CRTC seeks public input on broadcasting services in French- and English-language minority communities

    OTTAWA and GATINEAU, QC, Oct. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian
Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is seeking public
input on the broadcasting services offered to French- and English-language
communities in a minority situation. The CRTC will hold a public hearing on
this matter starting on January 13, 2009, in Gatineau, Que.
    In a notice of public hearing issued today, Canadians are invited to
share their views on a number of specific questions relating to:

    - the availability and quality of French- and English-language
      broadcasting services in French and English linguistic minority
    - the challenge of providing, in those communities, broadcasting services
      in both official languages and their availability across all
      broadcasting platforms and distribution systems, and
    - measures to encourage and facilitate access to the widest range of
      broadcasting services in both official languages in French and English
      linguistic minority communities in Canada.

    This hearing is being conducted further to a request by the government,
in June 2008, asking the CRTC to report on the French-language broadcasting
services in markets with an English-speaking majority, and English-language
broadcasting services where French is spoken by the majority. The Commission
was also asked to identify the challenges facing these communities from a
broadcasting perspective.
    Interested parties may submit their comments by November 20, 2008. They
may do so by filling out the online form, by writing to the Secretary General,
CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0N2, or by fax, at 819-994-0218. Interested parties
will also have the opportunity to participate in the public hearing by
videoconference from the Commission's regional offices.
    The CRTC will submit its report on or before March 31, 2009.

    Broadcasting Notice of Public Hearing CRTC 2008-12

    The CRTC

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

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