Hughes takes community television and media concerns to parliament

Ottawa – Supporters of community television and media had their issue championed in parliament as Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing MP, Carol Hughes delivered a passionate petition on the subject.

“Media concentration and digital convergence have made community TV and media even more important and necessary,” said Hughes. The Broadcasting Act stipulates that community, private and public broadcasting should complement one another.”

Hughes says that right now too many communities are finding themselves without a platform to relate local content and to develop media skills among interested individuals.

“CRTC policy states the community channel should be primarily of a public service nature, facilitating self-expression through free and open access by members of that community,” said Hughes. “These regulations are pretty straight- forward so the onus is on the government to foster opportunities in places where they don’t exist.

Hughes says that many smaller communities don’t have this option and even our bigger centres have seen local news services diminish with a focus on regional and even national services to fill the void. 

“These petitioners are asking the government to enable a network of community-operated media centres,” said Hughes.  “They feel this will ensure the survival of community TV, the availability of local media in areas not served by private or public media, and will give all Canadians access to multi-platform media skills training and content distribution in the digital economy.”