Statement on Supreme Court of Canada Decision on Leave to Appeal Application for Value for Signal

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TORONTO, Sept. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - Kevin Crull, President, Bell Media, commented today on the Supreme Court of Canada decision on the leave to appeal application for Value for Signal:

"We believe the federal court was correct in finding that Value for Signal falls within the CRTC's jurisdiction, and we are confident the Supreme Court of Canada will agree when they are presented with the relevant facts and arguments.

We will argue forcefully at the Supreme Court that the Value for Signal regime falls squarely within the CRTC's jurisdiction, as it is directly connected to the policy objectives of the Broadcasting Act, and is consistent with the Commission's mandate to supervise and regulate the broadcasting system.

We will continue to stand up for local television, ensuring consumers are provided with local programming that reflects our communities, promotes local identity and feeds into our national culture.  This is content our communities have not only come to rely on, but deserve.

As we have previously stated, conventional television stations must have a regulatory framework that allows them to survive on their own merits, regardless of whether or not they are integrated with cable and satellite companies.  

As with most other channels on the dial, local television stations should receive compensation for their signal. Otherwise they are left to rely solely on advertising revenue, which continues to prove to be unsustainable. This antiquated compensation model is not viable in today's media landscape."

About Bell Media
Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and digital. With passion and an unrelenting commitment to excellence, Bell Media entertains, informs and inspires Canadians. Bell Media owns 28 conventional stations, including CTV, Canada's #1 television network and lead broadcaster of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and owns and operates 29 specialty channels, including TSN, Canada's #1 specialty channel and RDS, Canada's #1 French-language specialty channel. Bell Media also owns 33 radio stations, dozens of websites including the Sympatico.ca portal, and Dome Productions Inc. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca.

SOURCE Bell Media


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