All CRTC / Regulation Articles — 2010

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.

Dec 16, 2010 — News Article

New Coalition Calls for Completely Accessible Broadcasting System

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.

Dec 10, 2010 — News Article

Sun TV pulls special request in licensing by Mark Brownlee

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.

Dec 6, 2010 — News Article

Expert doubts CRTC jurisdiction in Internet regulation by Mark Brownlee

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.

Nov 26, 2010 — News Article

CRTC approves Quebecor’s application to launch Sun TV by Andrew Mayeda

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.

Nov 8, 2010 — News Article

More remote communities get Internet broadband by Jameson Berkow

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.

Nov 8, 2010 — News Article

CRTC wants power to fine rule-breaking broadcasters by Susan Krashinsky

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.

Nov 2, 2010 — News Article

Make high-speed Internet ‘basic service,’ CRTC urged by Iain Marlow

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.

Oct 27, 2010 — News Article

Northern high-speed Internet focus of hearings by Iain Marlow

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.

Oct 18, 2010 — News Article

Ottawa urged to end telecom 'xenophobia' by Jamie Sturgeon

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.

Oct 14, 2010 — News Article

CRTC to consider Corus' all-news network by Etan Vlessing

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.

Oct 7, 2010 — News Article

George Soros accused in Sun TV News debate by Etan Vlessing

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.

Oct 5, 2010 — News Article

Quebecor won't force news channel on Canada by Etan Vlessing

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.

Oct 1, 2010 — News Article

Activist group Avaaz files 21,000-name petition against Sun TV

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."

Sep 30, 2010 — News Article

OPINION: The CRTC listened, but Shaw didn't by Beverly Milligan

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.

Sep 30, 2010 — News Release

Reject Sun TV application for special status says watchdog

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.

Sep 23, 2010 — News Article

Shaw promises ad neutrality: ‘We like money’ by Susan Krashinsky

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.

Sep 16, 2010 — News Article

10 things you need to know about Fox News North by John Doyle

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,'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.

Sep 10, 2010 — News Article

Harper voudrait Luc Lavoie au CRTC by Guillaume Bourgault-Côté

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.

Sep 7, 2010 — News Article

I guess Sun TV News only works if shoved down our throats by John Doyle

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.

Aug 31, 2010 — News Article

How Fox North became Harper's priority by Frances Russell

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.

Aug 31, 2010 — News Article

Good news for smaller Internet service providers by Alastair Sharp

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.

Aug 19, 2010 — News Article

Is Stephen Harper set to move against the CRTC? by Lawrence Martin

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.

Aug 13, 2010 — News Article

Wind Mobile burns cash as it buys clients by Jamie Sturgeon

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.

Jul 29, 2010 — News Article

Internet, wireless taking bigger chunk of communications by Derek Abma

The CRTC says that Internet usage among Canadians reached new highs in 2009, with the consumption of broadcasting content among the most popular activities.

Jul 23, 2010 — News Article

Shaw benefits package for Canwest Global deal by Etan Vlessing

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.

Jul 20, 2010 — Blog Post

The CRTC's powers under the Broadcasting Act

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.

Jul 16, 2010 — News Article

Almost a million households not ready for digital TV by Eric Lam

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.

Jul 16, 2010 — News Article

CRTC provides update on the transition to digital television

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.

Jun 16, 2010 — News Article

Quebecor aims to jump queue for TV licence by Jamie Sturgeon

Columnist says observers are wondering whether there will soon be a wave of similar requests for specialty channels from cash-strapped conventional TV operators.

Jun 15, 2010 — News Article

Quebecor fires warning shot at all-news networks by Susan Krashinsky

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.

Jun 11, 2010 — News Article

New telecom rules a balancing act by Iain Marlow Telecom Reporter

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."

Jun 7, 2010 — News Article

Canada seeks consultation on media ownership by Etan Vlessing

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.

Jun 4, 2010 — News Article

More foreign ownership a "one-sided sell out of Canadian interests"

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.

Jun 2, 2010 — News Article

Media Advisory - Federal court hearing on Globalive foreign ownership

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.

May 31, 2010 — News Article

Bell blasts CRTC over 'unacceptable' cable rules by Jamie Sturgeon

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 24, 2010 — Speech

Trends in Reporting Religions

Remarks by Ian Morrison, FRIENDS' spokesperson at the International Media Dialogue on Cultures and Religions in Beijing China on Canadian trends in reporting religions.

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.

May 13, 2010 — News Article

Clement hints Ottawa driving telecom policy, not CRTC by Iain Marlow

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.

May 7, 2010 — News Article

Mobilicity wireless launch approved by CRTC by Peter Nowak

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.

May 7, 2010 — News Article

ANALYSIS: Digital TV transition Plan B: Do nothing by Greg O’Brien

Columnist says it is impossible to make our over-the-air TV system digital by the August 31, 2011 deadline set by the CRTC.

May 5, 2010 — News Article

FCC Chair To Propose Reclassifying Broadband by Wendy Davis

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.

May 5, 2010 — News Article

F.C.C. Push to Regulate Broadband Is Expected By Edward Wyatt

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.

Apr 20, 2010 — News Article

CRTC to CBC: You’ve got 30 days to shape up! by John Doyle

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.

Apr 13, 2010 — News Article

CRTC wants massive media, telecom rules reform by Jamie Sturgeon

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.

Apr 6, 2010 — News Article

Show courage: Make the CBC accountable by Pierre Karl Peladeau

The CEO of Quebecor says criticism of CRTC's decision to leave the CBC out of new fee-for-carriage scheme is unwarrented.

Apr 6, 2010 — News Article

Bringing You a Signal You’re Already Paying For by Matt Richtel

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.

Apr 1, 2010 — News Article

Harper failed to consider Canadian culture in Globalive decision

FRIENDS says several generations of hard work to maintain our cultural sovereignty will go down the drain if foreign ownership rules are gutted.

Apr 1, 2010 — News Article

Unions side with telcos against Globalive by Suzan Ayscough

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.

Mar 29, 2010 — News Article

Broadcast policy gives the web a wide berth by Michael Geist

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.

Mar 24, 2010 — News Article

Canadians can afford higher cable fees, CRTC says by Jamie Sturgeon

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.

Mar 24, 2010 — News Article

Canadian TV creators frustrated by CRTC ruling by James Bradshaw

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.

Mar 24, 2010 — News Article

CRTC decision is good news - for lawyers by L. Ian Macdonald

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.

Mar 22, 2010 — News Article

In Canada, Local Stations May Negotiate a Cable Fee by Ian Austen

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.

Mar 17, 2010 — News Article

Is Wind blowing its first-mover advantage? by Perry Hoffman

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.

Mar 15, 2010 — News Article

Failed auction for Globalive cost taxpayers millions by Brent Fullard

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 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.

Feb 11, 2010 — News Article

CRTC struggling to rein in rising phone, TV prices by Peter Nowak

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.

Feb 3, 2010 — News Article

More Than 2560 Canadians Support Community-Controlled Media

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.

Jan 4, 2010 — News Article

The 10 players who will shape technology law by Michael Geist

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.

Jan 3, 2010 — News Article

Next Up on Cable TV, Higher Bill for Consumers by Brian Stelter

Columnist says battle over fee-for-carriage in the U.S. will result in higher cable TV bills.