New broad­cast ‘tool box’ needed, panel told

Medicine Hat News - - BUSINESS -

OT­TAWA Canada’s broad­cast reg­u­la­tor, and its pub­lic broad­caster, want fed­eral law­mak­ers to en­sure Net­flix, YouTube and Amazon Prime pay a share for pro­duc­ing Cana­dian con­tent.

In writ­ten sub­mis­sions to a gov­ern­ment panel this week, both the CRTC and the Cana­dian Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion also call on Ot­tawa to cre­ate new rules that en­cour­age news con­tent dis­trib­u­tors to en­sure they de­liver ac­cu­rate and trust­wor­thy in­for­ma­tion.

The sub­mis­sions are part of a widescale re­view of Canada’s Broad­cast­ing Act, Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Act and Ra­dio­com­mu­ni­ca­tion Act that was started last June by a panel of ex­perts chaired by Janet Yale.

Ian Scott, the com­mis­sioner of the Cana­dian Ra­dio-tele­vi­sion and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion, says he’s not look­ing for broad new pow­ers to reg­u­late the broad­cast and tele­com in­dus­tries.

Rather, he says, the CRTC needs a smarter set of reg­u­la­tions that it can use to en­cour­age for­eign play­ers to con­trib­ute to Canada’s cul­tural land­scape.

The CBC’s sub­mis­sion is nearly iden­ti­cal in tone, say­ing the gov­ern­ment needs to en­sure that dig­i­tal com­pa­nies profit­ing from the Cana­dian cul­tural mar­ket­place also help pay for the creation of Cana­dian pro­gram­ming.

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