CTV expands its local news coverage

Six new regional stations will add localized versions of CTV News at Five.
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CTV has expanded its 5 p.m. news broadcasts to all local CTV stations across Canada. The move will create an additional 35 hours of original local production each week.

New stations that will be adding CTV News at Five localized programming to their lineup this September are CTV Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert, Yorkton, Winnipeg, Northern Ontario, Kitchener, Ottawa and Montreal. They join the six CTV stations to already program local 5 o’clock news, Vancouver, Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Lethbridge and CTV Atlantic. All markets will air 5 p.m. news coverage seven days per week.

Beginning this summer in Toronto, CTV Toronto and CP24 will also air CP24 Live@5 and CP24 Live@5:30 on both networks.

Nikki Moffatt, president of local radio and TV and SVP of finance at Bell Media, said in a statement that the move is part of Bell Media’s strategy to deliver to local community markets. However, this comes after a number of positions at Bell Media’s local TV and radio stations were cut. Earlier this year, Bell Media announced a round of local layoffs in January, as well as cuts to local sports in Barrie and Kitchener.

Earlier this week, Rogers Media also announced expanded localized coverage of its nightly CityNews programming to Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary.

Both expansions come following a CRTC decision announced in mid-2016 that will make up to $90 million available each year for the production of local news programming beginning next September.