Parliament needs to reshape CRTC



    OTTAWA, May 11 /CNW Telbec/ - Parliament should ensure Canada's
broadcasting legislation keeps step with the times, including proper
accountability and transparency, says Canada's largest media union.
    Peter Murdoch, Vice-President, Media, for the Communications, Energy and
Paperworkers Union today, told the Heritage Committee looking into Canada's
broadcasting system today that: "Canadians need their MPs to demand that
Canada's broadcasting system serve all Canadians, including those living in
small and large communities."
    "The regulator enabled the growth of huge media corporations without
concern for consolidated ownership's actual impact on both consumers and
viewers," said Murdoch. "Larger and larger broadcasting corporations were
supposed to strengthen local stations not close them down.
    "Parliament needs to reshape the CRTC, review the Broadcasting Act, and
consider whether Canada needs converged communications legislation geared to
the 21st century to address consolidated media ownership, telecommunications
and digital media.
    "The reality is that 20 years of CRTC laissez-faire deregulation have
given Canadians skyrocketing spending on foreign content and fewer jobs.
Instead of strengthening local stations, Canada's largest broadcasters have
converted many into nothing short of news bureaus, without regulatory
oversight.
    "Does the CRTC know how these valuable licenses are really being used?"
Murdoch asked.




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For further information: Peter Murdoch, (905) 516-5720

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