City-TV: Not So Everywhere
I spent many years living in Toronto, and while I was there CITY-tv was my favourite channel. Vancouver’s City never seemed to have the same flavour to it, and I can’t seem to pick it up on rabbit ears anyway, so I’ve lost touch with it. I still have a touch of nostalgia for CHUM/CITY, however.
Setting aside my feelings about the station, I think this is just a bad thing for Canadian media in general, for the same reasons mentioned in this article – diversity of programming and access to independent productions. I saw some strange independent shows and films on CityTV that wouldn’t show up on CTV if you paid them to broadcast it. Television seems to be turning into a giant melting pot of reality-tv with a few quality American network shows thrown in for good measure, and mergers like this one aren’t going to help the situation.
As for the impact this has on Vancouver: they are “enhancing” local coverage by cutting A-Channel Victoria’s morning show and Vancouver’s news and local programming on their CITY channel. Nice enhancements.
The merger is under review by the CRTC, which means it has yet to be finalized I suppose, but I don’t really see it not going through, and that is sad.