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CSPR in the News: Wither Over-the-Air?

CSPR’s Gregory Taylor comments for the Globe and Mail regarding potential impacts of the CRTC’s Let’s Talk TV initiative for pick-and-pay TV and over-the-air (OTA) TV.

Rogers and Shaw both disagree, saying it is too soon to abandon these free signals. Gregory Taylor, a researcher at Ryerson University and author of Shut Off: the Canadian Digital Television Transition, agrees the number of households that rely on it is still high.

“To discontinue over-the-air distribution would be to further remove a substantial sector of the population from the broadcasting system that has been, in theory and in law, designed to serve the wider public interest,“ he said in a submission.