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May 2, 2016 — Toronto Star

Digital Cancon fight could end up as new whine in old bottles by Michael Geist

Columnist says the most common refrain from the Canadian cultural community is likely to be that the existing rules should be extended to the Internet, but they shouldn’t be.

Apr 27, 2016 — The Tyee

CBC Board Member Resigns to Seek Conservative Presidency by Jeremy J. Nuttall

Brian Mitchell, a Montreal lawyer, confirmed that he resigned Sunday after eight years on the government-funded broadcaster's board of directors and its pension board of trustees.

Apr 27, 2016 —

Free advice for Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly by Karl Nerenberg

Mélanie Joly, the Canadian Heritage Minister, is about to launch a national consultation with an ambitious goal: to rethink policies governing Canada's broadcasting, film and other cultural industries.

Apr 26, 2016 — The Tyee

Leadership Sorely Needed on Canada's Broadband Strategy by Michael Geist

Columnist says the press and public coverage of the telecommunications regulator's hearing focused on the state of internet access in Canada may have led to an unexpected abrupt shift in tone and policy. 

Apr 25, 2016 — News Article

CRTC releases 2015 financial results for Canadian radio stations

A total of 704 commercial radio stations offered a variety of programming to Canadians employing over 9,500 people (down 3.4% from 2014).

Apr 25, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Former CRTC head praises Ottawa for rethinking CanCon

The former head of the CRTC is applauding Ottawa’s decision to review the rules governing cultural industries in the country, pointing out that imposing regulations on the broadcast industry is increasingly difficult and ineffective.

Apr 25, 2016 — CBC News

CBC to launch new digital service in London, Ont.

Heather Conway, CBC's executive vice-president of English Services, says London was identified as an area for expansion as early as 2012, when funding cuts put expansion plans there and elsewhere on hold.


Apr 25, 2016 — Globe & Mail

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 25, 2016 — Marketing Magazine

Canadian Radio Advertising Remains Stable: CRTC by Chris Powell

Advertising revenues for Canada’s commercial radio stations – as well as those operated by the CBC – have remained stable over the past five years, according to new data released by the CRTC.

Apr 23, 2016 — CBC News

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 23, 2016 — IBTimes

Canada Wants To Overhaul Broadcasting Laws To Support Local Content

Columnist says Canada's Liberal government is prepared to overhaul the country's laws governing broadcasting, media and cultural industries to support local content, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly told the Globe and Mail in a report Saturday, announcing a new policy direction in what she called a broken system.

Apr 23, 2016 — Government of Canada

Consultations on Canadian Content in a Digital World

Canadian Heritage seeks input on how to strengthen the creation, discovery and export of Canadian content in a digital world.

Apr 19, 2016 — Stream Daily

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 — Shaw Connect

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 — Stream Daily

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 — Globe & Mail

Steering a public broadcaster through turbulent times by James Bradshaw

Like all outlets built on traditional broadcasting, TVO finds itself managing a legacy in TV broadcasting as it navigates a landscape of digital disruption and constrained resources.

Apr 15, 2016 — CBC News

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 12, 2016 — Toronto Star

Three people who could lead the TSO by Martin KNelman

Columnist says it is a big problem for Heather Conway that Hubert Lacroix, a Stephen Harper appointee, is scheduled to remain president of the CBC until his mandate expires in fall 2017, making a move to the TSP possibly appealing.

Apr 12, 2016 — Broadcaster Magazine

FRIENDS proposes four point plan for local TV

FRIENDS proposes a four-point plan to revitalize local television news in Canada during an appearance before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage which is studying the issue.

Apr 11, 2016 —

Couch potatoes of Canada, unite by Heather Mallick

Canadians are cutting off their cable in record numbers, a new report called The Battle for the Canadian Couch Potato suggests.

Apr 11, 2016 — The Hill Times

Trudeau’s cabinet style: he gives his ministers ‘as much rope,’ but pulls it back if they do something wrong by Derek Abma

Lobbyist says an influential role is emerging for Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly in this cabinet, adding that she has been particularly proactive in being prepared for and contributing to discussions on all matters that come before cabinet.

Apr 8, 2016 — Globe & Mail

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 5, 2016 — iPhone in Canada

CRTC Announces Three-Year Plan to Improve Canadian Telecommunication Services by István Fekete

Between 2016 and 2019 the CRTC plans to hold a public hearing on basic telecommunications services, followed by the implementation of the new policy; hold an international event, the Discoverability Summit, with the aim of exploring solutions to improve the discoverability of audiovisual content; and hold a public consultation to review the Wireless Code’s effectiveness.

Apr 4, 2016 — National Post

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.

Apr 1, 2016 — News Article

CBC is forced to face ugly truths about its French-language headquarters by Robert Everett-Green

An entire working-class district was razed in the early 1960s to make way for Radio-Canada’s broadcasting centre.

Mar 27, 2016 — Globe & Mail

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 — Northumberland View

CRTC signs partnership agreement with U.S. Federal Trade Commission to fight unlawful spam and unsolicited telecommunications

The agreement between the two Commissions relates to unsolicited telecommunications, unsolicited commercial electronic messages (spam) and other unlawful electronic threats.

Mar 23, 2016 — AM900

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 23, 2016 — Chronicle Herald

CRTC wields TV licence renewals as enforcement tool

 The head of Canada’s broadcaster regulator says it’s too soon to tell if Canadian TV service providers are respecting the spirit of the CRTC’s new basic cable regulation.

Mar 23, 2016 — Broadcaster Magazine

New Investment in CBC a Welcome First Step -- Friends

FRIENDS says Former Prime Minister Harper made sure that his hostile influence over the CBC could continue by stacking the CBC Board with Conservative directors, some of whose terms do not expire until 2020.