Media Monitor — 2004

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Dec 29, 2004 — CRTC Press Release

The CRTC adopts incentives for English-language Canadian drama

CRTC to allow English Canadian broadcasters to air more ads if they broadcast more Canadian drama, boost audiences and increase investment in drama production.

Dec 29, 2004 — Canadian Press

'No guarantee' $3-million cut won't impact quality of TVO, TFO: Meilleur by James McCarten

Ontario Culture Minister Madeleine Meilleur refuses to guarantee that projected cuts to TVO and TFO funding will not impact their programming.

Dec 29, 2004 — Canadian Press

Broadcast regulator proposes TV drama incentives that would spike advertising by Terry Pedwell

Some remain skeptical that the CRTC's new incentive based scheme will result in significant increases in Canadian drama.

Dec 27, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Lockout batters networks' audiences by William Houston

NHL lockout pushes ratings down at Rogers Sportnet, The Score, TSN and the CBC.

Dec 22, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Hooray for the funding -- shame about the dance by Kate Taylor

Article says that the cultural sector should not have to rally the troops, demonstrate its importance and show undying gratitude just to maintain its funding.

Dec 21, 2004 — Maclean's

Coming in from the cold by Brian D. Johnson

The Canadian film industry may be withering away for lack of funding, but the talent needed to revive it is ever present.

Dec 20, 2004 — The Gazette

CRTC decision helps black market

Editorial says that regulation is no longer viable in the age of the digital multi-channel universe.

Dec 20, 2004 — Toronto Star

Ad revenue at CBC falls by 11 per cent by Rick Westhead

CBC advertising revenues have plummeted to 1998 levels, while those of private broadcasters have increased.

Dec 20, 2004 — Le Devoir

Sénateurs au travail by Paul Cauchon

The Senate Transport and Communications Committee will release a report on how legislation could improve the quality of Canadian media and help to counter the worrysome trend towards media concentration.

Dec 20, 2004 — Voice of the Listener & Viewer

Press Release Announcing February Conference

Voice of the Listener & Viewer annouces that it will hold a February Conference regarding public service broadcasting in Europe and in the Commonwealth.

Dec 18, 2004 — Vancouver Sun

An author who warmed to her subject by Rebecca Wigod

Article speaks of Pauline Couture's recently published book "Ice".

Dec 17, 2004 — National Public Radio

Interview with Bill Moyers: Leaving TV after Three Decades

U.S. broadcast journalist Bill Moyers explains the purpose of public broadcasting in interview on National Public Radio interview show, Fresh Air with Terry Fross.

Dec 17, 2004 — Globe & Mail

CRTC relaxing rules blocking 'third-language' TV stations by Richard Blackwell

CRTC replaces market access restrictions for foreign third-langage services with "safeguards"; CCTA sees decision as "important first step" for further relaxation of rules governing Canadian market.

Dec 17, 2004 — National Post

Looser rules for foreign broadcasters by Paul Vieira

Article says most stakeholders applaud CRTC decision to relax policy on approving new foreign third-language services that compete with Canadian services; but some Canadian services expect to lose viewers.

Dec 16, 2004 — CRTC Press Release

CRTC announces a new approach to foreign third-language television channels

CRTC announces it will allow general interest foreign third-language digital satellite services provided their distribution is linked to the Canadian services they compete with.

Dec 14, 2004 — Cablecaster Magazine

Revenues up over 10% for specialty services - CRTC

CRTC Broadcasting Policy Monitoring Report shows that revenues for pay-per-view and specialty services increased by 10% in 2003.

Dec 14, 2004 — CRTC Press Release

The CRTC releases annual broadcasting report

CRTC releases its fifth annual Broadcasting Policy Monitoring Report, which provides information on the status of television, radio, and broadcasting distribution in Canada.

Dec 14, 2004 — Toronto Star

Geminis to fly without a host: What gives? by John Doyle

Columnist questions new Gemini Awards format, explains to private broadcasters how they will benefit from CRTC advertising incentives.

Dec 14, 2004 — Toronto Star

CTV's got a licence to let us down by Antonia Zerbisias

Article compares regulatory promises, performance of CTV Newsnet and talktv.

Dec 14, 2004 — National Post

Emerson awaits bureaucratic advice on telecom sector by Paul Vieira

Industry Canada officials expected to advise Industry Minister early in 2005 on whether to make major changes to the Telecommunications Act.

Dec 13, 2004 — House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

Moving Forward: Balancing Priorities and Making Choices for the Economy of the Twenty-First Century

Culture section of the pre-budget report of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, in which the Standing Committee recommended that the federal government increase funding for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Radio-Canada.

Dec 12, 2004 — Toronto Star

Dear Senators: Since you asked... by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist gives advance input to Senate Committee hearings on the Canadian news media.

Dec 11, 2004 — Vancouver Sun

Geminis too Toronto-centric by Alex Strachan

Article says Gemini Awards too focused on Toronto productions, do not help to advance Canadian star system.

Dec 10, 2004 — Canadian Press

Canadian TV conquers stigma, funding woes by John McKay

The future looks bleak for the Canadian film and television industry, although innovative programming gives reason for hope.

Dec 9, 2004 — Globe & Mail

The winner for most self-defeating attitude is . . . by John Doyle

Article says that the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is hurting Canadian programming by restricting press coverage of two thirds of The Gemini Awards ceremony.

Dec 8, 2004 — Spiked Online

Bringing the Past to Life by Alison Perrett

The BBC intends to launch the Creative Archive Project which would give British Internet users free access to the corporation's catalogue records for non-commercial use.

Dec 8, 2004 — The New York Times

BBC Says It Will Cut 2,900 Jobs Over 3 Years by Alan Cowell

As the BBC comes under increasing pressure with respect to its licence fee, the broadcaster has announced some of the deepest cuts in its history.

Dec 8, 2004 — Globe & Mail

BBC shakeup targets 4,800 jobs by Elizabeth Renzetti

BBC proceeds with plan to cut 10% of work force, mainly in non-programming areas.

Dec 7, 2004 — Los Angeles Times

Obituaries: Pierre Berton, 84 by Myrna Oliver

Pierre Berton's Canadian stories attracted an audience both at home and abroad.

Dec 7, 2004 — Cablecaster

Will conventional TV go extinct? by Laurel Hyatt

Private broadcasters ponder the end of conventional television.

Dec 7, 2004 — Toronto Star

Anchors, male or female, can't hold us by Antonia Zerbisias

Audience fragmentation, Internet contribute to declining ratings for evening newscasts and their anchors.

Dec 6, 2004 — The Sunday Times

BBC faces its own makeover show

Article says it remains to be seen whether newest BBC director-general can actually implement the changes that will follow from his review of the organization.

Dec 6, 2004 — The Guardian

The bodging of the BBC by Peter Preston

Article says that a guaranteed licence fee and lengthened charter are needed to save the BBC.

Dec 6, 2004 — The Guardian

How to spend £300m by Emily Bell

The UK broadcasting regulator has advocated £300m be invested to create a Public Service Publisher.

Dec 6, 2004 — The Guardian

Why small can still be beautiful by Peter Bazalguette

Article says that changes in the media/broadcasting market structure caused by new digital technologies will make the licence fee UK residents pay for the BBC more relevant then ever.

Dec 6, 2004 — Toronto Star

With a TV licence at stake, you can't get too Canadian by Pierre Berton

Article on private broadcasters' Canadian programming promises during Board of Broadcaster Governors licence hearings in 1960.

Dec 6, 2004 — Globe & Mail

HDTV's future getting in focus by Richard Blackwell

Broadcasters face chicken-and-egg dilemma with high-definition television programming.

Dec 6, 2004 — Toronto Star

Teens fleeing adult radio by William Burrill

Teenagers are reportedly rejecting traditional radio in favour of new media.

Dec 4, 2004 — The Times

Setback for BBC chief as plans for shake-up fail to make the Grade

BBC director-general's plan for overhaul that could cost 6,000 jobs fails to receive approval from BBC Chairman.

Dec 4, 2004 — The Financial Times

Grade puts forward vision for BBC reform Broadcasting

BBC chairman Micheal Grade proposes that the corporation hold a "virtual annual general meeting" so as to be more accountable to licence fee payers.

Dec 3, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Media buyers snubbing plan to boost homemade TV drama by Keith McArthur

Media buyers are reportedly worried that the CRTC's new incentive based plan that would trade advertising minutes for Canadian drama will clutter the airwaves and reduce the effectiveness of advertising.

Dec 3, 2004 — The Edmonton Journal

New Telefilm boss knows happy ending will take some time by Katherine Monk

Incoming Telefilm CEO Wayne Clarkson believes that the Canadian film industry has the potential to triumph.

Dec 2, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Minister plays down TVOntario discussion

Minister says that sale of the public broadcaster TVOntario to a private broadcaster remains an option, but not one the government will consider in the near future.

Dec 2, 2004 — The Independent

Government lays down law to BBC on reporting the news by Colin Brown

The British Government wants impartiality and accuracy standards for broadcast journalism written into the BBC's Charter.

Dec 2, 2004 — National Post

HDTV lacks programs by Paul Brent

CRTC Chair concerned with dearth of high-definition television programming available from Canadian broadcasters.

Dec 1, 2004 — Hollywood Reporter

Telefilm Canada forges new path by Etan Vlessing

Incoming Telefilm CEO Wayne Clarkson expected to take a more Canadian approach to strengthening Canada's film industry then that practiced by his predecessor, Richard Stursberg.

Dec 1, 2004 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada actors delay rally, state case at CAB confab by Norma Reveler

ACTRA calls on CRTC to impose spending and content requirements, not merely incentives, for private broadcasters to increase Canadian drama programming in prime time.

Dec 1, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Broadcasters offered ads for home-spun drama by Gloria Galloway

CRTC Chair discusses CRTC's new plan to offer incremental advertising minutes in exchange for increased Canadian drama.

Dec 1, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Ontario PC leader calls for boosted film tax credits

Progressive Conservative leader John Tory and NDP culture critic Rosario Marchese call upon Dalton McGuinty's Liberals to raise the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit.

Dec 1, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Digital to challenge broadcasters

Industry experts say digital technology will challenge traditional broadcasters, may result in the "marginalization" of the CRTC.

Dec 1, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Hollywood North seeks Ontario tax help by James Adams

Ontario's film community lobbies for tax breaks on foreign productions; says industry is ailing and no infrastructure can be built when there is no revenue.

Dec 1, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Solid ratings for CBC's Greatest Canadian by Guy Dixon

Throughout The Greatest Canadian, the CBC managed to secure ratings that were consistently between 500,000 and 1.1 million.

Dec 1, 2004 — Globe & Mail

We the victims (er, viewers) wish to be considered by John Doyle

Columnist objects to CRTC's new advertising minutes for Canadian drama incentive scheme on the basis that it ignores the interests of viewers.

Dec 1, 2004 — Ottawa Citizen

TV worth supporting

Editorial praises TVO, says slashing $3-million from its budget can only harm its quality.

Dec 1, 2004 — National Post

CanWest seeks reform to cable fee 'imbalance' by Paul Vieira

Canwest Global CEO says conventional broadcasters should be entitled to receive a carriage fee from broadcasting distributors, calls for an end to advertising limits and to the ban on advertising of prescription pharmaceuticals.

Dec 1, 2004 — Canadian Press

Author Pierre Berton made an impact on all media, not just printed word by John Mckay

Pierre Berton made a profound contribution to Canadian culture, including broadcasting.

Nov 30, 2004 — National Post

CRTC dangles extra ads carrot by Paul Vieira

The CRTC unveils its new scheme for an incentive based system that would allow broadcasters more advertising minutes in exchange for airing more Canadian drama.

Nov 30, 2004 — Toronto Star

$3 million in cuts feared at TVO by Robert Benzie

Projected TVO budget cuts feared as precursor to TVO privatization.

Nov 29, 2004 — Minister of Canadian Heritage

Speaking Points for Liza Frulla, Minister of Canadian Heritage, at the 2004 Annual Convention of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters

Minister of Canadian Heritage addresses convention of Canadian private broadcasters, states that government will "highlight its priorities and its immediate actions concerning broadcasting" by the end of April 2005.

Nov 29, 2004 — The Hill Times

Canada is headed for a genuine cultural mess by Angelo Persichilli

Article says that the greatest challenge Canada will face in the coming decades is avoiding assimilation by the U.S.

Nov 29, 2004 — ACTRA Press Release

Canada's private broadcasters are not putting Canada first!

ACTRA calls for regulation to require Canada's private broadcasters to invest in Canadian drama.

Nov 29, 2004 — Conservative Party of Canada

Notes for an address by the Hon. Stephen Harper to the Canadian Association of Broadcasters

Conservative leader addresses convention of Canadian private broadcasters, states that the Conservative Party would "seek to reduce CBC's dependence on advertising revenue and its competition with the private sector for these valuable dollars".

Nov 29, 2004 — Canadian Press

Ontario film industry needs more tax help from Liberal government: Tories by Andrea Baillie

Provincial opposition members and film workers say the Ontario Liberals should increase tax credit incentives to attract more film production to the province.

Nov 29, 2004 — CRTC Speech

Notes for an address by Charles Dalfen, CRTC Chair, to the CAB 2004 Convention "Putting Canada First"

Dalfen tells private broadcasters he expects future CRTC decisions will be controversial, that 'putting Canada first' requires tradeoffs among broadcasting policy objectives.

Nov 28, 2004 — The Ottawa Citizen

Talk of funding cuts jolts museums by Chris Cobb

Minister of Canadian Heritage hints that the federal government's upcoming financial review may reallocate funds from other sectors to television and film.

Nov 27, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Does the CBC know what it's doing? by John Allemang

Minister of Canadian Heritage says CBC must reconnect with the regions.

Nov 26, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Clarkson takes over at Telefilm Canada by Gayle MacDonald

Wayne Clarkson officially appointed Executive Director of Telefilm Canada.

Nov 25, 2004 — Canadian Press

Broadcasters laud federal government decision to appeal satellite ruling

The federal government will appeal Quebec court's finding that Radiocommunications Act provisions restricting access to foreign satellite signals are unconstitutional.

Nov 25, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Clarkson touted as shoo-in to head Telefilm

Rumoured appointment of Wayne Clarkson as CEO of Telefilm Canada praised by industry.

Nov 24, 2004 — National Post

CBC's defence by Slawko Klymkiw

Executive director of CBC network programming responds to National Post columnist, says CBC's responsibilities extend beyond ratings.

Nov 24, 2004 — Toronto Star

New Telefilm boss city's showbiz hope by Martin Knelman

Sources say executive director of the Canadian Film Centre, Wayne Clarkson, will be nominated to the post of CEO at Telefilm Canada; article claims Heritage Committee review process "widely regarded as a matter of optics and formalities".

Nov 22, 2004 — House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

Transcript of Roundtable Discussions

Transcript of presentations to Finance Committee pre-budget consultations by FRIENDS and others.

Nov 22, 2004 — Playback Magazine

Global uncertainty by Sean Davidson

Global's executive shuffle has everyone wondering what kind of programming they will resort to in order to boost ratings.

Nov 22, 2004 — Playback Magazine

Frulla: Good job, now cut 5% by Matthew Hays

Liza Frulla confirms Telefilm, the CBC and the NFB were asked to assess the feasibility of a 5% cut to their budgets.

Nov 22, 2004 — Canadian Press

Rabinovitch reappointed as head of CBC; called 'outstanding' leader for arts

Three year reappointment of Robert Rabinovitch as CBC President receives Heritage Committee approval.

Nov 22, 2004 — The Vancouver Sun

It isn't just us by Lynne McNamara

Chris Haddock, creator of acclaimed series Da Vinci's Inquest, calls public broadcasting "the most valuable thing we can continue to defend".

Nov 20, 2004 — The Hamilton Spectator

Bell hooks into cable TV by Steve Arnold

CRTC decision to allow Bell to enter the cable television market could coincide with another wave of industry consolidation.

Nov 20, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Bring on the bias, bring on the bluster by John Doyle

The broadcast of Fox News in Canada will be beneficial to Canadians because it will expose them to the station's ridicule, columnist says.

Nov 20, 2004 — Globe & Mail

CHUM's takeover of Craig, gets CRTC approval

CRTC approves Craig takeover by CHUM and Toronto 1 transfer to Quebecor, but notes that Quebecor will have to fulfill the local-programming conditions that accompany Toronto 1.

Nov 20, 2004 — Toronto Star

Disrespect Bush at your peril: Ignatieff by Lynda Hurst

Canada must bolster its sovereignty, says Ignatieff, and do so in a manner consistent with role of U.S. as both its greatest friend and the greatest threat to its independence.

Nov 20, 2004 — Toronto Star

Media dynasties extend reach with CRTC ruling by Gary Norris

CRTC approval of Craig Media breakup officially dismantles one media dynasty, expands the power of two others.

Nov 20, 2004 — Toronto Star

Is CBC addicted to sports? by Chris Zelkovich

Funding cuts have forced CBC to become dependent on sports programming in order to meet statutory obligations.

Nov 19, 2004 — National Post

Bell wins OK to offer TV services by Mark Evans

Rogers encouraged by CRTC approval of Bell's entry into cable distribution market, hopes for same treatment of Rogers initiatives in local telephony.

Nov 19, 2004 — Toronto Star

Fox News finally free of regulatory snares by Antonia Zerbisias

Fox News will help Canadians understand how disinformation is propagated in the United-States, columnist says.

Nov 19, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Bell wins broadcast licence approval by Simon Avery

The CRTC has granted Bell Canada broadcasting licenses to deliver television over telephone lines in eleven urban centres in Canada.

Nov 19, 2004 — The Edmonton Journal

'Fair and balanced' Fox News coming to a channel near you by James Gordon

CRTC rules Fox News may be carried in Canada, rationalizes that Fox format sufficiently different from CBC Newsworld and CTV Newsnet that it does not violate restrictions against foreign services which compete with Canadian ones.

Nov 19, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Fox News likely to beam north by the new year by James Adams

Fox News allowed into Canada restriction free; CCTA president Michael Hennessey predicts easy negotiations ahead.

Nov 18, 2004 — Canada Newswire

Bell broadcast decision creates need for protection says CEP

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada says it would like to see the federal government state its explicit intent to maintain current foreign ownership restrictions.

Nov 18, 2004 — Canada Newswire

CTV Newsnet Renews Call for Fair Competition in Wake of Fox News Approval

CTV Newsnet reacts to CRTC decision on Fox News by reiterating its demands for relaxed conditions of licence.

Nov 18, 2004 — National Post

Keeping the barbarians at bay - and CBC afloat by John Ivison

Columnist argues Canada's cultural sovereignty is not under threat.

Nov 18, 2004 — Canada Newswire

Fox News: Cable Industry Pleased with CRTC Decision

The Canadian Cable Telecommunications Association approves of the CRTC decision to bring Fox News into Canada.

Nov 18, 2004 — Canada Newswire

A Fox in the Hen House?

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union expresses concern that the CRTC approval of Fox News may open the door to foreign ownership of broadcasting in Canada, asks Prime Minister Martin to clarify his government's position.

Nov 17, 2004 — National Post

The real choice is Canadian by Glenn O'Farrell

Canadian Association of Broadcasters questions choice rationale underlying cable industry argument for permitting greater carriage of foreign programming.

Nov 16, 2004 — The Ottawa Sun

Trying Times at CBC by Bill Brioux

Lower ratings at the CBC are a sign of stale programming, article claims.

Nov 16, 2004 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC asks for an extra $100M to save regional programming by Chris Cobb

CBC President Robert Rabinovitch seeks permanent funding to restore CBC local and regional programming capacity on English television.

Nov 15, 2004 — Toronto Star

Internet-age aid for Canadian culture by Michael Geist

Columnist argues technology has created an unprecedented opportunity to revitalize Canadian cultural policy.

Nov 15, 2004 — House of Commons Hansard

Transcript of Parliamentary Committee Examination of CBC President

Members of the House of Commons Heritage Committee question CBC President Robert Rabinovitch pursuant to an order-in-council proposing his reappointment for three years.

Nov 14, 2004 — The Observer

Media: Where will the Thompson axe fall?

BBC is reportedly headed for serious cutbacks in anticipation of value for money report.

Nov 12, 2004 — The Star Phoenix

Group criticizes CBC by Tim Naumetz

FRIENDS criticizes Robert Rabinovitch for failing to protect regional programming in a mock report card grading his performance.

Nov 12, 2004 — The Times Colonist

Friends of CBC give Rabinovitch low grade

FRIENDS gives Robert Rabinovitch a C minus for his performance as CBC president.

Nov 11, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Can our first lady of culture survive the heathens? by Lawrence Martin

Minister of Heritage Liza Frulla says Canada needs more public television, will push to restore CBC news services in the regions.

Nov 10, 2004 — The Gazette

Cuts to culture funds proposed by minister by Brendan Kelly

Liza Frulla annouces that the arts industry will have to suffer five percent cuts accross the board; CBC will incur a $46-million cut.

Nov 10, 2004 — Globe & Mail

CBC films offer good defence by Gayle MacDonald

Movie Night in Canada unlikely to generate same advertising revenue as Hockey Night in Canada despite similar ratings.

Nov 9, 2004 — Canadian Media Research Consortium

Canadians More Positive Then Americans About Their Media

According to a national survey about Canadian attitudes towards the media, Canadians are much less cynical about our news channels then Americans.

Nov 8, 2004 — Canadian Press

$10M CBC Budget Cut 'Permanent'

Government supplementary estimates point to a permanent 10 million dollar budget cut for the CBC.

Nov 8, 2004 — Playback Magazine

Two more years? by Sean Davidson

With Rabinovitch's generally solid record, his term is likely to be extended, groups say.

Nov 8, 2004 — Toronto Star

Advancing technology threatens cultural policy by Michael Geist

Article questions whether Canadian cultural, broadcast, and telecommunications policies can survive in the age of the Internet.

Nov 8, 2004 — National Post

The right way to open up the airwaves by Michael Hennessy

Head of cable industry lobby opposes "open skies", but says CRTC should significantly relax regulations governing genre exclusivity, carriage of third-language services, and competition among news services, and increase penalties for satellite signal theft.

Nov 7, 2004 — Montreal Gazette

Ottawa wants Rabinovitch to serve another term at CBC by Jennifer Chen

Government says reappointment of CBC President ultimately a decision for cabinet, but views of Heritage Committee, to which the proposal has been referred, will be taken into account.

Nov 6, 2004 — Toronto Sun

What a Guy! by Bill Brioux

Executive Director of CBC English TV network programming, Slawko Klymkiw, discusses CBC programming strategy.

Nov 6, 2004 — National Post

CRTC sings the CanCon song by Paul Vieira

CRTC lectures satellite pay radio applicants on the low levels of Canadian content in their proposals.

Nov 6, 2004 — Canadian Press

TV watchdog gives CBC head passing mark as committee to review re-appointment

FRIENDS report card on CBC President gives him a barely passing grade; Liberal minority on House of Commons Heritage Committee should mean review of reappointment proposal will not be a "rubber stamp".

Nov 5, 2004 — Toronto Star

CBC boss held out for 3-year renewal by Antonia Zerbisias

Sources say the initial offer made to Robert Rabinovitch was for a two-year term, rather then the three he accepted.

Nov 5, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Digital radio bid short on detail

CHUM and Astral promise to reach 75 per cent of Canada's radio listeners if granted the only satellite pay radio licence, but declined to specify targets for providing new Canadian artists with access to the airwaves.

Nov 5, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Martin reappoints CBC head at 11th hour by Jane Taber and Gayle MacDonald

PMO proposal to reappoint current CBC president Robert Rabinovitch viewed as safe choice.

Nov 5, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Government proposes new term for CBC boss by Jennifer Chen

Prime Minister's Office proposes the extension of Robert Rabinovitch's term; he is scheduled to appear before the Canadian heritage committee in the next few weeks.

Nov 4, 2004 — The Scotsman

This is the BBC, an institution worth defending by Allan Massie

Author discusses the debate over the mandate, financing, governance and programming focus of the BBC.

Nov 4, 2004 — CBC News

PM to reappoint Rabinovitch as head of CBC

Prime Minister Martin proposes to reappoint Robert Rabinovitch CBC president, if a parliamentary committee approves.

Nov 4, 2004 — Canadian Press

Government proposes that Rabinovitch be rappointed head of CBC

Groups say decision to refer CBC presidency proposal to parliamentary committee is a step in the right direction but that ultimately, the board should make the appointment.

Nov 4, 2004 — National Post

CHUM pushes its CanCon strategy by Paul Brent

Columnist criticizes CHUM satellite radio bid, saying all that is missing is channels dedicated "to the sound of loons and maple syrup".

Nov 4, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Canadian content crucial, CHUM tells CRTC by Simon Tuck

CHUM Ltd. says its satellite radio proposal demonstrates that a "truly Canadian" pay radio service is both "realistic and achievable".

Nov 4, 2004 — House of Commons Hansard

Our Cultural Sovereignty

MP reintroduces Lincoln Committee report "Our Cultural Sovereignty" in House of Commons, putting the Committee's landmark recommendations back on the public agenda.

Nov 4, 2004 — Office of the Prime Minister

Press Release: Government of Canada proposes the reappointment of Robert Rabinovitch

Prime Minister's Office departs from political patronage, proposes Robert Rabinovitch's reappointment as CBC President but refers recommendation to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage for review.

Nov 4, 2004 — Canadian Press

The Liberal government is proposing that Robert Rabinovitch be reappointed head of the CBC.

Prime Minister Martin hands off Rabinovitch reappointment to the Commons heritage committee and the cabinet; groups say this is an improvement but maintain that decision should ultimately be made by the board of directors.

Nov 3, 2004 — Daily Variety

CanWest int'l ops post gain by Tamsen Tillson

Canwest Global's international television interests fared better than Canadian operations last year.

Nov 3, 2004 — Cablecaster Magazine

Copper's not dead: Sabia by Greg O'Brien

Bell CEO Micheal Sabia disagrees with Verizon president, says copper remains a viable transmission technology for a wide variety of communications.

Nov 3, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Greatest Canadians fighting for viewer attention by Guy Dixon

CBC foray into reality television controversial, and a ratings challenge.

Nov 3, 2004 — St. John's Telegram

CRTC must consider musicians' rights in radio hearings

The Canadian music industry asks the CRTC to insure that if satellite radio is to come into Canada, proper technology is integrated so as to prevent piracy.

Nov 3, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Sirius CEO promises 'total control' over content for Canadian market by Simon Tuck

Sirius Canada states that the Canadian arm would have complete control over content; CHUM says only its proposal meets current Canadian content regulations.

Nov 2, 2004 — Cablecaster Magazine

Copper is dead, says Verizon by Greg O'Brien

With companies such as Verizon communications bringing optical fibre directly to the home, copper may no longer be a competitive and viable transmission technology.

Nov 2, 2004 — National Post

Cracking the Da Vinci code by Robert Fulford

Columnist praises CBC English-language drama Da Vinci's Inquest.

Nov 2, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Top job at Telefilm down to three candidates by James Adams

Headhunting firm has produced a three-person candidate list for the top job at Telefilm.

Nov 2, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Who names the CEO

Editorial criticizes Paul Martin Liberals for failing to end patronage in appointments to Crown corporations, advocates that Crown boards should make the selections.

Nov 2, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Why CBC got into bed with Sirius by Eric Reguly

Columnist Eric Reguly analyses the "real" reasons behind the CBC decision to partner with Sirius to bring satellite radio to Canada.

Nov 1, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Radio hearings hinge on content by Richard Blackwell

CRTC must weigh the potential risk of grey market activity if U.S. satellite radio services are not licensed against a significant threat to Canadian content.

Nov 1, 2004 — Canadian Press

Decision upsets broadcasters

The Coalition Against Satellite Signal Theft says that Quebec court ruling on satellite signals threatens the Canadian broadcasting system.

Nov 1, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Set the satellites free by Mathew Ingram

Quebec court ruling on satellite television and satellite pay radio applications raise fundamental questions about Canadian broadcasting regulation.

Nov 1, 2004 — The Gazette

Hockey Night feels the freeze by Brendan Kelly

The hockey lockout continues to make the CBC and sports networks suffer.

Nov 1, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Could this be Canada's next media mogul? by Eric Reguly

John Bitove Jr. is championing satellite radio in Canada; if his hundred million dollar investment is approved by the CRTC, he may become the next major media player in Canada.

Nov 1, 2004 — CBC News

Pay-radio hopefuls face the CRTC

FRIENDS criticizes low quantity of Canadian programming in two of the three proposed satellite pay radio applications currently before the CRTC.

Nov 1, 2004 — Globe & Mail

CBC head awaits his fate as patronage appointments scrutinized by Hugh Winsor

The appointment of CBC's president should be a decision by its board of directors, not a personal political decision by the Prime Minister, columnist says.

Oct 30, 2004 — Canadian Press

Heritage minister Frulla says court ruling on satellite freedom a concern by Keith Bonnell

Minister of Canadian Heritage says Quebec court ruling that restrictions on viewer access to foreign satellite signals are unconstitutional is a concern for Canada's cultural industry.

Oct 30, 2004 — Montreal Gazette

Pay-as-you-go digital radio?: CRTC mulls issue by Mary Lamey

Satellite radio will be the next big thing in Canada - the question is whether the CRTC wants to "get in front of the wave or get knocked over by it", says columnist.

Oct 29, 2004 — Windsor Star

Satellite radio: Howard Stern and the CBC

Windsor Star editorial board uses CBC involvement in a satellite radio application to argue the public broadcaster should not exist at all.

Oct 29, 2004 — Toronto Star

Martin floundering as PM by Chantal Hebert

Prime Minister Paul Martin's leadership to date mirrors that of other interim leaders, columnist says.

Oct 29, 2004 — Cablecaster Magazine

Satellite rules violate Charter by Glenn Wanamaker

Coalition Against Satellite Signal Theft recommends appeal of Quebec decision, notes that satellite signal theft remains illegal, and that U.S. satellite providers lack programming rights to sell to Canadians in any case.

Oct 29, 2004 — Montreal Gazette

Restrictions lifted on foreign satellite TV systems by Mike Key

Quebec Court decision finds grey market satellite restrictions contravene freedom of expression, but extends one year grace period before ruling will take effect.

Oct 29, 2004 — Cablecaster

Satellite decision kills freedom by Greg O'Brien

Editorial says Quebec court decision appearing to legalize grey market satellite services will likely be challenged and legislated around, and for good reason.

Oct 29, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Panel urges new broadcast funding by James Adams

Expert panel appointed by Heritage Minister Liza Frulla says that a levy should be imposed on foreign third-language broadcasters to accumulate a production fund for Canadian third language programming.

Oct 28, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Firms target '06 models for satellite radio by Alex Law

Satellite radio predicted to rival programming variety now available on television.

Oct 28, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Drop foreign-owner rules: OECD by Terry Weber

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development urged Canada to drop its restrictions on foreign ownership, including in broadcasting - a suggestion rejected by Industry Minister David Emerson.

Oct 28, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Drop foreign-owner rules: OECD

The Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development says that Canada should drop foreign ownership restrictions in numerous sectors, including communications, to foster competition.

Oct 27, 2004 — The Edmonton Journal

Both elder statesman and victim of CBC by Alan Kellogg

This Hour has Seven Days' Patrick Watson says that his only regret is to have accepted the top job at the CBC because he should have known the bureaucratic structure which controlled the board of political appointees left no room for change.

Oct 27, 2004 — The Guardian

Kaufman attacks BBC governors

UK politician says BBC board of governors comprised of amateurs with no experience of broadcasting.

Oct 27, 2004 — St. John's Telegram

CBC miniseries leads Gemini list by John McKay

CBC leads in number of nominations in this year's Gemini Awards.

Oct 26, 2004 — Ottawa Citizen

Harper's pandering by Susan Riley

Conservative party leader Stephen Harper criticized for suggestion that federal powers be devolved to linguistic groups, CRTC and CBC be split into separate anglophone and francophone institutions.

Oct 26, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Can CRTC deal with satellite radio? by Eric Reguly

The debate surrounding satellite radio in Canada will come to a head when the CRTC rules on how 'Canadianized' the various bids are.

Oct 26, 2004 — House of Commons Hansard

Question Period

Transcript of question from MP Maka Kotto to Minister of Canadian Heritage regarding procedure for appointment of CBC president.

Oct 25, 2004 — National Post

The CBC v. George Bush

The National Post's editorial board accuses the CBC of taking sides in the U.S. election.

Oct 25, 2004 — Playback Magazine

CAB, CCTA battle over ads by Sean Davidson

CCTA proposal to insert Canadian ads on U.S. specialty channels seen in Canada would undermine Canadian content rules, says CAB.

Oct 25, 2004 — Toronto Star

Log on to tomorrow's radio by M. Corey Goldman

Article says satellite radio is the future, notes it is already available in Canada on the Internet.

Oct 24, 2004 — Toronto Star

This should be an inside job by Martin Knelman

Columnist says next Telefilm CEO should be a Toronto culture insider.

Oct 24, 2004 — Toronto Star

Canada out of step on Al-Jazeera by Antonia Zerbisias

Conditions placed on CRTC approval of Al-Jazeera will result in Canada joining the ranks of Syria and Saudi Arabia, where the channel is not shown.

Oct 23, 2004 — Toronto Star

Network to extend Rabinovitch's term by Rick Westhead

The appointment of the current CBC president, Robert Rabinovitch, will reportedly be extended.

Oct 22, 2004 — National Post

Judge hands TV viewers a range of new choices by Paul Vieira and Peter Kuitenbrouwer

Quebec court ruling to allow Canadians access to grey market satellite systems could have significant repercussions for Canadian broadcasting system.

Oct 22, 2004 — Statistics Canada: The Daily

Census metropolitan areas as culture clusters - 2001

Half the workers in Canada's cultural industries are concentrated in three metropolitan centres, but smaller centres remain proportionally significant.

Oct 22, 2004 — Report

Open Radio and Television: Local Broadcasting in Sweden by Christer Hederström

Report presented to Swedish Ministry of Culture analyzes the future of non-commercial local radio and television broadcasting in Sweden.

Oct 21, 2004 — Journal de Montréal

CBC: le cinéma presque aussi écouté que le hockey by Pierre Trudel

FRIENDS says the CBC should replace Hockey Night in Canada with Canadian junior league hockey instead of Hollywood films.

Oct 20, 2004 — CBC

Letter from George Smith, Senior Vice President, CBC

CBC contends that "Movie Night in Canada" is a necessary evil.

Oct 20, 2004 — National Post

Motions by Sandra Rubin

Report says Francis Fox turned down the CBC presidency.

Oct 20, 2004 — Journal de Montréal

Robillard et Scherrer ont-elles tenté d’influencer le CRTC? by Laurent Soumis

There is speculation that two former Martin ministers who met with the CRTC chair prior to the June 2004 federal election were trying to influence the CRTC.

Oct 20, 2004 — Journal de Montréal

Les règles édictées par le premier ministre ont-elles été violées?

Rules for interaction between government ministers and quasi-judicial bodies such as the CRTC are clear; current Minister of Canadian Heritage denies that she or any of her predecessors violated them.

Oct 19, 2004 — Canadian Press

Sheila Copps book scorches Martin record on Iraq, medicare, CBC by Joan Bryden

Sheila Copps' new tell-all book accuses Prime Minister Martin of suggesting that the CBC be privatized.

Oct 19, 2004 — Journal de Montréal

Au lieu de films américains CBC est invitée à diffuser des matchs juniors

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting says CBC should be replacing Saturday night hockey with junior hockey rather than American blockbusters.

Oct 19, 2004 — Journal de Montréal

Francis Fox a refusé, Rabinovitch restera… by Michelle Coude-Lord

Francis Fox reportedly refuses top job at CBC amid rumours that Robert Rabinovitch's term may be extended.

Oct 19, 2004 — Toronto Star

CBC's movie programming not far off hockey audience by Chris Zelkovich

CBC defends decision to air foreign film programming instead of Canadian hockey on Hockey Night in Canada despite effect of tripling foreign content during prime time.

Oct 18, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Expect foreign interest as Australia prepares new media ownership rules

Reuters reports that the Australian government plans to change its "controversial" media ownership rules to allow for foreign ownership.

Oct 18, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Dumbing down the air waves by Lysiane Gagnon

French CBC accused of reneging on cultural mandate to improve ratings.

Oct 18, 2004 — Canadian Press

Can-con advocates attack CBC's 'Movie Night in Canada'

FRIENDS says CBC decision to air foreign movies during the NHL lockout regrettable, will reduce Canadian content to 1980s levels.

Oct 15, 2004 — The New York Times

Canada Learns to Live Without N.H.L. by Rick Westhead

New York Times reports on impact of losses in advertising revenue due to hockey lockout.

Oct 15, 2004 — Toronto Star

Italy to lobby over TV channel by Mary Gordon

Italian minister to lobby Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister on behalf of Italian broadcaster RAI International, despite the fact the power to decide on the issue lies with the CRTC.

Oct 14, 2004 — The Korea Herald

Ex-BBC head sheds light on conflict between media, politics by Yang Sung-jin

A talk given by former BBC Director General Greg Dyke in Seoul, Korea sparked a wave of criticism targeted at the state-run Korean broadcaster, decrying its closeness to the current government.

Oct 14, 2004 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada launches attack in runaway prod'n war by Etan Vlessing

A new report states that estimated American losses due to runaway film and television productions were grossly inflated.

Oct 14, 2004 — House of Commons

Transcript of Debates

Minister of Canadian Heritage responds to question regarding parliamentary review of government appointments process, promises "transparent process" and "best people" will be used to fill forthcoming vacancies on CRTC.

Oct 13, 2004 — Toronto Star

Degrassi daring dazzles U.S. by Vinay Menon

Canadian show Degrassi: The Next Generation is a hit in the United States, tackles subjects U.S. teen series do not.

Oct 12, 2004 — The Financial Times

Multicultural Canada appearing on screen by Bernard Simon

UK newspaper reports on CBC's efforts to ensure programming reflects Canada's multicultural fabric.

Oct 11, 2004 — Playback Magazine

New regulation needed for all casters by Rebecca Schechter

The shortage of high quality English language Canadian drama is a critical issue which needs to be addressed by placing the blame where it belongs: not only on the private broadcasters but also on the CRTC and its 1999 Television Policy.

Oct 11, 2004 — Playback Magazine

Big three ousted amid shuffle at CanWest by Ian Edwards

Canwest Global replaces three of its top executives with Americans in recent overhaul.

Oct 10, 2004 — Toronto Star

Telefilm wants ticket to success

Telefilm has recently come under criticism because of new funding policies promoting commercial success.

Oct 9, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Prime time for a reality check by Gayle MacDonald

ACTRA criticizes reality television, predicts its eventual demise.

Oct 9, 2004 — Regina Leader Post

Parties squabble over travel by Tim Naumetz

Conservatives argue former Minister of Heritage Helene Scherrer used ministerial funds to promote Liberal Party at Banff Television Festival while Liberals maintain she was acting in her role as Minister.

Oct 8, 2004 — Evening Standard

Scrap BBC board of governors says Dyke by Alexa Baracaia

Former BBC director-general Greg Dyke calls for the abolition of the board of governors.

Oct 7, 2004 — Ottawa Citizen

Shock jock Stern set to return to Canada, courtesy of the CBC by Joanne Laucius

Howard Stern may find his way into Canada through a partnership between CBC and U.S. satellite broadcaster Sirius Radio.

Oct 7, 2004 — Canadian Press

CBC, CTV gain world-wide fame

CBC's Opening Night and The Newsroom as well as CTV's Corner Gas are nominated for International Emmy Awards.

Oct 7, 2004 — Canadian Press

CBC uncertain if Howard Stern part of plan to import Sirius satellite radio by John McKay

CBC claims proposed satellite radio service could choose to exclude Howard Stern from signals imported into Canada; critics fear it will be unable to resist demand.

Oct 6, 2004 — Canadian Press

Broadcasters express opposition to idea of Canadian ads in U.S. cable signals

Canadian Association of Broadcasters says a Canadian Cable Telecommunications Association proposal to sell Canadian commercials on U.S. services carried in Canada would violate CRTC policy and endanger Canadian content.

Oct 6, 2004 — The Observer

A shot in the arm for public TV by Will Hutton

UK communications regulator Ofcom pushes for a second and smaller version of the BBC designed to maintain the quality of public braodcasting by competing with the BBC.

Oct 5, 2004 — The Gazette

New corporate brand for CanWest by Paul Brent

Canwest says it plans to move from an 80-20 mix of advertising to a 50-50 mix in four years.

Oct 5, 2004 — National Post

CanWest unveils growth plan: 'Natural evolution' by Paul Brent

CanWest-owned newspaper reports on company's "bold move" to unveil new brand and appoint series of American executives.

Oct 5, 2004 — La Presse

Nominations partisanes dénoncées à la SRC par Nathaëlle Morissette

Rumours that Paul Martin's former principal secretary is being considered for appointment to the presidency of the CBC make it unclear the Prime Minister is committed to reforming the process of patronage political appointments.

Oct 4, 2004 — Ottawa Citizen

The CBC's Seven Days of groundbreaking TV by Norman Hillmer

Famed 1960s CBC public affairs program was highly popular and distinctively Canadian, but ultimately cancelled because of its politically controversial style.

Oct 4, 2004 — Maclean's

Pro and Con

Arguments for and against allowing Fox News to broadcast in Canada.

Oct 2, 2004 — Regina Leader Post

TV audiences tuning in by John McKay

The growth of specialty channels is right on track, industry experts say.

Oct 1, 2004 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada mulls foreign-lingo channels levy by Etan Vlessing

The expert panel appointed by Liza Frulla to report on third-language broadcasting in Canada proposes a levy on the revenues of foreign programming imported into Canada to create a fund for Canadian programming.

Oct 1, 2004 — National Post

CanWest sees more growth in acquisitions by Paul Brent

CanWest Global CEO Leonard Asper discusses plans for international expansion.

Sep 30, 2004 — National Post

Year of media consolidation that never was by Paul Brent

Article says that contrary to expectations, 2004 has been mostly devoid of media takeovers.

Sep 29, 2004 — The Times Colonist

Fox News too hot for CRTC -- so far by Don Martin

Article says Fox News should be granted a licence to broadcast in Canada, and predicts that it will.

Sep 28, 2004 — La Presse

Restructuration à RDI by Hugo Dumas

RDI head Martin Cloutier tenders his resignation and Paul Martin "tests out" the approval rating of Francis Fox as would-be CBC president.

Sep 25, 2004 — National Post

Call them the terrorists they are by Kelly McParland

National Post journalist criticizes CBC for drawing attention to paper's decision to change original wording of a Reuters story.

Sep 25, 2004 — National Post

Brave new radio waves by Paul Brent

CRTC to consider whether or not to let in American satellite radio providers; pose real threat to conventional commercial radio.

Sep 24, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Proof that Canada sure ain't the USA by Stephen Brunt

CBC decision to air debate between owners and players shows how much more popular hockey and NHL are in Canada, and how important televised hockey is to the CBC's bottom line.

Sep 24, 2004 — Toronto Star

End cronyism when filling CBC top jobs, Martin urged

Groups say it is time that top positions at the CBC were filled transparently and at arm's length from government.

Sep 23, 2004 — Canadian Press

End patronage at CBC, groups urge Martin

FRIENDS cites report showing appointments to CBC Board and presidency have often been made based on political affiliation rather than merit, calls for reform of appointments process.

Sep 23, 2004 — CBC News

Media watchdog calls for changes to CBC appointments

FRIENDS calls for change in the way the government selects the CBC president and Board of Directors.

Sep 23, 2004 — Globe & Mail

A host of top jobs still unfilled by John Ibbitson

Article says a new Friends of Canadian Broadcasting report has provided evidence of patronage in CBC board appointments, but this is just one of many problems with the federal government's appointments process.

Sep 22, 2004 — Canadian Press

CBC plans Saturday night movies to replace hockey by John McKay

NHL lockout sees CBC replacing season games with Hollywood blockbuster films.

Sep 20, 2004 — The Financial Times

Haven't we seen that programme somewhere before? by Gautam Malkani

Reality programs have had little success claiming intellectual property protection against copycat programs.

Sep 17, 2004 — La Presse Canadienne

L'ex-ministre Francis Fox pourrait se retrouver a la tete de Radio-Canada

Paul Martin's former principal secretary tops the list of candidates for the CBC presidency.

Sep 17, 2004 — La Presse

Francis Fox à la tête de Radio-Canada? by Hugo Dumas

Article says Francis Fox is at the top of the list of candidates for the CBC presidency.

Sep 17, 2004 — CBC News

Newspapers accused of misusing word 'terrorist'

Reuters says CanWest newspapers altered words and terms related to Iraq war stories; Head of the Council on American-Islamic Relations calls for Ontario Press Council to look into the matter.

Sep 16, 2004 — Ottawa Citizen

Conventional television alive and well: executives by Michelle DaCruz

Despite industry forecasts, specialty television has not taken a proportionally significant portion of advertising revenue away from conventional television.

Sep 16, 2004 — Toronto Star

Networks seek okay for drug ads on TV by Rick Westhead

Canadian networks are lobbying the government to relax advertising rules to allow them to tap into the profitable prescription drug ad market.

Sep 16, 2004 — Parliamentary Press Release

Karen Kain Appointed Chair of the Canada Council for the Arts

Minister of Heritage Liza Frulla announces the appointment of Karen Kain as Chair of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Sep 15, 2004 — Canadian Press

CanWest CEO urges Ottawa to end ban on prescription-drug TV advertising by David Paddon

CanWest CEO and other broadcast executives call for changes that would allow broadcasters to air prescription drug ads and provide more advertising minutes per hour.

Sep 15, 2004 — Hollywood Reporter

Reitman to Canadians: Don't rely on government by Etan Vlessing

Director Ivan Reitman says that Canadian filmmakers would be more successful if they stopped looking for government handouts and started to produce films that would appeal to "the true arbiter of taste, the general public".

Sep 15, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Networks brace for expensive labour war by William Houston

If no agreement to resolve the NHL lockout is reached before January, networks like the CBC will lose a significant source of revenue and may be forced to cancel other programming.

Sep 14, 2004 — Statistics Canada: The Daily

Cable and satellite television 2003

In 2003, cable operators saw an improvement in their customer base.

Sep 14, 2004 — Cable Caster Magazine

Hennessy on CTF committee

The Canadian Television Fund announces its new board of directors.

Sep 13, 2004 — Playback Magazine

Newsnet asks CRTC to review licence by Sean Davidson

FRIENDS says CTV taking advantage of CRTC, seeking end run around licence in order to compete directly with CBC Newsworld.

Sep 11, 2004 — Toronto Star

Arts groups have a champion in Ottawa by Martin Knelman

Liza Frulla says she is committed to promoting culture in Canada's largest city but says that to produce results all three levels of government and the private sector must cooperate.

Sep 10, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Craig buy good for Canada, CHUM boss tells the CRTC by Simon Tuck

CHUM executives tell CRTC the purchase of Craig Media will create a large alternative network and that will benefit Canadians.

Sep 10, 2004 — Hollywood Reporter

U.S film, TV swamping Canada by Etan Vlessing

Statscan study of trade in television programs shows Canada imports more than it exports from the U.S., but that the opposite is true for other trade partners such as the European Union; the U.S. has become "Canada's dominant supplier of culture services."

Sep 9, 2004 — Hollywood Reporter

DirecTV channels $1 bil HD plan by Paul Bond

Direct TV invests over 1 billion dollars in the construction of four satellites intended to provide Americans with a plethora of high-definition TV channels. Senior analyst says the most threatened by this move will be "the tier-two cable operators that are surviving on their local presence".

Sep 8, 2004 — The Record

Networks up Canadian content

ACTRA disappointed that CBC, Global and CTV plan Canadian mini-series, films of the week and reality shows this fall, but are not investing in continuing Canadian drama series.

Sep 6, 2004 — Marketing Magazine

RAI, TLN and the CRTC by Aldo Di Felice

Telelatino president sends letter to editor to correct "misleading factual errors" in an editorial titled "Overhaul the CRTC".

Sep 6, 2004 — Toronto Star

Mr. Minister, please protect the public interest by Michael Geist

Article says that if Industry Minister David Emerson is to protect Canadian interests, he should think twice before following the U.S. lead in adopting the broadcast flag.

Sep 4, 2004 — Ottawa Citizen

Fox News application provokes rabid response by James Gordon

CRTC receives both fervently supportive and hotly disapproving letters from Canadians and Americans alike in regards to Fox News Channel application.

Sep 4, 2004 — The Vancouver Sun

Minister wants 'hard evidence' that caps hurt industry by Kevin Carmicheal

Industry Minister says he does not disagree with Heritage Minister that foreign ownership limits are important to the protection of Canada's cultural industries.

Sep 4, 2004 — National Post

Telco rules on owners no harm by Kevin Carmicheal

Minister of Industry David Emerson says he is not convinced current restrictions on foreign ownership of telecommunications and cable companies hurt the industry.

Sep 3, 2004 — Marketing Magazine

Overhaul the CRTC

Opinion editorial says that recent CRTC decisions prove that the regulator is only hindering the development of the Canadian broadcasting system.

Sep 2, 2004 — Ottawa Citizen

Minister tones down criticism of U.S. culture by Joe Paraskevas

Spokesperson for Liza Frulla affirms that the Minister was only referring to the size and potential of American culture when she warned Americans not to "smother" Canadian culture.

Sep 2, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Frank Dunn's dream home can be yours for the asking

Article refers to the extension of CRTC vice-chairperson Andrée Wylie's term as a patronage appointment.

Sep 1, 2004 — L'Actualité


L'Actualité contacts broadcast regulators from Portugal, England, Australia, France, the United-States, New-Zealand and Austria to find out what they would have done in the case of CHOI FM.

Sep 1, 2004 — L'Actualité

Editorial says that in shutting down CHOI-FM, the CRTC was effectively protecting freedom of speech by preserving human dignity.

Sep 1, 2004 — The Gazette

'Let Canadian culture breathe,' Frulla tells the United States by Jeff Heinrich

Canada is one of the many countries negotiating a UNESCO treaty that would protect the right to subsidize the cultural sector despite free trade agreements. Liza Frulla emphasizes that in Canada, culture is strongly subsidized and a great economic force.

Aug 31, 2004 — Toronto Star

Fruits of the CHUM deal should land in public's lap by Antonia Zerbisias

The CRTC should press for an improved benefits package that could include investing in research on media accessibility, if it is to approve the sale of Craig Media Inc. to CHUM Ltd.

Aug 31, 2004 — The Gazette

Top CRTC official's contract renewed by Mike de Souza

Minister of Heritage spokesperson says vice-chairperson of CRTC's contract was renewed for only a year because the government wishes to "have more flexibility to renew its personnel".

Aug 30, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Ex-head of BBC blasts Blair on Iraq by Elizabeth Renzetti

Greg Dyke memoir argues the government perceived the BBC as a political enemy, and treated it accordingly, because of the public broadcaster's Iraq war coverage.

Aug 30, 2004 — National Post

CHOI gets a reprieve

Editorial says CHOI-FM tape-delay creates sends a message of CRTC censorship to other broadcasters.

Aug 30, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Let the pesky Spike and ranting Fox run loose by John Doyle

Columnist notes irony in Canwest Global call for CRTC protection for its Men TV channel because in other instances it has argued for more foreign investment and less CRTC regulation.

Aug 30, 2004 — Globe & Mail

CRTC rules the airwaves, but fight is on by Hugh Winsor

Broadcasting predicted to be "sleeper issue" of minority Parliament.

Aug 30, 2004 — Parliamentary Press Release

Statement by Liza Frulla, Minister of Canadian Heritage

Official statement by Minister of Canadian Heritage regarding CHOI-FM request to appeal CRTC decision.

Aug 28, 2004 — Toronto Star

The people's CHOI becomes political force by Miro Cernetig

With a by-election in the riding of Vanier and the need to bring Quebec voters, including CHOI-FM listeners, onside, nobody is complaining about a deal to keep CHOI-FM on the air during its appeal of the CRTC's licence renewal decision.

Aug 28, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Reruns of Rocky? What were they thinking? by Andrew Ryan

The failure of Toronto 1 may have been attributable to its lack of originality.

Aug 28, 2004 — Globe & Mail

The came, they were seen, they conquered by Andrew Ryan

TSN and MuchMusic are examples of successful channels that have retained a distinctively Canadian flavour.

Aug 27, 2004 — Le Devoir

Affaire Néron, CHOI-FM, CKAC... by Pierre Dubuc

Columnist argues that the recent CRTC ruling on CHOI-FM is just one more example of 'journalism by judges', a process that allows the federal government to whittle down journalistic freedom and independence in Quebec.

Aug 27, 2004 — The Gazette

CRTC does the right thing

Editorial says the CRTC decision to allow CHOI-FM to remain on-air until the Federal Court of Appeal has ruled on the station's court motion is "a step in the right direction".

Aug 27, 2004 — The Guardian

The controversy over CHOI-FM by Henry Srebrnik

Columnist casts doubt on whether or not CHOI-FM offended 'Canadian values'.

Aug 26, 2004 — National Post

CBC's veil of secrecy

Article says CBC journalists have an argument for exemption from Access to Information Act, but CBC as a corporation does not.

Aug 26, 2004 — Globe & Mail

CTV seeks amendment to Newsnet licence by Richard Blackwell

CTV Newsnet asks CRTC for licence amendments to remove restrictions that would allow it to compete more directly with CBC Newsworld.

Aug 26, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Glitches fail to dull growing appetite for HDTV by Gordon Brockhouse

Growth in HDTV technology is mirrored by demand for made-in-Canada HDTV programming.

Aug 26, 2004 — Globe & Mail

CRTC postpones plan to shut down Quebec radio station by Rhéal Séguin

The CRTC has agreed to postpone the shutdown of CHOI-FM pending an appeal of the CRTC decision filed by CHOI's parent company.

Aug 25, 2004 — The Vancouver Sun

The CBC says its journalistic integrity would be compromised should it be included under the Access to Information Act.

Aug 25, 2004 — The Canadian Press

Ottawa, CRTC clear way for delay in closure of Quebec radio station by Sylvain Larocque

The CRTC declines to block CHOI-FM injunction, allowing it to remain on-air, in order to accelerate resolution of CRTC decision appeal.

Aug 25, 2004 — Hollywood Reporter

Toronto slates 328 pics, touts place among top fests by Etan Vlessing

Toronto International Film Festival promises many North American and global premieres.

Aug 25, 2004 — Canada Newswire

CTV Newsnet: More News, More Canadian Perspective

CTV Newsnet seeks an amendment to its licence that would allow it to compete more directly with other English-language news services such as CBC Newsworld.

Aug 25, 2004 — Globe & Mail

CRTC calls it vulgarity, CHOI calls it 'Liberté' by Rhéal Séguin and Ingrid Peritz

CHOI-FM prepares for appeal hearing at Federal Court of Appeal.

Aug 25, 2004 — Conservative Party of Canada

Response of Hon. Stephen Harper to FRIENDS Supporter's Request for Clarification of Policy on Public Broadcasting

The first written response FRIENDS has seen to any of hundreds of persons who have shared their letters to Stephen Harper with us since April 2004, including our own letters of May 19, June 11 and June 14.

Aug 24, 2004 — National Post

Athletes telling athletes' stories by Aaron Wherry

The CBC Olympic coverage has benefited from the public broadcaster’s decision to cast athletes as commentators.

Aug 24, 2004 — The Canadian Press

CBC among agencies balking at inclusion under access-to-information
law by Jim Bronskill

The CBC argues that being included in the access-to-information law would compromise its ability to report the news because it would, amongst other things, threaten the sources of investigative journalists.

Aug 23, 2004 — Toronto Star

CBC pulls off a juggling gold by Chris Zelkovich

CBC commended for coverage of Olympic events on an action-packed day and its decision to postpone commercials.

Aug 23, 2004 — The Gazette

O say can you see, the CBC?

Editorial says an increasing number of American viewers are turning to "grey market" satellite to watch superior Olympics coverage on CBC.

Aug 21, 2004 — National Post

Quebecor buys Toronto 1 TV station from CHUM by Paul Brent and Sean Silcoff

Quebecor says it is determined to make Toronto 1 profitable if the CRTC approves the sale of the television station.

Aug 21, 2004 — Ottawa Citizen

Canadian 'mediocrity' allows CBC to cover Games better by June Thomas

U.S.-based columnist says foreigners like CBC coverage of the Olympic games because Canada's relatively modest performance allows it to provide more universal coverage.

Aug 19, 2004 — The Edmonton Journal

Blame Canada for exodus of TV production from world's film capital by Frazier Moore

Canada remains a key filming destination for U.S. film and television producers.

Aug 19, 2004 — Monday Magazine

Promises, Promises by Andrew MacLeod

Unhappy viewers say that CHUM's new "mainstream" programming isn't part of the New VI bid they supported.

Aug 19, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Wonder who's backing Moses's Toronto 1 bid?

Writer suggests whoever takes over Toronto 1 may choose to make it profitable by converting it into a U.S. reruns channel.

Aug 19, 2004 — The Halifax Chronicle Herald

APTN's five years strong by Anne Kyle

The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network has benefited the Canadian television industry and grown successfully since it was launched five years ago.

Aug 19, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Scherrer named to PMO by Jeff Sallot

Defeated former Heritage Minister Hélène Scherrer appointed to the post of Principal Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office.

Aug 19, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Where's the fall agenda? by John Ibbitson

Columnist says the Liberals have given little thought to a legislative agenda, but need legislation to occupy parliamentarians and deflect attention from other issues.

Aug 19, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Viewership decrease doesn't worry CBC by William Houston

CBC says Olympic viewership numbers match projections.

Aug 18, 2004 — Montreal Gazette

Third-language television to be examined by panel by Joe Paraskevas

The mandate of the three-person panel appointed by the Minister of Heritage to study the issue of third language broadcasting in Canada will be limited to policy recommendations and not include changes to the Broadcasting Act.

Aug 17, 2004 — Parliamentary Press Release

Expert Panel to Study Policies and Access to Third-Language Public Television Services

The Minister of Canadian Heritage annouces the appointment of a three person expert panel on third-language public broadcasting.

Aug 17, 2004 — Canadian Press

Heritage minister appoints panel to study access to foreign TV signals

Former Lincoln Committee chair appointed to panel studying broadcasting content in languages other than English or French in the Canadian broadcasting system.

Aug 17, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Scherrer will be named to PMO, sources say by Drew Fagan and Jeff Sallot

Prime Minister has been slow to fill the large number of pending government appointments.

Aug 16, 2004 — Cablecaster Magazine

CRTC should not reward Fox: CAB

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters says granting Fox News a broadcast licence would set the dangerous precedent of allowing foreign broadcasters to forgo partnerships with Canadian broadcasters.

Aug 16, 2004 — Playback Magazine

No sex please, we're American by Patti Summerfield

Canadians want to see programming that caters to a set of distinctively Canadian values, article says.

Aug 16, 2004 — National Post

CHOI and the Broadcasting Act

Editorial calls for amendment of Broadcasting Act to allow wider scope for government to intervene in CRTC decisions.

Aug 14, 2004 — Stratford Beacon Herald

CRTC on threatened species list by Leslie Millin

Broadcasting space is no longer a scarce resource, and the CRTC is therefore obsolete, columnist says.

Aug 14, 2004 — The Edmonton Journal

Fight for the Airwaves by Liane Faulder

As recent events generate controversy over the role of the CRTC, some argue that this outburst of public debate only proves the necessity of the regulator's existence.

Aug 13, 2004 — National Post

The CRTC is right to silence CHOI by Sheila Copps

Former Minister of Canadian Heritage, Sheila Copps, says those who would have the government reverse recent CRTC decisions should remember that without the CRTC, broadcast licences would be subject to "political flavours of the month".

Aug 12, 2004 — The Vancouver Sun

CBC plans blanket coverage by Pat Hickey

CBC is the standard-bearer for Olympic coverage, overshadows U.S. networks.

Aug 12, 2004 — The Calgary Herald

Canada's culture commissars by Kenneth Green

The CRTC is a threat to freedom of expression and a relic of the past and should be abolished, columnist says.

Aug 12, 2004 — The Guelph Mercury

CRTC decision goes to the heart of freedom of speech by Peter Black

CRTC ruling on CHOI-FM raises a host of tricky questions.

Aug 12, 2004 — The Calgary Herald

The silenced microphone

Parliament is ducking out of a debate over CRTC's powers, article says; CRTC's powers should be scaled back.

Aug 12, 2004 — Ottawa Citizen

Raised voices under the window by Charles Gordon

Whatever one may think of the CRTC decision on CHOI-FM, it is reassuring that the federal government has declined to intervene.

Aug 12, 2004 — National Post

The CRTC has gone too far by Claire Hoy

Columnist says parliament should resort to measures such as rewriting the Broadcasting Act or using the "notwithstanding" clause to overturn CRTC decisions.

Aug 11, 2004 — National Post

Wrong wavelength by Pierre Lemieux

Columnist says there are no identifiable "Canadian values" and that we should do away with the CRTC in order to move towards a market based system of airwave distribution.

Aug 11, 2004 — The Christian Science Monitor

Canada, Al Jazeera, and Fox by Rondi Adamson

CRTC rulings, CBC display "left wing biases", opinion editorial says.

Aug 10, 2004 — AlterNet

Oh Dear! by Molly Ivins

American columnist says Canadians generally know more about the United States and the rest of the world than many Americans, since they are more likely to see and pay attention to world news.

Aug 10, 2004 — Canadian Press

Radio station shutdown protested by Terry Pedwell

5,000 CHOI-FM supporters protest CRTC decision on Parliament Hill.

Aug 10, 2004 — National Post

Stand with CHOI

The National Post urges its readers to join protesters on Parliament Hill and demand that CHOI-FM ruling be overturned by the federal government.

Aug 9, 2004 — Globe & Mail

CHOI-FM supporters to march on Ottawa by Ingrid Peritz

Debate over recent CRTC ruling on CHOI-FM draws protesters from Quebec city to Parliament Hill.

Aug 8, 2004 — Washington Monthly

My Beef With Big Media by Ted Turner

In the interests of quality, democracy, diversity, localism and competition, the US government and the FCC must change broadcasting regulations to encourage independent media, Turner writes.

Aug 7, 2004 — The Economist

The purge of the shock jocks; free speech in Canada

Recent protests of CRTC ruling not to renew CHOI-FM's licence has many wondering if a review of broadcast regulations is in order.

Aug 7, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Betting on Telefilm's next head is now open by Sandra Martin

FRIENDS and others outline the qualities required of the next head of Telefilm Canada.

Aug 6, 2004 — The Gazette

Fans snap up bus tickets to support CHOI by Mike De Souza

Many protesters are expected to arrive from Quebec City on station-subsidized transport in order to put pressure on federal government to overturn CRTC ruling on CHOI-FM.

Aug 6, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Quebec wants greater role in regulating its airwaves

Premier Jean Charest says Quebec will seek an administrative agreement allowing a Quebec delegation to "review" broadcast licence decisions affecting the province.

Aug 5, 2004 — Hamilton Spectator

City endures 'lack of television diversity' by Mark McNeil

Hamilton city councillor bemoans lack of diversity resulting from only one commercial television station in the market, notes similarly sized urban areas have four times the number of stations.

Aug 5, 2004 — National Post

Small, nimble and smart by Michelle DaCruz

Small producters say the production of Canadian entertainment, especially children's shows, comedy and documentaries, can be lucrative, but state no sustainable business model exists for Canadian drama.

Aug 5, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Will rescuer for Global TV be a knight from the U.S.?

Columnist speculates on appointment of next Global Television president, fate of vice-chair of CRTC.

Aug 2, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Outraged by the CRTC? Change the law by Lysiane Gagnon

Columnist says the Broadcasting Act should be amended to avoid "arbitrary" CRTC rulings such as those made on CHOI-FM, Al-Jazeera and RAI International.

Aug 2, 2004 — Playback Magazine

Telefilm in lurch as Stursberg departs by Ian Edwards

As Richard Stursberg leaves Telefilm Canada before the expiration of his mandate, many wonder about the decisions and challenges the organization now faces.

Aug 2, 2004 — Playback Magazine

Klymkiw for Stursberg by Peter Vamos

Columnist suggests that CBC's executive director of network programming, Slawko Klymkiw, replace Richard Stursberg at Telefilm Canada.

Aug 2, 2004 — Playback Magazine

Industry bullish on new heritage minister by Laura Bracken

The Canadian broadcast industry appears thrilled by the appointement of Liza Frulla as Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Jul 31, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Can't quash CRTC ruling, Frulla says by Kim Lunman

CHOI owner Patrice Demers is upset that Heritage Minister Liza Frulla has refused to overturn the CRTC's decision to suspend its licence.

Jul 31, 2004 — The Gazette

CHOI must take licence battle to court, Frulla tells station

Minister of Canadian Heritage tells CHOI-FM that Broadcasting Act prevents appealing CRTC decision to government.

Jul 31, 2004 — Ottawa Citizen

Tune in to today's needs by Dan Gardner

Columnist argues that the Broadcasting Act and CRTC are out of date and should be scrapped.

Jul 30, 2004 — Premier of British Columbia

Response of B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell to FRIENDS Supporter's Letter Regarding the Privatization of the Knowledge Network

B.C. Premier confirms province is still considering "new delivery models" for the province's public educational broadcaster, Knowledge Network; a March 2004 FRIENDS poll showed 69% of British Columbians oppose its privatization.

Jul 27, 2004 — Ottawa Citizen

CRTC wrong to force Quebec station off air, Charest says by Martin Ouellet

Charest thinks CRTC should have resorted to a temporary suspension of CHOI's licence and hopes for federal intervention in the matter.

Jul 27, 2004 — Globe & Mail

The overpowering CRTC

Comment says that free market demand should determine who gets broadcast licences.

Jul 26, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Alberta calls on CBC to broadcast Amber Alerts

CBC explains position on participating in Amber Alert program.

Jul 26, 2004 — Globe & Mail

It's about time the CRTC got tough by Norman Spector

The Canadian television industry would benefit from a more vigorous regulator; Canadians should stand behind the CRTC.

Jul 26, 2004 — National Post

Tax cuts, debt Ottawa's priorities by Kevin Restivo

Poll of business leaders shows respondents are split on the CRTC's recent decision to shut down CHOI-FM but believe that Fox News should be allowed to broadcast in Canada.

Jul 26, 2004 — The Calgary Herald

Despicable CBC

National Post editorial argues against CBC policy on Alberta's Amber Alert program.

Jul 26, 2004 — The Washington Post

In Canada, Exceptions Are Rule for Al-Jazeera by DeNeen L. Brown

A critical look at the CRTC's decision to allow Al-Jazeera to be broadcast in Canada upon condition that distributors be responsible for content regulation.

Jul 24, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Why not just shut down the CRTC? Well ... by John Ibbitson

An arm's length CRTC may be preferable to politicans making licensing decisions directly, but policy of choosing what Canadians watch and keeping out U.S. programming is wrong-headed, columnist says.

Jul 24, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Political correctness and the CRTC by Rex Murphy

Columnist argues that if CHOI-FM was breaching hate laws, the case should not have been handled by the CRTC but rather dealt with through existing federal legislation.

Jul 24, 2004 — Globe & Mail

New CBC-TV chief downplays thorny memo by Gayle MacDonald

New Vice-President of CBC English Television, Richard Stursberg, denies he personally penned a report suggesting that the CBC be made into three specialty channels, among other proposals.

Jul 24, 2004 — Globe & Mail

U.S. station is regulator's next challenge by Jane Taber

CRTC must rule on whether or not American television channel Spike TV is in direct competition with Canadian channel Men TV.

Jul 24, 2004 — National Post

A totalitarian mindset, made plain by Andrew Coyne

Quebec licensing decision the CRTC's "Ceausescu moment," according to National Post columnist.

Jul 23, 2004 — Globe & Mail

CRTC faces backlash in Ottawa by Jane Taber

Pressure mounts in Ottawa following CRTC ruling against RAI International, as Liberals are reminded of their election promise to bring the channel to the air.

Jul 23, 2004 — National Post

50,000 march in support of radio station by Kevin Dougherty

Demonstrators oppose CRTC ruling not to renew CHOI-FM's broadcasting licence.

Jul 23, 2004 — Vancouver Sun

CRTC is right to link radio and TV licences to content by Norman Spector

By revoking CHOI-FM's licence and allowing the distribution of a censored Al-Jazeera, the CRTC made the best choices it could considering the confines of the Broadcasting Act.

Jul 23, 2004 — St.John's Telegram

Airing hatred: CRTC blows it again by Brian Jones

Columnist criticizes CRTC's decision to allow Al-Jazeera into Canada if censored and calls for full disclosure.

Jul 22, 2004 — The Gazette

Frulla should avoid meddling

Editorial says the new Canadian Heritage Minister should not interfere with the CRTC ruling not to renew CHOI FM's licence.

Jul 22, 2004 — Toronto Star

CBC lets an outsider in by Antonia Zerbisias

The appointment of Richard Stursberg to CBC's top job is receiving mixed reviews.

Jul 22, 2004 — National Post

Richard Stursberg named head of CBC TV by Michelle DaCruz

Richard Stursberg is appointed Vice-President of English Television at CBC/Radio-Canada.

Jul 22, 2004 — Ottawa Citizen

He wanted CBC-TV gone; now he's boss by Tony Atherton

Richard Stursberg is appointed Executive Vice President in charge of English Television at CBC/Radio Canada despite having once suggested that the English TV network be eliminated.

Jul 21, 2004 — Globe & Mail

CBC's curling deal leaves many fans feeling angry, frustrated by William Houston

Many are puzzled by the CBC's deal with the Canadian Curling Association; meanwhile, both maintain that everyone will benefit from the deal.

Jul 21, 2004 — Globe & Mail

CBC-TV gets new head

Richard Stursberg has been named executive vice-president of English language television for CBC/Radio-Canada.

Jul 21, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Arts groups laud Frulla for Heritage By James Adams

The appointment of Liza Frulla as Minister of Canadian Heritage delights art and culture groups.

Jul 21, 2004 — Globe & Mail

CBC staffers shocked as outsider gets top job by Gayle MacDonald

Many shocked and some dismayed as Robert Rabinovitch names Richard Stursberg executive vice-president of English television for CBC/Radio-Canada.

Jul 21, 2004 — Toronto Star

Curling association signs $10 million deal with CBC by Chris Zelkovich

The Canadian Curling Association believes it can reach more households with the CBC then any other network, but deal draws criticism from some quarters.

Jul 21, 2004 — National Post

Foreign ownership limits will stay by Ian Jack

New Heritage Minister Liza Frulla says she stands firmly against relaxing foreign ownership limits.

Jul 21, 2004 — St. John's Telegram

Arts industry optimistic over appointment of minister by John Mckay

Liza Frulla's appointment as Canadian Minister of Heritage is well received by ACTRA, CRIA and Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Jul 21, 2004 — Daily Variety

Canuck pol gets culture ministry by Brandan Kelly

ACTRA sees appointment of Liza Frulla Minister of Canadian Heritage as a sign the government will take cultural issues seriously.

Jul 21, 2004 — National Post

CRTC's role by Pamela Brand

Letter to the editor of the National Post from national executive director of the Directors Guild of Canada says CRTC plays a vital role in Canada, content regulation is at the heart of nation building.

Jul 21, 2004 — The Gazette

CHOI wastes no time appealing to new minister by Kevin Dougherty

CHOI moves to fight CRTC decision by appealing to new Heritage Minister, Federal Court.

Jul 21, 2004 — Ottawa Citizen

Angry RAI fans protest denial of broadcast licence by Tony Lofaro

Italian-Canadians rally to Parliament Hill to protest CRTC ruling against RAI International.

Jul 21, 2004 — Canada Newswire

CBC/Radio-Canada Appoints Richard Stursberg Executive Vice President in charge of English Television

CBC announces appointment of Richard Stursberg to the top job at CBC English Television.

Jul 20, 2004 — Regina Leader-Post

CRTC picking apart Canada's social fabric by Lorne Gunter

CRTC decision to cancel CHOI FM licence a case of the cure being worse than the disease.

Jul 20, 2004 — Edmonton Journal

What is offensive is CRTC's clumsy interference in the market by Dan Gardner

The concept of "free speech" protects both offensive and inoffensive speech, columnist writes.

Jul 20, 2004 — Edmonton Journal

CRTC right to rein in offensive radio by Andrew Cardozo

Former CRTC Commissioner says controversial Quebec licensing decision is an answer to those who thought regulator's past efforts to deal with regulatory infractions were soft and ineffectual.

Jul 20, 2004 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

Technology makes CRTC obsolete by Leslie Millin

CRTC was founded to distribute a resource--public airwaves--that is no longer scarce, and should be dismantled, columnist writes.

Jul 20, 2004 — Parliamentary Press Release

The Honourable Liza Frulla

A biography of Liza Frulla, the new Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Jul 20, 2004 — Globe & Mail

New cabinet members confident they can get job done

New Canadian Heritage Minister Liza Frulla praised as star Cabinet appointment; numerous commentators note her cultural and media credentials.

Jul 19, 2004 — Globe & Mail

No hearings in Al-Jazeera's winning bid By Simon Tuck and Richard Blackwell

CRTC chair hints controversy over CHOI FM could have been avoided if CRTC had power to fine broadcasters that defy CRTC orders.

Jul 19, 2004 — Marketing Magazine

The best of Canada's brands by Timothy Woolstencroft & Jeannette Hanna

Brand study reports that CBC brand draws polarized reactions.

Jul 19, 2004 — Marketing Magazine

Time Well Wasted by Tim Wilson

Media fragmentation has reduced the amount of advertising targetted to the wrong audience.

Jul 19, 2004 — Calgary Sun

Bunch of boobs by Ezra Levant

Columnist calls for the abolition of the CRTC following its decision on CHOI FM, Fox News, Al-Jazeera and CNN.

Jul 18, 2004 — New York Times

Campaigns Use TV Preferences To Find Voters by Jim Rutenberg

Through their TV ad placement, Bush and Kerry reveal the groups of voters they're courting.

Jul 18, 2004 — Toronto Star

Vilified CRTC caught in the Act by Antonia Zerbisias

CRTC decisions on Quebec radio station, Al-Jazeera are those it was required to make under the Broadcasting Act.

Jul 17, 2004 — Toronto Star

Why is this man the city's top morning radio host?

CBC Radio One's Metro Morning the highest rated morning show in Toronto.

Jul 17, 2004 — Toronto Star

CRTC decision creates martyrs

Ruling to pull CHOI's licence gives vulgar radio hosts more fame than they deserve, editorial says.

Jul 17, 2004 — Vancouver Sun

CRTC assumes a role too close to censorship

Neither killing CHOI nor placing conditions on Al Jazeera is justified, editorial says.

Jul 17, 2004 — Montreal Gazette

CRTC shows little real purpose by Jay Bryan

In an era of digital radio and satellite TV, CRTC's mandate to distribute scarce broadcasting resources is outdated, columnist says.

Jul 17, 2004 — Ottawa Citizen

Broadcaster vows it won't give up fight to offer Italian TV by Tony Lofaro

RAI is examining legal recourse following CRTC rejection of its application for carriage in Canada.

Jul 17, 2004 — National Post

CHOI's lonely battle by Andrew Coyne

Broadcasters have refused to denounce the CRTC's ousting of CHOI because the regulator helps protect their markets, columnist says.

Jul 16, 2004 — Toronto Star

CRTC decision spawns much criticism

Criticism of RAI, Al-Jazeera rulings is often exaggerated rhetoric, and both stations, as well as Fox News, should be allowed in Canada, editorial says.

Jul 16, 2004 — Montreal Gazette

CRTC wires crossed by Mike Boone

CHOI is not more offensive than Al-Jazeera and should not have had its licence revoked, columnist says.

Jul 16, 2004 — National Post

Canada's cultural hypocrisy by Colby Cosh

CRTC's decision to police offensive content from within Canada while allowing potentially offensive content from abroad is contradictory, columnist says.

Jul 16, 2004 — Ottawa Citizen

The taste police

Censorship of content that is merely offensive, not hateful, is an unnecessary exercise of government power, editorial says.

Jul 16, 2004 — Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

CRTC mandate needs rethinking

CHOI owner Patrice Demers' appeal of ruling will put CRTC itself on trial, editorial says.

Jul 16, 2004 — Montreal Gazette

CRTC is doing its job: CHOI ruling by Marc Raboy

CRTC not hurting free speech with CHOI decision, but inviting better use of public airwaves, columnist says.

Jul 16, 2004 — National Post

Al-Jazeera conditions irk firms by Elizabeth Thompson

Cable companies say the requirement that they monitor Al-Jazeera for hateful content is "too onerous."

Jul 16, 2004 — Hamilton Spectator

Asper says CanWest set for 'growth' as profits more than quadruple

Operations in Australia and New Zealand help CanWest profits rise.

Jul 16, 2004 — Toronto Star

CanWest profits increase four-fold

Worldwide gains increase, but Canadian broadcasting arm weighs down overall performance.

Jul 16, 2004 — Hollywood Reporter

RAI dumps Berlusconi cronies

Parliament votes out four-member RAI board of governors, but the vote may not effectively reduce Italian Prime Minister's control over the broadcaster.

Jul 16, 2004 — Hollywood Reporter

Al-Jazeera net gets Canada OK by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC rules that a potentially censored Al-Jazeera may enter Canada but RAI International and TVE may not.

Jul 15, 2004 — Globe & Mail

The CRTC's guide to improper speech

Upholding free speech gives audiences their right to choose what they listen to, editorial says.

Jul 15, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Al-Jazeera favoured to win CRTC approval by James Adams

Al-Jazeera application was motivated in large part by the growth of "grey-market technologies", not primarily by goals of programming access and diversity.

Jul 15, 2004 — St. John's Telegram

CRTC sparks debate by not renewing licence by Ross Marowits

Observers can't agree on whether CRTC Quebec radio licence ruling violates right to free speech.

Jul 15, 2004 — Montreal Gazette

CRTC should not be censor by Jay Bryan

CRTC regulation is more about politics than quality broadcasting and should be overhauled, columnist says.

Jul 15, 2004 — Montreal Gazette

CHOI airing its anger: Battling CRTC by Kevin Dougherty

Station's owner, Genex, says it will challenge CRTC ruling in court.

Jul 15, 2004 — National Post

Christian broadcaster Trinity mulls bid for Toronto 1: 'Challenging' market by Michelle DaCruz

CHUM involvement in the proposed deal's fine print may raise flags at the CRTC.

Jul 15, 2004 — National Post

Censorship and the CRTC

Shutting down CHOI FM sets a dangerous precedent for free speech, editorial says.

Jul 15, 2004 — Montreal Gazette

Free speech: Can we talk? by Elizabeth Thompson

Politicians have mixed reactions to CRTC's precedent-setting refusal to renew CHOI's broadcast licence.

Jul 15, 2004 — National Post

CHUM bid on the wrong wavelength by Paul Brent

Joint Canada-U.S. digital radio proposals currently before the CRTC are much stronger than the Canadian-only one, but all three should be approved so that the market can decide, columnist says.

Jul 15, 2004 — National Post

Quebec's outlawed radio station fights back as free speech debate rages by Kevin Dougherty

Minister of Canadian Heritage Liza Frulla comments on CHOI FM decision as an opportunity to discuss the limits of freedom of expression in the context of broadcasting.

Jul 14, 2004 — Conservative Party Press Release

Harper Concerned by CRTC decision regarding Quebec City radio station

Conservative party restates its position on CRTC reforms, "moving the body away from its more traditional involvement in broadcast regulation".

Jul 13, 2004 — Premier of Ontario

Letter from Dalton McGuinty re TVO

Ontario premier says TVO will not be sold "in order to pay for the ongoing operation of the government," but does not dismiss the possibility of changes "to make sure we're truly focused on the priorities of Ontarians."

Jul 12, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Betting is on Frulla or Bulte for Heritage Minister by James Adams

Liza Frulla and Sarmite Bulte both have strong credentials for the cabinet post; decision could be politically charged.

Jul 10, 2004 — Globe & Mail

CRTC seeking comment on industry ad proposal by Richard Blackwell

Cable carriers seek approval for proposal to run either paid ads or ads promoting their own services in time usually reserved for promoting domestic shows.

Jul 10, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Who will rule CBC-TV? by Gayle MacDonald

Columnist speculates on possible choices for the position of CBC executive vice-president and head of English-language television.

Jul 10, 2004 — Hamilton Spectator

Cable TV wants ads on U.S. shows by John Mckay

A proposal currently before the CRTC may allow cable companies to sell ads during time in American shows' commercial breaks that is normally reserved for public service announcements and promoting upcoming programs.

Jul 10, 2004 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

CRTC studies plan to substitute more U.S. ad time

Cable and broadcasting associations disagree on the proposed risks and benefits of a proposal to sell ads during time now set aside for program promotion and public service announcements.

Jul 9, 2004 — Victoria Times-Colonist

TV station has taken a new direction by Norman Spector

The New VI's new owner, CHUM, may not provide the local programming for which the station's licence was originally granted, columnist says.

Jul 9, 2004 — National Post

Clarkson, CBC chief on way out? by Gillian Cosgrove

Columnist speculates CBC President will not be reappointed.

Jul 9, 2004 — National Post

U.S., Canadian firms seek digital radio OK by Paul Brent

The CRTC will rule on three services; one has only Canadian content and is available only in major urban centres, while the other two have less Canadian content and are available across the country.

Jul 8, 2004 — Victoria Times-Colonist

29 jobs chopped at The New VI by Kim Westad

CHUM says New VI job cuts result from station performing below expectations.

Jul 8, 2004 — Globe & Mail

CHUM pledges cash for Prairie TV producers by Richard Blackwell

CHUM has promised a $20 million benefit package to Canadian television, mostly directed at western Canadian producers, if the CRTC approves its takeover of Craig Media.

Jul 8, 2004 — National Post

Znaimer in running for Toronto 1 channel by Michelle DaCruz

Sources suggest Quebecor, Torstar, Moses Znaimer may bid on Toronto 1 when CRTC hearings dealing with potential licence trafficking begin in September.

Jul 8, 2004 — National Post

Cable firms walk rate-rise fine line by Paul Brent

An inevitable loss of subscribers to satellite providers has given cable the ability to raise rates without CRTC approval.

Jul 8, 2004 — Windsor Star

TVOntario: the case for an overhaul

TVO should be cut off from tax support and turned into a not-for-profit entity like America's PBS, editorial says.

Jul 6, 2004 — Financial Times

BBC aims for Pounds 100m cuts by Tim Burt and Gautam Malkani

BBC aims to reduce overheads as it prepares to seek renewal of its royal charter.

Jul 6, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Cleaning up trash-talking radio: It's gentler in Canada by Richard Blackwell

Clearer rules and the capacity for station self-regulation in Canada mean radio content is rarely as controversial as it is south of the border.

Jul 6, 2004 — CNEWS

Liberal victory in Montreal recount

A recount has confirmed Quebec Liberal and Heritage Minister candidate Liza Frulla's victory over Thierry St-Cyr in the riding of Jeanne-Le-Ber.

Jul 6, 2004 — National Post

Radio profits enjoy banner year in 2003 by Michelle DaCruz

Radio ratings have been so strong that many advertisers are switching from TV and print.

Jul 5, 2004 — Playback

Culture ready for its close-up by Peter Vamos

Bloc and NDP power in Liberal minority government means culture-oriented industry groups have an unprecedented chance to gain support and resources, columnist says.

Jul 5, 2004 — Playback

CCTA report calls for loosening regs by Ian Edwards

CCTA's "Remember Convergence?" paper says Canada's media policies are outdated, calls for change.

Jul 5, 2004 — Playback

StatsCan confirms casters boosting revenue by Laura Bracken

Canada's TV broadcast industry posted record high revenues in 2003, StatsCan says.

Jul 5, 2004 — Playback

Regional casters jockey for position by Patti Summerfield

City-by-city look at Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton TV markets.

Jul 5, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Conventional radio flourishes in 2003

StatsCan report shows private radio broadcasters' airtime sales, profits and employee numbers increased last year.

Jul 5, 2004 — Ottawa Citizen

The CBC gets new marching orders

Official Languages Commissioner's examination of the CBC is an assault on the broadcaster's journalistic independence, editorial says.

Jul 5, 2004 — Playback

Liberal minority could push culture agenda by Laura Bracken

The new federal minority government may provide a welcoming space for culture groups to articulate their concerns.

Jul 5, 2004 — Statistics Canada: The Daily

Private Radio Broadcasting

Despite the prevalence of Internet radio and downloadable music, conventional radio broadcasters are still profitable.

Jul 4, 2004 — Toronto Star

PM could learn from past by Graham Fraser

Martin should look at Canada's previous minority governments for guidance in managing his own, columnist says.

Jul 3, 2004 — Globe & Mail

It's here! Alliance Atlantis, the sequel by Richard Blackwell

Alliance Atlantis has abandoned the film production business and is poised to focus on broadcasting and distribution amid financial writedowns and the resentment of other production companies.

Jul 2, 2004 — New York Times

An Old Washington Hand To Succeed Valenti in Hollywood by Sharon Waxman

Democratic congressman Dan Glickman will take over in September as the head of the Motion Picture Association of America.

Jul 1, 2004 — New York Times

Internet TV: Don't Touch That Mouse! by Tim Gnatek

Over 100 independent online TV stations are turning viewers' attention to the Internet.

Jul 1, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Some voted, millions watched

Millions of Canadians tuned in to CTV, CBC and Global's marathon election-night coverage. The largest number watched CBC.

Jun 30, 2004 — Canadian Press

Paul Martin faces tough choices in deciding shape of new cabinet

Speculation is rampant about who will be in Paul Martin's cabinet.

Jun 30, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Big bank mergers may top list of casualties by Dave Ebner and Richard Blackwell

Overhauls to the CRTC's foreign ownership and communications policies may fall by the wayside under a Liberal minority.

Jun 30, 2004 — Directors Guild of Canada

Submission to CRTC regarding Application by Encore Avenue Ltd. to amend the licence of the pay television service known as MovieMax!

Directors Guild opposes Corus Entertainment application for approval to distribute pay TV channel MovieMax! on a discretionary analog tier; among other factors, Corus makes no commitment to increase Canadian programming exhibition and expenditure if a change in status were awarded.

Jun 29, 2004 — Hollywood Reporter

Global media on the rise by Georg Szalai

Video games and the Internet will play a major role in a rebounding global media industry, a new PricewaterhouseCoopers report says.

Jun 27, 2004 — Toronto Star

We may not be idiots yet by Noah Richler

Despite what may be an increasingly savvy electorate, the arts and culture were not emphasized during this year's federal election campaign.

Jun 26, 2004 — Montreal Gazette

We're tuning out, but future of TV isn't scrambled by Alex Strachan

Conventional TV networks and advertisers will adapt to changing technology, viewing habits.

Jun 25, 2004 — Wall Street Journal

Court bars media-ownership rules by Anne Marie Squeo

U.S. federal appeals court strikes down new FCC rules that would have allowed for greater media concentration in American markets.

Jun 25, 2004 — New York Times

Media Ruling Merely Irritates Big Owners by Bill Carter

Federal appeals court decision will affect media companies' plans for expansion, but will not force them to sell assets right away.

Jun 25, 2004 — New York Times

Court Orders F.C.C. to Rethink New Rules on Growth of Media by Stephen Labaton

Proponents of decision to lift media cross-ownership restrictions say the Internet means increased concentration won't hurt competition; U.S. federal appeals court rules otherwise.

Jun 25, 2004 — Cannes Lions Film Festival

51st International Advertising Festival Film Shortlist

Two FRIENDS public service announcements were shortlisted at international advertising festival.

Jun 25, 2004 — Hollywood Reporter

Court overturns FCC caps by Glynn Wilson

U.S. court ruling says the FCC failed to show rule changes permitting greater media concentration were in the public interest.

Jun 24, 2004 — CBC News

A Memorial University student is the winner of the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting's third annual Dalton Camp Award

Radio Noon's Ingrid Fraser interviews 2004 Dalton Camp Award Winner Danielle Devereaux.

Jun 24, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Star Choice changes rile sports channels by William Houston

Star Choice has moved Sportsnet, TSN, and Raptors NBA TV out of their Sports Pack without notice or proper marketing, channel executives claim.

Jun 24, 2004 — CBC News

Politicians respond to ACTRA on arts issues

The Liberal Party, the NDP, the Green Party and the Bloc Québécois replied to cultural coalition letter regarding their arts and culture policies.

Jun 24, 2004 — Associated Press

Court Reverses FCC Media Ownership Rules by Seth Sutel

US federal appeals court overturns FCC rule changes that would have allowed companies to own more radio and TV stations in the same market; but upholds FCC decision allowing them to own both a newspaper and a TV station in the same market.

Jun 24, 2004 — The Guardian

Our industries could be devastated

Conservative cultural and tax policies could seriously harm PEI's economy, letter-writer says.

Jun 24, 2004 — Toronto Star

Reality TV here to stay, study says by Rick Westhead

Unscripted shows are cheaper to produce and draw the audience of young, affluent consumers that advertisers want, CanWest Global study says.

Jun 24, 2004 — Federal Communications Commission

Annual Assessment of the Status of Competition in the Market for the Delivery of Video Programming

FCC issues discussion paper on television distribution competition in theUnited States.

Jun 24, 2004 — The Guardian

Future of CBC takes centre stage at all-candidates forum by Wayne Thibodeau

Conservative candidate promises to fight for CBC; other parties' candidates say he will have a hard time doing so in Ottawa.

Jun 23, 2004 — Globe & Mail

We have a weapon against porn by Andrew Cardozo

CRTC framework should be preserved; it can be used to regulate availability of offensive or dangerous Internet material, former Commissioner says.

Jun 22, 2004 — Guelph Mercury

Seniors express more interest in the military, CBC than health by Peter Cowan

An all-candidates meeting in a Guelph shows CBC an important election issue for seniors.

Jun 22, 2004 — Globe & Mail

CTV most watched prime-time broadcaster

For the first time, CTV has bested Global for the top spot in the Nielsen Media Research and BBM ratings.

Jun 22, 2004 — Toronto Star

A Harper win is party stopper by Antonia Zerbisias

Policy proposal to scrap the CRTC would give government direct control over broadcast licensing, would remove protections that have allowed Canadian entertainment events like the MuchMusic Video Awards to take form.

Jun 21, 2004 — Playback

Banff gets off to shaky start by Sean Davidson

TV Festival is marred by technical difficulties, but delegates still create a positive atmosphere.

Jun 21, 2004 — Playback

National lobby unveiled at Banff by Sean Davidson

Twenty Canadian media unions and associations have formed The Canadian Film & Television Industry Council to address cultural issues.

Jun 21, 2004 — Playback

Grit opportunity missed by Peter Vamos

The Liberal response to cultural groups' concerns hasn't been sufficient, columnist says.

Jun 21, 2004 — Playback

Tory policy points to media rules shakeup by Laura Bracken

Leaked policy revealing the Conservatives' plan to restructure the CRTC and relax foreign ownership restrictions has pushed Canadian culture onto the election agenda.

Jun 21, 2004 — Toronto Star

Strong culture, strong Canada

Election has failed to treat culture is an issue of national importance, editorial says.

Jun 21, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Tories set to bring CRTC duties in-house by Sandra Martin

Conservative party spokesperson says government should give CRTC's regulatory role to public servants in the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Jun 20, 2004 — Toronto Star

The campaign to save culture by Antonia Zerbisias

Ignorance of cultural issues in election campaigns reinforces actors' concerns about the future of Canadian programming.

Jun 19, 2004 — National Post

Art to Ottawa, propaganda to me by Elizabeth Nickson

Government-funded art doesn't break even because it's a lecture instead of entertainment, columnist says.

Jun 19, 2004 — Toronto Star

Dismantling CBC rips out our heart

The CBC is a vital expression of Canadian nationhood, letter-writer says.

Jun 18, 2004 — Globe & Mail

The cost of the Tory platform by Janice MacKinnon

The tax cuts proposed in the Conservative platform total $37 billion, which will come from cuts to programs like the CBC, columnist says.

Jun 18, 2004 — Vancouver Sun

Film folk say industry dead if Tories kill incentives by Scott Simpson

Industry representatives, NDP candidate Ian Waddell say Conservative plan to eliminate corporate grants and subsidies reflects misunderstanding, would destroy B.C. film industry.

Jun 17, 2004 — Journal de Montréal

Lise Payette dénonce le traitement fait au femmes à Radio-Canada by Michelle Coudé-Lord

A women's committee in Radio-Canada's union seeks to close salary gaps between men and women at the broadcaster.

Jun 17, 2004 — Toronto Star

Actors, writers make a play for neglected culture issues by Greg Quill

Actors' gathering at CBC headquarters urges public to ask why cultural issues are being ignored in the election campaign.

Jun 17, 2004 — National Post

No need for sweeping CRTC reform: Dalfen by Mark Evans

In the face of challenges to the CRTC by the Conservative Party and some telecom companies, the Commission's chair says fundamental changes to the CRTC's role and structure are not required.

Jun 17, 2004 — Toronto Star

CRTC chief calls for faster telecom deregulation by David Paddon

Dalfen says the CRTC's mandate is to balance the needs of consumers, established carriers and new competitors.

Jun 17, 2004 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

Save Canadian culture, actors urge

Speakers at ACTRA-organized gathering at CBC broadcast headquarters criticize party leaders for making no mention of cultural policy issues during televised leaders' debate.

Jun 16, 2004 — Toronto Star

Harper threatens Canadian media

Canadian people, not just television and film industry spokespeople, should be concerned about Conservative cultural and broadcasting policies.

Jun 16, 2004 — National Post

For Canadian culture, the end is at hand

Text of Hélène Chalifour Scherrer's speech at the Banff Television Festival.

Jun 16, 2004 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

Harper will gut culture, festival told

Speakers at the Banff Television Festival call for political parties to disclose their cultural platforms.

Jun 16, 2004 — Liberal Party of Canada

Response to coalition letter calling for political parties to clarify their positions on culture and broadcasting

Official Liberal Party position on culture and broadcasting.

Jun 15, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Arts groups fan fears of Tory Party win by Sandra Martin

Arts groups and Liberals criticize Tory arts policies; Conservatives and some commentators say there's nothing to worry about.

Jun 15, 2004 — The Guardian

TV executives warned by Liberal minister culture could be gone if
Tories win election by Judy Monchuk

At Banff Television Festival, Minister of Canadian Heritage denounces Conservative cultural policies, while Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union asks the Liberals to come clean about their own.

Jun 15, 2004 — Ottawa Citizen

Heritage minister pans Tory cultural platform by Alexandra Burroughs

Scherrer denounces Conservative cultural policies in her speech at the Banff Television Festival.

Jun 15, 2004 — Daily Variety

Banff takes to the stump by Elizabeth Guider

With the federal election just two weeks away, political concerns overshadow traditional workshop topics at Banff Television Festival.

Jun 14, 2004 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

An uninformed electorate is a dangerous thing by George Burrett

Author suggests the media are failing to contribute to an informed citizenry during elections.

Jun 14, 2004 — Victoria Times-Colonist

TV news directors honour Izzy Asper

CanWest Global founder awarded posthumous lifetime achievement award by Radio-Television News Directors Association.

Jun 14, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Canada's heritage is at risk, Liberals warn by Drew Fagan

Liberal Heritage Minister to criticize Conservative cultural policies in speech at Banff Television Festival; dismissed by Conservatives as fear-mongering.

Jun 14, 2004 — Department of Canadian Heritage

Speaking notes for The Honourable Hélène Chalifour Scherrer, P.C., M.P., Minister of Canadian Heritage

Minister of Canadian Heritage discusses Liberal Party position on culture and broadcasting.

Jun 14, 2004 — Toronto Star

Time to revamp the news by Myles Leslie

One of three winning essays in the FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting 2004 Dalton Camp Award.

Jun 13, 2004 — Toronto Star

Asper rips limits on donations

Canwest Global's David Asper condemns new limits on corporate donations to political parties.

Jun 12, 2004 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

Offering a new year of old reality by John McKay

Global programming vice-president Global sees reality television as a "new genre of programming" that is "delivering week in and week out audience numbers and, frankly, opportunities for our clients. It can't be questioned."

Jun 12, 2004 — National Post

Canadian culture safe with Canadians by Terence Corcoran

The end of federal subsidies would not destroy the Canadian cultural industry, columnist says.

Jun 12, 2004 — Montreal Gazette

Champion of Canadian broadcasting honoured at Banff fest by Alex Strachan

Daryl Duke, who will be awarded the John Drainie Award at the 2004 Banff Television Festival, says Canadian broadcasting and Canadian identity are under threat. Duke is a member of the Steering Committee of FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting.

Jun 12, 2004 — Bloc Quebecois

Response to coalition letter calling for political parties to clarify their positions on culture and broadcasting

The Bloc Quebecois platform is opposed to foreign ownership of broadcasting, cable and telecommunications companies, would reinforce the power of the CRTC and ensure stable long-term funding for SRC/CBC and the Canadian Television Fund to better defend Quebec and Canadian culture.

Jun 12, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Why is Harper bent on gutting the CRTC? by Eric Reguly

Conservatives should consider the unintended consequences before gutting the CRTC.

Jun 11, 2004 — Montreal Gazette

Liberals promise access to Italian TV: Would force CRTC change if necessary by Elizabeth Thompson

Liberals make election promise to legislate around controversy over foreign language television channels, say a Liberal government would ensure Italian channel RAI International is available in Canada.

Jun 11, 2004 — Globe & Mail

CPAC viewers getting their 10 cents worth by Hugh Winsor

CPAC's unique and detailed election coverage is a valuable alternative to other networks', columnist says.

Jun 11, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Conservative victory could mean broadcast overhaul by Simon Tuck and Richard Blackwell

A Conservative government would relax Canadian content requirements and foreign ownership restrictions in the broadcasting sector.

Jun 11, 2004 — Calgary Herald

VoicePrint keeps it Canadian by Pearl Tsang

VoicePrint fundraiser to be held in Calgary this week.

Jun 11, 2004 — National Post

Tory plans for CRTC spark storm by Ian Jack

Liberals, CFTPA say removing foreign content restrictions would ruin Canadian TV industry; cable executives say Canadians already use technology to bypass restrictions.

Jun 10, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Fall TV lineups are suddenly so last-season by Guy Dixon

Global's fall lineup has turned into a year-round cycle of show premieres.

Jun 10, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Let the market rule the airwaves by Mathew Ingram

Columnist theorizes that the Conservative party will be unable to make radical changes to the Canadian broadcasting system, and that Canadians will be "worse off" has a result.

Jun 10, 2004 — New Yorker

Big Bird flies right by Ken Auletta

PBS president Pat Mitchell is seeking a niche for the American public broadcaster amid political pressure, funding shortages and commercial competition.

Jun 10, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Summertime and the TV hype is breezy by Andrew Ryan

Unveiling of fall schedules reveals different personalities of Canada's television networks.

Jun 10, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Networks ready to rumble on Thursdays by Richard Blackwell

CTV and Global have both scheduled their strongest U.S. shows on Thursdays, the most important weeknight for broadcasters and advertisers.

Jun 10, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Don't fence Greens out of the TV leaders' debate by Peter Desbarats

Referring to Green Party exclusion from televised national debates, columnist says TV network executives should not control which parties have access to the democratic process.

Jun 10, 2004 — La Presse

Un gouvernement conservateur réduirait les pouvoirs du CRTC

Conservative party document reveals it would significantly alter CRTC, no longer make it responsible for regulating content.

Jun 10, 2004 — National Post

BCE rethinking rush to offload Bell Globemedia by Paul Brent and Barry Critchley

BCE considers long-term growth prospects and CRTC rulings as it considers selling Bell Globemedia; Rogers responds to Bell cable TV proposal.

Jun 10, 2004 — Vancouver Sun

TV shakes off gloom with $5.2b in revenue by Michael McCullough

StatsCan figures show that Canadian TV broadcasters' revenue growth was at a 15-year high in 2003.

Jun 10, 2004 — National Post

Tories would slash CRTC role by Ian Jack

A new Conservative policy handbook outlines the party's intent to loosen Canadian content reguations in the broadcasting sector.

Jun 9, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Appeal of HDTV still fuzzy by Jack Kapica

HDTV is a hard sell not because consumers don't know about it, but because they just don't want it, columnist says.

Jun 9, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Cable, telco lines blur by Mathew Ingram

Cable and telecom companies are each trying to move into the other's domain, and their competition would ultimately benefit consumers, columnist says.

Jun 9, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Bell seeks to bring TV to homes by Simon Avery, Gordon Pitts, John Partridge

CRTC may decide granting BCE a cable licence will give Bell an unfair competitive advantage.

Jun 9, 2004 — National Post

A television hit in Canada, a bust in the U.S.

CBC's broadcast of Stanley Cup final round draws record numbers of viewers.

Jun 9, 2004 — Canadian Press

Bell Canada asks CRTC for approval to deliver TV service over phone lines

Bell cites increasing competition from cable operators for decision to seek licence to deliver television services over telephone lines.

Jun 9, 2004 — National Post

Bell Canada files for cable licence by Ian Jack

Faced with a shrinking market for residential phone service, Bell has applied for a cable television distribution licence in some of eastern Canada's largest markets.

Jun 9, 2004 — Toronto Star

Tory leader sings praises of CBC 'professionalism'

Conservative leader's statements continue to suggest the Conservatives would eliminate subsidies for the CBC where it competes with private broadcasters.

Jun 9, 2004 — Toronto Star

The battle of the 'burbs by Daniel Girard

Report on election race in Winnipeg's Charleswood-St. James riding; high profile Liberal candidate makes the race one to watch.

Jun 8, 2004 — Hollywood Reporter

CTV schedule a year-round affair by Etan Vlessing

CTV says 52-week programming initiative will mean fewer repeats and a record number of US series.

Jun 8, 2004 — Canadian Press

CBC's Stanley Cup final ratings among best ever recorded by the network

Stanley Cup final broadcasts drew record-high ratings for CBC in Canada and record-low ratings in the States.

Jun 8, 2004 — Statistics Canada The Daily

Television Broadcasting, 2003

All television revenues grew in 2003, with private and specialty channels outpacing public and non-commercial broadcasting. Digital channels are also enjoying some success.

Jun 8, 2004 — Toronto Star

Tory wants funding for CBC switched off by Caroline Mallan

Conservative candidate calls for funding halt to "Communist Broadcasting Corporation", says national public broadcaster is a mouthpiece for the federal Liberal party and drives audiences away from private broadcasters.

Jun 7, 2004 — Playback

Canadian licence fees don't stack up by Laura Bracken

New study shows Canadian broadcasters pay the lowest licence fees, have the lowest per capita ad revenue and spend the most money on foreign programming of any English-speaking country surveyed.

Jun 7, 2004 — Playback

OMDC shelves critical report by Peter Vamos

Unreleased report on the state of film and television production in Ontario shows infrastructure is crumbling and production jobs are being exported to provinces with higher tax credit rates.

Jun 6, 2004 — Toronto Star

Campaign silent on media issues

Editorial says media conglomerates' stake in the outcome of the federal election makes them reluctant to cover media and cultural policy issues, with the result that these issues are largely being ignored.

Jun 5, 2004 — Vancouver Sun

CBC's future not guaranteed by Tories or Liberals by Kevin Griffin

Stable, multi-year funding for the CBC, as recommended by the all-party report of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, has not been guaranteed in the platforms of either the Conservatives or the Liberals.

Jun 4, 2004 — The Centre for Community Study

Underserved: Local Choice in Hamilton Television

A study released by the Centre for Community Study presents a strong case for increased diversity and competition in the local television market.

Jun 4, 2004 — Canadian Press

Curtain falls on French-language hockey network broadcasts in Quebec

French-language Habs games will no longer be available on network television now that La Soirée du hockey has been pulled from Radio-Canada.

Jun 4, 2004 — National Post

Bell makes big play for digital customers by Mark Evans

Bell is using VDSL technology to gain access to the digital television market in Toronto.

Jun 4, 2004 — National Post

CanWest CEO bullish on print by Maurice Bridge

Asper takes shots at free news websites at Canadian newspaper conference.

Jun 4, 2004 — Regina Leader-Post

Newspaper industry healthy: Asper

CanWest Global CEO tells newspaper conference that the media industry is doing well, but must embrace change by charging for online content and having editorial teams work more closely with marketing, advertising and circulation personnel.

Jun 4, 2004 — National Post

Building a broadcast empire by Michelle DaCruz

With its production business virtually eliminated, Alliance Atlantis is focusing on its "core business" of broadcasting.

Jun 4, 2004 — Ottawa Citizen

New Museum of Canadian Broadcasting to preserve nation's extensive
heritage by Jim Bronskill

Repository for Canadian broadcasting memorabilia and history could open as early as 2006.

Jun 4, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Rivals want to run Fox to ground by William Houston

Competitors claim allowing Fox Sports World Canada to broaden programming beyond scope of original licence will result in too many general content sports channels.

Jun 3, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Greens fight for chance to debate by James Rusk

Green Party challenges networks, CRTC to be included in televised leaders' debates.

Jun 2, 2004 — Toronto Sun

Global pulls out wallet; stocks up on US shows by Bill Brioux

Global adds 23 American shows to fall lineup to replace long-running shows "Friends," "Frasier" and "The Practice."

Jun 2, 2004 — Globe & Mail

CHUM makes a deal with the devil for homegrown drama by Alexandra Gill

CHUM expected to play larger role in funding and airing Canadian drama on English-language television as other broadcasters retrench.

Jun 2, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Government must support TV drama, Gross demands

Paul Gross tells ACTRA conference the CRTC must do more to ensure Canadian private broadcasters fund domestic programming.

Jun 2, 2004 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

Canadian TV an "unholy mess," Gross tells fellow actors

Actor Paul Gross praises CRTC decision to provide incentives for broadcasting Canadian drama, but says broadcasters need a stick, not just a carrot.

Jun 1, 2004 — Le Journal de Montréal

Sheila Copps à TQS : d’abord et avant tout une politicienne

Former Minister of Canadian Heritage, Sheila Copps, pursues post-political career as political analyst.

Jun 1, 2004 — La Presse

S’il y a une grève la SRC se dit prête à abandonner la soirée des élections by Hugo Dumas

Management says Radio-Canada will not cover the federal election in the event of a strike by its employees.

Jun 1, 2004 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada nets brace for upfronts by Etan Vlessing

Canadian broadcasters, fresh from buying U.S. shows in Los Angeles, rush to finalize schedules and prepare sales pitches to advertisers.

May 29, 2004 — National Post

Ted Rogers sings nostalgic tune by Terence Corcoran

The regulatory protectionism demanded by Ted Rogers on the eve of CRTC hearings will hurt Canada's telecom industry, columnist says.

May 29, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Networks buy U.S. reality, comedy shows by Gayle MacDonald

Global, CTV and CHUM shell out for American programming at Los Angeles Screenings.

May 28, 2004 — Victoria Times-Colonist

CBC unveils "high impact" fall TV program by John McKay

CBC's chief programmer says attracting audiences to Canadian programming is difficult but is the CBC's job.

May 28, 2004 — Edmonton Journal

CBC hopes to make High Impact by Alex Strachan

CBC programming president Klymkiw says fall lineup is aimed at cutting through clutter of viewing choices and presenting programs that will be talked about.

May 28, 2004 — Hollywood Reporter

'Coronation' anchors CBC sked by Norma Reveler

CBC says by not airing simulcast American shows in prime time it must be smarter in its programming in order to attract audiences.

May 28, 2004 — Edmonton Sun

CBC in shape for summer by Bill Brioux

CBC faces the challenge of luring viewers away from popular and expensive American shows on other Canadian networks, without the benefit of including such shows in its schedule.

May 28, 2004 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada ices its TV spree by Etan Vlessing

Although they expected to purchase mainly reality TV, Canadian broadcast buyers at the Los Angeles Screenings also came away with medical and crime dramas.

May 27, 2004 — Letter from the Prime Minister

Letter to FRIENDS from Prime Minister Paul Martin re: foreign ownership of media and communications

Prime Minister Paul Martin confirms the federal government is reviewing foreign ownership rules, but says the impact on Canadian culture is being taken into account.

May 27, 2004 — CBC News

Keep culture in mind during election: arts groups

FRIENDS, Heritage Canada Foundation aim to keep cultural issues part of pre-election debate.

May 26, 2004 — Vancouver Province

Missing Canadian 'identity' hurts Harper's Conservatives by James McNulty

Federal leaders are using patriotism as a campaign tactic, and Stephen Harper, to some, comes up short.

May 24, 2004 — Playback

Canadians favor strong public 'casters by Mark Dillon

FRIENDS releases two new polls on state of public broadcasting, informs Senate committee and Dalton McGuinty of the results.

May 23, 2004 — Toronto Star

Why call an election now? by Graham Fraser

Campaign performance rather than polls are likely to decide the outcome of the 2004 federal election.

May 22, 2004 — Toronto Sun

Like a nail to the head by Bill Brioux

Major Canadian broadcasters' request that Spike TV be delisted are hypocritical, columnist says.

May 22, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Reality bites Canada by Alexandra Gill

Canada's national TV networks unveil a lineup of reality shows; supporters say it will satisfy Canadians' tastes, while critics say it will hurt Canadian drama.

May 21, 2004 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada TV's reality unchanged by Etan Vlessing

Canadian TV buyers in Los Angeles this week expected to focus on reality shows.

May 21, 2004 — Edmonton Journal

CBC helped Canada find its voice by Laura Neilson Bonikowsky

CBC's early history shows that many of the reasons for the public broadcaster's creation still exist today.

May 20, 2004 — Ontario Securities Commission

OSC Issues Management Cease Trade Order against Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. Insiders

The Ontario Securities Commission has temporarily suspended trading by directors, officers and insiders of Alliance Atlantis Communications.

May 20, 2004 — Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union

Parties must come clean on media issues - union

On the eve of a federal election, a major union is calling on Canada's political parties to come clean with their policies on foreign ownership, media concentration, and the CBC.

May 20, 2004 — Toronto Star

CBC gives its critics a platform by Antonia Zerbisias

CBC Newsworld interviews Leonard and David Asper, giving them a platform they would be unlikely to give their detractors.

May 20, 2004 — Toronto Star

Harper's comments worry CBC friends by Graham Fraser

Conservative party leader echoes Asper family call for commercialization of parts of CBC that "compete" with private broadcasters.

May 20, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Harper's CBC views draw fire by Joe Friesen

FRIENDS surprised and concerned after Conservative party leader muses that CBC English TV and CBC Radio Two be commercialized.

May 19, 2004 — CPAC

CPAC Talk Politics with Ken Rockburn: Interview with Ian Morrison

CPAC's Ken Rockburn interviews Ian Morrison on the results of FRIENDS' pre-election polling on the CBC, foreign ownership of communications, and media concentration.

May 19, 2004 — Le Devoir

Un nombre élevé de Canadiens veulent que la culture et l’identité canadiennes soient solidifiées par Paul Cauchon

FRIENDS survey reveals voter attitudes to Canadian culture on the eve of a federal election.

May 19, 2004 — Toronto Star

Sobering news for drinkers, smokers by Robert Benzie

Finance Minister Greg Sorbara says Liberals won't sell assets such as TVO to pay for government spending.

May 19, 2004 — CBC News

Harper Comments on the CBC

Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper suggests his party may revisit government funding of CBC English television and Radio Two.

May 19, 2004 — Canadian Press

Gender, politics divide cultural views, survey finds

Nine out of 10 respondents to FRIENDS survey agreed that strengthening Canadian culture and identity is important as Canada-U.S. economic ties increase.

May 18, 2004 — Le Journal de Montréal

Radio-Canada : un conflit sera-t-il évité durant la période électorale? by Michelle Coudé-Lord

Radio-Canada and union face pressure to avoid strike/lockout during federal election.

May 18, 2004 — Le Devoir

La situation s’envenime à Radio-Canada by Paul Cauchon

Radio-Canada union seeks strike vote to address, among other issues, parity in job security with CBC workers in English Canada.

May 18, 2004 — Hamilton Spectator

Ottawa focuses on media terror links by Jim Bronskill

Declassified documents reveal the federal government has been considering steps to prevent terrorist groups from gaining access to broadcasting licences if foreign ownership limits are lifted.

May 17, 2004 — New York Times

Canadian group is said to seek small but special Israel Daily by Joshua Mitnick

CanWest Global is among many bidders for the money-losing but influential Jerusalem Post.

May 15, 2004 — National Post

CBC Watch

CBC demonstrates anti-Israel and anti-US biases that are a disservice to taxpayers, editorial says.

May 15, 2004 — Globe & Mail

TV woe by Catherine Dawson March

Fears of privatization at TVOntario are resulting in programming paranoia, and a narrow interpretation of broadcaster's educational mandate.

May 14, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Canadians say CBC helps distinguish us from U.S.

Friends poll shows Canadians want a stronger CBC, less media concentration and a Canadian-owned broadcasting system.

May 14, 2004 — Regina Leader-Post

Watchdog group offers broadcasting wish list

FRIENDS tells Senate committee that CBC still has widespread support.

May 14, 2004 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada-CAA tie ruffles local biz by Etan Vlessing

Richard Stursberg's apparent efforts to promote more commercially-oriented Canadian movies and recruit Canadian actors living in Hollywood have drawn criticism from the domestic film industry.

May 13, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Canadian Television Fund to bankroll popular shows by James Adams

CTF will help finance This Hour has 22 Minutes and The Eleventh Hour for 2004-05.

May 13, 2004 — Canadian Press

Broadcast watchdog cites survey in push to preserve Canadian TV content

FRIENDS presents results of pre-election media issues poll to Senate Committee.

May 12, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Al Gore: Reaching north to reach young viewers by John Doyle

Al Gore may be able to make Newsworld International successful by emphasizing its differences from conventional American TV.

May 11, 2004 — Globe & Mail

If you like reality TV, you'll love next year's lineups by John Doyle

Canadian broadcasters unveil an unprecedented amount of reality shows for next season.

May 11, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Will Martin fall for con game? by Eric Reguly

Liberals appear poised to remove foreign ownership restrictions for telephone and cable companies, will be pressured to do the same for broadcasters.

May 11, 2004 — Montreal Gazette

Mounties felt ad content was a little too Canadian

RCMP requests that Friends pull TV spot featuring Mountie uniform.

May 11, 2004 — National Post

Ad pulled for unauthorized use of RCMP uniform

Friends withdraws public service ad depicting actor in Mountie uniform.

May 10, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Disney and Mr. Moore

Although Disney's refusal to distribute "Fahrenheit 911" will not harm Michael Moore's financial prospects, it will harm free expression in the U.S.

May 10, 2004 — CBC News

Mounties object to TV commercial

RCMP complains about use of background image of Mountie in one of FRIENDS' Tell Canadian Stories public service announcements.

May 10, 2004 — Canadian Press

Lobby group agrees to pull TV promo

FRIENDS withdraws one of four Tell Canadian Stories public service announcements at request of RCMP.

May 10, 2004 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada's Mounties Bust TV Lobby Group by Etan Vlessing

RCMP objects to use of Mountie image in FRIENDS public service announcement, despite having licensed intellectual property to Disney in the 1990s.

May 8, 2004 — Toronto Star

Help Wanted. Fast.

There are many reasons why the CBC is having trouble finding a new head of English TV.

May 7, 2004 — Toronto Star

Make a Canadian drama, get a reward by John McKay

CRTC announces new ad-time incentives for Canadian programming; Global reveals a reality-heavy season lineup.

May 7, 2004 — Toronto Star

CBC Radio walks on wild side by Murray Whyte

CBC Radio 3 focuses on non-traditional CBC audience.

May 7, 2004 — Globe & Mail

CRTC responds to domestic drama crisis by Guy Dixon

FRIENDS calls CRTC drama incentive, which would grant broadcasters additional advertising minutes for airing Canadian drama, a creative proposal.

May 6, 2004 — Winnipeg Free Press

Global's new season relies on reality shows by Brad Oswald

Global says it is responding to viewer demand by airing reality shows rather than original Canadian drama in prime time.

May 6, 2004 — New York Times

Disney Takes Heat on Blocking Bush Film by Jim Rutenberg and Laura M. Holson

As Michael Moore seeks another distributor for his documentary "Fahrenheit 911," Disney says it never agreed to have Miramax distribute the film.

May 6, 2004 — CRTC Press Release

CRTC calls for comments on proposed incentives for English-language Canadian television drama

CRTC issues public notice and call for comments on proposed package of incentives to encourage Canadian broadcasters to air more Canadian English-language drama and increase audiences and expenditures to Canadian drama programming.

May 6, 2004 — Canadian Press

Federal broadcast regulator dangles more ad time as Canadian drama incentive by John McKay

CRTC proposes advertising minutes incentive for broadcasters to air Canadian drama in prime time, calls on government for long-term solution to drama funding problems.

May 5, 2004 — Competition Bureau

Letter from Competition Bureau, Criminal Matters Branch, to Sudbury Chamber of Commerce re: Rogers/Newcap Sales Management Agreement

The federal Competition Bureau responds to a complaint that the Rogers/Newcap Sales Management Agreement may constitute a criminal conspiracy under Canadian competition laws.

May 5, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Gore buys former CBC channel by Gayle MacDonald

CBC will continue to program Newsworld International following its acquisition by former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore and his business partners.

May 4, 2004 — Cablecaster Magazine

Gore buys Newsworld International

Former U.S. vice-president Al Gore has acquired Newsworld International for an undisclosed sum.

May 4, 2004 — New York Times

Disney's craven behavior

Disney's refusal to release Michael Moore film undermines free speech, shows downside of media concentration.

May 4, 2004 — BBC News

Italy media boss quits in protest

The chairwoman of the Italian public broadcaster Rai has resigned to protest what she sees as political control by prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.

May 4, 2004 — CBC News

Former U.S. VP Gore buys Newsworld International

Al Gore is among the new owners of the oft-traded CBC Newsworld International.

May 4, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Don't pluck that Cherry from the Coach's Corner by John Doyle

Support for firing Don Cherry reflects views of Canadian media establishment, not what many Canadians actually think, Globe columnist writes.

May 3, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Quebec the belle of the Genies ball by Liam Lacey

Quebec filmmakers' domination of Genie Awards reflects a banner box-office year.

May 2, 2004 — Toronto Star

Martin must shine spotlight on culture by Graham Fraser

Paul Martin can only alleviate Canadians' insecurities about close US ties by devoting counterbalancing resources to Canadian culture.

May 1, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Ready for their close-up by Gayle MacDonald and James Adams

A more commercially-minded production process and improved capital support could do wonders for Canadian film; Telefilm mulling options.

May 1, 2004 — Globe & Mail

CBC will have no truck with HDTV in playoffs by William Houston

CBC probably won’t be airing HDTV sports until next year.

May 1, 2004 — Globe & Mail

He’s gonna spank that Genie by Michael Posner

CHUM puts its own spin on attracting TV audiences to annual Genie Awards for Canadian film.

May 1, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Sabia ratchets up pressure on Ottawa by Dave Ebner

BCE CEO increases pressure on the federal government to update telecommunications laws, including foreign ownership restrictions.

May 1, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Canuck struck by Andrew Ryan

2004 Genie Awards host Scott Thompson hopes to take advantage of internationally-acclaimed Canadian movies to draw attention to Canada’s film industry.

Apr 30, 2004 — National Post

Blowing the whistle on the CBC’s credibility by Colby Cosh

National Post columnist says whistleblower legislation controversy shows that CBC cannot be both journalistically independent from and financially dependent on government.

Apr 29, 2004 — Toronto Star

CBC right to seek exemption from snitch law by Antonia Zerbisias

CBC staff must be exempt from whistleblower legislation to preserve their journalistic independence.

Apr 29, 2004 — Winnipeg Sun

The Corp. truly out of touch; axe Cherry on your own dime by Bill Brioux

Columnist argues CBC's treatment of Don Cherry makes it a "left-leaning laughingstock", should forego public subsidy if it fires the controversial sportscaster.

Apr 29, 2004 — Globe & Mail

The puck stops here for Grapes by Gayle Macdonald

Don Cherry may leave the CBC and Coach’s Corner due to conflict with station officials and concerns about political correctness.

Apr 29, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Men with dishes use specialty channels most by Catherine Dawson March

Survey shows a growing number of Canadians prefer specialty channels to conventional TV, reflecting a trend towards individualized media consumption.

Apr 28, 2004 — Cablecaster Magazine

Specialty beats conventional, says survey

A new survey shows Canadians increasingly prefer programming on specialty channels to that of conventional broadcasters.

Apr 28, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Canadians shouldn't be denied Fox News by Rod Love

Former Canadian Alliance strategist says CRTC’s refusal to allow Fox News to broadcast in Canada undermines Canadian media diversity and cultural development

Apr 28, 2004 — National Post

CBC wants exemption from whistleblower law: Says independence at risk by Bill Curry

CBC believes whistleblower legislation will undermine integrity of its journalists; critics say broadcaster is trying to avoid accountability measures.

Apr 26, 2004 — Maclean's

How to run the CBC by Peter Mansbridge

Canadian arts personalities’ 1956 suggestions for improving the CBC bear striking similarity to today’s recommendations.

Apr 26, 2004 — Globe & Mail

First Light offers rare blend of beauty and brains by John Doyle

Networks that rely on lowest common denominator programming find it is not always the most popular.

Apr 25, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Goodale the good guy for Canadian television

Restoration of CTF funding does not let private broadcasters off the hook for investing in Canadian production.

Apr 25, 2004 — New York Times

When a Canadian Insults Fox News, Them's [Expletive] Fighting Words! by Clifford Krauss

Americans divided on response to Globe & Mail columnist's criticism of Fox News.

Apr 24, 2004 — Toronto Star

Culture schlock by Olivia Ward

Canadian lawyer/author Peter Grant says the market-based world economy has widened the distribution of cultural products, but decreased their variety.

Apr 23, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Curling, Canadian Tire and other Commie plots by John Doyle

John Doyle responds to Fox News commentator.

Apr 22, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Broadcast results zap CanWest by Richard Blackwell

Significant CanWest second quarter losses mostly the result of one-time Fireworks Entertainment writedown, less a reflection of overall performance.

Apr 22, 2004 — International Herald Tribune

In report, regulators press BBC on quality by Eric Pfanner

Report by British communications regulator says BBC should stick to "core" public service broadcasting function.

Apr 21, 2004 — La Presse

Le renvoi de Louis Morissette provoque un gros malaise par Hugo Dumas

Quebecor employees cautious after TVA humourist replaced following owner Pierre-Karl Peladeau's reaction to an unflattering sketch.

Apr 21, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Fox News. Not here yet, but already hilarious by John Doyle

Column on Fox News elicits flood of responses.

Apr 21, 2004 — Bloomberg

CanWest CEO to Spend More on TV Shows to Revive Sales

In the wake of second quarter losses, CanWest says it will spend more on programming to revive ratings and increase advertising revenues.

Apr 20, 2004 — Toronto Star

CHUM says it won't be lured into hot U.S.-TV bidding wars

Switzer says CHUM will focus on local programming, not compete with Global and CTV for most popular U.S. programming.

Apr 19, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Who's afraid of the big bad Fox? Certainly not us by John Doyle

John Doyle says primary benefit to Canadians in granting cable industry request to distribute Fox News in Canada would be humour, notes Fox News slogan "Fair and Balanced" is an inside joke.

Apr 17, 2004 — Globe & Mail

The Waters family, once removed, still plays a key role in CHUM's strategy -- and future by Gordon Pitts

CHUM long rumoured to be averse to selling, but could be tempted do so at the right price.

Apr 17, 2004 — Globe & Mail

CHUM bids for national prominence by Gordon Pitts

National aspirations a significant change in strategic focus for CHUM.

Apr 17, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Father Moses still an influence as CHUM grows by Alexandra Gill and Gayle MacDonald

Culture of CHUM has changed following the departure of Moses Znaimer.

Apr 16, 2004 — Statistics Canada The Daily

Electronic commerce and technology 2003

E-commerce is growing, but still accounts for tiny proportion of revenues of private businesses.

Apr 16, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Astral gets the least acclaim but delivers the most for shareholders by Derek DeCloet

Astral shareholders may see a financial windfall if the company is unable to acquire CHUM or make another significant acquisition in the broadcasting market.

Apr 16, 2004 — Globe & Mail

TV group wants Fox in its stable by James Adams

Cable industry asks CRTC a second time for the right to distribute U.S. Fox News as a direct feed to digital cable and satellite customers.

Apr 15, 2004 — National Post

Fox News may hit Canadian airwaves by Ian Jack

Fox news application driven by satellite signal piracy, need for cable industry to generate interest in digital television; may succeed on second try.

Apr 15, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Downfall of Craig and Toronto 1 wasn't the CRTC's finest hour by Eric Reguly

The sale of Toronto 1 is thinly disguised licence trafficking; the CRTC should require the licence to be returned.

Apr 15, 2004 — Toronto Star

Toronto 1 a CRTC charmer gone wrong by Antonia Zerbisias

Lack of interest by broadcasting industry in buying Craig's Toronto 1 reflects that it was licensed for the wrong reasons.

Apr 14, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Corus, Alliance bosses say they aren't interested in Toronto 1 by Richard Blackwell

The field of potential buyers of Toronto 1 from CHUM narrows.

Apr 14, 2004 — National Post

More broadcast consolidation seen by Paul Brent

CHUM acquisition will create pressure to increase advertising space on television and to eliminate the current restriction of 12 minutes per hour.

Apr 13, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Taste for Toronto 1 tidbit proved toxic to the Craig Media dynasty by Eric Reguly

Craig's investment in Toronto 1 turned out to be a case of betting the ranch.

Apr 13, 2004 — Canadian Press

Acquiring Craig makes CHUM a buyer, but also a takeover target: media watchers by Nancy Carr

CHUM acquisition of Craig is expected to trigger other media consolidation.

Apr 13, 2004 — National Post

Big boys will now get their way by Paul Brent

CRTC decision to award Toronto licence to regional player backfires.

Apr 13, 2004 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada's Chum pushes west, lands Craig Media by Etan Vlessing

Craig deal will bring CHUM closer to national network status.

Apr 13, 2004 — Winnipeg Free Press

A-Channel sold by Martin Cash

Sale of Craig rumoured to be a necessity after significant losses by its Toronto 1 station.

Apr 12, 2004 — Cablecaster Magazine

APTN audience grows

Audience for aboriginal programming almost doubles between 1999 and 2003.

Apr 12, 2004 — Cablecaster

CHUM buying Craig for $265 million, will spin-off Toronto 1

Craig Media finds buyer, Toronto 1 to be sold less than two years after receiving CRTC licence, and after less than a year on air.

Apr 12, 2004 — CBC News

CHUM buying TV broadcaster Craig Media for $265M

Pending CRTC approval, CHUM plans to buy Craig Media, but sell Craig's Toronto 1 station.

Apr 12, 2004 — Toronto Star

TV is less than prime this time by Rob Salem

Focus on instant ratings in the U.S. is resulting in cancellations of good series and damping innovation.

Apr 11, 2004 — Toronto Sun

Writing in democratic red ink by Douglas Fisher

Columnist says Liberal commitment to reduce democratic deficit not on display in parliamentary committee reviewing federal advertising scandal.

Apr 10, 2004 — Toronto Star

Culture is crucial to our independent Canada by David Crane

Culture is inextricably linked to national identity and must be preserved in trade negotiations.

Apr 9, 2004 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC budget is modest [Letter to the Editor]

Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Transport and Communications responds to Canwest News Service coverage of Committee's Interim Report on media concentration.

Apr 8, 2004 — CRTC Press Release

The CRTC releases its annual report on broadcast distribution undertakings

CRTC report tracks performance of cable, DTH and MDS distributors and their contributions to the creation and production of Canadian programming.

Apr 8, 2004 — Cablecaster Magazine

BDU profit grows

Cable industry profits have increased 15.8% since 2002, 4.3% since 2000.

Apr 8, 2004 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian czar stands by CAA pact by Etan Vlessing

Telefilm head defends confidential arrangement with U.S. talent agency.

Apr 7, 2004 — Montreal Gazette

Canadian actors furious over 'secret' L.A. deal by Chris Cobb

ACTRA insulted by secret deal between Telefilm Canada and a Hollywood talent agency.

Apr 6, 2004 — Le Devoir

André Boisclair demande la tenue d'un débat public sur l'avenir de Télé-Québec par Paul Cauchon

Budget reductions to Quebec educational broadcaster Télé-Québec critized by government opposition.

Apr 6, 2004 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC offers good value for money by Bill Chambers

Vice president communications for CBC/Radio-Canada responds to Canwest News Service coverage of Senate Standing Committee Interim Report on media concentration.

Apr 5, 2004 — Le Devoir

Médias - Télé-Québec: la mort à petit feu? par Paul Cauchon

Funding cuts to Télé-Québec almost as harmful as privatisation.

Apr 5, 2004 — National Post

Telcos, cable firms could face divestment by Ian Jack

Industry, Heritage ministries reportedly considering model that would require divestiture of telecom and cable carriers' broadcasting assets as trade-off for increased foreign ownership limits.

Apr 3, 2004 — Ottawa Citizen

Telefilm asks Hollywood: What makes a great Canadian film? by Chris Cobb

Telefilm signs Hollywood talent agency to "find story material" for Canadian films.

Apr 2, 2004 — Conservative Party of Canada

Policy Briefing Note for Candidates

Internal policy document leaked to media shows Conservative Party would relax or remove communications sector foreign ownership restrictions (p. 11), downsize and limit the role of the CRTC (p. 13) and remove protection for Canadian programming in the satellite distribution market (p. 14).

Apr 2, 2004 — Toronto Star

News gets half of TV budget by Graham Fraser

Senate report reveals news accounts for 54 per cent of expenditures on Canadian programming by conventional broadcasters.

Apr 2, 2004 — National Post

CBC audience less than 6% despite nearly $10b in subsidies by Tim Naumetz

National Post covers Senate interim report on media concentration by focusing on low CBC audience share.

Apr 2, 2004 — Windsor Star

Senate says CBC losing TV viewers

Senate report shows CBC market share has declined since 1997.

Apr 2, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Former Post reporter sues Asper over firing by Gay Abbate

Former National Post reporter alleges reaction to lewd behaviour by David Asper led to her termination.

Apr 2, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Da Vinci double-header jostles with the Junos by John Doyle

Juno Awards run opposite "brilliant" CBC drama.

Apr 1, 2004 — Senate Committee on Transport and Communications

Interim Report on the Canadian News Media

Senate inquiry into media concentration produces interim report intended to "inform Canadians" but drawing no conclusions and making no recommendations.

Apr 1, 2004 — Globe & Mail

ExpressVu, Star Choice have licences renewed by Richard Blackwell

CRTC renews DTH satellite provider licences for 7 years, rejects requests from numerous intervenors for new licence conditions and shorter licence periods.

Mar 30, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Rogers' accounting sidesteps Blue Jays' losses by Derek Decloet

Rogers benefits at both ends of accounting treatment of Blue Jays.

Mar 29, 2004 — Cablecaster

U.S. Senators cite Rogers Cable as paragon of choice

Rogers cited as offering consumers greater flexibility and choice than its U.S. counterparts.

Mar 29, 2004 — CBC News

Poll shows support for B.C. public television

FRIENDS poll shows majority of British Columbians support maintaining public ownership of Knowledge Network.

Mar 29, 2004 — Playback

Despite CTF's restoration, fundamental changes needed by Stephen Waddell

Problems with Canadian production funding helped but not solved by restoration of funding to Canadian Television Fund.

Mar 29, 2004 — Vancouver Province

Network sale opposed

In a survey, 69 percent of B.C. residents opposed selling the educational broadcaster Knowledge Network to a private company.

Mar 28, 2004 — Canadian Press

British Columbians oppose privatization of Knowledge Network, poll shows by Tiffany Crawford

B.C. plan to seek private sector "operating partner" for public educational television network opposed by majority of British Columbians.

Mar 28, 2004 — Toronto Star

Watering down the news you get by Antonia Zerbisias

Antonia Zerbisias discusses the erosion of diversity in Canadian news coverage.

Mar 27, 2004 — Toronto Star

When Liberals fight Liberals, it's not a pretty picture by Susan Delacourt

CBC microphones captured behind-the-scenes developments at Liberal nomination meeting in Hamilton.

Mar 27, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Third contender enters radio race by Michael Posner

CHUM joins Canadian Satellite Radio and an alliance of CBC and Standard Radio in contest for first Canadian subscription-based satellite radio licence.

Mar 26, 2004 — Canadian Press

Cable companies denounce suggestion for tax on imported TV signals

CCTA concerned over CAB suggestion of levy for foreign specialty television services.

Mar 25, 2004 — Toronto Star

Little joy for CBC in budget by Antonia Zerbisias

CBC unlikely to receive the attention it needs from a weakened Liberal government.

Mar 25, 2004 — Canadian Press

Spokesman for Canada's broadcasters questions methods to protect culture by John McKay

Canadian Association of Broadcasters calls for end to "free ride" for foreign specialty television services carried in Canada, refers to copyright tariff paid by private radio broadcasters "somewhat of a ham-fisted attempt at cultural subsidy."

Mar 25, 2004 — National Post

Group said to be buying Newsworld International by Paul Brent

A U.S. investor group is reported to have agreed to buy the CBC specialty channel Newsworld International.

Mar 24, 2004 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian gov't restores key CTF funding by Etan Vlessing and Norma Reveler

Federal budget restores CTF funding, increases grant to CBC.

Mar 24, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Television producers toast restored funding by Alexandra Gill

Production industry praises restoration of CTF budget, two year funding guarantee.

Mar 23, 2004 — Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Martin sits on surplus while Canada crumbles

Liberal budget criticized for paying down debt at the expense of rebuilding Canada.

Mar 23, 2004 — The Independent

BBC staff attack 'kangaroo court' by Tim Luckhurst

Internal BBC disciplinary inquiry prompted by Hutton report described as "kangaroo court" and "enormously frightening".

Mar 23, 2004 — Toronto Star

Radio that goes thump in the night by Murray Whyte

Commentary on continuing impact of CBC Radio's late night show, Brave New Waves.

Mar 23, 2004 — Toronto Star

Al-Jazeera deserves spot on our TV dial by Antonia Zerbisias

Proposed new foreign channels such as Al-Jazeera, Fox News would foster diversity on Canadian television dial.

Mar 23, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Here's to the nattering nobodies who hate the CBC by John Doyle

Doyle offers commentary on nature of Canadian television industry, CBC radio.

Mar 23, 2004 — ACTRA Press Release

ACTRA applauds restoration of CTF in federal budget

Actors' union applauds federal government for restoring funding cut from Canadian Television Fund, calls on private broadcasters to reinvest profits in production of Canadian television drama.

Mar 22, 2004 — New Winnipeg

Stopping the Big Sell-Off by Jonathan Tan

Article on FRIENDS speech to Canadian University Press conference links foreign ownership and media concentration, broadcasting and print journalism.

Mar 21, 2004 — Toronto Star

PM's agenda makes spring vote unlikely by Graham Fraser

Paul Martin's pre-election to-do list has become so long it raises doubts he can accomplish it before a fall election, much less a spring election.

Mar 20, 2004 — Canadian Press

CBS primes Vinyl Cafe for small screen

U.S. network commissions pilot based on CBC Radio show.

Mar 20, 2004 — National Post

CRTC ends private dinners by Ian Jack

CRTC Commissioners will no longer attend private dinners funded by the broadcasting and telecommunications companies they regulate.

Mar 19, 2004 — Canadian Press

Six months after TV launch, Toronto 1 defying critics and doomsayers by John McKay

Anchor says Craig Media's Toronto station doing better than reported.

Mar 18, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Private radio dials up a revenue revival by Paul Waldie

Increase in private radio profits is credited to industry consolidation and new niches for AM radio.

Mar 18, 2004 — Toronto Star

PM is running out of moves by Chantal Hébert

Paul Martin likely cannot postpone a spring election without looking like he fears an electoral loss.

Mar 18, 2004 — Regina Leader-Post

Group fights relaxing of foreign-ownership rules by Andrew Ehrkamp

FRIENDS public meeting in Regina told foreign ownership of Canadian media would move decision-making on Canadian programs south.

Mar 17, 2004 — National Post

The CBC's vanishing point by John Weissenberger and George Koch

National Post contributors argue CBC should be cut off entirely from public financial support.

Mar 17, 2004 — Edmonton Sun

A warning not to sell our culture by Mindelle Jacobs

FRIENDS public meeting in Edmonton reiterates call to maintain existing foreign ownership restrictions on Canadian media and communications.

Mar 17, 2004 — Canadian Press

Minister says patronage appointments to refugee board are out

FRIENDS notes that despite reforms, the president of CBC will still be appointed by the Prime Minister rather than the CBC Board.

Mar 17, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Don't take TVO private: poll by James Adams

A poll of Ontarians shows most do not support plans to privatize TVOntario.

Mar 16, 2004 — Hollywood Reporter

Australians turning on U.S. TV programs by Jacqueline Lee Lewes

American programming is outperforming local Australian shows so decisively that at least one locally produced drama is already off the air.

Mar 16, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Tough guidelines announced for agency appointees by Rod Mickleburgh

New guidelines require Crown corporation appointments to be based on merit rather than patronage, but appointments will still be made by the Prime Minister.

Mar 16, 2004 — National Post

Union opposes telco ownership rule-change idea by Ian Jack

Competition Commissioner critized for advocating removal of telecom foreign ownership limits.

Mar 16, 2004 — Winnipeg Sun

Preserving our culture by Kathleen Martens

Winnipeg public meeting urges federal government to "do nothing" on foreign ownership.

Mar 16, 2004 — Winnipeg Free Press

Foreign-owner curbs backed by Martin Cash

Speakers at well-attended public meeting in Winnipeg support leaving communications sector foreign ownership restrictions as they are.

Mar 16, 2004 — Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Alternative Federal Budget 2004: Rebuilding the Foundations

Alternative federal budget discusses importance of public investment in CBC, Canadian broadcasting and Canadian culture (see pp. 33-34).

Mar 15, 2004 — Playback

Specs enjoy stellar growth by Ian Edwards

Growth of analog specialty channel revenues continues.

Mar 15, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Global cans Mike Bullard show with an e-mail by Andrew Ryan

Cancellation of Mike Bullard Show eliminates the only Canadian talk show from Canadian television.

Mar 15, 2004 — Policy Options

The Politics of Neglect of Canadian Broadcasting Policy by Marc Raboy and David Taras

Communications professors who advised House of Commons Heritage Committee on Our Canadian Sovereignty report say there is no going back if foreign ownership limits are removed.

Mar 15, 2004 — National Post

Lift foreign ownership limits: Scott by Ian Jack

New Commissioner of Competition says telco foreign ownership restrictions should be lifted, but gradually.

Mar 14, 2004 — Canadian Press

Sheila's temper heating up by Alexander Panetta

FRIENDS recalls Sheila Copps' 

Mar 14, 2004 — Winnipeg Free Press

Canadian cable TV in peril: lobbyists by Brad Oswald

FRIENDS public meetings on foreign ownership move to Winnipeg.

Mar 13, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Global gives Bullard the hook by Gayle MacDonald

Insiders say Mike Bullard shocked and saddened by cancellation of show.

Mar 13, 2004 — Globe & Mail

A radio secret by John Allemang

Radio Canada cancels morning show on its Toronto FM signal, la chaîne culturelle.

Mar 13, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Is MacMillan's Alliance buying or selling? by Gordon Pitts

Alliance Atlantis, which received millions of dollars in film and television production subsidies from the Canadian government, dismisses suggestions it plans to sell the company, hints that it may be in the mood to buy.

Mar 13, 2004 — Canadian Press

Global TV cancels low-rated Mike Bullard Show effective immediately by John McKay

Low ratings cited as reason for Mike Bullard Show's cancellation.

Mar 12, 2004 — Montreal Gazette

CanWest would consider buying Globemedia's assets, Asper says by Peter Wilson

CanWest would consider buying not only Bell Globemedia's specialty TV channels, but also the Globe and Mail.

Mar 12, 2004 — National Post

Consumers rule in digital age by Peter Wilson

Asper says CanWest looking for more revenue streams from same content.

Mar 12, 2004 — National Post

CBC still doesn't get it by Gillian Cosgrove

National Post columnist argues the CBC's refusal to air the Conservative leadership debate shows it is being mismanaged.

Mar 12, 2004 — Hollywood Reporter

House votes to increase indecency fines by Brooks Boliek

New U.S. legislation increasing fines against broadcasters for broadcasting "indecent" programming could have a chilling or freezing effect on freedom of speech.

Mar 12, 2004 — Toronto Star

Global axes Mike Bullard show by John McKay

Despite early cancellation of Mike Bullard Show, Global says it is committed to producing original Canadian programming.

Mar 11, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Program changes seen for CBC by Gayle MacDonald

Major programming overhaul forecast at CBC once executive vice-president of English television Harold Redekopp retires.

Mar 10, 2004 — CBC News

Scherrer grilled by heritage committee

Heritage Minister Hélène Scherrer remains weak on opposition to foreign ownership in broadcasting and telecommunications sectors.

Mar 10, 2004 — Toronto Star

CBC at crossroads with VP's resignation by Antonia Zerbisias

Executive vice president of CBC-TV stepping down from what is arguably the most powerful position in Canadian television.

Mar 10, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Same old stuff springs eternal by John Doyle

John Doyle comments on television repeats, originality and reality programming.

Mar 9, 2004 — Electronic Frontier Foundation

FCC Faces Suit on Regulation of Digital Broadcast Television

A group of organizations brought a lawsuit against the U.S. FCC to block proposed regulation of next-generation televisions and related devices.

Mar 9, 2004 — Cablecaster

Broadcasters must be Canadian: Greenberg

Astral Media president argues why Canadian media companies should remain Canadian.

Mar 9, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Runaway film work running away by Eric Reguly

Foreign location film production in Canada is slowing due to increased competition from other countries and Canada's rising dollar.

Mar 9, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Shields and Atwood on TV? What took so long? by John Doyle

Canadian TV drama will get a lift by having the stories of internationally renowned Canadian authors adapted for TV.

Mar 9, 2004 — Toronto Star

TVO gives children a head start by Margaret N. McCain

High quality educational television available to Ontarians has everything to do with public funding of TVO.

Mar 9, 2004 — Vancouver Sun

Keep limits on foreign control of broadcasting, groups urge by Michael McCullough

Public meetings show cabinet ministers' constituents care about maintaining Canadian control of media and communications.

Mar 8, 2004 — Canadian Press

Threat of foreign ownership of Canada's media sparks protest in Victoria by Dirk Meissner

FRIENDS meeting channels public concern over plans to open Canadian media and communications sectors to foreign ownership.

Mar 7, 2004 — Victoria Times Colonist

TV showed us ourselves by Drew Snider

Author describes the coming of local television to southwestern British Columbia.

Mar 6, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Twelve channels and nothing on by Andrew Ryan

Antiquated rabbit-ear antennas can still be used to access CBC, CTV, Global and many local channels - free of charge.

Mar 5, 2004 — Edmonton Sun

The CBC gets your money, like it or not by Jeremy Loome

Columnist says in an era of choice, taxpayers should be given the choice not to fund CBC.

Mar 5, 2004 — Bloomberg

FCC Planning Two Dozen Indecency Fines Against Radio by Neil Roland

The FCC is preparing to fine several U.S. radio stations for indecency.

Mar 5, 2004 — Montreal Gazette

Pining for direct link to Italy-TV by Anne Sutherland

The Montreal Italian community is frustrated with the CRTC's delay in determining whether RAI International, the 24-hour state-sponsored public television channel from Italy, can be broadcast in Canada.

Mar 5, 2004 — National Post

CRTC funding rules unfair by Michelle DaCruz

Rogers chief says new CRTC funding rules unfairly penalize Canadian specialty pay-TV channels that turn a profit,

Mar 5, 2004 — National Post

Astral still seeks buyer for stations by Paul Brent

Astral continues to have difficulty selling stations it has been ordered to divest as a condition of the federal Competition Bureau's approval of its $225-million purchase of 19 Telemedia radio stations in Eastern Canada.

Mar 5, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Astral CEO predicts media shakeup by Richard Blackwell

Astral says a single major deal among Canada's media companies will create a "domino effect" of transactions.

Mar 5, 2004 — Thunder Bay Source

Cherry Should Stick To Hockey by Gary Rinne

Columnist says CBC failed to act early and decisively to censure Cherry.

Mar 4, 2004 — Toronto Star

Sale of Toronto1 bears close scrutiny by Antonia Zerbisias

Zerbisias says the CRTC, not a private purchaser, should decide the fate of Craig Media's Toronto1.

Mar 4, 2004 — Canadian Press

Canadian networks unveil shopping lists for new shows seeking public funding by John McKay

Both CBC and CTV this week unveiled ambitious plans, pending funding from the Canadian Television Fund, for a variety of new Canadian prime time drama series, sitcoms and movies of the week for the 2004-2005 season.

Mar 4, 2004 — Hamilton Spectator

Shocked by Keyes' assault on a vitally informative service; The CBC by Ron Lancaster

Letter to the Editor expresses shock at comments by Liberal MP Stan Keyes, says CBC and public broadcasting are vital.

Mar 3, 2004 — Toronto Star

CTV plans ambitious program expansion by Vinay Menon

CTV says it plans to air six original Canadian series in 2004-05 - provided there is adequate government funding.

Mar 3, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Torstar the new foe of broadcasters by Eric Reguly

Torstar may take a majority ownership stake in 49th Media, which plans to replace American ads with Canadian ones on five U.S. specialty channels distributed by Canadian cable networks.

Mar 3, 2004 — Globe & Mail

TSN tops Canada's specialty dial by William Houston

TSN continues to rank as the top money-maker among television specialty channels in Canada.

Mar 3, 2004 — Globe & Mail

With a growing pie, specialty, pay-TV enjoying a bigger slice by James Adams

CRTC report shows specialty and pay television services are increasing their share of advertising dollars at the expense of traditional broadcasters.

Mar 2, 2004 — National Post

Digital pay TV profits surge, CRTC says by Paul Brent

Operating profit for digital and specialty pay channels increased by 36% last year.

Mar 2, 2004 — NDP Press Release

NDP condems Liberal's plan to sell of CBC

NDP argues private broadcasters cannot replace CBC.

Mar 2, 2004 — CRTC News Release

The CRTC releases financial results for specialty, pay and pay-per-view television services

Canadian specialty, pay and pay-per-view television services continue to enjoy strong growth, according to annual statistical and financial summaries.

Mar 2, 2004 — Canadian Press

Paul Martin says he supports CBC after MP Keyes voices criticism

Paul Martin makes first public statement about CBC in response to remark by federal minister Stan Keyes that the public broadcaster is a "monster" and implying it should be sold.

Mar 2, 2004 — Toronto Star

Liberal flirts with sale of CBC by Antonia Zerbisias

National Revenue Minister and Liberal MP Stan Keyes proposes sale of CBC; Rabinovitch tenure as CBC president may not be renewed.

Mar 1, 2004 — Playback

TVO going private? by Sean Davidson

FRIENDS believes TVO would pose certain regulatory and financial problems for a private operator, notes that privatization has been proposed before.

Mar 1, 2004 — Halifax Daily News

Newcomers seek spots up and down the dial by Jerry West

CRTC hearings will consider several applications for new radio stations in the Halifax market, which has not had a new station licensed since 1990.

Mar 1, 2004 — Take One

Critical mass: CanWest and its Critics by Matthew Hays

Regional perspectives are being lost because of the reduction in the number of Canadian critics working at daily newspapers.

Feb 29, 2004 — New York Times

Taking Big Risks Out of Small Films by Eric Dash

Profile of Canadian film and television production company Lions Gate Entertainment.

Feb 28, 2004 — Vancouver Sun

Culture is winning the war on health care by Michael Campbell

Columnist criticizes taxpayer funding of CBC when provinces lack resources for health care.

Feb 28, 2004 — Globe & Mail

MLSE-Globemedia merger not on agenda, Tanenbaum says by William Houston

The chair of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment says it has not talked with Bell Globemedia about merging the two companies' sports media properties.

Feb 28, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Toronto1: Awfully attractive by Andrew Willis and Eric Reguly

There is strong interest in acquiring Toronto 1, not due to its programming, but because of its CRTC licence.

Feb 27, 2004 — Hollywood Reporter

CRTC nixes expansion bid by Canada b'caster Chum by Etan Vlessing

FRIENDS: CRTC denial of CHUM's Alberta licence applications likely ensures stronger demand for Craig Media.

Feb 27, 2004 — National Post

Antiques, gays pass for CBC coverage by Gillian Cosgrove

CBC's choice not to run the first of two debates among the leadership candidates for the Conservative party is said to depict that the "state broadcaster" [sic] has become disconnected from the concerns of average Canadians.

Feb 27, 2004 — National Post

CRTC rejects CHUM TV plan for Alberta by Paul Brent

The federal broadcast regulator said it was "concerned by the potential negative impact" of the new stations on Calgary and Edmonton's markets.

Feb 27, 2004 — Globe & Mail

CHUM loses bid for Alta. beachhead by Gordon Pitts

Pitts says CHUM's loss of Alberta licence bid will only intensify its interest in acquiring Craig Media.

Feb 26, 2004 — CRTC News Release

The CRTC denies TV applications from CHUM and Global for Edmonton and Calgary

The CRTC denied CHUM's applications for Alberta television licenses, citing concerns over the potential impact on the television markets in Calgary and Alberta. It also denied Global's applications for retransmitters in those markets on the basis of ownership concentration and cross-media ownership concerns.

Feb 26, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Luckily, we're brilliant at performing-arts TV by John Doyle

While indigenous Canadian drama usually does not sell well abroad, performing-arts productions typically impress international audiences.

Feb 26, 2004 — National Post

Are they kidding us? by Jason Chow

National Post contributor draws analogy between CBC funding and federal sponsorship scandal, suggests both have "defrauded the Canadian people".

Feb 26, 2004 — National Post

CRTC to rule today on proposed CHUM TV stations: Edmonton and Calgary by Paul Brent

The CRTC ruling on CHUM's application for Alberta television licenses will ultimately raise or lower the selling price of Western broadcaster Craig Media.

Feb 26, 2004 — The Guardian

It's in Labour's interests to keep the BBC independent by Jackie Ashley

Writer says the longer-term interests of British public life require an independent BBC even if it causes difficulty and offence to the UK government now.

Feb 26, 2004 — National Post

Liberal MPs get input on federal law contract by Ian Jack

The Liberal government is being criticized over a memo apparently giving Toronto Liberal MPs special input into the selection of lawyers that will advise the government on the impact of lifting foreign ownership requirements for cable companies.

Feb 26, 2004 — National Post

March ruling expected on foreign cable ownership by Ian Jack

FRIENDS opposes the lifting of foreign ownership restrictions.

Feb 25, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Rejuvenated NFB plots a new course by Gayle MacDonald

The National Film Board is said to be enjoying success by following its original mandate of making important social issue documentaries.

Feb 25, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Something is rotten in the state of reality-TV by John Doyle

Proposed reality TV series centred on religious group could represent a new level of insensitivity that brings reality TV to a halt.

Feb 24, 2004 — National Post

BCE wants CRTC to narrow its regulating role by Ian Jack

Bell is appealing for less CRTC regulation on many fronts.

Feb 24, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Expect the Canadian TV drama crisis to worsen by John Doyle

New shows suggest Canadian drama is thriving; in reality, cuts to government funding of film and television production have created a deepening crisis.

Feb 24, 2004 — Associated Press

Opposition party report calls for breakup of BBC by Robert Baar

Report by opposition party in the UK recommends breakup of BBC and severe cuts to public funding of all but BBC radio, certain public service programming and the channel which carries Parliamentary proceedings.

Feb 23, 2004 — Business Week

Mega Media Mergers: How Dangerous?

Opponents of the Comcast-Disney deal argue that the combination would enable media companies in the U.S. to raise rates on cable and satellite subscriptions while diminishing the diversity of their programming.

Feb 21, 2004 — National Post

Reinventing the CBC

National Post editorial argues the CBC should be scaled down, receive only modest public funding and not air sports, sitcoms or mainstream dramas, so government can focus resources on "real priorities".

Feb 20, 2004 — National Post

Clement targets CBC for spending review by Chris Wattie

Tony Clement says federal spending should be slashed by billions of dollars, suggests looking at funding of CBC.

Feb 20, 2004 — Vancouver Sun

Vancouver-produced Cold Squad cancelled by Michael McCullough

Despite two new Canadian productions taking Cold Squad's place, American series filmed in B.C. still outnumber Canadian.

Feb 20, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Sweeps stunts not likely to sweep you off your feet by John Doyle

Columnist speculates that lacklustre sweeps period is unlikely to entice many viewers.

Feb 20, 2004 —

Time for Hutton North by Rondi Adamson

Writer believes the CBC is biased, deserves scrutiny similar to that given the BBC by the Hutton report.

Feb 19, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Afghan Mansbridge draws lukewarm ratings

Report on ratings for The National in Afghanistan.

Feb 19, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Finally, sophistication is seeping into the CBC by Russell Smith

Columnist praises CBC for investing in "sophisticated", "humorous", "biting" shows like The Newsroom.

Feb 19, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Afghanistan: no jiggery-pokery there by John Doyle

Columnist notes irony that CBC flagship news program airs from Afghanistan in the same week as the Liberal sponsorship scandal breaks.

Feb 19, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Cold Squad, Blue Murder to be axed by Gayle MacDonald

CFTPA head says cancellation of two long-standing English-language Canadian drama series by CTV and Global confirms Canadian drama is in the process of becoming extinct.

Feb 19, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Filipino broadcaster plans to air in Canada by Andrew Willis

ABS-CBN, the largest broadcaster in the Philippines, says it plans to launch a 24-hour Filipino television channel with a Canadian partner in the next year.

Feb 19, 2004 — Toronto Star

Liberals' PR strategy includes civil servants by Richard Brennan

The provincial Liberals have launched a public relations strategy directing civil servants to float trial balloons of proposed policy changes, such as the sale of TVOntario, to reporters.

Feb 18, 2004 — Ottawa Citizen

Why Janet's breast didn't bother us by Tony Atherton

Canadians tolerate nudity and language on television to an extent Americans do not, but draw the line at political incorrectness.

Feb 18, 2004 — Toronto Star

Fickleness about Finkleman blowing hole in CBC ratings by Martin Knelman

Viewers' apparent aversion to The Newsroom star is creating rating and scheduling problems for the CBC.

Feb 18, 2004 — Victoria Times Colonist

CBC Victoria to add afternoon radio show

Victoria's CBC radio station will expand its programming in September to include a live afternoon show.

Feb 18, 2004 — CBC News

Open and expeditious inquiring by Chris Waddell

Paul Martin should take a lesson from the decisive and expeditious Hutton Inquiry if he wants to restore faith in the Canadian political system.

Feb 18, 2004 — Government of Ontario

Ontario Liberals considering selling TVOntario

Ontario Liberals' Budget Town Hall document floats sale of publicly-funded TVOntario: "Currently, the government pays $54 million a year to operate TVOntario...Is this the best way to spend money to achieve results in education?"

Feb 17, 2004 — Playback News Flash

Cold Squad and Blue Murder both iced by Sean Davidson

Two more hour-long English-Canadian drama series cancelled.

Feb 16, 2004 — Playback

CTF 'a priority' for Scherrer by Ian Edwards

Scherrer admits there is presently no Plan B to assist the production sector if money cut from the Canadian Television Fund is not restored.

Feb 16, 2004 — Playback

CAB sues over 'illegal tax' by Sean Davidson

CAB argues that CRTC's "Part Two License Fees" represent an unlawful and unconstitutional tax on private broadcasters.

Feb 16, 2004 — Playback

Private funders surpass feds' CTF contribution by Mark Dillon

The growing proportion of film and television funding provided by private funds emphasizes the need for renewed public support of Canadian production.

Feb 16, 2004 — Playback

Groups unite in open letter to Ottawa by Sean Davidson

A coalition including the CBC, ACTRA, the CFTPA and the CAB is asking Finance Minister Ralph Goodale to restore Ottawa's support of the Canadian Television Fund.

Feb 16, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Newsworld overhaul kills off CounterSpin

CBC Newsworld will change its fall prime-time current affairs lineup; a similar review is reportedly underway at CBC.

Feb 16, 2004 — Weekly Standard

The Wreck of the BBC by Gerard Baker

Writer argues that Hutton report exposed the BBC's fatal flaws, confirmed that the BBC has "lost its way".

Feb 15, 2004 — Toronto Star

Everydays and everyways, I hate by Antonia Zerbisias

Cable sports channels and private broadcasters benefit from government protection as surely as CBC does.

Feb 14, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Astral's attempt to sell radio stations falls apart by Bertrand Marotte

Astral Media's second attempt to sell Quebec radio stations has failed.

Feb 14, 2004 — Globe & Mail


There is speculation that the CRTC's delay in resolving RAI and Al-Jazeera applications results from Liberal pressure not to upset voter groups prior to re-election campaign.

Feb 14, 2004 — National Post

Where's the debate on the scandal? by Terence Corcoran

Financial Post Editor says Canadian broadcasting regulation stifles provocative debate on television.

Feb 14, 2004 — The Times (London)

Ambitious Can West keeps it in the family by Abigail Rayner

Leonard Asper discusses potential CanWest bid for Hollinger assets.

Feb 14, 2004 — Globe & Mail

CanWest eyes Hollinger titles

CanWest's Asper considers buying UK newspaper The Telegraph from Conrad Black.

Feb 13, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Cable firms take different paths by Gordon Pitts

Differences between Rogers' strategy and U.S. cable company Comcast's has much to do with different regulatory and business environments.

Feb 13, 2004 — Globe & Mail

CBC is the problem by Rick Salutin

Columnist argues the CBC's reaction to Don Cherry episode illustrates a lack of understanding of popular culture.

Feb 13, 2004 — CTV

Sheila Copps could defect to NDP next week

Former Canadian Heritage Minister Sheila Copps may yet jump from the Liberals to the NDP.

Feb 13, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Astral's Quebec radio sale falls through

Astral Media withdraws application to transfer ownership of eight Quebec radio stations.

Feb 13, 2004 — CBC News

Telefilm responds to Quebec filmmaker critics

Telefilm criticized for taking money from successful Quebec producers and giving it to English Canadian ones.

Feb 12, 2004 — Associated Press

Groups say FCC ownership rules would stifle public discourse

Media access groups argue that new FCC broadcasting ownership rules may lead to a few large companies owning most of the major sources of news gathering and reporting in some markets.

Feb 12, 2004 — Toronto Star

Comcast could dissolve current TSN partnership by Rick Westhead

BCE says it is too early to tell whether Comcast would sell ESPN's 32% stake in TSN if its bid for Disney is successful.

Feb 12, 2004 — House of Commons Hansard

Question Period

Transcript of question from MP Wendy Lill to Minister of Canadian Heritage regarding communications sector foreign ownership.

Feb 12, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Rogers plans phone service on cable by 2005 by Terry Weber

Rogers Communications to compete in residential telephone market by 2005, strengthening its claim for regulatory treatment equivalent to telecom companies.

Feb 12, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Quebec minister slams CBC, Cherry by Rhéal Séguin

Quebec Sports Minister Jean-Marc Fournier says CBC and Don Cherry are promoting both racist messages and the wrong values about sports.

Feb 11, 2004 — CBC News

Feds failing to protect Canadian heritage, says auditor general by Sandra Abma

Auditor General Sheila Fraser says the Canadian government is neglecting historic sites, buildings and documents.

Feb 11, 2004 — Globe & Mail

CBC dodges bullet this week by William Houston

CBC ready to censor Cherry if necessary by prematurely ending his segment.

Feb 11, 2004 — Globe & Mail

CBC sends in the knucklehead police by John Doyle

CBC's reaction to Don Cherry is said to be questionable, considering his job is to start arguments.

Feb 10, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Censoring Cherry proves tricky for CBC by Michael Posner and William Houston

Commentators say seven-second delay on Cherry may be unworkable and hurt quality of Hockey Night in Canada.

Feb 10, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Let's keep Conan's T.O. visit in perspective, people by John Doyle

Taping Conan O'Brien Show in Toronto unlikely to change its audience's perceptions of Canada.

Feb 10, 2004 — Globe & Mail

How to deal with the delay by Gerry Flahive

Documentary producer provides tongue-in-cheek commentary on Don Cherry controversy.

Feb 10, 2004 — Vancouver Sun

CanWest on mission to woo U.S. investors by Steven Edwards

CEO Leonard Asper pitches CanWest as a diversified international media enterprise, not "just a TV company", to U.S. investors.

Feb 10, 2004 — National Post

Mansbridge will anchor from Kabul by Chris Wattie

Critics call CBC decision to broadcast The National from Kabul, Afghanistan a ratings stunt.

Feb 9, 2004 — Marketing Magazine

Asper vows fight against regulators by Chris Powell

CanWest plans to seek relief from various "egregious" government regulations, such as CRTC policy limiting Canadian broadcasters to 12 minutes of commercials per hour.

Feb 9, 2004 — Globe & Mail

CHUM seen pursuing Craig aggressively by Gordon Pitts

Acquiring Craig Media would bring CHUM closer to becoming Canada's third national network.

Feb 9, 2004 — Marketing Magazine

Flipping the channel by Stan Sutter

Craig Media did a bare minimum to meet promises to CRTC for Toronto licence before cashing out.

Feb 9, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Ontario government raises touchy topics by Richard Mackie

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty says government may consider selling off TVOntario.

Feb 9, 2004 — Toronto Star

7-second delay won't be Cherry's demise by Chris Zelkovich

Don Cherry predicted to survive content scrutiny.

Feb 7, 2004 — Sports Illustrated

Coaches Corner copout by Michael Farber

CBC should choose between firing Don Cherry and giving him free reign.

Feb 7, 2004 — National Post

CBC accused of 'censoring' Cherry by Michael Friscolanti and Joe Paraskevas, with files from Anne Dawson and Allan Woods

Critics are calling the CBC's implementation of a seven second tape-delay on Don Cherry's hockey commentary an attack on freedom of expression.

Feb 7, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Craig-Quebecor merger would be a flop by Konrad Yakabuski

Quebecor can only expand if it builds on the convergence model it has implemented in Quebec; there would be no such logic to a union between Quebecor and Craig.

Feb 6, 2004 — Canadian Press

CBC apologizes for Don Cherry comments, commits to tape delay by Bruce Cheadle

CBC responds to objectionable Don Cherry comments by committing to broadcast future editions of Coach's Corner on a seven-second tape delay.

Feb 5, 2004 — Cablecaster

CAB opposes addition of MSNBC, Bloomberg

Canadian Association of Broadcasters opposes cable's efforts to bring more U.S. specialty channels to Canada as direct feeds, argues competitive with existing Canadian services.

Feb 5, 2004 — Calgary Herald

CanWest lays out plan to blend media content by Tamara Gignac

Changes in technology motivate CanWest to charge fees for online content and consider acquiring other media companies.

Feb 5, 2004 — Montreal Gazette

Revenue drop doesn't faze BCE by Sheila McGovern

Overall revenues at BCE Inc., the ultimate owner of CTV, continue to be depressed.

Feb 5, 2004 — Hollywood Reporter

Bell Globemedia rebounds to Q4 profit by Etan Vlessing

Bell Globemedia, recently rumoured to be interested in selling CTV, has returned to profit as a result of the network's higher TV ratings and airtime sales from U.S. programming.

Feb 5, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Dates and times may vary -- you're on your own by John Doyle

Shifting of television schedules and time slots has become commonplace.

Feb 5, 2004 — CTV

Liberals unveil Parliamentary reform package

Paul Martin's democratic reform package includes the implementation of more free votes and a tougher, more consultative path for bills before Parliament makes them law.

Feb 5, 2004 — Toronto Star

Hard to feel sorry for broadcasters by Antonia Zerbisias

It is difficult to sympathize with broadcasters who are suing the CRTC over licence fees, considering the benefits and protection that come with their broadcasting licence.

Feb 5, 2004 — Vancouver Sun

CanWest plans merger of newspaper, broadcast content by Tamara Gignac

CanWest plans to launch a multimedia digital newspaper it calls a "power-point on steroids".

Feb 4, 2004 — Cablecaster

Soo PUC deploys broadband over power lines

High-speed broadband has been deployed in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario using power lines.

Feb 4, 2004 — National Post

Pull plug on CBC's national embarrassment by Jack Todd

Columnist believes it is no longer sufficient for the CBC to say that it disagrees with Cherry's opinions: Cherry's contract should be terminated.

Feb 4, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Leaf rights too rich for one network by William Houston

Even at a half million dollars in fees per game, the television rights for the Toronto Maple Leafs will likely lose money for the network that buys them.

Feb 4, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Private broadcasters enjoy blockbuster year in '03 by Gayle MacDonald

CRTC report finds that factors including the economy, advertising revenues and reality programming helped double profits for private broadcasters in 2003.

Feb 4, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Heritage and Industry join up to mend telecom ownership rift by Simon Tuck

Officials from Industry Canada and Heritage Canada are meeting to "resolve differences" over foreign ownership restrictions on telecommunications companies.

Feb 3, 2004 — Montreal Gazette

We're victims of our own success: Quebec producers by Brendan Kelly

Quebec film producers are unhappy with an announced reduction in Telefilm funding for French-language productions, which apparently punishes them for their success.

Feb 3, 2004 — Toronto Star

Disabled finally making inroads on television by Andrew Cardozo

Former CRTC commissioner credits Toronto film producer with putting the visibility of disabled persons on Canadian television back on the policy agenda.

Feb 3, 2004 — CRTC News Release

CRTC releases its annual report on conventional television

The CRTC's statistical and financial data report on the Canadian television industry shows that net profits posted by private television stations doubled in 2003.

Feb 3, 2004 — Toronto Star

BBC chief's downfall result of mishandled governance by David Olive

BBC scandal could undo the legacy of leadership until recently celebrated as a role model for private-sector media moguls.

Feb 2, 2004 — Canadian Business Magazine

How the east was lost by Zena Olijnyk

Some say the sale of Craig Media is long overdue, and was simply delayed by winning the Toronto TV licence.

Feb 2, 2004 — Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Federal government crying wolf again

An Alternative Federal Budget report by the CCPA predicts a budget surplus of $8.3 billion for 2003/04, more than triple the forecast by the federal government.

Feb 2, 2004 — National Post

CRTC turns down Mandarin TV bid by Andrew McIntosh

CRTC blocks application for Mandarin language digital channel, responds to opposition from existing broadcaster.

Feb 2, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Why the Craig family is tuning out by Deborah Yedlin

Circumstances leading to the sale of Craig Media partly the result of the inexperience and overexuberance of a family-owned company.

Feb 1, 2004 — The Observer

Media freedoms face an ice age by Peter Preston

Media freedoms, already set back by the Iraq war, will be further constrained in the wake of the Hutton Report on the BBC.

Feb 1, 2004 — Toronto Star

Catching the ear of American folks by Antonia Zerbisias

Many Americans are not aware of the array of foreign news stories, commentary and perspectives on U.S. foreign policy available online.

Jan 31, 2004 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada won't pull tax credit on film prods. by Etan Vlessing

The Ontario government denies reports that it has plans to eliminate an important tax credit that supports domestic film and television production.

Jan 31, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Heritage Minister supports television funding

Hélène Scherrer says she wants to restore the $25-million cut to the Canadian Television Fund, but has failed thus far to make an outright commitment.

Jan 31, 2004 — Globe & Mail

The day the boss yelled 'Cut!' by Shawna Richer

Michael Donovan, co-founder of Salter Street Films, reflects on Alliance Atlantis Communications' announcement of its plans to close Salter Street Films

Jan 31, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Reporter's resignation fuels fear about the BBC by Doug Saunders

The BBC is right to be worried that the government may slash its budget and place it under private-sector regulation when its charter is up for renewal in 2006.

Jan 31, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Private broadcasters sue CRTC over millions in fees

Private broadcasters are suing the CRTC for hundreds of millions of dollars, arguing that a licence fee they've been paying amounts to an unconstitutional tax.

Jan 30, 2004 — Cablecaster

HD licenses approved by Commission

CRTC approves transitional digital television licenses for CBC and several private broadcasters.

Jan 30, 2004 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada indies 'all hurting' as market goes downhill by Etan Vlessing

Domestic TV producers are suffering from falling government subsidies, a collapsing international market, and less U.S. production due to the rise in the Canadian dollar.

Jan 30, 2004 — Ottawa Citizen

Filmmaker Lantos pitches 'movie' on horrors of production in Canada by Jay Stone

Filmmaker Robert Lantos blames the state of Canadian film production on the government funding system and a lack of cultural financiers.

Jan 30, 2004 — Financial Times

New faces at the top will not be enough

The BBC must re-establish its reputation by reasserting itself as an independent and authoritative source of news.

Jan 30, 2004 — Financial Times

Journalism must not give up on its gold standard by John Lloyd

The BBC can once again be a model for journalism, but it must return to the gold standard of telling the whole truth.

Jan 30, 2004 — Toronto Star

CanWest remains on trail of acquisitions by Ross Marowits

CanWest identifies a share of cable subscription fees, and relief from requirements to provide local programming, as desirable regulatory changes that would help it to reduce debt and fund acquisitions.

Jan 30, 2004 — Toronto Star

Our films vital, minister says by Graham Fraser

Heritage Minister says she is committed to helping the Canadian production industry, but cannot make funding decisions on her own.

Jan 30, 2004 — National Post

CanWest keen to join media buying spree by Sean Silcoff

CanWest says it is keen to be a buyer in the anticipated flurry of media deals in Canada and claims it could spend up to $1-billion.

Jan 30, 2004 — CBC News

Deals with U.S. distributors putting squeeze on Canadian films by Sandra Abma

Canadian films are bumped off Canadian cinema screens because of deals the country's theatre chains make with U.S. movie distributors.

Jan 30, 2004 — Canadian Press

CBC racks up awards at international broadcast media festival

The CBC won 11 awards at an international broadcast media competition.

Jan 30, 2004 — Canoe

Private broadcasters sue CRTC

CAB filed a statement of claim with the Federal Court of Canada demanding a refund of CRTC licence fees.

Jan 30, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Stanley Cup's ad revenue pales in comparison to Super Bowl's by William Houston

Commercials run during the U.S. Super Bowl cost twich as much as those run during the Canadian Stanley Cup or Grey Cup.

Jan 30, 2004 — Globe & Mail

A blow to journalism that dares to question by John Doyle

The UK government and the Hutton report have dealt a blow to both journalistic integrity and the BBC brand.

Jan 29, 2004 — Globe & Mail

He must pluck his power by Tom Kent

To achieve the democratic reform he promises, Paul Martin will need to forgo some of his own powers as Prime Minister.

Jan 29, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Premier's consultations innovative poppycock by Murray Campbell

Columnist believes that Ontario Liberal premier Dalton McGuinty's proposal to consult voters to find ways to deal with the budget deficit is a promotional sham.

Jan 29, 2004 — Toronto Star

Anchors aweigh with unwise words by Antonia Zerbisias

Well-known journalists have an obligation to act professionally when there's a camera on.

Jan 29, 2004 — New York Times

BBC's Chairman Quits After Hutton Report, as a Watchdog Becomes the Watched by Sarah Lyall

Journalism advocates were dismayed by Lord Hutton's report on the BBC, which they fear will have a chilling effect on the entire UK news media's ability to question the government.

Jan 29, 2004 — Globe & Mail

TV licensing system needs a repairman by Eric Reguly

The auctioning off of Craig Media, which received a sought after broadcasting licence less than two years ago, illustrates how CRTC's licensing procedure is open to abuse.

Jan 28, 2004 — National Post

Craig sale to start round of media mergers by Paul Brent

The sale of Craig Media is expected to trigger other media sector consolidation in the coming year.

Jan 28, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Superior? Stop kidding yourself, Canada by John Doyle

When prime time television does focus on Canada, says John Doyle, much of it is devoted to reflecting our relationship with the United States.

Jan 28, 2004 — Edmonton Journal

A-Channel on the block by David Finlayson

CHUM may purchase Craig Media's A-Channel as a means of entering the Alberta market.

Jan 28, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Destiny calls again, but will Péladeau come running this time? by Andrew Willis

If Quebecor purchases Craig Media, it will primarily be for its Toronto 1 station licence.

Jan 28, 2004 — BBC News

BBC chairman quits over Hutton

BBC chair resigns after report of British House of Commons inquiry into death of scientist David Kelly exonerates government, criticizes BBC.

Jan 27, 2004 — Vancouver Sun

'Mr Television' says there's little to watch by Lynne McNamara

Daryl Duke, producer, director and member of FRIENDS' steering committee, comments on the lowering of standards in North American television and the importance of local programming.

Jan 27, 2004 — Globe & Mail

It's a seller's market for media, banker says by Eric Reguly & Andrew Willis

Craig family may be seeking more money for Craig Media Inc. than the company is worth.

Jan 27, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Honderich said ousted over cost cuts by Gordon Pitts

The sudden "resignation" of longstanding Toronto Star publisher John Honderich follows resistance to plans for significant cost-cutting.

Jan 27, 2004 — Globe & Mail

CHUM reports flat profit by Shirley Won

CHUM says its flat profits are due to increased programming costs and taxes.

Jan 26, 2004 —

Great flicks on a winter day by Roger Currie

Columnist praises CBC for airing film classics no private broadcaster would have run.

Jan 26, 2004 — CTV News Release

CTV Documentary To Chronicle AGO Transformation By World Renowned Architect Frank Gehry

CTV to air documentary on the transformation of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) by renowned Toronto-born architect Frank Gehry.

Jan 23, 2004 — Toronto Star

Rejection a good thing by Chris Zelkovich

The CRTC rejects large cable rate increases sought by sports specialty services Rogers Sportsnet and The Score.

Jan 23, 2004 — Toronto Star

Astral mulls acquisitions as profit gains 25 per cent

Astral Media says it is may acquire additional properties within its core business that have the right culture and fit.

Jan 23, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Astral Media profit soars; looking for acquisitions

Astral Media's first-quarter profit rose more than 25 percent.

Jan 23, 2004 — Globe & Mail

New Heritage boss reassures arts world by Ray Conlogue

New Heritage Minister, Hélène Chalifour Scherrer, believes mandate is to establish a vision for guarding the Canadian identity, not necessarily "know what books were published last week".

Jan 22, 2004 — National Post

Teletoon told to spend more on Canadian content: CRTC decision by Ian Jack

CRTC increases spending requirements for Canadian programming on most profitable specialty channels.

Jan 22, 2004 — Toronto Star

Stories you might have missed by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist discusses how so many important issues and events are ignored while others are over-covered.

Jan 22, 2004 — Hollywood Reporter

'Late Night' to Canada to help boost tourism by Etan Vlessing

Toronto expected to star as itself, boost tourism during Conan O'Brien Show's relocation to Toronto in February.

Jan 22, 2004 — Hollywood Reporter

CanWest turns Q1 profit by Etan Vlessing

CanWest reported a decline in revenues from Canadian television between September and November 2003.

Jan 22, 2004 — Hollywood Reporter

CRTC renews licenses for 22 channels by Norma Reveler

CRTC renews the licenses of 22 domestic specialty channels, but in some cases denies requested rate increases.

Jan 22, 2004 — Montreal Gazette

MP Lincoln won't run in next federal election by Elizabeth Thompson

Clifford Lincoln was chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, which published the landmark study of the Canadian broadcasting system, Our Cultural Sovereignty, in June 2003.

Jan 21, 2004 — Vancouver Sun

Profits up, viewers down, but why? by Alex Strachan

Nobody can explain the paradox that while U.S. television revenues increase, viewership is declining.

Jan 21, 2004 — Vancouver Sun

Knowledge Network changes could include ads by Maurice Bridge

British Columbia's public service educational broadcaster, Knowledge Network TV, could soon be running commercials if a private broadcasting "partner" is appointed to help manage the channel.

Jan 21, 2004 — Canada NewsWire

CRTC Renews The Score's Broadcasting Licence

CRTC grants 40 percent increase to The Score's wholesale cable subscription rate.

Jan 21, 2004 — Edmonton Journal

Urban fans eager to steal back the air by Todd Babiak

Enthusiasts assert the CRTC is dragging its feet on a licence for an urban music station in Edmonton.

Jan 21, 2004 — Reuters

CanWest says Conrad Black to leave its board

Conrad Black and David Radler will not stand for re-election as directors at CanWest's annual meeting in Montreal on January 29.

Jan 20, 2004 — Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Independence and Integrity II: The Updated Ethics Guide for Public Radio Journalism

Text of newly-published ethics guide for public radio journalism.

Jan 20, 2004 — National Public Radio

Why an Ethics Guide for Public Radio? by Jeffrey A. Dvorkin

National Public Radio ombudsman discusses the need for an ethics guide in public radio journalism.

Jan 20, 2004 — Toronto Star

Fearless TV Ontario an asset to cling to by Antonia Zerbisias

Zerbisias says allowing Ontario Liberal Premier to sell off TVOntario to grapple with the provincial deficit would be a serious blow to public broadcasting.

Jan 20, 2004 — Hollywood Reporter

U.S. fare still a 'hot' commodity by Steven Brennan

Despite rumours to the contrary, foreign buyers such as the UK, France and Canada are still eager to buy U.S. programming.

Jan 20, 2004 — Ottawa Citizen

Insider seeks Liberal nod in Ottawa South by Dave Rogers

Sheila Gervais, on leave from job as head of government relations at CBC, is seeking the Liberal nomination in the Ottawa South constituency.

Jan 19, 2004 — Playback

Measuring TV audiences: how should it be done? by Barry Kiefl

New statistical analyses are needed to allow broadcasters and producers to understand what will attract audiences to Canadian drama.

Jan 19, 2004 — Playback

Sandra Macdonald on the record by Peter Vamos

An interview with Canadian Television Fund president Sandra Macdonald.

Jan 19, 2004 — Playback

Producers gather in interesting times by Mark Dillon

The Canadian film and television community is looking for signs of a long-term commitment from government to encourage Canadian production.

Jan 19, 2004 — Playback

Putting audiences first by Glenn O'Farrell

Canadian Association of Broadcasters head says the Canadian government needs an action plan for drawing audiences to 'market sustainable' Canadian programs.

Jan 19, 2004 — Playback

Cooperation needed to make production viable by Guy Mayson

New CEO of the Canadian Film and Television Production Association says cooperation and restored government funding needed to make the Canadian production industry viable.

Jan 19, 2004 — Canada NewsWire

Canada not for Sale Says Coalition

Coalition for Communication and Cultural Sovereignty, comprising unions, artists, producers and cultural organizations, announces it has joined forces to combat the threat of communications sector foreign ownership.

Jan 19, 2004 — Globe & Mail

A nomad at play in radio land by André Alexis

CBC backs innovative radio program by novelist André Alexis.

Jan 19, 2004 — National Post

Martin not worried about his left wing by Adam Radwanski

By neglecting the Liberal party's left-leaning supporters, Paul Martin may be helping the NDP.

Jan 19, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Feisty jabs from the left bruise Liberal expectations by Hugh Winsor

A strengthened NDP will present challenges to the incumbent Liberal party in a federal election.

Jan 19, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Remembering Rwanda by Stephanie Nolan

A group known as Remembering Rwanda, which has lined up memorial events around the world, laments the lack of international media attention paid to the anniversary of the Rwanda genocide.

Jan 19, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Public airwaves: where Delahunty can roam free by Bill Roberts

VisionTV CEO argues CBC should share the public service broadcasting space with other public broadcasters.

Jan 19, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Indie music and beyond by Alexandra Gill

CBC Radio 3 is challenging popular perceptions of the public broadcaster.

Jan 19, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Martinites snub culture by Lysiane Gagnon

Columnist says the new Heritage Minister's absence from the Canadian Forum on Cultural Enterprise in Paris is symptomatic of the Martin government's approach to cultural issues.

Jan 19, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Bring back Geezer TV! by Gayle MacDonald

Television's ageism is shortsighted; the over-50 demographic is becoming increasingly influential.

Jan 17, 2004 — National Post

Canada not for sale at any price by Ian Jack

New Minister of Canadian Heritage indicates that she supports maintaining Canadian ownership of the communications sector.

Jan 16, 2004 — Cablecaster

CEP's poll also asked about concentration of media ownership

Poll shows Canadians would oppose a federal government decision to reduce foreign investment limits in telecommunications and take a dim view of corporate media ownership.

Jan 16, 2004 — Cablecaster

Actors and unions to mount campaign to keep media and telecom Canadian

A group of unions, actors and Canadian cultural nationalists pledged to fight any increase in foreign ownership of Canadian media and telecom companies.

Jan 16, 2004 — CBC Radio

Canadian Heritage Minister by Sandra Abma

Canada's new Minister of Canadian Heritage says she will do things differently; her first challenge will be dealing with media foreign ownership.

Jan 16, 2004 — Canada NewsWire

Canadians say NO to foreign ownership

Most Canadians support the maintenance of controls on the foreign ownership of our media and telecommunications companies, a national opinion poll shows.

Jan 15, 2004 — CNews

Copps interest in NDP shows prime minister too conservative, says Layton by Sandra Cordon

Former Liberal Minister of Canadian Heritage may join NDP.

Jan 15, 2004 — Globe & Mail

CBC showing its age in Sook-Yin Lee tempest by Russell Smith

Columnist says conflict between Sook-Yin Lee and the CBC is a classic example of the CBC wanting to appeal to a younger audience, but unwilling to alienate its aging core audience.

Jan 15, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Arts groups impressed with Heritage Minister by Ray Conlogue

New Canadian Heritage Minister Helene Scherrer says she understands the importance of stable funding for arts organizations, but is committed to freezing current budgets.

Jan 15, 2004 — Globe & Mail

CBC-TV happy with its Monday-night ratings

Nielsen ratings for CBC Television's Monday night line-up of new shows exceeded expectations.

Jan 15, 2004 — Globe & Mail

CBC lets radio host act in steamy film by Gayle MacDonald

CBC says freedom of expression not the reason for reluctance to approve radio host's leave to star in controversial film.

Jan 14, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Major investor opposes Black sitting on CanWest board by Paul Waldie, Richard Blackwell and Sinclair Stewart

Senior vice-president of investments at the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board says Conrad Black has no place on CanWest's board.

Jan 14, 2004 — Toronto Star

Heritage chief offers arts hope by Martin Knelman

Helene Scherrer's early meeting with five Ontario arts organizations gives hope she will address the problems facing the arts community.

Jan 14, 2004 — National Post

Harper stunt smacks of CBC bias by Gerry Nicholls

National Post contributor calls for privatized CBC after comic embarrasses Conservative Party leadership candidate Stephen Harper.

Jan 13, 2004 — Toronto Star

Out of the Wilderness by Antonia Zerbisias

Moses Znaimer may succeed Isabel Bassett as CEO of TVOntario.

Jan 13, 2004 — Toronto Star

Conan crew's censorship of Post not funny by Antonia Zerbisias

Censorship is wrong, but Aspers' suggestion of a Senate inquiry on the matter is inconsistent with their view that the government keep out of the media business.

Jan 13, 2004 — Le Devoir

La Chaîne culturelle de Radio-Canada - Une radio culturelle à redéfinir par Sylvain Lafrance

CBC Vice-President of French radio reflects on the essential cultural contribution of public radio.

Jan 13, 2004 — Le Devoir

La Chaîne culturelle en introspection par Paul Cauchon

The French CBC, which defines itself as the cultural channel, is once again analyzing its role in the broadcasting system.

Jan 12, 2004 — Marketing Magazine

Ending the Online Free Ride by Norma Ramage

CanWest is leading an industry-wide push to convert free online newspaper content into revenue streams.

Jan 12, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Three new shows make it a big night for CBC by John Doyle

CBC unveiled three new Canadian shows in one night: Rick Mercer's Monday Report, The Newsroom and This is Wonderland.

Jan 12, 2004 — Globe & Mail

This kid stays in the picture by Michael Posner

Star of new CBC series This is Wonderland is the kind of talent that justifies a Canadian star system.

Jan 12, 2004 — Toronto Star

Wrinkles are harder to hide on HDTV by Christian Cotroneo

Technological advantages aside, FRIENDS says high definition television is primarily a vehicle for delivering higher income viewers to advertisers.

Jan 11, 2004 — Toronto Star

Will our cable guys strike gold? by Linda McQuaig

Obstacles to communications sector foreign ownership are fading with Paul Martin as Prime Minister, which could quickly lead to U.S. conglomerates buying up our television networks and cable companies.

Jan 10, 2004 — National Post

BCE loses interest in prized media assets by Barbara Shecter

BCE is reportedly preparing to spin off control of its BellGlobemedia television and newspaper company this year, which includes assets such as The Globe and Mail and CTV.

Jan 10, 2004 — Windsor Star

O'Brien organizer bans newspaper by Siri Agrell

CanWest complains of media censorship, demands Senate inquiry after organizers refuse National Post access to Conan O'Brien during his visit to Toronto.

Jan 10, 2004 — Toronto Star

Stars support Canadian film business by Bill Graveland

American actors say Canada need not worry about California Governor's plans to keep movie production work in the U.S., noting that Canada has "too many advantages" to be ignored.

Jan 10, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Mike Bullard gets a makeover by Gayle MacDonald

In an attempt to boost ratings, the restyled Mike Bullard Show on Global will look "lighter", follow a less stringent format, and focus more on guests.

Jan 9, 2004 — Toronto Star

Bassett role at TVO to change by Robert Benzie

Provincial Liberal government will reportedly replace Isabel Bassett as CEO of TVOntario, though she would continue to serve as part-time chair.

Jan 9, 2004 — National Post

McGuinty defends spending $1M to bring U.S. show to city by J. Kelly Nestruck

Ontario Premier calls the cost of bringing the Conan O'Brien show to Toronto a "great investment".

Jan 8, 2004 — National Post

Government spending on culture rises by Norma Greenaway

Summary of expenditures that resulted in 10-year high in culture spending by government in fiscal 2001-2002.

Jan 8, 2004 — Canadian Press

McGuinty defends spending $1 million to bring U.S. talk show to Toronto

Canadian Taxpayers' Federation criticizes the use of public money to bring the host of U.S. talk show 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien' to Toronto.

Jan 8, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa, provinces and cities boost arts spending by Guy Dixon

StatsCan reports that government spending for the arts and culture has risen, with federal government expenditures reaching $3-billion for the first time during the fiscal year 2001 to 2002.

Jan 7, 2004 — Edmonton Sun

American TV Shows Grip Canadian Viewers by Mindelle Jacobs

Private broadcasters and Alliance Atlantis point to U.S. competition and advantage to explain the lack of Canadian stories on domestic television screens.

Jan 7, 2004 — Statistics Canada: The Daily

Government expenditures on culture, 2001/02

Government spending on culture increased at its fastest rate in a decade in 2001/02, as the federal government pumped a record amount into cultural activities. Combined, all three levels of government spent a total of $6.8 billion on everything from libraries to the performing arts.

Jan 6, 2004 — Financial Times

No concessions as the BBC chairman stands firm by Tim Burt

The head of the BBC fears a report on its war coverage and the death of British Scientist David Kelly will be used as an assault on its funding mechanism, self-regulation and corporate governance.

Jan 6, 2004 — Globe & Mail

CBC-TV apologizes for promo-heavy broadcast

CBC-TV apologizes after over-airing a series of in-house promos for upcoming CBC shows.

Jan 5, 2004 — Ottawa Citizen

Studio 2 alive and well by Tony Atherton

Ten-year-old TVO current affairs program Studio 2 has survived despite initial antipathy from private broadcasters and government ministers.

Jan 5, 2004 — Playback

CMG wins CBC union vote by Mark Dillon

Head of Canadian Media Guild, affiliated with the Communications Workers of America, downplays the affiliation and says Guild membership will be "very good" for CBC.

Jan 5, 2004 — Playback

Industry in hands of 3 new ministers by Ian Edwards

The fate of Canada's film and television sector is in the hands of three new federal cabinet ministers, including one political unknown.

Jan 5, 2004 — Playback

News wins, drama wanes in CRTC report by Ian Edwards

CRTC says spending on Canadian news and information programming increased 36% between 1998 and 2002, while the figure for drama and comedy programming was only 11%.

Jan 5, 2004 — National Post

Western Standard will be antidote to Maclean's, the CBC by Ezra Levant

National Post advertises new magazine, the Western Standard, as an "antidote" to "mushy, left-wing, politically correct media" such as the CBC.

Jan 5, 2004 — Playback

Report? What report? Critics warn that media concentration is threatening debate and broadcast reform by Sean Davidson

Lukewarm coverage of Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage report, Our Cultural Sovereignty, is argued to reflect the censorship by omission that can result from media concentration.

Jan 5, 2004 — Playback

AAC downturn claim refuted by producers by Sean Davidson

Alliance Atlantis is being criticized for withdrawing from film and television production after having acquired, with public subsidies, some of the country's most successful independent production companies.

Jan 4, 2004 — Toronto Star

Film's hype a test of culture policy by Graham Fraser

If Canadian director Denys Arcand's The Barbarian Invasions is nominated for an Academy Award, it will be a test for how Paul Martin and his Heritage Minister plan to approach cultural issues.

Jan 4, 2004 — Vancouver Sun

TV for those who can't see by Michael Mccullough

A private firm is helping to accelerate the development of narrated, 'described video' versions of television programs for the benefit of visually impaired audiences.

Jan 3, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Why Canadians are the new Americans by Doug Saunders

Columnist argues that Canadians are in some ways more faithful to American ideals than Americans are.

Jan 3, 2004 — Globe & Mail

John Brunton by Sarah Hampson

Profile of Canadian television producer John Brunton credits risk-taking for the success of his productions.

Jan 2, 2004 — Ottawa Citizen

Letter to the Editor: Study overwhelmingly endorsed CBC journalism by Christine Wilson

CBC's internal study overwhelmingly endorsed CBC news and The National.

Jan 2, 2004 — National Post

Media shakeup expected by Barbara Shecter

Policy changes and a business cycle upswing are expected to spur consolidation in the Canadian media sector in 2004.

Jan 2, 2004 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada TV might face big changes by Etan Vlessing

Possible increases in media cross-ownership and loosened foreign ownership limits would dramatically change the Canadian television industry.