The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) must not relax Radio-Canada’s conditions of license.
This is what the Syndicat des Travailleurs de Radio-Canada (STTRC) and the National Federation of Communications and Culture (FNCC-CSN) are arguing before the CRTC, which is considering the renewal of the public broadcaster’s licenses. for the next five years. These expire on August 31st.
At the start of the hearings, Radio-Canada argued that it should be allowed to use digital technology to fulfill part of its obligations to broadcast Canadian content. At this time, this Canadian content obligation only applies to television and radio.
“The commitments of Radio-Canada for the distribution of online content are for the moment insufficient to justify any form of relaxation of the requirements on the other platforms”, said the president of the STTRC, Pierre Tousignant, by press release.
The STTRC also hopes that Radio-Canada’s journalistic standards and practices will also be applied on digital platforms.
The unions do not hide their concern following the closure of the Radio-Canada office in Îles-de-la-Madeleine last year and the cuts imposed on Radio-Canada International (RCI), speaking on this point, d “A shift towards enhancing Canadian multiculturalism rather than international information intended for the entire national audience”.
“The CRTC must impose a minimum content of local news on television stations as well as the maintenance of a local presence”, mentioned Pierre Tousignant.
At STTRC, it is also believed that “internal production of programs should otherwise be an objective”.
According to the FNCC, Bill C-10, tabled last fall in the House of Commons to regulate all broadcasting players, is an opportunity for the CRTC to “pay particular attention to the national public broadcaster. in this important modernization exercise. We need stable public funding established over several years, ”said Secretary General Annick Charrette.