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Sun TV News wants exception from CRTC rules

Cable and satellite providers should be forced to carry the news channel for three years, says Quebecor


 

Quebecor is asking the CRTC to force cable and satellite providers to make Sun TV News available to subscribers for three years. In its license application to the broadcast regulator, Quebecor says the move would allow the company to “effectively expose and promote its programming to viewers across Canada.” It wouldn’t be mandatory for consumers to add the program to their TV package, says Sun TV News head Kory Teneycke, but everyone would be given the option to do so. Under the current rules, cable and satellite providers could choose to not carry the channel at all.

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  1. Can I also get cable companies to be forced to effectively expose and promote my programming to viewers across Canada?

    Aren't these people supposed to be free marketers? Can't they just make an awesome product that the cable companies will clamor for?

    • And while we're at it, can I just pay when the TV is actually on?

  2. I don't know what's more arrogant: Quebecor's request, or the petition against "Fox News North."

    Call it a draw.

    • ” It wouldn't be mandatory for consumers to add the program to their TV package, says Sun TV News head Kory Teneycke, but everyone would be given the option to do so." What the hell does that really mean when we are forced to pay for a package in order to receive one channel. Can someone please clarify.

    • I'm inclined to agree. The only point I see in Quebecor's favour is that the media is not
      notably open to any viewpoint that is not in line with theirs. Of course, you could argue that
      the media's only real viewpoint is to sell their product so if one 'national' cable/satellite
      company carried the channel and made a profit…….the liberal left would have to satisfy
      themselves with rants made in comments on equally left wing columnists articles. (OK – the
      last comment may have been a dig – I may or may not watch SunTV – but that should be my choice)

  3. It wouldn't be mandatory for consumers to add the program to their TV package, says Sun TV News head Kory Teneycke…

    Don't you understand? If we can't make people watch, how will they know about the free market?!?

    No, there must be a viewing quota. In fact, it should be like church: at least one hour a week, and you have to wear your nice clothes. No f-ing berets. God help you if I see a beret.

    Filthy liberal hippies.

  4. What irks me the most is that Harper is sticking his nose in where it doesn't belong and asking for preferential treatment for Fox North
    I abhor what FOX news has done to public discourse in the states, but freedom of speech is freedom of speech.
    That said, there is no way their applicationsghould be treated any differently than any other channel nor should their be ANY political intereference in their application – while by all accounts their has been tremendous pressure put on Finkelstein to see it 'their' way.

    • No one is asking for preferential treatment !!!!! The viewer is given the " option " to watch it !!!! Unlike the "being forced " to watch cbc !!!! I can't even believe the people that would oppose letting someone have the option to watch something !!!! I have never written in to any political blog but am getting soooo frustrated with the left wing hypocracy I could't help myself !!!

      • lol you read the Macleans comments section enough, your head is gonna explode. The place has liberals all over.

      • it is one thing to be "given the option" and a whole other thing to have the channel encased with a bundle of good channels that we do want to watch. in that case, the "option" defenestrated. so if I like 4 channels in the bundle and want them, but SunTV is the 5th, then I have 2 choices, neither of them are actually choices. in this whole argument, "option" is an illusion.

      • Stop pretending the CBC is the liberal equivalent of Sun TV. That's just ridiculous. There's a lot of stuff on CBC that I wouldn't dream of watching, but they do a pretty decent job of being a national broadcaster.

  5. Ah, another public servant in the bullseye sight?

    I'm with Novagardener on this. Does anyone have an explanation as to what that means?

  6. We're forced to pay for the CBC even if we don't have a TV! Liberal/NDP voting Canadians want the government to force us to comply with their ideology all the time – pay more taxes for example, or waste our money on 'green' initiatives, so it's understandable that Quebecor would make such a request.
    Liberal media controls public discourse in Canada, if a different point of view cannot get the same preferential treatment that Liberal media receives, then all subsidies to Liberals must be stopped immediately.
    It's about time Canadians demanded an open minded free market of ideas anyway, narrow minded Liberals have ruled for too long.

    • It's about time Canadians demanded an open minded free market of ideas anyway, narrow minded Liberals have ruled for too long.

      Which part of:

      Quebecor is asking the CRTC to force cable and satellite providers to make Sun TV News available to subscribers for three years.

      Reflects a free market of ideas?

      • I suspect the part where we are forced to have CBC……except that we don't have a sunset clause of
        three years.

        • The difference, of course, being that the CBC is a public broadcaster. If SunTV wants to advocate against the CBC on ideological grounds, so be it. But they don't get to keep their credibility if they then demand similar treatment for themselves.

          • Why not? In the free market you take advantage of all the tools at your disposal. If the government is going to present you a tool to help you against your competition, you use it.

            The problem is that the government shouldn't provide any "tools" in the first place.

    • So? I'm forced to pay for roads even though I don't drive. What's your point?

  7. I guess we'll find out how much clout the Conservatives have with the CRTC.

    I've always assumed – perhaps somewhat cynically – that the Conservatives would love to see Sun TV News become successful. This would enable the Conservatives to have press conferences without having to worry about taking questions from non-friendly sources.

    In the Conservatives' ideal world, according to this view, Sun TV News would take the place of the CBC, and become Canada's equivalent of Pravda.

  8. I fail to see why Sun Tv should be exempted. That would only lead to more and more exemptions/demands for special treatment.. Cable TV is too expensive for many people (including me) already. And, if I could afford cable I'd refuse to buy a "package" that includes channels I'd never watch. Radio is still out there – and still free. It's also the fastest source for breaking news often faster than the internet.

  9. Go for it, Sun TV.

    Any to all the liberals out there that don't like it, hey, why don't we disband the CRTC entirely and then no one, including Sun TV,will be able to get any preferential treatment? Sounds like a plan to me.