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Corus reorganization hurts diversity of voices: CFTPA

Briefs | 10/01/2007 12:59 pm EDT

Following last week's corporate reorganization by Corus Entertainment Inc., which included cutting 53 jobs and closing the Vancouver office of Movie Central, the Canadian Film and Television Production Association voiced its concern about the impact on its western members. "The closure of this office, and reduction of staff, is a very symbolic message that sends a negative signal to producers in Western Canada," said Sandra Cunningham, Chair, Board of Directors, CFTPA. "Real regional involvement by broadcasters is key to diversity of voices and the health of the broadcasting system in Canada." The CFTPA also noted that when Corus was seeking approval to buy Movie Central in 2000, Corus president and CEO John Cassaday stated before the CRTC, "we are deeply committed to maintaining our presence in Western Canada." Corus closed the Movie Central office in Edmonton in 2005. Now the CFTPA is asking Corus for an explanation on how this latest closure will impact independent producers in Western Canada.

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