Radio & Television

Pay and specialty numbers to remain public

OTTAWA-GATINEAU – The CRTC today told the country's specialty and pay channel owners that the financial and subscriber data historically made public must stay that way. The CRTC had withheld releasing statistics (such as subscriber numbers, revenue earned and so forth) from the 2004 and 2005 broadcast years until it ruled on a Canadian Association of Broadcasters request that such information remain confidential. The request was part of the Commission's 2004 look at whether or not negotiations between broadcast distribution undertakings (cable and satellite companies) and broadcasters were fair.Since such figures filed by Canada's BDUs are kept confidential by the...