Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 21, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
18 THE LETHtlRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, July 21, 1971 Cable television debate likely to pick up steam OTTAWA 'CD The debate about local programming on cable television is likely to pick up steam in the next few months, now that the Canadian Radio-Television Commission has settled more immediate cable problems in its cable pol- icy issued last week. Local programming, touched on lightly in the document but left open to further discussion, is expected to be aired along with other cable matters men- tioned in the CHTC document at a fall public hearing. Local programming, origi- nated on cable, has generated much interest across Canada since the commission began ac- tively encouraging it in 1969' It has also led to sharp disa- greement between some com- munity groups and cable opera- tors as demonstrated at a March meeting of the Canadian Broadcasting League, which represents farm, church, labor and consumer groups. The CRTC cable policy docu- ment suggested local program- ming could be produced by citi- zen groups in a community, by cable operators or by outside producers. It prefers a mix of the three approaches for the local channel. The commission has not yet set definite regulations because "these kinds of programming are still in an early stage of de- velopment and should not be forced into rigid formulas." One of the most emotional cable problems facing the com- mission is "citizen the opportunity for community groups to appear on the local cable channel. Some community gi'oups speaking at n February commu- nications conference in Toronto and the broadcasting league meeting in Ottawa demanded the right to produce their own programs wiUiout interference from cable operators. Cable operators replied that they are legally responsible for what goes out over their sys- tems. They had to keep an eye out for libellous statements. There have been suggestions that cable systems should not remain in private hands but should be run by community or government organizations. Ex- periments so far include devel- oping a community organization to decide on programs, relieving the private operator of deciding which groups should be allowed to appear. There are also disputes about what local programming should be. It is a new field and efforts so far have been amateurish compared with slick national TV shows. While the CRTC said las week that it would like to see co-operation between television broadcasters and cable opera tors in preparing local shows the commission does not regarc amateurism as a serious draw back. "Local programming often achieves its greatest effective ness when production tech niques and facilities are kep simple and the CRTC said last week. The commission said in its policy statement it would allow co-operation among cable sys terns in distributing programs with a wide appeal. But the net- work sys'.em must not endanger community programs of a nar- row local interest. The commission already has received an application from four Hamilton cable companies who want to set up a cable net- work to originate local pro- gramming. Though the local program- ming picture is still hazy, the CRTC has been unwavering in its view that original cable production should be different from mass-appeal television. It should encourage "commu- nication among individuals and community groups." Made and lost WASHINGTON (AP) Promised immunity from prosecution, a self-admitted mail thief told senators Tues- day he made and lost in three years from 100 air- port thefts he said totalled more than million. James V- Schaefer, 30, of New York told the Senate in- vestigations sub committee that the loot ranged from mil- lions of dollars in securities and a diamond to "top-secret" missile plans and INSURANCE LIABILITY BONDS AUTO FIRE ROSSITER AGENCIES LTD. 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