Corporate media power mutes gov't, CRTC

    OTTAWA, April 12 /CNW Telbec/ - "Another billion-dollar deal further
concentrating ownership in Canada's media and the response from government is
    That reaction today from Canada's largest media union to Astal Media's
purchase of Standard Radio Inc.
    "This radio mega-merger is yet another threshold in a dangerous
concentration of Canada's media," adds Peter Murdoch, Vice-President, Media,
of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada.
    "These are public airwaves, broadcasters earn enormous profits, but
average Canadians are losing out," he says. "Both government and the CRTC have
become muted by corporate media power.
    "Radio broadcasters earn profits unheard of in other sectors of the
economy, yet employees earn pitiful wages, original news and information
programming is on the decrease, and we are headed toward an American-styled
radio system, which is controlled by one or two broadcasting empires.
    "The CRTC must act and act now. It should hold public hearings on the
impact of these mega mergers before they happen. It is laughable that even
before the CTV/CHUM deal has been approved, pieces are being sold off. Public
policy regulation is a charade.
    "The federal government needs to grant specified funding to the CRTC to
conduct a thorough, extensive and public inquiry into the concentration of
media ownership in Canada," concludes Mr. Murdoch.

For further information:

For further information: Peter Murdoch, Vice-President - Media, (613)
230-5200, ext. 249, cell: (905) 516-5720,

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