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CRTC decision inflicts further damage on Canadian film and television: ACTRA

TORONTO, ON (May 16, 2017) — ACTRA National Executive Director Stephen Waddell says yesterday’s Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission decision on license renewals for large English-language broadcasters is yet another blow delivered to Canadian television and culture by the Commission.

“ACTRA is clearly disappointed the concerns our talented members brought forward were not listened to,” said Waddell. “As we noted in our submission, Programs of National Interest will continue to be under-represented without an increase in expenditure requirements. Instead of heeding our warning, the Commission went in the opposite direction.”

“We are very concerned about the future of Canadian production and our members’ jobs. We look forward to a new direction at the CRTC. Canadian performers need a change from the legacy of disastrous decisions we’ve seen from the current Chair,” added Waddell.

To read ACTRA’s submission to the CRTC on license renewals, please visit:

ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national union of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 23,000 members across the country – the foundation of Canada’s highly-acclaimed professional performing community.

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Media contact:
Jennifer McGibbon, ACTRA National Public Relations Officer, tel: 416-489-1311 ext. 4008,

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