Media Monitor — 2018

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Aug 13, 2018 — ICI RADIO-CANADA.CA

PKP dénonce le laxisme fiscal envers les entreprises étrangères comme Netflix

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.

Aug 9, 2018 — The Atlantic

Student Journalism in the Age of Media Distrust by Adam Harris

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.

Aug 9, 2018 — blogTO

The Ontario Government is not embroiled in a clapping controversy

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.

Aug 8, 2018 — NiemanLab

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.

Aug 8, 2018 — Independent

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".

Aug 7, 2018 — National Newswatch

Can We Break the Telcos Oligopoly? Yes and here’s how by Don Lenihan

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?

Aug 5, 2018 — Globe & Mail

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. 

Aug 5, 2018 — Washington Post

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.

Aug 3, 2018 — TVO

The day the Queen’s Park press corps fought back by Steve Paikin

Columnist says the Progressive Conservatives have, since the election campaign, required reporters covering their events to follow some fairly strict rules.

Aug 3, 2018 — eMarketer

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.

Jul 31, 2018 — PressProgress

Doug Ford’s ‘North Korean’-Style News Broadcasts Are Being Funded With Your Tax

Pro-Ford news broadcasts mocked for resembling North Korean TV are produced with public resources, Premier’s Office confirms.

Jun 19, 2018 — La Presse

La pub sur Google et Facebook coûterait 1,3 milliard aux contribuables by Vincent Brousseau-Pouliot

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". 


Jun 15, 2018 — Hamilton Spectator

CBC radio station for Hamilton is long overdue by Grant Ranalli

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. 

Jun 13, 2018 — Coalition for Culture and Media

Fiscal Fairness in a Digital World: Quebec Kept its Promise

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.

Jun 12, 2018 — Washington Post

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.

Jun 11, 2018 — Neiman Lab

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. 

Jun 11, 2018 — Mobile Syrup

Canadian music industry wants government to pay music copying fees on all smartphones by Rose Behar

The Canadian music industry wants the government to pay music copying fees for all smartphones sold in the country.

Jun 8, 2018 — Globe & Mail

The CRTC is wrong to regard the internet as just another broadcaster

Micheal Geist says the CRTC is heading down a troubling path by treating the two mediums as one and the same for regulatory purposes.

Jun 7, 2018 — iPolitics

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”.

Jun 5, 2018 — Edmonton Journal

'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.

Jun 5, 2018 — Toronto Star

Federal panel to review broadcasting rules for the internet era by Alex Boutilier

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.

Jun 4, 2018 — Calgary Business

Canadian TV broadcasting revenue on the decline by Mario Toneguzzi

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

Jun 4, 2018 — Vanity Fair

Mark Zuckerberg Apparently Didn’t Tell Congress the Whole Truth About Facebook by Maya Kosoff

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.

May 31, 2018 — Huffington Post Canada

CRTC Calls On Canada To Regulate Streaming Media, Wherever It's Located

Netflix, Spotify and others should pay for the production of Canadian content, telecom watchdog says.

May 31, 2018 — Globe & Mail

CRTC wants Netflix, Spotify to fund Canadian content by Daniel LeBlanc

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.

May 18, 2018 — Globe & Mail

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.

May 17, 2018 — Wired

What Happened to Facebook’s Grand Plan to Wire the World? by Jessi Hempel

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.

May 14, 2018 — Le Devoir

Ottawa doit cesser de favoriser Google et Facebook by Daniel Bernhard

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?

May 11, 2018 — iPolitics

Charity no way to save La Presse nor Canadian journalism by Alan Freeman

Columnist suggests La Presse drop its search for a "sugar daddy", radically slim down and fight for reader loyalty.

Apr 30, 2018 — Toronto Star

Canada should make sure Internet giants pay their fair share

The House of Commons committee on international trade recommends that the government level the playing field between Canadian businesses and foreign-based Internet giants.

Apr 29, 2018 — The Guardian

Who should hold the keys to our data? byNigel Shadbolt and Roger Hampson

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.

Apr 27, 2018 — The Province

Why tax Canadian-based video, but not Netflix? by Andrew Coyne

Columnist says the idea that sales or value-added taxes should apply across the board, without exceptions, is standard economics.

Apr 24, 2018 — The New Republic

Google Has a Facebook Problem by David Dayen

The tech giant has largely escaped scrutiny of late, but David Dayen says Google deserves a congressional grilling just as much as Mark Zuckerberg.

Apr 18, 2018 — National Post

CBC says it will carry on with destruction of broadcast archives once digitized by Terry Pedwell

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.

Apr 18, 2018 — Globe & Mail

The only thing bigger than Netflix is the daily news by John Doyle

In the first quarter of 2018, Netflix added almost two million U.S. subscribers and yet more in other territories, beating its own estimates.

Apr 17, 2018 — Windsor Star

Netflix doing booming business in Canada, industry research reports suggest by Emily Jackson

Research says about 6.7 million Canadian households streamed Netflix in the past month; meanwhile, TV subscriptions continue to fall.

Apr 17, 2018 — New York Times

Tech Firms Sign ‘Digital Geneva Accord’ Not to Aid Governments in Cyberwar by David E. Sanger

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.”

Apr 16, 2018 — MediaPost

Fixing The Broken Web -- Before It's Too Late by Steven Rosenbaum

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.”

Apr 16, 2018 — Toronto Star

Facebook Canada offers closed-door briefings to MPs ahead of meeting by Alex Boutilier

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.

Apr 12, 2018 — iPolitics

Can the CBC become a local broadcaster again? Paul Adams

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?

Apr 12, 2018 — MediaPost

Top 4 Drivers Of Advertising Industry Over Next 5 Years by Dave Morgan

Contributor anticipates the key drivers of the advertising industry over the next five years.

Apr 10, 2018 — Financial Post

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. 

Apr 9, 2018 — Winnipeg Free Press

CBC shut out: Jets games only available on Sportsnet by Dylan Robertson

Columnist takes issue with the public broadcaster not airing any Winnipeg Jets games during the playoffs, focusing instead on Toronto.

Apr 8, 2018 — Toronto Star

The seven key elements of a digital policy to protect Canadians by Haroon Siddiqui

Columnist says Canada’s leaders need a comprehensive digital policy to police the digital Wild West.

Apr 8, 2018 — CBC

'It's a tricky time to have an opinion,' Rick Mercer says as his show wraps up

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.

Apr 7, 2018 — Toronto Star

Why is Justin Trudeau bowing down before the U.S. internet giants? by Haroon Siddiqui

Columnist says individual Canadians, and our corporations, are suffering from Ottawa’s infatuation with Facebook, Google and Netflix.

Apr 6, 2018 — iPolitics

What Europe can teach Canada about protecting democracy by Chris Tenove and Heidi J. S. Tworek

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.

Apr 6, 2018 —

New CBC president Catherine Tait makes huge promise on local services by Karl Nerenberg

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.

Apr 5, 2018 — Le Journal de Montréal

Lettre à madame Catherine Tait by Guy Fournier

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.

Apr 5, 2018 — Toronto Star

The CBC’s president should focus on being different, not just bigger

‘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.’

Apr 4, 2018 — Globe and Mail

A message to new CBC president Catherine Tait: Commit to great TV, not the ordinary by John Doyle

Columnist says the issue with the public broadcaster boils down to CBC’s ineptitude, fear of challenging drama and neuroses about its role. 

Apr 4, 2018 — News Article

Nouvelle présidence à CBC/Radio-Canada

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. 

Apr 4, 2018 — Niagara Falls Review

Meet Catherine Tait, first woman to lead CBC

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.

Apr 3, 2018 — iPolitics

Canadians’ trust in Facebook in free fall: report by Susan Delacourt

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.

Apr 3, 2018 — Maclean's

Catherine Tait named as CBC president, first woman to hold role by Jordan Press

Tait says she wants the broadcaster to increasingly think digital in order to deal with the ongoing disruption across the broadcast industry.

Apr 3, 2018 — Montreal Gazette

Michael Goldbloom named chair of CBC/Radio-Canada

The former Montreal Gazette publisher is named to a five-year term; Catherine Tait becomes the Crown corporation's first female president.

Apr 3, 2018 — Canadian Media Guild

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.

Apr 3, 2018 — Government of Canada

Minister Joly Announces New Appointments to CBC/Radio-Canada

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.

Apr 2, 2018 —

Read All About It! How Student Media Is Changing In The New Age Of Journalism by Bailey Moreton

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.

Apr 2, 2018 — Ottawa Citizen

Bernhard: Canada must protect itself from big tech companies

FRIENDS' Executive Director says Google, Facebook and the other tech giants constitute the biggest threat to Canada’s independence and cultural sovereignty since Hollywood.

Apr 1, 2018 — iPolitics

Trudeau simply waving goodbye to Canada’s independent news media by Daniel Bernhard

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. 

Mar 31, 2018 — CBC News

1 in 4 anglophone Canadians have cut the cord on TV, survey suggests

More than half subscribe to Netflix and very few look to its competitors.

Mar 31, 2018 — La Presse

Netflix, le vrai problème by Alain Dubuc

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.

Mar 30, 2018 — iPolitics

This painless little tax change could save Canadian media by Michael Harris

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.

Mar 24, 2018 — CTV News

Facebook has 'an enormous number of very serious questions to answer': Goodale

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.

Mar 23, 2018 — Globe & Mail

‘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.

Mar 23, 2018 — iPolitics

Politicos on the move: Michael Cooke leaving Toronto Star by Kyle Duggan

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.

Mar 22, 2018 — Globe & Mail

Facebook’s threat to democracy is worse than Cambridge Analytica by Doug Saunders

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.

Mar 22, 2018 — Huffington Post Canada

As A Senator, Here's Why I Believe The Government Should Fund Journalism by Raymonde Saint-Germain

Most experts agreed that a medley of action is needed, both for funding the supply of, and improving the demand for, trusted news.

Mar 21, 2018 — New York Times

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.

Mar 20, 2018 — News Article


Vincent Brousseau-Pouliot discusses eight different points in an effort to examine how Netflix could be regulated.

Mar 20, 2018 — Globe & Mail

Google pledges $300-million to aid publishers and fight fake news by Mark Bergen

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. 

Mar 20, 2018 — Scientific American

When Towns Lose Their Newspapers, Disease Detectives Are Left Flying Blind by Helen Branswell

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.

Mar 20, 2018 — Huffington Post Canada

A CBC-Private News Partnership Would Be A Lifeline For Canadian Journalism by Barry Kiefl

Columbist says it seems an ideal time to consider the CBC's proposal to go ad-free, but with a slightly different approach.

Mar 14, 2018 — National Observer

Mélanie Joly puts internet giants on notice

Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly is warning American internet giants to brace for new legislation that will crack down on threats to Canadian culture.

Mar 13, 2018 — Hollywood Reporter

China to Abolish SAPPRFT, Bring Media Under Closer Government Control by Patrick Brzeski

The proposed changes were unveiled in a new set of documents presented to China's National People’s Congress for deliberation later this week.

Mar 12, 2018 — Hamilton Spectator

We ignore the decline of serious print journalism at our peril by Robin V. Spears

Columnist questions why Canadian politicians are unwilling to support newspapers when they already support broadcast media and magazines.

Mar 12, 2018 — CBC News

Competition Bureau searches Postmedia and Torstar offices in probe of newspaper deal by Pete Evans

Search warrants are tied to deal between publishers to swap more than 40 papers then close them.

Mar 11, 2018 — Toronto Star

Serious journalism is vital to healthy democracy and requires support by Robin V. Sears

Columnist says hypocritical politicians can’t defend mocking “failed business models” while propping up broadcasters, magazines and megawealthy digital monopolies.

Mar 8, 2018 — The B.C. Catholic

Skinny TV holding on after two years by Peter Vogel

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.

Mar 8, 2018 — National Post

CPTPP side deals leave door open for Canada to regulate Netflix, experts say by Emily Jackson

The deal comes as the broadcast industry grapples with disruption and industry players are calling for online streaming service regulation.

Mar 6, 2018 — Winnipeg Free Press

'Mistake' leads to Canadian Forces ad on far-right website by Dylan Robertson

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.

Mar 3, 2018 — CBC News

Pirates are selling cheap, live TV and some Canadians are signing up by Sophia Harris

A recent study suggests that 6.5 per cent of North American households have accessed a pirated live TV subscription.

Mar 1, 2018 — Globe & Mail

Budget media provisions disappointing, industry says by Susan Krashinsky Robertson

The funds, which will be handed out by one or more independent, non-governmental organizations, are far less than some had proposed. 

Feb 25, 2018 — Globe & Mail

Broadcast group lobbies provinces to join fight for aid package to media by Daniel Leblanc

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.

Feb 17, 2018 — Radio-Canada

Jagmeet Singh jouera la carte Netflix à la prochaine élection

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. 

Feb 16, 2018 — Business News Network

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.

Feb 16, 2018 — Toronto Star

It’s time to level the digital playing field by Toby Sanger

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.

Feb 16, 2018 — CISION

CRTC decision on TVA Sports - Quebecor seeks leave to appeal to Federal Court of Appeal

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.


Feb 16, 2018 — Canadaland

Confessions Of A Former Toronto Star Intern by Jen Gerson

Columnist fears that the famed intern program ruined as many potential talents as it helped create.

Feb 16, 2018 — Ryerson Journalism

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.

Feb 4, 2018 — News Article

Netflix acquires French-Canadian film Les Affamés as part of $500 million investment by Dean Daley

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.

Feb 2, 2018 — The Province

B.C. now Canada's leading province for film and TV production: report by Harrison Mooney

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.

Feb 2, 2018 — The Province

Netflix, taxes and non-existent loopholes. What a story. by Vito Pilieci

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.


Feb 1, 2018 — The Tyee

Ottawa’s ‘Studied Indifference’ to Canadian Newspapers Is Undermining Journalism by John Honderich

Columnist says the federal government is ignoring practical solutions that would help struggling newspapers at little cost to the public purse.

Feb 1, 2018 — Screen Daily

Canada’s heritage minister moves to allay fears over Netflix Canada deal by Jeremy Kay

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.

Feb 1, 2018 —

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.

Feb 1, 2018 — Ottawa Citizen

Heritage ministry to review Canada’s Broadcasting Act by Vito Pilieci

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.

Jan 30, 2018 — Media Action Plan

Movie-theft is not a victimless crime by Howard Law

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.

Jan 30, 2018 — CFXM-FM

Patrimoine Canada cache 90 pour cent des échanges de courriel avec Netflix

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.

Jan 29, 2018 — iPolitics

Lobby wrap: Media union expands team lobbying for federal help for print media by Beatrice Britneff

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.

Jan 29, 2018 — Huffington Post Canada

CBC, Big Telecom Join Forces To Push For Website Blocking In Piracy Fight by Daniel Tencer

Canada's media industry is lining up behind an effort to institute mandatory blocking of websites accused of piracy.

Jan 28, 2018 — Globe & Mail

Most Canadians support government funding for local media, poll finds by Daniel LeBlanc

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.

Jan 23, 2018 — Recode

Here’s who owns everything in Big Media today by Rani Molla and Peter Kafka

Recode presents a diagram that organizes distributors, content companies and internet video companies by market cap and their main lines of business.

Jan 22, 2018 — Ottawa Citizen

Rogers Media cuts ties with VICE Canada — to pull TV channel off the air

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.

Jan 22, 2018 — CBC News

Social media good for democracy? Facebook admits it can't make that guarantee

In new blog post, Facebook once again addresses concerns its platform has been used to meddle in elections.

Jan 14, 2018 — Government of Canada

Appointment Opportunity: President, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

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.

Jan 11, 2018 — Alternet

How Public Radio Became the Voice of the Patriarchy by Rebecca McInroy

Columnist says it's time we demand more diversity from one of our oldest, most storied institutions.

Jan 11, 2018 — New York Times

Facebook Overhauls News Feed to Focus on What Friends and Family Share by Mike Isaac

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.

Jan 10, 2018 — National Post

Corus CEO says Q1 results fell short of expectations due to weak TV advertising by David Paddon

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.

Jan 10, 2018 — Canadian Lawyer Magazine

Net neutrality changes in U.S. could change Canadian law in future by Alexia Kapalos

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.

Jan 10, 2018 — Globe & Mail

As Corus’s ad revenue slips, questions arise over future of TV by Susan Krashinsky Robertson

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.

Jan 7, 2018 — Knight Foundation

Public Broadcasting: Its Past and Its Future

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.

Jan 7, 2018 — Knight Foundation

Public Broadcasting: Its Past and Its Future by Sue Gardner

An exploration of public media 50 years after the passage of the public broadcasting act.

Jan 6, 2018 — CTV News

Giant map of Canada aims to hook students on democracy

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.

Jan 4, 2018 — Star Phoenix

Former Shaw Communications CEO Jim Shaw dead at 60 after brief illness by Meghan Potkins

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.

Jan 3, 2018 — Toronto Star

Year of reckoning looms for Canada’s newspapers by Marc Edge

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.

Jan 2, 2018 — Huffington Post Canada

The CBC Must Go Completely Ad-Free by Wade Rowland

Columnist says public broadcasters exist to provide a space for information and entertainment that's free of influence from vested interests.