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Porn channels face CRTC review for lack of Canadian content

The telecommunications watchdog has ruled that three pornography channels “may have failed to comply with its conditions of licence.”
Fri Mar 7, 2014 - 5:15 pm EST

OTTAWA, March 7, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Apparently even Canada’s porn channels are scrutinized for their Canadian content.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has ruled that three pornography channels “may have failed to comply with its conditions of licence.”

All three channels are owned by the Toronto-based company, Channel Zero. In addition to failing to provide at least 35 percent Canadian content, they also failed to provide at least 90 percent closed-captioning for the hearing impaired.

Channel Zero describes itself as “an independent Canadian media company,” and owns a number of specialty channels, as well as CHCH in Hamilton. It is jointly owned by four individuals, two of whom are its president, Carl Millar, and its CEO, Romen Podzyhun.

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The ruling has met with ridicule throughout the country, as people of every ideological stripe attempt to imagine how it is possible to conceive of pornography as fitting into the paradigm of cultural development and preservation which the CRTC’s ‘Canadian content’ rules are meant to serve.

In their attempt to capitalize on the humorous dimension of this story, most news sources have missed that the pornography broadcaster is also under scrutiny for two other problems associated with its original application.

The CRTC noticed a discrepancy in the ownership of the company and the holder of the broadcasting licence. The Commission also noted that the company “may have also failed to comply with its condition of licence relating to its nature of [the] service definition.”

These matters will be discussed at a hearing at CRTC headquarters in Gatineau, Quebec, on April 28. At stake is the renewal of the company’s broadcasting rights.

Public feedback is being accepted in relation to the licencing renewal, which can be given via its website until April 4. Submissions can also be made by that deadline by mail or by fax:

Secretary General of the Commission, CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N2
Fax: 819-994-0218


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