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Canada votes against spending cutbacks for US TV series

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March 9th, 2009

Last month we noted the proposed regulation in Canada that sought to equalize the amount of spending on  TV series on Canadian television that came from Canada and the USA.    But Canada rejected the proposed regulation.  From The Hollywood Reporter:

TORONTO -- The Canadian government has rejected a proposal by the country's TV regulator to curb domestic broadcasters' spending on U.S. series.

Federal Heritage Minister James Moore said Monday that Ottawa should not impose conditions or quotas on how Canadian broadcasters buy U.S. programming.

"(Canadian) broadcasters have their own business model," Moore said. "They keep their business models going forward as best they can. Far be it for me to second-guess how to run a broadcast network and programming."

His comments follow a CRTC proposal to use upcoming license renewal hearings to consider whether expenditures on homegrown TV shows should match those for American fare.

Far be it from him to second-guess how to run a broadcast network and programming?  Probably an excellent position to take as a fair and impartial legislator but, I suspect he'd feel differently if he was running a blog about television!

 
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