Nova Scotia Society for Public Broadcasting

This research study explores how a public broadcaster could respond to the key action areas of Nova Scotia’s Cultural Action Plan and address urgent priorities across Atlantic Canada. It includes a plan to:

  • Promote creativity, innovation and programs that serve the public.
  • Work alongside Mi’kmaq and other First Nations creators as they tell old and new stories.
  • Stimulate economic growth in the cultural sector.
  • Strengthen education, partnerships and understanding on multiple platforms, with multiple public and private institutions.
  • Advance cultural understanding with content by and about newcomers and people in underrepresented racial, socio-economic and abilities groups in our communities.
  • Communicate with, and bridge, urban and rural communities.
  • Bring Atlantic Canadian public broadcast content to the world; and to bring and innovative and educational content from around the world to NSPublicTV audiences.

First published as part of CMF Trends, this paper details six notable best practices of public educational broadcasters, based on interviews with five leaders in the field:

  • Rudy Buttignol (President and CEO of BC’s Knowledge Network)
  • Joanne McDonald (General Manager of City Saskatchewan, formerly known as SCN)
  • Glenn O’Farrell (CEO of Ontario’s TFO)
  • Lisa de Wilde (CEO of Ontario’s TVO)
  • Maurice “Moss” Bresnahan (president and CEO of Illinois Public Media).

"In a growing age of opinion journalism, fake news and social media bubbles the need for independent public broadcasting is arguably greater than ever. Research shows that jurisdictions with well-funded public broadcasters have higher levels of social cohesion, are more likely to vote, are more supportive of immigration and are less likely to hold extremist political views." - Sue Gardner.