Rogers Communications Inc. announced Monday that will launch a local, 24-hour news channel in Toronto this fall called CityNews Channel. The channel is expected to compete directly with Bell Media’s regional all-news specialty channel CP 24. CityNews Channel will be available to digital cable subscribers in October, the company said in a release. Rogers said the new channel will integrate its television, radio, digital and publishing resources, including those of Maclean’s magazine, to feature “an enriched and interactive screen format.” “We’re taking the number one news radio format in Canada, 680 News, and bringing it to television under the brand of CityNews Channel,” Scott Moore, president of Rogers Broadcasting Ltd., said in the release. Rogers currently has television news operations on the ground in Toronto through conventional television station Citytv. The commission has designated the news and sports specialty channel genres as competitive, so that it does not protect existing channels from new competitors. According to CRTC numbers, in 2009 CP 24 had 2.9 million subscribers. Bell Media, which owns the CTV network, also announced Monday that it will rebrand its A-Channel stations as CTV Two.