Cable bill hike to pay for CBC?

(QMI Agency, file)

(QMI Agency, file)

Brian Lilley, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 10:12 PM ET

OTTAWA – The head of the CBC is floating the idea of taking a percentage of every cable or satellite bill in Canada as a way to get the state broadcaster more money.

The comments came during a town hall meeting last week where CBC president Hubert Lacroix was discussing plans for 657 job cuts and changes in the wake of CBC’s loss of NHL hockey broadcasts.

During a question and answer session, Lacroix suggested a CBC tax similar to that in Britain. The BBC is funded through a fee on every television in Britain, and in Lacroix’s mind that money should come from cable and satellite companies, known in the industry as BDUs.

 


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