The C.R.T.C. will in a few days release the 2013 edition of the Communications Monitoring Report, and Menzies mentioned a few of the statistics from the report to demonstrate just how quickly the world has been changing.
He went on to say, “So we’re looking at a communications environment that is radically different from what it was only ten years ago.”
Later in the speech he made reference to the new border-less world, and how the C.R.T.C. can “no longer define ourselves as gatekeepers in a world in which there may be no gates. We can’t tell Canadians what to watch, nor should we. They are free to enjoy a much wider range of information and entertainment than ever before. And they are.”
He posed the question “How can we (C.R.T.C.) act as an enabler of Canadian expression, rather than as a protector? How can we shift our focus from rules and processes and procedures to actual outcomes? How can we help Canadian creators to take advantage of all the opportunities in the new global environment— one in which the opportunities may exceed the threats? How can we ensure Canadians see their realities, hear voices that are familiar to them and get the information they want and need in the television shows they watch?”
“Our conversation with Canadians will be about the future of television, which is still the medium that Canadians rely on for most of their programming content. But of course we expect that the conversation will go way beyond the familiar box in the living room.”
There appears to be a hint of possible future deregulation, which may allow broacasters to compete on a broader scale. Perhaps in years to come this may include the lifting of the foreign ownership restrictions. You can read Mr. Menzies complete speech here