Industry news: Canadian Television Fund, CRTC

Patricia Bailey of Playback explains a new report to change the Canadian Television Fund:

  • Senators call for fixes to CTF
    “The report addresses concerns put forward by both Videotron and Shaw during their pull out from CTF, including its corporate-governance structure, the private sector’s lack of say in its operations and the fund’s investment performance.”

Alex Epstein of Complications Ensue reacts to the news that new CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein has talked of less regulation of the Canadian TV industry:

  • CRTC planning to throw Canadian TV industry out the window
    The problem, of course, is that “deregulation” probably doesn’t mean “stop protecting the Canadian broadcasters from US signal.” It means, “continue allowing Canadian broadcasters to block out US signals, but don’t expect them to produce any Canadian content.”