Broadcasting Policy in Canada, Second Edition

By Robert Armstrong

© 2016

Where do Canadian content requirements come from? What is the difference between an over-the-top (OTP) service provider and a broadcast distribution undertaking (BDU)? How is broadcast regulation changing in response to the rise of new media? The second edition of Broadcasting Policy in Canada answers these questions by tracing the development of Canada’s broadcasting legislation and analysing the roles and responsibilities of the key players in the broadcasting system, particularly those of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

Revised and updated to reflect the impact of digital media on the broadcasting industry and subsequent developments in the regulatory framework, the second edition of Broadcasting Policy in Canada offers a comprehensive overview of the policies that provide the foundation for the Canadian broadcasting system, including discussion of topics such as Canadian content, media regulation, and program financing. The book continues to provide a valuable resource for students, policymakers, and broadcasting industry members who are affected by the CRTC’s policies and decisions.

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The second edition of Broadcasting Policy in Canada offers a comprehensive overview of the policies that provide the foundation for the Canadian broadcasting system, including discussion of topics such as Canadian content, media regulation, and program financing. 

Broadcasting Policy in Canada, Second Edition

By Robert Armstrong

© 2016

Where do Canadian content requirements come from? What is the difference between an over-the-top (OTP) service provider and a broadcast distribution undertaking (BDU)? How is broadcast regulation changing in response to the rise of new media? The second edition of Broadcasting Policy in Canada answers these questions by tracing the development of Canada’s broadcasting legislation and analysing the roles and responsibilities of the key players in the broadcasting system, particularly those of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

Revised and updated to reflect the impact of digital media on the broadcasting industry and subsequent developments in the regulatory framework, the second edition of Broadcasting Policy in Canada offers a comprehensive overview of the policies that provide the foundation for the Canadian broadcasting system, including discussion of topics such as Canadian content, media regulation, and program financing. The book continues to provide a valuable resource for students, policymakers, and broadcasting industry members who are affected by the CRTC’s policies and decisions.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 296 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.9in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    “Robert Armstrong … distills the historic trends of Canadian broadcasting policy as well as the contemporary realities and future issue areas into an accessible and comprehensive text ... ideally suited for students, scholars, and practitioners seeking a primer on Canada’s broadcasting policy framework.”


    Joseph F. Turcotte
    Canadian Journal of Communication

    "Robert Armstrong’s Broadcasting Policy in Canada is a detailed and clearly written resource for understanding policy development and policy changes throughout the history of Canadian Broadcasting. "


    Jeff Fedoruk
    Canadian Literature Reviews, 234 Autumn 2017

    “Informative, comprehensive, and balanced.”


    Charles Dalfen, Chairman of the CRTC, 2002-2006

    Broadcasting Policy in Canada is an important contribution to the understanding of our broadcasting system. Robert Armstrong provides a meticulous and clear synthesis of many complex policy issues. His book is essential reading for all students of broadcasting in Canada.”


    Florian Sauvageau, Departement d’information et de communication, Universite Laval
  • Author Information

    Robert Armstrong is president of Communications Médias Inc. in Montreal, a company specializing in broadcast regulatory issues and strategic planning for radio, television, film, and new media. He has taught at the Université du Québec á Trois-Rivières, Concordia University, McGill University, and Duke University.
  • Table of contents

    Preface to the Second Edition

    Preface to the First Edition

    1. Introduction

    2. History of Canadian Broadcasting Policy to 1968

    3. History of Canadian Broadcasting Policy, 1968–1991

    4. Structure and Change in Canadian Broadcasting

    5. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)

    6. Canadian Content Requirements

    7. Public Broadcasting

    8. Financing Canadian Content

    9. Social and Cultural Issues

    10. Broadcasting Distribution

    11. Distribution Carriage Arrangements

    12. Copyright, Broadcasting, and the Internet

    13. Canadian Ownership and Competition Policy

    14. Broadcasting and International Trade Agreements

    15. Conclusion

    Appendix A Section 3 of the Broadcasting Act, 1991

    Appendix B Excerpts from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

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