Toronto – A strong majority of Ontario residents want TVO to remain in public hands, according to a new opinion survey released this morning by the media watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.
Seventy-six percent of Ontarians say they oppose the idea of the provincial government selling TVOntario to a private broadcaster. The Ipsos-Reid survey reveals only 22% favour this idea.
Friends sent details of the poll to Premier Dalton McGuinty. In a letter delivered to the Premier today, Friends spokesperson Ian Morrison writes:
“TVOntario is an important component of Ontario’s educational strategy. Two-thirds of its programs are directed towards children and youth in the K-to-12 system. Its contribution to adult education, including civic education, is outstanding and strongly appreciated by a wide cross-section of the population.
“Ontarians believe that TVOntario is a jewel in our education system. We urge you to use your influence to preserve and strengthen its service to the people of Ontario.”
Ipsos-Reid interviewed 420 Ontario adults between May 4 and 9, 2004. A sample of this size produces results that are accurate to within 4.9%, 19 times out of 20.
Friends’ letter to Premier McGuinty and the Ipsos-Reid report can be viewed here.
May 14, 2004 - Letter to Premier of Ontario re: TVOntario
FRIENDS calls on Government of Ontario to respect views of 76% of Ontarians, not sell TVOntario to a private broadcaster.
May 14, 2004 - Opinion Poll: Ontarians want their TVOntario to remain public
Ipsos-Reid poll commissioned by FRIENDS shows a strong majority of Ontarians say that they want TVOntario to remain in public hands.