End of civilization as we know it is nigh

Well, it seems to be true: Swiss Chalet is trying to get a license to have a tv channel that just shows its rotisserie chickens roasting, 24/7. What next? GM showing its cars in a showroom? Who pays for this? How bored do you have to be to subscribe to this channel. I thought a 24 hour fishing channel was insane. Maybe its just a joke, or a good attempt by Swiss Chalet to engender lots of earned media. How much does Swiss Chalet pay the carriers to have it bundled into a package, forcing chicken down our throats?

Globe and Mail, Feb. 23 2011


CRTC to Sun News: HAH!

Her’s something you don’t see every day in this space: Let’s hear it for the CRTC! Yes, today the regulator told Sun TV it would not accept its application for a Category 1 license – forcing the new channel to be carried on every cable package across the country, a de facto tax on consumers raking in millions for Sun TV for the pleasure of having neocon political philosophy rammed down our throats. Don’t mind if the neocons get their own channel, but the neocons should pay for it. The CRTC suggested Sun TV do what everyone else does: get a basic licence, then negotiate with carriers how to carry it. Could be as popular as the all fishing channel….

Report on Business, July 16 2010

Quebecor, CTV in CRTC tangle

Quebecor is trying to get the CRTC to whack CTV over its choice of programming (not Canadian enough) on the latter’s A channel affiliates, the ones that mainly show movies and satisfy CRTC Canadian content by loading up on local news. Not that it’s a bad thing, but CRTC is looking for more Canadian drama, comedy etc. than just news. More likely corporate posturing than anything else, but with TV ad revenue down significantly this year, all options are being explored to ram the enemy.

Sun media, July 12 2010

Pierre-Karl Peladeau: Let’s talk about CBC TV

Peladeau, owner of Videotron and the Sun newspaper chain, and God knows what else, is arguing today for a public debate on the role of CBC (though he doesn’t specify it, he really means CBC TV.) In the zero channel universe of the 1950’s, a national television broadcaster made sense, just as a national radio broadcaster did. In the 500 channel and counting universe, what exactly should CBC television’s role be? News and documentaries? Got those channels. Sports? Got those channels. Showcase for independent filmmakers? Check. So, let’s have a national debate on the role of CBC and its 28 platforms, then fund it accordingly. I’ll start the ball rolling: yes to Radio One, maybe to Radio Two, no to Radio Three. No to CBC English TV, yes to CBC French TV/radio outside Quebec, maybe to CBC French inside Quebec.

The future of the CBC and its pre-eminent role in our broadcasting system should be up for review. The Corporation’s funding is tied to its mandate, as stipulated in the Broadcasting Act. Just as the CRTC acted courageously in its recent decision, Parliament should now rethink CBC’s direction and funding and make it accountable in the same way as other Crown Corporations.

National Post, March 30 2010

More outrage on CRTC non-decision

This time from someone a little more qualified than the usual suspects, Dr. Michael Geist, academic expert on new technologies and copyright. His argument: the CRTC failed to consider two key factors in its non decision on fee for carriage, the consumer and the Internet. You should read the whole column to get a solid analysis of the CRTC’s failure as a regulator in this case.

Toronto Star, March 29 2010

CRTC non-decision lays an egg

I’m back, and I’ll pass on Ann Coulter thanks (if you ignore them, they do go away.) Of more import is the CRTC’s non-decision on fee for carriage to dump the whole thing back to the two entities that can’t agree on it: over the air TV companies and cable companies. J-source rounds up the media opinion, which is universally negative (you’d think a regulator could actually regulate). Meanwhile, CBC-TV seems to be asking for its share of cable revenue as well. Pretty rich. We’re all paying for CBC TV through our taxes, then CBC wants us to pay for receiving it on cable. Talk about double taxation….

J-source, March 23 2010

Al Jazeera coming to Canada

The CRTC has approved a license of Al Jazeera English (AJE), not to be confused with the more controversial Al Jazeera Arabic (AJA) which has raised international concerns about it being anti-Semitics. As with all things MSM, AJE has been available on the net for some time. Anyway, glad to get another international view. We have CNN and BBC World; I’ll be subscribing to AJE for another perspective on world issues.

Globe and Mail, November 27 2009