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Broadcasters chide Star Choice, urge CRTC to be strict in licence renewal

News | 10/03/2003 4:00 am EDT

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) is asking the CRTC to renew Star Choice’s licence for fewer than the normal seven years, and to provide "explicit direction" to the distributor with regard to its obligations to distribute local signals within its market area. The demands come during the direct-to-home (DTH) satellite TV’s distributor’s current licence renewal process in response to what the CAB is calling Star Choice’s propensity to "avoid regulatory and contractual obligations." In separate submissions to the CRTC, broadcasters also independently complain about Star Choice’s reluctance to distribute more channels.

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