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Jul 16, 2014 — News Article

Rogers: Warrant Needed From Now On For Subscriber Data by Daniel Tencer

In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that police need a warrant to get even basic subscriber information from telecoms.

Jul 11, 2014 — News Article

YouTube Effect Costs Jobs at Canada's MuchMusic Channel by Etan Vlessing

MuchMusic must air music videos on 50 percent of its schedule and limit the number of scripted and reality shows, even as users increasingly get their music video fixes online.

Jul 11, 2014 — News Article

Even the content creators are stealing content by Simon Houpt

Columnist discusses those who make their living from the content-creation economy and yet think it’s fine to steal content that somebody else created.

Jul 8, 2014 — News Article

CBC wants 'Netflix tax'

In a submission to the CRTC, CBC argues any "over-thetop" streaming service, such as U.S.-based Netflix, that earns more than $25 million a year in Canada, should be required to pay into the Canadian Media Fund.

Jul 7, 2014 — News Article

CBC: Netflix Should Pay Tax To Subsidize CanCon by Daniel Tencer

In a submission to a CRTC review of Canadian TV regulations, the public broadcaster argues that any “over-the-top” streaming service, such as Netflix, that earns more than $25 million a year in Canada should be required to pay into the Canadian Media Fund.

Jul 7, 2014 — News Article

Unforced error: Where are the female athletes on TV? by Elizabeth Benzetti

A 2010 study by American academics showed that while women made up 40 per cent of participants in sport, they received just 4 per cent of media coverage. 

Jul 7, 2014 — News Article

Canadian producers renew call for Netflix Canada tax by Etan Vlessing

Canadian indie producers have used media regulator the CRTC’s current Let’s Talk TV consultation to renew their call for Netflix Canada to subsidize local Canadian content production.

Jul 7, 2014 — News Article

New Shaw Media Channel to Crowd Canadian All-News TV Space by Etan Vlessing

The broadcast giant plans to launch a national news channel, Global News 1, after former NBC News anchor Dawna Friesen became the face of its flagship Global National newscast.

Jul 4, 2014 — News Article

Shaw Media tells CRTC it plans to apply for a national all news channel

In filings to the CRTC, the media division of Shaw Communications, which operates Global Television, says it wants to launch a "hybrid local/national" English-language news channel.

Jul 2, 2014 — News Article

Defiant Al Jazeera faces conservative backlash after Arab Spring by Amena Bakr

Columnist says that Al Jazeera, the Qatari-funded television station whose reporting of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings won it millions of viewers in the Middle East, is defiant following a backlash by Arab governments that accuse it of supporting Islamists.

Jun 28, 2014 — News Article

Pick-and-Pay cable would mean changes to local TV funding, say Bell, Rogers

In its submissions to the CRTC, Bell said it believes changes should be made by the regulator to allow local TV stations to be reclassified as "local specialty services."

Jun 28, 2014 — News Article

Telecom giants say they have different views on who should pay for local TV by David Friend

In its submissions to the CRTC, Bell said it believes changes should be made by the regulator to allow local TV stations to be reclassified as "local specialty services."

Jun 27, 2014 — Policy Brief

PN CRTC 2014 – 190: Phase 3 – Let’s Talk TV

FRIENDS makes several recommendations to the CRTC as part of the Commission's examination of the Canadian broadcasting system.

Jun 27, 2014 — News Article

Bell supports pick-and-pay, calls for changes to local TV business model

The CRTC is wrapping up a formal interventions process, part of its public consultations where it has collected comments from Canadians and the industry on the evolution of the broadcasting system, including the proposed pick-and-pay model.

Jun 25, 2014 — News Article

The Star donates more than one million archive photos to Toronto Public Library by Katelyn Verstraten

The images span the years 1900 to 1999, and offer a unique glimpse into how the city has changed and developed throughout the last century.

Jun 24, 2014 — News Article

Bell Media cutting 120 television jobs in Toronto by Madhavi Acharya-Tom Yew

Approximately 5 per cent of Bell Media's Toronto area workforce and nearly 2 per cent of its national team will be laid off.

Jun 20, 2014 — News Article

New Survey Stirs Old Debate on Cable, Satellite Pricing

A majority of respondents to a poll conducted by Forum Research also said the CRTC should be a stronger regulator of cable and satellite fees, and that it should collect data on competitive cable and satellite fees to ensure they are affordable.

Jun 13, 2014 — News Article

MuchMusic an unwitting victim of its own success by Simon Houpt

Columnist says that while the magnitude of MuchMusic’s problems are unusual, its struggles reflect some of the hurdles the domestic TV industry faces in adapting to a wave of foreign competition.

Jun 11, 2014 — News Article

Globe Editorial Board endorsed Wynne Liberals, was overruled by Jesse Brown

A source within The Globe and Mail says Editorial Board unanimously agreed to endorse a minority Liberal government for the Ontario provincial election but was overruled at deadline by Editor-in-Chief David Walmsley.

Jun 10, 2014 — News Article

Ex-Vision TV head suing Moses Znaimer's ZoomerMedia by Jeff Gray

ZoomerMedia Ltd., the mini-media empire of Toronto television entrepreneur Moses Znaimer, is facing a lawsuit from the former chief executive officer of its religious specialty channel, Vision TV, who is demanding more than $900,000 in severance and damages for “mental and emotional distress.”