Local TV News Under Siege!

Sep22 007Radio and Television News Directors Association, canada

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Ryerson School of Journalism

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LOCAL TV NEWS UNDER SIEGE!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Toronto, September 8, 2009 – How are you going to get your news? Across Canada local television stations today face harsh economic realities.  Stations are going dark, others are on life support, and still others are moving their news programs to new times and experimenting with new formats to try to keep their audiences. Local TV news is the heartbeat of most communities. It reports what matters to local businesses and your families.

Join a panel of leading TV managersanchors and reporters to debate the crisis facing local television news. Be a part of this candid discussion of the issues facing television journalists on Tuesday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Ryerson, 80 Gould Street, Room RCC 204

THE PANEL:

Adrian Bateman – Managing Editor, CTV Windsor. This summer the CTV affiliate was given a reprieve and is still producing a local newscast. What does it have to do to stay on the air?

Sophia Hadzipetros – Managing Editor, CBC Toronto. On August 28 CBC regional newscasts moved to a new time – 5:00 p.m. and a new 90-minute format. Will there be enough resources to fill the bigger news hole?

Farah Nasser – Anchor/Reporter, CITY Toronto. Over the past few months CITY TV has changed owners and set up its newsroom at Dundas and Yonge Street. What impact have the changes had on an anchor/reporter filing day in and day out?

Mike Katrycz – News Director, CHCH Hamilton. One of Ontario’s oldest television stations was headed to black until Channel Zero stepped in. Can the new ownership save the station and its local newscast?

The moderator for the evening will be Omar Sachedina – Anchor/Reporter at CP24.

Special thanks to the Broadcast Educators Association of Canada.

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