Brian Lilley

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Brian Lilley
Alma materMohawk College
OccupationBroadcaster, columnist, commentator, journalist, reporter
MovementConservatism, libertarianism

Brian Lilley is a journalist, columnist, author, television show host, and was the senior correspondent for the defunct Sun News Network in Ottawa, covering Parliament Hill. He has worked in radio, television and print journalism across Canada and appeared frequently in American media.[1][2][3] He writes regular columns for the Toronto Sun and hosts a radio show on 580 CFRA in Ottawa.

Journalism career[edit]

Lilley joined the staff of 940 News in Montreal as a reporter in September 2000. While with 940 News, Lilley covered local, provincial and federal politics as well as international events such as the G20 conference in Montreal in November 2001 and the Summit of the Americas in Quebec City in April 2001. During the three day conference, which was marked by violent protests, Lilley provided coverage for radio stations across Canada as well as live coverage for CNN Radio and Television.[4] In 2002 Lilley moved from 940 News in Montreal to Newstalk 580 CFRA in Ottawa.

From 2002 until 2005, Lilley was a beat reporter for CFRA covering local, provincial and occasionally federal politics for the station. This included attending the funerals of several of the early casualties of Canada’s contribution to the War in Afghanistan that were stationed at CFB Petawawa. In March 2005, Lilley began a five year run as the Ottawa Bureau Chief for what was then Standard Radio. He covered the 2006 election that saw Stephen Harper and the Conservatives replace Paul Martin's Liberals.

Lilley joined the Sun News Network as soon as the station was announced in June 2010 and hosted the television program Byline with Brian Lilley from April 2011 until the station shut down in February 2015. The show was taped in Ottawa, Ontario. Byline usually included a 10-minute introduction followed by two or three 10–15 minute interviews, then a final 10-minute conclusion where Lilley reads emails from viewers, shows a funny or interesting video, or speaks about an upcoming event. On February 13, 2015, Sun News Network was shut down,[5] hence terminating Byline with Brian Lilley, whose repeat of an earlier broadcast was the last program to air before ceasing operations at 5 a.m. ET.[6] While with Sun News he also wrote a weekly column that appeared in over 30 newspapers, including the Toronto Sun, London Free Press, Calgary Sun, and Fort McMurray Today. After the shuttering of Sun News, Lilley went on join Rebel Media with some former Sun News colleagues but later quit the organization citing the startup's "lack of editorial and behavioural judgment" which he deemed "destructive".[7]

In March 2016, Lilley joined Bell Media in Ottawa at 580 News CFRA and hosted a radio show until January 2019. Beyond the News with Brian Lilley featured Lilley's commentary on Canadian federal, Ontario provincial, and Ottawa municipal politics. Lilley's show was critical of the Trudeau federal government and the then provincial government of Kathleen Wynne. Lilley styled himself as the "Unofficial Leader of the Opposition" on his show in promotional material for the radio station.

On January 11, 2019, the Toronto Sun announced that Brian Lilley would be joining the newspaper as a full-time political columnist.[8]


Lilley is a conservative commentator through his writings and television appearances. He has discussed topics such as the perceived shortcomings of elected governments, social conservatism, government spending and use of tax revenue, and the culture of political correctness. Lilley is a regular critic of the CBC, and has published a book criticizing that organization's mandate and activities.


Lilley has published one book as of early 2014, CBC Exposed.[9] In it, Lilley exposes what he sees as the rampant abuses of taxpayers' money by CBC executives and officials. Lilley also comments on the CBC's lack of transparency, for example, in refusing to reveal their staff salaries or refusing to detail how many cars the corporation owned.


  1. ^ "The Blaze: Brian Lilley".
  2. ^ "Truth Revolt: Brian Lilley".
  3. ^ "Jon Miller interviews Canadian radio host Brian Lilley about why Canada gave $10 million to a convicted terrorist who killed an American soldier". 19 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Summit of the Americas: Protesters Breach Perimeter". CNN. 20 April 2001.
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  6. ^ "Why Sun News Network failed". 13 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Brian Lilley leaving CFRA to join Toronto Sun as a political columnist". Ottawa Citizen. 11 January 2019.
  8. ^ @torontosun (11 January 2019). "We are very pleased to announce that @brianlilley is joining the Toronto Sun full-time as a political columnist" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  9. ^ "CBC Exposed: New book details soft-left, anti-biz, spendthrift network's wasted spending". 25 October 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2018.