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Feb 2, 2016 — News Article

Mulcair Criticizes 'Unacceptable' Possibility Liberals Won't Boost CBC Budget by Nicole Thompson

Thomas Mulcair and an NDP critic are expressing concern over a published interview where Canada's heritage minister appeared to leave open the possibility that the Liberals may back down from their campaign promise to raise the CBC's budget by $150 million.

Jan 31, 2016 — News Article

Audio: Ian Morrison on The Todd Veinotte Show

FRIENDS' spokesperson talks to Todd Veinotte about the recent CRTC hearings and the possibility that half of all local TV stations could close by 2020.

Jan 28, 2016 — News Article

CBC/Radio-Canada: The Trudeau government becoming coy about its $150 million promise

The Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly, says she is working to “substantially increase” the budget for CBC/Radio-Canada, the public broadcaster, but without committing to a specific number.

Jan 28, 2016 — News Article

Radio-Canada: le gouvernement Trudeau se fait discret sur sa promesse de 150 millions de dollars - Catherine Lévesque

Journalist says Mélanie Joly, the Canadian Heritage minister, is becoming more evasive when questioned about the promise to reinvest $150 million in CBC/Radio-Canada.

Jan 27, 2016 — News Article

Indonesian Internet Giant Blocks Netflix by Patrick Brzeski and Georg Szalai

The country's largest telecommunications provider, Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom), majority owned by the Indonesian state, has blocked Netflix from all of its platforms, saying that the U.S. streaming video service had not adhered to local regulations, including acquiring the necessary local permits and submitting content for censorship review.

Jan 25, 2016 — News Article

Meet Heritage Minister Joly, Ottawa’s new political powerhouse by

With numerous big NCC projects underway and Canada’s 150th celebrations on the horizon, Ottawa is set to become a ‘critical file’ for the minister from Montreal, say insiders.

Jan 20, 2016 — Blog Post

Local TV in crisis: A Briefing Note

FRIENDS says that without action from Canada's broadcast regulator, the future of local TV looks bleak. 

Jan 5, 2016 — Blog Post

Précis: Canadian Television 2020: Technological and Regulatory Impacts

Summary of Canadian Television 2020: Technological and Regulatory Impacts by Nordicity and Peter H. Miller.

Jan 5, 2016 — News Release

Harper legacy spells trouble for Canadian TV

A first-of-its-kind independent economic forecast shows regulatory changes espoused by the Harper government and adopted in last year’s CRTC Let’s Talk TV announcements will likely lead to the loss of more than 15,000 Canadian jobs and take $1.4 billion from the Canadian economy annually by 2020.

Jan 5, 2016 — News Article

Liberal Senate plan an abysmal failure by Jim Warren

Columnist says the Senate itself needs to be overhauled – not the people sent to it.

Dec 18, 2015 — News Article

There’s no escape: You cannot vanquish Donald Trump, only contain him

Columnist says Trump's rise is a sign of our democracy's ill health, but recognizing the problem isn't the same as fixing it.

Dec 7, 2015 — News Article

Why Netflix may come under fire from Ottawa by Michael Geist

Columnist says that mWhy Netflix may come under fire from Ottawa by Michael Geistuch like new legal rules for VPN use, new laws on accessing foreign streaming services would be complicated and difficult to enforce. 

Dec 1, 2015 — Blog Post

The Conservative Broadcasting Corporation

Nine of the eleven current members of the CBC Board of Directors - all of whom have been appointed by Prime Minister Harper - are or have been financial contributors to the Conservative Party of Canada.

CBC Board

Nov 26, 2015 — News Article

Google’s Leslie Church to head up heritage minister’s office by Kyle Duggan

Leslie Church, who comes from a senior position at Google Canada, has been tapped to head up Heritage as Mélanie Joly’s chief of staff and will start at the position in a few weeks.

Nov 18, 2015 — News Article

How Trudeau plans to undo Harper’s legacy, brick by brick by Susan Delacourt

Columnist says nearly every minister has some Conservative handiwork to undo, according to the mandate letters and Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly will be reversing funding cuts to the CBC.

Nov 4, 2015 — News Article

Independent Producers Welcome New Minister of Canadian Heritage

The Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) congratulates the Honourable Mélanie Joly on her appointment today as Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Nov 4, 2015 — News Article

Groups already lobbying new heritage minister to change broadcast policy, fund CBC by Kyle Duggan

FRIENDS says they’ll be looking to the government to reinvigorate the CBC, but that the next step is finding out when and how will they do it.

Nov 4, 2015 — News Article

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada following the swearing-in of the 29th Ministry

In his statement, Prime Minister says his government will reinvest in Canada's cultural and creative industries.

Nov 3, 2015 — News Article

Under Trudeau, a Battle over Internet and Cultural Policy Looms by Michael Geist

Columnist says The Liberal platform was silent on major regulatory changes, but notes it did promise to reverse cuts to the CBC and to increase allocations to the Canada Council for the Arts, Telefilm, and the National Film Board.

Nov 1, 2015 — News Article

Independent journalism and the future of the CBC

Al Jazeera's The Listening Post's Flo Phillips reports on the future of the CBC.