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Do Canadian media really need saving from new regulations?

By Michael Geist      

The uncertainty associated with digital models, the loss of jobs, and the future of some of Canada’s best-known media organizations unsurprisingly elicits sadness, apprehension, and concern. However, the emergence of new voices and the innovative approaches at older ones point to the likelihood that journalism is neither dead nor dying.

OTTAWA—The ongoing financial struggles of Canadian businesses that have traditionally delivered the news—particularly newspapers and local broadcasters—have generated considerable discussion and consternation over the past month. With significant layoffs, newspaper closures, and testimony before the Canada’s broadcast regulator that the cost of delivering local news is unsustainable, there have been mounting calls for new funding programs, studies, or other measures to address the issue. Much of the commentary emphasizes the critical link between a strong, independent media and

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