CBC breached its license, did not provide local newscasts for three months in PEI

CBC, the only TV station on Prince-Edward Island, failed to provide TV newscasts to the island’s residents from March 18 to June 15.

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“The CBC as a condition of their license promised at least seven hours of local programming per week. Another condition was they could not change that without approval from the CRTC following a public process of consultation. None of that was done”, wrote Senator Percy Downe from P.E.I. 

Downe called the blackout “idiotic”, saying the “CRTC failed in their responsibility”. 

“At the beginning of the pandemic, when we need it the most for information, they abandoned the field […]. To compound the problem, they didn’t cancel the local CBC French news across Canada; they continued operating,”

According to Blacklock’s Reporter, the CRTC has very little means of enforcing sanctions on the CBC. 

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