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CRTC’S Task Force Report on CTF

TORONTO – The CRTC released its 30-page report addressing changes to the Canadian Television Fund (CTF), just before the Canada Day long weekend. ACTRA sees the recommendations in the report as doing next to nothing to address the need for English-language drama on Canadian television screens.

“The worst recommendation in this report proposes to change the rules so that fewer Canadians are needed in Canadian programming," said Richard Hardacre, National President. “If accepted, this recommendation would permit CTF-funded productions to be made without a Canadian in the key roles of, a director, or a writer, or a lead performer," added Hardacre.

Currently, the CTF rules require that the writer, director, and lead performers must all be Canadian.

“The best that can be said about this report is that the Task Force has not recommended to scrap the CTF altogether, and will change the broadcast distribution regulations to ensure cable companies pay regularly into the fund," said Stephen Waddell, National Executive Director.

The Minister of Canadian Heritage, Bev Oda, directed the CRTC to set up the Task Force because of objections raised by cable companies, Shaw Communications, and Videotron about the CTF, and refused to make their monthly payments to the fund earlier this year.

"We’re appalled that the Task Force has compromised Canadian culture by succumbing to the pressures of the privileged cable giants," said Hardacre. “To make matters worse, the report calls for a new board without anyone from the creative side of the industry. Ultimately, it’s up to Minister Oda to take responsibility and approve or reject these recommendations,” added Hardacre.

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CRTC’S Task Force Report on CTF

TORONTO – The CRTC released its 30-page report addressing changes to the Canadian Television Fund (CTF), just before the Canada Day long weekend. ACTRA sees the recommendations in the report as doing next to nothing to address the need for English-language drama on Canadian television screens.

“The worst recommendation in this report proposes to change the rules so that fewer Canadians are needed in Canadian programming," said Richard Hardacre, National President. “If accepted, this recommendation would permit CTF-funded productions to be made without a Canadian in the key roles of, a director, or a writer, or a lead performer," added Hardacre.

Currently, the CTF rules require that the writer, director, and lead performers must all be Canadian.

“The best that can be said about this report is that the Task Force has not recommended to scrap the CTF altogether, and will change the broadcast distribution regulations to ensure cable companies pay regularly into the fund," said Stephen Waddell, National Executive Director.

The Minister of Canadian Heritage, Bev Oda, directed the CRTC to set up the Task Force because of objections raised by cable companies, Shaw Communications, and Videotron about the CTF, and refused to make their monthly payments to the fund earlier this year.

"We’re appalled that the Task Force has compromised Canadian culture by succumbing to the pressures of the privileged cable giants," said Hardacre. “To make matters worse, the report calls for a new board without anyone from the creative side of the industry. Ultimately, it’s up to Minister Oda to take responsibility and approve or reject these recommendations,” added Hardacre.

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CRTC’S Task Force Report on CTF

TORONTO – The CRTC released its 30-page report addressing changes to the Canadian Television Fund (CTF), just before the Canada Day long weekend. ACTRA sees the recommendations in the report as doing next to nothing to address the need for English-language drama on Canadian television screens.

“The worst recommendation in this report proposes to change the rules so that fewer Canadians are needed in Canadian programming," said Richard Hardacre, National President. “If accepted, this recommendation would permit CTF-funded productions to be made without a Canadian in the key roles of, a director, or a writer, or a lead performer," added Hardacre.

Currently, the CTF rules require that the writer, director, and lead performers must all be Canadian.

“The best that can be said about this report is that the Task Force has not recommended to scrap the CTF altogether, and will change the broadcast distribution regulations to ensure cable companies pay regularly into the fund," said Stephen Waddell, National Executive Director.

The Minister of Canadian Heritage, Bev Oda, directed the CRTC to set up the Task Force because of objections raised by cable companies, Shaw Communications, and Videotron about the CTF, and refused to make their monthly payments to the fund earlier this year.

"We’re appalled that the Task Force has compromised Canadian culture by succumbing to the pressures of the privileged cable giants," said Hardacre. “To make matters worse, the report calls for a new board without anyone from the creative side of the industry. Ultimately, it’s up to Minister Oda to take responsibility and approve or reject these recommendations,” added Hardacre.

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