Friday, December 15, 2006

More Canadian Blues, Concert and Jazz music to be aired

The Canadian Radio-Television Commission (CRTC) has ruled that the minimum percentage of blues and jazz music aired by Canadian radio stations is to rise to 25% from 10% per broadcast week, and concert music (opera, musicals, etc.) to 20% from 10%.

What a delight to be able to have an increase in Canadian content on our radio stations. American artists have not just been popular in their country, but throughout the world, even in Far East Asia. But how many times have you seen a Canadian artist with that much success? Unfortunately, it is quite rare. Instead of supporting these world-wide, multi-millionaire entertainers, we need to support our fellow Canadians.

From this report, the CRTC also proposed a plan to get at least $3.5 million dollars from broadcasters to support Canadian artists and their development. This measure will get money from broadcasters by not basing the amount on their market share, but on that station's revenue. Again, what a great way to support developing Canadian artists.

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