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CTV, the network that means business
Nolan, Michael, 1940-
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Edmonton : University of Alberta Press, [2001]

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xxx, 405 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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HE8700.9.C2 N65 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Michael Nolan follows the evolution of CTV from a group of small independent television stations across Canada to the powerful network it is today. He chronicles the boardroom struggles within the network as strong personalities clashed over economic and cultural matters.

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The subtitle of this volume reflects Nolan's perspective: the first privately owned "network," CTV was owned and run by affiliates with one vote each, a recipe for decades of chaos in policy matters. Nolan (Univ. of Western Ontario) worked for CTV in the 1960s, and here he traces accurately and exhaustively CTV's early growing pains and its battles with the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). He relies partly on oral history because many of the records are gone, but he has talked to most of the key players. He does not analyze the quality of the drama line-up. The book is full of numbers: hours, costs, salaries, dates. He describes CTV's long history of turning most of its prime-time schedule over to cheap US programs; its reluctance to make expensive drama and children's programming; the recurring economic constraints on news/current affairs; and profits from simulcasts that inserted Canadian ads into US feed. His account of the history of CTV's sports and of the evolution of Canada AM and his conversations with on-air personalities strengthen the book. Although Nolan's research for this book was supported in part by CTV, this is a balanced account. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty interested in the history of broadcasting in North America. M. J. Miller Brock University

Table of Contents

The CTV Founder, 1909-1961
The Dominator, 1961-1966
Power Struggles within the Co-operative, 1966-1970
"In Colour, the CTV National News", 1962-1972
Telepoll, Laugh-In and Wide World of Sports, 1962-1972
Canada AM, the Arrival of Lloyd and a Short-lived CTV Reports, 1972-1979
CTV Scores!, 1972-1979
The Dominator Retaliates, 1979-1985
Chairman Bureau Gets Tough, 1985-1990
The Soup Salesman Cometh, 1990-1993
Gordian Knot Before the Triumph of Baton, 1993-1997
The New CTV, 1997-2001