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Oct 30, 2014 — News Article

Rogers, Vice Media to partner on $100-million venture by Christine Dobby

Rogers Communications Inc. reveals plans to build a production studio in Toronto with Vice Media, the edgy digital media company recently valued at $2.5-billion (U.S.).

Oct 3, 2014 — Policy Brief

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2014-190, CRTC Let’s Talk TV Proceeding - Final Submission

Final comments on the CRTC's Let’s Talk TV hearings on the future of television in Canada.

Sep 27, 2014 — News Article

How the CRTC is interfering with its own mandate in its Netflix battle by Calum Marsh

Columnist says the benefits of video-on-demand are of particular value to the Canadians who need the help most — independent filmmakers who can’t afford large-scale home video releases or nationwide theatrical distribution.

Sep 22, 2014 — News Article

Changes are coming to Canadian TV: Here are the issues and where the big players stand by James Bradshaw

The public broadcaster supports pick-and-pay, but warns it will have “a negative financial impact” on many stations.

Sep 16, 2014 — News Article

Future of TV Hearing Turns into the Netflix Show by Michael Geist

Columnist asks if over the top services such as Netflix threaten Canadian content and whether it matters.

Sep 12, 2014 — News Article

CBC execs tell CRTC it can no longer afford to be free by James Bradshaw

Canada’s public broadcaster says it can no longer afford to offer its television programming for free over the air as its advertising revenue deteriorates, and it wants cable and satellite companies to start paying for its signals.

Sep 12, 2014 — News Article

Should Netflix Be Regulated as a Traditional Canadian Broadcaster? by Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Columnist says that for too long, the default position has been that whenever there was any new development in the economy, the government had to extend its broad regulatory mantle to cover it.

Sep 11, 2014 — News Article

Freedom for cable customers

Editorial says national broadcasters and local news programs are valuable public services that help create community cohesion and capture Canadian culture.

Sep 10, 2014 — Policy Brief

Presentation to the CRTC - PN 2014-190 (Let’s Talk TV)

FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, makes a presentation to the CRTC on the commission's hearing about the future of television in Canada.

Sep 10, 2014 — Opinion Poll

Views on Local News in Five “At Risk” Markets

In order to understand the nuance of opinion related to TV broadcasting in Canada among communities which may be affected by changes in Canada’s broadcasting rules, Nanos conducted a special study of communities “at risk” of either scaled back local news or of their local TV station closing.

Sep 8, 2014 — News Release

Bad for consumers and citizens

FRIENDS says proposed changes to broadcasting regulations up for discussion starting this morning would not be good for Canadian broadcasting and they won't do consumers any favours either.

Sep 8, 2014 — Ad Campaign

Full page ad in The Hill Times

At the start of CRTC hearings that could radically transform the country’s television system, the views of Canadians are expressed in this full-page ad in The Hill Times.

Sep 6, 2014 — Ad Campaign

Full page ad in Le Devoir

In advance of CRTC hearings that could radically transform the country’s television system, the views of Canadians are expressed in this full-page, french language ad in Le Devoir.

Sep 5, 2014 — News Release

Nanos survey finds Canadians skeptical about CRTC TV proposals

On the eve of a CRTC hearing that could result in the gutting of Canada’s TV rules, a new Nanos survey finds the sweeping changes up for consideration are on shaky ground with Canadians.

Sep 5, 2014 — Opinion Poll

What Canadians Think About TV

A national random telephone survey conducted for the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting in collaboration with ACTRA and Unifor by Nanos Research on Canadians views about television.

Sep 4, 2014 — News Article

Specialty TV channels risk failing with CRTC changes

Columnist says specialty channels in Canada are facing a shakeup in their industry that will likely result in the death of at least a few of them and reduced profit margins for many others. 

Aug 15, 2014 — News Article

CMF Funding for Digital Media Triggers Legacy Documentaries, Speeding Bullets and More

Digital media creativity and supplemental interactive content are key components of more than two-thirds of the successful applicants for funding in the latest round of content contributions from the Canada Media Fund.

Aug 5, 2014 — News Article

Canada Media Fund - 30 Canadian companies receive more than $6.7M for their innovative projects

Since 2010, the CMF has contributed $44.5M in development and marketing support to 204 interactive digital media projects as part of the Experimental Stream.

Aug 4, 2014 — News Article

CMF Supports Digital Media, Interactive Content, Video Game Projects

A total of 18 Canadian companies received support totaling $4.3M to develop six applications, one interactive platform, and 11 games.

Jul 14, 2014 — News Article

Why Now Is the CRTC's Make or Break Moment by Michael Geist

When Canada's broadcast regulator embarked on the third and final phase of its consultations on the future of television regulation earlier this year, it left little doubt that a total overhaul was on the table.