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Move to FM will improve CBC radio service in Vancouver

JANUARY 17, 2008

Campaign for Democratic Media urges Vancouverites to support CBC application

City residents are being urged to support CBC’s application to move Radio One service to the FM band from its current spot at AM 690. Nearly 40% of Vancouver residents have reception problems on the AM frequency.

“Radio One is broadcast on FM in every major city in Canada except Vancouver,” points out Steve Anderson, co-ordinator of Campaign for Democratic Media!. “The city deserves reliable service from the country’s national public broadcaster. It’s an important step in ensuring the CBC fulfills its mandate by reaching as many Canadians as possible.”

The CBC’s plan includes ensuring that Radio One listeners outside Vancouver also continue to receive the station via new FM transmitters.

Residents can show their support for the CBC’s application to move to 88.1 FM by writing letters to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), which will make the final decision. Submissions can be made at http://democraticmedia.ca/radioforall

Useful facts and background information can be found at: http://www.cbc.ca/bc/making-the-move-to-fm/includes/support-CBC-CRTC-app...

The CRTC will accept comments until January 23, 2008.

Campaign for Democratic Media! is a national, non-profit, non-partisan media reform network helping to create the conditions for diverse, accountable and quality media in Canada. For more information, visit www.democraticmedia.ca .

Contact: Steve Anderson at (604) 837-5730.

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