The deadline to submit abstracts for the Public Service Broadcasting
Beyond 2000 conference is fast approaching!  If you're interested in
submitting a paper, please read the instructions below.  We look forward
to hearing from you, and hopefully seeing you in June.  If you'd like to
receive updates on the conference, please e-mail us at
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Stuart McFadyen and Adam Finn
Cultural Industries Research Centre
University of Alberta, Canada
Public Service Broadcasting Beyond 2000:
Serving the Public in a Digital Age

Organized by Cultural Industries Research Centre, University of Alberta
in conjunction with the Banff Television Festival
Co-organizer (new media stream): The Banff Centre for the Arts
June 9 (evening), 10 and 11, 2000
Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta

Public service broadcasters around the world are faced with declining
budgets, audience fragmentation, debate over their proper role, all at a
time of rapid technological advance in distribution technology.

This conference will bring together academics from around the world who
are engaged in research on television during this critical period of
convergence and digitalization.

It will provide a means for communication of research findings to industry
and government leaders from around the world as well as a forum for
industry/government/regulatory sector participants to actively engage the
research community in debate on the research findings and policy issues

Speakers are invited to submit proposals for papers to be presented at the
conference.  Papers may be written from any disciplinary perspective, and
should address issues relating to public service broadcasting. If you are
interested in presenting a paper or organizing a special session, please
supply: a brief abstract (300-500 words).  Closing date for abstracts is
November 30, 1999.  An editorial committee will assess submissions.

Please note:  if your submission is successful, you will be eligible for a
50% discount on registration fees.

Completed papers submitted by June 30, 2000 will be considered for
publication in a special issue of the Canadian Journal of Communication.
These completed papers should be limited to 4,000 to 6,000 words.

Send abstracts and full papers, preferably in MS Word on diskette (IBM
compatible) or by e-mail, to:

Professor Adam Finn
Cultural Industries Research Centre
University of Alberta
Faculty of Business
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6  Canada
e-mail: [log in to unmask]

The program will include but should not be limited to papers related to
public service broadcasting on:

* new media
* changes in the production industry
* advertising and other funding issues
* competition issues
* content and consumer issues
* performance evaluation
* legal issues
* digital television
* legislation and regulatory framework
* licensing
* new technology, and
* technical issues

To date, confirmed featured speakers include:

Mark Armstrong
        Director, Media, Policy & Telecommunications Group, RMIT
        University, Australia (former chairman, Australian Broadcasting
Francoise Bertrand
        Chairperson, Canadian Radio & Telecommunications Commission
Richard Collins
        Head of Education, British Film Institute
John Lindsay
        Senior Vice-President, Oregon Public Broadcasting (PBS), USA
Harold Redekopp
        Vice-President, English Television, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Julianne Scultz
        General Manager, Corporate Strategy, Australian Broadcasting
Michael Gordon Smith
        Member, Australian Broadcasting Authority

Two day event with reception, two               Cdn$400
        dinners, two lunches, two breakfasts
Paper presenters                                Cdn$200
Spouse/guest package                            Cdn$125
        (reception and two dinners)
On-site accommodation:                          Cdn$140/night standard
                                                Cdn$165/night superior
Additional fee for registration received        Cdn$100
        after March 31, 2000

Refund policy for cancellation: 100% prior to April 1, 2000; 50% prior to
June 5, 2000

On-site accommodation details and registration information, see Conference

Off-site accommodation:  See Banff Television Festival website:

To calculate how much attending this conference may cost, check out the
Universal Currency Converter at:

Contact details:
Conference Coordinators
Cultural Industries Research Centre
University of Alberta
Faculty of Business
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6  Canada
E-mail:  [log in to unmask]
Telephone: (780) 492-4977
Fax: (780) 492-3325

program inquiries contact:
Professor Stuart McFadyen
e-mail: [log in to unmask]
telephone: (780) 492-4977

editorial committee inquiries contact:
Professor Adam Finn
e-mail: [log in to unmask]
telephone: (780) 492-5369

Why You Should attend this Conference

Your paper may qualify for publication in a special issue of the Canadian
Journal of Communication.

This conference will be held just prior to the Banff Television Festival.
You will be able to meet with other academics, industry leaders,
government officials and regulators to discuss the future of public
service broadcasting.  With a separate registration you will be able to
stay on and attend the Banff Television Festival.  You can find out more
about the attendees and programming of the Banff Television Festival at:

It will be economical and convenient to attend both this conference, and
the biennial meeting of the Association of Cultural Economics
International in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 28-31 on the same trip.

The conference venue, the Banff Centre, is a resort destination located in
Banff National Park in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.  Springtime in
the Rockies offers a multitude of recreational and touring opportunities
for individuals and families including: the famous Banff hot springs,
golfing, horse-back riding, camping and adventure vacations, white-water
rafting, fishing, and hiking.

Online resources for film/TV studies may be found at ScreenSite