CRTC Wants More Canadian Content In Adult TV


No, this isn’t a cheap way to gather more eyeballs.

It’s yet another example of just how silly this whole CanCon argument is.

If you haven’t heard, in reviewing channel applications, the CRTC, the governmental agency, in all it’s wisdom has decided that the networks aren’t abiding by the 35% Canadian content requirement.

That’s the law in this country. Broadcasters have to program at least 35% of their content from Canadian sources.

I love this article by Kate Taylor in the Globe and Mail:

“But in a land awash in American programming, Canadian content regulations have a larger purpose, to reserve some portion of cultural space for domestic product so that Canadians occasionally see Canada and Canadians on TV.”


Do people believe that if there wasn’t a Canadian content minimum, Canadians would no longer be in “the arts”?

Whatever happened to offering the audience the best programming available?

I am biased, I admit it. I watch a lot of content via online sources. Hulu and Netflix to name but two. I happen to like the Canadian medical drama show Saving Hope. Similarly there are shows on the BBC I watch regularly too. 99% of the shows on US network stations I have no interest in. I don’t really care where good content comes from. I will watch it regardless of the source.

I don’t believe for one second that rising Canadian talent will suffer if all of the sudden there is no minimum Canadian content law.

Maybe I am naive and ignorant, I just think that removing the CanCon requirement will result in a better entertainment for Canadians without harming the talent they are trying to protect. The cream will rise to the top.

As for the government wasting their time on the porn thing…. Our tax dollars hard at work.

I just hope those fishing shows are meeting their 35% commitment too.

And yes, this has an effect on sports media too. What we are able to see, listen to and watch is effected by CanCon too.



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March 6, 2014 1:07 pm

I work in Canadian TV, and I’d say without a doubt, if there weren’t Canadian content rules, Canadian networks would stop producing Canadian programming and would just simulcast American shows. There is certainly the talent here to create great programming, but networks in the US have ten times the budgets and its far easier for networks like CTV to just pick up Big Bang Theory rather than try to write and produce their own sitcom that takes place in Toronto (or wherever). There just wouldn’t be the impetus for them to create their own content. Why take that risk if they don’t have to, when you have a behemoth below you creating content you know will attract viewers?

Interestingly enough, popular Canadian music was completely off the radar until the 60s when stricter Can Con music laws were enacted, and acts like the Guess Who and Joni Mitchell got big. Like actors now, Canadian bands had to ignore this market and move to the states to make it big at the time.

I will say one thing though – aside from needing Can Con laws for Canadian TV, Canadian networks HAVE to do a better job at producing good, watchable shows. There are some good ones out there – Orphan Black, Murdoch is decent for the older crowd. But generally speaking it could be a lot better.

March 6, 2014 1:11 pm

And really – I’m not sure why the viewer would have a problem with stricter Can Con rules. The American shows won’t be going anywhere. Just watch em on NBC, ABC, CBS etc.

March 6, 2014 4:19 pm

Two girls, one stanley cup

mike (in boston)
March 6, 2014 4:26 pm

TSM: I don’t believe for one second that rising Canadian talent will suffer if all of the sudden there is no minimum Canadian content law.

Disagree 100%. It’s a baby with the bathwater sort of situation. We would lose all of the crappy Canadian programming but almost all of the good stuff along with it, and we would be culturally American in terms of music and TV. As someone who lives in this country whose main export is vapidity, I don’t want that and am willing to spend tax dollars to prevent that from happening.

There are great Canadian success stories in TV/music/documentaries/film/etc and many of those simply would never get made if we lose CanCon laws altogether. The problem, as I understand it, is how the CanCon rules are written. I’ll defer to Daniel and other people on the details, but the problem is how much Cancon we require, not that we require CanCon. That’s what leads to the reams of crap we all had to endure growing up.

mike (in boston)
March 6, 2014 4:32 pm

p.s. I would be happy if this leads to more Canadian porn. We produce so much garbage in other genres, why not adult films? Who knows, maybe ours would be better?

p.p.s. – Alex – that’s awful. and hilarious.

Chef Mike in Burlington
March 6, 2014 11:40 pm

I’ve done tv and like Daniel, I know lot of people in tv working as crews and hosts, and without CANCON, they would all be gone, it’s easier to simulcast then create.

We make great tv here, saving hope, motive, Doyle, the listener, orphan black and cracked just to name a few, and as dumbass as the crtc is, CANCON is a good idea, especially so when anyone can watch anything anywhere on demand.

March 7, 2014 7:38 pm

Ugh – Shannon is appearing on the roundtable again. About 4 or 5 weeks in a row after a welcome break. No PTS for me tonight!

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