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Feb 2, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

Mulcair Criticizes 'Unacceptable' Possibility Liberals Won't Boost CBC Budget by Nicole Thompson

Thomas Mulcair and an NDP critic are expressing concern over a published interview where Canada's heritage minister appeared to leave open the possibility that the Liberals may back down from their campaign promise to raise the CBC's budget by $150 million.

Feb 2, 2016 — StreamDaily

Keytrends 2016: Entering the age of (user) experience by Darah Hansen

A new report from the Canadian Media Fund says the user experience needs to lead content creation and distribution today.

Feb 2, 2016 — StreamDaily

Rafe Oller on why TV execs shouldn’t underestimate millennials by Bree Rody-Mantha

Rafe Oller says linear producers would do well to stop treating Millenials like a lost generation.

Jan 31, 2016 — The Todd Veinotte Show

Audio: Ian Morrison on The Todd Veinotte Show

FRIENDS' spokesperson talks to Todd Veinotte about the recent CRTC hearings and the possibility that half of all local TV stations could close by 2020.

Jan 28, 2016 — Huffington Post

CBC/Radio-Canada: The Trudeau government becoming coy about its $150 million promise

The Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly, says she is working to “substantially increase” the budget for CBC/Radio-Canada, the public broadcaster, but without committing to a specific number.

Jan 28, 2016 — Le Huffington Post

Radio-Canada: le gouvernement Trudeau se fait discret sur sa promesse de 150 millions de dollars - Catherine Lévesque

Journalist says Mélanie Joly, the Canadian Heritage minister, is becoming more evasive when questioned about the promise to reinvest $150 million in CBC/Radio-Canada.

Jan 27, 2016 — News Article

New TV regulations could cost 7,000 Canadian jobs, report warns by Michael Lewis

FRIENDS says the new Liberal government could ask the CRTC to review its rules and Ottawa could rescind changes if they run counter to the Broadcasting Act's requirement for a preponderance of Canadian channels.

Jan 27, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

Indonesian Internet Giant Blocks Netflix by Patrick Brzeski and Georg Szalai

The country's largest telecommunications provider, Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom), majority owned by the Indonesian state, has blocked Netflix from all of its platforms, saying that the U.S. streaming video service had not adhered to local regulations, including acquiring the necessary local permits and submitting content for censorship review.

Jan 27, 2016 — Toronto Star

We know the price of journalism but not its value by Heather Mallick

Columnist says citizenship is a joint mission; we keep each other honest via different people and organizations inspecting each other for flaws or victories.

Jan 27, 2016 — CKRM

Is Local TV Dead? by Colin Lovequist

An eight-day hearing on the future of local television continues Tuesday as Canada’s broadcast regulator hears dire warnings from private networks about funding troubles in a changing media landscape.

Jan 27, 2016 — Times Colonist

CHEK joins call for help for small, independent TV stations by Richard Watts

FRIENDS says that for those stations that if stations that are the only ones  in their markett fade to black, it means people living there will no longer get professional television news made in their own communities.

Jan 26, 2016 — Hamilton Spectator

Guelph Mercury to stop printing; Rogers cuts jobs amid profit

Layoffs come after the CRTC was told that half of the country's local TV stations could be off the air in four years without a boost in revenues to pay for local programming.

Jan 26, 2016 — Winnipeg Free Press

Half of Canada’s local TV stations could fade to black, lobby warns by Brad Oswald

FRIENDS says small-market, independently owned TV stations are at the greatest risk in the current economic environment.

Jan 25, 2016 — CHCH TV

Local TV talks

The CRTC has started open public hearings as part of the broadcast regulator’s review of local and community television but as it got underway one thing was clear, local TV is struggling.

Jan 25, 2016 — Toronto Star

Rogers to cut 200 media and admin jobs by

A memo to Rogers Media staff says the job cuts will begin in February and will conclude as soon as possible.

Jan 25, 2016 — Kelowna Now

CRTC Wants Input on the Future of Community Television by Anita Sthankiya

Over the past few months, the CRTC has identified several challenges facing local and community television including the movement towards online services.

Jan 25, 2016 — IT Canada

Shifting Viewing Habits, New Rules Imperil Canadian TV: Report by NestoR Arellano

New report commissioned by FRIENDS says the most likely scenario over the short to mid-term is a material, but not fatal, erosion of traditional television.

Jan 25, 2016 — Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

Does local news matter to you? Give us your opinion! - The CRTC is holding a public hearing on local and community TV

The CRTC is inviting input from the public about the future of local and community programming. 

Jan 25, 2016 — Broadcaster Magazine

Local TV Stations Will Fail Without CRTC Action

FRIENDS says local TV stations in Canada will fail without an injection of new money to support their operation.

Jan 25, 2016 — The Hill Times

Meet Heritage Minister Joly, Ottawa’s new political powerhouse by

With numerous big NCC projects underway and Canada’s 150th celebrations on the horizon, Ottawa is set to become a ‘critical file’ for the minister from Montreal, say insiders.

Jan 24, 2016 — Hamilton Spectator

CRTC under pressure to boost local TV funding as hearings get underway by Terry Pedwell

New report submitted by FRIENDS says nearly half of the country's local TV stations could be off the air by 2020 without a boost in revenues to pay for local programming.

Jan 24, 2016 — le Soleil

Les stations de télé locales en péril de Terry Pedwell

Près de la moitié des stations de télévision locales pourraient fermer leurs portes d'ici 2020 sans une augmentation substantielle de leurs revenus, selon une étude qui a été soumise au Conseil de la radiodiffusion et des télécommunications canadiennes (CRTC) à l'aube des consultations publiques sur le sujet.

Jan 23, 2016 — Radio-Canada

La moitié des stations de télé locales pourraient fermer d'ici 2020, selon une étude

According to a new study commissioned by FRIENDS, nearly half of local television stations could close down by 2020 without a substantial increase in their income.

Jan 22, 2016 — Montreal Gazette

Here's why you should rethink cutting your cable by Bill Brownstein

Columnist examines whether streaming services will have access to enough hits in the future if everyone unsubscribes from television packages?

Jan 22, 2016 — Le Devoir

La télé locale dans le bocal by Stéphane Baillargeon

The CRTC is launching a public hearing regarding the survival of local and community television.

Jan 21, 2016 — Toronto Star

Canada’s national fabric is paying price for depletion of journalistic resources by Chantel Hébert

Columnist says here must be a point when the steady disintegration of the country’s fifth estate’s news-gathering and news-getting functions becomes a public policy issue.

Jan 21, 2016 — Broadcaster Magazine

Local TV in Crisis Says Friends

Starting Monday, January 25th, the survival of local TV in Canada will be the focus of a public hearing convened by the CRTC, Canada’s broadcast regulator. 

Jan 21, 2016 — Digital Journal

2016 Canadian Direct Response Forecast: A Turning Point for Digital & TV Media

Pippa Nutt, Senior Vice President, Digital & Canadian Media of leading brand direct response (DR) agency, Northern Lights Direct weighs in on some of 2016's biggest direct response marketing trends affecting marketers and advertisers in the Canadian marketplace.

Jan 20, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

NBC vs. Netflix: Why a Ratings 'Reveal' Matters by Natalie Jarvey

Whose viewership data should Hollywood trust? A tech firm's suspicious "outing" lays bare the anger and frustration of networks forced to compete with secrecy.

Jan 20, 2016 — News Article

The Great Canadian Ratings Report: Canadian NHL teams' woes bad news for Rogers by Chris Zelkovich

Columnist says if Rogers' stock were tied to its television performance, investors definitely would be taking a hit.