The standing committee on Canadian Heritage has passed a motion requesting CRTC chair Konrad von Finckenstein and two other senior officials to appear before it on March 25 to answer questions about how the current economic downturn is affecting Canadian television. The other officials are Michel Arpin, vice chair for broadcasting and Peter Foster, director general of television policy and applications. The motion, which was passed last Wednesday, specifically seeks to find answers to questions regarding the transition to digital, financial pressures on local and Canadian programming, diversity of voices in the media and the effectiveness of funds in maintaining a competitive edge for Canadian voices on television. Committee clerk Graeme Truelove told Tech Media Reports that the meeting will be open to the public. According to minutes from the meeting, the committee is of the opinion that the current economic crisis necessitates a study to analyse the impact of the recession on the broadcast industry and local communities. In addition, the committee is interested in finding how the downturn is going to impact the upcoming licence renewal hearings for private conventional television and technological innovation.