Fasken Martineau acts for clients in almost all major broadcasting regulatory proceedings that are conducted before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). The firm has extensive experience advising clients on licensing, regulatory and ownership requirements which apply to television, radio and digital media services, as well as cable, internet protocol television (IPTV) and satellite distributors.

We advise on regulatory and licensing compliance, transfers of ownership and control, dispute resolution, content regulation and program expenditure requirements, policy frameworks for vertical integration and consolidation within the broadcasting industry, digital media and emerging platforms and technologies, satellite radio, digital transition, “over-the-top” Internet-based programming services and foreign investment and foreign ownership rules. The firm also acts for clients in appellate and judicial review proceedings that involve broadcasting issues.

Our Clients

Fasken Martineau represents broadcasting distributors (such as cable TV, satellite and IPTV), programming services (such as over-the-air television and radio stations, pay, specialty, pay-per-view and Video-on-Demand [VOD] services), satellite radio, digital media and satellite services.

Our Expertise

  • Licensing and regulatory compliance
  • Transfers of ownership and control (M&A)
  • Investment laws and restrictions
  • Foreign ownership and foreign investment regulations
  • Dispute resolution
  • Broadcasting legislation and policy frameworks
  • Digital media
  • Advising governments on regulatory reform
  • Co-productions