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Parliamentary committee calls for China TV ban

Media | 05/19/2023 2:11 pm EDT

A House of Commons committee is calling for the Minister of Canadian Heritage to ban Chinese state media from Canadian broadcast systems. The committee on Canada-China Relations made the demand in a report issued Thursday. The MPs are asking minister Pablo Rodriguez to...

Judge rejects broadcasters’ request for increased fine in set-top box case

Media | 05/19/2023 2:05 pm EDT

A Federal Court of Appeal judge has dismissed an attempt by BCE Inc., Rogers Communications Inc., and Quebecor Inc. to win a greater damages payout from a seller of pre-loaded...

CRTC becoming more accommodating to stakeholders: Eatrides

Internet and Governance | 05/15/2023 2:34 pm EDT

OTTAWA–The CRTC is improving its process to be more responsive to its...

Public interest groups call for shored up Broadcasting Participation Fund

Media | 04/17/2023 5:08 pm EDT

A group of six consumer and public advocacy organizations is asking the CRTC to step in to restructure a Rogers Communications Inc. payment to...

CRTC issues broadcasting licence fees

Media | 03/22/2023 1:03 pm EDT

The CRTC has issued the broadcasting licence fees for the 2023-2024 fiscal year. The estimated total broadcasting regulatory costs of the commission are $34.228 million, up slightly from last year’s total. The net billing fee for the fiscal year is $34.303 million. The...

Champagne most lobbied minister in Canadian government, survey finds

Media | 03/22/2023 12:56 pm EDT

Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne was the most-lobbied...

CRTC releases pair of broadcasting reports that paint dire picture

Media | 03/03/2023 6:04 pm EST

The CRTC released two commissioned reports on the changing nature of the...

CBC and CTV lose leave to appeal BC case to Supreme Court

Media | 03/02/2023 11:06 am EST

The Supreme Court of Canada announced Thursday it had dismissed a leave to...

Masse calls for CRTC review of cross-border advertising

Media | 02/27/2023 3:08 pm EST

A New Democrat representing a border city wants the CRTC to review...

CRTC reopens basic television price hike proceeding

Media | 02/21/2023 5:25 pm EST

 The CRTC is reopening its proceeding into whether or not BCE Inc., Cogeco Inc., Bragg Communications...

CRTC to release broadcaster revenue data, aggregated by industry segment

Media | 02/16/2023 4:43 pm EST

The CRTC announced that it will publish the data collected in its Annual...

Senators continue fight over Streaming Act and CBC’s future

Media | 02/08/2023 1:22 pm EST

The battle over the government’s Online Streaming Act, Bill C-11,...

Unscripted series the wave of the future for streamers, CMPA conference hears

Media | 02/06/2023 1:31 pm EST

OTTAWA–Streaming is the way of the future, a panel told the Canadian Media Producers Association with tweaks to the way content is produced. The Prime Time conference held a...

UPDATED: Senate passes C-11; Rodriguez expects C-11 to become law next week

Media | 02/02/2023 7:17 pm EST

OTTAWA – The Senate officially adopted the Online Streaming Act, a year...

Corus still feeling effects of advertising recession

Media | 01/13/2023 5:43 pm EST

Corus Entertainment Inc. president and CEO Doug Murphy said an “advertising recession” is the cause for a decline in revenues seen this quarter. “This is clearly visible in our revenue results for the quarter and evident across the entire media sector as reported by...

Quebec hotel company keeps exempt BDU status, despite protests of Quebecor and Bell

Media | 01/04/2023 4:47 pm EST

The CRTC has denied Quebecor Inc.’s request to sanction Coopérative de...

Increase to skinny basic rates not popular with public, CRTC hears

Media | 12/13/2022 6:15 pm EST

An application by four companies to hike the price of basic television...

CBC to stay in Bill C-18

Media | 12/06/2022 6:29 pm EST

Despite concerns about CBC/Radio-Canada muscling private media out of competition for advertising dollars in the news sector, the House of Commons Heritage committee defeated...

Senate won’t define discoverability in Online Streaming Act definitions

Media | 11/24/2022 5:11 pm EST

Supporters and opponents of the Online Streaming Act alike have their eyes...

Hockey broadcasters win fresh site-blocking order

Media | 11/23/2022 7:43 am EST

The start of another hockey season brings another federal court site-blocking order for a trio of telecom...

Rodriguez urges senators to pass Online Streaming Act

Media | 11/22/2022 8:17 pm EST

Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez and members of his department were the final witnesses as the...

CRTC extends deadline in Quebecor advertising application 

Media | 11/15/2022 5:14 pm EST

The CRTC has extended the deadline for interventions on a consultation...

PIAC wins partial victory as CRTC extends basic skinny proceeding

Media | 10/27/2022 3:11 pm EDT

The CRTC announced Thursday it was extending the deadline for interventions of its proceedings into the price of basic television service. The Public Interest Advocacy Centre...

Thomas makes heritage critic, Perkins moves to industry in CPC shadow cabinet shuffle

Media | 10/12/2022 2:51 pm EDT

New Conservative Party leader Pierre Poilievre revealed a revamped shadow cabinet on Wednesday, shuffling many MPs into new positions. Alberta MP Rachael Thomas is the new...

CRTC seeking comment about removal of advertising limits

Media | 10/06/2022 2:14 pm EDT

The CRTC is seeking comments on whether or not it should allow Quebecor...

Netflix and MPA-Canada want C-11 to be flexible for global undertakings

Media | 10/04/2022 5:14 pm EDT

Netflix Inc., and the Motion Picture Association - Canada (MPA-Canada), of...

CBC licence renewal sent back to CRTC for not meeting objective of Broadcasting Act

Media | 09/22/2022 5:28 pm EDT

The federal government is sending the CRTC's renewal of...

Broadcasters want policy direction on C-11; streamers want their algorithms left alone

Media | 09/15/2022 7:51 pm EDT

Canadian broadcasting executives, from companies...

CRTC to arbitrate Rogers dispute over Family Channel

Media | 09/08/2022 4:50 pm EDT

In a Sept. 6 letter, the CRTC has accepted a request from Rogers Communications Inc. for final offer...

TV revenues recover while radio continues decline: CRTC report

Media | 08/23/2022 5:03 pm EDT

Television revenues are rebounding from the pandemic slump while revenues in radio continue to take a hit, the CRTC said Tuesday in its annual report on the broadcast industry. The greatest increase was for digital media broadcasting undertakings (DMBUs). The report...

OUTtv licence renewed, becomes must-offer in English Canada

Media | 08/18/2022 5:05 pm EDT

Thursday the CRTC renewed the licence of OUTtv Network Inc. for five years...

AG won’t fight CMPA’s application for leave to appeal CBC license 

Media | 08/11/2022 3:22 pm EDT

The Attorney General of Canada will not make any representations for itself...

OneSoccer demands carriage on Rogers

telecom | 08/10/2022 4:22 pm EDT

An independent soccer channel is petitioning the CRTC to force Rogers Communications Inc. to carry its...

CMPA files petition to cabinet on CBC license 

Media | 08/08/2022 6:57 pm EDT

The Canadian Media Producers Association, with support from parties across the television and film production sector, has added its voice to calls for the cabinet to overturn the changes granted to CBC/Radio-Canada in the CRTC's renewal of the broadcaster's license.  In...

PIAC, pensioners want cabinet to overturn CRTC’s CBC licence renewal

Media | 08/05/2022 3:45 pm EDT

The National Pensioners Federation and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre...

Bell, Rogers and TV creators triumph over pirates

Media | 08/03/2022 5:25 pm EDT

A consortium of broadcasters and rights-holders have won an opening salvo of a fight against a television...

Quebecor’s acquisition of VMedia exciting for competition says co-founder, CNOC

Media | 07/28/2022 5:38 pm EDT

VMedia Inc. can expand its national footprint with...

Quebec hotel company asks CRTC to mandate negotiations with Bell

Media | 07/11/2022 5:43 pm EDT

A Quebec-based hotel accused of copyright infringement is asking the CRTC...

Court finds Videotron did not violate Rovi patents

Media | 06/27/2022 4:26 pm EDT

The Federal Court dismissed a digital entertainment company’s lawsuit alleging that Quebecor Inc.’s...

Punish hotel broadcaster who infringed on copyright: Bell tells CRTC

Media | 06/07/2022 3:31 pm EDT

BCE Inc. is supporting a Quebecor Inc. application for the CRTC to revoke...

C-11 needs to incentivize a new era of foreign-domestic partnerships: Bell

Media | 06/02/2022 2:54 pm EDT

BCE Inc. wants the government to incentivize foreign-domestic partnerships...

Intent of C-11 is to exclude digital creators: CRTC chair

Media | 06/01/2022 6:01 pm EDT

CRTC chair Ian Scott told the House of Commons Heritage Committee Tuesday that Bill C-11, the Online Streaming Act, is needed to modernize Canada’s broadcast sector. The Broadcasting Act from 1991 did a lot of good but stands out as a product of its time, he said. “I...

CRTC dismisses Bell complaint that Videotron Vrai HVOD service violates regulations

Media | 05/30/2022 4:53 pm EDT

The CRTC has found that Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron did not contravene its...

Quebecor asks CRTC to punish hotel broadcasters

Media | 05/06/2022 2:53 pm EDT

In the wake of a Federal Court ruling that determined a trio of companies that had established a private...

Rogers-Shaw merger benefiting wireless industry as a whole in 2022: Bell CEO

Media | 05/05/2022 4:35 pm EDT

When it comes to Canada's wireless market this year, there are a number of...

Quebec and French Canadian artists will be the losers if social media is unregulated, conference hears

Media | 05/04/2022 6:15 pm EDT

A Canadian cultural policy that adopts a laissez-faire, unregulated, approach to social media algorithms and discoverability requirements will harm Quebec and French Canadian...

CPAC appoints new president, CEO

Media | 04/29/2022 1:02 pm EDT

The Cable Public Affairs Channel Inc. (CPAC) named Christa Dickenson as its president and chief executive...

Singh calls for halt of Rogers-Shaw merger, PIAC appeals to cabinet

Media | 04/27/2022 4:38 pm EDT

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh called once again for the government to disallow...

Corus profit margins lower, citing end of CEWS.

Media | 04/08/2022 5:01 pm EDT

Corus Entertainment Inc.'s profits were hit by the loss of approximately $12 million in wage subsidies...

Panelists tell government to reform the CRTC

Media | 03/30/2022 7:14 pm EDT

GATINEAU, Que.--The CRTC came in for a drubbing at two panels Wednesday at the annual conference of the...

Supreme Court dismisses TekSavvy appeal of GoldTV site-blocking order

Media | 03/24/2022 1:28 pm EDT

Updated with TekSavvy reaction. The Supreme Court of Canada Thursday...

CRTC issues broadcasting licence fees 

Media | 03/17/2022 3:23 pm EDT

Thursday the CRTC released its broadcasting licence fees for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. The net...

Federal government spends $2.5m to battle disinformation

Internet and Governance | 03/16/2022 3:17 pm EDT

The Canadian government has allocated $2.5 million to help people identify...

Rogers, civil groups, say CRTC should remove Russian state-owned channels from airwaves

Media | 03/09/2022 4:27 pm EST

Rogers Communications Inc. and civil organizations told the CRTC that in addition to Russia Today and Russia Today France (collectively, RT) it should remove all state-owned...

Bill C-11 a new bill with no new ideas, and a ‘legal pretzel’ for censorship: CPC

Media | 03/01/2022 5:05 pm EST

For the second time in the span of a year, the...

Gov. to ask CRTC to stop RT broadcasts over Ukraine invasion

Media | 02/28/2022 6:11 pm EST

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday afternoon that the...

Bell acquires Quebec-based provider Ebox

Media | 02/24/2022 4:23 pm EST

BCE Inc. has acquired Quebec-based internet, telephone and television provider Ebox Inc., the incumbent...

Government, Telefilm, extend support for uninsured Canadian productions 

Media | 02/11/2022 1:06 pm EST

The Government of Canada has extended its temporary emergency fund addressing the lack of insurance coverage in the Canadian film and television production industry....

Paper billing for vulnerable customers, not universally: CRTC

telecom | 02/10/2022 5:42 pm EST

The CRTC has determined that all communications service providers (CSPs),...

Gov. reintroduces Broadcasting Act update, with social media exemption

Media | 02/02/2022 7:32 pm EST

OTTAWA -- Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodríguez called previous...

New Broadcast Act update appears on order paper as Tories oppose move

Internet and Governance | 02/01/2022 6:05 pm EST

The government placed legislation to change the Broadcasting Act on the...

Quebecor’s Vrai VOD service violates CRTC regs: Bell

Media | 02/01/2022 5:04 pm EST

The CRTC has opened a proceeding in response to a BCE Inc. November...

CRTC CPE deferral will mean revenue in 2023: Corus CEO

Media | 01/13/2022 5:07 pm EST

Corus Entertainment Inc. CEO Doug Murphy reiterated a long-standing call...

Lightbound takes over chair of Industry committee

telecom | 12/14/2021 6:28 pm EST

The House of Commons Industry committee selected Joël Lightbound as its chair by a unanimous vote...

Hedy Fry new chair of Heritage committee

Media | 12/13/2021 5:43 pm EST

OTTAWA – Veteran Liberal MP Hedy Fry was elected chair of the House of Commons committee on Canadian...

MPs appointed to House Industry and Heritage committees

Media | 12/10/2021 12:17 pm EST

Parliament has established its committees for the new session, with the...

Broadcasting Accessibility Fund award $371k to four projects

Media | 12/03/2021 4:57 pm EST

The Broadcasting Accessibility Fund is awarding some $371,000 to four new projects "to advance accessibility to broadcasting content for Canadians with disabilities," according to a Friday release. The announcement completes the fund's seventh round of grants, bringing...

Trudeau announces parliamentary secretaries

Media | 12/03/2021 4:32 pm EST

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the appointment of parliamentary secretaries Friday with Chris...

OpenMedia denounces government plan to reintroduce C-10

Media | 11/24/2021 11:56 am EST

Lobby group OpenMedia is disappointed that Tuesday’s Speech from the...

Successor bill to C-10 “absolute priority”, Rodriguez says

Media | 11/23/2021 11:50 am EST

Canadian Heritage minister Pablo Rodriguez says revisions to the...

Cogeco expects to enter mobile rate negotiations by spring, summer 2022 earliest

telecom | 11/12/2021 5:02 pm EST

Cogeco Inc.’s CEO said it is a multi-step process it has to follow before it can enter the mobile market -- with its  38 new spectrum licences, purchased  for $295...

CRTC lifts local expression conditions for Quebecor, Bragg on-demand services

Media | 11/04/2021 5:40 pm EDT

The CRTC approved applications by Quebecor Media Inc.’s Videotron and...

CanCon rules need to be updated for new media landscape, conference hears

Media | 11/03/2021 6:35 pm EDT

Canadian content should be better defined as we advance to a greater...

C-10 creates ‘false battle’ amongst broadcasters: former CRTC commissioner

Media | 11/03/2021 6:26 pm EDT

The Canadian government is  “expanding the...

Dynamic site-blocking case gets Nov. 23 hearing date 

Media | 11/03/2021 5:51 pm EDT

A test-case for Canada's first-ever "dynamic" site-blocking order is headed...

UPDATED – Rodriguez back as Heritage minister, Champagne remains in Innovation

Media | 10/26/2021 12:47 pm EDT

OTTAWA -- MP Pablo Rodriguez is back in familiar territory as he is once...

CRTC plans to monitor technical surveys for small BDUs,  dismisses CCSA ​​undue preference complaint against Bell

Media | 10/15/2021 5:42 pm EDT

The CRTC will be keeping an eye on technical surveys -- which broadcast distribution undertakings (BDUs) are sometimes required to complete to satisfy rights holders that...