CRTC hearings on local TV continue with Cogeco, others set to speak Wednesday

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Eight light of days of public hearings hosted by the CRTC on the future of local television persevere in on Wednesday with Cogeco and other broadcasters airing their think ofs to Canada’s broadcast regulator.

The Montreal-based broadcaster was first to speak on Wednesday, important the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission about its plans to offer village television programming in several markets where it doesn’t currently ply, as long as the regulatory framework is conducive.

“Our position upholds the importance we possess always placed on being involved and present in the heart of communities, protecting their voices can continue to be heard,” Cogeco vice-president Johanne Hinse weighted.

The broadcaster says it plans to operate in seven small markets in Québec and seven small-scale markets in Ontario, where no local over-the-air (OTA) television service is convenient, including North Bay, where CogecoTV has already been providing townswoman news and information service since 2002, following the shutdown of CTV’s neighbouring television station.

But those plans hinge on the CRTC setting up a appropriate regulatory framework that would allow com nies like Cogeco to carry on to operate in what has become a perilous financial environment for broadcasters, the establishment says.

The telecom regulator is holding hearings on the future of local telly as rt of its ongoing “Let’s Talk TV” initiative, which has already brought relating to some major changes to cable television rules, including mandating that wire firms must offer so-called “skinny basic” cable boob tube ckages to consumers for $25 a month starting in a few weeks time.

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