CRTC announces changes to the public proceedings scheduled for 2008



    OTTAWA and GATINEAU, Nov. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Radio-television
and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today announced that the scope of the
review of its policies for broadcasting distribution and discretionary
services is being expanded to consider the possible introduction of a
subscriber fee for the carriage of local conventional television stations
(fee-for-carriage).
    This issue was discussed during the Commission's review of its policies
for conventional television. Following a preliminary reading of the
submissions filed in preparation for the broadcasting distribution and
discretionary services review, the Commission noted repeated calls for the
fee-for-carriage proposal.
    The Commission is of the view that the issues that have an impact on
these sectors should be considered in the proper sequence given their
interdependence. To allow interested parties more time to provide their
comments on the fee-for-carriage issue, the public hearing will now begin on
April 7, 2008, instead of February 4, 2008. The Commission will accept
comments from interested parties until January 25, 2008.
    Given that the outcome of the broadcasting distribution and discretionary
services review may have an impact on the conventional television
broadcasters, the Commission has moved their licence renewal hearings from
April 2008 to late 2008 or early 2009. The current licences will be extended
by one year, to August 31, 2009.
    Today, the CRTC also announced that it will hold a public hearing
beginning on February 4, 2008, in Gatineau, Que., to consider the
recommendations made by the Task Force on the Canadian Television Fund (CTF),
with a particular focus on the key issues identified in the notice of public
hearing.
    The issues related to the funding of Canadian programming and the
governance of the CTF are complex, and the Task Force's recommendations
generated a high level of interest. In reviewing the comments filed by
interested parties, the Commission determined that these issues would benefit
from an oral public hearing.

    Broadcasting Notice of Public Hearing CRTC 2007-10-3
    http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/whatsnew.htm
    Broadcasting Notice of Public Hearing CRTC 2007-15
    http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/whatsnew.htm

    The CRTC

    The CRTC is an independent, public authority that regulates and
supervises broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.

    Reference documents:
    Broadcasting Notice of Public Hearing CRTC 2007-10
    http://www.crtc.gc.ca/archive/ENG/Hearings/2007/n2007-10.htm
    News release, "The Task Force releases its report on the Canadian
    Television Fund," June 29, 2007
    http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/news/releases/2007/r070629.htm
    Report of the Task Force on the Canadian Television Fund
    http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/publications/reports/ctf2007.htm
    Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2007-70
    http://www.crtc.gc.ca/archive/ENG/Notices/2007/pb2007-70.htm
    News release, "The CRTC creates a Task Force on the Canadian Television
    Fund," February 20, 2007
    http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/news/releases/2007/r070220.htm
    "Statement by Konrad von Finckenstein, Chairman of the CRTC (Canadian
    Television Fund)," February 13, 2007
    http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/news/releases/2007/i070213.htm




For further information:

For further information: Media Relations: MediaRelations
(http://support.crtc.gc.ca/CRTCSubmissionMU/forms/Mediarelations.aspx?lang=e),
(819) 997-9403, Fax: (819) 997-4245; General Inquiries: (819) 997-0313, TDD:
(819) 994-0423, Fax: (819) 994-0218,  Toll-free # 1-877-249-CRTC (2782), TDD -
Toll-free # 1-877-909-CRTC (2782), On-line services
(http://support.crtc.gc.ca/crtcsubmissionmu/forms/main.aspx?lang=e); These
documents are available in alternative format upon request


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