Rogers deal needs an umpire: Union



    OTTAWA, June 12 /CNW Telbec/ - If Rogers puts proportionally as much
money into Canadian programming as it does into American baseball players, the
City deal could work out, says Canada's media union.
    "Rogers has the money to excite competition but the question is -- will
it? The CRTC should demand the answer to that question before granting this
acquisition," said Peter Murdoch, Vice-President, Media for the
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada.
    Murdoch said the quick sale to Rogers by CTV re-confirms that Canada's
big media corporations are now in the position of choosing their competitors
behind closed doors, not the CRTC, which is supposed to act transparently and
in the public interest.
    Since the CRTC criteria have moved from solid commitment to Canadian
content, to bottom-line numbers, the seller can quickly decide who it wants as
competition and get the deal done. The question of whether it is good for
Canadian broadcasting and Canadians isn't even being asked.
    "We appreciate that the requirement to sell the City stations created
some competition, but we expect the CRTC to prove to Canadians whether that
competition is real, and how it will benefit people watching TV before letting
this deal sail through."




For further information:

For further information: Peter Murdoch, (613) 230-5200, ext. 249, (905)
516-5720 (cell.)

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