Two weeks ago, American media giant CBS announced it was launching its new video streaming service “All Access” in both the US and Canada in 2018. More pointedly, CBS gave notice it would phase out the time-honoured practice of big …Continue Reading Is the fate of CanCon worse than imagined?
In a sea of American TV news and entertainment, airing our own local news and Canadian programs preserves a little corner of Canadian life. This has been a Canadian fact of life since television was invented: two national audiences that …Continue Reading The ISP Levy is a No-Brainer
You know that a public policy idea’s time has come when it can take the best punch from the smartest critics without any harm. Such is the case of the $350M government aid proposal tabled last week by News Media …Continue Reading Andrew Coyne, Canadian Journalism, and the Great Unwashed
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/television/why-shouldnt-a-small-levy-help-update-our-support-for-canadian-culture/article35349435/Continue Reading Why shouldn’t a small levy help update our support for Canadian culture?
Bell pulled the curtain back on its new Alt TV service last week. As advertised, it’s a cheaper version of its “Fibe TV” broadcast product. It’s aimed at the cord-cutting, cord-shaving and cord-nevering customers that cable TV is increasingly losing …Continue Reading Bell’s Alt TV has one Foot in broadcasting, the other in the Internet
Last week’s CRTC licensing decision has set the stage for Rogers to reintroduce daily local news on CITY in western Canada for the first time in over a decade and daily multicultural regional news on OMNI since it was taken …Continue Reading Rogers has chance to make Local News comeback
Coincidence can be sweetly ironic if not downright disturbing. April 26th was such a day in Canadian media. In Toronto, CEO George Cope announced Bell Canada’s forthcoming CTV app for cordcutters who prefer to buy internet data from George instead …Continue Reading TV is Everywhere, Where is our Government?
Canada has a new media mogul, Mark Lever. The publisher of the Halifax Chronicle-Herald just bought Transcontinental’s 28 newspapers in Atlantic Canada for a reported $30 million, creating the new “Saltwire” chain of 35 regional papers. And so continues the doubled-down …Continue Reading Feds Must Save Postmedia Newsrooms to Save Journalism
Local television news is no longer a sustainable business venture. The big media companies who own most of the TV stations in Canada are not able to make those divisions profitable, and the remaining independents even less so. What has …Continue Reading Saving Local TV News
Last week the debate raged on over the CRTC’s confiscation of Bell Media’s exclusive Canadian broadcasting rights for the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Super Bowls. The story began in 2015 when CRTC Chair Jean-Pierre Blais decided to put his personal …Continue Reading Why the CRTC Blew It on the Super Bowl