Facebook Used To Get Fox News North Back On Air

12:09 PM PST 05/04/2011 by Etan Vlessing

After pulling the conservative all-news channel from Bell TV, Quebecor Media uses Facebook to resolve a carriage fee dispute and get Sun News Network back on the satellite TV service.

TORONTO -- Quebecor Media is using Facebook to get Sun News Network back on Bell TV.

  The upstart Canadian conservative TV news channel, dubbed Fox News North by its liberal critics, on Tuesday was pulled by parent Quebecor Media from the Bell TV satellite service over a failure to agree terms for a carriage agreement.

  “As it would be unfair to our paying customers for Bell to continue to offer the station without a fair agreement between our two companies, we have asked them to suspend broadcasting the signal,” Montreal-based Quebecor said in a Facebook message.

  The Quebec media giant then asked Bell TV subscribers to call the satellite TV carrier directly to demand Sun News Network be offered once again.   “We are hopeful that if enough Canadians speak out, Bell will again bring Canada's new home for Hard News and Straight Talk to your living rooms,” the message to Bell TV customers stated.

  Quebecor is currently negotiating carriage agreements with rival cable and satellite TV operators Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications, but has yet to yank Sun News Network from those services.

  Canadian cable and satellite TV operators typically bundle new channels like Sun News Network with existing news channels like CTV News Channel, CBC News Network and CNN so they can survive in the market.

 

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