The CRTC issued a call for comments Tuesday on proposed administrative changes related to the Canadian content development policy for commercial radio. In a release, the commission said commercial and ethnic radio stations are required to support Canadian content through a basic contribution, volunteered commitments by applicants in competitive proceedings, and by providing “tangible benefits totaling six per cent of the value of the transaction when there is a transfer of ownership of profitable stations.” Most radio stations have used some of their discretionary contributions to support local Canadian content initiatives but others have used the flexibility to design new local initiatives rather than donate to pre-existing funds, the CRTC said. Canadian stations are also required to contribute to Canadian content initiatives such as Factor and MusicAction, Canadian music support funds. The commission said one option would be to eliminate the regulatory Canadian content contribution requirement for stations earning less than $625,000. Approximately 1.7 per cent of Cancon support would be lost, the CRTC said. Another approach, the CRTC said, would be to give stations the opportunity to redirect support for individual discretionary Cancon projects to support funds. “These funds could operate like the existing independent production funds that underwrite video and new media projects, or could perhaps operate on a more informal basis,” the commission said. A third option would be to allow broadcasters to play a key role in the establishment of funds either alone or with other broadcasters, the commission said. Smaller stations in a region or province could organize a new supporting fund in their area, the commission said. The deadline for comments is Feb. 21, 2012.