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How serious is the CRTC’s ‘unprecedented’ lack of commissioners?

Media | 07/10/2017 4:58 pm EDT

At the end of this week, following the departure of its vice-chairman of telecom, the CRTC will be left operating with only four commissioners and an interim chairwoman with...

CRTC to go ahead with French-language music review

Media | 12/02/2016 5:52 pm EST

The CRTC announced Thursday that it will go ahead with a hearing on rules governing French-language vocal music on commercial radio stations that had been postponed since last year. The commission is allowing parties, who have already filed submissions, an opportunity to update them by Jan. 11. It said the new date for the hearing will be announced at a later time. The hearing is expected to examine the “possibility of implementing new, innovative measures to support the creation, discovery, promotion and consumption of [French-language vocal music],” according to...

Judith LaRocque named CRTC vice-chair of broadcasting

Media | 11/14/2016 6:24 pm EST

The CRTC has named Judith LaRocque its new vice-chairwoman of broadcasting, a year after the position was left open following the departure of Tom Pentefountas. According to an email sent to...

Federal government looking for new CRTC vice-chair

Media | 06/28/2016 9:06 pm EDT

After seven months of vacancy, Canadian Heritage is moving to fill the vice-chair of broadcasting position at the CRTC. Former vice-chair Tom Pentefountas wrapped up his five-year term on Nov. 20. A new posting on...

Tom Pentefountas moves to Stingray as VP of sales

Media | 11/23/2015 2:50 pm EST

Stingray Digital Group Inc. has appointed Tom Pentefountas as senior vice-president of sales for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. A press release Monday said that the former vice-chairman of broadcasting for the CRTC...

Pentefountas leaving CRTC on Nov. 20

Media | 11/02/2015 8:07 pm EST

Tom Pentefountas, the CRTC vice-chairman of broadcasting, will wrap up his five-year term with the commission on Nov. 20, he said in an email to staff Monday. Pentefunas was appointed vice-chairman of broadcasting in 2011....

CRTC’s Pentefountas touts advertising opportunities

Media | 05/22/2015 4:31 pm EDT

CRTC vice-chairman of broadcasting Tom Pentefountas told those at the Future TV Advertising Forum in Toronto Thursday that the industry is entering "an exciting new era in broadcasting" that will allow many industry participants, including advertisers, to "excel in a fast-evolving environment." According to remarks provided by the CRTC, Pentefountas said "there may never be a better time to be in the ad business," giving the examples of programmable advertising on digital platforms, cross-platform campaigns and addressable TV ads that can target particular viewers. Pentefountas cited the CRTC's plan to use set-top boxes to better understand viewer habits as something that "could improve the industry's ability to provide Canadian viewers with the...

Telus calls Shomi service undue preference by Rogers, Shaw

Media | 09/12/2014 8:47 pm EDT

GATINEAU, Que. — Telus Corp. says it is “very concerned” Rogers Communications Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. are using the beta-test phase of their recently launched over-the-top...

CRTC asks Quebecor why it doesn’t go OTT-only

Media | 09/09/2014 9:53 pm EDT

GATINEAU, Que. — In the second day of hearings in the CRTC's Let's Talk TV proceeding, a commission member asked Quebecor Inc. why, if over-the-top (OTT) services such as Netflix are such a hot commodity, it doesn't abandon traditional broadcasting in favour of an exclusively online video service. “If the danger is real, why not...