All Media Concentration Articles

Jan 26, 2017 — Policy Brief

The Deductibility of Foreign Internet Advertising

The thesis of this paper by Peter Miller and David Keeble is that advertising purchased on foreign internet-delivered media that act as broadcast and newspaper services should not continue to be deemed a deductible expense under the Canadian Income Tax Act (ITA).

Jan 23, 2017 — News Release

Simple move would support local media and raise government revenues

A 20th-century CRA opinion is the only barrier to infusing hundreds of millions of advertising dollars into hard-pressed Canadian media outlets and generating up to $1B annually in new federal revenues at the same time, according to a report released today by the watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Jan 10, 2017 — News Article

Report: Trump Wants Review of Time Warner Deal by Donna Fuscaldo

AT&T Inc.’s (T) proposed deal to buy Time Warner Inc. (TWX) appears to be in more peril after Fox Business Network reported President-elect Donald Trump has ordered his transition team to make the case as to why the deal should be blocked.

Dec 10, 2016 — News Article

America’s Indefensible Media Concentration Double Standard by Scott Cleland

Columnist says seldom can one find a starker commercial example of unequal legal, law enforcement, and regulatory treatment of very similar commercial activities than that between old media and Internet/new media companies concerning media concentration and antitrust enforcement. 

Dec 5, 2016 — News Article

Big Idea for Canadian Media: Provide Incentives for Local Ownership by Marc Edge

Writer explores the takeovers and mergers behind the razed newsrooms and serially slimming papers, and reflects on the federal government’s current efforts to study the issue and determine what actions it may take to support the industry going forward.

Dec 5, 2016 — News Article

Big Idea for Canadian Media: Provide Incentives for Local Ownership by Marc Edge

Writer explores the takeovers and mergers behind the razed newsrooms and serially slimming papers, and reflects on the federal government’s current efforts to study the issue and determine what actions it may take to support the industry going forward.

Nov 23, 2016 — Policy Brief

The future of Canadian content in a digital world

In a letter to Hon. Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, FRIENDS comments on critical issues affecting the future of Canadian content in a digital world.

Nov 22, 2016 — News Article

Carleton Professor Directs a New Study on Trends in Media Concentration Across Canada

A new study on telecommunications, Internet and media concentration across Canada reveals a mixed picture: high media concentration in many core areas of the Internet, and declining but still high levels of concentration in mobile wireless services.

Sep 16, 2016 — News Article

Canada’s TV landscape is untenable for today’s consumer by Grant Hall

Columnist says that with Bell, Rogers and Shaw owning not only the majority of content creation and distribution rights but also the distribution channels themselves, it should not be shocking that, even with the CRTC’s insistence on consumer choice, there is not any real motivation for change.

Aug 10, 2016 — News Article

eOne Turns Down ITV's $1.3B Takeover Offer by Alex Ritman

In a statement, the Board says they reviewed the proposal and unanimously rejected it on the basis that it fundamentally undervalues the company and its prospects.

Aug 5, 2016 — Policy Brief

Pre-Budget Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

FRIENDS offers recommendations to the government on its tax and CRTC policies, including requiring Netflix and other foreign OTT services to collect sales taxes, as their Canadian competitors must do.

Jul 8, 2016 — News Article

Shrinking press galleries leave little time for journalists to dig deep by Anda Zeng

Columnist suggests the harshest symptom of ongoing scarcity at legislative press galleries is the demand placed on journalists to adapt into multi-platform, ever-filing, hybrids with little time to pursue deeper stories.

May 25, 2016 — News Article

Technological Change and Its Implications for Regulating Canada's Television Broadcasting Sector by Steven Globerman

Writer says that as the TV broadcasting sector becomes increasingly competitive, it seems appropriate for the CRTC to largely refrain from intervening into the price negotiation process, as well as into other elements of bargaining between participants in the sector.

Apr 29, 2016 — News Article

Decline of Newspapers: Age drives views on the impacts of shrinking newsrooms

New study says Canadians are divided – mostly along generational lines – over whether the news vacuum left by shrinking papers is a serious problem for Canada, or one that will be resolved as new, online media outlets pick up the slack.

Mar 23, 2016 — News Article

CRTC Approves Acquisition Of Shaw Media By Corus Entertainment by Maria Madden

The deal, worth $2.65 billion will see Corus acquire the Global Television network and 19 specialty channels, including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada and Showcase from Shaw Communications Ltd.

Mar 5, 2016 — News Article

Why consumers find it's hard to get skinny by Barrie McKenna

Columnist says that when you do the math, most people are better off with what they have - packages that viewers have complained to the CRTC are too big and expensive.

Mar 4, 2016 — News Article

Doigt d’honneur au CRTC by Danny Joncas

Pick and pay television allows cable providers to push their own products by charging extra to consumers for channels that belong to competition.

Mar 1, 2016 — News Article

Breakfast Buzz: Will you change your cable package? by Carly Robinson

The move is mandated by the CRTC, Canada’s broadcasting regulator, who ruled last year cable and telecom companies have to offer customers a bare bones package for just $25 a month.

Mar 1, 2016 — News Article

Canadian TV providers accused of giving cheap bundles cold shoulder by Alastair Sharp

Consumer advocates accuse Canadian telecom and cable companies of failing to adequately promote the launch on Tuesday of cheaper basic packages of television channels under sweeping new rules imposed by the country's broadcast regulator.

Feb 23, 2016 — News Article

As Canada's newsrooms shrink, concerns over coverage grow by Alastair Sharp

Canadian newsrooms are shrinking in increasing numbers as an oil shock rocks the economy and curtails the appetite of advertisers already distracted by digital outlets.