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Multilingual National News Series Voices of Canada Explores the Rise of Canada's New Mother Tongues, Beginning Oct. 24 on OMNI Television

October 23, 2012

News Releases

– OMNI News series features in-depth stories examining the latest
findings of Statistics Canada’s 2011 Census data on Canada’s national
language identity –

– Five-part series airs within OMNI Television’s six multilingual
newscasts, OMNI News: South Asian, Punjabi, Cantonese, Mandarin,
Portuguese, and Italian editions –

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TORONTO, Oct. 23, 2012 /CNW/ – The face of Canada is changing, and as
Canada’s multilingual broadcast news leader, OMNI Television goes beyond the statistics with the five-part special series Voices of Canada. Coinciding with the latest Statistics Canada report on Canada’s new
language identity, Voices of Canada explores the country’s diverse communities and shines a light on the
local and national impact of these new rising languages.

Voices of Canada airs from October 24 to 30 within OMNI Television’s six multilingual newscasts, OMNI News: South Asian, Punjabi, Cantonese, Mandarin, Portuguese, and Italian editions.

“With our multilingual reporters deeply rooted within Canada’s diverse
ethnocultural communities, we’re able to bring a unique perspective and
wide range of stories to this national topic across all of our language
newscasts,” said Madeline Ziniak, National Vice-President, OMNI
Television.

Reporting on national stories, Voices of Canada examines the growth of Asian languages spoken in Canada, as well as the
shift of mother tongues in certain mature communities and its impact on
preserving the culture within these groups. Voices of Canada also explores the new rising phenomenon of multi-language households as
a result of inter-marriage between different cultural groups.

With reports from OMNI News bureaus in Ontario, Alberta, and British
Columbia, Voices of Canada also features regional stories that delve into the impact the rapid
rise in Chinese languages and Punjabi have on business, schools, and
government services. Highlights include the increase of non-Chinese
students studying Chinese language classes in Alberta, and the expanded
offering of Punjabi in both government and business services in
Calgary, Surrey, and Brampton.

Voices of Canada five-part series airs within the following newscasts, daily from
Wednesday, Oct. 24 to Tuesday, Oct. 30:

  • OMNI News: South Asian Edition at 8 p.m. ET/MT on OMNI.2 and OMNI Alberta
  • OMNI News: Punjabi National Edition at 11 p.m. ET/MT on OMNI.2 and OMNI Alberta, and 9 p.m. PT on OMNI BC
  • OMNI News: Cantonese Edition at 9 p.m. ET/MT on OMNI.2 and OMNI Alberta, and 5 p.m. PT on OMNI BC
  • OMNI News: Mandarin Edition at 5 p.m. ET on OMNI.2, 9:30 p.m. MT on OMNI Alberta, and 8 p.m. PT on OMNI BC
  • OMNI News: Italian Edition at 8 p.m. ET on OMNI.1
  • OMNI News: Portuguese Edition at 9:30 p.m. ET on OMNI.1

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About OMNI Television
OMNI™ is a free, over-the-air multilingual/multicultural television system
committed to reflecting Canada’s diversity by delivering an array of
ethnocultural programming, serving multiple language communities.  With
five television stations in B.C.; Alberta (Calgary and Edmonton) and
Ontario (OMNI.1 and OMNI.2), OMNI has a combined reach of 16.5 million
households in major market areas.  In addition to weeknight newscasts
and weekly community magazine programs, OMNI is also home to well-known
International series and films, including Bollywood Movies, Asian
Cinema, Italian and Portuguese telenovelas. OMNI Television is a part
of Rogers Broadcasting Limited., a division of Rogers Communications
Inc. (TSX: RCI and NYSE: RCI) which is a diversified Canadian
communications and media company.  For more information visit www.OMNItv.ca.

SOURCE: OMNI Television