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Blog Takes Summer Break: Back Mid-September

August 18th, 2013 · 9 Comments

It has been a slice … great fun reporting, ranting and exchanging views (even when YOU’RE wrong!) on political and media issues.  But time for a brief rest … after all I’m retired! 🙂

Back blogging around mid-September.

In the meantime, why not check out the archives, there on the side, to take in topics and discussions you may have missed.  MY favorites? The Media files!

Amazing at how ahead of the curve we all have been on local media issues, problems and changes. And how supportive my former colleagues have been and helped me upset their management bosses by focussing the spotlight on what’s been going on … and keeping it real!


Back chatting in a few weeks.

Harv Oberfeld

Tags: British Columbia · Private Notes

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 r // Aug 18, 2013 at 11:19 am

    You and AGT “gone fishing “eh .til the 15th.
    So you recomend BC Blogger for links .?
    BC Mary has some links also.

  • 2 Larry Bennett // Aug 18, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    And just what the Hell are we supposed to do in the meantime? Obviously, you are capable of any enormity! Without your editorial pen, the site may relapse into primeval barbarism. No, no, – go ahead, enjoy yourself down there in Florida. looking for that Fountain of Youth. Don’t give a thought to us, we’ll get by, somehow!

    (Response: LOL! NO ONE voluntarily goes to Florida in August!!! h.o)

  • 3 e.a.f. // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:38 am

    So what are the rest of us retired people to do? AGT is off until mid sept. now you leave town. what is this a bloggers strike? O.K. you are retired you deserve a break. We are not your life, we understand. AGT is taking a 2 month break.

    We still have Laila Yuille, Norm Farrell and a few others and of course your archives. Maybe the rest of us can take up sending letters to our community newspapers.

    Have a great vacation! It is well earned.

  • 4 CHEK OUT // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Here is somethign to chew on while Harvey is away. CHEK is looking to the CRTC for $$$ to replace LPIF, while asking to be releived of closed captioning and Canadaian contenet requirements at the SAME time.

    With LPIF going, CHEK, NTV ask into a different fund

    August 14, 2013

    By Steve Faguy

    GATINEAU – With weeks to go before the Local Programming Improvement Fund gets cut in half, two independent television stations that rely on it are seeking access to a different fund designed to help small-market stations.

    CJON (NTV) in St. John’s, NL, owned by Newfoundland Broadcasting, and CHEK in Victoria, which is owned in part by its employees who bought it from Canwest, have asked the CRTC to add their stations to the Small Market Local Production Fund. The fund was established in 2003, to help compensate small-market stations for the audience fragmentation caused by direct-to-home satellite distributors. Funded by Bell Canada and Shaw Communications, it distributes $10 million a year to 19 stations, including those owned by the Jim Pattison group, RNC Média, Télé Inter-Rives, Corus Entertainment and Thunder Bay Electronics.

    Both CJON and CHEK make it clear that they are struggling financially and need a fund to replace the LPIF, a fee applied to all television bills that drops from 1% to 0.5% on Sept. 1, and will disappear completely August 31, 2014. CJON received $1.3 million a year and CHEK $2 million a year from the $112-million fund before the beginning of the phase out in 2012.

    “Our ability to produce significant amounts of local programming was mainly due to the additional money we received through the LPIF and if we are to continue these escalated levels of production, additional funds are required to replace in part the vanishing LPIF,” CJON wrote in its submission. CHEK said it lost 8% of its revenue when the LPIF fee dropped from 1.5% to 1% last September.

    Neither station received money from the small-market fund because of a condition that recipients be in markets of less than 300,000 people. CJON, though its network of retransmitters across the island of Newfoundland, exceeds this audience, but its recent decision to shut down analog transmitters outside of St. John’s has brought its service area down to 235,000. CHEK, whose market is 340,000, argues an exception should be made because it is in a two-station market, and its competitor CIVI (CTV Two) is being heavily subsidized by Bell Media as a tangible benefit of the recent Astral acquisition.

    In a separate application, CHEK is also requesting relief from conditions of licence concerning closed captioning and described video. It argues that it is “extremely difficult, if not impossible, to meet” a requirement to close-caption all advertising a year before other Canadian television broadcasters are required to do so, that it cannot provide two hours a week of original described video, that it has not yet found a way to provide audio description for in-house news and information programming, and that its closed captioning of news, which is done through voice recognition software, has an accuracy rate of 60%, far below the 95%t minimum requirement. “We seek the Commission’s patience in this regard,” it wrote.

    CHEK also informed the CRTC that a recent review showed it was “seriously delinquent in provision of Canadian Content,” so much that “it would be impossible to meet semi-annual or annual requirements.”

    Comments on the application by CJON are due by Sept. 9 and on the applications by CHEK by Sept. 11 and 12

  • 5 13 // Aug 19, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Harvey, its your fault. Its your fault that I dont go on the other BC biased blogs. Ive tried Alex Tsk… but I cant handle the Sinatra back ground. So because of your selfish desires to rest relax and otherwise enjoy your retirment I will be forced to tread upon Laila , Norm and others. I hope they can stand a BC Lib supporter with as much grace and tact as you do.
    Happy Hollidays.

    (Response: A real Liberal? I always thought you were kidding! LOL! OK …I’ll hurry back to give you a free forum…just three weeks! h.o)

  • 6 Larry Bennett // Aug 22, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Poetry Slam
    There’s them that think the sky is fallin’,
    Because of the sins of Pamela Wallin.

    That Toronto’s Mayor, is the King of Crack,
    And Justin Trudeau, will be our Barack.

    That Mr. Duffy’s the Devil’s spawn,
    And Tom Mulcair, brings a brand new dawn.

    But those who see him, as another sharper,
    Had better get used, to – Mr. Stephen Harper!

    L. Bennett.

  • 7 Larry Bennett // Aug 22, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Being bored, I wandered over to David Warren’s excellent blog “Essays in Idleness” to read that the great, great, great granddaughter of Charles Darwin has lost her “faith” in scientific materialism”. In furtherance to this, it should be noted that she has been received into the Roman Church! And the icing on the cake? On the other side of her family she is descended from John Maynard Keynes! How absolutely delightful.

  • 8 OldIslander // Aug 23, 2013 at 8:54 am

    You’re going to Florida? In August? Good Lord, Man…!

    I spent a lot of time in Florida over the years on business, before retiring. A client there, told me about their ‘halfbacks’. They are folks who retire to Miami, the Keys, or other southern cities. Then after their first summer, they move at least halfway back up the state, where it is ‘slightly’ more bearable in the summer. 🙂

    Have a great holiday Harvey. Will look forward to your return in September.

    (Response: Nowhere near Florida! That comes later. I’m in BC!! h.o)

  • 9 Larry Bennett // Aug 26, 2013 at 10:37 am


    So Justin says, ( to us provoke),
    That now and then, he takes a toke;
    Yea, this our famous drama coach,
    Is not above, a soggy roach.

    Forever thus, he does bemuse,
    And cause a fuss, ’bout drug abuse;
    The younger vote he does pursue,
    In his purview, old hippies too.

    So through a haze of toxic fumes,
    His arrogant ineptness, looms;
    And further more (myself presumes),
    No stranger he, to poppy blooms.

    A child of flower children, this,
    Look in his eyes, and see the bliss,
    Of one unto, the manor born,
    Yes, one to Liberal lies, forsworn.

    L. Bennett