This paper examines recent CRTC decisions concerning media convergence and speculates on the Commission’s role in a world of increasing cross-media ownership.
- The CRTC set a precedent for convergence within Canada by allowing CanWest Global to take over Western International Communications stations in Hamilton and Victoria, giving the company control over more than one station in a single market. Similar decisions permitting convergence have followed, to the benefit of companies such as BCE and Québecor.
- The CRTC has been affected by internal politics and confusion over its future policies and direction
- With increasing convergence, the CRTC’s mandate is often perceived to overlap with that of the Competition Bureau
- The CRTC’s commitment to balancing regulation for the public interest and convergence for commercial interests will nonetheless ensure its importance in Canadian media in the future.
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