All Parliament / Legislation Articles — 2009

Dec 15, 2009 — News Article

U.K. child protection rules to be reviewed by Mimi Turner

U.K. Children's minister has demanded a review of the rules under which children can appear on television amid fears reality shows have left them open to exploitation.

Dec 14, 2009 — News Article

Television spat now shows promise for Canadian consumers The Hill Times by Michael Janigan

The executive director of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre says it is time for policy-makers to step away from the past collegial supervision of cable/satellite companies and deliver a framework that is responsive to consumer needs.

Dec 13, 2009 — News Article

Globalive rewrites foreign-ownership rules, opposition warns

The Conservative government insists the Globalive decision was a "one-off", and does not a change the policy restricting foreign-controlled companies from entering Canada's telecommunications industry.

Dec 11, 2009 — News Article

The impact of the Globalive decision and the relevance of the CRTC

FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison discusses the Conservative government's decision to overturn a CRTC ruling.

Dec 11, 2009 — News Article

Ottawa rewrites rules on telecom ownership by Grant Robertson

Ottawa has decided to let Globalive become the country's newest cellphone company, even though the company is mostly owned by Egyptian wireless giant Orascom Telecom.

Dec 11, 2009 — News Article

Mobile Company Wins Right to Offer Wireless in Canada by Ian Austen

The Canadian government has overruled its telecom regulator and declared a start-up wireless carrier financed largely by an Egyptian company to be Canadian.

Dec 11, 2009 — News Article

Caprice no way to run the telco game by Derek DeCloet

Columnist says the Tories have done an end-run around Parliament to change the structure of the telecommunications industry, with massive implications.

Dec 8, 2009 — News Article

Privy Council seeks extra $1.7 million as PMO rolls out video to media by Bruce Cheadle

The PMO is now sending pre-produced video, along with official photos and press releases to media outlets.

Dec 7, 2009 — News Article

Time running out on internet access appeals

Cabinet must soon decide whether it will overrule or let stand a pair of CRTC decisions regarding access by competitor internet providers to the networks of large phone companies.

Dec 4, 2009 — News Article

Increased competition will drag down telecom profits by Kim Covert

A report indicates that increased competition and weakening demand will bring telecommunications profits down in the short term.

Dec 3, 2009 — News Article

Clement admits 'some urgency' needed on Globalive decision by Jamie Sturgeon

The federal Industry Minister says there is "some urgency" required in determining whether he will overturn a regulatory ruling and allow a foreign-owned cellphone firm to launch.

Dec 3, 2009 — News Article

Ottawa boy ordered to shut down his radio station

Industry Canada has ordered a 14-year-old Ottawa boy to shut down an unlicensed radio station.

Dec 2, 2009 — News Article

Trust folds, puts Canuck film, music in peril by Martin Knelman

An organization mandated to preserve, restore and enhance awareness of iconic treasures in Canada's cultural past is closing operations because of lack of funding.

Nov 26, 2009 — News Article

Globalive: No ad-hoc exceptions

Editorial says existing foreign ownership rules must be enforced until they can be rewritten to match the new telecommunications landscape.

Nov 26, 2009 — News Article

U.S. journalist grilled at Canada border crossing

A U.S. journalist says she was stopped at a Canadian border crossing and questioned for 90 minutes by authorities concerned she would to speak against the Olympics.

Nov 24, 2009 — News Article

The centre of things by Andrew Cohen

The president of The Historica-Dominion Institute says Canadians will not stand for "conservative tenets" such as selling off the CBC or deregulating broadcasting.

Nov 23, 2009 — News Article

Harper to loosen telecom rules? by John Ivison

Columnist says the Prime Minister's Office has released a statement that appears to signal the time for a comprehensive shake-up of media regulation may be approaching.

Nov 23, 2009 — News Article

"Confronting Mcluhan: Why Form Matters Less than Content" by Hugh D. Segal

Canadian senator, political strategist, author, and commentator makes a speech about democracy and journalism.

Nov 22, 2009 — News Article

PM lauds press freedom, won't take questions from reporters

Article notes the Prime Minister has yet to take a question from a reporter about allegations of torture of Afghans taken prisoner by Canadian soldiers and handed off to Afghan forces.

Nov 19, 2009 — News Article

French broadcasters eye tax relief by Rebecca Leffler

France's private networks might be getting some tax relief after a ban on advertising on the country's public networks last year saw them forced to fund the gap in revenue at France Televisions.

Nov 18, 2009 — News Article

Feds eye move into battle over cable fees by Grant Robertson

Columnist says that officials with Heritage Canada are closely watching the Local TV debate to see how Canadians will be impacted before a possible election.

Nov 16, 2009 — News Article

PM Harper's iron message control working by Tim Naumetz

Political scientist says Canada's media have "caved" to Prime Minister Harper's selective silence and message control that shrouds the entire government.

Nov 16, 2009 — News Article

CRTC moving from individual TV licenses to group ones

The New Democrat Critic for Culture and Heritage, Charlie Angus, says the latest round of CRTC hearings will only propel further deregulation.

Nov 16, 2009 — News Article

Time for a bigger TV picture by James Bradshaw

Columnist says Canada needs a bold, broad new framework for an era of on-demand programs, Internet downloading and sparse advertising dollars.

Nov 11, 2009 — News Article

CFTPA backs ownership regs, urges Industry Minister to be "vigilant"

The Canadian Film and Television Production Association is urging Industry Minister Tony Clement to be "vigilant" and "not submit to the current pressures being exerted" in his review of Globalive Wireless.

Nov 10, 2009 — News Article

Canadian ownership and control requirements by Stephen Waddell

The National Executive Director of Canada's actors union asks the Minister of Industry to uphold the current Canadian ownership and control requirements in the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors.

Nov 7, 2009 — News Article

Supplementary Estimates (B), 2009-10

Treasury Board of Canada releases Supplementary Estimates, including $60 million for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Nov 7, 2009 — News Article

Low-Power Radio and What the Media Won't Tell You About the Media by Amber Sands

U.S. media activists and community groups are demanding access to the airwaves to combat the deregulation that concentrated media ownership into fewer hands.

Nov 6, 2009 — Blog Post


In the eighth month of its fiscal year, the Harper government has replaced $60 million of the $63 million that it cut from CBC's appropriation.

Nov 5, 2009 — News Article

The Liberal vision: A cultured Canada by Pablo Rodriguez

Liberal party's Heritage Critic says "Michael Ignatieff is the exact opposite of Stephen Harper when it comes to culture".

Nov 4, 2009 — News Article

Ottawa must fix wireless mess by Terence Corcoran

Columnist says foreign ownership rules in telecommunications are anachronisms and should be updated immediately.

Nov 4, 2009 — News Article

The Lib-CBC Mutual Admiration Society by Lorne Gunter

Editorial says that a "man-on-the-street" interview with a Liberal party staffer that was critical of the Conservative government shows a "too cozy" relationship between the CBC and the Liberals.

Nov 2, 2009 — News Article

Globalive ruling could spur foreign ownership revamp

Analyst suggests the federal Conservative government may begin the process of loosening the country's foreign-ownership rules.

Nov 2, 2009 — News Article

Get ready, CRTC, digital economy is coming by Sheridan Scott

Former federal Commissioner of Competition says it is crucial that Canada co-ordinate changes to broadcasting regulations with a broader strategy of meeting the challenges of the digital economy.

Nov 2, 2009 — News Article

Uphold CRTC ruling

Editorial says the federal cabinet should uphold Canada's foreign ownership restrictions and not overturn a CRTC decision regarding Globalive wireless.

Oct 31, 2009 — News Article

Globalive ruling reviewed by Iain Marlow

Industry Minister Tony Clement says he is reviewing a CRTC decision preventing wireless challenger Globalive from entering the Canadian market.

Oct 30, 2009 — News Article

Investing in culture to build a creative society by Pablo Rodriguez, MP

Liberal Party Canadian Heritage Critic says his party is committed to ensuring stable funding to CBC/Radio-Canada.

Oct 30, 2009 — News Article

Behind the headlines in the television war: Is truth the first casualty? by Michael Janigan

The executive director for the Public Interest Advocacy Centre  says the CRTC and the country's politicians must do more to direct genuine consumer-centred reform in the broadcasting industry.

Oct 29, 2009 — News Article

Information Superhighway Within Reach by Michael Kokernak

Columnist says a push towards linking TV, the Internet and mobile technologies holds the key to the "information superhighway."

Oct 28, 2009 — News Article

Ignatieff vows to double funding for arts council by Irwin Block

Michael Ignatieff says a Liberal government would double the parliamentary funding to the Canada Council for the Arts and provide stable long-term funding for the CBC.

Oct 25, 2009 — News Article

For News, Canada's Leader Looks South of the Border by Ian Austen

Peter Mansbridge says it "sends a strange signal to the public" that the Prime Minister doesn't watch Canadian news for the Canadian perspective on issues that some U.S. networks ignore.

Oct 24, 2009 — News Article

Why would, or should, PM watch himself on Canadian TV? by Morley Walker

Columnist says the media's main relationship is with their audience, not their subjects.

Oct 20, 2009 — News Article

Decree Limiting Broadcasting Lifted in Honduras

Opposition radio and television stations in Honduras are back on the air after the government lifted a three-week broadcast ban.

Oct 20, 2009 — News Article

Canadian news media less free: watchdog by Steve Rennie

Canada fell from 13th to 19th place this year on Reporters Without Borders' index of freedom of the press.

Oct 18, 2009 — News Article

Media can drive kids to violence: U.S. study by Laura Stone

A study by the American Academy of Pediatrics says media violence — in particular, explicit lyrics — can have negative effects on the health and behaviour of young people.

Oct 16, 2009 — News Article

TV Alliance demands fair treatment for consumers

The TV Alliance calls for a level playing field for meaningful consumer participation in the upcoming public hearing on billing practices for TV services in Canada.

Oct 13, 2009 — News Article

Hubert Lacroix discusses the future of the CBC

On an Alberta radio call-in program, CBC's president and CEO talks about the present and future state of Canada's public broadcaster.

Oct 8, 2009 — News Article

Broadcasters settle licence fee fight by James Bradshaw

The government will forgive $450-million in outstanding fees  and will work with the broadcasters to develop a structure that funnels the fees into distinct broadcast-related avenues.

Oct 7, 2009 — News Article

Majority would back newspaper bail-out: poll by Bruce Cheadle

A new poll says a slim majority of Canadians would support a government bailout of the newspaper industry.

Oct 7, 2009 — News Article

Six-year battle over as feds, broadcasters, reach Part II fee deal

Heritage Minister James Moore says the government and Canada's broadcasters have decided to walk away from their Part II fee legal battle.

Sep 19, 2009 — News Article

Independent artists angry over lost grants by James Bradshaw

In a move to provide more money for commercially viable projects, the Tories have redirected funds that were used to help artists on the "musical fringe".

Sep 19, 2009 — News Article

Tories dominate broadcast debate by Jamie Sturgeon

"The government has told the CRTC that it wishes to make the ultimate decision," says Bell Canada executive.

Sep 18, 2009 — News Article

Ottawa moves to block networks' fees by Grant Robertson

The Conservative government is taking steps to block Canada's big television networks from charging for their signals in what could be a serious blow to the hopes of CTV, CBC and Global.

Sep 18, 2009 — News Article

Ottawa orders new hearings in TV fee flap by Rita Trichur

Heritage Minister James Moore has inserting himself into the fee-for-carriage debate by ordering the CRTC to hold a separate set of hearings to consider consumer interests on the matter.

Sep 17, 2009 — News Article

Feds direct CRTC to look into fee-for-carriage from consumer point of view

The Government has issued an Order-in-Council requesting the CRTC "hold hearings and provide the government with a report on the implications of implementing a compensation regime for the value of local television signals."

Sep 16, 2009 — News Article

Sky suit widens ItalianTV war by Nick Vivarelli

Rupert Murdoch's Sky Italia paybox has filed a lawsuit against Mediaset, the Italian broadcast group controlled by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, in a move that escalates the war between the two moguls over the local TV market.

Sep 7, 2009 — News Article

Digitization of Canada's heritage left to Google by Michael Geist

Columnist says the government has no concrete plan for the digitization of the Canada's culture and heritage.

Sep 3, 2009 — News Article

New satellite company calls for billion-dollar digital TV coupon program by Greg O'Brien

FreeHD Canada says that if the transition to digital television is going to in Canada, consumers are going to need digital set top boxes – and help paying for them.

Aug 19, 2009 — News Article

Made-in-Manitoba TV? by Bruce Owen

The Manitoba government has commissioned a study to see if there's room on the dial and in the pocketbook for an English-language educational public broadcaster in the province.

Aug 17, 2009 — News Article

Designing a copyright bill that's built to last by Michael Geist

Columnist says forward looking principles and metrics must be used in copyright reform that will not rendered outdated soon after introduction.

Aug 15, 2009 — News Article

CBC Ad Revenues Beat Expectations

In reference to the government approval needed to sell assets, CBC executive says "Dealing with the government is not just difficult, it's a nightmare."

Aug 10, 2009 — News Article

Copyright Consultations 2009

Canada's actors' union wants copyright law strengthened.

Aug 9, 2009 — News Article

Arts activists regroup by Althia Raj

Activist says "the Conservatives do not support the arts industry, which they view with 'mistrust.'"

Jul 31, 2009 — News Article

Moore restructuring Canada Music Fund

Heritage Minister James Moore has announced an increase in the Canada Music Fund, the federal government's main fund to support the music industry, but changes are coming in the way the fund distributes its money.

Jul 4, 2009 — News Article

Europe tightens broadcasting rules By Ian Mundell

Columnist say European pubcasters are unhappy with a rule that means new or significantly modified services must be evaluated in advance against criteria set in Brussels.

Jun 26, 2009 — News Article

Heritage minister pledges 5 years of stable arts funding

Saying the cultural sector needs "stability," Heritage Minister James Moore announced a five-year funding package for the arts on Friday.

Jun 25, 2009 — News Article

Raphael Alexander: A Conservative minister who defends the CBC. And seems to mean it

Columnist says "it’s a very strange time to live in, to hear the Conservatives talk about institutional heritage, such as a public broadcasting system that drains over a billion of taxpayer dollars every year."

Jun 24, 2009 — News Article

Canadian Film Policy: History of Federal Initiatives

Canadian government says, until the end of the 1960s, Canada did not have a bona fide feature film industry. The National Film Board (NFB), created in 1939, was for many years the primary source of films designed to interpret Canada to Canadians and to other nations.

Jun 24, 2009 — News Article

Exclusif: James Moore rejette la privatisation de Radio-Canada

The Canadian Heritage Minister rejects the idea of privatizing CBC/Radio Canada, by Joêl-Denis Bellavance

Jun 24, 2009 — News Article

It's decision time for local television

A columnist says a "fee-for-carriage" in the range of $6 a month per subscriber – would undoubtedly be passed on to consumers, and there is no guarantee it would be spent on local TV programming.

Jun 20, 2009 — News Article

Committee seeks to raise local-programming levy

Television distributors such as cable companies should pay more money into a proposed fund designed to save local programming, a parliamentary committee has recommended.

Jun 20, 2009 — News Article

Liberals Take Stand on 'Net Neutrality

"The Liberal Party supports the principles of net neutrality and an open and competitive Internet environment," Liberal Industry, Science and Technology Critic Marc Garneau said during yesterday's Question Period.

Jun 19, 2009 — News Article

House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage: Issues and Challenges Related to Local Television

The Standing Committee issued a much anticipated report on local television.

Jun 19, 2009 — News Article

No fee for carriage decision in Heritage committee's TV report By Lesley Hunter

After dominating the three months worth of hearings earlier this Spring, the House of Commons committee on Canadian Heritage left out any recommendation on the controversial issue of fee for carriage in its report on the state of local television released Friday.

Jun 16, 2009 — News Article

Voices of English Quebec join the fight to defend CBC/Radio-Canada by The Quebec Community Groups Network

The Quebec Community Groups Network will be holding a conference on June 17, 2009 to discuss concerns about the latest round of cutbacks at CBC and Radio Canada.

Jun 14, 2009 — News Article

Berlusconi Spars With Murdoch Over Pay TV by Eric Pfanner

Industry observer says the next few years is going to be a very interesting in the Italian television market, both for economic but also for political reasons.

Jun 13, 2009 — News Article

At Midnight, Analog Age of Television Ends by Brian Stelter

Television stations across the United States are now expected to be broadcasting solely in digital form, bringing an end to the analog signals that have delivered TV shows to viewers for the better part of a century.

Jun 13, 2009 — News Article

Connecting Canada to the digital world by Michael Geist

Columnist says a national regulatory strategy for digital media for Canada is long overdue.

Jun 11, 2009 — News Article

Canadian over-the-air TV following U.S. down digital path by John Bowman

Columnist says those Canadians who live in small towns and who use an antenna TV could lose some channels altogether with the shutdown of analog TV signals in 2011.

Jun 10, 2009 — News Article

Digital Transition Will Remake TV Experience For Diverse Group Of Viewers by David Tice

The newest media technology Ownership and Trend study by Knowledge Networks shows that 27% of TV homes have at least one set that uses through-the-air signals only.

Jun 8, 2009 — News Article

Time to slay Canadian file-sharing myths by Michael Geist

Columnists says it is not true that Canada leads the world in illegal file-sharing activity.

Jun 5, 2009 — News Article

Selling off crown assets makes sense in tough times

Editorial says selling off the CBC today would raise a storm of protest of such ferocity that even a majority government would be unlikely to complete the project.

Jun 4, 2009 — News Article

Obama warns of digital TV switch by Cynthia Littleton

President Obama has reaffirmed that June 12 is the cutoff date for TV stations to cease their analog broadcasts.

Jun 3, 2009 — News Article

Conservatives answer questions about selling Crown assests and funding for arts and culture

Video clip from the June 2nd Question Period in the House of Commons.

Jun 3, 2009 — News Article

Bureaucrats told to trim budgets 5% by Brian Laghi

Arts groups fear a 'Strategic Review' will result in funding cuts to the CBC, Telefilm Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts and the National Film Board.

Jun 2, 2009 — News Article

No 'fire sale' of Crown assets: Flaherty by Andrew Mayeda

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has defended the government's asset review while the opposition accused the Conservatives of embarking on an "ideological mission" to dump public institutions.

Jun 2, 2009 — News Article

CBC safe from asset review this year: Flaherty

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says the federal government isn't reviewing the assets this year of the department that oversees the CBC.

Jun 2, 2009 — News Article

Finance Ministers answers questions about privatizing the CBC

Video clips from the June 2nd Question Period in the House of Commons.

Jun 2, 2009 — News Release

CBC sale divisive among Conservative supporters 

Study shows that more than half of current Conservative supporters with an opinion disagree that privatizing and commercializing the CBC is the right thing to do.

Jun 2, 2009 — News Article

Ottawa considering asset sales, from VIA Rail to Royal Canadian Mint by Steven Chase

A government source says no government asset - including the CBC - is being spared scrutiny as the Harper government considers auctioning off holdings while it grapples with record deficits.

Jun 1, 2009 — News Article

CBC, VIA Rail considered for auction block: documents by Andrew Mayeda

Documents show Ottawa has flagged several Crown corporations, including the CBC, as "not self-sustaining," and has identified them as entities that could be sold as part of the government's asset review.

May 31, 2009 — News Article

Bernard Derome's appeal has not gone unheard - A group of private citizens is formed to defend Radio-Canada from the menace posed by the Conservative Party of Canada.

A group of private citizens is launching a movement to mobilize public support to counter moves being made by Stephen Harper's Conservative government following its decision to abandon much of its support for Radio-Canada.

May 29, 2009 — News Article

Learning from media mistakes in Arar case by Mariam Sheibani

2009 Dalton Camp Award winner says "a journalist's foremost obligation is to tell the truth and to provide a check on government power, not to protect state officials".

May 28, 2009 — News Release

2009 Dalton Camp Award Winners Announced

Canada's democracy would be enhanced if media organizations reformed some of their most basic practices and approaches, according to the winners of the 2009 Dalton Camp Awards.

May 27, 2009 — News Article

CBC cuts tied to Conservative ideology - poll by Ish Theilheimer

A new Pollara study commissioned by FRIENDS shows nearly two thirds of respondents believe that Stephen Harper and his government are hostile to the CBC, and that half of them feel he "has a hidden agenda that favours private corporate broadcasters."

May 27, 2009 — News Article

Public Support for the CBC

In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses a major new Pollara study of Canadians' attitudes about and expectations for the CBC.

May 26, 2009 — News Release

Les Québécois ne font pas confiance au Premier Ministre Harper en matière de culture

Seule Elizabeth May, chef du Parti vert, inspire moins confiance que Stephen Harper parmi les électeurs québécois à qui on demande à quel chef ils feraient plus confiance pour gérer la culture et l’identité canadiennes et québécoises dans le domaine de la radiodiffusion, selon un nouveau sondage POLLARA dévoilé ce matin.

May 26, 2009 — Opinion Poll

Canadian Attitudes and Expectations Towards Public Broadcasting

According to a new study from POLLARA, the vast majority of Canadian voters hold the CBC in high regard and believe the public broadcaster is underfunded.

May 26, 2009 — News Release

Quebecers don't trust Harper on culture

Only Green Party leader Elizabeth May scores lower than Stephen Harper among Quebec voters when asked which federal political party leaders are most trusted to handle culture and Canadian identity in broadcasting, according to a new Pollara survey released this morning.

May 26, 2009 — News Release

Most Albertans think CBC is under-funded: poll

A new study reveals most voters in Alberta think CBC funding should be increased and that Prime Minister Harper harbors a hostile agenda toward the national public broadcaster.

May 26, 2009 — News Release

Atlantic Canadians lead CBC fan club

Levels of support and satisfaction with the CBC are higher and more intense among Atlantic Canadians than people in other parts of the country, according to a new national Pollara survey

May 26, 2009 — News Release

Grudge against CBC seen as funding block

A new study finds levels of support and satisfaction with the CBC are high but Canadians believe their national public broadcaster is being starved of funds by a government with a vendetta against it.

May 25, 2009 — News Article

Broadcast standards council not laughing at satirical Radio-Canada show

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council is investigating allegations of "simplistic, belittling, hurtful and prejudicial" segments on Radio-Canada's controversial Bye Bye 2008 New Year's Eve sketch show.

May 22, 2009 — News Article

Converting to digital too costly: broadcasters by Jennifer Ditchburn

Broadcasting executives say there's no business case for spending $1 million to upgrade a transmission tower that serves a small pocket of people who don't have cable or satellite dishes.

May 22, 2009 — News Article

Le plaidoyer de Bernard Derome

Radio-Canada famed Bernard Derome takes the Harper government to task over its treatment of SRC/CBC on the occasion of receiving the medal of honour of Quebec's National Assembly.

May 19, 2009 — News Article

New media, old rules by Matt Hartley

The federal NDP's critic for culture, heritage and digital issues calls allegations that Canada is a haven for copyright offenders "absurd."

May 18, 2009 — Blog Post

POLLARA public opinion survey on Canadians' views on the CBC: KEY FINDINGS

Data from a new POLLARA study show the vast majority of Canadian voters hold the CBC in high regard and believe the public broadcaster is underfunded.

May 13, 2009 — News Article

Actors to MPs: Don't panic by Marise Strauss

In an appearance before Parliament's Heritage committee, ACTRA spoke out against deregulation of the Canadian TV industry while offering its own proposals on fee-for-carriage.

May 12, 2009 — News Article

France Approves Crackdown on Internet Piracy by Eric Pfanner

The French National Assembly has approved a plan to punish digital pirates with the possible suspension of their Internet connections.

May 12, 2009 — News Article

When is a cut not a cut? by Marise Strauss

A Heritage Department spokesperson denies that there will be more cuts to the CBC, noting that all government departments must take part in a "strategic review".

May 11, 2009 — Policy Brief

Evolution of the television industry in Canada and its impact on local communication

In a presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, FRIENDS cites a survey that says three-quarters of Canadians believe annual support to the CBC should rise to at least $40 per Canadian per year.

May 11, 2009 — News Article

CBC faces further cuts of up to $56M in 2010

FRIENDS says Heritage Minister James Moore misleading the House of Commons Heritage Committee when he guaranteed there would be no cuts to the CBC budget.

May 11, 2009 — News Article

Parliament needs to reshape CRTC

Canada's largest media union says parliament should ensure Canada's broadcasting legislation keeps step with the times, including proper accountability and transparency.

May 11, 2009 — News Article

MPs miss chance to embrace YouTube generation by Michael Geist

Article profiles the friction between FRIENDS and the House of Commons over the posting of committee proceedings that eventually lead to a liberalization of the rules.

May 2, 2009 — News Article

Emergency resolution on the future of CBC-Radio-Canada

Resolution passed by the Liberal Party at its Vancouver convention regarding the future of CBC/Radio-Canada.

Apr 30, 2009 — News Article

Tories called 'hostile' to CBC

Liberal and NDP MPs accused the Tories of being more interested in discussing CBC expenses than in helping the broadcaster avoid cuts to local programming.

Apr 30, 2009 — News Article

Radio-Canada: Moore peine à convaincre l'opposition : Malorie Beauchemin

Heritage Minister James Moore appears before the House of Commons Heritage Committee and is grilled by Opposition MPs regarding the government's financial commitment to public broadcasting.

Apr 29, 2009 — News Article

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting Release Survey on CBC

A new Pollara survey finds that a majority of Canadians support increased funding for the CBC.

Apr 29, 2009 — News Article

Are the Conservatives "hostile" towards the CBC? Majority thinks "yes", survey finds

Survey data show six in ten Canadian voters believe that Prime Minister Harper and the Conservative government are "hostile" to the CBC/SRC, and would like to "diminish public broadcasting in Canada"

Apr 29, 2009 — News Article

Pas plus d'aide d'Ottawa

Heritage Minister James appears before the House of Commons Heritage Committee and fails to persuade opposition MPs and Friends' spokesperson regarding the government's commitment to public broadcasting.

Apr 29, 2009 — News Article

Heritage Minister tells Committee the CBC will receive its $60 million top-up

Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore has confirmed the CBC will once again this year receive about $60 million in top-up funding for Canadian programming.

Apr 29, 2009 — Blog Post

Briefing Note: Voters and the CBC

FRIENDS briefs members of the House of Commons Heritage Committee on a new survey which finds strong support for the CBC and widespread belief that the Conservative government is hostile to the public broadcaster.

Apr 27, 2009 — News Article

CBC should get same financial relief as other media: Lacroix by Krista Erickson

The president of CBC/Radio-Canada urged MPs to make sure the public broadcaster is not excluded from any financial relief offered to the other broadcast media.

Apr 27, 2009 — News Article

CTVglobemedia calls on Conservatives to get more "engaged" on the digital-TV conversion by Paul Vieira

Executives at CTVglobemedia say that the federal government might have to step in to ensure households have universal access to TV signal starting September of 2011, when the switch to digital TV occurs.

Apr 23, 2009 — News Article

Barrie tuned out by the CBC by Bob Bruton

FRIENDS says Barrie Ontario isn't getting a CBC Radio One station because the government hasn't given the public broadcaster the funds necessary to make local programming a priority.

Apr 23, 2009 — News Article

Tories to crack down on spam by Andrew Mayeda

New legislation will give the CRTC the ability to impose fines of $1 million against individuals and $10 million against businesses who 'spam' Canadians.

Apr 23, 2009 — News Article

Heritage Committee Issues Report on Culture Cuts by Michael Geist

The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage has issued a report saying last year's culture cuts have had "major negative impacts on Canadian arts organizations."

Apr 23, 2009 — News Article

CTV, Global press fee-for-carriage case by Grant Robertson

Broadcasters tell House committee profits are in decline and that they want to charge cable and satellite companies for their signals.

Apr 23, 2009 — News Article

Carriage fee 'a matter of survival,' MPs told by Paul Vieira

Executives from CTVglobemedia and Canwest Global tell MPs that the industry is in the midst of a crisis from which it can recover only with a second source of revenue and fewer regulatory obligations.

Apr 22, 2009 — News Article

CRTC chairman summoned to explain inconsistent testimony by Krista Erickson

MPs on the Canadian heritage committee say they are concerned that Konrad von Finckenstein may have misspoken or misled the committee when answering questions recently about "fee-for-carriage."

Apr 20, 2009 — News Article

Old issues in modern TV 'crisis'

Columnist says that the solution to the crisis in the television industry will likely involve Canadians paying – directly or indirectly – for the continuation of local broadcasting.

Apr 19, 2009 — News Article

TV bailout bad idea

Editorial says a proposal for public money to flow to private broadcasters - after a government rebuff of an appeal from the CBC - should be buried before it gains momentum.

Apr 18, 2009 — News Article

The state of the Canadian broadcasting industry by Adam Bemma

Freelance Journalist interviews FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison on the recent CBC cuts and how the recession is affecting Canada's broadcasting industry.

Apr 16, 2009 — News Article

TV rescue idea is no smarter than a bad reality show by John Doyle

Columnist says the government should look at fee-for-carriage, not ad buys as a way to support the local TV industry.

Apr 14, 2009 — Blog Post

Parliamentary Appropriation to the CBC

Data show that claims by the government that the CBC is receiving record levels of public financing and that the Harper government has increased CBC funding every year since coming into office are false.

Apr 14, 2009 — Blog Post

Re: Cuts to the CBC by Mike Bradley

Letter from the Mayor of Sarnia, Ontario urging the Prime Minister to provide bridge financing and increase the parliamentary allocation to Canada's public broadcaster.

Apr 14, 2009 — News Article

Ottawa considers ad boost to help broadcasters by Brian Laghi

Ottawa is looking at a proposal to buy more government ads to help local TV stations make it through the recession.

Apr 9, 2009 — News Article

CBC wants piece of TV bailout by Bruce Campion-Smith

The cash-strapped CBC, struggling with layoffs and cuts to regional programming, wants a slice of any government funding meant to rescue local newscasts of struggling private broadcasters.

Apr 8, 2009 — News Article

Don't ignore CBC while bailing out private broadcasters

ACTRA is concerned by reports that the government is considering bailing out private broadcasters while the CBC is being forced to cut staff and programming.

Apr 8, 2009 — News Article

Ottawa mulls help for small TV stations by Grant Robertson

Faced with the potential closing of several small-market television stations across the country, the federal government is considering a $150-million fund to keep community TV in business.

Apr 8, 2009 — News Article

Moore downplays reports of broadcast bailout

Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore appears to be pouring cold water on a report that Ottawa is considering a $150-million fund to help ailing TV broadcasters.

Apr 7, 2009 — News Article

Ottawa weighs $150-million private TV fund by Jennifer Ditchburn

Columnist says the federal cabinet is considering a $150-million fund for the country's private broadcasters to help rescue local TV stations and their newscasts.

Apr 7, 2009 — News Article

Harper says no decision yet on TV bailout but gov't looking at options

The Prime Minister says no decisions have been made on funding to help private broadcasters cope with the downturn in the economy and the long-term problems faced by the industry.

Apr 6, 2009 — News Article

Shots at Tory arts policies colour Genies night by Jane Taber

Columnist says that the Harper Conservatives' arts funding policies dominated conversations at the Genie Awards.

Apr 4, 2009 — News Article

Lepage laments federal cuts, minister's ignorance by James Bradshaw

Internationally acclaimed film and theatre director Robert Lepage has scolded the federal government for having cancelled programs supporting artistic touring last fall.

Apr 2, 2009 — News Article

Heritage Committee to grill everyone as it studies Canadian TV industry by Norma Reveler

A House of Commons committee studying the TV industry will call a cross-section of witnesses including cable giants, private broadcasters, the CBC and media unions.

Apr 2, 2009 — News Article

Helping friends in need

Heritage Minister James Moore has confirmed that the Harper government is looking at loosening broadcast regulations and changing tax rules to help give struggling private broadcasters some relief.

Apr 2, 2009 — News Article

Meet Alberta's Mr. Culture by Jeremy Klazus

Alberta Culture Minister Lindsay Blackett promises arts funding will hold steady in the next provincial budget.

Mar 25, 2009 — News Article

Ignatieff pushes Harper to support CBC

Liberal and Conservative MPs debate public broadcasting support during question period.

Mar 22, 2009 — News Article

Heritage Minister sees modernization of arts, culture funding by Jennifer Ditchburn

The Heritage Minister says he'd like television broadcasters to take a hard look at the horizon and reflect on what's broken with their business plans.

Mar 20, 2009 — News Article

Heritage minister at odds with CBC over funding

Heritage Minister James Moore says he has never been approached by the CBC for an emergency advance on future federal funding — a statement disputed by the public broadcaster.

Mar 19, 2009 — News Article

Feds consider relief for private TV networks by Jennifer Ditchburn

The Harper government is considering help for Canada's troubled private TV broadcasters, including the possibility of looser regulations and tax changes.

Mar 19, 2009 — News Article

Heritage Minister urged to implement all-party report on CBC

In and open letter to Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore,  the Canadian Media Guild says the CBC should be adequately funded so that it is able to reduce its reliance on commercial revenue.

Mar 19, 2009 — News Article

Canadian TV industry 'crisis' talks set for next week by Grant Surridge

The House of Commons Heritage Committee will hold hearings on the "crisis" facing the Canadian television industry.

Mar 19, 2009 — News Article

Canada seeks to help struggling broadcasters by Etan Vlessing

A spokesman for the federal heritage department has confirmed that the government has drawn up plans for regulatory and tax changes to help private broadcasters deal with a growing TV ad revenue shortfall.

Mar 19, 2009 — News Article

Stephen Harper risks his career if he gives away the farm to Canwest by Charlie Smith

Columnist says the Asper family and Stephen Harper have enjoyed a symbiotic relationship and is therefore not surprising that the Conservative government will pull whatever levers it can to ensure the Aspers retain control over Canwest.

Mar 18, 2009 — Blog Post

Ads on CBC Radio - Who do you believe?

CBC's management and the Conservative government have demonstrated a pattern of contradicting themselves on the fundamental issue of placing ads on CBC Radio.

Mar 18, 2009 — News Article

Reinventing Mr. Harper by Barbara Yaffe

Columnist says Stephen Harper has demonstrated a willingness to adjust course on issues to stay in power.

Mar 18, 2009 — News Article

Canadians divided on extra help for CBC

A Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey found that half of respondents were in favour of the Conservative government providing bridge financing to the public broadcaster, while 41 per cent opposed the idea.

Mar 17, 2009 — News Article

Charlie Angus: The CBC needs an overhaul, but not the kind James Moore wants by Charlie Angus

The NDP heritage critic says CBC's current financial crisis should be used as an opportunity to refocus the national broadcaster on news, drama and documentaries with less reliance on advertising.

Mar 17, 2009 — News Article

Only conservatism can lead Canada forward by Stephen Harper

The Prime Minister makes a critical reference to the CBC in a speech to a conservative think-tank.

Mar 17, 2009 — News Article

Showdown for CBC by Greg Weston

Columnist says the CBC is heading into a potentially historic showdown with the Conservative government in a clash over cash that may well reshape public broadcasting in this country forever.

Mar 17, 2009 — News Article

Is this the real Harper?

Editorial suggests that a highly partisan speech given to Conservative faithful - that includes a snide reference to the CBC - reflects the real Stephen Harper.

Mar 17, 2009 — News Article

600-1,200 CBC job cuts expected by Althia Raj

FRIENDS applauds the Heritage Minster's comments that the CBC needs to "stop chasing revenues and eyeballs," but says it is unlikely the Minister is controlling the purse-strings on this file.

Mar 17, 2009 — News Article

Minister disappointed at delay of CBC meeting by Mike Blanchfield

Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore says that ads on public radio go against CBC "tradition" and would hurt private radio, which is also competing for scarce advertising dollars.

Mar 17, 2009 — News Article

Aussie bank may buy Canwest stake in Ten TV

Reports indicate Canwest is informally marketing its majority stake in Australia's Ten television network to local investors.

Mar 17, 2009 — News Article

Tories switching channels on CBC status quo by Don Martin

Columnist says that the Conservative government will use the CBC's current financial problems to restructure the public broadcaster into a model more to their liking.

Mar 16, 2009 — News Article

Stephen Harper's hidden agenda for the CBC by Ian Morrison

FRIENDS tracks Stephen Harper's comments on public broadcasting and cultural sovereignty over the years.

Mar 16, 2009 — News Article

Ads on CBC Radio?

In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses the implications of placing ads on CBC Radio.

Mar 16, 2009 — News Article

Heritage Minister James Moore, on investing in Canadian culture

The Heritage Minister discusses funding for the CBC, Canadian content and the potential of ads on CBC Radio.

Mar 12, 2009 — News Article

CanWest drama heats up by Andrew Willis

Columnist says the closure of local TV stations may get politicians interested in making rapid changes to the economics of conventional TV.

Mar 12, 2009 — Ad Campaign

CBC, according to Stephen Harper

Series of Public Service Announcements illustrate what Harper's vision of CBC Radio might sound like.


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Mar 9, 2009 — Blog Post

RE: I oppose commercials on CBC Radio

Email from Anita Neville, MP to a Winnipeg South Centre constituent saying the Liberal Party will "do its part to ensure that advertising is not aired on public radio".

Mar 9, 2009 — News Article

Artists say Ottawa's cuts killing jobs, hurting culture by David Akin

Artists say that cuts by Conservative government to programs that helped Canadian artists export their work now threatens Canadian jobs and puts the nation's international cultural influence in peril.

Mar 9, 2009 — News Article

Canada rejects cutback on U.S. series buys by Etan Vlessing

The Canadian government has rejected a proposal by the CRTC to curb domestic broadcasters' spending on U.S. series.

Mar 9, 2009 — News Article

Canada Media Fund Comes from TV and New Media Funds

Canadian Heritage Minister says Canadian viewers will have better access to Canadian programming on all media platforms following the creation of the Canada Media Fund.

Mar 5, 2009 — News Article

The right man for the job by Gerry Nicholls

In an excerpt from his book, the former vice-president of the National Citizens Coalition says Stephen Harper was appointed to the organization's top job in 1997 because he fit the criteria of viewing the CBC as a "socialist-run boondoggle".

Mar 3, 2009 — News Article

Appeal for restoration of arts cuts rebuffed by Tories

Representatives from the Canadian arts sector went to Parliament Hill pleading for the restoration of arts programs cut last year, but it appears their requests will be ignored.

Feb 27, 2009 — News Article

The media and the message by Brian Laghi

Columnist says Stephen Harper's political strategy of aiming his message directly at local voters may be threatened with the possible closures of many community television stations.

Feb 26, 2009 — News Article

Creating a Space for Canadian Voices in a Chaotic Media Landscape by Hubert T. Lacroix

Speaking Notes for Hubert T. Lacroix, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBC/Radio-Canada, to the Empire Club of Canada.

Feb 26, 2009 — News Article

PMO tells CBC to 'adapt' to fewer ads by Michael McKiernan

A spokesman for the Prime Minister says "The CBC cannot be insulated from all market realities." after executives at the public broadcaster floated the idea of a bridge loan to cover a sharp drop in ad revenue.

Feb 26, 2009 — News Article

Government bailout unlikely for CBC by Joe Friesen, Guy Dixon and Daniel LeBlanc

The Conservative government has signaled it would not bail out the CBC after the public broadcaster asked for help to compensate for a drop in advertising revenue.

Feb 25, 2009 — News Article

Financially hit CBC wants help from Ottawa to stave off possible cuts

CBC spokesman Jeff Keay says the public broadcaster wants Ottawa to provide immediate relief for a budgetary shortfall expected in 2009-2010 but he dismissed suggestions that bridge financing would amount to a handout.

Feb 24, 2009 — News Article

A Chance to Open up Canada's Wireless Market by Michael Geist

Columnist says Canada's slow migration to digital TV will hinder innovation in harnessing the freed-up spectrum when broadcasters abandon analog transmissions.

Feb 17, 2009 — News Article

Tories announce details of reworked Canadian magazine fund by James Adams

Heritage Minister James Moore has announced the government is going ahead with plans to create a new $75.5-million Canada Periodical Fund.

Feb 17, 2009 — News Article

With Four More Months to Make the Switch, Over 400 TV Stations Are All Digital by Brian Stelter

The FCC says more than 400 television stations in the U.S. have stopped broadcasting analog signals, months before the rescheduled transition to digital TV.

Feb 17, 2009 — News Article

Major Canadian government assets could be sold by Andrew Mayeda

Columnist says that a Harper government review that may lead to the sale or privatization of several well-known Crown corporations could become a political minefield when expanded to include the CBC.

Feb 12, 2009 — News Article

Canada competition for the arts becoming a joke: Duceppe by Mike De Souza

Arts groups complain a proposed competition could reward international artists, while their Canadian counterparts are struggling to make ends meet or facing bankruptcy due to lack of federal support.

Feb 12, 2009 — News Article

Conservatives "open" to idea of CBC Radio ads by Crawford Kilian

FRIENDS says Heritage Minister James Moore may have blurted out more than he intended when saying he would consider putting ads on CBC Radio.

Feb 11, 2009 — News Article

Call in program on possible ads on CBC Radio

FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, takes part in a call-in radio show on the Conservative government's openness to allow the commercialization of CBC Radio.

Feb 10, 2009 — News Article

Heritage minister defends Tory cuts to arts funding by Juliet O'Neill and Chris Cobb

Heritage Minister James Moore says that commercial advertising on CBC Radio should be be considered if the public broadcaster needs extra cash to to dig itself out of a financial hole.

Feb 9, 2009 — News Article

Heritage Minster on the commercialization of the CBC

Responding to a question from Charlie Angus, the NDP Heritage Critic, Minister Moore says he would consider putting ads on CBC Radio.

Feb 7, 2009 — News Article

Legislature may dump TV broadcasts by Darcy Henton

When contracts with CTV and ACCESS TV expire next year, the Alberta legislature will have to choose between creating its own broadcasts or scrapping coverage of question period.

Feb 5, 2009 — News Article

Starving artists? Study shows that's not far from the mark by James Adams

Research shows earnings by most Canadian artists are hovering at poverty levels and the situation is likely to worsen as the worldwide recession deepens.

Feb 4, 2009 — News Article

Canada braces for 'Wi-Fi on steroids' by Vito Pilieci

A U.S. initiative could soon see this country blanketed by cheap, high-speed Internet with the potential to change the way Canadians share information, make cellphone calls and watch TV.

Feb 4, 2009 — News Article

Que. artists angry over Toronto festival funding by Mike De Souza

Quebec artists are furious about a $25-million grant in the federal budget they say will reward two businessmen from Toronto to stage an international competition, while it leaves local professionals on the verge of bankruptcy.

Feb 2, 2009 — News Article

PM sings new tune on the arts by Martin Knelman

Article profiles a new $25 million venture called the Canada Prizes for Arts and Creativity, which plans to offer four annual awards of about $100,000 to emerging artists in theatre, dance, music and visual arts.

Jan 30, 2009 — News Article

TV in Peril. Is Nothing Sacred? by Gail Collins

Columnist says that just days away from a scheduled switch to digital TV, there are an estimated 6.5 million families in the U.S. still relying on unconverted televisions.

Jan 30, 2009 — News Article

Jobs, jobs, jobs by Stephen Waddell

The national executive director of ACTRA says by not making a significant investment in Canada's cultural industry, the Conservatives passed on an opportunity to create thousands of well-paying, creative, skilled jobs and in turn stimulate the Canadian economy.

Jan 29, 2009 — News Article

U.K. to create distribution giant by Steve Clarke

Reports indicate the U.K. government is leaning heavily towards the creation of a British TV distribution giant from a tie-up between the two public broadcaster, Channel 4 and the BBC.

Jan 29, 2009 — News Article

Britain Looks to Expand Broadband and Limit Piracy by Eric Pfanner

The British government has outlined plans to bring broadband Internet service to every home in Britain by 2012, and proposed ways to support the music industry and other media businesses by cracking down on online piracy.

Jan 29, 2009 — News Article

Arts groups pleased but Canada Council snubbed by James Bradshaw

The injections of cultural cash in the federal budget are being hailed by many in the arts community as a landmark moment showing national politicians' heightened attention to the arts.

Jan 28, 2009 — News Article

Plan to delay U.S. switch to digital TV thwarted by Republicans

An attempt to delay the U.S. switch to digital-only television transmission by four months has been scuttled by the House of Representatives.

Jan 27, 2009 — News Article

Where the arts money will flow by James Bradshaw

The Canadian Heritage Minister says the cash infusion for arts and culture expected in the federal budget will be placed squarely on infrastructure, festivals and training.

Jan 27, 2009 — News Article

Feds play kiss and make up for arts cuts by Martin Knelman

$160 million in new money is expected in the budget for the arts.

Jan 27, 2009 — News Article

Sector reaction: Media happy with renewed commitments to funding by Grant Surridge

Columnist says Canadian media companies will enjoy a boost in the federal budget, but mostly in the form of renewed commitments to funding that already existed.

Jan 26, 2009 — News Article

Arts industry wishes for new media, mentorship funds in federal budget

The Canadian Conference of the Arts says new media and mentorship programs for young people should benefit from new arts and cultural funding expected in federal budget.

Jan 25, 2009 — News Article

How about a blockbuster bailout? by Peter Bart

Representatives from U.S. film, television and other sectors of the arts are recommending that some of the Obama administration's economic stimulus package should go to their industries.

Jan 24, 2009 — News Article

Embattled film, TV industry seeking sweeter tax credits

Toronto's film and television industry is pleading for help from the federal government, hoping to lure American productions back with bigger tax credits.

Jan 23, 2009 — News Article

Pew: Universal Broadband Faces Hurdles by Wendy Davis

The Obama administration is expected to make universal broadband a priority, but a new report suggests that achieving that goal will require more than just better infrastructure.

Jan 23, 2009 — News Article

Cap in hand, calculator at the ready by James Bradshaw

Columnist says arts advocates are making a hard argument for the economic soundness of policies that support the arts, rather than dwelling on their nation-building or soul-sustaining functions.

Jan 22, 2009 — News Article

U.S. Senate nears deal to delay digital TV transition

Democrats cite mounting concerns that too many Americans who rely on analog TV sets to pick up over-the-air broadcast signals won't be ready for a proposed switchover to digital on Feb 17.

Jan 22, 2009 — News Article

U.K. culture secretary pledges C4 support by Mimi Turner

The U.K. Culture Secretary has signaled that the government would prefer an agreement between Channel 4 and BBC Worldwide to a merger with RTL-owned Channel Five.

Jan 22, 2009 — News Article

Canada is unprepared for switch to digital TV by Doug Sarti

FRIENDS says the lack of a clearly defined transition plan from analogue to digital TV broadcasts will cause trouble for over-the-air viewers.

Jan 16, 2009 — News Article

Review of English and French language broadcasting services in official language minority communities by Graham Fraser

The Commissioner of Official Languages says the CRTC and the federal government should contribute to strengthening the CBC's role in producing regional programming in both official languages.

Jan 16, 2009 — News Article

Clement, Lord push for boost to broadband in stimulus plan by Jane Taber & Shawn McCarthy

The Harper government is expected to introduce an infrastructure program that would expand high-speed Internet access for everyone in the country in the coming budget.

Jan 15, 2009 — News Article

Who Will Control Our Digital Soul? by Steve Anderson

Columnist says the CRTC and parliamentarians should enact and enforce policies that support the 'open Internet' in order to produce a more democratic media system.

Jan 15, 2009 — News Article

France's newspapers get their superhero by Konrad Yakabuski

A group convened to solve the plight of the France's newspaper industry has tabled its report.

Jan 13, 2009 — News Article

Arts funding is safe, Moore says by James Bradshaw

Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore is preaching sustained cultural funding, saying the CBC's budget is safe and the Conservatives intend to deliver on their election promises despite the financial downturn.

Jan 13, 2009 — News Article

Nanos poll on Canada's federal budget

A new Nanos Research poll suggests Canadians want an economic stimulus package that puts investment in public services at the top of the federal agenda.

Jan 13, 2009 — News Article

Moore reaches out in Montreal by Patricia Bailey

The Heritage Minister defends his government's cuts to cultural programs last summer at a meeting with representatives from the Quebec arts community.

Jan 12, 2009 — News Article

New minister makes right noises on arts by Martin Knelman

Federal Heritage Minister James Moore says "Support for the arts is not just a want but a need."

Jan 9, 2009 — News Article

The Looming TV Blackout

Editorial says the U.S. government should put more money into digital TV conversion program or delay the transition date.

Jan 8, 2009 — News Article

Obama Recommends Delay in Digital TV Switch by Brian Stelter

A senior aid to President-elect Barack Obama says government funds to support the change are "woefully inadequate" and that the digital switch date, Feb. 17, should be "reconsidered and extended."

Jan 8, 2009 — News Article

Communication From The European Commission On The Application Of State Aid Rules To Public Service Broadcasting

Presentation by the European Alliance of Listeners' and Viewers' Associations to the European Parliament.

Jan 7, 2009 — News Article

Budget wish lists arrive in Ottawa by Etan Vlessing

Film and TV industry representatives tell federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty that a stimulus package for the Canadian economy should include financial support for their industry.

Jan 5, 2009 — Blog Post

Impact of a $200 Million Cut on CBC's Services

A memo to the FRIENDS Steering Committee describes scenarios by which CBC management could cut services if a Conservative Party plan to slash the public broadcaster's Parliamentary allocation by $200 million were to be implemented.

Jan 5, 2009 — News Article

Culture rocks no matter where you live, researcher finds by Misty Harris

Researcher challenges the notion that the arts are the exclusive purview of an urban elite.

Jan 5, 2009 — News Article

French TV ditches prime-time ads

French viewers have for the first time watched prime-time television without advert breaks, as President Nicolas Sarkozy's media reforms get under way.

Jan 4, 2009 — News Article

Canwest CEO Leonard Asper kept communication lines open with Ottawa in November by Charlie Smith

Records show that in November 2008, CanWest CEO Leonard Asper communicated with the Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Industry Minister and senior CRTC representatives.