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CAB opposes request to have contributions to local TV fund lowered

News | 06/08/2005 4:00 am EDT
The Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) is expressing its "strong objection" to a request that the CRTC lower the amount of money that Star Choice and Bell ExpressVu pay into its local TV programming fund. Four independent production funds – the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund, the Shaw Rocket Fund, the Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund (CIFVF) and the Harold Greenberg Fund – that have had money diverted from them to the Small Market Local Programming Fund want the regulator to mandate that the two direct-to-home (DTH) satellite distributors pay 0.27%, not the current 0.4%, of their revenues to the new fund.

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