Rogers Media announces national CityNews expansion

The media co will be bringing local versions of the nightly news program to Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Montreal.

Rogers Media has announced plans to expand its CityNews program, bringing localized versions of the show to five new Canadian cities.

Currently serving Toronto and the GTA, the daily news show will launch localized versions in Edmonton and Winnipeg on Monday Sept. 4th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. local time. Local versions will expand into Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary in winter 2018.

Each market will have a one-hour newscast seven days a week with CityNews at Six at 6 p.m. and CityNews Tonight at 11 p.m.

CityNews‘ Toronto version first went live in 1975. The expanded version will include regional and national news, pulling in complementary content from other Rogers Media brands, like Maclean’s, Breakfast Television and Sportsnet.

Additional programming and talent announcements will be made in the coming months, according to a release.

The expansion comes 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.

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