All Local & Regional Programming Articles — 2008

Dec 31, 2008 — News Article

Reevaluating media regulations by Brian Lowry

Columnist likens the troubles facing U.S. broadcasters to the plight of the Big Three automakers.

Dec 19, 2008 — News Article

TV workers feel pinch of Idol cancellation by Dixon

CTV's cancellation of Canadian Idol this season will result in a loss of almost 650 TV production jobs across Canada.

Dec 11, 2008 — News Article

Rogers gains licence for all-news channel by Gayle MacDonald

The CRTC has approved a Rogers Communications bid for a Toronto-focused specialty channel with local news, traffic, weather, business, sports and entertainment information.

Nov 4, 2008 — News Article

Questions remain for local TV fund by Grant Surridge

Industry participants question how much of an impact the Local Improvement Fund will have, given there are over 70 television stations expected to draw from it.

Oct 30, 2008 — News Article

FRIENDS on BNN's SqueezePlay

Video of FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, saying that Canadian citizens, as "shareholders" of the broadcasting system, were well served by a CRTC decision on the cable industry.

Oct 30, 2008 — News Article

Save The 'Montreal' Gazette Newspaper

Montreal Gazette employees are protesting Canwest's decision to move more editorial and customer-service operations out of Quebec.

Oct 30, 2008 — News Article

Video: Decisions made by the CRTC by Graham Richardson

FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison says cable companies such as Shaw Communications may not be happy with having to put more money into local television programming.

Oct 23, 2008 — News Article

CTV station putting focus on local news by Bill Brownstein

New CTV-Montreal news director is expanding the station's 6 p.m. news package on weekends from 30 to 60 minutes.

Sep 18, 2008 — News Article

Tories promise $25M for French-language TV funding

Stephen Harper's Conservatives have promised $25 million for French-language television programming if re-elected.

Sep 18, 2008 — News Article

The federal election: voting for our work

Election briefing note to Canadian Media Guild members on matters such as the CBC, foreign ownership and local news requirements.

Sep 17, 2008 — News Article

TV network rebrands and alters programming by Marke Andrews

BC's public television network has changed its name, logo and status in a bid to cash in on its strengths and attract more viewers.

Sep 12, 2008 — News Article

TVO head under fire for content cutbacks by Kerry Gillespie

Critics say TVOntario, Ontario's educational broadcaster, has failed citizens by drastically cutting back its coverage of provincial politics.

Sep 12, 2008 — News Article

Christian radio ready to sign on

The CRTC has approved an application for P.E.I.'s first Christian radio station.

Sep 9, 2008 — News Article

Kamloops could be leader in digital TV by David Charbonneau

The Canadian Media Guild has drawn up a plan that would see six free, HD TV channels broadcast over-the-air in Kamloops, B.C.

Aug 16, 2008 — News Article

CanWest to pull out of Cinevillage studio by Tony Wong

Blaming a slowdown in the use of studio production facilities, CanWest MediaWorks is exiting one of their main television and film sites in Toronto.

Aug 1, 2008 — News Article

Canwest offers TV internship to aboriginals by Geoffrey Scotton

Canwest Media has announced it has launched a $210,000 aboriginal internship program at its major Alberta television stations.

Jul 25, 2008 — News Article

CHUM building purchased by developer by James Rusk

Iconic Toronto building has been purchased by a condo developer for $21-million.

Jul 21, 2008 — News Article

B.C. studios busy, others quiet across country by Cheryl Binning

Canadian movie producer says Vancouver has an advantage over Toronto and Montreal for U.S. film shoots because of its proximity to L.A. and a larger number of purpose-built studios.

Jun 26, 2008 — News Article

TQS off news hook for now by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC has ruled that the new owners of the struggling Quebec broadcaster can drastically reduce news coverage for three years until they return to financial health.

Jun 26, 2008 — News Article

TQS ruling proves CRTC eroding its mandate

Canada's largest media union says the CRTC's decision to allow TQS to slash local news demonstrates that the CRTC is eroding its mandate to serve the public interest.

Jun 26, 2008 — News Article

Metro Vancouver's FM radio market gets three new competitors by Malcolm Parry

The CRTC has approved three new FM broadcasters to compete in Metro Vancouver's $131-million-per-year advertising market.

Jun 17, 2008 — News Article

Female anchors face off on Quebec networks by Ingrid Peritz

Radio-Canada and Quebec broadcaster TVA will soon both have women anchors for their flagship nightly news programs.

Jun 13, 2008 — News Article

Montreal news radio station bids farewell

The Canadian Media Guild has renewed a call to the CRTC to protect local newsrooms in the wake of layoffs at a Montreal radio station.

Jun 10, 2008 — News Article

Too many English stations? by Don MacPherson

Columnist says there is growing support among political parties in Quebec for provincial control over the licensing of broadcasters.

Jun 4, 2008 — News Article

CRTC troubled by TQS plan by Kevin Dougherty

The head of the CRTC says he is concerned about a Remstar Broadcasting proposal to drastically curtail the news coverage at Quebec private television network TQS.

Jun 3, 2008 — News Article

Remstar pitches CRTC on revival plan for TQS

The prospective new owners of TQS say they only want to revive the network's TV operation, not the news service.

May 29, 2008 — News Article

Star Choice resists return of Toronto station by Barbara Shecter

Shaw-owned Star Choice tells the CRTC that the company shouldn't be forced to return a local Toronto TV station to the airwaves just because "a few people complained".

May 17, 2008 — News Article

Shaw claims CBC 'misleading' public by Barbara Shecter

Shaw calls CBC's demand to reinstate its Regina feed "completely unrealistic and a total waste of scarce satellite capacity."

May 14, 2008 — News Article

Force Shaw to restore channels: CBC by Barbara Shecter

The CBC has filed an official complaint with the CRTC, demanding that Shaw's satellite TV distributor immediately reinstate the public broadcaster's Saskatchewan channel.

May 13, 2008 — News Article

CBC files complaint to CRTC over Star Choice pulling Saskatchewan TV station by Lauren Krugel

CBC says Shaw is breaking a CRTC rule that requires satellite companies to carry just as many CBC-owned stations as those run by other broadcasters.

May 9, 2008 — News Article

CRTC OKs new FM station by Fiona Isaacson

Peterborough, Ontario is getting a new Corus Entertainment-owned FM radio station.

May 9, 2008 — News Article

Heritage Canada to pay for satellite dishes in 92 aboriginal communities by Barbara Shecter

The Department of Canadian Heritage says it will pay for Bell ExpressVu service for residents of as many as 92 native communities so they can receive the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.

May 8, 2008 — News Article

Shaw Strips TV Stations by Barbara Shecter

Shaw-controlled Star Choice is yanking CBC in Regina, CTV in Calgary, Global in the Maritimes, CityTV in Winnipeg and SunTV in Toronto from its satellite TV service.

May 3, 2008 — News Article

Community Radio Fund of Canada launched to support local grassroots media

Seeded by a commitment of $1.4 million over seven years from Astral Media, the Community Radio Fund of Canada has a mandate to support the development of not-for-profit, local radio.

May 2, 2008 — News Article

Bloc wants Quebec CRTC by Elizabeth Thompson

A Bloc private member's bill says foreign television stations should be permitted on Quebec airwaves to the extent they don't jeopardize the predominance of Quebec culture and the French language.

May 1, 2008 — News Article

Meet the heavy lifters of Quebec's airwaves

Columnist says that if the CRTC allows the struggling Quebec TV network TQS to collect carriage fees in exchange for maintaining

Apr 29, 2008 — News Article

Townshippers fight to retain access to VPR by Bernard Perusse

Residents of Quebec's Eastern Townships have filed a compliant with the CRTC over a Corus Entertainment proposal that could block the signal for Vermont Public Radio.

Apr 28, 2008 — News Article

There are many solitudes in the ethnic media, intended or not by Catherine Murray

Simon Fraser University professor says the CRTC's policy on ethnic broadcasting has inadvertently introduced classes of services where some thrive an others struggle.

Apr 24, 2008 — News Article

TQS news cuts set stage for fight in Ottawa by Patricia Bailey

FRIENDS says plans to shut down TQS news outlets across Quebec likely won't happen because it goes against CRTC rules and could hamper Prime Minister Stephen Harper's chances of winning seats in Quebec.

Apr 18, 2008 — News Article

CTV, Global join forces to denounce cable-satellite firms

CTVglobemedia, CanWest join forces to oppose cable/satellite deregulation proposals, argue for retention of simultaneous substitution, but suggest additional spending on local programming should not be a condition of adopting fee-for-carriage.

Apr 17, 2008 — News Article

Bloc prepares bill allowing Quebec to sidestep CRTC by Elizabeth Thompson

The Bloc Québécois is poised to table potentially controversial legislation, giving Quebec the power to opt out of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and set up its own telecommunications regulator.

Apr 14, 2008 — News Article

Canada's Top Local Anchors Gather in the Nation's Capital for CTV's Celebration of Local News, April 15

CTV to brings its news anchors from across Canada together in Ottawa for a celebration of local news.

Apr 12, 2008 — News Article

MTS asks CRTC to drop 'must carry' rules by Barbara Shecter

New TV distribution player calls on CRTC to eliminate requirement to carry "basic" channels.

Apr 10, 2008 — News Article

Is community TV facing its Waterloo? by Marsha Lederman

Future of local grassroots community television hangs in balance at CRTC broadcast distribution hearings.

Apr 9, 2008 — News Article

Too little, too late for Toronto Broadcasting Corp. by Bill Brownstein

Columnist says CBC Television proposal to provide English-language coverage of Montreal Canadiens games during playoffs contrasts with complete lack of such coverage at other times.

Apr 9, 2008 — News Article

BCE tangled up in TV fee fight by Grant Robertson

Bell Canada takes negative view of fee-for-carriage despite its ownership stake in CTV.

Apr 8, 2008 — News Article

CBC Radio One rules ratings by Heath McCoy

CBC Radio One ranked top radio station in Calgary by BBM.

Apr 7, 2008 — Opinion Poll

Canadians' Views On De-regulating Cable and Other TV Distributors

New survey shows Canadians regard the CRTC and the federal government as guardians of Canadian culture on TV, but don't trust that de-regulated cable and satellite companies would promote and deliver Canadian content on the small screen.

Apr 4, 2008 — News Article

Bitove's TV network licence bid denied by Barbara Shecter

In rejecting HDTV Networks' bid to launch a new television network, the CRTC said that the promised two hours of local programming would not be in keeping with policies on network television.

Apr 3, 2008 — News Article

CRTC turns down plan for nationwide HDTV network

The CRTC has turned down John Bitove's application to start a high-definition television network because it would provide little regional programming.

Mar 21, 2008 — News Article

Hanging on a digital wave by Mike Youds

Kamloops activist says the switch to digital TV broadcasting will erode access to local programming and will force low income earners to spend on cable packages or a converter.

Mar 15, 2008 — News Article

TVO leaves the legislature by Murray Campbell

Ontario's public broadcaster has closed its office at the provincial legislature.

Mar 8, 2008 — News Article

CBC VP apologizes to francophone artists for edited broadcast

CBC executive vice-president Richard Stursberg has sent a formal apology to Quebec artists whose performances were not included in a TV broadcast of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame gala.

Feb 22, 2008 — Policy Brief

Broadcasting Notice of Public Hearing CRTC 2007-10-01,02,03,04

FRIENDS tells the CRTC that tinkering with TV regulations would most likely have long-term unintended and negative consequences that would undercut the stated objective of "ensuring a strong Canadian presence in the Canadian broadcasting system".

Jan 26, 2008 — News Article

TV giants team up on 'fees for carriage'; Industry In 'Crisis' by Barbara Shecter

CTVglobemedia and Canwest Global say the Canadian TV industry is in "crisis" and they must be paid for the channels that are delivered to customers by cable and satellite companies.

Jan 26, 2008 — News Article

Cable, satellite providers should pay for TV signals, CRTC told

CTVglobemedia and CanWest Global tell the CRTC that cable and satellite providers should have to pay local TV broadcasters for distribution of over-the-air signals in Canada.

Jan 25, 2008 — Policy Brief

Review of the regulatory framework for broadcasting distribution undertakings and discretionary programming services CRTC 2007-10

FRIENDS recommends that the CRTC permit over-the-air television equitable access to subscriber cable/satellite fees in return for the expansion of local programming.

Jan 24, 2008 — News Article

Local News Drives TV Value

A study commissioned by CTVglobemedia and CanWest shows that while a large majority of cable/satellite TV subscribers value local news programs more than any other Canadian programming, few know that none of the proceeds of the monthly cable/satellite TV bill directly supports local TV stations.

Jan 23, 2008 — News Article

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Local Radio Station – Proposal Resolution

A Waterloo City Council motion in support of a Waterloo Region CBC radio station which recognizes the Region's unique cultural, economic and educational identity.

Jan 23, 2008 — News Article

Council supports call for CBC coverage in Waterloo by Greg MacDonald

Waterloo city council has passed a motion in support of a CBC radio station for the community plus 13 other areas across Canada.

Jan 21, 2008 — Policy Brief

Re: Public Notice CRTC 2007-18, items 15 & 27 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: Applications 2007-1423-9 & 2007-0363-8

FRIENDS recommends the CRTC ensure that granting CBC's applications to convert Radio One service in the Lower Mainland, Sunshine Coast and Eastern Vancouver Island from AM to FM

Jan 7, 2008 — News Article

myCBC: The Shock Doctrine at the Public Broadcaster

Blog post describes how new local CBC newscasts may soon be focusing on image over substance and content.