Source: Winnipeg Free Press
OTTAWA - The activist group Avaaz has delivered over 21,000 letters from Canadians to the country's broadcast regulator demanding no special treatment for Sun TV
The U.S.-based group dropped off the letters at CRTC headquarters today — the last day for citizen interventions.
The CRTC is holding a public hearing Nov. 19 to determine if the conservative Sun TV News — dubbed "Fox News North" — will be granted a must-carry designation.
That would force cable and satellite companies to carry the company's signal for up to the first three years of its life.
Avaaz says Sun TV should have to earn its place on the dial by attracting sufficient viewers so that carriers will want to include it.
The group says the response from Canadians who wrote individualized objections to the application is unprecedented.
It says 30,000 individually clicked on to the online petition, but the organization only printed out and delivered those who had added individual appeals.
The petition caused controversy last month after Avaaz asked police to investigate tampering from someone with an Ottawa-based web address who was adding fake names.
Shortly after, Sun TV executive Kory Teneycke resigned. Teneycke, a former spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, said he had become a source of controversy in parent company Quebecor's bid for the TV licence.
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