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Apr 23, 2014 — New York Times

F.C.C., in ‘Net Neutrality’ Turnaround, Plans to Allow Fast Lane by Edward Wyatt

The Federal Communications Commission will propose new rules that allow Internet service providers to offer a faster lane through which to send video and other content to consumers, as long as a content company is willing to pay for it.

Apr 22, 2014 — Montreal Gazette

Opinion: The future of community television by Steve Faguy

Editorial states that ICTV’s complaint against Vidéotron will be judged according to a CRTC policy that leaves a lot of room for interpretation.

Apr 21, 2014 — Globe & Mail

No, the CBC’s not cool. Nor should it be by Konrad Yakabuski

Columnist says that with Ottawa sending that message "It is up to the CBC to provide programming that Canadians actually want to watch", it’s little wonder programmers fear that the failure to boost ratings will only give politicians further ammunition to cut their funding.

Apr 21, 2014 — CBC News

Netflix to hike monthly prices by $1 or $2 for new subscribers

The internet video service is about to raise its prices for the first time in three years to help pay for more internet video programming such as its popular political drama House of Cards.

Apr 18, 2014 — Globe & Mail

How Temple Street is changing the face of Canadian television by Simon Houpt

Temple Street founders say they can never forget that they hold onto the rights of their shows because of a subsidy system that has been created over time to Canadian production companies.

Apr 18, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Barbara Motzney and her dream of a consumer-friendly CRTC by Rita Trichur

Columnist says Barbara Motzey's goal is to transform the CRTC: “It will all be about serving Canadians.”

Apr 17, 2014 — Pique

Hockey's not the only sport leaving CBC by Eric MacKenzie

Columnist says the loss of sports on CBC Television is a problem because sport forms an important part of the national identity.

Apr 17, 2014 — Vancouver Courier

Opinion: CBC defenders define Mother Corp’s role by Geoff Olson

Columnist says Leo Housakos' comments are consistent with a vision of Canada remade in Stephen Harper’s image: cut-off, controlling, and tone-deaf to public debate, scientific evidence and artistic creativity.

Apr 16, 2014 — Canadian Press

Watchdog group questions CBC's planning amid expected cuts at the broadcaster by Cassandra Szklarski

FRIENDS questions whether the public broadcaster could have done more to avert its financial woes.

Apr 16, 2014 — News Article

Don't Believe Everything You Read About CBC Cuts by Barry Kiefl

Columnist says it is not just a question of more money, it is also necessary to define the role of CBC TV.

Apr 16, 2014 — Marketing Magazine

Advertising on CBC Vital to Canadian Broadcast System: CMDC, ACA by Chris Powell

Two of Canada’s leading advertising organizations say the continued presence of advertising on CBC services is vital to not only the public broadcaster’s future, but to the health of the Canadian broadcast system.

Apr 16, 2014 — Salon.com

Why you should be deeply dreading the Comcast-Time Warner merger by Zaid Jilani

Columnist says Comcast and Time Warner's claim of "substantial public interest benefits" is untrue.

Apr 15, 2014 — News Article

657 jobs cut at cash-strapped CBC

The English Services cuts include about 100 regional jobs, approximately 62 positions from revenue and sales operations, 38 from operations/technology, 34 in communications and marketing, and 12 from radio/music.

Apr 15, 2014 — iPolitics

Time for the CBC to take a big gamble by Paul Adams

Columnist says the prevailing attitude of CBC management has been that the network has to look first to its institutional interest — to its survival.

Apr 15, 2014 — News Article

VIDEO: A CBC tax? by Brian Lilley

The Heritage Minister's Office says the CBC already receives significant taxpayer funds and can operate within their existing budget, and that it's up to the public broadcaster to provide programming that Canadians want to watch.

Apr 11, 2014 — Globe & Mail

How would you reimagine the CBC?

The Globe Mail has reached out to creative and cultural thinkers across the country and asked them how they would reimagine the CBC.

Apr 11, 2014 — Chronicle Journal

A way forward for the CBC

FRIENDS says that while the public broadcaster remains essential in the Canadian media landscape, it hasn’t done enough to contend with the cuts it’s already endured let alone prepare for new ones.

Apr 11, 2014 — CBC's Radio Q

Q Essay: It's time to defend public broadcasting by Jian Ghomeshi

Following news of a $130 million cut to CBC/Radio Canada's budget, and layoffs of 657 staff members, Jian Ghomeshi speaks to a tough 24 hours within the organization, reflects on the CBC's unique mandate, and urges those that believe in public broadcasting to speak up.

Apr 10, 2014 — News Article

In 2012, a CBC 'Hockey Nightmare in Canada' foretold? by Robyn Smith

FRIENDS says there's no way the CBC could absorb the financial shortfall caused by losing hockey and the federal budget cuts without laying off employees.

Apr 10, 2014 — News Article

CBC eliminates 657 positions as part of $130 million in cuts

FRIENDS says CBC’s presence in Canada’s regions is going to be further weakened by the public broadcaster's recent round of job cuts.