Canadian Association of Broadcasters is closing up shop

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB), an industry trade group which has lobbied the Canadian government on behalf of the Canadian Radio and Television industry is closing up shop in June after more than 80 years in existence.

The group’s Chairman Elmer Hildebrand says CAB was no longer viable as the interests of its members were often at odds with one another.

“For some time the three sectors really couldn’t agree how to operate,” said Hildebrand. The three sectors were radio broadcasters, television broadcasters and broadcast distributors.

Perhaps the biggest rift in the organization came recently over Fee-for-Carriage which was supported by broadcasters such as CTV and Canwest but opposed by cable operators like Rogers and Shaw. Hildebrand said he has been trying since December to help CAB members find common ground but was unable to do so.

Hildebrand told Canadian Press that he hopes to form a new organization in the future that solely represents radio broadcasters.

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