Atwood’s anti-Sun News TV tweet sparks Twitter battle

Author Margaret Atwood’s support for a petition criticizing the prime minister over the proposed Sun TV news channel has caused a flurry of tweets on Twitter. Atwood tweeted Tuesday that she’d signed a petition called “Stop Fox News North” at Avaaz.org and encouraged others to join her. The petition accuses Prime Minister Stephen Harper of […]

Author Margaret Atwood’s support for a petition criticizing the prime minister over the proposed Sun TV news channel has caused a flurry of tweets on Twitter.

Atwood tweeted Tuesday that she’d signed a petition called “Stop Fox News North” at Avaaz.org and encouraged others to join her.

The petition accuses Prime Minister Stephen Harper of “trying to push American-style hate media” onto Canadian airwaves.

The proposed Sun TV News channel–dubbed Fox News North by critics–will be run by Harper’s former top aide and the petition says it will be funded with money from cable TV fees.

It calls on Harper to “immediately stop all pressure on the CRTC on this matter,” and had been signed by more than 37,000 people as of Wednesday afternoon.

It also urges CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein to stay on in his job and “continue to stand up for Canada’s democratic traditions.”

Atwood said her objection isn’t to Sun TV News, but that it would be paid for from cable fees and that the “CRTC chair should be arms’ length, not Harper tool.”

David Akin, Sun Media’s Ottawa bureau chief, tweeted back that he thought Atwood was “smarter than that.”

“So disappointing you’d put your name to anti-free speech movement,” Akin wrote.

“Free speech does not mean under-the-carpet deals that would force people to pay for Fox out of cable fees,” Atwood responded.

CRTC hearings on Sun TV News are to begin Nov. 19 in Gatineau, Que.

Media Articles

Facebook discloses error on instant articles

comScore finds that iPhone traffic went under-reported for approximately two months

Yahoo faces possible Canadian class action suit

$50-million filing made Friday over compromised user info

The List: Maxus Canada makes a winning change

How a new structure helped propel the media agency to 18% growth in 2016

The biggest stories in Canadian marketing: 2016

A look back at the most read and shared news items from MarketingMag.ca

Amazon brings its video streaming service to Canada

Prime members get access to 'Transparent', 'The Grand Tour' and more

How we can close advertising’s biggest gap

AOL's David Shing on how companies can bring more empathy to advertising

The List: Wattpad’s evolving influence

The first of our selections for the biggest newsmakers of 2016

The case for companies staying off social media

It takes real commitment and, for many, it's just not worth the trouble

KitchenAid’s gingerbread social spectacle

A social media strategy for the holiday season pops up in Toronto