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Sweeping government review to include CRTC, Broadcast Act, CanCon

Media | 04/25/2016 10:56 pm EDT

Industry insiders and observers are calling Canadian Heritage’s impending study of Canadian content in the digital age — which could potentially affect CBC/Radio-Canada, legislation like the broadcasting, telecom and CRTC acts, and Canadian content rules for TV and radio — long overdue. Ken Engelhart, former Rogers Communications Inc. senior vice-president and principal of Engelhart Law, said in a phone interview that he hasn’t seen a review like this during...

Terms of trade called ‘effectively dead’ after court decision

Media | 06/01/2015 8:45 pm EDT

The Federal Court of Appeal on Friday dismissed the Canadian Media Production Association’s attempt to appeal the CRTC’s decision to eliminate terms of trade agreements, in what a former head of the organization said is a “huge disappointment to producers.” Norm Bolen, a consultant who negotiated the agreement during his time as CMPA president and CEO, said in a phone interview that he was “surprised and disappointed” by the decision. The terms of trade...

Channel unbundling to have ‘unintended consequences,’ says consultant

Media | 03/19/2015 7:34 pm EDT

GATINEAU, Que. — While the public will generally back the CRTC's decision to require TV service providers to offer pick-and-pay to customers by the end of next year, they don't understand the full consequences for the Canadian TV industry, one media consultant said in the wake of Thursday's announcement....

Producers ‘shocked and stunned’ by terms-of-trade elimination

Media | 03/17/2015 8:46 pm EDT

The CRTC’s decision last week up to eliminate an agreement governing contracts between independent producers and large broadcasters has angered and surprised the Canadian Media Production...