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ANALYSIS: Why so many Quebeckers are angry with Melanie Joly and her new Netflix policy
IN QUEBEC, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S cultural policy announcement has landed with a decisive thud. Read more

Pas si Joly: Pourquoi tant de Québécois s'opposent à la culturelle politique et à Netflix
AU QUEBEC, LA CLASSE POLITIQUE et culturelle a décidément mal avalé la politique culturelle récemment dévoilée par la ministre du patrimoine canadien, Mélanie Joly. Read more

COMMENTARY: Why Mélanie Joly’s Creative Canada is good news for Canadian screenwriters and Canadian culture
WHEN HERITAGE MINISTER Mélanie Joly delivered her Creative Canada vision statement last Thursday in Ottawa I was extremely pleased on behalf of Canadian screenwriters — at last, a vision for Canada that puts creators at the centre. Read more

More Breaking Stories

Telus isn’t worried about Shaw bundles
MONTREAL – After getting into wireless last year with the purchase of Wind (now Freedom) Mobile, many expect Shaw to soon start offering wireline/wireless bundles in the west just as Telus, its biggest competitor, already offers. Read more

Canadian TV industry touts international competitiveness in Netflix age
Looks like Netflix is chilling with Ottawa OTTAWA – The Canadian TV biz held a three-hour, industry-wide affair in Ottawa on Wednesday evening, where the Canada Media Fund showcased internationally competitive primetime broadcast TV Read more

CREATIVE CANADA: Netflix gets preferential Cancon treatment; CMF getting more money
OTTAWA – In a speech today at an Economic Club of Canada event, Minister of Canadian Heritage Melanie Joly officially unveiled the federal government’s long awaited digital content strategy. Read more

CCSA CONNECT: Saying goodbye to a name, a board chair and some old friends (with some snapshots!)
MONT TREMBLANT – “Embrace change,” is one of the messages Canadian Communication Systems Alliance president and CEO Jay Thomson had for members at last week’s 24th annual CCSA Connect conference. Read more

Union files CRTC complaint against Rogers over OMNI news
TORONTO - As it threatened weeks ago, Unifor, the union which represents journalists and television employees at Read more

DHX Media is for sale
HALIFAX – Family Channel owner DHX Media announced its board of directors has commenced a process “to explore and evaluate potential strategic alternatives focused on maximizing shareholder value,” reads a mid-Monday press release. Read more

Telus adds YouTube to Optik TV
VANCOUVER - Telus customers now have access to YouTube’s HD and 4K videos on their home’s biggest screen after the app was added to Optik TV 4K set-top boxes. Read more

Blue Ant International adds 800 hours of new content ahead of MIPCOM
TORONTO - Blue Ant International is gearing up for MIPCOM 2017 with its largest slate to date of over 800 new HD and 4K hours of programming, including kids and family, factual entertainment, specialist factual, high-impact documentaries and Read more

Bell Let’s Talk helps improve mental health care access in Greater Montreal
MONTREAL - Bell Let's Talk has donated $150,000 to nine mental health organizations to improve access to care for people living in the Greater Montréal area. Read more

New Maison de Radio-Canada breaks ground; opening scheduled for 2020
MONTREAL – Construction on CBC/Radio-Canada’s new home in Montreal is officially underway after a ground breaking ceremony held Sunday. Read more

DHX Media vows to cut costs after 2017 revenues, profits miss expectations
HALIFAX – DHX Media has kicked off a “cost-reduction program” to reverse disappointing fourth quarter and year-end results for the period ended June 30, 2017. Read more

Quebecor rolls out red carpet for ninth annual FNC
MONTREAL - Quebecor is once again throwing its support behind the Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC) which this year will take place October 4 – 15 in Montreal. Read more

Traditional, alternative video services can live in harmony: J.D. Power
COSTA MESA, CA – While pay-TV subscribers in the U.S. are increasingly satisfied with over-the-top streaming TV services, they are also watching more scheduled television programming than they did two years ago, according to new data from J.D. Read more

Union says beleaguered newspaper industry needs help, too
TORONTO – While welcoming Netflix Canada’s pending $500 million investment in Canadian content, Unifor said that Canada’s news industry also needs help, and quickly. Read more

Computers for Schools program marks delivery of 1.5 million computers
MISSAUAGA, ON – Calling on all Canadians to sharpen their digital skills, ISED Minister Navdeep Bains said that the government’s computers for schools program has delivered 1.5 million computers to Canadians. Read more

TV antenna salesman jailed for misleading claims
OTTAWA – A Montreal businessman is facing jail time after being convicted of deceptive marketing for a device known as Clear Vue that he claimed worked like a giant TV antenna and could replace cable service. Read more

Demand prompts SaskTel to boost LTE in urban areas
REGINA - SaskTel will invest $4.3 million to upgrade the wireless LTE networks serving Moose Jaw, North Battleford (and Battleford), Prince Albert, Swift Current, Weyburn, and Yorkton to keep up with the ever-growing demand for wireless data. Read more

Belcher, Bronfman Cardarelli, Carmody join CFC BoD
TORONTO - The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) has added four new members to its sizeable Board of Directors. Read more

Fairchild Radio dons the blues for Autism Awareness Week
VANCOUVER - Multicultural radio network Fairchild Radio Group shone the spotlight on autism spectrum disorders during its recent Autism Awareness Week. Read more

Welcome Mr. Scott. Now, get to work
GATINEAU – On Thursday, new CRTC chairman Ian Scott received his “welcome letter” from the two ministers who oversee the Commission, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Read more

Rogers expands wireless service in Winnipeg (corrected)
WINNIPEG – Rogers is working to improve its wireless service and network in Manitoba. Read more

Bell Media shills Comedy Central content on iTunes
TORONTO – Canadians searching for a laugh may now purchase Comedy Central’s collection of new and classic series and specials available to Canadians on iTunes. Read more

Sébastien Cassagnes joins Groupe V Media as senior director, multi-market sales
MONTREAL - Groupe V Media has named Sébastien Cassagnes to the position of senior director, multi-market sales. Read more

Netflix Canada to sink $500M in to new English and French Canandian content
OTTAWA – Netflix is building a permanent film and television production company in Canada that will invest at least $500 million in original content in both official languages over the next five years. Read more

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