Union continues campaign against media concentration

As the House of Commons prepares to resume, the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada"s Vice-President of Media, Peter Murdoch says the recent Bell Globemedia-CHUM deal will be a test of whether Parliament and public interest can rein in a dangerously concentrated corporate media.

The union has filed a complaint with the CRTC about CHUM's cancellation of local newscasts, which put 271 people out on the street. Plans are also underway for a public campaign around concentration of media ownership.

"We've had all-party agreement in the House of Commons that media concentration should be stopped," says Murdoch. "The BGM-CHUM deal flies in the face of that."

CEP is preparing another submission to the CRTC on its television policy framework and it is getting ready to join with its partners in other cultural sectors to fight the move to relax foreign ownership restrictions on broadcasting and telecommunications.

"If we sell off our key messengers, we will no longer have sovereign control of the message. It is an issue critical to the country," says Murdoch.

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