Broadcasting Policy in Canada, Second Edition

Broadcasting Policy in Canada, Second Edition

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By Robert Armstrong
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2016
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296 Pages
ISBN 9781442628236
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Where do Canadian content requirements come from? What is the difference between an over-the-top (OTP) service provider and a broadcast distribution undertaking (BDU)? How is broadcast regulation changing in response to the rise of new media? The second edition of Broadcasting Policy in Canada answers these questions by tracing the development of Canada’s broadcasting legislation and analysing the roles and responsibilities of the key players in the broadcasting system, particularly those of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

Revised and updated to reflect the impact of digital media on the broadcasting industry and subsequent developments in the regulatory framework, the second edition of Broadcasting Policy in Canada offers a comprehensive overview of the policies that provide the foundation for the Canadian broadcasting system, including discussion of topics such as Canadian content, media regulation, and program financing. The book continues to provide a valuable resource for students, policymakers, and broadcasting industry members who are affected by the CRTC’s policies and decisions.

Robert Armstrong is president of Communications Médias Inc. in Montreal, a company specializing in broadcast regulatory issues and strategic planning for radio, television, film, and new media. He has taught at the Université du Québec á Trois-Rivières, Concordia University, McGill University, and Duke University.

Preface to the Second Edition

Preface to the First Edition

1. Introduction

2. History of Canadian Broadcasting Policy to 1968

3. History of Canadian Broadcasting Policy, 1968–1991

4. Structure and Change in Canadian Broadcasting

5. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)

6. Canadian Content Requirements

7. Public Broadcasting

8. Financing Canadian Content

9. Social and Cultural Issues

10. Broadcasting Distribution

11. Distribution Carriage Arrangements

12. Copyright, Broadcasting, and the Internet

13. Canadian Ownership and Competition Policy

14. Broadcasting and International Trade Agreements

15. Conclusion

Appendix A Section 3 of the Broadcasting Act, 1991

Appendix B Excerpts from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

Broadcasting Policy in Canada is an important contribution to the understanding of our broadcasting system. Robert Armstrong provides a meticulous and clear synthesis of many complex policy issues. His book is essential reading for all students of broadcasting in Canada.”

Florian Sauvageau, Departement d’information et de communication, Universite Laval

“Informative, comprehensive, and balanced.”

Charles Dalfen, Chairman of the CRTC, 2002-2006

“Robert Armstrong … distills the historic trends of Canadian broadcasting policy as well as the contemporary realities and future issue areas into an accessible and comprehensive text ... ideally suited for students, scholars, and practitioners seeking a primer on Canada’s broadcasting policy framework.”

Joseph F. Turcotte, Canadian Journal of Communication