March 6, 2014 10:49 am

CRTC to probe porn broadcaster over lack of Canadian content

The CRTC wants to know why a Canadian broadcaster isn't airing enough homegrown porn.

Jeremy Maude / Rex Features

TORONTO — Canada’s broadcast regulator wants to hear a few more ehs along with the oohs and ahs.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) claims the company behind AOV Adult Movie Channel, XXX Action Clips Channel and Maleflixxx isn’t broadcasting enough homegrown pornography.

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Toronto-based Channel Zero, which owns the speciality channels, is required by its license to air at least 35 per cent Canadian programming “over the broadcast year and during the evening broadcast period.”

The CRTC is holding a hearing on April 28 to review the license renewal application for the channels.

The regulator is also concerned the broadcaster failed to provide the minimum 90 per cent closed captioning for English-language programming.

The CRTC could choose not to renew Channel Zero’s license, to renew it for a shorter period, or suspend it with an order to comply with the license conditions.

Channel Zero is not commenting on the CRTC’s concerns but has previously described the lack of Canadian programming as an error.

Canada is a major player in the production of porn, with thriving companies based in Toronto and Montreal.

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