CAB Asks CRTC To Limit New Stations
March 17, 2006 at 6:25 AM (PT)
In a letter to the CRTC, the CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS warned that the radio industry is facing millions of dollars in losses due to increased -- and unregulated -- competition and asked the commission to loosen regulations on Canadian content and for smaller market stations and to limit the licensing of new entrants. The CRTC plans hearings in MAY in GATINEAU, QC to consider changes to CANADA's radio policies.
"We no longer have one single and regulated system of radio services delivered over the public airwaves and free of charge to Canadians," the CRTC wrote. "Instead, we have both a regulated system of the past and a largely unregulated, parallel system of new delivery platforms for audio content." The filing cited the addition of podcasting, file sharing, satellite radio, and Internet streaming as new unregulated competition and said that the CRTC "should not be proceeding to continue licensing in markets without taking into account the economic conditions of incumbents."