CTV donates $400k to Broadcast Museum Foundation

CTVglobemedia today announced a $400,000 grant to the Canadian Broadcast Museum Foundation as part of the public benefits package that was approved by the CRTC following CTVgm’s purchase of CHUM.  "We are pleased to continue our support of the CBMF and salute their mission to ensure our nation’s broadcasting history is preserved as an important component of Canada’s cultural heritage," said Paul Sparkes, executive VP corporate affairs, CTVgm. Since its creation in 2001, Canada’s private and public broadcasters and the Ministry of Canadian Heritage have supported the Foundation and its mandate to collect, preserve and celebrate the history of Canadian broadcasting. To date, the Foundation has assembled a unique collection of more than 6,000 items that includes radio and television programs, sets, costumes, props, scripts, photos, promotional material, technology and other artefacts.

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Union asks opposition leader to join net neutrality fight

The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) this week urged Liberal leader Stephane Dion and his party to take a stand in support of net neutrality. The letter caps off a feverish month of net neutrality debate in Canada that was initiated by the CBC‘s experiment with using BitTorrent to distribute television programming.

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US website dissects Canadian copyright symposium speakers list

San Diego CA-based file-sharing news website ZeroPaid.com has dissected the speakers list from the Public Policy Forum held in Ottawa on April 28. ZeroPaid scrutinized the speakers list, which included the US ambassador to Canada and the president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, as well as University of Ottawa professor Michael Geist, in response to the announcement that Ottawa copyright lawyer Howard Knopf had been uninvited from the forum. "It could be debatable on whether this represents a fair and balanced perspective on copyright," Drew Wilson on ZeroPaid. "One could ask where are the people from, for example, Online Rights Canada or CIPPIC?" To read the full dissection, click here.

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FITC continues to break out

Appropriately themed "Break It," last week’s Flash in the Can (FITC) Design and Technology Festival drew a record-breaking 1200 delegates to the Toronto Hilton. And FITC knows a thing or two about breaking out; in only six years it has advanced from a home-based group celebrating all things related to Adobe Systems Inc.‘s Flash graphics software to organizing conferences around the world.

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DGC elects new president, executive board

The Directors Guild of Canada elected Sturla Gunnarsson, director of Da Vinci’s Inquest and Intelligence, its new president at its annual general meeting in Calgary on April 26. The DGC also elected its 2008-09 National Executive Board, listed below: t

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Pay and specialty broadcasters received $1.8 billion from carriage fees in 2007

Canada’s specialty, pay, pay-per-view and video-on-demand services generated $2.7 billion in revenues in 2007, with $1.8 billion via carriage fees, according to the financial summaries released by the CRTC last week. More than $900 million of this was invested in Canadian programming, compared to about $320 million spent on foreign shows.

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