ACTRA challenges broadcasters to put more Canada on TV

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    OTTAWA, Nov. 5 /CNW/ - Canadian stars and hundreds of ACTRA members and
supporters told Canada's private broadcasters to put more Canada on TV.
ACTRA's demonstration outside the Canadian Association of Broadcasters'
convention in Ottawa included well-known Canadian stars Eric Peterson (Corner
Gas), Julie Stewart (Cold Squad), Robb Wells (Trailer Park Boys), John Paul
Tremblay (Trailer Park Boys), ACTRA's National President Richard Hardacre and
ACTRA Toronto President Karl Pruner.
    "Those people call themselves Canadian broadcasters. I say that's a name
you have to earn, and you don't earn it by producing zero one-hour dramatic
shows and signing over Canada's primetime to a different country," said
    "Last year, Canada's English-language broadcasters spent almost $500
million in Hollywood and a grand total of $40 million on Canadian dramas. For
every dollar they spend on drama in Canada, they spent 12 dollars in
Hollywood. It's time for more Canada on Canadian TV," said Stewart.
    "Become real Canadian broadcasters. Produce real Canadian shows, and show
them on TV when Canadians are watching," said Wells.
    "The people of Canada deserve to see themselves and their own stories on
their own airwaves," said Tremblay.
    "We're here today to tell broadcasters, the CRTC and Canadians that we
need more Canadian drama on TV. If we don't speak up, we stand to lose our
airwaves to Hollywood. Our culture and our country are too important to stay
silent. It's time for action by the CRTC and by the broadcasters," said
    ACTRA has been calling for regulations requiring Canada's private
broadcasters to spend at least 7% of their advertising revenues on new
Canadian English-language drama programming and to schedule at least two hours
more of Canadian dramas in real primetime (Sunday to Thursday, 7:00 p.m. to
11:00 p.m.)

    ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is a
national organization of professional performers working in the
English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of
21,000 members across Canada - the foundation of Canada's highly acclaimed
professional performing community.

For further information:

For further information: Susan Ponting, ACTRA National Public Relations
Officer, Direct: (416) 644-1519, cell: (416) 897-7028, Toll Free:
1-800-387-3516 ext. 4045,

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