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

Shomi subscribers to get free Netflix for six months: Report

Offer may be targeted at Ignite customers, MobileSyrup says

Why Rogers bought family-owned radio company TBC

SVP says stations fill a geographic need in Southwestern Ontario market

National Magazine Awards to be reformatted for 2017

Non-profit organization pledges a 'more focused' number of awards and international judges

Shomi subscribers binge-watch before service shuts down

Expert points out challenges in on-demand video space

Facebook says advertiser base passes four million mark

Social giant says 40% of active clients have created an ad for mobile devices

Global introduces explosive promo for Timeless

Experimental campaign puts Yorkdale shoppers on the site of the Hindenburg disaster

IAB report shows most people shifting to mobile commerce

Research suggests mobile ads and social media play a big role in driving purchases

Quebec newspaper coalition seeks funding for survival

Group wants province to help with shift to digital, abolish sales tax

CTV, Global each proclaim early Fall TV ratings victory

Kevin Can Wait and Bull among the early success stories, networks say