Media Monitor — 2018
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Interviewed by Alain Gravel, Pierre-Karl Péladeau deplored the fact that certain foreign companies such Netflix and Spotify, do not have to collect sales tax like their local counterparts. He says the Trudeau government is treating these businesses with a “fiscal laxness” that is harming local media and producers, out of sheer electioneering.
Columnist says President Trump’s attacks on the press seem to be fueling young people’s interest in the profession—a phenomenon also seen at other turbulent times in U.S. history.
COlumnist says staffers in the provincial legislature at Queen's Park in Toronto have adopted a new strategy for dodging questions—clapping loudly while reporters talk.
More than 1,000 U.S. news sites are still unavailable in Europe, two months after GDPR took effect by Jeff South
Websites had two years to get ready for the GDPR. But rather than comply, about a third of the 100 largest U.S. newspapers have instead chosen to block European visitors to their sites.
43% of Republicans say Trump should be able to shut down news outlets, new poll finds by Chris Riotta
More than 4 in 10 Republicans want to give Donald Trump the power to shut down the media according to a new poll – believing the president’s statement that journalists are "enemies of the people".
Columnist asks what if we stopped thinking of digital infrastructure as just another business? What if we saw the internet the way the CRTC now says we should: as an essential service, more like telephones or hospitals than restaurants or taxis?
In battle to regain public trust, Facebook encounters more problems than solutions by Tamsin McMahon
Columnist says problems such as fake news, hate speech and the manipulation of posts by hostile foreign governments are not easy to solve, even for a company with Facebook’s massive resources.
For Canadian journalists covering Doug Ford, being called ‘fake news’ was the last straw by Selena Ross
He hasn't taken to Twitter to rail against the media like his neighbor to the south, but the government of Doug Ford, one of Canada’s best-known politicians, has been picking a fight with the journalists who cover him.
Columnist says the Progressive Conservatives have, since the election campaign, required reporters covering their events to follow some fairly strict rules.
Netflix Is So Popular in Canada, Local Media Players Want a ‘Netflix Tax’ to Level the Playing Field
Since Netflix's launch in Canada in 2010, the first non-US market the company entered, it has become a viewership juggernaut, climbing to north of 50% of the English-speaking population in most forecasts. eMarketer expects there will be 13.3 million Netflix viewers in Canada this year, with viewers defined as individuals who watch Netflix via app or website at least once per month. That figure is up 9.6% year over year.
Pro-Ford news broadcasts mocked for resembling North Korean TV are produced with public resources, Premier’s Office confirms.
Friends of Canadian broadcasting is advocating for the Trudeau government to abolish the deductibility of internet advertising with American giants. Friends is asking the four Quebec provincial party leaders to put pressure on Ottawa as the federal government "is dragging its feet and postponing any significant action until after the next federal election".
Columnist says CBC Radio would add to the list of quality sources of local news and information available to Hamilton residents - a keystone of a healthy democracy.
The Coalition for Culture and Media is pleased by the adoption of a bill that will require online services, such as Netflix and Spotify, to collect QST as of January 1st, 2019.
AT&T-Time Warner merger approved, setting the stage for more consolidation across corporate America by Tony Romm and Brian Fung
The approved AT&T’s $85 billion purchase of Time Warner could hamstring U.S. regulators seeking to block big corporate mergers.
Americans think the news industry is “headed in the wrong direction,” but what does that even mean? By LAURA HAZARD OWEN
Americans are fractured over the role of journalists, confused by terms like “op-ed,” and wary of the “watchdog” part of journalism, a new report suggests.
The Canadian music industry wants the government to pay music copying fees for all smartphones sold in the country.
Micheal Geist says the CRTC is heading down a troubling path by treating the two mediums as one and the same for regulatory purposes.
Campaign Notebook: Ford says he will ensure media are ‘fair and balanced and aren’t always attacking’ by Marieke Walsh
In his last media availability before Thursday’s provincial election Doug Ford said if he becomes premier he will do interviews with journalists and ensure they are “fair and balanced and aren’t always attacking”.
'If you profit, you contribute': Ottawa announces panel to review broadcasting, telecom laws for internet era by Emily Jackson
The government wants to update laws so any player that profits in Canada contributes to Canadian content – including internet giants like Netflix.
A federal review into Canada’s broadcasting and telecommunications laws will examine the “disruptive and dramatic change” facing media industries — and what that change means for the country’s democratic institutions.
Air time sales fell 4.9% to $3.0 billion in 2017. Subscription revenues fell by 1.3%. Public and private subsidies were down 14.2%: StatsCan
When Mark Zuckerberg appeared before Congress in April, he insisted that the kind of data sharing that sparked the Cambridge Analytica scandal was out of bounds for Facebook.
Netflix, Spotify and others should pay for the production of Canadian content, telecom watchdog says.
Canada’s broadcasting regulator is arguing that internet service providers, wireless companies and foreign streaming services should be forced to fund the production of Canadian cultural content to compensate for the declining contribution of cable and satellite providers.
Ireland’s abortion referendum serving as ‘test case’ for regulating social-media ads by Tamsin McMahon
Voters in Ireland will cast ballots in a historic referendum on May 25 on whether to repeal the country’s constitutional ban on abortion. But the vote also offers a different political test: for social-media companies still struggling with how to protect their technology from being manipulated to undermine democratic elections.
Five years ago Mark Zuckerberg debuted a bold, humanitarian vision of global internet. It didn’t go as planned—forcing Facebook to reckon with the limits of its own ambition.
In this open letter, FRIENDS spokesperson, Daniel Bernhard, raises the alarm on the crisis affecting Canadian media: the crisis is real, it's there, and it's already striking. What will it take for the federal government to close the tax loophole that's sucking the lifeblood of local media?
Columnist suggests La Presse drop its search for a "sugar daddy", radically slim down and fight for reader loyalty.
The House of Commons committee on international trade recommends that the government level the playing field between Canadian businesses and foreign-based Internet giants.
The Observer’s Facebook revelations reignited debates about ownership of our details. But while we seek privacy in parts of our digital life, open data elsewhere could be a force for good.
Columnist says the idea that sales or value-added taxes should apply across the board, without exceptions, is standard economics.
The tech giant has largely escaped scrutiny of late, but David Dayen says Google deserves a congressional grilling just as much as Mark Zuckerberg.
A charitable group dedicated to preserving the country’s broadcasting heritage is calling on the CBC to stop destroying original television and radio broadcast materials as it moves to digitize the content.
In the first quarter of 2018, Netflix added almost two million U.S. subscribers and yet more in other territories, beating its own estimates.
Research says about 6.7 million Canadian households streamed Netflix in the past month; meanwhile, TV subscriptions continue to fall.
More than 30 high-tech companies, led by Microsoft and Facebook, have announced a set of principles that included a declaration that they would not help any government mount cyberattacks against “innocent civilians and enterprises from anywhere.”
Tech insider: "We cannot have a society where when two people wish to communicate, the only way it can happen is if it’s financed by a third person who wishes to manipulate them.”
An email obtained by the Star from Facebook Canada’s public policy team invited members of the House of Commons’ Ethics committee to meet privately with the company before their public testimony.
Columnist asks whether the CBC can transform itself so that more of the best and brightest at the corporation will think about making their whole careers in Edmonton or Halifax instead of migrating to Toronto?
Contributor anticipates the key drivers of the advertising industry over the next five years.
Why tech giants like Google want to make sure Canadians can keep stealing entertainment by Richard Owens
University of Toronto Law Professor says CBC, Bell and many other Canadian media companies are being robbed blind by online pirates, to the tune of $1 billion annually in foregone subscription revenues from streaming piracy alone.
Columnist takes issue with the public broadcaster not airing any Winnipeg Jets games during the playoffs, focusing instead on Toronto.
Columnist says Canada’s leaders need a comprehensive digital policy to police the digital Wild West.
Mercer became notorious for delivering heated rants about Canadian issues while storming through a Toronto alley emblazoned with graffiti, for putting politics into thought-provoking perspective, and for exploring the nooks and crannies of the nation's landscape and contemporary culture.
Columnist says individual Canadians, and our corporations, are suffering from Ottawa’s infatuation with Facebook, Google and Netflix.
A Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs says Canada needs to prepare itself for the 2019 federal election, and the Canadian government is starting to talk more seriously about how to address the risks we face.
Catherine Tait, the newly named CBC president, will be the first person with a significant background in the media industry to hold the job since J. Alphonse Ouimet and Tony Manera.
In this open letter to Catherine Tait, Guy Fournier asks her to use the all-mighty power conferred by her new appointment to help CBC by better aligning its french and english televisions with the mandate of the public broadcaster and by pressuring the government to end commercials on CBC/Radio-Canada.
‘The CBC needs to figure out what it can do best as a public broadcaster and, just as important, what no other organization can do well.’
Columnist says the issue with the public broadcaster boils down to CBC’s ineptitude, fear of challenging drama and neuroses about its role.
In this French radio interview, FRIENDS spoke-person, Daniel Bernhard, comments on Catherine Tait's appointment at the reins of the CBC, and discusses the work that remains to ensure the independence of the public broadcaster.
Catherine Tait, a 30-year veteran of the Canadian and U.S. television and film industry, has been tapped to lead a digital revolution at CBC/Radio-Canada, becoming the first woman in the organization's history to be named president and chief executive.
Canadians’ trust in Facebook appears to be in free fall — and it’s a downward plummet that started even before the ongoing uproar over alleged abuse of Facebook data by Cambridge Analytica and other data-mining firms.
Tait says she wants the broadcaster to increasingly think digital in order to deal with the ongoing disruption across the broadcast industry.
The former Montreal Gazette publisher is named to a five-year term; Catherine Tait becomes the Crown corporation's first female president.
CMG welcomes new President of CBC/Radio-Canada, urges focus on investment in local news and programming
CMG is encouraged that the new President of CBC/Radio-Canada expressed support for key pillars of the national public broadcaster's services and function, including local news and programming, Canadian stories and content, digital services and Canadian talent.
Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage announces the appointment of Catherine Tait to the position of President/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CBC/Radio-Canada.
According to Statistics Canada, the newspaper publishing industry as a whole reported an operating revenue of $3.2 billion in 2016, down nearly one fifth from 2014, which is a loss of more than $620 million in just two years.
FRIENDS' Executive Director says Google, Facebook and the other tech giants constitute the biggest threat to Canada’s independence and cultural sovereignty since Hollywood.
FRIENDS' Executive Director says while rest of the world is pushing back against anti-competitive, tax-avoiding, democracy-flouting, privacy invading corporations such as Facebook, the Trudeau Liberals have yet to take any meaningful action.
More than half subscribe to Netflix and very few look to its competitors.
The author believes the future of Quebec television production requires a change of paradigm. The real challenge of the Netflix model lies in the way it has altered how we consume television. By investing in Quebec TV production, the model also presents incredible opportunities to reach international audiences.
Canadian tax law has long provided incentives for companies to advertise in Canadian magazines, newspapers, and on television, but the tax code does not apply to digital media.
Amid allegations that the personal data of 50 million Facebook users was improperly accessed as part of a plot to influence voters ahead of the U.S. election, Canada’s Public Safety minister says the social media giant could be more forthcoming with governments when it comes to information about data security.
‘Google is not the oracle of absolute truth’: Digital giant reckons with its responsibility to journalism by Susan Krashinsky Robertson
Columnist says that with all the hoax headlines, election meddling, clickbait and conspiracy theories, the internet is starting to look more like a misinformation superhighway – and that's a problem for the digital giants who make billions of dollars a year off that ecosystem and are now facing pressure over its misuse.
Cooke, who has been editor there since 2009, is leaving daily journalism to spend more time working for Journalists for Human Rights, an organization he currently chairs.
In towns and smaller cities, newspapers and local TV stations are disappearing. Yet voters in those places have big, complicated questions about a fast-changing world – and the only answers available to many are coming from those posts and videos and anecdotal news clips sent to their inboxes and apps by friends and strangers or appearing when they enter hot-button search terms.
Most experts agreed that a medley of action is needed, both for funding the supply of, and improving the demand for, trusted news.
Zuckerberg, Facing Facebook’s Worst Crisis Yet, Pledges Better Privacy by Sheera Frenkel and Kevin Roose
Facebook’s chief executive publicly addresses the misuse of data belonging to 50 million users of the social network and described the steps the company will take to safeguard the information of its more than two billion monthly users.
Vincent Brousseau-Pouliot discusses eight different points in an effort to examine how Netflix could be regulated.
Columnist says Alphabet Inc.'s search giant is providing a new suite of tools to help media publishers grow subscriptions, advertising sales and readership – an attempt to resuscitate an industry it helped decimate.
Epidemiologists rely on all kinds of data to detect the spread of disease, but local newspapers are critical to identifying outbreaks and forecasting their trajectories.
Columbist says it seems an ideal time to consider the CBC's proposal to go ad-free, but with a slightly different approach.
Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly is warning American internet giants to brace for new legislation that will crack down on threats to Canadian culture.
The proposed changes were unveiled in a new set of documents presented to China's National People’s Congress for deliberation later this week.
Columnist questions why Canadian politicians are unwilling to support newspapers when they already support broadcast media and magazines.
Search warrants are tied to deal between publishers to swap more than 40 papers then close them.
Columnist says hypocritical politicians can’t defend mocking “failed business models” while propping up broadcasters, magazines and megawealthy digital monopolies.
Two years ago Canadians gained access to so-called skinny TV packages after the CRTC, Canada’s broadcast regulator, mandated that the cable TV companies make available a barebones $25 a month TV package to their customers.
The deal comes as the broadcast industry grapples with disruption and industry players are calling for online streaming service regulation.
The Canadian Forces have been running a recruitment ad on the American website Breitbart — a digital force in far-right politics that’s among U.S. President Donald Trump’s staunchest allies and one of Canada’s biggest critics.
A recent study suggests that 6.5 per cent of North American households have accessed a pirated live TV subscription.
The funds, which will be handed out by one or more independent, non-governmental organizations, are far less than some had proposed.
FRIENDS wrote individual letters to the country's premiers, stating that provinces would receive more than $500-million in new revenue if proposed changes were made to what they see as a flaw in the Income Tax Act.
Jagmeet Siingh promises that if he is elected, he will force Netflix to pay taxes and that he will fight for tax fairness and stop the unfair advantage granted to internet giants.
AT&T looking at Trump influence on Time-Warner merger decision; seeks antitrust chief as witness by Gaspard Sebag & David McLaughlin
The head of the Justice Department’s antitrust division, who is suing to block AT&T Inc.’s proposed takeover of Time Warner Inc., said he didn’t discuss the proposed merger with President Donald Trump, whose criticism of the entertainment company’s CNN has sparked speculation that he influenced the decision to seek to block the deal.
Columnist says foreign investors, such as digital giants Facebook, Amazon and Netflix, are being promoted in Canada at the expense of existing Canadian businesses and workers.
Quebecor is seeks a review of the decision issued by the CRTC on January 17, 2017 with respect to the rate paid by Bell TV for distribution of TVA Sports.
Columnist fears that the famed intern program ruined as many potential talents as it helped create.
Innovative ideas to solve media challenges discussed at launch of Digital News Innovation Challenge by Amanda Pope
A website to help children understand the news, a mobile platform that provides newsrooms with better access to eyewitness videos, and an online platform for distributing newscasts on voice-activated devices were among the ideas-in-progress at the recent launch of the Digital News Innovation Challenge.
Les Affamés tells the story of a small remote village in Quebec, where the bodies of locals have started to turn against their loved ones.
B.C.’s film and television production industry exploded with growth of 40 per cent last fiscal year over the year before thanks largely to binge-watchers on internet streaming services.
The funding for Canadian Content from Netflix came on the heels of a summer price hike that saw customers pay between $1 and $2 more for their subscriptions, but Netflix says the price hike and the investment in Canadian content are not related.
Columnist says the federal government is ignoring practical solutions that would help struggling newspapers at little cost to the public purse.
Canadian heritage minister MélanieJoly has moves to allay fears over the recently announced Netflix Canada deal and in particular its impact on French-Canadian culture.
Broadcaster Jesse Wente appointed first director of Canada's new Indigenous Screen Office by Craig Takeuchi
On January 31, Toronto-based broadcaster and cultural-industry leader Jesse Wente was announced as the first director of Canada's Indigenous Screen Office.
The Canadian heritage minister said the federal government is still considering how to best deal with international streaming services, like Netflix, as part of a broader overhaul of Canada’s Broadcasting Act.
The Fairplay Coalition, including the media unions Unifor, ACTRA, IATSE, and the Director’s Guild, says they want a stop to the job-killing drain of $500 million annually from the Canadian movie and TV industry.
Reporter relates what Jean-Hugues Roy, a UQÀM (Université du Québec à Montréal) journalism professor, said after he made a freedom of information request with Canadian Heritage regarding the Netflix deal. He was refused a copy of the deal and was sent a copy of the email exchanges between Heritage and Netflix in which 90% of the content was blacked out.
The 44 new registrations posted to the federal lobby registry last week show the Fédération nationale des communications is beefing up its team of consultants who are pushing for government support for Canada’s ailing print media outlets.
Canada's media industry is lining up behind an effort to institute mandatory blocking of websites accused of piracy.
Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly says the Liberal government is preparing an aid package for print media in coming weeks, with an emphasis on local news and innovative technologies.
Recode presents a diagram that organizes distributors, content companies and internet video companies by market cap and their main lines of business.
Viceland is slated to cease broadcasting as of March 31, as Rogers Media Inc. and Vice Canada end their three-year-old, $100-million partnership.
In new blog post, Facebook once again addresses concerns its platform has been used to meddle in elections.
The Government of Canada is currently seeking applications from diverse and talented Canadians from across the country who are interested in applying for the position of President of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Columnist says it's time we demand more diversity from one of our oldest, most storied institutions.
Facebook has introduced sweeping changes to the kinds of posts, videos and photos that its more than two billion members will see most often, saying that it would prioritize what their friends and family share and comment on while de-emphasizing content from publishers and brands.
Corus Entertainment Inc. says its first-quarter results fell short of expectations as some of its television advertisers adjusted their spending priorities during the final months of 2017.
In Canada, where there are net neutrality laws in place, the American dismantling of net neutrality potentially means Canadians will feel some of the changes, even with these laws in existence here.
Corus expects that advertising will rebound slightly – although competition from the upcoming winter Olympics on CBC will not help matters in the short term – and that subscription revenue will stay flat for the year.
Columnist sayspublic broadcasters are creaky vessels, battered by decades of cutbacks and challenges, but they’re still one of our best tools for protecting democracy and building healthy societies.
An exploration of public media 50 years after the passage of the public broadcasting act.
In a bid to get students devoted to democracy, Canadian Geographic and CPAC have teamed up to create a giant floor map of Canada that shows every federal riding in the country.
Shaw’s 12 years as CEO coincided with a period of significant growth for the company, with revenues rising from $646 million in 1998 to $3.7 billion by 2010 — fuelled in part by deals including an asset swap with Rogers to acquire territory in Vancouver and B.C.’s lower mainland.
Professor of media and communications at University Canada West says it is clear that Canada’s news media are in danger of lurching into the abyss unless Ottawa takes action soon.
Columnist says public broadcasters exist to provide a space for information and entertainment that's free of influence from vested interests.