Not any more

Sept. 8: Letters to the editor – The Globe and Mail

In Canada on September 8, 2010 at 11:40

CRTC independence

I read with consternation Lawrence Martin’s column Is Stephen Harper Set To Move Against The CRTC? (Aug. 19) calling into question the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s independence as a regulatory body. The column stems from Quebecor Media’s application to launch a TV news service called Sun TV News.

I would like to categorically state that no one at any level of government has approached me about the Sun TV application, the appointment of the CRTC’s vice-chair of broadcasting, or my own mandate.

Quebecor’s application is being treated according to the CRTC’s well-established processes. The application was published on Sept. 1 for comment, and a public hearing will be held in Gatineau, Que., starting on Nov. 19. The CRTC will then make a decision on the basis of the evidence on the public record.

Konrad von Finckenstein, chair, CRTC, Gatineau, Que.

Speaking of Sun TV News

John Doyle argues that the Sun TV News channel should stand or fall on its merits (So It Will Only Work If Shoved Down Our Throats – Review, Sept. 7). “Let it be tested by the marketplace,” he says, “not shoved down our throats.”

He is, of course, entirely correct. The state should not force media companies to carry content and subscribers to pay for it, whether or not they want it.

I’m now eager to read Mr. Doyle’s follow-up column in which he explains that the state has no business forcing taxpayers to fund the CBC, even if they don’t watch it. If consumer choice is the only arbiter of success, it’s only right the same principle apply to all.

Adam Allouba, Montreal

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