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All CRTC / Regulation Articles — 2007

Dec 24, 2007 — News Article

All eyes on spectrum auction in 2008, analysts say

Media consultants say that the wireless spectrum auction and the privatization of Bell Canada will be the big Canadian telecommunications stories of 2008.

Dec 19, 2007 — News Article

F.C.C. Reshapes Rules Limiting Media Industry by Stephen LaBaton

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has approved rules that will set new parameters for the size and scope of the largest news and cable companies.

Dec 18, 2007 — News Article

Political appointees receive hefty raises by Glen McGregor

The Harper government has given CRTC commissioners a 7% pay raise.

Dec 15, 2007 — News Article

The Small Screen: If you thought 2007 was eventful, you ain't seen nothin' yet by Tamsen Tillson

With issues such as a public hearings on the Canadian Television Fund, the takeover bid of Alliance Atlantis and new legislation on the horizon, columnist says 2008 promises to be even more eventful than 2007.

Dec 15, 2007 — News Article

Ripped from the headlines in '07

A year in review of the top headlines for the Canadian broadcasting industry in 2007.

Dec 14, 2007 — News Article

Rival companies rush to air HD by Tracy Nita Pender

A recent CRTC decision to review HDTV Networks' application for a national over-the-air HD licence in Canada means that existing high definition content provider, High Fidelity HDTV, may soon have competition.

Dec 14, 2007 — News Article

A national TV dream, in High Def by Grant Robertson

If HDTV Networks receives CRTC approval it would become Canada's third-largest commercial TV network after CTV and Global.

Dec 14, 2007 — News Article

HDTV plans free, 8-city high-definition network by Marke Andrews

A subsidiary of the company that controls XM Satellite Radio wants to launch a free, over-the-air high-definition television network based in Vancouver.

Dec 12, 2007 — News Article

Broadcasters to FCC: Too conservative by Brooks Boliek

Broadcasters and newspaper publishers aren't content with a plan by the U.S. broadcast regulator to remove the existing media cross-ownership ban.

Dec 10, 2007 — News Article

Sex finds place on Canadian TV by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC has approved the application by Montreal-based Sex-Shop Television to operate a digital French-language channel devoted to "the themes (of) sex appeal, sensuality, eroticism and sexuality".

Dec 10, 2007 — News Article

V for Vendetta by John Eggerton

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association President says the U.S. broadcast regulator has an agenda to hurt the nation's biggest cable operators.

Dec 1, 2007 — News Article

CRTC to allow debate on 'time shifting' by Grant Robertson

The CRTC says cable companies and television networks will be given the opportunity to debate "time shifting" - where viewers can watch TV from outside their time zone - at hearings set for April.

Nov 30, 2007 — News Article

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Can the Internet be "regulated" after all?

The President and CEO of VisionTV says the CRTC should engage in a public and open re-think of Internet regulation.

Nov 22, 2007 — News Article

Profiteering in the Name of Culture

Submission to the CRTC by Keith Mahar recommends a judicial review of the activities of Canada's broadcast regulator in establishing what became the Canadian Television Fund; restructuring the Canadian Television Fund; changes in subsidies to production companies; and the creation of a Citizen Utility Board to better protect public interests.

Nov 21, 2007 — News Article

U.S. control of my Food Network? That's appalling by John Doyle

Columnist says CRTC commissioners should be skeptical of claims that U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs will have little influence in its partnership with CanWest.

Nov 21, 2007 — News Article

CanWest curbs 'veto' by Goldman by Paul Vieira

CanWest has offered to make a number of changes to its financing arrangement with Goldman Sachs to ensure the U.S. investment bank has "no veto" over day-to-day decisions.

Nov 21, 2007 — News Article

Asper warns of fallout if deal fails

CanWest president and CEO Leonard Asper sees lowers ratings and further budget cuts if the CRTC halts the proposed purchase of Alliance Atlantis.

Nov 20, 2007 — News Article

Unions take aim at CanWest's math by Norma Reveler

Unions representing media workers affected by the sale of Alliance Atlantis want the benefits package bumped to $142.2 million from $136.9 million.

Nov 20, 2007 — News Article

Goldman's sway over CanWest worries CRTC by Grant Robertson

Canada's broadcast regulator tells proposed buyers of Alliance Atlantis it sees problems with the power-sharing arrangement designed to skirt caps on foreign ownership.

Nov 20, 2007 — News Article

Hearing highlights streamlined CRTC by Deirdre McMurdy

Despite the size and complexity of the transaction in front of it, a streamlined panel of just four CRTC commissioners is presiding over the proposed takeover of Alliance Atlantis.

Nov 20, 2007 — News Article

CanWest's U.S. banker not after media control by Rita Trichur

The managing director of Goldman Sachs claims his company respects the law governing foreign ownership of domestic broadcasters, adding its role is merely one of "financial backer."

Nov 20, 2007 — News Article

Asper assures CRTC on Goldman ownership; Influence At Issue by Paul Vieira

Leonard Asper, chief executive of CanWest told the CRTC he would work "in a significant way" to address concerns about the influence U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs could have in the proposed acquisition of Alliance Atlantis.

Nov 19, 2007 — News Article

CanWest Global pressured to show it's in charge of acquired specialty channels by Julian Beltrame

The CRTC kicked off hearings into the proposed takeover of Alliance Atlantis by expressing concerns about the role to be played by New York-based investment firm Goldman Sachs.

Nov 19, 2007 — News Article

Unions fear U.S. control in CanWest deal for Alliance Atlantis

Media unions say the proposed takeover of Alliance Atlantis is an attempt to introduce foreign ownership of Canadian media interests by a back door.

Nov 17, 2007 — News Article

CanWest set for Alliance deal hearing; Control Issues by Barbara Shecter

Officials from CanWest and Goldman Sachs will attempt to convince the CRTC that the purchase of Alliance Atlantis is good for the Canadian television sector and abides by Canada's foreign ownership rules.

Nov 12, 2007 — News Article

WGC warns of watershed year by Cheryl Binning

The Writers Guild of Canada says if the CRTC does nothing to support the creation of Canadian content soon the homegrown film and TV industry will continue its decline.

Nov 10, 2007 — News Article

F.C.C. Planning Rules to Open Cable Market by Stephen Labaton

The U.S. broadcast regulator is preparing new regulations to open the cable television market to independent programmers and rival video services after determining that cable companies have become too dominant in the industry.

Nov 9, 2007 — News Article

CanWest plans breach Broadcasting Act: Union - "CRTC should step up to the plate"

CEP says CanWest will be in breach of its broadcast licences if it moves ahead with plans to centralize its Global television operations without CRTC approval.

Nov 9, 2007 — News Article

Contraventions of station licences held by CanWest MediaWorks by Peter Murdoch, CEP

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada files a letter of complaint with the CRTC saying CanWest MediaWorks is violating its broadcast licence obligations under the Broadcasting Act.

Nov 8, 2007 — News Article

Cable companies poised to unplug small channels by Bill Roberts

The president and CEO of VisionTV says that if the CRTC accedes to cable industry wishes, much of the programming diversity currently available to Canadians will disappear.

Nov 7, 2007 — News Article

FCC Considering New Media Rules by John Dunbar

The U.S. government is looking at new rules that would allow media companies to get even bigger.

Nov 7, 2007 — News Article

Minister stirs debate on TV fees by Grant Robertson

Heritage Minister Josée Verner says the interests of consumers are the most important factor in the debate over whether Canada's largest television networks should be allowed to charge for their signals.

Nov 7, 2007 — News Article

Verner jumps in with both feet by Deirdre McMurdy

Columnist says Heritage Minister Josée Verner spoke frankly about the CRTC, Canadian Television Fund and proposed copyright legislation in a speech to the Canadian Association of Broadcasters.

Nov 7, 2007 — News Article

Speech at the annual Convention of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters by Konrad von Finckenstein

CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein outlines three key priorities for Canada's broadcast regulator.

Nov 6, 2007 — News Article

Carriage fees back on the burner; CRTC Revisits Issue by Paul Vieira

Columnist says cable companies and conventional broadcasters are headed for another battle over carriage fees.

Nov 6, 2007 — News Article

Broadcasters have shot at winning fee war by Deirdre McMurdy

The CRTC chair says Canada's broadcast regulator is willing to revisit the "fee-for-carriage" issue.

Nov 6, 2007 — News Article

Department of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Josée Verner talks about the government's policy priorities at a broadcast industry conference.

Nov 6, 2007 — News Article

S-VOX purchases CHNU-TV and CIIT-TV from Rogers Media

A deal for S-VOX to purchase two multi-faith television stations owned by Rogers Broadcasting will require approval from the CRTC.

Nov 5, 2007 — News Article

CRTC announces changes to the public proceedings scheduled for 2008

The CRTC announces that hearings for possible introduction of a subscriber fee for the carriage of local conventional television stations will begin April 7, 2008.

Nov 5, 2007 — News Article

Chair scolds broadcasters by Greg O'Brien

CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein says some Canadian Association of Broadcasting members wrote their Members of Parliament opposing any new funding for the CRTC.

Nov 3, 2007 — News Article

Regulators can't corral the Internet at this late date

Editorial says the CRTC made the right decision in 1999 not to regulate the Internet.

Oct 31, 2007 — News Article

CRTC to rethink Internet by Patricia Bailey

CRTC's VP of broadcasting says the broadcast regulator is studying the issue of Internet regulation and plans to hold public hearings at the end of 2008.

Oct 31, 2007 — News Article

Cable wants competition--for others by Bill Roberts

The president and chief executive of VisionTV says cable companies calling for more competition and less protection is meant for others - not for them.

Oct 30, 2007 — News Article

Unions to Verner: rein in the CRTC by Patricia Bailey

A group of film, TV and music organizations is calling on the Minster of Canadian Heritage to put pressure on the CRTC to enforce its cultural and social policies - and the requirements of the Broadcasting Act - more rigorously.

Oct 29, 2007 — News Article

F.C.C. Set to End Sole Cable Deals for Apartments by Stephen LaBaton

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission, hoping to reduce the rising costs of cable TV, plans to revoke thousands of contracts that gave cable companies exclusive rights to provide service to apartment buildings.

Oct 26, 2007 — News Article

Players slam CRTC plan; 'Forced Disclosure' by Barbara Shecter

Telecommunications companies are blasting the CRTC for proposing to allow representatives of competing companies to view confidential information during regulatory reviews.

Oct 25, 2007 — News Article

Regulator puts the brakes on Rogers' ad plan by Grant Robertson

A push by Rogers to insert advertising into its video-on-demand service has been put on hold by the CRTC until the potential impact can be examined.

Oct 25, 2007 — News Article

Dollars and (Non)sense of Digital Television by Ed Martin

Columnist predicts outrage in early 2009 when millions of Americans realize that they will have to upgrade their televisions and pay higher cable bills.

Oct 24, 2007 — News Article

CTV turns up heat in tiff with carriers by Grant Robertson

CTV tells federal regulators that broadcasters need the right to withdraw their most popular specialty channels if they feel their other properties are being treated unfairly by cable and satellite carriers.

Oct 24, 2007 — Policy Brief

Submission on the CRTC call for comments on a proposed Practice Direction on the Provision of Confidential Access to Confidential Information

FRIENDS supports the highest level of transparency and access to information possible in future CRTC proceedings.

Oct 23, 2007 — News Article

Canadian independent specialty channels urge CRTC to preserve diversity of television system

Independent television broadcasters tell the CRTC continued diversity of the Canadian television system depends on preserving a place for small, independent specialty services.

Oct 22, 2007 — News Article

Canadian-dominated "basic" package essential to the future of television system: S-VOX

S-VOX Trust tells the CRTC domestic television needs a mandatory "basic" package consisting predominantly of Canadian channels.

Oct 20, 2007 — News Article

Rogers urges less protection; Submission To CRTC by Barbara Shecter

Rogers Communications says the CRTC should stop protecting Canadian channels from direct competition and make it easier to bring in foreign channels.

Oct 19, 2007 — News Article

The End of Analog Television by Shelly Palmer

Columnist outlines options for consumers on February 17, 2009, when the U.S. will end analog television transmission.

Oct 19, 2007 — News Article

Tories face critical task of finding new CRTC leaders by Deirdre McMurdy

Columnist says that an almost complete turnover of CRTC commissioners will have a significant bearing on federal broadcasting and telecommunications policy at a critical time.

Oct 19, 2007 — Policy Brief

Submission to the CRTC on the review of the regulatory frameworks for broadcasting distribution undertakings and discretionary programming services

FRIENDS tells the CRTC that cultural sovereignty must come first and foremost in any redesign of the regulatory framework for big cable and satellite companies.

Oct 18, 2007 — News Article

FCC's Martin pushes 'must-carry' up Hill by Brooks Boliek

The FCC has told the U.S. government that the best way to ensure a successful transition to digital TV is to require cable operators to carry all the channels a broadcaster offers after analog transmission ceases in 2009.

Oct 18, 2007 — News Article

Germany mulls quota for homegrown TV by Scott Roxborough

Amidst growing popularity of U.S. television shows, several German politicians are calling for a quota for homemade series in primetime.

Oct 15, 2007 — News Article

Britain to begin analogue shutdown

Britain has begun the first phase of its switch-off of analogue television broadcasting.

Oct 15, 2007 — News Article

Our music industry needs innovation not intervention by Michael Geist

Columnist says that as Canada's digital music market continues to grow it needs innovation rather than new intellectual property regulation.

Oct 15, 2007 — News Article

Global union files complaint to CRTC by Rita Legault

The union for CanWest Global TV in Quebec has complained to the CRTC that the station is not respecting its legal commitments to produce 18 hours of regional, original programming per week.

Oct 13, 2007 — News Article

CRTC seeks enhanced powers; 'Quasi-Judicial'; To balance competing interests by Barbara Shecter, Financial Post

The CRTC has proposed new rules that would allow the commission to bar the public and competing companies from hearings when confidential corporate information is discussed.

Oct 12, 2007 — News Article

Commission proposes a new meaning for "confidential"

The CRTC has called for comments on a proposed direction on the provision of access to confidential information.

Oct 12, 2007 — News Article

Canada Unlikely to Help Viewers of U.S. Broadcasts

The CRTC says it has no plans to provide converter boxes in the border areas to help Canadian viewers of U.S. over-the-air TV programming keep getting signals when the U.S. goes digital in February 2009.

Oct 12, 2007 — News Article

Appointments to Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, has appointed Leonard M. Katz as vice-chair (Telecommunications) and Peter Menzies as a part-time member to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

Oct 7, 2007 — News Article

Will CRTC ignore decline of local TV news? by Grant Robertson

Cuts to the news operations of television networks in the past year have the Canadian Media Guild calling on the CRTC to regulate at least 30 minutes of local news each weeknight.

Oct 6, 2007 — News Article

Let's play fair and level the field in Canadian cinemas by Darren Fung

Columnist says the CRTC should mandate Canadian content requirements on the country's movie screens.

Oct 6, 2007 — News Article

CRTC lifts Internet marketing limits by Catherine McLean

A CRTC decision means Internet companies such as Rogers and Bell Canada no longer have to wait 90 days to contact customers that have switched to competitors.

Oct 5, 2007 — News Article

Regulators support breakup of Euro telecoms by Leo Cendrowicz

Plans to break up Europe's telecom and cable monopolies have been backed by the European Regulators Group as a way to boost competition in the industry.

Oct 2, 2007 — News Article

No need for Bell, Telus to share, report says

CRTC commissioned "Osborne report" says incumbent phone companies should not have to open up their network to other would-be competitors.

Oct 1, 2007 — News Article

CRTC makes public Osborne report

The CRTC has made public an independent report prepared by Michael Osborne on its policies for wholesale telecommunications services.

Sep 29, 2007 — News Article

Asper predicts Alliance deal approval by Rita Trichur

CanWest's chief executive says the company's partnership with Goldman Sachs to purchase Alliance Atlantis 'meets the letter and spirit of the law.'

Sep 28, 2007 — News Article

CEP says CRTC Roger's/CITY TV decision shows regulatory weakness

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union says the CRTC is abdicating its responsibility to the Canadian public by not forcing Rogers to reinstate local news programming in its City TV stations.

Sep 28, 2007 — News Article

Astral Media welcomes CRTC decision to approve Standard Radio acquisition

As a result of its approved purchase of Standard Radio, Astral Media will become Canada's largest radio broadcaster operating 83 stations in eight provinces.

Sep 27, 2007 — News Article

Study warns of 'two-tier' TV by Patricia Bailey

A report says the CRTC should be monitoring online content, as well as television and radio content, to ensure the objectives of the Broadcasting Act are upheld.

Sep 26, 2007 — News Article

Rogers seeks slice of lucrative suburbs by Barbara Shecter

Rogers has applied for CRTC approval to extend its cable network into several fast-growing Toronto suburbs now served by Cogeco Cable.

Sep 25, 2007 — News Article

Shaw Communications Inc.: CRTC's USA Network Decision is Anti-Consumer

Shaw condemns CRTC decision to exclude the top basic cable programming service in the US from the lists of non-Canadian services it is allowed to carry.

Sep 25, 2007 — News Article

A new Canadian broadcasting policy for a world of abundance by Michael Geist

Columnist says Canadian broadcasters must shift from reliance on protective regulations and US content, to an unregulated environment in which they compete by delivering original Canadian content to an international audience.

Sep 21, 2007 — News Article

Le CRTC entend le secteur communautaire et associatif par Normand Landry

Comments on the final day of the CRTC diversity hearings, including presentation by FRIENDS.

Sep 21, 2007 — News Article

Rogers Backs Bell Proposal by Paul Vieira

Rogers endorses Bell proposal for guidelines instead of firm rules for ensuring Canadian content and programming diversity in future media consolidation.

Sep 21, 2007 — Policy Brief

Presentation to the CRTC Diversity of Voices Proceeding [PN CRTC 2007-5+41]

FRIENDS tells the CRTC BDUs have a huge impact on diversity of voices and should be a focus of the CRTC's review.

Sep 20, 2007 — News Article

Ted Rogers tries to kill rumours he's buying Shaw Communications by Paul Vieira

Rogers angrily dismisses rumours it may have plans to acquire Shaw.

Sep 20, 2007 — News Article

Broadcast regulators uneasy about wading into journalistic standards

CRTC expresses reservations over suggestion it should ensure separation between newsrooms when companies own multiple media outlets.

Sep 20, 2007 — News Article

BCE takeover faces regulatory delay by Sinclair Stewart and Grant Robertson

CRTC schedules hearings to assess proposed takeover of BCE.

Sep 20, 2007 — News Article

Note to Jim Shaw: Leave the Trailer Park Boys alone by John Doyle

Columnist perplexed by Shaw CEO's criticism of successful Canadian television series Trailer Park Boys.

Sep 20, 2007 — News Article

Competition would boost broadcast field, CRTC told by Grant Robertson

Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union tells CRTC that broadcasters should be required to compete for licences when they come up for renewal.

Sep 19, 2007 — News Article

Hard evidence and newsroom blues highlighted in third day of CRTC proceedings by Geneviève A. Bonin

Overview of presentations by media unions and arts organizations to CRTC diversity hearings, and further observations on nature of media coverage.

Sep 19, 2007 — News Article

Private broadcasters prefer new ownership 'guidelines' by Paul Vieira

Private broadcasters argue programming diversity strengthened by industry consolidation.

Sep 19, 2007 — News Article

Cable, satellite firms under fire at CRTC hearings by Grant Robertson

Distributors counter arguments by broadcasters that they constitute a threat to diversity in the broadcasting system.

Sep 18, 2007 — News Article

The bigger you are, the more coverage you get by Geneviève A. Bonin

Report suggests disproportionate media attention paid to presentations by large players at CRTC diversity hearings.

Sep 18, 2007 — News Article

CRTC Set to Hold TV Fund Hearings by Paul Vieira

Chair reveals plan for CRTC hearings on select matters related to the future of the Canadian Television Fund.

Sep 18, 2007 — News Article

Canada: Private broadcasters give thumbs down to new concentration rules

Private broadcasters vocal in opposition to market concentration rules.

Sep 18, 2007 — News Article

Cable firms control airwaves, Astral Media tells CRTC by Grant Robertson

Astral Media tells CRTC diversity hearing that gatekeeper role of cable companies and other broadcast distributors constitutes greatest threat to media diversity in Canada.

Sep 18, 2007 — News Article

Mergers Boost Choice, CRTC Told by Paul Vieira

CRTC chair dismisses Shaw argument that future media mergers should be governed on a "case by case" basis rather than through a set of clear rules.

Sep 17, 2007 — News Article

CBC suggests limits on ownership, commercial broadcasters argue for no new rules by Gregory Taylor and Jeremy Shtern

Report contrasts CBC, private broadcasters' presentations to CRTC diversity hearings.

Sep 17, 2007 — News Article

CRTC begins hearing from companies, unions on media diversity

Unions discuss submissions to CRTC diversity hearings.

Sep 17, 2007 — News Article

CRTC proceeding must have seemed like a really good idea at the time by Deirdre McMurdy

Article questions need for CRTC diversity hearings, notes investment analysts are concerned that hearings will affect capital markets.

Sep 17, 2007 — News Article

Media consolidation in Canada 'too high,' CBC says by Grant Robertson

CBC tells CRTC diversity hearings that CBC can serve as a partial counterbalance to private sector consolidation.

Sep 17, 2007 — News Article

CRTC airs idea of media limits by Grant Robertson

CRTC seeks broadcaster comments on scenarios for potential media concentration limits.

Sep 15, 2007 — News Article

CRTC Delays TV Fund Decision by Paul Vieira

CRTC to postpone decision on future of Canadian Television Fund until December.

Sep 15, 2007 — News Article

CRTC To Referee Cancon War by Paul Vieira and Barbara Shecter

Private broadcasters, distributors, arts groups expected to face off at CRTC diversity hearings.

Sep 15, 2007 — News Article

Has CRTC become irrelevant? by Catherine Colton

Opinion piece argues the CRTC should recognize the limitations on its authority imposed by new technology.

Sep 15, 2007 — News Article

Perestroika for the CRTC by William Watson

Columnist praises CRTC-commissioned report on reforms to Canadian broadcasting regulations.

Sep 14, 2007 — News Article

Canadian TV could face American invasion by Chris Zelkovich

FRIENDS says changes to simultaneous substitution and genre protection rules could have major impact on Canadian sports specialty channels and Canadian content in sports programming.

Sep 14, 2007 — News Article

CRTC report a hot potato by Grant Robertson

Television industry reportedly "livid" about CRTC-commissioned report on potential changes to Canadian broadcasting regulation.

Sep 14, 2007 — News Article

Begone with 'genre protection' -- and other ancient CRTC relics by Andrew Coyne

Columnist complains broadcasting industry displays counterintuitive reaction to suggestions CRTC may loosen regulation.

Sep 13, 2007 — News Article

CRTC report "irresponsible," says CAB by Patricia Bailey

ACTRA says it welcomes a CRTC-commissioner report on regulatory reforms.

Sep 13, 2007 — News Article

CRTC report calls for more competition, choice by Patricia Bailey

Authors of 300-page report on broadcasting regulation commissioned by CRTC particularly critical of simultaneous substitution and its impact on the quantity of foreign programming in prime time.

Sep 13, 2007 — News Article

Reduce U.S. shows, CRTC report urges by Barbara Shecter

Canadian Association of Broadcasters claims CRTC-commissioned report on changes to broadcasting regulation lacks context and analysis, calls certain recommendations an "assault".

Sep 13, 2007 — News Article

Crisis, thy name is CanWest by Derek DeCloet

Columnist predicts CanWest could become even more highly leveraged if it is required to buy out a portion of Goldman Sachs' interest during a recession.

Sep 12, 2007 — News Article

CRTC makes public Dunbar/Leblanc report

CRTC releases commissioned report on changes to broadcasting regulation, indicates recommendations will be considered in its forthcoming review of policies on specialty/pay services and broadcasting distribution, and may cause it to revisit aspects of its recently reviewed radio and over-the-air television policies.

Sep 12, 2007 — News Article

CanWest leery of CRTC's options by Grant Robertson

CanWest is confident that it will not be required to increase its financial contribution to address foreign ownership concerns in its acquisition of Alliance Atlantis with Goldman Sachs as majority partner.

Sep 12, 2007 — News Article

Rewrite rules, CRTC told by Grant Robertson

CRTC releases commissioned report recommending it consider changes to central features of current television regulations, including simulcasting, Canadian content in prime time, genre protections for cable networks, and CRTC enforcement powers.

Sep 12, 2007 — News Article

Unresolved issues create more questions than answers by Deirdre McMurdy

CRTC set to release report it commissioned on ways to maximize the reliance of the broadcasting sector on market forces.

Sep 12, 2007 — News Article

Asper confident over Alliance deal by Barbara Shecter

Article says CanWest management not phased by tough reputation of CRTC chair, contends precedent for allowing approval of majority foreign ownership of a Canadian broadcaster.

Sep 12, 2007 — News Article

No precedent to force Canwest to up stake in Alliance Atlantis deal: Asper

CanWest CEO confident that CRTC will approve Goldman Sachs acquisition of Alliance Atlantis on the basis of shareholders' agreement granting programming control to CanWest.

Sep 9, 2007 — News Article

Channel 9: Take Back the Airwaves! by Catherine Edwards

Article says Shaw has ignored 2002 CRTC decision to restore requirements for volunteer-produced local programming on community cable channels.

Sep 8, 2007 — News Article

Broadcasters rewiring for digital age by Paul Marck

Issues of timing, quality, access likely to plague conversion from analog to digital broadcasting system.

Sep 3, 2007 — News Article

Delay boosts odds of deal for CanWest by Grant Robertson

Columnist says that if the CRTC went ahead with scheduled public hearings into CanWest's $2.3-billion buyout of Alliance Atlantis, opponents would have had legal grounds to overturn the eventual ruling.

Aug 31, 2007 — News Article

ACTRA sounds off on Canada b'casters by Etan Vlessing

ACTRA is calling on the CRTC to force broadcasters that acquire rivals to spend more on homegrown dramas and less on U.S. shows.

Aug 31, 2007 — News Article

Proposed channel would focus on amateurs by William Houston

Columnist says the Canadian Olympic Committee is looking into the feasibility of launching a TV channel dedicated to amateur sport.

Aug 31, 2007 — News Article

Late payment? Shoe's on the other foot for Rogers by Grant Robertson

Federal broadcast regulators say Rogers is on the hook for $20-million that CHUM was to have contributed toward various initiatives as a result of its 2004 takeover of Craig Media Inc.

Aug 30, 2007 — News Article

Rogers hungry for U.S. fare by Etan Vlessing

Rogers tells the CRTC they will return the CityTV stations to profitability by airing more first-run U.S. network series in primetime.

Aug 30, 2007 — News Article

ACTRA to Rogers: Raise drama to 75% by Norma Reveler

Industry representatives are calling for more funding of Canadian drama, a renewed commitment to domestic feature films and more local programming as part of Rogers' proposed purchase of the CityTV stations.

Aug 30, 2007 — News Article

Satellite radio rivals spent $810,000 to lobby government to approve combination

According to disclosure documents, XM Satellite Radio spent $580,000 and Sirius Satellite Radio spent $230,000 lobbying the U.S. government on their proposed merger.

Aug 30, 2007 — News Article

CRTC confirms delay over CanWest deal; Late Documents by Barbara Shecter

The CRTC says a 10-week delay in the hearing to examine the CanWest/Goldman Sachs acquisition of Alliance Atlantis was caused by the late filing of documents by CanWest.

Aug 30, 2007 — News Article

Rogers targets a fine-tuning of CITY-TV by Grant Robertson

Rogers executives tell the CRTC their plans to revive CityTV include rebuilding the network's prime-time schedule and searching out a high-profile downtown Toronto headquarters.

Aug 30, 2007 — News Article

Citytv viewer strategy 'went awry': Rogers by Paul Vieira

The head of broadcasting at Rogers Communications says the CityTV stations are unlikely to turn a profit until the third year of the cable firm's ownership.

Aug 29, 2007 — News Article

Cranky Commission cuffs CanWest, but "nothing material" has changed, says exec by Greg O'Brien

The CRTC has told CanWest CEO Leonard Asper that he only has himself to blame for the delay in hearing his company's bid to gain control over Alliance Atlantis' specialty channels.

Aug 29, 2007 — News Article

CRTC delay in CanWest hearing could mean compromises to please regulators

FRIENDS says that by delaying its hearing on the CanWest/Goldman Sachs takeover of Alliance Atlantis, the CRTC is demonstrating it won't simply rubber stamp the deal.

Aug 29, 2007 — News Article

Rogers ups benefits, brushes aside "twin stick" issue by Norma Reveler

Rogers has added $2 million to its benefits package and agreed to fund priority Canadian programming during CRTC hearings on its $375 million purchase of five CityTV stations.

Aug 29, 2007 — News Article

As TV industry enters shakedown, bureaucrats need a shake even more by Deirdre McMurdy

The CRTC has announced a delay of two months of its review of CanWest Global's $2.3-billion bid to acquire Alliance Atlantis.

Aug 28, 2007 — News Article

CRTC officials grill Astral over Standard Broadcasting price by Grant Robertson

CRTC officials say they believe the Astral Media takeover of Standard Broadcasting is worth more $1.08-billion, and that certain items have been left out of the purchase price to reduce regulatory payments.

Aug 27, 2007 — News Article

CRTC catches fall fever -- let's hope it spreads by Deirdre McMurdy

Columnist says the auction of advanced wireless spectrum - a process that stands to generate hundreds of millions of dollars for federal government coffers - appears to have hit bureaucratic and political snags.

Aug 27, 2007 — News Article

A mere $2.40 for tellying it like it is by Rob McKenzie

The CRTC has ruled that cable TV must have channel for the visually impaired.

Aug 22, 2007 — News Article

Google U.S. mobile auction bid still probable: CEO by Diane Bartz

Google CEO says his company will likely move ahead with plans to bid for wireless spectrum freed up once U.S. broadcast television networks switch to digital from analog in 2009.

Aug 18, 2007 — News Article

Rabbit ears on last legs in TV land by Vito Pilieci

FRIENDS says about three million Canadians still rely on rabbit ears or other antenna for their TV signals.

Aug 13, 2007 — News Article

Microsoft Disputes FCC's Rejection of Web Devices That Use TV Airwaves by Kim Hart

Microsoft hopes to convince U.S. broadcast regulators that it can connect consumers to high-speed Internet over unused television airwaves without interfering with existing broadcasts.

Aug 13, 2007 — News Article

DGC Opposes CanWest and Goldman Sachs Takeover of Alliance Atlantis

The Directors Guild of Canada says it is opposed to the Alliance Atlantis takeover by CanWest/Goldman Sachs as it will result in a non-Canadian entity obtaining control of an important Canadian media company, contrary to established foreign ownership rules.

Aug 13, 2007 — News Article

CCAU objects to American control of Canadian broadcaster through proposed CanWest Global takeover of Alliance Atlantis

The Coalition of Canadian Audio-Visual Unions says the takeover bid by CanWest Global and Goldman Sachs of Alliance Atlantis is "bad news" for Canada.

Aug 10, 2007 — Policy Brief

Submission to the CRTC regarding the CanWest/Goldman Sachs Application to Acquire Alliance Atlantis

FRIENDS offers advice to the CRTC on CanWest's application to acquire Alliance Atlantis Communications.

Aug 10, 2007 — News Article

Morin in at CRTC by Marise Strauss

Veteran broadcast journalist Michel Morin has been appointed as a commissioner of the CRTC.

Aug 9, 2007 — News Article

CRTC Approves NBRS Proposal for "The Accessible Channel"

The CRTC has approved a broadcasting licence for specialty television channel with programming for people with vision loss.

Aug 9, 2007 — News Article

Diverse voices are lost with big media mergers

The co-ordinator of Canadians for Democratic Media says with major mergers threatening to make the Canadian media industry even more concentrated, the CRTC should regulate media companies in the public interest.

Aug 8, 2007 — News Article

CRTC Commissioner Appointed

Michel Morin, a journalist, economic news editor, and chief editor of television news for both Radio-Canada and RDI has been appointment as a commissioner of the CRTC.

Aug 7, 2007 — News Article

CRTC Rejects Foreign Commercial Messages in VOD

The CRTC has denied an application by Shaw Cable to offer video-on-demand programming containing commercial messages sourced from American broadcasters.

Aug 6, 2007 — News Article

Aussie rules eyed for media mergers by Grant Robertson

Columnist says federal broadcast regulators appear poised to consider revamping the rules on media consolidation, using a system pioneered by the Australian government.

Aug 6, 2007 — News Article

Permits have indie artists up in arms by Simon Houpt

Proposed New York City rules would require permits for anyone filming on city property with more than two people for more than 30 minutes.

Aug 5, 2007 — News Article

Why does TV volume vary? by Vito Pilieci

Columnist explains that TV signal providers have little control over the complex factors that determine the volume levels for television shows and commercials.

Aug 3, 2007 — News Article

'CSI: NY' is history after CRTC ruling by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC has rejected Alliance Atlantis' argument that "CSI: NY" offered History Television viewers "a critically acclaimed look at forensic policing in post-9/11 New York City."

Aug 3, 2007 — News Article

CRTC accelerates phone deregulation by Paul Vieira

The CRTC has approved applications from major phone companies to deregulate the $10-billion local phone market in Canada's largest cities.

Aug 2, 2007 — Policy Brief

Rogers Media Inc. acquisition of CHUM City Stations

FRIENDS supports the Rogers acquisition of CHUM City Stations, but offers suggestions for the benefit of Canadian programming.

Aug 2, 2007 — News Article

CSI's not history, up until now by Jim Bawden

CRTC rules that the crime-drama CSI has nothing to do with the mandate of the History Channel and has ordered its removal.

Aug 1, 2007 — News Article

FCC Approves Airwave Use For All Phones by Kim Hart

The U.S. broadcast regulator has ruled that consumers will be able to use any cellphone and software they want on a network built on airwaves to be auctioned early next year.

Aug 1, 2007 — News Article

Canadians flock to Internet, advertising follows by Paul Vieira

A broadcasting industry report says advertisers have almost doubled their spending on online marketing to $1 billion in 2006 from $562 million in 2005.

Jul 31, 2007 — News Article

Post-takeover plans revealed by CanWest, Goldman by Etan Vlessing

Columnist expects the deal between CanWest and Goldman Sachs to break up Alliance Atlantis to be scrutinized by the CRTC.

Jul 31, 2007 — News Article

Quebecor Media rejects proposals for TV fund by Rita Trichur

Quebecor Media says it is "disappointed" the CRTC rejected its proposal to opt out of the Canadian Television Fund and produce its own programs.

Jul 31, 2007 — News Article

CTF lacks power to change TV rules by Paul Vieira

The Canadian Television Fund says it has no power to implement any of the reforms recommended by a CRTC task force unless a number of federal departments give approval.

Jul 31, 2007 — News Article

Canadians tuning out TV, radio, moving to Internet

The CRTC's annual report on the state of the broadcast industry shows that Canadians have more choices in both television and radio media than ever before, but are watching and listening less.

Jul 31, 2007 — News Article

New media, digital growing, says CRTC by Marise Strauss

A broadcast industry report says Canadians watched 27.6 hours of TV per week in 2006, down from 28.1 in 2005.

Jul 31, 2007 — News Article

Waddell warns CRTC against criteria change by Etan Vlessing

Stephen Waddell, executive director of ACTRA, says proposals to relax Canadian content requirements for the Canadian Television Fund will force domestic actors, writers and directors to make way for Americans.

Jul 31, 2007 — News Article

CBC/Radio-Canada weighs in on future of CTF by Michel Tremblay

CBC/Radio-Canada submission to the CRTC says the public broadcaster strongly opposes the proposal to split the Canadian Television Fund into two separate funding streams.

Jul 31, 2007 — News Article

The CRTC releases its annual report on Canadian broadcasting

CRTC report says the Canadian broadcasting industry is continuing to expand and that new media are becoming an increasingly important part of Canadians' lives.

Jul 30, 2007 — News Article

Tension mounts in TV fund dispute by Grant Robertson

Industry and cable providers criticize proposed CRTC reforms for the Canadian Television Fund.

Jul 30, 2007 — News Article

Winning in a wired world

Editorial says the new telecom complaints commission is a positive step for consumers.

Jul 28, 2007 — News Article

CTF revamp falls short, Shaw says by Grant Robertson

Jim Shaw Jr. claims the proposed revamping of the Canadian Television Fund doesn't go far enough.

Jul 28, 2007 — News Article

Christian radio station forced to give time to other faiths by Jennifer Green

Ottawa's CHRI Christian radio station rails against the CRTC's "balance" policy that requires airing views of other faiths.

Jul 27, 2007 — Policy Brief

Submission to the CRTC on the CTF Task Force Report

FRIENDS comments on proposals from a CRTC Task Force on the governance and operation of the Canadian Television Fund.

Jul 27, 2007 — News Article

CRTC weighs new CAB code by Marise Strauss

The CRTC is calling for input on a proposed new broadcasting industry code intended to ensure equality in the portrayal of people with disabilities, visible minorities and aboriginal peoples in the media.

Jul 24, 2007 — News Article

Slow Canada by Michael Geist

Michael Geist says Canada is falling behind on mobile Internet as a consequence of overpriced mobile data services in an uncompetitive market.

Jul 24, 2007 — News Article

A digital race run in slow motion by Thomas Hazlett

Columnist says lack of action by governments in allocating broadcast spectrum has lead to inefficiencies, lack of competition and stunted economic growth.

Jul 24, 2007 — News Article

Communication giants join forces to create complaints agency by Deidre McMurdy

In a move toward self-regulation, Telecom competitors have joined forces to file a proposal for the creation of an independent agency to handle consumer complaints.

Jul 24, 2007 — News Article

CRTC shakes up phone market by Grant Robertson

The CRTC is set to start the process of deregulating home phone rates.

Jul 23, 2007 — News Article

CRTC Calls for Comments on CBSC's 'Journalistic Independence Code'

The CRTC is calling for comments on the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council's proposed Journalistic Independence Code.

Jul 22, 2007 — News Article

The French Connections by Paul Krugman

Columnist says the U.S. has lost its Internet lead because lawmakers have forgotten that sometimes you can't have effective market competition without effective regulation.

Jul 21, 2007 — News Article

We've achieved diversity of voices by Glenn O'Farrell

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters says traditional media companies should be allowed to merge to compete with unregulated content providers.

Jul 20, 2007 — News Article

Google's Gargantuan Wireless Bid Puts FCC on the Spot by Scott Moritz

Google says it will bid $4.6 billion for a wireless spectrum - but only if the FCC adopts new standards for a wireless broadband alternative to existing phone and cable Internet connections.

Jul 19, 2007 — News Article

The Militarization And Annexation of North America by Stephen Lendman

Article says that corporate and political leaders in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico are secretly perusing deeper economic, political, social, and security integration.

Jul 19, 2007 — News Article

Television watchdog condemns the phone-in gold rush by Adam Sherwin

Britain's telecom regulator says the £100 million phone-in vote and quiz industry had created a culture of greed within television broadcasters.

Jul 19, 2007 — News Article

Limits 'dangerous,' media warn CRTC by Barbara Shecter

Canadian media companies want mergers judged on a case-by-case basis.

Jul 18, 2007 — News Article

En bref - L'APFC interpelle le CRTC

The Alliance of Francophone Producers has expressed concern to the CRTC that the proposed changes to the financing policies of the Canadian Television Fund run contrary to Canadian broadcasting policy.

Jul 17, 2007 — Policy Brief

Submission to the CRTC Diversity of Voices Proceeding

FRIENDS says unregulated services threaten to undermine the goals of the Broadcasting Act, and segments of the Canadian media industry now suffer from the negative impact of excessive concentration.

Jul 16, 2007 — News Article

More than 1,000 Canadians tell CRTC to stop big media

Organization says more than 1,000 Canadians have written the CRTC asking for policies to limit concentration and cross-ownership in the media.

Jul 16, 2007 — News Article

Media diversity hearings are long overdue by Michael Geist

Michael Geist says the CRTC should consider the issue of Internet network neutrality as part of its diversity of voices hearings, so that large media companies are not able to prioritize their own content over diverse, third-party offerings.

Jul 14, 2007 — News Article

New media era challenges CRTC by Kelly Toughill

Article says the next few months will see the CRTC tackle big issues such as foreign ownership, media concentration and Canadian content.

Jul 11, 2007 — News Article

Revenues up for broadcast distribution companies: CRTC by Krystle Chow

A CRTC report shows strong revenue gains for Canada's cable and satellite companies in 2006.

Jul 10, 2007 — News Article

Cable and satellites coming under review by Sean Davidson

The CRTC says it will review rules for cable and satellite broadcasters including genre exclusivity, non-Canadian satellite services and ad time limits on specialty, pay and VOD outlets.

Jul 10, 2007 — News Article

Twin stick not a problem for Rogers by Marise Strauss

Rogers Media is optimistic that its plans to buy a multicultural channel in Vancouver will be approved by the CRTC, despite its pending purchase of CityTV Vancouver.

Jul 10, 2007 — News Article

BBC hit with first-time penalty by Mimi Turner

Britain's media regulator has fined the BBC £50,000 for faking the results of a phone-in competition on children's television program.

Jul 9, 2007 — News Article

What's sending a shiver through Canadian TV writers, actors by John Doyle

Article says that proposed rule changes for the Canadian Television Fund would permit funded productions to be made without a Canadian in the key roles of a director, writer, or lead performer.

Jul 7, 2007 — News Article

Media-ownership submissions to CRTC sought

NDP heritage critic Charlie Angus is urging citizens to register their concerns over the concentration of the Canadian media industry.

Jul 7, 2007 — News Article

Rogers buys Channel M by Marke Andrews

Rogers bid to purchase a multicultural television station in Vancouver must be approved by the CRTC.

Jul 6, 2007 — News Article

Commission leaning towards BDU, specialty de-reg by Greg O'Brien

Editorial says the CRTC notice announcing a policy review for Cable and Satellite TV providers hints at a preference for deregulation.

Jul 6, 2007 — News Article

Producers fret as CBC takes over Documentary Channel by Susan Tolusso

Canadian Documentary producers are concerned of the creative and financial implications of CBC's takeover of the Documentary Channel.

Jul 6, 2007 — News Article

CRTC to mull choice in cable TV viewing by Paul Vieira

Columnist says the CRTC may allow cable subscribers to pick and choose whatever channels they want for their TV-viewing package.

Jul 6, 2007 — News Article

CRTC to launch TV review by Catherine McLean

Canada's federal communications regulator will study the rules governing cable and satellite companies and the specialty and pay-TV industry.

Jul 5, 2007 — News Article

Gorilla media by Charlie Smith

FRIENDS says the biggest issue with the proposed CanWest bid for Alliance Atlantis is CanWest's claim that it is keeping effective ownership and control in Canadian hands when 85 percent of the equity is coming from a New York merchant bank.

Jul 5, 2007 — News Article

Broadcasters, BDUs and regulators, don't forget your Jim exercises by Kurt Eby

Case study describes how changing media consumption habits relate to Canada's broadcast regulatory system.

Jul 5, 2007 — News Article

Commission will look at regulating new media by Greg O'Brien

A new CRTC study will examine the impacts that the unregulated aspects of the new media/multiplatform universe will have on Canadian media.

Jul 5, 2007 — News Article

Can media fairness be mandated? by Dante Chinni

Politically influenced media coverage is making some U.S. lawmakers talk about reviving the 'Fairness Doctrine' - a set of rules designed to ensure broadcast outlets provide balanced reporting.

Jul 5, 2007 — News Article

Ofcom may give all-clear for politically biased news by Dan Sabbagh

Britain's broadcast regulator says it may allow commercial broadcasters to produce politically slanted news programmes.

Jul 4, 2007 — News Article

CRTC selling out, say writers by Marise Strauss

The Writers Guild of Canada says the CRTC's recommendations for the Canadian Television Fund sell out Canadian talent to "placate Shaw and Videotron."

Jun 30, 2007 — News Article

Popularity should push CTF grants: CRTC by Steven Chase

A CRTC task force has recommended an increase in the minimum fee that broadcasters pay to producers of any programming supported by the Canadian Television Fund.

Jun 29, 2007 — News Article

Rogers offers to sell two stations by Grant Robertson

Rogers has told the CRTC that it will sell OMNI stations in Vancouver and Winnipeg in an effort to clear the way for its $375-million purchase of the CITY-TV network.

Jun 29, 2007 — News Article

Cable giants can't pull out of co-operative TV fund: Report by Julian Beltrame

A CRTC task force recommends that the CTF be separated into two streams – one supported by Ottawa that would go into "culturally significant" programming, and one supported by the cable and satellite companies that would produce more commercial fare.

Jun 29, 2007 — News Article

The Task Force releases its report on the Canadian Television Fund

The CRTC has made recommendations to improve funding of Canadian programs, increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the CTF, and enhance the participation of funders such as cable companies.

Jun 28, 2007 — News Article

CRTC studies impact of new media by Paul Vieira

CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein says Ottawa needs to ensure Canadian content is widely available amid the growing popularity of new media platforms that are exempt from government regulation.

Jun 23, 2007 — News Article

CITY-TV sale avoided CRTC battle for CTVglobemedia by Grant Robertson

CTVglobemedia reveals that the CRTC told the company it would be in for a lengthy battle if the forced sale of CityTV was challenged.

Jun 22, 2007 — News Article

CBC takes Documentary Channel by Sean Davidson

The CRTC has approved a change of ownership at The Canadian Documentary Channel, passing control to CBC.

Jun 22, 2007 — News Article

CRTC sets terms for Astral deal hearing by Grant Robertson

The CRTC hearing for Astral Media's proposed takeover of Standard Broadcasting will take place at the same time as the hearing for CanWest Global and U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs' bid for Alliance Atlantis.

Jun 22, 2007 — News Article

Ottawa takes hands-off approach to merger by Steven Chase and Brian Laghi

Article says the Harper government has signaled it will leave ultimate approval of a possible Telus takeover of BCE to the Competition Bureau and the CRTC.

Jun 21, 2007 — News Article

Telus-BCE union would be 'an all-Canadian solution': Entwistle

Article says a merger between Telus and BCE would create a company worth more than $50-billion that would dominate the land-line telephone and cellphone markets across most of the country.

Jun 20, 2007 — News Article

What will CanWest do with extra cash? by Barbara Shecter

An industry analyst suggests CanWest might need to boost its stake in Alliance Atlantis to 56% from 29% to allay foreign ownership concerns.

Jun 15, 2007 — News Article

New Study Finds Abysmally Few Minority and Women-Owned Radio Stations by Kristal Brent Zook

A report on U.S. broadcast television ownership has found that women own 5% of the 1,400 commercial broadcast television stations in America, and people of color own just 3.6%.

Jun 14, 2007 — News Article

CRTC boss urges new Act for changing landscape by Paul Vieira

The head of CRTC says Ottawa should consider merging the laws that govern broadcasting and telecommunications because technology is rapidly bringing the two sectors together.

Jun 12, 2007 — News Article

Rogers deal needs an umpire: Union

CEP says Canada's big media corporations are now in the position of choosing their competitors behind closed doors.

Jun 12, 2007 — News Article

Rogers to buy 5 Citytv channels instead of A-Channel chain

Rogers agrees to buy the five Citytv television stations CTVglobemedia was ordered to sell in a deal valued at approximately $375 million.

Jun 12, 2007 — News Article

Rogers buys Citytv stations by Ryan Flinn

Article says $375 million deal will increase Rogers' TV presence in Canada's largest markets.

Jun 12, 2007 — News Article

CRTC head says no backsliding on rules by Grant Robertson

Columnist says the CTVglobemedia/CHUM decision shows that CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein will not bend the rules on media concentration.

Jun 11, 2007 — News Article

Commission Chair to broadcasters: "We need more resources" by Greg O'Brien

CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein tells delegates at the Banff International Television Festival that the broadcast regulator needs more resources.

Jun 11, 2007 — News Article

Shot clock starts on XM-Sirius merger by John Dunbar

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is seeking comment on the proposed merger of licensees Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio.

Jun 11, 2007 — News Article

New TV universe, old CRTC rules

Editorial claims that the old CRTC rules have been bypassed by the modern reality of the Canadian media business.

Jun 11, 2007 — News Article

Summer of intrigue begins to heat up by Deirdre McMurdy

Columnist says Canada's media industry is entering into a period of business intrigue, speculation and gossip.

Jun 11, 2007 — News Article

It's so unhistorical it's hysterical by Jaime J. Weinman

Columnist says History TV, Canada's history-oriented cable channel, is violating its programming mission by airing CSI: NY.

Jun 9, 2007 — News Article

CRTC slaps down bid to sell allocated time by John Greenwood

The CRTC has upheld rules that say two minutes for every hour of television programming must be used to promote Canadian cable programming.

Jun 9, 2007 — News Article

Diversity in TV ownership protected, at least for now by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist says future media merger decisions should be postponed until CRTC hearings on media consolidation and diversity, set for September, provide a framework.

Jun 8, 2007 — News Release

CRTC gets it right in CTVgm/CHUM decision

FRIENDS says the CRTC has protected editorial diversity in local news and more choices for Canadian content during prime time with its decision to carve out five CityTV stations from the assets acquired by CTVglobemedia from CHUM.

Jun 8, 2007 — News Article

Friends' plea does not fall on deaf ears; CTV gets CHUM, not CityTV by Kurt Eby

Columnist notes the CRTC took the direction recommended by FRIENDS in their CTVglobemedia/CHUM decision.

Jun 8, 2007 — News Article

Drop Citytvs, keep A-Channels, says CRTC by Patricia Bailey

FRIENDS applauds the CRTC decision requiring CTVglobemedia to sell CHUM's CityTV stations but allowing them to keep its A-Channel stations.

Jun 8, 2007 — News Article

CRTC attaches conditions to the CTVglobemedia takeover bit of CHUM by Mike Hornbrook

FRIENDS comments on potential buyers for CHUM's CityTV stations in a CBC Radio One interview.

Jun 8, 2007 — News Article

CityTV bidding war looms by Paul Vieira

Columnist says Quebecor and Rogers could find themselves in a bidding war for CHUM's CityTV stations.

Jun 8, 2007 — News Article

CTV told to sell off five Citytv stations by Julian Beltrame

FRIENDS says the CRTC "did its job" by making the approval of the CTVglobemedia/CHUM deal conditional on the sale of the Citytv stations.

Jun 8, 2007 — News Article

CRTC Got It Right - Friends of Canadian Broadcasting

FRIENDS says the CRTC's CTVglobemedia/CHUM decision ensures that three private-sector national television networks, rather than two, will operate in English-speaking Canada.

Jun 8, 2007 — News Article

CRTC to CGM: yes and no by Terry Poulton

CRTC chair says the broadcast regulator's CTVglobemedia/CHUM decision was based on the policy of "maintaining diversity of voices within the Canadian broadcasting system."

Jun 8, 2007 — News Article

CRTC tells CTVglobemedia to sell 5 Citytv stations

FRIENDS says CRTC decision is good for viewers, advertisers and competition and diversity in the Canadian broadcasting system.

Jun 8, 2007 — News Article

CHUM purchase approved, CITY stations must be sold by Grant Robertson

Columnist says the CRTC decision will lead to the collapse of a deal CTV struck to sell A-Channel stations to Rogers Communications.

Jun 8, 2007 — News Article

The CRTC approves the CTVglobemedia Inc. purchase of CHUM Ltd., excluding five CityTV stations

The CRTC has not approved the transfer of five CityTV stations in Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver to CTVglobemedia.

Jun 7, 2007 — News Article

Converters Signal a New Era for TVs by Jacques Steinberg

Columnist says that without the purchase of a digital-ready television or a signal converter, nearly 20 million homes in the U.S. will lose over-the-air television transmission on Feb. 17, 2009.

Jun 6, 2007 — News Article

FCC is pressured on ownership rules by Jim Puzzanghera

A media policy group's study finds a lack of diversity in the ownership of radio station licenses in the U.S.

Jun 5, 2007 — News Article

Let's not put up with this any longer by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist describes how the CRTC is becoming the target of a new media democracy movement.

Jun 5, 2007 — News Article

Broadcasters Win Appeal Of FCC's Profanity Ruling by Frank Ahrens

A U.S. appeals court has tossed out an indecency ruling against Fox television and questioned whether the Federal Communications Commission has the right to police the airwaves for offensive language.

Jun 5, 2007 — News Article

KICX 106 goes to Rogers in a swap by Matt Walcoff

Larche Communications and Rogers are set to swap ownership of KICX 106 in Kitchener-Waterloo for CICX-FM in Orillia, Ontario.

Jun 4, 2007 — News Article

Ads and the CRTC

Editorial says individual television viewers, not government regulations, should decide how much advertising is acceptable.

May 31, 2007 — News Release

Calgary Sweeps 2007 Dalton Camp Awards

Calgary is home to both winners of the 2007 Dalton Camp Award, an annual essay contest on the link between democratic values and the quality of media in Canada.

May 25, 2007 — News Article

Alliance purchase moves forward by Patricia Bailey

The public broadcast regulator has allowed Alliance Atlantis to split and form a separate, numbered company to hold properties – primarily its cable channels – whose sale are subject to CRTC regulation.

May 25, 2007 — News Article

EU OKs broadcast rules overhaul by Leo Cendrowicz

An overhaul of European broadcasting law has been confirmed, paving the way for looser rules on advertising breaks, product placement and cross-border broadcasts.

May 25, 2007 — News Article

CRTC Approvals Obtained in Connection With Alliance Atlantis' Plan of Arrangement

Trustee appointment for CanWest/Goldman Sachs takeover bid of Alliance Atlantis receives CRTC approval.

May 24, 2007 — News Article

Britain announces inquiry into BSkyB purchase of stake in terrestrial TV company

Britain's competition watchdog will carry out an inquiry into British Sky Broadcasting's controversial purchase of a significant stake in ITV.

May 22, 2007 — News Article

Le Banquier va-t-il manquer de fonds?

Paul Cauchon reports that the CRTC's recent decision to stop regulating the quantity of advertising on TV poses a dilemma for Canada's broadcasters.

May 22, 2007 — News Article

Time Canadians stood up to the CRTC by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist says media activists should organize grassroots campaigns against the CRTC to combat the power of Canada's large media conglomerates.

May 19, 2007 — News Article

CBC-TV fears advertising exodus by Grant Robertson

Richard Stursberg, executive vice-president of CBC Television, predicts increased commercial minutes on Canadian TV will drain funds from the public broadcaster as advertisers spend more money on CTV and Global.

May 19, 2007 — News Article

CRTC gets it right on one thing at least

Editorial says the CRTC made the right decision to deregulate TV advertising so market forces can dictate the ad-content mix.

May 18, 2007 — News Article

Critics slam CRTC policy by Patricia Bailey

The CBC and the Directors Guild of Canada say the CRTC is encouraging a freefall of spending on Canadian drama because it didn't firm up support for Canadian content in its new television policy.

May 18, 2007 — News Article

Commercial concerns dominate CRTC ruling by Etan Vlessing

Canadian media guilds express disappointment that CRTC television policy changes did not include re-imposing expenditure requirements for domestic programming.

May 18, 2007 — News Article

CRTC refuses to give broadcasters fees by Barbara Shecter and Paul Vieira

In September 2007, broadcasters will be allowed 14 minutes of ads per hour of prime-time, up from the current 12 - by 2009, there will be no limits.

May 17, 2007 — News Article

Private radio revenues hit $1.4B

The CRTC reports that revenues for private radio hit $1.4 billion in 2006, up 5.7 per cent from 2005.

May 17, 2007 — News Article

CRTC blocks TV network fee by Grant Robertson

The CRTC has denied a bid by Canada's conventional television networks to charge fees to cable and satellite companies, but will remove restrictions on advertising time limits.

May 17, 2007 — News Article

The Commission establishes a new approach for Canadian conventional television

The CRTC to loosen some regulations on conventional television broadcasters and deny subscriber fees to local TV stations on cable and satellite.

May 15, 2007 — News Article

Too late for more offers, says CRTC by Marise Strauss

FRIENDS says the CRTC followed its procedures when it refused to consider CTVglobemedia's offer to sell up to three CityTV stations to push through its takeover of CHUM.

May 15, 2007 — News Article

Broadcasting industry aims to settle growing pains by Deirdre McMurdy

Article describes competing interests in Canada's broadcast industry that will be affected by the soon-to-be released CRTC review of domestic television policy.

May 15, 2007 — News Article

CRTC rejects CTVglobemedia offer to sell Citytv stations by Barbara Shecter

The federal broadcast regulator says CTVglobemedia did not follow proper process when it offered to sell up to three Citytv television stations in an attempt to push through its $1.7-billion purchase of CHUM.

May 14, 2007 — News Article

Don't loosen the rules, our airwaves are seriously polluted by John Doyle

Columnist says Canadian television needs more regulation, not less, to clean up "polluted" airwaves.

May 11, 2007 — News Article

CRTC should legislate monthly CTF contributions: Senate committee

The Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications says the CRTC should regulate monthly contributions to the Canadian Television Fund and establish a dispute resolution mechanism to deal with stakeholder concerns.

May 11, 2007 — News Article

Chair sets out his "re-balancing" act for broadcast by Greg O'Brien

In a speech to the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters, CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein outlined the Commission's goals, which reflect the "market forces" approach of the current federal government.

May 11, 2007 — News Article

New Canadian Group Seeks Total Media Integration with USA

Activist group has a vision of "integrated media, two countries, and one audience."

May 11, 2007 — News Article

Major change coming for radio, TV rules by Grant Robertson

The chairman of the CRTC says Canada's broadcast regulator will entertain "a lighter approach to regulation" as long as support for Canadian programming is upheld.

May 11, 2007 — News Article

CTV proposes to sell three TV stations in CHUM buyout by Barbara Shecter and Paul Vieira

CTVglobemedia has offered to sell a Citytv station in Winnipeg and possibly two others in Calgary and Edmonton to push through its $1.7-billion purchase of CHUM Ltd.

May 2, 2007 — News Article

CGM bends slightly in CHUM bid by Norma Reveler

CTVglobemedia upped the value of its benefits package and pledged more local programming in Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg, as part if the company's proposed takeover bid of CHUM.

May 2, 2007 — News Article

Specialty, pay-TV are thriving, says CRTC by Terry Poulton

A CRTC report shows Canadian specialty, pay, pay-per-view television and video-on-demand enjoyed a 12.4% increase in revenues in 2006.

May 1, 2007 — News Article

CGM tweaks plans for CHUM by Norma Reveler

CTVglobemedia tells the CRTC there will be no overlap of programming between its over-the-air CTV stations and the CityTV outlets it wants to purchase from CHUM.

May 1, 2007 — News Article

Herrndorf's kind words about rival mystify CBC by Patricia Best

A supportive quote from Peter Herrndorf, a current member of CBC's board of directors, has been included in CTVglobemedia's application to acquire CHUM - a deal the CBC opposes.

May 1, 2007 — News Article

Rural telephone prices will rise by Peter Nowak

A CRTC ruling allowing major phone companies to charge different customers different rates will come into effect on June 1.

May 1, 2007 — News Article

CTV's CHUM proposal gets chilly reception by Grant Robertson

Article says that if the CRTC approves the CTVglobemedia $1.4-billion takeover of CHUM, the deal will require an unprecedented bending of federal rules.

May 1, 2007 — News Article

CRTC challenges CTV's Fecan over CHUM network takeover by Julian Beltrame

CRTC commissioner calls CTVglobemedia's request to own two major TV stations in five Canadian cities a monumental exemption from longstanding CRTC broadcasting policy.

May 1, 2007 — News Article

CRTC fears television 'national predator' by Paul Vieira

The CRTC forces CTV executives to provide assurances a merged CTVglobemedia/CHUM would not simply milk profits and stifle attempts at creative TV programming.

Apr 30, 2007 — News Article

CTV promises CRTC carrot to keep twin sticks by Laurel Hyatt

CTVglobemedia wants the CRTC to make an exception and allow the company to own two TV stations in a market because CHUM's CityTV stations need CTV's injection of cash to stay afloat.

Apr 30, 2007 — News Article

'Twin sticks' at heart of latest TV battle by Grant Robertson

Columnist observes that CRTC precedent may force CTVglobemedia to divest television channels in certain markets to lessen ownership concentration.

Apr 30, 2007 — News Article

All eyes will be on the CRTC during CHUM, CTV hearing by Deirdre McMurdy

Columnist says that with other media mergers waiting for approval, all eyes will be on CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein to observe the tone, pacing and precedent he sets during the CTVglobemedia/CHUM review.

Apr 30, 2007 — News Article

CRTC looks at CTV play for CHUM by Antonia Zerbisias

FRIENDS questions how the unprecedented clout of a merged CTVglobemedia-CHUM will affect competition in Canada's television industry.

Apr 27, 2007 — News Article

Police yourself by Konrad Von Finckenstein

The CRTC chair says the government wants to move quickly toward less regulation, but if the telecommunications industry does not demonstrate is it capable of policing its own behavior, it will face consequences.

Apr 27, 2007 — News Article

CTV 'mum' on plans prior to CRTC hearings into largest media ownership deal

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada says neither the CRTC nor Canadians have been told what CTV plans to do with 65 radio and television stations it proposes to buy from CHUM.

Apr 26, 2007 — News Article

FCC asks Congress to define violence by Brooks Boliek

U.S. federal broadcast regulators tell Congress they need the same powers to protect children from violent content as they have for indecent content.

Apr 26, 2007 — News Article

Rogers pitches for pay audio, hoping ears will tune to Web by Grant Robertson

The CRTC is reviewing an application by Rogers Communications to start a pay audio service which could be used to stream music to cellphones and Internet receivers in cars.

Apr 26, 2007 — News Article

Analysts Doubt XM-Sirius Merger Will Fly by Sam Diaz

Three separate reports from industry analysts say it is unlikely the proposed merger of XM and Sirius will be approved.

Apr 24, 2007 — News Article

U.S. copyright report card has more rhetoric than reality by Michael Geist

Columnist says a forthcoming U.S. report on worldwide intellectual property protection is expected to claim that Canada is rapidly emerging as a piracy haven, but that the reality is that Canada's record meets international standards.

Apr 23, 2007 — News Article

Industry Canada wants a DTV deadline; digital radio movement by Greg O'Brien

Industry Canada's assistant deputy minister says the CRTC should set a deadline for Canadian television broadcasters to switch from analog to digital signals.

Apr 23, 2007 — News Article

CRTC gears up for reviews as CanWest buy of Alliance Atlantis gets competition nod by Laura Bobak

FRIENDS says if the CRTC allows CTVglobemedia to retain CHUM's CityTV stations it would violate the regulator's own policy against common ownership of two stations serving identical markets.

Apr 19, 2007 — News Article

Too hot for prime time? by Keith McArthur

The Television Bureau of Canada, the agency that screens ads for private broadcasters, is at the centre of controversy over efforts to protect the public from advertising deemed inappropriate for TV.

Apr 19, 2007 — News Article

Copyright Board sets hearing for SOCAN's Tariff 22

Media companies such as Bell Canada, CBC/Radio-Canada, Rogers Communications and Apple Canada are lining up to oppose a new proposed tariff on musical works delivered via the Internet.

Apr 17, 2007 — News Article

CRTC hires new secretary general, and new communications director

CRTC Chairman Konrad von Finckenstein said he has made internal and external communication a priority with recent staff appointments.

Apr 17, 2007 — News Article

Copyright Royalty Board rejects appeals from Internet radio broadcasters by Seth Sutel

A panel of copyright judges have thrown out requests from a group of public and private broadcasters to reconsider a ruling that increases the royalties paid to record companies and artists.

Apr 16, 2007 — News Article

Internet radio broadcasters appeal decision which would hike their royalty rates by Seth Sutel

Article details how Webcasters, public radio and terrestrial radio broadcasters are affected by a new U.S. music royalty structure.

Apr 14, 2007 — News Article

FCC's hands tied on airwaves by Jim Puzzanghera

Activists are urging the U.S. federal broadcast regulator to fine radio stations over "shock-jock" Don Imus' racially offensive remarks.

Apr 14, 2007 — News Article

CRTC lays out agenda for broadcasting hearings by Paul Vieira

Hearings will examine policies governing ownership concentration for both conventional broadcasters and the specialty-channel sector.

Apr 14, 2007 — News Article

CRTC launches a proceeding to review the diversity of voices in the Canadian broadcasting system

Canada's broadcast regulator has launched a public proceeding to review issues relating to common ownership of Canadian broadcasting companies.

Apr 10, 2007 — News Article

Rogers buys Access from CTVglobemedia by Paul Marck

FRIENDS says despite the proposed deal with Rogers, it is likely the CRTC will tell CTVglobemedia to keep the A-Channels and sell CHUM's five major TV stations in Winnipeg, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.

Apr 10, 2007 — News Article

Rogers snaps up CHUM TV assets by Laura Bobak

FRIENDS says Canadians would be better served if Rogers owned CHUM's Citytv stations, rather than A-Channel stations, resulting in three private-sector national TV networks.

Apr 10, 2007 — News Article

Rogers $137.5M 'opportunistic acquisition' by Paul Vieira

Rogers' $137.5-million deal with CTVglobemedia to buy 10 stations would make the company Canada's third-largest private-sector English-language TV owner.

Apr 9, 2007 — News Article

Web radio may stream north to Canada

Article states that new royalty structures in the U.S. may see some Web radio operations set up in Canada.

Apr 9, 2007 — News Article

Rogers Media to Acquire Certain Conventional and Specialty Television Services from CTVglobemedia Inc.

Agreement would see Rogers purchase CHUM assets - six A-Channel stations, ACCESS Alberta, CLT and SexTV - from CTVglobemedia.

Apr 5, 2007 — Policy Brief

Submission to the CRTC regarding the CTVglobemedia application to acquire all common shares of CHUM

FRIENDS recommends that in exchange for approving CTVglobemedia's acquisition of CHUM's radio and specialty television assets, CTVglobemedia should be required to divest the five CHUM/City stations and to retain CHUM's six A-Channel stations

Apr 5, 2007 — News Article

China tried to halt Falun Gong TV in Canada: defector by Suzanne Ma

A Chinese diplomat's wife says she has proof that top Chinese officials tried to thwart a TV network from being broadcast in Canada.

Apr 5, 2007 — News Article

Gorilla media by Charlie Smith

FRIENDS says the CRTC might order CTVglobemedia to sell Citytv stations and retain ownership of A-Channels in smaller markets as part of the takeover of CHUM.

Apr 5, 2007 — News Article

Unshackled by Greg O'Brien

Cartt.ca reports on the details of the recent government decision to speed up deregulation of the local telephone market.

Apr 5, 2007 — News Article

Deregulation order frees Bell, Telus of restraints by Deirdre McMurdy

Article says Industry Minister Maxime Bernier has pushed ahead with policy that sidesteps parliamentary process and the CRTC, and benefits the largest telephone companies.

Apr 5, 2007 — News Article

Channel 4 could collapse after 2012, according to research for regulator by Dan Sabbagh

Britain's communications regulator says Channel 4 could go bankrupt after 2012 if it does not receive financial help.

Apr 4, 2007 — News Article

Statement from the Chairman of the CRTC, Konrad von Finckenstein

Konrad von Finckenstein responds to the Conservative government changing a CRTC decision concerning the deregulation of local phone services.

Apr 4, 2007 — News Article

No sex please, we're Canadian, rules CRTC by Scott Deveau

The CRTC has denied a Videotron bid to broadcast an adult content station from France, saying the station may be too racy for Canadian standards.

Apr 2, 2007 — News Article

Oda on the record by Marise Strauss

Heritage Minister Bev Oda defends her performance during the CTF crisis, and talks of changes needed at the CBC and CRTC in a one-on-one interview.

Apr 2, 2007 — News Article

More Web regulation doesn't make any sense by Michael Geist

Michael Geist observes some traditional broadcasters and copyright holders are increasingly wary of unregulated new media services such as Internet streaming and podcasting and may be gearing up for a fresh look at Internet regulation.

Apr 2, 2007 — News Article

Digital-era dodos by Kevin Libin

Correspondent says changing technology is making the CRTC less relevant.

Mar 29, 2007 — News Article

Battle for foreign shows hits the bottom line by Grant Robertson

A CRTC report shows Canadian private broadcasters spent $688-million on foreign television programming in 2006, an increase of more than 12 per cent from the previous year.

Mar 29, 2007 — News Article

Cost of U.S. TV shows hits profit by Julian Beltrame

FRIENDS questions the stewardship of the CRTC for allowing Canadian broadcasters to spend more on foreign television programming than on Canadian.

Mar 28, 2007 — News Article

CRTC a gatekeeper unloved, but needed by Alan Kellogg

Columnist comments that the CRTC and regulation is necessary given the rapid rate of change in the communications industry.

Mar 27, 2007 — News Article

TV channel aims to mirror society by Prithi Yelaja

Columnist says that a bid by a cable channel featuring Canada's multicultural reality to become part of 'basic cable' may be stymied by opposition from Cogeco, Shaw and Rogers.

Mar 24, 2007 — News Article

Channel for visually impaired spurs dispute: Big broadcasters at odds by Paul Vieira

An application for a new TV channel catering to the visually impaired is being opposed by Canwest Global, Rogers and Shaw because of a content deal signed with CTV.

Mar 23, 2007 — News Article

83% of Canadians Oppose Basic Cable Status for 5 New Channels

Survey commissioned by Rogers Communications shows subscriber opposition to mandatory inclusion of new channels in their digital basic cable service and preference for pick-and-pay options.

Mar 23, 2007 — News Article

TV channels square off to stay on basic cable by Grant Robertson

The CRTC is set to shuffle the list of channels available to cable and satellite subscribers who buy the minimum packages offered.

Mar 21, 2007 — News Article

New competition panel to have sweeping mandate by Simon Tuck

The federal Conservative government says a new panel on competition policy will have a broad mandate and could trigger changes in areas such as foreign ownership regulations.

Mar 20, 2007 — News Article

Copyright ruling on Internet royalties challenged by Seth Sutel

U.S. Broadcasters and online companies are challenging a copyright ruling that they say could cripple the emerging business of offering music broadcasts over the Internet.

Mar 19, 2007 — News Article

Where is the leadership on HD? by Mark Dillon

Media insiders say a concerted effort on the part of Canada's TV industry, government, and the CRTC is needed to accelerate the take-up of high definition television.

Mar 15, 2007 — News Article

Télé numérique: le CRTC doit décider quels services de base seront obligatoires

Paul Cauchon reports from the CRTC hearing on obligatory carriage in a digital environment.

Mar 14, 2007 — News Article

CRTC postpones hearings but media mergers still on by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist says the CRTC either caved to public pressure or saw reason - or both - and decided to postpone its hearings on media concentration until next fall.

Mar 14, 2007 — News Article

CRTC concerned about 'diversity of voices' by Simon Tuck

FRIENDS says the announced CRTC review of media concentration in Canada is a good sign and shows the broadcast regulator is concerned about the question of Canadian voices.

Mar 14, 2007 — News Article

CRTC process "deliberately misguided" on media ownership says CEP

Canada's largest union of media workers says the CRTC process to review proposed media mergers is deliberately misguided to favour media corporate bottom lines over the public interest.

Mar 13, 2007 — News Article

Shake Hands, Come Out Lobbying by Charles Babington

The president of the National Association of Broadcasters tells the U.S. broadcast regulator to oppose the proposed merger of the nation's two satellite radio companies because Sirius/XM cannot be trusted with monopoly power.

Mar 13, 2007 — News Article

CRTC buyout review pushed to fall by Patricia Bailey

FRIENDS notes that under new chairman, Konrad von Finckenstein, the CRTC might tighten its policies on media takeovers.

Mar 13, 2007 — News Article

CRTC to review 'diversity of voices' in broadcasting

In the wake of two major amalgamations of Canadian media companies in the past year, the federal broadcasting regulator plans to look at ways to preserve a "diversity of voices" in the broadcasting system.

Mar 13, 2007 — News Article

CRTC to undertake a review of issues relating to the diversity of voices in Canada

CRTC news release says that in light of the current wave of media consolidation the regulator will examine how to ensure the broadcasting system provides Canadians with a diversity of voices.

Mar 8, 2007 — Policy Brief

Submission to CRTC re Canada One Television (Diversity Television Inc.) [PN CRTC 2007-1: Application 200700072]

FRIENDS supports application of Canada One Television for a CRTC licence.

Mar 8, 2007 — News Article

Angus wants more hearings, too

NDP Heritage Critic Charlie Angus has called for new CRTC hearings into media concentration arising from the CTV/CHUM purchase.

Mar 5, 2007 — News Article

Letter from the Canadian Conference of the Arts to Heritage Minister Bev Oda.

Alain Pineau, CCA's National Director, calls on the Heritage Minister to prolong the hearings on the proposed CTVglobemedia takeover of CHUM to ensure an honest, transparent and responsible public discussion.

Mar 5, 2007 — News Article

CRTC hearing pandering, says CEP

Canada's largest media union calls on the CRTC to hold an open, transparent and accountable review of the CBC mandate.

Mar 5, 2007 — News Article

CEP slams feds' handling of CHUM buy by Patricia Bailey

FRIENDS says the CRTC is following due process, so far, with its upcoming hearings into CTVglobemedia's purchase of CHUM.

Mar 3, 2007 — News Article

Public scrutiny's tiny window by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist notes that viewers, unions, artists' groups and other non-industry parties have only 24 working days to submit their interventions to the CRTC on the proposed CTVglobemedia takeover of CHUM.

Mar 2, 2007 — News Article

CRTC to cast wide net in hearings by Grant Robertson

Hearings into the proposed purchase of CHUM by CTVglobemedia are scheduled to begin April 30 and will be chaired by the newly appointed CRTC Chair Konrad von Finckenstein.

Mar 2, 2007 — News Article

CRTC may drop ban on owning multiple stations in the same city by Paul Vieira

The CRTC has announced it is prepared to revamp its policy of limiting broadcasters to ownership of only one station in a single market.

Feb 28, 2007 — News Article

Saving Radio in the Satellite Era by Eric Klinenberg

Op-Ed says the U.S. government should enact policies requiring broadcast radio stations to air original programming on digital stations, and allowing satellite companies to run local news, talk and music.

Feb 27, 2007 — News Article

Task force set up to study TV fund raises alarm bells by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist raises concerns about the lack of transparency for the newly established CRTC task force set up to study the Canadian Television Fund.

Feb 27, 2007 — News Article

Telecom vice-chair French quitting Commission

CRTC vice-chair, Richard French, says he will be resigning his position before the Federal Accountability Act disallows companies he owns from receiving government contracts.

Feb 23, 2007 — News Article

Producers meet 'new kid' at CRTC by Marise Strauss

CRTC chair, Konrad von Finckenstein spoke of the uneasy relationship between new media and the Broadcasting Act at a Canadian film, TV and new media producers conference.

Feb 23, 2007 — News Article

Television fund in 'crisis,' CRTC chairman admits by Paul Vieira

New CRTC Chair Konrad von Finckenstein says he plans to resolve the crisis with Canadian Television Fund through co-operation, not confrontation.

Feb 23, 2007 — News Article

Sirius-XM radio merger faces U.S. antitrust hurdle by James Rowley

Antitrust experts are saying Sirius and XM Satellite Radio will have trouble persuading the U.S. Justice Department to approve their merger because it will create a monopoly.

Feb 21, 2007 — News Article

CRTC to launch review of besieged television fund by Simon Tuck

Some media watchers are saying that the CRTC is conducting a review of the Canadian Television Fund because the Harper government is trying to distance itself from a controversial subject.

Feb 21, 2007 — News Article

Satellite radio deal strikes discord in Canada by Grant Robertson

The marriage of XM and Sirius is being touted as a merger of equals in the U.S., but in Canada, Sirius - which is privately owned by the CBC, Standard Broadcasting and its U.S. parent - sees itself as the most valuable piece of the puzzle.

Feb 21, 2007 — News Article

CRTC will examine TV fund concerns by Paul Vieira

The CRTC has announced that a task force will review how the $250-million Canadian Television Fund operates.

Feb 21, 2007 — News Article

Satellite Radio in Canada Faces Its Own Uncertainties by Ian Austen

Columnist says that a merger of Sirius Canada and XM Canada would face intense regulatory scrutiny.

Feb 21, 2007 — News Article

Market fears hurdles too high for Sirius, XM merger by Peter Morton

Investors and analysts are worried that U.S. antitrust regulators will block the proposed merger between Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio.

Feb 20, 2007 — News Article

Sirius, XM signal merger: Deal worth US$13B by Lori Mcleod

Columnist says the merger of XM and Sirius in the U.S. would leave little option but consolidation for XM Canada and Sirius Canada.

Feb 16, 2007 — News Article

Testing Foreign Ownership an Old Favourite for CanWest by Gregory Taylor

Article says that CanWest's track record in Australia demonstrates the company is willing to flaunt national broadcast policies and keep its intentions hidden.

Feb 15, 2007 — News Article

Rogers opposes upstart's ad plans by Grant Robertson

Only Imagine Inc.'s application to the CRTC to sell Canadian ads on cable feeds of popular U.S. channels such as CNN, A&E and TBS has run into opposition from the cable industry.

Feb 14, 2007 — News Article

'The Prussian' who loves a good fight by Grant Robertson and Simon Tuck

Article says Konrad von Finckenstein has stamped his personality on the CRTC with a warning to cable companies that the regulator would rewrite the rules to ensure payments to the Canadian Television Fund resume.

Feb 14, 2007 — News Article

Péladeau blinks in TV funding spat with CRTC by Simon Tuck

Vidéotron Ltée owner Quebecor Media says it is prepared to resume payments to the Canadian Television Fund after the CRTC's new chief threatened to rewrite the licences of the country's cable companies.

Feb 13, 2007 — News Article

Oda promises letter asking cable firms for CTF funding

Heritage Minister Bev Oda says she will write to Shaw Communications and Vidéotron and ask them to resume their payments to the Canadian Television Fund.

Feb 13, 2007 — News Article

Statement from Konrad von Finckenstein, the Chairman of the CRTC

The head of the CRTC says the broadcast regulator will play a role in finding a resolution to the dispute between Shaw/Vidéotron and the Canadian Television Fund.

Feb 13, 2007 — News Article

CRTC Exempts Mobile TV from Licensing Requirements by Seth Wallis-Jones

The CRTC has clarified its position on TV broadcasting to mobile devices, formally exempting most mobile TV services from licensing requirements.

Feb 8, 2007 — News Article

Letter to CRTC Chair Konrad von Finckenstein

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada tells the new CRTC Chair to hold public hearings concerning concentration of ownership in Canada's broadcast media.

Feb 8, 2007 — News Article

Canadian Television Fund ready to ask CRTC for help by Simon Tuck

Columnist says the Canadian Television Fund plans to ask the CRTC to play a stronger role in urging Shaw and Vidéotron to honour their commitments to Canadian programming.

Feb 8, 2007 — News Article

Fonds canadien de télévision - Bev Oda renvoie la balle au CRTC

Heritage Minister Beverley Oda passes the buck to the CRTC on Big Cable's withdrawal from the Canadian Television Fund

Feb 7, 2007 — News Article

Bev Oda renvoie la balle au CRTC, Karine Fortin

Heritage Minister Bev Oda calls on the CRTC to deal with Shaw and Vidéotron's withdrawal from funding of the Canadian Television Fund.

Feb 7, 2007 — News Article

CRTC OKs 7 more homegrown HD channels by Etan Vlessing

Canadian broadcaster High Fidelity HDTV has secured regulatory approval for seven homegrown high-definition channels.

Feb 6, 2007 — News Article

TV fund money really belongs to us by Antonia Zerbisias

Media activist says Canadian cable subscribers may have been overcharged for over a decade.

Feb 6, 2007 — News Article

Bernier's hands-on style causes a stir by Simon Tuck

Richard French, the CRTC's vice-chairman of telecommunications, told a parliamentary committee that Industry Minister Maxime Bernier's direct involvement in the telecommunications sector is without precedent in the past few decades.

Feb 6, 2007 — News Article

Precedents in place at CRTC for Alliance bid by Grant Robertson

Article reports that the CRTC previously approved a small Newfoundland cable firm's privatization with a U.S. backer, suggesting a potential precedent for CanWest’s bid for Alliance.

Feb 5, 2007 — News Article

Cable Cutters by Michael Lithgow

Article highlights a CRTC regulation that states cable companies must provide a community channel that encourages access, training and meaningful volunteer opportunities, and that up to 50% of airtime must be made available for independently produced community programs.

Feb 5, 2007 — News Article

Shaw Wants to Bring USA to Canada

Shaw Communications has applied to the CRTC for permission to make USA Network available to Canadian subscribers.

Feb 5, 2007 — News Article

Tolerating Intolerance by Kevin Steel

Columnist suggests the CRTC announced that Rogers Cable could market nine Chinese state TV channels in Canada on the last working day before Christmas to avoid scrutiny and criticism.

Feb 2, 2007 — News Article

FCC hears wrath of Senate Dems by Brooks Boliek

Senate Democrats are pressuring FCC commissioners to set programming requirements for television broadcasters as part of the industry's mandate to operate in the public interest.

Feb 2, 2007 — News Article

HD a boon for Super Bowl ad aficionados by Stephanie Myles

A CRTC loophole is allowing Videotron and Star Choice high-definition subscribers to see U.S. TV spots while watching the Super Bowl.

Jan 30, 2007 — News Article

NEW CHAIR: The question now is: "Who is Konrad von Finckenstein?" by Greg O'Brien

CARTT says that telecom insiders are speculating that the new CRTC chairman is coming in with a mandate of change.

Jan 27, 2007 — News Article

CRTC chief seen as 'pro-consumer' by Grant Robertson

Columnist says industry executives are expecting Konrad von Finckenstein will bring a tough, hands-on administrative style to his new role as head of Canada's broadcast and telecom regulator.

Jan 27, 2007 — News Article

New CRTC chair won't be sitting around by Deirdre McMurdy

Columnist says that Konrad von Finckenstein, the new CRTC chairman, has strong relationships with people at the highest levels of Stephen Harper's government.

Jan 27, 2007 — News Article

Finckenstein faces crucial decisions by Peter Koven

The appointment of Konrad von Finckenstein as chairman of the CRTC has drawn praise from industry insiders that consider him a logical choice by the federal government.

Jan 26, 2007 — News Article

Where is our media going? by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist notes that new CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein's track record as the head of Canada's Competition Bureau may not bode well for the takeover of CHUM by CTVglobemedia, and the deal between Canwest/Goldman Sachs and Alliance Atlantis.

Jan 26, 2007 — News Article

Federal judge von Finckenstein to lead CRTC

Heritage Minister Bev Oda has named Federal Court Judge Konrad von Finckenstein, former commissioner of the Competition Bureau, as the new chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

Jan 25, 2007 — News Article

TV fund rebukes cable giants by Grant Robertson

The Canadian Television Fund has retained legal counsel and is concerned several projects could be shelved if the CRTC doesn't step in to enforce the payments from Shaw Communications and Vidéotron Ltée.

Jan 24, 2007 — News Article

Dear CFTPA, Time to stop fiddling while our industry burns

The performers' union tells the Canadian Film and Television Production Association that, instead of fighting each other in court, they should be working together on issues such as media concentration and Shaw Communications' pullout from the Canadian Television Fund.

Jan 24, 2007 — News Article

Urgent need for new CRTC leader by Bill Roberts

Challenging issues are looming that need to be addressed by Canada’s broadcast and telecom regulator.

Jan 24, 2007 — News Article

BBC iPlayer gets Ofcom OK by Mimi Turner

The U.K. media regulator has broadly approved plans for the BBC to launch its broadband on-demand platform, the BBC iPlayer.

Jan 21, 2007 — News Article

CanWest bets on AAC deal by Tamsen Tillson

FRIENDS expects the ownership structure in the CanWest/Alliance Atlantis deal to be challenged by the CRTC under Canadian regulations limiting foreign ownership of media companies to 47%.

Jan 19, 2007 — News Article

CanWest purchase might have bigger price tag

CRTC taxation on regulated television assets could bump the Alliance Atlantis purchase price by $125 million to $150 million.

Jan 18, 2007 — News Article

Regulator douses hopes of satellite radio merger by Grant Robertson

Stock prices of Sirius and XM Satellite Radio took a blow after the U.S. regulator indicated that a merger between the two companies would likely be blocked.

Jan 18, 2007 — News Article

COMMENTARY: When it comes to telecom regs, one size does not fit all by Greg O'Brien

CARTT says deregulation of the local phone market in major urban centres makes sense, but special consideration should be given to rural markets served by small operators.

Jan 14, 2007 — News Article

Conservatives set to mould altered CRTC by Simon Tuck

Columnist says the Harper government will attempt to fill as many as seven seats on the thirteen-member Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to reshape the regulator to take a more market-oriented view.

Jan 13, 2007 — News Article

Al-Arabiya TV cleared for Canada by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC has not imposed the same content restrictions on Al-Arabiya as it did on al-Jazeera, clearing the way for the Dubai-based satellite TV channel to be licensed for carriage in Canada.

Jan 13, 2007 — News Article

Goldman eyes pension funds for support by Andrew Willis, Grant Robertson and Eric Reguly

New York investment bank Goldman Sachs plans to invite some of Canada's biggest pension funds into the Alliance Atlantis purchase in an attempt to "Canadianize the deal".

Jan 11, 2007 — News Article

CRTC To Vet $2.3B Deal by Paul Vieira

The CRTC will need to uncover who has control in the CanWest/Goldman Sachs joint venture to determine whether the Alliance Atlantis purchase meets foreign ownership rules.

Jan 11, 2007 — News Article

CanWest's new Alliance by Barbara Shecter

$2.3 billion dollar deal will, if finalized, give CanWest access to 13 specialty channels including Showcase and Food Network Canada.

Jan 11, 2007 — News Article

COMMENTARY: Deal structure sure to raise eyebrows by Greg O'Brien

CARTT says the competitive imbalance caused by the CTVglobemedia/CHUM merger may make it unlikely that the CRTC will stop the CanWest/Goldman Sachs purchase of Alliance Atlantis.

Jan 10, 2007 — News Article

CanWest, Goldman Sachs in exclusive talks to take over Alliance Atlantis by David Friend

FRIENDS says that possible CRTC intervention into the CanWest/Goldman Sachs purchase of Alliance Atlantis may cause concern for investors.

Jan 9, 2007 — News Article

Choice of CRTC interim chairman a popular one with industry by Deirdre McMurdy

Michel Arpin, CRTC's vice-chairman of broadcasting, has been chosen to serve as interim chairman of the federal broadcast and telecom industry regulator.

Jan 3, 2007 — News Article

Rogers pacts for Chinese channels by Etan Vlessing

Rogers Communications to market "Chinese Great Wall" TV package in Canada.

Jan 2, 2007 — News Article

CRTC gives approval to application for Chinese-language TV stations

Critics say that nine new Chinese-language television stations in Canada will be propaganda tools for the Chinese government.

Jan 1, 2007 — News Article

Brace yourselves for a doozy of a year by John Doyle

Columnist predicts that media concentration, sports broadcasting rights and CRTC reform will be among the major issues in the media industry for 2007.

Jan 1, 2007 — News Article

Nonrenewal of TV License Stokes Debate in Venezuela by Simon Romero

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's decision not to renew the broadcast license of a television station often critical of his government has fueled debate over whether he is stifling dissent.