Rogers Sports & Media is encouraging Canadians to speak up against racism by relaunching Citytv’s iconic Speakers Corner to give the audience a voice amid the current social discord surrounding systemic racism and injustice.
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 on Citytv, CityNews, OMNI Television, Sportsnet, Rogers TV, and various Rogers Radio stations across the country.
“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.”
Speakers Corner was first launched in 1990 as a video booth in downtown Toronto and quickly became a popular destination for Canadians who had something to say, informing audiences on Citytv for decades. Rogers Sports & Media is now relaunching the popular audience platform in virtual form, aiming to help stimulate conversation around systemic racism and discrimination.
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.