- Friends of Canadian Broadcasting is an
independent watchdog for Canadian content supported by 175,000 Canadians.
Friends is not affiliated with any broadcaster or political party.
- Over-the-air (OTA) analog television connects
9.7% of Canadians to our television system:
- Among OTA viewers, CBC Television is the most
- And CBC Television is judged to offer the best
- Hence the Commission should ask CBC tough
questions about their audience claims, in particular their claim that 7% of
Canadians have tuned out of television and have no TV.
- The programming offered by CBC is intended by
statute to be accessible to the greatest possible number of Canadians. As
CACTUS has pointed out, the purpose of CBC programming is different from that
of specialty channels. Its goal is universal access.
deplores CBC's decision to cut off free OTA service to large numbers of
Canadians who pay taxes and thus support CBC's services. Those left out are in
the majority rural Canadians, among them the most disadvantaged in cultural and
asserts that cutting off service to these Canadians will save it $10 million
annually, about 1% of its parliamentary allocation. This is a small price to
pay to satisfy the Broadcasting Act's requirement that its services "be made
available throughout Canada by the most appropriate and efficient means and as
resources become available for the purpose".
is a gross misinterpretation of "efficiency" to require rural and smaller-city
Canadians to subscribe to a costly variety of television services in order to
receive the programming of their national public broadcaster.
has CBC informed its viewers of this impending loss or the
Commission should require CBC to inform its audience of this impending loss of
service and should defer a decision on the application for five months until
the Corporation's network licences are reviewed.
Commission should also require CBC to make any surplus facilities available for
public use along the lines demonstrated recently by TVOntario in similar
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