Monday, June 14, 2010
Affirmative Action For Fox News North?
Dan Leger thinks the CRTC, under pressure from Stephen Harper's Conservative government, will "find a way" to put make Fox News North part of the basic cable package, thus giving the new tv station a guaranteed revenue stream out of the pockets of unwitting and unwilling Canadian cable subscribers. My opinion: if FNN is willing to fight for its audience--like Al Jazeera, for example--then let 'em come. But I would strongly oppose handouts for what appears to be a line-up of has-beens from the Reform Party era. And since this application will come under enormous public scrutiny, I suspect Stephen Harper will keep a mile away from the process, and will accept whatever decision the CRTC makes with uncharacteristic grace.