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CHCH bankruptcy: Channel Zero and its web of companies trigger federal investigation by Natalie Paddon & Steve Buist
The restructuring of CHCH-TV's news operations in December has shed light on a complicated web of companies that has drawn the ire of Canada's broadcasting regulator and led to a federal labour department investigation.
Columnist says any solution to current media woes has to take into account the changes wrought by information technology on journalists and their intended audience.
According to the CRTC, about $4.1 billion is spent on Canadian programming every year. Some comes from various government programs, but the bulk, $2.8 billion, comes from the broadcasting system itself.
Former Senior Executive Producer of CBC News says Bell's so-called Starter 'skinny' cable package appears to have been designed to slight the CRTC, not benefit viewers.
Editorial says the extent that companies leave ordinary viewers feeling let down once again, the cable providers are only helping to dig their own graves.
Columnist says that when you do the math, most people are better off with what they have - packages that viewers have complained to the CRTC are too big and expensive.
Columnist says the basic packages aren’t all that "skinny" when you add the cost of all the additional fees.
The big cable providers managed to fall short of even the dramatically lowered expectations of TV viewers with their new ‘skinny basic’ services.
Columnist says a Pick-and_Pay is a piece of ill-conceived populism that did not, in the end, make any difference to the election prospects of the departing Tories and won’t actually save consumers much money – but still has the potential to do damage to the Canadian television industry.
Pick and pay television allows cable providers to push their own products by charging extra to consumers for channels that belong to competition.
Columnist says the new CRTC regulations appear to be rather toothless and definitely not the game-changing legislation TV customers were hoping for.
With these so-called "skinny basic" packages offering little beyond what is federally mandated, CBC compared what consumers would get with the packages offered by the major cable providers and what is available for free over the air.
Ian Morrison with Friends of Canadian Broadcasting predicted that, as full "pick-and-pay" requirements take effect in December, consumers may have less programming to choose from as individual channels struggle to stay afloat.
The move is mandated by the CRTC, Canada’s broadcasting regulator, who ruled last year cable and telecom companies have to offer customers a bare bones package for just $25 a month.
Companies that operate outside Canada don't charge either tax on their products, and if those products happen to arrive via the internet, there's really no way for authorities to apply an equivalent fee at the border.
Consumer advocates accuse Canadian telecom and cable companies of failing to adequately promote the launch on Tuesday of cheaper basic packages of television channels under sweeping new rules imposed by the country's broadcast regulator.
Columnist says the new 'skinny TV' basic cable packages that were meant to save consumers cash could actually end up costing many B.C. households more when their next cable bill arrives.
The CRTC has denied an application by 8946337 Canada Limited and Blue Ant Media Solutions Inc., partners in a general partnership carrying on business as Blue Ant Television General Partnership, to reduce the Canadian programming exhibition requirement for Cottage Life from 80% to 50% for the broadcast day.
As of March 1st, 2016, all licensed television service providers must offer a basic package costing no more than $25 per month.
FRIENDS warns that consumers will ultimately see fewer channel choices as a result of the new pick-and-pay system.