Rogers TV

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Rogers TV
Industry Media
Founded 1968 (some areas)
Headquarters Ottawa, Ontario
Key people Colette Watson VP, Rogers TV
Owners Rogers Communications, Inc.
Employees 542
Website www.rogerstv.com

Rogers TV is a group of community channels owned by Rogers Communications. Many of these channels share common programs. Rogers TV broadcasts into the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Ontario. Rogers TV is available only in communities served by Rogers' cable and telecom division, and is not carried by other television services providers. Some channels broadcast in both the English and French languages, often on separate channels; see TV Rogers for the French version.

Historically Rogers TV has been run as local Public-access television channels; whereas some stations are still run as community access, most stations are run as community stations where production is done in-house with community involvement, or produced by local production studios that provide their shows to be aired by Rogers TV.

Rogers TV serves over 2.3 million cable subscribers. Programming on the channels is produced with the assistance of volunteers and community partners and associations, who assist, with the production and content of these programs.

Some programs feature local journalists from radio, print and TV media.[1] The programs are occasionally derivative of mainstream commercial fare with emphasis on the communities the stations are in.

In April 2008, the company re-branded itself from Rogers Television to the simpler Rogers TV (TV Rogers for the French-language stations). As with most re-branding initiatives, it included a new logo (seen above), a revamped website, on-air graphics elements and new paint schemes for the network's large fleet of production vehicles. Some media critics speculated that the name change was done to bring the cable channels into line with the rest of Rogers Communications' media properties, notably Omni Television and the City network.[2]

Former logo

Programming[edit]

This programming was created in response to older Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) regulations which previously[3] required that cable companies produce content reflecting the local community. Rogers TV annually receives applications from the community for new shows, and are reviewed by individual station managers and producers to access which programs can be produced with given production capabilities, likelihood of sponsorship, willingness of community involvement, and uniqueness of programming as major considerations.[4] And because of CRTC requirements, the majority of the programs are produced in the local region of the station, while others are produced in neighbouring studios.[5]

New Brunswick[edit]

In New Brunswick, Rogers TV operates nine distinct community channels. Rogers offers French-language community channels (TV Rogers) in Edmundston, Bathurst, the Acadian Peninsula and Moncton, as well as English-language community channels in Fredericton, Saint John, Moncton, Miramichi and Bathurst. The programming shown on Rogers TV channels is a mix of access programming produced by the general public, and licensee programming originating from Rogers staff. Topics include political programming, sports coverage, live bingo shows, entertainment series, election coverage, telethons, municipal council coverage, documentaries and specials.

Notable examples of past successes include Acadieman – the world’s first animated Acadian superhero; the Afternoon News with Tom Young – a simulcast of the popular Rogers Radio show; 2 Bon’Heures – the region’s only early-morning French-language studio talk show; and First Local – a live, daily 15 minute news show with stories from around the province.

Cable companies have been offering community channels in New Brunswick for 40 years. Fundy Cable started setting up community channels in Saint John and Edmundston in the early 1970s. Shaw Cable acquired the New Brunswick cable licenses from Fundy Cable in 1998. Rogers and Shaw exchanged assets in the year 2000, and the stations were re-branded to Rogers Television shortly thereafter.

Newfoundland and Labrador[edit]

  • Chris Janes hosts the show (Exploits Central) in Grand Falls-Windsor, and Wendy Woodland holds the same position on the show (Corner Brook Cafe) in Corner Brook.
  • Gina Brown is currently the host for Gander's local program, (Skyways).
  • There is also some programming seen on all Newfoundland systems, such as One Chef One Critic (produced in St. John's), hosted by Central Dairies chef Steve Watson and The Telegram food critic (and former CBNT weather personality) Karl Wells.
  • All stations air local municipal politics coverage in their respective areas.
  • Rogers TV in Newfoundland and Labrador also supports local charities by holding bi-annual telethons to assist in raising funds. Some of the charities include SPCA's, Kiwanis Clubs, as well as the Lion's Club.
  • Gander, Grand Falls-Windsor, and Corner Brook air bingo games in support of local charities. (Gander - Lion's Club, GFW - GFW Volunteer Fire Dept & Botwood Kinsmen, Corner Brook - Corner Brook Shrine Club)
  • St. John's airs all day live coverage of the Royal St. John's Regatta. Cable 9 has aired complete coverage since 1992, except for 2 years, once due to equipment upgrading, and once due to the production of a summer replacement show, Summerbreeze which has since been cancelled.

Ontario[edit]

  • The variety show daytime is produced in many Ontario markets.
  • In partnership with TVCogeco, Rogers Television in Ontario provides coverage of the Ontario Hockey League
  • Nina Dixon started her career on the Rogers community channel in the Peel Region.
  • Tom Green started his career on the Rogers community channel in Ottawa. The Tom Green Show was based in Ottawa between 1993 and 1999.
  • Puppet and former Muchmusic VJ Ed the Sock began on Maclean Hunter TV and purchased by the Rogers Television station in Toronto.
  • Rogers also featured programs that were given international recognition such as "Talking Sex with Sue", "The Lemon-Aid Show" and "The Beaches Jazz Festival".
  • In 1987 Rogers Television took over production of The Rob Cormier Show from Scarboro Cable.
  • In 1995, Rogers Television in Toronto launched Cable 10%, the first multiseason Canadian television series targeted specifically to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Canada.
  • In 2008, Rogers Television presented exclusive coverage of the TSC Stores Tankard curling championship. The Fan 590's Dan Dunleavy served as the play by play announcer and former World Curling Champion Marilyn Bodogh was the color commentator. Rogers TV’s Matt McCooeye and David Hutchison also contributed.[6]
  • In 2008, Rogers TV Toronto broadcast 29 Toronto Marlies AHL regular season games.[7]
  • Rogers TV Toronto also features Our Toronto, a streeter based program featuring impromptu interviews; and Toronto Trivia, a look at the city's cultural festivals and special events.
  • In September 2013, Rogers TV will broadcast all the games of the 2013 Leafs Rookie Tournament, in HD, from Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario.
  • Rogers TV now has four high definition channels, three of which are local with the fourth being available province wide. The local channels that are now HD are Toronto, London and Ottawa. All of which are available locally on digital 510.
  • In Q2 of 2013 Rogers TV Launched Sports +. The Channel airs local sports and other programing from across the province. The channel is available on digital 368 (SD) and 369 (HD) to all Rogers Digital customers across the province of Ontario.

TVNB[edit]

  • Rogers TV in New Brunswick was formerly known as TVNB, a group of local community programming stations that became in 1998 the first provincial programming network in Canada not owned by a provincial government.

Rogers TV stations[edit]

Some programming is also available on the digital Rogers On Demand service.

New Brunswick[edit]

Newfoundland and Labrador[edit]

Ontario[edit]

Rogers also owns a stake in Cable 14, a community channel in Hamilton, Ontario co-owned with Cogeco and Source Cable.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ rogerstv.com
  2. ^ Rob Salem, Hot Box: TV worth talking about. Toronto Star, April 11, 2008.
  3. ^ Requirement removed following Public Notice CRTC 1997-25
  4. ^ June 2006 presentation to Moncton, NB City Council
  5. ^ rogerstv.com
  6. ^ Welcome to CurlingZone.com - Everything Curling!
  7. ^ Marlies on Rogers TV

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