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August 15, 2005

CRTC Satellite Pay Radio Decisions

Written by
cindy mcleod

As a result of recent CRTC decisions, two U.S. satellite radio
companies, fronted by Canadians, will soon be flooding Canada with
American programs – only 10% of the channels are required to be
Canadian. Years of effort to build Canadian programming and artists,
especially Canadian music, are at risk.

SOCAN, along with more than 20 other national creator, cultural and
labour organizations, has joined hands with Friends of Canadian
Broadcasting to petition the federal cabinet to set aside the two
satellite pay radio decisions, and to propose a made-in-Canada solution.
This coalition believes that the CRTC’s decisions, if allowed to stand,
will set a dangerous precedent and create a slippery slope for the
future of Canadian content on radio and television – and new broadcast

If you support this action, you can help defend Canadian content by
sending a message to Prime Minister Paul Martin now, urging him to set
aside the CRTC’s satellite radio decisions and to instruct the CRTC to
find a Canadian approach to satellite radio.

To send a message, click on the link below or copy-and-paste into your


For more information, go to www.friends.ca

SOCAN is also aligned with nine other Quebec-based artist, composer and
cultural organizations to similarly request that the Privy Council
reverse the CRTC’s decisions. For more information, click on the link
below or copy-and-paste into your browser:


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