CHEK lives!

Yes, chalk one up for the good guys. Canwest threatened to close four smaller TV stations, but at the end of the day found buyers for three of them (Red Deer didn’t make it, but it was always a tough slog jammed between Edmonton and Calgary stations. CHEK Victoria was bought out by its employees and the Aspers came to terms on Friday, with formal CRTC approval to come quickly. Meanwhile, the real big test ahead: will Victoria residents tune into a local station with a local focus, or tune into those giants across the bay hyping the latest Hollywood gunk? Do your bit Victoria, or you could lose it after all.

Vancouver Sun, September 5 2009

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