• Free the CBC
  • Free the CBC
  • About Friends

All Local & Regional Programming Articles — 2010

Nov 16, 2010 — News Article

Capacity lacking to carry all local TV: Bell, Shaw by Susan Krashinsky

Satellite television providers say requiring them to carry local signals would crowd out room on the satellites for more lucrative specialty channels and high-definition feeds.

Oct 30, 2010 — News Article

Where was 'local TV' on election night? by Brad Oswald

Columnist says the same people who spent much of last year imploring Canadians that local TV must be saved chose to make covering Winnipeg's civic election a secondary consideration in their prime-time programming.

Oct 6, 2010 — News Article

Confidence In Mass Media Continues to Falter

According to Gallup's annual Governance poll 57% of Americans say they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly.

Sep 30, 2010 — Policy Brief

Re: CRTC Broadcast Notice of Consultation 2010-623

FRIENDS supports a proposal that would see 0.5% of cable gross revenues directed towards the creation of a Community Access Media Fund to which independent non-profit community-run access channels could apply for support.

Sep 7, 2010 — Policy Brief

Re: CRTC Broadcast Notice of Consultation 2010-551: Application #2009-1674-4

FRIENDS comments on an application by Corus for a broadcasting licence to operate a regional specialty television channel.

Aug 21, 2010 — Blog Post

How to fix the CBC

The departure of the executive responsible for CBC's English language operations presents an opportunity for all of CBC’s 34 million shareholders to reflect on what kind of national public broadcaster Canada needs.

Aug 13, 2010 — News Article

Sportsnet One tuned to local audience by Yvonne Zacharias

Rogers is set to launch a second TV sports channel in the Pacific region.

Jul 20, 2010 — Blog Post

The CRTC's powers under the Broadcasting Act

Documents filed to the Federal Court of Appeal regarding the CRTC's power to implement a negotiated signal compensation regime.

Jul 13, 2010 — Policy Brief

Digital Economy Consultation

FRIENDS recommends that the Canadian Media Fund, and other federally-sponsored funds, be augmented by tapping into the huge profits of the four big cable monopolies, whose profit before interest and taxes in 2009 exceeded 25%.

Jun 16, 2010 — Blog Post

No News is Bad News: The 2006 Norway House Elections

2010 Dalton Camp Award winning essay on the lack of local news coverage on Canada's aboriginal reserves.

Jun 4, 2010 — News Article

The Dalton Camp Award

In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison and 2010 Dalton Camp Award winner Ethan Rabidoux discuss the award and the man who inspired it.

Jun 3, 2010 — News Release

2010 Dalton Camp Award winners announced

Ethan Rabidoux of Stratford, Ontario and Rosalyn Yake of Peterborough, Ontario are the 2010 winners of the Dalton Camp Award.

Jun 1, 2010 — News Release

Winners of the 2010 Dalton Camp Award to be announced

The winners of the 2010 Dalton Camp Award will be announced Thursday, June 3 at the Musée des beaux-arts in Montreal.

May 26, 2010 — Speech

On-Air Diversity: a Case for Community Broadcasting

Remarks by Ian Morrison, FRIENDS' spokesperson at the Asia Media Summit in Beijing China on the important roles community TV channels play.

May 12, 2010 — News Article

Nearly 13 mil watch U.K. election coverage by Mimi Turner

Columnist says in an election where the first-ever televised candidates' debates played an unprecedented role in bringing politics direct to the viewer, media has played a more vital role in the political dialogue than ever.

Apr 5, 2010 — News Article

Consumers oppose fee hike, CRTC says by Katie Bailey

CRTC lays out two primary themes in report: a concern for the future of local television and opposition to paying more for programming.

Mar 25, 2010 — News Article

Saskatchewan pulls plug on SCN by Etan Vlessing

ACTRA Saskatchewan representative says the province's TV production industry will take a huge hit if the government cuts SCN.

Mar 22, 2010 — News Release

Local news one step closer to extinction

FRIENDS says there is a crisis in Canadian local TV and the CRTC announcement on fee-for-carriage fails to reflect the urgency of the threat to local programming.

Mar 22, 2010 — News Article

CRTC to rule on 'TV tax' dispute by LuAnn LaSalle

FRIENDS expects the CRTC to mandate compensation for local television signals and have both sides sit down to work out the value.

Mar 6, 2010 — News Article

CBC May Be Gone from CKPR

On the heels of the move by Thunder Bay Electronics to shift from being a CTV affiliate to a Global Television affiliate, now comes a move to sever ties to the CBC.

Feb 26, 2010 — News Article

Corus puts forth news channel by Emily Claire Afan

Corus Entertainment is proposing to launch what it describes as a "hyper-local" news channel serving communities in Western Canada.   

Feb 26, 2010 — News Article

Corus proposes new western Canadian net by Etan Vlessing

Corus Entertainment, Shaw's broadcast division, has applied to the CRTC to operate a new broadcast network in Western Canada described as a "hyper-local" TV alternative to major networks like CTV and Canwest.

Feb 22, 2010 — News Article

What 'local TV' is left to support? by Jim Sellers

Article mentions a poll commissioned by FRIENDS that states 76 per cent of Canadians feel that local news is "very important."

Feb 12, 2010 — News Article

Canwest name to remain on facilities? by Geoff Kirbyson

As the Canwest empire continues to crumble, questions are being raised in Winnipeg about the company's sponsorship of local facilities.

Feb 3, 2010 — News Article

More Than 2560 Canadians Support Community-Controlled Media

More than 2,560 Canadians have written the CRTC to let communities control community-based media, says the Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Status (CACTUS).

Feb 1, 2010 — Policy Brief

Re: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009-661: Policies for Community Television

FRIENDS endorses a proposal that would see community TV stations become more like public libraries with local control and dedicated funding.

Jan 25, 2010 — News Article

Put community back in community TV by Cathy Edwards

The Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations is set to urge the CRTC to free community TV from the leash held by cable companies.

Jan 22, 2010 — News Article

Put Community Back Into Community TV

The Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations says Cable companies are curtailing access to community TV channels.

Jan 20, 2010 — News Article

Recession and reduced CRTC requirements behind Citytv program cuts and job loss in Toronto

Media union rep says "The CRTC has permitted major market television stations to reduce local programming to a minimum of fourteen hours weekly and as a result there will be no weekend newscasts, noon news, or five o'clock news."

Jan 20, 2010 — News Article

Anchor cut loose as Citytv axes jobs by Jamie Sturgeon

60 CITY-TV workers, including producers, editors and camera operators have lost their jobs as Rogers eliminates "underperforming" local programming.

Jan 20, 2010 — News Article

CITY-TV restructures with local news cuts by Susan Krashinsky and Guy Dixon

Rogers media cuts 60 staff from CITY-TV, mostly in local news programming.

Jan 12, 2010 — News Article

Canadian TV station switches affiliation by Etan Vlessing

A spat over local and national commercial airtime has Thunder Bay-based CHFD-TV dropping its affiliation with CTV and looking to buy popular U.S. series from rival Global Television.

Jan 11, 2010 — News Article

CACTUS Invites Public Comment on Community TV

Community Television group seeks public involvement in an upcoming CRTC hearing.

Jan 11, 2010 — News Article

CanWest lenders can't wait on sale, Scotiabank tells Asper by Grant Robertson

The sale of CanWest's newspaper chain has exposed a deep and bitter rift between its chief executive officer Leonard Asper and what was once one of the company's most trusted banks.

Jan 10, 2010 — News Article

Quebecor watching Canwest paper sale with interest

Pierre Karl Peladeau indicates Quebecor may be interested in snapping up a Canwest newspaper.

Jan 9, 2010 — News Article

CanWest's newspaper empire for sale

In the biggest shakeup in Canadian media in years, debt-laden Aspers cede a chunk of the family's legacy.

Jan 9, 2010 — News Article

Let bidding begin, CanWest creditors say by Dana Flavelle and Rita Trichur

Canwest has an offer for it's daily newspapers from its secured creditors, a group led by Canada's biggest banks, for $950 million - the amount they are owed.

Jan 8, 2010 — News Article

CanWest newspapers go on block despite CEO Asper's objections

Assets expected to fetch at least $1-billion, but chief executive argues they would be worth more down the road.

Jan 7, 2010 — News Article

Community Television Hearings at CRTC

The CRTC will hold public hearings into policies for community television beginning April.