- All five major candidates - Chow, Ford, Soknacki, Stintz, and Tory -
to participate -
- Speakers Corner returns to CityNews.ca and 680News.com following the debate; audiences to also engage via live text voting
during broadcast -
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TORONTO, March 20, 2014 /CNW/ - As Canada's most exciting mayoral race
in recent history gets underway, Torontonians will have an
unprecedented opportunity to engage with all five major mayoral
candidates when CityNews delivers Toronto's first televised 2014 debate
- CityVote 2014. The two-hour special, hosted by CityNews anchor Gord Martineau and
featuring all five candidates - Olivia Chow, Rob Ford, David Soknacki, Karen Stintz, and John Tory - airs Wednesday, March 26 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET on City, CityNews.ca, the CityNews app, and 680News.com.
Following the debate, audiences can continue the conversation on the
future of Toronto's leadership through the return of the iconic City
brand, Speakers Corner. Long before social media, Speakers Corner was the forum for Torontonians to voice their opinions on everything
from politics to policies, taxes to trash. Now in a new digital format,
viewers are invited to once again make their voices heard through Speakers Corner on CityNews.ca and 680News.com.
"CityNews prides itself on being Toronto's most accessible local news
station, and the innovative access we're offering viewers around the
debate is yet another example of how CityNews is a leader in engaging
audiences on multiple platforms," said Dave Budge, General Manager for
In a CityNews first, audiences can weigh in during the broadcast on who
is winning the debate through a text-to-vote feature powered by Poll
Everywhere, as well as through Twitter @CityNews, and CityNews.ca, with real time results featured on television and online. Torontonians
and GTAers can also engage in the debate via the live studio audience,
Twitter @CityNews, and online at CityNews.ca.
CityVote 2014 gives candidates the opportunity to put each other in the hot seat by
asking one question each to an opponent of their choice. The candidates
will also face questions from Rogers's team of trusted political
journalists. Following the debate, CityNews anchor Tom Hayes takes on
the post-game analysis with 680News political reporter John Stall and
Maclean's reporter Charlie Gillis.
Launched in 1990 as a video booth near City studios, Speakers Corner was a ground-breaking platform where everyone from locals to
celebrities could sound off on a wide-range of topics via video
commentary recorded for the Speakers Corner program on City. Now updated for the digital world, the new Speakers Corner will have a permanent home on CityNews.ca and 680News.com.
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About Rogers Media Inc.
Rogers Media Inc., a division of Rogers Communications (TSX: RCI; NYSE:
RCI), is a diversified leading Canadian media company that engages in
television and radio broadcasting, publishing, digital, and sports
entertainment. Rogers Broadcasting has 53 AM and FM radio stations
across Canada; television properties include seven City stations, four
OMNI multicultural television stations, Sportsnet (consisting of four
regional channels and the nationally-distributed Sportsnet ONE,
Sportsnet World, and Sportsnet 360), and The Shopping Channel, a
televised and internet shopping service. Rogers Publishing produces
many well-known consumer and online magazines, such as Maclean's,
Chatelaine, L'actualité, Canadian Business, and is the leading
publisher of a number of industry, medical and financial publications.
Rogers Media's suite of digital assets includes 90+ owned and 300+
premium partnership sites. Rogers Media Inc. owns Rogers Centre
stadium, a year-round sports and entertainment facility, and the
Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club.
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