680 News/Toronto Spawns Cable News Channel
May 31, 2011 at 3:58 AM (PT)
ROGERS MEDIA News CFTR-A (680 NEWS)/TORONTO will be used as the basis of a new all-News cable television channel in the city, the company announced MONDAY. CITYNEWS CHANNEL will launch in OCTOBER on ROGERS digital cable tiers and will provide competition to BELL MEDIA's CP24 in the GTA market as well as DURHAM, YORK, PEEL, and HALTON. The new channel is a sister to ROGERS independent CITY-TV/TORONTO, which spun off CP24 under previous ownership.
"We're taking the #1 news radio format in CANADA, 680 NEWS, and bringing it to television under the brand of CITYNEWS CHANNEL," said ROGERS BROADCASTING Pres. SCOTT MOORE. "By incorporating our trailblazing and trusted news brands from CITYNEWS, 680 NEWS, and publishing -- including CANADA's most trusted news magazine, MACLEAN'S -- CITYNEWS CHANNEL is poised to be the destination local news channel."
"Our CITYNEWS team has the strongest local news pedigree in CANADA," added ROGERS MEDIA TELEVISION EVP/Television Operations JAMIE HAGGARTY. "CITYNEWS CHANNEL will take all news television to the next level combining our trusted news personalities with content from across all ROGERS MEDIA platforms."