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Regulator wants viewers to talk about the future of Canadian television

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais talks with media about the Bell-Astral decision, Thursday June 27, 2013 in Gatineau, Que.
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October 25, 2013 - 8:22 AM

OTTAWA - The country's broadcast regulator wants Canadians to help it predict the future of the ever-evolving television industry.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has launched what it hopes will be a month-long dialogue among Canadians about how they watch TV.

The CRTC is grappling with whether to regulate traditional broadcasters when they offer programming online.

The "Let’s Talk TV" campaign will also likely focus on the Harper government's proposal to introduce so-called pick-and-pay television services, aimed at allowing subscribers to pay for individual channels.

The regulator wants to hear by Nov. 22 what Canadians think about what's on TV, how they receive programming and whether they have enough information to make good viewing choices.

And it's hoping participants will bring their friends into the conversation by hosting volunteer events known as "Flash" conferences, then reporting on the discussion by early next year.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2013
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