From Canada Free Press
In largely lib-left Canada, for disenfranchised small-c conservatives, the sun didn’t come up as usual this morning.
The Sun News Network, the rising sun for thousands of conservatives, was shut down forever as of 5 a.m. EST.
With no other right-of-center television networks in operation, and with next to no right-of-center newspapers or magazines available, and an October Canadian general election on the way, Friday, February 13, 2015 dawned the darkest of days.
Included in the darkness were 200 people thrown out of work, many of them having to read the obituary on the demise of their 4-year-old network via the reportage of their number one enemy, the kept-afloat-by government Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
It takes forbearance, courage and persistence to be a conservative in the Canadian news business, and double doses of each when there are few, if any, future places of employment to which to turn.
The Sun News Network’s enterprising reporters Ezra Levant, Brian Lilley and others made watching television worthwhile again after a much too long hiatus.
“The Sun News Network went off the air Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 after negotiations to sell the troubled television channel were unsuccessful.” (The Canadian Press)
“Quebecor shut the door permanently on Sun News Network this morning, leaving 200 people without jobs.
“In a statement, Sun Media Corporation said it spent months “actively seeking a potential buyer” but no party was able to step up.
“This is an unfortunate outcome; shutting down Sun News was certainly not our goal,” said Julie Tremblay, President and CEO of Media Group and Sun Media Corporation.
“Over the past four years, we tried everything we could to achieve sufficient market penetration to generate the profits needed to operate a national news channel.”
“Sadly, the numerous obstacles to carriage that we encountered spelled the end of this venture.”
“Sun TV has struggled to attract viewers and in 2013 the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission rejected the network’s request for mandatory carriage on basic cable.
“Last October Postmedia Network Canada Corp. announced it was buying the English-language Sun Media newspapers and digital news sites from Quebecor Inc. for $316-million, but Sun News Network was not included in the deal leaving its future in doubt.
“The network launched in 2011 as a right-of-centre news channel, dubbed “Fox News North” by its critics.
“Mandatory carriage would have generated significant revenue for the network, which lost $14.8 million in 2013, and almost $50-million over a three-year span.”
They’re gloating over at the CBC, tagged the Communist Broadcasting Corporation by many Canadians, angry 1 billion of heir tax dollars a year pay to keep the left-leaning television network afloat.
When you can count on one billion dollars a year from the government and there’s no slow down in the steady stream of cafe lattes while you ponder the next conservative target, there’s ample time for gloating.
For the cheering lib-left, the death of the Sun News Network couldn’t possibly have come at a better time. Canadians will go to the polls for a general election in October this year.
The election campaign of their hero, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, is getting help from the Barack Obama election team.
It’s been a decades-long arid desert for Conservative voices in Canada, and many thought they found their voice in Sun Media TV.
But there’s a silver lining even in this dark cloud. It’s time for a privately-run conservative national network that doesn’t rely on government bureaucrats for cable network carriage.
Perhaps such a network will soon prove that the sun also rises.
Glenn Beck proved it can be done. So can you, Ezra Levant and Brian Lilley.
From ACT! for Canada
ACT! for Canada learned with deep sadness and concern of the dissolution of the SUN News Network, which for the past three years has been providing fortunate Canadians (alas, never enough of us due to the intransigence of the CRTC) with stimulating conservative news and opinion.
SUN was the only right-leaning news station amidst a plethora of left-leaning broadcasters, and for conservative and libertarian viewers–or for those simply looking for another point of view–it provided indispensable coverage of issues related to Canadian national security, the terror threat, immigration, education, the environment, foreign policy, freedom of speech, Islamist infiltration into our police and intelligence services, and much more.
Forthright and indefatigable journalists such as Brian Lilley, Michael Coren, and Ezra Levant provided perspectives and information that no other broadcaster would even touch. How galling to think that the tax-payer funded CBC can chortle in triumph over the death of its spunky rival while being funded to the tune of a billion dollars per year. What SUN could have done with half that amount! The benefits of SUN’s demise to left-leaning political leaders Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair, especially with a federal election on the horizon, are incalculable. And the loss to the Canadian public is inestimable.
We bid a fond farewell to SUN.
So….. Now we are left with the insanity of the left and what they call journalism! In other words…. no truth, just Bovine Scatology!
To say I was shocked this morning when I turned to the TV Channel to watch Sun News and couldn’t see anything but the Sun News Logo is an understatement.
Unfortunately….Canada will be having her Federal Election coming this Fall and without any coverage from a media to tell it like it is, we will have to listen to the Communist Channel ( aka CBC) and her affiliates , comrades in arms, CTV, Global news spewing how wonderful Trudunce is and how evil PM Harper is. It almost makes me nauseous already!
This whole thing is smelling really bad! From some other media I have read ….even some of Quebecor’s employees working at Sun News did not even know that there was a chance of them not having jobs this morning! They had not been informed beforehand. What kind of company doesn’t send out notices to it’s employees , warning them that they may only have a couple weeks left of employment, if they are unable to sell the business? I’m smelling something funny here….. I’m almost positive that this is not the full story about Sun News Network.
Did someone influential get Sun News pulled off the air? I wouldn’t be surprised at all. Sun News didn’t play favorites and anyone was fair game…especially the CBC! Could they have had something to do with it? Who did they bribe at the CRTC? My enquiring mind wants to know!!!
Here’s hoping that soon either Brian Lilly or Ezra Levant will let us know what the heck went on and we’ll get the full skinny!