Canadian TV anchor may head to right-wing startup

BANFF, Alberta (Hollywood Reporter) - Canada’s Fox News clone may have its first TV anchor babe.

Controversial Canadian Broadcasting Corp. TV reporter Krista Erickson has left the public broadcaster’s flagship newscast “The National,” she said in a terse staff memo.

The speculation is that Erickson will land a news anchor post with Sun TV News, Quebecor Media’s right-wing all-news channel modeled on Fox News to the south. Fox News North may fit better than the CBC with Erickson, as she raised eyebrows at the liberal-leaning public broadcaster by having a Conservative member of Parliament as a partner.

Even before Sun TV News goes to air, Canadian pundits are already facing off over its pending January 1, 2011 launch. Christopher Dornan, writing in the left-leaning Toronto Star, called Sun TV News “a Canadian Fox News knock-off” likely to “give not-so-worked-up citizens the willies.”

Peter Worthington, writing in The Sun, part of the Quebecor Media empire, welcomed the Canadianized Fox News channel. “Unless one views Americans as mostly mindless, rightwing nutbars, since around 2002 Fox News has dominated rival channels and has earned the title ‘Fair and Balanced’ that once went to CNN,” he said.

Quebecor Media must first secure a broadcast license for Sun TV News from the CRTC, Canada’s TV regulator, before it can launch the 24/7 news channel.