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BNN Bloomberg
BNN Bloomberg.svg
Launched September 1, 1999; 18 years ago (1999-09-01)
Owned by Bell Media
(branding licensed from Bloomberg L.P.)
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV/4:3 letterbox)
Country Canada
Language English
Broadcast area Nationwide
Headquarters 299 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Formerly called Report on Business Television (1999–2007)
Business News Network (2007–2018)
Sister channel(s) CTV News Channel
CP24
Website BNN Bloomberg
Availability
Satellite
Bell TV Channel 504 (SD)
Channel 1568 (HD)
Shaw Direct Channel 508 (SD)
Channel 191 (HD)
Cable
Available on most Canadian cable systems Consult your local cable provider for channel availability
IPTV
Bell Aliant Fibe TV Channel 238 (SD)
Channel 514 (HD)
Bell Fibe TV Channel 504 (SD)
Channel 1504 (HD)
Bell MTS Channel 142 (SD)
Channel 1142 (HD)
Optik TV Channel 9815 (SD)
Channel 815 (HD)
SaskTel Channel 53 (SD)
Channel 353 (HD)
VMedia Channel 186 (HD)
Zazeen Channel 43 (HD)

BNN Bloomberg (formerly Business News Network and Report on Business Television) is a Canadian English language specialty channel owned by Bell Media. It broadcasts programming related to business and financial news and analysis. The channel is headquartered at 299 Queen Street West in Downtown Toronto.

Since April 30, 2018, the network has operated as a partner of the U.S. business channel Bloomberg Television, although BNN still produces a large portion of its business day programming in-house. Much of the channel's programming is also simulcast by the radio station CFTE 1410 in Vancouver, under the branding BNN Bloomberg Radio.

History[edit]

As Report on Business Television (RoBTV)[edit]

Logo as Report on Business Television used from used from 1999 to 2002.
Logo as Report on Business Television used from 2002 to 2007.

The network was licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in 1996 to a joint venture of Thomson Corporation (50%), Western International Communications (25%) and Cancom (25%).[1] It launched on September 1, 1999 as Report on Business Television (although using the abbreviation ROBTv), borrowing the name from The Globe and Mail's financial section "Report on Business".

In 2000, Canwest acquired WIC and its interest in ROBTv. As part of the agreement transferring WIC's interests in Cancom to Shaw Communications, CanWest acquired Cancom's share of the channel as well.

The same year, the partners came into conflict with each other: CanWest acquired the Southam newspaper chain, including the National Post, the Globe's chief rival. Around the same time, Thomson transferred the Globe and its shares of ROBTv to Bell Globemedia, a newly formed media company which also included CTV, in which Thomson held a 20% interest. Following threats of legal action from both sides, in 2001, CanWest agreed to sell its 50% interest to BellGlobemedia, in exchange for Bell ExpressVu agreeing to carry a new CanWest-owned digital business news channel Financial Post Television.[2] That channel never went on the air.

BellGlobemedia assumed full control of ROBTv in late 2001, the channel was given a new logo, and began to use only the full name of Report on Business Television, dropping the "ROBTv" sub-brand.

As Business News Network (BNN)[edit]

Logo as BNN previously used until 2018.

On March 12, 2007, the channel was renamed Business News Network. The name change occurred to give exclusive rights to the "Report on Business" name to the Globe and Mail and for the channel to have its own identity. It also removed a common problem with the ROBTv name: other media and viewers called it "Rob TV", rather than sounding out the ROB acronym as preferred by the network.

BNN relocated its operations from 720 King Street West to 299 Queen Street West on December 6, 2010, the building in which CTV's MuchMusic and Toronto's 24-hour news service CP24 are based.[3]

The Thomson family reacquired control of the Globe (and therefore Report on Business) in late 2010, and CTVglobemedia's broadcasting assets were sold to Bell Canada. The channel and the newspaper are no longer co-owned, although Bell retains a 15% interest in the paper. Following the merger with Bell Canada, on April 1, 2011, Bell Canada renamed its new business unit from CTVglobemedia to Bell Media.

As BNN Bloomberg[edit]

On January 8, 2018, Bell Media announced that it had reached a licensing and content agreement with Bloomberg L.P., under which BNN would be co-branded as BNN Bloomberg — a rebranding which took effect April 30, 2018.[4] The rebranded network collaborates with Bloomberg's existing news bureaus, which include five Canadian bureaus staffed by over 25 reporters. Bell Media Radio also holds rights to distribute Bloomberg Radio content in Canada;[5][6][7] Bell announced on April 19 that its Vancouver radio station CFTE would become BNN Bloomberg Radio 1410 the same day, featuring simulcasts of BNN Bloomberg and Bloomberg Radio programs. The station is aimed to a national audience for streaming via iHeartRadio, but may add local, Vancouver-specific programs in the future.[8]

Bloomberg had previously partnered with Channel Zero on Bloomberg TV Canada, which was the U.S. service supplanted with programs covering Canadian financial news. The channel shut down in October 2017. BNN's existing domestic programming was largely maintained upon the rebranding, but Bloomberg programs focusing on European and Asian markets were added to the network's schedule outside of the North American business day, and an arrangement began for BNN to co-produce Bloomberg Markets with the U.S. Bloomberg Television, with Amanda Lang co-hosting from Toronto beginning the same day. As a result of the partnership, Bloomberg Television was once again pulled from Canadian television providers, but the network, as well as BNN Bloomberg itself, can be streamed online by BNN subscribers on participating television providers.[6][7][5]

Programming[edit]

A large majority of the programming carried on BNN is produced in-house. It had been the Canadian broadcast partner of CNNfn, an American business news channel, which ceased operations in December 2004. BNN features a televised stock ticker with real-time data from the Toronto Stock Exchange, the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, and many international financial exchanges. In addition to its homebase in Toronto, BNN also operates news bureaus located at the NASDAQ Market Site in New York City's Times Square, and in Calgary.

BNN attracts approximately 5,000 regular viewers daily and has a strong viewership outside of the home (such as in gyms, restaurants and offices) which is not reflected in its ratings. This is a situation also faced by networks with high out-of-home viewing patterns such as CNBC.[citation needed]

Special programming[edit]

The network hosts a series of special presentations throughout the year, including specials for tax and Registered Retirement Savings Plan seasons. In the fall of 2006, Report on Business Television hosted its first "Live On Location" event in Toronto during which a studio audience was featured during two of the network's most popular shows, Market Call with Jim O'Connell and SqueezePlay with Kim Parlee and Andrew Bell. This was the first time viewers had the opportunity to go live in person with the network during its regular broadcasts of Market Call.

In May 2008, the network relaunched BNN.ca, featuring its first online contest called "The BNN.ca $25,000 Challenge". The updated BNN.ca showcased a new video player allowing investors to search, sort and personalize BNN video; and the new player increased availability of past BNN video by allowing viewers to access content for an unlimited period of time online. Other added features on the site included blogs, a "Market Monitor", feature video clips on the homepage, an online stock ticker, features such as "Hot Stocks" and "Guest Picks", stock indices, and tracking of the latest and popular news stories on the site.

BNN's weekend programming consists mainly of repeats of some of the programs aired on BNN's weekday schedule, and various infomercials from Northern Response, and Kingstar Media.

Notable on-air Personalities[edit]

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