By Greg O’Brien
WE DRILL DOWN into the analytics of our content quite a lot at Cartt.ca, studying what resonates with our valued readers and what doesn’t. We learn a lot and try adjust our coverage accordingly. So, to give you a peek at what the folks in the cable, radio, television and telecom business have been paying the most attention to for the past year, we publish the top 25 stories of the past 12 months on the day after Labour Day.
As those in the TV business will tell you, September is really the beginning of the year – and September 1 to August 31 is still considered the “broadcast year” by the CRTC. For those of you in telecom and broadband, please just play along. Then again, with the Christmas sales season about to begin, this could be a happy time on that end of the industry, too.
As for what was the best-read features? Readers continue to enjoy our one-on-one interviews as part of our Fasken Martineau-sponsored Cartt.ca IN-DEPTH series and our Cartt.ca INVESTIGATES examination of the CBC was easily our most viewed stories of the year. It’s pretty clear readers like our original content.
When it comes to the rest of the pieces, regular readers will recognize a few general themes, from the Independent carriers vs. Bell to the next spectrum auction to our appeal to the Canadian broadband industry to do something about delivering broadband to the poor.
What you’ll see below are – in chronological order starting from September 2011 – the top 25 most-read stories of the past 12 months. We’ll also take this opportunity to remind you that any reader with ideas for stories/topics/issues you think Cartt.ca should be covering can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or direct message us on Twitter (@gregobr). We’ll keep any correspondence confidential if you wish. While you think up story ideas, We hope you’ll enjoy the stroll through the past year.
ISPs comply with Quebec court order in divulging user names in Hurt Locker case
Showtime Canada a possibility, says Cassaday; new platform growth queued up, too
Rogers defends public lobbying tactics, calls objections "laughable"
Péladeau calls out other media groups for getting into bed with CBC during committee appearance
COMMENTARY: With an industry and country as rich as this one, we must bridge the digital divide. Now
Canadian Broadband for All: Rogers interested, Shaw launches $49 triple-play bundle
Cartt.ca IN-DEPTH: Bell Media's Kevin Crull says he'd buy CTV all over again
Vertical Integration fallout: Independent BDUs refusing to sign Bell deal
Radio show's "stereotypical, degrading" comments about women crossed the line, says CBSC
Cartt.ca IN-DEPTH: Our new media world helped Konrad von Finckenstein change the CRTC, industry
SPECTRUM: Wind calls auction cap proposal from Telus "laughable"
Cartt.ca IN-DEPTH: Blue Ant's Michael MacMillan says original content will lead ambitious plans
SPECTRUM: Rogers believes Bell and Telus are sharing spectrum for LTE services
Independent distributors vs. Bell Media going to mandatory mediation
NextBox 2.0 another step in the journey to personalized TV -- an idea with many meanings
Rogers takes first step in all-digital cable conversion
COMMENTARY: Bell Media vs. CIDG. There's a reason no one sells single potato chips in this business
Cartt.ca INVESTIGATES: The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Rogers to buy CJNT-TV Montreal, expand western presence, too
Commission takes a hard line on Rogers’ SCN purchase; asks about giving purchase price away
COMMENTARY: U.S. cable industry says getting broadband to the poor "critical". What about Canada?
In a risky regulatory row, Telus, CIDG vs. Bell face final offer arbitration hearing Friday
Hiring Canadians with Hollywood experience to run shows back home is emerging trend
COMMENTARY: If I were a CRTC commissioner, these five questions I would ask Bell/Astral
COMMENTARY: Five questions I would ask the forces opposed to Bell/Astral, if I were a commissioner