If this deal goes through and the companies involved retain their current holdings, one company, CanWest, would own major interests in:
* the dominant newspapers in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Windsor, Ottawa, and Montreal;
* The National Post;
* the Globe and Mail (in partnership with the Toronto Star and Thomson, the world's largest data company.);
* the Global TV network;
* the CTV network;
* CityTV and its affiliates;
* many of the major cable TV specialty channels;
* Alliance-Atlantis, the country's dominant movie distributor and one of its major TV production companies;
* the dominant telephone company in Eastern Canada.
First, I'm amazed they'd even float the idea of this deal.
Second, at what point does the government step in? Will it simply wait until One Big Company owns all the media in this country? The people who seemed so shrill when shouting about media concentration ten years ago now seem overly conservative in their warnings. Enough is enough. And "enough" was long ago, before the BCE-CTV merger, and way before the CanWest-Alliance deal.