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Feb 12, 2016 — News Article

Channel Zero proposal would tap into Cable 14 funding.

Under the present system Cable companies contribute two percent of their gross revenues to fund the community channels they operate across Canada.

Feb 12, 2016 — News Article

Mercury fallen: Where Guelph residents may go now for local news by Kate Bueckert

Columnist discusses where Guelph residents can go to read local news after the closure of the Guelph Mercury.

Feb 8, 2016 — News Article

Digital era raises tough questions about journalism’s future by Michael Geist

Columnist asks if emerging digital alternatives provide an effective substitute for local broadcasters and newspapers.

Feb 4, 2016 — News Article

Decline in news bad for democracy: columnist by Lynn Desjardins

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.”

Feb 3, 2016 — News Article

'News poverty' can harm democracy and communities, researcher finds by Jon Tattrie

If a community doesn't have a local newspaper or station, it usually means little to no coverage of things such as council meetings.

Feb 1, 2016 — News Article

Editorial: Don't forget community TV

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.

Feb 1, 2016 — News Article

Fears grow for future of community TV as CRTC set to hold hearings in Vancouver by Kent Spencer

CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais talks about possibly subsidizing local news and broadcasting professionally-produced news on community stations.

Jan 31, 2016 — News Article

TV station faced with ‘double whammy’ by Jeff Labine

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.

Jan 29, 2016 — News Article

Cost of free information could be end of local news knowledge by Kate Taylor

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.

Jan 29, 2016 — News Article

Bleak times for local journalism in Canada by Vanessa Lu

Local stations have repeatedly warned that they are in trouble, especially after special funding was eliminated in 2014.

Jan 28, 2016 — News Article

Thunder Bay Could Lose Both Its TV Stations, 'Blackening Northern Ontario' by Daniel Tencer

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.

Jan 28, 2016 — News Article

CHET TV makes its case for support to the CRTC by Mike Carter

Chetwynd's CHET TV makes a case to the CRTC, asking the regulator for more local TV funding from cable and satellite providers.

Jan 27, 2016 — News Article

New TV regulations could cost 7,000 Canadian jobs, report warns by Michael Lewis

FRIENDS says the new Liberal government could ask the CRTC to review its rules and Ottawa could rescind changes if they run counter to the Broadcasting Act's requirement for a preponderance of Canadian channels.

Jan 27, 2016 — News Article

We know the price of journalism but not its value by Heather Mallick

Columnist says citizenship is a joint mission; we keep each other honest via different people and organizations inspecting each other for flaws or victories.

Jan 27, 2016 — News Article

Is Local TV Dead? by Colin Lovequist

An eight-day hearing on the future of local television continues Tuesday as Canada’s broadcast regulator hears dire warnings from private networks about funding troubles in a changing media landscape.

Jan 27, 2016 — News Article

CHEK joins call for help for small, independent TV stations by Richard Watts

FRIENDS says that for those stations that if stations that are the only ones  in their markett fade to black, it means people living there will no longer get professional television news made in their own communities.

Jan 26, 2016 — News Article

Guelph Mercury to stop printing; Rogers cuts jobs amid profit

Layoffs come after the CRTC was told that half of the country's local TV stations could be off the air in four years without a boost in revenues to pay for local programming.

Jan 26, 2016 — News Article

Half of Canada’s local TV stations could fade to black, lobby warns by Brad Oswald

FRIENDS says small-market, independently owned TV stations are at the greatest risk in the current economic environment.

Jan 26, 2016 — Policy Brief

FRIENDS presentation to the CRTC on Local Television (BN CRTC 2015-421)

FRIENDS tells Canada's broadcast regulator that without prompt action from the CRTC, many local TV stations, particularly in small and medium markets, will likely fail.

Jan 25, 2016 — News Article

Local TV talks

The CRTC has started open public hearings as part of the broadcast regulator’s review of local and community television but as it got underway one thing was clear, local TV is struggling.