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Trouble ahead for Canadian small market broadcasters

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Trouble ahead for Canadian small market broadcasters

Post by Turkeytop » Sun Aug 30, 2020 9:33 pm

Media Study Says Hundreds of Canadian Radio, TV Stations Risk Closure

As many as 40 local television outlets and 200 Canadian radio stations could be forced to close in the next three years as the financial pressures faced by media companies intensify under the COVID-19 pandemic, suggests a new study from an industry advocacy group.

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters issued a report on Wednesday warning of potential closures and widespread job cuts as private TV and radio broadcasters face a cumulative projected revenue shortfall of up to $1.06 billion by the end of 2022.


Most vulnerable are the country’s AM radio stations, the report said, as well as other independent private radio and TV operations in smaller markets across the country.

The study, titled “The Crisis in Canadian Media and the Future of Local Broadcasting,” was commissioned by the CAB, which represents the majority of private broadcasters in Canada, and conducted through Winnipeg-based independent media economics consultancy Communications Management Inc.

The CAB says it’s concerned about the fallout from a substantial erosion in local advertising revenues over recent months.

Radio stations may be hardest hit in the short term, the report suggests, partly due to many advertisers pulling back on their spending in the pandemic and hastening a decline in the media industry’s revenues.

Private radio ad revenues are expected to be $383 million below last year, it said.

The report’s projections suggest that without further government support those declines could mean as many as 50 private local radio stations go out of business over the next four to six months.

Another 150 radio stations could topple in the 18 months that follow, it said, leading to as many as 2,000 job losses.

TV stations could risk a similar fate with roughly 40 of Canada’s 94 private TV broadcasters in danger of closing within one to three years, the research predicts.

The CAB is calling on the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to take swift action by establishing a “more fair and sustainable future” for local media.

Last month, the organization sent an emergency application to the CRTC requesting permission for broadcasters to be relieved of certain terms of their agreements, such as spending requirements on Canadian programming, for the broadcast year that ends Aug. 31.

Lenore Gibson, chair of the CAB, said broadcasters have “done their utmost to cut expenses” in areas such as administration, and “the last thing that they want to do is cut into programming costs, but that’s the only area that’s left now.”

The CAB is urging the federal government to provide emergency regulatory relief as well as greater “targeted support” for the industry starting this fall.

Without greater financial measures in place, the CAB says the effects could leave many communities with only national and international media organizations to provide them with most of their news, effectively eliminating most community coverage of local politics, health and education in some regions of the country.
https://www.chrisd.ca/2020/08/26/media- ... -closures/



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Re: Trouble ahead for Canadian small market broadcasters

Post by Marcus » Sun Aug 30, 2020 10:44 pm

So stations like CKNX in Wingham and CFOS in Owen Sound could be gone as a result of this. Maybe the rules should be changed so that each company can operate up to three FM stations in a market instead of just two. The limit would still be four stations per market (AM 1 station, FM 3 stations). Right now it two stations per band.



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Re: Trouble ahead for Canadian small market broadcasters

Post by Turkeytop » Sun Aug 30, 2020 10:59 pm

Marcus wrote:
Sun Aug 30, 2020 10:44 pm
So stations like CKNX in Wingham and CFOS in Owen Sound could be gone as a result of this. Maybe the rules should be changed so that each company can operate up to three FM stations in a market instead of just two. The limit would still be four stations per market (AM 1 station, FM 3 stations). Right now it two stations per band.

The owners of both of those stations have been aggressively expanding their businesses. They are running several local FM stations in various small towns up through that area.

I don't know how they get away with it. Some of their small town stations are deep inside the coverage area of their existing two FMs. CFOS has an AM and two high powered FMs in Owen Sound. Twenty- five miles to the west, in Port Elgin, they run another different Fm. Forty miles east of Owen Sound they have yet another different FM for the town of Collingwood.



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Re: Trouble ahead for Canadian small market broadcasters

Post by Deleted User 15342 » Mon Aug 31, 2020 8:18 am

Shut them down. It’s a proven fact that most Canadians don’t even listen or watch their own stations. Most Canadians listen to radio from The U.S.A. and watch American television networks.



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Re: Trouble ahead for Canadian small market broadcasters

Post by Turkeytop » Mon Aug 31, 2020 9:33 am

It's a proven fact that many Americans of lower intelligence (often a product of inbreeding) don't even know what radio is. They think the Internet is a radio.



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Re: Trouble ahead for Canadian small market broadcasters

Post by Deleted User 15342 » Mon Aug 31, 2020 9:44 am

Turkeytop wrote:
Mon Aug 31, 2020 9:33 am
It's a proven fact that many Americans of lower intelligence (often a product of inbreeding) don't even know what radio is. They think the Internet is a radio.
Go to hell you piss ant 🐜. I hope this Covid thing keeps you out of my country for good, you useless piece of shit. Talk about lower intelligence you don’t even know if your wall phone in the kitchen is a smartphone you dumbshit.



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Re: Trouble ahead for Canadian small market broadcasters

Post by audiophile » Mon Aug 31, 2020 11:09 am

Go easy on TT, we disagree a lot on politics but he likes radio so for that we can agree.

I can also appreciate most of his humour.


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Re: Trouble ahead for Canadian small market broadcasters

Post by Turkeytop » Mon Aug 31, 2020 11:39 am

I'm not sure the situation for Canadian broadcasters is as dire as the report suggests. It may be they are simply using the slump in revenue, due to the pandemic, as an opportunity to pressure the government for regulatory relief or, maybe even, financial assistance.



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Re: Trouble ahead for Canadian small market broadcasters

Post by audiophile » Mon Aug 31, 2020 11:52 am

It's bad, guaranteed.


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Re: Trouble ahead for Canadian small market broadcasters

Post by Turkeytop » Mon Aug 31, 2020 11:59 am

Adverting revenue has dropped for all media. The Tampa Bay Times has reduced its print edition to two days a week. I expect that will be permanent.

My paper I read at home here, the Toronto Globe and Mail has shrunk considerably and gotten much thinner.



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Re: Trouble ahead for Canadian small market broadcasters

Post by Turkeytop » Mon Aug 31, 2020 11:55 pm

I lived the biggest part of my life at a small town. I hated small town radio. Country music, hog reports and funeral reports. Out of necessity I became a DXer.

But a lot of people in those communities depend on their local radio. It will be a real loss for them if it comes to an end. They'll all have to become DXers.



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Post by Deleted User 15342 » Tue Sep 01, 2020 7:34 am

Turkeytop wrote:
Mon Aug 31, 2020 11:55 pm
I lived the biggest part of my life at a small town. I hated small town radio. Country music, hog reports and funeral reports. Out of necessity I became a DXer.

But a lot of people in those communities depend on their local radio. It will be a real loss for them if it comes to an end. They'll all have to become DXers.
Life in socialist Canada is a real challenge. Don’t Canadians DX American Radio just to stay away from the JT propaganda machine?



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Re: Trouble ahead for Canadian small market broadcasters

Post by Turkeytop » Tue Sep 01, 2020 9:11 am

Troll. You don't even know what radio is, much less DX.



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Re: Trouble ahead for Canadian small market broadcasters

Post by Deleted User 15342 » Wed Sep 02, 2020 12:09 pm

Turkeytop wrote:
Tue Sep 01, 2020 9:11 am
Troll. You don't even know what radio is, much less DX.
Hey asshole, do you know if your wall phone in the kitchen is a smartphone? The reason you don’t own a smartphone is because you’re a dumbass. Now we can’t have a device that’s smarter than you, can we. What a stupid fuck.



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Re: Trouble ahead for Canadian small market broadcasters

Post by Turkeytop » Thu Sep 03, 2020 8:24 pm

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Wed Sep 02, 2020 12:09 pm
Hey asshole,

What a stupid fuck.

Dumbass

You’re a mindless idiot

What a stupid fuck.

What a stupid fuck.

Idiot

You’re an asshole.

Agreed. What a stupid fuck.

Stupid fuck
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