Media Releases
Unprecedented Support for Local TV by Canadian Consumers
January 17, 2016

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.