MONTREAL, Sept. 20, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - On Wednesday, September 19th, Richard Henry Bain, the alleged gunman in the September 4th Metropolis shooting, contacted the Astral Radio newsroom in Montréal,
which provides news services to NRJ 94.3, 107.3 Rouge fm, CJAD 800 AM,
Virgin Radio 96, and CHOM 97 7. Deemed of public interest, brief
excerpts of the conversation between Bain and an Astral Radio reporter
were aired on CJAD 800 AM in Montréal, on the NRJ and Rouge fm networks
across Québec, and relayed to the stations' respective websites.
Of note, Richard Bain managed without apparent difficulty to contact the
newsroom from the infirmary of the Detention Center in
Rivière-des-Prairies, where he is presently held. And so, the timing of
the broadcast was in no way deliberately chosen by the newsroom. To
that effect, Astral Radio insists on the entirely apolitical nature of
this news report, which had more to do with a well-thought-out and
rigorous journalistic approach.
For ethical reasons, it was decided, that only brief excerpts of the
38-minute conversation with Richard Henry Bain would be broadcast so as
not to provide a platform for his opinions.
As a news reference in Montréal and across Québec, Astral Radio
vigorously condemns the acts which occurred on September 4, 2012, and
conveys its sincere condolences to the families of the victims.
Astral Radio is a member of the Astral family. Founded in 1961, Astral is one of Canada's largest media companies. It operates several media
properties—pay and specialty television, radio, out-of-home advertising
and digital media properties—among the most popular in the country.
Astral plays a central role in community life across the country by
offering diverse, rich and vibrant programming that meets the tastes
and needs of consumers and advertisers alike. To learn more about
Astral, go to astral.com.
SOURCE: ASTRAL MEDIA RADIO INC
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