On Monday, 19 February, United States satellite radio operators Sirius and XM announced a proposed merger of US $4.9 billion to create a joint entreprise valued at US$13 billion. Due to the enormous dependency of their Canadian subsidiaries, there are strong repercussions for Canada and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) now finds itself in a regulatory bind largely of its own making.
From Global Media Ethics to Representation of the Other in Meiji Japan
The Beaverbrook Fund for Media@McGill is pleased to announce the award of 15 travel grants to students in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies. The purpose of the grants is to enable students to present at conferences or pursue a part of their research requiring travel.
Ali Mohamed, a PhD candidate in Communication Studies, has been invited to participate in a high-level international roundtable: In Search of Global Media Ethics, that will take place in South Africa next month. The roundtable aims to bring together selected scholars who can contribute to a discussion on global media ethics. Ali's presentation will focus on Islamic perspectives on media ethics and is titled « Ethics and the Responsibility of Freedom of Expression From An Islamic Perspective : A Case Study of Danish Cartoons ». Ali questions the possibility of a transnational media ethics capable of addressing cases such as that of the Danish cartoon controversy. He will also be participating in a follow-up panel discussion on « Globalization and Journalism Ethics : Continuing the Conversation » two months later in San Francisco.
Several students and faculty from the Department of Art History and Communication Studies will participate next week in the 12th Congress of the Mexican Association of Canadian Studies, to be held in Mexico City from February 13-15th. Faculty members Jenny Burman, Joseph Rosen and Will Straw, and Communication students Susana Vargas (MA) and Lisa Sumner (PhD) are all presenting papers at this event, which will focus on the theme of Territory and Society in North America. McGill’s involvement builds upon a decade-long history of collaboration between media scholars at McGill and Canadian studies scholars in Mexico City.
In Memphis, the National Conference for Media Reform discussed strategies for opening the U.S. Media Reform Movement
National Conference for Media Reform, 12-14 January 2007
Social Science Research Council Pre-conference, 11 January 2007
By Evan Light
Co-presented by the Social Science Research Council, SSRC and Freepress, the Media Policy Research Pre-Conference took place on 11 January, setting the stage for the next three days of dialogue and debate during the National Media Reform Conference. The opening keynote speaker was Federal Communications Commission, FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein, one of two activist Commissioners at the American regulator who is trying to curb commercial dominance of the communication and media sectors.
The proposed Alliance Atlantis takeover bid by CanWest Global Communications Corp., with the support of the US-based Goldman Sachs Capital Partners continues to hit the headlines in the business sections of the newspapers on both sides of the border.
Dr. Marc Raboy, Beaverbrook Chair in Ethics, Media and Communications and member of Media@McGill has been asked to comment on the takeover bid in both newspaper and television interviews. He was recently the guest of the Michael Hainsworth Business News show on ROBTv.