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Postmedia announcesthe Ottawa Citizen and Ottawa Sun newsrooms will merge. The newspaper chain also laid off 90 employees in several cities, including 12 Ottawa Sun employees.
FRIENDS says that without action from Canada's broadcast regulator, the future of local TV looks bleak.
Bell had asked the federal regulator to convert the eight channels from Category A to Category B services, which would require them to broadcast only 35% Canadian content – down from the current 50% for Category A services – while also eliminating their “must-carry” status.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, as well as shareholders, need to give approval for a merger to go ahead.
A survey that's part of the consultations also asks whose responsibility it should be to ensure a minimum standard of Internet service, particularly in rural and remote areas — market forces, government, the CRTC or a combination of the three.
Columnist says the CRTC will be demanding detailed answers about Channel Zero’s long term business plan for CHCH.
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, one of the commissioners of the study, emphasizes that these changes will negatively impact the ability of Canadian broadcasters and news providers, to create content.
The 104-page report, Canadian Television 2020: Technological and Regulatory Impacts, was prepared by consulting firm Nordicity and communications lawyer Peter Miller for unions, including the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), the Canadian Media Guild (CMG) and Unifor.
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.
An in-depth independent report on the changes sweeping the Canadian TV industry claims the new regulatory regime could result in 15,000 job losses and a C$1.4 billion (US$1 billion) reduction in the media sector’s contribution to the wider economy.
Peter Miller, Communications Lawyer and Consultant discusses the report that he co-authored with Nordicity, about the future of the Canadian television after the unbundling of television packages.
Regulations allowing consumers to unbundle cable and satellite TV packages could damage the economy, the report says.
New report says specialty channels are at risk of disappearing and Canadian content will suffer under new pick-and-pay rules.
Summary of Canadian Television 2020: Technological and Regulatory Impacts by Nordicity and Peter H. Miller.
A first-of-its-kind independent economic forecast shows regulatory changes espoused by the Harper government and adopted in last year’s CRTC Let’s Talk TV announcements will likely lead to the loss of more than 15,000 Canadian jobs and take $1.4 billion from the Canadian economy annually by 2020.
Changes to the way Canadians get their TV channels, including the limited unbundling of cable packages, will be financially devastating to the domestic programming industry and cost 15,000 jobs during the next five years.
FRIENDS says the “independent economic forecast” is an indictment of the policies in the CRTC’s Let’s Talk TV announcements and a direct result of pressure from the former Conservative government.
FRIENDS says study offers an indictment of the CRTC’s current leadership, based on solid economic analysis.