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").
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'."