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Unions call for CRTC to force broadcasters to air 2 hours of drama during peak hours

News | 03/27/2003 5:00 am EST

A coalition of audio-visual unions is calling for regulation that would force broadcasters to air at least two hours of original, non-industrial Canadian drama a week during prime time. The recommendation is aimed at rectifying what the unions say is a dramatic decline in drama, caused in part by the implementation of the CRTC's 1998 TV policy. Pamela Brand, national executive director of the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC), which is part of the coalition, says such a requirement would result in 104 hours of drama being produced annually by each broadcaster or major station group.

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