‘We’re here because Sun News has not been getting a fair shake’: Network pitches CRTC for guaranteed spot on the dial

National Post | News

GATINEAU, Que. — Sun News Network, the conservative-minded upstart that vowed to shake up the media landscape when it launched two years ago, made its pitch Tuesday to the federal broadcast regulator for a guaranteed spot on the dial.

The Quebecor-owned network is seeking what is known as mandatory carriage from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, which would require the channel to be included in every basic cable and satellite package across Canada.

Mandatory carriage would generate significant revenue for the network, which is proposing that it would earn 18 cents a month from every household that subscribes to a basic cable or satellite package.

That would help offset the network’s losses, which were $17 million in 2012 — a situation that Quebecor calls “clearly unsustainable.”

Sun News says the current distribution agreements are inadequate to support the channel, which is only offered in 40 per cent of Canadian…

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