All Local & Regional Programming Articles

Apr 12, 2016 — Policy Brief

The Media and Local Communities

FRIENDS presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage on the future of local TV in Canada.

Apr 12, 2016 — News Release

FRIENDS proposes four point plan for local TV

FRIENDS proposes a four-point plan to revitalize local television news in Canada during an appearance before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage which is studying the issue.

Mar 15, 2016 — News Article

CHCH bankruptcy: Channel Zero and its web of companies trigger federal investigation by Natalie Paddon & Steve Buist

The restructuring of CHCH-TV's news operations in December has shed light on a complicated web of companies that has drawn the ire of Canada's broadcasting regulator and led to a federal labour department investigation.

Mar 11, 2016 — News Article

CHCH owner under labour code investigation following bankruptcy

The federal government’s labour standards division has launched an investigation into the bankruptcy that put about 170 employees at Hamilton-based CHCH-TV out of work last December, raising the possibility that company directors could be held liable for money owed to staff who were let go.

Mar 10, 2016 — News Article

TV industry frets over threat from skinny basic and pick-and-pay by Laura McNaughton

According to the CRTC, about $4.1 billion is spent on Canadian programming every year. Some comes from various government programs, but the bulk, $2.8 billion, comes from the broadcasting system itself.

Mar 5, 2016 — News Article

EDITORIAL: Not much pick, lots of pay

Editorial says the extent that companies leave ordinary viewers feeling let down once again, the cable providers are only helping to dig their own graves.

Mar 4, 2016 — News Article

EDITORIAL: Cable providers risk alienating their own customers

The big cable providers managed to fall short of even the dramatically lowered expectations of TV viewers with their new ‘skinny basic’ services.

Mar 4, 2016 — News Article

Forcing pick-and-pay TV was a bad move by the CRTC by Kate Taylor

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.

Mar 1, 2016 — News Article

Breakfast Buzz: Will you change your cable package? by Carly Robinson

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.

Feb 23, 2016 — News Article

As Canada's newsrooms shrink, concerns over coverage grow by Alastair Sharp

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.

Feb 23, 2016 — News Article

As Canada's newsrooms shrink, concerns over coverage grow by Alastair Sharp

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.

Feb 17, 2016 — News Article

Unifor lauds much-needed local news review

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.

Feb 17, 2016 — News Article

Canada regulator warns broadcasters not to skimp on news

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.

Feb 16, 2016 — News Article

State Of Canada's News Media To Be Studied By MPs Again by Jennifer Ditchburn

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.

Feb 12, 2016 — News Article

Podcasts a bright note in broadcast by Larry Cornies

A report prepared by Nordicity for FRIENDS says 50 per cent of Canada’s small and medium market stations could close by 2020.

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.