CBC responds to critics on last day of CRTC hearings to renew licence
Canada’s telecommunications regulator wrapped up its hearings into CBC’s licence renewal application Thursday, with senior executives responding to concerns about issues ranging from accountability to paid online content. The hearings into CBC’s application to renew its broadcast licences for its English and French services, began Jan. 11 with the corporation asking Canada’s broadcast regulator for greater “flexibility” as it tries to meet audience needs and makes a bigger push into the digital world. CBC’s senior executives have been fielding questions from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and on the final day responded to issues raised by some of the 70 intervenors who also testified. The CRTC will now weigh the evidence and consider new rules and conditions for the CBC, a process that could take months.