This past week the CRTC has been under fire for
a “paternalistic”
new policy on community television. OpenMedia declared the CRTC failed to make history at an
opportune moment. Groups like CACTUS
the Community Media Education
Society
called for greater accountability for community programming fund
and for a public body to manage community TV, rather than private cable
companies. The Media Awareness Network offers this
quick backgrounder
on community television in Canada.  Advocates hoped a renewed policy would
support feisty, independent grassroots TV, along the lines of Vancouver’s ICTV. Instead, they received a pat on
the head, according to this delightfully
cheeky video report
from Valemont TV.

This past week the CRTC has been under fire for a "paternalistic" new policy on community television. OpenMedia declared the CRTC failed to make history at an opportune moment. Groups like CACTUS the Community Media Education Society called for greater accountability for community programming fund and for a public body to manage community TV, rather than private cable companies. The Media Awareness Network offers this quick backgrounder on community television in Canada.  Advocates hoped a renewed policy would support feisty, independent grassroots TV, along the lines of Vancouver’s ICTV. Instead, they received a pat on the head, according to this delightfully cheeky video report from Valemont TV.

Patricia W. Elliott is a magazine journalist and assistant professor at the School of Journalism, University of Regina. You can visit her at patriciaelliott.ca.