On Friday (November 27), the Metro Vancouver board approved a staff recommendation that won't please Shaw TV.
Earlier this week, the Straight reported that regional staff were seeking the board's approval to file a submission to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.
The submission calls upon the federal broadcast regulator to remove Shaw's name from the community channel in Metro Vancouver.
Shaw got into this mess in part because it gave a rotten time schedule to Metro Vancouver's TV show, The Sustainable Region. Eight of the 10 spots are in the middle of the night. The "primetime" spot was at 10:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Now, the CRTC will evaluate Metro Vancouver's submission, which includes a detailed denunciation of the way Shaw has operated the community channel in this region since taking control from Rogers a few years ago.
Shaw has been overplayed its hand by pushing its own programming over contributions from the community on the community channel. As a result, it has alienated municipal officials across the region.
It couldn't come at a worse time for the cable giant. Shaw is trying to persuade the CRTC that its operation of the community channel is proof that it is providing benefits to the community. The broadcasters, on the other hand, want the CRTC to force Shaw and other cable operators to pay a fee for disseminating their conventional television station signals. Shaw opposes this fee, which is has dubbed the "TV tax".
Metro Vancouver has undermined Shaw's message by approving the staff report on Friday. And Shaw has no one to blame but itself.