Canadian Heritage minister Sheila Copps pledged support to private broadcasters on a number of fronts on October 28 during an appearance at the 75th annual convention of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) in Ottawa. She said she would write the Treasury Board to try to get CRTC licence fees paid by broadcasters and broadcast distributors reduced, and would push Finance minister Paul Martin to include money for the Canadian Television Fund in the next budget. Copps also pledged to have changes that would explicitly exclude Internet retransmission of broadcasters’ signals from Section 31 of the Copyright Act introduced by Christmas (see CCR Special Update, Oct. 29/01).
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