CBC/Radio-Canada welcomes the CRTC's commitment to fixing Canadian broadcasting; new support for local programming

    OTTAWA, July 6 /CNW/ - CBC/Radio-Canada welcomes the Canadian
Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)'s policy decision today,
which contains several important components that - once implemented - will
pave the way to a healthy conventional television-broadcasting environment.
    Today's announcement establishes terms and conditions that enhance the
Local Programming Improvement Fund (LPIF), a fund created last October to
ensure that viewers in smaller Canadian markets continue to receive a
diversity of local programming.
    "The Commission's commitment to supporting local programming is very
important at this time given the state of the economy, and is a critical first
step to resolving the broader economic issues facing conventional broadcasters
in Canada," said Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada.
    As a second step, the Commission officially launched a public proceeding
to develop a new regulatory framework that will enable market forces to
establish fair value for the local and distant signals of conventional
    In an effort to support the move toward fair market value negotiation,
last week CBC/Radio-Canada provided the Commission and interested parties with
one possible approach to establishing a binding regulatory framework that
would determine the value for signal compensation. Effectively, the proposed
Order would use section 9(1)(h) of the Broadcasting Act to establish that
cable and satellite providers cannot carry the signals of conventional
broadcasters without first concluding a signed Agreement.
    "We're pleased that the Commission has committed itself to rethinking the
model for conventional television broadcasters," continued Lacroix.
"Conventional broadcasters are the cornerstone of Canadian broadcasting.
Ensuring their viability is crucial to the future of the industry."

    About CBC/Radio-Canada

    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

For further information:

For further information: Angus McKinnon, CBC/Radio-Canada, Tel.: (613)
288-6235, Cell: (613) 296-1057, angus.mckinnon@cbc.ca

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