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The CRTC undertakes a review of the Local Programming Improvement Fund

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OTTAWA-GATINEAU — The Commission announced today that it will be holding a
public consultation to review the Local Programming Improvement Fund, and
is inviting Canadians to submit comments.

The fund was created to support the development of local television
programming, particularly local news, in non-metropolitan markets.
Spending on local programming had stagnated and even declined due to,
among other things, the fragmentation of television audiences and the
decline in advertising revenues. This risked harming both the quality and
local programs.

Since 2009, cable and satellite companies have been contributing 1.5% of
their gross broadcasting revenues to the fund. As a result, by the end of
2012, it will have distributed more than $300 million to more than 75
local stations throughout the country. To be eligible, stations must
broadcast local programming that includes news.

The Commission had announced its intention to review the fund in its third
year of operation. This review will provide for determining whether the
fund should be maintained, modified or canceled. The Commission is
seeking comments on the following topics:
 evaluation of the fund’s objectives and the performance of
recipient stations;
-additional spending on local programming as a condition for
receiving funding;
-eligibility for the fund and the funding allocation formula;
-cable and satellite companies’ contributions to the fund; and
-the relevance of maintaining, modifying or abandoning the fund.

Anyone interested may submit comments by February 15, 2012, by:
-completing the online form
https://services.crtc.gc.ca/pub/instances-proceedings/Default-Defaut.aspx?Lang=Eng&EN=2011-788
-writing to the Secretary-General, CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N2;
or
-sending a fax to 819-994-0218.

A public hearing will begin on April 16, 2012, in Gatineau, Quebec. If you
would like to appear before the CRTC, you must indicate your interest in
doing so in your written comments. It will also be possible to participate
in the hearing from the Commission’s regional offices, via
teleconferencing. For more information on how to participate, please see
the notice of consultation
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-788.htm

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-788.
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-788.htm

The CRTC
The CRTC is an independent public authority that regulates and supervises
broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.

Reference documents:

Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2011-455 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-455.htm
Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2010-167 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2010/2010-167.htm
Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2009-406 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-406.htm
Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2008-100 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2008/pb2008-100.htm

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