Will be ranting on TV and radio today about the network and cable extortion attempt going on this week in Ottawa. The news that “CTV threatens to pull the plug” is the latest in an elaborate scam all designed to cover decades of overspending on American content by cutthroat Canadian broadcasters. CTV wants you to cover their losses for over paying for Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip a few years ago. The cable and satellite companies don’t want to part with a thin dime to carry broadcast signals that still draw the most viewers and subscribers to their services.
The only hope is CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein, the steady voice of reason at Monday’s opening salvo at the hearings in Ottawa. He’s turned down this cash grab twice before but this time he’ll likely have to find some Solomon-like solution to this nonsense.
That will be me giving my two-cent carriage fee’s worth to Jian Ghomeshi on CBC Radio One’s Q at 10:30 ET. Later this afternoon on CH’s Live @ 5:30, I’ll be doing my best Ed Anger impression opposite Hamilton pals Mark Hebscher and Donna Skelly. Enjoy it while it is still free.


  1. Saw your post to the WGC vid earlier at your site, Denis. So true–we’ve paid for Canadian TV already! I’ll try to carry that message to CH.

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