The Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) released two studies Tuesday that support the need for a CRTC hearing on the role television broadcasters play in the support of Canadian English-language film, the group says. “We hope the studies released today will help convince the CRTC of the need to examine this issue in a public proceeding,” Norm Bolen, president and CEO of the CMPA, said in a release. “It would be a forum where all stakeholders can share their ideas on how to improve the success of Canadian feature films in our television system, particularly in English Canada where the competition for audiences is so fierce.” One of the studies looked at Canadian broadcasters' financial backing of the production of Canadian films through Telefilm Canada. Another report examined the broadcast of Canadian films on television. The CMPA said direct financing from television broadcasters, particularly pay TV services, has decreased by 70 per cent over the last eight years, from $16.3 million in 2003-2004 to $3.3 million in 2010-2011. The reports also show that the number of hours dedicated to the broadcast of Canadian and foreign films has increased over the years but that the Canadian films aired are increasingly older movies and the average number of repeats has doubled between 2004-2005 and 2009-2010. “The Canadian feature film industry is facing a funding crisis because broadcasters in general, and Pay TV services in particular, are no longer directly supporting Canadian feature films as they once did,” Marc Seguin, the CMPA’s senior vice-president of policy, said in a statement.