CRTC launches a proceeding to review the diversity of voices in the Canadian broadcasting system

    OTTAWA and GATINEAU, April 13 /CNW Telbec/ - In a notice of public
hearing issued today, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications
Commission (CRTC) launched a public proceeding to review various issues
relating to the ownership of Canadian broadcasting companies, with a focus on
their impact on the diversity of voices that the broadcasting system provides
to Canadians.
    "The goal of this proceeding, announced by the Commission on March 13, is
to develop a clear and predictable policy that will ensure a diversity of
voices, including editorial voices. The adoption of such a policy will further
the evolution of the Canadian broadcasting system," said Konrad von
Finckenstein, Chairman of the CRTC. "The Commission intends to adopt a
holistic approach that will include all components of the broadcasting
    This comprehensive review of media ownership regulations will consist of
an intervention period that will give Canadians sufficient time to express
themselves fully, followed by a public hearing, starting on 17 September 2007
in Gatineau. In Broadcasting Notice of Public Hearing CRTC 2007-5, issued
today, the Commission therefore invites comments from interested parties on
the various issues it proposes to address, particularly those relating to the
ownership of broadcasting companies. Comments must be received by the
Commission no later than 18 July 2007. They may be submitted by mail, at the
address CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0N2, by fax, at 819-994-0218, or by
completing the Broadcasting Intervention/Comments Form.
    Furthermore, to ensure journalistic independence in broadcasting entities
belonging to companies that own both electronic and print media, the
Commission today issued a public notice (Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC
2007-41) inviting comments by 18 July 2007 on a code prepared by the Canadian
Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC), to which broadcasters that are members of
the CBSC will be required to adhere. The Commission will examine the comments
it receives as part of its diversity of voices review launched today.

    The CRTC

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

    Reference documents:

    Broadcasting Notice of Public Hearing CRTC 2007-5
    Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2007-41
    Broadcasting Notice of Public Hearing CRTC 2007-3-1

    Copies of today's documents are available through our Internet site
( or by contacting the documentation centre of any CRTC
office. These documents are available in alternative format upon request.

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