Next year, all-news services CBC NN and CTV News Channel will lose their must-carry status, so that cable and satellite distributors no longer have to offer the channels. The news services will instead have to negotiate with distributors for carriage like most specialty channels.
But Quebecor’s Sun TV News, spearheaded by the company’s new vice-president of development, Kory Teneycke, has applied for a three-year, Category A licence, which are intended for non-competitive markets.
Let me say it once, clearly: I'd be more than happy to see these clowns get their TV channel, to pour millions into it and discover that the number of Canadians who would actually pay to watch a bunch of puffy white guys talk crap wouldn't fill a wading pool. My only fear is that it doesn't go under before I stop finding it hilarious.
But they should make their own way like an honest enterprise...like these guys, for example. They should not be awarded "must carry" status (and, frankly, they should be ashamed for even asking for it, rabid free-marketers that they must assuredly be).
And, by the way Al Jazeera English went through an extensive series of negotiations with both the CJC and B'nai Brith to ensure that its Canadian offerings didn't include the kind of anti-Semitic ranting that occasionally appears on the Arab language station. Since, left unchecked, SunTV is likely to offend any ethnic/religious minority that isn't Israeli, will they accept the same kind of scrutiny/oversight?