The Queen’s Centre for the Study of Democracy organizes a conference entitled “Televised Election Debates in Canada: Reality TV or Useful Political Discourse?,” Kingston, Ont., September 25, 2009.
This first session of the day examines the media perspective on televised election debates in Canada. Speeches are presented by Mark Bulgutch (former senior executive producer, CBC TV News Programming), Anton Koschany (executive producer, W-FIVE), Trina McQueen (former broadcaster and journalist), and Steve Paikin (anchor and senior editor, TVO’s The Agenda). Thomas Axworthy (Centre for the Study of Democracy) and Michelle Rogers (the author of a report on televised election debates) make opening remarks. Mary Lou Finlay (Centre for the Study of Democracy) moderates. After speaking, panellists answer questions from audience members.