New CRTC program categories: Reality Bites

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The CRTC has issued revised definitions for some of its Canadian television program categories following a public consultation process earlier this year. The television program categories are central in the CRTC’s oversight of licensed programming services and are used to delineate the specific nature of service governing every licensed Canadian conventional, specialty and pay TV programming service and compliance with conditions of licence. The program categories are also the basis for all broadcaster program logging to ensure compliance with Canadian content requirements.

Revisions to the program definitions follow the new TV policy announced in March 2010 for the large English-language private television ownership groups. In the TV policy the CRTC replaced the on-air scheduling requirements for Canadian “priority programming” with a new expenditure requirement for “programs of national interest”, which the CRTC has deemed “the primary vehicles for communicating Canadian stories and values”.

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