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CAB To Shut Down

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters will shut down in June.  The organization reportedly struggled to find common ground between broadcasters and cable operators.

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February 19, 2010 1 comment Must Reads

CAB Seeks New Copyright Exception

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters has posted its submission to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, which is conducting a science and technology policy review.  The CAB calls on the committee to "recommend to the Government of Canada that sections 30.8 and 30.9 of the Copyright Act be […]

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April 21, 2008 2 comments Must Reads

Broadcasters Claim Copyright at the Breaking Point

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters, which represents television and radio broadcasters across the country, has jumped into the copyright reform debate.  In an op-ed in this week's Hill Times, CAB President Glenn O'Farrell warns that radio broadcasters are at the breaking point on copyright, pointing to escalating tariffs that could […]

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February 11, 2008 15 comments News

McMurdy on Verner’s CAB Speech

Dierdre McMurdy covers Canadian Heritage Minister Josee Verner's speech yesterday to the CAB, noting that new fees for over-the-air television is a longshot and that a new copyright bill is about six weeks away.

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November 7, 2007 2 comments Must Reads

Straight Talk at the CAB, Part Two

CRTC Chair Konrad von Finckenstein delivered the lunch keynote at today's Canadian Association of Broadcasters conference.  While von Finckenstein came armed with a few goodies for the broadcasters (possible subscriber fees for over the air broaadcasts), the majority of the speech featured the kind of straight talk that rarely happens in Ottawa.  He noted in particular the CAB's opposition to the Dunbar/Leblanc report (which he defended as an independent expert report) and the consultations over the summer on increased fees.  To quote the Chair:

We understand it may be difficult for an organization as diverse as yours to reach a unified position. But we hope that in the future you will be able to have an open and constructive dialogue with us. We hope you will feel free to say just where you stand. We can’t get anywhere when there are confusing or conflicting messages coming from your organization, particularly with the CAB expressing different views to Ministers than to the CRTC. The Commission is committed to full transparency and open dialogue with its stakeholders. We expect the same from the industry. I trust the incident of the fee payer consultation was an isolated instance that will not be repeated.

Ouch. The Chair also notably went out of his way to indicate that the CRTC has no interest in regulating the Internet, but is instead interested in broadcasting on the Internet.  

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November 5, 2007 1 comment News