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Sep 5, 2014 — News Article

Canadians split on pick-and-pay cable: poll by Ashley Csanady

A new Nanos Research Poll says Canadians are split in their support of the sweeping changes to cable and television being considered by the CRTC.

Aug 15, 2014 — News Article

Tiny Talent Time returns to Hamilton’s CHCH by Debra Downey

Columnist says one of the longest running and most-loved shows in Canadian television history returns to the airwaves next month.

Aug 12, 2014 — News Article

Making CBC more valued, more used by more Manitobans by John Bertrand

Writer says the CBC's commitment to deepen connections and reflection of the Manitoba community comes through partnerships and sponsorships with non-profit groups.

Aug 7, 2014 — News Article

CRTC Ruling Upholds Rogers’ Responsibilities to Multilingual Programming

The CRTC rules that Rogers Broadcasting Limited’s request for sweeping regulatory relief for its OMNI ethnic television chain in spite of recent financial losses at those five stations.

Jul 8, 2014 — News Article

CBC wants 'Netflix tax'

In a submission to the CRTC, CBC argues any "over-thetop" streaming service, such as U.S.-based Netflix, that earns more than $25 million a year in Canada, should be required to pay into the Canadian Media Fund.

Jul 7, 2014 — News Article

Canadian producers renew call for Netflix Canada tax by Etan Vlessing

Canadian indie producers have used media regulator the CRTC’s current Let’s Talk TV consultation to renew their call for Netflix Canada to subsidize local Canadian content production.

Jun 28, 2014 — News Article

Pick-and-Pay cable would mean changes to local TV funding, say Bell, Rogers

In its submissions to the CRTC, Bell said it believes changes should be made by the regulator to allow local TV stations to be reclassified as "local specialty services."

Jun 28, 2014 — News Article

Telecom giants say they have different views on who should pay for local TV by David Friend

In its submissions to the CRTC, Bell said it believes changes should be made by the regulator to allow local TV stations to be reclassified as "local specialty services."

Jun 27, 2014 — Policy Brief

PN CRTC 2014 – 190: Phase 3 – Let’s Talk TV

FRIENDS makes several recommendations to the CRTC as part of the Commission's examination of the Canadian broadcasting system. The submission contains three appendices: (1) FRIENDS’ responses to CRTC questions, (2) A study of the Canadian Rights market, and (3) An Environmental Scan of Canadian TV.

Jun 27, 2014 — News Article

You're doing it wrong: CLC President reacts to CBC cuts

CLC President Hassan Yussuff says it's time for governments to invest in Canadians and our collective future – something that is more than possible with the healthy budget surplus already being promised.

Jun 3, 2014 — News Article

60 years of being tuned in to CHCH by Graham Rockingham

CHCH-TV celebrates anniversary with an hour-long look at its past.

May 28, 2014 — News Article

Sydney rally planned to support CBC

It was recently announced that one reporting position at CBC Cape Breton will be eliminated as a result of the most recent cuts.

May 6, 2014 — News Article

Canada’s local TV stations in the red as ad sales slump by Simon Houpt

Canada’s private conventional TV broadcasters lost money last year as they suffered a slump in advertising that some executives predict is only going to get worse.

Apr 22, 2014 — News Article

Opinion: The future of community television by Steve Faguy

Editorial states that ICTV’s complaint against Vidéotron will be judged according to a CRTC policy that leaves a lot of room for interpretation.

Apr 21, 2014 — Policy Brief

MAtv: Non-Compliance Complaint – CRTC 2013-1746-2

FRIENDS recommends that the CRTC find that Vidéotron’s MAtv has not been operating in compliance with the Community Television Policy and call for applications from not-for-profit groups to apply for the licence currently held by MAtv.

Apr 13, 2014 — News Article

Specialization, not more funding will help CBC survive by Brent Stafford

Columnist says  the CBC should focus more on regional news, investigative reporting and documentary production.

Apr 10, 2014 — News Article

CBC eliminates 657 positions as part of $130 million in cuts

FRIENDS says CBC’s presence in Canada’s regions is going to be further weakened by the public broadcaster's recent round of job cuts.

Apr 10, 2014 — News Article

657 jobs cut at cash-strapped CBC

FRIENDS is concerned over the public broadcaster's scaled-back regional coverage, warning the move will centralize operations to the detriment of the rest of the country.

Apr 9, 2014 — News Article

CBC cuts: Senate report calls for more francophone programming by Joel Eastwood

The Senate Committee on Official Languages says the public broadcaster must ensure both English and French speakers “have access to programming of equivalent quality in all regions of Canada.


Mar 28, 2014 — News Release

2014 Dalton Camp Award winners announced

Randy Morse of Kaslo, British Columbia has won the $10,000 first prize in this year’s Dalton Camp Award for his essay on the dearth of news media in small town Canada and what can be done about it.