March 3, 2009

Canada’s CTV reduces local programming

Canada's national CTV broadcasting network announced cuts to local programming in four cities Tuesday because of plummeting advertising revenues.

In a statement from its Toronto headquarters, the privately held corporate parent CTVglobemedia said the local 3-hour morning shows in Victoria, British Columbia, and the Ontario cities of London and Barrie were canceled immediately.

In Ottawa, the affiliate will no longer carry local news at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m., and weekend newscasts were also cut.

In all, the network said 118 jobs had been eliminated with the changes, about 28 percent of the total affiliate workforce.

Last week, the network also said it was closing two Ontario stations in Wingham and Windsor after their licenses expire in August.

We are doing everything we can to hang on to conventional television, but as we continue to stress, the conventional model is now broken, said Paul Sparkes, executive vice-president of corporate affairs.