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[August 30, 2012]

CRTC quiets loud TV commercials

OTTAWA and GATINEAU, QC, Aug. 30, 2012, 2012 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) -- Today, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced that new rules requiring Canadian broadcasters and broadcasting distributors to control the loudness of television commercials come into force on September 1, 2012.

"Starting on September 1, Canadians will be able to enjoy their favourite television programs without having to adjust the volume during commercial breaks," said Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC. "We appreciate the efforts undertaken by the broadcasting industry to conform to the new standard and ensure that programs and commercials are transmitted at a similar volume." Broadcasters and television service providers must adhere to an objective international standard for measuring and controlling television signals. It is important to note, however, that loudness is a perception that is dependent on a number of factors, including the nature and content of the audio material. Some frequencies are perceived to be soothing, while others are more irritating to the human ear. As a result, a commercial can be broadcast at a similar volume, or audio level, as the program that preceded it, but perceived to be of different loudness.

The international standard only applies to digital television services and not to analog services. Viewers who are unsure if they subscribe to analog or digital television services should contact their cable company. Furthermore, the United States will adopt the same international standard by the end of the year. Until then, viewers watching the over-the-air signals of American television stations may be exposed to excessively loud ads.

Viewers who believe that a commercial was broadcast at an excessively loud volume should: -- First contact the broadcaster or television service provider about their concerns and attempt to resolve the complaint directly.

-- If the concerns are not addressed to their satisfaction, viewers may then submit a complaint to the CRTC via its website or by the other means listed on the website.

The CRTC The CRTC is an independent public authority that regulates and supervises broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.

Reference documents: Video on loud TV commercials http://youtu.be/eL9SfcHva0I Fact sheet on Loud TV commercials Broadcasting Information Bulletin CRTC 2012-471 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2012/2012-471.htm News release, "CRTC moves a step closer to making loud TV ads a thing of the past," May 8, 2012 Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2012-273 News release, "CRTC tells broadcasting industry to turn down the volume on loud television commercials," September 13, 2011 Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2011-584 Status Report on Loudness Control Technology Standardization for Broadcasting SOURCE: Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/August2012/30/c2756.html SOURCE: Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission SOURCE: Government of Canada Media Relations: communications@crtc.gc.ca Tel: 819-997-9403, Fax: 819-997-4245 General Inquiries: Tel: 819-997-0313, TDD: 819-994-0423, Fax: 819-994-0218 Toll-free # 1-877-249-CRTC (2782) TDD - Toll-free # 1-877-909-CRTC (2782) http://crtc.gc.ca/RapidsCCM/Register.asp lang=E These documents are available in alternative format upon request.

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