CRTC to examine a negotiated compensation regime for conventional broadcasters

    OTTAWA-GATINEAU, Aug. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission today announced that in the context of the
policy hearing on the structure for the group-based licensing of television
stations, it will examine de novo the establishment of a framework for the
negotiation of a fair market value of the conventional and distant television
signals carried by cable and satellite providers.
    As a consequence, the policy hearing on the structure for the group-based
licensing of television stations planned for September 29, 2009, is
rescheduled to November 16, 2009.
    On August 4, Bell Canada filed an application in the Federal Court of
Appeal alleging that the Commission has denied interested parties the
opportunity to comment on the issue of a negotiated, fair market value for
local conventional signals.
    By proceeding this way, the Commission will ensure a fair, open and
transparent hearing and remove any uncertainty on its outcome.

    Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009-411-3
    Reference documents: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009-411
    News release, "CRTC to issue short-term licences to private
    conventional television broadcasters,"
    ( May 15, 2009

    The CRTC

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

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