Rogers Sports & Media Encourages Canadians to #SpeakUp Against Racism; Citytv’s Iconic Speakers Corner Returns to Give Canadians a Voice
- Relaunching today, the popular audience platform aims to help stimulate conversation around systemic racism and discrimination -
June 3, 2020 (TORONTO) – The little booth on the streets of downtown Toronto has been replaced by technology and social media, but it was never about the booth. It was about giving Canadians a place to be seen and heard and now, amid the current social discord surrounding systemic racism and injustice, there has never been a bigger – or more timely – need for Citytv’s Speakers Corner .
“With racial inequality, hatred, and discrimination still so prevalent, we as a society must do better. We have a unique responsibility to engage Canadians in conversation through our media assets and help be a catalyst for positive change by amplifying voices that have not always been heard with equal measure,” said Jordan Banks, President, Rogers Sports & Media. “Canada has systemic inequalities, and we must firmly embrace inclusion and equality as it will lead to a stronger and more united society for future generations.”
Starting today, Canadians are encouraged to share their thoughts and opinions via video on either the Speakers Corner website or on social media with the hashtag #SpeakUp. Videos will be featured on the Speakers Corner webpage, with a selection of submissions shared across Rogers Sports & Media’s suite of assets including Citytv, CityNews, OMNI Television, Sportsnet, Rogers TV, and various Rogers Radio stations across the country.
Speakers Corner first launched in 1990 and quickly became a popular destination for Canadians who had something to say, informing audiences on Citytv for decades.
Rogers Sports & Media will continue the conversation with a virtual CityNews & OMNI Television Town Hall next week, whereby prominent Canadians will share their views and opinions on the need for change in the fight against racism and inequality. Further details to be shared over the coming days.
About Rogers Sports & Media
Rogers Sports & Media is a diverse sports and content company that engages more than 30 million Canadians each week. The company’s multimedia offerings include 56 radio stations, 29 local TV stations, 23 conventional and specialty television stations, podcasts, digital and e-commerce websites, and sporting events. Rogers Sports & Media delivers unique storytelling through its range of powerful brands: Citytv, OMNI Television, FX, TSC, KiSS, Breakfast Television, Cityline, CityNews, Sportsnet – Canada’s #1 sports network, and the Blue Jays – Canada’s only Major League Baseball team. Rogers Sports & Media is a subsidiary of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX, NYSE: RCI). Visit RogersSportsandMedia.com .
Andrea Goldstein, Rogers Sports & Media, Andrea.Goldstein@rci.rogers.com , (m) 647.801.4394
Charmaine Khan, Citytv, Charmaine.Khan@rci.rogers.com , (m) 416.277.0450