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All Media Concentration Articles

Oct 8, 2014 — News Article

Don't Give Postmedia More Local Monopolies by Marc Edge

Columnist says that the Competition Bureau should actually promote competition.

Sep 30, 2014 — News Article

Children’s changing online experiences in a longitudinal perspective by Uwe Hasebrink

A report from EU Kids Online examining the conceptual and empirical work of the EU Kids Online network from a longitudinal perspective and asking "what can we say about changes in children’s online experiences?"

Sep 16, 2014 — News Article

TekSavvy could be looking into launching a cable service by Patrick O’Rourke

Columnist says that during the CRTC’s latest “Let’s Talk TV” discussions, third-party internet provider TekSavvy announced a new partnership with Hastings CableVision company, possibly signaling that the company has plans to move into providing cable services at some point in the future.

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 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 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.

Sep 4, 2014 — News Article

Specialty TV channels risk failing with CRTC changes

Columnist says specialty channels in Canada are facing a shakeup in their industry that will likely result in the death of at least a few of them and reduced profit margins for many others. 

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.

Jun 1, 2014 — News Article

Conservative party fundraising letter asks if CBC should be privatized by Charlie Smith

A fundraising letter from the Conservative Party of Canada's director of political operations decries the growing concentration of media in Canada.

May 27, 2014 — News Article

The media join Harper’s hit list by Lawrence Martin

Columnist says that in a recent fundraising letter, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives turned their guns on the news media and asked supporters whether the public broadcaster should be privatized.

May 22, 2014 — News Article

Tories ask donors to dig deep for 2015 election battle by Steven Chase

The Conservative Party of Canada is asking key donors to fill out a “National News Media Evaluation Survey” that rates newspapers and TV outlets by their perceived political bias and asks whether supporters believe that “the CBC costs taxpayers too much and its operations should be privatized.”

May 15, 2014 — News Article

A fourth national wireless carrier could give the Canadian economy $1B boost annually, watchdog says by Christine Dobby

The Competition Bureau said that based on a report it commissioned, a new nation-wide competitor could increase the wireless penetration rate and lower incumbent prices, although it estimates the increased competition would lead to a decrease of just 2% in average retail prices.

May 7, 2014 — News Article

The fed’s wireless hangup: Does Canada really need more players in its telecom market?

Mobilicity, one of the small new entrants in the wireless sector, is trying for the third time to sell its business to TELUS, one of the big three telecom companies.

Apr 25, 2014 — News Article

Say goodbye to TV’s golden age: Why Comcast’s rise and net neutrality’s downfall will change everything by Andrew Leonard

Columnist says the economic model that sustains quality TV is under assault.

Apr 16, 2014 — News Article

Why you should be deeply dreading the Comcast-Time Warner merger by Zaid Jilani

Columnist says Comcast and Time Warner's claim of "substantial public interest benefits" is untrue.

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.

Mar 15, 2014 — News Article

Worries about the ‘Berlusconization’ of Quebec by Martin Scott

Columnist says that media baron Pierre Karl Péladeau’s leap into politics is not a first in Canadian history but wonders whether with media concentration as strong as it is today, can we dare to allow it now?

Feb 19, 2014 — News Article

Five things we learn about the Astral/BCE deal from the CRTC by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC has released a follow-up to the Astral-BCE transaction, which includes key revisions to commitments promised by the phone giant as part of a benefits package associated with a revised bid by the Bell Media parent to acquire Astral Media for $3.4 billion.

Jan 7, 2014 — News Article

Sirius XM, Liberty Media CEOs Defend Acquisition Plan by Paul Bond

Sirius' Jim Meyer and Liberty's Greg Maffei spoke in Las Vegas at the Citi Internet, Media and Telecommunications conference.