OTTAWA, May 4 /CNW/ - CBC/Radio-Canada welcomes the CRTC's decision
today to require Bell TV and Shaw Direct to carry all local television
stations across Canada.
"The CRTC has made several significant policy decisions over the last
few years to strengthen local programming in Canada. This is another
critical step in that direction. We applaud their efforts," said Steven
Guiton, Vice President and Chief Regulatory Officer, CBC/Radio-Canada.
"Local stations provide a fundamental public service to their
communities. They help citizens connect with their local government,
businesses, schools and community organizations. They help define,
build and sustain the local culture and local democracy. Our five-year
strategy, Everyone, Every Way, commits us to strengthening our regional presence across the country.
Having local stations available to everyone is key to achieving that
goal," continued Guiton.
Last November, CBC/Radio-Canada appeared before the CRTC to urge the
Commission to ensure that all satellite television subscribers have
guaranteed access to their local programming.
Bell TV and Shaw Direct provide service to about a quarter of households
in Canada. Under the former rules - which required satellite television
providers to carry only one station per time zone - hundreds of
thousands of Canadians are being deprived of access to their local
signal. Lack of access is particularly acute in the province of Quebec,
where today Shaw Direct carries only one of Radio-Canada's six local
stations, and Bell only three.
As a result of today's policy revision, a number of local stations will
be added to the Shaw Direct program offering by January 1, 2013,
including St. John's, Fredericton, Charlottetown and Windsor on the CBC
side and Rimouski, Saguenay, Trois-Rivières, Quebec City, Sherbrooke,
Toronto and Regina on the Radio-Canada side. Several stations will also
be added to the Bell TV offering by August 31, 2012, including
Fredericton, Charlottetown and Windsor on the CBC side, and Rimouski,
Saguenay, Trois-Rivière, Toronto and Regina on the Radio-Canada side.
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its
largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching
Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio,
television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in
the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer
diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight
Aboriginal languages, plus seven languages for international audiences.
In 2011, CBC/Radio-Canada is celebrating 75 years of serving Canadians
and being at the centre of the democratic, social and cultural life of
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