The CRTC announced a public consultation Friday on the renewal of the CBC's television and radio licences. The commission said that, for the CBC's group-based licensing hearing, it is seeking public comments on the followings questions: How \tcan the CBC be relevant and meaningful in the future? How \tcan the CBC best deliver content to all Canadians? Should \tthe CBC only provide different programs and services than private \tbroadcasters? Does \tthe CBC’s programming meet all of its objectives? What \tshould it do differently? Do \tyou feel the CBC reflects your specific Canadian interests and \tneeds? Does \tthe CBC fill your need for reliable and authoritative news and \tinformation? The CRTC said in a release that it is accepting public comments to help inform a September 2011 licensing hearing where commissioners will review the CBC’s overall mandate, programming and conditions of licence. Discussions at the hearing in September will look at how the CBC contributes to the Broadcasting Act, the opportunities and challenges it faces in the digital environment, the regulatory approach that should be required of the broadcaster, and the criteria used to measure, set targets, and evaluate it success in meeting the objectives of Broadcasting Act, the CRTC said. The commission added that corporate issues will also be under discussion, including the digital transition, balanced reporting, equivalent quality of French and English language programming, terms of trade agreements (for individual negotiations surrounding digital and television productions), content in the North, and accessibility for people with disabilities. Parties and people wishing to participate may arrange to appear via videoconference. The written consultation period closes July 18.