OTTAWA, Dec. 23, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists is
pleased the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission
has moved to make access to Canadian news television channels fairer.
The CRTC decision and new regulatory policy released Dec. 19 applies to all Canadian Category C specialty news
channels, which includes an order to ensure that all Canadians have
access to CBC News Network, CTV News Channel, Le Canal Nouvelles (LCN),
Le Réseau de l'information (RDI) and Sun News Network.
The CAJ had submitted its thoughts on the draft policy earlier this fall, encouraging the CRTC to create a
television landscape where all Canadians had access to all available
Canadian news channels and could choose which ones they wished to pay
to receive. By and large, this is the framework the CRTC has adopted,
giving Canada's cable and satellite companies until the spring to
"In an increasingly fragmented marketplace for television and other
channels, Canadians deserve to have access to all the available
Canadian news channels, whether or not they actually choose to
subscribe to them," CAJ president Hugo Rodrigues said. "This decision
will level the playing field, giving both established and more recently
launched news channels an opportunity to compete equitably for viewers
and the subscription and advertising dollars they bring with them.
"It also puts the survival of each news channel in the hands of its
audience. The channels providing the high-quality news and information
sought by the greatest number of Canadians will succeed. Failure
wouldn't be determined by whether a channel has access to the entire
It's the CAJ's hope this change in policy will result in new Canadian
news channels once the CRTC has completed a related review of
television services. New voices mean new perspectives and, for our
members and other journalists, more work.
The CAJ is Canada's largest national professional organization for
journalists from all media, representing over 600 members across the
country. The CAJ's primary roles are to provide high-quality
professional development for its members and public-interest advocacy.
SOURCE: Canadian Association of Journalists
For further information:
Hugo Rodrigues, CAJ president -519-535-8680 cell, firstname.lastname@example.org
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