The CRTC last week quietly proposed a significant change to the rules
on false or misleading news broadcasts on radio or television.
that a broadcast licensee "shall not broadcast any false or misleading
news." The CRTC is proposing
to amend the law with respect to television and radio by lowering the
standard to "any news that the licensee knows is false or misleading
and that endangers or is likely to endanger the lives, health or safety
of the public." In other words, it would perfectly permissible
broadcaster to air false or misleading news, provided that it not
endanger the lives, health or safety of the public.
If enacted, the changes would move the Canadian broadcast framework
closer to that found in the U.S. The Federal Communications
Commission has a limited rule against broadcast hoaxes that provides:
TagsShareWednesday January 12, 2011