The chairman of Canada’s broadcast regulator said it is “disturbing” to read allegations that the president of Bell Media intervened to exclude him from news coverage on CTV, the country’s largest private broadcaster.
On Wednesday, The Globe and Mail published a story detailing how a long-running feud between Bell and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission boiled over. Last week, Kevin Crull, the president of Bell Media, which owns CTV, became angry with a regulatory decision and directed senior staff not to show chairman Jean-Pierre Blais in coverage of the story, according to sources.
Mr. Crull sought to have comments and interviews by Mr. Blais excluded from Bell-owned networks, the sources said. Mr. Blais released a lengthy response on Wednesday. (Read the full statement.)
“An informed citizenry cannot be sacrificed for a company’s commercial interests,” he writes in a 253-word written statement. “Canadians can only wonder how many times corporate interests may have been placed ahead of the fair and balanced news reporting they expect from their broadcasting system.”
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