Smaller tv stations on the way out?

The Globe reports that both CTV and Global are looking to shut down some of their smaller E and A Channel stations in small markets like Barrie, Kelowna, Red Deer and London. While noting that it may just be the latest negotiating tactic with the CRTC, nevertheless there is a certain consistency between this and their laying off hundreds of staff. Interesting to see what the CRTC will do; last year they allowed Quebec’s TQS to slash local programming in order to stave off bankruptcy, but with a view to a review after two years.

Report on Business, Jan. 22 2009

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