All Local & Regional Programming Articles
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.
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.
Columnist says citizenship is a joint mission; we keep each other honest via different people and organizations inspecting each other for flaws or victories.
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.
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.
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.
FRIENDS says small-market, independently owned TV stations are at the greatest risk in the current economic environment.
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.
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.