Quebec's film commissioner says that foreign production of feature films has taken off in the province recently.
FRIENDS recommends that the CRTC re-regulate the basic service of the big four cable monopolies and ensure that cable distributors do not pass along signal compensation charges to their subscribers.
CBC set to unveil its new Vancouver broadcasting centre after a $65 million renovation.
Ottawa is urging TV viewers to go to a government Web site to offer their opinion on whether broadcasters should be paid for retransmission of their local TV station signals.
Industry Canada has ordered a 14-year-old Ottawa boy to shut down an unlicensed radio station.
CRTC launches website soliciting opinions on fee-for-carriage dispute between networks and distributors.
http://television.askingcanadians.com seeks public's input on how the CRTC should deal with the escalating war between television broadcasters and cable companies.
The pension plan of 200 CHCH Hamilton retirees and active workers has been shut down and liquidated as part of the agreement by CanWest to sell the station.
The Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations says returning community broadcasting back to the community is a cost-effective way to both support and increase local programming content.
Canada's largest media union says Canada's broadcast regulator should force cable and satellite companies to pay for the local TV stations they use.
CEO of Shaw Communications says it's time to move on from fight between broadcasters, cable and satellite firms.
According to BBM Canada CHCH in Hamilton as seen viewership for its supper-hour newscast become highly competitive this fall in nearby Toronto.
Columnist says the public is desperate for a technology that will do for television what iTunes and the iPod have done for music and movies: enable "content-providers" to charge viewers for what they choose to watch.
Columnist notes that Shaw recently paid $300 million for Mountain Cablevision in Hamilton, while Canwest sold the Hamilton television station, CHCH, for $6.
Quebecor Media president calls for a rebalancing of the Canadian TV system that would see some subscriber fees now earmarked for specialty channels diverted to conventional TV.
The Writers Guild of Canada says Canadians are losing out in the fight between cable and broadcasters.
Quebecor president says conventional broadcasters deserve the same fees cable and satellite carriers now pay specialty channels.
The last country music radio station in Hamilton has switched formats to classic rock in search of larger audiences.
Cogeco Cable executive says carriage fees will burden Canadian cable and satellite customers without getting anything in return.
CTV says it will black out signals and continue to shutter local television stations if it can't get paid by cable companies for local programming.
Columnist says hearings before broadcast regulator on the value of "Local TV" could alter the Canadian media landscape dramatically.
Article looks at the front-lines of the "Local TV" debate in Hamilton, ON and Red Deer, AB.
Roundtable discussion on the issue of fee-for-carriage, featuring broadcast industry observers including FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison.
CHEK news director says the locally owned TV station is already exceeding the amount of local content required under a new seven-year licence.
Columnist profiles a new web-based news organization that was conceived and devised to exclusively cover the politics and policy of Texas state government.
Broadcasters say more than 130,000 comments were submitted to the CRTC in support of local TV.
Columnist says it's time for the cable monopolies to share their large profits with the TV networks.
Article says the federal broadcast regulator has been inundated with emails from consumers who are lining up on both sides of the battle over local TV.
FRIENDS says CRTC should protect consumers from skyrocketing basic cable TV rates in the face of price increases of up to 85% since 2002.
FRIENDS recommends that the CRTC re-regulate basic cable rates, ensure that big cable companies do not pass along signal costs to subscribers and new compensation be divided among local conventional stations based on viewership of Canadian programs.
Columnist says the broadcasters should be allowed to charge a fee for their signals, but cable companies should be under no obligation to carry them.
A Nanos Research research study shows about 70% of respondents support the statement: 'local TV stations should receive a portion of the amount that customers pay on their monthly bill for cable or satellite TV'.
A Nanos Research study shows strong support for local television stations securing financial compensation from cable and satellite companies.
Editorial says it's long past time for cable to pay for carrying conventional television stations.
The CRTC has given the CBC permission to change its Whitehorse radio signal from the AM to FM band, disappointing rural listeners who wanted the AM signal to stay on.
Broadcasters on both sides of the border are trying to recreate existing real-world boundaries into the digital world.
Canada's three conventional television networks, Global, CTV and CBC, have arrived at a figure they feel is appropriate for consumers to pay to support local programming — zero.
Newfoundland broadcaster NTV, has joined CTV, 'A', CBC, Global, CHEK NEWS and V in the Local TV Matters campaign.
STAR, Asia's leading media and Entertainment company, has launched seven Mandarin and Hindi-language channels on Rogers Cable.
Quebec French-language broadcaster "V" has announced it will take an active part in the Local TV Matters campaign.
Viral video guru helps local TV stations take anti-cable message online in bid to win carriage-fee fight.
Columnist says duelling campaigns over fee-for-carriage leave consumers confused and not knowing what to believe.
ACTRA National President says "It's time to stop the cable rip-offs and get more Canada on Canadian TV."
Article discusses the Canwest's importance to the city of Winnipeg.
FRIENDS says financial weakness has caused Canwest to cut corners and that the restructuring can only improve the company's TV programming.
Article says the restructuring of CanWest will lead to the biggest sell-off of media assets in Canadian history, including potential sale of Global TV and daily newspapers.
In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses the need for "fee-for-carriage" to preserve local television and the misinformation being presented by Canada's cable monopolies.
After a deal to purchase the local CTV station in Brandon, MB, Bruce Claassen lays the blame on the direct-to-home satellite companies and the CRTC.
Bell, Bell Aliant, Cogeco, EastLink, Rogers and Telus have joined forces on lobbying campaign which they say is designed to ensure "that Canadians hear the whole story".
Article looks at what community TV may look like in the 21st century.
CKX in Brandon will stop broadcasting Friday evening after a deal to keep the station running fell through.
BC Investor Graham Barnes is putting in money and expertise to help Victoria's CHEK TV get on its business feet under new owners.
A campaign launched by small internet providers for government intervention in the broadband market has spurred more than 20,000 letters to MPs, the companies say.
Article profiles the expansion of U.S. TV programming into Spain's broadcasting system.
"The government has told the CRTC that it wishes to make the ultimate decision," says Bell Canada executive.
Article looks at submissions to the CRTC by cable/satellite companies and broadcasters on the issue of fee-for-carriage.
CTV, 'A', Global and CBC have joined together to launch a national campaign - Local TV Matters - aimed at rallying viewers and all Canadians to support local television.
FRIENDS recommends that Cable broadcast distributors should share a portion of their considerable profit with local TV broadcasters and that those fees should be divided based upon the total audience assembled for Canadian programs.
Community radio co-op asks concerned parties to file a CRTC intervention and oppose the Rogers expansion on Gabriola Island, BC.
The country's major television networks and its biggest cable companies are set to launch public appeals for support in their debate over new fees on customer bills.
CTV, Global and CBC launch localtvmatters.ca, along with TV, radio and print advertisements in their ongoing fight to collect fees from cable and satellite companies.
The Star Choice satellite television company has been told it should offer the CBC Regina signal to subscribers.
Victoria's CHEK-TV plans to stay on the air with a combination of local news and older programming it believes will appeal to its audiences.
FRIENDS says cable and satellite TV providers are misleading their subscribers by slapping a 1.5% fee on monthly bills and then trying to shift blame to the CRTC for the price hike.
Around 45 jobs have been saved after employees at Victoria-based CHEK-TV secured an eleventh-hour deal to buy the local TV station.
Canwest is outsourcing some of its advertising production work done in Calgary and Regina to a company with operations in India and the Philippines.
CanWest has sold its Victoria television station to a group of employees for $2, a move that will prevent the station from going off the air.
Employees of CHEK-TV in Victoria have purchased the station from Canwest.
Article authors say the current media system in Canada does not adequately address the social, ecological and economic challenges facing communities across the country.
In a radio interview with host Roger Currie, FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian
Morrison, discusses recent changes in Canada's TV industry.
The CRTC has sealed the fate of Canwest Global Communications' secondary E! network by approving the transfer of ownership of CHCH in Hamilton and CJNT in Montreal to Channel Zero.
An employee-led bid to buy CHEK TV in Victoria has won a last-minute extension.
Over the next few days, money-losing TV stations in in Victoria and Red Deer will be shut down, while others with new owners will attempt to climb back to profitability.
The CRTC has given the go-ahead for the E!-branded TV stations in Hamilton and Montreal to be acquired and rebranded by indie broadcaster Channel Zero.
CHEK TV is set to fade to black after Canwest announced an employee-owned initiative did not meet its guidelines to keep the station operating.
Editorial says that in search of higher TV ad revenues, CBC is pulling resources from radio.
Journalism professor says changes to CBC's local suppertime news is all about maximizing ad revenue for the network.
Despite raising more than $500,000, questions remain and time is quickly running out for employees trying to purchase CHEK-TV in Victoria.
Employees are raising money to buy CHEK-TV from Canwest Global in an effort to stop the struggling media giant from shutting down the Victoria operation at the end of the month.
Artist writes that city politicians in Ottawa must re-evaluate priorities that give low ranking to culture.
In a submission to the CRTC, FRIENDS supports Channel Zero's applications to acquire the television stations CJNT and CHCH.
Unionized workers at CHCH-TV in Hamilton have approved Canwest Global Communication's proposal to sell the station to Channel Zero.
Despite criticism for purchasing U.S. imports such as Wheel and Jeopardy, CBC president Hubert Lacroix has says the series draw audiences to the network's prime-time lineup.
Canwest Global Communications Corp. is closing two TV stations in its
second network, CHEK-TV in Victoria and CHCA-TV in Red Deer, Alta.,
effective Aug. 31.
The CBC's top official in the North says the Yukon government's move to extend the CBC's lease for its AM transmitter in Whitehorse does not necessarily mean the broadcaster will scrap plans to switch from AM to FM.
Columnist says since the debut of broadcast television in this country more than 50
years ago, millions of Canadians have grown to expect free access to
local television signals. Last week, Canada's broadcast regulator issued a decision that will
bring the era of free local television to an end for many Canadians.
CTV is staying in Windsor for at least another year. The network
confirmed on Wednesday that it will keep the lights on at CHWI, one of
the three stations it planned to close at the end of this summer when
its licence ran out.
CTV says the Windsor A Channel station CHWI-TV will continue to operate
for the license renewal term that all of CTV's conventional stations
have received (expiring August 31, 2010).
Broadcasters should make “meaningful commitments” to Canadian content, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has re-stated in its decision to reject a request from Rogers Broadcasting to reduce requirements for airing Canadian content.
The CRTC's move to boost funding for local TV programming may not be enough to save some stations, the networks say.
Columnist says television broadcasters have won concessions from Ottawa that will help
pay for programming, in a move that escalates their long-running battle
with the cable and satellite companies that carry their signals.
Canada's broadcast regulator has opened the doors to fee-for-carriage, increased the size of a yet-to-launch local TV fund, and harmonized the amount of local programming the English-language networks have to broadcast.
With advertising dollars evaporating amid the recession and the migration of viewers to online and specialty channels gathering pace, smaller conventional television stations are fighting for their lives, their parent networks say. Monday, they'll look to federal broadcasting regulators in Ottawa for help.
Columnist says positive public reaction to proposed expansion of news agency outweighs the negative
Columnist discusses if Shaw Communication backed out of a May offer to buy three of its
stations — CKX in Brandon, MB, and Ontario stations CKNX in Wingham
and CHWI near Windsor — for $1 each was a publicity stunt or a serious deal gone sour
Columnist discusses the four things Canadians should be proud of.
Canadian television giant CTV Inc. said yesterday that Shaw Communications Inc. will not proceed with the purchase of three over-the-air TV stations for $1 each.
Columnist says Canadian Jewish groups have indicated to the CRTC that they will not
oppose making the English version of the Al Jazeera available to
Canadian content during prime time on CBC English TV has reached a
20-year low, according to new research about what’s on TV released this
morning by the watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.
Money-troubled Canwest Global Communications Corp. said Tuesday it is
selling two conventional television stations in Montreal and Hamilton
to an affiliate of Channel Zero Inc., an independent Canadian
Columnist says Canwest Global Communications has begun to shift its struggling E!-branded stations, with specialty and pay broadcaster Channel Zero picking up CHCH in Hamilton and CJNT in Montreal.
CRTC has a big day coming up on Monday. Not only is the network management hearing beginning that day, the Regulator is also launching a new proceeding seeking structural reform of the TV sector while releasing new rules (and potentially a new amount) for its yet-to-be-launched Local Programming Improvement Fund.
Canadian content during prime time on CBC English TV has reached a 20-year low, according to new research about what's on TV released this morning by the watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.
Rita Cugini spoke at a meeting held by RTNDA Canada on concerns about the loss of local programming as a CRTC official set the stage for crucial upcoming decisions by the federal regulator that will impact the future of conventional Canadian television.
A columnist says a
"fee-for-carriage" in the range of $6 a month
per subscriber – would undoubtedly be passed on to consumers, and there
is no guarantee it would be spent on local TV programming.
The CRTC has granted licences for 10 new digital channels to Asian Television Network, covering movies, sports and music.
Television distributors such as cable companies should pay more money
into a proposed fund designed to save local programming, a
parliamentary committee has recommended.
After dominating the three months worth of hearings earlier this Spring, the House of Commons committee on Canadian Heritage left out any recommendation on the controversial issue of fee for carriage in its report on the state of local television released Friday.
A group of local residents has filed a legal injunction to try to stop the CBC from discontinuing its French-language local radio news and programming in Windsor, Ont.
A Canadian first, all of Team Canada's sledge hockey games during the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver will be broadcast.
Approximately 480 workers at Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper will vote this weekend on whether to give their union a strike mandate.
Breaking news from the CBC: It is no longer a TV network but a "content provider." This, according to the CBC's Richard Stursberg who was a keynote speaker at Tuesday afternoon's Canadian Telecom Summit in Toronto.
Report says both access and local origination principles have suffered in Canadian community television since 1997, when the sector was partially deregulated.
Columnist says those Canadians who live in small towns and who use an antenna TV could lose some channels altogether with the shutdown of analog TV signals in 2011.
The head of CBC's English language operations says "So few people [in English Canada] are preoccupied with CBC TV."
CTV says their 'Save Local Television' campaign has received more than 100,000 Expressions of Support from Canadians.
In response to the CTV "save local TV" campaign, the publisher of the Winnipeg Free Press says "local news and news coverage is not threatened".
The chairman of the CRTC says he simply misspoke when he suggested to heritage committee members that the broadcast regulator wasn't allowing broadcasters to charge cable companies a fee for carrying their signals because the broadcasters weren't going to direct the money they received to local programming.
Columnist says there is anecdotal evidence that TV antennas are making a tentative comeback in this country.
Rogers, Bell, Telus, Cogeco, Eastlink and the Canadian Cable Systems Alliance are accusing CTV of "one-sided and unbalanced coverage" of its "Save Local TV" advocacy campaign.
Reports indicate more than a thousand people came out recently to support CTV Ottawa's "Save Local Television" campaign.
Cable company says local TV doesn't need saving and that Canada's major
broadcasters should be responsible for their own businesses instead of
looking for a new TV tax.
Broadcasting executives say there's no business case for spending $1 million to upgrade a transmission tower that serves a small pocket of people who don't have cable or satellite dishes.
The country's largest cable and satellite TV operators have filed a formal complaint with communications authorities alleging CTVglobemedia "Save Local TV" advertising campaign has violated the Broadcasting Act.
The general manager of CTV Atlantic invites Canadians to join a campaign advocating fee-for-carriage for conventional broadcasters.
CBC president Hubert Lacroix tells a parliamentary committee that CTV is refusing to compensate Radio-Canada to carry its Olympic coverage to francophones outside Quebec.
The president and CEO of Quebecor Media says "rather than using quotas and regulatory requirements... the evolution of Canadian broadcasting must be driven by the success of Canadian programming".
In a presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, FRIENDS cites a survey that says three-quarters of Canadians believe annual support to the CBC should rise to at least $40 per Canadian per year.
CTV launches an online campaign encouraging Canadians to advocate on behalf of local TV news and programming.
Jim Shaw has sent a letter to CTV formalizing his offer to buy three of the network's struggling small-market stations for $1 each, but the letter suggests certain adjustments might be necessary to complete the deal.
The mayor of the City of Greater Sudbury is outraged, angry and frustrated that the CBC is cutting half its staff in his community.
Columnist says with purchase of three stations for $3 from CTV, Jim Shaw is trying to make a statement that local television can stand on its own.
Columnist says local television is dying, and the most sensible strategy for saving it involves cable companies paying a fee.
Industry watcher says Jim Shaw's motivation for purchasing three local TV stations is to "embarrass the broadcasters, weaken their argument and put pressure on the CRTC and politicians."
Shaw Communications of Calgary is buying three television stations CTV had pegged for closure.
Columnist says conventional TV is worth saving and the CRTC should introduce fee-for-carriage and direct the funds to local services.
Columnist says the CRTC is trying to get CTVglobemedia and Canwest to commit to not closing money-losing stations in exchange for new financial concessions, but has failed to win the necessary assurances.
Broadcasters say the cost of replacing analog transmitters with digital ones, as required by August 2011, will be too high in some smaller communities.
Under siege from all around, many say the newspaper won't survive. Others, say it's premature to pronounce its death.
Article profiles Vancouver's changing radio landscape that now sees CBC Radio One as the the top rated station.
CTVglobemedia and Canwest say they will sell or shut down local TV stations in small or medium-size markets if their pleas for new funding sources are turned down.
Broadcasters tell House committee profits are in decline and that they want to charge cable and satellite companies for their signals.
Executives from CTVglobemedia and Canwest Global tell MPs that the industry is in the midst of a crisis from which it can recover only with a second source of revenue and fewer regulatory obligations.
In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison discusses, local programming, "fee-for-carriage", the plight of CanWest.
Columnist says CBC executives are really bumping up local news programming so that Coronation Street can air at 6:30 p.m., followed by Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.
Columnist says that the solution to the crisis in the television industry will likely involve Canadians paying – directly or indirectly – for the continuation of local broadcasting.
MP for Barrie says Ottawa should be looking at all options – including new cable fees and an infusion of government advertising – to help ensure the survival of local television stations.
Columnist says the government should look at fee-for-carriage, not ad buys as a way to support the local TV industry.
Columnist calls CBC management's decision to cut 'Maritime Noon' an "attack on rural Canada".
Letter from the Mayor of Sarnia, Ontario urging the Prime Minister to provide bridge financing and increase the parliamentary allocation to Canada's public broadcaster.
Ottawa is looking at a proposal to buy more government ads to help local TV stations make it through the recession.
CTV Saskatoon will lose 10.5 positions this summer when the television station moves a large chunk of technical operations to Calgary.
Photos from a rally to support the local CBC station in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
More than 200 CBC fans showed up to protest coming job cuts at the corporation's Cape Breton bureau.
ACTRA is concerned by reports that the government is considering bailing out private broadcasters while the CBC is being forced to cut staff and programming.
Faced with the potential closing of several small-market television stations across the country, the federal government is considering a $150-million fund to keep community TV in business.
Columnist says the federal cabinet is considering a $150-million fund for the country's private broadcasters to help rescue local TV stations and their newscasts.
Canwest has applied to reduce local programming commitments from 18.5 hours to 5 hours at a Southern BC TV station.
FRIENDS' submission to the CRTC recommends that the quality and quantity of Canadian programming – especially local programming - be maintained as part of the private conventional television licence renewal process.
Columnist says that unless something changes, hundreds of communities across Canada will shortly lose most, if not all, of their local news coverage.
Listener talkback to CBC's Maritime Noon regarding CBC's plan to cut the program in half.
Data show that while while conventional television broadcasters slash staff and close stations, Canada's specialty and pay TV operators are in solid health.
FRIENDS says cuts at the CBC will result in the regions becoming hinterland, receiving programming from a centralized operation, rather than places where their own stories can be told.
260 jobs will be eliminated from the Montreal staff of Radio-Canada, the French-language service of CBC.
CBC executives say regional stations in Sydney, N.S., Saint John and Moncton, N.B. will lose between three and seven full-time positions.
Canadians will see fewer regional programs and more reruns in the wake of the CBC's plans to slash 800 jobs.
MPs criticize the CRTC for not moving quickly enough to address problems in the television industry that could cause several cities to lose local TV service.
FRIENDS says an 8% cut to the CBC workforce will diminish the quality and quantity of local programming on the public broadcaster.
FRIENDS says regional and local CBC programming will be hit hard by budget cuts.
CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein says that the broadcasting industry is in "desperate" need of a "systemic solution" to withstand the economic and structural storm that is hitting the sector.
Toronto's CHUM AM radio station has been rebranded CP24 Radio 1050, and will run programming from TV's CP24 all-news channel.
FRIENDS says Canadians will be upset when they see cuts to CBC's local and regional programming implemented.
FRIENDS says that facing an estimated $65 - $100 million shortfall, it's almost certain that CBC local programming nationwide will take a hit.
Columnist says then the government's TV industry policy priority should be the application of fee-for-carriage in order to keep local TV stations viable and thriving.
Op-ed says CBC should reduce ads on TV in exchange for stable, long-term funding; but, this is not a new idea...
Radio reporter says that "more than ever in this age of opinion-fuelled bloggers, specialty channels and PVRs, Canada needs the CBC".
A non-profit society that wants to set up a low-wattage, community radio station on in B.C. is worried opposition from Rogers Communications will stop its application for a broadcast licence.
CBC spokesman says "Ads on radio are not currently among the things that are being looked at."
The CBC's board of directors, faced with a possible $200-million shortfall, has approved a budget for the coming year that includes deep cuts.
A Hamilton community group is hoping to purchase CHCH TV and return it to its roots of quality local programming.
FRIENDS says that local programming on over-the-air television doesn't shouldn't be allowed to wither away and die forever because of a temporary economic down cycle.
Columnist says the closure of local TV stations may get politicians interested in making rapid changes to the economics of conventional TV.
CTV Television has laid off more than 24 employees at its Canada AM morning show and cancelled First News in Montreal.
Columnist says the optics of the CBC's plight would be improved if it committed itself to local coverage when commercial broadcasters are balking at the cost and their regulatory requirements.
Canada's largest media union says Canada's Heritage Minister should step in to demand that local news and information remain a cornerstone of the Canadian broadcasting system.
FRIENDS says losing a local TV station would be devastating to a community because of the effect on the economy and decrease in local information.
Columnist says the decisions by CanWest and CTV to cut staff and programs at small-market channels are part of a strategy to force regulatory changes.
The Canadian Media Guild says a new fund to improve local TV programming in small markets is the key to saving local news.
An analysis of the 2006 census reveals that artists are declining as a percentage of the overall Canadian work force.
Columnist says that without giving TVA, TQS and Radio-Canada access to new sources of revenue – such as fees-for-carriage – more dubbed U.S. programming appears inevitable on Quebec TV.
CTVglobemedia executive says "Without fee for carriage, we're only going to be witness to the demise of conventional television in this country."
CTVglobemedia executive says "We are doing everything we can to hang on to conventional television, but as we continue to stress, the conventional model is now broken."
Rogers has submitted licence renewal applications to the CRTC for its conventional TV stations, seeking a seven-year extension and telling the regulator it wants to focus on local programming.
CTVglobemedia is canceling the 6-9 a.m. morning shows produced in Victoria, London and Barrie, and the 6 p.m., 11 p.m. and weekend newscasts produced in Ottawa.
Broadcasters call for lower local programming obligations and ending priority programming requirements in primetime.
The President and CEO of CTVglobemedia discusses the closure of local TV stations and the financial state of the company in a note to staff.
Columnist says Stephen Harper's political strategy of aiming his message directly at local voters may be threatened with the possible closures of many community television stations.
FRIENDS says a proposal from cable and satellite companies on the sale of advertising would have a negative impact on television broadcasters at a time of great financial peril, likely resulting in further reductions in local service.
CTV says it would rather close two Ontario stations in Windsor and Wingham than continue to absorb financial losses in those cities.
FRIENDS says CTV's decision to close two small Ontario television stations put's pressure on the CRTC to re-examine its ruling on fee-for-carriage.
FRIENDS says a CRTC plan to issue one-year licences and review local programming rules will be good for TV companies but bad for viewers.
FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison discusses options for CHCH TV Hamilton and the importance of local news in a radio interview with host Bill Kelly.
Canada's broadcast regulator says it wants to allow one-year licence renewals to conventional television broadcasters because of the financial issues faced by the industry.
Columnist says that investing in quality local news programming could save Sirius XM satellite radio.
FRIENDS says it is likely that CHCH television will continue to operate in Hamilton, but the sagging financial fortunes of parent company Canwest may mean less local programming.
Columnist says the CRTC is expected to announce a new kind of television licence designed to give some of the country's cash-strapped small-market TV stations some relief in an economic downturn.
Columnist says the imminent closure of A-channel Windsor is another example of the fragile state of local news in Canada.
When contracts with CTV and ACCESS TV expire next year, the Alberta legislature will have to choose between creating its own broadcasts or scrapping coverage of question period.
Columnist says all-sport radio can expect cuts and perhaps a decrease in local content as a result of the recession.
Canwest says five of the company's E!-branded conventional television stations are no longer "core assets."
Canwest says it retained RBC Capital Markets to shop five E! Entertainment-branded TV stations in Montreal, Hamilton, Red Deer, AB, Kelowna, BC and Victoria.
Quebec artists are furious about a $25-million grant in the federal budget they say will reward two businessmen from Toronto to stage an international competition, while it leaves local professionals on the verge of bankruptcy.
Toronto's film and television industry is pleading for help from the federal government, hoping to lure American productions back with bigger tax credits.
Canwest has canceled its Global Television's noon newscast from Toronto and rival Astral has cut 23 jobs from its English-language radio station business.
Canada's largest media union says the CRTC should demand that broadcasters who are threatening to shut down service in small Canadian communities return their licences now, and give others the chance to run them.
Columnist says CTV and Canwest are considering shutting down smaller stations across the country, fearing that some local markets may never again be profitable in a TV industry where dollars are increasingly migrating to cable.
Global TV's Toronto station is eliminating its noon newscast, resulting in an unspecified number of layoffs.
Columnist says between 20 and 35 people will lose their jobs as a result of Canwest's decision to scrap its Toronto noon-hour newscast.
Canwest wants to loosen the rules governing its newsrooms and has asked the CRTC to lift certain conditions of licence at its E! and Global stations.
The Heritage Minister defends his government's cuts to cultural programs last summer at a meeting with representatives from the Quebec arts community.
A memo to the FRIENDS Steering Committee describes scenarios by which CBC management could cut services if a Conservative Party plan to slash the public broadcaster's Parliamentary allocation by $200 million were to be implemented.