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Telecommunications Commission: Station and Crtc Official

telecommunications commission: The process could result in the regulator denying permission for closing a station, said a CRTC official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, according to Hamilton Spectator. However, there are no guarantees that a station earmarked for going off the air would remain open, the official acknowledged. Station owners will have to give 120 days notice of an intended closure, during which time the regulator will open the proposed shutdown to public hearings, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said in issuing five-year licence renewals for the major TV conglomerates. This is essentially something that is a safety net of some sort to ensure that we receive advice and that we be in a position to actually consult Canadians by our usual means, the official said, noting that none of the broadcasters appearing before the regulator in the last year proposed station closures. However, it wasn't clear how public concerns over a proposed shutdown would be weighted against a TV group's financial pressures. The public would be consulted through open hearings and social media if a closure were to be proposed, the regulator said. ( As reported in the news.