MONTREAL, Oct. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - The CRTC's decision to create a fund for
local programming is welcome news to communities that have seen that
programming eroded over the past decade, says Canada's largest media union.
"This fund is only as first step but does send a clear message to
Canadian broadcasters about the need to meet their obligations to local
viewers," says Peter Murdoch, Vice-President, Media for the Communications,
Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada. "The fact that the CRTC has made news
a priority for this fund is recognition of the concerns both employees and
Canadians expressed to the commission at a variety of hearings.
"We expect that the CRTC will emphasize to the broadcasters at licence
renewals next year the need to keep commitments to local news and programming
at large and small markets."
CEP is one of Canada's largest unions, with more than 150,000 members
including 25,000 members who work at major Canadian radio and television
stations, specialty programming services and print media across the country.
For further information:
For further information: Peter Murdoch, (905) 516-5720