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CRTC-mandated local programming fund strikes another blow to CIFVF financing

News | 08/22/2003 4:00 am EDT

The only fund in Canada to support non-theatrical educational and informational programming is at risk as a result of the recent CRTC decision to require satellite TV distributors to pay into a new local programming fund. The money for the new fund can be diverted from the 1% of revenues that Star Choice Communications Inc. and Bell ExpressVu LP currently contribute to independent production funds, such as the Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund (CIFVF) (CCR, July 31/03).

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