All Local & Regional Programming Articles

Oct 21, 2016 — News Article

'Our society needs journalists': Reckoning with the future of news in the wake of latest Postmedia losses by David Gray

Mount Royal University professor says news media's role 'now more important than ever' in Canada.

Oct 20, 2016 — News Article

Local news a "responsibility," says CRTC

CRTC Chairman says TV stations have a responsibility to produce local news, even if it hurts their bottom line.

Oct 13, 2016 — News Article

Ottawa gets message that local news matters by Peter Kvarnstrom

Columnist speaks about why local journalism matters.

Oct 7, 2016 — News Article

Ottawa gets message that local news matters by Peter Kvarnstrom

Columnist says local journalism speaks directly to readers about their community and their neighbourhood. 

Sep 15, 2016 — News Article

Racism claim not backed up

Editorial states a free and unfettered news media is an essential component of democracy.

Sep 9, 2016 — News Article

CBC Radio One expanding to FM service in St. John's

Following a recent decision by the CRTC, CBC Radio One has been approved to expand its programming to the FM dial in the St. John's area.

Sep 8, 2016 — News Article

CHCH to resume weekend news broadcasts

After filing for bankruptcy in December 2015 and subsequently slashing programming including weekend newscasts, CHCH has announced it will introduce half-hour broadcasts of evening news airing on Saturdays and Sundays at 6 and 11 p.m.

Aug 18, 2016 — News Article

Cultural communities at odds with administrators over heritage spaces by Robert Everett-Green

Columnist says the same municipal leaders who are saying no to Kabane77 are heavy promoters of one of the collective’s primary goals - protecting creative workshops and artists’ spaces.

Aug 15, 2016 — Policy Brief

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2016-225

FRIENDS comments on the renewal of television licences held by large English- and French-language ownership groups.

Aug 11, 2016 — News Article

CMG is alarmed CBC/Radio-Canada is cutting service to minority Francophone communities

CMG, which represents Radio-Canada workers outside of Québec, has learned that the daily local 30-minute noon-hour news and public affairs show will no longer be produced and heard in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.

Aug 5, 2016 — Policy Brief

Pre-Budget Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

FRIENDS offers recommendations to the government on its tax and CRTC policies, including requiring Netflix and other foreign OTT services to collect sales taxes, as their Canadian competitors must do.

Jul 24, 2016 — News Article

CHEK brought local TV to Victoria by Diane Dakers

Columnist says Victoria’s CHEK-TV has long been a trailblazer in the television industry, setting records as the first independently owned TV station in B.C., the first station in Canada to introduce colour telecasting, and — as of 2009 — the first employee-owned TV station in North America. 

Jun 21, 2016 — Ad Campaign

Social Media Campaign: Reform the CBC Board

The Trudeau government can and should abolish the Board through an amendment to the Broadcasting Act, replacing it with a new governance structure whose members are appointed based on merit and independent from the government.

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Jun 15, 2016 — News Release

CRTC shell game leaves local TV on the brink

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting expressed disappointment with the new policy for local TV released today by the CRTC.

Jun 15, 2016 — News Article

CHCH-TV gets helping hand with CRTC’s local news fund by Steve Buist

CRTC announces the creation of an Independent Local News Fund worth approximately $20 million per year to help stations in 18 communities across the country produce news.

Jun 15, 2016 — News Article

CRTC announces new fund, minimum programming hours for local TV news by Terry Pedwell

Canada's broadcast regulator is forcing English-language TV stations to air at least seven hours a week of local news, and creating a new fund to help the smaller ones pay for it as part of a "rebalancing" of the country's television landscape.

Jun 15, 2016 — News Article

Unifor Supports CRTC Commitment To Local Television News

Union says strong and independent local news is intrinsic to our democracy and that it is the duty of large broadcasters to deliver it.

Jun 15, 2016 — News Article

CRTC orders TV stations to air at least 7 hours a week of local news

FRIENDS says the CRTC's new policy shows the broadcast regulator hasn't been listening to small stations that came begging for help.

Jun 15, 2016 — News Release

ADVISORY - FRIENDS to comment on CRTC Local TV decision

FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting spokesperson Ian Morrison will be available to comment following release of the CRTC decision concerning local television at 2:00 pm EDT today.