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The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation announced Thursday that it is cutting another 244 jobs over the next six months to save $15-million annually, as part of its five-year plan to eliminate up to 1,500 positions by 2020.
CBC President says the public broadcaster's new local plan reduces the cost of service and starts to reshape it for how media is being, and will be, consumed in the future.
Columnist says without regulation, there would not be any Canadian TV.
Positions in the West were cut the deepest, with 37 cut from Alberta and 25 from British Columbia. Ontario will lose 30 positions.
Columnist says proposed CRTC code of conduct targets cable and satellite providers.
Editorial says the “pick and pay” model for cable the CRTC unveiled amounts to giving viewers what they’ve been demanding for years.
Access, which serves over 200 communities across Saskatchewan, was hoping it wouldn't have to contribute to a fund used to support television production.
Editorial says the guiding principle for the CRTC must be to ensure Canadians have maximum choice in what they want to watch and where that programming comes from.
An a la carte system gives TV fans more choice but they'll ultimately have fewer channels to choose from, say some Canadian producers who predict job losses and less programming for kids.
Cable and satellite service providers will soon have to offer consumers an “entry-level” television service, at a cost of no more than $25 a month, a decision that the country’s broadcast regulator acknowledges will cost some people their jobs.
The CRTC unveils new restrictions on charges for bundled TV packages.
Columnist says the CRTC is supposed to operate on an arm’s-length basis, so it can develop policy that is free from politics, but that is not the reality.
Consumers who have long bemoaned bloated cable packages may well embrace the new model, but some have suggested that unbundling TV channels could ultimately hurt the industry, and the consumer.
Tech analyst says the CRTC's decision to allow "pick-and-pay" might be too little too late as the market continues its headlong rush towards purely online alternatives.
You’ll get more options, but you might not pay less when it’s all said and done, chairman warns by Sadiya Ansari and Raju Mudhar
FRIENDS is concerned about the impact pick-and-pay will have on Canadian content.
The NDP says they welcome changes that give consumers greater choice and low-cost basic packages, but caution that the Conservatives haven’t explained how they will ensure that pick-and-pay doesn’t lead to less choice and higher costs for some subscribers.
Columnist says the CRTC is not taking on Netflix; it's introducing new rules for Bell, Shaw and Rogers.
Columnist says consumers could see Internet costs edge higher as cable companies look to maintain profits in light of a ruling that forces them to unbundle television channels.
The CRTC insists that still making popular American channels available as part of large basic cable packages, in addition to standalone sale, should convince U.S. broadcasters to not pull channels and keep them in the Canadian market.
FRIENDS is concerned about the effect pick-and-pay will have on Canadian content.