OTTAWA, May 30, 2013 /CNW/ - Rogers' decision to reduce or eliminate
programming from its OMNI TV stations and its specialty services flies
in the face of its commitments to Canadians and the CRTC, says Canada's
media union, the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of
"Instead of investing some of the $12 billion it earned last year,
Rogers has reduced news to and for a variety of ethnic communities, and
is closing City News Channel, the news channel it just launched to
serve Toronto," says Peter Murdoch CEP's Vice-President, Media.
The CRTC licensed the OMNI TV stations to meet Canadians' strong demand
for linguistic diversity and greater understanding among people with
different cultural backgrounds. In 2009, Rogers announced it had
established 'a viable and successful business model for ethnic
television'. It said it needed - and subsequently received - more
regulatory flexibility to ensure the highest possible level of service
to its audiences.
"Taking news and information from ethnic communities in Vancouver,
Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary flies in the face of Rogers' promises to
the CRTC and Canadians," says Murdoch. "It shows that caving in to
never-ending demands from broadcasters like Rogers for less regulation
does not increase and improve programming for Canadians, but reduces
and weakens it. Even worse, it kills jobs and shuts the door on young
people looking for work in the media."
With interests in TV, radio, cable, the internet and magazines, Rogers
is one of Canada's largest media companies, reporting an operating
profit margin of 39% in 2012.
"How does a regulatory framework that lets large and very profitable
broadcasters kill programming and jobs whenever they like serve
Canadians' interests? " demands Murdoch. "Why are Canadians the price
for companies that profit so enormously from the broadcasting system
while putting back so little?"
SOURCE: COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA
For further information:
Peter Murdoch (905) 516-5720