Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Statement following the meeting with the principal funders of the Canadian Television Fund (CTF)

OTTAWA, January 30, 2007

By the Honourable Beverley J. Oda
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women

Recognizing the importance of the situation last week, I called this meeting and also announced Canada's New Government's contribution to the CTF of $200M for two years. This announcement was made to demonstrate the Government's commitment to Canadian content and the Canadian broadcasting system. It was made to provide some stability to the production of quality Canadian programming.

Our Government is committed to our Canadian production industry and to a strong broadcasting system.

I am pleased to have met with the principal funders of the CTF today. It was an insightful meeting.

I understood that there have been concerns with the CTF for many years, and that those concerns of the private sector contributors have not been fully satisfied.

Today's meeting allowed me to have a fuller explanation of the concerns of some funders from the private sector, and the reasons why their positions are being taken.

As they wrote in their letters that I received, they expressed their concerns regarding the governance of the CTF and the CBC/SRC's envelope. However, they also strongly pointed out that they believe that the broadcasting system's new realities are not being recognized by the current structure of the CTF.

I am looking forward to meet with the Chair of the CTF to pass on to him their concerns and the discussions of today's meeting.

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