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    CHCH : Channel 11 LP files for Chapter 11

    CHCH-TV implements major restructuring to remain on the air


    CHANNEL 11 L.P., CHCH-TV'S FORMER SUPPLIER OF LOCAL NEWS, FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY

    HAMILTON, ON, Dec. 11, 2015 /CNW/ - CHCH-TV and its parent company, Channel Zero, have implemented a restructuring that will allow the channel to remain viable and for it to continue to deliver local news in the Greater Hamilton area. Channel 11 L.P., the entity that has created local news for CHCH since 2009, has in turn filed for bankruptcy effective today. CHCH is not ceasing operations or going off the air. CHCH and Channel Zero remain committed to the delivery of local news. Starting Monday, CHCH, joined by many of the familiar on-air personalities, will continue to broadcast the local news that viewers have been watching for over 60 years.

    "When CHCH was acquired in 2009, funding support for local television was available, along with healthy national advertising revenue. That has since changed dramatically," said Romen Podzyhun, Chairman and CEO, Channel Zero. "Despite ongoing efforts over the past two years to make CHCH sustainable following serious cuts to local broadcasting support and declines in national advertising, Channel Zero is no longer in a position to continue subsidizing the losses stemming from the station's local news operations. This decision was extremely difficult but necessary to allow CHCH to remain on the air."

    CHCH will continue to broadcast with a new format that keeps the core news broadcasts intact, but contains fewer overall hours of local news. Starting on December 12, CHCH will transition to a new schedule that includes CHCH's popular 6pm and 11pm weekday news broadcasts, and starting Tuesday, Morning Live will return. In addition to the familiar faces, viewers can expect to see the same high quality local news programming that CHCH has delivered to the region for over 60 years.

    ...bla bla cutted off...

    http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases...561608271.html

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    UPDATE: CHCH TV suspends newscasts as company declares bankruptcy

    Dozens of layoffs, huge cut in local programming amid restructuring at independent TV station

    At least 129 full-time employees and close to 30 part-timers have been let go as part of a massive restructuring of local news at CHCH TV.

    A newsroom staffer says the number of cuts was announced in a meeting with senior management Friday.

    Of that group, 71 people have reportedly been offered new jobs, but it's unclear in what capacity.

    With the changes, CHCH is expected to reduce its local programming from 80 hours to 25 hours a week, Unifor media sector director Howard Law reportedly told The Canadian Press.

    News staff at CHCH TV learned Friday their company has filed for bankruptcy.

    As of 4 p.m., newscasts were cancelled for Friday and the remainder of the weekend.

    http://www.thespec.com/news-story/61...es-bankruptcy/
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    Looks like just Morning Live and the weekday edition of news at 6 and 11 remain. Everything else has been cancelled. It's not even clear if there will even be weekend news. This is probably the beginning of the end for CHCH.

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    This is probably the beginning of the end for CHCH.
    I don't think its as dire as it appears to be at first glance. My understanding is that they created a shell company that was responsible for the news operation and this company has now been shut down and has filed for bankruptcy. The news operations will now apparently be folded into the main corporation that controls the station and they will be airing the bare minimum amount of news content, as required by the CRTC.

    I think the all-news format, while a bold and commendable move, was destined to fail from the beginning. They should have altered the format a while ago instead of keeping it going for this long- they were apparently losing $130 000 a day. They have some huge holes in their schedule to fill now, I hope it won't be filler junk or infomercials.

    What a dark day it must have been for the employees let go, losing your job two weeks before Christmas- these corporations are really heartless entities with no regard for anything except their profits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CDN Viewer View Post
    ... I hope it won't be filler junk or infomercials...
    What else would it be? It's not like there's anyone or anything else left today who wants to pay to get shown on a local TV station.
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    I'm thinking it will be a mix of infomercials and movies at the beginning than probably more daytime syndicated programming. Perhaps they will air more of the judge shows that aren't already airing on other Toronto area stations.

    The reason I think it will be the beginning of the end for CHCH is because, they now have a news staff that is probably even smaller than what they had at the end of the Canwest era but even under canwest, they had Global News division contributing to news gathering for the station. It seems like they will have a skeleton crew going forward and that is likely going to affect the on-screen product. It will be interesting to see how their Morning Live show will be going forward. I know Laurie DeAngelis was one of the ones let go and she did all the community segments. What I'm wondering is if Morning Live will only be a studio program going forward.

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    Canwest ran CHCH as a Global Two network, buying as much programming they can, but we entered a recession and had to be sold in 2009. Channel Zero took it over, ran it as an all-day news channel with entertainment at night which Vancouver independent CHEK-TV also picked up...

    Over time, the landscape changed. Shaw bought Canwest in 2010, Bell bought CTV in 2011, Niagara News TV came and went february to april 2011, CityNews Channel came and went oct 2011 to may 2013, overall ratings, broadcast and cable, went down while online services such as Netflix emerged. Bell bought Astral, then Club Illico, Shomi and CraveTV were created and licenced almost all US shows not picked up for broadcast TV. Came september 2014, religious station CTS picked up some broadcast shows with simsub opportunities... In the end, there's not much left from independent broadcasters to pick up, but on the other hand, everyone outside the GTA won't be able to watch, especially over-the-air.

    Enter 2015, another recession comes up, Shaw boots another round of employees in news department, then Bell arguably boots a lot of employees which was due since their Astral takeover... advertisement revenues for the Hamilton area and surroundings came low, limited access to national advertisements, so it was just a matter of time before something had to be done. Unfortunately, all those jobs were lost all in once, instead of compressions in small groups that should have start in the summer.

    As for Channel Zero, from what I witness, they are kinda missing a few technical details that makes a difference. Before the Citytv on Metro 14 era, the whole daytime programming of CJNT Montreal consisted of Moviola shorts and old local ethnic shows shot during the Canwest era. The L-shaped layout listed primetime shows on the left side of the screen, but were not updated daily (you just had one job to do!). Over-the-air PSIP contains no guide data (currently the situation with CFHD-DT (ICI Montreal)). CHCH's digital repeater in Ottawa is apparently still broadcasting a standard-definition picture.

    Remember a few months ago, CHCH viewers saw a few minutes of porn during daytime, and, what an outrage? Well, a few weeks ago, CFHD 47.1 Montreal (I don't know about cable) was airing a few minutes, if not an hour, of Bloomberg TV Canada which is also operated from Channel Zero headquarters... When technical difficulties becomes the norm. :(
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigoranget View Post
    Looks like just Morning Live and the weekday edition of news at 6 and 11 remain. Everything else has been cancelled. It's not even clear if there will even be weekend news. This is probably the beginning of the end for CHCH.
    Devastating news. As I stated last year, CHCH was already a less than ideal place to work for in regards to wages, etc.. and it looks like this is going to make the situation for the few remaining employees much worse as those who were not laid off were only offered new employment at CHCH without union representation (in fact this happened while Channel Zero was in the middle of negotiating a new employee contract with the union, which puts these layoffs in violation of layoff procedures, although Channel Zero has never cared about following rules) CHEK is also in a dire financial situation with layoffs and paycuts. It's time for the CRTC to wake up and realize that forcing local television under this broken unsustainable business model is going to kill it. It should also be noted that the way Channel Zero has handled the situation and treated the employees has been nothing short of deplorable. Channel Zero is as disgusting as they are clueless. The conglomerates look like employer of the year by comparison.
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    [QUOTE=CDN Viewer;69944]
    I don't think its as dire as it appears to be at first glance. My understanding is that they created a shell company that was responsible for the news operation and this company has now been shut down and has filed for bankruptcy. The news operations will now apparently be folded into the main corporation that controls the station and they will be airing the bare minimum amount of news content, as required by the CRTC.

    I think the all-news format, while a bold and commendable move, was destined to fail from the beginning. They should have altered the format a while ago instead of keeping it going for this long- they were apparently losing $130 000 a day. They have some huge holes in their schedule to fill now, I hope it won't be filler junk or infomercials.

    There are countless examples of you defending how Channel Zero operated the station and the CHCH business model.

    Here's a more recent example



    Quote Originally Posted by CDN Viewer View Post
    CHCH is the perfect example of a successful local TV station that is run by a group of individuals NOT a conglomerate. It was previously run by a conglomerate who ran it into the ground then thankfully was rescued by Channel Zero when the conglomerate was ready to shut it down. Now under new, independent ownership it has been revived, they have returned it to its roots and incorporated elements from its past that made it successful and are committed to doing whatever they can to ensure the station remains on the air serving the local community and keeping people employed. The conglomerates on the other hand, whenever their profit margin falls (even the tiniest amount), start laying off people, kicking them to the curb- how's that for great ownership.
    link

    What a dark day it must have been for the employees let go, losing your job two weeks before Christmas- these conglomerates are really heartless entities with no regard for anything except their profits.

    That's the thing, Channel Zero ISN'T a conglomerate. It's a small independent broadcaster. That's exactly what you called it (link )
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigoranget View Post
    I'm thinking it will be a mix of infomercials and movies at the beginning than probably more daytime syndicated programming. Perhaps they will air more of the judge shows that aren't already airing on other Toronto area stations.

    The reason I think it will be the beginning of the end for CHCH is because, they now have a news staff that is probably even smaller than what they had at the end of the Canwest era but even under canwest, they had Global News division contributing to news gathering for the station. It seems like they will have a skeleton crew going forward and that is likely going to affect the on-screen product. It will be interesting to see how their Morning Live show will be going forward. I know Laurie DeAngelis was one of the ones let go and she did all the community segments. What I'm wondering is if Morning Live will only be a studio program going forward.

    Exactly. They have gutted their news operations and while I'm sure the few employees who remain will do their best to put out a quality product there is without a doubt going to be a negative impact on the on screen product and the news staff will be significantly smaller than under Canwest. Also, with only 17.5 hours of local news per week, the vast majority of their schedule will consist of regular programming and regular programming has been something CHCH hasn't had very much success with. Infomercials and Channel Zero movies may cost nothing to air but they are going to turn viewers away from the station.
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    [QUOTE]those who were not laid off were only offered new employment at CHCH without union representation (in fact this happened while Channel Zero was in the middle of negotiating a new employee contract with the union, which puts these layoffs in violation of layoff procedures, although Channel Zero has never cared about following rules)[/QUOTE]

    I think they can get away with it because Channel 11 LP is being wined down and all the employees remaining with CHCH are likely going to be working directly for Channel Zero. CHCH is getting a lot of negative reaction from Hamilton residences for pulling this 2 weeks before Christmas. I however agree, very deplorable thing to do. So many companies get away with crap like this.

    Looking at their new weekday line-up, I can't see how this channel is going to succeed. A lot of paid programs, reruns of 20/20, Pinkertons, Daily Brief and Spin-Off. I hope they plan to at least program their daytime line-up with better shows than this.

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    I think this has also been posted already but very deplorable that no-one was paid severance. At least the likes of Canwest, CTV, Bell, CHUM etc did that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigoranget View Post
    I think this has also been posted already but very deplorable that no-one was paid severance. At least the likes of Canwest, CTV, Bell, CHUM etc did that.
    Sort of reminds me of the CBC thing in the 1990's when they cut back at this time of the year and 11 Stations were lost...I wonder if this'll mean the sale of CHCH and its Channel Zero Channels or what?!!! Its not gonna be a very merry Christmas for a lot of those let go. Very sad indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigoranget View Post
    I think they can get away with it because Channel 11 LP is being wined down and all the employees remaining with CHCH are likely going to be working directly for Channel Zero. CHCH is getting a lot of negative reaction from Hamilton residences for pulling this 2 weeks before Christmas. I however agree, very deplorable thing to do. So many companies get away with crap like this.
    There should be outrage. If any other Hamilton company laid off nearly all its employees with no severance and then forced the few remaining employees under a new non-union contract it would be the top story on CHCH News.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TVViewer View Post
    There should be outrage. If any other Hamilton company laid off nearly all its employees with no severance and then forced the few remaining employees under a new non-union contract it would be the top story on CHCH News.
    There was outrage when Ctv made massive lay offs and they got severance yet not a word about Chch i find it odd.

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    The layoffs at CHCH aren't going to have the same media attention as the massive layoffs that occurs at Bell Media TV and Radio stations but many people in the community are well aware of how the employees where let go. One of the people let go; Donna Skelly spoke to the CBC about the layoffs.

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    This is what is left over their local programming according to The Spec

    7:00-9:00am Morning Live (Mon-Fri)
    6:00-7:00pm CHCH Evening News (Mon-Fri)
    11:00-11:30pm CHCH Evening News (Mon-Fri)

    They will have 17.5 hours per week of local programming down from the 80 hours prior to Friday. No weekend news at all. No news on the weekend is a big mistake IMO since City, Global and CTV all have evening newscasts on the weekend. Viewer's our just going to stop watching CHCH.

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    CHCH ... Our advertising rates were CHeap before the purge of our local news content and employees, but now it's even CHeaper to advertise on our wonderful station. What are you waiting for? There are NO icebergs in sight from this sinking ship! All aboard!

    Imaginary Programming Notes: Most of our senior viewers have been begging us to carry more video game content (sadly we chose to air local news instead), so coming in the new year, we hope that our negotiations with Greedy Productions (Greed is good!), makers of EP Daily and Reviews on the Run, will be finalized. Get ready for endless repeats and fresh episodes featuring some of our former employees reviewing video games, movies, as well as keeping us all up to date on their home foreclosures and job searches.

    And thanks to the CRTC, the new year will also bring about a new restructuring of the Canadian TV industry. No, it has nothing to do with a la carte or bundling rules, but actually an entirely new way to keep struggling stations alive and thriving. At the end of each broadcasting year, ratings and financial reports will help determine which stations are awarded the Canadian rights to some of the highest-rated and most popular television content.

    Think of it all like vying for draft picks based on Win-Loss records of your favourite sports teams. Except this time, the draft system will be applied to all of the Canadian stations.

    For example, Global owns the Canadian rights to Supergirl, but thanks to our recent bankruptcy, CHCH will have a chance to have those rights transferred to us (while Global continues to foot the bill -- although Global will still retain the online streaming rights -- for as long as they hold the rights to the series). Supergirl may have fallen in the ratings, but it is still a Top 30 show, so CHCH will be happy to take it. We had Smallville, so Supergirl will be a perfect fit for the new and soon to be improved CHCH.

    Who gets the rights to The Big Bang Theory, you ask? Still Bell, but that's only because Bell lost the Super Bowl simsub rights (pending an appeal), and now needs an exemption from this year's upcoming draft which will take place in late February.

    Once our financial status improves, CHCH will be able to hire back about 10 employees to clean our executives' homes and walk our dogs on a daily basis. They are dirty jobs, but somebody's got to do them, so you're welcome in advance.

    Happy holidays and have a happy new year!

    Coming soon to the NEW CHCH ... Michael Bublé:



    Disclaimer: I've been drinking a lot of Eggnog laced with vodka this evening, so of course this post is not based on fact, and is entirely a work of fiction, much like the entire Canadian television industry.
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    I was thinking, why doesn't the City of Hamilton help CHCH? They could exclude property taxes in for payments in lieu of taxes, subsidize or even take joint ownership of CHCH.

    But then I remembered, this is Ontario, where city councils haven't had working brain cell since the late 90's. So unless the CBC is looking at expanding again, this station is doomed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mayhem View Post
    I was thinking, why doesn't the City of Hamilton help CHCH? They could exclude property taxes in for payments in lieu of taxes, subsidize or even take joint ownership of CHCH.

    But then I remembered, this is Ontario, where city councils haven't had working brain cell since the late 90's. So unless the CBC is looking at expanding again, this station is doomed.

    I think for giving taxes would be one thing but taking part ownership would be very risky look at it this way they take part ownership now and the station goes off the air a year from now the city of Hamilton opens its self up to all sorts of legal issues.

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    I was dreading paid programming and infomericals airing throughout the day, replacing News Now.

    However, I have looked at the Zap2It listings and it looks like some Bloomberg programming will air on CHCH. One of the shows is Studio 1.0 and shows the original airdate as 2014. So not new programming, but at least it isn't paid programming. They also have The Daily Brief from Bloomberg Canada listed weekdays at 5pm and replaying at 11:30pm after the news.

    Other shows that will air a lot, particularly between 9am and 8pm, appear to be 20/20, The Pinkertons, Spin Off, with Judge Mablean continuing at 1pm, and other Bloomberg programming, along with movies and some paid programming in the early morning hours and weekends. Primetime programming looks like it will remain in tact for now.

    Tuesday, December 15

    1. 7:00 AM Morning Live
      • TV-PG

      9:00 AM 20/20
      • TV-PG

      11:00 AM Studio 1.0
      • TV-PG

      11:30 AM Good Fortunes
      • TV-PG

      12:00 PM 20/20
      • TV-PG

      1:00 PM Justice With Judge Mablean
      • TV-PG

      1:30 PM Justice With Judge Mablean
      • TV-PG

      2:00 PM Studio 1.0
      • TV-PG

      2:30 PM Good Fortunes
      • TV-PG

      3:00 PM 20/20
      • TV-PG

      4:00 PM The Pinkertons "Double Shot"
      • TV-PG

      5:00 PM Daily Brief
      • TV-PG

      5:59 PM Evening News at 6
      • NEW
      • TV-PG

      7:00 PM Spin Off
      • TV-PG

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