Policy Briefs — 2010
As part of its advocacy work, FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting frequently makes submissions and presentations to the CRTC, Parliamentary Committees, and other bodies.
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).
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.
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.
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.
FRIENDS comments on an application by Corus for a broadcasting licence to operate a regional specialty television channel.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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.
FRIENDS supports the mandatory carriage of those television services which the CRTC determines to be in the public interest.
FRIENDS endorses a proposal that would see community TV stations become more like public libraries with local control and dedicated funding.
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.