TORONTO, Dec. 10 /CNW/ - Rogers Media today announced that the Canadian
Radio-Television Commission (CRTC) has approved their application for an all
news channel. The digital (category 2) licence granted was for a local 24-hour
news channel to serve the city of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area which
includes Durham, York, Peel and Halton extending from Burlington in the west,
to Clarington in the east, and to Brock in the north.
"We are extremely pleased with the CRTC decision today," says Jamie
Haggarty, Executive Vice President, Operations, Rogers Media Television.
"Torontonians and residents of the GTA will now be able to enjoy greater
diversity when it comes to local news, weather and sports. Citytv's unique
brand of news and information, complimented by our ethnically diverse OMNI
stations is the perfect combination to deliver a full-time channel committed
to the local perspective."
The channel will also include news items contributed from a number of
Rogers owned media properties including The Fan 590, 680News, Sportsnet,
Publishing and the Toronto Blue Jays. Rogers Media Television will be
unveiling launch date and branding plans for the new channel at a later date.
"We are delighted with the mandate we were given today, to deliver around
the clock news," comments Leslie Sole, CEO, Rogers Media Television. "This is
especially timely as we move into a new era of choice and viewer-focused
television, the facilities at Dundas Square in the heart of Toronto will be a
great hub for this service, Ted would have been so happy that we are
continuing and expanding our proud tradition of service to local communities."