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Toronto Star: Canadian actors made a case for new media funding at a hearing today before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.
The performers helped kick off the first day of hearings on regulating online content by urging the CRTC to make Internet service providers follow the same rules as television and radio broadcasters and protect Canadian content online.
“This is a battle for the future. What we want is a place for Canadian storytellers and our stories,” said Richard Hardacre national president of ACTRA, the union representing 21,000 English-speaking artists across all media platforms. “We want to share our talents with Canadians and with global audiences. We need to get it right now. Tomorrow is too late.”
Canada’s entertainment ninnies continue to demonstrate a complete lack of even a basic understanding of the Internet. The Internet is a READ/WRITE medium that CAN NOT be handicapped by protectionist legislation requiring some sort of Canadian content regime on Canadian ISPs. Truth is that the vast majority of content being generated by Canadian online users is by the ninnies own definition – Canadian content. So problem solved. Now go waste some more taxpayers money on such fine Canadian content like Kenny vs Spenny! Please.
Globe and Mail: In a move that would reshape prime time television, the federal broadcast regulator is considering placing a cap on how much the country’s biggest TV networks can spend to acquire hit U.S. shows, such as Grey’s Anatomy, The Office and House.
The proposal, which came as a shock to network executives yesterday, would require CTV, Global, CITY-TV and others to spend the same amount on Canadian programming as they do on U.S. shows. For every $1 spent on programs from outside the country, a dollar would have to be spent at home creating a domestic show.
The announcement by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission comes just days after new federal data showed the networks spent a record $775-million on foreign programming last year, with most of that content coming from major Hollywood studios.
Finally the CRTC is waking up to the fact that Canadian networks only pay lip service to their Canadian content requirements. Not that there aren’t some good Canadian shows. It’s just that shitty Canadian programming is the core programming that Canadian broadcasters use to try and convince the CRTC that they are living up to their licencing obligations.