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Consumer interest should be considered in new third-language channel policies: panel

News | 10/08/2004 4:00 am EDT

A Canadian Heritage-appointed panel is recommending a new regulatory framework specific only to third-language channels that would do away with the current one channel per genre regulation. "…The current rules seem to suggest that no general purpose third-language programming provided by a non-Canadian service will be allowed. This was described as a restriction that was unduly broad and did not take into account the significant interests of the third-language audience," reads Integration and Cultural Diversity, a report issued September 27 by the three-member panel on access to third-language public television services. "A second consequence of the current rules is that they seem to grant a perpetual monopoly to existing Canadian service providers – regardless of the nature of the service being offered by the non-Canadian service and regardless of the cultural interests of the third-language audience."

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