Mar 12, 2015
By Michael Kramer
The CRTC wants to beef-up the quality of local tv programming here in Canada.
So the country’s broadcast regulator plans to significantly ease the rules governing Canadian content.
The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission will do away with rules – requiring Canadian-made programs to make up at least 55 per cent – of local daytime TV broadcasts.
But but it will continue to require that at least half of prime-time programming on local stations is Canadian.
The CRTC hopes the changes will encourage stations to invest more money in made-in-Canada content – and help cut-down on the number of Canadian programs that are repeated on our screens.
The changes will also require that at least 35 per cent of the programs aired on specialty channels – are made in Canada.
Specialty channels must currently broadcast between 15 and 85 per cent Canadian content.