So apparently there aren’t a lot of independent policy types out there willing to talk to media about their opinions. I’ve never done TV before (well, one little CHCH lunch time news interview back when I was producing a youth research website – barely counts) but I had two appearances this past week to talk about the CRTC and Talk TV. I was on TVO’s The Agenda with John Doyle (yes, our difference of opinion about the Golden Age of TV in Canada came up but we also agreed on a few other things such as how much a shame it was that CBC had cancelled “Strange Empire”) and then interviewed for a piece on The National on the evolution of the CRTC. I got to explain the DMEO in the National piece – without using acronyms!
My fingers are crossed that somehow these appearances lead to paying work but either way it was more fun than I thought it would be.
I know, you’re saying ‘what, another post on pick and pay’? I just want to direct you to my post on the topic over at TV, Eh? where I outline the many variables that I believe will have to play out before we really know the impact of the CRTC’s pick and pay decision.
I also have one other point that didn’t fit into the post but has been bothering me ever since. In the CRTC’s decision on pick and pay it confirms that the current process for authorizing non-Canadian services will be maintained. In other words, non-Canadian services will only be authorized if they do not compete with a Canadian pay or specialty service. Remember – the previous week the Talk TV decision on content got rid of genre protection and nature of service descriptions. So how exactly will it be determined if a service is competing when the Canadian service has no set definition? What happens if the Canadian service decides to morph into something else? And then back again?
So, if the History Channel decides to completely abandon history programming and focus on pawn shops and outlaw bikers does that mean the U.S. History channel will be able to be authorized in Canada? But what if History changes its mind and decides to go back to history programming? This is my confusion. It would be great if at some point the CRTC could explain how exactly this is going to work.
In case you missed it, I wrote three blog posts about last week’s Talk TV decision over on TV, Eh?. The first is an overview of issues while the second drilled down into the new Hybrid VOD licence and the third focused on the potential impact on the independent production sector. There have been quite a few other good overviews of the decision. I recommend the Globe and Mail’s Kate Taylor, Cartt (subscription) and Carleton Professor Dwayne Winseck.
With the pick and pay part of Talk TV expected Thursday March 19th, you can expect more blogging and a lot more chatter on the twitterverse.
I’ve been getting great feedback that you guys really enjoyed Prime Time 2015. As the programming consultant this year that makes me very proud. It really was an eye-opener to be part of the team that put that annual event together. It takes a lot of work for quite a few months.
If you couldn’t make it and wonder what all the fuss was about (and not just Kevin Crull’s speech or Michael Wolff’s stirring the pot), I Storify’d the tweets here.