680News celebrates its 20th anniversary

Standard

The 680News logo. 680NEWS.

News report from CityNews…

This week marks 20 years of traffic and weather on the ones and breaking news on 680News. Toronto’s all-news radio station is celebrating two decades since making the switch from music to radio.

This is how it all started 20 years ago: “Farewell to the old, hello to the news,” featuring the voice of Sandy Sanderson.

The news cycle then started with legend Dick Smyth saying, “good morning, it’s 14 C at six o’clock.”

Smyth told 680News that moment still makes him smile.

“680News has become a Toronto institution; I take a bit of personal pride in the fact that I was the first voice to be heard,” he said.

Smyth said he still listens to the station today.

“It’s become a very important news source. I have it on my car radio; I put it on for the traffic, I put it on to get that fix,” he said.

680News officially flipped the switch from being a powerhouse of music to a powerhouse of news.

“680News preceded Twitter before Twitter came along. We provided news in quick ways and in a quick fashion, and now we’re seeing what’s happened,” said John Hinnen, the vice-president of news for Rogers Media Television and Radio.

“People want their information quickly and so we were a forerunner when we came to those types of things,” he added.

At the onset, 680News was branded as an innovative information service that, at the time, wasn’t available in Toronto or even the rest of Canada.

“Since day one with traffic and weather together on the ones, and sports at :15 and :45, business at :26 and :56, people have gotten accustomed to what to expect from us. I think we are by far the most consistent radio station in this city and probably in the country,” he said.

Hinnen, along with several staff members from 680News and parent company Rogers, will be at the Toronto Stock Exchange to ring the bell at 9:30 a.m. to mark the milestone.

Click here to visit our commemorative page.

Click here to read what listeners had to say about the station.

Rogers Media is the parent company of 680News, CityNews and CityNews.ca.

Rogers Ceases Broadcasting of CityNews Channel: The Latest, The Response.

Standard

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.

More soon…