Canadian Newspaper Ownership in the Era of Convergence: Rediscovering Social Responsibility

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University of Alberta, 2005 - Business & Economics - 194 pages

Canadian Newspaper Ownership in the Era of Convergence investigates the current state of Canada's newspaper industry in light of recent developments-increasing concentration of ownership, multi-media convergence, and controversy over the actions of proprietors. Case studies examine how Conrad Black's acquisition of newspapers in the mid-1990s, bringing his total ownership to over half of the country's dailies, followed by the subsequent purchase of the most important of these by CanWest Global, has actually influenced the content of newspapers. Canadian Newspaper Ownership revisits "social responsibility" in the context of the changed media landscape as a means of prescribing how newspaper owners and employees might conduct themselves in the public interest.

 

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Contents

List of Tables
ix
One Failed Attempts at Regulation of Newspaper Ownership
11
Two Chain Ownership
31
Three The Impact of Conrad Blacks Ownership on Thomson
45
Four An Assessment of Conrad Blacks Ownership
75
Five Media Convergence and CanWest Global
89
Six Can West Globals National Editorial Policy
109
Seven The Firing of Russell Mills Round Two of National Editorials
125
Conclusion Ownership Rights Vs Social Responsibility
137
Notes
151
Reference List
167
Name Index
183
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About the author (2005)

Walter C. Soderlund is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at the University of Windsor. Kai Hildebrandt is Associate Professor Emeritus in the Department of Communication, Media and Film at the University of Windsor.

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