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Mar 19, 2015 — News Article

CRTC Rolls Dice on the Future of Canadian Broadcasting says Friends

FRIENDS says the CRTC is rolling the dice on the future of an industry that is crucial to Canada’s cultural sovereignty and generates more than $15 billion in revenue and 66,000 jobs.

Mar 13, 2015 — News Article

Talking about CanCon on the Bill Kelly Show

In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison, discusses the implications of a CRTC decision to relax Canadian Content requirements on television.  

Feb 4, 2015 — News Article

Vidéotron gets CRTC nod to create English community TV channel by Steve Faguy

The CRTC rules that Vidéotron has failed in its mandate to provide proper community access television, but it will be allowed to create an English version of its community channel MAtv in Montreal.

Feb 1, 2015 — News Article

Those Go Daddy ads during the Super Bowl may come at a hidden cost by Michael Hennessy

Columnist says the point behind simultaneous substitution was to ensure respect for a monetization of the exclusive rights Canadian channels acquire and that make their businesses viable and meet regulatory obligations. 

Jan 30, 2015 — News Article

CRTC report: Nine things to know about impending changes to your TV, online or off by Ashley Csanady

CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais promises a regulator that protects consumers both online and off and wants to ensure a future for Canadian television content in the 21st century, regardless of how it’s watched.

Jan 30, 2015 — News Article

CRTC misses the local TV mark, and then some by Carmi Levy

Columnist says that by striking down carriers’ attempts to implement a preferential payment system, the CRTC has made it clear it has no intention of allowing anything less than equitable access to all Internet resources.

Jan 29, 2015 — News Article

‘Pandering to public': CRTC makes way for U.S. Super Bowl ads on Canadian TV, starting in 2017 by Christina Pellegrini

FRIENDS says CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais is displaying a lack of leadership by pandering to public opinion and the sentiments of the Harper government while avoiding some very serious problems. 

Jan 29, 2015 — News Article

CRTC grants access to U.S. Super Bowl commercials, but silent on future of local TV

The so-called “simsub” rule is a key source of revenue for Canadian broadcasters and helps support the production of Canadian programs. 

Jan 28, 2015 — News Article

Here’s how the BBC, disrupted by technology and new habits, is thinking about its future by Joseph Lichterman

The BBC releases a new report looking at the future of news as it looks toward its royal charter renewal in 2017.

Jan 28, 2015 — News Article

Canadian broadcast regulator to announce new rules for local TV by Paul Bagnell

Owners of local television stations say carriage fees would rescue local television and allow it to continue delivering important services like local news.

Dec 14, 2014 — News Article

CBC shortens local TV newscasts to accommodate cuts 3

Changes to programming were part of an announcement in June, when CBC president Hubert Lacroix said the broadcaster was shifting its priorities from TV and radio to digital and mobile services.

Dec 12, 2014 — News Article

CBC News shrinks radio, TV programs by Mia Rabson

FRIENDS says at the end of the day, CBC is cutting back on what is most important to Canadians -- local news content.

Dec 11, 2014 — News Article

CBC shortens all local supper-hour TV newscasts to 60 or 30 minutes

The changes are part of a five-year strategy to shift priorities from radio and television to mobile and digital announced by the public broadcaster in June.

Dec 11, 2014 — News Article

CBC announces changes to local supper-hour newscasts

The public broadcaster announces that it is shortening all of its regional supper-hour newscasts beginning in the fall of 2015.

Dec 10, 2014 — News Article

Regional NHL blackouts puzzle Canadian TV viewers by David Shoalts

Understanding the regional blackouts appears to be the No. 1 problem for Canadian television viewers in the first year of the NHL’s national broadcast rights coming under the control of Rogers Communications Inc.

Oct 3, 2014 — Policy Brief

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2014-190, CRTC Let’s Talk TV Proceeding - Final Submission

Final comments on the CRTC's Let’s Talk TV hearings on the future of television in Canada.

Sep 12, 2014 — News Article

CHCH would be doomed under proposed broadcast plan: Watchdog by Steve Arnold

FRIENDS warns small stations — including CHCH — would be forced to close if the regulator ends the practice of substituting Canadian TV signals for those of American border stations when they're showing the same programs.

Sep 12, 2014 — News Article

CBC execs tell CRTC it can no longer afford to be free by James Bradshaw

Canada’s public broadcaster says it can no longer afford to offer its television programming for free over the air as its advertising revenue deteriorates, and it wants cable and satellite companies to start paying for its signals.

Sep 11, 2014 — News Article

Bell Canada wants viewers to pay for local newscasts

Bell says local TV stations can no longer survive on ad revenue alone and must be able to introduce subscription fees for programming such as regional newscasts that have been free for decades.

Sep 11, 2014 — News Article

Pick-and-pay cable may have a hefty price by John Law

Columnist says a dramatic overhaul in how stations are bundled will likely mean an equally dramatic increase in fees for consumers.