The CRTC releases its annual report on the financial situation of conventional television in Canada

    OTTAWA-GATINEAU, March 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Radio-television
and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today released its statistical and
financial summaries for private conventional television, reporting on the
industry's revenues, expenditures and profitability from 2002 to 2006. While
television station revenues held steady across Canada, expenditures rose by
7.8%, which reduced profits before interest and taxes (PBIT) from
$242.2 million in 2005 to $91 million in 2006. The PBIT margin also decreased
from 11.02% in 2005 to 4.14% in 2006.
    From 2005 to 2006, revenues from the sale of local advertising grew by
3.4% to $375.4 million, while national sales remained the same, at
$1.5 billion. In 2006, conventional television stations generated $2.2 billion
in revenue.
    Expenses were up, from $1.9 billion in 2005 to $2 billion in 2006, mainly
due to a 10% increase in total expenditures on Canadian and foreign
programming. In particular, spending on foreign programming increased 12.2% in
one year, climbing from $613.2 million in 2005 to $688.3 million in 2006.
    Canadian programming expenditures recorded a more modest increase of
6.3%, from $587 million in 2005 to $623.7 million in 2006. Of this amount,
$144.7 million was paid to independent producers to acquire Canadian
programming, an increase from the $138.5 million paid to them in 2005.
    In 2006, broadcasters spent $73.9 million on drama and $101.6 million on
general interest programming. Spending on other Canadian program categories
included $328.1 million for news programs, $66.3 million for other information
programs, $35 million for musical and variety shows, $9.3 million for sports
programs, and $5.7 million for game shows.
    In 2006, the private conventional television industry employed 8,197
people and paid a total of $593.6 million in salaries.
    Each year, the CRTC compiles financial data on the broadcasting
industries to produce this report, as well as those on radio, specialty, pay
and pay-per-view television, and broadcasting distribution, which will be
released in the coming months. The report on conventional television also
includes data on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The Commission's
reports allow interested parties to stay informed about the financial
situation of the broadcasting industry in Canada.

    The CRTC

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

    Reference document:

    Television - Statistical and Financial Summaries 2002-2006

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