Quebecor Media Inc.’s Sun TV News channel is now scheduled to launch on April 18, The Canadian Press reported Monday. In January the company said the channel was expected launch by March 31. But CP reported that the channel met delays in its renovations and required more funds than were in its budget. Industry sources told The Wire Report in January that major television distributors Shaw Communications Inc., Rogers Communications Inc., BCE Inc., and Telus Communications Co. are expected to carry the channel. Sun TV News’ main competitors will be CBC NN and CTV News Channel. National controversy about Sun TV News emerged last year when Quebecor applied to the CRTC for a three-year mandatory carriage licence, which would have required broadcasting distributors to offer the channel to subscribers. Kory Teneycke, a former senior staffer to Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, was hired by Quebecor to spearhead the project. The licence application led to suggestions of political favoritism and support for a right-leaning, all-news network that observers have dubbed “Fox News North.” But last October, Quebecor dropped its request for mandatory carriage, and asked instead for a Category 2 licence, a standard specialty licence under which the company will have to negotiate carriage agreements with distributors. CP also reported that the channel has a television advertisement ready to go that emphasizes the “populist appeal” of the channel.