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OFFLINE   Big Dan #41

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Posted 12 August 2005 - 08:20 PM

QUOTE (EDcanada @ Aug 3 2005, 02:05 PM)
Well it's August 2nd, and A-Channel Edmonton, A-Channel Calgary, and A-Channel Winnipeg are no more. They are now CityTV Edmonton, CityTV Calgary, and CityTV Winnipeg.

As well, the following stations have been rebranded as "A-Channel"...

The New VR - Barrie
The New RO - Ottawa
The New PL - London
The New WI - Windsor
The New NX - Wingham
The New VI - Victoria

Here is just a sample of what CityTVCalgary and "CityNews" look like. Personally, blue and gold works well for television...

http://www.granado.c...es/citynews.zip


Thanks for that...It's pretty good! And yes, blue and gold works well for TV. Very soothing colours...

QUOTE (EDcanada @ Aug 12 2005, 05:24 PM)
CBC workers are set to be locked out by the corporation on Monday...

http://www.cbc.ca/st...bour050811.html

Oh dear...will they still be able to broadcast while the lockout is on?
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OFFLINE   EDcanada #42

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Posted 13 August 2005 - 01:36 AM

QUOTE (Big_Dan @ Aug 12 2005, 08:20 PM)
Thanks for that...It's pretty good! And yes, blue and gold works well for TV. Very soothing colours...
Oh dear...will they still be able to broadcast while the lockout is on?


All CBC English Television output (except in the province of Quebec and Moncton, NB) will be affected - including "The National" and local CBC News.

Not sure how NHL hockey and CFL football games will be affected.
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OFFLINE   MelbourneTV #43

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Posted 18 August 2005 - 11:57 AM

I quite like A Channels new brand image.

Personally, I think A Channel and Citytv are rather weak brands.
A channel could mean anything is it; Channel "A" or "A channel (on TV)"
CH is also a rather odd brand too.

But then again PRIME and Win are rather bizarre too.

OFFLINE   Big Dan #44

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Posted 18 August 2005 - 01:20 PM

QUOTE (MelbourneTV @ Aug 18 2005, 11:57 AM)
I quite like A Channels new brand image.

Personally, I think A Channel and Citytv are rather weak brands.
A channel could mean anything is it; Channel "A" or "A channel (on TV)"
CH is also a rather odd brand too.

But then again PRIME and Win are rather bizarre too.


Citytv's brand has weakened since they've expanded into BC, Alberta and Winnipeg IMHO. Remember, the Toronto station is licensed as CITY-TV. That flows right off your tongue.

A-Channel is sort of a eh? brand. It could've meant Alberta Channel when CKEM and CKAL were A-Channels themselves...I would've stuck with either NewNet or even gone to something different...like the actual names (CFPL-TV London, CIVI Victoria)...

CH was dervived from CHCH in Hamilton...the first independent station in Canada. It could mean "closer to home" (in fact, CHEK used it when they switched). Of course, it doesn't work with CJNT Montreal (CH Montreal...I'd recall it CHMO), CKRD Red Deer (the next CH...I'd recall that one CHRD)...it could work with CHBC in Kelowna, that's supposedly the next CH.
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OFFLINE   Big Dan #45

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Posted 26 August 2005 - 09:40 PM

Toronto 1, once owned by Craig Media, was sold to Quebecor, because their new owners, CHUM, can't own three stations in the same market (CITY and CKVR Barrie are considered in the same market)...the aftermath of that sale? Toronto 1 is now SUN-TV

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Quebecor Inc.'s struggling Toronto 1 television station is changing its name to SUN-TV, emphasizing the outlet's links to the Toronto Sun newspaper, which is also a key property in the Quebec media giant's empire.

Quebecor, which acquired Toronto 1 late last year, is also changing the content of the station this fall, with a new focus on entertainment and sports, and away from news.

Toronto 1 executives have said they want to forge more links with the Toronto Sun, cross promoting content between the two organizations. Quebecor's vast media properties in Quebec have become highly adept at exploiting these kinds of cross-media links.

Some are concerned as to how there can be cross promotion between the newspaper and the television station, when the station is moving away from news. But for struggling station like Toronto 1, something needs to be done to boost its ratings and financial position.

The name change is ecpected to occur August 29, and the new programs are going to begin in the fall.


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OFFLINE   EDcanada #46

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Posted 04 October 2005 - 02:25 AM

Well as of Monday October 3, the following stations are no longer using their local call signs/brands on air... they are just known as "CTV [city]"

- CFRN Edmonton
- CKY Winnipeg
- MCTV Northern Ontario
- CKCO Kitchener
- CJOH Ottawa
- CFCF Montreal

There are only two CTV stations left with their own call signs/local brands: CFCN Calgary and ATV Nova Scotia/New Brunswick/Prince Edward Island.

CTV stations in Vancouver, Regina (CKCK), Saskatoon (CFQC), Prince Albert (CIPA), and Yorkton (CICC) have already been known as "CTV" for some time.
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OFFLINE   Big Dan #47

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Posted 04 October 2005 - 01:47 PM

QUOTE (Big_Dan @ Aug 18 2005, 01:20 PM)
CH was dervived from CHCH in Hamilton...the first independent station in Canada. It could mean "closer to home" (in fact, CHEK used it when they switched). Of course, it doesn't work with CJNT Montreal (CH Montreal...I'd recall it CHMO), CKRD Red Deer (the next CH...I'd recall that one CHRD)...it could work with CHBC in Kelowna, that's supposedly the next CH.


I was partiually right with CKRD rebranding itself...they're now CHCA, which was their original callsign! biggrin.gif

QUOTE (EDcanada @ Oct 4 2005, 02:25 AM)
Well as of Monday October 3, the following stations are no longer using their local call signs/brands on air... they are just known as "CTV [city]"

- CFRN Edmonton
- CKY Winnipeg
- MCTV Northern Ontario
- CKCO Kitchener
- CJOH Ottawa
- CFCF Montreal

There are only two CTV stations left with their own call signs/local brands: CFCN Calgary and ATV Nova Scotia/New Brunswick/Prince Edward Island.

CTV stations in Vancouver, Regina (CKCK), Saskatoon (CFQC), Prince Albert (CIPA), and Yorkton (CICC) have already been known as "CTV" for some time.


That's a shame...how long before CFCN and ATV realistically rebrand themselves as CTV Calgary and CTV Atlantic?
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OFFLINE   Big Dan #48

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Posted 05 October 2005 - 12:12 PM

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CBC, Canadian Media Guild reach memorandum of agreement
Last Updated Mon, 03 Oct 2005 01:32:13 EDT
URL: http://www.cbc.ca/st...LO20051003.html

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and its biggest union, the Canadian Media Guild, reached a memorandum of agreement early Monday morning. The lockout affecting over 5,000 CMG employees was starting its 50th day. Guild spokesperson Karen Wirsig said details still had to be worked out.

The agreement language has not yet been completed. A ratification vote would follow once language has been finalized, and back to work protocols are still being discussed.

Federal Labour Minister Joe Fontana asked the CBC and the Guild to move their talks to Ottawa last week. They have been holding their discussions at the labour department offices, under the supervision of Elizabeth MacPherson, head of the federal mediation and conciliation service.

The parties began a news blackout Thursday at 6 p.m., which was extended several times until the announcement was made early Monday.

The CBC locked out its 5,500 CMG employees, journalists, program producers and technicians, on Aug. 15. Managers have been maintaining a reduced news service since the lockout began.

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OFFLINE   MelbourneTV #49

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Posted 05 October 2005 - 02:14 PM

QUOTE (EDcanada @ Oct 4 2005, 02:25 AM)
Well as of Monday October 3, the following stations are no longer using their local call signs/brands on air... they are just known as "CTV [city]"

- CFRN Edmonton
- CKY Winnipeg
- MCTV Northern Ontario
- CKCO Kitchener
- CJOH Ottawa
- CFCF Montreal

There are only two CTV stations left with their own call signs/local brands: CFCN Calgary and ATV Nova Scotia/New Brunswick/Prince Edward Island.

CTV stations in Vancouver, Regina (CKCK), Saskatoon (CFQC), Prince Albert (CIPA), and Yorkton (CICC) have already been known as "CTV" for some time.


Thats a smart move IMO, though I do hope it doenst lead to future increases in networkisation.

OFFLINE   Big Dan #50

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Posted 06 October 2005 - 10:40 AM

QUOTE (MelbourneTV @ Oct 5 2005, 02:14 PM)
Thats a smart move IMO, though I do hope it doenst lead to future increases in networkisation.


It may be a smart move, but why do stations believe it's a crime to have a local identity? Surely the good people of Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec and Edmonton aren't that stupid to realise CTV is on CKCO, CFCF, CJOH, MCTV, CKY and CFRN?

I can understand why CIVT Vancouver and CTV Saskatchewan (CKCK, CFQC, CIPA, CICC) are generically branded, CIVT because BC CTV was too similar to BCTV, which was the former CTV affilate that was taken over by Global and went over to that network, and the Saskatchewan stations because CIPA and CICC simulcasts CFQC and CKCK's bulletin.

Heck, the US are more local than UK, Australia and Canada combined! crazy.gif
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OFFLINE   MelbourneTV #51

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Posted 06 October 2005 - 11:17 AM

QUOTE (Big_Dan @ Oct 6 2005, 10:40 AM)
Heck, the US are more local than UK, Australia and Canada combined! crazy.gif


Thats because there are thousands of TV stations there. In some markets you can recieve different NBCs, ABCs etc.
Eg, in New York City you get WNBC, and probably can pick up some New York State NBC affiliates, New Jersey ABC stations and Conneticut's stations too just for more variety.

It would make sense for the US to merge alot of their stations... they're wasting a heck of money with the duoplocy etc, but thats not gonna change anytime soon.

OFFLINE   Big Dan #52

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Posted 06 October 2005 - 11:31 AM

QUOTE (MelbourneTV @ Oct 6 2005, 11:17 AM)
Thats because there are thousands of TV stations there. In some markets you can recieve different NBCs, ABCs etc.
Eg, in New York City you get WNBC, and probably can pick up some New York State NBC affiliates, New Jersey ABC stations and Conneticut's stations too just for more variety.

It would make sense for the US to merge alot of their stations... they're wasting a heck of money with the duoplocy etc, but thats not gonna change anytime soon.


That's basically fortitious reception rearing its head again. I don't think you can get multiple NBC stations...the NYC stations basically serve NYC, New Jersey and Connitecut.

The duoplocy you mention was because of their media laws allowing one media company to own several radio stations and 2 TV stations in any one market. Most of them are tyipcally one major network (CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX in some cases) and a minor network (FOX in some cases, UPN ,WB, i)...stuff like news is shared, e.g. the CBS affilate will produce a 10pm bulletin for the UPN station.

In Canada, this isn't a problem because the only operations like that are in the smaller areas. Thunder Bay in Ontario and Lloydminster in Alberta/Saskatchewan has stations producing news bulletins producing bulletins for both, the MCTV twinsticks did that as well before Baton (now CTV) sold the CBC private stations to the CBC itself.
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Posted 06 October 2005 - 12:28 PM

CBC workers back on the job Tuesday
Last Updated Wed, 05 Oct 2005 14:14:52 EDT
CBC News
Most locked out employees of the Canadian Broadcasting Coporation are expected to be back inside and at their regular work-stations by Tuesday.

The return to work is subject to ratification of the proposed new contract, agreed to in principle between the parties early Monday. The vote is expected to take until Sunday.

Smaller clusters of CBC workers will be back on the job earlier, some to produce major sports events such as the start of the first Hockey Night in Canada telecast of the season Saturday night.

The Canadian Media Guild, which represents the 5,500 CBC employees, has posted some details of the new agreement on its website.

It says the union won a strong commitment to permanent staff as the standard of employment for the CBC.

Wages will increase by 12.6 per cent over the life of the contract, which will remain in effect until March 31, 2009.

Also included is an individual signing bonus of $1,000.

The deal caps the number of contract workers at 9.5 per cent of the full-time work force, settling a major issue between the parties.

The lockout began quietly on August 15 with the CBC effectively shutting down much of its regular English language radio, television and web services after 15 months of unsuccessful bargaining with its major union. The CMG had taken a vote just before that and won 87 per cent support for strike action if the union decided to walk.

Managers have maintained a bare-bones news service during the lockout, and both radio and television services created interim schedules with many repeat programs

The tentative agreement came after Federal Labour Minister Joe Fontana called the parties to Ottawa to bargain at the labour department offices with federal mediator Elizabeth Macpherson.

The lockout sparked a political furore in Ottawa, with many MPs including Heritage Minister Lisa Frulla critical of CBC management for locking the workers out.
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OFFLINE   EDcanada #54

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Posted 18 October 2005 - 08:07 AM

UPDATE: The final remaining CTV station to retain its call sign has succumb to the generic bug.

As of Monday October 17, CFCN Calgary has now become "CTV Calgary". All newscasts are now "CTV News" and all references to "CFCN" have all but vanished.
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OFFLINE   Big Dan #55

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Posted 26 October 2005 - 08:59 PM

Royal Canadian Air Farce is back on CBC this Friday Oct 28 (Saturday our time)...the full episode should be online within the next week...he's the episode synopsis...

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We're Back! Our season premiere is Friday October 28 at 8:00 PM on CBC Television. On the show: we look at those annoying viagra commercials; Professor Ick explains bird flu; Paul Martin dresses down David Dingwall; Stephen Harper tries to console heartbroken Peter Mackay; Driving with Alan Park; Don Cherry's new video: Rock 'em Sock 'em Lockout; and the Donut Shop gang talks about the new Governor General.



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OFFLINE   Andy B #56

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Posted 28 October 2005 - 05:33 PM

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY
I love that show, I cant wait to see the new sketches. cheerful.gif
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OFFLINE   Big Dan #57

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Posted 05 November 2005 - 01:52 PM

And some good news on the Air Farce front...

The first episode is now online, the address is http://www.airfarce....n13/051028.html

The bad news is that they're not directly downloadable Real files like the previous few seasons. You now have the choice of Quicktime or Windows Media streaming files. The good news with that is that if you have Firefox and Adblock installed, you can get the URLs of the files and manually download them yourself. I'm currently up to the Friday Week Watch sketch with Don and Jessica (and isn't she lovely? biggrin.gif hearts.gif ). So far, the ep is a ripper! biggrin.gif biggrin.gif biggrin.gif biggrin.gif biggrin.gif

Also, if you want some Canadian news clips, you can visit http://www.djpalmer.com/trent310 and get some Edmonton clips from CFRN/CTV Edmonton, CITV/Global Edmonton and CHCA/CH Red Deer.
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Posted 05 November 2005 - 06:27 PM

Hey, does anyone have videos of newscasts from the French Canadian networks? I haven't seen much of French Canadian TV, apart from the downloadable web newscasts from Radio-Canada (The CBC's Francophone network)

Edited by Compdept, 05 November 2005 - 06:28 PM.


OFFLINE   EDcanada #59

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Posted 06 November 2005 - 06:30 AM

QUOTE (Compdept @ Nov 5 2005, 06:27 PM)
Hey, does anyone have videos of newscasts from the French Canadian networks?  I haven't seen much of French Canadian TV, apart from the downloadable web newscasts from Radio-Canada (The CBC's Francophone network)


Yes. I'll post them up when i can.

On another note, CTV 9 Vancouver has changed their streaming. Now the newscasts are available in a higher bitrate as Windows Media. Looks great.
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Posted 12 November 2005 - 01:06 PM

I've just read that Network Ten is a licensed Category 3 station in Canada...why does CanWest want to air Ten in Canada? crazy.gif
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