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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.

Jan 6, 2014 — News Article

NEWS RELEASE: Corus Entertainment Completes Purchase of Historia, Séries+ and TELETOON Canada Inc.

Corus Entertainment Inc. announces that the company closed its acquisition of the specialty television services Historia, Séries+ and the remaining 50% of TELETOON Canada Inc. on January 1, 2014.

Dec 26, 2013 — Blog Post

What a year!

Video looking back at a remarkable 2013 - the movement that we are building together has never been stronger and more needed. 

Dec 5, 2013 — News Article

Diversity of media ownership literally non-existent in Canada by Paul Fontaine

Columnist says the fewer the media outlets, the fewer choices Canadian journalists have in terms of full-time, part-time and freelance employment.

Nov 27, 2013 — News Article

DHX Media to acquire Family Channel for $170M

The Halifax-based company is noted for the creation, production and licensing of popular children's shows, such as Yo Gabba Gabba!, Caillou, Teletubbies and Inspector Gadget, but has never before owned a TV channel.

Nov 13, 2013 — News Article

Mobilicity wins court order to proceed with formal sales process by Rita Trichur

Mobilicity, which won court protection from creditors in late September, is assessing its alternatives after the federal government denied Telus Corp.’s second attempt to purchase the small carrier.

Sep 4, 2013 — News Article

Time Warner, CBS reach programming deal, ending month-long blackout

Inability to reach a deal had prevented several million households in major cities like New York and Dallas from viewing CBS television shows.

Aug 29, 2013 — News Article

Verizon-Vodafone deal casts doubt on Verizon’s Canadian entry by Steve Ladurantaye and Boyd Erman

Columnist says Verizon Communications Inc. could put its Canadian expansion plans on the shelf to focus on buying out its British partner and taking full control of its U.S. wireless business.

Aug 14, 2013 — News Article

Opinion: Canadians will win from competition by Pierre Karl Péladeau

Quebec Media Inc. chairman says that if the government is still committed to enabling the Canadian-controlled market entrants to establish themselves in the marketplace, it should give serious thought to changing the rules of the next auction and reserving a block of spectrum exclusively for them.