CRTC eyes new-media restrictions

Industry has until July 11 to file comments

OTTAWA -- Canada's TV watchdog plans to hold public hearings in early 2009 to consider whether to regulate Canadian "new media" -- online TV, radio and mobile video -- on the Internet to ensure shelf space for homegrown product.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said it will look at possibly imposing Canadian-content requirements on broadcasting content on new-media platforms.

The regulator, which gave industry players until July 11 to file written comments, said it did not intend to regulate new media, but instead will consider new measures to support homegrown broadcast content in the digital realm.