Quebecor Media Inc. has announced that its 24-hour news network will hit the airwaves on April 18.
Sun News Network has been dubbed by critics as Fox News North because of its expected right-wing slant.
It's a joint venture between Sun Media Corporation and TVA Group, which are both subsidiaries of Quebecor Media.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper's former press secretary, Kory Teneycke, announced the venture last year. He left the company, but later rejoined it.
Calgary writer and lawyer Ezra Levant, a former press secretary to then-Canadian Alliance leader Stockwell Day, will be among the cast of commentators.
Tens of thousands of people signed petitions to keep Sun News Network off the air, including novelist Margaret Atwood.
Today (March 8), Quebecor Media announced that Sun Media journalist Brian Lilley will host a show in prime time called “Byline with Brian Lilley”.
“The self-appointed experts don’t know it all and neither do they speak for all of us," Lilley said in a Quebecor Media statement today. "On Byline, we’ll bring you the stories you won’t hear anywhere else while exploring points of view that are all too often ignored.”
Sun News Network will be a category 2 digital channel, which means it can be offered at the discretion of the cable or satellite operator. It must include a minimum of 15 percent Canadian content in its first year, followed by 25 percent in the second year, and 35 percent in the third year.
If there's a spring federal election, it's possible that Sun News Network will be broadcasting before voters go to the polls.
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