Quebecor wants to launch right-wing net
Seeking license for "Fox News North" in CanadaTORONTO – They're calling it Fox News North.
Quebec media giant Pierre Karl Peladeau has applied to Canada's TV regulator to launch a right-wing cable news channel to counter mainstream offerings from rival broadcasters CTV and CBC.
He may not have the stature of Roger Ailes, but Kory Teneycke, a former spin doctor for Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper, has been hired by Peladeau's Quebecor Media to run the new all-news channel.
Quebecor also hired David Akin away from Global Television to become a likely TV host for the proposed conservative-minded all-news channel modeled on Fox News to the south.
The proposed Quebecor all-news channel will face competition from existing English-language news channels CBCNN, run by the CBC, and the CTV News Channel.
The CRTC, which will consider the Quebecor application, also recently approved a broadcast license for the Al Jazeera English all-news channel.
In addition to the Canadian offerings, local cable and satellite TV schedules also receive a host of American news channels including Fox, CNN and MSNBC.