Policy

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CRTC approves flying, boating, world sports specialties

The regulator gave applicant Paul Girouard the greenlight to operate three national specialty services, Flying Television, World Sports Network and Boating Television.

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Broadcasters under-funding western producers: Nordicity study

The commissioned report concluded Prairie producers are being short-changed by the CBC, the NFB, Telefilm Canada, the Canada Media Fund and the Canada Feature Film Fund.

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CRTC OKs new channels, Vancouver VOD service

The new channels consist of HGTV Canada spin-off Quest and Fight Media’s The League, an offering that targets die-hard fantasy sports league players.

Montreal

CRTC gives OK to CJNT-TV sale to Rogers

The regulator cleared the way for Rogers to extend its Citytv network into the Montreal market for $10.6 million.

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Cable, satellite TV operators prevail in battle over carriage fees

The high court on Thursday said the CRTC has no jurisdiction to impose a first-time value for signal regime, after an earlier lower court split decision that gave the regulator those powers under the Broadcasting Act.

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Corus defends OWN Canada learning mandate before the CRTC

The Canadian licensee of the American talk show queen’s network debated with the regulator what TV educational content looks like, and how it can be increased on the specialty network.

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Veteran broadcast exec Alain Gourd passes away

Gourd’s career spanned more than 40 years, as he established himself as an industry leader and authority on broadcast policy and governance.

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U.K. copros to spike with advent of country’s new TV tax break?

John McVay (pictured), the CEO of the U.K’s Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television, explains to Playback how the new 25% tax relief on high-end productions may impact international co-productions.

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Canadian actors and producers agree on new labor deal

ACTRA members will vote on whether to ratify the new collective agreement in the coming weeks.

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ACTRA hires new research chief

Jacob Leibovitch, who formerly was the Ontario Taxi Workers Union’s executive director, joins ACTRA effective immediately.

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CBC asks CRTC for more flexibility

CBC president and CEO Hubert Lacroix proposed to streamline the CBC’s genre-specific platform commitments in the face of persistent financial challenges and the challenges of going digital.

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Astral confirms new deal with BCE in the works

The media group confirms discussions to revive BCE’s acquisition of Astral have resumed, after shares of the company halted trading this morning.