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Dec 6, 2016 — Policy Options

Local media and the democracy deficit by Ian Morrison

FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison says the time has come for the CRA to update its interpretation of what broadcasting means and end the tax deductibility of ads placed on foreign-controlled digital platforms.

Dec 5, 2016 — CBC News

Ad-free CBC would be 'completely different,' says president

The president of CBC/Radio Canada said a proposal to increase government funding to the public broadcaster and do away with ads would transform the organization, especially its television programming.

Dec 3, 2016 — J-Source

Furor over CBC’s opinion section is a tempest in an inkpot by Romayne Smith Fullerton

Columnist says that in order for Canadians to know each other, and understand the thoughts, attitudes, and values of others across our vast country, we need to expose ourselves to a range of interpretations and opinions.

Dec 3, 2016 — Toronto Star

Broadcasters eye CRTC Netflix exemptions, push for parity by Michael Lewis

Competing with services that don't have to fund original Canadian programming, companies call for regulation ‘flexibility.’

Dec 2, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Ad-free CBC could serve as a rallying point for Canadian creativity by Kate Taylor

Columnist says that if the Liberals decide CBC can drop the ads, they need to make sure the public broadcaster gets the money it needs to fulfill their mandate.

Dec 1, 2016 — News Article

Netflix makes its shows available for download by Raju Mudhar

On the same day Shomi shut down and the day before the rumoured arrival of Amazon Prime Video in Canada, Netflix is allowing subscribers to download shows and films and watch them on the go.

Dec 1, 2016 — News Article

National Arts Centre announces $25M National Creation Fund

The National Arts Centre announces the National Creation Fund, a $25 million fund that will support new Canadian work in theatre, dance and music by artists and arts organizations across Canada.

Dec 1, 2016 — OpenDemocracy

Why is the BBC giving licence fee cash to the companies who have slashed local journalism? by Jonathan Heawood

The BBC has struck a deal to divert at least £8m of licence fee payer’s money into the pockets of newspaper publishers in every year of this Charter period – £88m in total.

Dec 1, 2016 — J-Source

Rogers Media lays off 87 employees over 2 days

Rogers says the 27 new layoffs reduce duplicate roles as it focuses on streamlining its staff to address ongoing challenges facing print media.

Nov 30, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Melanie Joly’s tough choice on Canadian content: New thinking or new taxes by Michael Geist

Columnist says groups such as ACTRA, the Writers Guild of Canada, the Canadian Media Producers Association and the Directors Guild of Canada argue that the government should require Netflix to contribute a percentage of its revenues toward the creation of Canadian content.

Nov 30, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

Ambrose Tells Trudeau To 'Just Say No' To Giving CBC $400M In Additional Funding by Ryan Maloney

Federal Conservatives are urging the Liberal government not to give the CBC/Radio Canada more than $400 million in additional annual funding so that the public broadcaster can go ad-free.

Nov 30, 2016 — National Post

Only watch HBO or Sportsnet? Canada’s TV providers must offer solo channels on Dec. 1 by Emily Jackson

TV service providers must offer channels à la carte and in packages of up to 10 channels to complement existing TV packages in order to comply with a policy issued in spring 2015 by the CRTC.

Nov 30, 2016 — FYI Music News

Creators: 'Our Letter' To Heritage Minister Joly, with Complete Signatories List

Letter to the Heritage Minister says income and profit from digital use of creators' work flows away from the creative class to a concentrated technology industry.

Nov 30, 2016 — FYI Music News

Stars United: New Cultural Policies Must Reflect Creative Class Concerns

In an unprecedented show of solidarity, a coalition of 1,100 Canadian musicians, authors, songwriters, composers, music producers, poets, playwrights, film composers, actors, directors, and other members of the creative class have signed a joint letter addressed to Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly, pressing the government to put the focus on Canada's creators front in new cultural policies being developed.

Nov 29, 2016 — National Post

Amazon Prime video streaming expected to launch in Canada Dec. 1: Bell Media exec by Emily Jackson

Bell Media President Mary Ann Turcke tells regulators at a broadcast licence renewal hearing that she expects her company’s video streaming service, CraveTV, will have to compete against Amazon Prime Video very soon.

Nov 29, 2016 — iPolitics

Heritage will study CBC's ad-free proposal: Joly by Beatrice Britneff

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly tells the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage  that her department will study a request the CBC submitted to the federal government asking for an extra $318 million in annual funding to move to an ad-free model.

Nov 29, 2016 — Toronto Star

Amazon Prime video service to launch in Canada on Thursday by Michael Lewis

Netflix has been granted a new media exemption that means it pays minimal tax on an estimated $600 million in annual revenue from subscribers in Canada.

Nov 29, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Dismantling or diminishing CBC is the most elitist position of all by John Doyle

Columnist says one must live in the bubble of the well-off establishment to be blind to the CBC’s importance.

Nov 29, 2016 — National Post

The CBC’s answer to its privileged status — more privilege and an extra $400 million please by Kelly McParland

Columnist says CBC is a “cultural ecosystem” in which a privileged few thrive behind a protective fence of government support, safe from the demands and dangers of competition that bedevil the other side of the divide.

Nov 29, 2016 — Calgary Herald

‘We have no other tools’: CBC asks Ottawa for more than $300 million in new funding to go ad free by Sean Craig

Inspired by the British Broadcasting Corp., the CBC is recommending that its funding level be “depoliticized” by tying its subsidy to its current five-year licence cycle, indexing it to inflation, and keeping it separate from election and government budget announcements.

Nov 29, 2016 — Music Canada

Canada’s creative industries join together to form Focus On Creators coalition, release joint letter to Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly by Corey Poole

A growing list of nearly 1,100 musicians, authors, songwriters, composers, music producers, poets, playwrights, film composers, actors, directors and other members of the creative class have signed a joint letter addressed to the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, urging the Canadian Government to put creators at the heart of our cultural policy.

Nov 29, 2016 — Bob Hackett


The co-founder of Media Democracy Days and OpenMedia says the CBC's coverage of local pipeline controversies have not been the public broadcaster's "finest hour."

Nov 29, 2016 — Yahoo! News

CBC/Radio-Canada's mandate must be reviewed first

Julie Tremblay, President and CEO of TVA Group says a priority should be to review and clarify CBC/Radio-Canada's mandate to make sure it complements the private broadcasters rather than competing with them.

Nov 29, 2016 — As it Happens

CBC president defends ad-free proposal, asks Ottawa for $400M to 'unshackle' broadcaster

CBC President Hubert Lacroix thinks the CBC's business model is broken and is asking the government for additional funding so that the public broadcaster can stop advertising across its platforms.

Nov 28, 2016 — iPolitics

Unlike some rivals, Chong says CBC plays vital national unity role by Janice Dickson

While some Conservative leadership candidates have been appealing to the traditionally anti-CBC Tory base by proposing to abolish the national broadcaster or make serious reforms to it, Michael Chong is digging in as the moderate voice in the race by calling the issue a “distraction.”

Nov 28, 2016 — Toronto Star

CBC asks for $400M more in funding to go ad-free by Jackie Hong

A proposal paper posted to the national broadcaster’s website outlines how the CBC/Radio-Canada wants to follow the example of the BBC, the United Kingdom’s national broadcaster, and be fully funded by the federal government instead of partially relying on ad revenue.

Nov 24, 2016 — J-Source

National Post memo details departures from newsroom, newsroom reorganization by H.G. Watson

A memo sent to National Post staff on Nov. 18 by editor-in-chief Anne Marie Owens details 20 newsroom departures, most the result of a round of buyouts aimed at reducing salary costs at Postmedia by 20 per cent.

Nov 24, 2016 — J-Source

Unions demand Postmedia executives reject $2.3 million in bonuses

According to financial documents, the company awarded Postmedia president and CEO Paul Godfrey $900,000, CFO Doug Lamb $450,000, COO Andrew MacLeod $425,000, legal and general counsel Jeffrey Haar $300,000, and National Post president Gordon Fisher $200,000.

Nov 24, 2016 — Washington Post

Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say by Craig Timberg

Independent researchers say Russia’s increasingly sophisticated propaganda machinery echoed and amplified right-wing sites across the Internet as they portrayed Hillary Clinton as a criminal hiding potentially fatal health problems and preparing to hand control of the nation to a shadowy cabal of global financiers. 

Nov 24, 2016 — National Post

Telus aims to bridge digital divide with $9.95 Internet for low-income families in Alberta by Emily Jackson

Telus Corp. will expand its pilot program that offers affordable Internet to low-income families, a move that comes as the federal government tries to tackle the problem of affordable access to broadband.