November 24, 2008
Canadian broadcast showdown developing
The global economic downturn is pitting Canadian national television networks against the federal regulator over license renewals, the Globe and Mail reported.
The seven-year term for license renewal is scheduled to begin in April, but the Globe said broadcasters such as CTV and Global Television are preparing appeals for relaxation of some local news programming requirements as they face declining advertising revenues and are reducing their workforces by the hundreds.
In a memo to employees Friday, the Canadian Broadcast Corp.'s chief executive officer, Hubert Lacroix, wrote that the publicly funded network is also facing tough times.
Our revenue streams are taking a hit; we are currently projecting a deficit in our television operations, though not to the extent of our competitors, and our levels of federal funding are never guaranteed, Lacroix wrote.