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CTV defends decision to fund Canadian Idol from Groundbreaker Fund in CRTC letter

News | 09/26/2003 4:00 am EDT
CTV Inc. has fired back against a story in Canadian NEW MEDIA in which producers decried use of the Groundbreaker Fund to pay for the broadcaster’s massively popular Canadian Idol television series (CNM, July 11/03). In a four-page letter to the CRTC written by Susanne Boyce, president of CTV programming and chair of the media group, the company says it is surprised by the article and defends its choice to fund the reality show from money set aside as a public benefit related to BCE Inc.’s acquisition of CTV.

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