The CRTC creates a Task Force on the Canadian Television Fund

    OTTAWA-GATINEAU, Feb. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) welcomes the decision by Shaw and
Quebecor to resume monthly payments to the Canadian Television Fund (CTF)
contemplated by the existing CRTC Circular 1997-426.
    However, the longstanding concerns regarding the operation and governance
of the CTF that were raised by various stakeholders, including Shaw and
Quebecor, remain. As payments to the Fund are mandated by CRTC regulations,
the CRTC has a role to play in the resolution of the concerns regarding the
Fund. To that end, the Commission has set up a task force that will be headed
by Vice-Chair of Broadcasting, Michel Arpin. The terms of reference of the
Task Force and its membership are set out in the attached Annex. The aim of
the Task Force is to develop a consensus to resolve the concerns raised by
stakeholders or, failing that, to set out possible options to resolve any
remaining issues.
    The Task Force will make its final report public. If it is required or
deemed advisable based on this report, the Commission will then issue a public
notice and hold a hearing.
    The work of the Task Force requires intense interaction and the utmost
openness between all stakeholders, and may necessitate the sharing of
confidential information. The work must therefore be conducted in confidence.
    Accordingly, the Commission will not comment further on this issue until
the Task Force's report is released. However, the Chairman will appear before
Parliament later this week to answer questions about the process the task
force will be following.

    The CRTC

    The CRTC is an independent, public authority that regulates and
supervises broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.



               Task Force on the Canadian Television Fund (CTF)

    - To investigate issues related to the funding of Canadian programming
      and the governance of the CTF. Specific issues will include:
       - The most effective use of the required contributions from BDUs
       - The most appropriate size and structure of the CTF Board
       - The most appropriate mechanisms to deal with real or perceived
          conflicts of interest at the CTF

    - Following its investigation, the Task Force will make recommendations
      to the Commission.

    CRTC Task Force

    Michel Arpin, Vice-Chair of Broadcasting
    Nick Ketchum, Senior Director, Television Policy & Applications
    Randy Hutson, Senior Director, Distribution Policy & Applications
    Bernard Montigny, General Counsel, Broadcasting

    Phase 1 - Consultations & Fact-Finding (19 Feb. - 27 April)

    - Canadian Television Fund
    - Shaw Communications
    - Quebecor Media
    - Other BDUs
    - Heritage Canada
    - Private Broadcasters
    - Public and Educational Broadcasters
    - Producers
    - Independent TV Funds
    - Unions (UDA - ACTRA - Guilds and others)
    - Other relevant stakeholders

    Phase 2 - CRTC Public Process, as required

    - Release of the Task Force report
    - Public Notice if required

    Deadline for Final Report and Public Review - August 31, 2007

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