CBC Television fights for the hearts and minds of western Canadians

CBC English Television is attempting to transform itself these days into what a Canadian public television network should look like. Speaking to business students at the University of Alberta March 29, VP Harold Redekopp described this transformation as "quite literally, a fight for (CBC’s) survival". He also acknowledged that one of the broadcaster’s most vocal critics is the Canadian Alliance party, which is simply reflecting the views of many of its western-based constituents.

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CCR People

Jane Logan, former CEO and president of the Specialty and Premium Television Association (SPTV) which merged with the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, is teaching courses on strategy formation and implementation that are part of the University of Ottawa’s MBA program. She has also been consulting associations on strategic planning.

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CCR Short Takes

Colville questions synergy at conference on public interest
Acting CRTC chair David Colville said he was left wondering about how the merger of broadcasters, Internet interests, publishers and telecommunications companies would benefit the public interest as well as the company’s own interests. "It is not yet evident to me that anyone has really figured out what these synergies really are from an operational point of view, and whether the convergence story ends up just being a nice theory that carried through the end of the 20th century and early 21st century. In a few years down the road, will we come to the conclusion that, ‘Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time, but it doesn’t really work?’ " he said in his keynote speech at the International Institute of Communications’ conference on the Future of the Public Interest in Communications on April 11 in Ottawa.

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Legal action against grey market dealers on hold pending Supreme Court decision

The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision last week to review the legality of grey market satellite TV has given dish dealers hope that the country’s highest court will strike down legislation that has been used to prosecute companies selling foreign DBS services. The lawyer representing Bell ExpressVu in grey market cases is also happy that the Supreme Court has granted his client’s leave to appeal, saying a definite ruling is needed that applies equally to all provinces (CCR, Jan. 17/01).

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What the lobbyists want from Global, CTV

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PlanetVu plans to bypass cable, satellite with Internet launch of ethnic TV channels

A broadcast industry veteran is finalizing plans to launch several new ethnic specialty channels into Canada, without CRTC approval and without cable or satellite TV carriage. Former Alliance Broadcasting president Juris Silkans believes his new company, PlanetVu Corp, will succeed where similar ventures have so far failed: by selling subscription TV services on the Internet.

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