Thousands say keep The Weather Network on basic cable

    OAKVILLE, ON, March 9 /CNW/ - Thousands of Canadians from coast-to-coast
have made their voices heard as the Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission prepares to consider changes to its rules about
basic cable service, which could see charges added for key weather and safety
information. The resounding chorus, evident in almost 7,000 letters, emails,
faxes and petitions highlights how The Weather Network and MétéoMédia are
basic to the fabric of Canadian life.
    Letters of support were received from individuals and organizations from
every province and territory, as well as from agencies and all three levels of
government. Members of Parliament from all four major parties filed letters of
support with the CRTC along with such notable organizations as the David
Suzuki Foundation, The Canadian Red Cross, the Canadian Emergency Preparedness
Association, Environment Canada, and numerous farm and tourism groups from
across Canada.
    "We are particularly impressed with the quality of the letters from
individuals who took the time to write the CRTC," said Pierre Morrissette,
President and CEO of Pelmorex Communications Inc., the parent company of The
Weather Network and MétéoMédia. "Many speak straight from the heart,
expressing their concern that we remain accessible and affordable to all
Canadians as part of the basic service. They don't want to buy additional
television packages to continue receiving what they consider an essential part
of their daily lives."
    Most letters stressed The Weather Network's importance to public safety
as well as issues related to access and affordability. Many noted that in
rural areas of Canada detailed road and weather information are not offered by
other broadcasters. Similar letters were filed supporting MétéoMédia, the
French-language sister service of The Weather Network, including several
francophone groups from outside of Québec.
    The CRTC public comment period ended yesterday and a hearing will be held
beginning March 27, 2007 to review regulatory changes needed as cable
companies convert most non-digital programming channels to digital service.

    About The Weather Network and MétéoMédia

    The Weather Network and its French counterpart, MétéoMédia, are among the
most popular media brands in Canada. They are the undisputed leader of weather
information services in Canada. The specialty television networks are among
the most widely distributed and frequently consulted television networks in
Canada. The growth of The Weather Network and MétéoMédia can be attributed to
the continued focus and commitment put into providing the very best weather
information to Canadians whose activities are dependant on weather.

For further information:

For further information: Deanna M. Langton, The Weather Network, (905)
829-1159 Ext. 1358, Email:

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