Cameron Gray: Something Remarkable is Happening in Canada that will Change the Future of News MediaPosted: March 10, 2015
Don’t Like the News? Crowdsource Your Own
Ezra Levant, with a crowdfunding update:
For Ricochet, Cameron Gray reports: On Feb. 13, Sun News Network went dark, as did the jobs of about 200 employees, including very talented people like Ezra Levant, Brian Lilley, and Faith Goldy. Sun News was often called Canada’s Fox News, featuring reporting and analysis from a conservative point-of-view, and serving as a balance to very liberal Canadian news outlets.
“All of this should scare the heck out of the mainstream media, in any country. Here in America, we are seeing the dinosaur media with record low viewership, while alternative online news sources are thriving…”
The shutdown was not unexpected. Sun’s eventual downfall started in August 2013, just two years after the network debuted. Unlike it had for the CBC and CTV, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) denied it a spot on basic cable TV packages nationwide.
“…No longer do people have to rely on the traditional gatekeepers of media. And as The Rebel in Canada is showing, people will help pay for quality, accurate journalism. This is a fantastic thing that should, and will, be replicated, a lot.”
This severely limited the amount of viewers Sun could attract. From the Globe and Mail’s Steve Ladurantaye:
The unprofitable (and controversial) channel won’t get any financial help from Canada’s broadcast regulator, throwing its future into doubt just two years after it went to air with a promise of “hard news and straight talk.”
The controversial all-news channel hoped to be forced onto basic digital television subscriptions across the country, but the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission rejected its application….(read more)
The next nail in Sun’s coffin occurred in October 2014. From Huffington Post Canada’s Sunny Freeman:
The struggling Sun News Network suffered another blow this week after Canada’s broadcast regulator ruled against it in a payment dispute with Rogers, the country’s largest cable company….(read more)
After years of uphill battles and unsuccessful negotiations to sell the network, Sun set.
But out of the ashes of Sun News Network, a phoenix is rising.
It all started with a tweet:
— The Rebel (@TheRebelTV) February 14, 2015
And a YouTube video by Ezra Levant called: “Help us crowdfund TheRebel.media”
And with that, The Rebel was born.
A true rebel. A rebel not started by a major media conglomerate or Fortune 500 business. A rebel built by other rebels — Canadians tired of their liberal media.
In what can only be described as remarkable, The Rebel is crowdfunding an entire news network….(read more)