OPINION: Solutions include regulatory reforms and equitable taxation for online media giants and a tax credit to B.C. broadcasters for the creation of made-in-B.C. content.
by Rob Bye
President of the B.C. Association of Broadcasters, the voice of private radio and television broadcasters across B.C.
October 1, 2020
This spring, without warning, Kelowna radio station Soft 103.9 went off the air in what was described as Canada’s first broadcasting casualty linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the microphones fell silent, journalists lost their jobs, businesses lost an advertising vehicle, and a community lost an important voice.
In the months ahead, I fear this story will repeat itself in communities across B.C.
COVID-19 wasn’t the only reason for the closure of this station. But the pandemic delivered the death knell — and it is threatening to do the same to other private radio and television stations British Columbians depend upon.
It is a difficult position for broadcasters, especially considering our role during the COVID-19 crisis. Our stations have played a vital role for British Columbians, providing a trusted source of news, public health information and acting as a community hub for fundraising efforts. Many stations have used their traditional and social media platforms to broadcast live coverage of the daily health briefings from provincial and federal officials keeping citizens informed during this unprecedented time.
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