FEDERAL New Democrats on Monday said they applaud the CRTC’s decision to renew Omni TV’s license and maintain the level of multicultural programming on the station, including Punjabi and South Asian broadcasts.
“OMNI TV’s multi-ethnic programming is essential to many families across Canada,” said NDP Multiculturalism Critic Andrew Cash. “I’m pleased to see the CRTC reaffirm Canada’s commitment to multiculturalism that exists in the Broadcasting Act.”
Rogers, the owners of OMNI, had applied with the CRTC to alter conditions of its license which would reduce multicultural and non-English programming. Along with other community groups, Cash had written a letter to the CRTC in February this year to oppose the reduction of diversity programming.
“I first spoke out on this issue in early 2013 when these proposed changes were announced,” added Cash. “CRTC’s decision is a good first step and is reflective of our efforts. We will continue to work on ensuring multicultural programming is available to Canadians.”
New Democrats said they believe that our country is becoming increasingly diverse, not just in Toronto and Vancouver, and that this reality should be reflected in our media.