Dec 29, 2010 — News Article: Editorial: Bell's $1.3-million fine is important to us
Editorial says there's nothing like a record-setting fine to remind people of their rights.
Dec 24, 2010 — News Article: Regulator approves gov't sale of SCN
The CRTC has approved the sale of Saskatchewan Communications Network, for 20 years the province's government-owned educational broadcaster, to an Ontario firm called Bluepoint Investments.
Dec 23, 2010 — News Article: CRTC approves SCN sale to Bluepoint
Bluepoint Investment Corp. has been granted permission by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to buy SCN, Saskatchewan's publicly owned TV channel.
Dec 22, 2010 — News Article: Complaints over Bell rebate pitch rejected
A complaint to the CRTC over how Bell Canada is handling a rebate it must give to customers has been set aside by the government agency.
Dec 21, 2010 — News Article: FCC Passes Net Neutrality Rules by Lindsay Powers
Columnist says the new order prevents cable providers from limiting broadband access to rival content and video and gives the FCC the power to issue fines and injunctions.
Dec 21, 2010 — News Article: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules, but Reform Groups Unsatisfied by Nadia Prupis
The FCC has approved net neutrality regulations that will ensure cable companies provide consumers with equal access to legal web sites and content.
Dec 21, 2010 — News Article: The Internet Splits in Two by Dan Lyons
Columnist says there will soon be a fast Internet for the rich and a slow Internet for the poor.
Dec 21, 2010 — News Article: $1.3-million penalty levied against Bell by Laura Stone
The CRTC says Bell Canada paid a record-high $1.3-million penalty for "unauthorized telemarking practices," including the peddling of its own services to people on the national do-not-call list.
Dec 20, 2010 — News Article: F.C.C. Is Set to Regulate Net Access by Brian Stelter
The Federal Communications Commission appears poised to pass a controversial set of rules that broadly create two classes of Internet access, one for fixed-line providers and the other for the wireless Net.
Dec 17, 2010 — News Article: CHRC releases Cultural HR Study 2010
The CHRC's report documents the breadth and strength of the sector with a labour force of 539,000 employers and workers across the country, and an economic impact of $39 billion or 3.1% of GDP.
Dec 17, 2010 — News Article: Vancouver seeks ban on 'Internet metering' by Jeff Lee
The City of Vancouver is asking the federal government to ban "Internet metering" and usage-based billing, which, they say, will restrict the freedom of the Internet.
Dec 17, 2010 — News Article: Cogeco takeover of Quebec radio stations cleared
Canada's broadcast regulator has approved Cogeco Inc.'s acquisition of 11 Quebec radio stations once owned by Corus Entertainment.
Dec 17, 2010 — News Article: CRTC approves Cogeco's acquisition of 11 Corus radio stations in Quebec by LuAnn LaSalle
Cable and media company Cogeco Inc. has more than tripled its radio holdings in Quebec after winning regulatory approval for its $80-million acquisition of 11 stations in the province.
Access 2020 says while current regulatory trends mean that sight- and hearing-impaired Canadians will only obtain complete access to television in thirty years, their goal is to achieve fully captioned and described television content within the next decade.
Dec 13, 2010 — News Article: Integrate the net into media mix or lose CanCon: WGC by Patricia Bailey
The Writers Guild of Canada, which represents 2,000 professional screenwriters, believes that if the CRTC doesn’t start to regulate the Internet, Canadian content will get lost and forgotten as audiences move online for their entertainment fix.
Dec 11, 2010 — News Article: CRTC needs sharper teeth, Audet says by Jamie Sturgeon
Some of the country's largest cable and satellite carriers are growing anxious over what rivals have planned for their newly acquired broadcast properties, and are urging regulators to adopt new rules "with teeth."
Dec 10, 2010 — News Article: Councillor protests CRTC decision to allow Internet billing-by-usage by Jeff Lee
Vancouver city councillor says billing independent Internet service providers based on their usage impedes competition in Canada's online business.
Acccording to documents obtained under the Access to Information Act, Sun TV news channel bowed to pressure from the broadcasting industry in dropping its application for a mandatory spot on basic television packages.
Dec 9, 2010 — News Article: Sun TV bowed to industry pressure
Documents show the CRTC received 19,555 interventions from citizens across the country regarding Quebecor's application for a new right-leaning news television station.
Dec 9, 2010 — News Article: Sun TV believed changed application would answer concern of objectors:documents by Mark Brownlee
Columnist says the owner of Sun TV was hoping an altered application would find favour with the CRTC and appease those who were opposed to the news channel.
Business professor says the CRTC has no legal authority to force Internet service providers to expand high-speed broadband to rural areas.
Dec 2, 2010 — News Article: Telecom companies must join complaints body
The CRTC has extended mandatory membership with the Commissioner of Complaints for Telecommunications Services to all telecom companies operating in Canada.
Dec 2, 2010 — News Article: Shaw says Internet companies like Netflix should be regulated by CRTC by Julian Beltrame
Columnist says Telecom company Shaw Communications is calling on the CRTC to regulate certain aspects of the Internet to protect Canadian broadcasting.
Dec 2, 2010 — News Article: Shaw says Netflix should be regulated by CRTC
Shaw says foreign entrants like online movie provider Netflix and video site Google TV are undermining the Canadian broadcasting system.
Nov 30, 2010 — News Article: Bell accused of turning rebate into promotion
The CRTC is being called on to put an end to a promotional campaign that offers to let Bell Canada customers turn a mandated $67 rebate into a $100 coupon that would tie customers to a two-year contract.
Nov 29, 2010 — News Article: Small telecom firms should be part of consumer complaints agency, CRTC told by Sarah Schmidt
Bell has joined consumers groups in telling the CRTC it's simply not fair that customers of smaller companies cannot lodge consumer complaints, especially with so many smaller wireless companies entering the marketplace.
Nov 27, 2010 — News Article: CRTC approves Quebecor's Sun News by Andrew Mayeda
Columnist says the network's biggest challenge will be to make a profit without special treatment.
Nov 26, 2010 — News Article: CRTC gives green light to Sun TV by Susan Krashinsky
After gaining CRTC approval for a standard category-two licence, Sun TV is now set to launch in mid-March, 2011.
Quebecor Inc. has received a standard category-two licence to launch its proposed 24-7 news-and-opinion channel, Sun TV News.
Nov 24, 2010 — News Article: CMF funds 4,400 hours of Cancon for $327M
The Canada Media Fund disbursed a record amount of $327 million last year to help produce 4,400 hours of programming, including 932 hours of new broadcast programs.
Nov 24, 2010 — News Article: CRTC, Industry Canada chiefs complain about lack of tools by Perry Hoffman
Assistant deputy minister at Industry Canada says for the department to more effectively manage scarce spectrum resources, legislative changes are in order.
Nov 18, 2010 — News Article: Too soon to say if vertical integration in the media is good for Canada: CRTC
Canada's broadcast regulator says it is concerned enough about vertical integration in the media to launch public hearings next spring, but currently has no idea if it is creating a problem.
Nov 10, 2010 — News Article: OPINION: Time to give the telecom watchdog some real teeth by Ellen Roseman
Business writer for the Toronto Star says the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS) currently lacks the power to hold cell phone companies accountable for breaking rules created to protect consumers.
Nov 10, 2010 — News Article: CRTC ponders rural phone rate hike
The cost of maintaining a landline for some Canadians may go up by 50 per cent, raising rates from around $22 to about $36 per residential line.
The federal government has announced that high-speed Internet service will be coming to more than 30,000 Canadian households in rural or remote areas.
Canada’s broadcast regulator says too many companies in the broadcast system are breaking the rules, and it’s asking the federal government for the power to mete out tougher punishments.
Nov 6, 2010 — News Article: Shaw gets 5-year licence renewal by Kim Guttormson
Shaw Communications' broadcasting distribution licence was extended for five years, rather than the standard seven, with the CRTC citing its late payments to a fund that pays for Canadian programming.
Liberal MP Marc Garneau has warned the CRTC that they should make high-speed Internet part of its “basic service objective” because Canadians who do not have advanced broadband Internet will become “second-class citizens”.
Nov 2, 2010 — News Article: A Bigger Shaw Communications Must Support Real Community and Local TV: Advocates
Community and local TV advocates have asked Shaw and the CRTC to ensure that Canada’s broadcast system remains open to public participation and local content production.
Nov 1, 2010 — News Article: OPINION: Connect the dots: Bring broadband to all Canadians by Robert McLeman
Robert McLeman argues setting a goal of broadband for everyone is in our national interest, just as the railway, the post office, the RCMP and the Trans-Canada highway were in years past.
Nov 1, 2010 — News Article: Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2010-808
To ensure that the definitions of television program categories still accurately capture all of the types of programs enjoyed by Canadians, the CRTC sets out revised definitions for specific program categories.
Nov 1, 2010 — News Article: Telus called the shots on CRTC deal by Richard J. Brennan
Columnist says that to avoid admitting any wrongdoing or fine, Telus helped set the terms and conditions of an agreement with the CRTC and even had a hand in writing their press release.
Oct 31, 2010 — News Article: Bell wins nod to use wireless option in rural Web rollout by Iain Marlow
Columnist says the CRTC has issued a ruling saying Bell Canada may use a pool of regulatory fees to roll out broadband Internet using wireless technologies, overturning an earlier decision that would have forced Bell to use more costly DSL networks.
Oct 29, 2010 — News Article: Globalive financier: 'We will make pain, and they will suffer' by Iain Marlow
Egyptian telecom titan, Naguib Sawiris says Canada has much in common with China in terms of its regulation of foreign investment in the telecommunications industry.
Oct 28, 2010 — News Article: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2010-649-2
The CRTC announces it will consider the application for licence of Sun TV News at a non-appearing hearing.
Oct 27, 2010 — News Article: SaskTel seeks subsidy for rural broadband
SaskTel CEO Ron Styles warned about the growing "digital divide" between urban and rural Canada and wants the CRTC to include high-speed Internet in the national subsidy for high-cost telecommunications services to rural and remote areas.
Oct 27, 2010 — News Article: CRTC holds hearings on rural broadband
The CRTC is deciding whether it should declare broadband internet a fundamental service that it needs to regulate, similar to how it governs basic phone service.
The CRTC and federal government face the challenge of expanding high-speed Internet and declaring it a basic service in a country where, in many places, a relatively small population is scattered over great distances.
Oct 24, 2010 — Policy Brief: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2010715
In a submission to the CRTC, FRIENDS supports the application by Bluepoint Investments to acquire the assets and control of Saskatchewan Communications Network Corporation (SCN).
Oct 22, 2010 — News Article: CRTC OKs sale of Canwest TV assets, but will look into broadcast consolidation by Luann Lasalle
Shaw Communications Inc. won approval to buy Canwest's TV assets, but the CRTC has signalled it's worried consolidation in the broadcast industry could produce anti-competitive behaviour.
Ottawa should end an "xenophobia" towards international ownership of domestic wireless and broadband carriers that has deterred innovation and resulted in competitive gridlock, says a new report from influential research firm Seaboard Group.
Oct 18, 2010 — News Article: End foreign ownership limits on telecoms: group
SeaBoard Group says the Canadian government should quickly lift all restrictions on foreign ownership in the telecom companies.
Oct 18, 2010 — News Article: New SCN owner seeks licence
Bluepoint Investments wants a seven-year licence to continue operating SCN. The company is also seeking some changes to the conditions of the current licence to allow the broadcaster to air advertisements.
Columnist says Corus Entertainment is applying for an all-news network in western Canada that proposes "hyper-local" newcasts for 64 small and medium-sized markets.
Oct 8, 2010 — News Article: China blacks out Nobel TV broadcasts by Jonathan Landreth
Columnist says China’s government blocked all media coverage of the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo, keeping the world's largest television and online audiences in the dark about one of its most prestigious honors.
Senator Bob Runciman told the Canadian Senate that Avaaz, a U.S. website linked to American billionaire George Soros, was spearheading a campaign against Sun TV News, a conservative all-news TV channel dubbed Fox News North by its critics.
Oct 6, 2010 — News Article: Report: News Organizations Unfairly Shut Down Political Speech by Wendy Davis
According to a new report by the Center for Democracy & Technology, Fox News, MSNBC, National Public Radio and other news organizations have used copyright law to stifle political speech online.
Oct 6, 2010 — News Article: Fox News North denies hate propaganda by Etan Vlessing
In his newspaper editorial, Pierre Karl Peladeau, CEO of Quebecor Media says "We have never published or broadcast hate propaganda."
Oct 5, 2010 — News Article: Two-Thirds of CRTC Interveners Support Funding for Independent, Community-Based Television Channels and Multi-Media Centres
Canadian Accociation of Community Television Users and Stations says years of complaints from the Canadian public that they have been excluded from "community TV channels" on cable, the CRTC released a new community TV policy for Canada in late August with little change from the existing policy.
Oct 5, 2010 — News Article: Sun TV gears down licence application by Susan Krashinsky
Quebecor chief executive officer Pierre Karl Péladeau says his company will withdraw and attempt for special treatment from the broadcast licence application of Sun TV News.
Pierre Karl Peladeau says Quebecor likely to drop a request to the CRTC, Canada's TV regulator, to guarantee market carriage for the proposed Sun TV News service.
The activist group Avaaz has delivered over 21,000 letters from Canadians to the country's broadcast regulator demanding no special treatment for Sun TV.
Sep 30, 2010 — Policy Brief: Re: CRTC Broadcast Notice of Consultation 2010-623
FRIENDS supports a proposal that would see 0.5% of cable gross revenues directed towards the creation of a Community Access Media Fund to which independent non-profit community-run access channels could apply for support.
Sep 30, 2010 — News Article: Reject Sun TV Application Says Friends
In FRIENDS' brief to the Commission, spokesperson Ian Morrison writes: "FRIENDS recommends that the request for the initial three-years' mandatory access be rejected by the Commission."
President of Mediac Inc. says Shaw ignored both the CRTC and Canadians with disabilities by only offering $3 million to add a few hours of described video per week for millions of visually impaired Canadians.
FRIENDS says the CRTC should reject special status for Québecor's Sun TV and defer consideration of its all news channel application because it is incomplete.
Sep 30, 2010 — Policy Brief: Re: CRTC Broadcast Notice of Consultation 2010-649: Application 2010-1188-2 [TVA Group Inc. on behalf of a general partnership to be constituted or a corporation to be incorporated]
FRIENDS opposes a request that would see Québecor's Sun TV receive mandatory access in its first three years of operation and offers several observations and suggestions for consideration by the CRTC.
Sep 28, 2010 — Policy Brief: Re: Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2010-629 — Criteria for assessing applications for mandatory distribution on the digital basic service
In a letter to the CRTC, FRIENDS says a proposed two-year moratorium on the consideration of any Category 1 broadcast applications would be highly prejudicial to the smaller, independent members of the broadcasting system.
Sep 24, 2010 — News Article: Nine myths about Canadian culture by Kate Taylor
Toronto Star Columnist, Kate Taylor, takes on commonly held beliefs about media in Canada.
Shaw has concluded its final presentation to the CRTC, asking approval for its $2-billion acquisition of the TV stations of CanWest Global Communications Corp.
Sep 22, 2010 — News Article: CRTC weighs in on Shaw-Canwest deal by Etan Vlessing
Columnist says Shaw Communications looks on track for a quick approval of its $2 billion takeover of Canwest Global Communications’ TV assets.
Sep 20, 2010 — News Article: Ian Morrison gets it wrong on SunTV by David Akin
Sun Media Ottawa bureau chief takes issue with FRIENDS opt-ed regarding the application of Sun TV currently before the CRTC.
Sep 20, 2010 — News Article: Prime Ministers shouldn't hand out broadcasting licences like Senate seats by Ian Morrison
FRIENDS says Canadians don't want their Prime Ministers handing out broadcasting licences like Senate seats and that such power would damage the freedom of the press.
Sep 17, 2010 — News Article: Canada ranks among the world's best in telecommunications technology, services
Columnist says Canada is one of the leading countries in terms of broadband penetration and that 80 per cent of Canadians 16 and older used the Internet for personal reasons in 2009, that 96 per cent of them went online from home and 92 per cent of those accessed the Internet with a high-speed connection.
Columnist says that nobody is “afraid” of Sun TV News but some people are simply disgusted by the attacks on existing media and the insistence that a right-wing-only media outlet is necessary in Canada.
Sep 15, 2010 — News Article: Teneycke resigns from Quebecor
Ricken Patel, avaaz.org's executive director and co-founder, called Teneycke's resignation "a battle won in a longer fight against crony-media in Canada."
Sep 13, 2010 — News Article: Fee for carriage issue may be dead by Paul Vieira
Analysts say BCE Inc.’s deal for CTV has likely ushered in an era of détente in the broadcasting industry battle over fee-for-carriage.
Sep 12, 2010 — News Article: Ottawa’s media rules muzzling federal scientists, say observers by Margaret Munro
Columnist says the Harper government has tightened the muzzle on federal scientists, going so far as to control when and what they can say about floods at the end of the last ice age.
Columnist says Stephen Harper wants Luc Lavoie as Chair of the CRTC.
Sep 10, 2010 — News Article: BCE buys CTV in $3.2B deal by Eric Lam
Columnist says Bell, which currently holds a 15% stake in CTV, will acquire the remaining 85% for $1.3-billion in equity value from an ownership group including The Woodbridge Company Ltd.
Sep 9, 2010 — News Article: Canwest creditor protection extended
Canwest Global Communications Corp. said Wednesday it has been granted an extension of creditor-protection status until November 5th, 2010.
Sep 7, 2010 — Policy Brief: Re: CRTC Broadcast Notice of Consultation 2010-551: Application #2009-1674-4
FRIENDS comments on an application by Corus for a broadcasting licence to operate a regional specialty television channel.
Columnist says if there were a big demand for a right-wing news outfit from consumers, it would be a success without the special cable status it is manoeuvring to achieve.
Sep 5, 2010 — News Article: Geist: Competition concerns drive CRTC Internet provider policy by Michael Geist
Columnist says that while the investment concerns are unquestionably important, the CRTC decision forcing incumbent telecom companies to provide independent ISPs with speed-matched open access to their networks is fundamentally about competition.
Sep 4, 2010 — News Article: Harper s'intéresse à Sun TV News by Malorie Beauchemin
A freedom of information request to the Prime Minister's Office reveals that Stephen Harper received a briefing note on Quebecor's pitch to the CRTC for "Fox News North" last July.
Sep 4, 2010 — News Article: The real deal behind Fox News North by Norman Spector
Columnist says a Conservative friendly all-news network may be more about Quebecor Inc. President Pierre Karl Péladeau's ambition to own an NHL francise in Quebec City.
Sep 3, 2010 — News Article: The Blind Protester by Chris Selley
Columnist says rumours of Stephen Harper attempting to oust Konrad von Finckenstein as chairman of the CRTC and trying to push "American style hate media" on Canadians is purely conjecture.
Sep 2, 2010 — News Article: Left-wing scare tactic lacks facts by Brian Lilley
Columnist says the recent Avaaz petition asking Canadians to stop "American style hate media" is really about a group of left-wing Americans supporting interests in Canada that don't want to see competition in news broadcasting.
Sep 2, 2010 — News Article: Bell to appeal CRTC Internet ruling by Vito Pilieci
Bell Canada says it will appeal to the federal cabinet a decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission that incumbent companies like Bell must open Internet connections to competitors and provide unimpeded access.
Sep 1, 2010 — News Article: Margaret Atwood takes on ‘Fox News North’ by Jane Taber
Canadian author, Margaret Atwood, is criticizing Stephen Harper over what she sees as his dictatorial approach to regulating the airwaves.
Columnist says the the Prime Minister's Office is prepared to walk over any cavilling by the Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Corporation to grant Sun Media a first-class licence for Sun News TV.
Aug 31, 2010 — News Article: Small providers win CRTC ruling for top-speed broadband
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says their decision will safeguard the principles of public access and greater competition.
Columnist says the CRTC has ruled that Canada’s established telecom carriers must allow smaller Internet providers access to their high-speed fiber networks at the same speed they offer to their own customers but they may charge a 10% mark-up.
Aug 30, 2010 — News Article: Canada is a telecom backwater, says bold backer of Wind Mobile by Iain Marlow
Naguib Sawiris, the Egyptian industrialist behind Wind Mobile, says Canada’s desire to protect its domestic industry from foreign players is matched only by China.
Aug 26, 2010 — News Article: CRTC changes community television policy to enhance local participation
In this media release, The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission announced a new policy that will give Canadians more opportunities to participate in their community television channels.
Aug 24, 2010 — News Article: McQuaig: Harper’s Foxy luncheon by Linda McQuaig
FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, says based on the information he has, Stephen Harper has taken a person interest in creating a right-wing, Fox-style TV station in Canada.
FRIENDS says the integrity of the CRTC has to be defended.
Aug 19, 2010 — News Article: Revealed! Stephen Harper’s secret plan to take over the CRTC and launch Sun TV by Ashleigh Ryan
Columnist lays out arguments as to how Stephen Harper may be trying to "take over" the CRTC.
Aug 14, 2010 — News Article: Shaw takeover of Canwest Global TV operations okayed by Competition Bureau
Canada’s Competition Bureau says Shaw Communications Inc.’s $2-billion purchase of Canwest Global Communications Corp.’s broadcast arm will not substantially reduce or prevent competition in the sector.
Columnist says around 100,000 subscribers signed up with Wind Mobile through early July, far exceeding projected numbers.
Aug 13, 2010 — News Article: Competition Bureau Clears Shaw's Acquisition of Canwest
The Competition Bureau will not challenge Shaw Communications Inc.'s proposed acquisition of the over-the-air and specialty television businesses of Canwest Global Communications Corp.
Aug 10, 2010 — News Article: Language watchdog taking CBC to court by Althiq Raj
Canada’s language watchdog is taking the CBC to court over its decision to cancel all its French-language programs produced in Windsor, Ont.
Aug 6, 2010 — News Article: CBC won't meet digital TV deadline
The public broadcaster said it will require 27 transmitters to make the switchover nationally, but only 15 of them will be active by Aug. 31, 2011, the deadline imposed for major markets by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.
Jul 29, 2010 — News Article: Telecom took in $41B in 2009
Conventional television and radio stations saw their revenue decline, while the telecom industry saw a 1.8 per cent increase from the previous year in 2009.
The CRTC says that Internet usage among Canadians reached new highs in 2009, with the consumption of broadcasting content among the most popular activities.
Columnist says cable giant Shaw Communications Inc. has proposed putting $203 million into the local industry to secure regulatory approval for a $2 billion deal for the TV assets of Canwest Global Communications Corp. as it completes a financial restructuring.
Jul 22, 2010 — News Article: CRTC Decision Provides Boost for Campus-Community Radio, But A Lot Of Work Still To Be Done
The campus and community radio sector will receive $775,000 in annual funding following a decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission on the Review of the Campus and Community Radio Policies.
Jul 21, 2010 — News Article: CRTC to Review Satellite TV Policies
Columnist says the CRTC wants to address matters relating the country's transition to digital TV, local television access and broadcast commercial substitution, all of which have been controversial issues for the broadcast and telecom regulator.
Documents filed to the Federal Court of Appeal regarding the CRTC's power to implement a negotiated signal compensation regime.
Jul 19, 2010 — News Article: CRTC talks switchover
The CRTC has said broadcasters should begin a program to educate consumers about the switch to digital television no later than March of next year, and says that it will begin digital trials in select markets ahead of the August, 2011 deadline.
Jul 17, 2010 — News Article: Sun TV news channel hits a snag
Serge Sasseville, Quebecor's vice-president of corporate affairs, says "We'll get exactly what we're asking for at the end of the day" and will make the same request for must-carry through another category of license.
Columnist says the CRTC has decided to modify its regulations for smaller local stations who may choose not to convert to digital and drop their analog broadcasting capabilities altogether.
The CRTC says consumer awareness and education is a key component of the transition to digital television.
Jul 16, 2010 — News Article: Program to subsidize digital converter boxes for consumers not necessary: CRTC by Luann Lasalle
CRTC Chairman, Konrad von Finckenstein, says there's no need for a government subsidy to help consumers make the transition to digital TV.
Jul 14, 2010 — News Article: Cablecos should devote 10 per cent of revenues to Canadian programming: Broadcasting watchdog by Karen Fournier
FRIENDS recommends a 10% levy on cable revenues for Canadian content, and a prevention of these monopolies from recouping the contribution from their subscribers.
Jul 14, 2010 — News Article: Relax, folks, we won’t be channelling Fox News North by Jeffrey Simpson
Columnist says Sun TV won’t be watched by many people most of those who do watch will be committed right-wingers looking to have previously held opinions reaffirmed.
Jul 13, 2010 — News Article: Court Whacks Plan to Boost Canadian Content on Web
The Federal Court of Appeal has concluded that so long as ISPs maintain a content-neutral approach, they fall outside of the Broadcasting Act and should not be expected to play a role in promoting the policies found within the legislation.
Jul 13, 2010 — Policy Brief: Digital Economy Consultation
FRIENDS recommends that the Canadian Media Fund, and other federally-sponsored funds, be augmented by tapping into the huge profits of the four big cable monopolies, whose profit before interest and taxes in 2009 exceeded 25%.
Jul 9, 2010 — News Article: Upcoming renewals of TV undertakings (2011-2012)
The CRTC intends to consider the renewals of various television undertakings at public hearings across the country.
Jun 24, 2010 — News Article: Distributors disappointed with CTV's 'Save Local TV' CBSC win by Stefan Dubowski
FRIENDS supports the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council's finding that CTVglobemedia Inc. didn’t break the rules during its “Save Local TV” campaign, but says broadcasters and distributors were both “stretching the truth” during the fee-for-carriage air war.
Jun 17, 2010 — News Article: F.C.C. Moves to Expand Role in Broadband By Edward Wyatt
The Federal Communications Commission believes giving itself the authority to regulate the transmission component of broadband Internet service is central to expanding the availability of broadband.
Columnist says observers are wondering whether there will soon be a wave of similar requests for specialty channels from cash-strapped conventional TV operators.
Columnist says Quebecor is seeking a potentially lucrative Category 1 licence from the CRTC for its proposed Sun TV News Channel, requiring distributors to offer it on at least one tier of their services.
Jun 11, 2010 — News Article: Conservative broadcaster says Canadians ready for like-minded TV network by Stephanie Levitz
Columnist says there is speculation Quebecor Inc. is looking to create a news network in the style of Fox News as an alternative to what supporters call "left wing, mainstream media" in Canada.
Columnist says a tilt toward favouring new entrants, combined with removing restrictions, could see a foreign firms harm Canadian companies in the $40-billion telecom and broadcasting sector and explains the three options up for debate.
Jun 8, 2010 — News Article: Treat telecom, broadcasting equally: CRTC by Iain Marlow
CRTC Chairman, Konrad von Fickenstein, says it's impossible to separate the telecom and broadcasting sectors in an age of convergence, and suggests if Ottawa wishes to ease foreign ownership rules for telecom, it must do the same for broadcasting.
Jun 8, 2010 — News Article: Canadian Lobby No More by James Careless
Columnist says private broadcaster's no longer have a common front for responding to various CRTC policy initiatives, "many of which promote Canadian cultural goals at the broadcasters’ expense."
Columnist says any eventual relaxation of foreign ownership rules for domestic phone companies is expected to impact Canadian cable operators and broadcasters operating under the federal Broadcasting Act as each is Canada sees increasing crossover amid continuing industry convergence.
Jun 7, 2010 — News Article: Telecom industry readies for rules overhaul
Lobbying groups seek potential new ownership rules to be applied to all telecommunications companies, regardless of size.
Jun 4, 2010 — News Article: The Dalton Camp Award
In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison and 2010 Dalton Camp Award winner Ethan Rabidoux discuss the award and the man who inspired it.
The president of Canada's largest telecommunications union says that Industry Minister Tony Clement's plans to ease restriction on foreign investment in the Telco sector are a one-sided sell out of Canadian interests.
Jun 3, 2010 — News Release: 2010 Dalton Camp Award winners announced
Ethan Rabidoux of Stratford, Ontario and Rosalyn Yake of Peterborough, Ontario are the 2010 winners of the Dalton Camp Award.
Jun 3, 2010 — News Article: Copyright legislation walks a fine line by Etan Vlessing
Columnist says Canadian content creators are applauding Ottawa for combating content piracy with new copyright legislation that protects film and TV production jobs and creativity.
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP), Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) and Friends of Canadian Broadcasting argue before the Federal Court for intervener status in a case that claims the federal government ignored the Canadian ownership requirements of the Telecommunications Act.
Jun 1, 2010 — News Release: Winners of the 2010 Dalton Camp Award to be announced
The winners of the 2010 Dalton Camp Award will be announced Thursday, June 3 at the Musée des beaux-arts in Montreal.
Columnist says Bell Canada and the CRTC are in conflict as the country's biggest communications firm disagrees with rules it says put it at a disadvantage to key competitors.
May 13, 2010 — News Article: Ottawa firm on foreign ownership of telecoms
Industry Minister, Tony Clement says The Harper government is committed to preserving Canadian content on television and radio while allowing for a greater foreign presence in the telecommunications sector.
CRTC Chairman says a foreign-ownership cap of 49 per cent should remain in place for both the broadcasting and wireless sectors, and that loosened restrictions should apply even to existing providers.
May 13, 2010 — News Article: Tories play slow-pitch with Clement by Suzan Ayscough
Industry Minister Tony Clement argued on Thursday that broadcasting and telecommunications should remain separate while repeating his argument that competitiveness, by way of foreign investment, "is good for Canadians."
May 13, 2010 — News Article: SCN and Sask. government miss CRTC deadline
Watchdog group says the CRTC has informed SCN Matters that SCN and the government of Saskatchewan have missed the deadline set by the CRTC for response to several complaints filed with the commission regarding SCN’s board of directors.
Columnist says Data and Audio-Visual Enterprises will need to make some changes to ensure that a non-Canadian minority shareholder doesn't undermine the Canadian management team and board of directors.
May 7, 2010 — News Article: Canadian Satellite Radio: Finally
FRIENDS says upholding the CRTC's decision to issue two new satellite radio licences signals a "black day" for Canadian media.
Columnist says it is impossible to make our over-the-air TV system digital by the August 31, 2011 deadline set by the CRTC.
Columnist says FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski intends to put forward a plan to categorize broadband transmission service as a telecommunications service, subject to Title II of the Telecommunications Act.
Columnist says Federal Communications Commission considers broadband service a hybrid between an information service and a utility and that it has sufficient power to regulate Internet traffic under existing law.
Columnist says the CRTC is upset that CBC has changed the mandate of a specialty channel aimed at rural audiences
Apr 19, 2010 — News Article: Foreign media control opposed by most: poll
In a recent poll, per cent of responders agreed that Canadian broadcasting and communication companies are too important for cultural and national security reasons to be sold into foreign control.
Apr 18, 2010 — News Article: CRTC faces a new reality
Columnist says Tony Clement’s notion that Canada can invite foreign investment in one sector (telecom) without it spilling over into another (culture) is either naïve or reckless.
Apr 14, 2010 — News Article: CRTC does the policy time warp again by Robert Silver
Columnist questions CRTC position on foreign ownership and calls for changes to telecommunications legislation.
CRTC Chair says his commission's powers are becoming "outdated" and a single "comprehensive" piece of legislation is needed.
Apr 8, 2010 — News Article: Coalition Seeks to Overturn Decision to License Globalive by Andrea Hayley
FRIENDS says "the government has done something it doesn't have the right to do" regarding a ruling that allows Globalive a wireless license in Canada.
The CEO of Quebecor says criticism of CRTC's decision to leave the CBC out of new fee-for-carriage scheme is unwarrented.
Some consumers say AT&T is trying to profit from their weakness.
Apr 5, 2010 — News Article: Consumers oppose fee hike, CRTC says by Katie Bailey
CRTC lays out two primary themes in report: a concern for the future of local television and opposition to paying more for programming.
FRIENDS says several generations of hard work to maintain our cultural sovereignty will go down the drain if foreign ownership rules are gutted.
FRIENDS, ACTRA and CEP are backing Public Mobile in its bid to challenge the federal government's approval of Globalive and its mobile brand Wind.
Apr 1, 2010 — News Article: Unions seek to back review of Globalive licence
ACTRA and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union join FRIENDS in backing a review of Globalive's wireless license.
Mar 30, 2010 — News Article: Content producers facing hard times by Karen Mazurkewich
TV producers say the debate over fee-for-carriage should really have been about the survival of Canadian production and whether or not cable and satellite would lift a hand.
Mar 30, 2010 — News Article: Static on the CBC by Ish Theilheimer
FRIENDS says the CRTC decision on fee-for-carriage entrenches the power and wealth of the cable companies.
Mar 30, 2010 — News Article: Opening foreign ownership for integrated telecom sector will impact broadcasting, Morrison tells committee by Jonathan Migneault
FRIENDS says opening up foreign ownership regulation in one sector can be expected to impact others.
Columnist says a missing perspective in the CRTC's fee-for-carriage ruling was the failure to account for the emergence of the Internet as a significant delivery channel for broadcast content.
Mar 26, 2010 — News Article: Broadcasters face challenge of keeping viewers, even as CRTC tries to offer help by Luann Lasalle
Columnist says broadcasters will need to get creative when it comes to content if they want to keep eyeballs glued to the TV screens.
Mar 25, 2010 — News Article: CRTC needs real power by Nicholas Hirst
Columnists says the government should make legislative changes that will allow the CRTC look to the future rather than being bound by the past.
Mar 25, 2010 — News Article: The network/cable war
Editorial says if TV networks emerge with more revenues from cable fees, the CRTC should ensure that money is spent on domestic content.
Mar 24, 2010 — News Article: Minority Report by Commissioner Michel Morin
CRTC commissioner says the broadcast regulator should have established a a "skinny" basic TV service that would have given viewers the choice whether or not to pay new rates resulting from negotiations between broadcasters and distributors.
Mar 24, 2010 — News Article: Why the CBC should stop the hissy fit by John Doyle
Columnist says The CBC’s reaction to the CRTC fee-for-carriage plan was hysterical and utterly unwarranted.
CRTC says it does not believe "that significant affordability issues would be created" for consumers if a new compensation regime is introduced as early as next year.
Groups representing actors and producers are frustrated with the laissez-faire approach the federal regulator is taking to where and when Canadian programming appears.
Mar 24, 2010 — News Article: Government fears consumer casualties in TV wars by Mike De Souza and Jamie Sturgeon
The federal government says it is studying options to protect consumers from fee hikes as a result of an ongoing war between television broadcasters and cable distributors.
Columnist says that by nodding in favour of fee for carriage and punting the issue to the courts, the CRTC gets to wash his hands of the whole business.
Mar 23, 2010 — News Article: The CRTC justifies its existence by John Doyle
Columnist says the CRTC exists for a reason: Cable and broadcasters cannot be relied upon to self-regulate and provide the best services to Canadians.
Mar 23, 2010 — News Article: Video: The CRTC decision on fee-for-carriage
The spokesperson for Friends of Canadian Broadcasting explains how the CRTC ruling about a negotiated settlement will impact TV viewers.
Mar 23, 2010 — News Article: TV networks win latest battle with cable companies, but war ahead by Jennifer Ditchburn
FRIENDS says the CRTC made a business-as-usual decision on fee-for-carriage, punting the opinion to the Federal Court of Appeal, which is months if not years away.
Mar 23, 2010 — News Article: Evil genius logic at CRTC by Don Martin
Columnist says the CRTC has proposed a standoff scenario filled with enough mutually assured discomfort to force both sides to the table to deliver popular programming for shared financial benefit.
Mar 23, 2010 — News Article: CRTC gives local TV edge in fees dispute by Jamiest Urgeon And Paul Vieira
FRIENDS says the CRTC's decision on fee-for-carriage is "fiddling while Rome burns."
Mar 23, 2010 — News Article: Cable and satellite TV operators focus of market in wake of CRTC ruling by Malcolm Morrison
A CRTC ruling would allow TV stations to withhold their signals from a cable or satellite company if they don't like the way fee-for-carriage negotiations are going.
Mar 23, 2010 — News Article: The implications and advisability of implementing a compensation regime for the value of local television signals
Report on the issue of fee-for-carriage in Canada's broadcasting industry.
Mar 23, 2010 — News Article: CBC blasts CRTC for TV signals decision
CBC/Radio-Canada is condemning the CRTC for its new framework for conventional television, saying the decision leaves Canada's public broadcaster out to dry.
Mar 23, 2010 — News Article: Cogeco Cable challenges CRTC order by Etan Vlessing
Cable operator Cogeco Cable says it will approach the Federal Court of Appeal to argue the CRTC has no jurisdiction to order distributors to negotiate with broadcasters for their local TV station signals.
Mar 22, 2010 — News Release: Local news one step closer to extinction
FRIENDS says there is a crisis in Canadian local TV and the CRTC announcement on fee-for-carriage fails to reflect the urgency of the threat to local programming.
Mar 22, 2010 — News Release: Media Advisory: Ian Morrison to comment on CRTC decision
FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, will be available to comment on today’s CRTC decision concerning signal compensation immediately following release of the decision at 4pm (EDT).
Mar 22, 2010 — News Article: CBC Excluded From Fee-For-Carriage Decision. Programs and Service Cuts Likely: Lacroix
CBC president says the fee-for-carriage decision "will force us to cut programs and services, and our ability to fulfill our mandate has been compromised".
Mar 22, 2010 — News Article: CRTC to rule on 'TV tax' dispute by LuAnn LaSalle
FRIENDS expects the CRTC to mandate compensation for local television signals and have both sides sit down to work out the value.
Mar 22, 2010 — News Article: CRTC approves talks on TV signal fees
FRIENDS says the CRTC's deaccession on fee-for-carriage is not in the interest of Canadian viewers.
Mar 22, 2010 — News Article: CRTC rules TV networks can charge for their signals by Susan Krashinsky
The major television networks have won the right to start charging for their signals, but it will now be up to the courts – and the federal government – to determine whether consumers will pay more on their monthly bills.
Mar 22, 2010 — News Article: Canadian Watchdog May Tell Rogers to Pay for Television Signals by Alexandre Deslongchamps
FRIENDS says the CRTC should rebalance the business models of the broadcast and cable industries.
The CRTC has devised a system aimed at allowing conventional television station owners to negotiate payments from operators of cable and satellite TV systems.
Mar 19, 2010 — News Article: Canadian broadcasters bleed advertising dollars
Data show Canada's television broadcasters continue to struggle under the weight of the economic recession, losing 10 per cent of their advertising revenue last year.
Mar 19, 2010 — News Article: CRTC to rule next week in battle over television carriage fees by Jamie Sturgeon
FRIENDS says the cable companies are in a financial position where they should pay for the over-the-air signals they pull in.
Mar 19, 2010 — News Article: Declining ad sales hurting broadcasters
CRTC data show Canada's private broadcasters saw their profit margins fall 5.9 per cent in the last year as declining advertising sales took a bite out of revenues.
Mar 18, 2010 — News Article: TV-cable spat set to resume by Jennifer Ditchburn
The CRTC is soon expected to hand down major decision in the fee-for-carriage fight between broadcasters and cable companies.
Mar 18, 2010 — News Article: CRTC says private conventional TV stations booked $116.4 million loss last year by David Friend
Canada's biggest private television broadcasters reported losses before interest and taxes of $116.4 million in 2009.
Columnist says that recent missteps indicate that months spent on the foreign ownership file may have taken time away from Wind Mobile's launch preparation.
Industry analyst says Stephen Harper's decision to overrule the CRTC and allow Globalive to proceed with its wireless service in Canada, cost taxpayers many tens, if not hundreds of millions of dollars.
Mar 6, 2010 — News Article: CBC May Be Gone from CKPR
On the heels of the move by Thunder Bay Electronics to shift from being a CTV affiliate to a Global Television affiliate, now comes a move to sever ties to the CBC.
Mar 4, 2010 — News Article: Changes to Canada's foreign ownership rules
In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses how changes to foreign investment rules could impact Canadian broadcasters and the country's cultural sovereignty.
Mar 3, 2010 — News Article: Report: Revitalizing a Media Reform Movement in Canada
OpenMedia.ca has released a report entitled "Revitalizing a Media Reform Movement in Canada," which is focused on the potential for a broader movement for media change in Canada.
Mar 1, 2010 — Policy Brief: Re: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009-732: Mandatory distribution – Section 9(1)(h)
FRIENDS supports the mandatory carriage of those television services which the CRTC determines to be in the public interest.
Mar 1, 2010 — News Article: Olympic advocates push for 24/7 amateur sports channels
A consortium is lobbying the CRTC for two 24/7 amateur specialty channels that would keep the spotlight on Canada's Olympians as they compete between Games.
Feb 23, 2010 — News Article: CRTC settles fee for carriage debate; TV ruling out next month by Jamie Sturgeon
A source inside the CRTC says that the body has come to a determination on the highly contentious "fee for carriage" debate.
Feb 19, 2010 — News Article: CRTC has lost its 'structure of control,' says von Finckenstein by Jonathan Migneault
The CRTC chairman says the role of the broadcast regulator could change significantly in the coming years as converging technologies change how Canadians use and access media.
Feb 15, 2010 — News Article: CRTC chief tries to clear the air over broadband by Jacquie McNish and Iain Marlow
The CRTC chair says there are no plans to extend regulator's media and telecom regulations into the wireless world.
Feb 13, 2010 — News Article: Future uncertain for CanWest's newspaper chain
FRIENDS says Shaw's decision to keep Corus at arm's length from its Canwest acquisitions might be a strategy to keep the CRTC from intervening.
Feb 12, 2010 — News Article: CTRC must show backbone on Shaw takeover of Canwest
The NDP Cultural spokesman says the merger of Shaw and Canwest presents a dangerous new threshold in media concentration.
Feb 12, 2010 — News Article: Let's join the digital broadcasting revolution by Lawson A.W. Hunter, Edward Iacobucci and Michael J. Trebilcock
Industry observers says the Internet age requires a complete overhaul in Canadian-content policies.
Feb 12, 2010 — News Article: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009-803-1
An application by Média de Novo to sell the 'local availabilities' on U.S. specialty channels has been withdrawn.
A new report indicates skyrocketing phone and television prices are a key area of concern for the CRTC, but the regulator has no easy answers for fixing the problem.
Feb 10, 2010 — News Article: RAI votes for political fairness by Eric J. Lyman
Italian state broadcaster RAI says it will not run political commentary programs during the last month before the upcoming national elections.
Feb 10, 2010 — News Article: Navigating Convergence: Charting Canadian Communications Change and Regulatory Implications
The CRTC has issued a report projecting future issues in a converged world of broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.
Feb 8, 2010 — News Article: FreeHD Canada receives CRTC licences
FreeHD Canada has received CRTC approval to provide national direct-to-home satellite TV and wholesale programming satellite distribution services in Canada.
Feb 8, 2010 — News Article: Blacked-out in the Great White North by Bruce Dowbiggin
Columnist says that employing the blunt weapon of blacking out U.S. content, especially during the Super Bowl, won't work for a new generation of tech-savvy consumers.
More than 2,560 Canadians have written the CRTC to let communities control community-based media, says the Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Status (CACTUS).
Feb 1, 2010 — Policy Brief: Re: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009-661: Policies for Community Television
FRIENDS endorses a proposal that would see community TV stations become more like public libraries with local control and dedicated funding.
Jan 29, 2010 — News Article: CRTC rules becoming 'ineffective' by Jamie Sturgeon
A new report says the rapid expansion of broadband-fuelled entertainment, whether online or across cable TV networks, has rendered the regulatory framework established to protect and foster Canadian content obsolete.
Jan 28, 2010 — News Article: Local Avails: Whose time is it anyway? by Greg O'Brien
Columnist examines a proposal by Mediadenovo to sell the local availability advertising time on American specialty services to national Canadian advertisers.
Jan 27, 2010 — Policy Brief: Re: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009-803, item 1: Application # 2008-0203-4: Média de Novo Inc.
FRIENDS offers comments and poses questions on a Média de Novo submission to the CRTC that would see the company sell the 'local availabilities' on U.S. specialty channels.
Jan 26, 2010 — News Article: Rogers backs down on CRTC application by Iain Marlow
Rogers has withdrawn an application to the CRTC that would make it the responsibility of a subscriber's new cellphone company to pay any unpaid balance at the old one.
Jan 25, 2010 — News Article: Put community back in community TV by Cathy Edwards
The Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations is set to urge the CRTC to free community TV from the leash held by cable companies.
Jan 22, 2010 — News Article: Put Community Back Into Community TV
The Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations says Cable companies are curtailing access to community TV channels.
Jan 22, 2010 — News Article: Rogers wants rivals to pony up for unpaid cellphone bills by Peter Nowak
Rogers is asking the CRTC to order all wireless companies to be responsible for the unpaid balances owed by customers who switch providers.
Jan 20, 2010 — News Article: Recession and reduced CRTC requirements behind Citytv program cuts and job loss in Toronto
Media union rep says "The CRTC has permitted major market television stations to reduce local programming to a minimum of fourteen hours weekly and as a result there will be no weekend newscasts, noon news, or five o'clock news."
Jan 18, 2010 — News Article: Ofcom to force BSkyB sports price cut by Mimi Turner
The U.K. media regulator Ofcom is poised to slash the fee BSkyB can charge other operators to carry its sports channels.
Jan 11, 2010 — News Article: CACTUS Invites Public Comment on Community TV
Community Television group seeks public involvement in an upcoming CRTC hearing.
Jan 7, 2010 — News Article: Community Television Hearings at CRTC
The CRTC will hold public hearings into policies for community television beginning April.
Jan 6, 2010 — News Article: In a Clash Over Cable, Consumers Lose by Brian Stelter
Networks begin to pull programs off Cable platforms as the battle over fee-for-carriage in the U.S heats up.
Jan 5, 2010 — News Article: U.S.-type deal on cable fees not likely here, observers say by Madhavi Acharya-Tom Yew
Analyst says the U.S. TV model gives broadcasters the choice of either "mandatory carriage" or a negotiated fee-for-carriage.
Columnist identifies people such as the federal Industry Minister, the federal Heritage Minister and the chair of the CRTC as individuals who will influence tech law in the next year.
Jan 4, 2010 — News Article: For Media, 2010 is the Year of 'Open' by Steve Anderson
Columnist says it is time for Canada to drastically open up the country's media system.
Columnist says battle over fee-for-carriage in the U.S. will result in higher cable TV bills.