Links of Interest
V-Chip and Ratings
AGVOT's Founding Sponsors
With over 600 members, the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB)is the voice of Canada's private broadcasters, representing a $4 billion industry that employs more than 30,000 Canadians. The (CAB)has been instrumental in the development of Codes which are now the standard throughout the broadcast industry. In addition to supporting the work of the Action Group on Violence on Television, the (CAB)has played a leadership role in addressing issues related to violence in society as a whole.
More about the CAB's anti-violence initiatives can be found at:
The CAB site also has a list of its private radio, conventional television and specialty and pay services members, most with links to their web sites.
Other AGVOT Members
- The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: www.cbc.ca
- Radio-Canada (French-language SRC): www.radio-canada.ca
- The Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA): www.cftpa.ca
- Association of Canadian Advertisers (ACA): www.acaweb.ca/
- Concerned Children's Advertisers: www.cca-kids.ca
Broadcast Governance in Canada
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission(CRTC) is the federal government agency which regulates the broadcast, cable and satellite industries in Canada. The CRTC and AGVOT have worked co-operatively to address issues related to violence on television from a Canadian perspective.
The CRTC's main website is www.crtc.gc.ca
The most recent Commission Public Notice dealing with encoding for V-chip technology can be found at:
The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) is the independent, self-regulatory body created and funded by private broadcasters to ensure adherence to industry codes, including the application of the classification system. The CBSC also responds to enquiries agbout the AGVOT system. The CBSC site contains links to the Codes it enforces, and a detailed history of how Canada has dealt with the issue of television violence.
Media Literacy and Education (Canada)
The Media Awareness Network (MNet) is a non-profit organization which began as an instrument to collect and share information about media violence and its effects on children. Over the past five years it has grown into a world leader in the development of tools for parents, teachers and young people about dealing with the media in all its forms, including the Internet.
The main MNet site is mediasmarts.ca
For information and resources on media literacy dealing with the issue of television violence:
The Jesuit Communications Project is another Canadian-based resource dealing with media literacy. The major work of the this organization is to encourage, promote, and develop media education in schools across Canada.
Media education is concerned with helping students develop an informed and critical understanding of the nature of the mass media, the techniques used by them, and the impact of these techniques. JCP is led by Executive Director John J. Pungente, S.J.
Useful American Sites
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is the equivalent to the CRTC in Canada. The FCC has played a major role in applying the American legislation which requires all new television sets with screens larger than 13 inches to have a V-chip built into the set.
The U.S. TV Parental Guidelinessite explains the program classification system used by American television stations and networks.