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Sociology
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SOCIOL 2L03
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David Young

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OCT 7 LECTURE 2) Conflict Over Ownership Concentration One side: private broadcasters and other privately­owned organizations interested in increasing their size and their profits through various forms of ownership concentration  through: Horizontal integration            until late 1990s  vertical integration  cross­ownership                       worry in 2000 conglomerate ownership  Second side: various public interest groups Significant pressure from them Therefore state acted State implemented through CRTC various restriction on ownership concentration in broadcasting Eg. 2008 – implemented restriction on cross­ownership – a company would only be allowed to own  2 of the following 3 types of media in a particular market: Radio station Television station Newspaper The State, Neo­Liberalism, and Broadcasting in Canada A) What is Neo­Liberalism? Philosophical and economic doctrine that emerged in the thte 1970s Based on ideas of some liberal philosophers of the 18  century Argued that the state must play a reduced role in society Builds on those ideas ^ Calls for a minimalist role for the state Idea pushed by private companies Various conservative interests pushed idea As a result from these pressures, neo­lib doctrine has been adopted in many govs around the world Espec. Conservative govs Even liberal governments B) Neo­Liberalism and Broadcasting Organizations 1) Fiscal Austerity  Calls for reduced government spending Tremendous implications for CBC – budget cut and slashed Going on since 1980s 1985 until 1990 budget cuts extreme budget so cut, had no choice but to close stations around Canada, cannot fund them 2012 – conservative harper gov announced CBC budget cut by $115 million over 3 years CBC indicated that this would result in a loss of 650 jobs, more advertising (need to find funding),  more repeats 2) Privatization Calls for turning public services over to private companies  Conservatives threatened to privatize CBC Access network Name given to educational, public television service Alberta Similar to TVO Owned by government of Alberta Sold to CHUM Access: the education station CHUM absorbed into CTV Globe Media CTV Globe Media absorbed into Bell Media
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