Tuesday, March 23, 2010

CRTC supports 'market-based' approach, could lead to TV blackouts

Canada's broadcast regulator moved to adopt a "market-based" U.S.-style model on Monday that could see the most popular shows blacked out from Canadian televisions if cable companies and the national television networks cannot agree on carriage contracts for TV signals. The goal of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in permitting negotiations - a first for the industry - is to stabilize a private broadcast system facing sharp declines in advertising revenues as niche specialty channels and online content portals consume ad dollars once automatically allotted to conventional TV stations.

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