All Private Broadcasters Articles

Aug 15, 2016 — Policy Brief

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2016-225

FRIENDS comments on the renewal of television licences held by large English- and French-language ownership groups.

Aug 11, 2016 — News Article

Arianna Huffington Is Leaving Huffington Post by Sydney Ember

Columnist says the pioneering web publication, known for its aggressive use of aggregation and an unapologetically liberal worldview, has won a Pulitzer Prize and expanded globally during a challenging time for all media organizations.

Aug 9, 2016 — News Article

Netflix suffers as viewers tune into Rio: study by Bree Rody-Mantha

A study by Procera Networks shows a 10% dip in total Netflix traffic for Aug. 6-7, the day of and immediately after the opening ceremony for the Rio event.

Aug 9, 2016 — News Article

BitTorrent backs indie filmmakers through Discovery Fund by Bree Rody-Menthe

Director of creative initiatives Missy Laney says the struggle for creators to get noticed online is real, which is why marketing matters.

Aug 5, 2016 — Policy Brief

Pre-Budget Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

FRIENDS offers recommendations to the government on its tax and CRTC policies, including requiring Netflix and other foreign OTT services to collect sales taxes, as their Canadian competitors must do.

Jul 27, 2016 — News Article

Reporter Tom Gould was a trailblazer of Canadian journalism by Fred Langan

Columnist says Tom Gould, who died of cancer last week at the age of 84, was one of Canada’s first generation of star television reporters and went on to become an influential broadcast executive, building CTV News into a top-rated operation.

Jul 23, 2016 — News Article

Obituary: Journalist Tom Gould worked for The Sun, headed CTV News by Brian Morton

Prominent journalist Tom Gould, whose career spanned more than 50 years in the news industry including a stint as the Ottawa correspondent for The Vancouver Sun, has died at the age of 84.

Jul 14, 2016 — News Release

Eddy Cue on Apple's TV Plans and Why Netflix Isn't a Competitor by Natalie Jarvey

Eddy Cue has, in the past two years, spearheaded Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, overseen the launch of Apple Music, orchestrated a redesign of the Apple TV and sparked speculation that Apple someday will buy a studio or launch a streaming TV business.

Jul 12, 2016 — News Article

How technology disrupted the truth by Katharine Viner

Columnist says social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts.

Jul 12, 2016 — News Article

Time to tax and regulate Netflix and YouTube by John Anderson

Columnist says it would be more egalitarian and beneficial to Canadian culture to hold foreign-owned services to the same rules as other major Canadian media companies.

Jul 12, 2016 — News Article

TV subscriptions fall in 2015 amid huge gains in streaming, but industry revenue stable: CRTC by Emily Jackson

Nearly 160,000 Canadians cut their television subscriptions last year, but more cash from each customer dulled the buzz kill for providers.

Jul 8, 2016 — News Article

Postmedia announces plan to reduce $648 million debt by H.G. Watson

On July 7, the media company released its 2016 third quarter results and details of a proposed recapitalization, which, according to a memo released to Postmedia staff, would reduce its debt to $341 million and cut cash interest costs by approximately $50 million.

Jul 6, 2016 — News Article

Not the 11 O’clock News: How the Late-Night Comedy Shows Are Deepening the Divide between Commentary and Traditional News by Alex Strachan

Columnist says that in the new information age, with its myriad choices, viewers — and by extension voters — are more inclined to turn to those news sources that validate their personal opinions.

Jul 3, 2016 — News Article

Cable companies take more Android box dealers to court to stamp out 'free TV'

With added special software, the boxes allow customers to stream a huge selection of pirated content, including live sports, on their TVs — for free.

Jun 30, 2016 — News Article

Netflix finira-t-il par cracher son dû? by Guy Fournier

Columnist says it is unfair to tax internet content providers only if they are Canadian. He believes Netflix has an undue avantage on Canadian distributers who have to contribute financially to Canada’s growth by paying sums to create Canadian content, by charging sales taxes to their customers and by paying income tax.

Jun 29, 2016 — News Article

Stream parent co Brunico Communications acquires Achilles Media by Barry Walsh

Brunico Communications, the business-to-business publishing and events company behind StreamDaily and sister brands Realscreen, Kidscreen and Playback, has acquired the assets of Toronto-based Achilles Media, including the operating rights to the Banff World Media Festival.

Jun 28, 2016 — News Article

Memo: BuzzFeed outlines changes to BuzzFeed Canada and Ottawa bureau

With the 2015 Canadian federal election over, Buzzfeed is wrapping up their Canadian political coverage.

Jun 28, 2016 — News Article

BuzzFeed Canada to close Ottawa bureau, editorial to report to U.S. by Sean Craig

Canadian visitors to BuzzFeed’s website, which make up around 12 million of its purported 200 million monthly unique visitors, have been directed to a tailored homepage that mixes domestic and international content since BuzzFeed Canada launched last year.

Jun 26, 2016 — News Article

Digital evolution by Marty Forbes

Heritage Minister Melanie Joly announces that a series of public consultations will take place over the next several months to examine the government’s role in supporting Canadian content creation — in all media — radio, television with a focus on digital evolution.

Jun 20, 2016 — News Article

Set-top box crackdown will chill Canada's tech innovation by Michael Geist

Columnist says a recent federal court ruling targets a disruptive technology that everyone agrees has both legitimate and infringing uses.