The upstart “hard news and straight talk” TV network, set to launch later today, originates from TV studios in downtown Toronto. The channel is owned by Quebecor Media Inc., based in Montreal. It announced last week that Shaw Communications would offer the news-and-talk television channel to all of its customers in Western Canada and Ontario for a six month free preview after the channel debuts on April 18. Carriage deals have also now been struck with Bell, Cogeco, Rogers, Videotron and Shaw. See the website for a list of the on air personalities. See Wikipedia formore background and a list of service providers.