Media Monitor — 2005

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Dec 28, 2005 — National Post

'Stern effect' boosts Sirius over XM rival by Cesca Antonelli

Arrival of Howard Stern accelerates satellite radio subscriptions in U.S.

Dec 28, 2005 — Toronto Star

The year of the digital satellite by Greg Quill

Columnist comments on CBC lockout, controversy over changes to CBC Radio One, arrival of satellite radio; concludes that independent artists "ingenuous" to expect vigorous support of U.S. satellite radio applications would result in greater airplay.

Dec 26, 2005 — Canadian Business

Media: Radio Waves by Andy Holloway

Article discusses business prospects of U.S. satellite radio services in Canada; FRIENDS continues to see CRTC approval of satellite radio with low Canadian content requirements as slippery slope for regulatory regime that enabled the success of the Canadian music industry.

Dec 23, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

Hit U.S. shows fuel rivals within Canadian television by Etan Vlessing

CTV and Global fight for Canadian ratings supremacy depends on U.S. programming; CHUM adopts interactive strategy.

Dec 22, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

Senate OKs 'hard date' for '09 digital switch by Brooks Boliek

U.S. Senate approves deadline for U.S. broadcasters to turn off analog television signals, complete move to digital broadcasting.

Dec 22, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

Free radio biz tunes out sat gains by Alex Woodson and Georg Szalai

Traditional radio industry argues satellite radio will take many years to catch up to the reach of terrestrial radio.

Dec 21, 2005 — CBC News

U.S. TV all digital by 2009

Despite government subsidy, cost to U.S. consumers to upgrade to digital technology by 2009 deadline expected to top US$3.5 billion.

Dec 21, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Sirius challenge: Stern competition by Grant Robertson

Availability of Howard Stern on U.S. but not "Canadian" satellite radio could drive grey market.

Dec 19, 2005 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Annual Report 2004-2005

CBC publishes 2004-2005 annual report focused on the theme "What is a Public Space?"

Dec 17, 2005 — Globe & Mail

It's just news, not brainwashing by Christopher Dornan

CTV and CBC tied in audience for election coverage, says online poll conducted by Decima Research and the Carleton University School of Journalism and Communication; CTV and CBC news heads respond.

Dec 16, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa stifling sector, Corus says by Grant Robertson

Corus CEO calls for looser foreign ownership rules, says foreign takeovers and partnerships essential to survival of broadcasting sector.

Dec 16, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CRTC restructuring targets changing times by Catherine McLean

CRTC reorganization motivated by technological change and "new realities" for industry.

Dec 16, 2005 — New York Times

Ex-Chairman of Public Broadcasting Violated Laws, Inquiry Suggests by Stephen Labaton

Report concludes ousted Corporation for Public Broadcasting Chairman repeatedly violated U.S. Broadcasting Act provisions designed to protect public radio and television from political interference.

Dec 16, 2005 — Le Devoir

Radio-Canada répare une «erreur» by Paul Cauchon

Incoming president of French television and radio re-arranges programming at Radio-Canada.

Dec 15, 2005 — Le Devoir

Une coalition à la défense de la radiotélévision publique de langue française par Paul Cauchon

Radio-Canada, Télé-Québec labour unions launch coalition to support French-language public broadcasting.

Dec 15, 2005 — CRTC Press Release

CRTC Reorganization

CRTC announces structural reorganization, will merge broadcasting and telecommunications policy, operations and leadership; states that reorganization will respond to CRTC "clients" looking for greater speed and responsiveness and "a lesser regulatory burden".

Dec 15, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CHUM seeks to add foreign radio channels to service by Grant Robertson

CHUM seeks foreign radio channels, plans to revive subscription radio service to compete with U.S. satellite services approved with low Canadian content requirements.

Dec 14, 2005 — CNN

O, Canada! by Paul R. La Monica

Despite the profit-friendly environment for private broadcasters here, analyst predicts a lack of local content investment will see satellite radio services attracting fewer subscribers in Canada then in the U.S.

Dec 14, 2005 — Canadian Press

CBC-TV trying to put a bad year behind it, looking for optimistic turn in 2006 by John McKay

Richard Stursberg, executive director of CBC English television, proclaims network "fully recovered" from NHL and CBC lockouts; FRIENDS disagrees, calls CBC lockout "a calamitous mistake".

Dec 13, 2005 — CBC

Tommy Douglas programming decision

CBC Acting Executive Director of Network Programming responds to complaint from FRIENDS supporter regarding decision to postpone documentary on Tommy Douglas.

Dec 13, 2005 — Toronto Star

Networks to rein in candidates' debate by Antonia Zerbisias

Networks plan more control in televised election debates, aim to tone down anarchy, shouting, force substantive debate.

Dec 13, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Memo to Fort Dork: Viewers aren't stupid by John Doyle

CBC viewers outraged with management decision to run documentary criticizing medicare system while postponing documentary about medicare founder Tommy Douglas, the latter officially to avoid appearance of partisanship.

Dec 11, 2005 — New York Times

Satellite Radio: Out of the Car and Under Fire by Richard Siklos

Satellite radio has yet to turn a profit in the U.S.

Dec 11, 2005 — New York Times

Unbundles of Joy by Daniel Askt

In antithesis to 'convergence', the Internet is accelerating the unbundling of media such as television channels, songs, and books with consequences for cultural products historically subsidized by more commercial media.

Dec 10, 2005 — Globe & Mail

How Telefilm can make movies, not just deals by Kate Taylor

Article says that Telefilm should be reformed so as to facilitate accountability and that it should prioritize quality over quantity.

Dec 10, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

Turned off politics: Voters are angry -- and they're taking it out on CPAC by Chris Cobb

Survey shows public affairs channel CPAC is widely believed to be a federally-owned "state broadcaster", when in fact it is privately owned by the cable industry.

Dec 10, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Satellite radio: Get rich and don't die tryin' by Eric Reguly

CRTC made satellite radio licensing process easy for Canadian representatives of U.S. satellite radio companies, who stand to reap large financial rewards despite minimal requirements to invest in Canadian content.

Dec 9, 2005 — Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

An open letter to the CBC in response to "Medicare Schmedicare"

Criticism of CBC decision not to air a documentary on Tommy Douglas, but proceeding to air a documentary "celebrating" private health care.

Dec 8, 2005 — Globe & Mail


Grey Cup coverage earns the CBC a spot in the ratings top ten.

Dec 8, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Stern's shift signals radio's decline by Russell Smith

Article argues that the mostly music format will disappear from free conventional radio market, advent of satellite radio signals an increasing willingness to pay for music.

Dec 8, 2005 — Winnipeg Free Press

Tune in for nasty battle over Canada's airwaves by Morley Walker

Format changes by Winnipeg radio station originally licensed for "nostalgia radio" suggests way of future for Canadian radio in face of challenge from U.S. satellite radio services.

Dec 7, 2005 — National Post

Sirius outshines XM in marketing push by Barbara Shecter

Sirius Canada said to hold advantage after a marketing campaign considered more successful and visible then XM Canada's.

Dec 7, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Shaw ends membership in cable industry by Catherine McLean

Shaw Communications resigns from Canadian Cable Telecommunications Association, citing divergence of interests.

Dec 7, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Lockout hurt CBC Radio ratings by Guy Dixon

CBC Radio fall ratings decline 25% from previous year.

Dec 7, 2005 — National Post

$475M profit music to Bitove's ears by Mark Evans

Investors respond to satellite radio IPO, value one of two Canadian licensees of U.S. satellite radio services at $800-million.

Dec 7, 2005 — Edmonton Journal

Canadian Satellite Radio share offering draws $55M

Canadian representative of U.S. satellite radio provider puts shares on the market to finance infrastructure.

Dec 7, 2005 — The Halifax Daily News

Who's telling our stories?

Industry representatives say Canadian production funding system is in need of overhaul.

Dec 7, 2005 — Toronto Star

Canuck TV needs bucks

Industry sources say national public broadcaster requires sustained funding commitment.

Dec 7, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Shaw ends membership in cable industry group by Catherine McLean

Shaw follows Videotron in terminating membership in cable industry association.

Dec 7, 2005 — NDP Press Release

Layton Lays Out NDP Plan For Accountability

NDP accountability plan would make government appointments based on merit, not on patronage political connections.

Dec 6, 2005 — The Record

Federal elections don't have time for local arts by Martin DeGroot

Article says that arts and culture supporters must come up with viable election strategies in order to achieve their goals.

Dec 6, 2005 — Toronto Star

Star and Globe? You're all invited to my funeral by Antonia Zerbisias

Owners of Globe & Mail and Toronto Star newspapers promise journalistic independence, even as Torstar assumes 20% interest in Bell Globemedia.

Dec 6, 2005 — Canadian Press

Canada's TV industry looking to 2006 for relief from perennial funding crisis by John McKay

FRIENDS says next federal government will be forced to address the scarcity of funding for production of Canadian television programs; notes current funding model effectively helps to subsidize the cost of acquiring U.S. shows.

Dec 5, 2005 — Playback

Pubcaster deals with fallout from labor conflict by Etan Vlessing

CBC struggles with worker morale, viewer loyalty post-lockout; FRIENDS says many Canadians were justifiably upset with loss of a service they were paying for.

Dec 3, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CanWest left standing in media musical chairs by Eric Reguly

BCE deal with Torstar shuts out CanWest Global, which had hoped for an alliance with the owner of Canada's largest daily newspaper.

Dec 3, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Founder of CHUM Ltd. passes away by Grant Robertson

Media mogul Allan Waters passes away; son says business will remain in the family.

Dec 3, 2005 — Globe & Mail

If Mozart embodies the CBC, why not Madonna? by Kate Taylor

Columnist says CBC Radio must change to win new audiences, avoid "fossilized" view of what constitutes appropriate programming.

Dec 2, 2005 — Canada Newswire

Woodbridge and BCE Announce New Ownership Structure for Bell Globemedia

Woodbridge sells its majority stake in BellGlobemedia to Torstar and Ontario Teachers Association Plan; CRTC to review request.

Dec 2, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Duceppe takes aim at Heritage Minister

Bloc Quebecois focuses attention on unseating Liberal cabinet ministers, including Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Dec 2, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Singing the decompression blues

Letter to the editor disputes claim that satellite radio is "CD quality"; cites live concerts aired by CBC Radio Two as high quality sound actually superior in quality to a CD and available to any broadcaster that wants it.

Dec 2, 2005 — Canada Newswire

Sirius Canada launches its premium satellite service with CBC/Radio

Six of the ten Canadian Sirius satellite radio channels will be produced by the CBC.

Dec 2, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Some satire with your holiday shopping? by John Doyle

Author says that it is odd to postpone the Tommy Douglas story because of the election campaign while airing a documentary criticizing the state of Medicare.

Dec 2, 2005 — Globe & Mail

The Radio War by Jack Kapica

Columnist says some U.S. satellite radio channels sound parochial or foreign to Canadian ears, may drive interest in Canadian content; conventional radio stations will have to adapt content to appeal more to local audiences; CBC Radio One may outlive CBC Radio Two, which will face strong competition from satellite radio channels.

Dec 2, 2005 — Globe & Mail

BCE sells part of media stake by Catherine McLean

BCE sells large part of stockholdings to Woodbridge Corp., Ontario Teachers Pension Plan and Torstar.

Dec 2, 2005 — PR Newswire

Woodbridge and BCE Announce New Ownership Structure for Bell Globemedia

Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and Torstar Corporation will join Woodbridge Corporation as shareholders of Bell Globemedia.

Dec 2, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

Election campaign pre-empts CBC political specials

CBC delays broadcast of political documentaries due to election, fear of "perception of partisanship".

Dec 2, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

BCE sells 48.4% stake in Bell Globemedia by Etan Vlessing

BCE sells significant stake in Globe & Mail and CTV to the owner of the Toronto Star and to the Ontario Teacher's Pension Plan.

Dec 1, 2005 — Toronto Star

For better or worse, satellite sounds flow north by Greg Quill

CRTC-licensed U.S. satellite radio services make little room for Canadian content.

Dec 1, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Satellite radio is finally here by Michael Bettencourt

U.S. satellite radio services launch in Canada.

Nov 28, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Don't go changing... by Guy Dixon

Response to latest changes at CBC Radio One suggests programmers out of touch with what listeners expect from CBC radio.

Nov 26, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CRTC approves six new foreign-language channels

CRTC approves six additional foreign third-language programming services, plus Gambling TV.

Nov 26, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Hey Sheila, how about a little poetry? by Kate Taylor

Columnist takes issue with Auditor General's report, says cultural spending must be justified in cultural, not just arithmetical terms.

Nov 25, 2005 — Toronto Star

Zerbisias: TV artists are starving by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist argues private broadcasters are fulfilling their Canadian content requirements using U.S.-style talk-entertainment programs that are actually detrimental to the Canadian star system.

Nov 24, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Funding rush: wallets open for the arts by Guy Dixon

Liberal government allocates new money to Canada Council for the Arts, effectively doubling its budget over three years.

Nov 23, 2005 — Toronto Star

CBC reported in talks to outsource archives by Antonia Zerbisias

CBC to contract out advertising for to AOL Canada, rumoured to be in discussions to outsource rich historical program archives, cultural assets paid for by Canadian taxpayers, to the BBC.

Nov 23, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CBC hooks up with AOL in Web deal by Grant Robertson

CBC outsources advertising sales for its website to subsidiary of America Online.

Nov 23, 2005 — Globe & Mail

No kidding, the Geminis really are a crock by John Doyle

Columnist criticizes Gemini Awards for being "crass and tedious", failing to promote Canadian television.

Nov 23, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa film funding criticized by Michael den Tandt

Auditor General criticizes oversight, controls, objectives of over $800-million in federal culture spending.

Nov 23, 2005 — Canadian Press

Actors gang up on Ottawa over CRTC, CBC

Canadian actors visit Parliament Hill, call for increased funding for CBC, CRTC to do its job to preserve Canadian airwaves for Canadian programming.

Nov 23, 2005 — NDP

Rabinovitch breaks promise on programming on the eve of Heritage confidence vote

CBC president breaks programming promise, cancels plans to produce three new local supper hour news programs in Edmonton, Montreal and St. John's; faces confidence vote before House of Commons Heritage Committee.

Nov 23, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Canadian productions win International Emmys by Gayle MacDonald

Three Canadian productions, two from CBC, win International Emmy Awards.

Nov 22, 2005 — Canadian Press

For sale: Grey Cup commercials, old price. Call CBC by William Houston

A week before the Grey Cup, CBC had not sold all its commercial time, even at last year's rates; observers blame lockout.

Nov 22, 2005 — House of Commons

Minutes of Proceedings of House of Commons Heritage Committee

Heritage Committee adopts motion calling on the federal government to tighten broadcasting policies so that Canada retains control over radio and television broadcasting in Canadian territory, as recommended in the Lincoln Report.

Nov 22, 2005 — Office of the Auditor General of Canada

Canadian Heritage needs to sharpen its approach to supporting cultural industries

Auditor General finds weaknesses in Department of Canadian Heritage strategic management of cultural funding, as well as governance and control of organizations through which funding is administered.

Nov 22, 2005 — Canadian Media Guild

CBC moves to outsource archive sales

CBC management is reportedly negotiating to outsource management and sales of CBC archives, currently performed by employees in Toronto, to a business unit of the BBC.

Nov 22, 2005 — Globe & Mail

XM goes live in Canada by Jack Kapica

U.S. broadcaster XM Satellite Radio has begun operating in Canada.

Nov 22, 2005 — Toronto Star

CBC boss facing rebuke on the Hill by Antonia Zerbisias

Parliamentary Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage expected to show disapproval of CBC president Robert Rabinovitch through a non-confidence motion, but patronage appointments system makes it unlikely he will be removed.

Nov 21, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Leafs coast to an easy victory over Geminis by John Doyle

20th Annual Gemini Awards air on Global on a Saturday night, competing with Hockey Night in Canada; columnist says event smacks of insider affair, with major stars absent.

Nov 21, 2005 — Canadian Media Guild

Letter to Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

CBC union writes to Commons Heritage Committee to correct points made by CBC president Robert Rabinovitch and other CBC senior managers when they appeared before the Committee on October 27.

Nov 21, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CRTC ponders impact of product placement by Keith McArthur and Grant Robertson

CRTC is "keeping an eye" on the use of product placement advertising in television programming.

Nov 19, 2005 — Saskatoon Star Phoenix

Halton honoured, CTV takes top Gemini share by Alex Strachan

CTV takes most Gemini awards for news.

Nov 19, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CBC, CTV take home lion's share of early Geminis by John McKay

Global Television hosts Gemini Awards for first time; CBC and CTV dominate winnings; one repeatedly nominated show already cancelled; Canadian star of a U.S. movie of the week shot in Canada and aired by Global receives nomination.

Nov 18, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

Abernathy to depart FCC in December by Brooks Boliek

One of two Republicans on Federal Communications Commission steps down.

Nov 16, 2005 — World Electronic Media Forum II

Content is Everything: Notes for a Panel Discussion by Robert Rabinovitch, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBC/Radio-Canada, Tunis, Tunisia

Speech by CBC President on impact of technology on public broadcasters and programming.

Nov 16, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

CPB bias cited in probe by Brooks Boliek

Internal investigation reveals Republican former head of the U.S. Corporation for Public Broadcasting interfered with PBS programming decisions.

Nov 15, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Why CBC needs to host programs is beyond me by John Doyle

Columnist says use of distinguished actors and reporters in unchallenging "host" roles on CBC programs insults viewers' intelligence.

Nov 15, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Amendment would allow CRTC fines by Catherine McLean

Proposed legislation would give CRTC direct powers to impose administrative fines on companies and individuals.

Nov 14, 2005 — Montreal Gazette

Dumbing down CBC radio

Editorial decries pursuit of increased ratings through mediocre programming on CBC Radio.

Nov 14, 2005 — Christian Science Monitor

Lessons from a strike will help the CBC by Lise Lareau

Canadian Media Guild president comments on CBC lockout.

Nov 10, 2005 — The Spry Memorial Lecture 2005

Prof. Marc Raboy: "Making Media. Creating the Conditions for Communication in the Public Good"

Text of the Spry Memorial Lecture 2005.

Nov 10, 2005 — Vancouver Sun

Ottawa tapdances its way around its cultural Catch-22

Editorial criticizes lower level of federal government culture spending in Western Canada.

Nov 10, 2005 — The Spry Memorial Lecture 2005

Prof. Marc Raboy: "Making Media. Creating the Conditions for Communication in the Public Good"

Announcement for 2005 Spry Memorial Lecture in Vancouver, including link to summary and text of current and past lectures.

Nov 9, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

Coverage of unrest touchy for French TV by Shiraz Sidhva

Most private broadcasters in France fail to cover civil unrest in Paris outside of the evening news.

Nov 9, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

Bush Picks Tennessee Regulator For FCC by Brooks Boliek

U.S. President nominates Republication, renominates Democrat to positions on the Federal Communications Commission.

Nov 8, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Bitove expects to raise $50-million in CSR IPO by John Partridge

Holder of CRTC licence for satellite radio service authorized to air predominantly U.S. content plans $50-million IPO.

Nov 8, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

IPO in works for XM's Canada licensee by Etan Vlessing

U.S. satellite radio licensee to launch IPO to fund rollout of Canadian service, which will feature minimal Canadian content.

Nov 8, 2005 — Halifax Chronicle Herald

CBC friends’ voices unheard in Gomery din? by Basil Deakin

Columnist discusses FRIENDS petition calling for increased funding for CBC.

Nov 8, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Group launches drive to dump CBC's Rabinovitch by Guy Dixon

Lobby group with connections to the Canadian Media Guild and U.S.-based Communications Workers of America calls for resignation of CBC president.

Nov 7, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Pagers to survey radio listening habits by Grant Robertson

Broadcast ratings agency BBM plans to use pager-like devices to track Canadians' listening and viewing habits.

Nov 7, 2005 — Playback

Big-ticket TV languishes on the Ceeb by Mark Dillon

Despite impact of CBC lockout on promotion and scheduling of Trudeau prequel, CBC Television executive vice president Richard Stursberg concludes that low ratings mean viewers are simply not interested in docudramas.

Nov 6, 2005 — Radio Canada International

2005/2006 Broadcast Schedules

RCI publishes its shortwave and satellite channel schedules for 2005/2006 broadcast season.

Nov 6, 2005 — Toronto Star

Far from over by Barry Kiefl

Noted expert in audience research methodologies corrects misunderstandings about the ratings performance of CBC, outlines prescription for organizational and programming changes at the national public broadcaster.

Nov 5, 2005 — Globe & Mail

The not-so-funny tussle over Canadian prime time by Kate Taylor

Producers blame 1999 CRTC television policy for lack of Canadian drama in prime time, say part of the solution is to restore expenditure requirements for conventional broadcasters' investment in drama production.

Nov 4, 2005 — Canadian Communications Reports

Editorial: CBC President Appearance Before Parliamentary Committee

Editorial chides CBC president for refusing to take responsibility, admit mistakes.

Nov 4, 2005 — Canadian Communications Reports

Rabinovitch tells hostile committee timing made lockout necessary

House of Commons committee bewildered by CBC president's statement that he had not yet approached the federal government about CBC's 2006 funding.

Nov 4, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Ad dollars staying tuned to TV picks by Keith McArthur

Advertisers pleased with consistent, stable programming on conventional television during fall season.

Nov 4, 2005 — NCRA/ANREC, ARC du Canada and ARCQ

Joint submission to CRTC in response to Broadcasting PN CRTC 2005-94

National Campus and Community Radio Association and two Quebec-based community radio organizations make joint submission to CRTC outlining, among other things, common difficulties in dealing with the two recently licensed U.S. satellite radio services.

Nov 3, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

You get the CBC you pay for by Chris Cobb

Media reporter writes that if Parliamentarians care about the future of CBC, they must properly fund it.

Nov 2, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CBC plans to beam up Radio 3 by Alexandra Gill

The CBC retools Radio 3 for delivery over satellite radio.

Nov 2, 2005 — National Post

C'est bon radio by Paul Brent

Astral Media agrees to supply programming to U.S. satellite broadcasting licensee Sirius, seals fate of collaborate venture with CHUM for CRTC-approved terrestrial digital radio service.

Nov 1, 2005 — Public Interest Advocacy Centre

Telecommunications for the benefit of all Canadians: A Declaration

Public Interest Advocacy Centre issues declaration criticizing the federal government's telecommunications policy review and recommending changes; FRIENDS has endorsed the declaration.

Nov 1, 2005 — Broadcast Dialogue

Economic and cultural convergence by Michael Hennessy

Cable lobbyist calls for simultaneous reform of telecommunications and broadcasting regulation and a reassessment of Canadian content regulations in light of broadband technology.

Nov 1, 2005 — Broadcast Dialogue

New technologies require smart policy by Glenn O'Farrell

Comments by President and CEO of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters on the impact of new technologies on broadcasting policy.

Oct 31, 2005 — Truthout

New Pub-Casting Chief Completes Right-Wing Coup by Timothy Karr

Former Republican National Committee co-chair and newly inaugurated Corporation for Public Broadcasting president Patricia de Stacy Harrison staffs her new agency with former underlings.

Oct 31, 2005 — CFTPA

Independent producers struggle while broadcasters reap rewards

Canadian Film and Television Production Association releases study showing that changes to film and television financing framework benefit broadcasters, hurt producers; broadcasters spending much more on foreign programming, especially drama, than on Canadian.

Oct 31, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Profits need to trickle down by James Adams

CFTPA releases study, calls for new policy framework, including programming expenditure requirements for conventional broadcasters, improved tax credits, and a redesigned Canadian Television Fund.

Oct 31, 2005 — Statistics Canada The Daily

Government expenditures on culture 2003/04

All three levels of government spent more on culture in 2003/04 than in the previous year; federal spending fell for the film and video industry, book publishing and the performing arts.

Oct 31, 2005 — Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Losing Canadian Culture: The Danger of Foreign Ownership of Telecom by Julie White

A new report concludes that foreign ownership of the Canadian telecommunications industry will jeopardize Canadian culture.

Oct 31, 2005 — Toronto Star

Let technology be catalyst for CBC's much-needed renewal by Michael Geist

Columnist says technology and the Internet are CBC's best hope for relevance as a public broadcaster.

Oct 29, 2005 — Globe & Mail

In a post-lockout world, CBC faces some dramatic dilemmas by Gayle MacDonald

Lockout, delays responsible for low audience to critically-acclaimed CBC miniseries.

Oct 28, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

XM at a loss but still beats Street by Paul Bond

U.S. satellite radio provider and U.S. partner of XM Canada (formerly Canadian Satellite Radio) has nearly doubled its subscribers in the last year.

Oct 28, 2005 — Canadian Media Research

CBC/Radio-Canada Revenues and Expenditures 2000-2005

Data show that increased expenditures at CBC over the five-year period 2000-2005 have significantly exceeded growth in revenues.

Oct 28, 2005 — Toronto Star

In midst of 'worst nightmare,' CBC chief makes point to panel

Rabinovitch denies lockout a disaster; blames lack of federal funding; editorial says Heritage Committee wasted opportunity to extract critical information from CBC management.

Oct 28, 2005 — Toronto Star

Rabinovitch defends lockout of workers by Graham Fraser

MPs chide Rabinovitch for lockout; executive vice-president of CBC English TV Richard Stursberg claims lockout saved no money.

Oct 27, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CRTC asked to say who shows Hollywood movies on TV by Simon Tuck

Allarco Entertainment and Spotlight Television, having applied to the CRTC for pay television licenses, are now asking the regulator to prevent incumbent pay television providers from making exclusive film deals with Hollywood studios.

Oct 27, 2005 — CBC News

CBC News video by Eric Sorensen (Lockout 'last resort' to reach deal: CBC president)

FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison comments following appearance of CBC president and other executives before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.

Oct 27, 2005 — Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

Transcript of appearance by CBC President and other CBC executives

CBC President Robert Rabinovitch, English Television Vice President Richard Stursberg and other CBC executives respond to extensive questioning by MPs at post-CBC lockout meeting of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.

Oct 27, 2005 — Globe & Mail

How did it all go so wrong at the CBC? by Michael Posner

Lockout can be explained in part by a cult of management at odds with CBC's public broadcasting mission; author notes management has never faced consequences of its bad decisions, including other lockouts, reductions in local programming.

Oct 27, 2005 — Presse Canadienne

Rabinovitch est malmené par les députés mais dit ne pas regretter le lock-out

CBC president Rabinovitch maintains lockout was necessary, says he does not regret it.

Oct 27, 2005 — Canadian Media Guild

CBC management falls from grace at Heritage Committee

CMG reports on House of Commons Heritage Committee meeting with CBC president and senior management.

Oct 27, 2005 — Canadian Press

Lockout was worth it, CBC chief says

CBC president Rabinovitch tells Heritage Committee lockout "worth it" despite harm to market share and employee relations.

Oct 25, 2005 — Centre for Research and Information on Canada

Poll: Medicare, Bilingualism, Peacekeeping, CBC Essential to Canada’s Nature, but not the monarchy

Canadian Unity Council survey finds 60 percent of Canadians believe CBC is an essential part of Canada, and that its disappearance would fundamentally alter the country's nature.

Oct 24, 2005 — Toronto Star

Blueprint for CBC's future is right before our ears by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist says CBC radio should serve as a model for CBC television; discusses history and current role of CBC vice-president of English television.

Oct 24, 2005 — Playback Magazine

Uphill fight for CBC by Etan Vlessing

CBC faces challenge to restore audience lost during lockout, especially for comedies, dramas and miniseries.

Oct 24, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Pay-TV monopolies under fire at CRTC by Grant Robertson

CRTC hearings to decide whether to open Canadian pay television market to new entrants.

Oct 21, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

U.S. fights UNESCO culture shield by Leo Cendrowicz

Once ratified, UNESCO convention on cultural diversity will give moral albeit not legal justification for government support and protection of domestic film, music, television and radio.

Oct 20, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Liberal lobbyists got satellite 'success fees' by Campbell Clark

Liberal lobbyists were reportedly paid lucrative success fees to save U.S. satellite radio providers' CRTC licences in face of Cabinet appeal.

Oct 19, 2005 — Edmonton Journal

Hatred of CBC links bitter enemies by Alan Kellogg

Column criticizes current CBC management for lack of vision, Parliament for lack of funding to support a truly relevant national broadcaster.

Oct 19, 2005 — Conservative Party of Canada

Letter to FRIENDS supporter from Werner Schmidt, MP, regarding satellite radio

Conservative MP responds to letter from FRIENDS supporter regarding CRTC decisions on satellite radio.

Oct 19, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

Mahoney's mix-up by Glen McGregor

Report alleges U.S. satellite radio firms retained several well-connected Liberals to lobby on their behalf to oppose cabinet appeal of CRTC subscription radio decisions.

Oct 18, 2005 — Le Devoir

Ted Rogers, cinq ans plus tard par François Desjardins

CEO of Rogers Communications discusses failed bid for Videotron in Quebec, rivalry with Bell, and abiding by industry regulations.

Oct 18, 2005 — Toronto Star

Cultural diversity policy voted in by Graham Fraser

Despite U.S. opposition, nations overwhelmingly vote to adopt UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

Oct 18, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Are there lessons for the CBC in the BBC?

Editorial argues CBC must follow BBC's lead and articulate a clearer vision for public broadcasting.

Oct 18, 2005 — Le Devoir

Diversité culturelle: c'est oui à Paris par Alec Castonguay

UNESCO convention on cultural diversity adopted; only the United States and Israel vote against adoption.

Oct 18, 2005 — Globe & Mail

The CBC: What it should be by Carole Taylor

Former chair of CBC Board of Directors makes case for rebuilding CBC on a foundation of local/regional programming.

Oct 17, 2005 — Vive le Canada

Foreign Investment? No. Foreign Ownership and Control? Yes!

Analysis by Mel Hurtig of Industry Canada figures on foreign investment shows 96.8% of all foreign investment between 1985 and 2000 was for takeovers of Canadian companies by non-resident-controlled corporations.

Oct 17, 2005 — Alberta Liberal Opposition Press Release

Conservative Cabinet’s Secret Deal With Enron Revealed

Details of secret arrangement between Alberta Conservative government and Enron, the matter being pursued by popular Alberta radio host Don Hill at the time of his sudden dismissal from the CBC.

Oct 17, 2005 — CBC Radio

CBC Strife and the Future of Public Broadcasting: Interview with CBC President Robert Rabinovitch

CBC Radio interview with CBC President Robert Rabinovitch about the lockout and the future of the national public broadcaster.

Oct 17, 2005 — Globe & Mail

The Ugly Side of CBC by Lysiane Gagnon

CBC French-language television has dumbed-down to improve ratings.

Oct 17, 2005 — CBC News

CBC president 'sorry,' but won't resign

CBC president says he acknowledges criticism arising from handling of lockout but has no intention to resign.

Oct 13, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

Apple unveils video iPod, ABC deal by Sheigh Crabtree and Cynthia Littleton

Apple launches commercial-free, pay-per-episode television downloads.

Oct 13, 2005 — Washington Post

Dimwitted Nod to 'Diversity' by George F. Will

Discussion of U.S. opposition to UNESCO convention on cultural diversity, belief that nations should be able to protect their culture only if does not involve protection from cultural imports.

Oct 13, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Global's got the Gemini Awards. Isn't it ironic? by Andrew Ryan

CBC turns down Gemini Awards role due to conflict with Hockey Night in Canada.

Oct 12, 2005 — Le Devoir

Le Canada élu au Comité du patrimoine mondial par Stéphane Baillargeon

Both Ottawa and Quebec helped define and seek the adoption of the international convention on cultural diversity recently approved by UNESCO.

Oct 12, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC plans fee increase amid complaints by Mimi Turner

BBC director general announces need for additional 5.5 billion pounds for programming and technological improvements over seven years, to be met in part by a 40 percent increase in BBC licence fees paid by households owning television sets.

Oct 12, 2005 — Statistics Canada The Daily

Cable and satellite television - 2004

Statistics Canada reports that the Canadian cable industry saw beginning of end to erosion of its traditional customer base in 2004.

Oct 12, 2005 — CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada Labour Situation: Update

Text of e-mail message from CBC president responding to citizen inquiries regarding CBC lockout.

Oct 12, 2005 — Canadian Press

CBC workers whistle back to work by John McKay

CBC employees return to work; FRIENDS calls for changes to patronage system used to appoint CBC president.

Oct 11, 2005 — Le Devoir

Libre opinion: La clé du cadenas par Bertrand Hall

Bertrand Hall condemns CBC lockout decision, says CBC permanence, excellence and relevance should be affirmed.

Oct 10, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Satellite radio will slowly phase out Cancon requirements by Simon Tuck

Canadian Association of Broadcasters seeks postponement of CRTC radio policy review; move suggests satellite radio will eventually justify reduction or removal of Canadian content requirements for conventional radio broadcasters; some broadcasters say they will continue to air Canadian programming to respond to demand.

Oct 9, 2005 — Canadian Press

CBC employees accept tentative deal officially ending labour dispute

CBC employees accept new collective agreement, officially ending lockout; but programming may take days or weeks to return to normal.

Oct 8, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Tips and tricks for rebuilding the Mother Corp. by Guy Dixon

CBC television producer discusses CBC underfunding and management's focus on audience share, ratings and "high impact" drama.

Oct 7, 2005 — NDP

Angus calls on Frulla to get serious about patronage problems at CBC

NDP Heritage Critic says seven-week lockout at CBC the direct result of the patronage system used to appoint the CBC president.

Oct 7, 2005 — Canadian Press

CBC to slowly returns to normal by John McKay

CBC to phase in the return of normal programming.

Oct 7, 2005 — Canadian Media Guild

Going Back to Work: Renewed and with a New Mission

Message to CBC employees from Canadian Media Guild National President.

Oct 7, 2005 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Guy Fournier Appointed Chair

CBC memo to staff regarding appointment of new chair of CBC Board of Directors.

Oct 7, 2005 — Toronto Star

CBC appointments not partisan: Frulla by Graham Fraser

Heritage Minister defends CBC board appointees in face of patronage criticism; notes that reappointment of CBC president was approved by House of Commons Heritage Committee.

Oct 7, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Letter to the Editor: Loser on the CBC line

New CBC collective agreement, described as victory by union, results in lower pay for some employees.

Oct 6, 2005 —

I want my, I want my, I want my CBC by Scott Piatkowski

Columnist welcomes end to CBC lockout, notes that current management has locked out employees on nearly every available occasion over the last five years.

Oct 6, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Scholarly Advice: The public broadcaster must start a dialogue with its audience -- and this time, it needs to listen by F.W. Peers

FRIENDS advisory council member recommends public consultations on future of CBC, calls for government to implement recommendations contained in 2003 Lincoln Report.

Oct 6, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Past-Presidential View: Workers and managers: Set your differences aside. Ottawa: Loosen up the purse strings by Tony Manera

Former CBC president comments on the future of CBC post-lockout.

Oct 6, 2005 — CTV Press Release

CTV Acquires Broadcast Rights to The Giller Prize

CTV takes over broadcasting rights to The Giller Prize from CBC, signs three-year deal.

Oct 6, 2005 — Toronto Star

Testing times ahead for CBC

A sampling of editorial opinion about the CBC's future in the wake of its seven-week lockout.

Oct 6, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC-TV still doesn't get it

Editorial says Canada's public broadcaster should only fill the gaps private broadcasters do not.

Oct 6, 2005 — Toronto Star

Time for hard look at way CBC is run, observers say by Graham Fraser

Criticism of lockout by newly appointed CBC board chair suggests larger governance problem at public broadcaster.

Oct 6, 2005 — St. John's Telegram

Can the CBC make a comeback? by Paul Smith

Public broadcasting is important in Newfoundland and Labrador, and in local communities across Canada.

Oct 6, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CBC hurries to get shows back on air by Guy Dixon

CBC expects lengthy delays in returning to regular programming, including local radio programming in some cities.

Oct 6, 2005 — Marketing Magazine

All quiet on the media front by David Chilton

Media mergers and acquisitions have become less significant then in past years.

Oct 5, 2005 — Associated Press

The Threat to American Democracy: Remarks by Al Gore to The Media Center

Former U.S. vice-presidential candidate Al Gore addresses the decline of the media, public discourse, the threat to American democracy, and the continued role, despite the growth of the Internet, of conventional television delivered over cable and satellite as the dominant medium of political communication.

Oct 5, 2005 — Le Devoir

Radio-Canada - Guy Fournier aurait apprécié plus d'information avant le lock-out

New chair of CBC Board of Directors, Guy Fournier, says Board should have been given more information about the lockout.

Oct 5, 2005 — Le Devoir

Radio-Canada - Guy Fournier aurait apprécié plus d'information avant le lock-out

CBC Board of Directors should have been given more information and allowed to examine all options prior to management's unilateral lockout decision, says new chair.

Oct 5, 2005 — Le Journal de Montréal

Des économies de 56 millions par Michelle Coudé-Lord

Article estimates cost savings resulting from seven-week CBC lockout.

Oct 5, 2005 — La Presse

Le lock-out à CBC/Radio-Canada aurait pu être évité par Gilles Toupin

Newly appointed chair of CBC Board of Directors says CBC lockout could have been avoided.

Oct 5, 2005 —

CBC transformed? by Judy Rebick

Real talent, value of CBC are provided by its employees; CBC management should be terminated; CBC board should be replaced with public applicants having knowledge of the importance of the national broadcaster to Canadian communities.

Oct 5, 2005 — Reuters

Canada says foreign investment caps need to ease by Gilbert Le Gras

Industry Minister foresees relaxation in telecommunications foreign ownership limits; views cultural programming, Americanization of popular culture as reasons to scrutinize foreign applications carefully.

Oct 5, 2005 — Canadian Press

CBC workers back on payroll Friday

CBC employees to return to work Tuesday, October 11.

Oct 5, 2005 — Montreal Gazette

Editorial: CBC is the problem, not Rabinovitch

Editorial says attention should be focused on fate of CBC, not that of its current president; CBC described as "official state broadcaster"; prime ministerial patronage system criticized.

Oct 5, 2005 — Toronto Sun

All hail the CBC by Sheila Copps

Conservative leader criticized for failing to discern that CBC employees were locked out, not on strike.

Oct 5, 2005 — National Post

CBC lockout merely shows cultural divide by Alex Strachan

Fraser Institute says those who support CBC are "mostly central Canadian nationalists, mostly socialist nationalists".

Oct 5, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Just who won at CBC? by Kate Taylor

Columnist suggests contract worker issue not as significant as union, management made it out to be; pales alongside much larger problems at the CBC.

Oct 5, 2005 — Globe & Mail

The feds starved the CBC, and they won't feed it in future by Jeffrey Simpson

Columnist says CBC lockout would not have happened if the public broadcaster had sufficient federal funding.

Oct 5, 2005 — Toronto Star

CBC president chastised over lockout by Linda Diebel

Newly-confirmed CBC chair Guy Fournier says CBC president should not have made lockout decision unilaterally.

Oct 5, 2005 — Council of Canadians / Parkland Institute

Event: Public Broadcasting and Citizenship

FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison to speak at forum on public broadcasting and citizenship.

Oct 4, 2005 — Canadian Press

CBC board chairman would have liked more info from management before lockout

New CBC chair Guy Fournier says board of directors should have had input into lockout decision, comments on vision for the future of the CBC.

Oct 4, 2005 — Canadian Press

The Corp's in tough to win back viewers by Bruce Cheadle

FRIENDS says CBC president must answer for the extraordinary number of lockouts at the public broadcaster since 1999.

Oct 4, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Robert Rabinovitch and the flailing CBC

Editorial says CBC management lacks both an explanation for the lockout and a plan for CBC's future.

Oct 4, 2005 — National Post

Rabinovitch picked the wrong hill to die on by Don Martin

CBC lockout strategy a "disastrous miscalculation" by management.

Oct 4, 2005 — National Post

Being Robert Rabinovitch

National Post editorial says following lockout, role of CBC must be reassessed, CBC television should adopt pledge-based funding model.

Oct 4, 2005 — Toronto Star

Editorial: CBC must outline vision for future

Editorial claims CBC has become irrelevant to many Canadians, points to need for clear vision and direction from CBC management.

Oct 4, 2005 — Canadian Press

CBC faces tough job wooing back viewers

FRIENDS says CBC president must answer for high frequency of lockouts during his tenure.

Oct 4, 2005 — Toronto Star

Lockout on ice as NHL season looms by Graham Fraser

CBC union claims victory in lockout; observers call lockout a "lose-lose" proposition for both sides.

Oct 4, 2005 — Toronto Star

CBC sidesteps financial fallout by Rick Westhead

Long lockout fails to deter large advertisers who say they will return to CBC.

Oct 4, 2005 — Toronto Star

Key now is to win back the audience by Murray Whyte

CBC union claims employees are "vindictive" and "not really in a co-operative mood to get back to work"; management says CBC will struggle to regain lost ratings.

Oct 4, 2005 — Toronto Star

Who really missed Promo Girl? by Michael Deturbide

CBC Radio began alienating its audience prior to the lockout.

Oct 4, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Timing delicate for CBC's hockey revival by Guy Dixon

CBC labour agreement unlikely to be fully ratified before NHL season opener.

Oct 4, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CBC, union hammering out back-to-work plan by Terry Weber

Sides must still develop timetable for CBC employees to return to work.

Oct 4, 2005 — Toronto Star

No room for business-as-usual at CBC by Antonia Zerbisias

Post-lockout, CBC faces the difficult task of rebuilding itself into a national institution that all Canadians value.

Oct 4, 2005 — Montreal Gazette

Change looms at CBC

MPs to ask hard questions of CBC management following lockout.

Oct 3, 2005 — The Hill Times

Changes needed in higher echelons of CBC, says NDP culture and communications critic Charlie Angus by F. Abbas Rana

House of Commons Heritage Committee to seek answers from CBC president Robert Rabinovitch over lockout; NDP MP calls for management terminations, sceptical of CBC English Television executive vice-president's commitment to local/regional programming.

Oct 3, 2005 — CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC and CMG reach tentative agreement

CBC management announces tentative agreement with CBC union on terms of new collective agreement.

Oct 3, 2005 — Toronto Star

CBC stuck with original mandate

Conservative Party candidate and former Global Television News anchor comments on need for a new, less costly mandate for CBC.

Oct 3, 2005 — Canadian Media Guild

Negotiations Update: We have an agreement in principle!

CBC union announces agreement in principle with management on terms of new collective agreement.

Oct 3, 2005 — Toronto Star

CBC, union reach tentative deal

CBC management and union reach tentative settlement, but unclear when employees will return to work.

Oct 3, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CBC, union reach deal to end bitter lockout by Guy Dixon

CBC management, union sign memorandum of agreement to end lockout, actual language not finalized.

Oct 2, 2005 — Toronto Star

Polls consistently report that Canadians trust CBC above other broadcasters, says Ian Morrison

FRIENDS spokesperson writes that based on poll results, Canadians consistently trust CBC more than other broadcasters, and want it funded properly.

Oct 2, 2005 — Toronto Star

The price of our ambivalence by Douglas Bell

Not increasing CBC's funding will be politically expedient so long as there are polls to suggest vocal CBC supporters are in the minority.

Oct 2, 2005 — Toronto Star

Let the 10 per cent of Canadians who say they miss CBC pay for it, argues Rondi Adamson

Toronto-based writer says CBC not an essential service, would rather spend $29 elsewhere.

Oct 1, 2005 — The Hill Times

Do Conservatives need to shut down CBC to win, asks Sen. Campbell

Liberal Senator addresses Tory Senator's hopes that the lockout will last until the next election, notes that if the Tories had the support of the 37% of Canadians who reported they were inconvenienced by the lockout, they would win the election.

Oct 1, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CHUM requests changes to new radio licence by Simon Tuck

CHUM asks for changes to subscription radio licence to allow commercials, more channels, more foreign content, and more programming already broadcast on conventional radio; seeks level playing field with U.S. satellite radio services recently licensed with low Canadian content requirements.

Oct 1, 2005 — National Post

Regulator without a cause by Tony Keller

Article concludes that Canadian content policies and the CRTC are nearing the end of their shelf life.

Oct 1, 2005 — Globe & Mail

For artists abroad, the CBC is the voice of Canada by Gavin Bryars

Leading English composer says Canada's national public broadcaster is second only to the BBC, notes that CBC management's lockout decision is reminiscent of the "techniques of vicious 19th-century industrial barons".

Oct 1, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Pressure building among Liberals to end CBC lockout by Michael den Tandt and Guy Dixon

MPs hear from constituents, increase pressure on government to bring end to CBC lockout.

Oct 1, 2005 — Globe & Mail

I have to ask: Have we no pride? by Heather Mallick

Columnist criticizes prime minister for allowing "Canada-hating bean-counters" to keep CBC off the air for seven weeks and counting.

Oct 1, 2005 — Vancouver Sun

We've come to rely on culture of the handout by Michael Campbell

CBC part of Canada's "culture of dependence".

Oct 1, 2005 — National Post

Lockout may cost CBC Grey Cup broadcast by Sean Fitz-Gerald

CFL may move Grey Cup broadcast to another network if CBC lockout continues.

Oct 1, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

Rabinovitch feels the heat of CBC lockout by Chris Cobb

CBC president given rough ride by MPs, ministers, CBC board of directors over lockout; FRIENDS says president is wearing the lockout decision personally, expects he will have less freedom over remainder of his two-year term.

Sep 30, 2005 — Canadian Press

CTV deal to bring back MTV irks rival by John McKay

CHUM questions whether CTV talk television channel can be transformed into an MTV brand and still comply with licence requirements.

Sep 30, 2005 — St. Catharines Standard

No good outcome for CBC lockout by Knowlton Nash

Knowlton Nash fears aftermath of CBC lockout will be to polarize an internal war between management and creative personnel and an external war between supporters and detractors of public broadcasting.

Sep 30, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CBC negotiations enter news blackout by Guy Dixon and Michael den Tandt

CBC labour negotiations placed under news blackout; House of Commons Heritage Committee to summon CBC president Robert Rabinovitch to meeting following end of lockout.

Sep 30, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC union claims labour minister as ally in dispute by James Gordon

Canadian Media Guild interprets Labour Minister's statements regarding long-term, permanent employment for all Canadians as supportive of its negotiating position.

Sep 30, 2005 — Toronto Star

Minister seeks a deal, not PR in CBC talks by Graham Fraser

Minister of Labour criticizes CBC management, union for focusing on public relations rather than reaching an agreement and ending the lockout.

Sep 30, 2005 — Toronto Star

Liberals replace former Tory minister at TVO by Robert Benzie

Ontario government replaces Isabel Bassett as chair of TVOntario; oversight responsibility moves to education ministry.

Sep 29, 2005 — The Varsity

Editorial: CBC adds flavour to national dialogue

Student newspaper editorial defends importance of CBC.

Sep 29, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada gets its MTV again with CTV deal by Etan Vlessing

CTV to relaunch TalkTV channel under MTV brand as part of far-reaching licensing arrangement; observers sceptical that service will remain a "talk" channel.

Sep 29, 2005 — Canadian Media Guild

A cynical waste of taxpayers' money

CBC union calls latest CBC contract offer worse than the offer rejected prior to the lockout, criticizes use of public funds to run "misleading" newspaper ads.

Sep 29, 2005 — Ontario Ministry of Education

Newly Aligned TVOntario to Support Government's Education Agenda

Ontario government announces changes to management, government oversight of provincial public broadcaster.

Sep 29, 2005 — The Economist

Use it or lose it; Canada's CBC

The post-lockout future of Canada's public-service broadcaster is uncertain.

Sep 29, 2005 — Toronto Star

CBC brass tables `comprehensive' offer to workers by Graham Fraser

Canadian Media Guild says CBC management's "compromise offer" not a compromise on key issues.

Sep 28, 2005 — Canadian Media Guild

CBC management remains unmoved

Canadian Media Guild issues bulletin on progress of negotiations two days after intervention by federal Minister of Labour.

Sep 28, 2005 — CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada makes compromise in settlement offer to CMG

Details of latest CBC offer to Canadian Media Guild.

Sep 28, 2005 — Canadian Press

MPs question CBC corporation execs on lockout

MPs criticize CBC management for locking Canadians out of CBC.

Sep 28, 2005 — National Post

Media Guild, CBC to talk until they reach a deal by James Gordon

CBC management, union continue to work with federal mediators; federal NDP leader spars with Labour Minister over government's response to lockout.

Sep 28, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

CPB board taps 2 GOP activists by Brooks Boliek

Republican party fundraisers appointed to head U.S. public broadcasting body, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Sep 28, 2005 — St. Lawrence Centre Forum

Event: The CBC: Tuned In or Tuned Out?

Public forum on CBC lockout with John Doyle (Globe & Mail), Sadia Zaman (VisionTV), Suanne Kelman (Ryerson School of Journalism), Wednesday, September 28, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Toronto.

Sep 27, 2005 — NDP

Letter to FRIENDS supporter from NDP leader Jack Layton

Federal NDP leader outlines NDP position on CBC lockout and Parliamentary initiatives to end it.

Sep 27, 2005 — Toronto Star

CBC plays essential role in our cultural life by Sam Bulte

Post-lockout, CBC's critical role in Canadian culture needs to be clarified or redefined, says Liberal MP.

Sep 27, 2005 — Toronto Star

Fontana reads riot act to CBC by Graham Fraser

Minister of Labour calls on CBC management, union to resolve outstanding issues and end lockout.

Sep 27, 2005 — Canadian Press

Ministers call for end to CBC labour dispute

Return of Parliament focuses attention of MPs, ministers on CBC lockout.

Sep 27, 2005 — National Post

Minister confident of CBC resolution by James Gordon

Despite Labour Minister intervention to end CBC lockout, core management-union dispute reportedly remains.

Sep 27, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

Labor minister gets involved in CBC lockout by Etan Vlessing

Federal Labour Minister calls lockout "unacceptable", instructs management and union to resolve dispute.

Sep 27, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Let all Canadians redefine CBC by Patrick Watson

Former CBC board chair clarifies position, responds to criticisms of op-ed calling for CBC to be dismantled and let out to tender.

Sep 27, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Global to telecast Geminis by Gayle Macdonald

Global declares "commitment to strong Canadian programming", replaces CBC as host network for Gemini Awards for first time in 18 years.

Sep 26, 2005 — Canadian Media Guild

"Current situation is unacceptable": Fontana

CBC union lockout bulletin reports on union/management meeting with federal labour minister.

Sep 26, 2005 — House of Commons

Transcript of Question Period

Bloc Quebecois MPs challenge Minister of Labour on federal response to CBC lockout.

Sep 26, 2005 — Minister of Labour and Housing

Statement by the Honourable Joe Fontana on his meeting with representatives of the CBC and the Canadian Media Guild

Minister of Labour says CBC management, union doing "a major disservice" to themselves and to all Canadians by prolonging lockout at CBC; provides mediator to assist parties to resolve differences.

Sep 26, 2005 — Vancouver Sun

Federal government steps into CBC lockout by Allan Woods

Rural and remote communities suffer without CBC; employees to demonstrate on Parliament Hill as union and management meet with federal Minister of Labour.

Sep 26, 2005 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

CBC-deprived radio addict itching for a quick fix by Frank Etherington

Columnist condemns lockout as "poor stewardship" by CBC management, urges CBC listeners to telephone concerns to Prime Minister Paul Martin.

Sep 26, 2005 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

Here's a couple of projects for Parliament to take on by Geoffrey Stevens

CBC lockout shows national public broadcaster needs change of leadership.

Sep 26, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

Canada's Inuit need the CBC by Jose Kusugak

Inuit leader says lockout has been devastating, CBC should be deemed an essential service in Canada's far north.

Sep 24, 2005 — Globe & Mail

The CBC's mystery manager by Guy Dixon

Anonymous CBC manager runs blog critical of other management.

Sep 24, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Hooray for Hollywood and other bad Telefilm ideas by Kate Taylor

The federal government's feature film policy, introduced in 2000, is failing; only 1.6 per cent of English language box office films were Canadian in 2004.

Sep 24, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

Dead Air: Give me back my CBC by Nicola Hamer

Ottawa resident laments loss of CBC radio.

Sep 24, 2005 — Globe & Mail

About the CBC, it ain't even elementary, Mr. Watson by Don Ferguson

Royal Canadian Air Farce producer responds to Patrick Watson op-ed.

Sep 24, 2005 — Toronto Star

Where is the CBC money going? by Susan Delacourt

MPs returning to Parliament may push for back-to-work legislation, probe into CBC use of public money during lockout; former Ontario Conservative premier Bill Davis comments on lockout.

Sep 23, 2005 —

Government to pressure CBC/CMG for a quick settlement

A copy of the letter sent by federal labour minister Joe Fontana to CBC management and the CMG.

Sep 23, 2005 —

Former Ontario premier on the future of the CBC

Former Ontario premier Bill Davis speaks with about the CBC, its past, and its future.

Sep 23, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

Mothercorp is adrift by Anthony Germain

Locked-out CBC host comments on contract work issue, CBC management, effects of lockout on staff morale.

Sep 23, 2005 — Canadian Press

Minister to meet with both sides in CBC dispute

CBC management, union to attend meeting with federal Minister of Labour to discuss lockout; FRIENDS views meeting as positive development that will focus more public attention on CBC president.

Sep 23, 2005 —

Ottawa gets involved in CBC lockout by CBCUnlocked

Federal Labour Minister Joe Fontana calls meeting with CBC President Robert Rabinovitch and Canadian Media Guild CBC Branch President in Ottawa for Monday, September 26.

Sep 23, 2005 — Toronto Star

CBC lockout shakes Liberals by Susan Delacourt

Liberal MPs express frustration with management handling of CBC lockout.

Sep 23, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Eased satellite radio rules could 'shock' system by Grant Robertson and Richard Blackwell

Conventional radio broadcasters hint they will seek lower Canadian content requirements following recent CRTC decisions, upheld by Cabinet, to approve low requirements for U.S. satellite radio services.

Sep 22, 2005 — CBC On The Line

Watson's remarks without merit, says Ian Morrison

FRIENDS comments on op-ed by former CBC chair Patrick Watson.

Sep 22, 2005 —

CBC damage done by Andrew Cash

Private broadcasters benefit from CBC lockout, reflected in minimal news coverage of lockout on private networks; FRIENDS understands that savings from CBC lockout may be sufficient to offset revenues lost during NHL lockout.

Sep 22, 2005 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Canadian Media Guild offer will delay settlement with CBC

CBC management rejects latest union offer; plans counteroffer.

Sep 22, 2005 — Canadian Media Guild

Guild Tables Offer of Settlement

CBC union tables offer of settlement, states belief that it forms the basis for an agreement with CBC management.

Sep 22, 2005 — Canadian Press

More federal money for broadband pipe by David Paddon

Industry Minister reveals open to relaxing foreign ownership in the telecommunications sector, if it would help Canada's competitive position.

Sep 22, 2005 — Toronto Star

Darkened CBC cast shadow for others by Martin Knelman

Columnist points to numerous cultural victims of CBC lockout.

Sep 22, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Proud to be dumb and !#$%&!! dumber by Lawrence Martin

CBC implicated in cultural race to the bottom.

Sep 22, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CBC: It's time for a switch by Patrick Watson

Former CBC chair blames lockout on "management ineptitude"; advocates shutting down the CBC, replacing it with a new public broadcaster.

Sep 21, 2005 — End the CBC Lockout

Remarks by Joe Clark

Text of remarks by former prime minister Joe Clark at evening in support of public broadcasting, Massey Hall, Toronto.

Sep 21, 2005 — New York Times

Lawmakers Prepare Plans to Finance Storm Relief by Carl Hulse

Republicans in U.S. House of Representatives to finance Hurricane Katrina rebuilding and rescue efforts in part through ending support for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Sep 21, 2005 — St. John's Telegram

MPs pressuring feds to end CBC lockout by Bradley Bouzane

Majority of Atlantic caucus signs letter to CBC management stating concerns about how lockout is affecting their region.

Sep 21, 2005 —

Lockout economics: Is there a link between the CBC's labour dispute and the hockey season that wasn't? by CBCUnlocked

FRIENDS calls theory that savings from CBC lockout are being used to offset losses resulting from NHL lockout "plausible".

Sep 21, 2005 — Canadian Press

Industry minister open to more foreign ownership in telecom, airline sectors

Industry Minister says he is open to relaxing foreign ownership rules in the telecommunications sector.

Sep 21, 2005 — Canadian Press

U.S. frontier saga replaces Trudeau miniseries by John McKay

Famous Canadians deliver single message at Massey Hall event in support of public broadcasting: "Bring back the CBC".

Sep 21, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CBC board backs management by Peter Rakobowchuk

CBC Board of Directors announces support for management decision to lock out workers; FRIENDS says next step is for Parliament to become involved.

Sep 21, 2005 — CBC Board of Directors

Statement by CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors

CBC Board of Directors issues statement on CBC lockout.

Sep 21, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Free Toronto concert in support of CBC workers

FRIENDS co-sponsors evening in support of public broadcasting, Wednesday, September 21, 8 p.m., at Massey Hall in Toronto.

Sep 20, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Film policy flops in English Canada: report by Dean Beeby

Study commissioned by federal Department of Canadian Heritage from Nordicity Group concludes that federal film subsidy policies are not bearing fruit in English Canada.

Sep 20, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

Sirius off 5.1% as subs slower than Street by Paul Bond

Sirius shares fall on news that company expects fewer subscribers, revenues than analysts forecast.

Sep 20, 2005 — NDP

NDP Calls for Rabinovitch Resignation

NDP Heritage Critic, MPs say CBC President/CEO Robert Rabinovitch should be replaced.

Sep 20, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CBC's managers look like twerps in this farce by John Doyle

CBC lockout galvanizes workers, focuses public attention on management.

Sep 20, 2005 — Toronto Star

CBC pickets walk PR line by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist says CBC lockout makes both sides look bad.

Sep 20, 2005 — Toronto Star

Editorial: CBC must explain reason for lockout

Editorial says CBC senior management owes Canadian public an explanation, should agree to request to appear before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.

Sep 19, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Letter to the Editor: Public suffering in CBC lockout by Frank Peers

FRIENDS advisory council member calls on CBC board to reverse management decision to lock out employees.

Sep 18, 2005 — Montreal Gazette

Scheduling broadcasting's facelift by Marianne Ackerman

Corporate fixer, scholar comment on CBC lockout, leadership (or lack thereof) in Canadian broadcasting.

Sep 17, 2005 — Canadian Media Guild

A message from the bargaining committee

CBC union contends management is not seeking a quick end to the lockout, blames time required for CBC bargaining committee to consult senior management on union proposals.

Sep 17, 2005 — National Post

Satellite radioheads going grey market by David Menzies

Canadians break law to receive satellite radio signals.

Sep 17, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Sex, talk and salsa Sheila. It's public TV in Quebec! by Konrad Yakabuski

Quebec CBC replaces evening news with talk show, sees ratings spike; Florian Sauvageau calls changes a "caricature" of public television at odds with CBC's public broadcasting mandate.

Sep 17, 2005 — Toronto Star

MPs want CBC head to report by Graham Fraser

Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage asks CBC president to appear before the Committee, report on the CBC lockout.

Sep 17, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

Government should get real cbc back on air by Alex Munter and Jake Rupert

Well known Canadians refuse to give interviews to CBC managers during lockout.

Sep 17, 2005 — Montreal Gazette

CBC lockout could keep outspoken Cherry off the airwaves by Dave Stubbs

Don Cherry says he would not cross picket line, despite being upset with union.

Sep 16, 2005 — The Glenn Gould Foundation

Glenn Gould Prize Concert honouring Sir Andre Previn

Sunday afternoon, September 25th, at George Weston Recital Hall in Toronto.

Sep 16, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC footing digital bill for poor by Mimi Turner

BBC to meet cost of upgrading television sets and aerials required to switch elderly and disabled viewers from analog to digital television.

Sep 16, 2005 — Broadcaster Magazine

CBC Lockout in Second Month; Talks Continue, Support Concert Planned

FRIENDS co-sponsors event to support public broadcasting, September 21, 8 p.m. at Massey Hall in Toronto.

Sep 16, 2005 — Toronto Star

Will Jean cross CBC picket line? by Andrew Mills and Susan Delacourt

Canadian Media Guild plans to picket if CBC attempts to broadcast installation of new governor general; prime minister, governor general, others say they will not cross a picket line.

Sep 16, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CBC won't air swearing in of new G-G by Oliver Moore

CBC will reportedly not cover the governor general's installation to avoid confrontation with Canadian Media Guild., which has said it will picket the event if CBC covers it.

Sep 16, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CHUM may kill plan for subscription radio service by Simon Tuck

CHUM expects it will not launch its proposed Canadian subscription radio service after CRTC licences awarded to U.S. satellite radio services with low Canadian content requirements were upheld by cabinet.

Sep 16, 2005 — Windsor Star

Martin vows he won't cross CBC picket line by Elizabeth Thompson

Prime Minister would delay opening of Parliament, installation of new Governor General rather than cross CBC picket lines.

Sep 15, 2005 — ROB-TV

Debate about the role of the CBC

FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison and Conservative Party heritage critic Bev Oda discuss the role and future of the national public broadcaster.

Sep 15, 2005 — PBS

The Merchants of Cool

US media ownership chart detailing what the six large media conglomerates owned as of 2001.

Sep 15, 2005 — Canadian Press

CBC abandons Terry Fox special after locked out employees block satellite truck by Dene Moore

Terry Fox Foundation upset that 25th anniversary run a flashpoint for CBC lockout, says Foundation does not want to take sides.

Sep 15, 2005 — Winnipeg Sun

Bomber bombshell by Paul Friesen

Executive Vice-president of CanWest Global Communications and National Post Chairman David Asper resigns from Blue Bombers board after confrontation with players, coach.

Sep 15, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

CBC talks said 'make or break' by Etan Vlessing

CBC labour negotiations reportedly entering critical phase; famous Canadians to perform at free concert in Toronto September 21 to encourage support for public broadcasting, end to CBC lockout.

Sep 15, 2005 — Vancouver Sun

CBC lockout erodes the basis for the network's existence by Craig McInnes

CBC programming during lockout does not fulfil the public broadcaster's mandate and fuels arguments it should be shut down.

Sep 15, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

Bloated, biased CBC needs new management by James Ferrabee

Article says CBC employees have too much control of the corporation, managers need to win back control; CBC management should be replaced.

Sep 14, 2005 — The Now

Letter to the Editor: Missing the CBC

Letter to the editor takes issue with Conservative Senator's statement on the CBC.

Sep 14, 2005 — CBC On the Line

CBC's Rabinovitch attacks government

Challenged on lockout, CBC President Robert Rabinovitch points to insufficient government funding.

Sep 14, 2005 — Canadian Media Guild

CMG Bulletin: Contract Talks Head into Critical Phase

Union update on status of negotiations with CBC management.

Sep 14, 2005 — Globe & Mail

LeBreton's got the CBC question all wrong by Kate Taylor

Conservative Senator's comments reflect pattern of prime ministerial mistrust of the CBC; Liberal cuts have given CBC journalists no reason to treat that party more favourably in news coverage; polls show CBC support cuts across party lines.

Sep 14, 2005 — Toronto Star

Leaders leave CBC prone and bleeding by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist takes issue with Conservative Senator's comments on CBC, notes that naysayers underestimate the importance of Canada's public broadcaster and the appeal it has to many Canadians.

Sep 14, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Burst that union bubble by Noah Richler

Contract worker says that CBC union position on contract workers hampers creativity and competition, and that CBC should shed "ludicrously overpadded" management and devote savings to making programs.

Sep 13, 2005 — Conservative Party of Canada

Letter to FRIENDS supporter from Stockwell Day

Conservative MP responds to letter from FRIENDS supporter regarding CBC lockout.

Sep 13, 2005 —

Hurricane Katrina? Blame the media

Members of the Bush administration blame slow response to Hurricane Katrina on alleged media stories claiming that New Orleans had "dodged a bullet"; Wall Street Journal reports no such story was found.

Sep 13, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Satellite firm nabs NHL games by Simon Tuck

Canadian Satellite Radio outmaneuvers Sirius Canada, reaches 10-year broadcast rights deal with the NHL.

Sep 13, 2005 — Media Monitors Network

AFL-CIO in Solidarity with Locked Out Canadian Workers by William Hughes

American Federation of Labour expresses solidarity with Canadian Media Guild, an affiliated union of Communications Workers of America, over CBC lockout.

Sep 13, 2005 — Edmonton Sun

Satellite radio opens new doors

Article argues Cancon regime only benefits musicians with mass appeal, low requirements for satellite radio are "a foot in the door" for other artists.

Sep 13, 2005 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

Love it or hate it, Canadians need the Mother Corps by Michael Higgins

CBC's weaknesses do not overshadow its importance and value as the only broadcaster with a national mandate.

Sep 12, 2005 — ADISQ, nine other Quebec Cultural Organizations

Satellite Subscription Radio Undertaking: Quebec’s cultural community dismayed by government decision

Quebec cultural organizations lament that CRTC satellite radio decisions and federal cabinet decision to uphold them blatantly contradict the founding principles of the Broadcasting Act, set a precedent that could lead to complete marginalization of Canada within its own radio broadcasting industry.

Sep 12, 2005 — CBC News

Sirius says cabinet has OK'd bid to provide satellite radio

FRIENDS appeal of CRTC satellite radio decisions based in part on the risk that conventional broadcasters would demand reductions in Canadian content obligations to compete with licensed U.S. services.

Sep 12, 2005 — SOCAN

Response To Call For Comments On A Regulatory Framework For Mobile Broadcasting Services

SOCAN says proposed mobile broadcasting services must be licensed and regulated like other broadcasters.

Sep 12, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Satellite radio campaign hinged on making political compromise by Simon Tuck

Cabinet decision on satellite radio appeal characterized by heavy last-minute lobbying by U.S. satellite radio providers.

Sep 12, 2005 — Toronto Star

Despite rumours, don't bet on Asper sale of Post by Antonia Zerbisias

Liberal politics cited as one reason the Aspers may not be in a hurry to sell the National Post.

Sep 12, 2005 — The Hill Times

Letter to the Editor: Political bias of CBC shows up in a poll

Conservative Senator says she hopes CBC lockout continues, looks forward to a federal election without coverage by the CBC.

Sep 12, 2005 — Playback Magazine

CBC talks back on, but problems remain by Sean Davidson

Major hurdles reportedly remain in CBC lockout; management pushes back fall launch.

Sep 10, 2005 — St. John's Telegram

CBC's not perfect, but we need it

Editorial says CBC is an important voice that Canadians cannot afford to lose.

Sep 10, 2005 — Canadian Press

Tory senator hopes for long lockout

Tory senator Marjory LeBreton says she hopes continued lockout will prevent CBC coverage of next federal election.

Sep 10, 2005 — Regina Leader-Post

Satellite radio ruling upheld by Paul Vieira and Paul Brent

Last minute offer of slight increase in Canadian content, lobbyist efforts cited in cabinet decision to uphold CRTC ruling on satellite radio.

Sep 10, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Satellite radio ruling upheld by Simon Tuck

FRIENDS expects conventional radio broadcasters will eventually ask Ottawa to reduce their Canadian content obligations in wake of cabinet decision to uphold CRTC decisions on satellite radio.

Sep 10, 2005 — Regina Leader-Post

CBC strike means fewer eyes on government by Murray Mandryk

CBC lockout means fewer sharp journalists are watching the government and questioning PR spin, especially in smaller markets like Saskatchewan.

Sep 9, 2005 — Cablecaster Magazine

Cable Industry Supports Nine New Third-language Services

The CCTA files application with CRTC to have nine Chinese third-language foreign channels approved for distribution in Canada.

Sep 9, 2005 — Canadian Press

Radio satellite: le cabinet federal ne renversera pas la decision du CRTC par Michel Bellemare

FRIENDS, others disappointed by cabinet decision on satellite radio; small number of Canadian channels on U.S. services approved by CRTC will undermine Canadian content.

Sep 9, 2005 — Government of Canada

The Government of Canada Upholds CRTC Decisions 2005-246, 2005-247, and 2005-248

Text of press release stating that the federal cabinet has upheld CRTC decisions licensing two U.S. satellite radio providers with low Canadian content requirements.

Sep 9, 2005 — Canadian Press

Cabinet backs broadcast regulator's licence approvals for satellite radio by Dennis Bueckert

Cabinet upholds CRTC decisions to issue satellite radio licences with unprecedented low Canadian content obligations; Canadian content policy dealt blow; FRIENDS calls decision a black day for Canada.

Sep 9, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Satellite radio debate rages by Terry Weber

Artists' groups oppose ghettoization of Canadian content on U.S. satellite radio services, urge cabinet to send licensing decisions back to CRTC.

Sep 9, 2005 — Canada Newswire

Organizations Representing More than 130,000 Musicians, Singers, Songwriters, Actors, and Label Employees Stand up for Canadian Content

ACTRA, AFM, CCMIA, CIRPA, CRIA, SOCAN, SAC urge federal government to send satellite radio decisions back to CRTC.

Sep 9, 2005 — Montreal Gazette

Fournier has big plans for CBC by Elizabeth Thompson

New CBC chair wants to see CBC and Radio-Canada work more closely together, do more to foster national unity.

Sep 9, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Cabinet tries again to break satellite-radio deadlock by Simon Tuck

The federal cabinet has reportedly delegated satellite radio appeal decision to its operations committee.

Sep 9, 2005 — Toronto Star

New CBC chairman lifts hopes in worker lock-out by Sean Gordon

FRIENDS says the fact CBC's president is not accountable to its board means the appointment of a new chairperson is unlikely to bring an end to the current labour dispute.

Sep 8, 2005 — Department of Canadian Heritage

Minister Frulla Proposes Appointment of Guy Fournier as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Canadian Heritage Minister proposes Quebec writer as chair of the CBC board of directors; the proposed appointment will be referred to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage for review.

Sep 8, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Maybe CBC isn't worth its cost, MP says by Bill Curry

Conservative Heritage critic calls for parliamentary debate on future of CBC, hints that continued public funding, particularly of CBC English language television, may no longer be justified.

Sep 8, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Satellite radio firms offer more Cancon by Brian Laghi and Simon Tuck

U.S. satellite radio services make last-minute conditional offers for slight increases in Canadian content in effort to sway federal cabinet decision.

Sep 8, 2005 — Canadian Press

Cabinet puts off satellite radio decision

Federal cabinet has reportedly yet to decide whether to overturn CRTC satellite radio decisions or return them to the CRTC for reconsideration.

Sep 8, 2005 — Canadian Press

Journalist to chair CBC board

Quebec author, scriptwriter and producer Guy Fournier has been appointed chair of the CBC board of directors.

Sep 8, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

Radio Daze by Michael Geist

The fact that cabinet is reviewing the CRTC satellite radio decisions reduces the independence of the CRTC.

Sep 8, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

Scrapping radio ruling a big risk by Gregg Terrence

Company serving independent musicians argues the alternative to approving U.S. satellite radio services is "lawlessness" on Canadian airwaves.

Sep 8, 2005 — Calgary Herald

Taxpayers entitled to money back during CBC dispute by Don Martin

Article says taxpayers deserve refund for lockout at CBC.

Sep 8, 2005 — National Post

CRTC denies chair has conflict in satellite radio licences

CRTC spokesperson maintains CRTC chair's former directorship, stock options in CD Radio (later Sirius) not a conflict of interest.

Sep 7, 2005 — Toronto Star

Canadian-content rules under attack

Editorial says satellite radio licences have raised fundamental broadcasting policy issues, and Parliament, not the CRTC, is the appropriate forum to debate them.

Sep 7, 2005 — National Post

Letter to the Editor: CBC-TV is embraced by Canadians

Media research expert calls columnist's dismissal of CBC-TV on the basis of audience share "facile and irrelevant".

Sep 7, 2005 — National Post

U.K. radio licence by Paul Brent

CanWest Global becomes first foreign company to be awarded radio licence in UK.

Sep 7, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CanWest awarded U.K. radio licence

CanWest Global receives licence for conventional FM radio station in UK.

Sep 7, 2005 — Globe & Mail

When do we get our money back from the CBC? by John Doyle

Columnist calls CBC programming during lockout a disgrace, exposes poor quality of promotional materials produced by PR firm recently contracted to replace CBC in-house publicity department.

Sep 7, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Hockey season could be CBC tipping point by William Houston

Columnist speculates turning point in CBC lockout may not come until the start of the NHL season in October.

Sep 7, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Frulla: Taking the heat and loving every minute by James Adams

Canadian Heritage minister discusses CBC lockout, cabinet deliberations on satellite radio.

Sep 7, 2005 — Globe & Mail

What public airwaves?

Editorial contends that technology makes broadcasting regulation, Canadian content obsolete.

Sep 7, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Satellite-radio issue stumps cabinet group by Simon Tuck

A committee of the federal cabinet reportedly failed to reach a consensus on whether CRTC satellite radio decisions should be overturned.

Sep 7, 2005 — La Presse

CRTC: le patron accusé de conflit d'intérêts par Joël-Denis Bellavance

Conflict of interest alleged after documents surface which show CRTC chair Charles Dalfen once served on board of directors of predecessor of U.S. satellite radio provider Sirius, whose Canadian representative was recently awarded a broadcasting licence in Canada.

Sep 6, 2005 — La Presse

Une plainte est portée contre le réseau Global par Norman Delisle

Quebec union files CRTC complaint against CanWest Global for moving certain functions to Toronto, allegedly violating conditions of its broadcasting licence.

Sep 6, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Top cabinet ministers debate the fate of satellite radio by Jane Taber and Brian Langhi

Committee of senior federal cabinet ministers to discuss CRTC satellite radio decision in conference call; results to be presented to full cabinet on Thursday.

Sep 6, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Digital airwaves cloud Cancon's future by Brian Laghi

FRIENDS disagrees that technology renders Canadian content regulations obsolete, notes that satellite radio market will remain small for some time to come.

Sep 5, 2005 —

"Pulling the Plug: The CBC Lockout and the Future of Public Broadcasting in Canada"

Two-part audio documentary offer indepth account of the current CBC labour crisis, as told through the many voices of workers on the picket line in Toronto.

Sep 5, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC Newsworld rakes in lucrative fees despite strike by Shannon Kari

CBC continues to collect subscription fees from its specialty service, Newsworld, despite lack of original programming and other departures from its licence conditions.

Sep 5, 2005 — Toronto Star

Overturning satellite ruling would signal lobbyists reign by Michael Geist

Columnist echoes view of U.S. satellite radio providers, complains that CRTC licensing process has been politicized and that cabinet review runs contrary to prior statements by Heritage Minister upholding CRTC independence.

Sep 5, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

An NHL-style lockout could kill the CBC by David McGuinty

Ottawa-area Liberal MP calls on CBC management to resume normal service first, then negotiate a settlement.

Sep 5, 2005 — Montreal Gazette

CHOI should go to Supreme Court

Appeal of CHOI-FM licensing decision should go to the Supreme Court, if only to reinforce that the station was not a victim of overzealous CRTC regulation.

Sep 5, 2005 — Globe & Mail

A shocking ruling on shock radio

Criticism of CRTC decision to shut down Quebec radio station for offensive content, and of Court of Appeal for upholding it.

Sep 4, 2005 — Vancouver Province

Show Film Board the money: chairman

National Film Board has banner year, but says additional long-term funding will be required to repeat the success.

Sep 3, 2005 — Toronto Star

Debate over satellite radio still raging by Greg Quill

U.S. satellite radio services stage media forum in Toronto, arrange for artists to voice objection to the appeals of CRTC licensing decisions.

Sep 3, 2005 — National Post

Where's the CBC vision? by Robert Fulford

Columnist notes CBC management cannot explain benefits to viewers or to Canadian broadcasting from greater flexibility to contract out, argues management lacks vision for CBC's future.

Sep 3, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Locked out, tuned out, treasured by Rex Murphy

CBC lockout described as "intemperate and chilling", and likely to damage the national public broadcaster out of proportion to the labour issues that gave rise to it.

Sep 2, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CBC, last bastion of the neo-cons by Rick Salutin

Columnist says CBC management priorities reflect the antiquated neo-conservative financial policies of the 1980s and 1990s.

Sep 2, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Letter to the Editor: Subscription radio

CHUM vice-president corrects facts in Globe & Mail editorial supporting CRTC satellite radio decisions.

Sep 2, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Here's your art, what's your hurry? by Graham Henderson and Brian Chater

CRIA and CIRPA spokespersons lament lack of policy hearing on cultural policy implications of subscription radio.

Sep 2, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CBC lockout by Wayne Lewchuk, Alice Dewolff, Andy King, Marlea Clarke

Academics discredit CBC management plans for labour "flexibility".

Sep 2, 2005 — National Post

Extra French satellite channels pledged by Sean Silcoff

U.S. satellite radio licensees announce they will now offer four of their eight Canadian channels in French.

Sep 2, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

Poll suggests Canadians lukewarm to satellite radio by Simon Doyle

Survey says only 10 percent of Canadians interested in subscribing to satellite radio; expert finds flaws in Sirius polling methodology saying otherwise.

Sep 2, 2005 — Montreal Gazette

Give Canadians satellite radio option

Editorial says government should not interfere in CRTC decisions: satellite radio is the way of the future.

Sep 2, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

CRTC is lost in space by Andre LeBel

SOCAN CEO says U.S. satellite radio services should not be allowed to undermine Canadian content regime for sake of a few hundred thousand potential subscribers to an "interim" technology.

Sep 2, 2005 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Form letter response from CBC President to viewers/listeners concerned about CBC lockout

E-mail form letter response from CBC President Robert Rabinovitch to CBC viewers/listeners concerned about the ongoing lockout.

Sep 2, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Letter to the Editor: CBC's northern exposure

CBC is especially missed in rural and remote areas such as Nunavut, where it is the only broadcaster.

Sep 1, 2005 — Canada Newswire

Satellite Radio Decision by CRTC Threatens Canada's Vibrant Music Scene

Organizations representing Canadian recording industry urge reconsideration of CRTC satellite radio decisions, release poll showing strong public support for Canadian content regulations.

Sep 1, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Quebec radio station to appeal to the Supreme Court by Rheal Seguin

Controversial Quebec radio station appeals to Supreme Court to challenge CRTC decision, recently upheld by the Federal Court of Appeal, to withdraw its broadcasting licence.

Sep 1, 2005 — Le Devoir

En bref: Davantage de français sur la radio satellite?

Sirius Canada plans to announce more French language programming to address concerns over CRTC licensing decisions.

Sep 1, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Who needs the CBC anyway? Um, I guess I do by Margaret Wente

Despite poor funding, invisible management, and other shortcomings, CBC is unique in its role and can't be replaced.

Sep 1, 2005 — Globe & Mail

The things you can learn from the CBC lockout by John Doyle

Columnist comments on behaviour of both sides in CBC lockout, CanWest Global programming, inadequacy of U.S. news coverage of aftermath of hurricane Katrina.

Sep 1, 2005 — National Post

Satellite radio war of words heats up by Paul Brent

U.S. satellite radio licensees face opposition not just from CHUM/Astral, but also from a wide range of other sources.

Sep 1, 2005 — Windsor Star

Satellite radio: The interference you hear

Editorial calls for end to "heavy-handed" regulation keeping U.S. satellite radio out of Canada.

Sep 1, 2005 — Edmonton Journal

Satellite radio's supporters seek to fend off review by Charlene Close

U.S. satellite radio providers condemn politicization of CRTC licensing decision; critics say a mistake for CRTC not to have held a policy hearing first.

Sep 1, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

Oz gov't outlines media reform plan by Blake Murdoch

Australian government proposes loosening cross-media and foreign ownership restrictions.

Sep 1, 2005 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

CBC commits suicide with lockout by Harry Bruce

CBC lockout reveals management and government ambivalence toward the national public broadcaster.

Aug 31, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

Don't delay satellite radio

Editorial says CRTC decisions on satellite radio should stand.

Aug 31, 2005 — CARTT

COMMENTARY: CBC lockout shows how broadcaster and union are out of touch by Laurel Hyatt

Editorial speculates that private broadcasters could never lock out their employees and hope to survive.

Aug 31, 2005 — Montreal Gazette

CBC talks resume by John McKay

CBC management and union to hold "preliminary talks".

Aug 31, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CanWest to spin off newspapers by Andrew Willis and Eric Reguly

CanWest converts newspapers to income trust under pressure to reduce debt.

Aug 31, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Cancon no cause to review satellite radio by Kate Taylor

Columnist says government should let satellite radio decision stand, find new ways to protect and nurture Canadian culture.

Aug 31, 2005 — Toronto Star

Satellite radio firms rally support by Greg Quill

U.S. satellite radio rallies car manufacturers, electronics retailers, musicians, celebrities to speak in favour of CRTC licensing decisions.

Aug 31, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Cutting off CBC spites us all by Arnold Amber

Canadian Media Guild responds to article by CBC President Robert Rabinovitch.

Aug 31, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

CBC, unions to discuss ending feud by Etan Vlessing

CBC management and union to discuss resuming formal negotiations.

Aug 30, 2005 — Maclean's

Q&A with CBC TV's point man, Richard Stursberg by Steve Maich

Executive vice president of CBC Television responds to questions regarding CBC lockout.

Aug 30, 2005 — Maclean's

CBC's split personality by Steve Maich

Article says CBC television needs to follow CBC radio's lead, decide whether it is a public service or a competitive media outlet.

Aug 30, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Not for the faint of heart by Jack Kapica

Columnist announces cabinet decision to ask CRTC to reconsider satellite radio rulings as fait accompli.

Aug 30, 2005 — Globe & Mail

The CBC's boss speaks: The fight's over means, not ends by Robert Rabinovitch

CBC president presents management's position in CBC lockout.

Aug 30, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Quebecor combining four Toronto media businesses by Richard Blackwell

Quebecor to consolidate Toronto 1 television channel (renamed SUN-TV) with existing newspaper and web businesses.

Aug 30, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Time to stop dithering: Approve satellite radio

Editorial concludes federal cabinet should not second-guess CRTC on satellite radio decisions.

Aug 30, 2005 — Canadian Press

Sirius to add more French-language satellite radio service to appease cabinet by John Ward

FRIENDS expects federal cabinet will give CRTC guidelines if it decides to send satellite radio decisions back for review.

Aug 30, 2005 — National Post

Backtracking on satellite radio risky, observers warn by Paul Vieira and Paul Brent

U.S. satellite radio services warn that overturning CRTC licensing decisions will boost grey market.

Aug 30, 2005 — Vancouver Province

CBC dispute a huge blow to public broadcasting

Former CBC board chair Carole Taylor says CBC lockout will hurt public broadcasting.

Aug 29, 2005 — Broadcaster Magazine

Seven Out of Ten Canadians Support CRTC in Granting Licenses to Canadian Satellite Radio Providers--Survey Says

U.S. satellite radio provider releases survey showing widespread support for Canadian satellite radio services.

Aug 29, 2005 — CARTT

CBC is "misinforming Canadians" says CEP

CEP says that treating a major cultural institution such as CBC like a hockey league is "preposterous" and that the government should take steps to end the lockout.

Aug 29, 2005 —

CBC employees should lock out their management by Jack McAndrew

Former member of CBC Board of Directors says current management is destroying the CBC and must be replaced.

Aug 29, 2005 — Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union

CBC already using contract workers more than private sector, says CEP

CEP calls for end to lockout, notes that private broadcasters have fewer contract workers, fewer labour disputes.

Aug 29, 2005 — Toronto Star

Were we not Canadians before the very appearance of the CBC in the 1930s by Jonathan Fortier

Op-ed argues for end of CBC, contends that CBC programming and personalities would find their way onto private broadcasters.

Aug 29, 2005 — Calgary Herald

Who needs CBC now that there's satellite radio? by Kevin Brooker

CBC radio needs to return to the top of its game to justify its public subsidy, compete with private sector and new broadcasting technologies.

Aug 29, 2005 — Toronto Sun

CBC lockout? Big deal by Peter Worthington

Columnist says Canada better off without the CBC.

Aug 29, 2005 — Maclean's

What's on the line by Mark Starowicz

CBC producer Mark Starowicz comments on CBC lockout.

Aug 29, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Industry blasts new review of digital radio by Simon Tuck

U.S. satellite radio licensees, car manufacturers claim losses, growth of grey market if CRTC decisions are overturned or sent back for reconsideration.

Aug 29, 2005 — Toronto Star

Canada became what it is by developing institutions that promote our identity, says Richard Nimijean

CBC is still a necessary national institution.

Aug 29, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Rivals eye CBC talent by John Doyle

Private broadcasters rumoured to be conducting "talent raid" on locked-out CBC reporters.

Aug 29, 2005 — Toronto Star

Collateral damage starting to mount from CBC lockout by Antonia Zerbisias

CBC lockout is having collateral damage on writers, publishers, advertisers and others who rely on a fully operational CBC.

Aug 29, 2005 — Canadian Press

Canadians shrugging off CBC lockout: poll

FRIENDS believes CBC management chose late summer lockout date to ensure the least public reaction.

Aug 29, 2005 — Decima Research

Impact of CBC labour dispute contained to date

Decima Research poll concludes CBC lockout having "limited impact on Canadian consumers" after its initial week.

Aug 29, 2005 — Toronto Star

CBC lockout: What lockout? by Sue Bailey

37 percent of Canadians in a national poll including non-CBC listeners/viewers say CBC lockout has been a minor or major inconvenience.

Aug 29, 2005 — Playback

Is CBC profiting from lockout? by Sean Davidson

FRIENDS notes that CBC television viewers typically switch to other channels when CBC goes off the air, and are slow to return.

Aug 29, 2005 — Playback

Klymkiw seeks larger profile for CFC by Matthew Hays

Former executive vice president of CBC English Television laments that in contrast to Britain, there is only "modest" support for public broadcasting in Canada.

Aug 28, 2005 — CARTT

CBC management clarifies where it says negotiations stand

CBC management says 40 outstanding issues stand between lockout and a new collective agreement.

Aug 28, 2005 — Le Devoir

Point de rupture, à Radio-Canada par Paul Cauchon

Lockout makes it unclear whether major documentary, three years in the making, concerning the 1995 Quebec referendum will air at the same time on CBC as on Radio-Canada.

Aug 28, 2005 — Le Devoir

Télévision - Guerre d'écoute en vue! par Paul Cauchon

CBC lockout does not change the fact that for most viewers, the only essential question is: what to watch?

Aug 28, 2005 — CARTT

Not all of the arts community will appeal pay radio decision

Indie Pool 'disappointed' that groups will likely appeal CRTC satellite radio decision.

Aug 27, 2005 — National Post

Living without the CBC by Andrew Coyne

Columnist says CBC might have been needed at one time, but is no longer.

Aug 27, 2005 — Toronto Star

CBC future at risk in labour dispute

Editorial says Ottawa must decide if having a national public broadcaster is important, and if so, provide sufficient funding.

Aug 27, 2005 — National Post

Pressure mounts to unplug CSR and Sirius by Paul Brent

U.S. satellite radio licensee announces plans to increase French-language offering to four channels from three in effort to address concerns behind calls for reversal of CRTC licensing decisions.

Aug 27, 2005 — Toronto Star

Satellite radio ruling may be reversed

U.S. satellite radio licensees believe insufficient French-language content the only issue behind calls to overturn CRTC licensing decisions.

Aug 27, 2005 — Canadian Press

Cabinet may ask CRTC to rescind satellite radio approval by Sylvain Larocque

Liberal MPs from Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes have all reportedly urged federal cabinet to overturn CRTC satellite radio decisions.

Aug 27, 2005 — Canadian Press

Satellite radio may be off air

Government sources suggest Cabinet will ask CRTC to rescind satellite radio decisions.

Aug 27, 2005 — National Post

Lockout tests loyalties by Melissa Leong

CBC loses listeners and viewers, competitors gain due to lockout.

Aug 27, 2005 — Edmonton Journal

Canadians deserve better from CBC by Kim Trynacity

Alberta CBC journalist says CBC must devote more resources to the regions.

Aug 27, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa to reconsider satellite-radio ruling by Richard Blackwell and Campbell Clark

U.S. satellite radio services lobbying intensively for CRTC licensing decisions to stand.

Aug 27, 2005 — Globe & Mail

A lockout? How about a rethink? by Kate Taylor

Columnist criticizes CBC president for being "invisible" during lockout, not involving employees in finding solutions to CBC's problems.

Aug 27, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Feds won't intervene in CBC lockout, says Frulla

Heritage Minister empathizes with locked out CBC workers, but says government will not intervene to force a settlement.

Aug 27, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Wanted: new chairperson for the CBC by Guy Dixon

Ottawa officially looking to replace CBC President Robert Rabinovitch as acting chair of CBC.

Aug 26, 2005 — CARTT

CBC lockout update

Canadian Media Guild lockout update says the union will not return to the table unless there is some chance of success at reaching a deal on a new collective agreement

Aug 26, 2005 —

Feds to Replace Rabinovitch as CBC Chair

The federal government is reportedly moving to appoint a new chair of the CBC Board of Directors; CBC President is currently interim chair.

Aug 26, 2005 — CBC On The Line

CBC TV vice-president locked out

Locked out CBC workers confront CBC executive vice-president of television, Richard Stursberg.

Aug 26, 2005 — Canada Newswire

CSR announces retail distribution agreement with Best Buy and Future Shop

U.S. satellite radio licensee concludes agreement to distribute service packages through Canadian electronics retailers.

Aug 26, 2005 — Montreal Gazette

Public broadcasting the way it should be by Janet Bagnall

Britain funds its national public broadcaster four times as well, per capita, as Canada does the CBC.

Aug 26, 2005 — Vancouver Sun

Firms fear denial of radio licences by Marke Andrews

FRIENDS says allowing satellite radio decisions to stand would create a slippery slope for Canadian content throughout the broadcasting system.

Aug 26, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

Sirius adds 2 Stern stations, religious offerings by Georg Szalai

U.S. satellite radio provider plans new channel lineup, including two channels devoted to Howard Stern, as well as family and religious offerings.

Aug 26, 2005 — Toronto Star

Minister optimistic CBC talks will resume by Susan Delacourt

Federal Heritage, Labour ministers encourage CBC management, union to resume negotiations.

Aug 25, 2005 — CARTT

Telesat to install CSR's repeaters

Telesat Canada "thrilled" to be working on launch of U.S. satellite radio services in Canada.

Aug 25, 2005 — Toronto Star

Lockout costing CBC viewers by Sharda Prashad

The lockout is responsible for a significant loss of audience on CBC, ratings gains for competitors.

Aug 25, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CBC staff plan national news radio broadcasts by Guy Dixon

Locked out CBC staff strategize on Internet-based newscasts in effort to create an alternative CBC.

Aug 25, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

Lockout a windfall for CBC by Patrick Dare

CMG says the CBC is saving approximately $11 million a week thanks to the lockout; some wonder if this financial incentive will see management trying to prolong the current situation.

Aug 25, 2005 — Edmonton Journal

Corus, Astral gird for battle against new pay-TV channels by Karine Fortin

Pay television applicants will have to prove to the CRTC there is market demand for the channels they want to offer.

Aug 25, 2005 — The Age

The Age by Pau Kalina

Australian Film Commission's annual drama production survey evidences steady decline in both quantity and investment in Australian television drama; downward trend expected to continue.

Aug 25, 2005 — CARTT

CMG's CBC lockout update

CBC union says management has asked for huge concessions just to return to the table, let alone to come to an agreement.

Aug 25, 2005 — Le Devoir

Libre opinion: Rumeurs d'automne par Pierre Curzi

President of Quebec Union des artistes comments on CBC/Radio-Canada lockout.

Aug 25, 2005 — Le Devoir

Radio satellite - Les libéraux fédéraux du Québec veulent faire annuler la décision du CRTC par Alec Castonguay

Quebec Liberal caucus calls on federal cabinet to reverse CRTC satellite radio decisions.

Aug 25, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

Mediation set for CBC dispute by Etan Vlessing

A special mediator has been appointed to help restart negotiations to end CBC lockout.

Aug 25, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Liberal majority in sight, chief strategist tells MPs by Jane Taber

Quebec MPs complain about repeated CBC lockouts over the last five years.

Aug 25, 2005 — Montreal Gazette

MPs urge federal cabinet to quash CRTC ruling by Elizabeth Thompson

Quebec Liberal MPs have reportedly endorsed a recommendation that Cabinet overturn CRTC satellite radio decision.

Aug 24, 2005 — National Post

Scott urges no limits to foreign control Cable, telecom ownership by Kevin Restivo

Commissioner of Competition Sheridan Scott says that Canada should relax foreign ownership rules on telecommunication companies.

Aug 24, 2005 — CARTT

CSR signs up thousands

Canadian Satellite Radio says it has pre-signed three thousand Canadian customers in anticipation of launching its satellite radio service.

Aug 24, 2005 — The Gazette

Off the air and out of sight

Independent music producers say the CBC lockout is leaving their artists struggling for exposure, and audiences hungry for music that is rarely available from other media outlets.

Aug 24, 2005 — Regina Leader-Post

CBC exec booed by locked-out workers

Richard Stursberg receives cold reception at support rally for locked out CBC workers.

Aug 24, 2005 — Globe & Mail

'Don't you guys realize what's at stake?' by Knowlton Nash

Knowlton Nash notes both management and unions to blame for CBC lockout, but real cause is political leaders who lack a deep commitment to public broadcasting.

Aug 24, 2005 — Toronto Star

Labour minister urges CBC talks by Susan Delacourt

Federal Labour Minister urges both sides in CBC lockout to resume bargaining.

Aug 23, 2005 — CARTT

New Telecom Act required

A coalition of information technology companies has called for significant changes to the Telecommunications Act to better meet the stated objectives of competition, investment and commercialization.

Aug 23, 2005 — CARTT

Telecom a "critical priority" says Emerson

Industry Minister David Emerson says that information and communications technologies are a major driver of competitiveness and that the telecom policy review is a "critical priority".

Aug 23, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CBC lockout driving rivals' promo blitz by Shirley Won

The CBC lockout has emboldened commercial broadcasters, who have increased advertising aimed at growing their audience share.

Aug 23, 2005 — National Post

Fade to black by Mark Spector

Article claims that quality of CBC Sports, once extolled as a broadcasting standard, has gone downhill.

Aug 23, 2005 — Toronto Star

Media rivals feed on CBC lockout by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist provides updates on various issues relating to CBC lockout.

Aug 23, 2005 — Montreal Gazette

Managers profit from CBC lockout by Shannon Kari

Federal government declines to intervene in CBC lockout.

Aug 22, 2005 — CARTT

Vision viewers grow

Nielsen Media Research audience data show increase in viewership at VisionTV.

Aug 22, 2005 — Canadian Press

Critic calls for political pressure on CBC board to end lockout

NDP Heritage critic calls on Heritage Minister Liza Frulla to urge CBC board to end lockout.

Aug 22, 2005 — Montreal Gazette

What of the CBC? by Chris Cobb

Former CBC anchor Knowlton Nash, former Heritage Committee Chair and Our Cultural Sovereignty author Clifford Lincoln lament impact of lockout on CBC's future.

Aug 21, 2005 — St. John's Telegram

A message for CBC by Lana Payne

Lockout shows CBC management willing to overlook the "public" part of the broadcaster's mandate.

Aug 21, 2005 — Toronto Star

No talks planned for CBC and Guild by Isabel Teotonio

Quick resolution not expected in CBC lockout since neither management nor the union appear willing to compromise their positions.

Aug 20, 2005 — Government of Canada

Notice of Vacancy: Chairperson, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Notice of vacancy for chair of CBC Board of Directors.

Aug 20, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CBC lockout not a factor, says Klymkiw

Ex-CBC head of English television programming Slawko Klymkiw says he remains a fan of the institution and that the lockout had nothing to do with the timing of his departure.

Aug 20, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Hey, CBC, watch the language by Heather Mallick

Columnist condemns mangled English and management-speak in newspaper ad written by CBC Television executive vice-president Richard Stursberg and CBC Radio vice-president Jane Chalmers.

Aug 20, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC World programming at striking CBC questioned by Mimi Turner

British broadcasting unions unite with locked out CBC workers, protest CBC management's use of BBC World content.

Aug 20, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

Lockout could permanently harm CBC's TV future, both sides admit by Patrick Dare

Both CBC management and union recognize that the lockout will negatively affect the CBC's franchise.

Aug 19, 2005 — Toronto Sun

We'll Miss You, Slawko by Bill Brioux

Columnist says ex-CBC English television programming executive Slawko Klymkiw faced impossible job.

Aug 19, 2005 — New York Times

Canadian Broadcasting Without the Canadians? by Ian Austen

CBC lockout is raising fundamental issues about the future of the Canadian public broadcaster.

Aug 19, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

CBC forfeits Rogers Cup by Etan Vlessing

Lockout has forced CBC out of the running as the official broadcaster of the Rogers Cup women's tennis games.

Aug 19, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Space invaders by Eric Reguly

Article says concerns with CRTC satellite radio decisions will be writ large when services begin carrying more than audio.

Aug 19, 2005 — Vancouver Sun

Decision imperils Canadian content - Letter to David Emerson by Holly Kemp

Online marketing company that caters to independent artists calls for reconsideration of CRTC pay radio decision.

Aug 18, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Locked-out CBC throws bone to advertisers by Keith McArthur

FRIENDS says CBC management decision to deliver CBC newscasts to Air Canada, but rebroadcast BBC news on air, shows where priorities lie.

Aug 18, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Duopoly benefits viewers

Astral and Corus defend their duopoly in Canada's pay television market, say competition would split available movie content; applicants contend there is room in the market for more than just blockbuster new releases.

Aug 18, 2005 — CARTT

Broadcasters rightly keeping their eye on telecom review by Greg O’Brien

The federal government's telecommunications policy review panel is of interest and relevance to broadcasters.

Aug 18, 2005 — Toronto Star

'The kind of person you just can't replace' by Martin Knelman

Slawko Klymkiw is leaving the CBC to become executive director of the Canadian Film Centre.

Aug 18, 2005 — The Calgary Herald

The sound of silence by Patricia Robertson

Editorial says that the CBC has a loyal audience it must be careful not to alienate.

Aug 18, 2005 — The Vancouver Sun

Privatized CBC could make new Friends -- 'stockholders' by Gerry Nicholls

VP of the National Citizens Coalition says CBC lockout proves Canada doesn't need an “all-socialist” public broadcaster anymore.

Aug 18, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

Poorly funded by John Trent

Letter to the Editor argues that CBC lockout is the result of insufficient federal funding.

Aug 18, 2005 — National Post

Astral Media ready to defend pay-TV turf by Paul Brent

Astral Media responds to new licence applications, defends concentrated pay television market.

Aug 17, 2005 — MétaMédias

Radio-Canada est-elle devenue le vivier du Parti libéral du Canada? par Marc-François Bernier

Blog by University of Ottawa professor explores issue of connections between government and the national public broadcaster.

Aug 17, 2005 — CARTT

Telcos, cable, call for massive policy change, and butt heads on how

Summary of Bell Canada, TELUS and the CCTA submissions to the federal government panel appointed to review telecommunications policy.

Aug 17, 2005 — Victoria Times Colonist

CBC needs a fresh mandate

Editorial says CBC should privatize television stations, concentrate on radio.

Aug 17, 2005 — Rabble

A hole where the news should be by Duncan Cameron

By reducing commitments to employees and seeking to eliminate jobs, CBC management is showing short-term corporate thinking that is inconsistent with its mandate; CBC leadership should be replaced.

Aug 17, 2005 — CARTT

Ninety percent of artists support sat rad decision

Indie Pool claims online survey shows 90% of independent Canadian artists support licensing U.S. satellite radio in Canada.

Aug 17, 2005 — CARTT

Programming chief Klymkiw quits CBC

Slawko Klymkiw leaves the CBC after nine years; says move has nothing to do with current lockout.

Aug 17, 2005 — CBC/Radio-Canada

A message from the executive vice-president of CBC Television: Slawko Klymkiw to leave CBC

Statement by Richard Stursberg, Executive Vice-President, CBC English Television, announcing resignation of longtime CBC staffer and Executive Director of Network Programming, Slawko Klymkiw.

Aug 17, 2005 — Globe & Mail

With lockout, depleted CBC struggling to stay timely by Gayle MacDonald and Guy Dixon

FRIENDS calls CBC lockout programming crude and unimaginative; viewers and listeners in remote areas say they feel cut off from the rest of the country.

Aug 16, 2005 — Cablecaster Magazine

Canada Needs an Integrated Communications Policy Framework says CCTA

CCTA makes recommendations to federal telecommunications policy review panel, advocates development of new communications policy to address convergence.

Aug 16, 2005 — Canadian Press

No news is bad news for lockout CBC by John McKay

FRIENDS blames both management and union for CBC lockout, notes negative consequences of successful Canadian Media Guild efforts in 2004 to amalgamate both technicians and journalists into the same bargaining unit.

Aug 16, 2005 —

NDP: Liberals have taken wrong path on CBC

NDP leader, heritage critic criticize Liberal government for creating funding crisis leading to CBC lockout.

Aug 16, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CBC: All Antiques Roadshow, all the time by John Doyle

Columnist predicts CBC will lose some listeners and viewers forever if a major news event unfolds during the lockout.

Aug 16, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Lockout spells commercial suicide for the CBC by John Doyle

Columnist says CBC lockout risks alienating its audience and supporters, fuelling criticisms of detractors.

Aug 16, 2005 — Toronto Star

CBC-TV the big loser in lockout by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist questions whether CBC will recover from lockout.

Aug 15, 2005 — National Citizens Coalition

Privatize the CBC Says NCC

National Citizens Coalition press release says the CBC should be privatized since in the 'five hundred channel universe' it has become "just another network".

Aug 15, 2005 — CTV News

Scaled down service for CBC in wake of a strike by Scott Laurie

FRIENDS says the people of Canada, CBC's shareholders, will unfairly suffer from CBC lockout.

Aug 15, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

CBC poised for walkout by Norma Reveler

Canadian Media Guild Employees preparing for lockout as CBC management issues 72-hour lockout notice.

Aug 15, 2005 — Toronto Star

CBC viewers, listeners get reruns, BBC newscasts by Scott Roberts

CBC compensating for staff shortage resulting from lockout with documentaries, British world news and reruns.

Aug 15, 2005 — CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC Forced to Lock Out Employees After 15 Months of Bargaining

CBC management explains position on lockout.

Aug 15, 2005 — Canada Media Guild

Union urges CBC board to end lockout

CBC union urges board of directors to intervene to end lockout.

Aug 15, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Repeats galore and no Peter by Guy Dixon

FRIENDS expects the quality of CBC news and other programming to deteriorate badly in the event of a lockout; lost viewers and listeners may be hard to win back.

Aug 13, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

Now you see it, now you don't

Editorial notes that CBC management's focus on ratings has more in common with commercial networks than the national public broadcaster.

Aug 13, 2005 — The Record

CBC to lock out staff

CBC management issues 72-hour warning of a possible lockout.

Aug 13, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Jennings kept a Canadian voice in the trenches of American media by Edward Greenspon

Globe & Mail editor credits unique style of late U.S. network anchor Peter Jennings to his Canadian roots.

Aug 12, 2005 — CARTT

Commission to look at mobile TV policy

CRTC to consider whether television carried on wireless devices such as mobile phones should fall under 1999 New Media Exemption Order.

Aug 12, 2005 — CARTT

Webbed Canadians slash radio listening by 30%

Ipsos-Reid survey shows Canadians have increased their Internet usage, are watching less television and listening to less radio.

Aug 11, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CBC names Carlin head of English Radio by Gayle MacDonald

CBC appoints academic and journalist Vince Carlin to the position of ombudsman of English Radio.

Aug 11, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Strike or lockout could hit CBC as early as Monday by Guy Dixon

Threat of strike at CBC continues as talks stall.

Aug 11, 2005 — CBC News

Network TV is in trouble by Greg Hughes

Article questions what will happen to high cost programming, such as drama, when advertisers are no longer investing in the network television medium.

Aug 10, 2005 — CRTC

Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2005-81

CRTC calls for comments on changes to Canadian drama incentives.

Aug 10, 2005 — ACTRA/CMG

CBC unions plan coordinated action against the Corporation

ACTRA says it will support the Canadian Media Guild in a strike or lockout at CBC.

Aug 10, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

Sirius looking beyond radio to profit from Stern

U.S. satellite radio broadcaster Sirius is considering re-broadcasting Howard Stern shows on the Internet.

Aug 8, 2005 — CARTT

CBC hires new ombud

CBC has given former Ryerson University School of Journalism chair Vince Carlin the position of ombudsman.

Aug 8, 2005 — CARTT

Are the airwaves cleaner up here? by Laurel Hyatt

Canadian content regulations cited as a contributing factor in the lack of bribes offered for radio airplay in Canada.

Aug 8, 2005 — CARTT

TVO wants to clip its Cancon

TVOntario has asked the CRTC to lower its Cancon requirements from 65% to 60%.

Aug 6, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

Meocci edges nomination for RAI general director by Peter Kiefer

Appointee receives Italian state broadcaster RAI general director nomination from all five fellow centre-right Forza Italiana board members.

Aug 5, 2005 — CARTT

Facing "neither comprehensive nor a proposal", is CBC headed for a strike?

The Canadian Media Guild says the CBC is not making a fair proposal and that the corporation is in violation of the Labour Code for unwillingness to bargain.

Aug 4, 2005 — CARTT

CSR survey refutes culture group claims

Article notes that Canadian Satellite Radio is doing much more public relations work than Sirius Canada in the face of appeals of CRTC decisions granting satellite pay radio licences.

Aug 4, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Satellite radio benefits Quebec, survey says by Jack Kapica

Canadian Satellite Radio releases survey results that show a slight majority of Quebec respondents do not believe that satellite radio will have a negative impact on culture.

Aug 3, 2005 — CARTT

SIRIUS' Karmazin "anxiously anticipates" entering Canadian market

Sirius CEO says earnings and subscriber base are rapidly increasing and the company looks forward to entering the Canadian market when the regulatory appeal is over.

Aug 2, 2005 — Globe & Mail

A great place to do business -- just no beacon for culture by Caroline Alphonso

The Anholt-GMI Nation Brands Index places Canada in second place as one of the world's most well perceived countries in terms of brand value despite ranking it 18th in the culture and heritage section.

Aug 2, 2005 — Canadian Association of Broadcasters

Submission to Privy Council on policy matters relating to the licensing of new satellite and terrestrial subscription radio undertakings

CAB comments on "potential impacts and potential unintended consequences for the Canadian broadcasting system that may be fostered by the policy rationale" used by the CRTC to approve two U.S.-based satellite radio services with low Canadian content requirements.

Aug 2, 2005 — ADISQ, nine other Quebec Cultural Organizations

Request presented to the Governor in Council to set aside decisions 2005-246 and 2005-247

Ten French-language organizations ask Cabinet to set aside CRTC satellite radio decisions and order CRTC to hold a public hearing on a subscription radio policy.

Jul 29, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Radio advertising down, StatsCan says

Statistics Canada says radio advertising grew at a slower pace than the overall advertising market in 2004 for the first time since 1999-2000, but the radio sector continues to enjoy healthy profits overall.

Jul 29, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC dismisses worries about shift in prod'n by Mimi Turner

BBC denies report that its plan to increase the amount of programming commissioned from the independent production sector will erode its in-house production base.

Jul 29, 2005 — CBC News

Canadians watching less television: CRTC

CRTC report says Canadians are watching less television overall, but more Canadian television.

Jul 29, 2005 — CARTT

Earlier broadcast report logs Cancon viewing for the first time

Summary of findings from the CRTC's sixth annual Broadcasting Policy Monitoring Report.

Jul 28, 2005 — National Post

HNIC's new voice adds to hockey's buzz by William Houston

Hockey Night in Canada is expected to resume in October and improve advertising revenues at CBC.

Jul 27, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

Scandal gives German TV pause by Scott Roxborough

Reports reveal that Germany's largest broadcaster and its leading television production company have been inserting illegal product placements and other hidden advertising into their programs.

Jul 27, 2005 — The Gazette

Arts group wants satellite radio ruling overturned

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting and eight other organizations will mount offensive against CRTC's satellite radio decision.

Jul 26, 2005 — Calgary Herald

Casting the Net by Sue Zeidler

As Internet radio gains credibility as a medium, advertising dollars and alternative funding sources are expected to follow.

Jul 25, 2005 — CARTT

Canadian TV spending proportionately more on homegrown flicks by Laurel Hyatt

After years of increases, Canadian pay TV and conventional television networks spent less on airing domestic and foreign films combined in 2003-04; however, the share of spending on Canadian films increased.

Jul 25, 2005 — Wall Street Journal

Satellite Radio's New Local Content Riles Broadcasters by Sarah McBride

U.S. satellite radio services move to add local features to compete with terrestrial radio broadcasters.

Jul 23, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Halton reported on the story, not the storyteller by Jeffrrey Simpson

Columnist pays tribute to the CBC's David Halton on the occasion of his retirement.

Jul 22, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada weighs expansion of premium pay channels by Etan Vlessing

CRTC to consider whether to allow new competitors into the pay television market.

Jul 22, 2005 — Regina Leader-Post

CRTC looking at licensing new national pay TV

FRIENDS comments on new pay TV licence applications.

Jul 21, 2005 — CARTT

New pay-TV apps public today by Greg O'Brien

Pay TV application put forward by Channel Zero features 100% Canadian content; proposed funding model is to collect contribution from other pay TV licensees.

Jul 21, 2005 — CARTT

Mobile TV is the next regulatory battlefront by Greg O’Brien

Wireless carriers argue the delivery of television to cellular phones should be exempt from regulation under the CRTC's 1999 new media exemption order.

Jul 21, 2005 — CBC News

New channels circling Canada's pay TV universe

CRTC expected to make a decision on four new pay tv applicants in late winter or early spring.

Jul 19, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Less space means more savings for CBC by Gail El Baroudi

CBC has achieved cost savings through real estate consolidation and downsizing.

Jul 19, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

L.A.-area showbiz takes hit by Jesse Hiestand

Los Angeles film economy once again affected by runaway production.

Jul 19, 2005 — CARTT

Interview: Cancon is broken, says Indie Pool president Gregg Terrence

Interview with Gregg Terrence, president of a company serving independent artists, who advocates reforming the Cancon credit system to give unsigned artists a better chance of getting radio play.

Jul 19, 2005 — Canadian Press

CRTC mulling four broadcaster applications to compete in pay TV market

Four new applications may upset two-decade old Corus/Astral pay television duopoly.

Jul 17, 2005 — Webpronews

Canadian Group Opposes XM, Sirius Licensing by David Utter

Groups oppose CRTC ruling on Satellite radio; say that XM and Sirius will provide minimal Canadian content.

Jul 15, 2005 — CARTT

Satellite radio is just another competitor, say Corus and Rogers by Greg O’Brien

Rogers and Corus say they will not launch a regulatory attack on the CRTC pay radio ruling because they believe terrestrial radio can compete against US satellite radio services.

Jul 15, 2005 — CARTT

CHUM's best year

CHUM’s third quarter results show 2005 was good for both profit and audience growth.

Jul 15, 2005 — Financial Times

Turning up the volume by Nick Fraser

Commercial broadcasters and 24-hour news cycles favour news quantity, put pressure on quality, accuracy and impartiality.

Jul 15, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

FCC pulls media ownership discussion from agenda by Brooks Boliek

FCC commissioners, evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, fail to agree on questions to be asked in review of U.S. media ownership rules.

Jul 15, 2005 — The Washington Post

Major GOP Donor Favored as Next CPB Chairman by Paul Farhi

A major donor to the Republican party is reportedly the top candidate for chair of the board of the U.S. Corporation for Public Broadcasting; follows recent appointment of a former co-chair of the Republican National Committee as CPB president.

Jul 14, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

XM buys WCS; Sirius has eye on ABC Radio by Paul Bond

Satellite radio company XM acquires WCS Wireless; meanwhile, there is speculation as to whether Sirius, its competitor, may purchase Walt Disney’s ABC Radio.

Jul 14, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

Amateur sports fade to black by Ron Scammell

Article says the CBC should do more to promote Canadian amateur sports.

Jul 14, 2005 — Toronto Star

TV darkens picture at media company

CanWest CEO says CanWest's Canadian broadcast operations, including the Global television network, are "not performing satisfactorily".

Jul 13, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Broadcast groups join CHUM

CHUM, Astral joined by other broadcasters in appeal against CRTC subscription radio ruling.

Jul 13, 2005 — CARTT

Global TV results temper overall CanWest picture

Canwest Global’s third quarter is marked by overall profits, but losses in the television sector.

Jul 13, 2005 — CARTT

CHUM solution: Let grey market live

CHUM says it would be better for Canadians to let the grey market for American satellite radio thrive than to lower the bar for Canadian content by allowing U.S. satellite radio licensees to launch.

Jul 13, 2005 — Edmonton Journal

Satellite radio's mixed signals by Sandra Sperounes

Arts and labour groups ask government to pull the plug on U.S. subscription radio licensees; conventional radio stations unsure whether satellite radio will harm their business.

Jul 13, 2005 — The Standard

CHUM-Astral consortium files appeal against CRTC satellite radio decision

CHUM and Astral will appeal the CRTC's subscription radio ruling.

Jul 13, 2005 — The Leader-Post

Appeal filed against CRTC ruling

CHUM and Astral, together with other broadcasters, say they will appeal CRTC pay radio ruling.

Jul 13, 2005 — Calgary Herald

Chum-Astral appeal satellite ruling

CHUM and Astral have announced that they will appeal the CRTC's subscription radio decision.

Jul 13, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

Chum, Astral make case against U.S. sat radio entry by Etan Vlessing

CHUM and Astral join a large number of arts groups in appealing the CRTC’s pay radio decision.

Jul 13, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC executive board urged to return bonuses by Mimi Turner

BBC director general Mark Thompson has renounced his bonus for this year; in light of staff cuts, unions are urging other board members to do the same.

Jul 13, 2005 — The Gazette

CHUM, Astral to appeal ruling on satellite radio by John McKay

CHUM and Astral appeal CRTC pay radio ruling, oppose licensing of competitors with lower requirements for Canadian content.

Jul 13, 2005 — Toronto Star

CHUM, Astral will appeal satellite licences of rivals

CHUM and Astral announce appeal of CRTC decision on subscription radio services saying it will negatively affect Canadian content requirements across the broadcasting sector.

Jul 13, 2005 — Vancouver Province

Group appeals CRTC satellite radio decision

Broadcasters join cultural coalitions in launching appeal against CRTC subscription radio decision.

Jul 12, 2005 — CARTT

Mass appeal of sat rad ruling Greg O’Brien

Three coalitions appeal the CRTC's licensing of U.S. satellite radio services CSR and Sirius Canada.

Jul 12, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Third group appeals digital radio decision by Jack Kapica

Broadcasters led by Astral and CHUM join two cultural coalitions in appealing the CRTC's pay radio ruling.

Jul 12, 2005 — Knight Ridder/Tribune

Gloves come off at Senate hearing on public broadcasting funding by Jeremy Borden

U.S. Senate hearings on funding for public broadcasting sidetracked by political controversies.

Jul 12, 2005 — Los Angeles Times

The Nation by Matea Gold

U.S. Corporation for Public Broadcasting chairman questioned by Senate committee; Senators indicate they are inclined to restore funding cut by the House of Representatives.

Jul 12, 2005 — CHUM/Astral

Notice of Appeal of CRTC subscription radio decision

Coalition of broadcasters including CHUM, Astral Media, CHIN, Fairchild Radio, Aboriginal Voices Radio, Radio-Nord and others announce appeal of CRTC subscription radio decision.

Jul 12, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

CPB head defends outside help by Brooks Boliek

Head of U.S. Corporation for Public Broadcasting admits hiring consultants with Republican ties to determine whether PBS programming is politically biased.

Jul 11, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

Senate tunes to full lineup of TV, music by Brooks Boliek

U.S. Senate committee to decide whether to restore funding for public broadcasting cut by the House of Representatives.

Jul 11, 2005 — Windsor Star

Canadians listening to less radio

Joint CRTC, Heritage Canada and Statscan report finds Canadians are listening to less radio, but commercial radio says it will survive because of its local content and the fact it is free of charge.

Jul 11, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Is it the death of the 30-second spot? by Keith McArthur

The value of the traditional 30-second television ad spot is declining.

Jul 10, 2005 — The Los Angeles Times

Rivals, and Friends? by Charles Duhigg

US satellite radio providers say their real competition is terrestrial radio.

Jul 10, 2005 — Edmonton Journal

Satellite radio's mixed signals by Sandra Sperounes

Conventional radio broadcasters say they are not fearful of satellite radio, will focus on local content.

Jul 9, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Starving the arts, thumping their chests by Kate Taylor

Columnist laments that federal funding of arts and culture has withered at the same time as their economic importance has grown.

Jul 9, 2005 — Canadian Press

Radio listening habits decreasing, Statistics Canada study shows

Despite decline in Canadians' overall listening, conventional radio broadcasters say they continue to do well.

Jul 9, 2005 — Windsor Star

Satellite radio meets CRTC

Editorial says technology eliminates the need for CRTC regulation.

Jul 8, 2005 — Statistics Canada: The Daily

Radio listening

A joint CRTC, Statscan and Heritage Canada Study shows changes in Canadian radio listening patterns.

Jul 7, 2005 — The Canadian Conference of the Arts

CCA Releases Study of Government Spending on Culture

CCA Study shows that between 1991-93 and 2002-03 government expenditures on the arts decreased, while the economic importance of the cultural sector grew.

Jul 7, 2005 — Toronto Star

Strike possible, CBC warns sports groups Rick Westhead

CBC Sports contacts the Canadian Football League, Tennis Canada and the Canada Games to warn partners of a potential strike by CBC employees.

Jul 7, 2005 — Calgary Herald

U.S. turns on Canadian TV by Alexandra Burroughs

U.S. broadcasters are purchasing more Canadian programming; however, most buyers are specialty channels desperate for content as opposed to major networks airing Canadian shows during prime time.

Jul 7, 2005 — Canadian Press

CBC Sports contacts partners and tells them to brace for strike by Rick Westhead

CBC Sports has contacted three of its partners to warn them a staff strike may be imminent.

Jul 7, 2005 — The Star Phoenix

Curling body drops hammer on CBC by Doug McConachie

After being assieged by complaints, the Canadian Curling Association has dropped its exclusive partnership with the CBC; a lawsuit may follow.

Jul 7, 2005 — Canada Newswire

Canadian Satellite Radio pledges $100,000 to Québec artists Les Trois Accords and Stefie Shock

U.S. satellite pay radio service licensed by CRTC announces financial support for Quebec artist.

Jul 6, 2005 — La Presse

Une télévision soumise? by Florian Sauvageau

Article says that Télé-Québec president's position should be legally protected from political whims.

Jul 6, 2005 — National Post

Everyone likes a smackdown by Rachel Marsden

Columnist says Fox News Network succeeds due to its "common sense approach".

Jul 5, 2005 — Le Quotidien

Radio par satellite

Quebec's minister of culture is shocked by CRTC decision on satellite radio, feels ruling poses a significant threat to Quebecois culture.

Jul 4, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Canadian Satellite Radio plans massive investment by Jack Kapica

U.S. satellite radio provider will need to make a large investment in order to be able to serve Canadians in urban centres.

Jul 4, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Build it and they will watch? by Gayle MacDonald

Documentary producer seeks funds to build Independent World TV, a non-corporate news network.

Jul 4, 2005 — Calgary Herald

Onerous licence restrictions may keep legal satellite radio out of Canada

U.S. analysts predict there is a 50-50 chance that Sirius and XM will not decide to enter the Canadian market.

Jul 3, 2005 — Ottawa Life Magazine

TV or Not TV by Michael Hennessy

CCTA president Michael Hennessy presents cable industry view on federal telecommunications policy review, says review should interest consumers since it will determine what content they access and how.

Jul 2, 2005 — The Telegram

CBC bringing back hour newscast by Rosie Gillingham

After five years, CBC says it will restore one-hour suppetime news broadcasts in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Jul 2, 2005 — The Leader-Post

Satellite radio: Music to their ears by Andrew Matte

Canadian truckers and farmers in rural regions have resorted to fabricated American addresses to obtain grey market satellite radio services.

Jul 2, 2005 — Globe & Mail

The static over satellite radio by Kate Taylor

FRIENDS opposes double standard for Canadian content created by CRTC pay radio decision.

Jul 2, 2005 — Billboard

Canadian Radio Mulls Satellite Regulations by Larry Leblanc

U.S. satellite radio services complain Canadian content requirements will mean carrying fewer American channels; satellite radio ruling ghettoizes Canadian content, says CIRPA.

Jul 1, 2005 — Winnipeg Free Press

CBC-less Canada hard to contemplate by Morley Walker

Article says we criticize the CBC for the same reasons we criticize family members - because they are important to us and we want them to be as best as they can be.

Jul 1, 2005 — Satellite Week

Some Canadian Artists Appeal CRTC Satellite Radio Nod, Others Applaud

Company that serves independent artists says it disagrees with arts group coalition appeal of the CRTC pay radio decision.

Jul 1, 2005 — Portage Daily Graphic

Cdn. Arts Group Wants CRTC Ruling Overturned

Friends and other members of cultural coalition say CRTC satellite radio ruling could lead to decreased Canadian content across the broadcasting system.

Jun 30, 2005 — CARTT

Getting satellite radio through the concrete valleys

U.S. satellite radio licensee proceeding with plans to install terrestrial repeater network in large Canadian cities.

Jun 30, 2005 — The Gazette

Canadians like their TV local

Canadians less interested in television but more interested in local networks, CRTC report reveals.

Jun 30, 2005 — The Leader-Post

Canadians watch more homegrown shows

CRTC Report finds Canadians are watching less television overall, but more Canadian television when they are tuning in.

Jun 30, 2005 — Vancouver Sun

CBC seeks facelift for 'factory' by Amy O'Brian

In anticipation of the Vancouver Olympics, CBC has asked architectural firm to spruce up its Vancouver headquarters.

Jun 30, 2005 — The Calgary Herald

Canadians turning off TV

CRTC monitoring report says Canadians watched 20 minutes less television per week in 2004 than in 2003.

Jun 30, 2005 — Canadian Press

Canadians watching less TV, but more Cancon

CRTC report reveals that specialty, pay and pay-per-view revenues now equal those of English-language private conventional stations.

Jun 30, 2005 — Toronto Star

TV gets 25.8 hours of our week by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist analyzes CRTC Broadcasting Policy Monitoring Report.

Jun 29, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada cablers profit from chasing sat TV by Norma Reveler and Etan Vlessing

CRTC report says revenue growth at Canadian satellite TV and wireless cable distributors outpaced that for conventional cable, and that only conventional cable operators recorded profits last year.

Jun 29, 2005 — CRTC Press Release

The CRTC releases its annual Broadcasting Policy Monitoring Report

Sixth annual CRTC statistical report analyzes radio, television, broadcast distribution and Internet indicators with a view to measuring the impact of CRTC regulations, policies and decisions on the Canadian broadcasting industry.

Jun 29, 2005 — Canadian Press

Canadian television getting more attention - foreign broadcasters less by Graham Clark

CRTC Broadcasting Policy Monitoring Report suggests the number of Canadians watching American or foreign television stations "has gone down substantially".

Jun 29, 2005 — Canadian Independent Record Production Association

Indie Pool Remains Out of Step with Canadian Artistic Coalition on Satellite Radio Decision

CIRPA says Indie Pool owner speaks for himself and his business interests, not Canadian independent artists.

Jun 28, 2005 — Ottawa Sun

Groups wants feds to zap radio ruling

Cultural groups ask federal Cabinet to overturn CRTC pay radio ruling.

Jun 28, 2005 — Toronto Star

Satellite radio decision could demolish Cancon industry, says coalition by Greg O'Brien

ACTRA comments on cultural coalition appeal of CRTC pay radio decision.

Jun 28, 2005 — CARTT

BDU revenues grow

CRTC data show cable industry profits before interest and taxes rose 44.9% between 2003 and 2004.

Jun 28, 2005 — World Markets Analysis

Satellite Radio Companies to Rethink Canadian Strategy by Cormac Doyle

Following CRTC ruling on pay radio, XM says it is considering whether or not to enter the Canadian market at all, while Sirius says it remains committed to doing so.

Jun 28, 2005 — The London Free Press

Satellite radio facing stiff opposition

Cultural groups oppose satellite radio decision on the basis it will erode Canadian content structure that has taken Canada decades to build.

Jun 28, 2005 — National Post

Push on to block U.S. satellite radio

Cultural coalition tells Cabinet pay radio decision runs counter to Canadian broadcasting policy.

Jun 28, 2005 — The Standard

Satellite radio ruling a threat to Canadian content: coalition

Coalition of media, labour and arts groups appeals satellite radio ruling.

Jun 28, 2005 — Star Phoenix

Quash satellite radio, say arts groups, unions

Coalition of media, labour and arts groups says Cabinet must overturn CRTC pay radio ruling in order to preserve Canadian content.

Jun 28, 2005 — Canadian Press

Revenues grew for cable and satellite broadcast providers in 2000-2004: CRTC

CRTC report says that conventional cable distributors' subscribers, revenues and profits have all increased since 2000.

Jun 28, 2005 — Communications Daily


Cultural coalition believes pay radio ruling breaches Canada's Broadcasting Act.

Jun 28, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Satellite radio's foes put up their dukes by James Adams

Cultural coalition opposes CRTC approval of U.S. satellite radio services.

Jun 28, 2005 — Edmonton Journal

Overturn pay-radio ruling, groups demand

Arts coalition says CRTC ruling on pay radio sets a dangerous precedent and is asking federal Cabinet to overturn it.

Jun 28, 2005 — Canadian Press

Ottawa urged to quash CRTC pay-radio ruling by Maria Babbage

Coalition of arts groups asks Cabinet to overturn satellite radio decision.

Jun 28, 2005 — Halifax Daily News

Arts-labour coalition wants pay-radio ruling overturned

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting and other coalition members ask Cabinet to review CRTC ruling on satellite radio, consider the decision to be a threat to Canadian content.

Jun 28, 2005 — Edmonton Sun

Controversy over Canadian content by Mindelle Jacobs

FRIENDS and other arts groups say CRTC satellite radio decision will undo decades of achievement resulting from Canadian content rules; FRIENDS criticizes CBC management for involvement in one of two U.S. services licensed.

Jun 28, 2005 — Indie Pool

Appeal of Satellite Radio Decision Irresponsible; 20,000 artists support CRTC's decision to licence satellite radio in Canada

Company says 20,000 independent Canadian artists support CRTC satellite radio decision.

Jun 28, 2005 — Toronto Star

Pay radio ruling favours Americans by Ian Morrison

FRIENDS op-ed explains rationale for arts coalition appeal of CRTC decision on pay radio.

Jun 27, 2005 — CARTT

Satellite radio decision to be appealed

Arts and labour groups say pay radio decision runs counter to policy objectives behind Canada's Broadcasting Act.

Jun 27, 2005 — The Leader-Post

Arts coalition wants cabinet to overturn pay-radio decision

Friends and other arts and labour groups ask Cabinet to review the CRTC's decision on pay radio.

Jun 27, 2005 — Daily Herald Tribune

Canadian Content the Crux of Challenge to Pay-Radio Ruling

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting and fellow arts and labour groups are challenging the CRTC's pay radio ruling because of its projected degenerative effect on Canadian content throughout the broadcasting system.

Jun 27, 2005 — The Vancouver Province

Canadian listeners should stop having to play second fiddle

Article says that CRTC ruling on pay radio services is "heavy handed" due to attached Canadian content obligations.

Jun 27, 2005 — The Record

Group wants pay-radio decision overturned

Coalition members ask Cabinet to review CRTC subscription radio decision, which they say will erode Canadian content in Canada's audio-visual system.

Jun 27, 2005 — Automotive News

Canada's rules worry satellite radio companies by Greg Bowens

U.S. satellite radio providers consider whether to enter Canadian market, want to ensure Canadian rules do not "diminish the American listening experience".

Jun 27, 2005 — Canadian Press

Quash CRTC pay-radio ruling, unions and arts group urge federal cabinet by Maria Babbage

Groups say pay radio decision creates slippery slope toward reduction or elimination of Canadian content requirements.

Jun 27, 2005 — La Presse Canadienne

Radio par abonnement: deux coalitions en appellent des decisions du CRTC

Two coalitions of arts, recording industry and media groups - one English and one French - are demanding the CRTC's subscription radio decision be overturned.

Jun 27, 2005 — The Leader Post

Arts coalition wants cabinet to overturn pay-radio decision

A coalition of arts groups including Friends of Canadian Broadcasting is contesting CRTC ruling on subscription based radio services.

Jun 27, 2005 — Le Devoir

Radio satellite

Coalition including Friends of Canadian Broadcasting will ask federal Cabinet to review CRTC ruling on subscription radio services.

Jun 27, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

Google expands searches by Chris Marlowe

Google launches video search engine.

Jun 27, 2005 — House of Commons

Transcript of Question Period

NDP caucus calls on Liberal government to overturn CRTC decision on satellite radio.

Jun 27, 2005 — Canadian Press

Arts coalition denounces pay-radio ruling

CRTC pay radio decision would undo years of efforts to promote and protect Canadian programming, say arts groups.

Jun 27, 2005 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

Group wants pay-radio decision overturned

FRIENDS joins coalition of arts, labour and other groups in asking federal cabinet to overturn CRTC pay radio decision.

Jun 27, 2005 — TelecomWeb

Analysts Expect Sirius, XM To Move Forward In Canada

FRIENDS notes that the broadcasting licenses issued to U.S. satellite broadcasters require them to meet much lower Canadian content requirements than conventional radio broadcasters.

Jun 27, 2005 — Canada Newswire

Media Advisory - CBC English networks' publicity provided by Media Profile effective June 27, 2005

CBC proceeds with outsourcing of publicity/promotions functions.

Jun 25, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Get Sirius: CBC deal should prove a wise move by Eric Reguly

Article says CBC was wise to team up with U.S. satellite radio provider Sirius, since the venture extends CBC's Canadian reach without new capital investment and in time will produce significant revenues.

Jun 24, 2005 — Business Week

Net To Newspapers: Drop Dead

Article predicts that in the long run, online content will spell the demise of the print newspaper medium.

Jun 24, 2005 — CBC News

Public broadcasting wins reprieve from funding cut

The U.S. House of Representatives votes in favour of reduced funding cuts for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Jun 24, 2005 — Los Angeles Times

Cuts to Public Radio and TV Scaled Back by Jube Shiver Jr

Bill proposing 46% funding cuts to the U.S. Corporation for Public Broadcasting has been scaled back to 25%.

Jun 24, 2005 — The Vancouver Sun

The CanCon game by Andrew Coyne

Columnist describes Canadian content regulation on radio is "unenforceable, indefinable, unnecessary and ineffective".

Jun 23, 2005 —

Better than any telethon by Aaron Kinney

Floods of support for U.S. public broadcasting have succeeded in scaling back severe funding cuts, but there remains suspicion of a conservative takeover of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Jun 23, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC bolsters guidelines in editorial policy by Mimi Turner

The BBC will alter its editorial policy guidelines in order to promote accuracy and ethics over the need to release breaking news stories.

Jun 23, 2005 — CARTT

Contrived crisis no reason for VoIP appeal by Michael Hennessy

Head of cable industry association defends CRTC ruling on VoIP against telco efforts to appeal the decision.

Jun 23, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Few cars will be ready for satellite radio in fall by Alex Law

Car manufacturers suggest relatively few fall models will offer satellite radio technology from the factory due to the short time window available to install it.

Jun 23, 2005 — National Post

Bell Globemedia sale hung up on content by Sean Silcoff

BCE chairman says the deal breaker in the negotiations to sell the telco's stake in Bell Globemedia to Woodbridge is not price but continued access to content.

Jun 22, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

CPB stalls vote on new president by Brooks Boliek

As criticism of the board's chairman increases, the U.S. Corporation for Public Broadcasting is stalling on naming a new president.

Jun 22, 2005 — CARTT

Press Council dismisses CanWest's Globe and Mail complaint

Ontario Press Council dismisses CanWest complaint against The Globe & Mail concerning gossip column comment regarding a former CanWest executive.

Jun 22, 2005 — National Post

Sky radio may ultimately clip Cancon air play by Paul Brent

Conventional radio broadcasters expected to seek "less onerous" Canadian content requirements following satellite radio decision.

Jun 22, 2005 — Le Devoir

La radio satellite, une aubaine pour les créateurs, selon John Bitove by Paul Cauchon

Quebec artists say they will have to be convinced that the CRTC ruling on subscription radio will benefit them, or they will appeal.

Jun 21, 2005 — New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal

City man captures Camp Award

Saint Johner is one of two Maritimers who have won the 2005 Dalton Camp Award.

Jun 20, 2005 — Playback Magazine

CBC bets on drama, Global pushes comedy by Sean Davidson

CBC shifts emphasis to ratings, "high impact" dramas.

Jun 20, 2005 — Playback Magazine

Feds streamline TV funding by Peter Vamos

Heritage Minister Liza Frulla announces the new roles of the various organs of the Canadian production funding structure at Banff in hopes of achieving increased accountability and transparency.

Jun 20, 2005 — Today's Trucking

CRTC opens door for U.S. satellite radio in Canada

Article says that truck drivers who have been subscribing to grey market satellite radio will be happy that the CRTC has approved it in Canada but unhappy about the Canadian content requirements the regulator has attached to the technology.

Jun 20, 2005 — Billboard Radio Magazine

Groups Oppose CRTC Sat Radio Ruling by Bram Teitelman

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, along with several other arts groups, says it will appeal CRTC ruling on subscription radio.

Jun 20, 2005 — Consumer Electronics Daily

Sirius, XM Scrutinize CRTC Ruling by Adrianne Kroepsch

CSR eager to move ahead with launch of satellite radio after CRTC ruling; CHUM registers disappointment and doubts its chances of competing against U.S. satellite radio licensees.

Jun 20, 2005 — The Calgary Herald

Radio ads up against satellite challenge by Tara Perkins

Advertisters reflect on impact of CRTC subscription radio decision on conventional radio advertising model.

Jun 20, 2005 — Toronto Star

Satellite decision serves public, Canadian artists by Micheal Geist

Article says the CRTC was right to impose only modest Cancon requirements on satellite radio licensees.

Jun 20, 2005 — The Gazette

A new opportunity for Canadian talent

Article says that satellite radio will help Canadian musical talent flourish.

Jun 19, 2005 — Halifax Herald

This 'little guy' wins with her pen by Laura Graham

Dalton Camp Award winner discusses the challenge of speaking out against a large economic interest in one's home province.

Jun 18, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Bitove given a golden goose from the CRTC by Eric Reguly

Columnist suggests that given the value of broadcasting licences to their holders, the CRTC could have attached much stricter Cancon requirements to the satellite radio licensees.

Jun 18, 2005 — Globe & Mail

If Cineplex Galaxy wants a real 'cultural coup' ... by Kate Taylor

Recent takeover of Famous Players by Cineplex Galaxy will only be a "cultural coup" if it uses even a fraction of its share of the domestic box office to promote and feature Canadian films.

Jun 18, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Satellite radio stations given 326-hour challenge by Simon Beck

Article critizes Cancon requirements the CRTC attached to satellite radio broadcast licences, notes shortage of Canadian films on cinema screens.

Jun 18, 2005 — National Post

Irrelevant CRTC tithes satellite radio by Paul Kedrosky

Article says that the CRTC is obsolete, that Canadians should simply let American satellite radio broadcasters distribute in Canada.

Jun 18, 2005 — National Post

The con we call CanCon by Andrew Coyne

Columnist says that CRTC does Canadians a disservice by obliging satellite radio providers to supply Canadian content, since what consumers want is popular American content.

Jun 18, 2005 — The Edmonton Journal

Plenty of static over CRTC licence ruling by Paul Brent

Arts groups say they will appeal CRTC ruling on satellite radio over lax Canadian content regulation.

Jun 18, 2005 — National Post

Satellite radio comes to Canada

Editorial says that consumers, not the CRTC, should determine Canadian content on satellite radio.

Jun 18, 2005 — Windsor Star

CRTC ruling appealed

FRIENDS says at least one appeal from cultural groups is likely following CRTC pay radio decision.

Jun 18, 2005 — Montreal Gazette

Pay-radio appeals likely by John McKay, Gary Norris and Kevin Dougherty

Quebec government fears pay radio ruling a threat to Quebec culture; satellite operators dismiss news of appeals.

Jun 18, 2005 — St. Catharines Standard

Appeals coming to CRTC ruling on satellite radio by John McKay and Gary Norris

A half-dozen arts organizations agreed in a conference call Friday to appeal the CRTC pay radio decision to the federal Cabinet or the courts.

Jun 18, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Local radio urges CRTC to keep fair playing field by Steven Chase

In wake of CRTC pay radio decision, conventional radio broadcasters to lobby for relaxed Canadian content rules across the board.

Jun 18, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CSR owner says IPO 'imminent' by Richard Bloom

Canadian partner in U.S. satellite radio licensee plans IPO; FRIENDS and other groups plan appeal of CRTC licensing decision.

Jun 17, 2005 — Cablecaster Magazine

CRTC approves satellite radio by Mark Bourrie

CRTC acknowledges CHUM/Astral's pay radio proposal unlikely to proceed in the face of competition from two U.S. satellite services, but licensed all three subscription radio applicants regardless.

Jun 17, 2005 — Cablecaster Magazine

CHUM and Astral Respond to Decision on Subscription Radio

CHUM and Astral will consult with stakeholders over the next few weeks to determine how they will respond to the CRTC's decision on pay radio.

Jun 17, 2005 — CARTT

GM likes sat radio decision

GM Canada welcomes CRTC decision on pay radio, says it hopes to have satellite radio equipped cars on the market as soon as possible.

Jun 17, 2005 — CARTT

SOCAN mad at sat rad

The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada enumerates complaints with CRTC pay radio decision, considers appeal.

Jun 17, 2005 — CARTT

CRIA cries foul on pay radio

The Canadian Recording Industry Association deplores CRTC ruling on pay radio for failing to address piracy concerns or ensure adequate Canadian content.

Jun 17, 2005 — CBC News

Appeal planned against satellite radio decision

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting to be joined by other arts groups in appealing CRTC ruling on subscription radio.

Jun 17, 2005 — Le Devoir

Oui à la radio satellite by Paul Cauchon

CRTC gives green light to all three satellite radio applicants.

Jun 17, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Canada's outmoded broadcast regulator

Editorial says that the CRTC and the notion of Canadian content are of no use in today's multi-channel universe.

Jun 17, 2005 — National Post

Deadline tight for car makers' satellite radio by Richard Blackwell

Car manufacturers pleased with CRTC decision licensing two U.S. satellite radio services in Canada.

Jun 17, 2005 — National Post

It's new... but it's still radio by Paul Brent

Satellite radio the latest in a series of threats to conventional commercial radio.

Jun 17, 2005 — National Post

CRTC OKs satellite radio, but lards on content rules by Paul Vieira

CRTC ruling allowing two U.S. satellite pay radio applicants into the Canadian market is a setback for all Canadian CHUM/Astral bid.

Jun 17, 2005 — National Post

Satellite radio isn't worth $15, yet by Mark Evans

Article says that satellite radio is not yet worth its significant subscription fees since most of its channels are broadly focused and there is insufficient choice in niche programming.

Jun 17, 2005 — National Post

Reporting a statement doesn't prove bias by Tony Burman

CBC English News editor-in-chief Tony Burman says the Fraser Institute's recent study on anti-Americanism at the CBC uses an inadequate approach to study the subject and fabricates a case.

Jun 17, 2005 — Canadian Press

CRTC pay radio ruling prompts appeal

FRIENDS says there will be one or more appeals of CRTC pay radio ruling.

Jun 17, 2005 — New York Times

Steep Cut Proposed for Public Broadcasting by Stephen Labaton

Campaign to restore "fairness" and "balance" at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has now led to a Republican bill severely slashing the Corporation's funding.

Jun 17, 2005 — National Post

Sports channels seek CRTC relief by Peter Evans

Rogers SportsNet, The Sports Network and RDS have filed a petition asking the CRTC to relax their Canadian content obligations in consideration of the revenue loss they suffered due to the NHL lockout.

Jun 17, 2005 — ACTRA Press Release


ACTRA says CRTC decision will allow Canadian digital radio, like English-language private television, to be dominated by U.S. programming.

Jun 17, 2005 — Calgary Herald

White flag of surrender signals CRTC's irrelevance by Don Martin

Cancon obligations imposed on U.S. satellite radio services called "onerous", proof of irrelevance of Canadian broadcast regulator.

Jun 17, 2005 — Montreal Gazette

Ruling 'catastrophic' for francophone talent by Mary Lamey

CRTC pay radio decision described as "catastrophic" for French-language artists in Quebec.

Jun 17, 2005 — Toronto Star

CRTC likely to make its rules stick by Antonia Zerbisias

Canadian Association of Broadcasters complains that CRTC pay radio decision creates an uneven playing field for conventional radio broadcasters in terms of Canadian content requirements.

Jun 17, 2005 — Canadian Press

Pay radio licences approved by John Ward

FRIENDS says CRTC decision to approve two U.S. satellite pay radio services is likely to scuttle the Canadian alternative proposed by CHUM and Astral.

Jun 17, 2005 — Communications Daily

Regulators Give XM and Sirius Go-Ahead in Canada by Adrianne Kroepsch

FRIENDS says the Canadian content requirements contained in the CRTC's pay radio decision are inconsistent with the Broadcasting Act.

Jun 17, 2005 — Vancouver Sun

Stores eagerly anticipate satellite radio by Gillian Shaw

Arts organizations, including FRIENDS, to consider potential appeal of CRTC pay radio decision.

Jun 17, 2005 — Toronto Star

Radio ruling draws static from CHUM-Astral team by Graham Fraser

Licensing of two U.S. pay radio services with low Canadian content requirements means CHUM/Astral pay radio service may not launch; conventional broadcasters suggest they will seek lower Cancon requirements; FRIENDS says CRTC (and CBC, a minority partner in one of the U.S. services) have opened the floodgates to American radio programming.

Jun 16, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Enough kvetching about jazz. It's CBC I'm really mad at by Russell Smith

Columnist complains that CBC radio services no longer air serious classical music.

Jun 16, 2005 — here

Worth writing home about by Miriam Christensen

New Brunswick newspaper celebrates Dalton Camp Award winners.

Jun 16, 2005 — CBC News

CRTC approves satellite radio

FRIENDS says CRTC pay radio decision creates pipeline for U.S. radio programs into Canada, but offers little in return.

Jun 16, 2005 — The Edmonton Journal

Alliance head quells CTV rumours

Michael MacMillan, executive chairman of Alliance Atlantis Communications denies rumours that his company would acquire CTV if it were up for sale.

Jun 16, 2005 — CRTC Press Release

The CRTC authorizes Canada's first three subscription radio services

CRTC authorizes all three applicants for digital pay radio.

Jun 16, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Blame the Act, not the regulator by Eric Reguly

If the CRTC is in fact "redundant", the responsibility lies with Parliament to update the Broadcasting Act.

Jun 16, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

CRTC choosing digital radio provider soon by Etan Vlessing

CRTC to decide today whether to licence U.S. satellite radio services in Canada, and what Canadian content requirements to impose.

Jun 16, 2005 — Communications Daily

CRTC Decision Due Thurs. on XM, Sirius in Canada by Adrianne Kroepsch

CRTC pay radio decision is fundamentally about the integrity of Canadian content requirements.

Jun 16, 2005 — Canadian Press

Pay-radio decision expected today

FRIENDS believes watered down Canadian content requirements, sought by two of the three applicants for pay radio licences, would have spillover effects for conventional radio.

Jun 15, 2005 — Globe & Mail

First books, now movies

Article notes that Gerry Schwartz's consolidated cinema empire will at least face competition from outside Canada; his wife's book and publishing empire will not.

Jun 15, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Telefilm, CBC announce program to fund by Gayle MacDonald

The CBC and Telefilm announce $2-million documentary co-venture called the Theatrical Feature-Length Documentary Program.

Jun 15, 2005 — The New York Times

Squelching Public Broadcasting

Editorial speaks out against U.S. Republican vote to cut funding to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Jun 15, 2005 — Toronto Star

New influence for Telefilm by Murray Whyte

Producers praise decision for Telefilm to take over the administration of the Canadian Television Fund.

Jun 15, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Domi pulls no punches in rapping league, owners by David Shoalts

Maple Leafs player questions why the NHL has endured a lockout for the benefit of small U.S. teams when it did not do so for major Canadian teams.

Jun 14, 2005 — CBC

Putting Creativity on the Air

Text of speech by CBC President Robert Rabinovitch to NABA conference about audience fragmentation, new technologies and the role of the CBC.

Jun 14, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Patents, copyright and signals from the sky by Jack Kapica

Satellite radio will have a profound impact on the future of broadcasting in Canada.

Jun 14, 2005 — The Leader-Post

You decide which TV shows will survive by Alex Strachan

Article notes impact of U.S. scheduling decisions on schedules adopted by private Canadian broadcasters, and that while many shows are hyped, only a few ultimately prove successful with viewers.

Jun 14, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

New programming must be multi-marketable, CanWest Global chief says by Judy Monchuk

Broadcasters look for new ways to sustain fading ad revenues; programs will have to be marketable on multiple levels in order to pay their way.

Jun 14, 2005 — Globe & Mail

TV funding agencies to work in sync by Gayle Macdonald

Federal government promises one stop shopping, less bureaucracy in single production funding agency.

Jun 14, 2005 — Media Matters for America

About Media Matters for America

Media Matters for America is a non-profit web-based research and information centre whose purpose is to monitor misinformation in the media and defend public broadcasting in the U.S.

Jun 14, 2005 — Toronto Star

Honouring Camp

Winners of the 2005 Dalton Camp Award have been announced.

Jun 14, 2005 — Toronto Star

When here became theirs by Megan Wennberg

One of two winning essays of the 2005 Dalton Camp Award.

Jun 13, 2005 — FMQB

Canada Deciding Satellite Radio Fate This Week

The CRTC will shortly decide on three applications for pay radio licences; Friends of Canadian Broadcasting supports the CHUM/Astral application because it is the only one that complies with Broadcasting Act Canadian content requirements.

Jun 13, 2005 — Salon

Supreme Court stymies media titans by Eric Boehlert

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected major broadcasters' bid to relax limits on consolidation of media ownership.

Jun 13, 2005 — Windsor Star

CBC fans flames of anti-Americanism by Lydia Miljan and Barry Cooper

Authors of recent Fraser Institute study about anti-Americanism at the CBC present their case.

Jun 13, 2005 — Canadian Press

Ottawa pledges $100 million for Canadian TV by Judy Monchuk

Minister of Canadian Heritage Liza Frulla announces $100 million in new money for the Canadian Television Fund; advises public and private broadcasters alike to accelerate conversion to HDTV.

Jun 13, 2005 — Coalition of Canadian Audio-visual Unions

The Need for a Regulatory Safety Net

CCAU recommends significant regulatory changes to improve the level of drama on English Canadian television and increase investment by private conventional broadcasters.

Jun 13, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada urges one TV fund overseer by Etan Vlessing

Federal government recommends that control of the Canadian Television Fund be transferred to Telefilm Canada.

Jun 12, 2005 — Le Devoir

Les points saillants du texte final sur la diversité by Alec Castongay

Article explains the strength and weaknesses of the UN's International Convention on Cultural Diversity.

Jun 12, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Broadcast ruling expected to create static by Richard Blackwell and Simon Tuck

Observers expect the CRTC may approve all three pay radio licence applicants, but with restrictions that could generate appeals to courts or to the federal cabinet.

Jun 11, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Time warp by Ken Carriere

CBC archives tapped to provide visual record of Canadian life.

Jun 11, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Clash of the Canuck titans by Rex Murphy

Creative industries help to answer the question of what it means to be Canadian.

Jun 11, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Wanted: more homegrown hits by Kate Taylor

Article notes that private broadcasters' Canadian content rarely competes head-to-head with American hits.

Jun 10, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CHUM decries CRTC satellite radio ruling by Richard Blackwell

By licensing all three pay radio applications, CRTC may have shut CHUM out of the game; broadcaster may appeal the decision.

Jun 10, 2005 — Globe & Mail

U.S. speeds up HDTV deadlines

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has accelerated manufacturing deadlines for digital television sets by four months.

Jun 10, 2005 — The Vancouver Province

Charges of CBC anti-American bias are unfounded and unhelpful by Brendan Nagle

Article says Fraser Institute allegations of anti-American bias at the CBC are groundless.

Jun 10, 2005 — Canadian Press

Key CRTC ruling on subscription radio applications coming next Thursday

CRTC to rule on pay radio this week; FRIENDS says only one of the three applicants would meet Broadcasting Act requirements.

Jun 9, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Banff TV fest reborn

The Banff World Television Festival is reborn from near-bankruptcy, pursues role as matchmaker for producers, broadcasters.

Jun 9, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Global pulls out its Trump card to unveil fall season by Gayle MacDonald

Donald Trump speaks at press conference unveiling Global's upcoming fall lineup; network hopes to overcome poor ratings in upcoming year.

Jun 9, 2005 — Globe & Mail

I hate jazz. Except for this one guy. by Russell Smith

Author questions merit of public subsidy for what CBC Radio Two's musical programming has become.

Jun 9, 2005 — The Edmonton Journal

After a harsh dose of reality TV, Global diversifies for fall by Alex Strachan

Global announces it will ease away from reality programming and will air more dramas and sitcoms this fall.

Jun 9, 2005 — The Herald

Red Deer TV channel adopts Global colours by Nick Lewis

The former CBC affiliate station in Red Deer, RDTV, will become the region's latest Canwest Global affiliate.

Jun 9, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Two strategies, one prime time by Keith McArthur

Article says CTV and Global fall television schedules highlight different philosophies towards audiences and advertisers employed by the two networks.

Jun 9, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CBC's doing its job -- spin that by John Doyle

Article criticizes The Fraser Institute's "study" of anti-American bias on CBC.

Jun 8, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CHUM rebrands MTV channels by Scott Deveau

CHUM to relaunch former Craig Broadcasting channels MTV and MTV2 as Razer and PunchMuch.

Jun 8, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Pioneer blogger to direct CBC's on-line content

The former managing producer of has been named editorial director for

Jun 8, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CBC to boost ads in website overhaul by Paul Waldie

CBC hires former MSNBC producer as editorial director for its website, says it will increase the portion of the site devoted to advertising from 15% to 80% in an effort to increase revenues.

Jun 8, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CBC mines archive for new shows by Gayle MacDonald

The CBC says it will use its extensive archives to create new fact-meets-fiction programming that is inexpensive to produce yet historically compelling.

Jun 8, 2005 — Globe & Mail

The hits just keep coming -- but not for Global by John Doyle

John Doyle's take on Global and CTV's fall programming schedule announcements.

Jun 8, 2005 — The Province

CBC lashes back at salvo from Fraser Institute by Melissa Leong

CBC calls Fraser Institute study on CBC's anti-American bias "patently false".

Jun 8, 2005 — The Record

CBC emphasizes Canadian content

The CBC's fall schedule is a lineup of all-Canadian, reality television free shows.

Jun 7, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CTV now tops on all seven nights by Gayle MacDonald

CTV's new fall season follows a year in which its ratings soared.

Jun 7, 2005 — CARTT

The TUESDAY INTERVIEW: CBC Television's Slawko Klymkiw

CBC executive director of network programming, Slawko Klymkiw, says the public broadcaster's new programming strategy is to boost ratings to create bigger budgets for Canadian drama.

Jun 7, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Watch for media merger mania if BGM gets sold by Eric Reguly

Article speculates that if BCE sells Bell Globemedia, it will begin another era of media conglomeration.

Jun 7, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC, Unions in Crisis Talk by Stuart Kemp

Unions temporarily rule out 48 hour strike by BBC workers, but unrest remains as joint statement says they will not recommend members accept the BBC management's 11th hour proposals.

Jun 7, 2005 — The Edmonton Journal

CTV sticks with the tried and true in its fall lineup by Alex Strachan

Article says viewers can expect to see mostly the same programming as last year from CTV this fall.

Jun 7, 2005 — Canada Newswire

Fraser Institute Press Release: CBC television news guilty of anti-American bias says new study

Fraser Institute study of programming on "The National" from 2002 concludes that the CBC has an anti-American bias.

Jun 7, 2005 — The Standard

Opponents of TVN licence predict station's doom by Erik White

Opponents of application for new Niagara TV station tell CRTC commissioners the station will fail because of insufficient advertising dollars in the market.

Jun 6, 2005 — Industry Canada

Telecommunications Policy Review Panel Begins Stakeholder Consultation Process

The Telecommunications Policy Review Panel issues consultation document, invites input from interested stakeholders.

Jun 6, 2005 — Toronto Star

Don't push panic button for radio by Antonia Zerbisias

Satellite radio's fundamental difference is that it isn't local.

Jun 6, 2005 — Globe & Mail

TV ads try to zip past the zap by Keith McArthur

Advertisers are increasingly resorting to non-standard length commercials to get their advertisements noticed by consumers.

Jun 6, 2005 — CARTT

U.S. won't sign UN cultural protection document

Minister of Canadian Heritage Liza Frulla says that the United Nations Preliminary Draft of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions is a success for Canada, even though the U.S. did not sign.

Jun 6, 2005 — The Standard

Targeting potential new kid on the dial by Erik White

CRTC hearings concerning an application for a new Niagara-area station have begun; CTV, Global and CHUM have all filed interventions stating that there are not enough advertising dollars in the market to support a newcomer.

Jun 6, 2005 — Toronto Star

Pay-radio hungry for CRTC nod by M. Corey Goldman

FRIENDS speculates the CRTC will find it difficult to please all stakeholders in its forthcoming digital pay radio decision.

Jun 4, 2005 — National Post

BCE moves closer to sale of BGM by Theresa Tedesco

According to notes from a conversation with CIBC analyst Dvai Ghose, BCE's CEO is said to favour an approach that would see BCE divest its interests in BGM sooner rather then later.

Jun 4, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Our sad little stand to protect Canadian culture by Kate Taylor

Columnist says the proposed UN convention on cultural diversity, while supported by the vast majority of nations involved in negotiating it, is largely symbolic given that the United States has refused to ratify it.

Jun 3, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CBC-TV unveils lineup by Gayle MacDonald

CBC reveals plans for fall programming, promising more Canadian drama and improved local news in three markets.

Jun 3, 2005 — The Vancouver Province

Lots to like on fall TV by John McKay

Preview of CBC fall programming schedule.

Jun 3, 2005 — Daily Variety

CBC Going All Canuck in Primetime by Tamsen Tillson

CBC fall primetime schedule almost entirely comprised of Canadian programming.

Jun 3, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

Shares fall as CanWest delays spinoff

Canwest shares fall after speculation that management change might delay a decision to spin off Canadian media assets into an income trust.

Jun 3, 2005 — The Standard

Canadians don't need CRTC by James Perry

Opinion letter calls the CRTC a "Liberal scam" that stifles competition and funds "government-friendly" broadcasters.

Jun 2, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Canadians tuning into digital, pay-TV by Rob Shaw

Conventional television revenues experienced slower growth than specialty or pay tv, but still increased 4.1 percent in 2004.

Jun 2, 2005 — Statistics Canada: The Daily

Television Broadcasting, 2004

Revenue growth for Canadian broadcasters slowed in 2004 compared to 2003; the slowdown was felt most by conventional television broadcasters.

Jun 2, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Global TV sends Train 48 off the rails

Global has cancelled production of the weeknight reality drama "Train 48".

Jun 2, 2005 — Toronto Star

CanWest appoints new media chief by Rick Westhead

Director of Canadian media operations leaves post after seven months.

Jun 2, 2005 — National Post

CanWest names Viner head of media unit by Paul Brent

Canwest Global names new head of Canadian broadcasting, newspaper and Internet operations.

Jun 1, 2005 — CARTT

Global and CH unveil new fall shows

CanWest announces new U.S. series in 2005-2006 fall lineup.

Jun 1, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Rogers touted as next force in phone market by Simon Avery

Rogers' recent purchase of Call-Net is expected to give the company the scale necessary to compete with dominant phone carriers Bell Canada and TELUS.

Jun 1, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

VoIP blunder

Editorial calls CRTC a "relic" out of touch with the 21st century.

May 31, 2005 — The Gazette

CKAC newsroom fades to silence by Monique Beaudin

Corus Entertainment replaces newsroom staff at newly acquired Montreal radio station.

May 29, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

Ban on unauthorized foreign signals protects jobs by Denis Carmel

Denis Carmel, the CRTC's Director General of Communications, responds to pay radio editorial.

May 28, 2005 — The Gazette

Bertrand in final plea for CHOI's survival by Kevin Dougherty

Federal Court of Appeal hears matter of the non-renewal of CHOI-FM’s license.

May 28, 2005 — National Post

CRTC sows perfect deregulatory storm by Terence Corcoran

Commentary says the CRTC and communications regulation in general are antiquated concepts and that the free market will best protect consumers.

May 28, 2005 — Globe & Mail

High-tech giants push for digital TV

The High Tech DTV Coalition, comprised of major electronics manufacturers, tells U.S. Congress to go ahead and set a firm deadline date for the conversion from analogue to digital television signals.

May 27, 2005 — Statistics Canada: The Daily

Newspaper Publishers 2003

Newspaper publishers increased their profits in 2003 as compared to 2001, mostly due to increases in advertising revenues and decreases in newsprint prices.

May 27, 2005 — Globe & Mail

With friends like these by Eric Reguly

Article questions Torstar's "mysterious expanding links" to CanWest Global Communications, says a merger would be disastrous for both sides.

May 27, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Troubled station backs off local news by Gayle MacDonald

Quebecor axes news programming, announces revamp to Toronto 1 less than two years after its launch.

May 27, 2005 — Toronto Star

CBC's live-ly airtime by Chris Zelkov

With the recent loss of the broadcast rights to the 2010 and 2012 games, amateur sports organizations wonder if the CBC will renew its commitment to Canadian amateur sports.

May 25, 2005 — Broadcaster Magazine

CHOI FM Appears in Court to Save Broadcast Licence

Genex Communications, owner of CHOI FM, appeals CRTC ruling not to renew the station's broadcasting license.

May 25, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Why does TV Fund support shows no one wants? by John Doyle

Article criticizes the Canadian Television Fund for funding generic industrial programs rather than those that speak to the Canadian experience.

May 25, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Hollywood stars spotted in Canada! Yay, Cancon by Kate Taylor

Article says that entertainment magazine programs, encouraged by the CRTC's 1999 television policy, focus on foreign programming and have hampered English Canada's efforts to develop a local star system.

May 25, 2005 — Playback Magazine

Broadcasters opt in to CRTC ad plan by Matthew Hays

All major Canadian broadcasters save the CBC sign up for CRTC incentive that allows them additional advertising minutes if they air more Canadian drama in prime time.

May 24, 2005 — The Gazette

Appeal hearing begins on CHOI closing by Kevin Dougherty

The Federal Court of Appeal will review the CRTC's decision not to renew CHOI-FM’s licence due to repeated violations of the Broadcasting Act.

May 24, 2005 — The Edmonton Journal

CCA says it's happy with CBC

The CCA speaks positively of its four-year deal with the CBC, noting that overall viewership is up from past years.

May 21, 2005 — Le Devoir

CHOI-FM joue son va-tout aujourd'hui

CHOI-FM argues that CRTC violated freedom of speech in failing to renew its broadcasting licence.

May 21, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CRTC clears Rogers deal for Trinity Television by Richard Blackwell

The CRTC has approved a $13-million takeover of Trinity Television by Rogers.

May 21, 2005 — Macleans

TV networks favour Martin address over Oprah and other progams by Sandra Cordon

Article details how and why the major television networks chose to put Prime Minister Martin's national address on the air.

May 20, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Cultural goods deficit grows for 4th year in row by John Partridge

Canada's trade deficit in cultural goods increased for the fourth year in a row in 2004, the worst showing since 1997.

May 17, 2005 — Statistics Canada: The Daily

International trade in culture goods

Canada's trade deficit in cultural goods continued to grow in 2004, particularly with the United States.

May 17, 2005 — CBC News

TV fund hands out cash to Canadian shows

The Canadian Television Fund announced $99.2 million in production funding for Canadian television, but shows that lost out take issue with the points system used to award funds.

May 17, 2005 —

GOP now goes after NPR

Corporation for Public Broadcasting chair Kenneth Tomlinson plans to monitor U.S. public radio's Middle East coverage for "liberal bias", despite extensive polling to show that most Americans do not believe NPR's coverage exhibits a bias.

May 17, 2005 — Le Devoir

La mort lente (et planifiée) du Programme français de l'ONF by Marie-Claude Loiselle

Article says that French program head of the National Film Board has imposed a plan that will stifle expression and virtually abolish the French program.

May 17, 2005 — UNESCO

Initiatives to promote citizens' media

Links to UNESCO initiatives to promote citizens' media.

May 17, 2005 —

Making PBS as "fair and balanced" as Fox by Eric Boehlert

Article says that the two new PBS ombudsmen were strategically selected so as to produce more right wing programming.

May 16, 2005 — Salon

The GOP war on PBS and NPR by Eric Boehlert

Republicans vote to drastically reduce funding for public broadcasting in the U.S.

May 16, 2005 — Qui Fait Quoi

Tirs nourris de Sheila Copps contre la CBC

Sheila Copps criticizes CBC for investing too much in information and too little in production in a speech given at the Institute for Television Leadership.

May 16, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Advertisers prepare to pull plug on hockey by Keith McArthur

Article says that if the NHL dispute is not settled by mid-June, advertisers will invest elsewhere.

May 16, 2005 — Toronto Star

CRTC decision dealt blow to Bell, an ace to Rogers on a roll by Tyler Hamilton

CRTC ruling on VoIP places restrictions on big telcos, but fails to protect small operators against the large cable companies.

May 16, 2005 — CWTA

New Vice-Chair at CRTC

Michel Arpin, formerly Senior Regulatory and Governmental Affairs Advisor for Astral Broadcasting Group, has been appointed Vice-Chair of Broadcasting at the CRTC.

May 14, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Forcing more airplay for indie artists isn't fair by Kate Taylor

Columnist disagrees with proposal that the Canadian content points system be reformed to give Canadian indie music talent more airplay.

May 14, 2005 — The Gazette

Italy's RAI returning to Canada by Michelle Lalonde

The CRTC has decided to allow RAI International to be distributed in Canada provided it is bundled with a subscription to competing Canadian service Telelatino.

May 13, 2005 — Corus Entertainment

An Evening with Bev Oda, MP, Official Opposition Heritage Critic

Private broadcasters and cable monopolists raise funds for Conservative broadcasting critic at May 24 reception to be hosted by Presidents of Corus Entertainment and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters and Vice-President of Rogers Communications.

May 13, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Thanks for nothing by Mathew Ingram

Article says that the CRTC’s decision to regulate the price of VoIP services provided by incumbent telcos will keep prices unnecessarily high.

May 13, 2005 — CBC News

Italy's RAI allowed into Canada

Heritage Minister Liza Frulla says she is "extremely happy" with CRTC ruling allowing RAI International into Canada.

May 13, 2005 — Canoe CNews

CRTC approves RAI

RAI decision sets precedent for other third-language services to enter Canadian market if they are tied to carriage of home-grown counterpart.

May 13, 2005 — National Post

CRTC rules against Star Choice by Paul Brent

CRTC orders Shaw's Star Choice to stop using "omnibus" high definition TV channels.

May 11, 2005 — Canadian Senate

Transcript of appearance by The Globe and Mail before the Senate Committee on Transport and Communications

Representatives of The Globe and Mail appear before travelling Senate Committee studying the state of Canadian media.

May 10, 2005 —

Pushing PBS to the right by Eric Boehlert

The Republican-friendly board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which oversees 300 PBS affiliates throughout the U.S., is waging war on a supposed "liberal bias" that surveys of Americans suggest does not exist.

May 10, 2005 —'s TUESDAY INTERVIEW: CCTA president Michael Hennessy

Head of Canadian cable industry association discusses HDTV, VOIP, local/regional programming, and other communications policy issues and how they are being handled in the current political climate.

May 10, 2005 — Toronto Star

Bell, Telus vow to appeal CRTC's ruling on VoIP by Tyler Hamilton

CRTC opts to regulate the price of VoIP local telephone services when provided by large incumbent telcos, but not when provided by large cable companies.

May 10, 2005 — The Gazette

CRTC phone regulation to set pace for changing times by Tyler Hamilton

Telecom and cable lobbyists seek different outcomes from CRTC deliberations over voice over Internet protocol regulation.

May 7, 2005 —

Arpin named broadcasting vice-chair

Michel Arpin appointed vice-chair of broadcasting at the CRTC to replace Andree Wylie.

May 7, 2005 — National Post

CBC landlord named to its board by Paul Vieira and Robert Thompson

Critics accuse Prime Minister Martin of cronyism after he appoints friend and landlord of CBC's Ottawa head office to the CBC board of directors.

May 7, 2005 — Globe & Mail

A veteran reporter faces his toughest assignment by John Lorinc

New Conservative party candidate and ex-CanWest Global anchor Peter Kent shares former employer's views towards the CBC.

May 6, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Appeals court blocks U.S. rules for anti-piracy TV technology

U.S. appeals court overturns controversial new FCC rules for "broadcast flag" anti-piracy technology that would have limited how consumers record and watch television programs.

May 6, 2005 — Globe & Mail

'Rocketboom' may be future of TV news by Frazier Moore

A Monday to Friday video weblog may prove to be a revolutionary form of news media.

May 5, 2005 — Cablecaster Magazine

Shaw Family purchases additional shares of Corus

Owners of Shaw Cable increase stake in broadcasting licensee Corus Entertainment.

May 5, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Networks propose election debate shakeup by Terry Weber

The major networks are making recommendations on the federal leadership debates even before an election has been called.

May 5, 2005 — National Post

Arpin seen to be Ottawa's pick for second vice-chair at CRTC by Paul Vieira

Article speculates that Micheal Arpin, a Quebec broadcasting executive, will be appointed to the position of vice-chair of broadcasting at the CRTC.

May 5, 2005 — CBC News

Group seeks changes to radio's CanCon rules

Group representing independent musicians tells the CRTC it should alter the Cancon credit system for radio to favour the exposure of lesser-known artists.

May 5, 2005 — Globe & Mail

GM, Honda seeking satellite radio action by Richard Blackwell

Car makers urge the CRTC to come up with a ruling on satellite radio in order to decide whether or not to install hardware in their 2006 models.

May 5, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Ratings are in for Martin's prime-time address by Gayle MacDonald

Ratings show Prime Minister Martin's television address drew roughly as many viewers as U.S. programs Desperate Housewives and Survivor.

May 5, 2005 — The Edmonton Journal

Where was the outcry when CBC started cutting local services in '92? by Ralph Williams

Author comments on the absence of public outcry when CBC cut local services in Edmonton in 1992.

May 4, 2005 — Cablecaster Magazine

Study debunks U.S. "media monopoly" fears

Media consultant study concludes that media concentration has not led to less choice, largely because the prevalence of Internet-based and other digital media renders ownership/content less relevant.

May 4, 2005 — The Nation

Al Gore Gets Down by Ari Berman

Al Gore launches a station targeted at a youth demographic whose aim is to "democratize the media".

May 3, 2005 — Alternet

Right-wing Coup at PBS? by Rory O'Connor

Article suggests a pattern of Republication influence is emerging in programming on viewer-supported PBS in the U.S.

May 3, 2005 — Windsor Star

Kent quits tube to ask for votes by Armando D'Andrea

Former Canwest Global anchor Peter Kent announces his intention to run for the Conservatives in the Toronto riding of St. Paul.

May 3, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

O Canada, bad movie land by Katherine Monk

Sarah Polley speaks out about the Canadian film industry and makes a plea for a return to higher-grade films.

May 2, 2005 — Globe & Mail

High-definition TV a bit fuzzy, poll finds by Richard Blackwell

Survey shows that Canadians are adopting HDTV at a slow pace.

May 2, 2005 — Cablecaster Magazine

Canadians slow to adopt HD - survey

An Ipsos-Reid survey commissioned by Astral Media's The Movie Network finds that only 6% of Canadians are actually viewing HDTV.

May 2, 2005 — Cartt

Shaw hopeful regs will ease by Greg O'Brien

Shaw Communications executives predict a more relaxed regulatory environment for the cable industry in the future.

May 2, 2005 — Western Standard

A host of rumours by Cyril Doll

The reasons behind the abrupt termination of CBC Alberta radio host Don Hill remain unclear.

May 1, 2005 — The Edmonton Journal

CBC staffing decision has a profound effect on city by Laura Grantham-Crosley

Opinion letter says the Edmonton community should be concerned with the reduction in local CBC arts coverage.

Apr 30, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Tory Leader's new strategy: Try to be nice by Jane Taber

Snowball incident new evidence of Conservative leader Stephen Harper's attitude toward CBC.

Apr 29, 2005 — Edmonton Journal

CBC TV boss outlines plans to boost Canadian content, cut costs by John McKay

Stursberg outlines plan for CBC English television.

Apr 29, 2005 — Globe & Mail

No sex please, we're Rogers by Richard Bloom

Rogers cancels planned free preview of pornographic programming.

Apr 28, 2005 — National Post

CBC's short-term thinking becomes bonus for rivals by Cam Cole

Article says the CBC's dismissal of Chris Cuthbert will cost the public broadcaster revenue down the road.

Apr 28, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Firing by CBC raises Cuthbert's profile by William Houston

Chris Cuthbert signs a lucrative five-year deal with TSN weeks after surprise termination by CBC.

Apr 28, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Rogers Cable to offer free porn by Richard Bloom

FRIENDS says Rogers' free preview of pornographic programming is consistent with its values.

Apr 28, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Hockin to retire as IFIC president

Apr 28, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Why is CBC shooting the messengers? by John Doyle

Columnist calls CBC management decision to make its publicity and promotions staff redundant, and outsource their jobs to freelance publicists, "bizarre" and a mistake.

Apr 28, 2005 — Associated Press

TV Channel Aims to Be Latin America's CNN by Ian James

The Venezuelan government has partially backed Telesur, a Latin American network that says it aims to provide an alternative to CNN in the region.

Apr 27, 2005 — Edmonton Friends of the North

Letter to CBC re firing of Don Hill

Edmonton Friends of the North Environmental Society demand a full and honest explanation for Don Hill's sudden termination as host of CBC Alberta's Wild Rose Forum.

Apr 26, 2005 — Vancouver Sun

Partisan teachers' union finds itself noticed in Liberal election platform by Vaughn Palmer

B.C. Liberal Party election platform jettisons plan to privatize Knowledge Network.

Apr 23, 2005 — National Post

News flash by Brian Gorman

Newsworld recruits former MuchMusic personality to target a younger age demographic.

Apr 22, 2005 — Toronto Star

How the networks changed PMO's agenda by Antonia Zerbesias

Television networks concerned about American simulcasts, balanced coverage in push to change the time proposed for the Prime Minister's televised speech.

Apr 22, 2005 — Vancouver Sun

CRTC grants digital rights to BCTV

Global Television has received CRTC approval to carry digital signals for three of its stations.

Apr 21, 2005 — Canadian Conference of the Arts Bulletin

Articulating a vision for a federal cultural policy - Chalmers Conference provides springboard for CCA November National Policy Conference

Speaking at a Canadian Conference of the Arts panel discussion, MPs representing the four largest political parties agreed on the importance of establishing a federal cultural policy.

Apr 20, 2005 — Alliance Atlantis Communications News Release

Canadians Connect with Specialty Television

Viewer affinity study shows specialty networks top the list of Canadian broadcast channels for audience attention, network loyalty and receptivity to advertising.

Apr 20, 2005 — Toronto Star

Coming soon to movie channels: choice by Antonia Zerbisias

Since a plethora of new applicants are appearing before the CRTC with requests for Pay-TV licenses, The Movie Network may soon face competition.

Apr 20, 2005 — Le Devoir

Radio-canada by Paul Cauchon

While praised for increasing viewership, article says Radio-Canada's news division has had to justify some of its program changes.

Apr 20, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Cut the chatter -- we need action on cultural policy by Kate Taylor

Columnist says that if the government is to have a meaningful cultural policy, it will have to show leadership on the issues at stake.

Apr 19, 2005 — Le Devoir

Lettres: À propos de Pierre Péladeau by Érik Péladeau

Open letter to CBC President Robert Rabinovitch protesting remarks about Pierre Péladeau on the SRC show Tout le Monde en Parle.

Apr 19, 2005 — Toronto Star

New gay channel finding doors closed by Antonia Zerbisias

Shaw and Bell ExpressVu alleged to give unfair treatment to gay lifestyle channel.

Apr 19, 2005 — National Post

Four groups apply for CRTC pay-TV licence by Paul Brent

Four applicants have submitted pay-TV licence proposals before the CRTC in the hopes of accessing the lucrative regional pay-TV monopolies currently controlled by Astral Media and Corus Entertainment.

Apr 19, 2005 — CBC News Release

CBC's Arts and Culture Study Findings Released

CBC releases largest-ever study of CBC's place in Canadian arts and culture arena.

Apr 18, 2005 — Calgary Herald

CBC voice gone, but not forgotten by David C. Wright

Despite his politics, popular CBC radio host Don Hill attracted a wide audience.

Apr 17, 2005 — The New York Post

A New Media Era by Brian C. Anderson

Trends in new media are more sympathetic towards conservative ideas and in many cases, they have rendered liberal social values "uncool".

Apr 16, 2005 — Hamilton Spectator

CBC should be in our city by Sonja Macdonald and Paul Shaker

Article says that Hamilton should be the first city the CBC expands to since it is the largest underserved market in Canada.

Apr 15, 2005 — University of Alberta

University mourns passing of "Alberta's Rose"

University of Alberta alumni magazine profiles late Lieutenant Governor and former FRIENDS Steering Committee member, Lois Hole.

Apr 15, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Sirius condemns 'grey market' radio

Sirius Canada has sent cease and desist letters in an attempt to curb grey market sales to Canadians.

Apr 15, 2005 — Salon

Indecency wars by Eric Boehlert

The chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee proposes using criminal justice system, rather than merely FCC regulation, to address indecency on television.

Apr 15, 2005 — The Gazette

Take charge, Mr. Clarkson by Brendan Kelly

Columnist says Telefilm efforts to create a new film festival in Montreal are a disaster.

Apr 14, 2005 — National Post

CRTC critical of Canada's HD adoption by Paul Brent

CRTC warns Canadian broadcasters over slow adoption of HDTV, which lags that of their U.S. counterparts and Canadian consumers' own purchases of HDTV-capable television sets.

Apr 14, 2005 — National Post

Cross-media ownership 'natural business strategy' by Joe Paraskevas

Canwest Global tells Senate Committee that media fragmentation, as opposed to media concentration, is what is really threatening Canadian Journalism.

Apr 13, 2005 — Canadian Senate

Transcript of CanWest Global appearance before the Senate Committee on Transport and Communications

CanWest Global executives appear before travelling Senate Committee studying the state of Canadian media.

Apr 13, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Radio station results modulate down the dial by Richard Blackwell

CRTC financial summaries show that radio profits increased slightly last year; AM stations almost broke even after years of losses.

Apr 12, 2005 — Le Devoir

Dieu doit payer by Josée Boileau

Article says it is only fair, considering the extend of the slander, that former CHOI-FM radio host Jean-Francois Fillion and the station's owners Genex Communications should pay defamed Quebec weather anchor Sophie Chiasson larger than conventional damages.

Apr 12, 2005 — Le Devoir

Diffamation - Cinglante leçon pour CHOI-FM par Tommy Chouinard

Owners and former host of Quebec radio station CHOI-FM have been ordered to pay $340,000 in damages for having defamed a Quebec weather anchor.

Apr 12, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Emerson takes nationalistic tone on telecom foreign ownership by Simon Tuck

Federal industry minister says he does not advocate lifting telecom sector foreign ownership restrictions, but that the issue should be revisited if there are "compelling reasons" to do so.

Apr 12, 2005 — Toronto Star

CBC axing 33 publicists, will outsource promotions by Antonia Zerbisias

Drama strategy cited as impetus for CBC outsourcing of publicity/promotions jobs.

Apr 12, 2005 — Friends of Don Hill

An evening with Don Hill

Friends of Don Hill host an evening with the former host of CBC Radio's Wild Rose Forum on Thursday, April 14.

Apr 12, 2005 — Toronto Star

Feds' media stance is good news for moguls by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist says government response to Lincoln Report effectively sweeps important reforms under the rug.

Apr 11, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Our drama's not dead by Glenn O'Farrell

Canadian Association of Broadcasters head denies that CRTC 1999 drama policy has had a negative effect on Canadian drama programming.

Apr 11, 2005 — Edmonton Journal

CBC decision hits sour note with city's classical musicians

Letter to Editor of Edmonton Journal says redundancy of CBC Edmonton's music producer brings end to classical music broadcasts from Edmonton, part of broader decline in Edmonton local programming on CBC.

Apr 11, 2005 — Industry Canada

Minister Emerson Appoints Members of Telecommunications Policy Review Panel

Government officially announces appointments to panel reviewing Canadian telecom policy and outlines terms of reference and "areas of interest" for the review.

Apr 11, 2005 — Department of Canadian Heritage

Minister Frulla Announces Two Appointments to Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission

Government appoints Atlantic and Pacific regional CRTC commissioners.

Apr 9, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CRTC set to fill two vacant seats by Simon Tuck

Observers say the federal government has adopted a more activist approach towards the CRTC.

Apr 8, 2005 — Friends of Don Hill

CBC response to listener complaint re termination of Don Hill

CBC communications defends statement that Don Hill left the corporation to pursue other opportunities, re-states difficult nature of business decision to declare him redundant.

Apr 8, 2005 — Canadian Communications Reports

Editorial: Government response to the Lincoln Report

Editorial says the government’s second response to the Lincoln report isn’t bad, considering all of the parties it has to appease.

Apr 8, 2005 — Canadian Communications Reports

Familiar divide in reaction to government’s response to Lincoln broadcasting report

FRIENDS says strength of government's second response to Lincoln Report is that it is a policy overview and has put a number of important processes in place.

Apr 8, 2005 — Friends of Don Hill

Don Hill Rally in Edmonton on Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Friends of Don Hill organize rally to protest the termination of popular CBC Alberta radio host Don Hill at 12 noon, Tuesday, April 12, at CBC studios, 10061 - 102 Avenue, Edmonton.

Apr 8, 2005 — National Post

Satellite radio's growth tied up in CRTC tape, critics charge by Robert Thompson

Satellite radio stakeholders and the Fraser Institute charge that the CRTC is holding back the industry, should not be involved in regulating satellite services.

Apr 7, 2005 — Canadian Press

CRTC grants CTV wish by John McKay

The CRTC removes the 15-minute news wheel constraints previously attached to CTV Newsnet's broadcasting licence.

Apr 7, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Polley, McKellar blast Ottawa's cultural policy by Gayle MacDonald

Canadian actors/directors Sarah Polley and Don McKellar use TV schedule charts to show standing committee on Canadian Heritage the dearth of Canadian programming on television in prime time.

Apr 7, 2005 — Canadian Press

Senior cabinet aide steps down in fallout over sponsorship scandal by Jim Brown

Department of Canadian Heritage chief of staff takes leave amid allegations of involvement in federal sponsorship scandal.

Apr 7, 2005 — CTV News Release

CRTC Answers Call for Fair Competition by CTV Newsnet

CRTC relaxes conditions of licence for CTV Newsnet, will compete directly with CBC Newsworld.

Apr 7, 2005 — CBC News

CBC to shut down Newsworld International

CBC to discontinue supplying programming to US-owned Newsworld International following change in programming focus.

Apr 6, 2005 — Le Devoir

Radio-Canada: l'information n'est pas seule à écoper par Mario Clément

Radio Canada programming director Mario Clément signals that his sector will be subjected to a six million dollar budget cut whereas information will only be cut by four million.

Apr 6, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

Martin dodges questions in first speech as FCC chairman by Brooks Boliek

New FCC chair provides few specific insights into his plans for regulating the U.S. communications sector.

Apr 6, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Feds dither while Canadian TV languishes by Kate Taylor

Columnist criticizes lack of specifics in government response to Lincoln Report.

Apr 6, 2005 — Official Opposition Press Release

Liberal Dithering on Television Hurts Canadians: Oda

MP and Official Opposition Heritage Critic Bev Oda criticizes government response to all-party Lincoln Report as all talk, no action.

Apr 6, 2005 — ACTRA News Release

Time to fix failed national film policy say Polley, McKellar

Canadian actors tell government committee to create shelf space for Canadian films - more room on theatre screens and more airtime on television for Canadian films.

Apr 6, 2005 — Financial Times

Mobiles to ‘replace TV as prime ad medium’ by Gary Silverman

Advertising executive predicts decline in importance of television advertising.

Apr 5, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Frulla endorses foreign ownership limits by Simon Tuck

Canadian Heritage Minister Liza Frulla announces that her government is not prepared to alter foreign ownership limits in the broadcasting sector.

Apr 5, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Canada in Brief by Simon Tuck

Federal response to the Lincoln Report addresses access to local and regional programming, and empowering the CRTC to fine broadcasters.

Apr 5, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Quebec Superior Court reverses satellite decision by Richard Blackwell

The Quebec Superior Court has reversed a lower court ruling that appeared to allow Canadians to receive American satellite television signals.

Apr 5, 2005 — Le Devoir

Liza Frulla réagit au rapport du Comité du patrimoine par Paul Cauchon

Government response to Lincoln Report affirms support for Broadcasting Act objectives, finds no need for major overhaul of federal cultural institutions.

Apr 5, 2005 — St. John's Telegram

Ottawa responds to calls for sovereignty initiatives by John McKay

Industry representatives say government response to Lincoln Report fails to reverse 1999 CRTC drama policy or take other action to redefine Canadian content.

Apr 4, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CanWest results may not answer trust spinoff question by Richard Blackwell

Canwest Global prepares to release its second quarter results; investors wonder if it will spin off its newspaper assets into an income trust.

Apr 4, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Rural, remote high-speed Internet back on front burner by Simon Tuck

Government confirms members of telecom review panel; broadband Internet access for remote communities expected to be a major focus.

Apr 4, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Cable business girds for consolidation by Kenneth Li

U.S. cable industry seen likely to undergo consolidation.

Apr 4, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Feds butt heads on telecom regulation by Simon Tuck

New CRTC telecom vice chair says Canadian communications sector should be governed by a single set of laws.

Apr 4, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Picture brighter for cable companies in 2005, report says by Catherine McLean

Canadian cable companies are poised to beat their telecom competitors in the rush to offer combined television and telephone services.

Apr 4, 2005 — Welland Tribune

Plan calls for serving Canadians better

FRIENDS says government response to the Lincoln Report is the most substantive attention paid to broadcasting policy since Mulroney era.

Apr 4, 2005 — CBC News

Frulla's response to cultural report short on specifics

Many observers critical of government response to Lincoln report on Canadian broadcasting.

Apr 4, 2005 — Canadian Press

Martin government responds to calls for broadcasting sovereignty initiatives by John McKay

FRIENDS gives qualified praise to government's second response to the Lincoln Report on Canadian broadcasting.

Apr 4, 2005 — Department of Canadian Heritage

Reinforcing Our Cultural Sovereignty: The Government of Canada's Second Response to the Report of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

Federal government tables second response to June 2003 Lincoln Report on the Canadian broadcasting system.

Apr 1, 2005 — Toronto Star

3 chosen to review CRTC's policy: Sources by Tyler Hamilton

The federal government's appointees to the telecom policy review panel announced in the federal budget represent Internet, wireless and traditional telecommunications perspectives.

Apr 1, 2005 — CBC/Radio Canada

Letter by CBC Vice President of English Radio to a member of the public concerning the Don Hill affair

CBC executive states that popular Alberta radio host Don Hill left to pursue "other opportunities".

Mar 31, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Media guild grieves Cuthbert's dismissal by William Houston

The Canadian Media Guild has filed a grievance against CBC Sports on behalf of sports announcer Chris Cuthbert, who they argue was dismissed without a severance package despite having worked at the network for over twenty years.

Mar 31, 2005 — Friends of Don Hill

Letter to CBC re Don Hill - Wild Rose Forum CBC Calgary

A CBC listener writes that Don Hill's style, not his politics, are what drew him to the program.

Mar 31, 2005 — Friends of Don Hill

A letter from Don Hill to The Friends of Don Hill

Popular Alberta radio host explains circumstances of his departure from CBC.

Mar 31, 2005 — Statistics Canada The Daily

Television viewing, fall 2003

StatsCan reports that based on fall 2003 data, Canadians are increasingly choosing homegrown news and public affairs shows over other programming on Canadian television.

Mar 30, 2005 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

Reader responses to Community Editorial Board comment on CBC

Mar 29, 2005 — Friends of Don Hill

Letter to CBC President Robert Rabinovitch from the Friends of Don Hill

CBC listeners call on CBC President to reinstate popular Alberta radio host Don Hill.

Mar 29, 2005 — British Columbia NDP

James Pushes Campbell to Come Clean on Privatization Plans

With seven weeks to go before election day, British Columbia New Democratic Party calls on Liberal Premier to disclose plans to privatize public entities.

Mar 29, 2005 — Le Devoir

L'avenir de la radio, une réflexion by Michel Dumais

Article says new and emerging forms of radio diffusion technologies do not have to mean the end of conventional radio, if properly used they can form the basis for the evolution of radio as we know it.

Mar 29, 2005 — Le Devoir

Traitement de cheval à la BBC

The BBC's Royal Charter may have been renewed, but the broadcaster is about to face one of the toughest times in its history.

Mar 28, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Canadian association's annus horribilis just gets worse by Bob Weeks

Article says that if the Canadian Curling Association keeps ignorning viewer complaints regarding its recent deal with the CBC, curling fans may tune out entirely.

Mar 28, 2005 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

The CBC operates as a branch of the Liberal government by David J. Driver

Editorial says CBC is no longer essential in a 500-channel universe.

Mar 28, 2005 — Playback Magazine

Drama crisis over? Don't bet on it by Laura Bracken

Abundance of new series planned for 2005/06 season may not be a long-term solution to the drama crisis on English language television.

Mar 28, 2005 — Playback Magazine

CRTC short, and getting shorter by Sean Davidson

FRIENDS recommends leaner CRTC focused on quality of appointees rather then quantity.

Mar 26, 2005 — The House

Media concentration and voter information

Sandra Abma reports that in the hearing process the traveling Senate Committee is unearthing how media concentration hurts local programming and in the process, prevents pertinent information from getting through to voters. Canadians are demanding regulatory protection to ensure quality of news and local programming from dominant media providers.

Mar 25, 2005 — Toronto Star

Time for a double takeout by Chris Zelkovich

CBC arrangement with the Canadian Curling Association has been a disaster for both parties involved and it remains to be seen whether the CBC and the CCA will look to break their deal.

Mar 25, 2005 — The Vancouver Sun

CRTC gets tough on phone service by William Boei

The CRTC has ruled that large telcos must refund millions of dollars to consumers for having failed to meet service standards.

Mar 25, 2005 — Friends of Don Hill

Don Hill Rally in Calgary on March 30, 2005

Friends of Don Hill organize rally to protest the termination of popular CBC Alberta radio host Wednesday, March 30, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., at CBC Calgary, 1724 Westmount Blvd. NW.

Mar 25, 2005 — CBC English Television

CBC Drama Plan

Copy of CBC management plan for Canadian drama on English language television.

Mar 25, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Bill Cameron by Frank Peers

FRIENDS Advisory Council member remembers Bill Cameron.

Mar 24, 2005 — AlterNet

Meet the New FCC Boss by Eric Alterman

It remains to been seen whether Kevin Martin, the newly appointed FCC chairman, will take the same position on communications deregulation as his predecessor, Michael Powell.

Mar 24, 2005 — CBC News

Chair/CEO of TVOntario says recent programming cuts not the result of pressure from the provincial government.

Mar 22, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Quebec films, filmmakers dominate Genies by Gayle MacDonald

French films and filmmakers took away almost every major prize this year at the 25th annual Genie Awards.

Mar 22, 2005 — Globe & Mail

BBC axes another 2,050 jobs by Jeffrey Goldfarb

The BBC will be slashing over 2,000 jobs, many from regional news operations.

Mar 22, 2005 — Official Opposition Press Release

Oda Outlines Conservative Vision for Future of Arts and Culture in Canada

Summary of arts and culture vision statement by MP and Official Opposition Heritage Critic Bev Oda to delegates at the Conservative Party of Canada’s National Policy Convention.

Mar 22, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CBC veers right?

Termination of CBC Alberta radio host Don Hill rumoured to be due to political rather than financial reasons.

Mar 21, 2005 — Toronto Star

Revise rules to foster competition, protect privacy by Michael Geist

Commentator advocates increased governmental oversight of Internet service providers' carrier function, suggests approach to Internet governance should be re-evaluated in government's planned review of Telecommunications Act.

Mar 20, 2005 — The New York Times

OMG I Love Ellie and Ashley. Craig Is totally Hotttt. DGrassi Is tha Best Teen TV N da WRLD! by Ben Neihart

Despite daring, unconventional approach to teen issues, Canadian series “Degrassi” enjoys a large cult following in the United States.

Mar 20, 2005 — Announcement

Tribute to Farley Mowat in Port Hope, Ontario, Thursday, April 21, 2005

Details of events for upcoming tribute to Farley Mowat in Port Hope.

Mar 20, 2005 — News First

Microsoft adverts on the CBC?

Advertising for Microsoft's found on CBC's otherwise ad-free website.

Mar 19, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Provincialism at play by Kamal Al-Solaylee

Article say the Canadian Stage is too isolationist and that it should open its doors to American plays.

Mar 19, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Seen these films? Or even heard of them? by Kate Taylor

The Quebec film industry is doing something right that goes beyond the natural protection offered by the language barrier.

Mar 18, 2005 — The Vancouver Sun

Lacklustre comedy is awash in Irishisms by Katherine Monk

Film review says we have the CBC to thank for national cinema generally having "an irritating self-aware quality".

Mar 17, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CBC in bed with Klein?

Friends of Don Hill say popular CBC Alberta radio host was fired because he questioned the Alberta Premier on electricity deregulation.

Mar 17, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

Bush taps Martin to lead FCC by Brooks Boliek

George Bush's appointment of Kevin Martin to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's top job is seen as a victory for broadcasting decency advocates and those who stand to benefit from deregulation.

Mar 17, 2005 — Coalition of Canadian Audio-visual Unions

Where’s the progress? asks CCAU

CCAU says the federal government must address the crisis in Canadian drama in its upcoming parliamentary response to the Report of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.

Mar 15, 2005 — Globe & Mail

He's no chicken when it comes to change by Richard Bloom

Article on backer of one of the three satellite radio services with applications before the CRTC.

Mar 15, 2005 — Canadian Media Guild

Edmonton radio layoff: creating a chill at the CBC?

CBC union states that abrupt and unexplained termination of popular Alberta radio host may create chill throughout CBC.

Mar 15, 2005 — Truthout

Administration Rejects Ruling on PR Videos by Christopher Lee

Rejecting an opinion from the Government Accountability Office, the Bush Administration has authorized U.S. government agencies to release pre-packaged news stories to the media without disclosing that they are government authored.

Mar 14, 2005 — Playback Magazine

Open letter to CRTC chairman Charles Dalfen from the Canadian Film and Television Production Association

CFTPA opposes CRTC decision to release pay and specialty television financials in aggregate only, contrary to historical practice.

Mar 14, 2005 — Playback Magazine

Feds quiet on CTF, taxes by Sean Davidson

Groups anxious that the recent federal budget made no mention of film tax credits or of extended funding to the Canadian Television Fund, fear that Telecommunications Act review may lead to changes in foreign ownership restrictions.

Mar 14, 2005 — National Post

CBC-TV: More essential than ever by Richard Stursberg

CBC executive vice-president of English television, Richard Stursberg, writes that in the 500-channel universe, the CBC is more relevant than ever and must be the cornerstone of a solution to the crisis in television drama.

Mar 14, 2005 — Le Devoir

Télé-Québec sur une mer houleuse by Paul Cauchon

The working group on Télé-Québec has emphasized the need for increased regional programming, but does not provide for it through a budget increase.

Mar 14, 2005 — Salon

Fair and balanced, at least 27 percent of the time! by Mark Follman

Project for Excellence in Journalism concludes that Fox News content is unbalanced 73% of the time.

Mar 14, 2005 — The Hill Times

Democracy under the microscope by Richard Cleroux

Academic studies indicate the "democratic deficit" is real.

Mar 14, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Telefilm boss touts 10-per-cent solution by James Adams

Telefilm head Wayne Clarkson tells Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage that Canadian production funding should increase and that the new aim should be for Canadian films to occupy 10% market share.

Mar 14, 2005 — The Leader-Post

CBC still filling with lots of sports by Alex Strachan

CBC is compensating for the hockey lockout by broadcasting other sports.

Mar 14, 2005 — The Los Angeles Times

Study Warns of Junk-News Diet by James Rainey

Survey by the Project for Excellence in Journalism, affiliated with Columbia University, says that journalism is increasingly focused on pre-packaging and presenting information rather then gathering it.

Mar 14, 2005 — CBC News

CBC chair Carole Taylor resigns

Former CBC Chair declines to give reasons for resignation, but notes that the public broadcaster needs improved and stable funding to fulfil its mandate.

Mar 13, 2005 — The Toronto Sun

Canadian Broadcast Crisis by Bill Lankhof

Recent events, including the NHL lockout and the loss of the 2010 and 2012 Olympics, mean the CBC needs to rethink its future in sports broadcasting.

Mar 11, 2005 — Toronto Star

Two TVO shows cancelled, at least

TVOntario has cancelled two shows and will reportedly cut forty jobs in the next year.

Mar 11, 2005 — Canadian Press

TVO planning cuts, union warns

TVOntario will cancel two programs; union predicts additional staff cuts in the near future.

Mar 11, 2005 — National Post

Irate curlers petition for CBC takeout by Wayne Kondro

Curling fans petition to bring curling back to TSN after being disappointed with the CBC's coverage of curling events.

Mar 10, 2005 — Eye Weekly

This Hour has five syllables by Adam Nayman

Article says that the CBC's new show, The Hour, is a poor attempt to reach out to and educate younger viewers.

Mar 10, 2005 — Fast Forward

Fans rally around fired CBC host Don Hill by Amy Steele

Firing of popular CBC Alberta radio host prompts listener protests and grassroots campaign to have him reinstated.

Mar 10, 2005 — Toronto Sun

Layoffs hit TVO by Bill Brioux

While TVOntario has not made an official statement about impending job losses, it appears to have begun the process by cutting two programs.

Mar 10, 2005 — Globe & Mail

'Continentalist' stance backed by U.S. group by Simon Tuck

US Chamber of Commerce head says Canada should take the upcoming federal review of telecom policy as an opportunity to do away with foreign ownership regulations.

Mar 10, 2005 — National Post

Feds urged to revamp telecom rules by Paul Vieira

US Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue tells cabinet ministers and senior bureaucrats that it is critical to review telecom regulation because the sector is a major driving force behind labour productivity.

Mar 9, 2005 — CBC News

TVO to cancel two shows: union

As TVOntario cancels two of its programs, there remains speculation the Ontario government may attempt to privatize the public broadcaster in order to balance its budget.

Mar 9, 2005 — Le Devoir

Télé-québec - Abandon de la production by Paul Cauchon

Critics of the Bédard report on Télé-Québec say that abandoning programming production would effectively privatize the public broadcaster.

Mar 9, 2005 — Cartt

Television networks face extinction

Consultancy firm report predicts the death of the traditional broadcast television network model.

Mar 9, 2005 — Le Devoir

Un retour aux sources pour Télé-Québec by Paul Cauchon

Working group on the future of Télé-Québec says that the public broadcaster should be true to its mandate and focus on programming.

Mar 9, 2005 — Globe & Mail

From pariah to messiah: Send in the Clerk by Jeffrey Simpson

The centralization of decision making power with the Prime Minister and Clerk of the Privy Council causes delays and explains why many Crown corporation and other government vacancies are yet to be filled.

Mar 8, 2005 — The Financial Times

A radical approach to funding: Television Privatisation by Tony Barber and Tim Burt

Italian government prepares for partial privatization of state broadcaster RAI.

Mar 8, 2005 — Toronto Star

Veteran TV journalist Bill Cameron dies at 62

Late broadcast journalist Bill Cameron parted ways with CBC management over funding cuts in 1999.

Mar 8, 2005 — Canadian Press

Review of Canada's telecom policies, regulator praised by business leaders

Telecommunication companies are pleased by the review of telecommunication policy and industry regulation announced in the federal budget.

Mar 7, 2005 — CBC News

Protests staged over CBC host layoff

Viewers stage protest over sudden firing of popular CBC Edmonton radio host.

Mar 5, 2005 — The Montreal Gazette

Italian-Canadian lobby says it paid off to turn up volume on RAI television access by Jeff Heinrich

Observers expect CRTC to approve Rogers application for RAI International, now that third language programming policy requires competing Canadian services to be bundled with and have access to foreign services' programming.

Mar 5, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CBC Radio Three's lauded Web mag dies by Alexandra Gill

CBC shuts down online magazine despite its success and the steady growth of innovative new media.

Mar 5, 2005 — The Record

Canadian broadcasters submit wish lists

Broadcasters release programming schedules and ideas for the upcoming year.

Mar 4, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Specialty channels set to overtake basic TV by Richard Blackwell

Specialty television is expected to overtake conventional television in both viewership and revenues.

Mar 3, 2005 — CRTC Press Release

Revenues for Canadian specialty, pay, and pay-per-view television services exceed the $2 billion mark

Contrary to historical practice, CRTC releases statistical and financial summaries for pay and specialty television services in aggregate only.

Mar 3, 2005 — The Edmonton Journal

Stay tuned by Dan Barnes

Satirical column suggests that the CBC may be going crazy with Brier coverage to cover up incidents such as the firing of announcer Chris Cuthbert.

Mar 3, 2005 — Duluth News Tribune

Television finally falls below 'relevance quotient' by George Will

Commentary attacks the foundations for public service broadcasting in the US and calls for an end to PBS's government financing.

Mar 3, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC yields, a little bit, on curling by Allen Cameron

CBC agrees to shift three curling games from Country Canada digital network to the main channel.

Mar 3, 2005 — Globe & Mail

In press v. people, the Liberals take a bruising by Lawrence Martin

Columnist argues that Canadian media lean to the right of the people.

Mar 2, 2005 — UK Prime Minister's Office

BBC Governors scrapped as Royal Charter renewed

Green Paper on the review of BBC's Charter renewal outlines a plan to replace the BBC Board of Governors with an "accountable and transparent" trust.

Mar 2, 2005 — Edmonton Sun

What happened to Don Hill? by Graham Hicks

Columnist questions CBC's official rationale for termination of popular CBC Alberta radio host Don Hill.

Mar 2, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Troubled TV coverage under review by William Houston

CCA and CBC reps met to discuss how less fragmented and higher quality coverage can be achieved after the Scott Tournament of Hearts coverage incited thousands of complaints and negative press.

Mar 2, 2005 — The Edmonton Journal

More draws may hit button by Jim Matheson

The Canadian Curling Association and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation met to discuss ways to improve curling coverage after fans complained of coverage of the Canadian women's curling championship.

Mar 2, 2005 — BBC News

BBC governors set to be scrapped

BBC Board of Governors to be replaced by separate oversight and executive bodies.

Mar 1, 2005 — Globe & Mail

The next new thing? Try telecom takeovers by Eric Reguly

Further consolidation is expected in Canadian telecommunications market.

Mar 1, 2005 — CBC/Radio Canada

Memo to CBC employees regarding responding to public inquiries about the redundancy of Don Hill

Instructions to CBC staff from CBC Media Relations Head, Ruth Ellen Soles.

Mar 1, 2005 — National Post

Bell leads call for telecom reform by Terence Corcoran

Columnist says that the panel appointed to review telecommunications policy should recommend dismantling the CRTC.

Mar 1, 2005 — Toronto Star

CBC's coverage of final was rock-solid by Chris Zelkovitch

The CBC's coverage of the Scott final was top-notch, though the coverage that preceded the final was inadequate.

Mar 1, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Huge audience tunes into CBC for Scott final by William Houston

The Scott final draws a larger audience then last year despite widespread viewer dissatisfaction with the CBC's curling coverage.

Mar 1, 2005 — National Post

New CRTC head facing key decisions by Mark Evans

Former Quebec Minister of Communications Richard French is appointed vice-chairman of the CRTC's telecom branch.

Feb 26, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

Martin friend handed plum CRTC post by Elizabeth Thompson

Federal government appoints new CRTC vice-chair, telecommunications.

Feb 26, 2005 — The Hamilton Spectator

CBC needs to return to its roots in local and regional programming by Evelyn Myrie

Article says that the CBC must return to its original mandate, which recognizes the importance of broadcasting rooted in Canada's regions.

Feb 25, 2005 — Toronto Star

No rush to sell Bell Globemedia: Sabia

Michael Sabia says that BCE has no immediate plans to change ownership of BellGlobemedia.

Feb 25, 2005 — National Post

Radio free Canada

Editorial says that the CRTC should allow satellite radio to be freely broadcast in Canada.

Feb 25, 2005 — The Edmonton Journal

Cuthbert surprised by termination

CBC commentator Chris Cuthbert was officially laid off as a result of the NHL lockout, but was told he will not be reinstated once hockey resumes.

Feb 25, 2005 — The Vancouver Province

Canadians make HDTV sets a best seller

New Decima Research poll says that Canadian viewers are subscribing to HDTV faster then those in the U.S.

Feb 25, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

CanWest Global considers specialty channel acquisitions by Mark Evans

Canwest Global shows interest in TSN and The Discovery Channel, while the company prepares to launch its new daily tabloid Dose.

Feb 25, 2005 — CBC News

Frulla hails budget arts victory

Funding for CBC regional programming, missing from the federal budget, may be contained in Heritage Department's response to Lincoln Committee report, scheduled for April.

Feb 24, 2005 — Toronto Star

Bell Globemedia rumours have media types in a tizzy by Antonia Zerbisias

Media reports on Woodbridge's $1.5-billion offer for Bell Globemedia were not the breaking news they were made out to be.

Feb 24, 2005 — The Sydney Morning Herald

How CanWest was won by Richard Reynolds

Australian newspaper profiles CanWest Global CEO Leonard Asper.

Feb 24, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CBC's firing of Cuthbert meets with anger and sadness by Allan Maki

CBC's termination of sportscaster Chris Cuthbert sparks outrage from sports insiders and fans alike.

Feb 24, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Communications groups applaud budget by Jack Kapica

Industry groups the Coalition for Competitive Telecommunications and the Canadian Cable Telecommunications Association applaud news of a review of the 1993 Telecommunications Act.

Feb 24, 2005 — Canadian Press

Federal budget offers some money for arts but little for domestic TV drama by John Mckay

FRIENDS believes CBC local/regional funding announcement may be yet to come.

Feb 24, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Some sources believe up to $250-million in revenue may be lost by William Houston

Broadcasters estimate financial loss resulting from cancellation of the NHL hockey season.

Feb 23, 2005 — Le Devoir

En bref - Le rapport sur l'avenir de Télé-Québec est entre les mains de la ministre

The working group on Télé-Québec has submitted its report to Culture Minister Line Beauchamp.

Feb 23, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Fans irate over CBC's coverage

Curling fans are unhappy with curling coverage now that the Canadian Curling Association has struck an exclusive deal with the CBC.

Feb 23, 2005 — Le Devoir

Oui à CKAC by Bernard Descôteaux

The CKAC Radio journalists' union will be asking for a review of the CRTC decision allowing the station to be sold to Corus.

Feb 23, 2005 — CBC News

Budget contains single major arts commitment

Federal budget fails to boost funding for CBC local/regional programming.

Feb 23, 2005 — National Post

Ottawa to review ownership limits by Paul Vieira and Robert Thompson

Cablecos keenly interested in telecom foreign ownership review.

Feb 23, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa eyes telecom overhaul by Simon Tuck

The Industry Minister will reportedly appoint a panel to advise on reform of Canadian telecommunications regulations, eventually including a review of foreign ownership restrictions.

Feb 22, 2005 — Parliamentary Press Release

Minister Frulla announces appointment of Guy Fournier to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Minister of Canadian Heritage Liza Frulla appoints Quebec author and columnist Guy Fournier to the CBC's board.

Feb 22, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Poll: Does Canada still need the CBC?

75% of Canadians support CBC, suggests Globe & Mail online poll.

Feb 22, 2005 — Globe & Mail

It's time for Sabia to make up his mind on Bell Globemedia by Eric Reguly

BCE has yet to take decisive action on BellGlobemedia after declaring it a non-core business two years ago.

Feb 21, 2005 — St. John's Telegram

CBC to get cash boost by Sue Bailey

CBC rumoured to be in line for a funding increase to revive local programming.

Feb 21, 2005 — The Leader Post

Local newscasts may get boost

Sources expect the federal budget to fulfil the CBC's request for a budget increase, but Heritage Minister Liza Frulla has not confirmed the rumour.

Feb 21, 2005 — The Gazette

Federal budget to boost CBC by Sue Bailey

The federal budget to be tabled Wednesday is expected to meet the CBC's demand for extra funding to revive regional programming; but government must take measures to ensure that the money is used for that purpose.

Feb 21, 2005 — The Edmonton Journal

CBC to receive huge budget boost

Government sources say Wednesday's federal budget will grant the CBC extra funding to revitalize regional programming.

Feb 21, 2005 — National Post

Thomson wants CTV: Awaits response on $1.5B bid for Bell Globemedia by Robert Thompson and Barry Critchley

BCE is reportedly contemplating an offer to buy BellGlobemedia, which includes CTV.

Feb 20, 2005 — Canadian Press

New cash for CBC in budget could help restore regional newscasts: source by Sue Bailey

Federal budget expected to contain a funding increase for CBC; FRIENDS says important to ensure new funds are earmarked for local/regional programming.

Feb 20, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Budget holds goodies for CBC by Sue Bailey

Federal budget expected to contain a funding increase for CBC; FRIENDS says important to ensure new funds are earmarked for local/regional programming.

Feb 19, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Good at the talking part

The federal budget will demonstrate how successful Heritage Minister Liza Frulla's lobbying efforts on behalf of the cultural industry have been.

Feb 19, 2005 — Globe & Mail

The new culture war by Simon Houpt

Conservative groups in the United States are joining forces to push for more restrictive, values-oriented legislation on the content of television programming.

Feb 19, 2005 — National Post

Public television in a 500-channel world

Editorial says there is no need for publicly funded CBC Television in Canada because "the market" can be relied on to produce quality television.

Feb 19, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

Deteriorating visual, audio footage part of Canada's heritage by John McKay

The broadcaster- and government-supported AV Preservation Trust, whose mandate is to archive and preserve Canada's cultural audio-visual history, has unveiled the materials it will archive in 2005.

Feb 19, 2005 — Canadian Press

CBC executive promises more drama if 'no more cuts' in federal funding

The CBC plans to double Canadian drama in prime time by 2008 - provided it does not suffer any incremental funding cuts.

Feb 18, 2005 — Hollywood Reporter

Foes put sights on DTV date by Brooks Boliek

Republicans reportedly fear political consequences if they leave the millions of television viewers who have not switched to digital without a signal on the analog switch off date.

Feb 18, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Stursberg plans to boost Canadian drama on CBC by Gayle MacDonald

Richard Stursberg says CRTC plan to reinvigorate Canadian drama will only render U.S. programs more attractive to private broadcasters, has his own plan to double Canadian drama during prime time at the CBC.

Feb 17, 2005 — Globe & Mail

U.S. wants to speed digital TV

U.S. may need to subsidize transition to digital television.

Feb 17, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Pay-TV cash cows face challenge to their monopolies by Eric Reguly

A new contender might unsettle the monopoly that Astral Media and Corus Entertainment have over the pay-tv market since a mystery applicant has applied to the CRTC for a licence.

Feb 17, 2005 — Globe & Mail

GM Canada head says CRTC should only okay pair of proposals by Richard Blackwell

The president of General Motors of Canada has intervened in satellite radio hearings to say the CRTC should approve all three proposals, to avoid putting consumers at a disadvantage.

Feb 17, 2005 — CNews

Broadcasters look to fill hockey void by Donna Spencer

The CBC and TSN are looking at very different ways to tackle the large programming gap caused by the cancellation of the NHL hockey season.

Feb 17, 2005 — Toronto Star

Musical chairs at Maclean's by Antonia Zerbisias

Appointment of two experienced programmers and former CBC vice-presidents expected to bring new perspective to CBC Board.

Feb 17, 2005 — National Post

Spring will hurt the most for Hockeyless in Canada by Alex Strachan

Networks are doing their best to cushion the blow of lost revenues resulting from the cancellation of the NHL hockey season.

Feb 17, 2005 — The Ottawa Citizen

TV networks scramble to fill void by Tony Atherton

The loss of the Stanley Cup playoffs has networks scrambling for programming and revenue.

Feb 17, 2005 — Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Alternative Federal Budget 2005: It’s Time

CCPA 2005 alternative federal budget recommends CBC funding be increased by $250 million over four years, conditional in part upon greatly increased regional production.

Feb 16, 2005 — Canada Newswire

Cable Industry Supports Three New Foreign Third-language Services

The CCTA has asked the CRTC to add three new foreign channels to the lists of eligible satellite services.

Feb 16, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Send these CTF rules down the river in a canoe by Kate Taylor

Article says federal production funding agencies have gone too far in their attempts to define Canadian content.

Feb 15, 2005 — National Post

Leadership crisis rises at CRTC by Paul Vieira and Mark Evans

Delays in federal appointments to CRTC management vacancies may inhibit the regulator's ability to function.

Feb 14, 2005 — Playback Magazine

Stursberg wants $84M for CBC revamp by Ian Edwards

The CBC asks for budget increase, promises that funds will be used to revitalize regional programming.

Feb 14, 2005 — Globe & Mail

TV producers blast fund's 'parochial' Canadian-content rules by Micheal Posner

Television producers and broadcasters criticize Canadian Television Fund's strict interpretation of Canadian content rules.

Feb 14, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Antennas and bunny ears are back in the picture by Stephen Wickens

The number of television viewers who opt to receive over-the-air signals rather than subscribe to cable or satellite services remains significant.

Feb 14, 2005 — Minister of Canadian Heritage Press Release

Minister Frulla Announces Four Appointments to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Government appoints four new directors to CBC Board, including a former chair of TVOntario and a former president of CTV.

Feb 13, 2005 — Northern Life

Radio triplets could do better job by Jim Thompson

Sudbury business writer applauds the CRTC for recognizing the unhealthy impact the agreements between Rogers and Newcap have had on local radio in Sudbury.

Feb 13, 2005 — The Guardian

BBC licence fee safe for 10 years

Sources say the draft green paper that will determine the BBC's fate states that the licence fee is secure for another 10 years.

Feb 12, 2005 — Globe & Mail

'Significant' civic-culture aid planned for city, Frulla says by James Adams

Heritage Minister Liza Frulla hints that Toronto can be optimistic about assistance for the cultural sector in the upcoming federal budget.

Feb 12, 2005 — The Times Colonist

Maybe CanCon rules weren't so bad by Ian Haysom

Canadian content regulation credited for the development of a rich pool of internationally recognized Canadian musical talent.

Feb 11, 2005 — The Times

Ofcom's 'fishy' plan is no great public service by Dan Sabbagh

Article discusses state of Public Service Broadcasting in the UK.

Feb 11, 2005 — National Post

CRTC works just fine, says Dalfen by Paul Vieira

CRTC Chairman Charles Dalfen says the CRTC is working to produce rulings more expediently but that industry is also to blame for procedural delays.

Feb 11, 2005 — Globe & Mail

The battle for television's youngest viewers by Mark Hume

TVOntario says the dearth of quality children's educational programming available in the marketplace requires the station to create its own.

Feb 11, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Private TV stations' bottom line gets big reality dose by Richard Blackwell

CRTC report finds that private stations' earnings declined by 23% last year despite spending on reality television and foreign programming.

Feb 11, 2005 — Globe & Mail

XM Satellite Radio flies high, but are investors tuned into reality? by Matthew Ingram

Expectations for future earnings of satellite radio providers such as Sirius and XM may turn out to be overly optimistic.

Feb 11, 2005 — National Post

Broadcast earnings down 23%

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission report shows that broadcast earnings are down.

Feb 11, 2005 — Toronto Star

Drama in Riverdale now a sad reality show by Antonia Zerbesias

The crisis in the Canadian drama industry can be traced in part to low spending by private broadcasters.

Feb 11, 2005 — Globe & Mail

It's not a Toronto Broadcasting Corporation by Noreen Golfman

FRIENDS steering committee chair describes what a strong grassroots CBC would look like: a balance between local and network programs.

Feb 10, 2005 — CRTC Press Release

The CRTC unveils financial results for private Canadian Television

CRTC releases private broadcasters' 2004 financial summaries.

Feb 10, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Broadcasters plan blanket coverage of 2010, 2012 Games by William Houston

The Bell Globemedia-Rogers consortium's Olympic strategy is to use several platforms to air a record-breaking number of television hours, a strategy designed to maximize profits.

Feb 10, 2005 — Canada Newswire

Bell Globemedia - Rogers Olympic Plan Means Unprecedented Choice For Canadians

The Bell Globemedia-Rogers Communications consortium outlines plan for Olympic coverage.

Feb 10, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CBC pitched for CanWest, but it wasn't in the game by William Houston

Article says that during the CBC pitch for rights to the Olympics, the CBC's partner, Canwest Global, was nowhere to be seen.

Feb 10, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Don't touch that dial!

New research proves that educational programs targeted at children have the potential to greatly contribute to their development.

Feb 10, 2005 — National Post

Global to boost focus on scripted programming by Paul Brent

Canwest Global says it plans to increase broadcasting of drama, slightly; CBC management's free market explanation for loss of Olympics rings hollow when it has been bidding and winning rights for decades.

Feb 10, 2005 — The Leader-Post

The best deal CBC never made? by Bruce Dowbiggin

Despite excellence of past CBC Olympics coverage, the public broadcaster should move on to other priorities.

Feb 9, 2005 — The Guardian

Regulator gives boost to ITV

Ofcom proposals on public service broadcasting emphasize the obstacles posed by the digital switchover scheduled for 2012.

Feb 9, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CBC: reattaching the limb after the stump has healed over? by Kate Taylor

Columnist says the CBC should not revive regional television newscasts.

Feb 8, 2005 — National Post

Interest in satellite radio fades by Paul Brent

Recent J.P. Morgan survey shows that consumer interest in satellite radio has declined 8% since May.

Feb 8, 2005 — CNEWS

CHUM eyes Learning and Skills Television

CHUM acquires remaining 40% stake in Alberta's educational broadcaster, Learning and Skills Television, proposes to combine some operations with conventional television stations formerly owned by Craig Broadcasting.

Feb 8, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Rivals join to pull off TV coup by William Houston

The surprise teaming of two media giants proves to be a successful Olympic bid strategy.

Feb 8, 2005 — National Post

CBC sports on a downhill run by Mark Spector

Article discusses impact of Olympic rights loss on CBC and on coverage of other sports.

Feb 8, 2005 — National Post

CBC outbid for 2010 Olympics by Jeremy Sandler

Lack of funds cited as CBC loses broadcasting rights to 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and 2012 Summer Games to Bell/Rogers consortium.

Feb 7, 2005 — La Presse

Adieu téléroman! Adieu télévision! by Victor-Lévy Beaulieu

Editorial critiques the quality of Radio-Canada, says that it has declined over the years.

Feb 7, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Bitter pill for CBC to swallow by Gayle MacDonald and William Houston

Losing Olympic broadcast rights will allow CBC to focus on other areas of its mandate.

Feb 7, 2005 — Globe & Mail

A lot at stake for Olympic rights bidders by William Houston

If CBC loses the Olympics to CTV, it will not be the first time.

Feb 7, 2005 — Le Devoir

Médias: Dérapages radio-canadiens by Paul Cauchon

Article criticizes Radio-Canada for cutting funds to its high quality international news program.

Feb 7, 2005 — Westender

CanWest controls too much media, Senate hearing told by Matthew Burrows

Vancouver journalists denounce CanWest Global media monopoly before travelling Senate Committee.

Feb 7, 2005 — Canoe News

CTV-Rogers score Olympics rights by Jim Morris

The International Olympic Committee gives broadcast rights for the 2010 and 2012 Olympics to CBC’s rivals, the Bell Globemedia-Rogers consortium.

Feb 6, 2005 — Le Devoir

Zone interdite by Gil Courtemanche

Radio-Canada is cutting the programs that best fulfill its legal mandate as a public broadcaster.

Feb 4, 2005 — Le Devoir

Compressions de 13 millions à la SRC by Paul Cauchon

Radio-Canada faces budget cuts that are likely to take a particularly hard toll on the news sector.

Feb 4, 2005 — CBC News

CBC makes pitch for more money

CBC makes its case for a budget increase before the Commons Heritage Committee, promises increased regional programming and Canadian drama during prime-time hours in return.

Feb 4, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Rogers seeks approval to add Italian network

Rogers has re-applied for a licence to carry RAI International following the CRTC's adoption of a new third-language broadcasting policy in December.

Feb 4, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CBC seeks half of Canadian TV fund's annual budget by James Adams and Gayle MacDonald

CBC English TV Vice-President Richard Stursberg requests half of Telefilm Canada's annual budget to revive dramatic programming on CBC.

Feb 4, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC seeks $80M infusion for local TV news pilot project by Chris Cobb

CBC told the House of Commons Heritage Committee it needs an $80 million funding increase over three years to reinvent local/regional television and radio programming.

Feb 3, 2005 — Canada Newswire

Rogers Has Filed Application to Add RAI International to the CRTC's Digital Satellite Services

Rogers has filed an application to add RAI International to the list of authorized foreign digital satellite services.

Feb 3, 2005 — Minister of Canadian Heritage

Liza Frulla speech at the Prime Time in Ottawa Luncheon

Speaking points for speech by Minister of Canadian Heritage, Liza Frulla, to the Canadian Film and Television Production Association.

Feb 3, 2005 — Canadian Press

Minority Liberals set budget for Feb. 23 by Bruce Cheadle

Article suggests minority Liberals are unlikely to face an election over the federal budget, set to be tabled February 23, 2005.

Feb 3, 2005 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC's Rabinovitch backs off request for $100M funding boost by Chris Cobb

CBC maintains President was "misunderstood" when he told reporters in November that CBC would spend the majority of a $100 million funding increase on network rather than local and regional programming.

Feb 2, 2005 — CBC/Radio Canada

Enhancing Regional Connections: A Local/Regional Strategy

CBC issues long-awaited plan responding to House of Commons Heritage Commitee's June 2003 recommendation that the public broadcaster improve local/regional radio and television service to fulfil its responsibilities under the Broadcasting Act.

Feb 2, 2005 — Canadian Press

CBC seeks another $75 million to reinstate regional programming

CBC local/regional plans to be unveiled at House of Commons Heritage Committee meeting.

Feb 1, 2005 — CRTC

Charles Dalfen speech to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

Text of CRTC Chair Charles Dalfen's speech before the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, addressing the CRTC's mandate, linguistic duality, diversity, third-language programming and equal rights.

Feb 1, 2005 — Toronto Star

Fox bully is crybaby on Canada by Antonia Zerbisias

CBC's Fifth Estate broadcast on the state of the American political discourse drew predictable response from Fox News commentator.

Jan 31, 2005 — CRTC

Broadcasting decisions on the business link between NewCap and Rogers radio stations in Sudbury

CRTC has accepted FRIENDS' submission that the business link between NewCap and Rogers radio stations in Sudbury reduced the diversity of news in the Sudbury area and functioned as an unauthorized local management arrangement (LMA). The Commission has ordered that this link end and has extended NewCap's Sudbury licence for only three years.

Jan 31, 2005 — National Post

Regulator is 'rudderless,' critic charges by Paul Vieira

Observers criticize use of patronage appointments to fill CRTC vacancies.

Jan 30, 2005 — New York Times

Steal this Show by Lorne Manly and John Markoff

As piracy software becomes increasingly sophisticated, networks find they will have to make content more accessible to viewers in order to survive.

Jan 30, 2005 — New York Times

Under Pressure, Qatar May Sell Jazeera Station by Steven R. Weisman

The United States has reportedly pressured its ally, Qatar, to sell the Al-Jazeera broadcast news service.

Jan 29, 2005 — The Times

Rivals should share licence fee

The UK Culture Secretary has recommended that BBC report to an outside panel that would have the ability to dole out revenues from the license fee to rival broadcasters.

Jan 28, 2005 — Canadian Communications Reports

Nothing unusual about Industry Canada notice on foreign satellites: Shea

CEO of CBC/Standard/Sirius joint venture challenges FRIENDS' assessment of Cancon commitments by satellite radio applicants, optimistic that all three applicants will be licensed.

Jan 28, 2005 — The Calgary Herald

CanWest in no rush to make big acquisition by Paul Brent

Canwest Global CEO Leonard Asper says his current focus is branching into new businesses rather than making large acquisitions.

Jan 28, 2005 — National Post

CRTC wrong-footed, but predictable by Paul Kedrosky

Columnist disagrees with CRTC decisions on RAI International and Al-Jazeera and predicts that he will also disagree with upcoming decisions on VoIP and satellite radio.

Jan 27, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Tribute: Harry J. Boyle by Pierre Juneau

Former CRTC chair Pierre Juneau pays homage to late CBC broadcasting executive and CRTC chair Harry J. Boyle.

Jan 27, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CRTC: Spike TV can stay in Canada

CRTC makes exception to allow Spike TV, rules against objection by Canadian Association of Broadcasters and Canwest Global that the rebranded channel originally approved as the Nashville Network unfairly competes with Canadian services.

Jan 27, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Bidding for Canadian TV rights is no game by William Houston

CTV and Rogers will compete with CBC for the 2010 and 2012 Olympic broadcast rights; the highest bidder is expected to win.

Jan 27, 2005 — CRTC Press Release

The CRTC adopts measures to encourage French-language drama

CRTC aims to "neutralize the downward trend" of original French-language Canadian drama programming in the private sector.

Jan 26, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Film tax credits are starting to look like a mug's game by Kate Taylor

Article says that the way to revitalize the Canadian film and television industry is to give grants to local producers and improve the distribution system instead of hiking tax credits.

Jan 25, 2005 — The Guardian

BBC hunts for commercial breaks

In lead up to its charter renewal, BBC says it is disinclined to relinquish its commercial ambitions, denies it uses public funds to compete unfairly with commercial broadcasters.

Jan 25, 2005 — National Post

Harry Boyle: Creator of Canada's modern public radio

Former head of CRTC credited with transforming CBC Radio to long-format analytical programming format it is known for today.

Jan 24, 2005 — The Guardian

Why Ofcom should regulate the BBC by Steve Hewlett

The BBC should be regulated by the UK communications regulatory authority, Ofcom, rather than its own board of governors.

Jan 24, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Who's afraid of the 400-channel universe? by Doug Saunders

Rather than posing a threat, advances in television technology create new opportunities for public broadcasters.

Jan 23, 2005 — The Sunday Telegraph

Hands up if you are a BBC Tory by Nigel Farndale

Article says BBC's fear of being perceived as biased makes it overly bland and cautious.

Jan 22, 2005 — Globe & Mail

TVA's foray into English Canada begins with Toronto 1 turnaround by Richard Blackwell

TVA expected to expand further into English Canada provided it can make Toronto 1 a success.

Jan 22, 2005 — Canadian Press

Former CRTC chairman and CBC broadcaster Harry Boyle dead at 89

At CRTC, Boyle worked to safeguard domestic ownership of Canada's broadcasting industry and establish Canadian content quotas for television.

Jan 22, 2005 — National Post

Astral finally gets blessing to sell Quebec radio stations by Paul Brent

CRTC approves sale of Astral Media's Quebec radio stations to Corus Entertainment.

Jan 21, 2005 — The St. Catherine's Standard

When Lloyd or Peter quit, it will be big news by Knowlton Nash

Audiences may have shrunk, but network television is a primary source of news for Canadians.

Jan 21, 2005 — Globe & Mail

TSN usurps CBC's tradition by William Houston

As the CBC drops this year’s Hockey Day in Canada, TSN resolves to produce a similar feature.

Jan 20, 2005 — Westender

Our only public broadcaster isn't what it should by Paul Kincaid Jamieson

Article says that the CBC has been broadcasting poor, spun and sensationalistic programming.

Jan 19, 2005 — Toronto Star

Airwaves the new battleground by Rick Westhead

FCC enforcement against programming content shows the growing influence of conservative voters.

Jan 17, 2005 — Toronto Star

Fox's Idol forces Corner Gas move by Jim Bawden

CTV moves popular Canadian sitcom Corner Gas to accommodate simulcast of Fox’s American Idol.

Jan 13, 2005 — Toronto Star

Welcome to Hockey Not in Canada by Chris Zelkovich

With the NHL lockout still unresolved and the possibility of losing the Olympics to a rival bidder, fear of job losses flares at CBC.

Jan 12, 2005 — Globe & Mail

Hockey Day in Canada cancelled by CBC by William Houston

CBC cancels Hockey Day in Canada, a "day of stories, interviews and grass roots hockey" hosted live from hockey communities across Canada.

Jan 4, 2005 — Toronto Star

Rogers poised to change TV landscape by Chris Zelkovich

Columnist speculates the CBC could lose its Olympics broadcaster title to Rogers.

Jan 3, 2005 — Playback Magazine

Broadcasters boost revenues 10% by Ian Edwards

CRTC Broadcasting Policy Monitoring Report shows that while revenues soared, private English broadcasters dedicated even fewer resources to Canadian drama.

Jan 3, 2005 — Playback Magazine

Susanne Boyce Playback's Person of the Year by Lauren Bracken

Susanne Boyce credited with successful Canadian programming strategy at CTV.

Jan 3, 2005 — Playback Magazine

Remember the Lincoln Report? Well, it's back by Laura Bracken

Article suggests the political climate in Ottawa is such that there are good chances some of the Lincoln Report recommendations will finally be implemented.

Jan 2, 2005 — Japan Broadcasting Corporation

CBC show earns Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Prize

The CBC program nerve: How Bad Do You Want It? has been awarded the Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Prize for best youth education program.

Jan 2, 2005 — Cablecaster Magazine

Rogers and BCE may team-up for Olympic rights bid

Rogers is reportedly joining BCE to develop a bid that will rival CBC's for broadcast rights to the 2010 and 2012 Olympics.

Jan 1, 2005 — L'Actualite

La radio qui brouille les cartes by Martine Desjardins

Satellite radio is appealing, but poses a considerable threat to Canadian content.

Jan 1, 2005 — Globe & Mail

CBC jobs may be at stake if NHL season officially cancelled by William Houston

There is speculation that if the NHL hockey season is officially cancelled, CBC will lay off employees to compensate for revenue losses.