LIVE – The Commission on the Future of the Media begins its penultimate day of hearings in the National Assembly before moving to the regions. It will hear in particular the leaders of Montreal Gazette, TC Transcontinental, Radio-Canada, Urbania, My neighborhoodas well as professors specialized in the media world.
Yesterday, hearings often revolved around the best ways to support the media without distorting competition or wasting public funds, as well as the urgency of taxing the giants of the web without waiting, and capping government advertising purchases on their platforms .
If representatives of Capital Media, Le Devoir, The Press or Métro Média agree on the importance of introducing tax credits on the payroll, the CEO of Quebecor, Pierre-Karl Péladeau is reluctant.
According to him,
the publishers have not adapted and have become beggars, whose durability depends on the good will of those who are in command of the State. The latter denounces in particular the $ 15 million of government assistance granted to Groupe Capitales Médias, which, in his view, distorts the rules of competition.
The hearings of the commission take place until Friday. In mid-September, the commission will travel to Matane and Rouyn-Noranda to hear representatives of community weeklies, radio and television stations in the regions.
The elected members of the Committee on Culture and Education wish to draw a complete picture of the situation of the media and identify possible solutions in terms of media financing, regional information development and the emergence of models. viable digital