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I am a little more than pissed off at Bruce Wark. His article "TV's two-minute warning" (August 2) wasn't even close to being factual.

I have worked as a technician for a private broadcaster for over 20 years, and due to the specialty channels and internet, which are taking a lot of revenue from the traditional broadcasters, I have seen many people laid off or taking early retirement. Why? Because the specialty channels get income from the satellite and cable industry and they also compete for the advertising dollar, and because broadcasting over the internet is much less expensive (and websites make money from advertisers as well). As a non-specialty, non-internet broadcaster, we are totally supported by advertising, just like The Coast is.

Mr. Wark has no idea how the TV industry even works. We pay out money to get the Canadian rights for a TV show, just as The Coast buys Savage Love and its rights for Halifax. Shouldn't we get all the viewers watching in our area instead of the American broadcaster getting the revenue? The 14-minute commercial break is now filled with 12 minutes of commercials and two minutes of promotional commercials. If the shows purchased only have space for 14 minutes, I'm pretty sure that when restrictions go out in two years there will still only be 14 minutes of commercials. There will be just as much time taken out of a show as there was before the changes.

The "fat cats" are everyone who invests in a publicly traded company through their RRSPs or through stocks, and golly, doesn't everyone want to get a good return on their RRSP?

I think Bruce is a hypocrite: here he is going on about advertising and taxes, but he's working for The Coast, which is totally supported by advertising. His article is across from a full page ad from Telus and above another for a local restaurant. He goes on about American programming, yet The Coast prints Savage Love, which is American. Get used to it, Bruce: a fact of life in Canada is that we are inundated with media from the south.

By Jeff Gregg

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