Rogers Media Receives CRTC Approval to Launch New English-Language Station,
- New channel to launch in 2013, securing expanded national platform for
Citytv's original and acquired programming -
- Citytv Montreal to offer 15.5 hours of original local programming including
daily weekday morning show, Breakfast Television, and weekly sports show,
Connected Montreal -
TORONTO, Dec. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - Rogers Media today received approval from the
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to acquire
Métro14 Montréal. The deal is expected to close in early 2013, with Citytv
Montreal launching later that year.
Today's announcement follows the previous Rogers Media program affiliate
agreement with Métro14 Montréal, which took effect June 2012.
Citytv Montreal marks the third expansion for the brand in 2012, as Citytv
moves towards a national footprint for its premium programming. In summer
2012, Citytv launched Citytv Saskatchewan and Citytv programming became
available long-term in three key markets in Western Canada - Kamloops, B.C.,
Prince George, B.C., and Medicine Hat, AB. Citytv is now available in eight
provinces, reaching more than nine million homes across Canada.
"The launch of Citytv Montreal is a crucial step in our overall strategy to
deliver our premium original and acquired content to a national audience, and
we are pleased that the CRTC recognizes Citytv's commitment to local
programming in Montreal," said Scott Moore, President, Broadcast, Rogers
Media."Breaking into this key market gives Citytv the momentum to better
serve and reflect Canadians through our programming and engage audiences
across the country as we move towards our goal of becoming a fully national
Launching as a new English-language network, Citytv Montreal will air premium
original and acquired programming, including hit series Modern Family, 2 Broke
Girls, Revolution, and How I Met Your Mother, Canada's #1 lifestyle show for
women - Cityline, and upcoming new Citytv original comedies Seed and Package
Deal. In addition to world-class national content, Citytv Montreal will
produce and deliver 15.5 hours of original local programming not currently
available from existing English-language stations in the market - including
daily weekday morning show Breakfast Television and weekly sports show
Connected Montreal. The new Citytv Montreal in-house productions will add more
than 20 new production jobs in the Montreal market.
Citytv Montreal will operate out of a newly built studio in Montreal's
downtown core with support from the extended Citytv and Rogers Media family.
About Rogers Media Inc.
Rogers Media Inc., a division of Rogers Communications (TSX: RCI; NYSE: RCI),
is a diversified leading Canadian media company that engages in television and
radio broadcasting, publishing, digital, and sports entertainment. Rogers
Broadcasting has 55 AM and FM radio stations across Canada; television
properties include six Citytv stations, five OMNI multicultural television
stations, Sportsnet (consisting of four regional channels and the
nationally-distributed Sportsnet ONE and Sportsnet World), andThe Shopping
Channel, a televised and internet shopping service. Rogers Publishing
produces many well-known consumer and online magazines, such as Maclean's,
Chatelaine, L'actualité, Canadian Business, and is the leading publisher of a
number of industry, medical and financial publications. Rogers Media's suite
of digital assets reaches 17 million unique visitors per month through more
than 1,000 premium owned + exclusive and extended network sites. Rogers
Media Inc. owns Rogers Centre stadium, a year-round sports and entertainment
facility, and the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club.
Media Contacts Michelle Lomack, Citytv,firstname.lastname@example.org,
416.819.2783 Andrea Goldstein, Rogers Media,email@example.com,
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