VANCOUVER, Nov. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister
of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced that the
Government of Canada has issued a request to the Canadian
Radio-television and Telecommunication Commission (CRTC), under Section
15 of the Broadcasting Act, to report on television channel choice.
"As stated in the most recent Speech from the Throne, our Government
believes Canadian families should be able to choose the combination of
television channels they want," said Minister Glover. "This decision is
an important step in defending Canadian consumers, who want choice and
flexibility in their television services. Our request will ensure that
the CRTC develops a more complete roadmap to unbundle TV channels."
On October 24, 2013, the CRTC launched wide-ranging consultations on the
future of television in Canada. The requested report will focus
specifically on the issue of unbundling of television channels,
including the steps the CRTC intends to take in that regard. The report
is to be submitted no later than April 30, 2014. Canadians are
encouraged to get involved in shaping their future options with respect
to television services by taking part in the broader dialogue on television with the CRTC.
Section 15 of the Broadcasting Act gives the Government of Canada, via the Governor in council, the ability
to request that the CRTC hold hearings or make reports on any matter
within the jurisdiction of the Commission under the Act.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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