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PrintRogers Communications has pulled the plug on its CityNews channel.

After 20 months on air, the specialty network will shut down, according to the president of broadcast at Rogers Media Scoot Moore.

“Today, we made changes to the company’s television strategy to reflect evolving viewer habits and the global structural shift in advertising,” he said in a statement.

It is understood 62 jobs will be lost as Rogers moves focus to its 24-hour news radio station 680News and CityNews on City. Continue reading »

Citytv is giving viewers – including early risers – a head start on all the day’s top stories and breaking news now even earlier, with the launch of CityNews at Five and an early start to Canada’s number one morning show brand, Breakfast Television. 

Launching September 5 in the Greater Toronto Area, CityNews at Five gives viewers a first look at the most important news of the day – before dinner even hits the table.

With triple-threat veteran news anchors Tom Hayes, Francis D’Souza and Avery Haines at the helm, CityNews at Five becomes the GTA’s new weekday destination for local news first.

Out on the streets and in the community five days a week, CityNews at Five is everywhere – bringing viewers a full hour of in-depth coverage on local news stories that matter most with all of your favourite local reporters and traffic and weather specialists, leading in to Citytv’s popular supper-hour newscast CityNews at Six. 

In addition, Breakfast Television gets an early start to the day, hitting the airwaves 30 minutes earlier, beginning at 5:30am as of September 6 in all markets across the country. Just in time for the first day of school, the 5:30am Breakfast Television wake-up call will feature viewers’ favourite hosts, anchors, reporters and weather specialists, who will all be on hand to greet viewers as they roll out of bed and get a jump on the day. 

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“Citytv proves once again we are everywhere, bringing viewers the news that matters most first, in both the morning and evening” said Tina Cortese, General Manager Citytv Toronto, Vice-President CityNews. “With an unbeatable combination of award-winning anchors and Toronto’s favourite morning show personalities, Citytv demonstrates our commitment to local news with even more in-depth coverage of news and information to better serve our viewers.”

In recognition of his exceptional journalistic career, the late CityNews anchor and voice of Citytv, Mark Dailey, will be honoured with the 2011 RTNDA Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award will be accepted by Mark’s wife, Kim Dailey, and Vice President, News/Executive Producer, Tina Cortese at the RTNDA Central Regional Awards Banquet in Waterloo on Saturday, May 7, 2011. 

“Mark was an exceptional broadcaster and journalist, a real Citytv original,” commented Tina Cortese, Vice President, News/Executive Producer, Citytv. “This posthumous recognition for his admirable body of work is truly an honour and a testament to his impact on the industry.” 

Mark Dailey’s distinguished career spanned over 30 years with Citytv. As CityNews anchor, Mark delivered the news that mattered most to the local community. His iconic baritone was instantly recognizable as the voice that helped shape and define Citytv and Toronto.

Some of his most notable career highlights include receiving an RTNDA award for the CityNews serial, I Want Work, and a Letter of Appreciation from the Governor General of Canada for his active leadership in community service.

He was honoured with the City of Toronto Civic Award of Merit and named Consumers Choice, Man of the Year in 2009. Mark was also a multiple winner of the Metro Police and Toronto Fire department Best Media Coverage of the Year award.

In addition, Mark was named Honorary Chief of the Toronto Police Service. Prior to his time at Citytv, Mark was known for his work in radio, particularly with the legendary “Big 8”, CKLW in Windsor in the early 1970s.

His charitable involvement over the years included work with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Salvation Army, St. John Ambulance, the Sick Kids Hospital Therapeutic Clown Program, Jennifer Ashleigh Foundation, Kinder Foundation, Alzheimer Society, and many others. 

Six years ago, Mark successfully battled prostate cancer. As a tireless advocate for prostate screening, his award-winning CityNews series on his own treatment helped to increase awareness of the disease and he was a proud spokesperson for Prostate Cancer Canada. Sadly, Mark succumbed to kidney cancer in December, 2010. 

The RTNDA Lifetime Achievement Award was created in 2002 to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves through outstanding service and continued excellence during the course of their career in broadcast journalism.

Citytv announced today the launch of the CityNews app for iPad and iPhone. The interactive CityNews app will feature the latest in local news, weather, sports and traffic that matters most to viewers in Toronto and the GTA. The ad supported CityNews app is available free from the App Store on iPad or iPhone or at www.itunes.ca/appstore/.

“How Torontonians are interacting with local news is evolving,” said Andrea Gagliardi, General Manager and Director, TV Web, Rogers Digital Media. “The CityNews app delivers meaningful and interactive access to local news stories while on the go and as they are developing, including breaking news, user generated content, videos, sharing and maps.”

CityNews viewers can now get their news Everywhere while on-the-go with this new hyper local news app. The app will provide up-to-the-minute news and weather videocasts throughout the day.  The app allows users to share their own stories and breaking news in their communities via their mobile device with the CityNews room by uploading videos, photos, news tips and stories. Other features include local weather information, a map view of the news as it unfolds across of the GTA and the ability to share content from the app using social media.

This is the third app Citytv has launched in less than 12 months, part of the Rogers digital strategy of bringing multi-screen experiences of the Citytv brand to audiences and advertisers. The Shorts in the City app for iPhone and iPad and the Citytv Video app for iPad, both launched with great success in 2010. The Citytv Video app for iPad was the first prime time app by a Canadian broadcaster, hitting the #1 spot in iTunes Canada in 24 hrs.

CityNews anchor and the voice of Citytv, Mark Dailey, died today at Sunnybrook hospital in Toronto. He was 57. On September 8, 2010, Mark revealed on CityNews at Six that he had been diagnosed with kidney cancer. Mark is survived by his wife, Kim Dailey and his daughter, Nicole.

“Mark was quite literally THE VOICE of Citytv and CityNews. He was smart, funny and a brilliant broadcaster. He touched so many lives,” commented Tina Cortese, Vice President, News/Executive Producer. “It’s a very difficult day for Citytv and a sad day for Torontonians.”

“Mark was an outstanding news journalist,” commented Jamie Haggarty, Executive Vice President, Television Operations, Rogers Media Television.  “He has left an imprint on our station and community forever and will be deeply missed.”

His distinguished career spanned over 30 years with Citytv.  As anchor for CityNews at Six and CityNews Tonight, Mark delivered the news that mattered most to the local community and Greater Toronto Area.  His iconic baritone was instantly recognizable as the voice that helped shape and define Citytv and Toronto. He joined the Citytv family back in 1979 as an assignment editor and producer before becoming the station’s Crime Specialist and trusted News Anchor.

“Mark Dailey was a senior member of the news team here at Citytv for 31 years. During that time, he taught us all the meaning of professionalism and how to develop a love of the task at hand,” said Gord Martineau, Anchor, CityNews. “In addition to that, his sense of comedic timing was always offered at just the right time to take the stress away from the job. He was a true original.”  

Some of his most notable career highlights include receiving a national Radio and Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) award for the CityNews serial, I Want Work and a Letter of Appreciation from the Governor General of Canada for his active leadership in community service.  He was honoured with the City of Toronto Civic Award of Merit and named Consumers Choice, Man of the Year in 2009. Mark was also a multiple winner of the Metro Police and Toronto Fire department Best Media Coverage of the Year award.

His charitable involvement over the years includes work with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Salvation Army, St. John Ambulance, the Sick Children’s hospital Therapeutic Clown Program, Jennifer Ashleigh Foundation, Kinder Foundation, Alzheimer Society, and many others.

Six years ago, Mark successfully battled prostate cancer. As a tireless advocate for prostate screening, his award-winning CityNews series on his own treatment helped to increase awareness of the disease. Mark was also the spokesperson for Prostate Cancer Canada. 

**2 Hours** Sunday, June 27 at 5:00pm ET/PT/CT/MT (2 hours) and 11:00pm ET/PT/CT/MT (30 minute recap) on Citytv

LIVE coverage of the G20 Summit continues on CityNews – everywhere!

***2 Hours***Saturday, June 26 at 5:00pm ET/PT/CT/MT and 11:00pm ET/PT/CT/MT (30 minute recap) on Citytv

The CityNews team keeps you informed – covering G8 & G20 from the ground, the streets, inside the security zone and inside the Summit. Join Gord, Kevin, Mark and the CityNews team Dwight, Francis, Pam, Tara and Andrea for this LIVE CityNews Special. Plus, Breakfast Television and CityNews will provide comprehensive daily coverage G8/G20 week, beginning on Monday, June 21. Roger Petersen will be LIVE (on BT and CityNews at Six) from Huntsville beginning on Thursday through Sunday. Don’t miss a second of the action.

Citytv will broadcast LIVE from The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Friday, May 28 to raise awareness and much needed funds for the Herbie Fund during its fifth annual Citytv Herbie Day.  Live broadcast coverage begins on Breakfast Television and wraps up on CityNews at Six.

Join CityNews anchor, Gord Martineau, and other favourite Citytv personalities on the front lawn of SickKids for a full day of fun! Citytv Herbie Day kicks-off with a special prize announcement on Breakfast Television followed by an exciting give-away on CityNews at Six. Start your morning with coffee and goodies courtesy of Tim Hortons followed by afternoon barbeques at SickKids and Yonge-Dundas Square with all proceeds going to the Herbie Fund.

“Citytv Herbie Day is a local initiative that impacts deserving patients, families and communities around the world,” commented Tina Cortese, Vice President News and Executive Producer. “We are pleased to partner once again with SickKids and the Herbie Fund in what has become a proud Toronto tradition and important annual fundraising event.”

Throughout the day, Gord Martineau will share stories from Herbie Fund patients and encourage viewers to support by calling 1-888-340-3429   or by visiting www.herbiefund.com to donate.

“The lives of many children have been positively affected as a direct result of the generous donations from CityNews viewers,” says Gord Martineau, Anchor, CityNews at Six. “Because of your kindness, the Herbie Fund can continue to reach more children around the world in desperate need of medical assistance.”

Tune into CityNews at Six, May 24 through May 28 as Gord travels to  Botswana to share the courageous story of three-year-old Grace and catch up with four –year-old Shatho. Both girls suffered severe internal complications requiring surgical intervention made possible by the Herbie Fund. Gord met up with five-year-old Herbie patient Soyam from Ethopia in Toronto and shares her experience. Plus, meet two-year-old Goane who with the help of the Herbie Fund will receive life saving surgery later this summer.

For more information on the Herbie Fund visit, www.herbiefund.com

About the Herbie Fund:

An increasing number of sick children from around the world and their families look to the Herbie Fund (www.herbiefund.com) at SickKids to provide treatment not available in their homeland. Over 600 children from approximately 100 countries have received specialized medical and surgical help that would not otherwise be available to them. The Herbie Fund helps approximately 20-25 children every year. The number of children helped depends entirely on the amount of money donated. Unfortunately, there are always more applications than can be accepted. Costs can vary greatly, depending on the type of treatment involved as well as the amount of help needed. The average cost per patient is approximately $30,000 – $35,000.

CityNews at Six rocks out LIVE from Opening Night of the smash-hit broadway musical ROCK OF AGES on Tuesday May 11th at 6:30 p.m. ET/MT/PT (10:30p.m. CT) with the exclusive broadcast of ROCK OF AGES Opening Night in Toronto, A CityNews Special.

Citytv personalities, Kevin Frankish, Dina Pugliese, and Tracy Moore, bring Citytv viewers all the heart-pumping action with celebrity interviews from the red carpet at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, exclusive back-stage access, and interviews with the Toronto cast and Los Angeles producers, Matthew Weaver and Carl Levin.

“This CityNews special gives Citytv viewers unbelievable behind-the-scenes access to the stars and the unforgettable music,” commented Tina Cortese, Vice President of News and Executive Producer.  “Relive the fashion, the hair styles and sing along to the greatest hits of the 80s. Come along for the ride…it’s gonna be a blast!”

“Being in business with Citytv was an absolute must for us when we made the decision to come to Toronto. We are thrilled to be partnered with them,” commented Matt Weaver, Producer, ROCK OF AGES.

ROCK OF AGES tells the story of a small town girl who met a big city rocker in LA’s most famous rock club on the Sunset Strip, and how they fell in love to the greatest songs of the 80s. It’s ROCK OF AGES, an arena-rock love story told through the mind-blowing, face-melting hits of JOURNEY, NIGHT RANGER, STYX, REO SPEEDWAGON, PAT BENATAR, TWISTED SISTER, POISON, ASIA, WHITESNAKE and many more.

Sunday, January 17 at 6:30pm ET/PT/MT/CT

Citytv is responding to the devastating effects of the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti with a half-hour special, Help for Haiti: A CityNews Special, to assist in the relief efforts for those directly affected by the quake.  The special broadcast will include live coverage from the disaster zone, the latest on relief efforts, follow Canadians as they attempt to locate family members in Haiti and share heartwarming stories of support.  Viewers will also receive valuable information on how Canadians can help from home.

Throughout the special broadcast, Citytv, owned by Rogers Communications Inc will be encouraging viewers to support the relief efforts by making a donation to aid organizations.  Rogers Wireless and Fido customers are encouraged to help those in Haiti by donating to Partners In Health: Haiti and other Haitian relief organizations. By sending the text message “HELP” to shortcode 1291, customers can donate $5.00 CDN to the Haitian relief efforts.

Rogers is working with The ONEXONE Foundation to facilitate 100 per cent of donations in funds and goods to Partners In Health: Haiti and other Haitian relief organizations.

In conjunction with the text-to-donate campaign and on behalf of its more than 10 million customers across the country, Rogers Communications and The Rogers family together will donate $250,000 in funds and goods to Partners In Health: Haiti and other relief organizations in Haiti.

A repeat of the special will air at 11:30pm Sunday, January 17 across all markets.