Globalization, Regulatory Competition and Audiovisual Regulation, Ottowa, invited guest speaker at14th Biennial Conference of thje Law Society of Upper Canada; New Developments in Commun iations Law and Policy

Peter Humphreys

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Abstract

This paper provides provisional findings from a research project concerned with the impact of globalization, new media technologies and pressures for deregulation on the ???cultural policy toolkits??? (Grant and Wood 2005) for the television sectors of France, Germany, the UK and Canada. Those pressures have become acute since the 1980s, with the development of commercial multi-channel television and the associated voracious demand for low-cost programming. The principal factor was the adoption of new media technologies, at that time in the shape of cable and satellite. More recently, the transformation of communications by the convergence of traditional broadcasting, digital cable, satellite and terrestrial broadcasting, broadband telecommunications and the Internet has further magnified the demand for content. As Grant and Wood (2005) explain, the peculiar economics of the cultural industries has ensured that United States producers are able to exploit this new demand and make other locations, such as Canada and Europe countries, into important secondary markets for products produced for, and amortized in, the USA. In the international audiovisual marketplace, therefore, the USA has long been dominant. At the same time, the structural power of (largely US based) global communications corporations has been seen as a relatively new constraint on nation states??? abilities to pursue media policies that promote public service goals and protect a diversity of national, regional and local identities (see e.g. Herman and McChesney 1997).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationhost publication
Place of PublicationOttawa
PublisherLaw Society of Upper Canada
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008
Event14th Biennial Conference of thje Law Society of Upper Canada; New Developments in Commun iations Law and Policy - Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 25 Apr 200826 Apr 2008

Conference

Conference14th Biennial Conference of thje Law Society of Upper Canada; New Developments in Commun iations Law and Policy
CityOttawa, Canada
Period25/04/0826/04/08

Keywords

  • Audiovisual Regulation; regulatory competition; globalization; new technologies

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