Friday, April 25, 2008

Fiery hearings on Canadian TV's future end; decision expected in summer

GATINEAU, Que. — The CRTC's controversial hearings on the future of Canadian television were brought to a close Thursday after nearly three weeks in which the giants and the small fry of the industry battled for survival and a bigger piece of the multi-billion dollar industry.

The hearings have been marked by fiery exchanges, insults and even humour, but there was no mistaking the importance of the first major review of the Canadian broadcasting system in 15 years to everyone involved and viewers.

"The rules you administer have evolved since the dawn of cable," noted Ian Morrison of the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

"The Canadian broadcasting system is an ecosystem where each of the components is inextricably linked so that a change in one will affect the others. It is therefore vital to consider their interdependence, and its consequences."

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