Thursday, November 18, 2004

CRTC Approves Fox News

The CRTC has approved a request by Fox News for a Canadian broadcasting license. The application was filed in April, after a previous request was denied last October. Canadians already have access to the 'standard' Fox Channel famed for hit shows amongst younger viewers such as The Simpsons, The OC and Malcolm in the Middle. However, Fox News is an oft critiqued channel, maligned by the liberal left as being less news than propaganda.

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters opposed Fox's application on the basis that it would hinder co-operation between Canadian and international broadcasters. However, the CRTC rejected the concern and stated that Fox News is not "partially or totally competitive with any Canadian pay or specialty service." As such, Fox News will soon be available to digital cable subscribers across the country.

While conventional wisdom suggests that the public should be allowed to watch any form of news they want, the experience of viewers in the United States raises some concerns. The network was founded in 1996 by former Republican aide Roger Ailes and is a subsidiary of the News Corp. owned by the right-wing tycoon Rupert Murdoch. Fox News is the subject of countless websites and even a successful DVD criticizing the network for 'liberties' it takes with the news. In light of the incredible popularity of the network with the Bush White House, and the stunning ignorance of their supporters, one must question whether the introduction of the network is really good news for Canada.


Blogger Caurus said...

Awesome, now stupid Canadians will be right wingers just like their compatriots down south. Just what we need.

8:34 p.m.  
Blogger Marina974 said...

Fox News should be forced to air 'OutFoxed' on teir first night broadcasting in Canada. The network isn't even close to balanced and the public should be made aware of that.

8:55 p.m.  
Blogger Hobbesian said...

The people should have a right to watch and make up there own minds. We don't live in a dictatorship, do we?

12:16 a.m.  

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