Policy

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Federal Court gives fee-for-carriage legitimacy

In response to a CRTC request asking for a ruling on the admissibility of so-called fee-for-carriage regime for the industry, the federal court in a 2-to-1 ruling said the Broadcasting Act would allow it.

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CRTC puts kaibosh on George Burger’s Crush movie channel

The CRTC has put the kaibosh on George Burger’s proposed Crush channel, ruling the film channel for an 18-35 male demo was too “broad” in mandate to distinguish itself from existing Canadian pay TV channels.

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Canada takes one more step to India co-production treaty

Canada has taken another step towards a possible official film and TV co-production agreement with India by launching an online consultation of its co-production treaty on audiovisual content.

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AUX TV asks CRTC to change restrictions

The regulatory body will decide this week if CTV’s request to play fewer music videos means AUX TV can play more.

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Pentefountas steps in for Arpin at CRTC as opposition accuses gov’t of cronyism

Only a few days after Industry Minister Tony Clement threatened to overturn a CRTC ruling on usage-based Internet billing the government has appointed a political ally as vice-chair of the federal regulator, a move critics say is meant to undermine the body’s authority.

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Canadian guilds and unions applaud court striking down Globalive decision

Canadian guilds and unions on Friday applauded a federal court striking down the licensing of Egyptian-owned mobile carrier Globalive Communications as a move that restores Canada’s foreign ownership restrictions.

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Breakthrough in Producer-Broadcaster terms of trade talks

Drum roll: a first-time terms of trade agreement between Canadian broadcasters and indie producers appears in sight.

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WGC, ACTRA weigh in at CRTC hearings

As the CRTC hearings into BCE’s $3.2 billion takeover of CTV continue, industry players debated Thursday how much the phone giant should pay to the Canadian broadcast system to secure a greenlight for the transaction.

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CRTC opens CTV/BCE transaction hearings

BCE on Tuesday defended its tangible benefits package for taking over CTV, contending it’s offering “significant commitments” to new Canadian content production.

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Rogers offers conditional support for BCE/CTV takeover

In its brief to the CRTC regarding the takeover, Rogers’ exec Phil Lind says it’s all good – as long as fee-for-carriage is not brought up again.

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CRTC briefs on BCE takeover of CTV

BCE isn’t making many friends as it looks to get its takeover of CTVglobemedia approved by the CRTC at upcoming hearings.

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Film Ontario trade mission to Hollywood

They’re on a mission: With foreign location shooting in Ontario on an upswing, major industry players are headed to Los Angeles in January to drum up still more business.