It's make-it-or-break-it day for Sun News Network

OTTAWA – This could be make-it-or-break-it day for Sun News Network, dubbed by some critics as “Fox News North.”

The CRTC is due to announce today if will grant the channel’s request to be carried on basic cable.

Three months ago, Sun News executives told the commission that anything short of mandatory carriage would spell the end of the channel.

Sun News Network went on the air in April of 2011.

Last year, it lost $17 million, a situation parent company Quebecor calls clearly unsustainable.

One option might be for the broadcast regulator to designate Sun News Network as “must offer.”

That would compel cable and satellite companies to make it available to their customers, who could then choose whether or not to subscribe.