Senator Michael Fortier, Minister responsible for Montreal in the Harper Cabinet, expresses optimism for culture and Montreal after overcoming tumultuous relations with Quebec under former Heritage Minister Bev Oda a year ago.
Article says Josée Verner makes a favourable impression at Canadian Heritage but the real test is yet to come.
Columnist looks back on Canadian tech law in 2007.
Conservative party official Doug Finley has sent Conservative supporters a letter in which he lambastes the CBC and asks people for money to help fight an election.
The Canadian Library Association is urging Ottawa to ensure its copyright legislation reform does not attack Canadians who copy music and videos for their own use.
The U.S. broadcast regulator has voted to allow broadcasters in the nation's 20 largest media markets to also own a newspaper.
The Harper government has given CRTC commissioners a 7% pay raise.
The Ontario government has announced a plan to hike tax credits for foreign and local producers shooting in the province over the next three years.
In the U.K., an opposition party proposal would make the licence fee for public service broadcasting available to any broadcaster that proposes to make programmes deemed to be in the public interest, not just the BBC.
Columnist says that issue of copyright reform has shown that the social networking website Facebook can be an effective and efficient tool to educate and galvanize grassroots advocacy.
In early 2008, the Federal Court of Appeal will be asked if a Copyright Board of Canada decision to impose a $75 surcharge on personal entertainment devices, such as iPods, is legal.
Article says the Bush administration has been lobbying to pass legislation protecting telecom companies from lawsuits for aiding the National Security Agency's warrantless eavesdropping program.
With issues such as a public hearings on the Canadian Television Fund, the takeover bid of Alliance Atlantis and new legislation on the horizon, columnist says 2008 promises to be even more eventful than 2007.
A year in review of the top headlines for the Canadian broadcasting industry in 2007.
Columnist says that the perception the Conservative government is succumbing to pressure from the U.S. entertainment lobby in shaping Canadian copyright policy is a key reason the new legislation has been put off.
European Parliament Directive on television broadcasting in Member States.
Columnist says that growing opposition may delay much-awaited amendments to the Canadian Copyright Act.
Industry Minister Jim Prentice is set to table long-awaited legislation to reform Canada's Copyright Act.
Columnist says that new foreign takeover rules are motivated by the increasing economic clout of China.
New foreign investment guidelines will scrutinize the acquirors' corporate governance, transparency and commerciality via the Investment Canada Act.
Industry Minister Jim Prentice has released new guidelines that say state-owned enterprises, like other foreign companies investing in Canada, will be judged on whether proposed acquisitions are of net benefit to Canada.
Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, has announced the appointment of Mary-Lynn Charlton to the National Film Board of Canada.
Transcript of the appearance of incoming CBC president Hubert T. Lacroix in front of the House of Commons Heritage Committee.
Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage has announced the appointment of Barbara Burley and Jean Saucier as members of the Canada Council for the Arts.
Transcript of the appearance of outgoing CBC president Robert Rabinovitch in front of the House of Commons Heritage Committee.
Heritage Minister Josée Verner says the interests of consumers are the most important factor in the debate over whether Canada's largest television networks should be allowed to charge for their signals.
Columnist says Heritage Minister Josée Verner spoke frankly about the CRTC, Canadian Television Fund and proposed copyright legislation in a speech to the Canadian Association of Broadcasters.
Elections Canada records indicate the new CBC president donated $1,000 to Daniel Fournier, the 2006 Conservative candidate in the Montreal riding of Outremont.
The Honourable Josée Verner talks about the government's policy priorities at a broadcast industry conference.
Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, responds to controversy surrounding a marketing agency owned by her husband.
The Official Opposition Critic for Canadian Heritage wants the next CBC President and CEO to present his vision for the public broadcaster in front a parliamentary committee.
A new study says that about one-third of adult Canadians accessed government information and services online in 2005.
FRIENDS says it is against the national interest for the senior leader of Canada's public broadcaster to be an appointment by a politician.
FRIENDS says Prime Minister Harper has ignored a recommendation of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage in appointing Hubert Lacroix as President of the CBC.
Columnist says controversial ads that criticize Quebec City's 400th anniversary celebrations were prepared by a company in which Heritage Minister Josée Verner and her husband have a financial interest.
A group of film, TV and music organizations is calling on the Minster of Canadian Heritage to put pressure on the CRTC to enforce its cultural and social policies - and the requirements of the Broadcasting Act - more rigorously.
A federal panel reviewing Canada's competition policy and foreign takeovers is seeking public input after releasing its consultation paper.
Columnist says that an almost complete turnover of CRTC commissioners will have a significant bearing on federal broadcasting and telecommunications policy at a critical time.
ACTRA says continued government inaction threatens Canada's film and television industry
Article provides an update on the proposed tariff to cover music use on the Internet.
A newspaper report says Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been working on a secret project to build a $2-million government-controlled media centre.
Columnist says that as Canada's digital music market continues to grow it needs innovation rather than new intellectual property regulation.
Columnist says talks between Canada and China for a TV series co-production treaty have broken off because of Prime Minister Harper's recent comments criticizing China's human rights record.
Quebecor says new wireless technology being held back by "oligopoly" of incumbent wireless operators Rogers, Telus and Bell.
Rogers opposes proposal to limit portion of wireless spectrum auction to smaller competitors at a discount.
Rogers opposes subsidizing wireless spectrum for new entrants, says doing so would finance spectrum "flips" if foreign ownership restrictions lifted.
Rogers critical of discounts for new wireless market entrants in planned spectrum action.
Article says Conservative government is facing pressure to toughen copyright laws, even though such laws represent a form market intervention the government might otherwise oppose.
CRTC set to release report it commissioned on ways to maximize the reliance of the broadcasting sector on market forces.
Several government departments, including Canadian Heritage, are being told to reallocate the least useful 5 per cent of their expenditures to more important things.
Columnist says it remains to be seen whether new Heritage Minister Josee Verner has any more clout with the PMO that her predecessor.
Columnist says Heritage Minister Josee Verner should focus on new priorities such as support for new media, the Net neutrality issue and implementing a national digitization strategy.
The vice-president of Montreal's film festival has invited Prime Minister Harper to "kick the ass" of the head of Telefilm Canada as a way of getting more money out of the Crown corporation.
Michael Geist says that reforms focusing on digital issues could represent both good policy and smart politics for Jim Prentice, Canada's new industry minister.
FRIENDS welcomes Josée Verner's appointment as Heritage minister and says her predecessor was too closely associated with the broadcasting and cable industries.
Article suggests Josée Verner's appointment as Heritage Minister may have more to do with the government's desire to boost its presence in Quebec than with plans to shake up the broadcasting sector.
The lobby group Save Our CBC Kamloops hopes new Heritage Minister Josée Verner will be an ally in attempts to have CBC broadcast service restored in the region.
Columnist says citizens are being shut out of the debate on new broadcast regulation in India.
FRIENDS joins others in welcoming appointment of Josée Verner as Minister of Canadian Heritage.
Columnist says Jim Prentice, who inherits the telecommunications deregulation process from Maxime Bernier, will likely be quickly consumed by competing broadcasting interests.
Columnist notes that voters in Quebec - where the new Minister of Canadian Heritage is from - and urban Canada want federal support for the CBC, museums, ballet tours and galleries.
The NDP's Olivia Chow says Bev Oda lost her post as Heritage Minister because of high-profile mistakes such as a 2006 political fundraiser organized by broadcasters.
Columnist says Josée Verner - a Quebec City MP and new Heritage Minister - is considered progressive and more likely to be embraced by the arts community.
Columnist says Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda, who is under fire for campaign financing irregularities, is expected to lose her job in a cabinet shuffle.
NDP MP Charlie Angus has asked the CBC Board Chair to keep Tom Long, a "Conservative insider", out of hiring process for a new CEO and executive director of news for Canada's public broadcaster.
Columnist notes that Bev Oda has managed to quietly deliver more in real dollars to the Canada Council for the Arts than the Liberals.
Some in the arts community are saying that the low-key announcement of a $30-million infusion into the arts council budget shows the government was hoping not to draw attention to the decision.
Columnist says Bev Oda has been an enigmatic and lacklustre head of culture as heritage minister.
Columnist says a recent Copyright Board decision that re-opens the door to placing a levy of up to $75 on iPods could move an overhaul of the Canadian copyright collective system onto the political agenda.
Article says Heritage Minister Bev Oda, "who is judged by the PMO to be a weak minister", could be replaced by James Moore or Jason Kenney in an expected cabinet shuffle.
Some U.S. lawmakers say too little is being done to prepare Americans for the switch to digital television signals in February 2009.
Heritage Minister Bev Oda has announced that Canada's National Ballet School will receive $800,000 in additional funding.
The Liberals and NDP say $30 million in funding for Canada's arts council is more a political ploy than a genuine commitment to the arts community.
Heritage Minister Bev Oda has promised more money for Canada's arts council, bringing the agency's total funding to $180 million each year.
Article says that corporate and political leaders in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico are secretly perusing deeper economic, political, social, and security integration.
FRIENDS supports the CBSC proposal with the addition of two provisions to protect freedom of speech and access to employment in a changing media environment.
FRIENDS says unregulated services threaten to undermine the goals of the Broadcasting Act, and segments of the Canadian media industry now suffer from the negative impact of excessive concentration.
Columnist says Internet radio broadcasters and the music industry are closer to resolving a dispute over higher royalty fees for streaming music online.
The U.S. Copyright Royalty Board has decided to almost triple royalty rates imposed on Internet radio providers by 2010 and charge an annual $500 fee per station or channel.
Article says a new government-created panel will review Canada's competition and foreign investment policies to ensure that they are encouraging foreign investment.
Stéphane Dion says a Liberal government would reverse the Conservative government's $11.8-million cut to cultural diplomacy, and add another $11-million to promote and tour Canadian artists abroad.
The Canadian Association of Broadcasters calls on the government to address the problems surrounding "an increasingly complex and fragmented copyright regime".
Corus chief executive officer John Cassaday plans to argue against lifting restrictions on U.S. cable channels when CRTC hearings are held on rules governing specialty channels in January.
In attempt to kick-start the mobile television industry, the European Commission is mandating common broadcasting standards.
David Onley, a long-time reporter, anchor and host of CITY-TV in Toronto, will be the next lieutenant-governor of Ontario.
NDP heritage critic Charlie Angus is urging citizens to register their concerns over the concentration of the Canadian media industry.
Case study describes how changing media consumption habits relate to Canada's broadcast regulatory system.
The U.S. Congress has refused to intervene in a dispute between Internet radio broadcasters and the music industry over royalty fees.
Michael Geist says the emergence of new media is rendering many Canadian content regulations irrelevant.
A campaign called Canadians for Democratic Media has launched to highlight media consolidation issues in Canada and generate support for public and grassroots media.
CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein says Ottawa needs to ensure Canadian content is widely available amid the growing popularity of new media platforms that are exempt from government regulation.
Federal Heritage Minister Bev Oda promises to ensure American owners of Motion Picture Distribution and ThinkFilm abide by foreign-policy rules.
U.S. Senator plans to introduce new legislation regulating "indecent, violent and profane content" on broadcast, cable and satellite TV.
Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda has signed an agreement with the Canadian Museums Association for a $5-million program to help small museums hire summer interns.
Article says the Harper government has signaled it will leave ultimate approval of a possible Telus takeover of BCE to the Competition Bureau and the CRTC.
Columnist says killing a Telus/BCE merger might win the Conservatives votes, but would leave Mr. Harper open to criticism over his heavy-handed intrusion into markets.
Festival organizers say they are suffering because the government hasn't outlined rules to apply for new funding announced in the last budget.
Columnist says Industry Canada has increased competition for Telesat Canada by issuing more than half of 12 new licences for satellite airwave spectrum to new market entrants.
Victor Rabinovitch, president of the Canadian Museum of Civilization and brother of the head of the CBC, says politicians should not tell cultural institutions how to conduct their business.
The head of CRTC says Ottawa should consider merging the laws that govern broadcasting and telecommunications because technology is rapidly bringing the two sectors together.
Prime Minister Tony Blair has attacked Britain's print and broadcast journalism for lack of balance, sensationalism and search for "venal" sins in public life.
Article says there is growing disappointment and frustration among Conservatives with the Harper government putting a decision on the future of the CBC on hold.
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says Ottawa must be wary of corporate takeovers by foreign companies beholden to another government's agenda.
Michael Geist says draft legislation written by the Canadian Motion Pictures Distributors Association likely served as the basis for what is now the government's proposed movie piracy bill.
Article says that after a week of nationwide mass protests and criticism from the international community, President Musharraf of Pakistan has withdrawn proposed curbs on media coverage of opposition protests.
The federal government has announced it will spend $29-million over the next two years to renew a program aimed at helping the development of Canadian new media products.
Columnist says that without the purchase of a digital-ready television or a signal converter, nearly 20 million homes in the U.S. will lose over-the-air television transmission on Feb. 17, 2009.
The NDP's Peggy Nash is calling on Ottawa to change its tax laws for cultural professionals.
Proposed bill would make it a crime to camcord movies in theaters and send movie pirates to prison for up to five years.
Calgary is home to both winners of the 2007 Dalton Camp Award, an annual essay contest on the link between democratic values and the quality of media in Canada.
Winners of the 2007 Dalton Camp Award to be announced on May 31st at the Congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences in Saskatoon.
Focus group report for Industry Canada discloses resistance to Conservative government enthusiasm for relaxing telecom ownership restrictions.
Hundreds of summer festivals say they are being shut out of a new $30-million federal sponsorship program that was suspended by Heritage Minister Bev Oda following accusations that it was a slush fund for Conservative MPs.
FRIENDS' steering committee chair says the Canadian Heritage Committee should make it clear to CBC that regional programming is a priority and ensure that the public broadcaster is funded accordingly.
FRIENDS is encouraged by new legislation before the B.C. government to support the province's public television broadcaster.
Michael Geist says Canada should follow the U.S. lead by removing the requirement to obtain permission to use video and audio of public discussion of elected officials.
Kevin Shea - who most recently helped Sirius satellite radio land a federal broadcast licence - has returned to work at a Liberal ad agency.
FRIENDS questions the appointment process of senior management for Canada's public broadcaster.
Auditor general Sheila Fraser says CBC had 6,000 hours of unused and improperly managed programming at its French and English TV networks in 2005.
Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda insists that all cheques from members of the broadcast industry were returned after a controversial political fundraiser was cancelled last fall.
Records show Heritage Minister Bev Oda's riding association cashed donations from senior members of broadcasting industry even after a political fundraiser was cancelled.
Columnist says Booker Prize-winning author Yann Martel has started a guerrilla campaign to affirm the importance of the arts and literature in the national discourse.
Columnist says Heritage Minister Bev Oda has favoured accounting and corporate-board experience over a background in media or the arts with the appointment of the new chairman of the CBC.
Columnist says that Stephen Harper's centralized decision-making style means that when the Prime Minister likes a cultural project, such as the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, funds become available.
The CRTC chair says the government wants to move quickly toward less regulation, but if the telecommunications industry does not demonstrate is it capable of policing its own behavior, it will face consequences.
Editorial says that the Heritage Minister's poor handling of a proposed $30-million plan to sponsor arts and culture festivals now gives a potentially worthy program the perception of a patronage 'slush fund'.
Editorial says Heritage Minister Bev Oda should release details of a new cultural sponsorship program to all interested groups, not just MPs.
U.S. federal broadcast regulators tell Congress they need the same powers to protect children from violent content as they have for indecent content.
Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda scrambled to defuse reports of a "backdoor process" to funnel $30 million into arts and culture festivals in ridings held by Conservative MPs.
Canadian author Margaret Atwood is deeply critical of the Harper government's arts policies.
Industry Canada's assistant deputy minister says the CRTC should set a deadline for Canadian television broadcasters to switch from analog to digital signals.
Article notes that instead of pressuring the Afghanistan government into upholding the freedom of the media, Prime Minister Harper makes jokes about the CBC.
Columnist says lobbying efforts are heating up over an emerging international treaty on broadcasting rights, pitting major broadcasters against communications giants.
Former anchor of CBC's The National says Canada's public broadcaster is under-funded and over-mandated and is now confronting the biggest crisis it has ever faced.
The federal heritage minister says the government is willing to give CBC long-term funding, but first wants to ensure the national broadcaster is in tune with Canadians.
Heritage Minister Bev Oda says the government will implement most of the recommendations in a Senate report on news media, but that CBC must introduce programming that is relevant to Canadians before funding levels are determined.
A former Canadian justice minister has claimed that CBC staff, including news anchor Peter Mansbridge and reporter Sasa Petricic, ruined his reputation in a broadcast that explored Internet gambling.
An aboriginal broadcaster tells the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage the CBC should better address the needs of Canada's aboriginal community.
Op-ed criticizes CBC's coverage of the war in Afghanistan saying the public broadcaster has been building up the image of the military and downplaying any negative aspects of the war.
The director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery says Canada's arts and cultural institutions are already heavily dependent on private sector support, and the government should provide matching programs to galleries and museums.
Cartt.ca reports on the details of the recent government decision to speed up deregulation of the local telephone market.
Article says Industry Minister Maxime Bernier has pushed ahead with policy that sidesteps parliamentary process and the CRTC, and benefits the largest telephone companies.
The European Commission has approved an Arabic-language version of pan-European news channel EuroNews in a bid to boost ties with the Arab and Muslim world.
Konrad von Finckenstein responds to the Conservative government changing a CRTC decision concerning the deregulation of local phone services.
Heritage Minister Bev Oda defends her performance during the CTF crisis, and talks of changes needed at the CBC and CRTC in a one-on-one interview.
Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda reiterates her government's position that cultural institutions must increasingly turn to the private sector for operating support.
Officials with the Canadian Museums Association attempted to present Heritage Minister Bev Oda with a boomerang to represent that her election promises for more funding have come back to haunt her.
A former CBC President and CEO and a former Board member of the CBC provide recommendations to parliamentarians on the role of Canada's public broadcaster in the 21st Century.
Report of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage on the funding crisis of the Canadian Television Fund.
CAB's contribution to the Heritage Committee's investigation of the role of the public broadcaster in the 21st century.
CBC president and CEO Robert Rabinovitch tells parliamentarians there is a widening gap between the public broadcaster's budget and what it is expected to deliver.
CBC president and CEO Robert Rabinovitch wants the federal government to sign a contract that spells out exactly what Ottawa expects of the public broadcaster and how it will be funded.
CBC press release calls for a new contract with Canadians based on five core principles.
Text of a presentation by CBC's President and CEO to the House of Commons Heritage Committee on the review of the public broadcaster's mandate in the 21st century.
CBC president Robert Rabinovitch asks the parliamentary heritage committee for a 10-year mandate - FRIENDS recommends CBC focus on Canadian programming for television and radio.
Article notes the Conservative government's budget contained little for Canada's cultural infrastructure.
Paul Cauchon reports that the Commons Heritage Committee is about to embark on a full study of the CBC throughout Canada.
Columnist says Prime Minister Harper will attempt to attract a broad swath of middle-class voters who are motivated by tangible benefits over ideology.
FRIENDS presents recommendations to parliamentarians on the role of the Public Broadcaster in the 21st Century.
FRIENDS submits research to the Commons Heritage Committee showing a significant number of citizens would lose CBC TV programming if the public broadcaster were to drop over-the-air service outside major urban centres.
Submission on behalf of the Fraser Educational Foundation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.
FRIENDS presents research that shows three million Canadians do not subscribe to cable or satellite and receive their TV signal over the air.
FRIENDS says plans by CBC to rely more heavily on cable and satellite transmission will disenfranchise Canadians who receive TV over-the-air.
FRIENDS warns the Commons heritage committee that the CBC may try to "unplug" hundreds of thousands of over-the-air television viewers in small cities and rural areas across the country.
Heritage Committee will tackle the CBC's role in new media as part of its review of the broadcaster's mandate.
A letter attacking the credibility of the CBC, written by a confidante of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is raising eyebrows on the eve of public consultations to review the broadcasting corporation's mandate.
A long-time associate of Prime Minister Harper writes a letter to a conservative blogger about perceived bias at the CBC.
Tom Flanagan, University of Calgary Political Science Professor and long-time close associate of Prime Minister Harper's alleges that CBC News has displayed a double standard in coverage of judicial appointments by Liberal and Conservative governments.
Article says Canada's Conservative government has failed to work out a final agreement on a new copyright act.
U.S. television signals are mandated by Congress to be entirely digital by Feb. 17, 2009 - leaving as many as 66% of American TV sets obsolete.
The Conservative chair of the House of Commons heritage committee says the Canadian Television Fund needs to change, and is defending the withdrawal of payments by Shaw Communications and Videotron.
Jean-Pierre Blais - the Canadian Heritage deputy minister of cultural affairs - tells the Parliamentary committee reviewing CBC's mandate that the public broadcaster has pushed the private networks to be better and vice versa.
The House of Commons Standing Committee on Heritage votes to keep the existing structure of the Canadian Television Fund, with all funds going to independent producers and 37% destined for the CBC/SRC.
NDP Heritage Critic Charlie Angus says his recommendations to the House of Commons Heritage Committee will lead to greater stability for the Canadian Television Fund.
Columnist raises concerns about the lack of transparency for the newly established CRTC task force set up to study the Canadian Television Fund.
Timmins James Bay MP says proposed new recommendations to the Heritage Committee's draft report on the Canadian Television Fund will lead to greater stability for the fund.
CRTC vice-chair, Richard French, says he will be resigning his position before the Federal Accountability Act disallows companies he owns from receiving government contracts.
FRIENDS recommends to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage that CBC governance should be free from patronage, the public broadcaster should better reflect Canada's regions and Parliament should increase CBC's budget by $100 million per year for the next five years.
The CCA submission to the House of Commons Heritage Committee on the Role of the CBC as a Public Broadcaster in the 21st Century.
The federal government has tabled its Main Estimates in the House of Commons - including budgets for CBC.
Ontario's Education Minister says his government has no interest in selling off TVOntario, even though the number of memberships has fallen off sharply in recent months.
Save Our CBC Kamloops is encouraging citizens to participate in the CBC mandate review process.
Columnist says that an investment in Quebec's arts community would pay big dividends in jobs and taxes.
Unedited Hansard transcript of the hearings of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage with testimony from Shaw Communications, Vidéotron and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters regarding the Canadian Television Fund.
Conservative Industry Minister Maxime Bernier says he plans to raise with his cabinet colleagues the subject of easing foreign ownership restrictions on telecommunications companies.
Stéphane Baillargeon reports that if the Quebec Liberals retain power, Cultural Heritage minister Line Beauchamp promises to make permanent a legal framework for funding cultural heritage.
A sweeping accord for the economic and security integration of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico has unleashed a firestorm of debate south of the border.
Text of presentation by the President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada to the House of Commons Heritage Committee on the relationship between the CBC and the Canadian Television Fund.
Heritage Minister Bev Oda says she sent has letters to Shaw Communications and Quebecor's Vidéotron Ltée urging them to resume payments to the Canadian Television Fund.
Heritage Minister Bev Oda says she will write to Shaw Communications and Vidéotron and ask them to resume their payments to the Canadian Television Fund.
A grassroots petition has started in response to budgetary cuts to a fund that supports the creation, dissemination and promotion of Canadian arts, Canadian cultural initiatives, and business opportunities for Canadian artists internationally.
Columnist says the Conservative government can't seem to figure out what it wants to do with the CBC.
Former Heritage Minister says it was a mistake by the Conservatives not to allow the Canadian Television Fund board to handle the dispute between the Fund and the cable companies.
The Parti Québecois releases an election platform containing expansive cultural plans.
Dozens of advertisers and broadcasters have been ordered to produce data on how television commercials are bought and sold, suggesting the federal Competition Bureau is studying the impact the proposed takeover of CHUM will have on Canadian advertising markets.
Industry observers say the controversy with the Canadian Television Fund has come to a head because technological change has made the media industry far more competitive than ever before.
Heritage Minister Beverley Oda passes the buck to the CRTC on Big Cable's withdrawal from the Canadian Television Fund
Heritage Minister Bev Oda calls on the CRTC to deal with Shaw and Vidéotron's withdrawal from funding of the Canadian Television Fund.
Actors and television producers in Quebec call on Ottawa to loan money to the Canadian Television Fund to replace money being withheld by Vidéotron and Shaw Communications.
Internal government documents suggest that Conservative Industry Minister Maxime Bernier will side with large telecommunications companies in the Net neutrality debate.
Survey states that 60% of viewers that could recall the Conservatives' Super Bowl ad attacking Stéphane Dion had an unfavourable response.
Richard French, the CRTC's vice-chairman of telecommunications, told a parliamentary committee that Industry Minister Maxime Bernier's direct involvement in the telecommunications sector is without precedent in the past few decades.
Heritage Minister Bev Oda racked up $5,500 in limo bills as she travelled around Halifax last spring for the Juno Awards - eventually paying back nearly half out of her own pocket.
Tina Keeper, the Liberal Party's Heritage critic, says a thriving homegrown TV industry should be a major priority.
Prolific Canadian author says the creative community may need to engage in some rabble-rousing to counter the Stephen Harper government's lack of support for the arts.
Poll claims the profile of voters likely to support Stephen Harper's Conservatives are predominantly male, prefer a Tim Hortons double-double over a Starbucks latte and are less likely to watch CBC than other Canadians.
The House of Commons Heritage Committee plans to make recommendations to Parliament about how Ottawa can help bolster Canada's television production industry.
Senate Democrats are pressuring FCC commissioners to set programming requirements for television broadcasters as part of the industry's mandate to operate in the public interest.
Columnist suggests Heritage Minister Bev Oda is poised to make fundamental changes to the Canadian Television Fund that may include a reduction in the CBC's portion of the $250 million annual budget.
The NDP has passed a motion in the Heritage Committee to investigate how the possible elimination of the Canadian Television Fund would affect Canada's domestic television production industry.
Columnist says that cable companies in Canada are so unpopular that the Conservatives would be hurt politically if they were seen to be siding with them in the Canadian Television Fund funding debate.
The NDP has released a report co-authored by the Conservative government’s Heritage Minister Bev Oda in 1993 where she opposed the creation of the Canadian Television Fund.
Senior military and government officials from Canada, the United States and Mexico meet secretly in Banff to discuss further integration of the three countries.
Heritage Minister Bev Oda has announced she will meet with Shaw Communications, Videotron and other stakeholders to address the current fracas at the Canadian Television Fund.
Consumer-advocacy groups in the Netherlands, Germany, France and the Nordic countries are pressuring Apple to change restrictions that tie songs bought on iTunes to the company's market-leading iPod players.
Heritage Minister Bev Oda has announced the federal government will contribute $200-million over two years to the Canadian Television Fund.
The federal government has summoned two cable television companies to Parliament Hill because of their decision to stop payments required for Canadian programming.
NDP Heritage Critic Charlie Angus calls on Heritage Minister Bev Oda to explain what steps will be taken to enforce the obligations of Videotron and Shaw to pay into the Canadian Television Fund.
Officials with the Prime Minister's Office have lodged a complaint with the CBC ombudsman over a Radio-Canada report about a meeting between U.S. and Canadian officials in Texas.
Tina Keeper, former star of the CBC series North of 60, says Heritage Minister Beverley Oda is doing a poor job and the Conservatives underestimate the importance of Canadian heritage.
Somalia's transitional government has shut down four broadcasters and ordered executives to appear before the national security agency.
The Italian government has unveiled a plan to restructure the state broadcaster to make it virtually free of political influence and less involved with commercial concerns.
A new book by Jeffrey Chester documents the mainstream media's behind-the-scenes efforts to transform the online media system into a powerful marketing machine.
Article suggests new digital copyright laws could turn consumers into criminals unless the Conservative government steps in with expanded "fair use" or "fair dealing" protections.
Canada's largest media union is calling for stiff government reaction to media ownership concentration that endangers the country's cultural and information environment.
Columnist comments recent changes to the Canadian Wheat Board may be the template for a soon-to-be-launched "destruction of the CBC" by the Conservative government.