Vladimir Putin

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Changes which have taken place in the basic structure of the Canadian broadcasting industry, as well as in our society and in our world over the last few years. Changes in the basic legislation guiding broadcast policy: a new Broadcasting Act. More recent massive change in the regulations under which the industry operates. A question of whether or not these changes are truly in the public interest. An acceptance by the speaker that those responsible for these changes were well motivated and well intentioned; perhaps not well informed. Trying to convey the nature of the crisis. Limiting the address to the options and choices to be faced on a principle or philosophical basis. An assurance that the facts which support the speaker's case have been demonstrated and can be again. A detailed discussion follows, which includes the following topics. The exploding technology in the field of communications. The danger of losing sight of objectives and ultimately the ability to fulfil those objectives. Television today, particularly in Canada. The basic thrust of the Broadcasting Act. The issue of reducing American programmes available to Canadians. American programmes available through CATV. The demands of Senator Davey's Commission. Reconciling conflicts. Funding, and justification for funding. The rush to develop cable. The demand for alternative viewing choices in remote and smaller markets with only a single service. The demand created by clever entrepreneurs. Finding answers in technology, for the intent of the Broadcasting Act. The politically acceptable answers. The real options. Recognizing the concern about concentration of media control. Ownership of cable. The dominance of programming over hardware and distribution systems. Choosing the principles enunciated by the Broadcasting Act.