The CRTC and the Local Programming Improvement Fund: A Primer

April 11, 2012 in debates

      On Monday, April 16th the CRTC will begin hearings to evaluate the progress and impact of the Local Programming Improvement Fund (LPIF), implemented in 2008/2009 to stem the evacuation of local programming amongst Canada’s “non-metropolitan” television stations. It is fortuitous timing then that the Journal Strategies Conference should parallel the LPIF hearings, since both are concerned with the future of news and information in our country. Indeed, while Journalism Strategies seeks to address the “role of professional journalism in our democratic lives,” the primary goal of the LPIF is to “ensure that viewers in smaller Canadian markets continue to receive a diversity of local programming, particularly local news programming” (CRTC 2008-100, par.359) With this in mind, we [...]