Canadian news networks must be offered to all cable, satellite subscribers: CRTC

The federal broadcast regulator says cable and satellite companies must give their customers the option of subscribing to any Canadian news service they want, either in bundles or a la carte, no later than next spring. Thursday’s announcement by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission means upstart news services such as Sun News Network must […]

The federal broadcast regulator says cable and satellite companies must give their customers the option of subscribing to any Canadian news service they want, either in bundles or a la carte, no later than next spring.

Thursday’s announcement by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission means upstart news services such as Sun News Network must be available to all cable and satellite subscribers by May 18, 2014.

The move comes after the CRTC last summer rejected Sun News Network’s bid for mandatory-carriage status, which would have forced cable and satellite companies to carry it on all basic digital and analog services.

However, in doing so the regulator acknowledged there are significant obstacles facing newly launched news services.

Related
Sun Media cutting 200 jobs across the company
• The CRTC’s lifeline to Sun News

The CRTC also said at the time that it would review the framework for national news services in the same category as Sun News Network, including CBC News Network and CTV News Channel.

Sun News had described mandatory carriage as do-or-die for the news channel owned by media giant Quebecor.

Media Articles

WestJet’s expert social media response to bomb hoaxes

The airline's transparent approach has helped calm nerves

New survey tracks the divide between online and broadcast

Many find their faves online and show little knowledge of the new fall schedule

Lexus gets Maclean’s cover treatment

Automaker gets in early on cover/table of contents offering

Bell Media strikes with Women’s World Cup

Canada's five matches average 4 million viewers

Canadians continue ‘tuning out’ of traditional TV: MTM

Study shows slow, steady shift to smart devices and new media

PR agency leads should only follow on Twitter (column)

Veritas' Krista Webster says PR agency bosses have 'absolutely no right' to tweet

How VW gets beyond TV to connect with drivers

Can an industry built on TV advertising find relevance online?

Microsoft strikes deals with AOL for display ads

Street image mapping service sold to Uber

Mobile made up a quarter of Canada’s online spend in 2014

IAB annual revenue survey shows gap widening between digital and TV