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CRTC issues annual broadcasting report

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has released its annual report on the Canadian broadcasting industry. According to the 2014 Communications Monitoring Report, the time spent watching traditional television each week in 2013 decreased on average, particularly among 18-to-34-year-olds, with whom average viewing fell by almost four percent from 22.8 hours to 21.9 hours. Adults watched 1.9 hours per week of television content on the Internet, an increase from 1.3 hours in 2012. The percentage of households subscribing to cable, satellite or Internet Protocol television services decreased from 11.93 million to 11.92 million, or 84.9%.

Canadians listened to an average of 19.3 hours of radio per week in 2013, down from 19.6 hours in 2012. Twenty percent listened to an AM or FM station online, while and 18% used online music streaming services.

In 2013, 644 television services were authorized to broadcast, encompassing 374 English-language services, 84 French-language services and 186 services in other languages. There were 1,174 authorized radio services, including 885 English-language services, 244 French-language services and 45 in other languages. In 2013, total broadcast revenues increased 1.3% to $17.1 billion.

"The 2014 Communications Monitoring Report provides timely information on the broadcasting sector, particularly as we prepare our Let's Talk TV public hearing to discuss the future of television beginning on Sept. 8," said Jean-Pierre Blais, chairman of the CRTC. "The data appears to show that Canadians are maintaining their subscriptions to traditional television services, even as they are making greater use of Internet-based services."

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