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  • CAB-Research and Submissions
    tell As part of the initiative RTNDA will also undertake a study of diversity in the broadcast news media in Canada We will certainly share any of our work with the CAB and welcome any inputlfeedback it is willing to offer A copy of the television PSA s was forwarded to Tina Van Dusen last fall I have enclosed another DVD copy of Everyone s Story with this letter RTNDA appreciated the invitation to participate in the CAB S Stakeholder Forum which preceded the release of the research report on Persons with Disabilities in Television Programming Renato Zane and I attended and found the event to be extremely relevant to RTNDA s diversity project Last month Susan Wheeler and I briefly discussed the review of industry codes contained in the Disabilities in Television report specifically the issues of unbalanced coverage of persons with disabilities Article 2 of the RTNDA Code of Ethics Equality states Broadcast journalists will report factors such as race national or ethnic origin colour religion sexual orientation marital status or physical or mental disability only when they are relevant I advised Susan that RTNDA may choose to review its Code with reference to the recommendations in the report The Disabilities Report suggests the CAB work with RTNDA and the disability community to develop educational materials on inappropriate use of language in news to address an imbalance of coverage in disability issues and to produce a PSA Our resources are limited given our volunteer based membership However RTNDA will strive to do what it can to assist the CAB in these endeavours At the same time we will keep you and our CAB colleagues up to date on our efforts pertaining to diversity issues We look forward to working with the CAB on these and other initiatves in the future Sincerely Original signed by Terry Scott Terry Scott President Radio Television News Directors Association of Canada c c Renato Zane Vice President News OMNI Television Susan Wheeler Senior Director Policy and Regulatory Affairs CAB Letter from Telefilm Canada February 23 2006 Mr Glenn O Farrell President and CEO Canadian Association of Broadcasters 350 Sparks St Suite 360 Ottawa Ontario K1 P 7S8 Dear Glenn Recently you wrote asking Telefilm Canada to outline the programs it administers that promote diversity within the Canadian television feature film and new media sectors We at Telefilm are very proud of our efforts to support diversity In our world we define diversity very broadly so that it includes our programs to support not only Canada s growing ethnic population but also its Aboriginal and Francophones outside of Quebec communities The Canadian Television Fund Special Initiatives Stream www canadiantelevisionfund ca The Aboriginal Language Production envelop Telefilm Canada administers the Canadian Television Fund It has a special envelop specifically designed to support aboriginal language productions It recognizes the unique characteristics and challenges of Canada s aboriginal language television market To be eligible the individual producer must be a self declared aboriginal and must own 51

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  • CAB-Research and Submissions
    to the airwaves for Canadians As noted in the Research Report cable distribution undertakings can make a valued contribution to inclusion by making community channels available and accessible to programming initiatives by persons with disabilities while also providing training facilities for persons with disabilities Canada s education sector plays a fundamentally important role in the development of human resources for the industry With the support of broadcasters and industry partners educators at all levels can play a very important part in guiding students with disabilities to career paths in broadcasting and or television production In a world marked by technological development and content convergence it is important to support the inclusion of persons with disabilities across distribution platforms and across media As video content becomes available through alternate means and as linkages continue to develop between various types of content providers and content distributors opportunities to include persons with disabilities as performers creators or other roles extend well beyond television Building communication and outreach between broadcasters and the disability community is a key starting point for a broadcaster toolkit Highlights of Initiatives and Tools The CAB will create a Public Service Announcement PSA directed at influencing a positive shift in public attitudes about persons with disabilities that may be broadcast on our members stations The launch of the PSA is expected for the Fall of 2006 The CAB will review its Industry Content Codes by Spring of 2006 to address issues identified in the research relating to the portrayal of persons with disabilities in television programming The CAB will develop a training seminar for HR and other managers in television broadcasting Such a training seminar will be developed for implementation in 2006 with input from the disability community and will serve to sensitize the industry to the specific and often cost effective ways in which persons with disabilities can be accommodated in the broadcasting workplace The CAB will develop an information package about employment in the broadcasting and production sectors for wide distribution to broadcasters educators and the disability community The information package will include a brochure explaining the types of employment available in broadcasting and production and will be posted on the Diversity in Broadcasting section of the CAB website The CAB seeking the input of the disability community and the cooperation of the RTNDA will develop educational material on inappropriate use of language This material is envisioned as an information brochure that would be circulated to CAB and RTNDA members and posted on the CAB s Diversity in Broadcasting section of its website and its members websites The CAB will undertake this initiative with RTNDA immediately for completion in 2006 Communiqué FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CA B Endorses Best Practices to Advance Cultural Diversity on Television Ottawa July 15 2004 The Canadian Association of Broadcasters CAB today welcomed the Report of the Task Force for Cultural Diversity on Television with private television broadcasters not only endorsing but poised to implement the Best Practices put forward in this significant study

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  • CAB-Research and Submissions
    from service and consumer disability non government organizations disability NGOs persons with disabilities within broadcasting government officials senior managers in the broadcasting industry and representatives from the Canadian production sector A total of 56 people representing 43 organization from across Canada were interviewed between May and July 2005 Stakeholder forum The Steering Committee held a stakeholder forum in July 2005 in Toronto which brought together 20 disability NGOs broadcasters performers and producers in a facilitated discussion of issues barriers tools and initiative and 16 observers from government and the broadcasting industry including two officials from the CRTC Best practices Research and analysis were conducted focusing on broadcasting industry initiatives and industry related initiatives in the U K the U S and Canada Those consulted for the study agree that the presence of persons with disabilities both onscreen and behind the scenes is low and that negative onscreen portrayals still take place However both broadcasters and representatives from the disability community sensed a strong basis for positive change Research Findings Include The creation of a Public Service Announcement PSA expected to air on CAB member stations in Fall 2006 directed at influencing a positive shift in public attitudes about persons with disabilities A review of the industry content codes by Spring 2006 to address issues identified in the research relating to the portrayal of persons with disabilities in the television programming With input form the disability community development of a training seminar for HR and other television managers in order to sensitize the industry to the specific ways in which persons with disabilities can be accommodated in the broadcasting work place for implementation in 2006 Development of an information package about employment in the broadcasting and production sectors for distribution to broadcasters educators and the disability community explaining the types of

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  • CAB-Research and Submissions
    private broadcasters industry associations producers and government officials Panel workshops will focus on the role of cultural diversity in news and public affairs as well as in television drama and will feature top decision makers from the Quebec media industry Opening remarks will be made by Moses Znaimer founder of CityTv and lunch speakers are Elsie Lefebvre Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Laurier Dorion and Yolande James Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Nelligan Télédiversité is an opportunity for both French language broadcasters and members of ethnocultural and Aboriginal communities who are currently working or would like to work in the television media industry to get together to brainstorm ideas network and explore the challenges and opportunities we all face to ensure a fair and accurate reflection of our cultural diversity whether that be on camera or behind the scenes It is also an opportunity to identify and establish innovative ways to advance diversity in the TV media environment and to continue fostering a constructive dialogue About Astral Media Astral Media is a leading Canadian media company active in specialty pay and pay per view television radio and outdoor advertising Astral Media s solid and dynamic presence in the country s major markets rests on its commitment to offer a unique combination of high quality targeted media for all its audiences About TQS Owned by COGECO in partnership with Bell Globemedia TQS inc is a French language general interest television network comprising five of its own stations Montreal Quebec City Saguenay Sherbrooke Trois Rivieres a repeater antenna Rimouski and three affiliated stations Gatineau Ottawa Val d Or Rouyn Noranda and Riviere du Loup that together cover all of Quebec In addition to endowing the network both on air and as a company with a unique

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  • CAB - Diversity in Broadcasting - Industry Initiatives
    fully engages the non regulated segment of the industry The Task Force noted that while broadcasters can act as a catalyst for change it is not possible to be fully effective without equal commitment to diversity objectives and on going cooperation and participation from industry stakeholders including producers actors directors writers funding agencies or other bodies Recognizing the importance of having industry sectors cooperate with each other on diversity initiatives

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  • CAB - Diversity in Broadcasting - Best Practices Radio
    s Best Practices The CRTC also adopts a modified version of the CAB s approach to diversity for small members on the issue of reporting requirements Small commercial radio operators with revenues of up to 20 million will be exempted from reporting requirements Regarding a proposal from the CAB that small radio operators be exempt from the Commission s new Canadian Content Development CCD policy the Commission considers this premature

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  • CAB - Diversity in Broadcasting - CAB Initiatives
    Aboriginal peoples in mainstream television Creating a better appreciation of the business case for diversity Creation of annual awards for specific achievements in Aboriginal programming and achievements for diversity in programming Developing maintaining and promoting an industry website on diversity initiatives Ensuring regular and on going communication between sectors on initiatives related to cultural diversity and Reviewing the CAB s industry codes The CAB s first report is due March 21st 2006 Other CAB Initiatives Diversity in Broadcasting Website The CAB created the Diversity in Broadcasting website to act as an information hub for broadcasters and all industry stakeholders The Diversity in Broadcasting website will also offer an opportunity to share ideas and information about other initiatives and events Gold Ribbon Awards for Aboriginal Programming In keeping with the recommendation of the Task Force for Cultural Diversity on Television the CAB is pleased to introduce the Gold Award for Aboriginal Programming Open to CAB Television and Specialty and Pay members the Gold Ribbon Award in this category will honour the station or service that has made the greatest contribution to the development creation and production of an outstanding Canadian program or series dealing with an Aboriginal theme or tackling an

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  • CAB - Diversity in Broadcasting - Industry Best Practices
    cultural diversity on television The Canadian broadcasting system is a complex industry comprised of a range of businesses from large corporations with multiple market presence to smaller companies in single markets The Best Practices were designed to recognize the social and market realities in which broadcasters operate including the significant differences between English language and French language markets and smaller and larger markets These Best Practices and Industry Initiatives were

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