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Sep 18, 2017 — News Article

ANALYSIS: Minister Joly’s new strategies may have no teeth (money) by Greg O’Brien

Sources suggest funding for Minister Joly’s new ideas or pet projects will have to claim cash from other areas already allocated through the Department of Heritage, something that won’t be easy.

Sep 15, 2017 — News Article

Fall TV is a strange array of new comforts and old pleasures by John Doyle

Columnist says looking for reflections of the American consciousness and mood is a fool's errand this year – most of the content can be considered an evasion of the disruptions and divisiveness of the Trump era.

Sep 14, 2017 — News Article


A large group of cultural organizations for formed a coalition to urge the government to take swift action to solidify the foundation of our cultural and media ecosystem. 

Sep 1, 2017 — News Article

The Guardian view on Google: overweening power

An academic fired after criticising Google shows how Silicon Valley shapes our reality.

Aug 29, 2017 — News Article

New York Times Beats Sarah Palin Defamation Lawsuit by Eriq Gardner

A judge says that mistakes will be made in the exercise of press freedoms, but lawsuits from public figures must be limited.

Aug 28, 2017 — News Article

CBS to buy Ten Network

CBS is the biggest creditor of Australia's third most popular free-to-air commercial TV network that went into voluntary administration in June.

Aug 23, 2017 — News Article

Alberta Tories try to distance themselves from Rebel Media by Trish Audette-Longo

Columnist says Alberta's new United Conservative Party says it doesn't have any ties to Rebel Media, despite a report about a 2016 fundraising pitch that promoted one of the new party's leadership contenders and was distributed via the far-right website's mailing list.

Aug 21, 2017 — News Article

Print distribution of the Globe and Mail coming to an end in Atlantic provinces by H.G. Watson

Globe and Mail publisher and CEO Phillip Crawley confirmed on Aug. 21 that all print distribution to Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick will end on Nov. 30.

Aug 16, 2017 — News Article

Gulf blockade target isn't Qatar, it's Al Jazeera by Tony Burman

Columnist says there is genuine danger now in the showdown underway in the Gulf, and Qatar’s groundbreaking Al Jazeera news network is emerging as the real target.

Aug 15, 2017 — News Article

Bell’s Superbowl ad prices reflect company’s belief it will overturn CRTC decision by Rose Behar

Columnist says Bell Media is still hoping to hold out against the Canadian television regulator’s decision to ban the simultaneous substitution of high-profile U.S.

Aug 15, 2017 — News Article

The Government of Canada Wants to Ensure the Right Balance of Investment in Content and in the Ability to Compete by Greg David

The Minister of Canadian Heritage says they are asking the CRTC to reconsider previous decisions in order to ensure the balancing of investment in content and in the ability to compete.

Aug 14, 2017 — News Article

The Herald strike is over. Now the hard part begins by Stephen Kimber

At the culmination of the Chronicle Herald strike, columnist says there are no winners after 26 journalists are laid off.

Aug 14, 2017 — News Article

Canadian producers, actors and directors commend Minister Joly on rejection of CRTC decision

This action requires the CRTC to re-evaluate its decisions, which would decrease the amount that Bell Media, Rogers Media and Corus Entertainment are required to spend on Canadian Programs of National Interest (PNI).

Aug 14, 2017 — News Article

In rare move, Ottawa asks CRTC to reconsider rulings on investment in Canadian content by Susan Krashinsky Robertson

In a rare move, Ottawa has referred a number of TV licence renewals back to the federal broadcast regulator, asking it to reconsider how the licences affect investments in Canadian TV production.

Aug 13, 2017 — News Article

The Messy, Confusing Future of TV? It’s Here by Kevin Roose

Columnist says an enterprising entrepreneur might someday be tempted to package new streaming services and sell them for a single price, essentially remaking the old cable bundle for the internet, but industry experts say that such cooperation between the industry’s giants is unlikely, given the enormous sums at stake.

Aug 12, 2017 — News Article

Disproportionate funding goes to media outlet linked to Falun Gong by Stewart Kiff

Columnisy says that while most of Canada’s conventional media have endured shrinking audiences and revenues in recent years, segments of the ethnic media have seen significant growth thanks to a constant influx of immigrants from all over the world.

Aug 11, 2017 — News Article

Why you’ll end up paying for TV’s fight against Netflix by Michael Lewis

Columnist says the bump in the price of Netflix in Canada and CBS's announcement that it would launch its All Access streaming services here next year suggests that consumers might end up shelling out more for online content even as the lineup of digital viewing choices expands.

Aug 10, 2017 — News Article

Netflix Canada hikes prices as streaming competition heats up by David Friend

Netflix’s standard plan will now cost a dollar more – or $10.99 a month – to watch content on two screens at a time.

Aug 9, 2017 — News Article

It Is Time To Rethink CanCon Regs On Radio by Steve Marlow

Indie Pool is proposing an alternative structure to CanCon requirements, suggesting a credit system where songs by established artists count for less toward CanCon percentages and lesser known artists count more.

Aug 8, 2017 — News Article

CBS Streaming Is Coming To Canada, Potentially Upending Local Broadcasters

Columnist says the era of Canadian networks running U.S. shows may be coming to an end.