New front in battle between networks, cable
Canada's cable industry is bracing for a backlash from the national television networks after regulators blocked a move by the big broadcasters last week to begin charging for their signals.
And that backlash may just erupt today in Ottawa.
Mr. von Finckenstein will address the TV industry as the keynote speaker this morning, and he plans to use his speech to explain the rationale behind last week's decision. But he knows the reception could be icy. "If they throw eggs at me, you'll know," Mr. von Finckenstein said. "I didn't pick this job to be popular."
I am at the event and will be live blogging it and will set up a scan to monitor the discussion.
Comments from the head of the CRTC:
We have less funding and therefore less resources this year but we won't even bother asking for funding because we are all tightening our belts.
The future of broadcasting is uncertain.
We have developed a distinct, diverse Canadian cultural industry.
We are one of the most diverse systems in the world.
The regulator controls access to the system.
You can only broadcast if you have a licence.
New media has changed that paradigm. The user is now in control.
Audience, information and advertising has all changed.
The opportunities are outside of the regulatory framework.