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Friday, September 25 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Domestic Content Policies in the Broadband Age

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The rapid rise in audio-visual distribution platforms is challenging regulators’ abilities to fashion and maintain domestic content policies for television broadcasting.  Broadcasters in a number of nations and regions operate under content regulatory schemes designed to serve cultural and economic purposes, put into place during the age of terrestrial broadcasting when national policymakers were able to use licensing to tightly control the use of imported programming. 

The panelists are drawn from an international research team which undertook a collaborative study into the challenges that the digital age poses to traditional domestic content policies through an analysis of the rationales, policy approaches, operations, and effectiveness of domestic content policies in four countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, and South Korea.  Their findings were recently published as a report by the News and Media Research Centre of the University of Canberra, Australia.  The main goal of this panel is to gain an understanding of the individual cases and to compare responses to the new challenges each country faces in the digital era.


Steve Wildman, College of Communication Arts & Sciences, Michigan State University


  • Charles H. Davis, RTA School of Media, Ryerson University, Toronto

  • Sora Park, News & Media Research Centre, University of Canberra

  • Robert G. Picard, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford


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Steve Wildman

Michigan State University and University of Colorado
Steven S Wildman is a Senior Fellow at the Silicon Flatirons Center and a Visiting Scholar with the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program, both at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Prior academic positions include: 15 years as the J.H. Quello Chair of Telecommunication Studies at Michigan State University, where he also directed the Quello Center for Telecommunications Management and Law; Associate Professor of Communication Studies... Read More →

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Charles Davis

professor, Ryerson University
I am a professor in Ryerson Unversity's RTA School of Media (Faculty of Communication & Design), and I hold the ES Rogers Sr Research Chair in Media Management and Entrepreneurship. | | My research interests have to do with the IT, media, and content industries, in three main lines of research: Innovation management and policy in creative/IT industries; audiences, reception, and mediated experiential consumption; and labour, freelancers... Read More →
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Robert Picard

Professor, University of Oxford
Robert G. Picard is a specialist on media economics and policy and the business challenges facing media in the digital age. He is affiliated with the Reuters Institute at the University of Oxford, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and the information Society Project at Yale Law School. He is the author and editor of 30 books and has written hundreds of articles on media issues for scholarly journals and industry... Read More →

Friday September 25, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
GMUSL - Room 225

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