All Local & Regional Programming Articles

Jan 15, 2017 — News Article

Newspapers are doomed because people don't want news, they want community

Recent documents obtained by CBC News suggest that media leaders in this country — worried about the effect of Facebook and Google — want federal policies that would extract money from digital carriers who produce little original Canadian content.

Jan 12, 2017 — News Article

Canada’s broadcasters pay tax to support our industry. Netflix and other U.S. content firms should, too by Richard Stursberg

Writer says the existing government-support measures for Canadian content were all created before the digital revolution and that Telefilm Canada, the Canadian Media Fund (CMF) and the tax-credit system are focused on the cultural preoccupations of 20 years ago.

Jan 10, 2017 — News Article

Advocates ask Ottawa to 'kill the Internet tax' as Liberals ponder new fees by Michael Lewis

The issue has been in renewed focus recently, as Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly launched a public consultation last April.

Jan 10, 2017 — News Article

Advocates ask Ottawa to 'kill the Internet tax' as Liberals ponder new fees by Michael Lewis

The issue has been in renewed focus recently, as Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly launched a public consultation last April.

Dec 30, 2016 — News Article

Year-in-review: Little good news to be found in media world in 2016 by Beatrice Britneff

Representatives from The Globe & Mail and iPolitics — among others — have implored the government to stop “handing out money” to the CBC, “level the playing field” between the broadcaster and private outlets, and to consider prohibiting the broadcaster from running digital advertising — or advertising altogether.

Dec 21, 2016 — News Article

CBC telling Canadians’ stories by Shaun Poulter

CBC says that by 2020, they will be offering Canadians 18 hours of local digital content, every day.

Dec 20, 2016 — News Article

CRTC approves broadcast part of Bell-MTS deal, two approvals still needed to go ahead by Emily Jackson

The CRTC approves the transfer of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.’s broadcast licences to BCE Inc., the first of three approvals needed in Bell’s $3.9-billion bid to buy MTS.

Dec 10, 2016 — News Article

Going ad-free could be good for CBC by Bob Wakeham

A fallout discussion that emerged in recent weeks after the CBC floated the idea of a commercial-free television lineup centred around the question of whether the corporation is actually fulfilling its mandate to supply alternative programming to Canadians.

Dec 6, 2016 — News Article

Three employees affected by CJBN-TV station closure, two accept positions at Shaw TV by Lloyd Mack

Shaw Communications, which purchased the station along with Norcom Telecommunications in August 2006, filed with the CRTC advising the commission it is not seeking to renew the broadcast licence of CJBN-TV Kenora

Dec 6, 2016 — News Article

Local media and the democracy deficit by Ian Morrison

FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison says the time has come for the CRA to update its interpretation of what broadcasting means and end the tax deductibility of ads placed on foreign-controlled digital platforms.

Dec 5, 2016 — News Article

Big Idea for Canadian Media: Provide Incentives for Local Ownership by Marc Edge

Writer explores the takeovers and mergers behind the razed newsrooms and serially slimming papers, and reflects on the federal government’s current efforts to study the issue and determine what actions it may take to support the industry going forward.

Dec 5, 2016 — News Article

Big Idea for Canadian Media: Provide Incentives for Local Ownership by Marc Edge

Writer explores the takeovers and mergers behind the razed newsrooms and serially slimming papers, and reflects on the federal government’s current efforts to study the issue and determine what actions it may take to support the industry going forward.

Nov 23, 2016 — Policy Brief

The future of Canadian content in a digital world

In a letter to Hon. Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, FRIENDS comments on critical issues affecting the future of Canadian content in a digital world.

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 TV news coverage more important than station finances, says CRTC chair

The head of the country's broadcast regulator says TV stations have a responsibility to produce local news, even if it hurts their bottom line.

Oct 20, 2016 — News Article

CRTC chair: Local news is more important than profits

CRTC Chairman laments that a “disturbing number” of TV stations have cut staff and centralized operations.

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.