Fox News North to be foisted on cable subscribers

Not as much attention is being paid to how Pierre Karl Peladeau plans to organize and finance his conservative all news tv network: he wants CRTC to classify it Category 1, so that it is mandatory in every cable package. With content that will reflect that of Sun newspapers, which consumers are rejecting in droves, this new beast would never take off unless it was heavily subsidized by we, the hapless cable subscribers. How about this CRTC: scrap all categories, and let subscribers subscribe only to those channels they want. You want the 500 channel universe, you got it. However, the reality is that most TV viewers watch six to eight channels regularly, and this would kill a lot of overspecialized tv channels. On the other hand, would anyone seriously miss Fisshing TV?

Financial Post, June 16 2010

A few good words about Maxime Bernier, from his CRTC days

This National Post commentary argues that Bernier was an effective minister at CRTC moving the regulator to a more free market basis (though why a regulator is necessary in a free market is a bit of a conundrum.) Anyway, in the current media storm of salaciousness about his ex-girlfriend, nice to see that some media commentators are capable of looking beyond the mud to the policies of elected officials, particularly when it comes to media.

National Post, The Yes Minister, May 29, 2008