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Producers, broadcasters upset with CRTC fund related to DTH licence amendments

News | 07/31/2003 4:00 am EDT

Both producers and broadcasters have condemned a recent CRTC decision to allow direct-to-home (DTH) satellite TV distributors to divert 0.4% of revenues currently going to independent production funds to a new local programming fund. The $3.6-million local programming fund is part of a deal that was modified by the CRTC in granting Bell ExpressVu LP and Star Choice Communications Inc. licence amendments that exempt them from having to delete signals when distributing out-of-market TV channels (Broadcasting Decision 2003-257 and Broadcasting Decision 2003-258).

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