Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann today sent a letter to Minister of Canadian Heritage Melanie Joly asking her to review spending cuts to the CBC and the potential damage of continued media consolidation in Alberta.
“A free, diverse and independent media is the cornerstone of democracy,” said Swann. “Because of previous cuts, the CBC is barely standing while major consolidations of media properties continue to remove diversity of opinion from the public domain.”
In his letter, Swann asks the Minister to review the funding levels of CBC in Alberta, including the decision to sell the CBC Calgary building. Swann also requested Minister Joly review and challenge the sanctioning of future consolidation of media properties.
“There is no question that media is a business, nor that businesses have a right and an obligation to their shareholders to make profits in the best way they can,” Swann stated. “However, in a democracy, media also has an obligation to the public interest. This interest is best served by diverse private ownership and a strong public broadcaster.”