Media Monitor — 2007

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Dec 31, 2007 — La Presse

Ottawa améliore son bilan en culture by Mario Cloutier

Senator Michael Fortier, Minister responsible for Montreal in the Harper Cabinet, expresses optimism for culture and Montreal after overcoming tumultuous relations with Quebec under former Heritage Minister Bev Oda a year ago.

Dec 28, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

CBC/Radio-Canada revamps ATI Office

CBC/Radio-Canada has announced that it is beefing up its Access to Information Office to respond to a greater-than-anticipated volume of requests.

Dec 28, 2007 — Toronto Star

Merger madness signals upheaval

FRIENDS says if things don't go well with the CanWest takeover of Alliance Atlantis, the Aspers could lose control of the company.

Dec 26, 2007 — La Presse

Verner impressionne au Patrimoine, mais le vrai test reste à venir

Article says Josée Verner makes a favourable impression at Canadian Heritage but the real test is yet to come.

Dec 25, 2007 — The Tyee

The Letters of the Law by Michael Geist

Columnist looks back on Canadian tech law in 2007.

Dec 24, 2007 — Truth Dig

The FCC's Christmas Gift to Big Media by Amy Goodman

A FCC Commissioner says that the relaxation of U.S. cross-media ownership rules will result in newsroom layoffs and less coverage of local issues.

Dec 24, 2007 — Canadian Press

Tories blast CBC in party fundraising letter by Alexander Panetta

Conservative party official Doug Finley has sent Conservative supporters a letter in which he lambastes the CBC and asks people for money to help fight an election.

Dec 24, 2007 — CBC News

All eyes on spectrum auction in 2008, analysts say

Media consultants say that the wireless spectrum auction and the privatization of Bell Canada will be the big Canadian telecommunications stories of 2008.

Dec 22, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa accused of caving in to Hollywood on copyright by Bill Curry

The Canadian Library Association is urging Ottawa to ensure its copyright legislation reform does not attack Canadians who copy music and videos for their own use.

Dec 22, 2007 — National Post

Alliance Atlantis deal unlikely to spur media investments: experts by Barbara Shecter

A specialist in media transactions says the Alliance Atlantis deal is unlikely to result in a flood of major investments by global media companies such as Disney and Time-Warner.

Dec 22, 2007 — Canadian Press

Paperworkers' union may appeal CRTC ruling on Alliance Atlantis by Steve Rennie

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union of Canada says the CRTC's decision on CanWest's acquisition of Alliance Atlantis Communications skirts foreign ownership restrictions since a U.S. investment bank is putting up most of the money.

Dec 21, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

CRTC foreign ownership decision puts Canadian media at risk, says Council of Canadians

The Council of Canadians says the approved takeover of Alliance Atlantis could pave the way for more foreign ownership of Canadian media.

Dec 21, 2007 — Conservative Party of Canada

The Facts: The Liberals and the CBC by Doug Finley

Year end fundraising letter from Doug Finley, Campaign Director, Conservative Party of Canada, and close adviser to Prime Minister Harper, alleges Liberal bias on the part of CBC.

Dec 21, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CanWest ruling seen as setting precedent by Grant Robertson

Columnist says the CanWest/Goldman Sachs purchase of Alliance Atlantis provides a new blueprint for allowing foreign investors into the Canadian broadcasting sector.

Dec 21, 2007 — National Post

CRTC OKs $2.3B deal for specialty broadcaster by Grant Surridge

Columnist says Canada's media regulator has handed out an almost no-strings-attached approval to Goldman Sachs/CanWest's purchase of Alliance Atlantis.

Dec 21, 2007 — Canadian Press

Some fear CanWest might cut Canadian programming after Alliance deal by Lee-Anne Goodman

FRIENDS says pressure on CanWest to cut costs may give it an excuse to squeeze Canadian programming.

Dec 21, 2007 — Canadian Press

CRTC approves CanWest takeover of Alliance Atlantis by Steve Rennie

FRIENDS says the CRTC has allowed foreign ownership of a Canadian media company through the back door.

Dec 21, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Rogers taps former CHUM executive to run national radio network by Grant Robertson

Former CHUM radio executive Paul Ski has been recruited by Rogers to run its network of 51 AM and FM radio stations across the country.

Dec 20, 2007 — CBC News

CanWest Global cleared to buy Alliance Atlantis

FRIENDS says the CRTC should have shown more backbone in its decision approving the takeover of Alliance Atlantis.

Dec 19, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Rogers waives minority ownership of CP24 by Grant Robertson

Rogers has agreed to transfer complete ownership of the Toronto television news channel CP24 to CTVglobemedia.

Dec 19, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Viacom, Microsoft ink advertising, content deal

Viacom has selected Microsoft as its Internet advertising partner in a five-year agreement valued at an estimated $500-million.

Dec 19, 2007 — Montreal Gazette

TQS fights for survival by Roberto Rocha

Columnist says falling audiences and rising production costs drove French-language television network TQS to seek protection from creditors.

Dec 19, 2007 — New York Times

F.C.C. Reshapes Rules Limiting Media Industry by Stephen LaBaton

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has approved rules that will set new parameters for the size and scope of the largest news and cable companies.

Dec 19, 2007 — Montreal Gazette

'Mouton noir' of Quebec TV needs a white knight by Peter Hadekel

Columnist calls the financial problems of the Cogeco owned TQS TV network a "black mark" on the strategy of convergence that many communications companies have pursued.

Dec 18, 2007 — The Tyee

This Was the Year of Facebook by Michael Geist

Columnist says the growth of social media, led by Facebook, has taken the world by storm.

Dec 18, 2007 — CBC News

U.S. loosens rules for media cross-ownership

The U.S. broadcast regulator has voted to allow broadcasters in the nation's 20 largest media markets to also own a newspaper.

Dec 18, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Writers strike a likely boon for Canadian radio ads by Grant Robertson

Large radio providers such as Corus Entertainment and Rogers Communications are expecting a boost in advertising if the U.S. Hollywood writers strike persists.

Dec 18, 2007 — Globe & Mail

I'm back and I'm grumpy by John Doyle

Columnist takes the side of Chris Haddock, creator of 'Intelligence', in his spat with the CBC over the lack of promotion for the TV drama.

Dec 18, 2007 — Calgary Herald

Political appointees receive hefty raises by Glen McGregor

The Harper government has given CRTC commissioners a 7% pay raise.

Dec 18, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

XM Satellite Radio settles suit with Universal Music

XM Satellite Radio says it has settled a patent infringement lawsuit filed by Universal Music Group over a device that can store and record music from satellite radio.

Dec 17, 2007 — Playback

Ontario upping credits to 35%, 25% for Hollywood by Etan Vlessing

The Ontario government has announced a plan to hike tax credits for foreign and local producers shooting in the province over the next three years.

Dec 17, 2007 — The London Daily Telegraph

Are we really going to let the BBC decide how our society develops? by Janet Daley

In the U.K., an opposition party proposal would make the licence fee for public service broadcasting available to any broadcaster that proposes to make programmes deemed to be in the public interest, not just the BBC.

Dec 17, 2007 — Variety

Obama, Kerry warn FCC by William Triplett

U.S. Senators Barack Obama and John Kerry are threatening to block funding for the Federal Communications Commission if the regulatory agency goes ahead with a planned vote to relax the newspaper-broadcaster cross-ownership ban.

Dec 17, 2007 — Victoria Times Colonist

Networks unveil more reality-based TV by Eric Kohanik

Columnist says the strike by Hollywood writers is prompting American TV networks to come up with more non-scripted programming to fill up their schedules.

Dec 17, 2007 — Canadian Television Fund

CTF successes

A Canadian Television Fund document outlines successes of funded television programs such as Little Mosque on the Prairie, Trailer Park Boys and Rick Mercer Report.

Dec 17, 2007 — Toronto Star

Facebook more than just a cool tool for kids by Michael Geist

Columnist says that issue of copyright reform has shown that the social networking website Facebook can be an effective and efficient tool to educate and galvanize grassroots advocacy.

Dec 17, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Copyright court fight leads 2008 playlist Deirdre McMurdy

In early 2008, the Federal Court of Appeal will be asked if a Copyright Board of Canada decision to impose a $75 surcharge on personal entertainment devices, such as iPods, is legal.

Dec 16, 2007 — New York Times

Wider Spying Fuels Aid Plan for Telecom Industry by Eric Lichblau, James Risen and Scott Shane

Article says the Bush administration has been lobbying to pass legislation protecting telecom companies from lawsuits for aiding the National Security Agency's warrantless eavesdropping program.

Dec 15, 2007 — Playback

Deal or no deal? by Norma Reveler

After facing a slew of opposition, CanWest Global must now wait until early 2008 to find out if its

Dec 15, 2007 — Playback

The Small Screen: If you thought 2007 was eventful, you ain't seen nothin' yet by Tamsen Tillson

With issues such as a public hearings on the Canadian Television Fund, the takeover bid of Alliance Atlantis and new legislation on the horizon, columnist says 2008 promises to be even more eventful than 2007.

Dec 15, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Signing off by Chris Cobb

Outgoing CBC president answers questions about cutting regional newscasts, putting more American TV shows in prime-time and losing the rights to the Olympics.

Dec 15, 2007 — Playback

Rabinovitch reflects on controversial reign by Etan Vlessing

Outgoing CBC president Robert Rabinovitch says he helped stabilize Canada's public broadcaster and put it in a position to grow in the future.

Dec 15, 2007 — Playback

Ripped from the headlines in '07

A year in review of the top headlines for the Canadian broadcasting industry in 2007.

Dec 14, 2007 — Playback

Rival companies rush to air HD by Tracy Nita Pender

A recent CRTC decision to review HDTV Networks' application for a national over-the-air HD licence in Canada means that existing high definition content provider, High Fidelity HDTV, may soon have competition.

Dec 14, 2007 — Playback

Service business under siege

Article says that Canadian television and movie productions companies that are reliant on U.S. business may have to modify their business plans or lay off staff in 2008.

Dec 14, 2007 — Canadian Press

CBC reviewing claim reporter fed questions to Liberal MP

The CBC has begun an internal investigation and possible disciplinary action after one of its parliamentary reporters allegedly

Dec 14, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Cogeco reviews radio station holdings by Catherine McLean

Cogeco CEO Louis Audet says he would prefer to expand his company's radio station holdings rather than sell them.

Dec 14, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Golden day for Canada as awards season heats up by Gayle MacDonald

Canadian-made films, TV shows, actors and filmmakers have garnered a number of Golden Globe nominations.

Dec 14, 2007 — Globe & Mail

A national TV dream, in High Def by Grant Robertson

If HDTV Networks receives CRTC approval it would become Canada's third-largest commercial TV network after CTV and Global.

Dec 14, 2007 — Vancouver Sun

HDTV plans free, 8-city high-definition network by Marke Andrews

A subsidiary of the company that controls XM Satellite Radio wants to launch a free, over-the-air high-definition television network based in Vancouver.

Dec 13, 2007 — Winnipeg Free Press

A Canadian-made drama by Nicholas Hirst

The CEO of Original Pictures Inc. says Jim Shaw's assertion that the Canadian Television Fund is delivering meagre results to Canadians is just plain wrong.

Dec 13, 2007 —

COMMENTARY: Keep It Canadian by Ian Morrison

Poll commissioned by FRIENDS, ACTRA and CEP says 62% of Canadians are more likely to vote for a candidate who opposes more foreign ownership of Canadian broadcasting companies.

Dec 13, 2007 — Globe & Mail

iTunes deal no big win for Canadians by Mathew Ingram

Columnist says the complexity of international content licensing and digital rights management are key reasons Canadians are able to purchase TV shows through Apple's iTunes store two years after a similar service was launched in the U.S.

Dec 13, 2007 — Globe & Mail

iTunes Canada receives gift of TV by Matt Hartley and Grant Robertson

Apple has announced that its iTunes Canada store will carry episodes from a handful of TV series seen on MTV, CTV, CBC and the Comedy Network, along with a small number of NHL games.

Dec 12, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Broadcasters to FCC: Too conservative by Brooks Boliek

Broadcasters and newspaper publishers aren't content with a plan by the U.S. broadcast regulator to remove the existing media cross-ownership ban.

Dec 12, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Opposition to copyright bill seems to have blindsided Prentice by Deirdre McMurdy

Columnist says that the perception the Conservative government is succumbing to pressure from the U.S. entertainment lobby in shaping Canadian copyright policy is a key reason the new legislation has been put off.

Dec 11, 2007 — Official Journal of the European Union

Directive 2007/65/EC of the European Parliament

European Parliament Directive on television broadcasting in Member States.

Dec 11, 2007 — The Tyee

CBC Fires Back at Haddock

Jeff Keay, CBC's head of media relations says that, despite assertions from producer Chris Haddock, there are 'no conspiracies' to scuttle the CBC drama 'Intelligence.'

Dec 11, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa appears to delay tabling copyright amendment by Julian Beltrame

Columnist says that growing opposition may delay much-awaited amendments to the Canadian Copyright Act.

Dec 10, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Sex finds place on Canadian TV by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC has approved the application by Montreal-based Sex-Shop Television to operate a digital French-language channel devoted to "the themes (of) sex appeal, sensuality, eroticism and sexuality".

Dec 10, 2007 — Playback

Growth spurt in cable, says StatsCan by Marise Strauss

Statistics Canada report says large cable operators have more than quadrupled their client base since 2005.

Dec 10, 2007 — Globe & Mail

No. 1 with a bullet by Gordon Pitts

Q & A with Ian Greenberg, Astral Media's CEO.

Dec 10, 2007 — Broadcasting and Cable

V for Vendetta by John Eggerton

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association President says the U.S. broadcast regulator has an agenda to hurt the nation's biggest cable operators.

Dec 10, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Prentice to unveil his answers to copyright law disputes by Deirdre McMurdy

Industry Minister Jim Prentice is set to table long-awaited legislation to reform Canada's Copyright Act.

Dec 9, 2007 — Pacific Free Press

CanWest Global Goliath Goes After Media David by Chris Cook

CanWest Global has launched a law suit against a Vancouver publishing firm and long-time activist and radio host, Mordecai Briemberg.

Dec 8, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Clampdown driven by an unmentionable fear by Derek DeCloet

Columnist says that new foreign takeover rules are motivated by the increasing economic clout of China.

Dec 8, 2007 — Calgary Herald

Foreign takeovers face new scrutiny; Ottawa to monitor acquisitions by state-owned firms by Geoffrey Scotton

New foreign investment guidelines will scrutinize the acquirors' corporate governance, transparency and commerciality via the Investment Canada Act.

Dec 8, 2007 — Toronto Star

Foreign buyout rules clarified by Lauren Krugel

Industry Minister Jim Prentice has released new guidelines that say state-owned enterprises, like other foreign companies investing in Canada, will be judged on whether proposed acquisitions are of net benefit to Canada.

Dec 8, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Tory connections lead to top jobs by Campbell Clark

Columnist says that majority of recent government appointments have gone to people with Tory links.

Dec 7, 2007 — Statistics Canada - The Daily

Cable and satellite television

Industry data show that by August 2006, cable operators had attracted almost 1 million clients to their phone service and 4 million to high-speed Internet.

Dec 7, 2007 — Guelph Mercury

CBC Radio proposal welcomed by David Docherty and Todd Letts

Arts and business leaders say southwestern Ontario should get its own CBC Radio One station.

Dec 7, 2007 — 24 Hours

A Christmas wish list for local television by Dennis Armstrong

Columnist says there is very little local television programming on Ottawa CBC, CTV and A-Channel stations.

Dec 7, 2007 — Prince George Citizen

CKPG leaving CBC by Mark Nielsen

A local Prince George, BC television station has applied to disaffiliate from CBC - the station will purchase content from CanWest instead.

Dec 7, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

Appointment to National Film Board of Canada

Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, has announced the appointment of Mary-Lynn Charlton to the National Film Board of Canada.

Dec 7, 2007 — National Post

Radio Competitor for XM and Sirius? by Barbara Shecter

Columnist says CTVglobemedia picked up a licence to operate a subscription radio service with the acquisition of CHUM, but tight regulatory timelines may kill the project.

Dec 7, 2007 — Globe & Mail

James Murdoch steps up as News Corp. heir apparent by Kate Holton

Rupert Murdoch's son James is set to head News Corp's Asian and European operations in a move that appears to make him heir to the global media empire.

Dec 6, 2007 — Parliament of Canada

Parliament of Canada: Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

Transcript of the appearance of incoming CBC president Hubert T. Lacroix in front of the House of Commons Heritage Committee.

Dec 6, 2007 — The Tyee

Bet on Mayor Taylor by Rafe Mair

Columnist says Carole Taylor, British Columbia's current Minister of Finance, is a shoo-in as Vancouver's next mayor.

Dec 6, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Al Jazeera English cleared in Singapore by Janine Stein

Authorities say the the approval Al Jazeera followed careful screening for any indication that the channel might disrupt Singapore's racial harmony policies.

Dec 6, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian unions warn on ownership by Etan Vlessing

FRIENDS urges the Conservative government to resist overtures from cable company lobbyists to relax or scrap foreign ownership rules.

Dec 6, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Good PR takes the bite out of deal-making by Paul Lima

A corporate communications specialist says the CanWest/Goldman Sachs takeover bid of Alliance Atlantis demonstrates that putting the proper spin on a merger or acquisition is almost as important as the arrangement itself.

Dec 6, 2007 — Globe & Mail

A breakthrough in TV, but where's the money? by Grant Robertson

Columnist says that a lack of revenue opportunities in Video-on-demand is making Canadian networks reluctant to air shows.

Dec 6, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Astral ramps up radio wars by Grant Robertson

Astral Media, which recently bought Standard Broadcasting, tells investors that the company wants to claim a bigger piece of the ratings pie in cities where it has recently acquired stations.

Dec 6, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Quebecor Media expected to nab Nurun by Bertrand Marotte

Quebecor Media is attempting to purchase its publicly traded Internet division.

Dec 6, 2007 — Toronto Star

Opponents of Alliance sale flag poll results by Rita Trichur

FRIENDS, ACTRA, the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada have released poll results saying that Canadians believe cultural sovereignty ought to trump foreign ownership of domestic media.

Dec 5, 2007 — Playback

Unions call on PM to keep TV Canadian by Etan Vlessing

FRIENDS, ACTRA an CEP conducted a public meeting in Calgary to warn the PM that voters who lean towards the Conservatives do not want Americans purchasing on Canadian media assets.

Dec 5, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Cue the Jaws theme music: Mr. Rogers is in the neighbourhood by Harvey Schachter

Journalist Caroline Van Hasselt has written a biography of Canadian media giant, Ted Rogers.

Dec 5, 2007 — Canadian Press

National identity distinct from the U.S. important to Canadians: Decima poll by Lee-Anne Goodman

A new poll says eighty-two per cent of Canadians feel the government should make serious efforts to sustain a Canadian culture that's separate from the U.S.

Dec 5, 2007 — CBC News

Canadians oppose foreign control of media: poll

A new poll says the majority of Canadians oppose foreign ownership of the media, telephone and cable firms, and believe the government should play a role in preserving Canada's cultural identity.

Dec 4, 2007 — Canadian Press

DHX picks up Vancouver's Studio B

DHX Media, a Halifax-based TV and film producer, has acquired Vancouver children's-show maker Studio B Productions in a deal worth as much as $20-million.

Dec 4, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

Appointments to Canada Council for the Arts

Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage has announced the appointment of Barbara Burley and Jean Saucier as members of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Dec 3, 2007 —

Fall BBMs released

Radio ratings report shows CBC has 15 morning shows ranked in the top three in their time slots.

Dec 3, 2007 — The Tyee

CBC Wants 'Intelligence' Dead, Says Show's Creator by Murray Dobbin

Writer/producer Chris Haddock says he believes the CBC is trying to "bury" his program, despite its popularity in markets around the world.

Dec 3, 2007 — CBC News

Former BBC daytime TV chief returns to head BBC One

The British public broadcaster has announced the appointment of Jay Hunt as controller of BBC One - the most-watched television channel in the U.K.

Dec 3, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

A-List tunes in for new CBC boss by Caroline Phillips

The guest list for a party honouring CBC's incoming president included Environment Minister John Baird, Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, U.S. Ambassador David Wilkins and CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein, among others.

Dec 2, 2007 — Washington Post

On With the Shows; A satellite radio merger that deserves approval

Editorial says the U.S. federal broadcast regulator should require a la carte pricing as a condition for approving the XM/Sirius merger.

Dec 1, 2007 — New York Times

A Cellular Sea Change

Editorial says consumer demand, regulation, lawsuits and technological advancements are driving American cellular service providers in new directions.

Dec 1, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Don't count on a return to glory days of wireless by Derek DeCloet

Columnist says that a federal government decision to subsidize a new national competitor in wireless communications is not likely to affect cellphone bills for consumers.

Dec 1, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Google to enter U.S. wireless fray by Matt Hartley

The Internet giant will bid in a U.S. wireless spectrum auction, raising possibility it wants to become service provider.

Dec 1, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CRTC to allow debate on 'time shifting' by Grant Robertson

The CRTC says cable companies and television networks will be given the opportunity to debate "time shifting" - where viewers can watch TV from outside their time zone - at hearings set for April.

Dec 1, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Show cancellations are down as networks hedge their bets by Grant Robertson

Fears of a content drought in the wake of the U.S. writers' strike result in a reprieve for new programs with shaky ratings.

Nov 30, 2007 — Globe & Mail

U.S. slump casts pall over media, entertainment

Goldman Sachs says a U.S. economic recession could hurt media and entertainment companies that rely heavily on advertising.

Nov 30, 2007 —

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Can the Internet be "regulated" after all?

The President and CEO of VisionTV says the CRTC should engage in a public and open re-think of Internet regulation.

Nov 30, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Conservatives defend wireless decision by Brodie Fenlon

The Conservative government is defending a decision to open up the wireless industry amid reports that Brian Mulroney lobbied the former industry minister on behalf of Quebecor.

Nov 30, 2007 — CBC News

Carole Taylor won't run again for B.C. legislature

Former chair of CBC/Radio-Canada and current British Columbia Finance Minister says she will not seek re-election in 2009.

Nov 30, 2007 — Toronto Star

Falling Maple Leafs sideswipe CBC ratings by Chris Zelkovich

Columnist says the ratings for Hockey Night in Canada featuring the Toronto Maple Leafs are down 11 per cent this season.

Nov 30, 2007 — Vancouver Sun

Producer calls Canadian filmmakers 'welfare babies' by Marke Andrews

A Vancouver based movie producer says Canada's film industry is too reliant on government funding.

Nov 29, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Websites attract striking writers with creative freedom, potential profits by Gary Gentile

New Internet entertainment sites are attempting to attract striking Hollywood writers to work for them.

Nov 29, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

Eric Peterson to receive ACTRA Toronto's Award of Excellence

Corner Gas star and long time supporter of Canadian programming and performer rights has been awarded ACTRA Toronto's Award of Excellence.

Nov 28, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian make-goods? by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says that a prolonged U.S. writers strike could force Canadian broadcasters into compensating advertisers for lower ratings.

Nov 28, 2007 — AlterNet

Consumer-Driven Culture Is Killing Our Democracy by Terrence McNally

In an interview former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich says our desire for low prices trumps our opposition to corporate practices that make low prices possible.

Nov 28, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

Canoe.TV: First Canadian Web Broadcaster

Quebecor has launched Canoe.TV - a web broadcaster that will commission unique Canadian content.

Nov 28, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CBC says sorry after toying with Rusty and Jerome by Gayle MacDonald

CBC officials have apologized to the family of the creator of 'The Friendly Giant' after puppets were used without permission during the Gemini Awards.

Nov 27, 2007 — Parliament of Canada

Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

Transcript of the appearance of outgoing CBC president Robert Rabinovitch in front of the House of Commons Heritage Committee.

Nov 27, 2007 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

CBC presence here would not only be fair but symbolic by Martin DeGroot

The executive director of the Waterloo Regional Arts Council asks citizens inform their MPs that a CBC Radio One station in Kitchener-Waterloo should be a priority.

Nov 27, 2007 — CBC News

Rabinovitch renews call for 10-year mandate for CBC

Outgoing CBC president Robert Rabinovitch tells a parliamentary heritage committee that Canada's public broadcaster needs a firm funding commitment to give Canadians the improvements they want, including HD TV and more regional radio.

Nov 25, 2007 — Calgary Sun

CBC's attempt to mould us led to its decline by Ted Byfield

Columnist says that the CBC mould for what it means to be Canadian doesn't reflect the views and values of many Canadians.

Nov 25, 2007 — Toronto Star

CanWest deal bears watching by Thomas Walkom

Columnist says the proposed Alliance Atlantis takeover by CanWest/Goldman Sachs is more than a business news story; it has political and cultural implications.

Nov 24, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Wanted: Cancon, everywhere by Gayle MacDonald

Columnist says the U.S. writers' strike is highlighting an already-growing demand for Canadian shows around the globe.

Nov 24, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CBC wants more women by Gayle MacDonald

CBC Television unveiled its winter schedule with 12 new shows, many with the aim of attracting a younger, more female audience.

Nov 23, 2007 — Globe & Mail

TV industry braces for the worst by Grant Robertson

Columnist says advertisers are preparing to seek compensation for lower ratings if Canadian and U.S. TV networks are forced into reruns by the Hollywood writers' strike.

Nov 23, 2007 — CBC News

Broadcasting watchdog keeps ears perked for changes in CBC Radio

FRIENDS says CBC radio is "a national treasure" and its programming should not be taken down to the lowest common denominator.

Nov 23, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Aspers honoured for promoting 'cultural acceptance, understanding' by Melissa Leong

The Canadian Council of Christians and Jews have honoured the Asper family for their contributions to "the fabric of Canadian culture and society."

Nov 23, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CBC appoints new head for all English media by Guy Dixon

CBC management denies new structure for English language services will lead to job cuts.

Nov 22, 2007 — Playback

English services integrated at CBC by Sean Davidson

FRIENDS says CBC management changes threaten to "downgrade the independence" of CBC Radio.

Nov 22, 2007 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Integration: Adapting to a Changing Media Landscape by Richard Stursberg and Jennifer McGuire

CBC's new Executive Vice-President CBC English Services and Executive Director CBC Radio tell staff the integration of English language services does not signal a change in direction for CBC Radio, Television or new media.

Nov 22, 2007 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Integrating English Services by Robert Rabinovitch

Robert Rabinovitch, CBC's outgoing President and CEO, informs staff of the integration of English language CBC Radio and Television led by Richard Stursberg, Executive Vice-President, English Services.

Nov 22, 2007 — Keith M. Mahar

Profiteering in the Name of Culture

Submission to the CRTC by Keith Mahar recommends a judicial review of the activities of Canada's broadcast regulator in establishing what became the Canadian Television Fund; restructuring the Canadian Television Fund; changes in subsidies to production companies; and the creation of a Citizen Utility Board to better protect public interests.

Nov 22, 2007 — Washington Post

Constituents' E-Mail on XM Deal Not Well Received by Jeffrey H. Birnbaum and Kim Hart

Investigation reveals emails sent to Federal Communications Commission opposing the XM/Sirius merger - instigated by the National Association of Broadcasters - may not have come from real people.

Nov 21, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Moses Znaimer: Local Hero, Global Conquest by Roger Martin

Article profiles Canadian media giant Moses Znaimer.

Nov 21, 2007 — National Post

CBC subverts seasons by Shinan Govani

CBC TV winter season to include a look into what hockey players get up to after the final buzzer, a drama about border security and the return of Alan Thicke as a TV dad.

Nov 21, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Windfall unlikely for Canadian shows: producers by Guy Dixon and Kate Taylor

Canadian producers say that despite the U.S. writers’ strike there is no indication that U.S. programmers are looking to Canada as a source of new television programming.

Nov 21, 2007 — Toronto Star

Writers' strike may help the CBC by Bruce DeMara

Kirstine Layfield, the CBC's executive director of network programming says the strike by the Writers Guild of America will give the public broadcaster a chance to win over new Canadian viewers.

Nov 21, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Why CanWest went cap in hand to Wall Street by Grant Robertson

CanWest's CEO tells the CRTC that after being turned down by Canadian investors, his company had no where else to turn but Wall Street to finance its takeover bid of Alliance Atlantis.

Nov 21, 2007 — Globe & Mail

U.S. control of my Food Network? That's appalling by John Doyle

Columnist says CRTC commissioners should be skeptical of claims that U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs will have little influence in its partnership with CanWest.

Nov 21, 2007 — National Post

CanWest curbs 'veto' by Goldman by Paul Vieira

CanWest has offered to make a number of changes to its financing arrangement with Goldman Sachs to ensure the U.S. investment bank has "no veto" over day-to-day decisions.

Nov 21, 2007 — Toronto Star

Asper warns of fallout if deal fails

CanWest president and CEO Leonard Asper sees lowers ratings and further budget cuts if the CRTC halts the proposed purchase of Alliance Atlantis.

Nov 21, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Not a friend of new CBC president by Patricia Best

Blog post discusses FRIENDS concerns over Prime Minster Harper's appointment of the new CBC president.

Nov 20, 2007 — Playback

Unions take aim at CanWest's math by Norma Reveler

Unions representing media workers affected by the sale of Alliance Atlantis want the benefits package bumped to $142.2 million from $136.9 million.

Nov 20, 2007 — Toronto Star

CBC still tinkering with Falun Gong documentary by Vinay Menon

Columnist says the CBC is making changes to the controversial Falun Gong documentary included adding "dramatization" to footage provided by the spiritual movement.

Nov 20, 2007 — Playback

Three dramas, two U.S. game shows join CBC by Etan Vlessing

The U.S. game shows Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune will air on Canada's public broadcaster starting in the fall of 2008.

Nov 20, 2007 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

CBC station would be a perfect fit for Waterloo Region by David Docherty & Todd Letts

Op-Ed supports a CBC plan to establish a new Radio One station in the Kitchener-Waterloo region.

Nov 20, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CanWest acquires weeklies in Southern Ontario

CanWest is increasing its presence in the southern Ontario newspaper market by acquiring three publication groups.

Nov 20, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Goldman's sway over CanWest worries CRTC by Grant Robertson

Canada's broadcast regulator tells proposed buyers of Alliance Atlantis it sees problems with the power-sharing arrangement designed to skirt caps on foreign ownership.

Nov 20, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Hearing highlights streamlined CRTC by Deirdre McMurdy

Despite the size and complexity of the transaction in front of it, a streamlined panel of just four CRTC commissioners is presiding over the proposed takeover of Alliance Atlantis.

Nov 20, 2007 — Toronto Star

CanWest's U.S. banker not after media control by Rita Trichur

The managing director of Goldman Sachs claims his company respects the law governing foreign ownership of domestic broadcasters, adding its role is merely one of "financial backer."

Nov 20, 2007 — National Post

Asper assures CRTC on Goldman ownership; Influence At Issue by Paul Vieira

Leonard Asper, chief executive of CanWest told the CRTC he would work "in a significant way" to address concerns about the influence U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs could have in the proposed acquisition of Alliance Atlantis.

Nov 19, 2007 — Le Devoir

Du journal à la salle de nouvelles by Paul Cauchon

Vancouver Sun is no longer a newspaper; it's a news room, according to Vancouver Sun editor Patricia Graham.

Nov 19, 2007 — Canadian Press

CanWest Global pressured to show it's in charge of acquired specialty channels by Julian Beltrame

The CRTC kicked off hearings into the proposed takeover of Alliance Atlantis by expressing concerns about the role to be played by New York-based investment firm Goldman Sachs.

Nov 19, 2007 — CBC News

Unions fear U.S. control in CanWest deal for Alliance Atlantis

Media unions say the proposed takeover of Alliance Atlantis is an attempt to introduce foreign ownership of Canadian media interests by a back door.

Nov 18, 2007 — Toronto Star

What is best role for CBC today?

Editorial says CBC must be given adequate resources to tell Canadian stories through drama, humour, news and current events.

Nov 17, 2007 — La Presse

Hubert Lacroix: l'équipe du président - Nathalie Petrowski

Columnist says Hubert Lacroix was first approached to head up CBC in 2004 at the end of Robert Rabinovitch's first mandate.

Nov 17, 2007 — National Post

CanWest set for Alliance deal hearing; Control Issues by Barbara Shecter

Officials from CanWest and Goldman Sachs will attempt to convince the CRTC that the purchase of Alliance Atlantis is good for the Canadian television sector and abides by Canada's foreign ownership rules.

Nov 16, 2007 — New York Times

Web Videos Stealing TV Viewers, and Marketers by Stuart Elliott

Columnist says as broadband service becomes more available at home, video programming on the Internet is catching the attention of consumers, marketers and media companies.

Nov 16, 2007 — The Tyee

Citizen Izzy by Marc Edge

Article profiles Israel Harold "Izzy" Asper in his rise as a Canadian media mogul.

Nov 15, 2007 — National Post

Approving Falun Gong film 'a mistake': CBC by James Cowan

Richard Stursberg, the executive vice-president of CBC Television, says concerns about a film's editorial quality - not pressure from the Chinese government - prompted a delay of the air date.

Nov 15, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. announces Michael Moskowitz as new CEO for XM Canada

The operator of XM Canada has announced the appointment of Michael Moskowitz as the company's new Chief Executive Officer and President.

Nov 15, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

Rally against foreign ownership at CRTC: Monday, Nov. 19, 8:15 a.m.

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada has organized a demonstration to protest the CanWest/Goldman Sachs purchase of Alliance Atlantis.

Nov 14, 2007 — CBC News

CBC to air controversial Falun Gong documentary

Article says a controversial documentary will be broadcast on CBC after it was pulled earlier this month following a complaint from the Chinese embassy.

Nov 14, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Announcement: SHAW

Dr. Lynda Haverstock, former Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan and leader of the Liberal Party of Saskatchewan, has joined the board of Shaw Communications.

Nov 14, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Producers scuttle new media alliance by Grant Robertson

Columnist says growing tension over emerging technologies has caused the Canadian Film and Television Production Association to walk away from a new-media alliance.

Nov 14, 2007 — Globe & Mail

How do you take your CBC? by John Doyle

Columnist takes exception to recent comments by CBC's head of English TV saying Canada's public broadcaster should be like an American-owned donut shop.

Nov 14, 2007 — MediaPost

Social Networkers Are Also Heavy Technology Users by Jack Loechner

Study says Americans who visit social networking websites are significantly more likely to download TV programs, burn/copy a movie or TV show, and download a feature length film.

Nov 13, 2007 — The Tyee

Aspers and Harper, A Toried Love by Marc Edge

Columnist uncovers strong ties between CanWest executives and the current Conservative government.

Nov 13, 2007 — CBC News

Sirius, XM shareholders approve U.S. satellite radio merger

The shareholders of Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio have voted by an overwhelming margin to approve the merging of the two companies.

Nov 13, 2007 — European Broadcasting Union

Public service broadcasters top the Online charts

Study show Europeans turn to public broadcasters’ websites to find independent information that voices pluralism and respects cultural diversity.

Nov 12, 2007 — Playback

Newsroom cuts to facilitate foreign ownership? by Tamsen Tillson

Creative unions say media companies are cutting local news and programming to offset the costs of consolidation.

Nov 12, 2007 — Playback

The Burning Question

Industry stakeholders comment on what Hubert Lacroix's first job as CBC president should be.

Nov 12, 2007 — Playback

WGC warns of watershed year by Cheryl Binning

The Writers Guild of Canada says if the CRTC does nothing to support the creation of Canadian content soon the homegrown film and TV industry will continue its decline.

Nov 12, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Hamilton key to new CanWest tack by Grant Robertson

Columnist looks at the centralization of some of CanWest's newspaper operations in Hamilton.

Nov 11, 2007 — Nova News Now

Big changes going on at CBC by Wendy Elliott

Columnist learns about concerns with Prime Minister Harper's CBC president appointment from FRIENDS e-network.

Nov 10, 2007 — Inside the CBC

Exit Interview: Jane Chalmers (VP English Radio)

The official CBC blog asks outgoing CBC Radio vice-president Jane Chalmers about her reasons for stepping down and the challenges facing her successor.

Nov 10, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada to offer financial relief for U.S. shoots by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says British Columbia studio and production equipment suppliers are considering accepting the American dollar at par with the surging loonie.

Nov 10, 2007 — New York Times

F.C.C. Planning Rules to Open Cable Market by Stephen Labaton

The U.S. broadcast regulator is preparing new regulations to open the cable television market to independent programmers and rival video services after determining that cable companies have become too dominant in the industry.

Nov 9, 2007 — Playback

Will Mosque's message click in Quebec? by Patricia Bailey

Columnist says CBC's decision to air Little Mosque on the Prairie in Quebec is timely as the province is in the midst of a debate about the integration of religious minorities and immigrants.

Nov 9, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

CanWest plans breach Broadcasting Act: Union - "CRTC should step up to the plate"

CEP says CanWest will be in breach of its broadcast licences if it moves ahead with plans to centralize its Global television operations without CRTC approval.

Nov 9, 2007 — Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada

Contraventions of station licences held by CanWest MediaWorks by Peter Murdoch, CEP

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada files a letter of complaint with the CRTC saying CanWest MediaWorks is violating its broadcast licence obligations under the Broadcasting Act.

Nov 9, 2007 — Parliament of Canada

Order In Council Appointment Notice of Hubert Lacroix as President of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Official appointment notice for the new president of the CBC.

Nov 9, 2007 — Reuters

Quebecor falls into the red

Quebecor says it lost $35.2 million in its third quarter because of its commercial printing unit.

Nov 9, 2007 — Globe & Mail

TV losing war with the mouse by Grant Robertson

A new worldwide study by IBM says that time spent with the personal computer is exceeding the number of hours devoted to TV, particularly among younger viewers.

Nov 9, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Vancouver papers shed staff by Grant Robertson

CanWest is cutting newsroom staff at The Vancouver Sun and The Province transfers in a companywide bid to reduce costs.

Nov 9, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Welcome to the Great White Backwater by Ivor Tossell

Columnist says that licensing agreements between domestic and U.S. entertainment companies have resulted in Canadians being blocked from a number of popular websites.

Nov 8, 2007 — National Post

RCMP convinced that communists had infiltrated CBC by Elizabeth Thompson

Recently released documents show that in the 1940s and 1950s the RCMP spied on CBC/Radio Canada employees and was convinced that communists had infiltrated the CBC in Montreal.

Nov 8, 2007 — Toronto Star

Cable companies poised to unplug small channels by Bill Roberts

The president and CEO of VisionTV says that if the CRTC accedes to cable industry wishes, much of the programming diversity currently available to Canadians will disappear.

Nov 7, 2007 — Chicago Tribune

FCC Considering New Media Rules by John Dunbar

The U.S. government is looking at new rules that would allow media companies to get even bigger.

Nov 7, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Hey Hubert! Try selling the clothes off Wendy Mesley's back by John Doyle

Columnist offers some suggestions to the new CBC boss.

Nov 7, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Google gives Canada its own YouTube by Matt Hartley

The world's most popular video-sharing website has launched a new Canadian version designed to promote Canadian-generated content.

Nov 7, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CBC's No. 2 sees kindred spirit in new boss by Kate Taylor

Richard Stursberg, vice-president of CBC-TV, hopes the new CBC president shares his vision that CBC Television needs to be more like Tim Hortons and less like Starbucks.

Nov 7, 2007 — Edmonton Journal

What does Lacroix portend for the CBC?

FRIENDS quoted in an editorial saying the CBC president should be chosen by its board of directors.

Nov 7, 2007 — Montreal Gazette

CBC is too important to be allowed to drift

Editorial says there is little in Hubert Lacroix's CV to suggest he brings skills or experience of specific relevance to his new job as president and CEO of the CBC.

Nov 7, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Minister stirs debate on TV fees by Grant Robertson

Heritage Minister Josée Verner says the interests of consumers are the most important factor in the debate over whether Canada's largest television networks should be allowed to charge for their signals.

Nov 7, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Verner jumps in with both feet by Deirdre McMurdy

Columnist says Heritage Minister Josée Verner spoke frankly about the CRTC, Canadian Television Fund and proposed copyright legislation in a speech to the Canadian Association of Broadcasters.

Nov 7, 2007 — CRTC

Speech at the annual Convention of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters by Konrad von Finckenstein

CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein outlines three key priorities for Canada's broadcast regulator.

Nov 6, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

As the Internet becomes cable, guess who's holding the remote? by Michael Geist

Columnist says Internet service providers, and cultural groups are moving toward the delivery of content online that bears a striking resemblance to the conventional cable model.

Nov 6, 2007 — National Post

Carriage fees back on the burner; CRTC Revisits Issue by Paul Vieira

Columnist says cable companies and conventional broadcasters are headed for another battle over carriage fees.

Nov 6, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Broadcasters have shot at winning fee war by Deirdre McMurdy

The CRTC chair says Canada's broadcast regulator is willing to revisit the "fee-for-carriage" issue.

Nov 6, 2007 — Toronto Star

New CBC chief a 'team player' by Jim Bawden

Elections Canada records indicate the new CBC president donated $1,000 to Daniel Fournier, the 2006 Conservative candidate in the Montreal riding of Outremont.

Nov 6, 2007 — Globe & Mail

PMO picks unknown to head the CBC by Guy Dixon

A Montreal corporate lawyer specializing in mergers and acquisitions has been named the new president and chief executive of the CBC.

Nov 6, 2007 — Canadian Press

Montreal lawyer, broadcaster Hubert Lacroix named president, CEO of CBC

FRIENDS says Prime Minister Stephen Harper has ignored a House of Commons Heritage committee directive that said the CBC president should be hired and fired by the CBC board of directors.

Nov 6, 2007 — Vancouver Province

CBC boss 'handpicked' by PM

FRIENDS expresses concern over the process by which the new CBC president and CEO was hand-picked by Prime Minster Stephen Harper.

Nov 6, 2007 — Montreal Gazette

Local lawyer gets CBC's top job by Bernard Perusse

FRIENDS says choices made by the CBC's English-language television network are among the most serious problems facing Hubert Lacroix.

Nov 6, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Europe, Asia lap U.S. rivals in broadband by Leo Cendrowicz

Study shows the U.S. is lagging behind its European and Asian rivals when it comes to broadband Internet, coming in 14th place in terms of speed and 21st in price.

Nov 6, 2007 — Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Josée Verner talks about the government's policy priorities at a broadcast industry conference.

Nov 6, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

S-VOX purchases CHNU-TV and CIIT-TV from Rogers Media

A deal for S-VOX to purchase two multi-faith television stations owned by Rogers Broadcasting will require approval from the CRTC.

Nov 6, 2007 — Canadian Press

CBC hopes to attract young, Net-savvy viewers through by Andrea Baillie

In addition to the CBC, will feature content from partners including Sony BMG Canada and the Canadian Football League.

Nov 6, 2007 — Ottawa Sun

Canadian discontent in TV land by Denis Armstrong

ACTRA members called for more Canada on Canadian television in demonstrations outside the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' convention.

Nov 6, 2007 — Globe & Mail

The iPhone comes with a cost for Rogers by Catherine McLean

Columnist says Rogers will likely have to revise its wireless pricing plans if it aims to bring Apple's iPhone to Canada.

Nov 6, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Google cell platform no threat, rivals say

Google has unveiled an open-source software project designed to make the Internet run better on cellular phones.

Nov 6, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Drop the remote for the mouse by Mathew Ingram

Columnist says the writers' strike in the U.S. could provide a boost for alternative forms of entertainment and accelerate the move by younger viewers away from broadcasting.

Nov 6, 2007 —

Rogers sells two multi-faith stations to S-VOX

Rogers has announced it will sell two multi-faith stations, commonly known as OMNI 10 and 11 to S-VOX, the owner of multi-faith and multicultural broadcaster VisionTV.

Nov 6, 2007 — Montreal Gazette

Never owned shares

Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, responds to controversy surrounding a marketing agency owned by her husband.

Nov 6, 2007 — Toronto Star

Unions behind U.S. brethren by Bruce DeMara

ACTRA and Writers Guild of Canada members are being told not to work for U.S. productions coming to Canada to get around the work stoppage south of the border.

Nov 6, 2007 — Mauril Bélanger - Press Release

Bélanger proposes that the new President and CEO of the CBC/Radio-Canada appear before the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

The Official Opposition Critic for Canadian Heritage wants the next CBC President and CEO to present his vision for the public broadcaster in front a parliamentary committee.

Nov 5, 2007 — Statistics Canada

Study: Assessing the use of government services online

A new study says that about one-third of adult Canadians accessed government information and services online in 2005.

Nov 5, 2007 — Conservative Party of Canada

Message from Jonathan Ingraham, Conservative Party of Canada to a Conservative e-list re "Appointment of CBC President"

Email to Conservative party insiders contains official talking points for the appointment of Hubert Lacroix as President of the CBC.

Nov 5, 2007 — Playback

Montreal lawyer crowned at CBC by Patricia Bailey

FRIENDS says the CEO of Canada's public broadcaster should report to the CBC board, not Prime Minister Harper.

Nov 5, 2007 — CRTC

CRTC announces changes to the public proceedings scheduled for 2008

The CRTC announces that hearings for possible introduction of a subscriber fee for the carriage of local conventional television stations will begin April 7, 2008.

Nov 5, 2007 —

Chair scolds broadcasters by Greg O'Brien

CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein says some Canadian Association of Broadcasting members wrote their Members of Parliament opposing any new funding for the CRTC.

Nov 5, 2007 —

Ottawa dips into private sector to find new CBC President

FRIENDS says it is against the national interest for the senior leader of Canada's public broadcaster to be an appointment by a politician.

Nov 5, 2007 — CBC News

Montreal lawyer Lacroix tapped to head CBC/Radio-Canada

Canadian Heritage Minister Josée Verner has appointed a Montreal lawyer whose résumé includes work as a Radio-Canada sports commentator as the new head of the CBC.

Nov 5, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

WGA strike on as talks with producers collapse by Carl DiOrio

Columnist says last-gasp attempts to avoid a Hollywood writers strike have failed.

Nov 4, 2007 — Toronto Sun

They're not friends of the CBC by Lorrie Goldstein

The Caribbean and African Radio Network has accused the CBC of being unfair to black community in a dispute over radio frequencies.

Nov 3, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Five Things: Ted Rogers by Gordon Pitts

Columnist examines five things about the life of media mogul Ted Rogers.

Nov 3, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CBC radio chief quits, citing 'midlife redesign' by Guy Dixon

The head of CBC English radio, who championed the public broadcaster's re-emphasis on regional and local news, announced she is retiring after five years.

Nov 3, 2007 — Montreal Gazette

Quebec anniversary ad has minister on hot seat by Elizabeth Thompson

Columnist says controversial ads that criticize Quebec City's 400th anniversary celebrations were prepared by a company in which Heritage Minister Josée Verner and her husband have a financial interest.

Nov 3, 2007 — Vancouver Sun

Regulators can't corral the Internet at this late date

Editorial says the CRTC made the right decision in 1999 not to regulate the Internet.

Nov 2, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian pay channels double 'Weight' by Etan Vlessing

Canadian premium pay TV channels the Movie Network and Movie Central have raised their order for Canadian drama "The Weight" from eight to 16 episodes.

Nov 2, 2007 — Playback

CanWest closing in on CTV, says Asper by Etan Vlessing

CanWest executives claim their network has caught up with CTV in the TV ratings chase, and has even pulled ahead in the Vancouver TV market.

Nov 2, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CanWest Global profit and revenue both higher

CanWest credits the sale of its New Zealand and Canadian radio properties, cost cutting and increasing television ratings increases for higher fourth quarter profits.

Nov 2, 2007 — CBC News

CBC Radio's VP Chalmers to retire

Article says Jane Chalmers is stepping down as head of CBC Radio at the end of the year.

Nov 1, 2007 — Montreal Gazette

Canadian identity gets lost in the Web, artists say by Roberto Rocha

A coalition of arts groups says the Internet should be subject to the same rules as TV and radio - that is, it should have more Canadian-made content.

Nov 1, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Montreal Gazette to cut newsroom staff

The CanWest owned Montreal Gazette newspaper says planned newsroom staff cuts are being driven by declining market, circulation and readership.

Nov 1, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Rogers rings up 75% profit gain by Catherine McLean

Rogers Communications says its third-quarter profit gained 75 per cent amid strong demand for its cellphone services.

Oct 31, 2007 — Playback

CRTC to rethink Internet by Patricia Bailey

CRTC's VP of broadcasting says the broadcast regulator is studying the issue of Internet regulation and plans to hold public hearings at the end of 2008.

Oct 31, 2007 — National Post

Cable wants competition--for others by Bill Roberts

The president and chief executive of VisionTV says cable companies calling for more competition and less protection is meant for others - not for them.

Oct 31, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

Transaction closed - Rogers takes operating control of Citytv

Rogers has announced that the transaction to purchase the five Citytv conventional television stations from CTVglobemedia has closed.

Oct 30, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Unions to Verner: rein in the CRTC by Patricia Bailey

A group of film, TV and music organizations is calling on the Minster of Canadian Heritage to put pressure on the CRTC to enforce its cultural and social policies - and the requirements of the Broadcasting Act - more rigorously.

Oct 30, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Panel to weigh greater foreign stakes by Paul Waldie

A federal panel set up to review Canada's competition policy promises to examine the issue of foreign ownership limits on banks, broadcasters and transportation companies.

Oct 30, 2007 — Canadian Press

Writers strike in Hollywood could hit CTV and Global prime-time schedule by Lee-Anne Goodman

Columnist says Canadian networks will need to decide how to fill gaps in their schedules left by American TV series if Hollywood writers go on strike.

Oct 30, 2007 — Canadian Press

Competition panel seeks public input after releasing consultation paper

A federal panel reviewing Canada's competition policy and foreign takeovers is seeking public input after releasing its consultation paper.

Oct 30, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Looming WGA action may end Canada's film boom by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says the threat of a Hollywood writers strike has domestic film and TV companies expressing fears over cross-border fallout.

Oct 29, 2007 — The Tyee

News Media Revolt: Canada Next? by Tom Barrett

An American scholar and media activist says journalism is facing a crisis around the world and unless it's fixed, society is in 'big trouble'.

Oct 29, 2007 — Playback

CAB looks at changing face of broadcasting

This year's Canadian Association of Broadcasters convention will debate the effect of new technologies and platforms, new business models and partnerships, and new regulatory policies on Canadian broadcasters.

Oct 29, 2007 — New York Times

F.C.C. Set to End Sole Cable Deals for Apartments by Stephen LaBaton

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission, hoping to reduce the rising costs of cable TV, plans to revoke thousands of contracts that gave cable companies exclusive rights to provide service to apartment buildings.

Oct 27, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Shaw expects price increases for cable and telcos by Catherine McLean

Jim Shaw predicts prices for communications services are headed up despite the battle between phone and cable companies for customers.

Oct 27, 2007 — Montreal Gazette

We're sounding more like Americans by Mark Abley

A retired professor of English has noted that CBC newscasters are pronouncing words such as "electoral" and "municipal" in the American style of speech.

Oct 27, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Best in show by Alex Strachan

Columnist says The Geminis are all about celebrating what's really good on Canadian TV.

Oct 26, 2007 — Globe & Mail

The changing TV viewer by Robert Riopelle

Columnist examines new trends in TV viewing such as DVR adoption, online video and media multitasking.

Oct 26, 2007 — National Post

Players slam CRTC plan; 'Forced Disclosure' by Barbara Shecter

Telecommunications companies are blasting the CRTC for proposing to allow representatives of competing companies to view confidential information during regulatory reviews.

Oct 25, 2007 — The Tyee

Media Democracy Day Is Here by Tom Barrett

Media Democracy Day aims to draw attention to the current state of Canadian media and to alternatives to mainstream media.

Oct 25, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Regulator puts the brakes on Rogers' ad plan by Grant Robertson

A push by Rogers to insert advertising into its video-on-demand service has been put on hold by the CRTC until the potential impact can be examined.

Oct 25, 2007 — Hamilton Spectator

Will the CBC put new wave in our air? by Jeff Mahoney

Columnist says he would welcome a new CBC Radio One station in Hamilton.

Oct 25, 2007 — CBC News

Telefilm funding frozen, as 2006 box office slides for Canadian film

Figures from 2006 show a drop in a share of the box office for Canadian film, especially for French-language films, yet federal funding for film remains frozen.

Oct 25, 2007 — Jack Myers Media Business Report

Dollars and (Non)sense of Digital Television by Ed Martin

Columnist predicts outrage in early 2009 when millions of Americans realize that they will have to upgrade their televisions and pay higher cable bills.

Oct 24, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CTV turns up heat in tiff with carriers by Grant Robertson

CTV tells federal regulators that broadcasters need the right to withdraw their most popular specialty channels if they feel their other properties are being treated unfairly by cable and satellite carriers.

Oct 23, 2007 — Playback

Rogers moving Citytv and OMNI by Terry Poulton

Rogers says it will move Citytv Toronto into a new complex in the city's Yonge-Dundas Square, where it will share space with OMNI Television.

Oct 23, 2007 — Playback

Strike threat by U.S. writers puts cloud over Canada by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says that if Hollywood screenwriters go on strike the supply of American movies and TV scripts headed to Canada for shooting in the coming months could be reduced sharply.

Oct 23, 2007 — The Guardian

Is there a vision? by Owen Gibson and Maggie Brown

Columnists examine whether embattled BBC director general, Mark Thompson, will be able to see though his six-year plan for Britain's public broadcaster.

Oct 23, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

Canadian independent specialty channels urge CRTC to preserve diversity of television system

Independent television broadcasters tell the CRTC continued diversity of the Canadian television system depends on preserving a place for small, independent specialty services.

Oct 22, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

Canadian-dominated "basic" package essential to the future of television system: S-VOX

S-VOX Trust tells the CRTC domestic television needs a mandatory "basic" package consisting predominantly of Canadian channels.

Oct 20, 2007 — National Post

Rogers urges less protection; Submission To CRTC by Barbara Shecter

Rogers Communications says the CRTC should stop protecting Canadian channels from direct competition and make it easier to bring in foreign channels.

Oct 19, 2007 — Jack Myers Media Business Report

The End of Analog Television by Shelly Palmer

Columnist outlines options for consumers on February 17, 2009, when the U.S. will end analog television transmission.

Oct 19, 2007 — Toronto Star

CSI, Corner Gas... throne speech? by Vinay Menon

Data show the recent speech from the throne attracted 860,000 viewers on CTV Newsnet, CBC and CBC Newsworld.

Oct 19, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Tories face critical task of finding new CRTC leaders by Deirdre McMurdy

Columnist says that an almost complete turnover of CRTC commissioners will have a significant bearing on federal broadcasting and telecommunications policy at a critical time.

Oct 18, 2007 — Playback

'I'm not a specialist, I'm a manager,' says Telefilm chair by Patricia Bailey

The new chair of Telefilm Canada says he wants to help the agency adapt to the digital age and to boost funding for Canadian, and particularly Quebecois, feature films.

Oct 18, 2007 — Winnipeg Free Press

TV market a challenge for Canadians by Nicholas Hirst

A columnist reporting from the Cannes television conference says the disappearance of Alliance Atlantis is a step back for Canada in the international marketplace.

Oct 18, 2007 — CBC News

Media companies agree to video piracy measures

A group of major media and Internet companies have announced a set of guidelines to block copyrighted videos from ending up on high-traffic websites such as MySpace.

Oct 18, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

FCC's Martin pushes 'must-carry' up Hill by Brooks Boliek

The FCC has told the U.S. government that the best way to ensure a successful transition to digital TV is to require cable operators to carry all the channels a broadcaster offers after analog transmission ceases in 2009.

Oct 18, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Germany mulls quota for homegrown TV by Scott Roxborough

Amidst growing popularity of U.S. television shows, several German politicians are calling for a quota for homemade series in primetime.

Oct 18, 2007 — CBC News

BBC announces 2,500 job cuts, newsroom integration

The BBC has confirmed a cost-cutting strategy that will result in 2,500 job cuts, the creation of fewer original programs and the integration of its TV, radio and online newsrooms.

Oct 17, 2007 — ACTRA

No Culture in Throne Speech

ACTRA says continued government inaction threatens Canada's film and television industry

Oct 16, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

CBC plagued by sluggish ratings by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says the CBC has yet to pull Canadians away from popular U.S. shows in large numbers.

Oct 16, 2007 — Media Post

Television Is Everywhere — Or Is It? by Len Zappolo

Nielson Media research says conventional television viewing is not declining.

Oct 16, 2007 — SOCAN Words & Music

SOCAN's Internet tariff: a new tariff, a new beginning by André LeBel

Article provides an update on the proposed tariff to cover music use on the Internet.

Oct 15, 2007 — Playback

Recruitment firms increasingly place top execs by Laura Bracken

Columnist says that media organizations are increasingly using 'headhunters' to find candidates for key management positions.

Oct 15, 2007 — Playback

The Establishing Shot: Ceeb finds right balance with fall launch by Mark Dillon

Columnist says a number of new CBC shows are drawing solid ratings.

Oct 15, 2007 — CBC News

Harper to create government-run media centre: report

A newspaper report says Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been working on a secret project to build a $2-million government-controlled media centre.

Oct 15, 2007 — CBC News

Britain to begin analogue shutdown

Britain has begun the first phase of its switch-off of analogue television broadcasting.

Oct 15, 2007 — Toronto Star

Our music industry needs innovation not intervention by Michael Geist

Columnist says that as Canada's digital music market continues to grow it needs innovation rather than new intellectual property regulation.

Oct 15, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

Appointment to the CBC Board of Directors

Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, has appointed Rémi Racine of Montréal as a member of the Board of Directors of the CBC.

Oct 15, 2007 — Sherbrooke Record

Global union files complaint to CRTC by Rita Legault

The union for CanWest Global TV in Quebec has complained to the CRTC that the station is not respecting its legal commitments to produce 18 hours of regional, original programming per week.

Oct 13, 2007 — Toronto Star

CTV yanks plug on Star Daily by Martin Knelman

Columnist says that 22 employees of Star Daily, a celebrity entertainment show, are the first victims of the CTV takeover of the CHUM specialty channels.

Oct 13, 2007 — National Post

CRTC seeks enhanced powers; 'Quasi-Judicial'; To balance competing interests by Barbara Shecter, Financial Post

The CRTC has proposed new rules that would allow the commission to bar the public and competing companies from hearings when confidential corporate information is discussed.

Oct 13, 2007 — Montreal Gazette

Everything you need to know for a dinner-party conversation about... Canadian versions of U.S. television series by Steve Faguy

Article examines the growing trend of Canadian broadcasters producing domestic versions of foreign TV shows.

Oct 12, 2007 —

Commission proposes a new meaning for "confidential"

The CRTC has called for comments on a proposed direction on the provision of access to confidential information.

Oct 12, 2007 — Public Broadcasting Report

Canada Unlikely to Help Viewers of U.S. Broadcasts

The CRTC says it has no plans to provide converter boxes in the border areas to help Canadian viewers of U.S. over-the-air TV programming keep getting signals when the U.S. goes digital in February 2009.

Oct 12, 2007 — Media in Canada

CTV launches creative agency by Jesse Kohl

CTV has launched the CTV Creative Agency to handle design for in-house productions, including on-air promos, advertising design, street-level marketing and media buys.

Oct 12, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

Appointments to Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, has appointed Leonard M. Katz as vice-chair (Telecommunications) and Peter Menzies as a part-time member to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

Oct 12, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

Michel Roy Appointed to Telefilm Canada

Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, has appointed Michel Roy as chair of the board of directors of Telefilm Canada.

Oct 12, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Satellite radio growth picks up pace by Grant Robertson

Sirius and XM Satellite Radio say that there will be over one million subscribers for their services in Canada by the end of 2007.

Oct 12, 2007 — Office of the Honourable Mauril Bélanger

Mauril Bélanger to be Official Opposition critic for Canadian Heritage, la Francophonie and Official Languages

Mauril Bélanger, the new Official Opposition critic for Canadian Heritage, cites the mandate of the public broadcaster and the future of Canada's cultural industries as issues of great importance.

Oct 10, 2007 — Playback

CBC experiments online by Carsten Knox

CBC Maritimes is launching a new program using a mix of originally produced and locally acquired content to be shown online, on DVD and broadcast on CBC-TV.

Oct 10, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CBC's Mosque wins major humanitarian award

CBC's 'Little Mosque on the Prairie' is the recipient of a humanitarian award that aims to recognize individuals and organizations that find common ground between those in conflict.

Oct 10, 2007 — National Post

Warner Bros./Rogers/CTV deal: TV viewing an evolution, not revolution

Canadian viewers will soon be able to view episodes of U.S. TV series Pushing Daisies, Gossip Girl or Big Shots on Rogers video-on-demand service.

Oct 10, 2007 — Globe & Mail

'Stay tuned' has never meant so much by John Doyle

Columnist says a new TV rating system will be based on the number of people viewing commercials, not programs.

Oct 10, 2007 — Saskatoon Star Phoenix

So You Think You Can Dance coming to Canadian market

CTV is set to produce a Canadian version of the U.S. reality TV series 'So You Think You Can Dance'.

Oct 10, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC poised to ax 12% of its workforce by Stuart Kemp

There is speculation that the U.K. public broadcaster plans to shed 12% of its staff due to anticipated budget cuts.

Oct 9, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Slow dance for TV, new media by Mimi Turner

A panel devoted to television of the future says broadcasters mush embrace emerging new-media platforms.

Oct 9, 2007 — CBC News

BitTorrent inches toward legitimacy

BitTorrent, the file-sharing service of choice for music and movie pirates, plans to help media companies stream their videos over the internet.

Oct 9, 2007 — Sherbrooke Record

Media's cultural role keeps youth connected, says Garber; Loss of Global sparks concern

Local officials in Quebec say Global Television pulling the plug in the region is bad news for the English community, which will see itself reflected less often in the media.

Oct 8, 2007 — The Guardian

How many more heads will roll? by Owen Gibson

Columnist says that a string of high-profile controversies may cost BBC director general Mark Thompson his job.

Oct 7, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Will CRTC ignore decline of local TV news? by Grant Robertson

Cuts to the news operations of television networks in the past year have the Canadian Media Guild calling on the CRTC to regulate at least 30 minutes of local news each weeknight.

Oct 6, 2007 — Edmonton Journal

Let's play fair and level the field in Canadian cinemas by Darren Fung

Columnist says the CRTC should mandate Canadian content requirements on the country's movie screens.

Oct 6, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CRTC lifts Internet marketing limits by Catherine McLean

A CRTC decision means Internet companies such as Rogers and Bell Canada no longer have to wait 90 days to contact customers that have switched to competitors.

Oct 6, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Queen footage leads to resignations by Mimi Turner

A BBC executive has stepped down after misleading information about Queen Elizabeth was shown to journalists and international media buyers.

Oct 5, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Around the dial

Article examines global trends in television programming.

Oct 5, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada waits before it watches by Etan Vlessing

Television executives say that Canadians tend to favour established hit shows over new programs.

Oct 5, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Comments hamper Canada-China TV co-prods by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says talks between Canada and China for a TV series co-production treaty have broken off because of Prime Minister Harper's recent comments criticizing China's human rights record.

Oct 5, 2007 — International Communication Association

Conference: Bridging Scholar/Activist Divides in the Field of Communications

A pre-conference for the annual meeting of the International Communication Association addresses divides between research and advocacy in the field of communications.

Oct 5, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Regulators support breakup of Euro telecoms by Leo Cendrowicz

Plans to break up Europe's telecom and cable monopolies have been backed by the European Regulators Group as a way to boost competition in the industry.

Oct 5, 2007 — Playback

VOD to the rescue for television by Steve Brennan

Article says Hollywood studios are attempting to combat piracy and attract younger audiences by focusing on Video on Demand services.

Oct 5, 2007 — Halifax Daily News

Local news likely to suffer from move to B.C.: experts by Rachel Mendleson

FRIENDS says CanWest's decision to cut 200 jobs comes at a time when the company should be producing more quality Canadian programming, not less.

Oct 5, 2007 — Canadian Press

CanWest to revamp Global and E TV stations, cutting 200 jobs

FRIENDS says the CanWest job cuts demonstrate that debtholders are pressuring the company, which is in the midst of trying to buy Alliance Atlantis for $2.3-billion with U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs.

Oct 4, 2007 — Globe & Mail

XM/Sirius shareholders to vote on merger

Shareholders of XM and Sirius are scheduled to vote Nov. 13 on the proposed merger of the two companies

Oct 4, 2007 — Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma

Conference: Journalism in a Violent World, February 9 & 10, 2008

The Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma will hold its inaugural conference at the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario, on February 9 & 10, 2008.

Oct 4, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

Global puts staff and communities last with cutbacks

CEP says Global television has abandoned its employees and audiences in cities across the country.

Oct 4, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Dust settles on CTVglobemedia exec shakeup by Gayle MacDonald

Columnist notes that of the 26 member senior management team of CTVglobemedia, only three are from the newly acquired CHUM.

Oct 4, 2007 — Montreal Gazette

Microsoft settles into realm of Internet TV by Vito Pilieci

Microsoft is now providing high-quality TV broadcasts over the Internet straight into a person's Xbox 360.

Oct 4, 2007 — Edmonton Journal

Telus giving back $2.7M in rebates by Paul Marck

Telus is returning a total of $2.7 million to land-line phone customers, the result of failing to meet a number of federally mandated quality of service indicators in 2002-03.

Oct 3, 2007 — Playback

CBC reworks Air Farce by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says CBC's Royal Canadian Air Farce is injecting adrenaline into its upcoming 15th season by going to live broadcasts.

Oct 2, 2007 — Playback

Massive shuffle at CTV by Etan Vlessing

CTVglobemedia CEO says an executive shuffle was prompted in part by the recent takeover of CHUM, but also by encroaching competition from U.S. media giants in a multi-platform digital world.

Oct 2, 2007 — National Post

No need for Bell, Telus to share, report says

CRTC commissioned "Osborne report" says incumbent phone companies should not have to open up their network to other would-be competitors.

Oct 1, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Rivals circle in case Alliance deal falters by Grant Robertson

Columnist says Rogers Communications and Corus Entertainment are believed to be preparing to move quickly on bids if CanWest's deal to buy Alliance falls through.

Oct 1, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

CRTC makes public Osborne report

The CRTC has made public an independent report prepared by Michael Osborne on its policies for wholesale telecommunications services.

Oct 1, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

CTVglobemedia Completes Television Division Re-Organization

Following its takeover of CHUM, CTVglobemedia has announced a corporate restructuring.

Sep 29, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Kings, kinks, Coupland and Celine by John Doyle

Columnist says there are a number of potential hit Canadian television series currently in production.

Sep 29, 2007 — Toronto Star

Asper predicts Alliance deal approval by Rita Trichur

CanWest's chief executive says the company's partnership with Goldman Sachs to purchase Alliance Atlantis 'meets the letter and spirit of the law.'

Sep 28, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Digital media executives play corner office shuffle by Grant Robertson

Columnist says digital media has been hit by considerable upheaval as networks take a closer look at the returns from their Internet operations.

Sep 28, 2007 — Globe & Mail

How radio's new ratings system works

The radio industry is overhauling the way it counts listeners by using high-tech devices called Portable People Meters.

Sep 28, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

CEP says CRTC Roger's/CITY TV decision shows regulatory weakness

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union says the CRTC is abdicating its responsibility to the Canadian public by not forcing Rogers to reinstate local news programming in its City TV stations.

Sep 28, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

Astral Media welcomes CRTC decision to approve Standard Radio acquisition

As a result of its approved purchase of Standard Radio, Astral Media will become Canada's largest radio broadcaster operating 83 stations in eight provinces.

Sep 28, 2007 — Canadian Press

Rogers gets CRTC's OK to buy CityTV stations but must sell two religious stations

A CRTC ruling says Rogers gets to keep the five CityTV stations but must sell CHNU-TV Fraser Valley and CIIT-TV Winnipeg.

Sep 27, 2007 — Playback

Study warns of 'two-tier' TV by Patricia Bailey

A report says the CRTC should be monitoring online content, as well as television and radio content, to ensure the objectives of the Broadcasting Act are upheld.

Sep 27, 2007 — Calgary Sun

YouTube looks to Canada by Cassandra Szklarski

YouTube executive says the video-sharing website is eager to establish a greater foothold in Canada through partnerships with Canadian media companies.

Sep 26, 2007 — Playback

High numbers in U.S. for Corner Gas by Marise Strauss

Columnist says the Canadian comedy series 'Corner Gas' has received favorable reviews from U.S. critics and the first two episodes had 357,000 and 290,000 viewers on Superstation WGN.

Sep 26, 2007 — Playback

Little Mosque on the West Bank

Article says CBC's Little Mosque on the Prairie has been picked up by broadcasters in Israel, Turkey and Finland.

Sep 26, 2007 — National Post

Rogers seeks slice of lucrative suburbs by Barbara Shecter

Rogers has applied for CRTC approval to extend its cable network into several fast-growing Toronto suburbs now served by Cogeco Cable.

Sep 26, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

TV now rivals radio in promoting hit songs by Cary Darling

Article says television show soundtracks important vehicle for promoting new music.

Sep 26, 2007 — Kamloops Daily News

Kamloops remains on CBC radar, exec insists by Mike Youds

CBC says current plan to enhance Kelowna Radio One station will improve service to Kamloops, nonetheless recognizes future need for "a distinct service for Kamloops".

Sep 25, 2007 —

VOD viewing in U.S. expected to jump

A market research firm projects that within the next five years, Americans will spend more than a third of their daily TV-viewing time watching on-demand programs.

Sep 25, 2007 — Market Wire

Shaw Communications Inc.: CRTC's USA Network Decision is Anti-Consumer

Shaw condemns CRTC decision to exclude the top basic cable programming service in the US from the lists of non-Canadian services it is allowed to carry.

Sep 25, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

A new Canadian broadcasting policy for a world of abundance by Michael Geist

Columnist says Canadian broadcasters must shift from reliance on protective regulations and US content, to an unregulated environment in which they compete by delivering original Canadian content to an international audience.

Sep 24, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Attack of the nerds by John Doyle

Columnist comments on appeal of hit Canadian show Corner Gas in the U.S.

Sep 24, 2007 — Reuters

Europeans shun TV on cellphones

Article says mobile television suffering from low popularity in Europe.

Sep 24, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Francophone concerns about French-language TV5

French-speaking countries express concern with rumoured French government proposals to streamline funding of international cable channel TV5 Monde.

Sep 24, 2007 — Regina Leader-Post

Television has never been better by Alex Strachan

Columnist lists truisms about new television season, argues program quality better than it has ever been.

Sep 24, 2007 — National Post

Go, Jimmy! by Kevin Baker

Shaw Communications has placed large ads in local newspapers urging readers to write to the CRTC and the Heritage Minister to complain about programming funded by the Canadian Television Fund.

Sep 21, 2007 — Montreal Media Policy Group Blog

Le CRTC entend le secteur communautaire et associatif par Normand Landry

Comments on the final day of the CRTC diversity hearings, including presentation by FRIENDS.

Sep 21, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CBC news chief to focus on strategy by Guy Dixon

New CBC news publisher envisions primarily strategic role in helping CBC deliver news on different platforms and in new ways, but still expects to be involved in day-to-day news editing.

Sep 21, 2007 — National Post

Rogers Backs Bell Proposal by Paul Vieira

Rogers endorses Bell proposal for guidelines instead of firm rules for ensuring Canadian content and programming diversity in future media consolidation.

Sep 21, 2007 — Communications Daily

Cable Carriage, DTV Boxes Issues for Public Stations near Canada

Digital conversion poses challenge for US public television stations with significant Canadian audiences.

Sep 21, 2007 — Vancouver Sun

Quebecor CEO draws derision from rivals by Barbara Shecter

Quebecor says new wireless technology being held back by "oligopoly" of incumbent wireless operators Rogers, Telus and Bell.

Sep 21, 2007 — Hamilton Spectator

CBC tagline says it all by Thom Oommen

Letter to the editor says Toronto CBC Radio One tagline makes clear it is not intended to serve Hamilton.

Sep 20, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CBC names news boss by Guy Dixon

CBC splits top news position into journalistic, operational roles.

Sep 20, 2007 — National Post

Ted Rogers tries to kill rumours he's buying Shaw Communications by Paul Vieira

Rogers angrily dismisses rumours it may have plans to acquire Shaw.

Sep 20, 2007 — St. Catharines Standard

Broadcast regulators uneasy about wading into journalistic standards

CRTC expresses reservations over suggestion it should ensure separation between newsrooms when companies own multiple media outlets.

Sep 20, 2007 — Calgary Herald

Don't give smaller firms a break, Rogers says

Rogers opposes proposal to limit portion of wireless spectrum auction to smaller competitors at a discount.

Sep 20, 2007 — Montreal Gazette

Wireless war of words resumes by Paul Vieira

Rogers opposes subsidizing wireless spectrum for new entrants, says doing so would finance spectrum "flips" if foreign ownership restrictions lifted.

Sep 20, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Mr. Rogers vs. the 'corporate bums' by Vito Pilieci

Rogers critical of discounts for new wireless market entrants in planned spectrum action.

Sep 20, 2007 — Chicago Tribune

Sun-Times chief exits with head held high by Phil Rosenthal

Article says newly-created CBC publisher position designed to allow editor-in-chief role formerly held by Tony Burman to focus on daily news coverage rather than operational management of news division.

Sep 20, 2007 — Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton deserves to have its own CBC station by David Christopherson

MP for Hamilton Centre joins chorus of support for new CBC radio station in Hamilton.

Sep 20, 2007 — The Tyee

Torstar CEO Criticizes Tyee Story on 'Big Media'

E-mail exchange between Torstar CEO and editor of The Tyee concerning story on media concentration.

Sep 20, 2007 — Globe & Mail

BCE takeover faces regulatory delay by Sinclair Stewart and Grant Robertson

CRTC schedules hearings to assess proposed takeover of BCE.

Sep 20, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Note to Jim Shaw: Leave the Trailer Park Boys alone by John Doyle

Columnist perplexed by Shaw CEO's criticism of successful Canadian television series Trailer Park Boys.

Sep 20, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Competition would boost broadcast field, CRTC told by Grant Robertson

Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union tells CRTC that broadcasters should be required to compete for licences when they come up for renewal.

Sep 20, 2007 — National Post

CBC English news appoints publisher by Craig Offman

FRIENDS calls CBC publisher hire an inspired choice for a challenging position.

Sep 19, 2007 — Montreal Media Policy Group Blog

Hard evidence and newsroom blues highlighted in third day of CRTC proceedings by Geneviève A. Bonin

Overview of presentations by media unions and arts organizations to CRTC diversity hearings, and further observations on nature of media coverage.

Sep 19, 2007 — National Post

CBC hires Canadian newspaper vet Cruickshank as head of CBC News

FRIENDS notes new head of CBC news will be at the "front line" between the news and political appointees in CBC management.

Sep 19, 2007 — CBC/Radio-Canada

John Cruickshank Appointed Head of CBC News

Chicago Sun-Times publisher and former Globe & Mail and Vancouver Sun editor appointed 'publisher' of CBC news.

Sep 19, 2007 — Vancouver Sun

Private broadcasters prefer new ownership 'guidelines' by Paul Vieira

Private broadcasters argue programming diversity strengthened by industry consolidation.

Sep 19, 2007 — Calgary Herald

Rogers ponders Shaw purchase

Rogers says in the right circumstances, it would consider acquiring Shaw Communications, the second-largest cable company in Canada.

Sep 19, 2007 — Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton's own identity by Peter George

Letter to the editor by McMaster University president says university supports dedicated CBC radio station in Hamilton.

Sep 19, 2007 — Calgary Herald

Hockey networks spur Shaw channel shuffle

Shaw rearranges Calgary channel lineup for third time in nine months.

Sep 19, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Cable, satellite firms under fire at CRTC hearings by Grant Robertson

Distributors counter arguments by broadcasters that they constitute a threat to diversity in the broadcasting system.

Sep 18, 2007 — Montreal Media Policy Group Blog

The bigger you are, the more coverage you get by Geneviève A. Bonin

Report suggests disproportionate media attention paid to presentations by large players at CRTC diversity hearings.

Sep 18, 2007 — Kamloops Daily News

CBC wrongly sees us as extension of Kelowna by David Charbonneau

Writer discusses impact of not having a local CBC radio station in Kamloops.

Sep 18, 2007 — National Post

CRTC Set to Hold TV Fund Hearings by Paul Vieira

Chair reveals plan for CRTC hearings on select matters related to the future of the Canadian Television Fund.

Sep 18, 2007 — Associated Press

Canada: Private broadcasters give thumbs down to new concentration rules

Private broadcasters vocal in opposition to market concentration rules.

Sep 18, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Cable firms control airwaves, Astral Media tells CRTC by Grant Robertson

Astral Media tells CRTC diversity hearing that gatekeeper role of cable companies and other broadcast distributors constitutes greatest threat to media diversity in Canada.

Sep 18, 2007 — National Post

Mergers Boost Choice, CRTC Told by Paul Vieira

CRTC chair dismisses Shaw argument that future media mergers should be governed on a "case by case" basis rather than through a set of clear rules.

Sep 17, 2007 — Montreal Media Policy Group Blog

CBC suggests limits on ownership, commercial broadcasters argue for no new rules by Gregory Taylor and Jeremy Shtern

Report contrasts CBC, private broadcasters' presentations to CRTC diversity hearings.

Sep 17, 2007 — Toronto Star

Proudly Canadian. More, please! by Jim Bawden

Hour-long homegrown dramas are conspicuously absent on Canadian television.

Sep 17, 2007 — Calgary Herald

When national really means only Toronto by Kevin Brooker

Article complains CBC is too Toronto-centric.

Sep 17, 2007 — Hamilton Spectator

Tuned in to Radio 1 by David S. Fawcett

Letter to the editor says Hamilton should have its own CBC Radio presence, unreasonable for Toronto CBC station to serve Hamilton just because its signal reaches the city.

Sep 17, 2007 — CBC News

CRTC begins hearing from companies, unions on media diversity

Unions discuss submissions to CRTC diversity hearings.

Sep 17, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

CRTC proceeding must have seemed like a really good idea at the time by Deirdre McMurdy

Article questions need for CRTC diversity hearings, notes investment analysts are concerned that hearings will affect capital markets.

Sep 17, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Media consolidation in Canada 'too high,' CBC says by Grant Robertson

CBC tells CRTC diversity hearings that CBC can serve as a partial counterbalance to private sector consolidation.

Sep 17, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CRTC airs idea of media limits by Grant Robertson

CRTC seeks broadcaster comments on scenarios for potential media concentration limits.

Sep 15, 2007 — National Post

CRTC Delays TV Fund Decision by Paul Vieira

CRTC to postpone decision on future of Canadian Television Fund until December.

Sep 15, 2007 — National Post

CRTC To Referee Cancon War by Paul Vieira and Barbara Shecter

Private broadcasters, distributors, arts groups expected to face off at CRTC diversity hearings.

Sep 15, 2007 — Timmins Daily Press

Has CRTC become irrelevant? by Catherine Colton

Opinion piece argues the CRTC should recognize the limitations on its authority imposed by new technology.

Sep 15, 2007 — Hamilton Spectator

The Spec misses point on CBC radio by Brian McHattie

Letter to the editor from Hamilton city councillor says newspaper opposition to local CBC radio station in Hamilton at odds with community's interests.

Sep 15, 2007 — National Post

Perestroika for the CRTC by William Watson

Columnist praises CRTC-commissioned report on reforms to Canadian broadcasting regulations.

Sep 15, 2007 — New York Times

The Future for XM, With or Without a Sirius Merger by Eric A. Taub

Interview with XM executives awaiting clearance on merger with Sirius.

Sep 14, 2007 — Shaw Communications

What does spending 2.5 billion of your money to fund original Canadian TV programs get you? Not much. We were hoping you knew.

Shaw website encouraging customers to write to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and the CRTC opposing the Canadian Television Fund.

Sep 14, 2007 — Toronto Star

Canadian TV could face American invasion by Chris Zelkovich

FRIENDS says changes to simultaneous substitution and genre protection rules could have major impact on Canadian sports specialty channels and Canadian content in sports programming.

Sep 14, 2007 — Hamilton Spectator

'Totally Toronto' CBC should serve Hamilton area by Colin Isaacs

Letter to the editor says CBC Radio One should serve Hamilton and the entire Golden Horseshoe region.

Sep 14, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CRTC report a hot potato by Grant Robertson

Television industry reportedly "livid" about CRTC-commissioned report on potential changes to Canadian broadcasting regulation.

Sep 14, 2007 — National Post

Begone with 'genre protection' -- and other ancient CRTC relics by Andrew Coyne

Columnist complains broadcasting industry displays counterintuitive reaction to suggestions CRTC may loosen regulation.

Sep 14, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Copyright will soon see its name in lights by Deirdre McMurdy

Article says Conservative government is facing pressure to toughen copyright laws, even though such laws represent a form market intervention the government might otherwise oppose.

Sep 13, 2007 — Playback

CRTC report "irresponsible," says CAB by Patricia Bailey

ACTRA says it welcomes a CRTC-commissioner report on regulatory reforms.

Sep 13, 2007 — Playback

CRTC report calls for more competition, choice by Patricia Bailey

Authors of 300-page report on broadcasting regulation commissioned by CRTC particularly critical of simultaneous substitution and its impact on the quantity of foreign programming in prime time.

Sep 13, 2007 — National Post

Reduce U.S. shows, CRTC report urges by Barbara Shecter

Canadian Association of Broadcasters claims CRTC-commissioned report on changes to broadcasting regulation lacks context and analysis, calls certain recommendations an "assault".

Sep 13, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Crisis, thy name is CanWest by Derek DeCloet

Columnist predicts CanWest could become even more highly leveraged if it is required to buy out a portion of Goldman Sachs' interest during a recession.

Sep 12, 2007 — CRTC

CRTC makes public Dunbar/Leblanc report

CRTC releases commissioned report on changes to broadcasting regulation, indicates recommendations will be considered in its forthcoming review of policies on specialty/pay services and broadcasting distribution, and may cause it to revisit aspects of its recently reviewed radio and over-the-air television policies.

Sep 12, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CanWest leery of CRTC's options by Grant Robertson

CanWest is confident that it will not be required to increase its financial contribution to address foreign ownership concerns in its acquisition of Alliance Atlantis with Goldman Sachs as majority partner.

Sep 12, 2007 — Playback

TVA, SRC square off on Sundays

TVA has scheduled its two top-rated shows opposite CBC's top rated show on Sunday night.

Sep 12, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Media merger wave has passed, Corus chief says by Grant Robertson

Executives predict a long hiatus before further media sector takeovers occur in Canada.

Sep 12, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Rewrite rules, CRTC told by Grant Robertson

CRTC releases commissioned report recommending it consider changes to central features of current television regulations, including simulcasting, Canadian content in prime time, genre protections for cable networks, and CRTC enforcement powers.

Sep 12, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Unresolved issues create more questions than answers by Deirdre McMurdy

CRTC set to release report it commissioned on ways to maximize the reliance of the broadcasting sector on market forces.

Sep 12, 2007 — National Post

Asper confident over Alliance deal by Barbara Shecter

Article says CanWest management not phased by tough reputation of CRTC chair, contends precedent for allowing approval of majority foreign ownership of a Canadian broadcaster.

Sep 12, 2007 — New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal

No precedent to force Canwest to up stake in Alliance Atlantis deal: Asper

CanWest CEO confident that CRTC will approve Goldman Sachs acquisition of Alliance Atlantis on the basis of shareholders' agreement granting programming control to CanWest.

Sep 12, 2007 — Hamilton Spectator

CBC's fuzzy signal by Kevin Cavanagh

Editorial criticizes CBC decision to pursue funding for new radio station in Hamilton, rather than refocusing staff and programming from Toronto.

Sep 11, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Net radio pact may be near by Seth Sutel

Article says public radio stations are closest to reaching an agreement with music industry over royalties for Internet broadcasts.

Sep 11, 2007 — National Post

CBC blamed for blocking black radio station by Allison Hanes

Caribbean and African Radio Network and CBC in ongoing dispute over access to FM radio frequency in Toronto.

Sep 11, 2007 — Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton tops CBC Radio's list of proposed new stations by Doug Foley

CBC English Radio head says Hamilton would be first new station if federal government grants one-time funding for proposed expansion of local radio service.

Sep 11, 2007 — CBC News

Proposed FM station says CBC in its way

Caribbean and African Radio Network (CARN) claims CBC has not produced technical evidence for its claim that CARN's proposed frequency would interfere with CBC Radio One.

Sep 9, 2007 — Winnipeg Free Press

Channel 9: Take Back the Airwaves! by Catherine Edwards

Article says Shaw has ignored 2002 CRTC decision to restore requirements for volunteer-produced local programming on community cable channels.

Sep 8, 2007 — Toronto Star

Hamilton-area viewers to lose local coverage by Sonja Macdonald

Letter to the editor says Hamilton market is underserved in terms of local television stations, and will be even more so following CanWest's rebranding of its Hamilton CHCH station as the Toronto-targeted E!.

Sep 8, 2007 — National Post

Big wheels keep on turning by Adam McDowell

CTV agrees to keep news truck suspended from side of former CHUM-City building it recently acquired, but vehicle will be rebranded.

Sep 8, 2007 — Edmonton Journal

Broadcasters rewiring for digital age by Paul Marck

Issues of timing, quality, access likely to plague conversion from analog to digital broadcasting system.

Sep 8, 2007 — Toronto Sun

Plug pulled on black radio station by Brett Clarkson

Applicant for Caribbean-African radio station in Toronto complains CBC opposition to its proposed frequency has grounded the initiative.

Sep 7, 2007 — Kamloops Daily News

CBC creating regional black hole by Hugh Jordan

Column says CBC Radio One station in Kelowna inadequate to serve Kamloops.

Sep 7, 2007 — Times Colonist

Return to old call sign honours long history

Global restores original call sign of its CH Victoria station.

Sep 7, 2007 — Toronto Star

Get ready for a big hit in the pocketbook by Chris Zelkovich

Recent examples of extra fees for sports programming seen as tip of the iceberg in decline of content included as part of basic cable.

Sep 6, 2007 — The Independent

Global warming: Too hot to handle for the BBC by Michael McCarthy

BBC criticized for decision to drop plans for television special on global warming.

Sep 5, 2007 — Calgary Herald

Hollywood North under attack by Randy Boswell

ACTRA condemns US organization's NAFTA challenge of financial incentives used to attract foreign film and television production to Canada.

Sep 5, 2007 — Canadian Press

Martha Stewart and 'Designer Guys' coming to CBC TV daytime schedule

"The Martha Stewart Show" will air in syndication on Canada's public broadcaster starting in September.

Sep 5, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CanWest seen raising its stake in Mideast by Grant Robertson

One of the biggest media companies in Turkey is up for sale and CanWest Global rumored to be a potential buyer.

Sep 4, 2007 — Wall Street Journal

Globalization and Cultural Diversity by Michael Lynton

The chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment says the forces of globalization are encouraging the proliferation of cultural diversity.

Sep 3, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Delay boosts odds of deal for CanWest by Grant Robertson

Columnist says that if the CRTC went ahead with scheduled public hearings into CanWest's $2.3-billion buyout of Alliance Atlantis, opponents would have had legal grounds to overturn the eventual ruling.

Sep 1, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Fee fight to end NBC presence on iTunes

Apple has escalated a dispute with NBC over the pricing of television shows by announcing it would not sell any of NBC's programs for this fall season on iTunes.

Sep 1, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Quebec journalists favoured in Afghanistan, military concedes by Andrew Mayeda

A Canadian military official has conceded that the Forces are catering to journalists from Radio-Canada, CBC's French-language TV network, to try and improve perceptions of the Afghanistan mission in Quebec.

Aug 31, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

ACTRA sounds off on Canada b'casters by Etan Vlessing

ACTRA is calling on the CRTC to force broadcasters that acquire rivals to spend more on homegrown dramas and less on U.S. shows.

Aug 31, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Proposed channel would focus on amateurs by William Houston

Columnist says the Canadian Olympic Committee is looking into the feasibility of launching a TV channel dedicated to amateur sport.

Aug 31, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Late payment? Shoe's on the other foot for Rogers by Grant Robertson

Federal broadcast regulators say Rogers is on the hook for $20-million that CHUM was to have contributed toward various initiatives as a result of its 2004 takeover of Craig Media Inc.

Aug 31, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa tells federal bodies to review spending by Gloria Galloway

Several government departments, including Canadian Heritage, are being told to reallocate the least useful 5 per cent of their expenditures to more important things.

Aug 30, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Rogers hungry for U.S. fare by Etan Vlessing

Rogers tells the CRTC they will return the CityTV stations to profitability by airing more first-run U.S. network series in primetime.

Aug 30, 2007 — Playback

ACTRA to Rogers: Raise drama to 75% by Norma Reveler

Industry representatives are calling for more funding of Canadian drama, a renewed commitment to domestic feature films and more local programming as part of Rogers' proposed purchase of the CityTV stations.

Aug 30, 2007 — Associated Press

Satellite radio rivals spent $810,000 to lobby government to approve combination

According to disclosure documents, XM Satellite Radio spent $580,000 and Sirius Satellite Radio spent $230,000 lobbying the U.S. government on their proposed merger.

Aug 30, 2007 — Globe & Mail

YouTube agrees to royalty deal by Jane Wardell

Video-sharing website YouTube and the British society that collects royalties for composers, songwriters and publishers have reached a deal to compensate artists whose music is used in video clips.

Aug 30, 2007 — Playback

AAC execs get pink slips by Tamsen Tillson

Although the sale of Alliance Atlantis still requires regulatory approval, several on the company's top executives have been let go.

Aug 30, 2007 — National Post

CRTC confirms delay over CanWest deal; Late Documents by Barbara Shecter

The CRTC says a 10-week delay in the hearing to examine the CanWest/Goldman Sachs acquisition of Alliance Atlantis was caused by the late filing of documents by CanWest.

Aug 30, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Rogers targets a fine-tuning of CITY-TV by Grant Robertson

Rogers executives tell the CRTC their plans to revive CityTV include rebuilding the network's prime-time schedule and searching out a high-profile downtown Toronto headquarters.

Aug 30, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Citytv viewer strategy 'went awry': Rogers by Paul Vieira

The head of broadcasting at Rogers Communications says the CityTV stations are unlikely to turn a profit until the third year of the cable firm's ownership.

Aug 30, 2007 — Playback

New heritage minister a mystery by Patricia Bailey

Columnist says it remains to be seen whether new Heritage Minister Josee Verner has any more clout with the PMO that her predecessor.

Aug 29, 2007 —

Cranky Commission cuffs CanWest, but "nothing material" has changed, says exec by Greg O'Brien

The CRTC has told CanWest CEO Leonard Asper that he only has himself to blame for the delay in hearing his company's bid to gain control over Alliance Atlantis' specialty channels.

Aug 29, 2007 — Canadian Press

CRTC delay in CanWest hearing could mean compromises to please regulators

FRIENDS says that by delaying its hearing on the CanWest/Goldman Sachs takeover of Alliance Atlantis, the CRTC is demonstrating it won't simply rubber stamp the deal.

Aug 29, 2007 — Playback

Rogers ups benefits, brushes aside "twin stick" issue by Norma Reveler

Rogers has added $2 million to its benefits package and agreed to fund priority Canadian programming during CRTC hearings on its $375 million purchase of five CityTV stations.

Aug 29, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

As TV industry enters shakedown, bureaucrats need a shake even more by Deirdre McMurdy

The CRTC has announced a delay of two months of its review of CanWest Global's $2.3-billion bid to acquire Alliance Atlantis.

Aug 28, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CRTC officials grill Astral over Standard Broadcasting price by Grant Robertson

CRTC officials say they believe the Astral Media takeover of Standard Broadcasting is worth more $1.08-billion, and that certain items have been left out of the purchase price to reduce regulatory payments.

Aug 27, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

CRTC catches fall fever -- let's hope it spreads by Deirdre McMurdy

Columnist says the auction of advanced wireless spectrum - a process that stands to generate hundreds of millions of dollars for federal government coffers - appears to have hit bureaucratic and political snags.

Aug 27, 2007 — National Post

A mere $2.40 for tellying it like it is by Rob McKenzie

The CRTC has ruled that cable TV must have channel for the visually impaired.

Aug 27, 2007 — Toronto Star

Time to rethink Canadian Heritage's mandate by Michael Geist

Columnist says Heritage Minister Josee Verner should focus on new priorities such as support for new media, the Net neutrality issue and implementing a national digitization strategy.

Aug 25, 2007 — Red Deer Advocate

CBC wants to set up Red Deer radio station by Laura Tester

CBC says it would like to establish a Radio One station in Red Deer within the next couple of years, if Ottawa approves funding.

Aug 25, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Harper urged to get tough with Telefilm as beleaguered Montreal film festival opens by James Adams

The vice-president of Montreal's film festival has invited Prime Minister Harper to "kick the ass" of the head of Telefilm Canada as a way of getting more money out of the Crown corporation.

Aug 25, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Confessions of a cable guy by Grant Robertson

Columnist discusses record profits, consolidation and the Canadian Television Fund with Jim Shaw, CEO of Shaw Communications.

Aug 24, 2007 — Vancouver Sun

Comic nation to feed Hollywood by Marke Andrews

A Vancouver-based company has received funding from Telefilm Canada to launch a new user generated content website.

Aug 24, 2007 — MediaPost

Content Replaces Communications As Primary Web Use by Jack Loechner

A U.S. study says content has replaced communication as users primary web use.

Aug 23, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Site brings mainstream TV to online videos by James Keller, an online-only television station based in Halifax, offers content ranging from news and entertainment programming to several dramatic series.

Aug 23, 2007 — Red Deer Express

CBC Radio One heading to city? by Mark Weber

CBC executives say they have a proposal before the Standing Committee of Canadian Heritage to establish 15 local stations across the country not currently served by CBC Radio.

Aug 22, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Google U.S. mobile auction bid still probable: CEO by Diane Bartz

Google CEO says his company will likely move ahead with plans to bid for wireless spectrum freed up once U.S. broadcast television networks switch to digital from analog in 2009.

Aug 21, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Digital policy issues a good icebreaker for new industry minister by Michael Geist

Michael Geist says that reforms focusing on digital issues could represent both good policy and smart politics for Jim Prentice, Canada's new industry minister.

Aug 18, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Rabbit ears on last legs in TV land by Vito Pilieci

FRIENDS says about three million Canadians still rely on rabbit ears or other antenna for their TV signals.

Aug 17, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Verner has her work cut out for her by Paul Gessell

FRIENDS welcomes Josée Verner's appointment as Heritage minister and says her predecessor was too closely associated with the broadcasting and cable industries.

Aug 16, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Verner inherits tough tasks by Grant Robertson

Article suggests Josée Verner's appointment as Heritage Minister may have more to do with the government's desire to boost its presence in Quebec than with plans to shake up the broadcasting sector.

Aug 16, 2007 —

Canadian HD set penetration rising quickly

Report says that at the end of 2006, 33% of Canadian homes could accept high definition TV signals.

Aug 16, 2007 — Kamloops Daily News

Arts, CBC advocates see ray of hope in new minister by Mike Youds

The lobby group Save Our CBC Kamloops hopes new Heritage Minister Josée Verner will be an ally in attempts to have CBC broadcast service restored in the region.

Aug 15, 2007 — India Together

Public missing in Broadcast Bill debate by Ammu Joseph

Columnist says citizens are being shut out of the debate on new broadcast regulation in India.

Aug 15, 2007 —

Verner suscite de l'espoir dans le milieu culturel, Karine Fortin

FRIENDS joins others in welcoming appointment of Josée Verner as Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Aug 15, 2007 — Playback

CanWest and Goldman close the deal by Etan Vlessing

Pending CRTC approval, CanWest will merge its Global TV network with Alliance Atlantis's 13 specialty channels; Goldman Sachs will take a 50% stake in the CSI TV crime series franchise and Motion Picture Distribution.

Aug 15, 2007 — Nanaimo Daily News

CBC Radio wants to create new FM station in Nanaimo by Martha Tropea

Nanaimo city council members have decided to send letters of support to MPs and the Minister of Heritage for a plan to bring a new CBC Radio One station to their city.

Aug 15, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Harper puts right-hand man in Industry post by Heather Scoffield

Columnist says Jim Prentice, who inherits the telecommunications deregulation process from Maxime Bernier, will likely be quickly consumed by competing broadcasting interests.

Aug 15, 2007 — Globe & Mail

New Heritage minister inherits a full plate by Val Ross

Columnist notes that voters in Quebec - where the new Minister of Canadian Heritage is from - and urban Canada want federal support for the CBC, museums, ballet tours and galleries.

Aug 15, 2007 — Toronto Sun

Oda 'messed up': NDP by Brett Clarkson

The NDP's Olivia Chow says Bev Oda lost her post as Heritage Minister because of high-profile mistakes such as a 2006 political fundraiser organized by broadcasters.

Aug 15, 2007 — Toronto Star

For Harper, it's politics over culture by Martin Knelman

Columnist says Josée Verner - a Quebec City MP and new Heritage Minister - is considered progressive and more likely to be embraced by the arts community.

Aug 15, 2007 — Toronto Star

Alliance Atlantis faces protests over CanWest-Goldman buyout by Rita Trichur

ACTRA says that if decisions about Canada's broadcasting system are made in boardrooms in New York and Los Angeles, Canadians will lose their cultural sovereignty and national identity.

Aug 14, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Alliance Atlantis profit up 65% ahead of CanWest takeover

Alliance Atlantis reported a 65 per cent increase in quarterly profit, one day before its takeover by CanWest/Goldman Sachs was set to close.

Aug 13, 2007 — Playback

Unions come out against AAC deal by Etan Vlessing

The Writers Guild of Canada says that if the CRTC approves the Alliance Atlantis takeover, an American corporation will have a powerful voice in what Canadians can watch on television.

Aug 13, 2007 — Washington Post

Microsoft Disputes FCC's Rejection of Web Devices That Use TV Airwaves by Kim Hart

Microsoft hopes to convince U.S. broadcast regulators that it can connect consumers to high-speed Internet over unused television airwaves without interfering with existing broadcasts.

Aug 13, 2007 — The Harper Index

Long, Tom - Architect of "Common Sense Revolution" to pick CBC News heads

Article says that the decision of choosing a "right-wing" strategist to recruit two top managers for CBC could signal the Harper government's desire to politicize the public broadcaster.

Aug 13, 2007 — Broadcaster

DGC Opposes CanWest and Goldman Sachs Takeover of Alliance Atlantis

The Directors Guild of Canada says it is opposed to the Alliance Atlantis takeover by CanWest/Goldman Sachs as it will result in a non-Canadian entity obtaining control of an important Canadian media company, contrary to established foreign ownership rules.

Aug 13, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

CCAU objects to American control of Canadian broadcaster through proposed CanWest Global takeover of Alliance Atlantis

The Coalition of Canadian Audio-Visual Unions says the takeover bid by CanWest Global and Goldman Sachs of Alliance Atlantis is "bad news" for Canada.

Aug 11, 2007 — Globe & Mail

New twist in the search to fill CBC's top jobs by Michael Posner

Article says the CBC is looking for two people replace Tony Burman - an executive director and an executive editor.

Aug 10, 2007 — Playback

Morin in at CRTC by Marise Strauss

Veteran broadcast journalist Michel Morin has been appointed as a commissioner of the CRTC.

Aug 10, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Oda out: PM pulls plug on Heritage run by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda, who is under fire for campaign financing irregularities, is expected to lose her job in a cabinet shuffle.

Aug 10, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Satellite titans wage seesaw battle in Q2 by Georg Szalai

Satellite TV giants DirecTV Group and EchoStar Communications have reported diverging second-quarter financial results.

Aug 10, 2007 — New Democratic Party of Canada

NDP Asks CBC Chair to Remove Long

NDP MP Charlie Angus has asked the CBC Board Chair to keep Tom Long, a "Conservative insider", out of hiring process for a new CEO and executive director of news for Canada's public broadcaster.

Aug 10, 2007 — Vancouver Sun

Traditional radio remains alive and well in Canada by Marke Andrews

A new study by Statistics Canada reveals that iPods and satellite radio haven't killed traditional radio.

Aug 9, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Pubcasters, cablers ink carriage deal by Brooks Boliek

Public broadcasters and a cable TV trade group have announced a deal that will allow eight million subscribers to receive PBS' digital programming for the next decade.

Aug 9, 2007 — Broadcaster

CRTC Approves NBRS Proposal for "The Accessible Channel"

The CRTC has approved a broadcasting licence for specialty television channel with programming for people with vision loss.

Aug 9, 2007 — Winnipeg Free Press

Missing out on 'Media City' by Nicholas Hirst

Columnist says that with Leonard Asper moving the heart of CanWest's business to Toronto and the Craig family selling the A-channel network, the potential of Winnipeg becoming a national media powerhouse has evaporated.

Aug 9, 2007 — Toronto Star

Diverse voices are lost with big media mergers

The co-ordinator of Canadians for Democratic Media says with major mergers threatening to make the Canadian media industry even more concentrated, the CRTC should regulate media companies in the public interest.

Aug 9, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Oda may be out – but who will take her place? by Val Ross

Columnist notes that Bev Oda has managed to quietly deliver more in real dollars to the Canada Council for the Arts than the Liberals.

Aug 8, 2007 — Department of Canadian Heritage

CRTC Commissioner Appointed

Michel Morin, a journalist, economic news editor, and chief editor of television news for both Radio-Canada and RDI has been appointment as a commissioner of the CRTC.

Aug 8, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Where's the fanfare?

Some in the arts community are saying that the low-key announcement of a $30-million infusion into the arts council budget shows the government was hoping not to draw attention to the decision.

Aug 8, 2007 — Statistics Canada

Private radio broadcasting - 2006

Stats-Can report says that private radio's advertising revenue increased 5.3% to $1.4 billion in 2006.

Aug 8, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Private radio profits rise, but problems persist

A new report says Canada's private radio industry profits were "substantial" in 2006, but revenues varied based on broadcast language and market size.

Aug 8, 2007 — Globe & Mail

More time spent with paid media by Seth Sutel

A study finds that U.S. consumers are shifting their attention away from traditional, advertising-supported media in favour of paid entertainment such as video games, the Internet and cable TV.

Aug 8, 2007 — USA Today

Media spending forecast to pass $1 trillion in '08 by David Lieberman

A report forecasts media spending in the U.S. by consumers, advertisers, marketing services and institutions will rise an average of 6.7% a year to $1.2 trillion in 2011

Aug 8, 2007 — Toronto Star

Oda's ouster would not be mourned by Martin Knelman

Columnist says Bev Oda has been an enigmatic and lacklustre head of culture as heritage minister.

Aug 7, 2007 — Mediacaster

CRTC Rejects Foreign Commercial Messages in VOD

The CRTC has denied an application by Shaw Cable to offer video-on-demand programming containing commercial messages sourced from American broadcasters.

Aug 7, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Canada's iPod levy may yet face the music by Michael Geist

Columnist says a recent Copyright Board decision that re-opens the door to placing a levy of up to $75 on iPods could move an overhaul of the Canadian copyright collective system onto the political agenda.

Aug 6, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Aussie rules eyed for media mergers by Grant Robertson

Columnist says federal broadcast regulators appear poised to consider revamping the rules on media consolidation, using a system pioneered by the Australian government.

Aug 6, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Permits have indie artists up in arms by Simon Houpt

Proposed New York City rules would require permits for anyone filming on city property with more than two people for more than 30 minutes.

Aug 6, 2007 — MediaPost

The Internet Seen As An Opportunity for Newspapers by Jack Loechner

Report authors say that the Internet presents newspapers with an opportunity to make up for lost circulation and readership.

Aug 5, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Why does TV volume vary? by Vito Pilieci

Columnist explains that TV signal providers have little control over the complex factors that determine the volume levels for television shows and commercials.

Aug 4, 2007 — CTV

O'Connor to be bumped from defence in shuffle by Robert Fife

Article says Heritage Minister Bev Oda, "who is judged by the PMO to be a weak minister", could be replaced by James Moore or Jason Kenney in an expected cabinet shuffle.

Aug 4, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Almost no one is amused by the BBC's blunders by Elizabeth Renzetti

A poll states that 59 percent of British respondents said their trust in the BBC had fallen in light of recent scandals and gaffes.

Aug 3, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

'CSI: NY' is history after CRTC ruling by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC has rejected Alliance Atlantis' argument that "CSI: NY" offered History Television viewers "a critically acclaimed look at forensic policing in post-9/11 New York City."

Aug 3, 2007 — National Post

CRTC accelerates phone deregulation by Paul Vieira

The CRTC has approved applications from major phone companies to deregulate the $10-billion local phone market in Canada's largest cities.

Aug 3, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

'5th Grader' studying abroad in Canada by Etan Vlessing

CanWest to air a Canadian version of Fox's "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?".

Aug 2, 2007 — Toronto Star

Top Tory to head search for CBC execs by Jim Brown

The Conservative government is facing charges of political meddling in the selection process for a new president and chief of news operations at the CBC.

Aug 2, 2007 — Toronto Star

CBC picks up the ball with Raptor broadcasts by Chris Zelkovich

Canada's public broadcaster has finalized a three-year deal to carry Toronto Raptors basketball games.

Aug 2, 2007 — National Post

The next not-so-big thing by Warren Kinsella

Warren Kinsella suggests that the popularity of the Internet is surging because conventional media companies are moving their content online.

Aug 2, 2007 — Toronto Star

CSI's not history, up until now by Jim Bawden

CRTC rules that the crime-drama CSI has nothing to do with the mandate of the History Channel and has ordered its removal.

Aug 1, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

America's int'l news deficit may benefit BBC by Steve Brennan

The BBC says the perceived lack of international news on U.S. mainstream broadcasters will be used to create a bigger market for its global TV news service.

Aug 1, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

CBC all shook up for new season by Etan Vlessing

Kristine Layfield, CBC executive director of network programming, dismisses criticism that Canada's public broadcaster is chasing ratings with copycat shows likely to show up on private television networks.

Aug 1, 2007 — MediaPost

Online Newspaper Readers a "Sophisticated Audience" by Jack Loechner

According to the Newspaper Association of America, more than 59 million Americans visited newspaper Web sites during the second quarter of 2007, a 7.7 percent increase over 2006.

Aug 1, 2007 — Playback

Ottawa outsourcing search for new CBC boss by Norma Reveler

FRIENDS says the hiring of headhunting firm Egon Zehnder International to look for a new president and CEO of CBC is a step in the right direction.

Aug 1, 2007 — Globe & Mail

No need for Shaw megamerger, Rogers CEO says by Catherine McLean

Ted Rogers dispels a rumor that his company is seeking to merge with Shaw Communications.

Aug 1, 2007 — Washington Post

FCC Approves Airwave Use For All Phones by Kim Hart

The U.S. broadcast regulator has ruled that consumers will be able to use any cellphone and software they want on a network built on airwaves to be auctioned early next year.

Aug 1, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Telus hangs up on upstart Amp'd Mobile by Catherine McLean

Telus has stopped selling Amp'd Mobile Canada products after U.S. parent company of the wireless service filled for bankruptcy.

Aug 1, 2007 — Vancouver Sun

Canadians flock to Internet, advertising follows by Paul Vieira

A broadcasting industry report says advertisers have almost doubled their spending on online marketing to $1 billion in 2006 from $562 million in 2005.

Jul 31, 2007 — Playback

Post-takeover plans revealed by CanWest, Goldman by Etan Vlessing

Columnist expects the deal between CanWest and Goldman Sachs to break up Alliance Atlantis to be scrutinized by the CRTC.

Jul 31, 2007 — Reuters

CanWest switches to bridge financing for Alliance

CanWest says it will use bridge financing instead of a high-yield debt offering to fund its takeover bid of Alliance Atlantis.

Jul 31, 2007 — CBC News

TV revenue up, but big money is in cable, satellite

CRTC report says the cable and satellite industry posted revenues of $7.7 billion in 2006, up 25 per cent from $6.1 billion in 2005.

Jul 31, 2007 — Broadcasting & Cable

CanWest Offers Details on Alliance Atlantis Break-Up by Jon Hemingway

CanWest and U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs release their plan to split-up Alliance Atlantis.

Jul 31, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CanWest boosts Alliance Atlantis investment

CanWest Global says it is increasing its equity investment in the takeover of Alliance Atlantis to $262-million, up from the previously announced $200-million.

Jul 31, 2007 — Toronto Star

Quebecor Media rejects proposals for TV fund by Rita Trichur

Quebecor Media says it is "disappointed" the CRTC rejected its proposal to opt out of the Canadian Television Fund and produce its own programs.

Jul 31, 2007 — National Post

CTF lacks power to change TV rules by Paul Vieira

The Canadian Television Fund says it has no power to implement any of the reforms recommended by a CRTC task force unless a number of federal departments give approval.

Jul 31, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Canadians tuning out TV, radio, moving to Internet

The CRTC's annual report on the state of the broadcast industry shows that Canadians have more choices in both television and radio media than ever before, but are watching and listening less.

Jul 31, 2007 — Playback

New media, digital growing, says CRTC by Marise Strauss

A broadcast industry report says Canadians watched 27.6 hours of TV per week in 2006, down from 28.1 in 2005.

Jul 31, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Waddell warns CRTC against criteria change by Etan Vlessing

Stephen Waddell, executive director of ACTRA, says proposals to relax Canadian content requirements for the Canadian Television Fund will force domestic actors, writers and directors to make way for Americans.

Jul 31, 2007 — CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada weighs in on future of CTF by Michel Tremblay

CBC/Radio-Canada submission to the CRTC says the public broadcaster strongly opposes the proposal to split the Canadian Television Fund into two separate funding streams.

Jul 31, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

The CRTC releases its annual report on Canadian broadcasting

CRTC report says the Canadian broadcasting industry is continuing to expand and that new media are becoming an increasingly important part of Canadians' lives.

Jul 30, 2007 — Media in Canada

CBC signs Skate Canada deal by Jesse Kohl

CBC Sports has signed a four-year multimedia rights deal with Skate Canada.

Jul 30, 2007 — National Post

Superchannel returns by Barbara Shecter

A new national pay TV service to use the "Superchannel" brand.

Jul 30, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Tension mounts in TV fund dispute by Grant Robertson

Industry and cable providers criticize proposed CRTC reforms for the Canadian Television Fund.

Jul 30, 2007 — The Guardian

Nice to see you, iPlayer, but the party started ages ago by Bobbie Johnson

A beta version of BBC's iPlayer - the public broadcaster's on-line download service - has been launched.

Jul 30, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Winning in a wired world

Editorial says the new telecom complaints commission is a positive step for consumers.

Jul 28, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CTF revamp falls short, Shaw says by Grant Robertson

Jim Shaw Jr. claims the proposed revamping of the Canadian Television Fund doesn't go far enough.

Jul 28, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Christian radio station forced to give time to other faiths by Jennifer Green

Ottawa's CHRI Christian radio station rails against the CRTC's "balance" policy that requires airing views of other faiths.

Jul 27, 2007 — Reuters

Apple co-founder backs Internet video venture by Dane Hamilton

A new Internet video website plans to service a growing demand for high-definition-like video.

Jul 27, 2007 — Playback

Raymont on The Border by Leigh Stuart

A CBC action-drama that was shelved in the wake of the Sept 11, 2001 terrorist attacks has gone into production.

Jul 27, 2007 — Toronto Star

Very little Canadian about Open coverage

Article says that this year, for the first time ever, Canadians are not involved in the television production of Canada's national golf championship.

Jul 27, 2007 — Washington Post

Lawmakers fret over digital TV transition by Brooks Boliek

Some U.S. lawmakers say too little is being done to prepare Americans for the switch to digital television signals in February 2009.

Jul 27, 2007 — Playback

CRTC weighs new CAB code by Marise Strauss

The CRTC is calling for input on a proposed new broadcasting industry code intended to ensure equality in the portrayal of people with disabilities, visible minorities and aboriginal peoples in the media.

Jul 27, 2007 — Media Post

You Tube Tops Video Stream Watching by Jack Loechner

Study says Americans viewed more than 8.3 billion video streams online in May, 2007.

Jul 27, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Oda announces funds for National Ballet School by David George-Cosh

Heritage Minister Bev Oda has announced that Canada's National Ballet School will receive $800,000 in additional funding.

Jul 27, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Cellphones, Internet step to the fore by Grant Robertson

A new study reports almost 50 cents of every dollar flowing into the Canadian telecom sector now comes from cellular or Internet service.

Jul 27, 2007 — Television Quarterly

What Makes Canadian TV So Different? by John Doyle

John Doyle says the differences between Canadians and Americans can be seen in the television made in the two countries.

Jul 26, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

CTVglobemedia Promotes Richard Gray To Oversee News For A-Channel Stations and CKX Brandon

CTVglobemedia has announced that Richard Gray, Station Manager for A-Channel Vancouver Island, will become the head of news for A-Channel stations nationwide.

Jul 26, 2007 — Globe & Mail

New CBC show, website seek Internet auteurs by Jered Stuffco

CBC reality TV show aims to discover the country's best Internet-based filmmakers.

Jul 26, 2007 — Toronto Star

Search on for new CBC president

FRIENDS says the next CBC President should have a wide knowledge of the country and have a strong background in production, scheduling and marketing.

Jul 26, 2007 — Le Devoir

Le gouvernement Harper cherche un nouveau président pour Radio-Canada

The Harper government launches a search for a new CBC President.

Jul 25, 2007 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Formal Recruitment Process for Future President and CEO by Robert Rabinovitch

Robert Rabinovitch, CBC's President and CEO, informs staff that the Government is initiating a formal recruitment process to name his successor.

Jul 25, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada stockpiling films for fear of strike by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says that possible labor strife in the U.S. is causing TV and movie studios to increase production in Canada.

Jul 25, 2007 — Media Post

Just An Online Minute… Web Video Watchers by Wendy Davis

Research shows 19% of Americans now watch Web video in a typical day, while 57% have viewed online video at least once.

Jul 24, 2007 — The Tyee

Slow Canada by Michael Geist

Michael Geist says Canada is falling behind on mobile Internet as a consequence of overpriced mobile data services in an uncompetitive market.

Jul 24, 2007 — New York Times

Radio Plan: A Price Shift for Satellite by Stephen Labaton

Sirius and XM Satellite Radio say they would offer two "à la carte" pricing plans if they are allowed to merge.

Jul 24, 2007 — Financial Times

They've got the whole wide world in their laptops by Carlos Grande

Advertisers look to Asia for lessons on how to reach younger audiences as they drift away from traditional mass media such as paid-for newspapers and mainstream television networks.

Jul 24, 2007 — Financial Times

A digital race run in slow motion by Thomas Hazlett

Columnist says lack of action by governments in allocating broadcast spectrum has lead to inefficiencies, lack of competition and stunted economic growth.

Jul 24, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Communication giants join forces to create complaints agency by Deidre McMurdy

In a move toward self-regulation, Telecom competitors have joined forces to file a proposal for the creation of an independent agency to handle consumer complaints.

Jul 24, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Review: The CNN/YouTube presidential debate by Steve Bryant

Article notes that most citizen-submitted questions in the CNN/YouTube U.S. presidential debate reflected a cynicism toward government.

Jul 24, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CRTC shakes up phone market by Grant Robertson

The CRTC is set to start the process of deregulating home phone rates.

Jul 23, 2007 — Playback

Fewer Cancon points won't equal more eyeballs by Mark Dillon

Columnist says the CRTC's recommendation that the Canadian Television Fund lower its Cancon requirement for primetime projects won't result in a dramatic spike in audiences for Canadian shows.

Jul 23, 2007 — Playback

The Burning Question

Industry stakeholder comment on proposed rule changes for the Canadian Television Fund.

Jul 23, 2007 — Playback

VisionTV in hot water. Again by Sean Davidson

VisionTV has banned a controversial Islamic preacher who reportedly called on viewers to wage jihad, and is promising a full review of its standards and practices.

Jul 23, 2007 — Broadcaster Magazine

CRTC Calls for Comments on CBSC's 'Journalistic Independence Code'

The CRTC is calling for comments on the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council's proposed Journalistic Independence Code.

Jul 23, 2007 — Canadian Press

After five seasons in Canada, 'Corner Gas' set to air in U.S. by Bill Brioux

The U.S. broadcast rights to Canadian sitcom 'Corner Gas' have been bought by Chicago-based superstation WGN, which is available in over 70 million U.S. homes.

Jul 23, 2007 — Associated Press

XM-Sirius in New Pitch for Merger by John Dunbar

XM and Sirius Satellite Radio executives have announced pricing plans that they said would let customers choose which channels they want to receive if the two firms are combined.

Jul 23, 2007 — Edmonton Journal

Apple iPhone may whet consumer appetite for mobile TV

A market-research firm forecasts that 24 million Americans will be watching video on their mobile phones by 2010, up from seven million today.

Jul 22, 2007 — New York Times

The French Connections by Paul Krugman

Columnist says the U.S. has lost its Internet lead because lawmakers have forgotten that sometimes you can't have effective market competition without effective regulation.

Jul 21, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

CanWest in talks for '5th Grader' by Etan Vlessing

CanWest has confirmed that it is holding talks regarding a Canadian version of Fox's "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?"

Jul 21, 2007 — New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal

Opposition derides extra $30M for arts council as political manoeuvring by Steve Rennie

The Liberals and NDP say $30 million in funding for Canada's arts council is more a political ploy than a genuine commitment to the arts community.

Jul 21, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

We've achieved diversity of voices by Glenn O'Farrell

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters says traditional media companies should be allowed to merge to compete with unregulated content providers.

Jul 21, 2007 — National Post

Score channel up for grabs; Alliance declines deal by Barbara Shecter

Columnist says CanWest will be a likely suitor for Canada's smallest specialty sports channel if the purchase of Alliance Atlantis is approved.

Jul 20, 2007 — National Post

VisionTV defends airing 'jihad' lecture by Stewart Bell

VisionTV, a multi-faith channel, says it will monitor one of its shows more closely after it broadcast a lecture by an Islamic preacher who said scripture requires Muslims to either fight jihad or finance it.

Jul 20, 2007 —

Oda boosts Canada Council for the Arts funding by $30 million

Heritage Minister Bev Oda has promised more money for Canada's arts council, bringing the agency's total funding to $180 million each year.

Jul 20, 2007 —

Google's Gargantuan Wireless Bid Puts FCC on the Spot by Scott Moritz

Google says it will bid $4.6 billion for a wireless spectrum - but only if the FCC adopts new standards for a wireless broadband alternative to existing phone and cable Internet connections.

Jul 19, 2007 —

The Militarization And Annexation of North America by Stephen Lendman

Article says that corporate and political leaders in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico are secretly perusing deeper economic, political, social, and security integration.

Jul 19, 2007 — Broadcaster Magazine

CanWest President and CEO of Canadian Operations Retires

Peter Viner, a longstanding CanWest senior executive has announced his retirement.

Jul 19, 2007 — The London Times

Television watchdog condemns the phone-in gold rush by Adam Sherwin

Britain's telecom regulator says the £100 million phone-in vote and quiz industry had created a culture of greed within television broadcasters.

Jul 19, 2007 — National Post

Limits 'dangerous,' media warn CRTC by Barbara Shecter

Canadian media companies want mergers judged on a case-by-case basis.

Jul 18, 2007 — Yukon News

I can boycott China, but not necessarily CBC by Juliann Fraser

Op-ed writer says CBC has a responsibility to highlight human rights issues as part of its 2008 Olympic Games coverage in Beijing.

Jul 18, 2007 — Le Devoir

En bref - L'APFC interpelle le CRTC

The Alliance of Francophone Producers has expressed concern to the CRTC that the proposed changes to the financing policies of the Canadian Television Fund run contrary to Canadian broadcasting policy.

Jul 18, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Journalists silenced in Russia's shaky democracy by Jane Armstrong

A U.S. press watchdog says 13 members of the Russian news media have been killed in the past decade.

Jul 18, 2007 — Warren Communications News

Google, Sling: Threatening New Technologies Will Enrich TV Industry

Google and Sling Media executives say the Internet will give new life to the television industry.

Jul 17, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Despite recent surge, XM CEO unhappy by Grant Robertson

Shares in the operator of XM Canada are sitting at roughly a third of its initial public offering price.

Jul 17, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Progress seen on Internet radio talks by Seth Sutel

Columnist says Internet radio broadcasters and the music industry are closer to resolving a dispute over higher royalty fees for streaming music online.

Jul 16, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

More than 1,000 Canadians tell CRTC to stop big media

Organization says more than 1,000 Canadians have written the CRTC asking for policies to limit concentration and cross-ownership in the media.

Jul 16, 2007 — The Tyee

Canadians Want Media Choice by Steve Anderson

The co-ordinator of Canadians for Democratic Media encourages citizens to speak out on media concentration.

Jul 16, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Nitro explodes at the box office by Matthew Hays

A Canadian movie has been beating U.S. summer blockbusters in Quebec, but some critics worry that commercial appeal comes at a high cultural cost.

Jul 16, 2007 — Toronto Star

Media diversity hearings are long overdue by Michael Geist

Michael Geist says the CRTC should consider the issue of Internet network neutrality as part of its diversity of voices hearings, so that large media companies are not able to prioritize their own content over diverse, third-party offerings.

Jul 15, 2007 — Geist

The Self-Destruction of the CBC by Ira Wagman

Columnist says CBC must concentrate on its core competencies - earnest programming for people who find information entertaining - to make itself relevant to Canadians again.

Jul 14, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Confident Shaw boosts payout again by Roma Luciw

Shaw Communications is increasing shareholder dividends by $43-million to $285-million in its third quarter.

Jul 14, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Joost's old-school approach to online TV content by Mathew Ingram

Columnist says the challenge for Internet start-up, Joost, is to balance content provider's copyright and licensing concerns with the features and functionality expected by online video audiences.

Jul 14, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Black faces up to 20 years in prison by Paul Waldie, Tara Perkins and Colin Freeze

Conrad Black, the former Canadian media baron, has been convicted of obstruction of justice and fraud.

Jul 14, 2007 — Toronto Star

New media era challenges CRTC by Kelly Toughill

Article says the next few months will see the CRTC tackle big issues such as foreign ownership, media concentration and Canadian content.

Jul 13, 2007 — Regina Leader-Post

CanWest Revenues increase 7% by Bruce Johnstone

CanWest says its revenues increased seven per cent to $738 million in the third quarter, largely on the strength of its Canadian publishing and Australian TV operations.

Jul 13, 2007 — CBC Inside Media Blog

My parting shot as I leave the building by Tony Burman

Outgoing head of CBC news comments on journalistic standards in the search for new audiences, funding for the public broadcaster and his pride in CBC Newsworld.

Jul 13, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Asper defends move to retain Aussie TV by Grant Robertson

CanWest shares have fallen 10 per cent since announcing the decision not to sell its Australian TV network.

Jul 13, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Affluent Astral open to new media deals by Grant Robertson

Astral's chief executive officer says his company is open to more media acquisitions after spending more than $1-billion to buy Standard Broadcasting.

Jul 13, 2007 — Washington Post

Shaken Internet Radio Stations Face Specter of New Fees Sunday by Kendra Marr

The U.S. Copyright Royalty Board has decided to almost triple royalty rates imposed on Internet radio providers by 2010 and charge an annual $500 fee per station or channel.

Jul 12, 2007 —

Former Bell CEO to spearhead competition policy review

Article says a new government-created panel will review Canada's competition and foreign investment policies to ensure that they are encouraging foreign investment.

Jul 12, 2007 — Mediacaster Magazine

CBC Offers $25K Online Content Development Deal

A new CBC contest will see digital filmmakers compete for a development deal worth up to $25,000 to create a new online entertainment series.

Jul 12, 2007 — Edmonton Journal

Little Mosque wins TV awards by Martha Worboy

CBC's Little Mosque on the Prairie has won the best television series and best writing prizes at an international television festival in Rome.

Jul 11, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Dion's gamble on culture by Val Ross

Stéphane Dion says a Liberal government would reverse the Conservative government's $11.8-million cut to cultural diplomacy, and add another $11-million to promote and tour Canadian artists abroad.

Jul 11, 2007 — Ottawa Business Journal

Revenues up for broadcast distribution companies: CRTC by Krystle Chow

A CRTC report shows strong revenue gains for Canada's cable and satellite companies in 2006.

Jul 11, 2007 — Vue Weekly

Putting the C Back in CBC by Ian Morrison

Ian Morrison echoes Knowlton Nash, former anchor of CBC's The National, on the challenges confronting the CBC.

Jul 11, 2007 — The Guardian

BBC pledges revolution to tackle digital challenge by Owen Gibson

The BBC's director general has promised to "revolutionise" Britain's public broadcaster, making it less arrogant, more open and more efficient in an effort to maintain its relevance in a world of Facebook and YouTube.

Jul 11, 2007 — National Post

Copyright reform is needed now by Glenn O'Farrell

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters calls on the government to address the problems surrounding "an increasingly complex and fragmented copyright regime".

Jul 11, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Corus wants lockout kept on U.S. cable channels by Grant Robertson

Corus chief executive officer John Cassaday plans to argue against lifting restrictions on U.S. cable channels when CRTC hearings are held on rules governing specialty channels in January.

Jul 11, 2007 — Toronto Star

Corus expects little direct impact as Rogers absorbs Citytv stations by David Friend

The chief executive of Corus Entertainment has hinted that the company is looking for an alliance with a major Canadian broadcaster to boost profits for its television stations.

Jul 10, 2007 — National Post

Wireless costs block iPhone's entry in Canada by Peter Nowak

An industry expert says high data rates charged by Rogers Communications - caused by a lack of competition in Canada's wireless industry - is the main reason why Canadians don't yet have the Apple iPhone.

Jul 10, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

EU seeking mobile TV solidarity by Leo Cendrowicz

In attempt to kick-start the mobile television industry, the European Commission is mandating common broadcasting standards.

Jul 10, 2007 — Playback

Cable and satellites coming under review by Sean Davidson

The CRTC says it will review rules for cable and satellite broadcasters including genre exclusivity, non-Canadian satellite services and ad time limits on specialty, pay and VOD outlets.

Jul 10, 2007 — Playback

Twin stick not a problem for Rogers by Marise Strauss

Rogers Media is optimistic that its plans to buy a multicultural channel in Vancouver will be approved by the CRTC, despite its pending purchase of CityTV Vancouver.

Jul 10, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Broadcaster named Ontario Lieutenant-Governor

David Onley, a long-time reporter, anchor and host of CITY-TV in Toronto, will be the next lieutenant-governor of Ontario.

Jul 10, 2007 — Toronto Star

Sikh group sues CBC over documentary by Melissa Juergensen

The World Sikh Organization has launched a lawsuit alleging a CBC documentary examining the issue of Sikh extremism has damaged the community's reputation.

Jul 10, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Corus Entertainment profit rises

Corus says its third-quarter profit increased to $29.6-million from $23.2-million a year-earlier, led by growth from its broadcasting businesses.

Jul 10, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC hit with first-time penalty by Mimi Turner

Britain's media regulator has fined the BBC £50,000 for faking the results of a phone-in competition on children's television program.

Jul 9, 2007 — Maclean's

Where's the Web Video Gold Rush? by Colin Campbell

Columnist says advertisers have been reluctant to place ads online because they are more comfortable with traditional and predictable mediums such as television.

Jul 9, 2007 — Globe & Mail

What's sending a shiver through Canadian TV writers, actors by John Doyle

Article says that proposed rule changes for the Canadian Television Fund would permit funded productions to be made without a Canadian in the key roles of a director, writer, or lead performer.

Jul 9, 2007 — Daily Telegraph

Neutral BBC tells Ross to make carbon omissions by Andrew Byatt

Columnist says that in an attempt to stay neutral, BBC executives ordered on-air talent to remind viewers of the Live Earth concert that climate change may not be caused by human activity.

Jul 7, 2007 — Sault Saint Marie Star

Media-ownership submissions to CRTC sought

NDP heritage critic Charlie Angus is urging citizens to register their concerns over the concentration of the Canadian media industry.

Jul 7, 2007 — Vancouver Sun

Rogers buys Channel M by Marke Andrews

Rogers bid to purchase a multicultural television station in Vancouver must be approved by the CRTC.

Jul 7, 2007 — National Post

CRTC to focus on control in CanWest deal by Paul Vieira

CRTC says hearings on CanWest's proposed acquisition of Alliance Atlantis will focus on how the merger would impact the broadcasting landscape and whether assets will remain under Canadian control.

Jul 6, 2007 —

Commission leaning towards BDU, specialty de-reg by Greg O'Brien

Editorial says the CRTC notice announcing a policy review for Cable and Satellite TV providers hints at a preference for deregulation.

Jul 6, 2007 — Playback

Producers fret as CBC takes over Documentary Channel by Susan Tolusso

Canadian Documentary producers are concerned of the creative and financial implications of CBC's takeover of the Documentary Channel.

Jul 6, 2007 — National Post

CRTC to mull choice in cable TV viewing by Paul Vieira

Columnist says the CRTC may allow cable subscribers to pick and choose whatever channels they want for their TV-viewing package.

Jul 6, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CRTC to launch TV review by Catherine McLean

Canada's federal communications regulator will study the rules governing cable and satellite companies and the specialty and pay-TV industry.

Jul 6, 2007 — Toronto Star

A farewell tailor-made for CBC's 'malcontenti' by Joe Fiorito

Damiano Pietropaolo, former head of arts and entertainment at CBC Radio, has retired.

Jul 5, 2007 — Georgia Straight

Gorilla media by Charlie Smith

FRIENDS says the biggest issue with the proposed CanWest bid for Alliance Atlantis is CanWest's claim that it is keeping effective ownership and control in Canadian hands when 85 percent of the equity is coming from a New York merchant bank.

Jul 5, 2007 — Decima Reports

Broadcasters, BDUs and regulators, don't forget your Jim exercises by Kurt Eby

Case study describes how changing media consumption habits relate to Canada's broadcast regulatory system.

Jul 5, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

As TV shows go online, networks try to adapt ads by Alana Semuels

Columnist says that with the computer replacing the television for a growing number of people, advertisers are replacing the 30-second TV spot with online quizzes and games.

Jul 5, 2007 —

Commission will look at regulating new media by Greg O'Brien

A new CRTC study will examine the impacts that the unregulated aspects of the new media/multiplatform universe will have on Canadian media.

Jul 5, 2007 —

CBC's Lafrance to receive top French honour

France's Legion of Honour, the highest of that country's national orders, is being conferred on Radio-Canada's executive vice-president Sylvain Lafrance.

Jul 5, 2007 — Montreal Gazette

Investors vote to take CanWest fund private

Investors have voted to approve CanWest Global's privatization of its newspaper income trust.

Jul 5, 2007 — Christian Science Monitor

Can media fairness be mandated? by Dante Chinni

Politically influenced media coverage is making some U.S. lawmakers talk about reviving the 'Fairness Doctrine' - a set of rules designed to ensure broadcast outlets provide balanced reporting.

Jul 5, 2007 — London Times

Ofcom may give all-clear for politically biased news by Dan Sabbagh

Britain's broadcast regulator says it may allow commercial broadcasters to produce politically slanted news programmes.

Jul 4, 2007 — Playback

CRTC selling out, say writers by Marise Strauss

The Writers Guild of Canada says the CRTC's recommendations for the Canadian Television Fund sell out Canadian talent to "placate Shaw and Videotron."

Jul 4, 2007 — Statistics Canada

Television Broadcasting Industries 2006

Report says revenues for the Canadian television broadcasting industry reached slightly more than $6 billion in 2006.

Jul 4, 2007 —

Conventional TV profits plummet; margin at lowest level in three decades

StatsCan data show profits before interest and taxes for private conventional television fell 62.5% from $242.7 million in 2005 to $90.9 million in 2006.

Jul 4, 2007 — The Tea Makers

Information wants to be free by Ouimet

Blog post comments on the inner workings of the CBC, including staff concerns over access to information requests.

Jul 4, 2007 — Playback

CTF changes dangerous, says ACTRA by Sean Davidson

Actors' union warns that the proposed changes to the Canadian Television Fund could lead to fewer key jobs for Canadians.

Jul 4, 2007 — Globe & Mail

TV revenues top $6-billion as viewers tune in by Roma Leciw

Statistics Canada says pay-per-view television, video-on-demand, specialty channels, and a return of NHL hockey contributed to an 8.2 per cent increase in revenue for Canadian television broadcasters in 2006.

Jul 3, 2007 — The Tyee

How Black and Asper Plotted to Control Canadian News Biz by Marc Edge

Conrad Black's fraud trial in Chicago has provided a glimpse into his back room dealings with CanWest's Izzy Asper.

Jul 3, 2007 — Washington Post

HD Radio Grabs the Ear of Satellite Rivals by Sam Diaz

Columnist says emerging high-definition radio technology is becoming a competitor to satellite radio.

Jul 2, 2007 — New York Times

Carlyle Group In Discussions To Acquire Virgin Media by Michael J. de la Merced and Julia Werdigier

Article says The Carlyle Group is in discussions with Virgin Media over a potential takeover bid worth approximately $20 billion.

Jul 2, 2007 — Business Week Online

Webcasters' Plea Falls on Deaf Ears by Olga Kharif

The U.S. Congress has refused to intervene in a dispute between Internet radio broadcasters and the music industry over royalty fees.

Jul 2, 2007 — Toronto Star

Our cultural policy is offline for Internet by Michael Geist

Michael Geist says the emergence of new media is rendering many Canadian content regulations irrelevant.

Jun 30, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Teachers nears victory in battle for BCE by Sinclair Stewart

Columnist says the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board is on the verge of winning a contentious auction for BCE Inc.

Jun 30, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Popularity should push CTF grants: CRTC by Steven Chase

A CRTC task force has recommended an increase in the minimum fee that broadcasters pay to producers of any programming supported by the Canadian Television Fund.

Jun 29, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Campaign to focus media concentration awareness by Guy Dixon

A campaign called Canadians for Democratic Media has launched to highlight media consolidation issues in Canada and generate support for public and grassroots media.

Jun 29, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Rogers offers to sell two stations by Grant Robertson

Rogers has told the CRTC that it will sell OMNI stations in Vancouver and Winnipeg in an effort to clear the way for its $375-million purchase of the CITY-TV network.

Jun 29, 2007 — Vancouver Sun

CTV's Robertson still in hot seat by Alex Strachan

Lloyd Robertson reflects on 30 years as the anchor of CTV's National News.

Jun 29, 2007 — Toronto Star

Cable giants can't pull out of co-operative TV fund: Report by Julian Beltrame

A CRTC task force recommends that the CTF be separated into two streams – one supported by Ottawa that would go into "culturally significant" programming, and one supported by the cable and satellite companies that would produce more commercial fare.

Jun 29, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Shaw renews threat to pull CTF cash by Grant Robertson

Jim Shaw Jr. is again threatening to pull his company's support of the $265-million Canadian Television Fund.

Jun 29, 2007 — CRTC

The Task Force releases its report on the Canadian Television Fund

The CRTC has made recommendations to improve funding of Canadian programs, increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the CTF, and enhance the participation of funders such as cable companies.

Jun 29, 2007 — Montreal Gazette

CBC set foreign-content record in prime time: group by Mike de Souza

FRIENDS reveals that on CBC TV from June 18 to 24, 9.5 out of 28 hours in prime-time were taken up by foreign shows.

Jun 29, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Watchdog criticizes CBC over foreign programming by Tim Naumetz

FRIENDS research shows the highest level of foreign programming ever for CBC English television.

Jun 28, 2007 — Broadcaster Magazine

CTV Completes Multi-Platform Deal with Comedy Central

New deal allows CTV to distribute content from Viacom-owned, Comedy Central across platforms such as TV, broadband, video-on-demand and mobile.

Jun 28, 2007 — National Post

CRTC studies impact of new media by Paul Vieira

CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein says Ottawa needs to ensure Canadian content is widely available amid the growing popularity of new media platforms that are exempt from government regulation.

Jun 27, 2007 — The Tyee

News Quality's Big Slide by Tom Barrett

A new study suggests that unionized journalists in Canada believe that their bosses put profits before good journalism.

Jun 27, 2007 — The Tyee

CanWest Targets Ethnic Readers, Produces Gibberish by Bryan Zandberg

Columnist says that CanWest wants to tap into Canada's thriving ethnic media readership, but new automated 'instant translation' of newspapers yields instant frustration.

Jun 27, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Oda's words welcomed by film and TV players by Gayle MacDonald

Federal Heritage Minister Bev Oda promises to ensure American owners of Motion Picture Distribution and ThinkFilm abide by foreign-policy rules.

Jun 27, 2007 — Los Angeles Times

Effort to regulate TV violence is renewed by Jim Puzzanghera

U.S. Senator plans to introduce new legislation regulating "indecent, violent and profane content" on broadcast, cable and satellite TV.

Jun 27, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Latecomer Telus hangs up on Bell Canada bid

Telus decides not to bid for BCE leaving offers from three private-equity groups.

Jun 26, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Minister Oda signs deal for museum intern funding by James Adams

Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda has signed an agreement with the Canadian Museums Association for a $5-million program to help small museums hire summer interns.

Jun 26, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Golden age of radio? Not any more by Tenille Bonoguore

A survey of Canadians' radio listening habits reveals that young people are increasingly opting for music downloads and the Internet, and that radio audiences are down in all regions of Canada except the Maritimes.

Jun 25, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CanWest Stock Downgraded by Leonard Zehr

Investment analyst sites lack of certainty with respect to its Goldman Sachs deal and poor performance of its television assets as reasons to stay away from CanWest stock.

Jun 25, 2007 — Globe & Mail

'Belus' favoured over U.S. takeover by Catherine McLean

Poll reveals that nearly half of Canadians don't believe Ottawa should approve a merger between BCE and Telus.

Jun 25, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Film library at centre of sale by Gayle MacDonald

Critics say U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs is set to reap the benefits of a content library in which Canadians have invested $2.5-billion.

Jun 24, 2007 — Sun Media

Copps: CBC chief may have left before he was ready by Sheila Copps

Former Heritage Minister speculates Tony Burman was pushed out of the top job at CBC news, and that the continuing quest for audience will dominate CBC programming choices.

Jun 23, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CITY-TV sale avoided CRTC battle for CTVglobemedia by Grant Robertson

CTVglobemedia reveals that the CRTC told the company it would be in for a lengthy battle if the forced sale of CityTV was challenged.

Jun 22, 2007 — Playback

CBC takes Documentary Channel by Sean Davidson

The CRTC has approved a change of ownership at The Canadian Documentary Channel, passing control to CBC.

Jun 22, 2007 — Playback

Switzer says good-bye to CHUM by Etan Vlessing

After 24 years with the broadcaster, Jay Switzer will step down as president and CEO of CHUM once new owners, CTVglobemedia, take over in July.

Jun 22, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CRTC sets terms for Astral deal hearing by Grant Robertson

The CRTC hearing for Astral Media's proposed takeover of Standard Broadcasting will take place at the same time as the hearing for CanWest Global and U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs' bid for Alliance Atlantis.

Jun 22, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Majority shareholder puts Score on the block by Grant Robertson

Columnist says a flurry of recent broadcast deals has convinced the owner of Canada's third largest sports network to put The Score up for sale.

Jun 22, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa takes hands-off approach to merger by Steven Chase and Brian Laghi

Article says the Harper government has signaled it will leave ultimate approval of a possible Telus takeover of BCE to the Competition Bureau and the CRTC.

Jun 22, 2007 — Vancouver Sun

'Pillar on which CanWest Global was founded' by Melissa Leong

Peter Liba, Manitoba's former lieutenant-governor and a founding member of CanWest Global Communications, has passed away.

Jun 21, 2007 —

Canadian entertainment market to hit US$47 billion by 2011: PwC

A report forecasts a consistent 5.6% annual growth rate between now and 2011 for the Canadian entertainment and media market.

Jun 21, 2007 — The Tyee

Is CBC's New Populism Perverted? by Elaine Corden

Columnist says that while the CBC might be on the forefront of creating interactive content in hopes of attracting new listeners and viewers, they've yet to work out all the kinks.

Jun 21, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Tony Burman's legacy by Richard Stursberg

CBC TV's executive vice-president of English television claims the presence of news on the public broadcaster has actually grown.

Jun 21, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Goodbye Tony Burman, hello CBC lite by John Doyle

Columnist says Tony Burman's departure as the head of CBC news comes at a time when senior management is intensely interested in better viewing numbers and lighter fare in both prime-time programming and news coverage.

Jun 21, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CBC sells series rights to settle Giant headache by Val Ross

After canceling a scheduled rebroadcast and suspending DVD sales, CBC has now sold the rights to Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story.

Jun 21, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Potential merger now Ottawa's problem by Andrew Willis

Columnist says killing a Telus/BCE merger might win the Conservatives votes, but would leave Mr. Harper open to criticism over his heavy-handed intrusion into markets.

Jun 21, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Telus-BCE union would be 'an all-Canadian solution': Entwistle

Article says a merger between Telus and BCE would create a company worth more than $50-billion that would dominate the land-line telephone and cellphone markets across most of the country.

Jun 20, 2007 — Toronto Star

Burman signs off from CBC News by Rita Trichur

Columnist questions whether Tony Burman's departure from the top journalism job at CBC signals a change in how the public broadcaster covers news.

Jun 20, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Tony Burman resigns from top editor's job by Michael Posner

Columnist says CBC Television has been pouring increasing resources into "infotainment" programming at the perceived expense of news and current affairs portfolios.

Jun 20, 2007 — National Post

What will CanWest do with extra cash? by Barbara Shecter

An industry analyst suggests CanWest might need to boost its stake in Alliance Atlantis to 56% from 29% to allay foreign ownership concerns.

Jun 20, 2007 — National Post

CBC news guru set to sign off by Allison Hanes

FRIENDS says CBC's top news editor had to cope with poor decisions from top management such as chopping regional newscasts in half in 2000.

Jun 20, 2007 — Toronto Star

Tony Burman to leave CBC news by Lee-Anne Goodman

FRIENDS says Tony Burman was the most senior protector of the independence of the radio and television news service from political interference from the senior management at CBC.

Jun 20, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CanWest's BCE bid looking thin by Boyd Erman

Blog post questions whether CanWest Global's decision not to sell its Australian television network will give the company sufficient resources to participate in a bid for BCE.

Jun 19, 2007 — Playback

Technorati puts power into by Jesse Kohl

CBC's partnership with blog search giant Technorati follows a redesign and the launch of several new features at

Jun 19, 2007 — Playback

Burman exits CBC by Etan Vlessing

Tony Burman's resignation as editor in chief of CBC News, Current Affairs and Newsworld is the latest departure from the CBC executive suite.

Jun 19, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Goldman eyes buyout of Alliance division by Grant Robertson

Goldman Sachs has offered to buy out other parties in Alliance Atlantis' movie distribution arm, but investors say they are being lowballed.

Jun 19, 2007 — National Post

Canwest Global to Take Control of Ten Network by Barbara Shecter

CanWest Global says it plans to take control of its Australian subsidiary after reports that a six-month auction failed to find a buyer at an acceptable price.

Jun 16, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Festivals accuse Ottawa of foot-dragging by Val Ross

Festival organizers say they are suffering because the government hasn't outlined rules to apply for new funding announced in the last budget.

Jun 15, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Rogers targets the masses by Grant Robertson

Columnist outlines Rogers Communications' plan to become a major player in Canadian television.

Jun 15, 2007 — AlterNet

New Study Finds Abysmally Few Minority and Women-Owned Radio Stations by Kristal Brent Zook

A report on U.S. broadcast television ownership has found that women own 5% of the 1,400 commercial broadcast television stations in America, and people of color own just 3.6%.

Jun 15, 2007 — National Post

Quebec Minister fights CBC firing by Phil Couvrette

Quebec Culture and Communications Minister Christine St-Pierre is contesting her firing from Radio-Canada after she was elected as a Liberal member of the National Assembly.

Jun 14, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa widens spectrum for satellite services by Catherine McLean

Columnist says Industry Canada has increased competition for Telesat Canada by issuing more than half of 12 new licences for satellite airwave spectrum to new market entrants.

Jun 14, 2007 — Barrie Examiner

CBC Barrie would be OK

Editorial says Barrie should welcome CBC Radio's interest in establishing a new station in the community.

Jun 14, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Mind your own affairs, war museum boss tells senators by Paul Gessell

Victor Rabinovitch, president of the Canadian Museum of Civilization and brother of the head of the CBC, says politicians should not tell cultural institutions how to conduct their business.

Jun 14, 2007 — National Post

CRTC boss urges new Act for changing landscape by Paul Vieira

The head of CRTC says Ottawa should consider merging the laws that govern broadcasting and telecommunications because technology is rapidly bringing the two sectors together.

Jun 14, 2007 — Associated Press

Recording artists group seeks radio airplay pay for performers by Alex Veiga

A coalition of U.S. recording artists, music companies and recording industry groups are attempting to persuade Congress to grant performers compensation when their music is broadcast by radio stations.

Jun 14, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

New media meets old at Banff fest by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says New Media has dominated the conversation at this year's Banff World Television Festival.

Jun 13, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Deals pouring in as Banff winds down by Etan Vlessing

Article profiles a number of deals involving Canadian television shows being made at the Banff World Television Festival.

Jun 13, 2007 — Mediacaster Magazine

CTF Names New Board Members

Article provides highlights of the Canadian Television Fund Stakeholders Report 2007.

Jun 13, 2007 — Playback

CTF committed to transparency by Marise Strauss

The Canadian Television Fund releases a report stating that in 2006/07 revenues totaled $273.5 million and 509 projects received funding.

Jun 13, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CTV expected to rebrand A Channel by Grant Robertson

The A-Channel network, a collection of seven small television stations, is expected to be given a makeover as its new owner, CTVglobemedia, looks to revitalize the struggling broadcaster.

Jun 13, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Ottawa's A-Channel seen as next prize in TV war by Vito Pilieci

FRIENDS says Ottawa's A-Channel may be sold to Rogers in the next few months.

Jun 13, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Blair calls British media 'feral beast' by Mimi Turner

Prime Minister Tony Blair has attacked Britain's print and broadcast journalism for lack of balance, sensationalism and search for "venal" sins in public life.

Jun 12, 2007 — PoliticsWatch

CBC not yet for sale under Harper Tories by Romeo St. Martin

Article says there is growing disappointment and frustration among Conservatives with the Harper government putting a decision on the future of the CBC on hold.

Jun 12, 2007 — Playback

No plans to change Citytv brand, says Rogers by Marise Strauss

FRIENDS says the company may eventually want to add the "Rogers" brand to the CityTV stations.

Jun 12, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

Rogers deal needs an umpire: Union

CEP says Canada's big media corporations are now in the position of choosing their competitors behind closed doors.

Jun 12, 2007 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

Rogers to buy 5 Citytv channels instead of A-Channel chain

Rogers agrees to buy the five Citytv television stations CTVglobemedia was ordered to sell in a deal valued at approximately $375 million.

Jun 12, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Rogers buys Citytv stations by Ryan Flinn

Article says $375 million deal will increase Rogers' TV presence in Canada's largest markets.

Jun 12, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CRTC head says no backsliding on rules by Grant Robertson

Columnist says the CTVglobemedia/CHUM decision shows that CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein will not bend the rules on media concentration.

Jun 12, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Joost acting like a TV network by Grant Robertson

TV website Joost seeks to land legitimate content deals with major networks to move Web TV into the mainstream.

Jun 12, 2007 — Barrie Examiner

CBC plan causing static by Bob Bruton

A Barrie, Ontario city councillor is concerned a new CBC radio station could cut into the audience of privately owned/operated stations currently servicing the city.

Jun 12, 2007 — Playback

CBC invests in Prime Time by Marise Strauss

Article says CBC Television will contribute $600,000 over three years to the Canadian Film Centre's training program for emerging TV talent.

Jun 11, 2007 — Winnipeg Free Press

TV ratings aside, Canadians value rural life, stories by Bill Redekop

Columnist says that despite CBC cancelling Country Canada and On The Road Again Canadians still care about rural matters.

Jun 11, 2007 —

Commission Chair to broadcasters: "We need more resources" by Greg O'Brien

CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein tells delegates at the Banff International Television Festival that the broadcast regulator needs more resources.

Jun 11, 2007 — CBC News

CBC applies for expanded P.E.I. coverage

The CBC has applied to the CRTC for a license to extend its radio coverage across the eastern tip of P.E.I.

Jun 11, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Tories eye revamp of takeover rules by Steven Chase

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says Ottawa must be wary of corporate takeovers by foreign companies beholden to another government's agenda.

Jun 11, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Shot clock starts on XM-Sirius merger by John Dunbar

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is seeking comment on the proposed merger of licensees Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio.

Jun 11, 2007 — Globe & Mail

New TV universe, old CRTC rules

Editorial claims that the old CRTC rules have been bypassed by the modern reality of the Canadian media business.

Jun 11, 2007 — Edmonton Journal

TV industry desperately seeks next big hit to boost languid ratings by Alexandra Burroughs

Columnist says that with expensive new formats, Internet viewing and fragmented audiences, television comedy has undergone a nearly complete transformation in the past few years.

Jun 11, 2007 — Toronto Star

Behind-scenes action set stage for camcording bill by Michael Geist

Michael Geist says draft legislation written by the Canadian Motion Pictures Distributors Association likely served as the basis for what is now the government's proposed movie piracy bill.

Jun 11, 2007 — London Times

Musharraf backs down over curbs on media by Zahid Hussain in Islamabad

Article says that after a week of nationwide mass protests and criticism from the international community, President Musharraf of Pakistan has withdrawn proposed curbs on media coverage of opposition protests.

Jun 11, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Summer of intrigue begins to heat up by Deirdre McMurdy

Columnist says Canada's media industry is entering into a period of business intrigue, speculation and gossip.

Jun 11, 2007 — Maclean's

It's so unhistorical it's hysterical by Jaime J. Weinman

Columnist says History TV, Canada's history-oriented cable channel, is violating its programming mission by airing CSI: NY.

Jun 10, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa announces $29-million renewal of New Media Fund

The federal government has announced it will spend $29-million over the next two years to renew a program aimed at helping the development of Canadian new media products.

Jun 9, 2007 — National Post

CRTC slaps down bid to sell allocated time by John Greenwood

The CRTC has upheld rules that say two minutes for every hour of television programming must be used to promote Canadian cable programming.

Jun 9, 2007 — National Post

Saving CBC with yellow stickies by Craig Offman

Article details how under executive programming director Kristine Layfield, CBC TV is increasingly leaning on outside media consultants to polish its news programs and nurture new personalities.

Jun 9, 2007 — Barrie Examiner

CBC tuning in to Barrie? by Bob Bruton

Columnist says Barrie, Ontario is one of 15 communities across Canada that could get its own CBC Radio station.

Jun 9, 2007 — Toronto Star

Diversity in TV ownership protected, at least for now by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist says future media merger decisions should be postponed until CRTC hearings on media consolidation and diversity, set for September, provide a framework.

Jun 8, 2007 — Decima Reports

Friends' plea does not fall on deaf ears; CTV gets CHUM, not CityTV by Kurt Eby

Columnist notes the CRTC took the direction recommended by FRIENDS in their CTVglobemedia/CHUM decision.

Jun 8, 2007 — Playback

Drop Citytvs, keep A-Channels, says CRTC by Patricia Bailey

FRIENDS applauds the CRTC decision requiring CTVglobemedia to sell CHUM's CityTV stations but allowing them to keep its A-Channel stations.

Jun 8, 2007 — National Post

CityTV bidding war looms by Paul Vieira

Columnist says Quebecor and Rogers could find themselves in a bidding war for CHUM's CityTV stations.

Jun 8, 2007 — Canadian Press

CTV told to sell off five Citytv stations by Julian Beltrame

FRIENDS says the CRTC "did its job" by making the approval of the CTVglobemedia/CHUM deal conditional on the sale of the Citytv stations.

Jun 8, 2007 — Broadcaster

CRTC Got It Right - Friends of Canadian Broadcasting

FRIENDS says the CRTC's CTVglobemedia/CHUM decision ensures that three private-sector national television networks, rather than two, will operate in English-speaking Canada.

Jun 8, 2007 — Media in Canada

CRTC to CGM: yes and no by Terry Poulton

CRTC chair says the broadcast regulator's CTVglobemedia/CHUM decision was based on the policy of "maintaining diversity of voices within the Canadian broadcasting system."

Jun 8, 2007 — CBC News

CRTC tells CTVglobemedia to sell 5 Citytv stations

FRIENDS says CRTC decision is good for viewers, advertisers and competition and diversity in the Canadian broadcasting system.

Jun 8, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CHUM purchase approved, CITY stations must be sold by Grant Robertson

Columnist says the CRTC decision will lead to the collapse of a deal CTV struck to sell A-Channel stations to Rogers Communications.

Jun 8, 2007 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

CBC Ratings Down 18 per cent from 2006

Article says CBC's coverage of the Stanley Cup final averaged 2.502 million viewers, an 18-per-cent dip from last year.

Jun 8, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Upstart CSR loses key executive by Grant Robertson

Canadian Satellite Radio, which operates XM Canada, says president and chief operating officer Stephen Tapp will be stepping down.

Jun 8, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CBC Radio One unveils slate of summer shows by Guy Dixon

Barenaked Ladies' Steven Page, Brian Goldman and Ian Hanomansing have new shows as part of CBC Radio One's summer lineup.

Jun 8, 2007 — CRTC

The CRTC approves the CTVglobemedia Inc. purchase of CHUM Ltd., excluding five CityTV stations

The CRTC has not approved the transfer of five CityTV stations in Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver to CTVglobemedia.

Jun 7, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Nielsen to measure mobile phone media use

Audience measurement firm says it will begin tracking media consumption over mobile phones under a new service called Nielsen Wireless.

Jun 7, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

CanWest unveils fall lineup, takes on CTV by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says CanWest MediaWorks has chosen to schedule much of its required Canadian programming midseason to fill in slots left vacant by canceled U.S. series.

Jun 7, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Osprey sale throws spotlight on FP by Grant Robertson

Columnist says that eyes are on FP Newspapers Income Fund as the next potential takeover target in the Canadian newspaper sector.

Jun 7, 2007 — New York Times

Converters Signal a New Era for TVs by Jacques Steinberg

Columnist says that without the purchase of a digital-ready television or a signal converter, nearly 20 million homes in the U.S. will lose over-the-air television transmission on Feb. 17, 2009.

Jun 7, 2007 — Toronto Star

Global's fall launch marred by protest by Jim Bawden

Canadian actors advocate for more Canadian programming at CanWest MediaWorks' fall TV preview event.

Jun 7, 2007 — Variety

CanWest webs take youthful turn by Tamsen Tillson

CanWest MediaWorks has presented a fall TV line-up for Global Television and the newly rebranded E! network loaded with U.S. programming.

Jun 7, 2007 — Globe & Mail

ACTRA protests decline of Canadian content

Video of Canadian actors Gordon Pinsent, Colin Mochrie, Wendy Crewson among those marching at Global's fall television lineup announcement.

Jun 7, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Kevin Newman to anchor Global National from Ottawa by Martha Worboy

Global National, Canada's most-watched national newscast, to be broadcast from new, high-tech digs near Parliament Hill.

Jun 6, 2007 — Playback

Nine caucus named to Hall of Fame by Suzan Ayscough

Norman Jewison and Moses Znaimer are among those inducted into the first annual Canadian Film and Television Hall of Fame.

Jun 6, 2007 — Playback

Global launch marred by ACTRA protest by Marise Strauss

Actors says domestic broadcasters spent 20% more on U.S. shows in 2006, and $12 million less on Canadian shows.

Jun 6, 2007 — Playback

Big TV changes ahead, says report

Report says the rise of online TV, new distribution technologies and changing revenue streams "are threatening an imminent collapse" of the broadcast system in Canada.

Jun 6, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Citytv offers three new dramas and a comedy by Alex Strachan

Columnist says little has changed in the fall lineup for CityTV and A-Channel because a proposed takeover bid from CTVglobemedia requires CRTC approval.

Jun 6, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Internet won't kill the TV star, but it could cause disruptions by Grant Robertson

A new report on the Canadian TV sector suggests the Internet and network television can coexist but traditional broadcasters will need to adapt their programming.

Jun 6, 2007 — Los Angeles Times

FCC is pressured on ownership rules by Jim Puzzanghera

A media policy group's study finds a lack of diversity in the ownership of radio station licenses in the U.S.

Jun 6, 2007 — National Post

CTV will help Madonna, Bon Jovi and the Beastie Boys save the planet

CTV to air Live Earth: The Concerts for a Climate in Crisis.

Jun 6, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

ACTRA protests skewed, all-American "Canadian TV"

ACTRTA members protest CTV and Global events promoting new American television programs.

Jun 5, 2007 — Toronto Star

CTV's fall schedule heavy on new dramas by Jim Bawden

CTV's fall 2007 television schedule to include seven new American shows.

Jun 5, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CBC/Radio-Canada Pension Trust Fund

Debra Alves has been appointed the Managing Director/CEO of the CBC Pension Fund.

Jun 5, 2007 — Globe & Mail

ACTRA to rally for more drama at Global launch by Guy Dixon

Actors and representatives of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists are planning a rally outside the CanWest Global presentation of its fall television lineup.

Jun 5, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CTF shoots back at Shaw by Grant Robertson

The chairman of the Canadian Television Fund suggests Jim Shaw Jr. is misinformed in his harsh criticism of the operation, which provides money to make domestic TV shows.

Jun 5, 2007 — Toronto Star

Let's not put up with this any longer by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist describes how the CRTC is becoming the target of a new media democracy movement.

Jun 5, 2007 — Associated Press

Musharraf Tightens Controls on Media by Stephen Graham

President Musharraf has amended Pakistani regulations governing the electronic media, including private television channels that the general has accused of anti-government bias.

Jun 5, 2007 — Washington Post

Broadcasters Win Appeal Of FCC's Profanity Ruling by Frank Ahrens

A U.S. appeals court has tossed out an indecency ruling against Fox television and questioned whether the Federal Communications Commission has the right to police the airwaves for offensive language.

Jun 5, 2007 — Halifax Daily News

American hits dominate CTV fall lineup by Lee-Anne Goodman

Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show tells CTV "You've done a great job there, airing all those American shows and taking credit for them."

Jun 5, 2007 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

KICX 106 goes to Rogers in a swap by Matt Walcoff

Larche Communications and Rogers are set to swap ownership of KICX 106 in Kitchener-Waterloo for CICX-FM in Orillia, Ontario.

Jun 4, 2007 — Playback

Shaw attacks CTF again by Patricia Bailey

Jim Shaw says the Canadian Television Fund board is seeking to consolidate power and shut out cable and satellite carriers.

Jun 4, 2007 — Playback

Cut creatives some slack on taxes, says MP by Marise Strauss

The NDP's Peggy Nash is calling on Ottawa to change its tax laws for cultural professionals.

Jun 4, 2007 — Playback

Oda and Bernier deliver anti-piracy bill by Norma Reveler

Proposed bill would make it a crime to camcord movies in theaters and send movie pirates to prison for up to five years.

Jun 4, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Ads and the CRTC

Editorial says individual television viewers, not government regulations, should decide how much advertising is acceptable.

Jun 4, 2007 — Globe & Mail

On the Web, TV's been a bottom-line blip by Grant Robertson

Columnist says little has been done to advance negotiations between Canadian and U.S. broadcasters for the digital rights to many American television shows.

Jun 4, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Shaw demands 'radical change' in CTF by Grant Robertson

Shaw Communications alleges Canadian Television Fund executives are pursuing "an aggressive and purposeful agenda" to tighten their grip on money used to fund domestic TV shows.

Jun 3, 2007 — New York Times

Thousands of Venezuelans Protest Chavez

Thousands of Venezuelans have protested a decision by President Hugo Chavez to pull the plug on an opposition-aligned TV station.

Jun 2, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CBC's best season in five years? Expert says no by Gayle MacDonald

Barry Kiefl, president of Canadian Media Research Inc., says in terms of overall audience, the 2006-2007 TV season was the worst in the public broadcaster's 55-year history.

Jun 1, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Quebecor acquires Osprey Media by Grant Robertson

Osprey Media Income Fund has been sold to Quebecor in a $517-million deal.

Jun 1, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CanWest sells stake in freebie Metro by Grant Robertson

CanWest Global is selling off its stake in one of the country's biggest free newspapers in Vancouver and Ottawa.

Jun 1, 2007 — Globe & Mail

If you're not yet on Facebook, the CBC has beat you to it by Ivor Tossell

CBC using the social networking website Facebook to compile a list of Canadians' fondest wishes to be featured on a Canada Day broadcast.

May 30, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CBC's 'new direction': more drama, reality TV by Gayle MacDonald

CBC executives claim that in 2006 CBC TV enjoyed its best prime-time season in five years with several shows pulling in one million weekly viewers.

May 30, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Reality shows dominate CBC's fall lineup by Alex Strachan

Venture, Country Canada, Jozi H, Rumours, 72 Hours, Hatching Matching Dispatching and the arts showcase Opening Night have all been cancelled.

May 30, 2007 —

Casgrain sees CBC as vehicle to foster democracy

CBC's new board chair says the public broadcaster needs stable long-term funding to operate effectively and that CBC TV shouldn't be totally free of advertising.

May 30, 2007 — National Post

CBC hoping the love will stay by Rob McKenzie

Network executives say CBC had its best primetime performance in five years this past season.

May 30, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

CBC reveals nine shows for fall by Etan Vlessing

CBC unveils its fall TV lineup including nine new homegrown series.

May 29, 2007 — CBC News

Keep in mind the competition in drafting CBC mandate: new chair

New CBC chair Timothy Casgrain says the consolidation of major private sector broadcasters in Canada puts CBC up against three very powerful competitors for television viewers.

May 29, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada b'casters gird for upfronts by Etan Vlessing

Canadian broadcasters are set to battle for domestic advertising dollars at competing 'upfront' events.

May 28, 2007 — Playback

Pierre DesRoches, 1932-2007

Pierre DesRoches, former executive director of Telefilm Canada, has passed away.

May 28, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Public opinion grows chilly on foreign takeovers by Steven Chase

Focus group report for Industry Canada discloses resistance to Conservative government enthusiasm for relaxing telecom ownership restrictions.

May 28, 2007 — Calgary Herald

What a wild year on TV by Paul J. Gough

Nielsen ratings show that prime-time television viewing dropped significantly this year compared with last season.

May 28, 2007 — Montreal Gazette

Opposition TV forced off the air by Brian Ellsworth and Christian Oliver

Article says Venezuelan troops have seized an anti-government television channel's broadcast equipment as part of a President Hugo Chavez plan to take the broadcaster off the air.

May 26, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Battle of the Network Executives by Gordon Pitts and Grant Robertson

Article says Canadian television network executives are banking on U.S. hit programs to fuel media takeover bids.

May 25, 2007 — Playback

Alliance purchase moves forward by Patricia Bailey

The public broadcast regulator has allowed Alliance Atlantis to split and form a separate, numbered company to hold properties – primarily its cable channels – whose sale are subject to CRTC regulation.

May 25, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

EU OKs broadcast rules overhaul by Leo Cendrowicz

An overhaul of European broadcasting law has been confirmed, paving the way for looser rules on advertising breaks, product placement and cross-border broadcasts.

May 25, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Sarkozy chum's TF1 post draws protest by Charles Masters

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been accused of wielding political power over the media after his former deputy campaign director was given a senior management post at a broadcast powerhouse.

May 25, 2007 — DBRS

DBRS Places CanWest MediaWorks Income Fund Under Review with Developing Implications

A stock rating agency has placed CanWest MediaWorks Income Fund under review following an announcement by the Fund’s parent that it intends to take the Fund, which owns many of Canada’s daily newspapers, private.

May 25, 2007 — Ipsos North America

Americans' Affection For The TV Remains Undeterred By Advancing Online Video Options

Study shows that among adults in the U.S. that actively stream and download video content, 11% of the video content they consume is viewed on a PC, while 75% is consumed on a television set.

May 25, 2007 — CBC News

Canadian TV artists lament big spending on U.S. programs

FRIENDS says Canadian private broadcasters enjoy a substantial amount of public funding every year that is intended to encourage more Canadian content.

May 25, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

CRTC Approvals Obtained in Connection With Alliance Atlantis' Plan of Arrangement

Trustee appointment for CanWest/Goldman Sachs takeover bid of Alliance Atlantis receives CRTC approval.

May 25, 2007 — engadget

Ins and Outs: Is buyshifting the future of television? by Jeremy Toeman

Columnist predicts consumers will make buyshifting – buying TV shows on-demand and á la carte from digital resellers – a vital component of TV watching in the future.

May 25, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CanWest buying back newspaper income trust by Grant Robertson

CanWest proposes to buy back the income trust that owns 10 daily newspapers including the Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Citizen and The Gazette of Montreal.

May 25, 2007 — Freepress

Telemundo Airs Drama Without Ads, But With Product Placement by David Goetzl

U.S. Spanish language TV channel to air a drama series with no commercials, just brand integration.

May 25, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CanWest's BCE involvement a snoop mission? by Grant Robertson

Analyst says CanWest Global's involvement in a bid for telecom giant BCE may be a ruse to peer into the books of one of its main media rivals.

May 25, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Summer festival organizers angry over stalled $30M sponsorship program by Mike De Souza

Hundreds of summer festivals say they are being shut out of a new $30-million federal sponsorship program that was suspended by Heritage Minister Bev Oda following accusations that it was a slush fund for Conservative MPs.

May 25, 2007 — Calgary Herald

Sirius CEO fears for XM takeover

Sirius Satellite Radio chief executive Mel Karmazin says the XM/Sirius merger faces an uphill battle because of strong opposition from the National Association of Broadcasters.

May 24, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada on shopping spree for U.S. dramas by Etan Vlessing

Canadian broadcasters capped off their Los Angeles Screenings by pulling out their wallets in a bid for potential 2007-08 primetime hits.

May 24, 2007 —

A 60-minute show on a 30-minute budget is

FRIENDS says the CBC's plan to expand its supper hour news programs from 30 to 60 minutes without increasing local news budgets is a bad idea.

May 24, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CanWest joins Cerberus run at BCE

Article says CanWest Global has signed up as a partner on a bid for BCE led by U.S. private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management.

May 24, 2007 — Globe & Mail

How pop has taken over the arts by Russell Smith

Columnist says the media is using the words "culture" and "art" to represent what was once referred to as "popular culture" and "entertainment".

May 24, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Laughter out, serious drama in at CanWest by Grant Robertson & Keith McArthur

CanWest Global has purchased thirteen U.S. dramas and one U.S. comedy for its new fall television lineup.

May 24, 2007 — Toronto Star

CBC in soup with Ducks by Chris Zelkovich

CBC executive admits that the network's focus on the Maple Leafs might not have helped Ottawa appeal to a national audience.

May 24, 2007 — Associated Press

Britain announces inquiry into BSkyB purchase of stake in terrestrial TV company

Britain's competition watchdog will carry out an inquiry into British Sky Broadcasting's controversial purchase of a significant stake in ITV.

May 23, 2007 — St John's International Women's Film Festival

Briefing to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage by Noreen Golfman, Ph.D.

FRIENDS' steering committee chair says the Canadian Heritage Committee should make it clear to CBC that regional programming is a priority and ensure that the public broadcaster is funded accordingly.

May 23, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CTV, Rogers score TV rights to NFL by Grant Robertson and Keith McArthur

Sources say CTV and Rogers will pay between $10-million and $15-million per season for the rights to broadcast National Football League games.

May 23, 2007 — Victoria Times Colonist

Knowledge Network gets a new life by Les Leyne

FRIENDS is encouraged by new legislation before the B.C. government to support the province's public television broadcaster.

May 22, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada b'casters derided for buying U.S. shows by Etan Vlessing

FRIENDS says Canadian private broadcasters spent $479 million on foreign dramas in 2006, while only spending $70.9 million on domestic dramas.

May 22, 2007 — Canoe Network

Media watchdog calls for more investment in CBC-TV regional programming

FRIENDS says CBC Television should invest more money in regional programming if it wants to stop the slide in its audience share, especially for supper-hour news shows.

May 22, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

International buyers laud American fare by Steve Brennan

Columnist says the globalization of U.S. television is more evident at this year's Los Angeles Screenings than ever before.

May 22, 2007 — Le Devoir

Le Banquier va-t-il manquer de fonds?

Paul Cauchon reports that the CRTC's recent decision to stop regulating the quantity of advertising on TV poses a dilemma for Canada's broadcasters.

May 22, 2007 — Saskatoon Star Phoenix

Sasktel launches streaming radio by Maria Cootauco

Saskatchewan's public telecom enables streaming radio service to cellphones.

May 22, 2007 — Le Devoir

En bref - Record d'audience de la BBC en 2006-07, tous médias confondus

BBC reports that it achieved a record combined audience of 233 million for its radio, television and Internet services this year.

May 22, 2007 — Globe & Mail

XM restores radio service by Matthew Barakat

XM says a software glitch disrupted service to many of the company's 8 million subscribers for about a day.

May 22, 2007 — Toronto Star

Time Canadians stood up to the CRTC by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist says media activists should organize grassroots campaigns against the CRTC to combat the power of Canada's large media conglomerates.

May 21, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Canadian stations increase U.S. shopping, group says by Guy Dixon

FRIENDS says Canadian TV broadcasters, which receive more than $200-million in public assistance, are buying more U.S. programming than ever before.

May 20, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Funny you should ask by Janice Kennedy

Article profiles the public spat between CBC's Rick Mercer and FRIENDS' steering committee chair, Noreen Golfman.

May 19, 2007 — CMRI

CBC Audience Share 2006-07 by Barry Kiefl

Data show that CBC's 24 hour audience share was 5.3% in the October 2006 to March 2007 period – the lowest ratings in the history of Canada's public broadcaster.

May 19, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CBC-TV fears advertising exodus by Grant Robertson

Richard Stursberg, executive vice-president of CBC Television, predicts increased commercial minutes on Canadian TV will drain funds from the public broadcaster as advertisers spend more money on CTV and Global.

May 19, 2007 — National Post

CBC says it was forced to air pilot by Richard Stursberg

The executive vice-president of CBC Television says a controversial TV pilot was aired because of Canadian Television Fund regulations.

May 19, 2007 — Montreal Gazette

CRTC gets it right on one thing at least

Editorial says the CRTC made the right decision to deregulate TV advertising so market forces can dictate the ad-content mix.

May 18, 2007 — Playback

Critics slam CRTC policy by Patricia Bailey

The CBC and the Directors Guild of Canada say the CRTC is encouraging a freefall of spending on Canadian drama because it didn't firm up support for Canadian content in its new television policy.

May 18, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada shies away from serial dramas by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says Canadian broadcasters looking to buy foreign shows will find U.S. networks are moving away from serialized dramas and toward series with self-contained episodes.

May 18, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Commercial concerns dominate CRTC ruling by Etan Vlessing

Canadian media guilds express disappointment that CRTC television policy changes did not include re-imposing expenditure requirements for domestic programming.

May 18, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Changes coming to CBC Radio Two on weekends by Guy Dixon

The CBC has announced plans to further revamp Radio Two programming this fall by canceling Symphony Hall and On Stage and adding a flagship classical-music show.

May 18, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Cerberus woos Shaw, CanWest in bid for BCE by Jacquie McNish, Andrew Willis & Grant Robertson

A New York-based private equity company has approached Shaw Communications and CanWest Global to join a possible buying group for BCE.

May 18, 2007 — Toronto Star

CBC Sports rises from the grave

Article says the return of the Toronto Blue Jays to the CBC signals a change in thinking about sports at the public broadcaster that could result in a TV deal for the Toronto Raptors.

May 18, 2007 — National Post

CRTC refuses to give broadcasters fees by Barbara Shecter and Paul Vieira

In September 2007, broadcasters will be allowed 14 minutes of ads per hour of prime-time, up from the current 12 - by 2009, there will be no limits.

May 17, 2007 — Globe & Mail

The real wonders of Canada? Our artists by John Doyle

Columnist says the CBC should be dedicating resources to promoting Canadian artists instead of the Seven Wonders of Canada contest.

May 17, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Reality TV looms large in CTV's summer plans by Guy Dixon

Reality shows, comedy and specials will factor heavily in CTV's summer schedule.

May 17, 2007 — Montreal Gazette

Private radio revenues hit $1.4B

The CRTC reports that revenues for private radio hit $1.4 billion in 2006, up 5.7 per cent from 2005.

May 17, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CRTC blocks TV network fee by Grant Robertson

The CRTC has denied a bid by Canada's conventional television networks to charge fees to cable and satellite companies, but will remove restrictions on advertising time limits.

May 17, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

The Commission establishes a new approach for Canadian conventional television

The CRTC to loosen some regulations on conventional television broadcasters and deny subscriber fees to local TV stations on cable and satellite.

May 16, 2007 — Canada Council for the Arts

Canada Council for the Arts Survey

Canada Council for the Arts is soliciting feedback from everyone interested in the arts as part of a strategic planning process.

May 16, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CBC unveils summer television schedule by Guy Dixon

CBC-TV's summer schedule will contain more BBC shows and new reality programming.

May 16, 2007 — Calgary Herald

Thomson lands Reuters for $19B by Derek Abma

Industry analysts say the deal could face regulatory hurdles.

May 16, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Catholics angry at CBC over Altar Boy Gang by Janice Tibbetts

Catholic Civil Rights League calls portrayals of altar boys and religious rituals in a CBC TV pilot 'blasphemy'.

May 15, 2007 — Playback

Too late for more offers, says CRTC by Marise Strauss

FRIENDS says the CRTC followed its procedures when it refused to consider CTVglobemedia's offer to sell up to three CityTV stations to push through its takeover of CHUM.

May 15, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Thomson and Reuters seal the deal by Eric Reguly

Merger between Thomson Corp. and Reuters Group would form the world's largest financial information company.

May 15, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Corus, Cogeco consolidate radio sales teams

Corus Entertainment and Cogeco are creating a new company that will combine the two media companies' national radio sales teams.

May 15, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Goldman boss issues call to arms for CEOs with global ambitions by Andrew Willis

The co-president of Goldman Sachs, the U.S. company financing CanWest's takeover bid of Alliance Atlantis, encourages Canadian CEOs to jump on the international deal-making bandwagon.

May 15, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Alliance Atlantis profit almost doubles

Growth in broadcast advertising and worldwide sales of the CSI television series has pushed Alliance Atlantis first-quarter profit to $41.2-million.

May 15, 2007 — Los Angeles Times

NBC's fall lineup includes backup plans by Meg James and Richard Verrier

In preparation for possible labour unrest this fall, Hollywood executives have been pushing up shooting schedules, ordering more reality TV programs and renegotiating with writers to turn in their film scripts earlier than usual.

May 15, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Broadcasting industry aims to settle growing pains by Deirdre McMurdy

Article describes competing interests in Canada's broadcast industry that will be affected by the soon-to-be released CRTC review of domestic television policy.

May 15, 2007 — National Post

CRTC rejects CTVglobemedia offer to sell Citytv stations by Barbara Shecter

The federal broadcast regulator says CTVglobemedia did not follow proper process when it offered to sell up to three Citytv television stations in an attempt to push through its $1.7-billion purchase of CHUM.

May 14, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Don't loosen the rules, our airwaves are seriously polluted by John Doyle

Columnist says Canadian television needs more regulation, not less, to clean up "polluted" airwaves.

May 14, 2007 — Playback

Izzy must be smiling over CanWest's E! deal by Tamsen Tillson

BBM Nielsen data show that the ratings for the 2006-2007 television season were the poorest in CBC history.

May 14, 2007 — Toronto Star

Parliamentary permissions outmoded

Michael Geist says Canada should follow the U.S. lead by removing the requirement to obtain permission to use video and audio of public discussion of elected officials.

May 11, 2007 —

CRTC should legislate monthly CTF contributions: Senate committee

The Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications says the CRTC should regulate monthly contributions to the Canadian Television Fund and establish a dispute resolution mechanism to deal with stakeholder concerns.

May 11, 2007 —

Chair sets out his "re-balancing" act for broadcast by Greg O'Brien

In a speech to the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters, CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein outlined the Commission's goals, which reflect the "market forces" approach of the current federal government.

May 11, 2007 — Art Threat

New Canadian Group Seeks Total Media Integration with USA

Activist group has a vision of "integrated media, two countries, and one audience."

May 11, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Joost raises $45-m (U.S.) in funding by Bruce Meyerson

Joost, an Internet-based TV service, says it has raised $45-million (U.S.) from five investors including CBS and Viacom.

May 11, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Major change coming for radio, TV rules by Grant Robertson

The chairman of the CRTC says Canada's broadcast regulator will entertain "a lighter approach to regulation" as long as support for Canadian programming is upheld.

May 11, 2007 — Calgary Herald

Newspapers can beat online rivals, says Asper by Martin Cash

CanWest CEO says valuable local content gives newspapers the edge against new online competitors.

May 11, 2007 — National Post

CTV proposes to sell three TV stations in CHUM buyout by Barbara Shecter and Paul Vieira

CTVglobemedia has offered to sell a Citytv station in Winnipeg and possibly two others in Calgary and Edmonton to push through its $1.7-billion purchase of CHUM Ltd.

May 10, 2007 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Update to CBC Staff on the Board of Directors Meeting by Robert Rabinovitch, President and CEO

Robert Rabinovitch, CBC's President and CEO, tells staff that television ratings for the 2006-2007 season were the highest in the last six years.

May 10, 2007 — Playback

Production spending surged in '06 by Cheryl Binning

A report on the Canadian television industry shows production and development spending rose 21% in 2006 to $1.52 billion, the first significant increase since 2000.

May 9, 2007 — Guelph Mercury

CBC tunes in to Waterloo by Liz Monteiro

Columnist says CBC hopes to start a radio station serving Kitchener and London, Ontario as part of its plan to increase its service in fast-growing communities across Canada.

May 8, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Broadcast executive returns to Liberal fold by Patricia Best

Kevin Shea - who most recently helped Sirius satellite radio land a federal broadcast licence - has returned to work at a Liberal ad agency.

May 8, 2007 — National Post

CanWest in lockup agreement to sell MediaWorks subsidiary to private equity Barbara Shecter

CanWest Global Communications has entered a lockup agreement to sell CanWest MediaWorks (NZ) Ltd. to an Australian private equity firm for an expected $314M.

May 8, 2007 — CBC News

CBC needs to set clear objectives: auditor general

FRIENDS questions the appointment process of senior management for Canada's public broadcaster.

May 8, 2007 — Playback

CBC shows unused and unaccounted, says Fraser by Norma Reveler

Auditor general Sheila Fraser says CBC had 6,000 hours of unused and improperly managed programming at its French and English TV networks in 2005.

May 7, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Why would the national broadcaster waste its time on an inane contest? by John Doyle

Columnist says CBC's 'The Seven Wonders of Canada' competition is "an insult and its existence stands as an indictment of CBC's current mania for brainless, smiley-face content".

May 7, 2007 — Niagara Falls Review

CBC's fruitless search for youth is embarrassing by Allan Fotheringham

Editorial criticizes CBC programming decisions attempting to attract a younger audience.

May 5, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Report missed donations, Oda says by Bill Curry

Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda insists that all cheques from members of the broadcast industry were returned after a controversial political fundraiser was cancelled last fall.

May 5, 2007 — Toronto Star

Dumbed down, smothered, then axed by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist says the now cancelled Gill Deacon Show could have been smarter, edgier, riskier, more befitting of a public broadcaster.

May 4, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Oda faces heat over aborted fundraising event by Bill Curry

Records show Heritage Minister Bev Oda's riding association cashed donations from senior members of broadcasting industry even after a political fundraiser was cancelled.

May 3, 2007 — CMRI

Trends in DTH/Cable TV Subscriptions

Data shows that in Canada over the past few years, subscriptions to satellite TV have grown substantially while cable TV rates have declined.

May 2, 2007 — Playback

CGM bends slightly in CHUM bid by Norma Reveler

CTVglobemedia upped the value of its benefits package and pledged more local programming in Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg, as part if the company's proposed takeover bid of CHUM.

May 2, 2007 — Playback

Specialty, pay-TV are thriving, says CRTC by Terry Poulton

A CRTC report shows Canadian specialty, pay, pay-per-view television and video-on-demand enjoyed a 12.4% increase in revenues in 2006.

May 2, 2007 —

TVO changes include two new board members

Article says TVOntario's recently appointed board members have strong financial and corporate strategy backgrounds and show the new direction Ontario's educational public broadcaster is headed.

May 1, 2007 — Playback

CGM tweaks plans for CHUM by Norma Reveler

CTVglobemedia tells the CRTC there will be no overlap of programming between its over-the-air CTV stations and the CityTV outlets it wants to purchase from CHUM.

May 1, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Martel marks PM's birthday with gift of second book by Val Ross

Columnist says Booker Prize-winning author Yann Martel has started a guerrilla campaign to affirm the importance of the arts and literature in the national discourse.

May 1, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Herrndorf's kind words about rival mystify CBC by Patricia Best

A supportive quote from Peter Herrndorf, a current member of CBC's board of directors, has been included in CTVglobemedia's application to acquire CHUM - a deal the CBC opposes.

May 1, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Sirius Satellite Radio loss shrinks

Sirius Satellite Radio lost $144.7-million (U.S.) or 10 cents per share in its first quarter of 2007.

May 1, 2007 — National Post

Rural telephone prices will rise by Peter Nowak

A CRTC ruling allowing major phone companies to charge different customers different rates will come into effect on June 1.

May 1, 2007 — Montreal Gazette

Different world for new CBC boss by Keith Bonnell

The new CBC Board chair says he wants to help the CBC thrive in the changing landscape of media and information, and ensure its appeal crosses generational and cultural boundaries.

May 1, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CTV's CHUM proposal gets chilly reception by Grant Robertson

Article says that if the CRTC approves the CTVglobemedia $1.4-billion takeover of CHUM, the deal will require an unprecedented bending of federal rules.

May 1, 2007 — Toronto Star

CRTC challenges CTV's Fecan over CHUM network takeover by Julian Beltrame

CRTC commissioner calls CTVglobemedia's request to own two major TV stations in five Canadian cities a monumental exemption from longstanding CRTC broadcasting policy.

May 1, 2007 — Montreal Gazette

CRTC fears television 'national predator' by Paul Vieira

The CRTC forces CTV executives to provide assurances a merged CTVglobemedia/CHUM would not simply milk profits and stifle attempts at creative TV programming.

Apr 30, 2007 — Playback

Let's give CBC a break by Tamsen Tillson

Columnist says CBC's fall television lineup continues to stir up a nation that has a decided love/hate relationship with its public broadcaster.

Apr 30, 2007 —

CTV promises CRTC carrot to keep twin sticks by Laurel Hyatt

CTVglobemedia wants the CRTC to make an exception and allow the company to own two TV stations in a market because CHUM's CityTV stations need CTV's injection of cash to stay afloat.

Apr 30, 2007 — Globe & Mail

We need more hit Canadian drama, not more E! channels by John Doyle

Columnist calls the move by CanWest to turn over programming for its CH stations to an American company devoted to reporting on U.S. showbiz a "theft of our airwaves".

Apr 30, 2007 — Globe & Mail

'Twin sticks' at heart of latest TV battle by Grant Robertson

Columnist observes that CRTC precedent may force CTVglobemedia to divest television channels in certain markets to lessen ownership concentration.

Apr 30, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

All eyes will be on the CRTC during CHUM, CTV hearing by Deirdre McMurdy

Columnist says that with other media mergers waiting for approval, all eyes will be on CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein to observe the tone, pacing and precedent he sets during the CTVglobemedia/CHUM review.

Apr 30, 2007 — Toronto Star

CRTC looks at CTV play for CHUM by Antonia Zerbisias

FRIENDS questions how the unprecedented clout of a merged CTVglobemedia-CHUM will affect competition in Canada's television industry.

Apr 28, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Chairman has 'great love' for CBC by Guy Dixon

Columnist says Heritage Minister Bev Oda has favoured accounting and corporate-board experience over a background in media or the arts with the appointment of the new chairman of the CBC.

Apr 28, 2007 — Calgary Herald

CBC appointee puzzles MP by Keith Bonnell

Critics question the new CBC Board chair's lack of experience in broadcasting.

Apr 28, 2007 — Globe & Mail

He's the Heritage Minister too? by Val Ross

Columnist says that Stephen Harper's centralized decision-making style means that when the Prime Minister likes a cultural project, such as the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, funds become available.

Apr 28, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Ted Rogers' compensation hit $16.37-million in '06 by Catherine McLean

Rogers' CEO was the cable company's highest paid executive in 2006 with a compensation package worth $16.37-million.

Apr 28, 2007 — National Post

Media IPOs may be about to debut by Barbara Shecter

Industry analysts say CTVglobemedia and Quebecor may look at initial public offerings to capitalize on a renewed interest in media stocks.

Apr 27, 2007 — Department of Canadian Heritage

Appointment to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Heritage Minister Bev Oda has appointed Timothy W. Casgrain as Chairperson of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Apr 27, 2007 — National Post

Police yourself by Konrad Von Finckenstein

The CRTC chair says the government wants to move quickly toward less regulation, but if the telecommunications industry does not demonstrate is it capable of policing its own behavior, it will face consequences.

Apr 27, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Oda's political payback

Editorial says that the Heritage Minister's poor handling of a proposed $30-million plan to sponsor arts and culture festivals now gives a potentially worthy program the perception of a patronage 'slush fund'.

Apr 27, 2007 — Montreal Gazette

Oda's call to trough is out of step

Editorial says Heritage Minister Bev Oda should release details of a new cultural sponsorship program to all interested groups, not just MPs.

Apr 27, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

CTV 'mum' on plans prior to CRTC hearings into largest media ownership deal

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada says neither the CRTC nor Canadians have been told what CTV plans to do with 65 radio and television stations it proposes to buy from CHUM.

Apr 26, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

FCC asks Congress to define violence by Brooks Boliek

U.S. federal broadcast regulators tell Congress they need the same powers to protect children from violent content as they have for indecent content.

Apr 26, 2007 — Globe & Mail

It's unspeakably scary that Rosie O'Donnell is leaving The View by John Doyle

Columnist says Rosie O'Donnell's departure from 'The View' is newsworthy and emblematic of present U.S. culture because right-wing media figures have silenced a left-leaning woman.

Apr 26, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Rogers pitches for pay audio, hoping ears will tune to Web by Grant Robertson

The CRTC is reviewing an application by Rogers Communications to start a pay audio service which could be used to stream music to cellphones and Internet receivers in cars.

Apr 26, 2007 — Washington Post

Analysts Doubt XM-Sirius Merger Will Fly by Sam Diaz

Three separate reports from industry analysts say it is unlikely the proposed merger of XM and Sirius will be approved.

Apr 26, 2007 — Montreal Gazette

Tory ridings get first crack at millions in arts, culture funding by Andrew Mayeda

Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda scrambled to defuse reports of a "backdoor process" to funnel $30 million into arts and culture festivals in ridings held by Conservative MPs.

Apr 26, 2007 — Vancouver Sun

Podcasts changing the world of radio by Shannon Proudfoot

Columnist says podcasting is proving a powerful and accessible medium for mainstream broadcasters such as the CBC.

Apr 26, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Le petit gars in the drive-home radio slot? by Konrad Yakabuski

Article profiles the battle for Quebec's radio listeners between Astral and Corus.

Apr 25, 2007 — Playback

New York museum honors King by Marise Strauss

Canadian documentary filmmaker Allan King to be celebrated at New York's Museum of Modern Art.

Apr 25, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Cash may trump patriotism as bid for BCE unwinds by Andrew Willis

Columnist says that the proposed CanWest/Goldman Sachs takeover of Alliance Atlantis may embolden other U.S. private equity firms to test Canada's foreign ownership laws and go after BCE.

Apr 25, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

CanWest, Performance launch east-end weeklies

A CanWest partnership is set to launch two new community newspapers in the Ottawa area.

Apr 25, 2007 — Calgary Herald

Does Kreskin foresee Survivor Canada? by Victoria Ahearn

Famed mentalist the Amazing Kreskin predicts a homegrown reality show will influence programming south of the border.

Apr 25, 2007 — Kirkland Lake Northern News

Francophone leaders from area speak out on CBC's future

Francophone leaders from northern Ontario tell parliamentarians that 20 per cent of French language television programming should be dedicated to Francophone communities outside of Quebec.

Apr 25, 2007 — Vancouver Sun

CanWest signs agreement to air E! entertainment in Canada by Alex Strachan

Global Television has announced that its sister network, CH, will be adopting the branding and programming of the U.S.-based E! Entertainment Television Network.

Apr 24, 2007 — Playback

Paquin tapped at TFO

Claudette Paquin has been named the head of TFO following the French-language education channel's split from TVOntario.

Apr 24, 2007 — CBC News

Atwood says Tories out to 'squash the arts'

Canadian author Margaret Atwood is deeply critical of the Harper government's arts policies.

Apr 24, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

U.S. copyright report card has more rhetoric than reality by Michael Geist

Columnist says a forthcoming U.S. report on worldwide intellectual property protection is expected to claim that Canada is rapidly emerging as a piracy haven, but that the reality is that Canada's record meets international standards.

Apr 24, 2007 — Associated Press

Sirius pays Karmazin $4.3M in 2006

A regulatory filing shows Sirius Satellite Radio paid its CEO Mel Karmazin $4.3 million in 2006.

Apr 23, 2007 —

Industry Canada wants a DTV deadline; digital radio movement by Greg O'Brien

Industry Canada's assistant deputy minister says the CRTC should set a deadline for Canadian television broadcasters to switch from analog to digital signals.

Apr 23, 2007 — CBC News

CRTC gears up for reviews as CanWest buy of Alliance Atlantis gets competition nod by Laura Bobak

FRIENDS says if the CRTC allows CTVglobemedia to retain CHUM's CityTV stations it would violate the regulator's own policy against common ownership of two stations serving identical markets.

Apr 23, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Shame on CBC for buying into the culture of avoidance by John Doyle

Columnist says the CBC's decision not to air the Virginia Tech shooter footage was made to gain support from Canadians who might be suspicious of the CBC.

Apr 23, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Spare a thought for the journalists of Kabul, Mr. Harper by Arthur Kent

Article notes that instead of pressuring the Afghanistan government into upholding the freedom of the media, Prime Minister Harper makes jokes about the CBC.

Apr 23, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Alliance Atlantis deal gets Competition Bureau okay

CanWest Global and U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs have received Competition Bureau approval of their proposed takeover of Alliance Atlantis Communications.

Apr 23, 2007 — The Hill Times

Classic lobby pits broadcasters against satellite and cable giants by Simon Doyle

Columnist says lobbying efforts are heating up over an emerging international treaty on broadcasting rights, pitting major broadcasters against communications giants.

Apr 23, 2007 — New York Times

In Dallas, Commercial Radio Without Commercials by Andrew Adam Newman

At a Clear Channel radio station in Texas, advertisers will sponsor an hour of programming, during which a D.J. will promote its product conversationally in what the company calls 'integration'.

Apr 22, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC radio reconsiders its audience, reinvents itself and cues up 'Q'

FRIENDS says recent CBC radio changes show the public broadcaster is making a determined effort to reach a younger audience, but there could be political implications from alienating key decision makers in older demographics.

Apr 22, 2007 — New York Times

50% Good News Is the Bad News in Russian Radio by Andrew E. Kramer

Journalists employed by the Russian News Service say they were told by new managers - who are allies of the Kremlin - that at least 50 percent of the reports about Russia must be "positive."

Apr 21, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Aspers outfoxed on sale of papers, jury told by Paul Waldie

Columnist says Leonard and Izzy Asper's rush for media convergence led to Hollinger getting the better end of the deal for its Canadian newspapers in 2000.

Apr 20, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CBC defends choice not to air Cho video by Gayle MacDonald

Tony Burman, editor-in-chief of CBC News, defends his decision not to show the Virginia Tech shooter footage, saying the public broadcaster distinguished itself from its ratings-hungry private competitors.

Apr 20, 2007 — Agence France Presse

BBC leading way into multi-screen entertainment by Audrey Stuart

BBC new media director says Britain's public broadcaster is delivering content in a "hybrid environment," combining digital television, radio, and the Internet to offer interactive services for audiences.

Apr 20, 2007 — Vancouver Sun

Knowledge Network names Buttignol acting CEO by Kevin Griffin

Rudy Buttignol, an independent producer, director, writer writer and former creative head of network programming at TVOntario is taking over as the interim head of BC's public broadcaster.

Apr 20, 2007 — Barrie Examiner

Canadian public broadcasting facing death by a thousand cuts by Knowlton Nash

Former anchor of CBC's The National says Canada's public broadcaster is under-funded and over-mandated and is now confronting the biggest crisis it has ever faced.

Apr 19, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Too hot for prime time? by Keith McArthur

The Television Bureau of Canada, the agency that screens ads for private broadcasters, is at the centre of controversy over efforts to protect the public from advertising deemed inappropriate for TV.

Apr 19, 2007 — Peterborough Examiner

Tories want CBC to matter

The federal heritage minister says the government is willing to give CBC long-term funding, but first wants to ensure the national broadcaster is in tune with Canadians.

Apr 19, 2007 — SOCAN - Words & Music

Copyright Board sets hearing for SOCAN's Tariff 22

Media companies such as Bell Canada, CBC/Radio-Canada, Rogers Communications and Apple Canada are lining up to oppose a new proposed tariff on musical works delivered via the Internet.

Apr 18, 2007 —

Oda vows to implement most Senate recommendations on news media by Laurel Hyatt

Heritage Minister Bev Oda says the government will implement most of the recommendations in a Senate report on news media, but that CBC must introduce programming that is relevant to Canadians before funding levels are determined.

Apr 18, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Big media pays for your attention by Brian Bergstein

News organizations such as The New York Times and The Washington Post have purchased Internet keyword advertising promoting their coverage of the recent shooting at Virginia Tech.

Apr 17, 2007 —

CRTC hires new secretary general, and new communications director

CRTC Chairman Konrad von Finckenstein said he has made internal and external communication a priority with recent staff appointments.

Apr 17, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Salter Street sequel DHX sees future in kids' shows by Shirley Won

The co-founder of the company that produced Michael Moore's 'Bowling for Columbine' and 'This Hour has 22 Minutes' is starting a new film and television production company focused on family and children's entertainment.

Apr 17, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Father knows best by Gordon Pitts

JR Shaw, founder and executive chairman of Shaw Communications, says his companies will not be sold, at least while he is around.

Apr 17, 2007 — Globe & Mail

BCE surges as it confirms talks by Tavia Grant and Andrew Willis

Canada's biggest telecommunications company has confirmed it is in talks with Canadian pension funds to take BCE private.

Apr 17, 2007 — Associated Press

Copyright Royalty Board rejects appeals from Internet radio broadcasters by Seth Sutel

A panel of copyright judges have thrown out requests from a group of public and private broadcasters to reconsider a ruling that increases the royalties paid to record companies and artists.

Apr 17, 2007 — National Post

XM Canada ponders subscriber shortfall; Merger Disadvantage by Barbara Shecter

The president of XM Canada's parent company Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings says he is disappointed by sales of satellite radio subscriptions.

Apr 16, 2007 — Associated Press

Internet radio broadcasters appeal decision which would hike their royalty rates by Seth Sutel

Article details how Webcasters, public radio and terrestrial radio broadcasters are affected by a new U.S. music royalty structure.

Apr 16, 2007 — Barrie Examiner

Former MP sues the CBC by Tracy McLaughlin

A former Canadian justice minister has claimed that CBC staff, including news anchor Peter Mansbridge and reporter Sasa Petricic, ruined his reputation in a broadcast that explored Internet gambling.

Apr 16, 2007 — Montreal Gazette

Radio Two changes spark a lot of static by Hugh Anderson

Columnist hears from CBC Radio Two listeners frustrated with recent evening programming changes.

Apr 14, 2007 — Calgary Herald

TV on the download by Nick Lewis

Canadian networks are attempting to gain additional advertising revenue and combat the spread of digital piracy by offering TV shows over the web.

Apr 14, 2007 — Los Angeles Times

FCC's hands tied on airwaves by Jim Puzzanghera

Activists are urging the U.S. federal broadcast regulator to fine radio stations over "shock-jock" Don Imus' racially offensive remarks.

Apr 14, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

TV operations boost CanWest revenue by Barbara Shecter

Improved Canadian television operations helped CanWest Global turn a $7 million profit in its second quarter.

Apr 14, 2007 — National Post

CRTC lays out agenda for broadcasting hearings by Paul Vieira

Hearings will examine policies governing ownership concentration for both conventional broadcasters and the specialty-channel sector.

Apr 14, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

CRTC launches a proceeding to review the diversity of voices in the Canadian broadcasting system

Canada's broadcast regulator has launched a public proceeding to review issues relating to common ownership of Canadian broadcasting companies.

Apr 13, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Slaight family hangs onto some assets, including Sirius, Iceberg by Richard Blackwell

Astral Media's chief executive officer says satellite radio is not likely to have a significant impact on the traditional radio business.

Apr 13, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Bumper crop of listeners for CBC Radio One by Guy Dixon

BBM Canada radio ratings show CBC Radio One is attracting its highest share of listeners since spring, 1991.

Apr 13, 2007 — Toronto Star

Field of streams for CBC by Chris Zelkovich

Article says is streaming pre and post-game NHL playoff coverage in an attempt to keep up with new trends in sports coverage.

Apr 13, 2007 — Toronto Star

'That's the end of Standard Radio' by Jen Gerson

Columnist says the Astral Media acquisition of Standard Radio will see one company dominate Canada's radio airwaves.

Apr 13, 2007 — New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal

Our native broadcaster

An aboriginal broadcaster tells the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage the CBC should better address the needs of Canada's aboriginal community.

Apr 12, 2007 — Toronto Writers' Centre

Work at

The Toronto Writers' Centre reports that is looking for casual writers and editors.

Apr 12, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CanWest's bid for Alliance has May fairness hearing by Shirley Won

Ontario Superior Court has set May 18 for a fairness hearing to consider a bid by the Movie Distribution Income Fund to halt the CanWest/Goldman Sachs proposed takeover of Alliance Atlantis.

Apr 12, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

Astral Media to acquire Standard Radio

Astral Media has announced a $1.08 billion agreement to purchase the assets of Standard Radio.

Apr 12, 2007 — Playback

NHL regular season goes out with a bang by Marise Strauss

CBC's Hockey Night in Canada nabbed 2.8 million viewers on April 7th, its highest ever for a regular-season game.

Apr 11, 2007 — Playback

Bo on the Go! goes to CBC

CBC will air a new animated series that will encourage physical activity among its preschool-aged audience.

Apr 11, 2007 — Washington Post

Opinions Rise on XM-Sirius Plan by Sam Diaz

Stakeholders are ramping up efforts to influence the U.S. Federal Communications Commission hearing on the proposed XM/Sirius merger.

Apr 11, 2007 — National Post

Rogers' TV push could boost rivals' costs by Barbara Shecter

Industry analyst says Rogers' proposed purchase of CHUM assets may create more competition for U.S. programming and drive up costs for CTV and CanWest.

Apr 10, 2007 — London Free Press

Rogers to buy A-Channel: May benefit London TV station

FRIENDS says the Rogers deal to purchase A-Channel stations could fall through if the CRTC does not approve CTVglobemedia's acquisition of CHUM.

Apr 10, 2007 — Barrie Examiner

Rogers broadcasting swallows A-Channel by Bob Bruton

FRIENDS expresses concern over local news in Barrie in the wake of the proposed A-Channel sale to Rogers.

Apr 10, 2007 — Edmonton Journal

Rogers buys Access from CTVglobemedia by Paul Marck

FRIENDS says despite the proposed deal with Rogers, it is likely the CRTC will tell CTVglobemedia to keep the A-Channels and sell CHUM's five major TV stations in Winnipeg, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.

Apr 10, 2007 — New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal

Rogers snaps up CHUM TV assets by Laura Bobak

FRIENDS says Canadians would be better served if Rogers owned CHUM's Citytv stations, rather than A-Channel stations, resulting in three private-sector national TV networks.

Apr 10, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Ownership changes a rerun for Ottawa station by Kristin Goff

Rogers would become the fifth owner of A-Channel Ottawa, also known as CHRO TV, since it began in 1961.

Apr 10, 2007 — National Post

Rogers $137.5M 'opportunistic acquisition' by Paul Vieira

Rogers' $137.5-million deal with CTVglobemedia to buy 10 stations would make the company Canada's third-largest private-sector English-language TV owner.

Apr 10, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CBC livid as league bows to Americans by William Houston

Columnist says that despite Canada's public broadcaster paying $65 million per year to the NHL for broadcast rights, the league is caving to the wishes of the American network, NBC.

Apr 9, 2007 — Playback

Rogers grabs several CHUM properties by Terry Poulton and Jesse Kohl

FRIENDS says the sale of A-Channel stations could hurt local news coverage because new ownership may wish to cut costs.

Apr 9, 2007 — The Hill Times

Harper government trying to make 'mission' in Afghanistan defining characteristic of who Canadians are by Murray Dobbin

Op-ed criticizes CBC's coverage of the war in Afghanistan saying the public broadcaster has been building up the image of the military and downplaying any negative aspects of the war.

Apr 9, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC takes the safe road to the ordinary by John Doyle

Columnist says the CBC should stand apart from private broadcasters as a home for challenging, "weird" and provocative shows.

Apr 9, 2007 — Globe & Mail

We do, Ms. Oda, we do by Pierre Arpin

The director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery says Canada's arts and cultural institutions are already heavily dependent on private sector support, and the government should provide matching programs to galleries and museums.

Apr 9, 2007 — Toronto Star

Web radio may stream north to Canada

Article states that new royalty structures in the U.S. may see some Web radio operations set up in Canada.

Apr 9, 2007 — Toronto Star

CBC's smokescreen

CBC to close smoking room at its Toronto headquarters in September.

Apr 9, 2007 — PR Newswire

Rogers Media to Acquire Certain Conventional and Specialty Television Services from CTVglobemedia Inc.

Agreement would see Rogers purchase CHUM assets - six A-Channel stations, ACCESS Alberta, CLT and SexTV - from CTVglobemedia.

Apr 7, 2007 — Edmonton Journal

Take your TV on holiday by Steve Makris

Device allows you to watch your home TV from any computer connected to the Internet.

Apr 7, 2007 — Toronto Star

Thomson won't let memory of Vimy fade by Greg Quill

FRIENDS steering committee member honours the memory of Canadians that fought and died at Vimy Ridge in WWI.

Apr 6, 2007 — Edmonton Journal

Pull the plug on ratings-hungry CBC by Lorne Gunter

Columnist argues that the CBC's new television line-up is less about Canadian culture than it is about a fixation on ratings.

Apr 6, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CBC-TV trims staff as revenue declines by Guy Dixon

41 CBC employees in human resources, communications, sales and marketing and the production of canceled TV shows have been laid off.

Apr 6, 2007 — London Daily Telegraph

New BBC chief is another Brown crony, say Tories by George Jones

British opposition parties are calling the appointment of the new BBC chairman 'cronyism' - Michael Lyons is a key supporter of 'Prime Minister-in-waiting,' Gordon Brown.

Apr 6, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Academic, Sopranos fan named to head BBC by Mark Herlihy

The British government has chosen Michael Lyons as the new BBC chairman.

Apr 5, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

China tried to halt Falun Gong TV in Canada: defector by Suzanne Ma

A Chinese diplomat's wife says she has proof that top Chinese officials tried to thwart a TV network from being broadcast in Canada.

Apr 5, 2007 —

Gorilla media by Charlie Smith

FRIENDS says the CRTC might order CTVglobemedia to sell Citytv stations and retain ownership of A-Channels in smaller markets as part of the takeover of CHUM.

Apr 5, 2007 —

Unshackled by Greg O'Brien reports on the details of the recent government decision to speed up deregulation of the local telephone market.

Apr 5, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Quebecor wants in on takeover game by Bertrand Marotte

Quebecor CEO says his company may join the media consolidation fray if conditions become favourable after the CRTC considers new rules for takeovers in the broadcast sector.

Apr 5, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Movie Distribution asks court for veto over Alliance Atlantis sale

The Movie Distribution Income Fund is going to court to seek a veto over the proposed $2.3-billion takeover of Alliance Atlantis by CanWest/Goldman Sachs.

Apr 5, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Alliance Atlantis shareholders approve $2.3-billion takeover

Shareholders of Alliance Atlantis have voted more than 99 per cent to accept a $2.3-billion takeover offer from CanWest and New York investment bank Goldman Sachs.

Apr 5, 2007 — Statistics Canada

Canada's international trade in culture services, by culture framework category

A StatsCan trade survey shows import and export levels for cultural services such as published works, film and video, broadcasting and sound recording from 1994 to 2004.

Apr 5, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Deregulation order frees Bell, Telus of restraints by Deirdre McMurdy

Article says Industry Minister Maxime Bernier has pushed ahead with policy that sidesteps parliamentary process and the CRTC, and benefits the largest telephone companies.

Apr 5, 2007 — Toronto Star

CBC cleans house by Jim Bawden

CBC's fall season will see more reality programming and sitcoms, but Opening Night, Venture, Country Canada, 72 Hours, Moving On and Jozi-H have been canceled.

Apr 5, 2007 — The London Times

Channel 4 could collapse after 2012, according to research for regulator by Dan Sabbagh

Britain's communications regulator says Channel 4 could go bankrupt after 2012 if it does not receive financial help.

Apr 5, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

EC OKs Arabic version of EuroNews by Leo Cendrowicz

The European Commission has approved an Arabic-language version of pan-European news channel EuroNews in a bid to boost ties with the Arab and Muslim world.

Apr 4, 2007 — CRTC

Statement from the Chairman of the CRTC, Konrad von Finckenstein

Konrad von Finckenstein responds to the Conservative government changing a CRTC decision concerning the deregulation of local phone services.

Apr 4, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Google pries open TV ad market with EchoStar deal by Keith McArthur

Google has reached a deal to auction ads on 125 television channels on behalf of U.S. satellite provider EchoStar Communications.

Apr 4, 2007 — Globe & Mail

NBC Universal unveils international TV growth plan

NBC Universal plans to launch 20 TV channels across Europe, Asia and Latin America in a drive to more than double broadcasting revenue outside the United States.

Apr 4, 2007 — The Daily Telegraph

Where can the Beeb find its missing pounds 2bn? by Neil Midgley

Columnist says a 2-billion pound funding shortfall for the BBC should result in cutting television programming that is indistinguishable from its commercial rivals.

Apr 4, 2007 — National Post

No sex please, we're Canadian, rules CRTC by Scott Deveau

The CRTC has denied a Videotron bid to broadcast an adult content station from France, saying the station may be too racy for Canadian standards.

Apr 3, 2007 — Toronto Star

CBC up in arms over website by Chris Zelkovich

The CBC has served a one-man B.C.-based website with a cease and desist order, calling on to stop using a takeoff of the Hockey Night In Canada logo.

Apr 3, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CanWest may not get target price for Ten by Grant Robertson

Columnist says CanWest may not get the target $1.5-billion to $1.8-billion sale price for its Australian television network.

Apr 3, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

Rogers Communications and XM Canada sign comprehensive content deal

XM Canada and Rogers have announced an agreement to provide XM Canada content on Rogers Wireless, Cable and Internet platforms.

Apr 3, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Corus to launch global children's channel by Tavia Grant

Corus Entertainment has announced a joint venture to start a children's channel that will broadcast in Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific.

Apr 2, 2007 — Playback

Oda on the record by Marise Strauss

Heritage Minister Bev Oda defends her performance during the CTF crisis, and talks of changes needed at the CBC and CRTC in a one-on-one interview.

Apr 2, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

Ratings Alert - The 2007 JUNO Awards Attract 912,000 Viewers

The 2007 JUNO Awards on CTV reached 3.7 million Canadians who tuned in at some point in the broadcast.

Apr 2, 2007 — Globe & Mail

EMI, Apple strip DRM

EMI has announced a deal that will allow Apple to sell the record company's songs online without copy protection software.

Apr 2, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Broadband access not necessarily a vote for Web TV by Grant Robertson

A new report argues Web television will find it difficult to challenge the economics of mass broadcasting.

Apr 2, 2007 — National Post

Deal or no deal? Is a big question by Michael Urlocker

Article suggests mergers do not always deliver on their promises.

Apr 2, 2007 — Toronto Star

More Web regulation doesn't make any sense by Michael Geist

Michael Geist observes some traditional broadcasters and copyright holders are increasingly wary of unregulated new media services such as Internet streaming and podcasting and may be gearing up for a fresh look at Internet regulation.

Apr 2, 2007 — National Post

Digital-era dodos by Kevin Libin

Correspondent says changing technology is making the CRTC less relevant.

Apr 2, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

A higher education for TV by Kimberly Nordyke

Study reports TV viewing among adults 18-24 - including college students - is increasing.

Apr 1, 2007 — New York Times

Push Comes to Shove for Control of Web Video by Richard Siklos

Columnist says the recent announcement from the News Corporation and NBC Universal of a new online video venture shows a big change in how traditional media companies approach new media.

Mar 31, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Oda defends museum policy by Val Ross

Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda reiterates her government's position that cultural institutions must increasingly turn to the private sector for operating support.

Mar 30, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Takeover talk catches Ottawa off guard by Simon Tuck and Shawn McCarthy

Article says even the market-oriented, Conservative Industry Minister appears unprepared for the prospect of a U.S.-led takeover of Canada's largest phone company.

Mar 30, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Sirius plays to kiddie crowd with car TV service

Sirius Satellite Radio will offer an in-vehicle TV network in 2008 models of DaimlerChrysler cars and trucks.

Mar 30, 2007 — Globe & Mail

BCE mulls radical changes by Andrew Willis, Jacquie McNish and Catherine McLean

Article says BCE is considering seeking a merger with rival Telus in an attempt to fend off a takeover bid from a U.S. private equity firm.

Mar 30, 2007 — Playback

It's time to think small and go big by Marcus Robinson

Columnist says Canadian film makers and distributors should fill the demand for digital content with Canadian productions while domestic viewers are being geo-blocked by Hollywood.

Mar 30, 2007 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

Cuddy still irked by CTV's bad stickhandling of Junos

Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy says CTV's decision to bump the Junos for 'The Amazing Race' left an indelible impression that Canadian culture took a back seat to commercial interests.

Mar 30, 2007 — Toronto Star

Curtains for CBC's prop department Jim Bawden

CBC has shut down its in-house design team, laying off 64 employees.

Mar 30, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Boomerang joke falls flat at Oda's talk by Paul Gessell

Officials with the Canadian Museums Association attempted to present Heritage Minister Bev Oda with a boomerang to represent that her election promises for more funding have come back to haunt her.

Mar 29, 2007 — Playback

TFO goes solo by Sean Davidson

The French-language twin of TVOntario, TFO, will be spun off as an independent organization.

Mar 29, 2007 — Playback

Guilds, ACTRA slam broadcasters on drama by Sean Davidson

The Directors Guild of Canada and ACTRA are calling for enforced, higher spending on domestic drama.

Mar 29, 2007 — Tony Manera and Bill Neville

Presentation to the Parliamentary Committee On Canadian Heritage

A former CBC President and CEO and a former Board member of the CBC provide recommendations to parliamentarians on the role of Canada's public broadcaster in the 21st Century.

Mar 29, 2007 — New York Times

A Radio Station Just for You by Wilson Rothman

Columnist explores options and trends in Internet radio.

Mar 29, 2007 — Calgary Herald

Hosts stuck with delay as CTV juggles Junos Cassandra Szklarski

CTV has yielded to pressure from artists, record labels and managers and will not bump the Junos for an American reality series - last minute change will result in a 4-hour tape delay in host Saskatchewan.

Mar 29, 2007 — Edmonton Journal

CanWest Global delays closing of Alliance Atlantis purchase

Article says a financial audit will delay the closing of the proposed takeover of Alliance Atlantic by CanWest Global/Goldman Sachs until July or August.

Mar 29, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Battle for foreign shows hits the bottom line by Grant Robertson

A CRTC report shows Canadian private broadcasters spent $688-million on foreign television programming in 2006, an increase of more than 12 per cent from the previous year.

Mar 29, 2007 — Toronto Star

Cost of U.S. TV shows hits profit by Julian Beltrame

FRIENDS questions the stewardship of the CRTC for allowing Canadian broadcasters to spend more on foreign television programming than on Canadian.

Mar 28, 2007 —

CanWest's AA purchase delayed

CanWest Global/Goldman Sachs and Alliance Atlantis now expect to complete the $2.3 billion proposed purchase in July or August, rather than in May.

Mar 28, 2007 — House of Commons of Canada

The Funding Crisis of the Canadian Television Fund

Report of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage on the funding crisis of the Canadian Television Fund.

Mar 28, 2007 — Saskatoon Star Phoenix

Junos broadcast delayed in most of Canada by Joanne Paulson and Cam Fuller

Rather than compete with the U.S. reality TV show 'The Amazing Race', CTV has moved The Juno Award broadcast to a later time slot in most Canadian markets.

Mar 28, 2007 — Edmonton Journal

CRTC a gatekeeper unloved, but needed by Alan Kellogg

Columnist comments that the CRTC and regulation is necessary given the rapid rate of change in the communications industry.

Mar 27, 2007 — Playback

Hockey deal crucial, says CBC sports boss by Marise Strauss

Scott Moore, the head of CBC Sports, defends a new deal for NHL broadcast rights and dismisses the suggestion that the public broadcaster will lose money on the reportedly $100-million/year contract.

Mar 27, 2007 — National Post

CanWest names two new directors by David Pett

David W. Kerr and David A. Leslie have been appointed to the board of directors for Canwest Global.

Mar 27, 2007 — Toronto Star

TV channel aims to mirror society by Prithi Yelaja

Columnist says that a bid by a cable channel featuring Canada's multicultural reality to become part of 'basic cable' may be stymied by opposition from Cogeco, Shaw and Rogers.

Mar 27, 2007 — National Post

Video theft may rise in Canada by Scott Deveau

Observers warn that online video piracy in Canada may increase because of 'geo-blocking' - blocking content based on ip address - if Canadian and American broadcasters aren't able to settle licensing issues.

Mar 27, 2007 — Montreal Gazette

CBC's deal with NHL isn't all good news by Pat Hickey

Columnist says the new deal with the NHL will see the public broadcaster pay more money for less prime programming, such as Maple Leafs games and playoffs involving Canadian teams.

Mar 27, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Internet takes to the ice in new CBC-NHL TV deal by Grant Robertson

CBC has negotiated a deal with the NHL worth an estimated $100-million per season for hockey broadcast rights - including new digital platforms such as cellphones, video-on-demand and streaming over the Internet.

Mar 24, 2007 — Google Video

Inside CBC-TV's real-life drama by the Canadian Media Guild

Canadian Media Guild video takes an inside look at the closure of the CBC design department at the Toronto Broadcast Centre.

Mar 24, 2007 — National Post

Channel for visually impaired spurs dispute: Big broadcasters at odds by Paul Vieira

An application for a new TV channel catering to the visually impaired is being opposed by Canwest Global, Rogers and Shaw because of a content deal signed with CTV.

Mar 24, 2007 — National Post

Days of our Calgary lives by Kevin Baker

Columnist notes that CBC is airing an afternoon lifestyle show called 'Living Calgary' in Edmonton.

Mar 23, 2007 — Rogers Communications

83% of Canadians Oppose Basic Cable Status for 5 New Channels

Survey commissioned by Rogers Communications shows subscriber opposition to mandatory inclusion of new channels in their digital basic cable service and preference for pick-and-pay options.

Mar 23, 2007 — Canadian Association of Broadcasters

Submission to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

CAB's contribution to the Heritage Committee's investigation of the role of the public broadcaster in the 21st century.

Mar 23, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

CBC chief: More money just a start by Norma Reveler

CBC president and CEO Robert Rabinovitch tells parliamentarians there is a widening gap between the public broadcaster's budget and what it is expected to deliver.

Mar 23, 2007 — Globe & Mail

The game's afoot, and Score may be a target by Andrew Willis

Columnist speculates recent stock deals may mean CanWest Global is attempting to take control of Score Media - the owner of the sports TV channel 'The Score'.

Mar 23, 2007 — Globe & Mail

TV channels square off to stay on basic cable by Grant Robertson

The CRTC is set to shuffle the list of channels available to cable and satellite subscribers who buy the minimum packages offered.

Mar 23, 2007 — Vancouver Province

Hollywood North - $1.2 billion for B.C.

The B.C. Film Commission says the British Columbia film and TV industry earned more than $1.2 billion last year.

Mar 23, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

News Corp., NBC gang up on YouTube by Cecile Daurat

Article states News Corp. and NBC Universal are building an online video service designed to break the dominance of Google Inc.'s YouTube.

Mar 23, 2007 — Variety

More coin set for CBC by Brendan Kelly

CBC has announced it will get an extra $60 million in funding from the federal government in each of the next two years to support local programming.

Mar 22, 2007 — Playback

What do you want from us? asks Rabinovitch by Norma Reveler

CBC president and CEO Robert Rabinovitch wants the federal government to sign a contract that spells out exactly what Ottawa expects of the public broadcaster and how it will be funded.

Mar 22, 2007 — CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada presents a new approach to governing public broadcasting in Canada

CBC press release calls for a new contract with Canadians based on five core principles.

Mar 22, 2007 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Notes for remarks by Mr. Robert Rabinovitch, President and CEO for CBC/Radio-Canada's appearance before the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.

Text of a presentation by CBC's President and CEO to the House of Commons Heritage Committee on the review of the public broadcaster's mandate in the 21st century.

Mar 22, 2007 — The Guardian

Where did it all go wrong? by Stuart Jeffries

Tacky programs and a focus on scandals make a founder of Britain's Channel 4 say the broadcaster has lost its soul.

Mar 22, 2007 — CBC News

CBC president calls for long-term mandate

CBC president Robert Rabinovitch asks the parliamentary heritage committee for a 10-year mandate - FRIENDS recommends CBC focus on Canadian programming for television and radio.

Mar 22, 2007 — XM Signal Newsletter

XM Canada tells subscribers that following a merger of Sirius and XM in the U.S., they expect that existing hardware will be able to receive programming from both services.

Mar 22, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

New York Times Selects AOL Canada as Online Advertising Sales Representative

New deal will allow Canadian advertisers to geo-target online advertising to reach Canadian visitors on

Mar 22, 2007 — Globe & Mail

If it's the evening news at 4, sponsors are woozy by Grant Robertson

Broadcasters and advertisers say time shifting - the ability to watch network feeds from other time zones - is playing havoc with commercials and ratings.

Mar 22, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

At the mercy of mixed signals by Vito Pilieci

Article comments that Canadian satellite radio subscribers are caught in the middle of the proposed U.S. satellite radio merger, and may see their service and monthly fees change.

Mar 21, 2007 — Playback

New award honors Duke by Marise Strauss

British Columbia Film has unveiled two screenwriting awards named for the late Daryl Duke, a director, broadcaster and former member of FRIENDS advisory council, to "celebrate and encourage excellence in screenwriting" in Canada.

Mar 21, 2007 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Update to CBC Staff on the Board of Directors Meeting by Robert Rabinovitch, President and CEO

CBC President reports to staff on the content of a recent Board of Directors meeting held in Toronto.

Mar 21, 2007 — Globe & Mail

New competition panel to have sweeping mandate by Simon Tuck

The federal Conservative government says a new panel on competition policy will have a broad mandate and could trigger changes in areas such as foreign ownership regulations.

Mar 21, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Major projects do without -- for now by James Adams

Article notes the Conservative government's budget contained little for Canada's cultural infrastructure.

Mar 21, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Toronto mayor asks CBC to keep design department by Guy Dixon

Toronto Mayor David Miller has sent a letter to the CBC's board of directors arguing against the broadcaster's decision to shut its in-house design department.

Mar 21, 2007 — Vancouver Sun

U.S. regulators urged to reject satellite-radio merger by Christopher Stern

A former U.S. Justice Department official told a Senate subcommittee that the proposed Sirius/XM merger would harm consumers and violate antitrust laws.

Mar 21, 2007 — Boston Globe

Copyright board to reconsider higher royalties for Net music

The U.S. Library of Congress Copyright Royalty Board has agreed to reconsider a decision to increase royalties for music played on the Internet.

Mar 21, 2007 — Kamloops Daily News

CBC lobby group hopes to be heard in Ottawa by Mike Youds

FRIENDS referenced in article about a presentation made by Save Our CBC Kamloops to the House committee reviewing CBC's mandate.

Mar 20, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Copyright ruling on Internet royalties challenged by Seth Sutel

U.S. Broadcasters and online companies are challenging a copyright ruling that they say could cripple the emerging business of offering music broadcasts over the Internet.

Mar 20, 2007 — CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC launches Radio 2 website

Rebranding itself as "Canada's National Music Network", CBC's Radio 2 website details new programs and offers time shifted live streams.

Mar 19, 2007 — Playback

Where is the leadership on HD? by Mark Dillon

Media insiders say a concerted effort on the part of Canada's TV industry, government, and the CRTC is needed to accelerate the take-up of high definition television.

Mar 19, 2007 — Toronto Star

CBC courting younger ears with changes by Bruce DeMara

CBC Radio 2 programming changes are aimed at attracting younger listeners but one critic says the demise of shows such as Brave New Waves and Radio 3 may turn away the demographic they are seeking.

Mar 16, 2007 — Le Devoir

Un comité parcourra le pays afin de revoir le mandat de la SRC

Paul Cauchon reports that the Commons Heritage Committee is about to embark on a full study of the CBC throughout Canada.

Mar 16, 2007 — National Post

Harper moving Tories to centre by Andrew Mayeda

Columnist says Prime Minister Harper will attempt to attract a broad swath of middle-class voters who are motivated by tangible benefits over ideology.

Mar 16, 2007 — National Post

Radio has big hopes for new data on listeners by Scott Deveau

New 'media consumption data collection devices' detect signals sent by both television and radio broadcasters and provide precise information on what people are listening to or watching.

Mar 16, 2007 — Time

Google Gooses Big Media by Justin Fox

Article says that despite creating very little content, Google has rewritten the rules for content delivery and has become the most valuable media company in the world.

Mar 16, 2007 — Vancouver Sun

Canadian TV Fund threatens to cut back on funding by Marke Andrews

Domestic content creators want the Canadian Television Fun to allow them to retain copyright of their intellectual property, including the right to exploit digital and on-line areas.

Mar 15, 2007 — Kansas City Star

Sirius-XM merger is bad idea

Columnist says that if the U.S. broadcast regulator approves the Sirius/XM merger, it will open the door for more consolidation among major media companies.

Mar 15, 2007 — Le Devoir

Astral chante les louanges de la consolidation

François Desjardins reports that the president of Astral's radio division has acknowledged that economic factors can work against diversity and competition in media concentration.

Mar 15, 2007 — Le Devoir

Télé numérique: le CRTC doit décider quels services de base seront obligatoires

Paul Cauchon reports from the CRTC hearing on obligatory carriage in a digital environment.

Mar 15, 2007 — New York Times

Now, a Radio Station for (Your Name Here) by J. D. Biersdorfer

New music service offers both personalized track choice and portability.

Mar 15, 2007 — Vancouver Sun

Media consolidation financially sound, Astral head says

The president of Astral Media Radio, who is in negotiations to buy Standard Radio, says media consolidation is financially advantageous but care must be taken not to lose diversity of voices and regional content.

Mar 14, 2007 — James C McIntosh

RE: The Role of the CBC in the 21st Century by James McIntosh

Submission on behalf of the Fraser Educational Foundation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.

Mar 14, 2007 — Shaw Communications

What do you think of Shaw?

Shaw asks customers a series of loaded questions about the CRTC, Canadian content and viewing preferences.

Mar 14, 2007 —

Radio 2 overhauls evenings reports CBC Radio 2 will soon unveil a new evening schedule which will feature a broader range of music with jazz, live performance and contemporary music delivered seven days a week.

Mar 14, 2007 —

CBC's plans will disenfranchise Canadians, says FCB

FRIENDS presents research that shows three million Canadians do not subscribe to cable or satellite and receive their TV signal over the air.

Mar 14, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Far out: Satellite radio finds new way to tally listeners by Grant Robertson

XM Canada makes up 90,000 customers by counting satellite radios installed in new cars as they roll off the production line as subscribers.

Mar 14, 2007 — Toronto Star

CRTC postpones hearings but media mergers still on by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist says the CRTC either caved to public pressure or saw reason - or both - and decided to postpone its hearings on media concentration until next fall.

Mar 14, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CRTC concerned about 'diversity of voices' by Simon Tuck

FRIENDS says the announced CRTC review of media concentration in Canada is a good sign and shows the broadcast regulator is concerned about the question of Canadian voices.

Mar 14, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

CRTC process "deliberately misguided" on media ownership says CEP

Canada's largest union of media workers says the CRTC process to review proposed media mergers is deliberately misguided to favour media corporate bottom lines over the public interest.

Mar 14, 2007 — Broadcaster

CBC Set to "Unplug a Million-Plus Canadians"

FRIENDS says plans by CBC to rely more heavily on cable and satellite transmission will disenfranchise Canadians who receive TV over-the-air.

Mar 14, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

1.5 million will lose CBC reception, group fears by Tim Naumetz

FRIENDS warns the Commons heritage committee that the CBC may try to "unplug" hundreds of thousands of over-the-air television viewers in small cities and rural areas across the country.

Mar 13, 2007 — Montreal Gazette

Little Mosque, Corner Gas up there in ratings

Article notes CBC's Little Mosque on the Prairie and CTV's Corner Gas both attracted over a million viewers every week this past season.

Mar 13, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Viacom sues YouTube for $1-billion by Seth Sutel

Viacom, the owner of MTV, VH1, Comedy Central and other cable networks has filed a $1-billion (U.S.) copyright lawsuit against the video-sharing site and corporate owner Google.

Mar 13, 2007 — Washington Post

Shake Hands, Come Out Lobbying by Charles Babington

The president of the National Association of Broadcasters tells the U.S. broadcast regulator to oppose the proposed merger of the nation's two satellite radio companies because Sirius/XM cannot be trusted with monopoly power.

Mar 13, 2007 — Playback

CRTC buyout review pushed to fall by Patricia Bailey

FRIENDS notes that under new chairman, Konrad von Finckenstein, the CRTC might tighten its policies on media takeovers.

Mar 13, 2007 — CBC News

CRTC to review 'diversity of voices' in broadcasting

In the wake of two major amalgamations of Canadian media companies in the past year, the federal broadcasting regulator plans to look at ways to preserve a "diversity of voices" in the broadcasting system.

Mar 13, 2007 — CRTC

CRTC to undertake a review of issues relating to the diversity of voices in Canada

CRTC news release says that in light of the current wave of media consolidation the regulator will examine how to ensure the broadcasting system provides Canadians with a diversity of voices.

Mar 12, 2007 — Project for Excellence in Journalism

The State of the News Media 2007

Study shows that the pace of change in the media industry has accelerated in the past year.

Mar 12, 2007 — Current Publishing

Shadows in the corridors - A Capitol Hill Day dialogue by Willard D. Rowland Jr.

A dramatization depicting how decisions are made in the corridors of power.

Mar 10, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Everyone's on the same wavelength now by Grant Robertson

Web radio companies such as Pandora and see themselves as radio brands of the future.

Mar 10, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Committee reviews CBC mandate by Guy Dixon

Heritage Committee will tackle the CBC's role in new media as part of its review of the broadcaster's mandate.

Mar 10, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Harper confidante slams CBC by Mike De Souza

A letter attacking the credibility of the CBC, written by a confidante of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is raising eyebrows on the eve of public consultations to review the broadcasting corporation's mandate.

Mar 9, 2007 — Radio Canada International

Radio Canada International Schedules and Frequencies

New schedules for March 11 to March 24, 2007 have been posted on the Radio Canada International website.

Mar 9, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CanWest gets Alliance, but the boss keeps the Oscars by Grant Robertson

The proposed CanWest/Goldman Sachs takeover of Alliance Atlantis would see the Alliance CEO keep "all trophies, prizes and awards."

Mar 8, 2007 —

Dr Tom Flanagan on

A long-time associate of Prime Minister Harper writes a letter to a conservative blogger about perceived bias at the CBC.

Mar 8, 2007 — YouTube

Tom Flanagan on YouTube

Tom Flanagan, University of Calgary Political Science Professor and long-time close associate of Prime Minister Harper's alleges that CBC News has displayed a double standard in coverage of judicial appointments by Liberal and Conservative governments.

Mar 8, 2007 — CARTT

Angus wants more hearings, too

NDP Heritage Critic Charlie Angus has called for new CRTC hearings into media concentration arising from the CTV/CHUM purchase.

Mar 8, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Watching TV shows online getting easier by Angela Pacienza

TV executives say legitimate video download websites are allowing audiences to consume content in the way they want, while still respecting the broadcaster's business models and the creator's copyright.

Mar 8, 2007 — National Post

CBC bureaucracy is shrinking by George C.B. Smith

CBC's senior vice-president of human resources says the public broadcaster has over 2,300 fewer employees now than it did in 2005.

Mar 8, 2007 — Chicago Tribune

Web radio fears going bust By Mike Hughlet

The U.S. government has adopted a big increase in the royalties that Web radio companies must pay record companies and artists.

Mar 7, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CHUM is Joost over online deal by Grant Robertson

CHUM Ltd. has signed a deal with upstart web-television player Joost to supply TV shows to the new Internet service.

Mar 7, 2007 — Globe & Mail

It's Canada's copyright Kyoto by John Ibbitson

Article says Canada's Conservative government has failed to work out a final agreement on a new copyright act.

Mar 6, 2007 — Chicago Tribune

The end of analog TV broadcasting by Steven Helle

U.S. television signals are mandated by Congress to be entirely digital by Feb. 17, 2009 - leaving as many as 66% of American TV sets obsolete.

Mar 6, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Sifton will consider Osprey sale by Grant Robertson

Osprey Media, one of the oldest names in Canadian publishing, may be selling the family business.

Mar 6, 2007 — CBC News

Alliance Atlantis posts 4th quarter loss, blames tax hit

Alliance Atlantis, which hopes to be acquired by CanWest Global and U.S. based Goldman Sachs, posted a fourth quarter loss of $16.6 million.

Mar 5, 2007 — Canadian Conference of the Arts

Letter from the Canadian Conference of the Arts to Heritage Minister Bev Oda.

Alain Pineau, CCA's National Director, calls on the Heritage Minister to prolong the hearings on the proposed CTVglobemedia takeover of CHUM to ensure an honest, transparent and responsible public discussion.

Mar 5, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

CRTC hearing pandering, says CEP

Canada's largest media union calls on the CRTC to hold an open, transparent and accountable review of the CBC mandate.

Mar 5, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Alliance Atlantis takes a cheekier attitude to Life by Keith McArthur

Alliance Atlantis is rebranding its Life Network specialty channel as Slice, which will offer edgier programming aimed at a younger female audience.

Mar 5, 2007 — Playback

CEP slams feds' handling of CHUM buy by Patricia Bailey

FRIENDS says the CRTC is following due process, so far, with its upcoming hearings into CTVglobemedia's purchase of CHUM.

Mar 5, 2007 — New York Times

The Karmazin Way: Build It, Sell It, Run It, Repeat by Richard Siklos

The chief executive of Sirius Satellite Radio attempts to sell U.S. federal regulators on the idea that satellite radio is competing with all forms of audio entertainment and therefore a merged Sirius/XM would not be a monopoly.

Mar 3, 2007 — Toronto Star

Public scrutiny's tiny window by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist notes that viewers, unions, artists' groups and other non-industry parties have only 24 working days to submit their interventions to the CRTC on the proposed CTVglobemedia takeover of CHUM.

Mar 3, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Little Mosque steps on the Gas by Gayle MacDonald

CBC-TV's new sitcom, Little Mosque on the Prairie, has lured two top writers from its comedic rival, CTV's Corner Gas.

Mar 3, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Competition Board OKs CTVglobemedia-CHUM deal by Scott Deveau

The federal Competition Board has cleared CTVglobemedia's $1.7-billion proposed takeover of CHUM - the CRTC must still approve the deal.

Mar 2, 2007 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Letter from CBC executive to Save our CBC Kamloops

Fred Mattocks, Executive Director of CBC TV Regional Programming responds to concerns form a grassroots citizens group regarding the lack of access to CBC TV over-the-air in Kamloops.

Mar 2, 2007 — Playback

Feds okay CHUM buyout by Norma Reveler

FRIENDS says the federal Competition Bureau didn't consider important matters such as diversity of voices in local broadcasting when it analyzed the proposed CTVglobemedia takeover of CHUM.

Mar 2, 2007 — Playback

Heritage chair defends Shaw, Videotron by Patricia Bailey

The Conservative chair of the House of Commons heritage committee says the Canadian Television Fund needs to change, and is defending the withdrawal of payments by Shaw Communications and Videotron.

Mar 2, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CBC hires a winner to head its sports division by William Houston

Scott Moore, the former vice-president of production for Rogers Sportsnet, has been hired as the new head of CBC Sports.

Mar 2, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CRTC to cast wide net in hearings by Grant Robertson

Hearings into the proposed purchase of CHUM by CTVglobemedia are scheduled to begin April 30 and will be chaired by the newly appointed CRTC Chair Konrad von Finckenstein.

Mar 2, 2007 — Associated Press

BBC signs deal with YouTube to show news, entertainment excerpts by Jane Wardell

The British Broadcasting Corp. has signed a deal with Google Inc.'s YouTube that will allow the Web site to show excerpts of the broadcaster's news and entertainment programs.

Mar 2, 2007 — National Post

CRTC may drop ban on owning multiple stations in the same city by Paul Vieira

The CRTC has announced it is prepared to revamp its policy of limiting broadcasters to ownership of only one station in a single market.

Mar 1, 2007 — CARTT

Heritage Committee begins look into CBC by Norma Reveler

Jean-Pierre Blais - the Canadian Heritage deputy minister of cultural affairs - tells the Parliamentary committee reviewing CBC's mandate that the public broadcaster has pushed the private networks to be better and vice versa.

Mar 1, 2007 — CBC/Radio-Canada

New legal provisions affecting CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC Legal VP Pierre Nollet has sent a memorandum to CBC's employees concerning the impact of changes in the Federal Accountability Act.

Mar 1, 2007 — New York Times

Sirius Chief Talks of Ways To Get XM Deal Approved by Stephen Labaton

Sirius and XM Satellite Radio tell the U.S. Congress they would agree to government-imposed price controls and other measures to gain regulatory approval for their proposed merger.

Mar 1, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

Air Canada launches XM Canada programming today

XM Canada has struck a deal with Air Canada for exclusive programming of in-flight music channels.

Mar 1, 2007 — Playback

CTF is not broken, so don't fix it, say MPs by Patricia Bailey

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Heritage votes to keep the existing structure of the Canadian Television Fund, with all funds going to independent producers and 37% destined for the CBC/SRC.

Feb 28, 2007 — AlterNet

Will porn determine the winner in the HD format wars? by Joshua Holland

Blog posting states the porn industry is planning to use the HD-DVD high definition DVD format rather than Sony's Blu-ray.

Feb 28, 2007 — National Post

The CBC has a dirty secret by Sean O'Shea ad Kelly Patrick

Global News reports that despite Ontario's strict prohibition on smoking in the workplace, employees at the CBC's downtown Toronto headquarters are legally lighting up inside two smoking lounges.

Feb 28, 2007 — New York Times

Saving Radio in the Satellite Era by Eric Klinenberg

Op-Ed says the U.S. government should enact policies requiring broadcast radio stations to air original programming on digital stations, and allowing satellite companies to run local news, talk and music.

Feb 28, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CHUM remains on hunt for further acquisitions by Grant Robertson

Senior executives with CHUM say that the company plans to continue pursuing acquisitions of its own as it awaits a federal decision on its takeover bid by CTVglobemedia.

Feb 28, 2007 — Vancouver Province

CBC buries Poet's premiere late at night

CBC plans to air Canada's only 2007 Oscar winner, The Danish Poet, in a time slot that almost guarantees very few Canadians will see it.

Feb 28, 2007 — Montreal Gazette

Astral investors concerned by cost of buying Standard by Peter Hadekel

Some analysts and investors are worried that the current frenzied media concentration atmosphere will result in Astral Media overpaying for Standard Broadcasting.

Feb 28, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Sirius loss falls to $246M as it trims marketing by Don Jeffrey

Sirius Satellite Radio, the broadcaster that is trying to buy rival XM Satellite Radio, posted a fourth-quarter loss of $245.6 million (USD).

Feb 27, 2007 — NDP

NDP MP Charlie Angus wins victory for the CTF

NDP Heritage Critic Charlie Angus says his recommendations to the House of Commons Heritage Committee will lead to greater stability for the Canadian Television Fund.

Feb 27, 2007 — Toronto Star

Task force set up to study TV fund raises alarm bells by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist raises concerns about the lack of transparency for the newly established CRTC task force set up to study the Canadian Television Fund.

Feb 27, 2007 — NDP

NDP MP Charlie Angus wins victory for the CTF

Timmins James Bay MP says proposed new recommendations to the Heritage Committee's draft report on the Canadian Television Fund will lead to greater stability for the fund.

Feb 27, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Leafs are key part of next NHL TV deal by William Houston

Columnist says the Toronto Maple Leafs have emerged as a key bargaining chip in negotiations for a new National Hockey League television contract between CBC and CTV/TSN.

Feb 27, 2007 — Montreal Gazette

Astral shares fall on Standard deal by Chris Fournier

Shares of Astral Media fell the most in two years after analysts speculated the Montreal firm might pay up to $1.2 billion for Standard Radio.

Feb 27, 2007 — National Post

XM's Q4 loss shrinks to US$257M, sales up 45% by Don Jeffrey

XM Satellite Radio, the broadcaster that is being acquired by its rival Sirius Satellite Radio, posted a fourth-quarter loss of $256.7 million (USD).

Feb 27, 2007 — Saskatoon Star Phoenix

APTN catches eyes of Canadians by Kerry Benjoe

The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, the only national aboriginal network in the world, seeks to be recognized as Canada's fourth national broadcaster.

Feb 27, 2007 — CARTT

CFTPA Prime Time by Susan Tolusso

Canadian film, TV and new media producers focused on improving industry performance at their annual Prime Time conference in Ottawa.

Feb 27, 2007 — CARTT

Telecom vice-chair French quitting Commission

CRTC vice-chair, Richard French, says he will be resigning his position before the Federal Accountability Act disallows companies he owns from receiving government contracts.

Feb 26, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Oscars honour Canadian short film by Simon Houpt

Canadian filmmaker Torill Kove won the Best Animated Short Academy Award for the National Film Board-produced 'The Danish Poet'.

Feb 24, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Bitter ACTRA strike leaves Hollywood North battered

Following a six-week labour dispute, industry experts say that Canadian film and television now faces a long, hard, uphill climb toward recovery.

Feb 24, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Astral Media set to broadcast coast to coast by Grant Robertson

A proposed $1.2-billion media merger would see Astral Media swallow Standard Broadcasting to become Canada's largest network of commercial radio stations.

Feb 24, 2007 — Toronto Sun

Missing the joke by Michael Coren

Columnist accuses the CBC and actor Mary Walsh of bias over comments aired on the East Coast Music Awards.

Feb 23, 2007 — Canadian Conference of the Arts

Submission to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

The CCA submission to the House of Commons Heritage Committee on the Role of the CBC as a Public Broadcaster in the 21st Century.

Feb 23, 2007 — Playback

Producers meet 'new kid' at CRTC by Marise Strauss

CRTC chair, Konrad von Finckenstein spoke of the uneasy relationship between new media and the Broadcasting Act at a Canadian film, TV and new media producers conference.

Feb 23, 2007 — XM Satellite Radio, Canada

A message from XM Canada to one of its subscribers

The President and Chief Operating Officer of XM Canada claims there will be no change in the service it delivers to Canadian Subscribers.

Feb 23, 2007 — National Post

Well, we've had 69 nominations. Take that, Disney! by Jay Stone

The National Film Board of Canada has received 69 Academy Award nominations over the last 79 years.

Feb 23, 2007 — National Post

Television fund in 'crisis,' CRTC chairman admits by Paul Vieira

New CRTC Chair Konrad von Finckenstein says he plans to resolve the crisis with Canadian Television Fund through co-operation, not confrontation.

Feb 23, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Sirius-XM radio merger faces U.S. antitrust hurdle by James Rowley

Antitrust experts are saying Sirius and XM Satellite Radio will have trouble persuading the U.S. Justice Department to approve their merger because it will create a monopoly.

Feb 23, 2007 — National Post

Astral stalks Standard by Barbara Shecter

Article claims Astral Media is in talks to buy radio powerhouse Standard Broadcasting.

Feb 22, 2007 — Broadcast News


FRIENDS notes that public opinion polls have shown that privatizing Ontario's public broadcaster would be unpopular.

Feb 22, 2007 — Government of Canada

2006–2007 Government Estimates

The federal government has tabled its Main Estimates in the House of Commons - including budgets for CBC.

Feb 22, 2007 — Playback

CTF may 'resist change,' says Barrett by Mark Dillon

The Chair of the Canadian Television Fund says the agency will only make changes that it believes make sense.

Feb 22, 2007 — Le Devoir

En bref - Francine Allaire, nouvelle patronne des dramatiques

Le Devoir reports that Francine Allaire, formerly educational director of l'Institut national de l'image et du son has been appointed director of drama and long form documentaries at SRC Télévision

Feb 22, 2007 — Globe & Mail

iPod revolution turns satellite radio on its ear by Mathew Ingram

Article says over the past six years, the wildly popular Apple iPod has eaten into the potential market for satellite radio.

Feb 22, 2007 — Globe & Mail

TVO won't go private, Education Minister says by Clint Thomas

Ontario's Education Minister says his government has no interest in selling off TVOntario, even though the number of memberships has fallen off sharply in recent months.

Feb 22, 2007 — Kamloops Daily News

Lobby group seeks local views on CBC by Mike Youds

Save Our CBC Kamloops is encouraging citizens to participate in the CBC mandate review process.

Feb 21, 2007 — Playback Magazine

Allaire named drama boss at SRC by Patricia Bailey

Radio-Canada has hired veteran film producer Francine Allaire as its new head of dramatic programming.

Feb 21, 2007 — ACTRA

ACTRA and Producers Reach New Agreement

The Canadian Film and Television Production Association, The Association des producteurs de films et de télévision du Québec and ACTRA have reached a new three year Independent Production Agreement.

Feb 21, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CRTC to launch review of besieged television fund by Simon Tuck

Some media watchers are saying that the CRTC is conducting a review of the Canadian Television Fund because the Harper government is trying to distance itself from a controversial subject.

Feb 21, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Satellite radio deal strikes discord in Canada by Grant Robertson

The marriage of XM and Sirius is being touted as a merger of equals in the U.S., but in Canada, Sirius - which is privately owned by the CBC, Standard Broadcasting and its U.S. parent - sees itself as the most valuable piece of the puzzle.

Feb 21, 2007 — Montreal Gazette

Quebecor Media takes big hit by Roberto Rocha

Quebecor Media took a $170-million hit in 2006, mainly for a hefty refinancing of debt and erosion of the value of television assets.

Feb 21, 2007 — Montreal Gazette

Ottawa should stop with its excuses and fund the arts by Janet Gagnall

Columnist says that an investment in Quebec's arts community would pay big dividends in jobs and taxes.

Feb 21, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Shaw unrepentant about TV fund ploy by Deirdre McMurdy

Jim Shaw Jr. - en route to his home in Palm Desert - was unrepentant about his actions toward the Canadian Television Fund while appearing before a parliamentary committee.

Feb 21, 2007 — Le Devoir

Télévision - L'avenir du FCT reste en suspens

Le Devoir report suggests that the crisis in the funding of the Canadian Television fund is not over.

Feb 21, 2007 — National Post

More media mergers ahead by Jonathan Ratner

An investment analyst predicts more mergers and acquisitions in Canada's media industry in 2007.

Feb 21, 2007 — National Post

CRTC will examine TV fund concerns by Paul Vieira

The CRTC has announced that a task force will review how the $250-million Canadian Television Fund operates.

Feb 21, 2007 — New York Times

Satellite Radio in Canada Faces Its Own Uncertainties by Ian Austen

Columnist says that a merger of Sirius Canada and XM Canada would face intense regulatory scrutiny.

Feb 21, 2007 — National Post

Market fears hurdles too high for Sirius, XM merger by Peter Morton

Investors and analysts are worried that U.S. antitrust regulators will block the proposed merger between Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio.

Feb 20, 2007 — Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

Transcript of the Heritage Committee hearing on the Canadian Television Fund

Unedited Hansard transcript of the hearings of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage with testimony from Shaw Communications, Vidéotron and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters regarding the Canadian Television Fund.

Feb 20, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CBC, broadcast-advocacy group turn volume up on slanging match

FRIENDS says that, from dumbed-down news reporting to Hollywood imports to decimated local programming, CBC senior management is not delivering what Canadians need.

Feb 20, 2007 — National Post

Sirius, XM signal merger: Deal worth US$13B by Lori Mcleod

Columnist says the merger of XM and Sirius in the U.S. would leave little option but consolidation for XM Canada and Sirius Canada.

Feb 20, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Shaw to resume contributions to television fund by Simon Tuck

Jim Shaw Jr. says his concerns about the Canadian Television Fund have now received enough attention and his company will resume making monthly payments.

Feb 20, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Bernier eyes easing the limits on foreign ownership by Simon Tuck

Conservative Industry Minister Maxime Bernier says he plans to raise with his cabinet colleagues the subject of easing foreign ownership restrictions on telecommunications companies.

Feb 20, 2007 — Globe & Mail

A cold, hard reason to stand up for Canadian TV by John Doyle

Columnist notes that Canadian television contributes billions of dollars to the domestic economy.

Feb 20, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Radio rivals resort to merger by Grant Robertson

XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio are planning a $13-billion (U.S.) merger that would create an industry monopoly if it clears U.S. antitrust laws.

Feb 20, 2007 — Toronto Star

CBC brass gets attacked by Friends by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist says CBC president and CEO Robert Rabinovitch and CBC-TV executive vice-president Richard Stursberg, have been 'stung' by FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting.

Feb 19, 2007 — Le Devoir

Entrevue avec la ministre Line Beauchamp - Pour une loi-cadre du patrimoine culturel

Stéphane Baillargeon reports that if the Quebec Liberals retain power, Cultural Heritage minister Line Beauchamp promises to make permanent a legal framework for funding cultural heritage.

Feb 19, 2007 — Canadian Press

CBC goes after lobby group by Jennifer Ditchburn

FRIENDS defends evaluating the performance of senior CBC executives.

Feb 18, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Shaw softens opposition to television fund by Simon Tuck

Shaw Communications says it is now willing to work with Ottawa to change the way the Canadian Television Fund operates.

Feb 18, 2007 — Market Wire

Shaw Calls for a Firm Plan and Schedule for Fundamental Reform of Canadian Program Financing

Jim Shaw Jr., CEO of Shaw Communications, responds to statement by Beverley Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Feb 17, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Continental integration talks spark fierce debate in U.S. by Kelly Patterson

A sweeping accord for the economic and security integration of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico has unleashed a firestorm of debate south of the border.

Feb 17, 2007 — XM Signal Newsletter

Question and Answer on CBC

E-newsletter posting says XM Satellite Radio Canada has no plans to offer CBC Radio 1, Radio 2 or Radio 3 to its subscribers.

Feb 17, 2007 — National Post

CanWest expands news coverage in Canada, overseas

CanWest has announced it will hire more than 25 news journalists and open new bureaus in Quebec City, Halifax, France and China.

Feb 17, 2007 — Le Devoir

Médias - Des questions pertinentes, Paul Cauchon

Le Devoir reports that Québecor is having difficulty persuading the Quebec public of its point of view on financing television production.

Feb 16, 2007 — Playback Magazine

TV watchdog scolds Global by Marise Strauss

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has scolded Global Television for two broadcasts that it says breached the CAB Code of Violence and Ethics.

Feb 16, 2007 — Playback Magazine

CTV still top of the chart by Jesse Kohl

Ratings show CTV had the five top-rated shows for the week ending Feb. 11, though hockey viewership was up on CBC.

Feb 16, 2007 — Playback Magazine

Not so fast on IPA, says Hollywood by Etan Vlessing

Hollywood studios have balked at the tentative agreement between Canadian actors and producers, leaving both sides to find a face-saving formula on new media compensation.

Feb 16, 2007 — Media at McGill

Testing Foreign Ownership an Old Favourite for CanWest by Gregory Taylor

Article says that CanWest's track record in Australia demonstrates the company is willing to flaunt national broadcast policies and keep its intentions hidden.

Feb 16, 2007 — ACTRA

Breaking News from ACTRA: Tentative Agreement

Under the tentative agreement, Canadian actors will receive a 10% increase in pay over three years and a new compensation model for new media performances.

Feb 16, 2007 — Edmonton Journal

Cable firms must pay to aid Canadian TV by Alan Kellogg

Columnist says that everyone must obey the rules and pay their taxes - including protected monopolies like Shaw Communications.

Feb 16, 2007 — Toronto Star

Your money funded CTF by Antonia Zerbisias

A television industry observer calculates that cable companies have made hundreds of millions of dollars in extra revenue since the CRTC allowed them to increase their fees and pay a percentage into the Canadian Television Fund.

Feb 16, 2007 — National Post

Whither Mother Corp? by Lorne Gunter

Columnist argues that an out-of-date attitude and poor programming decisions are to blame for the CBC's rating woes in recent years.

Feb 15, 2007 — Macleans

Is Big Bird bad for baby? by Luiza Savage

Pediatricians warn parents not to allow the television to become an electronic nanny.

Feb 15, 2007 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Notes for remarks by Mr. Robert Rabinovitch to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

Text of presentation by the President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada to the House of Commons Heritage Committee on the relationship between the CBC and the Canadian Television Fund.

Feb 15, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Television fund crucial, producers say by Guy Dixon and James Adams

A television producer calls the Canadian Television Fund the lifeblood of the domestic TV industry.

Feb 15, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Where have all the cultural warriors gone? by John Doyle

Columnist asks who is ready, willing and able to articulate why this country needs Canadian-made television?

Feb 15, 2007 — National Post

Shaw digs in heels on payments to TV fund by Paul Vieira

Officials with Shaw Communications are not commenting as to whether they will follow Quebecor’s lead and resume making monthly payments to the Canadian Television Fund.

Feb 15, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Rogers opposes upstart's ad plans by Grant Robertson

Only Imagine Inc.'s application to the CRTC to sell Canadian ads on cable feeds of popular U.S. channels such as CNN, A&E and TBS has run into opposition from the cable industry.

Feb 14, 2007 — Le Devoir

Quel modèle de télévision ? Jean-Robert Sansfaçon

An editorial by Jean-Robert Sansfaçon calls on Pierre-Karl Péladeau, CEO of Québecor to understand the purpose and value of the Canadian Television Fund.

Feb 14, 2007 — Halifax Daily News

Local actors on strike by Beth Johnston

550 Nova Scotian members of ACTRA Maritimes have joined in strike action with their colleagues from Ontario, Saskatchewan, Quebec and Manitoba.

Feb 14, 2007 — Globe & Mail

'The Prussian' who loves a good fight by Grant Robertson and Simon Tuck

Article says Konrad von Finckenstein has stamped his personality on the CRTC with a warning to cable companies that the regulator would rewrite the rules to ensure payments to the Canadian Television Fund resume.

Feb 14, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Péladeau blinks in TV funding spat with CRTC by Simon Tuck

Vidéotron Ltée owner Quebecor Media says it is prepared to resume payments to the Canadian Television Fund after the CRTC's new chief threatened to rewrite the licences of the country's cable companies.

Feb 14, 2007 — National Post

Toronto-based JumpTV selling shares for asset acquisition

Ethnic Internet TV broadcaster JumpTV says it will raise $117.4-million in a share offering and is looking at acquisitions to expand its reach.

Feb 14, 2007 — Montreal Gazette

TVA Group losses mount after drop in ad revenue

Quebecor's TVA Group saw fourth-quarter losses hit $13 million as operating expenses in the television group mounted and advertising revenues slipped.

Feb 14, 2007 — National Post

Ottawa reins in TV rebels: Minister hits back by Paul Vieira

Heritage Minister Bev Oda says she sent has letters to Shaw Communications and Quebecor's Vidéotron Ltée urging them to resume payments to the Canadian Television Fund.

Feb 13, 2007 — CBC News

Oda promises letter asking cable firms for CTF funding

Heritage Minister Bev Oda says she will write to Shaw Communications and Vidéotron and ask them to resume their payments to the Canadian Television Fund.

Feb 13, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

Statement from Konrad von Finckenstein, the Chairman of the CRTC

The head of the CRTC says the broadcast regulator will play a role in finding a resolution to the dispute between Shaw/Vidéotron and the Canadian Television Fund.

Feb 13, 2007 — CBC/Radio-Canada

The CTF and Canadian culture by Richard Stursberg

Richard Stursberg, CBC's executive vice-president of English Television tells CBC employees he will encourage the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage to defend the role of the Canadian Television Fund.

Feb 13, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Stay tuned: Shaw cable boss might just flip the TV channel by Eric Reguly

Columnist speculates that Jim Shaw Jr.'s pullout from the Canadian Television Fund may mean the company is losing interest in Canadian TV and will look to sell its interest in Corus Entertainment.

Feb 13, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Let foreigners in, OECD says by Tavia Grant

An economic think-tank report claims Canada should allow more foreign ownership in the telecommunications industry to boost the country's short-term productivity and economic growth.

Feb 13, 2007 — Global Insight

CRTC Exempts Mobile TV from Licensing Requirements by Seth Wallis-Jones

The CRTC has clarified its position on TV broadcasting to mobile devices, formally exempting most mobile TV services from licensing requirements.

Feb 13, 2007 — Peterborough Examiner

CBC looks south again for drama

CBC TV is giving the timeslot formerly occupied by the home-grown drama "Intelligence" to the U.S. cable program "Hustle".

Feb 13, 2007 — National Post

Peladeau steps up fund war by Paul Vieira

Quebecor's chief executive Pierre Karl Peladeau is calling on Ottawa to end mandatory payments to the Canadian Television Fund for private-sector broadcasting firms.

Feb 12, 2007 — Variety

Alliance Distribution in Flux over Pact by Tamsen Tillson

Columnist says that restrictions on foreign ownership of Canadian media companies mean that Goldman Sachs will need to sell off the Alliance Atlantis motion picture distribution arm.

Feb 12, 2007 — Playback Magazine

Quebecor proposes $35M fund by Patricia Bailey and Marise Strauss

Quebecor wants to move away from the Canadian Television Fund and pump more than $35 million per year into a new private fund to finance its own television programming.

Feb 12, 2007 — Online Petition

Restore Funding to Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

A grassroots petition has started in response to budgetary cuts to a fund that supports the creation, dissemination and promotion of Canadian arts, Canadian cultural initiatives, and business opportunities for Canadian artists internationally.

Feb 12, 2007 — Maclean's

It's tough to get a clear signal by John Geddes

Columnist says the Conservative government can't seem to figure out what it wants to do with the CBC.

Feb 11, 2007 — Edmonton Sun

Oda causing problems by Sheila Copps

Former Heritage Minister says it was a mistake by the Conservatives not to allow the Canadian Television Fund board to handle the dispute between the Fund and the cable companies.

Feb 9, 2007 — Playback Magazine

Jozi-H producer slams CBC's promotional efforts by Marise Strauss

"Jozi-H" producer believes CBC TV executives did too little to promote the series and wanted the medical drama to die on the table.

Feb 9, 2007 — Los Angeles Times

Wake-up call to a.m. news: moms tuning out by Matea Gold

Morning broadcast shows, once a staple for women, are seeing audiences shrink as options for news from sources such as the Internet increase.

Feb 9, 2007 — Le Devoir

Plate-forme électorale du Parti québécois - Le PQ promet une manne à la culture, Stéphane Baillargeon

The Parti Québecois releases an election platform containing expansive cultural plans.

Feb 9, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Cable giants reject CTF proposal by Simon Tuck

Two of Canada's cable giants flatly rejected an olive branch offered by the Canadian Television Fund in a House of Commons Heritage Committee meeting.

Feb 9, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CHUM deal prompts wide probe of ad market by Grant Robertson

Dozens of advertisers and broadcasters have been ordered to produce data on how television commercials are bought and sold, suggesting the federal Competition Bureau is studying the impact the proposed takeover of CHUM will have on Canadian advertising markets.

Feb 9, 2007 — Montreal Gazette

Peladeau pushes feds to rethink TV by Peter Hadekel

Industry observers say the controversy with the Canadian Television Fund has come to a head because technological change has made the media industry far more competitive than ever before.

Feb 9, 2007 — Market Wire

Shaw Communications Inc.: CBC and CTF Should be Held Accountable

Jim Shaw Jr. rejects the suggestion that withholding payments to the Canadian Television Fund will unravel the Canadian broadcasting system.

Feb 8, 2007 — Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union

Letter to CRTC Chair Konrad von Finckenstein

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada tells the new CRTC Chair to hold public hearings concerning concentration of ownership in Canada's broadcast media.

Feb 8, 2007 — Canada Media Guild

CBC confirms closure of TV design department, announces 64 layoffs

The CBC has confirmed it will lay off 64 employees and close its in-house design department on May 31.

Feb 8, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Canadian Television Fund ready to ask CRTC for help by Simon Tuck

Columnist says the Canadian Television Fund plans to ask the CRTC to play a stronger role in urging Shaw and Vidéotron to honour their commitments to Canadian programming.

Feb 8, 2007 — Le Devoir

Fonds canadien de télévision - Bev Oda renvoie la balle au CRTC

Heritage Minister Beverley Oda passes the buck to the CRTC on Big Cable's withdrawal from the Canadian Television Fund

Feb 8, 2007 — Globe & Mail

MediaWorks price looks like bargain for CanWest by Grant Robertson

CanWest Global has confirmed it is considering a buyback of the income fund that owns newspapers such as The Vancouver Sun, Edmonton Journal and Montreal Gazette.

Feb 8, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Tune in howling on the Hill for prime-time Canadian drama by Deirdre McMurdy

Columnist sites FRIENDS research stating that between September 2003 and February 2006, foreign programs shown on CBC-TV increased by almost 50 per cent.

Feb 7, 2007 — Cyberpresse

Bev Oda renvoie la balle au CRTC, Karine Fortin

Heritage Minister Bev Oda calls on the CRTC to deal with Shaw and Vidéotron's withdrawal from funding of the Canadian Television Fund.

Feb 7, 2007 — CBC News

Quebec TV industry pressures Ottawa on CTF funding

Actors and television producers in Quebec call on Ottawa to loan money to the Canadian Television Fund to replace money being withheld by Vidéotron and Shaw Communications.

Feb 7, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Tory documents cast doubt on Net neutrality

Internal government documents suggest that Conservative Industry Minister Maxime Bernier will side with large telecommunications companies in the Net neutrality debate.

Feb 7, 2007 — Montreal Gazette

Canadian TV scene headed for 'destruction' by Brendan Kelly

The president of the Quebec film and TV producers association says Videotron and Shaw's decision to withdraw their financial support from the Canadian Television Fund could have a disastrous impact on Canada's TV production industry.

Feb 7, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

CRTC OKs 7 more homegrown HD channels by Etan Vlessing

Canadian broadcaster High Fidelity HDTV has secured regulatory approval for seven homegrown high-definition channels.

Feb 6, 2007 — Toronto Star

TV fund money really belongs to us by Antonia Zerbisias

Media activist says Canadian cable subscribers may have been overcharged for over a decade.

Feb 6, 2007 — Associated Press

Wal-Mart Sells Movies, TV Shows Online by Gary Gentile

Wal-Mart has launched an online movie download store with digital versions of 3,000 films and television shows.

Feb 6, 2007 — CARTT

Keep your politics out of my Super Bowl, say viewers

Survey states that 60% of viewers that could recall the Conservatives' Super Bowl ad attacking Stéphane Dion had an unfavourable response.

Feb 6, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Cut TV funding? Don't be a ninny by John Doyle

Columnist says that without the Canadian Television Fund, Canadian TV will appear to be supported only by public funds and regulation, and, therefore subject to the political whims of governments.

Feb 6, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Bernier's hands-on style causes a stir by Simon Tuck

Richard French, the CRTC's vice-chairman of telecommunications, told a parliamentary committee that Industry Minister Maxime Bernier's direct involvement in the telecommunications sector is without precedent in the past few decades.

Feb 6, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CBC-TV head scolds Shaw, Vidéotron by Grant Robertson

CBC executive vice-president for English TV Richard Stursberg says the actions of Shaw Communications and Vidéotron Ltée could unravel the Canadian broadcasting system.

Feb 6, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Precedents in place at CRTC for Alliance bid by Grant Robertson

Article reports that the CRTC previously approved a small Newfoundland cable firm's privatization with a U.S. backer, suggesting a potential precedent for CanWest’s bid for Alliance.

Feb 5, 2007 — The Dominion

Cable Cutters by Michael Lithgow

Article highlights a CRTC regulation that states cable companies must provide a community channel that encourages access, training and meaningful volunteer opportunities, and that up to 50% of airtime must be made available for independently produced community programs.

Feb 5, 2007 — Mediacaster Magazine

Shaw Wants to Bring USA to Canada

Shaw Communications has applied to the CRTC for permission to make USA Network available to Canadian subscribers.

Feb 5, 2007 — Maclean's

Heritage minister spends $5,500 on limo rides during Juno trip

Heritage Minister Bev Oda racked up $5,500 in limo bills as she travelled around Halifax last spring for the Juno Awards - eventually paying back nearly half out of her own pocket.

Feb 5, 2007 — Playback Magazine

CTF tweaks 2007/08 guidelines by Cheryl Binning

Canadian Television Fund guideline changes - which arrive just weeks after Shaw Communications and Vidéotron pulled their support - are described as mostly cosmetic.

Feb 5, 2007 — Playback Magazine

TV needs 'vision,' says Heritage critic Keeper by Patricia Bailey

Tina Keeper, the Liberal Party's Heritage critic, says a thriving homegrown TV industry should be a major priority.

Feb 5, 2007 — Western Standard

Tolerating Intolerance by Kevin Steel

Columnist suggests the CRTC announced that Rogers Cable could market nine Chinese state TV channels in Canada on the last working day before Christmas to avoid scrutiny and criticism.

Feb 3, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Just pay the piano player by Margaret Atwood

Prolific Canadian author says the creative community may need to engage in some rabble-rousing to counter the Stephen Harper government's lack of support for the arts.

Feb 3, 2007 — National Post

PM's voters favour Tim's, Cherry: poll by Peter O'Neil

Poll claims the profile of voters likely to support Stephen Harper's Conservatives are predominantly male, prefer a Tim Hortons double-double over a Starbucks latte and are less likely to watch CBC than other Canadians.

Feb 2, 2007 — Ottawa Sun

TV fund 'dead,' cable exec says by Jorge Barrera

Talking about the Canadian Television Fund, Shaw Communications executive vice-president Ken Stein told "It's dead. Done. Gone."

Feb 2, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CTF spat prompts probe into health of Canadian TV by Simon Tuck and Grant Robertson

The House of Commons Heritage Committee plans to make recommendations to Parliament about how Ottawa can help bolster Canada's television production industry.

Feb 2, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

FCC hears wrath of Senate Dems by Brooks Boliek

Senate Democrats are pressuring FCC commissioners to set programming requirements for television broadcasters as part of the industry's mandate to operate in the public interest.

Feb 2, 2007 — Montreal Gazette

HD a boon for Super Bowl ad aficionados by Stephanie Myles

A CRTC loophole is allowing Videotron and Star Choice high-definition subscribers to see U.S. TV spots while watching the Super Bowl.

Feb 2, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Change appears the only certainty for Canadian Television Fund by Deirdre McMurdy

Columnist suggests Heritage Minister Bev Oda is poised to make fundamental changes to the Canadian Television Fund that may include a reduction in the CBC's portion of the $250 million annual budget.

Feb 1, 2007 — Globe & Mail

We've also recruited aliens from space... by John Doyle

Columnist offers a satirical response to assertion of Richard Stursberg, vice-president of CBC English TV, that certain media companies have a secret agenda when it comes to CBC.

Feb 1, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Producers slam ACTRA position on court rulling by Lauren Krugel

The union representing Canadian artists and performers plans to appeal an Ontario court's decision to bring in an arbitrator to end a three-week-old strike.

Feb 1, 2007 — NDP

Angus motion on Canadian Television Fund passes unanimously

The NDP has passed a motion in the Heritage Committee to investigate how the possible elimination of the Canadian Television Fund would affect Canada's domestic television production industry.

Jan 31, 2007 — Le Devoir

Fonds canadien de télévision - Radio-Canada condamne la décision de Quebecor, Paul Cauchon

Radio-Canada Vice President Sylvain Lafrance criticizes Quebecor’s decision to withdraw its support for the Canadian Television Fund.

Jan 31, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Crewson to be honoured with ACTRA award

ACTRA, the union representing Canadian performers, is honouring veteran actress Wendy Crewson, naming her the recipient of its 2007 Award of Excellence.

Jan 30, 2007 — National Post

A media family's tough decision by Theresa Tedesco

Article details the strategy and motivation behind the proposed sale of CHUM to Bell Globemedia.

Jan 30, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Cable barbarians at the gate by John Doyle

Columnist says that cable companies in Canada are so unpopular that the Conservatives would be hurt politically if they were seen to be siding with them in the Canadian Television Fund funding debate.

Jan 30, 2007 — Toronto Sun

NDP MP slams Oda on TV fund by Jorge Barrera

The NDP has released a report co-authored by the Conservative government’s Heritage Minister Bev Oda in 1993 where she opposed the creation of the Canadian Television Fund.

Jan 30, 2007 — CARTT

NEW CHAIR: The question now is: "Who is Konrad von Finckenstein?" by Greg O'Brien

CARTT says that telecom insiders are speculating that the new CRTC chairman is coming in with a mandate of change.

Jan 30, 2007 — CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC Television in 2007 by Richard Stursberg

Richard Stursberg, executive vice-president of CBC English TV delivers his annual "state-of-the-union" memo to CBC employees.

Jan 30, 2007 — Canadian Press

CBC-TV head denies network is 'beleaguered,' but ad revenues to stay soft by Lee-Anne Goodman

FRIENDS says the track record of Richard Stursberg, executive vice-president of CBC English-TV over the past two years has been very disappointing.

Jan 29, 2007 — Judicial Watch

Judicial Watch Releases Pentagon Records from "North American Forum" Meetings

Senior military and government officials from Canada, the United States and Mexico meet secretly in Banff to discuss further integration of the three countries.

Jan 29, 2007 — Playback Magazine

Oda steps into CTF fray by Marise Strauss

Heritage Minister Bev Oda has announced she will meet with Shaw Communications, Videotron and other stakeholders to address the current fracas at the Canadian Television Fund.

Jan 28, 2007 — New York Times

Air Support by Eric Klinenberg

Article says that despite technological advancements the best way to transmit information in the case of an emergency is the radio - but only if local stations have staff in the studio to report the news.

Jan 27, 2007 — Toronto Star

Scrap iTunes restrictions, Dutch group demands by Toby Sterling

Consumer-advocacy groups in the Netherlands, Germany, France and the Nordic countries are pressuring Apple to change restrictions that tie songs bought on iTunes to the company's market-leading iPod players.

Jan 27, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CRTC chief seen as 'pro-consumer' by Grant Robertson

Columnist says industry executives are expecting Konrad von Finckenstein will bring a tough, hands-on administrative style to his new role as head of Canada's broadcast and telecom regulator.

Jan 27, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

New CRTC chair won't be sitting around by Deirdre McMurdy

Columnist says that Konrad von Finckenstein, the new CRTC chairman, has strong relationships with people at the highest levels of Stephen Harper's government.

Jan 27, 2007 — Vancouver Sun

Television fund crisis threatens B.C. industry, producer says by Marke Andrews

A Vancouver producer says the current crisis with the Canadian Television Fund could have grave repercussions for the fragile industry in B.C.

Jan 27, 2007 — National Post

Finckenstein faces crucial decisions by Peter Koven

The appointment of Konrad von Finckenstein as chairman of the CRTC has drawn praise from industry insiders that consider him a logical choice by the federal government.

Jan 26, 2007 — Globe & Mail

New NHL deals for TSN, CBC, close to done by William Houston

Article suggests a new NHL rights deal would see CBC retain Hockey Night in Canada and the Stanley Cup final but would give TSN more games involving Canadian teams and at least one round of the playoffs.

Jan 26, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa to contribute $200-million to TV fund

Heritage Minister Bev Oda has announced the federal government will contribute $200-million over two years to the Canadian Television Fund.

Jan 26, 2007 — Montreal Gazette

Ottawa summons cable companies by Mike de Sousza

The federal government has summoned two cable television companies to Parliament Hill because of their decision to stop payments required for Canadian programming.

Jan 26, 2007 — Toronto Star

Where is our media going? by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist notes that new CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein's track record as the head of Canada's Competition Bureau may not bode well for the takeover of CHUM by CTVglobemedia, and the deal between Canwest/Goldman Sachs and Alliance Atlantis.

Jan 26, 2007 — CBC News

Federal judge von Finckenstein to lead CRTC

Heritage Minister Bev Oda has named Federal Court Judge Konrad von Finckenstein, former commissioner of the Competition Bureau, as the new chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

Jan 26, 2007 — Canadian Television Fund

CTF Takes Action to Protect Fund

The Canadian Television Fund says that Shaw Communications and Quebecor's obligation to support Canadian television production is not discretionary and the fund has the fiduciary responsibility to act.

Jan 25, 2007 — CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada: Update to CBC Staff on the Board of Directors Meeting by Robert Rabinovitch, President and CEO

CBC President reports to staff on the content of a recent Board of Directors meeting held in Montreal.

Jan 25, 2007 — NDP

NDP to take on Shaw, Videotron over television fund

NDP Heritage Critic Charlie Angus calls on Heritage Minister Bev Oda to explain what steps will be taken to enforce the obligations of Videotron and Shaw to pay into the Canadian Television Fund.

Jan 25, 2007 — Calgary Herald

Industry at risk, says head of TV fund by Maria Babbage

Canadian Television Fund chairman Douglas Barrett says the Canadian television production industry will become "chaotic" as the fund struggles with an impending $63-million budget shortfall.

Jan 25, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Off the road after 20 years, Rostad still has tales to tell by Tony Lofar

Columnist says that with CBC's move to attract younger viewers, a long-running show featuring average Canadians was not seen as attractive to fragmented TV audiences.

Jan 25, 2007 — Globe & Mail

TV fund rebukes cable giants by Grant Robertson

The Canadian Television Fund has retained legal counsel and is concerned several projects could be shelved if the CRTC doesn't step in to enforce the payments from Shaw Communications and Vidéotron Ltée.

Jan 25, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

ACTRA: Spin off new-media talks by Etan Vlessing

Canada's performers union has called on North American producers to resolve the actors strike by moving the issue of compensation for new-media use into separate talks.

Jan 24, 2007 — ACTRA

Dear CFTPA, Time to stop fiddling while our industry burns

The performers' union tells the Canadian Film and Television Production Association that, instead of fighting each other in court, they should be working together on issues such as media concentration and Shaw Communications' pullout from the Canadian Television Fund.

Jan 24, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Cable companies rebel against Ottawa's TV fund by Grant Robertson and Simon Tuck

Vidéotron Ltée has pulled its support of the Canadian Television Fund, demanding a federal review into how contributions are being spent by the production community.

Jan 24, 2007 — Calgary Herald

CBC to target youth market online

The CBC is touting its new website as the country's first online, on demand, video magazine for youth.

Jan 24, 2007 — Toronto Star

Urgent need for new CRTC leader by Bill Roberts

Challenging issues are looming that need to be addressed by Canada’s broadcast and telecom regulator.

Jan 24, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC iPlayer gets Ofcom OK by Mimi Turner

The U.K. media regulator has broadly approved plans for the BBC to launch its broadband on-demand platform, the BBC iPlayer.

Jan 23, 2007 — Toronto Star

PM lodges complaint against CBC

Officials with the Prime Minister's Office have lodged a complaint with the CBC ombudsman over a Radio-Canada report about a meeting between U.S. and Canadian officials in Texas.

Jan 23, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Former actress takes on Heritage role by James Adams

Tina Keeper, former star of the CBC series North of 60, says Heritage Minister Beverley Oda is doing a poor job and the Conservatives underestimate the importance of Canadian heritage.

Jan 23, 2007 — Canadian Press

TV watchdog accused of partisan censorship

The Television Bureau of Canada is being accused of censorship by an advocacy group after a commercial aimed at Prime Minister Stephen Harper was refused approval.

Jan 23, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Cable guy's gamble gives Rogers the edge on Bell by Catherine McLean

Article says Rogers Communications is now the largest communications service provider in Canada by market value and may be interested in acquiring its cable counterpart in Western Canada, Shaw Communications.

Jan 23, 2007 — Mediacaster Magazine

Ottawa: One of the World's Most Intelligent Communities

Ottawa-Gatineau and Waterloo, Ontario make a list of communities showing leadership areas such as broadband communications, knowledge workforce, innovation, digital democracy and global marketing.

Jan 23, 2007 — Toronto Star

Shaw could kill TV fund by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist says if Shaw Communications pulls its contributions from the Canadian Television Fund, Canadian productions such as Degrassi: The Next Generation, Trailer Park Boys, Little Mosque on the Prairie and most documentaries won't have the financing they need.

Jan 22, 2007 — Playback Magazine

ACTRA strike to go before courts by Tamsen Tillson

The Ontario Superior Court is expected to decide whether the ACTRA walkout - in which there are no pickets and no one is off the job - is legal.

Jan 21, 2007 — Variety

CanWest bets on AAC deal by Tamsen Tillson

FRIENDS expects the ownership structure in the CanWest/Alliance Atlantis deal to be challenged by the CRTC under Canadian regulations limiting foreign ownership of media companies to 47%.

Jan 19, 2007 — Toronto Star

The End? by Bruce DeMara

Columnist suggests the ACTRA strike has cast doubt on hopes of a revival in the Toronto film production industry - which has been in steep decline in recent years.

Jan 19, 2007 — Victoria Times Colonist

CanWest purchase might have bigger price tag

CRTC taxation on regulated television assets could bump the Alliance Atlantis purchase price by $125 million to $150 million.

Jan 19, 2007 — The London Independent

The BBC deserves better than this by Chris Smith

Former British secretary of state for culture says the BBC is Britain's most important cultural organization and deserves more public support than is being given by the current government.

Jan 19, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC fee gap tough to 'swallow' by Mimi Turner

BBC director general Mark Thomson says the public broadcaster faces a £2 billion funding gap over the next six years under a new licence fee settlement with the British government.

Jan 18, 2007 — The London Times

BBC licence fee increased to £ 151 by Dan Sabbagh

Lower than expected licence fees will likely lead to several thousand job cuts at Britain's public broadcaster.

Jan 18, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Regulator douses hopes of satellite radio merger by Grant Robertson

Stock prices of Sirius and XM Satellite Radio took a blow after the U.S. regulator indicated that a merger between the two companies would likely be blocked.

Jan 18, 2007 — CARTT

COMMENTARY: When it comes to telecom regs, one size does not fit all by Greg O'Brien

CARTT says deregulation of the local phone market in major urban centres makes sense, but special consideration should be given to rural markets served by small operators.

Jan 18, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

RAI breakup plan serves infrastructure rivals by Eric J. Lyman

The breakup plan for the Italian state broadcaster RAI could help new niche broadcasters by allowing them access to RAI infrastructure.

Jan 17, 2007 — Canadian Press

CBC changes format of Radio Two in bid to draw younger listeners by Andrea Baillie

FRIENDS says the CBC Radio plan to reach a younger demographic is responsible management, as long they are sensitive to their existing audience.

Jan 17, 2007 — CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC Radio Announces New Programs

Message to staff from the Executive Director of Programming for CBC Radio announcing changes to Radio One and Radio Two.

Jan 17, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Sale leaves Canadian films in limbo by Gayle MacDonald

The sale of ThinkFilm to American interests has put the funding of roughly 50 Canadian movies in jeopardy.

Jan 17, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CanWest expected to step up pursuit of media holdings by Andrew Willis and Grant Robertson

Article says that CanWest, with the support of Goldman Sachs, plans to use its take-over of Alliance Atlantis as a springboard for other Canadian and foreign media acquisitions.

Jan 17, 2007 — Chicago Tribune

CBS views Web as ally to boost TV viewership by Phil Rosenthal

A CBC study states that the potential for network program distribution over the Internet is just beginning to be tapped.

Jan 17, 2007 — Calgary Herald

CNN's theme music to our fears by Sarah Schmidt

Study on propaganda in the media finds the CNN theme music for post-9/11 coverage had a revenge tone while CBC Newsworld's music had a gentler sound.

Jan 17, 2007 — Montreal Gazette

TVA pulls shows from YouTube by Roberto Rocha

The Quebec based TV network has asked the video-sharing site to take down clips of its shows.

Jan 16, 2007 — Digital Spy

Skype moves into TV by Joanne Oatts

The founders of the Skype internet telephony service are launching what they call the "world's first broadcast quality, piracy-proof internet TV service."

Jan 16, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Changes looming for CBC Radio by Guy Dixon

Upcoming changes will seek to create more distinction between the two CBC networks, with Radio Two as the home for music programs and Radio One as the place for news and talk.

Jan 16, 2007 — Toronto Star

Somali broadcasters silenced by officials by Olivia Ward

Somalia's transitional government has shut down four broadcasters and ordered executives to appear before the national security agency.

Jan 16, 2007 — Toronto Star

Apple TV by Jen Gerson

Columnist says cable companies will need to adjust to a changing environment where TV shows and movies can be downloaded, stored and played on TV screens without needing a cable subscription.

Jan 16, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

A separation of RAI and state? by Eric J. Lyman

The Italian government has unveiled a plan to restructure the state broadcaster to make it virtually free of political influence and less involved with commercial concerns.

Jan 15, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

TV fund money goes to independent producers by Bill Chambers

The vice-president of communications for CBC/Radio-Canada responds to Jim Shaw's rationale for pulling his company's contributions from the Canadian Television Fund.

Jan 15, 2007 — New York Times

Taking on a Big U.S. Partner, a First Family of Canadian Media Courts Trouble by Ian Austen

FRIENDS says there is good chance the CRTC will not allow the Alliance Atlantis sale to CanWest and an American investment bank because of Canada's foreign ownership rules.

Jan 14, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Conservatives set to mould altered CRTC by Simon Tuck

Columnist says the Harper government will attempt to fill as many as seven seats on the thirteen-member Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to reshape the regulator to take a more market-oriented view.

Jan 13, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Al-Arabiya TV cleared for Canada by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC has not imposed the same content restrictions on Al-Arabiya as it did on al-Jazeera, clearing the way for the Dubai-based satellite TV channel to be licensed for carriage in Canada.

Jan 13, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Reports of media shares' death have been greatly exaggerated by Derek DeCloet

Merger activity has increased stock market interest in Canadian media companies.

Jan 13, 2007 — Globe & Mail

BBC may sell its trademark London broadcast centre

The BBC may sell off its London television centre because the public broadcaster is expecting a lower grant than it sought from Tony Blair's government.

Jan 13, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Goldman eyes pension funds for support by Andrew Willis, Grant Robertson and Eric Reguly

New York investment bank Goldman Sachs plans to invite some of Canada's biggest pension funds into the Alliance Atlantis purchase in an attempt to "Canadianize the deal".

Jan 12, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CSR cash crunch raises concern by Grant Robertson

A business analyst has warned the company that operates XM satellite radio in Canada may run out of cash before it turns a profit, and may be forced to suspend royalty payments to its U.S. partner.

Jan 12, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

NHK wary of reduced license fee by Julian Ryall

The head of Japan's national broadcaster is questioning a government plan that would reduce the annual television licence fee by 20%.

Jan 12, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Dyke demanded job back, documents reveal By Mimi Turner

Released documents reveal how former BBC director general Greg Dyke was forced to resign in 2004 following criticism of the broadcaster's journalistic integrity in its reporting of the run-up to the Iraq war.

Jan 12, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Alliance deal rests on 'control' by Etan Vlessing

The Communications, Energy & Paperworkers Union of Canada will urge the CRTC to deny approval of the Alliance Atlantis purchase on grounds that it is largely financed by a foreign company.

Jan 12, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Alliance deal could produce TV spinoff by Grant Robertson, Andrew Willis and Eric Reguly

Goldman Sachs's options for cashing out on its investment in Alliance Atlantis include a multibillion-dollar offering of TV assets in 2010.

Jan 12, 2007 — Vancouver Sun

Canadian Satellite Radio shows loss, claims success by David Paddon

The company that brought XM satellite radio to Canada had a net loss of $23.9 million during the three-month period ending Nov. 30, 2006.

Jan 12, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Atlantis deal worth the risk, Asper says by Barbara Shecter

CanWest CEO says his company will control the content programming and will control the voting shares in the joint venture with U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs.

Jan 12, 2007 — Toronto Star

Global TV profits drive deal by David Friend

Media unions say the purchase of Alliance Atlantis will have consequences for Canadian audiences, content creators, advertisers and media employees.

Jan 11, 2007 — Canadian Press

CanWest counting on success at Global TV to make Alliance Atlantis deal work by David Friend

Without high TV profits, CanWest could risk holding less than half of the company in 2011 when CanWest and Goldman Sachs divide the shares of the recently formed joint-venture.

Jan 11, 2007 — AlterNet

Does Media Reform Have a Chance in the Digital Age? by Don Hazen

A new book by Jeffrey Chester documents the mainstream media's behind-the-scenes efforts to transform the online media system into a powerful marketing machine.

Jan 11, 2007 — CBC News

Copyright law changes could leave consumers vulnerable

Article suggests new digital copyright laws could turn consumers into criminals unless the Conservative government steps in with expanded "fair use" or "fair dealing" protections.

Jan 11, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Record debut for CBC with Little Mosque

More than two million Canadians tuned in to CBC's debut of Little Mosque on the Prairie.

Jan 11, 2007 — National Post

CRTC To Vet $2.3B Deal by Paul Vieira

The CRTC will need to uncover who has control in the CanWest/Goldman Sachs joint venture to determine whether the Alliance Atlantis purchase meets foreign ownership rules.

Jan 11, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Shaw pulls millions out of Canadian TV fund by Deirdre McMurdy

The CEO of Shaw Communications says he's prepared to breach CRTC regulations and stop contributing five per cent of his company's revenues to the Canadian Television Fund.

Jan 11, 2007 — National Post

CanWest's new Alliance by Barbara Shecter

$2.3 billion dollar deal will, if finalized, give CanWest access to 13 specialty channels including Showcase and Food Network Canada.

Jan 11, 2007 — CARTT

COMMENTARY: Deal structure sure to raise eyebrows by Greg O'Brien

CARTT says the competitive imbalance caused by the CTVglobemedia/CHUM merger may make it unlikely that the CRTC will stop the CanWest/Goldman Sachs purchase of Alliance Atlantis.

Jan 11, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC ordered to publish Dyke papers by Mimi Turner

The BBC has been ordered to publish internal documents revealing why a former director was fired in 2004 after its Iraq war coverage was criticized.

Jan 11, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Wraps off BBC license fee Jan. 18 by Mimi Turner

Article says lower license fees from the government will increase the British public broadcaster's reliance on commercial revenues.

Jan 10, 2007 — Dominion Bond Rating Service

DBRS Places CanWest MediaWorks Inc. Under Review with Developing Implications

A bond rating service has changed their ranking of CanWest until there is clarity regarding the structure and terms of the proposed acquisition of Alliance Atlantis.

Jan 10, 2007 — Canadian Press

CanWest, Goldman Sachs in exclusive talks to take over Alliance Atlantis by David Friend

FRIENDS says that possible CRTC intervention into the CanWest/Goldman Sachs purchase of Alliance Atlantis may cause concern for investors.

Jan 10, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

CanWest Responds to Media Speculation

CanWest Global confirms that it, along with U.S. based Goldman Sachs, have entered into exclusive discussions regarding the purchase of Alliance Atlantis.

Jan 10, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Get real, viewers, you don't work for free by John Doyle

Columnist comments on public reaction to the ACTRA strike.

Jan 10, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Goldman Sachs set to take lead in bid for Alliance Atlantis by Andrew Willis, Grant Robertson and Simon Tuck

A majority stake for U.S. based Goldman Sachs in the takeover of Alliance Atlantis would test federal regulations on foreign ownership of Canadian media.

Jan 10, 2007 — National Post

Stern bonus made of Sirius stuff by Scott Deveau

Sirius Satellite Radio has given radio shock jock Howard Stern a stock-based bonus of nearly US$83-million.

Jan 10, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Producers try to halt individual ACTRA deals By Etan Vlessing

The Canadian Film and Television Production Association has asked Ontario Superior Court to stop producers from making individual deals with the performers' union.

Jan 10, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Jobs unveils long-awaited iPhone, Apple TV By Paul Bond

A new device that streams digital entertainment from computers to televisions will make Apple a new competitor to cable and satellite TV operators.

Jan 9, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

ACTRA strike on, but few need to walk by Etan Vlessing

Individual pacts between producers and actors result in little production disruption.

Jan 9, 2007 — Globe & Mail

On strike, but shows go on by Guy Dixon

Canadian actors have begun a complicated strike action with no pickets and no work disruptions on film and television production sets.

Jan 9, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Little Mosque is gloriously Canadian by John Doyle

Columnist says the new CBC comedy is a demonstration of the difference in attitudes and national character between Canada and the United States.

Jan 9, 2007 — Ottawa Citizen

Choice of CRTC interim chairman a popular one with industry by Deirdre McMurdy

Michel Arpin, CRTC's vice-chairman of broadcasting, has been chosen to serve as interim chairman of the federal broadcast and telecom industry regulator.

Jan 8, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Google poaches NBC video exec by Mathew Ingram

The senior executive that had been steering NBC's new broadband initiatives will now spearhead the search engine's effort to "monetize" Google Video and YouTube.

Jan 8, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CanWest's Alliance bid may leave rivals in lurch by Grant Robertson and Sinclair Stewart

Article says a CanWest acquisition of Alliance Atlantis may pressure Astral and Corus into a merger, further concentrating the Canadian media industry.

Jan 6, 2007 — Globe & Mail

How CanWest circled Alliance by Andrew Willis

Columnist says CanWest's pursuit of Alliance Atlantis began in August 2006, when the company teamed up with a New York investment bank to make a pre-emptive strike on the specialty TV broadcaster.

Jan 6, 2007 — Associated Press

XM's Subscriber Count Misses Forecast

XM Satellite Radio says it ended 2006 with 7.63 million U.S. subscribers, well short of its 9 million subscriber target.

Jan 6, 2007 — The Economist

The battle over the Beeb's finances

The British Broadcasting Corporation is set to get another ten years of public money, but changing technology and a possible change in government make the public broadcaster's future uncertain.

Jan 5, 2007 — CMRI

Comparing Canadian program viewership on English and French language TV

Research shows that over the past three years Canadian programs have attracted roughly one third of the English language TV viewing audience and approximately two-thirds of the French language TV viewing audience.

Jan 5, 2007 — Globe & Mail

CanWest, Goldman join forces to bid for Alliance Atlantis by Andrew Willis and Sinclair Stewart

Article says Goldman Sachs has teamed up with CanWest Global Communications to make a $2.1-billion offer for Alliance Atlantis Communications.

Jan 5, 2007 — Canada NewsWire

Alliance sale should ignite feds says CEP

Canada's largest media union is calling for stiff government reaction to media ownership concentration that endangers the country's cultural and information environment.

Jan 5, 2007 — National Post

Mixed signals for Canada's Fledgling Satellite Radio by Barbara Shecter

A merger of Sirius and XM in the U.S. would create a messy situation for Canadian satellite radio companies that are reliant on foreign programming.

Jan 4, 2007 — Globe & Mail

ACTRA talks go down to the wire with lots at stake by Guy Dixon

Negotiations hinge on compensation for performances delivered by Internet broadcast.

Jan 3, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada b'casters tested on VOD by Etan Vlessing

Canadian media companies scramble to forge a business model for video-on-demand that will resonate with digital TV viewers.

Jan 3, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Rogers pacts for Chinese channels by Etan Vlessing

Rogers Communications to market "Chinese Great Wall" TV package in Canada.

Jan 3, 2007 — Hollywood Reporter

Year of the Comeback at overseas boxoffice by Hy Hollinger

2006 was a comeback year at the box-office with 19 films topping the $100 million benchmark.

Jan 3, 2007 — ACTRA

ACTRA Sets Strike Deadline

The union representing 21,000 Canadian professional media performers has set a strike deadline of 12:01 a.m. Monday, January 8, 2007.

Jan 3, 2007 — Winnipeg Free Press

Wheat board battle a titanic ideological struggle by Frances Russell

Columnist comments recent changes to the Canadian Wheat Board may be the template for a soon-to-be-launched "destruction of the CBC" by the Conservative government.

Jan 3, 2007 — Toronto Star

Did CBC resolve to go on an arts diet? by Martin Knelman

Columnist says CBC TV will have less arts programming in 2007 because of a senior management focus on ratings.

Jan 2, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Talks back on for entertainment workers

Wage increases and the use of performances on the Internet are sticking points in negotiations between 21,000 domestic performers and Canadian and U.S. producers.

Jan 2, 2007 — Los Angeles Times

Putting more on the line online

In 2007, traditional media companies are predicted to invest heavily in the online medium.

Jan 2, 2007 — Canadian Press

CRTC gives approval to application for Chinese-language TV stations

Critics say that nine new Chinese-language television stations in Canada will be propaganda tools for the Chinese government.

Jan 1, 2007 — Globe & Mail

Brace yourselves for a doozy of a year by John Doyle

Columnist predicts that media concentration, sports broadcasting rights and CRTC reform will be among the major issues in the media industry for 2007.

Jan 1, 2007 — New York Times

Nonrenewal of TV License Stokes Debate in Venezuela by Simon Romero

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's decision not to renew the broadcast license of a television station often critical of his government has fueled debate over whether he is stifling dissent.

Jan 1, 2007 — New York Times

Loaded With Personalities, Now Satellite Radio May Try a Merger by Eric A. Taub

With satellite radio sinking deeper into the public consciousness, Sirius and XM may be looking to merge in an attempt to curb losses and appease investors.

Jan 1, 2007 — Strategy Magazine

Roll 'em: Online video ads are de rigueur for the new year by Patti Summerfield

Advertising pundits are predicting that streaming, Canadian online video will be the hot ad placement opportunity for 2007.