CRTC to review local TV programming improvement tax

The CRTC has announced that it will be holding a public consultation next April to review the Local Programming Improvement Fund (LPIF), and is inviting Canadians to submit comments by February 15, 2012.

The tax was implemented in 2009 after intense lobbying from Bell’s CTV Network and Shaw Media’s Global Television network.

Over-the-Air (OTA) Television

Over-the-Air (OTA) television signals, sometimes referred to as terrestrial or conventional television signals, are radio waves transmitted from high towers to aerials mounted on homes or to small set top antennas.

While virtually left for dead ten years ago, OTA television has had a renaissance in North America over the last few years after governments in Canada and the United States legislated conventional television broadcasters switch their mode of signal transmission from 1950’s era analog to 21st century digital.

Canadian pay and specialty television revenues grew 11.1% in 2010

There was no recession for the Canadian television industry in 2010. The CRTC reported this month that revenues for pay and specialty services grew by 11.1% last year while revenues at private conventional television stations grew by 9%.

The federal regulator’s report provides information on the sector’s profitability, revenues and expenditures for the period of September 1, 2009, to August 31, 2010.