Rural viewers upset about losing CBC TV
Some people on the Northern Peninsula are frustrated about losing their local CBC Television programming.
CBC shut off its analog transmitters this week, a year earlier than originally planned as a cost-saving measure.
Cable provider Eastlink said it can't broadcast CBC Newfoundland and Labrador because of technological issues. That means some of Eastlink's customers are receiving the CBC signal from Nova Scotia instead.
"They're angry, they're angry at the cable provider, and they're also angry at CBC for inadvertently taking down the system a year earlier than they had planned to," said Hawke's Bay Mayor Lloyd Bennett.
Bennett said people are also upset because the town doesn't have high-speed internet access so people can't watch their programs online.
Eastlink has declined several interview requests by CBC Newfoundland and Labrador on the matter.
Eastlink and CBC complaints
Bennett said he's already complained to Eastlink.
He said he is also filing a formal complaint with the CRTC, arguing the CBC is not fulfilling its mandate
Communities in the dark
Eastlink has not officially provided CBC with a full list of communities who have had their analogue transmitters shut off.
Below is a list of possibly affected cable systems provided by CBC management.
- Fogo System
- Flowers Cove system
- Milltown system
- Harbour Breton system
- Summerford system
- Port au Choix system
- St. Anthony system
- St. Mary's system
- Badger system
- Brown's Arm system
- Grand Le Pierre system
- Coastal Labrador system
- Trinity, Trinity Bay system
- Codroy system
- Rocky Harbour system
- Ferryland system
- King's Point system
- Hermitage system
- Port Blandford system