All Foreign Ownership Articles

Jan 26, 2017 — News Article

Media cuts are a threat to Canadian democracy, new report warns by Bruce Campion-Smith & Alex Ballingall

Canada’s news industry is on the precipice, battered by a digital revolution and plummeting ad sales, warns a new report that urges taxes for websites such as Facebook and Google, reforms to the CBC’s mandate and a new fund backed by taxpayer dollars as remedies to ease the crisis in journalism.

Jan 26, 2017 — News Article

$400m fund, tax changes, local news service urged to help restore Canada’s media

The 100-page Public Policy Forum report calls for a sales tax on foreign companies selling digital subscriptions in Canada and a “Future of Journalism and Democracy” fund to help finance reliable news and information, with $100 million in federal seed money.

Jan 26, 2017 — Policy Brief

The Deductibility of Foreign Internet Advertising

The thesis of this paper by Peter Miller and David Keeble is that advertising purchased on foreign internet-delivered media that act as broadcast and newspaper services should not continue to be deemed a deductible expense under the Canadian Income TaxAct (ITA).

Nov 23, 2016 — Policy Brief

The future of Canadian content in a digital world

In a letter to Hon. Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, FRIENDS comments on critical issues affecting the future of Canadian content in a digital world.

Jun 14, 2016 — News Article

Canadian Telecoms Need Foreign Competition To Lower Prices: OECD by Jesse Ferreras

In its 2016 Economic Survey of Canada, the OECD makes a case for foreign entry into the Great White North's telecom market, saying it brings the potential for cheaper Internet and more subscriptions.

Apr 25, 2016 — News Article

China Demands Shutdown of DisneyLife Service by Patrick Brzeski

The sudden suspension of DisneyLife comes amid a crackdown in China's digital media space.

Jan 5, 2016 — News Article

Will This Be China's Big Year to Buy Into Hollywood? by Patrick Brzeski

Columnist says Dalian Wanda's acquisition of Legendary Entertainment could spur a flurry of dealmaking by Chinese billionaires, including Alibaba's Jack Ma.

Dec 16, 2015 — News Article

Shaw Communications buying Wind Mobile in deal valued at $1.6 billion

After forming 6 years ago, Wind has 940,000 subscribers across Ontario, B.C. and Alberta.

Oct 18, 2015 — News Article

Netflix Faces Challengers in Its Push to Expand Globally by Mark Scott and Elain Peltier

International competitors are offering similar fare, and even some of Netflix’s programming, making it harder for the video-streaming service to gain traction.

Apr 24, 2015 — News Article

Google Fi might be exactly what Canada's telecom market needs by Diane Buckner

Google is about to launch a new cost-effective mobile phone service for Americans only, and as the news spreads, it may trigger a new round of grumbling in Canada over the state of this country's telecom industry.  

Sep 16, 2014 — News Article

Future of TV Hearing Turns into the Netflix Show by Michael Geist

Columnist asks if over the top services such as Netflix threaten Canadian content and whether it matters.

Sep 15, 2014 — News Article

Disney warns regulations could threaten its place in Canadian television by Claire Brownell

Vice-president Susan Fox warns The Walt Disney Co. doesn’t want to pull out of Canadian television, but it will have to re-evaluate the business case for staying if regulations become too burdensome.

Sep 12, 2014 — News Article

Should Netflix Be Regulated as a Traditional Canadian Broadcaster? by Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Columnist says that for too long, the default position has been that whenever there was any new development in the economy, the government had to extend its broad regulatory mantle to cover it.

Sep 8, 2014 — News Release

Bad for consumers and citizens

FRIENDS says proposed changes to broadcasting regulations up for discussion starting this morning would not be good for Canadian broadcasting and they won't do consumers any favours either.

Sep 8, 2014 — Ad Campaign

Full page ad in The Hill Times

At the start of CRTC hearings that could radically transform the country’s television system, the views of Canadians are expressed in this full-page ad in The Hill Times.

Sep 6, 2014 — Ad Campaign

Full page ad in Le Devoir

In advance of CRTC hearings that could radically transform the country’s television system, the views of Canadians are expressed in this full-page, french language ad in Le Devoir.

Sep 5, 2014 — Opinion Poll

What Canadians Think About TV

A national random telephone survey conducted for the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting in collaboration with ACTRA and Unifor by Nanos Research on Canadians views about television.

Jul 14, 2014 — News Article

Why Now Is the CRTC's Make or Break Moment by Michael Geist

When Canada's broadcast regulator embarked on the third and final phase of its consultations on the future of television regulation earlier this year, it left little doubt that a total overhaul was on the table.

Jul 8, 2014 — News Article

No “Netflix Tax”, company cautions CRTC by Christina Peden

Netflix is warning the CRTC against imposing a tax on the American online streaming giant because they say they do plenty of business in Canada.

Jan 27, 2014 — News Article

Prospects Dim for Telecom Shakeup in Canada

Columnist says the Conservative government has been ambivalent and conflicted in its position on foreign ownership of Canadian telecom operators.