Media Advisory: Cable companies mismanage millions in public funds
Find the report here: http://openmedia.ca/cactus-comments-2011-community-tv-audit
Steve Anderson, Executive Director, OpenMedia.ca
Cathy Edwards, Spokesperson for CACTUS
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The Community Media Fund: In April 2010, the CRTC conducted a hearing to review a 2% community broadcast levy (bringing in roughly $120 million per year) that the "Big 4" cable companies—Cogeco, Rogers, Shaw and Vidéotron—have been mismanaging. The public trust is meant to be used to fund independent citizen media, but instead has been fed back into stations controlled by the Big 4.
These cable companies are mandated to offer 60% local programming with 30% community production. Nearly all of them fail to meet these minimum standards.
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OpenMedia.ca has fought to liberate the community media fund from big cable companies through policy interventions and through a citizen engagement initiative that helped deliver nearly 3,000 submissions to the CRTC.
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