All Local & Regional Programming Articles — 2007

Dec 7, 2007 — News Article

CBC Radio proposal welcomed by David Docherty and Todd Letts

Arts and business leaders say southwestern Ontario should get its own CBC Radio One station.

Dec 7, 2007 — News Article

A Christmas wish list for local television by Dennis Armstrong

Columnist says there is very little local television programming on Ottawa CBC, CTV and A-Channel stations.

Nov 12, 2007 — News Article

Hamilton key to new CanWest tack by Grant Robertson

Columnist looks at the centralization of some of CanWest's newspaper operations in Hamilton.

Nov 9, 2007 — News Article

Will Mosque's message click in Quebec? by Patricia Bailey

Columnist says CBC's decision to air Little Mosque on the Prairie in Quebec is timely as the province is in the midst of a debate about the integration of religious minorities and immigrants.

Nov 9, 2007 — News Article

CanWest plans breach Broadcasting Act: Union - "CRTC should step up to the plate"

CEP says CanWest will be in breach of its broadcast licences if it moves ahead with plans to centralize its Global television operations without CRTC approval.

Nov 9, 2007 — News Article

Contraventions of station licences held by CanWest MediaWorks by Peter Murdoch, CEP

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada files a letter of complaint with the CRTC saying CanWest MediaWorks is violating its broadcast licence obligations under the Broadcasting Act.

Nov 9, 2007 — News Article

Vancouver papers shed staff by Grant Robertson

CanWest is cutting newsroom staff at The Vancouver Sun and The Province transfers in a companywide bid to reduce costs.

Nov 8, 2007 — News Article

Cable companies poised to unplug small channels by Bill Roberts

The president and CEO of VisionTV says that if the CRTC accedes to cable industry wishes, much of the programming diversity currently available to Canadians will disappear.

Nov 3, 2007 — News Article

CBC radio chief quits, citing 'midlife redesign' by Guy Dixon

The head of CBC English radio, who championed the public broadcaster's re-emphasis on regional and local news, announced she is retiring after five years.

Nov 1, 2007 — News Article

Montreal Gazette to cut newsroom staff

The CanWest owned Montreal Gazette newspaper says planned newsroom staff cuts are being driven by declining market, circulation and readership.

Oct 25, 2007 — News Article

Will the CBC put new wave in our air? by Jeff Mahoney

Columnist says he would welcome a new CBC Radio One station in Hamilton.

Oct 19, 2007 — Policy Brief

Submission to the CRTC on the review of the regulatory frameworks for broadcasting distribution undertakings and discretionary programming services

FRIENDS tells the CRTC that cultural sovereignty must come first and foremost in any redesign of the regulatory framework for big cable and satellite companies.

Oct 15, 2007 — News Article

Global union files complaint to CRTC by Rita Legault

The union for CanWest Global TV in Quebec has complained to the CRTC that the station is not respecting its legal commitments to produce 18 hours of regional, original programming per week.

Oct 9, 2007 — News Article

Media's cultural role keeps youth connected, says Garber; Loss of Global sparks concern

Local officials in Quebec say Global Television pulling the plug in the region is bad news for the English community, which will see itself reflected less often in the media.

Oct 7, 2007 — News Article

Will CRTC ignore decline of local TV news? by Grant Robertson

Cuts to the news operations of television networks in the past year have the Canadian Media Guild calling on the CRTC to regulate at least 30 minutes of local news each weeknight.

Oct 5, 2007 — News Article

Local news likely to suffer from move to B.C.: experts by Rachel Mendleson

FRIENDS says CanWest's decision to cut 200 jobs comes at a time when the company should be producing more quality Canadian programming, not less.

Oct 5, 2007 — News Article

CanWest to revamp Global and E TV stations, cutting 200 jobs

FRIENDS says the CanWest job cuts demonstrate that debtholders are pressuring the company, which is in the midst of trying to buy Alliance Atlantis for $2.3-billion with U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs.

Oct 4, 2007 — News Article

Global puts staff and communities last with cutbacks

CEP says Global television has abandoned its employees and audiences in cities across the country.

Sep 28, 2007 — News Article

CEP says CRTC Roger's/CITY TV decision shows regulatory weakness

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union says the CRTC is abdicating its responsibility to the Canadian public by not forcing Rogers to reinstate local news programming in its City TV stations.

Sep 26, 2007 — News Article

Kamloops remains on CBC radar, exec insists by Mike Youds

CBC says current plan to enhance Kelowna Radio One station will improve service to Kamloops, nonetheless recognizes future need for "a distinct service for Kamloops".

Sep 21, 2007 — News Article

CBC tagline says it all by Thom Oommen

Letter to the editor says Toronto CBC Radio One tagline makes clear it is not intended to serve Hamilton.

Sep 20, 2007 — News Article

Hamilton deserves to have its own CBC station by David Christopherson

MP for Hamilton Centre joins chorus of support for new CBC radio station in Hamilton.

Sep 19, 2007 — News Article

Hamilton's own identity by Peter George

Letter to the editor by McMaster University president says university supports dedicated CBC radio station in Hamilton.

Sep 18, 2007 — News Article

CBC wrongly sees us as extension of Kelowna by David Charbonneau

Writer discusses impact of not having a local CBC radio station in Kamloops.

Sep 17, 2007 — News Article

Tuned in to Radio 1 by David S. Fawcett

Letter to the editor says Hamilton should have its own CBC Radio presence, unreasonable for Toronto CBC station to serve Hamilton just because its signal reaches the city.

Sep 15, 2007 — News Article

The Spec misses point on CBC radio by Brian McHattie

Letter to the editor from Hamilton city councillor says newspaper opposition to local CBC radio station in Hamilton at odds with community's interests.

Sep 14, 2007 — News Article

'Totally Toronto' CBC should serve Hamilton area by Colin Isaacs

Letter to the editor says CBC Radio One should serve Hamilton and the entire Golden Horseshoe region.

Sep 12, 2007 — News Article

CBC's fuzzy signal by Kevin Cavanagh

Editorial criticizes CBC decision to pursue funding for new radio station in Hamilton, rather than refocusing staff and programming from Toronto.

Sep 11, 2007 — News Article

Hamilton tops CBC Radio's list of proposed new stations by Doug Foley

CBC English Radio head says Hamilton would be first new station if federal government grants one-time funding for proposed expansion of local radio service.

Sep 9, 2007 — News Article

Channel 9: Take Back the Airwaves! by Catherine Edwards

Article says Shaw has ignored 2002 CRTC decision to restore requirements for volunteer-produced local programming on community cable channels.

Sep 8, 2007 — News Article

Plug pulled on black radio station by Brett Clarkson

Applicant for Caribbean-African radio station in Toronto complains CBC opposition to its proposed frequency has grounded the initiative.

Sep 7, 2007 — News Article

CBC creating regional black hole by Hugh Jordan

Column says CBC Radio One station in Kelowna inadequate to serve Kamloops.

Aug 30, 2007 — News Article

ACTRA to Rogers: Raise drama to 75% by Norma Reveler

Industry representatives are calling for more funding of Canadian drama, a renewed commitment to domestic feature films and more local programming as part of Rogers' proposed purchase of the CityTV stations.

Jul 16, 2007 — News Article

Nitro explodes at the box office by Matthew Hays

A Canadian movie has been beating U.S. summer blockbusters in Quebec, but some critics worry that commercial appeal comes at a high cultural cost.

Jun 28, 2007 — News Release

CBC TV rings in July 1st with more foreign shows than ever

FRIENDS spot survey shows that more than a third of CBC’s weekly prime time schedule was devoted to foreign shows.

Jun 20, 2007 — News Article

CBC news guru set to sign off by Allison Hanes

FRIENDS says CBC's top news editor had to cope with poor decisions from top management such as chopping regional newscasts in half in 2000.

Jun 14, 2007 — News Article

CBC Barrie would be OK

Editorial says Barrie should welcome CBC Radio's interest in establishing a new station in the community.

Jun 12, 2007 — News Article

CBC plan causing static by Bob Bruton

A Barrie, Ontario city councillor is concerned a new CBC radio station could cut into the audience of privately owned/operated stations currently servicing the city.

Jun 11, 2007 — News Article

CBC applies for expanded P.E.I. coverage

The CBC has applied to the CRTC for a license to extend its radio coverage across the eastern tip of P.E.I.

Jun 9, 2007 — News Article

CBC tuning in to Barrie? by Bob Bruton

Columnist says Barrie, Ontario is one of 15 communities across Canada that could get its own CBC Radio station.

Jun 8, 2007 — News Release

CRTC gets it right in CTVgm/CHUM decision

FRIENDS says the CRTC has protected editorial diversity in local news and more choices for Canadian content during prime time with its decision to carve out five CityTV stations from the assets acquired by CTVglobemedia from CHUM.

Jun 8, 2007 — News Article

The CRTC approves the CTVglobemedia Inc. purchase of CHUM Ltd., excluding five CityTV stations

The CRTC has not approved the transfer of five CityTV stations in Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver to CTVglobemedia.

Jun 7, 2007 — News Article

Kevin Newman to anchor Global National from Ottawa by Martha Worboy

Global National, Canada's most-watched national newscast, to be broadcast from new, high-tech digs near Parliament Hill.

May 24, 2007 — News Article

A 60-minute show on a 30-minute budget is

FRIENDS says the CBC's plan to expand its supper hour news programs from 30 to 60 minutes without increasing local news budgets is a bad idea.

May 24, 2007 — News Article

CBC in soup with Ducks by Chris Zelkovich

CBC executive admits that the network's focus on the Maple Leafs might not have helped Ottawa appeal to a national audience.

May 23, 2007 — News Release

CBC planning for failure

FRIENDS says CBC's plan to expand supper hour news programs from 30 to 60 minutes without increasing local news budgets seems doomed to fail.

May 22, 2007 — News Article

Media watchdog calls for more investment in CBC-TV regional programming

FRIENDS says CBC Television should invest more money in regional programming if it wants to stop the slide in its audience share, especially for supper-hour news shows.

May 11, 2007 — News Article

New Canadian Group Seeks Total Media Integration with USA

Activist group has a vision of "integrated media, two countries, and one audience."

May 9, 2007 — News Article

CBC tunes in to Waterloo by Liz Monteiro

Columnist says CBC hopes to start a radio station serving Kitchener and London, Ontario as part of its plan to increase its service in fast-growing communities across Canada.

Apr 26, 2007 — News Article

Le petit gars in the drive-home radio slot? by Konrad Yakabuski

Article profiles the battle for Quebec's radio listeners between Astral and Corus.

Apr 25, 2007 — News Article

Francophone leaders from area speak out on CBC's future

Francophone leaders from northern Ontario tell parliamentarians that 20 per cent of French language television programming should be dedicated to Francophone communities outside of Quebec.

Apr 24, 2007 — News Article

Paquin tapped at TFO

Claudette Paquin has been named the head of TFO following the French-language education channel's split from TVOntario.

Apr 13, 2007 — News Article

Our native broadcaster

An aboriginal broadcaster tells the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage the CBC should better address the needs of Canada's aboriginal community.

Apr 10, 2007 — News Article

Rogers to buy A-Channel: May benefit London TV station

FRIENDS says the Rogers deal to purchase A-Channel stations could fall through if the CRTC does not approve CTVglobemedia's acquisition of CHUM.

Apr 10, 2007 — News Article

Rogers broadcasting swallows A-Channel by Bob Bruton

FRIENDS expresses concern over local news in Barrie in the wake of the proposed A-Channel sale to Rogers.

Apr 10, 2007 — News Article

Ownership changes a rerun for Ottawa station by Kristin Goff

Rogers would become the fifth owner of A-Channel Ottawa, also known as CHRO TV, since it began in 1961.

Apr 9, 2007 — News Article

Rogers grabs several CHUM properties by Terry Poulton and Jesse Kohl

FRIENDS says the sale of A-Channel stations could hurt local news coverage because new ownership may wish to cut costs.

Apr 5, 2007 — Policy Brief

Submission to the CRTC regarding the CTVglobemedia application to acquire all common shares of CHUM

FRIENDS recommends that in exchange for approving CTVglobemedia's acquisition of CHUM's radio and specialty television assets, CTVglobemedia should be required to divest the five CHUM/City stations and to retain CHUM's six A-Channel stations

Mar 24, 2007 — News Article

Days of our Calgary lives by Kevin Baker

Columnist notes that CBC is airing an afternoon lifestyle show called 'Living Calgary' in Edmonton.

Mar 23, 2007 — News Article

Hollywood North - $1.2 billion for B.C.

The B.C. Film Commission says the British Columbia film and TV industry earned more than $1.2 billion last year.

Mar 23, 2007 — News Article

More coin set for CBC by Brendan Kelly

CBC has announced it will get an extra $60 million in funding from the federal government in each of the next two years to support local programming.

Mar 22, 2007 — News Article

If it's the evening news at 4, sponsors are woozy by Grant Robertson

Broadcasters and advertisers say time shifting - the ability to watch network feeds from other time zones - is playing havoc with commercials and ratings.

Mar 21, 2007 — News Article

CBC lobby group hopes to be heard in Ottawa by Mike Youds

FRIENDS referenced in article about a presentation made by Save Our CBC Kamloops to the House committee reviewing CBC's mandate.

Mar 14, 2007 — News Release

CBC set to unplug a million-plus Canadians

FRIENDS submits research to the Commons Heritage Committee showing a significant number of citizens would lose CBC TV programming if the public broadcaster were to drop over-the-air service outside major urban centres.

Mar 14, 2007 — News Article

CBC's plans will disenfranchise Canadians, says FCB

FRIENDS presents research that shows three million Canadians do not subscribe to cable or satellite and receive their TV signal over the air.

Mar 14, 2007 — News Article

1.5 million will lose CBC reception, group fears by Tim Naumetz

FRIENDS warns the Commons heritage committee that the CBC may try to "unplug" hundreds of thousands of over-the-air television viewers in small cities and rural areas across the country.

Mar 2, 2007 — News Article

Letter from CBC executive to Save our CBC Kamloops

Fred Mattocks, Executive Director of CBC TV Regional Programming responds to concerns form a grassroots citizens group regarding the lack of access to CBC TV over-the-air in Kamloops.

Feb 26, 2007 — Policy Brief

Role of the Public Broadcaster in the 21st Century

FRIENDS recommends to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage that CBC governance should be free from patronage, the public broadcaster should better reflect Canada's regions and Parliament should increase CBC's budget by $100 million per year for the next five years.

Feb 17, 2007 — News Article

CanWest expands news coverage in Canada, overseas

CanWest has announced it will hire more than 25 news journalists and open new bureaus in Quebec City, Halifax, France and China.

Feb 5, 2007 — News Article

Cable Cutters by Michael Lithgow

Article highlights a CRTC regulation that states cable companies must provide a community channel that encourages access, training and meaningful volunteer opportunities, and that up to 50% of airtime must be made available for independently produced community programs.

Jan 28, 2007 — News Article

Air Support by Eric Klinenberg

Article says that despite technological advancements the best way to transmit information in the case of an emergency is the radio - but only if local stations have staff in the studio to report the news.