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Apr 28, 2016 — News Article

When you cut the cord, are you killing TV?

Netflix has no Canadian staff and internet-based businesses don't pay into the Canadian Media Fund.

Apr 27, 2016 — News Article

Welcome to a new nightmare in Cancon policy by John Doyle

Columnist says the Heritage Minister cannot legislate excellence into existence, but it can be encouraged.

Apr 26, 2016 — Blog Post

The Conservative Broadcasting Corporation

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

CBC Board

Apr 25, 2016 — News Article

‘Everything’s on the table’ by Daniel LeBlanc

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly announces the launch of public consultations with consumers and content creators with an aim to bring Canada’s cultural properties – everything from the Broadcast Act to the CRTC – into the digital age

Apr 25, 2016 — News Article

Is it possible that Cancon will end at last?

Editorial states says that a well-intentioned government comes along with proposals to drag our regulatory regime into modernity every few years - and opposition quietly mounts from long-entrenched and deep-pocketed interests.

Apr 24, 2016 — News Article

Canada’s cultural policies will be adapted for the digital age, says heritage minister

Heritage Minister says Canada’s cultural policies will be adapted for the digital age.

Apr 24, 2016 — News Article

Making Canadian Culture Go Viral by Omar Ha-Redeye

Columnist says that without legal advice or guidance from the government, countless unknown individuals may have been taken advantage of, or at least intimidated under the new online copyright regime.

Apr 24, 2016 — News Article

Heritage minister says 'digital approach' key in cultural policy review by Morgan Lowrie

Canada's heritage minister says that bringing a "digital approach" to the country's decades-old cultural policies will be one of the cornerstones of her mandate.

Apr 23, 2016 — News Article

Consultations on Canadian Content in a Digital World

Canadian Heritage seeks input on how to strengthen the creation, discovery and export of Canadian content in a digital world.

Apr 21, 2016 — News Article

CRTC chair calls out telecom industry for lack of women at hearing by Christin Dobby

During a hearing focused on the problem of high-speed access and affordability, the chairman of Canada’s telecom regulator took a moment this week to call out the lack of women on the panels that have appeared to give evidence.

Apr 21, 2016 — Policy Brief

Letter to the Minister of Canadian Heritage regarding the CRTC

FRIENDS asks Minister Joly to rescind the ‘mandate’ letter written to the Chair of the CRTC by James Moore on June 18, 2012.

Apr 19, 2016 — News Article

Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly To Give Opening Keynote

The Banff World Media Festival is the world's largest and most important gathering of entertainment industry and digital media executives dedicated to media content development, production, broadcast and distribution within TV and digital media.

Apr 12, 2016 — Policy Brief

The Media and Local Communities

FRIENDS presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage on the future of local TV in Canada.

Apr 11, 2016 — News Article

Trudeau’s cabinet style: he gives his ministers ‘as much rope,’ but pulls it back if they do something wrong by Derek Abma

Lobbyist says an influential role is emerging for Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly in this cabinet, adding that she has been particularly proactive in being prepared for and contributing to discussions on all matters that come before cabinet.

Apr 1, 2016 — News Release

Liberals say they’ll crack down on third-party spending in federal elections by Joan Bryden

Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef is vowing to reduce the impact of money on federal politics amid new evidence that advocacy groups are becoming much more active in trying to influence the outcome of elections.

Mar 22, 2016 — News Release

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting to comment on federal budget

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting spokesperson Ian Morrison will be available this afternoon in room 253-D Centre Block on Parliament Hill to comment on the federal budget following its tabling in the House of Commons.

Mar 22, 2016 — News Release

New investment in CBC a welcome first step that makes a non-partisan Board essential

FRIENDS says that the federal government’s new investment in the CBC announced in today’s budget is most welcome, but that the current CBC Board should not be left to its own devices to make decisions about how to use this investment.

Mar 22, 2016 — News Article

Liberal Budget Follows Through On Promise To Restore CBC Funding by Stephanie Levitz

Columnist says the cultural sector received a $1.87 billion boost over five years Tuesday in a Liberal budget that aims to reshape the narrative of the economy.

Mar 11, 2016 — News Article

CHCH owner under labour code investigation following bankruptcy

The federal government’s labour standards division has launched an investigation into the bankruptcy that put about 170 employees at Hamilton-based CHCH-TV out of work last December, raising the possibility that company directors could be held liable for money owed to staff who were let go.

Mar 4, 2016 — News Article

Forcing pick-and-pay TV was a bad move by the CRTC by Kate Taylor

Columnist says a  Pick-and_Pay is a piece of ill-conceived populism that did not, in the end, make any difference to the election prospects of the departing Tories and won’t actually save consumers much money – but still has the potential to do damage to the Canadian television industry.