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CBC, Facebook digital ad sales hurting newspapers, committee hears

telecom | 11/18/2016 10:15 pm EST

OTTAWA — The Canadian government should review its mandate for CBC/Radio-Canada in light of the national broadcaster and foreign digital competitors taking away ad dollars from local newspapers, individuals representing the latter told the House of Commons standing committee on Canadian Heritage Thursday.  The committee heard from four different local newspapers and groups, including the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society of Alberta, the Neepawa Banner, Northern...

Google not ‘grabbing’ media revenue, VP tells MPs

Media | 11/15/2016 9:53 pm EST

OTTAWA — Creating the oft-asked-for level playing field by making foreign digital services subject to Canadian sales tax would hurt smaller companies trying to break into the country’s market, a House of Commons committee heard Tuesday from a representative of Alphabet Inc.’s Google Canada. The standing committee on Canadian heritage needs to consider the implications of changing the rules to support the request the committee heard repeatedly during its ongoing study of the media and local communities, said Jason Kee, Google Canada’s counsel for public...