Unions and industry organizations respond to the CRTC’s call for comment on OTT services.
“Canadians in all markets should have access to their local television stations, regardless of how they receive their programming,” said CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein.
The 2010 TV Policy balances programming flexibility for broadcasters with a guarantee to make quality Canadian shows, especially dramas, documentaries and awards shows.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper told reporters during a campaign stop in Sault St. Marie that his government had made no final decision on how to relax foreign ownership limits on domestic telecom companies.
We welcome the CRTC’s 2010 TV policy for private broadcasters. Now hold them to it. That was the message from industry guilds and unions to the CRTC as they addressed on-going license renewal hearing for English-language television broadcasters.
The Canadian Media Production Association, representing major indie producers, inked an agreement in principle on valuing Canadian program rights, including new media product, with major private broadcast groups just in time for CRTC conventional license renewal hearings.
A fight could be brewing, as producers want better chances of working with foreign partners, while unions and guilds dig in to preserve key creative jobs for their members.
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