I should start using this more often.
Since moving to Canada I’ve had a hate on for the CRTC, the governing body of TV.
I remember reading complaints from viewers of the sports channel The Score. During soccer/football matches, they’d shrink the picture down and show some sports highlights. It was pointed out that the network went to the CRTC and asked for an amendment to their license to allow them to broadcast uninterrupted live sports. The CRTC refused to change their original license, so they had to show highlights at LEAST every 20 minutes. (Or possibly 15. This was a few years ago now.)
Now if this were the uniform case across the board, fair enough. However, I look at stations like Much Music, Much More Music etc… And see that they put on shows that have nothing whatsoever to do with music… Both routinely show movies that have no musical connection whatsoever and are clearly outside what would have been their original mandate.
For example on Much More tonight, there’s a show about celebrities who spend lots of money. Oh, and let’s not forget that well known musical show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which is on every night. (And they can get away with showing just ONE episode and qualifying as music there…)
And Much Music has two hours of Gossip Girl.
It’s seemingly one rule for one, one rule for another.