Canadian Television Fund Responds to Department of Canadian Heritage Announcement at CFTPA Conference

    OTTAWA, Feb. 21 /CNW/ - The Canadian Television Fund (CTF) today issued a
statement in response to the announcement made yesterday by the Honourable
Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, during the CFTPA conference in
    "The Department of Canadian Heritage is a major contributor to the CTF,
and Minister Verner's announcement ensures that any changes to the CTF will
reflect the objectives of all of the Fund's financial contributors," said
Valerie Creighton, President of the CTF. "The CRTC's Public Hearing process
was a healthy exercise and an opportunity to ensure industry perspectives were
heard. We look forward to the CRTC's recommendations, to continued discussions
with the Department of Canadian Heritage, and to collaborating with all of our
funders to ensure the continued success of the CTF."
    In its closing remarks at the recent Public Hearings into the future of
the Fund, the CTF stated that the current funding system best meets the needs
of Canada's television production industry and reiterated its continued
commitment to meaningful change.

    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 25,000 hours of Canadian
television and has provided over $2.5 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 of
Communications, Canadian Television Fund,, (416) 554-2768

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