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All Local & Regional Programming Articles — 2006

Dec 13, 2006 — News Article

CBC lobby seizes on idea of 'pilot city' by Mike Youds

Lobby group envisions Kamloops as a pilot city for the delivery of digital/high-definition TV.

Dec 12, 2006 — News Article

CBC dropped plan to enhance radio, lobbyist says

Lobbyist speculates that a CBC Radio plan to invest $20 million in 20 centres across the county was dropped when it received little support from the Conservative government.

Dec 12, 2006 — News Article

Counterpoint; CBC is more than a TV and radio broadcaster by Tony Burman

CBC News editor-in-chief says the public broadcaster is now thinking of itself as a content provider with the objective to provide news and information to Canadians via their network or platform of choice.

Dec 7, 2006 — News Article

Over-the-air television small vs large communities analysis

Analysis shows there are many small communities with relatively high reliance on over-the-air television.

Dec 7, 2006 — News Article

It flips. It flops. It's the CBC by Warren Kinsella

Columnist says CBC management is losing credibility because of flip-flops such as the decision to reinstate hour-long local newscasts.

Dec 6, 2006 — Policy Brief

Presentation to the CRTC on the regulatory framework for over-the-air television [CRTC 2006 – 5]

FRIENDS encourages the CRTC to grant carriage fees to over-the-air broadcasters in return for commitments to local and drama programming and to reinstate a policy of requiring a percentage of revenue to be spent on the production of Canadian programming.

Dec 4, 2006 — News Article

Cornerstone of broadcasting system gone missing

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union tells the CRTC that local programming - the "foundation" of the broadcasting system - has all but disappeared from the airwaves.

Dec 1, 2006 — News Article

Comments on CBC TV Proposal to Shut Down Off-Air Transmitters

Canadian Media Research Inc. comments filed with the CRTC regarding the CBC's proposal to close down its over the air television transmitters.

Dec 1, 2006 — News Article

CBC announces renewed focus on local TV news by Guy Dixon

CBC senior managers have announced a return to local and regional news in the coming months, with Vancouver as the test city.

Dec 1, 2006 — News Article

Romance tops CBC axing by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist says rumours of CBC TV anchor/senior executive relationship have trumped buzz around new news plan.

Nov 30, 2006 — News Article

CBC-TV kills Canada Now

FRIENDS questions that a plan to return to hour-long local newscasts will be implemented given the term of the current CBC president expires in a matter of months.

Nov 30, 2006 — News Article

CBC to restore one-hour local news shows, cancel Canada Now

CBC TV plans to return to one-hour regional newscasts and establish "civic journalism," where citizens can upload video or images of news events.

Nov 30, 2006 — News Release

CBC local plan overdue - but will it die on the vine?

FRIENDS says specifics of new CBC plan for local news raise serious questions, and predicts the plan may not survive the appointment of a new CBC president.

Nov 29, 2006 — News Article

Kamloops a test case for CBC, union argues by Mike Youds

The Canadian Media Guild is citing Kamloops as CBC's test case for possible withdrawal from rural over-the-air service across the country.

Nov 25, 2006 — News Article

Kamloops City Council want to Save our CBC

Kamloops City Council has unanimously agreed to send a letter to Bev Oda, the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, urging her to help restore public TV to the city.

Nov 9, 2006 — News Article

Daryl Duke, Hero by Charles Campbell

Columnist explores the impact Daryl Duke, past member of FRIENDS' Steering Committee, had on Vancouver's and Canada's cultural history.

Oct 26, 2006 — News Article

Staff celebrate CH television's 50 years on the air by Jim Gibson

CH, the first private television station in British Columbia, celebrates 50 years of broadcasting.

Oct 16, 2006 — News Article

Yahoo, CBS Link Internet, Stations by Daisy Whitney

CBS's local television stations will begin providing local news clips to Yahoo in return for revenue splitting from Internet ads.

Oct 6, 2006 — News Article

Wall Street's Squeeze Of Local TV News by Valerie Hyman

Blog posting says Wall Street is undermining democracy by demanding higher profits from local television stations resulting in more Americans getting less news.

Oct 4, 2006 — News Article

New CBC hire points to boost in local TV news by Guy Dixon

Consultant hired to help the CBC formulate a local news plan - management wants to present proposals for local television news to the CBC board by November.

Oct 3, 2006 — News Article

The Future of News - A Study by The Radio Television News Directors Foundation

Study finds Americans get most of their news from local TV (65.5%) - more than double newspapers (28.4 %) and almost six times the figure for the Internet (11.2 %).

Oct 3, 2006 — News Article

Next steps for CBC News

Internal note to CBC staff says that a new hire will expand the public broadcaster's capacity to deliver local news that better connects with Canadians.

Sep 28, 2006 — News Article

No sex, bug-eating on CBC: Rabinovitch by Mike De Souza

Appearing before the House of Commons heritage committee, CBC president and acting chairman Robert Rabinovitch was grilled over a series of summer controversies.

Sep 27, 2006 — News Article

Transcript from the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

Senior CBC management answer questions from Parliamentarians on issues such as local newscasts, new technologies, the CBC mandate, controversial programming decisions, and public broadcasting's place in the world.

Sep 27, 2006 — Policy Brief

Submission to the CRTC regarding the regulatory framework for over-the-air television

Friends makes recommendations on advertising regulations, subscriber fees, public broadcasting funding, out-of-market tuning, time shifting, Canadian programming, local programming, the benefits policy and HD issues.

Aug 21, 2006 — News Article

CHUM says bye to its obligations by Antonia Zerbisias

The proposed takeover of CHUM Ltd. by Bell Globemedia has overshadowed the fact that CHUM has cut 281 jobs and hours of local programming.

Aug 16, 2006 — News Article

Union alleges CHUM broke rules by Grant Robertson

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada has filed a complaint with federal regulators saying CHUM's stations in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver have breached their licences by cutting back local programming.

Aug 15, 2006 — News Article

CBC executive rules out over-the-air broadcasts by Mike Youds

A senior CBC executive says the public broadcaster cannot justify the expense that would be required to deliver CBC-TV via analog in the Kamloops area.

Aug 9, 2006 — News Article

CBC fans push case for CRTC review by Mike Youds

The CRTC decision to delay CBC/Radio Canada's licence renewal may aid a Kamloops citizens group in its struggle restore CBC-TV broadcast service to the region.

Jul 25, 2006 — News Article

For some, loss of CBC also means loss of unbiased news by David Charbonneau

Op-ed says that the CBC should restore transmitted television signals in Kamloops, not just because Canadians depend on an unbiased source of news, but because the CBC must live up to its public obligations.

Jul 19, 2006 — News Article

CBC treating Kamloops like a backwater by Hugh Jordan

Kamloops CBC viewer sees the decision to cease television transmission as a precedent the CBC will follow to save money in other smaller markets.

Jul 11, 2006 — News Article

CBC clears the air over missed signal by Francine Letourneau

CBC Television Chief of staff responds to letter by a resident regarding the inability to receive CBC Television programming over antennae in Kamloops.

Jun 27, 2006 — News Release

This is a test

Jun 27, 2006 — News Article

Médias - Sénateurs studieux, Paul Cauchon

Columnist discusses Senate Committee report's conclusions on media concentration in Canada and the CBC.

Jun 24, 2006 — News Article

Forgotten in media's culture gap by Murray Whyte

Canada's ethnic media now comprises more than 120 radio and television shows, 536 publications, and more than 100 languages.

Jun 17, 2006 — News Article

Znaimer is spreading Rumours by Patricia Bailey

Moses Znaimer and Quebec producer Jocelyn Deschênes have brokered a deal with the CBC to make Rumours, an English version of the hit Québécois comedy Rumeurs.

May 31, 2006 — News Article

New radio station awaits home on dial by Wayne Thibodeau

CRTC approves first new radio station in PEI in more than twenty years.

May 24, 2006 — News Article

CBC wins tiff with TSN over games: Only one at a time by Barbara Shecter

CRTC sides with CBC, decides TSN cannot broadcast more than one hockey game nationally at the same time; CBC had argued competition from TSN for advertising revenues would make it uneconomical for the public broadcaster to air sports on TV.

May 6, 2006 — News Article

CTV outpaces rivals in supper-hour news by Liz Nicholls

CTV's supper-hour newscast is the No. 1 choice in the Edmonton market this spring, with a larger audience than all the other major newscasts put together.

May 3, 2006 — News Article

CBC Radio One expands podcast offerings

CBC's The Current, Dispatches, Definitely Not the Opera, Ideas, Outfront As It Happens and some regional programming are all now available as downloadable podcasts on computers or portable music players.

Apr 30, 2006 — News Article

The Whig Standardized by Matthieu Aikins

The winner of the 2008 Dalton Camp Award describes how media concentration changed the Kingston Whig-Standard from one the top independent newspapers in Canada to just another link in a chain.

Apr 27, 2006 — News Article

Alternative Federal Budget 2006: Moving Forward

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' 2006 Alternative Federal Budget recommends $178.4 million be allocated to implement proposed CBC local/regional strategy over three years.

Mar 31, 2006 — News Article

Television viewing

Statistics Canada says Canadian television viewers spent less time watching both sports programs and programs with Canadian content in the fall of 2004.

Mar 28, 2006 — News Article

Quebec TV: Un homme mort? By Konrad Yakabuski

Quebecor cancels popular domestic Quebec television series for failing to meet ratings targets, suggests historically secure business model for local television production in Quebec may be in danger.

Mar 28, 2006 — News Article

Into the west for Gemini Awards by Alexandra Gill

For the first time in 21 years, the Gemini Awards national broadcast gala will be held outside Toronto.

Mar 28, 2006 — News Article

XM covers nation with regional channels by Chuck Taylor

XM satellite radio launching six regional news and talk channels aimed at covering all parts of the United States.

Mar 13, 2006 — News Article

Tune in to watch the war at 6 by Antonia Zerbisias

CBC television has failed to recapture its Toronto-market local news audience, lost following the year 2000 decision by senior management to cut local news across the country.

Mar 10, 2006 — News Article

CBC Television Programming Plans by Richard Stursberg

Richard Stursberg lays out a vision where CBC Television can become the most important and popular video platform for Canadian news, current affairs, and entertainment programming.

Mar 4, 2006 — News Article

Let's produce CBC worth watching by Cam Fortems

Column says Kamloops was not being well served by CBC even before a private broadcaster's disaffiliation from the public broadcaster on February 27 made it no longer possible to access English television over the air.

Feb 26, 2006 — News Article

As of Monday, no cable means no CBC in Kamloops

Disaffiliation of CBC affiliate in Kamloops, British Columbia to result in denial of CBC television to viewers without access to cable or satellite service.

Feb 15, 2006 — News Article

CJFC-TV breaks ties with CBC Feb. 27 by Mike Youds

Viewers in Kamloops, British Columbia that do not subscribe to cable or satellite services will lose access to CBC programming when CFJC-TV, a private broadcaster, terminates its 49-year affiliation with the CBC on Feb. 27.

Jan 12, 2006 — News Article

Invest in the Atlantic CEP tells Global TV

Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada calls on Canwest Global to observe its local programming responsibilities in Atlantic Canada.