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Jan 30, 2015 — News Article

CRTC report: Nine things to know about impending changes to your TV, online or off by Ashley Csanady

CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais promises a regulator that protects consumers both online and off and wants to ensure a future for Canadian television content in the 21st century, regardless of how it’s watched.

Jan 30, 2015 — News Article

CRTC misses the local TV mark, and then some by Carmi Levy

Columnist says that by striking down carriers’ attempts to implement a preferential payment system, the CRTC has made it clear it has no intention of allowing anything less than equitable access to all Internet resources.

Jan 29, 2015 — News Article

‘Pandering to public': CRTC makes way for U.S. Super Bowl ads on Canadian TV, starting in 2017 by Christina Pellegrini

FRIENDS says CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais is displaying a lack of leadership by pandering to public opinion and the sentiments of the Harper government while avoiding some very serious problems. 

Jan 29, 2015 — News Article

Finally, Canadians may get to see U.S. ads with the Super Bowl

In a speech to a London, Ont., business gathering the CRTC chairman announces that broadcasters will lose the ability to switch ads, along with mandatory carriage privileges on cable and satellite services, if they shut down transmitters that allow Canadians access to free, over-the-air TV signals.

Jan 25, 2015 — News Article

Are the NHL, Rogers and, most importantly, fans benefitting from new TV deal? by Amber Dowling

Columnist says when the CBC lost NHL broadcast rights last year, reports surfaced that it could see an annual advertising revenue loss of $225 million – a staggering number that is still less than Rogers’ annual payments. 

Jan 6, 2015 — News Article

Avant-garde suisse by Stéphane Baillargeon

Columnist reviews the licence funding swiss model for public and private broadcasting.

Jan 4, 2015 — News Article

Selling sovereignty daunting task for Péladeau by Giuseppe Vallante

Columnist says Karl Péladeau's perception in some quarters as a ruthless capitalist who led a crusade against the CBC’s French-language service — Quebecor’s fiercest TV competitor in Quebec — has not helped him in the polls.

Jan 3, 2015 — News Article

Pierre Karl Péladeau likely to be main player in Quebec politics in 2015 by Giuseppe Valiante

Columnist says the media magnate is considered the front-runner in the Parti Quebecois leadership race, but experts are divided on if he can unite Quebecers around sovereignty.

Dec 25, 2014 — News Article

How TSN turned the world juniors into a pillar of seasonal programming — and changed Canada’s sports TV landscape

“I don’t know if there’s anything that identifies TSN to Canadians more than the world juniors,” said Mark Milliere, TSN’s senior vice-president of production.

Dec 20, 2014 — News Article

YouTube’s Chief, Hitting a New ‘Play’ Button by Jonathan Mahler

The site is a huge cultural force, but an unfulfilled economic one.  Susan Wojcicki’s mission is to change that.

Dec 20, 2014 — News Article

Sailing through a scandal

Columnist discusses why the phone-hacking affair has left Rupert Murdoch better off.

Dec 10, 2014 — News Article

Media mogul Moses Znaimer in talks to buy Sun News Network by James Bradshaw

According to a source familiar with the negotiations, Mr. Znaimer is eager to make a deal that would see ZoomerMedia Ltd., a company he controls, buy the news and opinion channel before the year is over.

Dec 10, 2014 — News Article

Regional NHL blackouts puzzle Canadian TV viewers by David Shoalts

Understanding the regional blackouts appears to be the No. 1 problem for Canadian television viewers in the first year of the NHL’s national broadcast rights coming under the control of Rogers Communications Inc.

Dec 1, 2014 — News Article

Craving attention – and profits: Bell enters streaming battle by Christine Dobby

With the launch of a new video-on-demand service dubbed Cravetv, Bell Media hopes to take on Internet streaming giants while still keeping one foot firmly planted on the side of its traditional television business.

Nov 26, 2014 — News Article

Coach In A Corner by Stephen LaRose

Columnist says Don Cherry was a cultural icon at the CBC but does not retain that status now that he is at Rogers.

Nov 24, 2014 — News Article

Currency Speculators Punishing Canadian NHL Teams by Mike Ozanian

Columnist says when that 12-year deal between Rogers and the NHL was signed a year ago, the exchange rate between the U.S. dollar and Canadian dollar was 95 U.S. cents per Canadian dollar. But since the deal was announced the loonie has dropped by 7% against the U.S. dollar.

Nov 15, 2014 — News Article

Netflix is Short on Subscriber Growth But Beats Earnings Estimates by Paul Bond

Netflix stock was tumbling 23 percent -- more than $100 a share -- after the company announces quarterly subscriber numbers that are far short of expectations, even though the company beat earnings estimates.

Nov 13, 2014 — News Article

Its outlook stormy, CBC turns to the Weather Network by Simon Houpt

CBC and The Weather Network strike an agreement that will see forecasts from the privately owned weather channel appear on the public broadcaster’s flagship evening newscast, The National, while CBC news reports will air on The Weather Network.

Nov 13, 2014 — News Article

Why the Press Is Less Free Today by George Packer

Columnist says  that in the worldwide movement away from democracy, perhaps the most vulnerable institution is the free press, and the most disposable people are journalists.

Nov 8, 2014 — News Article

The Stock Market Is on Edge About a Cable Merger by Jeff Sommer

Columnist says the debate over net neutrality and cable company concentration has been rattling Wall Street.