Media Monitor — 2011
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Downsized, decentralized CBC remains key goal for Tories: Heritage Minister James Moore by Randy Boswell
Columnist says that while insisting the CBC is a crucial instrument for national unity and the promotion of artistic talent in Canada, Heritage Minister James Moore has pointedly allowed the broadcaster to be brow-beaten by his Conservative colleagues.
Columnist says cable has had a great year, and media giants like Time Warner and News Corporation continue to find plenty of profits.
Columnist says the CBC is struggling to remain a contender for televised sports events at a time when those rights are commanding stratospheric fees
Saying the quality and the quantity of local TV programming in Canada is at risk, the CRTC will hold a public consultation and review of the Local Programming Improvement Fund.
FRIENDS says the local television support fund has been absolutely essential to the survival of local news in smaller Canadian cities.
Columnist says that if cable is king, Bonnie Hammer, chairwoman of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, is cable’s queen and, since the departure of Judy McGrath from Viacom last May, possibly its most important executive.
Columnist says Bell Canada and Rogers Communications' purchase of the Maple Leafs puts the future of hockey on CBC in doubt when its NHL contract ends following the 2013-2014 season.
Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer says that the Keystone XL Pipeline is not just about jobs versus the environment, but also about whether the United States grabs the opportunity to establish energy independence in North America through oil from Canada.
Columnist claims FRIENDS, via their Stop the CBC Smackdown campaign, is mocking Hulk Hogan on Twitter.
BCE Inc. said it will challenge a ruling by the CRTC that the telecom giant must quash commercial agreements cut with the NHL and NFL to stream games exclusively to its mobile subscribers.
For Astral, the HBO Go product is another attempt to fend off “over-the-top” services such as Netflix, and to keep subscribers from switching off their cable or satellite subscriptions.
CBC’s ombudsman Kirk LaPointe is reviewing CBC online, radio and television reports concerning 911 distress calls made by Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.
Professor says Canadians need a media commons — a public, independent place where there can be a true meeting of the minds and where there is a chance of achieving social cohesion and of collectively doing the right thing as a country.
FRIENDS says 80% of Canadians really like public broadcasting.
FRIENDS Steering Committee Chair, Dr. Noreen Golfman, receives honours from Memorial University for exceptional community service.
TVA asks the CRTC to reduce its Canadian content obligations.
Columnist takes issue with Lawrence Martin's recent warning about Prime Minister Stephen Harper's brand of "right-wing nationalism."
FRIENDS has launched spoof commercials that portray an American TV wrestling promoter buying the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. and stuffing its newscasts with brawny wrestlers as anchors and ring girls as weather presenters.
Columnist asks if the CBC is being softened not merely for budget cuts but for a complete rethink of the broadcaster's role that would eliminate much of its current activity.
Columnist asks as the CBC prepares for cuts, is the CBC – and public opinion – being softened not merely for budget cuts but for a complete rethink of the broadcaster's role that would eliminate much of its current activity?
Former CBC employee says it's in the best interests of taxpayers to allow the CBC a greater degree of confidentiality than we might normally extend to a "public" institution.
The sale of spectrum licenses, which give the rights to airwaves, is part of a “complete reordering of the competitive universe as we know it today,” says cable analyst Craig Moffet.
Peter Mansbridge has been replaced by a tattooed, eye-patch wearing grappler, while flamboyantly dressed Radio 2 personalities now settle on-air disagreements with their fists in a new vision of the CBC presented by FRIENDS.
Ottawa has made it known that cuts are coming in the next budget, and the CBC is preparing.
Former CBC President says from 1985 to 2010, the CBC's parliamentary appropriation went from $905 million to $1.018 million, a nominal increase of 12.5 per cent, but a real decrease of 62 per cent after inflation.
Columnist says when selecting actors for their "Stop the CBC Smackdown" campaign, FRIENDS picked "Uncle D: The Canadian Ass Man."
Columnist says Heritage Minister James Moore was non-commital when asked whether the CBC would continue to receive a supplementary $60 million earmarked purely for programming that has been renewed annually for 10 years.
Sun News reporter says FRIENDS' "Stop the CBC Smackdown" campaign is remarkably uncouth and vulgar.
Columnist says Industry Minister Christian Paradis offered Canada’s telecom industry some guffaws but no clarity as to how Ottawa plans to loosen foreign investment rules in the sector.
FRIENDS says that nobody can watch what’s going on on Parliament Hill without realizing there’s a threat to public broadcasting.
Columnist says the Broadcasting Act makes clear that there is nothing to compel the CBC to publicize the salaries of its employees.
James Moore says it’s up to CBC anchor Peter Mansbridge to tell Canadians his salary, but legislation prevents the government from doing so itself.
James Moores says FRIENDS does a disservice to both the CBC and to everyday taxpayers with the way they approach the conversation of CBC funding.
FRIENDS speaks to Sun News about their new campaign 'Stop the CBC Smackdown'.
Columnist wonders if after the witch hunt against the CBC is over, are museums, theatres and publishers who receive grants from the government next?
Bret "The Hitman" Hart says if someone like Vince McMahon were to take over the CBC, "it might be the answer to their prayers, they might start making some money."
FRIENDS hopes its new ad campaign "Stop the CBC Smackdown" will remind Canadians of the value of having a strong public broadcaster and place pressure on the federal government to support the CBC.
FRIENDS has launched a pair of satirical YouTube videos that depict life at the CBC under the new ownership of a garrulous former American wrestler who is more concerned with “action” than national content.
Columnist says media conglomerate Quebecor Inc. is eliminating 400 jobs from its Sun Media division, Canada's biggest newspaper publisher with dailies and weeklies across the country.
The secrecy surrounding the salary of Peter Mansbridge helps the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. stay competitive, its president told a parliamentary committee.
Unimpressed with the CBC's explanations regarding its financial accountability and handling of access to information requests, Conservatives indicate they may look at amending a law that exempts the broadcaster from certain disclosures.
Hubert Lacroix says the CBC's record on accountability and access to information has been lost in general confusion or distorted in coverage of its court case against Canada’s information commissioner.
The CRTC is telling two francophone radio stations that they must limit their use of musical montages, which can be used towards a regulated broadcaster's Canadian content or French-language vocal content.
The access-to-information and ethics committee agreed to return sealed documents to the CBC rather than press ahead with a proposal by Conservative MPs to examine the sensitive material.
The Federal Court of Appeal unanimously ruled against the public broadcaster, saying the CBC is legally required to turn over material for review by the information commissioner of Canada.
The Federal Court of Appeal ruled that the federal information commissioner has the right to see uncensored documents the public broadcaster believes should be exempted from disclosure.
Ottawa is considering a plan to open the door to more foreign ownership of telecom companies, a move that would allow non-Canadians to own 100 per cent of firms that have 10-per-cent market share or less.
Sun News will be offered as part of Bell’s basic satellite and IPTV packages starting in mid-December, beaming the channel to all of Bell’s television subscribers outside of Quebec.
As a result of the CRTC's ruling, telecom companies can choose to either charge independents a flat rate for usage, or based on capacity, and independent ISPs will have to decide each month how much bandwidth to purchase.
Columnist says CBC appeals to the widest possible audience, in English, French and aboriginal languages to boot, creating a common listening experience.
The CBC is backing the development of a TV biopic for the late Jack Layton from indie producer Pier 21 Films.
John Gomery, Chair of Quebec's Press Council calls for a law to require media to adhere to the Council's standards.
Comité parlementaire sur l'accès à l'information - Radio-Canada cède, mais l'opposition obtient la suspension des travaux
CBC bows to the Commons Access to Information Committee but the opposition persuades the Speaker to suspend the Committee's work.
Columnist says there is nothing unique about this Conservative government’s loathing for the CBC and the hatred directed at CBC by Conservative MPs and their supporters.
CONSERVATIVE DEMAND FOR CBC DOCS "UNLAWF UL" // DOCUMENTS DE RADIO-CANADA: LES DEMAND ES DES CONSERVATEURS SONT «ILLÉGALES»
Press Release: The NDP states Law Clerk Rob Walsh warns that Conservative MP Del Mastro is over-stepping Parliament and interfering with the courts.
Parliamentary law clerk and counsel Rob Walsh says the move by Tory members of the access-to-information committee could end up in the courts, where he says their attempt is likely to fail.
In a letter responding to legal questions from the NDP, parliamentary law clerk and counsel Rob Walsh wrote that MPs on the access-to-information committee are stepping into uncertain constitutional waters, and “could be seen as interfering with and possibly undermining the judicial process.”
Columnist says a Harris-Decima survey conducted for The Canadian Press suggests 46 per cent of Canadians would like the CBC's funding to stay at the current level and 23 per cent would like it to be increased.
Brian Lilley says a CP poll showing most people support the CBC is riddled with hidden bias and self-interest.
Columnist says the hoopla surrounding the 75th birthday of the CBC provides a good occasion to recall how and why Canada got a national public broadcaster in the first place.
Montreal-based telecom and media conglomerate Quebecor Inc. has suffered a 35 per cent drop in profit in the third quarter on weak broadcasting and newspaper revenues but saw strong subscriber growth with its various telecom services.
Columnist says the CBC gives a place to Kevin O'Leary, Don Cherry and Rex Murphy, all of whom get to freely express their generally right-of-centre views with alacrity, yet a good many Conservatives think of the Corporation as a left-wing conspiracy.
The Canadian Bar Association says a parliamentary committee should back off its campaign against the CBC until the Federal Court has a chance to rule on the issue.
CBC in contempt of Parliament if it doesn't produce documents Access Committee requests: Del Mastro by Tim Naumetz
MP Dean Del Mastro says the CBC has no choice but to hand over the documents to an in camera meeting of the Commons Access to Information and Ethics Committee, even though the Federal Court of Appeal is at the moment deciding whether the broadcaster must release them to the Information Commissioner.
Canada's TV broadcasters, specialty and pay channel operators have achieved their largest annual revenue increase in almost a decade.
Recently the CRTC released figures about commercial Canadian TV stations, showing their operating revenues in broadcasting came to $2.15-billion in 2010 - an increase of 9 per cent from 2009.
Writer says Canadians should care about the current dispute between Quebecor Inc. and the CBC because it may have serious implications for freedom of expression.
With the big pockets to outbid the CBC, columnist wonders how long it will be before Bell Media aquires the rights to Hockey Night in Canada.
Columnist says that animosity toward the CBC from the government of the day is no longer whispered behind closed doors, but has bubbled up to the surface in strangely obsessive and mean-spirited ways.
PrivilegeWatch: Ethics committee passes redacted version of the Del Mastro order to produce by Kady O'Malley
Columnist says Ethics Committe is no longer seeking the unredacted responses to Access to Information requests filed by FRIENDS.
The NDP and the Liberals boycotted a Commons committee that has been scrutinizing the CBC's approach towards access to information, opposing a Conservative bid to have the public broadcaster turn over internal documents.
Columnist says new media players like Netflix pose a fundamental challenge to Canadian content regulations.
New local, digital service for Hamilton, Ontario will be accessible through smartphones, desktop/laptop computers and tablet devices.
Columnist says we have a stake in ensuring that the CBC remains true to its mandate, something it can only do when it's supported, in spirit and in fiscal fact, by most Canadians.
Columnist says one of the main reasons that the CBC is vulnerable to Quebecor’s frontal assault is its craving for popularity as a mainstream network.
Columnist says it's wrong for the CBC to be bidding on programs that the private sector would run but can’t match because of government funding.
Columnist says the CBC sending Mary Walsh to Rob Ford's home was a political smear job on a CBC conservative enemy.
FRIENDS wants CBC's board to be appointed through a non-political process and then be responsible for hiring the president.
FRIENDS tells the House of Commons Ethics Committee that CBC President Hubert Lacroix is effectively accountable to no one.
CBC director of marketing Jamie Michaels has joined Rogers Media to drive ad sales across its marquee sports properties.
Columnist says a bid by the Conservatives to peek at the CBC's internal files is sparking a debate over parliamentary privilege, Charter-protected freedom of the press and the independence of the courts.
CBC is accusing Quebecor of “using its newspapers and more recently its Sun News Network TV licence to pursue a campaign against CBC/Radio-Canada” and distorting the truth in that reporting.
Columnist says if the Conservative government is rankled by the CBC's attitude towards access to information, it might have a bone to pick with the board of directors it chose.
FRIENDS calls for an arm's-length process for CBC board appointments and wants CBC president to be hired by and answerable to the board.
Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault told a House of Commons committee she believes the public broadcaster might be using new internal guidelines to quickly dismiss some access requests, thereby making it easier to claim faster response times.
The CBC has found itself under fire, forced to defend its economic value and societal relevance while the country’s access-to-information watchdog suggests the broadcaster may be automatically denying information requests.
Senior executives of CBC/Radio-Canada will be reviewing highlights of 2010-2011 and provide an overview of the Corporation's direction for the current fiscal year and for the future.
CBC running scared: State broadcaster's false attack ads demonstrate how financial probe is desperately needed
Columnist says CBC has started a defamatory attack on Quebecor as vengeance for raising questions about how taxpayer money is spent by the public broadcaster.
Quebecor Media is using the threat of legal action to get CBC/Radio Canada to take down information about the Quebec media giant that it released on its website.
Columnist says that even with technological advances, a severe spectrum crunch looms over the next decade.
Quebecor president Pierre Karl Peladeau says the CBC has effectively muzzled criticism by other news organizations by entering into business deals with them and paying their reporters to appear on the network.
Blogger says CBC has a tough time every fall when put up against the bright shiny new objects being dangled on the private networks.
Pierre-Karl Péladeau, CEO of Quebecor, is threatening to sue the CBC over its statement earlier this week that his company has received more than half a billion dollars in public subsidies and benefits over the last three years.
CBC President says that despite an expected funding cut of between five and 10 per cent to the public broadcaster in next spring’s federal budget, the recent expansion of radio service in Kelowna will not be directly affected.
Columnist says the CBC is fighting back against Quebecor’s attacks on its $1-billion in annual federal funding, accusing the private broadcaster of receiving $500-million in public subsidies over the last three years without being accountable to taxpayers.
Quebecor's Pierre Karl Péladeau said his company's Sun Media subsidiary is the only media company in Canada willing to investigate the CBC, as he appeared before MPs holding hearings into the CBC's dispute with the federal Information Commissioner over access to information requests.
CBC spokesperson says the public broadcaster will not continue the Punjabi language broadcast this hockey season as they are unable to secure a sponsor.
Columnist says radio listeners are smarter than CBC programmers think.
Columnist says the CRTC is facing a fight over its attempt to rein in a rapidly changing TV industry.
Postmedia Network Canada Corp., has accepted an unsolicited offer for its community newspaper operations in British Columbia and one of its big-city dailies, the Victoria Times Colonist.
Konrad von Finckenstein tells a House Commons committee that the section of the Access to Information Act which applies to the CBC is confusing and like no other he has seen before.
FRIENDS says CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein's independence and dedication to do what certain acts of Parliament demanded him to do speaks well of him.
In this satrical piece, Gerald Caplan explores what would happen if Sun News TV and CBC were forced to combine into one large media empire.
Columnist says that for both Sun News and the Conservative Party of Canada, attacking the CBC is a handy tool for gaining attention and raising funds.
The Liberal Party of Canada launches a petition in support of the CBC.
Former TV producer Howard Bernstein says the CBC's access-to-info battle taints all involved.
The Canadian Centre for Policy Studies releases a discussion paper calling on the federal government to privatize the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
FRIENDS says although Heritage Minister James Moore has assured Canadians the CBC is safe, "There's more than one James Moore. He's a hydra-headed creature."
Columnist says the CBC, embroiled in both a legal fight and a parliamentary probe over its record on responding to access-to-information requests, is now also bracing for deep funding cuts.
Why does the BBC dump so much money in a big glittery bin by making glossy trailers? It turns me silver with rage
Columnist says people should be employed to make programmes, not adverts for them.
The CBC's top boss says one of its major competitors is determined to damage the reputation of the public broadcaster in order to weaken it and he's determined to set the record straight on Parliament Hill.
The CRTC has decided against regulating online-streaming companies.
Columnist says arts channel importing American content while cancelling Bravo!News and Arts & Minds borders on contempt for viewers and artists in Canada.
Columnist says that there are times that the Conservatives appear to be highlighting messages - like the gun registry and the CBC - because of their usefulness in fundraising.
The CRTC has decided not to pursue a formal review of online streaming companies that show TV content on the Internet.
Columnist says data from the Department of Canadian Heritage and from a satellite company tasked with helping out those now without TV suggests the transition from digital to analog went off without much consumer drama.
NDP Leadership Candidate says it seems the Conservatives have Canadian culture on their minds as an excellent hot button to press with their supporters.
BBC's Director-General, will reveal the contents of his Delivering Quality First strategy which will see the corporation announce cuts of around £700million to the £3.5billion it spends each year.
President and CEO of the National Citizens Coalition says if the federal government is serious about the promises they made during the most recent election it is time they put the CBC on the chopping block.
Columnist says that when a minister of the Crown compels a member of Parliament to state for the record that he opposes assault, rape, and murder, it's safe to say that the government has not embraced a new spirit of reasonableness and co-operation.
Columnist says while the evolving media landscape poses new challenges, the CBC remains entangled in a balancing act it has faced since its inception.
CBC Cuts: 10 Per Cent Budget Reduction Sought By Tories Under Heritage Minister James Moore by Althia Raj
FRIENDS says a 10% budget cut would be a devastating blow to the CBC, resulting in station closures affecting those living in rural areas.
Columnist says the Prime Minister's parliamentary secretary has stepped heavily into the Ontario election, commissioning a 1,000-person poll because he felt a local newspaper underplayed the popularity of the local Progressive Conservative candidate.
Columnist says Konrad von Finckenstein’s term as chairman of the federal broadcast and telecom regulator is coming to an end, after five years characterized by clashes with the Tory government and a series of landmark decisions about the future of the industries it oversees.
Columnist says the 41st Parliament of Canada is young but already we’re seeing Conservatives and New Democrats take sharply different partisan approaches to the business of the nation, including matters relating to the CBC.
Columnist says Conservatives are asking the CBC to explain why it is fighting the access-to-information law in the courts, part of increased scrutiny of the public broadcaster's spending and practices by the new majority government.
CBC will introduce new radio and internet services in Kitchener-Waterloo and London, Ont., and expanded weekend news programming for Edmonton, Ottawa, the Maritimes and St. John’s.
CBC announces new radio and internet services will be introduced for the London and Kitchener-Waterloo areas of Ontario and new weekend news programming will be introduced in Edmonton, Ottawa, the Maritimes and St. John’s through the spring and fall of 2012.
Columnist says a string of Conservative surveys is putting CBC funding under the microscope as the Harper government debates how big a hit Canada’s public broadcaster will take as part of government-wide restraint plans.
Vertical Integration: There's some love for the CRTC decision, but Bell calls for full system reboot by Greg O’Brien
Bell Canada’s regulatory chief says due to the CRTC’s new vertical integration policy, he wants to start over when it comes to our broadcasting laws and its regulation.
Columnist says the CRTC’s policy on vertical integration tries hard to balance the wants of Canadian television viewers with the commercial demands of the country’s largest vertically integrated broadcasters and television distributors, and the needs of the smaller and independent ones.
The CRTC has introduced a new set of controls on how television content can be sold, in a move that will curb BCE Inc.’s plans to use programming to boost its wireless business.
The CRTC has ruled that companies such as Bell can't offer streamed hockey games or TV shows exclusively to their own mobile and internet customers — such content must also be available to competitors "under fair and reasonable terms."
The CRTC is forcing vertically integrated media groups to make all TV shows, including premium sporting events, available to competitors under fair and reasonable terms.
The CRTC says Canadian companies that own both television content and the means to distribute it will face tighter rules for selling programming rights to rivals.
TV antenna dealer is swamped by inquiries from consumers anxious to tune in to new digital signals.
The CRTC has told Rogers Communications Inc. to come up with a plan before the end of September to stop slowing down the speed of online games.
Quebecor Media's vice president of corporate and institutional affairs says CBC's vice-president of brand, communications and corporate affairs is stating halftruths to mask its misguided attempts at avoiding accountability.
Columnist says there is a possibility that a regulatory agency that figures it’s the government’s business to control the volume on our TVs has run out of useful things to do.
The CBC responds to David Krayden's August 29 column about CBC/Radio-Canada.
Astral Media says foreign Internet competitors like Netflix should be subject to the same rules as Canadian broadcast providers.
Writer takes issue with Montreal Gazette editorial regarding the use of taxpayers' money to defend the CBC's court case with the federal information commissioner.
More than 7,000 Canadians responded to a call for comments from the CRTC on sound volume in ads and the overwhelming majority said loudness was a persistent problem.
Conceding it has a bit of the flavour of A&E in its early days, Bluepoint Broadcasting says SCN's business plan was loosely modelled on Alberta's Access TV network post-privatization, and might be replicated in other markets.
Columnist says a successful bid by the new bilateral partnership will combine the strength of CBC/Radio and Bell Media's Olympic broadcasting history to deliver to all Canadians, in English and French, the most comprehensive, diverse, and media-rich Games ever seen in Canada.
Columnist says he IOC potentially faces a situation where only one bid is submitted from Canada’s broadcast industry to broadcast the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Poll suggests Canadians have no idea of CBC cost but believe whatever it is, it’s too much by Steve Mertl
An Abacus Data poll commissioned by QMI Agency and published in the Toronto Sun, suggests taxpayers underestimate how much the CBC gets from the federal government while at the same time most think it's getting too much.
Rogers' media division declared itself out of the race for the Canadian rights to the Games in 2014 and 2016, to be held in Sochi, Russia, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, respectively.
Columnist says a recent poll by Abacus Data Inc. says "the consensus groupthink in Canadian media - everyone agreeing how wonderful the CBC is - is not shared by grassroots Canadians."
Columnist reveals link in a magazine interview where she describes the ex-PM as one of her husband's 'closest friends'
Columnist says Stephen Harper is hiring a former Conservative MP with nationalist leanings to be his advisor on Quebec issues.
Columnist says Labour Day is a good day to think about work, and how work and labour are represented on television.
Republicans and business groups argue that environmental protection is simply too expensive for a battered economy.
Viewers who relied on outdoor antennas or rabbit ears for their television signal now need a converter box or a digital tuner in order to watch television.
Columnist says the move to offer full-length films on top of the website's mostly user generated content represents the latest in a series of recent efforts to rival other video streaming providers such as Netflix Inc. and Hulu.
Columnist says the switch from analogue to digital TV signals did not seem to cause much panic or public outcry in Calgary, with local stations reporting only a minor number of calls about TV screens suddenly going blank.
Columnist says Stephen Harper needs to ask himself why this country needs a publicly funded radio and television network.
New report says Canadians consulted on a controversial border security deal still in the works with the United States aren’t sold on boosting collaboration between the two countries’ law-enforcement officials.
Columnist says that despite having had four years to prepare, and despite the clearer high-definition picture and sound these digital transmitters provide, Canada’s broadcasters haven’t been very enthusiastic about switch from analog to digital.
Columnist says the reason for the switch from analog to digital is that it will free up unused bandwidth which will either be dedicated to emergency and security services or auctioned off to private-sector telephone and media companies.
Columnist says Quebec is considering passing a new law to regulate the news media and certify so-called “professional journalists” who would enjoy certain privileges, such as quicker access to government sources.
FRIENDS says the government should follow the lead of the U.S., which subsidized low-income viewers and even some television channels to set up new digital transmitters.
The FCC says the controversial Fairness Doctrine and 82 other rules governing electronic media have been deemed obsolete and will therefore be abandoned.
Columnist says that amidst all the interest-driven media and Internet policy discussions boiling away today, and as scribblers everywhere anticipate the end of television, newspaper, music or book industries, there’s something missing: evidence.
The CRTC is asking for public comment on a draft "Code of Access Best Practices" set out by the Canada's cable companies.
The Canadian broadcaster is pacting with TVA Group to help launch TVA Sports this September, in competition with RDS.
Enthusiasts point out that, because they are not compressed to be carried by cable or satellite, the over-the-air digital signals offer the highest definition images.
Columnist says that while most of the news media continue to cover the coming election with long-running tropes Stephen Colbert has taken the equivalent of a political homework assignment and sprinkled a little silly sauce on top, and people seem happy to dig in.
The benefit of the industry’s bad times, executives say, is that it forced a hard look at local news operations.
The CRTC says Canadians are turning off their televisions and cutting their land lines in favour of online streaming and smartphones in record numbers.
At the end of October, Sun News will only be available through subscription services.
Analog television screens will turn to snow Aug. 31 as Canada switches to digital television broadcasts.
With more than 600 towers that rebroadcast CBC signals to less populated areas, the national broadcaster said it simply can't afford to meet the CRTC's demands to beam high-quality and often high-definition digital TV signals to a majority of Canada's populace for free over the air.
CBC will continue to broadcast analog over-the-air television signals from 22 transmitters that could have been shut down after the mandatory changeover to digital TV on Aug. 31.
Columnist says that as commercial choices and international choices proliferate, a public broadcaster of Canadian programming becomes more distinctive and more relevant, not less.
Columnist says that Metro Morning – which draws one million listeners and has been number one in Canada’s largest city for the past eight years – is proof that excellence does not have to be elitist.
Columnist says that in talking to executives from the four major U.S. networks, nobody is worried about the end of network TV but everybody is concerned about changing viewing habits.
Columnist says the mix between politics and telecom policy is nothing new - since telecom's beginnings as an industry, competition regulators have played a crucial role in establishing the limits of companies that have frequently enjoyed near-monopolistic market power.
Already approved for use in the U.S., Canada will consider clearing the way for the adoption of Super Wi-Fi - a wireless high-speed Internet with a range of up to 100 kilometres.
The CBC has tapped former Echo Bridge Entertainment production exec Trevor J. Walton as executive director of commissioned and scripted programming for its English services.
Columnist says it's worth watching what the BBC gets up to with new technology, because what it's achieved is pointing to a new future in television.
As of August 31, 2011 the CRTC is requiring all broadcasters to go digital in 30 markets, including all provincial capitals and cities with a population of 300,000 or greater.
The U.S. series Louie, starring Louis C.K., and Sons of Anarchy are coming to Canada after domestic broadcaster Rogers Media and FX Networks partnered to launch FX Canada.
CKLN, which was located at 88.1 on the FM dial, went off the air in April because the CRTC said the station was not complying with its licence.
Employees at Montreal's CTV News have settled their seven-month-long labour dispute with management.
Broadcasters in the Greater Toronto Area have told the CRTC nothing has changed since 2007 that should permit Bell Media to expand an additional conventional station in an already overcrowded GTA TV market.
"Our shareholders aren’t on Wall Street. They’re on Main Street," says Paula Kerger president of PBS.
Columnist says the CBC supports diverse voices within the media landscape, and distinctive programming not available from any other broadcaster.
Columnist says FRIENDS has complained that the CBC's ratings gain has been built on the back of cheap, lowbrow American imports, such as Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy.
Canadians might soon be watching fewer Canadian-made shows during peak prime time hours under a new licensing policy by the CRTC.
The CRTC says it's bringing in new rules to encourage bigger budget, higher quality Canadian programs, but homegrown performers fear the changes could ghettoize Canuck fare.
Columnist says that for the CRTC and the Canadian film and video production industry, customers who use Internet video bypass the elaborate promotion of Canadian content.
Would almost half of Canadians give up TV before phone or Internet, as the survey says? by Lee Rickwood
Columnist says giving up TV for the Internet is not really giving up TV at all.
Columnist says Netflix offers a disappointing lack of recent and high quality Canadian content.
Telus' executive vice-president and chief financial officer says mid-range Canadian Internet prices are actually about average when compared to other developed countries.
Columnist says that for all the innovation that Hulu represents, the site also lays bare the gulf between what online viewers want and what TV companies are willing to give them.
Managing director of CBC Saskatchewan says CBC formally asked for permission from the CRTC to continue broadcasting in analog in all those markets facing the loss of over-the-air service.
According to a report by RBC Capital Markets, Postmedia's assets and mix of shareholders make it a potential takeover target
Columnist says CBC won't disclose what it is spending on its 75th anniversary celebrations.
Columnist says CRTC commissioners have recognized that proposals based on limiting the volume of Internet use are not only bad policy but are ineffective in dealing with network congestion.
With unit shipments of media tablets around the world expected to grow from current 17 million to 145 million in 2015, TVO is readying its foray into the space with its forthcoming video app players.
CBC says Sun Media has published incorrect information about CBC/Radio-Canada regarding reports that "the latest federal budget quietly gave the CBC an extra $60 million in welfare."
CBC/Radio-Canada could see its federal funding cut in the next budget, Heritage Minister James Moore says.
Sun Media has pulled its newspapers out of the Ontario Press Council, complaining about the “politically correct mentality” of the province’s print-media watchdog.
Editorial states that the latest federal budget quietly gave the CBC an extra $60 million which can be handed back to the government in order to meet demands to find 5% efficiencies within the CBC.
CBC President thanks all those who submitted interventions to the CRTC re: CBC's upcoming license renewal.
Jeffrey Dvorkin of the Organization of News Ombudsmen says the departure of the Sun Media chain of newspapers from Ontario's print media watchdog is a blow to the accountability of Sun publications and does not bode well for the company going forward.
James Moore, the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, says FRIENDS has "lied to the public about what our government has done."
The British government has asked a media regulator and consumer watchdog to reassess the Rupert Murdoch's bid to purchase BSkyB in light of a phone hacking scandal, a move that could provide a basis to block the buyout.
Columnist says Rupert Murdoch's anything-goes approach has spread through journalism like a contagion, but it now threatens to undermine the influence he so covets.
Columnist says the closure of a bestselling British tabloid over a phone-hacking scandal has thrown journalistic ethics back into the hot seat.
Columnist says The News of the World will forever be known as the first publishers ever so consumed by shame and humiliation that they felt compelled to close the doors of a successful paper.
A question mark over government funding for Canada's public broadcaster has pushed upcoming license renewal hearings to June 2012.
Michael Geist, the Canada Research Chair of Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa suggests the federal communications regulator's response to consumer complaints has been "superficial" and that complaints are "often dismissed without serious inquiry."
The CRTC has postponed hearings to renew broadcast licences for CBC/Radio-Canada until next year after numerous interveners have requested a postponement to the licence renewal process.
Speculation that the government is preparing to slash the CBC’s budget is on the rise after the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission announced it is postponing the CBC’s licence renewal hearing for almost a year.
A survey conducted by Newad in collaboration with TNS Canada reveals that 18-to-34 year-old Canadians surpass the total Canadian adult population in their use of the web, mobiles and social networks.
Columnist says there's little political capital in recognizing that many Canadians value the arts and treasure how they define our country.
Canada's public broadcaster outlines its requests to the CRTC in their license renewal application.
CBC Senior Political Correspondent, Terry Milewski, says Canada suffers from an outrage shortage.
Columnist says that after the CRTC's hearing on the consolidation of the Canadian communications market the only obvious conclusion from the hundreds of submissions and hours of debate is that Canada’s broadcast law framework is broken.
Equity condemns the Finance Minister's recent statements warning arts institutions to "stay on their toes" on the assumption that grants to cultural institutions and festivals will not be automatically continued.
Columnist says there is a pervasive sense that the CRTC is caving to pressure from a small group of powerful stakeholders without regard for consumer interests.
Equating government funding to the CBC to goverment funding for Canada Post, Columnist says Canadians are free to listen to whatever they like, but not to expect taxpayers to subsidize personal preference.
Columnist says C.D. Howe report on media ownership misses the big picture with not "one wild-eyed crazy lawyer, not a single communication or media scholar or a historian" on the panel of authors.
Columnist says the CRTC has asked Shaw Communications Inc. to draft rules that would curb it and other giants in the sector from using "excessive market power" against smaller firms.
Cogeco says integrated media companies that own both TV channels and the means to distribute them are playing with “money that goes from the left hand to the right hand within the same entity” – a reality that opens the market up to abuse.
The CRTC responds to FRIENDS' June 20th request to extend the July 18 deadline for comments from Canadians regarding the licence renewals of the CBC’s various services.
CBC/Radio-Canada is pushing for stable funding and less regulation as it heads towards radio and TV license renewal hearings before the CRTC.
Columnist says Quebecor CEO Pierre Karl Péladeau has played the Netflix card by urging the CRTC to end red tape for Canadian carriers to help them fend off competition from over-the-top U.S. digital platforms.
With more and more TV content in Canada being delivered online through mobile devices, Canadian regulators open hearings on possible measures to ensure a level field for service providers.
Columnist says the CBC should be justifying its continued existence based on the benefit it provides, not on what it costs Canadians.
The CBC’s relevance with Canadians, and whether it should distinguish itself from its private sector rivals, are the focus of the CRTC’s online probe before hearings on renewing the network’s radio and TV licenses start on September 12th.
A recent report, commissioned by the CBC and prepared by Deloitte & Touche, claims the public broadcaster contributed $3.7 billion in "gross value added" to the Canadian economy in 2010 based on expenses of $1.7 billion.
CBC/Radio Canada offers a net benefit to the Canadian economy, according to a Deloitte and Touche LLP report commissioned by the public broadcaster.
Columnist says the Netflix Canada debate continued to dominate the Banff World Media Festival, with industry players warning against OTT digital platforms.
NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt Shares His Plan to Rebuild the Network (Exclusive Q&A) by Kim Masters, Lacey Rose
New NBC Chairman says he "would like to revive the brand that used to exist, which is innovative, fresh, bold, original, upscale and groundbreaking at times."
The CRTC has raised the possibility of legislation to deal with the onslaught of so-called over-the-top services such as Netflix, Google TV and Apple TV.
A Quebec City man is trying to draw attention to his fight to be able to keep watching Hockey Night in Canada for free after the CRTC's August 31 deadline for over-the-air television broadcasters to switch their analog signals to digital.
Columnist says the CBC is reneging on its responsibility as a public broadcaster by failing to present the arts to Canadians on TV.
Columnist says The Banff World Media Festival kicked off with a look at the state of the Canadian television industry, which, according to the high-powered panelists, is exciting - with tremendous changes that will provide new opportunities for broadcasters, content providers and viewers.
Columnist explains his take on switching to OTA, why he did it, what it cost and how it has changed his household’s viewing habits.
Columnist says the CBC's consistent ratings for homegrown shows like Rick Mercer Report and Dragons’ Den has allowed the it to vault over Global Television and Citytv in the Canadian broadcast league table.
CBC Executive Vice-President sets out what the public broadcaster has in store for the next five years, including plans to introduce new online and digital media services and an increase in regional programming.
Deloitte & Touche study estimates the contribution of CBC/Radio-Canada to the Canadian economy, or the gross value added (“GVA”), in 2010 was $3.7 billion, arising from an expenditure of $1.7 billion.
Columnist says Finance minister Jim Flaherty made good on an earlier commitment to give the Canada Media Fund $100 million per year in on-going funding, and for the ninth year running gave the CBC “one-time” funding of $60 million.
Globalive Chairman says federal laws that restrict foreign investment are keeping mobile phone costs unnecessarily high for Canadian consumers.
CTV News anchor Lloyd Robertson says he will host his last CTV newscast on Sept. 1 and give over the anchor chair to Lisa Laflamme on Sept. 5.
Nancy Black's winning essay, "Dismantling the Scarecrow: An Exploration into Calgary's Cultural Coming of Age", explores the role of social, political and media institutions in defining culture in Calgary.
Columnist says customers of Wind Mobile and other new wireless players will continue to face dropped calls when roaming onto another network after the CRTC has refused to intervene.
The CRTC is asking the public to comment on how cable and telephone companies charge Internet service providers for their wires.
Dalton Camp Award Winner Nancy Black probes Calgary’s social, political, and media institutions to understand the extent to which the stereotype of Calgary as a predominantly isolationist culture continues to hold true.
Dalton Camp Award finalist Joshua Noble says there is no doubt that in daily journalism practice, Canadian democracy needs a media with a face.
Dalton Camp Award finalist Megan Cécile Radford says what was considered a women’s issue was plunged into the general discourse by the women of the media, helping to usher in a new era of democracy when suffrage was won.
Columnists say the Conservative government is sounding more ambiguous and indefinite on its vow to allow foreign investors a bigger stake in the telecom industry.
Sun News host Krista Erickson challenges Canadian dance icon Margie Gillis on the public funding she's received over her 39-year career.
Columnist says Industry Minister Christian Paradis is noticeably less aggressive on plans to open up Canada’s telecommunications industry to foreign-owned companies than his predecessor.
Columnist explores what Canadians focused on digital policies might say in their mandate letters to new Cabinet Ministers if they were given the chance.
Head of Quebecor Media says rather than regulate Netflix, as television operators suggested in a letter to the CRTC, all existing regulations should be eliminated to make the playing field more fair.
The former vice-president of the National Citizens Coalition says Stephen Harper’s recent majority victory may motivate people to support organizations that are seen to defend their progressive values.
CBC Takes First Steps to Improve Service for Millions as Part of "Everyone, Every Way" 2015 Strategic Plan
CBC announced the first details of an initiative with an increased local focus, part of its recent commitment under the 2015 strategic plan "Everyone, Every Way," to introduce or improve services to more than six million Canadians.
Shaw Communications Inc. has become the first telecom company to alter its pricing plans as a result of public outcry over Internet pricing in Canada, more than doubling the amount users can download while introducing new, unlimited plans.
Columnist says claims that broadcast versions of free streamed programs have no market value may be an exaggeration, but there is a harsh truth in the reality that Internet streaming is having a disruptive effect on both Canadian broadcasters and broadcast distributors.
Columnist says Stephen Harper should privatize the CBC and to get out of the business of funding grants for Canadian musicians.
Earlier this year, the CRTC pulled CKLN's license in the wake of an internal power struggle two years ago and has now lost its radio frequency and is confined to broadcasting online.
German pubcasters are taking a radical approach as they seek to shed their stodgy, geriatric image in an effort to attract more youthful audiences.
Phyllis Platt, CBC Television’s interim executive director, confirmed the pubcaster is going to pilot with Cracked, a police drama from White Pine Pictures.
Federal Heritage Minister James Moore takes Sun News anchor Krista Erickson to task on her reference to the CBC as a "state broadcaster."
Columnist says NDP MPs were accused of being ill prepared during a new conference set to highlight the need for more arts funding and artist support.
The Cartt.ca INTERVIEW: OpenMedia.ca's Steve Anderson talks about its creation, funding and UBB by Perry Hoffman
Steve Anderson, founder and executive director of OpenMedia.ca, describes the mission of the consumer advocacy organization with respect to the ongoing battle over usage-based billing as ensuring Canadians have access to an open and affordable Internet.
Columnist says Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair's Director of Communications and Strategy, used the faults of the BBC to draw attention away from a real threat to the Government's credibility.
Columnist says BCE expects a strong financial boost from buying the CTV network, the valuable TSN franchise and other specialty channels for $1.3-billion, a deal that closed earlier than expected.
The CRTC says two studies on the airplay given to new Canadian artists indicate that no new regulations are required at this time since these artists are receiving adequate airplay.
The CRTC has announced that it has decided not to pursue changes to broadcast regulations that would have narrowed a prohibition on false or misleading news.
FRIENDS says there is a wariness in the film and television industry towards the new Conservative majority government.
The CRTC updated its satellite distribution policy to require Bell TV and Shaw Direct to carry all local television stations supported by the Local Programming Improvement Fund.
After being impressed by CBC's coverage of the federal election, Sclomo Swartzberg discusses the need for a public broadcaster in Canada.
CRTC has ordered Bell Canada Enterprises Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. to carry more local stations starting on Sept. 1.
Telus CEO says only easing restrictions for small wireless players disadvantages a number of companies that have taken the biggest risks and invested heavily in technology.
The entertainment conglomerate's profit for its fiscal third quarter drops 24 percent, but the broadcast and cable TV units record strong growth as Fox News posts its highest quarterly profit ever.
The CRTC expects 100% of the Canadian population to have access to high-speed Internet service by mid-decade.
FRIENDS Steering Committee Member Aritha Van Herk is among six Albertans named to the Alberta Order of Excellence.
Canada's newest 24-hour news channel, Sun News Network, has been yanked off the air by Bell TV in a dispute about fees.
Columnist says that after watching how Barack Obama revolutionized campaigning for the digital age, it’s bizarre that the parties in our election all ran old-style campaigns of the broadcast era.
Columnist says analysts predict that a Conservative majority government will likely mean more foreign ownership in Canada's telecom industry, fostering competition that will ultimately benefit consumers.
Conservative Heritage Minister James Moore says his government believes in the CBC as a key cultural institution and has no plans to cut its funding following his party's recent electoral victory.
Columnist says the fact that there is widespread puzzlement about the surge in NDP support at the end of the federal election campaign underlines the faults of TV coverage.
Columnist says an invite-only group of Tory supporters tried to shout CBC Reporter Terry Milewski down after asking Stephern Harper if he would honour any decision by the Governor General to invite the NDP Leader to form a government if the Tories fail to win a majority.
Conservative supporters booed CBC journalist Terry Milewski at a GTA campaign stop after he challenged Stephen Harper on whether he would accept a decision by the Governor General to hand power to the opposition parties in the wake of the May 2 election.
Columnist says supporters of Stephen Harper called for the shut down of the CBC during a campaign stop in Richmond Hill.
Columnist says FRIENDS warns how Stephen Harper is destroying the CBC by cutting funding and and by appointing people to control the CRTC who are in favour of his agenda.
Telecommunications company Telus Corp. is urging the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission not to allow its competitors to horde the content for the exclusive use of their subscribers.
Columnist says: "When you're isolated through illness, injury, or poverty, the Internet provides you with the only social life you may have."
Columnist says the Conservative Party's election platform is sparse on culture and that Tory candidates won't turn up to discuss it.
Columnist says with a Conservative majority, Stephen Harper may slash public services, eventually starving or selling the CBC.
FRIENDS says in key cultural areas, such as broadcasting, the government has shown "a slender attachment to the truth."
Del Mastro called broadcasting advocacy group spokesman a fraud just prior to election call By Brendan Wedley
Columnist says Conservative incumbent Dean Del Mastro called FRIENDS spokesperson a fraud one week before the Tory government fell on a contempt of Parliament motion.
A glimpse behind the curtain that hides the Harper Conservatives: Are plans afoot to kill the CBC? by David J. Climenhaga
At an all candidates meeting, an Alberta Conservative MP says "I don't know that we need a national broadcaster in 2011… We have to wean them off … of the taxpayer's dollar…"
Television producer and media analyst Paul Pazalgette says, "In the Internet age, in a Tower of Babel of rumor and paranoia and the place where people think that Elvis is alive, Paul McCartney is dead and the Jews blew up the Twin Towers, there is more of an argument than ever for an independent, state-funded, trusted and reliable source of news and information."
More than 70 arts services organizations from British Columbia to Newfoundland have joined ranks to issue an unprecedented election manifesto calling on politicians of all stripes to safeguard federal cultural institutions such as the CBC and Canada Council for the Arts.
Columnist says we're approaching a point where digital, ubiquitous, instant, global content delivery now means our Canadian-made shows will have to sink or swim on their merits as a business, competing actively, globally, where the home-town funding props we’ve become accustomed to become unsustainable.
The Liberal Party says they will provide the CBC and Radio-Canada with stable and predictable funding in support of their unique and crucial roles as well as double funding to the Canada Council for the Arts.
Columnist says that while the Phoenix Coyotes may play their last game in the desert, there is one big reason why the NHL has fought long and hard to prevent a possible franchise move to Winnipeg: Television.
Conservative Senator Pam Wallin says that the CBC is giving Michael Ignatieff a disproportionate amount of coverage because “the CBC (is) concerned about what will happen with its funding.”
Columnist says that while Bell Media maintains its position on symmetrical regulation of Canadian content spending requirements Rogers Media has shocked commissioners by asking to be excluded from the group licensing regime.
Kitchener Waterloo Conservative incumbent accuses the former Liberal government of cutting CBC funding while the Liberal candidate says they had no choice as the previous Conservative government had built up a deficit.
Columnist says "There is no doubt that Sun News' annoying, over-amped introductory enthusiasm will soon settle down into something merely loudly contentious."
The Sun News Network heralded its launch by featuring Krista Erickson, who will host a daily show from 3 to 5 p.m., as a Sunshine Girl in the company’s newspaper chain.
Columnist says Canadian conservatives get their own 24 hour all-news channel modeled on Fox News Channel in the U.S. market.
Columnist says after a year of preparations, the all-news network wasted little time in hammering home its message of "hard news and straight talk" with frequent attacks on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. and other media outlets that "want the government to do everything."
Columnist says Canada’s cultural industries — telecoms, broadcasters, TV networks, filmmakers — want the Internet controlled through new rules and new charges that would expand their existing protection.
Quebecor Media Inc.’s new Sun News Network will air its programming on the company’s Toronto conventional station Sun TV to deliver the all-news channel into Ontario living rooms.
Columnist says the extent to which Canadians are ready to act like the Fox News approximation of Americans will play a key role in the successful selling of Sun TV’s hard news and straight talk stance.
A CRTC working group, tasked with looking at over-the-top programming services, asked the commission in an April 1 letter to open a proceeding on “whether and how such non-Canadian companies [like Netflix] should support Canadian cultural programming.”
Rogers Communications Inc. says it wants out of the CRTC’s group licensing framework, telling commissioners that it can’t meet the policy’s requirements for Canadian programming expenditures.
Green Party leader faults broadcasters and the other party leaders for refusing to change the debate format to allow her participation, while being willing to switch the day of the Frenchlanguage debate because of a Stanley Cup hockey game.
Columnist says the consortium of broadcasters behind the televised leaders' debates has agreed to bump the French language event up a day to in order to avoid having to compete with Thursday's Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins game for viewers.
More than two years after their U.S. affiliates joined forces, Canada’s two satellite radio companies have been given clearance for their own merger.
Columnist says cable TV's iPad apps are just another attempt to hold back the digital tide.
The head of CBC/Radio Canada says the public broadcaster is moving ahead with its plan to increase local and regional news, enhance its digital platforms and generally make the CBC more Canadian as part of a five-year strategy.
Postmedia, which owns several large Canadian dailies, including the National Post, filed documents recently with Canadian securities regulators indicating its intention to list on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Columnist says new deal gives producers more power when negotiating license deals with the likes of Shaw Media, CTV, Rogers, Astral and Corus.
Stephen Harper and Michael Ignatieff will square off face-to-face for 6 minutes during each of the nationally televised debates April 12 (English) and April 14 (French).
Federal Court of Appeal Judge Marc Nadon decides he will not expedite the court process, meaning a decision cannot come down in time for Green Party Leader Elizabeth May to join the debate.
The Department of Canadian Heritage explains how Canadians will be affected by the transition to digital broadcasting.
Elizabeth May unlikely to join leaders debate after judge dismisses Green party's court case by Carmen Chai
Columnist says Green leader Elizabeth May likely won't appear in the televised leaders' debates, after a Federal Court judge shot down a last-ditch attempt to expedite her party's case.
CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein says that Bell Media is taking a “one step forward and two steps backward” approach to its Canadian content commitments.
Green Party lawyer Peter Rosenthal will appear on behalf of May before the Federal Court of Appeal in Ottawa where the Court will determine whether it will hear May's application.
ELECTION: Libs want neutral network; would use spectrum auction cash to fund broadband for all by Perry Hoffman
Liberals have proposed to use the proceeds from the upcoming auction of the 700 MHz and 2500 MHz bands to bring high-speed Internet connectivity to every single household in Canada within three years.
The CRTC has ordered BCE to invest $245 million in the Canadian broadcasting industry, including $100 million to commission independently produced programs of national interest such as drama and comedy series.
Columnist says Bell Media has come out with a strong statement in the mobile arena by tying the debut of a new mobile content media package to the official announcement that it has completed its acquisition of CTV.
Columnist says the Canadian media is not focused on the approaching analog TV shutdown, and hence, the public that relies on it.
CBC Ombudsman says the obligation to provide equitable coverage does not mean the need to provide equal coverage, and there is reason to believe that media will find many other ways to integrate the Green Party into political journalism.
Columnist weighs in on the decision to hold a recent CRTC meeting under Chatham House Rules, in which participants can share what they heard, but not who said it or with which organization they are affiliated.
Columnist says from directors making gritty indies to intrepid producers and inspired editors, these 10 trailblazers pointed the way for moviemakers to come.
CBC-TV says it is reducing the amount of U.S. programming on the main network, calling its reliance on foreign imports "a crutch."
Bell has put forth a proposal for a new pricing model that charges third party Internet service providers for the total amount of data they use.
Roger Abbott, co-founder of the political satire group Royal Canadian Air Farce, has died 14 years after being diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to look at the question of copyright on material downloaded from the Internet.
Shaw Communications has eliminated around 500 jobs in western Canada as part of a surprise restructuring.
The newly appointed vice-chairman of the CRTC says he earned his high-ranking posting following interviews and rigorous screening.
The Government of Canada announced that the investment of $60 million in funding that CBC/Radio-Canada been receiving since 2001 for Canadian programming initiatives has been renewed for another year.
Columnist says the federal government has stripped out relevant information from documents it released about the CBC.
Columnist asks if CBC executives consider Kevin O’Leary’s "homage to greed" a profound message for Canadians.
Letter to MP Dean Del Mastro clarifying that CBC/Radio-Canada has no relationship with FRIENDS.
Columnist says the BBC World Service is to receive a "significant" sum of money from the US government to help combat the blocking of TV and internet services in countries including Iran and China.
Columnist says Stephen Harper is trying to create a new Canada, a place without kindness, decency and truth.
The CRTC has put in place new rules to make switching mobile-phone, Internet and television providers easier for consumers, and perhaps net them a better deal.
Columnist says an internal report finds some staff are under-performing and thousands are paid salary top-up for which they do not qualify.
The CBC has announced three key executive changes to take effect April 4th.
FRIENDS says high quality Canadian programming will be the result of the CRTC doing its job.
Economist David Macdonald says the government is building a parallel hiring system to replace workers who leave or retire, where employees are exempt from normal hiring requirements such as bilingualism and proven ability to do the job.
The Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations (CACTUS) is applauding BCE being asked by the CRTC to carry seven indie community TV channels by 2012 to secure outright control of CTVglobemedia.
Market expert says Rogers, which already owns the Toronto Blue Jays, is far and away the most motivated buyer in the MLSE sweepstakes.
Canada’s telecom regulator says it will not expand its probe into Internet pricing to look at the billing practices of retail Internet services because market forces are working just fine for consumers.
Columnist says with more than 500 Internet service providers in Canada, there is no need for the government to regulate how we choose to buy our Internet service.
The 40th edition of the music awards on March 27 will be extended from 8 p.m. EST in most of the Canadian TV market.
Former Managing Editor and Chief Journalist for CBC Radio says the role of news and information at the CBC seems to be clearly in decline.
FRIENDS says because media perpetuates Canadian cultural sovereignty, deteriorating funding for the CBC would have a vast impact on Canadian identity.
Columnists say that only the creation of a substantial trust fund for public media will free it from the whims and biases of politicians.
Margaret Atwood testified she fears fair dealing reforms proposed under Bill C-32 will harm authors by opening a loophole that would let educators copy works without paying to do so.
Green Party Leader says, “Canadians care deeply about the CBC and want to see its high quality of programming maintained—that can only be done with increased federal funding."
Approximately 100,000 voters have signed the I Love CBC petition, which calls on the Prime Minister to increase CBC funding from the current level of $33 per Canadian per year to $40.
The CBC’s Ombudsman has blasted businessman and commentator Kevin O’Leary for using the term ‘‘Indian giver’’ on his CBC News Network show, denouncing the term as “unambiguously offensive.”
Columnist says regulators have approved BCE Inc.'s $1.3-billion acquisition of CTV Inc., paving the way for the largest telecommunications company in Canada to gain complete control over the country's biggest broadcaster.
Columnists say the likely outcome of the government overturning the CRTC's UBB decision will be the maintenance of a regulatory straitjacket on large telecommunications and cable companies, which will discourage genuine competition and innovation.
CBC President Hubert Lacroix talks about the future of the CBC in the different regions, the importance of sports broadcasting and where public radio fits in the national fabric moving forward.
Columnist says a strong national broadcaster is absolutely essential to our country and our democracy.
FRIENDS praises the CRTC for extracting $245 million in tangible benefits, discarding BCE's original argument that since it paid $230 million the first time it bought CTV in 2000, it shouldn't be forced to contribute a second time.
As part of its approval of BCE Inc.’s $1.3-billion acquisition of CTVglobemedia, the federal broadcast regulator has moved to block telecommunications companies from locking up their video content for their own wireless subscribers.
CRTC Chairman says “We are pleased that BCE has addressed our questions regarding how this transaction would contribute to the vitality of the Canadian broadcasting system.”
CBC's Executive Vice-President of English Services announces a new senior management team and a new organizational structure for English Services.
Columnist says within three years, Internet-connected television sets will reach a critical mass in households that make up (demographically speaking) the vast majority of the Public Broadcasting audience.
Columnist says that the cultural concerns associated with greater foreign ownership of broadcasters are vastly overblown.
Internet freedom advocates have vowed to fight to preserve the Internet's independent, non-governmental governance structure.
Quebec Court of Appeal has ordered the removal of a Superior Court judge deemed biased against Péladeau in an ongoing defamation suit launched by the media magnate after he was likened to a hoodlum by the head of Radio-Canada.
Industry Minister says usage-based billing (UBB) threatens to limit the benefits that innovative and creative businesses, such as those involved in cloud computing, could bring to the Canadian economy.
Rogers plans to appeal the Federal Court's decision which confirmed that the CRTC does have the authority to permit broadcasters to negotiate a fee from BDUs for their off-air signals.
Canadian ratings king CTV posts losses before takeover by domestic phone giant.
FRIENDS poll shows 88 per cent of respondents believe that as our economic ties with the USA get closer, it is becoming more important to strengthen Canadian culture and identity.
Columnists say if the government wants to allow foreign direct investment decisions to be made according to criteria that include greater access to foreign capital and technology it should amend the Telecommunications Act to make that clear.
In a 2-1 decision, the Federal Court of Canada said the CRTC does, in fact, have jurisdiction and can let broadcasters demand a fee from satellite, cable and telco TV carriers for the broadcasters’ off-air signals.
GROUP LICENSE RENEWALS: Vertically integrated broadcasters can do much better on Cancon by Perry Hoffman
TV and film production stakeholders are urging the CRTC to not lose sight of its Canadian programming expenditure (CPE) benchmarks when considering the group-based licence renewals of the large, vertically integrated, broadcasters.
COMMENT: Canadians still in the dark, politicians clueless, as analog TV approaches its end by Greg O’Brien
Columnist says that while the usage-based billing issue is receiving much attention, another media issue that will affect tens of thousands more Canadians is still receiving scant notice: the transition from analog over-the-air TV to digital.
Columnist says a Federal Court of Appeal decision clears the way for broadcasters to charge satellite and TV cable providers for the right to transmit their programs.
FRIENDS says they hope the CRTC will not accept the CBC's proposal stop over-the-air reception to Moncton and Saint John.
Columnist says Canada's requirement that "a licenser may not broadcast....any false or misleading news" has kept Fox News and right wing talk radio out of Canada and helped make Canada a model for liberal democracy and freedom.
NPR’s vice president of policy and representation says a confluence of events have created “the most determined, organized and sophisticated challenge to federal funding for public radio — ever.”
Blogger says CBC officials and staff do not see their organization’s intrinsic lack of respect and even-handedness for alternative opinions.
Columnist says England's cross-ownership rules within the media are the lamest of any in an industrialised country.
Senior Correspondent for Sun Media's National Bureau says referring to the CBC as "state broadcaster" is accurate and factual.
PBS affiliate asks its viewers to contact their senators, urging them to maintain funding for public broadcasting.
Netflix has hired its first Canadian lobbyists as the country’s Internet usage-based billing debate heats up.
The Canadian Media Production Association says policy-makers need to consider whether Netflix and similar Web services should be charged a fee to help fund Canadian productions.
The CRTC says Netflix is not a broadcaster, but the broadcast industry begs to differ.
Columnist says allowing foreign investment would give Canadians and businesses more certainty, would lower prices for consumers and would send a clear signal that Canada is confident in the strength of its culture, without outdated, unnecessary regulations.
Columnist says that through the current Canadian government, forces outside and within the CRTC have been trying to weaken Canada’s media standards by overruling CRTC decisions.
FRIENDS says recent comments made by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney betray a sinister and hostile view of Canadian public broadcasting.
The International Media Concentration Research Project's goal is to go beyond the rhetoric to an academic, empirical, dispassionate, and data-driven analysis of trends and their drivers.
Saying he’s defending consumer choice and competition, Industry Minister Tony Clement says the government will appeal a Federal Court of Canada ruling that quashed a cabinet order allowing Globalive Wireless to operate in Canada.
Columnist says the naming of Tom Pentefountas to vice-chair of the CRTC has sparked a maelstrom of outrage from opposition MPs who believe the Conservative government is deliberately trying to undermine the independence of the broadcast and telecom regulator.
Minister of Canadian Heritage applauds CBC/Radio-Canada for its new five-year strategic plan, but remains unclear on whether the public broadcaster can expect to see any increases in funding from the federal government.
Nouveau vice-président du CRTC - Pentefountas devra expliquer sa nomination en comité by Guillaume Bourgault-Côté
Le Devoir, February 17: New CRTC Vice Chair Pentefountas will have to explain his nomination at the Commons Heritage Committee, by Guillaume Bourgault-Côté.
Columnist accuses Bloc and Liberal MPs of "caving in to the most radical elements of the Islamists in the name of political correctness" while at the same time denouncing people of Christian faith within the Conservative party.
Columnist says that in the lead-up to Sun TV News’ debut, Quebecor has been unrelenting in its criticism of Canada’s incumbent news services.
CBC President says he’s committed to working with independent producers but that they must keep production costs down and be innovative.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney quoted by the Canadian Press saying “The CBC lies all the time. What media are you with?”
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney accuses CBC of lying all the time.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney accuses CBC of lying all the time.
Columnist says Stephen Harper does not deserve the credit he receives for being a competent manager as his government is poorly run and incoherent.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is in hot water after accusing Radio-Canada of "lying all the time".
President of SaskTel says that rather than concentrating our focus and efforts on ensuring universal access to broadband for all Canadians across the country, we have suddenly shifted our concerns to a small minority of heavy Internet users, residing primarily in large urban areas.
Members of the House of Commons heritage committee are set to vote on a motion to call Tom Pentefountas, recently appointed vice-chair of the CRTC, to ask questions about his credentials and the appointment process.
Columnist says that from potash to Internet billing and beyond, Conservatives are setting the country’s policy course by their own political stars.
The CRTC engages its former Vice Chairman of Broadcating, sent packing by the Harper government, to brief the newly appointed Vice Chairman of Broadcasting.
Former chairwoman Francoise Bertrand says that repeatedly questioning the decisions of the CRTC will only sow confusion in the telecom and broadcasting industries and potentially hamper investment.
From the Open Internet to the Evolution of UBB, 1998-2011: the Rise and Fall of the Canadian Internet? by Dwayne Winseck
Columnist presents a chronology of CRTC decisions that has led to the current status regarding Usage Based Billing.
Columnist says while Bell and other large internet providers throw obstacles in the path of others, their own services get a free ride.
E.P.A. and Public Broadcasting Are on House Republicans’ List for Deep Cuts by Carl Hulse & David M. Herszenhorn
House Republicans have rolled out what they called historic cuts in federal spending after conservatives in the party’s new majority demanded leadership follow through on a pledge to carve $100 billion from the current year’s budget.
Columnist says that consumers must understand that neither the CRTC, nor the incumbents can be blamed for the potential rising cost of providing unlimited broadband service to Canadians.
FRIENDS says the current government has seen fit to exercise its legal right to give the CRTC direction and overturn its decisions on a frequency that is unprecedented.
According to Statistics Canada's Business Special Surveys and Technology Statistics Division, revenue growth exceeded 10% for the fourth consecutive year.
Pentefountas steps in for Arpin at CRTC as opposition accuses gov’t of cronyism by Patricia Bailey Share
Opposition parties are accusing the government of political cronyism after it appointed two former members of the conservative Action Démocratique du Québec (ADQ) party to key positions at both the CRTC and the CBC in less than a week.
Le Devoir, February 9: CRTC – Troubling coincidences, by Jean-Robert Sansfaçon
Columnist says that with its takeover by BCE near completion, CTV will also undergo a sweeping management overhaul.
Canada's internet regulator has launched a review of decisions that would have eliminated unlimited internet plans and drastically lowered downloading limits for customers of small internet service providers.
Industry Minister Tony Clement has hinted the government will formally respond to a surprise Federal Court ruling that quashed a cabinet order allowing Egyptian-backed Globalive Wireless Management Corp. to operate in the country’s wireless sector.
Shaw Communications has announced it is suspending its plan to charge customers for going over their Internet usage limits.
Opposition parties say Tom Pentefountas, the recently appointed CRTC vice-chairman, lacks the necessary credentials for the job and is only there because of his political connection to the Conservative government.
Iain Grant, principal at Toronto based telecommunication researcher the Seaboard Group, says forcing Globalive out now would result in mass inconvenience for its customers and a likely lawsuit against the federal government.
Columnist says the Harper government is under fire for trying to take control of the CRTC by making a partisan appointment to the senior ranks of the regulatory agency.
Columnist says consumers are getting gouged and have little choice in the matter because Canada has little competition in the Internet service market.
New Democratic Party MPs ask the Minister of Canadian Heritage about recent appointments to the board of the CBC and the position of vice-chair at the CRTC, claiming the only qualification of those appointed is being friends of the government.
Columnists see the appointment of Tom Pentefountas to vice-chair of the CRTC as an attempt by the Conservative government to influence the media universe it its favour.
BCE Inc. chief executive defended the telecom giant's bid for the CTV television network on the grounds that its biggest competitors already operate under the same model.
A CRTC proposal that could make it easier to broadcast false or misleading news has prompted confusion and criticism among opposition MPs and consternation in at least one of the unions that represents Canadian journalists.
With conventional delivery models for content being squeezed by new technologies, CBC is left to compete against well-capitalized communications giants that can amortize rights purchases and talent raids against their cellphone or cable TV businesses.
Le Devoir, February 5: The Conservatives place an ally in a key CRTC post, by Guillaume Bourgault-Côté
Former vice-chairman of the CRTC says the federal system has disintegrated into a "Wild West atmosphere in which the most politically expedient path lies over the bodies of public servants trying to do their jobs."
Federal Court decision overturning the federal government’s decision to licence foreign-owned wireless telecom Globalive.
Columnist says the federal court’s move to overturn a cabinet decision that allowed Globalive to operate in Canada throws a new obstacle at the largest of the new independent cell phone companies, just as it was beginning to build a critical mass of subscribers.
In their press release, CEP, ACTRA and FRIENDS say The Federal Court has effectively restored the foreign ownership restrictions of Canada’s Telecommunications Act by quashing the federal government’s decision to licence foreign-owned wireless telecom Globalive.
Columnist says that those engaged in a campaign to prevent libraries in the UK from being closed down could learn a lot from the four-year tussle between a novelist Yann Martel and Stephen Harper.
The Liberal Heritage critic asks the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage if the Conservative government will provide the CBC with adequate funding to implement it's newly released five year strategic plan.
After his exit last August, former CBC head of English language services Richard Stursberg has resurfaced as a senior advisor on media and entertainment strategy for Telus Corp.
Editorial says the CRTC, "blew it" by allowing major Internet service providers to cap usage and charge consumers and businesses significantly more for exceeding those stringent limits.
Columnist says the government will overrule a decision by the CRTC that effectively kills unlimited Internet-pricing packages, unless the regulator backs down first.
In its five year strategic plan, CBC/Radio-Canada says that whether it’s connecting them to this country, to their communities, or to each other as individuals, CBC/Radio-Canada will be there — for everyone, every way.
Columnist says former CBC executive vice-president Richard Stursberg made his first official industry appearance since he was let go by the public broadcaster, appearing for Telus as an expert consultant during the big carrier’s appearance in front of the CRTC.
The CBC says it will open new radio stations and expand others across the country as part of a new, five-year plan.
Columnist says the implications a merger between BCE Inc. and CTVglobemedia Inc. are enormous, yet competition concerns will take a back seat to the "benefits package" BCE must pay to the Canadian cultural community.
With hearings set to begin today on the proposal by Bell Canada Enterprises Inc. to purchase television network CTV, several advocates are concerned the issue of net neutrality will get short shrift.
Canada's Industry Minister responds to growing political and consumer backlash concerning the CRTC's decision that effectively put an end to unlimited Internet plans in Canada.
A local co-ordinator of I Love CBC petition says he doubts whether Canada would be intact if it were not for the unifying influence of the public broadcaster.
Columnist says limited bandwidth makes unlimited Internet service simply unsustainable.
Columnist says the recent outcry over Usage Based Billing tells legislators just how much Canadians care about Internet charges.
About 120 people chanted and marched in downtown Peterborough in support of the CBC following a remark by MP Dean Del Mastro questioning if the government should stay in the broadcasting business.
People shopping at the Guelph Farmers’ Market have a chance to sign a petition being circulated by local FRIENDS supporters who are alarmed at recent anti-CBC remarks by a federal government official.
The CRTC has ordered Quebecor Media Inc. to abolish a pact between its broadcast network, Groupe TVA Inc., and cable division Videotron that gives the latter exclusive access to on-demand programming.
The federal government is being formally asked to overturn a CRTC decision that will force smaller internet service providers to charge similar usage-based fees as Bell, Rogers and Shaw.
Canada’s broadcast regulator has told Montreal-based Quebecor to end an arrangement that gave cable operator Videotron Ltd. exclusive access to content from over-the-air network TVA Group, both of which are owned by the Quebec media player.
In response to MP Dean Del Mastro's comment questioning if the government should stay in the broadcasting business, a crowd filled the square in front of the Peterborough Library to chant, sing, and wave signs in support of the CBC.
The CRTC has voiced continued support for Canada's telecommunications consumer watchdog agency, which tries to resolve cellphone, Internet and telephone complaints.
A recent FRIENDS poll shows that the majority of respondents feel Stephen Harper's government has a hidden agenda that favours private corporate broadcasters.
Columnist talks about positive experiences with callers from Friends of Canadian Broadcasting and the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Society, highlighting the importance of focusing on people, not simply tasks, problems or theories.
The BBC will trim its online budget by 25 per cent, eliminate about 360 jobs and close hundreds of websites as part of overall cost-cutting efforts and a desire to streamline its internet offerings.
TVOntario has introduced Boxee and Yahoo! TV apps to get its kids content onto the next-generation online TV devices.
In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison discusses the impending shut down of over-the-air TV signals scheduled for Aug 31, 2011, and it's potential impact on New Brunswickers.
Columnist says CBC needs to think hard about becoming a public broadcaster again and that dropping Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy is an impressive improvement.
Columnist says British society must examine the role played by Murdoch in their national life.
Cartt.ca In-Depth: Smashing the CBC's silos hasn't been easy, says CEO Hubert T. Lacroix by Greg O'Brien
CBC Preseident Hubert Lacroix talks about the public broadcaster's place in the new media landscape.
In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison discusses the impending shut down of over-the-air TV signals scheduled for Aug 31, 2011, and it's potential impact on New Brunswickers.
Columnist says attack ads are a combination of phrases taken out of context, half-truths and deliberately misleading statements, and wonders if that's the way politicians treat each other, is it any wonder other Canadians follow their lead?
CBC supporters are circulating FRIENDS' I Love CBC petition which they want to send to Ottawa in advance of the upcoming Parliamentary session, where the CBC’s budget will be on the agenda.
The NDP says the CRTC's decision to allow internet service providers to charge their customers for downloading excessive amounts of data threatens "free and open access to the internet in Canada".
FRIENDS says the deal to carry Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy came with a price tag of $20 million per year.
FRIENDS says about three million people, often elderly and low-income, still depend on over-the-air service.
Columnist says the commercial media aren’t interested in delivering information to their audience and that their mission is to attract eyeballs and ears to advertisers.
According to a recent memo, Conservatives argue the use of CBC footage falls under fair-dealing provisions in copyright law.
Kirstine Stewart wants to replace Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy with Canadian shows – which she insists can pull in the same kind of ratings.
Columnist says a federal court will begin hearing a case that could answer profound questions in Ottawa: How much power do Stephen Harper and his cabinet really have – and are there any limits to it?
CBC is looking to get out of U.S. syndicated game show business by replacing Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! with homegrown fare.
A coalition of leading cultural organizations is asking the Federal Court to consider the impact on Canadian culture in its judicial review of the federal government's decision to licence foreign-owned wireless telecom Globalive.
FRIENDS says the government's decision concerning Globalive raises fundamental questions about the relationship between foreign ownership and Canadian cultural sovereignty.
CBC Spokesperson says Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy average between 800,000 and 1 million viewers nightly.
Columnist says the Canadian news media is increasingly finding themselves in the entertainment business with their success dependent upon selling eye-balls to advertisers.
Kirstine Stewart, the new head of CBC English-language services says she will replace Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! with Canadian shows – which she insists can pull in the same kind of ratings.
Outgoing MuchFACT chairman Bernie Finkelstein says he can't support MuchMusic's move to decrease funding for independent Canadian artists.
Editorial says the CRTC doesn’t seem to understand that media is already a highly competitive industry, and if one organization deliberately broadcasts something that’s untrue, it will quickly get raked over the coals by its competition.
CBC spokesperson says the Conservatives did not seek permission to use CBC content in three ads that were posted online and broadcast on TV.
In a radio interview for the program 'Today in Canadian History' FRIENDS spokesperson discusses the rationale and impact of Canadian content rules.
Scotia Capital Inc. says investors should own Shaw Communications stock because of the contribution to revenues the CanWest acquisition can bring, plus the future opportunity the wireless arena presents.
Columnist says the CRTC is proposing a regulatory change that would give Canadian TV and radio stations more leeway to broadcast false or misleading news by narrowing the scope of the current prohibition.
Shaw Communications Inc. says profit for the first quarter plunged more than 82 per cent because of one-time charges related to its acquisition of Canwest Global Communications Corp.'s broadcast television assets.
Shaw Communications is delaying the launch of its new cellphone network by three months, now looking at an early 2012 launch date for its first major market.
The Montreal-based Cogeco Inc. "will vigorously oppose" a motion from Astral with the Federal Court of Appeal asking for a stop to the $80-million bid for 11 radio properties owned by Corus Entertainment Inc.
Roughly two months after the abrupt departure of older sibling and former CEO Jim Shaw, Shaw Communications Inc. formally introduced Bradley Shaw, the second son of company founder JR as its new chief executive.
Columnist says that with rebounding ad markets and subscriber growth signaling industry recovery, Canadian broadcasters and cable operators are enjoying an impressive start to 2011.
Columnist says new CRTC proposal would make it perfectly permissible for a broadcaster to air false or misleading news, provided that it not endanger the lives, health or safety of the public.
Rogers Gives Conditional Support to BCE Acquisition of CTV but Says No Again to Value For Signal (VFS) /Fee-for-Cariage (FFC)
Rogers Vice Chairman says that while CTV and Global argued that value for signal was required in order to support the economic viability of their operations, with both broadcasters being acquired by large distributors, the rationale for this fee is no longer evident.
Columnist says there will be neither silence nor a change of tone in American politics until the Fox News Channel changes, or is quiet.
Primus Canada is getting rid of the unlimited Internet plans that customers used to enjoy, starting Feb. 1.
Columnist says that as a result of CRTC decisions, Canadians now find themselves with a divided and compromised regulatory agency and that private broadcasters are forced to pursue a financial model dependent on the importation U.S. productions.
Message from CBC President Hubert Lacroix to CBC employees, January 10, 2011.
CBC/Radio-Canada has announced that Kirstine Stewart, since August 2010 the interim Executive Vice-president of English Services, has been appointed to the position.
Columnist says local filmmakers are optimistic about the year ahead following the approval of a new five-year broadcasting licence for the Saskatchewan Communications Network.
Columnist says there is a power shift happening and that the era of individualized consumption is beginning.
Columnist says Laurence Cooke, head of Shaw Communications Inc.'s wireless operations, is expected to leave the company imminently, throwing further uncertainty over Shaw's expected push into mobile and perhaps leading to more delays.
Surfing and downloading from the internet is about to get more expensive for many Canadians as internet companies Shaw and Primus have announced plans to impose new fees and caps on internet usage.
The Pembina Institute’s Ed Whittingham says that hearing Peter Kent use the phrase "ethical oil" sounds like Ezra Levant, recently hired to play a leading role with Sun TV, is writing media lines for the Minister.
Blogger urges readers to join with FRIENDS in supporting the CBC by signing their "I Love CBC" petition.
Torstar Corp. says it has received $40 million in proceeds in connection with the acquisition by The Woodbridge Co. Ltd. of a direct interest in the Globe and Mail newspaper, which was completed on December 21st.
Study shows CBC salaries totalled $929 million dollars in 2009, or 56.9% of all expenses and 83.2% of program expenses.
Columnist says the biggest Canadian sports story in the coming year will be played off the fields and rinks as Rogers Communications and CTV/TSN size each other up in the wake of some unprecedented managerial shuffles in 2010.