Broadcasters Blast 2019 Canadian Budget as Unfair
OTTAWA, March 21, 2019 /CNW/ – The Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) is disappointed that the federal government has excluded broadcast media from journalism support tax credits announced in Budget 2019.
“Canadians want to be informed and they want a diversity of trusted, quality news sources from which to choose,” said Lenore Gibson, CAB Board of Directors chair. “The federal government’s exclusion of broadcasters — the preferred source for news among Canadians — is arbitrary and unfair policy.”
According to the Reuters Institute’s 2018 Digital News Report, more than 75 per cent of Canadians get their news from television and radio, while only 31 per cent cite newspapers as their primary source. Further, of the top five most trusted news brands in Canada, three are private broadcasters.
New tax credits for news and journalism were announced in the 2018 Fall Economic Statement. Budget 2019 sets out eligibility criteria. The proposed tax credits would only be made available to newspapers: Qualified Canadian Journalism Organizations (QCJO) must be primarily engaged in the production of original written news content. Moreover, the 25-per-cent refundable labour tax credit is not available for a QCJO “carrying on a broadcasting undertaking.”
“If the government is truly committed to recognizing the vital role media plays in helping citizens make informed decisions, it must find a way to include radio and television news outlets in this tax credit regime,” said Gibson.
Read more of this public relations news release HERE.
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