Nov 25, 2020
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BELL GLOBEMEDIA’S BUYOUT OF CHUM ALARMING

Toronto – Canadian performers are alarmed by reports that Bell Globemedia is buying CHUM Ltd. The proposed acquisition will have major ramifications on the Canadian media landscape, leaving essentially two major media conglomerates and private broadcasters,

Bell Globemedia and CanWest Global. Bell Globemedia’s holdings already include CTV, The Globe and Mail and 17 specialty channels.

“We’re seriously concerned about the impact this excessive media concentration will have on diversity, competition and choice,” said Stephen Waddell, ACTRA’s National Executive Director. "Canadians’ viewing choices are already limited by the swath of duplicated U.S. product carried by private TV broadcasters. This merger will leave us with even fewer voices and less options for seeing our own distinctive stories."

ACTRA also warns that the proposed acquisition could have a devastating impact on communities across the country that have both CHUM and CTV-owned stations. Job losses could be major, and local news and production will be severely compromised.

“We expect the CRTC to carefully examine this proposed acquisition. We can’t imagine how this increase in media concentration could possibly be in the best interest of Canadians or further the principles of The Broadcasting Act,” said Waddell.

“Prime Minister Stephen Harper has to act on this issue and stop this growing media monopoly. Canadian culture, diversity and openness in our media are being trampled on as power is concentrated in fewer and fewer hands,” he added.

ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is a national organization of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 21,000 members across Canada – the foundation of Canada’s highly acclaimed professional performing community.

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BELL GLOBEMEDIA’S BUYOUT OF CHUM ALARMING

Toronto – Canadian performers are alarmed by reports that Bell Globemedia is buying CHUM Ltd. The proposed acquisition will have major ramifications on the Canadian media landscape, leaving essentially two major media conglomerates and private broadcasters,

Bell Globemedia and CanWest Global. Bell Globemedia’s holdings already include CTV, The Globe and Mail and 17 specialty channels.

“We’re seriously concerned about the impact this excessive media concentration will have on diversity, competition and choice,” said Stephen Waddell, ACTRA’s National Executive Director. "Canadians’ viewing choices are already limited by the swath of duplicated U.S. product carried by private TV broadcasters. This merger will leave us with even fewer voices and less options for seeing our own distinctive stories."

ACTRA also warns that the proposed acquisition could have a devastating impact on communities across the country that have both CHUM and CTV-owned stations. Job losses could be major, and local news and production will be severely compromised.

“We expect the CRTC to carefully examine this proposed acquisition. We can’t imagine how this increase in media concentration could possibly be in the best interest of Canadians or further the principles of The Broadcasting Act,” said Waddell.

“Prime Minister Stephen Harper has to act on this issue and stop this growing media monopoly. Canadian culture, diversity and openness in our media are being trampled on as power is concentrated in fewer and fewer hands,” he added.

ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is a national organization of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 21,000 members across Canada – the foundation of Canada’s highly acclaimed professional performing community.

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Editorials

BELL GLOBEMEDIA’S BUYOUT OF CHUM ALARMING

Toronto – Canadian performers are alarmed by reports that Bell Globemedia is buying CHUM Ltd. The proposed acquisition will have major ramifications on the Canadian media landscape, leaving essentially two major media conglomerates and private broadcasters,

Bell Globemedia and CanWest Global. Bell Globemedia’s holdings already include CTV, The Globe and Mail and 17 specialty channels.

“We’re seriously concerned about the impact this excessive media concentration will have on diversity, competition and choice,” said Stephen Waddell, ACTRA’s National Executive Director. "Canadians’ viewing choices are already limited by the swath of duplicated U.S. product carried by private TV broadcasters. This merger will leave us with even fewer voices and less options for seeing our own distinctive stories."

ACTRA also warns that the proposed acquisition could have a devastating impact on communities across the country that have both CHUM and CTV-owned stations. Job losses could be major, and local news and production will be severely compromised.

“We expect the CRTC to carefully examine this proposed acquisition. We can’t imagine how this increase in media concentration could possibly be in the best interest of Canadians or further the principles of The Broadcasting Act,” said Waddell.

“Prime Minister Stephen Harper has to act on this issue and stop this growing media monopoly. Canadian culture, diversity and openness in our media are being trampled on as power is concentrated in fewer and fewer hands,” he added.

ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is a national organization of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 21,000 members across Canada – the foundation of Canada’s highly acclaimed professional performing community.

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