Media Monitor — 2017

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Dec 26, 2017 — Times Colonist

Blame Quebec when your Netflix bill goes up by Peter Menzies

Columnist says the preservation and protection of the French language and identity on this continent are so deeply ingrained in every francophone that nothing as petty as a technology revolution can deter its instincts.

Dec 25, 2017 — New York Times

Using Billions in Government Cash, Mexico Controls News Media by Azam Ahmed

Columnist says Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration has spent hundreds of millions of dollars a year in government money on advertising, creating what many Mexican media owners, executives and journalists call a presidential branding juggernaut capable of suppressing investigative articles, directing front pages and intimidating newsrooms that challenge it.

Dec 24, 2017 — The Todd Veinotte Show

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FRIENDS' Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses the recent “Hockey Night in Canada” deal between the CBC and Rogers

Dec 19, 2017 — National Post

CBC responds to access request for CBC Comedy numbers with 400 mostly blank pages by Vanessa Hrvatin

Lawyer seeking information regarding the number of visitors to CBC Comedy says knowing this information is something that should be open to public disclosure.

Dec 19, 2017 — Huffington Post

Why Are There So Few Canadian Hit TV Shows? by Barry Kiefl

The President of Canadian Media Research Inc. says the paucity of high-quality Canadian drama and entertainment is mostly a function money, as well as our risk-averse government funding system. 

Dec 19, 2017 — CBC News

Rogers, CBC ink deal to keep Hockey Night in Canada on CBC until 2026, streaming included

Deal gives CBC rights to digitally stream HNIC games on various apps and websites for length of contract.

Dec 19, 2017 —

Minister Joly announces new members of the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announces the appointment of five directors to the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors.

Dec 12, 2017 — Le Devoir

Colmatez cette brèche, sauvez nos médias locaux by Ian Morrison

In this open letter, Ian Morrison explains how the government could save local media by demanding a new interpretation of Section 19 of the Income Tax Act so that its dispositions apply to web media in the same way they apply to traditional media.

Dec 8, 2017 — Toronto Star

Netflix tax decision is up to Finance Minister Morneau, Heritage Minister Joly says

The streaming services has pledged $500 million for Canadian content, but Quebec’s finance minister is urging Ottawa to join the province in taxing foreign online businesses.

Dec 7, 2017 — Regina Leader-Post

CBC, media producers, actors call for internet and Netflix tax — again by Emily Jackson

Creative groups want to get rid of different treatment for online content.

Dec 7, 2017 — IT World Canada

Threat to net neutrality also threatens Canadian startups, says founder by Danny Bradbury

The Federal Communications Commission will vote on a draft set of proposals called the Restoring Internet Freedom Order, created by Donald Trump-appointed chairman Ajit Pai.

Dec 6, 2017 — Newswire

Favouritism Towards Foreign Web Giants Français

More than a hundred personalities and members of the cultural, trade union and business communities have joined their voices in support of the following declaration.

Dec 5, 2017 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada's CBC Launches Live TV Streaming Service to Rival Netflix by Etan Vlessing

The public broadcaster has launched an over-the-top video service, allowing Canadians to live-stream 'Schitt's Creek' and other original series on digital devices.

Dec 4, 2017 — Advocate Daily

Traditional broadcasters squeezed between online pirates, new media

At a recent Parliamentary hearing, Rob Malcolmson, a senior executive at Bell Canada Enterprises Inc., suggested Canada should use its ongoing NAFTA renegotiation talks to push for the criminalization of copyright infringement and the formation of a website blocking system aimed at the most egregious online pirates. 

Dec 4, 2017 — News Article

New journalism award responds to TRC call to action

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and the Canadian Association of Journalists are pleased to announce a new award to recognize exemplary journalism that educates and informs Canadians about Indigenous experiences.

Dec 4, 2017 — Maclean's

Why would we trust Facebook to safeguard our democracies? by Nick Zarzycki

Columnist says that far from trusting Facebook, Canadians should be increasingly wary of the extent to which the platform has paralyzed Canada’s ability to protect its own democratic institutions.

Dec 4, 2017 — Toronto Star

Closing tax loophole needed to save local media by Ian Morrison

FRIENDS spokesperson says that as alarm bells ring across the country about the troubled state of Canadian media and local news, policy-makers have overlooked a surprisingly obvious and accessible fix.

Dec 4, 2017 — The Independent

A third of Americans think the media is the 'enemy of the people' following Trump's repeated 'fake news' attacks by Jeremy B. White

Almost a third of Americans support Donald Trump’s belief that the media is an “enemy of the American people” and favour government restrictions on the press, according to a new survey.

Dec 1, 2017 — Markets Insider

CMF and Quebecor Fund join forces as part of a program to boost exports

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and the Quebecor Fund today announce a new pilot partnership to promote the export of Canadian content.

Dec 1, 2017 — Citylab

A Local Journalism Experiment Pops Up In Calgary by Tim Querengesser

Columnist says as local media evolve new survival strategies in the face of disappearing resources, The Sprawl—a nimble micro-journalism operation that materializes when needed and disappears afterward—represents one novel variation. 

Dec 1, 2017 — Screen Daily

Look beyond Amazon, Netflix, says digital rights guru by Melanie Goodfellow

Digital strategist says rights holders need to look beyond big streaming players Netflix and Amazon to maximise returns from the burgeoning digital market.

Dec 1, 2017 — Globe & Mail

CBC’s digital shift is helping to kill local news outlets by Barrie McKenna

Postmedia executive chairman Paul Godfrey says the spark for the latest wave of newspaper closures was Ottawa's rejection of a bailout for the industry.

Nov 29, 2017 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Worldwide, BBC Studios to Combine Into Single Commercial Entity by Georg Szalai

U.K. public broadcaster BBC says it will merge BBC Studios and BBC Worldwide to form a single commercial operation that will be called BBC Studios.

Nov 29, 2017 — Toronto Star

Is celebrity gossip your ‘local news’? Ottawa seems to think so by Bob Cox

Columnist says that the Aid to Publishers program mostly supports magazines, an industry that for the most part does not have a viable business model without public subsidies.

Nov 28, 2017 — Toronto Star

Heritage minister accused of doing ‘nothing’ for newspapers after Torstar-Postmedia deal by Alex Ballingall

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly came under fire Tuesday when opposition MPs accused her of failing to protect Canada’s struggling print news industry, one day after a deal between two media companies involving 41 newspapers resulted in the closure of almost three dozen publications.

Nov 27, 2017 — CBC News

Postmedia and Torstar swap dozens of small newspapers, most to be shut down by Pete Evans

Postmedia and Torstar have swapped more than 40 local community newspapers with each other, and most are destined to be shut down.

Nov 27, 2017 — Toronto Star

Torstar, Postmedia announce community and daily paper deal by Francine Kopun

Canada’s two largest print and digital media firms announced they have signed a deal to buy and sell 41 newspapers, mainly in Ontario.

Nov 27, 2017 — National Post

'The alarm bells should go off:' Postmedia, Torstar deal will see 36 community papers closed by Emily Jackson

Both companies say they remain committed to local news and are only closing papers in regions served by multiple publications.

Nov 19, 2017 — New York Times

Why People in Mississippi Have to Watch the Giants by Kevin Draper

On each Sunday during the football season, CBS and Fox broadcast several football games simultaneously, but send only one to viewers' homes. The process by which the networks decide which game one will see is called regionalization.

Nov 18, 2017 — New York Times

Our Love Affair With Digital Is Over by David Sax

A recent Pew Research Center survey noted that more than 70 percent of Americans were worried about automation’s impact on jobs, while just 21 percent of respondents to a Quartz survey said they trust Facebook with their personal information. 

Nov 13, 2017 — Cantech Letter

Hockey viewership up at Rogers despite cord-cutting, illegal streaming by Jayson MacLean

Columnist says that with the 2017-18 NHL hockey season up and running for about a month now, it’s time to reflect on how —and how many— Canadian viewers are tuning in. 

Nov 10, 2017 — CBC News

Revamped The National is a harebrained muddle by John Doyle

Columnist says none of the on-air talent's strength is being used in the new version of CBC's The National.

Nov 9, 2017 — The Guardian

YouTube channel encore+ resurrects Canadian TV shows, films

After years of development, the Canada Media Fund and Google Canada have teamed to launch encore+, a new YouTube channel giving viewers here and around the world access to decades of Canadian film and TV gold.

Nov 9, 2017 — CBC News

Federal government blocking social media users, deleting posts by Elizabeth Thompson

Canadian government departments have quietly blocked nearly 22,000 Facebook and Twitter users, with Global Affairs Canada accounting for nearly 20,000 of the blocked accounts, CBC News has learned.

Nov 8, 2017 — Ottawa Citizen

Quebec will tax services of Netflix, other foreign online firms: finance minister by Philip Authier

In a letter sent to federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Quebec's Finance Minister signalled his intention to go where Ottawa won’t and apply the Quebec sales tax to services provided by Netflix and other firms doing business in Quebec without actually having retail outlets here.

Nov 8, 2017 — CBC News

Quebec ready to go it alone with tax on companies like Netflix by Marilla Steuter-Martin

Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao is proposing a co-ordinated effort with Ottawa to tax online businesses that don't have a significant presence in Quebec.

Nov 7, 2017 — National Newswatch

The new National: Are four TV anchors four times as good as one? by Janice Neil

Columnist says creating a cast of anchors at CBC exponentially expands the possibilities of its news media brand.

Nov 2, 2017 — Hollywood Reporter

British Content "Under Serious Threat" From Netflix & Co., BBC Boss Says by Georg Szalai

"Their investment decisions are likely to focus increasingly on a narrow range of very expensive, very high-end content," Tony Hall says about streaming giants and warns of a $660 million spending hole.

Oct 30, 2017 — CTV News

Made in Canada or Product of Canada? There's a difference

The Competition Bureau requires that at least 98 per cent of a good’s total direct costs of production or manufacturing are incurred in Canada before that good can be legally advertised as a “Product of Canada.”

Oct 29, 2017 — The Guardian

Silicon Valley helped Russia sway the US election. So now what? by Emily Bell

Columnist says the inability to tell what’s advertising and what isn’t is a problem for democracy. But it’s one that media companies are loath to tackle.

Oct 27, 2017 — National Post

Canadian television pioneer 'Your pet Juliette' dies at 91 in Vancouver

Cavazzi, born in St. Vital, Man., headlined the wholesome CBC musical variety program “The Juliette Show” for 10 years beginning in 1956, where she was introduced at the top of each episode as “your pet, Juliette.”

Oct 24, 2017 — Globe & Mail

We need a ‘Joly’ tax to put Canadian TV on equal footing by Barry Kiefl

The president of Canadian Media Research says that if a “Netflix tax” is off the table, then Canada needs a Mélanie Joly tax, equivalent to a TV/internet licence fee, with the revenue used to fund a commercial-free CBC, private TV production and other media.

Oct 23, 2017 — Toronto Star

Canada needs to follow Quebec lead on taxing Netflix by Rosalie Wyonch

Columnist says the federal government’s stubbornness not to make Canadians pay the GST on their Netflix subscription is hindering any progress on the much greater problem of GST collection by foreign digital service companies.

Oct 22, 2017 — The Guardian

Refuse Murdoch's Sky bid after $32m O'Reilly 'cover up', says Tom Watson by Peter Walker

Shadow culture secretary says revelations about Fox News presenter make Murdoch-owned 21st Century Fox an unsuitable owner for Sky.

Oct 20, 2017 — Windsor Star

The Liberal government ignores even its own MPs on supporting Canadian news by Bob Cox

Columnist says the Liberals politely rejected nearly everything the Heritage committee recommended.

Oct 20, 2017 — Montreal Gazette

Canada's official languages commission to investigate Netflix deal

Canada's Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages is opening an investigation into the $500-million deal between the Canadian government and Netflix.

Oct 20, 2017 — Huffington Post Canada

Netflix Is Just Part One Of Melanie Joly's Vision For Canadian Content by Tim Southam

Two weeks ago, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly unveiled her vision for cultural policy in the internet age.

Oct 19, 2017 — CFJC Today

Tax Netflix but no Netflix tax by David Charbonneau

Columnist says Netflix should be taxed, not only because similar Canadian services are taxed but because revenue collected would pay for Canadian content.

Oct 19, 2017 — Policy Options

A cultural policy that overlooks multiculturalism by George Abraham

Columnist says the federal government missed an opportunity with its new cultural policy framework to support ethnic media and greater diversity in other newsrooms.

Oct 19, 2017 — The Conversation

Can new models of public interest journalism survive? by Robert Cribb

Over the past year, 34 students at four Canadian journalism schools — Concordia, Ryerson, Regina and the University of British Columbia — joined together with senior journalists at three national news organizations — the Toronto Star, Global News and the National Observer — in an unprecedented reporting collaboration.

Oct 16, 2017 — CBC News

Netflix adds 5.3 million subscribers and a heavy debt load

Netflix is sinking deeper into debt in its relentless pursuit of more viewers, leaving the company little margin for error as it tries to build the world's biggest video subscription service.

Oct 10, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Netflix in campaign to ‘set record straight’ on $500-million pledge for Canadian productions by Daniel Leblanc

The streaming service and the federal government have faced a series of attacks over the fact the company does not pay sales taxes in Canada and refuses to submit to any quotas on its television productions in the country.

Oct 10, 2017 — Toronto Star

Why is Mélanie Joly ignoring the crisis in Canadian journalism? by Sara Bannerman

Columnist says the federal government’s new framework for cultural policy offers virtually no new support to Canadian news production, one of the most important and most threatened foundations of Canadian democracy.

Oct 10, 2017 — Policy Options

Joly’s right decision, wrong reasoning on Canadian news media by Marc Edge

Columnist says Heritage Minister Melanie Joly was right to reject a bailout for legacy news media in Canada, but she was wrong about them being unviable.

Oct 10, 2017 — Reuters

Britain looking at Google, Facebook role in news: PM May's spokesman

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister says Britain is looking at the role of Google and Facebook in the provision of news and what their wider responsibilities and legal status should be.

Oct 9, 2017 — The Motley Fool

Will the Netflix, Inc. Deal Sink Canadian Media Stocks? by Ambrose O’Callaghan

The Canadian government has come to an agreement with streaming giant Netflix, Inc. to invest $500 million to produce original Canadian content.

Oct 5, 2017 — Policy Options

News industry should feel full digital disruption by Erin Miller and Ian Gill

Columnist says it’s time to let the advertising model die, and start imagining and rebuilding a news industry that is audience-driven.

Oct 4, 2017 — Hollywood Reporter

Quebec Moves to Tax Netflix, Amazon, Other U.S. Streaming Services by Etan Vlessing

The Canadian province is questioning Netflix's avoiding a federal sales tax by agreeing to invest $400 million in local series like 'Alias Grace.'

Oct 3, 2017 — Huffington Post Canada

Ottawa's New Vision Gives Me Genuine Hope For Canadian Entertainment by Maureen Parker

Columnist says Netflix will be spending as much money on Canadian content per year as Bell Media and Corus Entertainment - broadcasters who have benefited from corporate protections and who have received subsidies.

Oct 3, 2017 — iPolitics

Welcome, Netflix: Cancon in the digital age by L. Ian MacDonald

Columnist says we’re living in a world where the CRTC is the regulatory equivalent of the Maginot Line: Digital content providers can just fly right over it.

Sep 28, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Mélanie Joly’s Netflix deal fails to address the real issues for Canadian content creators by Kate Taylor

The details of the Netflix deal with Investment Canada are suspiciously sparse, but they seem to include a definition of Canadian programming so vague that U.S. shows shot in Canada would qualify.

Sep 28, 2017 — Globe & Mail

The Netflix deal is a very sweet deal for Netflix, not Canada by John Doyle

Columnist says investing $100-million a year to help out the production of TV and movies in Canada is the kind of figure Netflix shrugs off as the cost of doing business.

Sep 27, 2017 — CBC News

Netflix to commit $500M over 5 years on new Canadian productions: sources by Catherine Cullen

Questions remain about how Canadian producers will be able to access funding to create programming.

Sep 26, 2017 — New York Times

As Google Fights Fake News, Voices on the Margins Raise Alarm by Daisuke Wakabayashi

In April, Google announced an initiative called Project Owl to provide “algorithmic updates to surface more authoritative content” and stamp out fake news stories from its search results.

Sep 25, 2017 — CBC News

Chrystia Freeland to stress importance of cultural protections at NAFTA dinner

Foreign affairs minister will host U.S. and Mexican counterparts at National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Sep 25, 2017 — Toronto Star

Rick Mercer announces end of ‘Mercer Report’ after 15 seasons on CBC by Bill Brioux

The show will return to CBC on Tuesday night for its final season. Mercer, who turns 48 next month, says the timing for right to retire the show.

Sep 21, 2017 — Le Monde

La France imposera toutes les plates-formes numériques de vidéo en 2018 by Nicole Vulser

The government of France is extending a video tax, previously reserved for French pay-per-view video sites, to all French and foreign digital video platforms, whether paying or free.

Sep 20, 2017 — New York Times

Internet Giants Face New Political Resistance in Washington by Cecilia Kang

Columnist says that after years of largely avoiding regulation, businesses like Facebook, Google and Amazon are a focus of lawmakers, some of whom are criticizing the expanding power of big tech companies and their role in the 2016 election.

Sep 18, 2017 —

ANALYSIS: Minister Joly’s new strategies may have no teeth (money) by Greg O’Brien

Sources suggest funding for Minister Joly’s new ideas or pet projects will have to claim cash from other areas already allocated through the Department of Heritage, something that won’t be easy.

Sep 18, 2017 — CBC News

CBC/Radio-Canada hosts Annual Public Meeting

CBC's Daniel Bouchard and Wendy Mesley will co-emcee CBC/Radio-Canada's Annual Public Meeting on September 26 from 1-2:00 p.m. PT.

Sep 15, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Fall TV is a strange array of new comforts and old pleasures by John Doyle

Columnist says looking for reflections of the American consciousness and mood is a fool's errand this year – most of the content can be considered an evasion of the disruptions and divisiveness of the Trump era.

Sep 15, 2017 — Newswire

CBC/Radio-Canada Annual Public Meeting 2017 - No Filters. A Conversation about Credibility, Media and the Future of Public Broadcasting

Featuring a panel of journalists, the public broadcaster says the event is an opportunity to have a meaningful conversation on the importance of public broadcasting in today's environment.

Sep 14, 2017 —


A large group of cultural organizations for formed a coalition to urge the government to take swift action to solidify the foundation of our cultural and media ecosystem. 

Sep 14, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Journalism matters more than ever. We need help to save it by Bob Cox, Jerry Dias and Edward Greenspon

On Sept. 1, an agency of the Canadian government directed nearly $100-million to support local television news. 

Sep 12, 2017 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Funding public service media: time for a new approach

Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada says there are few things more important to the public broadcaster than its funding and its independence.

Sep 11, 2017 — News Article


CBC will end the collection of both profit participation and retransmission royalties on all projects pre-licensed by CBC from Canadian independent producers, regardless of CBC's level of investment.

Sep 7, 2017 — Canadian Radio-televison and Telecommunications Commission

Statement by Ian Scott, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

New Chairperson says the ongoing challenge for the CRTC is to identify and implement the regulatory rules and policies that will provide Canadians with the technology, content and services they need and protect them against unwanted communications.

Sep 1, 2017 — The Guardian

The Guardian view on Google: overweening power

An academic fired after criticising Google shows how Silicon Valley shapes our reality.

Aug 29, 2017 — Hollywood Reporter

New York Times Beats Sarah Palin Defamation Lawsuit by Eriq Gardner

A judge says that mistakes will be made in the exercise of press freedoms, but lawsuits from public figures must be limited.

Aug 28, 2017 — Castanet

CBS to buy Ten Network

CBS is the biggest creditor of Australia's third most popular free-to-air commercial TV network that went into voluntary administration in June.

Aug 24, 2017 — National Post

Baloney Meter: Big TV groups say regs won't mean cuts to CanCon spending

Columnist says the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has actually reduced the minimum amount some broadcast groups will be required to spend on PNI, which include Canadian-made dramas, documentaries, comedies and awards shows.

Aug 23, 2017 — National Observer

Alberta Tories try to distance themselves from Rebel Media by Trish Audette-Longo

Columnist says Alberta's new United Conservative Party says it doesn't have any ties to Rebel Media, despite a report about a 2016 fundraising pitch that promoted one of the new party's leadership contenders and was distributed via the far-right website's mailing list.

Aug 23, 2017 — Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat

News Release: A Successful Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Culture and Heritage

Federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for culture and heritage meet in Orford, Quebec, to discuss the development of culture and heritage, as well as their priorities and best practices.

Aug 23, 2017 — Canadaland

What CBC Radio Gets Right by Siobhan Özege

Columnist says not everything outside current affairs is frivolous or misguided - stories bring us together, too.

Aug 22, 2017 — Brampton Guardian

Rogers TV in Mississauga and Brampton going dark for good next month by Louie Rosella

The station was set to go off the air Aug. 31, but the date has been extended to Sept. 26

Aug 21, 2017 — J-Source

Radical model could be key to creating new community newspapers across Canada by Nick Fillmore

Columnist says daily papers are failing because millions of dollars of advertising they used to have has either moved to the internet or has just disappeared.

Aug 21, 2017 — J-Source

Print distribution of the Globe and Mail coming to an end in Atlantic provinces by H.G. Watson

Globe and Mail publisher and CEO Phillip Crawley confirmed on Aug. 21 that all print distribution to Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick will end on Nov. 30.

Aug 18, 2017 — Nation Talk

17 projects receive funding through the CMF’s Aboriginal Program

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) announces a total contribution of $8.9M to 17 convergent projects that applied for production funding through its Aboriginal Program.

Aug 18, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Cancon television regulations need updating in the age of streaming by Kate Taylor

Columnist says the Heritage Minister has now reset the clock on a major decision for Liberal appointee Ian Scott, who starts as CRTC Chairman in September.

Aug 16, 2017 — Toronto Star

Gulf blockade target isn't Qatar, it's Al Jazeera by Tony Burman

Columnist says there is genuine danger now in the showdown underway in the Gulf, and Qatar’s groundbreaking Al Jazeera news network is emerging as the real target.

Aug 16, 2017 — CBC/Radio-Canada


CBC releases it's Fall 2017 broadcasting lineup.

Aug 15, 2017 — Mobile Syrup

Bell’s Superbowl ad prices reflect company’s belief it will overturn CRTC decision by Rose Behar

Columnist says Bell Media is still hoping to hold out against the Canadian television regulator’s decision to ban the simultaneous substitution of high-profile U.S.

Aug 15, 2017 — TV, eh?

The Government of Canada Wants to Ensure the Right Balance of Investment in Content and in the Ability to Compete by Greg David

The Minister of Canadian Heritage says they are asking the CRTC to reconsider previous decisions in order to ensure the balancing of investment in content and in the ability to compete.

Aug 14, 2017 — Halifax Examiner

The Herald strike is over. Now the hard part begins by Stephen Kimber

At the culmination of the Chronicle Herald strike, columnist says there are no winners after 26 journalists are laid off.

Aug 14, 2017 — Globe & Mail

CBC’s downsizing sets stage for growing ad agency Bensimon Byrne by Wallace Immen

CBC has sold at least nine of its former buildings in cities including Halifax and Windsor, shedding about 400,000 square feet, or 10 per cent, of the corporation’s overall space. Those facilities were moved to smaller leased spaces.

Aug 14, 2017 — Canadian Media Producers Association

Canadian producers, actors and directors commend Minister Joly on rejection of CRTC decision

This action requires the CRTC to re-evaluate its decisions, which would decrease the amount that Bell Media, Rogers Media and Corus Entertainment are required to spend on Canadian Programs of National Interest (PNI).

Aug 14, 2017 — National Post

Cabinet orders CRTC to review decision to decrease spending on Canadian TV programs by Emily Jackson

The order comes after an outcry from creative groups – actors, directors and writers claimed the new rules would slash production budgets.

Aug 14, 2017 — CBC News

Heritage minister orders CRTC to review decision lowering Canadian content by Peter Zimonjic

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has asked Canada's broadcast regulator to review its decision earlier this year allowing some Canadian broadcasters to cut spending on the creation of Canadian content.

Aug 14, 2017 — Globe & Mail

In rare move, Ottawa asks CRTC to reconsider rulings on investment in Canadian content by Susan Krashinsky Robertson

In a rare move, Ottawa has referred a number of TV licence renewals back to the federal broadcast regulator, asking it to reconsider how the licences affect investments in Canadian TV production.

Aug 13, 2017 — New York Times

The Messy, Confusing Future of TV? It’s Here by Kevin Roose

Columnist says an enterprising entrepreneur might someday be tempted to package new streaming services and sell them for a single price, essentially remaking the old cable bundle for the internet, but industry experts say that such cooperation between the industry’s giants is unlikely, given the enormous sums at stake.

Aug 12, 2017 — Ottawa Citizen

Disproportionate funding goes to media outlet linked to Falun Gong by Stewart Kiff

Columnisy says that while most of Canada’s conventional media have endured shrinking audiences and revenues in recent years, segments of the ethnic media have seen significant growth thanks to a constant influx of immigrants from all over the world.

Aug 11, 2017 — SOCAN

SOCAN welcomes the undertaking of consultations on the reform of the Copyright Board of Canada

SOCAN welcomes the announcement by the Government of Canada concerning the undertaking of consultations on the reform of the Copyright Board of Canada made by Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, whose goal is to provide the organization with the means to improve its decision-making process.

Aug 11, 2017 — Our Windsor

Why you’ll end up paying for TV’s fight against Netflix by Michael Lewis

Columnist says the bump in the price of Netflix in Canada and CBS's announcement that it would launch its All Access streaming services here next year suggests that consumers might end up shelling out more for online content even as the lineup of digital viewing choices expands.

Aug 11, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Canada's homegrown TV content needs to come home by Barry Avrich

Columnist says the Heritage Minister needs to find a way to a provide a new source of massive funding to producers for Canadian-produced programming that delivers more than one Canadian show in prime time or we will cease to be relevant and the private networks will face extinction.

Aug 10, 2017 — Vancouver Sun

CBC Comedy is the worst crime against humour this country has ever committed by Tristin Hopper

Columnist says CBC Comedy’s social media accounts are embarrassingly devoid of attention.

Aug 10, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Netflix Canada hikes prices as streaming competition heats up by David Friend

Netflix’s standard plan will now cost a dollar more – or $10.99 a month – to watch content on two screens at a time.

Aug 9, 2017 — Montreal Gazette

End of an era for Laurie Brown and CBC Radio 2's The Signal by T’Cha Dunlevy

As host of CBC Radio 2’s dreamy late-night music show The Signal, Laurie Brown has been telling stories and playing songs that drift through the Canadian ether from 10 to midnight, six nights a week.

Aug 9, 2017 — Nation Talk

Consultations launched on reforming Copyright Board of Canada

Columnist says the Copyright Board should aim to boost jobs and business opportunities by making Board decision making more timely and transparent.

Aug 9, 2017 — Canadian Musician

Music Canada Applauds the Federal Government for Initiating Consultations on Copyright Board of Canada reform

Music Canada applauds the announcement by The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, in conjunction with The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, that the government has launched a consultation process to reform the Copyright Board of Canada

Aug 9, 2017 — FYI Music News

It Is Time To Rethink CanCon Regs On Radio by Steve Marlow

Indie Pool is proposing an alternative structure to CanCon requirements, suggesting a credit system where songs by established artists count for less toward CanCon percentages and lesser known artists count more.

Aug 8, 2017 — Huffington Post Canada

CBS Streaming Is Coming To Canada, Potentially Upending Local Broadcasters

Columnist says the era of Canadian networks running U.S. shows may be coming to an end.

Aug 7, 2017 — Edmonton Sun

How technology is changing the world of media by Marty Forbes

Columnist says the internet is where the gold is and we simply need to start focussing on the exposure benefiting our performers all around the globe.

Aug 3, 2017 — The Telegram

New comedy show will tell story of Canada as it is and as it might be by Sadie-Rae Werner

The show, which is being rehearsed in Newfoundland and will open Sept. 3 in Goose Bay, Labrador, will tell the story of Canada as it is now and how it will be in the future through comedic sketches and musical satire.

Aug 3, 2017 — iPolitics

It's going to take more than new anchors to fix the drifting CBC by Michael Harris

Columnist says the only thing that can fix the public broadcaster at this stage is a lot of “For Sale” signs, massive creativity and engagement from independent producers, and emptying CBC Headquarters.

Aug 1, 2017 — CBC News

The National names 4 new hosts following retirement of Peter Mansbridge

The new hosts are senior correspondent Adrienne Arsenault, current Power & Politics host Rosemary Barton, CBC Vancouver anchor Andrew Chang and longtime CBC News Network host Ian Hanomansing. 

Aug 1, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Bell presses CRTC to overturn ad policy ahead of next Super Bowl by Christine Dobby

In the run-up to the NFL season, Bell Media has launched yet another attempt to spike a regulatory ruling that blocked the company from substituting its own television feed – including Canadian ads – over the U.S. broadcast of the Super Bowl.

Aug 1, 2017 — CBC News

Culture groups share concerns with Quebec envoy ahead of NAFTA talks

Groups representing Quebec's cultural industries have told the province's top negotiator in talks to make changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement that Canada needs to maintain its power over cultural policies.

Jul 31, 2017 — Darcan

As Canadian Stations Expand Local News, Experts Wonder How Successful It Will Be

Bell Media recently announced it's adding 5 p.m. newscasts to all its local CTV stations, and Rogers is expanding its local newscast format "CityNews" to Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Montreal.

Jul 31, 2017 — Broadcast Dialogue

The CRTC has renewed CBC’s television and radio licenses to just Aug. 31, 2019

The commission says with the term of current CBC president and CEO Hubert Lacroix set to end in December, and a number of positions on the CBC board of directors vacant, the decision will allow the new president and board to have a material impact on the CBC’s licence renewal plans.

Jul 31, 2017 — Radio Canada International

YouTube launches ‘Spotlight Canada’ Channel: a first by Carmel Kilkenn

YouTube has taken notice of the popularity of their Canadian stars worldwide and has now brought them all together in one location on a channel called “Spotlight Canada”.

Jul 28, 2017 — Montreal Gazette

CBC/Radio-Canada sells building for $42 million

CBC/Radio-Canada has signed agreements to sell its existing building and the western portion of its lot to real estate developer Groupe Mach for $42 million.

Jul 27, 2017 — Poynter

NPR is reinventing itself. Here’s how it could change for the better. by Melody Kramer

NPR’s editorial director and senior vice president for news, Michael Oreskes, outlined a plan at the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) to “roll out a regional hub system” that would help connect stations with each other, make it easier for them to share their expertise with each other, “wipe out the lines between NPR and the member stations” — and get more local stories aired nationally.

Jul 27, 2017 — CBC News

Pace of cord-cutting in Canada slowed last year: CRTC

About 300,000 more Canadians subscribed to IPTV services last year compared to 2015.

Jul 27, 2017 — National Newswatch

The real consequences of fake news by Dominik Stecula

Columnist says that although fake news hardly a new phenomenon, the global nature of the web-based information environment allows purveyors of all sorts of falsehoods and misinformation to make an international impact.

Jul 26, 2017 — J-Source

Controversial CRTC decision raises questions about space on airwaves for Indigenous broadcasters by K.D. Sawatzky

Newly granted licenses were previously held by Toronto-based Aboriginal Voices Radio, whose network dissolved after CRTC revoked its licenses in 2015 due to non-compliance with regulations. 

Jul 26, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Knowing about local communities is important right of the public by Sylvia Stead

Columnist says newsrooms are shrinking as advertising dollars fade, but it’s important to consider the heroic work being done in small newsrooms – work that might not be known if those papers don’t survive.

Jul 25, 2017 — CBC News

Concerns raised over secretive spyware company's rumoured sale by Matthew Braga

A prominent digital rights group is sounding the alarm after reports that a controversial developer of government-grade spy software may be up for sale.

Jul 25, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Technology, not the CRTC, will drive phone bills lower by Peter Nowak

Columnist says the key question surrounding the federal government’s choice of telecom veteran Ian Scott for the post of CRTC chairman isn’t whether he’ll end up favouring industry, but whether his appointment will make much of a difference one way or the other for consumers.

Jul 24, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Guelph’s post-Mercury blues: How an Ontario city is coping without its local newspaper by Simon Houpt

A year and a half after its daily paper stopped printing, columnist says that Guelph has become a living laboratory for the loss of traditional local media – a rising risk in communities across Canada.

Jul 24, 2017 — National Post

Creative groups pressure Ottawa to overturn CRTC decision that would cost industry $900m in funding by Emily Jackson

Nineteen groups hope Ottawa will overturn a CRTC decision to lower the amount some broadcasters must spend on dramas, comedies, award shows, children’s programs and documentaries.

Jul 22, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Gender pay gap strikes again. This time at the BBC by Elizabeth Renzetti

Columnist says that when the BBC was forced to unveil salaries for its on-air talent, it was infuriating, though not surprising, to see that the top seven earners were men, and that men made up two-thirds of the 96 names on the list. 

Jul 19, 2017 — Press Progress

Conservative MP films bizarre CNN-inspired newscast denouncing Canadian journalists as 'fake news'

Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant says the "elite-stream media" is broadcasting "fake news" on behalf of the Trudeau government, all in an effort to secure "hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies" for Canadian media companies.

Jul 19, 2017 — Media Shift

How Labor Unions and a Former Alderman Plan to Transform the Chicago Sun-Times by Ann Meyer

Columnist says the $1 acquisition price reflects the will of a small group of passionate news hounds who weren’t about to let the rival win without a fight.

Jul 19, 2017 — TV, eh?


The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage announces the appointments of Ian Scott as Chairperson and Caroline J. Simard as Vice-Chairperson (Broadcasting) of the CRTC. 

Jul 19, 2017 — National Post

‘Great guy, works hard, very sane’: Incoming CRTC chief lauded despite concerns from consumer groups

Industry watchers say it’s telling that Ottawa chose a telecommunications insider to lead the tribunal that oversees Canada’s $65.7-billion communications industry.

Jul 18, 2017 — National Post

Government to name industry veteran Ian Scott as new head of the CRTC

The government will name Ian Scott as chairman and Caroline Simard as vice-chair of broadcasting

Jul 17, 2017 — Washington Post

What happens to local news when there is no local media to cover it? by Paul Farhi

Columnist says towns like East Palo Alto are news “deserts,” communities overlooked, if not entirely ignored, by the media.

Jul 17, 2017 — CISION

Unifor calls for overhaul of NAFTA

Unifor says a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement must include protection of cultural industries such as TV, film and journalism

Jul 17, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Ottawa to name industry veteran Ian Scott CRTC chairman by Christine Dobby

After filling the role on an interim basis in June, the federal Department of Heritage has found its permanent candidate and will appoint Ian Scott chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

Jul 16, 2017 — The Conversation

Why licensing journalists won’t end the scourge of ‘fake news’ by Christopher Waddell

Columnist says what’s new is not “fake news,” but the ability to distribute it quickly, easily and widely online through social media.

Jul 16, 2017 — Toronto Star

Not enough diversity on Canadian television, report says by Terry Pedwell

A research report prepared for the CRTC notes there’s still a lack of television programming representing people with disabilities and the Indigenous population in particular.

Jul 15, 2017 — Daily Caller

Turning Down The Heat On Net Neutrality: A View From Our Northern Neighbor by Arielle Roth

American columnist says Canada’s approach to the new communications marketplace teaches the United States to steer clear of bright-line rules and regulatory relics.

Jul 13, 2017 — Policy Options

Reviewing copyright? Check the glossary. by John Degen

Columnist says that before Canada dives into its mandated review of the Copyright Act, it would be helpful to refresh our understanding of some key terms essential to understanding copyright.

Jul 13, 2017 — National Post

Diversity on TV improving but Indigenous people still 'virtually invisible,' study says by Brian Platt and Stuart Thomson

Columnist says Canadian television has been getting better at representing the country’s cultural diversity, according to a government-commissioned study — except when it comes to Indigenous people, who remain “virtually invisible on Canadian networks.”

Jul 13, 2017 — Hollywood Reporter

CBS News, BBC Strike Content Sharing Partnership by Georg Szalai

The partners, who have so far worked with Sky and ABC, respectively, say the editorial and news gathering deal will "significantly enhance" their global reporting capabilities.

Jul 13, 2017 — J-Source

The Nova Scotia government is ordering an Industrial Inquiry Commission in the Chronicle Herald labour dispute by H.G. Watson

On July 13, the Nova Scotia government announced it is calling an Industrial Inquiry Commission to investigate the differences between both parties for the purpose of resolving the dispute. 

Jul 13, 2017 — J-Source

News health bolstered by local collaborations, expert’s work shows by Allison Ridgway

Collaborations between newsrooms and community members could be key to saving local news, says an expert in journalism and community engagement.

Jul 11, 2017 — CMF Trends

Trends Report: 2017 Mid-Year Update

In its 2017 trends report, the Canada Media Fund investigates the opportunities that lie ahead to create value in the wake of the restructuring of the global audiovisual industry.

Jul 11, 2017 — J-Source

When rural newspapers fall prey to predatory ownership, local content goes fast by Gregory Furgala

Small market newspapers are being stripped of local content by “predatory” chain ownership groups, a new study suggests.

Jul 10, 2017 — J-Source

Not fake news by Yasmin Jiwani

 Focusing on cases of sexual assault reported to but dismissed by the police, the Globe and Mail's series Unfounded showcases the power of the press to effect social change.

Jul 9, 2017 — Huffington Post

Leaderless CRTC Is Adrift And Without A Mission by Michel Morin

Michel Morin, a former national commissioner of the CRTC, says Canada's broadcasting commission needs a new chair with passion and conviction, capable of imagination and with a single objective: to reinforce Canadian content in our broadcasting system.

Jul 8, 2017 —

COMMENTARY: The CRTC is adrift by Michel Morin

Columnist says that after Konrad von Finckenstein and Jean-Pierre Blais, both federal civil servants who did not particularly distinguish themselves by their understanding of the broadcasting industry, the CRTC does not need yet another Ottawa bureaucrat.

Jul 8, 2017 — Strategy Online

What’s next in TV’s digital revolution by Chris Powell

Columnist says consumer adoption of network TV alternatives like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, coupled with the content available on YouTube and quasi-legal sources like Periscope and torrents, is requiring broadcast groups to straddle the line between traditional TV and digital.

Jul 7, 2017 — Mitchell Advocate

It’s time to save news as you – and we – know it by Bob Cox

Columnist says there is less and less information about the things that matter most to the lives of people in communities across Canada – coverage of what local governments are doing, what crimes have occurred in our midst, or what subjects are being taught in our schools.

Jul 5, 2017 — Policy Options

Copyright and innovation by Matthew Marinett

Columnist says if Canada is to become an major centre of high-tech business and AI development, it must remove the copyright-related impediments to innovation.

Jul 5, 2017 — Winnipeg Free Press

Heritage Minister to unveil Canadian media strategy in September by Ryan Thorpe

News Media Canada called on Joly and the federal government last month to increase funding to the Canadian Periodical Fund from $75 million to $350 million annually.

Jul 4, 2017 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Set to Fight Netflix With More Money for Kids TV by Alex Ritman

The broadcaster will pledge an extra $44 million toward children's content to counter the growing influence of online offerings.

Jul 4, 2017 — Globe & Mail

The video revolution helped fuel the rise of Trump by Howard Green

Columnist says the video revolution preceding the digital and social-media revolutions and is one of the Trump era’s deepest roots - enabling the spread of faux-reality, creating an arena where a con artist could flourish.

Jul 4, 2017 — Globe & Mail

PBO costing of election platforms a boost for democracy by Kevin Page and Sahir Khan

Columnist says we are all better off if political parties openly debate the policy benefits of new initiatives during an election campaign, and this is further enhanced if the treasury impact of those initiatives – for current and future taxpayers – has been examined by an independent PBO.

Jul 4, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Trump’s war on the media is a strategic blunder by Lawrence Martin

Columnist says Donald Trump has a lot of weapons in his arsenal, but journalists have the better ones.

Jul 3, 2017 — National Observer

News observers hope for change and more context at 'The National' post-Mansbridge

FRIENDS spokesperson says the status quo isn't working and so shaking things up and trying another approach is something that all viewers should welcome.

Jul 3, 2017 — Halifax Examiner

Is it always a bad idea to get government involved in journalism? by Stephen Kimber

Columnist says there is a difference between what News Media Canada is proposing and providing public support for actual journalism.

Jul 3, 2017 — Halifax Examiner

Is it always a bad idea to get government involved in journalism? by Stephen Kimber

Columnist says there is a difference between what News Media Canada is proposing and providing public support for actual journalism.

Jun 30, 2017 — The Guardian

Do not adjust your set: 50 years of colour TV – from tennis and ties to petals and plumage by Mark Lawson

Half a century after the green grass and lemon squash of Wimbledon marked the dawn of colour TV in Britain, Mark Lawson reveals how it revolutionised everything from Cézanne to snooker.

Jun 30, 2017 — Stockwatch

Globe says Corus, Bell appeal CRTC's Cancon funding cut

A coalition of creative groups is pleading with the federal government to intervene in a ruling by the CRTC that they say will cut funding for Canadian-made television programming.

Jun 30, 2017 — The Guardian

Germany approves plans to fine social media firms up to €50m

Measure requires social media platforms to remove obviously illegal hate speech and other postings within 24 hours of receiving a notification.

Jun 30, 2017 — Toronto Star

Canadians are funny that way — at least that’s the by Donovan Vincent

Glen Foster, a stand-up comedian known as “That Canadian Guy,’’ argues that Canadians are funny and our humour is more substantive than the U.S. brand because Canadian audiences expect comedians to say something meaningful.

Jun 29, 2017 — Hamilton Spectator

News observers hope for change and more context at The National post-Mansbridge by Victoria Ahearn

With Peter Mansbridge set to sign off as CBC News chief correspondent and anchor of "The National," speculation abounds as to what will happen with the public broadcaster's flagship program.

Jun 29, 2017 — CFJC Today

No internet tax for Canadian media by David Charbonneau

Columnist says the best way to support Canadian media is to ensure that Canadians have an affordable, high speed internet where innovators can create content.

Jun 28, 2017 — InsideRadio

NAB Wants New NAFTA Deal To Shift Ties To Mexico, Canada.

A lobby group representing the interests of over-the-air radio and television broadcasters in the United States wants Canadian tax laws on the deductibility of advertising changed as part of NAFTA negotiations. 

Jun 28, 2017 — Poynter

Why do local independent news sites die? by Ashley McBride

Columnist says when there are more locally-owned and independent news organizations, there is a wider range of story coverage, a wider range of voices and opinions being heard.

Jun 28, 2017 — CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada recognized as an iconic Canadian brand by Interbrand Canada for Canada150

To showcase the influence and impact of Canadian brands in honour of Canada150, Interbrand Canada has released “The Interbrand 150: Iconic Canadian Brands Report: Our Time to Grow.”

Jun 28, 2017 — CBC News

A CBC send-off: Colleagues salute Peter Mansbridge ahead of final broadcast by Haydn Watters

Mansbridge, who is stepping down after nearly 30 years as anchor of The National and almost 50 years as a CBC journalist, was honoured by family, friends and co-workers at the public broadcaster's Toronto headquarters.

Jun 28, 2017 — National Observer

Peter Mansbridge promises low-key exit from anchor chair at 'The National' by David Friend

Nearly a year after telling viewers he planned to retire from the public broadcaster’s flagship program, the 68−year−old newsman who defined an era at CBC News plans to sign−off for the final time with little fanfare.

Jun 28, 2017 — TV, eh?

WGC Asks Government to Reject CRTC Decisions

“We appeal to Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly to reject these deeply flawed and harmful decisions which deal a massive blow to Canadian culture by drastically cutting Canadian-created production,” says WGC President Jill Golick.

Jun 28, 2017 — Policy Options

Rethinking copyright for Indigenous creative works by Chidi Oguamanam

Columnist says for most Indigenous peoples in Canada the Copyright Act remains a highly problematic option for strengthening or protecting creative works.

Jun 28, 2017 — ALTERNET

Very Dangerous Times: The Media Is Under Attack by an Authoritarian White House by Adele M. Stan

A well-informed citizenry is necessary for democracy to function correctly, but Adele M. Stan warns Donald Trump doesn't want America's citizens well informed.

Jun 28, 2017 — J-Source

Traditional media still most trusted by Colette Brin and Sébastien Charlton

In Canada, as in other countries among the 36 surveyed for the 2017 Reuters Institute Digital News Report, it appears that most people still consider traditional media or their brands the most trustworthy sources.

Jun 27, 2017 — iPolitics

Star Touch proved it: A media bailout is a terrible idea by Andrew Potter

The Toronto Star announced this week that it was shuttering its flagship Star Touch tablet app, laying off 30 employees and eating something north of $20 million in investment costs.

Jun 26, 2017 — Politico

Goodbye Nonpartisan Journalism. And Good Riddance. by Mitchell Stephens

Columnist says disinterested reporting is overrated.

Jun 24, 2017 — The Atlantic

What's the Problem With Al Jazeera? by Gregg Carlstrom

The most popular news channel in the Arab world sits uneasily at the center of the Qatar crisis.

Jun 22, 2017 — CBC News

Could a levy on ISPs help promote Canadian content in the new digital world? by Ramona Pringle

While the "internet tax" recently proposed by the Commons heritage committee was criticized for piling more fees onto consumers, columnist says many in the media industry feel it had the right intention, even if its proposed execution was flawed.

Jun 22, 2017 — National Post

CBC hired external investigator to probe nepotism complaints after executives' spouses awarded contracts by Sean Craig

Although the investigator found no breaches of the public broadcaster’s conflict of interest policy, the legal counsel for one anonymous complainant said the findings are “inconsistent with the facts” and the contracts present the appearance of conflict of interest.

Jun 22, 2017 — iPolitics

Where is the next generation of Indigenous journalists coming from? by Paul Adams

Columnist says there’s no doubt that the current interest and concern about Indigenous people among the wider public — their history, their culture, their art, and the social and economic challenges they face — has been fuelled in part by the emergence of a generation of Indigenous journalists.

Jun 22, 2017 — National Observer

Trudeau Liberals complete step one of many required for CBC reconstruction by Nick Fillmore

Columnist says the federal government has taken the first step on a long road toward what hopefully will be the restoration of the CBC as Canada’s most important public interest and cultural institution.

Jun 21, 2017 — Ricochet

Canada needs a strong CBC by Nick Fillmore

Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly announces the government is introducing a new system, ending the long-time practice of appointing friends of the government to the CBC board of directors.

Jun 21, 2017 — Canadian Insider

Quebecor Fund announces list of funded production companies and programs

The Quebecor Fund Board of Directors is announes the names of the Canadian production companies that will receive funding in the 34th-round of the Main Television Production Assistance Program.

Jun 21, 2017 — Government of Canada

Current Opportunity: Chairperson, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation,

The Government of Canada is currently seeking a Chairperson for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Jun 21, 2017 — Government of Canada

Current Opportunity: Directors, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

The Government of Canada is currently seeking applications from diverse and talented Canadians from across the country who are interested in these positions.

Jun 21, 2017 — Hollywood Reporter

Critic's Notebook: Apple and All of Its Money Just Got Real About the TV Business by Tim Goodman

Columnist says any pretense that Apple is not diving into the television content business just vanished in a very big way.

Jun 20, 2017 — Government of Canada

The Minister of Canadian Heritage Announces the Creation of an Independent Committee to Recommend Qualified Candidates for the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage has announced the creation of an advisory committee for appointments to the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors.

Jun 20, 2017 — Huffpost Québec

Les Canadiens ont droit à un nouveau président du CRTC by Michel Morin

In this open letter, former CRTC commissioner Michel Morin stresses the emergency of appointing a new CRTC President with no further delay to defend Canadian content from our broadcasting system.

Jun 20, 2017 — Truro Daily

Actor Colm Feore, newsman Tom Clark, on panel to choose new CBC board members

Long-time television news broadcaster Tom Clark will head the advisory committee that's designed to fulfil a Liberal campaign promise to overhaul the process for appointing board members at CBC/Radio-Canada.

Jun 20, 2017 — Canadian Insider

CMG welcomes new selection process for CBC Board members

The Canadian Media Guild commends Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government for following through on an election commitment that will move the Crown corporation towards merit-based and independent appointments to its Board.

Jun 20, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Ex-journalist Tom Clark, actor Colm Feore among CBC board advisory team unvelied by Joly by Simon Houpt

Former journalist Tom Clark will chair a new committee recommending candidates to be appointed to the board of directors of CBC/Radio-Canada, as the Liberal government tries to confront accusations of partisan bias in the oversight of the public broadcaster.

Jun 20, 2017 — The Guardian

Fox’s £11.7bn bid for Sky ‘should be referred to competition authorities’ by Mark Sweney

Labour’s deputy leader urges culture secretary to act after Ofcom delivers report on Rupert Murdoch’s proposed takeover.

Jun 20, 2017 — National Observer

Actor Colm Feore and newsman Tom Clark on panel choosing new CBC board members by Terry Pedwell

Long−time television news broadcaster Tom Clark will head the advisory committee that’s designed to fulfil a Liberal campaign promise to overhaul the process for appointing board members at CBC/Radio−Canada.

Jun 20, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Trudeau government to revise CBC’s board selection process by Simon Houpt

Columnist says the Liberal government is overhauling the process by which members of the board of directors of CBC/Radio-Canada are selected, in hopes of ending decades of allegations of political interference in the public broadcaster’s operations.

Jun 19, 2017 — CBC News

National Post to eliminate Monday print edition

Publication has ceased Monday editions over past eight summers, but won't resume when summer ends.

Jun 19, 2017 — Reuters Canada

Canada names Judith LaRocque as interim chair of media regulator by Bhanu Pratap

LaRocque will replace Jean-Pierre Blais, whose five-year term ended on Saturday, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly's office said in a statement.

Jun 17, 2017 — Brandon Sun

Something To Ponder -- Helping 'pillar of our democracy' remain standing worthy investment by Bob Cox

Columnist says there is less and less information about the things that matter most to the lives of people in communities across Canada — coverage of what local governments are doing, what crimes have occurred in our midst or what subjects are being taught in our schools.

Jun 16, 2017 — Poynter

What’s behind the recent media bloodbath? The dominance of Google and Facebook by Daniel Funke

Time, Inc. announces it will be laying off or buying out 300 people as part of a plan to re-engineer its cost structure and become more efficient, according to a memo sent to employees by CEO Rich Battista

Jun 16, 2017 — Hollywood Reporter

TV Network Presidents Talk Netflix Cancellations by Kate Stanhope

Hulu's Craig Erwich, NBC's Jennifer Salke, HBO's Casey Bloys, FX's Nick Grad and Showtime's Gary Levine appear together at the sixth annual ATX Television Festival.

Jun 16, 2017 — National Post

This summer's most maddening pests are on the climate-crusading, Trump-hating, culture-censoring left by Conrad Black

Writer says that instead of being reviled as a menace to the planet, Donald Trump should be praised for sparing the world a needless economic calamity.

Jun 16, 2017 — FYI Music News

JP's Blais Of Glory

A speech by Jean-Pierre Blais at the Banff World Media Festival, June 13, 2017.

Jun 16, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Does national ownership matter in the publishing industry? by Kate Taylor

Columnist says that in the case of cultural industries, the ostensible reason is that Canadian ownership nurtures Canadian culture, but the evidence is mixed.

Jun 16, 2017 — Oak Bay News

Times Colonist building sold

With the sale of the Times Colonist building to Merchant House Capital recently, dozens of workers are waiting to hear if they will have jobs in the coming months.

Jun 16, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Why shouldn’t a small levy help update our support for Canadian culture? by Kate Taylor

Acorn Canada, a charity that works for low- and moderate-income Canadians, is lobbying for relief on high Internet bills.

Jun 16, 2017 — Abacus Data

Newspapers in Peril?…Canadians Unworried by Bruce Anderson & David Coletto

In a recent study by Abacus Data, uust under half (44%) live in a community served by a single daily. 32% don’t have a daily, and 24% have more than one to choose from.

Jun 16, 2017 — Policy Options

The value gap in Canada’s cultural industries by Graham Henderson

Columnist says the promised digital “golden age” saw the gutting of Canada’s cultural industries; comprehensive reforms to the Copyright Act are needed to save them.

Jun 16, 2017 — The Tyee

How Will Canada Save Its Media? Not a Netflix Tax, but Maybe One of 19 Other Ways by Jeremy J. Nutgall

Foreign news aggregators could end up being subject to Canadian taxes and the CBC may be told it can’t have digital advertising if the recommendations made in a committee report to Parliament on how to save Canadian media are acted on.

Jun 15, 2017 — National Post

If the CRTC wants to keep pace with ‘profound change,’ it needs to learn to stay out of the way by Marni Soupcoff

Outgoing CRTC chair says we have to think beyond our borders and realize that this is a time of profound change, and being nostalgic isn’t the way forward.

Jun 15, 2017 — Toronto Star

Editorial: Government can help to keep independent information alive

A Commons committee has set out a series of constructive measures that Ottawa could take to ensure the public interest is not swept aside by the upheaval shaking the news media.

Jun 15, 2017 — iPolitics

Postmedia's death will be a catastrophe — and nobody knows what to do about it by Paul Adams

The Columbia Journalism Review says that the failure of Postmedia would be the equivalent of the top three U.S. newspaper chains going down at once.

Jun 15, 2017 — CBC News

Indigenous radio station hitting Vancouver airwaves next summer by Michelle Ghoussoub

An Indigenous radio station is set to hit Vancouver's airwaves next summer, one of five launching across Canada after receiving approval from the CRTC.

Jun 15, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Report details recommendations for sustainable funding of Canadian media by Susan Krashinsky Robertson

Columnist says that for years, there has been a digital disconnect between the organizations that invest heavily in creating content – including journalism – and tech giants, such as Google Inc. and Facebook Inc., that are paid handsomely for distributing it.

Jun 15, 2017 — Canadian Insider

Government must act to protect Canadian media

Unifor says the Committee's recommendations, if adopted, will help to replace the loss of Canadian advertising dollars currently leaving the country.

Jun 15, 2017 — Canadian Insider

CBC/Radio-Canada commends Committee for efforts to tackle the challenges facing Canadians in local news

CBC/Radio-Canada commends the Members of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage for their efforts to tackle the challenges facing news in local communities.

Jun 15, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Trudeau rejects new Internet tax to help fund media sector by Daniel Leblanc

The Trudeau government has quickly shot down a proposed tax on Internet providers that would provide new funding for Canadian culture, while promising to study other options to help the struggling media industry.

Jun 15, 2017 — Newstalk 1010

Update: 5% Internet Tax Shot Down by Heritage Minister

Other recommendations include requiring the publicly funded CBC to eliminate advertising on its digital platforms; letting media companies deduct taxes on digital advertising on Canadian-owned platforms; and a tax credit for print outlets for a portion of their digital investments. 

Jun 15, 2017 — National Post

The departing king of the CRTC praises his own brilliant reign of fiascos by Terence Corcoran

Columnist says Canada’s broadband future, the wireless policy battle, net neutrality and other issues ultimately do not and should not rest with the CRTC or its next chair.

Jun 15, 2017 — Hamilton Spectator

Is this Stephen Harper or Justin Trudeau running things on Parliament Hill? by Chantal Hébert

Columnist says every prime minister in recent decades has promised to run a more transparent, more collegial government, and all end up moving in the other direction, with Justin Trudeau being no exception.

Jun 15, 2017 — Huffington Post Canada

Peter Mansbridge To Be Replaced By 3 Anchors At New 'The National' by Althia Raj

Three anchors will replace Peter Mansbridge at the new version of CBC's flagship national news program, "The National."

Jun 14, 2017 — Canadian Insider

CRTC grants five new radio licences to better serve Indigenous people in urban areas

The CRTC grants licences for the operation of five radio stations that will serve the Indigenous communities of Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa and Toronto.

Jun 14, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Liberal MPs to call for broadband Internet tax to fund Canadian media by Daniel Leblanc

The move would add hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues to the Canadian Media Fund, which already receives a levy on cable bills to finance the production of Canadian content.

Jun 14, 2017 — Huffington Post Canada

CRTC Chair Slams Government, Telcos, CanCon Creators In Epic Speech by Daniel Tencer

Columnist says as chair of Canada's telecom watchdog, Jean-Pierre Blais has been a champion of the little guy, issuing rulings that often favoured consumers over businesses and media creators.

Jun 14, 2017 — Global News

Opposition concerned Heritage Minister’s chief of staff lobbied 6 times in 2017 by former employer Google by Sean Craig

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly’s chief of staff has been lobbied by her former employer Google six times in 2017, which the Conservatives and NDP tell Global News raises concerns as her department plans to overhaul the laws which regulate the media industry in which the U.S.-based tech giant has emerged as one of the world’s most powerful companies.

Jun 14, 2017 — Poynter

What’s behind the recent media bloodbath? The dominance of Google and Facebook by Daniel Funke

Columnist says the continued financial success of Silicon Valley titans Google and Facebook, whose dominance of the advertising sector has left publishers fighting over scraps, has lead to stories of doom and gloom within the media.

Jun 13, 2017 — Deadline

Canadian Actors Union Cheers Departure Of Chief Broadcast Regulator by David Robb

Responding to reports that Jean-Pierre Blais has not applied to renew his term as chairman of the Commission, ACTRA national executive director Stephen Waddell said in a statement that “We wish Mr. Blais well in his future endeavors and agree it is time for a change and a new direction at the CRTC.”

Jun 13, 2017 — Mobile Syrup

CRTC Chairman Blais says more direct intervention may be needed in Canada’s wireless industry by Rose Behar & Sameer Chhabra

At the Banff World Media Festival, CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais speaks on Canada’s wireless and broadcast industry, his legacy, and the importance of his organization.

Jun 12, 2017 — Al Jazeera

The five most bizarre decisions in Gulf-Qatar crisis

Hotel residents in Saudi Arabia can no longer watch Al Jazeera channels, after the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage warned against airing Al Jazeera inside any hotel or tourist establishment.

Jun 12, 2017 — Media Post

TV Screen Dominates Adult Viewing by Jack Loechner

According to the Nielsen Comparable Metrics Report, Q4, 2016, also summarized by Jon Lafayette for B&C, despite the growing number of ways people can watch video content, 92% of all viewing by U.S. adults is done on a TV screen.

Jun 12, 2017 — Convivium

Media Defined Faith by Peter Stockland

Publisher Peter Stockland offers a compelling defence of how faith is inextricably tied to his identity and vocation as a journalist, thereby illuminating the public sphere and his place in it.

Jun 12, 2017 — National Observer

Poll shows majority of Canadians disagree with Scheer on CBC by Elizabeth McSheffrey

Canada's Conservatives face an uphill battle in the 2019 federal election if their newly-minted leader, AndrewScheer, uploads his recentanti-CBCrhetoric into his party platform, new research has revealed.

Jun 12, 2017 — FYI Music News

Heritage Minister Joly Huffs & Puffs In HuffPo Chat by David Farrell

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly joined HuffPost Canada editors Ryan Maloney and Amanda De Souza to answer Facebook Live questions on Netflix, Canada 150 and Canadian content this past Friday.

Jun 10, 2017 —

Corus now the No. 1 broadcaster in Canada: Williams by Bill Brioux

The media giant has 45 specialty channels and 39 radio stations.

Jun 8, 2017 — iPhone in Canada

Cord Cutters Growing in Canada, Thanks to Alternative Video Services: Report

According to the J.D. Power 2017 Canadian Television/Internet Provider Customer Satisfaction Study , more than 1 in 4 subscribers in Canada are considering cutting their TV cords as alternative video services continue to grow, with Netflix being the most popular platform.

Jun 8, 2017 —

B.C. filmmaker Kevan Funk: “We need more space” for Canadian films by Holly McKenzie-Sutter

Writer-director Kevan Funk says. Like any national cinema outside of Hollywood, "you’re stuck in a small world,” and that opportunities to elevate films are what’s important. 

Jun 8, 2017 — Calgary Herald

Banff World Media Festival: Canadian producers say CRTC decision threatens homegrown programs by Eric Volmers

Just as the top movers and shakers in the TV industry arrive at the Banff World Media Festival, independent Canadian producers are sounding the alarm about CRTC regulation changes they say will have a devastating effect on both the quantity and quality of Canadian TV shows.

Jun 8, 2017 — iPhone in Canada

Cord Cutters Growing in Canada, Thanks to Alternative Video Services: Report

According to the J.D. Power 2017 Canadian Television/Internet Provider Customer Satisfaction Study released today, more than 1 in 4 subscribers in Canada are considering cutting their TV cords as alternative video services continue to grow, with Netflix being the most popular platform.

Jun 8, 2017 —

Here's My Canada: Make a short video about the country and enter to win up to $10,000

To mark the country's sesquicentennial, Historica Canada has launched the Here's My Canada contest, inviting Canadians of all ages to submit 30-second videos sharing what the country means to them.

Jun 7, 2017 — Brampton Guardian

Our Opinion: Intimidation won’t silence local media

Editorial says a group of disgruntled city councillors in Brampton seem to be confusing freedom of the press with freedom from the press

Jun 7, 2017 — Canadian Insider

CTV Announces Major Expansion of Local News with All-New Weekday Newscasts at 5 p.m., Debuting Across Canada this Fall

CTV announces a major expansion of its local programming, delivering CTV NEWS broadcasts at 5 p.m. on all local CTV stations across Canada.

Jun 7, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Singular sensation by Johanna Schneller

As the clone-happy series Orphan Black wraps, Johanna Schneller reports on how its success blew open the doors for well-written, genre-mashing Canadian co-productions – the dawn of a ‘Maple Golden Age’

Jun 5, 2017 — Policy Options

We need to address the growing divide between Canadians who live in urban areas and in rural areas, or risk the political disconnect facing the United States.

Columnist says the growing urban/rural divide in Canada could lead to similar, equally divisive realignments in our politics, too and the oversized cultural and media influence of our major cities undoubtedly exacerbates this possibility.

Jun 2, 2017 — Globe & Mail

For CBC fans, TV history is just out of reach by Kate Taylor

La famille Plouffe, Canada’s first téléroman, is one of the early documents in the history of Quebec’s distinctive popular culture.

Jun 2, 2017 — The Walrus

A New Host Won't Save The National by Allison Baker

Columnist says that in its quest to find relevance, CBC should proceed with caution as its previous attempts at appealing to a younger demographic have arguably done more to alienate audiences than to engage them.


Jun 1, 2017 — iPolitics

Dispatches from the sewer: Bayne opens up about the media and Mike Duffy by Michael Harris

The lawyer who bested the combined might of the Ontario AG’s office and the RCMP in the criminal trial of Senator Mike Duffy says he was shocked by the uniformed media “maelstrom” that formed against his client — a bias which he says continues to this day.

May 31, 2017 —

How to create a public broadcaster for Nova Scotia by Don Duchene

Columnist says a multi-platform broadcaster dedicated to local tastes and concerns and giving voices to local producers and artists is what's needed in Nova Scotia.

May 31, 2017 — Media Post

Cable Networks Hit With Ongoing Subscriber Declines by Wayne Friedman

In June 2016, there was a 2.9% decline in overall median cable network subscribers -- which follows a 3% drop in May and a 2.8% pullback in April, according to Pivotal Research Group's analysis from Nielsen's cable network universe estimates.

May 30, 2017 — Techvibes

Canadian Government Invests $3 Million to Launch Two Creative Hubs by Knowlton Thomas

The investment will support construction, infrastructure upgrades and facility expansion activities for the BC Artscape Society and the Vancity Community Foundation.

May 26, 2017 — Globe & Mail

What happens when we starve our artists by Kate Taylor

Columnist says the digital distribution of music is not fairly compensating the people who create it, and continual touring cannot make up the difference.

May 26, 2017 — J-Source

CBC News’ Jennifer McGuire tells us what to expect on the new The National by H.G. Watson

J-Source speaks with Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor-in-chief of CBC News, about what The National will look like when it reboots this fall, what will happen with Ladurantaye and how CBC is trying to become a more equitable workplace.

May 24, 2017 — Le Devoir

CBC/Radio-Canada: les conservateurs en rupture avec la population canadienne - Philippe Papineau

Reporter sheds light on the results of two surveys ordered by FRIENDS that reveal a great gap between the views on public broadcasting held by actual members of the Conservative Party and those of the rest of the Canadian population. 

May 20, 2017 — New York Times

‘The Internet Is Broken’: @ev Is Trying to Salvage It by David Streitfeld

Twitter co-founder, Evan Williams, reflects on what the social media service has wrought on society and how he is trying to change things with Medium, the publishing site.

May 20, 2017 — StarPhoenix

Appalling ignorance on display in appropriation debate by Doug Cuthand

Writer says this episode with the media was just one more example of the complete ignorance to Indigeneous culture and attitude of white privilege that permeates the Canadian media.

May 20, 2017 — Global News

What you need to know about the cultural appropriation debate by Andrew Russel

A heated debate over cultural appropriation and free speech boils over in Canadian media after a controversial opinion piece was published last week that that encouraged white writers to explore “the lives of people who aren’t like you.”

May 20, 2017 — New York Times

‘The Internet Is Broken’: @ev Is Trying to Salvage It by David Streitfeld

The Twitter co-founder, Evan Williams, reflects on what the social media service has wrought on society and how he is trying to change things with Medium, the publishing site.

May 19, 2017 — Globe & Mail

CRTC leaves Canadian television to fend for itself in Netflix age by Kate Taylor

Columnist says the Heritage Minister needs to offer clearer solutions in her forthcoming cultural-policy review – and appoint a new CRTC chair who will help carry them out.

May 19, 2017 — Calgary Herald

Why Letterkenny is a gift to Canadian TV by Kevin Tierney

Letterkenny, CraveTV’s first original series, has been the breakout hit of Canadian television.

May 19, 2017 — Globe & Mail

CRTC leaves Canadian television to fend for itself in Netflix age by Kate Taylor

Columnist says  Jean-Pierre Blais piecemeal approach offers no consistent strategy to address the challenges facing Canadian television production in the Netflix age.

May 18, 2017 — iPolitics

Hot takes, cold sweats and 'cultural appropriation' by Paul Adams

Columnist says the fallout from a heated debate about race and art can be a learning moment for the media.

May 17, 2017 — Toronto Star

Cultural appropriation suppresses minority voices: Opinion by Navneet Alang

Columnist says in Canada, a white mainstream not only takes precedence, but too often actively dismisses the concerns of racial minorities and First Nations peoples.

May 17, 2017 — Toronto Star

Steve Ladurantaye, editor of CBC’s ‘The National,’ reassigned after cultural appropriation flap by Ben Rayner

The managing editor of CBC’s The National has become the third professional casualty amidst lingering fallout from a series of controversial remarks last week about cultural appropriation.

May 16, 2017 — TV Eh?

Writers Guild of Canada: CRTC Decision Spells Potential Disaster by Greg David

In its decision on licence renewals for Bell, Corus, and Rogers, the Commission rolled back the broadcasters’ minimum financial contributions to Canadian drama and other programing.

May 5, 2017 — Media in Canada

New Torstar CEO says ‘everything is on the table’ by Val Maloney

John Boynton does like the engagement that Star Touch has been able to garner with those who do read it, and he’s interested in diving into how that could play out across more platforms at the company.

May 4, 2017 — Huffington Post Canada

Brad Trost's Bill To Privatize CBC Fails Spectacularly By Vote Of 260-6 by Ryan Maloney

A Conservative leadership candidate’s longshot private member’s bill to privatize the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has been overwhelmingly rejected by the House of Commons, including members of his own caucus.

May 3, 2017 — Toronto Star

New Torstar CEO sets out four 'anchors' supporting transformation

Company says it expects digital operations to generate stable revenue in 2017.

May 3, 2017 — National Post

Torstar Corp reports $24.4 million loss on declining newspaper and digital revenues by Sean Craig

Torstar Corp. lost $24.4 million, or 30 cents per share, and cut 110 jobs in the first quarter of 2017, as the company’s core traditional revenue streams continued to plummet in line with broad media industry trends.

May 1, 2017 — Independent

Democrats save arts funding for NPR and PBS from Donald Trump by Mythili Sampathkumar

Both houses of congress are expected to vote on the spending bill to keep the government funded for the current fiscal year this week before it goes to Mr Trump for his signature.

May 1, 2017 — Independent

Democrats save arts funding for NPR and PBS from Donald Trump

Columnist says Donald Trump will likely still propose deep cuts or elimination of federal arts funding but they are safe for this financial year.

May 1, 2017 — The Register

Net neutrality blowback: Cities say no. Court says whoa. Trumpster blames Canada for not going slow by Kieren McCarthy

Columnist says blowback from the decision to reopen net neutrality rules in America is continuing, with cities, the Washington courts and presidential advisors all piling in.

May 1, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Why Canada’s Net neutrality stance places consumers in control by Michael Geist

Columnist says Canada has emerged as a world leader in supporting Net neutrality, the principle that all content and applications should be treated equally and that choices made by Internet users should be free from ISP or telecom interference. 

May 1, 2017 — National Post

Fired CRTC commissioner Raj Shoan back at work after court ruling by Emily Jackson

Shoan was back at the office Monday – even though the federal government is in the midst of an extended hiring process to replace him – after the court  ruled that he was potentially denied procedural fairness when the Governor in Council fired him last June over allegations of workplace harassment and other actions “fundamentally incompatible” with the role.

May 1, 2017 — Huffington Post Canada

What Canadians Should Know About The CRTC's Internet Decision by Roslyn Layton

Author says  restricting the ability to differentiate prices can limit internet adoption, especially among the poor and elderly. 

Apr 25, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Net neutrality isn’t a substitute for a cultural policy by Shane Dingman

Columnist says Joly seems aware of the contradiction of mandating Canadian content rules for domestic services but praising the exploitation of a free and open Canadian Internet for foreign cultural products.

Apr 25, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Why the fuss about funding We Are Canada? It’s just tedious TV by John Doyle

Columnist says the CBC's We Are Canada is bafflingly bad television.

Apr 25, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Why the Telefilm debate is a red herring by Kate Taylor

As Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly prepares the culture file for its digital future, some observers wonder if a splashy new Crown corporation will be her legacy.

Apr 25, 2017 — Huffington Post

CBC Bet $80 Million On The Olympics And Lost

The President of Canadian Media Research Inc. says that he government could replace the CRTC's role and the CBC board of directors with a Public Broadcasting Commission.

Apr 18, 2017 — The Todd Veinotte Show

The Todd Veinotte Show

In an interview with host Todd Veinotte, FRIENDS’ spokesperson Ian Morrison discusses CBC funding, governance and programming decisions.

© The Todd Veinotte Show

Apr 13, 2017 — Huffington Post Canada

Quality Journalism Means Putting Feet On The Ground by Jerry Dias

Columnist says that to help ensure our incredible media outlets can survive through this time of upheaval as the ad-driven model for funding quality journalism falls apart, there needs to be some form of government support to assist those who need it.

Apr 12, 2017 — The Verge

Netflix will invest billions to shoot its original content in California by Andrew Liptak

In 2015, the streaming giant has announced that it would be doubling its output of original content, and it is aiming to have original productions make up half of its of its streaming catalog in the coming years.

Apr 10, 2017 — Tech Crunch

Netflix reaches 75% of US streaming service viewers, but YouTube is catching up by Sarah Perez

According to new data from comScore, more than half (53 percent) of Wi-Fi households in the U.S. are now using at least one over-the-top streaming service, with Netflix being the primary choice.

Apr 9, 2017 — CBC News

Jesse Wente, David W. Binet among Canada Council for the Arts appointments

Two prominent voices in the Toronto media landscape — Indigenous critic and CBC Radio columnist Jesse Wente and Thomson Reuters deputy chairman David W. Binet — are among eight new appointments to the Canada Council for the Arts.

Apr 7, 2017 — Canadaland

The Cushy Connections Between The Walrus And The Liberal Party Of Canada by Graeme Gordon

Columnist says a series of connections between the Liberal Party of Canada and the Walrus Foundation over the past two years may be affecting the standards and thrust of the journalism at the charity’s titular magazine.

Apr 7, 2017 — J-Source

Police force’s demand for Toronto Star video interview flies under radar by H.G. Watson

Columnist says that unlike their colleagues at Vice, the Toronto Star has decided it will not continue fighting a recent production order in court, underlining how Canadian law fails to protect journalists and their sources.

Apr 7, 2017 — Toronto Star

Canadians unhappy after Netflix retouches ‘Anne’ poster for American audience by Emma Macintosh

Appearance of freckly, carrot-topped, beloved heroine of the series, Anne Shirley, appears to have been digitally altered in Netflix posters for the U.S.

Apr 5, 2017 — Globe & Mail

When the CBC broadcasts history, politics is sure to follow by Konrad Yakabuski

Since the 2015 disbanding of the CBC’s in-house documentary unit, headed by the visionary Mark Starowicz, the public broadcaster has farmed out such programming to independent production companies. 

Apr 5, 2017 — Ottawa Community News

Canadian music needs ongoing support by Charles Gordon

Columnist says government funding of the arts, while it is improving, is nowhere near where it should be. 

Apr 5, 2017 — New York Times

Save PBS. It Makes Us Safer. by Stanley McChrystal

Columnist says having thoughtful television, games and other media that is not commercially driven is essential to good parenting.

Apr 3, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Updating Cancon rules for Internet age comes with political baggage by Kate Taylor

Columnist asks whether there’s any reason Ottawa could not request or require that Netflix include Canadian suggestions for Canadian subscribers – in the same way that Ottawa requires traditional broadcasters to devote a certain part of the programming day to Canadian shows.

Apr 1, 2017 — Globe & Mail

When local news outlets shutter due to cuts, we all lose by Elizabeth Renzetti

Columnist says local journalism, whether it’s at a city paper or a weekly, a radio or TV station, keeps its community entertained and informed.

Apr 1, 2017 — The Tyee

Inside the Ugly Unravelling at the Vancouver Sun and Province by David Beers

Columnist says fear, grief and turmoil rock newsroom after latest surprising and deep round of cuts.

Mar 30, 2017 — J-Source

Local sports coverage gets the axe at several CTV stations by H.G. Watson

Howard Law, media industry director for Unifor, the union representing CTV workers across the country, confirms that cuts have been made at CTV stations in Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Windsor, Calgary and Edmonton.

Mar 29, 2017 — News Article

PM stars on CBC by Mike Strobel

Columnist questions whether the prime minister should be involved with the Story of Us airing on CBC.

Mar 27, 2017 — J-Source

Peter Mansbridge: Debating his legacy by Charmaine Millaire

Columnist examines what exactly Peter Mansbridge’s legacy is and how he will be regarded after his departure from The National.

Mar 23, 2017 — Globe & Mail

The soul of Trump’s America is visible in the CBS schedule by John Doyle

Columnist says CBS shows exist in an America-first world in which military might is essential and right and the border is constantly under threat.

Mar 23, 2017 — IT World Canada

Budget 2017 – The ‘Innovation’ budget fails the test of innovative leadership by Jim Love

In its analysis of the 2017 budget, FRIENDS says it’s two minutes to midnight for Canadian media, particularly in small and medium markets where a majority of Canadians live.

Mar 23, 2017 — J-Source

What’s missing in Canadian journalism? by H.G. Watson

The survey asks respondents to rank what they feel is missing in Canadian journalism right now and the most highly ranked response was money, followed by diversity, innovation and guts.

Mar 21, 2017 — New York Times

Google Tries to Stop Ads From Appearing Next to Hate Speech by Mark Scott

Google moves to protect its lucrative advertising business by giving marketers greater control over where their ads appear online, after major clients withdrew spots that were shown next to hate speech and other offensive material.

Mar 19, 2017 — CBC News

'Free TV' Android box dealers in court Monday to fight injunction blocking sales

Defendants say there's no way to prove they're causing customers to cut their cable.

Mar 19, 2017 — Tech Crunch

Fake times by Jordan Crook

Columnist says Facebook continues to be under fire for peddling fake news, but the platform will never take real responsibility.

Mar 17, 2017 — CBC News

New CBC London station to produce Afternoon Drive

The production of Afternoon Drive is moving from Windsor to London in conjunction with the spring launch of the new CBC London station.

Mar 16, 2017 — J-Source

Can community TV be brought back from the brink? by David Gray-Donald

Columnist says two-thirds of Canada's community television stations have been closed down since 1997, when regulatory changes gutted their funding.

Mar 16, 2017 — Canadian Art

How Will the Canada Council’s New $88.5 Million Digital Fund Be Spent? by Leah Sandals

Columnist says three broad components of the fund have been articulated on paper—digital literacy and intelligence; citizen access to the arts and cultural engagement; and transformation of organizations.

Mar 15, 2017 — New York Times

Trump Proposes Eliminating the Arts and Humanities Endowments by Sopan Deb

President Trump also proposes scrapping the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a key revenue source for PBS and National Public Radio stations, as well as the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Mar 12, 2017 — The Guardian

I invented the web. Here are three things we need to change to save it by Tim Berners-Lee

Internet founder says it has taken all of us to build the web we have, and now it is up to all of us to build the web we want – for everyone.

Mar 11, 2017 — The Daily Beast

Trump and the Philistines Have Sacked Washington by Clive Irving

Columnist says Washington D.C. was once the shining beacon of American culture, with the federal government financing the arts, but now the world watches in horror as the White House and Congress take charge.

Mar 11, 2017 —

Trump has given the mainstream news a gift — and they’re blowing it by Sophia A. McClennen

Columnist says Trump is offering the press a chance to step up and be the Cronkite to his Nixon and so far, it's dropping the ball.

Mar 10, 2017 — The Guardian

The internet warriors

Director Kyrre Lien meets a group of strongly opinionated individuals all across the world, who spend their time debating online on the subjects they care most strongly about.

Mar 7, 2017 — iPolitics

CBC News announces new organizational structure by Beatrice Britneff

The news division of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is revamping its organizational structure, according to a memo sent to staff by CBC News’s general manager and editor-in-chief Jennifer McGuire.

Mar 6, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Canada is now home to some of the toughest anti-piracy rules in the world by Michael Geist

Columnist says change in Canadian law is best exemplified by a ruling from the Federal Court of Canada involving the sale and distribution of “modchips,” which can be used to circumvent digital controls on video-game consoles.

Mar 6, 2017 — Editor & Publisher

The Canadian Newspaper Industry is Getting a New Jolt of Life by H.G. Watson

A recently released report on news and democracy in Canada, Shattered Mirror, found that Canadians do understand the linkages between democracy and journalism—but they still aren’t interested in paying for news.

Mar 6, 2017 — ACTRA


In advance of International Women’s Day, Canada’s largest performer’s union is shining the spotlight on Canadian actor, humanitarian and activist Tina Keeper by naming her the 2017 ACTRA National Woman of the Year

Mar 5, 2017 — The Argus

Journalism, Objectivity, And The Transition To Online Platforms by Greg McRath-Goudie

Columnist says as we are living through a time where 18-34 year olds are significantly more likely to access the news from a mobile device, there is decreasing incentive for people to purchase and read newspapers.

Mar 3, 2017 — Toronto Star

Democracy demands media literacy by Kathy English

Editorial says The Star requires that its journalists take all steps necessary to get "the other side" in a story — including going to people’s homes, telephoning them and sending emails outlining the specific allegations to which they are seeking response. 

Feb 28, 2017 — Press Progress

Kevin O'Leary's little secret: I never wear pants on TV because the CBC is 'run by women'

Press Progress says that according to a 2011 video filmed in front of O'Leary's bathroom mirror, the current front runner in the race to replace Stephen Harper as Conservative leader expresses his frustration about working at a job where "the whole place is run by women" – the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Feb 25, 2017 — Maclean's

Manning Manifests: CBC a prime target as conference winds down by Kady O'Malley

Columnist says the annual Manning Conference wraps up with a lively discussion on whether to sell the CBC outright, or just scale back its journalistic operations. 

Feb 24, 2017 — Daily Kos

Bannon makes stunning threat to media: We're going to make it worse for you every day by Leslie Saltillo

Columnist says White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon admitted Donald Trump’s goal  in appointing new precarious cabinet members to head protective government agencies like the EPA  is to dismantle and “deconstruct” those organizations altogether. 

Feb 23, 2017 — FYI Music News

Preliminary Report On Culture Stops Short Of Policy Fixes by David Farrell Thu

A glimpse of what Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly and her Liberal colleagues have planned to promote Canada’s cultural industries in the next several years is included in a recently released 52-page Ipsos research document.

Feb 23, 2017 — MobileSyrup

Everything you need to know about the ‘Netflix Tax’ by Jessica Vomiero

MobileSyrup reaches out to several experts to clarify the different debates around the phrase “Netflix Tax,” and the precedent that these discussions may set for digital legislation in the future.

Feb 22, 2017 — Calgary Herald

Government must help Canadians thrive in digital universe, report suggests

A report commissioned by the Heritage Department suggests the federal government find new ways to boost Canadian content in a digital world, opening the door to potential new taxes or levies to help struggling producers.

Feb 22, 2017 — CBC News

Canada's government shouldn't be in the business of policing 'fake news' by Graeme Gordon

When asked what role can the government should play to support credible sources and counter the fake news phenomenon, columnist says the correct answer should be: none.

Feb 21, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Extraordinary doc on Bobby Sands justifies public broadcasting by John Doyle

One of the bedrock reasons why public broadcasters need to exist is to provide an alternative to mainstream commercial entertainment. (Let’s leave CBC TV out of this right now.

Feb 17, 2017 — Ottawa Sun

The people (and donors) have spoken: TVO will continue free over-the-air broadcasting by Joanne Laucious

In a statement, the public broadcaster announces that it will continue to transmit free signals across transmitters in Ottawa, Belleville, Thunder Bay, Chatham, Cloyne, Kitchener, London, and Windsor.

Feb 16, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Pierre Karl Péladeau returning as Quebecor’s CEO by Christine Dobby

Péladeau's return to the company four years after leaving as chief executive officer follows a bruising period in his political and personal life – he stepped down as leader of the Parti Québécois in mid-2016 after separating from his wife, TV producer Julie Snyder.

Feb 16, 2017 — CBC News

Stuart McLean, CBC Radio host and award-winning humorist, dead at 68 by Deana Sumanac-Johnson & Jessica Wong

McLean's trademark blend of storytelling — part nostalgia, part pithy observations about everyday life — and folksy, familiar delivery made him a hit with audiences for more than 20 years.

Feb 16, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Pierre Karl Péladeau returning as Quebecor’s CEO by Christine Dobby

Mr. Péladeau will face decisions on some key issues, including the sale of wireless spectrum outside Quebec and the company’s repurchase of the remaining interest in Quebecor Media held by the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, which helped fund the $5.5-billion acquisition of Videotron in 2000.

Feb 13, 2017 — Toronto Star

All the world's a stage for Canada's culture, says Joly by Michael Lewis

After decades of public policy nurturing, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly says Canada’s cultural sector is mature and ready to take off on the world stage.

Feb 10, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Fuss over American Super Bowl ads ignores reality of Internet TV by Kate Taylor

Columnist says the CRTC’s 2015 exemption to this one aspect of “sim-sub” clearly isn’t fair to CTV, while the goal – to offer Canadian consumers the ability to see American ads during the game – is so minor and so irrelevant to the regulator’s mandate to nurture Canadian broadcasting, it’s almost laughable

Feb 6, 2017 —

Building the realm of alternative facts: Trump’s lies are enabled by years of right-wing media

Columnist says that after decades of Rush Limbaugh, Fox News and Breitbart, conservatives can no longer tell fact from fiction.

Feb 6, 2017 —

Making sense of the news: First we have to determine what “the news” actually is by Michael Spikes

Columninst says becoming news literate in the internet age requires defining what "news" really is and determining reliability.

Feb 5, 2017 —

Bigger than fake news: Trump’s rise was fueled by a deeper narrative of fake history by Paul Rosenberg

Columnist sasys that while Trump lied in many different ways about many different things throughout his campaign, fake history provided the surrounding mythological framework that made his other lies work.

Feb 4, 2017 — The Guardian

Trump’s lies are not the problem. It’s the millions who swallow them who really matter by Nick Cohen

Columnist says every one of the many financial and political scandals Trump will surely generate will emerge in the media, so Trump must brand every media organization as lying and fake before they publish.

Feb 3, 2017 — OpenDemocracy

The BBC and the financial crisis: interview with Dr Mike Berry by Mike Berry and Ian Sinclair

What can we learn from how the BBC's coverage of the 2008 financial crisis and the long recession that followed?

Feb 3, 2017 — Ottawa Citizen

TVO to end over-the-air broadcast signals for every Ontario city — except Toronto by Vito Pilieci

The broadcaster, which annually receives $30 million from the province, says the move was aimed at saving around $1 million, which can be used to bolster investments into other initiatives, including its catalogue of content available for streaming online.

Feb 2, 2017 —

The Shattered Mirror, Part Two: The Underwhelming Recommendation for Open Licensing at the CBC by Michael Geist

Writer says shifting to non-commercial distribution and use of CBC content is needed.

Feb 2, 2017 — Policy Options

Privileging diversity in Canadian newsrooms by George Abraham

Columnist says marrying ethnic and mainstream news media would help the industry reflect what Canada really looks like.

Feb 2, 2017 — The Guardian

My dad predicted Trump in 1985 – it's not Orwell, he warned, it's Brave New World by Andrew Postman

Columnist says it should be the responsibility of schools to make children aware of our information environments, which in many instances have become our entertainment environments, but there is little evidence that schools are equipped or care to do this.

Feb 2, 2017 — Times Colonist

Treat media providers equally, but don't pass on costs, Canadians tell Joly by Terry Pedwell

While she vows there will be "no Netflix tax," the Heritage Minister is looking to other countries — particularly around Europe — in trying to determine how to ensure digital streaming and so-called "over-the-top" services contribute to Canada's cultural industries.

Jan 30, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Lack of TV news coverage of Quebec City shooting a huge broadcast failure by John Doyle

Columnist says English-language Canadian TV was missing in action for hours after the Quebec shooting and that online reporting simply isn’t enough. 

Jan 29, 2017 — Android Headlines

Google Starts YouTube Channel Dedicated To Canadian Film by Dominik Bosnjak

The launch of the channel marks the beginning of a new collaboration between Google Canada and the Canada Media Fund (CMF), the two organizations announced on Thursday

Jan 27, 2017 — CKNW

Radio Interview: Local Media in Canada

FRIENDS' Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses the future of local media in Canada on News Talk 980 in Vancouver BC.

Jan 27, 2017 — Ottawa Citizen

Ottawa urged to use tax code to favour Canadian publishers, and create fund to preserve journalism by Sean Craig

A new report commissioned by the federal government is urging Ottawa to consider changing tax laws to favour Canadian news publishers in the digital advertising market and use the new revenue stream to establish an independent, publicly-subsidized journalism fund.

Jan 26, 2017 — Toronto Star

Politicians guiding journalism? No, thanks by Paul Wells

Columnist says the collapse of advertising and the ability to search for things quickly has contributed to the demise of newspapers.

Jan 26, 2017 — Cape Breton Post

Local news service, tax changes urged to help restore Canada's media

A major new report is calling for drastic changes to help shore up Canada's news industry as it faces a massive decline in revenues and a growing "fake news" problem.

Jan 26, 2017 —

CRTC's Super Bowl ad ruling on Trump's radar, says NFL

The National Football League says the Donald Trump administration is now aware of its dispute with Canada's broadcast regulator surrounding the ban on the substitution of Canadian ads over American ones during the upcoming Super Bowl.

Jan 26, 2017 — Toronto Star

Media cuts are a threat to Canadian democracy, new report warns by Bruce Campion-Smith & Alex Ballingall

Canada’s news industry is on the precipice, battered by a digital revolution and plummeting ad sales, warns a new report that urges taxes for websites such as Facebook and Google, reforms to the CBC’s mandate and a new fund backed by taxpayer dollars as remedies to ease the crisis in journalism.

Jan 26, 2017 — The Chronicle Herald

$400m fund, tax changes, local news service urged to help restore Canada’s media

The 100-page Public Policy Forum report calls for a sales tax on foreign companies selling digital subscriptions in Canada and a “Future of Journalism and Democracy” fund to help finance reliable news and information, with $100 million in federal seed money.

Jan 26, 2017 — Money News

Public Policy Forum report a welcome contribution to discussions on the future of Canadian culture

CBC/Radio-Canada welcomes the Public Policy Forum’s contribution to the government’s public consultation on strengthening Canadian content in a digital world.

Jan 25, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Google fights proposed tax change to Canadian online advertising by Daniel LeBlanc

Google Canada is vigorously opposing a proposed tax change that would make it cheaper for Canadian companies to advertise on domestic websites at the expense of foreign platforms.

Jan 24, 2017 — Business Vancouver

Caution needed when levelling TV’s commercial playing field by Kirk LaPointe

Columnist says Canadian television has had to invest a reasonable percentage into Canadian programming and that many successes owe their financial footing to simsub.

Jan 23, 2017 — Poynter

Trump versus the press: Canadian deja-vu by Jennifer Ditchburn

Columnist says an effective long-term strategy in media is to keep the quality of the journalism strong, with the public interest the driving force behind the work.

Jan 23, 2017 — Policy Options

Canada’s local news “poverty” by April Lindgren, Jon Corbett & Jaigris Hodson

Newsrooms outside the big cities are closing, and with them goes the critical information citizens require for everyday life.

Jan 23, 2017 — CTV News

CBC has sold its Montreal headquarters

The CBC is selling Maison Radio-Canada at the corner of René Levesque and Papineau.

Jan 23, 2017 — Le Devoir

Colmater une brèche fiscale pour aider les médias by Philippe Papineau

A new study commissioned by FRIENDS says a modern interpretation of the law would give $450 million back to the Canadian media.

Jan 23, 2017 — Toronto Star

Tax law tweak could bring millions to Canadian media, study finds by Alex Ballingall

A new paper commissioned by FRIENDS argues a reinterpretation of Canadian tax law could bring up to $1 billion into public coffers every year.

Jan 23, 2017 — Ricochet

It’s time to drain the swamp at CBC News by Andrew Mitrovica

Columnist says it’s time to remind CBC News to make room for millions of Canadians who believe that the way to confront the prevailing crescendo of racism, bigotry, misogyny and authoritarianism is not to treat it with deference and respect, but to speak out against it in blunt and uncompromising ways.

Jan 23, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Help wanted: Ottawa posts top CRTC job by Christine Dobby

Columnist says the job of chairperson of the CRTC is a high-profile and often thankless role that requires close attention to both consumer interests and the financial health of the communications industry.

Jan 20, 2017 — Independent

Donald Trump set to ‘eliminate arts funding programs’, cutting off NPR and PBS by Christopher Hooton

President Donald Trump is believed to be planning on shutting down arts and heritage programs as part of a raft of budget-tightening measures.

Jan 20, 2017 — CBC Sports

CBC/Radio-Canada premier media partner of 2017 North American Indigenous Games

8-day multi-sport and cultural event to be held July 16-23 in Toronto.

Jan 17, 2017 — Yahoo! News

Internal document raises possibility of taxing Netflix and other digital services

The Liberal government is reviewing whether to enforce a so-called Netflix tax on the digital services Canadians buy from foreign-based firms over the internet.

Jan 17, 2017 — Huffington Post Canada

Canada Moves Closer To Taxing Netflix And Other Streaming Services by Daniel Tencer

Columnist says the federal government is inching towards taxing Netflix and other streaming services, a move likely to be supported by Canada's media creators.

Jan 16, 2017 — The Tyee

A Nine-Step Plan to Fix the Vancouver Sun and Province by Darren Atwater

Columnist urges makes suggestions for the Vancouver Sun and Province, including focusing on local news.

Jan 16, 2017 — Toronto Star

Canada Mosaic puts Canadian music on the map by William Littler

The cross-country celebration led by the Toronto Symphony
Orchestra aims to give Canadian music the overdue respect it deserves.

Jan 15, 2017 — The 180 with Jim Brown

Newspapers are doomed because people don't want news, they want community

Recent documents obtained by CBC News suggest that media leaders in this country — worried about the effect of Facebook and Google — want federal policies that would extract money from digital carriers who produce little original Canadian content.

Jan 14, 2017 — iPolitics

Russian state-owned media slams Chrystia Freeland by Amanda Connolly

The Russian state-owned Sputnik News has come out with a piece blasting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s new foreign affairs minister, Chrystia Freeland, and framing her appointment as a “catastrophe for Canadian-Russian relations.”

Jan 13, 2017 — Bill Moyers & Co.

10 Investigative Reporting Outlets to Follow

Site gives a list highlighting some of their picks for the best, in-depth investigative journalism that is uncovering real news, revealing wrongdoing and fomenting change.

Jan 13, 2017 — CBC News

Canada needs more simulcast moments showcasing our performing artists by Stephen Hunt

Columnist says the time has come to create some more special broadcasts in line with the final Tragically Hip concert, especially as we celebrate the country's 150th birthday.

Jan 12, 2017 — CityNews Toronto

Postmedia CEO ‘encouraged’ by feds’ plan to help media, but confirms layoffs

The chief executive officer of Postmedia is “encouraged” that the federal government will intervene and help Canada’s financially floundering media industry, but confirmed his company would proceed with layoffs.

Jan 12, 2017 — Edmonton Sun

Postmedia posts first-quarter profit, boosted by debt restructuring deal by Sean Craig

Postmedia Network Canada Corp., reports a profit of $17.1 million in the first quarter of its 2017 fiscal year, but says it will keep cutting costs as steep declines in its print revenue continue and growth in digital revenue remains lukewarm.

Jan 12, 2017 — National Post

Canada’s broadcasters pay tax to support our industry. Netflix and other U.S. content firms should, too by Richard Stursberg

Writer says the existing government-support measures for Canadian content were all created before the digital revolution and that Telefilm Canada, the Canadian Media Fund (CMF) and the tax-credit system are focused on the cultural preoccupations of 20 years ago.

Jan 11, 2017 — Toronto Star

TVO gets $2 million donation for journalism by Tony Wong

TVO says it has received one of the largest donations for journalism in Canadian history.

Jan 11, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Liberals test Netflix tax, airport privatization and 'moonshots' ahead of budget by Bill Curry

Columnist says the federal government has tested the public’s appetite for a Netflix tax, a new smartphone app for streaming Canadian content and spending on “moonshot” projects like placing a network of balloons on the edge of space to boost Internet access.

Jan 11, 2017 — Digital Journal

BlueSky TV is the Best Thing to Happen to Your TV Since Colour, and It's Available from Shaw Today

Shaw Communications Inc. launches Shaw BlueSky TV, a new premium television product for Canadians available only from Shaw.

Jan 11, 2017 — CBC News

Squeeze cash from Facebook, Google, say Canadian news media leaders by Dean Beeby

Copyright safeguards, tax credits among suggestions to bail out Canadian news business.

Jan 10, 2017 — Toronto Star

Advocates ask Ottawa to 'kill the Internet tax' as Liberals ponder new fees by Michael Lewis

The issue has been in renewed focus recently, as Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly launched a public consultation last April.

Jan 10, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Why a media coalition is decrying a CRTC ruling on Super Bowl feeds by Michael Geist

Columnist says if the government is serious about bringing broadcast into the digital world, it may be time to cancel simultaneous substitution altogether.

Jan 10, 2017 — Investopedia

Report: Trump Wants Review of Time Warner Deal by Donna Fuscaldo

AT&T Inc.’s (T) proposed deal to buy Time Warner Inc. (TWX) appears to be in more peril after Fox Business Network reported President-elect Donald Trump has ordered his transition team to make the case as to why the deal should be blocked.

Jan 10, 2017 — Yahoo! News

Bell urging Trudeau to use executive power in Super Bowl ad dispute by Nick Ashbourne

A court battle is underway spearheaded by Bell, the NFL and a number of allies including Canadian actors and politicians as well as former Republican Party presidential nominee Marco Rubio.

Jan 10, 2017 — Toronto Star

Advocates ask Ottawa to 'kill the Internet tax' as Liberals ponder new fees by Michael Lewis

The issue has been in renewed focus recently, as Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly launched a public consultation last April.

Jan 9, 2017 — Globe & Mail

The success of Schitt’s Creek marks a turning point for the CBC by David Berry

Columnist says Schitt's Creeks serves as a flag marking a new approach for CBC’s English television division.

Jan 6, 2017 — National Post

CRTC commissioner departs, leaving another top spot vacant at regulator by Emily Jackson

Commissioner Candice Molnar’s departure comes as the Department of Canadian Heritage, which administers the CRTC, is having trouble filling the top spots at the regulator, which has a packed agenda.

Jan 6, 2017 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Leading change and serving the public interest

CBC President and CEO says the facts are that Canadians still watch about 27 hours of live television each week and really enjoy the public broadcaster's traditional radio services.

Jan 5, 2017 — iPolitics

Leitch needs to kick Kouvalis to the curb by Michael Harris

Columnist says Leitch’s silence suggests that she is as comfortable with a self-admitted liar running her campaign as she has been with subjecting all prospective immigrants to face-to- face screening for Canadian values.

Jan 5, 2017 — Huffington Post Canada

This Is The Year That Fake News Becomes Old News by Jon Packer

Columnist says news media has always had to balance political influence, editorial bias, audience interests, and the motivations of its owners.

Jan 2, 2017 — National Post

The CRTC needs to stop playing this game and let networks decide what ads run during the Super Bowl by Terence Corcoran

Assorted Canadian creative and advertising, groups if the courts can’t act fast enough, then the Trudeau cabinet should intervene directly and quash the CRTC’s Super Bowl decision.