CBC/Radio-Canada welcomes the CRTC’s commitment to fixing Canadian broadcasting; new support for local programming

July 6, 2009

CBC/Radio-Canada welcomes the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)’s policy decision today, which contains several important components that – once implemented – will pave the way to a healthy conventional television-broadcasting environment.

Today’s announcement establishes terms and conditions that enhance the Local Programming Improvement Fund (LPIF), a fund created last October to ensure that viewers in smaller Canadian markets continue to receive a diversity of local programming.

“The Commission’s commitment to supporting local programming is very important at this time given the state of the economy, and is a critical first step to resolving the broader economic issues facing conventional broadcasters in Canada,” said Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada.

As a second step, the Commission officially launched a public proceeding to develop a new regulatory framework that will enable market forces to establish fair value for the local and distant signals of conventional broadcasters.

In an effort to support the move toward fair market value negotiation, last week CBC/Radio-Canada provided the Commission and interested parties with one possible approach to establishing a binding regulatory framework that would determine the value for signal compensation. Effectively, the proposed Order would use section 9(1)(h) of the Broadcasting Act to establish that cable and satellite providers cannot carry the signals of conventional broadcasters without first concluding a signed Agreement.

“We’re pleased that the Commission has committed itself to rethinking the model for conventional television broadcasters,” continued Lacroix. “Conventional broadcasters are the cornerstone of Canadian broadcasting. Ensuring their viability is crucial to the future of the industry.”

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CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages, plus seven languages for international audiences.

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  • Angus McKinnon
    Director, Communications Services and Corporate Spokesperson
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    angus.mckinnon@cbc.ca

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