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All CRTC / Regulation Articles — 2006

Dec 28, 2006 — News Article

What's good for Big Media is bad news for public by Kevin Howley

Editorial claims that in recent years the U.S. Federal Communication Commission has been working on behalf of media companies instead of citizens, leading to unprecedented concentration of media ownership.

Dec 26, 2006 — News Article

Arms-length telecom regulator in an arm-wrestle with Conservatives by Jennifer Ditchburn

Article says that unprecedented assertiveness shown by the Conservative government in pushing its vision for the telecom sector may make it difficult to fill the CRTC chair position.

Dec 23, 2006 — News Article

Searching for Bev Oda by Lawrence Martin

FRIENDS says that Bev Oda has done little of significance since becoming Heritage Minister because the Prime Minister's Office is calling the shots.

Dec 19, 2006 — News Article

Interview with NDP Heritage Critic, MP Charlie Angus by Greg O'Brien

Cartt.ca interview in which MP Charlie Angus talks about the Heritage Committee, the CBC mandate review, carriage fees and copyright legislation.

Dec 18, 2006 — News Article

Freedom in the digital age

Editorial says the CRTC has acted appropriately by declining to regulate the Internet.

Dec 16, 2006 — News Article

Canadian radio to air more homegrown music by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC has raised the minimum level for Canadian jazz and blues airplay from 10% to 25% of the broadcast week, while the quota for Canadian concert music will double from 10% to 20%.

Dec 16, 2006 — News Article

Germans bow to EU on pubcaster funding by Leo Cendrowicz

The European Union Competition Commissioner has forced the German authorities to end illegal government aid to public broadcasters.

Dec 16, 2006 — News Article

Raptor's ex-owner proposes HDTV network by Vito Pilieci

FRIENDS says the CRTC must ensure a proposed high definition television network will follow Canadian content rules.

Dec 16, 2006 — News Article

CRTC, radio find same wavelength by Grant Robertson

A CRTC decision on private radio states that CanCon quotas will stay the same for mainstream stations, but the industry must contribute more money to developing Canadian artists.

Dec 15, 2006 — News Article

Radio industry will have to pay more to support domestic talent by Grant Robertson

CRTC report says private radio stations won't have to increase the level of Canadian content they play, but the amount of money the industry pays to support domestic artists will increase.

Dec 15, 2006 — News Article

Search for CRTC chairman stalled as deadline nears by Deirdre McMurdy

Article says the process to replace Charles Dalfen as chairman of the CRTC has stalled because Prime Minister Harper wants the final say on the choice.

Dec 15, 2006 — News Article

New name for Bell Globemedia: CTVglobemedia by Peter Nowak

The media company is distancing itself from its former controlling shareholder Bell Canada Enterprises, despite successfully arguing a few months ago there had been no ownership change of the company.

Dec 15, 2006 — News Article

Canada's first free high definition (HD) national television network proposed

HDTV Networks has submitted an application to the CRTC for a national over-the-air broadcast licence to deliver programming dedicated to the high-definition format.

Dec 15, 2006 — News Article

CRTC tells Ottawa to rewrite rules by Paul Vieira

A report, commissioned by Heritage Minister Bev Oda, says the government should look at rewriting parts of the Broadcasting Act, preferably by the end of the decade.

Dec 15, 2006 — News Article

CRTC: Broadcast still king in Canada by Etan Vlessing

CRTC report concludes digital video and audio content available online is having little impact on the Canadian broadcasting system thus far.

Dec 15, 2006 — News Article

CRTC announces results of its commercial radio policy review: Increases funding for Canadian content development

The CRTC says it will establish a new approach to Canadian content development financed by the contributions of broadcasters, but will not increase Canadian content requirements.

Dec 15, 2006 — News Article

CRTC releases report on the future environment facing the Canadian broadcasting system

CRTC report finds that any negative impact on the broadcasting system from shifting media consumption patterns has been minimal to date, but the regulator will continue to monitor developments to inform public policy decisions.

Dec 14, 2006 — News Article

Canada needs the CRTC by Peter Miller

Former broadcast executive says an expert administrative tribunal is the most effective and sensible means by which government policy objectives, such as cultural sovereignty, can be advanced.

Dec 14, 2006 — News Article

How telecom reform topped Bernier's agenda by Simon Tuck

Government officials say Industry Minister Maxime Bernier's telecom agenda includes reforming the CRTC, playing a role in the selection of a new CRTC chair and possibly making changes to foreign ownership restrictions.

Dec 14, 2006 — News Article

WiFi radio stations to join battle for air supremacy by Mathew Ingran

Article says wireless Internet radio has the potential to disrupt both the satellite and terrestrial radio industries.

Dec 13, 2006 — News Article

The CRTC at a crossroads by Andrew Coyne

Considering changes in the telecommunications industry and recent government decisions, columnist concludes the CRTC is in its last days.

Dec 13, 2006 — News Article

CBC lobby seizes on idea of 'pilot city' by Mike Youds

Lobby group envisions Kamloops as a pilot city for the delivery of digital/high-definition TV.

Dec 12, 2006 — News Article

Netherlands first country to switch to fully digital TV

The Netherlands has ended transmission of "free to air" analog television, becoming the first nation to switch completely to digital signals.

Dec 12, 2006 — News Article

Tories flex some muscle with CRTC, score a win for telecoms, consumers by Deirdre McMurdy

Columnist says that federal Industry Minister Maxime Bernier has seized the local telephone file from the CRTC, unilaterally opening markets across Canada to unfettered competition.

Dec 8, 2006 — News Article

Ottawa wants penalties for telecom market abuse by Simon Tuck

Industry Minister Maxime Bernier has announced amendments to the Competition Act that would issue fines of up to $15-million against telecom companies if they abuse a position of market power.

Dec 8, 2006 — News Article

Advertisers argue against more 'clutter' by Barbara Shecter

Advertisers tell the CRTC that relaxing limits on the amount of advertising during television shows would be detrimental to advertisers and viewers.

Dec 7, 2006 — News Article

Over-the-air television small vs large communities analysis

Analysis shows there are many small communities with relatively high reliance on over-the-air television.

Dec 7, 2006 — News Article

Who knew Question Period could be hot? by John Doyle

Columnist says that recent comments made by CRTC Commissioner Richard French, who could be the next chair of the regulator, suggests he is a skeptic of Canadian-content regulation.

Dec 6, 2006 — News Article

CRTC Hearings Wrap Up in Ottawa by Greg Taylor

A recount and commentary on the final day of the CRTC public hearings on over-the-air television policy, including the presentation made by FRIENDS.

Dec 6, 2006 — Policy Brief

Presentation to the CRTC on the regulatory framework for over-the-air television [CRTC 2006 – 5]

FRIENDS encourages the CRTC to grant carriage fees to over-the-air broadcasters in return for commitments to local and drama programming and to reinstate a policy of requiring a percentage of revenue to be spent on the production of Canadian programming.

Dec 5, 2006 — News Article

Commercial radio shows strong growth by Barbara Shecter

Robust national radio revenue growth of 8.2% in the first quarter of fiscal 2007 contrasts with a cry to regulators earlier this year to ease rules if the industry is to survive and prosper.

Dec 5, 2006 — News Article

CBC chief proposes hybrid approach for Canadian HD transition

CBC president Robert Rabinovitch has suggested to the CRTC a hybrid approach to delivery of digital television that relies on a mix of terrestrial broadcast and satellite, cable and IPTV delivery.

Dec 5, 2006 — News Article

The silent treatment

Article comments that there has been little news coverage from the CRTC over-the-air television hearings of opinions that differ from those of the large broadcasters.

Dec 4, 2006 — News Article

Cornerstone of broadcasting system gone missing

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union tells the CRTC that local programming - the "foundation" of the broadcasting system - has all but disappeared from the airwaves.

Dec 2, 2006 — News Article

How the CRTC killed Canadian drama by Sonja Smits

Gemini Award winner says that by loosening the definition of priority programming in 1999, the CRTC ended the glory days of quality Canadian TV.

Dec 2, 2006 — News Article

Union urges CRTC to use fees for new TV programming by John Ward

The Canadian Media Guild wants the CRTC to impose new fees on cable and satellite customers to help finance new domestic programming.

Dec 2, 2006 — News Article

Minister brushes off warnings on media by Antonia Zerbisias

Heritage Minister Bev Oda downplays recommendations in a Senate committee's report on media concentration.

Dec 1, 2006 — News Article

Comments on CBC TV Proposal to Shut Down Off-Air Transmitters

Canadian Media Research Inc. comments filed with the CRTC regarding the CBC's proposal to close down its over the air television transmitters.

Nov 30, 2006 — News Article

Slapping fee on conventional TV a 'trash idea,' Rogers tells CRTC by Paul Vieira

Ted Rogers, chief executive of Rogers Communications, tells the CRTC it is not its job to boost the profit margins of private-sector broadcasters.

Nov 30, 2006 — News Article

Shaw casts doubt on networks' poverty pleas by Grant Robertson

The chief executive officer of Shaw Communications says if some Canadian broadcasters can't make a profit under the current regulatory regime, he'd like to buy them so he can.

Nov 30, 2006 — News Article

Arpin rips Shaw over ads by Greg O'Brien

CRTC's vice-chair expressed displeasure with Shaw Communications over ad campaign urging public comment on carriage fees.

Nov 30, 2006 — News Release

CBC local plan overdue - but will it die on the vine?

FRIENDS says specifics of new CBC plan for local news raise serious questions, and predicts the plan may not survive the appointment of a new CBC president.

Nov 29, 2006 — News Article

Kamloops a test case for CBC, union argues by Mike Youds

The Canadian Media Guild is citing Kamloops as CBC's test case for possible withdrawal from rural over-the-air service across the country.

Nov 29, 2006 — News Article

Loosen the rules, Péladeau urges CRTC by Grant Robertson

Pierre Karl Péladeau, chief executive officer of Quebecor says the CRTC should deregulate key parts of the television business, lifting restrictions on everything from commercial time to how networks spend money.

Nov 29, 2006 — News Article

Networks split over best way to boost ads by Grant Robertson

CTV and Quebecor want the limit of 12 commercial minutes per hour lifted, while Corus and the CBC oppose the idea.

Nov 28, 2006 — News Article

The CRTC should just say no by Karen Wirsig

Op-ed makes the case that cultural needs of future generations won't be well served if the CRTC sides with television broadcasters who want fewer regulations.

Nov 28, 2006 — News Article

Status quo decried as threat to broadcasters by Paul Vieira

CanWest Global Communications tells the CRTC that private broadcasters should not be subject to new regulatory requirements - such as an increase to the amount of Canadian content aired in prime time.

Nov 28, 2006 — News Article

TV fees becoming hot topic by Grant Robertson

John Cassaday, CEO of Corus Entertainment tells the CRTC that fees for television networks would likely anger audiences.

Nov 28, 2006 — News Article

CanWest's quick fix for its TV bloopers by Eric Reguly

Columnist says Leonard Asper is looking for a quick fix to stock market troubles and dwindling TV profits by asking the CRTC for carriage fees.

Nov 27, 2006 — News Article

Race to succeed CRTC boss has begun by Simon Tuck

Government and industry sources speculate that the race to succeed Charles Dalfen as the next CRTC chairman is a showdown between Fernand Bélisle, a former CRTC vice-chairman of broadcasting, and George Addy, a former Telus Corp. executive and head of the federal competition watchdog.

Nov 27, 2006 — News Article

Cable bills up, CanCon down? by Jim Bawden

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission hearings on over-the-air television will discuss several contentious issues such as carriage fees for conventional broadcasters and funding for Canadian drama.

Nov 27, 2006 — News Article

Broadcasters push CRTC for viewer fees by Barbara Shecter

Global, CTV, CHUM, and the CBC want subscription fees paid by cable and satellite TV distributors and flexibility to get around a 12-minute-per-hour cap on advertising.

Nov 25, 2006 — News Article

Hearings to explore Canadian programming regulations by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC is set to consider forcing domestic cable and satellite TV distributors to pay a first-time fee to conventional broadcasters for carrying their local channels.

Nov 25, 2006 — News Article

CBC joins push for carriage fee by Michael Posner

Richard Stursberg, executive vice-president of English television, says CBC's ability to maintain its cultural responsibilities is being compromised by declining revenue from advertising and government.

Nov 24, 2006 — News Article

CRTC gives telcos leeway to raise prices by Simon Tuck

The federal telecom regulator will no longer require large telephone companies to seek its approval to change prices - provided those prices remain within approved ranges.

Nov 24, 2006 — News Article

HDTV a threat to Canadian culture, critics warn

Two University of Calgary professors say the cost required to switch to HDTV will be too much for smaller Canadian broadcasters leaving, almost exclusively, American programming using the technology.

Nov 24, 2006 — News Article

Broadcasting row heats up by Barbara Shecter

According a survey commissioned by telecommunication companies, 20% of cable and satellite subscribers would cancel their service if they had to pay more for the channels they already get.

Nov 23, 2006 — News Article

Networks' fee demand gets airtime by Barbara Shecter

Television broadcasters are expected to ask for carriage fees for their TV channels from cable and satellite operators at the upcoming CRTC hearings.

Nov 21, 2006 — News Article

Interview with CanWest Global CEO Leonard Asper

Leonard Asper talks about the over-the-air TV review and the future of his company.

Nov 20, 2006 — News Article

Heritage Minister talks with friends in Toronto by Avil Beckford

Bev Oda speaks publicly about media convergence, the digital age, Canadian content, the future role of the CRTC and the fate of the CBC.

Nov 17, 2006 — News Article

Put our TV bands to better use: Sell them by Neil Reynolds

Columnist says that selling public airwaves currently used for over-the-air television could cut cellphone costs and drive the wireless economy.

Nov 16, 2006 — News Article

Ottawa pulls plug on VoIP regulation: cheaper service likely by Peter Nowak

The Conservative cabinet has partially overturned a CRTC decision on voice over Internet protocol regulation.

Nov 15, 2006 — News Article

Al-Jazeera English hits the airwaves by Guy Dixon

Arabic TV broadcaster's new network is launched, but won't be on Canadian cable.

Nov 15, 2006 — News Article

Ottawa to block CRTC on Internet phone regulation by Simon Tuck

The Harper government plans to take the highly unusual move to rewrite the CRTC's key ruling on Internet-based telephone services.

Nov 13, 2006 — News Article

A cloud over broadcast policy by Michael Geist

Columnist says that Heritage Minister Bev Oda's past campaign support from broadcasters, cable companies, record companies and copyright lobby groups could raise questions about the fairness and impartiality of upcoming policy processes.

Nov 13, 2006 — News Article

Producer, talent groups call for more primetime drama by Susan Tolusso

The Canadian Film & Television Production Association calls on the CRTC to reverse the trend towards foreign programming and to impose Cancon spending requirements for television broadcasters.

Nov 10, 2006 — News Article

TSN receives CRTC approval for a second channel on digital TV

TSN's additional digital channel will assist TSN and CTV, both owned by Bell Globemedia, in their expected bid for National Hockey League rights.

Nov 8, 2006 — News Article

Broadcasters facing unregulated competition by Peter Wilson

In North America there are now more than 700 digital out-of-home networks - all of them unregulated - feeding flat screen TV's in the local Royal Bank or Wal-Mart with advertisers' messages.

Nov 4, 2006 — News Article

A danger in leaving it to the market by Gerald Caplan and Florian Sauvageau

Authors of the 1986 Report of the Task Force on Broadcasting Policy say that a significant role for the state is needed to ensure Canada's media system serves the common good and democracy.

Nov 4, 2006 — News Article

Government still has a role to play

Op-ed suggests there are indications that the Harper government is preparing to act on media policy.

Nov 4, 2006 — News Article

Satellite TV providers must apply to carry radio by Grand Robertson

The CRTC has ruled that satellite television providers won't be able to carry satellite radio without applying for changes to their licences.

Nov 3, 2006 — News Article

Regulated broadcasters say they can't compete with rule-free digital media by Marke Andrews

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters wants the government to rewrite its rulebook and give regulated broadcasters a chance to compete with unregulated digital media.

Nov 1, 2006 — News Article

Videotron lobbying for Internet 'transmission tariff' by Alexander Panetta

With video and music downloads using more bandwidth, one cable company is pushing for content providers like movie studios to share the cost of expanding networks.

Oct 31, 2006 — News Article

Dalfen to end reign as CRTC chairman at the end of 2006 by Simon Tuck

CRTC chairman Charles Dalfen's reign was marked largely by the challenge of trying to maintain national borders in the Internet era.

Oct 27, 2006 — News Article

Canadian producers sound alarm by Etan Vlessing

The Canadian Film and Television Production Association want domestic broadcasters to increase license fees for commissioned Canadian TV series and to share rights for emerging digital content.

Oct 27, 2006 — News Article

Committee seeks to delay overhaul of telecom rules by Simon Tuck

A parliamentary committee wants the federal government to hold off on any overhaul of telecommunications governance until a report is completed in the spring of 2007.

Oct 27, 2006 — News Article

PMO's involvement complicates search for a new CRTC chairman by Deirdre McMurdy

Just when CRTC-watchers were expecting the announcement of Tory pedigree Fernand Belisle as the CRTC Chair, the Prime Minister's Office has extended the search for candidates.

Oct 26, 2006 — News Article

Public radio seeks recall of FM devices used in cars by Frank D. Roylance

Frequency interference has prompted NPR to ask the U.S. communications regulator to recall millions of FM modulators that play satellite radios and iPods through car stereos.

Oct 24, 2006 — News Article

CWA Says FCC Rules Must Protect and Promote Media Diversity

The Communications Workers of America are encouraging the U.S. federal regulator to retain diversity in local TV, radio and newspaper ownership.

Oct 23, 2006 — News Article

Ottawa, CRTC help urged for phone, Internet users by Simon Tuck

An internal Industry Canada memo says the government and the CRTC aren't giving enough information to telephone and Internet users on how to protect and inform themselves.

Oct 20, 2006 — News Article

Rival groups seek FCC vote on ownership by Brooks Boliek

Study says relaxing rules on cross-media mergers would increase media concentration in excess of Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

Oct 19, 2006 — News Article

Industry heads to Ottawa to lobby on telecom reform by Paul Park

Telcos and cablecos pressure the federal government, and by extension, the CRTC for a telecommunication regulation revolution.

Oct 19, 2006 — News Article

'Regulatory revolution' needed, Telus CEO says

Telus boss says strict regulatory rules discourage innovation and that Canada's copyright, broadcasting and telecommunications laws should reflect the Internet age.

Oct 19, 2006 — News Article

Australian proposal lifts CanWest shares by Barbara Shecter

CanWest's television holdings in Australia increase in value after Australian Parliament passed a law to abolish a 19-year-old ban on foreign and cross-media ownership.

Oct 17, 2006 — News Article

Feds back down in fight over surplus millions by Simon Tuck

Government declines to challenge CRTC decision allowing telcos to use over-billings to expand high-speed Internet services in rural and remote communities.

Oct 16, 2006 — News Article

CRTC preps for TV review by Norma Reveler

CanWest Global Communications, CHUM, CTV and CBC want to charge cable companies a fee for carrying their signals.

Oct 16, 2006 — News Article

Bernier seeks provinces' view on VoIP rules by Simon Tuck

Industry Minister Maxime Bernier is seeking provincial support for his open market view of how Internet-based phone services should be regulated.

Oct 13, 2006 — News Article

Switching signals: TV about to go digital by Manav Tanneeru

Legislation passed by Congress means that by 2009 all U.S. over-the-air TV stations must switch from analog to digital transmission.

Oct 11, 2006 — News Article

Canadian voices and technology by André LeBel

Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers says the Canadian broadcast industry needs a broader policy that covers technologies such as the Internet and mobile networks.

Oct 3, 2006 — News Article

FCC Is Set to Revisit Rules on Ownership by Jim Puzzanghera and James S. Granelli

The Federal Communications Commission begins deliberations into loosening ownership restrictions on the broadcast industry.

Oct 2, 2006 — News Article

Proposed TV Policy Changes Bring "Drastic' Impact

Canadian independent broadcasters express concern about the introduction of subscription fees for the over-the-air broadcasters, warning any reduction in fees paid to them will have drastic implications.

Sep 30, 2006 — News Article

Guild wants CRTC to lean on private broadcasters by Gayle MacDonald

The Writers Guild of Canada wants CTV, Global and CHUM to increase the percentage of advertising revenues they spend on Canadian drama from 3.2 to 7 per cent.

Sep 28, 2006 — News Article

CBC and the Future of Television

CBC/Radio-Canada proposes that the CRTC establish conventional broadcaster eligibility for cable and satellite subscription revenues.

Sep 28, 2006 — News Article

Ottawa must seize CRTC agenda by Nick Mulder

Comment piece says that the CRTC should act on the government's instructions or else legislators should "seize the agenda" from the regulator.

Sep 28, 2006 — News Article

Rogers says restrictions on broadcast advertising should be loosened by David Paddon

Rogers wants restrictions that allow a maximum of 12-min of advertising per hour of television programming relaxed.

Sep 28, 2006 — News Article

Economics forced CHUM's hand: CEO by Barbara Shecter

Fees from cable, satellite and telecom companies are needed for conventional TV to thrive, says CHUM's chief executive.

Sep 28, 2006 — News Article

TV sector divided ahead of review by Grant Robertson

TV broadcasters want to charge cable companies for carrying their signals while cable supplier Rogers plan to fight the proposal.

Sep 27, 2006 — Policy Brief

Submission to the CRTC regarding the regulatory framework for over-the-air television

Friends makes recommendations on advertising regulations, subscriber fees, public broadcasting funding, out-of-market tuning, time shifting, Canadian programming, local programming, the benefits policy and HD issues.

Sep 26, 2006 — News Article

Groups can appeal CRTC phone overpayment decision by Simon Tuck

Consumer groups to appeal decision that would allow Telco's to use $652.7-million in over-billings for specific projects, such as new high-speed Internet services in rural and remote communities.

Sep 20, 2006 — News Article

McCarthys lawyer in running to chair CRTC

A Toronto lawyer, a former CBC president, a CRTC vice-chairman and two consultants rumored to chair the CRTC.

Sep 19, 2006 — News Article

BCE chief exec critical of CRTC

Michael Sabia calls on the CRTC "to get the message" the federal Conservative government is sending on telecom regulation.

Sep 14, 2006 — News Article

FCC ordered media study destroyed, lawyer says

A study that suggested greater concentration of media ownership would hurt local TV news coverage was destroyed by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

Sep 12, 2006 — News Article

CRTC picking sides on VoIP

Editorial says the CRTC should let the laissez-faire rules that have made cellphone plans affordable should prevail in VoIP.

Sep 7, 2006 — News Article

CRTC grapples with threshold by Mark Evans

Canada's telecom regulator says its 25% deregulation benchmark for the local telephone market turns out to be too high.

Sep 6, 2006 — News Article

CRTC line ringing busy

The decision by the CRTC to ignore the government's wishes on Internet phone service could lead to the Conservatives pulling the plug on many of the powers held by agency.

Sep 4, 2006 — News Article

No longer in service

CRTC's statement of consumer rights for home phone service contains a major caveat: the rights don't apply to cell phones or service offered by a competitive provider.

Sep 1, 2006 — Policy Brief

Submission to CRTC re the Future Environment facing the Canadian Broadcasting System

FRIENDS reccomends that public policy should ensure that all entities which benefit from access to Canadian viewers and listeners make appropriate contributions to support Canadian content, especially drama on television.

Sep 1, 2006 — News Article

A report to the CRTC on digital transition strategies in a number of different countries

Report, commissioned by the CRTC, to detail broadcast digital transition regulations, policies, and experiences in the United States, Mexico, Australia, United Kingdom, France, and Germany.

Sep 1, 2006 — News Article

Independent producers call for a new policy and funding framework for Canadian television broadcasting

CFTPA recommends a more equitable production financing model that provides for adequate financing of Canadian programming.

Sep 1, 2006 — News Article

Rogers Seeks a New Approach to the Regulation of Broadcasting

Rogers filed comments with the CRTC recommending consumer choice, investment in new technologies and the ability to compete on a fair and flexible basis.

Sep 1, 2006 — News Article

Aboriginal radio station proposed by Murray Lyons

Two Saskatoon radio companies have proposed a new station staffed entirely by aboriginal people to get around CRTC rules that allow a company to own three radio stations in the market.

Sep 1, 2006 — News Article

CRTC sticks by decision on VoIP by Simon Avery

The CRTC will continue to regulate the prices large phone companies can charge for Internet-based calls.

Sep 1, 2006 — News Release

New technologies eroding Canadian TV funding

FRIENDS predicts funding for Canadian programming will erode without a level playing field that ensures all those who deliver programming play by the same rules.

Aug 30, 2006 — News Article

Videotron bids to carry satellite radio on TV by Barbara Shecter

The cable subsidiary of Quebecor Inc., is seeking permission from the CRTC to carry XM and Sirius satellite radio services to digital TV viewers.

Aug 30, 2006 — News Article

CRTC issues bill of rights for telephone customers

The CRTC says the bill of rights will make it clearer to consumers what their rights are when it comes to phone service.

Aug 28, 2006 — News Article

Decision By FCC a Break for XM Radio by Kim Hart

A Federal Communications Commission decision has cleared XM Satellite Radio to resume production of devices that did not meet broadcast emission standards.

Aug 26, 2006 — News Article

CRTC rejects request to block hate websites

Canada's telecommunications regulator has rejected a bid by an Ottawa lawyer to block access to two U.S.-based hate websites.

Aug 24, 2006 — News Article

CRTC may order U.S. sites blocked

The CRTC has been asked to take the unprecedented step of blocking access to U.S.-based hate websites from Canada.

Aug 23, 2006 — News Article

BGM shuffle gets approval from regulator by Gordon Pitts

An ownership shuffle at Bell Globemedia, which would give Torstar Corp. a 20-per-cent stake, has received a green light from federal Competition Bureau.

Aug 22, 2006 — News Article

CRTC ruling 'opens door' to changes by Barbara Shecter

CRTC allows CanCon to drop from 65% to 35% on Alliance Atlantis's Discovery Health channel.

Aug 22, 2006 — News Article

India blocks movie channels from TVs

In Mumbai, police raids on cable TV operators block movies deemed inappropriate for children.

Aug 21, 2006 — News Article

CHUM says bye to its obligations by Antonia Zerbisias

The proposed takeover of CHUM Ltd. by Bell Globemedia has overshadowed the fact that CHUM has cut 281 jobs and hours of local programming.

Aug 18, 2006 — News Article

Radio tuning in to Saskatoon by Murray Lyons

Eight companies have filed applications with the CRTC for new broadcast licences in Saskatoon.

Aug 18, 2006 — News Article

Speaker Series: The End of the CRTC? Sept 12, 2006

Andrew Coyne, National Affairs Columnist with The National Post, to speak in Fraser Institute series on the future of the CRTC.

Aug 17, 2006 — News Article

ANALYSIS: Policy mis-direction? by Greg O'Brien

The proposed policy directive from the Conservative government ignores the Telecom Policy Review Panel's recommendations for "significant market power" in the telecommunications industry.

Aug 16, 2006 — News Article

Union alleges CHUM broke rules by Grant Robertson

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada has filed a complaint with federal regulators saying CHUM's stations in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver have breached their licences by cutting back local programming.

Aug 11, 2006 — News Article

CRTC allows just one new Quebec City station by Grant Robertson

After received 10 applications for FM radio stations in Quebec City, The CRTC has turned down all but one.

Aug 9, 2006 — News Article

Government of Canada Supports CRTC Licensing Decision for Allarco Entertainment Inc.

A decision to award Allarco Entertainment a broadcasting licence to operate a new national English-language general-interest pay-television service has been upheld.

Aug 9, 2006 — News Article

CBC fans push case for CRTC review by Mike Youds

The CRTC decision to delay CBC/Radio Canada's licence renewal may aid a Kamloops citizens group in its struggle restore CBC-TV broadcast service to the region.

Aug 9, 2006 — News Article

Airwaves auction may bring in billions

U.S. Federal Communications Commission hopes to raise between $10-billion and $15-billion (U.S.) in the sale of portions of the radio spectrum — a publicly owned and extremely valuable vehicle to transmit data.

Aug 5, 2006 — News Article

Sirius, XM face 'leak' in satellite radio broadcasts

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission says that satellite radios don't comply with its power rules and signals sometimes overpower those of stations playing in nearby vehicles.

Aug 3, 2006 — News Article

Alberta radio ready for boom, CRTC says: Five new stations by Barbara Shecter

The CRTC credits the region's economic boom for its decision to license a record number of stations; opponents say it is too many radio stations to throw into the market.

Aug 2, 2006 — News Article

Newcap Inc. has received approval from the CRTC to operate a new FM radio licence in Calgary.

Jul 31, 2006 — News Article

Background on the Danish media industry.

Information on the new Danish Radio and Television Board, the Media Secretariat and the Press Council.

Jul 31, 2006 — News Article

Resurrecting the Media Council idea by Ammu Joseph

India media observer says that the most important pre-requisite of an effective media regulatory body is that it be taken seriously by the media industry.

Jul 31, 2006 — News Article

The broadcast bill and the public interest by Ammu Joseph

India media observer says the primary objective of media regulation in a democracy is to preserve and protect citizens' fundamental rights to information and freedom of expression.

Jul 29, 2006 — News Article

CRTC adds specialty TV to crowded review schedule by Grant Robertson

Canada's specialty television channels will go under the microscope of the CRTC in 2007 after a major review of conventional TV concludes.

Jul 28, 2006 — News Article

Sound and fury over the Broadcast Bill by Ammu Joseph

In India, journalists object to provisions of a proposed Broadcast Bill empowering the government to cripple media through pre-censorship; the media industry has been lobbying against the Bill's attempt to regulate ownership.

Jul 28, 2006 — News Article

PBS president says new FCC tactics are obscene by David Kronke

PBS member station issued large indecency fine after single viewer complaint.

Jul 28, 2006 — News Article

CRTC readies review for BGM-CHUM fallout by Grant Robertson

The CRTC plans to open the public review of the CHUM transaction to a broader debate on federal policies on media ownership - FRIENDS says media consolidation must be addressed.

Jul 28, 2006 — News Article

CHUM-CTV merger will impact TV policy review

FRIENDS says a precedent set with Canwest Global points to a CRTC approval of the Bell Globemedia acquisition of CHUM.

Jul 27, 2006 — News Article

New tech helping telecom industry by Jack Kapica

CRTC reports states that new technologies influence the telecom industry by reducing costs and enabling the delivery of traditional services by non-traditional service providers.

Jul 24, 2006 — News Article

CRTC about to set a new course under the Harper government

This fall the Prime Minister will pick a replacement for the outgoing CRTC Chair - the choice will provide indication on future directions for Canadian broadcasting and telecommunications.

Jul 21, 2006 — News Article

CRTC OKs Bell Globemedia ownership restructuring: BCE cutting stake to 20%

Bell Globemedia ownership restructuring approved - one CRTC commissioner said the regulator should have added to the Canadian-content and other benefits that CTV is required to provide as a condition of its broadcast licences.

Jul 21, 2006 — News Article

Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2006-309

CRTC approves application by Bell Globemedia to change its effective control, concludes that new obligations under Benefits Policy will not be triggered.

Jul 20, 2006 — News Article

ANALYSIS: What else will BGM/CHUM spawn? Could "benefits" kick in? by Laurel Hyatt

Implications of the Bell Globemedia-CHUM cash deal go far beyond any regulatory hurdles and divestiture of competing assets.

Jul 19, 2006 — News Article

BCE to reduce stake in Bell Globemedia: Partners work to boost holdings, avoid 'benefits tax' by Barbara Shecter and Theresa Tedesco

Article notes CHUM takeover proposal may affect analysis of proposed Bell Globemedia restructuring and whether the restructuring will trigger a benefits payment under CRTC rules.

Jul 14, 2006 — News Article

CAJ urges Ottawa to defend diversity of voices in media

The Canadian Association of Journalists urges Heritage Minister Bev Oda and the CRTC to carefully scrutinize the proposed takeover of CHUM Ltd. by Bell Globemedia Inc., and ensure that Canada's media landscape doesn't suffer further erosion of diversity.

Jul 12, 2006 — News Article

Bell Globemedia to buy CHUM

CHUM to lay off 281 employees - critics want the proposed takeover stopped in the public interest.

Jul 12, 2006 — News Article

Sportsnet seeks go-ahead to air dramas by Grant Robertson

Rogers Sportsnet has applied to the CRTC for permission to fill up to 6 hours if its broadcast week with Homegrown movies and dramas.

Jul 12, 2006 — News Article

Ottawa to award 29 new satellite licences by Catherine McLean

Industry Canada issues new licensees so satellite operators can deliver new services such as high-definition television.

Jul 6, 2006 — News Article

Northern boomtowns catch FM radio fever by Laura Severs

Nineteen applicants are applying for new FM licences in the booming communities of Fort McMurray and Grande Prairie Alberta - FRIENDS says the CRTC could take six months before announcing decisions.

Jul 6, 2006 — News Article

Satellite TV growing in Canada, says CRTC

Latest CRTC report shows Canadians are tuning in to satellite television in greater numbers at the expense of cable TV.

Jul 4, 2006 — News Article

Commission contacts updated

A CRTC-wide re-organization has been undertaken to respond to shifting communications and media industries and technologies.

Jul 1, 2006 — News Article

Canadians spending more time on Internet, CRTC report says by Carly Weeks

Study concludes the Internet has taken some the time Canadians used to spend watching TV or listening to the radio.

Jul 1, 2006 — News Article

More watching foreign shows on CBC by Simon Tuck

CRTC reports that viewership of foreign programming jumped by almost 80 per cent on CBC-TV - FRIENDS says this underlines a deeper problem.

Jun 30, 2006 — News Release

Viewing of Foreign Shows on CBC-TV hits new high

FRIENDS says that the record level of foreign shows on CBC-TV is more evidence that CBC needs direction from Parliament and Canadians to return to its public broadcasting mandate.

Jun 30, 2006 — News Article

The CRTC publishes its seventh Broadcasting Policy Monitoring Report

CRTC report updates performance indicators for the Canadian broadcast industry including data on new technologies such as high definition and iPods.

Jun 29, 2006 — News Article

Final Report on the Canadian News Media

Senate report recommends that CBC television should not provide services that inappropriately duplicate those of the private sector, such as the coverage of professional sports and the Olympics.

Jun 27, 2006 — News Article

Canadian comedies a matter of pride: CRTC by Kate Jaimet

CRTC chairman states Canadian television stations may be forced to produce more Canadian comedies and dramas by 2008.

Jun 23, 2006 — News Article

Ottawa must not control the press

Editorial says giving elected politicians the power to make decisions on media mergers would undermine public confidence in MPs and news gatherers.

Jun 23, 2006 — News Article

Hot about the media

Editorial says government and CRTC intervention in media mergers could lead to decision makers using their new power for selfish purposes.

Jun 22, 2006 — News Article

Review media mergers, Senate group urges Grant Robertson and Simon Tuck

The Senate's standing committee on transport and communications suggests setting media market share threshold at 35%.

Jun 14, 2006 — News Article

CRTC says it's already changing way it rules phone sector by Catherine McLean

The CRTC is studying recommendations made by a federal review panel that examined the telecom industry - some proposed changes are already being made.

Jun 14, 2006 — News Article

Telus CEO pushes hard for reform by Chanakya Sethi

Darren Entwistle lobbies that a new regulatory framework is warranted because of the increasingly blurred line between the telecom and broadcasting industries.

Jun 14, 2006 — News Article

Bernier trumpets new telecom approach by Catherine McLean and Simon Tuck

Industry Minister Maxime Bernier tells the CRTC to rely on market forces in the telecommunications industry to the "maximum extent feasible."

Jun 13, 2006 — News Article

Government Gives Directions to CRTC

For the first time since the adoption of the Telecommunications Act, the government has issued a policy direction to the CRTC.

Jun 13, 2006 — News Article

Staying Ahead by Darren Entwistle, Telus President & CEO

Darren Entwistle, Telus CEO's speech to the Canadian Telecom Summit in Toronto remarks on the implementation of the Telecom Policy Review panel recommendations and developing a new regulatory framework given the challenges of a broadband IP world.

Jun 13, 2006 — News Article

CRTC calls for public comment

On June 12, 2006 the CRTC issued two calls for public comment on broadcasting issues.

Jun 12, 2006 — News Article

Speech to the 2006 Banff World Television Festival by Charles Dalfen

Chairman of the CRTC announces a review of the regulatory framework for over-the-air television in a speech to the 2006 Banff World Television Festival.

Jun 12, 2006 — News Article

CBC License Renewal Delayed by Broadcast Review

CBC/Radio-Canada's licence renewal delayed after Federal Heritage Minister Bev Oda's announcement of a six-month review of new television technologies.

Jun 12, 2006 — News Article

Review Must Fix TV Policy

ACTRA welcomes the CRTC review of television policy and calls for a guarantee that Canadian programming has a place on the public airwaves.

Jun 12, 2006 — News Article

Canada set to shore up protection for b'casters by Etan Vlessing

CRTC study to help the government set its broadcasting policy for the 21st century.

Jun 12, 2006 — News Article

Government steps into debate about TV's future by Grant Robertson

The Conservative government is calling for an immediate study of the effects of changing technology on the radio and television industries - expected to take precedence over a review being planned by the CRTC.

Jun 11, 2006 — Policy Brief

Submission to CRTC re Rogers Cable satellite subscription radio application [PN CRTC 2006-58: Application 2006-0196-5]

FRIENDS recommends that the CRTC not approve a satellite subscription radio application from Rogers Cable until sufficient Canadian audio programming is offered in accord with the Commission's policies.

Jun 11, 2006 — News Release

Conservative hidden agenda for CBC

FRIENDS issues statement following the failure of Heritage Minister Bev Oda to announce a mandate review of CBC.

Jun 11, 2006 — News Article

Feds ask CRTC to assess impact of changing technology on broadcasting by Judy Monchuk

Federal Heritage Minister Bev Oda has asked the CRTC to determine what impact rapidly changing technology will have on the broadcast industry's future - move expected to delay the CBC's renewal licence for a year.

Jun 11, 2006 — News Article

Coming Soon (Maybe): Even More TV Channels by Richard Siklos

A regulatory showdown is looming in the U.S. over multicasting - the technology that would allow transmission of several television channels in the bandwidth of an analog broadcast signal.

Jun 10, 2006 — News Article

TV networks hope review brings ad relief by Barbara Shecter

The Federal government and the CRTC are expected to release details of a policy review that could reshape television rules.

Jun 10, 2006 — News Article

TV networks can relax by James Adams

A discussion paper prepared for the Banff World Television Film Festival says that Canadian broadcasters need to integrate with the global media business to prosper in the new digital environment.

Jun 9, 2006 — News Article

Green Paper Released On The Future Of Canadian Television

Executive Summary of a report that will facilitate a Town Hall discussion on the future of Canadian television and Canadian television programming at the Banff World Television Festival.

Jun 9, 2006 — News Article

Oda may save CBC from itself by John Ivison

Reform of the CBC likely to be the Conservative government's first step in a more sweeping overhaul of the broadcasting industry.

Jun 8, 2006 — News Article

CRTC, TV industry set to face off over content by Grant Robertson

CRTC review of TV sector may see broadcasters invest more in Canadian programming in return for flexibility on rules.

Jun 5, 2006 — News Article

Whither the CBC? by William Neville

A discussion paper on the future of public broadcasting in Canada by a former member of the CBC board of directors.

Jun 3, 2006 — News Article

CRTC permits Canadian cable ads on U.S. channels by Barbara Shecter

The CRTC has cleared the way for cable companies to advertise services on Canadian broadcasts of U.S. specialty channels.

Jun 2, 2006 — News Article

New artists top the charts on CBC podcasts by Sandra Sperounes

While the Canadian Association of Broadcasters wants CanCon requirements lowered, CBC Radio 3 finds success playing emerging Canadian artists almost exclusively.

Jun 2, 2006 — News Article

CBC fans lobby for broadcast service by Mike Youds

Citizens in Kamloops BC lobby the CBC President and the CRTC for access to CBC television over public airwaves.

Jun 2, 2006 — News Article

Lobbies array against revamp of broadcast rules by Leo Cendrowicz

Groups call for stricter regulation of product placement and looser rules for online services at a hearing on European Union broadcast policy reform.

May 31, 2006 — News Article

Sask. gov't fights CRTC decision

The Saskatchewan government is asking the federal cabinet to take action on a CRTC decision that restricts the public phone utility's ability to compete with new market entrants.

May 31, 2006 — News Article

New radio station awaits home on dial by Wayne Thibodeau

CRTC approves first new radio station in PEI in more than twenty years.

May 29, 2006 — News Article

American TV stations in 'fake news' inquiry by Andrew Buncombe

The Federal Communications Commission is investigating American television stations for broadcasting items produced by the Bush administration and major corporations, passing them off as news.

May 29, 2006 — News Article

Telcos don't deserve your $620M by Tyler Hamilton

The CRTC is handing large phone companies more than $620 million to bring broadband access to rural markets already served by smaller competitors.

May 29, 2006 — News Article

CRTC's unpopular job is to protect the public interest by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist describes how recent controversial decisions, the inability to uphold its own rules and the current political environment make the CRTC's existence precarious.

May 26, 2006 — News Article

Ottawa sows field for deregulation: Advice similar to panel's by Paul Vieira

Industry Canada documents suggest intention to deregulate Canada's telecommunications industry and relax rules governing foreign ownership.

May 24, 2006 — Policy Brief

Written response to a question from the Commercial Radio Policy Review [PN CRTC 2006-1]

Responding to a question posed by the CRTC Chair during the hearings on Commercial Radio Policy, FRIENDS provides information regarding its organization and financing.

May 24, 2006 — News Article

CBC wins tiff with TSN over games: Only one at a time by Barbara Shecter

CRTC sides with CBC, decides TSN cannot broadcast more than one hockey game nationally at the same time; CBC had argued competition from TSN for advertising revenues would make it uneconomical for the public broadcaster to air sports on TV.

May 24, 2006 — News Article

Canadian Broadcasters on U.S. Program Spending Spree

Canadian performers' union condemns Canadian private broadcasters for spending on U.S. programs, including strategic purchases for programs they have no intention to air, at the expense of investment in Canadian programming.

May 22, 2006 — News Article

Enough, already, of the greatest hits by David Reevely

Editorial comments on challenges facing CRTC in setting regulatory policy for private radio.

May 19, 2006 — News Article

Allarco gets OK for new service: Canadian content vow key to approval by Ron Chalmers

FRIENDS welcomes decision to break up pay television duopoly and licence new pay television provider.

May 17, 2006 — News Article

CRTC radio review hears opposing views on French-language requirements

French-language radio stations argue for cut in Cancon quotas to compete with English broadcasters in bilingual markets.

May 17, 2006 — News Article

Radio interviews with FRIENDS and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters on the review of commercial radio policy

Listen to radio interviews from CBC's The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti.

May 16, 2006 — News Article

Private sector faces 'storm,' owners warn by Paul Vieira

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters propose new rules for private radio that would allow stations to meet Cancon requirements without playing as many Canadian songs.

May 16, 2006 — News Article

Private radio wants CanCon eased by Graham Fraser

Despite record profits, private radio broadcasters appeal to the CRTC to cut Canadian-content limits, predicting a future decline in listeners attributed to Ipods, podcasting, Internet streaming and satellite radio.

May 16, 2006 — News Article

CRTC radio showdown looms

The commercial radio lobby that seeks more flexibility from the CRTC faces opposition from groups - including FRIENDS - calling for stricter Canadian content rules on conventional radio stations.

May 15, 2006 — News Article

CRTC weighs radio's future by Barbara Shecter

Private radio broadcasters seek changes geared toward "slow de-regulation" of their industry.

May 15, 2006 — News Article

Radio needs to listen to the music by Michael Geist

Internet law professor says CRTC commercial radio proceeding is focusing on the wrong issues.

May 15, 2006 — News Article

Less dinosaur rock, more new music on the radio? by Grant Robertson

FRIENDS opposes plan by private broadcasters to reduce the overall quantity of Canadian content on radio.

May 13, 2006 — News Article

Regulator fading to black: Future of The CRTC by Paul Vieira

Columnist argues the CRTC's conflicting roles - to foster competition in the telecommunication industry while also ensuring Canadian artists and programming are allowed to flourish - demonstrate a need for reform.

May 12, 2006 — News Article

Both sides in Cancon debate to make their case at CRTC radio policy hearings

FRIENDS opposes industry arguments for lower Canadian content requirements at CRTC hearings on commercial radio policy; seeks increase in Cancon to 40%, with at least one quarter reserved for emerging genres and artists.

May 9, 2006 — News Article

Telecom reform needs a policy first by Terence Corcoran

Editorial says that communications sector foreign ownership limits should fall only after the sector has been deregulated.

May 8, 2006 — News Article

A smaller CRTC

National Post editorial advocates reduced role for CRTC, argues that federal broadcasting regulations should be loosened quickly, including those restricting foreign ownership.

May 6, 2006 — News Article

Conservatives put CRTC on notice by Paul Vieira

The Conservative government has ordered the CRTC to review and reconsider its decision on Internet telephony, or VoIP; the intervention marks the first time since 1994 that the federal cabinet has demanded that the CRTC change a ruling.

May 2, 2006 — News Article

Canadian artists protest labels' piracy plan by Etan Vlessing

Canadian artists oppose proposed music piracy laws.

May 1, 2006 — News Article

Mobile TV avoids regulation by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC's hands-off policy on mobile television criticized as missed opportunity to adapt Canadian-content requirements to the new medium and encourage domestic talent.

Apr 28, 2006 — News Article

CRTC 3-Year Workplan

The CRTC sets out priorities for 2006-2009, including moving towards telecommunications sector deregulation, reviewing regulatory policies to address technological and economic developments, and preparing for licence renewal hearings of the major over-the-air broadcasters.

Apr 28, 2006 — News Article

Tories open to foreign airwaves by Mike De Souza

FRIENDS says lifting broadcasting foreign ownership restrictions does not have public support, doubts legislative amendments would be passed in a minority government situation.

Apr 28, 2006 — News Article

Mixed signals: If you hear Howard Stern instead of NPR, bad satellite radio equipment is to blame by Frank D. Roylance

FM radio listeners find National Public Radio, Christian station programming interrupted by satellite radio broadcasts of Howard Stern.

Apr 27, 2006 — News Article

Canada's pay-TV duo enjoying record profit by Grant Robertson

Canada's two highly profitable pay-TV networks - Astral Media and Corus Entertainment - have been lobbying to retain a tightly regulated sector while the CRTC looks at allowing competitors into the market.

Apr 27, 2006 — News Article

Arts community has butterflies ahead of 'opening night' by Mike de Souza

Canadian artists and arts organizations await Conservative budget to see if a Liberal plan to invest $342 million in the arts over three years will be honoured.

Apr 27, 2006 — News Article

Shock jock monitors CRTC: 'No axe to grind'. MP is appointed to House committee by Elizabeth Thompson

Andre Arthur, former radio shock jock turned independent MP, has been named to the House of Commons standing committee that oversees the CRTC.

Apr 26, 2006 — News Article

The CRTC hampers competition and choice by Tasha Kheiriddin

Economic think-tank executive questions relevance of the CRTC.

Apr 24, 2006 — News Article

On-line exclusives and other bright ideas by John Doyle

Columnist calls Internet television a "dumping ground for failed shows and repeats"; comments on CBC decision to eliminate design staff.

Apr 20, 2006 — News Article

Report: FCC opens investigation into radio payola allegations

U.S. Federal Communications Commission investigates four of the U.S.'s largest radio corporations over accusations that radio programmers received gifts, cash and other items in exchange for playing songs for particular artists and labels, without disclosing the deals.

Apr 20, 2006 — News Article

CRTC quashes radio rules by Barbara Shecter

CRTC abandons 30-year-old requirement for cable companies to carry commercial radio stations to make space for more digital and high-definition channels.

Apr 19, 2006 — News Article

Choose not to regulate by Perrin Beatty

Op-ed by former CBC president states government must reduce role of the CRTC and advance telecom reform before Canada falls behind in the telecom industry.

Apr 17, 2006 — News Article

The CRTC gets it

Editorial says the CRTC made the correct decision by exempting television delivered over the Internet from Canadian content regulations.

Apr 14, 2006 — News Article

Local TV stations feeling the crunch, CHUM CEO says by Grant Robertson

In lead-up to television policy review, CHUM argues technology, competition eroding conventional television audiences, creating financial challenges.

Apr 14, 2006 — News Article

TV industry review bumps CBC in CRTC queue by Guy Dixon

CBC management note to staff confirms CBC licence renewal hearing has been deferred.

Apr 13, 2006 — News Article

CRTC gets it right by Mathew Ingram

Columnist praises CRTC decision on television delivered over mobile phones.

Apr 13, 2006 — News Article

Wireless TV services given free rein by CRTC by Catherine McLean

Telcos praise CRTC decision not to regulate television over mobile phones; ACTRA raises concerns about lack of requirements for Canadian content, production funding.

Apr 13, 2006 — News Article

CRTC exempts mobile television from regulation: Experts say ruling could hasten changes in broadcasting by Mark Evans

CRTC sites unknown future impact on broadcasters as reason for exempting services delivered over the Internet from regulation - including Canadian content requirements.

Apr 13, 2006 — News Article

CRTC rules that Internet-delivered mobile TV content exempt from regulation by John McKay

CRTC takes hands-off approach to the regulation of mobile TV services; ACTRA and other groups argue the lack of Canadian-content requirements puts Canada's cultural future at risk.

Apr 12, 2006 — News Article

Dispute prompts 6 indie labels to leave Canadian Recording Industry Association by Angela Pacienza

Six Canadian independent record labels leave CRIA following difference of opinion over CRIA submission to CRTC on Canadian content rules for commercial radio.

Apr 12, 2006 — News Article

Heritage to direct TV review by Barbara Schecter and Paul Vieira

Article says Conservative government will allow CRTC to conduct television industry review, but under federal Heritage Department direction; CBC licence renewal to be delayed until industry review complete.

Apr 10, 2006 — News Article

Time for TV to shape up, not cry blues by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist argues private TV networks should look for creative solutions to regulatory, competitive and technological challenges; predicts arguments private broadcasters will make before CRTC television policy review.

Apr 10, 2006 — News Article

Radio Free Canada by Lorne Gunter

Columnist calls for CRTC reform after broadcast license issued in Toronto without general call for applications.

Apr 7, 2006 — News Article

Conventional TV should get boost from CRTC review by Barbara Shecter

Struggling CanWest Global hopes for lighter television regulations, sees reason for optimism in recent CRTC decisions to create a more "market-driven" telecommunications industry.

Apr 7, 2006 — News Article

Telecommunications Policy Review Panel Final Report: Time for global thinking, not tinkering!

Canadian Conference of the Arts assesses recommendations in Telecommunications Policy Review Panel report and their impact on Canadian cultural sovereignty.

Apr 7, 2006 — News Article

Cable biz faces new hurdles in the future by Brooks Boliek

U.S. cable industry sees threats and opportunities.

Apr 7, 2006 — News Article

Weak TV ad sales slows CanWest by Etan Vlessing

CanWest posts loss, blames poor television ad sales and rising Canadian dollar.

Apr 6, 2006 — News Article

Another assault on TV status quo by Nicolas Van Praet

Quebecor calls for adoption of more U.S.-style regulations where broadcasting conglomerates can more easily obtain rights to air content over multiple platforms.

Apr 5, 2006 — Policy Brief

Submission to CRTC re Bell GlobeMedia [Application 2005-1504-1: PN CRTC 2006-24]

FRIENDS supports the arguments in the joint submission of ACTRA, the Directors Guild of Canada and the Writers Guild of Canada that allowing Bell Globemedia to transfer ownership without payment of public benefits will create a significant and dangerous precedent; questions Bell Globemedia's reluctance to propose a benefits package consistent with that approved in BCE's year 2000 acquisition of CTV.

Apr 5, 2006 — News Article

Submission to CRTC re Bell Globemedia

Quebec Film and Television Production Association opposes Bell Globemedia arguments that public benefits should not apply to its proposed ownership reorganization.

Apr 5, 2006 — News Article

Quebecor chief hails TV review by Bertrand Marotte

Quebecor chief executive Pierre Karl Péladeau hopes fast-tracked CRTC review of Canadian television sector will establish new system of payments to broadcasters.

Apr 5, 2006 — News Article

Submission to CRTC by ACTRA, the Writers Guild of Canada and the Directors Guild of Canada re Bell GlobeMedia

Creative unions oppose Bell Globemedia's claims to CRTC that the Commission's Benefits Policy does not apply to the proposed application.

Apr 3, 2006 — News Article

CRTC Releases Private TV Report

CRTC report states private television stations increased revenues and profits over 2001-2005 period.

Apr 3, 2006 — News Article

Business leaders want foreign investment in broadcast, telecom by Duncan Mavin

National Post-sponsored web poll of "business leaders" says foreign ownership limits "inadvertently" weaken Canada's identity and should be eliminated; also calls for reduced role for CRTC.

Apr 1, 2006 — News Article

Made in Canada by Andrew Ryan

Columnist laments that Canadian broadcasters no longer broadcast Canadian drama series long enough for them to build a loyal audience.

Apr 1, 2006 — News Article

Pink slips and running shoes for the CRTC by David Reevely

Editorial board member of Canwest-owned paper recommends dismantling of CRTC.

Mar 31, 2006 — News Article

CRTC making television review a top priority by Simon Tuck and Grant Robertson

Pressured by private broadcasters, CRTC to accelerate schedule for conducting television policy review.

Mar 29, 2006 — News Release

Canadian taxpayers fund Hollywood buying spree

FRIENDS says public funding of Canadian content on private broadcasters helps finance spending spree on Hollywood fare; notes that spending by Canada’s private broadcasters on Canadian drama programs has decreased over the last three years, while spending on American drama has never been higher.

Mar 29, 2006 — News Article

Private broadcasters spend much more on foreign drama: CRTC

FRIENDS, ACTRA discouraged by CRTC data on private broadcaster investment in Canadian drama; say CRTC must strengthen requirements.

Mar 29, 2006 — News Article

TV faces challenges to reach youth: Profits up for 2005 by Barbara Shecter

CRTC publishes 2005 figures on Canadian television revenues and expenditures.

Mar 29, 2006 — News Article

Focus on U.S. enrages ACTRA by Antonia Zerbisias

ACTRA condemns increase in Canadian private broadcasters' spending on U.S. programming.

Mar 27, 2006 — News Article

Pink slips and running shoes for the CRTC by David Reevely

Editorial questions the long-term role of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

Mar 27, 2006 — News Article

Ottawa should read Telco report's finer print by Michael Geist

Columnist outlines consumer-focused proposals within telecommunications policy review report - including network neutrality, ubiquitous broadband access, privacy, spam, and consumer protection - that merit government intervention or support.

Mar 24, 2006 — News Article

Stage is set for spinoffs of broadcasting assets by Andrew Willis

Columnist predicts Telecom Policy Review Panel report will trigger restructuring of communications companies to separate telecom from broadcast and media assets.

Mar 24, 2006 — News Article

To fix telecom policy

Editorial says Telecom Policy Review Panel report is ill-timed, since telecom policy not on near-term agenda of new Conservative government.

Mar 23, 2006 — News Article

Downloading Prime-Time By Vicky Chan

Delivery of TV shows online raises questions about the survival of Canadian content.

Mar 23, 2006 — News Article

Canadian panel urges end to foreign-ownership rules by Etan Vlessing

Telecom Policy Review Panel recommends end to foreign ownership rules in telecom sector, but says restrictions on licensed broadcasters should remain until sector-specific review can be conducted.

Mar 23, 2006 — News Article

It's time for a new game at the CRTC by Eric Reguly

Telecommunications Policy Review Panel calls for reliance on market forces and acceleration of deregulation in the telecom industry; columnist praises report as an end to the "gaming" of the CRTC by industry.

Mar 23, 2006 — News Article

Telecom plan would ease entry of big foreign players by Simon Tuck

According to the Telecommunications Policy Review Panel, Ottawa should implement a "phased liberalization" of foreign ownership rules for telecom companies that are not broadcasters.

Mar 23, 2006 — News Article

Report of the Telecommunications Policy Review Panel

Key recommendations of the report of the Telecommunications Policy Review Panel include liberalizing foreign ownership rules, scaling back the role of the CRTC, and conducting a similar policy review of the regulation of the broadcasting sector.

Mar 23, 2006 — News Article

Ease regulations, telecom panel says by Catherine McLean

Telecom Policy Review Panel recommends fundamental changes in regulation in telecom sector; opens door to similar review of broadcasting sector.

Mar 22, 2006 — News Article

Impose no new rules, CRTC urged by Paul Vieira

Competition Bureau tells CRTC not to regulate new forms of broadcasting and to deregulate old ones.

Mar 21, 2006 — News Article

CTV uses web, cellphones to bypass CRTC rules by Barbara Shecter

CTV to sidestep programming restrictions under MTV Canada broadcasting licence by launching Web streaming and mobile "mobisodes" on cellphones.

Mar 20, 2006 — News Article

A new temptation for office workers: on-line TV by Grant Robertson

CBS experiment with free online television broadcasts seen as sign of the future.

Mar 20, 2006 — News Article

Private radio sings the blues, seeks concessions by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist dissects private radio lobby's arguments for greater regulatory flexibility, contends private radio is the architect of its own decline.

Mar 19, 2006 — News Article

Canada's MTV plans to be lyrical by John McKay

Observers see room in Canadian market for both MuchMusic and CTV-controlled MTV Canada brands.

Mar 18, 2006 — News Article

Health channel seeks to go Canadian-lite by Barbara Shecter

Alliance Atlantis specialty channel seeks reduction in Cancon requirements to address financial problems.

Mar 17, 2006 — News Article

Cutback on radio station licences sought by Grant Robertson

Private broadcasters seek to limit further radio licences to reduce competition.

Mar 17, 2006 — News Article

Panel to call for reduced restraints on telecom sector by Simon Tuck

Telecommunications Policy Review Panel expected to call for more market-oriented approach to regulation in report to be released this week.

Mar 17, 2006 — News Article

Review commercial policy, radio stations ask CRTC

FRIENDS says conventional radio is a healthy industry capable of making substantial contributions to broadcasting policy goals.

Mar 16, 2006 — News Article

Advertisers get piece of local news shows by Gail Schiller

U.S. broadcasters are beginning to introduce brand placement/integration advertising in local news programming.

Mar 16, 2006 — News Article

Radio feels heat from iPod generation by Simon Tuck and Grant Robertson

Private radio broadcasters paint doomsday scenario, appeal to CRTC for more lenient regulation.

Mar 16, 2006 — News Article

Ease content rules, CRTC told by Barbara Shecter

Radio broadcasters use low Canadian content requirements approved for U.S. satellite radio services to justify demands for lower Cancon on conventional stations.

Mar 15, 2006 — News Article

No, those Casino Rama ads aren't running in NYC by Keith McArthur

Digitally inserted product placement ads or "virtual ads" are a small but growing portion of ad revenue for CanWest's Global TV network

Mar 15, 2006 — News Article

Radio industry urges CRTC not to hike Cancon by Simon Tuck

Commercial radio broadcasters seek less regulation from CRTC.

Mar 14, 2006 — News Article

Onus falls on the applicant. Len Katz talks about the CRTC's restructuring

Interview with the former Rogers executive that has been overseeing the restructuring and re-organization of the administrative functions of the CRTC.

Mar 14, 2006 — News Article

Entertainment 'key' to BBC future

Public broadcaster BBC told to focus on entertainment programming, but not chase ratings or copy successful programs from other broadcasters.

Mar 14, 2006 — News Article

Out of tune by Guy Dixon

Commercial radio providers claim new technologies are a real threat to highly successful business model, argue local focus will not be enough to keep audiences.

Mar 13, 2006 — News Article

Old media makes itself new by Grant Robertson

No longer willing to compete against the Internet for viewers, media giants such as News Corp., Viacom Inc. and NBC Universal are aggressively acquiring the Internet companies that have been attracting their audiences.

Mar 13, 2006 — News Article

Tune in to watch the war at 6 by Antonia Zerbisias

CBC television has failed to recapture its Toronto-market local news audience, lost following the year 2000 decision by senior management to cut local news across the country.

Mar 10, 2006 — News Article

CBC boss worries about the future by Antonia Zerbisias

President says CBC is "only partly" a public broadcaster; columnist notes that review of CBC mandate proposed by Heritage Minister would hold up CRTC licence renewal process.

Mar 9, 2006 — News Article

Notes for Remarks by Robert Rabinovitch at the Empire Club of Toronto

Text of speech by CBC President and Chief Executive Officer, Robert Rabinovitch, on the future of CBC.

Mar 8, 2006 — News Article

They want their MTV. . . by cellphone by Grant Robertson

MuchMusic owner CHUM says it will monitor whether MTV Canada operates within conditions of licence; real competition between MTV Canada and MuchMusic may occur over the Internet.

Mar 7, 2006 — News Article

Who gets to pick? by Bill Roberts

The eventual consequence of a free market for television channels, in which distributors are no longer required to sell most channels as part of a bundle, could be less choice for consumers if distributors refuse to offer channels that fail to meet a minimum subscriber threshold.

Mar 6, 2006 — News Article

Canadian Satellite Radio reports 44,000 subscribers

Canadian version of U.S. satellite radio service XM Radio has signed up 44,000 subscribers since November 2005 startup, expects one million by August 2010.

Mar 4, 2006 — News Article

TV regulator to axe those bundles of joy by Simon Beck

Columnist praises CRTC announcement that it will eventually permit cable distributors to sell programming services individually rather than as part of a bundle, but attacks niche programming services in the process.

Mar 3, 2006 — News Article

Cable priorities by Bill Roberts

VisionTV President/CEO says columnist misses the point of CRTC cable unbundling policy by failing to recognize role of economics in channel placement and ultimately, availability to viewers.

Mar 3, 2006 — News Article

Push to Get More Female Content on the Radio by Robert W. Willis

Campus and community radio sector considers 30 percent female musical content standard modelled on Canadian content requirements.

Mar 1, 2006 — News Article

CRTC invites public comment on proposed Bell Globemedia ownership change by David Paddon

CRTC seeks public comment on plan by BCE to sell majority ownership stake in the company that owns CTV and The Globe and Mail.

Mar 1, 2006 — News Article

CRTC finally does something for viewers by John Doyle

Columnist applauds CRTC for plan to bring eventual end to cable channel bundling; criticizes extent to which specialty channel W has strayed from its original licence conditions.

Mar 1, 2006 — News Article

Cable-TV fee fights looming by Grant Robertson and Catherine McLean

CRTC to require cable distributors to retain bundled programming tiers until 2013, but allow them to move to an "a la carte" system earlier if they transfer more than 85 percent of their subscribers to digital.

Mar 1, 2006 — News Article

Cable firms allowed to 'unbundle' by 2010 by Barbara Shecter

CRTC policy to allow cable unbundling no later than 2013 expected to result in higher, not lower bills for consumers.

Feb 26, 2006 — News Article

Online and off, Cancon needs cash – and fewer rules by Ivor Tossell

Columnist says in an age of media convergence, the CRTC should implement policies that fund creators regardless of distribution platform.

Feb 26, 2006 — News Article

As of Monday, no cable means no CBC in Kamloops

Disaffiliation of CBC affiliate in Kamloops, British Columbia to result in denial of CBC television to viewers without access to cable or satellite service.

Feb 25, 2006 — News Article

Drama queen no more by Gayle MacDonald

Stursberg announces “audience-first” programming strategy at CBC, where new Canadian drama programs must attract a minimum of 1 million viewers; FRIENDS critical of fact that both private networks are within “Cancon-catching distance” of the federally-funded public broadcaster.

Feb 11, 2006 — News Article

Quebec broadcaster wants Tories to reverse CRTC decision by Rheal Seguin

CHOI-FM, the Quebec City radio station whose broadcasting licence was withdrawn by the CRTC, is urging the new Conservative government in Ottawa to reverse the CRTC's decision.

Feb 9, 2006 — News Article

Satellites losing war with cable by Ellen Sheng

Despite initial success in gaining market share, satellite television operators now face numerous strategic disadvantages compared to their cable counterparts.

Feb 7, 2006 — News Article

CanWest striving to restore Global TV's fortunes, hold down costs, pay debt by Gary Norris

CanWest tells investment conference it hopes Conservative government will lighten regulatory burden on private broadcasters.

Feb 6, 2006 — News Article

Howard Stern hits Canadian satellite airwaves by John McKay

Howard Stern comments on satellite radio launch in Canada.

Feb 6, 2006 — News Article

Canada's Parliament Gains Ex-Shock Jock With an Ax to Grind by Ian Austen

New York Times profiles independent MP who believes CRTC should be eliminated.

Feb 4, 2006 — News Article

The suppertime shift by Jason Chow

Profile of battle among CBC, private broadcasters for top local news program ratings in Toronto.

Feb 3, 2006 — News Article

Internet threatens Canadian broadcasters: report by Grant Robertson

Report says the growth of non-regulated sources of television such as the Internet threatenens the conventional television business model, may spell the death of local television.

Feb 3, 2006 — News Article

Days are numbered for set-top rabbit ears by Vito Pilieci

FRIENDS says Canada will not be far behind when the U.S. ends over-the-air analogue broadcasting, currently scheduled for February 2009; as many as one in six Canadians still rely on over-the-air signals.

Feb 2, 2006 — News Article

Howard's Back! Sirius-ly by Jim Slotek

Sirius Canada to proceed with Howard Stern, believes access and control levels will address content concerns; anti-violence group advocates quick response by CRTC.

Feb 2, 2006 — News Article

A Stern return to Canada by Guy Dixon and Grant Robertson

Satellite radio provider argues subscribers' ability to block Howard Stern should be sufficient to allay any CRTC, Canadian Broadcast Standards Council concerns.

Feb 2, 2006 — News Article

Shock jock Stern back in Canada by Barbara Shecter

Sirius Canada adds Howard Stern to lineup to ensure its subscribers have the "best, most compelling radio"; CBC, which owns 40% of Sirius Canada, rumoured to have resisted decision.

Feb 2, 2006 — News Article

Stern -- uncut -- arrives in Canada by Chris Lackner

CBC rationalizes decision by Sirius Canada, 40% owned by CBC, to carry Howard Stern.

Feb 1, 2006 — News Article

Commission's White Paper on European Communication Policy. Debating Europe - involving citizens

European Commission publishes white paper on communication policy, focusing partly on media and new technologies; calls communication "first and foremost a matter of democracy."

Feb 1, 2006 — News Article

CRTC takes a step in the right direction, but still a long way to go

ACTRA criticizes failure of CRTC to impose positive obligations on private broadcasters to increase production and exhibition of Canadian drama.

Feb 1, 2006 — News Article

CRTC issues drama policy by James Adams

CRTC sets targets for viewing and expenditure components of its drama incentive program.

Feb 1, 2006 — News Article

Shock jock Stern returns to Canadian airwaves by John McKay

Satellite radio provider Sirius Canada does about-face, decides to offer Howard Stern in Canada; competitor XM Canada doubts programming will have long term impact on ratings.

Jan 30, 2006 — News Article

Ottawa should step up curbs on drug ads, report says by André Picard

Health Council of Canada report concludes Canada should strengthen restrictions on advertising of pharmaceuticals; pharmaceutical industry denies direct-to-consumer advertising is a priority.

Jan 28, 2006 — News Article

Parliament Hill gets its first shock jock by Nathalie Petrowski

Quebec MP said to want to shut down the CRTC.

Jan 26, 2006 — News Article

TV production headed for shock by Jack Kapica

IBM predicts end of conventional television, obsolescence of CRTC Canadian content regulation; significant changes to television landscape expected by 2012.

Jan 23, 2006 — News Article

Minister opposes EU plan to regulate internet by Dan Sabbagh

Culture minister speaks out against European Union internet regulation plan, stops short of warning Ofcom against allowing product placement in television programs.

Jan 17, 2006 — News Article

TV's penetration may force policy review by Catherine McLean

Changes in technology may force the CRTC to undertake a television policy review sooner then intended.

Jan 12, 2006 — News Article

Telecommunications for the benefit of all: A Declaration

Thirty three national organizations call on federal government to uphold and promote the goals of the Telecommunications Act.

Jan 4, 2006 — News Article

Canadians seek Stern on 'grey market' by Greg Quill

Large numbers of Canadian Howard Stern fans have reportedly subscribed to Sirius' American satellite radio service, since the Canadian service has declared it will not carry Stern's controversial programming.

Jan 4, 2006 — News Article

Canadian Sirius won't offer Stern by Etan Vlessing

Sirius Canada says it does not as of yet plan to broadcast the Howard Stern show in Canada.

Jan 4, 2006 — News Article

Copps returns, Tate sworn in at FCC by Brooks Boliek

Recent appointments alter composition of U.S. Federal Communications Commission; two commissioners are required by law to be from a party other than the party that holds the presidency.

Jan 1, 2006 — News Article

Canada's Creative Class Big Losers in 2005 by Wendell Wilks

Opinion piece says that Canada's cultural subsidy and regulatory structure reflects the interests of the large commercial media conglomerates as opposed to those of Canada's creative class.

Jan 1, 2006 — News Article

Next year's big issue: Digital TV by Kate Taylor

The fixed 2009 deadline for digital television conversion in the U.S. poses some serious problems for Canadian culture funding and regulation.