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Broadcast Standards Council and CRTC to Investigate Media Bias on Copyright

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council replied to me today regarding my earlier complaint of bias reporting in the media surrounding the issue of fair dealing in copyright law, which was also a point of debate online.  The CRTC will be investigating the CBC’s involvement.   Here is what the Broadcast Standards Council sent to me today:

Dear Mr. Koblovsky,

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) has received your correspondence concerning CTV National News with Lisa Laflamme broadcast on CFTO-DT (CTV Toronto) on October 8 and 9, as well as content on CTV.ca and CBC.

The first step in the CBSC’s complaints-resolution process is to ask the broadcaster to respond to you.  So, by copy of this letter, we are asking CTV to respond your concerns about the newscast on TV within 21 days.  We are also asking them to conserve a copy of the official logger file of the broadcast in question.  Most complaints are resolved through this dialogue between the complainant and broadcaster, so we hope that the response you will receive from the station addresses your concerns in a satisfactory manner.

If you are not satisfied with the broadcaster’s response, you can request that the CBSC review the broadcast.  Please fill out the Ruling Request form on the CBSC’s website, at this URL [http://www.cbsc.ca/english/complaint/form-rulingrequest.php?] within 14 days of receiving the broadcaster’s response.

Regarding CBC, The CBSC’s members consist only of Canadian private broadcasters and CBC is a public broadcaster (i.e. it receives funding from the government). We have, however, forwarded this part of your complaint to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) which is an entirely separate organization from the CBSC, and is the government agency responsible for overseeing the Canadian broadcast system and for accepting complaints about public broadcasters and other stations which are not CBSC members.

Finally, in Canada there is no organization that regulates internet content.  The CBSC cannot deal with complaints about internet content, even if that content is related to a CBSC broadcaster member station and posted on their website.  The programming posted online is often different than what was originally broadcast. Since the Codes that the CBSC administers apply only to content broadcast on traditional radio or television, we cannot take any action about your concerns regarding CTV.ca.

If you have any questions or comments about your file, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will be glad to be of service.


Mrs. Solange Courteau

Communications Coordinator

Canadian Broadcast Standards Council


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