Media Monitor — 2016

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Dec 30, 2016 — Montreal Gazette

NBC station switch affects many TV subscribers in Eastern Canada by Steve Faguy

Canadian television viewers whose providers use Boston as their source for NBC have expressed worries the past few weeks at announcements the station is losing its affiliation with the network.

Dec 30, 2016 — iPolitics

Year-in-review: Little good news to be found in media world in 2016 by Beatrice Britneff

Representatives from The Globe & Mail and iPolitics — among others — have implored the government to stop “handing out money” to the CBC, “level the playing field” between the broadcaster and private outlets, and to consider prohibiting the broadcaster from running digital advertising — or advertising altogether.

Dec 29, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

Why 2017 Will Be Crunch Year for the Global Ambitions of Netflix and Amazon by Scott Roxborough & Georg Szalai

The streaming giants, which launched nearly everywhere this year, are facing off in a worldwide battle for subscribers and SVOD revenue.

Dec 29, 2016 — Alternet

Internet Archive Setting Up Shop in Canada to Avoid Facing Persecution from Trump by Amy Goodman

The archive is one of the world’s largest public digital libraries. Part of the site includes the Wayback Machine, which preserves old websites, allowing researchers to access pages deleted by politicians and others.

Dec 25, 2016 — Alternet

Robert Reich: Like a Tyrant, Trump Is Deploying 7 Techniques to Control the Media by Amy Goodman

University of California professor discusses the 7 techniques to control the media that Donald Trump already employs.

Dec 23, 2016 — Globe & Mail

CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais plays superhero – and villain by Kate Taylor

Columnist says the broadcasting proposition is a three-legged stool – industry, creator and consumer – and Blais has got to be able to work with the first two. 

Dec 22, 2016 — Toronto Star

Parliamentary coverage has been changed by the times by Chantal Hébert

Columnist says the dynamics of Parliament Hill are a must-watch for anyone who wants to understand how complex Canada is, and that is not easily done via a computer screen.

Dec 21, 2016 — Toronto Star

CRTC declares broadband internet a basic service by Terry Pedwell

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says it can’t make full access to ultra-high speed services a reality on its own, and will require business and government help.

Dec 21, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

Unlimited Internet Plans To Become Standard Under New CRTC Rules

Canada's telecommunications watchdog has ordered Internet service providers to offer an unlimited data plan for home Internet access, and to issue easy-to-understand bills.

Dec 21, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Marco Rubio asks CRTC to change Super Bowl ad policy by Terry Pedwell

Former Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio has added his voice to growing pressure on Canada’s broadcast regulator to reverse a decision banning the substitution of Canadian ads over big-budget American spots during the Super Bowl.

Dec 21, 2016 — iPolitics

Marco Rubio wants CRTC Super Bowl ad decision reversed by BJ Siekierski

Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson have written a letter to Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. David MacNaughton asking the Canadian government to reverse the CRTC’s 2015 decision to ban the simultaneous substitution of the 2017 Super Bowl broadcast.

Dec 21, 2016 — Prince George Citizen

CBC telling Canadians’ stories by Shaun Poulter

CBC says that by 2020, they will be offering Canadians 18 hours of local digital content, every day.

Dec 21, 2016 — The Boundary Sentinel

The CBC - Boon or Boondoggle by Sara Golling

FRIENDS says that among 18 major Western democracies, Canada, at $29 per inhabitant, was third lowest in terms of the level of per capita public funding for public broadcasting in 2014.

Dec 20, 2016 — National Post

CRTC approves broadcast part of Bell-MTS deal, two approvals still needed to go ahead by Emily Jackson

The CRTC approves the transfer of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.’s broadcast licences to BCE Inc., the first of three approvals needed in Bell’s $3.9-billion bid to buy MTS.

Dec 20, 2016 —

Where is the 'Never Kellie' movement? by Dale Smith

Columnist says some Conservatives worry that Leitch is stirring up populist forces in order to differentiate herself from the rest of the pack — but that those same forces will be harder to contain once the leadership contest is over.

Dec 19, 2016 — Lexology

A ‘Netflix Tax’ for the New Year? Maybe so by Fasken Martineau DuMoulin

In early 2017, the federal government will reveal its highly-anticipated policy pronouncements on modernizing the legal and financial tools that it employs to support Canadian content.

Dec 19, 2016 — National Post

CRTC’s ‘cornerstone’ ruling on basic telecom service expected to have repercussions for telcos by Emily Jackson

The CRTC is poised to release its ruling on what constitutes basic telecom service, a “cornerstone” decision that chairman Jean-Pierre Blais said could have repercussions for the next decade.

Dec 19, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

Michael Wolff on How Media Wars Will Replace the Culture Wars in Trump Era by Michael Wolff

Columnist says the neww administration's strategy is to bait the press by reveling in and courting its outrage and attention as the news moguls gamely play along.

Dec 18, 2016 — MobileSyrup

Behind the scenes of Shomi’s shutdown: Is this the next stage of Hollywood North? by Jessica Vomiero

Columnist says that in many ways, Canada is still coming of age in the digital video streaming era.

Dec 16, 2016 — Article Magazine

The distraction machine by Andrew McDougall

Columnist says a new temptation is taking root in the scramble for revenue within newsrooms: chasing and writing easily understood outrage, rather than deeper reporting on public policy. 

Dec 16, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Melanie Joly’s fight for Canadian culture is neither easy nor popular by Kate Taylor

Columnist says it would be impossible to extend the Canadian-content quotas that have governed television and radio since the 1970s to YouTube, Netflix or music-streaming services and that the solution lies in making lots of great Canadian content and, equally important, marketing it in ways that Canadians can easily find it.

Dec 15, 2016 — Times Colonist

Let’s question government-subsidized culture by Aaron Wudrick

Columnist argues having official government criteria for defining Canadian content is in many ways a misguided endeavour.

Dec 15, 2016 — Toronto Star

Canadian MPs say CRTC made a bad call on Super Bowl ads by Alexander Panetta

Two Liberal MPs are asking the CRTC to reverse its new policy that forces the NFL to run an unfiltered broadcast of its championship game so Canadians can see the big-budget ads.

Dec 14, 2016 — Toronto Star

Amazon launches Prime Video in Canada by Raju Mudhar

The streaming service, which carries original shows like “The Grand Tour” and older movies and TV shows, is part of the $79/year Amazon Prime membership.

Dec 12, 2016 — Globe & Mail

CBC’s ad-free proposal shakes up heritage discussion by Simon Houpt and Susan Krashinsky Robertson

The public broadcaster argues going ad-free will allow it to take bold creative risks akin to its well funded U.K. counterpart, the British Broadcasting Corporation, and create high-quality flagship TV programs for Canadians that can be exported to the rest of the world. 

Dec 11, 2016 — J-Source

Why freedom of the press should apply in Indigenous communities by Wawmeesh Hamilton

Columnist explores whether journalists have the same legal right to report on First Nations government meetings as they do to report on municipal, provincial, and federal ones.

Dec 11, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Canada leads charge to force Internet giants to support more localized content by Daniel LeBlanc

Ottawa wants to create an international coalition that will give governments new powers to force Internet and multimedia giants to fund and showcase the creation of domestic content on their digital platforms.

Dec 10, 2016 — Heartland

America’s Indefensible Media Concentration Double Standard by Scott Cleland

Columnist says seldom can one find a starker commercial example of unequal legal, law enforcement, and regulatory treatment of very similar commercial activities than that between old media and Internet/new media companies concerning media concentration and antitrust enforcement. 

Dec 10, 2016 — The Telegram

Going ad-free could be good for CBC by Bob Wakeham

A fallout discussion that emerged in recent weeks after the CBC floated the idea of a commercial-free television lineup centred around the question of whether the corporation is actually fulfilling its mandate to supply alternative programming to Canadians.

Dec 9, 2016 — UNESCO

Diversity of cultural expressions facing the digital challenge

Over the last fifteen years, the digital environment has profoundly transformed the world’s cultural scene, overturned traditional regulatory mechanisms and affected the status of cultural goods and services in international trade negotiations. 

Dec 9, 2016 — iPolitics

Scheer says he would axe CBC news division by Janice Dickson

Conservative leadership candidate says government has ‘glaring’ conflict in operating CBC.

Dec 9, 2016 — Regina Leader-Post

Why Canadian movies pretend to be American by Kevin Tierney

Columnist asks, if we are going to invest in developing movies, making them, distributing them and marketing them, isn’t it time to invest in getting them seen? 

Dec 8, 2016 — J-Source

Why Canadian journalists have to care about online security by H.G. Watson

Many journalists already take steps to protect themselves using encryption and apps that promise privacy. But that might not be enough.

Dec 8, 2016 —

Federal Conservative leadership candidate Scheer wants government out of CBC news business by Kevin Werner

“I think taxpayers are very frustrated by how much the CBC costs,” said Scheer in an interview. “I don’t know why this government is in the news business in this day and age with so many platforms with so many ways to disseminate information.”

Dec 7, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

Netflix Acquires 20 Chinese-Language TV Shows From Singapore's Mediacorp by Patrick Brzeski

The deal brings local classics like 'The Golden Path' to Netflix subscribers around the world.

Dec 7, 2016 — Calgary Herald

CRTC to cut back staff, services at regional offices in ‘digital first’ shift by Emily Jackson

Canada’s telecommunications regulator is eliminating roles at its seven regional offices and consolidating some services at its National Capital Region headquarters in a push towards “digital first.”

Dec 6, 2016 — Peterborough Examiner

Three employees affected by CJBN-TV station closure, two accept positions at Shaw TV by Lloyd Mack

Shaw Communications, which purchased the station along with Norcom Telecommunications in August 2006, filed with the CRTC advising the commission it is not seeking to renew the broadcast licence of CJBN-TV Kenora

Dec 6, 2016 — Globe & Mail

NFL asks broadcast regulator to keep Canadian ads by Chris Hannay

NFL Canada’s managing director is making the case for keeping Canadian commercials during next year’s Super Bowl broadcast on February 5.

Dec 6, 2016 — Policy Options

Local media and the democracy deficit by Ian Morrison

FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison says the time has come for the CRA to update its interpretation of what broadcasting means and end the tax deductibility of ads placed on foreign-controlled digital platforms.

Dec 5, 2016 — The Tyee

Big Idea for Canadian Media: Provide Incentives for Local Ownership by Marc Edge

Writer explores the takeovers and mergers behind the razed newsrooms and serially slimming papers, and reflects on the federal government’s current efforts to study the issue and determine what actions it may take to support the industry going forward.

Dec 5, 2016 — The Tyee

Big Idea for Canadian Media: Provide Incentives for Local Ownership by Marc Edge

Writer explores the takeovers and mergers behind the razed newsrooms and serially slimming papers, and reflects on the federal government’s current efforts to study the issue and determine what actions it may take to support the industry going forward.

Dec 5, 2016 — CBC News

Ad-free CBC would be 'completely different,' says president

The president of CBC/Radio Canada said a proposal to increase government funding to the public broadcaster and do away with ads would transform the organization, especially its television programming.

Dec 4, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Two theories about Trump's winning media strategy by John Doyle

Columnist says Donald Trump was a crucible for the disgruntlement, no matter how the message was distributed.

Dec 4, 2016 — iPolitics

No free press, no freedom by Michael Harris

Columnist says journalists aren’t perfect, but they’re our first line of defence against tyrants of all stripes.

Dec 3, 2016 — J-Source

Furor over CBC’s opinion section is a tempest in an inkpot by Romayne Smith Fullerton

Columnist says that in order for Canadians to know each other, and understand the thoughts, attitudes, and values of others across our vast country, we need to expose ourselves to a range of interpretations and opinions.

Dec 3, 2016 — Toronto Star

Broadcasters eye CRTC Netflix exemptions, push for parity by Michael Lewis

Competing with services that don't have to fund original Canadian programming, companies call for regulation ‘flexibility.’

Dec 2, 2016 — National Post

The Conservatives have slaughtered sacred cows before. If they target CBC, they can do it again by Chris Selley

While Conservative leadership candidate proposes to reform the CBC as an ad-free broadcaster focused on “what only it can do” in a modern media market, others in the party have assailed him for not calling to dismantle Mother Corp. outright.

Dec 2, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Ad-free CBC could serve as a rallying point for Canadian creativity by Kate Taylor

Columnist says that if the Liberals decide CBC can drop the ads, they need to make sure the public broadcaster gets the money it needs to fulfill their mandate.

Dec 1, 2016 — Toronto Star

Netflix makes its shows available for download by Raju Mudhar

On the same day Shomi shut down and the day before the rumoured arrival of Amazon Prime Video in Canada, Netflix is allowing subscribers to download shows and films and watch them on the go.

Dec 1, 2016 — Public Now

Jean-Pierre Blais On The Implementation Of Pick-And-Pay

CRTC Chairman says the broadcast regulator will be closely monitoring how television service providers are implementing the new TV choices.

Dec 1, 2016 — ricochet

Memo to Kellie Leitch: Nothing more ‘un-Canadian’ than dismantling the CBC by Harrison Samphir

Columnist says the CBC’s real value cannot rationally be measured simply by the amount of profit it generates.

Dec 1, 2016 — Nation Talk

National Arts Centre announces $25M National Creation Fund

The National Arts Centre announces the National Creation Fund, a $25 million fund that will support new Canadian work in theatre, dance and music by artists and arts organizations across Canada.

Dec 1, 2016 — OpenDemocracy

Why is the BBC giving licence fee cash to the companies who have slashed local journalism? by Jonathan Heawood

The BBC has struck a deal to divert at least £8m of licence fee payer’s money into the pockets of newspaper publishers in every year of this Charter period – £88m in total.

Dec 1, 2016 — J-Source

Rogers Media lays off 87 employees over 2 days

Rogers says the 27 new layoffs reduce duplicate roles as it focuses on streamlining its staff to address ongoing challenges facing print media.

Nov 30, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Melanie Joly’s tough choice on Canadian content: New thinking or new taxes by Michael Geist

Columnist says groups such as ACTRA, the Writers Guild of Canada, the Canadian Media Producers Association and the Directors Guild of Canada argue that the government should require Netflix to contribute a percentage of its revenues toward the creation of Canadian content.

Nov 30, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

Ambrose Tells Trudeau To 'Just Say No' To Giving CBC $400M In Additional Funding by Ryan Maloney

Federal Conservatives are urging the Liberal government not to give the CBC/Radio Canada more than $400 million in additional annual funding so that the public broadcaster can go ad-free.

Nov 30, 2016 — National Post

Only watch HBO or Sportsnet? Canada’s TV providers must offer solo channels on Dec. 1 by Emily Jackson

TV service providers must offer channels à la carte and in packages of up to 10 channels to complement existing TV packages in order to comply with a policy issued in spring 2015 by the CRTC.

Nov 30, 2016 — FYI Music News

Creators: 'Our Letter' To Heritage Minister Joly, with Complete Signatories List

Letter to the Heritage Minister says income and profit from digital use of creators' work flows away from the creative class to a concentrated technology industry.

Nov 30, 2016 — FYI Music News

Stars United: New Cultural Policies Must Reflect Creative Class Concerns

In an unprecedented show of solidarity, a coalition of 1,100 Canadian musicians, authors, songwriters, composers, music producers, poets, playwrights, film composers, actors, directors, and other members of the creative class have signed a joint letter addressed to Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly, pressing the government to put the focus on Canada's creators front in new cultural policies being developed.

Nov 29, 2016 — National Post

Amazon Prime video streaming expected to launch in Canada Dec. 1: Bell Media exec by Emily Jackson

Bell Media President Mary Ann Turcke tells regulators at a broadcast licence renewal hearing that she expects her company’s video streaming service, CraveTV, will have to compete against Amazon Prime Video very soon.

Nov 29, 2016 — iPolitics

Heritage will study CBC's ad-free proposal: Joly by Beatrice Britneff

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly tells the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage  that her department will study a request the CBC submitted to the federal government asking for an extra $318 million in annual funding to move to an ad-free model.

Nov 29, 2016 — Toronto Star

Amazon Prime video service to launch in Canada on Thursday by Michael Lewis

Netflix has been granted a new media exemption that means it pays minimal tax on an estimated $600 million in annual revenue from subscribers in Canada.

Nov 29, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Dismantling or diminishing CBC is the most elitist position of all by John Doyle

Columnist says one must live in the bubble of the well-off establishment to be blind to the CBC’s importance.

Nov 29, 2016 — National Post

The CBC’s answer to its privileged status — more privilege and an extra $400 million please by Kelly McParland

Columnist says CBC is a “cultural ecosystem” in which a privileged few thrive behind a protective fence of government support, safe from the demands and dangers of competition that bedevil the other side of the divide.

Nov 29, 2016 — Calgary Herald

‘We have no other tools’: CBC asks Ottawa for more than $300 million in new funding to go ad free by Sean Craig

Inspired by the British Broadcasting Corp., the CBC is recommending that its funding level be “depoliticized” by tying its subsidy to its current five-year licence cycle, indexing it to inflation, and keeping it separate from election and government budget announcements.

Nov 29, 2016 — Music Canada

Canada’s creative industries join together to form Focus On Creators coalition, release joint letter to Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly by Corey Poole

A growing list of nearly 1,100 musicians, authors, songwriters, composers, music producers, poets, playwrights, film composers, actors, directors and other members of the creative class have signed a joint letter addressed to the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, urging the Canadian Government to put creators at the heart of our cultural policy.

Nov 29, 2016 — iPolitics

Ad-free CBC would send $158M in ad dollars to private media

A position paper released by the public broadcaster says that the CBC would lose $253 million in annual ad revenue if the broadcaster switched to an ad-free model — but two-thirds of that revenue “would migrate to other Canadian media.”


Nov 29, 2016 — National Post

Rogers asks Ottawa to fold Canadian content funding into new agency, use tax credits instead of subsidies by Sean Craig

Rogers Communications Inc. is calling on the federal government to change the way Canadian cultural content is supported by providing almost all funding through tax credits, and by amalgamating TeleFilm and the Canadian Media Fund into a new agency.

Nov 29, 2016 —

Simcoe-Grey MP Kellie Leitch calls for the CBC to be dismantled by John Edwards

The Simcoe-Grey MP and Conservative leadership candidate said she put the public broadcaster on notice that, if she becomes prime minister, the CBC is unlikely to exist in its current form.

Nov 29, 2016 — Bob Hackett


The co-founder of Media Democracy Days and OpenMedia says the CBC's coverage of local pipeline controversies have not been the public broadcaster's "finest hour."

Nov 29, 2016 — International Business Times

Canada's first hijab-wearing TV news anchor blazes a trail by Tareq Haddad

Ginella Massa hopes to use the opportunity to change perceptions about Muslim women.

Nov 29, 2016 — The New Yorker

Protecting Journalism from Donald Trump by Jelani Cobb

Columnist says the question of normalization cannot be separated from the bigger anti-democratic concerns that have attended Trump since he became a viable force in Republican politics.

Nov 29, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Canadian musicians, writers ask federal government to fix creativity business by Kate Taylor

A group of 1,000 Canadian artists will issue an open letter to Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly Tuesday asking Ottawa to remember creators as it revises its cultural policies.


Nov 29, 2016 — Yahoo! News

CBC/Radio-Canada's mandate must be reviewed first

Julie Tremblay, President and CEO of TVA Group says a priority should be to review and clarify CBC/Radio-Canada's mandate to make sure it complements the private broadcasters rather than competing with them.

Nov 29, 2016 — As it Happens

CBC president defends ad-free proposal, asks Ottawa for $400M to 'unshackle' broadcaster

CBC President Hubert Lacroix thinks the CBC's business model is broken and is asking the government for additional funding so that the public broadcaster can stop advertising across its platforms.

Nov 28, 2016 — iPolitics

Unlike some rivals, Chong says CBC plays vital national unity role by Janice Dickson

While some Conservative leadership candidates have been appealing to the traditionally anti-CBC Tory base by proposing to abolish the national broadcaster or make serious reforms to it, Michael Chong is digging in as the moderate voice in the race by calling the issue a “distraction.”

Nov 28, 2016 — Toronto Star

CBC asks for $400M more in funding to go ad-free by Jackie Hong

A proposal paper posted to the national broadcaster’s website outlines how the CBC/Radio-Canada wants to follow the example of the BBC, the United Kingdom’s national broadcaster, and be fully funded by the federal government instead of partially relying on ad revenue.

Nov 28, 2016 — iPolitics

Unlike some rivals, Chong says CBC plays vital national unity role by Janice Dickson

Conservative leadership contender defends broadcaster amid calls for cutbacks from rivals.

Nov 28, 2016 — Globe & Mail

The CBC has lost its way by Konrad Yakabuski

Columnist asks if a bigger, more predatory CBC only kills off private competitors, how does that serve the public interest?

Nov 26, 2016 — CBC News

When faced with Trump's extremism, the media falter by Neil MacDonald

Columnist says extremism is being either ignored or glossed over.

Nov 25, 2016 — iPolitics

Radio-Canada host Guy Lepage calls Maxime Bernier an 'idiot' by BJ Siekierski

In promoting his CBC/Radio-Canada policy Thursday on the Quebec radio station FM93, Conservative leadership candidate Maxime Bernier said he would not prioritize talk shows like Radio-Canada’s popular Tout Le Monde En Parle — leading the show’s host to call him an “idiot” on social media.

Nov 25, 2016 — Toronto Sun

CBC reform deserves debate

Editorial states the CBC has played an important role in the history and development of Canada’s identity but argues the public broadcaster needs to change.

Nov 25, 2016 — Politico

Donald Trump and the Rise of Alt-Reality Media by Charles Sykes

Columnist says Trump’s victory means that the most extreme and recklessly irresponsible voices on the right now feel emboldened and empowered.

Nov 25, 2016 — Money News

Canada’s Independent Media Producers Outline their Vision for Canadian Content in a Digital World

The submission outlines 12 recommendations to ensure outstanding made-in-Canada content continues to entertain audiences at home and abroad for decades to come, regardless of how that content is consumed.

Nov 25, 2016 — National Post

‘A disruptive showman’: CRTC boss has no regrets about battling Canada’s big telcos as term nears end by Emily Jackson

The CRTC’s mandate is being scrutinized as part of the heritage ministry’s overhaul of its cultural policy for the digital age.

Nov 24, 2016 — National Post

Kellie Leitch vows to ‘dismantle’ CBC, as Tory leadership candidates fight over how to gut broadcaster by Jason Fekete

Conservative leadership candidates are fighting over who can gut, or in some cases completely “dismantle,” the CBC, with Kellie Leitch promising she would scrap the public broadcaster.

Nov 24, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

Tory Leadership Contender Kellie Leitch Says CBC Needs To Be 'Dismantled' by Ryan Maloney

Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch is pledging to scrap the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, if elected prime minister.

Nov 24, 2016 — Toronto Star

Conservative MP Kellie Leitch calls for CBC to be dismantled by Hina Alam

Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch is proposing to sell the CBC, saying she doesn’t believe the broadcaster should be “propped up by taxpayers.”

Nov 24, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

Netflix Vows To Invest In CanCon, But Opposes Mandatory Regulations by Victoria Ahearn

The submission comes two years after Netflix suggested to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission that its service did not fall under the Broadcasting Act since it is not a conventional broadcaster.

Nov 24, 2016 — J-Source

National Post memo details departures from newsroom, newsroom reorganization by H.G. Watson

A memo sent to National Post staff on Nov. 18 by editor-in-chief Anne Marie Owens details 20 newsroom departures, most the result of a round of buyouts aimed at reducing salary costs at Postmedia by 20 per cent.

Nov 24, 2016 — J-Source

Unions demand Postmedia executives reject $2.3 million in bonuses

According to financial documents, the company awarded Postmedia president and CEO Paul Godfrey $900,000, CFO Doug Lamb $450,000, COO Andrew MacLeod $425,000, legal and general counsel Jeffrey Haar $300,000, and National Post president Gordon Fisher $200,000.

Nov 24, 2016 — Washington Post

Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say by Craig Timberg

Independent researchers say Russia’s increasingly sophisticated propaganda machinery echoed and amplified right-wing sites across the Internet as they portrayed Hillary Clinton as a criminal hiding potentially fatal health problems and preparing to hand control of the nation to a shadowy cabal of global financiers. 

Nov 24, 2016 — National Post

Telus aims to bridge digital divide with $9.95 Internet for low-income families in Alberta by Emily Jackson

Telus Corp. will expand its pilot program that offers affordable Internet to low-income families, a move that comes as the federal government tries to tackle the problem of affordable access to broadband.

Nov 24, 2016 — Policy Options

Viewing the CBC as a public good by Brooks DeCillia & Patrick McCurdy

Columnists say the neoliberal view of the CBC as a commodity in the market, as opposed to a public good outside it, must be challenged.

Nov 23, 2016 — National Post

I will stop the CBC competing with private media, and the CBC will be better for it by Maxime Bernier

Federal Conservative leadership candidate says they believe there is still a role in the media landscape for a public radio and television network, but that it has to be something other than what the private sector already offers.

Nov 23, 2016 — Regina Leader-Post

Maxime Bernier vows to slash CBC funding, stop it from ‘unfairly’ competing with private media by Jason Fekete

Conservative leadership candidate Maxime Bernier is promising to overhaul CBC/Radio-Canada – an institution he says “seems frozen in time” — by cutting hundreds of millions in funding, streamlining its mandate and getting it out of the advertising market.

Nov 23, 2016 — The Guardian

In this dangerous new world, journalism must protect itself by Christiane Amanpour

Speaker says a great America requires a great and free and safe press.


Nov 22, 2016 — iPolitics

CBC takes aim at critics in open letter by Beatrice Britneff

Public broadcaster president Hubert Lacroix reveals CBC’s digital ad revenue for first time.

Nov 22, 2016 — Carleton Newsroom

Carleton Professor Directs a New Study on Trends in Media Concentration Across Canada

A new study on telecommunications, Internet and media concentration across Canada reveals a mixed picture: high media concentration in many core areas of the Internet, and declining but still high levels of concentration in mobile wireless services.

Nov 22, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

Make The Music Industry Fair Again For Canada's Creators by Graha Henderson

CEO of Music Canada says artists -- the people who build our nation's cultural foundation and much of the intellectual property we export -- now struggle more than ever to earn a living.

Nov 22, 2016 — The New Yorker

Donald Trump Personally Blasts the Press by David Redneck

After recent meeting with the media, participants walked away saying that Trump did not seem entirely rational about his criticism of the media, nor did he appear any more informed about policy than he had been during the campaign

Nov 21, 2016 — Business News Network

CRTC reduces most TV provider license renewals to a year, says Canadians should 'shop around'

Canada’s telecom and broadcast regulator has released the next phase of reforms for the country’s TV service providers, in its latest move that aims to increase affordability and choice for consumers.

Nov 21, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

Will Canadian Telecoms Carry Out Threat To Stop Internet Investment? by Aleksandra Sagan

Experts are casting doubt that some major Canadian firms will follow through on threats to stop expanding their broadband networks after the CRTC lowered proposed rates to be charged to smaller rivals accessing their services.

Nov 21, 2016 — CBC News

World's largest 1-day film festival announced for Canada's 150th birthday

The organizers are calling it the world's largest one-day film festival and the event will encompass screens on a number of different platforms across the country. 

Nov 20, 2016 — Toronto Star

The news that is not fit to print by Penny Collenette

Columnist says freedom of press is constitutionally protected in Canada but our freedoms, and that of our press, can be fragile.

Nov 19, 2016 —

Amazon vs. Donald Trump? Jeff Bezos may soon face his biggest challenge yet by Graham Ruddick

Donald Trump takes issue with Amazon founder Jeff Besos' ownership of The Washington Post.

Nov 18, 2016 — The Signal

Exploring the military-journalist relationship by Leah Woolley

Columnist describes the Canadian Military Journalism Course (CMJC) offered by Calgary's Mount Royal University.

Nov 17, 2016 — J-Source

Democracy and the decline of newspapers by Dale Eisler

Columnist explores whether the public interest is being harmed by a decline in good journalism as a result of a failing newspaper business model.

Nov 17, 2016 — Motherboard

CRTC to Big Telecoms: 'Abuses of Power in the System Will Not Go Unchecked’ by Jordan Pearson

Jean-Pierre Blais, chairman of Canada's federal telecom regulator, had some strong words for the country's biggest companies in a speech he gave at a national telecom conference in Ottawa on Wednesday: stop "grumbling," and start serving Canadians better.

Nov 17, 2016 — Chronicle Herald

OPINION: Don't stop the press by Mark Lever

CEO of the Chronicle Herald says we have to think how we can support the needs of newspapers, without whose efforts there would be precious little journalistic content on social media sites or even on large broadcasters.

Nov 17, 2016 — Toronto Star

Amazon Prime video service rumoured to come to Canada by Raju Mudhar

Amazon Prime's video service is currently available in the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany and according to media reports, Australia.

Nov 17, 2016 —

final phase of federal broadcast regulation reform kicks in by Michael Lewis

Beginning Dec. 1, all television service providers must give consumers the option of subscribing to channels à la carte or in small groups on top of a basic service package that cannot cost more than $25 per month before equipment rentals.

Nov 17, 2016 — St. Catharines Standard

Trudeau government assessing a future without Canada’s two largest newspaper companies

As the print media industry copes with mounting revenue declines, layoffs and quarterly losses, the Trudeau government is considering what the media landscape would look like without the country’s two largest newspaper companies.

Nov 17, 2016 — FYI Music News

CRTC Chief's Speech Frames His Legacy

Text of a speech delivered by CRTC Chair Jean-Pierre Blais to the Canadian Chapter of the International Institute of Communications in Ottawa.

Nov 15, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

Conservative Leadership Candidate Cheered For Dismissing Climate Change by Althia Raj

Conservative Leadership Candidate, Brad Trost says that the biggest subsidy that needs to go is the $1.2-billion allowance to the CBC. 

Nov 15, 2016 — J-Source

How Vice News is going to get young people to watch a half hour newscast by H.G. Watson

Vice News Tonight premiered on HBO on and Viceland in Canada on Oct. 10. The show is a mix of the short documentaries that people have come to know from Vice as well as a daily news package in the beginning of the program.

Nov 15, 2016 — iPolitics

Stop 'handing out money' to CBC: media outlets by Beatrice Britneff

Representatives of Canadian media outlets urged members of Parliament Tuesday to pursue de-regulation in the news industry and “level the playing field” between the CBC and Canada’s struggling legacy media companies and new digital outlets.

Nov 14, 2016 — National Post

CRTC adds veteran civil servant Judith LaRocque to handle Quebec broadcast file, serve as vice-chair by Emily Jackson

The federal government hires long-time civil servant Judith LaRocque to temporarily fill a top position at Canada’s broadcast regulator so it can deal with urgent files in Quebec.


Nov 14, 2016 — J-Source

Suburban and rural communities underserved by local media, new election research suggests by Jasmine Bala

A new study by Ryerson University’s Local News Research Project suggests the amount of news available about local contests for member of Parliament during the 2015 federal election depended on where in Canada voters were living.


Nov 14, 2016 — Western Star

New head of Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television on her vision and rebranding

The new head of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television says branding stuff as Canadian content should be secondary to helping excellent content in whatever form stand out.


Nov 14, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa names public servant as temporary CRTC vice-chair by Christine Dobby

The federal government has tapped long-time public servant Judith LaRocque for a temporary stint in a vice-chair role at the CRTC.

Nov 11, 2016 — CHEK News

History is made as CHEK celebrates 60 years on the air by Tess van Straaten

Sixty years ago, Victoria’s CHEK TV made history — becoming British Columbia’s first private broadcaster and only the second TV station in the province.

Nov 11, 2016 — The Atlantic

The U.S. Media Is Completely Unprepared to Cover a Trump Presidency by Adam Serwer

Columnist says the total Republican control of government means that Democrats will struggle to get their objections to carry much weight, much as they did prior to the Iraq War.

Nov 9, 2016 — CBC News

'Making a meaningful difference': CBC launches new film fund for diverse filmmakers

CBC to invest at least $7.5 million dollars into the fund over the next three years.

Nov 8, 2016 — National Post

CBC threatens podcast app developer for using publicly available content, suggests ‘license fee model’ by Sean Craig

In a move that could impact your morning commute, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. has sent a legal threat to the developers of a podcast app, claiming that accessing the public broadcaster’s publicly available RSS feed without paying a licensing fee constitutes “commercial use” and is a violation of its copyright.

Nov 8, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

How the 2016 Presidential Election Benefited Most Everyone Who Covered It by Michael O'Connell

 The Hollywood Reporter looks at how the different networks and shows have fared during coverage pile-on of the US Election.

Nov 8, 2016 — Ad News

CRTC releases new broadcast industry statistics

According to a new report, broadcasting revenues in Canada last year decreased by 1.6% to $17.9 billion.

Nov 4, 2016 — OpenDemocracy

Re-shaping Britain must include the BBC by Niki Seth-Smith

In the next few years, the UK’s constitution will be re-shaped. This includes the BBC. A new book, from openDemocracy and Commonwealth Publishing, rethinks what Britain in the 21st century needs from its public media.

Nov 4, 2016 — Globe & Mail

New system for funding Canadian content would rely on tax credits by Kate Taylor

Columnist says the consultations about nurturing Canadian-content creation seem mainly to have produced pieties about the digital age but few concrete suggestions.

Nov 4, 2016 — Toronto Star

Lack of racial diversity in media is a form of oppression by Shree Paradkar

Columnist says The major newsrooms in this country — the Toronto Star included — are unnaturally white, leading to tone-deaf, biased coverage of news.

Nov 3, 2016 — Media in Canada

Study identifies two target groups for Cancon by Regan Reid

Advertisers looking to connect with people who view Canadian content should target two groups of Canadian viewers, according to a new study titled “Understand and Engage with Audiences.”

Nov 3, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Quebec to hold public inquiry into police surveillance of journalists by Ingrid Peritz

Quebec has announced a public inquiry into press freedom and police surveillance amid fresh disclosures that the monitoring of some journalists’ cellphones lasted as long as five years and targeted an ever-growing list of reporters.

Nov 3, 2016 — CBC News

Telefilm Canada study finds Canadians want more entertainment on more platforms

TV still medium of choice for majority of respondents, but tablets, phones increasingly used.

Nov 2, 2016 — Radio Canada International

Nov 2, 1936 -Canada’s Public Broadcaster birthday: 80 today by Marc Montgomery

Modelled somewhat on the BBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation came into being on November 2, 1936.

Nov 2, 2016 — Motherboard

A New Internet Tax in Canada Would Keep Indigenous People Offline by Denise Williams & Josh Tabish

Recent reports suggest Heritage Canada Minister Mélanie Joly is debating adding a fee to the bills of Internet subscribers to help pay for Canadian content.

Nov 2, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian Comedy Legend Dave Broadfoot Dies at 90 by Etan Vlessing

Dave Broadfoot, a Canadian comedy legend for his political satire on the long-running CBC comedy series Royal Canadian Air Farce, has died. 

Nov 2, 2016 — Newswire

Telefilm Canada releases audience study, results reveal two key viewer segments for Canadian film and television

Study finds that when producing and promoting Canadian content, producers and funding organizations should engage primarily with two segments of Canadian content viewers, identified as "Curious"— highly committed movie buffs who love all sorts of movies, blockbusters as well as smaller-scale, bringing excitement and novelty—and "Belonging"—viewers who watch to expand their horizons and who consider movies an opportunity for growth and learning.

Nov 2, 2016 — CBC Radio-Canada

Michel Bissonnette named Executive Vice-President of Radio-Canada

Michel Bissonnette has been appointed as Executive Vice-President of Radio-Canada. He takes over from Louis Lalande, who is retiring in January.


Nov 1, 2016 — Montreal Gazette

Is the federal arts machine fair to anglophones? by Kevin Tierney

Columnist points out that every senior federal arts position in Canada is held by a francophone.

Nov 1, 2016 — IT Business

Here’s what to expect from this week’s CRTC hearings by Eric Emin Wood

From Monday Oct. 31 to Friday Nov. 4, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) will be conducting a week-long hearing regarding whether it should reinforce, in its words, “differential pricing practices related to Internet data plans” – or, in plain English, net neutrality.

Nov 1, 2016 —

Is the government about to make the Internet even more expensive for all Canadians? by David Christopher

Columnist says Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly is considering adding a new ISP tax to the monthly bills of Canada's Internet subscribers.

Oct 31, 2016 — CBC News

Net neutrality is up for debate at CRTC hearings by Ramona Pringle

Advocates argue treating all internet data equally is important for consumers and startups.

Oct 31, 2016 — Globe & Mail

CRTC should update ISP rules on differential pricing by Michael Geist

Columnist says net neutrality faces its toughest test yet as Canada’s broadcast and telecommunications regulator conducts a hearing on whether ISPs may engage in “differential pricing.”

Oct 30, 2016 — Globe & Mail

CRTC to review differential pricing practices on Internet service by Christine Dobby

Canada’s telecom regulator will take a close look at its policy on net neutrality as a public hearing begins this week on Internet pricing practices that allow access to certain content for “free” but charge customers regular rates for other data usage.

Oct 29, 2016 — Toronto Star

How Donald Trump thrives on network greed by Tony Burman

Columnist says the commercial TV networks have enabled the unlikely Trump candidacy to happen and to flourish not out of public service or journalistic honour — but out of greed. 

Oct 27, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

Internet Usage In Canada Soared 40 Per Cent In A Year. Here's Why. by Daniel Tender

The CRTC’s Communications Monitoring Report for 2016 found broadband Internet usage jumped 40 per cent from 2014 to 2015, while mobile data usage saw an even larger 44-per-cent spike.

Oct 26, 2016 — National Post

Former director of HR sues CBC, alleging senior management conspired to fire her by Joseph Brean & Sean Craig

A former human resources executive for the CBC has filed a wrongful dismissal suit against the broadcaster, alleging that senior HR staff conspired to fire her while she was on medical leave and that CEO Hubert Lacroix breached his duties in refusing to review the matter

Oct 26, 2016 — Vancouver Sun

Canadians spend more on Internet access than TV subscriptions for first time: CRTC by Emily Jackson

The CRTC says Canadians spent more money on Internet access than television subscriptions for the first time last year as the demand for data exploded and the desire for traditional TV packages waned.

Oct 26, 2016 — Money News

Downloaded data skyrockets in 2015

The CRTC says Canadians are downloading more data than ever as a result of the growing use of broadband technologies over mobile devices and within the home.

Oct 25, 2016 — Aljazeera

Canada's Willy Wonka by Andrew Mitrovica

Columnist says Justin Trudeau's sweet, youthful, Willy Wonka façade is slipping to reveal that he's just an old boy wedded to the old way of doing things at home and abroad.

Oct 25, 2016 — National Post

Broadcasting revenues dip as Canadians move online for radio and television: CRTC by Emily Jackson

CRTC says cord cutting took a bigger bite out of Canada’s broadcast industry last year as younger audiences increasingly listened to music and watched television over the Internet.

Oct 25, 2016 — Voice

Canadians between 12 and 24 years old listen to half the amount of traditional radio than others

CRTC Chairman says a new report clearly shows that viewing and listening habits are continuing to shift. 

Oct 25, 2016 — National Post

Still stuck in the Sixties with the CRTC by Len Katz & Sean Speer

Columnist says now is the time for a new digital policy for the digital age.

Oct 25, 2016 — Newswire

Canadians continue to shift towards digital platforms

A new report released by the CRTC shows how the viewing and listening habits of Canadians are transforming the broadcasting industry.

Oct 24, 2016 — The Daily Beast

How Dan Rather Became the Only Good Newsman on Facebook by Ben Collins

Columnist says former news anchor Dan Rather’s blend of foreboding and hope is reaching more people than ever on Facebook.

Oct 24, 2016 — Cantech Letter

Google to award $5 million to Canada’s most innovative non-profits by Dylan Waddell

Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, will be part of the judging panel for non-for-profit groups seeking grants from

Oct 24, 2016 — Nation Talk

CMF contributes $3M to fund 11 Diverse Languages Projects

The CMF announces $3M in funding to 11 convergent projects that applied to the Diverse Languages Program. 

Oct 24, 2016 — Métro

Mélanie Joly à TLMEP: éloge du vide by Stéphane Morneau

The columnist questions the relevance of inviting politicians for interviews on Radio-Canada's hit talk-show Tout le monde en parle. He is very dismayed by Mélanie Joly's last appearance on the show and finds the interview was handled in a complacent manner. 

Oct 23, 2016 — The Todd Veinotte Show

The Todd Veinotte Show (Episode 103)

FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, responds to the recent news that the federal government is considering an internet price hike to fund Canadian content.

Oct 21, 2016 — National Post

Why it’s irresponsible for the publicly funded CBC to explain the news rather than provide it by David Berry

Columnist says that the public broadcaster diverting some of its resources into telling citizens what to think is to fundamentally misunderstand its mandate.

Oct 21, 2016 — Stockwatch

Post says Quebecor, others see Blais talk Netflix tax

The Financial Post reports that CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais is surprised Canada has not placed a sales tax on foreign video streaming services like Netflix, a move the Liberal government seems to be inching toward despite previous promises not to do so

Oct 21, 2016 — Motherboard

Give Even More Power to Canada's Big Telecoms, Think Tank Says by Jordan Pearson

A new report from Macdonald-Laurier Institute says the CRTC should get out of the business of regulating telecom prices and competition entirely.

Oct 21, 2016 — CBC News

'Our society needs journalists': Reckoning with the future of news in the wake of latest Postmedia losses by David Gray

Mount Royal University professor says news media's role 'now more important than ever' in Canada.

Oct 21, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Liberals avoid scrutiny for contentious cash-for-access fundraisers by Robert Fife and Steven Chase

Columnist says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has handed the duty of enforcing new rules for lobbying and political fundraisers to a department that directly reports to him, meaning that exclusive Liberal Party fundraisers with senior cabinet ministers as the prize attraction escape the scrutiny of the ethics commissioner.

Oct 20, 2016 — CTV News

Local TV news coverage more important than station finances, says CRTC chair

The head of the country's broadcast regulator says TV stations have a responsibility to produce local news, even if it hurts their bottom line.

Oct 20, 2016 — Telecom Trends

Should CRTC end its parallel tax system? by Mark Goldberg

Columnist says it is unlikely that there will be a new tax on internet access services, but quite possible to see the federal government apply its Goods and Services Tax (a value added sales tax) on all foreign digital services.

Oct 20, 2016 — Public Now

CRTC Recognized For The Let's Talk TV A Conversation With Canadians Initiative

Media release says Let's Talk TV was one of the CRTC's most comprehensive and complex public consultations and broadcasting policy reviews to date.

Oct 20, 2016 — Toronto Star

CRTC chair: Local news is more important than profits

CRTC Chairman laments that a “disturbing number” of TV stations have cut staff and centralized operations.

Oct 20, 2016 — National Post

Think tank urges CRTC reform as Liberals consult on CanCon, suggests killing content requirements by Emily Jackson

Columnist says another pro-market think tank has called for massive reforms to the institution that regulates broadcasting and telecommunications as the federal government seeks opinions on how to overhaul its Canadian content policy for the digital era.

Oct 20, 2016 — National Post

Think tank urges CRTC reform as Liberals consult on CanCon, suggests killing content requirements by Emily Jackson

Columnist says another pro-market think tank has called for massive reforms to the institution that regulates broadcasting and telecommunications as the federal government seeks opinions on how to overhaul its Canadian content policy for the digital era.

Oct 20, 2016 — Inside Halton

Local news a "responsibility," says CRTC

CRTC Chairman says TV stations have a responsibility to produce local news, even if it hurts their bottom line.

Oct 19, 2016 — CBC News

Internet price hikes could be coming as Ottawa reviews cultural policy, critics warn by Sophia Harris

The federal government has launched a massive review of Canadian-made content in the digital age that will include who should be footing the bill.

Oct 19, 2016 — Regina Leader-Post

SoundCloud adds Canadian services by Stuart Derdeyn

Canadian users of SoundCloud now have the option of joining SoundCloud Go by signing up through the company website at

Oct 18, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Tips for the next guy: How to be a Rogers CEO by Andrew Willis

Writer suggests Rogers' new CEO remain true to his contrarian view of the future of telecom and invest in its wireless and high speed Internet networks. 

Oct 18, 2016 — Reuters

Netflix's big bet on original shows finally seen paying off by Tenzin Pema

Netflix Inc's shares jumped as much as 20 percent on Tuesday, after the company added 50 percent more subscribers than expected in the third quarter.

Oct 18, 2016 —

Four Canadians among 20 powerful women in global TV

The Hollywood Reporter feature includes 20 women—four of them Canadian—recognized for their outstanding contribution to the global television industry. 

Oct 18, 2016 — The Tyee

Memo to Trudeau: CBC Earns Our Tax Money, Corporate Media Does Not by Shannon Rupp

Columnist says Newspapers Canada would have you believe that their aggressive bid for more government subsidies is about funding journalism, but the facts suggest that the newspapers’ executives are just looking for a new source of revenue to keep their investors rich and happy as they kill jobs.

Oct 18, 2016 —

Kim's Convenience and Canadian television’s diversity problem by Lucas Costello

The CBC’s new sitcom is the first mainstream Canadian show with an Asian lead cast — which, Lucas Costello argues, says a lot about how far behind the network and Canadian television at large are in reflecting the population.

Oct 17, 2016 — Politico

What If the Newspaper Industry Made a Colossal Mistake? by Jack Shafer

For years, the standard view in the newspaper industry has been that print newspapers will eventually evolve into online editions and reconvene the mass audience newspapers enjoy there - but that’s not what’s happening.

Oct 17, 2016 — MediaPost

Nielsen's Social Content Ratings Debut by P.J. Bednarski

 Nielsenmakes good on a promise to begin including Facebook info, which turned the once-titled Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings into Nielsen’s Social Content Ratings.

Oct 17, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

New Internet Taxes Being Considered By Liberals: Reports by Daniel Tencer

The controversial “Netflix tax” may be off the table, but the federal Liberals are considering a number of potential new taxes as they seek to update how Canadian content is paid for in the digital age.

Oct 17, 2016 — Deadline

Netflix Shares Soar After It Beats Q3 Earnings And Subscriber Expectations by David Lieberman

The streaming company generated net income of $51.5 million, up 75% versus the period last year, on revenues of $2.29 billion, up 31.7%.

Oct 16, 2016 — CTV News

GST on Netflix still a possibility as Liberals review cultural production by Laura Payton

Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly won't force streaming services like Netflix to pay into the Canada Media Fund, but all other options are open - including charging GST - as her department reviews the country's cultural production.

Oct 16, 2016 — CBC News

Netflix hammers cross-border watchers and there may be no way out by Sophia Harris

Some unblocking companies that help customers hop Netflix borders are in retreat.

Oct 15, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Saturday night with an old friend by David Shoalts

Columnist says that viewers may not unanimously love his quirks as a broadcaster but there is no denying Ron MacLean's affection for the sport, something Canadians demand from the host of their favourite hockey broadcast.

Oct 14, 2016 — National Post

Stop the federal government before it taxes everything on the Internet by John Tabish

Michael Geist, the University of Ottawa professor and Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law, says new digital taxes will not solve the troubles faced by the news and broadcasting industry.

Oct 14, 2016 — The Tyee

New CBC Shows Mostly a Step Forward for Asian Canadians by Kai Nagata

Editorial says Kim's Convenience, adapted from a play by Ins Choi, has a willingness to laugh at uncomfortable aspects of the immigrant experience that makes it resonate far beyond the Korean community.

Oct 14, 2016 — Globe & Mail

What is a country’s cultural landscape without critics? by Stephen Hunt

Columnist says the Trudeau government’s $1.5-billion commitment to culture in Canada may not be so wonderful without critics to offer critical discourse.

Oct 13, 2016 — Financial Buzz

Stingray Extends Long-Term Distribution Agreement With Shaw Communications, Adds Four Specialty Music Video Tv Channels

Shaw adds Stingray Retro, Stingray Vibe, Stingray Loud, and Stingray Juicebox to its channel line-up.

Oct 13, 2016 — Coast Reporter

Ottawa gets message that local news matters by Peter Kvarnstrom

Columnist speaks about why local journalism matters.

Oct 12, 2016 — Globe & Mail

New digital taxes may be the future of Cancon by Michael Geist

Columnist says extending sales taxes to digital services may be complicated, as enforcement costs can outweigh revenues for smaller services, but work on global standards is likely to provide assistance in developing efficient tax collection mechanisms and common threshold exemptions.

Oct 12, 2016 — Marketing Magazine

CBC Has Got the Goods on New Brand Partners by Chris Powell

CBC has announces its first brand partners for daytime talk show The Goods, with Butterball and Sunwing signing on as full-season sponsors and and the genealogy company signing integration deals.

Oct 12, 2016 — Toronto Star

Liberals host Toronto consultation over CanCon by Alicja Siekierska

Canada’s heritage minister Mélanie Joly urges participants at a consultation session in  Toronto to “be bold” as the country grapples with ensuring Canadian content thrives in the digital world.

Oct 11, 2016 — National Post

Kim’s Convenience, and the method behind the seeming madness of CBC’s programming by David Berry

Columnist says CBC's new programming lineup seems to be the direct result of the public broadcaster trying to make everything appealing to everyone, with little of it gaining any traction.

Oct 11, 2016 — iPolitics

CBC and the clickbait wars by Stephen Maher

Columnist explores whether public money is squeezing out independent journalism.

Oct 11, 2016 — Alternet

Trump Campaign Exposes Crisis Facing American Journalism by Jim Sleeper

Columnist says media critics should stop letting their colleagues off the hook in explaining what's happening to us.

Oct 10, 2016 — Winnipeg Free Press

Spreading the message by Brad Oswald

Columnist says CBC's new drama mixes crime, politics and media culture.

Oct 9, 2016 — Globe & Mail

New funding rules for Canadian television draw ire by Ian Bailey

If new funding rules for the production of Canadian television were in place years ago, Simon Barry fears he wouldn’t have kept his job as executive producer on his made-in-Vancouver TV series Continuum.

Oct 8, 2016 — CBC News

Trudeau government OK's tax credit for TV talk shows by Elizabeth Thompson

Heritage Minister says opening tax credits to the talk show genre will stimulate job creation in the sector.

Oct 7, 2016 — North Shore News

Ottawa gets message that local news matters by Peter Kvarnstrom

Columnist says local journalism speaks directly to readers about their community and their neighbourhood. 

Oct 6, 2016 — National Post

CRTC scolds big telecoms for ‘not just and reasonable’ wholesale rates by Emily Jackson

In a decision that slashes proposed rates by up to 89 per cent, Canada’s telecom regulator has chastised the country’s largest providers for proposing wholesale high-speed Internet rates that are “not just and reasonable.”

Oct 6, 2016 — The Canadian Press

Everyone can be duped by fake news, experts say as satire sites multiply by Paola Loriggio

Some have suggest the prevalence of potentially believable spoofs could undermine political discourse or faith in the media, though in most cases the confusion is temporary and leads only to short-lived embarrassment.

Oct 6, 2016 — TV, eh?


Columnist says the task of deciding how to bring Canada’s cultural industries into the digital age would be easier if the CRTC and the government could speak the same language as consumers.

Oct 5, 2016 — Maclean's

Maclean’s embraces the digital future

Beginning in January 2017, Maclean's weekly issue will move to a digital-only format available via tablet, phone or Texture subscription.

Oct 5, 2016 — Concordia

How the performing arts can set the stage for more developed brain pathways by Cléa Desjardins

Concordia research shows the positive, but different, cognitive effects of dance and music training.

Oct 4, 2016 — TV Junkies

CRTC Survey: Canadian TV Showrunners & Writers on New Cancon Requirements by Bridget Liszewski

Creative speak about the impact of the CRTC loosening the points system for gaining access to production funding.

Oct 3, 2016 — Globe & Mail

VMedia, Bell to face off in court over live TV streaming service by James Bradshaw

An upstart television provider’s attempt to break some live TV channels away from the cable box and into the world of online streaming is going to court as Bell Media protests the new service’s legality.

Oct 3, 2016 — J-Source

Owning up to mistakes is a way to build trust with readers by Kirk LaPointe

Columnist says if journalists were more candid with their audience about their challenges in gathering and providing information, they wouldn’t lose trust but restore it.

Oct 3, 2016 — PressGazette

Helen Boaden speaks up for 'slow news' as she steps down after 34 years at the BBC by Freddy Mayhew

Outgoing BBC director of radio Helen Boaden has said she values “slow news” and questioned whether the media does enough to “explain and explore” in today’s fast-paced environment.

Oct 3, 2016 — PressGazette

Political memoirs reveal Downing Street bids to control the BBC under David Cameron by Dominic Ponsford

Former cabinet minister Ken Clarke has claimed that the Downing Street press office falsely told the BBC he was ill to try to stop him appearing on Question Time.

Oct 1, 2016 — Toronto Star

When Jian Ghomeshi gave the CBC a shock by Kevin Donovan

In this excerpt from Secret Life: The Jian Ghomeshi Investigation, Kevin Donovan describes the Q host’s last show and the explosive meeting between his lawyer and CBC amid rumours of a big story breaking.

Sep 30, 2016 — Montreal Gazette

How the CRTC is like House of Cards by Kevin Tierney

Columnist says that at its noblest, the CRTC has acted on behalf of Canadian citizens on all kinds of deregulations, most recently “unbundling” the cable TV packages that had us paying a lot of dough for access to networks we did not want to see.

Sep 30, 2016 — Montreal Gazette

How the CRTC is like House of Cards by Kevin Tierney

Columnist says that at its noblest, the CRTC has acted on behalf of Canadian citizens on all kinds of deregulations, most recently “unbundling” the cable TV packages that had us paying a lot of dough for access to networks we did not want to see.

Sep 29, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

HBO to Shut Down Dutch Channels by Scott Roxborough & Georg Szalai

The Time Warner unit will shutter its three linear channels, as well as HBO Go in the Netherlands, but 'Game of Thrones' will still be available to Dutch fans.

Sep 29, 2016 — The TV Junkies

Shoot the Messenger’s Creative Duo Fights to Bring Diversity to Canadian TV by Birdget Liszewski

Canadian television still has plenty of room for improvement in terms of diversity, according to the creative minds behind CBC’s upcoming drama Shoot the Messenger.

Sep 29, 2016 — Toronto Star

Canadian media ‘crisis’ puts democracy at risk, says Torstar chair John Honderich by Bruce Campion-Smith

Torstar chair tells MPs that Canadian media are facing a “crisis” as market forces shrink newsrooms, leaving fewer journalists to report the news vital to a vibrant democracy.

Sep 28, 2016 — Stockwatch

Globe says Shaw, others worry about TV funding shift

The Globe and Mail reports that Federal Heritage Minister Melanie Joly says that Canada's TV production sector, alarmed at new CRTC regulations that reduce the need to hire Canadians to obtain funding, should not count on her for any immediate help to reverse the situation.

Sep 28, 2016 —

The Man Who Taught Canadians How to Think of Themselves by Thomas Rogers

Pierre Berton was the historian who shaped Canadian identity more than any other – and taught the nation how to roll up a joint on TV.

Sep 28, 2016 — J-Source

Why BBC decided to set up shop in Canada by H.G. Watson

On September 22, 2016, BBC officially opened its new Canadian edition of their website.

Sep 27, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

Netflix's Ted Sarandos Responds to Claims of Curtailed Creative Freedom by Georg Szalai

Netflix is on track to double its original programming output as it has done in recent years and is adding new genres, especially unscripted programming, such as competition shows.

Sep 27, 2016 — National Post

Why Shomi’s demise doesn’t mean the end for Canadian video streaming companies by Emily Jackson

Netflix’s emphasis on original content is what ultimately killed Shomi, according to its owners, but some argue the shift could lead to happier storylines for Canada’s remaining streaming services.

Sep 27, 2016 — The Tyee

A Modest Proposal for a New Media Landscape by Robyn Smith

Tyee editor Robyn Smith was asked to advise MPs on Canada’s journalism industry, and its future. 

Sep 27, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

Shomi Shutting Down After It Just Couldn't Compete With Netflix by Jesse Ferreras

Rogers and Shaw announced on Monday that they will shut down all Shomi operations on November 30.

Sep 26, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Heritage Minister says she will not reverse Cancon rules for TV industry by Ian Bailey

Federal Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly says Canada’s TV production sector, alarmed at new CRTC regulations that reduce the need to hire Canadians to obtain funding, should not count on her for any immediate help to reverse the situation.

Sep 26, 2016 — CBC News

Web streaming service Shomi to shut down as of Nov. 30

Rogers and Shaw launched Shomi on Nov. 4, 2014, in the hopes of capitalizing on the rising number of so-called cord-cutters who were ditching traditional TV services in favour of video-on-demand.

Sep 23, 2016 — Regina Leader-Post

Trost's views a pathetic embarrassment by Murray Mandryk

Columnist says that Brad Trost’s Conservative leadership bid is quickly becoming an embarrassment to his federal party.

Sep 22, 2016 — J-Source

Looking beyond philanthrojournalism by Patricia W. Elliott

Columnist says Ottawa shouldn’t be let off the hook of a historically-mandated commitment to ensure Canadians enjoy equitable cross-country access to media that reflects our lives.

Sep 22, 2016 — J-Source

Looking beyond philanthrojournalism by Patricia W. Elliott

Columnist says Ottawa shouldn’t be let off the hook of a historically-mandated commitment to ensure Canadians enjoy equitable cross-country access to media that reflects our lives.

Sep 22, 2016 — News Kamloops

Merge CBC with Canada Post by David Charbonneau

Columnist says both CBC and Canada Post are crown corporations; they are both undergoing radical transitions to digital communication; and each has what the other could use.

Sep 22, 2016 — J-Source

New UBC international reporting project challenges parachute model of journalism by H.G. Watson

A new University of British Columbia project will link its International Reporting Program with schools around the world as part of an effort to challenge the “parachute” model of foreign correspondence.

Sep 22, 2016 — CBC News

Does loosening Cancon rules hobble Canadian TV creators? by Jessica Wong

Creators blast CRTC ruling's suggestion that Canadians need foreign help to make TV hits.

Sep 22, 2016 — The Chronicle Herald

Eastlink contributes $690,000 to help fund TV projects in Nova Scotia

The media company has given the money to the Nova Scotia Independent Production Fund, a not-for-profit support program for producers and filmmakers in the province.

Sep 21, 2016 — Canadian Media Guild

Letter to Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly: CMG advocates for Canadian culture and media

CMG says that in addition to the vital role cultural institutions like CBC/Radio-Canada play in connecting us with each other and reflecting our unique stories, experiences and values, Canada’s cultural and media industries contribute tens of billions of dollars to our economy and employ hundreds of thousands of Canadians.

Sep 21, 2016 — National Post

The BBC to launch Canadian website, news team by Sean Craig

The BBC, the world’s largest broadcaster and ambassador of Britain to the world, is the latest foreign news outlet to set up shop in Canada.

Sep 21, 2016 — CBC News

New Brunswick filmmakers take scrappy, innovative approach to cable changes by Julia Wright

Columnist says Pick-and-pay, basic cable packages may be great for cable subscribers, who get to choose which channels they pay for, but they are also changing the game for smaller, independent media production companies.

Sep 20, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

Why Netflix Is Now Dubbing, Subtitling Content in Poland by Scott Roxborough

The streaming giant is moving away from English-only programming in a bid to gain international market share.

Sep 20, 2016 — Market Wired

Internet "Over the Top" Video Expands and Redraws Global Market for Content Production

Columnist says, in English-Language Markets, Global Players and Semi-Professional and Amateur Content Creators Stand to Benefit From OTT; But Non-English Markets Are Under Longer-Term Pressure.

Sep 20, 2016 — National Post

Canadian video production benefitting from Netflix-driven content globalization: report by Sean Craig

Internet video and over-the-top (OTT) content providers are boosting the global video production market, especially in English-speaking Canada and the U.K., according to a study by the Boston Consulting Group.

Sep 19, 2016 — The Walrus

We Deserve Polaris by Liisa Ladouceur

Columnist describes why the industry’s coolest music prize is earnestly—and sometimes painfully—Canadian.

Sep 19, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

Cutting Government Appointees Could Stall CBC's Downward Spiral by Barry Kiefl

Columnist says the past decade has seen a cornucopia of management incompetence at the nation's public broadcaster.

Sep 18, 2016 — Toronto Star

Netflix faces lawsuit from 21st Century Fox over poaching executives by Lucas Shaw & Anousha Sakoui

21st Century Fox accuses Netflix of illegally inducing employees to breach their fixed-term contracts.

Sep 17, 2016 — Toronto Star

How TV made Pierre Trudeau a celebrity and political force by Paul Litt

It was television that first introduced Trudeau to the public, put him on the leadership radar screen with its coverage of his legal reforms, and made him a national celebrity in the opening weeks of 1968.

Sep 17, 2016 — Maclean's

America’s press is dead. Long live the billionaires. by Colin Horgan

Columnist says Mark Cuban versus Trump seems like a fair fight because people have been taught to think smart investing matters more than smart reporting.

Sep 16, 2016 — National Post

Canada’s Great Digital Divide: Telecom race finally heats up in Nunavut by Emily Jackson

Ice is the newest player in an increasingly competitive telecommunications market north of the 60th parallel, which was sparked by a regulatory move in 2011 to end the monopoly Bell Canada-owned Northwestel Inc. enjoyed in the region for decades.

Sep 16, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Canada’s TV landscape is untenable for today’s consumer by Grant Hall

Columnist says that with Bell, Rogers and Shaw owning not only the majority of content creation and distribution rights but also the distribution channels themselves, it should not be shocking that, even with the CRTC’s insistence on consumer choice, there is not any real motivation for change.

Sep 16, 2016 — Montreal Gazette

Kevin Tierney on why arts and culture matter by Kevin Tierney

Columnist says the arts are fundamentally a celebration of expression. 

Sep 15, 2016 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Remarks for Hubert T. Lacroix at PBI Montréal 2016

CBC President introduces Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, and refers to her as "my minister".

Sep 15, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

Netflix's Liberty Global Integration to Help Its International Sub Growth, Analysts Say by Georg Szalai

"From foe to friend, big cable is embracing Netflix," says one Wall Street observer about the multiyear partnership in more than 30 European and Latin American countries.

Sep 15, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC to Disclose More On-Air Talent Pay Under New Government Plan by Georg Szalai

Karen Bradley, Britain's new culture secretary, publishes a draft of a new charter for the U.K. public broadcaster, which calls for it to disclose which show hosts, news anchors and other stars are paid more than $198,000.

Sep 15, 2016 — Chronicle Journal

Racism claim not backed up

Editorial states a free and unfettered news media is an essential component of democracy.

Sep 14, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

John Malone's Liberty Global to Integrate Netflix Worldwide by Georg Szalai

"We are committed to bringing the best content to our customers, and are thrilled to expand our partnership with Netflix" beyond Virgin Media in the U.K., says Mike Fries, CEO of the international cable giant.

Sep 14, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

Europe Unveils Broad Changes to Copyright Law by Scott Roxborough

New proposals would allow pan-European video-on-demand, strengthen the IP rights of journalists and publishers, and force YouTube to use technology to automatically detect copyright-protected works.

Sep 14, 2016 — Mobile Syrup

Rogers’ CEO Guy Laurence says Canadian content should be funded on a ‘platform neutral basis’ by Patrick O’Rourke

Rogers CEO believes Canada's brand is not “well defined” in the world and second, that Canada is not ambitious enough when it comes to self-promotion.

Sep 14, 2016 — Yahoo! News

Could Canadians soon be freed from ugly cable TV box rental fees?

In the U.S., a movement is afoot to free TV subscribers from the charge by offering an alternative way to get programming: via a no-cost online app.

Sep 14, 2016 — Globe & Mail

How do we brand our content for the world? Think ‘Cool Canadiana’ by Guy Laurence

Rogers CEP says Canada needs to rebrand and that Canada is not maximizing its opportunity on the world stage.

Sep 14, 2016 — Maclean's

‘It’s time for Canada’ by Guy Laurence

Rogers CEO says it’s time for Canada to step out of the shadows and into the light on the world stage.

Sep 13, 2016 — National Observer

Mansbridge is leaving. Does the CBC have the courage to build a truly great program? by Nick Fillmore

Columnist says Peter Mansbridge’s long goodbye is a chance for our public broadcaster to face facts – Canadians don’t trust The National, in fact they don’t much like any of the mainstream news on offer.

Sep 13, 2016 — Money News

Eyereturn Marketing Launches Canadian Premium Access – in partnership with CBC, Bell Media and Quebecor

Eyereturn Marketing announces the launch of Canadian Premium Access, a curated high quality programmatic marketplace offering advertisers and agencies seamless access to first look preferred inventory on Canada’s most recognized publishers.

Sep 13, 2016 — Toronto Star

Canadians, cultural industries at odds over how digital content can improve by Terry Pedwell

In the latest phase of consultations, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly asks for suggestions on ways Ottawa can help create, promote and deliver digital content.

Sep 13, 2016 — CBC News

Mélanie Joly asks about CanCon rules for a digital age

University of Ottawa professor, Michael Geist, says so-called industry stakeholders are all about the money, with a majority of respondents to the Heritage Minister's consultation arguing for more public funding.

Sep 13, 2016 — CBC/Radio-Canada

#PBI2016: Connecting the Digital Generation to Public Broadcasting

CBC/Radio-Canada says it is proud to host over 60 public broadcasters in Montreal for the annual Public Broadcasters International (PBI) conference, which returns to Canada for the first time since its launch 25 years ago.

Sep 13, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

Canadians Deserve A Real Choice That Goes Beyond Skinny Basic by Grant Hall

Columnist says the defacto monopoly that the Big Three cable companies have means Canadian consumers are shut out of the range of choice and technological innovation that consumers south of the border enjoy.

Sep 13, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Trust Chair Rona Fairhead to Resign by Georg Szalai

Fairhead is the first woman to head up the BBC Trust, the U.K. public broadcaster's governing body.

Sep 12, 2016 — Point of View Magazine

An Open Letter to Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly by Kevin McMahon

Filmmaker Kevin McMahon says the government should be involved in culture in order to serve the public good and says Canada’s creators have a deep understanding of how and of why publicly-motivated culture produces enriching, crowd-pleasing excellence.

Sep 12, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Going digital is Cancon’s biggest challenge, Heritage Minister says by Daniel LeBlanc

Heritage Minister says the biggest challenge facing Canada’s cultural industry is not the quality of its creative output, but finding better ways to export the material on digital platforms around the world.

Sep 12, 2016 — National Film Board of Canada

Family: A Loving Look at CBC Radio by Donald Brittain & Robert Duncan

Family offers a candid look at CBC Radio in action and the unique cast of characters who make up Canada's coast-to-coast radio family.

Sep 12, 2016 — Newswire

Heritage Minister asked about the recent dismissal of a CRTC Commissioner and racism at the CRTC

The Community Media Advocacy Centre and Urban Alliance on Race Relations wrote to the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, concerning Raj Shoan, former CRTC Commissioner for Ontario, who was dismissed in June by an Order of Council for reasons not publicly disclosed.

Sep 10, 2016 — The Guardian

CBC’s Peter Mansbridge is the million-dollar anchor by Alan Holman

Columnist says The Naitonal's best days are behind it and have been for some years.

Sep 10, 2016 —

Of billion dollar sacred cows

An independent financial overview of the CBC indicated that for each dollar invested in the organization, four dollars were generated for the Canadian economy.

Sep 9, 2016 — CBC News

CBC Radio One expanding to FM service in St. John's

Following a recent decision by the CRTC, CBC Radio One has been approved to expand its programming to the FM dial in the St. John's area.

Sep 9, 2016 — Globe & Mail

‘This was going to be the Blais show’ by James Bradshaw

COlumnist says that from his public clashes with top executives to key rulings on wireless, cable and the Internet, Jean-Pierre Blais has set out to smash the perceived coziness between the CRTC and telecommunications industry.

Sep 8, 2016 — CBC News

Under fire at CRTC hearing, Bell promises big change to $25 basic TV plan by Sophia Harris

Hours before Bell Canada testified at a CRTC hearing Wednesday about its $25 basic TV package, the telco announced it will no longer force Fibe TV customers to also subscribe to the company's internet service.

Sep 8, 2016 — National Post

Regulator questions whether consumers are getting value from new skinny TV offerings

The country’s broadcast regulator says it’s clear not all Canadians like the trimmed-down TV services mandated earlier this year.

Sep 8, 2016 — Hamilton Spectator

CHCH to resume weekend news broadcasts

After filing for bankruptcy in December 2015 and subsequently slashing programming including weekend newscasts, CHCH has announced it will introduce half-hour broadcasts of evening news airing on Saturdays and Sundays at 6 and 11 p.m.

Sep 8, 2016 — Toronto Star

Advocacy group ‘threatened’ for posting TV price comparisons, CRTC told by Terry Pedwell

Consumer groups say the CRTC should ban TV providers from removing bundling discounts from customers who opt for basic TV service.

Sep 7, 2016 — CBC News

Why clicking on this story about Indigenous people matters by Neil Macdonald

MMIW inquiry has a big challenge persuading non-Native Canadians to pay sustained attention.

Sep 6, 2016 — Toronto Star

Keeping Canadian TV Canadian by Tony Wong

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has decided it will now take just six points out of 10, instead of eight, for a production to qualify as Canadian.

Sep 6, 2016 — Globe & Mail

It’s about time: We’ve put up with Mansbridge and his pompous ilk for too long by John Doyle

Columnist says the traditional anchor position is outdated and, essentially, redundant.

Sep 6, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Mansbridge’s exit from CBC’s The National leaves door open for change by James Bradshaw

Columnist says it remains an open question whether the CBC needs a lead anchor who fits the current mould at all.

Sep 6, 2016 — Regina Leder-Post

Role of government in supporting media debated at Public Policy Forum roundtable by Bruce Johnstone

The thorny issue of whether government should be supporting mainstream or alternative media was the subject of a lively roundtable discussion at the University of Regina, organized by the Public Policy Forum and attended by a couple of dozen media executives, academics, journalists and industry representatives.


Sep 6, 2016 — Cantech Letter

Is the CRTC’s skinny basic cable debate a pointless distraction?

Columnist says no one is expecting Jean-Pierre Blais to deny license renewals for Rogers Communications, Shaw Cablesystems, Bell Canada and/or Videotron.

Sep 6, 2016 — Toronto Star

Peter Mansbridge's departure gives ‘The National’ chance to revamp, observers say by Cassandra Szklarski

The time is right to start refreshing CBC’s national hallmark, said several media observers, noting in part that ‘The National’ is routinely trounced in ratings.

Sep 6, 2016 — Our Perth

Community TV group asks CRTC for a rethink

The Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations has asked the country's broadcast regulator to reconsider a decision to transfer funding to private broadcasters from community TV.

Sep 6, 2016 — National Post

Television providers set to defend skinny TV packages at CRTC hearing following consumer complaints by Emily Jackson

Television providers could lose their broadcasting licences if they fail to convince Canada’s broadcast regulator at a hearing this week that their $25 basic TV services meet the “spirit” of the newly required packages.

Sep 6, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

Who Is Being Served By The CTRC's New Content Rules? by D.K. Latta

Colmnist says history shows that the more you loosen the rules to outside talent, the more you're liable to end up with the industry being a port of last resort for creatives that were turned down by Hollywood.

Sep 6, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Nobody will watch TV out of patriotism by John Doyle

Columnist says that regulations or not, nobody watches TV out of patriotic fervour.

Sep 6, 2016 — Nation Talk

After hundreds of complaints, regulator examines new trimmed down TV packs – CP

The CRTC kicks off public hearings to discuss how new, trimmed-down $25 packages have been offered to consumers.

Sep 6, 2016 — CBC News

Peter Mansbridge to step down from The National next year

Mansbridge has announced that he plans to step down from the helm of CBC's flagship show next summer, after anchoring special Canada Day coverage on July 1, when the country will mark its 150th birthday.

Sep 6, 2016 — Toronto Star

Peter Mansbridge to step down as CBC News anchor next July

Mansbridge’s career has spanned nearly five decades, including 28 years at the helm of The National as anchor and chief correspondent.

Sep 2, 2016 — Federal Court

Official judgement in the case between ex-CRTC commissioner, Balraj Shoan, and the Attorney General of Canada

In a decision critical of both the investigator and the chair of the CRTC, Judge Russel Zinn set aside the harassment findings against Raj Shoan.

Sep 2, 2016 — CBC News

Harassment finding against ex-CRTC commissioner nixed due to 'witch hunt'

In a decision critical of both the investigator and the chair of the CRTC, Judge Russel Zinn set aside the harassment findings against Raj Shoan.

Sep 2, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

CRTC Orders CBC Radio 2 To Drop Ads: Could TV Be Next? by Wade Rowland

Columnist says no self-respecting public broadcaster wants to get in bed with commercial sponsors, as the CBC has been forced to do since its creation in 1938.

Sep 2, 2016 — Broadcaster Magazine

CRTC Gets the Facts Wrong — Writers Guild

Writer's Guild says the CRTC’s recent decision regarding “Certified Independent Production Funds” (CIPFs) includes a significant factual error. It claims that the Canada Media Fund (CMF) argued in favour of reducing the points needed for Canadian productions to receive funding from the CIPFs. 

Sep 1, 2016 — CTV News

Google's YouTube Movies comes to Canada

Google quietly launches a Canadian version of YouTube Movies, its popular online movie rental service.

Sep 1, 2016 — National Post

CRTC decision to loosen definition of a Canadian TV and film production opens doors to foreigners, angers locals by Sean Craig

According to data from the Ministry of Heritage, despite industry growth elsewhere, the total volume of documentary production in Canada in 2015 fell 8.5 per cent to a ten-year low of $302 million. With one exception in 2012, that number has declined every year since peaking at $427 million in 2009.

Aug 31, 2016 — Le Devoir

Vingt jeunes cinéastes en colère de Odile Tremblay

The twenty student cinematographers invited by the Montreal World Film Festival have shared their anger and frustration towards the festival’s lack of hospitality and organisation in an open letter to Serge Losique, to whom they demand an official apology, Denis Coderre, Luc Fortin and Mélanie Joly. 

Aug 31, 2016 — Newswire

La décision du CRTC signifie moins de ressources pour les émissions et les services de CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada says it is very disappointed with the CRTC decision to stop authorizing ads on its radio stations CBC Radio 2 and ICI Musique. The broadcaster argues that this decision will affect its ability to serve Canadians well.

Aug 31, 2016 — Winnipeg Free Press

Morning show leaves half of us in the dark by Brad Oswald

In Winnipeg and some other western Canadian cities, Your Morning is available only on CTV News Channel or on the various time-shift feeds of eastern CTV affiliates that are available in local TV service providers’ menus, while CTV Morning Live continues to air on the main network’s local stations.

Aug 30, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

EU Orders Apple to Pay $14.5 Billion in Back Taxes by Scott Roxborough & Georg Szalai

The European commission hands Apple a record fine for violating European law in its tax dealings with Ireland.

Aug 30, 2016 — Globe & Mail

CRTC’s Canadian content changes are terrible, but no one cares by John Doyle

Columnist says the CRTC decision to alter the criteria for Canadian production funding comes, suspiciously, without the usual public and industry debate and looks like a major favour being done for outlets who want to dodge responsibility.

Aug 30, 2016 — Hollywood Times

A New Anne of Green Gables Miniseries Is Coming to Netflix by Sarah Yang

Netflix is teaming up with Canadian network CBC to adapt the Lucy Maud Montgomery novel into an eight-episode series, which will be called ANNE.

Aug 29, 2016 — Le Devoir

Et parfois de bons films… by Odile Tremblay

Reporter says, even after all the recent setbacks, the Montreal World Film Festival seems surprisingly popular with the public. Ironically, the precarious situation of the festival may have played a part by drawing more attention to it. 

Aug 29, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Farewell Stephen Harper, master of attack ads by John Doyle

Columnist reflects on Stephen Harper’s media legacy.

Aug 29, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

Loosening Talent Rules Would Be A Move Backwards For Canadian TV Industry

Columnist says the CRTC wants to turn back the clock to the days when Canadian TV was often comprised of franchise series based on American properties starring imported actors. 

Aug 27, 2016 — St. Albert Gazette

An affectionate view of the Tragically Hip by Brent Rathgeber

Former Conservative MP, Brent Rathgeber says Canadian taxpayers got their money's worth when the public broadcaster aired the final Tragically Hip concert in its entirety and comerical free on August 20th.

Aug 27, 2016 — St. Albert Gazette

An affectionate view of the Tragically Hip by Brent Rathgeber

Former Conservative MP, Brent Rathgeber says Canadian taxpayers got their money's worth when the public broadcaster aired the final Tragically Hip concert in its entirety and comerical free on August 20th.

Aug 27, 2016 — CBC News

Tony Clement takes aim at bridge tolls, CBC in bid to become leader by Terrence McEachern

Conservative Leadership Candidate says he wants "to liberate the taxpayers from the yearly [$1.1-billion] contribution to the coffers of the CBC."

Aug 27, 2016 — Le Devoir

Cinéastes en plein désarroi au FFM by Odile Tremblay

Reporters explain how the troubles of the World Film Festival have serious repercussions. As the Montreal film festival has plunged in chaos, some foreign cinematographers travel find out upon arrival their films won’t be projected, artists are unable to discuss with the public and the media because they don’t have access to conference rooms, and the public won’t have access to many of the movies screened for critics.

Aug 26, 2016 — real screen

CRTC overhauls indie production fund framework by Katie Bailey

Projects now open to qualify for CIPF funding will now only have to generate six points out of 10, down from the previous eight

Aug 26, 2016 — Globe & Mail

CTV’s Your Morning is an exercise in harebrained inanity by John Doyle

Columnist says CTV's new morning show is, so far, neither national nor local, nor is it a morning-news program or a lifestyle program.

Aug 25, 2016 — J-Source

Exposing newsroom culture at the Toronto Star by H.G. Watson

J-Source speaks with Sean Craig about his Toronto Star investigation, and about why taking a look at newsroom culture is a matter of public interest.

Aug 25, 2016 — iPolitics

Ethics commissioner says Liberal MP's CRTC letter was improper

The federal ethics commissioner says it was improper for Liberal MP Kate Young, as a parliamentary secretary, to support a television station’s licence renewal application.

Aug 24, 2016 — Méta-Media

Le patron de Vice aux vieux médias : donnez vite les clés aux jeunes!

An account of The MacTaggart Lecture 2016: Shane Smith, founder and CEO of VICE. Smith says it is high time for traditional medias to hand over the keys to millennials if they don’t want alienate a whole generation and disappear for good.

Aug 23, 2016 — L'Expansion

Netflix ferme son bureau en France by Emmanuel Paquette

After settling in France for only two years, Netflix - the video on demand giant - has chosen to move its headquarters to the Netherlands - a country with low taxation. The french Netflix entity has paid a total of 600 000 euros is taxes in France.

Aug 23, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Canada was joined at the Hip – thanks to the CBC by Wade Rowland

Columnist says the CBC’s decision to air the Tragically Hip’s farewell concert Saturday was a stroke of public broadcasting genius and demonstrated better than almost any event one could imagine the power of a national public broadcaster to bring a nation together to celebrate its shared values, to honour its prodigies, to connect.

Aug 23, 2016 — CBC News

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly urges change at CBC, CRTC to boost Canadian content in digital age

Heritage Minister says Canada's cultural and creative industries are important drivers of innovation and a vibrant part of the Canadian economy.

Aug 23, 2016 — L’express

Netflix ferme son bureau en France

After settling in France for only two years, Netflix - the video on demand giant - has chosen to move its headquarters to the Netherlands - a country with low taxation. The french Netflix entity has paid a total of 600 000 euros is taxes in France.

Aug 23, 2016 — Challenges

Netflix ferme ses bureaux en France

Netflix is closing its France offices. The video on demand giant is transferring its premises to the Netherlands where the taxation is less binding. 

Aug 22, 2016 — National Post

The improbable media journey of The Tragically Hip by Colby Cash

Columnist asks: would we have ever heard of The Tragically Hip if it had been up to the CBC in the first place?

Aug 22, 2016 —

It’s a Good CBC…If We Don’t Weaken by Denis McGrath

Columnist says that in a land with such variation in experience, geography and language, we have not outgrown our need for an instrument that can knit us together - and the CBC is that vehicle.

Aug 22, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

Canada's Film And TV Biz Has Untapped Potential For Self-Satire by D.K. Latte

Columnist says there's a lot of untapped potential in stories set in Canadian film and TV.

Aug 21, 2016 — Marco

Les ministres fédéraux ne boycotteront pas Normandeau

Even though Nathalie Normandeau - former vice-prime minister under de Charest Québec government- is facing accusations of fraud, corruption and breach of trust, the new radio show she will be hosting will start airing in September.  If Quebec elected officials unanimously declare they will boycott her interview requests, most federal M.Ps. see things in a different light. 

Aug 19, 2016 — OpenDemocracy

Lessons from Rio: how can the BBC compete with bigger sports broadcasters? by Hywel Roberts

As the Rio Olympics draws to a close, columnists take a look at the how the BBC can protect itself from losing out to broadcasters like Sky and BT Sport.

Aug 19, 2016 — Ottawa Citizen

When the sunny ways are so bright, journalists need shades by Andrew McDougall

Columnist says Trudeau's strong narrative of "sunny ways" lets him off the hook where others would be vilified by the media. 

Aug 19, 2016 — Toronto Star

Televised Tragically Hip concert could capture monster audience by David Friend

After tickets to the tour sold out within minutes, fans launched a campaign urging the CBC to carry the band’s Kingston show as a live TV event.

Aug 18, 2016 — Marco

Le réalisateur de Love Story meurt à 92 ans

Canadian film director Arthur Hiller who presided the Academy responsable for awarding the Oscars died of natural cause on Wednesday in Los Angeles at the age of 92.

Aug 18, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Gold-medal-worthy ratings for CBC amid Rio Olympics by David Shoalts

Columnist says thanks to a strong push for medals by Canadian athletes over the first 10 days of the Rio Games, CBC is now in position to exceed the television ratings for the 2012 Olympics in London.

Aug 18, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Cultural communities at odds with administrators over heritage spaces by Robert Everett-Green

Columnist says the same municipal leaders who are saying no to Kabane77 are heavy promoters of one of the collective’s primary goals - protecting creative workshops and artists’ spaces.

Aug 16, 2016 — SportsPro Magazine

Rio 2016: CBC’s head of sports on taking the Olympics to Canada by Michael Long

The head of CBC Sports gives SportsPro an insight into the network’s approach to showing the Games and explains why the Olympics continue to captivate Canada, host of the winter edition six years ago.

Aug 15, 2016 — CBC News

CBC's q replacing Shad as host

CBC Radio's q is getting its third host in three years, with Shad being replaced by Tom Power​.

Aug 15, 2016 — Animation Magazine

CBC Kids Content Director Martin Markle Exits by Mercedes Milligan

Markle previously served as executive in charge of production for children and youth programming at CBC from 2003 to 2006, overseeing original CBC kids comedies from development through delivery. 

Aug 15, 2016 — The Tyee

Should Your Taxes Subsidize Big Media? by Shannon Rupp

Columnist says that as pressure mounts for bailouts, it is time to look at how bad traditional outlets have become.

Aug 14, 2016 —

'Censorship has no place in a democracy' – Sanef

The South African National Editor’s Forum (Sanef) welcomes the ruling by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa), directing the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to withdraw its decision to ban visuals of violent protests.

Aug 11, 2016 — J-Source

Journalists need to fight to repeal Bill C-51 by Grant Buckler

Columnist says Bill C-51, the counter-terrorism legislation passed by the previous Conservative government, remains unchanged despite Liberal promises to amend it if they came to power. 

Aug 11, 2016 — My Informs

SHOMI Streaming Tries to Cut Into Netflix’ Business

Columnist says Netflix may be the several hundred pound gorilla in the world of TV content streaming  but competitor shomi has a lot going for it as well.

Aug 11, 2016 — New York Times

Arianna Huffington Is Leaving Huffington Post by Sydney Ember

Columnist says the pioneering web publication, known for its aggressive use of aggregation and an unapologetically liberal worldview, has won a Pulitzer Prize and expanded globally during a challenging time for all media organizations.

Aug 11, 2016 — Money News

CMG is alarmed CBC/Radio-Canada is cutting service to minority Francophone communities

CMG, which represents Radio-Canada workers outside of Québec, has learned that the daily local 30-minute noon-hour news and public affairs show will no longer be produced and heard in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.

Aug 11, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

Exploring Canadian Identity In Canadian TV by D.K. Latte

Columnist says it can be problematic when people try to define Canadian culture and identity too much by themes, values or styles. 

Aug 10, 2016 —

Fighting marginalization in the community radio and television sectors by Scott Neigh

The Community Media Advocacy Centre (CMAC) is a new organization focused on advocacy in and for the community radio and television sectors, particularly with respect to access and equity for marginalized communities.

Aug 10, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

eOne Turns Down ITV's $1.3B Takeover Offer by Alex Ritman

In a statement, the Board says they reviewed the proposal and unanimously rejected it on the basis that it fundamentally undervalues the company and its prospects.

Aug 9, 2016 — CBC News

Torstar laying off more than 50 employees

The company that owns the Toronto Star said Tuesday it is laying off more than 50 people, mostly from its newsroom and tablet edition, amid increasing pressure from declining print advertising revenue.

Aug 9, 2016 — J-Source

Memo: Toronto Star announces layoffs

The following memo was sent to Star Media Group staff on Aug. 9, 2016, from David Holland, Acting Publisher, Toronto Star, and Acting President, Star Media Group.

Aug 9, 2016 — The Tyee

Fight Piracy? Canadian Creators More Concerned with Fighting Obscurity by Michael Geist

Study finds punishing pirates a low priority for rights holders, who prefer to focus on supporting legitimate services.

Aug 9, 2016 — Bell Media

London’s CKSL-AM Funny 1410 To Sign Off August 14

The station has provided music, news, sports, and entertainment to listeners across London and the surrounding region for nearly 60 years.

Aug 9, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

China Film Co. Shares Surge 58 Percent After Historic IPO by Patrick Brzeski

The company held the largest public offering in the history of the Chinese entertainment industry.

Aug 9, 2016 — StreamDaily

Netflix suffers as viewers tune into Rio: study by Bree Rody-Mantha

A study by Procera Networks shows a 10% dip in total Netflix traffic for Aug. 6-7, the day of and immediately after the opening ceremony for the Rio event.

Aug 9, 2016 — StreamDaily

BitTorrent backs indie filmmakers through Discovery Fund by Bree Rody-Menthe

Director of creative initiatives Missy Laney says the struggle for creators to get noticed online is real, which is why marketing matters.

Aug 8, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

John Oliver: ‘Malfeasance Will Run Amok' If We Don't Save Journalism by Daniel Tencer

Columnist says Oliver makes a point that many in journalism have been concerned about for years: As newspapers decline, coverage of local and political issues declines, and TV and online media are not filling the void.

Aug 5, 2016 — Globe & Mail

No Canadians need apply: the worrying trend in arts hiring by Kate Taylor

Columnist says if Canadian curators cannot aspire to eventually manage the museums where they work, or Canadian stage directors need never consider running Canada’s festivals, they will not give their institutions the best of themselves.

Aug 4, 2016 — Hurtig Family

Mel Hurtig - 1932-2016

Statement from the family on the passing of bookseller, publisher, politician, and activist, Mel Hurtig.

Aug 3, 2016 — J-Source

“Toward 2020” makes the case for better journalism education by Brian Moritz

Throughout his essay in the new anthology "Toward 2020: New Directions in Journalism Education," Oxford professor Robert Picard uses those five words as a refrain in a call for journalism faculty and journalism programs to update their practices and curricula.

Aug 3, 2016 — The Rebel

CBC Facebook page goes fully biased, says Donald Trump shouldn't have a Twitter account

Commentator says CBC Facebook fans are upset at the public broadcaster's apparent bias.

Aug 2, 2016 — OpenDemocracy

Public service austerity broadcasts by Mark Cullinane

Columnist says public service broadcasters in Britain and Ireland are implicated in legitimizing neoliberal policies in response to political and economic crisis. 

Jul 28, 2016 — The Canadian Press

Ontario's new culture strategy calls for more Canadian authors in schools by Keith Leslie

Ontario will incorporate the work of more Canadian authors into school curricula as part of a new provincial culture strategy unveiled Wednesday by Tourism and Culture Minister Eleanor McMahon.

Jul 27, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Reporter Tom Gould was a trailblazer of Canadian journalism by Fred Langan

Columnist says Tom Gould, who died of cancer last week at the age of 84, was one of Canada’s first generation of star television reporters and went on to become an influential broadcast executive, building CTV News into a top-rated operation.

Jul 25, 2016 — North Shore News

Broadcaster named to Order of Canada by Jeremy Shepherd

Brinton has been named broadcaster of the year by the Western Association of Broadcasters and earned a spot in the Canadian Association of Broadcasters hall of fame.

Jul 24, 2016 — Times Colonist

CHEK brought local TV to Victoria by Diane Dakers

Columnist says Victoria’s CHEK-TV has long been a trailblazer in the television industry, setting records as the first independently owned TV station in B.C., the first station in Canada to introduce colour telecasting, and — as of 2009 — the first employee-owned TV station in North America. 

Jul 23, 2016 — The Washington Post

The state of the arts in Canada by Philip Kennicott

Columnist says when Canadians voted decisively for the Liberal Party of Canada, led by Justin Trudeau, they empowered a government that promised a major reinvestment in the arts and culture.

Jul 23, 2016 — Calgary Herald

Obituary: Journalist Tom Gould worked for The Sun, headed CTV News by Brian Morton

Prominent journalist Tom Gould, whose career spanned more than 50 years in the news industry including a stint as the Ottawa correspondent for The Vancouver Sun, has died at the age of 84.

Jul 20, 2016 — Newscaf

Ontario s new culture strategy calls for more Canadian authors in schools

Ontario will incorporate the work of more Canadian authors into school curricula as part of a new provincial culture strategy unveiled by Tourism and Culture Minister Eleanor McMahon.

Jul 16, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

Eddy Cue on Apple's TV Plans and Why Netflix Isn't a Competitor by Natalie Jarvey

Eddy Cue has, in the past two years, spearheaded Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, overseen the launch of Apple Music, orchestrated a redesign of the Apple TV and sparked speculation that Apple someday will buy a studio or launch a streaming TV business.

Jul 14, 2016 — PressGazette

BBC boosted PR and marketing spend whilst cutting hundreds of millions from overall budget by Freddy Mayhew

Columnist says the BBC spent millions more on marketing and communications this year whilst cutting hundreds of millions from its overall budget.

Jul 13, 2016 — CBC News

TV subscribers dwindling, but prices rise, CRTC data shows

The CRTC says about 160,000 Canadians cancelled their TV subscription last year, but the industry managed to offset that loss by charging the remaining customers more.


Jul 12, 2016 — The Guardian

How technology disrupted the truth by Katharine Viner

Columnist says social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts.

Jul 12, 2016 — Yahoo! News

Group urges Liberals to keep promise to reform CBC board by Elianna Lev

FRIENDS says there is a problem with the appointment of board members made directly by the government as patronage appointments. 

Jul 12, 2016 — Radio Canada International

Activist wants CBC to stop covering Calgary Stampede by Lynn Desjardins

Animal rights activists have long complained about the big annual rodeo called the Calgary Stampede and one is calling on the public broadcaster CBC to stop showing it.

Jul 12, 2016 — Almaguin News

Time to tax and regulate Netflix and YouTube by John Anderson

Columnist says it would be more egalitarian and beneficial to Canadian culture to hold foreign-owned services to the same rules as other major Canadian media companies.

Jul 12, 2016 — National Post

TV subscriptions fall in 2015 amid huge gains in streaming, but industry revenue stable: CRTC by Emily Jackson

Nearly 160,000 Canadians cut their television subscriptions last year, but more cash from each customer dulled the buzz kill for providers.

Jul 11, 2016 — Public Now

Brought To You By The Letter ‘Zed’: How Sesame Street Broadcasts Canadian Content

Prof. Matthew Hayday studies the development of Sesame Street Canada in the 1970s and how it was used to promote Canadian values.

Jul 10, 2016 —

La ministre Joly réitère sa confiance dans le CRTC

Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly, deems it is important to remain cautious when it comes to racism allegations against one of the CRTC's commissioners. 

Jul 9, 2016 — National Post

CRTC faces allegations of racism by Emily Jackson

Court documents filed by Raj Shoan, fired last month as Ontario commissioner of the CRTC, allege that Linda Vennard, commissioner for Alberta and the Northwest Territories, made racist comments and harassed her assistant. 

Jul 9, 2016 — Journal de Québec

Conflit et allégations de racisme au sein du CRTC

Allegations of racism are hanging over a CRTC commissioner, as reported by the Calgary Herald.

Jul 8, 2016 — J-Source

Postmedia announces plan to reduce $648 million debt by H.G. Watson

On July 7, the media company released its 2016 third quarter results and details of a proposed recapitalization, which, according to a memo released to Postmedia staff, would reduce its debt to $341 million and cut cash interest costs by approximately $50 million.

Jul 8, 2016 — J-Source

Shrinking press galleries leave little time for journalists to dig deep by Anda Zeng

Columnist suggests the harshest symptom of ongoing scarcity at legislative press galleries is the demand placed on journalists to adapt into multi-platform, ever-filing, hybrids with little time to pursue deeper stories.

Jul 6, 2016 — TV Worth Watching

Not the 11 O’clock News: How the Late-Night Comedy Shows Are Deepening the Divide between Commentary and Traditional News by Alex Strachan

Columnist says that in the new information age, with its myriad choices, viewers — and by extension voters — are more inclined to turn to those news sources that validate their personal opinions.

Jul 6, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Fired CRTC commissioner looks to void governor-in-council order by Christina Pellegrini

Raj Shoan, a former commissioner at Canada’s broadcast and telecom regulator, has initiated another legal action against the federal government, this time challenging the order that terminated him from his post.

Jul 5, 2016 — National Observer

Privacy Commissioner slams Canadian Border Agency for 'Border Security' TV by Zool Suleman

In a report released three years after an initial complaint was lodged, federal Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien has found the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to be in breach of Canada’s Privacy Act.

Jul 5, 2016 — National Post

Fired CRTC commissioner asks court to overturn dismissal on allegations of workplace harassment by Emily Jackson

Raj Shoan, who was fired over allegations of workplace harassment and for taking actions that were “fundamentally incompatible” with his position, has filed an application asking the federal court to quash the order in council that terminated his role at the CRTC.

Jul 4, 2016 — Toronto Star

A lament for the bad old days of Canadian TV by Joel Rubinoff

Columnist says today’s dollars and cents climate could never support our hilariously awful shows.

Jul 3, 2016 — Yahoo! News

Cable companies take more Android box dealers to court to stamp out 'free TV'

With added special software, the boxes allow customers to stream a huge selection of pirated content, including live sports, on their TVs — for free.

Jul 2, 2016 — Le Devoir

Les réalisateurs de Radio-Canada au Québec et à Moncton craignent un lockout

The union representing Radio-Canada/CBC directors in Quebec and Moncton fears management will proceed to lockout as negotiations indicate there very little progress.

Jul 2, 2016 — Le Devoir

Les réalisateurs de Radio-Canada au Québec et à Moncton craignent un lockout

The union representing Radio-Canada/CBC directors in Quebec and Moncton fears management will proceed to lockout as negotiations indicate there very little progress.

Jul 1, 2016 — OpenDemocracy

If dissensus is the new normal in Britain, we need a new media by Des Freedman

An inquiry into the future of public service broadcasting in Britain launched its report days after the Brexit vote andholds important clues to the current breakdown of consensus is dealt with.

Jun 30, 2016 — Journal de Montréal

Netflix finira-t-il par cracher son dû? by Guy Fournier

Columnist says it is unfair to tax internet content providers only if they are Canadian. He believes Netflix has an undue avantage on Canadian distributers who have to contribute financially to Canada’s growth by paying sums to create Canadian content, by charging sales taxes to their customers and by paying income tax.

Jun 29, 2016 — StreamDaily

Stream parent co Brunico Communications acquires Achilles Media by Barry Walsh

Brunico Communications, the business-to-business publishing and events company behind StreamDaily and sister brands Realscreen, Kidscreen and Playback, has acquired the assets of Toronto-based Achilles Media, including the operating rights to the Banff World Media Festival.

Jun 29, 2016 — InfoPresse

Philippe Lamarre et Monique Savoie conseillers au ministère du Patrimoine canadien

The government has set up a group of expert advisors who will support minister Mélanie Joly in a effort to reinforce and understand Canadian content in the digital age.

Jun 28, 2016 — CBC News

Calling all Canadians: stories about pioneers to new citizens will highlight CBC's Canada 150 programming

As Canada approaches its 150th birthday next year, CBC is calling on Canadians to share their stories as part of the celebration.

Jun 28, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Canadian experts unite for cultural policy advisory group by James Bradshaw & Daniel LeBlanc

The federal government is appointing a dozen outside experts as a “sounding board” to help steer a sweeping review of Canada’s cultural policies that is aimed at redrawing a system of support some federal officials feel is broken.

Jun 28, 2016 — J-Source

Memo: BuzzFeed outlines changes to BuzzFeed Canada and Ottawa bureau

With the 2015 Canadian federal election over, Buzzfeed is wrapping up their Canadian political coverage.

Jun 28, 2016 — Huffington Post

Brad Trost, Anti-Abortion Social Conservative, Mulls Tory Leadership Bid by Althia Raj

Potential Conservative Party leadership candidate has maintained a "Privatize the CBC" petition on his website.

Jun 28, 2016 — National Post

BuzzFeed Canada to close Ottawa bureau, editorial to report to U.S. by Sean Craig

Canadian visitors to BuzzFeed’s website, which make up around 12 million of its purported 200 million monthly unique visitors, have been directed to a tailored homepage that mixes domestic and international content since BuzzFeed Canada launched last year.

Jun 26, 2016 — Edmonton Sun

Digital evolution by Marty Forbes

Heritage Minister Melanie Joly announces that a series of public consultations will take place over the next several months to examine the government’s role in supporting Canadian content creation — in all media — radio, television with a focus on digital evolution.

Jun 24, 2016 — Globe & Mail

CRTC commissioner terminated with cause by Christina Pellegrini

According to an electronic copy of an order-in-council, federal cabinet has revoked the appointment of Raj Shoan, the commissioner for Ontario at the CRTC, a decision made based on the recommendation of Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly.

Jun 24, 2016 — National Post

Does Canadian cinema accurately reflect our culture, or has it been soaking in maple syrup for far too long? by Calum Marsh

Film director Evan Rissi says eight out of 10 people he asked couldn’t even name a Canadian film. 

Jun 24, 2016 — CBC News

Kids' CBC bidding farewell to longtime host Patty Sullivan

Sullivan, who has appeared on Kids' CBC since 2003, is an award-winning broadcaster who celebrated 20 years as a kids TV entertainer in 2014.

Jun 23, 2016 — Digital Journal

Legislation Will Improve Access to Copyrighted Materials for Visually Impaired and Print-Disabled Canadians

The amendments to the Copyright Act enable Canada to be among the first countries in the world to accede to the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled.

Jun 22, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Culture of disrespect: What’s the minister’s remedy? by Lawrence Martin

Columnist says the Heritage Minister has announced a big plan to enhance Canadian content and bring our cultural properties into the digital age, but wonders about the maladies of the digital age.

Jun 21, 2016 — MediaPost

More Young People Get News From Social Than TV by Erik Sass

Among American adults ages 18-24 polled by Reuters, 28% said they get most of their news from social media -- ahead of TV, cited by 24% of the same age group.

Jun 21, 2016 — Le Devoir

La fin du démantèlement de Radio-Canada?

In this open letter, Alain Saulnier deplores the fact that the actual president of Radio-Canada CBC will be appointing the new vice-president of French services. He is asking the government to intervene and change the appointment process for chairmanship of Radio-Canada and CBC.

Jun 21, 2016 — La Presse

Un conflit entre deux hauts dirigeants du CRTC devant les tribunaux de Louis-Samuel Perron

On Tuesday in Toronto, a conflict between two Canadian Radio-television ant Telecommunications Commission top executives was presented to a judge for the first time. Ontarian commissionner Raj Shoan has pursued three legal actions in the past year to oppose decisions by CRTC president Jean-Pierre Blais.

Jun 21, 2016 — Toronto International Film Festival

What does the future of Canada look like?

TIFF, imagineNATIVE, Pinnguaq and the Initiative for Indigenous Futures announced today the joint project 2167: an innovative virtual reality and immersive media series. Six Indigenous filmmakers and artists have been commissioned to create six VR projects in 2017, with each artist asked to set their work 150 years in the future.

Jun 20, 2016 — Toronto Star

Set-top box crackdown will chill Canada's tech innovation by Michael Geist

Columnist says a recent federal court ruling targets a disruptive technology that everyone agrees has both legitimate and infringing uses.

Jun 17, 2016 — Le Devoir

Louis Lalande annonce sa retraite by Manon Dumais

Louis Lalande, vice-president of Radio-Canada French services announced he is retiring. His imminent departure puts the spotlight on the question of leadership appointments Radio-Canada/CBC.

Jun 16, 2016 — CBC News

Tragically Hip's final concert to be broadcast live on CBC by Jessica Wong and Haydn Watters

August concert in Kingston, Ont., will be live on CBC-TV, Radio One, Radio 2, and YouTube.

Jun 16, 2016 — Le Devoir

Le CRTC imposera des seuils de nouvelles locales aux télédiffuseurs by Pierre Saint-Arnaud

Reporter says that, after years of cuts and reduced airtime, regulatory authorities grant la little oxygen to local news and programming.

Jun 16, 2016 — La Presse

Jusqu'à 90 millions de plus pour les nouvelles des télés privées by Vincent Brousseau-Pouliot

Private general interest televisions such as TVA and V could access up to 90 million dollars a year to fund their local news. The CRTC grants large conglomerates such as Québecor and Rogers the option to fund  local news on their general interest channels rather than to their community televisions. 

Jun 15, 2016 — Hamilton Spectator

CHCH-TV gets helping hand with CRTC’s local news fund by Steve Buist

CRTC announces the creation of an Independent Local News Fund worth approximately $20 million per year to help stations in 18 communities across the country produce news.

Jun 15, 2016 — Chronicle Herald

CRTC announces new fund, minimum programming hours for local TV news by Terry Pedwell

Canada's broadcast regulator is forcing English-language TV stations to air at least seven hours a week of local news, and creating a new fund to help the smaller ones pay for it as part of a "rebalancing" of the country's television landscape.

Jun 15, 2016 — Unifor

Unifor Supports CRTC Commitment To Local Television News

Union says strong and independent local news is intrinsic to our democracy and that it is the duty of large broadcasters to deliver it.

Jun 15, 2016 — CTV News

CRTC orders TV stations to air at least 7 hours a week of local news

FRIENDS says the CRTC's new policy shows the broadcast regulator hasn't been listening to small stations that came begging for help.

Jun 14, 2016 — TD Waterhouse

Library and Archives Canada Announces $1.5 Million in Funding to Help Local Communities Preserve Canada's Documentary Heritage

The Library and Archives Canada program will provide $1.5 million in funding to 40 projects led by archives, libraries and heritage institutions across Canada.

Jun 14, 2016 — OMNI Television

Multicultural TV for All Canadians

OMNI Television proposes new national channel, return of ethnic newscasts and more Canadian content.

Jun 14, 2016 — TMC News

CRTC recognized for efforts to modernize the Canadian television system

Launched in October 2013, Let's Talk TV: A Conversation with Canadians was one of the CRTC's most comprehensive and complex public consultations and broadcasting policy reviews to date.

Jun 14, 2016 — National Post

Netflix lands over a million new Canadian subscribers in less than one year: report by Emily Jackson

More than five million Canadians subscribed to Netflix as of this spring, with more than a million signing up in the last year alone, according to new estimates that suggest the video streaming service’s popularity continues to explode among viewers north of the border.

Jun 14, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

Why Eastern Europe Will Resist Netflix by Scott Roxborough

The head of Eastern Europe's largest broadcast group kicks off the NEM 2016 conference with a defiant call to arms: 'linear TV is stronger than ever!'

Jun 14, 2016 — National Post

Netflix lands over a million new Canadian subscribers in less than one year: report by Emily Jackson

More than five million Canadians subscribed to Netflix as of this spring, with more than a million signing up in the last year alone, according to new estimates that suggest the video streaming service’s popularity continues to explode among viewers north of the border.

Jun 14, 2016 — OMNI Television

De la télévision multiculturelle pour tous les Canadiens

OMNI Television announced  they are filing a application with the CRTC to operate  a new multilingual and multicultural channel called OMNI Regional, the first of its kind in the country. 

Jun 14, 2016 — NiemanLab

Video news isn’t growing as fast as you’d think, and other surprising findings from a new global survey by Laura Hazard Owen

Report suggests consumption of online news video is still a minority behavior around the world.

Jun 14, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

Canadian Telecoms Need Foreign Competition To Lower Prices: OECD by Jesse Ferreras

In its 2016 Economic Survey of Canada, the OECD makes a case for foreign entry into the Great White North's telecom market, saying it brings the potential for cheaper Internet and more subscriptions.

Jun 13, 2016 — CBC News

Cable companies launch court battle against 'free TV' Android box vendors

Bell, Rogers and Videotron allege "there is a serious issue to be tried" due to "copyright infringement by the defendants."

Jun 13, 2016 — Georgia Straight

Vancouver Film Studios and EveryWhere Studios launch 50° North Productions by Craig Takeuchi

50° North Productions will have full in-house production capability in Vancouver with development offices in Vancouver and Los Angeles.

Jun 13, 2016 — CBC News

CBC-TV boosting female directors in gender-parity initiative

The public broadcaster says at least half of the episodes of CBC-TV's Murdoch Mysteries, Heartland and other scripted programs will be directed by women.

Jun 13, 2016 — National Post

‘No Netflix tax’, but the future of Cancon is up for debate, says heritage minister Melanie Joly by Sean Craig

The federal Heritage Minister is gearing up for public consultations, to begin this fall, after which she says the whole regime of Canadian content regulation as we know it could be upended.

Jun 13, 2016 — OpenDemocracy

The fate of public service broadcasting by David Epstein

Columnist says uncritical defenders of public service broadcasting have turned a blind eye to its decline. This is not a time for conservatism but for long overdue transformation. 

Jun 12, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Canadian TV is not dead, it boasts about being alive by John Doyle

Columnist says Canadian networks spend a lot of time trying to convince people they are "number 1".

Jun 10, 2016 — Maclean's

The sunniest Liberal, Mélanie Joly by Martin Patriquin

Columnist says Mélanie Joly has become the optimistic, smiling face of Trudeau-era Ottawa.

Jun 7, 2016 — Adexchanger

Canadian Broadcaster Bell Media Banks On Premium Programmatic by Kelly Liyakasa

Bell Media, the broadcasting and radio subsidiary of Canadian communications company Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE), is bulking up on programmatic for its linear, streaming video and mobile platforms.

Jun 7, 2016 — CBC News

Maxime Bernier urges phase out of CRTC as telecom regulator

Conservative leadership candidate Maxime Bernier says the CRTC has discouraged competition in the telecommunications sector and should have a far diminished authority over the industry.

Jun 6, 2016 — A Journal of Music Things

Channels are Changing: The Future of Televised CanCon by Amber Healy

A pair of reports from the Fraser Institute and the C.D. Howe Institute both argue that it’s time for a change in Canadian media, especially in light of the possible upcoming revision to the CRTC.

Jun 6, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

Problem Facing Canadian Media Goes Beyond Loss Of Canada AM by Wade Rowland

Columnist says the loss of Canada AM is further evidence that private television, now in the hands of a clutch of corporate behemoths, is no longer in the business of serving the public interest.

Jun 3, 2016 — iPolitics

Canadians support regulation, but not online by Richard Raycraft

Angus Reid poll shows 56 per cent of Canadians are against the internet being subject to the same CRTC regulations as traditional media, while 44 per cent would like to see all media under the same regulations.

Jun 2, 2016 — Calgary Herald

Majority of Canadians want the CRTC to stay away from imposing content regulations on Netflix by Sean Craig

According to a new poll released by the Angus Reid Institute, 56 per cent think online media should be free from the hand of the CRTC, which imposes Canadian content and ownership regulations on traditional media.

Jun 2, 2016 — Toronto Star

CTV cancels Canada AM by Robin Levinson King

CTV says it is cancelling Canada AM, one of the longest running morning television shows in Canada’s history.

Jun 1, 2016 — London Free Press

Postmedia to move printing of The Free Press

Postmedia Network announces plans to outsource the printing of The Free Press to Metroland Media Group’s printing facility in Hamilton.

May 31, 2016 — Money News

Trina McQueen appointed as Vice-Chair of TVO’s Board of Directors

TVO’s Chair of the Board of Directors, Peter O’Brian is announces that Trina McQueen has been appointed to the Board as the new Vice-Chair for a three year-term.

May 31, 2016 — Public Now

First Recipients Of CRTC Prize For Academic Research To Be Honoured

The award was launched in June 2015 to encourage a new generation of researchers to contribute to Canada's public policy development relating to information and communication.

May 30, 2016 — CBC News

CRTC reviewing controversial 'zero-rating' in internet plans by Laura Wright

Net neutrality advocates say the inquiry has major implications for internet service.

May 29, 2016 — Toronto Star

Now on CBC: ‘a gay native feminist comic raised by bikers’ by Donovan Vincent

Candy Palmate, who arrived on CBC’s radar in the aftermath of the Jian Ghomeshi scandal, is hosting a new weekday show from 1-3 p.m. on Radio One that she promises will be a  “sugar rush.”

May 27, 2016 — Marketing Magazine

Quebec broadcasters take aim at CBC over ‘ferocious competition’ by Chris Powell

the public broadcaster is accused of using government funds to 'outpace' private counterparts.

May 27, 2016 — Edmonton Sun

Man who led CBC's internal investigation into Ghomeshi's conduct sues for more than $700Gs over firing by Colin Perkel

Columnist says a former top CBC executive who became a casualty of the Jian Ghomeshi scandal is suing the broadcaster for wrongful dismissal, saying he was scapegoated for political reasons.

May 27, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Think tanks at odds on the Canadian TV content conundrum by Kate Taylor

Both the Fraser Institute and the C.D. Howe Institute released reports recommending that Canada dispense with Canadian-content rules.

May 27, 2016 — National Post

The CBC always says it wants to ‘tell our stories.’ What’s it waiting for? by Robert Fulford

Federally mandated Canadian content regulations express a yearning for a more robust national spirit, but it’s not something you can regulate into existence.

May 26, 2016 — Business News Network

CRTC may pull plug on pick-and-pay cable packages when Blais departs, expert predicts by April Fong

Broadcast lawyer and consultant Peter Miller predicts Canada’s broadcast regulator will likely cancel its so-called pick-and-pay cable rules after current chairman and CEO Jean-Pierre Blais’ term ends in July 2017.

May 26, 2016 — CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC announces 2016-17 season anchored by distinctly Canadian content

Executive Vice President of English Services says no other media company can match the depth and breadth of the CBC when it comes to distinctly Canadian storytelling.

May 26, 2016 — National Post

CBC executive fired in wake of Ghomeshi scandal sues broadcaster for ‘sacrificing’ him by Joseph Brean

A top CBC executive who was fired for his role as a key player in the Jian Ghomeshi affair claims he was politically scapegoated by the public broadcaster, and is suing for more than $700,000.

May 26, 2016 — Canadaland

Bullying & Harassment Claims Emerge at CBC’s As It Happens, TV Sports, and HR

Columnist says CBC Radio One, CBC TV Sports, and CBC human resources have all experienced, or are experiencing, allegations of workplace bullying and abuse.

May 26, 2016 — Brampton Guardian

Level broadcast playing field, Ottawa urged by Michael Lewis

Two policy think tanks think Canada should ease the regulatory burden on traditional broadcasters to create a level playing field with less encumbered digital streaming rivals.

May 26, 2016 — Globe & Mail

We watch TV differently now, and Ottawa hasn’t kept pace by Benjamin Dachis & Daniel Schwann

Columnists say Ottawa should replace Canadian content rules with direct subsidies, focus regulatory hearings on the benefits of competition between technologies and drop ownership restrictions.

May 25, 2016 — Engadget

EU wants Netflix to offer 20 percent European content by Daniel Cooper

The European Union is updating its broadcasting laws to cover online services like Amazon and Netflix.

May 25, 2016 — Money News

Response to the President of the CBC/Radio-Canada

The Presidents and CEOs of three private Québec broadcasters say that instead of trying to complement the private broadcasters, Radio-Canada is duplicating or even mimicking them.


May 25, 2016 — Canadian Press

CBC wants to play ads on Radio 2, Espace Musique for 2 more years

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation says increased federal funding is not enough to offset the need to continue to sell national advertising spots on two of its radio networks.

May 25, 2016 — Money News

Response to the President of the CBC/Radio-Canada

Private broadcasters say they fear that additional funding to the public broadcaster will be a blank cheque for CBC/Radio-Canada to step up its already ferocious competition against them.

May 25, 2016 — Marketing Magazine

CBC Making Digital Strides After Difficult Transition: Lacroix by Chris Powell

CBC/Radio-Canada president and CEO Hubert Lacroix says the public broadcaster is focused more on RBI singles than grand slam home runs as it looks to reshape itself for a digital future.

May 25, 2016 — Marketing Magazine

CRTC Calls Hearing into Skinny Basic Rollout by Chris Powell

The CRTC has summoned leading Canadian cable and satellite companies to a public hearing outlining how their “skinny basic” cable packages are being rolled out to consumers.

May 25, 2016 — Fraser Institute

Technological Change and Its Implications for Regulating Canada's Television Broadcasting Sector by Steven Globerman

Writer says that as the TV broadcasting sector becomes increasingly competitive, it seems appropriate for the CRTC to largely refrain from intervening into the price negotiation process, as well as into other elements of bargaining between participants in the sector.

May 25, 2016 — Canadian Musician

Does CanCon Still Make Sense? by Michael Raine

Columnist says that to the extent that Canada now regularly produces nationally and internationally successful artists who are signed to Canadian record labels, record in Canadian studios, and work with Canadian managers, agents, promotors, publicists, and others while selling out Canadian venues and festivals, there is common consensus that CanCon has succeeded well beyond most expectations.

May 24, 2016 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Hubert T. Lacroix at UBC Robson Square (Master Mind Master Class): Change or start over? The challenge of transforming large institutions.

Remarks by Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO, at the UBC Robson Square (Master Mind Master Class) in Vancouver on May 24, 2016.

May 24, 2016 — Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

CRTC continuing to monitor implementation of new basic television package and pick-and-pay by Jean-Pierre Blais

The CRTC calls television service providers to a public hearing in September 2016.

May 24, 2016 — Ottawa Citizen

In the CRTC's game of thrones, cable companies must lose by Madeline Ashby

Columnist says Game of Thrones is the show that will finally break Canadian media.

May 23, 2016 —

Hulu now worth $25 billion: analysts by Darah Hansen

A new financial report from Credit Suisse is taking a bullish view on Hulu’s future, boosting the streaming service’s valuation from $15 billion to $25 billion, and projecting company profits to hit $2.2 billion by 2020.

May 20, 2016 — Mondaq

From Broadcasting To Telecommunications And Everything In Between: Reflections On The Recent New Developments In Communications Law And Policy Conference by Keith D. Rose and Julia Johnson

Summary of the 18th Biennial National Conference: New Developments in Communications Law and Policy, a national symposium of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Entertainment Media and Communications Law section of the Canadian Bar Association.

May 20, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Ontario commissioner extends legal battle with CRTC chairman by Christine Dobby

In a request for judicial review filed with the Federal Court of Appeal on May 4, Raj Shoan objected to the chairman’s decision to name a panel of commissioners to preside over a public hearing.

May 19, 2016 — TBI Vision

Viewpoint: Canada – the battle continues by Stewart Clarke

Columnist says there’s still an awful lot to figure out, but as long as viewers’ needs are at the heart of any changes and Canadian content creators can be unshackled and take the lead, there is hope.

May 19, 2016 — Can India

CRTC seeks comments on neutrality of Internet data pricing plans

The CRTC announces that it is examining differential pricing practices related to wireline and wireless data plans.

May 19, 2016 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Remarks for Jennifer McGuire and Michel Cormier at the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage (CHPC)

Jennifer McGuire, General Manager and Editor in Chief, CBC News, and Michel Cormier, General Manager, News and Current Affairs, French Services, appeared before the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage (CHPC) on May 19, 2016.

May 19, 2016 — Le Devoir

Radio-Canada restera dans l’Est by Stéphane Baillargeon

CBC/SRC has reached a decision: the current Montreal site, including the tower, will be sold and a new Maison Radio-Canada will be built on the corner of René-Levesque and Papineau.

May 18, 2016 — TVA Nouvelles

La Maison de Radio-Canada restera sur le boulevard René-Lévesque

The CBC board has selected two proposals for its new Montreal headquarters: the Broccolini and the Busac & Pomerleau proposals. The public broadcaster had confirmed it will occupy a space on the current site.

May 18, 2016 — The Suburban

Montreal's Brian Mitchell runs for Conservative Party Presidency by Beryl Waksman

Conservative Party Presidency candidate is a member of the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors.

May 18, 2016 — 24 Hours Toronto

What is the CBC Hiding? by Sean Craig

The CBC’s board of directors met Tuesday to discuss the sale of the broadcaster’s Montreal headquarters and are set to meet again today, but according to one MP the details around the property deal and the board’s activities of late have been kept “secret.”

May 18, 2016 — Manitoba Co-operator

CRTC chief deems Internet a necessity by Shannon VanRaes

In recent televised remarks, Jean-Pierre Blais said the necessity of broadband Internet access was a “self-evident truth,” shifting the focus of the current review of basic telecommunications services from proving the need for basic telecommunication, to examining how they can be delivered.

May 18, 2016 — Globe & Mail

MTS deal would set a harmful precedent for wireless competition by Dwayne Winseck & Ben Class

Columnist says if the merger goes through, the communication industry in Manitoba will be radically transformed, and there will be important implications for the rest of Canada as well.

May 18, 2016 — Radio-Canada

Radio-Canada érigera sa nouvelle « maison » sur son site actuel

The new Maison de Radio-Canada (CBC Headquarters in Montreal) will be developed on the corner of René-Levesque and Papineau, part of its current site.

May 17, 2016 — National Post

Cultural Studies: The Stursbergians vs. The Gzowskiteers — Why it’s time for the nerds to stand up for their CBC by Jesse Brown

Columnist says it’s time for the CBC’s radio nerds, news nerds, politics nerds, documentary nerds and comedy nerds to storm the gates and take the place back.


May 17, 2016 — National Post

‘Secret’ CBC documents from board of directors meetings haven’t been made public since last August by Sean Craig

NDP Heritage critic Pierre Nantel says the CBC used to publish the minutes and documents from the board of directors meetings once a month but that not a single document has been made available since the Liberals came to power.


May 17, 2016 — The Tyee

Liberals Signal New Telecom Policy, Promote Open Access by Michael Geist

The CRTC decision means that companies such as Bell will be required to share their fibre networks with other carriers on a wholesale basis.

May 17, 2016 — Corus Entertainment

Six Corus Principles for Innovation and Success

Corus Entertainment presents a manifesto containing six principles for innovation and success.

May 17, 2016 — La Presse

Vente de la tour de la SRC: Joly déplore un document en anglais seulement by Vincent Brousseau-Pouliot

Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage deplores the fact that the CBC produced a letter on intent to potential buyers of the Maison Radio-Canada in Montreal in English only.

May 17, 2016 — La Presse

Maison de Radio-Canada: des conditions de vente rédigées en anglais by Vincent Brousseau-Pouliot, Philippe Teisceira-Lessard, Maxime Bergeron

In mid-April, CBC imposed new conditions on a dozen potential buyers of la Maison Radio-Canada buyers in a unilingual English letter of intent.

May 16, 2016 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC's failure of governance hurts us all by Tony Manera

Former Senior Vice-President at CBC says that despite the partial restoration of its budget by the federal government, CBC governance needs a major overhaul. 

May 16, 2016 — Public.

Jean Pierre Blais at the public hearing to review competitive radio applications in Vancouver

The CRTC begins considering applications to operate new ethnic commercial AM and FM radio stations in the Greater Vancouver market, including the City of Surrey.


May 16, 2016 — La Presse

Vente de la Maison Radio-Canada: le NPD dénonce un processus «secret» by Maxime Bergeron

The “secrecy" surrounding the the sale of the Maison de Radio-Canada in Montreal was discussed on Monday afternoon in the House of Commons as the board of the public broadcaster prepared for an important meeting to discuss the transaction.

May 13, 2016 — National Post

How do we apply Canadian content rules to a world in which we’re all creating all the time? by David Berry

Columnist says one of the best ways of supporting artists — content creators, whatever you want to call them — has always been a direct approach: grants and other sources of funding, sure, but also more grassroots things like education and promotion, to help create a base-level interest that’s crucial to the survival of our cultural artifacts.

May 13, 2016 — Marketing Magazine

Sirius XM Canada paves way for CBC to sell its stake by

The SiriusXM Canada satellite radio service is poised to undergo ownership changes, with its current American partner becoming majority shareholder but voting control resting with two existing Canadian investors.

May 13, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Canadians don’t want major changes to Cancon rules, poll finds by Daniel LeBlanc

According to a new Nanos/Globe and Mail poll, a majority of Canadians are opposed to a new tax on U.S.-based Internet services such as iTunes and Netflix, even as many struggling media and cultural groups argue they need additional sources of funding to survive in the digital era.

May 11, 2016 — Toronto Star

Much more change seen as needed at CBC in Jian Ghomeshi’s wake by Jacques Gallant

The public broadcaster says a culture shift about workplace harassment is underway, but outsiders are dubious.

May 11, 2016 — CBC News

Netflix border-hopping crackdown hurts VPN users seeking privacy, advocacy group says by Sophia Harris

Open Media says Netflix customers should be able to protect their privacy.

May 11, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

U.K. Government Unveils 11-Year Plan for "More Distinctive" BBC in "Major Overhaul" by Georg Szalai & Alex Ritman

A long-awaited "white paper" spells the end of the BBC Trust, but will continue the licence fee for now.

May 11, 2016 — Vice

How the CBC Let Us Down in the Wake of Jian Ghomeshi Scandal by Amil Niazi

Columnist says the CBC had a rare opportunity to reflect on its mistakes as a whole but chose instead to cauterize its parts, blaming a diseased limb even though much of the body was toxic.

May 10, 2016 — The Tyee

CanCon Makeover: Let's Get Creative by Michael Geist

Columnist says it falls to the government to reject the regulatory models of the past by embracing a future-focused strategy that emphasizes competition, consumer access, and the export and promotion of Canadian content for a global audience.

May 9, 2016 — Toronto Observer

New kid on the broadcasting block by John Morta

The community’s media landscape got a lot more interesting this spring with the flip of a switch on a transmitter that’s located on Toronto’s lakeshore, due south of East York.

May 6, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Rethinking the rules around what counts as Canadian culture by Kate Taylor

Columnist says that for the first time in more than a decade, the public is being encouraged to consider issues of Canadian content as the federal government launches a review of cultural policy, hoping to update regulations to fit digital realities.

May 6, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Foreign firms have unfair advantage over Cancon, committee hears by Daniel LeBlanc

Columnist says witnesses at parliamentary hearings on the future of local news are repeatedly casting U.S.-based Internet giants as villains in the Canadian media landscape, offering a hint of the battle to come later this year at a full-blown study on the future of Canada’s cultural industries.

May 6, 2016 — Toronto Star

CanCon and regulation: now more than ever by Rick Salutin

Columnist says that while Canadian content used to simply be the Canadian term for public support of culture, now that culture is a driver of the economy and a source of hope for young jobseekers, we need CanCon more than ever.

May 5, 2016 — Videonet

Canada Could Combine All Pay TV Set-Top Box Data Into A Shared Audience Measurement System by John Moulding

The CRTC has demanded that the TV industry cooperate on a project to determine the viability of a comprehensive, multi-BDU STB audience measurement system. 

May 4, 2016 — The Telegram

Consumers didn't benefit from creation of fourth wireless carrier, says study

Researchers at the Montreal Economic Institute say the country's telecom regulator can learn from failed policy by backing away from calls to interfere in the broadband Internet marketplace.

May 4, 2016 — National Post

Nearly every Canadian will soon have high-speed Internet, so why is the CRTC meddling? by Martin Masse & Paul Beaudry

Columnists say Canada’s broadband is healthy, characterized by competitive market players providing quality services at affordable prices.

May 4, 2016 — TMC News

CRTC releases 2015 financial results for Canadian conventional television stations

In 2015, there were 93 private conventional television stations in operation in Canada, which generated total revenues of $1.76 billion. These stations continued to operate in a challenging environment, with total revenues declining 2.6%, or $46.6 million, from 2014.

May 2, 2016 — Brampton Guardian

Rousing the government from its communications slumber by Tayler Parnaby

Minister of Canadian Heritage says a vacuum has emerged as a result of government policies not keeping up with changes to technology and the way people consume culture.

May 2, 2016 — Globe & Mail

The challenge of reshaping Canada’s cultural landscape by Daniel LeBlanc and James Bradshaw

Columnist says lawyers, lobbyists, artists and various stakeholders are all gearing up for the Trudeau government’s ambitious plan to redraft the laws and policies that govern the country’s $48-billion cultural industries.

May 2, 2016 — Daily Vice

Canada’s Culture Minister asked what new cancon rules could mean for Netflix

Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly says why she thinks Canadian content rules need such a big shakeup.

May 2, 2016 — Globe & Mail

The challenge of reshaping Canada’s cultural landscape by Daniel LeBlanc & James Bradshaw

FRIENDS says that jobs are not an end in and of themselves, but it is people who create programs.

May 2, 2016 — Toronto Star

Digital Cancon fight could end up as new whine in old bottles by Michael Geist

Columnist says the most common refrain from the Canadian cultural community is likely to be that the existing rules should be extended to the Internet, but they shouldn’t be.

May 1, 2016 — Chronicle Herald

Selling us on our own culture by Dan Leger

Columnist says no review of Canadian culture would be complete without deep soul-searching about the fate and future of the CBC

Apr 29, 2016 — iPolitics

As candidates emerge for Conservative Party presidency, a familiar divide emerges by BJ Siekierski

Columnist says when the Conservative Party holds its convention in Vancouver in late May, it won’t be picking a new leader — it will, however, pick a new National Council from which a new party president will be chosen.

Apr 29, 2016 — Angus Reid Institute

Decline of Newspapers: Age drives views on the impacts of shrinking newsrooms

New study says Canadians are divided – mostly along generational lines – over whether the news vacuum left by shrinking papers is a serious problem for Canada, or one that will be resolved as new, online media outlets pick up the slack.

Apr 28, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Cultural policy review is long on intentions, short on planning by Kate Taylor

Columnist says that like many of the new Liberal government’s initiatives, the cultural-policy review seems long on good intentions and short on coherent planning.

Apr 28, 2016 — Day 6

When you cut the cord, are you killing TV?

Netflix has no Canadian staff and internet-based businesses don't pay into the Canadian Media Fund.

Apr 27, 2016 — National Post

Heritage Minister has promised to overhaul broadcasters’ CanCon requirements. Why not just abolish them? by Robyn Urback

Former CRTC Chairman says the Internet and the digital age have changed things, and we have to rethink how we foster Canadian content.

Apr 27, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Welcome to a new nightmare in Cancon policy by John Doyle

Columnist says the Heritage Minister cannot legislate excellence into existence, but it can be encouraged.

Apr 27, 2016 — Medicine Hat News

Overhaul of Canadian content regulations is long overdue

Editorial says the government needs to find a way to promote Canadians who are breaking barriers in art, who are daring to do something different from the usual, who can make a splash worldwide and make our country proud of our talent. 

Apr 27, 2016 — The Tyee

CBC Board Member Resigns to Seek Conservative Presidency by Jeremy J. Nuttall

Brian Mitchell, a Montreal lawyer, confirmed that he resigned Sunday after eight years on the government-funded broadcaster's board of directors and its pension board of trustees.

Apr 27, 2016 —

Free advice for Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly by Karl Nerenberg

Mélanie Joly, the Canadian Heritage Minister, is about to launch a national consultation with an ambitious goal: to rethink policies governing Canada's broadcasting, film and other cultural industries.

Apr 26, 2016 — The Tyee

Leadership Sorely Needed on Canada's Broadband Strategy by Michael Geist

Columnist says the press and public coverage of the telecommunications regulator's hearing focused on the state of internet access in Canada may have led to an unexpected abrupt shift in tone and policy. 

Apr 25, 2016 — Globe & Mail

‘Everything’s on the table’ by Daniel LeBlanc

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly announces the launch of public consultations with consumers and content creators with an aim to bring Canada’s cultural properties – everything from the Broadcast Act to the CRTC – into the digital age

Apr 25, 2016 — Reuters Institute

What is Happening to Television News? by Rasmus Kleis Nielsen & Richard Sambrook

Report discusses recent changes in traditional television viewing, the rise of online video, and a range of examples of how different organisations are working with new forms of television-like news developed for a digital environment.

Apr 25, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Blowing up the system to save it by Simon Houpt

Columnist says Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly wants to yank the country’s media business into the twenty-first century.

Apr 25, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Blowing up the system to save it by Simon Houpt

Columnist says Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly wants to yank the country’s media business into the twenty-first century.

Apr 25, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

China Demands Shutdown of DisneyLife Service by Patrick Brzeski

The sudden suspension of DisneyLife comes amid a crackdown in China's digital media space.

Apr 25, 2016 — Nation Talk

CRTC releases 2015 financial results for Canadian radio stations

A total of 704 commercial radio stations offered a variety of programming to Canadians employing over 9,500 people (down 3.4% from 2014).

Apr 25, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Former CRTC head praises Ottawa for rethinking CanCon

The former head of the CRTC is applauding Ottawa’s decision to review the rules governing cultural industries in the country, pointing out that imposing regulations on the broadcast industry is increasingly difficult and ineffective.

Apr 25, 2016 — CBC News

CBC to launch new digital service in London, Ont.

Heather Conway, CBC's executive vice-president of English Services, says London was identified as an area for expansion as early as 2012, when funding cuts put expansion plans there and elsewhere on hold.


Apr 25, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Is it possible that Cancon will end at last?

Editorial states says that a well-intentioned government comes along with proposals to drag our regulatory regime into modernity every few years - and opposition quietly mounts from long-entrenched and deep-pocketed interests.

Apr 25, 2016 — Marketing Magazine

Canadian Radio Advertising Remains Stable: CRTC by Chris Powell

Advertising revenues for Canada’s commercial radio stations – as well as those operated by the CBC – have remained stable over the past five years, according to new data released by the CRTC.

Apr 24, 2016 — Toronto Star

Canada’s cultural policies will be adapted for the digital age, says heritage minister

Heritage Minister says Canada’s cultural policies will be adapted for the digital age.

Apr 24, 2016 — Slaw

Making Canadian Culture Go Viral by Omar Ha-Redeye

Columnist says that without legal advice or guidance from the government, countless unknown individuals may have been taken advantage of, or at least intimidated under the new online copyright regime.

Apr 24, 2016 — CP24

Heritage minister says 'digital approach' key in cultural policy review by Morgan Lowrie

Canada's heritage minister says that bringing a "digital approach" to the country's decades-old cultural policies will be one of the cornerstones of her mandate.

Apr 23, 2016 — Government of Canada

Consultations on Canadian Content in a Digital World

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announces the launch of the first phase of consultations on Canadian Content in a Digital World.

Apr 23, 2016 — Yahoo! News

Canada minister urges new media laws to boost local content: paper

Heritage Minister says Canada's Liberal government is prepared to overhaul the country's laws governing broadcasting, media and cultural industries to support local content.

Apr 23, 2016 — CBC News

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly urges change at CBC, CRTC to boost Canadian content in digital age

Heritage Minister says Canada's cultural and creative industries are important drivers of innovation and a vibrant part of the Canadian economy.

Apr 23, 2016 — IBTimes

Canada Wants To Overhaul Broadcasting Laws To Support Local Content

Columnist says Canada's Liberal government is prepared to overhaul the country's laws governing broadcasting, media and cultural industries to support local content, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly told the Globe and Mail in a report Saturday, announcing a new policy direction in what she called a broken system.

Apr 23, 2016 — Government of Canada

Consultations on Canadian Content in a Digital World

Canadian Heritage seeks input on how to strengthen the creation, discovery and export of Canadian content in a digital world.

Apr 21, 2016 — Hockey News

Rogers executive says ‘NHL deal still delivering for us’ despite huge drop in playoff ratings

The man responsible for executing the 12-year, $5.2 billion Canadian television deal between broadcasting giant Rogers and the NHL says the deal is still a very good one for Rogers, despite the fact that an absence of Canadian teams has first-round ratings down more than 60 percent.

Apr 21, 2016 — Globe & Mail

CRTC chair calls out telecom industry for lack of women at hearing by Christin Dobby

During a hearing focused on the problem of high-speed access and affordability, the chairman of Canada’s telecom regulator took a moment this week to call out the lack of women on the panels that have appeared to give evidence.

Apr 20, 2016 — Globe & Mail

CRTC chair makes strong call for national broadband strategy by Christine Dobby

Expressing disappointment that Internet access and affordability received little attention in the country’s fall election, Jean-Pierre Blais notes that funding announced in the Liberals’ recent budget “doesn’t appear to be tied to a clear policy on broadband and its deployment in Canada.”

Apr 20, 2016 — Hamilton Spectator

Netflix discovers being first global TV network isn’t so easy by Lucas Shaw

The company expects to add two million new accounts outside the U.S., the fewest since mid-2014, when it was available in less than half as many countries.

Apr 19, 2016 — Stream Daily

Netflix grows global subscriptions, but shares take a tumble by Bree Rody-Mantha

Netflix rang in $1.8 billion in global revenue in Q1 2016 and added 6.74 million subscribers worldwide, bringing its total subscriber base to 81.5 million, slightly ahead of previously projected targets. 

Apr 19, 2016 — Shaw Connect

Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly To Give Opening Keynote

The Banff World Media Festival is the world's largest and most important gathering of entertainment industry and digital media executives dedicated to media content development, production, broadcast and distribution within TV and digital media.

Apr 19, 2016 — DataCentres

IBM Cloud Video powers CBC’s streaming video service

The video service features a library of over 600 CBC titles including fan-favorites like Dragons’ Den, Heartland, and Murdoch Mysteries. 

Apr 19, 2016 — CBC News

Netflix enrages Canada by actually following through with VPN crackdown plans by lauren O’Neil

Netflic offers each of its roughly 190 markets different volumes and types of programming based on region-exclusive content licensing agreements.

Apr 18, 2016 — CBC News

Netflix picks up Berwick-based TV show by Lisa Blackburn

A Berwick, N.S., based television series has struck a deal with Netflix which will take their show to a worldwide audience.

Apr 18, 2016 — Stream Daily

Netflix global subscriptions hit 81.5 million by Bree Rody-Mantha

The SVOD giant rang in $1.8 billion in global revenue in Q1 2016 and added 6.74 million subscribers worldwide, bringing its total subscriber base to 81.5 million, slightly ahead of previously projected targets.

Apr 17, 2016 — Yahoo! News

Verizon secretly planning next-generation TV service? by Bruce Brown

Sources say the new service will deliver movies and TV via an IP-only set-top box, marking a major change in how content is transmitted into American homes.

Apr 15, 2016 — Recode

The White House wants to let Google and Apple build your cable TV box by Peter Kafka

The White House has officially endorsed a Federal Communications Commission plan to let anyone build and sell pay TV boxes — hardware that up until now has been controlled by pay TV providers.

Apr 15, 2016 — Toronto Star

Canadians flock to sign up for new skinny-basic TV packages

The country’s broadcast regulator says tens of thousands of Canadians have either signed up for the first time or switched to the recently mandated skinny-basic TV packages.

Apr 15, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Steering a public broadcaster through turbulent times by James Bradshaw

Like all outlets built on traditional broadcasting, TVO finds itself managing a legacy in TV broadcasting as it navigates a landscape of digital disruption and constrained resources.

Apr 15, 2016 — CBC News

CRTC reports 66,000 Canadians have new $25 basic TV, but complaints persist by Sophia Harris

If all the 66,000 basic package subscribers were already TV customers, that would mean 0.57 per cent have embraced the new deal.

Apr 13, 2016 — Windsor Star

Stop funding CBC to compete with newspapers by Mark Sutcliffe

Columnist questions why the CBC uses taxpayers’ money to operate websites that compete directly with every newspaper, magazine and broadcaster in the country.

Apr 13, 2016 — Wealth Professional

CBC slams door on CRA over Panama Papers by Paul Lucas

Columnist says CBC is refusing to hand over the data it has about the investors and offshore shell companies included in the Panama Papers.


Apr 12, 2016 — Toronto Star

Three people who could lead the TSO by Martin KNelman

Columnist says it is a big problem for Heather Conway that Hubert Lacroix, a Stephen Harper appointee, is scheduled to remain president of the CBC until his mandate expires in fall 2017, making a move to the TSP possibly appealing.

Apr 12, 2016 — Broadcaster Magazine

FRIENDS proposes four point plan for local TV

FRIENDS proposes a four-point plan to revitalize local television news in Canada during an appearance before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage which is studying the issue.

Apr 11, 2016 —

Couch potatoes of Canada, unite by Heather Mallick

Canadians are cutting off their cable in record numbers, a new report called The Battle for the Canadian Couch Potato suggests.

Apr 11, 2016 — The Hill Times

Trudeau’s cabinet style: he gives his ministers ‘as much rope,’ but pulls it back if they do something wrong by Derek Abma

Lobbyist says an influential role is emerging for Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly in this cabinet, adding that she has been particularly proactive in being prepared for and contributing to discussions on all matters that come before cabinet.

Apr 8, 2016 — CBC News

Cable cord-cutting numbers soar in Canada thanks to Netflix, high prices, says report by Sophia Harris

80% more people cut the cord in 2015 compared with 2014, says report

Apr 8, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Is high-speed Internet a basic right? CRTC to weigh in

The CRTC will be examining Should high-speed Internet access be considered a "basic telecom service"? If it is, how should we define broadband speeds and service? And finally, how do we pay for it?

Apr 7, 2016 — BC Local News

Shaw TV not meeting community content quota by Alistair Taylor

Catherine Edwards, spokesperson for CACTUS, says it’s possible a local not-for-profit could be put together here to take over the licence from Shaw and obtain funding through the CRTC for local programmng to the tune of more than $300,000 a year.

Apr 7, 2016 — Canadian Business

The skeptics said streaming music would kill satellite radio. They were wrong by Peter Nowak

President of SiriusXM Canada says they've paid over $100 million in royalty payments since launching in 2005 to the Canadian collectives and are a huge contributor to not only providing a platform for artists but remunerating artists for their content.

Apr 7, 2016 — Broadcaster Magazine

CBC Appoints Head of Publicity

Katherine Wolfgang will oversee publicity and talent relations strategies for all English-language services and lead CBC’s team of publicists to create innovative communications and public relations campaigns across all platforms and programming genres.

Apr 7, 2016 — The Canadian

Why Journalism is not Dying in the Digital Age by Michael Geist

Columnist says the emergence of new voices and the innovative approaches at older ones point to the likelihood that journalism is neither dead nor dying.

Apr 7, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Top hockey producer’s firing before NHL playoffs hints at Rogers turmoil by David Shoalts

An Angus Reid Institute poll has driven an exclamation point into what executives at beleaguered Rogers Media already know – most Canadians will not be watching the NHL playoffs this spring.

Apr 7, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Postmedia appoints board to review business as GoldenTree seeks an exit by James Bradshaw

Columnist says Postmedia Network Canada Corp. has struck a special board committee to oversee a review of its struggling business, as its largest shareholder continues to take steps toward an exit.

Apr 6, 2016 — Toronto Star

Inside the Panama Papers leak: Handling an historic data leak turned competing journalists into a global investigative team by Jim Coyle

Columnist says that almost as mind-bending as the sheer volume of data leaked in the Panama Papers, and its reach into the lives of the rich and powerful, is the fact so many journalists in so many newsrooms in so many countries were able to keep so big a project secret for so long.

Apr 5, 2016 — iPhone in Canada

CRTC Announces Three-Year Plan to Improve Canadian Telecommunication Services by István Fekete

Between 2016 and 2019 the CRTC plans to hold a public hearing on basic telecommunications services, followed by the implementation of the new policy; hold an international event, the Discoverability Summit, with the aim of exploring solutions to improve the discoverability of audiovisual content; and hold a public consultation to review the Wireless Code’s effectiveness.

Apr 4, 2016 — National Post

The ugly side of skinny cable: Why the CRTC got this file wrong again by Kevin Libin

Columnist says that in a province where less than 1% of the province speaks French on a regular basis, seven of the 16 channels offered by SaskTel Telecommunications Holding Corp. are French.

Apr 1, 2016 — Toronto Star

Liberals say they’ll crack down on third-party spending in federal elections by Joan Bryden

Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef is vowing to reduce the impact of money on federal politics amid new evidence that advocacy groups are becoming much more active in trying to influence the outcome of elections.

Apr 1, 2016 — Globe & Mail

CBC is forced to face ugly truths about its French-language headquarters by Robert Everett-Green

An entire working-class district was razed in the early 1960s to make way for Radio-Canada’s broadcasting centre.

Mar 31, 2016 — Campbell River Mirror

First Nations radio coming to a frequency near you? by Lindsay Chung

A First Nations radio station could be coming to the Campbell River area.

Mar 29, 2016 — Marketing Magazine

CRTC Joins with FTC to Fight Spam by Chris Powell

The pact, which relates to unsolicited telecommunications, spam and other “unlawful” electronic threats, was signed by FTC chair Edith Ramirez and CRTC chair Jean-Pierre Blais at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa.

Mar 27, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Al Jazeera laying off 500 employees

Qatar’s Al Jazeera broadcasting network is laying off about 500 employees or more than 10 per cent of its staff, it announced on Sunday reflecting financial pressures on the tiny Gulf state due to low global prices for oil and natural gas.

Mar 24, 2016 — Stockwatch

FP/wire say Rogers partner Vice enjoys YouTube eyeballs

The Financial Post reports that in the weeks since the Viceland channel premiered on cable and satellite TV systems, most viewers have actually been watching its programming on-line.

Mar 24, 2016 — Northumberland View

CRTC signs partnership agreement with U.S. Federal Trade Commission to fight unlawful spam and unsolicited telecommunications

The agreement between the two Commissions relates to unsolicited telecommunications, unsolicited commercial electronic messages (spam) and other unlawful electronic threats.

Mar 23, 2016 — AM900

CRTC Approves Acquisition Of Shaw Media By Corus Entertainment by Maria Madden

The deal, worth $2.65 billion will see Corus acquire the Global Television network and 19 specialty channels, including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada and Showcase from Shaw Communications Ltd.

Mar 23, 2016 — Chronicle Herald

CRTC wields TV licence renewals as enforcement tool

 The head of Canada’s broadcaster regulator says it’s too soon to tell if Canadian TV service providers are respecting the spirit of the CRTC’s new basic cable regulation.

Mar 23, 2016 — Broadcaster Magazine

New Investment in CBC a Welcome First Step -- Friends

FRIENDS says Former Prime Minister Harper made sure that his hostile influence over the CBC could continue by stacking the CBC Board with Conservative directors, some of whose terms do not expire until 2020.

Mar 23, 2016 — CBC News

Budget boosts funding to Canada Council, CBC

FRIENDS applauds the new funding, but calls on the government to "honour its commitment to consult with Canadians about how the money should be spent, and review the way the CBC board of directors is appointed."

Mar 23, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Arts community had better spend its budget money wisely by Kate Taylor

At the CBC, which is slated to get an extra $675-million over the next five budgets, CEO Hubert Lacroix said in a press release: “This is great news for CBC/Radio-Canada, and for Canadians who support public broadcasting.”

Mar 23, 2016 — Newstalk 1010

CRTC boss: Too soon to tell if skinny basic is working

The head of Canada's broadcaster regulator says it's too soon to tell if Canadian TV service providers are respecting the spirit of the CRTC's new basic cable regulation, often referred to as skinny basic.

Mar 22, 2016 — Vancity Buzz

Trudeau saves CBC from extinction with $150 million annual budget increase by Kenneth Chan

Columnist says the public broadcaster received a reprieve from the new federal government after plans were announced today to provide the network with a $675-million investment over five years. CBC will receive a $75 million boost this year, followed by a $150 million annual increase until 2021.

Mar 22, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

Liberal Budget Follows Through On Promise To Restore CBC Funding by Stephanie Levitz

Columnist says the cultural sector received a $1.87 billion boost over five years Tuesday in a Liberal budget that aims to reshape the narrative of the economy.

Mar 20, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Canadian TV is a place of squalor and neglect by John Doyle

Columnist asks how Canadian TV can ever create anything that might remotely enter the canon of this new golden age of TV when what is called “fiercely original” and “unique Canadian production” by the broadcaster, is tossed away by the same broadcaster?

Mar 18, 2016 — Digital Home

CRTC to Introduce New Watchdog for Cable and Satellite TV Complaints

Consumers who have a complaint about the TV service they are receiving from a cable or satellite provider will soon be able to have their voice heard with the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services, (CCTS).

Mar 17, 2016 — CBC News

CRTC flooded with complaints about new $25 skinny basic TV package by Sophia Harris

Hundreds of consumer complaints are pouring in about the new $25 skinny basic TV packages now on the market.

Mar 16, 2016 — TechDirt

Canadian Cable Companies Make A Mockery Of Government's Push For Cheaper TV by Karl Bode

Columnist says cable companies are finding all manner of ways to tap dance over, under and around the new CTRC requirements for a low price option.

Mar 16, 2016 — The Province

CRTC bundles telecom and TV complaints together with new watchdog by Gordon Isfeld

The CCTS, created in 2007 and funded by the telecom industry, already acts as is an independent watchdog on complaints concerning telephone, wireless and Internet services, but not cable or satellite TV services.

Mar 16, 2016 — Carleton Newsroom

Hubert Lacroix Discusses CBC/Radio-Canada with Carleton Journalism Students by Holly Klein-Swormink

CBC President says that although digital communications have changed how we consume information, it doesn’t mean that the old methods of obtaining information and entertainment are gone.

Mar 15, 2016 — Hamilton Spectator

CHCH bankruptcy: Channel Zero and its web of companies trigger federal investigation by Natalie Paddon & Steve Buist

The restructuring of CHCH-TV's news operations in December has shed light on a complicated web of companies that has drawn the ire of Canada's broadcasting regulator and led to a federal labour department investigation.

Mar 15, 2016 — Toronto Star

Five things you need to know to save journalism by Madelaine Drohan

Columnist says any solution to current media woes has to take into account the changes wrought by information technology on journalists and their intended audience.

Mar 13, 2016 — CBC News

Netflix crackdown on border hoppers could kill some unblocking companies, says expert by Sophia Harris

Columnist says some in the unblocking business are struggling, their customers constantly complaining they can no longer access Netflix.

Mar 11, 2016 — Globe & Mail

CHCH owner under labour code investigation following bankruptcy

The federal government’s labour standards division has launched an investigation into the bankruptcy that put about 170 employees at Hamilton-based CHCH-TV out of work last December, raising the possibility that company directors could be held liable for money owed to staff who were let go.

Mar 11, 2016 — CBC News

CBC responds to comments complaint by francophone group

CBC management doesn't plan to make any immediate or major changes to its online comments policy in the wake of a complaint by a group of prominent New Brunswick francophones over what they considered hateful attacks on the province's French-speaking community.

Mar 10, 2016 — CBC News

TV industry frets over threat from skinny basic and pick-and-pay by Laura McNaughton

According to the CRTC, about $4.1 billion is spent on Canadian programming every year. Some comes from various government programs, but the bulk, $2.8 billion, comes from the broadcasting system itself.

Mar 8, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada Bankrolling More Female Directors to Close Gender Gap by Etan Vlessing

The National Film Board of Canada, the country's public filmmaker, has promised half the movies it finances will be directed by women.

Mar 7, 2016 — Toronto Star

Bell’s ‘skinny’ cable package a slap in the CRTC’s face by Mark Bulgutch

Former Senior Executive Producer of CBC News says Bell's so-called Starter 'skinny' cable package appears to have been designed to slight the CRTC, not benefit viewers.

Mar 5, 2016 — Toronto Star

EDITORIAL: Not much pick, lots of pay

Editorial says the extent that companies leave ordinary viewers feeling let down once again, the cable providers are only helping to dig their own graves.

Mar 5, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Why consumers find it's hard to get skinny by Barrie McKenna

Columnist says that when you do the math, most people are better off with what they have - packages that viewers have complained to the CRTC are too big and expensive.

Mar 4, 2016 — National Post

$25 Basic cable was an adorable CRTC-conceived daydream by Robyn Urback

Columnist says the basic packages aren’t all that "skinny" when you add the cost of all the additional fees.

Mar 4, 2016 — Toronto Star

EDITORIAL: Cable providers risk alienating their own customers

The big cable providers managed to fall short of even the dramatically lowered expectations of TV viewers with their new ‘skinny basic’ services.

Mar 4, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Forcing pick-and-pay TV was a bad move by the CRTC by Kate Taylor

Columnist says a  Pick-and_Pay is a piece of ill-conceived populism that did not, in the end, make any difference to the election prospects of the departing Tories and won’t actually save consumers much money – but still has the potential to do damage to the Canadian television industry.

Mar 4, 2016 — Le Journal de Montréal

Doigt d’honneur au CRTC by Danny Joncas

Pick and pay television allows cable providers to push their own products by charging extra to consumers for channels that belong to competition.

Mar 3, 2016 — Huffignton Post Canada

Mélanie Joly Criticized For Saying She Prefers Radio-Canada To TVA

Commentators for TVA, which is owned by Quebecor, were quick to criticize her statement, saying she should remain neutral since she's responsible for the CRTC.

Mar 3, 2016 — CBC News

$25 'skinny' TV packages called a 'ripoff' as industry 'stares down' CRTC by Sophia Harris

Columnist says the new CRTC regulations appear to be rather toothless and definitely not the game-changing legislation TV customers were hoping for.

Mar 3, 2016 — Centretown News

Critics slam Bell’s stand on network sharing by Martin Smith

Canada’s largest Internet provider rejected recent claims by Kitchissippi Coun. Jeff Leiper and others that reversing the ruling would stifle competition and disadvantage local customers.

Mar 1, 2016 — Waterloo Record

The Record's view: A spotlight on struggling media

Editorial says In Canada, as in the U.S., the traditional media upon which generations relied for news and information are being hammered by a technological revolution that shows no sign of letting up.

Mar 1, 2016 — CBC News

How new 'skinny' cable offerings stack up against the antenna

With these so-called "skinny basic" packages offering little beyond what is federally mandated, CBC compared what consumers would get with the packages offered by the major cable providers and what is available for free over the air.

Mar 1, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

'Skinny Basic' TV Packages Now Available After CRTC Regulations Kick In

Ian Morrison with Friends of Canadian Broadcasting predicted that, as full "pick-and-pay" requirements take effect in December, consumers may have less programming to choose from as individual channels struggle to stay afloat.

Mar 1, 2016 — Global News

Breakfast Buzz: Will you change your cable package? by Carly Robinson

The move is mandated by the CRTC, Canada’s broadcasting regulator, who ruled last year cable and telecom companies have to offer customers a bare bones package for just $25 a month.

Mar 1, 2016 — CBC News

Read e-books? Watch Netflix? You're probably a tax cheat by Sean Davidson

Companies that operate outside Canada don't charge either tax on their products, and if those products happen to arrive via the internet, there's really no way for authorities to apply an equivalent fee at the border. 

Mar 1, 2016 — Waterloo Chronicle

The Record's view: A spotlight on struggling media

Editorial says that in Canada, as in the U.S., the traditional media upon which generations relied for news and information are being hammered by a technological revolution that shows no sign of letting up.

Mar 1, 2016 — Yahoo!News

Canadian TV providers accused of giving cheap bundles cold shoulder by Alastair Sharp

Consumer advocates accuse Canadian telecom and cable companies of failing to adequately promote the launch on Tuesday of cheaper basic packages of television channels under sweeping new rules imposed by the country's broadcast regulator.

Mar 1, 2016 — CBC News

'Skinny TV' switch means tax hike for most B.C. cable subscribers by Mike Laanela

Columnist says the new 'skinny TV' basic cable packages that were meant to save consumers cash could actually end up costing many B.C. households more when their next cable bill arrives.


Mar 1, 2016 — Broadcaster Magazine

CRTC Denies Cottage Life Application to Reduce CanCon

The CRTC has denied an application by 8946337 Canada Limited and Blue Ant Media Solutions Inc., partners in a general partnership carrying on business as Blue Ant Television General Partnership, to reduce the Canadian programming exhibition requirement for Cottage Life from 80% to 50% for the broadcast day.

Mar 1, 2016 — CRTC

CRTC welcomes new era of choice for TV viewers

As of March 1st, 2016, all licensed television service providers must offer a basic package costing no more than $25 per month.

Feb 29, 2016 — CBC News

CBC/Radio-Canada funding to increase in upcoming budget: heritage minister

Federal Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly said her government's March 22 budget will restore some funding to the CBC, but in its first year the Liberal Party will not fully undo cuts made by the Conservatives.

Feb 29, 2016 — Metro

Pick-and-pay TV model could mean less choice, not more, says advocate by Terry Pedwell

FRIENDS warns that consumers will ultimately see fewer channel choices as a result of the new pick-and-pay system.

Feb 27, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

Manning Centre Conference 2016: These Federal Tories Are Testing The Waters For Leadership by Stephanie Levitz

Potential candidates for leadership of the federal Conservatives begin staking claims to policy positions ranging from a call for a referendum on pipelines to a rethink of subsidies to the CBC.

Feb 26, 2016 — Digital Journal

Donald Trump vows to rewrite libel laws to make suing media easier

Trump told the press that if he becomes president, he would rewrite US libel laws so that people can "sue you like you'd never get sued before."

Feb 26, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

Basic Cable TV Is Something Bell Doesn't Want You To Tell You About: Report by Jesse Ferreras

A Bell training document obtained by CBC dissuades sales staff from pushing a new, $24.95 "Starter TV" basic cable package that would give subscribers access to approximately 20 Canadian channels as well as pick-and-pay options.

Feb 24, 2016 — Toronto Star

Canadian NHL playoff drought could be ‘massive hit’ to Rogers by Aleksandra Sagan

This playoff season, the odds of even one Canadian team making the post-season are slim.

Feb 24, 2016 — The Guardian

Democracy warning as Canadian media outlets merge and papers close

Canada’s media crunch has prompted a federal minister to cite concerns for democracy as papers close, newsrooms merge and more of the country’s outlets come under the control of handful of companies.

Feb 23, 2016 — Yahoo!News

As Canada's newsrooms shrink, concerns over coverage grow by Alastair Sharp

Columnist says the sharp reduction in the size of Canada's press corps has some questioning the media's ability to investigate and report on corporate malfeasance and political chicanery.

Feb 23, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

The CRTC's Rogue Surveys And Polls Ignore Real Canadians by Barry Kiefl

Columnist says Jean-Pierre Blais has positioned the CRTC as a champion of the consumer -- for example, introducing shorter and more consumer-friendly mobile phone contracts and more choice in cable channels. These are notable achievements, although the commission's data show that the monthly bills for cable and mobile phones have increased steadily during his time on the job.

Feb 23, 2016 — TD Waterhouse

As Canada's newsrooms shrink, concerns over coverage grow by Alastair Sharp

Canadian newsrooms are shrinking in increasing numbers as an oil shock rocks the economy and curtails the appetite of advertisers already distracted by digital outlets.

Feb 23, 2016 — LaPresse

Selling off the Future or Choosing to Inhabit it! by Sylvain LaFrance & Claude Provencher

These two open letters, one by Sylvain Lafrance, ex executive VP of CBC/Radio-Canada French services, and the other by Claude Provencher, architect,  take a strong stand against the sale of la Maison Radio-Canada in Montreal.

Feb 20, 2016 — Le Devoir

Mélanie Joly demande des consultations sur la vente de la tour de Radio-Canada de Stéphane Baillargeon

The Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly and former news director Alain Saulnier ask the public broadcaster not to rush decisions about selling its real estate.

Feb 20, 2016 — The Chronicle Herald

Blais turns CRTC into force to be reckoned with by Carol Goar

Columnist says that when Jean-Pierre Blais took over as head of the CRTC four years ago, Canadians were ready to write off Ottawa's broadcast regulator.

Feb 19, 2016 — La Presse

La Maison de Radio-Canada officiellement à vendre

The journalist reports the Montreal Radio-Canada headquarters, Maison Radio-Canada, is officially on sale as of today. Interested parties have until mid-March to submit offers.

Feb 19, 2016 — OurWindsor

Ottawa’s broadcast regulator earning public trust by Carol Goar

Columnist says Jean-Pierre Blais has transformed the CRTC from an obsolete bureaucracy into a consumer-friendly regulator.

Feb 19, 2016 — La Presse

La Maison de Radio-Canada officially for sale by Maxime Bergeron

It’s official: CBC/Radio-Canada has put up a “For Sale” sign in front of its huge Montreal headquarters.

Feb 19, 2016 — Toronto Star

Ottawa’s broadcast regulator earning public trust by Carol Goar

Columnist says Jean-Pierre Blais has transformed the obsolete bureaucracy into a force to be reckoned with.

Feb 19, 2016 — Digital Home

CRTC Launches New Online Tool to Compare Phone, Mobile, Internet and TV Services For Consumers

New tool allows consumers in Canada to search for phone, mobile, Internet and television services available in their area and includes practical tips to help make the most of the communication services available.

Feb 18, 2016 — Globe & Mail

CRTC to keep tabs on TV executives: chair by James Bradshaw

On the heels of a hearing about support for struggling local television stations, the head of Canada's federal broadcast regulator is warning TV executives not to let the pursuit of profits erode the public trust placed in them.

Feb 18, 2016 — iPolitics

Oh, well done, Premier Notley. You just put money in Ezra’s pocket. by Tasha Kheiriddin

Columnist says that at a time when the media universe is imploding, and journalism jobs are being shed left and right, freedom of the press is more important than ever.

Feb 18, 2016 — National Post

The more menacing way that politicians control journalists by Ezra Levant

Columnist says CBC hasn’t just editorially compromised itself but that its very existence undermines its private competitors.

Feb 18, 2016 — News1130

One company speaks out on skinny cable packages by Martin McMahon & Mike Lloyd

Shaw is the first of the major providers to outline the details of its Skinny Basic package with 44 channels for $25.

Feb 18, 2016 — Marketing Magazine

Broadcasters Have ‘Lost Touch’ with their Audiences: Blais by Chris Powell

With Liberal MP and heritage committee chair Hedy Fry set to lead a new federal study into the state of the country’s news media, CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais says his organization will continue to hold broadcasters accountable for the “social contract” they have with Canadians.

Feb 17, 2016 — iPolitics

For the record: Jean-Pierre Blais on journalism in an era of change

In a wide-ranging speech to the Canadian Club of Toronto on Wednesday, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Chairman and CEO Jean-Pierre Blais weighed in on plenty.

Feb 17, 2016 —

Media Advisory – Jean-Pierre Blais to speak at the Canadian Club in Toronto

Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman and CEO of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), will deliver a speech to the Canadian Club of Toronto: Staying informed: TV news in an era of change.

Feb 17, 2016 — Times Colonist

CRTC reminds telecoms they must promote basic TV packages to customers

The CRTC issued an information bulletin to remind the telecoms that they must promote this service in some way to consumers by March 1.

Feb 17, 2016 — Unifor

Unifor lauds much-needed local news review

Unifor National President says the ability of Canadian media to independently and thoroughly cover local, national and international news from a Canadian perspective is crucial to the well-being of our democracy.

Feb 17, 2016 — Times Colonist

CRTC reminds telecoms they must promote basic TV packages to customers

The CRTC issued an information bulletin to remind the telecoms that they must promote this service in some way to consumers by March 1.

Feb 17, 2016 — National Post

How Netflix Inc’s new global recommendation algorithms are upping the ante with Canadian rivals by Claire Brownell

Netflix’s vice-president of product innovation reveals the company has changed the algorithms that recommend what viewers should watch next. 

Feb 17, 2016 — TD Waterhouse

Canada regulator warns broadcasters not to skimp on news

CRTC Chairman says Canadian broadcasters have a responsibility to invest in robust news operations and will be held to account for those obligations ahead of license renewals due next year.

Feb 17, 2016 — Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

Jean-Pierre Blais to the Canadian Club of Toronto on TV news in an era of change

CRTC Chairman says the broadcast regulator is putting Canadians at the centre of their conversations about the future of broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.

Feb 16, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

State Of Canada's News Media To Be Studied By MPs Again by Jennifer Ditchburn

The Commons committee will embark on an expansive study of "how Canadians, and especially local communities, are informed about local and regional experiences through news, broadcasting, digital and print media.

Feb 15, 2016 — Globe & Mail

What do Canadians really want from the CBC? by Barry Kiefl

Columnist says the Liberals made a campaign promise to increase funding of the publicly owned broadcaster by $150-million annually, but CBC has only said the money would be used for “deepening our connection” with Canadians.

Feb 12, 2016 —

Podcasts a bright note in broadcast by Larry Cornies

A report prepared by Nordicity for FRIENDS says 50 per cent of Canada’s small and medium market stations could close by 2020.

Feb 12, 2016 —

Internet-only content could drastically limit Canada's cultural policy options by Michael Geist

Columnist says that while he is not supporter of extending CanCon contributions to companies like Netflix, including such a restriction within a trade agreement is bad policy.

Feb 12, 2016 — Bay Observer

Channel Zero proposal would tap into Cable 14 funding.

Under the present system Cable companies contribute two percent of their gross revenues to fund the community channels they operate across Canada.

Feb 12, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Heritage minister Mélanie Joly under pressure to protect Quebec television by Daniel LeBlanc

Columnist says a battle is brewing between the Heritage Minister's bureaucrats – who are cutting back on eligibility for the Canadian Production Tax Credit that for years has helped underwrite Quebec talk shows – and Ms. Joly herself, who is under political pressure to intervene in favour of the television producers.

Feb 12, 2016 — CBC News

Mercury fallen: Where Guelph residents may go now for local news by Kate Bueckert

Columnist discusses where Guelph residents can go to read local news after the closure of the Guelph Mercury.

Feb 10, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

Netflix's Global Push Means Big Spending in Small Countries by Scott Roxborough

The streaming giant has budgeted an estimated $1.2 billion for original productions this year, with a quarter of that expected to be spent on titles produced outside the U.S.

Feb 10, 2016 — Sydney Morning Herald

Treasurer introduces 'Netflix tax' for GST on digital products to Parliament

If legislation clears Parliament, overseas companies will have to collect and remit GST on products purchased by Australian consumers.

Feb 9, 2016 — National Post

Bloomberg brings its worldwide resources to Canadian TV by Peter Kenter

Bloomberg CEO says that the guiding principle governing Bloomberg TV Canada will be relevance to Canadian viewers at every level of business engagement.

Feb 9, 2016 — CBC News

Minister Bill Fraser wants to make arts funding more efficient

ArtsNB executive director says the provincial arts board may not survive if thousands of dollars in funding is cut.

Feb 9, 2016 — Business Vancouver

Revolutionary cure needed to restore health of ailing CBC by Kirk LaPointe

Columnist suggests that in order to fund Canadian programming private networks should be let out of their requirements to broadcast Canadian content, but that they should still be held to their requirements to direct 30% of their revenue to finance English Canadian content production.

Feb 8, 2016 — Guelph Mercury

Digital era raises tough questions about journalism’s future by Michael Geist

Columnist says that with significant layoffs, newspaper closures and testimony before Canada’s broadcast regulator that the cost of delivering local news is unsustainable, there have been mounting calls for new funding programs, studies or other measures to address the issue.

Feb 8, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Netflix ‘content tourists’ target of Carleton researcher’s network location method by Shane Dingman

A Canadian computer scientist’s research could provide a way for Netflix Inc. to shut down “content tourists” who use masking software to gain access to the service’s full content library.

Feb 8, 2016 — Toronto Star

Digital era raises tough questions about journalism’s future by Michael Geist

Columnist asks if emerging digital alternatives provide an effective substitute for local broadcasters and newspapers.

Feb 7, 2016 — Daytona Beach News-Journal

How TV shapes social change by Leonard Pitts Jr.

A new study suggests that for all that academia and news media might try to combat predjudice, entertainment media are uniquely positioned to neutralize it.

Feb 7, 2016 — Barry Sookman

Does the TPP Protect Canadian Cultural Policy? by Peter Grant

Author says there is an inherent conflict between free trade agreements and cultural policy.

Feb 6, 2016 — National Post

Government to the newspaper industry’s rescue? No thanks by Terence Corcoran

Columnist says the roots of the idea that governments can and should own, subsidize, licence and otherwise meddle in the business of freedom of the press run deep with the central claim being that the right to freedom belongs to the government and is only bestowed on individuals and groups under licence and forebearance.

Feb 5, 2016 —

Four steps the Liberal government must take now that the TPP is signed by Michael Geist

Columnist says that while the Liberal government has been cautious about expressing its support -- International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland has been consistent in calling for consultation not conclusions -- the decision to sign the TPP was never much in doubt.

Feb 5, 2016 — NationTalk

Telefilm Canada holds Annual Public Assembly in Ottawa under theme Talent without Borders

At its annual meeting, Telefilm announces a new ‘audience first’ campaign—developed in collaboration with Toronto ad agency The Hive—to drive awareness for Canada’s screen productions.

Feb 5, 2016 — Fortune

Next Year's Super Bowl Could Look Very Different in the Great White North by Mathew Ingram

THe CRTC says that it is planning to stop Bell Canada—which owns the rights to the Super Bowl through its broadcast subsidiary CTV—from requiring that cable companies carrying the game substitute CTV’s commercials.

Feb 5, 2016 — Toronto Star

‘The Internet should be a tool to build a fairer society, not another barrier to progress for those falling behind.’

ACORN, a national group that speaks for poorer families, has been campaigning for government and industry to make available a basic $10-a-month high-speed home Internet service for people living below the Statistics Canada low-income measure.

Feb 5, 2016 — Montreal Gazette

Morissette, Radio-Canada can't swat away blackface controversy by T'Cha Dunlevy

A year ago, in the swirl of the Théâtre du rideau vert blackface controversy, many commentators – primarily in the French-language press – dismissed the whole fuss as a fabrication by anglophones, especially anglophone media, imposing American history and views of the practice upon Quebec culture, which they insisted had no such history.

Feb 4, 2016 — Broadcaster Magazine

BCE Reports Q4 and Full Year Financial Results

Canada's fastest growing broadband provider with 204,000 total new net additions in Q4 – 91,000 postpaid wireless, 74,000 Fibe TV and 39,000 high-speed Internet.

Feb 4, 2016 — National Post

Bell Media braces for U.S. advertising blitz during next year’s Super Bowl thanks to ‘bizarre’ CRTC ruling by Claire Browned

As the NFL’s Carolina Panthers prepare to take on the Denver Broncos this Sunday, Bell Media is preparing for the possibility this will be the last Super Bowl with a guaranteed audience for Canadian ads.

Feb 4, 2016 — Radio Canada International

Decline in news bad for democracy: columnist by Lynn Desjardins

Host Lawrence Martin says there are multiple new media platforms on social media, but he says “That isn’t professional reporting. That’s people getting their opinion out there, which is great for the democratic process, but it doesn’t help in terms of the professional type of coverage of what’s going on in this country.”

Feb 3, 2016 — Digital Radio FM Europe

Dead and Buried - Parliament Confirms Rejection of DAB Radio in Sweden

The Constitutional Standing Committee (KU) in Riksdagen (the Parliament) has processed the government missive regarding the 2015 National Audit review of digital radio in which the proposal for a transition from FM to DAB+ in 2017-2022 was rejected.

Feb 3, 2016 — CBC News

'News poverty' can harm democracy and communities, researcher finds by Jon Tattrie

If a community doesn't have a local newspaper or station, it usually means little to no coverage of things such as council meetings.

Feb 2, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

ESPN Signs Digital Distribution Deal With Chinese Internet Giant Tencent by Patrick Brzeski

The strategic partnership will localize and integrate the Disney's subsidiary's popular sports content across Tencent's myriad digital platforms and services. The new partners say the agreement "will help ESPN establish its most significant digital presence ever in China."

Feb 2, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

Mulcair Criticizes 'Unacceptable' Possibility Liberals Won't Boost CBC Budget by Nicole Thompson

Thomas Mulcair and an NDP critic are expressing concern over a published interview where Canada's heritage minister appeared to leave open the possibility that the Liberals may back down from their campaign promise to raise the CBC's budget by $150 million.

Feb 2, 2016 — StreamDaily

Keytrends 2016: Entering the age of (user) experience by Darah Hansen

A new report from the Canadian Media Fund says the user experience needs to lead content creation and distribution today.

Feb 2, 2016 — StreamDaily

Rafe Oller on why TV execs shouldn’t underestimate millennials by Bree Rody-Mantha

Rafe Oller says linear producers would do well to stop treating Millenials like a lost generation.

Feb 1, 2016 — CBC News

CBC's The Current launches pilot project for deaf, hearing-impaired audiences

CBC will post text transcripts of the show — Canada's No. 1 radio interview program — online daily for audiences to read, print and share.

Feb 1, 2016 — Tri-City News

Editorial: Don't forget community TV

Editorial says the CRTC is looking at changing the way it doles out funding for local coverage, but giving the funds to big broadcasters not the answer.

Feb 1, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

Melanie Joly, Heritage Minister, Vows CBC Help After Years Of 'Planned Demolition' by Zi-Ann Lum

The NDP pressed the federal government over its platform pledge to boost funding to CBC/Radio-Canada, days after the heritage minister hinted Liberals could renege on the marquee campaign promise.

Feb 1, 2016 — The Province

Fears grow for future of community TV as CRTC set to hold hearings in Vancouver by Kent Spencer

CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais talks about possibly subsidizing local news and broadcasting professionally-produced news on community stations.

Feb 1, 2016 — CBC News

Thomas Mulcair urges Mélanie Joly to keep promise to restore CBC's funding by Nicole Thompson

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair has written an open letter to federal Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly urging her to keep the Liberal promise of restoring $150 million in funding to CBC/Radio-Canada.

Jan 31, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

Mulcair Criticizes 'Unacceptable' Possibility Liberals Won't Boost CBC Budget by Nicole Thompson

Thomas Mulcair and an NDP critic are expressing concern over a published interview where Canada's heritage minister appeared to leave open the possibility that the Liberals may back down from their campaign promise to raise the CBC's budget by $150 million.

Jan 31, 2016 — Chronicle Journal

TV station faced with ‘double whammy’ by Jeff Labine

Don Caron, the vice-president and general manager of Dougall Media, tells the CRTC that the company is struggling and was using life insurance money from the estates of former general manager Tony Seuret and owner Fraser Dougall to remain in operation.

Jan 31, 2016 — The Todd Veinotte Show

Audio: Ian Morrison on The Todd Veinotte Show

FRIENDS' spokesperson talks to Todd Veinotte about the recent CRTC hearings and the possibility that half of all local TV stations could close by 2020.

Jan 31, 2016 — CP24

Mulcair demands Liberals keep pledge to reverse CBC funding cuts by Nicole Thompson

Thomas Mulcair and an NDP critic are expressing concern over a published interview where Canada's heritage minister appeared to leave open the possibility that the Liberals may back down from their campaign promise to raise the CBC's budget by $150 million.

Jan 30, 2016 — Cambridge Times

Ghomeshi trial may re-open old wounds at CBC by Jacques Gallant

After an external review by lawyer Janice Rubin harshly criticized CBC management last spring for its handling of Ghomeshi’s workplace behaviour, the broadcaster’s president and CEO, Hubert Lacroix, offered a “sincere and unqualified apology” to employees and Canadians at large.

Jan 29, 2016 — CBC News

CBC proposes new fund to boost local TV news coverage

The Local News Incentive Fund (LNIF) would provide "incentive funding" to broadcasters who spend money to produce local news programs above and beyond a required minimum level, CBC said in its presentation to the broadcast regulator.

Jan 29, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Cost of free information could be end of local news knowledge by Kate Taylor

Columnist says there is tension between journalists who feel their job is to gather and disseminate information in the public interest and publishers who feel their job is to make money.

Jan 29, 2016 — Guelph Tribune

Bleak times for local journalism in Canada by Vanessa Lu

Local stations have repeatedly warned that they are in trouble, especially after special funding was eliminated in 2014.

Jan 28, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

Thunder Bay Could Lose Both Its TV Stations, 'Blackening Northern Ontario' by Daniel Tencer

Thunder Bay’s two local TV stations are in such financial trouble that they are running on life insurance money from a recently deceased station owner, station management told Canada’s broadcast regulator this week.

Jan 28, 2016 — Vancouver Sun

Ottawa won't overturn CRTC ruling allowing Oprah network to broadcast in Canada by Terry Pedwell

Columnist says the federal Liberal cabinet has sided with the country's broadcast regulator to allow the Oprah Winfrey Network to continue broadcasting in Canada, a decision that could have far-reaching implications for television stations and content producers struggling to survive an ever-changing media landscape.

Jan 28, 2016 — Alaska Highway News

CHET TV makes its case for support to the CRTC by Mike Carter

Chetwynd's CHET TV makes a case to the CRTC, asking the regulator for more local TV funding from cable and satellite providers.

Jan 28, 2016 — Huffington Post

CBC/Radio-Canada: The Trudeau government becoming coy about its $150 million promise

The Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly, says she is working to “substantially increase” the budget for CBC/Radio-Canada, the public broadcaster, but without committing to a specific number.

Jan 28, 2016 — Le Huffington Post

Radio-Canada: le gouvernement Trudeau se fait discret sur sa promesse de 150 millions de dollars - Catherine Lévesque

Journalist says Mélanie Joly, the Canadian Heritage minister, is becoming more evasive when questioned about the promise to reinvest $150 million in CBC/Radio-Canada.

Jan 27, 2016 — Hamilton Spectator

New TV regulations could cost 7,000 Canadian jobs, report warns by Michael Lewis

FRIENDS says the new Liberal government could ask the CRTC to review its rules and Ottawa could rescind changes if they run counter to the Broadcasting Act's requirement for a preponderance of Canadian channels.

Jan 27, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

Indonesian Internet Giant Blocks Netflix by Patrick Brzeski and Georg Szalai

The country's largest telecommunications provider, Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom), majority owned by the Indonesian state, has blocked Netflix from all of its platforms, saying that the U.S. streaming video service had not adhered to local regulations, including acquiring the necessary local permits and submitting content for censorship review.

Jan 27, 2016 — Toronto Star

We know the price of journalism but not its value by Heather Mallick

Columnist says citizenship is a joint mission; we keep each other honest via different people and organizations inspecting each other for flaws or victories.

Jan 27, 2016 — CKRM

Is Local TV Dead? by Colin Lovequist

An eight-day hearing on the future of local television continues Tuesday as Canada’s broadcast regulator hears dire warnings from private networks about funding troubles in a changing media landscape.

Jan 27, 2016 — Times Colonist

CHEK joins call for help for small, independent TV stations by Richard Watts

FRIENDS says that for those stations that if stations that are the only ones  in their markett fade to black, it means people living there will no longer get professional television news made in their own communities.

Jan 26, 2016 — Hamilton Spectator

Guelph Mercury to stop printing; Rogers cuts jobs amid profit

Layoffs come after the CRTC was told that half of the country's local TV stations could be off the air in four years without a boost in revenues to pay for local programming.

Jan 26, 2016 — Winnipeg Free Press

Half of Canada’s local TV stations could fade to black, lobby warns by Brad Oswald

FRIENDS says small-market, independently owned TV stations are at the greatest risk in the current economic environment.

Jan 25, 2016 — CHCH TV

Local TV talks

The CRTC has started open public hearings as part of the broadcast regulator’s review of local and community television but as it got underway one thing was clear, local TV is struggling.

Jan 25, 2016 — Toronto Star

Rogers to cut 200 media and admin jobs by

A memo to Rogers Media staff says the job cuts will begin in February and will conclude as soon as possible.

Jan 25, 2016 — Kelowna Now

CRTC Wants Input on the Future of Community Television by Anita Sthankiya

Over the past few months, the CRTC has identified several challenges facing local and community television including the movement towards online services.

Jan 25, 2016 — IT Canada

Shifting Viewing Habits, New Rules Imperil Canadian TV: Report by NestoR Arellano

New report commissioned by FRIENDS says the most likely scenario over the short to mid-term is a material, but not fatal, erosion of traditional television.

Jan 25, 2016 — Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

Does local news matter to you? Give us your opinion! - The CRTC is holding a public hearing on local and community TV

The CRTC is inviting input from the public about the future of local and community programming. 

Jan 25, 2016 — Broadcaster Magazine

Local TV Stations Will Fail Without CRTC Action

FRIENDS says local TV stations in Canada will fail without an injection of new money to support their operation.

Jan 25, 2016 — The Hill Times

Meet Heritage Minister Joly, Ottawa’s new political powerhouse by

With numerous big NCC projects underway and Canada’s 150th celebrations on the horizon, Ottawa is set to become a ‘critical file’ for the minister from Montreal, say insiders.

Jan 24, 2016 — Hamilton Spectator

CRTC under pressure to boost local TV funding as hearings get underway by Terry Pedwell

New report submitted by FRIENDS says nearly half of the country's local TV stations could be off the air by 2020 without a boost in revenues to pay for local programming.

Jan 24, 2016 — le Soleil

Les stations de télé locales en péril de Terry Pedwell

Près de la moitié des stations de télévision locales pourraient fermer leurs portes d'ici 2020 sans une augmentation substantielle de leurs revenus, selon une étude qui a été soumise au Conseil de la radiodiffusion et des télécommunications canadiennes (CRTC) à l'aube des consultations publiques sur le sujet.

Jan 23, 2016 — Radio-Canada

La moitié des stations de télé locales pourraient fermer d'ici 2020, selon une étude

According to a new study commissioned by FRIENDS, nearly half of local television stations could close down by 2020 without a substantial increase in their income.

Jan 22, 2016 — Montreal Gazette

Here's why you should rethink cutting your cable by Bill Brownstein

Columnist examines whether streaming services will have access to enough hits in the future if everyone unsubscribes from television packages?

Jan 22, 2016 — Le Devoir

La télé locale dans le bocal by Stéphane Baillargeon

The CRTC is launching a public hearing regarding the survival of local and community television.

Jan 21, 2016 — Toronto Star

Canada’s national fabric is paying price for depletion of journalistic resources by Chantel Hébert

Columnist says here must be a point when the steady disintegration of the country’s fifth estate’s news-gathering and news-getting functions becomes a public policy issue.

Jan 21, 2016 — Broadcaster Magazine

Local TV in Crisis Says Friends

Starting Monday, January 25th, the survival of local TV in Canada will be the focus of a public hearing convened by the CRTC, Canada’s broadcast regulator. 

Jan 21, 2016 — Digital Journal

2016 Canadian Direct Response Forecast: A Turning Point for Digital & TV Media

Pippa Nutt, Senior Vice President, Digital & Canadian Media of leading brand direct response (DR) agency, Northern Lights Direct weighs in on some of 2016's biggest direct response marketing trends affecting marketers and advertisers in the Canadian marketplace.

Jan 21, 2016 — Globe & Mail

2016 Canadian Direct Response Forecast: A Turning Point for Digital & TV Media

Pippa Nutt, Senior Vice President, Digital & Canadian Media of leading brand direct response (DR) agency, Northern Lights Direct weighs in on some of 2016's biggest direct response marketing trends affecting marketers and advertisers in the Canadian marketplace.

Jan 20, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

NBC vs. Netflix: Why a Ratings 'Reveal' Matters by Natalie Jarvey

Whose viewership data should Hollywood trust? A tech firm's suspicious "outing" lays bare the anger and frustration of networks forced to compete with secrecy.

Jan 20, 2016 — News Article

The Great Canadian Ratings Report: Canadian NHL teams' woes bad news for Rogers by Chris Zelkovich

Columnist says if Rogers' stock were tied to its television performance, investors definitely would be taking a hit.

Jan 20, 2016 — CBC News

Postmedia-Sun merger 'foolishly' accepted by Competition Bureau, prof says

Postmedia announcesthe Ottawa Citizen and Ottawa Sun newsrooms will merge. The newspaper chain also laid off 90 employees in several cities, including 12 Ottawa Sun employees. 


Jan 19, 2016 — Toronto Star

Netflix surges as earnings, subscribers grow by Michael Lewis

Shares in Netflix Inc. jump after the company reports profit and net subscriber additions ahead of expectations, although a massive overseas expansion and investment in original content continue to dampen cash flow. 

Jan 19, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

HBO to Launch Spain Streaming Service, Take on Netflix by Pamela Rolfe & Georg Szalai

Time Warner's premium TV giant, which decides case-by-case whether to run traditional networks, offer an OTT service or license programming in foreign markets, is releasing a standalone streaming video service in the country.

Jan 19, 2016 — Ottawa Citizen

Netflix shows how media and content are now truly global by Madeline Ashby

Netflix is cracking down on people who pay to “spoof” or otherwise fool Netflix into thinking that they live in another country.

Jan 19, 2016 — Marketing Magazine

CRTC Turns Down Bell Application to Change License Terms for Specialty Services by Chris Powell

Bell had asked the federal regulator to convert the eight channels from Category A to Category B services, which would require them to broadcast only 35% Canadian content – down from the current 50% for Category A services – while also eliminating their “must-carry” status.

Jan 19, 2016 — StreamDaily

Netflix faces challenges with language, payment by Megan Haynes and Bree Rody-Mantha

The company reported $1.67 billion in global revenue, resulting in a profit of $270 million — and it has major subscription gains at home and abroad to thank for that.

Jan 19, 2016 — CBC Radio: BC Almanac

Audio: Cuts to Postmedia

Call in radio show on the recent cuts to Postmedia featuring an interview by David Beers, a former editor of the Vancouver Sun and the founding editor of the Tyee.

Jan 18, 2016 — NationTalk

Radio-Canada’s modernization continues

A message from Louis Lalande, Executive vice-president, Radio-Canada.

Jan 14, 2016 — TBI Vision

Corus in ‘game-changing’ C$2.7bn Shaw deal by Jesse Whittock

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, as well as shareholders, need to give approval for a merger to go ahead.

Jan 14, 2016 — Broadcaster Magazine

Purchase of Shaw Media Sets Stage for Closures, Consolidations --CAJ

The Canadian Association of Journalists is concerned a $2.6-billion sale of Shaw Media Inc. could lay the foundation for a series of negative changes to the broadcasting industry in Canada.

Jan 14, 2016 — Time Colonist

Regulator raises questions about future Internet services as 'dark cloud' looms

A survey that's part of the consultations also asks whose responsibility it should be to ensure a minimum standard of Internet service, particularly in rural and remote areas — market forces, government, the CRTC or a combination of the three.

Jan 13, 2016 — Bay Observer

Many unanswered questions in CHCH aftermath

Columnist says the CRTC will be demanding detailed answers about Channel Zero’s long term business plan for CHCH.

Jan 13, 2016 — CBC News

Corus buys Shaw Media in $2.65B deal that puts Shaw's focus on wireless and cable by Pete Evans

The move shuffles ownership of 19 specialty TV channels including Global, Food Network Canada, HGTV Canada, HISTORY, Slice, National Geographic Channel and Showcase between two companies that are controlled by the Shaw family.

Jan 13, 2016 — Broadcast Dialogue

Purchase of Shaw Media sets stage for closures, consolidations

The Canadian Association of Journalists is concerned a $2.6-billion sale of Shaw Media Inc. could lay the foundation for a series of negative changes to the broadcasting industry in Canada.

Jan 13, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian TV Giant Corus to Acquire Rival Shaw Media for $2.65 Billion by Etan Vlessing

The merger of Corus and Shaw Media six years later aims to assure the future of both broadcast entities as they remain tied to a vertically integrated media group controlled by Shaw Communications.

Jan 13, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

Fact-Checking Reed Hastings: Netflix's Big Challenge Overseas

Netflix CEO boasts the streamer is now live in 130 new countries, but licensing, languages and infrastructure pose problems.

Jan 13, 2016 — Fort Erie Times

CHCH staffers "kicked to the curb" by Tony Ricciuto

129 full-time employees and close to 30 part-timers were let go as part of a massive restructuring of local news at the Hamilton-based television station. 

Jan 11, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Netflix says it’s ‘not obvious’ how to limit use of VPNs by Shane Dingman

Netflix Inc. managed a global rollout of its service to 130 new countries last week without a single technical glitch, but it says it can’t do much more than it already is about VPN users circumventing its geographic blocks and frustrating its localized competitors.

Jan 8, 2016 — Toronto Star

Is your TV lineup the walking dead? by Michael Lewis

The curtain is set to inexorably rise on “skinny basic” and à la carte TV viewing in Canada, despite forecasts that niche specialty channels bundled in large cable packages could be orphaned in a pick-and-pay world.

Jan 7, 2016 — Cision

New CRTC rules could cost 7,000 jobs by 2020: Report

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, one of the commissioners of the study, emphasizes that these changes will negatively impact the ability of Canadian broadcasters and news providers, to create content.

Jan 7, 2016 — StreamDaily

Breaking down Netflix’s big reveal: The birth of a global internet TV network by Darah Hansen

Netflix’s expansion strategy has largely been driven by a goal of reaching 200 countries by the year’s end, despite slower-than-expected subscriber growth at home.

Jan 6, 2016 — StreamDaily

Netflix expands to 130 countries globally by Megan Haynes

Netflix confirms it has expanded into 130 markets globally, up from its previous market penetration of about 60.

Jan 6, 2016 — Canadian Labour Report

New CRTC rules could cost 7,000 jobs by 2020: Report

The 104-page report, Canadian Television 2020: Technological and Regulatory Impacts, was prepared by consulting firm Nordicity and communications lawyer Peter Miller for unions, including the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), the Canadian Media Guild (CMG) and Unifor.

Jan 6, 2016 — Hamilton Spectator

New TV regulations could cost 7,000 Canadian jobs, report warns by Michael Lewis

FRIENDS says the new Liberal government could ask the CRTC to review its rules and Ottawa could rescind changes if they run counter to the Broadcasting Act's requirement for a preponderance of Canadian channels.

Jan 6, 2016 — TBI Vision

Canada TV changes risk C$1.4bn loss, 15,000 jobs by Stewart Clarke

An in-depth independent report on the changes sweeping the Canadian TV industry claims the new regulatory regime could result in 15,000 job losses and a C$1.4 billion (US$1 billion) reduction in the media sector’s contribution to the wider economy.

Jan 6, 2016 — Business News Network

'Pick and pay' could dramatically change Canadian TV industry

Peter Miller, Communications Lawyer and Consultant discusses the report that he co-authored with Nordicity, about the future of the Canadian television after the unbundling of television packages.

Jan 5, 2016 — Toronto Star

New TV regulations could cost 7,000 Canadian jobs, report warns

Regulations allowing consumers to unbundle cable and satellite TV packages could damage the economy, the report says.

Jan 5, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

Netflix, DreamWorks Animation Expand Streaming Deal by Scott Roxborough

Netflix is planning to launch several new DWA series in 2016, including a reimagining of 1980s sci-fi cartoon 'Voltron' and 'Trollhunters,' a fantasy series from Oscar-nominated director Guillermo del Tor

Jan 5, 2016 — Huffington Post

Canada's New TV Rules Will Cost 15,000 Jobs, Erode Canadian Content, Study Argues by Daniel Tencer

New report says specialty channels are at risk of disappearing and Canadian content will suffer under new pick-and-pay rules.

Jan 5, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

Will This Be China's Big Year to Buy Into Hollywood? by Patrick Brzeski

Columnist says Dalian Wanda's acquisition of Legendary Entertainment could spur a flurry of dealmaking by Chinese billionaires, including Alibaba's Jack Ma.

Jan 5, 2016 — Le Devoir

La télé canadienne craint de perdre 15 000 emplois by Stéphane Baillargeon

Changes to the way Canadians get their TV channels, including the limited unbundling of cable packages, will be financially devastating to the domestic programming industry and cost 15,000 jobs during the next five years.

Jan 5, 2016 — Ottawa Citizen

Cable unbundling will devastate Canadian TV production: report by Chris Cobb

FRIENDS says the “independent economic forecast” is an indictment of the policies in the CRTC’s Let’s Talk TV announcements and a direct result of pressure from the former Conservative government.

Jan 5, 2016 — Broadcaster Magazine

New Study Shows Planned CRTC Changes will Cost 15,000 Canadian Jobs

FRIENDS says study offers an indictment of the CRTC’s current leadership, based on solid economic analysis.

Jan 5, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Canada’s new TV rules could erode jobs, funding, report warns by James Bradshaw

A new study, commissioned in part by FRIENDS, warns that rules designed to unbundle large cable and satellite packages could cause nearly 7,000 job losses and take away about $400-million in funding for Canadian programs.

Jan 5, 2016 — Edmonton Sun

Liberal Senate plan an abysmal failure by Jim Warren

Columnist says the Senate itself needs to be overhauled – not the people sent to it.

Jan 4, 2016 — CBC News

CBC Calgary building to go up for sale as preparations made to move west

CBC/Radio-Canada has been looking at all of its properties with the goal of selling its older buildings, said Johnny Michel, senior managing director of CBC English Services in B.C. and Alberta.

Jan 1, 2016 — Yahoo!News

A truly Canadian problem: Who do I complain to about Netflix?

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says it has received 482 complaints about Netflix since 2008 — two years before it officially launched in Canada — 50 regarding Shomi and 17 against CraveTV since both started operating last year.