POLITICS

HuffPost Live files bid with CRTC for Canadian television channel

12/19/2014 02:02 EST | Updated 02/17/2015 05:59 EST
TORONTO - An application has been filed with Canada's broadcast regulator to add a Huffington Post channel to the English television lineup.

The application filed with the CRTC was made by Toronto businessman Evan Kosiner on behalf of AOL Inc., which operates the HuffPost Live network.

AOL Canada says the bid seeks to have HuffPost Live added to the list of non-Canadian programming and has obtained all necessary distribution rights.

The online giant says three major and six midsized broadcast distributors "have expressed an immediate interest in carrying the HuffPost Live service."

The application also notes HuffPost Live currently does not have a program supply agreement with any Canadian service.

HuffPost Live is billed as a network covering a "wide variety of topics and areas of interest focusing on the most popular sections and sites on HuffPost.'

The application also says all programming is original and currently produced at the Huffington Post‘s New York studios by AOL.

The CRTC says on its website that it is accepting interventions and comments on the bid until Jan. 19, 2015.