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Friday, May 05, 2006

Ukrainian Canadians shut out of media industry's diversity dialogue

According to this article:

The CAB [Canadian Association of Broadcasters] undertook a number of diversity initiatives through 2005-06, including the launching of the Diversity in Broadcasting website. Launched in May of 2005, the website has evolved into a central repository for a broad range industry-wide information, including studies, reports, links, and events that help promote the need for diversity in the broadcasting industry.

Moreover, the CAB has engaged organizations and individuals from ethnocultural, Aboriginal and disability communities, broadcasting and production industries, media, government decision-makers in an ongoing dialogue about this issue ...

Apparently, the CAB is pretty selective in which "ethnocultural" communities it engages. Far as I can tell, it didn't approach a single soul in the Ukrainian community. Certainly, I know of no Ukrainian Canadian broadcaster who is involved in this "ongoing dialogue" ... and I'm touch with pretty much all of them.

Of course, I'd be delighted to be proven wrong. But I'm not holding my breath!

UPDATE: Apparently other "invisible" minorities haven't been contacted either, judging by my contacts in the ethnic broadcasting industry. Presumably, to media moguls caucasians are not "ethnic." Of course, that should come as no surprise. To the elites, "ethnic" means "coloured" ... only they are too "enlightened" to actually use such terminology. It's pretty obvious the moneyed power-brokers are not interested in diversity within races so much as the diversity between them. The latter type of diversity must be more lucrative.

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