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Industry critics – and two commissioners – question need for new $60 million local news fund

News | 11/03/2008 8:29 pm EST

A few days after the release of a new policy governing BDUs and discretionary programming services, stakeholders in the broadcast industry have started to ask tough questions about a key proposal designed to boost local programming in small markets. The new fund has also come under fire by two CRTC commissioners, with one warning that such a subsidy will transform industry newsrooms into "permanent wards of the state".

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