November 24, 2009 11:47 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY: Canadian Stars Urge CRTC to Reverse Disastrous Results of 1999 TV Policy

Wendy Crewson, Nicholas Campbell, and National President Ferne Downey to present case

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 24, 2009) - ACTRA will present its prescription for Canadian television at the CRTC on November 25. ACTRA's decade-long fight to get more Canadian drama back in prime time is entering the final round as the federal regulator re-writes the rules for Canadian TV.

What:ACTRA performers will present at CRTC TV broadcasting policy hearings
Who:Wendy Crewson, Nicholas Campbell & National President Ferne Downey
When:Wednesday, November 25, 2009
 Immediately following ACTRA's presentation, ACTRA is fourth up
Location:Conference Centre, Phase IV
 140 Promenade du Portage
 Gatineau, Quebec

Canadian TV drama has been in free-fall since the CRTC's disastrous 1999 decision to cave in to the broadcasters' pleas for flexibility and relaxed regulations. Canadian broadcasters spent a record-whopping $740 million on U.S. and foreign programming in 2008, but only $54 million on English-language Canadian dramas. We've seen our culture erode and thousands of jobs shipped out of Canada.

ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national organization of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 21,000 members across Canada - the foundation of Canada's highly acclaimed professional performing community.

Contact Information

  • For additional information or to book an interview,
    please contact:
    ACTRA - Carol Taverner, Public Relations Officer
    (416) 644-1519
    cell: (416)768-3336