The Senate Committee on the Mass Media has invited Shunpiking Magazine to present its views on the monopolization of the media
HALIFAX (12 April 2005) – THE SENATE committee on the mass media has invited Shunpiking Magazine to present its views on the monopolization of the media.
The Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications, chaired by Senator Joan Fraser, commenced an investigation into the present state of the Canadian media in 2003, holding all its hearings in Ottawa. This year it has been holding hearings in Western Canada and will be visiting St. John’s, Saint John, Moncton and Halifax.
The Senate Committee’s website states that it is examining the “current state of Canadian media industries; emerging trends and developments in these industries; the media’s role, rights, and responsibilities in Canadian society; and current and appropriate future policies relating thereto.”
Tony Seed and other representatives from Shunpiking are scheduled to address the Committee on Tuesday, April 19 at 1 pm in Halifax. We invite all our readers and those with concerns about the mass media to attend the hearing in the Thomas A&B Rooms at the Delta Barrington Hotel, 1875 Barrington Street, Halifax.
Also speaking that afternoon will be Bruce Wark, Associate Professor of Journalism, School of Journalism, University of King’s College.
Members of the public will have the opportunity to speak to the Committee (same-day registration).
They will follow on the heels of presentations scheduled for the morning session from the Canadian Association of Journalists (Paul Schneidereit, National President and Murray Brewster, Nova Scotia Chapter Representative, National Board of Directors), the Atlantic Community Newspaper Association, and the Halifax Chronicle Herald (Sarah Dennis, Vice-President, Brand and Content).
On Wednesday, April 20 presentations are scheduled to be given by Michael Cobden, Maclean Hunter Professor of Journalism, School of Journalism, University of King’s College; the Halifax Daily News (Jamie Thomson, Publisher and Kevin McIntosh, Editor-in-Chief), Tim Currie, School of Journalism, University of King’s College and Le Courrier de la Nouvelle-Écosse (Denise Comeau Desautels, Director General).
Senate Clerk Till Heyde said that the invitation to Shunpiking originated from committee member, Senator Jim Munson.
The Committee’s interim report from April of 2004 can be found on its website at http://www.senate-senat.ca/media-e.asp
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Letter to Shunpiking
Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2005 20:05:06 -0500
From: “Heyde, Till: SEN” heydet@SEN.PARL.GC.CA
Subject: Senate Media Study — Invitation to Appear
Dear Mr. Seed:
Further to our recent conversation, I would like to take this opportunity to invite representatives of Shunpiking to appear before the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications when it is in Halifax to hold public hearings as part of its study of the Canadian news media on Tuesday, April 19 and Wednesday, April 20.
The Committee is examining whether public policy – including laws, regulatory policy, etc. – needs to be adjusted in light of the many changes that have affected the news media in recent years, including concentration of ownership, cross-ownership, technological changes, fragmentation of audiences, and globalization. Additional information on the study is available at http://www.senate-senat.ca/media-e.asp.Ê In particular, this site contains a link to the Committee’s interim report from April of 2004.
The Committee would be interested in hearing about Shunpiking, its background and work, and your perspectives on evolutions occurring news media. In addition, there are a range of specific questions that the Committee is studying that you may wish to address, as appropriate (please see the attached document)*. An appearance usually involves a period of introductory remarks of at most 10 minutes, followed by a period of questions and discussion.
I look forward to hearing from you shortly, and would be pleased to respond to any questions that you may have. In the meantime please accept my thanks for your co-operation with the work of the Committee.
Committee Clerk/Greffier de comit/
The Senate/Le S/nat
Ottawa K1A 0A4
Tel./T/l.: (613) 991-3620 or/ou 1-800-267-7362
Fax/T/l/cop.: (613) 947-2104
Source: Shunpiking Online, http://www.shunpiking.com/ol0206/0206-ed-na-sen-comm.htm