OTTAWA, Oct. 24, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today launched Let's Talk TV: A
Conversation with Canadians, a discussion about the future of Canada's
"Canadians have an unprecedented choice of television programs that
includes the best of what Canada, and the world, has to offer," said
Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC. "Many still enjoy
network-scheduled programming on their TV sets, but the viewing habits
of many others are changing. Let's Talk TV: A Conversation with
Canadians is an opportunity for all Canadians to tell us what they
think of their television system and how they would like to see it
The CRTC invites Canadians to share their views on three questions:
What do you think about what's on television?
What do you think about how you receive television programming?
Do you have enough information to make informed choices and seek
solutions if you're not satisfied?
The CRTC wants Canadians to share their ideas about the future of
Canada's television system and is providing Canadians with a number of
ways to join the conversation.
Starting today, Canadians can:
participate in the online discussion forum at www.crtc.gc.ca/talktv
email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
provide comments by calling 1-800-368-0390
fax comments to 1-819-994-0218
complete an online form, or
write to the Secretary General, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0N2
Canadians are encouraged to submit their comments by November 22, 2013.
For the first time, the CRTC is also giving Canadians the opportunity to
host "Flash!" conferences - volunteer-hosted events at which
participants are invited to discuss and explore the conversation's
themes. "Flash!" conferences may be held at any time, and organizers
are invited to submit reports of their discussions to the CRTC no later
than January 10, 2014. The CRTC has prepared a kit to facilitate these conferences.
"Let's Talk TV: A Conversation with Canadians puts Canadians right where
they belong: at the centre of their television system," said Mr. Blais.
"We want to ensure that Canada's TV system speaks to the current and
future needs of Canadians as engaged citizens, as consumers that make
informed choices about programming, and as creators of exceptional
The CRTC wants to hear from as many Canadians as possible, and the
broadcasting industry can play a role in making them aware of Let's
Talk TV: A Conversation with Canadians.
"We hope that broadcasters and television distributors will help us
bring Canadians into the conversation," said Mr. Blais. "For example,
television channels could air public service announcements, local
television stations could host panel discussions, and cable companies
could use their community channels to engage viewers. The comments we
receive from Canadians will help set the stage for the formal public
proceeding that will get underway next year."
The CRTC's formal review of the television system will draw on the
issues and priorities identified by Canadians. The review will be
launched in spring 2014, and include a public hearing in September
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Video: Let's Talk TV: A Conversation with Canadians
Broadcasting Notice of Invitation CRTC 2013-563
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broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.
SOURCE: Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
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