CTV 'mum' on plans prior to CRTC hearings into largest media ownership deal

    OTTAWA, April 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Just days before the Canadian
Radio- television Commission begins hearing Canada's largest broadcasting
ownership deal, neither the CRTC nor Canadians have any real idea about what
CTV plans to do with the 65 radio and television stations that it wants to buy
from CHUM, says Canada's largest media union.
    "CTV hasn't filed any concrete production proposals or program schedules.
Neither it, nor the CRTC, will say how much these stations make and how much
they spend on programs made by Canadians for Canadians," says Peter Murdoch,
Vice-President Media for the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of
    "So in a deal worth $1.7 billion, which is supposed to give CTV new
multiple radio and/or TV stations in 14 separate communities across the
country, the only group that really knows what will happen with these stations
in these communities is CTV. And it's not talking."
    CEP says CTV has said it will replace up to 10% or more of the CITY TV
stations' programs every week with CTV programs, and it may use the CITY
schedule as a dumping ground for the U.S. programs CTV doesn't want to run
    "The approval of a deal like this is will give other private broadcasters
the feeling they can avoid commitments to Canadians and their culture," says
Mr. Murdoch.
    CEP is opposing the deal based on the argument that not only is more
information required, but that a hearing on the impact of concentrated
ownership should be held before this deal and other major acquisitions go
    Mr. Murdoch will be at the CRTC hearing on Monday, April 30, in Gatineau,
and available for media interviews.

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For further information: Peter Murdoch, (905) 516-5720

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