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David Purdy to leave Rogers

Media | 11/30/2015 6:42 pm EST

OTTAWA — David Purdy, senior vice-president of content at Rogers Communications Inc., said Monday that he will leave the company and that an official announcement will be issued later this week. Purdy told the Copyright Board of Canada, during a hearing to set the royalty rates that TV service providers pay for distant-TV signals, that he has accepted a new job with a "next-generation" media company that's based in New York and has some operations in Canada. The Wire Report has learned from a person with knowledge of the matter that Purdy will be working for Vice Media LLC. In response to a question about whether this would affect his ability to provide evidence in the hearing, he jokingly replied that "it might take the pressure off a bit." Purdy noted that he has been with Rogers since 2000. His LinkedIn...

CRTC to review local, community-TV regulations

Media | 09/14/2015 8:29 pm EDT

The CRTC is asking whether maintaining a physical presence in an area is necessary to produce local programming and whether community-access TV is still relevant as part a proceeding on local and community television it announced Monday. The regulator said it will review its policies on local and community-TV programming, and hold a public hearing on the matter early in the new year. It will look at “the availability of local programming throughout the broadcasting system, including the manner in which both the private and the community elements may contribute to its production.”...

Rick Brace to replace Keith Pelley at Rogers

Media | 07/07/2015 8:57 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. said Tuesday that Rick Brace will become president of its media division later this summer, replacing outgoing media president Keith Pelley. Rogers said in a press release that Brace will assume the new...

OMNI cuts comply with licence terms, Pelley tells MPs

Media | 06/18/2015 12:42 am EDT

OTTAWA — Amid grilling before the House of Commons heritage committee on Wednesday, Keith Pelley, president of Rogers Communications Inc.’s media division, repeatedly stated that despite recent cuts to news...

Union asks CRTC for expedited hearing on OMNI cuts

Media | 06/10/2015 8:13 pm EDT

A union representing media workers is asking the CRTC to hold a public hearing within the next month on cuts to Rogers Communications Inc.’s OMNI stations, and to reinstate eliminated ethnic newscasts. Unifor filed a Part 1...

Rogers cutting 110 conventional-TV jobs

Media | 05/07/2015 7:22 pm EDT

Roger Communications Inc. is cutting about 110 conventional-TV jobs as a result of programming changes at its City and OMNI over-the-air television networks. That number was confirmed by Rogers spokeswoman Andrea Goldstein by...

Keith Pelley leaving Rogers this summer

Media | 04/17/2015 3:36 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. said Friday that Keith Pelley will leave as president of the company's media division this summer to take over as CEO of the PGA European Tour. Pelley was appointed president of Rogers Media in 2010, having previously been vice-president of strategic planning at CTV, then under the ownership of CTVGlobemedia. One of Pelley's key accomplishments at Rogers was overseeing the programming resulting from its $5.2-billion contract for national broadcast rights with the National Hockey League for 12 years. "He's been a key player on the NHL file and has...

Producers ‘shocked and stunned’ by terms-of-trade elimination

Media | 03/17/2015 8:46 pm EDT

The CRTC’s decision last week up to eliminate an agreement governing contracts between independent producers and large broadcasters has angered and surprised the Canadian Media Production...

Canada on the verge of ‘new era’ of online TV

Media | 10/30/2014 8:40 pm EDT

Several new options for online television are about to become available in Canada. On Thursday BCE Inc. announced a new streaming service it's currently code-naming "Project Latte." The service, operated by the Bell Media division, will be available to TV service providers across the country, pending...

Olympic rights deal ‘fiscally responsible,’ CBC says

Media | 10/28/2014 7:50 pm EDT

CBC/Radio-Canada says it will either break even or earn a profit on its acquisition of the broadcasting rights for the 2018 Olympics in South Korea and the 2020 Olympics in Japan. During a conference...

Rogers launches second-screen hockey app

Media | 10/06/2014 6:36 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. announced it is releasing a new hockey app that will give customers access to new camera angles and additional content like interviews and analysis. “Exclusive to Rogers’ customers, and it...

Rogers VP predicts end of TV broadcasting, as we know it

Media | 09/11/2014 11:09 pm EDT

GATINEAU, Que. — You can’t assume that young people who have never had subscription-TV service will eventually get it, Ken Engelhart, Rogers Communications Inc.’s vice-president of...

Rogers-Shaw OTT product’s effect on cord-cutting up for debate

Media | 08/26/2014 1:32 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. officials say they’re confident the launch of their Shomi over-the-top video service will not eat into their cable business, though industry experts are less convinced. The companies on Tuesday announced they would launch a streaming service containing TV shows...

Madeline Ziniak stepping down from OMNI

Media | 08/20/2014 7:13 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. said Wednesday that Madeline Ziniak will step down as national vice-president of its OMNI Television network in October. The company said in a press release that Ziniak is recognized as a...

Rogers announces new direction to combat customer flight

Media | 05/23/2014 9:03 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. on Friday released a “comprehensive” plan to overhaul its customer service and restructure its corporate hierarchy. CEO Guy Laurence, who took over the job in...

OMNI still profitable despite ‘financial crisis’: union

Media | 04/09/2014 7:21 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc.’s OMNI stations, which the company described as being in “financial crisis” during a CRTC hearing Tuesday, are making profits on its ethnic programming, two organizations said in information presented to review broadcasting licences for Rogers stations. Rogers Media president Keith Pelley said Tuesday that both Rogers’ City and OMNI stations are facing “very serious financial challenges” due to “rapidly” falling advertising on conventional television, and that OMNI is “not a viable business unless we can do something together to reverse its financial situation.” Among other requests, Rogers is asking the...

OMNI troubles could be ominous sign for other conventional TV: Pelley

Media | 04/08/2014 8:54 pm EDT

GATINEAU, Que. — Other conventional television stations in Canada could soon be affected by the same factors that have led to a “financial crisis” for Rogers Communications...