To Bad For B.C.

Posted on Tuesday, July 04 at 08:39 by Patm
So you would expect this outpouring of concern to be reflected in the committee's final report, which was released on June 21. But you would be wrong. The Liberal-dominated committee -- and the commercial media reporting the study -- go after the CBC instead. The public broadcaster should get out of sports programming and give up its advertising revenues, the committee recommends. They say to replace the advertising dollars with more public dollars: a recommendation that hasn't a hope of being implemented. The committee wrote that the "core" of its work concerns the "influence on news and information of media ownership in Canada." The senators began looking at the industry after CanWest acquired most of Canada's major dailies and Bell Globemedia took control of the CTV television network and the Globe and Mail. But the study's release was framed around the alleged failings of Canada's public broadcaster. The senators did a classic bait-and-switch ploy: say you're going to do one thing and then do something else to take attention away from your original goal. And in this case, their original goal was to examine media concentration. [Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on July 4, 2006]


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