Media News Digest: Journalists shielded, CRTC launches consultation, TVA president retires

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At the CRTC

  • The commission has launched a public consultation on the report it’s supposed to give Mélanie Joly next year. It plans a two-phase process, with the second phase going into more detail about the issues it wants to address. The first phase gets the discussion going by asking nine questions about the future of programming.
  • The CRTC has approved the distribution of Canal+ International in Canada. The channel is similar to the France TV network for which it’s named, and its proposed schedule included shows like TPMP, Le Grand journal and Le Petit journal, though the latter has since been cancelled.
  • The commission begins its hearing into TV providers’ licence renewals on Monday. The agenda is posted (the first under a new policy that announces the names of the commissioners on the panel before the hearing) and includes presentations from various community television groups, who will argue that the big cable companies have not been meeting their obligations.
  • The CBC has been granted temporary relief from two conditions of licence for CBC and Radio-Canada during the Pyeongchang Olympics: local programming and described video. This request is now standard practice for Olympics, which completely take over the TV schedule during their two weeks, reducing the amount of drama and local news.
  • CJUI-FM Kelowna (103.9 The Juice) has had its sale to Avenue Radio from Vista approved by the commission. A request to be exempt from tangible benefits payments for the sale has been denied because the station is two years too young to quality for such an exemption.
  • Videotron has filed a complaint against Rogers, saying that Rogers is demanding illegal minimum penetration or minimum revenue guarantees in exchange for carrying the NHL Centre Ice and NFL Sunday Ticket services. Rogers appears to argue that these premium sports services aren’t subject to the same rules as discretionary channels. The two seem to also disagree on whether the conditions of the contract (which are confidential) are de facto minimum revenue quotas.




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3 thoughts on “Media News Digest: Journalists shielded, CRTC launches consultation, TVA president retires

  1. John C Jepson

    As a daily viewer of CITY News Toronto I can tell you the departure of Avery Haines will be a big blow. Rogers has cleaned out most of their experienced news staff over the last couple of years replacing them with a much younger less expensive and less experienced crew. The work she did on the daily local grind and the incredible long form features she compiled were the class of the show. I don’t know her but a lot of her fellow workers referred to her as a friend and mentor. I wish her luck on W5 but geez that show conflicts with Saturday night hockey. It will be interesting to see If CITY News pockets the savings or if they try to hire an experienced replacement.

    1. Btett

      Hopefully with the expansion of the city news in Montreal, experienced reporters don’t end up going too. That or become more shared like Global News. I only seen Avery Haines on need a few times but she was amazing.

  2. dilbert

    When I read the story about the CRTC, I had quite the laugh.

    Study the future of TV. Use a two phase process, report to the minister some time next year.

    Meanwhile, the future of TV will have moved on so much, that the two phase process will be meaningless. It’s not quite “deck chairs on the Titanic” silly, but it’s rapidly approaching.

    The CRTC (and the Canadian government) need to understand that the silly think called a border isn’t particularly relevant anymore. Content comes from wherever it comes. You can listen to streaming music from the other side of the world – you can watch TV from the other side of the world, and things like YouTube have created a whole new world of entertainment possiblities.

    None of them, not a single one of them, can in any way be “regulated” by the CRTC or the Canadian government in any meaningful way. The only thing keeping the digital future from flooding Canada at this point is the gatekeeper incumbent players who impose usage caps on their internet subscribers such that accessing this buffet of entertainment because too costly if overdone.

    More and more, the government and CRTC are left to regulate what is left of a spoiled feast. It’s really only a short step from where we stand today to the point that CanCon rules and such become meaningless. The cord is being cut, cut rapidly, cut often… and if the CRTC had the ‘nads to force the old school mega companies to open the taps on the internet, it would already have happened.

    So yeah, enjoy your two phase inquiry. Ask a bunch of questions, and then hand in a report that is no longer relevant, overtaken by events again and again.


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