Saturday, August 29, 2015

CBC drops local TV affiliates in Oshawa, Peterborough and Kingston

CBC has ended its relationship with a number of local over-the-air television stations, exposing deep rifts in Canada’s broadcast landscape. The CRTC announced Thursday that CHEX-TV in Peterborough, Channel 12 in Oshawa and CKWS-TV in Kingston would be ending their affiliation with CBC and entering into a “program supply agreement” with CTV beginning Aug. 31. All the stations are owned by Corus Entertainment.
“We are very pleased to be partnering with Bell Media to bring our audiences and advertisers CTV’s stellar lineup of news, sports and entertainment programming,” said the stations’ general manager, Dave McCutcheon, in a release.
The move was first made public in May, but the CRTC first had to contend with opposition, both from a diehard CBC viewer and from a broadcast competitor.

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