Television and the House of Commons : the introduction of an electronic Hansard and its effects


Benham, Donald B. (Donald Bruce).




In October, 1977, television cameras first began recording the debates of the House of Commons in order to begin an "electronic Hansard" which would preserve on audio and videotape every word spoken in the House by its members. This move raised inportant questions for political and communications theory regarding the effects the television cameras would have. Through a hypothesis and two corollaries the thesis explores the questions of what effect the cameras had on the gatekeeper role of the television journalists, and whether the Opposition or the Government gained in perceived strength and ability' to set the political agenda. The consideration of these questions is preceded by a discussion of the public debate which occurred before the cameras were introduced. 


Canada. Parliament. House Of Commons -- Television Broadcasting Of Proceedings
Television In Politics -- Canada
Canada -- Politics and government -- 1968-1979
Television Broadcasting -- Canada




Carleton University

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Canadian Studies.

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Theses and Dissertations

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