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Heritage minister plans to introduce new broadcasting legislation in fall

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It will require streaming services to contribute to the creation of Canadian content and make it easy to discover, Steven Guilbeault said at the Banff World Media Festival. Platforms that feature content from news outlets like will have to compensate them, mirroring recently adopted laws in France and Australia. (The Wire Report)

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Talking point: Guilbeault said the government wants “nimble” regulation in response to fast-changing technologies. In January, a federal government-appointed panel called for broadcasting rules to be extended to all companies that air or host media in Canada, ending a Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) exemption for foreign digital services. The group also recommended giving the regulator power to audit firms’ use of algorithms, AI and data; Guilbeault said Tuesday the government will make unspecified changes to the CRTC, but won’t adopt all the panel’s suggestions.