What could CRTC hearing on pick-and-pay...

Author: 
Yvonne Raymond

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission began public hearings Monday to discuss possible changes to the way Canadians get their TV shows.

Over the next two weeks, 118 delegates are expected to speak at the hearings in Gatineau, Que., on topics including allowing consumers to "pick-and-pay" for cable, satellite and telco-delivered (from a service provider via the Internet) television.

School of Communication and Culture Prof. David Black was interviewed about the hearing. 

"What is popular is not identical with what is culturally important," Black told CTV. "One thing that we lose as we dissolve bundles, if that’s the way we go, or if we limit bundling emphatically, is that a lot of channels that ought to be part of our media environment, that ought to be part of the national conversation will not survive."

Watch the interview here at 11:13.