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100119 - Morin (CRTC) Re Community TV Policy

100119 - Morin (CRTC) Re Community TV Policy

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RobertA.MorinSecretaryGeneralCRTCOttawa,OntarioK1A0N2January19,2010Re:BroadcastingNoticeofConsultationCRTC2009–661
ReviewofCommunityTelevisionPolicyFramework
DearMr.Morin,The
BroadcastingAct 
stipulatesthatourbroadcastingsystemconsistsofapublic,aprivateandacommunityelement.GiventheenormouschallengesconfrontingCanada’spublicandprivatebroadcastersinthecurrenteconomicclimate,Iamconcernedthattheuniqueissuesfacingthecommunitysectorriskreceivinglessattentionthantheyrequire.Asyouknow,theCommunityTVplaysanimportantroleinourbroadcastingsystem,byprovidingCanadianswiththeopportunitytoexpressthemselves,gaininvaluableexperienceandconnectwiththeirneighbours.Theseconnectionsarepartofthefoundationofourdemocraticsystem,andwhiletheinternetattractsagreatdealofattention,itisstillnotaone‐for‐onesubstituteforthemassbroadcastmedia.AstheHeritageCriticfortheNewDemocraticPartyofCanadaandamemberoftheHouseofCommonsStandingCommitteeonCanadianHeritage,Iamconcernedthatthelevelofcommunityaccessprogrammingisslowlydecreasing.CanadahasfewercommunityTVchannelsthaninthe1990s,communityTVstudioshavebeenshuttered,andcablecompanieshavegraduallyturnedtohiredstaff,ratherthanvolunteers,toproduceprograms.ThesechangeshavereducedCanadians’accesstocommunityTV.IurgetheCommissiontodevelopanewpolicythatwillnotjustprotectcommunityTVinthiscountry,butstrengthenit.Newtechnologiesmakeittherighttimetointegratecommunitytelevisionwithothermedia.Enablingcommunitybroadcastingtousemultipleplatforms,includingconventionaltelevision,theInternet,podcasts,broadcaststowirelessdevices,orotherdistributionmethods,willenhancepublicaccessandparticipationinourcommunitysector.Thetimeisalsorighttopasstheadministrative

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