As well, Choose News advocate Michael Maser was interviewed by Sean Eckford of 91.7 Coast FM radio.
Radio host Sean Eckford posed two interesting questions that are reviewed below:
i. Is Choose News out to censor broadcasters?
A: No, the project is designed to raise awareness of this issue among Canadian broadcasters and the public, and to urge broadcasters to live up to their own 'Violence Code' (1993) which specifically states, in Section 1.2.2: "that young children not be exposed to programming which is unsuitable for them".
ii. Shouldn't the responsibility for monitoring and controlling news 'exposure' rest with parents?
A: I perceive that as 'downloading' a responsibility onto parents that more properly accrues to news broadcasting companies that are sensationalizing and prioritizing violent news stories. Why should parents, who are busy attending to the immediate needs of their children, have to remain hyper-alert during a newscast and react to what they perceive to be unsuitable content for their children? That's truly an unfair burden. That parent might be occupied at that moment dealing with another issue, or even driving a vehicle. All citizens, young and old, have a right to newscasting that doesn't potentially jeopardize their health.
And if you are able to help connect Choose News to your local media, or an organization that would like to learn more about this issue, please contact Choose News.