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CHUM counters Cogeco request for rate decreases, as several channels seek raises

News | 06/05/2003 4:00 am EDT

CHUM Ltd. was left to defend itself against a suggested decrease in the wholesale rates of some of its specialty channels during a CRTC hearing that wrapped up this week on the licence renewal of the specialty services licensed in 1996 (Broadcasting Notice of Public Hearing 2003-3). Several channels, including CTV Newsnet, The Score and Rogers Sportsnet, came cap in hand to the hearing seeking regulatory permission for unprecedented hikes to their regulated wholesale rates. But Cogeco Inc. used the proceeding not only to oppose those requested increases, but also to ask the CRTC to decrease the rates of the most profitable channels.

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