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"Local news coverage is going to take a big hit (in Brandon)," said Jim Thompson, Ottawa-based spokesman of the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, a voluntary organization whose mission is to defend and enhance the quality and quantity of Canadian programming.
He said there is much evidence to show Canadians prefer programming of a local variety, particularly on the news front. But Brandonites aren't the only ones who will suffer. Local, provincial and federal politicians, as well as community organizations that have relied on CKX to help them reach people in the area, will have one less point of contact.
Donald Benham, a former on-air personality at CBC Radio in Winnipeg, said the move means the diversity of voices and competition between media are lost.
"I think competition is a very good thing for journalists and it brings out the best in everybody."
Bob Silver, co-owner of the Free Press and Brandon Sun, said even though the asking price was just a loonie, the board of FP Canadian Newspapers Limited Partnership declined to diversify its operations into broadcast media.
"We thought about it. We decided it would not be accretive to the business we have today. We can't afford to do anything that doesn't help our businesses," he said.