Carriage fees are payments specialty channels get from cable companies. Yet network TV channels, even hard-pressed local ones, don't get them.
I just watched a movie on Showcase Action. It was loaded with commercials. BCExpressview charges me for Showcase Action, and the owners of the channel get a little money from me every month.
If I watched the movie on the local CTV, Global, A Channel or CBC station, they would get nothing.
So, why is that?
Bundle up the network stations and sell them as a package, or look at "basic" cable as a package, and pay these people. We do need to save local TV. In fact, we need more local TV stations owned in the community, creating material that actually covers them.
Later, when broadcasters are back on their feet, we can have a pick and pay system that will allow people to vote with their pocketbook for the survival of individual channels, network or specialty. But right now, the private broadcasters have a point: they deserve to be paid.