October 27, 2021

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CRTC Hearings | “It’s impossible to satisfy everyone,” said the CEO of Radio-Canada

CRTC Hearings |  "It's impossible to satisfy everyone," said the CEO of Radio-Canada

Radio-Canada has heard criticism of him before the CRTC for the past three weeks. But the public broadcaster believes that “it is practically impossible to satisfy everyone.” “Still asking for less serious TV license conditions for five years.


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“Canadians have very high expectations of their public broadcaster. […] They want us to do more and do better. We need it too. But we know that this is a complex exercise and that it is practically impossible to satisfy everyone within our current funding limit. It’s a challenge that we try to meet every day, ” Catherine Tait, CEO of CBC / Radio-Canada, said in her speech on the last day of the CRTC’s hearing on the renewal of public broadcaster licenses.

The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) decides on the minimum number of Canadian programs of particular national interest (e.g. drama series) District 31 And D’in hot pays) dBroadcast on ICI Télé in prime time. Radio-Canada wants to reduce the obligation to broadcast nationally interested Canadian programs on prime time (7 pm to 11 pm) seven to six hours a week on its general-interest channel ICI Télé. In practice, ICI Télé will broadcast an average of 10 hours per week in 2019-20.

In return, Radio-Canada tries to broadcast eight hours a week, including ICI Télé and its digital platform ICI Tou.tv (CRTC does not yet comply with this commitment as it does not regulate digital platforms). Catherine Tait, CEO of Radio-Canada, said: “We need innovation and a way to take risks.

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Several shareholders, including union des artists representing television producers and the association Cubacois de Production Mediat (AQPM), oppose Radio-Canada’s demands to reduce its obligations to ICI Télé. Union des Artists et Les Products wants to return to the obligation to broadcast 10 hours a week instead of Radio-Canada, public funding for Radio-Kanda as before granting CRTC (to move to seven hours) in 2013 due to cuts.

Radio-Canada considers these requests “previously frozen”. “Our mandate is to serve all Canadians. We are not in danger of losing the next generation, which is at risk of losing all future generations,” said Catherine Tait, CEO of Radio-Canada.

Union des Artists at Les Producers Tele fears that if the CRTC accepts Radio-Canada’s requests, it will invest less national interest in the Radio-Canada drama series and other Canadian programs, because the budgets of these programs are usually digital platforms (ICI Tou.tv). Is less than.

Radio-Canada responds with an example This is how I love you Best Drama Series on Last Gemini. It was first aired on ICI Tou.tv’s L’Extra digital platform on Spring IC before it was available on ICI Télé this fall. According to Radio-Canada, Michelle Bissonet, senior vice president of Radio-Canada, said the series’ “success” on Extra of ICI TouTV “did not have a negative impact on his listening”. This clearly shows that it has been added to the digital line. If we want to reach Canadians digitally, we must provide them with the same level of quality that they find on major international platforms. ”

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Several shareholders, including Quebecor, are asking CRTC to terminate Radio-Canada’s branded advertising content service on its digital platforms, as well as a subscription to Extra of ICI TowTV. Quebecore is asking CRTC to focus on Radio-Canada’s programming.

Another request for regulatory relief from Radio-Canada: The definition of “original production first broadcast in French”, which is less in demand than private broadcasters, prohibits the counting of English-Canadian programs dubbed in French. Radio-Canada wants to rely on its old definition to co-produce youth programs dubbed in French and Youth programs with Tele-Quebec.

Face systemic racism

Public broadcaster aims to give more space to diversity and combat systemic racism. “CBC / Radio-Canada is committed to doing more and doing better – not just to improve representation [de la diversité] To fight systemic racism on all our platforms, in our content and in our organization and in our organizational culture, ”said Catherine Tait, CEO of Radio-Canada.

The question of representation of diversity in TV shows is “already a lot in the choice of guests” Everyone talks about it And Live from the universe, According to Michelle Bissonet, Senior Vice President of Radio-Canada.

The CRTC, which has heard from 71 interventions over the past three weeks, will decide on Radio-Canada’s license terms for the next five months in the next few months.