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Ratings, revenues never enough to make Sun News Network worthwhile: experts

Media | 02/13/2015 9:59 pm EST

Quebecor Inc. said it took Sun News Network off the air early Friday morning due to “a series of barriers to carriage,” while some experts said the long-struggling channel’s challenges from the beginning were a result of its flawed blueprint. Quebecor said in a press release the company had not been able to find a potential buyer after months of trying, and given the financial losses involved had no alternative but to shut down the channel. “Over the past four...

Must-offer status prompts Sun News to renegotiate carriage agreements

Media | 12/19/2013 10:14 pm EST

The CRTC is granting must-offer status to Canada’s national all-news specialty services and will require broadcast distributors to offer those channels on a standalone basis, though not necessarily in “news neighbourhoods,” the commission said. In a decision Thursday, the CRTC said it will require broadcast distributors to make five Canadian all-news channels available to all of their subscribers by March 19. Those services are Quebecor Media Inc.’s Sun News Network and...