I watched the first two-plus hours of the new Sun News Network last afternoon and early evening, and taped the prime-time shows for viewing later today. I’d like to keep an open mind regarding this network, because I believe it has a useful role to play in Canadian news media. However, I was underwhelmed by the bit I saw.
The kick-off was fine, self-serving, of course, but well done. The next segment featured Ezra Levant on The Source. This program shows promise and I enjoyed the first half. In the second half, though, the interview with veteran Sun newspaper columnist, Peter Worthington, was like watching an infomercial with Levant tossing Worthington softball, self-serving, self-promoting questions. All a bit too stagey and contrived for me. I read Worthington’s stuff every chance I get, but this was too much of a set-up even for me.
David Akin’s Daily Brief was okay. And I mean that literally. Nothing to rave about, but no real complaints either. Could be a bit punchier, but so could most of what we see generally on network news. Question: we were promised Mercedes Stephenson as Akin’s co-host, where was she? She was missed, sorely missed. In it’s present format, this segment is a better fit for Sun’s “hard news” daytime schedule than for evening watching. Bring back Mercedes!
So it’s a cup’s half-full versus cup half-empty sort of thing.
After I’ve had the chance to view the remainder of the schedule, I’ll have more to say about our bright, shiny new network.
And did I say I missed Mercedes Stephenson?