The News Forum
CountryCanada
Broadcast areaCanada
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Ownership
OwnerThe News Forum Inc.
History
LaunchedAugust 27, 2020; 3 years ago (2020-08-27)
Links
Websitewww.thenewsforum.ca
Availability
Terrestrial
RogersChannel 107
TelusChannel 842
Cogeco CableChannel 806
Shaw DirectChannel 253

The News Forum is a Canadian English language news channel owned by The News Forum Inc., a group founded by Tore Stautland. The channel primarily broadcasts news commentary and talk shows from a conservative editorial position.

History

The News Forum was founded by Tore Stautland, who previously worked for ZoomerMedia's Faith TV and Joytv. At launch, the network described itself as being a centre-right outlet offering "politically balanced domestic and international perspectives, inclusive of a conservative counterbalance for the current media landscape."[1] Ethnic Channels Group was contracted to provide advertising and distribution services for the network.[1] It launched with a three-month free preview on Bell Fibe TV and Bell Satellite TV on August 27, 2020.[2] However, its presence went unnoticed by most Canadian media outlets until a trailer and press release[3] announcing its launch was released on September 29.[1][4]

As Stautland is not currently a Canadian citizen, his 22.25% equity stake in the network (shared with his wife Jule) is represented as a voting trust to comply with CRTC rules, as only Canadian citizens may hold broadcast licences. The trust will be dissolved if Stautland becomes a Canadian citizen. The remainder of the network is owned by a group of other unnamed shareholders.[5][1] 92.3% of the network's ownership is held by Canadian interests.[6]

The News Forum initially operated as an exempted discretionary service.[7] In October 2021, The News Forum filed an application with the CRTC for formal licensing as a national news discretionary service, requiring that it be offered by all Canadian television providers as with CBC News Network and CTV News Channel.[7]

On May 17, 2022, the CRTC granted a licence to The News Forum as a national news discretionary service, but declined its request for must-offer status since its schedule did not meet a quota for regularly-updated news programming.[6] In July 2022, The News Forum submitted another application for must-offer status, which included a proposed schedule adding regular news updates between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. ET daily.[8] On November 1, 2022, the CRTC granted The News Forum's request for must-offer status, finding that its schedule now met the programming requirements for national news discretionary services.[9][10]

Programming

The channel's programming consists primarily of news commentary and discussion programs, with its launch programs featuring pundits such as former Conservative Party minister Tony Clement (Boom and Bust), and former 2018 Ontario Progressive Conservative candidate Tanya Granic Allen (Counterpoint). Former Alberta Wildrose Party leader and CHQR host Danielle Smith,[11][7] Conservative MP Dean Allison,[12] and former BNN Bloomberg anchor Catherine Murray (The Buck Stops Here)[10] later joined the network. Former CHFD anchor Nima Rajan hosts Forum Daily,[1] a national newscast drawn primarily from Canadian Press wire stories.[7]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Thiessen, Connie (September 30, 2020). "New conservative-friendly specialty channel 'The News Forum' makes its debut". Broadcast Dialogue. Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  2. ^ "Free previews". Bell Canada. Archived from the original on September 15, 2020. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  3. ^ THE NEWS FORUM Launches Nationally on Bell Platforms in Canada, Global Newswire press release, September 29, 2020
  4. ^ "Brand new news channel, The News Forum, launches on Bell". Cartt.ca. September 29, 2020. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  5. ^ Dialogue, Broadcast (2020-10-09). "Broadcast Dialogue - The Podcast: Tore Stautland, CEO of The News Forum". Broadcast Dialogue. Retrieved 2022-01-30.
  6. ^ a b "The News Forum - Licensing of a national news discretionary service". CRTC. 2022-05-17. Retrieved 2022-06-03.
  7. ^ a b c d Faguy, Steve. "Conservative news-talk TV channel The News Forum seeks must-offer licence from CRTC". Retrieved 2022-01-30.
  8. ^ Faguy, Steve. "The News Forum tries again to seek must-offer licence from CRTC". Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  9. ^ "The News Forum - Distribution pursuant to paragraph 9(1)(h) of the Broadcasting Act". CRTC. 2022-11-01. Retrieved 2022-11-30.
  10. ^ a b CARTT.ca (2022-11-02). "The News Forum granted mandatory distribution". Broadcast Dialogue. Retrieved 2023-11-26.
  11. ^ Faguy, Steve. "New Canadian news channel tries to revive the Sun News Network model". Retrieved 2022-01-30.
  12. ^ Levitz, Stephanie (2021-11-03). "Conservative MP invites scientists challenging the widespread use of COVID-19 vaccines to appear on his TV". The Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 2022-01-30.