The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.The CRTC’s policy restricting the number of specialty channels in any given genre to one, with Canadian versions given priority, is bound to become watered down over the next few years. The policy has resulted in a number of politically controversial decisions, and the situation can only heat up. Canadian Heritage has already announced the formation of a panel to look at ways of ensuring broader access in Canada to foreign public broadcasters after RAI International was denied entry by the commission. In its defence, the regulator was following policy in rendering the decision as RAI would be competitive with the Canadian specialty TV channel Telelatino.  Liza Frulla has already shown her support for RAI, and wrote a submission in support of RAI International getting carriage in Canada, prior to her appointment as Canadian Heritage minister. The government-appointed panel is likely to recommend an exemption of the one genre policy where foreign public broadcasters are concerned. Another area where there appears to be a loosening of the rules is in news. Several years ago, CTV Newsnet was ordered to follow a 15-minute wheel, which prohibited it from carrying any significant long-form news. The condition was imposed following a complaint by CBC Newsworld that argued Newsnet wasn’t following its condition of licence as a headline news channel. CTV Newsnet feels that times have changed enough that it has filed an application with the CRTC to overhaul the channel and provide longer news items. Similar reasoning is being used by the Canadian Cable Television Association (CCTA) in its bid to win approval for the carriage of FOX News in Canada. The more news stations the merrier, says the CCTA, and the more diversity of voices in this age of consolidated media the better. The CCTA is also continuing its fight to have more foreign services added to the list of foreign channels eligible for carriage in Canada. Some of them are bound to be competitive, at least partially, with existing Canadian specialty services. Even the CRTC itself has done away with the one-per-genre genre policy in its framework for the licensing of digital channels. Category 2 diginets can be competitive with each other.