Post Tagged with: "von finckenstein"

CRTC Chair Says Broadcast and Telco Acts Need Overhaul

CRTC Chair Konrad von Finckenstein told an audience last week that the Telecommunications Act and Broadcasting Act require an overhaul with a single communications law the better approach.

Read more ›

June 2, 2009 1 comment Must Reads

Role Reversal on TV Tax Debate

Yesterday I attended the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage hearing into the television industry in Canada and its impact on local communities.  The hearing featured MPs from all parties taking CRTC Chair Konrad von Finckenstein to task for not doing enough to save local television broadcasting.  Von Finckenstein rightly noted […]

Read more ›

March 26, 2009 27 comments News

Straight Talk at the CAB, Part Two

CRTC Chair Konrad von Finckenstein delivered the lunch keynote at today's Canadian Association of Broadcasters conference.  While von Finckenstein came armed with a few goodies for the broadcasters (possible subscriber fees for over the air broaadcasts), the majority of the speech featured the kind of straight talk that rarely happens in Ottawa.  He noted in particular the CAB's opposition to the Dunbar/Leblanc report (which he defended as an independent expert report) and the consultations over the summer on increased fees.  To quote the Chair:

We understand it may be difficult for an organization as diverse as yours to reach a unified position. But we hope that in the future you will be able to have an open and constructive dialogue with us. We hope you will feel free to say just where you stand. We can’t get anywhere when there are confusing or conflicting messages coming from your organization, particularly with the CAB expressing different views to Ministers than to the CRTC. The Commission is committed to full transparency and open dialogue with its stakeholders. We expect the same from the industry. I trust the incident of the fee payer consultation was an isolated instance that will not be repeated.

Ouch. The Chair also notably went out of his way to indicate that the CRTC has no interest in regulating the Internet, but is instead interested in broadcasting on the Internet.  

Read more ›

November 5, 2007 1 comment News

CRTC Confronts “Defining Challenge of our Time”

Appeared in the Toronto Star on July 16, 2007 as Media Diversity Hearings Are Long Overdue In a little noticed speech last month at a Canadian broadcasting conference, Konrad von Finckenstein, the newly appointed Chair of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), told the industry that new media is […]

Read more ›

July 16, 2007 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive

CRTC Chair Von Finckenstein on Broadcast and Telecom

CRTC Chair Konrad Von Finckenstein has had a busy week with major speeches on broadcast and telecom.

Read more ›

June 14, 2007 3 comments Must Reads