CityNews Channel and 680News join forces to deliver multiplatform coverage of labour dispute

- CityNews Channel to simulcast on Citytv Toronto -
- Special early edition of Breakfast Television Toronto, this Monday at 5am -

TORONTO, Feb. 3, 2012 /CNW/ - With less than 36 hours remaining until a potential strike or lockout, CityNews Channel and 680News join forces to provide the city's best source for live, multiplatform coverage of the CUPE labour dispute. CityNews Channel delivers expanded coverage all weekend, including Citytv simulcasts starting this evening, live streams on CityNews.ca and 680News.com, and via the CityNews and 680News mobile apps.  Throughout the weekend, Toronto's only 24-hour live radio station, 680News, brings listeners crucial information with round-the-clock live coverage from City Hall and the latest updates on the services that impact their city most.

"The CUPE labour dispute is a sensitive issue that will potentially touch the lives of all Torontonians," said Tina Cortese, Vice-President of News, Citytv. "We will provide viewers with the compelling coverage they expect from Toronto's best source for breaking news."

"Combining our efforts with CityNews Channel broadens our coverage to reach even more listeners, around-the-clock - something that only 680News can deliver," said John Hinnen, Vice-President and General Manager, 680News. "Providing listeners with up-to-the minute coverage, no matter where they are, further demonstrates our commitment to delivering the information our listeners need, when they need it."

Live, extended coverage also includes:

  • More live coverage from the reporters who know Toronto like no one else, including CityNews anchors Gord Martineau, Roger Petersen, Andrew Krystal, Francis D'Souza, Cynthia Mulligan, Avery Haines, Pam Seatle and Melanie Ng.  Plus 680News anchors Paul Cook, Marlane Oliver, John Ross and Catherine Jette

  • A CityNews Channel simulcast on Citytv Toronto at key breaking news hours, including non-stop coverage, beyond the strike deadline on Saturday night:

    Friday, Feb. 3:
    4pm to 5pm and 11:30pm to 12 midnight
    Saturday, Feb. 4:
    7am to 9am, 12 noon to 2pm and 5pm to 12:30am
    Sunday, Feb. 5:
    7am to 9am, 6:30pm to 7pm and 11:30pm to 12 midnight
    Monday, Feb. 6:
    **Live coverage starting on Breakfast Television at 5am
    4pm to 5pm and 11:30pm to 12 midnight

  • Comprehensive on-demand stories on CityNews.ca and 680News.com, including live blogs with up-to-the-second updates from the CityNews and 680News newsrooms - with comments from viewers, listeners and readers

  • A complete list of city services affected by a potential strike or lockout and timeline of key events leading up to the work stoppage

For continuous updates on the labour dispute, tune in to 680News and CityNews Channel on Rogers Digital Channel 15. CityNews Channel is available on television, online at CityNews.ca and on mobile devices with the CityNews mobile app.

Social media links:

CityNews.ca Twitter: @CityNews
680News Twitter: @680News
Twitter hashtag: #TOlabourdispute

About Rogers Media Inc.
Rogers Media Inc., a division of Rogers Communications Inc., (TSX: RCI; NYSE: RCI), operates Rogers Broadcasting Ltd. and Rogers Publishing Ltd. Rogers Broadcasting has 55 AM and FM radio stations across Canada. Television properties include five Citytv stations, five OMNI multicultural television stations, Sportsnet (consisting of four regional channels and the nationally-distributed Sportsnet ONE), and The Shopping Channel, a televised and internet shopping service. Rogers Publishing produces many well-known consumer magazines, such as Maclean's, Chatelaine, Flare, L'actualité, and Canadian Business, and is the leading publisher of a number of industry, medical and financial publications. All media properties are integrated with their own popular websites. Rogers Media Inc. owns Rogers Centre stadium, a year-round sports and entertainment facility, and the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club.

SOURCE 680News

For further information:

Media Contacts:
Nicolas Brancaccio, Rogers Broadcasting, 416.764.3261, nicolas.brancaccio@rci.rogers.com
Michelle Lomack, Rogers Broadcasting, 416.764.3190, michelle.lomack@rci.rogers.com

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