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Old 08-17-2005, 02:27 PM   #1
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As we all know, Sirius Canada will be launching soon. From what we know, there will be a Canadian lineup, which will not have all current US stations, due to the CRTC 1 to 9 Cdn/US ratio rule in the granted licence. Sirius have hinted that they will keep all music stations. As for the talk channels, they will have to cut a lot of those in order to comply (unless they launch enough Canadian talk channels, which is not very likely).
I encourage current and future Canadian Sirius subscribers to list here their "must have" talk channels, so that we can get an idea of how many and which talk channels should be essential to the future Canadian lineup.

I personally listen to only 2:
BBC News
Raw Dog
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148 Talk Central, for Jay Thomas and the Radio Chick.
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148 Talk Central, for Jay Thomas and the Radio Chick.
Agreed. Also, espnradio. None of the canadian sports talk stations can hold a candle to espn. Big difference. I'm canadian yes, but I do not wanna hear about boring hockey stories when its 100degrees in the middle of july.

Espn caters to everyone and imo is way more professional then, say, the fan590 out of toronto or any of the Team stations.

I won't be switching to a canadian sub when it starts up anyway.. thats one of the main reasons.
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The only one I have ever listened to was CNN when I was in Mexico and I was interested in knowing the result of the US presidential election. I would rather listen to CBC or BBC for news. They both provide world news, understanding that the world is larger than their own country.

I might listen to Radio Classics one night, just to try it out, when I am next in Mexico.

Other than that, my interest in Sirius is limited to music.
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As we all know, Sirius Canada will be launching soon. From what we know, there will be a Canadian lineup, which will not have all current US stations, due to the CRTC 1 to 9 Cdn/US ratio rule in the granted licence. Sirius have hinted that they will keep all music stations. As for the talk channels, they will have to cut a lot of those in order to comply (unless they launch enough Canadian talk channels, which is not very likely).
I encourage current and future Canadian Sirius subscribers to list here their "must have" talk channels, so that we can get an idea of how many and which talk channels should be essential to the future Canadian lineup.

I personally listen to only 2:
BBC News
Raw Dog
No way Arthur, why would I as a Canadian actually want to help out Sirius Canada, which is basically just a useless middleman. I hope that Sirius Canada cuts out a lot of the "good" talk stations, it'll make it easier for me to resell the service to my friends by adding their ESN numbers as additional receivers on my account. If Sirius Canada's lineup is drastically reduced it'll help convince most that the "Grey Market" is the way to go, screw some useless Canadian middleman that exists only to appease out-dated regulations. Now is the time to make an example of the CRTC as irrelavant. But anyhow, my favorite talk stations are: BBC News, World Radio Network, NPR, and PRI
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Old 08-19-2005, 04:49 PM   #6
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I'm in no way trying to "help" Sirius Canada, because most probably I won't change my grey subscription anyway. I'm just trying to figure out for myself and for everyone else on this forum which are the most popular Sirius talk channels among Canadians. I listen to only 2 (therefore I'm an exception), that's why I wanted to see the whole picture.
Interestingly so far only 7 channels have been mentioned.
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I listen mostly to CrackedUp and RawDog if you can consider them 'talk' stations. Beyond that, the ones I listen to most are Fox News and CNN news. I've flipped through a few other stations from time to time, and have more in my presets, but those 4 cover off mostly my non-music Sirius listening experience.
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Well I guess I have to admit that I wouldn't mind seeing Fox News go. I don't listen to that station on principle, it's right-wing corporate propoganda. I love the BBC World Service News though.
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Does NFL Radio count?

Thats the only one I listen to....

Every time the NHL was "Canada's Lead Sports Story" during the strike (which was almost daily) I was soooo happy to have the U.S. channels
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Well I guess I have to admit that I wouldn't mind seeing Fox News go. I don't listen to that station on principle, it's right-wing corporate propoganda. I love the BBC World Service News though.
Precisely the reason I think Fox News will be one of the first to go. If they have to start cutting news/talk channels, I think Fox will be one of the least missed. Of course that's precisely why I enjoy it. I'm definitely not unaware of media bias, we do live in Canada and seem to have a very left-wing media in general IMO, but it is refreshing to experience media with a right-wing bias. We do have one local talk station which is right-wing slanted (and makes no apologies it, nor tries to hide it in any way) which I enjoy. Infact, it is the only radio I listen to now besides Sirius. Both for the hosts' viewpoints, but also for local news/talk, the one thing Sirius cannot offer over traditional radio.
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Precisely the reason I think Fox News will be one of the first to go. If they have to start cutting news/talk channels, I think Fox will be one of the least missed. Of course that's precisely why I enjoy it. I'm definitely not unaware of media bias, we do live in Canada and seem to have a very left-wing media in general IMO, but it is refreshing to experience media with a right-wing bias. We do have one local talk station which is right-wing slanted (and makes no apologies it, nor tries to hide it in any way) which I enjoy. Infact, it is the only radio I listen to now besides Sirius. Both for the hosts' viewpoints, but also for local news/talk, the one thing Sirius cannot offer over traditional radio.
I hear what you are saying. Personally I guess I just really like the BBC World Service because I find that compared to American AND Canadian broadcasts, they are the most neutral. They dont' editorialize all all during newscasts, they try to keep a strait voice, etc without giving any indication if something is good or bad. I like that. The CBC tends to give away how they feel about an issue just based on the way the announcers mention something, you can tell by their voice. Same goes for Fox. Some people find the BBC style boring but I just think it's the most responsible style of journalism and I like it. It's not sensationalistic.
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I don't think they'll cut FoxNews. As much as I and most Canadians don't like it, it has its fans up north. Especially after the TV channel was recently allowed in Canada, I don't see why the radio channel would be dropped, when there are scores of other boring or inapplicable to Canada talk stations.
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I hear what you are saying. Personally I guess I just really like the BBC World Service because I find that compared to American AND Canadian broadcasts, they are the most neutral. They dont' editorialize all all during newscasts, they try to keep a strait voice, etc without giving any indication if something is good or bad. I like that. The CBC tends to give away how they feel about an issue just based on the way the announcers mention something, you can tell by their voice. Same goes for Fox. Some people find the BBC style boring but I just think it's the most responsible style of journalism and I like it. It's not sensationalistic.
I couldn't agree more mcpish about the BBC news. They do truly have a neutral style without editorializing. If you want just facts news, BBC is the one to turn to. I often wonder if this difference is because of the BBC's particular style of newscasting, or if it is a more general difference in cultures.

ArthurDent you do make a good point about the Fox news TV station being allowed in Canada now. I always assumed Fox was a channel with minimal enough appeal in terms of overal subscriber numbers that it would be one to go. Perhaps Fox has more fans than I would've realized up north here.
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