Half of all local TV stations in Canada could shut down by 2020, CRTC warned


Less half of the country’s local TV stations could be off the air by 2020 without a promote in revenues to y for local programming, the national broadcast regulator has been squeaked as it pre res to open public hearings into the viability of local TV.

The notification comes in a study submitted to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission in in front of of hearings that begin Monday.

Conventional, private TV stations press seen revenues decline by about 25 per cent since 2010, mentioned the report, jointly pre red by the consulting firm Nordicity and communications advocate Peter Miller.

But many stations that are holding their own for now could proximate over the next four years, potentially costing nearly 1,000 tasks, said the report submitted by the advocacy group Friends of Canadian Seeding.

“In our view, the most likely scenario over the short-to-mid-term is a material, but not deadly, erosion of traditional television,” said the report.

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The CRTC is set to in hearings on the future of local television in Canada with some dire omens about the medium’s financial viability. (Ed Bailey/Associated Press)

Dropping TV revenues can be blamed rtly on the viewing habits of so-called millennials, who obtain turned away from traditional TV and instead watch programming online, it believed.

But recent changes to CRTC regulations will cause revenues to oust even further, the report warned.

It cited the unbundling of TV ckages as one criterion that will erode revenue streams.

Effective March 1, telegraph and satellite TV service providers will be required to offer customers a unpretentious basic service, capped at $25 a month, along with a pretended pick-and- y menu of individual channels, along with any bundles of TV directs they have on offer.

While it could result in savings for some consumers, the split for will also reduce revenues that would otherwise go toward Canadian plan, said the report.

“Without broadcast regulation and Canadian ownership preconditions, spending on Canadian programming could be less than a third of what it is today,” the crack added.

Canada’s broadcasters spent roughly $4.1 billion in 2012-13 to put together programming with approximately $1.3 billion of that coming from government-backed supports of one form or another, according to the study, which cites figures discharged by the CRTC during its recent Let’s Talk TV hearings.

The rest of the money go about a find from the broadcasters themselves.

In launching the hearings into local TV, the regulator held it’s convinced there’s already enough money in the broadcasting system to safeguard stations can create quality local programming, including local report coverage.

But it said there may have to be a rebalancing of resources within the set-up.

“The approach that the commission will eventually adopt will call to ensure that all elements contribute in an appropriate manner to the creation and introduction of local programming that meets Canadians’ needs,” the CRTC rephrased.

The regulator also lamented that, despite being invited to do so, few interveners rtici te in to date brought forward proposals for ensuring Canadians are better served with high-quality neighbouring news and other programming.

But “robbing Peter to y ul” won’t alleviate the takings crunch that has backed some TV stations against a wall, asserted Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

“Just redistributing the funds that the line and satellite com nies ss on from their subscribers would be, at best, a stop-gap scale and not a solution to the problem,” said group spokesman Ian Morrison.

There is close concern for independent stations in small and medium-sized markets that aren’t combined with the big broadcasting conglomerates.

The situation for many of those stations was already dire a year ago, when the Bantam Market Independent Television Stations Coalition submitted a request for predicament, interim funding.

In response, the commission did little more than accede their concerns, said Morrison, who accused the CRTC of having its superior in the sand over the issue.

“The commission, in our judgment, has not been taking it critically,” he said.

“But we think it’s really serious. These are often the at best television source of local news and information.”

“I hope the CRTC scrutinizes into the hearings with an open mind.”

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