Claim: The Fox News television channel has been banned in Canada because they report false information
Examples: [Collected via e-mail, October 2012]
I've heard that because the Fox News network is not factual, they are not allowed on Canadian TV.
Origins: Since at least 2011, rumors have circulated claiming the Fox News television channel has been banned in Canada due to its running afoul of Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) prohibitions which make it "illegal to broadcast lies and label it news." One prominent example of this rumor states, for example, that:
Canada's Radio Act requires that "a licenser may not broadcast ... any false or misleading news." The provision has kept Fox News and right-wing talk radio out of Canada and helped make Canada a model for liberal democracy and freedom. As a result of that law, Canadians enjoy high quality news coverage, including the kind of foreign affairs and investigative journalism that flourished in this country before Ronald Reagan abolished the "Fairness Doctrine" in 1987.
Fox Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch was rebuffed in his efforts to establish Fox News Canada in 2003 due to Canadian laws regarding foreign ownership of print and broadcast media, but the CRTC approved an application to bring the Fox News Channel to Canadian digital television
The Fox Network, which is a broadcast entity distinctly different from the Fox News Channel, does not have any affiliates or owned-and-operated stations in Canada, but Fox Network programming is carried on cable and satellite providers in Canada through several
Last updated: 15 February 2015
Galloway, Gloria. "CRTC Plan to Lift Ban on False News Prompts Political Investigation." The Globe and Mail. 7 February 2011. CBC News. "CRTC approves Fox News for Canada." 18 November 2004. National Post. "Harper to Loosen Telecom Rules?" 23 November 2009.