Norma Reveler

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CTV threatens signal pullout

CTVglobemedia threatened to pull its over-the-air signals, block programming it holds the rights to, and shutter stations if it doesn’t receive compensation from Canadian distributors, as the CRTC’s hearings into fee-for-carriage kicked off.

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Re-price the channels, says Péladeau

Sounding a more moderate tone than those heard earlier at the hearings in Gatineau, Quebecor Media president and CEO Pierre Karl Péladeau called for a rebalancing of the TV system that would see some subscriber fees now earmarked for specialty channels diverted to conventional TV. This, said the head of the media conglomerate that owns both TVA and Quebec’s largest cableco, Videotron, would save consumers from rate increases that other distributors insist will follow if fee-for-carriage is introduced.

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Reprice the channels, says Péladeau

More moderate plan would see specialty cash redirected to conventional. Our U.S. partners won’t like that, retorts Asper

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Think small, says CBC

Lacroix calls for ‘skinny’ all-Canadian cable packages at hearings, citing consumer choice and cash for locals. Bell shoots it down as ‘destructive to our business’

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CTV threatens signal pull-out

No payment? No signal. U.S.-style fee model put forth by Fecan could see programming blocked across the board. Blame game continues before CRTC

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CAB staff slashed in half but association moving on

The CAB appears to be like conventional TV broadcasting – both are shrinking. The once-obligatory CAB convention vanished this year and the association has been getting smaller since the start of ’09.

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Full house at OIAF

Features make a comeback with Coraline, Edison and Leo on schedule

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CRTC turns down Slice

The CRTC has turned down a bid by Slice to reduce its annual Cancon requirements to 60% from the current 82.5%. The regulator also rejected the specialty channel’s request to spend just 45% of the previous year’s gross revenues on Canadian content, down from 71%.

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CRTC turns down Slice

Cancon and spending requirements will stay as is, Canwest channel told

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Net makes more gains on TV

Canadians spent more time online, while watching slightly less TV last year, according to the CRTC’s second annual Communications Monitoring Report.

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Net makes more gains on TV

Time spent in front of the tube was down last year, losing to the lure of online, says report. Revenue up at CBC, down again at commercial networks

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Talks begin on new fund

Organizers lay out 13 issues to be worked out during fall, including in-house production and access to performance envelopes