FRIENDS policy advice to the Minister of Canadian Heritage recommends that any allocation of new resources to CBC be at least 80% dedicated to improving CBC’s grassroots capacity across the country.
Audience fragmentation, Internet contribute to declining ratings for evening newscasts and their anchors.
Teenagers are reportedly rejecting traditional radio in favour of new media.
Transcript of presentations to Finance Committee pre-budget consultations by FRIENDS and others.
FRIENDS tells Finance Committee pre-budget consultations that CBC needs $100 million in new funding annually if it is to adequately discharge its local and regional responsibilities under the Broadcasting Act.
CBC President Robert Rabinovitch seeks permanent funding to restore CBC local and regional programming capacity on English television.
In an extraordinary development, CBC president tells media scrum about plans for CBC local/regional programming after refusing to tell parliamentary committee about them.
Minister of Heritage Liza Frulla says Canada needs more public television, will push to restore CBC news services in the regions.
FRIENDS gives CBC President Robert Rabinovitch a C- for his performance on a variety of performance measures, including CBC funding, regional programming, Canadian content, and CBC Radio.
Bell CEO Micheal Sabia disagrees with Verizon president, says copper remains a viable transmission technology for a wide variety of communications.
With companies such as Verizon communications bringing optical fibre directly to the home, copper may no longer be a competitive and viable transmission technology.
Conservative party leader Stephen Harper criticized for suggestion that federal powers be devolved to linguistic groups, CRTC and CBC be split into separate anglophone and francophone institutions.
Half the workers in Canada's cultural industries are concentrated in three metropolitan centres, but smaller centres remain proportionally significant.
FRIENDS responds to letter from CBC executive, says CBC underestimating audience demand for live hockey.
Direct TV invests over 1 billion dollars in the construction of four satellites intended to provide Americans with a plethora of high-definition TV channels. Senior analyst says the most threatened by this move will be "the tier-two cable operators that are surviving on their local presence".
The failure of Toronto 1 may have been attributable to its lack of originality.
Columnist argues that the recent CRTC ruling on CHOI-FM is just one more example of 'journalism by judges', a process that allows the federal government to whittle down journalistic freedom and independence in Quebec.
FRIENDS' written comments regarding RAI provided to the expert panel appointed by The Minister of Canadian Heritage to study policies and access to third language public television services. The panel invited FRIENDS to an in-person meeting held August 26, 2004.
Unhappy viewers say that CHUM's new "mainstream" programming isn't part of the New VI bid they supported.
In the interests of quality, democracy, diversity, localism and competition, the US government and the FCC must change broadcasting regulations to encourage independent media, Turner writes.
Through their TV ad placement, Bush and Kerry reveal the groups of voters they're courting.
CBC Radio One's Metro Morning the highest rated morning show in Toronto.
Cable companies say the requirement that they monitor Al-Jazeera for hateful content is "too onerous."
The New VI's new owner, CHUM, may not provide the local programming for which the station's licence was originally granted, columnist says.
The CRTC will rule on three services; one has only Canadian content and is available only in major urban centres, while the other two have less Canadian content and are available across the country.
CHUM says New VI job cuts result from station performing below expectations.
CCTA's "Remember Convergence?" paper says Canada's media policies are outdated, calls for change.
City-by-city look at Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton TV markets.
Official Languages Commissioner's examination of the CBC is an assault on the broadcaster's journalistic independence, editorial says.
Despite the prevalence of Internet radio and downloadable music, conventional radio broadcasters are still profitable.
Over 100 independent online TV stations are turning viewers' attention to the Internet.
U.S. federal appeals court strikes down new FCC rules that would have allowed for greater media concentration in American markets.
Federal appeals court decision will affect media companies' plans for expansion, but will not force them to sell assets right away.
U.S. court ruling says the FCC failed to show rule changes permitting greater media concentration were in the public interest.
The Liberal Party, the NDP, the Green Party and the Bloc Québécois replied to cultural coalition letter regarding their arts and culture policies.
US federal appeals court overturns FCC rule changes that would have allowed companies to own more radio and TV stations in the same market; but upholds FCC decision allowing them to own both a newspaper and a TV station in the same market.
Conservative cultural and tax policies could seriously harm PEI's economy, letter-writer says.
Conservative candidate promises to fight for CBC; other parties' candidates say he will have a hard time doing so in Ottawa.
TV Festival is marred by technical difficulties, but delegates still create a positive atmosphere.
The CBC is a vital expression of Canadian nationhood, letter-writer says.
Daryl Duke, who will be awarded the John Drainie Award at the 2004 Banff Television Festival, says Canadian broadcasting and Canadian identity are under threat. Duke is a member of the Steering Committee of FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting.
PBS president Pat Mitchell is seeking a niche for the American public broadcaster amid political pressure, funding shortages and commercial competition.
Unreleased report on the state of film and television production in Ontario shows infrastructure is crumbling and production jobs are being exported to provinces with higher tax credit rates.
A study released by the Centre for Community Study presents a strong case for increased diversity and competition in the local television market.
French-language Habs games will no longer be available on network television now that La Soirée du hockey has been pulled from Radio-Canada.
Asper takes shots at free news websites at Canadian newspaper conference.
CHUM expected to play larger role in funding and airing Canadian drama on English-language television as other broadcasters retrench.
Paul Gross tells ACTRA conference the CRTC must do more to ensure Canadian private broadcasters fund domestic programming.
Actor Paul Gross praises CRTC decision to provide incentives for broadcasting Canadian drama, but says broadcasters need a stick, not just a carrot.
Nine out of 10 respondents to FRIENDS survey agreed that strengthening Canadian culture and identity is important as Canada-U.S. economic ties increase.
FRIENDS tells Senate committee that CBC still has widespread support.
FRIENDS invites CRTC to investigate a dramatic reduction in local news, and an advertising monopoly, resulting from the June 2001 implementation of a local sales agreement in the Sudbury market.
There are many reasons why the CBC is having trouble finding a new head of English TV.
Support for firing Don Cherry reflects views of Canadian media establishment, not what many Canadians actually think, Globe columnist writes.
Quebec filmmakers' domination of Genie Awards reflects a banner box-office year.
Canadian lawyer/author Peter Grant says the market-based world economy has widened the distribution of cultural products, but decreased their variety.
The sale of Toronto 1 is thinly disguised licence trafficking; the CRTC should require the licence to be returned.
CRTC decision to award Toronto licence to regional player backfires.
Sale of Craig rumoured to be a necessity after significant losses by its Toronto 1 station.
Craig Media finds buyer, Toronto 1 to be sold less than two years after receiving CRTC licence, and after less than a year on air.
John Doyle comments on television repeats, originality and reality programming.
Author describes the coming of local television to southwestern British Columbia.
Antiquated rabbit-ear antennas can still be used to access CBC, CTV, Global and many local channels - free of charge.
Columnist speculates that lacklustre sweeps period is unlikely to entice many viewers.
Shifting of television schedules and time slots has become commonplace.
Even at a half million dollars in fees per game, the television rights for the Toronto Maple Leafs will likely lose money for the network that buys them.
Daryl Duke, producer, director and member of FRIENDS' steering committee, comments on the lowering of standards in North American television and the importance of local programming.
A private firm is helping to accelerate the development of narrated, 'described video' versions of television programs for the benefit of visually impaired audiences.