OTTAWA, Oct. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - The CRTC's well-reasoned decision to deny
Bell's application to acquire Astral addressed concerns of Canadians
and canadian consumers about the scope and impact of this transaction ,
says the country's largest media union, the Communications, Energy and
Paperworkers Union of Canada.
The Commission said that approving «this transaction is not in the
public interest.» It noted intervenors' concern that «none of the
$241.3 million in tangible benefits would be directed toward existing
or new local programming for any of the local television and radio
stations » that Bell would have bought.
CEP highlighted these points when it appeared at the CRTC's September
Among other things, Bell claims it could extract millions of dollars of
« synergies » from buying Astral without explaining how it would
achieve these savings.
« CEP set out its concern that these so-called synergies actually meant
more job losses in a sector that has been hard hit in the last
decade, » said Peter Murdoch CEP's Vice-President, Media.
« Bell proposed to devote millions of dollars to independant
productions; CEP expects that as one of the country's largest media
companies, Bell will continue to invest in Canadian programming. »
« Going forward, » Murdoch said, « CEP expects the CRTC will apply the
same rigour and analytical criteria it did in this decision to the
next application filed regarding the Astral assets. »
SOURCE: COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA
For further information:
Peter Murdoch, (905) 516-5720