Canadian Television Fund Responds to CRTC Recommendations

    TORONTO, June 6 /CNW/ - The Canadian Television Fund (CTF), today issued
a statement in response to the CRTC's recommendations regarding the future of
the funding agency.
    "The CTF acknowledges the diligent work conducted by the CRTC in the
development of these recommendations and appreciated the opportunity to have
these important issues debated through a public process," said Valerie
Creighton, President of the CTF. "We are pleased that the CRTC recognizes the
vital role played by the CTF in the success of Canadian independent television
production. Through ongoing discussions and strengthened collaboration with
all of our funders, we will continue to support the creation of successful
television shows that Canadians are watching."
    The CTF Board will review the CRTC's recommendations and will provide
feedback to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official
Languages and Minister for La Francophonie who will make a decision on the
future of television funding in Canada.
    "We thank the Honourable Josée Verner for her continued support to the
creation of Canadian content," added Douglas Barrett, Chair of the Board of
the CTF. "We are confident that the Minister's decisions will reflect
sustainable solutions for the industry."
    In its presentation at the CRTC's Public Hearings into the future of the
Fund, the CTF demonstrated that the non-profit corporation is a market-driven
organization that, through its extensive experience in policy development and
funding delivery, is an effective and efficient instrument through which the
television industry, CRTC, broadcasting distribution undertakings, and
Government of Canada can meet their collective cultural and commercial

    About the Canadian Television Fund

    Fostering the growth of television production in Canada through financial
investment and industry research, the Canadian Television Fund (CTF) supports
the development of Canadian talent, programs and audiences. Since 1995, the
CTF has contributed to the creation of over 27,000 hours of Canadian
television and has provided over $2.7 billion of financial investment
triggering the production of over $8 billion of Canadian television.
CTF-supported productions have cultivated thousands of jobs in the Canadian
television sector. Further details about the CTF are available on the
organization's website at

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For further information: Media Inquiries: Betsy Chaly, Director,
Communications, Canadian Television Fund,, (416) 214-4441

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