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ALBERTA BOUND

Brian Bergman February 12 2001
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ALBERTA BOUND

Brian Bergman February 12 2001

Overbites

“Public broadcasting is one of the most important remaining levers that a nation state has to communicate with itself.... Private [broadcasting], as we know it, is in the rapid process of disappearing. You can tell from the disorder in the private sector—the disorder of convergence and the multiplication of channels.”

-Author John Ralston Saul, husband of Gov. Gen. Adrienne Clarkson, gives a speech in which he describes private broadcasters as “dinosaurs in panic mode”

“Television is still very much defined as a sports and entertainment arena, with news and information ... as the third primary focus. That’s what the audience wants. Is this guy saying simply that’s not good TV—or it’s not the television he wants to watch?”

-Gerry Noble, chief executive of Global Communications Ltd., which includes the Global TV network, responds to Saul