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CRTC says 'No' to Sun TV: Right-wing network's bid for mandatory cable spot rejected

| August 8, 2013

The CRTC has rejected the application from Sun News for mandatory carriage on cable television, a major blow to the struggling right-wing network. 

We will share reaction to this news, as it comes in today. The Broadbent Institute has compiled some of the 'greatest hits' in the brief history of the money-losing TV network, which has frequently featured racist, offensive and extreme right-wing views. 

CBC.ca reports on today's ruling: 

Sun News Network has been denied a guaranteed spot on basic cable TV packages in a CRTC ruling released today.

The Quebecor-owned network did not successfully demonstrate to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission that it met the criteria for a mandatory distribution order, the CRTC said.

The commission also denied the application of 11 other networks but approved mandatory carriage for three new television services.

AMI TV in French, a service that offers audiovisual content specifically adapted to the needs of people who are blind or partially sighted, was given mandatory carriage along with Nouveau TV5, a service offering programming devoted to diversity within the Canadian francophone community and official language minority communities.

The CRTC also gave mandatory carriage to a service operated by the Legislative Assemblies of Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, which will be added to the basic service of satellite television subscribers in those two territories.

As a result, "Canadians living with a visual impairment, francophones and citizens of the North will be better served," the CRTC said.

The CRTC also renewed the mandatory distribution of AMI-TV in English, AMI Audio, Canal M, the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), and the Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC).

You can read the full CRTC ruling here

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