Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Craig Henry (Greenbank/Hunt Club), Nepean, ON
My understanding of the Broadcasting act is that there are limits to what the CRTC can do in this situation, since the CBC has a special status within the Act. For example, it can refuse to grant the CBC a license to broadcast past August 31, but it cannot force the CBC to apply for a digital license.
For example, it can issue a one-year license for analog broadcasting, but it cannot force the CBC to apply to convert it to digital. Cable carriage is not an issue, since the regulations guarantee the CBC carriage on cable systems even if there is no local station. It's not clear if those regulations could be changed without contravening the Act.
As for licenses that exist, the CRTC cannot revoke a CBC license without the CBC's consent. It can only refuse to renew one.
I am not a lawyer, your mileage may vary...