Rogers Media


Rogers Media

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company_name = Rogers Media Inc.
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company_type = Subsidiary of Rogers Communications
foundation = Toronto, Ontario
location = CFMT Building, Toronto, Ontario
key_people = See: Rogers Communications
industry = Media
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homepage = [http://www.rogers.com www.rogers.com]

Rogers Media Inc is a subsidiary of Rogers Communications Inc., which owns Canada's largest publishing company, Rogers Publishing Limited, which has more than 70 consumer and business publications. Rogers Media Inc. also owns 51 radio stations, and several television properties including Citytv, Omni Television, Rogers Sportsnet, The Shopping Channel and several speciality channels.

History

Rogers Media was created in 2006 to manage all television station and specialty channels, radio stations and publishing assets. The division is split into two areas:

*Broadcasting (television and radio)
*Publishing (magazines and directories)

Rogers Media holds Rogers Communications' radio and television broadcasting operations, as well as the consumer and trade publishing operations, other television properties and the Toronto Blue Jays and Rogers Centre. Rogers Media also produces content and conducts e-commerce over the Internet relating to many of its individual broadcasting and publishing properties.

The group has 51 radio stations across Canada, (42 FM and 9 AM radio stations); the Citytv network in 5 cities, two multicultural television stations in Ontario in OMNI 1 and OMNI 2. It also hold a multicultural television station in Vancouver Channel M. Rogers Media also manages a specialty sports television service licensed to provide regional sports programming across Canada as Rogers Sportsnet, and Canada’s only nationally televised shopping service, The Shopping Channel. Through Rogers Sportsnet, Media also holds 50% ownership in Dome Productions, a mobile production and distribution joint venture that is a leader in high-definition television (HDTV) production and broadcasting in Canada. The Broadcasting division also owns The Biography Channel and OLN. In addition, the broadcasting division holds minority interests in several Canadian specialty television services, including Viewers Choice and holds a majority interest in G4techTV Canada.

Media’s Publishing group (“Publishing”) publishes more than 70 consumer magazines and trade and professional publications and directories in Canada.

In addition to its organic growth, Media expanded its business in 2006 through the following initiatives: by launching the Canadian edition of "Hello!" magazine and "Chocolat"; the launch of OMNI.11 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the acquisition of Canadian Parents Online, and the increased ownership of The Biography Channel and G4TechTV Canada, to 100% and 66.67%, respectively.

Broadcasting

Rogers Broadcasting operates 51 Canadian radio stations, (36 FM and 10 AM radio stations) including three FM stations launched in the Maritimes in October 2005; Omni Television, which operates two multicultural television stations in Ontario (OMNI.1 and OMNI.2); Citytv; which operates 5 stations in Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver; Rogers Sportsnet, a specialty sports television service licensed to provide regional sports programming across Canada; The Shopping Channel, Canada's only nationally televised shopping service, The Biography Channel Canada, acquired outright in August 2006 when Rogers bought out the 40% stake owned by Calgary's Shaw Communications and A&E Television Networks' 20% ownership. [ [http://www.shoprogers.com/investorrelations/rogers_media.asp?shopperID=QPPF8GKRFXM98K9D6F1MFKBU47SNBAP9] ] and a majority and managing interest in G4techTV Canada, a technology themed digital channel.

Rogers also is a partner in TVtropolis and Viewers Choice. Rogers also is a non-managing partner in OLN, although on November 16, 2007, it was announced that Rogers will be acquiring 100% interest in the service from the remaining interest holders, CTVglobemedia and Comcast.

Some of the better known radio outlets are CHFI Toronto, CJCL Toronto (The FAN 590), CFTR Toronto (680 News), and various stations operating under the Jack FM brand. In summer 2006, Rogers acquired five stations from OK Radio in Alberta and, with regulatory approval, will be operating in Edmonton, Fort McMurray and Grande Prairie. Existing clusters of stations are in Vancouver-Victoria-Whistler, Calgary-Lethbridge, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Kitchener and Halifax-Moncton-Saint John, NB. Rogers Media also operates as Canada's third-largest radio broadcaster (after Astral Media and Corus Entertainment).

In 2007, Rogers entered a tentative deal to purchase the A-Channel stations, CKX-TV, Access Alberta, Canadian Learning Television and from CHUM Limited, as part of the latter company's pending takeover by CTVglobemedia. On June 8, 2007, the CRTC approved the CTV transaction of CHUM, but it added a condition that CTV must divest itself of Citytv rather than A-Channel, effectively voiding the deal. On June 12, it was announced that Rogers had made a new offer of $375 million for the Citytv stations. On June 28, Rogers further offered to sell the two religious-licensed Omni stations in Winnipeg and Vancouver as part of the Citytv deal, although the company stated that it intended to retain the multilingual-licensed Omni stations.

In September 2007, Rogers also applied to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to acquire a 20 per cent interest in CablePulse 24, a local news channel in Toronto which shares the same staff and resources from Citytv Toronto. Both stations were previously owned by CHUM Limited, but CTVglobemedia retained ownership of CP24 following the CRTC's approval of the CHUM purchase. [ [http://www.crtc.gc.ca/archive/ENG/hearings/2007/n2007-12.htm#18 CRTC application 2007-12] ] In early December, CTV withdrew the application and announced that Rogers Media and CTVgm had come to a deal in which Rogers waived their 20 per cent stake. In July 2008, Rogers filed an application with the CRTC to launch a separate 24-hour news station to be affiliated with Citytv. [ [http://www.crtc.gc.ca/archive/ENG/Hearings/2008/n2008-9.htm#6 CRTC Broadcasting Notice 2008-9] ]

Publishing

[http://www.rogerspublishing.ca Rogers Publishing Limited] publishes more than 70 consumer magazines and trade and professional publications, digital properties and directories in Canada, including Maclean's, Canada's weekly newsmagazine; its French-language equivalent, L'actualité; Chatelaine; Flare; and a variety of other magazines and their companion web sites. The publishing arm was once part of the Maclean Hunter Publishing empire.

References

External links

* [http://www.rogers.com Rogers Main Website]
* [http://www.rogerspublishing.ca Rogers Publishing]


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