Look a lot like WLS Eyewitness News + Scripps News Package indeed.
If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It. But If It’s Really Broken, Fix It Immediately.
The last good post I published was at the 12 of August, 2013. Today is the 2nd of December, 2014. I haven’t updated this site in months and a lot of news-worthy stories has past. I’ll admit, I’m always busy on the internet. Most of the time I spend is on the English Sonic Wiki known as the Sonic News Network. I’ll be making videos, broadcasts and updates for them everyday…and it’s mandatory. Over the last few months I started to take a rest from that wiki and started focusing on what I love – the news. Starting today this site will have a refresh. It will now have three main sections…
News – Updates in the news industry plus updates on the graphics used on networks, stations, etc. You’ll see my short rants here too.
Music – For the first time there will now be a Canadian News Music section.
Well, that’s all I gotta say right now. I’ll start uploading new videos on my YouTube channel soon!
Report from B&C…
Gannett has agreed to acquire Belo, boosting its broadcast portfolio from 23 to 43 stations. Gannett will acquire all outstanding shares of Belo for $13.75 per share in cash, or approximately $1.5 billion, plus the assumption of $715 million in existing debt for an enterprise value of approximately $2.2 billion.
The deal, subject to regulatory approval, is expected to close by the end of 2013.
The acquisition nearly doubles Gannett’s broadcast portfolio from 23 to 43 stations, including stations to be serviced by Gannett through shared services or similar arrangements. Upon completion of the transaction, Gannett said it will become the No. 1 CBS affiliate group, No. 4 ABC affiliate group, and will expand its already largest NBC affiliate group position.
“We are thrilled to bring together two highly respected media companies with rich histories of award-winning journalism, operational excellence and strong brand leadership,” said Gracia Martore, president and CEO of Gannett. “It will significantly improve our cash flow and financial strength, enabling us to quickly pay down debt while remaining committed to disciplined capital allocation. By enhancing our portfolio with one of the largest, most geographically diverse and network-balanced TV station groups in the country, the new Gannett will be well positioned to lead innovation, bolster our existing growth initiatives and take advantage of new opportunities in the emerging digital media landscape.”
The transaction, unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, represents a 28.1% premium to the closing price of Belo common stock on June 12.
Gannett anticipates that the transaction will generate approximately $175 million in annual synergies within three years after closing.
In Belo, Gannett gets a group of stations with sterling reputations for local news and community involvement.
Dunia A. Shive, Belo’s president and CEO, called it “an outstanding and financially compelling transaction” for Belo’s shareholders. “I am confident that we have found an excellent partner in Gannett–they are a leading media company that shares our commitment to the highest levels of journalistic integrity and embraces an active approach to community involvement,” she added. “Together, this portfolio of media assets will be well-positioned to capitalize on substantial growth opportunities in the years ahead.”
The planned acquisition comes on the heels of a pending merger between Media General and Young Broadcasting, and several other examples of extreme consolidation in the local broadcasting business.
The announced deal did not sit well with Free Press, a veteran critic of media consolidation, which has pushed the FCC to tighten its ownership rules.
“We’ve seen time and again that media consolidation means fewer journalists and less diversity on the public airwaves,” Free Press president Craig Aaron told B&C. “Broadcasters are on a shopping spree, using cash from last year’s political ad bonanza to buy each other. The day is fast approaching when a small handful of companies will control all of the affiliates in major markets and the swing states.”
Report from CityNews Toronto
Beginning July 1, The Score will be rebranded Sportsnet 360, with a new logo, sets, animation package, and enhanced ticker that combines the look and feel of Sportsnet with familiar elements of The Score brand. The announcement was made today as part of Rogers Media’s 2013 Upfront presentation, in which the company reveals its programming lineup for the 2013-14 fall and mid-season.
Sportsnet 360 is the newest asset in the already robust Sportsnet lineup, which includes Sportsnet (Ontario, East, West, Pacific), Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet World, Sportsnet World Online, sportsnet.ca, Sportsnet 590 The FAN, Sportsnet 960 The FAN and Sportsnet magazine. The channel complements Sportsnet’s other platforms with a distinct 360° offering of breaking news, highlights, scores, stats, analysis, and opinion, as well as live events. Today’s announcement marks another step forward towards Sportsnet’s goal of becoming the No. 1 sports media brand in Canada.
“All of the things that viewers of The Score have come to know and love will not change,” said Scott Moore, President of Broadcast, Rogers Media. “Sportsnet 360 will continue to offer the hard core sports fan highlights, stats, and scores across the broadest range of sports, but on a much larger scale. We’ll deliver a vast breadth of premium sports content in a fast-paced, energetic and entertaining manner – and the new name, logo and animation will embody this.”
The new Sportsnet 360 look will incorporate the red and blue colour scheme from the Sportsnet brand family with the familiar oranges and blues of The Score brand, with an arc through the 360 representing forward movement and energy.
The rebrand and all on-air elements were developed in-house by Rogers Media’s Creative Agency.
“Our cutting-edge logo and treatment will deliver a new and exciting look that represents the tone and edge of The Score combined with the strength and polish of the Sportsnet brand,” said Dean Bender, Vice President, Creative, Rogers Media. “One of the most exciting opportunities with the rebrand is enhancing the ticker, which is a staple for all hard core sports fans. We are exploring new technology that will incorporate all of the terrific current ticker features, and add to it in a more dynamic fashion.”
Through extensive market research, Sportsnet identified the Sportsnet 360 target viewer as a “paint your face” hard core sports expert that follows a wide range of sports (10-plus sports), is a heavy consumer of sports media, and regularly plays fantasy sports.
Sportsnet 360 will be integrated into the overall Sportsnet brand via cross-promotion and content sharing across Sportsnet’s additional assets on TV, radio, print, digital and social media. Sportsnet’s brand tagline, Fuelled By Fans, which builds on Sportsnet’s objective to fuel the passion of Canadians and provides one source that delivers sports fans what they want, whenever and wherever, will also be part of the Sportsnet 360 sub-brand.
As part of its current programming strategy, Sportsnet 360 will continue to deliver its own unique mix of programming and is the prime destination for breaking sports news, analysis and highlights. While some sports properties are shared with the additional Sportsnet networks, Sportsnet 360 is the home of exclusive content in Canada, including WWE, FIBA basketball, and the Vanier Cup.
Programming details and a robust marketing campaign will be unveiled in the coming weeks leading up to the launch of Sportsnet 360 on July 1.
Sportsnet 360 will continue to operate out of the station’s studio on King Street in Toronto’s downtown core, with support from the extended Sportsnet and Rogers Media family.
The CRTC is set to unveil a new code of conduct for cellphone companies that could include changes to contract lengths and provisions to unlock mobile devices.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is expected to announce the new wireless code at 9 a.m. Monday.
Unofficial replacement of CityNews Channel?
In the late 90’s, CityNews (known as CityPulse) lanuched CablePulse24, Toronto’s first 24 hour news station. It became very successful, making CityPulse ranking #1 every time on their 6pm Newscast. All of that stopped as CP24 was bought by CTVGlobeMedia (now Bell Media). CityNews came back to the 24-hour news station scene as they launch CityNews Channel. At first it was only on Rogers and Cogeco, but it was really worth watching for when it launched it’s livestream on the internet. And then today Rogers announced they will be shutting down the channel effectively Thursday so they can focus more on 680 News, the only 24-hour news station that has ties with CityNews. In my opinion I find this heartbreaking, since I thought at first this can spark a new generation for CityNews. But I guess were going back with CityNews at regular intervals, 5, 6 and 11.
Report from The Globe and Mail
Rogers Communications Inc. is pulling the plug on its specialty CityNews channel after 20 months of operation.
Scott Moore, president of broadcast at the Rogers Media division, announced the decision to immediately shut down the channel on Thursday.
He also said Rogers is ending the English-language South Asian newscast as well as production operations in Alberta.
“Today, we made changes to the company’s television strategy to reflect evolving viewer habits and the global structural shift in advertising,” he said in a statement.
The new strategy is to focus news resources in Toronto on Rogers’ 24-hour news radio station 680News as well as its CityNews on City television program, he said.
The changes will affect 2.5 per cent of the broadcast unit’s work force, he said.
Reports say 62 jobs will be lost.
“While difficult, these changes enable us to continue to focus our efforts where we know the market is growing, while helping us to effectively manage our costs,” said Mr. Moore.
Rogers launched CityNews in October of 2011, drawing on resources and personalities from other media properties such as 680News, Sportsnet, Maclean’s magazine and MoneySense.
CityNews borrowed the 680News radio format, with regular traffic, weather, sports and business updates throughout the day.
The federal broadcast regulator granted Rogers the license for CityNews in late 2008.
Meanwhile on Social Media, everyone was outraged that the channel is closing. Here is some responses. Because of privacy I will not reveal the names.
So disappointed that CityNews Channel is gone!! I am not able to catch the news at the usual times, so loved this channel. Please bring it back!
I miss CityNews Channel:(. It was and will forever will be the best.
It would appear the bean counters at Rogers have axed the CityNews live channel. Unbelievable stupidity on their part. To everyone at CityNews, Thank You for the exceptional work you have done. You will be sorely missed!
So, the rumours are true. CityNews Channel has shut down. I’m very disappointed to say the least
Bring back channel 15 😦
SO disappointed this morning when I went to turn on Citynews Channel and it was no longer live!! What happened?!? I love the personalities and the great, up to date stories and news. Now I’m stuck with the other 24 hour channel that repeats itself constantly and has boring, egotistical on air Reporters. PLEASE reconsider this decision Rogers!
I’m extremely sorry to hear that CityNews Channel 15 has been shut down.
I had my TV tuned to this channel 60% of the time, if not more. I thought it was the most valuable channel Rogers offered.