Media Monitor — 2014

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Dec 28, 2014 — Now the Details

Is the CBC More Toxic Than Other Media? by Jeffrey Dvorkin

Columnist says that CBC management has a lot of work to do to correct both the appearance and the reality of what it is like to work for the public broadcaster.

Dec 26, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Sex, television and Canadian content rules by Kate Taylor

Columnist says 2014 will only be remembered as the year when the public broadcaster's hippest offering was exposed as the toxic fiefdom of a man alleged to be a serial abuser of women.

Dec 26, 2014 — The Canadian Press

HuffPost Live files bid with CRTC for Canadian television channel

An application has been filed with Canada's broadcast regulator to add a Huffington Post channel to the English television lineup.

Dec 25, 2014 — Sports Business News

How TSN turned the world juniors into a pillar of seasonal programming — and changed Canada’s sports TV landscape

“I don’t know if there’s anything that identifies TSN to Canadians more than the world juniors,” said Mark Milliere, TSN’s senior vice-president of production.

Dec 20, 2014 — New York Times

YouTube’s Chief, Hitting a New ‘Play’ Button by Jonathan Mahler

The site is a huge cultural force, but an unfulfilled economic one.  Susan Wojcicki’s mission is to change that.

Dec 20, 2014 — The Telegram

‘Here and Now’ among newscasts being shortened by CBC

The changes are part of a five-year strategy to shift priorities from radio and television to mobile and digital announced by the public broadcaster in June.

Dec 20, 2014 — The Economist

Sailing through a scandal

Columnist discusses why the phone-hacking affair has left Rupert Murdoch better off.

Dec 17, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

Ghomeshi To Be Scrubbed From Q Archives, Listeners Outraged Over Removal Of Interviews by Jason MacNeil

CBC is planning to remove material featuring Jian Ghomeshi from Q's online archives following the disgraced former host being charged with sexual assault and accused of sexual harassment.

Dec 14, 2014 — Edmonton Sun

CBC shortens local TV newscasts to accommodate cuts 3

Changes to programming were part of an announcement in June, when CBC president Hubert Lacroix said the broadcaster was shifting its priorities from TV and radio to digital and mobile services.

Dec 14, 2014 — Ottawa Citizen

Jian Ghomeshi latest issue raised in soon to be finished Senate study of CBC by Jordan Press

The president of the CBC will have one more turn testifying in front of a Senate committee early next year, and in a rare move, he’s been provided the questions for his final grilling.

Dec 13, 2014 — Sydney Morning Herald

ABC cuts put the focus squarely on digital by Anne Davies

Columnist asks whether abandoning state coverage and cutting regional services for the sake of expansion into digital really what the national broadcaster is mandated to do?

Dec 12, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Harper picks and chooses his arts and culture by Kate Taylor

Columnist says the disproportionate cuts to the CBC are evidence of an ideological assault on public broadcasting that the government doesn't have the courage to actually debate with the electorate.

Dec 12, 2014 — Winnipeg Free Press

CBC News shrinks radio, TV programs by Mia Rabson

FRIENDS says at the end of the day, CBC is cutting back on what is most important to Canadians -- local news content.

Dec 11, 2014 — iPolitics

The media, the message and the money by Michael Harris

The CBC refused to run ads produced by the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, which criticized the Harper government on a range of issues in a fair, factual and forceful way.

Dec 11, 2014 — The Tyee

A Plan to Mend Our Stricken CBC by Nick Fillmore

Columnist says new governance is the best prescription, but there's more to do as listeners and viewers.

Dec 11, 2014 — News Article

CBC: Not the public’s broadcaster after all by Philip Cross

Columnist says with the CBC’s TV ratings down 40% to a specialty channel-like 5% share of viewers even before it lost its NHL contract, according to Canadian Media Research, it’s worth asking again what has gone wrong with the Mother Corp and what should be done about it?

Dec 11, 2014 — Prince Albert Daily Herald

CBC shortens all local supper-hour TV newscasts to 60 or 30 minutes

The changes are part of a five-year strategy to shift priorities from radio and television to mobile and digital announced by the public broadcaster in June.

Dec 11, 2014 — News Article

Local Service 20/20 Update

In an internal memo to staff, CBC's General Manager and Editor-in-Chief says the public broadcaster will be scalling back local TV news coverage across the country.  

Dec 11, 2014 — CBC News

CBC announces changes to local supper-hour newscasts

The public broadcaster announces that it is shortening all of its regional supper-hour newscasts beginning in the fall of 2015.

Dec 11, 2014 — National Post

CBC: Not the public’s broadcaster after all

Columnist says CBC reporters and producers are affirming their assumed superiority by churning out a constant stream of intellectual bigotry.

Dec 10, 2014 — Maclean's

Busted: The toxic CBC environment that abetted Jian Ghomeshi by Anne Kingston

Anne Kingston takes a hard look at the CBC—a corporation she says has bungled the Jian Ghomeshi scandal spectacularly.

Dec 10, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Media mogul Moses Znaimer in talks to buy Sun News Network by James Bradshaw

According to a source familiar with the negotiations, Mr. Znaimer is eager to make a deal that would see ZoomerMedia Ltd., a company he controls, buy the news and opinion channel before the year is over.

Dec 10, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Regional NHL blackouts puzzle Canadian TV viewers by David Shoalts

Understanding the regional blackouts appears to be the No. 1 problem for Canadian television viewers in the first year of the NHL’s national broadcast rights coming under the control of Rogers Communications Inc.

Dec 10, 2014 — Canadian Media Guild

CMG proposes non-patronage appointments to the CBC Board

The Canadian Media Guild (CMG) files nominations with the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages to support non-patronage appointments to the vacant spot on the CBC Board.

Dec 10, 2014 — The Tyee

Why Canada's Communication Policy Misses the Forest for the Trees by Michael Geist

Columnist says that communications now comes in a single bill and represents one very large policy forest that cannot be effectively addressed one tree at a time.

Dec 9, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Union warns CBC employees about internal Ghomeshi investigation by Simon Houpt

In a memo issued to members on Monday, the Canadian Media Guild says that, while it is “strongly supportive of an independent investigation into this issue,” it is concerned employees who choose to participate in the workplace probe led by lawyer Janice Rubin might not be able to protect themselves.

Dec 8, 2014 — Hamilton Spectator

Scandal should not bury the CBC by Nicole McDermott

Columnist suggests if losing 657 jobs and an expected 1,000 to 1,500 more during the next five years due to funding cuts can be justified by the actions of one employee, like many are expressing, something is seriously wrong.

Dec 8, 2014 — Le Devoir

Radio-Canada doit devenir un enjeu électoral by Alain Saulnier

Alain Saulnier, author of the exposé book Ici Était Radio-Canada, urges the francophone population to follow the mass demonstration, the unanimous resolution of the National Assembly and the intervention of Montreal's mayor by making the future of CBC/SRC an important election issue.

Dec 6, 2014 — Toronto Star

Before the CBC is saved, there must be catastrophe by Noah Richler

Columnist says it’s been a difficult few months for Canada’s public broadcaster. And it won’t get better until drastic measures are taken.

Dec 4, 2014 —

What needs to happen to save and rebuild the CBC by Nick Fillmore

Columnist says many thousands of us who love the CBC -- and love to hate some parts of it -- spend a lot of time discussing its future and not doing enough to help save it.

Dec 3, 2014 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Flexible regulatory framework delivers results: CBC/Radio-Canada reports on its first year under new CRTC licence

CBC says that even as the public broadcaster continues to face financial and other challenges in the broadcast environment, the Corporation is providing programming that unites Canadians across the country and delivering on its promise to focus on the local needs of Official Language Minority Communities (OLCM). 

Dec 3, 2014 — National Newswatch

CBC’s Perilous Future as Half Public and Half State Broadcaster by Frances Russell

Ian Morrison of Friends of Canadian Broadcasting warns Canadians that “his (Harper’s) idea of restructuring…would be something along the lines of American Public Broadcasting (PBS) and National Public Radio (NPR.)

Dec 3, 2014 — Ottawa Citizen

In a world of propaganda, Canada needs a strong CBC by Terry Glavin

Columnist says it should be beyond debate that Canada needs some kind of publicly-funded media agency with an ambitious mandate to nurture culture and produce serious, outward-looking public-interest journalism.

Dec 1, 2014 —

Fifth estate revelations about Jian Ghomeshi raise troubling questions about CBC managers' probe by Charlie Smith

Columnist asks why did CBC Radio allow Ghomeshi to veto coverage of Canadian arts and culture in favour of so many interviews with U.S. and British celebrities and foreign journalists when CBC's mandate is to promote Canadian culture?

Dec 1, 2014 — Nation Talk

Telefilm Canada holds Annual Public Meeting in Ottawa under theme Talent. Together.

A red carpet for the feature film Corner Gas: The Movie and an invitation to the House of Commons caps this celebration of Canadian talent.

Dec 1, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Craving attention – and profits: Bell enters streaming battle by Christine Dobby

With the launch of a new video-on-demand service dubbed Cravetv, Bell Media hopes to take on Internet streaming giants while still keeping one foot firmly planted on the side of its traditional television business.

Nov 30, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Post-Ghomeshi, is the CBC coming apart at the seams? by John Doyle

Columnist reflects on whether the CBC is a starved, stressed culture turning on itself.

Nov 30, 2014 — Toronto Star

Ici Etait Radio-Canada by Alain Saulnier: Review by Richard Stursberg

Former CBC Vice President says an insider's look at Radio-Canada is creating a sensation in Quebec.

Nov 29, 2014 — New York Times

How to Build an Empire, the Netflix Way by Emily Steel

With “Marco Polo,” its lavish new series, the streaming service is placing one of its biggest bets yet on global expansion.

Nov 29, 2014 — New York Times

Exchange-Rate Issue Is Cold Cash to N.H.L. by Jeff Z. Klein

The decline in the value of the Canadian dollar against the United States dollar could have an impact on the size of an increase, if any, in the N.H.L.’s salary cap next season.

Nov 26, 2014 — CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada releases 2014-2015 second quarter financial report

“Through our new strategy A space for us all, we are working to deepen our connection with Canadians through both our content, and the way Canadians consume it”, said Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada.

Nov 26, 2014 — Marketing Magazine

CBC Head Asks For Patience During “Very Difficult” Transformation Period by Chris Powell

Saying that conventional television is working with a “broken business model,” CBC/Radio-Canada CEO Hubert Lacroix calls for patience as the public broadcaster begins implementing its controversial new strategic plan.

Nov 26, 2014 — Planet S

Coach In A Corner by Stephen LaRose

Columnist says Don Cherry was a cultural icon at the CBC but does not retain that status now that he is at Rogers.

Nov 25, 2014 — The Guardian

Jian Ghomeshi reaches agreement with CBC

Scandal-plagued former radio host Jian Ghomeshi has reached an agreement with the CBC to withdraw his $55-million lawsuit against the public broadcaster, a CBC spokesman said.

Nov 24, 2014 — Canadaland

CBC payback: how Mansbridge's people tried to kill Linden MacIntyre's last story by Jesse Brown

Columnist says that in an organization still reeling from the Ghomeshi affair, this new incident has CBC workers questioning how serious management really is about creating a culture where abusive behaviour can be reported by anyone.

Nov 24, 2014 — Forbes

Currency Speculators Punishing Canadian NHL Teams by Mike Ozanian

Columnist says when that 12-year deal between Rogers and the NHL was signed a year ago, the exchange rate between the U.S. dollar and Canadian dollar was 95 U.S. cents per Canadian dollar. But since the deal was announced the loonie has dropped by 7% against the U.S. dollar.

Nov 23, 2014 — London Community News

Peter Mansbridge: CBC’s anchor in a storm by Vinay Menon

“There are certainly folks here who are working on yet again trying to do things better, faster, smarter, nimbler,” says Heather Conway, CBC’s executive vice-president of English-language services. “Do more with less. Do the same with less. And in some cases, do less with less.”

Nov 22, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

Has the CBC Violated the Broadcasting Act? by Barry Kiefl

CRTC data shows that while CBC TV services have maintained their budgets, CBC French radio has seen a funding decline of some 35% since 2009 and CBC English radio a decline of some 29 per cent. 

Nov 22, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

Why I Left The CBC And Its Toxic Atmosphere by Linden MacIntyre

Author and journalist says the business of journalism is in serious decline and that the business model doesn't work anymore but the emphasis on profit is probably even more acute now than it ever was.

Nov 22, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Why Conservatives like the CBC ratings game by Konrad Yakabuski

Columnist says that it easy to understand why the Harper government would want the CBC, an institution it deeply distrusts, to play the ratings game - requiring the broadcaster to further emphasize its Broadcasting Act mandate to “entertain” Canadians, while de-emphasizing its responsibility to “enlighten” and “inform” them.

Nov 20, 2014 — Canadian Media Guild

Blow by Blow: behind the scenes at the CBC meeting in Montreal by David Gutnick

CBC president Hubert Lacroix, Radio-Canada VP Louis Lalande, Chairman of the Board Rémi Racine and CBC Exec VP Heather Conway take questions from staff in studio 47 at La Maison in Montreal.

Nov 20, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Pursuit of truth drives Linden MacIntyre in last Fifth Estate episode by Simon Houpt

Last May, as CBC/Radio-Canada announced it would eliminate another 657 positions, MacIntyre, now 71, volunteered to be one of the departed and hopes both to save the positions of one or two younger staffers, and also to put a highly visible face on the cuts.

Nov 20, 2014 — The Tyee

In Era of Cuts, a Little CBC Nostalgia by Crawford Kilian

Columnist says the damage made to the CBC is hard to assess if we can't remember what an extraordinary public broadcaster it once was.

Nov 19, 2014 — Le Devoir

SRC: de la colère by Mario Proulx

Mario Proulx, a 2011 winner of the CBC/Radio-Canada President's Prize, returns it to Hubert Lacroix as a gesture of protest against his lack of defence of the public broadcaster in the face of Conservative government attacks and budget cuts.

Nov 19, 2014 — Montreal Gazette

Opinion: Amid threats to its viability, it's clear the CBC must be adequately funded by Ryan Young

A poll this year by Nanos found that 87 per cent of Canadians said they would like to see CBC’s funding increased or maintained.

Nov 19, 2014 — Globe & Mail

The CBC, its billion-dollar question and lessons from the Ghomeshi affair by Linden MacIntyre

Former CBC personality says that while the public broadcaster was once one of Canada’s most important and successful public institutions, it is now on the cusp of a disaster.

Nov 19, 2014 — Montreal Gazette

Hubert Lacroix in the lions' den at CBC annual meeting by Paul Delean

CBC president and chief executive Hubert Lacroix says he fully intends to complete his mandate, which runs through Dec. 31, 2017.

Nov 18, 2014 — As It Happens

Former Radio-Canada director Alain Saulnier on the 'dismantling' of CBC

Then Alain Saulnier, Radio Canada's former director of information programming, appeared on the French network's must-see Sunday TV show, Tout le monde en parle to talk about his book Ici ETAIT Radio-Canada.

Nov 17, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

Alain Saulnier, Ex-CBC Exec, Says Broadcaster ‘In Danger Of Disappearing Forever' by Daniel Tencer

Alan Saulnier says years of successive governments playing politics with the CBC’s budget has left the broadcaster vulnerable. 

Nov 17, 2014 — Montreal Gazette

Thousands march to protest CBC/Radio-Canada cuts by Karen Seidman

There was an outpouring of support for the CBC/Radio-Canada as thousands of people took to the streets on a wintry Sunday afternoon to protest ongoing budget and job cuts at the Crown corporation.

Nov 15, 2014 — Hollywood Reporter

Netflix is Short on Subscriber Growth But Beats Earnings Estimates by Paul Bond

Netflix stock was tumbling 23 percent -- more than $100 a share -- after the company announces quarterly subscriber numbers that are far short of expectations, even though the company beat earnings estimates.

Nov 15, 2014 — Toronto Star

CBC/Radio-Canada in danger of disappearing forever Alain Saulnier

Columnist says the arm’s-length relationship between the government of the day and CBC/Radio-Canada has never been as fragile as it is now.

Nov 15, 2014 — Stéphane Dion, MP

CBC: the Liberal Vision by Stéphane Dion

Liberal MP says that now as always, Canada needs an alert, objective, creative and free public broadcaster; and to fulfill that need, adequate resources and the right conditions are needed.

Nov 15, 2014 — Stéphane Dion, MP

CBC: the Liberal Vision by Stéphane Dion

Liberal MP says that now as always, Canada needs an alert, objective, creative and free public broadcaster; and to fulfill that need, adequate resources and the right conditions are needed.

Nov 13, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Its outlook stormy, CBC turns to the Weather Network by Simon Houpt

CBC and The Weather Network strike an agreement that will see forecasts from the privately owned weather channel appear on the public broadcaster’s flagship evening newscast, The National, while CBC news reports will air on The Weather Network.

Nov 13, 2014 — Digital Journal

Despite Netflix invasion, French network Canal Plus thrives at 30 by Lidya Patal

This November, France’s premier pay-TV network Canal Plus is celebrating 30 years since its initial launch in 1984.

Nov 13, 2014 — Montreal Gazette

CBC's Hubert Lacroix on relationships and his vision for the public broadcaster by Karl Moore

CBC President Hubert Lacroix discusses how Canadians consume content and how it has changed from 10 years ago.

Nov 13, 2014 — The New Yorker

Why the Press Is Less Free Today by George Packer

Columnist says  that in the worldwide movement away from democracy, perhaps the most vulnerable institution is the free press, and the most disposable people are journalists.

Nov 13, 2014 — Calgary Herald

Why Canadian television is super comfortable with swearing by Lauren Strapagiel

Though the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission does accept complaints of indecent programming, the self-governing Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) is the first line of defence.

Nov 13, 2014 — The Coast

The party’s over for CBC’s inadvertent incubator by Erica Butler

Columnist says as CBC Halifax reshapes itself to fit into a newly renovated space that's about one-third the size of its former office, the city has lost a major cultural hub.

Nov 13, 2014 — Globe & Mail

CBC staff refuse award to protest job cuts by Laura Kane

Radio-Canada staff refused an award presented to them Wednesday by CBC President Hubert Lacroix in protest of ongoing job losses at the public broadcaster.

Nov 9, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

CBC Needs To Stop Jian Ghomeshi Sideshow And Talk About A Service In Jeopardy by Brooks DeCillia

Columnist says Heather Conway -- and everyone who works at the CBC -- needs to be shouting that the CBC is a service in jeopardy.

Nov 9, 2014 — Toronto Star

Jian Ghomeshi and a national lament for CBC Radio by Jeffrey Dvorkin

Jian Ghomeshi’s story is not just about one man’s libidinous foibles; it’s about the deliberate diminishing of CBC Radio as a public broadcaster.

Nov 8, 2014 — New York Times

The Stock Market Is on Edge About a Cable Merger by Jeff Sommer

Columnist says the debate over net neutrality and cable company concentration has been rattling Wall Street.

Nov 7, 2014 — New York Times

For Millennials, the End of the TV Viewing Party by Alex Williams

Just as the landline went from household staple to quaint anachronism seemingly overnight during the last decade, the television set has started to look at best like a luxury, if not an irrelevance, in the eyes of many members of the wired generation, who have moved past the “cord-cutter” stage, in which they get rid of cable, to getting rid of their TV sets entirely.

Nov 7, 2014 — Playback

CRTC’s Jean-Pierre Blais defends tussle with Netflix, Google by Etan Vlessing

CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais defends his decision to go head-to-head with Netflix and Google at the recent Let’s Talk TV hearings.

Nov 6, 2014 — Metro News

New CBC supporter group calls for national broadcaster’s board to resign by Lucy Scholey

CBC, I Care! is pushing for the Crown corporation’s board to find alternative revenue in the face of “draconian cuts”.

Nov 6, 2014 — Toronto Star

Re: CBC turns a blind eye, Editorial Nov. 4 by Heather Conway

CBC's executive vice-president of English Services says it is completely unwarranted to assert bad faith at the public broadcaster regarding recent allegations against Q host Jian Ghomeshi. 

Nov 6, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Enabler to a media hatchet job by Patrick Lagacé

Columnist says CBC President Hubert Lacroix was appointed head of the public broadcaster by the federal Conservatives in 2007 and his reign at this highly important institution for culture and media has amounted to little more than enabler for the steady, quiet dismantling of Radio-Canada.

Nov 4, 2014 — Métro

Mandibule, Bedondaine, Paillasson… by Sylvain Ménard

Sylvain Ménard says he is surprised that while thousands of layoffs have gone relatively unnoticed,  the news that Radio-Canada is shutting down its costume warehouse and getting rid of thousands of costumes evoking powerful childhood memories of favourite television shows has finally ignited a mass movement of protest among francophones concerned with the future of public broadcasting.

Nov 4, 2014 —

SRC/CBC: les syndicats réclament la démission d'Hubert Lacroix

The four unions which represent the CBC's francophone employees are demanding the resignation of President Hubert Lacroix, saying he has fired 4,000 employees since 2009 and is threatening  francophone culture in Canada.

Nov 3, 2014 — News Article

Hey kids, Vice is nice, but it will cost you by John Doyle

The $100-million joint venture between Vice Media and Rogers Communications Inc., will include a Toronto-based Vice Canada Studio and Vice TV Network to begin operations in 2015.

Nov 2, 2014 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Hubert T. Lacroix responds to Alain Saulnier's comments about CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC President and CEO says Alain Saulnier misrepresents the strategy in which the public broadcaster is currently engaged.

Nov 2, 2014 — Tout le monde en parle

Video of Alain Saulnier on Tout le monde en parle

Alain Saulnier, Radio Canada's former director of information programming, appears on Tout le monde en parle to talk about his book Ici ETAIT Radio-Canada.

Nov 1, 2014 — La Presse

Révélations étonnantes sur le pdg de Radio-Canada hubertlacroix by Richard Therrien

In his new book, former Radio-Canada News executive Alain Saulnier reveals the inappropriately close relationship between the President of the CBC and the Harper government, including direct government interventions in programming at the arms-length national public broadcaster.

Oct 30, 2014 — News Article

CBC offers counselling to employees, Ghomeshi vows to fight accusations by Andrea Baillie

The CBC offered counselling to its employees Thursday as more women stepped forward with allegations of "abusive behaviour" by Jian Ghomeshi, and announced it is hiring a third-party company to conduct an investigation amid swirling accusations about the ousted "Q" radio host.

Oct 30, 2014 — Vancouver Sun

Q producer who alleges Ghomeshi threatened to ‘hate f—‘ her says she complained to boss in 2010 by Tom Blackwell

Ex-CBC employee says that like many of the women who have come out this week with allegations of sexual misconduct by Mr. Ghomeshi, she was not willing to have her name published, fearful of backlash on social media, and from the Q star himself.

Oct 30, 2014 —

Jian Ghomeshi departure gives CBC Radio a chance to revamp cultural programming on Q by Charlie Smith

Columnist hopes that for the sake of Canadian culture, Q's producers pay more attention to what's happening in our country now.

Oct 30, 2014 — Edmonton Sun

Tough questions for CBC by Warren Kinsella

Columnist says lots of people are asking the media when did they know about Jian Ghomeshi, and what did they do about it?

Oct 30, 2014 — News Article

Rogers, Vice Media to partner on $100-million venture by Christine Dobby

Rogers Communications Inc. reveals plans to build a production studio in Toronto with Vice Media, the edgy digital media company recently valued at $2.5-billion (U.S.).

Oct 29, 2014 — Sun News Network

A sex scandal or CBC scandal? by J.J. McCullough

Columnist says that "Ghomeshigate" is really as much a scandal about the internal management of Canada's public broadcaster as the allegedly dysfunctional sex life of one of its employees. 

Oct 29, 2014 — Globe & Mail

CBC is our national neurosis – and that’s a good thing by John Doyle

Columnist says that during the course of the Ottawa shootings a lot of people turned to CBC TV coverage for an instinctive reason – a built-in sense that the CBC has the resources and reliability to cover the story with authority.

Oct 29, 2014 — Maclean's

Why it’s harder to believe the worst of a host by Jamie Weinman

Columnist says that unlike a movie actor, a host plays the part of an average guy surrounded by people more famous than he is, and when a host has a sex scandal—as Bob Barker, David Letterman, Jimmy Savile and many others have had before Ghomeshi—it feels almost like a pal is in trouble.

Oct 29, 2014 — Fort Erie Times

CBC laying off another 392 employees

A letter to employees indicated 115 corporate positions, 154 English jobs and 123 French positions will be eliminated by the end of the fiscal year.

Oct 29, 2014 — Ottawa Star

CBC says it has won broadcast rights for the 2018 and 2020 Olympics by Gregory Strong

The CBC and Radio-Canada renewed their commitment to Olympic coverage by securing the broadcast rights to the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea and 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.

Oct 28, 2014 — Toronto Star

CBC wins broadcast rights to 2018, 2020 Olympics by Morgan Campbell

CBC will partner with Bell Media and Rogers Media to carry the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, and 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Oct 28, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

Will Netflix and YouTube Kill TV? by Barry Kiefl

President of Canadian Media Research Inc. says TV networks worldwide are facing stalled ad revenues and the growth in TV is coming from premium, subscription channels that have less or no advertising.

Oct 28, 2014 —

CBC secures Canadian TV rights to 2018/2020 Games

The International Olympic Committee says it awarded the rights across all platforms to Canada's national public radio and television broadcaster for the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Oct 28, 2014 — News Article

FCC Chairman Wants to Redefine Internet Video to Compete with Cable, Satellite Services by Ted Johnson

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says that he is proposing that the definition of a multichannel programming provider be extended to the fast-expanding market for Internet video, a move he said would boost competition with cable and satellite services.

Oct 28, 2014 — Cambridge Times

CBC wins broadcast rights to 2018, 2020 Olympics by Morgan Campbell

The CBC announces that it has partnered with Rogers and Bell to secure the rights to the 2018 and 2020 Olympic Games

Oct 28, 2014 — Reuters

CBC wins Canada broadcast rights for 2018 and 2020 Olympics by Alastair Sharp

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp (CBC) said on Tuesday it will broadcast action from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, in partnership with telecom and media companies Rogers Communications Inc and BCE Inc.

Oct 27, 2014 — News Article

Jian Ghomeshi’s CBC lawsuit is hopeless — even if he’s telling the truth by Howard Levitt

Columnist says Jian Ghomeshi’s $50-million lawsuit against the CBC has everything to do with strategy and PR — but nothing to do with legal entitlement.

Oct 27, 2014 — Cornwall Free News

50 Shades Of Jian Ghomeshi As He Lauches $50M Lawsuit Against The CBC Over Firing by Jamie Gilcig

Columnist discusses CBC's recent dismissal of Q host Jian Ghomeshi.

Oct 27, 2014 — Toronto Star

Jian Ghomeshi's full Facebook post: ‘a campaign of false allegations’ at fault

The complete text of Jian Ghomeshi’s Facebook post from the evening of Oct. 26 regarding his departure from CBC and his program Q

Oct 27, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Jian Ghomeshi defends his sex life, plans to sue CBC over firing by James Bradshaw

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation dismissed Jian Ghomeshi after receiving information it says “precludes” the corporation from continuing to employ one of its biggest stars.

Oct 27, 2014 — New York Times

Jian Ghomeshi, CBC Radio Host, Is Fired in Sex Case by Ian Austin

In a brief statement, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation announces that it has cut ties with Q host Jian Ghomeshi.

Oct 27, 2014 — Vulture

Why Canadians Are So Upset Over the CBC Sex Scandal by Adam Sternbergh

Columnist says that because the broadcaster is funded primarily by the government, CBC is both a lightning rod for persistent criticism and the beneficiary of an enduring sense of national communal ownership. 

Oct 27, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

Liking 'Q' Isn't a Good Enough Reason to Side With Jian By Justin Beach

Columnist says if there is a legitimate victim of a crime who is driven into hiding because people like a radio host, it will be a great miscarriage of justice by the Canadian public.

Oct 23, 2014 — CBC Radio - Q

Justin Trudeau on Arts and Culture

The Liberal leader describes why Canadian culture matters.

Oct 23, 2014 — PressProgress

American media praise CBC's "nonhysterical" coverage of Ottawa shooting

Columnist says that having reliable information in the middle of a national emergency is a good reminder of the value of responsible public broadcasting

Oct 22, 2014 — Hollywood Reporter

What's Behind Big Media's Big TV Push Into Europe by Scott Roxborough & George Szalai

Viacom, Fox and Discovery swoop across the Atlantic for megadeals as regulation-laden China presents more "ongoing risk". 

Oct 22, 2014 — MotherJones

Canada's Coverage of the Ottawa Shootings Put American Cable News to Shame by James West

Columnist says the CBC gave a master class in calm, credible breaking news reporting during the attack on Parliament Hill.

Oct 20, 2014 — CBC News

How foreign online streaming will upset Bell and Rogers apple carts

Some experts says that Canadians will inevitably have access to American content streamed online when online streaming becomes the norm and more and more people abandon their cable providers.

Oct 20, 2014 — Hollywood Reporter

Netflix Orders First Canadian Original Series (Exclusive) by Etan Vlessing

The homegrown drama will debut simultaneously on City, the Canadian TV network that developed the one-hour drama, and in all Netflix territories outside Canada.

Oct 16, 2014 — Hollywood Reporter

CBS Launches Digital Subscription Service by Lacey Rose

The $5.99-a-month service will offer a robust SVOD library plus live local broadcasts.

Oct 16, 2014 — Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission

CRTC releases full edition of the 2014 Communications Monitoring Report

The CRTC releases the full edition of the 2014 Communications Monitoring Report, which shows that Canadian families spend over $190 each month on communications services.

Oct 14, 2014 — Department of Canadian Heritage

Government of Canada Announces Appointment to CBC/Radio-Canada

The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, announces the appointment of Sonja Chong as a part-time member of the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada for a term of five years, effective October 9, 2014.

Oct 14, 2014 — News Article

Editorial: Let my Netflix go

Editorial says the regulatory side of the CRTC which deigns to command Canadian content and other quota-type approaches is hopelessly outdated.

Oct 13, 2014 — National Post

Rogers’ first NHL weekend: Don Cherry in his glory; CBC’s misstep magnified by Scott Stinson

Columnist says Rogers needs the ability to piggyback on CBC’s widely distributed network if it wants to reach the most homes; without the public broadcaster on board it would have moved much of its Saturday night NHL lineup into the nether regions of premium cable.

Oct 11, 2014 — Vancouver Sun

RTC orders Punjabi radio stations in Metro Vancouver to explain themselves by Peter O’Neil

Sher-E-Punjab, Radio Punjab Ltd. and Radio India (2003) have operated for years from studios in Metro but haven’t got Canadian broadcast licences and broadcast their signals from south of the border.

Oct 10, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Hockey Night in Canada: How CBC lost it all by David Shoalts

Staff at both the CBC and Hockey Night say they believe NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and his marketing chief John Collins were willing to offer the CBC a compromise that would have saved a scaled-down version of Hockey Night for the network that still would have been a significant source of revenue.

Oct 9, 2014 —

Au royaume des aveugles by Joël Martel

Joël Martel asks how it is possible that someone has decided to condemn Radio-Canada to a slow and awful death without a massive public outcry.

Oct 8, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa seeks use of news footage without permission in political ads by Steven Chase

The Harper government is preparing to alter copyright law in Canada so politicians can use news footage and other journalistic content for attack ads and campaign spots without asking broadcasters or publishers for permission.

Oct 8, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

U.S. Broadcasters May Leave Canadian Airwaves, And Some Say That's Fine by Daniel Tencer

Columnist says U.S. broadcasters are so concerned by the possibility Canada will switch to a pick-and-pay system for cable TV channels that several of them have threatened to pull themselves off Canadian airwaves altogether.

Oct 8, 2014 — Bro

Fraser Institute Essay Says More Regulation is Not the Answer

Fraser Institute Senior Fellow says that with the rising popularity of Netflix and other online broadcasters, Canada needs to readjust what was already a fundamentally flawed attitude towards broadcasting.

Oct 8, 2014 — National Post

Netflix-CRTC standoff is chance to open Canadian TV system, finds Fraser Institute report

A new Fraser Institute paper suggests that the recent stand-off between Netflix and the CRTC provides an opportunity for the government to dismantle barriers that prevent open competition in Canadian television broadcasting.

Oct 8, 2014 — The Tyee

Don't Give Postmedia More Local Monopolies by Marc Edge

Columnist says that the Competition Bureau should actually promote competition.

Oct 7, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Viacom threatens to pull channels from Canadian TV over pick-and-pay by James Bradshaw

American media giant Viacom Inc. is threatening to move its television stations off the dial and onto an online streaming service if the federal broadcast regulator forces cable and satellite companies to offer channels on a “pick-and-pay” basis.

Oct 3, 2014 — Video Age International

Big Fights For Sports TV Audiences by Isme Bennie

The CRTC says Canadian subscribers have been expressing their dissatisfaction with the price of sports channels and about paying for packages of channels that include those they do not want.

Oct 3, 2014 — Hamilton Spectator

CRTC shown to be irrelevant dinosaur

Author says that unless the CRTC plans to screen material from YouTube, iTunes, satellite radio, streaming online radio and on-demand movies and TV shows, and illegal online sources for adequate amounts of Canadian content, it has no business dictating to Netflix.

Oct 1, 2014 — The Dryden Observer

Take your grubby hands off my Netflix by Chris Marchand

Editorial says Canadian content rules made sense on cable television where programming is set by networks and viewers were railroaded into watching, but they don’t make sense in a medium where viewers have the power to watch practically anything they want at their leisure.

Sep 30, 2014 — EU Kids Online

Children’s changing online experiences in a longitudinal perspective by Uwe Hasebrink

A report from EU Kids Online examining the conceptual and empirical work of the EU Kids Online network from a longitudinal perspective and asking "what can we say about changes in children’s online experiences?"

Sep 30, 2014 — Ottawa Star

CRTC hits delete button on Netflix and Google submissions to TV hearings by Terry Pedwell

The CRTC wrote to the companies, saying it will remove presentations made by the two companies from the public record.

Sep 28, 2014 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC releases details of employee compensation by Jordan Press

Four employees involved in CBC broadcasts earn more than $300,000 a year, taking home on average about $485,667 annually in total compensation. But the public broadcaster won’t identify who they are.

Sep 27, 2014 — National Post

How the CRTC is interfering with its own mandate in its Netflix battle by Calum Marsh

Columnist says the benefits of video-on-demand are of particular value to the Canadians who need the help most — independent filmmakers who can’t afford large-scale home video releases or nationwide theatrical distribution.

Sep 27, 2014 — Kelowna Daily Courier

Pick and pay not the best choice for TV viewers by Lawson Hunter, Edward Iacobucci and Michael Trebilcock

Columnist says regulating pick-and-pay or product offerings would launch the CRTC on a more interventionist role in the entire content and video distribution business.

Sep 25, 2014 — Globe & Mail

It’s over, CRTC. Netflix and globalization have won by John Ibbitson

Columnist says Canadian cultural industries will have to compete in the marketplace and it’s simply a question of when the last protections will be dismantled.

Sep 24, 2014 — Ottawa Star

Interference by PMO emboldened Netflix against broadcast regulator, experts say by Terry Pedwell

New media expert Michael Geist says Netflix's refusal to hand over requested consumer data to the CRTC calls into question the very authority of the broadcast regulator to institute any rules governing Internet-based video service providers.

Sep 24, 2014 — National Post

Regulation isn’t enough. The CRTC must create its own in-house TV production company by Jonathan Kay

Columnist says that thanks to monthly-subscription streaming services such as Netflix, consumers are able to pay money to watch shows they actually want to see as opposed to the shows that the CRTC thinks they should be watching. 

Sep 23, 2014 —

Why the CRTC’s pursuit of Netflix could define the future of Canadian Content by Ashley Csanady

Columnist says if the CRTC wants to boost Canadian content, it should stop looking to tax the internet, and start funding content directly.

Sep 22, 2014 — News Article

Netflix To CRTC: No, We Will Not Hand Over 'Sensitive' Data

Netflix says it will not turn over confidential subscriber information to Canada's broadcast regulator in order to safeguard private corporate information.

Sep 22, 2014 — Toronto Star

3 things consumers want from CRTC's TV hearings by Adam Mayers

Columnist outlines the three major consumer concerns brought forward during recent CRTC hearings

Sep 22, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Changes are coming to Canadian TV: Here are the issues and where the big players stand by James Bradshaw

The public broadcaster supports pick-and-pay, but warns it will have “a negative financial impact” on many stations.

Sep 20, 2014 —

CBC wants more of your money by Brian Lilley

Columnist says i CBC President Hubert Lacroix can’t run a broadcaster that gets a $1 billion tax dollars each year, then maybe he’s is in the wrong line of work.

Sep 20, 2014 — National Post

It’s the hottest drama on TV: The CRTC clashes with the online future by Claire Brownell

CRTC vice-chairman Tom Pentefountas calls Netflix an economic drain, “who takes, perhaps, hundreds of millions of dollars out of the Canadian economy.”

Sep 19, 2014 — CBC News

Netflix tells CRTC consumers should vote with their dollars by Terry Pedwell

Regulating the internet to help boost Canadian content will only hurt consumers, a Netflix executive told the country's broadcast regulator on Friday before being ordered to hand over confidential company information.

Sep 19, 2014 — CRTC

Video: Netflix presentation to the CRTC

Video of Netflix Inc. presentation to the CRTC, Canada's broadcast regulator, at a hearing about the future of Canadian television.

Sep 19, 2014 — National Post

Get the CBC out of the free market by Terence Corcoran

CBC President Hubert Lacroix, appearing before the CRTC’s Let’s Talk TV hearings last week, declares that “in our view” the new Canadian policy for broadcasting “must support” what he calls “market-based solutions to issues rather than regulatory intervention.”

Sep 19, 2014 — Edmonton Sun

CRTC orders Netflix to hand over confidential data

On the final day of its television hearings, the CRTC demands online giant Netflix release subscriber information, Canadian content numbers and project spending.

Sep 19, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Netflix, CRTC spar over regulation, customer data by James Bradshaw

Netflix Inc. warns Canadian regulators against creating new restrictions that could stifle its ability to gives its customers what they want, prompting heated exchanges as officials demand details of the company’s footprint in Canada.

Sep 16, 2014 — Calgary Herald

TekSavvy could be looking into launching a cable service by Patrick O’Rourke

Columnist says that during the CRTC’s latest “Let’s Talk TV” discussions, third-party internet provider TekSavvy announced a new partnership with Hastings CableVision company, possibly signaling that the company has plans to move into providing cable services at some point in the future.

Sep 16, 2014 — The Tyee

Future of TV Hearing Turns into the Netflix Show by Michael Geist

Columnist asks if over the top services such as Netflix threaten Canadian content and whether it matters.

Sep 15, 2014 —

Why over-the-air TV isn’t going away soon by Adam Mayers

One million Canadians get over-the-air television signals with an antenna and many are worried their free TV might soon be cut off.

Sep 15, 2014 — National Post

Disney warns regulations could threaten its place in Canadian television by Claire Brownell

Vice-president Susan Fox warns The Walt Disney Co. doesn’t want to pull out of Canadian television, but it will have to re-evaluate the business case for staying if regulations become too burdensome.

Sep 15, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Harper backs pick-and-pay TV options by James Bradshaw

Columnist says Prime Minister Stephen Harper has waded into the debate over the future of Canada’s television industry, using a high-profile speech to press for pick-and-pay options that would let viewers buy only the channels they choose.

Sep 15, 2014 — Hollywood Reporter

Why Netflix Needs Europe by Georg Szalai

The streaming video giant launchs in France and is the first of six new European markets.

Sep 12, 2014 — Hamilton Spectator

CHCH would be doomed under proposed broadcast plan: Watchdog by Steve Arnold

FRIENDS warns small stations — including CHCH — would be forced to close if the regulator ends the practice of substituting Canadian TV signals for those of American border stations when they're showing the same programs.

Sep 12, 2014 — Globe & Mail

CBC execs tell CRTC it can no longer afford to be free by James Bradshaw

Canada’s public broadcaster says it can no longer afford to offer its television programming for free over the air as its advertising revenue deteriorates, and it wants cable and satellite companies to start paying for its signals.

Sep 12, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

Should Netflix Be Regulated as a Traditional Canadian Broadcaster? by Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Columnist says that for too long, the default position has been that whenever there was any new development in the economy, the government had to extend its broad regulatory mantle to cover it.

Sep 11, 2014 — Edmonton Journal

Freedom for cable customers

Editorial says national broadcasters and local news programs are valuable public services that help create community cohesion and capture Canadian culture.

Sep 11, 2014 — Metro News

Bell Canada wants viewers to pay for local newscasts

Bell says local TV stations can no longer survive on ad revenue alone and must be able to introduce subscription fees for programming such as regional newscasts that have been free for decades.

Sep 11, 2014 — Niagara Falls Review

Pick-and-pay cable may have a hefty price by John Law

Columnist says a dramatic overhaul in how stations are bundled will likely mean an equally dramatic increase in fees for consumers.

Sep 11, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Rogers says pick-and-pay hurts business by James Bradshaw

Rogers Communications Inc. says it fears new television proposals would send revenue plummeting and drive U.S. networks out of Canada.

Sep 11, 2014 — National Post

Netflix puts cable industry at risk, Quebecor warns CRTC by Claire Brownell

Quebecor warns that the Netflix Inc. video-streaming service will steamroll traditional cable providers unless they are soon freed from existing regulatory constraints.

Sep 11, 2014 — Calgary Herald

Watchdog says 'pick-and-pay' model would cause job losses by Terry Pedwell

FRIENDS says some local TV stations will be forced to close and more than 30,000 people could lose their jobs if Canada's broadcast regulator adopts changes it wants Canadians to consider.

Sep 11, 2014 — Calgary Herald

U.S. channels must be in any basic cable package, Rogers tells CRTC by Terry Pedwell

Columnist says Rogers' presentation to the CRTC highlights the growing divergence among cable and satellite TV service providers on how to reshape the television landscape.

Sep 11, 2014 — Hollywood Reporter

Study: 5 Percent of Millennials Plan to Cut TV Cord by Eriq Gardner

Study shows the amount of people who say they can’t live without their TV remains steady at 57 percent, but among 18-to-34-year-olds, TV as the primary medium for entertainment is down 40 percent to 21 percent. 

Sep 11, 2014 — StreamDaily

YouTube’s U.S. ad revenue to hit $1.13B: study by Todd Longwell

eMarketer estimates YouTube will have 18.9% of the overall projected U.S. digital video ad market, which will be up 56% this year, reaching $5.96 billion.

Sep 9, 2014 — Digital Home

CRTC kicks off hearings on the future of Canadian television

CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais has indicated that certain rules currently protecting specific channels or broadcasters could be scrapped in favour of new regulations that would allow Canadians to get their TV programming how and when they want it.

Sep 9, 2014 — National Post

Netflix Inc puts Canada’s cable industry at risk, Quebecor warns CRTC by Claire Brownell

Quebecor, whose TVA Group is the largest French-language TV network in North America, told a CRTC hearing that it’s impossible to compete with online video providers like Netflix if they don’t have to operate under the same regulations.

Sep 8, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

The CRTC's Future of TV Hearing: "There is No Such Thing as Too Much Choice" by Michael Geist

Columnist says the CRTC hearing is ultimately about providing consumers with more choice.

Sep 8, 2014 — Calgary Herald

TV channel bundling is ‘price discrimination,’ Competition Bureau tells CRTC by Claire Bronwell

The Competition Beaureau says Canadians should be able to choose the channels they want to watch and shouldn’t have to pay for the ones they don’t.

Sep 8, 2014 — Windsor Star

CBC sells longtime home on Riverside Drive

The CBC has sold its historic building on Riverside Drive, though the national broadcaster will continue to lease space from the new owner.

Sep 8, 2014 — Toronto Star

Ontario wants CRTC to regulate new media like Netflix

Ontario argues that online digital media providers should pay into fund to finance the  creation of Canadian content.

Sep 8, 2014 — News Article

Google says regulations would stifle innovative digital services such as YouTube, Netflix by Terry Pedwell

Online delivery services such as Netflix and YouTube would be harmed if regulations for Canada's broadcast industry are extended to the digital world, says Google Canada.

Sep 8, 2014 — Power and Politics with Evan Solomon

Pick and Pay debate on CBC's Power and Politics with Evan Solomon

FRIENDS' Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses issues facing the CRTC at a hearing on the future of television in Canada.

Sep 8, 2014 — Power and Politics with Evan Solomon

Pick and Pay debate on CBC's Power and Politics with Evan Solomon

FRIENDS' Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses issues facing the CRTC at a hearing on the future of television in Canada.

Sep 8, 2014 — Ottawa Star

CRTC set to hold hearing into broad proposals for changing TV delivery system

Canada’s broadcast regulator is set to begin a two-week public hearing into sweeping proposals that could, if adopted, dramatically change how Canadians receive and pay for their television.

Sep 8, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

CRTC's Jean-Pierre Blais On Netflix, Shomi And The Future Of TV by Althia Raj

An interview with the head of the CRTC, Jean-Pierre Blais, discussing the agency’s controversial proposals, regulating the Internet and why he’s concerned that technology is isolating Canadians rather than bringing them together.

Sep 5, 2014 — Calgary Herald

Majority of Conservative voters like the CBC: poll by Ashley Csanady

A new Nanos Research poll says a strong majority of Canadians trust the CBC and most want its funding increased or maintained.

Sep 5, 2014 — Calgary Herald

Canadians split on pick-and-pay cable: poll by Ashley Csanady

A new Nanos Research Poll says Canadians are split in their support of the sweeping changes to cable and television being considered by the CRTC.

Sep 5, 2014 — Broadcaster Magazine

Nanos Survey Finds Canadians Skeptical About CRTC Television Proposals

A new poll by Nanos Research says that among federal Conservative supporters 51 percent would like CBC funding to be maintained, 25 percent would like to see CBC funding increased and 21 percent would like to see funding decreased.

Sep 4, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

Specialty TV channels risk failing with CRTC changes

Columnist says specialty channels in Canada are facing a shakeup in their industry that will likely result in the death of at least a few of them and reduced profit margins for many others. 

Sep 4, 2014 — The Daily Online Examiner

FCC Chairman Laments Lack Of Broadband Competition by Wendy Davis

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler says the market for broadband isn't competitive.

Sep 4, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

CRTC: Watching TV Is Giving Way To Streaming Online Video by Michael Oliveira

A report by the CRTC suggests Canadians spent less time channel surfing last year but still watched more TV content overall when accounting for streaming.

Sep 4, 2014 — Mediacaster

Live, Interactive and Multi-Platform: Canadians #FALLforCBC

The CBC is inviting the public to connect, engage and take part in live interactive discussions with its on-air and program personalities, and other Canadian film and television industry heavyweights. 

Sep 2, 2014 — Hollywood Reporter

More on How a Fox News Lawsuit Might Impact the Future of News by Eriq Gardner

TVEyes asserts that it serves the public interest by facilitating criticism of Fox News.

Sep 2, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

Pick-and-pay cable TV would offer greater choice, CRTC boss says

Columnist says there is enough political will and consumer desire to make pick-and-pay television happen, but consumers should not underestimate either the cost or the complexity of bringing the concept to life.

Aug 31, 2014 — The Canadian Press

TV industry watchdog says 'pick-and-pay' model would hurt economy, cost jobs by Terry Pedwell

FRIENDS says the CRTC's proposed changes would be a recipe for station closure and a body blow to Canadian programming.

Aug 27, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Why is Canadian TV crying poor? by John Doyle

Columnist says that while Canadian TV is crying poor and moaning about the Internet ruining its sure-fire business model, there is loads of dough going around and around.

Aug 26, 2014 — CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada Releases Its First Quarterly Financial Report for 2014–2015

CBC/Radio-Canada issues its first quarterly financial report for 2014–2015 highlighting significant business and financial developments occurring in the first quarter ended June 30, 2014.

Aug 25, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

Tory MP's Claim That CBC Isn't Being Cut Featured In New Ad by Michael Bolen

While CBC President and CEO Hubert Lacroix did blame softening advertising revenue and "disappointing" ratings when announcing the latest round of cutbacks, he also mentioned the government cuts.

Aug 22, 2014 — Brampton Guardian

CRTC proposals too costly; watchdog group by Terry Pedwell

FRIENDS says some local TV stations will be forced to close and more than 30,000 people could lose their jobs if Canada's broadcast regulator adopts changes it wants Canadians to consider.

Aug 21, 2014 — Toronto Star

CRTC proposes pick-and-pay TV plan in draft paper prior to September hearing by Ashante Infantry

Canada's broadcast regulator has issued broad new proposals that could dramatically alter how Canadians receive and pay for television services.

Aug 21, 2014 — Globe & Mail

CRTC plans include ‘pick-and-pay’ TV by Terry Pedwell

Canada’s broadcast regulator has issued broad new proposals that could, if adopted, dramatically alter how Canadians receive and pay for their television.

Aug 18, 2014 — Globe & Mail

CRTC probes wireless players over mobile TV by Christine Dobby

Canada’s telecom regulator is asking a series of tough new questions about the way three cellphone providers charge for live and on-demand television programming on mobile applications.

Aug 18, 2014 — Globe and Mail

CRTC probes wireless players over mobile TV by Christine Dobby

The CRTC is asking a series of tough new questions about the way three cellphone providers charge for live and on-demand television programming on mobile applications.

Aug 15, 2014 — Mediacaster

CMF Funding for Digital Media Triggers Legacy Documentaries, Speeding Bullets and More

Digital media creativity and supplemental interactive content are key components of more than two-thirds of the successful applicants for funding in the latest round of content contributions from the Canada Media Fund.

Aug 15, 2014 — News Article

Tiny Talent Time returns to Hamilton’s CHCH by Debra Downey

Columnist says one of the longest running and most-loved shows in Canadian television history returns to the airwaves next month.

Aug 13, 2014 — Hamilton Spectator

Veteran CBC sportscasters Armitage, Lee cross finish line by Laura Kane

Veteran sportscasters Steve Armitage and Mark Lee are the latest high-profile casualties of budget cuts at the CBC.

Aug 13, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Outdoor games, Rogers deal fuel surge in revenue for NHL clubs by David Shoalts

Columnist says that there is fear within Rogers Communications that the company overpaid for NHL broadcast rights.

Aug 12, 2014 — Inquisitr

Kevin O’Leary Sticks With ‘Shark Tank'; Severs Ties With CBC

Although the CBC release says O’Leary has left to “pursue new opportunities,” the National Post says O’Leary’s move is to CBC’s rivals CTV and BNN, both owned by Bell Media. 

Aug 12, 2014 — Mediacaster

Super Bowl Needs Better Commercials, Says CTV, CMA

CTV and the Canadian Marketing Association have opened the doors on the Super Bowl Canadian Ad Challenge, and they are now accepting entries.

Aug 12, 2014 — CBC News

Making CBC more valued, more used by more Manitobans by John Bertrand

Writer says the CBC's commitment to deepen connections and reflection of the Manitoba community comes through partnerships and sponsorships with non-profit groups.

Aug 8, 2014 — Broadcaster Magazine

CRTC Dismisses Quebecor's TVA Group Complaint Against Bell New Media Fund

The CRTC has dismissed the complaint by Quebecor Media Inc., on behalf of TVA Group Inc., regarding the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund application evaluation process.

Aug 7, 2014 — News Article

Canada's Public Broadcaster, CBC, Is "Beyond Propaganda" on Ukraine War by Roger Annis

Writer says that everything that is true and would help people understand the complex reality of Ukraine is being airbrushed out of the story by CBC and much of the rest of mainstream media.

Aug 7, 2014 — Salam Toronto

CRTC Ruling Upholds Rogers’ Responsibilities to Multilingual Programming

The CRTC rules that Rogers Broadcasting Limited’s request for sweeping regulatory relief for its OMNI ethnic television chain in spite of recent financial losses at those five stations.

Aug 6, 2014 — TB News Watch

CBC: Death by a thousand cuts by Bruce Hyer

MP says public funding of the CBC has dropped by 40 per cent since 1991, and things are getting even worse under the current government.

Aug 5, 2014 — PressProgress

Conservative MP caught on tape: "We are not making cuts to the CBC"

Manitoba Conservative MP Joyce Bateman says the government is not making cuts to the CBC and that they have stable funding stating "we are giving them as much taxpayer money as they ever have received."

Aug 5, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Let Parliament write the CBC’s script by Jeffrey Simpson

Columnist says tt’s too bad the board and management of the CBC didn’t throw the ball back to the government after the latest round of budget cuts and say: Tell us, which means telling Canadians, what you no longer want us to do. 

Aug 5, 2014 — Tech News

Canada Media Fund - 30 Canadian companies receive more than $6.7M for their innovative projects

Since 2010, the CMF has contributed $44.5M in development and marketing support to 204 interactive digital media projects as part of the Experimental Stream.

Aug 4, 2014 — Mediacaster

CMF Supports Digital Media, Interactive Content, Video Game Projects

A total of 18 Canadian companies received support totaling $4.3M to develop six applications, one interactive platform, and 11 games.

Aug 1, 2014 — ShawConnect

CRTC ruling upholds Rogers' responsibilities to multilingual programming

A CRTC ruling rebuffed Rogers Broadcasting Limited's request for sweeping regulatory relief for its OMNI ethnic television chain in spite of recent financial losses at those five stations.

Aug 1, 2014 — Broadcaster Magazine

CRTC Revokes, Renews Rogers OMNI License in Group Based Decision

Columnist says a CRTC ruling has both revoked and renewed the broadcasting licences for the multi-ethnic and multilingual conventional OMNI television station.

Aug 1, 2014 — Broadcaster Magazine

CRTC Ruling Upholds Rogers' Responsibilities to Multilingual Programming Says Union

A CRTC ruling rebuffed Rogers Broadcasting Limited's request for sweeping regulatory relief for its OMNI ethnic television chain in spite of recent financial losses at those five stations.

Jul 31, 2014 — Hollywood Reporter

Quebec Media Giant Restructures Money-Losing Assets by Etan Vlessing

The business-side shake-up at Quebecor Media aims to keep pace with changing Canadian newspaper, TV and digital consumer trends.

Jul 28, 2014 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian Actors, Advertisers Reach Tentative Deal by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says the new three-year agreement comes as Hollywood North aims at labor peace to keep U.S. producers from crossing the border for cost savings.

Jul 26, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

The CRTC Is Starting to Listen to Canadians by David Christopher

Columnist says over the last year, Canadians have seen the CRTC publish customer-friendly new rules for wireless, set up a special task force to investigate extortionate roaming fees, and start a conversation with Canadians about the Future of Television.

Jul 26, 2014 — Toronto Star

CBC/Radio-Canada: Fighting for a brighter future by Hubert T. Lacroix

CBC President and CEO says Canada’s public broadcaster has a plan that won’t stop delivering service to Canadians, but will change how those services are delivered.

Jul 25, 2014 — LeDevoir

Des journalistes de la télévision passent à la trappe

Radio-Canada is losing its best and brightest young journalistic talent as the bumping process triggered by deep Harper government-imposed budget cuts begins to kick in.

Jul 25, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Does Heather Conway have what it takes to save the CBC? by Simon Houpt

Heather Conway acknowledges she doesn’t know exactly what the result of staff cuts will look like or whether viewers will want the content the new CBC offers.

Jul 24, 2014 — Broadcaster Magazine

CBC Launches Digital Comedy Accelerator 'CBC ComedyCoup'

CBC, CineCoup Media and Just For Laughs Television are joining forces to deliver an opportunity to Canadian content creators with the launch of CBC ComedyCoup, a digital comedy accelerator.

Jul 22, 2014 — Ofcom

Ofcom Report on Internet safety measures

Ofcom in the UK has published a Report for the UK government outlining a series of safety measures designed to ensure family-friendly viewing for children, which have been agreed with the pincipal UK broadband providers.

Jul 22, 2014 — Winnipeg Free Press

Glover staffers remove ugly details from Wikipedia Elections Canada dispute cut from site by Oliver Sachgau

Columnist says staff of Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover anonymously edited her Wikipedia page to remove controversial details about her run-ins with Elections Canada.

Jul 21, 2014 — Calgary Herald

CBC argues for 'Netflix tax'

The CBC is pushing for online service Netflix and others to help fund Canadian content.

Jul 21, 2014 — Toronto Star

Hubert Lacroix must fight for CBC — or resign by Barry Kiefl

Columnist says there's some good in the CBC's five-year plan, but also a lot of bad, including the defeatism that has marked network president Hubert Lacroix's tenure.

Jul 19, 2014 — Toronto Star

Canuck shows get dismal ratings in U.S. by Tony Wong

Columnist says Canadian Comedy exports Seed and Backpackers didn’t make a splash on The CW with dismal ratings for their respective premiers.

Jul 18, 2014 — LeDevoir

Graham Fraser n’écarte aucune option by Philippe Orfali

Official Languages Commissioner Graham Fraser fears that recent CBC cuts will harm official language minority groups, and is considering a judicial intervention.

Jul 17, 2014 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Op-Ed from Bill Chambers, in response to Konrad Yakabuski's article by Bill Chambers

Bill Chambers says public broadcasters take on the roles required by the specific media needs of the societies they serve. 

Jul 16, 2014 — Hollywood Reporter

New Canadian Work Permit Rules Threaten Hollywood Shoots by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says recent changes to Canada's Temporary Foreign Workers Program threaten to leave Hollywood actors, directors and other key crew hired to work here stranded at the border.

Jul 16, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

Rogers: Warrant Needed From Now On For Subscriber by Daniel Tencer

The country’s second-largest telecom by revenue released its first-ever transparency report last month, which showed Rogers got nearly 175,000 requests for information from the government in 2013, or about 480 requests per day.

Jul 16, 2014 — CTV News

Twitter account highlights history of Ottawa staffers making Wiki edits

Columnist says a new automated Twitter account is shedding light on government staffers' apparent use of Wikipedia, revealing that users on the federal network have seemingly edited Wikipedia articles to remove scandalous information and update MPs' individual pages, among other things.

Jul 16, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

Rogers: Warrant Needed From Now On For Subscriber Data by Daniel Tencer

In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that police need a warrant to get even basic subscriber information from telecoms.

Jul 15, 2014 — Globe & Mail

CBC ‘in peril’ if funding cuts not reversed, former board members say by Simon Houpt

Nine former members of CBC/Radio-Canada’s board of directors have sent an urgent letter to the current board, saying the public broadcaster’s mandate is “in peril” if recent federal funding cuts are not reversed.

Jul 14, 2014 — News Article

Why Now Is the CRTC's Make or Break Moment by Michael Geist

When Canada's broadcast regulator embarked on the third and final phase of its consultations on the future of television regulation earlier this year, it left little doubt that a total overhaul was on the table.

Jul 14, 2014 — The Guardian

What will the BBC TV production shake-up mean for the industry? by John Plunkett & Maggie Brown

Industry experts examine the impact of scrapping quotas and the spin-off of TV production.

Jul 14, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Don’t make Radio-Canada subsidize the CBC by Konrad Yakabuski

Columnist says that as the cuts keep coming, fans of Radio-Canada, one of the most watched public broadcasters anywhere, are starting to resent paying the price for the CBC’s failure to connect with Canadians.

Jul 11, 2014 — Hollywood Reporter

YouTube Effect Costs Jobs at Canada's MuchMusic Channel by Etan Vlessing

MuchMusic must air music videos on 50 percent of its schedule and limit the number of scripted and reality shows, even as users increasingly get their music video fixes online.

Jul 11, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Even the content creators are stealing content by Simon Houpt

Columnist discusses those who make their living from the content-creation economy and yet think it’s fine to steal content that somebody else created.

Jul 11, 2014 — Toronto Star

The CRTC’s make-or-break moment by Michael Geist

Columnist says that when the CRTC  embarked on the third and final phase of its consultations on the future of television regulation earlier this year, it left little doubt that a total overhaul was on the table. 

Jul 10, 2014 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Op-Ed from Bill Chambers, in response to Wade Rowland's article "CBC President Hubert Lacroix Should Face the Music", published on July 3, on Huffington Post Canada. by Bill Chambers

CBC Vice President Bill Chambers says the CBC can either stamp its feet and demand more money, or it can focus hard on the things that are most important to Canadians and move with them into a future that finds a balance between heritage and innovation.

Jul 10, 2014 — Kidscreen

Canadian producers renew call for Netflix Canada tax by Etan Vlessing

Canadian indie producers have used media regulator the CRTC’s current Let’s Talk TV consultation to renew their call for Netflix Canada to subsidize local Canadian content production.

Jul 10, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Prof saw film as a form of resistance by George Pevere

Columnist says Peter Harcourt challenged students' preconceptions about movies made in Canada while pioneering cinema studies.

Jul 10, 2014 — Toronto Life

Everyone hates the CBC’s new strategic plan by Steve Kupferman

Columnist says the future had never looked bleaker for the CBC than it did last month, after CEO Hubert Lacroix announced that he would be cutting as many 1,500 jobs over the next six years as part of a strategic effort to absorb the broadcaster’s many budget cuts.

Jul 8, 2014 — Canadaland

LEAKED: CBC's Digital Strategy and Employee Q&A by Jesse Brown

Canadaland has obtained internal CBC documents illustrating how the organization is dealing with employee tension, rage and confusion.

Jul 8, 2014 — StarPhoenix

CBC wants 'Netflix tax'

In a submission to the CRTC, CBC argues any "over-thetop" streaming service, such as U.S.-based Netflix, that earns more than $25 million a year in Canada, should be required to pay into the Canadian Media Fund.

Jul 8, 2014 — Hollywood Reporter

No “Netflix Tax”, company cautions CRTC by Christina Peden

Netflix is warning the CRTC against imposing a tax on the American online streaming giant because they say they do plenty of business in Canada.

Jul 7, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

CBC: Netflix Should Pay Tax To Subsidize CanCon by Daniel Tencer

In a submission to a CRTC review of Canadian TV regulations, the public broadcaster argues that any “over-the-top” streaming service, such as Netflix, that earns more than $25 million a year in Canada should be required to pay into the Canadian Media Fund.

Jul 7, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Unforced error: Where are the female athletes on TV? by Elizabeth Benzetti

A 2010 study by American academics showed that while women made up 40 per cent of participants in sport, they received just 4 per cent of media coverage. 

Jul 7, 2014 — Playback

Canadian producers renew call for Netflix Canada tax by Etan Vlessing

Canadian indie producers have used media regulator the CRTC’s current Let’s Talk TV consultation to renew their call for Netflix Canada to subsidize local Canadian content production.

Jul 7, 2014 — Media in Canada

Shaw to apply to CRTC for all-news channel licence by Etan Vlessing

In a June 27 submission to the CRTC’s Let’s Talk TV consultation, the broadcaster unveiled plans for an upcoming license application for a “new hybrid local/national, English language, category C” channel to be known as Global News 1.

Jul 7, 2014 — Hollywood Reporter

New Shaw Media Channel to Crowd Canadian All-News TV Space by Etan Vlessing

The broadcast giant plans to launch a national news channel, Global News 1, after former NBC News anchor Dawna Friesen became the face of its flagship Global National newscast.

Jul 4, 2014 — Ottawa Business Journal

Shaw Media tells CRTC it plans to apply for a national all news channel

In filings to the CRTC, the media division of Shaw Communications, which operates Global Television, says it wants to launch a "hybrid local/national" English-language news channel.

Jul 4, 2014 — Toronto Star

CBC is foolish to separate news from culture by Rick Salutin

Columnist says the CBC is planning to reduce production in areas like music and drama in order to preserve the news, its core mandate, but that everyone knows news is entertainment, too, and Peter Mansbridge is a cultural artifact.

Jul 3, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

CBC President Hubert Lacroix Should Face the Music by Wade Rowland

Columnist says the real "shareholders" of the CBC or any other public broadcaster are the people of the nation it serves, not the government of the day.

Jul 3, 2014 — Hollywood Reporter

Netflix Warns Regulator Not to Tax Canadian Streaming Service by Etan Vlessing

The "Orange Is the New Black" streamer told the CRTC that Canadian content is already doing well online, making new regulatory obligations unnecessary.

Jul 2, 2014 — Yahoo!News

Defiant Al Jazeera faces conservative backlash after Arab Spring by Amena Bakr

Columnist says that Al Jazeera, the Qatari-funded television station whose reporting of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings won it millions of viewers in the Middle East, is defiant following a backlash by Arab governments that accuse it of supporting Islamists.

Jul 2, 2014 — Marketing Magazine

New Five Year Strategic Plan by Chris Powell

Despite reports that staffers were nonplussed by the new strategic announcement, with some factions calling for Lacroix to step down, the CBC head said he has “no intention” of resigning.

Jun 28, 2014 — The Telegram

I sat down by the CBC and wept by Marie Wadden

CBC Broadcaster says that what is being squeezed out of the public broadcaster, drop by drop, is creativity.

Jun 28, 2014 — CBC News

Pick-and-Pay cable would mean changes to local TV funding, say Bell, Rogers

In its submissions to the CRTC, Bell said it believes changes should be made by the regulator to allow local TV stations to be reclassified as "local specialty services."

Jun 28, 2014 — Le Devoir

La saignée by Jean-François Fortin

Failing the will to defend the CBC, Columnist says Lacroix should resign and the population should demand an end to the Conservative ideological crusade to destroy the public broadcaster.

Jun 28, 2014 — Globe & Mail

The CBC report is, shall we say, unwieldy in its use of jargon by Elizabeth Renzetti

Columnist gives her take on CBC's new report "A Space for All of Us".

Jun 28, 2014 — Yahoo!News

Telecom giants say they have different views on who should pay for local TV by David Friend

In its submissions to the CRTC, Bell said it believes changes should be made by the regulator to allow local TV stations to be reclassified as "local specialty services."

Jun 27, 2014 — News Article

CBC should focus on broadcasting by Bob Cox

Columnist asks why the CBC promising to turn itself into something that looks a lot like what newspapers are already doing in every community across the country?

Jun 27, 2014 — CityTV

Bell supports pick-and-pay, calls for changes to local TV business model

The CRTC is wrapping up a formal interventions process, part of its public consultations where it has collected comments from Canadians and the industry on the evolution of the broadcasting system, including the proposed pick-and-pay model.

Jun 27, 2014 — Windsor Star

Time for the government to re-evaluate CBC’s mandate and funding by Stephen Maher

Some people at the public broadcaster say CBC President Hubert Lacroix LaCroix is helping the Conservatives starve the CBC into irrelevance.

Jun 27, 2014 — CBC News

CRTC chair on future of TV in Canada

At a time when one-third of Canadians are watching TV online, Jean-Pierre Blais discusses the future of television and the perception that the CRTC is outdated.

Jun 27, 2014 — 900CHML

Radio Interview: The CBC is slashing 25 per cent of its workforce over the next five years

On Bill Kelly's radio show, Ian Morrison, FRIENDS Spokesperson, discusses CBC's cutback on evening newscasts and in-house production in a bid to shift its focus from radio and television to digital and mobile services.

Jun 27, 2014 — Canadian Labour Congress

You're doing it wrong: CLC President reacts to CBC cuts

CLC President Hassan Yussuff says it's time for governments to invest in Canadians and our collective future – something that is more than possible with the healthy budget surplus already being promised.

Jun 27, 2014 — Hollywood Reporter

How Canada's CBC is Shaping Its Digital Future With Mobile Content by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says the public broadcaster is now doing something to chase younger, hipper viewers raised online and on their smartphones.

Jun 27, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Disruption, what’s your function? How the CBC plans to disrupt ... itself by Simon Houpt

Columnist discusses how CBC will get out of the business of producing its own content, except for news, current affairs and radio.

Jun 26, 2014 — Toronto Star

Why CBC may have to sell its headquarters to survive by Tony Wong

Columnist says the public broadcaster may be forced to sell its downtown Toronto headquarters in the face of budget cuts.

Jun 26, 2014 — CBC News

CBC to cut back supper-hour news, in-house productions

The CBC is shifting its priorities from television and radio to digital and mobile services, a move that will reduce staff, and supper-hour news broadcasts and programs produced in-house, says CBC president and CEO Hubert T. Lacroix.

Jun 26, 2014 — Metro News

CBC cutting more than 1,000 jobs, scaling back TV news and in-house production by Laura Kane

Columnist says the CBC is slashing some 20 per cent of its workforce over the next five years, while cutting back evening newscasts and in-house production and raising the possibility of selling its flagship headquarters in Toronto.

Jun 26, 2014 — Edmonton Sun

CBC cuts jobs, continues free music giveaway by Brian Lilley

Columnist says that despite a parliamentary mandate to provide radio and television services to Canadians in exchange for an annual $1.1 billion subsidy, CBC says it will shift more of its resources to web and mobile productions while cutting core services.

Jun 26, 2014 —

CBC's new strategy shifts priorities away from TV, radio to digital, mobile services by Lesley Hunter

CBC President Hubert Lacroix says CBC/Radio-Canada’s new strategy will result in a leaner, focused, more modern and financially sustainable public broadcaster by 2020.

Jun 26, 2014 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian Cable Giant Continues to Lose TV Customers by Etan Vlessing

Shaw Communications managed cable and satellite TV price increases during the latest quarter but still shed subscribers.

Jun 26, 2014 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada's CBC to Ignore Older Viewers for Younger Ones to Stay 'Relevant' by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says CBC has announced it will increasingly ignore older TV viewers to target younger ones fleeing the public broadcaster for the Internet and mobile platforms.

Jun 26, 2014 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian Phone Giant Bell Supports 'Pick and Pay' Cable Unbundling by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says Canada is moving to allow consumers to choose only channels they want, rather than see U.S. channels like CNN and AMC bundled on high-penetration tiers.

Jun 26, 2014 —

Massive CBC cuts anger Canadian Media Guild and Friends of Canadian Broadcasting by Charlie Smith

FRIENDS says CBC President Hubert Lacroix is helping Stephen Harper drive CBC into the ground and that all Canadians - not the just the government - are shareholders in the public broadcaster.

Jun 26, 2014 — Globe & Mail

CBC to cut back ‘general’ TV programming as it shifts priorities by Daniel LeBlanc

CBC president Hubert Lacroix lays out the public broadcaster’s strategy to be on a stronger footing by 2020, with insiders forecasting a “culture shift” that will leave winners and losers in the organization.

Jun 26, 2014 — News Article

CBC Sees Salvation, Continued Operation in Digital, Mobile

Investments in mobility will outpace the investment in television at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as it shifts away from traditional TV and radio and towards digital and mobile services.

Jun 26, 2014 — Hamilton Spectator

Struggling CBC cutting back evening news by Laura Kane

The public broadcaster says it plans to have 1,000 to 1,500 fewer employees by 2020, in addition to the 657 job cuts it announced in April.

Jun 26, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Statement by the Minister of Canadian Heritage Shelly Glover About CBC/Radio-Canada

The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, issues a statement with respect to the announcement of CBC/Radio-Canada's new five-year strategic plan.

Jun 26, 2014 — Calgary Herald

CBC to cut newscasts, more jobs; broadcaster will also reduce newsroom space by Laura Kane

Columnist says the CBC is slashing some 20 per cent of its workforce over the next five years, while cutting back evening newscasts and in-house production and raising the possibility of selling its flagship headquarters in Toronto.

Jun 26, 2014 — Marketing Magazine

CBC Reveals New Strategic Plan and Goals for 2020 by Chris Powell

Columnist says while facing an uncertain future created by the loss of lucrative NHL revenues and reduced government funding, CBC/Radio-Canada has unveiled a new strategic plan emphasizing what it describes as three “fundamental” shifts: digital, the individual and the sustainable.

Jun 26, 2014 — CBC News

CBC to cut back supper-hour news, in-house productions

CBC President Hubert Lacroix says the public broadcaster is shifting its priorities from television and radio to digital and mobile services, a move that will reduce staff, and supper-hour news.

Jun 26, 2014 — Globe & Mail

The CBC’s a service, not a business by Wade Rowland

Author says the CBC is a public good, like the school system, like medicare, like our universities and colleges, our public museums and galleries.

Jun 26, 2014 — Globe & Mail

CBC plans massive staff cuts as it shifts to mobile-first strategy by James Bradshaw

Canada’s public broadcaster plans to shed up to a fifth of its staff by 2020 as part of a sweeping new vision to recalibrate the way it delivers news and programming to an increasingly mobile, on-demand audience.

Jun 25, 2014 —

What will Aereo's TV watchers do now? by Doug Gross, CNN

Columnist says Aereo, the embattled startup that captured shows from the broadcast airwaves and let users stream them digitally to their computers, smartphones or tablets, is essentially dead after a Supreme Court ruling.

Jun 25, 2014 — Toronto Star

CBC five-year plan has some fearing dismantling of public broadcaster by Tony Wong

Union leader Marc-Philippe Laurin says “We’re way beyond cutting to the bone, we’re sucking up the marrow.”

Jun 25, 2014 — Toronto Star

The Star donates more than one million archive photos to Toronto Public Library by Katelyn Verstraten

The images span the years 1900 to 1999, and offer a unique glimpse into how the city has changed and developed throughout the last century.

Jun 24, 2014 — Globe & Mail

CBC News changes policy on speeches given by on-air personalities by Simon Houpt

CBC News on-air personalities such as Peter Mansbridge will be banned from giving paid speeches to a wide array of groups after the public broadcaster came under fire for allowing its chief news correspondent to speak to a conference hosted by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

Jun 24, 2014 — Hollywood Reporter

Ad-Starved Canadian Broadcasters Cut Jobs, Costs by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says the CBC is weighing the closure of its in-house documentary unit, as rival Bell Media cuts 120 TV jobs in Toronto due to "advertising and subscription challenges."

Jun 24, 2014 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Thank you for sharing

A recent CBC survey says 80% of Anglophones and virtually all Francophones (98%) who responded to the questionnaire feel that CBC/Radio-Canada is important.

Jun 24, 2014 — Toronto Star

Bell Media cutting 120 television jobs in Toronto by Madhavi Acharya-Tom Yew

Approximately 5 per cent of Bell Media's Toronto area workforce and nearly 2 per cent of its national team will be laid off.

Jun 23, 2014 — Le Devoir

Des personnalités de la CBC craignent une baisse de la production documentaire by Laura Kane

CBC personalities denounce the broadcaster's proposal to end in-house production of long-form documentaries.

Jun 23, 2014 — Realscreen

Amid internal protest, CBC weighs docs unit closure by Adam Benzine

On-air presenters David Suzuki, Peter Mansbridge and Wendy Mesley are among a host of CBC staff who have signed a letter protesting proposals to shutter the Canadian public broadcaster’s in-house documentary production unit.

Jun 23, 2014 — Chronicle Herald

CBC personalities sign petition opposing planned documentary cuts by Laura Kane

CBC personalities including Peter Mansbridge, David Suzuki and Linden MacIntyre are speaking out against a CBC proposal to shut down in-house production of documentaries at the public broadcaster.

Jun 22, 2014 — Toronto Star

CRTC driven by corporate agenda by John McMurtry

Writer says the CRTC could ensure a true public broadcasting system at the core not driven by mindless corporate ads and agenda — but its public mandate has been subjugated to regulatory capture by corporate lobbies and big money demands.

Jun 21, 2014 — Guelph Mercury

The CRTC is abdicating its responsibilities by John McMurtry

Writer says the CRTC submits to one lobby demand after another for more total private corporate control of the public airwaves.

Jun 20, 2014 — Mediacaster

New Survey Stirs Old Debate on Cable, Satellite Pricing

A majority of respondents to a poll conducted by Forum Research also said the CRTC should be a stronger regulator of cable and satellite fees, and that it should collect data on competitive cable and satellite fees to ensure they are affordable.

Jun 17, 2014 — Digital Journal

CMG rally today in Ottawa as CBC Board meets to discuss more cuts to the public broadcaster

The Canadian Media Guild holds a rally to urge CBC board members to take their role to heart as they deal with the current round of cuts announced in April.

Jun 17, 2014 — Government of Canada

Government of Canada Announces Appointment to CRTC

Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, announces the appointment of Yves Dupras as a full-time member of the CRTC, designated for the Quebec Region, for a term of five years, effective August 11, 2014.

Jun 13, 2014 — Toronto Star

A fresh case for renewing the CBC: Analysis by Sarah Barmak

Columnist says among things CBC is seen as having done right is moving fast into digital with online news, streaming, downloads.

Jun 13, 2014 — The Tyee

Sorry CBC TV, Canada Is a Radio Nation by Shannon Rupp

Columnist says that because it's so cheap to produce, radio can be aimed at niche tastes, which also makes it the ideal medium for the world's largest small country and that Canada is a radio nation by virtue of its huge land mass and tiny population.

Jun 13, 2014 — Globe & Mail

MuchMusic an unwitting victim of its own success by Simon Houpt

Columnist says that while the magnitude of MuchMusic’s problems are unusual, its struggles reflect some of the hurdles the domestic TV industry faces in adapting to a wave of foreign competition.

Jun 11, 2014 — Canadaland

Globe Editorial Board endorsed Wynne Liberals, was overruled by Jesse Brown

A source within The Globe and Mail says Editorial Board unanimously agreed to endorse a minority Liberal government for the Ontario provincial election but was overruled at deadline by Editor-in-Chief David Walmsley.

Jun 10, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Ex-Vision TV head suing Moses Znaimer's ZoomerMedia by Jeff Gray

ZoomerMedia Ltd., the mini-media empire of Toronto television entrepreneur Moses Znaimer, is facing a lawsuit from the former chief executive officer of its religious specialty channel, Vision TV, who is demanding more than $900,000 in severance and damages for “mental and emotional distress.”

Jun 10, 2014 — Globe & Mail

What’s next for a leaner CBC without hockey? We ask the new head of TV programming by Marsha Lederman

Sally Catto was named to the position of CBC's General Manager of Programming.

Jun 8, 2014 — Literary Review of Canada

CBC in Crisis by Barry Kiefl

Columnist asks what changes are needed to ensure the CBC best serves Canadians?

Jun 6, 2014 — Waterloo Record

Shakeup in Canada’s TV world by Bill Brioux

Columnist says Rogers' $5.2-billion power play to lock up all rights to national NHL games over the next 12 years is the biggest roll of the dice in Canadian television.

Jun 4, 2014 — The Loop

Global: no Cancon this fall, ‘Big Brother Canada’ moves by Amber Dowling

Columnist says Global TV's fall schedule contains no scripted Canadian series and plenty of U.S. acquisition programming.

Jun 4, 2014 — News Article

Sports Rights: New NHL contract sets stage for wholesale sports channel fees to soar again by Greg O'Brien

Columnist says that given the money Rogers Communications paid for the rights to the National Hockey League games for the next 12 years, Canadians should watch for the wholesale fees paid for sports by BDUs – and their customers – to shoot up.

Jun 3, 2014 —

The Podcast: CBC CEO Hubert Lacroix feels "very fortunate to have the job that I have" by Greg O'Brien

In this podcast Hubert T. Lacroix answers whether he believes it is his good fortune – or misfortune – to be leading the CBC at this particular moment in history.

Jun 3, 2014 — Hamilton Spectator

60 years of being tuned in to CHCH by Graham Rockingham

CHCH-TV celebrates anniversary with an hour-long look at its past.

Jun 2, 2014 — Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC)

SMG issues letter to CBC President over affects of CBC funding cuts to amateur sport programming

The Sport Matters Group has recently sent a letter to CBC President/CEO Hubert Lacroix in regards to the recent budget cuts to the CBC and the possible side effects for the network's coverage of amateur sport. 

Jun 2, 2014 — Sport Research

SMG issues letter to CBC President over affects of CBC funding cuts to amateur sport programming

Senior Leader Bob Elliott, on behalf of the millions of Canadians involved in sport in Canada and the 60+ national organizations who are part of the Sport Matters Group, recently sent a letter to CBC President/CEO Hubert Lacroix in regards to the recent budget cuts to the CBC and the possible side effects for the network's coverage of amateur sport.

Jun 1, 2014 —

Conservative party fundraising letter asks if CBC should be privatized by Charlie Smith

A fundraising letter from the Conservative Party of Canada's director of political operations decries the growing concentration of media in Canada.

Jun 1, 2014 — Literary Review of Canada

On Treacherous Ground by Barry Kiefl

Columnist says the CBC will survive in some form for decades to come, but asks what changes are needed to ensure it best serves Canadians?

May 30, 2014 — Ottawa Star

CBC chair’s 2010 letter to Harper slams Tory attacks on public broadcaster by Dean Beeby

The Conservative party’s public attacks on the CBC have been “wilfully destructive” and undermine its independence, says a newly uncovered letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper from the broadcaster’s Tory-appointed former chair.

May 30, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

Why Is the CBC Trying To Crowdsource Its Own Vision? by D.K. Latta

Columnist says if you ask a hundred people what they want from the CBC, you'll get a hundred different answers. 

May 30, 2014 — Toronto Star

Stephen Harper presiding over Tories’ self-destructive madness by Chantal Hébert

Columnist says that instead of launching a national discussion on the way forward regarding the public broadcaster, the government is leaving CBC to die the death of a thousand cuts.

May 30, 2014 — Toronto Star

More cuts at CBC? 'Absolutely,’ says VP Heather Conway by Tony Wong

Heather Conway, formerly a business executive at the Art Gallery of Ontario, has been praised for her candour as the VP of English services at CBC.

May 30, 2014 — Waterloo Record

‘Republic of Doyle’ to end; CBC adds a western, WWII spy series by Laura Kane

CBC's Republic of Doyle is set to wrap after its upcoming sixth season, but creator and star Allan Hawco says the end of the show had nothing to do with budget cuts at the struggling public broadcaster.

May 30, 2014 — Vancouver Sun

A real conservative government would reform the CBC by Andrew Coyne

Columnist says the Conservative government continues to allow the CBC to exist because or all its pretensions of concern for the taxpayer, the CBC is more useful to it in its present state: not as a problem to be fixed, but as a platform on which to raise funds, a scapegoat for the party’s failures, a diversion for the base’s wrath.

May 29, 2014 — Globe & Mail

What CBC’s 12 new TV shows say about the public broadcaster’s future by James Bradshaw

Columnist says the new season features 12 new prime-time television titles and leans more heavily on comedy and serialized dramas with a predominantly Canadian flavour.

May 29, 2014 — News Article

CBC planning new cuts including making Radio 2 online-only: watchdog group by Laura Kane

FRIENDS says the CBC is planning a fresh round of service cuts, including making Radio Two online-only and merging some English and French programming — but the public broadcaster denies the claims.

May 29, 2014 — CBC News

Allan Hawco confirms end of Republic of Doyle

CBC has confirmed hit show Republic of Doyle will be filming its final season this summer.

May 29, 2014 — Pique

Team CBC by Cathryn Atkinson

Columnist says the CBC, more than any other media outlet in this country, makes her feel more connected to the length and breadth of Canada.

May 29, 2014 — CBC News

Allan Hawco confirms end of Republic of Doyle

CBC has confirmed hit show Republic of Doyle will be filming its final season this summer.

May 29, 2014 — News Article

CBC chair's 2010 letter to Harper slams Tory attacks on public broadcaster by Dean Beeby

A newly uncovered letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper from the broadcaster's Tory-appointed former chair say the Conservative party's public attacks on the CBC have been "wilfully destructive" and undermine its independence.

May 29, 2014 — Toronto Star

Brian Mulroney to become new chairman of Quebecor: report

Columnist says the move to make Brian Mulroney chairman of the board could signal an attempt by Quebecor to put some distance between itself and Pierre Karl Peladeau.

May 28, 2014 — News Article

In Spite of Cuts, CBC Should Take Risks by Michael Geist

Columnist says what the public often needs are the "raw materials" to enhance their content and better platforms to help distribute and market it and asks what if the CBC saw its public role primarily through that prism?

May 28, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

Has Canada Lost Faith in the CBC? by Barry Kiefl

Columnist says that if more funding is needed to serve Canadian audiences, especially in TV, CBC needs to be far more transparent about how it spends its money and explain more convincingly why more dollars are required.

May 28, 2014 — Globe & Mail

CBC’s popular The Sunday Edition to be cut down to two hours by Marsha Lederman

CBC says the move to cut The Sunday Edition to two hours was not motivated by budget cuts, but rather program and schedule development.

May 28, 2014 —

Knowlton Nash a 'great journalist,' 'believer in public broadcasting' by Laura Kane

Columnist says revered anchorman Knowlton Nash is as a devoted family man and top-notch journalist who always had time to help a colleague and steadfastly believed in the CBC.

May 28, 2014 — Cape Breton Post

Sydney rally planned to support CBC

It was recently announced that one reporting position at CBC Cape Breton will be eliminated as a result of the most recent cuts.

May 27, 2014 — Globe & Mail

The media join Harper’s hit list by Lawrence Martin

Columnist says that in a recent fundraising letter, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives turned their guns on the news media and asked supporters whether the public broadcaster should be privatized.

May 27, 2014 — Hollywood Reporter

Struggling Canadian Broadcasters Embrace Paid Product Placementsby Etan Vlessing

Columnist says conventional networks are following Hollywood and slipping brands and logos into their channel offerings to boost revenues.

May 26, 2014 — Joe Cressy

Joe calls on Parliament to stand up for CBC

NDP Candidate in the Trinity-Spadina by-election says that ever since they took office, Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have been targeting CBC with cuts and repeated threats to its independence.

May 26, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Follow the money: Canadian TV really is a racket by John Doyle

Columnist says that the broad story of Canadian TV, as it is understood by many, is that the CBC gets about $1-billion from the public to fund its endeavours and commercial broadcasters get little or nothing while taking risks to deliver any Canadian content, but that isn't true.

May 26, 2014 — Marketing Magazine

Brand Doctor: What Now for the CBC?

Marketing Magazine asks what will  the NHL season coming to an end and with it the CBC’s dominance of Canadian hockey broadcasting since 1952 mean to the public broadcaster as a channel and a brand?

May 24, 2014 — Toronto Star

What if the CBC Really Put Everything Up for Review? by Michael Geist

Columnist says that while no one has all the answers, starting with the view that what ails the CBC is primarily a lack of funding demonstrates a lack of vision and misses the broadcast revolution that is well underway.

May 24, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Former CBC anchor Knowlton Nash dead at age 86

Knowlton Nash, a veteran CBC broadcaster best known as long-time anchor of The National, dies at age 86.

May 23, 2014 — Broadcaster Magazine

Campaign Launched to Stop CBC Cuts

FRIENDS says CBC executives have already decided on a new round of service cuts even before their manipulative consultation with Canadians has concluded.

May 23, 2014 — Chronicle Herald

CBC plans new cuts including making Radio 2 online-only: watchdog group by Laura Kane

FRIENDS says the CBC is planning a fresh round of service cuts, including making Radio Two online-only and merging some English and French programming — but the public broadcaster denies the claims.

May 23, 2014 — Media in Canada

CBC denies reports that additional cuts are a done deal by Michael Kolberg

CBC is refuting a report from FRIENDS that claims decisions about additional cuts to the pubcaster have already been made.

May 23, 2014 — Toronto Star

Will CBC kill the 6 o’clock news? by Joel Eastwood

Columnist says that as CBC struggles with budget cuts and a changing media landscape, the public broadcaster considers overhauling its local TV news in cities like Edmonton, where costs are high, ratings are low and private broadcasters dominate.

May 23, 2014 — Media in Canada

CBC denies reports that additional cuts are a done deal by Michael Kolberg

CBC is refuting a report from FRIENDS that claims decisions about additional cuts to the pubcaster have already been made.

May 23, 2014 — Sun News Network

Lobby group pleads for more tax dollars for CBC by Mark Dunn

FRIENDS says CBC Radio Two is threatened, children's programming will be scaled back and other programming will be cancelled to couter the recent cuts to the public broadcaster.

May 23, 2014 — Toronto Star

Will CBC kill the 6 o’clock news? by Joel Eastwood

Columnist says that as it struggles with budget cuts and a changing media landscape, the public broadcaster considers overhauling its local TV news in cities like Edmonton, where costs are high, ratings are low and private broadcasters dominate.

May 23, 2014 — Toronto Star

You pay $29 a year for the CBC — what should you get in return? by Joel Eastwood

CBC president Hubert Lacroix is calling for a national conversation on how the cash-strapped public broadcaster can best deliver its programming to Canadians in a changing media landscape.

May 22, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Tories ask donors to dig deep for 2015 election battle by Steven Chase

The Conservative Party of Canada is asking key donors to fill out a “National News Media Evaluation Survey” that rates newspapers and TV outlets by their perceived political bias and asks whether supporters believe that “the CBC costs taxpayers too much and its operations should be privatized.”

May 22, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

CBC Radio 2 To Go Online-Only, Watchdog Group Says by Laura Kane

FRIENDS says the CBC is planning a fresh round of service cuts, including making Radio Two online-only and merging some English and French programming — but the public broadcaster denies the claims.

May 22, 2014 — Brampton Guardian

CBC planning more cuts: watchdog group by Laura Kane

FRIENDS says executives are set to propose several major cuts when the board of directors meets in Ottawa on June 17 and 18, including making Radio 2 online-only and merging some French and English programs.

May 20, 2014 — News Article

Lettre ouverte des artisans de Radio-Canada Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean

Employees of Radio-Canada's Saguenay operations outline the major cuts in regional service to date and sound the alarm about cuts to come. They say they cannot continue to ensure quality service to the public with such dramatically reduced budgets.

May 20, 2014 — Cape Breton Post

Speak up to ensure CBC's continued existence by Pat Bates

Columnist says that like anything worth saving, fixing the public broadcaster will take a little work.

May 20, 2014 — Sun News Network

CBC’s silly salary secrecy

Columnist takes issue with CBC's claim that Peter Mansbridge is paid $80,000 a year.

May 16, 2014 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada's CBC Fights Back as Politicians Demand to Know Top Anchor Salary by Etan Vlessing

Hubert Lacroix, president of the Canadian public broadcaster, refuses to reveal how much Peter Mansbridge earns on privacy grounds.

May 15, 2014 — Digital Journal

The Future of the CBC/Radio-Canada - Tous amis de Radio-Canada Agrees with the IRIS Analysis: CBC/Radio-Canada Poll Is Biased

Francis Fortier concludes that the technical and methodological sampling problems, the political angle of the survey, as well as the very construction of questions and response options hindered the entire validity of the CBC/Radio-Canada's survey initiative.

May 15, 2014 — Globe & Mail

More Canadians cutting the cord? TV subscriber numbers fall for first time by James Bradshaw

Columnist says Canadians may be starting to cut the cord on traditional television packages, as figures published by the federal broadcast regulator show subscribers declining for the first time in the face of proliferating online options.

May 15, 2014 — Globe Advisor

CRTC releases 2013 financial results for Canadian cable and satellite companies

The CRTC releases statistical and financial information on Canadian broadcasting distribution companies for the broadcast year that ended August 31, 2013.

May 15, 2014 — Sun News Network

NDP MP accuses minister of 'killing Hockey Night in Canada' by Giuseppe Valiante

During an appearance at a heritage committee meeting, Shelly Glover says "The CBC has enough money. The $1.1 billion it gets is almost the same size as my entire departmental budget."

May 15, 2014 — Toronto Star

Tim Hudak won't say whether he would eliminate TVO by Robert Benzie

Columnist says Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak repeatedly dodged questions Thursday about whether he would kill public broadcaster TVOntario, which produces such programs as The Agenda With Steve Paikin.

May 15, 2014 — National Post

A fourth national wireless carrier could give the Canadian economy $1B boost annually, watchdog says by Christine Dobby

The Competition Bureau said that based on a report it commissioned, a new nation-wide competitor could increase the wireless penetration rate and lower incumbent prices, although it estimates the increased competition would lead to a decrease of just 2% in average retail prices.

May 14, 2014 — Sun News Network

Senate says CBC's moves to hide salaries of big names an 'insult' by Giuseppe Valiante

Columnist says CBC President Hubert Lacroix responded to the Senate's committee on transport and communications' request for financial disclosure by submitting 184 pages of base employee salary scales that senators said left out the full take-home income of many of the corporation's big-name personalities.

May 14, 2014 — IRIS

CBC : it’s fine to consult, as long as you do it properly by Francis Fortier

Translation of the commentary by IRIS on methodological problems with the CBC’s survey instrument in its current “conversation” with Canadians.

May 13, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

The CBC Wants to Cancel Your Favourite Shows by Barry Kiefl

Columnist says CBC radio has lost a fifth of its staff in the past 5 years and even more of its budget, while CBC TV has had only minor reductions.

May 13, 2014 — National Post

‘I can’t see any conceivable way the anchor of a national news broadcast is only making $80,000 a year’ by Theresa Tedesco

According to the 184-page submission made by the CBC to the Senate’s transport and communications committee, Peter Mansbridge’s maximum salary scale for 2013 is just under $80,500.

May 8, 2014 — Edmonton Sun

Cut the CBC’s public purse strings 5 by Eric Duhaime

Columnist says “Tout le monde en parle” shows the need to stop forcing every Canadian to pay on average close to $30 per year to the public broadcaster for a biased and partisan media.

May 8, 2014 —

Nous sommes aussi Radio-Canada

Employees of Radio-Canada's Mauricie/Centre du Québec operations outline the major cuts in regional service to date and sound the alarm about cuts to come. They say they cannot continue to ensure quality service to the public with such dramatically reduced budgets.

May 8, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Arts programming can save the CBC from oblivion by Peter Raymont

Columnist says cuts of programs and jobs at the CBC creates an opportunity for our national public broadcaster to re-imagine its role and mission and to truly reinvent itself, yet there has been little mention of the role of arts programming on the CBC.

May 8, 2014 — CBC News

Alison Smith and Linden MacIntyre leaving CBC

Veteran CBC journalist says he made the difficult decision to leave the public broadcaster, in part, to take a stand against recently announced budget cuts, which he believes are having the strongest impact on young reporters and producers.

May 7, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Veteran journalist Linden MacIntyre first high-profile casualty of CBC cuts by Simon Houpt

Veteran journalist Linden MacIntyre says if there’s 500-plus people disappearing due to recent CBC cuts, he'd like one or two of them to be recognizable so that the numbers aren't meaningless to people – to the taxpayers who are paying a big part of the freight.

May 7, 2014 — News Article

If the CBC doesn’t defend itself, who will? by John Doyle

Columnist asks are CBC/Radio-Canada TV stars right or wrong to openly protest cuts to the CBC and call on CBC bosses to do more to defend the public broadcaster?

May 7, 2014 — National Post

The fed’s wireless hangup: Does Canada really need more players in its telecom market?

Mobilicity, one of the small new entrants in the wireless sector, is trying for the third time to sell its business to TELUS, one of the big three telecom companies.

May 7, 2014 — Marketing Magazine

Mongeau on CBC’S New Sales Structure (Q&A) by Chris Powell

Columnist says newly appointed as general manager, chief revenue officer for CBC/Radio-Canada, Jean Mongeau is preparing to steer the Corp. through what is shaping up as the most turbulent period in its history.

May 6, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

Here's How We Can Pay For the CBC by Barry Kiefl

On average Canadians think that about 20 per cent of their bill goes to CBC and other local stations, when it is actually zero.

May 6, 2014 — Times Online

Time for national conversation on CBC’s future: head

CBC President Hubert Lacroix says "if we all believe in public broadcasting, then we need to support it, adjust its mandate to reflect the complexities of the current media environment, and to give it the resources it needs to fulfil that mandate."

May 6, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

Broadcast television revenues slip again in 2013 CBC

Canada's traditional broadcasters made less money last year even as a reduction in the cost of doing business was outpaced by a sharp decline in advertising revenue.

May 6, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Canada’s local TV stations in the red as ad sales slump by Simon Houpt

Canada’s private conventional TV broadcasters lost money last year as they suffered a slump in advertising that some executives predict is only going to get worse.

May 5, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

Would You Pay More Tax For Your Cable TV? by Barry Kiel

The President of Canadian Media Research Inc. suggests that if cable companies chose to pass the tax on and bring it to the attention of their subscribers, many might be very surprised to learn that Rogers, Bell and others have not been giving some of the monthly fee to the CBC all along.

May 5, 2014 — Metro News

Time for national chat on CBC's future: Lacroix by Melanie Marquis

Hubert Lacroix told the Canadian Club of Montreal that a nationwide discussion needs to take place and he laid out some of the issues that need to be addressed and who should be heard from.


May 5, 2014 — Digital Journal

CBC/Radio-Canada: Facing a Defining Moment

CBC President Hubert Lacroix says that what the public broadcaster needs at this point in its history is a nationwide conversation about its future.

May 5, 2014 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Speaking notes for Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO, CBC/Radio-Canada, at the Canadian Club of Montreal

CBC President says that since January 1, 2008 revenue reductions have affected the equivalent of 2,107 full-time positions at the public broadcaster.

May 3, 2014 — Global News

WATCH: Rob Ford joke gets laughs at White House Correspondents’ Dinner by John R. Kennedy

Comedian plays up how tax credits for film and television bring  jobs to cities like Vancouver, Toronto and Vancouver again.

May 2, 2014 — Canadian Press

Court rules that CRTC must stay out of appeal against its new wireless code by Terry Pedwell

The Federal Court of Appeal ruled this week that the CRTC could not argue on its own behalf in an appeal by Canada's major service providers over the start date for the wireless code, which is set to kick in by June of next year.

May 2, 2014 — The Western Star

Court rules that CRTC must stay out of appeal against its new wireless code

The Federal Court of Appeal ruled this week that the country's telecom regulator could not argue on its own behalf in an appeal by Canada's major service providers over the start date for the wireless code, which is set to kick in by June of next year.

May 2, 2014 — Sun News Network

Time to sell the state broadcaster by Brian Lilley

Brian Lilley says that despite getting over $1-billion a year from the government, the CBC wants more money.

May 1, 2014 — Brampton Guardian

On the Hill: Protesting public service cuts by Terry Pedwell

CBC CEO Hubert Lacroix appears at the House of Commons official languages committee to discuss programming changes at the public broadcaster following recent budget cuts.

May 1, 2014 — Broadcaster Magazine

CRTC Releases Results of the Let's Talk TV: Choicebook

The CRTC releases the results of the “Let's Talk TV” Choicebook.

May 1, 2014 — Le Devoir

Hubert Lacroix témoigne en comité sur l'impact des compressions

CBC President Lacroix tells House of Commons Official Languages Committee that, as a result of all the cuts, it will be impossible to meet all CBC’s priorities and that in future it will do less.

Apr 29, 2014 — Winnipeg Free Press

CRTC putting big TV changes on the table by Brad Oswald

In preparation for the third phase of its medium-redefining Let's Talk TV: A Conversation with Canadians initiative, the CRTC has issued a call for submissions that will help shape a public hearing on the future of this country's television system, which begins Sept. 8 in Ottawa.

Apr 29, 2014 — The Tyee

A Makeover for Canadian Broadcasting by Michael Geist

Columnist says that after decades of serving the interests of big broadcasters, Canada's television regulations may finally turn in favour of viewers at home.

Apr 29, 2014 — News Article

CRTC ready to hit reset button on TV regulation by Michael Geist

Columnist says broadcasting executives have dismissed consumer demands for greater flexibility, but the CRTC notes that Canadians have jumped at the chance for greater flexibility when it is offered.

Apr 29, 2014 — Edmonton Sun

CBC union wants taxpayers to pay more by Giuseppe Valiante

The union representing CBC workers says the broadcaster needs a 50% increase in funding on top of the $1.1 billion it already gets from taxpayers.

Apr 28, 2014 — Financial Post

Quebecor CEO Robert Dépatie resigns for health reasons Republish Reprint by Christie Dobby

The Montreal-based telecom and media company cited health reasons for Robert Dépatie’s resignation as president and chief executive less than a year after he took over from Pierre Karl Péladeau.

Apr 28, 2014 —

Canada's game commodified. CBC suffers. by Matt Dusenbury

Columnist says that with the recent multi-year, multi-billion dollar broadcast deal between the National Hockey League and Rogers Communications Inc., the country's media landscape is on the precipice of a massive shift.

Apr 25, 2014 —

Say goodbye to TV’s golden age: Why Comcast’s rise and net neutrality’s downfall will change everything by Andrew Leonard

Columnist says the economic model that sustains quality TV is under assault.

Apr 25, 2014 — Toronto Star

What would you do if you could hit the reset button on TV regulation? by Michael Geist

Columnist says the CRTC has launched the third phase of its Let’s Talk TV consultation by opening the door to hitting the reset button on broadcasting regulation in Canada. 

Apr 25, 2014 — Regina Leader-Post

Could a late-night talk show boost CBC? by Bill Brioux

Columnist says without a talk show, there’s no platform on which to build a Canadian star system.

Apr 25, 2014 — National Post

Net neutrality’s demise: In U.S. and Canada, regulators look at changing rules by Christine Dobby

Columnist says anyone who streams YouTube videos or catches up on Netflix shows on their smartphone will be affected by the next showdown over the open Internet in Canada.

Apr 24, 2014 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada Moves Closer to Pick-And-Pay Cable TV Pricing by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC has set out how Canadians may be allowed to only pay for channels they want to view for maximum choice and flexibility.

Apr 24, 2014 — National Post

If the CBC doesn’t prioritize Canadian programming, who will? by Scott Stinson

Columnist says if ever there was a time for Ottawa to cast aside such concerns and get down to figuring out the purpose of a publicly funded broadcaster, this is it.

Apr 23, 2014 — New York Times

F.C.C., in ‘Net Neutrality’ Turnaround, Plans to Allow Fast Lane by Edward Wyatt

The Federal Communications Commission will propose new rules that allow Internet service providers to offer a faster lane through which to send video and other content to consumers, as long as a content company is willing to pay for it.

Apr 22, 2014 — Montreal Gazette

Opinion: The future of community television by Steve Faguy

Editorial states that ICTV’s complaint against Vidéotron will be judged according to a CRTC policy that leaves a lot of room for interpretation.

Apr 21, 2014 — Globe & Mail

No, the CBC’s not cool. Nor should it be by Konrad Yakabuski

Columnist says that with Ottawa sending that message "It is up to the CBC to provide programming that Canadians actually want to watch", it’s little wonder programmers fear that the failure to boost ratings will only give politicians further ammunition to cut their funding.

Apr 21, 2014 — Montreal Gazette

Television may become obsolete by Andrew Coyne

Columnist says CBC TV finds itself in the same sinking boat of fragmented audience and decline in television viewing as other broadcasters.

Apr 21, 2014 — CBC News

Netflix to hike monthly prices by $1 or $2 for new subscribers

The internet video service is about to raise its prices for the first time in three years to help pay for more internet video programming such as its popular political drama House of Cards.

Apr 18, 2014 — Globe & Mail

How Temple Street is changing the face of Canadian television by Simon Houpt

Temple Street founders say they can never forget that they hold onto the rights of their shows because of a subsidy system that has been created over time to Canadian production companies.

Apr 18, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Barbara Motzney and her dream of a consumer-friendly CRTC by Rita Trichur

Columnist says Barbara Motzey's goal is to transform the CRTC: “It will all be about serving Canadians.”

Apr 17, 2014 — Pique

Hockey's not the only sport leaving CBC by Eric MacKenzie

Columnist says the loss of sports on CBC Television is a problem because sport forms an important part of the national identity.

Apr 17, 2014 — Vancouver Courier

Opinion: CBC defenders define Mother Corp’s role by Geoff Olson

Columnist says Leo Housakos' comments are consistent with a vision of Canada remade in Stephen Harper’s image: cut-off, controlling, and tone-deaf to public debate, scientific evidence and artistic creativity.

Apr 17, 2014 —

Neuf idées pour Radio-Canada by Nathalie Collard

Nine prominent Quebecers react to cuts to CBC budgets. Reactions include suggestions for ambitious outreach to collaborate with other public broadcasters around the world, defeating the Harper government and pleading with the public to protest more energetically.

Apr 17, 2014 — Michael Geist

Access Copyright Urges Copyright Board to Ignore Bill C-11′s Expansion of Fair Dealing by Michael Geist

Writer says the government would not have added education to the fair dealing purposes if it had no meaning at all and that it was clearly the government’s intent to expand the scope of fair dealing to cover more than research and private study.

Apr 16, 2014 — Canadian Press

Watchdog group questions CBC's planning amid expected cuts at the broadcaster by Cassandra Szklarski

FRIENDS questions whether the public broadcaster could have done more to avert its financial woes.

Apr 16, 2014 — News Article

Don't Believe Everything You Read About CBC Cuts by Barry Kiefl

Columnist says it is not just a question of more money, it is also necessary to define the role of CBC TV.

Apr 16, 2014 — Marketing Magazine

Advertising on CBC Vital to Canadian Broadcast System: CMDC, ACA by Chris Powell

Two of Canada’s leading advertising organizations say the continued presence of advertising on CBC services is vital to not only the public broadcaster’s future, but to the health of the Canadian broadcast system.

Apr 16, 2014 —

Why you should be deeply dreading the Comcast-Time Warner merger by Zaid Jilani

Columnist says Comcast and Time Warner's claim of "substantial public interest benefits" is untrue.

Apr 16, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

Don't Believe Everything You Read About CBC Cuts by Barry Kiefl

Columnist says the public who read all these stories about CBC and its crisis need to have the correct facts about its funding, staffing and audiences.

Apr 15, 2014 — News Article

657 jobs cut at cash-strapped CBC

The English Services cuts include about 100 regional jobs, approximately 62 positions from revenue and sales operations, 38 from operations/technology, 34 in communications and marketing, and 12 from radio/music.

Apr 15, 2014 — Edmonton Sun

Cable bill hike to pay for CBC? by Brian Lilley

Columnist says the head of the CBC is floating the idea of taking a percentage of every cable or satellite bill in Canada as a way to get the public broadcaster more money.

Apr 15, 2014 — iPolitics

Time for the CBC to take a big gamble by Paul Adams

Columnist says the prevailing attitude of CBC management has been that the network has to look first to its institutional interest — to its survival.

Apr 15, 2014 — News Article

VIDEO: A CBC tax? by Brian Lilley

The Heritage Minister's Office says the CBC already receives significant taxpayer funds and can operate within their existing budget, and that it's up to the public broadcaster to provide programming that Canadians want to watch.

Apr 14, 2014 — Toronto Star

Give CBC the focus and the funding it needs to succeed: Editorial

Editorial says the CBC needs a coherent vision, a more sharply defined mandate and stable support from Parliament to succeed.

Apr 14, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

Consider This Before You Cheer CBC Cuts by D.K. Latta

Columnist says that when it comes to radio, no private broadcaster is offering a competing sea-to-sea-to-sea 24 hour radio service mixing music and talk, news and human interest.

Apr 14, 2014 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada's Shaw Communications Cuts 400 Jobs by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says the cable and media giant is reorganizing to fend off stiff competition in western Canada from phone giant Telus Corp.

Apr 14, 2014 —

CBC TV finds itself in same sinking boat as other broadcasters by Andrew Coyne

Columnist says that increasingly, the CBC’s dilemma is indistinguishable from that facing the private networks, themselves suffering from a fragmented audience and a decline in television viewing. 

Apr 14, 2014 —

CBC: Life support or the killing floor? by Talin Vartanian

Columnist says endless hacking away at the CBC's budget has been going on for decades through a succession of both Liberal and Conservative governments.

Apr 14, 2014 — Sun News Network

CBC must deal with new reality

Editorial suggests that if the CBC privatizes or reinvents itself to be like TVO or PBS they could work with a smaller budget.

Apr 13, 2014 — Metro News

Why CBC’s slow death is bad for all Canadians — no matter where you live by Jeremy Klaszus

Columnist says people inside and outside the broadcaster are forever speculating about what exactly the CBC should be and which direction it should go.

Apr 13, 2014 — Vancouver 24hrs

Specialization, not more funding will help CBC survive by Brent Stafford

Columnist says  the CBC should focus more on regional news, investigative reporting and documentary production.

Apr 11, 2014 — Globe & Mail

How would you reimagine the CBC?

The Globe Mail has reached out to creative and cultural thinkers across the country and asked them how they would reimagine the CBC.

Apr 11, 2014 — Chronicle Journal

A way forward for the CBC

FRIENDS says that while the public broadcaster remains essential in the Canadian media landscape, it hasn’t done enough to contend with the cuts it’s already endured let alone prepare for new ones.

Apr 11, 2014 — CBC's Radio Q

Q Essay: It's time to defend public broadcasting by Jian Ghomeshi

Following news of a $130 million cut to CBC/Radio Canada's budget, and layoffs of 657 staff members, Jian Ghomeshi speaks to a tough 24 hours within the organization, reflects on the CBC's unique mandate, and urges those that believe in public broadcasting to speak up.

Apr 10, 2014 — Prince George Citizen

CBC cuts deep to knock $130 million from its budget

The CBC is slashing 657 positions over two years to cope with a massive budget shortfall.

Apr 10, 2014 — News Article

Ad Revenue on CBC More Vital Than Ever

At their appearance before the Standing Senate Committee on Transportation and Communications yesterday evening, the Association of Canadian Advertisers and Canadian Media Directors' Council  called for the continuation of advertising as a key revenue source for the CBC.

Apr 10, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Shaw Announces Second Quarter Financial and Operating Results

Net income of $222 million or $0.46 per share for the quarter ended February 28, 2014 compared to $182 million or $0.38 per share for the same period last year.

Apr 10, 2014 — Globe & Mail

CBC cuts 657 jobs, reduces programs by Simon Houpt

Of the 657 eliminated positions, 334 are from English-language services, comprising 234 from network operations and 100 from the regions, and 323 from the French-language Radio-Canada service.

Apr 10, 2014 — News Article

In 2012, a CBC 'Hockey Nightmare in Canada' foretold? by Robyn Smith

FRIENDS says there's no way the CBC could absorb the financial shortfall caused by losing hockey and the federal budget cuts without laying off employees.

Apr 10, 2014 — Hamilton Spectator

CBC eliminates 657 positions as part of $130 million in cuts

FRIENDS says CBC’s presence in Canada’s regions is going to be further weakened by the public broadcaster's recent round of job cuts.

Apr 10, 2014 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Speaking notes for Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO, CBC/Radio-Canada — Budget 2014/2015

CBC President's speaking notes from from the Public Broadcaster's townhall meeting, April 10th, 2014.

Apr 10, 2014 — Brampton Guardian

657 jobs cut at cash-strapped CBC

FRIENDS is concerned over the public broadcaster's scaled-back regional coverage, warning the move will centralize operations to the detriment of the rest of the country.

Apr 10, 2014 — National Post

CBC may cut roughly 600 positions on Thursday, lobby group says by Christine Dobby

FRIENDS says The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation could be facing layoffs in the range of 600 positions as it grapples with a financial shortfall of $130-million to $150-million.

Apr 10, 2014 — Metro News

Canada now a ‘less-informed nation’: CBC cuts 657 jobs by Sam Smith For Metro

CBC, the nation’s sole public broadcaster, is losing 657 of its staff over the next two years and will no longer be pursuing national sports broadcasting rights.

Apr 10, 2014 — News Article

CBC cuts jobs – sports coverage will be slashed

FRIENDS is concerned about CBC's scaled-back regional coverage, and warns the move will centralize operations to the detriment of the rest of the country.

Apr 10, 2014 — Toronto Star

CBC cuts 657 jobs to cope with $130 million shortfall

The public broadcaster announced Thursday it would no longer compete for the rights to broadcast professional sports and cancelled planned expansions into new regions.

Apr 10, 2014 — Marketing Magazine

Watchdog group charts CBC’s funding decline over the decades

Adjusted for 2104 dollars CBC’s parliamentary appropriation plunged by more than $400 million, from $1.64 billion to $1.19 billion, between 1994-95 and 1997-98.

Apr 10, 2014 — Ottawa Citizen

Watchdog group questions CBC's planning amid expected cuts at the broadcaster by Cassandra Szklarski

FRIENDS says the public broadcaster has long known reduced federal funds, a softening advertising market, the expense of the Sochi Olympics and the potential loss of hockey broadcast rights could put them in a tough spot for the 2014-2015 budget.

Apr 10, 2014 — Hollywood Reporter

Cash-Strapped CBC to Stop Glitzy Reality Competition Series by Etan Vlessing

CBC says it is cancelling "Battle of the Blades" as it looks to balance its books with another round of job and programming cuts.

Apr 10, 2014 — Hollywood Reporter

CBC to Cut 657 Jobs Over Two Years

Columnist says the job losses come during the latest round of cost-cutting at the Canadian pubcaster as it deals with lower government subsidies and the loss of NHL game revenues.

Apr 10, 2014 — Media in Canada

CRTC denies local program averaging bid by Bell Media, CBC by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC has denied separate bids by Bell Media and the CBC to average their weekly local programming requirements on a quarterly basis during the broadcast year.

Apr 9, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

Digital Canada 150: The Digital Strategy Without a Strategy by Michael Geist

Columnist says four years of waiting has yielded a modest vision of Canada's digital future that frequently focuses more on what the government has done than on where it wants to go.

Apr 9, 2014 — News Article

CBC cuts: Senate report calls for more francophone programming by Joel Eastwood

The Senate Committee on Official Languages says the public broadcaster must ensure both English and French speakers “have access to programming of equivalent quality in all regions of Canada.


Apr 9, 2014 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC slashes 650 full-time jobs and gives up on professional sports to fill $130M shortfall by Christine Dobby

FRIENDS says the erosion of conventional television advertising is a partial explanation for the pressures facing the CBC, but the impact of government cuts is far more significant.

Apr 9, 2014 — Fort Erie Times

NDP wants more taxpayer cash for CBC by Brian Lilley

Heritage Minister Shelly Glover says it is up to the CBC and Radio-Canada to provide viewership and programming that Canadians are interested in.

Apr 9, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

CBC Cuts Could Put 600 Jobs On Chopping Block, Watchdog Warns by Cassandra Szklarski

FRIENDS says the CBC's budget reduction was introduced in 2012 and phased in over three years, giving the broadcaster at least some time to prepare for the full brunt of a $115-million blow to the 2014-2015 budget.

Apr 9, 2014 — Vancouver Sun

Watchdog asks why CBC didn’t prepare better for financial crunch by Cassandra Szklarski

FRIENDS says the public broadcaster has long known reduced federal funds, a softening advertising market, the expense of the Sochi Olympics and the potential loss of hockey broadcast rights could put them in a tough spot for the 2014-2015 budget.

Apr 9, 2014 — Regina Leader Post

Cuts hurt CBC's language mandate: Senate report by Jordan Press

A senate report says looming budget and job cuts at Canada's public broadcaster may hinder the vitality and survival of minority official language communities across the country.

Apr 8, 2014 — Globe & Mail

We’re asking the wrong question about the CBC by John Doyle

Columnist says the digital age has made us stupid about many things and CBC’s role in the future is to be smart and to make smart TV, in particular.

Apr 8, 2014 — Globe & Mail

CBC staff brace for budget cuts expected Thursday by Simon Houpt

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation staff across the country are bracing for three town-hall meetings on Thursday, where they will learn their fate in the wake of a multimillion-dollar budget shortfall after the broadcaster lost the rights to National Hockey League games.

Apr 8, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

CBC Job Cuts, Budget Reductions To Be Announced Thursday: Reports

CBC staff are preparing themselves for bad news as the broadcaster is expected to announce a major round of job cuts and reductions to services.

Apr 8, 2014 — Toronto Star

CBC faces more cuts this week, watchdog warns

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting warns of layoffs and cuts to CBC programming.

Apr 8, 2014 — News Article

CBC expected to make deep cuts Thursday in wake of losing Hockey Night in Canada by Christine Dobby

CBC President Hubert Lacroix is set to address a town hall meeting of all CBC and Radio-Canada employees on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. The meeting will be about the broadcaster's financial pressures and how it will go forward.

Apr 7, 2014 — Broadcaster Magazine

CRTC Hearings on Rogers TV Licence Renewals Start Tuesday

The CRTC will consider Rogers' applications, at a public hearing, starting April 8, 2014, to renew the licences of 17 Rogers'  television stations.

Apr 7, 2014 — News Article

Cord-cutting continues as Canadians ditch TV & landlines

Online streaming services expected to get 665,000 customers this year, and 25% of homes have no phone.

Apr 6, 2014 — NOW Magazine

Steve Paikin’s sexist blog lands him in the hot seat by Andrea Houston

Maureen Lynett, one of three women who founded No Casino Toronto, says her experience with Paikin’s producers contradicts his claim that it’s difficult to find women to come on his show.

Apr 6, 2014 — Digital Journal

Canadian government to spend $305M boosting high-speed Internet by Nora Meszaros

The federal government says funding needs to focus on privacy protection, better technology, faster Internet connectivity.

Apr 4, 2014 — Le Devoir

Un café avec PKP by Marco Fortier

Pierre Karl Péladeau, star candidate for the Parti Québecois, does not regret raising his fist, nor his many battles with unions, and he sees no conflict of interest between his political activities and his ownership of a powerful media empire.

Apr 4, 2014 — LeDevoir

Un café avec PKP by Marco Fortier

Pierre Karl Péladeau, star candidate for the Parti Québecois, does not regret raising his fist, nor his many battles with unions, and he sees no conflict of interest between his political activities and his ownership of a powerful media empire.

Apr 4, 2014 — Electrical Business

Digital Canada 150 provides “exciting roadmap for prosperity”

The federal government has unveiled Digital Canada 150, calling it “an ambitious path forward” for Canadians to take full advantage of the opportunities in the Digital Age.

Apr 2, 2014 — The Tyee

A New Story from Attawapiskat by Lisa Charleyboy

Program trains young journalists in remote First Nation communities to report their community's news.

Apr 2, 2014 —

Long-form content gaining popularity on mobile devices: study by Melita Kuburas

According to the data published in a new report from global researcher Ooyala, viewers don’t mind a trending shift to long-form video online.

Apr 2, 2014 —

U.S. Calls Out Canadian Data Protection as a Trade Barrier Wednesday by Michael Geist

The U.S. Trade Representative says the strong growth of cross-border data flows resulting from widespread adoption of broadband-based services in Canada and the United States has refocused attention on the restrictive effects of privacy rules in two Canadian provinces.

Apr 2, 2014 — Playback

What media execs want to see from the CBC by Michael Kolberg

Columnist says that whether it wants to or not, the CBC is about to reinvent itself.

Apr 1, 2014 — News Article

How Nielsen's OCR Will Impact Digital Video Advertising by Chris Smith

Columnist says the ad industry had been pushing for the ability to compare TV buys to digital video - and it's finally arrived, opening the door to a new kind of conversation between TV and digital buyers.

Mar 28, 2014 —

Why Canadian unions want you to talk about TV by H.G. Watson

The results of the CRTC's latest research will be released in April, but several unions that represent television workers are already making the case for more robust Canadian television regulations.

Mar 27, 2014 — Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

Speech by Scott Hutton, Executive Director, Broadcasting, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

Scott Hutton gives an address to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage on the state of the radio sector and Canadian music industry.

Mar 26, 2014 — Toronto Star

Rogers’ cuts to OMNI chip away at Canada’s cultural mosaic by Jerry Dias

Columnist says that despite cuts to OMNI, Rogers Communications has the necessary resources to make quality local ethnic broadcasting work.

Mar 26, 2014 — CBC News

Rick Mercer inks deal to return to CBC for 3 more seasons

Political satirist and television host Rick Mercer announces he has signed a three-year deal with the CBC, extending his show, Rick Mercer Report, through the 2017 season. 

Mar 26, 2014 — National Post

Turn the CBC into a Canadian Netflix by Jeffrey Dvorkin

Columnist asks whether public broadcasting is still a valid concept in a digital environment.

Mar 24, 2014 — The Telegram

Women honoured for their contributions to film by Tara Bradbury

Local film industry luminaries Barbara Doran and FRIENDS Steering Committee Chair Noreen Golfman have been recognized for their work.

Mar 24, 2014 — Ottawa Citizen

Activists challenge Videotron’s community TV service MAtv by Steve Faguy

A group of community activists has banded together to file a complaint with the CRTC against Videotron, arguing the company’s existing community channel MAtv is not respecting its mandate to provide community access to television.

Mar 20, 2014 — National Post

To survive life after hockey, the CBC must change — if it can by Scott Stinson

Columnist says the opposition politicians who are always so quick to jump up and say that the public broadcaster is a vital resource that must be properly funded should take note that the CBC suffered a huge loss with the new Rogers/NHL dea and suggest the government do something about it.

Mar 20, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

Is the Rogers Deal the CBC's Last-Ditch Effort To Save Itself? by Wade Rowland

Columnist says there has long been fears that the CBC's response to the slow fiscal strangulation imposed by successive federal governments would be the privatizing of all services except the enormously popular Radio One. 

Mar 20, 2014 — News Article

Super Channel adds two Canadian-made shows by Eleni Armenakis

Columnist says the Super Channel may air some of the most popular American shows currently on TV, but it’s also been working hard to air and promote Canadian content—including two new made-in-Canada shows.

Mar 20, 2014 — Playback

Shaw Media’s bold new plan for branded content by Jennifer Horn

Shaw Media is currently in talks with HGTV in the U.S. to adapt its Dream Home series for Canada and attach it to a slew of brand partners.

Mar 18, 2014 — Playback

CBC cancels Cracked, Arctic Air by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says that as the CBC decides against new season orders for Arctic Air and Cracked, the public broadcaster is looking for a new “balance of programming” to distinguish itself from private sector rivals.

Mar 18, 2014 — National Post

Smartphone Adoption in Canada Hits 55% and Usage Maturation Has Evolved, Opening Door to Smarter Mobile Marketing by Brands, Research from Catalyst and GroupM Next Shows

Search marketing agency Catalyst says smartphone adoption in Canada has grown to 55 percent, with usage activities by location evolving and becoming more defined.

Mar 17, 2014 — Fraser Institute

Rewriting the script for Canada's cultural policies by Steven Globerman

Author says the CRTC’s recent reprimand of three Toronto-based X-rated channels for failing to meet the required 35 per cent threshold for Canadian content became fodder for Internet humor; however, Canadian content regulations are no laughing matter for cultural nationalists. 

Mar 17, 2014 — Globe & Mail

A new hope for Vancouver’s visual-effects sector by Marsha Lederman

George Lucas’s storied Industrial Light & Magic is setting up shop permanently in Vancouver, after operating a satellite office here for 18 months.

Mar 17, 2014 —

Pauline Marois ne sera finalement pas à TLMEP la veille du scrutin by Mélanie Marquis

SRC concludes it would be inappropriate to have Pauline Marois on 'Tout le monde en parle' on the eve of the April 7 Quebec election.

Mar 16, 2014 — National Post

In Reversal Since the Recession, Some States Give More Money to Public Television by Elizabeth Jensen

Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana says public television plays a vital role in educating the public, and most especially our children.

Mar 16, 2014 —

Where, Oh Where, Are All the Female Guests? by Steve Paikin

Steve Paikin, host of The Agenda, says everyone in the current affairs business wants guests who are brilliant, but who also accurately represent the population they serve.

Mar 15, 2014 — Montreal Gazette

Worries about the ‘Berlusconization’ of Quebec by Martin Scott

Columnist says that media baron Pierre Karl Péladeau’s leap into politics is not a first in Canadian history but wonders whether with media concentration as strong as it is today, can we dare to allow it now?

Mar 13, 2014 — Vancouver Observer

CBC should stop journalists like Rex Murphy from taking speaking fees: Ombudsman review by Jenny Uechi

After Rex Murphy and Peter Mansbridge took spotlight over oil industry speaking fees, an Ombudsman now concludes the CBC's broadcasters should be wary of payments from "powerful advocacy groups".

Mar 12, 2014 — Fraser Institute

False Arguments Fuel Government Assistance to Canada's Entertainment Industry

The Fraser Institute says the CRTC's recent crackdown on a trio of X-rated channels for not showing enough Canadian content is a classic example of how government policies supporting Canada's entertainment industry are costly and inefficient.

Mar 12, 2014 — Yahoo!News

This Man Has The TV Industry Scared To Death by Steve Kovach

Aereo, a company that lets you stream live network TV (NBC, ABC, Fox, PBS, etc.) to your computer, smartphone or tablet, is gearing up for a big Supreme Court battle with those networks that could dismantle the startup.

Mar 12, 2014 — TV Guide

10 Things about Canadian TV we should be celebrating

Columnist says Canadian television has grown up a lot over the last few years, but we still have a long way to go.

Mar 12, 2014 — Globe & Mail

After CRTC porn debacle, this think tank says funding for Canadian content needs change by Simon Houpt

A report issued by The Fraser Institute says the federal government needs to reconsider its regulation and financial support of the domestic entertainment industries, including Canadian content quotas.

Mar 11, 2014 — Calgary Herald

Péladeau has star quality not seen since Bouchard by Chantal Hébert

Columnist says Harper should be glad he did not accede to Péladeau’s suggestions that he tear the wings off Radio-Canada.

Mar 11, 2014 — Toronto Star

CBC deserves booby prize for Canadian Screen Awards by Martin Knelman

Columnist says film nominees were slighted in race to wrap up Screen Awards telecast rather than delay The National by even a few minutes.

Mar 10, 2014 — National Post

Rogue Quebec billionaire not so much going into politics as launching a takeover bid by Andrew Coyne

Columnist says Pierre Karl Péladeau's supposed free-market leanings have not prevented him from "lunching at the state buffet", whenever it suited him.

Mar 10, 2014 — Calgary Herald

Péladeau’s move into political spotlight casts doubt on Ottawa’s wireless ambitions by Christine Dobby

Columnist says that with Quebecor Inc.’s national wireless expansion already questionable, Pierre Karl Péladeau’s surprise political announcement could cast even more doubt on Ottawa’s enthusiastic declaration that it has succeeded in delivering competition in the sector.

Mar 10, 2014 — National Post

Rogue Quebec billionaire not so much going into politics as launching a takeover bid by Andrew Coyne

Columnist says Pierre Karl Péladeau’s entry into provincial politics is crony capitalism taken to the next level and oligarch politics of a kind more usually identified with Russia or Italy.

Mar 10, 2014 — CBC News

RCI towers near Sackville coming down

The 13 Radio Canada International towers which have been a landmark along the Tantramar Marsh for 67 years will begin coming down.

Mar 9, 2014 — Globe & Mail

John Doyle on Canadian TV: the good, the bad and the weird by John Doyle

Columnist offers 10 observations and thoughts about the Canadian TV industry.

Mar 9, 2014 — Globe & Mail

John Doyle on Canadian TV: the good, the bad and the weird by John Doyle

Columnist says too many people want the CBC to be non-commercial, all-serious and no-fun, which would delight Canadian commercial broadcasters, whose commitment to the country and its culture is slight, at best.

Mar 9, 2014 — Quebecor

Resignation from the Boards of Directors: Pierre Karl Péladeau No Longer Involved in the Corporation’s Management

Quebecor announces that, following his decision to enter politics, Pierre Karl Péladeau resigned as Vice Chairman and member of the Board of Directors of Quebecor and Chairman and member of the Boards of Directors of Quebecor Media and TVA Group.

Mar 6, 2014 — NOW Toronto

CBC’s Peter principle by Cynthia McQueen

The official line from CBC is that Murphy is a commentator and freelancer for Radio One’s Cross Country Checkup (CCC) and therefore free to accept money for speeches about all things, including his support for the tar sands.

Mar 6, 2014 — NOW Magazine

CBC’s Peter principle by Cynthia McQueen

The public broadcaster is revamping its conflict rules after two of its celebrity journalists take speaking fees from big oil.

Mar 6, 2014 — The Loop

Dave Foley returns to Canadian TV in ‘Spun Out’ by Greg David

Veteran comic actor Dave Foley toplines CTV's newest homegrown comedy.

Mar 5, 2014 — Edmonton Sun

CRTC wants more Canadian content on porn channel 9

In a notice posted online Wednesday, the telecommunications regulator warned that channels owned by Toronto-based Channel Zero -- including porn stations AOV Adult Movie Channel, AOV XXX Action Clips and AOV Maleflixxx -- are not complying with the requirement for 35% Canadian content.

Mar 5, 2014 — National Post

Your porn is not Canadian enough, CRTC warns erotica channels by Tristan Hopper

For failing to broadcast sufficient levels of Canadian-made pornography — and failing to close-caption said pornography properly — a trio of Toronto-based erotica channels has earned a reprimand from the Canadian Radio-television & Telecommunications Commission.

Mar 5, 2014 — Regina Leader Post

Television has changed right before her eyes by Rikkeal Bohmann

General Manager of City Saskatchewan says even though the end of the film tax credit changed what was being filmed in the province, she doesn’t expect local programming to die off any time soon.

Mar 5, 2014 — Regina Leader Post

Television has changed right before her eyes by Rikkeal Bohmann

General Manager of City Saskatchewan says even though the end of the film tax credit changed what was being filmed in the province, she doesn’t expect local programming to die off any time soon.

Mar 4, 2014 — Hamilton Spectator

Library and Archives bureaucrat muzzled in midst of Senate scandal, docs show by Jennifer Ditchburn

Columnist says newly released documents show the Conservative government prevented a senior Library and Archives Canada bureaucrat from speaking to the media last year at the height of the Senate spending scandal.

Mar 4, 2014 — Heather Conway, CBC Executive VP English Services

Internal Memo to CBC Staff

CBC's Executive VP of English services announces a reorganization.

Mar 4, 2014 — The Tyee

The Future of Television in Canada? More Fees by Michael Geist

Columnist says the CRTC's 'TalkTV' public consultation offers few appealing choices for consumers.

Mar 3, 2014 — Globe & Mail

The CBC needs to get off its high horse and back in touch with viewers by John Doyle

Columnist says the fact that CBC’s rules allowed Peter Mansbridge to take money from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers only underlines how inept its rule makers are when they make their decisions.

Mar 3, 2014 — 24 Hours

Omni TV aims to loosen ethnic restraints by Jeremy Nuttall

Multi-lingual channel, Omni, is asking the CRTC to loosen requirements mandating it show 100% ethnic programming during prime-time.

Mar 3, 2014 —

CBC CEO tells Senate that the public broadcaster will not retreat by Perry Hoffman

CBC President says the public broadcaster should not be  limited to only doing what private broadcasters will not do or have no business incentive to do, and that no other public broadcaster in the world is put in that kind of a box.

Mar 1, 2014 — Cambridge Times

Digital strategy imminent, says minister by Jennifer Ditchburn

The federal budget included a number of measures that fit within the digital heading, including $350 million for extending broadband to rural and remote areas.

Mar 1, 2014 — Sun News Network

EDITORIAL: Another CBC double standard

Editorial claims the public broadcaster is anything but transparent when it comes to how much its employees are paid.

Feb 28, 2014 — Toronto Star

Do we still need the CRTC?

Columnist asks whether given that the CRTC often attracts the ire of Canadians, their current survey avoids the biggest question of all — does Canada still need the CRTC?

Feb 28, 2014 — Waterloo Record

The big 6-0: Channel 13 crackled to life on March 1, 1954 by Jeff Hicks

Columnist says television was a life-changer for the people of Waterloo County, with local and network programming available right at home.

Feb 28, 2014 — National Post

Manning conference delegates quietly eye post-Harper era by Andrew Coyne

Columnist says that some Conservative MPs, even some members of the cabinet, have begun detaching themselves from the Harper party in anticipation of the Prime Minister's departure.

Feb 27, 2014 — CBC Radio As it Happens

Peter Mansbridge receives speaking fees from oil industry group

Radio story about the CBC's Chief Correspondent Peter Mansbridge receiving payment for speaking at an event organized by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).

Feb 27, 2014 — Playback

Christine Wilson leaving CBC after 30 years with pubcaster by Etan Vlessing

Christine Wilson, executive director of content planning at the CBC, is leaving the pubcaster, effective March 31, 2014.

Feb 27, 2014 — Sun News Network

Double-dipping CBC boss under fire by Brian Lilley

Columnist says that despite his claims of promoting transparency, Hubert Lacroix's tenure at CBC has been one of trying to keep the public from knowing how tax dollars are spent.

Feb 27, 2014 —

Orientations de CBC/Radio-Canada: Hubert Lacroix mitraillé de questions

CBC’s President and CEO faces a barrage of questions on the policies of of the national public broadcaster at a Senate Committee.

Feb 25, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Here’s what Jim Flaherty should do with those billions from the spectrum auction by Kate Taylor

Columnist suggests money from the recent wireless spectrum auction should be set aside to help Canada’s creative community produce more content for those public airwaves.

Feb 25, 2014 — Montreal Gazette

OPINION: As TV changes dramatically, the CRTC invites Canadians’ input by Jean-Pierre Blais

CRTC Chairman invites Canadians to take part in Phase II of its programme Let's Talk TV.

Feb 25, 2014 — Vancouver Sun

CBC boss Hubert Lacroix faces Senate grilling over his expense claims, broadcaster’s future by Jordan Press

Columnist says Lacroix repaid almost $30,000 in September after an internal audit flagged the living and meal expenses dating back to 2008, which would have been proper under CBC rules had Lacroix been travelling from his home in Montreal to any other CBC property except its headquarters in Ottawa.

Feb 24, 2014 — Yahoo! News Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada sets Canadian Olympic viewership mark

Columnist says more than 33.35 million Canadians tuned in to at least some form of Olympic content produced by the CBC/Radio-Canada.

Feb 24, 2014 — Globe & Mail

More than 15 million Canadians watched gold medal hockey win over Sweden by Simon Houpt

CBC reported an average television audience of 8.5 million viewers for the gold medal match between Canada and Sweden.

Feb 24, 2014 — Yahoo! News Canada

Study Finds Local Broadcasting Generates $1.24 Trillion in Economic Activity Annually

Report finds 2.65 million jobs attributable to commercial broadcast industry.

Feb 24, 2014 — Playback

Friday’s record-breaking Olympic numbers by Val Maloney

A record-breaking average of 625,000 Canadians tuned in to desktop and mobile coverage of the lunchtime hockey game between Canada and the US.

Feb 23, 2014 — Hollywood Reporter

New Taxpayer Expense Furor Hits Canadian Media by Etan Vlessing

CBC president Hubert Lacroix is embroiled in an on-going Ottawa expenses scandal implicating public officials after he wrongly submitted claims for living and meal costs.

Feb 22, 2014 — Sun News Network

CBC stars in own expense drama by Brian Lilley

Columnist takes issue with CBC President Hubert Lacroix's expense claims.

Feb 22, 2014 — CP24

MPs set to study challenges faced by music industry

Figures from the Library of Parliament suggest that the market value of Canadian music sales decreased by 20 per cent between 2008 and 2012.

Feb 22, 2014 — Calgary Herald

Federal MPs to study challenges faced by music industry in a post-CD world by Jennifer Ditchburn

Figures from the Library of Parliament suggest that the market value of Canadian music sales decreased by 20 per cent between 2008 and 2012.

Feb 21, 2014 — Centretown News

Viewpoint: CRTC has to face up to the changing face of broadcasting by Kierra Jones

Columnist says removing or reducing obligations towards Canadian content would force Canadian shows to be viable both in the finance and ratings departments.

Feb 21, 2014 — Globe & Mail

The CRTC looks like old-school Vikings in a New World by Brian Lee Crowley

Columnist says the CRTC is an important part of the explanation of the failure of Canadians to produce edgy popular programming.

Feb 21, 2014 — National Post

‘Embarrassed’ CBC president claimed nearly $30,000 in improper expenses since 2008, audit reveals by Tristin Hopper

CBC has revealed that from his 2008 appointment until he became the focus of an internal audit, CBC president Hubert Lacroix claimed nearly $30,000 in improper expenses.

Feb 21, 2014 — Edmonton Sun

It's consistency, not a conspiracy

Editorial says it's completely natural for an energy forum to book a speaker who has a history of speaking positively about their sector.

Feb 20, 2014 — Playback

Canadian industry to test VOD usage by Val Maloney

The Canadian Media Directors’ Council (CMDC) and the Television Bureau of Canada (TVB) along with broadcasters, agencies and other industry associations are testing the VOD market in Canada to determine its size and audience usage patterns.

Feb 19, 2014 — Cablevision Systems Corp

US judge gives broadcasters injunction against Aereo online TV13 hours ago by Thomson Reuters by Dan Levine

A federal judge in Utah on Wednesday barrs online television service provider Aereo from retransmitting programs, ahead of a closely watched Supreme Court hearing this year between the company and major broadcasters.

Feb 19, 2014 — Playback

Five things we learn about the Astral/BCE deal from the CRTC by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC has released a follow-up to the Astral-BCE transaction, which includes key revisions to commitments promised by the phone giant as part of a benefits package associated with a revised bid by the Bell Media parent to acquire Astral Media for $3.4 billion.

Feb 19, 2014 — Brampton Guardian

Thomson says acting in Canada a bumpy ride

R. H. Thompson says "'s a perpetual uphill climb to keep Canadian stories on the shelf, so to speak. We're not saying people have to watch them; we're saying if someone wants to watch a story about what's in Saskatchewan or downtown Toronto or St. John's, they should have the opportunity."

Feb 19, 2014 —

The CRTC Launches Let’s Talk TV: Choicebook

The CRTC invites Canadians to provide their input on the difficult choices to be made regarding their television system by filling out the Let’s Talk TV: Choicebook.

Feb 18, 2014 — Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

PRESS RELEASE: The CRTC Launches Let’s Talk TV: Choicebook

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is inviting Canadians to provide their input on the difficult choices to be made regarding their television system by filling out the Let’s Talk TV: Choicebook.

Feb 18, 2014 — Telecom Trends

Regulating internet content by Mark Goldberg

Columnist says some of the questions in the CRTC's new questionaire for Canadians appear to indicate the broadcast regulator is testing whether Canadians might accept taxing internet access, certifying online services or other forms of regulation of the internet.

Feb 18, 2014 — Globe & Mail

CRTC seeks further public comment on broadcast rules with online survey by Eric Atkins

The broadcast regulator wants Canadians to spare about 30 minutes of their time to fill out an online questionnaire on seven broad topics related to television programming and reulations, including local news, sports and pick-and-pay options.

Feb 18, 2014 — National Post

CRTC head wants Canadian TV producers to take more risks as ‘edgy’ shows draw eyeballs by Christine Dobby

Columnist says Jean-Pierre Blais is trying to find that just-right balance between letting market forces rule and stepping in to protect elements of the broadcast system most Canadians would agree are a public good.

Feb 17, 2014 — Media Post

Comcast (Merger) Must Die by Bob Garfield Monday, Feb. 17, 2014

Columnist says Comcast's proposed merger with Time Warner Cable would be a disaster for the customer base and the society.

Feb 17, 2014 — Cantech Letter

Roger That? How “Hockey Night In Canada” Ended Up Losing the CBC Money by Terry Dawes

Columnist says the $5.2-billion, 12-year deal that Rogers Communications signed with the NHL back in November means it will assume full editorial control over “Hockey Night in Canada”, meaning the fates of on-air talent such as Bob Cole, Don Cherry and Ron Maclean is now in the publicly traded company’s hands.

Feb 15, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

Rogers-NHL Deal Gets Thumbs-Down, CBC Thumbs Up In New Poll

In a poll from Ekos carried out for, 49 per cent of respondents “strongly” or “somewhat” opposed the Rogers-NHL deal, while 28 per cent expressed support.

Feb 15, 2014 —

Retour des Nordiques : Péladeau y travaille

Pierre Karl Péladeau’s Québecor-owned news agency reports that he is working very hard to bring an NHL team to Quebec City.

Feb 13, 2014 — Playback

Canadians are ‘content stacking’: Ipsos by Michael Kolberg

Ipsos Reid releases new data that says most Canadians are not cutting the cable cord as they sign up for OTT services - they are stacking new content services on top of existing offerings.

Feb 13, 2014 — Playback

Canadian politicians chase celeb status on YouTube by Melita Kuburas

Columnist says Rob Ford's YouTube channel is yet another opportunity for Ford to speak directly to his audience and fans, but it’s also a source of entertainment for viewers as he continues to build his international celebrity.

Feb 13, 2014 — Sun News Network

Canadian content rules continue to outlive their usefulness by Jess Chapman

Columnist says CanCon regulations do have a role to play in creating a national cultural identity - if we want that cultural identity to amount to a deep-seated inferiority complex.

Feb 13, 2014 — Maclean's

Why Al Jazeera is a target in Egypt’s crackdown on Islamists by Michael Petrou

 Eric Trager, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, says Al Jazeera is putting journalists in a very compromising situation by not just covering what is happening in Egypt, but in some ways actually participating in it.

Feb 13, 2014 — Grand Falls-Windsor Advertiser

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Disrespecting taxpayers

Councillor says the CBC has failed miserably in its 2015 Strategy aimed at reducing costs and doing things differently.

Feb 13, 2014 — Salon

When did PBS become the Plutocratic Broadcasting Service? by David Sirota

Columnist says that starved for public resources, public broadcasters are increasingly trying to get their programming funded with money from corporations and wealthy political activists — and that kind of cash comes with ideological expectations.

Feb 12, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

Netflix Regulated By The CRTC? CMPA Says Yes by Daniel Tencer

The Canadian Media Production Association says video streaming services like Netflix should be required to contribute money to Canadian content producers, and Canadians should be blocked from using services that allow them to view content from the U.S.

Feb 11, 2014 — Broadcaster Magazine

CBC Releases Stats for Multiplatform Coverage of Sochi Games

CBC/Radio-Canada is providing Canadians with  access to Olympic content across all TV, digital and mobile platforms, with 81% of all Canadians having tuned-in to some part of Olympic content on either a French or English platform since Feb. 6.

Feb 11, 2014 — The Tyee

Canadian Netflix About to Get Pricier? by Michael Geist

Desperate to compete, CanCon producers demand new regulation of Internet giants.

Feb 7, 2014 — Toronto Star

Success of Netflix, Google leads to calls for new rules by Michael Geist

The Canadian Media Production Association, which represents independent producers of English films and television shows, recently told a Senate committee that new rules are needed to address the threat posed by popular Internet video services such as Netflix.

Feb 6, 2014 — Digital Journal

CRTC continuing efforts to improve telecommunications services for all Canadians

The CRTC announces the launch of an inquiry regarding satellite services used to provide telecommunications services to northern and remote communities in Canada.

Feb 5, 2014 — CBC News

Vancouver approves CBC cultural centre for artists

CBC and Vancouver City Council say the "unique" partnership will provide affordable cultural space for local artists.

Feb 5, 2014 — CTV News

Only the government wins as Postmedia goes dark in Ottawa by Don Martin

Columnist says a smaller media means a greater chance of bad news staying under wraps.

Feb 4, 2014 — Edmonton Sun

CBC warns of 'dark clouds' ahead, as supporters ramp up call for additional money by Daniel Proussalidis

FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison tells a Senate committee that the CBC needs an extra $100 million per year over the next four years.

Feb 4, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

CBC's Hubert Lacroix: 'Dark Clouds' On Broadcaster's Horizon

FRIENDS urges the Transport and Communications Committee not to abandon the CBC, and denies that the Internet is making the CBC irrelevant.

Feb 4, 2014 — News Article

Rex Murphy and Big Oil: friends with benefits?

The National’s Rex Murphy is alleged to have links to Big Oil.

Feb 2, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Ditch the CRTC? Let’s think again by Kate Taylor

Columnist says broadcast regulations are a web of interlocking protections and requirements and that Canadians should discuss which elements they wish to preserve.

Jan 31, 2014 —

D'autres coupures à prévoir à CBC/Radio-Canada by Julien Paquette

CBC President Hubert Lacroix has sent a memo to CBC employees indicating that there are dark clouds on the horizon owing to lower than anticipated revenues from ads on Radio 2 and Espace musique as well as the loss of NHL hockey rights.

Jan 31, 2014 — Le Devoir

Des «nuages sombres» pointent à l'horizon, dit Hubert Lacroix

Le Devoir reports on Hubert Lacroix's message to employees of CBC/Radio-Canada predicting dark days ahead for the public broadcaster -- a message that comes during tense labour relations in its French-language services.

Jan 30, 2014 — Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

PRESS RELEASE: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2014-28

The CRTC is calling for comments on a request to delete the conditions of distribution of the non-Canadian programming service Al Jazeera Arabic.

Jan 29, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Canadians frustrated with TV content choices, some want CRTC ‘abolished’ by Simon Houpt

Columnist says Canadians are giving the CRTC an earful, complaining they are forced to pay for TV channels they never watch, and support Canadian content quotas they say are increasingly outdated.

Jan 29, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

CRTC TV Hearings: Low-Quality CanCon, Channel Bundles Slammed by Sunny Freeman

Columnist says Canadians are disgruntled with television in this country and many blame the CRTC for the system’s failings, and some have told the federal regulator they would prefer it didn’t exist.

Jan 29, 2014 — Toronto Star

Starlight Canadian movie channel tries CRTC again by Tony Wong

The backers of Starlight, a channel to showcase Canadian movies, are reapplying to the CRTC but this time without the mandatory carriage.

Jan 29, 2014 — Sun News Network

Canadians ready to sell CBC and more by Brian Lilley

A poll of 1,996 Canadians by Abacus Data found that 45% of those surveyed support or strongly support selling CBC compared to 34% who opposed the move, while 21% were undecided.

Jan 28, 2014 — iPhone in Canada

CRTC Head Asks Rogers to Stop ‘Blaming’ Them for Super Bowl Ad Swaps by Gary Ng

A recent exchange of misinformation by the @RogersHelps Twitter account causes CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais to write a letter to the company to set the record straight.

Jan 28, 2014 —

The CRTC's Simultaneous Substitution Problem by Michael Geist

Columnist says the retention of simultaneous substitution policies is one of the reasons for Canadians to vent agains the CRTC.

Jan 27, 2014 — Arthur

Prospects Dim for Telecom Shakeup in Canada

Columnist says the Conservative government has been ambivalent and conflicted in its position on foreign ownership of Canadian telecom operators.

Jan 24, 2014 — Globe & Mail

‘Mystical’ businessman Geoff Stirling saw future in TV by Joan Sullivan

Tribute says Geoff Stirling revolutionized radio and television broadcasting in Newfoundland and Labrador, unifying the province as never before.

Jan 24, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Why the Conservative won’t give up attacking the Big Three telcos by Jeffrey Simpson

Columnist says that rather than being held up as Canadian corporate success stories that compete among themselves, invest hugely in technology and infrastructure, and provide service across a vast land, the government castigates them for high rates and targets them in advertising paid for with taxpayers’ money.

Jan 23, 2014 — News Article

Scott Moore to oversee Sportsnet, NHL in new Rogers Media post by Etan Vlessing

Rogers Media president Keith Pelley has rewarded Scott Moore for the broadcaster’s recent blockbuster rights deal with the NHL.

Jan 23, 2014 — Le Devoir

Un premier bilan des chaînes musicales de Radio-Canada/CBC avec publicités by Stéphane Baillargeon

Stephane Baillergeon reports that CBC claims that releasing data on ads on Radio 2 and Espace musique cannot be revealed for competitive reasons although at last year’s CRTC hearings CBC claimed that its proposal to place ads on Radio 2 and espace musique would not compete with the private sector.

Jan 23, 2014 — The Tyee

CBC needs to balance its Tyrannothesaurus Rex by Robert A. Hackett

Columnist asks why is it that Rex Murphy appears regularly on the network's flagship news program, while "voices of environmental sanity" like David Suzuki or Naomi Klein don't?

Jan 23, 2014 — Times Colonist

Rogers names Scott Moore as president of Sportsnet & NHL services

The appointment of Scott Moore comes after Toronto-based Rogers scores the Canadian broadcast and digital platform rights to National Hockey League games in a $5.2-billion, 12-year deal that begins with the 2014-15 season.

Jan 23, 2014 — National Post

Opening telecom market to foreign investment could make Canada a ‘branch plant,’ Edward Rogers warns by Christine Dobby

The deputy chairman and executive vice-president of emerging business and corporate development at Rogers Communications Inc. warns that opening up the telecommunications market fully to foreign ownership could leave Canada as nothing more than a “branch plant” when it comes to investment in innovation and rural coverage.

Jan 23, 2014 — News Article

CBC needs to balance its Tyrannothesaurus Rex by Robert A. Hackett

Columnist asks where on the CBC's flagship news broadcast are the stories, the sources and the sustained attention that could help Canadians understand and address what is possibly the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced?

Jan 20, 2014 — CTV News Winnipeg

More details emerge into controversial fundraiser for St. Boniface MP Shelly Glover

Columnist says groups from the Manitoba arts and culture community, who lobby Ottawa for money, were invited to a fundraiser last week on MP Shelly Glover’s behalf but federal rules say cabinet ministers can’t solicit money from anyone who may have lobbied or may lobby them in the future.

Jan 18, 2014 — Winnipeg Free Press

Glover fundraiser blurred lines: critics by Mary Agnes Welch

Columnist says some have criticized the fundraiser as a violation of federal conflict-of-interest guidelines, and Glover has since distanced herself from the event and returned the donations.

Jan 18, 2014 — CTV News

Goodale asks ethics watchdog to probe federal heritage minister's fundraiser

Liberal MP Ralph Goodale has written to the federal ethics commissioner, asking her to investigate a recent fundraising event attended by Heritage Minister Shelly Glover.

Jan 17, 2014 — News Article

Like many media companies, CTV Ottawa is coping with a changing landscape by Tony Loraro

Columnist says that even though it still comfortably leads the local pack, overall ratings for CTV Ottawa’s newscasts are down, and Bell Media (the station’s owner) has eliminated about 40 jobs in the last two years.

Jan 16, 2014 — Sun News Network

Anti-Israeli reporting? by Marissa Semkiw

Columnist says the CBC is facing renewed allegations of an anti-Israel bias following host Evan Solomon's interview with Foreign Minister John Baird wherein he continuously pressed Baird on the religion of Vivian Bercovici, Canada's new ambassador to Israel.

Jan 14, 2014 — Playback

Rogers Media to launch FXX Canada on April 1 by Etan Vlessing

Rogers Media says it is to launch the youth-skewing network FXX in Canada on April 1.

Jan 14, 2014 — Playback

Teletoon gain has Corus Entertainment triple earnings by Etan Vlessing

Canadian broadcaster Corus Entertainment reports it has nearly tripled its first quarter earnings after acquiring a 50% stake in Teletoon that it did not already own.

Jan 14, 2014 — Playback

Telefilm Canada invests $3.7M in five feature films by Julianna Cummins

Telefilm Canada announces a $3.7 million investment in five feature films – two in English and three in French – through the Canada Feature Film Fund for the second quarter of 2013-2014.

Jan 14, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

Media Bites: Want to Hear How Harper Hates Science? Watch CBC by J.J. McCullough

Columnist says there is a nuance in the state of science in Harper's Canada that's deliberately absent from the CBC's coverage, which exclusively cherry-picks facts in its attempt to prove the Conservatives are muzzling scientists.

Jan 13, 2014 — Playback

Avi Federgreen unveils IndieCan $10K film challenge by Etan Vlessing

Film distributor Avi Federgreen is giving eight filmmakers key industry mentorship and services if they can make their first film a feature shot for under $10,000 by the end of 2014.

Jan 13, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

Media Bites: Want to Hear How Harper Hates Science? Watch CBC by J.J. McCullough

Columnist says it's not surprising that partisan foes of the Conservatives would ignore the complex tensions governing the relationship between scientist and state in favour of a catchier narrative of a benighted prime minister waging a crusade of ignorance against hapless scholars.

Jan 10, 2014 — TD Waterhouse

INTERVIEW-Canada not actively looking at lifting foreign limits on telcos by Thomson Reuters

James Moore says the Canadian government is not actively considering relaxing foreign ownership limits on the telecoms and broadcast sectors, even though he has said he is open to the idea.

Jan 8, 2014 — Winnipeg Free Press

Baird defends appointment of new pro-Israeli ambassador ahead of Harper trip by Mike Blanchfield

A former CBC Board member has been named as the new Canadian ambassador to Israel.

Jan 7, 2014 — Hollywood Reporter

Sirius XM, Liberty Media CEOs Defend Acquisition Plan by Paul Bond

Sirius' Jim Meyer and Liberty's Greg Maffei spoke in Las Vegas at the Citi Internet, Media and Telecommunications conference.

Jan 6, 2014 — Hollywood Reporter

Jimmy Savile Abuse Victims Demand Single Inquiry by Stuart Kemp

Around 50 people who say they were abused by the ex-BBC host have called for one overarching investigation into how he evaded justice for so long.

Jan 6, 2014 — Corus Entertainment

NEWS RELEASE: Corus Entertainment Completes Purchase of Historia, Séries+ and TELETOON Canada Inc.

Corus Entertainment Inc. announces that the company closed its acquisition of the specialty television services Historia, Séries+ and the remaining 50% of TELETOON Canada Inc. on January 1, 2014.

Jan 6, 2014 — Globe & Mail

CBC’s future should look like its radio past by Barry Kiefl

Columnist says CBC's revenue-driven strategy has never delivered mass audiences, and ad revenues are less than they were 15 years ago.

Jan 3, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Old-style local news meets new media in Hamilton, Ont. by Simon Houpt

Columnist says Hamilton is now CBC's laboratory for one strand of the broadcaster’s future.

Jan 2, 2014 — Morning Post Exchange

Rogers Annouces Five New Shows for Waterloo Region

Columnist says the new shows are tailored to a variety of interests from the issues of local Muslim women, one-on-one interviews with dynamic youth and members of the local arts scene, to fresh new ideas for your lunch box.