Media call for regulatory changes to level the playing field in the face of the coronavirus pandemic
The report says the most vulnerable are the country’s AM radio stations, along with other independent private radio and television operations in the country’s small markets.
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The study, titled “The Canadian Media Crisis and the Future of Local Broadcasting,” was commissioned by CAB and conducted by Winnipeg’s independent media economics consultancy, Communications Management Inc.
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The CAB calls on the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to take swift action in establishing a “fairer and sustainable future” for local media and on the federal government to provide emergency regulatory assistance as well as greater support.
The organization is concerned about the fallout from eroding advertising revenues, which could leave national and international media to deliver most of their news to Canadians.
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