Urgent: The Future of KCTS 9 in Canada

As you may know, the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is reviewing the future of Canadian television offerings. The deadline for comments on this is today, June 27, 5pm.

One of our Canadian viewers noticed that the CRTC is considering the creation of a basic TV package that would exclude PBS stations. The proposed basic package for cable and satellite would include local Canadian television stations, the community channel, any provincial educational or legislature channels, and specially designated stations. KCTS 9 and other PBS stations would only be available in Canada by paying an additional fee.

We encourage you to find out more about the CRTC review at the CRTC website. The proposed change to the basic package begins on paragraph 41.

To submit a comment, simply click here and click on the "Submit" button for hearing 2014-190 (under "Let's Talk TV - We want your comments").


Thank you!

Rob Dunlop
President & CEO, KCTS 9 Public Television
Executive Director, Pacific Coast Public Television Association

P.S. If you want to submit a comment and are looking for some ideas about what to say, this may help:

I support a Canadian-dominated, slimmed down version of the basic package. However, using its authority under s. 9(1)(h) of the Broadcasting Act, the CRTC should include in the basic package all local and regional non-commercial stations that have demonstrated they can deliver high-quality, broadly-based, and objective programming. Those non-commercial stations, in particular PBS affiliates from the United States, are consistently the leaders in quality, variety, and balance. They have become a vital part of the Canadian broadcasting system, complementing rather than competing with local stations. They contribute immeasurably to fulfilling the mandate of the Act for a system that is "varied and comprehensive, providing a balance of information, enlightenment and entertainment for men, women and children of all ages, interests and tastes."

Here's another comment from an alert donor:

"Sirs, it comes as a shock that CRTC is even considering deleting PBS from the basic package. Over the years one of the main reasons we even have a TV is because of the wonderful, commercial-free programmes they produce. We have supported PBS by becoming donors and paying a nominal yearly fee. The resultant monthly booklet is our guide to what is really worthwhile on the wasteland that TV sadly has become. News including BBC, documentaries, health and wellness information, etc. It's unique and special. Don't spoil it by making this wonderful TV subject to even more restrictions in the name of 'Canadianization'."

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06/28/14
Most TV is junk, keep PBS as is.
06/27/14
The Canadian government's attack on public television appears not to be limited to the CBC, but includes PBS, which it wants to remove from basic cable services. This at the same time the Sun News Network looks to be getting preferential treatment. Should we be surprised by the Conservative's moves?
06/27/14
KCTS is a much watched station at our home. It fills a gap missing in all the other channels...entertaining, informative, compelling and sane programming. Please reconsider.
06/27/14
Strange that when I went to the CRTC website to comment, it seemed to be inoperative. Perhaps the volume of replies caused it to crash :) And of course, what all those people before me said, with many !!!!!!
06/27/14
KCTS, the Seattle PBS station is one of my most watched pair, the other being Knowledge Network. PBS provides great programming and gets my vote as a top candidate for inclusion in all basic cable packages. Information, education and entertainment are my main reasons for watching PBS.
06/27/14
PBS stations should continue to part of the Canadian packages...as we have no equivalents here in Canada.......they do not compete with Canadian and other local programming as they are so unique and different and educational
06/27/14
CRTC...hands Off PBS....find other channels that do not educate mases to chop
06/27/14
Attn CRTC. You get so few things right. Please do not do this. It's a money grab at best, at worst its greed. Apart from Knowledge Network which is not well funded, PBS is worth watching because its intelligent viewing. Moreover, it listens to its viewership & is proactive when needed. Be CANADIAN and do the RIGHT THING by listening to CANADIANS. KEEP PBS. Sincerely B. Wirkus
06/27/14
WE NEED PBS.....no ifs ands or buts
06/27/14
I support a Canadian-dominated, slimmed down version of the basic package. However, using its authority under s. 9(1)(h) of the Broadcasting Act, the CRTC should include in the basic package all local and regional non-commercial stations that have demonstrated they can deliver high-quality, broadly-based, and objective programming. Those non-commercial stations, in particular PBS affiliates from the United States, are consistently the leaders in quality, variety, and balance. They have become a vital part of the Canadian broadcasting system, complementing rather than competing with local stations. They contribute immeasurably to fulfilling the mandate of the Act for a system that is "varied and comprehensive, providing a balance of information, enlightenment and entertainment for men, women and children of all ages, interests and tastes."

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