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Rogers Media today announced that the Canadian Radio-Television Commission (CRTC) has approved their application for an all news channel. The digital (category 2) license granted was for a local 24 hour news channel to serve the city of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area which includes Durham, York, Peel and Halton extending from Burlington in the west, to Clarington in the east, and to Brock in the north..

“We are extremely pleased with the CRTC decision today,” says Jamie Haggarty, Executive Vice President, Operations, Rogers Media Television. “Torontonians and residents of the GTA will now be able to enjoy greater diversity when it comes to local news, weather and sports. Citytv’s unique brand of news and information, complimented by our ethnically diverse OMNI stations is the perfect combination to deliver a full time channel committed to the local perspective.”

The channel will also include news items contributed from a number of Rogers owned media properties including The Fan 590, 680News, Sportsnet, Publishing and the Toronto Blue Jays. Rogers Media Television will be unveiling launch date and branding plans for the new channel at a later date.

“We are delighted with the mandate we were given today, to deliver around the clock news,” comments Leslie Sole, CEO, Rogers Media Television. “This is especially timely as we move into a new era of choice and viewer focused television, the facilities at Dundas Square in the heart of Toronto will be a great hub for this service, Ted would have been so happy that we are continuing and expanding our proud tradition of service to local communities.”

Canwest salutes achievements in Canadian Television as Official Broadcaster of the 23rd Annual Gemini Awards

Jason Priestley set to host the most illustrious night in Canadian Television

Gemini Awards to air on E!, Everything Entertainment and Showcase on

November 28, 2008

Canwest salutes achievements in Canadian Television as Official Broadcaster of the 23rd Annual Gemini Awards

With non-stop red carpet reporting, comprehensive ceremony coverage and exclusive interviews with TV’s hottest Canadian actors, Canwest is set to bring everything Geminis to viewers as the official broadcaster of the 23rd Annual Gemini Awards Broadcast Gala. Canwest will be home to the most extensive multi-channel coverage when the awards take place in Toronto on Friday, November 28th, airing on both E!, Canada’s ultimate destination for everything entertainment and Showcase at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Both channels will also air an exclusive red carpet pre-show, capturing the stars as they arrive for the big night, at 7:30pm ET / PT.

This year’s ceremony will be hosted by Director, Producer and Actor Jason Priestley. A veteran of stage and screen, Priestley continues to be one of the most versatile and celebrated talents in Hollywood both in front of and behind the camera.

“There is no greater occasion to support the best and brightest in Canadian Television than at the Gemini Awards and Canwest is proud to be this year’s official broadcaster,” says Christine Shipton SVP, Drama and Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “It’s always a pleasure working with the Academy and we couldn’t be happier to have Jason Priestley on this year’s team to help celebrate the fantastic accomplishments of our homegrown talent.”

“As our official broadcast partner, Canwest has brought a great deal of energy and enthusiasm to the Gemini Awards,” says Sara Morton, CEO of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. “We’re delighted Jason Priestley is hosting this year and by the high calibre of our presenters and nominees, who truly reflect the excellence that can be found in the Canadian television industry.”

Details of actors set to present at this year’s Gemini Awards will roll out in the coming weeks. However Canwest confirms that 90210 star and current “it” girl Shenae Grimes, Rent-A-Goalie hunk and Gemini Award nominee Christopher Bolton and Canadian beauty Natasha Henstridge will all be taking the stage as presenters.

Canwest’s coverage of Gemini Awards includes:

THE COUNTDOWN

Viewers will have the opportunity to catch up on all their Gemini-nominated favourites when E!, Everything Entertainment dedicates the evening of Saturday, November 22 to honouring some of the Canwest programs up for an award this year. Beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT, the evening will feature a jam-packed line-up of viewer hits including; X-Weighted, Rent-A-Goalie, Billable Hours, Kenny vs. Spenny and Cock’d Gunns.

THE CARPET

To kick off the Gemini Awards evening, Canwest will produce the ultimate Glitz, Glamour, Geminis: On The Red Carpet. Hosted by E! News Weekend Hosts Arisa Cox and Jason Ruta, the coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on both E! and Showcase. Nominees, presenters and VIP’s will boogie down the carpet when ET Canada’s very own Roz Weston plays celebrity disco DJ. The show will also feature running fashion commentary from ET Canada style maven Rosey Edeh and the ultimate fashionista Derek Friday, star of the hit Slice series, Mr. Friday.

THE COVERAGE

Canwest will take advantage of both conventional and specialty platforms when both E!, Everything Entertainment and Showcase air the Gemini Awards Broadcast Gala on November 28 beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT. As the home of Everything Entertainment, E! is synonymous with first-rate entertainment coverage and offers unparalleled access to the stars. Showcase is also proud to bring viewers this special event, as it highlights the achievements of many of the channel’s stellar line-up of Canadian original comedies.

THE CATEGORIES

The 2008 Gemini Awards Broadcast Gala will beam across Canada from the John Bassett Theatre in Toronto. Awards that will be handed out at the gala include;

* Best Comedy Program or Series
* Best Direction in a Dramatic Series
* Best Dramatic Mini-Series
* Best Dramatic Series
* Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series
* Best Host or Interviewer in a General/Human Interest or Talk Program or Series
* Best Host or Interviewer in a Sports Program or Sportscast
* Best News Anchor
* Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic R ole
* Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role
* Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
* Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
* Best Reality Program or Series
* Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series
* Gemini Humanitarian Award

Age of Innocence

Thursday, November 20
10 p.m.

Sam gets frustrated with Gates when he becomes obsessed with finding a homeless war hero. Meanwhile Neela is upset at her intern after he gets the entire surgery department involved in a lawsuit, and a husband and wife come into the ER after someone tries to burn down their home.

Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. EST/PST

ZUNE FANS GET FIRST LOOK AT NEWEST NICKELODEON SERIES,
TRUE JACKSON, VP

Zune Marketplace Offers Free Exclusive Download of New Nick Live-Action Series

What: Zune Marketplace video store will offer fans a first look at Nickelodeon’s latest live-action show – True Jackson, VP. The show is available as a free download to Zune users a week prior to its debut on Nickelodeon. A custom Zune feature page will highlight Nickelodeon’s content in the marketplace, featuring links to such popular shows as Yo Gabba Gabba, iCarly, SpongeBob SquarePants, and The N’s Degrassi: The Next Generation.

When: Nov. 4 – Nov. 10, the pre-air episode of True Jackson, VP will be available on Zune Marketplace. The first episode will debut on Nickelodeon on Nov. 8, at 9:30 p.m. EST/PST but will then air regularly on Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. EST/PST on the network.

Where: http://social.zune.net/my/ContentRedirect.ashx?mtype=TvSeries&mid=9686eb19-d4e8-4462-9c84-5eef9305a529&CampaignID=1

Background: True Jackson, VP focuses on 15-year-old True Jackson (Keke Palmer), who is tapped to head the youth division of Mad Style, a major fashion label. True soon learns that navigating the grown-up corporate world has the same highs and lows as high school, complete with cliques, mean girls and crushes – but also with cool perks like designing for international icons and casting super cute models. Currently, Nickelodeon’s live-action shows are among the most popular in Zune Marketplace. Zune Marketplace also features the popular Nickelodeon shows Zoey 101, The Wonder Pets!, The Backyardigans and The N’s South of Nowhere.

Kelly Czarnecki

After Tribal Council, everyone is sad that GC has gone as it was fairly pathetic in the way he ended up leaving the game.

Matty is missing his girlfriend and is making a ring to try and keep his mind focused. Matty and Ace talk about an alliance with them and Ken and Sugar. They swear on their girlfriend and mother to keep their pact.

Dan upsets everyone at Kota by taking twice as much food as everyone else. Meanwhile at Fang, the food is running low and rationing is on the cards. There is about six days worth of rice left.

Ace talks to Sugar about how he’s sure the others went through her bag and found out she has the immunity idol. She strangely decides to give Ace the idol for “safe keeping”.

At the reward challenge, Randy is very happy to see GC gone. The challenge is for everyone to carry a giant snake around a track and chase the other team. The first team to catch the other will win a feast of pastries and tea and coffee.

Fang takes an early lead but they fade until they drop Sugar and Ken. It’s not enough as Ace and Matty can’t sustain it by themselves and Kota take yet another win. Fang want them to share as Kota scoff the food in front of them. Crystal is upset. Sugar is off to Exile Island again. Randy loved watching them lose.

Dan is annoying everyone with the food situation and dividing up the reward. Meanwhile, Sugar is starting to feel bad for having the luxury of the sugar shack with all the fruit and comfort while her tribe is suffering.

Back at Fang, Crystal is getting a target drawn on her back as she starts to confess that she is starting to break under the conditions. She talks to Ace and Kellie about how she is feeling and assures them that it’s not a sign of weakness that she has been crying.

At Kota, the tribe catches a reasonable sized turtle and cooks it up for dinner. They’re pretty excited about the next challenge and are lifted by their added protein.

At the immunity challenge, the tribes must divide into three pairs who must race through an obstacle course while being tethered together and collect flag pole pieces. The first tribe to complete their flag pole and raise their flag will win. Fang take an early lead but the pole pieces are heavy and allow Kota to catch up and pass with an easy lead. Fang catch up on the second leg making it a tight contest and overtake Kota on the third leg. Ace takes over on the assembly though and fails to succeed as it was a team task. Kota wins easily as a team before Fang can assemble anything after it was so close at the end.

Crystal is mad that Ace is such a strong player and yet they’ve won nothing with him on their team. Matty wants to flush out the idol from Sugar but Ace wants him to trust him but he hasn’t disclosed that he now has the idol.

Matty talks to Crystal and she wants to get rid of Ace while he wants to get rid of Sugar. Ken doesn’t trust Ace but the stars are aligning for Kellie tonight.

Sugar tells Ken that she gave the idol to Ace. She then tells Ace that she has taken the idol out of his bag. Ace is starting to wonder what is happening.

At Tribal Council, the votes fall to Kelly.

Fang are starting to lose hope. The food is running out and to make matters worse, Crystal accidentally knocks over the rice box, spilling some on the floors. She decides to sacrifice her next meal. Ace is sure that she’ll be next to go.

Corinne thinks Dan is a little kid who is seeking approval. Marcus isn’t sure what to make of it.

The reward challenge is a game of keep away with one member of the opposite team trying to knock the ball to the ground and breaking it. It’s an aggressive game with Kota easily taking the reward of a helicopter flight and a picnic. Again they send Sugar to exile island making it the fifth time in a row that she’s been sent.

Kota are flown to a giant crater for a picnic with a spectacular view. The pilot brings over a package of letters for each of the tribe members who are so excited to receive something from home.

Back at Fang, Matty is fuming about losing again. Once again he tries to play Sugar out of the game but it’s Crystal who is the target. Ken tells Crystal to trust her.

On Exile Island, Sugar is aware that she is completely out of touch with what is happening in the game. She says that she doesn’t necessarily have an alliance with Ace though.

There are two twists at the immunity challenge. Firstly, that both tribes are going to be voting someone out at Tribal council tonight and that there is individual immunity up for grabs.

The challenge is to stay on the spinning barrels longer than your opponent with the winners progressing until there is one winner.

First up, Ace eliminates Dan. Charlie knocks Crystal out. Marcus takes out Matty. Randy beats Suzie. Sugar takes Kenny out. Bob takes out Corrine after announcing he won the log roll when he was in college. Ace just beats Charlie after he landed in the water first. Marcus knocks Randy out and then Sugar is victorious over Bob.

The final battle is between Sugar, Ace and Marcus who are all on the log at the same time. Sugar is in the water first but Marcus has the advantage as Ace can’t see him behind him. Marcus wins and takes his immunity and then gets to reveal the next twist. He has to give immunity to one member of the other tribe. He picks Sugar who now has two.

Ken is hoping he can get Sugar to switch and use her power for his advantage. Sugar isn’t sure she can trust Ken but she has been trusting Ace who is the biggest snake in the game. They decide to blindside Ace.

Ace wants the idol back and Crystal is wondering if maybe Ken was right in saying he was playing her.

Ace Gordon - Survivor: Gabon

At Tribal council, again the immunity idol isn’t played and it’s Ace’s demise. As he gets up he says thanks to Sugar.

Back at Kota, Randy has thrown his hat into the ring with Corinne, Charlie and Marcus and replaces Bob in their tight team. Corinne talks to Suzie about how think they Dan is going but Suzie fesses up that she was going to vote for her. Corinne talks to Randy and they want to got rid of Suzie because her vote could be bought.

At Tribal Council, for the first time in a long time, Kota cast their votes. Leaving this week is: Dan by 4 votes to 3 over Suzie.

Dan Kay - Survivor: Gabon

Television content suppliers: broadcast networks, specialty channels, and TV program producers are warily awaiting a statement by the Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Commission, the CRTC. Cable and satellite service providers are equally as anticipatory about the decision, which will be announced on Thursday, October 30th.

On that day, the CRTC will reveal the results of months of deliberation, on what the Canadian viewing public will watch on television and where they’ll be able to watch it. Among the many conditions being defined will be “What is basic cable?”, meaning what channels are included as “basic” and what broadcast properties are not. Which broadcasters and producers will receive public funding? How much Canadian content will each channel be required to carry? Currently, specialty channels must meet percentage requirements, while basic channels buy mostly American programming.

There is also an issue of cable and satellite service providers, or BDU’s, exercising control over how much subscribers must pay for each channel. Basic cable is…well, basic. Channels included under the “basic” category are available to everyone under one flat rate, while channels that are “specialty” cost extra, may not be available from some BDU’s, and certainly don’t get promoted in the same manner as their “basic” counterparts.

Summarily, the CRTC will determine the extent that Canadian television will truly represent diversity in our national media. Indirectly, they could possibly relegate a number of broadcast companies to relative exile, some production companies to imminent closure, and many broadcast technical and creative professionals to inevitable job loss.

The discussions and debates surrounding the CRTC’s decision process are covered in “TV WARS: Media, Money and the Battle for Canada’s Airwaves”, a Stornoway Productions documentary, airing on Stornoway Communications’ three digital channels:

· ichannel will air the program on Monday, October 27th at 7:00pm ET and on Wednesday, October 29th at 10pm ET.
· bpm:tv will feature the special on Wednesday, October 29th, at 9:00pm ET.
· The Pet Network will present the documentary on Wednesday, October 29th at 8:00pm ET.

As Ted Rogers stated in his autobiography, ‘Relentless – The True Story of the Man Behind Rogers Communications’, “We need companies that can tell Canadian stories and paint Canadian dreams.” Now, many await October 30th to find out if the CRTC will impose upon the cable / satellite industry the mandate to portray those words.

For further information, contact:
Rosemary Fusca, Head of Programming, (416) 756-5523, rfusca@stornoway.com

8 p.m. – WIFE SWAP – “Martin/Vallone” – ALL-NEW EPISODE
Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on ‘A’ Atlantic and 9 p.m. MT on ACCESS
A Rastafarian mom who barely keeps her bank account in double figures swaps lives with a mom who believes that discipline and hard work provide the best things in life.

9 p.m. – DON’T FORGET THE LYRICS – ALL-NEW EPISODE
Also airs at 10 p.m. AT on ‘A’ Atlantic
On this exciting game show hosted by Wayne Brady, contestants choose songs from different genres, decades and musical artists, taking centre stage to sing alongside the studio band as the lyrics are projected on screen. Suddenly the music stops and the words disappear. To win the $1 million at stake, contestants need to sing the correct missing lyric without freezing under the pressure. With the pressure on to remember the lyrics, will the contestants rock hard or fall flat?

8 p.m. – HOLE IN THE WALL – ALL-NEW EPISODE
Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on ‘A’ Atlantic and 9 p.m. MT on ACCESS
Speed, agility, and a sense of humour are essential tools for this game show. Based on the popular Japanese format, Hole in the Wall has two teams facing various barrier walls speeding toward them sporting weird and wacky cut-out shapes. Team members must contort their bodies to fit through these cut-outs, before they are swept away into a pool of water below. As players struggle to strike a pose, points (and dignity) can be lost with a simple miscalculation. As the game progresses, the pace quickens, the walls close in on the players and the difficulty increases. Teamwork, coordination and quick-thinking play crucial roles as each team strives to stay dry and score points.

10 p.m. – ELEVENTH HOUR – “Savant” – ALL-NEW EPISODE
Also airs at 11 p.m. AT on ‘A’ Atlantic and 10 p.m. MT on ACCESS
Hood investigates when severely autistic teens are kidnapped across the U.S., and then reappear weeks later with symptoms of savant syndrome.

8 p.m. – Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles – “The Tower is Tall But The Fall is Short” – ALL-NEW EPISODE

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on ‘A’ Atlantic and 9 p.m. MT on ACCESS

Jesse (guest star Stephanie Jacobsen), a woman from Derek’s past, surfaces while Sarah, John and Cameron try to locate a person on their list.

9 p.m. – Two and a Half Men – “A Jock Strap in Hell” – ALL-NEW EPISODE

Also airs at 10 p.m. AT on ‘A’ Atlantic and 10 p.m. MT on ACCESS

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9:30 p.m. – Samantha Who? – “Out of Africa” – ALL-NEW EPISODE

Also airs at 10:30 p.m. AT on ‘A’ Atlantic and 10:30 p.m. MT on ACCESS
In an attempt to find new direction in her life, Samantha suddenly decides to go to Africa and volunteer to help those in need. Her friends and family are convinced that she’ll chicken out – which she does after discovering the countless vaccinations and obstacles that she would face to make the journey. To keep up the charade of being out of the country, Sam hides out with Andrea and Dena.

10 p.m. – The Mentalist – “Ladies in Red” – ALL-NEW EPISODE

Also airs at 11 p.m. AT on ‘A’ Atlantic and 8 p.m. MT on ACCESS
When the team learns that a wealthy investment banker found murdered inside his locked safe room was living a dual life and skimming millions from clients, Patrick sets up a mental conundrum to see which of the suspects will show their true colors.