All Local & Regional Programming Articles

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.

May 18, 2016 — News Article

CRTC chief deems Internet a necessity by Shannon VanRaes

In recent televised remarks, Jean-Pierre Blais said the necessity of broadband Internet access was a “self-evident truth,” shifting the focus of the current review of basic telecommunications services from proving the need for basic telecommunication, to examining how they can be delivered.

May 16, 2016 — News Article

Jean Pierre Blais at the public hearing to review competitive radio applications in Vancouver

The CRTC begins considering applications to operate new ethnic commercial AM and FM radio stations in the Greater Vancouver market, including the City of Surrey.

 

May 9, 2016 — News Article

New kid on the broadcasting block by John Morta

The community’s media landscape got a lot more interesting this spring with the flip of a switch on a transmitter that’s located on Toronto’s lakeshore, due south of East York.

May 6, 2016 — News Article

Foreign firms have unfair advantage over Cancon, committee hears by Daniel LeBlanc

Columnist says witnesses at parliamentary hearings on the future of local news are repeatedly casting U.S.-based Internet giants as villains in the Canadian media landscape, offering a hint of the battle to come later this year at a full-blown study on the future of Canada’s cultural industries.

May 2, 2016 — News Article

The challenge of reshaping Canada’s cultural landscape by Daniel LeBlanc & James Bradshaw

FRIENDS says that jobs are not an end in and of themselves, but it is people who create programs.

Apr 29, 2016 — News Article

Decline of Newspapers: Age drives views on the impacts of shrinking newsrooms

New study says Canadians are divided – mostly along generational lines – over whether the news vacuum left by shrinking papers is a serious problem for Canada, or one that will be resolved as new, online media outlets pick up the slack.

Apr 27, 2016 — News Article

Welcome to a new nightmare in Cancon policy by John Doyle

Columnist says the Heritage Minister cannot legislate excellence into existence, but it can be encouraged.

Apr 27, 2016 — News Article

Free advice for Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly by Karl Nerenberg

Mélanie Joly, the Canadian Heritage Minister, is about to launch a national consultation with an ambitious goal: to rethink policies governing Canada's broadcasting, film and other cultural industries.

Apr 25, 2016 — News Article

CBC to launch new digital service in London, Ont.

Heather Conway, CBC's executive vice-president of English Services, says London was identified as an area for expansion as early as 2012, when funding cuts put expansion plans there and elsewhere on hold.

 

Apr 23, 2016 — News Article

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly urges change at CBC, CRTC to boost Canadian content in digital age

Heritage Minister says Canada's cultural and creative industries are important drivers of innovation and a vibrant part of the Canadian economy.

Apr 23, 2016 — News Article

Canada Wants To Overhaul Broadcasting Laws To Support Local Content

Columnist says Canada's Liberal government is prepared to overhaul the country's laws governing broadcasting, media and cultural industries to support local content, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly told the Globe and Mail in a report Saturday, announcing a new policy direction in what she called a broken system.

Apr 21, 2016 — Policy Brief

The Media and Local Communities - Supplementary Submission

Written response to a question coming out of FRIENDS' presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage on the future of local TV in Canada.

Apr 12, 2016 — News Article

FRIENDS proposes four point plan for local TV

FRIENDS proposes a four-point plan to revitalize local television news in Canada during an appearance before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage which is studying the issue.