Newsroom cuts mean reduced election coverage: media union

    OTTAWA, Sept. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - "Canadians should expect reduced election
coverage this year, particularly in local ridings," says Canada's largest
media union.
    "Since the last federal election, hundreds and hundreds of jobs have been
cut from newsrooms right across the country, in both newspapers and television
stations," says Peter Murdoch, Vice-President, Media, for the Communications,
Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada.
    "As a result, local candidates are not going to get the coverage they
deserve and Canada's election process will further mirror the presidential
campaigns of the United States, with attention devoted to party leaders, not
local representatives and local issues."
    "Cuts to newsrooms hurt our democratic process," says Mr. Murdoch.
"Canada needs a mosaic of elected members of all voices and interests. But
with the level of cost-cutting we have seen so far, how will these voices even
be heard? After all, covering a one party leader is much cheaper than covering
candidates in each local riding.
    "I can only hope," Mr. Murdoch concludes, "that a journalism school
somewhere in the country will be researching this media deficit during the
campaign, and its impact on the election outcome."

For further information:

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

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