Media ownership pyramiding continues

    OTTAWA, June 1 /CNW Telbec/ - "The sale of the Osprey newspaper chain to
media giant Quebecor represents a further pyramiding of ownership in Canada's
media," says Peter Murdoch, Media Vice-President of Canada's largest media
union. "Meanwhile, the federal government continues to sit on its hands."
    "The problem with every major purchase in the media is that it has
translated into the 'more is less' model -- more profit for large media
corporations less local content in community newspapers," says Murdoch.
    "The chains have been complicit partners in the continual erosion of our
once-distinguished newspaper community. Circulation is falling at most
newspapers, and no wonder. There is little or no new investment in the
essential ingredient of the product -- solid, old-fashioned reporters out
there digging up the news at every venue."
    Murdoch says "the Harper government's 'let-the-free-market prevail'
ideology will do for media democracy what it has done for the environment --
create crisis.
    "The government has enough research and recommendations sitting on its
shelves today that it could act responsibly on behalf of the public interest
to end this dangerous concentration of ownership in Canada's media. It is
clear we need a stronger voice than Heritage Minister Bev Oda's in Cabinet."

For further information:

For further information: Peter Murdoch, (613) 230-5800, ext. 249, cell:
(905) 516-5720

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