By Bart Beaty
What’s on television? In Canadian tv this day, authors Bart Beaty and Rebecca Sullivan discover the present demanding situations and concerns dealing with the English-language tv in Canada. tv in Canada has lengthy been one of many imperative conduits of nationwide id. yet has it stored speed with the quickly altering panorama of Canadian tradition? After providing an summary of the most concerns and debates surrounding the Canadian small reveal, Beaty and Sullivan provide their feedback for the way forward for the medium. They argue that during today’s globalized international, Canadian tv might be a extra becoming mirrored image of Canada’s multicultural society, embracing a broader variety of languages, cultures, and viewing ideas. Visualizing the aptitude succeed in of a revitalized undefined, Beaty and Sullivan convincingly illustrate the promise and threat of Canadian tv that serves the cultural wishes of all its voters.
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What is important is the way that individual stakeholder groups mobilize arguments in order to present their interests as equivalent to the interests of Canadians as citizens, and, further, how this self-presentation in turn frames the regulatory context for television in this country. By examining the way that the television industry, working in tandem with governmental agencies like the CRTC, has justiﬁed their economic interests we can see how television has come to be understood as a unique manifestation of the Canadian public sphere in need of protection.
Later in the month, Gross and other ACTRA members hosted a news conference at CBC’s Barbara Frum Atrium in Toronto to draw attention to cuts in government funding to Canadian ﬁlm and television, the increasing amount of American television on Canadian airwaves, and the avoidance of cultural issues in the campaign for the June 28 election (Quill 2004). Despite these e orts, cultural issues never became an important part of the election itself. What Gross and his colleagues did accomplish was a reassertion of nationalist sympathies without any change in the business of television.
However, the cultural and the economic functions of television were severed from each other in the 1990s by the business-oriented politics of Brian Mulroney’s Conservative government, leading to an artiﬁcial divide that allows the media industry to proceed according to capital-driven goals while shoring up support for its private initiatives through hollow invocations for the need to guarantee Canadian culture primarily through the protection of private ownership. Chapter two, “Programming,” does something that very few works on Canadian television have done: actually consider what’s on.
Canadian Television Today by Bart Beaty