OTTAWA, Feb. 7 /CNW/ - Extensive research by Canada's largest media
union shows no motivation for the CRTC to consider lowering Canada's
"It's bizarre. We went looking and found nothing. There is no record
anywhere that sets out any concerns about the current standards. Is
this just another case of government interference, conveniently just
before Quebecor launches its all-news network? Is a political agenda
being forced on an agency that is supposed to regulate in the public
interest?" says Peter Murdoch, Vice President, Media for the
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union.
"It's scary. These uncalled-for proposed changes would radically reduce
the threshold for truth and honesty in broadcast journalism. Not one
working journalist in the country supports it," says Murdoch. "So who
does? Where does such a disastrous proposal come from? The only people
who might benefit from it are right-wing spin merchants - leading
inevitably to a race to the bottom."
CEP says the CRTC should abandon its attack on the cornerstone of
broadcast journalism. "Accuracy and integrity are core values of the
journalists who practice the profession." Why isn't the CRTC serving Canadians by strengthening our broadcasting
system, instead of weakening its standards and quality of service?
CEP says it will be filing Access to Information Requests to see if it
can ferret out who the hidden players are in this unwarranted and