CBC announces cuts

Doug Drown revdoug1@myfairpoint.net
Sat Mar 28 11:48:31 EDT 2009

Used to be, some years ago, that American viewers could access CBC TV via 
satellite.  Can that still be done?  I had a friend here in Maine who could 
even watch the TV feed from Whitehorse!    -Doug

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mike Ward" <mward@iname.com>
To: "Doug Drown" <revdoug1@myfairpoint.net>
Cc: "Boston Radio Interest Board" 
Sent: Saturday, March 28, 2009 11:42 AM
Subject: Re: CBC announces cuts

> Doug Drown wrote:
>> There is also discussion of "selling off some assets," whatever that 
>> means.  I wonder whether some of the local stations may be sold off to 
>> other broadcasters, though that's not specifically mentioned.
> There are Pesky Unconfirmed Rumors that CBC may sell off its CBET/9 in 
> Windsor, Ontario.  That's the big blowtorch which provides U.S. audiences 
> from Detroit to Toledo with CBC programming.
> Again, just in the rumor mill at this point.
> Presumably, CBC would rely on its cable/satellite feed out of Toronto to 
> serve Windsor/Essex viewers, and of course, that feed isn't available 
> directly (without CBET) to Americans.
> The problem with selling it...who buys it?
> Not only is the Canadian commercial TV market in even worse shape, any 
> commercial operator wouldn't be able to run any number of U.S.-fed 
> programs due to Detroit market rights issues.
> Even though the CBC picked up the Canadian rights to "Jeopardy" and "Wheel 
> of Fortune", those shows don't air on CBET due to the Detroit issue.
> The Detroit rights issues are also behind the fact that CTV and Global 
> don't have a presence in Windsor, with Southwest Ontario 
> transmitters/relays some distance from Windsor (Oil Springs, etc.).

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