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Something remarkable is happening in Canada right now. Something that will change the future of news media.

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.

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. 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 despite the channel’s insistence that its heavy reliance on Canadian content made it a logical fit for wide distribution.

The channel is losing about $17 million a year, and its executives vowed to pull the plug if it didn’t receive the designation.

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.

The CRTC sided with Rogers in hearings to determine how much the cable company should pay Sun News, which says it is fighting for all news services to be treated fairly,regardless of their editorial stance.

The decision denies the financially troubled news network a deal that would have helped to shore up future revenue for the channel, which has run up losses in the $16-million to $18-million range annually.

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:

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, and asking people to help fund everything from cameras, microphones, and lights, to hosts, producers, and editors.

They are crowdfunding cameras:

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Crowdfunding reporters:

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Even crowdfunding Red Bull and pizza for the staff:

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Quite quickly, the essentials of a news network are being assembled.

Again, Ezra Levant, with a crowdfunding update:

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. 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.

There are 15 comments.

  1. Misthiocracy grudgingly Member

    And they have a sense of humour too. They asked for $10 for Ezra Levant to get a haircut. So far, the “haircut fund” is up to $125.00

    screenshot.1

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    • March 9, 2015, at 3:25 PM PST
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  2. DocJay Inactive

    I love it!

    Even if the progs shut down access to cable it’s not like they could harm the Internet here in the US. Oh wait.

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    • March 9, 2015, at 3:46 PM PST
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  3. Cameron Gray Contributor
    Cameron Gray Post author

    Misthiocracy:And they have a sense of humour too. They asked for $10 for Ezra Levant to get a haircut. So far, the “haircut fund” is up to $125.00

    screenshot.1

    They seem to have a “don’t take yourself too seriously” attitude that will serve them well. Cameron

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    • March 9, 2015, at 3:48 PM PST
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  4. Cameron Gray Contributor
    Cameron Gray Post author

    DocJay:I love it!

    Even if the progs shut down access to cable it’s not like they could harm the Internet here in the US. Oh wait.

    Thanks, Jay. I think and hope we will continue to see more of this. Cameron

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    • March 9, 2015, at 3:49 PM PST
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  5. Profile Photo Member

    I do not own a TV anymore and do not listen to CBC radio. I have to come to Ricochet and their podcasts to get back my sanity. I enjoy Ezra so I hope it carries on well – he has the energy for it. I remember Harper gave them an interview (Sun) but not the CBC. I hope he is their first guest.

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    • March 9, 2015, at 5:25 PM PST
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  6. Cameron Gray Contributor
    Cameron Gray Post author

    Indaba:I do not own a TV anymore and do not listen to CBC radio. I have to come to Ricochet and their podcasts to get back my sanity. I enjoy Ezra so I hope it carries on well – he has the energy for it. I remember Harper gave them an interview (Sun) but not the CBC. I hope he is their first guest.

    I am a huge fan of Ezra. He is a true talent. Cameron

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    • March 9, 2015, at 5:30 PM PST
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  7. 9thDistrictNeighbor Member

    They ought to offer some sort of perk when the haircut fund reaches John Edwards territory.

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    • March 10, 2015, at 5:42 AM PST
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  8. Misthiocracy grudgingly Member

    I see this post has been getting some play on Facebook.

    I predict a Canuckistani invasion of Ricochet in 3 … 2 … 1 …

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    • March 10, 2015, at 6:54 AM PST
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  9. Frozen Chosen Inactive

    Any truth to the rumor that Doug and Bob McKenzie will be the news anchors?

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    • March 10, 2015, at 10:11 AM PST
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  10. profdlp Inactive

    Getting the Instapundit treatment:

    http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/203405/#respond

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    • March 10, 2015, at 12:12 PM PST
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  11. Matt Edwards Inactive

    I love this. Every part of it.

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    • March 10, 2015, at 3:54 PM PST
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  12. PlaygroundZero Inactive

    Why can’t we fund government programs by crowd funding instead of collecting taxes? Oh, wait…insufficient opportunities for graft. Never mind.

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    • March 10, 2015, at 8:35 PM PST
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  13. Cameron Gray Contributor
    Cameron Gray Post author

    Frozen Chosen:Any truth to the rumor that Doug and Bob McKenzie will be the news anchors?

    #Hoser

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    • March 11, 2015, at 6:46 AM PST
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  14. Cameron Gray Contributor
    Cameron Gray Post author

    profdlp:Getting the Instapundit treatment:

    http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/203405/#respond

    That is the best – Instapundit has always been very kind to me. Cameron

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    • March 11, 2015, at 6:46 AM PST
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  15. Cameron Gray Contributor
    Cameron Gray Post author

    Matt Edwards:I love this. Every part of it.

    Glad you enjoyed it, Matt. Thanks for reading. Cameron

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    • March 11, 2015, at 6:47 AM PST
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