Broadcasting in the Nineties: New Balances, New Perspectives
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 24 May 1990, p. 12-24
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Broadcasting in the Nineties: New Balances, New Perspectives


Some remarks about the CRTC and what it is like to work there. Some outside perceptions of the CRTC, and the speaker's job. Some balances which define: the players in the broadcasting universe, the clientele the regulator must please or displease with some rough justice, and the balance between Canadians' interlocking views of Canada and the world. Each of these areas of balance are discussed and explored in some detail. The players are four main families of broadcasters: the CBC, the private over-the-air broadcasters, the educational TV sector, and cable, each with their own distinct roles. The CRTC's clientele consist of several groups: consumers, artists (or cultural creators), industry (or the economic creators), and the federal government. Each are discussed in some detail. Balancing Canadian programming with programming from the outside world. Approaches to "Canadianizing" the airwaves. The healthy paranoia of the CRTC with regard to defending Canada's national personality. Opening Canadians' eyes to the whole globe. Redefining "foreign" broadcasting. Canada as an ideal of civilization called tolerance. What we need to made Canadian broadcasting as great as it can be.