FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 13, 2016
The Urban Alliance on Race Relations and the Coalition of Community Partners Condemn CRTC Decision Confirming the Dismantling of OMNI Third-Language Local Newscasts by Rogers Media Inc.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has denied the application by Urban Alliance on Race Relations (UARR) and the Coalition of Community Partners seeking an expedited public hearing regarding the cancellation in 2015 by Rogers Media Inc. of all local third-language newscasts on its OMNI stations.
In May 2015, the UARR and the Coalition requested the CRTC to convene a hearing to review public concerns about Rogers’ sudden, unwarranted decision to dismantle OMNI’s local third-language newscasts and fire its multicultural staff in its programming, marketing and sales divisions. Our concerns were echoed by over 1,700 interventions from OMNI viewers, members of parliament and multicultural groups.
The UARR and the Coalition regret and condemn the CRTC decision to deny a public hearing and ask how this decision serves the public interest.
The UARR and the Coalition will continue to pursue this matter to ensure both the CRTC and Rogers Media Inc. respect and honour the Ethnic Broadcasting Policy under Canada’s Broadcasting Act, which requires a basic level of third language programming for various ethnic groups to support their full participation in Canadian society.
Endorsed by and for more information, please contact:
Nigel Barriffe, President, Urban Alliance on Race Relations Tel: 416-427-1192
Dominic Campione, President, Canadian Ethnocultural Council Tel: 1-613-230-3867
Debbie Douglas, Executive Director, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
Avvy Go, Clinic Director, Metro Toronto Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic Tel: 416-971-9674
Chase Lo, Executive Director, Chinese Canadian National Council, Toronto Chapter Tel: 416-596-0833 ext 1 Dr. Winnie Ng, Unifor Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy, Ryerson University
Dr. Joseph Wong, founding member of CCNC and Yee Hong Foundation for Geriatric Care
Roberto Colavecchio, National President, National Congress of Italian Canadians
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