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Canadian Television Today


By Bart Beaty and Rebecca Sullivan

$24.95 CAD / $25.95 USD (S)

184 pages

6 x 9 inches

978-1-55238-222-6 (Paperback)

978-1-55238-305-6 (Institutional PDF)

October 2006

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About the Book

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.

Bart Beaty is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Calgary. He has written and published extensively on cultural studies and issues in communication theory.

Rebecca Sullivan is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Calgary. She has written and published extensively on cultural studies and issues in communication theory.

Praise for Canadian Television Today:

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 University

Table of Contents
 

Preface

Acknowledgments

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 Viwers

The CRTC: Servant to Which Master?

Alternative Airways: Community 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

Index