Posted by Monica Auer on Saturday, February 19, 2011 - 15:52
Yesterday the CRTC’s Chairman expressed what sounded like relief that Parliament’s Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations has decided not to pursue the issue of the CRTC’s current prohibition on the broadcast of false or misleading news:
“We never wanted to touch this thing. We put it forward because we were ordered to do it. We did what we thought would be a workable compromise,” von Finckenstein said in brief interview Friday at the Prime Time conference in Ottawa, organized by the Canadian Media Production Association.
How important is a conjunction? Both the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations (“The Joint Committee”) and the CRTC have recently experienced much criticism for a proposed amendment that has a very important conjunction. It prohibits “any news that the licensee knows is false or misleading AND that endangers or is likely to endanger the lives, health or safety of the public” (Source: CRTC Archive). Read more »
Posted by Monica Auer on Friday, February 18, 2011 - 22:22
On February 17, 2011, it was reported that the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations (“the Joint Committee”) agreed not to ask the CRTC to amend its regulations that prohibit the broadcast of false or misleading news (source: The Wire Report). Read more »
On Monday, February 14th, the CRTC approved Airborne Mobile Inc.’s application for a broadcasting license to operate TxT-TV. TxT-TV is intended to be a platform for interactive conversations between audience members. All content will be created from user contributions (text, audio, video, etc.) and in turn this content is expected to inspire and provoke further viewer participation. Read more »
The CRTC should not be involved in directly regulating online content and applications. Creating such a category as "online broadcaster" creates a slippery regulatory slope when one considers the blurring lines between types of services online.
Rick Mercer discusses usage-based billing (Internet metering) in the sketch below. From morse code to streaming video, Canadians have a long, not-so-proud history of paying way too much for communications...