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Policy Briefs — 2008

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

Dec 5, 2008 — Policy Brief

Re: Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2008-11: Notice of Consultation and hearing Canadian broadcasting in new media

FRIENDS recommends that the CRTC extend the same public policy and Broadcasting Act support for Canadian content to all media, including new media.

Jul 9, 2008 — Policy Brief

Re: Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2008-44 - Call for comments on the scope of a future proceeding on Canadian broadcasting in new media

FRIENDS submission to the CRTC stresses the importance of ensuring the presence of thriving and dynamic Canadian content in the new media audio/visual environment.

May 8, 2008 — Policy Brief

CRTC 2007-10: Final Comments

FRIENDS advises the CRTC against rule changes for Canada's cable and satellite companies that could reduce the exhibition of and expenditure on Canadian programming.

Apr 8, 2008 — Policy Brief

Review of the regulatory frameworks for broadcasting distribution undertakings and discretionary programming services - CRTC 2007-10

FRIENDS presentation to the CRTC on possible regulation changes for Canada's cable and satellite industry.

Feb 22, 2008 — Policy Brief

Broadcasting Notice of Public Hearing CRTC 2007-10-01,02,03,04

FRIENDS tells the CRTC that tinkering with TV regulations would most likely have long-term unintended and negative consequences that would undercut the stated objective of "ensuring a strong Canadian presence in the Canadian broadcasting system".

Feb 6, 2008 — Policy Brief

Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2008-6: Public Disclosure of Aggregate Financial Data, Large Ownership Groups OTA-TV + Radio

FRIENDS tells the CRTC that financial disclosure is needed to ensure big media companies are living up to their Canadian content obligations.

Jan 25, 2008 — Policy Brief

Review of the regulatory framework for broadcasting distribution undertakings and discretionary programming services CRTC 2007-10

FRIENDS recommends that the CRTC permit over-the-air television equitable access to subscriber cable/satellite fees in return for the expansion of local programming.

Jan 21, 2008 — Policy Brief

Re: Public Notice CRTC 2007-18, items 15 & 27 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: Applications 2007-1423-9 & 2007-0363-8

FRIENDS recommends the CRTC ensure that granting CBC's applications to convert Radio One service in the Lower Mainland, Sunshine Coast and Eastern Vancouver Island from AM to FM

Jan 11, 2008 — Policy Brief

Submission to the Competition Policy Review Panel

FRIENDS urges the Competition Policy Review Panel to retain and protect foreign ownership laws for Canadian media and communication companies.