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In the news: Canadian TV explained to Americans

From John Doyle, normally of the Globe and Mail but here writing for TV Quarterly:

  • What makes Canadian TV so different?
    “Little Mosque on the Prairie made the American media curious because it has a comic premise that’s outrageous in the context of mainstream U.S. network TV — it finds comedy in the lives of a group of Muslims living in a small prairie town where many of the locals are suspicious of them.”

In the news: CRTC proposal to change the CTF

John Doyle of the Globe and Mail on the reaction to the proposed changes to the Canadian Television Fund:

  • What’s sending a shiver through Canadian TV writers, actors
    “Essentially this means that the money from the cable and satellite companies would be directed solely to commercial, hit programs. The other money, from the government, would go to “cultural programs.” The culture stuff would have to be 100-per-cent Canadian. That is, according to the arcane points system for assessing Canadianness, the project would get 10 out of 10 points. In the other area – the drama and comedy series, the made-for-TV movies and miniseries, essentially – the project would only be required to get eight out of 10 points.