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In the news: Who speaks for Canadian TV?

From John Doyle of the Globe and Mail:

  • Where have all the cultural warriors gone?
    “In this crazy battle about the CTF, Trailer Park Boys has become a contentious issue. The show has been the subject of Philistine sneering from Jim Shaw of Shaw Cable, and his view has even been supported by right-wing pundits in certain newspapers. What’s supposed to happen: Are the Boys expected to step up, step out of character and articulate their Canadian-ness? As gloriously representative as they are of our uniqueness, the Boys are part of a mock-documentary TV series. Expecting them to do a Margaret Atwood is ludicrous. Is there no one among the many producers, writers and actors who benefit from the CTF who is willing to speak out, angrily and passionately, about the outrageous stunt being pulled by certain Canadian cable companies?”

In the news: Vision for Canadian TV

From actor Peter Keleghan in Playback:

  • With no vision comes no Canada
    “Since the disastrous 1999 CRTC decision to change the rules for broadcasters, one of our cultural delivery systems, indigenous television, has fallen on hard times. If we had gains by the ’90s with some good sitcoms and dramas, we are now in a place where, because of business concerns, we have been set back decades. We currently make so few shows for so little money, that Cancon hardly registers in our cultural picture, TV schedule, or press.”

Also from Playback:

  • TV needs “vision,” says Heritage critic Keeper
    ” ‘We have to be committed to our TV or it will become American,’ says Keeper, the MP for the northern Manitoba riding of Churchill, who is perhaps better known as Michelle Kenidi, the RCMP constable she played for five seasons on CBC’s North of 60.”

In the news: Canadian Television Fund, CBC hearings

From Playback:

From Antonia Zerbisias of the Toronto Star:

  • TV fund money really belongs to us
    “A careful reading of the CRTC decision that went into establishing the CTF reveals that its $2.3 billion, which subsidizes the production sector directly and broadcasters indirectly, more properly belong to viewers and/or taxpayers. That amount doesn’t count another $1.5 billion that ended up in cable company coffers. In other words, you may have been overpaying on your cable bill for the past 14 years. But there’s no way to know because the books on those rates are not open to the public.”

From John Doyle of the Globe and Mail:

  • Cut TV funding? Don’t be a ninny
    “It looks like Shaw and Vidéotron will get away with stopping their contributions. That means, I’m told by sources in the TV industry, that the money available for supporting Canadian TV will, ultimately, be reduced by 60 per cent The government has guaranteed to support the CTF over the next two years, but this is a cunning ruse. It isolates Canadian TV, putting it into a position where it appears to be supported only by government funds and regulation, and, therefore, must be an indulgence that should be wiped out in a free-market economy.The ninny reaction is to support this. The ninny reaction is to forget conveniently that, once upon a time, the Canadian music industry was a fragile thing, supported largely by Canadian-content requirements on radio stations.”

From the Globe and Mail:

  • CBC-TV head scolds Shaw, Videotron
    “It would be a very strange circumstance where people could say, ‘I’m going to pick and choose those regulations that I’m going to abide by,’” he said. “You wouldn’t have a regulatory system at all. People would say ‘I don’t like that one, so I won’t abide by that one.’ And then the entire broadcasting system would collapse.”