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Feb 2, 2016 — News Article

Mulcair Criticizes 'Unacceptable' Possibility Liberals Won't Boost CBC Budget by Nicole Thompson

Thomas Mulcair and an NDP critic are expressing concern over a published interview where Canada's heritage minister appeared to leave open the possibility that the Liberals may back down from their campaign promise to raise the CBC's budget by $150 million.

Jan 31, 2016 — News Article

Audio: Ian Morrison on The Todd Veinotte Show

FRIENDS' spokesperson talks to Todd Veinotte about the recent CRTC hearings and the possibility that half of all local TV stations could close by 2020.

Jan 27, 2016 — News Article

New TV regulations could cost 7,000 Canadian jobs, report warns by Michael Lewis

FRIENDS says the new Liberal government could ask the CRTC to review its rules and Ottawa could rescind changes if they run counter to the Broadcasting Act's requirement for a preponderance of Canadian channels.

Jan 27, 2016 — News Article

We know the price of journalism but not its value by Heather Mallick

Columnist says citizenship is a joint mission; we keep each other honest via different people and organizations inspecting each other for flaws or victories.

Jan 27, 2016 — News Article

Is Local TV Dead? by Colin Lovequist

An eight-day hearing on the future of local television continues Tuesday as Canada’s broadcast regulator hears dire warnings from private networks about funding troubles in a changing media landscape.

Jan 27, 2016 — News Article

CHEK joins call for help for small, independent TV stations by Richard Watts

FRIENDS says that for those stations that if stations that are the only ones  in their markett fade to black, it means people living there will no longer get professional television news made in their own communities.

Jan 26, 2016 — News Article

Guelph Mercury to stop printing; Rogers cuts jobs amid profit

Layoffs come after the CRTC was told that half of the country's local TV stations could be off the air in four years without a boost in revenues to pay for local programming.

Jan 26, 2016 — News Article

Half of Canada’s local TV stations could fade to black, lobby warns by Brad Oswald

FRIENDS says small-market, independently owned TV stations are at the greatest risk in the current economic environment.

Jan 26, 2016 — Blog Post

Jean-Pierre Blais at Local TV hearing

CRTC Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais comments on FRIENDS' suggestion that an additional 1% BDU contribution may be needed to keep independent local stations in small communities on the air and his concern that the CRTC might be blamed for increasing the cost of television services.

Jan 26, 2016 — Policy Brief

FRIENDS presentation to the CRTC on Local Television (BN CRTC 2015-421)

FRIENDS tells Canada's broadcast regulator that without prompt action from the CRTC, many local TV stations, particularly in small and medium markets, will likely fail.

Jan 25, 2016 — News Article

Local TV talks

The CRTC has started open public hearings as part of the broadcast regulator’s review of local and community television but as it got underway one thing was clear, local TV is struggling.

Jan 25, 2016 — News Article

CRTC Wants Input on the Future of Community Television by Anita Sthankiya

Over the past few months, the CRTC has identified several challenges facing local and community television including the movement towards online services.

Jan 25, 2016 — News Article

Shifting Viewing Habits, New Rules Imperil Canadian TV: Report by NestoR Arellano

New report commissioned by FRIENDS says the most likely scenario over the short to mid-term is a material, but not fatal, erosion of traditional television.

Jan 25, 2016 — News Article

Does local news matter to you? Give us your opinion! - The CRTC is holding a public hearing on local and community TV

The CRTC is inviting input from the public about the future of local and community programming. 

Jan 25, 2016 — News Release

Local TV Stations will fail without CRTC action

Local TV stations in Canada will fail without an injection of new money to support their operation, according to FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting.

Jan 24, 2016 — News Article

CRTC under pressure to boost local TV funding as hearings get underway by Terry Pedwell

New report submitted by FRIENDS says nearly half of the country's local TV stations could be off the air by 2020 without a boost in revenues to pay for local programming.

Jan 24, 2016 — News Article

Les stations de télé locales en péril de Terry Pedwell

Près de la moitié des stations de télévision locales pourraient fermer leurs portes d'ici 2020 sans une augmentation substantielle de leurs revenus, selon une étude qui a été soumise au Conseil de la radiodiffusion et des télécommunications canadiennes (CRTC) à l'aube des consultations publiques sur le sujet.

Jan 23, 2016 — News Article

La moitié des stations de télé locales pourraient fermer d'ici 2020, selon une étude

According to a new study commissioned by FRIENDS, nearly half of local television stations could close down by 2020 without a substantial increase in their income.

Jan 22, 2016 — News Article

La télé locale dans le bocal by Stéphane Baillargeon

The CRTC is launching a public hearing regarding the survival of local and community television.

Jan 21, 2016 — News Article

Local TV in Crisis Says Friends

Starting Monday, January 25th, the survival of local TV in Canada will be the focus of a public hearing convened by the CRTC, Canada’s broadcast regulator.