From a media release:
Today the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA), the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), and the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) submitted a joint petition to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, asking her to set aside, or refer back, the CRTCâ€™s Group Licence Renewal decisions for Canadaâ€™s large television broadcasters, released last month.
Across the production sector, Canadaâ€™s creator community shares deep concerns about the damaging impact of these decisions. An independent analysis commissioned by the CMPA found that the CRTCâ€™s decision to decrease the required amount broadcasters must spend on Canadian Programs of National Interest (PNI) will likely result in a drop of more than $900 million in production volume, causing a cumulative economic reduction of $1.15 billion in GDP over the five-year period during which the broadcastersâ€™ licences will be in place. A backgrounder summarizing these findings is available here.
If these decisions are allowed to stand, the required PNI spend for channels operated by Rogers, Corus and Bell, will fall to just five per cent, having a severe negative impact on the production of Canadian television dramas, comedies, childrenâ€™s programming, long-form documentaries, variety and performing arts shows, Â and on the health and productivity of our sector as a whole.
In addition to greatly reduced PNI spending, the joint petition objects to the CRTCâ€™s decision to remove evening exhibition requirements for the broadcastersâ€™ discretionary services and the negative consequences of the CRTCâ€™s failure to address the erosion of independently-produced programming.