Who controls the media? Nobody
Alain Dubuc, president and publisher of Le Soleil, will give the inaugural talk in the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada's investigation of the media.
The James R. Mallory Annual Lecture in Canadian Studies
President and Publisher of Quebec City's Le Soleil,
"Who Controls the Media? Nobody."
Thursday, November 28, at 4 p.m.
Room 232, Leacock Building.
(Main campus, corner of McTavish and Dr. Penfield Streets)
ADMISSION IS FREE
The question of media ownership has never been so much on the public agenda as it has been over the last few years in Canada. The McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC) wants to further the debate by examining the question of media ownership and other related issues with a series of public lectures.
"This year the MISC is undertaking a year of reflection on Canada's media that will culminate in a large public conference to be held February 13-15, 2003," said Antonia Maioni, Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. The first speaker in the series is Le Soleil president and publisher Alain Dubuc. "We have asked Mr. Dubuc to give the inaugural talk which will begin this process of investigation, and he will also be at the conference."
Dubuc, an award-winning journalist who used to be Chief Editorialist at La Presse, will take a stand contrary to what many in Canada would take to be the truth. His talk is entitled "Who Controls the Media? Nobody."
The issue of media ownership in Canada is complicated by a maze of federal and provincial jurisdictions. The Institute does not want to argue a position on the issue, but rather to serve as a forum for discussion. This is why Dubuc makes an ideal speaker, according to Lynne Darroch, Public Education Officer at the MISC.
"Obviously, Mr. Dubuc knows quite a bit about this and he is a great speaker," said Darroch. "He is reflective, rather than argumentative, and that is what the Institute is all about."