Veteran comic actor Dave Foley toplines CTV's newest homegrown comedy.
Multi-lingual channel, Omni, is asking the CRTC to loosen requirements mandating it show 100% ethnic programming during prime-time.
Feb 19, 2014 — News Article: Five things we learn about the Astral/BCE deal from the CRTC by Etan Vlessing
The CRTC has released a follow-up to the Astral-BCE transaction, which includes key revisions to commitments promised by the phone giant as part of a benefits package associated with a revised bid by the Bell Media parent to acquire Astral Media for $3.4 billion.
Feb 17, 2014 — News Article: Roger That? How “Hockey Night In Canada” Ended Up Losing the CBC Money by Terry Dawes
Columnist says the $5.2-billion, 12-year deal that Rogers Communications signed with the NHL back in November means it will assume full editorial control over “Hockey Night in Canada”, meaning the fates of on-air talent such as Bob Cole, Don Cherry and Ron Maclean is now in the publicly traded company’s hands.
In a poll from Ekos carried out for iPolitics.ca, 49 per cent of respondents “strongly” or “somewhat” opposed the Rogers-NHL deal, while 28 per cent expressed support.
Feb 15, 2014 — News Article: Retour des Nordiques : Péladeau y travaille
Pierre Karl Péladeau’s Québecor-owned news agency reports that he is working very hard to bring an NHL team to Quebec City.
Ipsos Reid releases new data that says most Canadians are not cutting the cable cord as they sign up for OTT services - they are stacking new content services on top of existing offerings.
Feb 13, 2014 — News Article: Canadian content rules continue to outlive their usefulness by Jess Chapman
Columnist says CanCon regulations do have a role to play in creating a national cultural identity - if we want that cultural identity to amount to a deep-seated inferiority complex.
Feb 13, 2014 — News Article: Why Al Jazeera is a target in Egypt’s crackdown on Islamists by Michael Petrou
Eric Trager, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, says Al Jazeera is putting journalists in a very compromising situation by not just covering what is happening in Egypt, but in some ways actually participating in it.
The Canadian Media Production Association says video streaming services like Netflix should be required to contribute money to Canadian content producers, and Canadians should be blocked from using services that allow them to view content from the U.S.
Feb 10, 2014 — News Article: Fair treatment for American TV stations good for Canada by Francis Schiller
Columnist says that as the CRTC completes the ongoing review of the Canadian TV system and prepares its report back to the government on pick-and-pay channel options for consumers, now is the time to provide fair treatment and due process for American TV stations in Canada’s retransmission processes.
Columnist says a smaller media means a greater chance of bad news staying under wraps.
The CRTC is calling for comments on a request to delete the conditions of distribution of the non-Canadian programming service Al Jazeera Arabic.
Jan 27, 2014 — News Article: Prospects Dim for Telecom Shakeup in Canada
Columnist says the Conservative government has been ambivalent and conflicted in its position on foreign ownership of Canadian telecom operators.
Jan 24, 2014 — News Article: Why the Conservative won’t give up attacking the Big Three telcos by Jeffrey Simpson
Columnist says that rather than being held up as Canadian corporate success stories that compete among themselves, invest hugely in technology and infrastructure, and provide service across a vast land, the government castigates them for high rates and targets them in advertising paid for with taxpayers’ money.
Jan 23, 2014 — News Article: Scott Moore to oversee Sportsnet, NHL in new Rogers Media post by Etan Vlessing
Rogers Media president Keith Pelley has rewarded Scott Moore for the broadcaster’s recent blockbuster rights deal with the NHL.
Rogers Media says it is to launch the youth-skewing network FXX in Canada on April 1.
Canadian broadcaster Corus Entertainment reports it has nearly tripled its first quarter earnings after acquiring a 50% stake in Teletoon that it did not already own.
Sirius' Jim Meyer and Liberty's Greg Maffei spoke in Las Vegas at the Citi Internet, Media and Telecommunications conference.
Dec 31, 2013 — News Article: Rogers-NHL deal voted Canadian Press Business News Story of the Year by David Friend
Columnist says the November deal was chosen by 48 per cent of respondents, more than double the votes for BlackBerry's latest swing at a recovery which received 23 per cent.