The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.The Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB)-Bell ExpressVu proposed deal on out-of-market TV signals will be extremely detrimental to the Canadian broadcasting system, if approved. The CRTC should send the CAB and Bell ExpressVu as well as Star Choice back to the drawing board on the matter. The Canadian Film and Television Production Association puts it succinctly when it calls the proposal "double dipping for broadcasters" and an attempt by the satellite TV distributors to avoid additional financial obligations.   Diverting funds from the Canadian Television Fund (CTF) at a time when the government has yet to make a long-term financial commitment to the fund would be sending the wrong signal. If all broadcast distributors are not committed to the fund, then why should the government agree to spend taxpayers’ money on the initiative? Furthermore, the new proposed fund for local programming will send money back to broadcasters to finance such programming as local news and sports, which currently comes out of their own pockets. The CRTC gave the big broadcasters a break by eliminating expenditure requirements on Canadian programming with its 1998 television policy. But the added flexibility afforded them in the new definition of "priority programming" was offset by the commission’s omission of local news and sports from the definition. The CRTC rightly reasoned that this was programming that broadcasters would have to finance regardless to retain their viewers. The ploy now to get financing for these genres through an out-of-market signal deal is unfair. Bell ExpressVu and Star Choice also cannot dilute one obligation (support for Canadian programming) to shore up their compensation package for the right to broadcast out-of-market signals. Compensation in lieu of signal deletion is a separate obligation. Any deal on signal compensation should not take away from their current obligations as licensed broadcast distributors afforded the protection of the regulatory system. The CRTC can best serve the interests of the broadcasting system by telling CAB and the satellite TV distributors to come up with a completely new deal.