CBC : Cable and Satellite Companies Should Pay Carriage Fees

Canada's CBC president and CEO Hubert Lacroix says that the countryís cable and satellite companies should be paying to carry CBC and the other general-interest TV networks.

Canada's Federal broadcast regulator the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) will be holding hearings beginning Nov. 16 to look into this contentious issue.

According to Lacroix , it is an outragous that the cable and satellite operators carry CBC and Radio-Canada but donít pay a penny to the networks while they do pay monthly fees to carry specialty channels .

CBC and the other conventional networks need this extra cash because it is harder and harder to make money in this business and to produce original content.
The cable and satellite opertors say they are willing accept the carriage fees demand but intend to charge more from their clients. Lacroix responded saying that the money shoul come forom the iopertors' pockets and they should not charge their customers .