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National News: Regulator may require more Canadian jazz on radio Black Habits Articles CALGARY, Alberta, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Piano legend Oscar Peterson, the durable Downchild Blues Band and many lesser lights would reap rewards from a Canadian proposal to double the required amount of domestic jazz and blues on the country's radio airwaves.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, the country's broadcasting regulator, said on Friday it may raise the minimum weekly amount of home-grown content for jazz and blues radio stations to 20 percent from the current 10 percent.

It may also boost minimum Canadian concert music content to 25 percent from 10 percent, the CRTC said.

The proposals are aimed at lifting support for the development of Canadian artists, who often don't have the rich corporate backing of those from other countries, especially the United States.

Under the plans, radio stations would also make financial contributions to Canadian content development based on the amount of their revenues instead of the size of their markets, as is the case now, the CRTC said.

The regulator said it also considered boosting requirements for Canadian content in pop music to 40 percent a week from 35 percent.

But it decided against the change while traditional stations are responding to stiff competition from unregulated satellite radio, the CRTC said.
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