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  January 13 

Ian Morrison from the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting worries that the planned review of the CBC's mandate may be derailed by the Conservatives

The House of Commons Heritage Committee is planning a crucial investigation of CBC's mandate starting in February.   I am concerned that Stephen Harper's Conservative government may be planning to knock this CBC mandate review off the agenda, and I am writing to ask for your help to prevent this from happening.   Please send a message asking your Member of Parliament to help ensure that the Heritage Committee is allowed to do its important work.


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  February 22 Kamloops Daily News. Lobby Group Seeks Local Views on CBC

"We passionately need to hear what CBC viewers see as the role of the CBC in the 21st century," said Pam Astbury, president of SOCK.  Astbury will present those views to the parliamentary committee on March 14 in Vancouver.  The all-party committee is reviewing the mandate of the CBC.

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What do you think?  Send your views by email

  March 21 Kamloops Daily News. Lobby Group Hopes to be Heard in Ottawa

SOCK makes presentation to the parliamentary committee reviewing the mandate of the CBC.  A year after Kamloops lost its over-the-air CBC-TV service, a local lobby group may have finally a sympathetic ear.

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  March 27 Kamloops Daily News.  B.C.'s rural regions getting overlooked

Hugh Jordan says that forestry and mine workers are loosing medical services and schools.  Now they have lost CBC TV in the outback and Prime Minister Harper has no plans to create CBC radio stations for the hinterlands.   So why would a young professional want to work in rural areas?

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  August 16 Kamloops Daily News. CBC Advocates see ray of hope in new minister

SOCK member David Charbonneau hopes the new minister responsible for the CBC, Josee Verner, will help restore CBC over-the-air TV in Kamloops.

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August 18 Rabbit ears on last legs in TV land by Vito Pilieci  Source : Ottawa Citizen

When Canada pulls the plug on analog signals in 2011, viewers who still rely on antenna will be forced to shell out for new technology or see their broadcasts fade to black.

Unlike the United States, which will subsidize the cost of set-top converters for older televisions when it drops analog TV signals in 2009, officials here say they have no similar plan for when Canada ends analog broadcasts in 2011.

Analog TV owners will need to replace their televisions with sets capable of receiving high-definition signals, or install converters that now cost $200 U.S. -- though experts have forecast that the price could drop to $60 to $80. The converters incorporate antenna that can receive the new signals.

Canada's shutdown will come just a little more than two years after the end of analog broadcasting in the U.S., where the federal government has set aside $1.5 billion U.S. to buy the set-top boxes for Americans who get over-the-air signals and do not want to buy new TVs.

Read full article from The Friends of Canadian Broadcasting

August 21 CBC plans radio studio in Kamloops if permanent funding is made available (originally posted on November 9, 2006)

According to the CBC’s five-year Corporate Plan, future plans for television drama strategy or proposed HDTV transition will not proceed unless the federal government provides secure funding.   For the past five years, the CBC has relied on annual $60 million grants, but those grants have always been disbursed as special “one time only” payments.

According to the Broadcasting Act, the Corporation can borrow up to $25 million dollars, provided the projects funded generate enough revenue to achieve a positive rate of return.

If funding is available, CBC  plans to add full-length regional morning and afternoon shows on CBC Radio One in Kitchener, Red Deer, Hamilton, Barrie, Kingston, Nanaimo, Kelowna, Chilliwack, Saskatoon, Peterborough, Cranbrook, and Kamloops.

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  September 7  Kamloops Daily News   CBC creating a regional black hole

In his letter to the editor Hugh Jordan says that funds originally planned for a CBC radio studio for Kamloops have been diverted to Kelowna for expansion of their CBC radio broadcasts.  Kamloops is inadequately served from Kelowna because the regions are separate and distinct. 

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  September 18  Kamloops Daily News   CBC wrongly sees us as extension of Kelowna

David Charbonneau says that CBC is going to abandon plans to build a CBC radio studio in Kamloops in favour of expanding Kelowna's existing studio.   CBC executives obviously think the Kamloops region is an extension of Kelowna.   As long as Kamloops is not part of a national network, we are doomed to obscurity.

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  September 20 Kamloops Daily News CBC decision-making based on economics, not geography.

Geographer Ken Favrholdt agrees with David Charbonneau that Kamloops is not as recognizable as Kelowna but is not sure that the CBC sees us as an extension of Kelowna.  It's an economic decision, he says.

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  September 25 Kamloops Daily News CBC in Kamloops would serve more than just the city.

Hugh Jordan says that Ken Favrholdt assumes a CBC radio studio in Kamloops would serve the city only -- it would serve our entire region.  And the economic argument for not having a studio here doesn't make sense when we are already paying for CBC service we don't get.

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  September 26 Kamloops Daily News Kamloops remains on CBC radar, exec insists

CBC executive Ted Kennedy says that Kamloops is still in CBC radio's long-range plans even though we have been removed from immediate expansion plans.  Lack of funding has held back original plans to establish a studio in Kamloops.  "We do recognize the need for a distinct service for Kamloops," he said.

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  October 1 Kamloops Daily News CBC brass tunes out needs of local listeners, viewers

Pam Astbury says we will continue to lobby for the CBC services we deserve. First CBC dropped TV broadcasts and then added insult to injury when they scuttled Kamloops' radio studio in favour of an expansion of Kelowna's.  At least they are are now saying encouraging things. Now if we can only get some action.

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  October 19 From the Newfound & Labrador INDEPENDENT No Signal. CBC to slash number of transmitters; outports may lose free TV.

 A plan by the CBC to change the way it transmits its TV signal around Newfoundland and Labrador may mean the end of free television in rural areas.  The CBC plans to install new digital transmitters in urban centres only leaving a two-tier system, one for those who can afford cable TV, nothing for those who can't.

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