The Tangled Garden

The emergence of Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google (the FAANGs) has created an unprecedented challenge to Canada’s news, television and film businesses. In this book Richard Stursberg offers a brief account – often based on his insider’s experience – of how Canada’s cultural industries were built. And he explains that independent Canadian media and cultural industries are unlikely to survive due to the large share of ad dollars and audience attention captured by the big digital media companies. Richard Stursberg identifies the path that would assure a strong continued news media, and a reasonable share of audiences for Canadian creative work. He warns that time for action is short, and many more media outlets will soon disappear, like the thirty‑six newspapers shut down by the Toronto Star‑Postmedia deal in 2017. Richard Stursberg’s knowledge and experience across a wide range of cultural organizations in Canada make this an important and informative book on a topic of vital significance. At the same time this is an engaging account for any reader who wants to continue to enjoy Canadian stories and hear Canadian voices in the media and on our screens.

Richard Stursberg

Richard Stursberg is a leading expert on Canadian media and culture, and an experienced cultural executive. He has served as Assistant Deputy Minister of Culture and Broadcasting in the federal government, president of the Canadian Cable Television Association, President of Starchoice and Cancom, chairman of the Canadian Television Fund, executive director of Telefilm Canada, and head of English language services at the CBC. He has been a board member of the Canadian Film Centre and the Banff Television Festival. His book on his experience at the CBC, The Tower of Babble, was named one of the best books of 2012 by the Globe and Mail. He currently advises various Canadian media companies and sits on the boards of Hollywood Suite and Digital Media at the Crossroads. He lectures at the Ryerson/York graduate program on media policy and is the President of PEN Canada. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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An introduction to the book’s scope and sequence, laying out why Canada’s major media (television networks, newspapers, film industry are suddenly at risk as a result of the advent of … 11 $1.10

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Documents Canada’s cultural policies as they stand today. Specifically focusing on Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government and Melanie Joly’s tenure as Canada’s minister for … 32 $3.20

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Provides a history of Canadian legislation and policy which protected domestic television, radio and other media. Summarizes developments 1920s to 1980s. 19 $1.90

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A first‑hand account of the development of Canadian culture policy by the Brian Mulroney’s Conservative government (1984 to 1993). Focuses specifically on initiatives by former … 38 $3.80

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A first‑hand account of the development of Canadian culture policy by the Brian Mulroney Conservative government (1984 to 1993). Focuses specifically on initiatives by former communications … 16 $1.60

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Developments in key Canadian creative industries (eg. television, film, newspapers) during Stephen Harper’s Conservative era (2006 to 2015); how the digital media produced a drastic decline … 37 $3.70

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Canadian policy regarding media and cultural industries in the Trudeau’s government first term (2015 to 2019). How giant American media corporations – Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and … 26 $2.60

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Summarizes why Canada’s media industry is at a crisis and why, absent intervention, remaining major media are likely to shut down. Canadian media institutions like Postmedia, the Toronto … 33 $3.30

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Sums up book’s argument with a rationale for why it’s important to protect Canadian cultural expression, and why there is still time to do so. 6 $0.60