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Incredibly sad news about CHCH. The station had been doing such a great job with news programming.
 

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Terrible news. I watch Sportsline every weekday at 5pm to keep informed about everything sports. Right now they're showing a repeat of 20/20 and a scrolling message appeared at the bottom of the screen saying Sportsline was cancelled (whether that means completely cancelled or just cancelled for today, I don't know). I also enjoyed their movies, news and other programs.
 

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CHCH TV Hamilton ch 11 is bankrupt? I was looking for another antenna to gang with my DB4e, in order to get their broadcasts. Damn, I hope they stay solvent.

We need more not less OTA channels.
 

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Sigh, this'll just give Bell Media perfect fodder to craft announcements that all CTV local stations are in a doomed industry and therefore, must be shutdown on the eve of CRTC license renewals next year. BCE executives are probably high-fiving now that they can point and say "see? told ya so!" after the CHCH all-local-news-all-day experiment comes to an end.
 

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Too much staff??

I was looking at the Personalities page earlier today and realized CHCH seemed to be way overstaffed compared to other stations. Here in Ottawa, CTV Ottawa has only one "weather specialist" but CHCH has 4 or 5! CTV Ottawa only has one sportscaster now while CHCH has at least 6. Here in Ottawa some TV anchors now have to read news on the radio. I really don't think CHCH could survive with that amount of staff.
 

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Niagara gets stiffed if CHCH goes under

For at least 2 decades, groups in the Niagara Peninsula of Ontario have applied to the CRTC for a TV station licence, claiming that there is a real void in local news coverage for the area, sandwiched as it is between the big Buffalo and Toronto media stations. The CRTC always rejected them, always calling CHCH forward to increase/augment their Niagara Peninsula coverage, which they always attempted as best they could.

If CHCH goes under, I would expect new/renewed TV station licence applications in the Niagara (and probably the Hamilton) areas following up the approaches of the previous license applications.

Of course the CHCH situation might dissuade some, but there are other independent stations in Canada still making a go of it.
 

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I don't understand why Channel Zero doesn't convert CHCH to a cable only station. I can't imagine any of their primetime programming makes that much money that they need to continue OTA broadcasting for simsub revenue. I would think that fee for carriage would fix a lot of their financial issues. Heck they could probably just become a news only operation under an ad/carriage fee revenue system.
 

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This isn't the doom and gloom (or the beginning of the end for CHCH as you said on another forum).

There's no need to abandon a valuable OTA license especially since it would open it up for a new competitor to apply to the CRTC.

Besides Niagara tried an all news cable only station and it failed miserably.

Channel Zero will still be providing MORE news coverage than is required by their license and with the CRTC allowing less daytime Canadian requirements this opens up a wide array of cheaper U.S. daytime programming to acquire compared to what prime time programming costs.
 

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I was looking at the Personalities page earlier today and realized CHCH seemed to be way overstaffed compared to other stations.
CHCH provided far more hours of news coverage (starting at 4am), thus the larger staff.
 

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^^^^ As other posters, as well as in the various links have noted, it's the company that furnishes the news FOR CHCH that has declared bankruptcy, not CHCH themselves or their parent, Channel Zero.

As to why CTV has less personal noted for various positions, it must be noted that CTV is a NETWORK. People can sub from anywhere in that network for said duties, and can be "pasted" into any backdrop and read copy for any region. CHCH isn't a network per se, it's an independent. Now were they top-heavy, that's another debate. There's a fine line to being top-heavy vs. burning out staff / reporters / on-air personalities.

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@MCIBUS: The bankruptcy filing does not mean they are shutting down. It means they are restructuring and probably changing their format and schedule to something more economically viable.

Having grown up with this station in the 50s and 60's, it does have a special place in my TV memories. From Captain Andy and Popeye cartoons every weekday for 90 minutes, to a weird kid's program called The Mask, to Bill Lawrence and Tiny Talent Time, to the same Bill Lawrence with the weather, to OHL Hamilton Red Wings Hockey with Norm Marshall and Sandy Hoyt every Thursday during the winter, to the evening news with Jack Burghart (sorry if I misspelled his name), to annual Christmas showings of the classic A Christmas Carol, Crosby's White Christmas, Holiday Inn, Bell of St. Mary's, and Going My Way, to Channel Eleven's Blockbuster, "the exclusive premiere of a fine motion picture", one of the first channels to recognize the value of movies for more than late show viewing, CHCH was a very major part of my TV watching as I was growing up in Toronto. It's just a ghost of its former self these days but I hate to think of the TV landscape without it.
 

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There's no need to abandon a valuable OTA license especially since it would open it up for a new competitor to apply to the CRTC.
Who exactly is going to apply for a new license? Many stations across Canada have less news than CHCH and much more popular American programming and they are still losing money. I don't think even these changes are going to help CHCH's financial position long term. There have been 4 OTA stations that have shut down in the last 6 years along with many repeaters. Not one license have been filed to replace these vacant OTA slots. I suspect that if CHCH does shutdown eventually, nothing is going to replace it, at least not OTA.

Besides Niagara tried an all news cable only station and it failed miserably.
Apples to Oranges comparison. Niagara News Network was clearly underfunded because they only managed to stay on the air for about a month. Most businesses lose money in their first few years of operation. They did little advertising so many people were probably not aware of its existence. CHCH on the other hand has brand recognition. Most viewers wouldn't even know the difference if it switched from an OTA to cable only channel.
 
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