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All CRTC / Regulation Articles — 2009

Dec 30, 2009 — News Article

Fox rejects arbitration in fee dispute with Time Warner Cable by Ryan Nakashima

Rupert Murdoch says good programming can no longer be supported solely by advertising revenues.

Dec 29, 2009 — News Article

Broadcasters Battling for Cable Fees by Brian Stelter

The nearly billion-dollar battle between U.S. broadcasters and cable operators over programming fees has gone public.

Dec 20, 2009 — News Article

Audience to blame in TV showdown by Garnet Fraser by Michael Riley

Columnist says there is a disconnect between what Canadians say they want from television and what they actually support with their viewing habits.

Dec 20, 2009 — News Article

Bone-headed system by Denis McGrath Special

TV and movie screenwriter says it cannot be believed that after years of gouging customers and raising rates, Cable companies have suddenly discovered a consumer conscience.

Dec 20, 2009 — News Article

Save Local TV, but for what? by Bill Brioux

Columnist notes that CTV, Global and now Rogers-owned Citytv spend more than ten times as much buying American TV shows than they do on Canadian programs.

Dec 17, 2009 — News Article

009-411 final replies: More than one way to skin the numbers, depending on your point of view by Greg O'Brien

Columnist says that publicly available broadcast industry revenues and expenses can be massaged to look affirming or damaging, depending on your point of view.

Dec 15, 2009 — News Article

Teen shuts down unlicensed FM radio station by Marta Samuel

A 14-year-old boy running "pirate" radio station in Ottawa has heeded warnings from Industry Canada and shut down operations.

Dec 14, 2009 — News Article

Television spat now shows promise for Canadian consumers The Hill Times by Michael Janigan

The executive director of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre says it is time for policy-makers to step away from the past collegial supervision of cable/satellite companies and deliver a framework that is responsive to consumer needs.

Dec 11, 2009 — News Article

The impact of the Globalive decision and the relevance of the CRTC

FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison discusses the Conservative government's decision to overturn a CRTC ruling.

Dec 9, 2009 — Policy Brief

Compensation Regime for the Value of Local Television Signals (BN CRTC 2009-614)

FRIENDS recommends that the CRTC re-regulate the basic service of the big four cable monopolies and ensure that cable distributors do not pass along signal compensation charges to their subscribers.

Dec 8, 2009 — News Article

CRTC chair admonishes cable and satellite execs to tone down the rhetoric on fee fight by Jennifer Ditchburn

CRTC chair says "we seem to have a debate that nobody understands, we have a huge publicity campaign that nobody understands, and we have figures and concepts swirling around that don't make sense."

Dec 8, 2009 — News Article

CTV, Global and CBC band together on 'consumer first' solution by Jamie Sturgeon

CTV, Global and CBC recommend the CRTC implement a "skinny" basic cable package that would cost consumers about $20 a month depending on the market.

Dec 8, 2009 — News Article

Consumer in CRTC spotlight by Iain Marlow

Consumer hearing will form the basis of a CRTC report to the federal heritage minister on the fee-for-carriage issue.

Dec 7, 2009 — News Article

CRTC hears from the public in ongoing TV sessions

The CRTC has kicked off the public portion of hearings into the fee-for-carriage/compensation for signal TV battle being waged between Canadian television providers and broadcasters.

Dec 4, 2009 — News Article

Ottawa seeking input on retransmission fees by Etan Vlessing

Ottawa is urging TV viewers to go to a government Web site to offer their opinion on whether broadcasters should be paid for retransmission of their local TV station signals.

Dec 3, 2009 — News Article

Ottawa boy ordered to shut down his radio station

Industry Canada has ordered a 14-year-old Ottawa boy to shut down an unlicensed radio station.

Dec 3, 2009 — News Article

And at the next hearing... Canadians are opinionated, angry by Greg O'Brien

Article highlights some of the nearly 200,000 submissions to the CRTC on the debate on the value of "local TV."

Dec 1, 2009 — News Article

CRTC seeks public input on TV spat

CRTC launches website soliciting opinions on fee-for-carriage dispute between networks and distributors.

Dec 1, 2009 — News Article

TV tax slugfest just starting by Terence Corcoran

Columnist asks that given the level of public misunderstanding of the fee-for-carriage issue, how much hope is there for constructive debate?

Dec 1, 2009 — News Article

Tune in to viewers first by Maureen Parker

The Executive director of the Writers Guild of Canada says it's time broadcasters were told to take a Canadian-first approach to TV.

Dec 1, 2009 — News Article

For quarrelling broadcasters and carriers - the consumer is in the driver's seat by Christopher Maule

The Professor Emeritus of Carleton University says the battle between broadcasters and distributors is about the past and the disappearing present and not about the future of traditional television.

Dec 1, 2009 — News Article

Facing up to a question of fairness

Editorial calls for fair compensation for TV broadcast signals.

Nov 30, 2009 — News Article

CRTC seeks opinions on TV fee fight

http://television.askingcanadians.com seeks public's input on how the CRTC should deal with the escalating war between television broadcasters and cable companies.

Nov 29, 2009 — News Article

Broadcasters change channel in middle of show by Angelo Persichilli

Columnist says broadcasters are looking to the CRTC and consumers for more money to defend an old business model that is not working any more.

Nov 27, 2009 — News Article

CRTC gives green light to Al Jazeera English by Susan Krashinsky

Major cable and satellite providers in Canada indicate willingness to carry Qatar-based Al Jazeera English TV network.

Nov 27, 2009 — News Article

Bring on Al Jazeera, Canada can take it by Jonathan Kay

Now that the the CRTC has approved the Canadian transmission of Al Jazeera English, columnist says it is time to also approve Al Jazeera Arabic.

Nov 26, 2009 — News Article

Commission approves Al-Jazeera English by Greg O'Brien

Canadian cable, satellite and telco TV carriers can now add Al-Jazeera English to their channel lineups.

Nov 25, 2009 — News Article

Let's listen to Péladeau on TV fees by Peter Hadekel

The president of Quebecor, which owns both a cable company and a TV network, says some of the fees paid by carriers to specialty channels could be redirected to private over-the-air broadcasters.

Nov 23, 2009 — News Article

Geist: Broadcasters want more than fee for carriage by Michael Geist

Columnist says broadcasters are seeking to block U.S. signals, leave some Canadian communities without over-the-air television, and delay the transition to digital television transmission until 2013.

Nov 23, 2009 — News Article

Cable must pay, says CEP

Canada's largest media union says Canada's broadcast regulator should force cable and satellite companies to pay for the local TV stations they use.

Nov 23, 2009 — News Article

"Confronting Mcluhan: Why Form Matters Less than Content" by Hugh D. Segal

Canadian senator, political strategist, author, and commentator makes a speech about democracy and journalism.

Nov 20, 2009 — News Article

Konrad von Finckenstein 'sick' and Jim Shaw 'tired' by Susan Krashinsky

CEO of Shaw Communications says it's time to move on from fight between broadcasters, cable and satellite firms.

Nov 19, 2009 — News Article

TV producers call for spending limits by Etan Vlessing

Canadian independent producers are calling for minimum domestic programming spending requirements to be imposed on Canadian broadcasters.

Nov 19, 2009 — News Article

TV Fees: A job for Steve Jobs by William Watson

Columnist says the public is desperate for a technology that will do for television what iTunes and the iPod have done for music and movies: enable "content-providers" to charge viewers for what they choose to watch.

Nov 19, 2009 — News Article

Broadcasters are all facing darkest of days by Martin Cash

Columnist notes that Shaw recently paid $300 million for Mountain Cablevision in Hamilton, while Canwest sold the Hamilton television station, CHCH, for $6.

Nov 18, 2009 — News Article

CBC Says Program Cuts Come Without New Funding from Carriers

CBC says the Canadian broadcasting system has become so imbalanced that the network cannot commit to maintain current programming levels without changes to the funding system and the channel line-up.

Nov 18, 2009 — News Article

Reprice the channels, says Péladeau by Norma Reveler

Quebecor Media president calls for a rebalancing of the Canadian TV system that would see some subscriber fees now earmarked for specialty channels diverted to conventional TV.

Nov 18, 2009 — Blog Post

What Do We Want? More Canadian TV!

The Writers Guild of Canada says Canadians are losing out in the fight between cable and broadcasters.

Nov 18, 2009 — News Article

Pierre Karl Péladeau plaide pour la télé

Quebecor's Pierre Karl Péladeau says the business model is broken well beyond the effects of the recession for all established media.

Nov 18, 2009 — News Article

Feds eye move into battle over cable fees by Grant Robertson

Columnist says that officials with Heritage Canada are closely watching the Local TV debate to see how Canadians will be impacted before a possible election.

Nov 18, 2009 — News Article

Give viewers more choice: Péladeau by Susan Krashinsky

Quebecor president says conventional broadcasters deserve the same fees cable and satellite carriers now pay specialty channels.

Nov 18, 2009 — News Article

Brace for CRTC cave-in by David Olive

Columnist asks why Canadians should be asked to subsidize conventional TV broadcasters but not newspapers and other sectors of the media industry.

Nov 18, 2009 — News Article

Analysts say it's a matter of years before TV watching is done mostly online by Michael Oliveira

Analysts say within a matter of years the Internet will become a major threat to many of the companies that currently dominate the TV world.

Nov 18, 2009 — News Article

CRTC blamed for empowering cable firms, putting broadcasters at death's door by Julian Beltrame

Canwest president says cable companies have gained so much power they have become a threat to Canadian broadcasting.

Nov 17, 2009 — News Article

Fees will harm consumers: Bell TV by Grant Robertson

Bell says its satellite TV service has consistently lost money for more than a decade, and levies proposed by networks will damage its business further.

Nov 17, 2009 — News Article

Think small, says CBC by Norma Reveler

The CBC proposes an all-Canadian cable package that would cost less and would allow for dollars to flow back to the conventional TV stations.

Nov 17, 2009 — News Article

Konrad von Finckenstein berates TV, cable executives by Grant Robertson

CRTC chief says 'I don't know why you two don't realize it's in your long-run interests to come to some solution, rather than scaring the daylights out of Canadians.'

Nov 17, 2009 — News Article

CRTC urges TV players to craft own solution by Jamie Sturgeon

CRTC chair urges the two sides in the local TV debate to voluntarily craft a "grand bargain" to stabilize the system with as little impact on consumers as possible.

Nov 17, 2009 — News Article

Why should cable customers have to bail out big TV? by Yves Mayrand

Cogeco Cable executive says carriage fees will burden Canadian cable and satellite customers without getting anything in return.

Nov 17, 2009 — News Article

CTV threatens to close local stations by Iain Marlow

CTV says it will black out signals and continue to shutter local television stations if it can't get paid by cable companies for local programming.

Nov 16, 2009 — News Article

CRTC moving from individual TV licenses to group ones

The New Democrat Critic for Culture and Heritage, Charlie Angus, says the latest round of CRTC hearings will only propel further deregulation.

Nov 16, 2009 — News Article

TV tax war now in CRTC's lap

FRIENDS says facts are in short supply in the ad war over Local TV.

Nov 16, 2009 — News Article

Time for a bigger TV picture by James Bradshaw

Columnist says Canada needs a bold, broad new framework for an era of on-demand programs, Internet downloading and sparse advertising dollars.

Nov 16, 2009 — News Article

Tune in for the broadcasters vs. cable-satellite fight by Iain Marlow

Columnist says hearings before broadcast regulator on the value of "Local TV" could alter the Canadian media landscape dramatically.

Nov 15, 2009 — News Article

Ad war over TV taxes moves on to decisive phase at CRTC by Julian Beltrame

Representatives of Canada's television industry are set to go before a CRTC over the issue of whether cable companies should pay for the right to carry conventional television.

Nov 14, 2009 — News Article

The battle over local TV by Grant Robertson, Nathan VanderKlippe and Susan Krashinsky

Article looks at the front-lines of the "Local TV" debate in Hamilton, ON and Red Deer, AB.

Nov 14, 2009 — News Article

Rogers eyes spectrum buy by Iain Marlow

The head of Rogers Communications says that regulation will not create innovation.

Nov 13, 2009 — News Article

Video: A Pox on Both Their Houses: Cable and TV

Roundtable discussion on the issue of fee-for-carriage, featuring broadcast industry observers including FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison.

Nov 10, 2009 — News Article

Re: Timely disclosure of basic cable data

CEP's Vice-President of Media says the CRTC's collection, but not timely public disclosure, of basic cable rate data unfairly deprives Canadians of making informed submissions to a November hearing.

Nov 5, 2009 — News Article

Unprecedented Support for Local TV by Canadian Consumers

Broadcasters say more than 130,000 comments were submitted to the CRTC in support of local TV.

Nov 3, 2009 — News Article

Cable guys, broadcasters: Time to look at the big picture by John Doyle

Columnist says it's time for the cable monopolies to share their large profits with the TV networks.

Nov 3, 2009 — News Article

Consumers weigh in with CRTC on TV fees

Article says the federal broadcast regulator has been inundated with emails from consumers who are lining up on both sides of the battle over local TV.

Nov 3, 2009 — News Article

CBC: Cable, satellite carriers should be forced to offer packages of essential Canadian TV channels

Canada's national public broadcaster is calling for cable and satellite services to offer basic packages of essential TV channels at a regulated price.

Nov 2, 2009 — News Release

Canadian consumers need protection from big cable

FRIENDS says CRTC should protect consumers from skyrocketing basic cable TV rates in the face of price increases of up to 85% since 2002.

Nov 2, 2009 — Policy Brief

Re: Compensation Regime for the Value of Local Television Signals: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009-614

FRIENDS recommends that the CRTC re-regulate basic cable rates, ensure that big cable companies do not pass along signal costs to subscribers and new compensation be divided among local conventional stations based on viewership of Canadian programs.

Nov 2, 2009 — News Article

Save local TV, stop the TV tax! by Andrew Coyne

Columnist says the broadcasters should be allowed to charge a fee for their signals, but cable companies should be under no obligation to carry them.

Nov 2, 2009 — News Article

Get ready, CRTC, digital economy is coming by Sheridan Scott

Former federal Commissioner of Competition says it is crucial that Canada co-ordinate changes to broadcasting regulations with a broader strategy of meeting the challenges of the digital economy.

Nov 2, 2009 — News Article

Uphold CRTC ruling

Editorial says the federal cabinet should uphold Canada's foreign ownership restrictions and not overturn a CRTC decision regarding Globalive wireless.

Oct 31, 2009 — News Article

Duelling TV ads: It's all about the rich staying rich by Brad Oswald

Columnist calls fee-for-carriage "a reasonable proposal."

Oct 31, 2009 — News Article

Globalive ruling reviewed by Iain Marlow

Industry Minister Tony Clement says he is reviewing a CRTC decision preventing wireless challenger Globalive from entering the Canadian market.

Oct 30, 2009 — News Article

Behind the headlines in the television war: Is truth the first casualty? by Michael Janigan

The executive director for the Public Interest Advocacy Centre  says the CRTC and the country's politicians must do more to direct genuine consumer-centred reform in the broadcasting industry.

Oct 29, 2009 — News Article

Globalive doesn't meet ownership rules: CRTC by Jamie Sturgeon

Globalive Wireless's bid to become the country's fourth major cellphone provider was denied by the CRTC saying the company was controlled by its foreign backer and offside with Canadian telecom law.

Oct 29, 2009 — News Article

Poll finds most Canadians want BDUs to help save local TV

A Nanos Research research study shows about 70% of respondents support the statement: 'local TV stations should receive a portion of the amount that customers pay on their monthly bill for cable or satellite TV'.

Oct 29, 2009 — News Article

CRTC commissioner says regulator won't return to set-fee debate with broadcasters

A CRTC commissioner says the regulator will hold steady on a distanced approach to the carriage fees debate between local television stations and cable and satellite companies.

Oct 29, 2009 — News Article

Broadcasters have right to carriage fees by Don Cayo

Columnist says broadcasters should have the right to negotiate carriage fees with cable companies, and to withhold their shows if they can't strike a deal.

Oct 29, 2009 — News Article

Canadians Support Local TV Matters Campaign

A Nanos Research study shows strong support for local television stations securing financial compensation from cable and satellite companies.

Oct 29, 2009 — News Article

At the end of the line: From the CRTC to Heritage Canada, Canada's communications regulations need an overhaul

The president of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies says "It's time to get rid of the antiquated rules that control Canada's communications industry."

Oct 28, 2009 — News Article

Time to reconsider broadcast system: cable firms by By Jamie Sturgeon

In a National Post editorial meeting, executives from Rogers, BCE Inc. and Shaw suggest it is high time for regulators to reconsider the existing broadcast structure as a whole.

Oct 28, 2009 — News Article

Save local TV

Editorial says it's long past time for cable to pay for carrying conventional television stations.

Oct 28, 2009 — News Article

Absolutely no TV for kids under 2, pediatricians advise by Sarah Schmidt

The Canadian Paediatric Society is poised to recommend no television for children under 2 years old - a reversal of their long-standing position on babies and television.

Oct 27, 2009 — News Article

Regulators urged to reconsider existing broadcast structure as a whole

Cable and satellite TV companies continue to push the message that fee-for-carriage is nothing more than an unnecessary and costly federal bailout.

Oct 24, 2009 — News Article

If the news is Canadian, Harper's not watching by Tonda MacCharles

PM's admission that he watches mainly American broadcasts draws surprise and scorn.

Oct 22, 2009 — News Article

CRTC allows telecoms to 'throttle' web traffic by Madhavi Acharya-Tom Yew

Canada's big telecom firms will be allowed to regulate traffic on their Internet networks, but only under strict guidelines.

Oct 21, 2009 — News Article

CRTC allows Internet throttling as 'last resort' by Jamie Sturgeon

Industry observer says "The CRTC has created some significant conditions on what they see as appropriate ways ISPs may manage their networks."

Oct 21, 2009 — News Article

CRTC issues net neutrality rules by Peter Nowak

The CRTC says big telecommunications companies should use "economic measures" such as new investment and usage limits to combat Internet congestion, but can "throttle traffic" as a last resort.

Oct 20, 2009 — News Article

Canada's Superstation joins Local TV Matters Campaign

Newfoundland broadcaster NTV, has joined CTV, 'A', CBC, Global, CHEK NEWS and V in the Local TV Matters campaign.

Oct 19, 2009 — News Article

Net neutrality decision coming this week by Peter Nowak

The CRTC will shortly issue two key internet rulings — one on net neutrality and the other on metered internet usage.

Oct 19, 2009 — News Article

Is there a future for Canadian TV? by Jason Kirby

Columnist says a perfect storm of the recession, new technologies and shifting tastes has threatened the way conventional broadcasters like Canwest, CTV and the CBC have operated for decades.

Oct 19, 2009 — News Article

V Joins the Local TV Matters Campaign

Quebec French-language broadcaster "V" has announced it will take an active part in the Local TV Matters campaign.

Oct 16, 2009 — News Article

Sure, 'local TV matters,' but so does Canadian programming by Robb Wells

Actor and screenwriter says revenues from fee-for-carriage must be seen on the screen in the form of new, original local, dramatic and comedic programming.

Oct 16, 2009 — News Article

TV Alliance demands fair treatment for consumers

The TV Alliance calls for a level playing field for meaningful consumer participation in the upcoming public hearing on billing practices for TV services in Canada.

Oct 13, 2009 — News Article

Hubert Lacroix discusses the future of the CBC

On an Alberta radio call-in program, CBC's president and CEO talks about the present and future state of Canada's public broadcaster.

Oct 11, 2009 — News Article

More TV taxes

Email sent to Bell customers regarding the battle over fee-for-carriage.

Oct 9, 2009 — News Article

Local TV takes on cable giants

Viral video guru helps local TV stations take anti-cable message online in bid to win carriage-fee fight.

Oct 9, 2009 — News Article

Networks air fee fight frustrations by Althia Raj

Industry watcher says the fight between networks and distributors is intensifying because fee-for-carriage has twice been rejected by the television regulator.

Oct 9, 2009 — News Article

Memo to Broadcasters: You need a number, and a concept, to fight with by Greg O'Brien

Columnist says that in the fee-for-carriage debate, broadcasters need to clean up their message, fess-up to increased costs and advocate for consumer choice.

Oct 8, 2009 — News Article

Facts a moving target in Local TV Matters press conference

Cable and satellite providers say a coalition of broadcasters is presenting "biased, inaccurate information"

Oct 8, 2009 — News Article

Broadcasters, carriers, vie for hearts of the consumer by Greg O'Brien

Columnist says duelling campaigns over fee-for-carriage leave consumers confused and not knowing what to believe.

Oct 8, 2009 — News Article

Our Canadian TV Matters

ACTRA National President says "It's time to stop the cable rip-offs and get more Canada on Canadian TV."

Oct 7, 2009 — News Article

Six-year battle over as feds, broadcasters, reach Part II fee deal

Heritage Minister James Moore says the government and Canada's broadcasters have decided to walk away from their Part II fee legal battle.

Oct 7, 2009 — News Article

CRTC likely to have final say on Canwest bankruptcy restructuring by Julian Beltrame

Industry analyst says Canwest's restructuring will likely involve a change in the ownership and management structure that could trigger foreign ownership issues.

Oct 7, 2009 — News Article

The debate over 'fee-for-carriage' heats up

In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses the need for "fee-for-carriage" to preserve local television and the misinformation being presented by Canada's cable monopolies.

Oct 6, 2009 — News Article

Would-be CKX buyer decries BDUs' "total control of the system" while pursuing network dream by Greg O'Brien

After a deal to purchase the local CTV station in Brandon, MB, Bruce Claassen lays the blame on the direct-to-home satellite companies and the CRTC.

Oct 5, 2009 — News Article

Blogger payola getting a pass in Canada by Peter Nowak

U.S. authorities are forcing bloggers to disclose their relationships with the companies they write about, but jurisidictional confusion means no similar mechanisms exist in Canada.

Oct 5, 2009 — News Article

Canadian TV tax debate hits the airwaves by By Etan Vlessing

Canadian cable and satellite TV operators have launched a media blitz to counter calls by local broadcasters for a new TV subscriber charge.

Oct 5, 2009 — News Article

BDUs launch campaign to "stop the TV tax" by Lesley Hunter

Bell, Bell Aliant, Cogeco, EastLink, Rogers and Telus have joined forces on lobbying campaign which they say is designed to ensure "that Canadians hear the whole story".

Oct 2, 2009 — News Article

Globalive changes aim to please CRTC by Chris Sorensen

Globalive made several changes to its corporate structure in hopes of convincing the CRTC that it qualifies under Canada's foreign ownership rules.

Sep 24, 2009 — News Article

CHEK News joins Local TV Matters campaign

CHEK NEWS, Vancouver Island's employee-owned television station, is the latest broadcaster to join the Local TV Matters campaign advocating for fee-for-carriage.

Sep 22, 2009 — News Article

U.S. Net neutrality move could affect CRTC rules by Omar el Akkad

U.S. regulators want to lay down new rules to ensure that Internet traffic is treated equally, a move that could put pressure on the CRTC to do the same in Canada.

Sep 20, 2009 — News Article

Wireless player Globalive faces CRTC hearing on Canadian ownership and control by Luann Lasalle

New wireless player Globalive will have to show that it's a Canadian-controlled company at a CRTC hearing.

Sep 19, 2009 — News Article

Tories dominate broadcast debate by Jamie Sturgeon

"The government has told the CRTC that it wishes to make the ultimate decision," says Bell Canada executive.

Sep 19, 2009 — News Article

Rogers scolded over pay-TV marketing by Omar el Akkad

CRTC says Rogers has violated broadcasting regulations by subjecting Canadian pay-TV service Super Channel "to an undue disadvantage."

Sep 18, 2009 — News Article

Top court confirms rebates for overcharged Telus, Bell customers by Janice Tibbetts

Canadian telephone subscribers can expect to receive rebates after a court decision upheld an order to reimburse about $300 million in overpayments.

Sep 18, 2009 — News Article

New TV Alliance Promotes Viewers' Interests in Canadian TV Debate

TValliance.ca, a new grassroots initiative to promote a better and more transparent TV broadcasting and distribution system for Canadians has launched.

Sep 18, 2009 — News Article

Ottawa moves to block networks' fees by Grant Robertson

The Conservative government is taking steps to block Canada's big television networks from charging for their signals in what could be a serious blow to the hopes of CTV, CBC and Global.

Sep 18, 2009 — News Article

Ottawa orders new hearings in TV fee flap by Rita Trichur

Heritage Minister James Moore has inserting himself into the fee-for-carriage debate by ordering the CRTC to hold a separate set of hearings to consider consumer interests on the matter.

Sep 17, 2009 — News Article

Feds direct CRTC to look into fee-for-carriage from consumer point of view

The Government has issued an Order-in-Council requesting the CRTC "hold hearings and provide the government with a report on the implications of implementing a compensation regime for the value of local television signals."

Sep 16, 2009 — News Article

CRTC not enforcing internet ruling by Peter Nowak

A CRTC order issued nine months ago that requires phone companies to give wholesale customers access to faster internet speeds is in limbo as the regulator decides whether it should be enforced.

Sep 15, 2009 — News Article

BDU-broadcaster battle renewed; BDUs want commissioners recused by Greg O'Brien

Article looks at submissions to the CRTC by cable/satellite companies and broadcasters on the issue of fee-for-carriage.

Sep 14, 2009 — News Article

Canada's Television Broadcasters Unite to Stand Up for Viewers and to Protect Local Television

CTV, 'A', Global and CBC have joined together to launch a national campaign - Local TV Matters - aimed at rallying viewers and all Canadians to support local television.

Sep 14, 2009 — Policy Brief

Re: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009-411 – Policy proceeding on a group-based approach to licensing of television services

FRIENDS recommends that Cable broadcast distributors should share a portion of their considerable profit with local TV broadcasters and that those fees should be divided based upon the total audience assembled for Canadian programs.

Sep 14, 2009 — News Article

Don't let Gabriola drown in the Ocean - OPPOSE the Rogers expansion

Community radio co-op asks concerned parties to file a CRTC intervention and oppose the Rogers expansion on Gabriola Island, BC.

Sep 14, 2009 — News Article

Networks, cable firms gird for battle by Grant Robertson

The country's major television networks and its biggest cable companies are set to launch public appeals for support in their debate over new fees on customer bills.

Sep 14, 2009 — News Article

Carriage fee fight is on the air by Rita Trichur

CTV, Global and CBC launch localtvmatters.ca, along with TV, radio and print advertisements in their ongoing fight to collect fees from cable and satellite companies.

Sep 11, 2009 — News Article

CBC's Regina signal should be on satellite: CRTC

The Star Choice satellite television company has been told it should offer the CBC Regina signal to subscribers.

Sep 10, 2009 — News Article

Rogers wants customers to act against FFC

Text of an email sent to Rogers customers urging them to join the company's fight against fee-for-carriage.

Sep 9, 2009 — News Article

Cable firms 'not telling truth' about fund by Brett Clarkson

FRIENDS says cable and satellite TV providers are misleading their subscribers by slapping a 1.5% fee on monthly bills and then trying to shift blame to the CRTC for the price hike.

Sep 8, 2009 — News Article

CRTC announces licence conditions for sports and news services

The CRTC has released the standard conditions of licence for competitive Canadian mainstream sports and national news specialty services.

Sep 6, 2009 — News Article

European Broadcasters Argue About Public Aid by Eric Pfanner

Columnist says a feud between public broadcasters in Europe and their private-sector rivals is getting nastier.

Sep 5, 2009 — News Article

Competition in Cable TV

Editorial says the U.S. broadcast regulator needs to ensure that customers have an array of choices among cable providers, and that there is real competition on price and program offerings.

Sep 4, 2009 — News Article

Quebec's media landscape in its grasp by Giuseppe Valiante

The president and chief executive of Quebecor says "a monopoly isn't the most efficient way to manage a business or meet customer expectations."

Sep 3, 2009 — News Article

FCC Asked To Examine 'TV Everywhere'

U.S. cable companies are reportedly gearing up to launch "TV Everywhere" - an initiative that could require Web users to subscribe to cable video before they can watch TV programs online.

Sep 3, 2009 — News Article

Canadians want their TV everywhere, too, but fret about reliability: SRG

New report indicates nearly 70% of Canadian TV viewers say being able to access their cable channels on the web or mobile is a good idea.

Sep 2, 2009 — News Article

CRTC removes restrictions on U.S. promos by Etan Vlessing

Canada's TV regulator has removed all restrictions on the number of ad minutes domestic broadcasters can carry per hour.

Sep 2, 2009 — News Article

No added commercials, say networks by Etan Vlessing

Major TV networks, including CBC and CTV, say they have no immediate plans to boost their ad inventory in primetime.

Sep 2, 2009 — News Article

Canada's TV industry

In a radio interview with host Roger Currie, FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses recent changes in Canada's TV industry.

Sep 2, 2009 — News Article

End of a short era for E! network by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC has sealed the fate of Canwest Global Communications' secondary E! network by approving the transfer of ownership of CHCH in Hamilton and CJNT in Montreal to Channel Zero.

Sep 2, 2009 — News Article

Pay more, get more ads with changes to television by Sarah Schmidt

New TV rules allow broadcasters to air as many advertisements as they wish and cable customers will start to see a 1.5 per cent increase to their bills.

Sep 1, 2009 — News Article

Kill-Obama TV satire lands CBC in hot water

The CRTC has ordered Radio-Canada to apologize to its viewers for segments of last year's Bye Bye show, which featured cracks about blacks, anglophones, spousal abuse and the U.S. president.

Aug 28, 2009 — News Article

Canadian E! stations will be rebranded by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC has given the go-ahead for the E!-branded TV stations in Hamilton and Montreal to be acquired and rebranded by indie broadcaster Channel Zero.

Aug 26, 2009 — News Article

AM stations help push 2008 radio revenues up 5.6%

Data show the revenue for Canada's private radio broadcasters increased in 2008, in part because transfer of AM radio stations to FM.

Aug 24, 2009 — News Article

CRTC wants internet pricing answers from Bell by Peter Nowak

The CRTC wants Bell Canada to explain the prices it plans to charge wholesale internet customers when it rolls out a new billing model.

Aug 20, 2009 — News Article

This hour has 90 minutes by Regan Ray

Journalism professor says changes to CBC's local suppertime news is all about maximizing ad revenue for the network.

Aug 20, 2009 — News Article

Scrap the CRTC, petition urges by Peter Nowak

A petition to abolish the CRTC will be presented to Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore if it amasses 10,000 signatures.

Aug 17, 2009 — News Article

CRTC Approves New Internet Rates

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has given Bell Canada approval to charge its wholesale ISP customers based on the bandwidth usage of their end users.

Aug 15, 2009 — News Article

Be vigilant about cable and satellite by Bill Roberts

The President and CEO of VisionTV says it is "hardly onerous" to propose that the cable and satellite companies should put aside a modest 1.5 per cent of their revenues for local programming.

Aug 13, 2009 — News Article

Billing change threatens Internet services: providers by Matt Hartley

Small Internet providers are worried Bell's plan to implement usage-based billing for its wholesale Internet customers could result in higher bills for their users.

Aug 13, 2009 — News Article

Bell ends action against CRTC by Grant Robertson

Bell Canada has dropped its court action against the federal broadcast regulator after the CRTC added the controversial network fee issue to its fall hearings.

Aug 12, 2009 — News Article

Mad Men to bypass cable rules by Greg Quill

An deal between the American show's distributor and Apple iTunes Canada makes Mad Men the first top-rated TV show to bypass Canada's conventional TV protocols as a paid digital download.

Aug 12, 2009 — News Article

Re-regulate cable TV, satellite firm billing, CTV to tell watchdog by Rita Trichur

CTV says the CTRC should once again regulate the billing practices of cable and satellite companies.

Aug 12, 2009 — News Article

Bell to charge small ISPs by usage by Peter Nowak

The CRTC has approved a request by Bell Canada to implement usage-based billing for its wholesale internet customers.

Aug 12, 2009 — News Article

CRTC receives 700 complaints over extra fees by Althia Raj

The broadcast regulator has been flooded with more than 700 complaints since Rogers and Bell began informing customers their bills would inflate again next month.

Aug 11, 2009 — News Article

The time has come to regulate the billing practices of cable and satellite companies

Message sent from CTV's Save Local TV website about cable and satellite companies increasing their fees.

Aug 11, 2009 — News Article

Viewers' satellite, cable cost going up by Rita Trichur

Cable and satellite bills are set to rise this fall as those TV service providers begin collecting a mandatory new fee to subsidize local television stations in small markets across Canada.

Aug 10, 2009 — News Article

Rogers, Bell TV customers warned of fee hikes

Rogers and Bell television cable subscribers are being told they will see their monthly fees hiked by 1.5 per cent beginning September in order to satisfy new regulations ordered by the CRTC.

Aug 8, 2009 — News Article

CRTC extends date for input on TV rules

The CRTC, after being slapped with legal action by BCE, is giving the television industry an extra week to craft submissions regarding carriage fees.

Aug 7, 2009 — News Article

CRTC issues second annual report on the communications industry

CRTC report says the communications industry contributed $54 billion to the Canadian economy in 2008.

Aug 7, 2009 — News Article

Bell takes TV fight to court to escape regulators' squeeze

The owner of the country's largest satellite service alleges the CRTC has overstepped its jurisdiction and asks a judge to intervene in the fee-for-carriage debate.

Aug 7, 2009 — News Article

CRTC carriage fees hearings prompt court challenge

Satellite TV provider Bell is challenging the CRTC in court over the issue of carriage fees.

Aug 7, 2009 — News Article

Net makes more gains on TV by Norma Reveler

Canadians spent more time online, while watching slightly less TV last year, according to the CRTC's Communications Monitoring Report.

Aug 6, 2009 — News Article

Copyright reform vital to artists by Ferne Downey

The National President of ACTRA says Canada's copyright law needs to be modernized, for the sake both of artists and consumers.

Aug 6, 2009 — News Article

Copyright consultation closed to public

A consultation in Winnipeg on copyright reform is not open to the public and Canadian Heritage won't release a list of who was invited to participate for a number of days.

Aug 6, 2009 — News Article

Internet, wireless services responsible for most of the telecom industry's growth: CRTC

Report states Canadian telecommunications services generated $40.3 billion in revenue last year, up $2.1 billion or 5.5 per cent, from the prior year.

Aug 6, 2009 — News Article

Cost of cable services rises by Grant Robertson and Simon Avery

A report issued by the CRTC shows the price of cable, satellite and pay-television services has risen 29% in Canada since 2002.

Aug 3, 2009 — Policy Brief

Re: Broadcast Notice CRTC 2009-425: Proposed acquisition of CJNT & CHCH by Channel Zero (applications 2009-1020-0, 2009-1018-4, 2009-1021-7 & 2009-1019-2)

In a submission to the CRTC, FRIENDS supports Channel Zero's applications to acquire the television stations CJNT and CHCH.

Jul 29, 2009 — News Article

84% say it's unfair to lose free TV signals in smaller cities

84% of residents in Kamloops B.C. say it is unfair that they will be deprived access to free TV signals.

Jul 24, 2009 — News Article

Memo To The FCC's New Chairman by Harry A. Jessell

In a memo to the U.S. broadcast regulator, editor says the FCC needs to address the troubles of TV broadcasting and take steps to bolster the financial health of the industry.

Jul 21, 2009 — News Article

CRTC to broadcasters, phone firms: improve accessibility

Canadians with disabilities should be able to enjoy some of the new communication tools that the rest of the public enjoy, says the federal telecom regulator.

Jul 15, 2009 — News Article

Whitehorse AM transmitter's future undecided: CBC

The CBC's top official in the North says the Yukon government's move to extend the CBC's lease for its AM transmitter in Whitehorse does not necessarily mean the broadcaster will scrap plans to switch from AM to FM.

Jul 13, 2009 — News Article

Free, over-the-air TV fades to black By Michael Geist

Columnist says since the debut of broadcast television in this country more than 50 years ago, millions of Canadians have grown to expect free access to local television signals. Last week, Canada's broadcast regulator issued a decision that will bring the era of free local television to an end for many Canadians.

Jul 9, 2009 — News Article

Rogers must air 100 hours of Canadian film: CRTC By Gayle MacDonald

Columnist reports The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has slapped down a request from Rogers Broadcasting that its CITY-TV stations in Toronto and Vancouver no longer be mandated to air 100 hours of Canadian films a year in prime time.

Jul 8, 2009 — News Article

CRTC Rejects Rogers Bid to Reduce CanCon

Broadcasters should make “meaningful commitments” to Canadian content, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has re-stated in its decision to reject a request from Rogers Broadcasting to reduce requirements for airing Canadian content.

Jul 8, 2009 — News Article

It’s time for a public review of the CBC By John Lamb

A Canadian Citizen says CBC’s funding has been reduced by every government since Brian Mulroney’s — both Conservative and Liberal. All federal governments, it seems, dislike the CBC and have found it an easy target. That means it’s up to ordinary Canadians to speak up for the CBC.

Jul 8, 2009 — News Article

Filmmakers speak out against management of web traffic By Matt Hartley

Columnist say Canada's largest Internet providers are having a chilling effect on independent filmmakers by slowing down certain Internet technologies that enable producers to distribute movies and other programming online, federal regulators heard Wednesday.

Jul 7, 2009 — News Article

Local TV precarious, despite increased funding: networks

The CRTC's move to boost funding for local TV programming may not be enough to save some stations, the networks say.

Jul 7, 2009 — News Article

Cable firms should pay for content, CRTC says By Jamie Sturgeon

Columnist says the long battle between conventional-television broadcasters and the digital TV providers who carry their content swung in favour of the former Monday after federal regulators -- for the first time -- suggested that cable and satellite providers such as Rogers Communications Inc. should pay for the content.

Jul 7, 2009 — News Article

TV firms score victory in fight over fees By Karim Bardeesy

Columnist says television broadcasters have won concessions from Ottawa that will help pay for programming, in a move that escalates their long-running battle with the cable and satellite companies that carry their signals.

Jul 7, 2009 — News Article

Shaw Opposes New CRTC Taxes on Canadians

Shaw Communications says the CRTC has betrayed Canadians' trust with its announcement of two new taxes on consumers.

Jul 6, 2009 — News Article

Conventional TV broadcasters praise CRTC move to charge for carriage By Kristine Owram

Canada's conventional television broadcasters praised a ruling Monday that they say takes an important step towards fairly compensating them for their programming while boosting funding for local shows.

Jul 6, 2009 — News Article

CRTC Increases Funding for Local Programming Improvement Fund

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission today announced that the Local Programming Improvement Fund will have over $100 million to distribute during the 2009–2010 broadcast year.

Jul 6, 2009 — News Article

CRTC to Develop New Regulatory Framework For Convential Television

The Commission today  launched a public proceeding to develop a new regulatory framework for conventional television broadcasters. The proceeding will include a public hearing starting on September 29, 2009, in Gatineau, Que.

Jul 6, 2009 — News Article

CRTC increases funding for the Local Programming Improvement Fund

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today announced that the Local Programming Improvement Fund will have over $100 million to distribute during the 2009–2010 broadcast year.

Jul 6, 2009 — News Article

Door open on fee-for-carriage By Norma Reveler

Canada's broadcast regulator has opened the doors to fee-for-carriage, increased the size of a yet-to-launch local TV fund, and harmonized the amount of local programming the English-language networks have to broadcast.

Jun 30, 2009 — News Article

Al-Jazeera decision coming this summer

Columnist says Canadian Jewish groups have indicated to the CRTC that they will not oppose making the English version of the Al Jazeera available to Canadians.

Jun 30, 2009 — News Article

With LPIF decision, TV review PN coming on Monday, CBC offers up its own distribution order

CRTC has a big day coming up on Monday. Not only is the network management hearing beginning that day, the Regulator is also launching a new proceeding seeking structural reform of the TV sector while releasing new rules (and potentially a new amount) for its yet-to-be-launched Local Programming Improvement Fund.

Jun 27, 2009 — News Article

Broadcasters wait anxiously for CRTC decisions key to future of conventional TV By Tamsyn Burgmann

Rita Cugini spoke at a meeting held by RTNDA Canada on concerns about the loss of local programming as a CRTC official set the stage for crucial upcoming decisions by the federal regulator that will impact the future of conventional Canadian television.

Jun 23, 2009 — News Article

Ten licences for ATN

The CRTC has granted licences for 10 new digital channels to Asian Television Network, covering movies, sports and music.

Jun 18, 2009 — News Article

MPs flip fee-for-carriage fight back to CRTC By Jennifer Ditchburn

The Canadian Press has learned that a unanimous report by the House of Commons heritage committee, to be tabled tomorrow, makes no recommendation about whether broadcasters should be able to charge cable companies for carrying their signals, referred to as "fee for carriage."

Jun 15, 2009 — News Article

Community Television Policies and Practices Around the World

Report says both access and local origination principles have suffered in Canadian community television since 1997, when the sector was partially deregulated.

Jun 13, 2009 — News Article

Connecting Canada to the digital world by Michael Geist

Columnist says a national regulatory strategy for digital media for Canada is long overdue.

Jun 12, 2009 — News Article

Canadian radio was up before recession by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC says Canadian private radio stations enjoyed increases in both revenue and profits before they hit severe turbulence in the fall caused by the recession.

Jun 11, 2009 — News Article

Current TV Approved by CRTC

Current TV has been granted a channel license by the CRTC.

Jun 11, 2009 — News Article

TV Should Be Enjoyable, Not Taxable

Shaw Communications has launched an e-campaign against fee for carriage.

Jun 8, 2009 — News Article

Speech by Konrad von Finckenstein to the Banff World Television Festival

The Chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission speaks about new media policy.

Jun 5, 2009 — News Article

Unions take dim view of decision by Amy Haggar

ACTRA and the Writers Guild of Canada have both spoken out against the CRTC's recent decision to not regulate new media.

Jun 5, 2009 — News Article

New Media: Industry gives report mixed reviews by Lesley Hunter

The news that the CRTC will continue to exempt new media broadcasting services from its regulation got high marks from Internet service providers Telus and Rogers.

Jun 5, 2009 — News Article

COMMENT: Commissioner Denton rightly bangs free speech drum in call for feds to act on the Act by Greg O'Brien

CRTC commissioner says that it is impossible to apply the Broadcasting Act, which was last updated in 1991, to a transformative technology like the Internet.

Jun 4, 2009 — News Article

Deregulate traditional media by Françoise Bertrand

Former CRTC chairperson says the current regulated environment in the media industry stifles creativity and threatens the survival of mainstream newspapers and television networks.

Jun 4, 2009 — News Article

CRTC leaves the Internet be -- for now by Jamie Sturgeon

Following months of deliberation, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says it would not impose the same domestic content regulation it applies to television and radio.

Jun 3, 2009 — News Article

Don't throttle the net by Marcel Boyer

Imposing 'net-neutrality' regulation on broadband providers will raise prices and hurt consumers

Jun 2, 2009 — News Article

Al Jazeera hopes to be here by the fall by Bruce DeMara

The managing director of Al Jazeera English is confident that the network will get regulatory approval to broadcast across Canada, perhaps as soon as the fall.

Jun 2, 2009 — Policy Brief

Re: Notice of Consultation 2009-235

In a submission to the CRTC, FRIENDS calls for greater financial transparency in Canada's broadcast industry.

May 30, 2009 — News Article

Defender of Canadian TV by Vito Pilieci

Charles Dalfen, the chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission from 2002 to 2006, called the creation of new Canadian TV shows a matter of "national self-respect."

May 30, 2009 — News Article

The debate over 'fee-for-carriage' in the Canadian broadcasting industry

In a radio interview with host Kathleen Petty, FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison, discusses the challenges facing Canadian TV broadcasters and the debate over 'fee-for-carriage'.

May 29, 2009 — News Article

It's CTV, not local news, that is facing threat by Bob Cox

In response to the CTV "save local TV" campaign, the publisher of the Winnipeg Free Press says "local news and news coverage is not threatened".

May 29, 2009 — News Article

TV industry braces for blackout bargaining chip by Grant Robertson

Columnist says Canadian television networks may get the right to pull their feed from cable and satellite services, and possibly black out shows on U.S. channels, if the broadcasters can't reach a deal with distributors on compensation for their signals.

May 28, 2009 — News Release

2009 Dalton Camp Award Winners Announced

Canada's democracy would be enhanced if media organizations reformed some of their most basic practices and approaches, according to the winners of the 2009 Dalton Camp Awards.

May 27, 2009 — News Article

Airing of Stéphane Dion Interview False Starts Violated Broadcast Codes

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has ruled that CTV violated provisions of the Code of Journalistic Ethics in its airing of an interview with Stéphane Dion during the October 2008 federal election campaign.

May 27, 2009 — News Article

Former CRTC head Charles Dalfen dies

Charles Dalfen, the former head of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and a respected telecommunications lawyer has passed away.

May 26, 2009 — News Article

Canada's broadcasters, regulators need to compromise to save industry: observers by David Friend

Industry observers say Canadian broadcasting is at a tipping point as it endures both technological shifts and economic challenges that have left it in a precarious financial position.

May 26, 2009 — News Article

Broadcast regulator pushes back at private TV networks

The federal broadcast regulator says TV networks will have to make meaningful commitments to local news and programs if they want financial relief.

May 25, 2009 — News Article

CRTC chairman says his inaccurate testimony was not deliberate

The chairman of the CRTC says he simply misspoke when he suggested to heritage committee members that the broadcast regulator wasn't allowing broadcasters to charge cable companies a fee for carrying their signals because the broadcasters weren't going to direct the money they received to local programming.

May 25, 2009 — News Article

Heritage Committee: Von Finckenstein wants to let broadcasters and distributors negotiate a fee by Norma Reveler

CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein tells parliamentarians, rather than regulating a new, set, fee-for-carriage, it would be better to have distributors and broadcasters get together and come up with their own payment plan.

May 25, 2009 — News Article

Local TV News: Who Should Pay? by Garrett Zehr

Columnist profiles the debate over "fee-for-carriage" between broadcasters and cable/sattelte companies.

May 23, 2009 — News Article

The CRTC's dial is stuck on failure by Roger Martin

The dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto says the CRTC should regulate the amount of Canadian-content viewership rather than the amount of Canadian-content programming.

May 22, 2009 — News Article

Campaign: Don't Tax My TV!

Cable company says local TV doesn't need saving and that Canada's major broadcasters should be responsible for their own businesses instead of looking for a new TV tax.

May 16, 2009 — News Article

Networks, and carriers should negotiate fee, CRTC hints by Paul Vieira

The CRTC has indicated the revenue could be generated through a "negotiation" between the conventional broadcasters and cable and satellite operators -- as opposed to a carriage fee the regulator would impose.

May 16, 2009 — News Article

Feud roils troubled TV industry by Kelly Toughill

CTV has accused cable operators of killing local news shows, and cable companies have accused broadcasters of downloading billions of dollars in bad business decisions onto defenceless consumers.

May 16, 2009 — News Article

CRTC cuts networks some slack by Grant Robertson

A push by federal regulators to place restrictions on how Canadian television networks buy prime-time shows in Hollywood has been put on hold.

May 15, 2009 — News Article

Conventional broadcasters welcome CRTC decision by Paul Vieira

Conventional broadcasters have applauded a decision from the CRTC to shelve plans that would impose conditions on the purchase of U.S. programming.

May 15, 2009 — News Article

CRTC drops controversial condition on TV licence renewals by Julian Beltrame

FRIENDS says the CRTC has come up with a "good, sensible decision" in not imposing the requirement on broadcasters who face considerable financial headwinds already.

May 15, 2009 — News Article

Performers optimistic as CRTC signals more spending on Canadian programming

Performers are pleased by the CRTC's announcement that it will look into re-instating programming expenditures for Canadian programming this fall.

May 15, 2009 — News Article

CRTC urges networks to change tack on fees by Grant Robertson

Canada's major television networks have been told they will most likely lose their bid to charge cable and satellite carriers for their signals unless they dramatically alter their approach in Ottawa.

May 12, 2009 — News Article

The future of conventional TV by Pierre Karl Peladeau

The president and CEO of Quebecor Media says "rather than using quotas and regulatory requirements... the evolution of Canadian broadcasting must be driven by the success of Canadian programming".

May 11, 2009 — Policy Brief

Evolution of the television industry in Canada and its impact on local communication

In a presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, FRIENDS cites a survey that says three-quarters of Canadians believe annual support to the CBC should rise to at least $40 per Canadian per year.

May 11, 2009 — News Article

Parliament needs to reshape CRTC

Canada's largest media union says parliament should ensure Canada's broadcasting legislation keeps step with the times, including proper accountability and transparency.

May 11, 2009 — News Article

A Favor de una Televisión de Calidad

A presentation regarding quality television in Spain.

May 10, 2009 — Policy Brief

Re: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009-113 Licence Renewals for Private Conventional Television Stations: Comments on Bell Television's "FreeSat" Proposal

In a submission to the CRTC, FRIENDS says the vast majority of the three million Canadians who rely on over-the-air TV reception will not be served by the Bell Television "FreeSat" proposal.

May 8, 2009 — News Article

CRTC seeks public comments on application to allow Al-Jazeera English

The CRTC calls for public comments on a proposal to allow Al-Jazeera English to broadcast in Canada.

May 7, 2009 — News Article

One-third of Canadians to lose free TV signals under broadcaster plan

The Canadian Media Guild opposes the broadcast industry's plans to shut down transmitters that send free TV signals to one-third of Canadians.

May 6, 2009 — Policy Brief

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009-113 - Licence Renewals for Private Conventional Television Stations

FRIENDS recommends that the CRTC policies should recognize the vital contribution of Canadian over-the-air TV broadcasters and ensure that they have the financial capacity to produce Canadian local programming and to tell Canadian stories.

May 5, 2009 — News Article

TV's old guard: Good-bye Don Newman by John Doyle

Columnist says it's high time that television coverage of Ottawa politics was shaken up.

May 5, 2009 — News Article

Rogers Broadcasting gets CRTC approval to buy two radio stations in Kingston, Ont.

Rogers Broadcasting has received CRTC approval to buy two more Ontario radio stations, Kingston's K-Rock and KIX Country.

May 4, 2009 — News Article

The truth about Canadian TV by Alex Strachan

Columnist says the CRTC needs to realize that the moment has come to adapt to changing times and the brave new world of new media.

May 4, 2009 — News Article

CRTC renews CBC/Radio-Canada licences for one year

The CRTC has renewed all of CBC/Radio-Canada's licences for one year, until 31 August 2010, subject to the same terms and conditions as those contained in the current licences.

May 2, 2009 — News Article

CRTC cuts value of local TV to cost of a coffee by David Asper

Columnist says local television is dying, and the most sensible strategy for saving it involves cable companies paying a fee.

May 1, 2009 — News Article

CTV boss says it's time to regulate cable rates by Jennifer Ditchburn

CTVglobemedia president Ivan Fecan says the time might be right to start regulating cable rates again in order to save local television programming.

Apr 30, 2009 — News Article

Radio-Canada: Moore peine à convaincre l'opposition : Malorie Beauchemin

Heritage Minister James Moore appears before the House of Commons Heritage Committee and is grilled by Opposition MPs regarding the government's financial commitment to public broadcasting.

Apr 30, 2009 — News Article

CRTC Should Demand Public Accountability From Broadcasters Says Union

Canadians should be alarmed at the CRTC hearing now underway about their broadcasting system, and must hope that Parliament intervenes, says Canada's largest media union.

Apr 30, 2009 — News Article

Stop the silliness. Charge the cable companies and save local TV by John Doyle

Columnist says conventional TV is worth saving and the CRTC should introduce fee-for-carriage and direct the funds to local services.

Apr 29, 2009 — News Article

Threats, confusion, accusations ... Reality TV, CRTC style by John Doyle

Columnist says there is chaos in the Canadian broadcasting industry and the CRTC looks "hopelessly unable to deal with it".

Apr 29, 2009 — News Article

CRTC fails to secure local TV stations by Grant Robertson

Columnist says the CRTC is trying to get CTVglobemedia and Canwest to commit to not closing money-losing stations in exchange for new financial concessions, but has failed to win the necessary assurances.

Apr 28, 2009 — News Article

Customers would pay for TV fund hike, Rogers warns by Paul Vieira

Rogers Communications is accusing conventional TV operators of engaging in a "public relations" campaign with the aim of generating a crisis and building support toward additional financial relief.

Apr 28, 2009 — News Article

Asper blames regulations for Canwest woes

Canwest Global president Leonard Asper says CRTC rules are to blame for the problems plaguing the TV sector - not the economic crisis or the staggering debt his company faces.

Apr 28, 2009 — News Article

CRTC debates end of conventional TV by Grant Robertson

Columnists says the debate about the financial future of Canada's television industry has come down to a key point - whether the country's big networks, such as CTV and Global, should have the same funding model as specialty channels.

Apr 28, 2009 — News Article

CRTC gets earful from CTV's boss by Julian Beltrame

CTVglobemedia's chief executive says CRTC decisions have lead to distributors making record profits while conventional broadcasters are losing money.

Apr 27, 2009 — News Article

TV networks seek $352-million in fees, CRTC says by Grant Robertson

CRTC has released, for the first time, its own calculations of how much money television networks would collect if they were allowed to charge cable and satellite carriers for their signals.

Apr 27, 2009 — News Article

Television's new age by Grant Robertson

Columnist looks ahead to six ways the Canadian television industry may change if the networks get their way.

Apr 24, 2009 — News Article

Revenues top $10 billion for BDUs by Marise Strauss

CRTC data show revenues for the cable and satellite industry eclipsed $10-billion for the first time in 2008.

Apr 24, 2009 — News Article

Fee dispute heats up as MPs ask CRTC head to clarify comments by Grant Robertson

CTV and Global say they would commit new funds from fee-for-carriage to local programming, and would let the CRTC set the terms.

Apr 23, 2009 — News Article

Canadian broadcasting distribution industry reports revenues of more than 10 billion dollars

CRTC data show that total revenues for cable companies rose 16.1% in 2008.

Apr 23, 2009 — News Article

Battle over Canadian TV rescue package by Etan Vlessing

CTVglobemedia and Canwest say they will sell or shut down local TV stations in small or medium-size markets if their pleas for new funding sources are turned down.

Apr 23, 2009 — News Article

Some upset CRTC posts comments with participants' personal data

Some members of an online forum are upset the CRTC is posting personal information on its website along with participants' comments.

Apr 23, 2009 — News Article

CTV, Global press fee-for-carriage case by Grant Robertson

Broadcasters tell House committee profits are in decline and that they want to charge cable and satellite companies for their signals.

Apr 23, 2009 — News Article

Carriage fee 'a matter of survival,' MPs told by Paul Vieira

Executives from CTVglobemedia and Canwest Global tell MPs that the industry is in the midst of a crisis from which it can recover only with a second source of revenue and fewer regulatory obligations.

Apr 22, 2009 — News Article

CRTC chairman summoned to explain inconsistent testimony by Krista Erickson

MPs on the Canadian heritage committee say they are concerned that Konrad von Finckenstein may have misspoken or misled the committee when answering questions recently about "fee-for-carriage."

Apr 22, 2009 — News Article

Audio: The Canadian Broadcasting Industry

In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison discusses, local programming, "fee-for-carriage", the plight of CanWest.

Apr 21, 2009 — News Article

Television industry not in crisis says Rogers

Rogers tells the government that despite pleas for protectionism, CTV and CanWest still managed to earn over $350 million in operating profits from television last year.

Apr 21, 2009 — News Article

Rogers' Lind likes U.S. model for TV fees by Rita Trichur

Rogers executive says the company would support a U.S. model for TV fees, which gives broadcasters the choice of either "mandatory carriage" or a negotiated fee-for-carriage.

Apr 21, 2009 — News Article

Rogers digs in heels on paying fees to TV networks by Grant Robertson

Rogers Communications says TV networks are exaggerating their financial woes in order to get regulatory concessions.

Apr 20, 2009 — News Article

Broadcasters' fee-for-carriage push a consumer tax: Rogers by Paul Vieira

The vice-chairman of Rogers Communications says the fee-for-carriage conventional broadcasters are pushing for is nothing more than a "tax on consumers," with the funds raised to be used on acquiring U.S. programming.

Apr 20, 2009 — News Article

Peladeau warns of TV bankruptcies if rules not revamped by Paul Vieira

Quebecor chief executive says there could be bankruptcies in the TV industry unless broadcasters are given regulatory concessions and fee-for-carriage revenues.

Apr 20, 2009 — News Article

The best way to save the TV networks? Get rid of CanCon quotas by Andrew Coyne

Columnist advocates for a 'free market' approach to fix problems with Canada's television industry.

Apr 18, 2009 — News Article

Pull out all stops to save small TV stations, Barrie MP urges by Bruce Campion-Smith

MP for Barrie says Ottawa should be looking at all options – including new cable fees and an infusion of government advertising – to help ensure the survival of local television stations.

Apr 17, 2009 — News Article

Carriage-fee necessity exaggerated, Rogers says by Rita Trichur

Rogers Communications is accusing conventional broadcasters of fear-mongering with their plans to shutter or sell some local stations.

Apr 10, 2009 — News Article

Should there be quotas for Canadian films? by Jay Stone

Actor Dave Foley says he is in favour of a quota system for Canadian film, just like the one that is credited with kick-starting the Canadian music industry.

Apr 8, 2009 — News Article

FCC Kicks Off Broadband Debate by Wendy Davis

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has commenced efforts to develop a national broadband Internet plan.

Apr 8, 2009 — News Article

U.S. Local Community Radio Act

The Local Community Radio Act, a bill curently before the US House of Representatives.

Apr 6, 2009 — News Article

Privacy commissioner puts spotlight on internet monitoring technology

Canada's privacy commissioner has opened an online discussion on a technology that allows internet service providers to intercept and examine packets of information as they are being sent over the internet.

Apr 3, 2009 — News Article

BBC fined over Russell Brand prank by Mimi Turner

U.K. media regulator Ofcom has fined the BBC £150,000 for its "flawed editorial processes".

Apr 1, 2009 — News Article

China tightens grip on online content by Clifford Coonan

China's State Administration of Radio, Film and TV has ordered all online content providers to apply for a license before broadcasting material on the Internet.

Mar 31, 2009 — News Article

CRTC launches online consultation on ISP traffic management

The CRTC has launched an online consultation on the traffic management practices of internet service providers, allowing Canadians to voice their opinion on the issue of "net neutrality."

Mar 30, 2009 — Policy Brief

Re: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009-113 - Licence Renewals for Private Conventional Television Stations

FRIENDS' submission to the CRTC recommends that the quality and quantity of Canadian programming – especially local programming - be maintained as part of the private conventional television licence renewal process.

Mar 26, 2009 — News Article

MPs query watchdog over crisis in TV industry by Grant Robertson

MPs criticize the CRTC for not moving quickly enough to address problems in the television industry that could cause several cities to lose local TV service.

Mar 25, 2009 — News Article

CRTC hints at allowing carriage fees for TV by Paul Vieira

CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein says that the broadcasting industry is in "desperate" need of a "systemic solution" to withstand the economic and structural storm that is hitting the sector.

Mar 19, 2009 — News Article

Canada seeks to help struggling broadcasters by Etan Vlessing

A spokesman for the federal heritage department has confirmed that the government has drawn up plans for regulatory and tax changes to help private broadcasters deal with a growing TV ad revenue shortfall.

Mar 17, 2009 — News Article

Annual Report to the CRTC

CBC English Television's report to the CRTC for the 2007/2008 Broadcast Year.

Mar 15, 2009 — News Article

Is there a fix for 'broken' TV? by Vito Pilieci

FRIENDS says if TV networks don't provide high-profile promotion and reserve online space for Canadian shows and news broadcasts, Canada's broadcasting industry will suffer.

Mar 11, 2009 — News Article

Rogers, Shaw blast Web Cancon fee proposal by Rita Trichur

Cable monopolies say a proposal to impose a levy on Internet service providers to fund Canadian new media content is an illegal idea that will burden consumers with higher costs.

Mar 11, 2009 — News Article

CRTC calls CBC on the carpet for bold(ness)

The CRTC will hold a public hearing to determine whether the way that CBC re-branded specialty channel 'Country Canada' to 'bold' has negatively impacted "the integrity of the licensing process".

Mar 10, 2009 — News Article

We still watch TV. So why are stations going out of business? by John Doyle

Columnist says the decisions by CanWest and CTV to cut staff and programs at small-market channels are part of a strategy to force regulatory changes.

Mar 9, 2009 — News Article

Canada rejects cutback on U.S. series buys by Etan Vlessing

The Canadian government has rejected a proposal by the CRTC to curb domestic broadcasters' spending on U.S. series.

Mar 9, 2009 — News Article

He Surfs, He Scores. Hockey and Advertising at the CRTC New Media Hearings by Gregory Taylor

Columnist professional hockey can be looked to as a model for to monetize new media content.

Mar 9, 2009 — News Article

Storm clouds ahead for wireless world by Michael Geist

The company that owns the Weather Network in Canada alleges that the wireless industry is engaged in practices that stifle innovation by privileging access or controlling content on their networks.

Mar 8, 2009 — News Article

Broadcasters blundered by not investing in quality by Angelo Persichilli

Political editor says it is time for broadcasters to stop blaming new technologies and regulations for their financial problems and start attracting viewers by producing quality Canadian programming.

Mar 7, 2009 — News Article

The future of television in Canada L. Ian Macdonald

Op-ed says that at a time when Canadian television broadcasters should be thrown a lifeline, CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein is tossing them an anchor.

Mar 5, 2009 — News Article

Obama nominates tech executive to be FCC chair

US President Barack Obama has nominated veteran technology executive Julius Genachowski to be chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

Mar 5, 2009 — News Article

CRTC fiddles as conventional TV model burns by Konrad Yakabuski

Columnist says that without giving TVA, TQS and Radio-Canada access to new sources of revenue – such as fees-for-carriage – more dubbed U.S. programming appears inevitable on Quebec TV.

Mar 4, 2009 — News Article

Broadcasters seek changes for 'broken' industry by Matt Hartley

CTVglobemedia executive says "Without fee for carriage, we're only going to be witness to the demise of conventional television in this country."

Mar 3, 2009 — News Article

Rogers tells CRTC that Citytv stations will focus on local programming

Rogers has submitted licence renewal applications to the CRTC for its conventional TV stations, seeking a seven-year extension and telling the regulator it wants to focus on local programming.

Mar 3, 2009 — News Article

CTV again calls for carriage fees by Etan Vlessing

Broadcasters call for lower local programming obligations and ending priority programming requirements in primetime.

Mar 3, 2009 — News Article

Rogers seeks less 'Cancon' for OLN by Matt Hartley

Rogers is asking the federal broadcast regulator for permission to program more sitcoms, movies and hockey games on the Outdoor Living Network.

Mar 2, 2009 — News Article

Little new in new-media hearings by Michael Geist

Columnist says the CRTC has limited its new media hearings by explicitly excluding issues such as net neutrality and the potential regulation of user-generated and non-commercial content.

Mar 2, 2009 — News Article

TV networks already turning channel on 2009 by Grant Robertson

In a submission to the CRTC ahead of upcoming licence renewal hearings in April, CTV said there is no point discussing short-term solutions for the industry amid a steep drop in advertising revenue.

Feb 27, 2009 — News Article

Broadcasters struggling with reduced revenues

FRIENDS says that it is time for the CRTC to grant over-the-air broadcasters fee-for-carriage revenues.

Feb 26, 2009 — News Article

CBC 2.0 at the CRTC Hearings on New Media by Gregory Taylor

CBC executives say Internet Service Providers have become broadcasting distributors, and as such, should be required to contribute to program funding.

Feb 26, 2009 — Policy Brief

Re: Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2008-102

FRIENDS says a proposal from cable and satellite companies on the sale of advertising would have a negative impact on television broadcasters at a time of great financial peril, likely resulting in further reductions in local service.

Feb 26, 2009 — News Article

CTV closes two stations, raising fears for local TV by Grant Robertson

CTV says it would rather close two Ontario stations in Windsor and Wingham than continue to absorb financial losses in those cities.

Feb 25, 2009 — News Article

CTV says economic model for TV is broken, shuts two Ontario stations

FRIENDS says CTV's decision to close two small Ontario television stations put's pressure on the CRTC to re-examine its ruling on fee-for-carriage.

Feb 25, 2009 — News Article

Political Star Power at the CRTC Hearings on Canadian Broadcasting in New Media by Gregory Taylor

Former New Brunswick Premier Bernard Lord, on behalf of the  Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, says the 2007 CRTC decision to exempt mobile content from broadcasting regulation should be upheld.

Feb 25, 2009 — News Article

The CRTC isn't just a nuisance now, it's a real threat by Andrew Coyne

Columnist asks in the age of cross-ownership, when the proprietors of most major print publications also own broadcast outlets, will the CRTC look to regulate the print media next?

Feb 24, 2009 — News Article

New Media Hearings: Target commercial web sites for regulation, CRTC told by Norma Reveler

FRIENDS says it is reasonable to extend the same public policy and Broadcasting Act support for Canadian content in all media, including new media.

Feb 24, 2009 — News Article

Webcasting Of File-Sharing Trial Faces New Hurdle by Wendy Davis

The Recording Industry Association of America has appealed a decision granting a request by a grad student to Webcast his trial for allegedly sharing music files online.

Feb 23, 2009 — News Article

Put Al Jazeera on air

Editorial says Al Jazeera English provides an unique perspective from the developing world and should be approved for broadcast in Canada.

Feb 23, 2009 — News Article

Keep Canada's Internet Open by Steve Anderson

Columnist says Canada must start moving in a positive direction toward ensuring an accessible, open Internet for everyone.

Feb 23, 2009 — Policy Brief

Canadian broadcasting in new media - PN CRTC 2008–11

FRIENDS presentation to the CRTC on possible regulation changes for Canadian broadcasting in new media.

Feb 19, 2009 — News Article

CRTC gives homegrown TV a push by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC chair says the commission is inclined to introduce a condition of license for English-language broadcasters requiring a 1-to-1 ratio between Canadian and non-Canadian programming expenditures.

Feb 18, 2009 — News Article

CRTC, music groups battle over internet Cancon proposal

Cultural groups say introducing Canadian content regulations for radio helped strengthen Canada's domestic music industry and the same could be done for the country's new media creative community.

Feb 18, 2009 — News Article

Al Jazeera English plans to launch in Canada

Middle East-based news and current affairs channel Al Jazeera English is asking the CRTC to add it to the list of eligible satellite services in Canada.

Feb 18, 2009 — News Article

Al Jazeera English seeks spot on TV dial by Raju Mudhar

Tony Burman, managing director of Al Jazeera English, says he hopes the channel will obtain CRTC approval and be available in Canada by autumn of this year.

Feb 18, 2009 — News Article

Arts groups seek CanCon rules for Web by Joanna Smith

Canadian arts groups say the time has come to protect homegrown content by making Internet distributors obey the same rules applied to radio and television broadcasters.

Feb 18, 2009 — News Article

CRTC aims to carve out national identity online by Grant Robertson and Matt Hartley

A proposed scenario would see Internet service providers pay 3 per cent of their subscriber revenue - roughly $100-million - to a fund that would help produce Canadian programs for the Web.

Feb 17, 2009 — News Article

CRTC needs to step into new media regulation: cultural groups

While the call for new media regulation "doesn't mean the CRTC should regulate videos of kids or singing dogs on YouTube," says actor Colin Mochrie, inaction could mean "our stories will get lost and our culture will drown in a sea of non-Canadian content."

Feb 17, 2009 — News Article

Internet service providers threaten Net neutrality in Canada by Steve Anderson

The cofounder of the SaveOurNet.ca says Canadians should take a stand against telecommunications companies that are undermining "Net neutrality" guidelines of the Internet.

Feb 17, 2009 — News Article

Canadian content is getting lost online by Colin Mochrie

Canadian actor says if the CRTC doesn't create shelf-space and funding for Canadian new media content, "our culture and our industry will drown in a sea of foreign content".

Feb 17, 2009 — News Article

10 Not-so-random Things to Look for When the Hearings Begin

Carleton University professor compiles a list of factors that could affect the outcome of the CRTC hearings on new media.

Feb 16, 2009 — News Article

Canadian content available online may be regulated by Joanne Chianello

Columnists says much of the CRTC new-media hearings will concentrate on whether there should be additional funding of Canadian programming for the Internet and wireless devices.

Feb 16, 2009 — News Article

CRTC eyes regulation of online broadcasting by Grant Surridge

Industry analyst says the CRTC may loosen some traditional media restrictions for broadcasters in exchange for concessions in new media.

Feb 16, 2009 — News Article

Don’t regulate the Net by Michael Hennessy

Columnist says the CRTC took the right approach not to regulate the Internet 10 years ago and reversing it would be a huge mistake.

Feb 15, 2009 — News Article

CRTC mulls hands-off approach to Internet, cellphones

FRIENDS says the prime responsibility of the CRTC is to ensure that a certain amount of Canadian content in the audio-visual system - including the Internet - is available to Canadians.

Feb 14, 2009 — News Article

Cash trumps content: CRTC reviews TV licences by Rob Faulkner

FRIENDS says a CRTC plan to issue one-year licences and review local programming rules will be good for TV companies but bad for viewers.

Feb 14, 2009 — News Article

CRTC looks to retool Canadian TV by Grant Robertson and James Bradshaw

CRTC commissioners say they are considering a proposal that would require CTV, Global, CITY-TV and other TV Networks to spend the same amount on Canadian programming as they do on U.S. shows.

Feb 13, 2009 — News Article

CRTC to put broadcasters on short lead

Canada's broadcast regulator says it wants to allow one-year licence renewals to conventional television broadcasters because of the financial issues faced by the industry.

Feb 13, 2009 — News Article

Canadian Performers Pleased that CRTC Appears to be Listening

ACTRA is optimistic the CRTC will heed Canadian performers' concerns that private TV broadcasters must do more to support Canadian programming.

Feb 13, 2009 — News Article

CRTC to ease burden on cash-strapped stations by Grant Robertson

Columnist says the CRTC is expected to announce a new kind of television licence designed to give some of the country's cash-strapped small-market TV stations some relief in an economic downturn.

Feb 12, 2009 — News Article

CRTC issues reprieve on FM oldies rule by Grant Robertson

The federal broadcast regulator says it is scrapping its limits on the number of "hit" oldies in English markets.

Feb 11, 2009 — News Article

Broadcasters renew calls for carriage fee by Kristine Owram

FRIENDS says a mandate to ensure shelf space for Canadian programming puts pressure on the CRTC to reconsider fee-for-carriage.

Feb 11, 2009 — News Article

Deadline for net neutrality submissions extended a week by Paul Jay

The deadline has been extended for submissions to the CRTC's hearings into the issue of "net neutrality" and the traffic management practices of internet service providers.

Feb 10, 2009 — News Article

CRTC releases financial results for private conventional television

Data show revenues for private conventional television stations decreased by 1.5% last year while expenses increased by 4%.

Feb 10, 2009 — News Article

CAB's new direction needs some "sober second thought," say small members by Greg O'Brien

Recent cutbacks and sharp shift in focus for the Canadian Association of Broadcasters is something that should be re-thought, say its independent broadcast members.

Feb 9, 2009 — News Article

Coalition Fights for Innovation and Free Speech by Steve Anderson

A national coalition of Internet democracy watchdogs are urging Canadians to get involved in the debate over Canada's open Internet and "Net Neutrality" before a February 16 deadline.

Feb 5, 2009 — News Article

Canucks without cable, satellite need to be ready for U.S. move to digital TV by Luann Lasalle

FRIENDS says about two million Canadians who use rabbit ears or rooftop antennas to watch American television will be affected when U.S. broadcasters switch to digital TV signals in June.

Feb 5, 2009 — News Article

Digital TV switch delays leave U.S. networks broadcasting in analog for another four months by Kim Dixon

Major U.S. television networks CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox will transmit TV signals in analog until the new June deadline for a national switch to digital signals.

Feb 4, 2009 — News Article

Changes to upcoming TV licence renewals worry arts group

FRIENDS says the CRTC should not be making seven-year decisions about broadcasting entities in a recession, where one of the major players might be failing.

Feb 4, 2009 — News Article

Switch to Digital TV Wins a Delay to June 12 by Brian Stelter

The U.S. House of Representatives have voted to extend the deadline for the signal switch to digital TV until June 12.

Jan 30, 2009 — News Article

CRTC to review licence renewal hearings for TV stations by David Paddon

FRIENDS says broadcasters may ask for relief on what they must spend on local programming or Canadian drama at CRTC licence renewal hearings set for this spring.

Jan 30, 2009 — News Article

TV regulator reviewing licence hearings by Grant Robertson

Columnist says Canada's broadcast regulator is contemplating significant changes to the way it issues broadcast licences for the country's largest commercial television networks.

Jan 30, 2009 — News Article

CRTC signals lenience for free stations by Etan Vlessing

The Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission says it will narrow or reduce the scope of license renewal hearings for CTV and Global Television.

Jan 27, 2009 — News Article

The silly season has come early this year by John Doyle

Columnist calls on the CRTC to apologize to the creators of Canadian "televised fiction" for the distress caused by the Commission's vice-chairman in charge of broadcasting.

Jan 24, 2009 — News Article

Beyond asked and answered by Michel Arpin

CRTC vice-chair responds to an article that questions the appropriateness of his comments concerning Canadian drama programming.

Jan 23, 2009 — News Article

Copps Named Acting FCC Chair

President Obama appointed Michael J. Copps as acting chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

Jan 22, 2009 — News Article

U.S. Senate nears deal to delay digital TV transition

Democrats cite mounting concerns that too many Americans who rely on analog TV sets to pick up over-the-air broadcast signals won't be ready for a proposed switchover to digital on Feb 17.

Jan 22, 2009 — News Article

CRTC should not be cowed by broadcasters' threats

Canada's largest media union says the CRTC should demand that broadcasters who are threatening to shut down service in small Canadian communities return their licences now, and give others the chance to run them.

Jan 22, 2009 — News Article

Canada is unprepared for switch to digital TV by Doug Sarti

FRIENDS says the lack of a clearly defined transition plan from analogue to digital TV broadcasts will cause trouble for over-the-air viewers.

Jan 22, 2009 — News Article

Michel Arpin, you need to explain - and apologize by John Doyle

Columnist calls comments from the vice-chairman of the CRTC about not being interested in television comedy and drama 'indiscreet' and 'out-of-touch'.

Jan 19, 2009 — News Article

Time to lift newsroom rules, says Canwest by Sean Davidson

Canwest wants to loosen the rules governing its newsrooms and has asked the CRTC to lift certain conditions of licence at its E! and Global stations.

Jan 16, 2009 — News Article

Review of English and French language broadcasting services in official language minority communities by Graham Fraser

The Commissioner of Official Languages says the CRTC and the federal government should contribute to strengthening the CBC's role in producing regional programming in both official languages.

Jan 15, 2009 — News Article

Who Will Control Our Digital Soul? by Steve Anderson

Columnist says the CRTC and parliamentarians should enact and enforce policies that support the 'open Internet' in order to produce a more democratic media system.

Jan 14, 2009 — News Article

Obama eyes candidate for FCC post by Cynthia Littleton

The incoming Obama administration has submitted a former FCC top aide to the top job at the U.S. broadcast regulator.

Jan 13, 2009 — News Article

TV losing consumers to digital shift: report by John Morrissy

A new report says people aged 14 to 25 spend less time watching television as other electronic devices become important sources for entertainment.

Jan 4, 2009 — News Article

Canwest CEO Leonard Asper kept communication lines open with Ottawa in November by Charlie Smith

Records show that in November 2008, CanWest CEO Leonard Asper communicated with the Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Industry Minister and senior CRTC representatives.