Media Monitor — 2009

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Dec 31, 2009 — Vancouver Sun

Vancouver journalist Michelle Lang mourned by colleagues by Doug Ward

First Canadian reporter to be killed in the Afghanistan mission remembered by colleagues.

Dec 30, 2009 — ABC News

Broadcasters' Woes Could Spell Trouble for Free TV by Andrew Vanacore

Assailed by cable and the Web, broadcast TV looks to build a new business model.

Dec 30, 2009 — MediaPost

A New Video Frontier With Contextual Media by Kevin Schaff

Columnist says new tools will enable delivery of Internet video content around categories such as sports, news, and entertainment in new engaging ways.

Dec 30, 2009 — Canadian Press

Fox rejects arbitration in fee dispute with Time Warner Cable by Ryan Nakashima

Rupert Murdoch says good programming can no longer be supported solely by advertising revenues.

Dec 29, 2009 — New York Times

Broadcasters Battling for Cable Fees by Brian Stelter

The nearly billion-dollar battle between U.S. broadcasters and cable operators over programming fees has gone public.

Dec 29, 2009 — Globe & Mail

A surfeit of rah-rah, a dearth of serious debate by Jeffrey Simpson

Columnist says that a the media, including the CBC, is ignoring serious issues and stifling debate.

Dec 29, 2009 — Now The Details

A Public Television Warning for PBS - and the CBC by Jeffrey Dvorkin

Journalism professor and former director of CBC Radio News says Canada's public broadcaster should return to its mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain - in that order.

Dec 29, 2009 — Canadian Press

'Kids In the Hall,' 'Trailer Park Boys,' Jason Priestley prepping TV comebacks by Cassandra Szklarski

Article features a number of new Canadian TV shows set to appear in early 2010.

Dec 28, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

NFB iPhone app gets 40 per cent more downloads internationally than in Canada by Nelson Wyatt

Canadian films get international exposure with the National Film Board of Canada's new iPhone application.

Dec 27, 2009 — Toronto Star

Canada warms to idea of a tougher 'perimeter' by Mitch Potter

Academic says Canadians are now more willing to consider harmonizing security and culture with the United States.

Dec 27, 2009 — Montreal Gazette

High hopes for film industry by Bill Brownstein

Quebec's film commissioner says that foreign production of feature films has taken off in the province recently.

Dec 22, 2009 — CBC News

Current TV's plans to enter Canada on hold

Plans for Current TV, Al Gore's interactive television network, to enter Canada are on hold for now.

Dec 21, 2009 — CBC/Radio-Canada

End of year note by Hubert T. Lacroix

In a note to staff, the CBC president announces the sale of assets to balance the public broadcaster's 2010 budget.

Dec 21, 2009 — CBC News

CBC raises $133M through asset sales

The CBC is to receive $133 million through the sale of some of its assets in a deal that will help the public broadcaster balance its books for 2009-10.

Dec 21, 2009 — New York Times

A Proposal From Apple to Offer Online TV Subscriptions Stirs Network Interest by Brian Stelter

Columnist says Apple is eliciting tentative interest from some networks in its proposal to offer a TV subscription package via the Internet.

Dec 20, 2009 — Toronto Star

Audience to blame in TV showdown by Garnet Fraser by Michael Riley

Columnist says there is a disconnect between what Canadians say they want from television and what they actually support with their viewing habits.

Dec 20, 2009 — Toronto Star

Bone-headed system by Denis McGrath Special

TV and movie screenwriter says it cannot be believed that after years of gouging customers and raising rates, Cable companies have suddenly discovered a consumer conscience.

Dec 20, 2009 — Toronto Star

Save Local TV, but for what? by Bill Brioux

Columnist notes that CTV, Global and now Rogers-owned Citytv spend more than ten times as much buying American TV shows than they do on Canadian programs.

Dec 19, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

$1.1 billion is enough for CBC by Bob Cox

The publisher of the Winnipeg Free Press says CBC should not get revenue from fee-for-carriage.

Dec 19, 2009 — Variety

Fox takes war with TW to Web, TV by Cynthia Littleton

Fox has launched a new website in its battle with Time Warner Cable over a new carriage agreement.

Dec 17, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CanWest scores a win in specialty channels fight by Andrew Willis

CanWest has rebuffed an attempt by Goldman Sachs to put a hammerlock on the media company's specialty television networks.

Dec 17, 2009 —

009-411 final replies: More than one way to skin the numbers, depending on your point of view by Greg O'Brien

Columnist says that publicly available broadcast industry revenues and expenses can be massaged to look affirming or damaging, depending on your point of view.

Dec 17, 2009 — MediaPost

"Pay Per View" Means What Americans Want To Watch

A new study says Americans can't live without the internet, want to see advertisements that are innovative, and are open to new technologies that monitor their media usage if privacy is maintained.

Dec 17, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

New Portable People Meters give Canadian network TV a big ratings boost by Bill Brioux

Data from Portable People Meters reveal that far more people are watching hit shows in Canada than previously estimated.

Dec 16, 2009 — CBC News

CBC, National Post offer joint 2010 Games coverage

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the National Post will join forces to provide top online coverage of the Vancouver Games.

Dec 16, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

Television dives into digital, musical offshoots to secure viewers by Cassandra Szklarski

Recent experiments in the form of television shows are pointing to radical shifts in the way stories are told and the way viewers consume them.

Dec 16, 2009 — Montreal Gazette

Are foreign-ownership rules in the public interest?

Editorial says it's time for a new national debate on such ownership restrictions, and what really constitutes the national interest.

Dec 15, 2009 — New York Times

Never Listen to Céline? Radio Meter Begs to Differ by Stephanie Clifford

A new radio study using Portable People Meters shows that what people say they listen to and what they actually listen to is different.

Dec 15, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC chief denies BBC Worldwide sale talk by Mimi Turner

BBC director general Mark Thompson says "reports that the BBC is already preparing for a partial flotation are simply untrue."

Dec 15, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

U.K. child protection rules to be reviewed by Mimi Turner

U.K. Children's minister has demanded a review of the rules under which children can appear on television amid fears reality shows have left them open to exploitation.

Dec 15, 2009 — Calgary Herald

Shaw executives hike base pay 28% by Dan Healing

The top five executives at Shaw Communications increased their base salaries by an average of 28 per cent in the past fiscal year.

Dec 15, 2009 — Ottawa Citizen

Teen shuts down unlicensed FM radio station by Marta Samuel

A 14-year-old boy running "pirate" radio station in Ottawa has heeded warnings from Industry Canada and shut down operations.

Dec 14, 2009 — News Article

Troubling move on cellphones

Telus executive says the government has opened "Pandora's Pox" and set a precedent that could affect the foreign ownership rules in other industries, such as broadcasting.

Dec 14, 2009 — Marketing Magazine

Media Player of the Year: CBC by Matt Semansky

CBC receives praise from marketing trade publication for providing creative advertising opportunities.

Dec 14, 2009 — The Hill Times

Television spat now shows promise for Canadian consumers The Hill Times by Michael Janigan

The executive director of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre says it is time for policy-makers to step away from the past collegial supervision of cable/satellite companies and deliver a framework that is responsive to consumer needs.

Dec 13, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Globalive rewrites foreign-ownership rules, opposition warns

The Conservative government insists the Globalive decision was a "one-off", and does not a change the policy restricting foreign-controlled companies from entering Canada's telecommunications industry.

Dec 12, 2009 — Toronto Star

Broadcasters' proposals are clarified

CTV executive says out-of-market stations should not be allowed to import programming into Canada where a Canadian broadcaster owns the rights.

Dec 11, 2009 — CBC News Network: Power and Politics

The impact of the Globalive decision and the relevance of the CRTC

FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison discusses the Conservative government's decision to overturn a CRTC ruling.

Dec 11, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa rewrites rules on telecom ownership by Grant Robertson

Ottawa has decided to let Globalive become the country's newest cellphone company, even though the company is mostly owned by Egyptian wireless giant Orascom Telecom.

Dec 11, 2009 — New York Times

Mobile Company Wins Right to Offer Wireless in Canada by Ian Austen

The Canadian government has overruled its telecom regulator and declared a start-up wireless carrier financed largely by an Egyptian company to be Canadian.

Dec 11, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Caprice no way to run the telco game by Derek DeCloet

Columnist says the Tories have done an end-run around Parliament to change the structure of the telecommunications industry, with massive implications.

Dec 10, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

Greg Dyke calls for BBC Trust to be scrapped by Mimi Turner

Former BBC director says current BBC executives are too highly paid and that public broadcaster's oversight committee should be scrapped.

Dec 9, 2009 — MediaPost

Behavioral Remarketing and GeoTargeting Boost Response

A new report indicates that internet ads targeted based on where the viewer is located and their past behaviour are expected to bring in 1.9 billion per year by 2013.

Dec 9, 2009 — Statistics Canada

Cable and satellite television

New report says the operating revenue of cable and satellite television companies totalled $10.3 billion in 2008.

Dec 9, 2009 — CBC News

Cable, satellite revenue still rising: StatsCan

According to a report from Statistics Canada, revenue at Canada's cable and satellite companies rose 14.4 per cent in 2008.

Dec 9, 2009 — CBC News

Shaw questions CRTC authority in TV dispute

Cable giant Shaw suggests that the CRTC is not in a position to make the final call on fee-for-carriage.

Dec 9, 2009 — New York Times

Cable Freedom Is a Click Away by Nick Bilton

Columnist uses a selection of gadgets to go "cable free" and saves $1,600 a year in bills.

Dec 9, 2009 — Playback

TV losing value, say consumers by Chris Powell

A new study by Canadian Media Research indicates Canadians remain generally satisfied with television, but they are less willing to pay more for it.

Dec 8, 2009 — Canadian Press

Privy Council seeks extra $1.7 million as PMO rolls out video to media by Bruce Cheadle

The PMO is now sending pre-produced video, along with official photos and press releases to media outlets.

Dec 8, 2009 — Canadian Press

CRTC chair admonishes cable and satellite execs to tone down the rhetoric on fee fight by Jennifer Ditchburn

CRTC chair says "we seem to have a debate that nobody understands, we have a huge publicity campaign that nobody understands, and we have figures and concepts swirling around that don't make sense."

Dec 8, 2009 — Montreal Gazette

CTV, Global and CBC band together on 'consumer first' solution by Jamie Sturgeon

CTV, Global and CBC recommend the CRTC implement a "skinny" basic cable package that would cost consumers about $20 a month depending on the market.

Dec 8, 2009 — Calgary Herald

Canwest defends specialty TV move by Jamie Sturgeon

Canwest says it acted within its legal rights to bring its shares in specialty television channels it co-owns with Goldman Sachs & Co. into its creditor-protection proceedings.

Dec 8, 2009 — Playback

Canwest, Goldman trade punches in court by Etan Vlessing

Canwest argues that financing partner Goldman Sachs & Co. has threatened its restructuring.

Dec 8, 2009 — Toronto Star

Consumer in CRTC spotlight by Iain Marlow

Consumer hearing will form the basis of a CRTC report to the federal heritage minister on the fee-for-carriage issue.

Dec 8, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Canwest, Goldman eye compromise by Andrew Willis

Court documents show that Goldman Sachs has offered to suspend its right to sell the specialty TV business if CanWest keeps the division separate from television units.

Dec 7, 2009 — CBC News

CRTC hears from the public in ongoing TV sessions

The CRTC has kicked off the public portion of hearings into the fee-for-carriage/compensation for signal TV battle being waged between Canadian television providers and broadcasters.

Dec 7, 2009 — CBC News

Time running out on internet access appeals

Cabinet must soon decide whether it will overrule or let stand a pair of CRTC decisions regarding access by competitor internet providers to the networks of large phone companies.

Dec 5, 2009 — Globe & Mail

For Comcast, a content coup with NBC by Grant Robertson

Columnist says a deal with General Electric to acquire a majority stake in NBC Universal sets stage for a new era of upheaval in television.

Dec 4, 2009 — Vancouver Sun

CBC home rises anew in downtown Vancouver by John Mackie

CBC set to unveil its new Vancouver broadcasting centre after a $65 million renovation.

Dec 4, 2009 — Vancouver Sun

CBC's golden days are now, says president by Francois Marchand

Hubert Lacroix reinforces the public broadcaster's mandate amid a $171-million shortfall and the loss of the Olympics.

Dec 4, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

Ottawa seeking input on retransmission fees by Etan Vlessing

Ottawa is urging TV viewers to go to a government Web site to offer their opinion on whether broadcasters should be paid for retransmission of their local TV station signals.

Dec 4, 2009 — Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Increased competition will drag down telecom profits by Kim Covert

A report indicates that increased competition and weakening demand will bring telecommunications profits down in the short term.

Dec 3, 2009 — Vancouver Sun

Clement admits 'some urgency' needed on Globalive decision by Jamie Sturgeon

The federal Industry Minister says there is "some urgency" required in determining whether he will overturn a regulatory ruling and allow a foreign-owned cellphone firm to launch.

Dec 3, 2009 — CBC News

Ottawa boy ordered to shut down his radio station

Industry Canada has ordered a 14-year-old Ottawa boy to shut down an unlicensed radio station.

Dec 3, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

Comcast-NBC Uni deal sets new tone by Elizabeth Guider

Columnist says mergers in the media business will be more sober and financially conscious than ones of the past.

Dec 3, 2009 —

And at the next hearing... Canadians are opinionated, angry by Greg O'Brien

Article highlights some of the nearly 200,000 submissions to the CRTC on the debate on the value of "local TV."

Dec 3, 2009 —

Big changes in store for CAB; a radio-only association? by Greg O'Brien

Sources say that the Canadian Association of Broadcasters is almost certainly finished as an association representing TV broadcasters.


Dec 2, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CBC recasts its news for younger viewers by Guy Dixon

CBC debuts animated ants reporting on the most pressing news matters for young children.

Dec 2, 2009 — Toronto Star

Trust folds, puts Canuck film, music in peril by Martin Knelman

An organization mandated to preserve, restore and enhance awareness of iconic treasures in Canada's cultural past is closing operations because of lack of funding.

Dec 1, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CRTC seeks public input on TV spat

CRTC launches website soliciting opinions on fee-for-carriage dispute between networks and distributors.

Dec 1, 2009 — Watching the CBC do Itself In

Our top story tonight... by Andrew Clarke

Blogger notes that CBC's The National recently featured a report in which two of the primary sources used to tell the story were TMZ and the National Enquirer.

Dec 1, 2009 — National Post

TV tax slugfest just starting by Terence Corcoran

Columnist asks that given the level of public misunderstanding of the fee-for-carriage issue, how much hope is there for constructive debate?

Dec 1, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Tune in to viewers first by Maureen Parker

The Executive director of the Writers Guild of Canada says it's time broadcasters were told to take a Canadian-first approach to TV.

Dec 1, 2009 —

For quarrelling broadcasters and carriers - the consumer is in the driver's seat by Christopher Maule

The Professor Emeritus of Carleton University says the battle between broadcasters and distributors is about the past and the disappearing present and not about the future of traditional television.

Dec 1, 2009 — Windsor Star

Facing up to a question of fairness

Editorial calls for fair compensation for TV broadcast signals.

Nov 30, 2009 — CBC News

CRTC seeks opinions on TV fee fight seeks public's input on how the CRTC should deal with the escalating war between television broadcasters and cable companies.

Nov 30, 2009 — Vancouver Sun

CBC to allow political ads outside election periods by Andrea Woo

Legal decision issued after CBC refused to air Conservative party ads opposing Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff.

Nov 30, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CanWest pensioners' lives in limbo by Janet McFarland

The pension plan of 200 CHCH Hamilton retirees and active workers has been shut down and liquidated as part of the agreement by CanWest to sell the station.

Nov 30, 2009 —

Canwest reports $1.69B net loss for 2009

Despite "substantially reduced" operating expenses, Canwest reports a net loss of $1.69 billion for its fiscal year ended August 31, 2009.

Nov 29, 2009 — Toronto Star

Broadcasters change channel in middle of show by Angelo Persichilli

Columnist says broadcasters are looking to the CRTC and consumers for more money to defend an old business model that is not working any more.

Nov 29, 2009 — Canadian Press

David Holland says Torstar is making changes to contend with future of media by David Friend

New Torstar president says the once newspaper-centric operation named after its cornerstone big city newspaper the Toronto Star is now a catch-all media enterprise.

Nov 27, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

Canwest Global sees full-year loss climb by Etan Vlessing

An insolvent Canwest says it reduced its fourth quarter loss by shedding costs and assets under creditor protection, even as its full-year loss grew.

Nov 27, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

U.K. TV exports soar by 25% in 2008 by Mimi Turner

Report says sales of U.K. programs onto digital platforms in other countries has become a major growth area.

Nov 27, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CRTC gives green light to Al Jazeera English by Susan Krashinsky

Major cable and satellite providers in Canada indicate willingness to carry Qatar-based Al Jazeera English TV network.

Nov 27, 2009 — CBC News

Canwest revenues, profit slump

Canwest reports falling advertising sales pulled the company's revenue down by 13 per cent to $624 million last quarter.

Nov 27, 2009 — Ottawa Citizen

Canwest reports quarterly operating profit of $52-million

Canwest says it had a fourth quarter operating profit of $52-million before charges, compared with $60-million in the fourth quarter of 2008.

Nov 27, 2009 — Toronto Star

Goldman locks horns with CanWest over bankruptcy action by Iain Marlow

U.S. investment bank says Canwest's decision to dissolve its jointly held holding company was 'unfairly prejudicial'

Nov 27, 2009 — National Post

Bring on Al Jazeera, Canada can take it by Jonathan Kay

Now that the the CRTC has approved the Canadian transmission of Al Jazeera English, columnist says it is time to also approve Al Jazeera Arabic.

Nov 26, 2009 —

Commission approves Al-Jazeera English by Greg O'Brien

Canadian cable, satellite and telco TV carriers can now add Al-Jazeera English to their channel lineups.

Nov 26, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

Canwest, Goldman Sachs battle heats up by Etan Vlessing

Canwest tells an Ontario court it was forced to put 13 cable channels under creditor protection to stop Wall Street partner Goldman Sachs from selling its "crown jewels."

Nov 26, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Globalive: No ad-hoc exceptions

Editorial says existing foreign ownership rules must be enforced until they can be rewritten to match the new telecommunications landscape.

Nov 26, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CanWest, Goldman tussle over specialty channels by Andrew Willis

CanWest has accused partner Goldman Sachs of acting in bad faith over the stable of specialty television networks the two companies jointly own.

Nov 26, 2009 — Vancouver Sun

Canwest fires back at Goldman over specialty channels

Canwest tells a court that its move to dissolve its joint specialty-TV venture with Goldman Sachs was the only way to prevent a forced sale of the  assets.

Nov 26, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Rogers cuts 900 jobs

Rogers Communications says it's laying off about 900 employees across Canada, mostly in executive and management positions.

Nov 26, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Rogers boosts stake in Cogeco

Rogers pays $163-million to increase share in Montreal-based Cogeco to one-third and in Cogeco Cable to one-fifth.

Nov 26, 2009 — CBC News

U.S. journalist grilled at Canada border crossing

A U.S. journalist says she was stopped at a Canadian border crossing and questioned for 90 minutes by authorities concerned she would to speak against the Olympics.

Nov 25, 2009 — Bill Brioux's TV Feeds My Family

CBC News at 10 Fix: Paging Jack Bauer

Article provides ratings for the flagship TV newscasts for CBC, CTV and Global.

Nov 25, 2009 — Variety

CBC auds up in fall season

CBC TV executive says ratings for the public broadcaster are 9.3% this fall, as compared to 7.9% last year.

Nov 25, 2009 — Montreal Gazette

Let's listen to Péladeau on TV fees by Peter Hadekel

The president of Quebecor, which owns both a cable company and a TV network, says some of the fees paid by carriers to specialty channels could be redirected to private over-the-air broadcasters.

Nov 25, 2009 — The Uniter

The simplicity of the CBC debate by Andrew Tod

Columnist says the revamped CBC News format is a blow to those  who appreciate serious journalism and a media source which can inform Canadians beyond the limited scope of private broadcasters.

Nov 24, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Kids in the Hall among the talent on CBC's slate of winter shows by Gayle MacDonald

CBC TV winter lineup to include the family sitcom 18 to Life, the father-son private-eye series Republic of Doyle and the return of the crew from Kids in the Hall.

Nov 24, 2009 — New York Times

BC Holds Talks on Floating BBC Worldwide - Report by Michael Taylor

Reports indicate the BBC has been holding talks about privatizing part of its commercial arm, BBC Worldwide.

Nov 24, 2009 —

Give community broadcasting back to the community, group proposes

The Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations says returning community broadcasting back to the community is a cost-effective way to both support and increase local programming content.

Nov 24, 2009 — Ottawa Citizen

The centre of things by Andrew Cohen

The president of The Historica-Dominion Institute says Canadians will not stand for "conservative tenets" such as selling off the CBC or deregulating broadcasting.

Nov 23, 2009 — National Post

Harper to loosen telecom rules? by John Ivison

Columnist says the Prime Minister's Office has released a statement that appears to signal the time for a comprehensive shake-up of media regulation may be approaching.

Nov 23, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Goldman seeks more CanWest control by Andrew Willis

Goldman Sachs wants Canwest's executives to stop taking orders from a handful of foreign funds and make building its TV networks a priority.

Nov 23, 2009 — Toronto Star

Geist: Broadcasters want more than fee for carriage by Michael Geist

Columnist says broadcasters are seeking to block U.S. signals, leave some Canadian communities without over-the-air television, and delay the transition to digital television transmission until 2013.

Nov 23, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Astral's specialty TV ambitions by Andrew Willis

Astral chief executive officer that if Canwest's specialty television arm was to "become available, it certainly is of interest to us".

Nov 23, 2009 — Canada Newswire

Cable must pay, says CEP

Canada's largest media union says Canada's broadcast regulator should force cable and satellite companies to pay for the local TV stations they use.

Nov 23, 2009 — Canadian Journalism Foundation

"Confronting Mcluhan: Why Form Matters Less than Content" by Hugh D. Segal

Canadian senator, political strategist, author, and commentator makes a speech about democracy and journalism.

Nov 22, 2009 — Toronto Star

PM lauds press freedom, won't take questions from reporters

Article notes the Prime Minister has yet to take a question from a reporter about allegations of torture of Afghans taken prisoner by Canadian soldiers and handed off to Afghan forces.

Nov 20, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Konrad von Finckenstein 'sick' and Jim Shaw 'tired' by Susan Krashinsky

CEO of Shaw Communications says it's time to move on from fight between broadcasters, cable and satellite firms.

Nov 20, 2009 — New York Times

An Unsteady Future for Broadcast by Tim Arango and Bill Carter

Article suggests that a tipping point has been reached in the remarkable decline in the fortunes of broadcast television in America.

Nov 20, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Show won't go on, but Oprah brand will by Andrew Ryan

Oprah Winfrey will end her popular talk show in September, 2011, supposedly in preparation to launch her own cable channel.

Nov 19, 2009 — Playback

Neck-and-neck with the networks by Etan Vlessing

According to BBM Canada CHCH in Hamilton as seen viewership for its supper-hour newscast become highly competitive this fall in nearby Toronto.

Nov 19, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

TV producers call for spending limits by Etan Vlessing

Canadian independent producers are calling for minimum domestic programming spending requirements to be imposed on Canadian broadcasters.

Nov 19, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

French broadcasters eye tax relief by Rebecca Leffler

France's private networks might be getting some tax relief after a ban on advertising on the country's public networks last year saw them forced to fund the gap in revenue at France Televisions.

Nov 19, 2009 — National Post

TV Fees: A job for Steve Jobs by William Watson

Columnist says the public is desperate for a technology that will do for television what iTunes and the iPod have done for music and movies: enable "content-providers" to charge viewers for what they choose to watch.

Nov 19, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

Broadcasters are all facing darkest of days by Martin Cash

Columnist notes that Shaw recently paid $300 million for Mountain Cablevision in Hamilton, while Canwest sold the Hamilton television station, CHCH, for $6.

Nov 18, 2009 — Mediacaster

CBC Says Program Cuts Come Without New Funding from Carriers

CBC says the Canadian broadcasting system has become so imbalanced that the network cannot commit to maintain current programming levels without changes to the funding system and the channel line-up.

Nov 18, 2009 — Playback

Reprice the channels, says Péladeau by Norma Reveler

Quebecor Media president calls for a rebalancing of the Canadian TV system that would see some subscriber fees now earmarked for specialty channels diverted to conventional TV.

Nov 18, 2009 — Canadian Press

Pierre Karl Péladeau plaide pour la télé

Quebecor's Pierre Karl Péladeau says the business model is broken well beyond the effects of the recession for all established media.

Nov 18, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Feds eye move into battle over cable fees by Grant Robertson

Columnist says that officials with Heritage Canada are closely watching the Local TV debate to see how Canadians will be impacted before a possible election.

Nov 18, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Give viewers more choice: Péladeau by Susan Krashinsky

Quebecor president says conventional broadcasters deserve the same fees cable and satellite carriers now pay specialty channels.

Nov 18, 2009 — Toronto Star

Brace for CRTC cave-in by David Olive

Columnist asks why Canadians should be asked to subsidize conventional TV broadcasters but not newspapers and other sectors of the media industry.

Nov 18, 2009 — Canadian Press

Analysts say it's a matter of years before TV watching is done mostly online by Michael Oliveira

Analysts say within a matter of years the Internet will become a major threat to many of the companies that currently dominate the TV world.

Nov 18, 2009 — Canadian Press

CRTC blamed for empowering cable firms, putting broadcasters at death's door by Julian Beltrame

Canwest president says cable companies have gained so much power they have become a threat to Canadian broadcasting.

Nov 17, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CBC's string of reality-show success

Article says the CBC has found ratings success by poaching reality concepts from Britain and selling them to Canadian audiences.

Nov 17, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Fees will harm consumers: Bell TV by Grant Robertson

Bell says its satellite TV service has consistently lost money for more than a decade, and levies proposed by networks will damage its business further.

Nov 17, 2009 — Playback

Think small, says CBC by Norma Reveler

The CBC proposes an all-Canadian cable package that would cost less and would allow for dollars to flow back to the conventional TV stations.

Nov 17, 2009 — National Post

Amazon's Kindle arrives in Canada by Matt Hartley

Users of the Kindle digital book reader can buy and download from a list of more than 300,000 e-books and subscribe to more than 90 newspapers from around the world, including the National Post.

Nov 17, 2009 — Hamilton Spectator

Country radio goes quiet by Steve Arnold

The last country music radio station in Hamilton has switched formats to classic rock in search of larger audiences.

Nov 17, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Konrad von Finckenstein berates TV, cable executives by Grant Robertson

CRTC chief says 'I don't know why you two don't realize it's in your long-run interests to come to some solution, rather than scaring the daylights out of Canadians.'

Nov 17, 2009 — Ottawa Citizen

CRTC urges TV players to craft own solution by Jamie Sturgeon

CRTC chair urges the two sides in the local TV debate to voluntarily craft a "grand bargain" to stabilize the system with as little impact on consumers as possible.

Nov 17, 2009 — Montreal Gazette

Why should cable customers have to bail out big TV? by Yves Mayrand

Cogeco Cable executive says carriage fees will burden Canadian cable and satellite customers without getting anything in return.

Nov 17, 2009 — Toronto Star

CTV threatens to close local stations by Iain Marlow

CTV says it will black out signals and continue to shutter local television stations if it can't get paid by cable companies for local programming.

Nov 17, 2009 — The Tyee

Who Gets to Own a Telecom Firm in Canada? by Michael Geist

Columnist says Canada's foreign ownership laws in the telecom sector should be changed to allow for more competition in the market.

Nov 16, 2009 — The Hill Times

PM Harper's iron message control working by Tim Naumetz

Political scientist says Canada's media have "caved" to Prime Minister Harper's selective silence and message control that shrouds the entire government.

Nov 16, 2009 —

CRTC moving from individual TV licenses to group ones

The New Democrat Critic for Culture and Heritage, Charlie Angus, says the latest round of CRTC hearings will only propel further deregulation.

Nov 16, 2009 — Canadian Press

TV tax war now in CRTC's lap

FRIENDS says facts are in short supply in the ad war over Local TV.

Nov 16, 2009 — Toronto Star

Telco ownership rules from bygone era by Michael Geist

Columnist says the restrictions on foreign ownership of Canadian telecommunications companies should be updated to foster more competition.

Nov 16, 2009 — Toronto Star

CBC re-broadcasts Battle of the Blades finale

Rogers technical problem causes CBC to rebroadcast Battle of the Blades finale in the Greater Toronto Area.

Nov 16, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Time for a bigger TV picture by James Bradshaw

Columnist says Canada needs a bold, broad new framework for an era of on-demand programs, Internet downloading and sparse advertising dollars.

Nov 16, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Dear Canada: Your opinion on the CBC is 'pathetic' by John Doyle

Columnists says what disturbs people most about the new format of The National is the emphasis on the shallow and the inconsequential.

Nov 16, 2009 — Toronto Star

Tune in for the broadcasters vs. cable-satellite fight by Iain Marlow

Columnist says hearings before broadcast regulator on the value of "Local TV" could alter the Canadian media landscape dramatically.

Nov 15, 2009 — Canadian Press

Ad war over TV taxes moves on to decisive phase at CRTC by Julian Beltrame

Representatives of Canada's television industry are set to go before a CRTC over the issue of whether cable companies should pay for the right to carry conventional television.

Nov 14, 2009 — Globe & Mail

The battle over local TV by Grant Robertson, Nathan VanderKlippe and Susan Krashinsky

Article looks at the front-lines of the "Local TV" debate in Hamilton, ON and Red Deer, AB.

Nov 14, 2009 — Toronto Star

Rogers eyes spectrum buy by Iain Marlow

The head of Rogers Communications says that regulation will not create innovation.

Nov 13, 2009 — TVO The Agenda

Video: A Pox on Both Their Houses: Cable and TV

Roundtable discussion on the issue of fee-for-carriage, featuring broadcast industry observers including FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison.

Nov 13, 2009 — Canadian Press

CBC-TV shuffles management with eye to boosting foreign co-productions

Arts and entertainment head Fred Fuchs is being renamed general manager of production enterprises, while creative drama head Sally Catto will take over Fuchs's old position.

Nov 13, 2009 — Toronto Star

A modest proposal to cool the TV war by Douglas Barrett and Stephen Stohn

Industry observers say that "nonsimultaneous substitution" - removing the restriction that U.S. shows have to aired be at same time and date - would give broadcasters increased flexibility and revenue.

Nov 13, 2009 — Playback

Fuchs, Catto promoted at CBC by Marise Strauss

CBC has promoted Fred Fuchs, putting him in charge of boosting the financing and overseas appeal of its shows.

Nov 13, 2009 — Playback

TSX takes Canwest down a peg by Etan Vlessing

Shares in Canwest are now to trade on the TSX Venture Exchange after its stock was delisted from Canada's top financial exchange.

Nov 12, 2009 — National Post

CBC's The Current paints a bulls-eye on its forehead by Don Martin

Federal environment minister Jim Prentice turns down invitation to appear on CBC Radio's The Current with guest host David Suzuki.

Nov 12, 2009 — Variety

Canadians to cooperate by Brendan Kelly

Telefilm Canada and CBC have announced a deal to co-finance domestic films that will premier in cinemas and then play very soon afterward on the CBC's primetime Sunday-night movie slot.

Nov 11, 2009 —

CFTPA backs ownership regs, urges Industry Minister to be "vigilant"

The Canadian Film and Television Production Association is urging Industry Minister Tony Clement to be "vigilant" and "not submit to the current pressures being exerted" in his review of Globalive Wireless.

Nov 11, 2009 — CBC News

Canadian films continue to lose market share

A new report by Telefilm Canada reveals that Canadian movies took only 2.9 per cent of box office receipts last year with movies out of Hollywood continuing to dominate the market.

Nov 11, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

Sky-Italia complains against TV monitoring co by Eric J. Lyman

Italian satellite broadcaster Sky-Italia has filed a complaint, charging that rival Mediaset has been pressuring a TV monitoring company to "misrepresent" Sky-Italia's market share.

Nov 11, 2009 — News Article

Murdoch bets on survival without Google by Grant Robertson

News Corp. chief believes revenue lost from pulling out of search engine can be recouped through subscriptions.

Nov 10, 2009 — Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada

Re: Timely disclosure of basic cable data

CEP's Vice-President of Media says the CRTC's collection, but not timely public disclosure, of basic cable rate data unfairly deprives Canadians of making informed submissions to a November hearing.

Nov 10, 2009 — ACTRA

Canadian ownership and control requirements by Stephen Waddell

The National Executive Director of Canada's actors union asks the Minister of Industry to uphold the current Canadian ownership and control requirements in the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors.

Nov 9, 2009 — Vancouver Sun

Seven-year licence approved for Victoria's CHEK TV by Darron Kloster

CHEK news director says the locally owned TV station is already exceeding the amount of local content required under a new seven-year licence.

Nov 9, 2009 — Globe & Mail

How Spotify might save the music industry by Karen Pinchin

Columnist says the future of the music industry may be found in "cloud" storage, where the entire history of recorded music  is streamed to subscribers' devices.

Nov 9, 2009 — Globe & Mail

As not seen on TV by Marsha Lederman

Riese, a new Canadian fantasy series, is only available online.

Nov 8, 2009 — New York Times

News Erupts, and So Does a Web Debut by David Carr

Columnist profiles a new web-based news organization that was conceived and devised to exclusively cover the politics and policy of Texas state government.

Nov 8, 2009 — New York Times

Intense Review Is Expected for NBC Deal by Brian Stelter

The Center for Digital Democracy has already called the potential union of Comcast and NBC Universal "the equivalent of Godzilla swallowing Rockefeller Center."

Nov 7, 2009 — Treasury Board of Canada

Supplementary Estimates (B), 2009-10

Treasury Board of Canada releases Supplementary Estimates, including $60 million for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Nov 7, 2009 — Truthout

Low-Power Radio and What the Media Won't Tell You About the Media by Amber Sands

U.S. media activists and community groups are demanding access to the airwaves to combat the deregulation that concentrated media ownership into fewer hands.

Nov 6, 2009 — Vancouver Sun

Oprah moving to her OWN network? by Alex Strachan

Columnist says Oprah Winfrey may pull up stakes with CBS and move her daytime TV-talk show to the  Oprah Winfrey Network.

Nov 5, 2009 — National Post

The Liberal vision: A cultured Canada by Pablo Rodriguez

Liberal party's Heritage Critic says "Michael Ignatieff is the exact opposite of Stephen Harper when it comes to culture".

Nov 5, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Torstar downgraded to 'underperform' by Scotia Capital by David Parkinson

Analyst downgrades Torstar's stock because of financial trouble in its newspaper publishing business.

Nov 5, 2009 — Nanos Research

Nanos ends partnership with CPAC

Nanos Research says the company has elected to end its partnership with the Cable Public Affairs Channel over a disagreement regarding work for other organizations.

Nov 5, 2009 — Canada Newswire

Unprecedented Support for Local TV by Canadian Consumers

Broadcasters say more than 130,000 comments were submitted to the CRTC in support of local TV.

Nov 4, 2009 — National Post

Ottawa must fix wireless mess by Terence Corcoran

Columnist says foreign ownership rules in telecommunications are anachronisms and should be updated immediately.

Nov 4, 2009 — New York Times

Satellite Radio for the iPhone and iPod Touch by Stephen Williams

After-market device allows satellite radio to be played on Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch.

Nov 4, 2009 — CBC News

Mountie files lawsuit over CBC's Taser coverage

The RCMP officer who fired a Taser at Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver's airport has filed a libel lawsuit against the CBC.

Nov 4, 2009 — CBC News

Torstar returns to profit on Harlequin growth

Torstar has posted a modest return to third quarter profit on the strength of its romance novel business, countered by pressure on its media segments.

Nov 4, 2009 — National Post

The Lib-CBC Mutual Admiration Society by Lorne Gunter

Editorial says that a "man-on-the-street" interview with a Liberal party staffer that was critical of the Conservative government shows a "too cozy" relationship between the CBC and the Liberals.

Nov 4, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Toronto Star plans staff shakeup by Susan Krashinsky

The publisher of the Toronto Star says the newspaper is planning "the biggest restructuring of the Star's work force in its history."

Nov 4, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Hedge fund buys CanWest bonds by Andrew Willis

A New York-based fund that specializes in distressed-debt plays, has been buying CanWest debt since it filed for creditor protection in October.

Nov 3, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Cable guys, broadcasters: Time to look at the big picture by John Doyle

Columnist says it's time for the cable monopolies to share their large profits with the TV networks.

Nov 3, 2009 — Canadian Press

Bell to launch high-speed network Wednesday, a day ahead of Telus by Luann Lasalle

Bell and Telus are set to join Rogers in having high-speed wireless networks that allow faster Internet downloads of music, video and software applications.

Nov 3, 2009 — CBC News

Consumers weigh in with CRTC on TV fees

Article says the federal broadcast regulator has been inundated with emails from consumers who are lining up on both sides of the battle over local TV.

Nov 3, 2009 — Canadian Press

CBC: Cable, satellite carriers should be forced to offer packages of essential Canadian TV channels

Canada's national public broadcaster is calling for cable and satellite services to offer basic packages of essential TV channels at a regulated price.

Nov 3, 2009 — MediaPost

iTunes May Offer Pay-TV Service by Wayne Friedman

A report indicates that Apple is considering a subscription TV service offering traditional TV/cable networks without advertising.

Nov 2, 2009 — Ottawa Citizen

Goldman acts to shield TV assets from Canwest filing by Jamie Sturgeon

Goldman Sachs has launched a legal battle against Canwest to shield their joint specialty-TV assets from creditor protection proceedings.

Nov 2, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CanWest-Goldman battle erupts by Andrew Willis and Grant Robertson

U.S. investment bank tells court that Canwest's move to dissolve barriers around specialty channel joint venture is 'abusive.'

Nov 2, 2009 — CBC News

Globalive ruling could spur foreign ownership revamp

Analyst suggests the federal Conservative government may begin the process of loosening the country's foreign-ownership rules.

Nov 2, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada's Bell TV is 'Mad' about AMC by Etan Vlessing

Satellite TV operator Bell TV said it will offer the U.S. cable channel AMC in standard and high definition from Nov. 11.

Nov 2, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

Greg Dyke: 'Ditch BBC license fee' by Mimi Turner

Former BBC director general is expected to tell a parliamentary review to scrap the annual £3.6 billion license fee, and instead fund the broadcaster from general taxation.

Nov 2, 2009 — Maclean's

Save local TV, stop the TV tax! by Andrew Coyne

Columnist says the broadcasters should be allowed to charge a fee for their signals, but cable companies should be under no obligation to carry them.

Nov 2, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Get ready, CRTC, digital economy is coming by Sheridan Scott

Former federal Commissioner of Competition says it is crucial that Canada co-ordinate changes to broadcasting regulations with a broader strategy of meeting the challenges of the digital economy.

Nov 2, 2009 — Toronto Star

Uphold CRTC ruling

Editorial says the federal cabinet should uphold Canada's foreign ownership restrictions and not overturn a CRTC decision regarding Globalive wireless.

Oct 31, 2009 — Variety

CBC makes changes for market share by Brendan Kelly

CBC executive bristles at the suggestion that he and his colleagues have borrowed the news delivery formula created by U.S. newscaster CNN.

Oct 31, 2009 — CBC News

Canadian movies increase box office take: Telefilm report

Telefilm Canada's annual report shows Canadian films increased their take at the box office in 2008/2009 but garnered less share of the total market.

Oct 31, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Will someone get Peter Mansbridge a chair? by Tabatha Southey

Columnist critiques the new format of CBC's The National.

Oct 31, 2009 — Canadian Business

The fall of an empire by Peter C. Newman

Columnist says bad luck and debt crushed Canwest - now comes the effort to salvage something from the wreckage.

Oct 31, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Homegrown shows and old standbys shine in the ratings by Andrew Ryan

Despite the financial problems of parent company Canwest, Global TV has the highest-rated programs on Canadian television.

Oct 31, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

Duelling TV ads: It's all about the rich staying rich by Brad Oswald

Columnist calls fee-for-carriage "a reasonable proposal."

Oct 31, 2009 — Toronto Star

Globalive ruling reviewed by Iain Marlow

Industry Minister Tony Clement says he is reviewing a CRTC decision preventing wireless challenger Globalive from entering the Canadian market.

Oct 31, 2009 — National Post

The rumours of our demise...

Editorial comments on National Post restructuring.

Oct 31, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CBC Mother Corp. gussies up her all-news baby by Guy Dixon and James Bradshaw

Critics argue that CBC's "popularization" strategy risks introducing a certain sameness between the CBC and private broadcasters.

Oct 30, 2009 — Inside the CBC

CBC's Second Quarter Update

CBC executive says the advertising markets facing a 'structural decline' and calls criticism of new News format 'Pathetic.'

Oct 30, 2009 — Calgary Herald

National Post transferred to Canwest's publishing arm

The National Post will be transferred to Canwest's publishing division along with its other newspaper assets.

Oct 30, 2009 — Liberal Party of Canada

Investing in culture to build a creative society by Pablo Rodriguez, MP

Liberal Party Canadian Heritage Critic says his party is committed to ensuring stable funding to CBC/Radio-Canada.

Oct 30, 2009 —

Behind the headlines in the television war: Is truth the first casualty? by Michael Janigan

The executive director for the Public Interest Advocacy Centre  says the CRTC and the country's politicians must do more to direct genuine consumer-centred reform in the broadcasting industry.

Oct 30, 2009 — CBC News

Cable rivals drop gloves

With Shaw Communications outbidding Rogers for Hamilton based Mountain Cablevision, the non-compete agreement signed by Ted Rogers and J.R. Shaw appears to be dead.

Oct 30, 2009 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC: From outstanding to just ... standing by Andy Clarke

Former CBC Ottawa employee says the public broadcaster is deliberately dumbing itself down because senior managers don't believe that "smart" attracts a large enough audience.

Oct 29, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CBC's new news is scaaary by Rick Salutin

Columnist says "Watching CBC news now feels like living inside English-language boss Richard Stursberg's head."

Oct 29, 2009 — Variety

BBC to cut senior execs' salaries by Leo Barraclough

The BBC has unveiled plans to slash 25% from the salary bill of senior staff, resulting in the loss of 18% of management posts and a freeze on exec pay.

Oct 29, 2009 — National Post

Globalive doesn't meet ownership rules: CRTC by Jamie Sturgeon

Globalive Wireless's bid to become the country's fourth major cellphone provider was denied by the CRTC saying the company was controlled by its foreign backer and offside with Canadian telecom law.

Oct 29, 2009 — MediaPost

Information Superhighway Within Reach by Michael Kokernak

Columnist says a push towards linking TV, the Internet and mobile technologies holds the key to the "information superhighway."

Oct 29, 2009 —

Poll finds most Canadians want BDUs to help save local TV

A Nanos Research research study shows about 70% of respondents support the statement: 'local TV stations should receive a portion of the amount that customers pay on their monthly bill for cable or satellite TV'.

Oct 29, 2009 — Canadian Press

CRTC commissioner says regulator won't return to set-fee debate with broadcasters

A CRTC commissioner says the regulator will hold steady on a distanced approach to the carriage fees debate between local television stations and cable and satellite companies.

Oct 29, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

CBC and Mansbridge still standing, but for how long? by Morley Walker

Columnist says in today's fragmented media landscape, the argument for a public broadcaster must rest on excellence.

Oct 29, 2009 — Vancouver Sun

Broadcasters have right to carriage fees by Don Cayo

Columnist says broadcasters should have the right to negotiate carriage fees with cable companies, and to withhold their shows if they can't strike a deal.

Oct 29, 2009 — Canada Newswire

Canadians Support Local TV Matters Campaign

A Nanos Research study shows strong support for local television stations securing financial compensation from cable and satellite companies.

Oct 29, 2009 — Canada Newswire

At the end of the line: From the CRTC to Heritage Canada, Canada's communications regulations need an overhaul

The president of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies says "It's time to get rid of the antiquated rules that control Canada's communications industry."

Oct 28, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Viewer response to the CBC's revamped national news: mixed at best by John Doyle

Columnist says feedback on CBC's re-vamped The National have mostly been negative.

Oct 28, 2009 — New York Times

German Broadcaster Considers Pay-TV Features by Eric Pfanner

Challenged by a steep downturn in advertising, the German television broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 Media says it plans new pay-TV services aimed at raising more money from viewers.

Oct 28, 2009 —

IIC 2009: Cancon rules "impractical" in an IP world by Norma Reveler

Former Bell Canada executive says content and expenditure quotas for Canadian content should be eliminated within five years because they will no longer be viable in the wired IP world.

Oct 28, 2009 — Vancouver Sun

Time to reconsider broadcast system: cable firms by By Jamie Sturgeon

In a National Post editorial meeting, executives from Rogers, BCE Inc. and Shaw suggest it is high time for regulators to reconsider the existing broadcast structure as a whole.

Oct 28, 2009 — Globe & Mail

The day Leonard Asper lost the Street by Grant Robertson

Columnist says that Canwest lost the confidence of Bay Street analysts and investors over a flip-flop in strategy to sell it's Australian TV network and pay down debt.

Oct 28, 2009 — Calgary Herald

Save local TV

Editorial says it's long past time for cable to pay for carrying conventional television stations.

Oct 28, 2009 — National Post

Canwest publishing OKs Post transfer

Pending court and senior lender approval, the National Post will be transferred from Canwest Media to Canwest Limited Partnership, which operates 10 major city dailies across the country.

Oct 28, 2009 — Montreal Gazette

Absolutely no TV for kids under 2, pediatricians advise by Sarah Schmidt

The Canadian Paediatric Society is poised to recommend no television for children under 2 years old - a reversal of their long-standing position on babies and television.

Oct 28, 2009 — Montreal Gazette

Ignatieff vows to double funding for arts council by Irwin Block

Michael Ignatieff says a Liberal government would double the parliamentary funding to the Canada Council for the Arts and provide stable long-term funding for the CBC.

Oct 28, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Astral won't ride to Global's rescue by Grant Robertson

The chief executive officer of Astral Media says that his company will not seek to invest in Global Television.

Oct 28, 2009 — Toronto Star

CEP seeks help with Canwest legal bills

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers tells a court that the union does not have enough money to afford "effective" legal representation during the restructuring of Canwest.

Oct 27, 2009 — Globe & Mail

The new look of CBC News by John Doyle

Columnist critiques the CBC News revamp.

Oct 27, 2009 — CBC News

Regulators urged to reconsider existing broadcast structure as a whole

Cable and satellite TV companies continue to push the message that fee-for-carriage is nothing more than an unnecessary and costly federal bailout.

Oct 27, 2009 — CBC News

CBC gets OK to convert Whitehorse AM signal

The CRTC has given the CBC permission to change its Whitehorse radio signal from the AM to FM band, disappointing rural listeners who wanted the AM signal to stay on.

Oct 27, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Rogers buys into Eisner's new vision by Grant Robertson and Susan Krashinsky

Canadian cable firm takes multimillion-dollar stake in former Disney chairman's Web media startup.

Oct 27, 2009 — Toronto Star

CBC's revamped The National glitzy but a little contrived by Greg Quill

Columnist says the new format for CBC's The National makes it "less a news program than a piece of rehearsed drama".

Oct 26, 2009 — Toronto Sun

American consultants helped in CBC makeover by Althia Raj

FRIENDS says focus on style over substance moves CBC News in the direction of the private sector.

Oct 26, 2009 — Canadian Press

To tame them or blame them: Obama provides access but admonishes media as relationship evolves by Ben Feller

President Barack Obama says the media prefer conflict over co-operation, encourage bad behaviour and weaken the ability of leaders to help the nation.

Oct 26, 2009 — Toronto Star

Canwest creditors: TV giants and taxi firms

A detailed list of nearly 1,000 bills and debts shows that the insolvent media conglomerate owes from a handful of dollars to millions to a long list of companies.

Oct 25, 2009 — New York Times

For News, Canada's Leader Looks South of the Border by Ian Austen

Peter Mansbridge says it "sends a strange signal to the public" that the Prime Minister doesn't watch Canadian news for the Canadian perspective on issues that some U.S. networks ignore.

Oct 24, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

Why would, or should, PM watch himself on Canadian TV? by Morley Walker

Columnist says the media's main relationship is with their audience, not their subjects.

Oct 24, 2009 — Toronto Star

If the news is Canadian, Harper's not watching by Tonda MacCharles

PM's admission that he watches mainly American broadcasts draws surprise and scorn.

Oct 23, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

Shaw Communications earnings dip by Etan Vlessing

Despite customer growth and rate increases, Canadian cable giant Shaw Communications has posted a 6% fall in fourth-quarter earnings.

Oct 23, 2009 — Ottawa Citizen

Shaw poised to become Canada's largest cable company by Gina Teel

Shaw Communications is poised to close its $300 million acquisition of eastern cable-provider Mountain Cablevision to become Canada's largest cable company.

Oct 22, 2009 — Sun Media

HNIC may drop Leafs nationally by Rob Longley

CBC executive says if the Toronto Maple Leaf's slump continues, the public broadcaster won't hesitate to adjust Hockey Night in Canada programming.

Oct 22, 2009 — Toronto Star

CBC revamps news flagships by Greg Quill

A new name for the all-news network – CBC Newsworld will be known as CBC NN – and a revamped The National are among sweeping changes announced by CBC.

Oct 22, 2009 — Toronto Star

CRTC allows telecoms to 'throttle' web traffic by Madhavi Acharya-Tom Yew

Canada's big telecom firms will be allowed to regulate traffic on their Internet networks, but only under strict guidelines.

Oct 21, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

NFB launches iPhone application by Etan Vlessing

The NFB's mobile application will enable free, full viewing of hundreds of streamed content from its video library.

Oct 21, 2009 — Canadian Press

Move over CNN, BNN; CBC Newsworld rebrands all-news channel as CBC NN by Cassandra Szklarski

FRIENDS says senior CBC management is slavishly copying private sector behaviour in news rebranding.

Oct 21, 2009 — CBC News

Changes to The National as CBC unveils new look

CBC executive says CBC NN (formerly Newsworld) will be geared more to breaking news and The National will continue to end the day with a more nuanced reflection on events.

Oct 21, 2009 — Calgary Herald

CRTC allows Internet throttling as 'last resort' by Jamie Sturgeon

Industry observer says "The CRTC has created some significant conditions on what they see as appropriate ways ISPs may manage their networks."

Oct 21, 2009 — CBC News

CRTC issues net neutrality rules by Peter Nowak

The CRTC says big telecommunications companies should use "economic measures" such as new investment and usage limits to combat Internet congestion, but can "throttle traffic" as a last resort.

Oct 21, 2009 — Playback

Sweeping changes at CBC News by Marise Strauss

A overhaul of CBC News has resulted in one main newsroom for online, radio and television, and changed roles for over 1,000 employees.

Oct 21, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Media-hungry Canadians seek access to geoblocked Hulu, Spotify by Ted Kritsonis

Broadcasters on both sides of the border are trying to recreate existing real-world boundaries into the digital world.

Oct 21, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Brace yourself: Sometimes I feel sorry for the CBC by John Doyle

Columnist discusses "the kindergarten atmosphere of spite, complaining and backstabbing that infects CBC on a perpetual basis".

Oct 20, 2009 — New York Times

Decree Limiting Broadcasting Lifted in Honduras

Opposition radio and television stations in Honduras are back on the air after the government lifted a three-week broadcast ban.

Oct 20, 2009 — CBC News

Canada's conventional TV networks agree on zero fee

Canada's three conventional television networks, Global, CTV and CBC, have arrived at a figure they feel is appropriate for consumers to pay to support local programming -- zero.

Oct 20, 2009 — Canada Newswire

Canada's Superstation joins Local TV Matters Campaign

Newfoundland broadcaster NTV, has joined CTV, 'A', CBC, Global, CHEK NEWS and V in the Local TV Matters campaign.

Oct 20, 2009 — Canada Newswire

The Score HD Launches on Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct

Score Media has announced that The Score HD is now available to Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct customers.

Oct 20, 2009 — Canada Newswire

News Corporation's STAR Launches 7-Channels on Rogers' Canadian Platform

STAR, Asia's leading media and Entertainment company, has launched seven Mandarin and Hindi-language channels on Rogers Cable.

Oct 20, 2009 — Canadian Press

Canadian news media less free: watchdog by Steve Rennie

Canada fell from 13th to 19th place this year on Reporters Without Borders' index of freedom of the press.

Oct 19, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Final CanWest episode needs a white knight by Andrew Willis

Columnist says Canwest is looking for money managers to play the role of financial saviour as the company needs an additional $65-million to complete the court-supervised recapitalization.

Oct 19, 2009 — Canadian Press

Beringer Capital plans media plays, denies Canwest is one of them by David Friend

Investment firm Beringer Capital has hired two notable players in the North American media business as part of a strategy to start shopping in the sector.

Oct 19, 2009 — CBC News

Net neutrality decision coming this week by Peter Nowak

The CRTC will shortly issue two key internet rulings — one on net neutrality and the other on metered internet usage.

Oct 19, 2009 — Maclean's

Is there a future for Canadian TV? by Jason Kirby

Columnist says a perfect storm of the recession, new technologies and shifting tastes has threatened the way conventional broadcasters like Canwest, CTV and the CBC have operated for decades.

Oct 19, 2009 — Canada Newswire

V Joins the Local TV Matters Campaign

Quebec French-language broadcaster "V" has announced it will take an active part in the Local TV Matters campaign.

Oct 18, 2009 — Ottawa Citizen

Media can drive kids to violence: U.S. study by Laura Stone

A study by the American Academy of Pediatrics says media violence — in particular, explicit lyrics — can have negative effects on the health and behaviour of young people.

Oct 17, 2009 — Toronto Star

For television stations, it's hip to be on the square Image by Christopher Hume

Rogers owned Citytv and Omni have relocated to Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto.

Oct 17, 2009 — Canadian Press

Canwest noteholders extend deadline for possible transfer of National Post to LP

Canwest says noteholders have given approval for further negotiations aimed at shifting the National Post to another division - a move that could prepare the company's newspapers for a sale.

Oct 16, 2009 — Montreal Gazette

Sure, 'local TV matters,' but so does Canadian programming by Robb Wells

Actor and screenwriter says revenues from fee-for-carriage must be seen on the screen in the form of new, original local, dramatic and comedic programming.

Oct 16, 2009 — New York Times

TV Stations Start Broadcasting to Mobile Gadgets by Saul Hansell

A group called the Open Mobile Video Coalition has announced the completion of a standard that will efficiently let TV stations broadcast to wireless devices.

Oct 16, 2009 — Variety

Mobile DTV standard approved by Glen Dickson

A fast-track effort to create a technical standard for transmitting digital TV signals to cellphones and other mobile devices has been approved.

Oct 16, 2009 — Canada Newswire

TV Alliance demands fair treatment for consumers

The TV Alliance calls for a level playing field for meaningful consumer participation in the upcoming public hearing on billing practices for TV services in Canada.

Oct 16, 2009 — Canada Newswire

Canwest Launches DIY Network Canada - It's Hammer Time!

Canwest announces the launch of DIY Network Canada, a 24/7 source for home improvement television.

Oct 16, 2009 — Canadian Press

Canwest could fetch more than $1 billion for newspapers, say industry observers by David Friend

An analyst at Dominion Bond Ratings Service, believes if Canwest moves ahead with rumoured plans to sell its newspapers, it could pull in between $600 million and $900 million.

Oct 15, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

Ted Turner wants to run CNN again by Paul Bond

Ted Turner says he wants 'less fluffy news and more international news,' especially about China, on CNN.

Oct 15, 2009 — Playback

Canwest faces TSX delisting by Etan Vlessing

Debt-laden broadcaster and newspaper publisher, Canwest, which recently saw its stock suspended on the TSX, has been issued a delisting notice.

Oct 15, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

YouTube to screen Channel 4 shows by Mimi Turner

YouTube and Britain's Channel 4 says they have signed a "pioneering long-form content deal" to put all Channel's on-demand catch up shows on YouTube shortly after transmission.

Oct 15, 2009 — Toronto Stock Exchange

TSX Delisting Review - CanWest Global Communications Corp.

The Toronto Stock Exchange will delist Canwest's subordinate voting shares on November 13.

Oct 15, 2009 — Canadian Press

Canwest wants restructuring plan by end of January, faces resistance by David Friend

Canwest wants its restructuring to be dealt with quickly, but the media conglomerate is facing stern resistance from U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs.

Oct 14, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Goldman warns CanWest: Don't touch deal by Grant Robertson

Lawyers for Goldman Sachs warn that they will take legal action against CanWest if it tries to change the terms of the Alliance Atlantis deal.

Oct 14, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

Revenue model for conventional broadcasters broken: CBC boss by Geoff Kirbyson

CBC President says "We feel for our friends at Canwest."

Oct 13, 2009 — Variety

ITV raises $190 million in bond issue by Steve Clarke

Struggling U.K. broadcaster ITV will raise £120 million ($190 million) in a bond issue to help reduce debt.

Oct 13, 2009 — CBC Radio: Wildrose

Hubert Lacroix discusses the future of the CBC

On an Alberta radio call-in program, CBC's president and CEO talks about the present and future state of Canada's public broadcaster.

Oct 11, 2009 — Bell Canada

More TV taxes

Email sent to Bell customers regarding the battle over fee-for-carriage.

Oct 9, 2009 — Toronto Star

Local TV takes on cable giants

Viral video guru helps local TV stations take anti-cable message online in bid to win carriage-fee fight.

Oct 9, 2009 — Ottawa Sun

Networks air fee fight frustrations by Althia Raj

Industry watcher says the fight between networks and distributors is intensifying because fee-for-carriage has twice been rejected by the television regulator.

Oct 9, 2009 —

Memo to Broadcasters: You need a number, and a concept, to fight with by Greg O'Brien

Columnist says that in the fee-for-carriage debate, broadcasters need to clean up their message, fess-up to increased costs and advocate for consumer choice.

Oct 9, 2009 — AlterNet

Michael Moore Was Right: Progressives Don't Watch Enough TV by Vanessa Richmond

With quality programming on broadcast and cable TV channels, some critics are calling this the golden age of television.

Oct 8, 2009 — Canada Newswire

Facts a moving target in Local TV Matters press conference

Cable and satellite providers say a coalition of broadcasters is presenting "biased, inaccurate information"

Oct 8, 2009 —

Broadcasters, carriers, vie for hearts of the consumer by Greg O'Brien

Columnist says duelling campaigns over fee-for-carriage leave consumers confused and not knowing what to believe.

Oct 8, 2009 — ACTRA

Our Canadian TV Matters

ACTRA National President says "It's time to stop the cable rip-offs and get more Canada on Canadian TV."

Oct 8, 2009 — Georgia Straight

Professor says Canwest Global's assets will be sold by Carlito Pablo

FRIENDS says the Canwest restructuring will be better for the viewers, because anytime a company is better managed, its products tend to be better as well.

Oct 8, 2009 — CBC News

Steven and Chris returns to CBC in January

Steven and Chris, the CBC daytime lifestyles show put on indefinite hiatus earlier this year, will return to the airwaves in January.

Oct 8, 2009 — CBC News

Canwest employees fear for severance

Article says employees that are owed severance pay are often unsecured creditors, low on priority list when a company starts repaying its debts, far below bondholders and other corporate organizations.

Oct 8, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Scotiabank, creditors to control CanWest dailies by Andrew Willis

Columnist says the country's largest chain of big-city daily newspapers is soon to be run by a group of its creditors, led by Scotiabank.

Oct 8, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Canadians like their Dr. House. Pastor Mansbridge, not so much by John Doyle

CTV takes issue with CBC's claims over Battle of the Blades ratings.

Oct 8, 2009 — Globe & Mail

The Aspers have a bad heir day by Margaret Wente

Columnist says "a sure way to destroy an empire is to have your son run it."

Oct 8, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Broadcasters settle licence fee fight by James Bradshaw

The government will forgive $450-million in outstanding fees  and will work with the broadcasters to develop a structure that funnels the fees into distinct broadcast-related avenues.

Oct 8, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

Everyone chasing a shrinking audience by Nicholas Hirst

Television and film producer says that the popularity of "on-demand" programming indicates a trend favouring scripted dramas over reality shows in the future.

Oct 8, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

Canwest's legacy large by Martin Cash

Article discusses the Canwest's importance to the city of Winnipeg.

Oct 7, 2009 — Canadian Press

Canwest assures viewers, TV partners of regularly scheduled programming by Cassandra Szklarski

FRIENDS says financial weakness has caused Canwest to cut corners and that the restructuring can only improve the company's TV programming.

Oct 7, 2009 — Canadian Press

Majority would back newspaper bail-out: poll by Bruce Cheadle

A new poll says a slim majority of Canadians would support a government bailout of the newspaper industry.

Oct 7, 2009 —

Six-year battle over as feds, broadcasters, reach Part II fee deal

Heritage Minister James Moore says the government and Canada's broadcasters have decided to walk away from their Part II fee legal battle.

Oct 7, 2009 — Mediacaster

Canwest Facing Foreign Ownership Questions as Bankruptcy Proceeds

A change in the ownership and management structure at media company Canwest may trigger foreign ownership issues.

Oct 7, 2009 — Inside the CBC

Radio 3 Launches a New Site

CBC Radio 3's new website includes five Internet streams, a playlist editor and social media tools.

Oct 7, 2009 — Canadian Press

CRTC likely to have final say on Canwest bankruptcy restructuring by Julian Beltrame

Industry analyst says Canwest's restructuring will likely involve a change in the ownership and management structure that could trigger foreign ownership issues.

Oct 7, 2009 — Toronto Star

Canwest choked by convergence Kool-Aid by David Olive

Columnist says Canada's biggest media company never recovered from the $3.2 billion deal to purchase Conrad Black's daily newspapers.

Oct 7, 2009 — Globe & Mail

The Asper dream ends, the selloff begins by Grant Robertson and Andrew Willis

Article says the restructuring of CanWest will lead to the biggest sell-off of media assets in Canadian history, including potential sale of Global TV and daily newspapers.

Oct 7, 2009 — CIUT Take 5

The debate over 'fee-for-carriage' heats up

In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses the need for "fee-for-carriage" to preserve local television and the misinformation being presented by Canada's cable monopolies.

Oct 6, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Blades: dumb as a plank, but popular by John Doyle

Columnist says CBC's "dumb-as-a-plank" Battle of the Blades is aimed at a conservative, older, hockey-loving audience.

Oct 6, 2009 — CBC News

Bell will sell iPhones next month

Bell has confirmed that it has reached an agreement to sell Apple's iPhone in Canada this November.

Oct 6, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CanWest to seek court protection by Tavia Grant

CanWest says it plans to file for bankruptcy protection as part of a restructuring process.

Oct 6, 2009 —

Would-be CKX buyer decries BDUs' "total control of the system" while pursuing network dream by Greg O'Brien

After a deal to purchase the local CTV station in Brandon, MB, Bruce Claassen lays the blame on the direct-to-home satellite companies and the CRTC.

Oct 6, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

Canwest Global seeks creditor protection by Etan Vlessing

Canwest Global Communications has filed for bankruptcy protection to complete a controlled recapitalization plan.

Oct 6, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

Leonard Asper's memo to staff

Canwest CEO tells staff that their salary, benefits and pension will remain the same despite the company filing for bankruptcy protection.

Oct 6, 2009 — Canada Newswire

Canwest employees deserve better

Union says media workers at Canwest should not be forced to pay the price with their pension and severance payments for financial problems that are of the company's own making.

Oct 6, 2009 — New York Times

Canwest Bankruptcy Filing Hobbles Its Media Holdings by Ian Austen

Columnist says it will be difficult for the Asper family, which founded the Global Television Network, to retain control of the company once everything is settled.

Oct 5, 2009 — CBC News

Blogger payola getting a pass in Canada by Peter Nowak

U.S. authorities are forcing bloggers to disclose their relationships with the companies they write about, but jurisidictional confusion means no similar mechanisms exist in Canada.

Oct 5, 2009 — CBC News

No more job cuts at CBC, president says

The president of the CBC warned of a bleak future for conventional broadcasters if the financial playing field in Canada's TV industry isn't levelled.

Oct 5, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian TV tax debate hits the airwaves by By Etan Vlessing

Canadian cable and satellite TV operators have launched a media blitz to counter calls by local broadcasters for a new TV subscriber charge.

Oct 5, 2009 — Paid Content

Publicis Shifts ‘Several Million' In Broadcast Ad Spend To Hulu

Advertising buying group shifts spending from broadcast TV to the online video website Hulu.

Oct 5, 2009 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Notes for a speech by Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada, to the Canadian Club of Montreal

CBC President says without equilibrium in the broadcasting system,  Canada's public broadcaster will have serious problems fulfilling its mandate.

Oct 5, 2009 —

BDUs launch campaign to "stop the TV tax" by Lesley Hunter

Bell, Bell Aliant, Cogeco, EastLink, Rogers and Telus have joined forces on lobbying campaign which they say is designed to ensure "that Canadians hear the whole story".

Oct 2, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Godfrey wins backers for buyout of CanWest papers by Andrew Willis

National Post CEO Paul Godfrey has lined up financial support for an auction bid on the daily newspapers owned by CanWest Global.

Oct 2, 2009 — The Tyee

A New Vision for Community TV by Steve Anderson and Michael Lithgow

Article looks at what community TV may look like in the 21st century.

Oct 2, 2009 — Toronto Star

Globalive changes aim to please CRTC by Chris Sorensen

Globalive made several changes to its corporate structure in hopes of convincing the CRTC that it qualifies under Canada's foreign ownership rules.

Oct 1, 2009 — CBC News

Deal for Manitoba TV station falls through

CKX in Brandon will stop broadcasting Friday evening after a deal to keep the station running fell through.

Oct 1, 2009 — Toronto Star

CBC Radio holds on to top spot in Toronto, for now by Greg Quill

Analysts predict new portable people meter data will probably knock CBC Radio One out of top spot in the Toronto market.

Oct 1, 2009 — National Post

CBC and National Post announce content sharing agreement is set to run daily financial stories from the Financial Post, and The National Post will run daily CBC sports stories on

Sep 30, 2009 — New York Times

Rate of Decline in Global Ad Spending Slows, Report Shows by Eric Pfanner

Nielsen report indicates the global advertising market showed signs of bottoming out in the second quarter of the year.

Sep 30, 2009 — Bill Brioux's TV Feeds My Family

Mercer Bungee Jumps to Record High

New Personal People Meter data reports the Rick Mercer Report had 1,295,000 viewers for its season premier.

Sep 30, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

U.K. Internet ad spend overtakes TV by Mimi Turner

Report says Internet advertising has eclipsed television advertising in the U.K. for the first time.

Sep 30, 2009 — The Tyee

YouTubing Ourselves to Death by Ben Shingler

Reports says 25 billion online videos were watched in the United States during the month of August.

Sep 29, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

'Flashpoint' scores for CTV by Etan Vlessing

CTV says the homegrown police drama "Flashpoint" earned a record 1.88 million total viewers for a recent episode.

Sep 29, 2009 — Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Bridging the media gap by Karen Mazurkewich

Article profiles a group of Canadian producers who have bridged the television, Internet, mobile media and gaming worlds.

Sep 28, 2009 — The Tyee

BC Arts Cuts 'Devastating' Says Tory Minister by Charles Campbell

Heritage Minister Moore says supporting the arts during the economic downturn is a critical element in the federal government's economic stimulus program.

Sep 28, 2009 — CBC News

CBC fights Access to Information czar in Federal Court by Cynthia Münster

The CBC is taking Canada's Access to Information Commissioner's Office to court over the public broadcaster's fight to keep information about its journalism and programming secret.

Sep 28, 2009 — CBC News

Radio-Canada says bye bye to Bye Bye

CBC executive says the cancellation of Radio-Canada's new year's eve special has nothing to do with complaints about controversial sketches involving US President Barack Obama.

Sep 28, 2009 — Globe & Mail

In defence of foreign telecom players by Derek DeCloet

Columnist says Canada's "ancient" foreign ownership rules in the telecommunications sector need an overhaul.

Sep 28, 2009 — Vancouver Sun

Another CHEK TV backer emerges by Carla Wilson

BC Investor Graham Barnes is putting in money and expertise to help Victoria's CHEK TV get on its business feet under new owners.

Sep 28, 2009 — Canadian Media Guild

Is the government review of CBC's budget a state secret? by Karen Wirsig

CMG's Communications Co-ordinator raises concerns about the apparent secrecy of the government's "strategic review" of CBC's budget priorities.

Sep 25, 2009 — Canadian Press

CBC, federal ombudsman clash in court over secret records by Dean Beeby

CBC has locked horns with Canada's information ombudsman over the public broadcaster's right to keep information about its journalism and programming secret.

Sep 24, 2009 — Canada Newswire

CHEK News joins Local TV Matters campaign

CHEK NEWS, Vancouver Island's employee-owned television station, is the latest broadcaster to join the Local TV Matters campaign advocating for fee-for-carriage.

Sep 24, 2009 — Toronto Star

CanWest to unload stake in Aussie TV

CanWest is selling its majority stake in Australian broadcaster Ten Network Holdings in a deal worth $634 million.

Sep 24, 2009 — Calgary Herald

Canwest shares soar on Ten Network sale By Jamie Sturgeon

Canwest stock closed 8¢ higher at 21¢ on news of the sale of its majority stake in Australian broadcaster Ten Network.

Sep 24, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

Jeremy Hunt warns on BBC governance by Mimi Turner

Britain's opposition culture secretary says that the BBC's corporate governance isn't working and that a Conservative government would dismantle the BBC Trust if elected next year.

Sep 24, 2009 — CBC News

Broadband campaign spurs 20,000 letters to MPs by Peter Nowak

A campaign launched by small internet providers for government intervention in the broadband market has spurred more than 20,000 letters to MPs, the companies say.

Sep 23, 2009 — Toronto Star

No money left for digital transition: CBC president by Jennifer Ditchburn

CBC says more than 300,000 Canadians in remote and rural areas could be cut off from CBC TV in two years, because the broadcaster doesn't have the money to convert its signals to digital from analog.

Sep 23, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Globalive faces tough challenge at CRTC by Julian Beltrame

CRTC officials question how Globalive Wireless could maintain its independence despite being 65 per cent owned by Egyptian cellphone giant Orascom Telecom.

Sep 23, 2009 — CBC News

Finances dominate CBC/Radio-Canada public meeting

FRIENDS delivers a petition to the CBC's Ottawa studios, calling on CBC-TV to retain the one-hour format and 10 p.m. timeslot for its flagship newscast The National.

Sep 23, 2009 — Mediacaster

Facing Online Petition, CBC Denies The National is Moving

More than 5,600 people have signed a petition calling for the CBC to retain the one-hour format of The National, and keep the flagship news program in its current 10 p.m. time slot.

Sep 22, 2009 — Inside the CBC

Kevin O'Leary to Bring a Right-Wing View to the CBC

Business TV host says a conversation with CBC executive Richard Stursberg convinced him to bring his "slightly right of Attila the Hun" viewpoint to the public broadcaster.

Sep 22, 2009 — Globe & Mail

U.S. Net neutrality move could affect CRTC rules by Omar el Akkad

U.S. regulators want to lay down new rules to ensure that Internet traffic is treated equally, a move that could put pressure on the CRTC to do the same in Canada.

Sep 22, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

Rogers dumps access fee by Jamie Sturgeon

Rogers will replace its system-access fee with a "government regulatory recovery fee" for new cellphone customers.

Sep 20, 2009 — Canadian Press

Wireless player Globalive faces CRTC hearing on Canadian ownership and control by Luann Lasalle

New wireless player Globalive will have to show that it's a Canadian-controlled company at a CRTC hearing.

Sep 20, 2009 — Variety

Serials make killing in digital TV universe by Emiliano de Pablos

Article profiles the expansion of U.S. TV programming into Spain's broadcasting system.

Sep 19, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Independent artists angry over lost grants by James Bradshaw

In a move to provide more money for commercially viable projects, the Tories have redirected funds that were used to help artists on the "musical fringe".

Sep 19, 2009 — National Post

Tories dominate broadcast debate by Jamie Sturgeon

"The government has told the CRTC that it wishes to make the ultimate decision," says Bell Canada executive.

Sep 19, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Rogers scolded over pay-TV marketing by Omar el Akkad

CRTC says Rogers has violated broadcasting regulations by subjecting Canadian pay-TV service Super Channel "to an undue disadvantage."

Sep 18, 2009 — Calgary Herald

Top court confirms rebates for overcharged Telus, Bell customers by Janice Tibbetts

Canadian telephone subscribers can expect to receive rebates after a court decision upheld an order to reimburse about $300 million in overpayments.

Sep 18, 2009 — Canada Newswire

New TV Alliance Promotes Viewers' Interests in Canadian TV Debate, a new grassroots initiative to promote a better and more transparent TV broadcasting and distribution system for Canadians has launched.

Sep 18, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa moves to block networks' fees by Grant Robertson

The Conservative government is taking steps to block Canada's big television networks from charging for their signals in what could be a serious blow to the hopes of CTV, CBC and Global.

Sep 18, 2009 — Toronto Star

Ottawa orders new hearings in TV fee flap by Rita Trichur

Heritage Minister James Moore has inserting himself into the fee-for-carriage debate by ordering the CRTC to hold a separate set of hearings to consider consumer interests on the matter.

Sep 17, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian b'casters rebalance in tough times by Etan Vlessing

Canadian media companies make changes to adjust to changing market conditions.

Sep 17, 2009 — New York Times

Broadcasters Need More Cuts - Execs b by Kate Holton

Broadcast executives say they need to consolidate and take further costs out of the business if they are to maintain the standards.

Sep 17, 2009 — Inside the CBC

Kirstine Stewart's Vision for CBC TV

The general manger of CBC English television says more Canadian programming isn't aired because the public broadcaster "cannot afford it on the budget that we're given."

Sep 17, 2009 —

Feds direct CRTC to look into fee-for-carriage from consumer point of view

The Government has issued an Order-in-Council requesting the CRTC "hold hearings and provide the government with a report on the implications of implementing a compensation regime for the value of local television signals."

Sep 16, 2009 — Vancouver Sun

Cue the National Broadcast Orchestra by David Gordon Duke

The reconstituted CBC ensemble to perform live, while branching out to high-def video, Internet.

Sep 16, 2009 — Vancouver Sun

CTV rejigs finances to avoid default

Deteriorating finances have reportedly led Canada's largest private television network to renegotiate loan agreements with its lenders.

Sep 16, 2009 — Variety

Sky suit widens ItalianTV war by Nick Vivarelli

Rupert Murdoch's Sky Italia paybox has filed a lawsuit against Mediaset, the Italian broadcast group controlled by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, in a move that escalates the war between the two moguls over the local TV market.

Sep 16, 2009 — CBC News

Ron James, Blades anchor CBC fall season

CBC says it plans to announce changes to The National and its Newsworld service on Oct. 9.

Sep 16, 2009 — CBC News

CRTC not enforcing internet ruling by Peter Nowak

A CRTC order issued nine months ago that requires phone companies to give wholesale customers access to faster internet speeds is in limbo as the regulator decides whether it should be enforced.

Sep 16, 2009 — Canadian Press

Satellite radio company XM Canada reaches royalty payment agreement

XM Canada has reached a deal to make royalty payments to several groups representing Canadian musicians and songwriters.

Sep 16, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Corus eager to buy, if CanWest is selling by Grant Robertson

The CEO of Corus says he would be interested in CanWest's cable television channels if they come up for sale as part of the company's financial restructuring.

Sep 15, 2009 — Calgary Herald

Canwest papers launch mobile-optimized versions of their websites

Canwest's daily newspapers are launching mobile-optimized versions of their websites, specifically designed for iPhones, BlackBerrys and other smartphones.

Sep 15, 2009 —

BDU-broadcaster battle renewed; BDUs want commissioners recused by Greg O'Brien

Article looks at submissions to the CRTC by cable/satellite companies and broadcasters on the issue of fee-for-carriage.

Sep 15, 2009 — Canadian Press

Rogers launches faster network for mobile Internet for laptop, netbook users by Luann Lasalle

Rogers Wireless says the company has launched an improved wireless data network in select cities that has tripled its current download speeds for laptop and netbook users.

Sep 14, 2009 — Canada Newswire

Canada's Television Broadcasters Unite to Stand Up for Viewers and to Protect Local Television

CTV, 'A', Global and CBC have joined together to launch a national campaign - Local TV Matters - aimed at rallying viewers and all Canadians to support local television.

Sep 14, 2009 — The Tyee

Taylor Hired by Bank after Killing BC's Bank Tax by Will McMartin

Former CBC Board chair and BC Finance Minister faces criticism after taking a position on TD Bank's Board of Directors.

Sep 14, 2009 — Gabriola Radio Society

Don't let Gabriola drown in the Ocean - OPPOSE the Rogers expansion

Community radio co-op asks concerned parties to file a CRTC intervention and oppose the Rogers expansion on Gabriola Island, BC.

Sep 14, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Networks, cable firms gird for battle by Grant Robertson

The country's major television networks and its biggest cable companies are set to launch public appeals for support in their debate over new fees on customer bills.

Sep 14, 2009 — Toronto Star

Carriage fee fight is on the air by Rita Trichur

CTV, Global and CBC launch, along with TV, radio and print advertisements in their ongoing fight to collect fees from cable and satellite companies.

Sep 11, 2009 — CBC News

CBC's Regina signal should be on satellite: CRTC

The Star Choice satellite television company has been told it should offer the CBC Regina signal to subscribers.

Sep 11, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Probe new rivals' ownership, Rogers urges by Simon Avery

Rogers asks the CRTC to put the foreign ownership and control structure of DAVE Wireless, and Public Mobile Holdings under the same scrutiny that a third new entrant, Globalive Holdings, is already undergoing.

Sep 10, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

Canwest signs forbearance agreement with lenders, agrees to pay interest

Canwest Limited Partnership has agreed to pay all outstanding interest and fees due under the senior credit facility.

Sep 10, 2009 —

Rogers wants customers to act against FFC

Text of an email sent to Rogers customers urging them to join the company's fight against fee-for-carriage.

Sep 9, 2009 — CBC News

CHEK employee group has plan to save local TV

Victoria's CHEK-TV plans to stay on the air with a combination of local news and older programming it believes will appeal to its audiences.

Sep 9, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC bosses bring fight into public domain by Mimi Turner

BBC Director General calls News Corp. executive "desperately out-of-touch" with the public.

Sep 9, 2009 — Toronto Sun

Cable firms 'not telling truth' about fund by Brett Clarkson

FRIENDS says cable and satellite TV providers are misleading their subscribers by slapping a 1.5% fee on monthly bills and then trying to shift blame to the CRTC for the price hike.

Sep 8, 2009 —

CRTC announces licence conditions for sports and news services

The CRTC has released the standard conditions of licence for competitive Canadian mainstream sports and national news specialty services.

Sep 7, 2009 — Toronto Star

Digitization of Canada's heritage left to Google by Michael Geist

Columnist says the government has no concrete plan for the digitization of the Canada's culture and heritage.

Sep 7, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada's CHEK-TV saved from closure by Etan Vlessing

Around 45 jobs have been saved after employees at Victoria-based CHEK-TV secured an eleventh-hour deal to buy the local TV station.

Sep 6, 2009 — New York Times

European Broadcasters Argue About Public Aid by Eric Pfanner

Columnist says a feud between public broadcasters in Europe and their private-sector rivals is getting nastier.

Sep 5, 2009 — New York Times

Competition in Cable TV

Editorial says the U.S. broadcast regulator needs to ensure that customers have an array of choices among cable providers, and that there is real competition on price and program offerings.

Sep 5, 2009 — National Post

National Post editorial board: A proud day for the CBC

Editorial praises the CBC for the decision to air a documentary recreating the Battle of the Plains of Abraham

Sep 4, 2009 — Canadian Press

Canwest outsourcing advertising production work in Calgary and Regina overseas

Canwest is outsourcing some of its advertising production work done in Calgary and Regina to a company with operations in India and the Philippines.

Sep 4, 2009 — Toronto Star

TD banking on CBC by Rita Trichur

In response to reports of "product integration" into CBC TV shows, FRIENDS says taxpayers expect public broadcasting services to be distinct from the private sector.

Sep 4, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Employees buy CanWest TV station in Victoria for $2 by Grant Robertson

CanWest has sold its Victoria television station to a group of employees for $2, a move that will prevent the station from going off the air.

Sep 4, 2009 — National Post

Quebec's media landscape in its grasp by Giuseppe Valiante

The president and chief executive of Quebecor says "a monopoly isn't the most efficient way to manage a business or meet customer expectations."

Sep 4, 2009 —

CHEK-TV buys station from Canwest by Lesley Hunter

Employees of CHEK-TV in Victoria have purchased the station from Canwest.

Sep 3, 2009 — MediaPost

FCC Asked To Examine 'TV Everywhere'

U.S. cable companies are reportedly gearing up to launch "TV Everywhere" - an initiative that could require Web users to subscribe to cable video before they can watch TV programs online.

Sep 3, 2009 —

Canadians want their TV everywhere, too, but fret about reliability: SRG

New report indicates nearly 70% of Canadian TV viewers say being able to access their cable channels on the web or mobile is a good idea.

Sep 3, 2009 —

New satellite company calls for billion-dollar digital TV coupon program by Greg O'Brien

FreeHD Canada says that if the transition to digital television is going to in Canada, consumers are going to need digital set top boxes – and help paying for them.

Sep 2, 2009 — CBC News

CBC Newsworld suffers afternoon outage

CBC spokesperson says a temporary outage on Newsworld was caused by a Rogers fibre-optics cable.

Sep 2, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

CRTC removes restrictions on U.S. promos by Etan Vlessing

Canada's TV regulator has removed all restrictions on the number of ad minutes domestic broadcasters can carry per hour.

Sep 2, 2009 — Playback

No added commercials, say networks by Etan Vlessing

Major TV networks, including CBC and CTV, say they have no immediate plans to boost their ad inventory in primetime.

Sep 2, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

CTV-Rogers deal for Canadian VOD market by Etan Vlessing

CTV is making new episodes of 17 series, including The Amazing Race, Criminal Minds and Desperate Housewives, available on Rogers' Video on Demand service.

Sep 2, 2009 — Briarpatch Magazine

Corporate crisis, community opportunity: Rebuilding local media for the 21st century by Jacqueline Cusack McDonald and Steve Anderson

Article authors say the current media system in Canada does not adequately address the social, ecological and economic challenges facing communities across the country.

Sep 2, 2009 — CKRM 620 AM Regina

Canada's TV industry

In a radio interview with host Roger Currie, FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses recent changes in Canada's TV industry.

Sep 2, 2009 — Playback

End of a short era for E! network by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC has sealed the fate of Canwest Global Communications' secondary E! network by approving the transfer of ownership of CHCH in Hamilton and CJNT in Montreal to Channel Zero.

Sep 2, 2009 — Vancouver Sun

CHEK TV gets last-minute extension as local investors seek to buy it

An employee-led bid to buy CHEK TV in Victoria has won a last-minute extension.

Sep 2, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

Pay more, get more ads with changes to television by Sarah Schmidt

New TV rules allow broadcasters to air as many advertisements as they wish and cable customers will start to see a 1.5 per cent increase to their bills.

Sep 1, 2009 — CBC News

XM Radio operator being sued over royalties

A group that represents Canadian songwriters and music publishers is taking the company that operates XM Radio to court, alleging it has defaulted on royalty obligations.

Sep 1, 2009 — New York Times

The Outlook Is Murky for Media Advertising by Eric Pfanner

The CEO of Europe's biggest commercial television broadcaster says "I simply don't believe that we will see a quick recovery in advertising revenues."

Sep 1, 2009 — Toronto Star

Kill-Obama TV satire lands CBC in hot water

The CRTC has ordered Radio-Canada to apologize to its viewers for segments of last year's Bye Bye show, which featured cracks about blacks, anglophones, spousal abuse and the U.S. president.

Aug 31, 2009 — CBC News

CBC-TV launches 90-minute supper hour news

CBC-TV's supper hour newscasts feature several new hosts and now runs from from 5 p.m. to 6.30 p.m weekdays.

Aug 31, 2009 — Variety

Murdoch bashes BBC at TV fest by Steve Clarke

Rupert Murdoch's likely heir apparent says he wants the BBC to become "much, much smaller."

Aug 31, 2009 — Globe & Mail

A week of reckoning for Canadian TV by Grant Robertson

Over the next few days, money-losing TV stations in in Victoria and Red Deer will be shut down, while others with new owners will attempt to climb back to profitability.

Aug 31, 2009 — Toronto Star

TSN, at 25, faces challenges by Chris Zelkovich

As TSN celebrates its silver anniversary, columnist say that big challenges lie ahead for the entire sports TV industry.

Aug 29, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

What will Doer's exit mean for arts? by Morley Walker

The government of outgoing Manitoba Premier Gary Doer has increased spending on culture over its 10 years in power, and has not cut back during the recession.

Aug 28, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian E! stations will be rebranded by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC has given the go-ahead for the E!-branded TV stations in Hamilton and Montreal to be acquired and rebranded by indie broadcaster Channel Zero.

Aug 28, 2009 — Vancouver Sun

CHEK TV employee bid fails to save local station by Darron Kloster

CHEK TV is set to fade to black after Canwest announced an employee-owned initiative did not meet its guidelines to keep the station operating.

Aug 28, 2009 — Canadian Press

Employees at CHEK TV submit bid to buy Victoria station from Canwest

Employees at one of British Columbia's oldest television stations have submitted a bid to buy CHEK-TV from Canwest.

Aug 28, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CanWest talks bogged down by revival of Australian TV fortunes by Grant Robertson

Shares in the Australian broadcaster TEN have nearly doubled since February, causing glitches in Canwest's efforts to restructure its debt.

Aug 27, 2009 — Statistics Canada

Private radio broadcasting

Report says that in 2008, the operating revenue of private radio broadcasters rose 5.6% to $1.6 billion.

Aug 27, 2009 — The Coast

CBC dumbs down news by Bruce Wark

Editorial says that in search of higher TV ad revenues, CBC is pulling resources from radio.

Aug 26, 2009 — Globe & Mail

O'Leary tails Lang to CBC to set her right

BNN anchor Kevin O'Leary is set to co-host a new half-hour business news show on CBC Newsworld.

Aug 26, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Foreign viewers love Canadian TV by Guy Dixon

Columnist says the underlying message at the recent Gemini nomination announcement is that Canadian TV shows are doing really well abroad.

Aug 26, 2009 — Playback

CRTC set to okay Canwest sales by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says Canwest and Channel Zero are approaching the last hurdles to the license transfers of CHCH-TV Hamilton and CJNT-TV Montreal.

Aug 26, 2009 —

AM stations help push 2008 radio revenues up 5.6%

Data show the revenue for Canada's private radio broadcasters increased in 2008, in part because transfer of AM radio stations to FM.

Aug 25, 2009 — Mediacaster Magazine

Moses Issues First Call for Last Taboo

Media executive Moses Znaimer is calling for submissions to an art exhibition about aging.

Aug 25, 2009 — CBC News

TV, internet price war heats up in Vancouver by Peter Nowak

Some Vancouver residents are benefiting from an increasingly hostile price war between Shaw Communications and upstart Novus Entertainment for television and internet customers.

Aug 24, 2009 —

Wireless radio Internet adaptor comes to Canada

A devise that accesses radio broadcasts on the Internet without a computer is now available in Canada.

Aug 24, 2009 — News Article

CRTC wants internet pricing answers from Bell by Peter Nowak

The CRTC wants Bell Canada to explain the prices it plans to charge wholesale internet customers when it rolls out a new billing model.

Aug 24, 2009 — Inside the CBC

New Audience Measurement Tools May Affect Ratings

BBM, the company that tracks ratings for broadcasters, is set to switch to a new system called the Portable People Meter, replacing the old diary method in most places.

Aug 21, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

CBC won't be left out in cold during Olympics by Etan Vlessing

The CBC is set to air winter sports-themed TV programming while CTV carries the Olympics.

Aug 21, 2009 — Playback

CBC okays Men with Brooms by Etan Vlessing

CBC has given the production order to E1 Television and Serendipity Point Films for a pilot episode to loosely follow Paul Gross' curling comedy and directorial debut.

Aug 20, 2009 — The Canadian Journalism Project

This hour has 90 minutes by Regan Ray

Journalism professor says changes to CBC's local suppertime news is all about maximizing ad revenue for the network.

Aug 20, 2009 — CBC News

Scrap the CRTC, petition urges by Peter Nowak

A petition to abolish the CRTC will be presented to Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore if it amasses 10,000 signatures.

Aug 19, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Upstart targets big boys of satellite TV by Grant Robertson and Karim Bardeesy

The Canadian broadcast industry is witnessing three rival companies vying to launch a new kind of scaled-down satellite TV service aimed at penny-pinching consumers.

Aug 19, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

Made-in-Manitoba TV? by Bruce Owen

The Manitoba government has commissioned a study to see if there's room on the dial and in the pocketbook for an English-language educational public broadcaster in the province.

Aug 18, 2009 — The Wrap

Television -- As We Know It -- Is Finished by Josef Adalian

TV industry observers are predicting that the business model which has sustained broadcasters for close to 60 years has begun an irreversible decline.

Aug 17, 2009 — Broadcaster Magazine

CRTC Approves New Internet Rates

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has given Bell Canada approval to charge its wholesale ISP customers based on the bandwidth usage of their end users.

Aug 17, 2009 — Niagara Gazette

Internet radio-TV network begins broadcasting by Rick Pfeiffer

After becoming "frustrated by the limitations of so-called terrestrial radio", broadcaster launches an Internet radio/TV station based in Ontario's Niagara region.

Aug 17, 2009 — Toronto Star

Designing a copyright bill that's built to last by Michael Geist

Columnist says forward looking principles and metrics must be used in copyright reform that will not rendered outdated soon after introduction.

Aug 15, 2009 — Toronto Star

Be vigilant about cable and satellite by Bill Roberts

The President and CEO of VisionTV says it is "hardly onerous" to propose that the cable and satellite companies should put aside a modest 1.5 per cent of their revenues for local programming.

Aug 15, 2009 — Inside the CBC

CBC Ad Revenues Beat Expectations

In reference to the government approval needed to sell assets, CBC executive says "Dealing with the government is not just difficult, it's a nightmare."

Aug 14, 2009 — Playback

Long odds on gambit to save CHEK by Amy Haggar

Despite raising more than $500,000, questions remain and time is quickly running out for employees trying to purchase CHEK-TV in Victoria.

Aug 14, 2009 — Inside the CBC

CBC Introduces its iPhone Application

CBC's iPhone application streams content from Radio One, Radio 2, and CBC Radio 3, and audio from CBC Television.

Aug 13, 2009 — Vancouver Sun

Billing change threatens Internet services: providers by Matt Hartley

Small Internet providers are worried Bell's plan to implement usage-based billing for its wholesale Internet customers could result in higher bills for their users.

Aug 13, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Bell ends action against CRTC by Grant Robertson

Bell Canada has dropped its court action against the federal broadcast regulator after the CRTC added the controversial network fee issue to its fall hearings.

Aug 13, 2009 — Canadian Press

Employees at CHEK-TV raise money to buy Victoria station from CanWest by James Keller

Employees are raising money to buy CHEK-TV from Canwest Global in an effort to stop the struggling media giant from shutting down the Victoria operation at the end of the month.

Aug 12, 2009 — Toronto Star

Mad Men to bypass cable rules by Greg Quill

An deal between the American show's distributor and Apple iTunes Canada makes Mad Men the first top-rated TV show to bypass Canada's conventional TV protocols as a paid digital download.

Aug 12, 2009 — Toronto Star

Re-regulate cable TV, satellite firm billing, CTV to tell watchdog by Rita Trichur

CTV says the CTRC should once again regulate the billing practices of cable and satellite companies.

Aug 12, 2009 — CBC News

Bell to charge small ISPs by usage by Peter Nowak

The CRTC has approved a request by Bell Canada to implement usage-based billing for its wholesale internet customers.

Aug 12, 2009 — Edmonton Sun

CRTC receives 700 complaints over extra fees by Althia Raj

The broadcast regulator has been flooded with more than 700 complaints since Rogers and Bell began informing customers their bills would inflate again next month.

Aug 11, 2009 — CBC News

CRTC plans new fall hearing into fee-for-carriage

The CRTC has postponed a public hearing into group-based licensing until Nov. 16 and said it would add the issue of fee-for-carriage to the hearing agenda.

Aug 11, 2009 — Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne

La FCFA se joint à la mobilisation en appui à un financement adéquat pour Radio-Canada

The Federation of Francophone and Acadian Communities of Canada announce the mobilization of francophone in support of adequate funding for CBC/Radio Canada.

Aug 11, 2009 — CTV

The time has come to regulate the billing practices of cable and satellite companies

Message sent from CTV's Save Local TV website about cable and satellite companies increasing their fees.

Aug 11, 2009 — Toronto Star

Viewers' satellite, cable cost going up by Rita Trichur

Cable and satellite bills are set to rise this fall as those TV service providers begin collecting a mandatory new fee to subsidize local television stations in small markets across Canada.

Aug 11, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

Broadcaster ownership rules may help Canwest by Martin Cash

Columnist says Canada's media ownership regulations - ironically, something that Canwest management has fought to loosen - might help the company fend off a full takeover by American bond holders.

Aug 10, 2009 — National Post

Canadian content invades new TV season by Alex Strachan

Article profiles Canadians that are making a splash in Hollywood for the upcoming TV season.

Aug 10, 2009 — CBC News

Rogers, Bell TV customers warned of fee hikes

Rogers and Bell television cable subscribers are being told they will see their monthly fees hiked by 1.5 per cent beginning September in order to satisfy new regulations ordered by the CRTC.

Aug 10, 2009 — MediaPost

What Constitutes Coverage In The Age Of Social Media? by Kendall Allen

Columnist says that the rise of citizen journalism and social media means the gateway to coverage is no longer the exclusive watch of sanctioned news organizations.

Aug 10, 2009 — ACTRA

Copyright Consultations 2009

Canada's actors' union wants copyright law strengthened.

Aug 10, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CanWest, CRTC to talk ownership by Grant Robertson and Andrew Willis

CanWest Global has initiated talks with the federal government on a potential change of ownership.

Aug 9, 2009 — Ottawa Sun

Arts activists regroup by Althia Raj

Activist says "the Conservatives do not support the arts industry, which they view with 'mistrust.'"

Aug 8, 2009 — Calgary Herald

CRTC extends date for input on TV rules

The CRTC, after being slapped with legal action by BCE, is giving the television industry an extra week to craft submissions regarding carriage fees.

Aug 8, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Leno's new prime-time show is a panicky manoeuvre by NBC by John Doyle

Columnist says NBC is airing Jay Leno at 10 p.m. because the show is cheap to produce and will boost ratings for local news at 11 p.m.

Aug 7, 2009 — CRTC

CRTC issues second annual report on the communications industry

CRTC report says the communications industry contributed $54 billion to the Canadian economy in 2008.

Aug 7, 2009 — Canadian Press

Quebecor and CanWest to share newspaper delivery in Toronto, Ottawa and Calgary by Ross Marowits

Two of Canada's largest newspaper chains are teaming up in a distribution agreement designed to cut costs amid declining advertising revenue.

Aug 7, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Bell takes TV fight to court to escape regulators' squeeze

The owner of the country's largest satellite service alleges the CRTC has overstepped its jurisdiction and asks a judge to intervene in the fee-for-carriage debate.

Aug 7, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CanWest taps top guns to marshal turnaround by Grant Robertson and Andrew Willis

Creditors have hired Canada's top corporate fixer to guide CanWest through its complex restructuring as it lurches toward a plan for reducing its crippling $4-billion debt load.

Aug 7, 2009 — CBC News

TV faces a hard economic reality

Article profiles the changing TV landscape that sees broadcasters scrambling to deal with collapsing advertising revenue and dropping viewership.

Aug 7, 2009 — CBC News

CRTC carriage fees hearings prompt court challenge

Satellite TV provider Bell is challenging the CRTC in court over the issue of carriage fees.

Aug 7, 2009 — Playback

Net makes more gains on TV by Norma Reveler

Canadians spent more time online, while watching slightly less TV last year, according to the CRTC's Communications Monitoring Report.

Aug 6, 2009 — Playback

Talks begin on new fund by Norma Reveler

13 "policy priorities" will be discussed during consultations on the new Canada Media Fund, which is due to replace the Canadian Television Fund next year.

Aug 6, 2009 — Toronto Star

Copyright reform vital to artists by Ferne Downey

The National President of ACTRA says Canada's copyright law needs to be modernized, for the sake both of artists and consumers.

Aug 6, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

Copyright consultation closed to public

A consultation in Winnipeg on copyright reform is not open to the public and Canadian Heritage won't release a list of who was invited to participate for a number of days.

Aug 6, 2009 — Canadian Press

Internet, wireless services responsible for most of the telecom industry's growth: CRTC

Report states Canadian telecommunications services generated $40.3 billion in revenue last year, up $2.1 billion or 5.5 per cent, from the prior year.

Aug 6, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Cost of cable services rises by Grant Robertson and Simon Avery

A report issued by the CRTC shows the price of cable, satellite and pay-television services has risen 29% in Canada since 2002.

Aug 5, 2009 — Canwest News Service

CBC denies planning to change The National's time slot

The CBC has denied assertions that there is a plan to move The National from its 10 p.m. time slot to 11 p.m.

Aug 5, 2009 — Toronto Star

CBC denies The National is moving by Greg Quill

FRIENDS says CBC's senior programming brass has a plan to move the public broadcaster's flagship nightly news program The National from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. to make room for prime-time entertainment programming.

Aug 4, 2009 —

CBC slams Friends' National rumour as 100% false by Greg O’Brien

CBC Media Relations says there are no plans to move The National from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Aug 4, 2009 — Playback

National not moving, insists CBC by Sean Davidson

Notwithstanding denials from CBC representatives, FRIENDS says there are plans to move The National to 11pm.

Aug 4, 2009 — The Tyee

CBC and its Friends squabble over The National by Crawford Kilian

FRIENDS and the CBC offer differing perspectives on possible changes to The National.

Aug 4, 2009 — Toronto Star

CanWest to sell shares in Australian unit

CanWest says it is expecting to raise $123.7 million in an equity offering for Ten Network Holdings, its Australian media division.

Aug 3, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Canwest subsidiary to miss interest payment

Canwest says the limited partnership which controls the bulk of its daily newspapers will not make an $18.5-million (U.S.) interest payment initially due August 1.

Aug 3, 2009 — Ottawa Citizen

City doesn't get it about culture, economic development by Loretto Beninger

Artist writes that city politicians in Ottawa must re-evaluate priorities that give low ranking to culture.

Aug 3, 2009 — New York Times

PBS Chief Welcomes Public TV Funding Under Obama

PBS chief Paula Kerger says the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's $430 million budget for this year was left intact by President Barack Obama.

Aug 1, 2009 — Montreal Gazette

Canwest wins new extension

Canwest Global Communications Corp. has won another extension from its senior lenders on a deadline to come up with a recapitalization plan.

Aug 1, 2009 — Toronto Star

Can Newsworld tune in? by Oakland Ross

As CBC's Newsworld turns 20 years old, FRIENDS expresses concerns over a possible format change.

Aug 1, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

CHCH-TV workers OK deal to sell station

Unionized workers at CHCH-TV in Hamilton have approved Canwest Global Communication's proposal to sell the station to Channel Zero.

Aug 1, 2009 — Halifax Chronicle Herald

Wafergate comes back to bite Irving newspaper by Stephen Maher

Columnist says that Irving owned Brunswick News has a history of buckling to political pressure related to the family's other, more lucrative, business interests.

Jul 31, 2009 — CBC News

Moore restructuring Canada Music Fund

Heritage Minister James Moore has announced an increase in the Canada Music Fund, the federal government's main fund to support the music industry, but changes are coming in the way the fund distributes its money.

Jul 31, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

CBC adds drama reruns, expands local news

Despite criticism for purchasing U.S. imports such as Wheel and Jeopardy, CBC president Hubert Lacroix has says the series draw audiences to the network's prime-time lineup.

Jul 30, 2009 — Medium Close Up

Burying the Local News

Article says that CBC is moving the its local newscasts to a dead zone where it will be unlikely to get a significant audience.

Jul 30, 2009 — Montreal Gazette

Torstar registers loss on CTVglobemedia charge

Torstar has reported a $29.9-million second quarter loss related to the valuation of its holdings in CTVglobemedia.

Jul 30, 2009 — Halifax Chronicle Herald

CBC a good investment for Canadians by Chris Ball

CBC/Radio-Canada media relations officer says Canadians pay less than 10 cents a day for an accountable, national public broadcaster that provides first-rate local programming to communities across the country.

Jul 30, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CBC buys U.S. drama series for late-afternoon slot

CBC-TV is adding the U.S. drama Ghost Whisperer to its weekday lineup as the new lead-in to a longer supper-hour newscast.

Jul 30, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Torstar shelves CEO hunt by Grant Robertson

Columnist says Torstar has put its search for a new chief executive officer on hold because its board of directors wants more time to deliberate after adding new members.

Jul 30, 2009 — Toronto Star

Charge, ad slump hit Torstar's bottom line by Rita Trichur

Torstar blames Ontario's economic slump and its investment in CTVglobemedia for a $4.4 million second-quarter loss.

Jul 29, 2009 — CBC News

CBC plans 90-minute TV newscasts for 5 p.m.

At the end of August, CBC News will begin running 90-minute newscasts starting at 5:00 pm, followed by the foreign programming Coronation Street, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!.

Jul 29, 2009 — Canadian Media Guild

84% say it's unfair to lose free TV signals in smaller cities

84% of residents in Kamloops B.C. say it is unfair that they will be deprived access to free TV signals.

Jul 28, 2009 — Canadian Press

Canwest Global to wind up CHCH pension plan, retirees face reduction

Retirees from CHCH-TV in Hamilton say they face a cut to their pension payments after Canwest announced it will be winding up their pension plan at the end of August.

Jul 28, 2009 — CBC News

Amanda Lang to host CBC business show

Canadian journalist Amanda Lang will join CBC Newsworld this fall as host of a new business program.

Jul 28, 2009 — Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada

2008 Canadian Online Advertising Revenue Grows To $1.6 Billion And Surpasses Radio

Report says revenue from Online advertising in Canada has more than quadrupled over the past five years.

Jul 27, 2009 — Toronto Star

Canadian Open deserves more TV coverage By Chris Zelkovich

Columnist says Golf Channel and CBS combined for a grand total of 12 hours of coverage during the tournament, about 10 fewer than CTV and TSN provided the previous time Canadian television was at the controls.

Jul 25, 2009 — The Chronicle Herald

CBC review may surprise By Terry Pearson

Columnist says John Lamb’s recent opinion piece ("It’s time for a public review of the CBC," July 8) calling for a public inquiry into the CBC is welcome.

Jul 24, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Telefilm Canada aims for the funny bone By Michael Posner

In an attempt to produce more popular movies, Telefilm Canada has struck a deal with the Canadian Film Centre and Montreal's Just for Laughs comedy festival to develop five original, feature-length comedies that would be ready for the cameras by 2011-12.

Jul 24, 2009 — TVNewsCheck

Memo To The FCC's New Chairman by Harry A. Jessell

In a memo to the U.S. broadcast regulator, editor says the FCC needs to address the troubles of TV broadcasting and take steps to bolster the financial health of the industry.

Jul 22, 2009 — Vancouver Sun

TV 2.0 lets you take control By Gillian Shaw

Columnist says personal video recorders and on-demand systems offer range of choices

Jul 22, 2009 — CBC News

Canwest closing TV stations in Alberta, B.C.

Canwest Global Communications Corp. is closing two TV stations in its second network, CHEK-TV in Victoria and CHCA-TV in Red Deer, Alta., effective Aug. 31.

Jul 21, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CRTC to broadcasters, phone firms: improve accessibility

Canadians with disabilities should be able to enjoy some of the new communication tools that the rest of the public enjoy, says the federal telecom regulator.

Jul 20, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CBC-TV cancels The Lens doc series By Gayle MacDonald

The CBC has cancelled the award-winning documentary TV program The Lens, a move some in Canada's production community are calling "tragic" because it means one fewer port of call for independent documentary producers.

Jul 20, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CTV to sell Brandon outlet to Bluepoint for $1

CTV Inc. says it has found a private investment firm to buy its station in Brandon, Man., for $1. CTV announced yesterday that Bluepoint Investment Corp. will pick up the station as part of a deal expected to close by Dec. 31.

Jul 17, 2009 — Canadian Press

Canwest creditors give media company another two weeks; new deadline is July 31

Friday's deadline was extended by two weeks to July 31.

Jul 16, 2009 — Canadian Press

Shaw Communications acquires Hamilton's Mountain Cable, terms not disclosed

Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.B), the dominant cable TV company in Western Canada, has acquired a family owned cable operator with a solid base in southern Ontario.

Jul 15, 2009 — Canadian Press

Corus facing 'worst case scenario' in radio business, posts $145M quarterly loss By David Friend

Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX:CJR.B) says its radio stations are facing a worst case scenario as the weak economy continues to rip into its advertising revenues, causing the value of its radio assets to decline.

Jul 15, 2009 — Toronto Star

CanCon not on guest list for TIFF gala opener By Martin Knelman

Columnist explores if it a slap in the face to the Canadian movie industry that CanCon is not on guest list for TIFF gala opener? Or is it a welcome sign the Toronto International Film Festival has grown out of the flag-waving parochialism that sometimes made visitors from New York and L.A. roll their eyes?

Jul 15, 2009 — CBC News

Whitehorse AM transmitter's future undecided: CBC

The CBC's top official in the North says the Yukon government's move to extend the CBC's lease for its AM transmitter in Whitehorse does not necessarily mean the broadcaster will scrap plans to switch from AM to FM.

Jul 15, 2009 — Canadian Media Guild

Update on job cuts and CBC's financial uncertainty

Due to the continued instability of the public broadcaster's financial situation, temporary measures to reinstate jobs and programming have been scrapped.

Jul 14, 2009 — Canadian Press

Nfld. Capital Corp sells FM stations in Thunder Bay for $4.5 million

Newfoundland Capital Corp. Ltd. (TSX:NCC.A) is selling its two FM stations in Thunder Bay, Ont. for $4.5 million, plus working capital.

Jul 13, 2009 — Toronto Star

Free, over-the-air TV fades to black By Michael Geist

Columnist says since the debut of broadcast television in this country more than 50 years ago, millions of Canadians have grown to expect free access to local television signals. Last week, Canada's broadcast regulator issued a decision that will bring the era of free local television to an end for many Canadians.

Jul 11, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CanWest's equity holders in for a rough ride By Andrew Willis

Columnist says CanWest Global Communications, which is in the midst of a painful recapitalization and continues to trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange, shares no longer had any value, should not be purchased and should really be delisted

Jul 10, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CanWest's loss widens to $100-million

CanWest Global Communications Corp. (CGS-T) said Friday a goodwill impairment charge in its publishing operation led to widened losses in its third quarter, adding to mounting financial woes at the Winnipeg-based media conglomerate.

Jul 10, 2009 — Canadian Press

Will sale of local Canadian TV station usher in new business model for industry? By Bill Brioux

Columnist discusses if a local Canadian TV station that was teetering on the edge of going off the air be the blueprint for un-breaking television's battered business model.

Jul 10, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CanWest's loss widens to $100-million

CanWest Global Communications Corp. (CGS-T0.07----%) said Friday a goodwill impairment charge in its publishing operation led to widened losses in its third quarter, adding to mounting financial woes at the Winnipeg-based media conglomerate.

Jul 9, 2009 — Playback

HBO boosts Astral earnings By Etan Vlessing

Astral Media on Thursday posted slightly higher third-quarter earnings as subscriber revenue gains offset continuing TV advertising weakness.

Jul 9, 2009 — Playback

New low for Canwest By Etan Vlessing

Stock in Canwest Global Communications has plumbed new depths on Friday as the struggling broadcaster prepared to unveil its third-quarter 2009 financial results.

Jul 9, 2009 — Playback

Conventional hits 30-year low By Melita Kuburas

Conventional television's recent "difficult period" can be blamed on the loss of advertising market share to specialty television, according to a recent Statistics Canada report on the television sector.

Jul 9, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Rogers must air 100 hours of Canadian film: CRTC By Gayle MacDonald

Columnist reports The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has slapped down a request from Rogers Broadcasting that its CITY-TV stations in Toronto and Vancouver no longer be mandated to air 100 hours of Canadian films a year in prime time.

Jul 9, 2009 — Statistics Canada

Television broadcasting

Report indicates revenues for private conventional television continues to slide while profits for the specialty and pay television segments continued to grow.

Jul 8, 2009 — Playback

Reprieve for Windsor station By Sean Davidson

CTV is staying in Windsor for at least another year. The network confirmed on Wednesday that it will keep the lights on at CHWI, one of the three stations it planned to close at the end of this summer when its licence ran out.

Jul 8, 2009 — Mediacaster

Windsor A Channel Gets Reprieve from CTV

CTV says the Windsor A Channel station CHWI-TV will continue to operate for the license renewal term that all of CTV's conventional stations have received (expiring August 31, 2010).

Jul 8, 2009 — Mediacaster

CRTC Rejects Rogers Bid to Reduce CanCon

Broadcasters should make “meaningful commitments” to Canadian content, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has re-stated in its decision to reject a request from Rogers Broadcasting to reduce requirements for airing Canadian content.

Jul 8, 2009 — The Chronicle Herald

It’s time for a public review of the CBC By John Lamb

A Canadian Citizen says CBC’s funding has been reduced by every government since Brian Mulroney’s — both Conservative and Liberal. All federal governments, it seems, dislike the CBC and have found it an easy target. That means it’s up to ordinary Canadians to speak up for the CBC.

Jul 8, 2009 — Financial Post

Filmmakers speak out against management of web traffic By Matt Hartley

Columnist say Canada's largest Internet providers are having a chilling effect on independent filmmakers by slowing down certain Internet technologies that enable producers to distribute movies and other programming online, federal regulators heard Wednesday.

Jul 7, 2009 — CBC News

Local TV precarious, despite increased funding: networks

The CRTC's move to boost funding for local TV programming may not be enough to save some stations, the networks say.

Jul 7, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

Cable firms should pay for content, CRTC says By Jamie Sturgeon

Columnist says the long battle between conventional-television broadcasters and the digital TV providers who carry their content swung in favour of the former Monday after federal regulators -- for the first time -- suggested that cable and satellite providers such as Rogers Communications Inc. should pay for the content.

Jul 7, 2009 — Globe & Mail

TV firms score victory in fight over fees By Karim Bardeesy

Columnist says television broadcasters have won concessions from Ottawa that will help pay for programming, in a move that escalates their long-running battle with the cable and satellite companies that carry their signals.

Jul 7, 2009 — Mediacaster

Shaw Opposes New CRTC Taxes on Canadians

Shaw Communications says the CRTC has betrayed Canadians' trust with its announcement of two new taxes on consumers.

Jul 6, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Globe union ratifies contract By John McCrank

Agreement passes by 85.7 per cent, contains a five-year deal with two-year wage freeze.

Jul 6, 2009 — Canadian Press

Conventional TV broadcasters praise CRTC move to charge for carriage By Kristine Owram

Canada's conventional television broadcasters praised a ruling Monday that they say takes an important step towards fairly compensating them for their programming while boosting funding for local shows.

Jul 6, 2009 — Mediacaster

CRTC Increases Funding for Local Programming Improvement Fund

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission today announced that the Local Programming Improvement Fund will have over $100 million to distribute during the 2009–2010 broadcast year.

Jul 6, 2009 — News Article

CRTC to Develop New Regulatory Framework For Convential Television

The Commission today  launched a public proceeding to develop a new regulatory framework for conventional television broadcasters. The proceeding will include a public hearing starting on September 29, 2009, in Gatineau, Que.

Jul 6, 2009 — CRTC

CRTC increases funding for the Local Programming Improvement Fund

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today announced that the Local Programming Improvement Fund will have over $100 million to distribute during the 2009–2010 broadcast year.

Jul 6, 2009 — Playback

Door open on fee-for-carriage By Norma Reveler

Canada's broadcast regulator has opened the doors to fee-for-carriage, increased the size of a yet-to-launch local TV fund, and harmonized the amount of local programming the English-language networks have to broadcast.

Jul 5, 2009 — Financial Post

Conventional TV stations fight for their lives By Jamie Sturgeon

With advertising dollars evaporating amid the recession and the migration of viewers to online and specialty channels gathering pace, smaller conventional television stations are fighting for their lives, their parent networks say. Monday, they'll look to federal broadcasting regulators in Ottawa for help.

Jul 4, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CTV's Defying Gravity series picked up by ABC By Guy Dixon

A new CTV science-fiction series, Defying Gravity, which is likely to air later this year, has been picked up by ABC in the United States.

Jul 4, 2009 — Variety

Europe tightens broadcasting rules By Ian Mundell

Columnist say European pubcasters are unhappy with a rule that means new or significantly modified services must be evaluated in advance against criteria set in Brussels.

Jul 2, 2009 — Toronto Star

Al Jazeera gaining favour in Canada By Joanna Smith

Columnist says positive public reaction to proposed expansion of news agency outweighs the negative

Jul 2, 2009 — National Post

Globe and Mail reaches tentative deal with union By Jamie Sturgeon

The Globe & Mail newspaper reached an eleventh-hour agreement on a new labour contract with its union Thursday night, averting a work stoppage at the 165-year-old daily.

Jul 2, 2009 — Playback

No deal, no explanation from CTV, Shaw By Etan Vlessing

Columnist discusses if Shaw Communication backed out of a May offer to buy three of its stations -- CKX in Brandon, MB, and Ontario stations CKNX in Wingham and CHWI near Windsor -- for $1 each was a publicity stunt or a serious deal gone sour

Jul 2, 2009 — Playback

CBC's Cancon at 20-year low: study By Gariné Tcholakian

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting's latest report on TV programming content across 10 Canadian markets, released this week, found that CBC English TV's primetime Canadian content has reached a 20-year low, with 25% of the pubcaster's primetime schedule made up of foreign, mostly U.S., programming.

Jul 2, 2009 — The Tyee

Cancon falls to 20-year low on CBC prime time By Garret Zehr

Foreign programming now makes up 25 per cent of prime-time viewing hours on CBC English TV, according to new research by Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Jul 1, 2009 — Toronto Star

Four things we should be proud of By Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist discusses the four things Canadians should be proud of.

Jul 1, 2009 — Canadian Press

Shaw cancels purchase of 3 CTV stations

Canadian television giant CTV Inc. said yesterday that Shaw Communications Inc. will not proceed with the purchase of three over-the-air TV stations for $1 each.

Jun 30, 2009 —

Al-Jazeera decision coming this summer

Columnist says Canadian Jewish groups have indicated to the CRTC that they will not oppose making the English version of the Al Jazeera available to Canadians.

Jun 30, 2009 — Canadian Press

CBC real estate eyed for sale in bid to scale back costs: Lacroix By Cassandra Szklarski

The CBC says it would consider selling buildings that house its radio and TV stations in a bid to wrangle control over its cash-strapped budget.

Jun 30, 2009 — CBC News

Canwest selling TV stations in Montreal, Hamilton

Money-troubled Canwest Global Communications Corp. said Tuesday it is selling two conventional television stations in Montreal and Hamilton to an affiliate of Channel Zero Inc., an independent Canadian television broadcaster.

Jun 30, 2009 — Canadian Press

CBC eyes $125M real estate sell-off By Cassandra Szlarski

Now that 250 CBC employees have been laid off and 300 more have agreed to retire early, the public broadcaster is turning its sights on potential real estate sales that could draw in more badly needed cash, company president Hubert Lacroix said today.

Jun 30, 2009 — Playback

Channel Zero buying two Es By Etan Vlessing

Columnist says Canwest Global Communications has begun to shift its struggling E!-branded stations, with specialty and pay broadcaster Channel Zero picking up CHCH in Hamilton and CJNT in Montreal.

Jun 30, 2009 — Channel Canada

CBC Cancon light

Canadian content during prime time on CBC English TV has reached a 20-year low, according to new research about what's on TV released this morning by the watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Jun 30, 2009 —

With LPIF decision, TV review PN coming on Monday, CBC offers up its own distribution order

CRTC has a big day coming up on Monday. Not only is the network management hearing beginning that day, the Regulator is also launching a new proceeding seeking structural reform of the TV sector while releasing new rules (and potentially a new amount) for its yet-to-be-launched Local Programming Improvement Fund.

Jun 30, 2009 — Broadcaster

CBC Canadian Content 'Light'

Canadian content during prime time on CBC English TV has reached a 20-year low, according to new research about what's on TV released this morning by the watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Jun 30, 2009 — National Post

Canwest wins extension on re-capitalization plan By Jamie Sturgeon

Canwest Global Communications Corp. has won an extension from its senior lenders on a deadline to come up with a definitive re-capitalization plan, the media company said Tuesday.

Jun 27, 2009 — Canadian Press

Broadcasters wait anxiously for CRTC decisions key to future of conventional TV By Tamsyn Burgmann

Rita Cugini spoke at a meeting held by RTNDA Canada on concerns about the loss of local programming as a CRTC official set the stage for crucial upcoming decisions by the federal regulator that will impact the future of conventional Canadian television.

Jun 26, 2009 — Financial Post

Globe and Mail union negotiators reject offer By Jamie Sturgeon

The bargaining committee that represents the 480 union workers at The Globe and Mail newspaper recommended Friday that members reject the company's latest offer, raising the odds that the 165-year-old newspaper is headed for a work stoppage as of June 30.

Jun 26, 2009 — CBC News

Heritage minister pledges 5 years of stable arts funding

Saying the cultural sector needs "stability," Heritage Minister James Moore announced a five-year funding package for the arts on Friday.

Jun 25, 2009 — CBC News

N.B. filmmaker wins Commonwealth Vision Award for short about Arctic life

New Brunswick filmmaker Greg Hemmings, of Hemmings House Pictures in Saint John, has won first place in this year's Commonwealth Vision Awards.

Jun 25, 2009 — Business Week

Digital TV: Where Are All Those Eyeballs? By Tom Lowry

Columnist says digital TV let local broadcasters create subchannels for niche programs. But a sour ad climate and distribution problems are preventing any revenue boost

Jun 25, 2009 — National Post

Raphael Alexander: A Conservative minister who defends the CBC. And seems to mean it

Columnist says "it’s a very strange time to live in, to hear the Conservatives talk about institutional heritage, such as a public broadcasting system that drains over a billion of taxpayer dollars every year."

Jun 24, 2009 — Government of Canada

Chronology of Canadian Feature Film

All major dates and events of Canadian Feature Film

Jun 24, 2009 — Government of Canada

Canadian Film Policy: History of Federal Initiatives

Canadian government says, until the end of the 1960s, Canada did not have a bona fide feature film industry. The National Film Board (NFB), created in 1939, was for many years the primary source of films designed to interpret Canada to Canadians and to other nations.

Jun 24, 2009 — La Presse

Exclusif: James Moore rejette la privatisation de Radio-Canada

The Canadian Heritage Minister rejects the idea of privatizing CBC/Radio Canada, by Joêl-Denis Bellavance

Jun 24, 2009 — Toronto Star

It's decision time for local television

A columnist says a "fee-for-carriage" in the range of $6 a month per subscriber – would undoubtedly be passed on to consumers, and there is no guarantee it would be spent on local TV programming.

Jun 24, 2009 — Globe & Mail

From the Web to your TV set By Grant Robertson

Columnist says a few months from now, an upstart music channel will make its debut on cable television in more than one million Canadian homes and, in doing so, Aux TV will carve out a place for itself in broadcasting history.

Jun 23, 2009 — The Hollywood Reporter

Mitterand to be French culture minister By Rebecca Leffler

France is getting ready to welcome a new cultural minister, with Frederic Mitterand confirming rumors Tuesday on public TV network France 2 that he will replace cultural minister Christine Albanel.

Jun 23, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Setanta files for bankruptcy protection By Jane Wardell

Irish broadcaster Setanta Sports filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday, saying it will shortly cease broadcasting to customers in Britain after failing to make a number of payments to football organizations.

Jun 23, 2009 — Playback

Ten licences for ATN

The CRTC has granted licences for 10 new digital channels to Asian Television Network, covering movies, sports and music.

Jun 22, 2009 — The Hollywood Reporter

Molson, Bell buy Canadiens hockey team By Etan Vlessing

Canadian phone giant Bell Canada on Monday emerged as part of the winning bid for the Montreal Canadiens pro hockey team by Montreal's Molson family, part of the Molson Coors beer empire.

Jun 22, 2009 —

TV advertising delivers, survey finds

Television remains the best medium for advertisers to reach the critical and hard to reach 18-34 year-old demographic, according to a new Angus Reid survey.

Jun 20, 2009 — Canwest News Service

Committee seeks to raise local-programming levy

Television distributors such as cable companies should pay more money into a proposed fund designed to save local programming, a parliamentary committee has recommended.

Jun 20, 2009 — CBC News

Globe and Mail workers vote to back strike mandate

Globe and Mail news and sales employees on Saturday voted 97 per cent in favour of authorizing their bargaining committee to call a strike unless the company comes up with a better deal to replace their expiring contract.

Jun 20, 2009 — Media Caster

Liberals Take Stand on 'Net Neutrality

"The Liberal Party supports the principles of net neutrality and an open and competitive Internet environment," Liberal Industry, Science and Technology Critic Marc Garneau said during yesterday's Question Period.

Jun 19, 2009 — The Media Manager

An ode to Don Newman By Kirk LaPointe

Don Newman completes his last Politics program for CBC Newsworld. He will sign off and a storied career will end its most significant chapter.

Jun 19, 2009 — News Article

House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage: Issues and Challenges Related to Local Television

The Standing Committee issued a much anticipated report on local television.

Jun 19, 2009 — Reel Business Information

BBC braces for funding cuts By Steve Clarke

UK taxes set to be diverted from broadcaster

Jun 19, 2009 —

No fee for carriage decision in Heritage committee's TV report By Lesley Hunter

After dominating the three months worth of hearings earlier this Spring, the House of Commons committee on Canadian Heritage left out any recommendation on the controversial issue of fee for carriage in its report on the state of local television released Friday.

Jun 19, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Union activist helped shape cultural policy By Ron Csillag

A leading shaper of cultural policy in Canada and a lifelong trade unionist, Mr. Siren died in Toronto on May 31 of pneumonia at 91.

Jun 19, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Windsor residents seek injunction against CBC By Guy Dixon

A group of local residents has filed a legal injunction to try to stop the CBC from discontinuing its French-language local radio news and programming in Windsor, Ont.

Jun 18, 2009 — CBC News

Canadian pay-TV channel files for bankruptcy protection

Super Channel, an Edmonton-based TV network that is one of just three players in Canada's pay-television industry, has filed for bankruptcy protection.

Jun 18, 2009 —

National radio sales down 13.9%

National radio sales fell 13.9% in the third quarter of 2009, according to data from Canadian Broadcast Sales (CBS).

Jun 18, 2009 — Toronto Star

MPs flip fee-for-carriage fight back to CRTC By Jennifer Ditchburn

The Canadian Press has learned that a unanimous report by the House of Commons heritage committee, to be tabled tomorrow, makes no recommendation about whether broadcasters should be able to charge cable companies for carrying their signals, referred to as "fee for carriage."

Jun 18, 2009 — National Post

Why Canadian TV is behind the pop-cultural curve by Alex Strachan

Columnist explains the Canadian lag with U. S. shows.

Jun 17, 2009 — Canadian Press

More broadcast plans for 2010 Paralympic Games unveiled by consortium By Stephanie Levitz

A Canadian first, all of Team Canada's sledge hockey games during the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver will be broadcast.

Jun 17, 2009 —

Going around the system, but "legally"? And for $11.95 a month? By Greg O’Brien

Canadians get around the geo-blocking of American sites, including,,,,, and others. Hulu, too.

Jun 16, 2009 — Reuters

Globe and Mail staff to hold strike vote By Wojtek Dabrowski

Approximately 480 workers at Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper will vote this weekend on whether to give their union a strike mandate.

Jun 16, 2009 — Canada Newswire

Voices of English Quebec join the fight to defend CBC/Radio-Canada by The Quebec Community Groups Network

The Quebec Community Groups Network will be holding a conference on June 17, 2009 to discuss concerns about the latest round of cutbacks at CBC and Radio Canada.

Jun 16, 2009 — Globe & Mail

How does U.S. democracy survive without its newspapers? By John Ibbitson

The Boston Globe is losing $1-million (U.S.) a week, and its owner, The New York Times Co., has put it up for sale.

Jun 16, 2009 —

CBC: we're not a TV network anymore, says Stursberg By John Bugailiskis

Breaking news from the CBC: It is no longer a TV network but a "content provider." This, according to the CBC's Richard Stursberg who was a keynote speaker at Tuesday afternoon's Canadian Telecom Summit in Toronto.

Jun 16, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Spiritual TV fits Moses' Zoomer vision by Grant Robertson

ZoomerMedia is spending $25-million to buy Vision TV, a small collection of multicultural and religious channels, with an injection of funds from Fairfax Financial Holdings.

Jun 16, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Major changes ahead at CBC News by Guy Dixon

CBC News staff have been told that a unified assignment desk will resemble the model used by CNN, in which a constant flow of news reports feeds into different programs throughout the day.

Jun 16, 2009 — Toronto Star

Montreal's La Presse drops Sunday edition

Montreal's La Presse says it will stop publishing its Sunday edition as of next month as part of a cost-cutting drive.

Jun 15, 2009 — National Post

CBC turns its eye to the 24-hour news clock by Kathryn Blaze Carlson

FRIENDS says that if CBC Newsworld shifts focus from current affairs programming to news programming, it may run into issues over its mandate under the Canadian Radio-Telecommunications Commission.

Jun 15, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Canada Media Fund assembles new board by James Bradshaw

Six of seven members of the new Canada Media Fund board have been chosen, including four of five nominated by Canada's large cable providers.

Jun 15, 2009 — Canadian Film and Television Production Association

The Case of Kids Programming

The Canadian Film and Television Production Association has released its 2009 report on children's and youth screen-based production in Canada.

Jun 15, 2009 — Canadian Press

Deciding game of Stanley Cup draws more than 3.5 million viewers to CBC

CBC says that Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final between the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins drew an average of 3.529 million viewers, making it the most watched game of the series.

Jun 15, 2009 — CBC News

Canwest gets another extension to reach deal with creditors

Canwest Global says a key group of creditors agreed to extend a midnight deadline to reach a deal on a long-term recapitalization.

Jun 15, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Znaimer vehicle to buy VisionTV for $25-million

ZoomerMedia says it has struck a deal to acquire religious broadcast channel VisionTV in a move that brings Moses Znaimer back into the television business.

Jun 15, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC could lose $163 mil of license fee by Mimi Turner

The BBC could be forced to hand $163 million of the license fee to fund local news on ITV under proposals that will be put forward by a major British government report.

Jun 15, 2009 — National Post

Cash-strapped U.S. TV networks looking north for dramas By Eric Volmers

Columnist says the cash-strapped U.S. TV networks looking north for dramas as there are obvious benefits (for Canadian networks) for a show to be broadcast simultaneously on Canadian and American prime time.

Jun 15, 2009 — CRTC

Community Television Policies and Practices Around the World

Report says both access and local origination principles have suffered in Canadian community television since 1997, when the sector was partially deregulated.

Jun 14, 2009 — Vancouver Sun

U.S. networks look north by Eric Volmers

Article profiles the creators of Flashpoint, a top-rated drama about a Toronto-based SWAT team that airs on both CTV and CBS.

Jun 14, 2009 — New York Times

Berlusconi Spars With Murdoch Over Pay TV by Eric Pfanner

Industry observer says the next few years is going to be a very interesting in the Italian television market, both for economic but also for political reasons.

Jun 13, 2009 — New York Times

At Midnight, Analog Age of Television Ends by Brian Stelter

Television stations across the United States are now expected to be broadcasting solely in digital form, bringing an end to the analog signals that have delivered TV shows to viewers for the better part of a century.

Jun 13, 2009 — Toronto Star

Connecting Canada to the digital world by Michael Geist

Columnist says a national regulatory strategy for digital media for Canada is long overdue.

Jun 12, 2009 — Toronto Star

Canwest seeks wage cuts

The CWA/SCA Canada union says Canwest is asking for wage cuts of up to five per cent, which could save it $20 million a year and help it avoid a bankruptcy protection filing.

Jun 12, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian radio was up before recession by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC says Canadian private radio stations enjoyed increases in both revenue and profits before they hit severe turbulence in the fall caused by the recession.

Jun 12, 2009 — CBC News

Rethinking the CBC by Jeremy Kinsman

Canada's former ambassador to the European Union says the greatest emphasis for a revitalized CBC should be on the "inform" side of its mandate.

Jun 11, 2009 — Inside the CBC

Current TV Approved by CRTC

Current TV has been granted a channel license by the CRTC.

Jun 11, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Canadian TV writers take themselves too seriously by John Doyle

Columnist says Canadian TV is at a very important point in its development and its time writers close the door on "sniping, snobbery and self-importance".

Jun 11, 2009 — CBC News

The king of convergence by Patricia Bailey

Columnist says Pierre Karl Péladeau doesn't quite have the reach of Orwell's Big Brother, but in Quebec, he comes pretty close.

Jun 11, 2009 — Halifax Chronicle Herald

Murphy new CBC anchor

Tom Murphy has been named chief Nova Scotia correspondent for CBC News and anchor of the network's supper-hour newscast in the province.

Jun 11, 2009 — Shaw Communications

TV Should Be Enjoyable, Not Taxable

Shaw Communications has launched an e-campaign against fee for carriage.

Jun 11, 2009 — CBC News

Canadian over-the-air TV following U.S. down digital path by John Bowman

Columnist says those Canadians who live in small towns and who use an antenna TV could lose some channels altogether with the shutdown of analog TV signals in 2011.

Jun 11, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

Quebecor bids for Montreal Canadiens by Etan Vlessing

Quebec broadcaster Quebecor Media has put a formal bid for the Montreal Canadiens pro hockey team on the table.

Jun 10, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

Controversial former CBC chair among those named to Cda Media Fund board by Cassandra Szklarski

Guy Fournier, who resigned his post as chair of the CBC three years ago, has been named to the board of the revamped Canada Media Fund.

Jun 10, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC stars face substantial pay cuts by Mimi Turner

BBC director general Mark Thompson has told the broadcaster's biggest stars that they face pay cuts of between 25% and 40% as the pubcaster comes under increasing pressure to cut payments and costs.

Jun 10, 2009 — MediaPost

Digital Transition Will Remake TV Experience For Diverse Group Of Viewers by David Tice

The newest media technology Ownership and Trend study by Knowledge Networks shows that 27% of TV homes have at least one set that uses through-the-air signals only.

Jun 10, 2009 — Toronto Star

Atkinson fellow to study Canadian media by Nicole Baute

Arts columnist Kate Taylor will delve into thorny Canadian cultural issues at a pivotal moment as the recipient of the 2009 Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy.

Jun 9, 2009 — Globe & Mail

'Digital nation' key to economic recovery, academics say by Elizabeth Church

Conference seeks to help make digital media a part of the country's economic plan.

Jun 9, 2009 — AlterNet

Why Fox News Is Terrible Despite Rupert Murdoch's Rhetoric by Steve Benen

Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch says "If we weren't fair and balanced, we wouldn't have the number one network in news."

Jun 9, 2009 — Playback

Spin-offs, prequels set for fall by Etan Vlessing

CTV has unveiled a raft of new fall series for its specialty channels.

Jun 9, 2009 — Playback

Rogers in "big league" this fall by Etan Vlessing

Rogers executive says "We are in the big-league sandbox" during the launch of the City TV fall schedule.

Jun 8, 2009 — Toronto Star

Time to slay Canadian file-sharing myths by Michael Geist

Columnists says it is not true that Canada leads the world in illegal file-sharing activity.

Jun 8, 2009 — The Hill Times

CBC Newsworld to keep supper-hour Politics show on by Harris MacLeod

Outgoing host Don Newman says CBC should 'be careful' with changing the format of the political news program 'Politics'.

Jun 8, 2009 — CRTC

Speech by Konrad von Finckenstein to the Banff World Television Festival

The Chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission speaks about new media policy.

Jun 7, 2009 — Halifax Chronicle Herald

CRTC caught in middle of cable spat by Terry Field

Journalism professor says without an organization like the CRTC, there would be little or no Canadian programming on television.

Jun 5, 2009 — Playback

Unions take dim view of decision by Amy Haggar

ACTRA and the Writers Guild of Canada have both spoken out against the CRTC's recent decision to not regulate new media.

Jun 5, 2009 —

New Media: Industry gives report mixed reviews by Lesley Hunter

The news that the CRTC will continue to exempt new media broadcasting services from its regulation got high marks from Internet service providers Telus and Rogers.

Jun 5, 2009 —

COMMENT: Commissioner Denton rightly bangs free speech drum in call for feds to act on the Act by Greg O'Brien

CRTC commissioner says that it is impossible to apply the Broadcasting Act, which was last updated in 1991, to a transformative technology like the Internet.

Jun 5, 2009 — Nanos Research

TV still number one, most trusted, news source; newspapers second, Internet last

According to a recent Nanos/Policy Options poll, television is still the number one source of news for Canadians, by a wide margin over newspapers, radio and the Internet.

Jun 5, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

New lenders put Canwest on a short rope by Martin Cash

Canwest's new lenders have put the company on a short leash in return for new financing, including the appointment of a chief restructuring officer.

Jun 5, 2009 — Montreal Gazette

Selling off crown assets makes sense in tough times

Editorial says selling off the CBC today would raise a storm of protest of such ferocity that even a majority government would be unlikely to complete the project.

Jun 4, 2009 — Variety

Obama warns of digital TV switch by Cynthia Littleton

President Obama has reaffirmed that June 12 is the cutoff date for TV stations to cease their analog broadcasts.

Jun 4, 2009 — National Post

Deregulate traditional media by Françoise Bertrand

Former CRTC chairperson says the current regulated environment in the media industry stifles creativity and threatens the survival of mainstream newspapers and television networks.

Jun 4, 2009 — National Post

CRTC leaves the Internet be -- for now by Jamie Sturgeon

Following months of deliberation, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says it would not impose the same domestic content regulation it applies to television and radio.

Jun 4, 2009 — Canadian Press

Canadian TV creators to focus on breaking into US market at Banff fest by Cassandra Szklarski

Event organizers say breaking into the U.S. market will be a key focus of this year's Banff World Television Festival.

Jun 4, 2009 — Playback

Stursberg, Lafrance mull CBC's future by Patricia Bailey

The head of CBC's English language operations says "So few people [in English Canada] are preoccupied with CBC TV."

Jun 4, 2009 — Playback

No new media regulation, says CRTC by Sean Davidson

The CRTC will stay away from new media for at least another five years, but has sided with the NFB in calling for a broader, national strategy to keep Canada competitive in the global, digital marketplace.

Jun 4, 2009 —

Copps to lead CAB? by Greg O'Brien

Sources indicated that that former Heritage Minister Sheila Copps is one of the finalists for the position of president and CEO of the Canadian Broadcasters Association.

Jun 4, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CanWest takes E! out of the picture by Gayle MacDonald

Canwest executive says there have been no shows purchased for the E! network and no scheduling made for a fall lineup.

Jun 4, 2009 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC refuses to air Tories' anti-Ignatieff ads by Glen McGregor

The Conservative party was unable to get television commercials aimed at Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff broadcast by the CBC because the ads violated the network's ban on political advertising.

Jun 4, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CanWest gets ready for new face near the top by Grant Robertson

Columnist says plans are being made at CanWest to bring in a senior executive who would lead a financial restructuring of the media company, possibly superseding chief executive officer Leonard Asper.

Jun 3, 2009 — National Post

Don't throttle the net by Marcel Boyer

Imposing 'net-neutrality' regulation on broadband providers will raise prices and hurt consumers

Jun 3, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian kids TV faces finance challenge by Etan Vlessing

A former creative head at the CBC says he has grown frustrated that Canadian kids TV is securing fewer dollars and broadcast slots.

Jun 3, 2009 — House of Commons

Conservatives answer questions about selling Crown assests and funding for arts and culture

Video clip from the June 2nd Question Period in the House of Commons.

Jun 3, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CTV crafts competitive lineup for A channel by Gayle MacDonald

CTV bolster's A-Channel's lineup to compete with Rogers owned CITY-TV.

Jun 3, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Bureaucrats told to trim budgets 5% by Brian Laghi

Arts groups fear a 'Strategic Review' will result in funding cuts to the CBC, Telefilm Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts and the National Film Board.

Jun 2, 2009 — National Post

CBC Radio 2: Out with the old, in with the new-ish by Adam McDowell

CBC Radio's director of programming says there's no need for drastic changes to Radio 2 this year.

Jun 2, 2009 — Vancouver Sun

No 'fire sale' of Crown assets: Flaherty by Andrew Mayeda

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has defended the government's asset review while the opposition accused the Conservatives of embarking on an "ideological mission" to dump public institutions.

Jun 2, 2009 — Ottawa Citizen

Access yes, info no by Christina Spencer

Lawyer for Sun Media is taking CBC to court for allegedly withholding content and documents from access to information requests.

Jun 2, 2009 — CBC News

CBC safe from asset review this year: Flaherty

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says the federal government isn't reviewing the assets this year of the department that oversees the CBC.

Jun 2, 2009 — House of Commons

Finance Ministers answers questions about privatizing the CBC

Video clips from the June 2nd Question Period in the House of Commons.

Jun 2, 2009 — Robert Farnon Society

BBC Radio: Time for a Radical Rethink by David Ades

Columnist says that Britain's public broadcaster should buck the trend towards "popularization" and provide a national radio station targeted to people over 55 years old.

Jun 2, 2009 — Toronto Star

Al Jazeera hopes to be here by the fall by Bruce DeMara

The managing director of Al Jazeera English is confident that the network will get regulatory approval to broadcast across Canada, perhaps as soon as the fall.

Jun 2, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Mansbridge does it old school by Josh Wingrove

A "massive computer breakdown" at the CBC left the nation's public broadcaster "flying blind" during its flagship news program.

Jun 2, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa considering asset sales, from VIA Rail to Royal Canadian Mint by Steven Chase

A government source says no government asset - including the CBC - is being spared scrutiny as the Harper government considers auctioning off holdings while it grapples with record deficits.

Jun 1, 2009 — National Post

Out The Door, But Then Down The Aisle by Shinan Govani

Columnist notes that former CBC host Carole MacNeil is set to marry the man - Richard Stursberg - who recently OK'ed the cancelation of her show CBC News: Sunday.

Jun 1, 2009 — Toronto Star

High-speed Net expensive and slow, report says by Michael Geist

According to a new OECD report, Canada has one of the slowest and most expensive consumer broadband networks in the developed world.

Jun 1, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

Canwest debt-ridden, calm by Geoff Kirbyson

The newspaper division of Canwest Global Communications missed a scheduled $10-million interest payment, raising questions about its future.

Jun 1, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Rogers spends to get with the programs by Grant Robertson

Columnist says CITY-TV, the country's third largest conventional network, has purchased the rights to several more U.S. TV shows than it has in the past.

Jun 1, 2009 — National Post

CBC, VIA Rail considered for auction block: documents by Andrew Mayeda

Documents show Ottawa has flagged several Crown corporations, including the CBC, as "not self-sustaining," and has identified them as entities that could be sold as part of the government's asset review.

Jun 1, 2009 — Canada Newswire

CTV and 'A' Thank Viewers for their Overwhelming Support to Help Save Local Television

CTV says their 'Save Local Television' campaign has received more than 100,000 Expressions of Support from Canadians.

Jun 1, 2009 — Fast Company

News Flash From the Future: What Will Journalism Look Like?

With newspapers' traditional business model in free fall, a global design firm was asked to imagine: How will we get our news after the traditional model falls apart?

Jun 1, 2009 —

Commentary: Are CBC's Friends seeing (Liberal) red? by Lesley Hunter

According to a poll commissioned by broadcast industry watchdog Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, most Canadians believe that the CBC is "being starved of funds by a government with a vendetta against it".

Jun 1, 2009 —

CBC Radio One tops Toronto and Vancouver markets for S2

CBC Radio One ranked first in Toronto and Vancouver between March 2 and April 26, 2009, according to BBM's S2 2009 top-line results.

Jun 1, 2009 — Media in Canada

Poll on Harper's "hidden agenda" by Amy Haggar

The majority of Canadians say the Conservative government is "hostile to the CBC and would like to diminish public broadcasting in Canada," according to a new poll from the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

May 31, 2009 — Canada Newswire

Bernard Derome's appeal has not gone unheard - A group of private citizens is formed to defend Radio-Canada from the menace posed by the Conservative Party of Canada.

A group of private citizens is launching a movement to mobilize public support to counter moves being made by Stephen Harper's Conservative government following its decision to abandon much of its support for Radio-Canada.

May 30, 2009 — Vancouver Sun

Defender of Canadian TV by Vito Pilieci

Charles Dalfen, the chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission from 2002 to 2006, called the creation of new Canadian TV shows a matter of "national self-respect."

May 30, 2009 — Ottawa Citizen

Canwest opts to defer payment

The Canwest Global subsidiary that runs the company's chain of local and community newspapers has decided to "defer payment" on about $10 million in interest.

May 30, 2009 — CBC Radio - The House

The debate over 'fee-for-carriage' in the Canadian broadcasting industry

In a radio interview with host Kathleen Petty, FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison, discusses the challenges facing Canadian TV broadcasters and the debate over 'fee-for-carriage'.

May 29, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

It's CTV, not local news, that is facing threat by Bob Cox

In response to the CTV "save local TV" campaign, the publisher of the Winnipeg Free Press says "local news and news coverage is not threatened".

May 29, 2009 — Toronto Star

Learning from media mistakes in Arar case by Mariam Sheibani

2009 Dalton Camp Award winner says "a journalist's foremost obligation is to tell the truth and to provide a check on government power, not to protect state officials".

May 29, 2009 — Toronto Star

Citizens gain a voice with interactive media by Heather Stilwell

2009 Dalton Camp Award winner says the Internet can enable a future where we no longer remain passive recipients of news and culture, but where we are inspired to contribute to the discussion.

May 29, 2009 — Canadian Press

Majors now selling TV programs on iTunes Canada

A number of popular American TV shows, including "Grey's Anatomy," "House" and "Desperate Housewives," are now available for download on iTunes in Canada.

May 29, 2009 — Globe & Mail

TV industry braces for blackout bargaining chip by Grant Robertson

Columnist says Canadian television networks may get the right to pull their feed from cable and satellite services, and possibly black out shows on U.S. channels, if the broadcasters can't reach a deal with distributors on compensation for their signals.

May 28, 2009 — News Article

Margaret Atwood: Canadian culture a flickering light bulb

In a speech at York University, Canadian author Margaret Atwood says the "cultural industries are under great stress everywhere".

May 28, 2009 — CBC News

Familiar faces, voices to leave in CBC cost-cutting

CBC English Services has sent 158 redundancy notices to its Canadian Media Guild employees in a cutback program that will see the broadcaster lose several of its best known faces and voices.

May 28, 2009 — Vancouver Sun

CBC AM holds and gains radio listeners by Marke Andrews

For the second straight ratings period, CBC AM leads all Vancouver radio stations in listeners.

May 28, 2009 — The Windsor Star

Job cuts continue to decimate local CBC stations by Ted Shaw

Columnist says CBC Windsor will lose some of its best-known personalities to retirement in July.

May 28, 2009 — ZDNet UK

BBC's iPlayer numbers revealed by Nate Lanxon

BBC executive says the public broadcaster's online media platform pumps out 12GB of data every second, and seven petabytes (PB) of data every month.

May 27, 2009 — Golden Lake Institute/

CBC cuts tied to Conservative ideology - poll by Ish Theilheimer

A new Pollara study commissioned by FRIENDS shows nearly two thirds of respondents believe that Stephen Harper and his government are hostile to the CBC, and that half of them feel he "has a hidden agenda that favours private corporate broadcasters."

May 27, 2009 — Canadian Broadcast Standards Council

Airing of Stéphane Dion Interview False Starts Violated Broadcast Codes

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has ruled that CTV violated provisions of the Code of Journalistic Ethics in its airing of an interview with Stéphane Dion during the October 2008 federal election campaign.

May 27, 2009 — CIUT Take 5

Public Support for the CBC

In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses a major new Pollara study of Canadians' attitudes about and expectations for the CBC.

May 27, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Former CRTC head Charles Dalfen dies

Charles Dalfen, the former head of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and a respected telecommunications lawyer has passed away.

May 27, 2009 — Variety

Rogers busy at L.A. Screenings

Reports indicate Rogers, which owns City-tv stations, have been aggressive in its purchases of U.S. programs at the L.A. Screenings.

May 26, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Upstart TSN outscores, outclasses HNIC by Roy MacGregor

Columnist says that TSN has outscored CBC in this years NHL hockey coverage.

May 26, 2009 — Canadian Press

Canada's broadcasters, regulators need to compromise to save industry: observers by David Friend

Industry observers say Canadian broadcasting is at a tipping point as it endures both technological shifts and economic challenges that have left it in a precarious financial position.

May 26, 2009 — Canadian Press

Broadcast regulator pushes back at private TV networks

The federal broadcast regulator says TV networks will have to make meaningful commitments to local news and programs if they want financial relief.

May 25, 2009 — CBC News

Broadcast standards council not laughing at satirical Radio-Canada show

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council is investigating allegations of "simplistic, belittling, hurtful and prejudicial" segments on Radio-Canada's controversial Bye Bye 2008 New Year's Eve sketch show.

May 25, 2009 — CBC News

CRTC chairman says his inaccurate testimony was not deliberate

The chairman of the CRTC says he simply misspoke when he suggested to heritage committee members that the broadcast regulator wasn't allowing broadcasters to charge cable companies a fee for carrying their signals because the broadcasters weren't going to direct the money they received to local programming.

May 25, 2009 —

Heritage Committee: Von Finckenstein wants to let broadcasters and distributors negotiate a fee by Norma Reveler

CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein tells parliamentarians, rather than regulating a new, set, fee-for-carriage, it would be better to have distributors and broadcasters get together and come up with their own payment plan.

May 25, 2009 — The Tyee

Local TV News: Who Should Pay? by Garrett Zehr

Columnist profiles the debate over "fee-for-carriage" between broadcasters and cable/sattelte companies.

May 24, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian TV buyers wrap up by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says at this year's LA Screenings, Canadian broadcasters have paid lower prices for Hollywood TV series compared to former years.

May 24, 2009 — Canadian Press

TV Antennas making a comeback in Canada by Jennifer Ditchburn

Columnist says there is anecdotal evidence that TV antennas are making a tentative comeback in this country.

May 24, 2009 — Canadian Press

Cable companies, CTV spar over money for local TV in advance of national campaign by Cassandra Szklarski

Rogers, Bell, Telus, Cogeco, Eastlink and the Canadian Cable Systems Alliance are accusing CTV of "one-sided and unbalanced coverage" of its "Save Local TV" advocacy campaign.

May 23, 2009 — Globe & Mail

The CRTC's dial is stuck on failure by Roger Martin

The dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto says the CRTC should regulate the amount of Canadian-content viewership rather than the amount of Canadian-content programming.

May 23, 2009 — Ottawa Citizen

Huge crowd turns out to support local TV by Kate Jaimet

Reports indicate more than a thousand people came out recently to support CTV Ottawa's "Save Local Television" campaign.

May 22, 2009 — Shaw Communications

Campaign: Don't Tax My TV!

Cable company says local TV doesn't need saving and that Canada's major broadcasters should be responsible for their own businesses instead of looking for a new TV tax.

May 22, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

Converting to digital too costly: broadcasters by Jennifer Ditchburn

Broadcasting executives say there's no business case for spending $1 million to upgrade a transmission tower that serves a small pocket of people who don't have cable or satellite dishes.

May 22, 2009 — CBC News

Former Radio-Canada anchor speaks out against underfunding

Bernard Dérome, the anchor of the Radio-Canada national  newscast for more than three decades, is speaking out against the "dismantling" of the public broadcaster through cuts and underfunding.

May 22, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

CBC's English-language service to lay off 180 employees next week

CBC will soon lay off up to 180 employees in its English-language service, says Richard Stursberg, executive vice-president of CBC English Services.

May 22, 2009 — Calgary Herald

TV operators file formal complaint against CTV by Jamie Sturgeon

The country's largest cable and satellite TV operators have filed a formal complaint with communications authorities alleging CTVglobemedia "Save Local TV" advertising campaign has violated the Broadcasting Act.

May 22, 2009 — Canada Newswire

CTV Responds to Rogers Complaint to CRTC

CTV says it has remained in full compliance with the Broadcasting Act and the CAB's Code of Ethics throughout its "Save Local" campaign.

May 22, 2009 — Radio-Canada

Le plaidoyer de Bernard Derome

Radio-Canada famed Bernard Derome takes the Harper government to task over its treatment of SRC/CBC on the occasion of receiving the medal of honour of Quebec's National Assembly.

May 21, 2009 — CBC News

Small ISPs fight ruling that let Bell throttle internet speeds by Emily Chung

Small internet service providers are challenging a ruling that gave Bell Canada the green light to selectively slow down internet speeds for some of their customers.

May 21, 2009 — News Article

Bondholders now call the shots at CanWest by Grant Robertson and Andrew Willis

CanWest Global has secured $175-million of new loans which it will use to pay off bank credit, leaving its bondholders with effective control.

May 19, 2009 — Variety

TV's broadcast-cable divide by Brian Lowry

The chairman for Fox Entertainment says "Broadcast television still reigns supreme."

May 19, 2009 — Variety

BBC fears political interference by Steve Clarke

The BBC has warned the politicians likely to form the next British government that their attitude toward the pubcaster's funding risks undermining its political independence.

May 19, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian dramas get Hollywood leg-up by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says Los Angeles agents and distributors deserve credit for recent U.S. network deals for Canadian series.

May 19, 2009 — Globe & Mail

New media, old rules by Matt Hartley

The federal NDP's critic for culture, heritage and digital issues calls allegations that Canada is a haven for copyright offenders "absurd."

May 19, 2009 — New York Times

TV Advertisers Are Offered Closer Ties With Content by Stuart Elliott

Columnist says two U.S. cable channels plan to significantly expand an initiative that pairs commercials with relevant scenes in the shows they interrupt.

May 17, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Hunting for hits in Hollywood by Grant Robertson

Columnist says Canadian broadcasters looking to buy Hollywood prime-time shows for fall will be packing much lighter wallets than in past years.

May 16, 2009 — Ottawa Citizen

Networks, and carriers should negotiate fee, CRTC hints by Paul Vieira

The CRTC has indicated the revenue could be generated through a "negotiation" between the conventional broadcasters and cable and satellite operators -- as opposed to a carriage fee the regulator would impose.

May 16, 2009 — Toronto Star

Feud roils troubled TV industry by Kelly Toughill

CTV has accused cable operators of killing local news shows, and cable companies have accused broadcasters of downloading billions of dollars in bad business decisions onto defenceless consumers.

May 16, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CanWest sells Turkish assets by Grant Robertson

CanWest Global has sold its Turkish radio business, part of a continuing effort to shed assets as the company negotiates with banks and bondholders to restructure its debt.

May 16, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CRTC cuts networks some slack by Grant Robertson

A push by federal regulators to place restrictions on how Canadian television networks buy prime-time shows in Hollywood has been put on hold.

May 16, 2009 — Halifax Chronicle Herald

Support local television bt Mike Elgie

The general manager of CTV Atlantic invites Canadians to join a campaign advocating fee-for-carriage for conventional broadcasters.

May 16, 2009 — CRI English

Technology Redefines Canadian Media Landscape by Qin Mei

FRIENDS says both broadcasters and newspapers are currently facing "cyclical change" and "structural change."

May 15, 2009 — Vancouver Sun

Conventional broadcasters welcome CRTC decision by Paul Vieira

Conventional broadcasters have applauded a decision from the CRTC to shelve plans that would impose conditions on the purchase of U.S. programming.

May 15, 2009 — Source: The Waterloo Record

CRTC drops controversial condition on TV licence renewals by Julian Beltrame

FRIENDS says the CRTC has come up with a "good, sensible decision" in not imposing the requirement on broadcasters who face considerable financial headwinds already.

May 15, 2009 — ACTRA

Performers optimistic as CRTC signals more spending on Canadian programming

Performers are pleased by the CRTC's announcement that it will look into re-instating programming expenditures for Canadian programming this fall.

May 15, 2009 — Canada Newswire

Rogers Media launches 680News Blackberry application

Rogers Media has launched the first Canadian all news radio Blackberry application offering up-to-the-minute news headlines, weather forecasts and live traffic updates for the Greater Toronto Area.

May 15, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CRTC urges networks to change tack on fees by Grant Robertson

Canada's major television networks have been told they will most likely lose their bid to charge cable and satellite carriers for their signals unless they dramatically alter their approach in Ottawa.

May 15, 2009 — CBC News

CBC Radio One, Radio 2 juggle schedules

Schedule changes will see local noon programs cut to an hour on CBC Radio One and classical music earlier in the day on Radio 2.

May 15, 2009 — Toronto Star

Francophone fans at mercy of TV giants by Chris Zelkovich

CBC president Hubert Lacroix tells a parliamentary committee that CTV is refusing to compensate Radio-Canada to carry its Olympic coverage to francophones outside Quebec.

May 14, 2009 — Montreal Gazette

Finnerty leaving CBC's Daybreak by Brendan Kelly

Mike Finnerty has announced that he is leaving the CBC Radio One morning show in Montreal to move back to England to take a job at The Guardian newspaper.

May 14, 2009 — The Economist

Tossed by a gale

Article says despite more public demand for news content, the established news industry is being blown away.

May 13, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

Canadian broadcasters scale back traditionally glitzy TV promos by Cassandra Szklarski

CTV and CBC are dialing down the glitz on this year's fall launches, which traditionally feature a parade of U.S. stars and lavish parties to promote prime-time plans to advertisers.

May 13, 2009 — Playback

Actors to MPs: Don't panic by Marise Strauss

In an appearance before Parliament's Heritage committee, ACTRA spoke out against deregulation of the Canadian TV industry while offering its own proposals on fee-for-carriage.

May 13, 2009 — Australian Broadcasting Corporation

ABC gets record funding boost

Funding for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in the 2009-10 budget will increase Australian content and help establish a dedicated ABC children's television channel.

May 12, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

C4 boss slams BBC for buying U.S. shows by Mimi Turner

the CEO for UK broadcaster Channel 4 chief has slammed the BBC for competing to buy U.S. shows, arguing that the pubcaster should not spend license fee income on U.S. shows.

May 12, 2009 — New York Times

France Approves Crackdown on Internet Piracy by Eric Pfanner

The French National Assembly has approved a plan to punish digital pirates with the possible suspension of their Internet connections.

May 12, 2009 — National Post

The future of conventional TV by Pierre Karl Peladeau

The president and CEO of Quebecor Media says "rather than using quotas and regulatory requirements... the evolution of Canadian broadcasting must be driven by the success of Canadian programming".

May 12, 2009 — Playback

When is a cut not a cut? by Marise Strauss

A Heritage Department spokesperson denies that there will be more cuts to the CBC, noting that all government departments must take part in a "strategic review".

May 12, 2009 — Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy

Budget 2009: More Australian stories from ABC and SBS

Australia's public broadcaster is set to get an increase in government funding by $185.3 million.

May 11, 2009 — CBC News

CBC faces further cuts of up to $56M in 2010

FRIENDS says Heritage Minister James Moore misleading the House of Commons Heritage Committee when he guaranteed there would be no cuts to the CBC budget.

May 11, 2009 — Globe & Mail

No free pass for CBC on cost-cutting exercise by Jennifer Ditchburn

FRIENDS asks whether Minister Moore knew that a funding review was in the works when he gave his guarantee to parliamentarians that the CBC's budget would not be cut.

May 11, 2009 — Canadian Press

CBC to face government cost-cutting exercise: Lacroix

CBC president tells employees that the public broadcaster must find $50 million in its budget that could potentially be cut or redirected.

May 11, 2009 — Canada Newswire

Parliament needs to reshape CRTC

Canada's largest media union says parliament should ensure Canada's broadcasting legislation keeps step with the times, including proper accountability and transparency.

May 11, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

Canwest Global seeks financial life raft by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says debt-laden Canwest Global is looking at a possible financial life raft from existing and potentially new investors to stave off bankruptcy protection.

May 11, 2009 — Asociación Plaza del Castillo de Usuarios de Medios de Comunicación

A Favor de una Televisión de Calidad

A presentation regarding quality television in Spain.

May 11, 2009 — CTVglobemedia

Campaign: Help Save Local Television

CTV launches an online campaign encouraging Canadians to advocate on behalf of local TV news and programming.

May 11, 2009 — Toronto Star

MPs miss chance to embrace YouTube generation by Michael Geist

Article profiles the friction between FRIENDS and the House of Commons over the posting of committee proceedings that eventually lead to a liberalization of the rules.

May 11, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CanWest offered lifelines by Andrew Willis and Grant Robertson

Article says CanWest is reviewing as many as four proposals from outside investors to restructure the company and avoid filing for protection from creditors.

May 10, 2009 — New York Times

Ad Losses Put Squeeze on TV News by Brian Stelter

Media executive calls a new trend in merging news operations of local TV stations and newspapers a "circling the wagons" approach.

May 8, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Inside the Canwest talks by Andrew Willis

Columnist says at times, Leonard Asper literally runs from room to room at his lawyers' office in Toronto, attempting to strike a package with various creditors that keeps everyone happy.

May 8, 2009 — Calgary Herald

Shaw to offer 3-D TV content by Eric Volmers

Shaw Communications has announced it will offer Canada's first programming of 3-D content on it's Video on Demand service.

May 8, 2009 — Le Devoir

Médias - L'urgence d'agir pour l'avenir de la télé généraliste

Pierre-Karl Péladeau writes about the urgency of action to preserve a future for television.

May 8, 2009 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Message to CBC employees from CBC President Hubert Lacroix

In a note to staff, Hubert Lacroix says the government has asked the public broadcaster to evaluate all program and spending activities and identify the lowest priorities in terms of carrying out CBC's mandate.

May 8, 2009 —

Save our CBC North campaign

A grassroots campaign has started to stop the reduction of staff at CBC North's headquarters in Sudbury, Ontario.

May 8, 2009 — Globe & Mail

BCE, Telus join forces on satellite TV by Simon Avery

A new agreement will see Telus sell Bell's satellite TV service to customers in British Columbia and Alberta under the Telus brand, with the companies sharing the proceeds.

May 8, 2009 — Public Radio Exchange

With 1.5 Million Downloads, Public Radio Feels the Love From iPhone Users

The Public Radio Tuner allows anyone with an iPhone or iPod Touch to listen to more than 300 U.S. public radio station streams.

May 8, 2009 — Canadian Press

CRTC seeks public comments on application to allow Al-Jazeera English

The CRTC calls for public comments on a proposal to allow Al-Jazeera English to broadcast in Canada.

May 8, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Sirius XM posts loss as subscriber numbers slip

Sirius XM Radio says it lost more subscribers for its satellite radio service than expected in the first quarter due to weak car sales.

May 7, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

Scott Moore combines sports job with media sales and marketing at CBC

Scott Moore is adding management of media sales and marketing to his existing role as executive director of CBC sports.

May 7, 2009 — Canada Newswire

One-third of Canadians to lose free TV signals under broadcaster plan

The Canadian Media Guild opposes the broadcast industry's plans to shut down transmitters that send free TV signals to one-third of Canadians.

May 7, 2009 — Playback

Labor groups issue study by Sean Davidson

A new study shows that large broadcast conglomerates that own both conventional and specialty channels are "well-positioned" to profit from domestic programming.

May 6, 2009 — CBC News

Revising our journalistic code by Esther Enkin

CBC's executive editor of news operations says advent of new media platforms has prompted the public broadcaster to review its Journalistic Standards and Practices.

May 6, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Balsillie has a powerful ally by Bruce Dowbiggin

Columnist says that in 2007, the NHL leveraged the CBC and newly appointed Executive Vice-President of English Services, Richard Stursberg into giving up too much for little gain to keep the Hockey Night In Canada franchise.

May 6, 2009 — Globe & Mail

McGuire named CBC News chief by Gayle MacDonald

CBC Radio veteran Jennifer McGuire has officially been handed the title of general manager and editor-in-chief of CBC News.

May 6, 2009 — Playback

Torstar report reveals CTV losses by Etan Vlessing

Reports indicate a $34.5 million first-quarter 2009 loss for CTVglobemedia.

May 6, 2009 — The Mark

Silencing the CBC by Amir Hassanpour

An Associate Professor at the University of Toronto says the current economic crisis provides opponents of public broadcasting with a new opportunity to ensure that the CBC signs off once and for all.

May 6, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Torstar CEO grilled over severance deal by Grant Robertson

Outgoing CEO Rob Prichard faced a barrage of questions at Torstar's AGM about his $9.6-million severance package – which comes amid layoffs and a stock price that has lost more than 80 per cent from its peak.

May 6, 2009 — CBC News

Lenders give Canwest more time

Canwest Global says it has been granted another two-week extension on a $30.4-million interest repayment.

May 5, 2009 — Globe & Mail

TV's old guard: Good-bye Don Newman by John Doyle

Columnist says it's high time that television coverage of Ottawa politics was shaken up.

May 5, 2009 — CBC News

Globe, publishers agree to $11M settlement in freelancer lawsuit

A freelance writer who disputed the inclusion of articles submitted to the Globe and Mail's print edition into electronic databases without proper compensation has agreed on an $11-million settlement.

May 5, 2009 — Canadian Press

Rogers Broadcasting gets CRTC approval to buy two radio stations in Kingston, Ont.

Rogers Broadcasting has received CRTC approval to buy two more Ontario radio stations, Kingston's K-Rock and KIX Country.

May 4, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Shaw makes official bid for 3 CTV stations by Grant Robertson

Jim Shaw has sent a letter to CTV formalizing his offer to buy three of the network's struggling small-market stations for $1 each, but the letter suggests certain adjustments might be necessary to complete the deal.

May 4, 2009 — Vancouver Sun

The truth about Canadian TV by Alex Strachan

Columnist says the CRTC needs to realize that the moment has come to adapt to changing times and the brave new world of new media.

May 4, 2009 — NOW Toronto

Search Engine restart by Paul Terefenko

Ontario's public broadcaster TVO picks up 'Search Engine', a technology podcast recently cancelled by the CBC.

May 4, 2009 — CBC/Radio-Canada

CRTC renews CBC/Radio-Canada licences for one year

The CRTC has renewed all of CBC/Radio-Canada's licences for one year, until 31 August 2010, subject to the same terms and conditions as those contained in the current licences.

May 4, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Newman's departure leaves a huge void by Carl Weeks

Broadcaster Don Newman has decided to take a voluntary retirement package offered to CBC staff as a way of reducing the number of layoffs at the network.

May 4, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Sudbury shows anger at CBC over nickel-and-diming in regions by Roy MacGregor

The mayor of the City of Greater Sudbury is outraged, angry and frustrated that the CBC is cutting half its staff in his community.

May 3, 2009 — New York Times

U.S. Media See a Path to India in China's Snub by Tim Arango

Columnist says after years of lobbying and deal-making in China, American media companies have little to show for their efforts there and are increasingly shifting their attention instead to India.

May 3, 2009 — Ottawa Sun

CBC booze tab sobering reality by Althia Raj

Documents obtained through an access to information request show Senior managers at Radio-Canada expensed more than $1,400 in alcohol during a two-day retreat in 2006.

May 3, 2009 — Toronto Star

A memo to its detractors: CBC TV's never been better by Richard Stursberg

The executive vice-president CBC English services says CBC television may now be entering it's "golden age."

May 2, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Shaw's TV deal is all about the optics by Derek DeCloet

Columnist says with purchase of three stations for $3 from CTV, Jim Shaw is trying to make a statement that local television can stand on its own.

May 2, 2009 — National Post

CRTC cuts value of local TV to cost of a coffee by David Asper

Columnist says local television is dying, and the most sensible strategy for saving it involves cable companies paying a fee.

May 2, 2009 — Canadian Press

Shaw's purchase of CTV stations for $1 each a strategic political move: observers

Industry watcher says Jim Shaw's motivation for purchasing three local TV stations is to "embarrass the broadcasters, weaken their argument and put pressure on the CRTC and politicians."

May 2, 2009 — Liberal Party of Canada

Emergency resolution on the future of CBC-Radio-Canada

Resolution passed by the Liberal Party at its Vancouver convention regarding the future of CBC/Radio-Canada.

May 1, 2009 — Calgary Herald

Shaw pays $1 each for 3 CTV stations

Shaw Communications of Calgary is buying three television stations CTV had pegged for closure.

May 1, 2009 — CBC News

Disney joins video streaming site Hulu

Walt Disney has announcing it is taking an equity stake in the U.S. video streaming site

May 1, 2009 — Canadian Press

CTV boss says it's time to regulate cable rates by Jennifer Ditchburn

CTVglobemedia president Ivan Fecan says the time might be right to start regulating cable rates again in order to save local television programming.

May 1, 2009 — New York Times

The Problem With Cable Is Television by Saul Hansell

Columnist notes that the costs for traditional TV service offered by cable companies is rising faster than subscription fees.

Apr 30, 2009 — Edmonton Sun

Tories called 'hostile' to CBC

Liberal and NDP MPs accused the Tories of being more interested in discussing CBC expenses than in helping the broadcaster avoid cuts to local programming.

Apr 30, 2009 — La Presse

Radio-Canada: Moore peine à convaincre l'opposition : Malorie Beauchemin

Heritage Minister James Moore appears before the House of Commons Heritage Committee and is grilled by Opposition MPs regarding the government's financial commitment to public broadcasting.

Apr 30, 2009 — Broadcaster Magazine

CRTC Should Demand Public Accountability From Broadcasters Says Union

Canadians should be alarmed at the CRTC hearing now underway about their broadcasting system, and must hope that Parliament intervenes, says Canada's largest media union.

Apr 30, 2009 — Ottawa Citizen

Talking to Rick Mercer by Tony Lofaro

Rick Mercer says the public broadcaster is trying to be "all things to all people."

Apr 30, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Stop the silliness. Charge the cable companies and save local TV by John Doyle

Columnist says conventional TV is worth saving and the CRTC should introduce fee-for-carriage and direct the funds to local services.

Apr 29, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Threats, confusion, accusations ... Reality TV, CRTC style by John Doyle

Columnist says there is chaos in the Canadian broadcasting industry and the CRTC looks "hopelessly unable to deal with it".

Apr 29, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CRTC fails to secure local TV stations by Grant Robertson

Columnist says the CRTC is trying to get CTVglobemedia and Canwest to commit to not closing money-losing stations in exchange for new financial concessions, but has failed to win the necessary assurances.

Apr 29, 2009 — USC Annenberg School for Communication

Annual Internet Survey by the Center for the Digital Future Finds Large Increases in Use of Online Newspapers

Highlights from a report that profiles behavior and attitudes about Internet use.

Apr 29, 2009 — CBC News

Heritage minister grilled on CBC funding by Krista Erickson

Minister of Canadian Heritage James Moore says the CBC will receive a promised $60 million in funding for special programming this year.

Apr 29, 2009 — Globe & Mail

National Post stops Monday editions in summer by Grant Robertson

The National Post will not publish a Monday edition this summer, a move designed to save costs for its parent company CanWest Global.

Apr 29, 2009 — Mediacaster

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting Release Survey on CBC

A new Pollara survey finds that a majority of Canadians support increased funding for the CBC.

Apr 29, 2009 —

CBC to get its $60 million top-up, Moore tells Committee by Norma Reveler

Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore has confirmed the CBC will once again this year receive about $60 million in top-up funding for Canadian programming.

Apr 29, 2009 —

Are the Conservatives "hostile" towards the CBC? Majority thinks "yes", survey finds

Survey data show six in ten Canadian voters believe that Prime Minister Harper and the Conservative government are "hostile" to the CBC/SRC, and would like to "diminish public broadcasting in Canada"

Apr 29, 2009 — Radio-Canada

Pas plus d'aide d'Ottawa

Heritage Minister James appears before the House of Commons Heritage Committee and fails to persuade opposition MPs and Friends' spokesperson regarding the government's commitment to public broadcasting.

Apr 29, 2009 — House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

Heritage Minister tells Committee the CBC will receive its $60 million top-up

Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore has confirmed the CBC will once again this year receive about $60 million in top-up funding for Canadian programming.

Apr 28, 2009 — Vancouver Sun

Customers would pay for TV fund hike, Rogers warns by Paul Vieira

Rogers Communications is accusing conventional TV operators of engaging in a "public relations" campaign with the aim of generating a crisis and building support toward additional financial relief.

Apr 28, 2009 — Canadian Press

Asper blames regulations for Canwest woes

Canwest Global president Leonard Asper says CRTC rules are to blame for the problems plaguing the TV sector - not the economic crisis or the staggering debt his company faces.

Apr 28, 2009 — CBC News

Smaller towns could lose TV signal in move to digital

Broadcasters say the cost of replacing analog transmitters with digital ones, as required by August 2011, will be too high in some smaller communities.

Apr 28, 2009 — CBC News

Former editor to head

Former BBC News editor Rachel Nixon has been appointed director of digital media for CBC News.

Apr 28, 2009 — Ottawa Sun

CBC bonuses eyed despite layoffs by Althia Raj

CBC president Hubert Lacroix says 553 managers -- or 5% of CBC's overall workforce -- are eligible for "incentive pay," but only if they achieve targets.

Apr 28, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CRTC debates end of conventional TV by Grant Robertson

Columnists says the debate about the financial future of Canada's television industry has come down to a key point - whether the country's big networks, such as CTV and Global, should have the same funding model as specialty channels.

Apr 28, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

CRTC gets earful from CTV's boss by Julian Beltrame

CTVglobemedia's chief executive says CRTC decisions have lead to distributors making record profits while conventional broadcasters are losing money.

Apr 27, 2009 — CBC News

CBC should get same financial relief as other media: Lacroix by Krista Erickson

The president of CBC/Radio-Canada urged MPs to make sure the public broadcaster is not excluded from any financial relief offered to the other broadcast media.

Apr 27, 2009 — National Post

CTVglobemedia calls on Conservatives to get more "engaged" on the digital-TV conversion by Paul Vieira

Executives at CTVglobemedia say that the federal government might have to step in to ensure households have universal access to TV signal starting September of 2011, when the switch to digital TV occurs.

Apr 27, 2009 — Playback

CBC needs help too, Lacroix tells MPs by Norma Reveler

CBC's president and CEO has renewed calls for a memorandum of understanding with Canadians that would ensure stable, long-term public funding for the CBC in exchange for delivering agreed-upon programming and services.

Apr 27, 2009 — Business Week

How Network TV Will Reinvent Itself by Ronald Grover and Tom Lowry

Columnist says because of growing competition and dwindling TV ad dollars, the big networks will quickly be forced to make major changes.

Apr 27, 2009 — Globe & Mail

TV networks seek $352-million in fees, CRTC says by Grant Robertson

CRTC has released, for the first time, its own calculations of how much money television networks would collect if they were allowed to charge cable and satellite carriers for their signals.

Apr 27, 2009 — Canwest News Service

Black, White, Read All Over By David Akin

Under siege from all around, many say the newspaper won't survive. Others, say it's premature to pronounce its death.

Apr 27, 2009 — Toronto Star

CBC tries to repackage familiar story by Carol Goar

Richard Stursberg says there is nothing wrong with the CBC's strategy; the problem is that the economy is in a stall and the current funding model for television broadcasting is broken.

Apr 27, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Television's new age by Grant Robertson

Columnist looks ahead to six ways the Canadian television industry may change if the networks get their way.

Apr 26, 2009 — Toronto Star

Cutbacks altering what's on the box by Bill Brioux

Columnist says TV executives are dealing with the recession by shifting programing away from dark crime procedurals toward sunnier, more relatable characters.

Apr 25, 2009 — New York Times

Rwanda Suspends BBC Radio Service

The Rwandan government has suspended the British Broadcasting Corporation's local-language radio service in the country saying it threatened the country's national reconciliation.

Apr 24, 2009 — Vancouver Sun

Get ready for a shakeup in local radio by Randy Shore

Article profiles Vancouver's changing radio landscape that now sees CBC Radio One as the the top rated station.

Apr 24, 2009 — Playback

Revenues top $10 billion for BDUs by Marise Strauss

CRTC data show revenues for the cable and satellite industry eclipsed $10-billion for the first time in 2008.

Apr 24, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Fee dispute heats up as MPs ask CRTC head to clarify comments by Grant Robertson

CTV and Global say they would commit new funds from fee-for-carriage to local programming, and would let the CRTC set the terms.

Apr 23, 2009 — Barrie Examiner

Barrie tuned out by the CBC by Bob Bruton

FRIENDS says Barrie Ontario isn't getting a CBC Radio One station because the government hasn't given the public broadcaster the funds necessary to make local programming a priority.

Apr 23, 2009 — CRTC

Canadian broadcasting distribution industry reports revenues of more than 10 billion dollars

CRTC data show that total revenues for cable companies rose 16.1% in 2008.

Apr 23, 2009 — Ottawa Citizen

Tories to crack down on spam by Andrew Mayeda

New legislation will give the CRTC the ability to impose fines of $1 million against individuals and $10 million against businesses who 'spam' Canadians.

Apr 23, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

Battle over Canadian TV rescue package by Etan Vlessing

CTVglobemedia and Canwest say they will sell or shut down local TV stations in small or medium-size markets if their pleas for new funding sources are turned down.

Apr 23, 2009 — CBC News

Some upset CRTC posts comments with participants' personal data

Some members of an online forum are upset the CRTC is posting personal information on its website along with participants' comments.

Apr 23, 2009 —

Heritage Committee Issues Report on Culture Cuts by Michael Geist

The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage has issued a report saying last year's culture cuts have had "major negative impacts on Canadian arts organizations."

Apr 23, 2009 — Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Canwest receives extension

Canwest has received another two-week extension from senior lenders.

Apr 23, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Debt players watching CanWest with eyes on the prize by Andrew Willis

Columnist says someone is going to make some "serious money" from an expected CanWest restructuring.

Apr 23, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CTV, Global press fee-for-carriage case by Grant Robertson

Broadcasters tell House committee profits are in decline and that they want to charge cable and satellite companies for their signals.

Apr 23, 2009 — Ottawa Citizen

Carriage fee 'a matter of survival,' MPs told by Paul Vieira

Executives from CTVglobemedia and Canwest Global tell MPs that the industry is in the midst of a crisis from which it can recover only with a second source of revenue and fewer regulatory obligations.

Apr 22, 2009 — CBC News

CRTC chairman summoned to explain inconsistent testimony by Krista Erickson

MPs on the Canadian heritage committee say they are concerned that Konrad von Finckenstein may have misspoken or misled the committee when answering questions recently about "fee-for-carriage."

Apr 22, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CBC bets on comedies with new lineup by Gayle MacDonald

CBC has unveiled its upcoming prime-time schedule features a half-hour show with comedian Ron James, a Juno-esque sitcom and a father-son P.I. show set in Newfoundland.

Apr 22, 2009 — Ottawa Sun

CBC's ritzy retreats by Althia Raj

Documents released under Access to Information show the CBC spent at least $61,500 on nine meetings between January and June 2006.

Apr 22, 2009 — 620 CKRM, Regina

Audio: The Canadian Broadcasting Industry

In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison discusses, local programming, "fee-for-carriage", the plight of CanWest.

Apr 22, 2009 — Playback

Roses cut from CBC by Etan Vlessing

A one-hour drama about warring families in Alberta has been cancelled by the CBC.

Apr 21, 2009 — Globe & Mail

I dream of Canada (or at least of Corner Gas) by Judith Sheppard

American journalism professor discusses how 'Corner Gas' has informed her perceptions of Canada.

Apr 21, 2009 — Digital Home

Television industry not in crisis says Rogers

Rogers tells the government that despite pleas for protectionism, CTV and CanWest still managed to earn over $350 million in operating profits from television last year.

Apr 21, 2009 — Toronto Star

Rogers' Lind likes U.S. model for TV fees by Rita Trichur

Rogers executive says the company would support a U.S. model for TV fees, which gives broadcasters the choice of either "mandatory carriage" or a negotiated fee-for-carriage.

Apr 21, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Rogers digs in heels on paying fees to TV networks by Grant Robertson

Rogers Communications says TV networks are exaggerating their financial woes in order to get regulatory concessions.

Apr 20, 2009 — Calgary Herald

Broadcasters' fee-for-carriage push a consumer tax: Rogers by Paul Vieira

The vice-chairman of Rogers Communications says the fee-for-carriage conventional broadcasters are pushing for is nothing more than a "tax on consumers," with the funds raised to be used on acquiring U.S. programming.

Apr 20, 2009 — National Post

Peladeau warns of TV bankruptcies if rules not revamped by Paul Vieira

Quebecor chief executive says there could be bankruptcies in the TV industry unless broadcasters are given regulatory concessions and fee-for-carriage revenues.

Apr 20, 2009 — Macleans

The best way to save the TV networks? Get rid of CanCon quotas by Andrew Coyne

Columnist advocates for a 'free market' approach to fix problems with Canada's television industry.

Apr 20, 2009 — Cnet

Free TV for cell phones and mobile devices by Marguerite Reardon

A new pilot program is launching in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area that will allow people to watch free mobile digital television on cell phones and other mobile devices.

Apr 20, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Why CBC wants the boring news stuff out of the way by John Doyle

Columnist says CBC executives are really bumping up local news programming so that Coronation Street can air at 6:30 p.m., followed by Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.

Apr 20, 2009 — Toronto Star

Old issues in modern TV 'crisis'

Columnist says that the solution to the crisis in the television industry will likely involve Canadians paying – directly or indirectly – for the continuation of local broadcasting.

Apr 19, 2009 — Toronto Star

TV bailout bad idea

Editorial says a proposal for public money to flow to private broadcasters - after a government rebuff of an appeal from the CBC - should be buried before it gains momentum.

Apr 18, 2009 — Vancouver Sun

Save-On-Foods rescues CBC for HD Canucks coverage by Yvonne Zacharias

Save-On-Foods has provided the funds needed for the cash-strapped public broadcaster to broadcast all Vancouver Canuck games in High Definition.

Apr 18, 2009 — Streetcred

The state of the Canadian broadcasting industry by Adam Bemma

Freelance Journalist interviews FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison on the recent CBC cuts and how the recession is affecting Canada's broadcasting industry.

Apr 18, 2009 — National Post

Networks brace for earnings crash by Paul Thomasch

NBC Universal's 45% drop in profit has set the stage for what is expected to be a rough round of quarterly results from media companies.

Apr 18, 2009 — Toronto Star

Pull out all stops to save small TV stations, Barrie MP urges by Bruce Campion-Smith

MP for Barrie says Ottawa should be looking at all options – including new cable fees and an infusion of government advertising – to help ensure the survival of local television stations.

Apr 17, 2009 — CBC News

Calgary rally protests CBC job cuts

More than 100 people held a rally outside the CBC building in Calgary to protest planned job cuts by the public broadcaster.

Apr 17, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

CBC thinks digital in restructuring plan by Etan Vlessing

CBC says it will adopt an "info-now" approach to newsgathering and delivery to meet a growing appetite among young Canadians for breaking news.

Apr 17, 2009 — Globe & Mail

A warning on Torstar by Andrew Willis

TD Securities warns Torstar is likely to disappoint when it next reports financial results.

Apr 17, 2009 — Toronto Star

Carriage-fee necessity exaggerated, Rogers says by Rita Trichur

Rogers Communications is accusing conventional broadcasters of fear-mongering with their plans to shutter or sell some local stations.

Apr 17, 2009 — Winnipeg Sun

Let listeners fund CBC: Report by Mindelle Jacobs

FRIENDS says the parliamentary allocation model for funding the CBC is the most logical. 

Apr 16, 2009 — Globe & Mail

If creditors are to call the shots at CanWest, look for asset sales by Andrew Willis

Columnist says if CanWest ends up filing for creditor protection, assets will likely be sold to satisfy lenders.

Apr 16, 2009 — Canadian Press

CBC to expand supper-hour newscasts despite cuts

The CBC plans to expand several supper-hour local TV newscasts across the country - even as it faces a $7-million budget cut and the loss of 70 staff.

Apr 16, 2009 — CBC News

Rally planned outside CBC Calgary as details of cuts emerge

Jennifer McGuire, interim head of news for CBC, says specific announcements of changes to programs and schedules would come later this year and through early 2010.

Apr 16, 2009 — Globe & Mail

TV rescue idea is no smarter than a bad reality show by John Doyle

Columnist says the government should look at fee-for-carriage, not ad buys as a way to support the local TV industry.

Apr 15, 2009 — Bloomberg

Fairfax Says Credit-Default Swap Gains Are ‘History’ by Sean B. Pasternak

Fairfax Financial Holdings has written down its investment in CanWest Global, whose stock has plunged 94 percent in the past 12 months.

Apr 15, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Fairfax regrets Abitibi, CanWest deals by Tara Perkins

Company CEO says the largest mistake that Fairfax Financial Holdings made in the past year was underestimating the effect of the recession on the newspaper industry.

Apr 15, 2009 — Annapolis Country Spectator

Maritime Noon: A rural tradition by Geoff Agombar

Columnist calls CBC management's decision to cut 'Maritime Noon' an "attack on rural Canada".

Apr 14, 2009 — Globe & Mail

The CBC season is over. And maybe CBC-TV along with it by John Doyle

Columnist says programming decisions have dragged the public broadcaster back into the centre of the "Whither CBC?" debate.

Apr 14, 2009 — Playback

Down but not out -- another extension for Canwest by Etan Vlessing

A majority of the American creditors have agreed not to call in US$761 million after Canwest failed to make a $30.4-million interest payment.

Apr 14, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa considers ad boost to help broadcasters by Brian Laghi

Ottawa is looking at a proposal to buy more government ads to help local TV stations make it through the recession.

Apr 12, 2009 — Canadian Press

B.C. web magazine asks readers to fund its election coverage

The Tyee, a B.C. online web magazine, is collecting pledges from its readers to fund its election reporting.

Apr 12, 2009 — Toronto Star

Corner Gas wrecked Canadian TV's excuses by Denis McGrath

Columnist says that Corner Gas dispelled the myth that "Canadians don't want to watch Canadian shows."

Apr 11, 2009 — Variety

TV networks revise spending by Michael Schneider

Columnist says international co-productions, which U.S. networks would have never considered purchasing a few years ago, are suddenly in vogue, thanks to their thrifty sticker prices.

Apr 11, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

'It's sad... the company is done' by Martin Cash

Columnists says the Asper family will soon likely lose control of debt-laden Canwest.

Apr 11, 2009 — Saskatoon StarPhoenix

TV station cuts jobs by Jeremy Warren

CTV Saskatoon will lose 10.5 positions this summer when the television station moves a large chunk of technical operations to Calgary.

Apr 11, 2009 — Evelina Pan

Thunder Bay Rally to support CBC by Evelina Pan

Photos from a rally to support the local CBC station in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Apr 10, 2009 — Vancouver Sun

Should there be quotas for Canadian films? by Jay Stone

Actor Dave Foley says he is in favour of a quota system for Canadian film, just like the one that is credited with kick-starting the Canadian music industry.

Apr 10, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CanWest hit by writedown, imperils loan terms by Grant Robertson

CanWest Global has taken a $1.2-billion writedown on its newspaper assets.

Apr 9, 2009 — Halifax Chronicle Herald

Fans rally to save their CBC by Tera Camus

More than 200 CBC fans showed up to protest coming job cuts at the corporation's Cape Breton bureau.

Apr 9, 2009 — Toronto Star

CBC wants piece of TV bailout by Bruce Campion-Smith

The cash-strapped CBC, struggling with layoffs and cuts to regional programming, wants a slice of any government funding meant to rescue local newscasts of struggling private broadcasters.

Apr 9, 2009 — Toronto Star

CBC's golden opportunity to cut commercial strings by Wade Rowland

Industry experts says as long as CBC TV continues to find a substantial portion of its operating revenue in advertising, it is doomed to irrelevance and eventual death.

Apr 9, 2009 — Magazines Canada

Magazines Canada starts "email army" to mobilize industry supporters by Jon Kennedy

Magazines Canada uses FRIENDS as a model to build a network of citizens to advocate on behalf of the Canadian magazine industry.

Apr 9, 2009 — Fast Forward Weekly

Ceeb needs our support by Jeremy Klaszus

A rally is being planned to protest CBC cuts on April 17 in Calgary.

Apr 9, 2009 — SpokeLogic

Telefilm's Corporate Plan Betrays Bias

Article says two key flaws in Telefilm's Corporate Plan are that it enshrines a bias toward broadcaster interests at the expense of independent producers, and fails to support the growth of broadcaster-independent new media creation.

Apr 9, 2009 — The Tyee

Could New Breed of 'Low Profit' Firms Save Our News Media? by Tom Barrett

Former CRTC commissioner says community based, hybrid ownership models for media companies should be encouraged in Canada.

Apr 9, 2009 — Island Tides

Time for a really independent CBC

Editorial says the government should change the financing model and governance structure of the CBC so that it becomes an independent public broadcaster.

Apr 8, 2009 — Montreal Gazette

Quebecor interested in buying Canadiens

Quebec's largest media organization says it wants to buy the Montreal Canadiens.

Apr 8, 2009 — Canada Newswire

New TV fund should be open to all local broadcasters

The Canadian Media Guild says the CBC should have access to a new fund designed to help local television.

Apr 8, 2009 — ACTRA

Don't ignore CBC while bailing out private broadcasters

ACTRA is concerned by reports that the government is considering bailing out private broadcasters while the CBC is being forced to cut staff and programming.

Apr 8, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa mulls help for small TV stations by Grant Robertson

Faced with the potential closing of several small-market television stations across the country, the federal government is considering a $150-million fund to keep community TV in business.

Apr 8, 2009 — CBC News

Moore downplays reports of broadcast bailout

Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore appears to be pouring cold water on a report that Ottawa is considering a $150-million fund to help ailing TV broadcasters.

Apr 8, 2009 — Canadian Press

Shaw sees strong digital subscriber growth as consumers stay in for entertainment

Shaw Communications says its digital cable business will thrive during the recession, as consumers opt to stay in over going out for entertainment.

Apr 8, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CanWest's math problem by Boyd Erman

Sources say CanWest Global has abandoned serious attempts to sell assets.

Apr 8, 2009 — MediaPost

FCC Kicks Off Broadband Debate by Wendy Davis

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has commenced efforts to develop a national broadband Internet plan.

Apr 8, 2009 — New York Times

HD Radio Crying Out to Be Heard by David Pogue

Article profiles the often misunderstood technology, HD radio.

Apr 8, 2009 — AlterNet

The Rise of Glenn Beck's Bizarre Media Militia by Eric Boehlert

Columnist says Fox News is playing an increasingly erratic and dangerous game by embracing paranoid insurrection rhetoric and conspiracy theorists.

Apr 8, 2009 — U.S. Congress

U.S. Local Community Radio Act

The Local Community Radio Act, a bill curently before the US House of Representatives.

Apr 7, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa weighs $150-million private TV fund by Jennifer Ditchburn

Columnist says the federal cabinet is considering a $150-million fund for the country's private broadcasters to help rescue local TV stations and their newscasts.

Apr 7, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

House of Lords issues warning about BBC by Mimi Turner

Government committee warns the BBC is in danger of becoming the monopoly supplier of programming that commercial broadcasters increasingly can't afford to make.

Apr 7, 2009 — Halifax Chronicle Herald

Rally Wednesday to support CBC's Cape Breton bureau

A group calling itself the Friends of CBC Cape Breton has scheduled a rally in Sydney Nova Scotia to protest the potential loss of local jobs.

Apr 7, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

Best of CBC worth the price by Catherine Mitchell

Columnist says a public debate is necessary to reaffirm the value of public broadcasting. 

Apr 7, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CP to cuts 25 jobs in effort to trim costs by Grant Robertson

The Canadian Press is cutting 25 employees as the national news service restructures itself to trim costs.

Apr 7, 2009 — Canadian Press

Harper says no decision yet on TV bailout but gov't looking at options

The Prime Minister says no decisions have been made on funding to help private broadcasters cope with the downturn in the economy and the long-term problems faced by the industry.

Apr 7, 2009 — Wall Street Journal

Schmidt Describes Future Media, Still Driven by Advertising by Jessica E. Vascellaro

Google CEO says the media service of the future will deliver some professional coverage from sources like newspapers, but will depend heavily on user-generated content.

Apr 7, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

Canwest Media hopes third time's the charm by Etan Vlessing

Canwest Media has received another two-week extension in talks with senior lenders to renegotiate a $300 million credit facility.

Apr 6, 2009 — The Tyee

Adbusters wins right to sue broadcasters over TV ads by Fiona Morrow

The B.C. Court of Appeal issued a ruling that allows Adbusters to pursue legal action against the CBC and CanWest Global for refusing to screen its anti-consumerist television ads.

Apr 6, 2009 — CBC News

Privacy commissioner puts spotlight on internet monitoring technology

Canada's privacy commissioner has opened an online discussion on a technology that allows internet service providers to intercept and examine packets of information as they are being sent over the internet.

Apr 6, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Shots at Tory arts policies colour Genies night by Jane Taber

Columnist says that the Harper Conservatives' arts funding policies dominated conversations at the Genie Awards.

Apr 6, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

Report calls on BBC to rein in biz ventures by Mimi Turner

A U.K. Parliamentary report says BBC Worldwide, must scale back its commercial operations, share its license fee and exit its investments in overseas production companies and commercial Web sites.

Apr 5, 2009 — News Article

Sask. politician decries loss of CBC program in province's north

A member of the Saskatchewan legislature speaks about the planned closure of the CBC's one-person bureau in La Ronge.

Apr 5, 2009 — Toronto Star

Arts support urged at Genies red carpet

Canadian celebrities press the Conservative government to bolster support for film and other cultural industries.

Apr 4, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Lepage laments federal cuts, minister's ignorance by James Bradshaw

Internationally acclaimed film and theatre director Robert Lepage has scolded the federal government for having cancelled programs supporting artistic touring last fall.

Apr 3, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CBC Radio One takes top spot in Vancouver market Fiona Morrow

CBC Radio One has taken the top audience share in the Vancouver radio market for the first time in 20 years.

Apr 3, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC fined over Russell Brand prank by Mimi Turner

U.K. media regulator Ofcom has fined the BBC £150,000 for its "flawed editorial processes".

Apr 3, 2009 — Brantford Expositor

What price the CBC? by David Dean

Editorial cites as a place to connect with other supporters of public broadcasting.

Apr 2, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CanWest cash drying up by Andrew Willis

Australian broadcaster, Ten Network, has announced it has stopped handing out dividends, after sending $10-million (Australian) in an interim payment to parent company Canwest.

Apr 2, 2009 — Canadian Press

Filmmakers using online auditions as actors look to web for fan support

Canadian director is using the internet to allow fans to participate in the filmmaking process.

Apr 2, 2009 — The Teamakers

Answers to a few of your questions by Hubert T. Lacroix

In a note to staff, the CBC president says the only way the public broadcaster could avoid staff cuts is with new, additional and permanent public funding.

Apr 2, 2009 — Penticton Western News

Regulatory changes put station at risk by Kathy Michaels

Canwest has applied to reduce local programming commitments from 18.5 hours to 5 hours at a Southern BC TV station.

Apr 2, 2009 —

Heritage Committee to grill everyone as it studies Canadian TV industry by Norma Reveler

A House of Commons committee studying the TV industry will call a cross-section of witnesses including cable giants, private broadcasters, the CBC and media unions.

Apr 2, 2009 — Macleans

Helping friends in need

Heritage Minister James Moore has confirmed that the Harper government is looking at loosening broadcast regulations and changing tax rules to help give struggling private broadcasters some relief.

Apr 2, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC workers call off strike by Mimi Turner

A planned 24-hour walkout by BBC news journalists has been called off after BBC bosses agreed to negotiations over planned compulsory layoffs.

Apr 2, 2009 — Professional Writers Association of Canada

Save the CBC

Letter sent to the Heritage Minister from the President of the Professional Writers Association of Canada asking the Conservative government to reconsider the "disastrous" treatment of the CBC.

Apr 2, 2009 — SEE Magazine

Meet Alberta's Mr. Culture by Jeremy Klazus

Alberta Culture Minister Lindsay Blackett promises arts funding will hold steady in the next provincial budget.

Apr 1, 2009 — Variety

China tightens grip on online content by Clifford Coonan

China's State Administration of Radio, Film and TV has ordered all online content providers to apply for a license before broadcasting material on the Internet.

Apr 1, 2009 — Canadian Press

Canwest debt troubles affecting Corus, Astral stock, industry observers

A report from Desjardins Securities says Canwest's financial problems are affecting the stock of its competitors Corus and Astral.

Apr 1, 2009 — Canadian Press

Rogers' new chief executive Nadir Mohamed faces struggling economy, cost cuts

Article says longtime wireless industry executive Nadir Mohamed will have his work cut out for him as he steps into the CEO's role at Rogers Communications.

Apr 1, 2009 — The Tyee

Let's Re-imagine Journalism by Steve Anderson

Columnist says at a time when the new media environment is being molded and the traditional news industry is in a state of decline, creative approaches to journalism are urgently needed.

Mar 31, 2009 — CBC News

CRTC launches online consultation on ISP traffic management

The CRTC has launched an online consultation on the traffic management practices of internet service providers, allowing Canadians to voice their opinion on the issue of "net neutrality."

Mar 31, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian niche channels cashing in by Etan Vlessing

Despite the economic slump, Canadian cable and pay TV channels continue to churn out profits and remain a bright spot in an otherwise struggling broadcast landscape.

Mar 31, 2009 — Globe & Mail

As Skype lands on iPhone, carriers worry about losing control by Matt Hartley

Columnist says some wireless carriers worry that consumers will opt to use software like Skype to make mobile phone calls instead of using more expensive, high-margin voice-calling plans.

Mar 30, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Skype to come to iPhone, BlackBerry by Sinead Carew

Skype, the Internet telephone unit of eBay, is planning to launch its service for iPhone and Blackberry users as part of its effort to expand beyond desktop computers.

Mar 30, 2009 — New York Times

Disney's TV Unit Will Make Short Videos Available on YouTube by Brian Stelter

Walt Disney's television division has become the latest media company to make a distribution deal with YouTube, saying that it would share short-form content with the world's largest video Web site.

Mar 30, 2009 — Halifax Chronicle Herald

Don't care about the CBC? You should by Dan Leger

Columnist says that unless something changes, hundreds of communities across Canada will shortly lose most, if not all, of their local news coverage.

Mar 29, 2009 — New York Times

Some Online Shows Could Go Subscription-Only by Brad Stone and Brian Stelter

Time Warner Cable is working with customers in the U.S. to test a subscriber model for online TV viewing.

Mar 28, 2009 — CBC News

Figure skating still a priority for CBC Sports by Scott Moore

Scott Moore, Executive Director of CBC Sports, explains the network's decision to cut back on its figure skating coverage.

Mar 28, 2009 — Calgary Herald

As it happens, Canada needs the CBC by Licia Corbella

Columnist says Canada needs a publicly funded national broadcaster, since we know private, for-profit outfits simply can't cover small communities across the country.

Mar 28, 2009 — Canadian Press

CBC-TV's single-mom comedy 'Sophie' cancelled due to low ratings

CBC executive says the half-hour comedy "Sophie" is being cancelled due to low ratings.

Mar 28, 2009 — Toronto Star

TV tumult on the Canadian dial by Bruce DeMara, Greg Quill & Raju Mudhar

Article details the issues facing CTV, Global and CBC and possible next steps for each broadcaster.

Mar 27, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

CBC needs fix, not death by a thousand cuts by Morley Walker

Columnist says Canada's public broadcaster is too valuable an institution to let wither on the vine.

Mar 27, 2009 — Le Devoir

Compressions à Radio-Canada - Manque de personnalité

Marie Chouinard writes that in a media environment where the private sector dominates, the Société Radio-Canada (CBC), through its cuts, risks losing its identity.

Mar 27, 2009 —

Canwest won't decide E! fate until summer; company wants to see what Commission does by Greg O'Brien

Canwest Broadcasting interim president Peter Viner told says while there has been interest in the company's E!-branded TV stations, it will wait until after this summer to decide what it will do with them.

Mar 27, 2009 — The Vancouver Province

In era of layoffs, CBC union boss is wrong to blame government

Editorial says that given the alternatives, reducing staff costs at the CBC appears the right thing to do in order to make its budget.

Mar 27, 2009 — Playback

CBC producers roll with the punches by Marise Strauss

The makers of Little Mosque on the Prairie and The Border say that despite CBC reductions, their shows will not suffer in terms of production value and will not lose any staff.

Mar 27, 2009 — Vancouver Sun

Is it time for CanCon to fade away? by Randy Shore

Columnist says the recording industry landscape has shifted in a way that few could have foreseen 38 years ago when CanCon was born.

Mar 27, 2009 — CBC

CBC Maritime Noon

Listener talkback to CBC's Maritime Noon regarding CBC's plan to cut the program in half.

Mar 27, 2009 — Halifax Chronicle Herald

Specialty, pay TV channels profitable in Canada

Data show that while while conventional television broadcasters slash staff and close stations, Canada's specialty and pay TV operators are in solid health.

Mar 27, 2009 — Toronto Star

Body blows to amateur sports fly in the face of CBC's mandate by Chris Zelkovich

CBC executives say that "there will be reduction or elimination" in coverage of figure skating, skiing, aquatics, athletics and CONCACAF soccer.

Mar 27, 2009 — Toronto Star

CBC cutbacks swing a wide axe by Greg Quill and Raju Mudhar

FRIENDS says cuts at the CBC will result in the regions becoming  hinterland, receiving programming from a centralized operation, rather than places where their own stories can be told.

Mar 27, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CBC slashes funding for prime-time shows by James Bradshaw

CBC prime-time shows The Border, Being Erica and Little Mosque on the Prairie are being told to produce fewer episodes this season.

Mar 26, 2009 — Vancouver Sun

CBC may face deeper cutbacks: CEO by Brendan Kelly and Chris Cobb

CBC president says there might be more major cutbacks to come if the corporation is unable to successfully sell $125 million worth of assets.

Mar 26, 2009 — CBC News

CBC cuts hit news, drama, sports, radio

CBC English Services plans to cut up to 80 positions from its news division and 313 from sports, entertainment, current affairs, sales and support as part of its efforts to make up a $171-million shortfall.

Mar 26, 2009 — Montreal Gazette

CBC cuts hit city hard by Brendan Kelly and Kevin Dougherty

260 jobs will be eliminated from the Montreal staff of Radio-Canada, the French-language service of CBC.

Mar 26, 2009 — CBC News

Maritime Noon chopped to hour-long phone-in show in CBC cuts

CBC executives say regional stations in Sydney, N.S., Saint John and Moncton, N.B. will lose between three and seven full-time positions.

Mar 26, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

'Simpsons' among CBC's casualties by Etan Vlessing

CBC says it will cancel "The Simpsons" and "The Martha Stewart Show" in a cost-cutting maneuver.

Mar 26, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

CFTPA taps vet broadcaster Norm Bolen by Etan Vlessing

Veteran Canadian broadcaster Norm Bolen has been named named top lobbyist for Canadian indie film and TV producers.

Mar 26, 2009 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Speaking Notes for Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO, CBC/Radio-Canada, to the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal

CBC President says if the public broadcaster can't sell off $125 million in assets, CBC management "will have to consider taking drastic action that would compromise the very services we deliver to Canadians".

Mar 26, 2009 — Toronto Star

Reruns on tap as CBC cuts by Bruce Campion-Smith and Greg Quill

Canadians will see fewer regional programs and more reruns in the wake of the CBC's plans to slash 800 jobs.

Mar 26, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Funding for small arts magazines shouldn't be just about circulation by John Barton

Op-ed writer says cultural magazines provide an essential service to the nation as incubators of creative innovation and should not be valued solely on circulation.

Mar 26, 2009 — Globe & Mail

MPs query watchdog over crisis in TV industry by Grant Robertson

MPs criticize the CRTC for not moving quickly enough to address problems in the television industry that could cause several cities to lose local TV service.

Mar 26, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CBC to cut 800 jobs, sell assets by James Bradshaw

CBC will cut about 800 jobs in an effort to save $171-million amid a flagging economy that has seen advertising revenues plummet.

Mar 25, 2009 — National Post

'Painful decisions' ahead as CBC steels to slash 800 jobs by Chris Cobb

FRIENDS says regional and local CBC programming will be hit hard by budget cuts.

Mar 25, 2009 — Vancouver Sun

CRTC hints at allowing carriage fees for TV by Paul Vieira

CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein says that the broadcasting industry is in "desperate" need of a "systemic solution" to withstand the economic and structural storm that is hitting the sector.

Mar 25, 2009 — National Post

CHUM AM dies again, is reborn as CP24 Radio 1050 by Rob Roberts and Adam McDowell

Toronto's CHUM AM radio station has been rebranded CP24 Radio 1050, and will run programming from TV's CP24 all-news channel.

Mar 25, 2009 — Canada Newswire

CBC/Radio-Canada outlines 2009-2010 business plan; announces layoffs

CBC announces major cuts to services, programs and people in order to bridge a $171 million financial shortfall in 2009-2010.

Mar 25, 2009 — CBC News

CBC to cut up to 800 jobs, sell assets

FRIENDS says Canadians will be upset when they see cuts to CBC's local and regional programming implemented.

Mar 25, 2009 — Live Blog event

CBC Town Hall Meeting

Live Blog of Town Hall event where CBC executives lay out a plan to deal with a $171 million budgetary shortfall.

Mar 25, 2009 — Liberal Party of Canada

CBC-Radio-Canada: Liberals denounce Conservative inaction

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff says Conservative inaction has forced CBC to make difficult decisions that will have disastrous consequences on its ability to carry out its national mandate.

Mar 25, 2009 — Parliament of Canada

Ignatieff pushes Harper to support CBC

Liberal and Conservative MPs debate public broadcasting support during question period.

Mar 25, 2009 — Playback

Job and drama cuts at CBC by Marise Strauss

800 jobs losses represent roughly 10% of the CBC's workforce and break down to some 393 positions on the English side, 336 at Radio-Canada and 70 corporate positions.

Mar 25, 2009 — betanews

ComScore: Hulu viewership skyrockets by Tim Conneally

Data show that traffic to the video website grew 42% in February.

Mar 25, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Nesting consumers drive up demand for digital cable by Simon Avery

Shaw Communications executive says the recession has resulted in more demand for the company's digital television services.

Mar 25, 2009 — Toronto Star

Connect or die, new media guru advises by Cathal Kelly

New media expert says newspapers should get used to the idea of publishing without presses.

Mar 24, 2009 — Calgary Herald to charge users for Internet radio service by David Wylie

Internet radio site,, is set to charge $3 a month for users outside of the U.S., United Kingdom and Germany.

Mar 24, 2009 — Canadian Press

Broadcasters face uncertainty as advertising trends split profits

Analyst says in a recessionary environment, advertisers want  to buy ads in major markets or choose channels that air across most of the country - usually specialty channels.

Mar 24, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC warns staff over strike action by Mimi Turner

The BBC has warned staffers that they will not be paid if they refuse to cross picket lines during two days of planned strike action in April.

Mar 24, 2009 — Globe & Mail

The President's prime-time pitch by John Doyle

Columnist says that U.S. TV executive grumbling about scheduling conflicts caused by President Obama's updated on the economic crisis show just out of touch they are.

Mar 24, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Funding backlog leaves dance tours up in the air by James Bradshaw

A backlog of funding applications at the department of Canadian Heritage has left dance groups looking at cancelling programming and scrambling to make provisional plans.

Mar 24, 2009 — National Post

FOX News scrapes bottom by Jonathan Kay

Columnist says insensitive remarks on American cable news about Canada's role in Afghanistan reenforce the need for a strong public broadcaster in Canada.

Mar 24, 2009 — Toronto Star

Up to 600 jobs on block as CBC faces shortfall by Bruce Campion-Smith

FRIENDS says that facing an estimated $65 - $100 million shortfall, it's almost certain that CBC local programming nationwide will take a hit.

Mar 23, 2009 — Toronto Star

Debate on CBC is English-only, so far by Chantal Hebert

Columnist says hanging Radio-Canada and the CBC out to dry is one more sign that the Conservatives have given up on Quebec in the next election.

Mar 23, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Focus, people: Saving local TV is the top priority by John Doyle

Columnist says then the government's TV industry policy priority should be the application of fee-for-carriage in order to keep local TV stations viable and thriving.

Mar 23, 2009 — Georgia Straight

CBC's highest earners should take pay cuts to help their peers By Charlie Smith

Former CBC employee says that public broadcaster's highest paid staff should be willing to make sacrifices to address the budget shortfall.

Mar 23, 2009 — National Post

Saving local TV and the CBC by Ian Morrison, Peter Murdoch And Steve Waddell

Op-ed says CBC should reduce ads on TV in exchange for stable, long-term funding; but, this is not a new idea...

Mar 23, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

Byzantine turf warfare at the CBC by Robert Fulford

Columnist says that the CBC is a political hot-potato and there would be as much trouble for a government that increases the public broadcaster's budget to one that cuts it.

Mar 23, 2009 —

Crying poor in a concentrated media system by James R. Compton

Media Studies professor says the biggest challenge facing media companies is heavy debt load assumed to finance corporate expansion and media consolidation.

Mar 22, 2009 — Canadian Press

Heritage Minister sees modernization of arts, culture funding by Jennifer Ditchburn

The Heritage Minister says he'd like television broadcasters to take a hard look at the horizon and reflect on what's broken with their business plans.

Mar 21, 2009 — YouTube

At Issue is the CBC

Video of The National's "At Issue" panel talking about the financial problems facing Canada's public Broadcaster.

Mar 21, 2009 — National Post

The CBC provides a service Canadians want by Kirstine Layfield

The executive director of programming for CBC Television says success for a public broadcaster must be measured by the extent to which the public supports and endorses its programs.

Mar 20, 2009 — Macleans

A future for the CBC: multi-channel, subscription-based by Andrew Coyne

Columnist says subscription fees should be used to remove advertising from CBC TV.

Mar 20, 2009 — Calgary Herald

Sask. minister slams CBC over interview with Mountie-killer by Lori Coolican and Angela Hall

The Saskatchewan Justice Minister is accusing the CBC of "needless sensationalism" for its plan to broadcast an interview with a convicted Mountie-killer.

Mar 20, 2009 — CBC News

Heritage minister at odds with CBC over funding

Heritage Minister James Moore says he has never been approached by the CBC for an emergency advance on future federal funding — a statement disputed by the public broadcaster.

Mar 20, 2009 — National Post

The CBC is Canada's eyes and ears by Curt Petrovich

Radio reporter says that "more than ever in this age of opinion-fuelled bloggers, specialty channels and PVRs, Canada needs the CBC".

Mar 20, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CBC plan for cuts gets poor reception by James Bradshaw

The head of the CBC's largest union says the 50-per-cent reduction in bonuses for executives doesn't seem like much of a sacrifice compared to what unionized staff are facing.

Mar 19, 2009 — Globe & Mail

A new model for CBC Radio: NPR of the North by Jeffrey Dvorkin

Former National Public Radio vice-president says Canada should look to the U.S. for a new model for public broadcasting.

Mar 19, 2009 — Globe & Mail

To save journalism, bring on that Jon Stewart outrage by Lawrence Martin

Columnist says the economic crisis should breed a new kind of journalism; one that is tougher, less knee-jerk, less beholden to elites, more beholden to the truth.

Mar 19, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CBC should emphasize service, not ratings, says former chair by Ian Bailey and Caroline Alphonso

CBC's former chair says the crisis facing the CBC offers the public broadcaster a chance to refocus and separate itself from private stations, making it less reliant on ratings.

Mar 19, 2009 — Montreal Gazette

Rad-Can urged to fine-tune design plan by Linda Gyulai

A report by Montreal's public-consultation office concludes a $1.6-billion plan to redevelop Radio-Canada's campus should include more social housing.

Mar 19, 2009 — Halifax Chronicle Herald

CBRM asks public to help keep local CBC by Tera Camus

Representatives of Cape Breton Regional Municipality are urging the public to pressure the CBC to keep its Sydney Nova Scotia station open.

Mar 19, 2009 — Canadian Press

Feds consider relief for private TV networks by Jennifer Ditchburn

The Harper government is considering help for Canada's troubled private TV broadcasters, including the possibility of looser regulations and tax changes.

Mar 19, 2009 — Canada Newswire

Heritage Minister urged to implement all-party report on CBC

In and open letter to Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore,  the Canadian Media Guild says the CBC should be adequately funded so that it is able to reduce its reliance on commercial revenue.

Mar 19, 2009 — National Post

Bad TV isn't a crime, but why should I have to pay for the CBC to produce it? by Theo Caldwell

The president of Caldwell Asset Management says there is a place for public broadcasting, but in its current form, the CBC does not fill it.

Mar 19, 2009 — Canadian Press

CBC exec bonuses stirs union, employee anger

CBC executives will receive half their yearly bonuses despite thousands of employees bracing for layoffs.

Mar 19, 2009 — Vancouver Sun

Canadian TV industry 'crisis' talks set for next week by Grant Surridge

The House of Commons Heritage Committee will hold hearings on the "crisis" facing the Canadian television industry.

Mar 19, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada seeks to help struggling broadcasters by Etan Vlessing

A spokesman for the federal heritage department has confirmed that the government has drawn up plans for regulatory and tax changes to help private broadcasters deal with a growing TV ad revenue shortfall.

Mar 19, 2009 — Georgia Straight

Stephen Harper risks his career if he gives away the farm to Canwest by Charlie Smith

Columnist says the Asper family and Stephen Harper have enjoyed a symbiotic relationship and is therefore not surprising that the Conservative government will pull whatever levers it can to ensure the Aspers retain control over Canwest.

Mar 18, 2009 — Canadian Press

CBC not considering ads on the radio, spokesman insists

CBC spokesman says the that details of a newly approved budget will be revealed by month's end.

Mar 18, 2009 — CBC News

Salaries of CBC executives to be frozen

CBC president Hubert Lacroix says that the public broadcaster will freeze executives' salaries and slash their bonuses in half.

Mar 18, 2009 — Playback

Quick exit for Guy Mayson by Sean Davidson

Guy Mayson has stepped down from his post as head of Canada's producers' association after 12 years with the organization.

Mar 18, 2009 — The Teamakers

Update on Board meeting, and town-hall planned for March 25th by Hubert T. Lacroix

Letter from CBC's president updating staff on the recent board of directors meeting.

Mar 18, 2009 — Windsor Star

Reinventing Mr. Harper by Barbara Yaffe

Columnist says Stephen Harper has demonstrated a willingness to adjust course on issues to stay in power.

Mar 18, 2009 — Toronto Sun

CBC execs are high flyers by Peter Zimonjic

Documents obtained through Access to Information show board members of the CBC regularly flying executive class on short haul flights inside Canada.

Mar 18, 2009 — Montreal Gazette

Rogers wants community radio to give up frequency by Dustin Walker

A non-profit society that wants to set up a low-wattage, community radio station on in B.C. is worried opposition from Rogers Communications will stop its application for a broadcast licence.

Mar 18, 2009 — Canadian Press

Canadians divided on extra help for CBC

A Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey found that half of respondents were in favour of the Conservative government providing bridge financing to the public broadcaster, while 41 per cent opposed the idea.

Mar 18, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CBC won't air ads on radio programming by Tu Thanh Ha and James Bradshaw

CBC spokesman says "Ads on radio are not currently among the things that are being looked at."

Mar 17, 2009 — National Post

Charlie Angus: The CBC needs an overhaul, but not the kind James Moore wants by Charlie Angus

The NDP heritage critic says CBC's current financial crisis should be used as an opportunity to refocus the national broadcaster on news, drama and documentaries with less reliance on advertising.

Mar 17, 2009 — Toronto Star

Only conservatism can lead Canada forward by Stephen Harper

The Prime Minister makes a critical reference to the CBC in a speech to a conservative think-tank.

Mar 17, 2009 — Ottawa Sun

Showdown for CBC by Greg Weston

Columnist says the CBC is heading into a potentially historic showdown with the Conservative government in a clash over cash that may well reshape public broadcasting in this country forever.

Mar 17, 2009 — Toronto Star

Is this the real Harper?

Editorial suggests that a highly partisan speech given to Conservative faithful - that includes a snide reference to the CBC - reflects the real Stephen Harper.

Mar 17, 2009 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Annual Report to the CRTC

CBC English Television's report to the CRTC for the 2007/2008 Broadcast Year.

Mar 17, 2009 — Sun Media

600-1,200 CBC job cuts expected by Althia Raj

FRIENDS applauds the Heritage Minster's comments that the CBC needs to "stop chasing revenues and eyeballs," but says it is unlikely the Minister is controlling the purse-strings on this file.

Mar 17, 2009 — Ottawa Citizen

Minister disappointed at delay of CBC meeting by Mike Blanchfield

Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore says that ads on public radio go against CBC "tradition" and would hurt private radio, which is also competing for scarce advertising dollars.

Mar 17, 2009 — Toronto Star

Aussie bank may buy Canwest stake in Ten TV

Reports indicate Canwest is informally marketing its majority stake in Australia's Ten television network to local investors.

Mar 17, 2009 — Calgary Herald

Tories switching channels on CBC status quo by Don Martin

Columnist says that the Conservative government will use the CBC's current financial problems to restructure the public broadcaster into a model more to their liking.

Mar 17, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Trebek defends Jeopardy! on the CBC by James Bradshaw

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek voices concern over the possibility of politicians influencing programming decisions on Canada's public broadcaster.

Mar 17, 2009 — National Post

Tear it all down by Lorne Gunter

Columnist says the CBC has a left-wing bias and the government should "pull down its office buildings and stations and pour salt in their foundations".

Mar 16, 2009 — National Post

Elitists need a network to call their own by Jonathan Kay

Columnist says there are two arguable justifications for public broadcasting in Canada: cultural nationalism and intellectual elitism.

Mar 16, 2009 — Toronto Star

Online campaign warns of ads on CBC Radio

FRIENDS says the CBC Board is likely looking at deep cuts to staff and programming and introducing ads to CBC Radio to address financial woes.

Mar 16, 2009 — National Post

We need the ceeb by Robert Cushman

Columnist says the CBC needs to be funded to a high standard, and then held to it.

Mar 16, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

CBC criticized for amount of American TV by Etan Vlessing

FRIENDS says the CBC's revenue shortfall springs equally from the recession and the public broadcaster having overpaid for American game shows that did not meet "rosy" sales projections.

Mar 16, 2009 — The Georgia Straight

Stephen Harper's hidden agenda for the CBC by Ian Morrison

FRIENDS tracks Stephen Harper's comments on public broadcasting and cultural sovereignty over the years.

Mar 16, 2009 — Toronto Star

Tory budget tears down nation's defences by Sinclair Stevens

Former Tory cabinet minister say a little-noticed clause in the federal budget emasculates ability of Ottawa to review foreign takeovers.

Mar 16, 2009 — Email

The New CTF Rulings

Viral email circulating on the web raises alarms about the Conservative government's changes to the CTF.

Mar 16, 2009 — Talk 1410AM Vancouver

Ads on CBC Radio?

In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses the implications of placing ads on CBC Radio.

Mar 16, 2009 — CTV

Heritage Minister James Moore, on investing in Canadian culture

The Heritage Minister discusses funding for the CBC, Canadian content and the potential of ads on CBC Radio.

Mar 16, 2009 — The Tyee

Commercials back on CBC Radio? by Crawford Kilian

Article references FRIENDS' campaign to keep ads off CBC Radio.

Mar 16, 2009 — CBC News

CBC approves budget; cuts expected

The CBC's board of directors, faced with a possible $200-million shortfall, has approved a budget for the coming year that includes deep cuts.

Mar 16, 2009 — Variety

TV biz flees California

Article says Hollywood TV production is returning to Canada because of local production incentives and currency exchange-rate advantages.

Mar 16, 2009 — Playback

Rogers said to have new CEO by Marise Strauss

Reports indicate Nadir Mohamed will become the next CEO of Rogers Communications.

Mar 16, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CBC pulls plug on meeting with Heritage Minister by Daniel LeBlanc

The CBC has abruptly cancelled a scheduled meeting with Heritage Minister James Moore, acknowledging the planned encounter fuelled perception of political interference.

Mar 15, 2009 — Ottawa Citizen

Is there a fix for 'broken' TV? by Vito Pilieci

FRIENDS says if TV networks don't provide high-profile promotion and reserve online space for Canadian shows and news broadcasts, Canada's broadcasting industry will suffer.

Mar 15, 2009 — Ottawa Citizen

Prices should reflect true cost of newspapers, TV shows by Randall Denley

Columnist says content has value, and cost - if advertisers can no longer bear all that cost, then consumers who want the content will have to.

Mar 15, 2009 — Toronto Star

How a TV network in Brazil has changed the idea of family

Study suggests that by portraying a skewed version of Brazilian society, soap operas have affected birth and divorce rates in the country.

Mar 15, 2009 — Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs

Event: Couchiching Roundtable - The Future of Public Broadcasting in Canada

The President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada to speak about the Future of Public Broadcasting in Canada.

Mar 15, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

Canwest waging losing battle by David Friend

Industry observers say Canwest is lumbering towards an inevitable bankruptcy protection filing sometime in 2009.

Mar 15, 2009 — Toronto Star

Pay TV: Funding the CBC by Sarah Barmak

FRIENDS says that if public investment replaced ad revenue on CBC television, it would help private sector television operators who are in financial difficulty.

Mar 15, 2009 — Toronto Star

Will townsfolk save the House of Frightenstein? by Bill Brioux

A Hamilton community group is hoping to purchase CHCH TV and return it to its roots of quality local programming.

Mar 14, 2009 — Toronto Star

TV land trouble by Rita Trichur

FRIENDS says that local programming on over-the-air television doesn't shouldn't be allowed to wither away and die forever because of a temporary economic down cycle.

Mar 14, 2009 — Toronto Star

Online TV blurs line between channel surfers, Web surfers by Chris Sorensen

Observers say complex international licensing deals threaten the Canadian TV broadcast industry because viewers seeking online content will find ways to bypass the networks.

Mar 14, 2009 — National Post

CBC: A medium dragged down by the masses by George Jonas

Writer and former CBC producer says "trying to be everything to everyone, CBC-TV ended up being nothing to anyone."

Mar 14, 2009 — National Post

CBC: Opportunities waiting to be seized by Conrad Black

Conrad Black says that if professionally approached, CBC could become a first class national and international voice in public broadcasting.

Mar 13, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CanWest halts bondholder payments by Andrew Willis

CanWest's restructuring plan includes the Asper family keeping control of the company.

Mar 13, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Voices in the wilderness by Stephen Waddell

Cable and Satellite company appointments to the Board of the Canada Media Fund cause the national executive director of ACTRA to question the Heritage Minister's intentions towards Canadian content.

Mar 13, 2009 — Globe & Mail

A beleaguered CBC should ask itself: Who cares? by Jeffrey Simpson

Columnist says CBC's "popularization" strategy has alienated core audiences, and exchanged them for audiences for whom CBC is just one choice among many, and therefore not worth fighting for in difficult times.

Mar 13, 2009 — CBC News

Sirius XM Radio planning to stream to iPhone, iPod

Sirius XM Radio is planning to stream its subscription radio service to Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch devices, beginning this spring.

Mar 13, 2009 — National Post

CBC tunes in to new reality by Craig Offman

FRIENDS says the CBC should follow the BBC model in which the board of directors, composed of TV veterans, nominates the president, who reports back to the board.

Mar 13, 2009 — Toronto Star

Canwest accepts $34M to end Hollinger case by David Friend

Canwest has compromised with Sun-Times Media and agreed to settle a dispute over the purchase of Hollinger's Canadian newspaper group for $34 million.

Mar 12, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CanWest drama heats up by Andrew Willis

Columnist says the closure of local TV stations may get politicians interested in making rapid changes to the economics of conventional TV.

Mar 12, 2009 — Toronto Star

New media fund worries independent sector by Greg Quill

Independent stakeholders in Canada's production community say the revamped Canada Media Fund gives too much power to cable companies.

Mar 12, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Sun plans pullout from CP newswire by Richard Blackwell

Sun Media has given notice that it plans to pull out of The Canadian Press national news organization.

Mar 12, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CanWest reprieve granted

Canwest says its senior lenders have agreed to extend a waiver of certain borrowing conditions until April 7.

Mar 12, 2009 — CIUT Take 5

The Canada Media Fund

In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses the implications of amalgamating the Canadian Television Fund, the Canada New Media Fund and Aboriginal Television fund.

Mar 11, 2009 — Toronto Star

Rogers, Shaw blast Web Cancon fee proposal by Rita Trichur

Cable monopolies say a proposal to impose a levy on Internet service providers to fund Canadian new media content is an illegal idea that will burden consumers with higher costs.

Mar 11, 2009 — Canadian Press

CTV cuts 24 staff at Canada AM across the country, axes Montreal morning newscast

CTV Television has laid off more than 24 employees at its Canada AM morning show and cancelled First News in Montreal.

Mar 11, 2009 — News Article

In these grim times, we need local TV coverage more than ever by John Doyle

Columnist says the optics of the CBC's plight would be improved if it committed itself to local coverage when commercial broadcasters are balking at the cost and their regulatory requirements.

Mar 11, 2009 — Canada Newswire

Heritage Minister should protect local news

Canada's largest media union says Canada's Heritage Minister should step in to demand that local news and information remain a cornerstone of the Canadian broadcasting system.

Mar 11, 2009 — Calgary Herald

New rules raise Cancon concerns by Maria Kubacki

Critics of a proposed integrated media fund say that a condition for multi-platform distribution will mean innovative new media projects likely won't qualify for funding, since they are too edgy for TV.

Mar 11, 2009 —

CRTC calls CBC on the carpet for bold(ness)

The CRTC will hold a public hearing to determine whether the way that CBC re-branded specialty channel 'Country Canada' to 'bold' has negatively impacted "the integrity of the licensing process".

Mar 10, 2009 — Boston Conservatory

Welcome address to freshman at Boston Conservatory Karl Paulnack

The director of music division at Boston Conservatory speaks about the importance of music and the role of artists in society.

Mar 10, 2009 — Barrie Examiner

Local TV's future fuzzy by Raymond Bowe

FRIENDS says losing a local TV station would be devastating to a community because of the effect on the economy and decrease in local information.

Mar 10, 2009 — Globe & Mail

We still watch TV. So why are stations going out of business? by John Doyle

Columnist says the decisions by CanWest and CTV to cut staff and programs at small-market channels are part of a strategy to force regulatory changes.

Mar 10, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Blended media fund puts priority on digital entertainment by James Bradshaw

Columnist says new rules will see CBC having to compete for a share of funds in the amalgamation of the Canadian Television Fund, the Canada New Media Fund and Aboriginal Television fund.

Mar 10, 2009 — News Article

Canwest sells off American magazine

In advance of a debt payment deadline, Canwest has sold the American political magazine New Republic.

Mar 10, 2009 — Toronto Star

No extra dough for CBC by Greg Quill

Heritage Minister James Moore says the government will not provide bridge financing to the CBC.

Mar 10, 2009 — Montreal Gazette

Death is on the TV by Marianne White

The country's first television channel dedicated to funerals and mourning could start broadcasting as early as this summer.

Mar 10, 2009 — Calgary Herald

Rogers talks up Canadian version of by Grant Surridge

Rogers has proposed offering its cable customers a Web site where they could view popular television programs free of charge as a way to promote Canadian Internet content.

Mar 9, 2009 — Toronto Star

Ottawa to spend $134.7M on web-friendly programming by Greg Quill

The Heritage Minister says the emphasis of the government's new broadcast policy will be on drama, comedy, and children's programming, and will favour productions developed for distribution platforms other than prime-time television.

Mar 9, 2009 — Calgary Herald

Artists say Ottawa's cuts killing jobs, hurting culture by David Akin

Artists say that cuts by Conservative government to programs that helped Canadian artists export their work now threatens Canadian jobs and puts the nation's international cultural influence in peril.

Mar 9, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

Channel 4 execs offer to take pay cuts by Mimi Turner

Channel 4 executives have offered to take pay cuts amounting to as much as 35%, as the publicly owned U.K. broadcaster seeks additional funding.

Mar 9, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada rejects cutback on U.S. series buys by Etan Vlessing

The Canadian government has rejected a proposal by the CRTC to curb domestic broadcasters' spending on U.S. series.

Mar 9, 2009 — Mediacaster

Canada Media Fund Comes from TV and New Media Funds

Canadian Heritage Minister says Canadian viewers will have better access to Canadian programming on all media platforms following the creation of the Canada Media Fund.

Mar 9, 2009 — media@mcgill

He Surfs, He Scores. Hockey and Advertising at the CRTC New Media Hearings by Gregory Taylor

Columnist professional hockey can be looked to as a model for to monetize new media content.

Mar 9, 2009 — Toronto Star

Storm clouds ahead for wireless world by Michael Geist

The company that owns the Weather Network in Canada alleges that the wireless industry is engaged in practices that stifle innovation by privileging access or controlling content on their networks.

Mar 9, 2009 — The Age

CanWest drama pressures Ten by Miriam Steffens

Columnist says the uncertainty over Canwest's fate has weighed heavily on Australian broadcaster Ten's shares and prevented attempts to raise equity.

Mar 9, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Time for CBC bigwigs to step up and take a pay cut by John Doyle

Columnist says CBC should follow the example of the Irish national broadcaster and institute staff pay cuts.

Mar 8, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CanWest granted 2-week bank extension by Grant Robertson and Boyd Erman

CanWest has been granted a two-week extension in talks with its banks as the company tries to stave off filing for creditor protection.

Mar 8, 2009 — Toronto Star

Broadcasters blundered by not investing in quality by Angelo Persichilli

Political editor says it is time for broadcasters to stop blaming new technologies and regulations for their financial problems and start attracting viewers by producing quality Canadian programming.

Mar 7, 2009 — National Post

The future of television in Canada L. Ian Macdonald

Op-ed says that at a time when Canadian television broadcasters should be thrown a lifeline, CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein is tossing them an anchor.

Mar 7, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

Internet TV latest woe for conventional broadcasters by Vito Pilieci

A small American company has started selling a set-top box that plugs into a TV set and delivers programming, on-demand, over the Internet -- for free.

Mar 6, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Canwest sales continue as debt deadlines loom by Andrew Willis

Reports indicate Canwest is in talks to sell The New Republic magazine back to its editor-in-chief.

Mar 6, 2009 — Canada Newswire

New fund gives hope to distressed local TV

The Canadian Media Guild says a new fund to improve local TV programming in small markets is the key to saving local news.

Mar 6, 2009 — CBC News

Ad revenues still strong, say GTA ethnic media groups

Industry observer says that unlike Canadian media giants such as TorStar, Canwest and CBC, ethnic publications aren't struggling to find advertising revenue.

Mar 5, 2009 — National Post

Challenges at Torstar reflected in stock by Grant Surridge

Market analyst says a recent 33% drop in Torstar stock price now better reflects the company's circumstances.

Mar 5, 2009 — Canada Newswire

Don't strangle the CBC

The union that represents 1,500 Radio-Canada and CBC employees in Québec and Moncton says the Harper government must provide adequate funding for CBC/Radio-Canada, even in these difficult times.

Mar 5, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Artists decline as percentage of work force by James Adams

An analysis of the 2006 census reveals that artists are declining as a percentage of the overall Canadian work force.

Mar 5, 2009 — National Post

The right man for the job by Gerry Nicholls

In an excerpt from his book, the former vice-president of the National Citizens Coalition says Stephen Harper was appointed to the organization's top job in 1997 because he fit the criteria of viewing the CBC as a "socialist-run boondoggle".

Mar 5, 2009 — AFP

Obama nominates tech executive to be FCC chair

US President Barack Obama has nominated veteran technology executive Julius Genachowski to be chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

Mar 5, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CRTC fiddles as conventional TV model burns by Konrad Yakabuski

Columnist says that without giving TVA, TQS and Radio-Canada access to new sources of revenue – such as fees-for-carriage – more dubbed U.S. programming appears inevitable on Quebec TV.

Mar 4, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Drama queens at the CBC by John Doyle

Columnist contrasts how the current economic crisis is being covered by CTV and CBC newscasts.

Mar 4, 2009 — Reuters

Canada won't allow more foreign ownership of media by David Ljunggren

Industry Minister Tony Clement says the Canadian government has no plans to relax foreign ownership limits in the country's struggling media sector.

Mar 4, 2009 — Halifax Chronicle Herald

Newspapers: The medium is not the message by Maggie Marwah

Freelance writer and communications consultant says old thinking is failing the news business.

Mar 4, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Broadcasters seek changes for 'broken' industry by Matt Hartley

CTVglobemedia executive says "Without fee for carriage, we're only going to be witness to the demise of conventional television in this country."

Mar 4, 2009 — Vancouver Sun

CTV cuts 118 jobs at A channels by Grant Surridge

CTVglobemedia executive says "We are doing everything we can to hang on to conventional television, but as we continue to stress, the conventional model is now broken."

Mar 4, 2009 — Toronto Star

CTV's A channels cut some news shows, 118 jobs by Raju Mudhar

CTV will cut 118 newsroom jobs at its A branded stations and will cancel some morning shows, in the hopes of riding out the drop in advertising revenue from the beleaguered economy.

Mar 3, 2009 — Canadian Press

Rogers tells CRTC that Citytv stations will focus on local programming

Rogers has submitted licence renewal applications to the CRTC for its conventional TV stations, seeking a seven-year extension and telling the regulator it wants to focus on local programming.

Mar 3, 2009 — CBC News

Appeal for restoration of arts cuts rebuffed by Tories

Representatives from the Canadian arts sector went to Parliament Hill pleading for the restoration of arts programs cut last year, but it appears their requests will be ignored.

Mar 3, 2009 — Playback

118 jobs cut at A channels by Etan Vlessing

CTVglobemedia is canceling the 6-9 a.m. morning shows produced in Victoria, London and Barrie, and the 6 p.m., 11 p.m. and weekend newscasts produced in Ottawa.

Mar 3, 2009 — Playback

CTV again calls for carriage fees by Etan Vlessing

Broadcasters call for lower local programming obligations and ending priority programming requirements in primetime.

Mar 3, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Rogers seeks less 'Cancon' for OLN by Matt Hartley

Rogers is asking the federal broadcast regulator for permission to program more sitcoms, movies and hockey games on the Outdoor Living Network.

Mar 3, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CBC can't have it both ways by John Doyle

Columnist says if CBC executives wants to go 'Hollywood', then it's not entitled to special treatment, but if it's a public broadcaster, then a case can be made for government support.

Mar 2, 2009 — Toronto Star

Canwest Global plans asset sales: analysts by David Friend

Analyst says it is likely Canwest already has some sales lined up to offload assets in advance of a financing deadline.

Mar 2, 2009 — Canada Newswire

Canadian Television Fund Increases Program Funding for 2009-2010

The Canadian Television Fund has announced that it has increased its program commitments for 2009-2010 by almost 14% over the previous year.

Mar 2, 2009 — Playback

Guild looking for answers from CBC by Marise Strauss

The Canadian Media Guild is "seeking clarifications" from the CBC's management, saying that it has not been notified of layoffs and had been assured no decisions have been made.

Mar 2, 2009 —

Why Big Media is bad for journalism by Steve Anderson

The national coordinator for the Campaign for Democratic Media says the current financial problems in the news business is caused by highly concentrated media ownership and a deepening bottom-line mentality of Big Media corporations.

Mar 2, 2009 — Toronto Star

Little new in new-media hearings by Michael Geist

Columnist says the CRTC has limited its new media hearings by explicitly excluding issues such as net neutrality and the potential regulation of user-generated and non-commercial content.

Mar 2, 2009 — Globe & Mail

TV networks already turning channel on 2009 by Grant Robertson

In a submission to the CRTC ahead of upcoming licence renewal hearings in April, CTV said there is no point discussing short-term solutions for the industry amid a steep drop in advertising revenue.

Feb 28, 2009 — Variety

Canadian producers issue warning by Jennie Punter

The Canadian Film and Television Producers Association has warned members with CanWest Global contracts to seek legal advice to protect their interests amid rumors that the broadcaster could be on the brink of filing for bankruptcy protection.

Feb 28, 2009 — Toronto Star

Rae slams Tories over CBC by Richard J. Brennan

Liberal MP Bob Rae says the Conservative government is using the recession as cover to gut the CBC.

Feb 28, 2009 — Toronto Star

Debt deadline extended for Canwest

Canwest says it has extended a debt deadline by 12 days and agreed to a reduction of nearly two-thirds on its $300 million credit line.

Feb 27, 2009 — CTV

Note to Staff by Ivan Fecan

The President and CEO of CTVglobemedia discusses the closure of local TV stations and the financial state of the company in a note to staff.

Feb 27, 2009 — Macleans

Coyne v. Wells: On the sad state of the media business

Video Blog post on the challenges facing the media business in Canada.

Feb 27, 2009 — CTV

Broadcasters struggling with reduced revenues

FRIENDS says that it is time for the CRTC to grant over-the-air broadcasters fee-for-carriage revenues.

Feb 27, 2009 — New York Times

Broadcast TV Faces Struggle to Stay Viable by Tim Arango

Columnist say the whole business model of broadcast television may need to adapt to changing times.

Feb 27, 2009 — New York Times

Debt Tests Canadian Media Giant CanWest

Article profiles the financial challenges of CanWest Global Communications.

Feb 27, 2009 — Toronto Star

Canwest awaiting decision on borrowing

Canwest will learn shortly whether its lenders will reinstate a credit facility that would help the media giant stave off a potential bankruptcy protection filing.

Feb 27, 2009 — Globe & Mail

The media and the message by Brian Laghi

Columnist says Stephen Harper's political strategy of aiming his message directly at local voters may be threatened with the possible closures of many community television stations.

Feb 27, 2009 — Toronto Star

Looming cuts would shake CBC to its core by Greg Quill

FRIENDS says it is doubtful whether Canadian taxpayers would be willing to pay for a public broadcaster that carries American TV shows and commercialized radio.

Feb 26, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Funding shortfall would force CBC to consider more U.S. shows by Joe Friesen and Guy Dixon

CBC president says senior management at the public broadcaster is looking at options that "would substantially change the very nature of our service to Canadians."

Feb 26, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

Tories tune out CBC bailout by Mia Rabson

FRIENDS says possible cuts to CBC programs and less regional content would result in more of a Toronto broadcasting corporation than a Canadian broadcasting corporation.

Feb 26, 2009 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Creating a Space for Canadian Voices in a Chaotic Media Landscape by Hubert T. Lacroix

Speaking Notes for Hubert T. Lacroix, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBC/Radio-Canada, to the Empire Club of Canada.

Feb 26, 2009 — CBC Radio - As it Happens

Hubert Lacroix radio interview on CBC's financial challenges

The president of CBC/Radio-Canada says ads on CBC Radio are "on the table."

Feb 26, 2009 — Montreal Gazette

Torstar boss leaves company with big payout by Grant Surridge

Torstar is set to hand departing chief executive Rob Prichard a multimillion-dollar severance package as part of a management shuffle and a host of moves designed to combat slumping fortunes.

Feb 26, 2009 — Calgary Herald

Value of CTVglobemedia's TV assets greatly written down by Grant Surridge

Columnist says a move by Torstar to slash the value of its investment in media rival CTVglobemedia suggests that CTVglobemedia has had to write down the value of its conventional television assets by more than $1.5-billion.

Feb 26, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CHUM Radio cuts 40 jobs at radio operations across Canada

CHUM Radio, a division of CTV, is cutting 40 jobs across the country as a result of weaker revenues caused by the recession.

Feb 26, 2009 — Playback

Lacroix warns of reductions at CBC by Etan Vlessing

CBC president says he is considering introducing more American programming into television schedules, downgrading or selling parts of TV or radio services, increasing on-air advertising, or closing local stations.

Feb 26, 2009 — Calgary Sun

No more money for CBC, say Feds

FRIENDS say the gamble by CBC executives to purchase expensive U.S. TV shows hasn't paid off.

Feb 26, 2009 — media@mcgill

CBC 2.0 at the CRTC Hearings on New Media by Gregory Taylor

CBC executives say Internet Service Providers have become broadcasting distributors, and as such, should be required to contribute to program funding.

Feb 26, 2009 — Variety

U.S. groups eye U.K. TV venture by Steve Clarke

Columnist says there is mounting speculation that U.S. media groups are interested in collaborating in a new U.K pubcaster that would merge Channel 4 and BBC Worldwide.

Feb 26, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CTV closes two stations, raising fears for local TV by Grant Robertson

CTV says it would rather close two Ontario stations in Windsor and Wingham than continue to absorb financial losses in those cities.

Feb 26, 2009 — National Post

PMO tells CBC to 'adapt' to fewer ads by Michael McKiernan

A spokesman for the Prime Minister says "The CBC cannot be insulated from all market realities." after executives at the public broadcaster floated the idea of a bridge loan to cover a sharp drop in ad revenue.

Feb 26, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Government bailout unlikely for CBC by Joe Friesen, Guy Dixon and Daniel LeBlanc

The Conservative government has signaled it would not bail out the CBC after the public broadcaster asked for help to compensate for a drop in advertising revenue.

Feb 26, 2009 — Toronto Star

Strategy to buy U.S. TV programs works, CBC says by Greg Quill

FRIENDS says a CBC revenue shortfall is as high as $125 million, and that watertight, multi-year acquisition of American shows have contributed to the corporation's woes.

Feb 25, 2009 — Canadian Press

Financially hit CBC wants help from Ottawa to stave off possible cuts

CBC spokesman Jeff Keay says the public broadcaster wants Ottawa to provide immediate relief for a budgetary shortfall expected in 2009-2010 but he dismissed suggestions that bridge financing would amount to a handout.

Feb 25, 2009 — Canadian Press

CTV says economic model for TV is broken, shuts two Ontario stations

FRIENDS says CTV's decision to close two small Ontario television stations put's pressure on the CRTC to re-examine its ruling on fee-for-carriage.

Feb 25, 2009 — media@mcgill

Political Star Power at the CRTC Hearings on Canadian Broadcasting in New Media by Gregory Taylor

Former New Brunswick Premier Bernard Lord, on behalf of the  Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, says the 2007 CRTC decision to exempt mobile content from broadcasting regulation should be upheld.

Feb 25, 2009 — Macleans

The CRTC isn't just a nuisance now, it's a real threat by Andrew Coyne

Columnist asks in the age of cross-ownership, when the proprietors of most major print publications also own broadcast outlets, will the CRTC look to regulate the print media next?

Feb 25, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CanWest unloads stake in sports specialty channel

CanWest has unloaded its stake in the sports specialty channel The Score, selling the shares back to the broadcaster's majority owner.

Feb 25, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CBC's The Border sold to U.S. cable channel by Guy Dixon

The CBC espionage series The Border has been sold to American cable network ION TV, which will have exclusive U.S. broadcast rights to the show.

Feb 25, 2009 — Halifax Chronicle Herald

CBC not looking for government handouts — Lacroix

CBC brass is denying a report that it's asking the federal government for help, but admits the corporation could soon be in a deficit position.

Feb 25, 2009 — News Article

CBC faces $65-million revenue shortfall by Guy Dixon

CBC senior management says it is having to consider job cuts and changes to its services and programming to manage a revenue shortfall.

Feb 25, 2009 — Toronto Star

Stumbling CBC seeks federal help by Greg Quill

FRIENDS says a CBC revenue shortfall is likely caused by the decision to purchase several expensive U.S. TV properties, including Jeopardy, Wheel Of Fortune and The Martha Stewart Show.

Feb 24, 2009 —

New Media Hearings: Target commercial web sites for regulation, CRTC told by Norma Reveler

FRIENDS says it is reasonable to extend the same public policy and Broadcasting Act support for Canadian content in all media, including new media.

Feb 24, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

Canwest debt picture darkens by David Friend

A debt-rating agency has downgraded two divisions of Canwest with the company facing a deadline at the end of the week for a $100-million debt facility.

Feb 24, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

Charitable works not affected: Asper by Martin Cash

Gail Asper says Canwest's fortunes will not impact the Asper family foundation's activities, in particular the development of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Feb 24, 2009 — Inside the CBC

CBC May Seek Bridge Financing from Feds by Paul Mcgrath

Richard Stursberg, CBC's Executive Vice-President, English Services, says advertising revenue has fallen "off a cliff," and the CBC is considering asking the government for bridge financing to weather the recession.

Feb 24, 2009 — MediaPost

Webcasting Of File-Sharing Trial Faces New Hurdle by Wendy Davis

The Recording Industry Association of America has appealed a decision granting a request by a grad student to Webcast his trial for allegedly sharing music files online.

Feb 24, 2009 — The Live Feed

Nielsen: Americans watching more TV than ever

Nielsen's fourth-quarter report says the average American watches more than 151 hours of TV per month -- an all-time high.

Feb 24, 2009 — CBC News

Canwest's date with debt

Canwest's president and CEO, Leonard Asper, has sent out an internal memo to his staff, hoping to downplay the persistent reports that the company is in financial trouble.

Feb 24, 2009 — The Tyee

A Chance to Open up Canada's Wireless Market by Michael Geist

Columnist says Canada's slow migration to digital TV will hinder innovation in harnessing the freed-up spectrum when broadcasters abandon analog transmissions.

Feb 23, 2009 — Toronto Star

Put Al Jazeera on air

Editorial says Al Jazeera English provides an unique perspective from the developing world and should be approved for broadcast in Canada.

Feb 23, 2009 — The New Republic

Goodbye to the Age of Newspapers (Hello to a New Era of Corruption) by Paul Starr

A Princeton University professor says the financial problems facing the newspaper business are bad for society and politics.

Feb 23, 2009 — The Tyee

Keep Canada's Internet Open by Steve Anderson

Columnist says Canada must start moving in a positive direction toward ensuring an accessible, open Internet for everyone.

Feb 23, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Credit rating agency takes grim view of CanWest by Andrew Willis

DBRS has scaled back estimates on what lenders can recover from CanWest Global Communications.

Feb 23, 2009 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Update to CBC staff on financial challenges by Hubert Lacroix

CBC President Hubert Lacroix's internal memo to all employees on the corporation's financial challenges.

Feb 22, 2009 — New York Times

Murdoch's Soft Spot for Print Slows News Corp. by Tim Arango and Richard Pérez-Peña

Columnist says Rupert Murdoch's lifelong fondness for newspapers has become a significant drag on the fortunes of his company, the News Corporation.

Feb 22, 2009 — Toronto Sun

CBC wants more by Greg Weston

In a note to staff, CBC president Hubert Lacroix says he is looking at alternatives to address a budget shortfall "including the sale of some of our assets."

Feb 21, 2009 — Globe & Mail

As CanWest seeks credit, rivals target prized assets by Andrew Willis and Grant Robertson

Article says potential bids are being drawn up for CanWest Global's coveted specialty channels in the event the media company is forced to liquidate assets.

Feb 20, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CanWest seeks financial saviour amid debt crisis by Sinclair Stewart

Columnist says some potential investors - including Fairfax Financial - want to take control of CanWest away from the Asper family in exchange for any cash infusion.

Feb 20, 2009 — Winnipeg Sun

Bomb threat clears out Canwest Place by Chris Kitching

Police say a bomb threat contained in a letter was mailed to Canwest's head office in Winnipeg.

Feb 20, 2009 — Ottawa Citizen

Keep CBC radio ad-free

Letter to the Editor says the government should increase funding to the CBC, rather than allowing ads on CBC Radio.

Feb 19, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

CBS builds 'Bridge' with CTV by Etan Vlessing and James Hibberd

CBS has signed a deal to co-produce its second cop drama with CTV after the Canadian network last year brought it "Flashpoint" during the WGA strike.

Feb 19, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

CRTC gives homegrown TV a push by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC chair says the commission is inclined to introduce a condition of license for English-language broadcasters requiring a 1-to-1 ratio between Canadian and non-Canadian programming expenditures.

Feb 18, 2009 — CBC News

CRTC, music groups battle over internet Cancon proposal

Cultural groups say introducing Canadian content regulations for radio helped strengthen Canada's domestic music industry and the same could be done for the country's new media creative community.

Feb 18, 2009 — Canadian Press

Canwest says Australia's Ten network will not proceed with equity offering

Canwest says its Australian TV broadcasting unit has decided to scrap a proposed equity offering because of weak financial markets.

Feb 18, 2009 — Canadian Press

Rogers Communications says slump in TV ad sales led to $138-million loss in Q4

Rogers Communications says its conventional television operations, suffering from a decline in advertising sales, dragged the company to $138-million loss in the fourth quarter.

Feb 18, 2009 —

Al Jazeera English plans to launch in Canada

Middle East-based news and current affairs channel Al Jazeera English is asking the CRTC to add it to the list of eligible satellite services in Canada.

Feb 18, 2009 — Calgary Herald

Being Erica struggling in new time-slot by Alex Strachan

Viewer data show that the CBC-TV decision to move 'Being Erica' to a Wednesday time-slot hasn't worked.

Feb 18, 2009 — Toronto Star

Al Jazeera English seeks spot on TV dial by Raju Mudhar

Tony Burman, managing director of Al Jazeera English, says he hopes the channel will obtain CRTC approval and be available in Canada by autumn of this year.

Feb 18, 2009 — Toronto Star

Arts groups seek CanCon rules for Web by Joanna Smith

Canadian arts groups say the time has come to protect homegrown content by making Internet distributors obey the same rules applied to radio and television broadcasters.

Feb 18, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CRTC aims to carve out national identity online by Grant Robertson and Matt Hartley

A proposed scenario would see Internet service providers pay 3 per cent of their subscriber revenue - roughly $100-million - to a fund that would help produce Canadian programs for the Web.

Feb 17, 2009 — CBC News

CRTC needs to step into new media regulation: cultural groups

While the call for new media regulation "doesn't mean the CRTC should regulate videos of kids or singing dogs on YouTube," says actor Colin Mochrie, inaction could mean "our stories will get lost and our culture will drown in a sea of non-Canadian content."

Feb 17, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Tories announce details of reworked Canadian magazine fund by James Adams

Heritage Minister James Moore has announced the government is going ahead with plans to create a new $75.5-million Canada Periodical Fund.

Feb 17, 2009 — New York Times

With Four More Months to Make the Switch, Over 400 TV Stations Are All Digital by Brian Stelter

The FCC says more than 400 television stations in the U.S. have stopped broadcasting analog signals, months before the rescheduled transition to digital TV.

Feb 17, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Canwest gets less cash from TEN by Andrew Willis

Columnist says Canwest will dilute its ownership of Australian TV network TEN by issuing the sale of 120 million shares.

Feb 17, 2009 — CBC News

Geoblocking - How it works and why it's done by Grant Buckler

Article profiles Geoblocking - a technique for making sure only the people within a specific geographical region can view online content such as a video stream.

Feb 17, 2009 — The Georgia Straight

Internet service providers threaten Net neutrality in Canada by Steve Anderson

The cofounder of the says Canadians should take a stand against telecommunications companies that are undermining "Net neutrality" guidelines of the Internet.

Feb 17, 2009 —

Major Canadian government assets could be sold by Andrew Mayeda

Columnist says that a Harper government review that may lead to the sale or privatization of several well-known Crown corporations could become a political minefield when expanded to include the CBC.

Feb 17, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

'Flashpoint' opens TV drama floodgates by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says the CBS/CTV co-production "Flashpoint" has opened doors for Canadian Producers in Los Angeles.

Feb 17, 2009 — Ottawa Citizen

Canadian content is getting lost online by Colin Mochrie

Canadian actor says if the CRTC doesn't create shelf-space and funding for Canadian new media content, "our culture and our industry will drown in a sea of foreign content".

Feb 17, 2009 — Wagmedia

10 Not-so-random Things to Look for When the Hearings Begin

Carleton University professor compiles a list of factors that could affect the outcome of the CRTC hearings on new media.

Feb 17, 2009 — Variety

ITV to sell Friends Reunited by Leo Barraclough

The U.K.'s largest commercial broadcaster is preparing to lay off 10% of its staff and sell a social networking website in a bid to protect its programming budget.

Feb 16, 2009 — Calgary Herald

Canadian content available online may be regulated by Joanne Chianello

Columnists says much of the CRTC new-media hearings will concentrate on whether there should be additional funding of Canadian programming for the Internet and wireless devices.

Feb 16, 2009 — National Post

CRTC eyes regulation of online broadcasting by Grant Surridge

Industry analyst says the CRTC may loosen some traditional media restrictions for broadcasters in exchange for concessions in new media.

Feb 16, 2009 — New York Times

Sirius XM's Fate at Stake in a Radio Cliffhanger by Andrew Ross Sorkin

Columnist looks at the players involved in the race to save Sirius XM Satellite Radio from bankruptcy.

Feb 16, 2009 — National Post

Don’t regulate the Net by Michael Hennessy

Columnist says the CRTC took the right approach not to regulate the Internet 10 years ago and reversing it would be a huge mistake.

Feb 15, 2009 — CTV

CRTC mulls hands-off approach to Internet, cellphones

FRIENDS says the prime responsibility of the CRTC is to ensure that a certain amount of Canadian content in the audio-visual system - including the Internet - is available to Canadians.

Feb 14, 2009 — Hamilton Spectator

Cash trumps content: CRTC reviews TV licences by Rob Faulkner

FRIENDS says a CRTC plan to issue one-year licences and review local programming rules will be good for TV companies but bad for viewers.

Feb 14, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CRTC looks to retool Canadian TV by Grant Robertson and James Bradshaw

CRTC commissioners say they are considering a proposal that would require CTV, Global, CITY-TV and other TV Networks to spend the same amount on Canadian programming as they do on U.S. shows.

Feb 14, 2009 — New York Times

Do We Need a New Internet? by John Markoff

Columnist says there is a growing belief that Internet security issues and privacy concerns have become so serious that the only solution is to start over.

Feb 13, 2009 — CHML AM 900 Hamilton

The future of Canwest's Hamilton TV station

FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison discusses options for CHCH  TV Hamilton and the importance of local news in a radio interview with host Bill Kelly.

Feb 13, 2009 — CBC News

CRTC to put broadcasters on short lead

Canada's broadcast regulator says it wants to allow one-year licence renewals to conventional television broadcasters because of the financial issues faced by the industry.

Feb 13, 2009 — New York Times

Sirius May File for Bankruptcy Protection

Sirius XM Radio says that it could file for bankruptcy protection as early as Tuesday if it could not successfully negotiate with the holders of its debt.

Feb 13, 2009 — Canada Newswire

Canadian Performers Pleased that CRTC Appears to be Listening

ACTRA is optimistic the CRTC will heed Canadian performers' concerns that private TV broadcasters must do more to support Canadian programming.

Feb 13, 2009 — TechNewsWorld

Local News Could Save Satellite Radio by Renay San Miguel

Columnist says that investing in quality local news programming could save Sirius XM satellite radio.

Feb 13, 2009 — The Hamilton Spectator

Picture looks fuzzy for CHCH by Mark McNeil

FRIENDS says it is likely that CHCH television will continue to operate in Hamilton, but the sagging financial fortunes of parent company Canwest may mean less local programming.

Feb 13, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CRTC to ease burden on cash-strapped stations by Grant Robertson

Columnist says the CRTC is expected to announce a new kind of television licence designed to give some of the country's cash-strapped small-market TV stations some relief in an economic downturn.

Feb 12, 2009 — Halifax Chronicle Herald

Native chiefs: CBC website racist forum by Steve Lambert

Manitoba aboriginal leaders charge the CBC has failed to police its website and has given racists a forum to spew hatred.

Feb 12, 2009 — Reuters

Canwest creaks under debtload, may seek protection by Wojtek Dabrowski

Industry analysts say Canwest may face bankruptcy as the weak economy wreaks havoc on its stable of television stations and newspapers, and buyers for its assets fail to materialize.

Feb 12, 2009 — Vancouver Sun

Canada competition for the arts becoming a joke: Duceppe by Mike De Souza

Arts groups complain a proposed competition could reward international artists, while their Canadian counterparts are struggling to make ends meet or facing bankruptcy due to lack of federal support.

Feb 12, 2009 — National Post

Google says goodbye to radio ads by John Shmuel

Google has announced it's scrapping its radio advertising service, Google Audio Ads, because the ad selling service wasn't meeting expectations.

Feb 12, 2009 — Silicon Valley Watcher

Google Devalues Everything It Touches by Tom Foremski

The Managing Editor of the Wall Street Journal says Google doesn't distinguish between the quality of the content around which it serves up ads, it is concerned with quantity rather than quality.

Feb 12, 2009 — The Tyee

Conservatives "open" to idea of CBC Radio ads by Crawford Kilian

FRIENDS says Heritage Minister James Moore may have blurted out more than he intended when saying he would consider putting ads on CBC Radio.

Feb 12, 2009 — CIUT Take 5

Ads on CBC Radio

In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses the possible implications of placing ads on CBC Radio.

Feb 12, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CRTC issues reprieve on FM oldies rule by Grant Robertson

The federal broadcast regulator says it is scrapping its limits on the number of "hit" oldies in English markets.

Feb 11, 2009 — CBC News

Call in program on possible ads on CBC Radio

FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, takes part in a call-in radio show on the Conservative government's openness to allow the commercialization of CBC Radio.

Feb 11, 2009 — New York Times

DirecTV Owner Said to Seek Deal for Sirius XM by Andrew Ross Sorkin and Zachery Kouwe

Reports indicate Sirius XM Radio, the satellite radio giant that is on the brink of bankruptcy, is in preliminary talks with the company that controls DirecTV.

Feb 11, 2009 — Toronto Star

Broadcasters renew calls for carriage fee by Kristine Owram

FRIENDS says a mandate to ensure shelf space for Canadian programming puts pressure on the CRTC to reconsider fee-for-carriage.

Feb 11, 2009 — CBC News

Deadline for net neutrality submissions extended a week by Paul Jay

The deadline has been extended for submissions to the CRTC's hearings into the issue of "net neutrality" and the traffic management practices of internet service providers.

Feb 11, 2009 —

Broadcasters' profits plummeted in 2008; call for sub fee resumes by Greg O'Brien

Data show that while Canadian private broadcasters are increasingly spending big on American programming, their profitability took a huge hit in the 2008 broadcast year.

Feb 11, 2009 —

Radio still in tune with Canadians, says study

New study shows radio reaches 90% of Canadian adults over 18 years of age every week, and 56% of them listen to the radio seven days a week, particularly business executives, parents and affluent Canadians.

Feb 11, 2009 — CBC/Radio-Canada

The Facts - Ads on radio

CBC/Radio-Canada says it is not currently considering putting ads on CBC Radio but is looking for 'financial flexibility' to offset a revenue shortfall from TV operations.

Feb 11, 2009 — Toronto Star

Money squeeze forces CBC to cancel 2 shows by Greg Quill

A day after the federal government rejected pleas for financial assistance, CBC cancels Steven & Chris and Fashion File.

Feb 11, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Daytime shows hit by money crunch by Gayle MacDonald

Columnist says Canwest's looming cash crunch has made several of its independent producers jittery about renewals of programs slated to air this fall on specialty channels.

Feb 11, 2009 — Halifax Chronicle Herald

Profits for private TV stations fall 93% by David Friend

The latest data from the federal broadcast regulator reveals Canada's biggest private television broadcasters saw their profits plummet by almost 93 per cent last year.

Feb 11, 2009 — Globe & Mail

TV network profits at 'crisis' levels by Grant Robertson

Data show Canada's national conventional TV networks, including CTV, Global, CITY-TV, and French broadcasters such as TVA, saw their biggest-ever drop on a percentage basis in profits before income tax.

Feb 11, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CBC Radio ads not ruled out: Minister by Guy Dixon and James Bradshaw

NDP Heritage critic says Minister James Moore "revealed his government's inclination to support the introduction of commercials on CBC Radio."

Feb 10, 2009 — Toronto Star

Minister suggests Ottawa open to CBC radio ads by Greg Quill

FRIENDS says that if the government and CBC executives are considering putting ads on CBC Radio they can expect a firestorm of protest.

Feb 10, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Sirius preparing possible bankruptcy filing: report

Reports indicate Sirius XM Radio Inc. has been working with its advisers to prepare for a possible bankruptcy filing.

Feb 10, 2009 — Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

CRTC releases financial results for private conventional television

Data show revenues for private conventional television stations decreased by 1.5% last year while expenses increased by 4%.

Feb 10, 2009 —

CAB's new direction needs some "sober second thought," say small members by Greg O'Brien

Recent cutbacks and sharp shift in focus for the Canadian Association of Broadcasters is something that should be re-thought, say its independent broadcast members.

Feb 10, 2009 — Ottawa Citizen

Heritage minister defends Tory cuts to arts funding by Juliet O'Neill and Chris Cobb

Heritage Minister James Moore says that commercial advertising on CBC Radio should be be considered if the public broadcaster needs extra cash to to dig itself out of a financial hole.

Feb 9, 2009 — House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

Heritage Minster on the commercialization of the CBC

Responding to a question from Charlie Angus, the NDP Heritage Critic, Minister Moore says he would consider putting ads on CBC Radio.

Feb 9, 2009 — Save Our Net

Coalition Fights for Innovation and Free Speech by Steve Anderson

A national coalition of Internet democracy watchdogs are urging Canadians to get involved in the debate over Canada's open Internet and "Net Neutrality" before a February 16 deadline.

Feb 8, 2009 — Toronto Star

Denied the right to watch TV online? You've been geo-blocked by Bill Brioux

Article profiles options for Canadians that want to watch geo-blocked content from websites such as Hulu and

Feb 8, 2009 — Toronto Star

Throwing salt on Windsor's wounds by Bruce DeMara

Columnist says the imminent closure of A-channel Windsor is another example of the fragile state of local news in Canada.

Feb 7, 2009 — Calgary Herald

Legislature may dump TV broadcasts by Darcy Henton

When contracts with CTV and ACCESS TV expire next year, the Alberta legislature will have to choose between creating its own broadcasts or scrapping coverage of question period.

Feb 7, 2009 — Hamilton Spectator

CHCH likely to survive: analyst by Lisa Grace Marr

FRIENDS says the Canwest TV station in Hamilton is in a strong position to carry on under new ownership.

Feb 7, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Canadian Press to seek investors by Grant Robertson and Boyd Erman

The Canadian Press is looking to restructure itself by seeking investment from media companies and, potentially, investors from outside the industry.

Feb 7, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Hard times hit all-sport radio by William Houston

Columnist says all-sport radio can expect cuts and perhaps a decrease in local content as a result of the recession.

Feb 7, 2009 — Toronto Star

Media's rapidly shrinking mass by Kelly Toughill

Journalism professor says it is time to stop focusing on the decline of newspapers and start worrying about the loss of mass media in general.

Feb 6, 2009 —

E! nets for sale: re-brand, re-program, or shutdown, are other possibilities by Greg O'Brien

Canwest says five of the company's E!-branded conventional television stations are no longer "core assets."

Feb 6, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CanWest puts E! up for sale by Grant Robertson

The tightening cash squeeze has forced CanWest to put its secondary television network, E!, up for sale, but the company says the stations may be shut down if a buyer can't be found in the next two months.

Feb 6, 2009 — Calgary Herald

Secondary network up for sale: Canwest

Canwest executive says the company is exploring options to sell, rebrand, reprogram or shut down TV stations in Montreal, Hamilton, Red Deer, Kelowna and Victoria.

Feb 5, 2009 — AM1150 Kelowna

Canucks without cable, satellite need to be ready for U.S. move to digital TV by Luann Lasalle

FRIENDS says about two million Canadians who use rabbit ears or rooftop antennas to watch American television will be affected when U.S. broadcasters switch to digital TV signals in June.

Feb 5, 2009 — Vancouver Sun

Digital TV switch delays leave U.S. networks broadcasting in analog for another four months by Kim Dixon

Major U.S. television networks CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox will transmit TV signals in analog until the new June deadline for a national switch to digital signals.

Feb 5, 2009 — Playback

E! stations up for sale by Etan Vlessing

Canwest says it retained RBC Capital Markets to shop five E! Entertainment-branded TV stations in Montreal, Hamilton, Red Deer, AB, Kelowna, BC and Victoria.

Feb 5, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Starving artists? Study shows that's not far from the mark by James Adams

Research shows earnings by most Canadian artists are hovering at poverty levels and the situation is likely to worsen as the worldwide recession deepens.

Feb 4, 2009 — CBC News

Changes to upcoming TV licence renewals worry arts group

FRIENDS says the CRTC should not be making seven-year decisions about broadcasting entities in a recession, where one of the major players might be failing.

Feb 4, 2009 — Ottawa Citizen

Canada braces for 'Wi-Fi on steroids' by Vito Pilieci

A U.S. initiative could soon see this country blanketed by cheap, high-speed Internet with the potential to change the way Canadians share information, make cellphone calls and watch TV.

Feb 4, 2009 — Montreal Gazette

Que. artists angry over Toronto festival funding by Mike De Souza

Quebec artists are furious about a $25-million grant in the federal budget they say will reward two businessmen from Toronto to stage an international competition, while it leaves local professionals on the verge of bankruptcy.

Feb 4, 2009 — New York Times

Switch to Digital TV Wins a Delay to June 12 by Brian Stelter

The U.S. House of Representatives have voted to extend the deadline for the signal switch to digital TV until June 12.

Feb 4, 2009 — is tops for buzz in Canada by Dustin Plett

A new study says is the number one ranked news website in Canada for buzz generated from its online content.

Feb 3, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Aspers' control of CanWest looks dicey after credit facility cut by Andrew Willis

CanWest lenders have cut back a $300-million credit facility to $112-million.

Feb 3, 2009 — Canadian Press

Corus partners with StreamTheWorld to offer radio stations on iPhones

Corus Entertainment has signed a deal that will bring its live radio stations to Apple's iPhones.

Feb 3, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Downturn fails to slow Rogers by Simon Avery

Investment analysts expect Rogers Communications to post 17-per-cent growth in fourth-quarter profit.

Feb 3, 2009 — CBC News

CBC broadcaster Russ Germain dies at 62 by Jessica Wong

Longtime CBC broadcaster Russ Germain, former host of flagship radio news programs World Report and The World at Six, has died at the age of 62.

Feb 2, 2009 — Vancouver Sun

Canadians united in their love for music from our native land by Don Butler

A survey done for the Department of Heritage found almost three-quarters of Canadians are familiar with home-gown musicians and one-third of all music we listen to is Canadian.

Feb 2, 2009 — Canada Newswire

CBC/Radio-Canada and Canadian Media Guild sign historic deal

Members of the Canadian Media Guild have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new five-year collective agreement with CBC/Radio-Canada.

Feb 2, 2009 — Variety

Channel 4 freezes pay, bonuses by Steve Clarke

U.K. public broadcaster Channel 4 has implemented a pay freeze for all staff, and top executives will not receive bonuses this year.

Feb 2, 2009 — Toronto Star

PM sings new tune on the arts by Martin Knelman

Article profiles a new $25 million venture called the Canada Prizes for Arts and Creativity, which plans to offer four annual awards of about $100,000 to emerging artists in theatre, dance, music and visual arts.

Feb 2, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Is CBC choosing froth over the fifth estate? by John Doyle

Columnist says a timeslot shuffle make it look like CBC-TV is hiding its "public" broadcasting face in order to give a desperate boost to programming that is undistinguishable from "commercial" TV fare.

Feb 1, 2009 — Toronto Star

All the news that's fit to fund by John Honderich

The former publisher of the Toronto Star explores the decline of the newspaper industry and how the quality of democracy could be affected.

Jan 31, 2009 — Canadian Press

Canadian newspapers expected to face another year of turmoil on weak ad sales

Media researcher says newspaper companies are making a mistake in assuming that a shift in focus to the Internet alone will rescue their business model.

Jan 31, 2009 — Toronto Star

Point, click - and get geo-blocked by Bill Brioux

Article profiles "geo-blocking", a system that blocks the transmission of Internet TV channels to certain parts of the world.

Jan 30, 2009 — New York Times

TV in Peril. Is Nothing Sacred? by Gail Collins

Columnist says that just days away from a scheduled switch to digital TV, there are an estimated 6.5 million families in the U.S. still relying on unconverted televisions.

Jan 30, 2009 — Toronto Star

CRTC to review licence renewal hearings for TV stations by David Paddon

FRIENDS says broadcasters may ask for relief on what they must spend on local programming or Canadian drama at CRTC licence renewal hearings set for this spring.

Jan 30, 2009 — Globe & Mail

TV regulator reviewing licence hearings by Grant Robertson

Columnist says Canada's broadcast regulator is contemplating significant changes to the way it issues broadcast licences for the country's largest commercial television networks.

Jan 30, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

CRTC signals lenience for free stations by Etan Vlessing

The Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission says it will narrow or reduce the scope of license renewal hearings for CTV and Global Television.

Jan 30, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Jobs, jobs, jobs by Stephen Waddell

The national executive director of ACTRA says by not making a significant investment in Canada's cultural industry, the Conservatives passed on an opportunity to create thousands of well-paying, creative, skilled jobs and in turn stimulate the Canadian economy.

Jan 30, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Media lobby cancels industry meeting by Grant Robertson

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters, which represents the sector in Ottawa, says it will not hold its annual gathering of the television and radio business.

Jan 29, 2009 — Variety

U.K. to create distribution giant by Steve Clarke

Reports indicate the U.K. government is leaning heavily towards the creation of a British TV distribution giant from a tie-up between the two public broadcaster, Channel 4 and the BBC.

Jan 29, 2009 — Calgary Herald

Canwest awarded C$51 mln in Hollinger Intl fight by Wojtek Dabrowski

Canwest has been awarded about C$51 million in a long-running dispute with Hollinger International over the sale of many of Canada's daily newspapers in 2000.

Jan 29, 2009 — New York Times

Britain Looks to Expand Broadband and Limit Piracy by Eric Pfanner

The British government has outlined plans to bring broadband Internet service to every home in Britain by 2012, and proposed ways to support the music industry and other media businesses by cracking down on online piracy.

Jan 29, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Arts groups pleased but Canada Council snubbed by James Bradshaw

The injections of cultural cash in the federal budget are being hailed by many in the arts community as a landmark moment showing national politicians' heightened attention to the arts.

Jan 29, 2009 — Variety

Rogers: TV ad biz faces meltdown by Cynthia Littleton

TiVo executive says the TV advertising marketplace is facing a meltdown in the next few years that will be far more destructive than what is currently being felt in the financial crisis.

Jan 29, 2009 — Calgary Herald

CTV goes HD

CTV has announced that Calgarians will now be able to pick up television signals in HD off the airwaves.

Jan 28, 2009 — CBC News

Plan to delay U.S. switch to digital TV thwarted by Republicans

An attempt to delay the U.S. switch to digital-only television transmission by four months has been scuttled by the House of Representatives.

Jan 28, 2009 —

CAB cuts 14 staffers, including COO Van Dusen. Convention axed, too by Greg O'Brien

Citing "economic and market realities" the the private broadcasters' lobbying group has fired 14 people, about half its staff.

Jan 28, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

NHK going 24/7 with English news by Gavin J. Blair

Japan's public broadcaster is relaunching its NHK World channel as a 24-hour English-language news service in a bid to create an Asian counterpart to Al Jazeera, the BBC and CNN.

Jan 27, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Where the arts money will flow by James Bradshaw

The Canadian Heritage Minister says the cash infusion for arts and culture expected in the federal budget will be placed squarely on infrastructure, festivals and training.

Jan 27, 2009 — Toronto Star

Feds play kiss and make up for arts cuts by Martin Knelman

$160 million in new money is expected in the budget for the arts.

Jan 27, 2009 — Inside the CBC

Pinching Pennies at CanWest

CanWest Global's President Peter Viner has asked employees to save costs by refraining from printing too many documents.

Jan 27, 2009 — Globe & Mail

The silly season has come early this year by John Doyle

Columnist calls on the CRTC to apologize to the creators of Canadian "televised fiction" for the distress caused by the Commission's vice-chairman in charge of broadcasting.

Jan 27, 2009 — National Post

Sector reaction: Media happy with renewed commitments to funding by Grant Surridge

Columnist says Canadian media companies will enjoy a boost in the federal budget, but mostly in the form of renewed commitments to funding that already existed.

Jan 27, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CW Media posts $53-million loss by David Friend

CW Media Holdings, the operator of HGTV, Showcase and other specialty cable channels in Canada, says it posted a net loss of $53.3-million in the first-quarter.

Jan 27, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

CW Media Holdings posts steep loss by Etan Vlessing

Despite higher ad and subscriber fee revenue, foreign exchange losses led Canadian cable channel broadcaster CW Media, which is partly owned by Goldman Sachs, to post a steep first-quarter loss.

Jan 26, 2009 — CBC News

Arts industry wishes for new media, mentorship funds in federal budget

The Canadian Conference of the Arts says new media and mentorship programs for young people should benefit from new arts and cultural funding expected in federal budget.

Jan 26, 2009 — New York Times

BBC Assailed for Refusing to Carry Gaza Appeal by John F. Burns

Demonstrators have conducted a sit-in at BBC headquarters to protest the broadcaster's refusal to carry a video appeal for relief aid for Gazans.

Jan 26, 2009 — MediaPost

2009 Inauguration Online: Two Unexpected Winners by Eric Franchi

Columnist says online video, the social Web and mobile applications took center stage during the U.S. Presidential inauguration as millions worldwide accessed and shared information online.

Jan 25, 2009 — Variety

How about a blockbuster bailout? by Peter Bart

Representatives from U.S. film, television and other sectors of the arts are recommending that some of the Obama administration's economic stimulus package should go to their industries.

Jan 24, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Beyond asked and answered by Michel Arpin

CRTC vice-chair responds to an article that questions the appropriateness of his comments concerning Canadian drama programming.

Jan 24, 2009 — CBC News

Embattled film, TV industry seeking sweeter tax credits

Toronto's film and television industry is pleading for help from the federal government, hoping to lure American productions back with bigger tax credits.

Jan 23, 2009 — MediaPost

Pew: Universal Broadband Faces Hurdles by Wendy Davis

The Obama administration is expected to make universal broadband a priority, but a new report suggests that achieving that goal will require more than just better infrastructure.

Jan 23, 2009 — New York Times

The Inauguration on TV by Dennis Wharton

National Association of Broadcasters executive says that while Internet users experienced glitches and spotty online coverage of the Obama inauguration, TV broadcast coverage was live, clear and reliable.

Jan 23, 2009 — CBC News

A renewal for CBC News by Jennifer McGuire

The interim publisher of CBC News says the public broadcaster has started a renewal initiative with the goal to make news programming better and more relevant to Canadians.

Jan 23, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Ad-free? Only in France by Susan Sachs

Columnist says there is very little appetite in Canada to follow the model in France and remove commercials from prime-time television.

Jan 23, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Cap in hand, calculator at the ready by James Bradshaw

Columnist says arts advocates are making a hard argument for the economic soundness of policies that support the arts, rather than dwelling on their nation-building or soul-sustaining functions.

Jan 23, 2009 — Washington Post

Copps Named Acting FCC Chair

President Obama appointed Michael J. Copps as acting chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

Jan 22, 2009 — CBC News

U.S. Senate nears deal to delay digital TV transition

Democrats cite mounting concerns that too many Americans who rely on analog TV sets to pick up over-the-air broadcast signals won't be ready for a proposed switchover to digital on Feb 17.

Jan 22, 2009 — Canada Newswire

CBC/Radio-Canada launches study to evaluate breadth and depth of its news coverage

CBC/Radio-Canada has announced a study to evaluate the breadth and depth of its news content and to gauge Canadians' expectations of the public broadcaster's news services.

Jan 22, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian b'casters continue scaling back by Etan Vlessing

Canwest has canceled its Global Television's noon newscast from Toronto and rival Astral has cut 23 jobs from its English-language radio station business.

Jan 22, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

U.K. culture secretary pledges C4 support by Mimi Turner

The U.K. Culture Secretary has signaled that the government would prefer an agreement between Channel 4 and BBC Worldwide to a merger with RTL-owned Channel Five.

Jan 22, 2009 — Canada Newswire

CRTC should not be cowed by broadcasters' threats

Canada's largest media union says the CRTC should demand that broadcasters who are threatening to shut down service in small Canadian communities return their licences now, and give others the chance to run them.

Jan 22, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa announces $10.7-million digital media project

Ottawa is spending $10.7-million to support a private-sector, high-tech research initiative called the "Corridor for Advancing Canadian Digital Media" in southwestern Ontario.

Jan 22, 2009 — Moncton Times & Transcript

Taxpayers aren't paying the bill

CBC Media Relations calls CBC Television a "publcly-subsidized commercial network."

Jan 22, 2009 — Georgia Straight

Canada is unprepared for switch to digital TV by Doug Sarti

FRIENDS says the lack of a clearly defined transition plan from analogue to digital TV broadcasts will cause trouble for over-the-air viewers.

Jan 22, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Michel Arpin, you need to explain - and apologize by John Doyle

Columnist calls comments from the vice-chairman of the CRTC about not being interested in television comedy and drama 'indiscreet' and 'out-of-touch'.

Jan 22, 2009 — Toronto Star

Chinese censors pull plug on Obama by Bill Schiller

Censors at China's state owned broadcaster hastily cut the feed to U.S. President Barack Obama's inaugural speech when 'communism' was mentioned.

Jan 22, 2009 — Globe & Mail

What I learned about the world by watching TV in Cuba by Russell Smith

Columnist explores the differences in TV watching between Canada and communist Cuba.

Jan 22, 2009 — Globe & Mail

TV networks float idea of shutting smaller stations by Grant Robertson

Columnist says CTV and Canwest are considering shutting down smaller stations across the country, fearing that some local markets may never again be profitable in a TV industry where dollars are increasingly migrating to cable.

Jan 21, 2009 — CBC News

Heritage minister promises no cuts to culture funding

In response to public pressure, including from FRIENDS, Heritage Minister James Moore has promised not to cut the CBC's parliamentary grant by $200 million in the upcoming budget. �

Jan 21, 2009 — Vancouver Sun

Canadian Indie acts earn spotlight on Internet television by Leah Collins

New music show featuring Canada's emerging independent music acts bypasses TV and launches on the Internet.

Jan 21, 2009 — Toronto Star

Global Toronto cuts noon-hour newscast by Kristine Owram

Global TV's Toronto station is eliminating its noon newscast, resulting in an unspecified number of layoffs.

Jan 20, 2009 — Globe & Mail

NHL television audiences on upswing by William Houston

Columnist says TV audiences for pro hockey are up 17 percent this year on TSN and 4 percent on CBC.

Jan 20, 2009 — Canadian Press

CBC Ottawa's managing editor no longer with the public broadcaster

Article says it is unclear whether veteran newsman George Hoff has left the CBC or been let go as the Ottawa bureau's managing editor.

Jan 20, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

Channel 4 pledges $7 bil investment by Mimi Turner

U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 says it will invest as much as $7 billion in creative content over the next decade if it secures investment to support its public service mission.

Jan 20, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Silver screen in the palm of your hand by Matt Hartley

Article profiles QuickPlay Media, a Toronto-based company that collects and formats videos for mobile phones.

Jan 20, 2009 — Playback

Cuts continue at Global by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says between 20 and 35 people will lose their jobs as a result of Canwest's decision to scrap its Toronto noon-hour newscast.

Jan 20, 2009 — Playback

Homemade market share slips to 3% by Etan Vlessing

Data show Canadian films made up 3% of domestic theater receipts earning $26.7 million in 2008, with eight of the top-10 homegrown releases coming from Quebec.

Jan 20, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Satellite rivals tune in to same wavelength by Andrew Willis

Industry sources say both XM Canada and Sirius Canada have hired investment bankers to negotiate terms of a possible merger.

Jan 20, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Newcap cancels deal for Ontario radio stations

Newfoundland Capital has called off a $19-million purchase of 12 small-city FM radio outlets in Ontario, citing "seriously deteriorating credit markets."

Jan 20, 2009 — Calgary Herald

Radio listeners load up Cancon on Obama's iPod

CBC Radio 2 listeners have selected the top 49 Canadian songs that best defined the country's image for Barack Obama.

Jan 19, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

'Flashpoint' makes splash for CTV by Etan Vlessing

BBM Nielsen data show the CTV/CBS co-production "Flashpoint" delivered 1.74 million viewers for its latest episode.

Jan 19, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian b'casters going with the stream by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says Canadian broadcasters are seizing on a new revenue stream by acquiring digital rights of popular U.S. series for their broadband and entertainment portals.

Jan 19, 2009 — Playback

Time to lift newsroom rules, says Canwest by Sean Davidson

Canwest wants to loosen the rules governing its newsrooms and has asked the CRTC to lift certain conditions of licence at its E! and Global stations.

Jan 19, 2009 — Playback

Another site for "zoomers" by Melita Kuburas

Rogers says it will launch a new website,, in April targeting the 50+ or "zoomer" demographic.

Jan 19, 2009 — Moncton Times & Transcript

CBC mistake 'horrifying' by Rod Allen

Assistant managing editor questions CBC's handling of a disqualified contestant on its reality TV program 'Canada's Next Great Prime Minister."

Jan 19, 2009 — Toronto Star

7 ways to support artists by Bruce DeMara

Article profiles strategies used in other parts of the world that could be implemented to preserve and enhance the lives of Canadian artists.

Jan 16, 2009 — National Post

How to fix the CBC: Why the Ceeb needs to take heed by Ben Kaplan

Industry professionals offer advice on how to improved Canada's public broadcaster.

Jan 16, 2009 — Playback

Trebek fronts Next PM by Marise Strauss

CBC has tapped Jeopardy!'s Alex Trebek to host the upcoming installment of its one-hour special Canada's Next Great Prime Minister.

Jan 16, 2009 — Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

Review of English and French language broadcasting services in official language minority communities by Graham Fraser

The Commissioner of Official Languages says the CRTC and the federal government should contribute to strengthening the CBC's role in producing regional programming in both official languages.

Jan 16, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Clement, Lord push for boost to broadband in stimulus plan by Jane Taber & Shawn McCarthy

The Harper government is expected to introduce an infrastructure program that would expand high-speed Internet access for everyone in the country in the coming budget.

Jan 15, 2009 — Canadian Press

XM Canada broadcasting no intentions on possible merger with Sirius

The parent company of XM Satellite Radio Canada is giving no clear signal on its future, five months after XM Radio in the U.S. merged with rival Sirius Satellite Radio.

Jan 15, 2009 — Variety

Channel 4 boss to fight merger by Steve Clark

The head of Channel 4 has dismissed the idea of a merger with rival U.K. broadcaster Five as "a mess."

Jan 15, 2009 — CBC News

Fictional blogs keep TV storylines alive on web for dedicated fans

CBC programs are using fictional blog entries to extend storylines from the TV broadcast to the Internet, or the other way around.

Jan 15, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CanWest warns on debt covenant, weighs asset sales by Grant Robertson

CanWest says it will consider selling off assets if the economic downturn gutting the media sector puts increased pressure on its lending agreements with banks.

Jan 15, 2009 — National Post

The New Corps At The Mother Corp by Robert Cushman

Article profiles two new CBC TV dramas, Being Erica and Wild Roses.

Jan 15, 2009 — National Post

Radio drives Astral beyond expectations by Grant Surridge

Astral Media enjoyed a boost from its radio business helping to push its first-quarter results ahead of analyst expectations.

Jan 15, 2009 — The Tyee

Who Will Control Our Digital Soul? by Steve Anderson

Columnist says the CRTC and parliamentarians should enact and enforce policies that support the 'open Internet' in order to produce a more democratic media system.

Jan 15, 2009 — Globe & Mail

France's newspapers get their superhero by Konrad Yakabuski

A group convened to solve the plight of the France's newspaper industry has tabled its report.

Jan 15, 2009 — Toronto Star

CBC ends affiliation with Jays by Chris Zelkovich

CBC executive says the public broadcaster couldn't make televised professional baseball work financially in tough economic times.

Jan 15, 2009 — Globe & Mail

The debt juggle at CanWest by Andrew Willis

Columnist says that a closer look at Canwest financial numbers reveal "breathtakingly unsustainable borrowing."

Jan 14, 2009 — Variety

Obama eyes candidate for FCC post by Cynthia Littleton

The incoming Obama administration has submitted a former FCC top aide to the top job at the U.S. broadcast regulator.

Jan 14, 2009 — Ottawa Citizen

Canwest takes $1-billion write-down, operating profit up 13 per cent.

Canwest saw its operating profit increase by 13 per cent to $558 million in the last fiscal year but still posted a net loss of $1.04 billion.

Jan 14, 2009 — CBC News

Astral Media first quarter profit rises to $42.4M from year-ago $37.5M

Astral Media says it outperformed its industry in the fall months of 2008 but has begun to feel the effects of a softening economy.

Jan 14, 2009 — CBC News

CanWest shares sink as company posts Q1 loss, warns on debt

Shares in CanWest tumbled after the company said it lost almost $33 million in the first quarter and might breach some credit conditions.

Jan 14, 2009 — CBC News

USA Today publisher imposes one-week unpaid furlough as ads drop

The publisher of USA Today has imposed one-week unpaid furloughs for most of its U.S. employees, saying the move could help minimize the need for further layoffs amid a severe advertising downturn.

Jan 14, 2009 — Winnipeg Free Press

CBC's Obama's Playlist could be hit by Morley Walker

Columnist says a CBC Radio Two promotion to help the incoming U.S. President learn about Canada though music may be a bright spot in an otherwise rocky transition from classical music.

Jan 14, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Who wants to be PM? Not many by Guy Dixon

Columnist says CBC producers had to resort to cold-calling potential contestants for its reality series 'Canada's Next Great Prime Minister.'

Jan 14, 2009 — Playback

Sale of Alliance channels possible, says Asper by Etan Vlessing

Canwest says it could sell its lucrative specialty channels acquired last year from Alliance Atlantis to avoid a possible breach of key loan covenants.

Jan 13, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Arts funding is safe, Moore says by James Bradshaw

Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore is preaching sustained cultural funding, saying the CBC's budget is safe and the Conservatives intend to deliver on their election promises despite the financial downturn.

Jan 13, 2009 — Montreal Gazette

Anglos can't be smug by Don MacPherson

Columnist says that in spite of a mandate to promote national unity, CBC's English and French-speaking divisions are firing insults across the language fence for profit.

Jan 13, 2009 — Montreal Gazette

TV losing consumers to digital shift: report by John Morrissy

A new report says people aged 14 to 25 spend less time watching television as other electronic devices become important sources for entertainment.

Jan 13, 2009 — National Union of Public and General Employee

Nanos poll on Canada's federal budget

A new Nanos Research poll suggests Canadians want an economic stimulus package that puts investment in public services at the top of the federal agenda.

Jan 13, 2009 — Playback

Moore reaches out in Montreal by Patricia Bailey

The Heritage Minister defends his government's cuts to cultural programs last summer at a meeting with representatives from the Quebec arts community.

Jan 12, 2009 — Variety

BBC chief supports merger plan by Steve Clarke

In a bid to avoid sharing license fees, BBC director general Mark Thompson is backing a proposed merger between public broadcaster Channel 4 and commercial broadcaster web Five.

Jan 12, 2009 —

Moody's downgrades Canwest

Investment ratings agency concludes that Canwest has "no meaningful ability to reduce its debts" for the next few years.

Jan 12, 2009 — Globe & Mail

The cable guys take the momentum by Andrew Ryan

Columnist says cable TV is better suited to survive in a recession than network TV.

Jan 12, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Trash TV: Say bye-bye to Bye Bye by Lysiane Gagnon

Columnist notes that all sketches for a controversial New Year's eve program were vetted by Radio-Canada's brass days before they went on air.

Jan 12, 2009 — Toronto Star

New minister makes right noises on arts by Martin Knelman

Federal Heritage Minister James Moore says "Support for the arts is not just a want but a need."

Jan 9, 2009 — New York Times

The Looming TV Blackout

Editorial says the U.S. government should put more money into digital TV conversion program or delay the transition date.

Jan 9, 2009 — CBC News

Globe and Mail to cut 10 per cent of its workforce, says publisher and CEO

The Globe and Mail plans to cut about ten per cent of its workforce - or about 80 jobs - in an effort to reduce costs in an uncertain economy.

Jan 9, 2009 — Hollywood Reporter

AT&T to Compete With Sirius XM by Mike Boyle

AT&T's Cruisecast, a satellite-based in-car TV and radio service, is set to launch this spring.

Jan 8, 2009 — National Post

Rogers in discussions regarding Canadian MLB Network by Jeremy Sandler

The CRTC has granted Rogers the license to operate a baseball TV channel with 15% Canadian content in its first year of operation.

Jan 8, 2009 — Variety

Corus, MTV extend broadcast deal by Brendan Kelly

Corus and MTV have extended a deal for all digital rights, including broadband, mobile and video-on-demand, to Nickelodeon shows in Canada.

Jan 8, 2009 — Canadian Press

Broadcasts to mobile devices to start in 22 cities in the United States

TV stations in 22 U.S. cities have announced that they will start broadcasting signals in a format designed to be received by mobile devices like cell phones, MP3 players, GPS units and in-car entertainment systems.

Jan 8, 2009 — New York Times

Obama Recommends Delay in Digital TV Switch by Brian Stelter

A senior aid to President-elect Barack Obama says government funds to support the change are "woefully inadequate" and that the digital switch date, Feb. 17, should be "reconsidered and extended."

Jan 8, 2009 — European Alliance of Listeners' and Viewers' Associations

Communication From The European Commission On The Application Of State Aid Rules To Public Service Broadcasting

Presentation by the European Alliance of Listeners' and Viewers' Associations to the European Parliament.

Jan 7, 2009 — Canadian Press

Score Media reports Q1 profit of $239,000, up from a year ago

Score Media executive says the sports broadcaster has experienced strong growth in a challenging media environment.

Jan 7, 2009 — Calgary Herald

iTunes hikes download prices by Vito Pilieci

The price of the most popular songs on Apple's iTunes will increase by 30 per cent, vaulting to $1.29 US from 99 cents US.

Jan 7, 2009 — Globe & Mail

The script stops here by Gayle MacDonald

Article profiles Stephanie Azam, the head of Telefilm Canada's English Canadian market.

Jan 7, 2009 — Inside the CBC

Being Erica's Innovative Web Strategy

The producers of CBC's 'Being Erica' are using social media tools on the internet to extend and promote the show.

Jan 7, 2009 — Globe & Mail

You know it's bad when Idol is cancelled by Andrew Willis

Scotia Capital predicts Canadian advertising spending will drop by 4.6 per cent this year.

Jan 7, 2009 — Toronto Star

CTV-Rogers Olympic consortium caught up in a 'perfect storm' by Chris Zelkovich

Advertisers say that the CTV-Rogers consortium broadcasting the Vancouver Olympics is dreaming if it thinks it can command big dollars in these gloomy economic times.

Jan 7, 2009 — Globe & Mail

Radio-Canada crosses line with race-based satire by Les Perreaux

Columnist says that Radio-Canada's New Year's Eve prime-time variety show known as the Bye Bye crossed the line with gags such as the assassination of U.S. president-elect Barack Obama.

Jan 7, 2009 —

World Juniors hockey final nets record audiences for TSN, RDS January 07, 2009

Team Canada's gold medal victory at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship made ratings history for TSN as the most-watched broadcast of all time on the network.

Jan 7, 2009 — Playback

Budget wish lists arrive in Ottawa by Etan Vlessing

Film and TV industry representatives tell federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty that a stimulus package for the Canadian economy should include financial support for their industry.

Jan 6, 2009 — Globe & Mail

New Internet-ready TVs put heat on cable firms by Matt Hartley

Columnist says a new breed of Internet-connected televisions is threatening to shake up both the technology and broadcasting industries.

Jan 6, 2009 — Globe & Mail

CanWest suit against activists continues

The legal fight between CanWest and some pro-Palestinian activists in Vancouver rumbles along in B.C. Supreme Court.

Jan 6, 2009 — Calgary Herald

CBC comedy "Erica" off to strong start by Etan Vlessing

According to BBM Nielsen Media Research, the CBC's new comedy 'Being Erica' had 575,000 viewers for its pilot episode.

Jan 6, 2009 — Comox Valley Record

Left adrift by the CBC by Grant Gordon

Vancouver Island citizen says the CBC is leaving many people with no window to Canada and the world with the decision not to replace a communications tower.

Jan 5, 2009 — Toronto Star

Canadian programming saves television from itself by Rob Salem

Columnist says Canada deservers a great deal of credit for brightening up the television landscape.

Jan 5, 2009 — Ottawa Citizen

Culture rocks no matter where you live, researcher finds by Misty Harris

Researcher challenges the notion that the arts are the exclusive purview of an urban elite.

Jan 5, 2009 — BBC

French TV ditches prime-time ads

French viewers have for the first time watched prime-time television without advert breaks, as President Nicolas Sarkozy's media reforms get under way.

Jan 5, 2009 — MediaPost

Kids Motivated By TV and Print To Visit Web

Data show children ages 6-11 are increasingly using the Internet to check out products they see in advertisements.

Jan 4, 2009 — Georgia Straight

Canwest CEO Leonard Asper kept communication lines open with Ottawa in November by Charlie Smith

Records show that in November 2008, CanWest CEO Leonard Asper communicated with the Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Industry Minister and senior CRTC representatives.

Jan 3, 2009 — Toronto Star

Cultural resolutions: bigger, better, closer, stronger by Rob Salem

Columnist offers suggestions to Canadian television networks for 2009.

Jan 2, 2009 — Toronto Star

U.S. networks scramble for lives by Lisa de Moraes

Columnist says NBC, CBS and ABC are changing programs and philosophies on the fly to compete with each other and new media.