Rogers TV

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Rogers TV
Rogers tv new logo 2016.jpg
Launched 1968 (1968) (some areas)
Owned by Rogers Communications
Language English
Headquarters Ottawa, Ontario
Formerly called Rogers Television
Sister channel(s) TV Rogers
Website www.rogerstv.com
Availability
Cable
Rogers Cable See below

Rogers TV (stylized as ROGERS tv) is a group of English-language community channels owned by Rogers Communications. Many of these channels share common programs. Rogers TV broadcasts in 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. Its French counterpart is TV Rogers.

Historically Rogers TV channels have 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]

Logo used from 2008-2016
Logo used from 2001-2008

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]

  • Originally cable systems in St. John's (Avalon Cablevision), Gander (Omni Cablevision), Grand Falls-Windsor (Central Cable) & Corner Brook (Shellbird Cable) became part of the new Cable Atlantic cable system in 1990, which was sold to Rogers Cable in 2000.
  • Local talk shows focused on community events air in St. John's (Out of the Fog), Gander (Skyways) and Grand Falls-Windsor (Exploits Central) and Corner Brook (Corner Brook Cafe).
  • Kathryn Musseau hosts the show (Exploits Central) in Grand Falls-Windsor.
  • Wendy Woodland is the host of (Corner Brook Cafe) in Corner Brook.
  • Gina Brown is currently the host for Gander's local program, (Skyways).
  • Programming in Channel-Port aux Basques is limited to Community Billboard.
  • 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 Gander, Grand Falls-Windsor and Corner Brook also support local charities by holding bi-annual telethons to assist in raising funds. Some of the charities include Children's Wish Foundation, SPCA, Kiwanis Club, 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 currently airs St. John's IceCaps AHL Hockey, which will end after the 2016-2017 season. It is also aired on all Rogers TV stations across the province and also Eastlink TV, where Rogers TV is not available. Rogers TV St. John's also aired QMJHL Hockey (St. John's Fog Devils and St. John's Sea Dogs) and the original St. John's Maple Leafs AHL hockey team.
  • 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.
  • Since 2011, Rogers TV shares most of its St. John's programming with Eastlink's community channel in Newfoundland and is regularly seen on each other's stations.

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
  • 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 Q2 of 2013 Rogers TV Launched Sports +. The Channel airs local sports and other programming 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.
  • In 2015 to present, Rogers TV aired Top Million Dollar Agent[8]

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.

Ceasing operation[edit]

  • Brampton Channel 10 (Facilities & staff shared with Mississauga where local production ended May 2, 2017)[13]
  • Mississauga Channel 10 (local production ended May 2, 2017)[13]
  • Richmond Hill Channels 10 & 63 (local production ended May 2, 2017)[14]
  • Toronto Channel 10 & 63 - HD Channel 510 (Some local production ended February 16, 2017)[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rogers tv". www.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. ^ "Toronto Marlies Hockey". Rogers TV / TV Rogers. 
  8. ^ "Top Million Dollar Agent". Rogers TV / TV Rogers. Retrieved 2017-02-06. 
  9. ^ https://www.durhamregion.com/news-story/7273505-rogers-tv-durham-stays-on-air-but-staff-cut-as-rogers-reduces-community-tv-support/
  10. ^ http://ottawastart.com/rogers-tv-ottawa-to-remain-open-amid-cuts-eight-staffers-laid-off/
  11. ^ https://www.simcoe.com/news-story/7274800-rogers-tv-simcoe-county-remains-open-amid-closures-spokesperson-says/
  12. ^ http://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/2017/05/03/rogers-tv-twenty-five-per-cent-funding-decrease-results-in-the-loss-of-a-producer-position-at-the-woodstock-station-closure-of-four-stations-in-the-gta
  13. ^ a b Colpitts, Iain; Rosella, Louie (May 2, 2017). "Rogers TV Mississauga has closed". The Mississauga News. Metroland Media Group. Retrieved May 2, 2017. 
  14. ^ Douglas, Mark (May 2, 2017). "Rogers announces changes to Kitchener and GTA-area community channels". 570 News. Rogers Media. 
  15. ^ O'Brien, Greg (February 16, 2017). "Rogers Community TV suspends some Toronto production, lays off 10". CARTT. CARTT.ca. 

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