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Managing the Good Governance Network: Canadian Media Access and Ownership After Convergence

Dec 1, 2003

Overview

This paper, through an in-depth analysis of three major convergence decisions, tracks the CRTC’s contemporary interpretation of “access,” and its subtle shift in meaning that has occurred over the decisions. 

  • Following the convergence decisions it appears the CRTC may yet be persuaded to more adopt a diverse opinion-based definition of “access.”
  • The Committee clearly recognizes the essential function of “access” as the duty to provide a diversity of viewpoints in the form of editorial opinions to the public, supporting a more rigorous enforcement of the Broadcasting Act mandate for the protection of diversity by the CRTC.
  • The notion of access allowing the diverse representation of opinion in the media has evolved as the key principle of objective communication in Canadian society.

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