MONTREAL, June 18, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The English Language Arts Network
(ELAN), with support from the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN),
is building an alliance to intervene at the impending CRTC public
hearings concerning Vidéotron's Montreal licence renewal . The licence
affects the 600,000 English-speaking Quebecers living in the Greater
Last night ELAN held a public meeting to begin creating an alliance of
community groups, educators, artists and TV producers to request that
CRTC make an English-language community TV channel a requirement for
Vidéotron's licence renewal.
"The CRTC, which will review Videotron's licence conditions this summer,
will scrutinize the cable company's responsibility toward its
English-speaking audience," said ELAN President Peter MacGibbon.
Quebec's English-speaking community was absent the last time
Vidéotron's licence was renewed seven years ago and the result has been
a complete absence of community TV production in English, he said.
"We have no shortage of television content available to us, but we
rarely see our own stories on TV," added MacGibbon. "When it comes to
television, members of Quebec's English-speaking community are like
vampires. When we stare at the screen, we do not see ourselves
This past weekend QCGN members from across the province approved a
resolution supporting the establishment of an English-language
community TV channel in the Montreal-area which is complementary to
Vidéotron's French-language community TV channel MATv, noted QCGN President Dan Lamoureux.
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The English Language Arts Network (www.quebec-elan.org) represents the 8,000 artists living and working in Quebec. The Quebec
Community Groups Network (www.qcgn.ca) is a not-for-profit organization bringing together 41 English-language
community organizations across Quebec, including ELAN. Its mission is
to identify, explore and address strategic issues affecting the
development and vitality of English-speaking Quebec and to encourage
dialogue and collaboration among its member organizations, individuals,
community groups, institutions and leaders.
SOURCE: Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN)
For further information:
Guy Rodgers, ELAN Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: 514-935-3312, cellular: 514-574-6344
Rita Legault, QCGN Director of Communications, email@example.com
Telephone: 514-868-9044, ext. 223, cellular: 514-912-6555