OTTAWA Dec 13 Canada's broadcast regulator does
not have the authority to impose a value-for-signal plan under
which television broadcasters would charge cable and satellite
firms for their programming, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled
The industry regulator, the Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission, had in 2010 accepted the
broadcasters' arguments that local stations needed new money to
stay viable. Before imposing a fee system on cable companies, it
asked the courts to verify that it had the right to do so and
the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that it did not.
The decision is a defeat for telecoms company BCE Inc
, which owns CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster.
Arguing on the cable side was Telus Corp, Cogeco Cable
Inc, Rogers Communications Inc and Shaw
The case is Cogeco Cable Inc., et al. v. Bell Media Inc.
(formerly CTV Globemedia Inc.), V Interactions Inc.,
Newfoundland Broadcasting Co. Ltd, et al. (34231).