Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Who Needs the CRTC?
Had the pleasure to attend a Fraser@Spoke: Behind the Spin event last night, it’s part of a series of talks/debates hosted by the Fraser Institute.
Here's a photo from the evening. From left to right, Greg Staples, Rondi Adamson, me, Claudia Hepburn from Fraser and Jacoline Loewen. And that appears to be a UFO hovering over my head.
Last night’s topic was the CRTC and the speaker was National Post columnist Andrew Coyne.
Now I took copious notes of Coyne’s talk, but unfortunately I can’t read any of my scribblings this morning.
So much of this is based on memory.
Anyway Coyne took us through a history of the CRTC and explained how it performed many important functions to ensure the purity of our culture such as banning the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Howard Stern and a Quebec City radio station.
There was also a discussion of the CRTC’s arcane “hit factor analysis procedures” used to determine the kinds of songs radio stations were permitted to air.
But anyway, Coyne pointed out that in this day and age of satellite TV and radio, the Internet and wireless communications, the CRTC just isn’t needed anymore to “get between the Canadian people and the shows they want to watch.”
Eventually he says it will vanish into oblivion.
But just for the sake of principle we should dismantle it right now.