on the CRTC to request that Quebecor return its licence for an over-the-air television undertaking toserve the residents of Toronto and Hamilton, and issue a call for the use of that licence.. Since Quebecoris abandoning Sun TV's format as a local broadcasting station in Toronto, CKXT-TV’s commitmentsas a local broadcaster still need to be fulfilled and properly accounted for. The Commission is normallyvery supportive of preserving local broadcasting services, and the complete disappearance of localcontent and the services it provides to its community needs to be prevented.
15.We would like to ensure that CKXT-TV’s old license as a local broadcaster winds up in the hands of an independent company that will utilize it to serve as a valuable resource for its local community. Thestation was originally created in 2002 as a local station with an ethnic focus, as well as a commitment of hiring First Nations reporters. We feel that the publicity of Sun TV’s format change has caused both theCommission and the public to lose sight of the regulatory commitments that it will be abandoning as aresult of the proposed transition.
16.If the output from from large and established media conglomerates such as Quebecor is going to beincreased through undertakings such as Sun TV News, then the Commission must act to ensure thatmore diversity is supported in our media environment by fostering independent companies. Ensuringthat a local media outlet is created in the wake of Sun TV News’ birth would be an ideal way of maintaining balance and true diversity in the arena of Canadian television.
Journalistic Priorities of Sun TV News
17.Quebecor’s argument for being granted special privileges is further undermined by the mismanagementof its current news resources.18.If Quebecor has intentions of brightening the current news landscape, we must ask why the companyis not doing so with its current outlets. For example, a total of 253 journalists from the
Journal de Montréal
, which for years was North America's highest-circulation French-language newspaper, havebeen locked out by the paper's parent company, Quebecor, since 24 January 2009.
19.This is not the first time the company has employed such tactics. In April 2007, Quebecor locked out theoffice and editorial staff of the
Journal de Québec.
If Quebecor wants to invest in journalism, it needsto start with its current projects. We invite the CRTC to consider new mechanisms for ensuring thatthe balance and diversity that Canadians are entitled to through the
are maintainedthroughout our broadcast journalism sector.
20.Thank you for the opportunity to submit comments on this important issue. We look forward to theopportunity to present our views in person before the CRTC’s hearing panel, and to respond to theCRTC’s questions.Sincerely yours,