OTTAWA, Sept. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - As of September 1st, over-the-air
broadcasters serving markets of less than 1 million people will become
eligible for a share of approximately $100 million from the new Local
Programming Improvement Fund, or LPIF. Both private broadcasters and
CBC/Radio-Canada television stations are eligible.
Created by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications
Commission (CRTC), the LPIF is funded by cable and direct-to-home satellite
companies which are required to contribute 1.5% of their gross
broadcasting-related revenues from the 2008-2009 broadcast year.
The Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) was mandated by the CRTC
to assist with the development of the fund and to build an effective
governance structure. The Fund will be governed by a five-person board: three
private broadcasters representing English, French and independent stations
from smaller markets, one CBC/Radio-Canada representative, and one
The LPIF Board members are:
- Rick Arnish, President, The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group
- Pierre Brosseau, Executive Chairman, RNC Media Inc.
- Kevin Goldstein, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, CTVglobmedia
- Bev Kirshenblatt, Senior Director Regulatory Affairs,
- Cable/Satellite nominee (to be announced)
"The CAB has consistently advocated for local television service as the
cornerstone of Canada's broadcasting system," stated LPIF Board member, Rick
Arnish. "This new fund will mean more local, high-quality programming, while
building a stronger financial foundation for smaller market stations that have
been hard hit by the economic recession."
The Fund's administrator, is McCay, Duff & Company Management Ltd. "For
this program to work, it has to be easily accessible, simple to execute, and
totally transparent," noted Jason Howarth, Partner of McCay Duff. "It's a
sizeable task, but the benefits for Canadians will be significant."
The funds will be disbursed over the 2009-2010 broadcast year. One-third
of the total funding will be divided equally amongst stations in specific
Francophone and Anglophone markets. The remaining two-thirds will be allocated
based on eligible stations' historic spending on local programming.
About the Canadian Association of Broadcasters
The Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) is the national voice of
Canada's private broadcasters, representing the vast majority of Canadian
programming services, including private radio and television stations,
networks, specialty, pay and pay-per-view services.
Related Web Links:
The Canadian Association of Broadcasters: www.cab-acr.ca
CRTC's LPIF decision: www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-406.htm
McCay, Duff & Company Management Ltd.: www.mccayduff.com
For further information:
For further information: Canadian Association of Broadcasters: Elizabeth
Roscoe, (613) 233-4035, ext. 330, email@example.com; Jim Pattison Broadcast
Group: Rick Arnish, President, The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, (250)
372-3322, firstname.lastname@example.org; McCay, Duff & Company Management Ltd.: Jason
Howarth, (613) 236-2367, email@example.com