Tacked on to the monthly cable bill is a Local Programming Improvement Fund fee, which totals 1.5% of the customer's monthly charges. The LPIF generates $100 million for small- and medium-market stations across the country. It started appearing on bills on Sept. 1.
What really is killing Canadian TV, the local kind, is the lack of competition. I have said this many, many, many times but when you get out of Toronto and Montreal and Vancouver there is usually one or two local stations and the rest are repeaters. No competition for talent, low salaries and more are rife in local TV.
This cannibalization is the problem; stop allowing repeaters in big markets like Ottawa, K-W, London, Montreal, Victoria like they do in America and you will see the service, the salary levels and the profits increase. Oh, and make them service the town their over the air signal is in. For example, Global's stick in London would have to service London, really service London.
It really is that simple; cable companies aren't killing the industry, the industry is killing the industry.