If there was a recurring theme to Pierre Karl Péladeau and Kory Teneycke’s press conference announcing Sun News, it’s that their new channel would not be anything like the CBC. Said Teneycke:
We’re taking on the mainstream media. We’re taking on smug, condescending, often irrelevant journalism. We’re taking on political correctness. We will not be a state broadcaster offering boring news by bureaucrats, for elites, and paid for by taxpayers.
As it turns out, Quebecor boss Péladeau doesn’t have a problem with taxpayer-subsidized television after all. At least, he didn’t in a June 14 letter to James Moore:
The CEO of Quebecor, Pierre Karl Péladeau, is threatening to sue the federal government if the heritage minister doesn’t intervene to change the admissibility criteria for the Canada Media Fund to allow shows like the [Quebecor-produced] Star Académie to benefit from it.