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CRTC renews Super Channel’s broadcasting licence, with a caveat

The Commission renewed the broadcast licence for a four-year term, but gave a stern warning about non-compliance in relation to CPE, and script and concept development.

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NB lawyer, veteran journalist named CRTC commissioners

Newly appointed commissioners Ellen C. Desmond and Nirmala Naidoo will take over from outgoing members Christopher MacDonald and Linda Vennard.

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CRTC denies Blue Ant Media’s request to reduce PNI requirement

The Commission determined the broadcaster did not give “sufficient justification” to reduce the required PNI spend from 13.5% to 5% for its eight channels.

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CRTC postpones CBC hearing due to COVID-19

Originally set for next month, the Commission said the licence renewal hearing’s new date would be announced at a later time.

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CRTC approves Bell’s V acquisition

The Commission found that the transaction serves the public interest and noted that the rationale for its decision would be published at a later date.

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Federal government steps in for broadcasters

As the industry faces an overall decline in ad revenue and complications related to production, a new measure will represent $30 million in savings across 107 broadcasters.

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CRTC hears interventions on Bell Media’s proposed V acquisition

Quebecor stood firm in its stance against the deal, while a number of associations disputed Bell Media’s request to lower French-language PNI expenditure requirements.

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Defining events of the ’10s

Industry stakeholders and pundits weigh in on the decade’s most crucial events, including major M&A moves and Netflix’s arrival in the market.

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Supreme Court overturns CRTC’s Super Bowl simsub ban

Canada’s highest court ruled that the Commission “went beyond [its] power” by introducing the ban, which came into effect in 2017.

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In brief: Canadians hit the festival circuit in 2020

Plus, the CRTC extends Super Channel’s licence, a Canadian showrunner is tapped for the Sundance Institute’s January Screenwriters Lab, and more.

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CRTC considers new licence models in CBC renewal hearing

The pubcaster has put forth a proposal that would see online exhibition included in its content commitments for the first time.

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Unions, guilds oppose Corus’ request for CPE flexibility

CMPA, DGC, ACTRA and WGC said that granting the request would set a dangerous precedent, while other broadcasters argued that additional flexibility is necessary.