TV Wars: Media, Money and the Battle for Canada’s Airwaves
This came to one of my e-mail accounts the other day, looks very interesting considering the issues I know Canadian's are having.
while Canadians settle down in front of their TVs, few will realize that a
fierce battle is being waged over who will control what they get to see in
their living-rooms in the future.
It is a
battle that pits big cable, satellite and telephone companies against the
broadcasters, producers and Canadian talent. Oligopolies against small
independent broadcasters…Canada against the US…and private interests versus the
It is a war
over Canada’s airwaves. Who really owns them? Who should be
policing the types of channels we can access? And just how independent,
diverse and Canadian should our television universe be?
Media, Money and the Battle for Canada’s Airwaves is an investigative
documentary special that delves into Canada’s most important cultural industry,
and how that industry will fare in the future. Will Canadian values,
opinions, ideas and stories survive if the Canadian broadcasting system is
controlled by the cable, satellite and telephone companies, who not only own
the means for television distribution, but also many of the channels available
to Canadians? In an era of media ownership concentration, will there be
any room for an independent voice in the brave new TV world?
Wednesday, April 2 at 8pm and 11pm, and Sunday, April 6 at 9pm (ET).