Can’t say I’m surprised by this:
OTTAWA – The operators of Sun News Network filed a complaint Friday with Canada’s broadcast regulator against Bell Canada.
The complaint alleges Bell gave the all-news networks it owns — CTV News Channel, CP24, and Business News Network — “undue preference” and put the fledgling Sun News Network at “undue disadvantage” in their carriage fee disagreement.
Luc Lavoie, head of development for Sun News, says Bell has refused to treat Sun News Network the same way it and other television distributors treat all news channels.
“Could it be because we’re competition?” asked Lavoie. “Are they afraid of us? And is it acceptable in Canada that they give themselves preferential treatment? It goes against all the concepts of regulatory affairs in Canada.”
The complaint filed with the CRTC says even though Sun News asked to be paid a carriage fee that is less than what Bell’s all-news outlets charge, Bell still considered the fee excessive. (Source)
As a result of this disagreement, Sun News asked Bell to stop broadcasting their signal.
Remember that this comes on the heels of Bell removing EWTN from its lineup.
Funny coincidence, eh? It seems that Bell doesn’t like conservative-minded TV networks. What does that say about them feeling comfortable in keeping Salt and Light in their lineup?
Here’s the email I just sent to the executive office at Bell to complain (email@example.com). I also copied the CRTC (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (email@example.com). Most importantly, I copied the Minister of Industry at firstname.lastname@example.org and Clement.T@parl.gc.ca. Trust me, your complaint will get much more attention if you copy the Minister.
Dear Sir or Madam,
As a Bell subscriber, I was extremely disappointed by your decision to remove EWTN from your list of available channels a few weeks ago.
Now I’ve learned that you have discriminated against Sun News in your carriage fees.
I’m not impressed at how you are suppressing networks that do not conform to your ideological leanings.
Unless this is rectified soon, I will be switching both my TV and Internet services to another company.