CBC Hamilton

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CBC Hamilton is the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's digital-only local news operation serving the city of Hamilton, Ontario, which launched on May 9, 2012.[1] The operation currently consists of a Hamilton-focused section within the national CBC.ca website, and presences on various social media platforms.

The operation was announced on November 1, 2011 as part of the public broadcaster's five year (2011-2015) strategic plan for improving service to various regions across Canada.[2]

Unlike most of the other new or expanded regional services that are part of the 2015 strategic plan, the Hamilton operation will not include an over-the-air broadcasting component, due to financial considerations and the fact that Hamilton is within the coverage range of the main transmitters of the corporation's Toronto stations, including CBC Television flagship CBLT and CBC Radio One flagship CBLA, which focus their local programming on that city. Moreover, the availability of open radio frequencies in the Toronto-Hamilton region is extremely limited; in the wake of Bell Canada's attempts to acquire Astral Media, Hamilton Councillor Brian McHattie called for the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to require that the combined company divest a station to the CBC so it can have access to a radio station serving Hamilton. A motion to ask the CRTC regarding this suggestion was passed unanimously on March 27, 2013.[3]

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