Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sun News loses host just days away from launch

The Sun News TV network has parted ways with a military analyst whom it had tapped to co-host a prime-time show when the right-leaning venture launches days from now. Quebecor Media confirmed Tuesday that Mercedes Stephenson has left the enterprise. It’s a late game change for Sun News, which promises TV viewers “Hard News and Straight Talk.” Ms. Stephenson was supposed to co-host a show called The Daily Brief with Gemini-award-winning journalist David Akin, who is Sun Media’s bureau chief in Ottawa.“Mercedes Stephenson is no longer with Sun News Network,” spokesman Serge Sasseville said Tuesday. “It was a mutual decision,” he said. “The Daily Brief was not a good fit for her.” Quebecor said Mr. Akin, a veteran reporter, will now host the show alone.

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