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Canadian report makes TV demands

Regulatory system urges domestic content

TORONTO — A weighty report commissioned by Canada’s broadcast regulator, released Wednesday, makes 100 wide-sweeping recommendations for streamlining the regulatory system in the Great White North.

“It seems to us the regulatory system has been built up in layers and layers over the years,” said Laurence Dunbar, co-author of the independently commissioned report. “Our task was to step back a bit and say, ‘What would this look like if we were starting over?’ We’re saying we don’t think things would look like this at all.”

The recommendations call for more competition and less detailed regulation, plus “more targeted and effective measures” to get broadcasters to air more Canadian content in primetime.

While the recommendations will cause a stir among industryites, they aren’t binding, Dunbar said. Instead, they are intended to stimulate discussion during reviews to be held by the Canadian Radio-Television Commission.

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