Speech by Tom Pentefountas, Vice-Chairman, Broadcasting, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

At the French-language vocal music Symposium

Montreal, Quebec
March 15, 2012

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Welcome to this symposium, and thank you for agreeing to participate.

Why this symposium?

While we reprimanded some broadcasters at the public hearing in May 2011 on their use of musical montages, we nonetheless noted that the current quotas are a challenge for some stations because of their target audiences and the markets served.

The Commission also stated that it would again examine regulatory requirements with regards to French-language vocal music and montages in 2012.

We understood that the time was right to take stock of the French-language vocal music situation and to have a candid dialogue in a more informal setting.

We decided to bring representatives of the French-language music industry and French-language commercial radio together to discuss your respective challenges and issues. Everyone gathered here today is working towards a common goal.

I am not making you any promises this morning. That is not what we are here for. Rather, I am asking that you commit to examining the issue of French-language vocal music in depth, and, dare I hope, find approaches through which everyone will come out a winner. The purpose of this symposium is to discuss long-term solutions for ensuring the viability of the radio and music industries and, ultimately, the strength of Francophone culture in Canada.

Be constructive. Today, we are your audience.

I now give the floor to Mr. Alain Gourd, who will moderate the meeting.


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