The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.The CRTC must begin an immediate review of its TV policy. Faced with a shortage of quality Canadian content, the commission should evaluate the effects its own policies have on drama, and undertake a broad review of indigenous production in the country.   One hurdle to such a review, though, comes from broadcasters and Trina McQueen who argue that the CRTC shouldn’t touch the TV policy in the middle of a licence term. It would cause too much regulatory uncertainty, they say. But the broadcasters themselves often apply for and usually receive licence amendments in the middle of a licence term when it suits them. For example, this week the CRTC reversed a condition of licence it imposed on the CBC in 2000 that would have banned blockbuster movies from the public broadcaster’s schedule (see article in this issue). That decision came in mid-licence and just less than a month before the actual enforcement date of the provision due to a three-year phase-in the commission established to lessen the hurt. So much for regulatory certainty. The CBC successfully argued that the broadcast environment had changed so that the condition of licence was no longer warranted. Writers, actors and unions are evoking the same argument as they seek a cure for the country’s drama woes. The CRTC listened to the Mother Corp., so why can’t it listen when it comes to the faulty TV policy? A recent CRTC decision that established a local programming production fund also wasn’t well thought out and has further upended a production industry already in turmoil. Many established independent funds, such as the Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund, are going to suffer (see article on page 4). It’s an important fund because it helps emerging filmmakers get their feet wet as it doesn’t require a broadcast licence. Some of these new filmmakers could be the future creators of the next great Canadian drama series. The CRTC must ignore the pleas of broadcasters to stick with the current TV policy, and undertake both a review of it and a much wider review of its policies that affect TV funding and production.