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Broadcasting regulation debate at electoral standstill as advocates, industry react

Media | 09/14/2021 7:16 pm EDT

According to an advocacy group opposing restrictions on the internet, although the Conservative government has a better approach when it comes to the question on what to do...

Singh says he’ll oppose Rogers-Shaw merger

Media | 09/10/2021 2:46 pm EDT

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is the first party leader to explicitly oppose the proposed acquisition of Shaw Communications Inc. by Rogers Communications Inc., saying that telecommunication giants are already “exploiting people.” His comments came at a Friday morning...

The Wire Report’s guide to the 2021 federal election 

Media | 08/17/2021 2:35 pm EDT

After Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formally called Sunday for a...

Heritage launches consultation on digital platform revenue sharing for news sector

Media | 08/03/2021 6:03 pm EDT

Canadian Heritage is seeking input on how best to compensate the news...

CRTC dismisses Quebecor complaint of CBC undue preference

Media | 08/03/2021 5:22 pm EDT

The CRTC has ruled that the CBC/Radio-Canada is  not giving itself an...

CRTC reports drop in broadcast revenue for 2020

Media | 07/16/2021 5:38 pm EDT

With advertising revenues battered by the pandemic -- particularly the second half of the year -- the...

CRTC approves station’s local content exemptions for Olympics and license revocation

Media | 06/18/2021 4:38 pm EDT

The CRTC has approved an application from CBC affiliate CKRT-TV, giving the French-language television broadcaster temporary relief from its license conditions during the...

CRTC report floats idea of Indigenous content quotas

Media | 03/25/2021 7:43 pm EDT

The CRTC has released the findings from its first phase in the development of a new Indigenous...

CBC seeks local content exemptions for Olympics

Media | 03/25/2021 5:09 pm EDT

CBC/Radio-Canada is once again asking the CRTC to temporarily relieve it of its local programming and described video obligations for the period of this year’s Tokyo Olympics. In its part 1 application to the CRTC, posted...

Tait again calls for digital flexibility

Media | 02/09/2021 4:30 pm EST

CBC/Radio-Canada president Catherine Tait doubled down on its request for greater flexibility to spend on...

CBC defends its digital switch, terms of trade reluctance

Media | 01/28/2021 6:01 pm EST

On the final day of three weeks of CRTC hearings into CBC/Radio-Canada's...

CMPA wants CRTC to stand firm on terms of trade with CBC

Media | 01/27/2021 6:13 pm EST

The Canadian Media Producers Association has called on the CRTC to force...

PIAC, CMG criticize CBC’s request for digital flexibility

Media | 01/26/2021 6:13 pm EST

The new digital initiatives from CBC/Radio-Canada like the English-language Gem and its French counterpart ICI Tou.tv have not yet shown themselves to be good enough to fulfill the broadcaster's...

Directors, writers demand CBC transparency on digital spending

Media | 01/25/2021 6:18 pm EST

To begin the third and final week of the CRTC's hearings on CBC/Radio-Canada's license renewal, organizations representing the directors and writers for Canada's film and television industry have...

Péladeau calls for CBC to be banned from advertising, charging for content

telecom | 01/19/2021 5:31 pm EST

Quebecor Inc. CEO Pierre Karl Péladeau has called on the CRTC to recentre...

Advocates call for end to digital media exemptions for CBC

Media | 01/18/2021 5:40 pm EST

The advocacy group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting has called on the CRTC to force CBC/Radio-Canada to open up what the group says is the CBC's request to put $300 million into a "black box" of unregulated digital expenditures, and to keep the current CBC management on a...

Tait defends Tandem initiative at CRTC hearing

telecom | 01/18/2021 11:20 am EST

On the final day of the first week of  CBC/Radio-Canada's license renewal hearing before the CRTC, CBC...

CBC explains decision to cut local broadcasts

telecom | 01/12/2021 7:16 pm EST

On the second day of the CRTC's hearings into the CBC/Radio-Canada license renewal, CBC executives detailed the lead up to the broadcaster’s much-criticized decision to cut local news broadcasts across the country in the early...

COVID impact on CBC not as significant as expected, Tait says

Media | 01/11/2021 6:20 pm EST

The COVID-19 pandemic dropped CBC/Radio-Canada’s revenues by 11 per cent,...

CBC refuses to provide CRTC information about diversity of production staff

Media | 12/18/2020 2:59 pm EST

In the lead up to its license renewal hearings in January, CBC/Radio-Canada has declined to provide the CRTC with statistics about the diversity of its in-house production staff. Following a...

Senator proposes Broadcasting Act amendment banning branded content on CBC

Media | 12/14/2020 5:39 pm EST

Prince Edward Island senator Percy Downe has announced that he will introduce an amendment that will prevent CBC/Radio-Canada from publishing or broadcasting sponsored content. Following on from recent controversies over the CBC’s branded content initiative, Tandem, Downe wrote in a Monday press release that such programs would damage the broadcaster’s reputation. “The issue of sponsored content … undermines trust in the CBC and creates the impression that if CBC News can’t be...

CRTC says Tandem can be discussed at CBC licence renewal hearing

Media | 12/11/2020 4:49 pm EST

The CRTC will not open a new Part 1 or consultation in response to a letter from a number of ex-CBC/Radio-Canada employees criticizing the public broadcaster’s new branded content scheme, Tandem. ...

CBC employees pen open letter, petition gov. seeking CRTC investigation of branded content

Media | 12/09/2020 5:38 pm EST

Impatient with the progress of a month-old Part 1...

Former CBC employees ask CRTC to investigate branded content

Media | 11/13/2020 5:44 pm EST

A group of former CBC employees have asked the CRTC to look into CBC/Radio-Canada sponsored content program Tandem. The Friday Part 1 application, which is not yet available on the regulator’s...

CRTC asks CBC to provide info about diversity of its production staff

Media | 11/11/2020 4:39 pm EST

In anticipation of CBC/Radio-Canada’s January license renewal hearings, the CRTC has requested that the broadcaster collect file information about staff diversity on its productions. In a letter...

CBC putting branded content initiative on ‘pause’

Media | 10/07/2020 11:08 am EDT

The branded content initiative launched by CBC/Radio-Canada last month has been put on hiatus while the...

Broadcasters sign up to BIPOC hiring directory

telecom | 10/05/2020 6:41 pm EDT

Canada’s largest broadcasters have committed to making the use of a Black, Indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC) hiring database a prerequisite to giving original productions the green light.  The broadcasters are...

Back to Parliament: your (pandemic) preview

Media | 09/22/2020 12:43 pm EDT

TrudeuCabinetRetreat2020Given the precarious situation around the now-escalating COVID-19 pandemic, what will actually be...

Broadcasting sector reacts to O’Toole victory

Media | 08/24/2020 6:19 pm EDT

The election of Erin O'Toole as federal opposition leader late Sunday night makes "the threat of CBC...

New date set for CBC licence renewal hearing

Media | 06/23/2020 11:45 am EDT

The CRTC has renewed CBC/Radio-Canada’s license for a year until September 2021, and delayed the associated public hearing until January 11, 2021.  Before the COVID-19 pandemic put the brakes on all public gatherings, the CBC’s license renewal hearing had been...

CBC board gets two new directors

Media | 06/05/2020 4:58 pm EDT

The federal government has appointed two individuals to the board of directors of CBC/Radio-Canada. Sandra Mason and Bill Tam will join the board for five-year terms, according to a Thursday press release from Canadian...

Change CAVCO system to highlight Canadian culture, former CBC VP says

Media | 05/28/2020 5:22 pm EDT

Canada should follow Britain’s lead and change the system it uses to classify productions as Canadian content, Richard Stursberg, former head of CBC/Radio-Canada’s English services, said at a...

Watchdog Friends calls for emergency media fund

Media | 04/06/2020 2:43 pm EDT

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting has urged the federal government to help prominent media outlets facing...

CBC suspends local newscasts during COVID-19 pandemic

Media | 03/19/2020 4:28 pm EDT

CBC/Radio-Canada has temporarily suspended its English-language local TV newscasts in all locations bar the North, as it opts to consolidate programming into one national news program during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a...

O’Toole calls for deep CBC cuts

Media | 02/14/2020 5:54 pm EST

Conservative Party leadership hopeful Erin O’Toole has called for CBC/Radio-Canada’s funding for its digital and english-language television department to be slashed, declaring the national broadcaster is “stuck in the past”.  In a video posted to his Twitter page, O’Toole says he wants to completely end funding for CBC Digital and cut funding for CBC English-language television by 50 per cent, CBC Radio and Radio-Canada funding untouched, including French-language television. The goal, O’Toole says in the video, is to “fully privatize” CBC funding by the end of his first mandate as Prime Minister.  In the video, which features O’Toole standing outside CBC Ottawa’s Queen Street headquarters, the Conservative MP says the funding boost given to the CBC by the government of Justin Trudeau has “hurt local newspapers...

BTLR panelist ‘optimistic’ about CBC funding

Media | 01/30/2020 6:12 pm EST

OTTAWA —  Whether or not CBC/Radio-Canada can move away from advertising revenue is a “political...

Guilbeault promises BTLR legislation in ‘months’

Media | 01/30/2020 12:53 pm EST

OTTAWA — Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault says his government will introduce legislation to...

BTLR reaction mixed, no clarity on gov’t implementation

Media | 01/29/2020 5:32 pm EST

OTTAWA — A broadcasting and telecommunications legislative review report...

Broadcasters opposed to STB measurement system proposal

Media | 12/18/2019 6:12 pm EST

Several independent broadcasters have written to the CRTC to say the regulator shouldn’t grant a request by TV providers to change a rule forcing cable and IPTV services to hand over viewership...

Donald Lizotte moves to CBC from Quebecor

Media | 11/04/2019 12:25 pm EST

Starting in February 2020, Donald Lizotte will take over as CBC/Radio-Canada’s general manager and...

Creative groups lobbying for tax credits on content development

Media | 09/03/2019 5:44 pm EDT

Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal is lobbying both the Alberta and Ontario...

CRTC commissioning research on global public broadcasters

Media | 07/29/2019 12:54 pm EDT

Ahead of its renewal of CBC/Radio-Canada’s broadcasting licences, the...

Without independence, CBC would be ‘state broadcaster’: Tait

Media | 05/31/2019 2:36 pm EDT

OTTAWA — The spectre of past Conservative government cuts to...

Re:Sound seeks to double CBC radio royalties to $3M a year

Media | 05/14/2019 5:54 pm EDT

An organization representing sound recording rights holders wants to more-than double the royalties it bills CBC/Radio-Canada to play music on traditional radio -- to the tune of $3 million per year. Re:Sound is proposing to increase the tariff on music played by CBC...

Canadians want more money for CBC, don’t trust OTTs to support CanCon: Poll

Media | 05/13/2019 5:18 pm EDT

Almost 60 per cent of Canadians have “low trust and confidence” in Netflix Inc. to “protect Canadian culture and identity on television”; half of Canadians don't trust cable companies to do...

Accessibility groups ask BTLR for legislative changes, new advisory office

Media | 03/07/2019 4:31 pm EST

Canada’s broadcasting and telecommunications legislation should be...

Shaw Rocket Fund wants CBC to broaden children’s programming

Media | 03/01/2019 4:54 pm EST

The Shaw Rocket Fund wants CBC/Radio-Canada to expand its focus on children’s content to reflect a broader age range and is asking for new communications legislation to ensure it has the funding...

Distributors ask for Canadian film exhibition quotas on broadcast, OTT

Media | 03/01/2019 12:11 pm EST

Both over-the-top services and broadcasters should be required to show a certain amount of Canadian feature films, the Canadian Association of Film Distributors and Exporters is asking the panel...

Monique Marcotte retiring from CBC

Media | 02/28/2019 2:25 pm EST

Marco Dubé will take over the vice-president of people and culture position at CBC/Radio-Canada when Monique Marcotte retires at the end of June. Dubé has been with the CBC for 22 years in a variety of roles, including working on developing the public broadcaster’s...

Double CBC funding, CMG tells communications review

Media | 02/22/2019 3:59 pm EST

The real value of the funding CBC/Radio-Canada receives has slipped significantly due to inflation, the...

Trish Williams joins CBC

Media | 02/11/2019 3:21 pm EST

Trish Williams is moving from Temple Street Productions to CBC/Radio-Canada, where she will be CBC’s new executive director of scripted content. Starting this week, she...

Former CBC president Lacroix joins law firm

Media | 02/04/2019 12:59 pm EST

Former CBC/Radio-Canada president Hubert Lacroix has joined the business law firm Blake, Cassels &...

CBC president likens Netflix to colonialism

Media | 01/31/2019 4:27 pm EST

OTTAWA — CBC/Radio-Canada’s president Catherine Tait compared Netflix Inc.’s worldwide presence to...

Daniel Boudreau moves from TVA to CBC

Media | 01/21/2019 2:54 pm EST

Daniel Boudreau, previously vice-president of TVA productions, operations and technology, is leaving the Quebecor Inc. broadcasting division to become executive vice-president of media technology and infrastructure services at...

Platforms could pull out of Canadian market if regulated: Google

Media | 01/16/2019 2:17 pm EST

Alphabet Inc.’s Google already contributes to the Canadian creative...

CBC calls for site-blocking provisions for ‘manipulated content’

Media | 01/11/2019 4:09 pm EST

CBC/Radio-Canada wants the federal government to grant the CRTC the ability...

CBC’s head of sports Greg Stremlaw to leave

telecom | 01/08/2019 12:37 pm EST

CBC/Radio-Canada’s head of sports Greg Stremlaw is leaving the public broadcaster at the end of the...

Michel Bissonnette to be interim CBC vice-president

Media | 11/28/2018 5:02 pm EST

Michel Bissonnette, the executive vice-president of Radio-Canada, has been named interim head of CBC, replacing Heather Conway in the role. CBC/Radio-Canada president and CEO Catherine Tait announced Wednesday that Bissonnette will be filling Conway’s shoes after she...

Most content pirates have TV subscriptions: MTM

Media | 11/15/2018 5:19 pm EST

More than half, or 59 per cent, of Canadians who pirate TV and movie content also have a TV subscription, according to a new report from Media Technology Monitor (MTM). “This likely indicates that pirating content has to do...

Broadcasters ‘perfectly positioned’ to leverage podcast boom

Media | 11/08/2018 6:43 pm EST

TORONTO — Broadcasters should think about renting out their own studios...

Heather Conway leaving CBC

Media | 11/05/2018 1:18 pm EST

CBC/Radio-Canada’s executive vice-president of English-language services, Heather Conway, is leaving the public broadcaster next month, the Crown corporation announced...

CBC names new ombudsman

Media | 11/02/2018 5:22 pm EDT

CBC/Radio-Canada has named Jack Nagler its new English services ombudsman. Nagler, who is currently CBC’s senior director of journalism, replaces Esther Enkin in the...

Steve Ladurantaye leaving CBC for Scottish broadcaster STV

Media | 10/15/2018 12:52 pm EDT

Steve Ladurantaye is leaving CBC/Radio-Canada after two and a half years at CBC News for a top management post at the Scottish broadcaster STV Group PLC., CBC employees were told in an internal memo sent out Monday. Ladurantaye becomes the new head of news and current...

Only 3% of anglophones subscribe to sports streaming: MTM

Media | 10/11/2018 5:42 pm EDT

While services like Perform Group’s Dazn and Rogers Communications Inc.’s Sportsnet Now have been emerging in recent years, they “haven’t yet caught on in the Anglophone market,”  Media...

Ad sales up 6%, but CBC still wants out of ‘softening’ ad market

Media | 10/11/2018 4:14 pm EDT

CBC/Radio-Canada saw a nearly six per cent boost in its total ad revenue...

Broadcast, telecom acts review panel kicks off consultation

telecom | 09/25/2018 5:31 pm EDT

OTTAWA — The expert panel in charge of reviewing Canada’s...

Feds paid $190,000 in late-fees to telecoms: documents

telecom | 09/21/2018 6:31 pm EDT

The federal government spent at least $190,600 on late-payment fees and...

CBC appoints new OTT content director

Media | 08/24/2018 4:08 pm EDT

CBC/Radio-Canada has appointed Gave Lindo to lead the public broadcaster’s over-the-top (OTT) content...

Telecoms ask to intervene in SCC workplace safety case

telecom | 08/10/2018 4:56 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. and BCE Inc. are among a number of organizations...

Canadians using multiple devices, but adoption leveling off: MTM

Media | 06/08/2018 6:29 pm EDT

According to the latest data from CBC/Radio-Canada’s Media Technology Monitoring (MTM) project, 35 per cent of English-speaking internet users in Canada continue to own four types of electronic...

Nantel accuses Joly of holding cultural sector ‘hostage’

Media | 06/07/2018 1:23 pm EDT

NDP Heritage critic Pierre Nantel took Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly to...

Luce Julien named executive director of Radio-Canada news

Media | 05/25/2018 3:24 pm EDT

Luce Julien, a 23-year veteran of CBC/Radio-Canada, will become Radio-Canada's executive director of news and current affairs, following Michel Cormier’s retirement in July. The editor-in-chief of Montreal daily newspaper Le Devoir since February 2016, Julien will be...

Radio listening drops, very slightly: MTM

Media | 05/25/2018 2:45 pm EDT

A new Media Technology Monitor (MTM) report says 87 per cent of anglophone Canadians reported listening...

NFB, Bell Media, V Media content coming to Tou.tv OTT service

Media | 05/08/2018 1:49 pm EDT

Three French-language broadcasters will make their content available on the...

New CEO’s content background indicates shift at CBC: experts

Media | 04/03/2018 5:19 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Catherine Tait’s appointment as head of CBC/Radio-Canada is...

Radio-Canada asks broadcasters ‘to pool our strengths’ on OTT, content

Media | 03/16/2018 10:02 am EDT

CBC/Radio-Canada is in negotiations over opening up its French-language...

Olympic audiences slightly down from 2014, CBC stats show

Media | 03/01/2018 2:46 pm EST

CBC/Radio-Canada’s coverage of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games drew 31 million Canadians "across all English and French television network partners and digital streaming simulcasts," according to a Tuesday press release. This is a decrease from the 2014 Winter Games...

Ian Morrison steps down from watchdog Friends

Media | 02/12/2018 1:27 pm EST

Ian Morrison, the co-founder of Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, is handing over the reins of the...

31% of Canadians ‘extremely concerned’ about fake news: MTM

Media | 01/12/2018 2:51 pm EST

Nearly half of Canadians are concerned to some degree about the consequences of the phenomenon of fake news, with 31 per cent saying they are “extremely concerned,” according to a new report from...

Rogers, CBC ink 7-year deal for HNIC NHL broadcast

Media | 12/19/2017 6:31 pm EST

Rogers Communications Inc. and CBC/Radio-Canada signed a seven-year sub-licensing deal for the...

Five new directors named to CBC board

Media | 12/19/2017 5:22 pm EST

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly named five new members to the CBC/Radio-Canada board of directors for five-year terms, said a Tuesday press release. Harley Finkelstein, the chief of operations for Shopify Inc., René Légère,...

CBC digital expansion ahead of schedule

Media | 12/11/2017 2:58 pm EST

CBC/Radio-Canada has achieved its goal of doubling its digital reach more than two years early, the...

CBC launches $5 a month premium OTT service

Media | 12/05/2017 4:20 pm EST

In a memo to its employees on Monday, CBC/Radio-Canada announced it has improved its over-the-top (OTT)...

CSE ‘actively working’ with telecoms on SS7

telecom | 11/28/2017 5:45 pm EST

The Communications Security Establishment (CSE) has been providing “advice and guidance” to telecoms on a security vulnerability found on mobile network infrastructure known as signalling system...

Broadcast lobbying jumped ahead of Creative Canada release

Media | 10/24/2017 6:20 pm EDT

Creative organizations stepped up and added to a surge in lobbying activity...

Joly’s cultural policy continues drawing mixed reaction

Media | 09/29/2017 5:20 pm EDT

Various groups praised the promised investment in production and promotion included in the federal government's new cultural strategy, while opposition MPs criticized it in question period and financial analysts pointed out the new strategy won’t affect the declining...

Future reviews to determine much of DigiCanCon strategy: experts

Media | 09/28/2017 11:25 am EDT

OTTAWA — While the response to the long-awaited results of Heritage...

Mélanie Joly to unveil DigiCanCon details Sept. 28

Media | 09/19/2017 4:18 pm EDT

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly will give a speech at the end of the month outlining her “vision for Canada’s cultural and creative industries in a digital world” following a year-and-a-half long consultation. Joly will...

Regulatory rejigs, cultural changes in store as Parliament resumes

Media | 09/18/2017 1:56 pm EDT

Everything old is new again when it comes to telecom and media issues...

Gov’t posts CRTC vice-chair job

Media | 09/06/2017 4:19 pm EDT

The federal government is searching for a replacement for Peter Menzies, following his early departure from his role as vice-chairman of telecom at the CRTC. A job opening was posted to the government’s appointments...

NFB awareness lagging behind Disney, CBC

Media | 09/05/2017 1:15 pm EDT

Canadians’ awareness of the National Film Board (NFB) as an organization that produces documentary or animated films falls behind Walt Disney Co. and its Pixar studios as well as CBC/Radio-Canada, and those who do know about the NFB want it to be easier to access its...

CBC advertising up, specialty channel subs down

Media | 08/30/2017 4:27 pm EDT

In its latest quarterly report, CBC/Radio-Canada said that subscriptions to its specialty channels dropped compared to a year earlier. Subscriber revenue was down $1 million, or three per cent, in the three months ended June...

CBC board postings extended

Media | 08/15/2017 4:40 pm EDT

Prospective members of the CBC/Radio-Canada board of directors have more time to get their resumes in front of the government’s new advisory panel, as the deadline for...

32% of anglophones use music streaming services: MTM

Media | 07/20/2017 5:28 pm EDT

The popularity of music streaming platforms among anglophone Canadians has grown over the past year, with 32 per cent reporting using a music streaming service in the past month when surveyed in the spring of 2017. That’s...

Cultural diversity improving on Canadian screens: report

Media | 07/14/2017 3:08 pm EDT

The Canadian TV landscape gets poor marks when it comes to the...

Advisory group named to drive CBC board appointments

Media | 06/20/2017 5:45 pm EDT

OTTAWA — A nine-member panel has been charged with vetting potential appointees to the CBC/Radio-Canada...

‘Level playing field’ for foreign digital news services: committee

Media | 06/15/2017 4:52 pm EDT

OTTAWA — After a year of study and hearing from 131 witnesses, some of...

CBC, CRTC still viewed as keepers of Canadian identity: study

Media | 06/12/2017 3:04 pm EDT

Canadians rely heaviest on CBC/Radio-Canada and the CRTC to protect...

Indigenous Screen Office coming to Canada

Media | 06/12/2017 2:06 pm EDT

A new office to support indigenous creators will open its doors, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly announced Monday at the Banff World Media Festival. The Indigenous Screen Office is a collaboration between the Aboriginal Peoples...

Few policy details from new CPC leader

Media | 05/29/2017 4:56 pm EDT

Conservatives elected Saskatchewan MP Andrew Scheer as party and official Opposition leader over the weekend, but those interested in his stance on telecom and media issues won’t have much to chew on. Little is known about Scheer’s policy positions in general, aside...