Media union slams decision to close another Quebec newsroom



    TORONTO, June 13 /CNW/ - Leaders at the Canadian Media Guild are renewing
their call on the CRTC to ensure that local news survives as another newsroom
closes in Quebec, this time at Corus-owned 940 Radio Montreal. The station is
being changed from an all-news to a Greatest Hits format. The CMG sends its
best wishes and support to the 18 newsroom employees who will be out of a job
after today.
    "It appears that private broadcasters in Quebec have launched an assault
on news and newsgatherers," says Lise Lareau, national president of the CMG.
The Corus announcement comes soon after TQS began closing TV newsrooms across
Quebec and cuts at Global TV in Quebec, and also follows plans by the new
owners of a one-time Corus radio station in Quebec City to move from all-news
to a sports format.
    "We've said it before and we'll say it again: the CRTC must take action
to ensure that local news and information programming survives the current
private media trend in this country," Lareau adds. "These companies still have
an obligation to the public and one of the most important ways they can
fulfill that obligation is to provide quality reporting about local events and
issues."
    The CMG joined with other media unions at the recent Canadian Labour
Congress convention to condemn the loss of local news across Canada. The union
urges civic leaders to take stock in their communities of the way local issues
and events are reflected, or increasingly not reflected, by the media
available to their citizens.

    The CMG represents 6,000 media workers, including, in Quebec, at The
Canadian Press/La Presse Canadienne, CJRC Radio Gatineau and Agence
France-Presse.




For further information:

For further information: contact the CMG's national president Lise
Lareau (lise@cmg.ca) at (416) 524-5473 or CMG communications co-ordinator
Karen Wirsig (karen@cmg.ca) at (416) 578-1651


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