The CRTC's Report on the CTF - A $150 M Hit to Public Sector Programming



    OTTAWA, June 5 /CNW Telbec/ - CBC/Radio-Canada is disappointed by the
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission's report on the
Canadian Television Fund (CTF).
    The CTF is a public/private enterprise funded by the federal government
and cable and satellite television distributors, whose role is to fund
independent television production in Canada.
    In a 68-page report tabled today, the CRTC has made a number of
recommendations, which, if implemented by the Government of Canada, would
result in a $150M decline in funding to Canadian public sector television
programming over the next 5 years.
    The CRTC recommendation regarding splitting the CTF into public - and
private-sector components, if implemented, would mean that only private-sector
programming in Canada would benefit from future growth in CTF funding. Under
the existing CTF structure, all programming - both public - and private-sector
- benefit from the increase in CTF funding that flows from growth in the
Canadian broadcasting sector. The CRTC's split-fund recommendation would
result in this benefit no longer accruing to public-sector programming. If
implemented, the CRTC's recommendation would penalise all public-sector
programming participants and the independent producers that are the direct
beneficiaries of the Fund.
    "Splitting the fund into two separate streams is counter-intuitive," said
Sylvain Lafrance, Executive Vice-President of French Services. "What the CRTC
is proposing is inconsistent with Canada's 1991 Broadcasting Act, which calls
for a single, integrated public/private broadcasting system."
    Today's recommendations from the CRTC contradict its Task Force's
June 29 2007 Report recommending that projects qualifying for the new
private-sector funding stream include those licensed by CBC/Radio-Canada.
    "Implementing today's recommendations would effectively take money away
from those who have the strongest commitment to Canadian programming," said
Richard Stursberg, Executive Vice-President of English Services. "We hope the
Government will recognize the detrimental effect this report would have on
Canadian programming and culture."

    About CBC/Radio-Canada

    CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its
largest cultural institutions. With 29 services offered on Radio, Television,
the Internet, satellite radio, digital audio, as well as through its record
and music distribution service and wireless WAP and SMS messaging services,
CBC/Radio-Canada is available how, where, and when Canadians want it.
    Through this array of activities, CBC/Radio-Canada brings diverse
regional and cultural perspectives into the daily lives of Canadians in
English, French and eight Aboriginal languages, in nine languages on its
international Radio service, Radio Canada International, and in eight
languages on its Web-based Radio service RCI viva, a service for recent and
aspiring immigrants to Canada.




For further information:

For further information: Pascale Montminy, Director, Public Relations
and Operations, Corporate Communications, CBC/Radio-Canada (Ottawa), (613)
288-6243, Pascale.Montminy@cbc.ca


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