All Local & Regional Programming Articles

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.

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. 

Sep 29, 2016 — News Article

Canadian media ‘crisis’ puts democracy at risk, says Torstar chair John Honderich by Bruce Campion-Smith

Torstar chair tells MPs that Canadian media are facing a “crisis” as market forces shrink newsrooms, leaving fewer journalists to report the news vital to a vibrant democracy.

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 29, 2016 — News Article

Et parfois de bons films… by Odile Tremblay

Reporter says, even after all the recent setbacks, the Montreal World Film Festival seems surprisingly popular with the public. Ironically, the precarious situation of the festival may have played a part by drawing more attention to it. 

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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