January 20th, 2020
MP ASHTON FIGHTS FOR CBC NORTH
Sends a letter to the President of CBC to protect North Country radio show
Dear Ms. Tait,
I am writing to you today to ensure that Northern Manitobans continue to receive quality, northern CBC programming and that CBC will do everything to ensure that the CBC studio in Thompson remains open following the departure of Mr. Sharvendiran who worked as the CBC North Country host.
As I’m sure you remember, the last time the CBC North Country radio program host retired, northerners were forced to go a year and a half without the important programming. Prior to that there was a clear attempt to close our studio. I was proud to be involved in that campaign to save CBC jobs here in our north and am confident that such a campaign won’t be necessary this time around.
Not only does the North Country radio program provide us important local content, it also ensures that the CBC has access to northern voices and can tell northern stories that can be difficult to do from downtown Toronto, Montreal or Winnipeg.
Please let me know what steps you are taking to ensure Northern Manitoba continues to be represented in the CBC roster.
Niki Ashton, MP
Churchill – Keewatinook Aski