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50 years of CFTM-10 TVA. Remember Télé-Métropole?

CFTM-10 1969 logo

CFTM-10 1969 logo

CFTM Channel 10 in Montreal went on the air on February 19 1961, just a few weeks after CFCF, and like CTV Montreal, TVA has also put up a whole bunch of vintage clips and pics on their website.

Happy 50th CFTM-10!

To me, you will always be CFTM-10 and not TVA. Now here are some interesting trivial facts about the TVA-CFTM relationship from the TV Hat archives (edited and updated):

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Could Stephen Harper shove Sun TV News down our throats?

Remember when I said that Quebecor’s Kory Teneycke would need a sack full of magic beans in order to get what he wants. Well he may have the next best thing. He may have the power to get the Chairman of the CRTC fired, according to The Globe and Mail.

Is Stephen Harper set to move against the CRTC?

Insiders say the PM wants Konrad von Finckenstein out well before his term as chair ends. And vice-chair Michel Arpin is being ushered out the door

I feel a little naive for not realizing that it could come down to this.

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Kory Teneycke makes a funny about PostMedia

Ever since The National Post and The Gazette, among other newspapers, fell under the ownership of PostMedia, I knew it would only be a matter of time before someone would make fun their name. The first joke, that I know of in any case, comes from Kory Teneycke, the guy trying to launch Sun TV News.

PostMedia should change its name to PostSun — running the same story we did yesterday. Third time they have followed a Brian Lilley story.

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CRTC says no to Sun TV News Category 1

According to a letter sent to Quebecor from the CRTC on July 5th, Sun TV News’ request will be rejected unless they’re willing to forgo a Category 1 license. For those of you who don’t know, the main difference between Category 1 and 2, in a nutshell, has to do with whether or not cable companies will be forced to carry the service.

Quebecor’s Kory Teneycke says this won’t stop them from launching an all news channel and that he will makes changes to the application, but he’s being tight-lipped as to just what the modified request will look like.

So what that means is that we have completely no clue as to what’s going to happen.

Just kidding.

Actually, what I’m pretty sure will happen is that he will simply apply for a Category 2 license instead. How do we know this? Well we already know he’ll have to forgo the must-carry status of Category 1. The CRTC pretty much already gave away that peice of the puzzle by way of the letter. Aside from that, there really aren’t very many facts to look at, so I’m not sure why Teneycke is being so mysterious.

However, let’s look at the facts any way.

The Globe and Mail has already stated that a Category 2 license is one of two options he has left at this point. The second option is something I talked about in a previous article, as far back as June 22nd, whereby I pointed out that Sun News could forgo the hassle of applying for a licence altogether and just run the local over-the-air Sun TV, like is if it’s an all-news channel.

Now while Teneycke is being vague about what he will do, he has, however, quickly ruled out that second and only other option. So all that leaves is… well… you do the math.

Really the only other possibility is that he has a third solution involving something like a sack full of magic beans. Judging by how assertive and overly confident he’s been throughout this entire process, I wouldn’t leave that past him. But for now, we’ll stick with the reality of only two possible solutions to this problem regardless as to whether or not he is able to admit that.

By the way, even though he’s denied the possibility of just simply using the local over-the-air license, I still think he’s probably keeping that option on the back burner, just in case, all his other efforts fail. That’s what I would do in any case… not that I would want to give Quebecor any ideas or anything like that.


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Will Sun News Channel become Fox News North or just bad TV?

Some may be worried that this proposed all-news channel will have a conservative bias, but a closer look at Quebecor’s plans reveal more pressing concerns. As soon as Pierre Karl Peladeau and Kory Teneycke, Stephen Harper’s former head of communications, talked about plans to launch a right-wing news channel, it didn’t take long for some to make comparisons with Fox. Even its slogan, “Canada’s Home for Hard News and Straight Talk” has somewhat of a Fox-like quality to it.

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UPDATE: CRTC says no to Sun TV News Category 1

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(Mis)quote of the week: TVA yields no cultural benefits says Peladeau

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What exactly was Pierre Karl Peladeau thinking when he choose these words in his open letter to a number of papers including The Toronto Sun? The president and CEO of Quebecor, which own the TVA network, wrote:

“The CBC’s practice of buying high-priced U.S. programs such as Beautés désespérées (Desperate Housewives dubbed in French) and Jeopardy!, yielding no local economic or cultural benefits, is a permanent encroachment into the private broadcasters’ territory.”

In other words, it’s TVA’s job to create television programs which yield “no local economic or cultural benefits.” Hey Peladeau, if you say so yourself, I’m not going to argue with you.

By the way, while we’re on the subject, I know that Peladeau is not the first person to make the CBC/Jeopardy! criticism and I can understand how there can be disappointment when a public broadcaster spends money on foreign programming, but here’s an important memo to all critics of the CBC. Jeopardy! is not a high-priced U.S. program!

That’s kind of like accusing someone of spending their money at a “high-priced” Westmount boutique after they’ve just purchased a t-shirt at the Winners at Place Alexis Nihon. Yes, I suppose that particular Winners is technically located just within the border of Westmount, but what’s your point?

The only thing shocking about the CBC spending money on a show like Jeopardy!, is the realization that they couldn’t afford anything else. Besides, on my Videotron cable line-up here in Montreal, CBMT (CBC) carries Jeopardy! at 7:30 while WPTZ (NBC) carries Jeopardy at 7:00. The CBC hasn’t even figured out that the way to make money with American programming is by simulcasting it. (I am aware, however, that the CBC does simsub Jeopardy! in Vancouver and Toronto.)

As for Desperate Housewives airing on Radio-Canada, let’s just say that if you were to look up the term “jump the shark” in a dictionary, I wouldn’t at all be surprised if I found a picture of the Desperate Housewives.


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Videotron Sucks!… (Updated) and other reasons why your cable may not be working.

If you have illico digital and it’s not working properly this week, guess what? You’re not alone.

It all started on Thursday when Videotron performed an upgrade on their digital cable system, that’s when the whole network went haywire for a number of cable subscribers, myself included.

Ever since then, the illico PVR cable box hasn’t been working properly. At first I only noticed a few minor technical glitches, like when I would try to change the channel it would take forever for it to respond. Later when I tried to watch certain shows that I thought I had recorded, I noticed that the PVR hadn’t actually recorded anything since Thursday. As a test, I then tired to record live TV. The system just froze for about a minute, as if my simple command were too complex an operation to perform.

I then tried to unplug the box for awhile and then re-plug it to see if perhaps the system just needed a reboot. Nothing changed. I tried this again a few more times this morning (Sunday) only to discover that the cable box was not working at all.

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