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Apr 25, 2016 — News Article

Is it possible that Cancon will end at last?

Editorial states says that a well-intentioned government comes along with proposals to drag our regulatory regime into modernity every few years - and opposition quietly mounts from long-entrenched and deep-pocketed interests.

Apr 23, 2016 — News Article

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly urges change at CBC, CRTC to boost Canadian content in digital age

Heritage Minister says Canada's cultural and creative industries are important drivers of innovation and a vibrant part of the Canadian economy.

Apr 19, 2016 — News Article

Netflix grows global subscriptions, but shares take a tumble by Bree Rody-Mantha

Netflix rang in $1.8 billion in global revenue in Q1 2016 and added 6.74 million subscribers worldwide, bringing its total subscriber base to 81.5 million, slightly ahead of previously projected targets. 

Apr 19, 2016 — News Article

Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly To Give Opening Keynote

The Banff World Media Festival is the world's largest and most important gathering of entertainment industry and digital media executives dedicated to media content development, production, broadcast and distribution within TV and digital media.

Apr 18, 2016 — News Article

Netflix global subscriptions hit 81.5 million by Bree Rody-Mantha

The SVOD giant rang in $1.8 billion in global revenue in Q1 2016 and added 6.74 million subscribers worldwide, bringing its total subscriber base to 81.5 million, slightly ahead of previously projected targets.

Apr 15, 2016 — News Article

CRTC reports 66,000 Canadians have new $25 basic TV, but complaints persist by Sophia Harris

If all the 66,000 basic package subscribers were already TV customers, that would mean 0.57 per cent have embraced the new deal.

Apr 8, 2016 — News Article

Is high-speed Internet a basic right? CRTC to weigh in

The CRTC will be examining Should high-speed Internet access be considered a "basic telecom service"? If it is, how should we define broadband speeds and service? And finally, how do we pay for it?

Apr 4, 2016 — News Article

The ugly side of skinny cable: Why the CRTC got this file wrong again by Kevin Libin

Columnist says that in a province where less than 1% of the province speaks French on a regular basis, seven of the 16 channels offered by SaskTel Telecommunications Holding Corp. are French.

Mar 27, 2016 — News Article

Al Jazeera laying off 500 employees

Qatar’s Al Jazeera broadcasting network is laying off about 500 employees or more than 10 per cent of its staff, it announced on Sunday reflecting financial pressures on the tiny Gulf state due to low global prices for oil and natural gas.

Mar 24, 2016 — News Release

FP/wire say Rogers partner Vice enjoys YouTube eyeballs

The Financial Post reports that in the weeks since the Viceland channel premiered on cable and satellite TV systems, most viewers have actually been watching its programming on-line.

Mar 23, 2016 — News Article

CRTC Approves Acquisition Of Shaw Media By Corus Entertainment by Maria Madden

The deal, worth $2.65 billion will see Corus acquire the Global Television network and 19 specialty channels, including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada and Showcase from Shaw Communications Ltd.

Mar 15, 2016 — News Article

CHCH bankruptcy: Channel Zero and its web of companies trigger federal investigation by Natalie Paddon & Steve Buist

The restructuring of CHCH-TV's news operations in December has shed light on a complicated web of companies that has drawn the ire of Canada's broadcasting regulator and led to a federal labour department investigation.

Mar 15, 2016 — News Article

Five things you need to know to save journalism by Madelaine Drohan

Columnist says any solution to current media woes has to take into account the changes wrought by information technology on journalists and their intended audience.

Mar 13, 2016 — News Article

Netflix crackdown on border hoppers could kill some unblocking companies, says expert by Sophia Harris

Columnist says some in the unblocking business are struggling, their customers constantly complaining they can no longer access Netflix.

Mar 11, 2016 — News Article

CHCH owner under labour code investigation following bankruptcy

The federal government’s labour standards division has launched an investigation into the bankruptcy that put about 170 employees at Hamilton-based CHCH-TV out of work last December, raising the possibility that company directors could be held liable for money owed to staff who were let go.

Mar 10, 2016 — News Article

TV industry frets over threat from skinny basic and pick-and-pay by Laura McNaughton

According to the CRTC, about $4.1 billion is spent on Canadian programming every year. Some comes from various government programs, but the bulk, $2.8 billion, comes from the broadcasting system itself.

Mar 7, 2016 — News Article

Bell’s ‘skinny’ cable package a slap in the CRTC’s face by Mark Bulgutch

Former Senior Executive Producer of CBC News says Bell's so-called Starter 'skinny' cable package appears to have been designed to slight the CRTC, not benefit viewers.

Mar 5, 2016 — News Article

EDITORIAL: Not much pick, lots of pay

Editorial says the extent that companies leave ordinary viewers feeling let down once again, the cable providers are only helping to dig their own graves.

Mar 5, 2016 — News Article

Why consumers find it's hard to get skinny by Barrie McKenna

Columnist says that when you do the math, most people are better off with what they have - packages that viewers have complained to the CRTC are too big and expensive.

Mar 4, 2016 — News Article

$25 Basic cable was an adorable CRTC-conceived daydream by Robyn Urback

Columnist says the basic packages aren’t all that "skinny" when you add the cost of all the additional fees.