All Private Broadcasters Articles

Dec 3, 2016 — News Article

Broadcasters eye CRTC Netflix exemptions, push for parity by Michael Lewis

Competing with services that don't have to fund original Canadian programming, companies call for regulation ‘flexibility.’

Dec 1, 2016 — News Article

Netflix makes its shows available for download by Raju Mudhar

On the same day Shomi shut down and the day before the rumoured arrival of Amazon Prime Video in Canada, Netflix is allowing subscribers to download shows and films and watch them on the go.

Dec 1, 2016 — News Article

Rogers Media lays off 87 employees over 2 days

Rogers says the 27 new layoffs reduce duplicate roles as it focuses on streamlining its staff to address ongoing challenges facing print media.

Nov 30, 2016 — News Article

Melanie Joly’s tough choice on Canadian content: New thinking or new taxes by Michael Geist

Columnist says groups such as ACTRA, the Writers Guild of Canada, the Canadian Media Producers Association and the Directors Guild of Canada argue that the government should require Netflix to contribute a percentage of its revenues toward the creation of Canadian content.

Nov 30, 2016 — News Article

Only watch HBO or Sportsnet? Canada’s TV providers must offer solo channels on Dec. 1 by Emily Jackson

TV service providers must offer channels à la carte and in packages of up to 10 channels to complement existing TV packages in order to comply with a policy issued in spring 2015 by the CRTC.

Nov 29, 2016 — News Article

Amazon Prime video streaming expected to launch in Canada Dec. 1: Bell Media exec by Emily Jackson

Bell Media President Mary Ann Turcke tells regulators at a broadcast licence renewal hearing that she expects her company’s video streaming service, CraveTV, will have to compete against Amazon Prime Video very soon.

Nov 29, 2016 — News Article

Amazon Prime video service to launch in Canada on Thursday by Michael Lewis

Netflix has been granted a new media exemption that means it pays minimal tax on an estimated $600 million in annual revenue from subscribers in Canada.

Nov 24, 2016 — News Article

National Post memo details departures from newsroom, newsroom reorganization by H.G. Watson

A memo sent to National Post staff on Nov. 18 by editor-in-chief Anne Marie Owens details 20 newsroom departures, most the result of a round of buyouts aimed at reducing salary costs at Postmedia by 20 per cent.

Nov 24, 2016 — News Article

Unions demand Postmedia executives reject $2.3 million in bonuses

According to financial documents, the company awarded Postmedia president and CEO Paul Godfrey $900,000, CFO Doug Lamb $450,000, COO Andrew MacLeod $425,000, legal and general counsel Jeffrey Haar $300,000, and National Post president Gordon Fisher $200,000.

Nov 24, 2016 — News Article

Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say by Craig Timberg

Independent researchers say Russia’s increasingly sophisticated propaganda machinery echoed and amplified right-wing sites across the Internet as they portrayed Hillary Clinton as a criminal hiding potentially fatal health problems and preparing to hand control of the nation to a shadowy cabal of global financiers. 

Nov 24, 2016 — News Article

Telus aims to bridge digital divide with $9.95 Internet for low-income families in Alberta by Emily Jackson

Telus Corp. will expand its pilot program that offers affordable Internet to low-income families, a move that comes as the federal government tries to tackle the problem of affordable access to broadband.

Nov 20, 2016 — News Article

The news that is not fit to print by Penny Collenette

Columnist says freedom of press is constitutionally protected in Canada but our freedoms, and that of our press, can be fragile.

Nov 19, 2016 — News Article

Amazon vs. Donald Trump? Jeff Bezos may soon face his biggest challenge yet by Graham Ruddick

Donald Trump takes issue with Amazon founder Jeff Besos' ownership of The Washington Post.

Nov 11, 2016 — News Article

The U.S. Media Is Completely Unprepared to Cover a Trump Presidency by Adam Serwer

Columnist says the total Republican control of government means that Democrats will struggle to get their objections to carry much weight, much as they did prior to the Iraq War.

Nov 8, 2016 — News Article

CRTC releases new broadcast industry statistics

According to a new report, broadcasting revenues in Canada last year decreased by 1.6% to $17.9 billion.

Nov 4, 2016 — News Article

Lack of racial diversity in media is a form of oppression by Shree Paradkar

Columnist says The major newsrooms in this country — the Toronto Star included — are unnaturally white, leading to tone-deaf, biased coverage of news.

Nov 3, 2016 — News Article

Telefilm Canada study finds Canadians want more entertainment on more platforms

TV still medium of choice for majority of respondents, but tablets, phones increasingly used.

Oct 27, 2016 — News Article

Internet Usage In Canada Soared 40 Per Cent In A Year. Here's Why. by Daniel Tender

The CRTC’s Communications Monitoring Report for 2016 found broadband Internet usage jumped 40 per cent from 2014 to 2015, while mobile data usage saw an even larger 44-per-cent spike.

Oct 26, 2016 — News Article

Canadians spend more on Internet access than TV subscriptions for first time: CRTC by Emily Jackson

The CRTC says Canadians spent more money on Internet access than television subscriptions for the first time last year as the demand for data exploded and the desire for traditional TV packages waned.

Oct 26, 2016 — News Article

Downloaded data skyrockets in 2015

The CRTC says Canadians are downloading more data than ever as a result of the growing use of broadband technologies over mobile devices and within the home.