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CRTC Rules on Fee For Carriage

March 24, 2010

Pending federal court approval, the CRTC revealed a framework for allowing private broadcasters to negotiate with cable and satellite providers for market compensation for their over-the-air TV signals. The public broadcaster the CBC was exempted from this process, leading to some strong disagreement amongst the CBC. Commissioner Konrad von Finckenstein said that the CBC will be dealt with at a later time.

“The current dispute between conventional broadcasters and distributors threatens the overall integrity of the broadcasting system,” said Mr. von Finckenstein. “Broadcasters and distributors have a symbiotic relationship. The time has come for them to put their differences aside and work together to ensure the continuation of conventional television, which Canadians clearly value.”

CRTC. Group-Based Television Regulatory Policy. 22 March, 2010.

The Globe and Mail – Details of the Deal, March 22, 2010.

CRTC. The Implications and Advisability of Implementing a Compensation Regime for the Value of Local Television Signals: A report prepared pursuant to section 15 of the Broadcasting Act, 23 March 2010.

CBC Special Report: Changing Channels: What’s Up Next for TV?

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