Okay, six words, in two parts.
Get a grip.
You’re being played.
Sun TV News, the new wingnut news station that’s being called “Fox North”, and lately the perfectly rational “Hate Media”, isn’t even on air yet but has been generating red-faced progressive outrage for months. There are petitions to stop it from …from what? From getting a Mandatory Carriage license? From going on air at all? One wonders.
One also wonders if people understand what a Mandatory Carriage (aka “Category One”) license actually is, and why such licenses are granted. A “Category One” license is granted to stations covering specific programming genres, one license per genre. The 24-hour news genre is already covered by CBC Newsworld and it doesn’t much matter what kind of bias Sun TV News reports with, it’s still 24-hour news. Granting them a Cat One license, something that could only happen if some CRTC regs were overhauled, would mean also having to give one to CTV Newsnet, and maybe others. Apart from mandatory carriage, one of the perks of a Cat One license is a low spot on the dial, and guess what: there are only so many of them, which is why Cat One licenses are so rare. The chances of “Fox News North” getting a Cat One license are less than zero.
But the chances that this Kory Teneycke dude might just be the smartest guy in the room are pretty good.
UPDATE: There is a lot of confusion around this issue, and I am one of the Confused. In the comments, stageleft (see his more explicit take on this topic here) sheds some light on the situation:
Quebecor is asking for a “must offer” license, which would mean that the cable/satellite networks would have to offer it somewhere in their line-up. Something that is considerably different from the must provide it to every household with a basic subscription that the CBC enjoys.
“Must offer” is indeed very different from Category One. The confusion probably arose because Sun TV originally applied for a Category One but was rejected, prompting Teneycke to comment
“We’re not particularly fazed by that letter. We’re focused on moving forward […] We’re confident that we’ll have a licence in time for our projected launch, and one that will satisfy our needs on the business side.”
Those opposed to the station apparently took that remark to mean that the coveted Category One license would be obtained by some underhanded, nefarious means, probably with the helpful interference of our totalitarian Prime Minister. The suspicion was bolstered when CRTC chairman Konrad von Fickenstein, whose term ends in 2012, was offered another job to vacate early, and thus began the C/1 Truther Movement.
My opinion that Teneycke is the smartest guy in this particular room still stands.