Rogers axes OMNI news programs, cancels Breakfast Television in Edmonton
Company shifts resources from news to current affairs at multicultural programming unit
Rogers Media has cancelled multicultural news programs in Ontario and B.C. and will replace them with new current affairs programming targeting the same audience.
On Thursday, Rogers Media said in a release that it will air three new half-hour current affairs programs that will air in multiple languages in the 8:30 to 10 p.m. timeslot. The new shows will be hosted by "veteran OMNI Television on-air personalities," Rogers said.
Those shows will replace 30-minute newscasts that used to air weeknights on OMNI's local channels. Unifor, one of the largest media unions in the country, said Rogers is also cancelling V-Mix and Bollywood Boulevard, two English-language programs for South Asian audiences.
The Globe and Mail reported Thursday that the changes will results in the loss of about 110 jobs, but a spokesperson for the company wouldn't confirm any more details to CBC News on Thursday. Unifor said the moves will results in the loss of about 100 jobs.
The new shows will debut Monday, May 11. OMNI is Canada's largest multilingual broadcaster in North America, airing programming in more than 40 languages.
Rogers, which owns OMNI along with City in several markets across the country, also announced it has cancelled its Breakfast Television morning news show in Edmonton, and will replace it with Dinner Television, which will air daily from 5 to 7 p.m. and feature ex-NHLer Jason Strudwick along with Bridget Ryan and Courtney Theriault, who used to be on Breakfast Television.