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Canada to regulate podcasts

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  • In what the media regulator calls a “major step forward” but others call an attempt to crush free speech, Canada’s CRTC has moved into regulation of podcasts. The new rules “ensure online streaming services make meaningful contributions to Canadian and Indigenous content”. The CRTC requires all online services with more than CAD $10mn (USD $7.3mn) in revenue that operate in Canada and that offer podcasts, to register with the government before Nov 28.

    • The regulation says it applies to all streaming services that operate in Canada, not those physically based there. We’re asking the CRTC what an “online streaming service” is (Apple Podcasts? or Wondery?); and what “operating in” means (employees in Canada? or content available there?). We’re also asking what sanctions are liable should a company not register by Nov 28. The CRTC has not responded to a request made over 24 hours ago.Apple
    • The journalist Glenn Greenwald calls it “one of the world’s most repressive online censorship schemes”; The Toronto Sun has also posted criticism.
  • Opinion: The Canadian radio market is the most regulated in the Western world. It’s no coincidence that it is also one of the worst-performing radio markets, with dwindling audiences and poor finances that are worse than any other country. But all of the large owners of Canadian radio also own lucrative mobile, cable and television licenses; so they never speak out against the CRTC’s rules, lest the regulator threaten those parts of their companies. Canada deserves better; but it’s unlikely that it’ll get it.

  • Adam Bowie writes more about Edison Podcast Metrics, after listening to our interview on the Podnews Weekly Review.


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