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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.

Oct 24, 2010 — Policy Brief

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2010715

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).

Sep 30, 2010 — Policy Brief

Re: CRTC Broadcast Notice of Consultation 2010-623

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.

Sep 30, 2010 — Policy Brief

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.

Sep 28, 2010 — Policy Brief

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.

Sep 7, 2010 — Policy Brief

Re: CRTC Broadcast Notice of Consultation 2010-551: Application #2009-1674-4

FRIENDS comments on an application by Corus for a broadcasting licence to operate a regional specialty television channel.

Aug 23, 2010 — Policy Brief

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.

Aug 13, 2010 — Policy Brief

Re: Pre-Budget Consultation Submission

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.

Jul 30, 2010 — Policy Brief

Opening Canada’s Doors to Foreign Investment in Telecommunications: Options for Reform

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.

Jul 13, 2010 — Policy Brief

Digital Economy Consultation

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%.

Mar 30, 2010 — Policy Brief

Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science & Technology

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.

Mar 1, 2010 — Policy Brief

Re: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009-732: Mandatory distribution – Section 9(1)(h)

FRIENDS supports the mandatory carriage of those television services which the CRTC determines to be in the public interest.

Feb 1, 2010 — Policy Brief

Re: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009-661: Policies for Community Television

FRIENDS endorses a proposal that would see community TV stations become more like public libraries with local control and dedicated funding.

Jan 27, 2010 — Policy Brief

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.