Should the CRTC grant broadcast licensees full-term renewals if they break its rules, reduce their commitments to Canadian content and offer little or no local programming?

In January 2020 the Forum intervened in the licence renewal applications filed by several groups of broadcasters. We argued that the CRTC should not grant full-term licence renewals (5 to 7 years) to broadcasters that had breached the CRTC’s regulations or their own licence conditions, had reduced their commitment to Canadian programming and/or had offered little or no explanation of the programs designed specifically for the communities they are licensed to serve. We also pointed out the very low levels of national and/or international news proposed by the applicants.

The Forum also asked – as provided by the CRTC’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (section 29) – for a copy of information about the employment levels at the stations operated by Rogers and Corus, and to which the companies alluded in their applications. Neither company provided the information.

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