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
Recently I received the most startling news from Open Media: “It’s official: 70 per cent of Canadians hate the Internet Tax, according to a brand new poll.” Sorry, it was bolded in the original. But in the interest of accuracy …Continue Reading Canadian Journalism is Going Broke