CAB Seeks CanCon Reduction To 25%


In an intervention filed with the CRTC, The Canadian Association has suggested that CanCon requirements be dropped to 25%. Currently they are at 35%, with some stations required to play as much at 40%.


It has also suggested an increase in the number of licenses any one owner can hold in a market.


CAB's recommendations include: Adjust the A (Artist) criteria in MAPL to count for 2 points.Update the P (performance) criteria in MAPL to include production by a Canadian.


Create an emerging artist credit so that every spin of an emerging artist would count as 1.5 spinsagainst popular music and French-languagevocal music requirements.


Update the 5% relief on exhibition requirements for oldies formats by setting the benchmark year to 2001 for English-language licensees and 2010 for French-language licensees.


Eliminate all Category 3 music requirements for mainstream stations.


In markets with eight (8) or fewer commercial stations operating in a given language, a person may be permitted to own or control as many as four (4) stations operating in that language.In markets with between nine (9) and sixteen (16) commercial stations operating in a given language, a person may be permitted to own or control as many as six (6) stations operating in that language,provided that the person does not own or control more than 50 percent of all stations operating in that language.In markets with sixteen (16) commercial stations or more operating in a given language, a person may be permitted to own or control as many as eight (8) stations operating in that language.


Permit simulcast of AM stations on FM in order to assist in transitioning AMs to FMs


The complete memo can be read here.

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