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Columnist says a Pick-and_Pay is a piece of ill-conceived populism that did not, in the end, make any difference to the election prospects of the departing Tories and won’t actually save consumers much money – but still has the potential to do damage to the Canadian television industry.
The move is mandated by the CRTC, Canada’s broadcasting regulator, who ruled last year cable and telecom companies have to offer customers a bare bones package for just $25 a month.
Columnist says the sharp reduction in the size of Canada's press corps has some questioning the media's ability to investigate and report on corporate malfeasance and political chicanery.
Canadian newsrooms are shrinking in increasing numbers as an oil shock rocks the economy and curtails the appetite of advertisers already distracted by digital outlets.
Unifor National President says the ability of Canadian media to independently and thoroughly cover local, national and international news from a Canadian perspective is crucial to the well-being of our democracy.
CRTC Chairman says Canadian broadcasters have a responsibility to invest in robust news operations and will be held to account for those obligations ahead of license renewals due next year.
The Commons committee will embark on an expansive study of "how Canadians, and especially local communities, are informed about local and regional experiences through news, broadcasting, digital and print media.
A report prepared by Nordicity for FRIENDS says 50 per cent of Canada’s small and medium market stations could close by 2020.
Under the present system Cable companies contribute two percent of their gross revenues to fund the community channels they operate across Canada.
Columnist discusses where Guelph residents can go to read local news after the closure of the Guelph Mercury.
Columnist asks if emerging digital alternatives provide an effective substitute for local broadcasters and newspapers.
Host Lawrence Martin says there are multiple new media platforms on social media, but he says “That isn’t professional reporting. That’s people getting their opinion out there, which is great for the democratic process, but it doesn’t help in terms of the professional type of coverage of what’s going on in this country.”
If a community doesn't have a local newspaper or station, it usually means little to no coverage of things such as council meetings.
Editorial says the CRTC is looking at changing the way it doles out funding for local coverage, but giving the funds to big broadcasters not the answer.
CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais talks about possibly subsidizing local news and broadcasting professionally-produced news on community stations.
Don Caron, the vice-president and general manager of Dougall Media, tells the CRTC that the company is struggling and was using life insurance money from the estates of former general manager Tony Seuret and owner Fraser Dougall to remain in operation.
Columnist says there is tension between journalists who feel their job is to gather and disseminate information in the public interest and publishers who feel their job is to make money.
Local stations have repeatedly warned that they are in trouble, especially after special funding was eliminated in 2014.
Thunder Bay’s two local TV stations are in such financial trouble that they are running on life insurance money from a recently deceased station owner, station management told Canada’s broadcast regulator this week.
Chetwynd's CHET TV makes a case to the CRTC, asking the regulator for more local TV funding from cable and satellite providers.