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Author MacDonald, Monica, 1965- author.

Title Recasting history : how CBC Television has shaped Canada's past / Monica MacDonald.

Publication Info. Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, [2019]

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Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "This book explores Canadian history documentary and docudrama programming on CBC television since its beginnings in 1952. During this fifty-year period, television was a uniquely powerful medium --at once intimate and widely shared, reaching millions of people. CBC was the only Canadian broadcaster to consistently show history programming and has played a unique role in shaping Canadians' perceptions of their history. Analyzing the major works of Canadian history on CBC television over fifty years -- Explorations (1956-63), Images of Canada (1972-76), The National Dream (1974), The Valour and the Horror (1992), and Canada: A People's History (2000-02) -- reveals patterns and developments in content and presentation. As the author argues, these developments were not arbitrary but were impelled by a wide range of external factors: developments in broadcasting policy and regulation in Canada; television industry developments, including competition from a growing American market and for new Canadian broadcasters (such as CTV and Global) for viewers and for advertising revenue; the evolution of television itself, including the standards and financing of production and attention to ratings, technological change, and job creation; and the evolution of journalism and the role of journalists as supposed authorities. This book is both a critique of public history and a political economy of television production. The author has three major findings."-- Provided by publisher.
Contents CBC television presents ... Canadian history! Explorations -- A New History of Canada? Images of Canada -- Television History and the Star Journalist: The National Dream -- Behind the History Wars at the CBC: The Valour and the Horror -- One Big Story: Canada: A People's History.
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Subject Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. English Television Network -- Influence.
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. English Television Network.
Television -- Social aspects -- Canada.
History on television.
Television and history -- Canada.
Television broadcasting policy -- Canada -- History.
Historical television programs -- Canada -- History and criticism.
Documentary television programs -- Canada -- History and criticism.
Indexed Term Canada
Documentary television programs
Historical television programs
History and criticism
History on television
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Social aspects
Television and history
Television broadcasting policy
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Other Form: Print version:MacDonald, Monica, 1965- Recasting history. Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2019 077355632X 9780773556317 (OCoLC)1045738675
ISBN 9780773558090 (electronic book)
0773558098 (electronic book)
9780773558083 (electronic book)
077355808X (electronic book)