From Kate Taylor of The Globe and Mail:
What Australia can teach us about Canadian TV
What is different about Australia, however, is the broadcasting eco-system: The ABC is just one player in an environment where commercial broadcasters produce a great deal of distinctive and popular Australian programming. There is no Canadian equivalent to Neighbours or Home and Away, the 31- and 28-season veterans of a robust market for popular Australian television drama. Lead by the networks Seven, Nine and Ten, the commercial TV sector also produces a great deal of local reality and lifestyle programming, often replacing the U.S. franchises that Canadians watch with Australian versions. Continue reading.