RTNDA Canada and Ryerson School of Journalism present LOCAL TV NEWS UNDER SIEGE!

    TORONTO, Sept. 8 /CNW/ - How are you going to get your news? Across
Canada local television stations today face harsh economic realities. Stations
are going dark, others are on life support, and still others are moving their
news programs to new times and experimenting with new formats to try to keep
their audiences. Local TV news is the heartbeat of most communities. It
reports what matters to local businesses and your families.
    Join a panel of leading TV managers, anchors and reporters to debate the
crisis facing local television news. Be a part of this candid discussion of
the issues facing television journalists on Tuesday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m.
at Ryerson University, 80 Gould Street, Room RCC 204

                                 THE PANEL:
    Adrian Bateman - Managing Editor,    Farah Nasser - Anchor/Reporter, CITY
    CTV Windsor. This summer the CTV     Toronto. Over the past few months
    affiliate was given a reprieve       CITY TV has changed owners and set
    and is still producing a local       up its newsroom at Dundas and Yonge
    newscast. What does it have to do    Street. What impact have the changes
    to stay on the air?                  had on an anchor/reporter filing
                                         day in and day out?

    Sophia Hadzipetros - Managing        Mike Katrycz - News Director, CHCH
    Editor, CBC Toronto. On August 31    Hamilton. One of Ontario's oldest
    CBC evening newscasts moved to a     television stations was headed to
    new time - 5:00 p.m. and a new       black until Channel Zero stepped in.
    90-minute format. What are the       Can the new ownership save the
    challenges for CBC's new local       station and its local newscast?
    news strategy?

           The moderator for the evening will be Omar Sachedina -
                           Anchor/Reporter at CP24.

       Special thanks to the Broadcast Educators Association of Canada.

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For further information: Media Contact: George Hoff, (416) 538-9551,

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