CTV to cut two TV stations

CTV announced today that it will not apply for renewal of its licenses for its A channels in Wingham and Windsor when they expire at the end of this August. Might be some hardball negotiation to convince the CRTC to allow the over-the-air channels to collect carriage fees as cable/satellite channels do;  might simply be the first ones thrown off a wallowing lifeboat. From CTV.

“The financial pressures facing our conventional television operations are further compounded by the commission’s decision to turn down requests to implement a fee-for-carriage regime for local television.”

CTV, February 25 2009

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