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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Apparently Konrad von Finckenstein has been listening. According to today's PLAYBACK, tough new proposed CRTC regulations will set an upper limit for each broadcaster on acquisitions of US programming, and it's quite simply the amount of Canadian programming exported.
For each hour of domestic programming exported by a Canadian network (such as FLASHPOINT or SOPHIE), a broadcaster can import one hour of US programming. "This will not only create a level playing field in terms of cultural exchange," asserted Mr. von Finckenstein, "but will help protect tens of thousands of jobs in the Canadian entertainment industry."
Ironically, this puts the CBC, which produces more Canadian programming than the two private networks put together, in the position of being entitled to broadcast more American shows. Naturally the private broadcasters are demanding some sort of tradeable credits, akin to carbon tax cap-and-trade schemes.
Asked for his comment at a White House press briefing, President Obama [I never get tired of reading that!] stated that his administration "respects Canada's right to support its popular culture" and quipped that he "really enjoyed TRAILER PARK BOYS," an episode of which he caught while campaigning in Detroit last year.
The rest of the article is here.

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7 Comments:

Groovy

By Blogger Eleanor, at 7:37 AM  

That can't be right. Is it an April Fool?
Darn, research required.

By Blogger Eleanor, at 7:41 AM  

You almost had me. Almost.

By Blogger wpascoe, at 7:53 AM  

My defense is that my middle name is Gullible.

I got all over-excited there for about 30 seconds, until my brain processed the meaning a bit more fully and said hang on a mo, that would mean....

*rolls eyes*

By Blogger Eleanor, at 8:08 AM  

Should have had Obama as a big Jon Dore fan.

By Blogger David, at 8:51 AM  

Nice. Niiiiice.

By Blogger wcdixon, at 2:01 PM  

how depressing is it that we can make April fools jokes from our wishful thinking.

By Blogger Trevor Finn, at 4:57 PM  

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