Media meltdown

Is it time to restructure the television broadcasters in Canada? Improving on the current arrangement is no great feat.

CTV is hemorrhaging millions of dollars, Global is on death’s door, and even CBC is short on cash.

What I ask now, I ask as a cultural nationalist: would it really be so bad to open the border to the American networks? Prime time is already mostly American imports. Small market TV stations are already neglected or closing.

Let ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC broadcast their own shows (which are already available on practically every Canadian TV) in the major markets with the same Canadian content rules as domestic networks. The average consumer probably wouldn’t notice. Then adequately fund the CBC to fill the gaps in places like London or Regina, which are not profitable but deserve a local station.

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