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CRTC chair: Local news is more important than profits

Postby jon » Sat Oct 22, 2016 12:52 pm

CRTC chair: Local news is more important than profits
Jean-Pierre Blais also lamented that a “disturbing number” of TV stations have cut staff, centralized operations
By The Canadian Press
Thu., Oct. 20, 2016

OTTAWA—The head of the country’s broadcast regulator said TV stations have a responsibility to produce local news, even if it hurts their bottom line.

Jean-Pierre Blais is telling a Commons committee that financial profits aren’t everything — the marketplace of ideas and information is equally important.

The chairperson of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) made the remarks in front of the heritage committee studying the future of local media.

Blais said that while digital platforms offer an alternative source of coverage, they don’t have the funding and expertise in gathering information possessed by professional TV news outlets.

The chairman also lamented that a “disturbing number of television stations” have cut staff, centralized operations and reduced the length of their newscasts.

In June, the CRTC announced changes to the way broadcasters can pay for local TV news and required licence-holders in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary to produce at least 14 hours a week of local news content.

In smaller English-language markets, minimum programming was set at seven hours a week.

French-language stations are to be assessed on a case-by-case basis, but must produce five hours a week of local programming.
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Re: CRTC chair: Local news is more important than profits

Postby jon » Sat Oct 22, 2016 12:55 pm

Somehow, I get a strong feeling of Deja Vu. As if I'm watching WKRP in the episode where General Sales Manager Herb complains about Public Service by the station as not contributing to The Bottom Line. Or, more important, he won't get a Commission on it.
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Postby tuned » Sat Oct 22, 2016 1:19 pm

The horse is already out of the barn. The companies that control the media are so large that there isn't much the CRTC can do other than blow hot air. They never should have allowed the mergers in the first place but those decisions were made by their political masters.
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Re: CRTC chair: Local news is more important than profits

Postby jon » Sat Oct 22, 2016 1:35 pm

tuned wrote:The horse is already out of the barn. The companies that control the media are so large that there isn't much the CRTC can do other than blow hot air. They never should have allowed the mergers in the first place but those decisions were made by their political masters.

"those decisions were made by their political masters."
I may have missed something, but I'm not aware of any CRTC Decisions that have been overthrown by the federal government since Mr. Harper lost his job.
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Postby tuned » Sat Oct 22, 2016 2:11 pm

Don't hold your breath waiting for that. Trudeau will look out for the large corporations that really run the country just like Harper did. Pipelines anyone?
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