Metro Vancouver input to the CRTC to support local programmingMetro Vancouver input to the CRTC to support local programming<div class="ExternalClass49C97244B40E46E9A52C5F0191F3594D"><p>A basic way to ensure people continue to care about the place we all live, is to ensure we know what’s going on around us – for example in our town halls, gathering places, and green spaces. Community television offers individuals and groups the opportunity for expression and participation in the broadcast system. Municipal council meetings are broadcast on the community channel and community producers cover issues not seen on commercial news. In addition, Metro Vancouver independently produces <em><a href="/media-room/video-gallery/the-sustainable-region?utm_source=newsletter41&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=chair_update" target="_blank">The Sustainable Region</a></em>, a monthly newsmagazine show for community channels (Shaw TV4, NVTV4, Delta TV and Coast Cable).</p><p>The CRTC, the federal agency that regulates Canadian broadcasting and telecommunications, is conducting <a href="http://crtc.gc.ca/eng/consultation.asp?page=complete&type=tv&num=2015-421" target="_blank">a review</a> of the policy framework for local and community television programming. One change could see funding for community channels (currently about $150 million per year) reallocated to private broadcasters, potentially ending the era of public access television in Canada. A local journalist captured the story well for the <a href="http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/metro+vancouver+officials+worried+about+potential+loss+shaw+channel/11665187/story.html" target="_blank">Vancouver Sun </a>recently.</p><p>Community broadcasting is a key information vehicle and an important way for local governments and others to engage with residents. It plays a vital role in Canadian communities and should be protected.</p><p>Metro Vancouver will present its position at a CRTC hearing on February 2, 2016. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue17-CRTC.jpg2016-01-29T08:00:00ZGP0|#e476df54-c4cb-44e5-8d9e-50737c3824e7;L0|#0e476df54-c4cb-44e5-8d9e-50737c3824e7|Issue 17;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass2B1ECAE6DE304C139F1757BF0CEF8ADE"><p>Community broadcasting is a key information vehicle and an important way for local governments and others to engage with residents. It plays a vital role in Canadian communities and should be protected.</p></div>0