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Policy Briefs

As part of its advocacy work, FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting frequently makes submissions and presentations to the CRTC, Parliamentary Committees, and other bodies.

Oct 5, 2012 — Policy Brief

Re: CRTC 2011-379: Licence Renewals for the CBC’s French- and English-language services

FRIENDS supports the renewal of CBC's various licences subject to a number of comments, recommendations and proposed conditions.

Aug 9, 2012 — Policy Brief

Re: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2012-370: Applications 2012-0516-2, 2012-0573-2, 2012-0710-9, 2012-0736-6 and 2012-0735-8 (BCE Acquisition of Astral Media)

FRIENDS recommends that the CRTC consider adopting dispute resolution mechanisms and meaningful penalties to ensure that an acquisition of Astral Media does not allow BCE to take undue advantage of behaviour that would subsequently be judged in contravention of telecom rules.

Jul 12, 2012 — Policy Brief

Applications by the CBC to renew broadcasting licences for radio, television, and specialty television as per Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-379-2 and your letter to the CBC dated 18 May 2012

FRIENDS recommends that as part of the CBC licence renewal process, the CRTC carefully examine the importance of hockey rights to the overall CBC English Television commercial revenue model.

Jun 18, 2012 — Policy Brief

Re: PN CRTC 2012-0509-7 CBC Analog Transmitters

FRIENDS says the CRTC should defer a decision on a CBC proposal to cut off free over-the-air TV service to large numbers of Canadians until the Corporation's network licences are reviewed.

Apr 12, 2012 — Policy Brief

Re: Advertising on CBC Radio 2 & Espace Musique

FRIENDS encourages the CRTC to reject a CBC proposal to place ads on Radio 2 & Espace Musique and instead proceed with the long-delayed review of the overall licensing of the Corporation's networks and services.

Feb 15, 2012 — Policy Brief

Re: BN CRTC 2011-788 – Review of Local Programming Improvement Fund

FRIENDS recommends that the CRTC bend over backwards to defend and protect the position of smaller ownership groups in view of the undue influence of the largest players in the broadcasting system.

Oct 27, 2011 — Policy Brief

Presentation to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics House of Commons

FRIENDS tells a Parliamentary committee looking into CBC's access to information policies that the root cause of the public broadcaster's disclosure avoidance is patronage appointments of its Board and President. 

Jul 21, 2011 — Policy Brief

Re: Application 2011-0966-1 amendment: a transmitter to serve Saint John

FRIENDS asks the CRTC for clarification on the closing date for comments on the CBC application for a Saint John transmitter.

Jul 17, 2011 — Policy Brief

Re: Application 2011-0966-1 amendment: a transmitter to serve Saint John

Submission to the CRTC on CBC's proposal for a digital transmitter to serve Saint John New Brunswick.

Apr 27, 2011 — Policy Brief

Re: CRTC Notice of Consultation CRTC 2010-783 Vertical Integration Regulatory Framework

Considering that all large broadcasters in Canada - except the CBC - are now controlled by distributors, FRIENDS recommends that the CRTC protect the interests of small independent players.

Apr 27, 2011 — Policy Brief

Re: Final Submission: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2010-952

Final submission to the CRTC on the group-based licence renewals for English-language television groups.

Apr 11, 2011 — Policy Brief

Group-based Licence Renewals for English-language Television groups

In a presentation to the CRTC, FRIENDS says that proposed changes to station group licences would result in a reduction of approximately $90 million annually in Canadian programming spending.

Mar 21, 2011 — Policy Brief

Mandate and Funding of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

In a presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, FRIENDS says that implementing the Committee's recommendation of increasing the CBC's parliamentary grant to at least $40 per capita would be a good first step in addressing the funding gap for Canada's public broadcaster.

Feb 9, 2011 — Policy Brief

Re: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-14

In a submission to the CRTC, FRIENDS comments on proposed regulation changes for "false or misleading" news coverage.

Feb 9, 2011 — Policy Brief

Re: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2010-952: Group-based licence renewals for English-language television groups

In a submission to the CRTC, FRIENDS says that proposed changes to station group licences would result in a reduction of approximately $90 million annually in Canadian programming spending.

Jan 11, 2011 — Policy Brief

Re: BN CRTC 2010-926: Application 2010-1506-6 Change of Effective Control of CTVgm’s Broadcasting Entities to BCE

FRIENDS supports the proposed change of effective control of CTVglobemedia's broadcasting assets to BCE, subject that the CRTC require BCE to revise the content of its public benefits proposal.

Oct 24, 2010 — Policy Brief

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2010715

In a submission to the CRTC, FRIENDS supports the application by Bluepoint Investments to acquire the assets and control of Saskatchewan Communications Network Corporation (SCN).

Sep 30, 2010 — Policy Brief

Re: CRTC Broadcast Notice of Consultation 2010-623

FRIENDS supports a proposal that would see 0.5% of cable gross revenues directed towards the creation of a Community Access Media Fund to which independent non-profit community-run access channels could apply for support.

Sep 30, 2010 — Policy Brief

Re: CRTC Broadcast Notice of Consultation 2010-649: Application 2010-1188-2 [TVA Group Inc. on behalf of a general partnership to be constituted or a corporation to be incorporated]

FRIENDS opposes a request that would see Québecor's Sun TV receive mandatory access in its first three years of operation and offers several observations and suggestions for consideration by the CRTC.

Sep 28, 2010 — Policy Brief

Re: Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2010-629 -- Criteria for assessing applications for mandatory distribution on the digital basic service

In a letter to the CRTC, FRIENDS says a proposed two-year moratorium on the consideration of any Category 1 broadcast applications would be highly prejudicial to the smaller, independent members of the broadcasting system.

Sep 7, 2010 — Policy Brief

Re: CRTC Broadcast Notice of Consultation 2010-551: Application #2009-1674-4

FRIENDS comments on an application by Corus for a broadcasting licence to operate a regional specialty television channel.

Aug 23, 2010 — Policy Brief

Re: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2010-498: Shaw Communications acquisition of CanWest Global's Broadcasting entities

As part of Shaw's application to take over CanWest's broadcasting assets, FRIENDS recommends the CRTC ensure commitment to local programming and adequate public benefit consistent with commission policies.

Aug 13, 2010 — Policy Brief

Re: Pre-Budget Consultation Submission

FRIENDS says The Standing Committee on Finance should adopt the 2008 recommendation of the Canadian Heritage Committee to increase the CBC's per‐capita grant to $40 per annum.

Jul 30, 2010 — Policy Brief

Opening Canada’s Doors to Foreign Investment in Telecommunications: Options for Reform

In a submission to Industry Canada, FRIENDS says that in an integrated communications environment, changing the foreign ownership requirement for one sector - telecom - can be expected to cause a domino effect in the other sectors - such as broadcasting.

Jul 13, 2010 — Policy Brief

Digital Economy Consultation

FRIENDS recommends that the Canadian Media Fund, and other federally-sponsored funds, be augmented by tapping into the huge profits of the four big cable monopolies, whose profit before interest and taxes in 2009 exceeded 25%.

Mar 30, 2010 — Policy Brief

Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science & Technology

FRIENDS tells parliamentarians that tinkering with foreign ownership rules in one part of the  media and communications industry will place other parts, such as broadcasting, at risk.

Mar 1, 2010 — Policy Brief

Re: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009-732: Mandatory distribution – Section 9(1)(h)

FRIENDS supports the mandatory carriage of those television services which the CRTC determines to be in the public interest.

Feb 1, 2010 — Policy Brief

Re: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009-661: Policies for Community Television

FRIENDS endorses a proposal that would see community TV stations become more like public libraries with local control and dedicated funding.

Jan 27, 2010 — Policy Brief

Re: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009-803, item 1: Application # 2008-0203-4: Média de Novo Inc.

FRIENDS offers comments and poses questions on a Média de Novo submission to the CRTC that would see the company sell the 'local availabilities' on U.S. specialty channels.

Dec 9, 2009 — Policy Brief

Compensation Regime for the Value of Local Television Signals (BN CRTC 2009-614)

FRIENDS recommends that the CRTC re-regulate the basic service of the big four cable monopolies and ensure that cable distributors do not pass along signal compensation charges to their subscribers.