CRTC renewal process needs public balance

    OTTAWA, Feb. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - The CRTC announced short-term, cautionary
approach to private broadcasters' license renewals can only be successful if
the public's voice is given weight against corporate cries that the sky is
    Canadians need to know the real financial details, not just the figures
released by self-interested media companies. Short-term licenses and a review
of broadcasting obligations can only work if the process is fully transparent,
says Canada's largest media union.
    "We are in an age when regulators such as those in the financial
community have proven themselves to be more like sleeping kittens than
growling watchdogs. The CRTC must show Canadians that it is serving our
national and cultural priorities, not simply the private ownership interests
of these mega media conglomerates," says Peter Murdoch, Vice-President Media
for the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada."
    "The unspoken question today, is why the CRTC does not revisit the
fee-for-carriage issue that might actually help broadcasters on the revenue
side. The Commission appears to be focused exclusively on helping these
companies off the hook by letting them slide away from their commitments
including service to local communities."

For further information:

For further information: Peter Murdoch, Vice-President of the
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, (905) 516-5720

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