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Canucks loosen up b'cast rules.

MONTREAL Canuck regulator the Canadian Radio-television & Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has unveiled a wide-ranging new policy for the Canadian TV industry that significantly loosens the rules for the top broadcast players.

The CRTC has broadened its definition of what constitutes "priority" Canuck programming. In the past, the CRTC essentially forced the networks to broadcast Canadian drama, but the required Canadian content can now include documentaries, regional programs and magazine shows focusing on Canuck artists.

These networks will be required to broadcast at least 8 hours per week of Canadian programming during primetime, a change from the previous system, which forced the broadcasters to spend a certain amount of money on home-grown shows.

In addition, the CRTC has widened its definition of "primetime" by one hour, so it now runs from 7 to 11 p.m. instead of from 8 to 11 p.m.

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Author:KELLY, BRENDAN
Publication:Variety
Date:Jun 21, 1999
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