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CTVglobemedia wants payment from cable and satellite providers

Darren Murph

We've seen local broadcast stations get all up in arms over payments (or the lack thereof) from cable and satellite providers, and it seems that Canada's CTVglobemedia is doing just that. According to a new complaint filed with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, it's looking for "fair compensation" for carriage of its stations as audiences look for other outlets (read: internet) and advertising revenues sink. The media conglomerate even went so far as to say that it "wasn't right" that "cable companies pay nothing for its signal, yet charge their customers to watch local news and programming." Them's fightin' words there, and to be honest, it's got a fairly good point.

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