CTV Responds to Rogers Complaint to CRTC



    TORONTO, May 22 /CNW/ - CTV is responding to a complaint by Rogers and
other BDUs regarding the network's effort to save television in local
communities across the country. CTV has remained in full compliance with the
Broadcasting Act and the CAB's Code of Ethics throughout its "Save Local"
campaign.

    "Instead of coming up with solutions and being part of the discussion,
today's underhanded move by cable and satellite companies is an abuse of
process designed to suppress freedom of speech and mislead the public," said
Paul Sparkes, Executive Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, CTVglobemedia. "The
fact that the first we're hearing about this is through a Rogers' press
release and still have not received the complaint, speaks volumes to the
motive behind these actions."

    "CTV has initiated the "Save Local" campaign to foster an ongoing
discussion with our viewers - those most at risk of losing local television.
So far, we've been overwhelmed with the response. The fact is, viewers are
willing to stand up to cable and satellite companies who continue to reap in
profits at the viewer's expense."

    Indeed, consistent with CTV's efforts to provide balanced coverage of the
issues surrounding the crisis in local television, CTV once again invites
representatives from Rogers, Bell, TELUS, Cogeco, Eastlink and the CCSA to
participate in tomorrow's nationwide events.

    With respect to advocacy promotions running across the CTV group of
channels, the "Save Local" campaign is consistent with similar past practices,
including a campaign against signal theft in which the cable and satellite and
broadcasting industries partnered just a few years ago.

    
    About CTV
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    CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the
number-one national newscast, CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LLOYD ROBERTSON, and is
the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada's
premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV
Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national
specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd., and in Dome Productions, a North
American leader in the provision of mobile high definition production
facilities. More information about CTV may be found on the company website at
www.ctv.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Bonnie Brownlee, Senior Vice-President,
Corporate Communications, CTVglobemedia, (416) 384-7190 or
bonnie.brownlee@ctv.ca


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