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CRTC calls for comments on possibility of regulating programmer audit rights

News | 04/08/2004 4:00 am EDT

While saying they endorse the principle of audit rights for specialty TV services, distributors oppose the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ (CAB) framework on the matter. That framework was included as an appendix in a CRTC process announced March 31 that calls for comments on the possibility of amending the Broadcasting Distribution Regulations to add provisions governing the audit of affiliation payments (Broadcasting Public Notice 2004-20). The audits are used to verify the number of subscribers to each specialty TV channel to ensure that distributors pay programmers the right amount in wholesale fees.

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