Docs

CTV nixes funding cuts

Less than 48-hours after Canadian broadcaster CTV asked the broadcast regulator, the CRTC, to approve CDN$5.5 million (US$4 million) previously earmarked for docs to instead finance drama, it withdrew the proposal. The reason: doc-makers spoke up. 'We were prepared to go to the [CRTC] and scream bloody murder,' says Sandy Crawley, national exec. director of the Documentary Organisation of Canada.
October 1, 2003

Less than 48-hours after Canadian broadcaster CTV asked the broadcast regulator, the CRTC, to approve CDN$5.5 million (US$4 million) previously earmarked for docs to instead finance drama, it withdrew the proposal. The reason: doc-makers spoke up. ‘We were prepared to go to the [CRTC] and scream bloody murder,’ says Sandy Crawley, national exec. director of the Documentary Organisation of Canada.

The disputed money is part of the BCE-CTV Benefits that, in 2000, allocated $18 million ($13.2 million) to the production of 35 hours of long-form docs over seven years. Had the cash been redirected, explains Bob Culbert, CTV’s VP of docs, it would have left $9 million ($6.6 million) for 28 hours of factual fare, given expenditures to date. Says Crawley, ‘We believed CTV would get the best possible programming at $300,000 to $400,000 ($220,000 to $300,000) [per project], but the original idea was $400,000 to $600,000 ($445,000), and that’s a big difference.’

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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