Toronto Based Group Calls for Changes in CanCon Regulations

Published: 2005-05-13
CBC News reports that a group representing Canadian indie bands is calling on the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to change Canadian content regulations for radio so as to help promote smaller artists. The group wants up and coming artists to get more exposure so they have a better chance of being noticed.

Group president Greg Terrance proposed that radio stations get one-and-a-half Canadian content credits for playing an unsigned artist but only three-quarters of a credit for playing music from stars like Avril Lavigne, Sum 41, and Neil Young.

The CRTC has shown interest in the proposal, but many radio stations have been less enthusiastic. Some say the CRTC has no right to force stations to play certain types of music.

Most of Canada's content regulations date from the 1970s, and many think they are in need of modernization. The CRTC last updated its policies in 1998.

Writer: Trent McMartin



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