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Radio & Television

COMMENTARY: Rethinking Canadian content in the post C-11 world

By Howard Law HERITAGE MINISTER PABLO RODRIGUEZ has promised a CRTC policy directive to implement Bill C-11’s broad mandate to sweep foreign streaming platforms into our national program to create, fund and promote Canadian content. C-11 has now passed second reading in the House of Commons and is on its way to the Heritage Committee for amendments and further debate. It’s time for the minister to table a draft directive. What should be in it? The minister has said he’s receptive to strengthening the definition of Canadian content, currently codified by the CRTC, the Canada Media Fund, and the Heritage tax credit… Continue Reading

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COMMENTARY: More discretion, more power: Does C-11 delegate too much to the CRTC?

By Monica Auer THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT is asking Canadians to trust the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to implement new legislation about electronic communications. The CRTC is now responsible for implementing Canada’s Broadcasting and Telecommunications Acts, Canada’s ‘Anti-Spam’ law as well as parts of the Canada Elections Act and the 2019 Accessible Canada Act: the government is proposing through Bills C-11 and C-18 to give the Commission more powers over Canadian and foreign Internet broadcasters as well as Canada’s news media, along with new authority to levy administrative monetary penalties for non-compliance with the CRTC’s requirements. In February the government assured… Continue Reading

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COMMENTARY (part three): Will C-11 save Canadian content?

By Howard Law This is part three of a three-part series – read part one here and part two here.   What will “television” look like in 10 years? Looking into the future of particular services and companies, the Commission expects that vertically integrated companies (companies that own or control programming services as well as distribution services), for their part, will continue to have the opportunity to leverage their resources and audience reach to acquire popular and lucrative programming as well as be well positioned to produce high-quality programming made by Canadians. Their critical mass provides these companies with the financial… Continue Reading

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COMMENTARY: Growth and inclusion for a better Canada – the case for Bill C-11

By Valerie Creighton WITH ALL THE NOISE created by the many opinions and assumptions being floated about Bill C-11, it feels like the bill’s original purpose has been lost in translation. The summary page of Bill C-11 clearly states the primary objectives (distilled) as: add online undertakings as a distinct class of broadcast undertakings. serve the needs and interests of all Canadians – including racialized communities, ethnocultural backgrounds, socio-economic statuses, abilities, disabilities, sexual orientations, gender identities and ages. provide opportunities to Indigenous persons, programming that reflects and is in Indigenous cultures and languages. Bill C-11 is called ‘The Online Streaming Act’… Continue Reading

Our industry and COVID-19

We've gathered a number of links where Canadian cable, radio, television, telecom and wireless companies have posted their responses to the Covid-19 pandemic.