2017 Broadcasting
Financial Summaries Highlights

Broadcasting Sector Overview


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Total broadcasting revenues declined by 3.3% between 2016 and 2017. Television distribution services reported a significant year-over-year decrease of $202 million (or 2.3%).

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Note: The decrease in revenues for the broadcasting sector includes the impact of the decision of the CBC to exclude all digital activity from financial reporting for the Conventional Television services.

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Radio


  • Radio
  • Télévision traditionnelle
  • Discretionary and On-Demand
  • Television Service Providers (Broadcasting Distribution Undertakings)

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Commercial radio stations post a fourth-consecutive negative growth rate, although the pace at which revenues are shrinking is showing signs of slowing down. Continued declines in local advertising revenues are forcing stations to adjust their spending.

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Note: Designated markets are radio markets that have at least three distinct ownership groups in operation within the market.

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Conventional Television


  • Radio
  • Télévision traditionnelle
  • Discretionary and On-Demand
  • Television Service Providers (Broadcasting Distribution Undertakings)

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Figure 5: Revenue by Source – CBC Conventional Television and Private Conventional Television

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Commercial stations

Conventional television stations revenues continue their downward trend, albeit at a slightly slower rate than the previous year. That said, conventional television revenues are declining faster than any other industry in the broadcasting sector.

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Figure 7: Canadian Programming Expenditures for Canadian Private Conventional Television Stations ($618 M)

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CBC Conventional Television

The public broadcaster is reporting losses for its conventional television services.

Figure 8: Canadian Programming Expenditures for CBC Television Stations ($509 M)

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Discretionary and On-Demand


  • Radio
  • Télévision traditionnelle
  • Discretionary and On-Demand
  • Television Service Providers (Broadcasting Distribution Undertakings)

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After over four consecutive years of moderate growth, discretionary and on-demand services reported slight declines both in terms of revenues and expenses. Despite the declines, spending on Canadian programming remained stable with a modest increase of 0.8%.

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  • Highest Grossing Services 2016
    1. Sportsnet (with HNIC)
    2. TSN
    3. RDS
    4. The Movie Network
    5. Sportsnet One
    6. Discovery Channel
    7. CBC News Network
    8. TVA Sports
    9. W Network
    10. History Television
  • Highest Grossing Services 2017
    1. Sportsnet (with HNIC)
    2. TSN
    3. RDS
    4. The Movie Network
    5. Sportsnet One
    6. Discovery Channel
    7. CBC News Network
    8. TVA Sports
    9. W Network
    10. HGTV

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Figure 12: Canadian Programming Expenditures – Specialty Services ($1,641 M)

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Television Service Providers (Broadcasting Distribution Undertakings)


  • Radio
  • Télévision traditionnelle
  • Discretionary and On-Demand
  • Television Service Providers (Broadcasting Distribution Undertakings)

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Television service providers (BDUs) continue to report drops in both the subscriber and revenue fronts. Increasing IPTV subscribers are helping offset drops reported by cable and satellite providers (Direct-to-Home).

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Revisions to the Highlights

July 2018

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