Canadian Association of Broadcasters to Shut Down

By Tyler Sutherland

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) says it plans to shut down by June 1

The industry trade group has been in operation for more than 80 years and acts on behalf of the Canadian radio and television industry to lobby the Canadian government.

Closure of the CAB comes as members clash on the debate between cable operators and broadcasters. The industry concluded that CTV and Canwest would not find a common ground with cable operators like Rogers Communications to encourage them to pay a fee for carrying their signal.

The bickering between members has gone on since December, with no end in sight.

Chairman Elmer Hildebrand hopes to form a new organization in the future that solely represents radio broadcasters, he told The Canadian Press.