Conservative Canadian broadcaster Sun News Network was denied a place on basic cable on Thursday after the CRTC ruled that it had failed to demonstrate “that they met the criteria for a mandatory distribution order.
”The network, known to some as "Fox News North", has been jockeying for a permanent space on basic cable since it launched in April 2011.
Mandatory carriage would mean a major increase in its availability. The network is currently available through a collection of digital cable and satellite providers.
Executives have argued that there is a need for their brand of news coverage, and recently warned the CRTC that it would have to shut down if it was not added to basic cable packages.
The Toronto Sun, which is owned by the same company as Sun News Network, says:
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Sun News vice-president Kory Teneycke told commissioners ... the station has exceeded all the necessary conditions set out by the ruling body for the mandatory carriage requirement, including its contribution to