All Private Broadcasters Articles

May 20, 2017 — News Article

Appalling ignorance on display in appropriation debate by Doug Cuthand

Writer says this episode with the media was just one more example of the complete ignorance to Indigeneous culture and attitude of white privilege that permeates the Canadian media.

May 20, 2017 — News Article

What you need to know about the cultural appropriation debate by Andrew Russel

A heated debate over cultural appropriation and free speech boils over in Canadian media after a controversial opinion piece was published last week that that encouraged white writers to explore “the lives of people who aren’t like you.”

May 20, 2017 — News Article

‘The Internet Is Broken’: @ev Is Trying to Salvage It by David Streitfeld

The Twitter co-founder, Evan Williams, reflects on what the social media service has wrought on society and how he is trying to change things with Medium, the publishing site.

May 18, 2017 — News Article

Hot takes, cold sweats and 'cultural appropriation' by Paul Adams

Columnist says the fallout from a heated debate about race and art can be a learning moment for the media.

May 3, 2017 — News Article

New Torstar CEO sets out four 'anchors' supporting transformation

Company says it expects digital operations to generate stable revenue in 2017.

May 3, 2017 — News Article

Torstar Corp reports $24.4 million loss on declining newspaper and digital revenues by Sean Craig

Torstar Corp. lost $24.4 million, or 30 cents per share, and cut 110 jobs in the first quarter of 2017, as the company’s core traditional revenue streams continued to plummet in line with broad media industry trends.

May 1, 2017 — News Article

Why Canada’s Net neutrality stance places consumers in control by Michael Geist

Columnist says Canada has emerged as a world leader in supporting Net neutrality, the principle that all content and applications should be treated equally and that choices made by Internet users should be free from ISP or telecom interference. 

Apr 25, 2017 — News Article

Net neutrality isn’t a substitute for a cultural policy by Shane Dingman

Columnist says Joly seems aware of the contradiction of mandating Canadian content rules for domestic services but praising the exploitation of a free and open Canadian Internet for foreign cultural products.

Apr 12, 2017 — News Article

Netflix will invest billions to shoot its original content in California by Andrew Liptak

In 2015, the streaming giant has announced that it would be doubling its output of original content, and it is aiming to have original productions make up half of its of its streaming catalog in the coming years.

Apr 10, 2017 — News Article

Netflix reaches 75% of US streaming service viewers, but YouTube is catching up by Sarah Perez

According to new data from comScore, more than half (53 percent) of Wi-Fi households in the U.S. are now using at least one over-the-top streaming service, with Netflix being the primary choice.

Apr 7, 2017 — News Article

The Cushy Connections Between The Walrus And The Liberal Party Of Canada by Graeme Gordon

Columnist says a series of connections between the Liberal Party of Canada and the Walrus Foundation over the past two years may be affecting the standards and thrust of the journalism at the charity’s titular magazine.

Apr 7, 2017 — News Article

Police force’s demand for Toronto Star video interview flies under radar by H.G. Watson

Columnist says that unlike their colleagues at Vice, the Toronto Star has decided it will not continue fighting a recent production order in court, underlining how Canadian law fails to protect journalists and their sources.

Apr 7, 2017 — News Article

Canadians unhappy after Netflix retouches ‘Anne’ poster for American audience by Emma Macintosh

Appearance of freckly, carrot-topped, beloved heroine of the series, Anne Shirley, appears to have been digitally altered in Netflix posters for the U.S.

Apr 3, 2017 — News Article

Updating Cancon rules for Internet age comes with political baggage by Kate Taylor

Columnist asks whether there’s any reason Ottawa could not request or require that Netflix include Canadian suggestions for Canadian subscribers – in the same way that Ottawa requires traditional broadcasters to devote a certain part of the programming day to Canadian shows.

Apr 1, 2017 — News Article

Inside the Ugly Unravelling at the Vancouver Sun and Province by David Beers

Columnist says fear, grief and turmoil rock newsroom after latest surprising and deep round of cuts.

Mar 30, 2017 — News Article

Local sports coverage gets the axe at several CTV stations by H.G. Watson

Howard Law, media industry director for Unifor, the union representing CTV workers across the country, confirms that cuts have been made at CTV stations in Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Windsor, Calgary and Edmonton.

Mar 23, 2017 — News Article

The soul of Trump’s America is visible in the CBS schedule by John Doyle

Columnist says CBS shows exist in an America-first world in which military might is essential and right and the border is constantly under threat.

Mar 23, 2017 — News Article

Budget 2017 – The ‘Innovation’ budget fails the test of innovative leadership by Jim Love

In its analysis of the 2017 budget, FRIENDS says it’s two minutes to midnight for Canadian media, particularly in small and medium markets where a majority of Canadians live.

Mar 23, 2017 — News Article

What’s missing in Canadian journalism? by H.G. Watson

The survey asks respondents to rank what they feel is missing in Canadian journalism right now and the most highly ranked response was money, followed by diversity, innovation and guts.

Mar 21, 2017 — News Article

Google Tries to Stop Ads From Appearing Next to Hate Speech by Mark Scott

Google moves to protect its lucrative advertising business by giving marketers greater control over where their ads appear online, after major clients withdrew spots that were shown next to hate speech and other offensive material.