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Pierre Juneau on his CanCon regulations

"Canadian broadcasting should be Canadian." Pierre Juneau said those words in 1970 and he meant business. The Canadian Radio-Television Commission head said Canadian broadcasters were behaving like mouthpieces for American "entertainment factories," and introduced strict Canadian content rules for radio and television. Artists, actors, executives and politicians squared off. Would "CanCon" rules create a world-class recording industry and a "Canadian sound"? Or would they promote unwatchable shows, unlistenable music and mediocre Canadian talent?

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In this audio from CBC TV's "Encounter" Pierre Juneau discusses reasons for implementing CanCon rules.

Medium: Radio
Program: Sunday Supplement
Broadcast Date: April 26, 1970
Guest(s): Pierre Juneau, Charles Lynch, Ellen Simmons
Host: Lyal Brown, Jim Robertson
Interviewer: Ron Collister
Duration: 25:57

Last updated: December 14, 2012

Page consulted on April 23, 2014

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