Media Monitor — 2012

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Dec 31, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Wireless providers renewing push on pay-as-you-go by Rita Trichur

Columnist says Canada’s maturing wireless market is prompting some carriers to modernize their pay-as-you-go services, as younger customers increasingly fuel subscriber growth.

Dec 29, 2012 — Toronto Star

Wireless code of conduct could help consumers but will it be enough?

Enforcement mechanisms for mobile wireless service contracts are among issues to be sorted out in a process that first needs to determine what the code will contain, whether it should apply to all existing contracts, and how its effectiveness should be assessed.

Dec 26, 2012 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Faces U.K. Government Probe of Severance Packages by Georg Szalai

Britain's public spending watchdog will look at rising payouts for top executives after politicians criticized the $725,000 severance for short-lived BBC boss George Entwistle.

Dec 26, 2012 — Globe & Mail

After 38 commercial-free years, CBC Radio could bring back ads by Kate Taylor

The CRTC is expected to hand the CBC its licence renewal this spring, and it must decide whether to permit the broadcaster, after 38 years of commercial-free radio programming, to place ads on its music networks. 

Dec 21, 2012 — Toronto Star

News Corp says publishing wing lost money

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp said the publishing arm it plans to spin off from its entertainment assets would have lost $2.08 billion (U.S.) in the last fiscal year if it were a standalone company.

Dec 20, 2012 — Winnipeg Free Press

Report absolves BBC executives of trying to bury sex-abuse scandal, blames chaos, not coverup by Raphael Satter

An internal review says institutional chaos and confusion — but not a coverup — were to blame for the BBC's disastrous handling of pedophilia allegations involving one of its best-known children's television personalities.

Dec 20, 2012 — Montreal Gazette

CRTC approves new Montreal TV stations by Steve Faguy

The CRTC has approved two related applications that will see the Citytv network officially come to Montreal, and the launch of a new television station, ICI, that will offer local ethnic programming.

Dec 20, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Rogers gets go-ahead to launch CITY-TV Montreal by Simon Houpt

Columnist says Rogers Media Inc. is planting a flag in Montreal with a new CITY-TV station for the English-language market as the battle for Quebec viewers is heats up.

Dec 19, 2012 — National Post

Telus loses legal bid to yank smaller carrier’s TV ads by Jamie Sturgeon

Television ads being run by startup carrier Mobilicity will continue to air this holiday season touting the company’s “unlimited” plans while taking shots at similar claims made by larger rivals like Telus Corp.

Dec 18, 2012 — Winnipeg Free Press

CRTC eyes new technologies for 911 by LuAnn LaSalle

The CRTC is seeking ideas from Canadians regarding new 911 technologies and may consider texts and tweets.

Dec 17, 2012 — CBC News

CRTC seeks public input on 911 emergency service

Canada's telecom regulator is asking for the public’s input on how to improve the 911 emergency service in light of changing technology.

Dec 17, 2012 — Globe & Mail

The CRTC’s challenge to upgrade 911 by Rita Trichur

Columnist says the CRTC is aiming to close potentially dangerous technological gaps in Canada’s 911 services.

Dec 17, 2012 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Outs Itself for Gay and Lesbian Stereotypes by Stuart Kemp

A new report says the BBC should be bolder and more creative with its depiction of lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

Dec 14, 2012 — AlterNet

The Government, Corporations or the People -- Who Should Control the Internet? by Timothy Karr

The question of who controls the internet is at the center of debates at the World Conference on International Telecommunications.

Dec 14, 2012 — Alternet

New Law Makes Commercials Quieter by Sarah Seltzer

Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act has gone into effect forcing broadcasters to limit the volume of commercials to no louder than the show they accompany.

Dec 14, 2012 — Playback

Time spent online to reach TV levels by 2014: Study by Jordan Twiss

IAB Canada presents findings of its latest Canadian Media Usage Trends Study, making it clear that the internet shows no signs of slowing its growth in both overall reach and time spent.

Dec 14, 2012 — Playback

Best of the year: Kevin Crull by Danielle Ng See Quan

Bell Media's Kevin Crull talks about broadcast challenges, the company’s upcoming Cancon productions and its “TV everywhere” strategy.

Dec 14, 2012 — CBC News

What is fee for carriage?

A backgrounder explaining the fee for carriage issue in light of the Supreme Court overturning lower-court decision that let the CRTC rule.

Dec 13, 2012 — CBC News

Supreme Court nixes 'fee for carriage' broadcast plan

Canada's highest court has struck down a fee for carriage system that could have seen cable companies required to pay TV stations for their signals, a cost that could have been passed on to consumers.

Dec 13, 2012 — Toronto Star

Top court rejects CRTC plan to allow broadcasters to charge for signals by Randall Palmer

The Supreme Court of Canada says the CRTC does not have the authority to impose a value-for-signal plan under which television broadcasters would charge cable and satellite firms for their programming.

Dec 13, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Broadcasters say top court ruling leaves local stations on the ropes by Steve Ladurantaye

Private television broadcasters are warning that local stations can’t continue to exist on advertising revenues alone, after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled the stations shouldn’t be paid for their signals when they are rebroadcast by cable and satellite companies.

Dec 13, 2012 — Ottawa Citizen

Top court sides with cable, satellite firms by Stephanie Levitz And Luann Lasalle

The CRTC does not have power to make cable providers pay broadcasters for carrying their TV signals, states a decision handed down by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Dec 12, 2012 — Ottawa Citizen

It’s time to allow open telecom competition by Marc Garneau

Columnist says in a system without real competition in which consumers have few choices, the CRTC has limited options.

Dec 11, 2012 — Vancouver Sun

Telus takes on Mobilicity by Jamie Sturgeon

Telus Corp. is taking legal action against television ads aired by smaller wireless competitor Mobilicity, filing suit in a British Columbia court seeking an injunction.

Dec 11, 2012 — Hollywood Reporter

PBS Shakes up Programming Department (Exclusive) by Marisa Guthrie

Beth Hoppe, who joined the public broadcaster last year from Discovery Studios, has been promoted to chief programming executive.

Dec 11, 2012 — Toronto Star

CRTC threatens to pull Oprah network by Michael Lewis

The CRTC is threatening to pull Oprah Winfrey Network Canada off the air unless owner Corus Entertainment Inc. proves it has taken steps to meet the educational mandate of the network’s original licence.

Dec 11, 2012 — Hollywood Reporter

U.K. Tax Incentives for High-End TV Projects Delight Industry by Stuart Kemp

Draft legislation will see TV show producers able to access tax credits from April 1, 2013.

Dec 10, 2012 — Vancouver Sun

Telus and Mobilicity take ad battle to Vancouver court

Telus will ask the British Columbia Supreme Court to stop smaller wireless competitor Mobilicity from using ads that it considers misleading.

Dec 10, 2012 — CBC News

Cellphone giant Telus sues Mobilicity

Telus accuses Mobilicity of spreading misinformation about 'no-contract' deals.

Dec 10, 2012 — Calgary Herald

CRTC gets a blast from the public over three-year cellphone contracts by Terry Pedwell

Columnist says hundreds of people submitted their opinions to the CRTC about a proposed code of conduct for the country's wireless industry.

Dec 9, 2012 — Montreal Gazette

CBC looks at starting “loyalty” program by Dean Beeby

Columnist says The CBC is considering creating a customer "loyalty" program as it bleeds revenues from the NHL lockout and struggles with deep federal budget cuts.

Dec 8, 2012 — The Canadian Press

CBC looking to snare more viewers, listeners and shoppers with "loyalty" program by Dean Beeby

The CBC is considering creating a customer "loyalty" program as it bleeds revenues from the NHL lockout and struggles with deep federal budget cuts.

Dec 8, 2012 — Le Devoir

La SRC veut faire grimper et fidéliser son auditoire

CBC Television calls for proposals to develop an audience loyalty program in response to the NHL lockout and government cutbacks.

Dec 7, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Beyond the smoke and noise, real disputes slowly getting solved by Sean Gordon

Columnist says there will likely not be a 2012-13 hockey season but that things aren’t necessarily as dire as they seem.

Dec 7, 2012 — Globe & Mail

CRTC calls for input to fix telecom services in North by Rita Trichur

The CRTC is launching a landmark consultation that promises to transform communications services in the Far North.

Dec 7, 2012 — CBC News

CRTC to hold public hearings on Northwestel

The CRTC announces it is starting a public consultation on Northwestel's pricing, services and its plan to modernize.

Dec 7, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Taxpayers should pay more for the CBC by Simon Houpt

Columnist says permitting commercials on CBC Radio will almost certainly distort the ad market, depressing ad rates and squeezing profit margins.

Dec 6, 2012 — Ottawa Citizen

Access to Information system 'vulnerable' to budget cuts: info czar by Jim Bronskill

Information Commissioner applauds  CBC President Hubert Lacroix for showing leadership by making compliance with the Access to Information Act a priority.

Dec 6, 2012 — Ottawa Citizen

CRTC hearing will look at educational aspect of Oprah Winfrey Network in Canada by LuAnn LaSalle

Columnist says the CRTC is taking on Oprah Winfrey with a hearing into whether her Canadian network's programming fits the channel's educational mandate.

Dec 6, 2012 — Vancouver Sun

Canada Post still failing, CBC improving on access to information, says watchdog

The CBC got an A for its processing of requests in 2011-12, up from an F for its performance two years ago.

Dec 6, 2012 — CBC News

CBC gets an A from information watchdog by Leslie MacKinnon

The CBC has moved from an F or failing grade to an A, according to Suzanne Legault, the information commissioner and watchdog for the federal government's access to information laws.

Dec 5, 2012 — Calgary Herald

CRTC denies request by Wind Mobile to review Telus's foreign ownership by LuAnn LaSalle

The CRTC has decided not to review the level of foreign ownership in Vancouver telecom company Telus Corp., saying Telus is following the compliance rules.

Dec 4, 2012 — openDemocracy

OurBeeb forum session 2: accountability and the Savile scandal

Dan Hind and Anthony Barnett present their arguments for establishing a new method of accountability in the BBC that is fit for the digital age. 

Dec 4, 2012 — openDemocracy

OurBeeb forum session 1: funding and the licence fee

A discussion between David Elstein and Lis Howell on how to fund public service broadcasting. 

Dec 4, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Telus bulks up Quebec investment by Rita Truchur

Telus Corp. is bulking up its investment in Quebec in conjunction with the opening of a new data centre.

Dec 4, 2012 — openDemocracy

OurBeeb forum session 4: creativity, culture and digital public space

Tony Ageh, Kamila Shamsie and Bill Thompson outline their perspectives on the current and future position of the BBC in the UK’s artistic ecosystem. 

Dec 4, 2012 — Globe & Mail

OurBeeb forum session 3: pluralism, news and current affairs

Iain Overton, Tom Mills, Natalie Fenton and Claire Bolderson challenge the BBC’s claims to impartiality while suggesting ways of redefining journalistic ‘truth’. 

Dec 3, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Cineplex rules itself out as buyer of Astral assets by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says Cineplex Inc. will not be a buyer of any Astral Media Inc. or BCE Inc. assets, regardless of what the companies put on the block to appease the regulators overseeing their $3-billion deal.

Dec 3, 2012 — Hollywood Reporter

News International Names BSkyB COO Mike Darcey Its New CEO by George Szalai

Mike Darcy takes over from Tom Mockridge, who became CEO of News International in July 2011 amid the phone hacking scandal.

Dec 3, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Governing the Web (and everything else) by Don Tapscott

Representatives of more than 190 governments begin a profoundly important 12-day closed-door meeting in Dubai on Monday to hammer out how the Internet should be run and who should pay for its operation.

Nov 29, 2012 — CBC News

Critics slam CBC proposal for ads on radio

Competitors call on CRTC to block CBC bid to run ads on Radio Two and Espace Musique.

Nov 28, 2012 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Esther Enkin Appointed as New CBC Ombudsman

Esther Enkin, currently Executive Editor of CBC News, has been appointed as the Corporation’s new Ombudsman for English services, effective January 1, 2013.

Nov 28, 2012 — CBC News

CBC names Esther Enkin as ombudsman

The executive editor of CBC News, Esther Enkin, has been appointed as the corporation’s new ombudsman for English services.

Nov 28, 2012 — Globe & Mail

CRTC to Rogers: Turn down the ad volume by Steve Ladurantaye

Canada’s broadcast regulator is asking Rogers Communications to explain why it keeps blasting high-volume commercials on its stations despite new rules that insist levels remain consistent throughout a broadcast.

Nov 28, 2012 — CBC News

CRTC orders Northwestel to revise its bandwidth rates

Federal regulators have ordered Northwestel to publish a new fair rate schedule for what it charges competing internet service providers for bandwidth before the new year.

Nov 27, 2012 — Toronto Star

When “Local” News Isn’t by Paul Farhi

Columnist says that unlike news service material, which usually is labeled as such, TV stations typically run affiliate material without identifying its source.

Nov 26, 2012 — Calgary Herald

Canadian TV production heating up all across country by Bill Brioux

Columnist says Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax are booming as TV production centres again, after a decade-long slump due to everything from a higher Canadian dollar to aggressive U.S. state tax incentives to SARS.

Nov 26, 2012 — Ottawa Citizen

For specialty broadcaster diverse hiring means connecting to the community by Kathryn Boothby

Columnist says sixty-nine per cent of employees are self-identified as having aboriginal ancestry such as First Nations, Metis, and Inuit.

Nov 26, 2012 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Trust Chairman Lord Patten Defends Embattled Broadcaster by Stuart Kemp

The former MP says that despite making "awful mistakes," the broadcaster can recapture the public's trust.

Nov 24, 2012 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Brass Questioned Over Exit Pay for Former Director General by Stuart Kemp

BBC Trustee Anthony Fry tells a parliamentary committee he was irritated by the large sum of money paid to George Entwistle who resigned after just 54 days in office.

Nov 23, 2012 — Chronicle Herald

BBC appoints new director to help rebuild reputation by John F. Burns and Alan Cowell

Tony Hall's record of innovation includes overseeing the launch of the BBC website, the broadcaster’s 24-hour news channel, and Radio 5 Live, a widely popular, news-and-sport radio channel.

Nov 23, 2012 — Toronto Star

CBC licence renewal: CRTC hearings look at advertising on CBC Radio by Tony Wong

Karen Wirsig, staff representative with the Canadian Media Guild, says putting ads on CBC Radio is not good policy from a long term perspective.

Nov 23, 2012 — Toronto Star

TV production booms again in Canadian cities by Bill Brioux

Rob LaBelle, executive producer of the upcoming CTV show Motive, says the success of Flashpoint helped reignite Canada as a base of production for North American dramas.

Nov 23, 2012 — iPolitics

Watchdog to CBC: ‘Don’t prostitute your crown jewels’ by Olesia Plokhii

FRIENDS calls on the CRTC to deny CBC a new stream of advertising revenue and ensure the corporation has a contingency plan in place for the loss of a lucrative contract with the NHL.

Nov 22, 2012 — The Tyee

Starving the CBC: Years of Cuts, and Now the NHL Lockout by Peter Tupper

FRIENDS says that despite promises from Prime Minister Stephen Harper, there is a 37 per cent gap between the increases in overall government spending and the CBC's decreasing portion of funding during the years 2006 to 2015.

Nov 20, 2012 — Victoria Times Colonist

CBC seeks greater flexibility by Jim Bronskill

FRIENDS says the move towards more commercialization will turn CBC into a private broadcaster which loses $1 billion a year rather than the public broadcaster that Canadians rely upon for credible news and Canadian entertainment.

Nov 19, 2012 — Toronto Star

BCE submits new proposal to CRTC to buy Astral by Michael Lewis

Observers say a big chunk of Astral Media Inc.’s English-language TV portfolio would need to be sold for suitor BCE Inc.’s once rejected takeover proposal to pass regulatory muster.

Nov 19, 2012 — CBC News

CBC asks CRTC to lighten its regulatory burden

The strict regulatory shackles of the past don't work in today's fast-moving environment, CBC president Hubert Lacroix told a CRTC.

Nov 19, 2012 — Playback

BCE resubmits CRTC application for Astral Media takeover by Etan Vlessing

Bell Canada Enterprises has repackaged its $3.38 billion takeover of indie broadcaster Astral Media.

Nov 18, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Michael Healey on the nation-building role of the CBC Transcribed by Simon Houpt

Playwright and actor Michael Healey says a public broadcaster’s mission is the acquisition and maintenance of nationhood.

Nov 17, 2012 — CBC News

Crockatt comments cause criticism at byelection debate

Conservative candiadate Joan Crockatt saya she would like to see cuts to the public broadcaster, claiming the French language channel broadcasts pornography.

Nov 16, 2012 — CBC News

Journalistic safeguards at CBC News by Jennifer McGuire

Editor says commentators are calling on the BBC to adopt a similar management framework that is already in place at CBC News.

Nov 16, 2012 — Winnipeg Free Press

Astral talking to Bell in hopes of reworking takeover deal for CRTC approval by LuAnn LaSalle

Astral Media Inc. is reworking a friendly takeover by telecom giant Bell that's expected to see the Montreal company sell off some broadcast assets to win regulatory approval.

Nov 16, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Astral and BCE deal rekindled from the ashes of anger by Jacquie McNish, Simon Houpt and Rita Trichur

Columnist says even if BCE manages to quell the CRTC’s concerns about its post-acquisition television audience share, its revised application would also have to satisfy more subjective criteria to cinch approval.

Nov 14, 2012 — Globe & Mail

CBC goes on a programming diet for the winter by John Doyle

Columnist gives his take on CBC 2013 winter season launch.

Nov 14, 2012 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Crisis: Budget Cuts Have Hurt Flagship News Show 'Newsnight' (Report) by Georg Szalai

Industry insiders say the program, at the center of the debate about the U.K. broadcaster's editorial standards, has seen its budget cut in half in recent years.

Nov 14, 2012 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC must prepare for life after hockey by Michael Nolan

Columnist says the preponderance of sports programming for ratings and advertising revenue, especially the 60-year run of HNIC, has made CBC English television resemble a subsidized private broadcaster.

Nov 14, 2012 — Toronto Star

NHL lockout gives CBC a winter lineup of repeats by Tony Wong

The CBC says it will use repeats to fill the Hockey Night in Canada void caused by the protracted NHL labour dispute.

Nov 13, 2012 — Globe & Mail

NHL absence not hurting us, CBC head says CP Video

CBC exec Kirstine Stewart says the absence of Hockey Night in Canada isn't dragging down the broadcaster.

Nov 13, 2012 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC's 'Newsnight' Covers Its Own Woes, Broadcaster's Wider Crisis by Georg Szalai

The flagship news show at the heart of the controversy surrounding the U.K. public broadcaster reports on its own troubles.

Nov 13, 2012 — CBC News

TVO cancels shows, cuts jobs to save $2M

Three of the best-known shows on Ontario's public television network have been cancelled as TVO moves to cut $2 million from its budget.

Nov 13, 2012 — Toronto Star

BBC chief to staff: Stop tweeting our troubles

Fran Unsworth, the newly appointed head of BBC News, had sent an email urging staff to pull together and refrain from discussing its bungled reporting of a child sex-abuse scandal online.

Nov 13, 2012 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada's TVO Network Chops Jobs and Big Ticket Shows by Etan Vlessing

North America's largest educational public broadcaster is looking to reduce its reliance on government coin and increase digital revenue.

Nov 13, 2012 — CBC News

NHL lockout creates hole in CBC winter schedule

Executive vice-president of English services says CBC is already re-running TV programs because of federal cutbacks earlier this year and the NHL lockout threatens to create a bigger hole in the public broadcaster's winter season.

Nov 13, 2012 — Vancouver Sun

TVO cancels 'Saturday Night at the Movies' and cuts up to 40 jobs

Ontario's publicly funded broadcaster is cutting up to 40 positions and cancelling "Saturday Night at the Movies" after a nearly four decade run as part of an effort to save $2 million.

Nov 13, 2012 — Vancouver Sun

Quebecor cutting 500 jobs at Sun Media to trim $45 million of costs

Columnist says Quebecor Inc. is cutting about 500 jobs at its Sun Media newspaper division in a move that includes closing two production facilities in Ontario as it copes with lower advertising revenue.

Nov 13, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Sun Media cuts back as ad sales fall by Simon Houpt and Bertrand Marotte

Columnist says Canada’s largest newspaper chain is slashing 500 jobs, shutting down two printing presses, and erecting more paywalls as it tries to cut costs by more than $45-million to deal with declining advertising revenue for its printed papers.

Nov 12, 2012 — Toronto Star

BBC scandal spreads as two more senior editors step aside by Henry Chu

Columnist says the BBC is battling mounting criticism and outright ridicule as it scrambles to contain its worst crisis in years.

Nov 12, 2012 — New York Times

2 Executives Step Aside at the BBC as Turmoil Over Reporting Deepens by Alan Cowell and John F. Burns

Columnist says the BBC is struggling to contain a spreading crisis over its reporting of a decades-old sexual abuse scandal as two senior executives temporarily withdraw from their jobs in the wake of the resignation of the corporation’s director general.

Nov 12, 2012 — Globe & Mail

BBC news chief steps down amid pedophilia scandal by Simon Houpt

The BBC says a pedophilia scandal was the primary cause of an ugly episode that forced its director-general George Entwistle from office and has thrown top management into open conflict with the corporation.

Nov 12, 2012 — Chronicle Herald

British news industry could face restrictions

Columnist says the news industry in Britain is at rock-bottom in public esteem, and could face increased restrictions from the government.

Nov 11, 2012 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Crisis: Rupert Murdoch Pushes for Government Role in Reforms by Georg Szalai

News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch arguea that Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron should reform the BBC and its organization.

Nov 9, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Telus joins race to capture multiple-device users by Rita Trichur

Columnist says Canada’s big three wireless carriers are fighting a heated battle for multiple-device users this holiday season.

Nov 9, 2012 — CBC News

Telus Q3 profit rises to $351M

By using the internet, watching video and sending emails, Telus' smartphone customers drove up wireless data revenue by 23 per cent in its third quarter.

Nov 9, 2012 — Montreal Gazette

CRTC approves English talk-radio station at 600 AM by Steve Faguy

New talk radio station says its committed to filling 100 per cent of its schedule with local programming.

Nov 9, 2012 — Toronto Star

BBC suspends investigations at top news program after airing discredited child abuse report by Cassandra Vinograd and David Stringer

The BBC apologizes for airing a report featuring accusations from a child abuse victim which the victim later retracted.

Nov 9, 2012 — Vancouver Sun

Telus profit rises to $351M in Q3, smartphones highlight revenue growth by LuAnn LaSalle

Columnist says Telus Corp. is increasing its quarterly dividend following a surge in third-quarter earnings, which were helped by sharp growth in revenue from smartphone data services at its wireless division.

Nov 8, 2012 — U.S. Television Coalition

American Television Stations Call For Fair Canadian Import Trade Practices

Coalition calls for equitable and nondiscriminatory consent and remuneration rights for American over-the-air TV channels imported and retransmitted in markets across Canada.

Nov 6, 2012 —

Calgary-Centre By-Election: Accusations and high-profile visits by Dave Berta

Columnist says the by-election in Calgary-Centre is in full-swing with accusations and high-profile visits becoming a distinguishing characteristic of the campaign in advance of the November 26 vote.

Nov 6, 2012 — Hollywood Reporter

Former BBC Boss Expresses 'Shock and Sadness' About Abuse Scandal by Georg Szalai

Former BBC director general Mark Thompson says that during his tenure he was not aware of any wrongdoing by former Top of the Pops host Jimmy Savile.

Nov 4, 2012 — Winnipeg Free Press

UK minister says the BBC could face a public inquiry over Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal by David Stringer

Culture Secretary Maria Miller says that a formal investigation into the BBC could be launched, if its own internal inquiries don't establish how Jimmy Savile's behaviour was allowed to go unchecked for decades.

Nov 2, 2012 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC to Shut Down Two Channels in India by Nyay Bhushan

The British broadcaster is pulling the plug on an entertainment and a kids network, citing “challenging” economics for channel operators in India.

Nov 2, 2012 — Ottawa Citizen

'Premature' to call Astral deal dead by Jamie Sturgeon

Columnist says the head of the telecom sector's biggest player is awaiting word from the federal cabinet as to whether the government will force broadcast regulators to re-evaluate a $3.38-bil-lion bid for Astral Media Inc., which was rejected two weeks earlier.

Nov 2, 2012 — Huffington Post Canada

Watching the Watchdog: Reimagining the CBC by Tim Knight

Columnist says the CBC can only be fixed if it's closed down and started again.

Nov 2, 2012 — Globe & Mail

New boss, new way: CRTC chief Blais’s mission to wake up watchdog by Rita Trichur

Columnist says Jean-Pierre Blais is on a mission shake up the CRTC by sharpening its focus on consumers and the people who make Canadian content.

Nov 1, 2012 — Hollywood Reporter

With Astral Media Deal in Limbo, Canada's BCE Posts Lower Q3 Earnings by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says despite airing the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Canadian phone giant's radio, TV and digital media division felt the impact of a soft ad market.

Nov 1, 2012 — Winnipeg Free Press

BCE says it will keep dividend growth strategy if Astral deal doesn't go ahead by LuAnn LaSalle

BCE Inc. says its strategy to keep growing its shareholder dividend is on track and doesn't depend on the acquisition of Astral Media.

Nov 1, 2012 — Toronto Star

We’ll meet 2012 targets, BCE says

BCE Inc. says it’s on track to meet the 2012 financial guidance it issued in August before the company’s attempted purchase of Astral Media ran into a regulatory roadblock.

Nov 1, 2012 — Globe & Mail

With Astral deal on ropes, BCE keeps its options open by Steve Ladurantaye

BCE Inc. vows to protect its dividend strategy and consider other takeovers if last-ditch efforts to rescue a $3-billion bid for Astral Media fail.

Oct 31, 2012 — Montreal Gazette

BCE ‘didn’t get memo’ about CRTC by Peter Hadekel

In releasing quarterly financial results on Wednesday, Astral head Ian Greenberg said he wouldn’t comment directly on the failed bid to buy his company by BCE Inc.

Oct 31, 2012 — Globe & Mail

As Astral posts gains, Greenberg looks to rescue BCE deal by Steve Ladurantaye

Ian Greensburg says both companies are determined to work every possible angle to save their merger deal after it was rejected by Canada’s broadcast regulator.

Oct 30, 2012 — Ottawa Citizen

CRTC head leaves door open to re-evaluating Bell’s proposed $3.38B Astral bid by Jamie Sturgeon

CRTC chairman says Canada’s broadcast regulator is prepared to re-evaluate BCE Inc.’s proposed takeover of Astral Media Inc.

Oct 30, 2012 — Globe & Mail

If I ran the CRTC by Dianne Nice

The new head of the CRTC says he reads Globe and Mail comments to find out what Canadians think about the CRTC.

Oct 30, 2012 — Hollywood Reporter

No TV Hockey Has Canadians Watching More American Shows by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says the NHL lockout is good news for domestic cable channels enjoying a surge of male viewers as the CBC's "Hockey Night in Canada" goes to re-runs on Saturday nights.

Oct 30, 2012 — Winnipeg Free Press

CBC's international radio transmitters in New Brunswick to shut down

The high-power shortwave transmitters used to broadcast CBC's international radio service to the world will be permanently shut down.

Oct 30, 2012 — Canadian University Press

CRTC looks to create national standards for mobile providers by Jane Lytvynenko

To help consumers avoid surprises on their cell phone bill, the CRTC is looking to develop a national and mandatory code for providers to follow.

Oct 30, 2012 — Canadian Conference of the Arts

Letter From the Chair by Kathleen Sharpe

CCA came to the con­clu­sion to shut down oper­a­tions imme­di­ately due to lack of funding.

Oct 30, 2012 — Ottawa Citizen

CRTC aims to rebuild consumers' trust

The head of the CRTC says he wants to put consumers at the centre of the decisions that his regulatory organization makes.

Oct 30, 2012 — National Post

CRTC head leaves door open to re-evaluating Bell’s proposed $3.38B Astral bid by Jamie Sturgeon

Canada’s broadcast regulator is prepared to re-evaluate BCE Inc.’s proposed takeover of Astral Media Inc., says chairman Jean-Pierre Blais.

Oct 29, 2012 — Vancouver Sun

CRTC presses for wholesale telecom rate details

The CRTC says large telephone and cable companies will have to make more information public on the rates they charge smaller competitors for space on their networks.

Oct 29, 2012 — Toronto Star

Toronto Star says it will launch a paywall for its website starting next year byDavid Friend,

More Canadian newspapers are stepping behind a paywall as the Toronto Star announces that it will ask users to start paying for online content next year.

Oct 29, 2012 — Vancouver Sun

CRTC presses for wholesale telecom rate details

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says large telephone and cable companies will have to make more information public on the rates they charge smaller competitors for space on their networks.

Oct 29, 2012 — Hollywood Reporter

Netflix Shares Surge Amid Buyout Speculation by Paul Bond

Microsoft is rumored to be interested in the leading subscription-based provider of DVDs and streaming media.

Oct 29, 2012 — Globe & Mail

New CRTC chief Blais aims to ‘gain the trust’ of consumers by Rita Trichur

The new CRTC Chairman says he is on a mission to “rebuild” the trust of Canadians by renewing its focus on consumers, creators and citizens

Oct 29, 2012 — Winnipeg Free Press

Harper undoing Bennet's 'conservative' legacy by Val Werier

Columnist says that in a bizarre twist of history, Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper is dismantling institutions, such as the CBC, initiated some 80 years ago by another Conservative prime minister, Richard Bedford Bennett.

Oct 27, 2012 — Toronto Star

Telefilm Canada neglects female filmmakers by Shari Graydon

Columnist says opportunities and funding are currently much more available to male filmmakers.

Oct 26, 2012 — Vancouver Sun

Bell extends Astral offer

Bell is extending the deadline for its takeover offer for Astral Media Inc. to Dec. 16 in hopes the deal can still win regulatory approval.

Oct 26, 2012 — Vancouver Sun

Deepa Mehta could hold key to Canada's digital media future by Shari Graydon

Columnist says the funding records of Telefilm Canada, which provided financial assistance for 130 feature films released in 2010-2011, show a five-to-one ratio of male to female directors, with women writers doing only slightly better, at 23 per cent of the total.

Oct 26, 2012 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Trust Chairman Predicts Resignations in Wake of Jimmy Savile Abuse Probes by Georg Szalai

Lord Patten in a round of TV interviews says new BBC boss George Entwistle has been hit with a "tsunami of filth" and has questions to answer.

Oct 26, 2012 — Montreal Gazette

CRTC orders telecom companies to open their books

The CRTC says if telecom companies want to offer wholesale services to third-party competitors, they must disclose what those services cost them.

Oct 26, 2012 — Hollywood Reporter

Shaw Communications Sees No Halt to Industry Consolidation by Etan Vlessing

Despite the CRTC rejecting BCE's $3.38 billion takeover of Astral Media on competition grounds, Shaw Communications insists vertical integration is still on the cards north of the border.

Oct 26, 2012 — openDemocracy

A tale of two charters: the BBC and the commons by Graham Murdock

Columnist says that building an open and inclusive digital commons is the best, and perhaps the only, hope the public has of sustaining a public culture that can underwrite and reinvigorate citizenship in increasingly fractured times.

Oct 26, 2012 — Playback

CBC/Radio-Canada to cut $28.4M to deal with loss of LPIF by Danielle Ng See Quan

CBC/Radio-Canada is cutting its budget by a further $28.4 million next year, in fiscal 2013-2014.

Oct 25, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Shaw profit dips, revenue edges higher

The Calgary-based company says non-operating items, including business acquisitions, integration and restructuring expenses, affected net income.

Oct 25, 2012 — Vancouver Sun

Shaw Q4 net income down 20 per cent

Shaw Communications Inc. says its net income from continuing operations fell 20 per cent to $133 million in the fourth quarter of the cable and media company's financial year.

Oct 25, 2012 — Hollywood Reporter

CBC/Radio Canada to Cut Another $28.5 Million by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says the loss of the Local Programming Improvement Fund, a key industry subsidy pool, means small market stations will limit growth plans and original programming.

Oct 25, 2012 — Globe & Mail

CBC to cut a further $28M from next year’s spending plans by Steve Ladurantaye

CBC says it will cut $28.4-million from its spending plans by 2014 due to the national broadcast regulator’s decision to cut a programming fund that was created during the recession to help pay for local programming.

Oct 25, 2012 — Globe & Mail

With Astral bid on the ropes, Bell takes on the CRTC by Simon Houpt

Columnist says When Jean-Pierre Blais, the CRTC’s new chair, scolded Bell last week for failing to present a vision for how it would use the Astral radio assets, it seemed he and Mr. Crull were in different universes.

Oct 25, 2012 — Ottawa Citizen

Shaw, Corus downplay merger speculation amid BCE-Astral trouble by Jamie Sturgeon

Shaw Communications Inc. and affiliated media company Corus Entertainment Inc. downplay speculation that the two firms will seek to merge.

Oct 25, 2012 — CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada outlines plan to deal with the loss of the Local Programming Improvement Fund

CBC explains to its employees how it will deal with the loss of the Local Programming Improvement Fund.

Oct 24, 2012 — Globe & Mail

CRTC’s Astral decision not really about diversity of voices

Editorial states that the CRTC rejection of the aquisition of Astral Media by BCE Inc. was about the inverse correlation between concentration of ownership and plurality and shouldn't dressed up in politically correct jargon.

Oct 24, 2012 — Toronto Star

Rogers mulls bid for Astral assets

Rogers Communications Inc. says it would consider acquiring parts of Astral Media Inc., the target of a $3 billion bid from BCE Inc. that was rejected by the CRTC.

Oct 24, 2012 — StarPhoenix

Rogers confident regulators will approve Score bid by Jamie Sturgeon

Rogers is attempting to complete a $167-million purchase of Score Media Inc.’s television assets and minority stake in the firm’s new digital media company.

Oct 24, 2012 — Calgary Herald

Smart phones sales help Rogers maintain healthy bottom line

Consumers buying smartphones helped boost Rogers Communications' revenue and adjusted profit in the third quarter, a trend that has been driving growth for the telecom company.

Oct 24, 2012 — Winnipeg Free Press

Rogers May Buy Astral Assets In 'Selective' Process by LuAnn LaSalle

Columnist says telecom company Rogers Communications Inc. could take a look at "selective" assets of Astral Media if the specialty and radio company puts up a "For Sale" again after its sale to BCE was rejected.

Oct 24, 2012 —

Hate crime investigation launched surrounding Ezra Levant’s Roma broadcast by Eric Mark Do

The Roma Community Centre in Toronto wants police to investigate comments made by Ezra Levant in a recent broadcast on Sun News Network as a hate crime.

Oct 23, 2012 — Hollywood Reporter

Netflix Shares Plunge on Disappointing Third-Quarter Results by Paul Bond

Netflix adds fewer streaming customers than investors had hoped for and lowers end-of-year guidance.

Oct 23, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Netflix Canada’s growth levels off by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says Canada’s Netflix revolution seems to have plateaued, as television viewers hang on to their existing cable and satellite packages rather than cut their cords and rely exclusively on online programming.

Oct 23, 2012 — News Article

CBC News Toronto at 11 debuts on CBC TV

CBC Toronto is expanding its late night TV newscast to offer more breaking news, live reports, weather and exclusive stories.

Oct 22, 2012 — BCE Inc.

Bell asks federal Cabinet to direct CRTC to follow its own policies

BCE submits its request that the federal Cabinet issue a policy direction, under Section 7 of the Broadcasting Act, that directs the CRTC to follow its existing policies when reviewing change of control transactions in broadcasting.

Oct 22, 2012 — Playback

Bell slams CRTC for ignoring market realities in Astral decision by Etan Vlessing

BCE says the CRTC ignored its own rules, and created “new criteria and metrics” outside of existing policies to justify denying the $3.38 billion Astral Media takeover deal.

Oct 20, 2012 — Playback

CRTC chair defends shock BCE-Astral Media decision by Etan Vlessing

Chairman says BCE demonstrated clearly that the proposed transaction was good for BCE, but that the CRTC was not persuaded that it was in the best interest of Canadians

Oct 19, 2012 — Nordicity

Nordicity Corrects Factual Errors in Critique of Advertising Study for CBC/RADIO-CANADA Television

In December of 2011, Nordicity completed an assignment for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and Radio-Canada that sought to assess the impact on the CBC/Radio-Canada and on the wider Canadian broadcasting system if the CBC/Radio-Canada were to remove advertising from its television offerings.

Oct 19, 2012 — Toronto Star

Make no mistake, this is a new CRTC by Michael Geist

Columnist says the most important aspect of the rejection of the Bell-Astral merger is that it show's the CRTC will put the public and the public interest at the heart of the review process.

Oct 19, 2012 — Playback

It’s official: BCE to appeal to feds to acquire Astral Media by Etan Vlessing

BCE announces the phone giant will seek approval for its Astral Media takeover by going over the heads of the CRTC with an appeal to the federal cabinet.

Oct 18, 2012 — BCE Inc.

Bell shocked by CRTC rejection of Astral transaction, requests Cabinet intervention

Bell says it is appalled that the CRTC would come to a decision that so negatively impacts Canadian consumers and the national broadcast industry, contravenes its own policy and is tainted by behind-the-scenes lobbying by Bell's cable rivals.

Oct 17, 2012 —

Move over Twitter: poll finds Canadians still watching, reading and listening to 'old media' by Belinda Alzner

Acording to a new Ipsos Reid poll, Canadians continue to most frequently turn to traditional platforms for their daily news despite the emergence of new online methods of consuming news.

Oct 16, 2012 — Le Devoir

Québécisation de Radio-Canada: surprise, surprise by Félix Hallée-Théoret

Columnist says the French language services of CBC behave as a Quebec broadcaster.

Oct 15, 2012 — Hollywood Reporter

Study: NHL Lockout a Bad Omen for Canada's CBC Network by Etan Vlessing

FRIENDS says losing the "Hockey Night in Canada" TV rights in 2014 could eliminate a third of its TV audience and half of its English TV ad revenue.

Oct 15, 2012 — Globe & Mail

John Doyle's advice for the CBC president on his new five-year term by John Doyle

Columnist gives "some unasked-for advice" on the occasion of Hubert Lacroix's reappointment as CBC's president.

Oct 14, 2012 — Calgary Herald

Radio-Canada's Quebec-centric focus doesn't meet licence mandate: study claims by Bruce Cheadle

A long-standing complaint concerning Quebec navel-gazing by the CBC's French-language news service has been revived as the national broadcast regulator considers Radio-Canada's licence renewal.

Oct 14, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Radio-Canada’s focus on Quebec doesn’t meet licence mandate, study says by Bruce Cheadle

Columnist says a long-standing complaint concerning Quebec navel-gazing by the CBC’s French-language news service has been revived as the national broadcast regulator considers Radio-Canada’s licence renewal.

Oct 14, 2012 — La Presse

La SRC trop centrée sur le Québec, selon une étude by Bruce Cheadle

Radio-Canada is too Quebec-centric, according to study.

Oct 13, 2012 — Government of Canada

Canada's continued support for TV5MONDE

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announces further support in the amount of approximately $6.3 million for 2013, for TV5MONDE, the world's leading francophone television network.

Oct 12, 2012 — Yahoo! News

Tough times may be ahead for the CBC by Andy Radia

FRIENDS says "The CBC is hooked on hockey and the lockout could be just a bitter foretaste of the future for the CBC".

Oct 12, 2012 — Globe & Mail

In a hands-off era, CRTC rediscovers it’s in charge by Simon Houpt

Columnist says the CRTC appears to be a newly emboldened commission that is tired of caving to pressure from the industry.

Oct 12, 2012 — Globe & Mail

For NHL sponsors, puck does not stop here by Susan Krashinsky

As the hockey season is scaled back, sponsors are scrambling to shift marketing dollars and maintain brand presence.

Oct 11, 2012 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Impartiality Review Will Examine Religion, Immigration and Europe Reporting

Ex-ITV chief Stuart Prebble is tasked with overseeing an independent review into whether or not the U.K. broadcaster is balanced in its coverage of such hot topics.

Oct 10, 2012 — Playback

CBC must explain Hockey Night in Canada contingency plan: lobby group by Jordan Twiss

FRIENDS estimates that hockey earns a $15 million profit for the CBC, and the loss of HNIC would cost the pubcaster 400 hours of programming and $200 million.

Oct 10, 2012 — Globe & Mail

CBC has much at stake in next NHL television rights negotiation by Bruce Dowbiggin

FRIENDS says it will be demanding answers about HNIC’s future on November 19 when the CRTC begins its review of the CBC's broadcast licenses.

Oct 10, 2012 — C21 Media

CBC hockey loss ‘would be devastating’ by Sean Davidson

FRIENDS warns that the possible loss of NHL games in 2014, when the contract between the league and the national pubcaster comes up for renewal, would be a “devastating financial loss” for CBC.

Oct 10, 2012 — Toronto Star

NHL lockout: Get ready for hockey rerun night in Canada: Mudhar by Raju Mudhar

Columnist says the CBC has a novel idea that takes into account that this is the first NHL lockout in the social media age and using that too its advantage, with its Hockey Night in Canada: Your Pick plan.

Oct 9, 2012 — News Article

How the NHL Lockout Could Devastate the CBC by Ian Morrison

FRIENDS calculates that the CBC will suffer a devastating financial loss of as much as $200 million annually if it loses the rights to Hockey Night in Canada in 2014 when its agreement with the NHL expires.

Oct 9, 2012 — openDemocracy

Time to elect the BBC Trust? by Adam Ramsay

Columnist asks if it might be time to end government appointments and have BBC elections.

Oct 9, 2012 — CBC News

CBC opens new B.C. bureau in Kamloops

The CBC has opened its first radio station in 14 years — in Kamloops, B.C.

Oct 8, 2012 — The Tyee

Whose Liberals Will Justin Trudeau Lead?

Columnist asks whether Justin Trudeau will pledge to reverse cuts to the CBC, the environment department and public science.

Oct 5, 2012 — StarPhoenix

Letter to the editor: Comment on CBC by Brenda Baker

Reader says that there was a time when it felt like the voices, culture and opinions of Saskatchewan were a part of CBC's core programming, but not anymore.

Oct 5, 2012 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Hubert T. Lacroix reappointed for a second five-year term

The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage & Official Languages announced that Hubert T. Lacroix has been confirmed for a second five-year term as President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada.

Oct 4, 2012 — Huffington Post

PBS CEO Paula Kerger: Mitt Romney's Debate Attack Was 'Stunning' by Jack Mirkinson

The CEO of PBS fires back at Mitt Romney, saying that it was "stunning" that the Republican candidate had singled her network out in the presidential debate.

Oct 4, 2012 — CBC Sports

Hockey Night In Canada returns with 'Your Pick'

The 2012-13 NHL season may be on hiatus, but Hockey Night In Canada won’t be – thanks to some help from its fans.

Oct 4, 2012 — CRTC

Speech by Jean-Pierre Blais

CRTC Chairman sets out his views on the future and mandate of the CRTC.

Oct 4, 2012 — The Macdonald-Laurier Institute

Opening statements from the latest Great Canadian Debate on the CBC by Andrew Coyne & Mark Starowicz

The opening statements of Andrew Coyne and Mark Starowicz in their debate regarding the necessity of the CBC.

Oct 3, 2012 — iPolitics

What should we do about the CBC? by Michael Bliss

The past, present, and future of the CBC is up for intellectual grabs in the first of The Great Canadian Debates being hosted by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute at the Canadian War Museum.

Sep 30, 2012 — Chronicle Herald

Surprisingly, share price in Murdoch media empire up 53 per cent in last year

News Corp. share prices have climbed by 53 per cent in the past year to nearly $25, a peak not reached since 2007, before the financial crisis.

Sep 30, 2012 — The Guardian

Al-Jazeera's political independence questioned amid Qatar intervention by Dan Sabbagh

Al-Jazeera English journalists protest after being ordered to re-edit UN report to focus on Qatar emir's comments on Syria.

Sep 30, 2012 — Toronto Star

Don’t turn the CBC into an on-air beggar by Ian Morrison

FRIENDS says if the CBC adopts the PBS model of funding, it will be doomed to become a narrow elite service, rather than a mainstream player that is integral to Canadian democracy and generates almost 40 per cent of the audience for Canadian shows.

Sep 28, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Community news website OpenFile suspends publication by Steve Ladurantaye

OpenFile, a Canadian news website that features stories based on suggestions from its readers, is suspending publication for a few weeks as it explores a new business opportunity.

Sep 28, 2012 — New York Times

F.C.C. Backs Proposal to Realign Airwavesby Edward Wyatt

Columnist says the Federal Communications Commission unanimously approved a sweeping proposal to reclaim public airwaves now used for broadcast television and auction them off for use in wireless broadband networks, with a portion of the proceeds paid to the broadcasters.

Sep 28, 2012 — Playback

Sun Media hires Eric Morrison to restructure news-gathering by Etan Vlessing

Sun Media is restructuring as it names former CTV and Canadian Press exec Eric Morrison as vice-president of editorial.

Sep 28, 2012 — Waterloo Record

Another view: Have your say on CBC

Columnist says what the CBC needs now more than ever is imaginative leadership that will give it the most bang for its bucks.

Sep 27, 2012 — Peterborough Examiner

MP missing committee meetings by Brenden Wedley

Columnist says Peterborough MP Dean Del Mastro has largely slipped out of public view in Ottawa as Elections Canada investigates allegations that he broke campaign finance rules in the 2008 election and tried to cover up the violations.

Sep 27, 2012 — Chronicle Herald

Editorial: CBC funding and future: Have your say

FRIENDS points out that in contrast with public broadcasters in other Western democracies, the CBC president and board are essentially appointed at the behest of the prime minister.

Sep 27, 2012 — ESPN

Canadian TV hurt by lockout

Columnist says Canadian television networks stand to lose broadcasts that attract millions of viewers and generate millions of dollars in advertising revenue if the NHL lockout extends into the regular season.

Sep 27, 2012 — Hollywood Reporter

Comcast, NBCUniversal Take Stake in U.K. TV Companion App Maker Zeebox by George Szalai

Columnist says Zeebox, a British maker of TV companion apps, has struck its first U.S. deals with Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal, HBO and its Cinemax service, which will see the firm's apps used across more than 30 networks.

Sep 27, 2012 — Detroit Free Press

NHL lockout could hit Canadian TV networks hard

Columnist says Canadian television networks stand to lose broadcasts that attract millions of viewers and generate millions of dollars in advertising revenue if the NHL lockout extends into the regular season.

Sep 26, 2012 — National Post

Canadian television could take a major hit if NHL lockout continues

Columnist says networks stand to lose broadcasts that attract millions of viewers and generate millions of dollars in advertising revenue.

Sep 25, 2012 — openDemocracy

From live output to living output - Entwistle points to a new digital revolution by Mandy Rose

Columnist says new BBC Director-General George Entwistle's first speech echoes one of the missions set out for him on ourBeeb earlier this summer: to "create genuinely digital content for the first time"

Sep 24, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Kevin O'Leary: He's not a billionaire, he just plays one on TV by Bruce Livesey and Tim Kilandze

Columnists say people in the investment community are turning on Kevin O'Leary over the performance and management style of his funds.

Sep 21, 2012 — Winnipeg Free Press

CBC's place in 'public space' by Ian Morrison

FRIENDS says the CBC is Canadians' public space in the media, a space that is vital for the health of our democracy, and that is worth protecting for future generations.

Sep 20, 2012 — Hollywood Reporter

News Corp. Responds to U.K. Regulator's BSkyB Decision, Comments on James Murdoch

The conglomerate says it is "pleased" with the BSkyB decision, but disagrees "with certain of the report’s statements about James Murdoch’s prior actions as an executive and director."

Sep 17, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Digital reach, not size, at issue for CRTC’s Bell-Astral decision by Barrie McKenna

BCE Inc. chief executive George Cope says Canadian media companies need heft to compete with U.S. giants Netflix Inc., Apple Inc. and Inc.

Sep 16, 2012 — The Chronicle Herald

Ads on CBC Radio like condos in Point Pleasant Park by Ian Morrison

FRIENDS says CBC Radio offers a much-needed “public space” in Canada’s audio-visual system.

Sep 14, 2012 — Globe & Mail

CBC challenges BCE-Astral by Steve Ladurantaye

The CBC has stepped into the debate over BCE Inc.’s $3.4-billion acquisition of Astral Media at the last minute, insisting it be allowed to voice its objection to the company’s plan to launch a French news network as part of the deal.

Sep 14, 2012 — openDemocracy

Is Radio 1's quest for the elixir of youth doomed to fail? by Dan Hancox

Columnist asks whether the digital revolution has irreparably broken the relationship between young people and the BBC.

Sep 13, 2012 — Xtra!

Why is the CBC afraid of Harper? by Rob Salerno

Columnist believes the arts community should be leaders in critical thought and speech when the government commits absurdities and that the CBC should be at the forefront.

Sep 13, 2012 — Playback

Rogers opposes Astral takeover by “too powerful” Bell by Val Maloney

Rogers Media executives present their case against the proposed Bell Astral takeover deal before the CRTC.

Sep 12, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Péladeau warns that BCE deal will create a ‘monster’ by Steve Ladurantaye

Quebecor CEO says a BCE takeover of Astral will ‘kill’ the broadcasting business.

Sep 11, 2012 — Playback

BCE pitches benefits of $3.3 billion Astral Media takeover to CRTC by Etan Vlessing

CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais puts the onus on Bell Media-parent BCE to explain why its $3.3 billion takeover of Astral Media is good for Canadians.

Sep 11, 2012 — CTV News

Quebecor CEO appears at CRTC hearing on Bell-Astral deal

Karl Peladeau says if Bell succeeds in its $3.4-billion takeover of Astral Media it will mark a "point of no return" for Canada.

Sep 11, 2012 — Le Devoir

Acquisition d’Astral - Duel de titans devant le CRTC by François Desjardins

CRTC considers BCE's application to acquire Astral.

Sep 11, 2012 — Huffington Post

NHL Lockout 2012: Cancellation Of Season Would Shave $1.8 Billion Off GDP, Economist Says by Daniel Tencer

BMO economist says the performing arts, heritage and sports sector of Canada’s economy saw a decline of roughly 0.1 per cent of GDP during the 2004-05 lockout, which resulted in the cancellation of the entire hockey season.

Sep 9, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Pan Am Games a consolation prize for CBC by Bruce Dowbiggin

Columnist says CBC’s acquisition of the TV rights to the Pan Am Games is a natural fit for the current mandate of placating its government critics first and then trying to make the numbers work.

Sep 6, 2012 — Toronto Star

Salutin: Stursberg’s CBC legacy nothing to brag about by Rick Salutin

Colunist says that despite the opinion of Richard Stursburg, one won’t find anyone who ever actually said the CBC ought to produce for the elites.

Sep 5, 2012 — CRTC

CRTC to hold public hearing to renew CBC/Radio-Canada’s licences

The CRTC is inviting Canadians to participate in the consultation for the renewal of CBC/Radio-Canada’s radio and television licences.

Sep 5, 2012 — openDemocracy

Editor's blog: £3m for Clarkson, £42m for CBeebies - how the BBC spends its money by Dan Hancox

Editor asks whether Britains should be so obsessed with cost in public service broadcasting.

Sep 4, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Canada must refuel for cultural creativity by Edgar Cowan, John Hobday & Ian Wilson

Columnists say Canada needs a new innovative economic “road map,” firmly linking dynamic creative and cultural sectors with open and welcoming business and technology sectors.

Sep 4, 2012 — Globe & Mail

CRTC sounds alarm over controversial phone apps by Rita Trichur

Columnist says that as companies race to bring innovations to market, technology often moves faster than wireless carriers can keep pace, challenging Canada’s long-standing commitment to consumer privacy

Aug 30, 2012 — Huffington Post

Mitt Romney And The Arts: How He Plans To Gut Federal Funding by Lucas Kavner

Columnist says chopping into already meagre arts funding has been a Republican priority for a few years now.

Aug 30, 2012 — CRTC

Broadcasting Information Bulletin CRTC 2012-471

Description of how the CRTC will enforce the broadcasting industry’s compliance with the regulatory requirements regarding the loudness of television commercial messages.

Aug 28, 2012 — openDemocracy

Radio 3 - why it matters, and why it shouldn't dumb down classical music by Sarah Spilsbury

Columnist says the BBC is happy to present classical music as light-weight reality TV - it's vital that the unique mission and role of Radio 3 shouldn't slip down the same route.

Aug 28, 2012 — The Tyee

Want to Reverse Canada's Media Oligopoly? by Michael Geist

Columnist says the CRTC will probably pressure Bell to make some adjustments to its deal with Astral Media, but squashing it altogether is unlikely given the many prior approvals of media mergers.

Aug 27, 2012 — Montreal Gazette

Rogers strikes deal to buy Score Media in $167M deal by David Friend

Rogers Communications has struck an agreement to buy sports broadcaster Score Media Inc. in a transaction valued at $167 million.

Aug 24, 2012 — openDemocracy

Regenerating Britain's local media: can public service broadcasting come to the rescue? by Justin Schlosberg

Columnist says unchecked media concentration over several decades has allowed some groups to accumulate vast amounts of revenue and influence, with disastrous consequences for ethical journalism and democracy.

Aug 20, 2012 — Ipsos

Canadians Maturing as Mobile Users

The spring 2012 wave of Ipsos Reid’s Mobil-ology, a study of the mobile market in Canada, shows that the frequency at which Canadians are using their Smartphones, Tablets and eReaders remains stable, however, the average duration of time they report using them has declined.

Aug 18, 2012 —

Romney to ax art funding by Jillian Steinhauer

In an upcoming Fortune interview, Mitt Romney says he will cut funding for the arts and eliminate the PBS subsidy if elected.

Aug 14, 2012 — Victoria Times Colonist

Have your say tonight on the CBC you want by Amy Smart

Members of the public have an opportunity to share their views on the future of the CBC at a panel discussion hosted by FRIENDS.

Aug 14, 2012 —

ANALYSIS: Counting audience share as major forces rally against Bell-Astral deal by Greg O'Brien

Groups such as ACTRA, the Writers Guild, the CMPA and Directors Guild, while not ultimately opposing the merger of Bell and Astral Media outright, want to see major changes to the terms of the benefits package and even see new regulations applied to Bell Media.

Aug 14, 2012 — Globe & Mail

CBC aims to divide pie for coming Olympic Games by Simon Houpt

CBC, the sole winner of the broadcast rights for the 2014 and 2016 Olympics, reveals that it intends to strike deals with a long list of private partners to deliver those Games on cable, broadcast, online and mobile channels.

Aug 12, 2012 — Vancouver Sun

Opinion: Ads on CBC Radio are as out of place as condos in Stanley Park by Ian Morrison

FRIENDS says that as Canada’s national public broadcaster, it’s CBC’s job to present radio and television programs that meet the needs of citizens, rather than delivering audience eyes and ears to advertisers.

Aug 10, 2012 — Broadcaster Magzine

More Consumer and Industry Voices Say No to Bell Canada

Columnist says more consumer and industry organizations have joined the growing chorus of voices opposing the proposed acquisition of Astral Media Inc. by Bell Canada.

Aug 9, 2012 — CKNW Radio Vancouver

Radio Interview: The CBC We Want

FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, speaks on the Bill Good Show about the future of public broadcasting and The CBC We Want town hall meetings.

Aug 9, 2012 — Toronto Star

Chatr marketing claims cannot be justified, Crown says

The Competition Bureau alleges that Rogers failed to conduct “adequate and proper testing” before making the promotional claim that their network “had fewer dropped calls than new wireless carriers” and thus discredited its competitors.

Aug 7, 2012 — Mediapost

Netflix Satisfaction Ratings Dip by Daisy Whitney

According to TDG’s research, the number of “highly satisfied” Netflix streaming customers has dipped from 68 percent to 48 percent.

Aug 6, 2012 — New York Times

With Live Streaming and New Technology, BBC Tries to Be Everywhere at the Olympics by Eric Pfanner

While some American television viewers are grumbling about the retro feel to NBC’s London Olympics coverage, with tape-delayed broadcasts of the opening ceremony and other events, audiences in Britain are getting a more contemporary — even futuristic — TV Games.

Aug 5, 2012 — Globe & Mail

The battle for Olympic information between new and old media by Bruce Dowbiggin

Columnist says the London Games are a battleground between the traditional forces of broadcasting and the social-media insurgents who represent the future of information technology.

Aug 4, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Is that an ad or a news story – and does it matter which? by Ira Basen

Columnist says the digital age has given brand journalism a new urgency and it’s becoming a force that could shape the way all of us receive our information.

Aug 4, 2012 — National Post

Donors to Del Mastro campaign not talking by Glen McGregor & Stephen Maher

An Elections Canada investigator is contacting contributors to Dean Del Mastro's 2008 election campaign to ask about alleged reimbursements paid by a company owned by the Conservative MP's cousin.

Aug 2, 2012 — Hollywood Reporter

DirecTV Posts First-Ever Quarterly U.S. Subscriber Decline by Georg Szalai

The satellite TV giant lost 52,000 U.S. video customers in the second quarter, but hit an all-time user growth record in Latin America.

Aug 1, 2012 — Toronto Star

London 2012: CBC wins rights to broadcast next two Olympics in Canada

VP of English Services says the CBC is inherently different than a group of private corporations, namely in their profit motive and dhe is not expecting the CBC to make money off the Olympics, but she’s confident they will break even.

Jul 30, 2012 — Marketnews

CBC & TVO End Analogue Broadcasting Today, Advocate Group Seeks Community Access to Transmission Towers

CBC claims that the shut down of its 623 analogue transmitters will save $10 million annually without reducing its amount of local programming.

Jul 30, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Rogers races to capture multicultural viewers for Olympics by Steve Ladurantaye

As one of the country’s largest cable networks, Rogers is responsible for delivering specialty channels into the homes of its subscribers, with OMNI's mandate being to provide content in 15 languages for 60 per cent of the day.

Jul 27, 2012 — CACTUS

Tens of thousands of Canadians to lose free access to CBC TV July 31

Press release says CBC and Radio-Canada will shut down 623 analog transmitters on July 31, ending free access to the CBC and Radio-Canada over the air in hundreds of small cities, towns and rural areas.

Jul 27, 2012 — Hamilton Spectator

CHCH hit by loss of programming fund

FRIENDS says the LPIF was flawed, but the CRTC should have rewritten the rules to truly help independents such as CHCH.

Jul 27, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Montreal’s English-speaking sports fans rally for their radio team by Steve Ladurantaye

Bell Media's recent $3-billion takeover Astral Media has put it over the cap of two FM and two AM stations in any language in a market.

Jul 25, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Now from our sponsors – commercials are great, right? by John Doyle

Columnist says some might suggest that CBC Radio having commercials might prevent it from airing certain documentary programming in order to appease advertisers.

Jul 25, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Competing bidders for radio spot donated money to Tory MP by Bill Curry

Columnist says a Conservative MP who serves as parliamentary secretary to the Canadian Heritage Minister raised thousands of dollars in political contributions from people involved in a high-stakes campaign to win a new Toronto radio licence.

Jul 24, 2012 — Ottawa Citizen

CRTC to broadcasters: Stop trying to game the system by Michael Geist

Columnist says the courts and the CRTC have sent a clear signal that broadcasters should focus on marketplace success, not manipulating the regulatory system.

Jul 24, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Quebecor wins court ruling over Bell by Bertrand Marotte

Quebecor Media Inc. has won a court battle against rival Bell TV over 10-year-old allegations that the latter failed to protect its satellite television signal against piracy in Quebec.

Jul 19, 2012 — StarPhoenix

Bell says axing fee will hurt stations by Terry Pedwell

Columnist says the CRTC is doing away with a controversial fee charged by many cable and satellite companies to help improve local TV programming - and forcing them to stop passing the cost on to their customers.

Jul 19, 2012 — The Montreal Economic Institute

The CBC should refocus its mandate on information and culture

News release says the CBC president's recent declaration that "Canadian content and culture would be the single 'biggest failed promise' of a purely free market broadcast model" represents a point of view that should guide the revision of the crown corporation's mandate.

Jul 18, 2012 —

From "major concern" to "astonishment", broadcast industry mourns LPIF's demise by Lesley Hunter

Columnist says reaction from the broadcasting industry to the CRTC’s plan to depose of the Local Programming Improvement Fund was swift and virtually unanimous.

Jul 18, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Consumers’ gain is TV stations’ loss as CRTC cuts local programming fund by Ora Morison

Columnist says a decision to scrap a fund that helps pay for local television programming will save cable and satellite TV subscribers about the cost of a coffee a month, but threatens to put struggling local stations out of business.

Jul 14, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Louis Audet: Speaks six languages, measures every word by Rita Trichur

Columnist says Cogeco Cable’s largely rural footprint has traditionally shielded it from cutthroat competition, but the growing popularity of advanced TV services from its phone company rivals is starting to pose a threat.

Jul 11, 2012 — Globe and Mail

Covenant puts Postmedia’s back against the wall by Steve Ladurantaye

CEO Paul Godfrey says that Postmedia won’t likely be saved by rising revenue, but by changes that would see the company make a profit on a much smaller revenue base.

Jul 10, 2012 — Globe and Mail

Where are Bell’s ‘tangible benefits’? by Simon Houpt

Columnist says Bell’s unprecedented proposal regarding "tangible benefits" is the first real test as to whether new CRTC chairman, Jean-Pierre Blais, will stand with the industry or with Canadian consumers.

Jul 8, 2012 — Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union

From trainee to top job at the BBC

A man who started at the BBC as a journalism trainee has been appointed to the British broadcaster’s top job.

Jul 8, 2012 —

Networks of Exclusion

In December 2011, national and international media leaders, scholars, practitioners and stakeholders met to address the challenges and opportunities facing visible minority screen media producers in the Canadian media industry.

Jul 6, 2012 — CBC Radio Q

"Dispatches, you will be missed" by CBC

Jian Ghomeshi, talks about the loss of CBC programme "Dispatches" and the impact of budget cuts to public broadcasting.

Jul 5, 2012 — Winnipeg Free Press

Canada's film industry grows at home, abroad

Telefilm says domestic and international sales of their projects doubled in the 2011 calendar year compared to 2010, while domestic box office receipts increased 11.6 per cent to $27.5 million.

Jul 5, 2012 — MediaPost

House Subcommittee Discusses Future Of Online Video by Ross Fadner

The House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology discussed the future of online video and whether the Communications Act, which regulates cable, satellite and broadcast companies, should be changed or expanded.

Jul 5, 2012 — EAVI

A Journey to Media Literacy

Short video produced by the European Association for Viewers Interest- an adventure that will transform Jack and make him media-wise!

Jul 5, 2012 — Globe & Mail

CBC stars flock to Calgary for Stampede season by Bruce Dowbiggin

Columnist says for the CBC, the Calgary Stampede represents a delicate melding of its constituent cultures.

Jun 29, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Hubert Lacroix’s game: Sacrifice a pawn to save your king by Simon Houpt

Columnist says CBC President Hubert Lacroix seems to believe that the best defence is a good offence and is in the midst of transforming the CBC into a nimble model for the digital age.

Jun 29, 2012 — Winnipeg Free Press

Top Tory strategist new pick for CBC board

Longtime Conservative party strategist Marni Larkin is the newest member of the CBC board of directors.

Jun 28, 2012 — CBC/Radio-Canada

What you need to know about the shutdown of over-the-air analog service

CBC/Radio-Canada is decommissioning its over-the-air analogue television transmission network on July 31, 2012.

Jun 27, 2012 — Calgary Herald

Ethnic radio broadcasters fight CRTC licence choices by Amanda Stephenson

Three ethnic radio stations are asking the federal government to overturn a decision by the CRTC that saw them passed over for a broadcast licence in favour of an out-of-province broadcaster and an English-language commercial station.

Jun 27, 2012 — Ottawa Citizen

City seeks proposals for multimedia studio to kick-start film industry by Tony Lofaro

Columnist says that the City of Ottawa has issued a ‘request for proposals’ for a multimedia studio just as film and television production in the city seems to have stalled.

Jun 27, 2012 — Huffington Post Canada

Watching the Watchdog: Stats Don't Lie, Political News Falls Short by Tim Knight

Columnist says that according to a recent study, Canada's political and TV reporters do a poor job of telling the public what's actually going on in the political world.

Jun 27, 2012 — Samara

Occupiers and Legislators: A Snapshot of Political Media Coverage

Study contrasts the coverage of two major political stories from fall 2011: the federal government’s legislative agenda and the Occupy movement.

Jun 27, 2012 — Le Devoir

Un conservateur à la tête du CA de Radio-Canada by Guillaume Bourgault-Côté

A Conservative is appointed Chair of CBC's board of Directors.

Jun 27, 2012 — Tides Canada Foundation

Charity and Prosperity: A Response to the Current Critique on Philanthropy in Canada by Ross McMillan

Speech by Tides Canada President about recent public policy issues regarding advocacy by charities and role of non-Canadian funds in the work of Canadian charities.

Jun 27, 2012 — Hollywood Reporter

Study: Number of Global Digital TV Homes Hits 675 Million by Stuart Kemp

Study shows that North America generates just over half the world’s pay TV revenue, which hit $176 billion in 2011 with pay TV penetration around the world now at 52 percent.

Jun 26, 2012 — CBC News

RCI ends shortwave broadcast

RCI host Marc Montgomery says, that while the internet can be and is regularly blocked by authoritarian regimes, shortwave broadcasts almost always get through to people hungry for information.

Jun 26, 2012 — Vancouver Sun

Bell, CBC drop Olympic bids

CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson says the public broadcaster could pursue a bid to broadcast the 2014 Olympic Games on its own.

Jun 26, 2012 — Mediacaster

Citytv Saskatchewan Set to Launch on Canada Day

Citytv operator Rogers Media has received approval from the CRTC for its acquisition of SCN from Bluepoint Investment Inc.

Jun 26, 2012 — New York Times

Sweeping Effects as Broadband Moves to Meters by Brian Stelter

Columnist says some fear that as customers become more aware of how much broadband they’re using they’ll start to use less of it, and in that way, protect traditional forms of entertainment distribution and discourage new Internet services.

Jun 25, 2012 — Brenda Baker

CBC Cutbacks Target Prairie Musicians by Brenda Baker

Saskatchewan artists speak out about the CBC's decision to eliminate all live recordings of musicians on the Prairies and Newfoundland, and about the dwindling presence of regional artists in general on CBC's national airwaves.

Jun 25, 2012 —

E3: Will the old TV guard be able to stand up to the likes of Microsoft, Apple, and Google? by Peter Nowak

Columnist says that the big three of American technology all clearly have their eyes on the television market and with TVs getting increasingly advanced and internet-connected, they’re becoming more reliant on the software these tech giants specialize in as well.

Jun 25, 2012 — Toronto Star

MLSE bid from Rogers, Bell triggers concern from independent operators by Ashante Infantry

“I very much doubt that any of the interveners actually think that they can stop the (MLSE) transaction; what I think they are hoping to do is to cause the CRTC to attach conditions that would, in their view, level the playing field,” says Ian Morrison, spokesperson for FRIENDS.

Jun 21, 2012 — New York Times

Supreme Court Rejects F.C.C. Fines for Indecency by Adam Liptak

The Supreme Court has declined to address whether the government still has the authority to regulate indecency on broadcast television, but it ruled in favor of two broadcasters who had faced potential fines for programs featuring cursing and nudity.

Jun 19, 2012 —

Sun News Network's vulgar response reveals CBSC as toothless, demonstrates need for meaningful regulation by David J. Climenhaga

Columnist says that the point of organizations like the CBSC is to shield their members from the threat of meaningful enforcement of even minimum standards.

Jun 18, 2012 — CBC News

NDP may not back motion to study Dean Del Mastro spending

The NDP won't say whether it will back a Liberal MP's motion to have the House ethics committee study Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro's 2008 election spending.

Jun 18, 2012 — New York Times

New Hits Needed; Apply to NPR by Elizabeth Jensen

Columnist says new shows developed for NPR face a big hurdle: limited open time slots and a risk-averse public-radio culture, where time-tested audience and money generators make it challenging for new shows to thrive.

Jun 17, 2012 — Barrie Examiner

CBC set to unplug analog service July 31 by Cheryl Browne

CBC corporate services says because of recent budget cuts, the public broadcaster cannot justify spending $10 million on the maintenance and repair of 620 aging transmitters.

Jun 14, 2012 — National Post

Bill C-38 changes to telecom ownership stir foreign takeout talks by Jamie Sturgeon

Columnist says AT&T and others have “taken position” ahead of key changes to foreign-ownership restrictions in the telecom sector being made through the omnibus Bill C-38.

Jun 12, 2012 — Hollywood Reporter

TV Ratings: Stanley Cup Final Bested by Gordon Ramsay Block, 'Bachelorette' by Michael O'Connell

Ratings for the L.A. Kings' victory over the New Jersey Devils came in shy of ABC and Fox's rising reality offerings among American audiences.

Jun 11, 2012 — Market Watch

Federal Court Asks CRTC to Review the Status of CBC/Radio-Canada Station CBEF in Windsor

An investigation has concluded that CBC/Radio-Canada had failed to fulfil its obligations under Part VII of the Official Languages Act by not consulting the Francophone community in southwestern Ontario or considering the repercussions that the radio station's closure would have on the community.

Jun 11, 2012 — Toronto Star

Ballet Or Battle Of The Blades: CBC Has To Choose by Richard Stursberg

Former executive vice-president of CBC English services says that if the corporation is to survive recent cuts, it will need to make several tough choices, including between serving the public at large or serving elites.

Jun 8, 2012 — CTV News

Jean-Pierre Blais appointed head of the CRTC

The longtime civil servant replaces Leonard Katz, who was appointed acting chairman in January after Konrad von Finckenstein ended a five-year term as head of the broadcast regulator.

Jun 7, 2012 — Calgary Herald

CBC president says broadcaster can't 'be all things to all people' by Cassandra Szklarski

Hubert Lacroix, president and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada, says the broadcaster hopes to generate $50 million through various measures that include putting ads on Radio 2 and leasing more than 74,000 square metres of real estate by 2017.

Jun 5, 2012 — CBC News

Rallies in Saskatoon, Regina protest CBC cuts

Local recording artists and other members of the arts community attended events in Regina and Saskatoon to voice their concerns about recent cuts to CBC.

Jun 1, 2012 — Waterloo Record

‘Canada comes to Waterloo’ in discussion about CBC future by Chris Herhalt

Several thousand online and hundreds in person took part in the launch of “CBC We Want,” a virtual town hall and panel discussion about the future of the institution.

May 31, 2012 — Toronto Star

“Filter Bubbles”: Public discourse in an age of citizen journalism by Regan Burles

Winner of the 2012 Dalton Camp Award discusses Kai Nagata and the link between media and democracy.

May 29, 2012 — ACTRA

ACTRA Toronto congratulates Eric Peterson and R.H. Thomson on receiving the Order of Canada

FRIENDS steering committee member R.H. Thompson receives the Order of Canada.

May 25, 2012 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Suggestion by Cactus that CBC/Radio-Canada should offer its analogue infrastructure to communities

Press release says CACTUS risks confusing communities about the critical distinction between towers and transmitters, and of the different circumstances facing CBC/Radio-Canada and TVO.

May 24, 2012 — Ottawa Citizen

Ottawa still needs alternative media by Emma Godmere

Columnist says that the end of print operations at XPress is the latest in a series of ominous signs that point to an erosion of the alternative press and local arts coverage in Ottawa.

May 21, 2012 — Calgary Herald

Hockey Night going doughy? by Kevin Brooker

Former CBC vice president for English Services says it's going to be very difficult to compete against the all-sports cable networks when it comes time for the public broadcaster to negotiate the next NHL rights purchase.

May 21, 2012 — Hollywood Reporter

CRTC Reschedules CBC License Renewal for November 2012 by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says the upcoming regulatory hearing follows Canada's public broadcaster slashing jobs and programming to absorb government cuts.

May 18, 2012 — CRTC

Letter to CBC President Hubert Lacroix

Letter to CBC President Hubert Lacroix regarding applications by the public broadcaster to amend the licences of Radio 2, Espace musique, and their affiliated stations to permit national advertising

May 18, 2012 — Toronto Star

CBC Problems Start At The Top by Barry Kiefl

The CBC's former head of research says that outmoded management systems are crippling our most important cultural institution.

May 16, 2012 — Toronto Star

New CBC Service Should Be Music To Canadians’ Ears by Don Tapscott

Columnist says the new CBC music service, which streams songs online, is a boon for Canadian musicians and music lovers and is not, as some claim, an infringement on the rights of private companies.

May 15, 2012 — Waterloo Record

The crunch has come for the CBC to reacquire relevance by Michael Nolan

Columnist says the muted celebration and budgetary retrenchment surrounding the 80th anniversary of public broadcasting in Canada on May 26 are no reasons for Canadians to fret about the state of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

May 15, 2012 — J-Source

Tonight's disconnect? Cancelling Connect with Mark Kelley by Nicole Blanchett Neheli

Columnist says that when Connect clears the airwaves on June 22nd, it will be a blow to both its loyal viewers and innovative journalism.

May 14, 2012 — Communications Workers of America (Canada)

Canadian Broadcasting Consultation

FRIENDS was able to garner enough post-budget financial support from Canadians to twice run a full-page ad in the Globe and Mail which revealed that the CBC is "being singled out for disproportionate, draconian damage."

May 14, 2012 — The Hill Times

CRTC chair appointment likely any day now by Andrew Cardozo

James Maunder, a spokesman for Heritage Minister James Moore says the government will appoint a new CRTC chair in a number of weeks.

May 14, 2012 — iPolitics

Relations with minister key to getting government appointments by Elizabeth Thompson

Columnist says maintaining good relations with Heritage Minister James Moore and his staff will be a key requirement for heads of the boards of Canada’s cultural institutions.

May 11, 2012 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC trots out fall TV lineup in appeal for advertising dollars by Jamie Sturgeon

Late night talk show host George Stroumboulopoulos, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and CBC dragon Kevin O’Leary were called upon to drum up support from advertisers for the public broadcaster’s leaner programming lineup next fall.

May 11, 2012 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Follow-up on meeting with representatives of the union coalition (SCRC, STARF, AR, SCFP)

CBC president's response to requests made by unions representing CBC employees.

May 10, 2012 — CBC News

CBC Hamilton service officially launches

CBC's new digital Hamilton service, which provides local news, weather, traffic and information about things to do around the Ontario city, has been launched.

May 10, 2012 —

Book Review: Tower of Babble an entertaining, infuriating, look at Stursberg's CBC by Greg O’Brien editor says The Tower of Babble: Sins Secrets and Successes Inside the CBC is an easy, entertaining read bound to inform, anger, confuse and confirm a lot about what people in the industry have thought about both Richard Stursberg and the CBC.

May 8, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Scanning the dial for television stocks by Martin Mitelstaedt

Columnist says Canadian investors are running low on television broadcasting stocks to tune into.

May 7, 2012 — Center for Media Research

Internet Radio Gets Strong Support At RAIN Summit

According to speakers at Radio And Internet Newsletter's RAIN Summit West 2012, Internet radio and digital audio advertising is on track for a strong ad year in 2012 with solid CPMs and a growing local revenue base.

May 7, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Postmedia signs three-year deal with The Canadian Press by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says Postmedia Network Inc. will shutter its breaking-news wire service and sign back up with The Canadian Press in a bid to save money and shift the news organization’s focus toward opinion writing and local news.

May 6, 2012 — Toronto Star

CBC: New season, less original programming by Bruce DeMara

Columnist says that despite the appearance of business as usual, executives have been busy slashing CBC spending since the March federal budget, which decreed major cuts to the broadcaster set to reach 10 per cent, about $115 million, within three years.

May 6, 2012 — Toronto Star

CRTC's '10 per cent' rule leads to questionable expenditures and conflicted policy by Michael Geist

Columnist says with so much at stake, it is worth asking whether the current approach to generating new capital for the creation of Canadian programming optimizes what has emerged as one of the largest sources of media funding in Canada.

May 5, 2012 — New York Times

Murdoch’s Pride Is America’s Poison by Bill Keller

Columnist says traditional news organizations, for all their shortcomings, see it as their mission to provide the information needed to form intelligent opinions, aiming to challenge lazy assumptions while Fox panders to them.

May 4, 2012 —

Vancouver's Reimagine CBC Celebration takes a creative approach to helping the public broadcaster by Craig Takeuchi

Lead Now will be organizing small meetups across country to engage citizens in casual conversations and discussions about the CBC.

May 4, 2012 — Calgary Herald

Rogers buying Quebec station

Columnist says Rogers is attempting to scale its City-TV network up to rival larger broadcasters CTV and Global.

May 3, 2012 —

The CBC in crisis by Wade Rowland

Columnist says the funding crisis facing CBC should be seen, not as a calamity, but an opportunity for CBC television to become what it has never been - a true public broadcaster.

May 2, 2012 — Marketing Magazine

The Stursberg Files – Part 1 by Chris Powell

Richard Stursberg, former head of CBC's English language services, believes the culture at Canada’s public broadcaster has become less poisonous since his departure, but that it still faces a huge technological battle against better-funded rivals.

May 2, 2012 — The Daily Telegraph

The Murdoch and News Corporation scandal wasn’t about Conservative Party sleaze – but it is now

Columnist says British Prime Minister David Cameron’s party has positioned itself as the last defender of a collapsing empire.

May 2, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Drama funding in crosshairs as Telefilm looks at further cuts by Guy Dixon

In addition to $2.7-million in spending cuts announced last month, Telefilm plans to slash nearly $8-million in funding and administrative costs over the next two years, including money for the production and distribution of dramas.

May 1, 2012 — Marketing Magazine

‘Wheel of Fortune’ and ‘Jeopardy’ dropped from CBC fall schedule

CBC’s director of content planning said the series were part of an old strategy to draw attention to homegrown shows and they have served their purpose.

Apr 30, 2012 — Mediacaster

Sportsnet Secures Multi Platform Rights for 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Sportsnet continues its roll on the soccer pitch, with word it has secured the Canadian multimedia rights to more than 250 soccer matches, including qualifiers and friendlies, leading up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

Apr 30, 2012 —

Jean wins 'people's pick' for next CBC chair

Former Governor General of Canada Michaëlle Jean has won the ‘people’s pick’ for the next chair of the CBC, according to an online poll sponsored by Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Apr 30, 2012 — MediaPost

"Like" Might Just Be Peer Pressure

According to published studies by Dr. Tina McCorkindale, an assistant professor at Appalachian State University’s Department of Communication, “18- to 29-year-olds are the Facebook generation,” and it’s not the Millennial “likes” that assures ad success, but perks.

Apr 30, 2012 — Guelph Mercury

CBC to jettison Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!

Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, two popular U.S. game shows, will not be returning to the CBC prime-time or prime time lineup in the fall of 2012.

Apr 26, 2012 — Toronto Star

Harper Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Appoint CBC Leadership by Ian Morrison

Keen to control the media and how it portrays his government, FRIENDS says Prime Minister Harper should not be allowed choose the leaders of our public broadcaster.

Apr 26, 2012 — Marketing Magazine

CBC’s advertising debate by Graham F. Scott

FRIENDS says adding advertising on CBC Radio 2 threatens its “distinctiveness”, especially niche programming that private broadcasters are unlikely to step in to replace.

Apr 23, 2012 — National Post

Today’s letters: Canada needs the CBC, readers declare by Paul Russell

National Post Letters Editor Paul Russell asked readers: “Does Canada still need the CBC?” - 0ver 60 readers responded, with a clear majority saying “Yes.”

Apr 23, 2012 — Hollywood Reporter

CBC Passes on 'Wish List' Pilot as Budget Cuts Bite by Etan Vlessing

The CBC has passed on Entertainment One pilot Wish List from local screenwriter Sean Reycraft as it deals with a $21.2 million hit to its programming budget following recent government cuts.

Apr 22, 2012 — New York Times

Prime-Time Ratings Bring Speculation of a Shift in Habits by Bill Carter

Columnist says that across the television landscape viewing for all sorts of prime-time programming is down this spring — chiefly among the most important audience for the business, younger adults.

Apr 21, 2012 — The Telegram

What CBC already knows, but won't tell you by Russell Wangersky

Columnist says the CBC is so professional that the Harper government is counting on that professionalism to prevent the CBC from saying publicly that the current federal government is deliberately singling out the CBC for heavier budgetary punishment because the it doesn't like the coverage it gets.

Apr 20, 2012 — Maclean's

Bidding with Bettman by Ivan Fecan

Ivan Fecan, former President and CEO of CTV, Toronto says CTV/TSN never bid on the Hockey Night in Canada rights.

Apr 19, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Budget cuts? National Film Board is not afraid by Guy Dixon

Recent cuts to the National Film Board will mean the elimination of three or four significant films per year, or the elimination of one major project per year – like last year’s acclaimed 3-D dance film Ora.

Apr 19, 2012 — Le Devoir

Coupes fédérales – Où va l’argent de la culture? by Odile Tremblay

Coalition Culture – the federal cuts: where is the culture money going?

Apr 18, 2012 — Bloomberg News

Canada Telecom Rule Changes Threaten National Security by Hugo Miller and Andrew Mayeda

Public Safety Canada warns that Canada’s plan to allow foreign companies such as VimpelCom Ltd. (VIP) to increase their stakes in the country’s telecommunications providers poses a “considerable risk” to national security.

Apr 18, 2012 — Winnipeg Free Press

PMs from Calgary opposites by Frances Russell

Columnist says when inflation, other increases and severance and forced-retirement costs are added, the CBC's real loss to its budget doubles from 10 per cent to 20 per cent and $200 million over the next three years.

Apr 16, 2012 — Maclean's

CBC vs. NHL goes into overtime

In his new memoir, Richard Stursberg recalls endless negotiations with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

Apr 14, 2012 — Variety

Canada cuts leave more room for U.S. by Brendan Kelly

FRIENDS fears that the cuts to CBC will lead to the network buying more American programming.

Apr 13, 2012 — The Columbia Valley Pioneer

CBC to cull rabbit-ear TV subscriptions by Kristian Rasmussen

The plan was originally to shut down analogue television in the Columbia Valley by 2013, but budget cuts have pushed it ahead to this year.

Apr 12, 2012 — Calgary Herald

Turning up the volume over cuts to CBC by Paula Arab

CBC boss Hubert Lacroix warns the 10 per cent cut will mean "a very different public broadcaster," with less original programming, more reruns and the introduction of commercials on radio.

Apr 12, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Coalition targets CBC’s free music site by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says a number of Canadian media companies have joined forces to try to shut down a free music website recently launched by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., claiming it threatens to ruin the music business for all of them.

Apr 12, 2012 — Guelph Mercury

Proposed local CBC Radio station placed in doubt

The CBC has announced the proposed new station which was to open in the Kitchener area this fall will be delayed by “a few months.”

Apr 11, 2012 —

Hollowing-out of Radio Canada International saddens, angers supporters by Catherine Solyom, Postmedia News

Radio Canada International, which is administered by the CBC, has been told that more than 80 per cent of its budget will be slashed, or $10 million of $12.3 million.

Apr 11, 2012 —

Stephen Harper and James Moore hold the murder weapon in the killing of CBC Dispatches by Charlie Smith

Blogger says the Harper government prefers Canadians to be ignorant, and cutting CBC's funding is evidence of this.

Apr 11, 2012 — The McGill Daily

An interview with Joe Clark by Henry Gass

Former Prime Minister Joe Clark says there has been a hostility towards some Canadian institutions, such as the CBC, by the current government.

Apr 10, 2012 — Guelph Mercury

CBC’s role too vital to diminish

Columnist says the approximately $200 million in cuts Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is making to the CBC over the next three years is an ideologically driven decision that will do more to hurt the country than help.

Apr 10, 2012 — Playback

CBC English services to cut 256 jobs to deal with government cuts by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says the CBC News department is to take a $10 million hit to its annual operating budget, leading to the loss of 88 jobs.

Apr 10, 2012 — StarPhoenix

Three jobs to go at CBC Sask. by Emma Graney

Three CBC Saskatchewan employees will lose their jobs as a result of federal government cuts to the organization.

Apr 8, 2012 — The Guardian

James Murdoch: The Rise and Fall by Michael Wolff, Guardian UK

Columnist describes the demise of BSkyB and the resulting downfall of James Murdoch.

Apr 7, 2012 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC ties country together by Tony Manera

Tony Manera, CBC's President in 1993 and 1994, says that at a time when we should be strengthening the CBC, the relentless chipping away of its financial resources further weakens the bonds that, however imperfectly, tie this vast country together.

Apr 6, 2012 — Sun News TV

Tuning out CBC’s tears Brian Lilley

Columnist says that CBC's new online music service and the fact that it broadcasts in Mandarin and Arabic, are indications that the public broadcaster still receives too much money.

Apr 5, 2012 — National Post

Jonathan Kay on the CBC: Why Canada needs (an advertisement-free) Radio One by Jonathan Kay

Columnist says putting ads on Radio One would take CBC down the road of becoming the only nation in the OECD without a substantial public broadcaster.

Apr 5, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Cherry’s salary makes him a big, fat target for CBC cuts by Bruce Dowbiggin

CBC executive VP in charge of English services, Kirstine Stewart claims that Don Cherry is not part of the cuts announced this week.

Apr 5, 2012 — CBC News

22 Minutes producer hopes CBC will reconsider cuts

The producer of This Hour Has 22 Minutes is speaking out about the cuts to CBC and says he's hoping the corporation reconsiders its decision to close its production studio in Halifax.

Apr 4, 2012 — Hamilton Spectator

CBC Hamilton dodges a bullet as budget cuts slice deep by Stephanie Levitz

Columnist says CBC brass has made a point of saying Hamilton’s new digital project has been spared from recent budget cuts.

Apr 4, 2012 — CTV News

Department of National Defence, CBC hit with job cuts

Columnist says Canadians are beginning to feel the effects of the austerity measures laid out in the federal budget last week, with Department of National Defence and CBC employees among the first to report job cuts.

Apr 4, 2012 — CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada outlines extent of budgetary challenge and its plan to address it

CBC/Radio-Canada has applied to the CRTC to add advertising and sponsorships to its two national music radio networks.

Apr 4, 2012 — CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada's budget response plan / Plan d’action de CBC/Radio-Canada relativement au budget

CBC President says the reduction of $115 million to its appropriation, combined with the unavoidable costs required to continue transforming the CBC into a modern public broadcaster, means the public broadcaster is actually facing financial pressures amounting to $200 million over the next three years.

Apr 3, 2012 — Toronto Star

Cuts Threaten to Close Window on the World by Tony Burman

Former head of Al Jazeera English and CBC News says that as the world becomes smaller and more complex, the amount of airtime on the CBC devoted to international issues is shrinking.

Apr 2, 2012 — Toronto Star

The future of the CBC needs ‘great debate’ from Canadians by Bruce DeMara

Canadians need to have a “great debate” about the future of the CBC, including options like going commercial-free and using licence fees like those in the U.K. and Germany to fund it, a forum has been told.

Mar 31, 2012 — Toronto Sun

CTV host allegedly tells boss to f--- himself by David Akin

Columnist says CTV appears to be considering disciplinary action for one of its high-profile Parliament Hill television hosts in the wake of an incident at a post-budget party attended by top government and opposition politicians.

Mar 30, 2012 — News Article

CBC budget cut could cost 700 jobs

FRIENDS expects the 10 percent cut to CBC's budget to have an impact on Victoria, which has CBC Radio 1 and Radio 2 outlets.

Mar 30, 2012 — Toronto Sun

MP says CBC cuts too small by Kris Sims

Funding to the CBC will be trimmed by $27.8 million next year, $41.8 million in 2013-14 and by $45.4 million in 2014-15.

Mar 30, 2012 — Playback

Now what? Industry reacts to Ottawa slashing the CBC’s annual subsidy by Etan Vlessing

FRIENDS says the Harper government has singled out the CBC for punitive cuts and has broken its election pledge to maintain or increase CBC funding in the process.

Mar 30, 2012 — Calgary Herald

Budget: CBC takes a 10 per cent cut by Jordan Press

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's annual funding from the federal government will be cut by $115 million over the next three years, a blow that could lead to job losses or programming cuts at Canada's public broadcaster.

Mar 30, 2012 — Globe & Mail

CBC sees government funding slashed by $115-million by Carys Mills, James Adams & Kate Taylor

 CBC/Radio-Canada Hubert Lacroix says that while a 10-per-cent cut may amount to a little more than $100-million, the figure will swell with severance pay and other costs of cutbacks.

Mar 30, 2012 — Huffington Post

Watching the Watchdog: Here's How the CBC can Survive the Cuts

Former CBC j0urnalist writes an open letter to the CBC president and CEO after the government budget announced a 10% cut to CBC funding.

Mar 29, 2012 — Globe & Mail

CBC searches for someone to take Hockey Night’s helm by Bruce Dowbiggin

Columnist says an NHL season dogged by controversy at Hockey Night in Canada is ending with a search for a new executive producer for the program.

Mar 29, 2012 — Montreal Gazette

CBC, NFB and Telefilm to see 10% cut by Brendan Kelly

Columnist says cuts to CBC, Telefilm Canada and the National Film Board of Canada could lead to a significant reduction in Canadian film and TV production, and will almost certainly lead to layoffs at the CBC.

Mar 29, 2012 — Huffington Post Canada

CBC Cuts: Budget 2012 Outlines Cuts To Federal Spending For Canada's National Broadcaster by Rachel Mendleson

FRIENDS says the implications of a $115 million cut in funding will lead to the death of CBC Radio 2, make CBC Radio less relevant to Canadians, and reduce the depth, quality, diversity and distinctiveness of CBC News.

Mar 29, 2012 —

CBC supporters pan cuts to public broadcaster in federal budget

FRIENDS says the recent federal budget revealing $115 million in cuts to the CBC marks a dark day for public broadcasting in Canada.

Mar 29, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Suck it up, CBC. You should have seen this coming by John Doyle

Columnist says the CBC has failed to transcend mediocrity and forcefully explain what it does and how it fulfills its mandate.

Mar 29, 2012 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Statement by CBC/Radio-Canada regarding Federal Budget 2012

CBC/Radio-Canada has learned that its annual parliamentary appropriation will be reduced by $115 million over three years as part of the Deficit Reduction Action Plan (DRAP), as set out in Federal Budget

Mar 25, 2012 — Syndicat Canadien de la Fonction Publique

Une nette majorité de Canadiens s’opposent aux compressions à Radio-Canada

A Nanos poll conducted on behalf of Friends of Canadian Broadcasting shows that over 80% of Canadians are satisfied of programming available on radio, on TV and on the website of the CBC. 

Mar 24, 2012 — Variety

Canada producers welcome bigger Bell by Brendan Kelly

Michael Prupas, CEO of Muse Entertainment says the growth of Bell enables Canada to produce more series with worldwide potential.

Mar 23, 2012 — StarPhoenix

CRTC dives back into digital content battle by Jamie Sturgeon

Broadcast regulators held expedited hearings to resolve a spat between BCE Inc. and a group of television providers, including Telus Corp., regarding new agreements on the distribution of Bell Media's 29 specialty channels.

Mar 23, 2012 — Hollywood Reporter

Film Tax Credit Cut Raises Alarm Bells in Saskatchewan by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says local players show signs of panic after Saskatchewan says it will no longer accept applications for a refundable 45% film tax credit, based on labor costs, from April 1, including from Hollywood producers.

Mar 23, 2012 — Playback

Canadian industry reacts to Saskatchewan film tax credit cut by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says local producers, sounding the alarm over the provincial government cut to its film tax credit, predict the local production sector will be hollowed out as they go elsewhere to shoot projects.

Mar 23, 2012 — Toronto Star

Public Media, Common Good: A New Era by Jamie Biggar

Executive Director of Leadnow says the ever-intensifying government assault on the CBC is a threat to Canada's economy, culture and democracy.

Mar 23, 2012 — Toronto Star

A Satisfied Citizenry by Friends of Canadian Broadcasting

A recent Nanos opinion survey suggests that most Canadians are satisfied with the CBC and opposed to massive government cuts.

Mar 23, 2012 — Toronto Star

A Satisfied Citizenry

A recent Nanos opinion survey suggests that most Canadians are satisfied with the CBC and opposed to massive government cuts.

Mar 23, 2012 — Toronto Star

CBC faces uncertain future as federal budget looms

FRIENDS says that if CBC has to make hard choices, it should move to be distinctive from what the private sector is already offering.

Mar 22, 2012 —

Rally supports CBC by Joel Wiebe

Nearly a dozen people rallied in front of MP Dean Del Mastro's office before marching in with a petition full of names of people supporting the CBC.

Mar 21, 2012 — Playback

Former CBC exec Michael McEwen appointed NABA director general by Danielle Ng See Quan

Former CBC/Radio-Canada exec Michael McEwen has been appointed as director general for the North American Broadcasters Association.

Mar 20, 2012 — CBC News

SCN proposal seeks to spend less on local shows

The proposed owner of Saskatchewan's independent broadcaster SCN is looking for permission to spend less on locally made programs, something the provincial NDP isn't happy about.

Mar 16, 2012 — Mediamorphis

Bell’s Bid to Swallow Astral Media by Dwayne Winseck

Blogger says that if the CRTC approves Bell's acquisition of Astral, Canada will have lost yet another independent and our position as having one of the most concentrated set of TMI industries amongst the developed capitalist economies will be yet further cemented.

Mar 16, 2012 — Marketing Magazine

Now what? Industry reaction to the big Bell-Astral deal by Chris Powell

FRIENDS says said the proposed deal between Bell and Astral raises very serious concerns about market dominance in Canada.

Mar 16, 2012 — Playback

BCE to pay $3.38 billion for Astral Media 56 mins ago by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says that phone giant BCE has agreed to pay $3.38 billion for Astral Media to strengthen the telecom group’s content presence in Quebec against rival Quebecor Media.

Mar 16, 2012 — CBC News

Bell empire to expand

Bell Canada has agreed to buy Montreal-based Astral Media for $3.38 billion, adding a number of cable and specialty TV channels and nearly 100 radio stations to its media empire.

Mar 15, 2012 — News Article

Wind Mobile to boycott wireless spectrum auction

Columnist says Wind Mobile will likely boycott an upcoming auction of wireless spectrum because the rules do not give smaller players enough bandwidth to build the most advanced network.

Mar 14, 2012 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC royalties under review as music site sparks debate by Chantal Mack

CBC's popular new music-streaming website is stirring debate over what royalties artists should receive, as SOCAN reviews just how much the national broadcaster should be paying.

Mar 14, 2012 — Calgary Herald

Local vinyl shop snaps up priceless CBC collection by Mike Bell

Record store The Inner Sleeve has announced that it has purchsed CBC's massive local collection of vinyl and compact discs, which the broadcaster had announced earlier in the year it was going to eliminate across the country after digitizing the music in all of the regional collections.

Mar 14, 2012 — iPolitics

Foreign ownership restrictions lifted for small players in wireless auction Provided by The by Steve Rennie

The Conservative government has placed limits on the coming wireless spectrum auction and has lifted foreign-investment limits on small telecom firms.

Mar 14, 2012 — Industry Canada

Harper Government Takes Action to Support Canadian Families

Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, announced that The Telecommunications Act will be amended to lift foreign investment restrictions for telecom companies that hold less than a 10-percent share of the total Canadian telecommunications market.

Mar 13, 2012 — Montreal Gazette

Canada's chance to bring copyright law into the digital age by Ysolde Gendreau

Columnist says that just as  the Copyright Act is being revised by Parliament, providers of all kinds of communication devices and services - Internet services, smartphones, iPods and the like - are relying on highly conservative legal interpretations and strong lobbying to avoid liability for their part in the dissemination of works to the public.

Mar 10, 2012 — Ottawa Citizen

Coyne: Where did conservatism go? by Andrew Coyne

Columnist says that the governments lack of intention to reform crown corporations, such as the CBC, begs the question "Where has conservatism gone?".

Mar 9, 2012 —

Reimagine CBC: Canadians come together to think big in troubled times by Tyler Morgenstern

Spokesperson says the thoughtful engagement in the early days of the "Reimagine CBC" campaign is a powerful rebuttal against those who would claim that the CBC is no longer relevant; that there is no place for public media in the age of narrowcasting.

Mar 9, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Angry NHL clubs ganging up on Don Cherry and HNIC by Bruce Dowbiggin

Sources say CBC's vice-president of English services, Kirstine Stewart, and Jeffrey Orridge, executive director of sports properties, were blindsided by the vitriol they encountered after making a pitch to keep the public broadcaster as the NHL's partner in Canada.

Mar 8, 2012 — Ottawa Sun

CBC pulls controversial soft-porn web show

Radio-Canada has pulled the web-TV series, Hard, from its website.

Mar 7, 2012 —

OPINION: The CBC is already the best pay-TV station in the country by Greg O’Brien

Columnist says the paradox of the CBC is that it must broadly appeal to all Canadians but it also must reflect smaller groups, be they regional, linguistic or otherwise grouped, back to themselves – and at the same time.

Mar 7, 2012 — INVESTIGATES: The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Columnist says that while on balance the CBC has done an admirable job reflecting Canada and Canadians back to ourselves, it is the advent of multiplatform media that will help the public broadcaster fulfill its mandate.

Mar 7, 2012 — Hollywood Reporter

Netflix in Talks With Cable Operators About Distribution Deals (Report) by Georg Szalai

A cable deal for Netflix would increase its competition with HBO, but one analyst says it could be a sign of weakening subscriber trends.

Mar 6, 2012 — Montreal Gazette

CBC-Quebecor conflict ends by Jason Magder

Columnist says CBC and Quebecor appear to have reached a truce in their long-running public battle, with the public broadcaster buying advertising in return for more cable TV access.

Mar 6, 2012 — National Post

Cut $10-billion now by Niels Veldhuis and Charles Lammam

Economists say government spending needs to be prioritized so that important areas are spared deep cuts while lower priority areas carry a greater burden of the spending reductions.

Mar 6, 2012 — Marketing Magazine

Yahoo rumoured to be preparing Olympic rights bid by Chris Powell

If successful, Yahoo could possibly broadcast the Games online, partner with a streaming video service such as Netflix, or license TV stations to broadcast the Games.

Mar 5, 2012 — Chronicle Herald

CBC puts Bell Road expansion on hold by Remo Zaccagna

With political pundits predicting some austerity measures in the March 29 federal budget, the proposal to enlarge the current 57,000-square-foot building to about 90,000 square feet and consolidate about 170 staff in one central location has been suspended.

Mar 5, 2012 — StarPhoenix

Small Internet providers seek price relief by Jamie Sturgeon

The country's independent ISPs are planning to ask federal regulators to strike down a ruling that, if fully implemented, will see costly tariffs imposed by big network owners such as BCE Inc.

Mar 5, 2012 — Toronto Star

Quebecor-CBC feud: New deal brings peace in sight

Under a new agreement, the CBC will purchase print and digital ads in Quebecor properties while Quebecor renewed an agreement so various CBC channels can be carried across its Videotron subsidiary.

Mar 5, 2012 — Marketing Magazine

Stat Attack: Who’s Watching TV by Doug Picklyk

Columnist says as more screens surround our lives and technology serves up more entertainment options than ever before, Canadians continue to cling to the security of the television set and the schedule it provides.

Mar 5, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Robo-call scandal makes for terrible TV by John Doyle

Columnist says that across the TV news reports there is a failure to acknowledge that people are genuinely, profoundly disturbed by even the suggestion that an election was subverted.

Mar 4, 2012 — The Observer

Has Leveson finally delivered a mortal blow to Rupert Murdoch? by Henry Porter

Columnist says that James Murdoch was probably pushed to resign the executive chairmanship of News International and that it's possible he may soon lose the chairmanship of BSkyB as well.

Mar 3, 2012 — Montreal Gazette

Stop the CBC smackdown - please by Mark Abley

Columnist asks whether the CBC really believes that intelligent material can be sold to listeners only if it's wrapped in ridiculous packaging?

Mar 3, 2012 — Toronto Star

Robo-calls scandal shows how new technologies are ‘changing politics’ by Antonia Zerbisias

Ottawa blogger Alice Funke fears too much of this democratic form of journalism is risky pointing to problems such as oversimplification which she believes can impede charges of election fraud.

Mar 2, 2012 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada's Bell Media Fingers Big Cable for Undue Leverage in Carriage Negotiations by Etan Vlessing

The unresolved clash between the top-rated Bell and independent carriers is now the subject of mediation by the CRTC.

Mar 2, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Elections Canada taps CRTC for help with deluge of robo-call complaints by Steven Chase and Daniel Leblanc

Deluged with a staggering volume of grievances about fraudulent calls in the last election, Elections Canada is referring some complainants to another federal regulator – the CRTC – that also has a responsibility to police the country’s phone lines.

Mar 2, 2012 — CBC News

Telefilm to offer big money to micro-budget digital projects

Telefilm is introducing a pilot program that would give emerging filmmakers as much as $120,000 to make so-called "micro-budget" movies.

Mar 1, 2012 — Toronto Star

CRTC drops NFL content case against Bell Canada

The CRTC has said it has confirmed with the NFL that under its contract terms Bell has no right to sub-license to a third-party mobile service provider, media reports say.

Feb 24, 2012 — Campaign

J'aime Radio-Canada

French language campaign encouraging the government to maintain or increase funding to the CBC.

Feb 21, 2012 — Toronto Star

Pierre Juneau, ex-CBC president, dies at 89

A longtime friend of Pierre Trudeau who had the Juno Awards named after him after a career spent championing Canadian performers as head of the CRTC and CBC has died.

Feb 21, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Pierre Juneau, advocate for Canadian content, dead at 89

A long-time friend of Pierre Trudeau who went on to become an early champion of Canadian content as head of the CRTC and CBC has died.

Feb 21, 2012 — CBC News

Pierre Juneau, former CRTC and CBC chief, dies

Pierre Juneau, who championed Canadian content on radio and TV as the first chair of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, has died.

Feb 17, 2012 — New York Times

Congress to Sell Public Airwaves to Pay Benefits by Edward Wyatt

The need for revenue to partly cover the extension of the payroll tax cut and long-term unemployment benefits has pushed Congress to embrace a generational shift in the country’s media landscape: the auction of public airwaves now used for television broadcasts to create more wireless Internet systems.

Feb 15, 2012 — Huffington Post

CBC-Quebecor Spat: Internal Memo To Harper Defends Public Broadcaster

The Harper government is defending the CBC in the public broadcaster's nasty spat with Quebecor over advertising dollars, an internal memo shows.

Feb 15, 2012 — News Article

Do Conservatives Think CBC is Important? by Barry Kiefl

New research shows that some 4 in 5 Conservative supporters think CBC TV is important to Canadian culture and about 2 in 3 support CBC radio.

Feb 15, 2012 — Coquitlam Now

CBC a bargain for taxpayers by Gwen Chute

Columnist says that if the CBC is severely cut, it will lead ordinary Canadians to become what the Prime Minister calls "radicals" in protest.

Feb 14, 2012 — News Article

CHCH viewers eager to add input over CRTC funding issue by Meredith MacLeod

CHCH has launched a public campaign to urge the federal broadcast regulator to preserve a fund that shores up small and medium TV markets, including Hamilton.

Feb 14, 2012 —

Who's paying what into LPIF

The CRTC has released new numbers for the Local Programming Improvement Fund which indicate Shaw Communications paid the most into the fund, followed by Bell Canada and Rogers Cable.

Feb 13, 2012 —

CBC launches free digital music service

Leveraging a recent music licensing deal with Audio-Video Licensing Agency, the CBC has launched a new, free, digital music service.

Feb 12, 2012 — The Prime Minister's Office

Statement by the Prime Minister on the 54th Annual Grammy Awards

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has issued a statement congratulating the Canadian recipients of the 54th Annual Grammy Awards.

Feb 8, 2012 — The Tyee

Make It the Canadian Webcasting Corporation by Crawford Kilian

Columnist says the CBC should ditch both TV and radio, and the technologies of those media.

Feb 8, 2012 — Hamilton Spectator

Budget could put CBC Hamilton in jeopardy

FRIENDS says that expected funding cuts in the upcoming federal budget would have devastating consequences for listeners and viewers and could scuttle new services the CBC has promised to Hamiltonians and residents of several other communities.

Feb 8, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Ruling on Sun News' Krista Erickson is a triumph for the obnoxious by John Doyle

Columnist says nobody should be surprised that the CBSC failed to find fault in Krista Erickson’s approach to a recent interview with Canadian dancer Margie Gillis as there is no regulatory mechanism for the censure of obnoxious behaviour on TV.

Feb 8, 2012 —

New CBC digital service secures Hamilton address

CBC has found a home for its new local digital service in Hamilton, which is scheduled to start this Spring.

Feb 8, 2012 — CBC Radio - The Current

Audio: Theatre chill over staging controversial productions

James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, takes exception to a story on CBC Radio about a play that has the artistic community buzzing about a political chill.

Feb 8, 2012 — Kamloops Daily News

Who do we trust to protect the CBC? by David Charbonneau

New survey shows that three-quarters of Kamloopsians are in favour of the proposed new CBC radio station in Kamloops.

Feb 6, 2012 — IN-DEPTH: Blue Ant's Michael MacMillan says original content will lead ambitious plans by by Greg O’Brien

Michael MacMillan recently sat down with editor and publisher Greg O’Brien to chat about Alliance Atlantis, what he’s learned and what he hopes for his new company, Blue Ant Media.

Feb 6, 2012 — Globe & Mail

CRTC delays CBC licence renewal until after budget by Steve Ladurantaye

The CRTC has agreed to postpone Canadian Broadcasting Corp.'s licence renewal application until after a federal budget that is expected to reduce its funding.

Feb 6, 2012 — Toronto Star

Hébert: Radio-Canada’s days as talent incubator may be over

Columnist says that while talent is an undeniable part of the success of Quebec made films, nurturing has a lot to do with the result and is due in no small part to Radio-Canada’s role as an incubator.

Feb 4, 2012 — Toronto Star

CRTC’s new sheriff faces challenges of digital age

Columnist says the themes for the CRTC have remained the same: how to effectively regulate amidst technological change and ensure that Canadian content remains vibrant in a tidal wave of foreign content.

Feb 4, 2012 — Vancouver Sun

Maher: Sun TV plays dirty with trumped-up CBC porn scandal by Stephen Maher

Columnist says Sun TV's parent company sells a lot of porn, the CBC does not sell porn, but that somehow Sun TV is managing to get politicians to condemn CBC for selling porn.

Feb 4, 2012 —

Me, the CBC and the CTF by Stephen Kimber

FRIENDS Steering Committee Member, Stephen Kimber, responds to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation's claim that he is "on the CBC payroll".

Feb 2, 2012 — Mediacaster

CBC Licence Renewals Postponed Indefinitely as Criticism, Consultation Grows

The CRTC has received a letter from the CBC asking for hearings regarding their license renewal to be postponed, in large part due to the fact that the Corporation's operating budget is open for discussion.

Feb 2, 2012 — Toronto Sun

Time to tune out Minister Moore

Columnist calls for Stephen Harper to remove Heritage Minister James Moore from his portfolio over comments related to the appropriateness of the CBC's French affiliate showing foreign pornography on its website.

Feb 2, 2012 —

CTF cries foul on CBC link to 'Friends' By Kris Sims

FRIENDS disputes The Canadian Taxpayers Federation's claims that steering committee members are on the CBC's payroll.

Feb 2, 2012 — Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Friends with Benefits: CTF finds Friends of Canadian Broadcasting on the CBC Payroll by Gregory Thomas

The CTF has filed an Access to Information request with the CBC asking if members of the FRIENDS Steering Committee are on the public broadcaster's payroll.

Feb 1, 2012 — Kamloops News

Most in Kamloops favour CBC expansion, poll finds by Mike Youds

Study shows that a substantial majority — 73 per cent — of Kamloops area residents surveyed would like CBC to establish a local radio station to cover community affairs.

Jan 31, 2012 — CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada's Licence Renewal Process

Letter from the CBC to the CRTC asking that the public broadcaster's licence renewal process be postponed until after its budget is announced by the Harper government. 

Jan 31, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Economists say budget cuts risk more harm as Canadian economy shrinks by Bill Curry

Columnist says Conservative MPs who were never happy with stimulus spending are pushing hard for deep spending cuts in areas like the CBC.

Jan 31, 2012 — Vancouver Sun

NDP wants to know PMO staffers' salaries by Glen McGregor

Columnist says the NDP is calling on Treasury Board president Tony Clement to bring the same sunlight to salaries in the Prime Minister's Office as the government shone on the highly paid staff at the CBC.

Jan 31, 2012 — National Post

730 CBC employees take home more than $100,000 a year

The CBC has more than 700 staff on the payroll making $100,000 annually, the public broadcaster revealed to a Conservative MP who had asked for salary details of top CBC executives and on-air staff.

Jan 31, 2012 — Canadian University Press

CBC under ideological attack by Dave Swanson

Columnist says if Conservatives cut CBC funding, Canadian identity will suffer.

Jan 31, 2012 —

Tories petition to scrap CBC by Kris Sims

Columnist says four Conservative MPs have presented petitions in the House of Commons calling for the CBC to be defunded or sold to private industry.

Jan 31, 2012 — LeadNow

Reimagine the CBC by Lead Now

LeadNow has launched a campaign to Re-Imagine the CBC.

Jan 30, 2012 — Toronto Star

Cuts: This time it's personal by Susan Delacourt

Columnist questions whether it is possible for the Conservative government to make cuts without first demonizing the target of them.

Jan 30, 2012 —

The Biggest Risk to the Economy in 2012, and What’s the Economy For Anyway? by Robert Reich

Columnist says the crisis of capitalism marks the triumph of consumers and investors over workers and citizens and the increasing efficiency by which all of us as consumers can get great deals with our declining capacity as citizens.

Jan 28, 2012 — Toronto Sun

CBC taking bite out of ... Apple?! by Ezra Levant

Columnist says the CBC is a failure at what it does now, and should not be taking on Apple with a new online music store.

Jan 28, 2012 — The Record

Don’t count on tuning into a local CBC station any time soon by Luisa D’Amato

The CBC says it plans to open a radio station in Waterloo Region this fall but columnist Luisa D'Amato questions whether it will happen.

Jan 26, 2012 — Toronto Star

Sun TV attacks don’t faze CBC chief Hubert Lacroix by Greg Quill

CBC president Hubert Lacroix says he doesn’t believe there’s a conspiracy between Sun Media and Conservatives in Ottawa.

Jan 23, 2012 —

COMMENTARY: Growth of new media means the job of CRTC chair will only get tougher by Peter Miller

Peter Miller comments on the nature of the job for the CRTC Chairman, and perhaps most importantly, the challenges a new chair will face over the next five years.

Jan 22, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Canada needs to reinvent CRTC, outgoing head says by Gordon Pitts

Outgoing CRTC Chairman says the Internet and wireless technology has disarmed federal regulators of their weapons to protect cultural identity.

Jan 21, 2012 — Winnipeg Free Press

We can't fix the CBC if it doesn't exist

Columnist says taxpayers will continue to pay for the CBC, not just because they have no choice, but because they still care and hope that it will get better.

Jan 19, 2012 — Globe & Mail

Don’t ease telecom foreign investment rules, NDP warns by Rita Trichur

The NDP says the federal government should not liberalize Canada’s foreign investment rules for the telecommunications sector, not even for smaller companies, because there is little proof that doing so would benefit consumers.

Jan 19, 2012 — Waterloo Record

Poll suggests region wants local CBC radio station by Valerie Hill

FRIENDS has released a public opinion poll suggesting 68 per cent of Waterloo Region residents support CBC establishing a local radio station.

Jan 19, 2012 — Winnipeg Free Press

NDP, Wind Mobile disagree on foreign ownership in the telecom industry by LuAnn LaSalle

The head of Wind Mobile says Canada should clarify its ownership rules for the wireless industry to attract more foreign investment, not discourage it, because the outside capital has brought consumers more competition and lower prices.

Jan 17, 2012 — Vancouver Sun

Rogers buys SCN; set to launch Citytv channel by Will Chabun

A mere month after announcing a deal to supply programming to Regina-based TV broadcaster SCN, Rogers Communications has unveiled a deal to buy the station for an undisclosed amount.

Jan 17, 2012 — Hollywood Reporter

Rogers Media Acquires Saskatchewan Network SCN by Etan Vlessing

The takeover deal comes a month after the national broadcaster unveiled an earlier, now-abandoned affiliate agreement with the provincial educational broadcaster.

Jan 17, 2012 — Globe & Mail

CBC dismantling LP, CD archives by Guy Dixon

Columnist says the CBC is quietly dismantling its archives of LPs and CDs across Canada – a cultural treasure trove built over decades – even as it prepares to launch a major new music service online.

Jan 17, 2012 — Toronto Star

Low-ball bid for Olympic TV rights could leave Canadians in dark

The International Olympic Committee has rejected a joint offer from Bell and CBC to televise the next Winter Games and the 2016 Summer Games, setting up a high-stakes showdown over how those Olympics will be broadcast in Canada.

Jan 14, 2012 — Winnipeg Free Press

Who needs Cancon? by Misty Harris

Despite not being held to the same Cancon carriage rules as traditional broadcasters, YouTube reports that Canadian videos are being sought-out and viewed at a rate roughly on par with those originating in the U.S.

Jan 13, 2012 — Montreal Gazette

Users choked up over Internet throttling by Sarah Schmidt

The CRTC says complaints against Internet providers deliberately slowing down online traffic are way up in Canada.

Jan 12, 2012 — Hollywood Reporter

Soft Canadian TV Ad Market Hits Shaw Communications by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says The Shaw Media division, which airs popular series like "Glee," "NCIS" and "House," saw sales revenue fall year-on-year as Canadian advertisers pull back in uncertain times.

Jan 12, 2012 — The Independent

Film world hits back over PM's call to focus on blockbusters by Tom Peck

Film-makers, actors and critics argue British Prime Minister David Cameron's call for film funding to focus on "commercially successful" pictures would "dilute the quality of the product and mean we don't move forward culturally".

Jan 11, 2012 —

Wanted: new CRTC chairperson

The process to find the new chairperson of the CRTC is officially underway, less than two weeks before outgoing chair Konrad von Finckenstein’s term expires on January 24.

Jan 9, 2012 — Toronto Star

Cable TV dispute leaves Buffalo hockey fans in the dark by Chris Zelkovich

Despite the dispute between Time Warner and the MSG Network regarding the broadcast of Buffalo Sabres games, FRIENDS says it's not in the interest of MLSE to withold signals from other broadcasters and ever if it were, it would run afoul of CRTC regulations.

Jan 6, 2012 — Online Party of Canada

CRTC Empire strikes back: UBB Redux

The newly formed Online Party of Canada is calling on Canadians to take political action via the Internet by commenting, voting and sharing the many telecomm-related issues on their website.

Jan 6, 2012 — All Things D

You Watch a Lot of Web Video. You Watch Way More TV by Peter Kafta

Nielson reports people still spend far more hours watching traditional television signals than they do streamed web video.

Jan 6, 2012 — National Post

CBC ombudsman casts doubt on police chief’s version of Rob Ford’s 911 call by Natalie Alcoba

CBC’s ombudsman has suggested the police chief’s statements about Rob Ford’s 911 call last fall may lack credibility because Bill Blair is “not a disinterested party” and his budget depends on negotiations with the Mayor.

Jan 5, 2012 — CBC News

CBC announces Saskatoon morning radio show

CBC says a new morning show will replace the Morning Edition, which is currently heard throughout the province.

Jan 5, 2012 — Montreal Gazette

Independent Internet providers challenge CRTC by Jamie Sturgeon

The country's independent Internet providers are challenging a CRTC ruling that allows large network operators like BCE Inc. to raise rates on smaller providers and their customers.

Jan 4, 2012 — MediaPost

Rumored Apple iTV Could Be the Real Threat to Netflix by Daisy Whitney

Columnist says a cache of reports has surfaced saying Apple is getting into the TV manufacturing business this year and may introduce an Apple TV set by mid-2012.

Jan 4, 2012 — Globe & Mail

New Internet pricing rules spark jump in customer bills by Rita Trichur

TekSavvy Solutions Inc. has become the first independent Internet service provider to raise consumer prices following the CRTC’s recent compromise decision on usage-based billing.

Jan 4, 2012 — New York Times

Internet Access Is Not a Human Right by Vinton G. Cerf

Columnist says that technology is an enabler of rights, but is not a right itself.

Jan 2, 2012 — The Guardian

How the badly maimed BBC can stand up to parasitic Sky

Columnist says the BBC accounts for much of Britain's success in the creative industries, a prime example of national investment yielding rich returns.