The following is a list of events affecting
Canadian television in 2013. Events listed include television show debuts, finales, cancellations, and channel launches, closures and rebrandings.
January [ edit ]
Rogers Communications acquires Shaw Communications' Mountain Cablevision system in Hamilton, Ontario as part of an agreement with Shaw for an option to purchase Shaw's AWS spectrum holdings. 
Concurrent with Rogers' acquisition of Mountain Cablevision, Shaw Communications acquires Rogers' 33.3% ownership stake in
specialty channel TVtropolis for $59 million. 
Rogers Media files an application with the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission to change programming conditions on The Score's specialty channel licence to reduce sports highlight segments during live sports programming from airing every 15 minutes to airing once hourly. 
Omni Television owned-and-operated station CJMT-DT/ Toronto switches to an all-ethnic programming format with the addition of 35 hours of programming in Asian and South Asian languages (including Mandarin, Cantonese, Punjabi, Tamil, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Urdu, Vietnamese and Persian) weekly. 
February [ edit ]
1st Canadian Screen Awards airs on CBC, The first annual award ceremony following the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television's decision to merge with two award ceremonies, The Genie Awards (film) and the Gemini Awards (television). 
4 After an earlier attempt to merge the two companies was rejected by the CRTC in October 2012, the
Competition Bureau approves Bell Media's $3.38 billion takeover of Astral Media (Bell filed a formal application with the CRTC to acquire Astral on March 6). Bell will sell Family, Disney Junior (both English and French), Disney XD, Musimax and MusiquePlus as part of the deal. The ruling places restrictions preventing Bell Media from imposing restrictive bundling requirements on any provider seeking to carry The Movie Network or Super Écran (which are among the eight channels that will be acquired by Bell through the merger).  
In relation to the Bell-Astral deal,
Corus Entertainment acquires Astral Media's 50% ownership stake in Cartoon Network, Historia, Séries+, Teletoon and Teletoon Retro (along with French-language versions of the latter two networks) as part of a $400.6 million deal that also includes two Astral-owned radio stations in Ottawa. It also acquires Shaw Media's 49% interest in ABC Spark (the latter agreement will result in Corus selling its 20% interest in Food Network to Shaw).  Corus acquisition of Teletoon, Historia and Series+ was approved by the Competition Bureau on March 15.  The CRTC approved the sale on December 20.   
Bell TV becomes the first Canadian satellite provider to offer community channels, with the addition of seven channels to its line-up serving Chetwynd and Valemount, British Columbia; Neepawa, Manitoba; Hay River, Northwest Territories; Arichat, Nova Scotia; Leamington, Ontario and St. Andrews, New Brunswick. 
Global News: BC 1, a Shaw Media-owned regional cable news channel focusing on Vancouver and the province of British Columbia, launches. The channel is the first regional cable news channel in Canada located outside of Ontario. 
15 The Canadian Radio-Television & Telecommunications Commission rules that Corus Entertainment must comply with the licensing conditions for the
Oprah Winfrey Network that require the channel to maintain formal education and preschool programming during daytime hours (encompassing 55% of its weekly schedule). 
14 Valérie Carpentier wins the first season of
. La Voix
27 The CRTC approves
Bell Media's $3 billion merger with Astral Media: the deal was finalized on July 5, 2013, Bell's share of the English-language media increased to 35.8%, while its ownership share of French-language media increased to 22.6% of the media marketplace.  
28 After 10 years on
TSN's flagship show, , SportsCentre Jay Onrait and Dan O'Toole anchor their last show together; the two leave TSN to become anchors of Fox Sports Live on the upcoming U.S. sports network Fox Sports 1.  
September [ edit ]
October [ edit ]
November [ edit ]
Blue Ant Media-owned eqhd re-launched as the Smithsonian Channel. 
National Hockey League reaches a 12-year, $5.2 billion deal with Rogers Communications for exclusive English-language multimedia rights to NHL games beginning in 2014–15. The deal will see Rogers air exclusive Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday night games on Sportsnet or City, as well as sublicence Saturday night and playoff games to CBC's . Hockey Night in Canada TVA Sports also acquires French language rights in a related deal, which all told will see TSN and RDS lose national NHL rights after 2013–14. 
DHX Media announced that it would acquire four Canadian specialty television channels from the former Astral Media for $170 million, consisting of Family Channel, Disney Junior, Disney Junior (French), and Disney XD. The networks were being sold as a condition of Bell Media's 2013 acquisition of Astral.  
Darren Dutchyshen and Kate Beirness become the weeknight anchors on following the departure of Jay Onrait and Dan O'Toole. It would last for only 11 months as Dutch would return to the late night show with his longtime sidekick, SportsCentre Jennifer Hedger.
December [ edit ]
Television programs [ edit ]
Programs debuting in 2013 [ edit ]
Series currently listed here have been announced by their respective networks as scheduled to premiere in 2013. Note that shows may be delayed or cancelled by the network between now and their scheduled air dates.
Made-for-TV movies and miniseries [ edit ]
Television stations [ edit ]
Station launches [ edit ]
Conrad Bain 89
Canadian-born American actor, known for his roles as Dr. Arthur Harmon in
(1972-1978), Phillip Drummond in Maude (1978-1986) and Charlie Ross in the short-lived Diff'rent Strokes (1987-1988); guest starring roles include Mr. President , Westinghouse Studio One , The Defenders , N.Y.P.D. , Dark Shadows , The Facts of Life , The Love Boat and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Unforgettable.
Cory Monteith 31
Canadian actor, known for his role as
Finn Hudson in . Glee
Danny Wells 72
Canadian television and film actor (
, The Jeffersons ) The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
Geoff Stirling 92
Canadian multimedia mogul (founder of
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ a b Rogers to Acquire Shaw's Wireless Licences and Mountain Cablevision, Broadcaster Magazine, January 15, 2013.
^ Rogers Files Application to Change Programming at The Score, Broadcaster Magazine, January 17, 2013.
^ OMNI TV Re-launches OMNI.2 with All Ethnic Programming, Broadcaster Magazine, January 18, 2013.
^ ZEE TV Cuts Ties with ATN to Launch 24/7 Network
^ "City Montreal to Debut with Full City Schedule". Broadcaster Magazine . Retrieved . 11 January 2013
^ "The Movie Network Launches Three Video Streaming Services". Broadcaster Magazine. February 28, 2013 . Retrieved . March 1, 2013
^ "Ex-Harper advisor Tom Flanagan fired from CBC after saying viewing child pornography does no harm". National Post . Retrieved . 28 February 2013
^ O'Malley, Kady (2013). "UPDATE: Flanagan offers 'unreserved' apology for 'child porn' comments - Inside Politics". cbc.ca. Archived from the original on February 28, 2013 . Retrieved . February 28, 2013 Tom Flanagan
^ War Witch leads Canadian Screen Award nominees. CBC News, January 15, 2013.
^ BCE takeover of Astral OK’d by Competition Bureau, (via The Montreal Gazette The Canadian Press), March 4, 2013.
^ Astral and Bell Comment on New Acquisition Application to CRTC, Broadcaster Magazine, March 6, 2013.
^ "Corus Acquires Bell Media and Shaw Media Properties". Broadcaster Magazine . Retrieved . 4 March 2013
^ BCE to sell assets to Corus as part of Astral deal, (via The Globe and Mail Reuters and The Canadian Press), March 4, 2013.
^ Corus Receives Competition Bureau Clearance to Acquire TELETOON, Historia and Series+, Broadcaster Magazine, March 18, 2013.
^ "Corus Entertainment Receives CRTC Approval on TELETOON Canada Inc., Historia and Séries+ Acquisitions". Canada Newswire. December 20, 2013 . Retrieved . December 24, 2013
^ "Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2013-738". CRTC . Retrieved . December 24, 2013
^ Satellite Subscribers to See Community Channels on Bell - CACTUS, Broadcaster Magazine, March 5, 2013.
^ "Global News: BC 1 News Channel to Launch Mid-March". Broadcaster Magazine . Retrieved . 1 March 2013
^ "CRTC Says OWN Must Comply with Conditions of Licence". Broadcaster Magazine . Retrieved . 18 March 2013
^ CityNews channel shut down by Rogers, , May 30, 2013. Toronto Star
^ CRTC approves Bell's $3.4B acquisition of Astral Media, CTV News (via The Canadian Press), June 27, 2013.
^ Bell’s bid for Astral approved, , June 27, 2013. The Globe and Mail
^ Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole are leaving TSN for Fox Sports, , May 3, 2013. The National Post
^ Fox Sports 1 hires Jay Onrait, Dan O'Toole for nightly sports show, , May 3, 2013. SBNation
^ Score rebranded as Sportsnet 360 effective July 1, CFTR, June 5, 2013.
^ Smithsonian Channel Launching in Canada This Fall
^ Cottage Life To Launch National Specialty Channel, Broadcaster Magazine, April 5, 2013.
^ "Rogers Media Unveils a Brighter, Easier, and More Engaging Multi-Channel Retail Experience with the Evolution of THE SHOPPING CHANNEL, Today". Canada Newswire. September 6, 2013 . Retrieved . 22 September 2013
^ "MuchMore changes the channel, rebrands as M3". Marketing Magazine . Retrieved . September 22, 2013
^ "MuchMore channel to become M3 in the fall". Toronto Star. July 26, 2013 . Retrieved . September 22, 2013
^ Potrecz, Bill (October 9, 2013). Sabres ring in Canadian television deal. St. Catharines Standard. Retrieved October 9, 2013.
^ "Rogers reaches 12-year broadcast deal with NHL worth $5.2-billion," from The Globe and Mail, 11/26/2013
^ "DHX Media to buy Family, other children's channels". Toronto Star. November 28, 2013 . Retrieved . 29 November 2013
^ "DHX to acquire Family Channel, three others from Bell Media". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. November 28, 2013 . Retrieved . 29 November 2013
^ "Bell Media signs deal to sell MusiquePlus and MusiMax to V Media Group". Canadian Press . Retrieved . 4 December 2013
^ Bell Media Announces Launch of French-language Channel Investigation Dec. 12 CNW 2013-11-14
^ "CBC Television Launches 2013 Winter Schedule Featuring a New Canadian Crime Drama and a Slate of Returning Hits". CBC Revenue Group. CBC.ca. November 14, 2012 . Retrieved . November 26, 2012
^ "Motive". CTV.ca . Retrieved . 2012-12-14
^ a b "Citytv Gives Birth to New Original Comedy Series Seed on Monday Nights Coming Feb. 4". Rogers Media TV Access. Rogers. December 11, 2012 . Retrieved . December 22, 2012
^ "City Announces Fall 2013 Premiere Dates". Rogers Media TV Access. Rogers. August 9, 2013 . Retrieved . December 20, 2013
^ "CTV to air 'The Amazing Race Canada' series". . The Canadian Press CTV News. December 2, 2012 . Retrieved . December 22, 2012
^ "Alexandre Despatie named co-host of City Montreal’s morning show". , June 8, 2013. The Gazette
^ "CTV’s new original drama series 'Played' begins production". CTV, May 3, 2013.
^ "After filming Jack, Sook-Yin Lee and Rick Roberts have no desire to enter politics". Canada.com, March 6, 2013.
^ Faguy, Steve (2012-12-20). "CRTC approves new Montreal TV stations". The Gazette . Retrieved . 2012-12-20
^ "Conrad Bain, 'Diff'rent Strokes' Star, Dies at 89". Chicago Tribune . Retrieved . 2013-01-16
^ "Hollywood Star Found Dead in Vancouver" (Press release). Vancouver Police Department. 13 July 2013 . Retrieved . 14 July 2013
^ Goldberg, Lesley (14 July 2013). ". 'Glee' Star Cory Monteith Dies at 31" The Hollywood Reporter . Retrieved . 14 July 2013
^ Obituary for Danny Wells from The Hollywood Reporter, 12/4/2013
^ "NL Broadcasting Icon Geoff Stirling Dead at 92". VOCM. December 22, 2013. Archived from the original on December 24, 2013 . Retrieved . December 22, 2013