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    Rogers Cancels Breakfast Television Winnipeg. Will Simulcast CITI FM Radio Show

    Rogers Media has cancelled Citytv's Breakfast Television Winnipeg. Citytv Winnipeg will now simulcast CITI FM Radio Show "Wheeler in the Morning" weekdays from 6:00AM to 9:00AM. 14 Citytv Winnipeg employees have been laid off including 2 of the 4 BT on-air personalities while the 2 remaining BT personalities (Drew Kozub and Jenna Khan) will join the radio show simulcast.

    http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/art...287670341.html


    Citytv is ending its long-running morning show, Breakfast Television, and replacing it with a televised version of radio station 92 CITI FM’s morning program.


    According to a spokesperson for parent company Rogers Communications, the elimination of Breakfast Television will result in 14 layoffs. Eleven other Citytv employees will be relocated to other positions within the company.



    Wheeler in the Morning will air weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Citytv beginning Monday, hosted by Dave Wheeler and featuring Citytv personalities Drew Kozub and Jenna Khan, as well as the morning radio team of Phil Aubrey and Rena Jae.


    The new TV show will also be streamed live online. The radio show Wheeler in the Morning with Philly and Rena will continue to be broadcast in its familiar 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. slot on 92 CITI FM.

    This is just beyond awful. Breakfast Television was as bare minimum as you can get yet Rogers found a way to do even less. The employee union has been worried about this for quite some time and in Citytv's licence renewal the CRTC put in a unique requirement that Citytv stations are not allowed to include repeats in their minimum local programming requirements, which meant if they cancelled BT they would still need to produce 14 hours of live programming. Rogers however has unfortunately found a way around that by eliminating BT and still meeting those local programming requirements with a radio show simulcast.

    Of course they blame this on the "financial challenges facing local television" while flat out ignoring that they are the only conventional network doing absolutely nothing to find a viable solution to save local television. Bell and Shaw are both trying to save local television with the viable specialty model while Rogers only solution is to just produce local news the cheapest way possible or in this case not produce local news at all and just simulcast a radio show. Not only that, but Rogers also opposes the viable specialty model for local television. They are totally fine letting their own local news operations die off and are doing everything they can to ensure their competitors local news suffer the same fate. Fortunately Rogers main competitors actually believe in saving local news.
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    This is the starting point for them. You will probably see Toronto and maybe Montreal as the only surviving markets

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    Quote Originally Posted by j_levent View Post
    This is the starting point for them. You will probably see Toronto and maybe Montreal as the only surviving markets

    Yep, If Rogers can effectively shut down their local station in Winnipeg while keeping it on the air with a radio show simulcast there is nothing stopping them from doing so in other markets especially in Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton where they own radio stations. Rogers doesn't own any radio stations in Montreal so maybe that will be kept although last I checked the audience share for BT Montreal is lower than any other BT in the country, making it the least successful BT in Canada (it also has the fewest people watching, although this is understandable considering the English Montreal market is about the same size as Winnipeg)

    The way Rogers produced the national BT Grammy specials last year really got the union concerned that Rogers would just turn BT Toronto into a national program with local news breaks for each market (which technically would be considered local programming as local newscasts are allowed to include national content which normally is a good thing since the local viewer benefits from national/international stories in local newscasts). Perhaps Rogers feels simulcasting radio shows will be more successful since these shows are local (CTV really had a hard time getting western Canada to watch a tape delayed Canada AM, and while Global's The Morning Show is a huge success in Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton, it airs at 9:00AM and benefits from the local Morning News lead-in). It's also cheaper to just simulcast a local radio show than a national BT with local news updates as a national BT with local news updates means they would still need to keep some form of news operation and perhaps a video journalist to go around and shoot footage for the news updates while the radio simulcast they are doing in Winnipeg eliminates the small cost of gathering some footage of news stories.

    The CRTC needs to wake up and approve local specialty proposals. We now have a local television station fulfilling 100% of its local programming requirements by simulcasting a radio show. It was assumed that BT would be safe because it was the cheapest way to produce 14 hours of original local programming but Rogers found a way to cancel the one local program they had left and basically shut the television station down while keeping it on the air. We have Bell Media warning of major cuts and Rogers Media making major cuts at stations that have already been cut to the bone (and in the case of Winnipeg, they have cut right through the bone). Winnipeg isn't even that small of a market, it may be the smallest market where City was producing BT but Bell owns a ton of stations in smaller markets where they also own radio stations, and although Bell wants to keep producing local newscasts if the CRTC does nothing fix the broken conventional model what's stopping Bell from doing the same thing as Rogers in small markets?
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    In typical Rogers fashion, they are not even letting the team do one final broadcast for a show that has been on the air for more than a decade (it started under Craig Media titled The Big Breakfast). Cityline repeats aired today and will air for the rest of the week.

    Meanwhile, someone on the radio station Facebook page had this to ask about the trash currently featured on the Wheeler in the Morning radio show.
    "I wonder if they are going to continue talking about all the disgusting crap they choose to. Used to listen to them all the time, then realized "why am I listening to these people talking about porn and what websites to check out, and Kate uptons boobs when I first open my eyes in the morning!" I reaaalllllyyyy hope that doesn't carry over onto TV."
    It really looks like they couldn't have picked a worse radio show to simulcast (I checked out the live stream for a few seconds this morning and they were talking about taking viagra). They probably wont have to worry about any complaints from viewers because it will probably get a zero rating. Even though it's a classic rock station, I'm still going to assume that people who currently listen to the show enjoy the music, and they wont get music on the Citytv broadcast. And they can't honestly expect anyone who was a fan of Breakfast Television to enjoy watching a sleazy morning show with no local news footage or resources when both CTV and Global Winnipeg have high quality properly staffed and properly funded morning shows with resources of full blown news operations, live reporters, and in Global's case traffic cams and a live news helicopter.

    Hopefully those laid off are able to find work elsewhere. Unfortunately it doesn't look like the properly staffed CTV and Global Winnipeg stations are hiring at the moment although in regards to on-air talent Global Winnipeg just recently had a job opening to replace Morning News co-anchor and sports anchor Derek Taylor who left to take a position at TSN in Toronto. If whoever permanently joins Eva Kovacs, Mike Koncan, Brittany Greenslade, and Justine Routhier on Global Winnipeg's Morning News happens to be a CTV Winnipeg or Global Winnipeg employee a position would then open up at either of these stations, but still, that's only 1 of 14 hard working people.
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    How are they going to simulcast a radio show that has music? I could see a simulcast work if it was strictly a talk show. I think this is what CTV Two Victoria does in the morning. If Rogers is going to be this cheap about it, why not just produce BT from a studio at one of the other stations? Even that would be better than this solution.

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    [QUOTE=bigoranget;67830]
    How are they going to simulcast a radio show that has music?

    they said they will remain on-air or go to commercials when music is playing. It's probably going to be a technical disaster.

    I could see a simulcast work if it was strictly a talk show. I think this is what CTV Two Victoria does in the morning.
    Yeah what CTV Two Victoria simulcasts is totally different, they simulcast a radio newscast. Wheeler in the Morning is not a newscast, it's a sleazy talk show featuring classic rock music and the little news they provide comes with mostly vulgar commentary about the stories. BT is not a news heavy show in any market and the people who do choose to watch BT usually say they watch the program because it's far less news heavy than the competition so replacing it with a news heavy radio show probably wouldn't hang on to many BT viewers as there are far better morning newscasts available on CTV and Global but that doesn't mean BT viewers are going to like a radio show with a totally opposite tone and topics discussed. The Bell Media owned Virgin Radio has a morning show that would appeal far more to BT Winnipeg viewers, that's where I think BT viewers who don't want to be informed with all the news on CTV Morning Live and Global Winnipeg Morning News will go.


    If Rogers is going to be this cheap about it, why not just produce BT from a studio at one of the other stations? Even that would be better than this solution.

    They can't do this since all stations are producing their own versions of BT during this time but even if they could I doubt they would entertain the idea since it would need local content to count as a local program and even a show produced and anchored in another location with some local news footage is more expensive than simulcasting the radio show with no local news footage. I really thought the worst case scenario was BT from Toronto with local Winnipeg news updates yet Rogers managed to top that with something worse.
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    My guess is this will be the plan for City Edmonton, City Calgary and City Montreal if Rogers owns radio stations in these markets (and I'm pretty sure they do in Edmonton and Calgary).

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    Not from the Peg, but did watch a bit of it this morning. They do put the "viewer discretion advised" notice after commercial break, which does not make it a family oriented show.

    All in all, I must say it is not that bad. They do need to figure out the camera pans and stop switching cameras every 5 seconds, but it is a different format that makes it interesting. I must say BT overall is a predictable format and is clock work which can make it boring and repetitive.

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    I have to agree with TVViewer on this one. This isn't going to have broad appeal. People that want to see something on TV mostly want a mix of news and human interest segments. BT trended more towards the latter but I don't think the same viewers will tune to this show. They will either tune to Global or CTV for the morning show.

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    One thing that surprised me (besides the "this program contains language and content that may be offensive viewer discretion is advised" warning) was how little they used the 2 remaining BT personalities. Drew was the LiveEye on BT while Jenna was the traffic/weather/entertainment reporter, but in their new role on Wheeler in the Morning they now report from the "LiveEye" location as a duo and barely appear on the program


    Quote Originally Posted by j_levent View Post
    They do put the "viewer discretion advised" notice after commercial break, which does not make it a family oriented show.
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    It's definitely not and the radio program is known for being inappropriate (within the first few minutes one of the hosts said he sent his wife "a pic of my junk") Which is what made the LiveEye location of a family karate center so ridiculous. I'm assuming they were only at this location because they committed to going there before BT was cancelled (the karate center clearly planned this well in advance as kids would normally be in school at this time) but the segment didn't fit in at all with the rest of the program. I realize that it doesn't matter if it pulls in a zero rating on TV since the radio show would be produced regardless, but they could at least try to satisfy the demographic instead of producing a show guaranteed turn off BT viewers while at the same time annoying fans of Wheeler in the Morning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigoranget View Post
    I have to agree with TVViewer on this one. This isn't going to have broad appeal. People that want to see something on TV mostly want a mix of news and human interest segments. BT trended more towards the latter but I don't think the same viewers will tune to this show. They will either tune to Global or CTV for the morning show.

    Everything about BT and Wheeler in the Morning is completely different except for the LiveEye segments but they are out of their minds if they think doing LiveEye segments that account for a very small part of the program are going to get BT viewers watching Wheeler in the Morning. They are also out of their minds if they think the target audience for Wheeler in the Morning is going to like these segments. You can't give viewers a totally different program and expect them to stay because one small element is the same.

    But again, it doesn't really matter to Rogers how many people watch since they would need to produce the radio show regardless.


    My guess is this will be the plan for City Edmonton, City Calgary and City Montreal if Rogers owns radio stations in these markets (and I'm pretty sure they do in Edmonton and Calgary).

    I think a lot will depend on what the CRTC has to say at their licence renewal in a few years (the Citytv licence was only renewed for 3 years and each year has the amount on local program spending decreasing). I think Rogers is using Winnipeg as a test to see just how much they can get away with. If the CRTC is okay with Citytv stations fulfilling their requirements by simulcasting a radio show, I bet it will happen in all markets outside Toronto. If the CRTC prohibits Rogers from doing this then they only have to worry about eliminating a radio simulcast in Winnipeg. In my opinion it is more than reasonable for the CRTC to prohibit this. How does the public benefit if everything they get on Citytv can be found on a radio station, U.S. station, or Citytv Toronto? Why allow a local station to exist if they don't have any unique local programming? Why reward Rogers for operating a local station with no unique local programming while other stations lose money serving the community with unique high quality local programming people actually watch and value? These are the questions they are going to be faced with.
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    One of the laid off BT personalities, co-host Courtney Ketchen is guest co-hosting Energy Mornings with Frankie Hollywood (weekdays from 5:30AM to 10:00AM) on Winnipeg's ENERGY 106 FM all this week. Would be great if she permanently joined the program!

    Energy 106 FM is Winnipeg's New #1 Hit Music Station
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    Rogers Media has cancelled Citytv's Breakfast Television Winnipeg. Citytv Winnipeg will now simulcast CITI FM Radio Show "Wheeler in the Morning" weekdays from 6:00AM to 9:00AM. 14 Citytv Winnipeg employees have been laid off including 2 of the 4 BT on-air personalities while the 2 remaining BT personalities (Drew Kozub and Jenna Khan) will join the radio show simulcast.
    And one of those 2 former BT personalities, Jenna Khan recently left the Wheeler in the Morning radio simulcast, the good news is she has landed a new gig as ENERGY 106 FM's morning show as co-host. Drew Kozub will remain with Wheeler in the Morning to do live remotes when the radio station is playing music.

    As for
    Courtney Ketchen, she also landed a new job with a company actually committed to local television and is now the traffic anchor for CTV Calgary's CTV Morning Live
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