In 2009 I launched NxEW.ca because, I felt, Canadian artists were not getting sufficient coverage in the Canadian media. Rather than just do my own, personal, blog I invited Canadian music fans, artists, publicists, promoters and anyone else with .02 to add to contribute. Now in its 4th year, with more than 250 contributors across Canada and beyond I am launching a new project. Partially bolstered by the success of NxEW, I have announced stage 1 of Toronto Public Broadcasting.
The full plan can be read here or downloaded here (in PDF format), the basic idea though is to create a hyper local, online only public broadcaster. It would feature a news site, streaming radio, podcasts (audio and video) and live (audio and/or video) stream events with a focus on news, arts and culture in Toronto. Rather than seek government funding Toronto Public Broadcasting would rely on donations from the community.
While this is a Toronto project, it would also serve as a model for other communities that felt that there was insufficient local coverage, or that the local coverage provided did not do an adequate job of covering their community.