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Jan 13, 2016 — News Article

Many unanswered questions in CHCH aftermath

Columnist says the CRTC will be demanding detailed answers about Channel Zero’s long term business plan for CHCH.

Jan 13, 2016 — News Article

Purchase of Shaw Media sets stage for closures, consolidations

The Canadian Association of Journalists is concerned a $2.6-billion sale of Shaw Media Inc. could lay the foundation for a series of negative changes to the broadcasting industry in Canada.

Jan 13, 2016 — News Article

CHCH staffers "kicked to the curb" by Tony Ricciuto

129 full-time employees and close to 30 part-timers were let go as part of a massive restructuring of local news at the Hamilton-based television station. 

Jan 7, 2016 — News Article

New CRTC rules could cost 7,000 jobs by 2020: Report

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, one of the commissioners of the study, emphasizes that these changes will negatively impact the ability of Canadian broadcasters and news providers, to create content.

Jan 6, 2016 — News Article

New CRTC rules could cost 7,000 jobs by 2020: Report

The 104-page report, Canadian Television 2020: Technological and Regulatory Impacts, was prepared by consulting firm Nordicity and communications lawyer Peter Miller for unions, including the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), the Canadian Media Guild (CMG) and Unifor.

Jan 6, 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.

Dec 26, 2015 — News Article

In Canada, Indigenous media can aid reconciliation

Communications media in Canada’s native communities have a part to play in the reconciliation process stemming from the history of the Indian residential school system.

Dec 22, 2015 — News Article

Fired CHCH workers get $1,000 union gift by Steve Arnold

Unifor MediaOne, which represents broadcast workers across the country, is giving former CHCH TV employees $1,000 each to ease them through the weeks it will take to process their lost wage and unemployment insurance claims after the Hamilton station's owner fired 167 full- and part-time news employees and put a subsidiary company into bankruptcy.

Dec 21, 2015 — News Article

A CHCH primer: Who, what, why by Steve Buist

Dec 17, 2015 — News Article

Federal government must restore Local Programming Improvement Fund to help

Union leaders call on the federal Liberal government to reverse the decision to cut the local programming fund and to not just commit to infrastructure in new buildings and roads, but also fund vital communications infrastructure like our community television stations.

Dec 16, 2015 — News Article

Firing of CHCH workers was 'needlessly insensitive,' union says by Kelly Bennett

A new, smaller team is beginning work again at CHCH, after 129 full-time and 38 part-time personalities, reporters and other staff had their jobs terminated.

Dec 15, 2015 — News Article

CHCH All-Day Experiment Lessons Will Help Save Local TV by Joey Coleman

Columnist says we may all be discussing how CHCH's all-day news experiment didn't succeed, but we're only able to do so because they tried.

Dec 14, 2015 — News Article

Audio: Ian Morrison on AM900 CHML in Hamilton

FRIENDS' Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses the closure of CHCH TV in Hamilton with radio host Scott Thompson.

Dec 14, 2015 — News Article

CHCH TV suspends newscasts amid bankruptcy and restructuring moves by Natalie Paddon

CHCH was one of just two independent news stations left in Canada.

Dec 14, 2015 — News Article

CHCH’s woes sign of a larger crisis in local broadcasting by James Bradshaw

The network laid off all 129 full-time and 38 part-time staff members, claiming losses of $130,000 per week, then offered to hire back 71 people to similar roles under a new, numbered company contracted to create daily news.

Dec 13, 2015 — News Article

Ted Sarandos Talks Netflix's Middle East Launch, Plans for Localized Scripted Series by Alex Ritman

"What’s missing on the global stage is a really great scripted series about contemporary life in the Middle East," the SVOD giant's chief content officer told an audience at the Dubai Film Festival.

Dec 11, 2015 — News Article

Hamilton’s CHCH channel cuts back on local news in an effort to save costs

FRIENDS says the changes at CHCH are a warning sign of things to come.

Dec 10, 2015 — News Article

Hamilton's CHCH channel cuts back on local news in an effort to save costs by David French

Hamilton's CHCH channel is cutting back on local news in an attempt to right its troubled finances and 129 full-time employees have been let go.

Nov 22, 2015 — News Article

New research project examines local news poverty

The impact of newsroom cutbacks, consolidations and closures will be the focus of a new study examining local news poverty in communities outside of Canada’s major media centres.

Nov 11, 2015 — News Article

Community Media Convergence Ramps Up to Welcome Visitors to Ottawa by Cathy Edwards

A release from ComMedia Converge says the first ever gathering of community media practitioners from all sectors (community TV, community radio, community online media such as The Media Co-op and gamers) will meet at Carleton University Nov. 22-24th.