"We see our oil and gas industry denigrated and the CBC is one of the culprits on that, for sure in a lot of people's eyes," Richards says. "This is an opportunity for people to express those concerns to a body, the CRTC, which has the ability to put conditions on the license when they're looking to renew the license for the CBC."
Richards explains that before the federal government can renew the CBC's license, they need to consult with Canadians. He thinks if enough people express their concerns, the Alberta oil and gas industry might get more positive news coverage from the CBC.
"Maybe the outcome might be that Albertans might see our oil and gas industry given more of a fair shake in the media. That's something we really need to see. When I've travelled across the country many people would hear about the struggles that the Alberta oil and gas industry is facing and be quite surprised because they're not hearing this from their media out east."
Richards says while he has heard the same concerns about other eastern Canada media, it is not to the same degree as the complaints about the CBC.
If you have concerns about the CBC, or even if you think they're doing an excellent job in their news coverage of Alberta issues, Richards would like you to have your say.
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