All Private Broadcasters Articles

May 18, 2016 — News Article

CRTC chief deems Internet a necessity by Shannon VanRaes

In recent televised remarks, Jean-Pierre Blais said the necessity of broadband Internet access was a “self-evident truth,” shifting the focus of the current review of basic telecommunications services from proving the need for basic telecommunication, to examining how they can be delivered.

May 18, 2016 — News Article

MTS deal would set a harmful precedent for wireless competition by Dwayne Winseck & Ben Class

Columnist says if the merger goes through, the communication industry in Manitoba will be radically transformed, and there will be important implications for the rest of Canada as well.

May 17, 2016 — News Article

Six Corus Principles for Innovation and Success

Corus Entertainment presents a manifesto containing six principles for innovation and success.

May 11, 2016 — News Article

Netflix border-hopping crackdown hurts VPN users seeking privacy, advocacy group says by Sophia Harris

Open Media says Netflix customers should be able to protect their privacy.

May 6, 2016 — News Article

Foreign firms have unfair advantage over Cancon, committee hears by Daniel LeBlanc

Columnist says witnesses at parliamentary hearings on the future of local news are repeatedly casting U.S.-based Internet giants as villains in the Canadian media landscape, offering a hint of the battle to come later this year at a full-blown study on the future of Canada’s cultural industries.

May 5, 2016 — News Article

Canada Could Combine All Pay TV Set-Top Box Data Into A Shared Audience Measurement System by John Moulding

The CRTC has demanded that the TV industry cooperate on a project to determine the viability of a comprehensive, multi-BDU STB audience measurement system. 

May 2, 2016 — News Article

The challenge of reshaping Canada’s cultural landscape by Daniel LeBlanc & James Bradshaw

FRIENDS says that jobs are not an end in and of themselves, but it is people who create programs.

Apr 29, 2016 — News Article

Decline of Newspapers: Age drives views on the impacts of shrinking newsrooms

New study says Canadians are divided – mostly along generational lines – over whether the news vacuum left by shrinking papers is a serious problem for Canada, or one that will be resolved as new, online media outlets pick up the slack.

Apr 27, 2016 — News Article

Welcome to a new nightmare in Cancon policy by John Doyle

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

Apr 25, 2016 — News Article

Is it possible that Cancon will end at last?

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

Apr 23, 2016 — News Article

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly urges change at CBC, CRTC to boost Canadian content in digital age

Heritage Minister says Canada's cultural and creative industries are important drivers of innovation and a vibrant part of the Canadian economy.

Apr 19, 2016 — News Article

Netflix grows global subscriptions, but shares take a tumble by Bree Rody-Mantha

Netflix rang in $1.8 billion in global revenue in Q1 2016 and added 6.74 million subscribers worldwide, bringing its total subscriber base to 81.5 million, slightly ahead of previously projected targets. 

Apr 19, 2016 — News Article

Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly To Give Opening Keynote

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

Apr 18, 2016 — News Article

Netflix global subscriptions hit 81.5 million by Bree Rody-Mantha

The SVOD giant rang in $1.8 billion in global revenue in Q1 2016 and added 6.74 million subscribers worldwide, bringing its total subscriber base to 81.5 million, slightly ahead of previously projected targets.

Apr 15, 2016 — News Article

CRTC reports 66,000 Canadians have new $25 basic TV, but complaints persist by Sophia Harris

If all the 66,000 basic package subscribers were already TV customers, that would mean 0.57 per cent have embraced the new deal.

Apr 8, 2016 — News Article

Is high-speed Internet a basic right? CRTC to weigh in

The CRTC will be examining Should high-speed Internet access be considered a "basic telecom service"? If it is, how should we define broadband speeds and service? And finally, how do we pay for it?

Apr 4, 2016 — News Article

The ugly side of skinny cable: Why the CRTC got this file wrong again by Kevin Libin

Columnist says that in a province where less than 1% of the province speaks French on a regular basis, seven of the 16 channels offered by SaskTel Telecommunications Holding Corp. are French.

Mar 27, 2016 — News Article

Al Jazeera laying off 500 employees

Qatar’s Al Jazeera broadcasting network is laying off about 500 employees or more than 10 per cent of its staff, it announced on Sunday reflecting financial pressures on the tiny Gulf state due to low global prices for oil and natural gas.

Mar 24, 2016 — News Release

FP/wire say Rogers partner Vice enjoys YouTube eyeballs

The Financial Post reports that in the weeks since the Viceland channel premiered on cable and satellite TV systems, most viewers have actually been watching its programming on-line.

Mar 23, 2016 — News Article

CRTC Approves Acquisition Of Shaw Media By Corus Entertainment by Maria Madden

The deal, worth $2.65 billion will see Corus acquire the Global Television network and 19 specialty channels, including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada and Showcase from Shaw Communications Ltd.