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ACTRA calls on federal government to direct CRTC to regulate Cancon spending

News | 12/06/2004 5:00 am EST

The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) is demanding that the federal government intervene and tell the CRTC to implement spending requirements for the conventional broadcasters in wake of a recent decision that offers only incentives for the airing of Canadian TV drama (see article in this issue). Reiterating its call for more stick and less carrot, ACTRA national executive director Stephen Waddell says the CRTC in releasing its ads-based incentives program for Canadian drama has "failed to listen to the creative community which is dying out there." ACTRA wants the government to use its authority under section 7(1) of the Broadcasting Act to issue a policy directive to the regulator requiring private over-the-air broadcasters to spend as much on homegrown drama and series as they do in a year on foreign drama.

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