Federal government must restore Local Programming Improvement Fund to help keep CHCH afloat: Hamilton hospital staff

“The federal Liberal government needs to take a broad approach to funding infrastructure and step in now to restore the Local Programming Improvement Fund, cut this year by the CRTC, which pumped between 5 and 8 million dollars annually into CHCH television in Hamilton,” say the presidents of two of Hamilton’s largest community unions.

Friday last week, CHCH announced it was filing for bankruptcy, cutting local news programming from 80 hours to 17.5 hours, and laying off 129 full-time and 38 part-time staff (some of who have been rehired under a “re-structured” media company).

“This is a personal tragedy for each of these hard working journalists and production staff. It is also an enormous setback for a community already reeling from massive job losses at steel mills and other area employers,” says Dave Murphy, president of Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 7800 representing nearly 4,000 staff at Hamilton Health Sciences.

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