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Bell failed to give feds advance notice of layoffs, defends cuts in committee testimony

Media | 04/12/2024 9:07 pm EDT

BCE Inc. did not give the federal government advance notice of its plans to cut 4,800 positions in February, despite being legally obligated to do so, according to statements...

Broadcasters oppose AMI’s proposed mandatory carriage rate increase

Media | 04/10/2024 6:49 pm EDT

Major broadcasters are opposed to Accessible Media Inc.’s (AMI) request to temporarily raise the mandatory carriage rates of its AMI-tv and AMI-télé channels, citing...

Cardozo calls on government to renew digital tax credit for media

Media | 04/10/2024 5:08 pm EDT

A member of the Progressive Senators Group is calling on the federal...

CRTC sets final conditions of service on three broadcast licence holders

Media | 04/05/2024 6:12 pm EDT

The CRTC issued a series of decisions providing addenda to...

Bell confirms appearance at heritage committee; responds to criticisms over job cuts

Media | 04/04/2024 6:16 pm EDT

The front entrance of the Bell Canada building on Albert Street in Ottawa on Nov. 2, 2021 (photo by Andrew Meade)In the wake of recent controversy surrounding BCE Inc.’s restructuring...

Eastlink unveils video streaming app

Media | 03/26/2024 5:34 pm EDT

Eastlink store on South Park St., Halifax, N.S.Bragg Communications Inc.’s Eastlink announced Tuesday that it is introducing a video streaming application for its mobile users. The TiVo Stream mobile app will permit customers to watch programming on the go. "We're on a mission to do things differently," Eastlink CEO...

CRTC issues Indigenous broadcasting policy consult; asks about quotas

Media | 03/22/2024 6:16 pm EDT

The CRTC has issued a call for comments as part of Phase 2 of the...

CRTC releases new broadcasting fees regulations

Internet and Governance | 03/22/2024 5:52 pm EDT

After months of consultations, the CRTC has issued its Broadcasting Fees Regulations for all broadcasting...

Globe and Mail reporter digs into story of Rogers Communications 

Media | 03/21/2024 10:06 am EDT

Book cover of Rogers v. Rogers: The Battle for Control of Canada’s Telecom Empire by Alexandra Posadzki.The recent history of Rogers Communications Inc. has had more drama than anything broadcast on its CityTV network. The company poached its CEO Joe Natale from Telus Corp. only to ultimately dismiss...

Unifor demands Bell be held accountable for layoffs

Media | 03/19/2024 6:23 pm EDT

Unifor national president Lana Payne speaking at a media conference on March 19, 2024 (screenshot via CPAC).Unifor, Canada’s largest private sector union, called on BCE Inc. to answer for its recent layoff...

CRTC looking to add a new radio station in Calgary, Alta.

Media | 03/15/2024 1:14 pm EDT

The CRTC is issuing a call for applications from interested parties wishing...

CRTC to consider new radio station for Yellowknife

Media | 03/14/2024 4:19 pm EDT

The CRTC has decided to look at whether the town of Yellowknife, NWT can support another FM radio...

Indigenous Screen Office to receive permanent funding

Media | 03/14/2024 4:01 pm EDT

The Indigenous Screen Office (ISO) will receive permanent government funding to support Indigenous-led...

Ontario disability advocate seeks better service from Bell

Media | 03/08/2024 5:39 pm EST

BCE Inc. is the subject of a Part 1 application before the CRTC over access...

Accessible Media seeks to increase rates for mandatory carriage

Media | 03/05/2024 5:49 pm EST

Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) submitted an application to the CRTC for an interim rate increase for its AMI-tv and AMI-télé channels to address the financial challenges facing the organization, which predominantly serves Canadians with disabilities. AMI's application...

The Wire Report is hiring an editor

Internet and Governance | 03/05/2024 10:36 am EST

The Wire Report, the leading news source covering telecom, digital communications and broadcast media in Canada, is searching for an editor to join our Ottawa office. The Wire Report is part of The Hill Times Canada’s leading...

Court rejects station’s request for Rogers to disclose subscriber info

Media | 03/04/2024 3:32 pm EST

The Superior Court of Quebec has dismissed a request from RNC Media Inc. to...

TVA reaches agreement with CUPE local in Quebec

Media | 03/04/2024 12:37 pm EST

Quebecor Inc. subsidiary Groupe TVA has reached an agreement with CUPE local 687, which represents...

Senator questions genocide provisions of Online Harms Bill

Media | 03/01/2024 3:58 pm EST

A member of the Independent Senators Group is questioning why penalties for...

St-Onge appoints committee to look for new CBC president

Media | 03/01/2024 3:50 pm EST

Minister of Canadian Heritage Pascale St-Onge announced Friday an independent advisory committee has been struck that will begin the search for a new president and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada.  Chairing the committee is Just for Laughs president and CEO Charles Décarie. The...

CBC and Canadian Media Guild reach tentative agreement

Media | 03/01/2024 3:25 pm EST

CBC/Radio-Canada and the Canadian Media Guild have inked a tentative labour...

Neighbourhood Connect escalates dispute with Bethlehem Housing over MDU access

Media | 02/29/2024 4:35 pm EST

Neighbourhood Connect (NHC), operating under 2621159 Ontario Inc. DBA...

Senator urges government to increase print advertising

Media | 02/29/2024 3:56 pm EST

A Quebec senator is calling for the government to increase its spending in newspapers and magazines. During Wednesday’s Question Period, Independent Senators Group member Tony Loffreda said...

Witnesses at Heritage committee support media forum, disagree on who should pay for it

Media | 02/28/2024 4:15 pm EST

Witnesses before the House of Commons committee on Canadian Heritage all agreed Tuesday that a forum on the future of the media is required. Whether government has a role was...

Quebecor reports revenue increase in Q4

Media | 02/22/2024 5:52 pm EST

Quebecor Inc. reported a successful fourth-quarter as it closed out the 2023 fiscal year, which it said...

Online News Act proceeding coming in March

Media | 02/13/2024 5:10 pm EST

The CRTC will initiate public consultation on Canada's Online News Act, formerly known as Bill C-18, next...

Creative orgs call for copyright protections to be added to AI bill

Internet and Governance | 02/13/2024 11:13 am EST

Organizations representing Canada’s creative industries are calling on...

CRTC, St-Onge highlight Bell’s profitability in response to 4.8K job cut, CTV and radio closures

Media | 02/08/2024 3:57 pm EST

BCE Inc. announced Thursday that it will be restructuring by eliminating 4,800 positions, divesting more than 40 per cent of its radio stations, cutting CTV newscasts, and...

Stingray reports revenue growth in Q3 results

Media | 02/07/2024 1:23 pm EST

Stingray Group Inc. saw an increase in growth and revenue as it issued its third quarter results on...

Don’t fear the advent of artificial intelligence: Prime Time panelists

Media | 02/05/2024 4:40 pm EST

OTTAWA–While artificial intelligence (AI) may seem daunting to people in...

Foreign streamers a problem for all Canadian broadcasters, CMPA hears

Media | 02/05/2024 4:39 pm EST

OTTAWA–Foreign streamers will be a prickly problem for mainstream...

Bloc continues fight to counteract CBC job cuts

Media | 02/02/2024 4:25 pm EST

The Bloc Québécois is continuing to protest the job cuts at CBC/Radio-Canada announced last year. For...

CBC to pay costs to Ontario after losing case before Supreme Court

Media | 02/02/2024 4:16 pm EST

CBC/Radio Canada has been ordered to pay costs after it lost a case over ministerial mandate letters in Ontario. Several groups, including APTN, the Canadian Association of...

Canadians won’t get consulted on new CBC mandate, St-Onge tells Prime Time conference

Media | 02/01/2024 2:50 pm EST

Canadian Heritage Minister Pascale St-Onge said...

Attacks on CBC are concerning, says CMPA president at Prime Time conference

Media | 02/01/2024 12:35 pm EST

OTTAWA, Ont. – No public institution, including Canada’s public...

BQ calls for support of CBC/Radio Canada and other media outlets

Media | 02/01/2024 12:29 pm EST

The Bloc Québécois is calling for CBC/Radio-Canada to have its funding...

Government announces $100M for Telefilm

Media | 01/31/2024 4:37 pm EST

The Government of Canada is supporting Canadian feature films and television productions by investing...

Tait won’t rule out bonus pay for CBC’s top brass despite job cuts

Media | 01/30/2024 6:42 pm EST

CBC-Radio Canada CEO Catherine Tait won’t say if she, or the public...

Corus restructures content leadership team 

Media | 01/29/2024 3:40 pm EST

Corus Entertainment Inc. announced Monday its plans to restructure its original content leadership team...

CRTC commissioner encourages participation in upcoming consultations 

Media | 01/22/2024 4:02 pm EST

As it gears up to launch several public consultations aimed at modernizing Canada’s regulatory regime, the CRTC reminded stakeholders on Saturday that it needs their input...

CMPA joins international call for streaming regulation

Media | 01/17/2024 3:50 pm EST

The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA)  has joined up with other...

Supreme Court dismisses leaves to appeal in CBC, Samsung cases

Media | 01/11/2024 4:36 pm EST

CBC/Radio-Canada will not be permitted to appeal a lower court’s ruling...

Cogeco Media to adopt Quickplay’s OTT platform

Media | 01/09/2024 5:30 pm EST

Cogeco Inc. is partnering with Quickplay to adopt their cloud-native OTT platform, the company announced in a Tuesday press release. The collaboration will offer Cogeco Media's five million listeners...

Tait attacked for taking trip to Australia as CBC cutbacks loom

Media | 12/13/2023 5:30 pm EST

CBC/Radio-Canada continued to come under fire in Parliament Tuesday with...

Ministers reluctant to endorse Catherine Tait’s leadership at CBC

Internet and Governance | 12/12/2023 3:04 pm EST

The current and past Minister of Canadian Heritage were loath to endorse Catherine Tait’s leadership at CBC/Radio-Canada Tuesday. Before the day’s cabinet meeting, both...

St-Onge refuses to say if she will fire CBC president Catherine Tait

Media | 12/11/2023 1:19 pm EST

Canadian Heritage Minister Pascale St-Onge would not take the bait when the...

St-Onge faces questioning on portfolio during Senate appearance

Media | 12/07/2023 5:03 pm EST

Canadian Heritage Minister Pascale St-Onge faced a barrage of questions...

Blanchet says CBC cuts at worst possible time

Internet and Governance | 12/06/2023 1:48 pm EST

The Bloc Québécois is continuing its fight against cutbacks at CBC/Radio-Canada. Tuesday in Question...

Job cuts reason enough for access to online platform contributions: CBC tells CRTC

Internet and Governance | 12/06/2023 9:18 am EST

Gatineau, Que. - CBC/Radio-Canada's decision to slash 600 jobs and leave...

CBC announces 600 jobs cut, decrease in programming

Media | 12/04/2023 6:48 pm EST

Canada's public broadcaster is cutting 10 per cent of its workforce and slashing some programming to deal...

Blue Ant says contribution regime should be flexible

Internet and Governance | 12/04/2023 3:32 pm EST

Foreign streamers must pay their fair share of contributions to the Canadian broadcasting system, but...

Netflix urges contribution limit be set at two per cent at CRTC hearings

Media | 12/01/2023 11:21 am EST

Netflix Services Canada ULC says it has invested large amounts of money...

Corus proposes contribution framework at CRTC, says time to regulate streamers is now

Internet and Governance | 11/30/2023 11:13 am EST

Those who stand to benefit from the Online Streaming Act want the CRTC to act as quickly as it can while those who may be forced to pay are urging caution. The commission is...

Only foreign streamers should be paying contribution, CRTC told

Internet and Governance | 11/29/2023 10:48 am EST

Major broadcasters think that there should be a flexible contribution...

IATSE calls for variety of funds to promote Canadian broadcasting

Media | 11/28/2023 9:24 am EST

Renewal of the Canadian broadcasting system should not rely on one rigid...

BQ media fund idea won’t solve problems, St-Onge maintains 

Media | 11/27/2023 5:31 pm EST

The Bloc Québécois is continuing its fight for a fund to help Canadian...

APTN says funds needed to support public service broadcasters

Internet and Governance | 11/27/2023 4:56 pm EST

The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) on Friday called for the...

Community radio calls for new funding at CRTC

Internet and Governance | 11/24/2023 7:56 am EST

Representatives from several community radio stations emphasized their role as a third-pillar of the Canadian broadcasting system during the CRTC’s hearings on Thursday, urging the regulator to develop a new funding model that supports them.  As the regulator works out...

BQ says media is in crisis and needs immediate action

Media | 11/23/2023 8:40 am EST

Canada’s news media are in crisis and the government is taking too long to respond, the House of...

Indigenous content is distinct from CanCon: Indigenous Screen Office

Media | 11/23/2023 8:29 am EST

The Indigenous Screen Office (ISO), newly certified as an independent...

Bell lays out contribution framework proposal at CRTC

Internet and Governance | 11/22/2023 9:13 am EST

BCE Inc. revealed more details on Tuesday on its proposal for how base contributions from online...

St-Onge releases Streaming Act direction to CRTC

Internet and Governance | 11/14/2023 5:09 pm EST

Tuesday Canadian Heritage Minister Pascale St-Onge issued the final policy direction to the CRTC that...

Stéphanie Paquette appointed as CRTC Quebec commissioner

Media | 11/14/2023 12:36 pm EST

Stéphanie Paquette has been named as a regional commissioner for Quebec on the CRTC, it was announced Tuesday. She begins her five-year term on Nov. 23. She comes to the commission from Quebecor...

Stringray almost double profit in Q2 compared to year prior

Media | 11/08/2023 4:21 pm EST

Stingray Group Inc. reported a 6.3 per cent increase in revenue during its...

WildBrain reports Q1 2024 results

Media | 11/08/2023 5:00 am EST

Kid and family entertainment company WildBrain Ltd. released its Q1 2024 results Tuesday evening,...

TVO workers settle strike against public broadcaster

Media | 11/06/2023 5:32 pm EST

The Canadian Media Guild has settled a strike against public broadcaster TV Ontario. Workers had been on the picket line since last August. According to a statement from the network, it is giving employees a 7.7 per cent pay increase–three per cent the first year, 2.75...

TVA Group lays off 31 per cent of workforce in reorganization

Media | 11/04/2023 11:47 am EDT

Quebecor Inc.’s TVA Group announced Thursday a series of changes to cut down on operating costs, resulting in the elimination of 547 positions or 31 per cent of the company’s current workforce....

CRTC changes should help overcome disappointing FY, Corus says

Media | 10/31/2023 5:22 pm EDT

A host of problems led Corus Entertainment Inc. to post a difficult fourth quarter and year end results, the firm’s president and CEO told an analysts’ call. “I would use the term double...

Bell and Fox forge alliance to boost original CanCon

Media | 10/27/2023 3:51 pm EDT

BCE Inc. and Fox Entertainment Global have unveiled a strategic licensing and distribution partnership,...

Producers say French streaming regulations could serve as an example for Canada

Media | 10/26/2023 6:33 pm EDT

As the CRTC works out how it is going to wrangle streaming platforms and...

Rogers closes Ottawa news station, returns licence to CRTC

Media | 10/26/2023 6:30 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. has shuttered its all-news station in the nation’s capital and laid off all its employees. CKOY-AM was known as CityNews Ottawa. There were fewer than 10 people on staff. The station went dark at 1 p.m. Thursday. “The station had ongoing...

WGC report finds gains in member diversity but stagnant work opportunities

Media | 10/25/2023 5:02 pm EDT

The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) published a comprehensive report on...

CRTC considers regulatory relief for Corus as profits decline

Media | 10/20/2023 12:46 pm EDT

The CRTC is proposing to loosen some of Corus Entertainment Inc.’s...

Online News Act comes under fire in Senate debate

Internet and Governance | 10/18/2023 5:23 pm EDT

The efficacy of the Online News Act was called into question during the Senate’s Question Period...

Tories continue attack on CBC over terrorism terminology

Media | 10/18/2023 5:06 pm EDT

The Conservative Party continued its attack on CBC/Radio-Canada Tuesday...

Bell files leave to appeal over CRTC decision to renew its licence without hearing

Media | 10/16/2023 5:45 pm EDT

The front entrance of the Bell Canada building on Albert Street in Ottawa on Nov. 2, 2021 (photo by Andrew Meade)BCE Inc. filed an application with the Federal Court of Appeal for leave to...

Federal arbitrator releases free time political broadcast schedule

Media | 10/11/2023 4:42 pm EDT

Broadcasting arbitrator Monica Song has released her list of free time political broadcasting allocated to the federal parties. The last update was in March. Time is allocated according to a formula...

St-Onge cites professor to quiet Conservative MP on online bills

Media | 10/06/2023 6:08 pm EDT

Conservative MP Rachael Thomas brought a motion before the House of Commons...

CPAC announces board changes

Media | 10/03/2023 5:57 pm EDT

 Cable Public Affairs Channel Inc. (CPAC) announced changes to its board of directors as it launches a...

APTN defends new structure proposal from broadcaster criticism

Media | 10/03/2023 4:29 pm EDT

APTN says its proposal to shift the terms of its licence will be good for the state of Canadian broadcasting and the five major broadcast distribution undertakings (BDUs) are wrong to quibble about it. “It is time to act. Indigenous languages are in crisis around the...

TVO strikers reject latest management offer

Media | 10/02/2023 3:49 pm EDT

Striking members of the Canadian Media Guild (CMG) have voted to reject the latest offer from provincial...

CRTC directs CBC to hold Indigenous consultation by March

Media | 09/20/2023 4:36 pm EDT

The CRTC denied an application by CBC/Radio-Canada to delay consultations...

CRTC to hold proceedings on Fox News carriage in Canada

Media | 09/20/2023 4:19 pm EDT

The CRTC will review the carriage of Fox News as a non-Canadian programming...

Trudeau announces parliamentary secretaries

Media | 09/18/2023 4:14 pm EDT

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has unveiled a new list of parliamentary secretaries as Parliament returns for its fall session.  Taleeb Noormohamed will serve as parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Pascale St Onge. The Vancouver MP replaces St. Catharines Liberal Chris Bittle, who becomes PS to the Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities. Ryan Turnbull of Whitby Ont. is the new assistant to Innovation, Science and Industry...

Script coordinators get Writers Guild, IATSE coverage

Media | 09/12/2023 5:13 pm EDT

The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)...

Squamish BC gets new FM station to compete with Rogers

Media | 09/08/2023 5:41 pm EDT

The CRTC Friday granted an FM licence to Four Senses Entertainment Inc. to...

WildBrain animators taking part in union drive

Media | 09/07/2023 4:48 pm EDT

Animators at WildBrain Ltd.’s Vancouver studios are attempting to unionize. A drive by the...

Tory convention takes aim at Streaming Act, CBC

Internet and Governance | 09/06/2023 4:29 pm EDT

Dissatisfaction with the Online Streaming Act and defunding the CBC are among the resolutions being...

No financial justification to increase skinny basic rate from $25 to $28: CRTC

Media | 09/05/2023 3:40 pm EDT

The CRTC denied an application by BCE Inc., Bragg Communication Inc.’s...

CRTC changes ad rules for discretionary services

Media | 09/05/2023 3:34 pm EDT

The CRTC said Tuesday that it was altering the rules for commercials on discretionary services. The...

Stingray adds Peavey Mart to retail audio network

Media | 08/31/2023 5:26 pm EDT

Canadian retail chain Peavey Mart has joined Stingray Group Inc.’s audio advertising network, according...

CRTC approves mandatory carriage for Francophone TV station despite incumbent opposition

Media | 08/31/2023 5:18 pm EDT

The CRTC added Natyf Inc., a Francophone station serving racialized communities, to Quebec’s basic package and issued a mandatory order for terrestrial and direct-to-home...