Canuck regulator plots new plan

Airs agenda at Banff TV fest

BANFF, Canada — Outlining the CRTC’s action plan for 2000-2003, Canada’s broadcast regulator is focusing on content, consumers, competition and convergence, Francoise Bertrand, chairperson of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission told attendees of the Banff Television Festival on Monday.

Canada’s broadcast regulator has, over the last few years, re-organized itself in concert with emerging trends such as convergence and the digital paradigm, restructuring and consolidation, said Bertrand, moving from “protection to promotion, from restriction to competition, detailed regulation to broader parameters, and from a judicial process to more open parameters.”

Looking to the future, the CRTC’s pet projects include the transition from analog to digital television and better serving the Francophone community with digital technology.

While Bertrand conceded that the plan itself does not call for any specific regulatory overhaul, she said the CRTC will in the short term have its hands full as it sifts through 452 digital TV license applications submitted this spring.

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