CRTC Changes to Community Television

CRTC changes community television policy to enhance local participation

OTTAWA-GATINEAU, August 26, 2010 — The Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today issued a new policy that will
give Canadians more opportunities to participate in their community
television channels. The CRTC’s policy will also ensure that these
channels better reflect the realities and interests of local citizens.

“Community channels give Canadians the unique ability to see themselves
and their neighbourhoods, towns, and cities reflected on television,” said
Michel Arpin, the CRTC’s Vice-Chairman of Broadcasting. “This can only be
achieved through equal partnerships between cable companies and the
communities they serve. Access to the broadcasting system must be as open
as possible, especially for people who are new to the production of
television programming.”

Under the new policy, the CRTC will require that community members must be
involved in the creation of at least half of a community channel’s
programming. This means that the original idea for a program must come
from members of the community, who must also be involved in some aspect of
the production, whether in front or behind the camera.

Additionally, at least half of a channel’s programming expenditures will
have to be devoted to this type of programming, as well as to community
outreach initiatives and the training and development of volunteers.

Given the significant changes to the policy, the CRTC has determined that
the new requirements will take effect on September 1, 2014.

The CRTC has also introduced measures to improve the accountability and
transparency of the funds’ cable companies allocate to the operation of
their community television channels. Cable companies will have to provide
this information on a yearly basis starting in 2012.

Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2010-622
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2010/2010-622.htm

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

Reference document:

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009-661
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-661.htm

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