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CRTC approves Sun TV News license

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has approved a Category 2 specialty service broadcasting license for Quebecor-owned Sun TV News.
November 26, 2010

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has approved a Category 2 specialty service broadcasting license for Quebecor-owned Sun TV News. Sun Media Corporation and TVA Group Inc. will respectively own 49% and 51% stakes in the channel. Originally, Quebecor had applied for a Category 1, or ‘must carry’ license for the right-leaning news network, dubbed ‘Fox News North’ by Canadian media. The CRTC turned down that request in July and Quebecor subsequently amended its application. In a release regarding the decision, the CRTC says ‘additional competitive mainstream national news services’ will aid in ‘maintaining and enhancing the plurality of editorial voices in local and national markets and ensuring that Canadians are exposed to an appropriate plurality of those voices.’ The channel could launch by January 1 of next year.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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