All Local & Regional Programming Articles

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.

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.