CTVglobemedia responds to CRTC's Review of the regulatory frameworks for broadcasting distribution undertakings and discretionary programming services



    TORONTO, Jan. 25 /CNW/ - CTVglobemedia is filing today its comments with
the CRTC relating to the issues of compensation-for-carriage and distant
signals. The Commission announced in November that it had expanded the scope
of the proceeding and invited comments from interested parties on the
introduction of compensation for the distribution of local television
stations.

    CTVglobemedia is seeking fairness and balance in the economic model for
local television. Compensation for carriage is essential if CTVglobemedia is
to sustain the level of service it provides to local communities and its
contribution under the Broadcasting Act. CTVglobemedia operates 27 local
television stations serving large and small Canadian communities from Halifax
to Victoria.

    CTVglobemedia submits in its filing that local television is in the midst
of a crisis; audience fragmentation and the rise of new media platforms are
resulting in declining advertising revenues. In brief our proposal is as
follows;

    
    1) All cable and satellite providers should be required to compensate
       local broadcasters for the distribution of Over-the-Air (OTA) signals.

    2) Eligibility for the compensation should be linked to the provision of
       local programming.

    3) Cable and satellite providers who wish to provide out of market local
       television station to subscribers allowing them to station shift or
       time shift should be required to obtain consent from the original
       broadcaster.

    4) In markets where Direct-to-Home (DTH) penetration has reached 30% they
       should be compelled to provide local subscribers with their local
       televisions stations.
    

    "Conventional TV has passed the tipping point. Ad revenues are shrinking
year after year and our expenses continue to rise. Right now, cable companies
pay nothing for our signal, yet they charge their customers to watch local
news and programming. It's just not right." said Paul Sparkes, Executive
Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, CTVglobemedia. "We are asking for a change
in the CRTC's approach that have allowed cable and satellite providers to use
our signals without compensation. Cable and satellite providers should pay for
the content they use to operate their businesses. The model for local TV needs
to evolve to meet today's realities and compensating broadcasters for the use
of their signals is a crucial part of the solution."

    CTVglobemedia strongly believes that building a viable local broadcasting
sector through the effective implementation of compensation for carriage and
retransmission consent for out of market signals will provide broader benefits
to the Canadian broadcasting system and for audiences who value local
television.

    About CTVglobemedia

    CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada's premier multimedia company with ownership
of CTV, Canada's No. 1 television network, and The Globe and Mail, Canada's
No. 1 national newspaper. CTV Inc. owns and operates 27 conventional stations
across the country, with interests in 35 specialty channels, including
Canada's No. 1 specialty channel, TSN. CTVglobemedia also owns the CHUM Radio
Network, which operates 35 radio stations throughout Canada, including CHUM
FM, Canada's No. 1 FM station. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an
interest in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which owns the Toronto Maple
Leafs, Toronto Raptors and the Air Canada Centre; and an interest in Dome
Productions, a North American leader in the provision of mobile high
definition production facilities.




For further information:

For further information: Bonnie Brownlee, Senior Vice-President,
Corporate Communications, (416) 332-7190 or bbrownlee@ctvglobemedia.com

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