Im­por­tant hear­ing for Town­ship­pers

Stanstead Journal - - LENOXVILLE NEWS -

The Cana­dian Ra­dio- tele­vi­sion and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion (CRTC) is invit­ing Cana­di­ans to ex­press their views on lo­cal and com­mu­nity pro­gram­ming. From to­day un­til Fe­bru­ary 3, 2016, Cana­di­ans will be able to share their opin­ions on an on­line dis­cus­sion fo­rum.

As the Town­ships English broad­cast news is now lim­ited to the CBC and to the lo­cal ra­dio com­mu­nity sta­tions, this is of high im­por­tance.

Last Septem­ber, the CRTC launched a re­view of lo­cal and com­mu­nity pro­gram­ming. Hav­ing an­a­lyzed the ini­tial feed­back, the CRTC has now pub­lished a work­ing doc­u­ment avail­able on its web­site: crtc.gc.ca. It is in­tended to pro­pose pos­si­ble ap­proaches and gen­er­ate dis­cus­sion.

The CRTC would like to dis­cuss what role lo­cal and com­mu­nity pro­gram­ming plays in the lives of Cana­di­ans. The dis­cus­sion fo­rum will serve as a plat­form to an­swer ques­tions such as the fol­low­ing:

Do you con­sider that lo­cal events in your area are suf­fi­ciently cov­ered on tele­vi­sion, in terms of quan­tity and qual­ity? If not, give us ideas of what could be done to im­prove such cov­er­age.

What in­for­ma­tion sources, other than lo­cal TV, do you con­sult to stay in­formed of lo­cal events and why?

What type of pro­gram­ming avail­able on the com­mu­nity chan­nel is of in­ter­est to you and why?

What could be done to im­prove your com­mu­nity chan­nel? For ex­am­ple, should com­mu­nity chan­nels op­er­at­ing in smaller mar­kets broad­cast pro­fes­sional lo­cal news to en­sure that they cater to the di­verse needs of their com­mu­ni­ties?

Dur­ing the Let's Talk TV pro­ceed­ing, the CRTC iden­ti­fied sev­eral chal­lenges faced by lo­cal and com­mu­nity tele­vi­sion in this dig­i­tal age where both con­tent and view­ers are in­creas­ingly mov­ing to­wards on­line ser­vices. More­over, a sur­vey con­ducted as part of that pro­ceed­ing re­vealed that 81% of Cana­di­ans be­lieve that lo­cal news is im­por­tant. In this light, the CRTC wishes to dis­cuss fu­ture ap­proaches for en­sur­ing ac­cess to lo­cal in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­nity ac­cess pro­gram­ming on mul­ti­ple plat­forms.

The on­line dis­cus­sion fo­rum will be held from Jan­uary 12 to Fe­bru­ary 3, 2016, the last day of the CRTC's pub­lic hear­ing on lo­cal and com­mu­nity pro­gram­ming.

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