SOCK  Newsletter June, 2008

(Answers below)

1.  Which prime minister initiated the CBC?

 a) Conservative PM Bennett in 1932
 b) Liberal PM Mackenzie King in 1941
 c) Conservative PM Diefenbaker in 1958
 d) Liberal PM Trudeau in 1982
 e) Conservative PM Kim Campbell in 1993



Little Wilmington Leads the Way

The small city of Wilmington (population 100,000), North Carolina, will become the first city in the U.S. to switch over to digital TV. All of the rest of the U.S. will follow five months later, on February 17, 2009, but Wilmington willingly leads the way.

Wilmington's Mayor, Bill Saffo, says "There's a pride because we'll be the first in the country." They will pave the way for the rest of the U.S. by making the switch on September 8. Broadcasters look forward to testing the new digital TV technology in the city's small market.

Kamloops will be the first Canadian city to implement multiplexed digital TV if the feasibility study being developed by the Canadian Media Guild is implemented.

Kamloops is a logical choice for implementing the new technology. We are a small market with demographics similar to small cities across Canada. Also, we need it the most since we are the only city in Canada that doesn't have a CBC transmitter.

Multiplexed digital TV is very efficient and cost effective. It would allow CBC and five other broadcasters to send free TV over the air in the space previously occupied by only one channel.

Kamloops is approximately the same size as Wilmington, although that city's metro region has a population of about 500,000. Wilmington's fraction of over-the-air viewers is the same as ours, about 7 per cent.

The difference is that the U.S. has set a firm date for the digital switchover whereas Canada will let the market decide if, and when, the conversion will take place.

Despite indecisiveness on the part of the Canadian government, digital TV will eventually come to Canada. Most TVs purchased in the U.S. are now digital-ready and soon that will be all that's available.

Canada can stumble into the era of digital TV or we can follow the U.S. example by having an orderly transition. When we do, Kamloops will be the little city that leads our nation.



Answers to Quiz

Question 1 choice a. 

Conservative Prime Minister Bennett established the CBC in 1932.  He was responding to concern that major U.S. networks were expanding into Canada. 

Conservative Prime Minister Harper is prepared to privatize CBC and doom it to failure say Friends of Canadian broadcasting.




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