CTS Refutes Comments made by Charles McVety and Word TV

BURLINGTON, ON, Jan. 31 /CNW/ - CTS (Crossroads Television System) regrets that Word TV will no longer be broadcast due to its lack of compliance with the CTS Code of Ethics to which Word TV agreed under contract. 

Last week, its producer and host, Dr. Charles McVety erroneously communicated that CTS was being pressured to censor Word TV; these comments are inaccurate and misleading.  The fact is that Word TV failed to keep its agreement to comply with the CTS Code of Ethics and indicated a refusal to comply in the future.  Unfortunately, numerous attempts by CTS to work with Dr. McVety were unsuccessful. 

Since 1998, CTS has worked with well over one hundred ministries who have utilized CTS' broadcast platform to effectively communicate messages of faith and values.  Given the pervasive nature of media, CTS plays a pivotal role in offering programming that can be trusted to cover important and timely topics, even contentious ones, in a fair and balanced framework.

CTS is a Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) licensed religious broadcaster.   CTS has a responsibility to set high standards for programming and has created a Code of Ethics that in some cases, demands higher standards than those established by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters and other media standards organizations.

The CTS Code of Ethics includes fundamental principles and general policies that ensure integrity and high quality programming.  The full Code can be found at www.ctstv.com.

As such, the CTS Code includes important parameters for integrity and fairness, including but not limited to:

Crossroads Television System affirms that all eligible religious communities have access to it.  This right includes both freedom of expression as well as protection against comments which may incite or contribute to discrimination, hatred or violence.

CTS supports and adheres to…all other Canadian laws guaranteeing freedom of expression and prohibiting discrimination, abusive comment and hate propaganda.

Religious groups who purchase time on CTS are entitled to state their faith and beliefs freely and clearly within a framework of responsibility.

The tone and content of programming must not abuse, misrepresent or incite hatred against any individual or identifiable group.  It must not call into question the human rights, equal rights or dignity of any individual or group. 

While differing points of view will be broadcast, programs must not have the effect of provoking or abetting domestic or international religious or political conflicts.

Religious organizations which purchase broadcast time on Crossroads Television System must ensure that their programs uphold the highest standards of integrity. 

The highest journalistic standards apply to every producer of programming for Crossroads Television System including, ensuring accurate attribution of statements and equitable reflection of relevant facts and significant points of view, including adequate research and contextualization.

About Crossroads Television System (CTS)
CTS is a Canadian leader in faith-based and balanced programming, operating stations in Burlington, Calgary and Edmonton with repeater transmitters in London and Ottawa. CTS creates television and other powerful visual media that can educate, entertain and inspire through positive, superior quality content. CTS features a range of entertaining and inspirational programs, including faith and values content based on biblical principles. Like many Canadians, CTS shares the concern about the decline in quality family programming and is taking a stand to ensure a place for trustworthy, safe television in Canada... "Television You Can Believe In". www.ctstv.com

SOURCE Crossroads Television System

For further information:

Carolyn Innis, Communications
Crossroads Television System
PH: 905-331-7333 ext 2265
E-mail: cinnis@ctstv.com

1295 North Service Road
Burlington, Ontario, Canada, L7R 4X5 

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