A brief revision of my vision
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In a historic joint presentation before the CRTC today, CEOs from CTV, Global and CBC appeared together for the first time and delivered a consumer-first solution that provides affordable, accessible, and sustainable TV services for all Canadians.

“Canadian consumers and TV viewers deserve a choice, and a new affordable bundle of basic TV channels is a start,”. “With a regulated capped rate, Canadians will be protected from fee hikes with a skinny basic bundle of channels, including the local TV channels consumers demand and expect.”

“Canadians watch local television news and programming and they support it; these consultations have made that loud and clear,” said  Ivan Fecan, President and Chief Executive Officer, CTVglobemedia, and Chief Executive Officer of CTV Inc.  “We want to continue to serve Canadian viewers and moving forward with the implementation of a negotiation for value regime now will lay the ground for a level playing field and sustainable future for local TV.”

“Local TV viewers deserve access to the local stations they are already paying for,” said Leonard Asper, President and Chief Executive Officer of Canwest Global Communications Corp.  “Our solution will shift the balance towards the consumer, and ensure that viewers can access the local TV they demand.”

In the formal consultation process leading up to the current hearings being held at the direction of the Government of Canada, more than 130,000 Canadians submitted comments to the CRTC in support of local TV and its right to negotiate with cable and satellite companies.  Canada’s broadcasters continue to be overwhelmed by an outpouring of support from Canadian consumers and TV viewers across the country from coast to coast to coast.…

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In its presentation today before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), CTV outlined in detail an easy-to-implement solution to sustain local Canadian television.

“Our plan is reasonable, practical and provides a future for local Canadian television,” said Ivan Fecan, President and Chief Executive Officer, CTVglobemedia, and Chief Executive Officer, CTV Inc. “Signals and programming from our local TV stations deliver value, and Canadian TV viewers and consumers overwhelmingly agree.”

At the centre of the CTV solution is the implementation of a made in Canada retransmission consent regime providing for Negotiation for Value (NFV) between broadcasters and TV distributors for local signals and programming.

“It’s time for TV distributors – not consumers – to compensate us for the value of our local services,” said Mr. Fecan. “We believe this new system will help ensure a viable broadcasting business in Canada benefiting viewers and consumers alike by offering more choice at affordable rates. We look forward to working with the Commission on implementing NFV within 2010.”

At a recent CRTC call for comments on implementing a compensation regime for the value of local television signals, an overwhelming 81% were in support of local TV.  A Nanos poll recently confirmed an overwhelming majority of Canadians, 70%, agree that local TV stations should receive a portion of the amount that customers pay on their monthly bill for cable or satellite TV. Further, 72% agree that the government should force cable companies and broadcasters to negotiate payment for local TV signals.…

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CBC/Radio-Canada appeared before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today to ask for an end to the free-riding by broadcast distribution undertakings (BDUs) on conventional television services. The system has become so imbalanced that the CRTC acknowledges that it cannot afford to sit idly by, given the threat to the future of high-quality, local Canadian programming.

“The conventional television financial model in Canada is collapsing,” said CBC/Radio-Canada President Hubert T. Lacroix. “Without a major correction that will allow conventional broadcasters to get a fair price for their signals, Canadians will have to start getting used to seeing stations shut down and high-quality programming disappear.”

Conventional broadcasters generate 90 per cent of the viewership for all original Canadian entertainment programming, but receive nothing for their signals – the same signals with which the cable and satellite companies are earning record profits, while charging consumers ever-increasing rates. It’s time for BDUs to start contributing to the survival of the system that has made them rich, without consumers being penalized.

“The broadcasting system needs to recognize what conventional broadcasters bring to the services that cable and satellite companies offer their customers,” added Hubert T. Lacroix. “The only way to do this is for BDUs to compensate conventional broadcasters fairly for the value of their signal.”

CBC/Radio-Canada presented the CRTC with a proposed regulatory framework for correcting the current inequities in the system, thus ensuring the future of conventional broadcasting and the survival of local content for the benefit of all Canadians.

CBC/Radio-Canada warned the CRTC that unless the system is rebalanced, the Corporation could not commit to maintaining its current level of production of local and Canadian content on its two conventional networks, given that they rely on declining advertising revenues for nearly 50 per cent of their funding.

About CBC/Radio-Canada

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.…

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More than 130,000 Canadians from across the country submitted comments confirming local television matters as part of the CRTC public consultation process that ended Monday, November 2.

“We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of clear and unequivocal support for our position,” said Paul Sparkes, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, CTVglobemedia. “Canadian consumers were not fooled, they understood the issues, and we can’t thank them enough.”

In comments submitted to the CRTC, Canadian consumers clearly recognized the value of local TV, urged the Commission to allow local TV the right to negotiate with cable and satellite companies, and called for the regulation of the cost of basic TV services.

In September, Heritage Minister James Moore directed the CRTC to consider consumers in the debate on the future of Canadian television. Consumers responded to the CRTC’s call for public comment. In four weeks, the Commission received more than 130,000 comments in support of local TV (and results continue to be tabulated).

“Heritage Minister Moore asked to hear from consumers, and Canadian consumers have spoken out loud and clear in support of local TV’, said Charlotte Bell, Senior Vice President, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Canwest.…

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A Nanos Research study of more than 1,000 Canadians confirms strong support for local television stations securing financial compensation from cable and satellite companies.

An overwhelming majority of Canadians (70% of respondents) support the statement that “local TV stations should receive a portion of the amount that customers pay on their monthly bill for cable or satellite TV.”

Asked if “the government should force the cable companies and broadcasters to negotiate payment for local TV signals”, 72% agreed.  And a clear majority, 57%, agreed that “local TV stations will close if cable companies don’t pay for the local TV signals.”

“Canadians value local TV.  They believe they already pay for it and that the programming they value should be fairly compensated by the TV distributors,” says Nik Nanos, President of Nanos Research. “They are concerned about the loss of their local television stations and believe the government should take action to prevent that from happening.”

“Canadian consumers get it.  They’ve heard both sides of the argument and clearly support our position that cable and satellite companies must sit down and negotiate,” said Paul Sparkes, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, CTVglobemedia.  “We want to continue to deliver trusted local news and community programming, and Canadians are overwhelmingly behind us.”

In a media ad blitz launched in September, cable and satellite companies threatened to tax consumers with yet more fee hikes if the government forced them to pay for local TV signals.  An alliance of broadcasters set the record straight, explaining that cable companies pocket the money they charge for local TV, but pay nothing to the channels themselves for the right to carry local TV signals.

The random telephone survey of 1,005 Canadians was conducted from October 10 through October 18, 2009.  The margin of accuracy for a sample of 1,005 is +/- 3.1%, 19 times out of 20.…