NDP STANDS AGAINST THE ELIMINATION OF THE LOCAL PROGRAMMING IMPROVEMENT FUND

NDP STANDS AGAINST THE ELIMINATION OF THE LOCAL PROGRAMMING IMPROVEMENT FUND

Local news programs will be most affected by this cut

OTTAWA — The elimination of the Local Programming Improvement Fund (LPIF) will affect the quality, quantity and diversity of local news shows. According to the NDP, rural communities will be the ones most greatly affected by CRTC’s decision.

“It’s not financially easy for small local television stations to offer quality local content and that’s why the Fund was created,” said Official Opposition Heritage Critic Pierre Nantel. “This decision will significantly impact communities in many regions, especially francophones outside of Quebec.”

The Fund was established in 2008 at the height of the global recession to give Canadian communities outside of major centres access to diversified and good quality local programming. But, after a controversial study that divided the council, the CRTC decided this week to abolish it.

The NDP argued strongly in favour of maintaining this fund. New Democrats wrote the CRTC noting that the LPIF was still relevant and relatively inexpensive. New Democrats were most concerned that, yet again, CBC will bear the brunt of this cut. CBC relied on this fund because it ensured continued regional coverage.

“Canadians value their local news and the elimination of this fund is disheartening,” added Andrew Cash (Davenport), Deputy Critic. “The Conservatives already cut funding for CBC. I fear that this new blow to the public broadcaster will lead to further reductions in service to rural communities.”

For more information, please contact:

David Patry, Press Secretary, Quebec Caucus Services

514-238-8240 or david.patry@parl.gc.