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PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 8:42 am    Post subject: FOX News North: Dead on Arrival? No -- APPROVED! (updated) Reply with quote

November 26, 2010: CRTC approves Sun TV as a Category 2 specialty channel.

** Original post of July 17, 2010 below **

With the CRTC's rejection of its Category 1 license, will Quebecor move ahead with any of the other less-financially-attractive options? Probably not.

In a July 17, 2010 National Post article entitled "Sun TV News 'confident' it will launch by deadline" Tim Shufelt wrote:
(emphasis added) If the channel some have dubbed "Fox News North" is to fly in Canada, it will likely have to do so lower down on the dial and without a guaranteed source of income.

The federal broadcast regulator has decided not to force cable and satellite providers to carry the conservative all-news channel, which is set to be launched by Quebecor Inc.

In advance of the planned launch on Jan. 1, 2011, the company applied to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission for a rare must-carry licence.

Quebecor did so despite an official moratorium on those "Category 1" licences until October of next year, when the transition to digital television in Canada is set to be complete.

It argued in its application that the specialty service would be sufficiently different from its competing all news outlets to warrant an exception.

But the CRTC was having none of it. In a private letter it sent to Quebecor earlier this month, the CRTC rejected the application, pointing out that the proposed format of Sun TV News bears marked similarities to standard all-news services.

It offered Quebecor three options: The company could pursue a Category 2 licence. In that case, the channel would have to negotiate agreements with carriers, who would not be required to offer the service.

"Therefore, it would appear to be a relatively straight-forward process for your proposal to be amended to be an application for a licence to operate a competitive news service, which could be considered without delay," wrote Peter Foster, the CRTC's director general of television policy and applications.

Quebecor could also retool its existing Sun TV station with information programming.

Finally, if it insists on applying for a Category 1 cable specialty licence, it must wait until October 2011.

But waiting or downgrading its licence doesn't appeal to Quebecor. Kory Teneycke, a former chief spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper who is at the helm of the new channel, said the company is preparing an amended Category 1 application and will soon try again with the CRTC.

"We're optimistic that this will be resolved in a way that works for us and allows Canadians from coast to coast to have access to the channel," he said. "We're confident that we'll have a licence in place that meets our needs prior to our scheduled launch in the new year."

I suppose that the Cabinet could always override the CRTC on the Category 1 issue, but that would seem to be very unlikely.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 11:23 am    Post subject: Re: FOX News North: Dead on arrival? Reply with quote

cbasu wrote:
With the CRTC's rejection of its Category 1 license, will Quebecor move ahead with any of the other less-financially-attractive options? Probably not.

In a July 17, 2010 National Post article entitled "Sun TV News 'confident' it will launch by deadline" Tim Shufelt wrote:
(emphasis added) If the channel some have dubbed "Fox News North" is to fly in Canada, it will likely have to do so lower down on the dial and without a guaranteed source of income.

The federal broadcast regulator has decided not to force cable and satellite providers to carry the conservative all-news channel, which is set to be launched by Quebecor Inc.

In advance of the planned launch on Jan. 1, 2011, the company applied to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission for a rare must-carry licence.

Quebecor did so despite an official moratorium on those "Category 1" licences until October of next year, when the transition to digital television in Canada is set to be complete.

It argued in its application that the specialty service would be sufficiently different from its competing all news outlets to warrant an exception.

But the CRTC was having none of it. In a private letter it sent to Quebecor earlier this month, the CRTC rejected the application, pointing out that the proposed format of Sun TV News bears marked similarities to standard all-news services.

It offered Quebecor three options: The company could pursue a Category 2 licence. In that case, the channel would have to negotiate agreements with carriers, who would not be required to offer the service.

"Therefore, it would appear to be a relatively straight-forward process for your proposal to be amended to be an application for a licence to operate a competitive news service, which could be considered without delay," wrote Peter Foster, the CRTC's director general of television policy and applications.

Quebecor could also retool its existing Sun TV station with information programming.

Finally, if it insists on applying for a Category 1 cable specialty licence, it must wait until October 2011.

But waiting or downgrading its licence doesn't appeal to Quebecor. Kory Teneycke, a former chief spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper who is at the helm of the new channel, said the company is preparing an amended Category 1 application and will soon try again with the CRTC.

"We're optimistic that this will be resolved in a way that works for us and allows Canadians from coast to coast to have access to the channel," he said. "We're confident that we'll have a licence in place that meets our needs prior to our scheduled launch in the new year."

I suppose that the Cabinet could always override the CRTC on the Category 1 issue, but that would seem to be very unlikely.


I don't think they ever thought they would get catagory 1. With the CRTC saying 1)no new catagory ones until October and the other two all news stations losing catagory one status, there is no way the CRTC could have ruled in their favor.
Fox news will be suited to Catagory 2, because those looking for a conservative news service will pay to get it, especially, considering the other stations available have a bias the other way)
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As long as all the the all-news stations are playing with the same rules, no sweat off my back. Really, I don't think Category 1 licenses should even exist for any channels.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As my original post suggested, without must-carry, US-style all-news channels cannot be financially viable in Canada. The market here just isn't that big. Now, a Quebecor executive confirms what I had speculated upon earlier.

In The Wire Report September 1 story, Jonathan Migneault wrote:
(excerpted and highlighted) In a written response to questions from the CRTC, Peggy Tabet, Quebecor’s director of regulatory affairs for broadcasting, suggested that three-year mandatory access for Sun TV News would be necessary for the channel to launch.

When asked how the launch of Sun TV News would be affected if the mandatory access was not allowed, Tabet wrote: “If mandatory access for a maximum period of three years is not granted to Sun TV News, one or more major cable or satellite providers might decide to not offer this service. This would be fatal to our business case … and would likely result in the cancellation of the Sun TV News project.”

Couldn't all the specialty channels now make the same case -- give us a 3-year must-carry exemption or we cannot make money? I'm not sure this is a winning argument for them.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2010 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check this out from the U.K. Guardian, written by a Canadian.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/medi.....un-tv-news

It's a total fabrication, there is no investigation, which they must know. I've seen it posted on a left wing forum as if it where fact. The yellowist of yellow journalism.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thought I'd add this from the G & M
The hit piece is still up on the Guardian's site

http://www.theglobeandmail.com.....le1789962/
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In a non-socialist country there would be no category 1; all channels would be pay for view.

Harper should prevent the CRTC from protecting the two current left bias category 1 so called “news” (more accurately labeled left-wing propaganda) channels, CTV & Layton's mouthpiece, the CBC.

Granting the new news channel a category 1 rating would add some balance to our existing unfair and unbalanced, left bias choices.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CRTC has "granted the forthcoming national news service approval to broadcast as an English-language, Category 2, specialty TV channel", according to CBC News. The network is expected to launch in Spring 2011.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great to Hear!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Left wing heads are exploding :lol:

I will have to wait until the spring to watch it as I'm away for the winter, have to rely on the internet for all my news.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 1:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bump

Is this channel ever going to launch???
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 1:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anybody heard any news on Fox North?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 2:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been told mid-march by Ezra Levant. I think we have to be patient. Launching a national television station is a tremendous undertaking. They're not just flicking a switch.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Luke Nicholson wrote:
I've been told mid-march by Ezra Levant. I think we have to be patient. Launching a national television station is a tremendous undertaking. They're not just flicking a switch.


March 2011??
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 1:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cosmostein wrote:
Luke Nicholson wrote:
I've been told mid-march by Ezra Levant. I think we have to be patient. Launching a national television station is a tremendous undertaking. They're not just flicking a switch.


March 2011??


Yes. Thats right. If he meant 2012 or beyond I think he would've specified.
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