CRTC SAYS PICK 'N PAY SHOULD BE OK - "FRIENDS" SAY NO WAY

Aug 22, 2014

By Michael Kramer

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Proposals from the CRTC, the country’s broadcast regulator,  would hurt the economy and cost jobs.

So says a TV industry group.

The CRTC  wants Canadians to be able to pick the channels they want from cable and satellite providers, on top of a trimmed down basic service.

It’s called “Pick and Pay.”

The group “Friends of Canadian Broadcasting” warns that, if approved, the measures could force up to 19 local TV stations to close.

That would result in the loss of over 31-thousand jobs and cost the economy nearly $3-billion by the year 20-20.

The CRTC is encouraging public comment on the proposals until mid-September.

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