On October 24, 2013 the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) launched Let’s Talk TV: A Conversation with Canadians, a discussion about the future of Canada’s television system focused around answers to three specific questions.
Canadians have an unprecedented choice of television programs that includes the best of what Canada, and the world, has to offer,” said Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC. “Many still enjoy network-scheduled programming on their TV sets, but the viewing habits of many others are changing. Let’s Talk TV: A Conversation with Canadians is an opportunity for all Canadians to tell us what they think of their television system and how they would like to see it changed.
The CRTC invites Canadians to share their views on three questions:
- What do you think about what’s on television?
- What do you think about how you receive television programming?
- Do you have enough information to make informed choices and seek solutions if you’re not satisfied?
The CRTC notes that it wants to hear from as many Canadians as possible, and it specifically highlighted that the broadcasting industry can play a role in making them aware of the initiative.
CRTC Chairman Blais said: “We hope that broadcasters and television distributors will help us bring Canadians into the conversation…. For example, television channels could air public service announcements, local television stations could host panel discussions, and cable companies could use their community channels to engage viewers.”
Mr. Blais specifically mentioned that the comments received from Canadians will help set the stage for the formal public proceeding that will get underway next year. The CRTC’s formal review of the television system will draw on the issues and priorities identified by Canadians. The review will be launched in spring 2014, and include a public hearing in September 2014.