TORONTO, July 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Today's decision to phase out the Local
Programming Improvement Fund will harm local TV programming in smaller
cities and regions and further undermines CBC's ability to meet its
mandate to the Canadian public.
According to the CRTC decision, the LPIF will be phased out by 2014, the
year the final federal budget cuts will hit the public broadcaster. As
a result, CBC will have lost a total of $155 million, or nearly 15% of
The Canadian Media Guild, which argued in favour of the fund before it
was introduced in 2009, is disappointed with the decision. The CRTC now
must use the CBC's upcoming licence renewal hearing to examine what
other regulatory means can be used to support programming that meets
the objectives of the Broadcasting Act and serves the needs and
interests of Canadians.
SOURCE Canadian Media Guild
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