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All Local & Regional Programming Articles — 2005

Dec 14, 2005 — News Article

O, Canada! by Paul R. La Monica

Despite the profit-friendly environment for private broadcasters here, analyst predicts a lack of local content investment will see satellite radio services attracting fewer subscribers in Canada then in the U.S.

Nov 3, 2005 — News Article

You get the CBC you pay for by Chris Cobb

Media reporter writes that if Parliamentarians care about the future of CBC, they must properly fund it.

Nov 2, 2005 — Policy Brief

Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

FRIENDS tells Finance Committee pre-budget consultations that the Committee should focus on two broadcasting issues: increasing the size and stability of CBC's parliamentary grant, and ensuring increased resources are deployed at the grassroots level in communities across the country, rather than in Montreal and Toronto operations.

Oct 31, 2005 — News Article

Let technology be catalyst for CBC's much-needed renewal by Michael Geist

Columnist says technology and the Internet are CBC's best hope for relevance as a public broadcaster.

Oct 28, 2005 — News Article

CBC/Radio-Canada Revenues and Expenditures 2000-2005

Data show that increased expenditures at CBC over the five-year period 2000-2005 have significantly exceeded growth in revenues.

Oct 27, 2005 — News Article

How did it all go so wrong at the CBC? by Michael Posner

Lockout can be explained in part by a cult of management at odds with CBC's public broadcasting mission; author notes management has never faced consequences of its bad decisions, including other lockouts, reductions in local programming.

Oct 21, 2005 — News Article

U.S. fights UNESCO culture shield by Leo Cendrowicz

Once ratified, UNESCO convention on cultural diversity will give moral albeit not legal justification for government support and protection of domestic film, music, television and radio.

Oct 19, 2005 — News Article

Hatred of CBC links bitter enemies by Alan Kellogg

Column criticizes current CBC management for lack of vision, Parliament for lack of funding to support a truly relevant national broadcaster.

Oct 18, 2005 — News Article

Ted Rogers, cinq ans plus tard par François Desjardins

CEO of Rogers Communications discusses failed bid for Videotron in Quebec, rivalry with Bell, and abiding by industry regulations.

Oct 18, 2005 — News Article

Are there lessons for the CBC in the BBC?

Editorial argues CBC must follow BBC's lead and articulate a clearer vision for public broadcasting.

Oct 18, 2005 — News Article

The CBC: What it should be by Carole Taylor

Former chair of CBC Board of Directors makes case for rebuilding CBC on a foundation of local/regional programming.

Oct 13, 2005 — News Article

Dimwitted Nod to 'Diversity' by George F. Will

Discussion of U.S. opposition to UNESCO convention on cultural diversity, belief that nations should be able to protect their culture only if does not involve protection from cultural imports.

Oct 12, 2005 — News Article

Le Canada élu au Comité du patrimoine mondial par Stéphane Baillargeon

Both Ottawa and Quebec helped define and seek the adoption of the international convention on cultural diversity recently approved by UNESCO.

Oct 10, 2005 — News Article

Satellite radio will slowly phase out Cancon requirements by Simon Tuck

Canadian Association of Broadcasters seeks postponement of CRTC radio policy review; move suggests satellite radio will eventually justify reduction or removal of Canadian content requirements for conventional radio broadcasters; some broadcasters say they will continue to air Canadian programming to respond to demand.

Oct 6, 2005 — News Article

Scholarly Advice: The public broadcaster must start a dialogue with its audience -- and this time, it needs to listen by F.W. Peers

FRIENDS advisory council member recommends public consultations on future of CBC, calls for government to implement recommendations contained in 2003 Lincoln Report.

Oct 6, 2005 — News Article

Can the CBC make a comeback? by Paul Smith

Public broadcasting is important in Newfoundland and Labrador, and in local communities across Canada.

Oct 5, 2005 — News Article

The Threat to American Democracy: Remarks by Al Gore to The Media Center

Former U.S. vice-presidential candidate Al Gore addresses the decline of the media, public discourse, the threat to American democracy, and the continued role, despite the growth of the Internet, of conventional television delivered over cable and satellite as the dominant medium of political communication.

Oct 5, 2005 — News Article

CBC transformed? by Judy Rebick

Real talent, value of CBC are provided by its employees; CBC management should be terminated; CBC board should be replaced with public applicants having knowledge of the importance of the national broadcaster to Canadian communities.

Oct 5, 2005 — News Article

CBC lockout merely shows cultural divide by Alex Strachan

Fraser Institute says those who support CBC are "mostly central Canadian nationalists, mostly socialist nationalists".

Oct 4, 2005 — News Release

Make the CBC President Accountable

FRIENDS calls for reform of patronage process used to appoint CBC president, additional funding for CBC local and regional programming.

Oct 3, 2005 — News Article

Changes needed in higher echelons of CBC, says NDP culture and communications critic Charlie Angus by F. Abbas Rana

House of Commons Heritage Committee to seek answers from CBC president Robert Rabinovitch over lockout; NDP MP calls for management terminations, sceptical of CBC English Television executive vice-president's commitment to local/regional programming.

Oct 3, 2005 — News Article

CBC stuck with original mandate

Conservative Party candidate and former Global Television News anchor comments on need for a new, less costly mandate for CBC.

Sep 29, 2005 — News Article

Editorial: CBC adds flavour to national dialogue

Student newspaper editorial defends importance of CBC.

Sep 15, 2005 — News Article

Debate about the role of the CBC

FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison and Conservative Party heritage critic Bev Oda discuss the role and future of the national public broadcaster.

Jul 2, 2005 — News Article

CBC bringing back hour newscast by Rosie Gillingham

After five years, CBC says it will restore one-hour suppetime news broadcasts in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Jun 30, 2005 — News Article

Canadians watching less TV, but more Cancon

CRTC report reveals that specialty, pay and pay-per-view revenues now equal those of English-language private conventional stations.

May 5, 2005 — News Article

Where was the outcry when CBC started cutting local services in '92? by Ralph Williams

Author comments on the absence of public outcry when CBC cut local services in Edmonton in 1992.

Apr 4, 2005 — News Article

Reinforcing Our Cultural Sovereignty: The Government of Canada's Second Response to the Report of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

Federal government tables second response to June 2003 Lincoln Report on the Canadian broadcasting system.

Mar 31, 2005 — News Article

A letter from Don Hill to The Friends of Don Hill

Popular Alberta radio host explains circumstances of his departure from CBC.

Mar 31, 2005 — News Article

Television viewing, fall 2003

StatsCan reports that based on fall 2003 data, Canadians are increasingly choosing homegrown news and public affairs shows over other programming on Canadian television.

Mar 22, 2005 — News Article

Oda Outlines Conservative Vision for Future of Arts and Culture in Canada

Summary of arts and culture vision statement by MP and Official Opposition Heritage Critic Bev Oda to delegates at the Conservative Party of Canada’s National Policy Convention.

Feb 25, 2005 — News Article

Frulla hails budget arts victory

Funding for CBC regional programming, missing from the federal budget, may be contained in Heritage Department's response to Lincoln Committee report, scheduled for April.

Feb 24, 2005 — News Article

Federal budget offers some money for arts but little for domestic TV drama by John Mckay

FRIENDS believes CBC local/regional funding announcement may be yet to come.

Feb 20, 2005 — News Article

Budget holds goodies for CBC by Sue Bailey

Federal budget expected to contain a funding increase for CBC; FRIENDS says important to ensure new funds are earmarked for local/regional programming.

Feb 12, 2005 — Blog Post

Letter to FRIENDS re: CBC Thunder Bay

A letter from a Thunder Bay resident describes the importance of CBC grassroots.

Feb 11, 2005 — News Article

It's not a Toronto Broadcasting Corporation by Noreen Golfman

FRIENDS steering committee chair describes what a strong grassroots CBC would look like: a balance between local and network programs.

Feb 9, 2005 — News Article

CBC: reattaching the limb after the stump has healed over? by Kate Taylor

Columnist says the CBC should not revive regional television newscasts.

Feb 4, 2005 — News Article

CBC seeks $80M infusion for local TV news pilot project by Chris Cobb

CBC told the House of Commons Heritage Committee it needs an $80 million funding increase over three years to reinvent local/regional television and radio programming.

Feb 3, 2005 — News Article

CBC's Rabinovitch backs off request for $100M funding boost by Chris Cobb

CBC maintains President was "misunderstood" when he told reporters in November that CBC would spend the majority of a $100 million funding increase on network rather than local and regional programming.

Feb 2, 2005 — News Article

Enhancing Regional Connections: A Local/Regional Strategy

CBC issues long-awaited plan responding to House of Commons Heritage Commitee's June 2003 recommendation that the public broadcaster improve local/regional radio and television service to fulfil its responsibilities under the Broadcasting Act.

Feb 2, 2005 — News Article

CBC seeks another $75 million to reinstate regional programming

CBC local/regional plans to be unveiled at House of Commons Heritage Committee meeting.

Jan 31, 2005 — Blog Post

Letter to CBC Vice-President, Communications re: CBC's regional/local strategy

FRIENDS responds to letter from CBC Vice-President stating that CBC's regional/local strategy represents 100% of the new operating funding that CBC is currently seeking from the federal government.