OTTAWA-GATINEAU, July 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, the Canadian
Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced
that the Local Programming Improvement Fund will be phased out by
August 31, 2014. The contribution to the Fund will be gradually reduced
until it is discontinued. As a result, the charge many cable and
satellite companies have passed through to their customers will be
removed from their bills.
"The Fund was created to ensure television stations had the resources to
meet Canadians' needs for local programming. We are satisfied with the
support it has provided during a difficult economic period," said
Leonard Katz, CRTC's Vice-Chairman of Telecommunications and Chair of
the hearing panel.
Cable and satellite companies must prepare a report outlining the
measures taken to ensure that the bills of affected consumers will
reflect these reductions. They must also provide evidence that
consumers have been notified or that they were never required to pay
the contribution. These reports must be submitted to the CRTC by
September 17, 2012.
In 2008, the CRTC created the Fund to help television broadcasters in
non-metropolitan markets maintain and improve local programming during
the recession, as they were incurring significant costs in making the
transition to digital television. In 2010, 78 stations received funding
totalling $100 million and, in 2011, 80 stations received $106 million
Due to a recovery in the advertising sector and the successful
transition to digital television, the financial situation of
broadcasters has improved. The CRTC is confident that these stations
will maintain the same quality of programming without support from the
A number of CBC/Radio-Canada television stations supported by the Fund
are located in official-language minority communities. The CRTC will
discuss all of the public broadcaster's programming commitments at its
licence renewal hearing starting on November 19, 2012.
Today's decision follows a proceeding that included a public hearing,
which was held from April 16 to 20, 2012.
Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2012-385
Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2012-386
The CRTC is an independent public authority that regulates and
supervises broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.
LPIF fact sheet
Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-788
Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2009-406
Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2008-100
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