CityNews channel

It appears to be a soft launch, meaning City hasn't promoted it very much so they can work out any kinks, but today is day 1, and it's on Rogers digital channel 1.

What does everyone think? It's a curious experiment. Since people are so used to flipping to cp24 for an immediate look at time/temp,etc, will City's version be unique and/or informative enough to pull people to their channel?

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CP 24 was City TV's creation to begin with till the CRTC would not allow both channels to be sold to one buyer. CTV has never done anything creative in their histroy and only buy others ideas.

Channel 1 looks good so far.

October 3, 2011 @ 11:06 AM


Had a quick look online. It's irrelevant to me because I no longer live in Toronto, but the presentation is smooth and quick, and it definitely has the CITY-TV personality.

October 3, 2011 @ 12:28 PM


Will it be put on Sun TV's analog cable spot as soon their 'non-digital broadcast and Toronto ota' licence is given up at the end of this month?

October 3, 2011 @ 1:32 PM


Will they have the same type of advertisers as CP24, such as Harold The Jewellery Buyer, Russell Oliver, Oren Is Better Dot Com and Pinto Gold and Jewellery Buyers ?

October 3, 2011 @ 2:19 PM

Sam In Scarb

So far so good..actually very good.cp24 is now just a memory with their high school level talent and style.
CITY will now be the goto for quick news.
By the way It is also on channel 200 on Robbers Cable.

October 3, 2011 @ 2:38 PM


You are correct CQ. I don't think it will stay on channel 1 forever. The long term plan is to place it on channel 15.

October 3, 2011 @ 4:19 PM


Anything so I don't have to watch CP24 anymore. That channel's become practically insulting to watch at this point. My brain wants to leave my skull when it's on.

October 3, 2011 @ 7:10 PM


Didn't know it was there 'til you said so. I'm checking it out now.

October 3, 2011 @ 8:33 PM


I disagree. I don't think it winds up on channel 15. I think Rogers shuffles in a channel that is higher on the dial that has mandatory coverage, perhaps CPAC, into the station. Doing so frees up a frequency which Rogers can then use for digital cable. They can fit 2 HD stations or something like 8 SD stations onto the one channel that disappears off of analog. Clearly desirable for Rogers. Also keeping in on channel 1 means that when Rogers boxes reboot, they automatically go to that station. Seems like something that is desirable for Rogers.

October 3, 2011 @ 10:24 PM


That's all we need- another dentists'/medical office waiting room channel.

In an age of breaking news and instantaneuos access to content,
CP24 runs the same items on their scroller for days.

And - oh breaking news- one of our street reporters got in a car witha B-list celebrity at the film festival who said they like Toronto when asked for the 20th time.

October 4, 2011 @ 2:24 PM


I am so sick of all these freakn news channels. Its the same old shit day in day out no matter who announces it.

News is a depression tablet that shouldnt be taken too often.

Reality is best lived when you step outside.


October 4, 2011 @ 3:37 PM


Why won't Rogers give Fox News Channel a HD slot?

October 4, 2011 @ 3:40 PM


@Quinny - LOL, so all of 5 people can "enjoy" it in HD?

October 4, 2011 @ 4:15 PM


CNN and Headline News are both on HD.

Fox news is a ratings juggernaut in the U.S.

Their audience is equal to CNN + Headline News+ MSNBC combined.

October 4, 2011 @ 4:21 PM


@Quinny - So we should waste an HD cable slot on a channel that's nothing but american neocons complaining about american things? Makes sense.

By that respect, maybe the US cable provides should give CBC News an HD slot. (But wait... CBC has actual "news".)

CNN has viewers here because, at least at one point in time, they were a respectable international news source, and people grew accustomed to it. FOX News is only desired here by cantankerous old people who have an obsessive admiration for the Tea Party.

Anyway, back to the topic at hand. CityNews Channel seems to be doing pretty well. I wonder how the ratings will be once they actually kick a proper marketing campaign into gear. Rogers needs to find a way to get bard, restaurants, and waiting rooms to switch.

October 5, 2011 @ 1:23 PM


My point is if you allow HD slots to Headline News which was 24/7 Nancy Grace ragging on Casey Anthony trial and to CNN which has dropped to 4th place in the US cable market because they are so lame- why not FNC?

They -FNC- were available here long before the Tea Party.

Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for September 29, 2011

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC 1,192 302 592
CNN 405 125 176
MSNBC 433 125 219
CNBC 214 68 109
FBN 69 9 33
HLN 364 128 209

Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC 2,436 523 1,064
CNN 632 191 247
MSNBC 869 212 403
CNBC 289 127 161
FBN 72 12 32
HLN 599 187 319

October 5, 2011 @ 1:36 PM


@Quinny - Because US channel ratings DO NOT APPLY to Canada.

Please, show me the *Canadian* FOX News Ratings vs the *Canadian* CNN/HLN ratings.

FOX News may have a bazillion viewers down there, with the political frenzy involved, but they hardly even register up here. It's a total niche channel. World Fishing Network probably has more viewers. Most of us couldn't care less about FOX News, beyond the jokes we get on The Daily Show.

(For the record, I think HLN is a complete waste of space, and all US cable news is beyond pathetic nowadays.)

October 5, 2011 @ 2:48 PM

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