All News Channel for British Columbia expected to launch later this year

Global Television owners, Shaw Media, announced today that it has filed an application with the Canadian Radio-Television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for a regional, Global BC-driven all-news specialty channel.

If the application is approved, then British Columbia can expect its first all-news channel by this summer.

Sun News among four new channels coming to Bell TV

Bell and TVA Group have signed an agreement which see four TVA Group speciality channels – TVA Sports, Sun News, Yoopa and Mlle – added to the Bell Fibe and Bell Satellite TV line-up.

The four channels are expected to be available on Bell systems by December 15, 2011.

CityNews Channel coming to Toronto this fall

Rogers Broadcasting announced today that it will launch CityNews Channel, a 24/7 English language news station, in Toronto this October.

In addition to competing against local news broadcasts, the station will compete for audience against Bell Media’s local CP24 news station and National News channels such as CBC News Network, CTV News Channel, and Sun News.

Sun News Network added to Shaw line-up

The Sun News Network this week announced it has signed its first major distribution deal with Shaw Communications.

The agreement means that two million Shaw Direct and Shaw digital cable homes will be able to view the upstart category 2 specialty station when it launches next Monday April 18th. No deals with other major cable and direct-to-home satellite distributors have been announced.

Sun News launch pushed back to April 18th

Originally scheduled to launch on January 1st and then March of this year, Sun News, a Quebecor owned 24/7 English-language news channel, is now said to be launching on April 18th.

Company spokesman Serge Sasseville told Canadian Press today the launch delay was due renovation snags and the need for more money than initially budgeted.