Media Convergence: Ken Thomson condemns the Davey report
In the world of mega mergers and convergence, there's growing concern about a monopoly of ideas. Reporters argue increased ownership will shake the very foundation democracy is founded upon. Owners say it's the only way Canadian newspapers can survive in the new global economy. Press ownership has been officially debated, studied and scrutinized in Canada since the 1969 Royal Commission on Newspapers. Is freedom of the press guaranteed only to those who own one? It's a debate that continues to percolate.
Some of Davey's key proposals include:
• Establishing a press ownership review board in an attempt to limit the concentration of ownership
• Setting up a publications development loan fund to help those wishing to enter the newspaper business
• Creating a press council to deal with public complaints
• Internationally, Thomson owned the Scotsman of Edinburgh, the Times and Sunday Times of London.
• Senator Keith Davey was a former advertising executive and a radio broadcaster.
• The Davey report was the first comprehensive study into the history of media concentration in Canada. The government ignored Davey's key recommendations but his findings sparked a national dialogue on press freedom.
Program: Radio Free Friday
Broadcast Date: Dec. 11, 1970
Guest(s): Ken Thomson
Host: Peter Gzowski
Photo: Ken Thomson
Last updated: October 23, 2012
Page consulted on December 6, 2013
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