Local TV Matters Campaign Issues a Talk Radio Challenge

    - Canadian consumers won't be fooled by unprecedented onslaught of false
    and misleading information from Rogers, Bell, Cogeco, Eastlink, Shaw and
    Telus -

TORONTO, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - Today, members of the Local TV Matters campaign issued a talk radio challenge. Radio programs across the country are encouraged to host special reports on the TV debate to assist consumers to get informed and make better decisions on the issues. Canadians are encouraged to call in and ask the tough questions.

"The more Canadians talk and learn about the issues, the more support grows for local TV and our reasonable and practical solution," said Paul Sparkes, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, CTVglobemedia. "Let's talk about it because the solution is simple: let us work it out with the cable and satellite companies."

"The more public support grows for local TV and our simple pro-consumer solution, the more outlandish and irresponsible the claims from Rogers, Bell, Cogeco, Eastlink, Shaw, and Telus become," said Charlotte Bell, Global's Senior Vice President of Regulatory and Government Affairs. "Canadian consumers won't be fooled by this unprecedented onslaught of misleading information."

"If consumers cannot trust the information from the cable and satellite companies on the issues, how can they have confidence in their bills?" said Steve Guiton, CBC's Chief Regulatory Officer. "Our solution is positive and promises consumer choice and a future for local TV news and programming in Canada."

There are only 17 days remaining for Canadians to be heard and submit comments to the CRTC. Visit http://www.localTVmatters.ca to get informed, take action and make a difference right now.

About Local TV Matters:

Local TV Matters is a campaign launched by local Canadian television broadcasters with a focus on the protection and preservation of local television for viewers across Canada. Local TV Matters' members include CTV, /A\, Global, CBC, and CHEK NEWS, with thousands of supporters located across the country. The campaign encourages all Canadians to share their voice and support local television by joining the conversation at www.localtvmatters.ca.


For further information: For further information: Name: Bonnie Brownlee, CTVglobemedia Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Phone: (416) 384-7190, Email: Bonnie.Brownlee@ctv.ca; Name: John Douglas, Canwest Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, Phone: (204) 227-1846, Email: jdouglas@canwest.com; Name: Jeff Keay, Head of Media Relations, CBC, Phone: (416) 205-3987, Email: jeff.keay@cbc.ca; Name: John Pollard, CEO of CHEK Media Group, Phone: (250) 383-2435, Email: Jpollard@cheknews.ca; Name: Yanick Lecours, Directeur communication marketing, V, Phone: (819) 377-6053 Email: ylecours@vtele.ca

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