May 07, 2009 09:00 ET

Media Advisory: Performers to Appear at CRTC to Stand Up for Canadian Programming

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 7, 2009) -

Editors Note: A photo for this release will be available via Marketwire on the picture wire of The Canadian Press.

ACTRA will appear at the CRTC's hearings on private broadcaster licence renewals on Friday, May 8 to urge the Commission to resist calls for rolling back Canadian content obligations.

What: CRTC private broadcaster licence renewal hearings
ACTRA presenters will be available to comment

Who: Julie Stewart, R.H. Thomson and
Richard Hardacre, ACTRA National President

When: Friday, May 8, 2009
Immediately following ACTRA's presentation, ACTRA is second up

Location: Conference Centre, Phase IV
140 Promenade du Portage
Gatineau, Quebec

ACTRA is asking the CRTC to resist calls for deregulation and issue a one-year "status quo" renewal of private broadcasters' licences. Along with most industries, Canada's private TV broadcasters are impacted by the current global financial upheaval. However, their problems are largely self-inflicted and Canadian programming and drama in particular, should not suffer in the rush to respond to challenges facing the broadcasting industry. 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.

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 more information or to set-up interviews:
    Carol Taverner
    Public Relations Officer
    (416) 644-1519 or Cell: (416) 768-3336