The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) will continue to press the CRTC to clamp down on Canadian broadcasters over its claims that they are using their entertainment magazine shows to promote U.S., not Canadian, stars and shows. Entertainment magazine TV shows became eligible as "priority programming" under the 1999 TV policy and thus can be counted as part of the eight hours a week of Canadian "priority programming" that broadcasters are mandated to broadcast. A complaint filed to the CRTC by the WGC on behalf of a coalition of audio-visual unions representing 50,000 workers in all aspects of film and TV production charges that rarely do the entertainment magazine programs of CTV Inc., Global Television Network and Toronto One comply with the requirement that two-thirds of their running time be dedicated to the promotion of Canadian entertainment. WGC director of policy Gail Martiri tells Canadian Communications Reports that the guild will not drop the issue but will respond this week to the broadcasters’ responses to the complaint. "We will be refuting the broadcasters’ arguments, because we are still not satisfied they are complying with the requirements. We will be analyzing their responses, and definitely asking the CRTC to follow-up and ensure that these programs are compliant," she says. An analysis by the WGC of CTV’s E Talk Daily, Toronto One’s A-List and Global’s Inside Entertainment taped in September 2004, January 2005 and February 2005 found that on average only 5.6 minutes of a 22-minute episode is dedicated to the promotion of Canadian talent and entertainment. The WGC found that CHUM’s Star TV aired in February 2005 was compliant with CRTC regulations as the show devoted 20 minutes of running time to the promotion of Canadian shows and entertainment news. Last month, Global responded to the complaint, saying that Inside Entertainment isn’t classified as an entertainment magazine program, but is considered eligible as "priority programming" as a regionally produced program created out of Calgary. Quebecor Media tells the CRTC that there is a shortage of enough content of reasonable standard and opportunities to interview Canadians. It notes that 32% of Inside Entertainment’s content, not 18% as stated by the WGC, is devoted to Canadians. While amount does meet the CRTC’s requirements, Quebecor vows that the show will be compliant starting from the fall of 2005. CTV refutes the WGC’s claims, telling the CRTC that two-thirds of etalkDaily is focused on Canadian entertainment.