NOV.22 | 15h30 Historical and International Perspectives on Community Media

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SESSION NOTES:

1) Dorothy Henaut discusses the need for commmunity media to resist censorship from the commercial cable companies that carry their programming.

2) Cathy Edwards on the international and comparative experience of community media. What can be learned and translated to the Canadian experience?

3) Cathy Edwards presents various funding models from other parts of the world and their advantages and disadvantages. They include include federal, municipal, membership fees, advertising, NGOs, and industry taxation. Could Canadian community media borrow from some of these?

4) Christopher Ali speaks about the community media experience of the US and the UK. What does Canadian community media have to learn?

5) Should control of community media be moved from local to federal authorities, as some are demanding in the US?

6) Ali: the UK's success with community radio. What policy takeways?

7) Ali: Canada could learn from the special ways in which private and public local media relate in complex ecosystems and ecologies.

8) Ali: what can be learn from the UK and US experience, among other things, is that Canada needs to assess comprehensively its community and local media.

9) Ali: Canada needs to recognise these media ecosystems in policy, as in the US and UK.

10) Ali: Regional, local and community media need to be distinguished.

11) Ali: Canada should consider a Community Media Fund, as is being suggested in the US for instance.

12) Gretchen King explores the development of community radio around the world.

13) Gretchen King: policy should originate with practitioners.

14) Contributor: move control of community media from commercial media companies. Let us update the legislation to reflect the realities of the moment.

15) Contributor: community media should reflect the communal fabric, including the diversity of the population.

16) Cathy Edwards: ask the people what they want; don't impose solutions.