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Canadian broadcast regulator relaxes local content broadcast rules 13 March 2015


Canada’s broadcast regulator is relaxing the rules that govern the programming Canadian television stations can air in a bid to help them compete with the unlimited choice offered by online video.

In a speech to Ottawa’s Canadian Club Thursday, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission chairman Jean-Pierre Blais announced several decisions that came out of a hearing into the future of television last fall, dubbed Let’s Talk TV. Mr. Blais said the decisions, including a major reduction in the number of hours of Canadian content broadcasters must air, are meant to help Canadian television compete and thrive in a world of intense competition from foreign online video streaming platforms like Netflix Inc.

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