Media Monitor — 2013

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Dec 31, 2013 — Winnipeg Free Press

Rogers-NHL deal voted Canadian Press Business News Story of the Year by David Friend

Columnist says the November deal was chosen by 48 per cent of respondents, more than double the votes for BlackBerry's latest swing at a recovery which received 23 per cent.

Dec 30, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Server Hacked by Russian Who Tried to Sell Access

A Russian hacker took over a computer server at the BBC on Christmas Day and tried to sell access to other hackers, Reuters reports.

Dec 28, 2013 — Winnipeg Free Press

There's a new senior minister in town by Larry Kusch

Heritage Minister Shelly Glover discusses whether the CBC will be subject to further cuts.

Dec 27, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Senate ethics – what about Press Gallery ethics? by Preston Manning

Preston Manning says that the ethics of both Pamela Wallin and Mike Duffy are likely at least partially rooted in their training and experience as prominent members of the media.

Dec 26, 2013 — leSoleil

Les millions de la télé! by Maurice Dumas

Santa was generous with each of the NHLs teams this year.

Dec 26, 2013 —

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting's Ian Morrison recalls the fight against Bill C-60 to defend CBC by Charlie Smith

FRIENDS has promised to take on Stephen Harper next year "for the damage he has done to the CBC".

Dec 26, 2013 — Global Research

Edward Snowden: Power, Privacy and the Public Good by Colin Todhunter

Columnist says that although we are told that the mainstream media is credible, it largely serves a corporate agenda.

Dec 24, 2013 — The Daily Examiner

Broadcasters Ask Supreme Court To Rule On Aereo Before More 'Copycat' Services Launch by Wendy Davis

A group of broadcasters recently asked the Supreme Court to hear an appeal of a pro-Aereo ruling by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals which refused to stop Aereo from operating its service, which allows customers to stream over-the-air TV shows to iPhones, iPads and other devices.

Dec 24, 2013 — Toronto Star

This was the year the media took centre stage by Chantal Hebert

Columnist says the media is the newsmaker of the year in Canada - in the literal sense of the word.

Dec 20, 2013 — The Province

Sun News directive will provide more options: CRTC

Cable and satellite companies will be required to offer Sun News Network and all other national television news channels for individual subscription or as part of a bundle starting next year.

Dec 19, 2013 — National Post

CRTC makes it mandatory for cable companies to offer all Canadian news channels by Christine Dobby

The federal broadcast regulator says cable and satellite companies must give their customers the option of subscribing to any Canadian news service they want, either in bundles or a la carte, no later than next spring.

Dec 19, 2013 — CoastReporter

Canadian news networks must be offered to all cable, satellite subscribers: CRTC

The CRTC says cable and satellite companies must give their customers the option of subscribing to any Canadian news service they want, either in bundles or a la carte, no later than next spring.

Dec 18, 2013 — Ryerson Review of Journalism

Does political neutrality really mean journalists can’t act in self-defence? by Daniel Sellers

Columnist says even when meddling politicians go after CBC’s independence, reporters and producers are often reluctant to stand up for themselves.

Dec 18, 2013 — Marketing Magazine

Regulators could step in on Rogers’ NHL deal: report by Chris Powell

A new report from Moody’s Investors Service says that Rogers Communications’ recent $5.2 billion NHL rights deal is likely to bring a response from federal regulators if it is perceived as negative for consumers.

Dec 17, 2013 — Huffington Post

Jean-Pierre Blais Is On A Mission As CRTC Chief – But Whose Mission Is It? by Althia Raj

Columnist says the Conservatives gave gave the new CRTC chair a very clear mandate to focus on consumers.

Dec 17, 2013 — Forum Research Inc.

News Release: More oppose Rogers/NHL deal than approve

Research group says two thirds of Canadians do not want CBC to lose Hockey Night in Canada.

Dec 17, 2013 — Toronto Star

Stephen Harper’s merry band of 19th century liberals: Walkom

Columnist says that when James Moore said it's not his job to feed his neighbour's child, he was likely expressing an ideological belief that flourished among liberals in the 19th century and that is held today by many Conservatives.

Dec 16, 2013 — The Tyee

Canada Unprepared for 21st Century TV by Michael Geist

Columnist says broadcasters are still beholden to US programming due to a 40-year-old policy.

Dec 16, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC 'Culture of Cronyism' Criticized by Parliamentary Committee by Georg Szalai

A report on excessive severance payouts says the BBC is "the world’s leading public sector broadcaster," and the payments "put its reputation at risk."

Dec 16, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

Australia's ABC TV Axes BBC-Style Channel Controller Roles by Pip Bulbeck

The public broadcaster's senior management team will take on new roles and responsibilities with the new format.

Dec 15, 2013 — Yahoo! News Canada

Year in Review 2013: Top five Canadian political ads of 2013 by Andy Radia

FRIENDS TV ad, "The Man Behind the Desk" is selected as one of the top political ads of 2013 by Yahoo! Canada.

Dec 13, 2013 — Toronto Star

It’s time to let Canadians see those Super Bowl ads by Michael Geist

Columnist says if Ottawa and the CRTC want to shake up the way Canadians access television, they should also consider the gradual elimination of “simultaneous substitution” policies.

Dec 10, 2013 — Metro

Ottawa-based company launching national cooking, lifestyle TV network by Joe Lofaro Metro

Donna Hay's Fast, Fresh, Simple is one of the shows that will be broadcast on a new, Canadian cooking and lifestyle network, Gusto TV, which debuts Dec. 11, 2013 on Bell Fibe TV and Bell satellite TV.

Dec 8, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Government is all talk when it comes to wireless policy by Brian McKenna

Columnist says Canadian taxpayers might well ask why they are footing the bill for advertising, whose main goal is to portray the Conservative government as a friend of the consumer.

Dec 5, 2013 — National Post

The solution to the CBC budget crisis is obvious. Give it the contract for all partisan Tory advertising by Kelly McParland

Columnist asks if yet another analysis of the CBC necessary and whether there is any aspect of its operations that are not known and understood in Ottawa.

Dec 5, 2013 —

Diversity of media ownership literally non-existent in Canada by Paul Fontaine

Columnist says the fewer the media outlets, the fewer choices Canadian journalists have in terms of full-time, part-time and freelance employment.

Dec 5, 2013 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC isn’t the best bang for the broadcasting buck by Mark Sutcliffe

Columnist says that instead of funding a public television channel, the government should sell CBC’s broadcasting infrastructure — the network — to a private company or turned into a not-for-profit run with private donations.

Dec 5, 2013 — Unifor

PRESS RELEASE: Cuts to ethnic programming by Rogers lead CRTC to call OMNI stations to early renewal hearing, raising concerns about lack of local programming

Unifor, the union representing staff at most of Canada's private television stations, applauds the decision by the CRTC to call the five OMNI TV stations licensed to Rogers Broadcasting Ltd to an early public hearing to account for deep cuts to OMNI's ethnic programming announced in late May 2013.

Dec 5, 2013 — National Post

Breaking the CBC’s mediocrity streak by Chris Sellev

Columnist asks whether provided a more suitable mandate, is the CBC capable of turning things around into something that a critical mass of Canadians will support?

Dec 4, 2013 — Huffington Post Canada

Netflix Canada, CBC Make A Deal: 'Murdoch Mysteries' Set To Stream, Among Other Shows by Chris Jancelewicz

The expanded licensing agreement includes new seasons of currently available CBC TV shows on Netflix, including "Republic Of Doyle," "Heartland," "Mr. D," "Dragons' Den" as well as "Murdoch Mysteries" for the first time.

Dec 4, 2013 — Huffington Post Canada

A CBC Without Don Cherry Isn't Worth Watching by Mitch Wolfe

The biggest loss to the CBC in the Rogers/NHL deal is that it will no longer be able to access a working-class crowd because this very important Canadian audience only gravitated to CBC for HNIC and the presence of Don Cherry.

Dec 3, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Ad that depicts Harper as the Godfather enrages anti-defamation group by Simon Houpt

The New Jersey-based Italian-American One Voice Coalition (IAOVC) is accusing FRIENDS of using ugly stereotypes in an ad depicting Stephen Harper as a Godfather figure who deploys Mafia thugs to silence journalists.

Dec 3, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Why newness, not nostalgia, is the way forward for the CBC by John Doyle

Columnist says the unusual hybrid status of CBC-TV, as both public broadcaster and advertising-driven network, means that it can and must air provocative, challenging, cable-quality drama.

Dec 3, 2013 — National Post

Senate plans to probe CBC operations by Mike De Souza

Columnist says that with Don Cherry's future in doubt on Hockey Night in Canada in the wake of Rogers' purchase of national rights for NHL broadcasts, the CBC will come under scrutiny from a Senate in an upcoming review of the public broadcaster.

Dec 3, 2013 — AlterNet

Are Americans Abandoning Their Televisions? by Zaid Jilani

Columnist says the internet is disrupting video entertainment as we know it.

Dec 2, 2013 — Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition

Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition calls on Friends of Canadian Broadcasting to halt TV commercial stereotyping Italian Americans

The Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition takes issue with The Man Behind the Desk, FRIENDS' satirical television ad.

Dec 2, 2013 — Business Vancouver

Monumental deal shifts NHL to Rogers

Columnist says the Rogers' coup may not have happened had Bell and CBC's joint bid for Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016 Olympic rights not collapsed in June 2012.

Dec 2, 2013 — Playback

Rogers Doc & Cable Fund doles out $3.15M by Nick Krewen

In its latest round of funding, Rogers has announced that 11 projects will share $3,158,790 in equity investment via its Rogers Documentary and Cable Network Fund.

Nov 30, 2013 — Globe & Mail

How new CEO Guy Laurence plans to shake up the game at Rogers by Rita Trichur, Iain Marlow and Paul Waldie

Columnist says the telecom firm is experiencing slowing growth in its core businesses, while seeing its industry leading metrics, including customer retention, gradually eroded by competition.

Nov 30, 2013 — Calgary Herald

A rebrand, with a Cherry on top?

Marketers suggest Don Cherry’s special status makes it hard to reshape HNIC with him.

Nov 30, 2013 — Globe & Mail

CBC's past may offer clues for a hockey-free future by Robert Everett-Green

FRIENDS says the CBC has been handed a 48 window of opportunity to consider a future without professional hockey.

Nov 30, 2013 — Toronto Star

Rogers and the NHL: How the match was made by Linda Diebel

Columnist says the road to winning over Gary Bettman for a $5.2-billion rights deal, the biggest in NHL's history, started in the boardroom known as “HockeyCentral.”

Nov 30, 2013 — Ottawa Citizen

Letter to the Editor: Invest more in CBC Radio by Gardner Church

Reader says the recent loss of NHL income to CBC TV means the mother corporation will be proportionately more dependent on its shrinking public subsidy.

Nov 29, 2013 — Globe & Mail

CBC proposed $1.5B bid for NHL TV rights by Curtis Rush

Despite losing NHL broadcast rights to Rogers, the CBC still sees value in maintaining the Hockey Night in Canada brand.

Nov 29, 2013 — Hamilton Spectator

Cherry’s best-before date likely approaching by Paola Loriggio

Columnist says Don Cherry's status as an icon of Canadian TV hockey may prove to be his downfall as the groundbreaking deal between Rogers Communications and CBC ushers in a new era of Hockey Night in Canada.

Nov 29, 2013 — Winnipeg Free Press

CBC, TSN iced in Rogers' $5.2-billion broadcast-rights deal with NHL by Brad Oswald

The broadcast and multimedia rights agreement, announced in Toronto by Rogers executives and top NHL brass, gives Rogers Communications the Canadian rights to all NHL games across all platforms in all languages.

Nov 29, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Rogers plays defence with its new investment in hockey by Barrie McKenna

Columnist says Rogers’ willingness to pay a record price for NHL rights comes down to protecting its core business – its 2.2 million cable subscribers, nearly 10 million wireless subscribers, its TV shows it produces and the lucrative revenue stream this represents.

Nov 29, 2013 — National Post

Without hockey, the CBC model is now fundamentally broken by Scott Stinson

Columnist says because CBC has a government-mandated hybrid setup that forces it to compete in the commercial space while also fulfilling a public-service mandate, it has always tried to find the balance between the two.

Nov 29, 2013 — Globe & Mail

EDITORIAL: The CBC: What’s it good for, without hockey?

Editorial says the news that Rogers Communications will pay $5.2-billion for the main NHL programming rights for the next 12 years, displacing the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, marks the loss of the CBC’s most popular program.

Nov 29, 2013 — Huffington Post Canada

'CanCon' In The Netflix Age: Just Don't Mention It's Canadian by Sunny Freeman

Columnist says Canadian content rules have been in place for TV broadcasters since the 1960s, born out of the belief that Canadians needed to see their culture reflected back to them when they turned on their TV.

Nov 29, 2013 —

The CBC's reliance on Don Cherry's NHL cost them dearly by Michael Stewart

Columnist says the CBC has always employed the strategy of protecting what they have instead of making a case for why a national broadcaster is a public benefit.

Nov 29, 2013 —

CBC’s vulnerability explored in radio series by Lauren Strapagiel

New radio series looks at the importance of public broadcasting.

Nov 28, 2013 — Huffington Post Canada

Media Bites: In Losing Hockey Night in Canada, CBC Might Have Scored by J.J. McCullough

CBC President Hubert Lacroix says The CBC is "not in a position to spend taxpayers money on this game of high stakes."

Nov 28, 2013 — Toronto Sun

No bailout for CBC, Prime Minister's Office says by Daniel Proussalidis

According to a 2012 Friends of Canadian Broadcasting analysis, losing hockey will cost the CBC around $200 million a year.

Nov 28, 2013 — Winnipeg Free Press

EDITORIAL: CBC must rethink its value

Editorial says the NHL-Rogers deal is a major blow to the prestige of the CBC, but that the corporation's relevance to Canadians has been declining for decades.

Nov 28, 2013 — Playback

Bell Media sells four TV properties to DHX Media for $170M by Etan Vlessing

DHX Media has acquired Family Channel and three other properties from Bell Media after they went on the auction block earlier this year following BCE’s $3.38 billion purchase of Astral Media.

Nov 27, 2013 — Toronto Star

DHX Media to acquire Family Channel for $170M

The Halifax-based company is noted for the creation, production and licensing of popular children's shows, such as Yo Gabba Gabba!, Caillou, Teletubbies and Inspector Gadget, but has never before owned a TV channel.

Nov 27, 2013 — Vancouver Sun

CBC sent to penalty box over NHL revenues

Columnist says The National Hockey League and Rogers dealt a severe blow to the CBC, announcing a 12-year, $5.2-billion agreement that grants NHL broadcasting rights to Rogers.

Nov 27, 2013 — openDemocracy

Scotland's future: a new national broadcaster by Brian Winston

Columnist says one can sympathise with the BBC struggling against its metropolitan biases but it can do no other than have them.

Nov 26, 2013 — Toronto Star

NHL signs 12-year TV, Internet deal with Rogers; CBC keeps ‘Hockey Night in Canada’ by Curtis Rush

The deal gives Rogers national rights to all NHL games, including the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final, on all of its platforms in all languages.

Nov 26, 2013 — Rogers Communications Inc.

Rogers Communications and NHL Announce 12-Year National Broadcast and Multimedia Agreement

Rogers Communications and the National Hockey League announce a landmark 12-year broadcast and multimedia agreement that includes all national rights to NHL games on all platforms in all languages.

Nov 26, 2013 — Playback

Rogers pays $5.2 billion for Canadian NHL rights over 12 years by Etan Vlessing

Rogers Communications is to pay the National Hockey League $5.2 billion over 12 years to secure  all national rights to NHL games on all platforms in all languages.

Nov 26, 2013 — Canadian Journalists for Free Expression

PRESS RELEASE: Bill C-461: A Threat to Canada's Public Broadcaster

The Canadian Journalists for Free Expression says Canadians are not aware of how Bill C-461 will change the Access to Information and the Privacy Acts in ways that could undermine the journalistic and programming integrity of Canada's public broadcaster.

Nov 26, 2013 — Vancouver Sun

Opinion: The high cost of unbundling TV channels by Ian Morrison

FRIENDS says bundling has served Canadians well and gives value to subscribers.

Nov 26, 2013 —

CBC memo: HNIC by Hubert Lacroix

A memo from CBC president Hubert Lacroix regarding Rogers aquisition of NHL hockey broadcasting rights in Canada.

Nov 26, 2013 — Wall Street Journal

Rogers Communications, NHL Sign Canada Hockey Broadcast Deal by Ben Dummett

Rogers Communications Inc. RCI.B.T -1.03% and the National Hockey League on Tuesday reached a 5.2-billion-Canadian-dollar (US$4.93 billion) deal that gives Rogers sweeping media rights to NHL games in Canada and underscores the importance of the hockey-mad Canadian market to the NHL's coffers.

Nov 26, 2013 — Playback

‘A calculated risk’: media execs react to Rogers’ big deal by Val Maloney

Rogers Communications has announced it has signed a deal to pay $5.2 billion over 12 years to secure all national rights for National Hockey League games in Canada, sub-licensing rights to the CBC for Hockey Night in Canada and playoff games to the pubcaster and French-language multimedia rights to Quebecor’s TVA.

Nov 26, 2013 — Toronto Star

NHL deal with Rogers huge blow to CBC by Raju Mudhar

Columnist says Rogers’ new $5.2 billion, 12-year deal, sewing up all things NHL in Canada is likely to have a massive effect on the national broadcaster.

Nov 25, 2013 — Playback

CBC and Canadian Media Guild ink new 5-year deal by Etan Vlessing

The CBC and the Canadian Media Guild have signed a tentative five-year deal that includes a 1.5 % salary increase in each of the first two years.

Nov 25, 2013 — Maclean's

The Power Issue: James Moore by John Geddes

Former Heritage Minister James Moore says, “It’s for [the CBC] to find their relevance, present it to Canadians, and if Canadians support it, they’ll continue funding it. If not, it will disappear."

Nov 22, 2013 — Canadian Association of Journalists

Bill C-461: A Threat to Canada’s Public Broadcaster

Advocacy groups says Canadians are not aware of how Bll C-461 will change the Access to Information and the Privacy Acts in ways that could undermine the journalistic and programming integrity of Canada’s public broadcaster, the CBC/Radio-Canada.

Nov 20, 2013 — The Public

Broadcasting Canada

New website celebrates the role the CBC plays in the social fabric of Canada through in-depth conversations with the voices and personalities who bring us together from coast to coast to coast.

Nov 19, 2013 — U.S. Television Coalition

PRESS RELEASE: American Station Owners Welcome Review of Canadian TV System and Bilateral U.S.-Canada Discussions on TV Retransmission Issues

A coalition of American over-the-air television stations expresses support for the CRTC’s review of the Canadian television system, and welcomes news of bilateral consultations between the United States and Canada on the retransmission of television broadcast signals.

Nov 19, 2013 —

Rob Ford lies three times in first minutes of Peter Mansbridge interview by William Wolfe-Wylie

Columnist says it is not the responsibility of readers to pick apart the reported statements of their elected officials to find lies - that’s the job of media, and it’s time they started doing it.

Nov 18, 2013 — openDemocracy

The BBC has to learn to listen to itself by Nick Fraser

Columnist says the BBC to get better at listening, and trusting in order to improve its corporate culture.

Nov 17, 2013 — Montreal Gazette

CRTC chair warns of "clouds on the horizon" for television by Steve Faguy

The CRTC has begun a year-long process that starts with asking Canadians about their viewing habits and will end with public hearings on specific changes to its rules.

Nov 17, 2013 — Winnipeg Free Press

Pulling the plug on traditional TV is still a slow moving trend in Canada by LuAnn LaSalle

Columnist says watching television on the Internet is cheap and convenient, but so far only a small number of Canadians have cut the cord on traditional viewing as TV providers offer discount prices and spend more on programs to keep customers who pay bigger monthly bills.

Nov 17, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Worldwide Names New Director of TV for Australia and New Zealand by Pip Bulbeck

BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand has appointed Natalie Edgar, the Australian Broadcasting Corp.’s deputy controller at ABC1, to the position of director of television.

Nov 16, 2013 — CBC News

Ottawa takes 1st steps to offer cable choice

Heritage Minister Shelly Glover says the federal government has asked the CRTC to prepare a report on how pick-and-pay television service might work and what steps might have to be taken to unbundle TV services.

Nov 16, 2013 — StarPhoenix

CRTC says no to new radio station by Jeremy Warren

Columnist says Saskatoon's commercial radio stations are more profitable than ever, but Canadian broadcast regulators say the booming city can't handle a new radio station.

Nov 15, 2013 — CBC News

Booming Saskatoon doesn't need more radio, CRTC says

The CRTC has released findings about Saskatoon's capacity to support new commercial radio stations.

Nov 14, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Incoming Rogers CEO expected to spark culture shift at cable giant by Rita Trichur

Columnist says there are high hopes at Rogers Communications Inc. that British telecom executive Guy Laurence has the expertise to solve the cable and wireless giant’s customer loyalty problems once he starts the top job later this year.

Nov 14, 2013 — openDemocracy

A smaller BBC would be good for audiences by Roger Mosey

Columnist says that in a digital age it's unhealthy for the BBC to spend the whole licence fee.

Nov 14, 2013 — CBC News

Plan to unbundle TV channels sought by feds

The federal government is directing the CRTC to conduct a full investigation into the impact of unbundling cable TV channels.

Nov 14, 2013 — Calgary Herald

CRTC asked to report on pick-and-pay TV

Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover says she has asked the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to prepare a report on so-called pick-and-pay television services.

Nov 14, 2013 — Vancouver Sun

Ottawa delivers warning to telecoms over Internet licences by LuAnn LaSalle

James Moore tells wireless giants to improve rural web access.

Nov 13, 2013 —

CRTC ordered to study impacts of TV unbundling as public makes frustration felt by Lee Berthiaume

Heritage Minister Shelly Glover says the request to the CRTC is in no ways an indication the government is having second thoughts about unbundling.

Nov 13, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Mobilicity wins court order to proceed with formal sales process by Rita Trichur

Mobilicity, which won court protection from creditors in late September, is assessing its alternatives after the federal government denied Telus Corp.’s second attempt to purchase the small carrier.

Nov 13, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa to crack down on telecom carriers for hoarding spectrum by Rita Trichur

Columnist says the federal government is cracking down on telecom carriers that hoard valuable spectrum licences as an industry battle heats up over the future of those publicly-owned assets.

Nov 12, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Launches Public Review of Its Four TV Channels by Stuart Kemp

The formal review of BBC One, Two, Three and Four will also be open to input from the British public.

Nov 12, 2013 — Calgary Herald

CRTC Asks Canadians: What do you want to watch? Where? And how? by Lee Rickwood

CRTC Chair Jean-Pierre Blais has launched Let's Talk TV: A Conversation with Canadians about the future of television in this country.

Nov 8, 2013 — Ottawa Citizen

Turning the Tablo on TV broadcasters: Canadian company looks to change who we watch TV by Vito Pilieci

Nuvyyo quietly launched a campaign on crowdfunding website Indiegogo Friday, with the intention of raising $50,000 and getting a few of its new Tablo devices into the hands of average consumers.

Nov 8, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Ford scandal an improbable case study in how the media might find their way back by Simon Houpt

Columnist says the crisis affecting Mr. Ford’s administration, and the way it was covered, is beginning to look like an improbable case study in how the media might find their way back.

Nov 8, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Is Too Big, Too Liberal, Former Top Executive Says by Georg Szalai

Roger Mosey suggests in an editorial in Rupert Murdoch's "Times" of London that the U.K. public broadcaster should share the license fee it gets from taxpayers with rivals.

Nov 7, 2013 — National Post

Crisis Lines, Part 3: Chasing a ‘great Canadian newspaper company’ by Theresa Tedesco

Part Three of an exclusive look at Leonard Asper’s losing battle to keep control of the Canwest family dynasty as revealed in his extensive business journals.

Nov 7, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Death of a contract: Wireless carriers feel pinch of new smartphone rules by Rita Trichur

Columnist says the introduction of new two-year cellphone contracts slowed subscriber growth for some of Canada’s biggest carriers during the back-to-school season, a sign that consumers are spurning those higher-priced plans even before they become the industry standard in December.

Nov 7, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Worldwide Dealmaking Criticized Over Lonely Planet Acquisition by Stuart Kemp

Columnist says a report by the public broadcaster's governing body says mistakes were made and criticized a lack of scrutiny of the travel guide's financial performance.

Nov 7, 2013 — CBC News

BCE earns $343M as Fibe TV makes inroads

BCE profit is down as it pays $230M regulatory charge in Astral Media takeover.

Nov 6, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Torstar swings to loss on writedown, weak ad revenue by Steve Ladurantaye

Torstar Corp. posted a $70.8-million loss as the print advertising market continued to erode and a shift away from books took its toll on its Harlequin division.

Nov 6, 2013 — National Post

Crisis Lines, Part 2: Inside Leonard Asper’s fight to win back his family’s TV empire by Theresa Tedesco

Part Two of an exclusive look at Leonard Asper’s losing battle to keep control of the Canwest family dynasty as revealed in his extensive business journals.

Nov 6, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

U.K. Court: Phone Hacking Cases Against Trinity Mirror Can Go Ahead by Georg Szalai

While hacking cases have focused on allegations against the shuttered "News of the World," the publisher of the "Daily Mirror" now also faces litigation.

Nov 5, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Rogers lays off 94 in media division by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says layoff notices were handed out at Rogers Media Inc. as the company tries to retool its media properties amid declining advertising revenue.

Nov 5, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Rogers removes digital magazines from Canadian libraries by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says Magazines Canada, an industry trade group, advised Canadian publishers to walk away from an agreement with the company whose software makes the publications available because of delivery problems.

Nov 5, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Studio behind Happy Tree Friends turning to Canada for next big idea by Simon Houpt

Mondo Media, producer of the YouTube hit Happy Tree Friends, is teaming up with Toronto-based Blue Ant Media for a $3-million project to turn up to 30 pitches from Canadian writers and producers into pilots for shows.

Nov 5, 2013 — National Post

Crisis Lines, Part 1: Inside Leonard Asper’s private struggle to save one of Canada’s most influential companies by Theresa Tedesco

Part One of an exclusive look at Leonard Asper’s losing battle to keep control of the Canwest family dynasty as revealed in his extensive business journals.

Nov 5, 2013 — Winnipeg Free Press

Rogers Communications lays off 94 staff across its media operations by David Friend

The telecommunications company says that the job cuts are spread across the country at the broadcast TV divisions of Citytv and OMNI, as well as radio stations and magazines like Maclean's and Chatelaine.

Nov 5, 2013 — Vancouver Sun

State TV confessions the latest tactic in China's campaign to scrub unwanted discourse by Didi Tang

Columnist says Chinese authorities are attempting to scrub information they deem harmful, illegal or false from the public domain, especially from the Internet.

Nov 5, 2013 — Chronicle Herald

Morgan among those hit by News 95.7 layoffs

Across Canada, 94 employees of Rogers’ media division have been canned in an effort to lower expenses.

Nov 5, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

Spanish Broadcaster Shut Down By Regional Government by Pamela Rolfe

Columnist says the move comes hours after a court reversed the decision to fire 1,000 employees, forcing debt-strapped officials to resume paying their salaries.

Nov 4, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Sun News Network to devote more hours to opinion-based journalism by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says Sun News wants less repetitive news and more analysis, and will dedicate more of its daytime hours to opinion-based journalism in a bid to differentiate itself from news channels operated by CTV and CBC.

Nov 3, 2013 — Calgary Herald

The BBC says its veteran TV and radio presenter Paul Gambaccini has been arrested on suspicion of sexual offences.

Columnist says the investigation was triggered by the abuse scandal surrounding late BBC broadcaster Jimmy Savile.

Nov 1, 2013 — Globe & Mail

The CRTC’s Jean-Pierre Blais: The regulator who speaks truth to power by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says speaking truth to power has been the signature of the CRTC since Mr. Blais was appointed to a five-year term as chairman in 2012.

Nov 1, 2013 — CBC News

U.S. hedge fund buys 19% stake in Postmedia

A U.S. fund manager has acquired about 19 per cent of Postmedia Network Canada, owner of several major Canadian newspapers including the National Post.

Nov 1, 2013 — Digital Journal

Conservative Party Convention - The CSN condemns the premeditated annihilation of the CBC/Radio-Canada

The Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN) says it condemns a series of resolutions tabled at the Conservative Party convention that focus on the eradication of the sole Canadian public broadcaster.

Oct 31, 2013 — Ottawa Citizen

Consumer-friendly cellphone rules coming by Maria Babbage

Ontario will soon join three other provinces with new rules for wireless contracts that the governing Liberals say will end the "horror stories" consumers report after opening their cellphone bills.

Oct 31, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

Rupert Murdoch: 'The 21st Century Will Be All About Disruption' by Pip Bulbeck

Delivering a lecture at Sydney's Lowy Institute, the media mogul celebrated the business opportunities inherent in the disruptive forces of technology and touted the value of a free press.

Oct 31, 2013 — CBC News

SaskTel billing system 'obsolete', can't meet new rules

According to the CRTC, SaskTel claims its billing system is "not technically capable of monitoring data roaming and data overage charges in real time." 

Oct 31, 2013 — PressProgress

No love - or money - for the CBC

Columnist says there is great value in having a strong public broadcaster in such a diverse and vast country, but the 2012 federal budget took a sharp knife to CBC’s budget, cutting it by more than 10 per cent.

Oct 30, 2013 — Toronto Star

Rogers and the NHL: How the match was made by Linda Diebel

Columnist says the road to winning over Gary Bettman for a $5.2-billion rights deal, the biggest in NHL's history, started in the boardroom known as “HockeyCentral.”

Oct 30, 2013 — CBC News

Bell data collection part of ‘disturbing trend’ by Ian Munroe

Bell Canada’s recently announced plan to collect and analyze data from millions of customers is prompting public complaints, warnings from privacy advocates and has caught the attention of both the federal privacy commissioner and the CRTC.

Oct 28, 2013 — National Post

CBC downplays loss of NHL broadcast revenues by Mike De Souza

The CBC says profit margins from airing NHL hockey had dwindled due to the cost of getting exclusive rights.

Oct 28, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Could Lose Exclusive Right to Taxpayer Funding, Conservative Politician Warns by George Szalai

The chairman of Britain's ruling Conservative Party has called on the BBC to ensure dramatic changes in the wake of a series of scandals or risk losing its exclusive right to get an annual license fee from taxpayers.

Oct 27, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

U.K. Phone Hacking Trials to Begin: What to Expect by Georg Szalai

Phone-hacking allegations during the summer of 2011 sent shock waves across Rupert Murdoch's media empire.

Oct 25, 2013 — StarPhoenix

Regulator wants viewers to talk about the future of Canadian television by Terry Pedwell

The CRTC has opened what it hopes will be a month-long dialogue among Canadians about how they watch TV.

Oct 25, 2013 — Vancouver Sun

EDITORIAL: Ottawa rules prevent true choice in what TV we receive

Editorial says the CRTC has created the rules that make a full menu of à la carte TV channels impossible.

Oct 25, 2013 — StarPhoenix

CRTC head sees tough 'trade-offs' by Lee Berthiaume

The head of Canada's broadcasting regulator anticipates difficult "trade-offs" as Canadians clamour for cheaper television amid a proliferation of online services such as Netflix and a desire to protect jobs.

Oct 25, 2013 — Toronto Star

Is Bell’s plan to monitor and profile Canadians legal by Michael Geist

Columnist says the planned scope of Bell’s profiling is unprecedented in Canada, reflecting the power of a vertically-integrated media giant.

Oct 24, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Postmedia reports deeper losses on continuing ad struggles by Steve Ladurantaye

Postmedia Network Canada Corp. posted a $36-million loss in the last quarter, citing weakness in all of its major advertising categories.

Oct 24, 2013 — Globe & Mail

CRTC wants Canadians to hold ‘flash conferences,’ report back on state of TV by Steve Ladurantaye

The CRTC has officially launched its “Let’s Talk TV” campaign, hoping to engage Canadians over the next month in a conversation about how they watch television.

Oct 24, 2013 —

CBC strives for deeper connection with Canadians; hopes it won't have to go to "Plan B" without NHL by Greg O'Brien

CBC CEO Hubert Lacroix says the public broadcaster is now “more present in the regions, more connected with our audiences” than at any point in its history.

Oct 24, 2013 — CRTC

News Release: CRTC launches Let’s Talk TV: A Conversation with Canadians

The CRTC lauches Let’s Talk TV: A Conversation with Canadians, a discussion about the future of Canada’s television system.

Oct 24, 2013 — Ottawa Citizen

CRTC announces details of TV industry review, plans public hearings for fall 2014 by Christine Dobby

Canada’s broadcast regulator has unveiled new details surrounding its upcoming review of country’s television sector starting with a consultation with the public with plans to culminate in a public hearing next fall.

Oct 23, 2013 — Globe & Mail

CBC president Lacroix defends decision to hire Heather Conway by Simon Houpt

The president of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation defended his decision on Wednesday to hire Heather Conway, an executive at the Art Gallery of Ontario who has never worked in either radio or television programming, to head up the public broadcaster’s English-language services.

Oct 23, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Worldwide Not Eyed for Sale, Executives Say by Stuart Kemp

After a year of scandals, the new BBC boss and the head of its governing body answers questions about executive salaries, severance payments and bullying.

Oct 23, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

U.K. Parliament to Review BBC's Public Mandate by Stuart Kemp

The Culture, Media and Sport committee will analyze BBC funding, plans and the public broadcaster's Royal Charter, before the current one expires in December of 2016.

Oct 22, 2013 — Globe & Mail

TV cord cutting on the rise? Not according to Netflix CEO by Steve Ladurantaye

Netflix CEO says those who cancel their subscriptions in favour of alternative services are still largely a fringe group on the edges of television.

Oct 21, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Netflix chief sounds alarm after second-quarter earnings surge by Steve Ladurantaye

Netflix's shares have shot up almost 440 per cent in the last year.

Oct 21, 2013 — Digital Orphans

Pick and Pay TV: Let the Hunger Games begin by Michael Hennessy

On October 24 the CRTC will launch its ”Conversation With Canadians” on the Future of TV and the expectation is that channel unbundling is going to be the biggest consumer concern.

Oct 19, 2013 — Salon

Birth of conservative delusion: Roger Ailes takes his revenge by Michael Goldfarb

Columnist says the long road to Ted Cruz, Fox News, the Tea Party and right-wing insanity has its roots in the events of 1973.

Oct 18, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian Cable Unbundling Blowback: Will U.S. Broadcasters Say No? by Etan Vlessing

As Ottawa looks to mandate pick-and-pay, industry players are debating how American programming suppliers will react.

Oct 16, 2013 — National Post

Pick-and-pay TV is not just policy, it’s an inevitability Republish Reprint by Christine Dobby

Industry watchers say mandating more choice on an à la carte basis may threaten the existence of some niche channels that rely on inclusion in a popular bundle for their survival and prices may be little changed.

Oct 14, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian Government to Force Cablers to Unbundle TV Channels by Etan Vlessing

James Moore says Canadians could soon pick and pay for the Canadian and American TV channels they want, and not see them bundled with less popular domestic channels for protection and promotion.

Oct 1, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Rogers to invest $700-million on Alberta cell network by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says Rogers Communications Inc. is looking to strike it big in the oil patch, with a $700-million investment that will see its cellphone network extended to the far reaches of Alberta.

Sep 27, 2013 — Globe & Mail

New CBC English boss plans to reshape broadcaster's future by Steve Ladurantaye and Steven Chase

Columnists say CBC's new VP of English Services will need to strike a balance between reality shows that draw large audiences, and the type of documentary and scripted shows that advance the public broadcaster’s mission of informing and enlightening Canadians about their country and their place in the world.

Sep 27, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Heather Conway on leadership, TV shows and her new CBC gig by Steve Ladurantaye

Ms. Conway replaces Kirstine Stewart, who left CBC in the spring to become the first head of Twitter Canada.

Sep 27, 2013 — Vancouver Sun

Canadians spending more on wireless: CRTC by Christine Dobby

Columnist says communications industry revenue is up based on demand for data, faster broadband speeds.

Sep 26, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Bundled up: Rogers bets on a digital future for magazines by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says Rogers Media is taking a lesson from its parent company’s cable division, as it bundles all of its magazines into a single digital monthly subscription package that will also include dozens of American titles such as Rolling Stone and The New Yorker.

Sep 26, 2013 — Toronto Star

Digital world creating jobs: report by Dana Flavelle

A report says Twitter, YouTube and other "digital platforms" are changing the way companies do business, creating jobs, and adding economic value.

Sep 25, 2013 — CBC News

Heather Conway to be new head of CBC English services

Heather Conway has been picked as the next executive vice-president of English-language services of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Sep 23, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Netflix’s popularity poses a challenge to CRTC by Steve Ladurantaye

The CRTC estimates that Netflix Inc.’s explosive Canadian growth has seen the online service activated in about 17 per cent of Canadian homes.

Sep 23, 2013 — Maclean's

What exactly did Parks Canada secretly pay the CBC $65,000 for? by Jesse Brown

Columnist says no public broadcaster should be striking secret deals with their subjects over news content.

Sep 22, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Chair Vows to Cut Senior Executive Posts, Improve Transparency by Georg Szalai

Chris Patten discusses challenges and a possible renaissance of the BBC and European public broadcasters, calling for "the courage to champion big ideas."

Sep 20, 2013 — Toronto Sun

Parks Canada paid CBC for coverage of Franklin search by Brian Lilley

Columnist says Parks Canada struck a secret deal with CBC to grant it the exclusive broadcast rights to the search for the sunken ships of the ill-fated Franklin expedition, and then paid CBC to take those rights.

Sep 20, 2013 — CBC/Radio Canada

The facts about our coverage of the search for Franklin by Jennifer McGuire

CBC denies accepting money from Parks Canada in exchange for positive stories.

Sep 19, 2013 — DailyXtra

Why is the CBC censoring Canadians to protect John Baird? by Andrea Houston

Columnist says she was scheduled to speak on The Current, until its producer realized she might mention Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird.

Sep 17, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Sun News request to CRTC spurs broad media opposition by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says the CRTC is reconsidering how Canadian television news channels are offered to consumers, to address complaints by Sun News that existing arrangements offer no way to increase carriage fees from the cable and satellite companies that bring its signal into Canadian homes.

Sep 17, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Launches Review of TV, Radio, Online News Output by Georg Szalai

Columnist says the project will focus on the "quality and distinctiveness" of the U.K. public broadcaster's journalism and its ability to adapt to changing viewer habits.

Sep 17, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada's Rogers Media Promotes Hayden Mindell to Top Programming Post by Etan Vlessing

Mindell replaces Malcolm Dunlop, a mainstay of the LA Screenings who left the broadcaster on Aug. 30 after a three-decade career.

Sep 16, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Bell to cut roaming fees by half by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says Bell is giving in to pressure from its subscribers and has announced that it is lowering the cost of its most popular out-of-country plans.

Sep 12, 2013 — Globe & Mail

With new chief, Rogers targets customers by Rita Trichur and Steve Ladurantaye

British telecom executive Guy Laurence won the top job at Rogers Communications Inc. with a focus on the customer.

Sep 11, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Media division one of several challenges facing next Rogers CEO by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says that as Rogers Communications Inc. zeroes in on hiring a new leader, the company’s media division is likely to feature prominently in any discussions with a would-be successor despite its relatively small place in the firm’s empire.

Sep 11, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Shaw plans to put Global shows on more than TV by Steve Ladurantaye

Shaw Media will make television programs available on mobile devices, joining cable and satellite companies scrambling to keep subscribers loyal by giving them more control over how they watch their favourite television shows.

Sep 10, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Executive who rebuilt Vodafone pegged to be next Rogers CEO by Rita Trichur, Steve Ladurantaye and Grant Robertson

Columnist says Rogers Communications Inc. is nearing the end of its search for a new chief executive officer, and a British telecom executive has emerged as the front-runner for one of corporate Canada’s biggest jobs.

Sep 9, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

Current, Former BBC Execs Grilled on Excessive Severance by Georg Szalai

Columnist says members of a committee of the British parliament grilled current and former BBC top executives about excessive severance payments to former managers at the public broadcaster.

Sep 8, 2013 — Montreal Gazette

Videotron applies for English community channel by Steve Faguy

Videotron has applied to the CRTC for a licence to launch an English-language community TV channel.

Sep 7, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Town Crier employees bet future on community news by Steve Ladurantaye

Five employees have bought the Town Crier chain of community newspapers at an auction after the sudden bankruptcy of Multimedia Nova this summer.

Sep 6, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Rogers' secret retail weapon: The Shopping Channel by Steve Ladurantaye

The Shopping Channel is being rebranded as its parent company unleashes a massive campaign on 24 television stations, 50-plus radio stations and dozens of magazines in an effort to persuade more women to spend less time in malls and more time watching television.

Sep 6, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

Politicians Push BBC Boss to Return Extra Pension Payment He Received Years Ago by Georg Szalai

Tony Hall got $38,000 beyond his guaranteed payment when he left the U.K. public broadcaster to run the Royal Opera House.

Sep 6, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

European Public Broadcasters' Crisis: After Abuse Scandal, BBC Set to Focus on Future Funding by Georg Szalai

Columnist says the BBC, now led by director Tony Hall, must negotiate a new charter by 2017.

Sep 5, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Worldwide Eyes Record Spending on U.K. Content by Georg Szalai

The commercial arm of the British public broadcaster wants to spend the bulk of a targeted $312 million-plus in the current fiscal year with independent producers.

Sep 4, 2013 — CBC News

Time Warner, CBS reach programming deal, ending month-long blackout

Inability to reach a deal had prevented several million households in major cities like New York and Dallas from viewing CBS television shows.

Sep 4, 2013 — Winnipeg Free Press

Federal cabinet declines to ask CRTC to re-think CBC radio ads ruling

FRIENDS filed a petition with the Privy Council Office in July, asking the cabinet to order the commission to take another look at the ruling.

Sep 3, 2013 — Huffington Post Canada

Is Subscription TV the Answer to CBC's Woes? by Wade Rowland

Columnist says that in suggesting that CBC become a collection of subscription-based channels, Andrew Coyne fails to see that the same market dynamic is at work there as in advertising-supported TV -- i.e. the need to maximize audiences as a way of achieving peak profits.

Sep 2, 2013 — Ottawa Citizen

Mr. Pearson’s ‘peep show’ by Bruce Yaccato

Columnist questions if the CBC documentary about Lester B. Pearson had run as scheduled, would his reputation have been so deeply damaged that he and his ministers would not have had the moral authority and political stature to push through the Flag Act, the Canada Pension Plan and universal Medicare as we know them.

Aug 30, 2013 — Globe & Mail

CRTC to scrutinize telecoms' roaming rates by Steve Ladurantaye

Canada’s broadcast regulator could soon find itself regulating roaming rates, just months after introducing new rules that made it more difficult for cellphone users to accidentally run up gigantic bills when using the phones out of the country.

Aug 30, 2013 — IHS

Canada Pay-TV Market Shows Maturity in Q2, but IPTV’s Star Remains Undimmed

Information and analytics provider IHS says subscriptions to pay-TV in Canada fell by 10,810 in the second quarter of the year, with gains in the Internet Protocol television (IPTV) segment failing to offset losses in both cable and satellite.

Aug 29, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Verizon-Vodafone deal casts doubt on Verizon’s Canadian entry by Steve Ladurantaye and Boyd Erman

Columnist says Verizon Communications Inc. could put its Canadian expansion plans on the shelf to focus on buying out its British partner and taking full control of its U.S. wireless business.

Aug 28, 2013 — Globe & Mail

CRTC raises flag over ties between Corus by Steve Ladurantaye

Canada’s broadcast regulator is raising questions about the relationship between Shaw Communications Inc. and Corus Entertainment Inc. as it prepares to review Corus’s $494-million acquisition of several television channels from BCE Inc.

Aug 27, 2013 — StarPhoenix

Even if it was an open telecom market, would Ottawa really let outsiders take over? by Christine Dobby

George Cope, chief executive BCE Inc., says opening up investment restrictions would not result in a level playing field for BCE, since he doubts Ottawa would ever approve its sale to a foreigner.

Aug 26, 2013 — Canadian Media Guild

Bargaining for a new CMG/CBC collective agreement begins

The Canadian Media Guild says it has started discussions with CBC/Radio-Canada management on the next collective agreement.

Aug 22, 2013 — Vancouver Sun

In Canada, the consumer's needs take a back seat to those of the producer by Andrew Coyne

Columnist asks why wouldn't Ottawa allow an open market for all wireless carriers if it believes in putting consumers first?

Aug 22, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC License Fee Disputes Make Up More Than 10 Percent of U.K. Court Cases (Report) by Stuart Kemp

The $228 annual fee provides more than $5 billion of the public broadcaster's budget and has to be paid by any household watching live TV in the U.K.

Aug 19, 2013 — News Article

Rogers CEO warns spectrum auction could result in slower wireless speeds by Steve Ladurantaye and Steven Chase

Rogers says millions of Canadians are likely to find their wireless speeds lagging behind if Verizon Communications Inc. makes its way to Canada.

Aug 19, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Ads coming to CBC Radio 2 in October by Steve Ladurantaye

The CRTC is allowing the public broadcaster to start selling ads, with restrictions.

Aug 19, 2013 — The Tyee

We Need the CBC, but Be Real about Its Limits by Rafe Mair

Columnist says he supports the concept of the CBC as a public institution to help Canadians get ahead and to support Canadian endeavours.

Aug 19, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

NPR CEO Gary Knell to Depart by Philiana Ng

Knell will exit his post in the fall to become president/CEO of the National Geographic Society.

Aug 19, 2013 — StarPhoenix

Network TV audience big, but splintered by Alex Strachan

According to a recent cross-platform survey across the U.S. by ratings measurement agency Nielsen, average television consumption is up nearly two hours a month with the average viewer now watching 157 hours and 32 minutes a month.

Aug 19, 2013 — Marketing Magazine

Column: Should the Globe and Mail have pulled out of Newfoundland?

The Globe and Mail, Canada’s highest-distribution national newspaper, has announced that it will cease daily delivery to the entire province of Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as to a handful of isolated towns in British Columbia.

Aug 16, 2013 — Vancouver Sun

Canada needs the independent voice of CBC by Daphne Bramham

Columnist says the BBC is in such a state of flux that it is sending a team around the world to consult globally about the future of public broadcasting.

Aug 16, 2013 — Globe & Mail

The wireless battle gets personal by Sophie Cousineau

Columnist says BCE board member Anthony Fell did not merely accuse the government of arrogance and hint that the newly-appointed James Moore is an imposter when it comes to telecom expertise, but did it with BCE’s assent.

Aug 16, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Kirstine Stewart: From TV to tweets, a career worth following by Steve Ladurantaye

Former CBC VP of English Services says she didn’t leave the public broadcaster out of frustration, but rather to seize a rare opportunity.

Aug 15, 2013 — New York Times

Sony and Viacom Reach Tentative Deal to Stream Cable Channels Sony by Brian Stelter

Columnist says in a deal that may signal the start of a new era of competition for entrenched cable and satellite providers, Viacom has tentatively agreed to let its popular cable channels — like Nickelodeon and MTV — be carried by an Internet TV service that Sony is creating.

Aug 14, 2013 — Montreal Gazette

Opinion: Canadians will win from competition by Pierre Karl Péladeau

Quebec Media Inc. chairman says that if the government is still committed to enabling the Canadian-controlled market entrants to establish themselves in the marketplace, it should give serious thought to changing the rules of the next auction and reserving a block of spectrum exclusively for them.

Aug 14, 2013 — Capital News

Opinion: CBC not target of government interference by Dan Albas

MP says Bill 60 ensures that Canada's democratically elected government of the day has the ability to exercise a negotiating mandate that is affordable to taxpayers and does not interfere with editorial independence of the CBC.

Aug 13, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Denies 'Sun' Report Claiming $232,000 Was Wasted During Thailand Shoot by Georg Szalai

The BBC denies claims that $232,000 (£150,000) were wasted on partying in Thailand as part of a TV show shoot.

Aug 13, 2013 —

Cord-cutting on the rise in Canada

New research suggests that, while overall numbers are still small, the phenomenon known as “cord-cutting” is showing signs of accelerating in the Canadian TV market.

Aug 12, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian Cable Giant Wants Level Playing Field Against Verizon by Etan Vlessing

Rogers Communications calls for Ottawa to deny favorable treatment as American carrier looks to enter the local market and buy upstart Wind Mobile.

Aug 12, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

CRTC Denies Proposed All-Canadian Film Channel Mandatory Carriage by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says Canadians will not be compelled to pay for an all-Canadian movie channel and Sun News Network, a loss-making conservative 24/7 all-news channel seeking a guaranteed audience.

Aug 12, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Boss Calls in Auditor in Review of Excessive Severance Pay Cases by Georg Szalai

Britain's finance watchdog recently found that the U.K. public broadcaster gave former top executives higher payouts than contractually required.

Aug 9, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Harper refuses to change telecom rules despite corporate lobbying by Steve Ladurantaye

The Prime Minister says he is more interested in promoting competition than in protecting the big domestic telecom companies.

Aug 9, 2013 —

Oops. MP tells City to apply for program that no longer exists by Sarah Frank

Columnist says MP Dean Del Mastro recently encouraged Peterborough to apply to Canadian Heritage’s Cultural Capitals of Canada program which was cancelled as part of the 2012 budget.

Aug 8, 2013 — Globe & Mail

CRTC denies Sun News spot on basic digital cable by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says the unprofitable channel won’t get any financial help from Canada’s broadcast regulator, throwing its future into doubt just two years after it went to air with a promise of “hard news and straight talk."

Aug 8, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Advertising freefall continues to drag on Quebecor media unit by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says media division revenue fell 10 per cent in latest quarter and ad revenue declined 14 per cent.

Aug 8, 2013 — Toronto Star

Canada should monitor anonymous websites, says safety group by Tiffany Crawford

Following several high-profile teen suicides in Canada and Britain, a Vancouver-based children’s online safety group is calling on Canada’s communication regulator to oversee social media websites that allow anonymous users.

Aug 8, 2013 — Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

CRTC proposes a new approach to national news services

The CRTC has invited Canadians to participate in a review of its policy on the licensing of Canadian national news television services.

Aug 8, 2013 — Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

CRTC grants mandatory distribution to three new television services

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission approved a limited number of applications for mandatory distribution on cable and satellite companies’ digital basic television service.

Aug 8, 2013 — Toronto Star

Sun News Network’s fate unknown after CRTC rejects bid to be carried on basic cable

The CRTC has denied Sun News Network's bid for mandatory-carriage status.

Aug 8, 2013 — Globe & Mail

CRTC rejects Sun News bid, reflects on cable's future by Steve Ladurantaye and Simon Houpt

The CRTC has rejected a dozen bids for inclusion on basic cable packages, including one by Sun News Network, which had argued it was being treated unfairly by television providers, some of which refused to carry its signal.

Aug 7, 2013 —

Global’s fall TV schedule includes no original Canadian programming by Daniel Bettridge

Columnist says until we’ve weaned ourselves off of their American counterparts, then Canadian networks will be unlikely to stump up the cash to produce quality original programming of our own.

Aug 2, 2013 — Globe & Mail

CBC’s window set to close by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says CBC has one month to lock up NHL games or risk losing package to Bell Media.

Aug 2, 2013 — Vancouver Sun

U.S. telco no better than Canadian three by Don Cayo

Columnist says the rationale Ottawa used to deny homegrown firms goes out the window if Verizon succeeds in its bid to take over Mobilicity.

Jul 31, 2013 — The Independent

Media watchdog says CBC at risk of being turned into a ‘state broadcaster’ by Justin Brake

FRIENDS says the recent rejection of one of its ads by CBC/Radio-Canada is evidence the public broadcaster’s independence is being undermined by increased government control.

Jul 30, 2013 — Playback

CTV and CTV Two to air record simulcast hours in fall 2013 by Etan Vlessing

As it unveils premiere dates for rookie and returning series, Bell Media says it will have  17.5 simulcast hours on CTV from September, and 13 simulcast hours on CTV Two.

Jul 30, 2013 — Ottawa Citizen

Greens miffed after candidate shut out of CBC Radio debate by Matthew Pearson

Green party candidate Taylor Howarth is urging supporters to complain to the CRTC after she was shut out of a live debate that aired Tuesday morning on CBC Radio.

Jul 30, 2013 — Ottawa Citizen

Where have all the viewers gone? Nowhere by Alex Strachan

CEO of CBS Inc. says the same number of viewers watch a hit TV program today as did 20 years ago.

Jul 27, 2013 — Winnipeg Sun

Shelly Glover: CBC is 'essential' to Canada by Joyanne Pursaga

The new Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages says CBC programming is so critical to some remote communities that they couldn’t get by without it.

Jul 26, 2013 — Toronto Star

Shelly Glover, the CBC and accountability by Wade Rowland

Columnist says that if the CBC were to become an advertising-free service, a more truly accountable public broadcaster would be the result.

Jul 26, 2013 — News Article

Indie 88 radio station marches to an independent drummer by Vince Talotta

The creators of a new commercial station, awarded a CRTC license last fall, hope to cater to fans of new artists when Indie88 begins playing music.

Jul 26, 2013 — Toronto Star

Shelly Glover, the CBC and accountability by Wade Rowland

Columnist says if the CBC were to become an advertising-free service, a more truly accountable public broadcaster would be the result.

Jul 26, 2013 — Toronto Star

MuchMore channel to become M3 in the fall by Tony Wong

Columnist says the new station is expected to officially launch in October using a “superstation” format, augmenting music with reality, comedy, drama movies and other scripted shows.

Jul 25, 2013 — Montreal Gazette

Bell’s open letter threatens job cuts, but asks for sympathy by Jason Madger

Columnist says better competition is something Canadian consumer advocates like Open Media, and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre have been demanding for years.

Jul 25, 2013 — Ottawa Citizen

Netflix shifts movie business model by Alex Strachan

Columnist says that shifting audience habits, fuelled by viewing-on-demand and the ever-shortening window between a movie's theatrical release and its appearance on iTunes, Netflix and other online services, is prompting a tectonic shift in Hollywood's business model.

Jul 24, 2013 —

OPINION: Closure of community newspapers represents a darker and more serious trend by Robert Washburn

Columnist says each time jobs are lost, fewer reporters are left to cover the news, meaning newsrooms are stretched and the quality of news comes under even greater pressures.

Jul 24, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Quebecor looks to social media to drive revenue by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says Quebecor Inc. will set up a new division to help it review and understand the digital changes hobbling its Sun Media newspaper division.

Jul 24, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

European Public Broadcasters' Crisis: German Scandals and Cutbacks by Scott Roxborough

Columnist says a series of scandals and chronic mismanagement at Germany's public networks have led to a noticeable drop in the number of films, both U.S. and German fare, they acquire for broadcast.

Jul 24, 2013 — Sun News Network

Friends of Canadian Hypocrisy by Brian Lilley

Host says FRIENDS wants government influence out of the CBC except when it comes to giving them billions of taxpayers' dollars.

Jul 23, 2013 —

CBC and Radio-Canada won't air TV commercial criticizing federal influence on public broadcaster by Eric Mark Do

FRIENDS says the ad targets a new law which came out of Bill C-60, an omnibus budget bill, that "gives the government the right to be present at the bargaining table, giving it unprecedented involvement and control of crown corporations" including the CBC.

Jul 23, 2013 — Ottawa Citizen

Letter to the Editor: CBC must be impartial by Tony Manera

Former CBC President says its decision not to run ads critical of Bill C-60 is the only proper and correct action it could have taken.

Jul 23, 2013 — La Presse

Des publicités contre le gouvernement refusées by Paul Gaboury

Ads against the government refused by SRC.

Jul 22, 2013 — Globe & Mail

CBC rejects ad critical of Harper government’s influence on CBC by Josh Wingrove

FRIENDS says Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government is encroaching on the CBC’s independence and has produced an ad in which a journalist is seen questioning a prime minister who bears a resemblance to Mr. Harper.

Jul 22, 2013 — National Post

‘Free the CBC’ ads won’t air on public broadcaster by Andrea Hill

FRIENDS spokesperson says “I’m a little surprised and disappointed that they wouldn’t take our money for the ads. It proves our point a little bit about the nature of the problem.”

Jul 22, 2013 — Calgary Herald

'free the CBC' ads won't air on public broadcaster by Andrea Hill

FRIENDS says a new ad campaign to "Free the CBC" from political interference will not air on the public broadcaster's programs.

Jul 22, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Campaign calls on Ottawa to ‘free the CBC from political interference’ by Simon Houpt

FRIENDS says it will try to place the ads on TV and has budgeted about $60,000 for the effort, which is higher than any previous TV campaign it has waged.

Jul 22, 2013 — Broadcaster Magazine

CBC Rejects Ads That Challenges Harper's Media Muzzling--Friends

The CBC has refused to air television ads that challenge the Conservative government's takeover of the national public broadcaster.

Jul 22, 2013 — Yahoo! News

Video mocks Stephen Harper over perceived ‘gambit’ to muzzle CBC by Matthew Coutts

FRIENDS says  Stephen Harper will have more control over what's on the air when his government takes direct control of the wages and working conditions of all CBC staff as Bill C-60 becomes law.

Jul 22, 2013 — iPolitics

CBC watchdog sees government’s influence in ad’s rejection by Olesia Plokhii

FRIENDS says CBC’s refusal to run the ad is a strong indication to the degree which the CBC is under the influence of the government.

Jul 22, 2013 — News Article

Watch the anti-Harper ad CBC refuses to air by Miranda Nelson

CBC has refused to air an advertisement created by FRIENDS that is critical of the Conservative government’s meddling in the public broadcaster’s affairs.

Jul 22, 2013 — Huffington Post Canada

'Free The CBC' Ads Calling On Feds To Stop Political Interference Won't Air On CBC

FRIENDS is lobbying against parts of the government's omnibus Bill C-60, passed in June, which give the Treasury Board a role in the CBC's contract negotiations.

Jul 22, 2013 —

CBC rejects ads criticizing government's "interference" with the Corp

The CBC has refused to air an advertisement produced by Friends of Canadian Broadcasting which challenges the government’s takeover of the national public broadcaster, saying it could imply endorsement of the group’s campaign.

Jul 22, 2013 — Sun News Network

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting take aim at CBC for rejecting anti-Tory by Jessica Murphy

FRIENDS is disappointed at CBC's rejection of the their new ad campaign, which is meant to highlight how the Conservative government is "gradually transforming the CBC from an independent public broadcaster into something that is approaching a state broadcaster."

Jul 21, 2013 — Toronto Star

Check cost of long-distance call at pay phone by Ellen Roseman

Columnist says the CRTC regulates the cost of local calls at pay phones. But long-distance calls at pay phones are not regulated and can be higher than you expect.

Jul 21, 2013 — Toronto Star

Shelly Glover’s chance to enhance Canada’s cultural narrative

Columnist says Shelly Glover’s actions at Canadian Heritage could have a lasting impact on the nation’s cultural scene.

Jul 21, 2013 — Vancouver Sun

'Free the CBC' ads won't air on public broadcaster, French counterpart by Andrea Hill

The campaign takes aim at omnibus budget legislation Bill C-60, a section of which allows government to sit in on the collective bargaining negotiations of Crown corporations, including the CBC.

Jul 20, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Who is Shelly Glover, Canadian culture’s new federal cop? by Marsha Lederman

Newly appointed Heritage Minister says "we need a broadcaster that is fair and that is balanced, and CBC is so intricately important to my Francophone communities, particularly those that are in minority situations.”

Jul 19, 2013 — Globe & Mail

New Industry Minister steps into the ring as telcos gear up for a fight by John Stackhouse

Columnist says Telus CEO Darren Entwistle is poised for a fight, including possible legal action against the feds if they continue to show favour to foreign entrants by preventing the Big Three incumbents from having an equitable opportunity to purchase spectrum assets from small carriers once a federal ban on such deals expires in 2014.

Jul 19, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Watch out, cable: Netflix owns the content and the pipe by Sean Silcoff

Columnist says that the original series "House of Cards" garnering 14 Emmy nomminations is another reminder that Netflix and its peers are in the early days of upending the broadcast and cable sector.

Jul 18, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

Greek Public Broadcaster Back on Air After Court Victory by Scott Roxborough

A Greek court reversed a government decision to shut down the ERT network, ordering the state broadcaster back on air while it restructures.

Jul 18, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

French Public Broadcaster to Keep Evening Advertising by Rhonda Richford

Columnist says additional planned ad cuts for France Televisions were deemed too risky to the stations' financial health.

Jul 18, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Telus CEO calls for ‘level playing field’ if Verizon moves innRita Trichur and Boyd Erman

Darren Entwistle says he can live with Verizon coming to Canada and competing with Telus, but he does not want the government to give a company that is larger than all of Canada’s major telcos combined special advantages that he argues were designed to help nurture start-up wireless companies.

Jul 18, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Must Act More Decisively After Sexism Spat, Says U.K. Culture Minister by Stuart Kemp

Maria Miller pushes for more action against sports anchor John Inverdale after he describes tennis star Marion Bartoli as "not a looker."

Jul 18, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Boss Speaks Out Against Sexism, Signals Sports Host Won't Be Fired by Stuart Kemp

Tony Hall responds to the U.K. culture minister's call for action against John Inverdale, who described tennis star Marion Bartoli as "not a looker."

Jul 18, 2013 — National Post

CRTC condemns Bell to stay in the 20th century Republish Reprint by Robyn Urback

The CRTC has ruled that Bell Canada and its regional affiliates cannot raise the cost of a public payphone call to $1 for cash payment and $2 for plastic, from the current rate of 50¢ and $1 respectively.

Jul 18, 2013 — New York Times

CBS in Contract Showdown With Time Warner Cable by Bill Carter

Columnist says that in the latest showdown between a broadcaster and a cable system, CBS has initiated an ad campaign to try to pressure Time Warner Cable to make a deal on fees for three of its major stations, with the implied threat that Time Warner subscribers in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas will otherwise lose access to CBS shows.

Jul 17, 2013 — Montreal Gazette

Newspaper closures hit Tory ridings, but MPs don't see a federal role by Jennifer Ditchburn

Columnist says Conservative-held ridings are being hit the hardest by the Sun Media chain's decision to shutter eight community newspapers across the country — including a pair founded more than century ago.

Jul 16, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC: Viewer Trust 'Recovering to Previous Levels' After 'Turbulent' Year by Georg Szalai

The BBC on Tuesday said in its annual report that public trust was "recovering to previous levels" after "one of the most turbulent years" in the history of the U.K. public broadcaster.

Jul 16, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Broadcasters set back in latest try at crushing TV disruptor Aereo by Erin Geiger Smith

In another win for Barry Diller’s IAC-backed Aereo Inc, a U.S. appeals court declines to rehear an appeal by the major broadcasters seeking to temporarily shut down the online television start-up.

Jul 16, 2013 — CBC News

$1 pay phone calls? CRTC says 'No'

The CRTC has blocked a plan to raise the cost of a local pay phone call to $1, up from 50 cents today.

Jul 16, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Please insert more coins: Payphone’s future is on the line by Steve Ladurantaye and Thandiwe Vela

Columnist says the payphone could become even harder to find after the country’s telecommunications regulator rejected Bell Canada’s request to double the cost of a call to $1.

Jul 16, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Sun Media to shutter 11 papers, cut 360 jobs by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says Canada’s largest chain of newspapers is cutting hundreds of jobs and closing several publications to deal with plummeting profits, the second time in less than a year that Sun Media has slashed its staff aggressively to deal with falling print advertising revenue.

Jul 16, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Chairman Plans to Step Down in 2015 by Georg Szalai

Chris Patten, who served as governor of Hong Kong before its handover to China, has been criticized for the broadcaster's handling of the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal and higher-than-promised severance payouts for former top executives.

Jul 16, 2013 — Playback

Shelly Glover named new federal heritage minister by Etan Vlessing

Glover, the parliamentary member for Saint Boniface since 2008, replaces James Moore who moves over to the industry minister portfolio, which was filled by Christian Paradis.

Jul 16, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC: Viewer Trust 'Recovering to Previous Levels' After 'Turbulent' Year by Georg Szalai

The public broadcaster says in its annual report that it has spent $8 million on probes tied to the Jimmy Savile sexual abuse scandal and reports mixed financials.

Jul 16, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC: Viewer Trust 'Recovering to Previous Levels' After 'Turbulent' Year by Georg Szalai

The public broadcaster says in its annual report that it has spent $8 million on probes tied to the Jimmy Savile sexual abuse scandal and reports mixed financials.

Jul 15, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Veteran Stuart Hall Faces Further Sexual Abuse Allegations by Stuart Kemp

Police officials are investigating a fresh batch of allegations made against the former host who was previously sentenced to 15 months in prison.

Jul 15, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada Names Ex-Cop to Police Film and TV Sectors by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says the Canadian government has named Shelly Glover, a former undercover cop, to police taxpayer dollars going into the country’s film and TV sectors.

Jul 14, 2013 — Foreign Policy

U.S. Repeals Propaganda Ban, Spreads Government-Made News to Americans by John Hudson

A law prohibiting the US Government's broadcasting arm from delivering programming to American audiences has come to an end with the implementation of a new reform passed, resulting in the unleashing of thousands of hours per week of government-funded radio and TV programs for domestic U.S. consumption.

Jul 13, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

European Broadcasters Call on Greece to Reopen Public Network by Scott Roxborough

The director generals of 50 European TV and radio broadcasters have called on the Greek government to reopen its state broadcaster, ERT, after Athens pulled the plug on the network.

Jul 12, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

European Public Broadcasters' Crisis: Tax and Ad Ban Hit French Channels by Rhonda Richford

Columnist says a new austerity-driven budget by French President Francois Hollande and the loss of revenue stemming from a 2009 ad ban on pubwebs passed by his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy has forced state-owned broadcaster France Televisions into crisis mode.

Jul 12, 2013 — Le Devoir

Radio-Canada change de ton by Stéphane Baillargeon

Radio-Canada changes its tone.

Jul 12, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

Former BBC Boss Says He Fully Informed Governing Body of Severance Deals by Georg Szalai

Former BBC director general Mark Thompson has contradicted comments from the head of the U.K. public broadcaster's governing body about severance payments that exceeded contractual obligations.

Jul 12, 2013 — Toronto Star

Canadians pull out of international journalists group by Tony Van Alphen

An umbrella group representing Canadian media workers has pulled out of the International Federation of Journalists to protest what it calls the “illegitimate” election of its president.

Jul 12, 2013 — Montreal Gazette

The struggle for local television in Montreal by Steve Faguy

Columnist says that aside from news programming, very few English-language shows are produced in Montreal.

Jul 11, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Corus profit doubles on sale of Food Network stake

Corus says that its net income attributable to shareholders is $89.9-million or $1.07 per diluted share in the three months ended May 31.

Jul 11, 2013 — National Post

Mobilicity adjourns debtholder vote as it continues takeover talks with ‘multiple parties’ by Christine Dobby

Columinst says the goverment would welcome a sale by Mobilicity as it promotes a policy for the wireless sector closely linked to drumming up greater competition.

Jul 11, 2013 — Winnipeg Free Press

Corus expects to miss full-year profits as boys lose interest in BeyBlades by David Friend

Columnist says that while spinning Beyblade toys were once the rage with kids, their fading popularity is becoming a pain in the side of Corus Entertainment Inc. as the company warned investors on Thursday that it would miss its profit guidance for the financial year.

Jul 10, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Tribune to separate broadcasting, publishing businesses

Tribune Co. says it will separate its publishing business from its broadcast division, following the path taken by Time Warner Inc. and News Corp.

Jul 10, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Top Executives Grilled, Criticized About Severance Payments by Georg Szalai

Former BBC director general Mark Thompson, now CEO of the New York Times Co., was also criticized from afar in a hearing in the U.K. parliament.

Jul 8, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Twitter Canada boss Kirstine Stewart's 5 secrets for success by Courtney Shea

Former CBC-TV exec shares some of the secrets of her success, including why she thinks it’s not such a bad thing to be addicted to your "CrackBerry".

Jul 7, 2013 — The Guardian

The NSA/GCHQ metadata reassurances are breathtakingly cynical

Columnist questions why there hasn't there been greater public outrage about the cynicism of the "just metadata" mantra regarding the collection of data by the NSA and GCHQ.

Jul 7, 2013 — Globe & Mail

SOCAN's Eric Baptiste: A different tune for a digital age by Richard Blackwell

The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada collects licence fees from businesses that use music, and channels those royalties to the songwriters who composed the works.

Jul 7, 2013 — Digital Toronto

What Can We Expect From The Next Decade of Technology? by Greg Satell

Columnist say that in the future, technology will cease to be something we turn on and off, and will become an inextricable part of not only our environment, but ourselves.

Jul 7, 2013 — The Guardian

The NSA/GCHQ metadata reassurances are breathtakingly cynical by John Naughton

Columnist says the public is being told that the NSA and GCHQ have 'only' been collecting metadata, not content, is nothing to be thankful for.

Jul 6, 2013 — Vancouver Sun

Big telecoms in need of some real competition by Andrew Coyne

Columnist says the government's model provides an illusion that firms are competing, which may be great for the industry, but isn't for consumers.

Jul 5, 2013 — New York Times

BBC Shelves Its 3-D TV Programming Plans by Brian Stelter

The British public broadcaster says it had suspended its 3-D programming plans, citing a lack of viewer interest in the technology that brings three-dimensional images to TV.

Jul 5, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Hits Pause on 3D TV Ambitions by Stuart Kemp

The BBC's head of 3D TV ambitions has said the public broadcaster will take at least a three-year break from developing 3D programming starting at the end of the year.

Jul 5, 2013 — National Post

BCE finally closes Astral deal by Christine Dobby

BCE says it has acquired all of Astral’s Class A, Class B and special shares for total consideration of $3-billion, paid entirely in cash.

Jul 5, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

Hulu's Final 3 Bidders: Analyzing the Pros and Cons of Each by Paul Bond and Georg Szalai

Columnist says DirecTV, The Chernin Group and Guggenheim Digital Media all bring unique attributes that make them attractive buyers of the video streaming service, but there are risks for Hulu with each as the bidding closes.

Jul 4, 2013 — Toronto Star

Average cellphone bill down 13%, study finds by Michael Lewis

A study commissioned by Industry Canada and the CRTC says mobile phone charges in Canada are falling, but high-speed wireless Internet costs remain steep by international standards.

Jul 4, 2013 — Chronicle Herald

Newcap buys CHNI-FM

Newcap Inc., the wholly owned subsidiary of Dartmouth’s Newfoundland Capital Corp. Ltd., has acquired the radio broadcasting licence for CHNI-FM in Saint John, N.B., from Rogers Broadcasting Ltd.

Jul 4, 2013 — Winnipeg Free Press

Two Rogers radio stations in New Brunswick being sold to separate buyers

Newfoundland Capital Corp. says it has signed a deal to buy the radio broadcasting licence for CHNI-FM in Saint John from Rogers Broadcasting Ltd.

Jul 4, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

Bell Media, Astral Media Name Post-Merger Leadership by Etan Vlessing

As André Bureau and Pierre Roy exit, Jacques Parisien is tapped to head up specialty, pay TV, radio and out-of-home ad units.

Jul 4, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

European Public Broadcasters' Crisis: Spain’s RTVE Cuts Back on Hollywood by Pamela Rolfe

The first in a series about the challenges of big European public broadcasters looks at Spain’s once-mighty Radio Television Espanola.

Jul 4, 2013 — Winnipeg Free Press

Canada in middle of pack when it comes to prices for mobile phone plans: study by LuAnn LaSalle

A study commissioned by Industry Canada and the CRTC says prices for cellphone services — including voice and data — have decreased since last year, putting Canada in the middle of the pack internationally.

Jul 4, 2013 — StarPhoenix

SaskTel joins battle over end of 3-year cell contracts by Christine Dobby

Carriers appealing the CRTC's decision to eliminate three year cell phone contracts say "it sets a troublesome precedent if the government comes in and makes changes to consumer contracts retroactively."

Jul 4, 2013 — CBC News

Mobile carriers challenge CRTC's wireless conduct code

Canada's big-three wireless carriers have filed a motion with the Federal Court of Appeal to overturn parts of the CRTC's new consumer code for cellphone service in Canada.

Jul 4, 2013 — Playback

Bell Media adds Astral execs to leadership team by Danielle Ng See Quan

Announced by Bell Media president Kevin Crull, Jacques Parisien will become president, national specialty and pay TV, radio and out-of-home; Charles Benoît is named president, television and radio, Quebec; and Luc Quétel is appointed president, Astral Out-of-Home.

Jul 3, 2013 — News Article

BBC Immigration Coverage Had 'Liberal Bias,' Former Head of News Says by Georg Szalai

A review finds the U.K. public broadcaster offers an "impressive" breadth of views, but should better present opinions from people outside of political institutions.

Jul 3, 2013 — Winnipeg Free Press

Canada's telecom companies want clarity on part of the new wireless code by LuAnn LaSalle

Canada's major telecom companies are challenging part of the CRTC's new wireless code of conduct, saying it would affect millions of three-year cellphone contracts retroactively.

Jul 3, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Carriers poised to challenge parts of CRTC’s new wireless code by Rita Trichur and Steve Ladurantaye

BCE Inc., Rogers Communications Inc., Telus Corp., SaskTel and MTS are among a group of carriers that is poised to file a motion with the Federal Court of Appeal, seeking leave to appeal from certain facets of the CRTC’s wireless code.

Jul 2, 2013 — The Tyee

Eight Canadian Digital Wins by Michael Geist

Columnist says that from squashing surveillance laws to net neutrality, several triumphs dot the policy landscape.

Jul 2, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Could be time to lock in Sirius XM by Martin Mittelstaedt

Columnist says Sirius XM, created in 2011 out of the merger of two formerly competing and profit-challenged operations is expected to report stellar financial results.

Jul 2, 2013 — The Tyee

Eight Canadian Digital Wins by Michael Geist

Columnist says it is worth celebrating the many positive developments that dot the Canadian digital policy landscape.

Jul 1, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

U.K. Watchdog: BBC Severance Pay Has 'Too Often' Been Excessive by George Szalai

Britain's National Audit Office says the BBC has breached its own policies on severance payments "too often" and without good reason, exceeding contractual entitlements and putting public trust at risk.

Jul 1, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

U.K.'s BSkyB Cleared of Breaking Broadcast Code in Email Hacking Case by Stuart Kemp

British media regulator Ofcom says the pay TV satellite operator, in which Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox owns a 39 percent stake, did not violate rules in the so-called "canoe man" case.

Jul 1, 2013 — Toronto Star

Tribune to acquire 19 TV stations for $2.73 billion

Tribune Co. says it has reached a deal to buy Local TV Holdings LLC’s 19 TV stations for $2.73 billion (U.S.) in cash, significantly boosting its television business as it looks to sell its newspaper operations.

Jul 1, 2013 — Montreal Gazette

Tribune to buy Local TV's 19 stations for $2.73 billion, to be nation's top local broadcaster by Ryan Nakashima

The acquisition makes the media conglomerate the nation's No. 1 local TV broadcaster and broadens its reach to nearly half the country, or more than 50 million households.

Jul 1, 2013 — Globe & Mail

As federal access law turns 30, advocates say it should cover Parliament by Jim Bronskill

Many advocates of transparent government are now calling for the law to apply to the House of Commons, Senate and cabinet — with appropriate exceptions to protect matters of parliamentary privilege.

Jul 1, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Sports networks strive to combat shift to online consumption by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says that as viewers turn away from paid TV in bigger numbers, TSN and Sportsnet are looking to their sports holdings to keep subscribers from cutting the cord.

Jul 1, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Tribune buys 19 stations in $2.73-billion deal by Jennifer Saba and Greg Roumeliots

Tribune Co. says that it would acquire 19 television stations from Local TV Holdings LLC for $2.73-billion in cash, making it the largest TV broadcaster in the United States.

Jun 30, 2013 — University of the South Pacific

CRTC, no longer for sale? by Marc Edge

Writer says Astral Media ruling reverses rising tide of ownership concentration.

Jun 30, 2013 — New York Times

Talk of Mergers Stirs Cable TV’s Big Players by Michel J. De La Merced and Brian Stelter

Mergers could also help blunt new challenges from companies like Intel, which is working on a subscriber TV service that would be delivered via the Internet.

Jun 29, 2013 — Montreal Gazette

Bell’s merger reasoning was flawed, but CRTC bought it anyway

Columnist says the CRTC can say what it wants, but it’s clear that the Bell/Astral deal is good for the new giant company, and bad for Canadians in general.

Jun 28, 2013 — Salon

Aero heads to Chicago

Aereo, a startup that is trying to challenge cable and satellite TV packages with an $8-a-month offering over the Internet, says it will expand to Chicago in September.

Jun 28, 2013 — Globe & Mail

For Netflix founder Reed Hastings, the show must go online by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says ever since Netflix Inc. made its debut in Canada 2 & 1/2 years ago, traditional broadcasters have used the streaming video site’s presence to justify a strategy of buying specialty channels and sports franchises in a bid to control content.

Jun 28, 2013 — CBC News

SaskTel sale could fetch billions, analyst says

An investment analyst with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy says the Crown corporation could have an intrinsic value of between $1.7 billion and $3.2 billion.

Jun 28, 2013 — Winnipeg Free Press

Bell wants to sell Astral assets that must be sold as quickly as possible by LuAnn LaSalle

BCE Inc. is in the process of selling off a number of Astral Media's radio and TV specialty stations as part of the regulatory approval for the $3.4-billion acquisition, but says it won't delay the closing of the deal.

Jun 28, 2013 — Chronicle Herald

Astral link will hurt consumer choice, Bragg says

Lee Bragg, CEO of Halifax-based Eastlink, says he is disappointed with the CRTC's approval of BCE’s second bid to purchase Astral Media for $3.4 billion.

Jun 28, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Bell’s bid for Astral approved by Simon Houpt and Sean Silcoff

Columnists say that in a decision that could spark a new round of consolidation, the federal broadcast regulator has given Bell Media the green light to acquire Astral Media, clearing the way for the communications giant to build a larger footprint in Quebec.

Jun 28, 2013 — StarPhoenix

Strings attached to BCE's Astral takeover by Christine Dobby

Columnist says Canada's broadcast regulator has cleared the way for BCE Inc. to finally lay claim to Astral Media Inc.'s radio and television properties, but the approval comes with unprecedented conditions intended to keep the media behemoth from abusing its market power.

Jun 28, 2013 — La Monde Diplomatique

Back to a feudal Europe by Serge Halimi

The Greek government decided to shut it down the country's public broadcaster without authorisation from parliament.

Jun 27, 2013 —

UPDATED (3): Commission approves Bell/Astral takeover - with 13 conditions; boosts benefits by $72M by Greg O’Brien

Columnist says the CRTC has approved the $3.2 billion purchase of Astral Media by BCE Inc., but Bell’s regulatory people have a large amount paperwork to file before July 29th in order to satisfy the various conditions of the approval.

Jun 27, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Canada’s elastic policy on foreign publishers by Simon Houpt

Columnist says that Heritage Canada's stance on foreign publishers is inconsistent and not transparent.

Jun 27, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Canada’s elastic policy on foreign publishers by Simon Houpt

Columnist says that Heritage Canada's stance on foreign publishers is inconsistent and not transparent.

Jun 27, 2013 — CBC News

CRTC approves Bell-Astral merger

Canada's telecommunications regulator has approved BCE Inc.'s $3.4-billion takeover of Montreal-based media giant Astral Media Inc., but with several conditions that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says will protect the public interest.

Jun 27, 2013 — Toronto Star

CRTC approves Bell/Astral deal with conditions by Michael Lewis

Columnist says that while analysts applauded the decision, saying it allows Bell an avenue for expansion in a country where opportunities are limited, consumer groups said it will mean less choice for Canadians and higher prices.

Jun 27, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

Japan's Public Broadcaster Sued for Using Too Much English by Gavin J. Blair

A local retiree is claiming damages from broadcaster NHK because he says foreign words are making its programs impossible for the country's elderly to understand.

Jun 27, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

CRTC Approves BCE's $3.4 Billion Takeover of Astral Media by Etan Vlessing

The regulator rejected an earlier bid for approval of the transaction, but agreed this time after the phone giant agreed to sell off assets and invest more money in Canadian content.

Jun 27, 2013 — Toronto Star

Inside John Malone's Strategy to Corner Broadband (Analysis) by Georg Szalai and Scott Roxborough

Columnists say the Liberty Media mogul is inhaling other cable operators as he attempts to own all of the future's methods of distribution.

Jun 27, 2013 — Montreal Gazette

CRTC grants exception allowing Bell to keep TSN 690

CRTC says TSN 690 must maintain English all-sports format for seven years.

Jun 27, 2013 — Playback

CRTC approves BCE’s blockbuster Astral Media takeover by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC has approved the revised bid by Bell Media-parent BCE to acquire Astral Media for $3.4 billion.

Jun 26, 2013 — Variety

Canada Pubcaster: Identity Crisis in Two Languages by Brendan Kelly

Columnist says it’s tough times for public TV and even rougher for CBC, with new rules, plus U.S. competition.

Jun 25, 2013 — Winnipeg Free Press

CRTC will rule on Bell's acquisition of Astral Media on Thursday

The CRTC rejected the deal last fall, saying it wasn't in the interest of Canadians.

Jun 25, 2013 — Calgary Herald

Dave Rutherford’s show-ending rant… the transcript by Jason Markusoff

Conservative talk show host Dave Rutherford has been removed from the air after criticizing his station's coverage of flooding in Southern Alberta.

Jun 25, 2013 — Edmonton Journal

Longtime radio personality Dave Rutherford off the air after criticizing station’s flood coverage y Eric Volmers

Talk-show host Dave Rutherford’s longtime morning show on NewsTalk 770 has been cancelled by Corus Radio one day after the conservative commentator criticized his station’s coverage of Calgary’s flood crisis.

Jun 25, 2013 — Windsor Star

CBC Windsor to expand evening news by Ted Shaw

CBC Windsor, Channel 9, will add 30 minutes to its evening newscast in September, and cancel CBC News Latenight at 11 p.m.

Jun 24, 2013 — Toronto Star

Canadian broadcasters embracing second screens en masse by Tony Wong

Columnist says broadcasters are rushing to inundate viewers with a more immersive experience using social media.

Jun 23, 2013 — New York Times

News Corp. holders to approve plan to split off publishing unit by Edmund Lee

Columnist says that after years of being criticized by investors for his love of newspapers, News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch takes a step closer to cleaving off the declining publishing business.

Jun 21, 2013 — New York Times

One Coalition Partner Quits Greek Government by Niki Kitsantonis and Rachel Donadio

Fotis Kouvelis, the Democratic Left leader, said that the party would continue to support the Greek government in Parliament.

Jun 20, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Majority of Canadians oppose privatizing CBC: poll by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says Canadians don’t want to privatize the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., according to a poll that shows 51 per cent of respondents want the government to continue operating the broadcaster’s television and radio stations.

Jun 20, 2013 — Toronto Star

Letter to the Editor: Re: ‘Canada’ matters, Editorial June 7

FRIENDS points out that Prime Minister Stephen Harper has appointed all the current members of CBC’s board of directors, including its president.

Jun 20, 2013 — CBC News

How European Public Broadcasters' Cash Crunch Affects Hollywood by Scott Roxborough

The Canadian Radio-Television Telecommunications Commission is reviewing Northwestel's modernization plan and the possible terms to allow competitors into the northern market.

Jun 20, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

BSkyB Engineering Chief Emphasizes Need to Get Ultra HD Right Ahead of Launch by Adrian Pennington

UK pay TV broadcaster Sky has no imminent Ultra HD launch plans but is nonetheless examining delivery options, which include over the internet rather than traditional satellite.

Jun 20, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

How European Public Broadcasters' Cash Crunch Affects Hollywood by Scott Roxborough

Columnist says the fate of Greek's ERT is still uncertain, while state-backed networks across Europe are slashing budgets and cutting back on Hollywood fare.

Jun 18, 2013 — Montreal Gazette

Where Trudeau went wrong by L. Ian MacDonald

Columnist says Trudeau also should not have accepted $20,000 from Rogers Media for a speech shortly after he was first elected, in 2008 because the telecommunications industry is regulated by the federal government.

Jun 18, 2013 —

L. Ian MacDonald: Where Trudeau went wrong

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau reportedly was paid $20,000 while a backbench MP in 2008 to speak to Rogers Media.

Jun 17, 2013 — Toronto Star

Investors bet BCE/Astral deal will go ahead

Columnist says that while the CRTC rejected BCE’s initial bid for Astral, the telecom giant has amended its takeover bid — and most are expecting it to be approved.

Jun 17, 2013 — Bloomberg

Wekerle’s Difference Capital Names Jim Shaw and Fecan to Board by Doug Alexander

Difference Capital Financial Inc., the Canadian merchant bank founded by former GMP Capital Inc. trader Michael Wekerle, named Jim Shaw and Ivan Fecan to its board.

Jun 17, 2013 — Bloomberg

Wekerle’s Difference Capital Names Jim Shaw and Fecan to Board by Doug Alexander

Difference Capital Financial Inc., the Canadian merchant bank founded by former GMP Capital Inc. trader Michael Wekerle, named Jim Shaw and Ivan Fecan to its board.

Jun 17, 2013 — National Post

A better model for the CBC by Wade Rowland

Author says that while the PBS model of public broadcasting might look like a viable option, the fact is that Canada simply is not populous enough, nor well-enough endowed with foundations and philanthropists, to support a broadcast system that would provide anything like the level of service currently expected of the CBC.

Jun 17, 2013 — CBC News

CRTC calls for opinions in Inuvik

Iristel is moving to provide local telephone service in Yellowknife, Whitehorse and Inuvik, challenging Northwestel for market share in Canada’s north.

Jun 17, 2013 — Globe & Mail

CRTC warned about the cost of telecom in the North by Thandiwe Vela

NorthwesTel Inc. makes the case for its $233-million network modernization plan for communication services across the Far North at a hearing of the country’s telecom regulator.

Jun 17, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada's Private Broadcasters Spending Big on U.S. TV Shows: Report

Columnist says that despite a slight drop last year in dollars spent on U.S. TV shows, Canadian private broadcasters are still feeding their addiction to popular American series at the expense of local dramas and sitcoms.

Jun 15, 2013 — The Observer

Brian Sewell: the BBC's factual television is an insult to the nation by Michael Hogan and Brian Sewell

Art critic Brian Sewell denounces most factual TV as disgracefully dumbed-down – particularly on the BBC – while television writer Michael Hogan begs to differ

Jun 15, 2013 — Calgary Sun

TV news people a different breed from their newspaper cousins by Mark Bonokoski

Columnist says television stars like Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin arrived to the Senate already accustomed to fine wine and privilege, and having pay packets that make a newspaperman’s wage look more chump change in a tip jar.

Jun 14, 2013 — Ottawa Citizen

Twitter Canada makes its official debut by Matthew Braga

Former CBC Vice President Kirtine Stewart oversees Twitter Canada's launch as its new managing director.

Jun 13, 2013 — National Post

A better model for the CBC by Wade Rowland

Columnist says when CBC radio eliminated ads in 1975, the result was happiness among private broadcasters, and an explosion of creative excellence that earned to the network a large and fanatically loyal audience.

Jun 12, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

Protests, Disbelief After Greek Government Axes Public Broadcaster by Scott Roxborough

Employees defied the government shutdown and continued to broadcast live coverage of the protests online after over-the-air transmissions were blocked.

Jun 12, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

Supporters of Greek Public Broadcaster Call for Euro-Wide Protests by Scott Roxborough

Demonstrations are planned in London and Paris after Athens shuts down its national broadcaster to cut costs.

Jun 11, 2013 — Le Devoir

La SRC corrige le tir: «Ici» n'éclipsera pas «Radio-Canada»

According to CBC's president, "Ici" will never appear on the screen without "Radio-Canada".

Jun 10, 2013 — Vancouver Sun

CBC boss Hubert Lacroix ‘sorry,’ backpedals on French name change by Mike De Souza

Columnist says that after sounding the alarm last week, Federal Heritage Minister James Moore welcomes a decision by Canada’s public broadcaster to retreat on a planned change to its French-language name.

Jun 10, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Radio-Canada president apologizes for ‘Ici’ rebranding plan by Steve Ladurantaye

Hubert Lacroix, the president of Radio-Canada and CBC, said the broadcaster shouldn’t have changed its name to “Ici” so abruptly last week, dropping “Canada” from its public image and raising the ire of Canadians confused by the move away from a name that has served the broadcaster for decades.

Jun 10, 2013 — Montreal Gazette

Opinion: It’s still Radio-Canada by Louis Lalande

Executive vice-president of CBC/Radio-Canada French Services says he's confident that there will be no doubt in the mind of French-speaking Canadians across the country that Ici stands for “Ici Radio-Canada.”

Jun 10, 2013 — Calgary Herald

French CBC response to name controversy: In with the old, in with the new

The CBC has apologized and revised a marketing plan that would have seen its traditional name, "Radio-Canada," essentially wiped off the public stage.

Jun 9, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Keep the name Radio-Canada

Columnist says Radio-Canada is entitled to choose its branding, but it would be wrong to obscure or eclipse the word “Canada.”

Jun 9, 2013 — New York Times

Rebranding of Ici Radio-Canada Is Criticized by Ian Austen

Columnist says that when Radio-Canada announced last week that it would rebrand itself as "ICI", the plan swiftly met widespread condemnation and mockery, especially from those angered over dropping the word Canada.

Jun 8, 2013 — The Economist

Commercial break

FRIENDS says the decision to place ads on CBC Radio has put the public corporation on the path to further commercialisation.

Jun 8, 2013 — Maclean's

Why the CBC has outlived its usefulness by Colby Cosh

Columnist says The CBC has now lived long enough to outrun several generations of justifications for its existence.

Jun 8, 2013 — Toronto Star

Radio-Canada’s rebranding to ICI needs a fix: Editorial

Columnist says the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.’s French-language service has erased the Radio and Canada from its new platform designations.

Jun 7, 2013 — Vancouver Sun

CBC union opposes new French branding

Columnist says the proposed rebranding of the French-language CBC has produced a round of criticism - including from its own employees.

Jun 7, 2013 — Calgary Herald

Radio-Canada addresses backlash over brand change by Sidhartha Banerjee

Louis Lalande, executive vice-president at Radio-Canada, says the new brand name "Ici" — French for, "Here" — will be part of the organization's identity but the name won't otherwise change.

Jun 7, 2013 — Radio Canada International

Strike by Canadian diplomats spreads worldwide by Wojtek Gwiazda

Radio Canada International reports that Canadian diplomats have started worldwide strikes after negotiations fell apart with their employer, the Canadian government.

Jun 5, 2013 — Montreal Gazette

French CBC announces new name: 'Radio' and 'Canada' are out

Columnist says the name change has been rumoured for months but has been made official with an announcement from the public broadcaster.

Jun 5, 2013 — Toronto Star

MP Brent Rathgeber quits Tory caucus by Bruce Campion-Smith

Alberta MP Brent Rathgeber has resigned from the Conservative caucus over what he calls the government’s ‘‘lack of commitment to transparency.”

Jun 5, 2013 — CTV News

MP Brent Rathgeber resigns from Conservative caucus

MP Brent Rathgeber has resigned from the Conservative caucus because of “the government’s lack of commitment to transparency.”

Jun 4, 2013 — CBC News

New wireless code could hike smartphone price by Peter Nowak

Columnist says the CRTC's new code of conduct for wireless carriers will usher in several consumer-friendly rights, such as caps on roaming and data charges, as well as an effective ban on three-year contracts.

Jun 4, 2013 — CBC News

Ottawa blocks Telus takeover of Mobilicity by Pete Evans

The federal government won't allow Mobilicity to transfer its wireless spectrum to larger rival Telus, Industry Minister Christian Paradis says, killing the companies' $380-million takeover deal.

Jun 4, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

Study: Global Media Industry Poised to Top $2 Trillion in 2016 by Paul Bond

PricewaterhouseCoopers says services like Netflix and Hulu will help keep the U.S. as the biggest entertainment market in the world for the foreseeable future.

Jun 4, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa holds line on competition as it kills wireless deal by Rita Trichur and Sean Silcoff

Columnists says the federal government isn’t giving up on its efforts to see a fourth wireless carrier in every regional market, rejecting Telus Corp.’s controversial bid to buy struggling upstart Mobilicity, but leaving the door wide open to industry consolidation down the road.

Jun 4, 2013 — Canadian Journalists for Free Expression

CJFE Calls for Withdrawal or Defeat of Bill C-461

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) says that Bill C-461 is so ill-conceived and potentially damaging to the journalistic integrity of the CBC that it cannot be saved through amendments, but rather the Bill should be withdrawn or defeated.

Jun 4, 2013 — Bloomberg

Canada Conservatives Knock Phone Companies in Fundraising by Theophilos Argitis and Andrew Mayeda

Columnists say Canada’s governing Conservative Party is using this week’s policy decisions about the wireless telephone industry to appeal to supporters for money.

Jun 3, 2013 — Playback

Jean-Pierre Blais articulates the CRTC’s “global” vision by Danielle Ng See Quan

In his speech to delegates at the Association des producteurs de films et de television du Quebec (APFTQ) conference, CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais addressed the regulator’s decision to renew the CBC’s licences to 2018, and challenges that both the Quebec industry and the regulator are facing looking to the future of the expanding digital marketplace.

Jun 3, 2013 — Globe & Mail

5 things to know about CBC’s new licence by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says the CRTC has cleared the way for CBC to transform itself over its next five-year licence term, in a ruling that allows for changes across much of the broadcaster’s operations.

Jun 3, 2013 — The Hill Times

Feds’ budget bill expected to move third reading this week, but opposition parties say report stage out of order

Opposition MPs say the House Finance Committee has overstepped its authority in considering amendments to the budget bill.

Jun 2, 2013 — New York Times

Apple Is Said to Be Pressing for Internet Radio Deals by Ben Sisario

Columnist says that after months of stalled negotiations over its planned Internet radio service, Apple is pushing to complete licensing deals with music companies so it can reveal the service as early as next week, according to people briefed on the talks.

May 31, 2013 — Globe & Mail

A new and unseemly arrogance at CBC by Simon Houpt

Columnist says that shortly before the CRTC released its decision allowing advertising on Radio 2, a $15,000 campaign advertising the paywall of Postmedia had been pulled from CBC TV stations in Regina, Windsor, and Edmonton.

May 31, 2013 — The Tyee

Canadian actor offended by Heritage Minister's insensitivity

Canadian actor Eric Peterson was in Parliament expecting to be honoured for receiving the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement but instead walked out, offended by Heritage Minister James Moore's comments.

May 31, 2013 — Huffington Post Canada

James Moore's Attack On NDP Leaves Artists Feeling 'Insulted' by Joan Bryden

Columnist says that Heritage Minister James Moore deflected questions from the Senate expenses scandal by raising instances of alleged ethical lapses by various NDP and Liberal parliamentarians.

May 30, 2013 — Toronto Star

Parliament must intervene to save the CBC by Wade Rowland

Columnist says the CRTC's decision to allow advertising on Radio 2 and Éspace Musique eliminates CBC radio’s distinctiveness and therefore its relevance.

May 30, 2013 — Toronto Sun

The Force’s dark side: CBC is becoming a major media machine and its next target is your local newspaper by Brian Lilley

Columnist says consumers may like getting their news for free, but if things don’t change, CBC will be the only game in town after they shut down local newspapers.

May 30, 2013 — Huffington Post Canada

Internet Petitions for the CBC Bring False Hope by Nick Fillmore

Columnist says if online petitioners and other organizations are really concerned about the future of the CBC, their time would be better spent developing more effective campaigns.

May 29, 2013 — Toronto Sun

CRTC gives mandatory carriage to CBC by Brian Lilley

Kory Teneycke, vice-president of Sun News, says the CRTC granting mandatory carriage status to CBC News Network and RDI is consistent with their own application for mandatory carriage.

May 29, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa kicks the CBC, a wounded critter on a short leash by John Doyle

Columnist says it is a myth perpetuated by Sun News, and now spoken by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, that CBC is an out-of-control spending machine.

May 29, 2013 — Toronto Star

CRTC allows advertising on secondary CBC radio stations by Tony Wong

Critics charge that the controversial decision to allow the commercialization of Radio 2 and Espace Musique has created a “slippery slope” that will change the face of the public broadcaster forever.

May 29, 2013 — Winnipeg Free Press

CBC gets limited radio ad approval by Julian Beltrame

The CBC has been given permission by the federal broadcast regulator to introduce advertising on some of its radio networks, breaking a four-decade tradition of commercial-free service.

May 29, 2013 — La Presse

Radio-Canada: de la pub à la radio by Vincent Brousseau-Pouliot

La Presse business writer Vincent Brousseau-Pouliot describes the CRTC decision to allow advertising on CBC's radio services, and reports reactions from CBC management and FRIENDS.

May 29, 2013 — National News Watch

CBC Faces Uncertain Future by Frances Russell

FRIENDS says if the Conservative government gets their way, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation will cease being a public broadcaster and become a state broadcaster.

May 28, 2013 —

CBC music radio stations will now carry commercials by Marc Weisblott

Columnist says the CRCT has announced that CBC will be allowed to air four minutes of national paid advertising per hour on its terrestrial radio music services to help offset federal budget cuts.

May 28, 2013 — Globe & Mail

CBC gets approval to open airwaves to radio ads by Simon Houpt

Columnist says ads will be coming to CBC Radio 2 after the CRTC approves the public broadcaster’s request to open its airwaves to commercial messages.

May 28, 2013 — National Post

CRTC to allow limited advertising on CBC Radio 2, Espace Musique

The CRTC says it will allow some advertising on CBC’s secondary radio French and English networks.

May 28, 2013 — Playback

Julie Bristow leaving CBC by Danielle Ng See Quan

Julie Bristow, executive director of studio and unscripted programming, is leaving the CBC.

May 28, 2013 — Salon

Get rid of your cable TV package now! by David Sirota

Columnist says TBS and TNT are about to become the first national entertainment networks to stream on-air content live across multiple platforms, likely positioning the stations to eventually (though not yet) sell their content direct to consumers on an à la carte online basis, rather than only through traditional cable TV packages.

May 28, 2013 —

Bill C-60 will make the government the “effective employer” of the CBC: media groups by Tamara Baluja

Several media organizations, including the Canadian Association of Journalists and the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression have launched an advertising campaign to protest Bill C-60.  

May 28, 2013 — CRTC

Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2013-263 and Broadcasting Orders CRTC 2013-264 and 2013-265

CRTC decision on the CBC's broadcast licence renewals.

May 28, 2013 — Revelstoke Times Review

CBC Kamloops vs. Kelowna issue drags into sixth month by Aaron Orlando

Columnist says that six months after Revelstoke residents complained they weren’t consulted when the CBC radio feed was switched from the Kelowna bureau to the new Kamloops one, the issue drags on without a decision or resolution.

May 28, 2013 — CBC As it Happens

CRTC Allows Ads on CBC Radio 2 and L'Espace Musique

CBC President Hubert Lacroix speaks about the recent CRTC decision allowing the public broadcaster to place commercial advertising on Radio 2 and L'Espace Musique.

May 28, 2013 — CBC/Radio Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada welcomes the CRTC’s stamp of approval on plan for future

CBC says the CRTC's decision to allow the public broadcaster to introduce advertising to CBC Radio 2 and Espace musique will help the Corporation ensure that its music services can continue to be a point of discovery for Canadian music fans.

May 27, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Journalists’ groups say government should not be sitting in on CBC negotiations by Gloria Galloway

Reporters’ associations and the CBC’s unions say the integrity of news gathering would be affected if the federal government is allowed to participate in contract negotiations between the public broadcaster and its employees.

May 27, 2013 — National Post

Scott Stinson: The CBC’s fall sizzle reel was more of a wet firecracker by Scott Stinson

Columnist asks whether the mass programming renewal at CBC is related to the fact Kirstine Stewart has left the public broadcaster.

May 27, 2013 — Calgary Herald

Journalists ask people to oppose budget bill that would touch on CBC contracts

A number of journalist groups are asking Canadians to write to their MPs to demand changes to Bill C-60 which would give the government a role in negotiating CBC contracts.

May 27, 2013 — Toronto Star

Ottawa’s budget bill is shorter but no sweeter: Editorial

Writer says Bill C-60 has deep implications for both federal labour relations and for the essential arm’s-length status of the CBC and some 173,000 concerned Canadians have signed a petition to protect the independence of our public broadcaster.

May 27, 2013 — The New Yorker

A Word from Our Sponsor by Jane Mayer

Columnist examines how journalist independence is impacted when networks need to please their sponsors.

May 23, 2013 — News Article

CBC fall sked aims to connect with more Canadians by Danielle Ng See Quan

Columnist discusses the roll our of CBC's fall programming schedule.

May 23, 2013 — Peterborough Examiner

Mulroney speaks at Del Mastro benefit by Brendan Wedley

Former Prime Minister Mulroney speaks at fundraiser for Dean Del Mastro, MP for Peterborough, Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Harper.

May 23, 2013 — Sun News Network

Critics slam labour relations section in budget bill by Jessica Murphy

FRIENDS says Bill C-60 provisions threaten the CBC's editorial independence.

May 23, 2013 — Calgary Herald

CBC says budget cuts force network to add European drama to fall lineup by Cassandra Szklarski

Columnist says the French-German co-production Crossing Lines is among the new series being touted by the public broadcaster, which admits the cop drama contains no Canadian funds, locales or characters.

May 22, 2013 — Playback

CBC snags Recipe to Riches for winter 2014 by Danielle Ng See Quan

Columnist says the CBC has grabbed Recipe to Riches away from Shaw Media’s Food Network as it adds the series as a tent pole to its winter 2014 lineup.

May 21, 2013 — AlterNet

The Internet Is Slaying the Middle Class by Scott Timberg

In "Who Owns the Future?" Jaron Lanier examines how the Web eliminates employment and job security, along with revenues that give the economic middle stability. 

May 20, 2013 — Ottawa Citizen

Netflix is not the enemy by Michael Geist

Columnist says targeting the Internet video service is just part of a strategy to push for regulation.

May 19, 2013 — Yahoo!News

Conservative MP James Moore says he’s not making a play for PM’s job by Andy Radia

Conservative MP James Moore says that he isn't launching a campaign for the Conservative Party leadership.

May 18, 2013 — Globe & Mail

How Ottawa's plan to foster wireless competition sank by Rita Trichur, Sean Silcoff and Boyd Erman

Columnists say that the Telus-Mobilicity takeover announcement is a powerful signal that the current government’s wireless strategy is on life support.

May 18, 2013 — Le Devoir

Le projet de loi C-60 et Radio-Canada - L'éléphant dans la boutique de porcelaine

This letter to the editor of Le Devoir from two distinguished Quebec academics in media and public law expresses alarm with Bill C-60's "elephant in the china shop" approach to government control of the CBC.

May 17, 2013 — National Post

‘Radioactive’ Mike Duffy has nothing to do with CRTC bid, Sun News exec says by Jordan Press

Sun News Network says Duffy plays no role whatsoever in its ongoing efforts to become a mandatory part of Canadian cable packages.

May 17, 2013 — Chronicle Herald

Controversy dogs former CTV reporter’s career moves by Paul McLeod

Columnist says that as Sun News is asking the CRTC to grant it “must carry” status, former CTV reporter Marc Patrone has moved to the network, shortly after finishing a five-year stint as a CRTC commissioner.

May 17, 2013 — Toronto Star

Sports media: TSN vs. Sportsnet: Who’s winning the battle? by Raju Mudhar

Columnist says the two channels have gone on shopping sprees and carved up the sports landscape, but the battle is still going on.

May 16, 2013 — Metro News

CBC keeps Kitchener radio costs secret; no plans to introduce ads

Columnist says CBC is keeping secret the cost of its new local radio station, while it spars with private stations that are upset to be competing with the public broadcaster.

May 16, 2013 — CTV News

Mike Duffy tried to influence CRTC decision on Sun Media

Senator Mike Duffy is alleged to have asked a Conservative insider to urge the CRTC to grant Sun TV News mandatory carriage.

May 15, 2013 — Canadian Media Research

CBC’s Audience Crisis: CBC TV Audience is Down 40%, Lowest in History by Barry Kiefl

Researcher says the CBC’s latest report confirms that many programs on the main TV service, despite efforts to be more “popular,” have fallen to audience levels not much greater than many specialty channels. 

May 15, 2013 — Waterloo Record

CBC keeps Kitchener radio costs secret by Jeff Outhit

Columnist says the taxpayer-funded CBC is keeping secret the cost of its new local radio station, while it spars with private stations that are upset to be competing with the public purse.

May 14, 2013 —

9(1)(h) COMMENTARY: Maybe the CRTC should impose a penetration rate based card on the whole industry by Greg O'Brien

Writer says big BDUs often treat independent broadcasters like unworthy annoyances, and not the partners they are.

May 14, 2013 — CBC News

Disgust with Tories led to Labrador byelection win, Liberal says

Former Conservative MP Peter Penashue blames CBC News reports on his spending for having defined him very negatively.

May 13, 2013 — Poynter

New research finds 92 percent of time spent on news consumption is still on legacy platforms by Rick Edmonds

Columnist says when you measure news consumption in the U.S. by time spent, rather than raw audience numbers, digital platforms are getting only 8 percent of the action.

May 13, 2013 — National Post

BCE says it will walk away from Astral deal if forced to sell more assets by Christine Dobby

BCE Inc. chief executive George Cope says that the sale of further French television services or the pay service The Movie Network would defeat the two strategic rationales his company has for buying Astral.

May 11, 2013 — Toronto Star

Stephen Harper’s war on pensions: Walkom

Columnist says the significance of the federal government’s surprise decision to involve itself directly in the union-management negotiations of 49 crown corporations, including the CBC, is that the Conservatives are using the current economic climate to justify taking apart pensions.

May 11, 2013 — Toronto Star

Bell Won't Sell Astral's Assets by LuAnn LaSalle

Rogers says Bell should be forced to sell Astral's Movie Network pay TV service if the CRTC is going to allow the $3.4-billion revised merger of the two companies to go ahead.

May 10, 2013 — Huffington Post Canada

CBC: The Conservative Broadcast Corporation by Jamie Biggar, Ian Morrison and Angus Wong

FRIENDS, Leadnow and SumOfUs say  that no public broadcaster anywhere in the free world faces the degree of political interference as that proposed for the CBC in Bill C-60.

May 10, 2013 — CBC Radio Q

Jian's essay on the so-called CBC crisis by Jian Ghomeshi

Q host Jian Ghomeshi says the CBC is not in crisis and that CBC holds the largest audience share in the country.

May 10, 2013 — Toronto Star

Bell and Astral merger: Netflix isn’t the enemy: Geist by Michael Geist

Columnist says that rather than claiming limited impact, the CRTC should embrace services such as Netflix by concluding that they are a boon to both consumers and content creators, consistent with its policy mandate that does not require regulatory change or protection for established Canadian broadcasters.

May 8, 2013 — StarPhoenix

Cogeco calls Bell-Astral deal 'dangerous' and will make getting content tough by LuAnn LaSalle

Cogeco CEO Louis Audet asked the CRTC on Wednesday to again block Bell's revised $3.4-billion deal to buy Montreal-based Astral.

May 8, 2013 — iPolitics

Moore denies threat to CBC independence as Mother Corp gets a little help from its Friends by Kelsey Johnson

The ‘FREE CBC from political interference’ petition calls for the network to remain independent from the government says FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison.

May 8, 2013 — Broadcaster Magazine

Free CBC from Political Interference -- Friends

FRIENDS says no public broadcaster in any free and democratic country anywhere in the world faces political interference with its editorial independence as proposed for the CBC in Bill C-60.

May 8, 2013 — Ottawa Citizen

Bell must sell Astral's pay TV, Rogers says by LuAnn LaSalle

Rogers says Bell should be forced to sell Astral's Movie Network pay TV service if the CRTC is going to allow the $3.4-billion revised merger of the two companies to go ahead.

May 8, 2013 — Montreal Gazette

CRTC hearings: Telecom firm Eastlink denounces Bell-Astral deal

Telecom company Eastlink remains opposed to Bell’s bid to buy specialty TV and radio company Astral Media despite changes to the deal and is asking the CRTC to turn the merger down for a second time.

May 8, 2013 — Lobby Monitor

Advocacy group, unions protest proposed labour requirements for crown corporations

FRIENDS delivers a petition on the Parliament Hill signed by more than 100,000 Canadians.

May 8, 2013 — Toronto Star

Critics fear Tories’ changes to collective bargaining at Crown corporations will threaten CBC independence by Joanna Smith

Columnist says groups, such as FRIENDS, who are worried that government involvement in labour negotiations at Crown corporations will threaten the independence of the CBC are stepping up efforts to persuade the Conservatives to reconsider.

May 8, 2013 — Sun News Network

CBC supporters rally in Ottawa against government interference by Jessica Hume

FRIENDS says the independence of CBC is under attack as the government proposes to bring union contracts of Crown corporations under Treasury Board control.

May 8, 2013 — Huffington Post Canada

‘Free CBC' Petition Signed By 120,000 Against Tories' Bill C-60

FRIENDS says that with ultimate control of the salaries and working conditions of all CBC employees in the hands of the government, as proposed in Bill C-60, the CBC would have to contend with the perception that its editorial decisions may be politically motivated.

May 7, 2013 — Canadian Media Guild

Conservative bill gives government a direct say in CBC journalism

The Canadian Media Guild says Bill C-60 opens the door to direct political interference in the biggest news organization in the country.

May 7, 2013 — StarPhoenix

Bell says Astral purchase good for consumers by Luann Lasall

BCE Inc. says consumers will get more content and Bell will play fair with its competitors as it makes a revised sales pitch to the CRTC seeking approval for its $3.4-billion takeover of Astral Media.

May 7, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Is the CBC in crisis, or is Canada in crisis? by John Doyle

Columnist suggests that a vast, disengaged population represents a crisis more authentic than the matter of ad dollars and hockey on CBC.

May 7, 2013 — Toronto Star

Tories vulnerable in several francophone ridings by Chantal Hébert

Columnist says that to go after the CBC is also to go after its French-language counterpart and Radio-Canada is an essential part of the cultural food chain of the country’s francophone minorities.

May 6, 2013 — Toronto Star

EDITORIAL: Harper government’s new controls on Crown corporations a cause for concern

Editorial says the federal Conservatives have tabled a deceptively innocuous, deeply worrying piece of legislation that will give the government unprecedented controls over Crown corporations.

May 5, 2013 — Globe & Mail

BCE, Astral to argue bigger is still better by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says Bell Media argues that by controlling more content it will be able to create its own competing services and ensure the money spent by Canadians stays in Canada.

May 4, 2013 — CBC News

CBC board member linked to allegations before corruption inquiry

A former mayor of Blainville, who now sits on CBC's board of directors, has been named before Quebec's corruption inquiry in connection with party funding allegations.

May 4, 2013 — Winnipeg Free Press

CRTC takes second look at Bell-Astral deal after turning it down the first time by LuAnn LaSalle

Columnist says Bell is heading to the CRTC for a second time in hopes that its plan to sell off the majority of Astral Media's TV channels will be enough to appease the regulator's worries its takeover of the media company would not be good for Canadians.

May 4, 2013 — National Post

Conrad Black: Public-sector unions are a blight on our society by Conrad Black

Conrad Black says the CBC has not so much suffered from a strangled budget, but from the misallocation of resources to an administrative clot of bureaucratic stagnation riveted on a network whose creative budget and personnel have been forced to carry a top-lofty bureaucracy.

May 4, 2013 — National Post

The twilight of public broadcasting by Robert Fulford

Columnist says the federal government has again encroached on the independence of the CBC by imposing a new policy that would constrain the union agreements of the CBC and other Crown Corporations.

May 2, 2013 — National Post

If CRTC doesn’t give guaranteed spot to Sun News it will be a ‘death sentence,’ network says by Steve Rennie

Sun News Network has made its final pitch to the federal telecommunications regulator, saying anything short of a guaranteed spot on the dial would spell the end of the channel.

May 2, 2013 — Sun News Network

CBC integrity not in danger through federal changes to labour negotiations: Minister by Daniel Proussalidis

Heritage Minister James Moore says the CBC has "full independence of what they decide to put on the air or not, on radio and television or online" and that the editorial independence of CBC is entirely untouched.

May 2, 2013 —

Read the Broadcasting Act! Explaining the CBC to Stephen Harper by Karl Nerenberg

Columnist says it seems that however much politicians might pay lip service to the idea of an independent CBC, once in power, very few like it.

May 1, 2013 — CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada's statement on Bill C-60

CBC says salary increases at the public broadcaster have averaged 1.9% over the past seven years while salaries in the private sector have increased an average of 3% over the same period.

May 1, 2013 — Yahoo! News

Is the Harper government trying to control the CBC? by Andy Radia

FRIENDS believes that Bill C-60 takes direct aim at the independence of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

May 1, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Sexism, spite and Kirstine Stewart’s CBC legacy by John Doyle

Columnist says outgoing CBC VP English Services Kirstine Stewart was stuck with tight budgets, few resources, a smaller pool of talent, and competition from commercial broadcasters with a great deal more money and resources to splash around.

May 1, 2013 — The Hill Times

Feds threatening journalist independence of CBC under new power over wages, benefits, collective bargaining, say critics by Tim Naumetz

FRIENDS says the government is threatening the journalistic independence of the CBC with legislation that will give Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Cabinet power over CBC collective bargaining with unions representing several thousand news and current affairs personnel.

May 1, 2013 — Ottawa Citizen

Conservatives’ move to control negotiations at Crown corporations part of broader agenda for public service contracts by Kathryn May

Columnist says the Conservative government’s move to control the mandate of contract negotiations between Crown corporations and its employees is part of its sweeping plan to make the pay and benefits of all federal workers more affordable and in line with the private sector.

May 1, 2013 — Huffington Post Canada

Bill C-60: Tories Quietly Taking Control Of CBC, Group Alleges

FRIENDS says the heavy presence of Conservative Party donors on the CBC's Board of Directors “will further undermine the CBC’s independence from government."

May 1, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Harper tightening the reins on CBC, Via Rail and Canada Post by Bill Curry and John Ibbitson

Columnists say the federal government is taking a harder line on collective bargaining, giving itself sweeping new powers to steer independent Crown corporations on their negotiations with employees over wages and benefits.

Apr 30, 2013 — Huffington Post Canada

Bill C-60: Tories Quietly Taking Control Of CBC, Group Alleges

FRIENDS says new proposed powers over CBC pay and the heavy presence of Conservative Party donors “will further undermine the CBC’s independence from government.”

Apr 30, 2013 — Canadian Media Guild

Harper Government sets out plans to run CBC

The Canadian Medsia Guild says the Conservative government's budget bill contains disturbing changes that introduce direct government interference in the public broadcaster's activities and is a move that should concern all Canadians.

Apr 30, 2013 — DesmogCanada

The President of China, Obama and Harper Go To Heaven: Allan Gregg On The Rise of Dogma in Canada by Allan Gregg

Public opinion researcher Allan Gregg says Canada is experiencing an "assault on reason".

Apr 30, 2013 — The Hill Times

Budget bill gives Harper Cabinet new powers over CBC by Tim Naumetz

Columnist says the federal government’s latest budget bill would give Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Cabinet the power to dictate collective bargaining and terms for other salaries and working conditions at the CBC.

Apr 29, 2013 —

Kirstine Stewart leaves CBC to run Twitter Canada by Marc Weisblott

Kirstine Stewart, the executive vice-president of CBC’s English Services, has left the public broadcaster after seven years to oversee the new Canadian office of Twitter.

Apr 29, 2013 — Playback

Kirstine Stewart leaves CBC for Twitter Canada by Danielle Ng See Quan

Stewart’s responsibilities will be taken over by Neil McEneaney, CBC GM, finance and strategy, on an interim basis with the CBC saying that a recruitment process will be launched immediately.

Apr 23, 2013 — Ottawa Citizen

Broadcasters, too, should 'need to compete' by Michael Geist

Columnist says the regulatory process has been likened to winning the lottery, since channels selected for mandatory carriage are guaranteed millions in revenue regardless of whether Canadians watch or even want the channel.

Apr 23, 2013 — Globe & Mail

For Canada's telecoms, battle for data dollars heats up by Rita Trichur & Steve Ladurantaye

Canada’s largest wireless carrier reports first-quarter results that show more of its customers are upgrading to smartphones, which is generating higher data revenues as users access Internet-based services.

Apr 23, 2013 — CBC/Radio Canada

CBC Radio to take The Morning Edition off the air as it awaits approval of broadcast application

CBC Radio says it must take its Waterloo Region local morning show, The Morning Edition, off the air, but that it will continue to be available to its listeners online.

Apr 22, 2013 — Broadcaster Magazine

Friends Looking for a CBC Champion in Labrador

FRIENDS says it's time the people of Labrador had an MP who will fight to ensure the stories and events of Labrador and its people are covered by the national public broadcaster for Labradorians and all Canadians.

Apr 22, 2013 — Toronto Star

Rogers reports 15 per cent increase in first-quarter profits, revenue up

Rogers Communications Inc. says its first-quarter profits grew 15 per cent, helped partly by more subscribers upgrading their smartphones.

Apr 22, 2013 — National Post

Sun News is the go-to network for praise of Sun News by Scott Stinson

Columnist says that two years into its existence, Sun News Network has established itself as the go-to source for information about Sun News Network.

Apr 22, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Three must-watch storylines at CRTC's mandatory carriage hearings by Steve Ladurantaye

The CRTC will hear from almost two dozen companies over the next two weeks, each asking for placement on basic digital television packages.

Apr 22, 2013 —

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting is Looking for a CBC Champion in Labrador

FRIENDS says cuts to the CBC have reduced coverage of Labrador drastically and only a handful of CBC staffers are on the job to cover the enormous territory.

Apr 18, 2013 — Winnipeg Free Press

How CBC and others torque ratings by Robert Gerst

Columnist says CBC rankings in "Rank My Hospital" are fairy tale products of an elaborate con game and that statistical techniques were misused to manufacture phony findings while giving the impression of scientific rigor.

Apr 18, 2013 — Videonet

Taking control of the second screen experience at CBC by John Moulding

Tessa Sproule, Director of Digital at CBC, wonders whether the jury is still out at CBC on how important second screen apps are.

Apr 16, 2013 — Intellectual Property Watch

WIPO Delegates Progressing On Once-Moribund Broadcasting Treaty by Catherine Saez

World Intellectual Property Organization discusses a Broadcasting Treaty to protect the rights of broadcasting organizations.

Apr 15, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Refuses to Pull Controversial North Korea Documentary by Stuart Kemp

The BBC says it will broadcast a documentary about North Korea after a war of words between the public broadcaster and the London School of Economics over the use of students to help get into the communist state.

Apr 13, 2013 — CBC News

When the media is the target by David Cochrane

Columnist says that facts don't change, regardless of how some politicians treat the journalists who cover them.

Apr 13, 2013 — The London School of Economics and Political Science

BBC Panorama programme on North Korea and LSESU Grimshaw Club

The LSE questions the journalistic ethics of the BBC, after misleading students and posing as members of the London School of Economics during a recent trip to North Korea.

Apr 12, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Canada Revenue Agency offers deal to CBC to reveal tax cheats by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says the Canada Revenue Agency wants to cut a deal with the CBC that would allow the broadcaster to protect its secret sources, but also rat out tax cheats who have money tucked away in offshore accounts.

Apr 11, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian Indie Broadcaster Corus, Astral Release Contrasting Q2 Results by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says Toronto-based Corus Entertainment saw earnings for the three months to Feb. 28 plunge to $5.9 million, against a profit of $31.6 million in 2012 while Corus' combined revenue fell to $183.7 million, compared to a year-earlier $205.6 million.

Apr 11, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Sirius XM Canada swings to profit

The parent company of Sirius XM Canada Inc. announces it had a $4.1-million profit in the second quarter as the number of self-paying subscribers to its satellite radio services increased by 12.8 per cent from the same time last year.

Apr 11, 2013 — Globe & Mail

The fight for carriage: TV channels' quest for prized cable spots by Simon Houpt and Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says for as long as cable television has existed, there has been tension between broadcasters and distributors over how to divide the spoils, but that the stakes have rarely been quite this high.

Apr 10, 2013 — Chronicle Herald

Feds to seek CBC list through courts

National Revenue Minister Gail Shea says Ottawa will use the courts to try and get the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to hand over leaked data naming people who have allegedly used offshore tax havens.

Apr 10, 2013 — Globe & Mail

A new chapter for book channel? Bell Media seeks greater flexibility by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says Bell Media hopes to save Book Television by focusing less on shows about actual books, and more on dramas and comedies based on books.

Apr 10, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Publishes Contract of New Director General to Improve Transparency by Georg Szalai

In a first, the U.K. public broadcaster details Tony Hall's employment deal, which includes a shorter notice period.

Apr 10, 2013 — Winnipeg Free Press

Small wireless companies say they'll serve customers better outside lobby group by LuAnn LaSalle

Three of Canada's new wireless carriers say they will better serve their customers outside the industry's lobby group, which they accuse of favouring Rogers, Bell and Telus.

Apr 10, 2013 — CBC News

Provinces team up to block CBC's hospital data request by Amber Hildebrandt

Columnist says provincial and territorial health department officials held cross-country meetings and agreed to a "national decision" to deny a CBC request for information about individual hospitals.

Apr 9, 2013 — Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

CRTC releases 2012 financial results for Canadian cable and satellite companies

The CRTC says that during the past year, cable companies have reported a modest growth in revenues and subscribers, while satellite companies have recorded a decline in both categories.

Apr 9, 2013 — Toronto Star

Cable companies reported modest growth in revenues: CRTC

The CRTC says the number of Canadian households subscribing to basic television service offered by cable companies increased by two per cent to reach 8.7 million for the year ended Aug. 31, 2012.

Apr 9, 2013 — Vancouver Sun

Cogeco holds firm against Bell-Astral deal by Luann Lasalle

Columnist says Cogeco Cable Inc. is still opposed to BCE Inc. buying specialty broadcaster Astral Media despite changes to the deal, saying consumers will have higher costs and less choice.

Apr 8, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

News Corp.'s Chase Carey: Aereo Could Force Fox Off Broadcast Air by Eriq Gardner , Carolyn Giardina

News Corp. president Chase Carey warns that if the company is not able to protect its right to its content from platforms such as Aereo it will consider turning the network into a subscription service.

Apr 8, 2013 — Ottawa Citizen

News Corp executive threatens to convert free-to-air Fox into pay TV channel to thwart Aereo by Ryan Nakashima

A top executive with the owner of the Fox broadcast network has threatened to convert the network to a pay-TV-only channel if Internet startup Aereo Inc. continues to "steal" Fox's over-the-air signal and sell it to consumers without paying for rights.

Apr 6, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Outside the box by Kate Taylor

Columnist says the golden age of cable is reaching new heights, pushing audiences to different platforms and transforming what, and how, we watch.

Apr 6, 2013 — Globe & Mail

The fight for carriage: TV channels' quest for prized cable spots by Simon Houpt and Steve Ladurantaye

Columnists say some industry are warning that now the policy of mandatory carriage, in trying to help more than a dozen new channels come to life, might accidentally hasten the demise of the regulated Canadian television broadcasting system as we know it.

Apr 5, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Writer Kildare Dobbs, a sharp, satiric observer of human frailty by Sandra Martin

Columnist remembers writer and satirist Kildare Dobbs.

Apr 5, 2013 — CBC News

Penashue takes verbal swipe at CBC journalist

Former MP Peter Penashue feels CBC has treated him unfairly.

Apr 3, 2013 — Hamilton Spectator

Regulator won’t gift CBC radio to city: watchdog by Matthew Van Dongen

FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison says it would be “a real stretch” for the CRTC to order a private company to give up a particular frequency to another broadcaster.

Apr 2, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

Ex-CTV Head Ivan Fecan Named Chairman of Thunderbird Films by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says the Canadian broadcast veteran will consult for the indie producer which launched a 50-50 joint venture with Lionsgate to make global TV series.

Apr 2, 2013 —

Does credibility take a hit when media companies both own teams and employ sports journalists? by Ryan Mallough

Dustin Parkes, writer for says when media companies own sports teams or exclusive broadcast rights, they are more likely to cover the events merely as a public relations wing of the sports franchise.

Apr 2, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Online TV gains on traditional providers by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says firms such as BCE and Rogers are still adding to their subscriber bases, but the rate of growth has slowed dramatically.

Apr 1, 2013 — Winnipeg Free Press

CRTC is wrong for cable TV by Gwyn Morgan

Columnist suggests the CRTC remove mandatory-carriage status altogether in favour of allowing consumers to choose their own channel packages la carte.

Mar 31, 2013 — CBC News

Historic signals: BCN broadcasts the National Convention 67 years ago, radio began carrying the most important debates in our history by Jeff Webb

Professor discusses how radio began carrying the most important debates in our history, starting with BCN's broadcast of the National Convention 67 years ago.

Mar 30, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Rogers wasn’t afraid to take risks by Jeff Blair

Writer reflects on Ted Rogers and his role with Toronto sports teams.

Mar 29, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Hey, CBC Radio 1: How about tuning in to BBC Radio 4? by Leah McLaren

Columnist says Canadians deserve public radio that searches out its own ways to experiment with, and provide a playground for, great art.

Mar 28, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Postpones Broadcast of Investigative News Show 'Panorama' by Stuart Kemp

Columnist says the BBC has postponed airing an episode of its flagship investigative news program Panorama and suspended a member of the production team amid allegations of bribery.

Mar 28, 2013 — Toronto Star

Why it’s hard to persuade Canadians to watch themselves by Peter Howell

Columnist says nowhere is Canadians’ defeatist attitude more evident than in our collective approach to our country’s films.

Mar 28, 2013 — Chronicle Herald

Musician pipes up about arts being ‘fluff’ subjects by Mary Ellen MacIntyre

Cape Breton musician speaks out about the dismissive attitude of school board officials towards performing arts, which he says puts millions into the Nova Scotia economy.

Mar 28, 2013 — Globe & Mail

As Rogers circles the Jays, it’s tough to tell press from fans by Simon Houpt

Columnist asks how are Rogers can maintain editorial integrity while covering the Toronto Blue Jays when the company owns the team.

Mar 28, 2013 — Calgary Herald

Harper promises election law fix after robocalls report by Glen McGregor & Stephen Maher

Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand says it is “becoming urgent” for the government to update the elections law to deal with misleading robocalls.

Mar 28, 2013 — CBC News

City to ask CRTC to make space on airwaves for CBC radio station

Coun. Brian McHattie brought forth a motion at city council asking the CRTC to order Astral Media to give up one of its Toronto frequencies that can be heard in Hamilton so that the CBC could broadcast Hamilton-related content on that frequency.

Mar 27, 2013 — Playback

CBC unveils branded entertainment initiative by Val Maloney

Columnist says the CBC is launching a branded entertainment development initiative, a program that aims to create new daytime programming for the pubcaster.

Mar 27, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Suspends Broadcasts in Sri Lanka, Citing Interference

The broadcaster stops airing after “unacceptable and misleading” programming disruptions by its government-owned carrier.

Mar 27, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Rogers hopes to hit advertising home run with Blue Jays broadcasts by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says Rogers has put considerable effort into building its sports brands over the last several years, with an eye to pass Bell Media’s TSN as the premiere sports channel on Canadian television.

Mar 27, 2013 — National Post

Can TV change the world? Pivot, a new network aimed at millennials, hopes so by Frazier Moore

Little Mosque on the Prairie will be broadcast on the new US network aimed at 15-34 year old who "want to change the world."

Mar 27, 2013 — Le Devoir

Radio-Canada pourrait bien changer de nom by Stéphane Baillargeon

The French-language arm of CBC is considering changing its name.

Mar 27, 2013 — BBC

BBC World News and release world’s largest global study of news consumption habits across multiple devices

BBC World News and release world’s largest global study of news consumption habits across multiple devices.

Mar 27, 2013 — CBC News

CBC's Cracked sold to U.S., France

White Pine Pictures has sold CBC police procedural Cracked to the U.S. and France, in one of several recent overseas deals that highlight the improved fortunes of Canadian television production.

Mar 27, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

TV Tax Credit System Gets Go-Ahead From Euro Authorities by Stuart Kemp

The proposed tax credit system for high end TV, animation and video games has leapt through the final hoops standing its way and will be in place from April 1, 2013.

Mar 26, 2013 — Calgary Herald

CBS buys half of TV Guide Network for $100 million; re-branding to come by Ryan Nakashima

CBS says the channel, available in more than 80 million homes, will continue to focus on entertainment and will combine CBS’ programming, production and marketing with Lions Gate’s resources in movies, TV shows and digital content.

Mar 26, 2013 — Vancouver Sun

First Nations filmmakers use business skills, social media savvy to bring TV shows to niche markets by Jenny Lee

Columnist says it’s a tiny niche in an otherwise troubled industry, but B.C.-based aboriginal filmmakers are busy and working.

Mar 25, 2013 — Toronto Star

U.S. blogger Allyson Bird quit journalism because she was tired and underpaid by Mallick

Columnist says Canadian cable television is a wasteland, only watching three of the 150 she purchases, and doesn't compare to print media.

Mar 25, 2013 — Toronto Star

CTV orders social media-inspired daytime talk show The Social

CTV says The Social will tackle pop culture and lifestyle topics on behalf of viewers invited to connect with the hosts live through email and text messages.

Mar 25, 2013 — Toronto Star

Music streaming services Rdio, Songza gaining traction in Canada by Raju Mudhar

Columnist says there has been trouble in getting the word out about music streaming services, how to use them and changing music lovers' habits.

Mar 24, 2013 — CBC News

CRTC closer to code of conduct for cellphone companies by Lisa Polewski

The CRTC's national code of conduct will not override existing provincial legislation that has been put in place to protect consumers but will be designed to work alongside those provincial laws.

Mar 24, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Sun News gives CRTC an opportunity to end anachronistic rules by Gwyn Morgan

Columnist says to allow politics or ideology to play a part in the CRTC's decision regarding the Sun News Network application for mandatory carriage would be a clear violation of regulatory integrity.

Mar 24, 2013 — Toronto Star

Against the Current by Raju Mudhar

Columnist says there has been difficulty in getting the word out about streaming services, how to use them and changing music lovers’ habits.

Mar 23, 2013 — CBC News

Suzuki charity denies benefit from game with pipeline bombs

Ontario taxpayer-funded 'Pipe Trouble' has raised serious concerns about the public broadcaster advocating violence.

Mar 23, 2013 — Vancouver Sun

Ontario public broadcaster pulls controversial game showing bombing of pipeline by Maria Babbage

An online game funded by Ontario taxpayers that shows the bombing of a gas pipeline and drew criticism from the premiers of Alberta and British Columbia is being reviewed.

Mar 23, 2013 — Le Devoir

La fin de l’ACDI, prévue et prévisible by Pierre Beaudet

Professor Beaudet argues that CIDA, like the CBC, has been a symbol from the past that the Conservatives have wanted to kill since they came to power in 2006.

Mar 23, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Trudeau builds war chest to take on Tories by Jane Taber & Daniel Leblanc

Columnist says that unlike the Conservatives, who press hot-button issues such as gun control and public funding of the CBC to garner donations, Justin Trudeau is successful without even needing an issue.

Mar 23, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Ken Dryden on why we stand on guard for Stompin’ Tom and Don Cherry by Ken Dryden

Former NHL Goaltender and MP says that in Stompin' Tom Connors and Don Cherry's patriotism, they have come to monopolize so many of the symbols of Canada, leaving little room for those who feel just as strongly but who express their feelings differently.

Mar 22, 2013 — Winnipeg Free Press

Mixed reviews for deficit-busting budget by Geoff Kirbyson

Caleb Screpnek says he realizes the CBC is unlikely to see its funding increased under the Harper government, but is hoping to see its budget left alone.

Mar 22, 2013 — Globe & Mail

CFL scores touchdown with big TSN deal by Bruce Dowbiggin

The CFL and broadcaster are extending the exclusive TV and digital-rights relationship they’ve had since 2008 till 2018.

Mar 22, 2013 — Globe & Mail

TV Ontario to pull online game that shows pipeline bombing by Adrian Morrow

TV Ontario will pull an online game that depicts the bombing of a gas pipeline after drawing fire from the premiers of Alberta and British Columbia.

Mar 22, 2013 — Calgary Herald

Alberta premier pipes up about controversial game showing bombing of pipeline

Alberta Premier Alison Redford says she is disappointed to see a taxpayer-funded online game showing the bombing of a gas pipeline.

Mar 22, 2013 — CBC News

TVO takes down pipeline bombing game from its website

Ontario's public broadcaster, TVO, has pulled an online game showing the bombing of a gas pipeline off of its website.

Mar 22, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Faces Easter Strike as Union Says Broadcaster Is Becoming a 'Sweatshop' by Georg Szalai

Columnist says union members will protest amid continuing job cuts, workload complaints and claims of bullying and harassment.

Mar 21, 2013 — Toronto Star

Why homegrown movies deserve a home on TV by Martin Knelman

Author says StarlightTV, broadcasting Canadian movies 24/7, would be a great cultural gift but wonders whether the CRTC will stand up to the cable giants.

Mar 21, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Twitter Accounts Hacked by Syrian Regime Supporters by Stuart Kemp

Columnist says the BBC's corporate social-media accounts for weather, Arabic and Radio Ulster are all victims of hacking from group.

Mar 21, 2013 — Globe & Mail

TSN and CFL agree on deal worth $40-million a year by Dan Ralph

CFL commissioner Mark Cohon says the road to profitability for the league’s two troubled southern Ontario teams is now significantly easier thanks to a lucrative new broadcast agreement.

Mar 21, 2013 — Calgary Herald

TSN and CFL agree on deal worth more than $30 million a year, source says

TSN announces a new deal with the CFL extending through to 2018.

Mar 21, 2013 — Toronto Star

Britain’s plan for press regulation will be a fight to the death by Heather Mallick

Columnist says Canadians have no recourse if the CRTC allows Sun TV onto basic cable.

Mar 20, 2013 — CBC/Radio Canada

Ce qui s'en vient / Things to come

CBC President Hubert Lacroix says CBC needs ads on radio or else there will be cuts and format changes to Radio Two and Espace musique.

Mar 20, 2013 — Chronicle Herald

CRTC seeks feedback on automated calls for study

The CRTC is asking consumers and telemarketers for their views on how to reduce unwanted calls and is taking a close look at the rules for automated calls.

Mar 19, 2013 — Ottawa Citizen

The battle for true wireless competition is over? Hardly by Michael Geist

Columnist says that Canada is the most carrier-friendly market in the world as measured by average revenue per user or ARPU.

Mar 19, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Worldwide Sells Off Travel Guide Empire by Stuart Kemp

Columnist says the BBC's commercial arm disposed of its Lonely Planet travel guide biz for $77 million to Brad Kelley’s Nashville-based NC2 Media.

Mar 19, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Sun News seeks 5-year deal for spot on digital basic cable by Steve Ladurantaye

Sun News Network wants to cut a deal with the CRTC, suggesting that it be included on digital basic cable for five years to give it a chance to win over Canadians with its mix of “hard news and straight talk.”

Mar 19, 2013 — Vancouver Sun

BBC suffers huge loss as it sells Lonely Planet guide to American publisher by Danica Kirka

The BBC paid 130 million pounds for the guide and sold it for 51.5 million pounds.

Mar 19, 2013 — CACTUS

Press Release: Nearly 100 Communities in Ontario Acquire TVO Transmission Towers

TVO wrote to approximately 200 communities in Ontario where the educational broadcaster planned to decommission towers to offer the towers to communities rather than dismantle them.

Mar 19, 2013 — Toronto Star

Saving the CBC: A manifesto for change by Wade Rowland

In his new book, veteran journalist and author Wade Rowland ponders ways for Canada's public broadcaster to survive.

Mar 19, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Sun News seeks 5-year deal for spot on digital basic cable by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says Sun News Network wants to cut a deal with Canada’s broadcast regulator, suggesting that it be included on digital basic cable for five years to give it a chance to win over Canadians with its mix of “hard news and straight talk.”

Mar 19, 2013 — Vancouver Sun

Budget 2013: Millions axed last year, but deeper cuts likely on the way Thursday by Stephanie Levitz

Columnist says Statistics Canada used to survey how much the government spent on culture funding, but that study has been axed, one of almost three dozen reports either eliminated or pared back by the agency to save money.

Mar 18, 2013 — CBC News

Politicians strike deal over U.K. press regulation

British politicians strike a last-minute deal on press regulation, unveiling new rules that aim to curb the worst abuses of the country's scandal-ridden media.

Mar 18, 2013 — Winnipeg Free Press

Competition Bureau gives its OK for Corus to buy rest of Teletoon from Astral

Corus Entertainment Inc. says the Competition Bureau has cleared it to buy the remaining half of Teletoon and other specialty TV interests from Astral Media Inc.

Mar 18, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Public broadcasting creates informed citizens – but only if we invest in it by Stuart Soroka and Blake Andrew

Columnists say the strongest public broadcasters in the world quite clearly help produce more informed citizens than do private broadcasters.

Mar 16, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Max Ferguson's ‘Rawhide’ was the heart and soul of Canada’s airwaves by Michael Lennick

Writer discusses Max Ferguson's long career and influence with the CBC.

Mar 16, 2013 — StarPhoenix

Regulator tells Oprah channel to trim food, beauty content by Greg Quinn

The CRTC says "a disproportionate amount of OWN's schedule is still composed of 'life-enhancing' programming, with the result of an insufficient representation of basic, skills-related and credit-based programming."

Mar 16, 2013 — Vancouver Sun

Own told to offer more brain food

Canada's television regulator said Oprah Winfrey's OWN channel is breaking the terms of its broadcast licence by focusing too heavily on food, fitness and beauty while neglecting educational programming.

Mar 15, 2013 — Montreal Gazette

Quebecor sans Péladeau? Don’t bet on it by Sophie Cousineau

Québecor Inc. announces a series of management changes that will see Karl Péladeau step down as president and chief executive officer of both Quebecor Media and its publicly-traded parent Quebecor Inc.

Mar 15, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

New Conservative Cable News Network Aims to Feature 'Intelligent, Healthy Debate' by Erik Hayden

Columnist says Herring Broadcasting has partnered with the "Washington Times" to create a conservative-leaning news outlet that complements, if not competes with, Fox News.

Mar 15, 2013 — Winnipeg Free Press

Quebecor's CEO going, but staying in business by LuAnn LaSalle

Columnist says the high profile and sometimes controversial CEO of Quebecor Inc. is stepping down but Pierre Karl Peladeau will still have influence over his company's corporate strategy.

Mar 15, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

CRTC Plays Hardball With Oprah Winfrey Network in Canada by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC tells Canadian licensee Corus Entertainment to comply with OWN Canada's educational mandate or face loss of broadcast license.

Mar 15, 2013 — CBC News

Radio-Canada political commentator resigns following corruption inquiry testimony

Former Liberal cabinet minister Liza Frulla has stepped down from her position as a political commentator for Radio-Canada following allegations made at the Charbonneau commission that involved her husband’s company.

Mar 15, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Oprah’s Canadian channel not educational, needs changes: CRTC by Simon Houpt

The CRTC says Corus Entertainment Inc., which owns the Canadian rights to OWN, has failed to adhere to the terms of its licence, which originally had been granted for the channel known as Canadian Learning Television (CLT).

Mar 14, 2013 — New York Times

Talks in Britain on Press Regulation Break Down by Alan Cowell and John F. Burns

Prime Minister David Cameron says cross-party talks with other political leaders on regulating Britain’s rambunctious press have broken down and that he will pursue his own proposal for a system of self-regulation.

Mar 14, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

Quebecor Head Pierre Karl Peladeau to Step Down in Surprise Shakeup by Etan Vlessing

Quebec media boss Pierre Karl Peladeau is stepping down as president and CEO of Quebecor Inc. and Quebecor Media.

Mar 14, 2013 — Chronicle Herald

Quebecor CEO leaving but keeping toe in door

Columnist says the CEO of Quebecor Inc. is stepping down to devote more time to family and philanthropy, but Pierre Karl Peladeau will still have influence over the media and telecom company’s corporate strategy.

Mar 14, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Quebecor sans Péladeau? Don’t bet on it by Sophie Cousineau

Columnist says as long as Karl Péladeau is alive, he is – and will remain – Quebecor’s only real boss.

Mar 14, 2013 — Playback

Pierre Karl Peladeau stepping down as head of Quebecor by Etan Vlessing

Peladeau will be staying on board to oversee corporate strategy at both companies as chairman of Quebec Media and of private broadcaster TVA Group and vice-chairman of Quebecor.

Mar 14, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Bell Media seeks to refocus TV spending by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says Bell Media wants to redirect millions of dollars in new program funding toward the creation of dramas and comedies, citing a lack of interest and limited audiences for "high-end performing and visual arts programming."

Mar 14, 2013 — Globe & Mail

TV executives praise Canadian content, try to bury it by Simon Houpt

Columnist says that even while television executives are stating Canadian content is competetive, behind the scenes, many are busy manoeuvring to reduce the Canadian-content obligations of their own TV channels.

Mar 13, 2013 — Waterloo Record

D’Amato: CBC radio’s new Kitchener outpost lacks entertaining fodder by Luisa D'Amato

Columnist says she is unhappy CBC won’t reveal how many taxpayer dollars are being used to create Kitchener-Waterloo's own local CBC radio station.

Mar 13, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Drama, not music, on Bell Media TV spending program by Steve Ladurantaye

Bell Media wants to redirect millions of dollars in new program funding toward the creation of new dramas and comedies, citing a lack of interest and limited audiences for “high-end performing and visual arts programming.”

Mar 13, 2013 — dealReporter

Astral/Bell seen facing easier CRTC review – analysis by Andrea Hayley

FRIENDS says that BCE has a good chance of getting approval of its takeover of Astral Media because BCE has likely “cleaned up the garden and arranged more completely and fully to meet the tests the regulator has laid out.”

Mar 13, 2013 — National Post

When it comes to telecommunications policy, principle is easy; life is complicated by George Jonas

Columnist says Canadian content regulations probably have no bigger or more blatant beneficiary than the industry now touting the virtues of economic freedom. 

Mar 12, 2013 — Montreal Gazette

Bell proposing $175 million in benefits

The CRTC requires companies acquiring TV or radio assets to spend a percentage of the purchase price (10 per cent for TV and six per cent for radio) on what it calls “tangible benefits” — money that helps the broadcasting system as a whole.

Mar 12, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Jack Layton biopic: We don’t need the CBC to mythologize our politicians

Editorial suggests recent CBC biopic about Jack Layton is an unpaid political advertisement for the NDP.

Mar 12, 2013 — New York Times

NPR Wants to Click With Those Who Tweet by Brian Stelter

Columnist says that with the launch of the"Generation Listen" campaign,  NPR is making a conscious movement to connect itself with younger audiences and connect these fans to one another.

Mar 11, 2013 — The Tyee

Manning's Map to Victory by Kai Nagata

A survey by the National Citizens Coalition finds that CBC privatization petition signers are most likely viewers of Sun News Network, vote Conservative and live in Toronto.

Mar 11, 2013 — Chronicle Herald

Editorial: Wireless industry needs more competition

Editorial says that with studies showing Canadians having the highest average wireless bills and among the highest roaming charges in the world, more competition can’t arrive soon enough.

Mar 11, 2013 — Toronto Star

Fantasy Sports: Can new TV network find an audience among poolies?

Fantasy sports are a $4 billion industry in North America, and Leonard Asper bets they can they sustain a 24-hour TV channel.

Mar 11, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Four Acquires More Foreign-Language TV by Stuart Kemp

The BBC channel, home to "The Killing" and "Borgen," inks deals for Swedish thrillers based on Arne Dahl's novels and Italian period crime show "Inspector Da Luca."

Mar 11, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

Entertainment One Acquires Canadian Rights to David Hewlett Thriller 'Debug' by Etan Vlessing

Debug received financing from Telefilm Canada and the Ontario Media Development Corp.

Mar 10, 2013 — Sun New Network

Separation of TV and state by Christina Blizzard

Columnist asks why Canadians have a government-funded TV station in competition with private broadcasters.

Mar 10, 2013 — Montreal Gazette

The Beat bests Virgin in Montreal radio ratings by Steve Faguy

Quarterly radio ratings released by BBM Canada show the station has vaulted past its main competitor, Virgin Radio 96, into first place in overall ratings among English-language music stations, with an 18.6-per-cent market share compared with 15.9 per cent for Virgin.

Mar 9, 2013 — Vancouver Sun

Global set to launch 24-hour news channel by Bruce Constantineau

BBM Canada figures show more Vancouver and Victoria area adults watch television news, on a per-capita basis, than any other English market in Canada.

Mar 8, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Murdoch’s spun-off publisher seen as possible bidder for Time Inc. by Liana B. Baker & Jennifer Saba

Analysts estimate that Time Inc., which is expected to become a stand-alone public company at the end of the year, will be worth about $2-billion to $3-billion.

Mar 8, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

Bell Media Says No to Reopening Terms of Trade Pact With Canadian Producers by Etan Vlessing

Kevin Crull tells an Ottawa conference the current industry pact between Canadian producers and broadcasters remains "balanced and a win-win for the industry."

Mar 8, 2013 — StarPhoenix

Transition fund good way to help culture industry by Tim Tyler

Production company owner says he is thankful for the cultural industries transition fund because it will replace, with actual cash, the in-kind support received from Saskatchewan peers in the industry.

Mar 8, 2013 — Vancouver Sun

Veteran CBC radio host Max Ferguson dies at age 89

Ferguson was best known for his programs "The Max Ferguson Show" and "Rawhide" in a career that spanned more than 50 years.

Mar 7, 2013 — Our TVO

Coalition of families, artists, educators, and TVO/TFO employees come together to tell Ontario Government public educational broadcasting “still matters”

Concerned with declining government funding for the province's public educational  broadcasters and the recent loss of made-in-Ontario programs on TVO, a coalition of families, educators, artists, and employees are coming together to seek a greater voice in shaping the future of TVO and TFO. 

Mar 7, 2013 — CBC News

CBC Radio's Max Ferguson dies

In more than 50 years at the CBC, Ferguson became a celebrated satirist and award-winning broadcaster and writer.

Mar 7, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Why are taxpayers subsidizing private media via the CBC? by Simon Houpt

Columnist says that at a time when all of the major legacy Canadian publishers are rushing to erect paywalls around content, the CBC is actively tilting the playing field, making it even more difficult for publishers to survive.

Mar 7, 2013 — Ottawa Citizen

Details of new BCE bid are out by Christine Dobby

Complete details of BCE Inc.'s second shot at winning regulatory approval for its friendly takeover of Astral Media Inc. are now public after the CRTC published the new proposal.

Mar 7, 2013 — Winnipeg Free Press

Musicians say Stompin' Tom urged them to write, sing about their own country by Nick Patch

J. P. Cormier says that Tom Connors' insistence upon writing about Canadian cities and people, rather than chasing riches Stateside, was a sadly unique position for a marquee Canadian artist.

Mar 7, 2013 — National Post

Canadians share cellphone horror stories in attempt to change wireless code by Tamsyn Burgmann

A report by OpenMedia finds the most frequent complaint among Canadians who participated in its survey was that cellphone users feel they’re being forced to accept poor and disrespectful customer service.

Mar 7, 2013 — New York Times

Stompin’ Tom Connors, Canadian Singer, Dies at 77 by Douglas Martin

Columnist says that with three-quarters of Canadians living within 100 miles of the United States border and flooded by American media, many Canadians strive to preserve a distinct cultural identity, and Tom Connors seemed eager to lead the fight.

Mar 6, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian Producers, Broadcasters Clash Over Foreign Distribution Revenue by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says private networks want a share of the profits from sales of homegrown series like “Flashpoint” and “Rookie Blue” to the U.S. networks.

Mar 6, 2013 — Chronicle Herald

BCE, Astral seek CRTC approval again

BCE Inc. and Astral Media Inc. have proposed a $174.64-million tangible benefits package in a renewed effort to win the CRTC’s approval of their plan to combine two of Canada’s biggest media companies.

Mar 6, 2013 — Winnipeg Free Press

Torstar fourth-quarter profit falls 62 per cent on lower advertising revenues by David Friend

The Toronto-based publisher of newspapers, books and digital content posted a net income decline of 62 per cent to $24.1 million, or 30 cents per share compared to $64.3 million or 81 cents per share in the same period the previous year.

Mar 6, 2013 — CBC News

BCE, Astral, pitch benefits package to CRTC

BCE Inc. and Astral Media Inc. have proposed a $174.64-million tangible benefits package in a renewed effort to win the CRTC's approval of their plan to combine two of Canada's biggest media companies.

Mar 6, 2013 — CBC News

Bell employee suggested waiving 911 fees in North: emails

Plaintiff James Anderson has launched a class action lawsuit against Bell for charging fees for 911 service in areas where it doesn't exist.

Mar 6, 2013 — Ottawa Citizen

Dean Del Mastro missed 26 ethics committee meetings by Glen McGregor

Columnist says that although Peterborough MP Dean Del Mastro has been listed as a member of the Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics Committee since shortly after the 2011 election, the Ontario MP hasn’t attended a meeting in more than nine months.

Mar 6, 2013 — Montreal Gazette

CRTC Reveals Terms of $3.38 Billion Bell/Astral Media Takeover by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC has made public the terms of Canadian phone giant Bell's revised $3.38 billion takeover bid for indie broadcaster Astral Media, which includes $174.64 million in sweeteners to secure regulator approval.

Mar 6, 2013 — Montreal Gazette

Bell makes CRTC proposal to save TSN 690 by Steve Faguy

A year after it proposed to kill TSN Radio 690 by converting it into a French-language radio station, owner Bell Media is drumming up public support to save it.

Mar 6, 2013 — Montreal Gazette

“Save TSN 690″ brought to you by the company that wanted to kill it by Jason Magder

The CRTC has called Bell arrogant for expecting that the commission will just approve the change from an English-language station to a French-language one, simply because Bell has asked it to.

Mar 5, 2013 —

CBC president blasts Sun News Network for claims of sexual harassment

CBC president Hubert Lacroix blasts Sun News Network and Quebecor Inc. for "deliberately misleading Canadians" with allegations that the CBC is a "hotbed of sexual harassment."

Mar 5, 2013 — Globe & Mail

BBC explores ‘strategic options’ for Lonely Planet series

U.S.-based travel site says that BBC Worldwide is in negotiations with Kentucky billionaire Brad Kelley over a sale of the book series.

Mar 5, 2013 — CACTUS

A Canadian First: Satellite Subscribers to See Community Channels on Bell

Canadians in rural communities in BC, Manitoba, the Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Ontario and New Brunswick can now see community channels in their area.

Mar 5, 2013 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC’s Hubert Lacroix chides Sun Media for shoddy journalism on sex harassment, Suzuki

Excerpt from CBC president Hubert Lacroix’s opening statement before the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women, wherein he responds to reports by Sun News Network on sexual harassment at CBC and allegations about David Suzuki.

Mar 5, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Corus eyes aggressive TV expansion in Quebec by Steve Ladurantaye

Corus Entertainment Inc. says it wants to aggressively expand its television offerings in Quebec and its purchase of several speciality channels in the province is only the first step in its plan.

Mar 5, 2013 — Globe & Mail

CBC slams Sun News over sexual harassment claims by Simon Houpt

The president of CBC / Radio-Canada attacks the Sun News Network and its corporate parent Quebecor Inc. for what he says are deliberately misleading allegations that the public broadcaster is “a hotbed of sexual harassment.”

Mar 5, 2013 — Huffington Post Canada

Hubert Lacroix, CBC President, Criticizes Sun News Over Sexual Harassment, David Suzuki ‘Escort' Claims

Hubert Lacroix, CBC president and CEO, implies to the Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women that Sun News has failed to uphold journalistic standards when it reported that the CBC is a “hotbed of sexual harassment.”

Mar 5, 2013 — The Guardian

Why media owners are losing out on potential digital ad revenues by John Barnes

Columnist says that lthough digital media revenues continue to grow, publishers risk losing control of selling process to agencies and advertisers.

Mar 4, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Rivals ready to pounce as BCE reveals details of new Astral deal by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says details of BCE Inc.’s bid to buy Astral Media are likely to cause a major stir in the Canadian media sector, as the company’s rivals launched an all-out offensive to scuttle BCE’s first attempt.

Mar 4, 2013 — Competition Bureau of Canada

PRESS RELEASE: Significant Divestitures in Bell-Astral Merger to Preserve Competition

The Competition Bureau announces that, following an extensive review of BCE Inc.'s (Bell) proposed acquisition of Astral Media Inc. (Astral), it has reached an agreement with Bell that preserves competition in the supply of English and French pay and specialty television programming services in Canada.

Mar 4, 2013 — Calgary Herald

The more TV voices we have, the better by Dave Budge

Columnist says losing another broadcasting voice, and another outlet for ideas and stories and information, would not be good for Canada, especially if no other voice is likely to take its place.

Mar 4, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Rivals ready to pounce as BCE reveals details of new Astral deal by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says that months after announcing a new deal to buy Astral Media Inc. for $3-billion, the details of BCE Inc.’s bid will be made public for the first time and are likely to cause a major stir in the Canadian media sector.

Mar 3, 2013 — Toronto Star

Why Canadian television is superior to Canadian movies: Salem

Columnist says Canadian TV is more cost-effective, more commercial, and vastly more significant to Canadians' daily lives.

Mar 3, 2013 —

Mainstream media meltdown! by Robert W. McChesney

Columnist questions what happens to democracy if the Web business model can't fund journalism.

Mar 2, 2013 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC Finances: Robbing radio to pay TV by Chris Cobb

FRIENDS spokesperson says commercials would turn Radio Two into a commercial broadcaster chasing audiences, with programs being chosen to drive audience share rather than following the CBC mandate to be distinctive.

Mar 1, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Why APTN’s Larose wants a funding increase by Steve Ladurantaye

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network is asking Canada’s broadcast regulator to keep its signal on basic cable and bump its subscriber fee so it can keep up with higher costs and commission more television shows for the channel.

Mar 1, 2013 — Toronto Sun

Innovation or monopoly? Astral versus illico Club Unlimited by Pierre Karl Peladeau

Quebecor CEO says Astral’s attempt to halt a new, homegrown service is incomprehensible at a time when American services like Netflix and organizations like Apple TV are attracting growing interest from viewers.

Feb 28, 2013 — Globe & Mail

How Movie Network GO will work by Steve Ladurantaye

Astral Media launches its much-anticipated The Movie Network GO this week, giving subscribers access to more than 1,000 hours of content on mobile devices and computers.

Feb 28, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Duffy and the Canadian media star system by John Doyle

Columnist questions whether the principle of independent journalism is diminished when those who have interviewed politicians and covered political stories then sit as appointed members of government.

Feb 28, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Astral’s mobile service takes aim at Netflix by Steve Ladurantaye

Movie Network GO will allow subscribers to watch shows on their computers or mobile devices.

Feb 27, 2013 — National Post

Tory staffer linked to robocalls by Sun News opposes network’s request for must-carry status by Stephen Maher

Sun New Network has applied for must-carry status — the same status enjoyed by CBC and CTV news networks — to provide a revenue stream for its unique blend of right-of-centre commentary and news reports.

Feb 22, 2013 — New York Times

Internal Documents Portray BBC as Top-Heavy, Bickering and Dysfunctional by Sarah Lyall

Columnist says a newly released documents paint a picture of the BBC as a highly dysfunctional, top-heavy organization divided into discrete, rival factions, and weighed down by mistrust, poor communication, buck-passing and internecine squabbling.

Feb 21, 2013 — Ipsos

PRESS RELEASE: Close to Half of Canadians Now Own a Smartphone

Key findings in Ipsos Reid’s most recent wave of Mobil-ology, a syndicated study of the mobile market in Canada, show that 47% of Canadians now report using a Smartphone, a significant increase over last year, when 34% of Canadians reported using such a device.

Feb 20, 2013 — Huffington Post Canada

Watching the Watchdog: Does The National Need a Shake-Up? by Tim Knight

Columnist responds to Rick Salutin's recent column suggesting that CBC anchor Peter Mansbridge "has pretty much retired on-air".

Feb 20, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

Nielsen Agrees to Expand Definition of TV Viewing by Alex Ben Block

Columnist says the Nielsen Company is expanding its definition of television and will introduce a comprehensive plan to capture all video viewing including broadband and Xbox and iPads.

Feb 19, 2013 — StarPhoenix

BBC journalists strike for a day

BBC journalists walked off the job Monday in a 24-hour strike to protest job cuts at the broadcaster.

Feb 19, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

British Prime Minister Dismissive of BBC Strike

David Cameron says there were no grounds for a strike by BBC journalists because the corporation remains well-funded after a license-fee deal in 2010.

Feb 18, 2013 — Globe & Mail

The right TV shows can improve young children’s behaviour: study by Tralee Pearce

Study shows that kinder, gentler television content may steer your child away from aggressive, anti-social behaviour.

Feb 18, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Changes Monday Morning Programming Schedule Amid Journalists' Strike by Georg Szalai

Other programming replaces flagship TV morning show "Breakfast" after a union of journalists calls for a 24-hour protest against job cuts.

Feb 17, 2013 — Globe & Mail

A wireless code is nice, but more competition would be even better Barrie McKenna

Columnist says the CRTC should dismantle the foreign ownership restrictions that keep the industry in too few Canadian hands and ban outsiders from controlling telecoms.

Feb 14, 2013 — Toronto Star

Bell Mobility told to estimate costs of shorter phone deals

Columnist says that while consumers complain about being handcuffed to long-term cellphone contracts, CRTC chair Jean-Pierre Blais has told Bell Mobility to estimate the cost of reintroducing one- and two-year deals the company withdrew at the end of 2011.

Feb 14, 2013 — Globe & Mail

CRTC pays fact-finding visit to company used by Tories in Saskatchewan robocalls by Steven Chase

Canada’s telecom regulator paid a to the Edmonton offices of RackNine Inc., a voice-broadcasting company used by the Conservative Party to deploy a robocall poll opposing changes to Saskatchewan riding boundaries.

Feb 13, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

Incoming BBC Boss Unveils First Personnel Decisions by Georg Szalai

Tony Hall expands Tim Davie’s role as head of BBC Worldwide and names BBC News director Helen Boaden as head of BBC Radio.

Feb 12, 2013 — Toronto Sun

Bill to open CBC books a 'solution in search of a problem:' Opposition by Jessica Hume

The official opposition says a private member's bill aimed at prying open the CBC's books is hypocritical and represents an ideological attack on the public broadcaster.

Feb 12, 2013 — Winnipeg Free Press

Three-year contracts must go, CRTC told by Steve Rennie

Representatives of three consumer groups urged the regulator to do away with three-year terms in favour of capping contracts at two years.

Feb 11, 2013 — Canadian Journal of Communications 2013

Public Benefits or Private? The Case of the Canadian Media Research Consortium by Marc Edge

An analysis of the CRTC's public benefits policy using the case of the Canadian Media Research Consortium.

Feb 10, 2013 — Vancouver Sun

CRTC to hear consumers on hot-button issues like roaming, 3-year contracts, handsets by LuAnn LaSalle

The CRTC is aiming for a set of national standards for the content and clarity of cellphone contracts.

Feb 9, 2013 — CBC News

House essay: New rules for robocalls? by Evan Solomon

Evan Solomon, host of CBC Radio's The House, reflects on the rules surrounding robocalls, as heard in his weekly radio essay on Feb. 9, 2013.

Feb 8, 2013 — Toronto Star

CBC’s Peter Mansbridge coulda bin a contender by Rick Salutin

Veteran anchor says the mission CBC news anchor Peter Mansbridge signed up for has been abandoned.

Feb 8, 2013 — Vancouver Sun

BCE's Q4 earnings rise, net income beats estimates

BCE's net earnings are up 45.7 per cent from a year earlier in the three months ended Dec. 31, rising to $708 million or 91 cents per share.

Feb 7, 2013 — Globe & Mail

BCE boosts dividend as profit climbs by Rita Trichur

The chief executive officer of BCE Inc. says there are misguided fears about the state of wireless competition even though Canadians benefit from having an industry that is brimming with carrier rivalries.

Feb 7, 2013 — Winnipeg Free Press

BCE will expand Fibe TV and is looking for more Internet customers by LuAnn LaSalle

Columnist says BCE Inc. will expand its Fibe TV service this year to more than 10 cities, confident that it can take away customers from its cable competitors.

Feb 7, 2013 — Playback

NFB names Ravida Din as English program director general by Kelly Anderson

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has appointed Ravida Din, who has been an executive producer and producer at the organization since 2007, as the director general of its English program.

Feb 7, 2013 — Globe & Mail

CBC deal allows secondary networks use of Olympic highlights by Bruce Dowbiggin

 CBC is parcelling off limited packages of rights to both TSN and Sportsnet for the 2014 and 2016 Olympic Games.

Feb 6, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Editorial: Sun News Network suddenly seems just so...Canadian

Editorial says that Sun News Network wanted mandatory carriage, then said it would never resort to such a low tactic after it was told it couldn’t have it, and is now asking Canadians to support its request for mandatory carriage on the grounds that the CRTC is stifling debate.

Feb 6, 2013 — National Post

Competition watchdog seeks ban on smartphone ‘locking,’ end to high termination fees

Canada's Competition Bureau also says wireless service contracts should be limited in duration, noting that long-term contracts like the three-year terms common among Canadian wireless carriers, can harm competition.

Feb 6, 2013 — StarPhoenix

Liberals say CRTC should investigate robocalls over Saskatchewan riding boundaries by Glen McGregor and Stephen Maher

Conservative MP Tom Lukiwski says Conservative political director Jenni Byrne is ultimately responsible for a “deceptive” push poll conducted in Saskatchewan without the knowledge of Tory MPs.

Feb 5, 2013 — Ottawa Citizen

Wireless needs competition, not code of conduct by Michael Geist

Columnist says the CRTC's draft regarding a new wireless code offers consumers information but not enough action.

Feb 5, 2013 — Salon

Is Facebook over? by Jacob Sugarman

According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, as many as 61 percent of Facebook members have tuned out the website for weeks and sometimes months at a time.

Feb 4, 2013 — Montreal Gazette

Shaw flips its spectrum to Rogers, and consumer groups flip out says a back room deal for Shaw to sell its spectrum, purchased four years ago, to cellphone giant Rogers has put competition in Canada’s cellphone market in jeopardy.

Feb 1, 2013 — openDemocracy

BBC subscription would equal abolition by Horatio Mortimer

Responding to David Elstein, Horatio Mortimer argues that the BBC's funding model means it is accountable to 'the public' rather than 'consumers'.

Feb 1, 2013 — Toronto Star

CRTC should be bolder with wireless code by Michael Geist

Columnist says the CRTC's new code ultimately disappoints because its underlying philosophy is that consumer frustrations can be best addressed by more information.

Feb 1, 2013 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Latest Ipsos Reid study, ranks CBC among the top 10 most influential brands in Canada by Sarah Lue

CBC is the only broadcaster who is among the top ten most influential brands in Canada.

Feb 1, 2013 — BBC News

Google settles French newspaper links dispute

Google has agreed to create a 60m euro fund to help French media organizations improve their internet operations.

Feb 1, 2013 — Vancouver Sun

Film industry scoffs at B.C.’s new arts strategy

A new non-profit society will consolidate the responsibilities of the B.C. Film Commission and BC Film + Media when it begins operations, working with film and television, digital media, music, publishing and other creative sectors to identify new growth opportunities.

Feb 1, 2013 — Globe & Mail

TSN/RDS to retain exclusive CFL broadcast rights by Bruce Dowbiggin

Columnist says that with the expected popularity of the Toronto Blue Jays during the summer on Sportsnet, having a strong summer property to counter baseball is important to TSN, Canada’s most profitable cable sports operation in 2012.

Jan 31, 2013 — Ottawa Citizen

Bell Media cuts staff at CTV, BOB-FM, Majic 100 by Tony Fofaro

Almost a year after Bell Media laid off 16 on-air staff, another round of layoffs has hit CTV Ottawa and radio stations BOB-FM and Majic 100.

Jan 30, 2013 — StarPhoenix

Ethics czar wants power to fine MPs for ethics breaches, speak up on allegations by Bruce Cheadle

Dawson recently reproached Finance Minister Jim Flaherty for writing to the CRTC to advocate for a radio licence application from a business in his riding.

Jan 30, 2013 — Toronto Sun

Documents suggest CBC a harassing kind of place

Columnist says CBC paid out 30 invoices during the 2009-2010 fiscal year to lawyers and investigators to settle harassment cases.

Jan 30, 2013 — Center for Media Research

Source: Nielsen Social Media Report, January 2013

According to Nielsen’s new U.S. Consumer Usage Report 2012, nearly 120 million people within television homes own four or more TV sets, and 16% of television homes own a tablet.

Jan 29, 2013 — Globe & Mail

On Bell-Astral merger, the CRTC should take its time by Dwayne Winseck

Columnist says the CRTC should hold off for a while before deciding on the Bell/Astral deal, because the tools the regulator will rely on to assess the transaction are not up to the task.

Jan 29, 2013 — Montreal Gazette

We're not looking for favours by Pierre Karl Péladeau

CEO of Québecor Inc., says that while a free-market approach is a noble vision, and one to build toward, it bears little resemblance to the television market as it operates today.

Jan 28, 2013 — News Article

Static about unfair TV rules by Karin Klassen

Columnist says Sun News has little potential to sell outside of a closed, highly regulated Canadian market so hamstringing them compared to their competitors is unfair.

Jan 28, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Telus chief urges Ottawa to level telco playing field by Rita Trichur

Darren Entwistle, president and chief executive officer of Telus Corp. says the federal government should establish a definitive plan to relax the foreign investment rules for large telecom companies over a three to five year period.

Jan 27, 2013 — Toronto Star

CRTC should put consumers first and drop ‘must carry’ requirements by Michael Geist

Columnist says if approved, new broadcast distribution rules would significantly increase monthly cable bills with consumers forced to pay for channels they may not want.

Jan 25, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

Incoming BBC Director General Tony Hall Gets Start Date by Stuart Kemp

The BBC's chief will assume duties April 2.

Jan 24, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Ethics watchdog rules two more Conservative MPs sent inappropriate letters to CRTC by Bill Curry

The commissioner’s office issued two compliance orders to MP Eve Adams and MP Colin Carrie.

Jan 24, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Despite the irony in Sun TV’s plea, critics should back its bid for mandatory carriage by Simon Houpt

Columnist says Canada is a government-regulated oligopoly in which independent programmers can only reach their audiences through a few large players who happen to have channels that directly compete with those indies.

Jan 24, 2013 — Calgary Herald

Sorry, Sun TV, you can’t expect special favours by Andrew Coyne

Columnist says if Sun News, or any service, finds itself unable to attract paying viewers, it may be because there is no market for what it is selling.

Jan 23, 2013 — Winnipeg Free Press

CRTC tells carriers to support 911 text messages for hearing, speech impaired by LuAnn LaSalle

The CRTC has ruled that Canadian wireless carriers must make changes to their networks and systems to support 911 emergency text messages from hearing and speech-impaired persons.

Jan 23, 2013 —

Listeners react to CKUA changes: Off with their Heads!

Columnist says CKUA’s decision to axe its local news programming is troubling enough – but the cancellation of Folk Routes has caused a storm of outrage.

Jan 23, 2013 — IN-DEPTH: Tweets of change; Kirstine Stewart leads English CBC through its "new normal" by Greg O'Brien

An edited transcript of editor and publisher Greg O’Brien's interview with CBC Vice President of English Services, Kirstine Stewart.

Jan 23, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Blue Jays out of Dodgers’ league after L.A. reportedly signs $7-billion TV deal by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says without a massive broadcasting deal, Rogers has put its money on boosting its payroll in the coming season to fill seats and hopefully turn its baseball team’s winning record into higher ratings for its television network. 

Jan 22, 2013 — Waterloo Record

CBC Radio to begin local broadcasts March 11

Based near Kitchener City Hall, the station will broadcast a local weekday morning show starting at 6 a.m., hosted by Craig Norris.

Jan 22, 2013 — European Publishers Council

Press Release: High level group resorts to call for regulations to protect press freedom in Europe

The European Publishers Counci has come up with recommendations for media companies to be tightly regulated by independent bodies that would have the power to investigate complaints and enforce fines. 

Jan 22, 2013 — Globe & Mail

As losses mount, Sun turns to CRTC by Steve Ladurantaye and Simon Houpt

Columnists say Sun News Network is arguing its signal must be broadcast into every Canadian home if it is ever going to recover from losses that have already reached $17-million a year.

Jan 22, 2013 — Globe & Mail

CBC Smashes Viewership Records by Simon Houpt

Columnist says television ratings for the truncated NHL season’s opening day hit blockbuster numbers, with two out of three of the CBC’s broadcasts scoring record viewership.

Jan 22, 2013 — European Broadcasting Union

PSM a “critical component of pluralism”, media freedom experts tell EU

Broadcasting Union says the digital revolution and accelerated media convergence have given rise to new factors impacting media freedom and pluralism.

Jan 22, 2013 — LifeSiteNews

Sun News asks pro-lifers to support ‘do or die’ application to broadcast regulator by Patrick B. Craine

Columnist says Sun News Network is an application to the CRTC for mandatory inclusion in basic cable packages, and is urging pro-life and pro-family advocates to get behind them.

Jan 21, 2013 — Voices-Voix

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison says he believes that there is an ideological basis to CBC cuts and to proposals for commercial alternatives.

Jan 21, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada's Conservative TV News Network Seeks Government Help for Survival by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says the do-or-die application to the CRTC from Sun News Network calls for more subscriber revenue to stem deep operating losses.

Jan 20, 2013 — Digital Radio Insider 2013

Council objects to DAB for public service

Blogger says the Swedish Public Service Council has objected to a commission proposal to support the public service company - Sveriges Radio (SR) - to go DAB with state funding.

Jan 18, 2013 — StarPhoenix

TV ratings picture clouding network’s future by Alex Strachan

According to a recent Nielsen Media Survey, nearly 40 per cent of primetime viewing by younger viewers — defined in Nielsen terms as anyone between 18-34 years of age — is of shows recorded for later viewing.

Jan 18, 2013 — Calgary Herald

Ethics chief slams Flaherty by Jim Bronskill

Finance minister says using title was an ‘oversight’, promises it won’t happen again.

Jan 18, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Jim Flaherty makes a mistake

Globe and Mail editorial says the federal Ethics Commissioner was right to rule that Finance Minister Jim Flaherty breached the Conflict of Interest Act when he wrote to the CRTC in support of a company based in his riding.

Jan 18, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Flaherty broke rules by writing CRTC letter: ethics commissioner by Bill Curry

The federal Ethics Commissioner has ruled Finance Minister Jim Flaherty acted improperly and breached the Conflict of Interest Act by writing a letter to the CRTC on behalf of a constituent.

Jan 18, 2013 — CTV News

'Oversight' to blame for ethics breach: Flaherty

Responding to a dressing down from the federal ethics watchdog, finance minister Jim Flaherty says any wrongdoing was borne of an "oversight."

Jan 18, 2013 — Globe & Mail

CBC tarts up Saturday night with double dose of Cherry by Bruce Dowbiggin

Columnist says Don Cherry will appear between periods of the second game of doubleheaders as well as his usual Coach’s Corner perch in Game 1.

Jan 17, 2013 — Winnipeg Free Press

Rogers asks CRTC for changes to how The Score breaks into live sports

Rogers Media is asking the federal broadcast regulator for changes to how The Score TV channel breaks into live sports programming with highlight packages.

Jan 17, 2013 — Vancouver Sun

Canadian internet service providers under fire for “throttling” traffic

Non-profit advocacy organization said the onus remains on the consumer to report any traffic throttling to the CRTC.

Jan 17, 2013 — Ottawa Citizen

BCE to spend $233M to bring 3G to the North by Jamie Sturgeon

BCE Inc.'s northern subsidiary, NorthwesTel, announces sweeping modernization plans for Canada's northern parts Thursday that include rolling out third-generation or "3G" mobile services to 67 communities for the first time.

Jan 17, 2013 — Montreal Gazette

Internet throttling: CRTC got 75 complaints in 2012 by LuAnn LaSalle

The CRTC received 75 complaints of traffic throttling last year against Internet providers large and small, some with multiple complaints.

Jan 17, 2013 — Calgary Herald

Wind Mobile uses new telecom rules to push for its foreign takeover by LuAnn LaSalle

Columnist says small wireless player Wind Mobile, part of a wave of new companies that have brought Canadians more competition in the cellphone market, has signed a deal to owned by a global telecom company.

Jan 17, 2013 — Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner

Jim Flaherty Compliance Order

The federal ethics commissioner says Finance Minister Jim Flaherty broke the rules by supporting the radio licence application of a company in his riding.

Jan 17, 2013 — Ottawa Citizen

RCMP helps investigate allegations against Tory MP’s election campaign by Glen McGregor and Stephen Maher

RCMP investigates Dean del Mastro's election campaign finances.

Jan 17, 2013 — Winnipeg Free Press

Government mum on ministerial rules after Flaherty accused of meddling with CRTC Jim Bronskill

Columnist says the Conservative government will not say whether it stands by its own accountability rules for members of cabinet after Finance Minister Jim Flaherty was accused of breaching the guidelines.

Jan 17, 2013 — Sun News

Del Mastro blames PMO for statement blasting Postmedia by Brendan Kelly

Peterborough MP Dean Del Mastro distances himself from a statement his office issued attacking a Postmedia reporter who wrote about the investigation into his campaign finances.

Jan 16, 2013 — Ottawa Citizen

Calculating the cost of cord cutting in 2012 by Barry Link

Columnist says despite the extra work involved, a review of his spending on TV in 2012 shows cutting the cord was the smarter financial choice.

Jan 16, 2013 — Winnipeg Free Press

Ethnic Channels Group asking CRTC for approval to carry 3D TV channel by LuAnn LaSalle

The CRTC will look at an application from Toronto-based Ethnic Channels Group to add a 3D family-oriented channel to its lineup.

Jan 16, 2013 — Chronicle Herald

Flaherty tried to influence CRTC’s decision on radio licence

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty urged the federal broadcast regulator to grant a radio licence to a company in his Ontario riding even though government rules on cabinet responsibility forbid ministers from influencing the decisions of administrative tribunals.

Jan 15, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

5 Things to Know About the Jimmy Savile Abuse Scandal and the BBC by Georg Szalai

The U.K. public broadcaster in the fall found itself leaderless and launching probes after allegations against the late former TV host.

Jan 15, 2013 — Playback

Corus raises Q1 earnings, despite overall revenue fall by Etan Vlessing

Toronto-based Corus saw Q1 earnings rise to $54 million during the three months to Nov. 30, 2012, against a profit of $52.7 million in 2011.

Jan 15, 2013 — Playback

CBC Cracked drama sold to Canal Plus in France by Etan Vlessing

Cracked, a 13 episode series on CBC from White Pine Pictures, has Beta Film as the international distribution partner on the Canadian-financed series.

Jan 14, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

CanWest Former CEO to Launch Canadian Fantasy TV Sports Channel by Etan Vlessing

Leonard Asper has secured a license from the CRTC to launch a cable network allowing viewers to imagine themselves operating real franchises.

Jan 14, 2013 — Ottawa Citizen

Canadian TV faces host of challenges by Alex Strachan

CTV President Phil King discusses what works and what doesn't in Canadian Television.

Jan 13, 2013 — Winnipeg Free Press

Television execs see little connection between violence and their entertainment by David Bauder

FX President John Landgraf says the availability of powerful assault weapons and ammunition are most responsible for violence than television shows.

Jan 12, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Is Netflix TV’s game changer? by John Doyle

Columnist says Netflix is producing dramas and comedies people can watch, at any time, without ads, as long as they're paid-up Netflix subscribers.

Jan 11, 2013 — openDemocracy

The licence fee is a fetter on the BBC by David Elstein

openDemocracy's Chairman says the creative and journalistic ambitions of the BBC are held back by its dogmatic commitment to an ineffective and unethical funding mechanism.

Jan 11, 2013 — openDemocracy

The Value of Culture (a reluctant tribute to the BBC) by Jeremy Gilbert

Columnist says public broadcasting programming continues to remind us of the possibility - and necessity - of a culture which is not simply driven by the logics of profit and celebrity.

Jan 11, 2013 — La Presse

Astral: Bell s'attend à un débat «abrégé» devant le CRTC by Vincent Brousseau-Pouliot

Bell looks to the CRTC for an abbreviated public hearing in its second application to acquire Astral.

Jan 10, 2013 — Globe & Mail

BCE, Astral hope for ‘abbreviated hearings’ on latest tie-up attempt by Steve Ladurantaye

BCE Inc. and Astral Media Inc. hope that Canadian regulators will cut the companies a break and hold “abbreviated hearings” into their proposed $3-billion merger, which has already been rejected once over concerns about media concentration.

Jan 10, 2013 — Toronto Star

Citytv quietly changes its name to City by Isabel Teotonio

Columnist says the rebranding initiative began appearing in late 2012 with a new City logo, but the change has been so quiet that some viewers, even branding experts, may not have noticed.

Jan 10, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Four things to take away from Shaw’s earnings by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says Shaw Communications Inc. posted a better-than-expected quarter to start the year, helped along by a particularly strong performance by its television division that it built from the ashes of the CanWest Global Communications Corp. empire.

Jan 10, 2013 — Globe & Mail

CBC tenders for PR help amid funding cuts by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says The CBC is looking for a public-relations company to help it get its news programs and in-house celebrities in front of more viewers and “break through the cluttered media environment.”

Jan 10, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Rogers, BCE to play spin-the-dial with Maple Leafs radio broadcasts by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says negotiations between new owners could set the pace for a TV battle to come.

Jan 9, 2013 — Calgary Herald

RDS delighted hockey’s back by Brendan Kelly

RDS president Gerry Frappier says Quebec's leading French-language sports TV network would likely have done better financially if the entire season had been scorched by the lockout.

Jan 9, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Rogers and BCE to play spin-the-dial with Maple Leafs radio broadcasts by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says Rogers Communications Inc. and BCE Inc. are set to test the friendliness of their partnership as they divvy up the NHL team’s radio broadcasts ahead of a shortened season.

Jan 9, 2013 — Winnipeg Free Press

Majority of Canadians believe arts, culture should get government support: poll by Michael Oliveira

Columnist says an overwhelming majority of Canadians believe arts and culture is worthy of government support, according to the results of a poll commissioned by Canadian Heritage.

Jan 9, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Shaw headquarters fire costs hit $11-million by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says an electrical fire at a Shaw Communications Inc.’s Calgary headquarters that threw the city into a state of emergency as it scrambled to restore key services has cost the company $11-million so far.

Jan 9, 2013 — Calgary Herald

Shaw Communications reports better-than-expected results ahead of annual meeting

Shaw Communications Inc. has reported $235 million or 50 cents per share of net income in the three months ending Nov. 30.

Jan 8, 2013 — Chronicle Herald

Telecom firm to pay nearly $1.2 million by Chris Lambie

Judge tells CableTec it must pay Bell Aliant for unpaid invoices on Net, phone service.

Jan 8, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

'Teletubbies' Producer Says BBC 'Ghettoizes Children's Programs' by Stuart Kemp

The co-creator of the toddler TV sensation says shifting kids TV to digital channels is "dismissive of children."

Jan 7, 2013 — Playback

NHL Lockout: What the deal means for the CBC by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says there is hope that a shortened 48- or 50-game NHL season will mitigate the impact of the coffer-draining players lockout on the CBC.

Jan 4, 2013 — StarPhoenix

Gore under fire from conservatives, Jewish leaders, for selling to Al-Jazeera by Lee-Anne Goodman

Columnist says American conservatives and Jewish leaders are up in arms over former vice-president Al Gore's sale of Current TV to Al-Jazeera, accusing the noted climate change activist of everything from hypocrisy to lining his pockets with cash from anti-Americans.

Jan 3, 2013 — Winnipeg Free Press

Pan-Arab Al-Jazeera pays $500M for Current TV in bid for stronger US foothold by Ryan Nakashima

Columnist says that with its $500 million purchase of left-leaning Current TV, the Pan-Arab news channel Al-Jazeera will soon be seen in tens of millions of U.S. homes.

Jan 3, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Al Jazeera buys Gore’s Current TV by Sue Zeidler and Liana B. Baker

Al Jazeera said on Wednesday it will buy Current TV, the struggling cable channel founded by Al Gore and partners, in a move that will boost the Qatar-based broadcaster’s footprint in the United States.

Jan 3, 2013 —

Al Jazeera different than Fox? by Daniel D'Addario

Columnist says Qatari network Al Jazeera’s purchase of Al Gore’s Current news channel has resulted in Time Warner Cable promptly dropping Current, denying the forthcoming Al Jazeera America access to Time Warner subscribers.

Jan 2, 2013 — Hollywood Reporter

NHL Lockout: Canada's CBC Prepares for Potential Labor Deal by Etan Vlessing

CBC says it can pull a team together for "Hockey Night in Canada" as owners and players seal an agreement to salvage the season.

Jan 2, 2013 — CBC News

Popular aboriginal radio station in N.W.T. off air

CKLB Radio says lack of federal funding is forcing them to shut down.