Comedians force U-turn over radio plans that would have cost them dear
Canadian comedians have forced Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival into a major U-turn over plans that would have robbed them of income.
Last week, the festival announced a new tie-up with satellite radio operator Sirius XM Canada, which would have seen the Canada Laughs channel become Just For Laughs Radio.
However, the move would also come with a format change that working comics said was a threat to their livelihoods.
Since it launched in 2005, the Canada Laughs channel showcased only Canadian comedians, giving them a platform as well as royalties that could run into thousands of dollars a year.