CRTC finds that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation broke rules with Bye Bye 2008 broadcast

    OTTAWA-GATINEAU, Aug. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today found that the Canadian
Broadcasting Corporation breached provisions of the Television Broadcasting
Regulations and a condition of licence when it broadcast Bye Bye 2008 on its
French-language network. In addition, certain elements of the program were
inconsistent with the Broadcasting Act's requirement that programming should
be of high standard.
    "Television has a significant impact on the way Canadians perceive
themselves and others," said Konrad von Finckenstein, Q.C., Chairman of the
CRTC. "Broadcasters must maintain high standards at all times and are
responsible for the content they broadcast, including during live programs. We
expect the CBC to apologize to its viewers and implement mechanisms to prevent
such an unfortunate situation from occurring again in the future."
    Bye Bye 2008 originally aired on December 31, 2008, at 11:00 p.m. and was
rebroadcast the following day at 8:00 p.m. The Commission received over 250
complaints from groups and individuals following the broadcasts of the
satire-oriented variety television program. Given its experience in these
matters, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) was asked to examine
the complaints and to provide an analysis to the CRTC.
    In its decision, the Commission concurs with the CBSC's analysis of the
complaints and its conclusions. The CRTC determined that certain segments of
the program:

    -   violated the Television Broadcasting Regulations, which prohibit the
        broadcast of abusive comments
    -   breached the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' Equitable
        Portrayal Code concerning the portrayal of visible minorities, and
    -   failed to meet the high-standard provision of the Broadcasting Act
        since it was aired without viewer advisories at a time when children
        may be watching television.

    The CRTC encourages the CBC to explore the possibility of becoming a
member of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, a self-regulatory body
established by Canada's private broadcasters.

    Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2009-548

    Reference document:   Bye Bye 2008 - Analysis by the Canadian Broadcast
                          Standards Council

    The CRTC

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

    These documents are available in alternative format upon request.

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