Canadian Television Today
What's on TV? Canadian Television Today explores the current challenges and issues facing the English-language television industry in Canada.
Television in Canada has long been one of the principal conduits of national identity. But has it kept pace with the rapidly changing landscape of Canadian culture? After presenting an overview of the main issues and debates surrounding the Canadian small screen, Beaty and Sullivan offer their suggestions for the future of the medium. They argue that in today's globalized world, Canadian television should be a more fitting reflection of Canada's multicultural society, embracing a broader range of languages, cultures, and viewing strategies. Visualizing the potential reach of a revitalized industry, Beaty and Sullivan illustrate the promise and possibility of Canadian television that serves the cultural needs of all its citizens..
- Publisher: University of Calgary Press
- Page Count: 184 pages
- Dimensions: 5.9in x 0.5in x 9.0in
Canadian Television Today is an ambitious and far-reaching discussion about the state of Canadian television programming. Covering a broad range of cultural, aesthetic, technical, regulatory, and economic issues, Beaty and Sullivan have co-authored a welcome addition to a fairly narrow canon of investigation . . . Presented in a clear, accessible style, Canadian Television Today raises important questions not only about broadcasting but also about wider cultural issues facing all Canadians.
-David Tucker, University of Toronto Quarterly
A provocative, highly polemical and entertaining essay that will no doubt open up all kinds of debate.
-Zoe Druick, School of Communication, Simon Fraser Universityy
introduction: Canadian Television Today
The Field of Canadian Television Studies
Multiculturalism Meets Globalization
Television and its Audiences
Redirecting the Flow
Chapter One: Regulation
The Cable Industry
The CRTC: Servant to Which Master?
Alternative Airways: Community Television and European Broadcasting in Context
Chapter Two: Programming
Primetime Scheduling and Simultaneous Substitution
Entertainment Programming: What Makes a Story Canadian?
Returning to the Local: Information Programming
Chapter Three: Technology
Television and Telecommunications
The Digital Video Recorder
The DVD Player
Peer-to-Peer Network File-Sharing
High Definition Television: The Technological McGuffin