CRTC Launches Commercial Radio Review

The CRTC quietly launched its commercial radio review on Friday (the Canadian Association of Broadcasters sought a delay that was rejected).  The review promises to attract considerable interest as the Commission has signaled its intention to consider the impact of the Internet and new technologies on the music industry.  In fact, it specifically seeks comments on the following question:

What is the likely impact of other audio technologies, such as satellite radio, Internet radio, podcasting, file sharing and down-loading, on commercial radio and the music industry?

While CRIA will no doubt get involved in these proceedings, let's hope that other voices – such as Matthew Good – do as well.  Submissions are due by March 15th with the hearings scheduled for May 15th.


  1. Policy watcher
    Yes and we can also hope Michael Geist is there along with Matthew to provide a voice of balance and reason. You are all inspirations for the little folk who wouldn’t get the time of day with these bureaucracies 🙂

  2. Dwight Williams says:

    I quote the Notice as follows:

    “2.In order to ensure the fulfillment of these objectives, the 1998 Policy introduced a number of new regulatory measures, including:
    1. Increased opportunities for ownership consolidation by expanding the number of stations operating in a single market that may be controlled by a single person.”

    THIS doesn’t look good. Some of the other measures that follow it, yes, but not this one. Haven’t we had enough of this?

    It would be helpful if you could instruct us little folk about how we might try to get involved – for instance how does one submit “submissions [which] are due by March 15th” ? Is there a ralleying point on the web for info on this – presumeably here is one place.

    as the bulte scandal demonstrated, there is lots of interest in these issues but we concerned citizens need some help from those who are deep in the process.

  4. i can’t believe it
    This is terrible. This is totally 1984.

  5. fair_n_hite_451 says:

    I’ll fill in one of the blanks for them
    regarding how satellite radio will impact commerical radio…

    Since I got mine hooked up for Christmas, I haven’t listened to 1 second of commercial radio.

    No ads, more choice, consistant station quality as I drove across Alberta and back last weekend, the ability to listen in my car and in my house, “out of area” radio coverage of NHL hockey games … yeah, what can commercial radio offer me again? (inane DJs, stupid “jokes”, tons of ads, and all the classic rawk I can’t stand – no thanks)

    I don’t miss it, and don’t intend on ever going back. Of course, somewhere someone is cooking up legislation to hamstring this technology, but the horse is already out of the barn.

    (now, I COULD do with a little more Cancon rather than a straight regurg of the US channels from XM, but I’ll lobby them from within as a consumer and hopefully they will evolve over time.)