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Policy Briefs — 2006

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

Dec 6, 2006 — Policy Brief

Presentation to the CRTC on the regulatory framework for over-the-air television [CRTC 2006 – 5]

FRIENDS encourages the CRTC to grant carriage fees to over-the-air broadcasters in return for commitments to local and drama programming and to reinstate a policy of requiring a percentage of revenue to be spent on the production of Canadian programming.

Sep 27, 2006 — Policy Brief

Submission to the CRTC regarding the regulatory framework for over-the-air television

Friends makes recommendations on advertising regulations, subscriber fees, public broadcasting funding, out-of-market tuning, time shifting, Canadian programming, local programming, the benefits policy and HD issues.

Sep 19, 2006 — Policy Brief

FRIENDS statement to the House of Commons - Standing Committee on Finance

Friends recommends that funding for Canadian public broadcasting should be increased to at least 0.14% of GDP, and in return for reducing, or eliminating its reliance on advertising revenues, the CBC's public funding should be increased.

Sep 5, 2006 — Policy Brief

Pre-Budget Consultation Brief to the Finance Committee

FRIENDS recommendation to the Finance Committee states that the CBC's public funding should be increased in return for reducing, or eliminating its reliance on advertising revenues.

Sep 1, 2006 — Policy Brief

Submission to CRTC re the Future Environment facing the Canadian Broadcasting System

FRIENDS reccomends that public policy should ensure that all entities which benefit from access to Canadian viewers and listeners make appropriate contributions to support Canadian content, especially drama on television.

Jun 11, 2006 — Policy Brief

Submission to CRTC re Rogers Cable satellite subscription radio application [PN CRTC 2006-58: Application 2006-0196-5]

FRIENDS recommends that the CRTC not approve a satellite subscription radio application from Rogers Cable until sufficient Canadian audio programming is offered in accord with the Commission's policies.

May 24, 2006 — Policy Brief

Written response to a question from the Commercial Radio Policy Review [PN CRTC 2006-1]

Responding to a question posed by the CRTC Chair during the hearings on Commercial Radio Policy, FRIENDS provides information regarding its organization and financing.

May 15, 2006 — Policy Brief

Presentation to CRTC re Review of Commercial Radio Policy [PN CRTC 2006-1]

FRIENDS says the CRTC's recent annual reports reveal that despite audience fragmentation, the private radio industry is healthy and capable of making a substantial contribution towards the development of Canadian music and talent, and should be required to do so according to its means.

Apr 5, 2006 — Policy Brief

Submission to CRTC re Bell GlobeMedia [Application 2005-1504-1: PN CRTC 2006-24]

FRIENDS supports the arguments in the joint submission of ACTRA, the Directors Guild of Canada and the Writers Guild of Canada that allowing Bell Globemedia to transfer ownership without payment of public benefits will create a significant and dangerous precedent; questions Bell Globemedia's reluctance to propose a benefits package consistent with that approved in BCE's year 2000 acquisition of CTV.

Mar 15, 2006 — Policy Brief

Submission to CRTC re Review of Commercial Radio Policy [Broadcasting Notice of Public Hearing CRTC 2006-1]

FRIENDS recommends that the CRTC increase the minimum airplay requirement for Canadian popular music on commercial radio to 40%, with at least one quarter of this minimum for new and emerging artists and genres, and comments on other important aspects of commercial radio regulatory policy.