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All Local & Regional Programming Articles — 2004

Dec 9, 2004 — Blog Post

Letter to Minister of Canadian Heritage re CBC Grassroots Capacity

FRIENDS policy advice to the Minister of Canadian Heritage recommends that any allocation of new resources to CBC be at least 80% dedicated to improving CBC’s grassroots capacity across the country.

Dec 7, 2004 — News Article

Anchors, male or female, can't hold us by Antonia Zerbisias

Audience fragmentation, Internet contribute to declining ratings for evening newscasts and their anchors.

Dec 6, 2004 — News Article

Teens fleeing adult radio by William Burrill

Teenagers are reportedly rejecting traditional radio in favour of new media.

Nov 22, 2004 — News Article

Transcript of Roundtable Discussions

Transcript of presentations to Finance Committee pre-budget consultations by FRIENDS and others.

Nov 22, 2004 — Policy Brief

Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

FRIENDS tells Finance Committee pre-budget consultations that CBC needs $100 million in new funding annually if it is to adequately discharge its local and regional responsibilities under the Broadcasting Act.

Nov 16, 2004 — News Article

CBC asks for an extra $100M to save regional programming by Chris Cobb

CBC President Robert Rabinovitch seeks permanent funding to restore CBC local and regional programming capacity on English television.

Nov 15, 2004 — Blog Post

CBC President Tells Media, Not Parliament About Plans for Local/Regional Programming

In an extraordinary development, CBC president tells media scrum about plans for CBC local/regional programming after refusing to tell parliamentary committee about them.

Nov 11, 2004 — News Article

Can our first lady of culture survive the heathens? by Lawrence Martin

Minister of Heritage Liza Frulla says Canada needs more public television, will push to restore CBC news services in the regions.

Nov 11, 2004 — News Release

CBC President Gets a Passing Grade

FRIENDS gives CBC President Robert Rabinovitch a C- for his performance on a variety of performance measures, including CBC funding, regional programming, Canadian content, and CBC Radio.

Nov 3, 2004 — News Article

Copper's not dead: Sabia by Greg O'Brien

Bell CEO Micheal Sabia disagrees with Verizon president, says copper remains a viable transmission technology for a wide variety of communications.

Nov 2, 2004 — News Article

Copper is dead, says Verizon by Greg O'Brien

With companies such as Verizon communications bringing optical fibre directly to the home, copper may no longer be a competitive and viable transmission technology.

Oct 26, 2004 — News Article

Harper's pandering by Susan Riley

Conservative party leader Stephen Harper criticized for suggestion that federal powers be devolved to linguistic groups, CRTC and CBC be split into separate anglophone and francophone institutions.

Oct 22, 2004 — News Article

Census metropolitan areas as culture clusters - 2001

Half the workers in Canada's cultural industries are concentrated in three metropolitan centres, but smaller centres remain proportionally significant.

Oct 20, 2004 — Blog Post

Letter to George Smith, Senior Vice-President, CBC

FRIENDS responds to letter from CBC executive, says CBC underestimating audience demand for live hockey.

Sep 9, 2004 — News Article

DirecTV channels $1 bil HD plan by Paul Bond

Direct TV invests over 1 billion dollars in the construction of four satellites intended to provide Americans with a plethora of high-definition TV channels. Senior analyst says the most threatened by this move will be "the tier-two cable operators that are surviving on their local presence".

Aug 28, 2004 — News Article

Reruns of Rocky? What were they thinking? by Andrew Ryan

The failure of Toronto 1 may have been attributable to its lack of originality.

Aug 27, 2004 — News Article

Affaire Néron, CHOI-FM, CKAC... by Pierre Dubuc

Columnist argues that the recent CRTC ruling on CHOI-FM is just one more example of 'journalism by judges', a process that allows the federal government to whittle down journalistic freedom and independence in Quebec.

Aug 25, 2004 — Policy Brief

Briefing on the RAI issue to Expert Panel on Third Language Public Television Services

FRIENDS' written comments regarding RAI provided to the expert panel appointed by The Minister of Canadian Heritage to study policies and access to third language public television services. The panel invited FRIENDS to an in-person meeting held August 26, 2004.

Aug 19, 2004 — News Article

Promises, Promises by Andrew MacLeod

Unhappy viewers say that CHUM's new "mainstream" programming isn't part of the New VI bid they supported.

Aug 8, 2004 — News Article

My Beef With Big Media by Ted Turner

In the interests of quality, democracy, diversity, localism and competition, the US government and the FCC must change broadcasting regulations to encourage independent media, Turner writes.

Jul 18, 2004 — News Article

Campaigns Use TV Preferences To Find Voters by Jim Rutenberg

Through their TV ad placement, Bush and Kerry reveal the groups of voters they're courting.

Jul 17, 2004 — News Article

Why is this man the city's top morning radio host?

CBC Radio One's Metro Morning the highest rated morning show in Toronto.

Jul 16, 2004 — News Article

Al-Jazeera conditions irk firms by Elizabeth Thompson

Cable companies say the requirement that they monitor Al-Jazeera for hateful content is "too onerous."

Jul 9, 2004 — News Article

TV station has taken a new direction by Norman Spector

The New VI's new owner, CHUM, may not provide the local programming for which the station's licence was originally granted, columnist says.

Jul 9, 2004 — News Article

U.S., Canadian firms seek digital radio OK by Paul Brent

The CRTC will rule on three services; one has only Canadian content and is available only in major urban centres, while the other two have less Canadian content and are available across the country.

Jul 8, 2004 — News Article

29 jobs chopped at The New VI by Kim Westad

CHUM says New VI job cuts result from station performing below expectations.

Jul 5, 2004 — News Article

CCTA report calls for loosening regs by Ian Edwards

CCTA's "Remember Convergence?" paper says Canada's media policies are outdated, calls for change.

Jul 5, 2004 — News Article

Regional casters jockey for position by Patti Summerfield

City-by-city look at Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton TV markets.

Jul 5, 2004 — News Article

The CBC gets new marching orders

Official Languages Commissioner's examination of the CBC is an assault on the broadcaster's journalistic independence, editorial says.

Jul 5, 2004 — News Article

Private Radio Broadcasting

Despite the prevalence of Internet radio and downloadable music, conventional radio broadcasters are still profitable.

Jul 1, 2004 — News Article

Internet TV: Don't Touch That Mouse! by Tim Gnatek

Over 100 independent online TV stations are turning viewers' attention to the Internet.

Jun 25, 2004 — News Article

Court bars media-ownership rules by Anne Marie Squeo

U.S. federal appeals court strikes down new FCC rules that would have allowed for greater media concentration in American markets.

Jun 25, 2004 — News Article

Media Ruling Merely Irritates Big Owners by Bill Carter

Federal appeals court decision will affect media companies' plans for expansion, but will not force them to sell assets right away.

Jun 25, 2004 — News Article

Court overturns FCC caps by Glynn Wilson

U.S. court ruling says the FCC failed to show rule changes permitting greater media concentration were in the public interest.

Jun 24, 2004 — News Article

Politicians respond to ACTRA on arts issues

The Liberal Party, the NDP, the Green Party and the Bloc Québécois replied to cultural coalition letter regarding their arts and culture policies.

Jun 24, 2004 — News Article

Court Reverses FCC Media Ownership Rules by Seth Sutel

US federal appeals court overturns FCC rule changes that would have allowed companies to own more radio and TV stations in the same market; but upholds FCC decision allowing them to own both a newspaper and a TV station in the same market.

Jun 24, 2004 — News Article

Our industries could be devastated

Conservative cultural and tax policies could seriously harm PEI's economy, letter-writer says.

Jun 24, 2004 — News Article

Future of CBC takes centre stage at all-candidates forum by Wayne Thibodeau

Conservative candidate promises to fight for CBC; other parties' candidates say he will have a hard time doing so in Ottawa.

Jun 21, 2004 — News Article

Banff gets off to shaky start by Sean Davidson

TV Festival is marred by technical difficulties, but delegates still create a positive atmosphere.

Jun 19, 2004 — News Article

Dismantling CBC rips out our heart

The CBC is a vital expression of Canadian nationhood, letter-writer says.

Jun 12, 2004 — News Article

Champion of Canadian broadcasting honoured at Banff fest by Alex Strachan

Daryl Duke, who will be awarded the John Drainie Award at the 2004 Banff Television Festival, says Canadian broadcasting and Canadian identity are under threat. Duke is a member of the Steering Committee of FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting.

Jun 10, 2004 — News Article

Big Bird flies right by Ken Auletta

PBS president Pat Mitchell is seeking a niche for the American public broadcaster amid political pressure, funding shortages and commercial competition.

Jun 7, 2004 — News Article

OMDC shelves critical report by Peter Vamos

Unreleased report on the state of film and television production in Ontario shows infrastructure is crumbling and production jobs are being exported to provinces with higher tax credit rates.

Jun 4, 2004 — News Article

Underserved: Local Choice in Hamilton Television

A study released by the Centre for Community Study presents a strong case for increased diversity and competition in the local television market.

Jun 4, 2004 — News Article

Curtain falls on French-language hockey network broadcasts in Quebec

French-language Habs games will no longer be available on network television now that La Soirée du hockey has been pulled from Radio-Canada.

Jun 4, 2004 — News Article

CanWest CEO bullish on print by Maurice Bridge

Asper takes shots at free news websites at Canadian newspaper conference.

Jun 2, 2004 — News Article

CHUM makes a deal with the devil for homegrown drama by Alexandra Gill

CHUM expected to play larger role in funding and airing Canadian drama on English-language television as other broadcasters retrench.

Jun 2, 2004 — News Article

Government must support TV drama, Gross demands

Paul Gross tells ACTRA conference the CRTC must do more to ensure Canadian private broadcasters fund domestic programming.

Jun 2, 2004 — News Article

Canadian TV an "unholy mess," Gross tells fellow actors

Actor Paul Gross praises CRTC decision to provide incentives for broadcasting Canadian drama, but says broadcasters need a stick, not just a carrot.

May 19, 2004 — News Article

Gender, politics divide cultural views, survey finds

Nine out of 10 respondents to FRIENDS survey agreed that strengthening Canadian culture and identity is important as Canada-U.S. economic ties increase.

May 14, 2004 — News Article

Watchdog group offers broadcasting wish list

FRIENDS tells Senate committee that CBC still has widespread support.

May 11, 2004 — Policy Brief

Submission to CRTC re Sudbury LSA between Newcap Inc. and Rogers Broadcasting Ltd. [Applications 2003-1691-0, 2003-1061-5, 2003-1062-3 & 2003-1064-9]

FRIENDS invites CRTC to investigate a dramatic reduction in local news, and an advertising monopoly, resulting from the June 2001 implementation of a local sales agreement in the Sudbury market.

May 8, 2004 — News Article

Help Wanted. Fast.

There are many reasons why the CBC is having trouble finding a new head of English TV.

May 4, 2004 — News Article

Don't pluck that Cherry from the Coach's Corner by John Doyle

Support for firing Don Cherry reflects views of Canadian media establishment, not what many Canadians actually think, Globe columnist writes.

May 3, 2004 — News Article

Quebec the belle of the Genies ball by Liam Lacey

Quebec filmmakers' domination of Genie Awards reflects a banner box-office year.

Apr 24, 2004 — News Article

Culture schlock by Olivia Ward

Canadian lawyer/author Peter Grant says the market-based world economy has widened the distribution of cultural products, but decreased their variety.

Apr 15, 2004 — News Article

Downfall of Craig and Toronto 1 wasn't the CRTC's finest hour by Eric Reguly

The sale of Toronto 1 is thinly disguised licence trafficking; the CRTC should require the licence to be returned.

Apr 13, 2004 — News Article

Big boys will now get their way by Paul Brent

CRTC decision to award Toronto licence to regional player backfires.

Apr 13, 2004 — News Article

A-Channel sold by Martin Cash

Sale of Craig rumoured to be a necessity after significant losses by its Toronto 1 station.

Apr 12, 2004 — News Article

CHUM buying Craig for $265 million, will spin-off Toronto 1

Craig Media finds buyer, Toronto 1 to be sold less than two years after receiving CRTC licence, and after less than a year on air.

Mar 10, 2004 — News Article

Same old stuff springs eternal by John Doyle

John Doyle comments on television repeats, originality and reality programming.

Mar 7, 2004 — News Article

TV showed us ourselves by Drew Snider

Author describes the coming of local television to southwestern British Columbia.

Mar 6, 2004 — News Article

Twelve channels and nothing on by Andrew Ryan

Antiquated rabbit-ear antennas can still be used to access CBC, CTV, Global and many local channels - free of charge.

Feb 20, 2004 — News Article

Sweeps stunts not likely to sweep you off your feet by John Doyle

Columnist speculates that lacklustre sweeps period is unlikely to entice many viewers.

Feb 5, 2004 — News Article

Dates and times may vary -- you're on your own by John Doyle

Shifting of television schedules and time slots has become commonplace.

Feb 4, 2004 — News Article

Leaf rights too rich for one network by William Houston

Even at a half million dollars in fees per game, the television rights for the Toronto Maple Leafs will likely lose money for the network that buys them.

Jan 27, 2004 — News Article

'Mr Television' says there's little to watch by Lynne McNamara

Daryl Duke, producer, director and member of FRIENDS' steering committee, comments on the lowering of standards in North American television and the importance of local programming.

Jan 4, 2004 — News Article

TV for those who can't see by Michael Mccullough

A private firm is helping to accelerate the development of narrated, 'described video' versions of television programs for the benefit of visually impaired audiences.