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Canadian Groups Ponder Appeal of Satellite Radio

Canadian Groups Ponder Appeal of Satellite Radio

Several Canadian groups are deciding whether to appeal last week’s government approval of satellite radio, according to a spokesman for one, Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.
It believes the amount of Canadian content required is too low and would encourage demand from existing broadcasters to reduce their requirements to fund and play Canadian programs, particularly music. Canadian stations must play a minimum of 35% domestic artists.
Another group considering an appeal is a Canadian version of AFTRA, the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists, which said the CRTC approval of satellite radio “gives the green light to dump pre-packaged U.S. programming in Canada to the detriment of Canadian content.”
Parties have 45 days to appeal to either federal court or the federal cabinet.