The CHCH television station may close completely and we need YOUR support.
I apologize for this post being somewhat off topic, however I feel the CHCH television station is an important part of Hamilton, and means a great deal to Tiger-cat fans, the community and those in the Hamilton, Halton and Niagara region.
If we lose CHCH, we will not only lose coverage of the Tiger-cats, but also our only news source for the Hamilton, Halton and Niagara region. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!
For those unfamiliar with the situation:
Parent company Canwest Global has accumulated a massive debt over the years, and is now making cutbacks and may close CHCH completely unless a buyer or alternative can be found.
A few months ago we lost anchors Connie Smith and Dan Mclean along with a number of other staff members, Now the station may be closed completely unless a buyer or alternative can be found.
CHCH staff members are proposing a new plan for their troubled station that would allow it to be owned and controlled by community members. In April, CH’s Donna Skelly and a group of CHCH staff members will approach the CRTC with their community-based business model. If successful, the TV station would use a governing structure similar to a hospital. Rather than being operated by a large media company, CHCH would be governed by a board of directors made up of community leaders. The station needs to raise $500,000 from the community to go ahead with the plan.
What you can do to help:
Join the facebook group "SAVE CHCH NEWS" for the latest updates: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=122995560692
Visit the website: http://www.savechch.com/
Contact your MP (mailing addresses can be found on the facebook group)
Come out to our community Rally on March 17th down at the station and sign the petition.
(Several guest speakers will be attending...more info on the facebook group)
Contact the CRTC and tell them you care about local television:
CRTC : http://www.crtc.gc.ca/RapidsCCM/Register.asp?lang=E
or call: 1-877-249-CRTC (2782)
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
Canada, K1A 0N2
Please help save local television and support CHCH. We cannot do this without YOUR HELP.
Thanks for your support, and I look forward to seeing many of you down at Ivor Wynne for the 2009 season.