Rogers dismantling of OMNI TV “a dark time” for multiculturalism in Canada

MEDIA ADVISORY

Rogers dismantling of OMNI TV “a dark time” for multiculturalism in Canada, say coalition of community leaders.

CRTC should hold Rogers Media Accountable say Canadian Ethnocultural Council, Urban Alliance on Race Relations, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, and Chinese Canadian National Council – Toronto Chapter.

 

When:          Tuesday, May 19, 2015 

Time:            10 am

Where:         Room G, Ryerson Student Centre, 55 Gould Street (Gould and Church)

 

Why?

Diverse community leaders are coming together to voice our concerns over the systematic dismantling of multilingual programming by Rogers Media. Rogers cut 110 jobs from its television operations on May 6, mainly at the OMNI multicultural stations. OMNI newscasts in multiple languages have also been eliminated.

 

Community Reaction

Over the past few years, Rogers has stripped bare the first ever multilingual television channel founded in 1979, a national bridge builder that has reached members of diverse communities over the past 35 years. Rogers has marginalized the spirit of the license. The latest announcement is both a disrespect to the diverse communities across the country and a disregard of their own commitment to CRTC, say community groups.

“Rogers and OMNI have been granted the privilege to broadcast in Canada by the CRTC. They have promised as a condition that they would meet their requirements to serve diverse communities across Canada. This is not about charity. This is a fundamental agreement that they have laid bare,” says Dr. Joseph Wong, founding member of the Chinese Canadian National Council.  “We are asking the Federal Government and the CRTC to make sure that Rogers continues to serve Canada’s diverse communities and does not continue to systematically dismantle an important part of Canada’s multicultural broadcasting heritage.”

Key community leaders will voice concerns and ask the Federal government and CRTC to strengthen their commitment to multilingual broadcasting.

 

Speakers:

  • Joseph Y.K. Wong, founding member of CCNC and Yee Hong Foundation for Geriatric Care
  • Tam Goossen, Past President, Urban Alliance on Race Relations & member of the Ontario Press Council
  • Dominic Campione, President of the Canadian Ethnocultural Council
  • Amy Casipullai, Communications and Media Officer, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
  • Thomas S. Saras, President & CEO, National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada
  • Dr, Winnie Ng, Unifor Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy, Ryerson University

 

For more information contact:

Chase Lo, Executive Director, Chinese Canadian National Council, Toronto Chapter, 416.576.4022

Jason Merai, Urban Alliance on Race Relations 416.703.6607 ext 2 | @UARRToronto | www.urbanalliance.ca

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