Canadian politicians OK'd for radio gigs

Fri Jun 27, 2008 1:31am EDT
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By Etan Vlessing

TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) - Former politicians routinely morph into radio talk show hosts. But should radio hosts elected to political office use the airwaves to promote their own political agendas?

Canada's broadcast censors don't see a problem.

"The panel does not consider that there is anything inherently incompatible between the holding or seeking of office by an individual, on the one hand, and being on air, on the other," the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council ruled Thursday.

The industry regulators responded to separate listener complaints that the Bob Bratina morning show on CHML-AM in Hamilton, Ontario, and Jack Miller's morning show on CIGL-FM in nearby Belleville were problematic, as the veteran talk radio hosts were recently elected to municipal office.

The CBSC said that Canadian regulatory rules only bar radio personalities who are candidates from espousing political views during election campaigns.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

<p>A microphone is seen in a studio booth during a radio interview. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok</p>