CRTC shakes up CanCon requirements – will anybody notice?

Canadian broadcasters will have less stringent Canadian content requirements, no longer have genre protection around specialty channels and be required to put funds toward creating higher quality home-grown productions as a result of the findings of the CRTC’s Let Talk TV public hearings.

In an Ottawa speech to the Canadian Club Thursday, Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC, outlined the first wave of changes intended to develop higher quality Canadian programming.

“Today there is a fundamental shift in the television landscape. People watch content in the ways, on the devices and at the times that most suit them. The role of the broadcaster is changing, as a result,” said Blais. “When you strip away the when and the how of the viewing experience, you’re left with only the what. And the what – content, in other words — matters more now than it ever has before.”

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  • andycanuck

    I don’t trust it coming from the CRTC but less Holmes on Homes on BBC Canada would be fine with me.

  • Ron MacDonald

    This ruling should not apply to the government fund CBC.

    • Reader

      The CBC shouldn’t get government funding at all.

  • Reader

    I am waiting for CTV to bring out The Trouble With Tracy v2.0.

    • marty_p

      How about the trials and tribulations of Ben Levin?

      • Clausewitz

        They could title it, “In through the out door”.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Worst Led Zeppelin album.

          • Clausewitz

            I was thinking more about one of the main acts of male gay culture, but yes, it and Coda were two very subpar albums.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            But, as someone who is subjected to ‘classic rock’ for ten hours every day at work I couldn’t resist.

  • jayme

    I think this could be the end to shows like the Social.

  • ntt1

    Not enough, it is way past time to defund the CRTC .this is just a sinecure for the well connected Ottawa mandarins.

  • Clausewitz

    Don Messer’s Jubilee was my grandfather’s favourite show. He never forgave them after the Toronto hipsters cancelled the show because they thought it was too square. At the time there was only one show the CBC had that was higher in the ratings and that was HNIC. The CBC always has been, and still is one big circle jerk.

  • mauser 98