OTTAWA, November 19, 2013 – Today, a coalition of American over-the-air television stations expressed support for the CRTC’s review of the Canadian television system, and welcomed news of bilateral consultations between the United States and Canada on the retransmission of television broadcast signals.
“The review of the Canadian TV system is positive, and we are encouraged by bilateral discussions between U.S. and Canadian officials on the retransmission of TV signals,” said Mr. Ed Fernandez, Vice-President and General Manager of WXYZ-TV in Detroit, Michigan.
“Together, these developments offer an opportunity to end the unfair treatment of our American TV stations in Canada,” said Ms. Susan Wenz, Program Director at KSTP-TV in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
“We remain optimistic that the current situation will be swiftly remedied within the excellent relationship and cooperative spirit of the U.S.-Canada trade partnership,” said Ms. Marla Drutz, Vice President and General Manager of WDIV-TV in Detroit. “Our Canadian neighbors feel connected to our American stations and valuable programming.”
“It’s time we work together and put in place appropriate agreements,” said Ms. René LaSpina, President and General Manager of WIVB-TV and WNLO-TV in Buffalo, New York.
Canadians have until November 22 to participate in the CRTC’s Let’s Talk TV consultations. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 1-800-368-0390 or follow the links online at www.crtc.gc.ca and share your views on American TV stations in your channel lineup.
The U.S. Television Coalition is a trade alliance formed in 2012 by several American television stations with signals imported and retransmitted in markets across Canada. The coalition is seeking equitable and nondiscriminatory remuneration opportunities under Canada’s TV retransmission regime.
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OTTAWA, November 8, 2012 - Today, a coalition of American television stations has come together in support of fair treatment for U.S. channels imported and distributed in Canada.
“It is regrettable that imported U.S. TV stations are denied consent and remuneration rights under Canada’s new distant station retransmission regime,” said Marla Drutz, Vice President and General Manager of WDIV-TV in Detroit, Michigan.
“Given the success and importance of the Canada-U.S. trade partnership,” said Susan Wenz, Program Director at KSTP-TV in Minneapolis, Minnesota, “we remain hopeful this unfair situation will be put right by Canada and our U.S. stations will be included under the consent and remuneration provisions.”
“Our channels deliver value for Canadians,” said Chris Musial, General Manager for WIVB and WNLO-TV in Buffalo, New York. “We expect the right to negotiate appropriate compensation for the full value that our signals and programming deliver to Canadian markets.”
Canada’s Broadcasting Distribution Regulations were amended in 2011 providing retransmission consent and new remuneration rights for operators of distant TV stations. American TV stations imported into Canada are being denied an equitable and nondiscriminatory right of remuneration exercisable under conditions set out in the new distant station regime.
The U.S. Television Coalition is a trade alliance of American TV stations with signals imported and retransmitted in markets across Canada. The coalition is calling for fair treatment including consent and remuneration rights under Canada’s distant station regulations.