Source : Globe & Mail
Toronto -- Canadian voters want a Canadian-owned communications and broadcast system as well as a strengthened CBC and less concentration of media ownership, according to the results of a poll conducted earlier this month by Ipsos-Reid for the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting lobby group. The telephone survey polled a random sample of 1,100 adults over six days.
About 66 per cent said that ownership of the country's telephone, cable and media companies should not be ceded to foreign interests. Sixty per cent believe there is too much media concentration in Canada, while 63 per cent agreed "the federal government should act to limit media concentration." Eighty-one per cent of the respondents said CBC Radio and Television does a good-to-excellent job of providing "a wide range of programming that informs, enlightens and entertains." Seventy-seven per cent said CBC "provides value for taxpayers' money," with 85 per cent or more agreeing that the CBC is an important factor in "helping distinguish Canada from the U.S." and that the Crown corporation's role should be "strengthened" in the country's various regions.
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting presented the poll yesterday in Ottawa as part of its submission to a Senate committee studying the Canadian news media. The results are considered accurate to within plus or minus three per cent, 95 per cent of the time.
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