Canadian TV doomed without help: CTV chief

The head of CTV had a dire warning for MPs on Wednesday — network television in Canada will disappear soon unless the government takes action to help.

OTTAWA — The head of CTV had a dire warning for MPs on Wednesday — network television in Canada will disappear soon unless the government takes action to help.

Ivan Fecan told the House of Commons heritage committee that there must be regulatory reforms to boost revenue and reduce programming obligations.

But the president of cable provider Shaw Communications Inc. countered that private broadcasters are responsible for their own troubles and taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to bail them out.

Without a solution, Fecan predicted there will be no future for conventional television.

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