Humber College’s Steven James May Co-authors Article on the Current and Future State of Television Delivery

Congratulations to Humber College’s Steven James May and Ryerson University’s Catherine Middleton on the publication of their article Jean-Pierre Blais’ “Magic Items”: Over-the-Air Digital Television Delivery as Canadian Regulatory Revelation. Humber College faculty, staff and students can access the full article, published by the Canadian Journal of Communication, here.




This article argues that a January 2015 speech by former Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais represented a moment of regulatory revelation for digital Canada. In the speech, Blais proclaimed that his Canada included over-the-air (OTA) television, elevating the profile of OTA television delivery, spectrum, and infrastructure in the process. This article discusses the policy implications of the CRTC’s vision of an alternative path for Canada’s television broadcast system. It is a vision that deviates from the subscription-based cable, satellite, and Internet Protocol television modes of delivery in Canada and positions OTA as a viable component of Canada’s television delivery future.




Steven James May, Ph.D.

Professor at the Faculty of Media & Creative Arts, Humber College

Twitter: @stevenjmay


Catherine Middleton, Ph.D.

Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University

Twitter: @catmiddleton