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Policy Briefs — 2009

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

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.

Nov 2, 2009 — Policy Brief

Re: Compensation Regime for the Value of Local Television Signals: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009-614

FRIENDS recommends that the CRTC re-regulate basic cable rates, ensure that big cable companies do not pass along signal costs to subscribers and new compensation be divided among local conventional stations based on viewership of Canadian programs.

Sep 14, 2009 — Policy Brief

Re: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009-411 – Policy proceeding on a group-based approach to licensing of television services

FRIENDS recommends that Cable broadcast distributors should share a portion of their considerable profit with local TV broadcasters and that those fees should be divided based upon the total audience assembled for Canadian programs.

Aug 3, 2009 — Policy Brief

Re: Broadcast Notice CRTC 2009-425: Proposed acquisition of CJNT & CHCH by Channel Zero (applications 2009-1020-0, 2009-1018-4, 2009-1021-7 & 2009-1019-2)

In a submission to the CRTC, FRIENDS supports Channel Zero's applications to acquire the television stations CJNT and CHCH.

Jun 2, 2009 — Policy Brief

Re: Notice of Consultation 2009-235

In a submission to the CRTC, FRIENDS calls for greater financial transparency in Canada's broadcast industry.

May 11, 2009 — Policy Brief

Evolution of the television industry in Canada and its impact on local communication

In a presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, FRIENDS cites a survey that says three-quarters of Canadians believe annual support to the CBC should rise to at least $40 per Canadian per year.

May 10, 2009 — Policy Brief

Re: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009-113 Licence Renewals for Private Conventional Television Stations: Comments on Bell Television's "FreeSat" Proposal

In a submission to the CRTC, FRIENDS says the vast majority of the three million Canadians who rely on over-the-air TV reception will not be served by the Bell Television "FreeSat" proposal.

May 6, 2009 — Policy Brief

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009-113 - Licence Renewals for Private Conventional Television Stations

FRIENDS recommends that the CRTC policies should recognize the vital contribution of Canadian over-the-air TV broadcasters and ensure that they have the financial capacity to produce Canadian local programming and to tell Canadian stories.

Mar 30, 2009 — Policy Brief

Re: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009-113 - Licence Renewals for Private Conventional Television Stations

FRIENDS' submission to the CRTC recommends that the quality and quantity of Canadian programming – especially local programming - be maintained as part of the private conventional television licence renewal process.

Feb 26, 2009 — Policy Brief

Re: Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2008-102

FRIENDS says a proposal from cable and satellite companies on the sale of advertising would have a negative impact on television broadcasters at a time of great financial peril, likely resulting in further reductions in local service.

Feb 23, 2009 — Policy Brief

Canadian broadcasting in new media - PN CRTC 2008–11

FRIENDS presentation to the CRTC on possible regulation changes for Canadian broadcasting in new media.