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Citytv today announced the launch of its latest mobile offering –the new City Video Mobile App for Android.

Featuring full-length episodes of fan-favourite prime-time hits, the convenient and user-friendly app is available for free download from the Google Play Store, beginning today.

“Citytv continues to be first to market in delivering premium content on digital platforms,” said Andrea Gagliardi, Senior Director and General Manager, Broadcasting, Digital, Rogers Media. “The new City Video Mobile App for Android offers the same great user experience as our other innovative apps, enabling even more Canadians to connect with our great lineup of prime-time shows.” Continue reading »

Building on its successful launch of the Citytv Video App for iPhone and iPod touch earlier this month, Citytv today unveils another engaging and interactive app with the Citytv Social Stream.

Kicking off with the Citytv New Year’s Bash on December 31, this app allows viewers to socialize with fellow Canadians while enjoying their favourite Citytv programming. The Citytv Social Stream App is now available for free download at www.itunes.ca/appstore. 

“The Citytv Social Stream App embodies the future of viewer-to-viewer digital interaction while watching live programming,” said Andrea Gagliardi, Senior Director and GM, Digital, Rogers Broadcasting. “Allowing fans to engage while enjoying their favourite Citytv programs, the App moves the television experience out of the living room, uniting fans across the country.’ 

Gearing up for the biggest social event of the year with the Citytv New Year’s Bash, the Citytv Social Stream App provides viewers another platform to ring in the New Year with other Canadians across the country. On December 31, users can chat live with fellow viewers, participate in Citytv New Year’s polls, and even have their comments mentioned live on television. Plus, Citytv talent and performers chat live with users, sharing their New Year’s resolutions and reactions to the expanded, four-hour show broadcast live from Toronto and Calgary. Viewers can also upload New Year’s photos to the app and share their celebratory events with the rest of the nation. The chat also connects to Twitter, featuring all tweets that include the #Citytv2012 hash tag.

For the fourth consecutive year, NOW Magazine’s 2011 “Best of Toronto Reader Poll” has named Citytv the “Best Local TV Station” in Toronto, ahead of competitors CTV Toronto, CP24 Global, and CBC Toronto.

Over the past 12 months, readers cast more than 71,000 votes online in a number of categories, including Cityscape, books, movies, art and music. The full edition of NOW Magazine’s 2011 “Best of Toronto Reader Poll Awards” hits newsstands this morning.

Proving that Citytv is everywhere, viewers can now catch CityNews more than ever with daily 5pm, 6pm and 11pm newscasts. Anchored, by some of Toronto’s most long-standing and respected journalists, including Gord Martineau, Tom Hayes, Avery Haines, Roger Petersen and Francis D’Souza, CityNews continues to be the choice for comprehensive news coverage each day.

Complemented by the newly-launched, 24-hour CityNews Channel, Citytv is able to bring viewers even more breaking news that goes to the heart of issues that matter most to Torontonians. As the only high-definition, 24-hour news channel in the city, CityNews Channel is now among the Top 5 digital networks in the highly-competitive Toronto market after just one month on the air*. All of Citytv’s daily news coverage kicks off with Toronto’s #1 morning show Breakfast Television every morning at 5:30am. 

For a complete list of the NOW Magazine Best of Toronto Reader Poll winners, please visit: www.nowtoronto.com.

Rogers Media Inc. is the media player with the most momentum this fall as its family of networks continue to experience success and growth across all platforms. From quality programming to network rebranding to highly-anticipated channel launches, Rogers Media Inc. has established itself as the media company on the cutting edge of premium content and innovative development. 

“With the success of our primetime programming on Citytv, the launch of Canada’s Got Talent, CityNews Channel and Sportsnet rebranding, as well as the upcoming addition of FX Canada, we are thrilled with the growth of Rogers Media over the past few months,” commented Scott Moore, President of Broadcasting, Rogers Media Inc. “We have been putting all of our efforts into developing an innovative, diverse and competitive group of offerings. We are very proud that our results can speak for themselves.” 

Launching with one of the biggest fall seasons to date, Citytv has delivered the highest-rated comedies and dramas in network history – 2 Broke Girls and Terra Nova, respectively, with Terra Nova outperforming CTV’s The X-Factor in all major English metered markets. Several of its new series have received early pickups including critical darling New Girl, deliciously intriguing drama Revenge, hilarious comedy 2 Broke Girls and cheeky comedy Suburgatory, to name a few. With the strongest and most daring lineup of the fall season, Citytv has quickly become destination television that is bold, young and edgy. 

“Building upon our acquisition success of the spring, Citytv’s fall lineup has outperformed our competitors on both a market and national level, with series like Terra Nova that have lived up to the hype by maintaining top ratings week after week,” said Malcolm Dunlop, Executive Vice-President Programming, Rogers Media Television. “With some of the highest rated new series of the fall, Citytv has proved it is more than just a regional network and has levelled the playing field in the Canadian television landscape.” 

BBM Canada confirms Citytv outperformed CTV Two nationally this fall in the key A18-49 and A25-54 demos and in all major English metered markets (P2+). In addition, Citytv has experienced double-digit growth in the Calgary and Vancouver markets by 15% and 17% (A18-49). 

In addition to the success of Citytv this fall, other Rogers Media properties have also made significant gains in recent weeks. CityNews Channel is now among the Top 5 digital networks in the highly-competitive Toronto market. Launching on October 3, the only HD 24-hour news channel in Toronto continues to bring viewers breaking news coverage that goes to the heart of issues that matter most. Also, the newly-branded Sportsnet has experienced dramatic growth, taking a larger share of the national sports audience with its coverage of key sporting events.

Citytv brings ‘a-dork-able’ to television this September with one of the most anticipated new comedies of the Fall – New Girl, starring indie sweetheart Zooey Deschanel.

With a fresh look at modern day relationships, New Girl follows the story of five, somewhat unlikely, friends who come to realize they need each other more than they ever knew and end up forming one charmingly dysfunctional family. 

New Girl premieres Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 9pm ET/PT (8pm CT/MT) on Citytv and will air regularly on Tuesdays in this timeslot.

Meet Jess Day (Zooey Deschanel, 500 Days of Summer), an offbeat and adorable girl in her late 20s who, after a bad breakup, moves in with three single guys. Goofy, positive, vulnerable and honest to a fault, Jess has faith in people, even when she shouldn’t. Enter her new roommates, Nick (Jake Johnson, No Strings Attached) the bartender with the heart of gold , Schmidt (Max Greenfield, Ugly Betty), a hustling young professional who fancies himself a modern-day Casanova, and Winston (Lamorne Morris, Sex Love and Lies), an intensely competitive former athlete who has recently come to the realization that he’ll never play pro. Rounding out this group is Jess’s childhood best friend, Cece (Hannah Simone), a somewhat cynical model who is as put-together as Jess is awkward. In the pilot episode, Jess also meets Coach (guest star Damon Wayans Jr., Happy Endings), a former high school athlete who works as a personal trainer and is subletting a room. Mix in a whole lot of singing, some cringe-worthy moments, and some good snort laughs and you get New Girl   – a feel-good comedy thatjust keeps on getting better!

 New Girl is just one of the anticipated comedies coming to Citytv’s new Fall lineup, which includes Michael Patrick King and Whitney Cummings’s 2 Broke Girls, Raising Hope, Suburgatory, and Last Man Standing starring Tim Allen. Citytv also remains Canada’s home to critical and fan-favourites Modern Family, Community, 30 Rock, Parks and Rec, and How I Met Your Mother

Thirteen years ago, Citytv created the nation’s first 24-hour local all-news channel. And here we go again – this time, taking it one step further… 

Launching October 3, CityNews Channel brings the GTA’s most trusted news, entertainment, sports and current affair brands together for unique, integrated coverage on an all-news wheel format for the local stories that matter most. 

The winning 680News radio format comes to life on CityNews Channel with traffic and weather together on the :1s, sports at :15 and :45, and business at :26 and :56 past the hour. CityNews Channel will feature popular personalities from across Rogers Media to deliver expert and exclusive content and a fresh perspective on the day’s hot topics, including CityNews, 680News, Sportsnet, Maclean’s, MoneySense, Today’s Parent and HELLO! Canada. The channel will be anchored by rotating hosts on an hourly basis, and with live cameras in all Rogers Media newsrooms, breaking news will be instantaneous. 

CityNews Channel will debut October 3 on digital channel 1 on Rogers cable systems. 

“Building upon the success of the 24-hour local news format that Citytv initially created, CityNews Channel combines a wealth of resources from across all of Rogers Media to bring viewers the most informative and all-encompassing news experience,” said Tina Cortese, Vice-President, News and General Manager, Citytv Toronto, Rogers Media Inc. “With this proven wheel format, viewers know precisely when to tune in for the news they want, when they want it.” 

Live from the heart of Toronto at Yonge-Dundas Square, CityNews Channel features a multi-zone TV screen, offering viewers an enhanced HD video window, more detailed weather and traffic updates, robust headlines, social media content, and a promotions and community calendar. 

Following a simulcast of Toronto’s #1 morning show, Breakfast Television, CityNews Channel continues with an exclusive extra half hour of BT from 9-9:30am. Also simulcast on CityNews Channel are CityNews at Five, CityNews at Six, and CityNews Tonight, with another exclusive extra half hour of news coverage from 11:30pm-12 midnight.

Appealing to late-shift and overnight workers, university students and general night owls, CityNews Channel Overnight will be live from 12am – 5:30am with live audio news feeds from 680News and visuals from the channel’s exclusive ‘Eyes of Toronto’ cameras across the GTA.

CityNews is indeed everywhere, with CityNews Channel broadcasting live across multiple platforms: television, online at CityNews.ca, mobile with the CityNews iPhone app, and tablet with an iPad app. CityNews.ca will have more headlines and local stories, more video content then ever before, and offer exclusive features such as map views of local news as it happens, detailed weather pages and local weather sticks. With more opportunities for users to contribute to stories through commenting, social media, and photo uploads, CityNews.ca offers the ultimate interactive news experience with news tips on the fly and via twitter @CityNews.

In addition to Citytv’s most trusted personalities, including Gord Martineau, Kevin Frankish, Avery Haines, Francis D’Souza and Tom Hayes, CityNews Channel welcomes new on-air personalities. Coming from a diverse mix of experience and backgrounds, Andrew Krystal, Galit Solomon, Shauna Hunt, Kevin Carrington, Tammie Sutherland, Rima Kar and new Entertainment Anchor Mary Kitchen add new pedigree and even more personality to the already award-winning CityNews ensemble.

Rogers Media Television receives 13 nominations for its leading Canadian programming on Citytv, OMNI Television, and OLN from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s 26th annual Gemini Awards. 

Citytv received six nominations for its local and original programming including nods to CityLine host, Tracy Moore for Best Performance or Host in a Variety Program or Series (Individual or Ensemble) and Francis D’Souza for Best Breaking Reportage, Local, CityNews – G20 Summit.

Please see below for a full list of Rogers Media Television Gemini nominations. 

 

Citytv Programming: 

 

Best Breaking Reportage, Local 

CityNews – G20 Summit 

Francis D’Souza, Alfred Colangelo 

 

Best Performance or Host in a Variety Program or Series (Individual or Ensemble) 

CityLine 

Tracy Moore 

 

Best Direction in an Animated Program or Series 

Glenn Martin DDS – Date with Destiny 

Ken Cunningham 

 

Best Reality Program or Series 

Conviction Kitchen 

(Cineflix (Dinners 2) Inc) 

Simon Lloyd, Gerard Barry 

 

Best Direction in a Reality Program or Series 

Conviction Kitchen – Episode 5 

Dwayne Beaver, Karen Duthie 

(*OLN also nominated in this category) 

 

Best Direction in an Animated Program or Series 

Glenn Martin DDS – Date with Destiny 

Ken Cunningham 

 

 

OMNI Television Programming: 

 

Best Original Music Score for a Documentary Program or Series 

T O in 2 4 

Claudio Vena 

 

Best Photography in a Documentary Program or Series 

T O in 2 4 

Dale Hildebrand 

 

OLN Programming: 

 

Best Original Music for a Lifestyle/Practical Information or Reality Program or Series 

Mantracker – Dylan & Travis 

David Krain 

 

Best Sound in an Information/Documentary Program or Series 

Beyond Survival with Les Stroud – The Hewa and the Hidden Secret Ceremony 

Brian Eimer 

 

Mantracker – Dylan & Travis 

Terry Wedel, Euan Hunter, Michael Mancuso 

 

Best Picture Editing in an Information Program or Series 

Mantracker – Dylan & Travis 

Jesse James Miller 

 

Best Direction in a Reality Program or Series 

Mantracker – Jason & Clayton 

Ihor Macijiwsky 

(*Citytv also nominated in this category) 

Citytv announced today the addition of two local programs to its schedule in Calgary and Toronto. This Spring, Citytv in Calgary will broadcast a new half-hour suppertime program in Calgary and CityNews will return to weekends on Citytv in Toronto. 

The new untitled 30-minute show in Calgary will air weekdays Monday to Friday. The province-wide search for its new local host created a buzz in the industry that lead to today’s early announcement about the new program. 

“Due to competitive reasons we can’t reveal too much about the show at this time, except that it will be hosted by a personality well-known in Calgary and throughout most of Alberta,” commented Jamie Haggarty, Executive Vice-President, Television Operations, Rogers Media Television. “We identified an opportunity to engage and interact with Calgarians daily.” 

The return of CityNews at six and eleven on weekends in Toronto is another welcomed announcement for Citytv viewers. Anchors of the weekend news will be announced shortly before the program returns to the airwaves in early March.

Avoiding the crowds this New Years Eve? Having your own party at home with the goold old boob tube? No problem, Throng has got you covered! We’ve rounded up some of the best programming that will help you ring in the new year in style. If you know of a program that we don’t have listed let us know in the comments and we’ll be sure to add it. Here we go!

Citytv New Years Bash 2011 (Citytv)
Citytv will ring in the New Year LIVE from Nathan Phillip’s Square in Toronto. One of Toronto’s longest running New Year’s party will kick off the night starting at 10pm/est. Hosted by Kevin Frankish and Dina Puglise (from Breakfast Television Toronto), Tracy Moore (from CityLine) and Gord Martineau (from CityNews Toronto).

Performances by Shawn Desman, Danny Fernandes, Stereos, These Kids Wear Crowns, Divine Brown and Blake McGrath.

For more information on the broadcast check out http://www.holidayguide.ca/citytvnewyears2011/ also if you’re in the area drop by. It’s a great family friendly party.

New Years in Niagara Falls (Global)
Thanks to the folks at Entertainment Tonight Canada, Niagara Falls will be set ablaze for 2011. The live show starts at 10pm/est on Global and will be hosted by ET Canada favorites Cheryl Hickey, and Rick Campanelli.

Great Big Sea, Barenaked Ladies and Kardinall Offishall will take the stage in front of almost 15,000 screaming fans.

Muchmusic’s New Years Eve Party (Muchmusic)
All of the years best music videos will air back to back to help you rock in the new year. Starts at 11pm/EST on Muchmusic.

MTV New Years Eve (MTV)
Hosted by comedian Whitney Cummings and coming to you live from Times Square in New York City. Special appearances by the cast of Jersey Shore (naturally). We hear they’re even sticking Snooki inside a ball and dropping her at the stroke of midnight. I wish I was joking, but I’m not.

Airs live at 10:30pm/est on MTV.

Dick Clark’s Rockin New Years Eve (ABC)
Dick is back for another year with the help of Ryan Seacrest, Fergie and Jenny McCarthy LIVE from Times Square. The show will feature performances from some of today’s hottest stars including Drake, Jennifer Hudson, Ne-Yo, Avril Lavigne, and Train.

Additional appearances by Willow Smith, Jason Derulo, La Roux, Mike Posner, Natasha Bedingfield and Far East Movement.

NBC’s New Years Eve with Carson Daily (NBC)
Carson Daily brings his late night show to New Years Eve. Performers and special guests have not been released. Show starts at 10:00pm/est on NBC.

New Years Eve Live (CNN)
After nearly getting fired last year Kathy Griffin is once again teaming up with CNN’s own Anderson Cooper for the annual event. The show will feature reports from across the world and from the show’s base in Times Square. Also guaranteed? Kathy’s off color jokes which are sure to get her fired again in 2011.

Airs live at 11:00pm/est on CNN.

CBC Specials (CBC)
CBC isn’t doing the live funny business that the rest of the networks are doing. Their going for scripted comedies and sit down interviews.

Starting at 7pm is a Just for Laughs Gala, then at 8pm is the Air Farce New Years Eve special followed by Ron James’ New Years Eve edition at 9pm. Then your boyfriend George Stroumboulopoulos will take us into the new year starting at 11pm.

Please check local listings for all air times.

Join Citytv in spreading a little holiday cheer with the BT/CityNews annual Spirit of the Season celebration in support of Daily Bread Food Bank. The fun and festivities take place Friday, December 17, 2010 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto starting at 6am on Breakfast Television, with coverage continuing on CityNews at Six. 

Deck the halls with Kevin Frankish, Dina Pugliese, Jennifer Valentyne and Frank Ferragine from 6am -9am. Enjoy hot beverages and amazing musical performances, exciting giveaways courtesy of Lifeexperiences.ca, and of course, free pictures with the guest of honour – Santa Claus himself! Plus, get on Santa’s nice list this year – bring a nutritious non-perishable food or monetary donation for Daily Bread Food Bank between 6am and 6pm and be eligible to win a trip for two to Orlando. CityNews Anchor, Gord Martineau will reveal the lucky winner on CityNews at Six LIVE from the Sheraton Centre. 

Last year’s Spirit of the Season raised over $77,000 and 48,300 lbs of food which provided almost 5,000 hampers to help those in need. Just one hamper can feed an individual for 2 – 3 days and make the holiday season much brighter for those struggling in our community. 

Some of the most needed food items this season include; peanut butter, baby food and formula, canned fish and canned meats. 

BT Viewers can book a stay at the Sheraton Centre the night before Spirit of the Season. Prices start at $129 per room and $25 of the room rate will be donated to Daily Bread Food Bank. This special rate will be available through December 30th when guests call 1-866-716-8101 and reference promo code BTV to make a reservation.