All CRTC / Regulation Articles — 2008

Dec 31, 2008 — News Article

Reevaluating media regulations by Brian Lowry

Columnist likens the troubles facing U.S. broadcasters to the plight of the Big Three automakers.

Dec 18, 2008 — News Article

Broadcasters can appeal CRTC fee: SCOC by Janice Tibbetts

Canada's private broadcasters have the right to appear at the Supreme Court of Canada to argue they are being charged what they feel to be an illegal tax.

Dec 15, 2008 — News Article

CRTC Internet regulation proposals take shape by Michael Geist

Columnist says that Internet regulation, an ISP tax and net neutrality are likely to be the battleground issues at the CRTC new media hearings in February, 2009.

Dec 15, 2008 — News Article

Shaw moves OUTtv down the dial by Gayle MacDonald

Shaw Communications has responded to a CRTC ruling that found it discriminates against the gay and lesbian channel OUTtv by agreeing to market it as equitably as it does all other channels.

Dec 15, 2008 — News Article

Q&A: Michel Arpin reflects on critical year and road ahead by Patricia Bailey

When asked about his favorite television programs, the CRTC vice-chairman in charge of broadcasting said "I'm not that interested in televised fiction or even feature films".

Dec 13, 2008 — News Article

Television's new frontier by Vito Pilieci

Columnist says the move to put TV online is sparking big questions about how the change could affect Canadian broadcasting.

Dec 12, 2008 — News Article

Small ISPs to offer same internet speeds as Bell, Telus by Peter Nowak

The CRTC has issued a decision ordering Canada's big phone companies to offer the same internet speeds to smaller wholesale customers as they themselves sell on a retail basis.

Dec 12, 2008 — News Article

TSN2 okay with CRTC by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC have given its blessing to The Sports Network for turning its alternate feed into TSN2, a permanent, 24-hour digital channel.

Dec 11, 2008 — News Article

Rogers gains licence for all-news channel by Gayle MacDonald

The CRTC has approved a Rogers Communications bid for a Toronto-focused specialty channel with local news, traffic, weather, business, sports and entertainment information.

Dec 8, 2008 — News Article

Keep internet broadcasting unregulated, Google tells CRTC

The internet search giant and owner of video-sharing site YouTube says exempting new media from regulation will keep the Internet 'awesome'.

Dec 8, 2008 — News Article

Quebecor Media Sees No Justification for Regulating the Internet

Telecommunications company sees no justification for Cancon regulation of the Internet or to impose taxes to finance Canadian content production.

Dec 5, 2008 — Policy Brief

Re: Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2008-11: Notice of Consultation and hearing Canadian broadcasting in new media

FRIENDS recommends that the CRTC extend the same public policy and Broadcasting Act support for Canadian content to all media, including new media.

Dec 1, 2008 — News Article

Could consumers own their internet connections? by Peter Nowak

New reports suggests that the best way to ensure Internet "net neutrality" would be to allow home owners to purchase high-speed connections rather than rent them from service providers.

Nov 24, 2008 — News Article

Squeezed broadcasters to seek breaks from CRTC by Grant Robertson

Industry sources say Canada's national television networks will ask federal regulators for leniency on their local programming requirements as a way to cut costs.

Nov 20, 2008 — News Article

Bell wins 'throttling' case, but Internet traffic issue to be reviewed: CRTC

The CRTC says the regulator will hold public hearings on the issue of Internet traffic shaping next summer.

Nov 20, 2008 — News Article

CRTC denies Internet 'traffic shaping' complaint by Matt Hartley and Simon Avery

Canada's telecom regulator has denied a complaint brought forth by a consortium of independent Internet service companies over how Bell Canada manages Web traffic.

Nov 19, 2008 — News Article

Union demands CRTC step in to prevent layoffs at CTV

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union says recently announced layoffs should prompt the CRTC to reconsider the terms of license for CTV.

Nov 14, 2008 — News Article

Angry Asper warns of further CRTC battles: Wants local obligations cut; fee-for-carriage re-visited by Greg O’Brien

Canwest CEO says that changes in the media world and the slumping economy means that his company has only just begun the fight for regulatory changes.

Nov 13, 2008 — News Article

Canwest Cuts: "No clear path to profitability" for local news: 210 let go, Global Ontario cancelled by Greg O'Brien

In an internal memo, Canwest Broadcasting president Kathy Dore says "The current regulatory environment makes it very difficult for us to be successful."

Nov 10, 2008 — News Article

Support Campbell River Community TV

Request for public intervention in a CRTC hearing on the sale of Campbell River Community Television to Shaw Cablesystems.

Nov 10, 2008 — News Article

Can culture policy apply to new media?

Columnist says that instead of implementing CanCon standards for the Internet, the CRTC should provide Canadian new media creators equal access to online audiences by mandating network neutrality.

Nov 6, 2008 — News Article

CRTC raps Shaw over gay channel

The CRTC has ruled that Shaw Cable has not been marketing its gay-and-lesbian TV service nearly as well as do other cable systems.

Nov 5, 2008 — News Article

New Fox channel coming to Canada?

Rogers is asking the CRTC for approval to carry Fox Business News.

Nov 5, 2008 — News Article

COC's bid for amateur sports channel gets a boost by William Houston

Columnist says new federal broadcasting regulations should help the Canadian Olympic Committee in its bid to launch an amateur sports channel.

Nov 4, 2008 — News Article

F.C.C. Nods to New Use of Airwaves by Matt Richtel

Over the objections of television broadcasters and other groups, U.S. federal regulators have set aside a slice of radio spectrum for public use hoping it would lead to low-cost, high-speed Internet access and new wireless devices.

Nov 4, 2008 — News Article

U.S. approves use of unused airwaves for broadband

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has voted to open up unused, unlicensed portions of the television airwaves known as "white spaces" to deliver wireless broadband service.

Nov 4, 2008 — News Article

Questions remain for local TV fund by Grant Surridge

Industry participants question how much of an impact the Local Improvement Fund will have, given there are over 70 television stations expected to draw from it.

Nov 3, 2008 — News Article

Grumbling execs greet CRTC boss by Etan Vlessing

The chair of the CRTC says that broadcasters did not adequately explain how the fee-for-carriage revenues they sought would help further the aims of the federal Broadcasting Act.

Nov 3, 2008 — News Article

Cable eyes more of ad pie by Grant Robertson

Cable and satellite companies are on the verge of being given the right to sell TV commercials on certain channels and services – a move that puts them in direct competition with broadcasters for advertising dollars.

Nov 3, 2008 — News Article

CRTC seeks speedier digital transition by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC has urged the federal government to speed up the country's transition to digital TV, which already lags behind the U.S. switchover in 2009.

Nov 3, 2008 — News Article

CRTC will have to revisit financial model for Canadian broadcasters by Zena Olijnyk

Financial analyst says the CRTC will need to revisit the current financial model for conventional television broadcasters in Canada, given the magnitude of the pressures they are facing.

Nov 3, 2008 — News Article

New front in battle between networks, cable by Grant Robertson

Phil Lind, vice-chairman of Rogers Communications, says that since Canada's conventional broadcasters can't charge cable companies for their television signal they will "stick it to us somehow."

Nov 3, 2008 — News Article

Customers can buy a la carte TV by Paul Vieira

CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein answers questions about the broadcast regulator's new set of rules for the television industry.

Nov 2, 2008 — News Article

Fox v. FCC heads to Supreme Court by William Triplett

A decision in Fox v. FCC could sharply cut back - maybe even eliminate - the U.S. broadcast regulator's authority to police the airwaves for indecent content, experts say.

Nov 1, 2008 — News Article

The shrinking TV dollar

Editorial says the poor financial health of CTV and Canwest will likely mean less Canadian programming and more recycled American shows on our television screens.

Oct 31, 2008 — News Article

CRTC tweaks TV system, helps consumers as regulator rejects extra charges

FRIENDS says the CRTC has balanced the competing interests of the broadcasting industry.

Oct 31, 2008 — News Article

CRTC unshackles TSN, Sportsnet by William Houston

Under new rules TSN will be able to air as much regional content as it wishes and Sportsnet can carry an unlimited amount of national programming.

Oct 31, 2008 — News Article

TV networks dealt blow by CRTC by Grant Robertson

Columnist says Canada's television networks will be forced to take a hard look at their business models after the CRTC blocked a proposal to collect millions in new fees.

Oct 31, 2008 — News Article

CRTC rejects plea for extra fees by Nick Kyonka and Dana Flavelle

The CRTC says there is 'No economic rationale' for allowing broadcasters to charge cable, satellite companies for signal use.

Oct 30, 2008 — News Article

CRTC shoots down time-shifting proposal by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC will allow conventional broadcasters to negotiate payments for the retransmission of their signals to other provinces, also known as time-shifting.

Oct 30, 2008 — News Article

FRIENDS on BNN's SqueezePlay

Video of FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, saying that Canadian citizens, as "shareholders" of the broadcasting system, were well served by a CRTC decision on the cable industry.

Oct 30, 2008 — News Article

CRTC set to unveil new regulations in the television industry

In a radio report, FRIENDS says that the global financial crisis has shown that appropriate regulation can play an important role in Canada's economy.

Oct 30, 2008 — News Article

CRTC to deliver review of TV industry

FRIENDS says if the CRTC bows to cable industry deregulation it may mean more American stations and less funding of Canadian-made television.

Oct 30, 2008 — News Article

Video: Decisions made by the CRTC by Graham Richardson

FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison says cable companies such as Shaw Communications may not be happy with having to put more money into local television programming.

Oct 30, 2008 — News Article

Changes will increase choice for Canadian TV viewers: CRTC

FRIENDS says the CRTC has listened to advice that the cable monopolies and satellite companies are too powerful to be allowed even more discretion to control what's on TV.

Oct 30, 2008 — News Article

CRTC ignores calls for shared television subscription revenues

CBC/Radio-Canada says the CRTC's decision not to grant broadcasters access to subscription revenues will result in the continued erosion of quality original Canadian television programming.

Oct 30, 2008 — News Article

CRTC review could expand Canadians' TV viewing choices and costs by Julian Beltrame

FRIENDS says the CRTC has started to realize how the lack of money in the over-the-air television system has the potential for a broadcast equivalent of a market disaster.

Oct 30, 2008 — News Release

CRTC stands up for viewers against big cable

FRIENDS says the CRTC has rejected most of the cable industry's demands for greater powers to decide what's on TV in a decision that protects viewers and Canadian programming

Oct 28, 2008 — News Release

CRTC decision on cable de-regulation - October 30th

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting spokesperson Ian Morrison will be available to comment immediately following the release of a CRTC decision on the possible de-regulation of the cable industry.

Oct 27, 2008 — News Article

Digital Media: CRTC readies for new media rethink by Mark Hand

FRIENDS says the motivation behind a CRTC review of new media is to ensure that the audiovisual Internet - the equivalent of radio and television online - has some shelf space for Canadian content.

Oct 21, 2008 — News Article

CRTC clears journalists for censor board by Etan Vlessing

A CRTC decision will allow journalists to join the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, an industry body that referees public complaints about radio and TV shows aired by private broadcasters.

Oct 20, 2008 — News Article

CRTC hearings: Should the Internet be regulated?

Editorial says the CRTC should not regulate Canadian content requirements for the Internet.

Oct 18, 2008 — News Article

Time to say goodbye to the CRTC era by David Warren

Columnist calls for the end of Canada's broadcast regulator and its powers transferred to "the secretarial pool in some corner of the Department of Canadian Heritage".

Oct 16, 2008 — News Article

CRTC seeks public input on broadcasting services in French and English language minority communities

The CRTC will hold a public hearing on broadcasting services offered to French and English language communities in a minority situation.

Oct 15, 2008 — News Article

New regulations could bring radical changes by William Houston

The CRTC is expected to revise the rules pertaining to mandatory carriage, genre protection and restrictions on the entry of foreign channels later this month.

Oct 15, 2008 — News Article

CRTC to examine broadcasting in the new media environment

The CRTC has launched a proceeding to examine the role of broadcasting in the current new media environment, and what role this environment can be expected to play in the Canadian broadcasting system in the future.

Oct 10, 2008 — News Article

Jack Layton asked to address CRTC scandal: PM Stephen Harper nicknamed 'subPrime Minister' for his failure to stop corporate welfare scam

An Australian public interest advocate has requested NDP Leader Jack Layton address allegations of illegal activities involving the Canada's federal broadcast regulator and media companies.

Oct 7, 2008 — News Article

Traffic shaping could shape online entertainment habits by Grant Buckler

Industry watcher says the CRTC should establish clear rules for how Internet Service Providers manage network traffic.

Oct 7, 2008 — News Article

Carter takes charge of U.K. broadcasting by Steve Clarke

Columnist says the U.K.'s new broadcasting minister is expected to take a more commercial attitude to the role.

Oct 6, 2008 — News Article

Is an Internet tax coming? by Michael Geist

Columnist says a proposed ISP levy to support Canadian content on the web will force regulators to show whether they believe that new Internet regulation is needed.

Oct 5, 2008 — News Article

Telus says money better spent on Internet services by Wendy Mclellan

According to Telus, hundreds of millions in excess money collected on home phone bills would be better spent connecting rural communities to Internet services than refunding small amounts to individual customers.

Oct 4, 2008 — News Article

The coming of the digital revolution by Kate Taylor

Industry analyst says much work needs to be done to prepare Canadians for the digital TV conversion in 2011.

Sep 29, 2008 — News Article

CRTC must rein in cablers, says APTN boss

APTN CEO says the recent CRTC decision to penalize Shaw Cablesystems with a two-year licence renewal will do little to solve his channel's long-running issues with the cableco.

Sep 23, 2008 — News Article

On The Record, On Media by Steve Anderson

The National Coordinator of the Campaign For Democratic Media says with online media taking an increasingly important role, we are on the brink of a major restructuring of our media and communications system.

Sep 22, 2008 — News Article

Telus backtracks, says small ISPs should also pay for throttling probe by Peter Nowak

Telus has reversed course in demanding that Bell Canada pay all the costs of the CRTC's investigation into that company's internet throttling practice.

Sep 18, 2008 — News Article

Corus gets OK for new kids network by Etan Vlessing

THE CRTC has given the go-ahead for Corus Entertainment to launch YTV OneWorld, a digital channel that offers international kids and family programming.

Sep 17, 2008 — News Article

CRTC chairmanship to switch between French, English: Harper by David Akin

Prime Minister Harper tells supporters the head of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission will alternate between French-Canadians and English-Canadians.

Sep 12, 2008 — News Article

Christian radio ready to sign on

The CRTC has approved an application for P.E.I.'s first Christian radio station.

Sep 10, 2008 — News Article

Study suggests ISPs support Canadian web-TV content by Grant Surridge

A CRTC study calls for a hands-off approach to regulating television on the web, but for companies that provide Internet access to fund the creation of online Canadian television content.

Sep 10, 2008 — News Article

The election debate process is a sham by Tony Burman

Former CBC News chief says it is time for the CRTC to give the control of federal election debates to an independent, non-partisan 'commission' similar to that used in the U.S.

Sep 9, 2008 — News Article

Harmonize rules for internet, TV, CRTC told

A background report commissioned by the federal broadcast regulator concludes that new media broadcasting should have the same regulatory treatment as television broadcasting.

Sep 5, 2008 — News Article

Ottawa accepts CRTC's approval of TQS licence renewal despite news cut

The federal government has accepted the CRTC's decision to permit the TQS television network in Quebec to replace traditional newscasts with current-events programming.

Sep 4, 2008 — News Article

Comcast appeals FCC ruling, triggering battle over web traffic by John Dunbar

Comcast is appealing a ruling by the U.S. broadcast regulator that says the company is improperly blocking customers' web traffic, triggering a legal battle that could determine the extent of the government's authority to regulate the Internet.

Sep 4, 2008 — News Article

Christian radio loses out in Ottawa by Jennifer Green

The CRTC has rejected two applications for Christian radio stations in the Ottawa area.

Sep 4, 2008 — News Article

CRTC Calls For Comments On Amendments to "A Policy Framework for Canadian Television"

Canada's broadcast regulator is seeking feedback on a proposal to amend the benefits policy so that a percentage of future television benefits would be directed to the Canadian Television Fund.

Sep 3, 2008 — News Article

Greens 'will not hesitate' to use courts to get into leaders' debate by Jordana Huber

The Green Party says that if a consortium of broadcasters does not allow Elizabeth May into the leaders debates it will take its concerns to the CRTC and, if necessary, the courts.

Aug 29, 2008 — News Article

Cable regulator shortens the leash on Shaw by Grant Robertson

The CRTC has placed Canada's second-largest cable company on probation for flouting federal rules.

Aug 23, 2008 — News Article

ITV boss condemns 'traffic wardens' who regulate television by Ian Burrell

The head of ITV television has accused the U.K. broadcast regulator of demanding programmes that are only of interest to "niche, marginal and worthy" audiences.

Aug 22, 2008 — News Article

Group asks feds to block porn channel by Glen McGregor

A faith-based conservative family group wants the Harper government to intervene to block a broadcasting licence issued to a new Canadian porn channel.

Aug 20, 2008 — News Article

Regulator approves new CBC sports channel, sets strict content rules

The CRTC has approved a new CBC sports specialty channel, but set strict content rules that will limit its ability to carry popular sports such as professional hockey, basketball and football.

Aug 18, 2008 — News Article

More Specialty Channels Get CRTC OK

The CRTC approves Baseball TV, the Rural Channel, eScapes and Northern Peaks - described as a Canadian adult programming.

Aug 15, 2008 — News Article

Radio. What purpose do broadcasting organizations in Canada truly have? by David Teasdale

Article examines the roles of organizations associated with broadcasting in Canada and Quebec such as the CRTC, Industry Canada and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters.

Aug 15, 2008 — News Article

50% domestic porn by Grant Robertson

A new Canadian pay-television pornography channel — to be called Northern Peaks — had been approved by federal broadcast regulators.

Aug 11, 2008 — News Article

Kids urged to 'get out' by Misty Harris

'Hinterland Who's Who' is set to call attention to the critical need for Canadian young people to get off the couch, off-line and outdoors.

Aug 7, 2008 — News Article

RLTV Poll: Many Seniors Unaware of DTV Transition by John Eggerton

A new poll says almost one in four U.S. seniors is not aware of the digital-TV transition in February 2009.

Aug 6, 2008 — News Article

ITV boss appeals for greater freedom from regulation in tough times by Mark Sweney

The executive chairman of Britain's ITV says the broadcaster's programming budget could be reduced unless regulatory burdens including its public service commitments are removed.

Aug 4, 2008 — News Article

Op-Ed Online broadcasting: time to tame the Wild West by Bill Roberts

The president and CEO of VisionTV says with more Canadians watching TV programming on their PCs and mobile phones, it's fair to ask whether the CRTC needs to set some policy guidelines.

Aug 1, 2008 — News Article

Revenues up, Cancon spending down, says CRTC by Terry Poulton

CRTC report says private conventional broadcasters spent $616 million on Canadian programming in 2007, down from $623.7 million in 2006.

Aug 1, 2008 — News Article

Canadian boob tube addiction rising: report by Shannon Proudfoot

Reports says on average Canadian adults watch more than four hours of TV a day while youth watch about 2.5 hours per day.

Jul 31, 2008 — News Article

CRTC issues first annual report on the communications industry

The CRTC releases the first comprehensive look at the state of the overall communications industry in Canada.

Jul 31, 2008 — News Article

CRTC pushes for power to levy fines by Grant Robertson

Canada's telecom regulator has acknowledged it is virtually powerless to deal with companies it believes are not following the rules – and will now push Ottawa for the power to fine them.

Jul 31, 2008 — News Article

60% think of quitting CRTC in 5 years by Don Butler

Nearly six in 10 employees of the CRTC say they're thinking of quitting their jobs within five years - one in seven say discrimination has adversely affected their career.

Jul 30, 2008 — News Article

BBC fined £400,000 by Ofcom for deceiving viewers and listeners by Nicole Martin

The BBC has been fined £400,000 by Britain's broadcasting regulator for faking competition winners and deceiving viewers on radio and television programmes.

Jul 30, 2008 — News Article

Canadians can relax over digital TV switch by Nick Lewis

Article addresses the confusion over the conversion from analog television signals to digital starting in February 2009.

Jul 29, 2008 — News Article

Canadian regulator questions satellite radio merger plans by Vito Pilieci

The CRTC wants XM Canada and Sirius Canada to immediately explain any merger plans and how those plans will affect their broadcasts.

Jul 24, 2008 — News Article

CRTC revokes licence of dormant Winnipeg radio station

The broadcast regulator has revoked the licence of campus instructional station CJWV-FM Winnipeg for failure to comply with a number of mandatory orders.

Jul 24, 2008 — News Article

Radio still Tuned in to big profits Rita Trichur

CRTC reports show that commercial private radio stations recorded solid revenue growth in 2007 but that revenues for over-the-air television stations declined for the first time in a decade last year.

Jul 23, 2008 — News Article

FCC nears deal on XM-Sirius merger

Sources say a tentative deal has been struck by a majority of commissioners at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to approve the merger of Sirius and XM Satellite Radio.

Jul 23, 2008 — News Article

Commercial Private Radio Revenues on the Rise

CRTC data show total revenues for Canada's AM and FM radio stations increased by 6.2% going from $1.4 billion in 2006 to $1.5 billion in 2007.

Jul 22, 2008 — News Article

After Nipplegate defeat, FCC crusade in tatters by Sinclair Stewart

A U.S. court has ruled the government cannot fine CBS $550,000 for airing a Super Bowl halftime show in 2004 in which Janet Jackson briefly bared her right breast.

Jul 17, 2008 — News Article

CRTC wants to add new media, CTF, to benefits policy

CRTC is looking to alter its benefits policy for ownership transactions so that a percentage is directed to the Canadian Television Fund – and that the buyer could request the money be used on new media.

Jul 15, 2008 — News Article

Re: Proposed Levy on Revenues of Internet Service Providers

Law firm opinion to Rogers Communications concludes Internet Service Providers do not engage in broadcasting and therefore may not be regulated by the CRTC under the Broadcasting Act.

Jul 15, 2008 — News Article

CRTC structure realigned

The CRTC has realigned its organizational structure so that activities that are common to both broadcasting and telecommunications will be grouped in the Policy Development and Research sector.

Jul 14, 2008 — News Article

Business takes sides in net neutrality debate by Michael Geist

Columnist says the issue of net neutrality has been elevated in the public policy debate by Bell Canada's traffic throttling practices.

Jul 12, 2008 — News Article

U.S. regulator's criticism of throttling an important precedent, Net experts say by Vito Pilieci

Columnist says a decision by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission could ensure the Internet remains open to all and that companies such as Bell Canada have no right to restrict the flow of traffic on their networks.

Jul 11, 2008 — News Article

CBC to CRTC: rethink new media by Terry Poulton

CBC encourages the broadcast regulator to recognize the importance of traditional media as the source of professional broadcast content for all new platforms.

Jul 11, 2008 — News Article

CBC/Radio-Canada to CRTC: Reject old assumptions about New Media

CBC/Radio-Canada tells the CRTC new media is neither displacing traditional media, nor will it solve the financial difficulties facing conventional broadcasters.

Jul 10, 2008 — News Article

Internet oversight by Bill Roberts

The president and CEO of VisionTV says there should be Internet oversight urging Canadian content on the Web.

Jul 9, 2008 — Policy Brief

Re: Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2008-44 - Call for comments on the scope of a future proceeding on Canadian broadcasting in new media

FRIENDS submission to the CRTC stresses the importance of ensuring the presence of thriving and dynamic Canadian content in the new media audio/visual environment.

Jul 9, 2008 — News Article

Google wrings Bell for throttling Internet by Barbara Shecter

Internet heavyweight Google has waded into a fight with Bell Canada, saying the company should be "prohibited" from the practice of curtailing peer-to-peer Internet use to manage capacity on its network.

Jul 7, 2008 — News Article

Bell's internet throttling illegal, Google says

Google says Bell is breaking Canadian telecommunications law by slowing certain internet traffic, and is urging the CRTC to take action against the company.

Jul 2, 2008 — News Article

Internet traffic jam angers Bell critics by Roberto Rocha

Bell critics say the company is throttling Internet traffic so that it can give priority to its own paid online content.

Jun 27, 2008 — News Article

Appointments to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

The Minister of Canadian Heritage has announced Suzanne Lamarre, Steve Simpson and Louise Poirier as full-time members of the CRTC.

Jun 27, 2008 — News Article

CBC's all-sports channel bid comes under fire by William Houston

CBC's bid to launch an all-sports television channel is under attack from media companies that assert the application is misleading and contradicts guidelines established by the CRTC.

Jun 26, 2008 — News Article

TQS off news hook for now by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC has ruled that the new owners of the struggling Quebec broadcaster can drastically reduce news coverage for three years until they return to financial health.

Jun 26, 2008 — News Article

TQS ruling proves CRTC eroding its mandate

Canada's largest media union says the CRTC's decision to allow TQS to slash local news demonstrates that the CRTC is eroding its mandate to serve the public interest.

Jun 24, 2008 — News Article

Networks unprepared for digital TV shift: CRTC by Grant Robertson

The chairman of the CRTC accuses Canada's biggest television networks of dragging their feet on millions of dollars of investment needed by 2011 to broadcast in high definition.

Jun 19, 2008 — News Article

Notes for an address to the 2008 Broadcasting Invitational Summit by Konrad von Finckenstein

Speech by the chairman of the CRTC focuses on the transition to digital TV, over-the-air transmission, media convergence and accessibility to content for people with disabilities.

Jun 19, 2008 — News Article

Watchdog says Net regulation must be addressed by Simon Avery

The head of Canada's Competition Bureau says that as converging communications change consumer expectations and behaviour, policy makers will need to address the question of regulating the Internet.

Jun 19, 2008 — News Article

CRTC report finds `strong growth' at cable firms by Rita Trichur

FRIENDS says record profits for Canada's cable and satellite companies demonstrate the existing TV distribution system works well.

Jun 18, 2008 — News Article

CRTC mulls rules for managing Internet traffic by Grant Robertson and Matt Hartley

CRTC head says that the fight between Bell and independent Web service providers over how traffic is allowed to flow over the Internet is "only the tip of the iceberg," for an industry that could find itself in more disputes.

Jun 18, 2008 — News Article

CRTC report shows strong growth in the Canadian broadcasting distribution industry

CRTC says Canadian Cable companies' total revenues exceeded $7 billion for the first time ever in 2007.

Jun 13, 2008 — News Article

Montreal news radio station bids farewell

The Canadian Media Guild has renewed a call to the CRTC to protect local newsrooms in the wake of layoffs at a Montreal radio station.

Jun 13, 2008 — News Article

CRTC should approve COC and CBC applications for new sports channels by William Houston

Columnist says the sport channel bids from the Canadian Olympic Committee and the CBC are significantly different and should both be approved by the CRTC.

Jun 11, 2008 — News Article

UK likely to reject TV product placement by Kate Holton

The UK government has indicated it will reject proposals from the European Union that would allow broadcasters to raise money from product placements in television.

Jun 10, 2008 — News Article

Too many English stations? by Don MacPherson

Columnist says there is growing support among political parties in Quebec for provincial control over the licensing of broadcasters.

Jun 9, 2008 — News Article

Homegrown drama, courtesy of the CRTC

Columnist says newcomer to Canada might not be able to tell the difference between the private broadcasters and CBC by looking at the TV schedules.

Jun 6, 2008 — News Article

Media groups slam CRTC proposal by Rita Trichur

A CRTC proposal would split the Canadian Television Fund into separate commercial and cultural streams.

Jun 6, 2008 — News Article

Fund shows with mass appeal: CRTC by Grant Surridge

The CRTC recommends that the fund created to subsidize the production of Canadian television should support more shows based on popularity alone.

Jun 5, 2008 — News Article

The CRTC's Report on the CTF - A $150 M Hit to Public Sector Programming

CBC says changes to the Canadian Television Fund would result in a $150M decline in funding to Canadian public sector television programming over the next 5 years.

Jun 5, 2008 — News Article

CRTC says private broadcasters, CBC should have separate financing for TV shows by Julian Beltrame

FRIENDS agrees with CRTC recommendation to keep the status quo on Canadian content rules for the CTF.

Jun 4, 2008 — News Article

CRTC troubled by TQS plan by Kevin Dougherty

The head of the CRTC says he is concerned about a Remstar Broadcasting proposal to drastically curtail the news coverage at Quebec private television network TQS.

Jun 3, 2008 — News Article

Remstar pitches CRTC on revival plan for TQS

The prospective new owners of TQS say they only want to revive the network's TV operation, not the news service.

Jun 2, 2008 — News Article

Fee-for-carriage: Rogers is desperate, says CTV

CTVglobemedia executive says a recent attack on the fee-for-carriage issue by Rogers Communications shows carriers are desperate and have resorted to fear-mongering.

Jun 2, 2008 — News Article

Commission won't let Gabriola broadcast CBC radio by Darrell Bellaart

The CRTC has denied an application by the CBC to re-transmit its AM radio signal directly to Nanaimo from Gabriola Island.

Jun 1, 2008 — News Article

Mass audience or culture? Changes in fund will impact shows on Canadian TV by Julian Beltrame

FRIENDS says recommendations on the reform of the Canadian Television Fund will reveal whether the CRTC has the courage to stand up to the cable companies.

May 31, 2008 — News Article

Arguments made in Net 'throttling' clash by David George-Cosh

In a submission to the CRTC, the Canadian Association of Internet Providers has outlined how Bell Canada's Internet throttling has slowed down usage of voice-over-Internet-protocol calls, encrypted traffic, peer-to-peer file sharing and virtual-private networks.

May 30, 2008 — News Article

CRTC hit by new challenge; Rogers Critique by Barbara Shecter

Phil Lind, vice-chairman of Rogers Communications Inc., says there are "disturbing signals emanating from Ottawa that the regulators are toying with the idea of taking a far more hands-on approach to local news programming."

May 29, 2008 — News Article

Star Choice resists return of Toronto station by Barbara Shecter

Shaw-owned Star Choice tells the CRTC that the company shouldn't be forced to return a local Toronto TV station to the airwaves just because "a few people complained".

May 29, 2008 — News Article

Fee-for-local news is "government interference on a grand scale," says Lind by Greg O'Brien

Rogers Communications vice-chairman says the CRTC has recently demonstrated an appetite for micro-management that may have implications for how television news stories are chosen and focused.

May 18, 2008 — News Article

CRTC scrambles to get a grip on new media by Todd Babiak

Columnist says the CRTC has launched a wide-ranging review of Internet broadcasting because conventional media companies, advertisers, talent and audiences are fast making the web a main-stream distribution method.

May 17, 2008 — News Article

Shaw claims CBC 'misleading' public by Barbara Shecter

Shaw calls CBC's demand to reinstate its Regina feed "completely unrealistic and a total waste of scarce satellite capacity."

May 16, 2008 — News Article

Obama Stands Up to Bush, the FCC, and Big Media by Matt Stoller

Senator Barack Obama is urging the U.S. Congress to pass a resolution invalidating a decision to allow TV stations, radio stations and newspapers to be co-owned in the top 20 markets.

May 16, 2008 — News Article

CRTC orders Bell to prove Net 'shaping' needed by Matt Hartley

Federal broadcast regulators have ordered Bell Canada to provide tangible evidence that its broadband networks are congested to justify the company's Internet "traffic-shaping" policies.

May 16, 2008 — News Article

Losing ads to Net worries TV, radio by Rita Trichur

A CRTC report says conventional broadcasters are increasingly worried about the growing share of advertising revenue that is migrating to the Internet.

May 16, 2008 — News Article

CRTC public hearings to probe digital media by Grant Surridge

CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein, says "Our intention is not to regulate new media, but rather to gain a better understanding of this environment".

May 16, 2008 — News Article

Appointment to Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

The Minister of Canadian Heritage has appointed Timothy Denton, a specialist in legal and policy issues related to the Internet and communications, as a full-time member of the CRTC.

May 15, 2008 — News Article

CRTC opens net neutrality debate to public

The CRTC has released a letter addressed to Bell Canada and the Canadian Association of Internet Providers requesting comments on a dispute over traffic shaping between the two parties.

May 15, 2008 — News Article

CRTC launches consultation on broadcasting in new media for future hearing

The CRTC has launched a consultation on broadcasting in the new media environment for a public hearing to be held in early 2009.

May 14, 2008 — News Article

Force Shaw to restore channels: CBC by Barbara Shecter

The CBC has filed an official complaint with the CRTC, demanding that Shaw's satellite TV distributor immediately reinstate the public broadcaster's Saskatchewan channel.

May 13, 2008 — News Article

CBC files complaint to CRTC over Star Choice pulling Saskatchewan TV station by Lauren Krugel

CBC says Shaw is breaking a CRTC rule that requires satellite companies to carry just as many CBC-owned stations as those run by other broadcasters.

May 12, 2008 — News Article

Welcome to our regularly scheduled whining by Andrew Coyne

Columnist says that while both the broadcasters and cable companies cite the need to support Canadian TV programming, what they are invariably after is the profits from foreign content.

May 9, 2008 — News Article

CRTC OKs new FM station by Fiona Isaacson

Peterborough, Ontario is getting a new Corus Entertainment-owned FM radio station.

May 9, 2008 — News Article

Media firms reject federal rules by Grant Robertson

Cable and satellite companies say the CRTC has no place telling them which TV channels to carry, even after Shaw sparked an industry-wide dispute by dropping a number of local stations from its satellite service.

May 9, 2008 — News Article

TV 'free-for-all' not goal, says Rogers; CRTC Hearings by Barbara Shecter

Canada's biggest cable firm tells the CRTC the company is not out to dismantle the television broadcasting system in favour of a "free-for-all driven purely by market forces".

May 8, 2008 — Policy Brief

CRTC 2007-10: Final Comments

FRIENDS advises the CRTC against rule changes for Canada's cable and satellite companies that could reduce the exhibition of and expenditure on Canadian programming.

May 8, 2008 — News Article

Rogers urges CRTC not to tax consumers with fee-for-carriage

Rogers reiterates its opposition to fee-for-carriage for over the air broadcasters in final comments to the CRTC.

May 8, 2008 — News Article

Ofcom fines ITV record amount for phone-in scams by Michael Holden

The UK media watchdog has fined Britain's biggest commercial broadcaster 5.68 million pounds for cheating viewers over phone-in competitions.

May 6, 2008 — News Article

Commission warns Shaw on license renewals by Greg O'Brien

The CRTC has told Shaw Communications it may require the company to file monthly reports to prove its community channels are not violating advertising rules.

May 2, 2008 — News Article

Bloc wants Quebec CRTC by Elizabeth Thompson

A Bloc private member's bill says foreign television stations should be permitted on Quebec airwaves to the extent they don't jeopardize the predominance of Quebec culture and the French language.

May 1, 2008 — News Article

Inside the RCI press conference by Greg O'Brien

Ted Rogers, chairman of Rogers Communications says the recent CRTC hearings may have gone smoother for his company if he had not attended.

May 1, 2008 — News Article

Meet the heavy lifters of Quebec's airwaves

Columnist says that if the CRTC allows the struggling Quebec TV network TQS to collect carriage fees in exchange for maintaining

Apr 30, 2008 — News Article

CRTC 'better way' to get change: Rogers by David George-Cosh And Barbara Shecter

Ted Rogers says there is a "better way" to get relaxed rules for cable companies than cable baron Jim Shaw's approach of writing a letter to the Prime Minister denouncing the CRTC.

Apr 29, 2008 — News Article

Letter from Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, to Jim Shaw, CEO of Shaw Communications

The text of a letter sent to Shaw Communications in response to an earlier Jim Shaw letter concerning the CRTC broadcast distribution hearings and the Canadian Television Fund.

Apr 29, 2008 — News Article

Townshippers fight to retain access to VPR by Bernard Perusse

Residents of Quebec's Eastern Townships have filed a compliant with the CRTC over a Corus Entertainment proposal that could block the signal for Vermont Public Radio.

Apr 28, 2008 — News Article

Executives for Canwest and CTVglobemedia make a joint presentation to the CRTC asking for a fee-for-carriage of their television signals.

Apr 28, 2008 — News Article

Why you should care about the fate of Canadian TV by Dan Leger

Columnist says that if new TV regulations make conventional broadcasters weaker they will probably be forced to cut Canadian services, especially expensive local news.

Apr 28, 2008 — News Article

There are many solitudes in the ethnic media, intended or not by Catherine Murray

Simon Fraser University professor says the CRTC's policy on ethnic broadcasting has inadvertently introduced classes of services where some thrive an others struggle.

Apr 28, 2008 — News Article

Canadian TV: If it ain't broke ... by Glenn O'Farrell

The president and CEO of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters says Canada has the best broadcasting system in the world and shifting to a model of unchecked market forces could put it at risk.

Apr 27, 2008 — News Article

Specialty, pay TV maintain strong growth by Grant Robertson

Columnist says Canada's specialty television and pay-TV broadcasters are seeing steady increases in revenue at a time when growth at the country's biggest commercial television networks is stagnating.

Apr 27, 2008 — News Article

What viewers really want by Bill Harris

Editorial says Canadian want their TV channel lineups to stay the same, as much choice as possible and "good" Canadian programming.

Apr 27, 2008 — News Article

'It'd be nice to work where I live' by Bruce DeMara

FRIENDS mentioned in an article about the reasons why Toronto actors, such as RH Thomson, have challenges finding work in their home community.

Apr 26, 2008 — News Article

There's good news and bad as the CRTC hearings wrap up by Kate Taylor

Columnist says that CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein seems less interested in loosening restrictions than some might expect from a Tory appointee.

Apr 25, 2008 — News Article

CRTC releases financial results for Canadian specialty, pay, pay-per-view television and video-on-demand services

CRTC data show that industry revenues climbed to $2.7 billion in 2007, an increase of 9.1% over the previous year.

Apr 25, 2008 — News Article

Changing channels by Grant Robertson

Columnist examines the ways network TV and cable industries could be reshaped following recent regulatory hearings.

Apr 25, 2008 — News Article

Airwaves must remain a federal concern

Editorial says Quebec politicians should not peruse proposals to gain more control or a veto over telecommunications policy decisions.

Apr 24, 2008 — News Article

TQS news cuts set stage for fight in Ottawa by Patricia Bailey

FRIENDS says plans to shut down TQS news outlets across Quebec likely won't happen because it goes against CRTC rules and could hamper Prime Minister Stephen Harper's chances of winning seats in Quebec.

Apr 24, 2008 — News Article

Fiery hearings on Canadian TV's future end by Julian Beltrame

FRIENDS says the Canadian broadcasting system is an ecosystem where each of the components is inextricably linked so that a change in one will affect the others.

Apr 24, 2008 — News Article

Networks, cable giants take fee feud to the top by Grant Robertson

Columnist says a fight between Canada's cable industry and two national television networks is now being waged in the Prime Minister's office.

Apr 23, 2008 — News Article

Jim Shaw a no-show at CRTC by Julian Beltrame

Shaw asks the CRTC to tear down regulations, allow more U.S. programs, and give distributors the power to pull the plug on unpopular Canadian stations.

Apr 23, 2008 — News Article

Jim Shaw no-show for CRTC TV hearing

An anticipated showdown between CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein and cable mogul Jim Shaw didn't materialize because the Shaw Communications CEO didn't turn up for his company's appearance before the broadcast regulator.

Apr 23, 2008 — News Article

Specialty station survival examined by Grant Robertson

The CRTC has acknowledged that overhauling the rules protecting specialty channels from competition in Canada could lead to several of them being forced out of business.

Apr 22, 2008 — News Article

Broadcast rules should ensure that independent channels have a voice, S-VOX tells CRTC

S-VOX President and CEO Bill Roberts warns against allowing the pursuit of mass-market success to destroy the spirit of Canada's Broadcasting Act.

Apr 22, 2008 — News Article

Culture boss to make Canadian case by Rita Trichur

Ontario's minister of culture says entertainment and cultural industries will suffer if the federal broadcast regulator relaxes the rules requiring pay and specialty television services to fund Canadian content.

Apr 21, 2008 — News Article

These are a few of my least favourite things by John Doyle

In response to Jim Shaw writing to the Prime Minister to complain about the CRTC, columnist writes his own letter poking fun at programming on Shaw's video-on-demand service.

Apr 19, 2008 — News Article

Carriage fees not a problem: Astral chief by Grant Surridge

Specialty/pay television broadcaster Astral says it does not object to fee-for-carriage for conventional broadcast signals.

Apr 18, 2008 — News Article

Astral takes another whack at distributors at CRTC hearings by Glenn Wanamaker

Astral wants the CRTC to consider a new model that would ensure that any new specialty TV service, which had already won CRTC license approval, would have guaranteed access to a distributor's lineup of channels.

Apr 18, 2008 — News Article

Actors bring drama to CRTC hearings by Glenn Wanamaker

Canadian actors make a passionate plea to CRTC commissioners to maintain protective regulations while urging them to go further in providing incentives for more Canadian dramatic production.

Apr 18, 2008 — News Article

CTV, Global join forces to denounce cable-satellite firms

CTVglobemedia, CanWest join forces to oppose cable/satellite deregulation proposals, argue for retention of simultaneous substitution, but suggest additional spending on local programming should not be a condition of adopting fee-for-carriage.

Apr 18, 2008 — News Article

'Ricky' prefers his content all-Canadian by Rita Trichur

Star of Trailer Park Boys condemns dearth of Canadian drama on television, traces to level of regulatory obligations placed on industry.

Apr 18, 2008 — News Article

Push for carriage fees by Barbara Shecter

Two largest conventional broadcasters make joint presentation to CRTC, say fee-for-carriage would right historic wrong, ensure continued spending on local programming.

Apr 18, 2008 — News Article

Unbundling TV is the way to go

Editorial backs cable/satellite industry call for deregulation of broadcast distribution.

Apr 18, 2008 — News Article

Give us more Canuck TV, Trailer Park Boy tells CRTC

Star of hit Canadian television production Trailer Park Boys joins panel at CRTC hearings warning against cable/satellite deregulation, calling for more Canadian content on TV.

Apr 18, 2008 — News Article

Networks scale back fee proposal by Grant Robertson

Conventional broadcasters discuss reduced per-subscriber amount in fee-for-carriage proposal.

Apr 18, 2008 — News Article

Put new money into drama, say unions by Marise Strauss

Media unions call on the CRTC for more support and an increase in spending on homegrown programming.

Apr 18, 2008 — News Article

Rival broadcasters united for fight by Rita Trichur

Broadcasters argue for fee-for-carriage, but resist suggestions that funds be tied to more Canadian programs and local news.

Apr 17, 2008 — News Article

Shaw Cable attacks CRTC, ask PM to reign in broadcasting regulator

Shaw asks Conservative government to intervene in CRTC broadcast distribution hearings.

Apr 17, 2008 — News Article

Shaw complains to Harper about CRTC in a 5-page letter by Barbara Shecter

Shaw Communications CEO calls on Stephen Harper to "refocus" the CRTC, saying current review of satellite and broadcast regulations is undermining the Conservative government's policy objectives.

Apr 17, 2008 — News Article

Telus opposes new fees for broadcasters by Barbara Shecter

Telus says broadcasters' ownership of specialty channels should foreclose their right to fee-for-carriage for conventional channels.

Apr 17, 2008 — News Article

TV firms attack cable vision by Grant Robertson

CTV and Global deliver joint presentation to CRTC advocating fee-for-carriage, citing cable and satellite companies as too-powerful gatekeepers of programming available to Canadians.

Apr 17, 2008 — News Article

Canadian Television in Jeopardy

Interview series on ichannel's @iSSUE, one episode of which features FRIENDS' Ian Morrison, addresses issues arising from CRTC broadcast distribution hearings.

Apr 17, 2008 — News Article

Canadians should see U.S. ads, CRTC told by Rita Trichur

FRIENDS says cable desire to change simultaneous substitution rules would significantly impact Canadian broadcasters' revenues.

Apr 17, 2008 — News Article

Cugini's renewal came with some backroom drama by Greg O'Brien

Columnist says that Rita Cugini's original three-year term as a CRTC commissioner was renewed by the Conservative government only hours before it was set to expire.

Apr 17, 2008 — News Article

Canada lags behind in entertainment access by Maria Kubacki

Article says Canada is well behind the US in making television shows legally available online.

Apr 17, 2008 — News Article

Bell rejects call to curb traffic shaping by Peter Nowak

Bell says its traffic shaping initiatives do not result in undue preference, since it applies the same controls to its own customers as those of Internet service providers that resell its service.

Apr 17, 2008 — News Article

Bloc prepares bill allowing Quebec to sidestep CRTC by Elizabeth Thompson

Bloc proposal for Quebec-specific communications regulator that would sidestep CRTC said to develop out of 2006 Conservative government motion to recognize the Québécois as a nation.

Apr 17, 2008 — News Article

Does Bell Really Have a P2P Bandwidth Problem? by Michael Geist

Internet scholar analyzes Bell response to Internet service provider complaint filed with CRTC concerning traffic shaping practices.

Apr 17, 2008 — News Article

CTV, Canwest team up to blast TV distributors at broadcast hearings

Rival private broadcasters combine efforts to oppose regulatory changes proposed by cable and satellite distributors.

Apr 17, 2008 — News Article

Forced to target 'bandwidth hogs,' Bell tells the CRTC by Sarah Schmidt

Bell Canada defends shaping of Internet traffic on its network as being in the public interest.

Apr 17, 2008 — News Article

CTV, Global denounce cable-satellite vision by Julian Beltrame

Conventional broadcasters criticize cable and satellite providers for advocating deregulation while profiting from protection from foreign competition.

Apr 17, 2008 — News Article

Bloc prepares bill allowing Quebec to sidestep CRTC by Elizabeth Thompson

The Bloc Québécois is poised to table potentially controversial legislation, giving Quebec the power to opt out of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and set up its own telecommunications regulator.

Apr 17, 2008 — News Article

Asper, Fecan tag-team CRTC by Patricia Bailey

The CEOs of Canwest and CTVglobemedia warn the CRTC that cable and satellite companies will destroy the country's broadcasting system if the federal regulator fails to step in.

Apr 17, 2008 — News Article

Broadcasters and BDUs battle in TV Wars by Etan Vlessing

Stornoway Productions president Paul Kemp wants other Canadian broadcasters to air a documentary that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the battle between BDUs and broadcasters currently playing out at the CRTC hearings.

Apr 17, 2008 — News Article

Major TV changes looming? by Eric Lewis

Rogers argues deregulation of broadcast distribution is not about eliminating Canadian content.

Apr 16, 2008 — News Article

Internet providers want CRTC to settle traffic dispute by Valerie MacDonald

Canadian Association of Internet Providers files CRTC complaint against Bell Canada's Internet traffic shaping practices.

Apr 16, 2008 — News Article

Bloc seeks separation from broadcast regulator by Elizabeth Thompson

Bloc Quebecois readies legislative proposals to set up Quebec provincial communications regulator, opt out of national regulation by the CRTC.

Apr 16, 2008 — News Article

Letter from Jim Shaw, CEO and Vice Chairman, to Stephen Harper, Prime Minister

Text of letter from Shaw Communications CEO to the Prime Minister concerning CRTC broadcast distribution hearings.

Apr 16, 2008 — News Article

TV rules out of touch by Lia Levesque

Quebecor calls for relaxation of distribution rules, contends they were designed for a world that no longer exists.

Apr 16, 2008 — News Article

TV rules 'outdated,' Quebecor says by Catherine McLean

Quebecor says CRTC rules constrain industry's ability to offer better products such as video-on-demand.

Apr 16, 2008 — News Article

Small TV channels seek cable policing by Rita Trichur

Small independent broadcasters call on CRTC to enforce rules, resolve imbalance of bargaining power with cable and satellite providers.

Apr 16, 2008 — News Article

Bell insists throttling Internet services necessary by Sarah Schmidt

The Canadian Association of Internet Providers has asked the CRTC to issue an immediate cease and desist order to stop Bell Canada from "throttling" the web traffic on its networks.

Apr 16, 2008 — News Article

Quebecor Wants To Put TV Customer First by Barbara Shecter

Quebecor tells CRTC to loosen regulation of broadcast distributors, says it would not pass on fee-for-carriage charges to cable subscribers.

Apr 15, 2008 — News Article

Outdated TV rules need change, Quebecor says

Quebecor head says broadcast distribution rules apply to a world that no longer exists, must be relaxed.

Apr 15, 2008 — News Article

Protect children's television, advocacy groups to tell CRTC by Lee-Anne Goodman

Shaw-supported production fund calls on CRTC to protect Canadian children's programming, but says not at odds with Shaw demands that CRTC open up the market to large American channels.

Apr 15, 2008 — News Article

Deregulation would save Canadian TV industry: Quebecor

Quebecor joins chorus of cable/satellite industry players in calling for industry deregulation, says it would support conventional broadcaster fee-for-carriage, just not for CBC.

Apr 13, 2008 — News Article

Shaw attacks broadcaster protections by Norma Reveler

Shaw calls for reduced CRTC regulation of broadcast distribution on the same day the Canadian Association of Broadcasters credits regulatory intervention with creating the best broadcasting system in the world.

Apr 12, 2008 — News Article

MTS asks CRTC to drop 'must carry' rules by Barbara Shecter

New TV distribution player calls on CRTC to eliminate requirement to carry "basic" channels.

Apr 12, 2008 — News Article

Old TVs face analogue obsolescence by Ted Shaw

US switch to digital will affect communities like Windsor that receive US-origin programming signals over-the-air.

Apr 11, 2008 — News Article

Shaw losing patience with CRTC hearings agenda by Barbara Shecter

CEO of Shaw Communications says distributors need less regulation to keep viewers from migrating to the Internet or illegal satellite services.

Apr 11, 2008 — News Article

A back-door entry for U.S. TV programs? by Rita Trichur

Canadian Association of Broadcasters tells CRTC that subscription video-on-demand could allow cable distributors to subvert rules preventing direct broadcasts by US networks in Canada.

Apr 11, 2008 — News Article

Satellite, cable firms should have to pay by Peter Hadekel

Satellite distributor defends free access to over-the-air signals for distribution, calls fee-for-carriage proposals "looking for a handout".

Apr 11, 2008 — News Article

CRTC 'doesn't get it,' Shaw says by Barbara Schecter

Shaw Communications CEO says cable and satellite distribution rules should be less restrictive, complains that CRTC hearings focused on "old rules and taxes".

Apr 10, 2008 — News Article

Bell ExpressVu offers free service, but with a catch by Barbara Shecter

Bell ExpressVu promises free basic services after analogue to digital changeover, if CRTC rejects fee-for-carriage.

Apr 10, 2008 — News Article

'Hands off our cable cash' by Lia Levesque

Distributors tell CRTC that broadcasters should find additional revenues elsewhere than through fee-for-carriage.

Apr 10, 2008 — News Article

Shaw says CRTC must deny new fees for TV networks

Shaw Communications begins campaign against fee-for-carriage proposals weeks prior to formal appearance before CRTC.

Apr 10, 2008 — News Article

Super Channel voices displeasure by Grant Robertson

Despite having been granted national "must-carry" status by the CRTC, six-month-old Canadian pay television service Super Channel says it has struggled to receive carriage from cable and satellite distributors.

Apr 10, 2008 — News Article

Is community TV facing its Waterloo? by Marsha Lederman

Future of local grassroots community television hangs in balance at CRTC broadcast distribution hearings.

Apr 9, 2008 — News Article

Radio not as diverse as Canada by Peter Epp

Editorial criticizes decision to reformulate CBC Radio 2 to easy listening, relegate classical music to off-hours.

Apr 9, 2008 — News Article

Rogers disagrees with his own executives at CRTC hearing by Barbara Shecter

Rogers CEO disagrees with own executives in presentations before CRTC hearings on broadcast distribution regulation.

Apr 9, 2008 — News Article

Cable watchers likely to take a walk rather than pay for carriage by Mark Anderson

Columnist claims cable and satellite subscribers will cancel or downgrade their subscriptions and pursue Internet and illegal grey market broadcasting services if fee-for-carriage proposal is adopted.

Apr 9, 2008 — News Article

BCE tangled up in TV fee fight by Grant Robertson

Bell Canada takes negative view of fee-for-carriage despite its ownership stake in CTV.

Apr 9, 2008 — News Article

Rogers vows to collect if cable fees a go by Grant Robertson

Despite opposition to fee-for-carriage as a cable distributor, Rogers says its own broadcasting operations will not opt out if fee-for-carriage is adopted by the CRTC.

Apr 8, 2008 — Policy Brief

Review of the regulatory frameworks for broadcasting distribution undertakings and discretionary programming services - CRTC 2007-10

FRIENDS presentation to the CRTC on possible regulation changes for Canada's cable and satellite industry.

Apr 8, 2008 — News Release

Cable de-regulation anti-consumer and anti-Canadian

FRIENDS says Canadians will pay more for less choice in Canadian TV if cable monopoly demands for all out de-regulation of TV distribution are granted.

Apr 8, 2008 — News Article

TV networks crying poor, all the way to the CRTC by Phil Lind

Op-ed by Rogers vice-chairman outlines arguments against fee-for-carriage proposal.

Apr 8, 2008 — News Article

CRTC trusted, poll finds by Alex Strachan

Poll co-sponsored by FRIENDS finds two-thirds of Canadians trust the CRTC and expect the federal government to preserve Canadian identity and culture on television.

Apr 8, 2008 — News Article

Rogers calls for restructuring of television by Grant Robertson

CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein questions Rogers assertion that fee-for-carriage would cause a consumer revolt, noting that annual fee increases have not decreased subscribers.

Apr 8, 2008 — News Article

Cable War by Lloyd Robertson and Graham Richardson

CTV television news quotes spokespersons from Rogers, CTV and FRIENDS on CRTC broadcast distribution hearings.

Apr 8, 2008 — News Article

TV Viewers Don't Trust De-regulated Distribution: Survey

FRIENDS co-sponsored survey finds Canadians place a public trust on the federal government and its agencies to ensure Canadian identity and values are reflected on television.

Apr 8, 2008 — News Article

Companies argue about what you want on TV by Rita Trichur

FRIENDS releases joint poll showing Canadian subscribers believe reduction in regulatory "burden" sought by cable industry is likely to reduce choice in Canadian programs available on TV.

Apr 8, 2008 — News Article

Television hearings lead to odd corporate liaisons by Deirdre McMurdy

CRTC broadcast distribution hearings are exposing divisions within integrated companies and unusual corporate alliances.

Apr 7, 2008 — Opinion Poll

Canadians' Views On De-regulating Cable and Other TV Distributors

New survey shows Canadians regard the CRTC and the federal government as guardians of Canadian culture on TV, but don't trust that de-regulated cable and satellite companies would promote and deliver Canadian content on the small screen.

Apr 7, 2008 — News Release

Trust in Ottawa to protect Canada on TV would be shattered by cable de-regulation

New survey shows Canadians regard the CRTC and the federal government as guardians of Canadian culture on TV, but don't trust that de-regulated cable and satellite companies would promote and deliver Canadian content on the small screen.

Apr 7, 2008 — News Article

TV cable fees pit Rogers against networks by Grant Robertson

Rogers says it stands ready to challenge the decision if CRTC agrees to grant fee-for-carriage for conventional broadcasters.

Apr 7, 2008 — News Article

CRTC has deregulation agenda in hearings on cable, satellite

More than half of Canadians believe Canada's TV production industry would not survive if cable and satellite industry were deregulated, says FRIENDS co-sponsored poll.

Apr 7, 2008 — News Article

Much at stake at CRTC hearings by Julian Beltrame

FRIENDS says CRTC television distribution rules give Canadians among the greatest choice of television programming in the world.

Apr 7, 2008 — News Article

Deregulated TV distributors aren't trusted to promote and deliver Cancon: poll

Pollara survey co-sponsored by FRIENDS shows three-quarters of Canadians believe less cable and satellite regulation would reduce Canadian program choice on TV.

Apr 7, 2008 — News Article

Hot-Button Issues by Barbara Shecter

FRIENDS is sceptical of big cable's prediction that fee-for-carriage would result in a loss of subscribers any more than the fee increases cable companies routinely levy.

Apr 7, 2008 — News Article

FRIENDS on BNN's SqueezePlay

Video of FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, talking about upcoming CRTC hearings on possible rule changes for cable monopolies.

Apr 5, 2008 — News Article

CRTC to hold key hearings on broadcast industry as industry debates new landscape by Julian Beltrame

FRIENDS says that if the upcoming hearings on cable deregulation go in the industry's favour Canadians could find that they have "less a Canadian broadcast system, and more an American system".

Apr 5, 2008 — News Article

Tuned in or tuned out? by Rita Trichur

FRIENDS says Rogers, Shaw, Cogeco and Videotron operate as "territorial monopolies," making their push for more deregulation troubling.

Apr 4, 2008 — News Article

CDM Disappointed in CRTC Rejection of Community Television Proposal

Media reform network is disappointed in the CRTC's recent decision to deny an application for the creation of a community television channel to serve fourteen communities in British Columbia and Alberta.

Apr 4, 2008 — News Article

Bitove's TV network licence bid denied by Barbara Shecter

In rejecting HDTV Networks' bid to launch a new television network, the CRTC said that the promised two hours of local programming would not be in keeping with policies on network television.

Apr 3, 2008 — News Article

CRTC turns down plan for nationwide HDTV network

The CRTC has turned down John Bitove's application to start a high-definition television network because it would provide little regional programming.

Apr 2, 2008 — News Article

Is fee-for-carriage a new tax or an overdue necessity? by Greg O'Brien

Article outlines the arguments on both sides of the fee-for-carriage debate that will soon be before CRTC commissioners.

Apr 2, 2008 — News Article

CRTC approves S-VOX purchase of stations in Vancouver, Winnipeg

S-VOX has been cleared to purchase CHNU-TV in Vancouver and CIIT-TV in Winnipeg from Rogers Media.

Apr 2, 2008 — News Article

Bill to reduce TV violence missing its target by John Ivison

Columnist says a private members' bill that seeks to reduce the amount of violence shown on television before 9 p.m. is not likely to pass.

Apr 2, 2008 — News Article

Smaller players have a role by Bill Roberts

The President and CEO of S-VOX says Canada's broadcasting industry needs effective and efficient regulation to ensure that a diversity of Canadian broadcasters, both large and small, enjoy access to distribution.

Apr 2, 2008 — News Article

Two views of the cable TV debate

Executives for Rogers and CTVglobemedia offer competing opinions on the debate over "fee-for-carriage" of local TV stations.

Apr 1, 2008 — News Article

Union appeals CRTC ruling to Federal Court of Appeal

Canada's largest media union is seeking a public hearing into Canwest Media's restructuring plans that will move control and production of local newscasts and lay off two hundred people.

Apr 1, 2008 — News Article

Bell throttles its Internet competitors by Michael Geist

Columnist says the viability of an important piece of the Canadian Internet connectivity puzzle has been put at risk due to Bell's plans to "throttle" its wholesale Internet services.

Mar 31, 2008 — News Article

Canadian union decries ISP bandwidth issues by Etan Vlessing

The National Union of Public and General Employees is asking the CRTC to investigate online "traffic shaping" by Internet service providers after an attempt by the CBC to offer programming via BitTorrent was hampered.

Mar 31, 2008 — News Article

Ottawa looks at putting HBO, ESPN on cable by Grant Robertson

Columnist says a controversial plan that would let top-rated U.S. cable networks such as HBO, ESPN and Nickelodeon into the Canadian market will be considered by broadcast regulators.

Mar 31, 2008 — News Article

Executive scoffs at prospect of ESPN in Canada by William Houston

A Rogers Communications executive says the company conditionally favours the CRTC allowing more foreign television into Canada, but that ESPN coming to Canada is unlikely.

Mar 29, 2008 — News Article

CRTC mulls CanCon rules for TV imports by Barbara Shecter

Columnist says the CRTC is considering whether U.S. networks that broadcast in Canada should have to pay for the creation of Canadian programs.

Mar 27, 2008 — News Article

Canada must adopt legislation to stop Bell Canada from shortchanging the public, says coalition

A coalition of civil society organizations, academics and grassroots media activists, is calling for the federal government to adopt enforceable net neutrality legislation.

Mar 25, 2008 — News Article

Local Broadcasters Deserve A Fair Share by Charlotte Bell

The senior vice-president of Canwest Media says her company provides a valuable community service and has to meet "costly Canadian programming obligations", therefore deserves fee-for-carriage of local TV signals.

Mar 25, 2008 — News Article

The Case Against Fee-For-Carriage by Phil Lind

The vice chairman of Rogers Communications says fee-for-carriage of local TV signals would force Canadians to feed exaggerated investor expectations, underwrite the cost of media acquisitions and reward inadequate business planning.

Mar 24, 2008 — News Article

Google wants to turn unused TV airwaves into wireless internet

The internet search giant is pressing the U.S. government to open up airwave 'white space' for unlicensed use in hopes of enabling more widespread, affordable internet access.

Mar 22, 2008 — News Article

Can we police Canadian content on the Internet? by Chris Sorensen and Rita Trichur

The CRTC is calling for further "discussion and validation" on regulating Canadian content on the Internet.

Mar 15, 2008 — News Article

Don't believe everything they say on TV by Derek DeCloet

Columnist says that conventional TV broadcasters face the same challenges as music companies, newspapers and magazine publishers and do not need a bailout from consumers.

Mar 14, 2008 — Blog Post

Investment in Canadian and Foreign Programming by Private Conventional Broadcasters

FRIENDS research shows a widening gap between what private broadcasters are investing in Canadian television programing and what they are purchasing from foreign sources.

Mar 12, 2008 — News Article

Canadian radio wants top 40 rule relaxed by Etan Vlessing

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters, which represents major private radio stations, is urging the CRTC to ease regulation limiting FM radio stations use of top 40 hits.

Mar 12, 2008 — News Article

Patrone got CRTC call from top MacKay aide by Stephen Maher

Columnist says it is likely Defense Minister Peter MacKay was responsible for choosing a former Conservative party candidate as a CRTC commissioner.

Mar 11, 2008 — News Article

Everyone is jumping on the cultural, creator levy bandwagon by Michael Geist

Some cultural and creator groups are advocating for the CRTC to establish a mandatory ISP contribution of 2.5 per cent of broadband revenue to help fund Canadian new media content creation.

Mar 7, 2008 — News Article

CRTC chief calls for power to issue fines for broadcast offenses

Konrad von Finckenstein has called for increased enforcement powers for the CRTC that would allow it to fine broadcasters who break content rules.

Mar 7, 2008 — News Article

Indecency fines on CRTC agenda by Etan Vlessing

In the latest sign of a government crackdown on excessive sex and violence in domestic films and TV shows, the CRTC has called for the first-ever fines for broadcast indecency.

Mar 7, 2008 — News Article

TV stations say rules on violence not needed by Rita Trichur

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council says a bill that would require the CRTC to craft and enforce rules on television violence is unnecessary because private broadcasters are already tackling the issue through self-regulation.

Mar 7, 2008 — News Article

Corus buys Canadian Learning Television

Subject to CRTC approval, Corus Entertainment plans to buy the Canadian Learning Television specialty channel from CTVglobemedia for $73-million.

Mar 5, 2008 — News Article

CRTC reveals financial results for conventional television in Canada

CRTC says Canadian private broadcasters spent $721.9 million on foreign programming in 2007; an increase of 4.9% over the $688.3 million spent in 2006.

Mar 4, 2008 — News Article

Profits of private conventional TV stations on rise

CRTC data show profits at Canada's private conventional television stations improved to $112.9 -million in 2007 from $90.9-million a year earlier.

Mar 4, 2008 — News Article

CRTC eases up on regulation of wholesale services by Catherine McLean

The CRTC will stop regulating rates that telephone giants charge smaller players to use phone and data networks.

Mar 3, 2008 — News Article

Adbusters Demands Canwest, the CBC and the CRTC Stop Blocking Citizen-Produced Advertising

Adbusters wants Canwest and CBC to allow citizens to buy advertising airtime under the same rules and conditions that corporations do.

Mar 1, 2008 — News Article

CRTC pushed for new CanCon rules by Sean Silcoff

Columnist argues market forces should dictate how much Canadian music and how many emerging artists are heard on domestic radio stations.

Feb 28, 2008 — News Article

Is that song a hit? Ask the CRTC

A CRTC report alleges radio stations have been padding their profits for years by milking tried-and-true hits and doing whatever they can to avoid taking chances on up-and-coming Canadian artists.

Feb 27, 2008 — News Article

CRTC and Statistics Canada partner to streamline data collection from the telecommunications industry

CRTC says a collaboration with StatsCan will reduce the regulatory burden on the telecommunications industry.

Feb 26, 2008 — News Article

Pattison Loses Bid For B.C. Fm Stations by Nathan VanderKlippe

CRTC upholds media concentration rules and turns down billionaire Jimmy Pattison's bid for FM radio stations in Vernon and Penticton.

Feb 25, 2008 — News Article

U.S. FCC says will act on Net neutrality

The head of the U.S. broadcast regulator says he is prepared to stop broadband providers that unreasonably interfere with subscribers' access to Internet content.

Feb 25, 2008 — News Article

CRTC raises concerns about Canadian control in BCE takeover by Ross Marowits

The proposed $52-billion takeover of BCE has come under scrutiny from the CRTC which has raised concerns that the deal may not meet Canadian ownership and control rules.

Feb 25, 2008 — News Article

Digital TV gets a bad reception by Amy Schatz

U.S. broadcast regulators are backing away from a plan that would have required TV stations to air as many as a dozen public service ads per day about the nation's transition to digital television.

Feb 23, 2008 — News Article

Appointments could signal impending election Gloria Galloway

Columnist says that a number of government appointments, including positions with the CBC and the CRTC, could mean the Conservatives are expecting an election call.

Feb 22, 2008 — Policy Brief

Broadcasting Notice of Public Hearing CRTC 2007-10-01,02,03,04

FRIENDS tells the CRTC that tinkering with TV regulations would most likely have long-term unintended and negative consequences that would undercut the stated objective of "ensuring a strong Canadian presence in the Canadian broadcasting system".

Feb 22, 2008 — News Article

Reinventing the Cultural Tool Kit: Canadian Content on New Media by Peter S. Grant

A presentation to a Canadian film, TV and new media producers conference offering recommendations on how the CRTC can ensure Canadian presence in new media broadcasting.

Feb 22, 2008 — News Article

Grits want Patrone probe by Stephen Maher

FRIENDS says the qualifications of a former Conservative party candidate are "more modest" than normal for the job of CRTC commissioner.

Feb 22, 2008 — News Article

CRTC To Step In Over Web Dispute by Barbara Shecter

The CRTC chair says the broadcast regulator wants to "help smooth the way toward agreement" between broadcasters and producers over agreements and compensation for programs broadcast over the Internet.

Feb 22, 2008 — News Article

CRTC ponders 'fee-for-carriage' by Rita Trichur

Some media players say they expect the CRTC will endorse a proposal to require cable and satellite companies to pay subscriber fees to carry conventional television stations.

Feb 21, 2008 — News Article

Like the Weather Network, but funnier by Grant Robertson

The CRTC has granted the owner of the Weather Network a licence to operate the Environment Network, which will focus on science and weather-related issues.

Feb 21, 2008 — News Article

Patrone's main requisite is his Tory ties, critics say by Stephen Maher

FRIENDS says the appointment of a former Conservative candidate as a CRTC commissioner "doesn't pass the smell test".

Feb 20, 2008 — News Article

Government tells CRTC it will decide all policy matters in television fund dispute

FRIENDS says that it is unlikely the Conservative government would cut off the CBC in any decisions made regarding the Canadian Television Fund.

Feb 19, 2008 — News Article

Tories appoint former candidate to CRTC

The Conservative government has appointed a former party candidate to the CRTC, raising cries of patronage and hypocrisy.

Feb 18, 2008 — News Article

Two streams for CTF? We've been down this road before by Mark Dillon

Columnist says a two tiered CTF funding system has already been tried and caused confusion and frustration for everyone involved.

Feb 13, 2008 — News Article

CRTC hears proposal for national HDTV network by Barbara Shecter

HDTV Networks is proposing to launch conventional television stations in Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver, but faces opposition from broadcasters who argue there is no room for an additional player in the conventional TV industry.

Feb 12, 2008 — News Article

Bitove says new HDTV network would counter industry consolidation by Julian Beltrame

A Toronto businessman wants to launch Canada's first TV network that broadcasts over the air exclusively in high definition free of charge to viewers.

Feb 11, 2008 — News Article

Many Obstacles to Digital TV Reception, Study Says by Roy Furchgott

A new study says nearly six million Americans with digital receivers may lose TV signals when digital-only broadcasts begin in the U.S. next February.

Feb 11, 2008 — News Article

Hand it to those writers: They gave as good as they got by John Doyle

Columnist says Canadian writers made a passionate plea for the Canadian Television Fund at the CRTC hearings.

Feb 11, 2008 — News Article

Mommy, can I change the rules? by John Doyle

Columnist says representatives of Shaw Communications, Quebecor and CanWest are acting childish at the CTF hearings.

Feb 9, 2008 — News Article

CTV defends television fund by Grant Robertson

CTVglobemedia calls a plan that would see Quebecor pull out of the Canadian Television Fund and set up its own program a "dangerous idea".

Feb 8, 2008 — News Article

Prime Minister Stephen Harper fails to take action on CRTC cable scandal

CRTC hearings on the Canadian Television Fund hear that Canadian consumers may be owed more than 1.2 billion dollars.

Feb 8, 2008 — News Article

Shaw, Quebecor target TV fund by Steve Rennie

Shaw Communications and Quebecor tell the CRTC that $288 million Canadian Television Fund is fundamentally flawed.

Feb 8, 2008 — News Article

Shaw attacked on all sides during final day of CRTC hearings by Steve Rennie

CTVglobemedia told a three-member CRTC panel that Shaw, western Canada's biggest cable company, is misrepresenting the benefits it has reaped from the fund.

Feb 7, 2008 — News Article

Shaw reps argue for dismantling CTF by Norma Reveler

Shaw Communications wants to give the money distributors pay into the Canadian Television Fund back to TV subscribers because the "subsidy" model has failed to create a viable homegrown production industry.

Feb 6, 2008 — Policy Brief

Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2008-6: Public Disclosure of Aggregate Financial Data, Large Ownership Groups OTA-TV + Radio

FRIENDS tells the CRTC that financial disclosure is needed to ensure big media companies are living up to their Canadian content obligations.

Jan 31, 2008 — News Article

TV channels vie for coveted CRTC designation by Grant Robertson

Several cable channels are seeking mandatory designation from the CRTC in a bid for guaranteed revenue through monthly cable/satellite fees that TV viewers can't opt out of.

Jan 30, 2008 — News Article

COC unveils plans for TV channels

The Canadian Olympic Committee has unveiled plans for English and French-language digital TV channels focusing solely on broadcasting amateur sports.

Jan 29, 2008 — News Article

Fee for carriage: 50-cents per signal, per month, at least by Greg O'Brien

Columnist says hundreds of millions of new dollars could pour into the Canadian television system under a new fee-for-carriage plan proposed by CTVglobemedia and Canwest.

Jan 28, 2008 — News Article

CAB Special Update

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters say reduced resources have necessitated a re-organization to focus on advocacy relating to broadcasting sector policies and copyright matters.

Jan 26, 2008 — News Article

TV giants team up on 'fees for carriage'; Industry In 'Crisis' by Barbara Shecter

CTVglobemedia and Canwest Global say the Canadian TV industry is in "crisis" and they must be paid for the channels that are delivered to customers by cable and satellite companies.

Jan 26, 2008 — News Article

Cable, satellite providers should pay for TV signals, CRTC told

CTVglobemedia and CanWest Global tell the CRTC that cable and satellite providers should have to pay local TV broadcasters for distribution of over-the-air signals in Canada.

Jan 25, 2008 — Policy Brief

Review of the regulatory framework for broadcasting distribution undertakings and discretionary programming services CRTC 2007-10

FRIENDS recommends that the CRTC permit over-the-air television equitable access to subscriber cable/satellite fees in return for the expansion of local programming.

Jan 25, 2008 — News Article

Networks try again with fee-for-carriage by Norma Reveler

Canwest and CTVglobemedia say then need fee-for-carriage for their over-the-air local TV signals because of "Audience fragmentation, the rise of new media platforms, new commercial-skipping technologies, and ongoing illegal downloading of content."

Jan 25, 2008 — News Article

Networks to pitch CRTC on charging for signals by Grant Robertson

Columnist says CTV and Global are expected to join forces in a bid to convince the CRTC to let them charge cable and satellite carriers for their signals.

Jan 21, 2008 — Policy Brief

Re: Public Notice CRTC 2007-18, items 15 & 27 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: Applications 2007-1423-9 & 2007-0363-8

FRIENDS recommends the CRTC ensure that granting CBC's applications to convert Radio One service in the Lower Mainland, Sunshine Coast and Eastern Vancouver Island from AM to FM

Jan 21, 2008 — News Article

Bravo to Playback! by Bill Roberts

The president of VisionTV and S-VOX says ideas about how to re-regulate and restructure the Canadian broadcasting system deserve consideration.

Jan 21, 2008 — News Article

CRTC is moving in the right direction by Bill Roberts

The president and CEO of S-VOX says the CRTC has taken a step in the right direction by defining limits on cross-media ownership that will prevent any single company from exercising monopolistic power.

Jan 19, 2008 — News Article

Media, government: The dance never ends by David Parkinson

Columnist looks at the constantly evolving relationship between Canada's broadcast media and the federal government.

Jan 18, 2008 — News Article

CRTC gives CanWest Global final approval to acquire Alliance Atlantis

CanWest says that all the conditions of the CRTC's conditional approval for the acquisition of Alliance Atlantis by it and Goldman Sachs have been met.

Jan 18, 2008 — News Article

CRTC orders rural broadband expansion, phone rebates

The CRTC has ordered Canada's telephone companies to spend more than $300 million to provide broadband access to rural communities, and refund urban customers about the same amount.

Jan 18, 2008 — News Article

CRTC Finds No 'Abusive Comments' in CBC's Little Mosque on the Prairie

A CRTC decision finds no evidence of abusive comments in a Little Mosque on the Prairie episode.

Jan 18, 2008 — News Article

Cross-ownership rules will hurt media stocks, analysts say by Barbara Shecter

Analysts say mid-sized media companies and those hoping to sell shares to the public are likely to take the hardest hits from new regulations that limit media consolidation and cross-ownership of TV, radio and newspapers.

Jan 18, 2008 — News Article

The CRTC's four-decade time warp by Lorne Gunter

Columnist says that private media owners are better capable of preserving "diversity" than the CRTC.

Jan 18, 2008 — News Article

Hail King Canutestein! by Peter Foster

Columnist says that if there is a dearth of competition and innovation in Canadian broadcasting, it has been largely promoted by the CRTC.

Jan 17, 2008 — News Article

New rules mean the end of the megamerger by Grant Robertson

Columnist says large broadcasters looking to swallow a major rival will likely have to break it up in order to meet CRTC regulations.

Jan 16, 2008 — News Article

CRTC Ruling No Threat to Big Media by Marc Edge

Columnist says that a recent CRTC decision merely cements the status quo in media cross-ownership.

Jan 16, 2008 — News Article

Future media ownership rules laid out by Barbara Shecter

Analyst says new CRTC media concentration rules mean "Rogers can't buy Canwest; Canwest can't buy Corus."

Jan 16, 2008 — News Article

"Protecting" the Diversity of Voices: The CRTC announces its policy by Geneviève A. Bonin

Columnist says that neither national newspapers nor free daily newspapers were factored into the CRTC's Diversity of Voices analysis.

Jan 16, 2008 — News Article

New rules to crimp broadcast mergers by Grant Robertson

New CRTC guidelines say that if a company's TV assets attract more than 45 per cent of viewing hours across the country it will be blocked from buying more channels.

Jan 16, 2008 — News Article

Critics slam CRTC cross-media ownership policy by Rita Trichur

Some critics say that the CRTC's new cross-media ownership policy will have no impact on Canada's highly concentrated media industry.

Jan 15, 2008 — News Article

CRTC preserves media concentration in Canada

The Canadian Media Guild says the CRTC is preserving the current unacceptable levels of media concentration and is not adopting meaningful measures to stop it from getting worse.

Jan 15, 2008 — News Article

Media ownership policy lets big players get bigger

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union says the CRTC decision on media ownership will do very little to limit media concentration in Canada.

Jan 15, 2008 — News Article

CRTC imposes cross-media ownership restrictions

FRIENDS says the CRTC is recognizing that as a result of media concentration, there are levels of concentration that could well pose a threat to diversity and, therefore, democracy.

Jan 15, 2008 — News Article

CRTC says companies can only own two types of media in same market

FRIENDS welcomes the CRTC's decision to restrict a person or company to ownership of two different types of outlets in a single market.

Jan 8, 2008 — News Article

House Launches FCC Investigation; Warns Against Destroying Documents by John Eggerton

A U.S. congressional committee has launched an investigation of the federal broadcast regulator over information that was leaking to lobbyists on modifying the ban on newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership.

Jan 7, 2008 — News Article

Tech law issues to watch in 2008 by Michael Geist

Columnist cites CRTC intervention into new media and copyright reform as technology law issues to watch in 2008.

Jan 7, 2008 — News Article

MVP promo too racy for CRTC by Martin Knelman

Provocative ads for the CBC prime-time soap opera 'MVP' have led to a reprimand from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

Jan 5, 2008 — News Article

CRTC may overhaul rule for FM 'hits' quota by Barbara Shecter

Canada's broadcast regulator is considering overhauling a 30-year-old rule that prohibits FM radio stations from playing top-40 songs more than half the time.

Jan 3, 2008 — News Article

Adbusters Media Foundation: The Right to Communicate

Adbusters has launched a lawsuit against Global Television, the CBC, and the CRTC over not airing the media foundations public-service TV spots.