Once again, CTV’s Robert Fife had better be darn sure that this story smearing his competitor is true:
Sen. Mike Duffy attempted to influence the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission’s upcoming decision involving the right-leaning Sun News Network, a source has told CTV News.
A well-placed source told CTV’s Ottawa Bureau Chief Robert Fife that Duffy approached a Conservative insider with connections to the CRTC three weeks ago to discuss Sun Media, which is asking the federal regulator to grant its news channel “mandatory carriage,” or guaranteed placement on basic cable and satellite packages. (see here)
Because Sun News’ VP Kory Teneycke has denied any knowledge of it:
Senator Duffy does not, nor has he ever, been employed as a lobbyist for Sun News/Sun Media. Nor have we asked Senator Duffy act as an agent on our behalf. (see here)
Pretty safe to guess Sun News has taken this to their lawyers.
Update: CRTC spokeswoman Patricia Valladao has denied Fife’s story (see here)