Quebecor Media Inc. announced Wednesday that its soon-to-be-launched Sun News Network will air a daily political show from 6 to 7 p.m. with David Akin and Mercedes Stephenson as hosts. Akin is a Gemini Award-winning reporter and the national bureau chief for Sun Media in Ottawa. The Hill Times has named Akin as one of its "100 Most Influential People in Ottawa." Stephenson, a defence expert who writes a column for Sun Media, has interned with the Pentagon and has hosted and produced several national public affairs television series and documentaries. "We are excited to offer something different than the tired old political shows," Luc Lavoie, Quebecor's head of development for Sun News, said in a release. "By combining David Akin's award-winning political reporting with Mercedes Stephenson's outside the box focus on our military, we have one hour of programming you won't want to miss." The one-hour show will be called Daily Brief and will air from 6 to 7 p.m. Eastern Time, whereas its competing political shows on CBC NN and CTV News Channel air from 5 to 6 p.m. A release said the show will focus “on the issues that actually matter to everyday working people and their families.” "Mercedes and I want to bust through the Ottawa bubble and get at the kind of political news that all Canadians are talking about. We think Canadians are interested in the House of Commons but they're also just as interested in the White House, their city hall, and the provincial legislature,” Akin said in a statement.