Rogers

rogerslogo1Rogers Communications president and CEO Nadir Mohamed has announced he will be stepping down next year.

The news comes as Rogers announced a net income for the fourth quarter of 2012 up 62 per cent to $529 million.

“The company’s in great shape and it’s time to start the transition to the next generation of leadership,” Mohamed said in a statement.

He has been with the Canadian company since 2000 when he joined as head of its wireless phone division. Continue reading »

rogerslogo1Rogers Media has just announced a big new multi-year deal with the Buffalo Bills.

The deal will extend the Bills’ stay at Toronto’s Rogers Centre for another five seasons, resulting in five regular season games and three pre-season match-ups.

 

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecomminications Commission has this week denied an application for a new entertainment news channel in Canada.

Rogers had pitched an idea for a network called The Entertainment Desk but had their plans thwarted by the CRTC who deemed the service to be too similar to E!.

Rogers had stated in their pitch that the service would be different to E! but the regulator didn’t agree that it would offer something unique.

The CRTC believed that Rogers hadn’t offered enough in the way of differentiation from E! and claimed that in time The Entertainment Desk would directly compete with E!. Continue reading »

Rogers Communications has reached an agreement to purchase sports broadcaster Score Media Inc.

The transaction is believed to be worth $167m, including a $12m investment in Score Digital.

A 47 per cent jump in share prices was recorded on Friday when news of a potential purchase was announced.

“This deal allows us to continue to pursue our vision and strategy that has formed a huge part of what we’ve been doing at Score Media for some time,” Score Media chief executive John Levy said in a statement. Continue reading »

Shaw Media and Rogers Communications announced today a significant long-term agreement for the continued distribution of all Shaw Media services, including top-performing channels like History Television, HGTV Canada, Showcase, as well as on-demand rights to Global TV content.

With this deal, Rogers cable customers will continue to have access to some of the best in lifestyle and drama programming through the Rogers Digital VIP package and RogersOnDemand.com

“It is extremely gratifying to renew our long-standing relationship with Rogers and secure their continued support of our leading specialty television brands. The agreement acknowledges our investment in programming, aggressive evolution to high definition offerings and leadership in the on-demand space,” said Paul Robertson, President, Shaw Media. “This deal is a positive sign that industry players can find middle ground and come to an agreement.”

“Customers win when cable and media companies work together to make content available and affordable on multiple screens,” said David Purdy, VP Video Products, Rogers Communications Inc. “Our long-term deal with Shaw gives Rogers customers access to highly sought-after world-class entertainment on their mobiles, on demand and on-line, providing the very best TV Anywhere experience they expect from Rogers.”

This deal will ensure that Shaw’s specialty programming will be available on-demand, online and on mobile, through linear, VOD, broadband and mobile rights.

We are saddened to report that “the Voice” of CityTV, Mark Dailey, has passed away at the age of 57. Mark passed away today at Sunnybrook Hospital after a long battle with cancer.

Mark began his career in 1968 in Ohio before moving up to join CHUM in 1974.

Mark was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2004, and then announced this year that he had kidney cancer. Mark is survived by his wife Kim and daughter Nicole.

RIP Mark.

Rogers Media Television is pleased to congratulate and celebrate the Gemini Award nominated Canadian programming broadcast on Citytv and OLN for 2008-2009.

“The number of nominations we received in key categories at this year’s Gemini Awards speaks to the vast talents of the producers, actors and crews of our homegrown programming” commented Alain Strati, Vice President of Specialty and Development, Rogers Media Television. “Congratulations to all of the nominees.”

Citytv Programming:

The smart and edgy half-hour comedy series Less Than Kind received 9 Gemini nominations including nods for Best Comedy Program or Series, four nods for Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series, Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series, two nominations for Best Individual Performance in a Comedy Program or series and Best Achievement in Casting. A sharp and humorous look at the collisions and twists that happen between the hugs and kisses in a “loving” family, Season 2 of Less Than Kind is set to premiere early 2010 on Citytv.

Citytv’s Murdoch Mysteries garnered six nominations including Best Writing in a Dramatic Series, Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series, Best Achievement in Make-up, Best Original Music Score for a Program or Series, Best Achievement in Main Title Design, Best Performance by an Actor Featured in a Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series. Set in 1895 Toronto, Murdoch Mysteries explores the intriguing world of William Murdoch, a handsome young detective using radical forensic techniques, like fingerprinting and trace evidence, to solve some of the city’s most gruesome murders. Season 3 of Murdoch Mysteries is set to premiere early 2010.

The epic adventure series Crusoe was recognized with nominations for Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series and Best Original Music Score for a Program or Series.

CityNews’ resident Sports Specialist Kathryn Humphreys received her first Gemini nomination in the Best Host or Interviewer in a Sports Program or Sportscast category.

OLN Programming:

The OLN original series Departures received 6 Gemini nominations including Best Direction in a Lifestyle/Practical Information Program or Series, Best Host in a Lifestyle/Practical Information or Performing Arts Program or Series, Best Photography in an Information Program or Series and three nominations for Best Picture Editing in an Information Programming or Series. Departures chronicles the travel adventures, unforgettable friendships, personal successes and sometimes crushing disappointments of Ontario natives Scott Wilson, Justin Lukach and Andre Dupuis. Season 3 of Departures is set to premiere January 2010 on OLN.

Survivorman starring Canada’s favourite adventurer Les Stroud earned 3 Gemini nominations including Best Documentary Series, Best Direction in a Documentary Series and Best Host or Interviewer in a General/Human Interest or Talk Program or Series.

Angry Planet, which follows daring storm chaser George Kourounis received a nomination for Best Host or Interviewer in a General/Human Interest or Talk Program or Series.

The original series Which Way To… takes viewers to exotic travel locations around the world and provides a unique behind-the-scenes perspective you won’t find in any tourist guide! Which Way To… received a Gemini Nomination for Best Lifestyle/Practical Information Series.

Congratulations to the academy and to all of the individuals involved in the Gemini nominated productions. Tune in to Citytv and OLN for more high quality, Canadian programming during the 2009-2010 broadcast season.

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.”