Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Quebecor Inc. pulled its freshly launched 24-hour news channel Sun News Network off rival Bell Canada's television system Tuesday as the two companies haggle over subscriber fees. Luc Lavoie, chief of the new Quebecor specialty channel that launched April 18, said Bell informed Groupe TVA, the broadcast subsidiary of Quebecor, on Monday that an amount of money Sun News was asking for per subscriber fees was rejected as "excessive." Bell agreed to pull the channel off its satellite system in compliance with a May 3 deadline, Lavoie added. That account was corroborated by Bell. "We had hoped to come to a commercial agreement based on the fact Sun News is a new and relatively untested channel ... but the price being asked is quite excessive," said spokeswoman Marie-Eve Francoeur.
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