Sun News is the best thing that ever happened to Canadian TV. Its a breath of fresh air. It cuts through the crap like a bullet through butter. Its a regular item on a good diet of information and opinion.
Only trouble is that excellent monologues, engaging guests, enlightening discussions, and original stories don't make a complete diet. As good as it is, there are still hours upon hours of this stuff every day. Just a few years ago Micheal Coren and Glenn Beck were the only things worth watching. Now the conservative pundit field is positively saturated. Its great! I can't put in 6 hours of TV a day so its nice to pick and choose.
There is something missing though. Documentaries. I think there is a hunger for more of the well directed, finely produced, deeper story that can be told in the documentary format. After the the testimonials, charts, graphs, analysis and commentary the audience needs a minute of silence to digest the message. Panning over rusting windmills or what have you to let the message sink in. Its a real art. The good guys need to master it. The people need to see it.
I love a good documentary. Fred Litwin's Free Thinking Film Society always makes me jealous of Ottawa.
That is what Sun News is missing.
CBC has The Passionate Eye and Doc Zone. CNN has CNN Presents. PBS has Frontline.
Sun News should free up an hour every Sunday night for some appointment television. Run quick ads all week and the entire viewership will show up. The Prime Time line up can have a content bonanza as they interview the directors, experts, and people in the films. There is huge potential for synergy.
Examples include Fracknation, a film about the truth of fracking. Did you know that wells drilled all around the world over the last 40 years had the fracking process done on them? Its standard procedure. Don't wait for the CBC to tell you that. CBC will be showing that phoney fracking piece for fractured minds: Gasland. (and you pay for it)
The same husband and wife team Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney also did a fantastic couple of documentaries Mine Your Own Business and Not Evil Just Wrong. I'd love to see these movies on Sun News.
There are so many more. Iranium was phenomenal. Just showing the film created a diplomatic incident. Freakonomics was interesting. Even Glenn Beck has produced a handful of documentaries. I haven't seen Runaway Slave yet but boy it looks promising. The list is endless. You just need to find 52 in a year. I bet the Sun News team could put together a killer documentary quite easily.
The content is out there. Sun News has the means and motivation to show it. Sun News should enrich and arm Its audience with what they crave most: Truth done well.