Canadian creatives reject CTF plan

Say a split would be too costly

TORONTO -- Canadian content creators on Friday panned a CRTC proposal to split a key industry fund in a bid to boost ratings for homegrown shows.

Guy Mayson, president and CEO of the Canadian Film and Television Production Assn., said it would be costly and regressive to split the Canadian Television Fund into a commercial, ratings-driven stream and a second cultural stream for public broadcasters.

Maureen Parker, executive director of the Writers Guild of Canada, said that duplication and bureaucracy will be introduced to appease rebel cable operators like Shaw Communications and Videotron that have said they don't want to contribute to the fund in the first place.

And Richard Stursberg, executive vp of English services at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., argued that the CRTC recommendations will ultimately take financing away from creators with the strongest commitment to homegrown shows.

The CRTC report into the CTF is now in the hands of the federal government.