Here’s Korncob Kory Teneycke on CBC’s Power and Politics on Friday, stating that his baby, Quebecor’s Fox News North, never asked the CRTC for a must-carry licence—the kind that would require cable and satellite providers to include the channel in their basic package:
“We are not nor have we ever asked for mandatory carriage of this station where Canadians would have to be obliged to pay. We’re saying that we would like to have it offered but theoretically it could be carried by no one.”
“In a private letter sent to Quebecor on July 5, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission rejected Quebecor’s request for a rare must-carry license. It would have guaranteed distribution by all cable and satellite firms – and the subscriber fees that come along with that distribution.”
“We’re not particularly fazed by that letter”
and Serge Sasseville, Quebecor’s VP of corporate affairs clarified:
“We’ll get exactly what we’re asking for at the end of the day. We’ll ask the CRTC exactly the same conditions we’ve been asking with a Category 1, and we’re pretty confident we’ll get it. You can ask for a must-offer even for other categories. It’s only labelling. You can call a cat a dog but at the end of the day it’s still a cat,” he said.