Canadian Television Today

Canadian Television Today

By Bart Beaty
Book Description

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.

Table of Contents
  • Cover
  • Title Page
  • Bibliographic Information
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction: Canadian Television Today
    • The Field of Canadian Television Studies
    • Nation/State/Culture
    • Multiculturalism Meets Globalization
    • Television and Its Audiences
    • Redirecting the Flow
  • Chapter One: Regulation
    • The Producers
    • The Broadcasters
    • The Cable Industry
    • The Viewers
    • The CRTC: Servant to Which Master?
    • Alternative Airwaves: Commiunity Television and European Broadcasting in Context
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter Two: Programming
    • Primetime Scheduling and Simultaneous Substitution
    • Entertainment Programming: What Makes a Story Canadian?
    • Returning to the Local: Information Programming
    • Conclusion
  • 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
    • Conclusion
  • Conclusion
  • Works Cited
  • I N D E X
  • Back Cover
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