SCN Shocker

In December, Rogers Broadcasting-owned City-TV announced plans to purchase the former provincial broadcaster SCN from Bluepoint Investments. Now CBC is reporting that in its application to the CRTC to acquire the station, Rogers is asking to be relieved of Bluepoint’s committment to spend close to $2.75 million annually on independent Saskatchewan productions. Instead, Rogers promises to commit 23 per cent of SCN revenues to indie productions.  

I don’t know what the dollar differential is, but the suggestion in the CBC article is that this will translate into less money for local producers. One other set of figures of note. When the government sold SCN to Bluepoint in 2010, the latter paid $350,000. The price Rogers is paying to purchase the network from Bluepoint? $3 million.

Author: Gregory Beatty

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7 thoughts on “SCN Shocker”

  1. Oh, but that’s because Rogers “sacrificed” and spent many long, hard years “building” SCN…they “deserve” to increase their margin 9-fold. It’ll be the same with Agrium and Viterra’s service stores, once they get them. All them, baby.

  2. Looks like CBC and others are trying to make a mountain out of a molehill about SCN again.

    Remember…Bluepoint was the only company who bid on the sale of SCN for $350000. There were no other takers. Bluepoint invested (aka accumulated debt) up to $3+ million on SCN to get it back up and running.

    If this Rogers takeover bid gets approved by CRTC, then they are only merely taking over Bluepoint’s investment/debt of SCN.

    There was no big outcry (more a small whimper by some) when SCN was sold off. No love lost here. Time to move on.

  3. Nope, not new. Been around a while.
    I did see small protests when the decision was made. Not a big outcry or outrage province wide. More of a whimper by a small number of supporters.

  4. I guess we have different ideas about what counts as big? There were rallies in Regina (four), Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, Swift Current, and Weyburn, a few thousand signatures collected, a letter-writing campaign, meetings with the Minister, and tons of media coverage across the province as well as elsewhere (Globe and Mail, for one). Not a bloody revolution, but it was a pretty big response–certainly a hell of a lot bigger than the government was expecting.

  5. Yes, I agree with you that we both have different ideas of how big it was.

    Sure, have all the letters, rallies, petitions, meetings, media coverage, and social sites like facebook to get the word out, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into huge numbers of support.

    Having a few hundred protesters at rallies and a few thousand signatures isn’t a guarantee to change one’s decision neither. Having a few hundred thousand, now that would be big.

    The decision to discontinue wasteful taxpayer funding and sell off SCN wasn’t a big controversial issue.
    That’s what I mean by more of a whimper.

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