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Policy Briefs — 2007

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

Oct 24, 2007 — Policy Brief

Submission on the CRTC call for comments on a proposed Practice Direction on the Provision of Confidential Access to Confidential Information

FRIENDS supports the highest level of transparency and access to information possible in future CRTC proceedings.

Oct 19, 2007 — Policy Brief

Submission to the CRTC on the review of the regulatory frameworks for broadcasting distribution undertakings and discretionary programming services

FRIENDS tells the CRTC that cultural sovereignty must come first and foremost in any redesign of the regulatory framework for big cable and satellite companies.

Sep 21, 2007 — Policy Brief

Presentation to the CRTC Diversity of Voices Proceeding [PN CRTC 2007-5+41]

FRIENDS tells the CRTC BDUs have a huge impact on diversity of voices and should be a focus of the CRTC's review.

Aug 10, 2007 — Policy Brief

Submission to the CRTC regarding the CanWest/Goldman Sachs Application to Acquire Alliance Atlantis

FRIENDS offers advice to the CRTC on CanWest's application to acquire Alliance Atlantis Communications.

Aug 2, 2007 — Policy Brief

Rogers Media Inc. acquisition of CHUM City Stations

FRIENDS supports the Rogers acquisition of CHUM City Stations, but offers suggestions for the benefit of Canadian programming.

Jul 27, 2007 — Policy Brief

Submission to the CRTC on the CTF Task Force Report

FRIENDS comments on proposals from a CRTC Task Force on the governance and operation of the Canadian Television Fund.

Jul 23, 2007 — Policy Brief

Fewer Cancon points won't equal more eyeballs by Mark Dillon

Columnist says the CRTC's recommendation that the Canadian Television Fund lower its Cancon requirement for primetime projects won't result in a dramatic spike in audiences for Canadian shows.

Jul 18, 2007 — Policy Brief

Submission to the CRTC on the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council proposed Journalistic Independence Code

FRIENDS supports the CBSC proposal with the addition of two provisions to protect freedom of speech and access to employment in a changing media environment.

Jul 17, 2007 — Policy Brief

Submission to the CRTC Diversity of Voices Proceeding

FRIENDS says unregulated services threaten to undermine the goals of the Broadcasting Act, and segments of the Canadian media industry now suffer from the negative impact of excessive concentration.

Apr 5, 2007 — Policy Brief

Submission to the CRTC regarding the CTVglobemedia application to acquire all common shares of CHUM

FRIENDS recommends that in exchange for approving CTVglobemedia's acquisition of CHUM's radio and specialty television assets, CTVglobemedia should be required to divest the five CHUM/City stations and to retain CHUM's six A-Channel stations

Mar 14, 2007 — Policy Brief

Presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage in Vancouver

FRIENDS presents recommendations to parliamentarians on the role of the Public Broadcaster in the 21st Century.

Mar 8, 2007 — Policy Brief

Submission to CRTC re Canada One Television (Diversity Television Inc.) [PN CRTC 2007-1: Application 200700072]

FRIENDS supports application of Canada One Television for a CRTC licence.

Feb 26, 2007 — Policy Brief

Role of the Public Broadcaster in the 21st Century

FRIENDS recommends to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage that CBC governance should be free from patronage, the public broadcaster should better reflect Canada's regions and Parliament should increase CBC's budget by $100 million per year for the next five years.