Sun News Network has lost Mercedes Stephenson, one of its prime-time anchors, just days prior to its launch.  A spokesperson stated that  Stephenson was not  suitable and that the split was a mutual arrangement. Stephenson who is a columnist and military analyst had been hired to co-host a political series called “Daily Brief” with David Akin, the Sun’s national bureau chief in Ottawa.  The show will continue with Atkin being the sole host.

Earlier this week Sun News announced it had signed a distribution agreement with Shaw Communications to be distributed to homes in Western Canada and Ontario starting on the launch day slated for April 18, 2011.