications regulation in general are antiquated concepts and that the free market will best protect consumers.

May 25, 2005 — News Article

CHOI FM Appears in Court to Save Broadcast Licence

Genex Communications, owner of CHOI FM, appeals CRTC ruling not to renew the station's broadcasting license.

May 25, 2005 — News Article

Hollywood stars spotted in Canada! Yay, Cancon by Kate Taylor

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.

May 25, 2005 — News Article

Broadcasters opt in to CRTC ad plan by Matthew Hays

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.

May 24, 2005 — News Article

Appeal hearing begins on CHOI closing by Kevin Dougherty

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.

May 21, 2005 — News Article

CHOI-FM joue son va-tout aujourd'hui

CHOI-FM argues that CRTC violated freedom of speech in failing to renew its broadcasting licence.

May 21, 2005 — News Article

CRTC clears Rogers deal for Trinity Television by Richard Blackwell

The CRTC has approved a $13-million takeover of Trinity Television by Rogers.

May 16, 2005 — News Article

CRTC decision dealt blow to Bell, an ace to Rogers on a roll by Tyler Hamilton

CRTC ruling on VoIP places restrictions on big telcos, but fails to protect small operators against the large cable companies.

May 16, 2005 — News Article

New Vice-Chair at CRTC

Michel Arpin, formerly Senior Regulatory and Governmental Affairs Advisor for Astral Broadcasting Group, has been appointed Vice-Chair of Broadcasting at the CRTC.

May 14, 2005 — News Article

Forcing more airplay for indie artists isn't fair by Kate Taylor

Columnist disagrees with proposal that the Canadian content points system be reformed to give Canadian indie music talent more airplay.

May 14, 2005 — News Article

Italy's RAI returning to Canada by Michelle Lalonde

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.

May 13, 2005 — News Article

Thanks for nothing by Mathew Ingram

Article says that the CRTC’s decision to regulate the price of VoIP services provided by incumbent telcos will keep prices unnecessarily high.

May 13, 2005 — News Article

Italy's RAI allowed into Canada

Heritage Minister Liza Frulla says she is "extremely happy" with CRTC ruling allowing RAI International into Canada.

May 13, 2005 — News Article

CRTC approves RAI

RAI decision sets precedent for other third-language services to enter Canadian market if they are tied to carriage of home-grown counterpart.

May 13, 2005 — News Article

CRTC rules against Star Choice by Paul Brent

CRTC orders Shaw's Star Choice to stop using "omnibus" high definition TV channels.

May 10, 2005 — News Article

Cartt.ca's TUESDAY INTERVIEW: CCTA president Michael Hennessy

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.

May 10, 2005 — News Article

Bell, Telus vow to appeal CRTC's ruling on VoIP by Tyler Hamilton

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.

May 10, 2005 — News Article

CRTC phone regulation to set pace for changing times by Tyler Hamilton

Telecom and cable lobbyists seek different outcomes from CRTC deliberations over voice over Internet protocol regulation.

May 7, 2005 — News Article

Arpin named broadcasting vice-chair

Michel Arpin appointed vice-chair of broadcasting at the CRTC to replace Andree Wylie.

May 6, 2005 — News Article

Appeals court blocks U.S. rules for anti-piracy TV technology

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.

May 5, 2005 — News Article

Arpin seen to be Ottawa's pick for second vice-chair at CRTC by Paul Vieira

Article speculates that Micheal Arpin, a Quebec broadcasting executive, will be appointed to the position of vice-chair of broadcasting at the CRTC.

May 5, 2005 — News Article

Group seeks changes to radio's CanCon rules

Group representing independent musicians tells the CRTC it should alter the Cancon credit system for radio to favour the exposure of lesser-known artists.

May 5, 2005 — News Article

GM, Honda seeking satellite radio action by Richard Blackwell

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.

May 4, 2005 — News Article

Study debunks U.S. "media monopoly" fears

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.

May 2, 2005 — News Article

Shaw hopeful regs will ease by Greg O'Brien

Shaw Communications executives predict a more relaxed regulatory environment for the cable industry in the future.

Apr 26, 2005 — Policy Brief

Submission to CRTC re Amendment to Broadcasting Licence of CJNT-TV Montreal [Application 2004-0771-9]

FRIENDS opposes CanWest Global's application to amend the licence of its Montreal ethnic broadcasting undertaking, CJNT, to reduce its ethnic broadcasting obligations.

Apr 22, 2005 — News Article

CRTC grants digital rights to BCTV

Global Television has received CRTC approval to carry digital signals for three of its stations.

Apr 15, 2005 — News Article

Sirius condemns 'grey market' radio

Sirius Canada has sent cease and desist letters in an attempt to curb grey market sales to Canadians.

Apr 15, 2005 — News Article

Indecency wars by Eric Boehlert

The chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee proposes using criminal justice system, rather than merely FCC regulation, to address indecency on television.

Apr 14, 2005 — News Article

CRTC critical of Canada's HD adoption by Paul Brent

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.

Apr 13, 2005 — News Article

Radio station results modulate down the dial by Richard Blackwell

CRTC financial summaries show that radio profits increased slightly last year; AM stations almost broke even after years of losses.

Apr 11, 2005 — News Article

Our drama's not dead by Glenn O'Farrell

Canadian Association of Broadcasters head denies that CRTC 1999 drama policy has had a negative effect on Canadian drama programming.

Apr 11, 2005 — News Article

Minister Emerson Appoints Members of Telecommunications Policy Review Panel

Government officially announces appointments to panel reviewing Canadian telecom policy and outlines terms of reference and "areas of interest" for the review.

Apr 11, 2005 — News Article

Minister Frulla Announces Two Appointments to Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission

Government appoints Atlantic and Pacific regional CRTC commissioners.

Apr 9, 2005 — News Article

CRTC set to fill two vacant seats by Simon Tuck

Observers say the federal government has adopted a more activist approach towards the CRTC.

Apr 8, 2005 — News Article

Satellite radio's growth tied up in CRTC tape, critics charge by Robert Thompson

Satellite radio stakeholders and the Fraser Institute charge that the CRTC is holding back the industry, should not be involved in regulating satellite services.

Apr 7, 2005 — News Article

CRTC grants CTV wish by John McKay

The CRTC removes the 15-minute news wheel constraints previously attached to CTV Newsnet's broadcasting licence.

Apr 6, 2005 — News Article

Martin dodges questions in first speech as FCC chairman by Brooks Boliek

New FCC chair provides few specific insights into his plans for regulating the U.S. communications sector.

Apr 5, 2005 — News Article

Canada in Brief by Simon Tuck

Federal response to the Lincoln Report addresses access to local and regional programming, and empowering the CRTC to fine broadcasters.

Apr 4, 2005 — News Article

Rural, remote high-speed Internet back on front burner by Simon Tuck

Government confirms members of telecom review panel; broadband Internet access for remote communities expected to be a major focus.

Apr 1, 2005 — News Article

3 chosen to review CRTC's policy: Sources by Tyler Hamilton

The federal government's appointees to the telecom policy review panel announced in the federal budget represent Internet, wireless and traditional telecommunications perspectives.

Mar 28, 2005 — News Article

CRTC short, and getting shorter by Sean Davidson

FRIENDS recommends leaner CRTC focused on quality of appointees rather then quantity.

Mar 26, 2005 — News Article

Media concentration and voter information

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.

Mar 25, 2005 — Policy Brief

Draft Memorandum to Cabinet: (Suggested) Framework Policies
for the Canadian Broadcasting System

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).

Mar 25, 2005 — News Article

CRTC gets tough on phone service by William Boei

The CRTC has ruled that large telcos must refund millions of dollars to consumers for having failed to meet service standards.

Mar 24, 2005 — News Article

Meet the New FCC Boss by Eric Alterman

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.

Mar 21, 2005 — News Article

Revise rules to foster competition, protect privacy by Michael Geist

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.

Mar 17, 2005 — News Article

Bush taps Martin to lead FCC by Brooks Boliek

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.

Mar 17, 2005 — News Article

Where’s the progress? asks CCAU

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.

Mar 15, 2005 — News Article

He's no chicken when it comes to change by Richard Bloom

Article on backer of one of the three satellite radio services with applications before the CRTC.

Mar 14, 2005 — News Article

Feds quiet on CTF, taxes by Sean Davidson

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.

Mar 10, 2005 — News Article

'Continentalist' stance backed by U.S. group by Simon Tuck

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.

Mar 10, 2005 — News Article

Feds urged to revamp telecom rules by Paul Vieira

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.

Mar 8, 2005 — News Article

Review of Canada's telecom policies, regulator praised by business leaders

Telecommunication companies are pleased by the review of telecommunication policy and industry regulation announced in the federal budget.

Mar 5, 2005 — News Article

Italian-Canadian lobby says it paid off to turn up volume on RAI television access by Jeff Heinrich

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.

Mar 3, 2005 — News Article

Revenues for Canadian specialty, pay, and pay-per-view television services exceed the $2 billion mark

Contrary to historical practice, CRTC releases statistical and financial summaries for pay and specialty television services in aggregate only.

Mar 1, 2005 — News Article

The next new thing? Try telecom takeovers by Eric Reguly

Further consolidation is expected in Canadian telecommunications market.

Mar 1, 2005 — News Article

Bell leads call for telecom reform by Terence Corcoran

Columnist says that the panel appointed to review telecommunications policy should recommend dismantling the CRTC.

Mar 1, 2005 — News Article

New CRTC head facing key decisions by Mark Evans

Former Quebec Minister of Communications Richard French is appointed vice-chairman of the CRTC's telecom branch.

Feb 26, 2005 — News Article

Martin friend handed plum CRTC post by Elizabeth Thompson

Federal government appoints new CRTC vice-chair, telecommunications.

Feb 25, 2005 — News Article

Radio free Canada

Editorial says that the CRTC should allow satellite radio to be freely broadcast in Canada.

Feb 25, 2005 — News Article

Canadians make HDTV sets a best seller

New Decima Research poll says that Canadian viewers are subscribing to HDTV faster then those in the U.S.

Feb 24, 2005 — News Article

Communications groups applaud budget by Jack Kapica

Industry groups the Coalition for Competitive Telecommunications and the Canadian Cable Telecommunications Association applaud news of a review of the 1993 Telecommunications Act.

Feb 23, 2005 — News Article

Oui à CKAC by Bernard Descôteaux

The CKAC Radio journalists' union will be asking for a review of the CRTC decision allowing the station to be sold to Corus.

Feb 23, 2005 — News Article

Ottawa eyes telecom overhaul by Simon Tuck

The Industry Minister will reportedly appoint a panel to advise on reform of Canadian telecommunications regulations, eventually including a review of foreign ownership restrictions.

Feb 22, 2005 — News Article

It's time for Sabia to make up his mind on Bell Globemedia by Eric Reguly

BCE has yet to take decisive action on BellGlobemedia after declaring it a non-core business two years ago.

Feb 19, 2005 — News Article

The new culture war by Simon Houpt

Conservative groups in the United States are joining forces to push for more restrictive, values-oriented legislation on the content of television programming.

Feb 18, 2005 — News Article

Stursberg plans to boost Canadian drama on CBC by Gayle MacDonald

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.

Feb 17, 2005 — News Article

Pay-TV cash cows face challenge to their monopolies by Eric Reguly

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.

Feb 17, 2005 — News Article

GM Canada head says CRTC should only okay pair of proposals by Richard Blackwell

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.

Feb 16, 2005 — News Article

Cable Industry Supports Three New Foreign Third-language Services

The CCTA has asked the CRTC to add three new foreign channels to the lists of eligible satellite services.

Feb 15, 2005 — News Article

Leadership crisis rises at CRTC by Paul Vieira and Mark Evans

Delays in federal appointments to CRTC management vacancies may inhibit the regulator's ability to function.

Feb 13, 2005 — News Article

Radio triplets could do better job by Jim Thompson

Sudbury business writer applauds the CRTC for recognizing the unhealthy impact the agreements between Rogers and Newcap have had on local radio in Sudbury.

Feb 11, 2005 — News Article

CRTC works just fine, says Dalfen by Paul Vieira

CRTC Chairman Charles Dalfen says the CRTC is working to produce rulings more expediently but that industry is also to blame for procedural delays.

Feb 11, 2005 — News Article

Private TV stations' bottom line gets big reality dose by Richard Blackwell

CRTC report finds that private stations' earnings declined by 23% last year despite spending on reality television and foreign programming.

Feb 11, 2005 — News Article

Broadcast earnings down 23%

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission report shows that broadcast earnings are down.

Feb 10, 2005 — News Article

The CRTC unveils financial results for private Canadian Television

CRTC releases private broadcasters' 2004 financial summaries.

Feb 4, 2005 — News Article

Rogers seeks approval to add Italian network

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.

Feb 3, 2005 — News Article

Rogers Has Filed Application to Add RAI International to the CRTC's Digital Satellite Services

Rogers has filed an application to add RAI International to the list of authorized foreign digital satellite services.

Feb 1, 2005 — News Article

Charles Dalfen speech to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

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.

Jan 31, 2005 — News Article

Regulator is 'rudderless,' critic charges by Paul Vieira

Observers criticize use of patronage appointments to fill CRTC vacancies.

Jan 30, 2005 — News Article

Steal this Show by Lorne Manly and John Markoff

As piracy software becomes increasingly sophisticated, networks find they will have to make content more accessible to viewers in order to survive.

Jan 28, 2005 — News Article

CRTC wrong-footed, but predictable by Paul Kedrosky

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.

Jan 27, 2005 — News Article

Tribute: Harry J. Boyle by Pierre Juneau

Former CRTC chair Pierre Juneau pays homage to late CBC broadcasting executive and CRTC chair Harry J. Boyle.

Jan 27, 2005 — News Article

CRTC: Spike TV can stay in Canada

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.

Jan 27, 2005 — News Article

The CRTC adopts measures to encourage French-language drama

CRTC aims to "neutralize the downward trend" of original French-language Canadian drama programming in the private sector.

Jan 22, 2005 — News Article

TVA's foray into English Canada begins with Toronto 1 turnaround by Richard Blackwell

TVA expected to expand further into English Canada provided it can make Toronto 1 a success.

Jan 22, 2005 — News Article

Former CRTC chairman and CBC broadcaster Harry Boyle dead at 89

At CRTC, Boyle worked to safeguard domestic ownership of Canada's broadcasting industry and establish Canadian content quotas for television.

Jan 22, 2005 — News Article

Astral finally gets blessing to sell Quebec radio stations by Paul Brent

CRTC approves sale of Astral Media's Quebec radio stations to Corus Entertainment.

Jan 19, 2005 — News Article

Airwaves the new battleground by Rick Westhead

FCC enforcement against programming content shows the growing influence of conservative voters.

Jan 3, 2005 — News Article

Remember the Lincoln Report? Well, it's back by Laura Bracken

Article suggests the political climate in Ottawa is such that there are good chances some of the Lincoln Report recommendations will finally be implemented.

Jan 1, 2005 — News Article

La radio qui brouille les cartes by Martine Desjardins

Satellite radio is appealing, but poses a considerable threat to Canadian content.