OTTAWA, Sept. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The CRTC needs to put some bite behind
its bark if it is to remain the watchdog of Canada's public airwaves, says
Canada's largest media union.
"Letting Roger's purchase City TV without forcing them to reinstate local
news programming in Canada's Western stations is simply abdicating their
responsibility to the Canadian public," said Peter Murdoch Media
Vice-President of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada,
commenting the CRTC decision released today.
Murdoch said at the CRTC hearings there appeared to some sympathy for the
necessity of local news, but it appears the CRTC feels it does not have the
authority to force broadcasters to live up to some basic commitments, or even
their existing conditions of license.
"If the Commission needs more authority to force and/or penalize
broadcasters for not living up to basic programming, Parliament should quickly
give it to them. Without this, we seem to be heading into a comic book world
of infotainment where pet astrology replaces news about local hospitals or
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