Sylvain Lafrance, Eloi Lafontaine Beaumier

Between industry and culture: Québec and Canada's broadcasting policy

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Keywords: Quebec; Radio-Television Industry; Cultural Aims; Broadcasting Policy; Digital Economy.

This article examines the evolutionary stages of Canada's radio-television policy and its effect on the industry in Quebec. From a historical approach, we investigate the interaction between the industrial perspective, the cultural perspective and francophone society, particularity in the constitution of this policy. Many viewpoints attribute the Quebec industry's success to a strong and distinct cultural identity within Canada. We maintain that the institutional logic forming Canada's radio-televisual policy has contributed to the growth of a wellestablished and locally popular industry. Using a qualitative method of analysing content, the authors examine the temporal evolution of Canadian radio-televisual policy in order to identify the institutional factors that have contributed to the Quebec industry's success. This distinct and dynamic ecosystem is now facing some major changes due to the development of digital players and networks, and a discontinuity in the industrial vision on which national regulation was based.

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