Big TV changes ahead: report

Is Canada's broadcast system in jeopardy?

A report on the future of Canadian television due to be discussed at next week’s Banff World Television Festival says the rise of online TV, new distribution technologies and changing revenue streams are ‘threatening an imminent collapse’ of the broadcast system in this country – though it goes on to predict that old and new media can come to co-exist.

‘TV did not destroy radio, as radio did not destroy newspapers. There will likely be some form of co-existence.’ So says the 41-page report by Nordicity Group, ‘Green Paper II: The Future of Television in Canada.’ Its findings will be discussed at the close of the four-day Banff festival at a town hall-style meeting on June 13. Last year’s festival featured a similar discussion. A copy is available at

This story first appeared in Playback Daily.