On 13 March 2007, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, CRTC, announced that it plans to review issues related to the Broadcasting Act’s objective of upholding a diversity of voices. Media mergers and hostile takeovers in the broadcast sector have raised questions around the attendant affects of consolidation on the diversity of voices and the availability of local media content.
Chairman of the CRTC, Konrad von Finkenstein, had the following to say about the CRTC announcement: “The current wave of consolidation in the Canadian broadcasting industry, and the possibility of more major transactions in the future, raises important questions relating to the diversity of voices in Canada…This exercise will result in clearly articulated policy guidelines that will further the evolution of the Canadian broadcasting system from that point forward.”
Media@McGill's Marc Raboy was quoted in the Financial Post and on Canada.com as applauding the CRTC decision: "The horse left the barn a long time ago, but we keep seeing more extreme cases of media consolidation. And we don't know what lies ahead," Raboy told the press.
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