December 21, 2006

Dec. 21, 2006: CRTC, Communications, Convergence

Mis-dated: This should have been Dec. 21, 2006, not Dec. 20, 2006. Sorry.

Another episode in the CRTC and control scenario ...

CRTC, radio find same wavelength , Grant Robertson, Dec. 16, 06

www.globeinvestor.com/servlet/story
/GAM.20061216.RRADIO16/GIStory/


Canada's biggest radio networks, fearing their audiences are being splintered by new technology such as iPods and Internet broadcasts, won a key concession from federal regulators yesterday.

Stations that play pop music, classic rock and other mainstream formats won't have to add more domestic music to their play lists, a move they argued would handcuff them against unregulated competitors.

[....] The Canadian Association of Broadcasters said it was pleased the quota wasn't increased, but the regulator's decision does little to address the plight of radio as the industry attempts to prevent audiences from fragmenting. .... [Why should audiences not fragment, if the individuals who listen so choose?]

Funding of Canadian content development .... give artists access to....

... small stations will pay a flat fee of up to $1,000 ... larger stations will pay that amount plus 0.5 per cent of their annual revenue over $1.25-million.

The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), the group that licenses Canadian musical performances, said the industry is profitable enough that the quota should have been increased. Canada's commercial FM stations collectively pulled in a record $1.03-billion in revenue last year, with pretax profits of $247-million. [....]


Search: Pre-Cancon , CRTC came into being , Cancon , "systematic for private radio stations in October, 1971. That's when" , Cancon 2.0



I have a better idea for SOCAN. Why don't they group together all the interested Canadian artists and form their own Canadian radio station and profit from it? If they are good, they will gain without coercion of the rest of us and without forcing taxpayers' money to support unwanted artistic endeavours. ... A great concept, free choice. They should try it some time. So should a number of other groups, the arts groups, for example.

A search of that article and others will reveal that so much occurred in the time of Trudeau. What he put in place has funded more and more of the same since. His legacy has hardly been an unmitigated blessing to those of us who value freedom from governments and from control as much as we value individual freedom. This is exacerbated by the activist groups--often taxpayer-funded by leftist governments--activist groups doing what they do best, demanding more ... and that someone else should pay for it, even their activism ... preferably taxpayers.

The people who benefit from intervention and other people's money inevitably become a pressure group for more of the same ... a political pressure group. Special consideration involves too much political activity on their own behalf for my liking. I have seen too much funded that was ... fill in your own favourite negative here for unimpressive. Besides, the regulations mean we are treated to the same people over and over and over and ... ad nauseam. Give us that old time freedom and a free internet.


CRTC, radio find same wavelength , Grant Robertson, Globe Advisor

globeadvisor.com/servlet/ArticleNews
/story/gam/20061216/RRADIO16


Canada's biggest radio networks, fearing their audiences are being splintered by new technology such as iPods and Internet broadcasts, won a key concession from federal regulators yesterday.Stations that play pop music, classic rock and other mainstream formats won't have to add more domestic music to their play lists, a move they argued would handcuff them against unregulated competitors. [....]




CRTC backs off on Cancon

globeadvisor.com/servlet/ArticleNews
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Canada's biggest radio stations have been told by the federal regulator that they won't have to play more domestic artists such as Sarah McLachlan. In return, the industry must contribute more money toward developing Canadian artists. B5 [....]




Related to a previous post - Oct. or Nov. which included information on ZIM

Excerpts from Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada's daily news service, Canada-Asia News -- Canadian Trade Commissioner Service
Canadian Success and Activity - Newsletter
(September 1-30, 2006) - China
, September 1, 2006

www.asiapacific.ca/news/index.cfm


Sep 13, 2006
ZIM Corp. Signs Partnership Agreement with China's PPLive

ZIM Corporation, an Ottawa-based mobile service provider and application developer, announced it has partnered with PPLive of China, a P2P (peer to peer) Internet TV portal. Through this partnership, called 'ZIM-PPLive', ZIM will be expanding its overall offering to include application development and content aggregation for P2P Internet TV. PPLive.com currently has more than 50 million registered users, approximately 70% of which are based in China. ZIM-PPLive will focus on aggregating North American and European content providers and advertisers to the PPLive platform.
Information summarized from: ZIM Corporation Press Release [....]



All the ducks were in a row ... and will be if the planets align ... and the right party is brought back to mandate control through their unique little agencies.

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