The CRTC is adopting a new framework for all television news services

OTTAWA-GATINEAU, December 19, 2013 —Today, the Canadian Radio-television
and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced new measures that will
ensure that Canadians can receive a wide range of Canadian television news
services and will have the option to subscribe to them à la carte.“Canadian news services are an important part of our democracy,” said
Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC. “With the rules we are announcing
today, Canadians, as citizens, will have access to the news services that
are of interest to them and will therefore have an opportunity to be
exposed to a variety of opinions on matters of public concern.”

Among the measures announced today, the CRTC is requiring that Canadians
be given the option to subscribe to all Canadian news services, either in
bundles or à la carte, no later than May 18, 2014

At a public hearing in the spring of 2013, the CRTC was made aware of the
challenges facing all Canadian television news services, and particularly
new entrants in this sector. These challenges were the sign of a systemic
problem regarding the distribution of Canadian national news services on
fair and commercially reasonable terms. The CRTC has acted quickly to
address these challenges.

Moreover, the CRTC is currently consulting Canadians on the future of
television through Let’s Talk TV: A Conversation with Canadians. Today's
decision in no way restricts the CRTC’s intent to shape the television
system into one that meets the needs of Canadians as consumers, creators
and citizens and that is adaptable for years to come. 

Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2013-734

Broadcasting Notice of Invitation CRTC 2013-563


The CRTC is an administrative tribunal that regulates and supervises
broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.

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