This week’s podcast: last one out turn off the lights

There was much to cover on this week’s radio chat with CHML’s Scott Thompson. Among the topics was the job slashing this week carried out at Bell Media. The axe swung in several newsrooms, with long-time CTV News Network veteran Dan Matheson among the victims. A couple of times in recent years I’ve driven out to… Read on

Upfronts 2015: Sportsnet and TSN battle over who’s bigger

At 8:01 Tuesday morning, Bell Media sent an email with the following headline: “TSN once again ranks as Canada’s #1 specialty channel in all key demos” At 8:08 a.m., Rogers–who hosted today’s Canadian network upfront in Toronto–blasted out their message: “Sportsnet is Now the #1 Sports Brand on TV in Canada” So who is telling the… Read on

Rogers good sports at 2014 ad bash

There was plenty of room for the 1600 ad reps, TV beat writers and network officials attending Tuesday night’s 2014 Rogers Media upfront inside the cavernous Rogers Centre. The upfront just happened to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Centre, originally named SkyDome when it opened in 1989. The Toronto sports shrine was a fitting… Read on

City ends at 10 p.m.

That hour you’ll never get back? It starts weeknights at 10 p.m. On City. The Rogers-owned network has followed the Fox lead and trimmed 10 – 11 p.m. off its prime time schedule for the 2014-15 season. City has struggled to break through the lock CTV and Global have on 10 p.m. across Canada. This… Read on

Rogers goes to Seed, grabs Grammys, Mom and Nashville in Upfront Week opener

Blog gold: Pelley shows off the Rogers’ ‘links You can tell Rogers has arrived in the Canadian network upfront derby. The boss is wearing network cuff links.It was easy to spot the red Rogers logo Tuesday at breakfast on President Keith Pelley’s blue cuffs. The power ‘links is classic Leslie Moonves. The CBS chairman is… Read on

Breakfast with the Rogers’ TV brain trust

The view from City-TV’s rooftop in Toronto’s Yonge/Dundas Square Rogers Media invited press to breakfast with its top TV executives Thursday atop its City broadcast centre at the Yonge/Dundas Square. The view from there is very Tokyo/Times Square, with plenty of downtown billboards. A big, circular portrait of Sash Baron Cohen as The Dictator looks… Read on