Canadian broadcasting distribution industry reports revenues of more than 10 billion dollars

    OTTAWA and GATINEAU, QC, April 23 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian
Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today released the
statistical and financial summaries for Canadian broadcasting distribution
companies. Revenues in this sector of the broadcasting industry have climbed
steadily over the past five years and surpassed $10 billion for the first time
ever in 2008.


    Total revenues for cable companies rose from $7.10 billion in 2007 to
$8.24 billion in 2008, which represented an increase of 16.1%. In 2008, the
number of Canadian households that obtained basic-television service from a
cable company totalled 7.9 million subscribers, an increase of 2.9% from the
previous year.
    During the same period, the profits before interest and taxes (PBIT) of
cable companies went from $1.5 billion to $2.1 billion. While expenditures
increased by 7.8%, the PBIT margin improved from 21.2% in 2007 to 25.3% in
    In 2008, cable companies employed 19,847 people and paid a total of $1.2
billion in salaries. In comparison, the previous year these companies employed
18,017 people and paid a total of $1.1 billion in salaries.

    DTH and MDS

    Total revenues for direct-to-home (DTH) satellite distribution and
multipoint distribution system (MDS) companies increased by 10.8% between 2007
and 2008, or from $1.85 billion to $2.05 billion. The number of subscribers to
basic service rose by 2.6% in one year to reach 2.7 million.
    The PBIT for these companies continued the upward trend that began in
2007. After posting a PBIT of $17.1 million in 2007, this figure climbed to
$81.4 million in 2008. Similarly, the PBIT margin improved noticeably over the
same period, rising from 0.9% to 4%.
    In 2008, DTH and MDS companies employed 2,975 people and paid a total of
$193 million in salaries, whereas in 2007 they employed 2,884 people and paid
a total of $191 million in salaries.

    Canadian programming

    Broadcasting distribution companies contributed $323 million to Canadian
programming in 2008, an increase of 7.9% in one year. Of this total, $166.3
million was directed to the Canadian Television Fund, $41.2 million to
independent funds and $115.6 million to local expression, such as community
cable channels.

    Affiliation payments

    In 2008, cable companies paid $1.56 billion to their affiliates,
including pay and specialty services. This amount represented an increase of
10.8% over the $1.40 billion paid in 2007. For their part, DTH and MDS
companies contributed $740.8 million to their affiliates, an increase of 6.3%
from the $696.6 million they received in 2007.

    CRTC reports

    The data compiled in this report were drawn from the annual reports of
Canadian broadcasting distribution companies.
    The CRTC recently released the financial results for conventional,
specialty, pay and pay-per-view television services, as well as for
video-on-demand services. It will soon publish those for the radio industry.
The CRTC's annual reports allow interested parties to stay informed about the
state of the Canadian broadcasting industry.

    Broadcast distribution - Class 1, 2 and 3 - Statistical and Financial
    Summaries 2004-2008

    The CRTC

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

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