The Government of Saskatchewan has announced that it is shutting down SCN, Saskatchewan's publicly owned TV channel in May.
The government says dissolution of SCN will save taxpayers $2.4 million in the 2010-11 budget year and $5 million per year after that.
"The broadcast industry has changed drastically since SCN was created nearly 20 years ago." said Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Dustin Duncan. "This was long before things like the internet and specialty channels were prevalent in our society. In addition, SCN's viewership is quite low, and we feel that there is no longer a role for government in the broadcast business."
The most recent Bureau of Broadcast Measurement (BBM) survey indicates that only 4 per cent of respondents viewed SCN for at least 15 minutes in any given week. These numbers have been fairly consistent over the past six years.
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