OTTAWA - GATINEAU, QC, Dec. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Canadian
Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced new
measures that will ensure that Canadians can receive a wide range of
Canadian television news services and will have the option to subscribe
to them à la carte.
"Canadian news services are an important part of our democracy," said
Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC. "With the rules we are
announcing today, Canadians, as citizens, will have access to the news
services that are of interest to them and will therefore have an
opportunity to be exposed to a variety of opinions on matters of public
Among the measures announced today, the CRTC is requiring that Canadians
be given the option to subscribe to all Canadian news services, either
in bundles or à la carte, no later than May 18, 2014
At a public hearing in the spring of 2013, the CRTC was made aware of
the challenges facing all Canadian television news services, and
particularly new entrants in this sector. These challenges were the
sign of a systemic problem regarding the distribution of Canadian
national news services on fair and commercially reasonable terms. The
CRTC has acted quickly to address these challenges.
Moreover, the CRTC is currently consulting Canadians on the future of
television through Let's Talk TV: A Conversation with Canadians. Today's decision in no way restricts the CRTC's intent to shape the
television system into one that meets the needs of Canadians as
consumers, creators and citizens and that is adaptable for years to
The CRTC is an administrative tribunal that regulates and supervises
broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.
Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2013-734
Broadcasting Order CRTC 2013-735
Broadcasting Notice of Invitation CRTC 2013-563
SOURCE: Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
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